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Community Ledger, May 17

Published: 02:10PM May 16th, 2013


The following holidays and days of no scheduled activities (DONSA) are planned:
• May 24, DONSA

• May 27, Memorial Day

• July 4, Independence Day

• July 5, DONSA

• Aug. 30, DONSA

• Sept. 2, Labor Day

Local Army Ball coming June 6

The 238th Army Birthday Ball will be held June 6 at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center. Tickets are $45 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

Dance with Dad at McChord Club

Join other dads and daughters at the McChord Club and Community Center’s annual Father-Daughter Dance June 15 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

The evening includes deejay dancing, light hors d’oeuvres, dessert, fruit punch, a craft project, photo with Dad and prizes for the best-dressed couples.

Advanced ticket purchase is required. The cost is $18 per couple; $8 for each additional daughter.

Call 253-982-0718 for sign-up details. No CYSS registration is necessary.

Legal Assistance closed for DONSA

The JBLM Lewis Main Legal Assistance Office will close May 24 for the day of no scheduled activities observance. We apologize for any inconvenience.

The McChord Field Legal Assistance Office will be open on that day for the scheduling of appointments and notary services. The McChord Field Legal Assistance Office is in Building 100, Suite 1096, off Colonel Joe Jackson Blvd. For more information, call 253-982-5513.

Both offices will be closed in recognition of Memorial Day on May 27.

Come to Armed Forces Day on JBLM

Experience the 2013 Armed Forces Day activities at Lewis Main Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Cowan and Memorial stadiums. See military equipment, encampments and displays from ancient Romans through World War II, and enjoy carnival rides, roving entertainers, stage show entertainment, food and fun.

Radio Disney AM 1250 Seattle is on stage from noon to 2 p.m. for Radio Disney LIVE! Be part of activities, dancing, music and more, plus don’t miss a special meet and greet with Billy Unger from Disney XD’s “Lab Rats.” Carey Theater is showing “Zero Dark Thirty” at 3 and 7 p.m.

The day’s events are open to the general public; use I-5, Exit 119 for entrance. Visit for the complete schedule or call 477-4299.

Recycle more, smaller items

To achieve JBLM’s goal of net zero waste by 2020, installation recycling centers expanded the variety of commodities accepted.

For details, check the website at

Due to limited space available in our current recycling center, we no longer accept excess or oversized garbage from on-base residents at the JBLM Lewis Main Recycle Center.

Residents can request curbside bulk pick-up of oversized or excess garbage by emailing or contacting their Equity Residential housing representative.

Exchanges adjust hours June 1

The hours of operation for the Exchanges on both JBLM Lewis Main and McChord Field will change beginning June 1.

The McChord Exchange, currently open from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., will open and close one-half hour later, from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The Lewis Main Exchange will continue to open at 9 a.m., but close one-half hour later starting June 1.

Direct questions to Patrick McGhee, JBLM Army & Air Force Exchange Service General Manager at 253-964-5955 or 5956.

Golf scrambles are back

CG’s Payday Scrambles are back at Whispering Firs and Eagles Pride golf courses. If you’re an ID cardholder, you and your friends can enter five-person scrambles on the following Fridays with a 1 p.m. shotgun start: Aug. 2 at Whispering Firs; June 7 and Sept. 6 at Eagles Pride. The cost is $30 per person and includes your greens fee, cart rental and a chance to win prizes. You can enter as a team or be placed on a team if you enter individually. The entry deadline is the Wednesday prior to the date. For more information, call Whispering Firs at 982-4927 or Eagles Pride at 967-6522.

Museum of Flight Armed Forces Day

The Museum of Flight commemorates Armed Forces Day Saturday. Family events from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. include distinguished military speakers, a country music concert and military equipment displays.

People with a valid Department of Defense ID card and their families (up to five people) will be admitted to the Museum free.

At 11 a.m. there will be a program and discussion with U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Keith A. Taylor and U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Mark R. Wise. A flag raising ceremony in front of the Museum at noon will include flags of the five service branches and the POW/MIA flag. Military recruiters and ROTC groups will also be on hand throughout the day.

The Museum of Flight is at 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, Exit 158 off Interstate 5 on Boeing Field halfway between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. For information, call 206-764-5720 or visit

Pendleton project to end June 15

A section of Pendleton Avenue and one of its cross streets scheduled to reopen June 1 will now open two weeks later, according to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers representatives in charge of the Pendleton Multiway Boulevard project.

Pendleton Avenue from 7th to 12th streets, and 14th Street North, a cross street that will allow commuters access to the Lewis Main Exchange and the Commissary without using an outside roadway, will open June 15. Jonathan Norquist, project engineer, said the stretch of Pendleton between 12th Street to 41st Division Drive will remain open until the two roads are available.

Join JBLM intramural softball

The new intramural softball season begins June 17 for unit, co-ed and women’s teams. For more details, call 967-4768 or email

Compete in women’s rugby 7s

All Army Sports is adding women’s rugby 7s to its calendar starting this year. The deadline for applications for athletes and coaches is June 1. The competition is July 17 to 21 in Denver, Colo. For application criteria and to apply visit Participants could be selected to represent the Army in armed forces sports championships, national and international competitions.

Join TRX classes at McVeigh

Get fit a new way with free TRX suspension classes at McVeigh Sports and Fitness Center at 2160 Liggett Ave., Lewis Main. TRX uses your own body weight for a core, stability, strength and flexibility workout. Classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. For details, call 967-5869.

Lewis Army Museum adds hours

JBLM Lewis Army Museum will expand its operating hours effective May 29 to Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The museum has returned to the same number of hours per week it was open before renovations that began November 2009. The museum features 10 galleries: Soldiers of the Early Pacific Northwest; Fort Lewis Gallery; I Corps Gallery; Gallery of Valor; Army Family Gallery; Army Medical Gallery; Washington Territorial Displays; Lobby Exhibits; Rotational Gallery and a Military Art Gallery.

The museum also features approximately an acre of outdoor exhibits that include a UH-1 “Huey” helicopter, various experimental vehicle prototypes and armored vehicles that saw action in World War II and more recent conflicts.

There is also a gift store with an assortment of replica military books, clothing, posters and souvenirs. The museum is free to the general public. Visitors without military credentials must obtain base passes from the visitors center.

Firewood clearance sale

Beginning Tuesday, firewood permit prices for the Vancouver Road firewood area will be lowered to $1 per pickup load or trailer load, not to exceed one cord per day. This clearance sale will be in effect until June 1 or until the firewood in the area is sold out. The Vancouver Road firewood area is located on Lewis North. The office will be closed May 27.

For more information, please contact Forest Resources at 253-964-2100/2101.

Play at the Warrior Zone

There’s plenty to do at the Warrior Zone at Lewis North. Catch all the college and pro hoops in the Warrior Zone on your choice of 53 TVs. Tuesdays – play in eight-ball tourneys; Wednesdays – get in on Texas Hold ‘em and table games; find Xbox challenges Thursdays and see free movies in the theater room. The Warrior Zone is at the corner of 17th and D streets. Call 477-5756 for more info. Open to ages 18 and older only. EAP now at McChord Field

The Employee Assistance Program is now available at JBLM McChord Field, at 555 Barnes Blvd (CE Building). The EAP is a free, confidential information, referral and consultation service for adult living issues available to DOD civilian employees, retired military personnel, and family members of active duty service members and retirees. For class schedules, to schedule an appointment, or for more information call 982-5815 or email