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Final issue of 2012 hits stands today

Northwest Guardian

Published: 12:34PM December 20th, 2012

As 2013 approaches, the Northwest Guardian looks forward to some major changes. When this issue hits the stands, we begin our annual two-week publishing hiatus. We will use the break this year to prepare for our move to Joint Base Lewis-McChord Headquarters in Building 1010.

While we pack our boxes and load furniture, I am pleased to share that The News Tribune has again won the contract to print our military newspaper for the next six years, ensuring a professionally written and designed product for the JBLM community into the future. TNT contractors will continue to work with government journalists to write, photograph and lay out articles for the Guardian and document the historic progress of JBLM and its growing military and civilian community.

On the way to a new contract, we have spent much of 2012 contemplating how to best serve our joint-base readership. We have exciting plans for packaging the news and command information important to JBLM Airmen, Soldiers, civilians and family members. Readers will notice a number changes in the look and design of the paper, as well as the Guardian website, by this time next year, mirroring an evolving industry while meeting the changing information demands of our readers.

It’s been a difficult 2012. Manpower shortages have required a few to do the work previously done by many. We owe copy editor Brendalyn Carpenter and contractors Scott Hansen, Somer Breeze-Hanson and Julie Smith profound thanks at having shouldered the workload. And our heartfelt thanks to all the military writers who have pitched in from several public affairs detachments. It has been a gratifying team effort, but happily, cavalry is on the way.

We look forward to new staff members joining the ranks to cover the military programs and events that affect so many lives on JBLM.

We invite feedback from our friends and readers in the community to ensure we’re providing the content you expect not only from your authorized command information vehicle, but your hometown newspaper.

(To share your thoughts about the base paper, answer 10 questions at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CWZ5QZN. For more information call 477-0182.)