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Lt. Col. Jason Evers, left, returns the colors to Sgt. Major Jonathan White after officially receiving them as part of the change of command ceremony July 10 at Yakima Training Center.

Northwest Guardian

For Lt. Col. Jason Evers, coming to take command of Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s Yakima Training Center felt like a homecoming.

Published: 05:54PM July 17th, 2014

Active and retired service members hit the catwalk during a fashion show held at the Lewis Main Exchange on Joint Base Lewis McChord.

Published: 12:51PM July 21st, 2014

Senior Enlisted Adviser for the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, Chief Master Sgt. Tony Pearson, visited Joint Base Lewis McChord July 15-18

Published: 06:00PM July 17th, 2014

With the weather warming up, it’s nice to know the water in bottles, glasses and cups around Joint Base Lewis-McChord is safe to drink.

Published: 05:40PM July 17th, 2014

service members through the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Service Member for Life Transition Assistance Program in a nine-month period, Patterson-UTI Drilling Company LLC is one of JBLM’s biggest employers of transitioning service members.

Published: 04:52PM July 17th, 2014

Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen all agree: They like the look and feel of the new M50 respirator, said U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, who developed the masks.

Published: 05:21PM July 17th, 2014

An aircraft fire is not an event anyone in the Air Force wishes for, but it can come in handy for a service members to get the real-world training of fighting a fire.

Published: 05:06PM July 17th, 2014

A team of scientists can scan the surface of severely burned skin, creates a three-dimensional map of the wound with a laser, and then print skin cells onto the patient using a 3-D bioprinter.

Published: 05:38PM July 17th, 2014

Is it possible to make an appointment with the Staff Judge Advocate Legal Office over the phone?

Published: 04:57PM July 17th, 2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is exploring the possibility of partnering with the private sector for projects involving America’s waterways and ports.

Published: 04:38PM July 17th, 2014

The Army wants to put the right people in the right jobs at the right time; especially with shrinking budgets, manpower and an uncertain global-security environment, but does it do that very well?

Published: 05:31PM July 10th, 2014

Dressed head to toe in American flag print clothes Army Privates Joseph Pedicone, Thomas Bland and Jacob Ayala marched around Freedom Fest waving an American flag and stopping periodically to pose for pictures with other attendees of the Fourth of July event.

Published: 12:04PM July 11th, 2014

Foster Farms is recalling an unspecified amount of its chicken products, including some sold at McChord Field's Commissary, because the products may be contaminated with a strain of salmonella Heidelberg, according to a Department of Defense All Food and Drug Activity message sent July 9.

Published: 05:43PM July 10th, 2014

The Army’s Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program aims to synchronize and professionalize victim advocacy services by establishing SHARP Resource Centers on military installations across the globe.

Published: 05:35PM July 10th, 2014

Nestled between rows of Firebirds, Cadillacs and hot rods, Spc. Nicholas Drossos’ 1972 Volkswagen was parked instilling raised eyebrows and “scary” comments from onlookers.

Published: 05:24PM July 10th, 2014

Shannon Vernon and her nine-year-old daughter Sophia move like a well-oiled machine. Every third Thursday of the month they bring four pounds of hamburger meat, eight ounces of shredded cheese, two cans of refried beans, lettuce, tomato, onions, sour cream and salsa to the Fisher House.

Published: 05:08PM July 10th, 2014

The 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) welcomed back an old hand July 2 as their new commander. Colonel Robert C. McDowell handed off command of the 1st SFG to Col. Otto K. Liller, who has been part of the group three other times in his 20-year Army career.

Published: 05:03PM July 10th, 2014

Lieutenant Colonel Darrell O’Steen has had two years of savoring the dry, hot summers of the Yakima Valley. “It’s a lot different from most of my assignments,” O’Steen said, adding that he mostly has been in the Southeast during his 25 years in the Army. “I do not miss the humidity at all.”

Published: 05:22PM July 10th, 2014

The United States has sent troops back to Iraq because it is in America’s interest for the country to remain stable and to counter Sunni militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today.

Published: 05:20PM July 10th, 2014

A permanent-change-of-station move prompts its own challenges, but family members with special-needs children face another complexity when looking for the right schools at their new home, a Defense Department official said at the Pentagon July 2.

Published: 10:55AM July 11th, 2014

The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center has released new clinical recommendations and support tools to assist in the identification and treatment of a sleep disturbance occurring in patients after a concussion (mild traumatic brain injury or mTBI). The suite of products assists health care providers in the identification of a sleep problem and provides recommendations for its treatment.

Published: 03:34PM July 10th, 2014

When the weather heats up, both adults and children head outside. Long lazy days in the water or short summer bike trips can be fun and great ways to stay cool, but slip and falls or bike accidents can put a chill on all the summer fun.

Published: 03:14PM July 10th, 2014

Madigan Army Medical Center earned the honor of being named one of the Most Wired hospitals in 2014 thanks to its use of technology across the board to positively impact patient care.

Published: 05:27PM July 3rd, 2014

The Seattle Seahawks and the Joint Base Lewis-McChord community have shared a warm relationship for many years, through lean and good times.

Published: 05:19PM July 3rd, 2014

McChord Field’s passenger terminal opened its doors to a new family lounge during a ribbon-cutting ceremony June 23. In 2010, Air Mobility Command attempted to standardize passenger terminals around the world after noticing facility discrepancies between various terminals.

Published: 05:24PM July 3rd, 2014

The formation of a national unity government in Iraq will be key to defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told National Public Radio June 27.

Published: 05:14PM July 3rd, 2014

Typical Pacific Northwest weather didn’t stop the Outdoor Expo from taking place Saturday at the Exchange on Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s Lewis Main.

Published: 05:09PM July 3rd, 2014

Airmen in new multi-colored T-shirts are making an appearance at McChord Field on Fridays. The Air Force’s change to authorized dress and appearance instructions, approved in January, has given way to “Morale Fridays.”

Published: 05:04PM July 3rd, 2014

Soldiers of the 42nd Military Police Brigade, 593rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command and civilian officers of the Directorate of Emergency Services attended the first “Search and Canvas” course taught by the Vancouver (British Columbia) Police Department at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, June 23 to 27.

Published: 05:00PM July 3rd, 2014

It’s not always easy in college to decide what you want to be when you “grow up.” For United States Military Academy cadets who are all destined to be military officers, the career choices are little more limited, but not by much.