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Spc. Michael Keller, right, helps unload 10 turkeys bound for the 7th Infantry Division headquarters building Nov. 23 during the annual Operation Turkey Drop on JBLM Lewis Main. About 22 volunteers from the surrounding community participated.

Northwest Guardian

Volunteers from the local community delivered about 450 turkeys to units at JBLM Nov. 23 during Operation Turkey Drop.

Published: 12:00AM November 24th, 2015

Former Joint Base Lewis-McChord Soldier, now Naval Postgraduate School student, Army Maj. Dennis ‘DJ’ Skelton, of Elk Point, S.D., has been given a rather unfortunate moniker, one he likely would prefer not to have. In 2011, following devastating injuries suffered in combat and a fervent drive to rehabilitate and return to his Soldiers on the front lines years later, he was coined the “Most Wounded Commander in U.S. Military History.”

Published: 12:00AM November 24th, 2015

“Airman up!” is a phrase that Air Mobility Command can expect to hear often from the new command chief.

Published: 12:00AM November 24th, 2015

Soldiers from the 47th Combat Support Hospital braved rain, flooding and strong winds Nov. 18 during a field-training exercise at Joint Base Lewis-McChord while simultaenously welcoming a special delegation from Vietnam, including senior operations officers and two physicians who were learning hospital set-up procedures.

Published: 12:00AM November 24th, 2015

Soldiers with the 537th Firefighter Detachment conducted structure fire training for a single story burn at McChord Field Nov. 19 to prepare for their upcoming deployment.

Published: 12:00AM November 24th, 2015

Friends, family and fellow leaders honored Brig. Gen. Paul Bontrager, outgoing deputy commanding general of Support, 7th Infantry Division, for his nearly two years with the division during a farewell ceremony Nov. 13 at Joint Base Lewis McChord’s French Theater.

Published: 12:00AM November 24th, 2015

The Western Regional Medical Command at Joint Base Lewis-McChord bid farewell to Command Sgt. Maj. Marshall L. Huffman and welcomed Command Sgt. Maj. Tabitha A. Gavia as the command’s senior enlisted adviser Nov. 18 at French Theater.

Published: 12:17PM November 19th, 2015

On Nov. 13, 19 service members became U.S. citizens on JBLM.

Published: 12:31PM November 19th, 2015

Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division spent a few days training together at one of the few urban training areas on Joint Base Lewis-McChord in early November, where they spent time integrating new Soldiers into their ranks.

Published: 12:47PM November 19th, 2015

More than two dozen fruit trees were removed near McChord Field to remove a food source to help prevent geese from flying through the airspace.

Published: 12:22PM November 19th, 2015

Capt. Florent A. Groberg became the 10th living service member to receive the Medal of Honor for selfless actions on the battlefield in Iraq or Afghanistan in a White House ceremony Nov. 12.

Published: 12:21PM November 19th, 2015

Greetings to the Soldiers and families of 7th Infantry Division and the Joint Base Lewis-McChord community. I continue to be impressed by Task Force BAYONET and its superb reputation across the Army largely because of your leadership, service and hard work.

Published: 12:20PM November 19th, 2015

America’s Corps honored Korean War-era service members during a salute ceremony at Joint Base Lewis-McChord Nov. 13.

Published: 12:20PM November 19th, 2015

NASA flew the DC-8 flying laboratory out from JBLM to study the rainy weather of the Pacific Northwest.

Published: 12:16PM November 19th, 2015

The 446th Airlift Wing’s comptroller office streamlines and improves travel pay system for Reserve members.

Published: 12:11PM November 19th, 2015

Michelle Obama visited service members of Al-Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Nov. 3 as part of her Joining Forces Initiative.

Published: 12:10PM November 19th, 2015

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff discussed leadership with global chief executive officers here Tuesday, giving them some truths he has learned in 38 years in the leadership forge of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Published: 12:11PM November 19th, 2015

In support of NATO allies, Airmen from the 62nd Airlift Wing completed a personnel airdrop mission at Zaragoza Air Base, Spain, during Ultimate Reach Nov. 4.


Published: 12:09PM November 19th, 2015

The JBLM Fire Department wants everyone to have a safe holiday this Thanksgiving.

Published: 12:08PM November 19th, 2015

Races: A 5K and 10K course will be available for running, walking and skating at the annual Joint Base Lewis-McChord Turkey Trot Fun Run and Inline Skate 10 a.m. Saturday at the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Fest Tent on Lewis Main. Day of registration at the race location is $30 for the 5K and $40 for the 10K run/skate, both with valid military ID. Runners and skaters without will pay $40 for the 5K and $50 for the 10K. Twenty runners will win turkeys as a door prize. For more information, visit or call 253-967-4768.

Published: 11:29AM November 12th, 2015

Command Sgt. Maj. Richard Mulryan takes over as JBLM Command Sergeant Major from Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin Bryan.

Published: 11:32AM November 12th, 2015

A blue “medsafe” medication disposal box was installed in the lobby of the outpatient pharmacy at Madigan Army Medical center, offering a safe and secure way of disposing of unwanted, unused or expired medications.

Published: 11:24AM November 12th, 2015

A domestic disturbance call escalates to shots fired forcing a team of military police officers to make life or death decisions in seconds.

Published: 03:14PM November 12th, 2015

The 5th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 17th Field Artillery Brigade deploying to Iraq.

Published: 11:23AM November 12th, 2015

Two C-17 Globemaster III aircrews from the 7th Airlift Squadron at Joint Base Lewis-McChord participated in the successful execution of airdropping target missiles Oct. 31 in the vicinity of Wake Island and surrounding areas of the western Pacific Ocean.

Published: 11:22AM November 12th, 2015

More than 20 dentists and technicians from the 673rd Dental Company (Area Support) on JBLM supported the Northwest Joint Regional Correctional Facility.

Published: 11:16AM November 12th, 2015

7th Infantry Division held it’s division career counselor of the year board Oct. 27. The winners will go on to represent the division at the I Corps Career Counselor of the Year competition Tuesday to Thursday.

Published: 11:15AM November 12th, 2015

A panel of Pacific experts gathered at the University of Washington-Tacoma for the Views on the Pacific Symposium held in Tacoma Oct. 29.

Published: 11:40AM November 12th, 2015

Nearly 20 video game enthusiasts looked for the opportunity to represent JBLM Saturday in the first Battle of the Branches eSports Tournament at the Warrior Zone.

Published: 11:07AM November 12th, 2015

It’s time for open enrollment — the time of year when people can enroll in or change their health insurance plan. The open enrollment period for is Nov. 1 to Jan. 31 for 2016 coverage.