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Enterprise Multimedia Center / 2015

The shell is clearly visible in this firing of an M777 155 mm howitzer by Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment at the Yakima Training Center in April. Howitzer training will be among some of the late-night firing on Joint Base Lewis-McChord Monday through Feb. 23.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Commander

As the U.S. military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan changes after 14 years of near-constant deployments, the Army is becoming more of a U.S.-based force, rather than a deployed one.

Published: 10:51AM January 28th, 2016

January 16 marked the 25th anniversary of Desert Storm, the coalition effort to free Kuwait from the grips of an Iraqi invasion force.

Commentary

Published: 10:50AM January 28th, 2016

When I was the spouse of a Reservist (which was the better part of my five years of marriage), I didn’t get it.

Published: 02:46PM January 21st, 2016

The unique opportunity to participate in a culturally diverse, internationally impacting engagement does not come often.

Published: 10:36AM January 14th, 2016

Like all good books, the final chapter is written and the story concludes. So too will our time together here on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Published: 10:35AM January 14th, 2016

We have all heard someone say, “Take care of your people and their families.” Have you ever stopped to think why we hear this so often?

Published: 11:20AM January 7th, 2016

As we start a new year, many of us resolve to make positive changes to our health.

Published: 11:25AM January 7th, 2016

Have you ever gone into the new year certain this will be the year you change your life for the better, but after just a few weeks, you fall right back into the same habits? Well, you are not alone.

Published: 01:17PM December 17th, 2015

As the holidays approach and we enter a time of reflection and celebration, it’s as important as ever to keep sight of the most important asset to the U.S. Air Force — its people.

Published: 11:49AM December 10th, 2015

Most of us look forward to the holidays as a time of good cheer with friends and family. It can also feel stressful, however, especially for those of you responsible for the travel, preparations and finances needed to meet expectations of a joyous season.

Published: 11:47AM December 10th, 2015

Leadership is the ability to influence others to willingly work toward the mission and vision you have defined. In order to influence others, you must have a relationship — and to have a relationship you must have trust.

Published: 11:49AM December 3rd, 2015

Last week, I relinquished command of the Western Regional Medical Command to Col. Christopher Gruber. And, on Nov. 18, my battle buddy, Command Sgt.Maj. Marshall Huffman relinquished responsibility to Command Sgt. Maj. Tabitha Gavia.

Published: 09:40AM November 25th, 2015

Roger Feller was just 8 years old when U.S. troops liberated his village, Perlé, Luxembourg, in September 1944. Roger recalls the story with vivid detail and overflowing enthusiasm, as though the events had occurred last week, not 71 years ago.

Published: 12:21PM November 19th, 2015

Greetings to the Soldiers and families of 7th Infantry Division and the Joint Base Lewis-McChord community. I continue to be impressed by Task Force BAYONET and its superb reputation across the Army largely because of your leadership, service and hard work.

Published: 11:30AM November 12th, 2015

During the month of November, observances to honor our nation’s Veterans take place throughout America. The meaning of these observances is dear to those who have donned the military uniforms of our nation, as well as the families who have supported them. Veterans Day commemorates all those who have served to defend the land of the free and for those who made the ultimate sacrifice fighting for our country and the preservation of freedom.

Published: 10:59AM November 5th, 2015

Happy Veteran’s Day. If you are holding this newspaper in your hands or surfing through it online, there is a high probability you are a veteran or have a close relationship with someone who is. As you have no doubt heard by now, this puts you in rare company and sets you apart among your peers across the nation.

COMMENTARY

Published: 10:58AM November 5th, 2015

As a young boy, I remember going with my parents and brothers to parades downtown in Eugene, Ore. In those parades, lots of men marched, wearing military uniforms. That was in the 1950s.

Published: 10:47AM October 29th, 2015

Whether we’re talking about our life, family or career, it boils down to balance. Having a healthy balance is the only way that we can sustain effectiveness.

Published: 10:43AM October 29th, 2015

I grew up in Valdosta, Ga. Not around Valdosta — not in the suburbs of Valdosta — but in the projects of Valdosta.

Published: 12:24PM October 22nd, 2015

When thinking about Airman leadership school, what thoughts come to mind?

Published: 12:20PM October 22nd, 2015

When thinking about Airman leadership school, what thoughts come to mind?

Published: 11:24AM October 15th, 2015

“Aim High…Fly, Fight, Win!”

Published: 11:47AM October 8th, 2015

In an era of heightened financial and operational awareness across the health care industry, military and civilian leaders alike are looking for the most efficient and effective ways to improve health. Most have found that sharing processes, best practices and resources when appropriate can result not only in savings, but more importantly, better access and other improvements to care.

Published: 11:35AM October 8th, 2015

Each October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, women are reminded to put themselves first and make time for their health. Making health a priority helps people stay in optimum shape and keeps illnesses and disease at bay.

Published: 09:53AM October 1st, 2015

It happened again Sept. 14.

Published: 11:27AM September 24th, 2015

It was a bittersweet day at Joint Base Lewis-McChord Sept. 15 as the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division was inactivated for the second time in 23 years. Along with other veterans of the division, I attended the ceremony.

Published: 11:25AM September 24th, 2015

It was a bittersweet day at Joint Base Lewis-McChord as the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division was inactivated for the second time in 23 years. Along with other veterans of the division, I attended the ceremony.

Published: 11:26AM September 24th, 2015

As I have departed my last few assignments, I was given the opportunity to speak to the members of my organization. In each instance, three central themes emerged.

Published: 12:02PM September 17th, 2015

As fall approaches, I would to take time to share my thoughts on some of the progress the I Corps team has made throughout the Asia-Pacific region since my last article.

Published: 10:52AM September 10th, 2015

Greetings from the James family. We are honored and humbled to join the ranks of the 7th Infantry Division and the Joint Base Lewis-McChord team and look forward to getting to know the Soldiers, families and community of this great organization. The division has a superb reputation across the Army largely because of your leadership, service and hard work.