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Hands-on training

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Deven Wolfe, left, uses paint to stripe around welds and edges as and fellow Soldier Nicholas Meade, middle, and instructor Anton Ruesing prepare to spray paint the metal surface inside the spray booth during a recent class at the Finishing Trades Institute Northwest in Seattle.

Painters and Allied Trades Veterans Program

As a result of attrition and military downsizing, between 6- and 8,000 Joint Base Lewis-McChord service members find themselves preparing for transition to the civilian sector.

Published: 01:11PM April 17th, 2014

WASHINGTON — Possible changes to military retirement benefits are the No. 1 concern of Soldiers, the Army’s top enlisted member told senators.

Free Service

Published: 01:07PM April 17th, 2014

Paying to have ranks and name tapes sewn onto your clothing? Haven’t you heard? Your fellow service members have you covered; sewing services will soon include all Soldiers and Airmen of all ranks at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

AFCS survey

Published: 01:03PM April 17th, 2014

Managers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s Armed Forces Community Service hope to discover how different parts of the installation’s community are using the programs they offer by asking customers this month for their feedback.

Net Zero Competition

Published: 01:00PM April 17th, 2014

The latest Joint Base Lewis-McChord Net Zero competition results are in, and there’s a big new name at the top of the leaderboard.

Pet Brigade Spring Barbecue

Published: 12:56PM April 17th, 2014

The children get eggs, the adults get a relaxing time outdoors, and even businesses sometimes see a boost around Easter time.

Published: 12:53PM April 17th, 2014

Girl Scout Troop 40221 has studied a variety of topics. The girls, who range in age from 10 to 12, have studied such subjects as rock climbing, aviation, oceanography and military branches.

Published: 12:51PM April 17th, 2014

62nd Airlift Wing: 62nd Maintenance Group hosts annual LogFest awards


Published: 12:49PM April 17th, 2014

The interactive customer evaluation (ICE) program is a web-based tool for feedback on DOD service organizations, fostering communication between managers and customers. A JBLM ICE comment/question will be featured each week.

627th Security Forces Squadron

Published: 12:47PM April 17th, 2014

It is just a typical day for Staff Sgt. Christopher Hoffman, 627th Security Forces Squadron combat arms instructor. Today’s office is Range 108 next to Lewis North at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, where he prepares for the students heading his way.

Published: 01:40PM April 17th, 2014

JBLM ACAP and Wash NG career fair

Joint training

Published: 12:42PM April 17th, 2014

Rappel masters from 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, worked in conjunction with Soldiers from 555th Engineer Brigade April 8 to complete rappelling/fast-rope training recertification.

Army expert field medics

Published: 12:40PM April 17th, 2014

Army medical personnel from across the country competed this week for one of the most coveted badges in the medical profession, hosted by the 62nd Medical Brigade.

Published: 12:31PM April 17th, 2014

Chelle Dean knows plenty of women who deserve to be pampered.

Anti-Bullying Campaign

Published: 12:29PM April 17th, 2014

As part of Child Abuse Prevention month at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the Family Advocacy Program partnered with Spider-Man for a week of bullying prevention presentations at various installation schools.

Published: 12:27PM April 17th, 2014

Ever wonder how the cause of a fire is determined when all that’s left is ashes?

Volunteer of the Month

Published: 12:24PM April 17th, 2014

Erin Bolliger has volunteered nearly 800 hours at the Lewis Army Museum on Joint Base Lewis-McChord since she and her husband, Capt. Adam Bolliger of the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade, arrived in September 2012.

Health Beat

Published: 12:21PM April 17th, 2014

A glass of wine after work or a cold beer during the game can be nice in moderation, but excessive drinking can lead to more destructive behaviors.

Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Published: 12:18PM April 17th, 2014

The Eighth National Prescription Drug Take Back Day will take place April 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Joint Base Lewis-McChord will again join the national effort.

Washington State Medal of Honor Ceremony

Published: 02:25PM April 10th, 2014

OLYMPIA — When Sgt. 1st Class Leroy A. Petry stood in front of the Medal of Honor memorial at the Washington state Capitol as his name was revealed, along with those of Staff Sgt. Ty Carter and Capt. William D. Swenson, he didn’t focus on his own name.

Published: 02:20PM April 10th, 2014

OLYMPIA — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law last week several bills directly benefiting service members and their families.

Alaska Shield

Published: 02:17PM April 10th, 2014

To commemorate a 1964 earthquake that rattled its inhabitants, Alaska decided to recreate it 50 years later in exercise form, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord was there to help.

Fort Hood

Published: 02:12PM April 10th, 2014

FORT HOOD, Texas — A shooting incident on Fort Hood, Texas, April 2, claimed the lives of four Fort Hood Soldiers, including the alleged gunman, and injured another 16.

Month of the Military Child

Published: 02:08PM April 10th, 2014

Karen Mays didn’t have a chance to bring her children to events like Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s Kids Fest April 3.

Published: 10:36AM April 16th, 2014

SAN ANTONIO — Lieutenant General David Halverson took command of the U.S. Army Installation Management Command from Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter during a ceremony on MacArthur Parade Field, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston April 8.

Military Culinary Arts Competition

Published: 02:05PM April 10th, 2014

Joint Base Lewis-McChord brought home the bacon from last month’s Military Culinary Arts Competition. They also came away with new knowledge that directly benefits service members on base.

Published: 02:02PM April 10th, 2014

JBLM Directorate of Emergency services: Base joins statewide crackdown on distracted driving


Published: 01:56PM April 10th, 2014

The interactive customer evaluation (ICE) program is a web-based tool for feedback on DOD service organizations, fostering communication between managers and customers. A JBLM ICE comment/question will be featured each week.

JBLM Survivor Outreach Services

Published: 01:52PM April 10th, 2014

Caitlin Hatchel had never seen an event honoring fallen Soldiers like the one held in the late morning hours of April 5 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s Memorial Park.

201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade

Published: 01:49PM April 10th, 2014

When Soldiers walk into Mike Fried’s office at the 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade headquarters office on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, they see certificates, medals and coins from his 42 years of military service.