Archive of: Military

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Another unit coming to Ft. Lewis

The Army announced yesterday the planned activation of the 4th Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group. Implementation is expected to be completed in August 2011.

This force structure action represents a net increase of 432 military authorizations and four civilian authorizations at Fort Lewis and two civilian authorizations at Yakima Training Center.

December 2009

Forza to reopen on Saturday

Forza Coffee Co. has announced that the franchise cafe on Steele Street will reopen on Saturday at 8:14 a.m. The coffee house was closed at 8:14 a.m. on Nov. 29 after the ambush and murder of four police officers, Lakewood Police Sgt. Mark Renninger, and Officers Ronald Owens, Tina Griswold and Greg Richards.

December 2009

Procession, memorial impact local area

UPDATE: WSDOT announced that all lanes and ramps at SR 512 and I-5 are open to traffic. Westbound SR 512 left turns are open to South Tacoma Way.

Those commuting home from work in the Tacoma and Lakewood area today may encounter slowdowns due to the memorial for slain Lakewood Police Sgt. Mark Renninger, and Officers Ronald Owens, Tina Griswold and Greg Richards being held at Tacoma Dome.

More bystanders showed for the procession this morning than planners had anticipated, as residents wanted to show their respect and appreciation to the victims' families and law enforcement personnel.

December 2009

Major employers highlighted

The Dec. 7th edition of Business Examiner includes the annual compilation of major employers in the South Sound, using information provided by economic development agencies and other sources.

Not surprisingly, U.S. Army jobs at Fort Lewis -- both military and civilian -- comprise the largest of 84 employers on the list with 42,231 jobs.

December 2009

Suspected cop killer dies, officers honor their fallen

The subject of the intense manhunt in the Lakewood Police officer shooting Sunday, Maurice Clemmons, was shot and killed after a confrontation by a police officer in the south Seattle area early this morning.

A gun that belonged to one of the murdered Lakewood officers was found on the suspect.

December 2009

Flags ordered at half staff

Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy has directed that all flags in Pierce County be lowered to half-staff until further notice in memory of four Lakewood police officers killed yesterday.

November 2009
Government contracting has success, pitfalls

Government contracting has success, pitfalls

Thurston County Chamber hosted a workshop today presented by the Thurston Economic Development Council's Procurement Technical Assistance Council to answer questions from small businesses ranging from their competitiveness in the government marketplace to the processes of seeking government contracts and clients.

November 2009

People on the move

Shannon Collins will be joining the Kent Chamber of Commerce staff as Membership Director with Susie Cushen taking on a new position in Membership Development. Collins has worked with the Kent group and earlier, with Thurston County Chamber.

KeyBank has hired Tom Peterson as vice president and senior trust administrator for the South Puget Sound District. Most recently, he was the trust branch manager at U.S. Bank in Olympia where he has lived for 27 years.

November 2009

Frogs head back to Fort Lewis

To help restore Washington state's populations of endangered Oregon spotted frogs (Rana pretiosa), approximately 80 frogs - weighing up to two ounces - will be released back to nature on the Fort Lewis Military Reservation next week.

November 2009

Around the Sound

Kent Chamber of Commerce has a Marketing Tool Box Seminar this Wednesday, Oct. 14, beginning at 8 a.m. at Allied Waste Services' conference room. The topic is "Referral Sources -- Who are You a Solution For?  (Let Them Know)." It's free for members, $10 for others. Here is the link for more information and registration.

Claudia Malone, SPHR, principal of an HR training and consulting firm Malone & Associates, will speak on "Workforce Readiness: What is it and What do we need to do?" This workshop is Thursday, Oct. 15, at 7:30 a.m. at C.I. Shenanigan's restaurant in Tacoma. More information is posted here.

October 2009
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