fort lewis

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It’s how the rain brings the Earth’s colors out. 

It’s the cold, crisp wind outside and the toasty warm fire at home. 

It’s the hot coffee and tea with heavy cream and a indie rock song playing. 

It’s the woods.

It’s the Pacific Northwest. 

It’s home.

Army problems.

My husband and I are debating on moving to Fort Lewis. I told him I was excited to do that so I could make some new friends. I told him I wanted to meet some Army wives! To my surprise he told me that he didn’t really want me getting to involved with the ones who live on base because he’s heard so many horror stories from his buddies and their wives. Apparently there are a lot of wives who hate the military and take it out on their husbands. There’s a lot of cheating going on. I’m totally new to this lifestyle and I hope these are just rumors. I want to make new friends who are going through the same things as me, but I don’t think I could be friends with women who cheat and disrespect the Army. 

Is it really like this on the base? Or is he just nervous? 
 

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Fort Lewis has been getting a lot of attention for its Harlem Shake video… but I think this is where the real glory is. Ladies & Gentlemen, the 420 Stoner Dash.

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Teamwork and Training: BLM Arizona’s Aravaipa Veteran Wildland Firefighter Crew assists military  

With more than 100 fires burning across the Western U.S., it’s all hands on deck!

Federal, state, and local fire agencies from all over the country have joined forces with the military and firefighters from faraway places like Australia to put out multiple fires across the West.

BLM’s National Office of Fire and Aviation selected BLM Arizona’s Aravaipa Veteran Wildland Firefighter Crew to train soldiers at the Fort Lewis military base in Washington State to prepare them for firefighting and to provide their expertise on actual fires. 

“The Aravaipa crew, composed mostly of military veterans and housed at U.S. Army Fort Huachuca, was selected because of its knowledge of wildland firefighting and ability to bridge the gap between fire and military communications,” said Gila District Manager Scott Feldhausen.  

The Aravaipa Crew is one of a few select crews asked to train military soldiers to respond to fires in the Pacific Northwest.  

The Aravaipa Crew provided training to the soldiers in fire behavior, safety, firefighting techniques, saw and swamping safety, and field exercises to practice the learned skills. After the training was complete, the crew led the soldiers from the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team on the Mendocino Complex Fire to provide on the ground training on actual fires.

During severe fire seasons, the value of teamwork cannot be understated. The BLM is proud to be a part of that teamwork in protecting the American people and the resources we all value.