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Community Ledger, June 15

Published: 03:49PM June 14th, 2012

Staff Sgt. Antwaun J. Parrish/5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Pvt. Zachary Price (left) and Spc. Timothy Wagooner check the frequency on a radio June 4 at Fort Irwin, Calif. The signal Soldiers are assigned to 2nd Squadron, 1st Calvary Regiment, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. The Raider Brigade is training at National Training Center in preparation for a deployment to Afghanistan this fall.


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

• Monday, DONSA
• July 4, Independence Day

• July 5, DONSA

• Aug. 10, DONSA

• Aug. 31, DONSA

• Sept. 3, Labor Day

• Oct. 5, DONSA

Roy Gate open until early July

The Roy Gate did not close as scheduled, as the traffic signal at state Route 507 and East Gate Road is still under repair.

Current estimates from the WSDOT are that the signal will be operational by July 9. The Directorate of Emergency Services will continue to place reader boards along the Roy Gate road prior to the Roy Gate closure to keep the public informed of the specific date.

U.S. Army Night at Safeco

Come to a special event hosted by the Seattle Mariners to celebrate the Army’s 237th birthday.

The San Francisco Giants come to Seattle to play the Mariners at 7:10 p.m., Saturday. Tickets are discounted for all U.S. service members, their family members, retirees and friends. Normally $25 view-level seats are discounted to $15, and normally $45 main-level seats are $35. Souvenir hats will be distributed in sections 112 and 321.

Call Leisure Travel Services on JBLM for tickets at 967-6169. To order up to 25 tickets, visit and use the promo code ARMY. To order 40 or more tickets, call Elizabeth McCloskey at (206) 346-4519.

Calling all library volunteers

The Grandstaff Book Patch Children’s Library and McChord Library need volunteers to assist with the summer reading programs. Eligible volunteers must be ages 16 and older. Apply via the Volunteer Management Information System at To find the positions, search under “Community Recreation: Library” or “Community Recreation: McChord-Field Library.” Applications will be accepted through Monday. For assistance, call 967-5533.

Dance with Dad at McChord

Join JBLM dads and daughters at the McChord Community Center’s annual Father-Daughter Dance Saturday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Each girl receives a crown to wear while dancing and enjoying games, prizes, snacks and dessert. There’s even a prize for the best-dressed couple.

Advanced ticket purchase is required. The cost is $17 per couple; $7 for each additional daughter. Call 982-0718 for sign-up details. No CYSS registration is necessary.

Outdoor movies are back

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to the McChord Club lawn June 22 at dusk to watch a free outdoor movie, “The Adventures of Tintin.”

For more details or weather updates, call the McChord Community Center at 982-0718.

The McChord Club wants you!

Become a member today and you’ll get cash — up to $100 on the spot. Plus you’ll get great discounts, benefits, cash back, catering values, scholarship opportunities, deployed benefits and more with your card.

Stop by the McChord Club and pick up an application today. Offer good through July 14.

Write an essay, win a scholarship

If you’re a McChord Club member, 500 words or less could net you $1,000 toward your or your family member’s higher education. Twenty-five scholarships will be awarded in September.

Eligibility and entry requirements are available at or drop by the McChord Club office. Submission deadline is July 2.

If you’re not yet a club member, join today. Call 982-5581 for more details.

Free home business classes, fair

The Airman and Family Readiness Center at JBLM McChord Field is offering free half-day home business workshops Monday and June 25 from 9 a.m. to noon. To sign up and for more details, call 982-2695.

Army Community Service is offering a home-based business fair Thursday at the McChord Club from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Home-business owners will be on hand with information and tips on starting your own home-based business. For more details, call 982-2695.

Try out new golf gear at demo day

Try out the latest golf equipment from Nike, Ping, Adams, Wilson, Cobra, Mizuno and Cleveland at Eagles Pride Golf Course’s Demo Day today, from 2 to 6 p.m. While you’re there, register to win a free driver. Active-duty military personnel can take part in contests for prizes.

Call 967-6522 for details.

Sign up for summer reading

All ages are invited to sign up for the JBLM Libraries’ summer reading program. Activities are planned for children and their parents, plus preteens, teens and adults throughout the summer. Register at the McChord Library starting Tuesday or at Grandstaff Library starting Wednesday.

For more information, call the McChord Library at 982-3454 or Grandstaff Library at 967-5889.

Come to adult summer kickoff

If you’ve been part of the fun at Heroes Sports Lounge, you won’t want to miss the Summer Kickoff Party Saturday for ages 18 and older only.

The food and music begin on the lawn outside Building 2400 at 6 p.m. with a live band, cheap eats, lawn games and more. If it rains, the party will be held indoors.

Get up-to-date details at

Golf 4 Kids lessons

Juniors can learn golf the easy way with Golf 4 Kids at Whispering Firs Golf Course at McChord Field. Group lessons cost only $99 per person for weekday instruction from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Lessons are taught by the student-centered Life Master LPGA resident professional. Lessons include complimentary rental clubs, the “Easy Way to Learn Rules” handbook and a golf etiquette brochure. Group sessions meet June 25 to 28 and July 16 to 19 for ages 8 to 10; July 9 to 12 and July 23 to 26 for ages 11 to 13. Call the pro shop at 982-4927 for sign-up information.

Rugby tournament coming to JBLM

The public is invited to attend the Best of the West 7’s Rugby Invitational Cup June 23 and 24 at Cowan Stadium, JBLM Lewis Main.

The event starts at 9 a.m.; admission is free. For more details, call 477-4299.

Come to 237th Army Ball tonight

The 237th Army Birthday Ball will be held tonight at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center. Tickets are $40 per person and are available for purchase by service members, veterans and their family members.

Soldiers and Families at JBLM should contact their brigade command sergeants major for tickets. Prior service personnel, retirees and their Families should contact Carol Armistad at the I Corps protocol office at

Jensen Fitness Ctr. reopening delay

A renovation project scheduled to finish early this year has been extended. Jensen Family Health and Fitness Center will remain closed until a flooring issue is resolved.

The $2 million renovation will include new exercise machines, new flooring, a new track surface and a new child care facility.

Kilts, clans and cabers in Graham

Enjoy the sights and sounds of Scotland June 23 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Pierce County’s Frontier Park in Graham, state Highway 161 at Meridian and 217th East. The day will feature Highland athletic competitions, bagpipe bands, Highland dancing, harp circle, massed bands, clan gathering, children’s activities, Celtic entertainment, vendors of all kinds, a variety of food vendors and on-site beer gardens.

General admission, including parking, is $8 for military with ID, children 6 to 18 and seniors 55 and over.

Visit For details, call Tacoma Highland Games Association at (360) 264-2156 or email

Time to get Down and Dirty again

Wear your superhero costume and get downright dirty at the annual Down and Dirty 5K Mud Runs at JBLM. Full of lots of muddy obstacles, the first 5K race is June 30 at Soldiers Field House at JBLM Lewis Main. The second run is Aug. 4 with a cartoon character theme.

Find the registration form, course map and last year’s results at under Race Calendar.

Army Ten-Miler information

The 28th Annual Army Ten-Miler, produced by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, will be held at 8 a.m., Oct. 21, at the Pentagon.

It’s the largest 10-mile race in the world and the only race to start and finish at the Pentagon. For more information on the event, visit

For JBLM-specific Army Ten-Miler information, see the next ledger item below.

JBLM ‘Ten-Miler’ tryouts scheduled

Army active-duty personnel timed trials for he JBLM Army Ten-Miler Team will be held July 28. at Cowan Stadium at JBLM Lewis Main. Selectees will attend the Army Ten-Miler in Washington, D.C.

Final team selections need command approval to participate in team training and workouts during normal PT times July through September.

For registration information, call the intramural office at 967-4768.

Tacoma museums free to military

For the third year, Tacoma Art Museum, Museum of Glass, and Washington State History Museum are joining forces with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and more than 1,500 museums across America to offer free admission to members of the U.S. Armed Forces. The promotion began Memorial Day, May 28, and continues through Labor Day, September 3, for active-duty military personnel and up to five immediate family members. The offer is is valid for all military branches — Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and active-duty National Guard and Reserve members.

Local Blue Star Museums include Tacoma Art Museum, Museum of Glass, Children’s Museum of Tacoma, Seattle Art Museum, The Museum of Flight, Wing Luke Museum, and The Henry Art Museum. For a full listing of Blue Star Museums both in Washington and around the country, visit

Make a difference with child care

Looking for a fun, rewarding job? Become a family child care provider and make a difference in the lives of military children and their families. FCC providers earn up to $2,000 a month, may qualify for subsidies, and receive free child care while in training and free resources for your business.

The next orientation session will be July 24. FCC will provide free child care during the training classes.

For information, call the FCC office at 967-3039.

Lewis Army Museum expands hours

The Lewis Army Museum is expanding its limited opening to Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. During the limited opening, visitors will have access to the main lobby exhibits, Friends of the Museum gift store, Soldiers of the Pacific Northwest gallery, the Army Family Gallery and the vehicle park.

In addition to hosting the museum, this historic building now also houses a 15,000 square foot training facility on the once-vacant third floor.

For information, call Synthia Santos, Lewis Army Museum staff member and volunteer coordinator at 967-7800; DSN 357-7800.

Summer camp for military kids

As part of its “Send a Kid to Camp” program, Crista Camps invites 300 to 400 children of deployed service members, grades 4 through 12, to a free week of camp at Miracle Ranch near Gig Harbor.

In 2011 the Western Washington Operation Purple program was canceled for lack of funding. Crista Camps created the “Send a Kid” program to ensure local children of military are not left out this summer.

To register the child of a military family, visit EFMP movies monthly

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.

Military discounts at theater

The Kitsap Forest Theater at 3000 Seabeck Highway in Bremerton provides family-friendly getaways with military discounts.

The outdoor theater features musical productions in a setting of old-growth trees, protected salmon streams and a rhododendron preserve.

“Fiddler on the Roof” runs currently through Sunday. Performances are at 2 p.m. “Footloose” begins July 28 and runs through Aug. 19. For tickets, go to or call (206) 542-7815.

All services welcome at Rainier Cup

The annual Rainier Cup golf tournament starts at McChord Field, June 22 with a 1 p.m. shotgun start and Best Ball format. It continues at Eagles Pride, Lewis Main Saturday, June 23 with a 9 a.m. shotgun and Scramble format. The Gallery Golf Course at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island competition determines the winners, June 24 at 9 a.m. with Individual Match Play.

The $115 per golfer entry fee includes competition, team uniform, tee gifts, range balls, daily KPs, Friday and Saturday meal and Sunday awards banquet.

The 40-player teams (36 men; four women) are open to all active duty service and family members, Reserve and family members, National Guard, DOD civilians and retirees.

All golfers need to qualify for the team except for eight captain picks. Qualifier rounds are June 9, 12 or 13 (one chance to qualify).

Each golfer must have current USGA handicap.

Join your team now! Call Whispering Firs (McChord Field) at 982-4927 or Eagles Pride (Lewis Main) at 967-6522 for sign-up details, rules and eligibility.

Enter Army Arts & Crafts Contest

You’ve worked on some amazing creative projects, now let your artistic pride shine.

Enter photos of your creative works through June 30 in the 2012 Army Arts and Crafts Contest to compete for cash prizes.

Artwork photos may be submitted in the following categories: ceramics, wood, fibers and textiles, glass, metals and jewelry, mixed media, drawing, painting and digital art.

For more information and to submit your entry online, visit (you must have a valid Army Knowledge Online login and password to visit the site).

For rules, visit FMWR online at

Globemaster Grill new specials

Globemaster Grill inside the McChord Club serves a different “Blue Plate” chef’s special each week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. If you’re looking for variety, come over for lunch, served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

If you’re a club member, get two lunches for the price of one every Tuesday in Globemaster Grill, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Want to join the McChord Club to get in on free meals and exclusive offers? Call 982-5581 to find out how.

HSO hours change

The Housing Services Office customer service hours of operation are 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, 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.

Youths invited to take ‘First Swings’

First Swing Golf Camps are open to youth ages 5 to 15 for $25 per camp. Learn to drive, chip and putt at Eagles Pride Golf Course June 26 to 28, July 17 to 19 or Aug. 21 to 23. Sign up now; registration ends the day before camps begin.

For more information on these camps — such as important dates for parent meetings and the season dates — visit and download the Summer–Fall Youth Sports Calendar.

Registration is online via WebTrac or at the Parent Central Services location near you (Bldg. 2295 at Lewis Main or Bldg. 560 at McChord Field). For details, call 966-CYSS (2977).

Olympic Air Show ready to land

The Western Washington air show season kicks off on Father’s Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, at the celebrated Olympic Air Show, hosted by the Olympic Flight Museum at the Olympia Regional Airport.

For final performance schedule and information about the 14th annual Olympic Air Show, the Olympic Flight Museum, or ticket information, please visit or email

Teen employment opportunity

Are you 16 to 18 and seeking employment? Then come into the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Employment Readiness Program.

The ERP is open Monday thru Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., located at JBLM Lewis Main in Building 2166 (ACS Annex), 12th and Liggett Avenue. Take the first step, come into the ERP for more details.

JBLM invited to initial Tacoma run

JBLM Airmen and Soldiers are invited to Tacoma’s first running of the Stephen Siller Tunnel To Towers Run honoring the sacrifice of first responders and service members who sacrificed their lives on 9/11. The Sept. 15 run in Tacoma will start and finish at the site of the retired fireboat along Ruston Way on the Tacoma waterfront.

Go to or for more information.

Event coordinator is Jason Spencer, a Tacoma Firefighter, at 820-6772.

EFMP movies monthly

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.

Learn to golf for $99

Want to learn how to golf without intimidation? Learn the easy way with “Link Up 2 Golf” for ID cardholders at Whispering Firs Golf Course at McChord Field.

The adult group lessons cost only $99 per person for evening instruction Monday to Thursday, June 11 to 14, July 30 to Aug. 2 or Aug. 6 to 9 at Whispering Firs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Lessons are taught by a student-centered Life Master LPGA professional.

Call 982-4927 for registration details.

Compete in JBLM triathalon series

JBLM Sports and Fitness presents the 20th anniversary Triple Threat Triathlon Series June 16, July 21 and Aug. 18. Swim, bike and run your way to glory as you compete for the coveted ‘triple threat crown.’ The series consists of a 250-meter or half-mile swim, 15-mile bike and 3-mile run at Shoreline Park on American Lake and on trails at JBLM Lewis North. Entry categories are elite, age group or relay team.

Register online at For more information, call 967-4768.

JBLM tobacco study to begin

All military health care beneficiaries who are currently smoking or have smoked in the past month are invited to take part in a 12-week lung age and tobacco use study by JBLM health care professionals.

For more information, contact Danielle Knutson at McChord Field at 982-6947 or via email You can also contact Cynthia Hawthorne at JBLM Lewis Main and Lewis North at 968-4387 or via email at

JBLM libraries shortened hours

Grandstaff, Book Patch and McChord libraries have revised their hours due to budget cuts. Visit the libraries page at

Sign up for summer camps

Come join the fun this summer at CYSS weekly school age and middle school camps. Open enrollment for kindergarten through eighth grades is on now at Parent Central Services, Building 2295 at Lewis Main, and building 560 at McChord Field. Fees are based on annual incomes.

For more information, call 967-2977 or email