Northwest Guardian

JBLM Fire Battalion chief Randall Takehara, left, and firefighters Chris Coleman, middle left, and Cedric Canton, middle right, and Spc. Aaron Doherty, 13th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 593rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command, stand at attention as the memorial procession for slain Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel McCartney passes on McChord Field Wednesday.

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A community of law enforcement and first responders from California to Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington gathered at McChord Field Wednesday to honor a fallen Pierce County Sheriff’s deputy.

Washington National Guard

Published: 01:38PM January 18th, 2018

Second Lieutenant Julie Keppner is set to be the Washington National Guard’s first female Infantry officer and is aiming at being one of the first women to complete Ranger school - another first for the Washington National Guard.

JBLM Soldier-Firefighters

Published: 01:37PM January 18th, 2018

JBLM is home to two units which have several firefighters, the 63rd Ordnance Company, 13th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 42nd Military Police Brigade; and the 537th Engineer Detachment, 555th Engineer Brigade - both at Lewis North. Currently, there are 13 Soldier-firefighters at JBLM, and they are integrated into the base’s fire department.

673rd Dental Company (Area Support)

Published: 12:00AM January 19th, 2018

Soldiers of the 673rd Dental Company (Area Support) returned home to Joint Base Lewis-McChord Jan. 12 after a nine-month deployment to Kuwait.

1st Special Forces Group

Published: 01:36PM January 18th, 2018

Soldiers and families from Joint Base Lewis-McChord joined ROTC cadets, recruits and future Soldiers from around the state at Carey Theater Jan. 13 to watch an exclusive viewing of “12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers,” which tells the story of the first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11.

Career Intermission Program

Published: 01:25PM January 18th, 2018

Capt. Millie Hale, 22nd Air Refueling Wing executive officer, has been working to improve dual-military retention for the Air Force and has recently influenced improvements to the Career Intermission Program.

New York National Guard

Published: 01:22PM January 18th, 2018

Army Pfc. Emmanuel Mensah sacrificed his life to save others in a burning building in New York City.

Air Mobility Command

Published: 01:24PM January 18th, 2018

Air Mobility Command senior leaders gathered at the Scott Event Center Jan. 8 for an experiential activity simulating key events of an organization’s cloud migration.

Operation Deep Freeze

Published: 03:13PM January 11th, 2018

In conjunction with the 446th Airlift Wing, the 62nd Operations Group kicked off the 2017-2018 season of Operation Deep Freeze, a mission offering unparalleled Department of Defense support to the National Science Foundation-managed U.S. Antarctic Program, with operations that began in late September and will conclude in February.

Security Forces Assistance Brigade

Published: 02:52PM January 11th, 2018

The Security Force Assistance Brigade hosted briefings at French Theater on Lewis Main Jan. 9 in an effort to recruit some of the Army’s best.

Battle Bean Coffee

Published: 02:51PM January 11th, 2018

Battle Bean Coffee on Joint Base Lewis-McChord has history dating back to the 1990s and is also the first and only coffee roasted and produced on a U.S. military installation.

1st Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division

Published: 02:47PM January 11th, 2018

Seventy-three Soldiers from 1st Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division recently earned the Expert Infantryman Badge at Joint Base Lewis-McChord after a grueling series of tests.

42nd Military Police Brigade

Published: 02:44PM January 11th, 2018

Specialist Lornisa Stamper, a military police officer in 51st Military Police Detachment, 42nd Military Police Brigade, was at a vehicle collision near DuPont Road Dec. 18 when a call came over her vehicle radio asking her to respond to a possible train derailment near Mounts Road. The 23-year-old Soldier was the first on scene to Amtrak Cascades Passenger Train 501 that derailed near DuPont.

SHARP program

Published: 02:38PM January 11th, 2018

In 2017, Sexual Assault Response Coordinators at Joint Base Lewis-McChord handled 153 nondomestic abuse-related adult sexual assault reports from Oct. 1, 2015, to Sept. 30, 2016.

386th Air Expeditionary Wing

Published: 02:34PM January 11th, 2018

Understanding the process of properly restraining cargo and the consequences of a sudden weight change in the cabin is critical in making sure the aircraft makes it to its destination.

446th Airlift Wing

Published: 02:35PM January 11th, 2018

In joining the 446th Security Forces Squadron, Staff Sgt. Daniel Aguirre brings with him a breadth of experience.

Amtrak Train Derailment

Published: 02:11PM January 4th, 2018

When an Amtrak train derailed near DuPont and cars spilled onto Interstate 5 Dec. 18, Joint Base Lewis-McChord first responders were among the first at the scene to provide support. Madigan Army Medical Center took in the most patients from the scene, JBLM police provided detour support for traffic and the Directorate of Public Works helped find a place for the train car investigation to take place.

REBOOT Combat Recovery Course

Published: 01:44PM January 4th, 2018

Seventeen veterans, service members and family members composed the first graduating class out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord for the REBOOT Combat Recovery Course. A graduation ceremony took place inside the Letterman Auditorium inside Madigan Army Medical Center Dec. 14.

Survivor Outreach Services

Published: 01:43PM January 4th, 2018

Survivor Outreach Services is offering a town hall-style phone call Jan. 24 to answer common questions and alleviate the stress of deadlines and other important life change needs.

7th Infantry Division

Published: 01:41PM January 4th, 2018

The 7th Infantry Division Lightfighter statue made it home to JBLM as part of the division’s 100th anniversary celebration Dec. 15.

1st Special Forces Group (Airborne)

Published: 01:39PM January 4th, 2018

Unlike most single service members programs, which offer day and weekend trips in and around the local area, the 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) Soldiers take theirs during the work day.

March Air Reserve Base

Published: 01:33PM January 4th, 2018

Elinor Otto has spent the last few years traveling, appearing on television, being honored with awards, planting Rosie the Riveter memorial rose gardens, and sharing her inspiring message with young people. Everywhere that she travels, people line up to shake her hand and ask for a photograph together.

62nd Airlift Wing

Published: 01:30PM January 4th, 2018

The Healthy Squadron Award supports the Commander’s Wellness Program pilot, which is an environmental and policy approach to influencing the health of Airmen.


Published: 01:28PM January 4th, 2018

More than a thousand holiday enthusiasts flocked to JBLM’s first Winterfest at American Lake Conference Center Dec. 16.

Wreaths Across America

Published: 01:26PM January 4th, 2018

The second annual Wreaths Across America event at JBLM Dec. 16 drew hundreds of people who honored fallen service members and and family members buried at the Camp Lewis Cemetery.

JBLM Ham Grenade

Published: 01:25PM January 4th, 2018

Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s junior service members received a ham for Christmas dinner thanks to Operation Ham Grenade.

Looking Back on 2017

Published: 03:14PM December 14th, 2017

The following is just a flavor or some of the stories covered in the Northwest Guardian newspaper for 2017.


Published: 02:44PM December 14th, 2017

One hundred years ago, before the invention of electronic media and other modern distractions, people devoted their time to creative pursuits: dances, storytelling, athletic and musical endeavors.


Published: 02:45PM December 14th, 2017

The weekend was festive on Joint Base Lewis-McChord as SKIESUnlimited presented its second annual production of “The Nutcracker.”

1st Special Forces Group (Airborne)

Published: 02:42PM December 14th, 2017

The 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) celebrated its annual Menton Week Dec. 4 to 8 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.