More than 258 people have died and more than 245 aircraft have been destroyed since 1988.
More than 258 people have died and more than 245 aircraft have been destroyed since 1988.
After more than a year of planning and coordinating, the Western Regional Medical Command is scheduled to finalize its merger with the Regional Health Command-Pacific Friday.
The Fort Lewis Thrift Shop is donating a scholarship for spouses to the Fort Lewis Family Member Scholarship Fund for the first time.
Staff and volunteers with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve work diligently to look out for service members.
On Monday, the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Enterprise Multimedia Centers photo studio started to assist service members on an appointment only basis.
Sergeant Sergio Nanclares received a medal for helping Air Force with Colombian President’s visit to McChord Airfield.
Career counselors from across the 7th Infantry Division came together to be recognized for their achievements during an awards ceremony at the Courage Inn Dining Facility Dec. 17.
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii Picture a hot summer day in Afghanistan, and a company of 25th Infantry Division Soldiers preparing to move to a new area of operation.
With ongoing unit training, improvements to the base, deployments, homecomings and new resources and events to keep service members and family members entertained, 2015 was an eventful year at Joint Base Lewis-
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.
Airman up! is a phrase that Air Mobility Command can expect to hear often from the new command chief.
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.
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.
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 McChords French Theater.
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 commands senior enlisted adviser Nov. 18 at French Theater.
For two years, bird watchers have gathered from throughout the Puget Sound to Eagles Pride Golf Course to see a variety of different species. The most recent bird walk April 16 yielded a record 25 nature enthusiasts.
Construction crews begin to lay out synthetic field turfs, a major step in the completion of the new outdoor Lewis North Sports Complex at Joint Base Lewis-McChord that began in August. The complex will feature four softball fields, two multipurpose fields, outdoor basketball courts and a central plaza.
Survivor Outreach Services hosted a dove release to honor Gold Star spouses and families at Memorial Park Saturday.
A celebration was hosted on Jan. 23 to honor the 20th anniversary of the David L. Stone Education Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
The surrounding Joint Base Lewis-McChord area’s leaders, citizens and service members spoke out about the Army’s process of reducing active-duty end-strength from 562,000 in 2012 to 490,000 starting this year.
Former JBLM Soldier, Retired Army Staff Sgt. Jason Gibson, invited to attend State of the Union address to the nation.
Washington State Patrol Capt. Mark Brogan presented installation commander Col. H. Charles Hodges the Chief’s Coin on behalf of WSP Chief John Batiste. Hodges reciprocated the favor by giving a commander’s coin in return.
Patient safety top priority at Madigan Army Medical Center and influences how providers approach medical care
UIJEONGBU, South Korea New US-ROK division in South Korea to have robust capabilities to defend a world hot spot
As part of the Army 2020 concept, on Aug. 6 the 14th Combat Engineer Battalion inactivated and reactivated as the 14th Brigade Engineer Battalion under the 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, of Lt. Col. Douglas E. Brown changed command with Lt. Col. Michael J. Baim. Operations officer of the 14th Bde. Engr. Bn., Maj. Yanson T. Cox, said the Army 2020 concept means they went through a total Army analysis to see what the Army needed.
Airmen and Soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord practiced amphibious special-operations tactics during a water training exercise at American Lake July 14 and 15.
After 15 years of serving in the military, Master Sgt. Leroy A. Petry is embracing retirement.
Newly promoted leaders skills tested at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Joint Base Lewis-McChord Parents were spinning, dancing and jumping almost as much as their children July 18 and 19, during the United Service Organizations Sesame Street Experience for Military Families on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas There were 439 Airmen selected for promotion via the supplemental promotion process, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced July 17.
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Air Force released its Long Range Strike Bomber, or LRS-B, request for proposal to industry July 9 with a contract award expected in spring 2015.
QUANTICO, Va. The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command recently launched a new centralized recruiting program, which features an online-application process aimed at recruiting qualified Soldiers to become CID special agents.
The 446th Airlift Wing on Joint Base Lewis-McChord will have a new face in the near future, and he has ties to the Pacific Northwest.
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. The 20th CBRNE Command, the U.S. Armys only formation tasked with integrated chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive ordnance disposal operations, demonstrated its readiness, agility and adaptability during Exercise Atropian Phoenix in June.
SEATTLE The Gold Star Wives of America, Inc. held their 69th annual convention in Seattle Saturday to elect new leadership and board members.
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. The Army is creating a standard marketplace of tactical communications hardware to support the Common Operating Environment initiative and deliver a familiar and intuitive experience for Soldiers.
The next phase in the Madigan Pharmacy updates will be implemented in the upcoming days, and patient awareness of the changes will help to lessen both confusion and wait times.
By now, active duty family members living within a 30-minute drive from Madigan Army Medical Center, and who currently see a primary care provider in the TRICARE Prime Network, should have received a letter reassigning them to a Madigan clinic.
Joint Base Lewis-McChord Pershing Circle, the roundabout in front of Joint Base Lewis-McChords Headquarters Building, Bldg. 1010 on Lewis Main, is closing for repairs starting the second week in August. It will not reopen until construction is complete, some time in December.
YAKIMA For Lt. Col. Jason Evers, coming to take command of Joint Base Lewis-McChords Yakima Training Center felt like a homecoming.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD Active and retired service members hit the catwalk during a fashion show held at the Lewis Main Exchange on Joint Base Lewis McChord.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD Senior Enlisted Adviser for the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, Chief Master Sgt. Tony Pearson, visited Joint Base Lewis McChord July 15-18
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD With the weather warming up, its nice to know the water in bottles, glasses and cups around Joint Base Lewis-McChord is safe to drink.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD service members through the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Service Member for Life Transition Assistance Program in a nine-month period, Patterson-UTI Drilling Company LLC is one of JBLMs biggest employers of transitioning service members.
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen all agree: They like the look and feel of the new M50 respirator, said U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, who developed the masks.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD An aircraft fire is not an event anyone in the Air Force wishes for, but it can come in handy for a service members to get the real-world training of fighting a fire.
FORT DETRICK, Md. A team of scientists can scan the surface of severely burned skin, creates a three-dimensional map of the wound with a laser, and then print skin cells onto the patient using a 3-D bioprinter.
Is it possible to make an appointment with the Staff Judge Advocate Legal Office over the phone?
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is exploring the possibility of partnering with the private sector for projects involving Americas waterways and ports.
FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. The Army wants to put the right people in the right jobs at the right time; especially with shrinking budgets, manpower and an uncertain global-security environment, but does it do that very well?
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD Dressed head to toe in American flag print clothes Army Privates Joseph Pedicone, Thomas Bland and Jacob Ayala marched around Freedom Fest waving an American flag and stopping periodically to pose for pictures with other attendees of the Fourth of July event.
WASHINGTON, D.C. Foster Farms is recalling an unspecified amount of its chicken products, including some sold at McChord Field's Commissary, because the products may be contaminated with a strain of salmonella Heidelberg, according to a Department of Defense All Food and Drug Activity message sent July 9.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD The Armys Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program aims to synchronize and professionalize victim advocacy services by establishing SHARP Resource Centers on military installations across the globe.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD Nestled between rows of Firebirds, Cadillacs and hot rods, Spc. Nicholas Drossos 1972 Volkswagen was parked instilling raised eyebrows and scary comments from onlookers.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD Shannon Vernon and her nine-year-old daughter Sophia move like a well-oiled machine. Every third Thursday of the month they bring four pounds of hamburger meat, eight ounces of shredded cheese, two cans of refried beans, lettuce, tomato, onions, sour cream and salsa to the Fisher House.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD The 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) welcomed back an old hand July 2 as their new commander. Colonel Robert C. McDowell handed off command of the 1st SFG to Col. Otto K. Liller, who has been part of the group three other times in his 20-year Army career.
Lieutenant Colonel Darrell OSteen has had two years of savoring the dry, hot summers of the Yakima Valley. Its a lot different from most of my assignments, OSteen said, adding that he mostly has been in the Southeast during his 25 years in the Army. I do not miss the humidity at all.
WASHINGTON, D.C. The United States has sent troops back to Iraq because it is in Americas interest for the country to remain stable and to counter Sunni militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today.
WASHINGTON, D.C. A permanent-change-of-station move prompts its own challenges, but family members with special-needs children face another complexity when looking for the right schools at their new home, a Defense Department official said at the Pentagon July 2.
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center has released new clinical recommendations and support tools to assist in the identification and treatment of a sleep disturbance occurring in patients after a concussion (mild traumatic brain injury or mTBI). The suite of products assists health care providers in the identification of a sleep problem and provides recommendations for its treatment.
When the weather heats up, both adults and children head outside. Long lazy days in the water or short summer bike trips can be fun and great ways to stay cool, but slip and falls or bike accidents can put a chill on all the summer fun.
Madigan Army Medical Center earned the honor of being named one of the Most Wired hospitals in 2014 thanks to its use of technology across the board to positively impact patient care.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD The Seattle Seahawks and the Joint Base Lewis-McChord community have shared a warm relationship for many years, through lean and good times.
McChord Fields passenger terminal opened its doors to a new family lounge during a ribbon-cutting ceremony June 23. In 2010, Air Mobility Command attempted to standardize passenger terminals around the world after noticing facility discrepancies between various terminals.
WASHINGTON, D.C. The formation of a national unity government in Iraq will be key to defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told National Public Radio June 27.
Typical Pacific Northwest weather didnt stop the Outdoor Expo from taking place Saturday at the Exchange on Joint Base Lewis-McChords Lewis Main.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD Airmen in new multi-colored T-shirts are making an appearance at McChord Field on Fridays. The Air Forces change to authorized dress and appearance instructions, approved in January, has given way to Morale Fridays.
Soldiers of the 42nd Military Police Brigade, 593rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command and civilian officers of the Directorate of Emergency Services attended the first Search and Canvas course taught by the Vancouver (British Columbia) Police Department at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, June 23 to 27.
Its not always easy in college to decide what you want to be when you grow up. For United States Military Academy cadets who are all destined to be military officers, the career choices are little more limited, but not by much.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD More than 400 Korean War veterans, their friends and family members attended the 64th annual Korean War commemoration June 21 on the state capital grounds in Olympia.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD Lieutenant Colonel Jason Scott took command of the 361st Recruiting Squadron, at a change of command ceremony on JBLM McChord Field June 26.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD There was a time in the U.S. Army when the prospect of a visit from the inspector general struck fear throughout the chain of command.
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers faces aging technology, shortage of funding and a lack of citizen awareness, said its commander.
WASHINGTON, D.C. Army senior leaders contend that communications technology is being developed and put into use inside the Army before its vulnerability to cyberattacks has been fully evaluated.
The following is a list of recent Veterans In Piping HVAC/R and Welding program graduates:
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD Exiting service members undecided about pursuing continuing education might consider a study published by The Federal Reserve Bank of New York that shows workers with a bachelors or associate degree make more money over their lifetimes than those without a degree.
This years Freedom Fest at Joint Base Lewis-McChord will showcase the freedom of the open sky with a two-hour series of aerial demonstrations.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD Zach and Heather Morgans home might be small, but, for them, the simplistic lifestyle of Tiny-House living is exactly what they needed after years of living in excess.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD The Department of Defense launched a broad review of the Military Health System last week, and officials made Madigan Army Medical Center one of their first stops.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD Stryker combat vehicles are big 15 tons of reinforced metal, rubber and weaponry big. Moving a Stryker across the world with a full complement of Soldiers, food and equipment an equally big job.
Joint Base Lewis-McChord service members and civilians who commute between McChord Field and Lewis Main have something to be excited about: construction is underway on a new road and overpass connecting Lewis Main and McChord Field. Crews started clearing trees last month for the $9 million connector road, a federally funded military-construction project approved in 2010.
FORT IRWIN, Calif. The wind howled at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., blowing dust on everything and everyone. Mechanics with the 14th Engineer Battalion, 555th Engineer Brigade from Joint Base Lewis-McChord worked through the harsh conditions to get a High Mobility Wheeled Vehicle back into operation.
Sixty-eight civilian aides to the secretary of the Army, CASAs, met at Joint Base Lewis-McChord Monday for their 59th annual conference. CASAs represent the 50 states, five territories and the District of Columbia.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD When couple Zach and Heather Morgan decided they wanted to purge their belongings and simplify their lives by moving into a Tiny House, they had a lot of questions on where to start.
FORT IRWIN, Calif. During Exercise Atropian Phoenix, specialized U.S. Army units are working to keep the worlds most dangerous weapons out of circulation.
Sweat trickled down his forehead as a Soldier emerged from the dense forest. His rucksack had worn him down. Stumbling up the hill with heavy legs, he sighed with relief after catching sight of the shower tent.
A new Washington motorcycle law is giving bikers a reason to get revved up. The law makes it legal for motorcyclists to drive through a red light if the bike doesnt trigger the light detection system.
The 446th Airlift Wing faces a potential reduction of roughly 172 manpower sanctions by Dec. 5, 2014, pending Congressional approval of the presidents 2014 fiscal year budget.
WASHINGTON, D.C. Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh signed a directive authorizing more opportunities for women to serve in a wider range of roles within the Army.
WASHINGTON, D.C. Special operators that President Barack Obama is sending to Iraq, up to 300 U.S. military personnel, will form assessment teams to evaluate the situation on the ground there and boost Iraqs ability to counter the threat from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as ISIL.
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Air Force is fully engaged in planning efforts to provide options for the situation in Iraq and is ready to provide its capabilities if necessary, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said June 17.
WASHINGTON, D.C. Making a permanent-change-of-station move can be stressful, but changing health care providers during that time is easy, the director of the TRICARE health plan said here yesterday.
If you have had an appointment at Madigan Army Medical Center, or its satellite clinics, in the last few months, chances are good that you received a survey in the mail asking about your appointment experience.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD By now, active duty family members living within a 30-minute drive from Madigan Army Medical Center, and who currently see a primary care provider in the TRICARE Prime Network, should have received a letter reassigning them to a Madigan clinic.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD It never fails during morning and evening rush hours stop-and-go traffic gets heavy on Interstate 5 in areas adjacent to Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
TACOMA Two years ago the Masters in Cybersecurity and Leadership class at the University of Washington Tacoma was just a thought written on a piece of paper.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD Friends and families of Soldiers assigned to the 4th Attack Reconnaissance Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, welcomed their loved ones home after a long wait during the June 11 homecoming ceremony at Soldiers Field House.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD I Corps commanding general Lt. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza spoke to the local business and political community about the state of the corps in the context of a number of recent changes directed at the uniformed services by the Department of Defense.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD Due to Washington states passage of Initiative 502, the measure legalizing recreational marijuana use in the state, and with retail outlets soon opening throughout the state, the 62nd Airlift Wing Office of the Staff Judge Advocate issued the following reminders for service members and Department of Defense civilian employees.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD To help government workers, contractors and military members keep up with technology, the Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association Pacific Northwest Chapter is hosting the 16th Annual Technology Day at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD Every C-17 Globemaster III aircraft comes equipped with a buffet and galley subsystem, which provides an area for food and beverage storage and preparation, like those found on commercial airliners.
WASHINGTON, D.C. In the cyber domain of 2025, the ability of military formations to operate offensively and defensively will be a core mission set, and commanders will maneuver the capability much as they maneuver ground forces today, the commander of U.S. Cyber Command said last week.
WEST POINT, N.Y. Betty Lehman, a retired Army sergeant first class, admits her chances of making the 2014 Army Warrior Games team are slim, but that doesnt dampen one bit her determination and effort.
WASHINGTON, D.C. As the summer season approaches, the Defense Department is redoubling its efforts to promote safety and emphasize responsibility to all service members and their families, DODs director of personnel risk reduction said at the Pentagon recently.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD Western Washingtons dry season almost has arrived, and Joint Base Lewis-McChords fire prevention officials are reminding the community about fire safety.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD Dallas Nickerson, 62nd Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment technician, was awarded Air Mobility Commands civilian maintenance professional of the year award and was recognized by Brig. Gen. Warren Berry, Headquarters Air Mobility Command director of logistics, at an awards ceremony June 12 at the Club at McChord Field.
WASHINGTON, D.C. Fewer Airmen than originally expected will meet involuntary retention boards this summer and fall, Air Force officials said June 13.
WASHINGTON, D.C. The commission tasked by President Barack Obama and Congress to modernize military compensation and benefits programs is seeking input from service members on their preferences.
WASHINGTON, D.C. Need some time off to care for a sick or elderly parent or young child? Want to finish that degree by going full-time? Been dreaming of climbing the Alps, but need an extended vacation?
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD Command Sergeant Major Kevin W. Bryan doesnt want transitioning service members to get a job. He wants them to start a career.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD Two Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, will attend the Forces Command Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year Competition at Fort Bragg, N.C., later this summer.
TACOMA Service members from Joint Base Lewis-McChord and other local installations got to share the field with the Ms Triple A affiliate Tacoma Rainiers at the teams Salute to Armed Forces Game Sunday at Cheney Stadium.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD It took Sgt. 1st Class Randall Johnson three tries to join the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD Often getting hired at a new job can depend on who you know, but at Joint Base Lewis-McChord all service members have an in to the career fields theyre investigating after the military.
The Tops in Blue variety shows 2014 World Tour continues the Air Force Entertainments tradition of the best singers, dancers and performers in the U.S. Air Force. The tour makes a stop at Joint Base Lewis-McChord 6 p.m. on June 18 at McChord Fields Hangar 9.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD While more than 150 miles separates Selah and Yakima from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the three communities find a close connection through the Yakima Training Center.
HASHEMITE KINGDOM OF JORDAN In a continued effort to strengthen the relationships between forces, U.S. and Jordanian soldiers conducted a joint high mobility artillery system demonstration as part of Exercise Eager Lion June 4.
FORT BELVOIR, Va. In April, the Army completed the sale of the first 10 CH-47D Chinook helicopters that were auctioned through the General Services Administration website.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD Each C-17 Globemaster III assigned to the fleet is equipped with an ultra-high frequency satellite antenna, providing air crews access to speech communication channels via satellite link.
WASHINGTON, D.C. Air Force spouses are key to maintaining stability on the home front as Airmen maintain focus on the war front, according to the wife of the Air Forces top officer.
WASHINGTON, D.C. Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan D. Gibson June 5 announced immediate steps to address recomm-endations made by VAs Inspector General who found systemic problems have led to unusually long wait times for veterans seeking health care at facilities around the country.
The Madigan Pharmacy is completely revamping and revitalizing the way it fills prescriptions.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD Madigan patients can now communicate more quickly and easily with their primary care teams here thanks to RelayHealth, an online tool that lets patients communicate directly with their providers.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD The green efforts of Madigan Army Medical Center earned it the honor of being ranked as one of the top 25 green hospitals in the United States and Canada in 2014.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD Although their helicopters fly some of the most dangerous missions in the military, the Night Stalkers of 4th Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment received a unit safety award May 30 during a special Army Safety Excellence Streamer ceremony at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD When you cant get to the mountain, you bring the mountain to you. Thats what the 446th Aeromedical Staging and 446th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadrons at Joint Base Lewis-McChord are planning with their Rainier Medic exercise.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD Some years, the Reserve service members who rescue climbers from Mount Rainier dont get a single call. Last week, they received two within four days and this years climbing season is just beginning.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD In front of a fireplace, a small group of family and friends gathered May 29 to celebrate the academic accomplishments of military-related high school seniors and spouses at the Family Resource Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
DAYTON, Ohio Veteran paratrooper Jim Pee Wee Martin, who jumped into Normandy on D-Day, is returning to coastal France to mark the 70th anniversary of the invasion that changed the course of World War II.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD Instead of wearing the usual Army Combat Uniforms for their mission on May 30, nine members of the 84th Civil Affairs Battalion, known as the Phoenix Battalion, wore jackets, jeans and helmets for a motorcycle ride from battalion headquarters on Lewis Main to Mount Rainier.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD Every year, athletes with physical and mental disabilities arrive at Joint Base Lewis-McChord to compete in the Washington Special Olympics, demonstrating their fitness and sharing unique levels of joy and courage.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD Service and family members of Joint Base Lewis-McChord might have a multitude of questions about their next deployment or training mission, but the JBLM Armed Forces Community Service will be glad to provide them answers. AFCS is hosting a quarterly Mission Resource Expo Tuesday at American Lake Conference Center on Lewis North.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD The men and women of the 1st Air Support Operations Group welcomed Col. James Bowen Jr., who assumed command from Col. Bruce Beyerly during a change of command ceremony, May 27, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD Each year on the last Monday of May the U.S. dedicates a day to commemorate those who gave their lives in defense of the nation.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD Washington states Military Transition Council briefed Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee regarding its efforts to help transitioning military service members complete their higher education goals through the states public colleges during its quarterly meeting Tuesday at American Lake Conference Center.
MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK Thousands of climbers attempt to conquer Mount Rainier each year, but sometimes the mountain conquers them instead. Some years, fewer than half of those who start the climb make it to the 14,411-foot volcanos summit.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD About 200 people paid their respects Monday to service members who sacrificed everything for their country. The Memorial Day ceremony at Joint Base Lewis-McChords Fort Lewis Cemetery honored those who died during their service, but also those who died outside of combat or after their service.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD JBLM's Directorate of Public Works warns people that charging your electric vehicle on base is restricted at the moment, and updating the rules isn't easy.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD If an engine fire breaks out aboard a C-17 Globemaster III, aircrews have a system that allows them to extinguish the flames. But that system would be useless without properly functioning engine fan duct fire seals; seals that until recently C-17 maintainers did not realize were critical for fire suppressi
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO, Texas Airmen, dependents and veterans now have access to behavioral health services through their primary care manager, or PCM, at any military treatment facility, Air Force Medical Operations Agency officials report.
WASHINGTON, D.C. A thicker barrel will absorb more heat in the new M4-A1 carbine, should a Soldier need to flip the selector to auto, according to Soldiers overseeing the new configuration now being added to the M4.
BRUSSELS The world has changed and because of it, protecting NATOs eastern and southern flanks has to be a priority, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said May 22, at the end of the NATO Chiefs of Defense Meeting in Brussels.
Across Arlington National Cemetery last weekend, adjacent to each of the often stark white, simple grave stones, a tiny American flag was placed into the ground as a tribute to the service and sacrifice of the nations fallen service members who rest there.
The Pacemakers of the 864th Engineer Battalion mixed a little competition with training last week to produce the Pacemaker Stakes.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD One local chapter in the War on Terrorism ended Tuesday with the inactivation of Joint Base Lewis-McChords 1st Joint Mobilization Brigade.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD Colonel James W. Danna III didnt have to bet on Jose H. Ocasio-Santiago. The commander of the 191st Infantry Brigade at Joint Base Lewis-McChord needed someone to command the 1st Battalion, 357th Infantry Regiment (Training Support). He had other lieutenant colonels who wanted the job.
Joint Base Lewis-McChord will honor the memory of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of the United States with a Memorial Day ceremony Monday, May 26, at 11:30 a.m. at the base cemetery, the Fort Lewis Cemetery.
WASHINGTON A DOD-funded smartphone app, whose tools have been used in their physical form for a decade to treat patients with anxiety, stress, negative thinking, is now available free to the public. Its being studied for use in those with more serious psychological health problems, experts involved in the apps funding and use said.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD The doors of Joint Base Lewis-McChord opened to the public for the annual Armed Forces Day celebration Saturday. JBLM invited civilian families to celebrate with service members and their families. While on-base, they got a close look at some of the vehicles and equipment used by Soldiers and Airmen.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD Most people dont think of wastewater treatment plants as attractive. Then again, most people havent seen Joint Base Lewis-McChords. And plans were enacted last week to make the facility even more appealing.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD Foodies take note: a show just for you is coming to Joint Base Lewis-McChord on June 4.
NATICK, Mass. When it comes to the very best in vision protection for the warfighter, researchers at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center make sure the eyes have it.
Registration for Joint Base Lewis-McChords Exceptional Family Member Programs two annual campouts is set for June 1 this year. EFMP specialist Nancy Dozier said this is the first year Camp Prime Time will be selected by drawing instead of first-come, first-serve. EFMP holds the camp each year in the Wenatchee National Forest in conjunction with the Camp Prime Time nonprofit.
CLARK AIR BASE, Philippines In front of a multitude of distinguished visitors, a dozen soldiers from the Philippine Armys Special Operations Force leaped from a C-130 troop transport aircraft during a High Altitude Low Opening jump onto their objective far below.
MANILA, Philippines Soldiers of 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division returned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord from the Philippines Sunday after the successful completion of a three-week multinational, joint forces exercise with Soldiers from the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD The JBLM Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Summit was held at the Club at McChord Field May 16. The ballroom was filled with sexual assault response coordinators, sexual assault prevention and response officers, victim advocates and key leaders, who learned how they can help address the problem of sexual harassment and assault in the military.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD In preparation for Team McChords unit effectiveness inspection coming up in September, the Air Mobility Command inspector general has developed a survey geared to help enhance the inspection process.
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Defense Department greatly appreciates the contributions of its civilian employees as it works toward achieving more efficiency across the workforce, a senior personnel official told a Senate homeland security and governmental affairs panel May 6.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD Spring Pride Week at Joint Base Lewis-McChord was a big success in terms of recyclable and trash collected last week thanks in part to downsizing.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD Although the almost 13-year war in Afghanistan is winding down, the mission is not over. Nobody understands that more than units who are deploying this year to continue to support the Afghan government and its people.
LAKEWOOD Although they work in different environments, military and civilian police officers mourn comrades lost in the line of duty the same way.
Reservists do more than execute the Air Force mission to fly, fight, and win. They also receive value-based training while assisting underserved communities. Such is the case with the 446th Civil Engineer Squadron, which sent about 21 people to Gallup, N.M., Saturday for two weeks of training.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD Joint Base Lewis-McChords spouses have a history of sponsoring good causes, and continued that tradition last week by handing out $30,000. The JBLM Spouses Club awarded grants to 22 organizations on and off the installation during base commander Col. H. Charles Hodges Jr.s community update May 7 at Nelson Recreation Center.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD Joint Base Lewis-McChords Safety Focus Week starts Sunday, and the bases annual exhibition promises to get all who attend thinking about safety.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD A First Responder Partnership Day addressed a disconnect between base and civilian first responders at the American Lake Conference Center on JBLM May 8.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD A service member and his 15-member unit were recently turned away from two pools in a single morning while attempting to conduct military training. What are the rules and guidelines for requesting a group military training at JBLM pools?
WASHINGTON, D.C. For the first time ever, a handy pocket guide for Soldiers is now available to explain the specifics of their annual Clothing Replacement Allowance.
WASHINGTON, D.C. Slowing the growth of military pay and housing allowances, reducing commissary subsidies and adjusting TRICARE costs will save $31 billion over the next five years and enable readiness to be maintained, senior leaders told lawmakers.
Soldiers on Lewis North are now just a short walk away from getting comprehensive medical care, thanks to the new Soldier Centered Medical Home now located at Okubo Family Medical Clinic.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD The Madigan Main Outpatient Pharmacy will be closed May 22 to 26 for renovation. Plan ahead to ensure you have enough medication to cover this closure.
LAKEWOOD, Wash. Declared missing in action during the Vietnam War, Air Force Capt. Douglas D. Ferguson returned home to Lakewood May 1 after 44 years. Ferguson, an F-4D Phantom II pilot, was shot down over Laos in 1969.
NATICK, Mass. During his more than four years as a Navy civilian photographer with the Joint Prisoner of War, Missing in Action Accounting Command, or JPAC, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Jason Kaye always recognized the importance of his organizations
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO The Army announced plans May 7 to release the second of three public service announcements developed to increase awareness of DOD-issued gold star and next-of-kin lapel pins.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD A Brazilian army delegation visited Joint Base Lewis-McChord to become familiar with the U.S. Army Stryker vehicle and its variants.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD The Madigan Main Outpatient Pharmacy is getting ready to put the way it currently fills prescriptions on its head, with a complete over-haul of its antiquated system. Once complete, the new pharmacy will feature prescription intake and out-take windows, more staff during peak hours and a text message option for completed prescriptions. The new hours will be in effect May
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD The 787th Ordnance Company (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), 3rd Ordnance Battalion is deploying to Afghanistan, likely for the last time of the current conflict.
In a week, about 2,000 military retirees and spouses will gravitate to Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Theyll be happy, hungry and heartened thanks to the welcome prepared for them by Retirement Services Officer Alex Silva on Retiree Appreciation Day on May 16.
While national Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month kicked off May 1, Army officials are urging leaders to treat rider safety as a year-round imperative in response to rising PMV-2 fatalities.
MANILA, Philippines United States forces from the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, arrived in Manila last week in advance of the commencement of Balikatan 2014. During Balikatan 2014, U.S. service members from 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment will work alongside counterparts from the Armed Forces of the Philippines to assist in refining staff leading skills as part of the annual exercise.
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. Air Mobility Command welcomed its 11th commander to Scott Air Force Base, Ill., May 5.
Although you probably havent heard of Joint Base Lewis-McChords Directorate of Logistics recent maintenance award, you might want to take note. The quality of the repairs the DOL team does could not only save service members from turmoil, but possibly saves their lives.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD The 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division is slated to deploy to the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., this summer, where it will certify as a globally available and regionally aligned combat brigade
After about six years in one location, it can be nice, even rejuvenating, to switch it up. Thats what led the 446th Airlift Wings newest addition to its recruiting staff to Washington.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD Soldiers with 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, held a Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention stand-down day April 29 that focused on preventing sexual harassment and assault.
At Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Earth Day was not a day at all, but instead a week filled with opportunities to get involved in the spirit of conservation and sustainability.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD The League of American Bicyclists declared May as National Bike Month in 1956 and since then bicycling enthusiasts around the country have piggybacked their message extolling the virtues of human pedal power with the arrival of pleasant, late spring weather. Its not an unconscious choice on their part.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD A senior NCO from the 627th Security Forces Squadron was awarded the Bronze Star Medal April 18 at a 627th Air Base Group all call.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD Madigan Army Medical Center is welcoming home about 3,000 family members of active-duty military personnel to its care.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD David Niekerk had a few uplifting words for Joint Base Lewis-McChords adjutants general April 24. The former vice president of human resources for Amazon knew just how to phrase things, too. Before entering the civilian world, he was an AG major in the Army.
Sergeant 1st Class Keela Reyna has been a part of the Army for nearly 40 years, almost all of those as an administrative specialist. Shes watched the Army change from the Cold War force of March 1979 to the smaller, more agile and expertly trained unit it is today. Yet, on the 106th birthday of the Army Reserve April 23, Reyna had less to say about her past and more to say about the future of the Reserve.
The 17th Field Artillery Brigade has regained its roots as a field artillery brigade after about 10 years as a fires brigade.
Will Silva had no idea what a dragon boat was when his friend volunteered him to be on the Olympia Fire Departments team less than four weeks before the start of St. Martins Universitys Ninth Annual Dragon Boat Festival at the state Capitol last Saturday.
Most Major League baseball teams have amended a baseball custom since 9/11. The traditional singing of Take Me Out to the Ball Game is now preceded during the seventh-inning stretch by a rendition of God Bless America at most ball parks.
SEATTLE As a child, Major Marc Miller of the 97th Airlift Squadron dreamed of taking the field with the Seattle Mariners.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD Sherrilla Hopson, an employee at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Child and Youth Services office at McChord Field, has participated in the annual Grace Gospel Praise Dance Showcase for six years, including April 27s performance at Lewis North Chapel.
WASHINGTON, D.C. Despite a national unemployment rate hovering at just under 7 percent, a Pentagon program intended to help unemployed military spouses find jobs including positions with Fortune 500 companies is surpassing its goals, connecting more than 60,000 military spouses with 220 private- and public-sector partners since the program began three years ago.
Healthy Kids Day is a national initiative. Its encouraged that every (YMCA) across the United States of America participates, and its all on the same day, said Tauna Shoemaker, the marketing and development director for the Lakewood Family YMCA.
Spring has sprung here in western Washington. Now is the time for lighter, colorful foods to replace heavier, hearty winter dishes. The 2014 National Nutrition Month theme Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right draws attention to how important flavor is. Herbs are healthy ingredients that add wonderful flavors to food and push excess salt and fat away from your fork. Take thyme to read and discover what defines an herb, nutritional benefits, and how to choose, cook, and store herbs for use in everyday meals.
The best of the best were at Fort Benning, Ga., taking part in the 2014 Best Ranger Competition April 11-13, and two infantrymen represented 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, 7th Infantry Division.
WASHINGTON On April 2, 2014 around 4:15 p.m., Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Addison Burgess, 1st Cavalry Division chaplain, was getting ready to leave his office on Fort Hood when he was told to stay put. He heard shots and hoped that it was a routine memorial ceremony.
WASHINGTON The Army has returned to Sgt. Timothy Gilboe the body armor that saved his life from a point-blank gunshot during close combat in Afghanistan.
WASHINGTON Twitter, Facebook and other types of social media are contributing to global instability, said Robert D. Kaplan, chief geopolitical analyst for Stratfor a team of intelligence experts.
WASHINGTON Feedback on Transition GPS, which prepares service members to enter the civilian workforce, indicates it improves on the program it replaced, director of the Defense Departments Transition to Veterans Program office said recently.
WASHINGTON There are changes coming to the Department of Defenses Privately Owned Vehicle shipping program, the Personal Property Directorate at Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command announce
The Eighth National Prescription Drug Take Back Day will take place Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Joint Base Lewis-McChord will again join the national effort.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD Specialist Sean Henze already had a copy of Switchfoots latest album, Fading West, but brought an additional copy to the CD signing event April 18 at the Lewis Main Exchange on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
The crime of sexual assault is one of the most under-reported offenses in our society. That is reflected within the microcosm of the Air Force. There are many reasons why an individual would chose not to report that they have suffered a traumatic sexual event.
Battle Bean has landed at McChord Field. The coffee shop brand operated by the Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation has moved into the Lancealatte location in Building 100, pairing with Habañero Mexican Grill to offer a new menu with the same great coffee.
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO, Texas Vice Chief of Staff General John F. Campbell met with senior leaders and some very junior members of the U.S. Army Installation Management Command immediately following IMCOMs change of command ceremony in San Antionio, April 8.
FORT SILL, Okla. The Army is restructuring from 510,000 active-duty Soldiers to 490,000 in a number of ways. Natural attrition through End Term of Service dates is one, but there are also programs to make sure quality So
McChord Field Master Sgt. Marc Sellers, 62nd Maintenance Squadron fabrication flight chief, is competing at the Air Force level to become one of the Air Forces 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year. He was named March 28 the Air Mobility Commands Outstanding Airman of the Year for 2014 in the senior noncommissioned officer category.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD When thinking of base housing, many imagine their names at the bottom of an endless waiting list with no hope of going up. Service members might actually shy away from applying for an on-base home, assuming the hardship of a long wait for quarters is normal.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Battery and 256th Signal Company, 17th Field Artillery Brigade, are on their way to Southwest Asia again.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD Love a good bargain? Joint Base Lewis McChords Earth Day Flea Market is a lot more than that. Not only will visitors to Saturdays event get some great deals from military families selling their used household items, but they will also learn the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD Joint Base Lewis-McChord embraced this years soaking wet Easter weekend with two days of maximum, splashy fun.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD John P. FitzGibbons job is to test how police officers and firefighters respond to incidents at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Such incidents could involve hazmat, extreme weather, a building collapse or an active shooter incident like the recent fatal shooting at Fort Hood, Texas.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD A number of elementary school students on the Lewis side of Joint Base Lewis-McChord will be changing schools this year. Clover Park School District Superintendent Debbie LeBeau announced the construction and proposed school boundary changes to more than 100 parents Monday night at Carey Theater.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD If it was easy to earn, the Expert Field Medical Badge wouldnt be so coveted. This years competition, hosted by 62nd Medical Brigade on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, ended April 17 with 43 medics achieving the elite badge.
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.
WASHINGTON Possible changes to military retirement benefits are the No. 1 concern of Soldiers, the Armys top enlisted member told senators.
Paying to have ranks and name tapes sewn onto your clothing? Havent 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.
Managers at Joint Base Lewis-McChords Armed Forces Community Service hope to discover how different parts of the installations community are using the programs they offer by asking customers this month for their feedback.
The latest Joint Base Lewis-McChord Net Zero competition results are in, and theres a big new name at the top of the leaderboard.
The children get eggs, the adults get a relaxing time outdoors, and even businesses sometimes see a boost around Easter time.
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.
62nd Airlift Wing: 62nd Maintenance Group hosts annual LogFest awards
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.
It is just a typical day for Staff Sgt. Christopher Hoffman, 627th Security Forces Squadron combat arms instructor. Todays office is Range 108 next to Lewis North at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, where he prepares for the students heading his way.
JBLM ACAP and Wash NG career fair
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 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.
Chelle Dean knows plenty of women who deserve to be pampered.
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.
Ever wonder how the cause of a fire is determined when all thats left is ashes?
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.
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.
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.
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 didnt focus on his own name.
OLYMPIA Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law last week several bills directly benefiting service members and their families.
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, 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.
Karen Mays didnt have a chance to bring her children to events like Joint Base Lewis-McChords Kids Fest April 3.
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.
Joint Base Lewis-McChord brought home the bacon from last months Military Culinary Arts Competition. They also came away with new knowledge that directly benefits service members on base.
JBLM Directorate of Emergency services: Base joins statewide crackdown on distracted driving
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.
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-McChords Memorial Park.
When Soldiers walk into Mike Frieds 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.
AFCS Employment Readiness Program
Career-driven military spouses face unique challenges.
WASHINGTON To the Fort Hood community and the Army family worldwide, this is a time once again to come together, to stand as one as they have so many times before, drawing strength from each other, Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh told lawmakers April 3.
WASHINGTON With International Security Assistance Force support available, but largely unneeded, millions of Afghan citizens voted April 5 under the umbrella of protection provided by Afghan security forces, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said Monday.
Joint Base Lewis-McChord is blazing a new path in joint basing and transition services.
For first responders, its all about process, from the youngest private to the top emergency officials at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
It wasnt the most likely of teams a group of energetic, creative high school art students and an Army long-haul transportation company with the motto of hard work and discipline.