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7th Infantry Division commanding general

As the Nation enters into the Fourth of July holiday with plans for cookouts and time with family, the holiday itself is a time to honor our great nation and those who ensured its freedom.

Published: 12:35PM June 25th, 2015

I have no doubt that a smile is a powerful tool. However, recent events, both professionally and personally, opened my eyes to the fact many people hide behind a smile.

Published: 12:30PM June 25th, 2015

This morning, before I sat down to work on this commentary, I was packing up some of my things in the TLF — trying to make sure I could fit everything in the car as I get ready for the long trip cross-country. There’s a pretty good chance that my household goods shipment is already in Washington, D.C. — my next duty station after I change command.

Published: 10:48AM June 18th, 2015

Changes we’ve been making locally and across 20 western states are taking shape to make the medical services available through Army Medicine and the Puget Sound military health system easier to access and more convenient.

Published: 10:37AM June 18th, 2015

Around the world, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride is often celebrated with parties, parades, fun and festivities. The LGBT community and its allies come together in support of equality, freedom and the movement for civil rights.

Published: 10:36AM June 18th, 2015

As Armed Forces Community Service gets set to celebrate 50 years of existence, it is time to reflect on how it came to exist in the first place. All things exist because there is a pioneer, creator, inventor, founder or a mother behind it. For AFCS her name is Lt. Col. Emma Marie Baird.

Published: 10:38AM June 11th, 2015

Sometimes, all of my identities get hard to handle. No, I’m not a superhero with an alter-ego, but I do wear quite a few different hats. I am an active-duty Airman, I am a mom, I am a daughter, I am a sister and I also happen to be the spouse of an active-duty service member.

Published: 10:36AM June 11th, 2015

As you begin to plan for your deployment, you realize that you have a number of matters to take care of before you leave. One of your major concerns is what to do with your vehicle. As you consider what to do with your car, you identify three options.

Published: 10:35AM June 11th, 2015

When Unity Bridge opened May 4, one person referred to it on the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Facebook page as, “A flawless transition between the two bases.”

Published: 10:35AM June 11th, 2015

A military flatbed truck loaded with containers hit the Pendleton Avenue-I-5 underpass on the Lewis Main side of the underpass during rush-hour traffic June 4.

Published: 01:53PM June 4th, 2015

There are two distinct types of Airmen who serve: those who are here to make a difference (MAD) and those who are selfish and distracting (SAD).

Published: 01:53PM June 4th, 2015

Much like ancestry is part of who you are, lineage is part of any military unit. Knowing our units’ lineages and their historical achievements grounds us as service members. It also helps us understand our strengths and weaknesses, to build an enduring unit culture, and plan for future success.

Published: 01:41PM May 28th, 2015

Singapore’s founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, recently passed away at the age of 91. Given Lee’s stature and standing, all of us at U.S. Embassy Singapore expected a large state funeral and a high-level U.S. delegation would be named and arriving soon — the funeral was just a few short days away.

Published: 01:25PM May 28th, 2015

If you’re a noncommissioned officer or have NCOs working for you, this article applies to you. As you’ve probably heard, big changes are coming. We need to be ready.

Published: 01:33PM May 21st, 2015

Army doctrine defines mission command as “the exercise of authority and direction by the commander using mission orders to enable disciplined initiative within the commander’s intent to empower agile and adaptive leaders in the conduct of unified land operations.”

Published: 01:27PM May 21st, 2015

On Memorial Day, we remember those who died in service to America. Many of you will use this time to be with friends and family.

Published: 12:57PM May 14th, 2015

In 1978, Congress established Asian-Pacific American Heritage Week to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans to U.S. history and culture. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush extended the celebration to the entire month.

Published: 11:28AM May 14th, 2015

We may be a few months into the new year, but Madigan Army Medical Center is tacking on another resolution that we’ll keep working on for as long as it takes: that of achieving zero preventable harm in the field of medicine.

Published: 12:59PM May 7th, 2015

May is now well under way and with it, the Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month celebrations. This is the time when we celebrate and pay tribute to the many triumphs of the generations of Asian and Pacific Americans. For the 7th Infantry Division, this is a time to celebrate all they have given in their service to our Army and our mighty nation. Our current Soldiers and families of Asian American and Pacific Islander decent are still carrying on that legacy of service and sacrifice to this day.

Published: 03:36PM April 30th, 2015

Many stories about heavy drinking are glamorized, not publicized, or forgotten altogether, so behaviors don’t change. Here’s a story that illustrates the many problems and risks associated with heavy drinking.

Published: 03:33PM April 30th, 2015

As my 32 year Air Force career comes to a rapid close, I’ve found myself growing increasingly sentimental and reflective. I’ve spent considerable time pondering, savoring and squirreling away the memories of the places I’ve been, the people I’ve worked with and the achievements we’ve made over the past three decades.

Published: 08:57AM April 23rd, 2015

April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month for the Department of Defense. This year’s theme is “Eliminate Sexual Assault. Know Your Part. Do Your Part.”

Published: 08:50AM April 23rd, 2015

The mental fitness of America’s service members has been a popular topic in the news lately, with The News Tribune, The Huffington Post, The New York Times and others exploring both the health of those we serve and the care provided by the Military Health System.

Published: 02:29PM April 16th, 2015

Two weeks from the end of my civil service career and my tenure as editor of The Northwest Guardian, I should come clean. I was less than excited Oct. 1, 2010, the day Joint Base Lewis-McChord achieved full operational capability, FOC, the day Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base faded to purple and transubstantiated into JBLM.

Published: 02:01PM April 16th, 2015

There is a conversation many teenagers have had with their parents.

Published: 12:55PM April 9th, 2015

One of the most important things that we do every day is typically one of the first things that we do each morning, that being physical fitness training. Yet as I travel to various locations across the Army, I find fewer and fewer Soldiers actually conducting physical training.

Published: 12:46PM April 9th, 2015

We celebrate the 240th anniversary of Paul Revere’s historic ride and the Battle of the North Bridge April 19. Even with all of our military advances since the American Revolution, one key lasting component to military service is selfless family sacrifice. Without it, I believe our service members lack the necessary support to defend the ideals upon which our great nation was founded.

Published: 11:22AM April 2nd, 2015

Sexual assault and sexual harassment are crimes that violate the core values for which each of our service members stand. Preventing sexual assault and harassment requires everyone to rededicate themselves to changing our culture to eliminate these crimes from our ranks.

Published: 11:17AM April 2nd, 2015

During World War II, many women opted to take on male dominated trades to support their families while their husbands fought in the war, a departure in an era in which women were housewives.

Published: 01:52PM March 26th, 2015

Check the fine print on health bars to ensure hemp seeds won’t bring UCMJ consequences