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Will Trump reinstate ban on women in combat? Army secretary says he shouldn’t

As Donald Trump fills out his Cabinet, advocates for women in uniform are watching closely to see if he plans to overturn Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s December 2015 order that officially opened all military positions to female applicants. Outgoing Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning believes Trump would have trouble undoing Obama-era orders enabling women to serve in military positions that had long been barred to them.

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NEA grant to fund art therapy for JBLM’s wounded warriors

Support from the National Endowment of the Arts will help the U.S. Army expand therapeutic arts programs for soldiers at Madigan Army Medical Center. Money from the NEA would cover hiring a certified art therapist and music therapist for the Intrepid Spirit Center, where soldiers who have suffered head injuries will receive intensive outpatient therapy.

Weather

Storms mean many JBLM employees get off work early

Impending stormy weather means many soldiers, airmen and civilians at Joint Base Lewis-McChord are getting off work early Thursday and get to report late to work Friday, according to a news release. Anyone who is not “mission critical” can leave at 3 p.m. Thursday and doesn’t have to report Friday until two hours later than normal or 10 a.m., whichever is earlier, the release said.

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JBLM continues HIMARS testing

The Army continued its testing of the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System on Wednesday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Four series of tests took place Wednesday, with each test seeing three rockets fired, the same as Tuesday’s tests. A single series of test firings is scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday.

Videos

Military Christmas Greetings 2016

U.S. servicemen and servicewomen stationed at JBLM and around the world wish their family and friends holiday greetings.
Mantai Chow mchow@mcclatchy.com
Military Christmas Greetings 2016 1:27

Military Christmas Greetings 2016

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Artillery Battalion welcomed home 1:52

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Artillery Battalion welcomed home

Rocket test rattles nerves on Nisqually Reservation 2:18

Rocket test rattles nerves on Nisqually Reservation

Women military veterans gather for the 2016 Women Veterans Summit 0:56

Women military veterans gather for the 2016 Women Veterans Summit