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Published: 03:10PM April 26th, 2018

DOD Honors Barbara Bush as a ‘dedicated advocate’ for military

The Defense Department paid tribute April 19 to former first lady Barbara Bush, who died April 17. She was 92.

Sailors on the Bush-sponsored aircraft carrier USS George Washington and the carrier USS George H.W. Bush named after her husband, a former president and naval aviator, have a special connection to Bush.

“It was our privilege to have Mrs. Barbara Bush as the ship’s sponsor for the nation’s finest aircraft carrier,” said Navy Capt. Glenn Jamison, commanding officer of USS George Washington.

Bush’s legacy will be long remembered by those who have served and will serve aboard USS George Washington, he said.

The commanding officer of the USS George H.W. Bush described Bush as a “truly remarkable person” and said the crew endeavors to proudly carry her legacy and enduring example of devotion to family.

“A strong and compassionate first lady, a devoted matriarch and champion of literacy, she graced our deckplates on multiple occasions and treated all who served aboard USS George H. W. Bush like her own family,” said Navy Capt. Sean Bailey. “She will be truly missed.”

The flags were flown at half-mast on both carriers until Bush was laid to rest. Those flags were presented to the Bush family, Navy officials said.

Department of Defense News Service

Don’t give into sextortion scams demanding cash or financial gain

The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command’s Computer Crime Investigative Unit said to be on the lookout for all types of sextortion scams where criminals use any dishonest method to make contact with potential victims and then attempt to blackmail them.

“To avoid falling prey to a sextortionist never send compromising photos or videos of yourself to anyone, whether you know them or think you know them,” said Special Agent Daniel Andrews, director of CCIU.

Officials describe sextortion scams as cyber sexual extortion where perpetrators conduct schemes that leverage online sexual acts for financial gain or other forms of blackmail. In addition, when using a legitimate online dating site, victims are more apt to provide personal information and or participate in online compromising acts; however, CID officials warn to be very cautious of their online communications activity and not share intimate, personal information with people you have never met in person.

A recent scam claimed a Soldier sent sexual images to a minor and threaten to report the Soldier to law enforcement unless a monetary fee is paid.

Another way that the criminals attempt to extort money is to claim that they are a lawyer working on behalf of the alleged victim. The scammer will request payments are made for things such as counseling for the alleged victim and to replace electronic devices that now contain child pornography.

If you are contacted via telephone, always request validating information such as an agency email address and offer to meet in person at a law enforcement facility before proceeding with giving out your personal information – do not send any money.

For more information, visit the Army CID CCIU website at

U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command

Cute pets from JBLM can cash in on the Exchange photo contest

Cute canines, cats, canaries and other beloved pets can finally make their adorable looks pay off.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Exchange shoppers can compete to show off their furry, feathered or fuzzy friends during the worldwide Patriot Pet Just Say “Treat” Photo Contest. The Army and Air Force Exchange Service is partnering with Blue Buffalo and Hills Science Diet to award the cutest animal members of the military community.

The grand-prize winner will receive a $1,000 Exchange gift card, while $500 gift cards will be awarded to two first-place winners. Eight runner-ups will win $250 gift cards.

“Pets are an important part of our families,” said Mike Einer, JBLM Exchange general manager. “The Exchange enjoys being a part of this contest every year to appreciate the role pets play in the lives of our service members and their families. I encourage Soldiers and Airmen at JBLM to show off their pets. It would be terrific to have a winner from our installation in this worldwide contest.”

Photo entries can be submitted from May 4 to June 1 at, where shoppers can also find the complete rules of the contest. Winners will be selected at the end of June.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Exchange

Symposium for female service members, spouses, vets on JBLM

Redefining Your Future Symposium, an event aimed at transitioning service women, military spouses and female veterans will be at the Washington National Guard Aviation Readiness Center, 2nd Division Drive, Bldg. 6224, Lewis Main, May 9 and 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Similar events are held twice each year. The free event will include resume preparation, LinkedIn setup information and coaching.

There also will be women guest speakers from various businesses and leadership positions.

Participants must attend both days and registration is required. To register, visit

Ruth Kingsland, Northwest Guardian

The SSMCP Survey to help shape the on- and off-base partnership

Service members and Department of Defense civilians are being asked to complete South Sound Military, Communities Partnership Survey providing base and community leaders a better understanding of the ways the South Sound community supports the military.

Surveys were sent out recently. The 10-minute anonymous and confidential survey has 25 questions. It is seeking information about simple demographic data, including opinions about locally available services and programs — like preferences in housing, driving habits, shopping and recreation needs.

A few respondents could be picked at random between Sunday and May 15 to win a $500 gift card from local retailers. Officials ask that only one survey be filled out per household.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Public Affairs Office