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Community Ledger, Feb. 24

Published: 12:46PM February 23rd, 2012
Community Ledger, Feb. 24

Scott Hansen/Northwest Guardian

Col. Thomas Brittain, Command Sgt. Maj. Matthew Barnes and Spc. Stafford Smith prepare to cut the ribbon during the grand re-opening of the JBLM Lewis Army Museum Tuesday after renovation. Brittain used an 1850s-era cavalry officer’s sword to do the honors. Scott Hansen/Northwest Guardian.


The following holidays and days of no scheduled activities are planned:

• March 16, DONSA

• April 6, DONSA

• May 25, DONSA

• May 28, Memorial Day

• July 4, Independence Day

• July 5, DONSA

• Aug. 31, DONSA

• Sept. 3, Labor Day

Warrior Zone opens

The Warrior Zone Recreation Center at JBLM Lewis North is now open to all authorized ID cardholders ages 18 and older.

The rec center offers 32 computer game stations, 40 Internet stations, 16 Xbox 360s and 16 PS3s, eight tournament pool tables, 53 big screens, three projected screens, free WiFi, theater, dining area and party patio with grills.

The Warrior Zone is in Building 11592, 17th and D St, next to Wilson Sports and Fitness Center. Call 477-5756.

EFMP movies

The McChord Theater is showing sensory-friendly matinee movies to EFMP families on the third Saturday of each month at noon. The lights are turned up and the sound is turned down! Families will see the same Saturday movie as the 4 p.m. matinee. For more information, call 982-2695.

POV resale lots

Buy or sell cars, trucks, boats, motorcycles or RVs at the POV Resale Lots on JBLM Lewis North next to the museum and McChord Field next to the Commissary. Information and prices are at

Flea market sells stuff Clean out your closets, attics and spare rooms to sell your treasures at the annual JBLM Spring Flea Market. The cost is $24 for two tables/spaces or $34 for three tables/spaces for authorized ID cardholders. The flea market is being held March 10 in the FMWR Fest Tent. Call 967-6772 for more information.

Put down that cell

Law Enforcement personnel are issuing district court violation notices (i.e., federal magistrate court ticket) for using cell phones while driving on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

This will require the violator to pay a $75 fine or go to court to argue before the magistrate judge. Those who opt to continue using cell phones while driving must use a hands-free device to avoid a ticket. Repeat offenders risk losing installation driving privileges at the discretion of the garrison commander.

Heroes’ reopens 3/1

Heroes Sports Lounge inside Cascade Community Center is closed for repairs through through Wednesday and will reopen Thursday. Cascade Community Center on Bitar and S. Division at JBLM Lewis Main remains open with normal operating hours.

Call 964-0331 for more information.

Teen success workshop

Ninth and 10th graders and their families are invited to Evergreen Elementary School Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., for Child, Youth & School Services’ Keys to Success workshop. Sessions include recognizing and preventing bullying, healthy relationships, learning at home, and more.

Call the school liaison office at 967-7195 for more information.

JBLM Town Hall

JBLM will hold the installation’s first “virtual” Town Hall. The garrison commander and staff will be available to answer questions from the JBLM community, Thursday, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the JBLM Garrison Facebook page at (or email questions in advance, to:

Funeral planning help

How expensive is it to die? Are you financially prepared for what will happen at the time of your death? What if you don’t have a will?

Army Community Service’s Financial Readiness presents “Funerals and Your Finances” at the McChord Library on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Topics include wills, a living will, power of attorney, advanced health care directive, burial options, Social Security, life insurance, notifying creditors and financial institutions, and VA benefits and taxes.

For more details, call 982-3454.

McChord TRX training

Tired of your fitness routine? Get fit two new ways for free at the McChord Fitness Center Annex, Building 726. TRX Suspension Training meets Tuesdays from noon to 12:30 p.m. and 12:30 to 1 p.m. Koncept Fit 101 meets for eight weeks at 6 p.m. starting March 5.

For more information, call 982-5032.

Texas Hold ‘Em series

Play to win in a Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament 10-week series at Nelson Rec Center on Wednesdays. Register at 6 p.m.; begin play at 6:30 p.m. Prizes include an $800 gift card grand prize and $500, $300, $200 and $100 gift cards for second through fifth place.

The cost is $6 per week for each player. For details, call 967-2539.

Volunteer of Year

Nominations for JBLM Volunteer of the Year will be accepted until March 19. A flyer outlining the nomination criteria and procedure is available at the Family Resource Center or by emailing Categories for Volunteer of the Year are: adult, family, active duty, retiree and youth. Nominations outline the volunteer’s accomplishments, impact, and contributions during the 2011 calendar year.

For more information contact the Installation Volunteer Corps Program Manager at 967-2324.

Get away, not too far

If you want to get away from it all just for a few days, rent a studio cabin or one-, two- or to three-bedroom cabin on the shore of American Lake. Through Wednesday, stay two nights and the second night is half off Mondays through Wednesdays only.

Reserve a cabin up to three months in advance; available year-round from the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North.

For comprehensive photos and information, visit under cabin rentals, or call 967-7744 or 967-8282.

SF scholarships

The United States Army Special Forces Scholarship Fund is accepting applications for its 2012.Scholarship awards program. Sons and daughters of active and retired 1st SFG 18-Series Soldiers and non-18-Series Soldiers who have served in 1st SFG for at least five years are eligible. Scholarship applications will be accepted until March 15.

The Special Forces Scholarship Fund is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization that awards merit-based post secondary educational scholarships to the daughters and sons of current and veteran Special Forces Soldiers.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

• Be a daughter or son of a current or veteran U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier and by Oct. 15 be under 26 years for undergraduate scholarships or under 28 years for graduate scholarships.

• Be a high school senior, graduate, or be registered as a full-time undergraduate student at an accredited college or post secondary vocational/technical institute.

• For graduate school applicants, be enrolled as a college senior or have obtained a bachelors degree from an accredited college/university and have applied and/or been accepted to an accredited graduate school program.

Application forms are at

Direct questions to the 1st SFG volunteer program manager, retired Col. Rick Thomas, at or the 1st SFG LNO, Capt. Rob Snyder at

St. Barbara’s Ball

The 17th Fires Brigade is scheduled to host the Joint Base Lewis McChord St. Barbara’s Day Ball tonight at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center. Tickets are $40 and the event is open to all current and former field artillery officers and senior NCOs. Anyone interested in attending or for information call Maj. Khan Hernandez at 967-1989 or email at

Civilians can be fit

Survive holiday excesses or get back into shape anytime with the Civilian Fitness Program. The 2012 schedule for assessments is March 20, April 17, June 5, July 12, Sep. 11, Oct. 9 and Nov. 6. Appointments begin at 8 a.m. unless otherwise announced.

There is also a mandatory wellness/injury prevention class. Participants attend both sessions.

To sign up online, first call 967-5122.

Travel discounts

Leisure Travel Services is hosting Passport to Travel at AFC Arena March 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The travel show features the best discounts for military members and their families, military retirees and DOD civilians. Vendors include inns, resorts, hotels, theme parks, cruise lines, tourism and visitor info and more.

For more information, call Leisure Travel Services at 967-3085.

New leader at WRMC

Major General Philip Volpe, commanding general, Western Regional Medical Command, will relinquish command to Maj. Gen. Richard Thomas, assistant surgeon general for force projection, during a March 7, 3 p.m. ceremony at Soldiers Field House on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Volpe assumed command February 2010 of WRMC, which includes oversight of Madigan Army Medical Center and eight other military treatment facilities across the 20-state Western Region.

Volpe moves on to command the Army Medical Dept. Center and School at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Symphony date night

It’s Date Night at the Seattle Symphony March 10. For $5, ride with the McChord Community Center for an evening with Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 with Richard Goebel conducting and Susan Gulkis Assadi on viola. Limited seats are available; sign up by calling 982-0718.

Grandstaff power loss

Grandstaff Library at Lewis Main will be closed Thursday for a scheduled power outage. It will reopen at 9 a.m. on March 2.

Wear green and run

Sign up for the JBLM St. Patty’s Day 5K and 10K Run to be held March 17 at the FMWR Fest Tent behind Bowl Arena Lanes. Wear green and celebrate afterward with live Irish music, food and drink, door prizes and awards presentation. Packet pick-up begins at 7:30 a.m.; the run starts at 9 a.m.

Register through WebTrac online at by March 6 at noon; late fee applies on race day registration. For more details, call 967-4768 or view the race calendar at

Special Olympics swim

Register now through March 2 for CYS Services Special Olympics Washington swimming. The participation fee is $55 for ages 8 through 18.

Register at CYS Services Parent Central, Building 2295, 12th and Bitar. You’ll need a full CYS Services registration on file, a current sports physical, shot record, military, DOD or contractor ID card and three emergency contacts.

Download and fill out forms from under WebTrac/online registration, CYS Services. For more information, call CYS Services at 967-2977.

PWOC Bible studies

Are you looking for a fresh start in the New Year? Are you hoping for genuine friendships in a safe and inspirational environment? Join us at the McChord Field Chapel Support Center. We offer women’s Bible studies and fellowship every Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and every Thursday from 9 to 11:45 a.m. We are a Christian faith based ministry called the Protestant Women of the Chapel. Free professional child care is available on site. For information call 982-5556 or visit us on Facebook at McChord- Field-PWOC.

Housing Office hours

The Housing Services Office customer service hours of operation are now as follows:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition, hours of operation the last Thursday of every month are 8 a.m. to noon.

These hours apply to both HSO customer service locations: 5128 Pendleton Ave, JBLM Lewis Main and 553 Barnes Blvd., McChord Field. Customers are advised that service wait times could exceed 20 minutes between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Feb. lunch specials

Celebrate National Chili Day today with a cup of chili for only $1 at Cascade Community Center at JBLM Lewis Main.

Celebrate leap year Wednesday at the Bistro at Russell Landing at Lewis North and save $1 on pizza for lunch.

AF education grants Concerned about the soaring cost of higher education for your children?

The Air Force Aid Society’s General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program awards $2,000 each to selected applicants. The program continues to be offered to sons and daughters of active duty Air Force, deceased and many categories of retired Air Force members.

For information and to access the online application, visit the Air Force Aid Society website at Application deadline is March 9.

Be your own boss Learn how to be in business for yourself, not by yourself. Hear about franchise options, how to start and finance your own business and find the right franchise business.

The session will be held Monday from 9 a.m. to noon, at JBLM McChord Field, Airman and Family Readiness Center, Building 552, Barnes Boulevard. It will be facilitated by the Washington South Sound Womens Business Center and The Owners Alliance.

To reserve a seat, call 982-0260.

Shotgun range opens

The Recreational Shotgun Range is now open with new renovations, including a wheelchair-accessible pavement to Range 3.

The complex offers archery, skeet, trap, sporting clays and more to JBLM patrons. All guns being brought onto any part of JBLM must be registered at Waller Hall in accordance with JBLM 190-11.

For more information, call 967-7056.

Sports, suds at Heroes

The Heroes Sports Lounge inside Cascade Community Center is open Saturdays, 6 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. starting March 3. Watch televised sports action and attend special events.

Heroes Lounge is on Bitar and S. Division at Lewis Main in Building 2400. For more information, call 964-0331. Legal assistance hours

The hours of operation on Tuesdays and Thursdays have changed for the JBLM Lewis Main Legal Assistance Office, Building 2027. Hours on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays will remain the same.

The new hours are as follows: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for attorney services; 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for notary and power-of-attorney services. Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for attorney services, notary and power-of-attorney services.

For questions, call 477-1875.

2012 ASIST workshops ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) is a two day workshop that trains you to become an effective caregiver for a person at risk of suicide. Learn to assist persons at risk of suicide. perform suicide first aid, help them stay safe and seek further help.

ASIST is an interactive workshop that equips you to recognize invitations for help, reach out and offer support, review the risks of suicide, apply a suicide intervention model and link the person at risk to community resources.

Evaluations have shown ASIST to be a very effective program, increasing a caregiver’s knowledge, skills, and confidence to respond to a person at risk of suicide.

Call the JBLM Suicide Prevention Office for more information or to sign up for an ASIST T-2 class on the following dates: March 8-9 and 22-23; April 12-13 and 26-27; May 10-11 and 17-18; June 7-8 , 21-22; July 12-13 and 26-27; Aug. 16-17 and 23-24; Sept. 6-7 and 20-21.

Workshops are from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each of the two days at JBLM Lewis North Chapel. The dress is civilian casual.

Job fair at CenturyLink

Military job-seekers are welcome to a free career day event today at CenturyLink Field, 800 Occidental Ave. South in Seattle at the home of the Seattle Seahawks and Sounders.

All job-seeking military family members, veterans, military transitioners, National Guard and Reserve members, wounded warriors, care givers, and Gold Star and Blue Star family members are welcome to attend Hire America’s Heroes sponsoring corporations at CenturyLink Field’s West Club Lounge.

Companies and organizations interested in hiring veterans into their workforces are welcomed to purchase exhibitor tables and add-on services. Exhibitors can start setup at 7 a.m. and career day begins at 9 a.m. Event information and registration:

SJA Claims Office info

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Staff Judge Advocate Claims Division Facebook can be found at

A Facebook account isn’t required to view the contents of the page, which contains the Claims Office location, hours of operation, services offered, informative claims articles and occasional closure announcements. For assistance on claims filing or any claims-related questions, call 967-0704.

The JBLM SJA Claims Division has changed its hours to 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. (Closed on weekends and federal holidays.)

For details, view our “Events” posting on our Facebook page. Refer to the Profile “Information” section. Call us at 967-0704.

Apply for scholarship

The Fort Lewis Family Member Scholarship Fund is currently accepting 2012 scholarship applications through March 31. Applications can be downloaded from Applicants are encouraged to use the fill-in form.

Family members of active duty servicemembers, retirees and surviving Family members are eligible to receive scholarships without regard to the income level of the Family or the rank of the service member.

Applications are judged on criteria including but not limited to essay response, grades, community involvement and leadership.

Inquire at

JBLM fire training

Building Managers’ training: first and third Wednesday, Building 2014 at 9 a.m. Hot Work PIA training: first and third Thursday, Building 2014 at 9 a.m. Housing Fire Prevention training: Tuesdays and Thursdays, Building 3655 at 8:30 a.m.

With questions, call JBLM Fire Prevention Chief Don Lane at 966-7156.

Troops to Teachers

Troops to Teachers program enriches the quality of American education by helping to place mature, motivated, experienced and dedicated personnel in our nation’s classrooms.

TTT also provides tuition assistance for teacher certification and a bonus for teaching in a high needs school. To continue serving your country as a teacher, contact TTT. A representative is at Stone Education Center, JBLM, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact Tim Bomke, Wash./Ore. state director at or call 973-9775.

Contact the Northwest Adventure Center at 967-6263 for more information.

Volunteer judges

In recognition of the partnership between Clover Park School District and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the district invites military and civilian personnel from JBLM to serve as judges at the 2012 Clover Park School District STEM Fair March 10, at Lakes High School, 10320 Farwest Dr. SW, Lakewood. Schedule of events: 9 a.m. Breakfast

9:15 - 10 a.m. Orientation for judges (for the elementary session)

10 a.m. Opening remarks by the superintendent

10:10 - 11:40 a.m. Elementary judging session

11:15 - noon Orientation for judges (for the secondary session) and lunch.

Noon - 1:30 p.m. Secondary judging session

Complete information about the STEM Fair and judging process will be provided before the judging sessions on the day of the STEM Fair. Judging is divided into one group for elementary students and another group for secondary students.

The community of staff and students of Clover Park School District value your participation in this event. For confirmation or questions, contact Maria Flores, supervisor of curriculum and instruction, by Feb. 27 via email,, or phone, 583-5063, and provide name, contact phone number, email address and sessions you are interested in judging.

Got a suggestion?

Do you have an idea or suggestion to save the installation money or improve the quality of operations and services? If so, you are eligible for cash awards for your ideas through the JBLM Army Suggestion Program. Fill out a suggestion form on the ASP website: or for more information call 477-1078.


Event announcements must be received no later than the Friday before publication. They can be e-mailed to Announcements can be viewed online at The Northwest Guardian office is located in the basement of Building 2026-B. For more information, call 477-0183.