WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M. — The 27th annual Bataan Memorial Death March is gearing up to step into another record-breaking year March 20 at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The event is an active history lesson and a true test of endurance.
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The JBLM Dolphins Youth Swim Club has grown and will soon be able to compete in swimming events in the Pacific Northwest. Despite the team’s success, coaches maintain improving individual skills as the highest priority.
Local mixed marital arts fighter Manny Mesa originally discovered his passion for the sport before suffering injuries during a 2010 deployment to Afghanistan. After spending a few years to recover and get himself back up to speed, he has competed as an amateur at local events.
Sports: Bowlers on Joint Base Lewis-McChord can participate in a Nine-Pin No-Tap Tournament Saturday at Sounders Lanes Family Fun Center at 737 Jackson Blvd. on McChord Field. Teams of four can check in at noon and start practicing at 12:30 p.m. before the 1 p.m. start. Teams can register for $100; individuals can register for $25. For more information, call 253-982-5954.
Despite the decreased numbers of service members in battle and fewer suffering combat injuries, the Warrior Transition Battalion on Joint Base Lewis-McChord is still just as busy with a diverse adaptive sports program beneficial to injured and ill service members who are active duty, Reservist or National Guard.
ALOHA STADIUM, Hawaii — Military members volunteered their time to support the 2016 NFL Pro Bowl in Hawaii Sunday. A joint honor guard detail rendered honors as the American flag was displayed across the field, followed by the Air Force’s C-17 Globemaster III flyover.
Peninsula High School’s boys basketball team made a return visit to Joint Base Lewis-McChord to host a youth basketball camp for children between first and eighth grade Saturday at the Child, Youth and School Services gymnasium on Lewis North. The camp attracted nearly 100 participants.
Intramurals: Teams composed of active-duty service members can register for Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s Intramural Dodgeball Tournament starting Saturday at 9 a.m. at Wilson Sports and Fitness Center on Lewis North. Registration is due by Friday. For more information, visit jblmmwr.com/
Qua’shaya Hammon is used to making adjustments on the basketball court at Pierce College, but the sophomore guard has had to make a lot of adjustments in her personal life — including the family moving to Washington state during her junior year of high school.
The majority of the volunteer youth coaches for the Child, Youth and School Services at Joint Base Lewis-McChord are active duty service members, ranging from parents of athletes to those who have a youthful passion to start coaching as their next profession.
TACOMA After going through two tiebreaker rounds, Tracy Harris Jr., 10, won the 10-11 boys division and a spot in the state competition Feb. 20 at Saint Martins University in Lacey.
Former Seattle Seahawks running back Curt Warner met with a large crowd of football fans Saturday at the Lewis Main Exchange on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Sports: Bring your kids to Sounders Lanes located at Colonel Joe Jackson Boulevard on McChord Field for Family Fun Bowling every Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon. Bowling for that time is just $5 per child, which includes the shoe rental. Call 253-982-5954.
JBLMs Special Olympics program continues to provide opportunities for those with special needs to develop skills on the basketball court during two weekly practices the CYSS gym on JBLM.
UNIVERSITY PLACE Meet the senior captains for Curtis High School boys’ swimming and water polo teams, with ties to JBLM.
Sports: Pierce College will host a Salute to Armed Forces Night Saturday with free tickets for all members of the military with valid ID.
More than 100 participated in the Fitness Resolution Fair Saturday at Soldiers Field House. It was an event where fitness instructors provided samples of various classes such as Zumba, MixxedFit and yoga.
With a collection of dedicated service members and officers, the 47th Combat Support Hospital was able to claim the 2015 Commander’s Cup for earning the most points in Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s Intramural Sports season.
New club organized by the JBLM Northwest Adventure Center looks to offer training courses for skiing, rock and ice climbing and mountaineering trips in the Pacific Northwest.
A special one-day tournament for the game of skill known as Texas Hold Em will take place Saturday at the Club at McChord Field, 700 Barnes Blvd., on McChord Field. Doors open at 1 p.m.; tournament starts at 1:30 p.m. Entry is $20 for club members and $22 for nonclub members. Prizes include gift cards worth $400, $300 and $200. Open to all military ID cardholders.
On the same day as the Army-Navy college football rivalry game, members from Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Naval Base Kitsap had their own Army-Navy hockey exhibition Dec. 12 at the ShoWare Center in Kent.
The first part of working toward a New Year’s resolution of becoming more fit and healthy is to see where you stand. The Army Wellness Center at Jensen Family Health and Fitness Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord provides free assessments and classes.
Sports enthusiasts will find that the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Sports, Fitness and Aquatics office has made some changes to both the intramural sports and race calendar in an effort to provide not only more sports overall, but also opportunities for women’s and open leagues to form.
Fitness: The Joint Base Lewis-McChord Fitness Resolution 2016 will provide a chance to learn about the different fitness classes at various JBLM centers to help with New Year’s resolutions Saturday at 9 a.m. at Soldiers Field House on Lewis Main. The event is free. Many of JBLM’s certified trainers will attend. Call 253-967-4771.
Every year, JBLM provides a number of various sporting events and leagues for their units in a friendly competition while also participating in several intraservice competitions locally and nationally. This year was no different.
More than 450 participated in the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Jingle Bell Jog and Reindeer Romp Saturday at Eagles Pride Golf Course on Lewis Main. The event also provided an “ugly holiday sweater” contest and a drawing for several door prizes during the final JBLM race for 2015.
Youth: The youth sports staff will be hosting their annual Flag Football Camp with registration open until Sunday. There will be a Smart Start camp for ages 3-4 running Monday to Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. for $20 per child. For ages 9-18, the regular camp will be Dec. 28-30 from noon to 2 p.m. and will cost $35 per participant. Visit jblmmwr.com/cys.
Bremerton The Joint Base Lewis-McChord flag football team was not able to find any rhythm as they lost 21-0 to Navy Region Northwest during the 16th annual Puget Sound Army vs. Navy Flag Football Classic Dec. 11 at Naval Base Kitsap in Bremerton. Navy quarterback Michael Haberstumpf threw for 217 yards and three touchdowns while JBLM had three quarterbacks combine for just 115.
U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. Air Force Academy Falcons football team will compete in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Dec. 29 in Fort Worth, Texas, at Amon G. Carter Stadium.
There are a variety of experience levels for Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s flag football team that will take on Navy Region Northwest in the 16th annual Puget Sound Army vs Navy Flag Football Classic this Friday at Naval Base Kitsap in Bremerton.