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Community Ledger, May 31

Published: 11:56AM May 30th, 2013


The following holidays and days of no scheduled activities (DONSA) are planned:
• July 4, Independence Day

• July 5, DONSA

• Aug. 30, DONSA

• Sept. 2, Labor Day

• Oct. 11, DONSA

• Oct. 14, Columbus Day (observed)

Revival on JBLM

A revival will be held at the JBLM Lewis North Chapel, sponsored by the Grace Gospel Service. The theme is “A Time of Refreshing, Renew your Relationship with Christ.” All are invited to come praise God with us.

Come to the Lewis North Chapel, Building 11621, JBLM Lewis North, today, Tuesday or Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Guest Speakers: Pastor Charles Latchison from California, Pastor Reggie Witherspoon from Seattle or Pastor Frankie Coleman from Bremerton, Wash.

Local Army Ball Thursday

The 238th Army Birthday Ball will be held Thursday 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

McChord Fitness Center Closed

The McChord Fitness Center is closed Friday through Sunday for an electrical system repair. The staff apologizes for the inconvenience.

Closing Prescott Avenue

Prescott Avenue closed on Tuesday from the corner of H St. and Prescott for approximately 300’ to the west toward F St. The east entrance into the Madigan Landscaping Yard will be closed. The west entrance gate into the yard will be opened for the duration of the street closure. This closure will last approximately 45 days. Questions or comments may be directed to Charles Cline USACE Construction Rep. 206-257-9316 CENWS-CD-FL-MP

Pioneer Fair 2013 in Olympia

The Pioneer Fair is being held at the American Heritage Campground in Olympia from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. There will be multiple hands-on activities for children, including wagon rides, rope making, blacksmithing, candle dipping, butter churning, games and quilting for visitors along with a pioneer schoolhouse and teacher. The event is being hosted by the Tumwater Historical Association. The Tumwater Middle School Homesteaders will be the guides and teachers for visitors. Admission fee is: $5 for adults, $3 for children (over 3 yrs. old), or $15 for a family. Military (with ID) are admitted for half price. The campground (homestead) is located at 9610 Kimmie St. S.W. Olympia, (93rd Ave. exit off I-5 South of Tumwater). Power Steam Plant Closed

The McChord Field Central Steam Plant will shutdown June 8 at 1 a.m. until June 9 at 6 p.m. The following facilities served with steam heat, steam-heated domestic hot water, and/or process steam will be affected: 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 12, 22, 100, 160, 166, 180, 181, 186, 187, 301, 304, 308, 315, 328, 341, 423, 546, 565, 566, 567, 572, 574, 702, 707, 708, 710, 717, 726, 729, 735, 737, 738, 742, 745, 746, 757, 774. 778, 1119, 1120, 1122, 1147, 1148, 1149, 1150, 1151, 1152, 1155, 1156, 1160, 1164, 1165, 1166, 1167, 1169, 1170, 1174, 1175, 1178, 1179, 1183, 1405, 1419, and 1422. Hot water should be available for most of the day on June 8.

The annual shutdown is necessary to perform required maintenance on the plant equipment and distribution system that can only be done while the system is out of service. We are sorry for any inconvenience to our customers. For questions call 1st Lt. Rebecca Gehrman, 253-982-5597 - DPW O&M Manager North, McChord Field.

Dueling Pianos show at AFC Arena

The free Army Entertainment Dueling Piano show comes to the AFC Arena 2275 Liggett Ave. at Lewis Main on June 14 at 7 p.m. No tickets are needed.

Eat dinner while you’re being entertained! The menu features barbecue pulled-pork sandwiches with coleslaw and potato salad for $7.25, and three Korean chicken tacos topped with spicy kimchee with a side of sweet pickled Daikon radish for $7.25. A cash bar is also available.

Attend Bodybuilding Championship

Attend the 2013 JBLM Bodybuilding Championship June 15 at Nelson Recreation Center at JBLM- Lewis Main. The championship features men’s and women’s open weight classes, men’s masters and physique and women’s figure.

Guest appearances include national-level competitor and 2010 Emerald Cup overall champ Joe Derousie, and national competitor Gerri Deach-Davis.

The evening show begins at 7:30 p.m. and costs $5 at the door; ages 15 and under are admitted free. Pre-judging starts at 9 a.m. For more information, call 253-967-5869.p.m. No tickets are needed. 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.

Exchanges adjust hours Saturday

The hours of operation for the Exchanges on both JBLM Lewis Main and McChord Field will change beginning Saturday. 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 Saturday. Direct questions to Patrick McGhee, JBLM Army & Air Force Exchange Service General Manager at 253-964-5955 or 5956.

Join JBLM intramural softball

The new intramural softball season begins June 17 for unit, co-ed and women’s teams.

For more details, call 253-967-4768 or email

Privacy Act Awareness Month May has been declared Privacy Act Awareness Month. The Directorate of Human Resources, Administrative Service Division is available to conduct Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and Privacy Act training upon request. It also has a list of materials and numerous handouts regarding Privacy Act and PII that the Federal Trade Commission will provide free and will mail directly to your organization.

This information is also available online at the DHR ASD website, POC is the FOIA and Privacy Act Office, Directorate of Human Resources, Administrative Services Division, 253-477-3868, Lewis Army Museum adds hours

The JBLM Lewis Army Museum has expanded its operating hours 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

Firewood permit prices for the Vancouver Road firewood area have been lowered to $1 per pickup load or trailer load, not to exceed one cord per day. This clearance sale will be in effect until Saturday or until the firewood in the area is sold out. The Vancouver Road firewood area is located on Lewis North.

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

Volunteer for the Summer Games

Volunteers wanted for the 2013 JBLM Summer Olympics. The annual event begins today and ends Sunday. Organizers request volunteers to help with the opening ceremony today from 5 to 8 p.m., aquatics, all athletic events (especially on the weekend), cycling, soccer, Olympic Town at Cowan and Memorial stadiums and the victory dance and happening Sunday from 6 p.m. to midnight.

Complete a Venue Placement Form as soon as possible. Find the Venue Placement Forms on the Special Olympics Washington website at You will be contacted via email by a Venue manager regarding your job assignment, schedule, etc. Volunteers under 16 must be accompanied by adults at all time.

Fax or email is preferred.

Enter inaugural Salmon Run

Sign up now for the first McChord Field Salmon Run 12K/5K. Register by noon, Tuesday, to guarantee your T-shirt for the run. The June 15 event includes music from the Blackberry Bushes String Band, a salmon bake and door prizes, outdoor adventure trips and race gear.

Visit to sign up. The cost is $15 for military-affiliated runners (race only) and $25 for runners with no military affiliation (race only).

Add $5 to each category for day-of-race registration. Registration for the free youth quarter-mile Chum Run is on race day.

For an additional cost, salmon meals may also be ordered online by Tuesday at noon when you register for the race. A limited number of meals will be available for purchase on race day.

Meet to form Army Golf Cup team

The annual Rainier Golf Cup challenge scheduled for June 21 to 23 is a modified Ryder Cup format with 40 members from the Army competing against the Navy and Air Force teams.

Army golfers are invited to attend a meeting Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Eagles Pride Golf Course to discuss the format and set up qualifying rounds to select the Army team. Call 253--967-6522 for more details.

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 Saturday. The competition is July 17 to 21 in Denver.

For application criteria and to apply visit Participants could be selected to represent the Army in armed forces sports championships, national and international competitions.

Wilson Sports/Fitness Center update

Wilson Sports and Fitness Center opens a half hour earlier than published previously. The JBLM Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation announced the fitness center on Lewis North will open Monday through Friday at 5 a.m. instead of the previously published 5:30 a.m. Closing time remains 8 p.m.

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 253-982-4927 or Eagles Pride at 253-967-6522.

Warrior Leader Course Graduation

The Henry H. Lind NCO Academy is proud to announce the graduation of the Warrior Leader Course Class 007-13, June 7, 1:30 p.m. at Carey Theater, Lewis Main. For information, call 253-967-7650.