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Community Ledger, Aug. 2

Published: 01:54PM August 1st, 2013


The following holidays and days of no scheduled activities (DONSA) are planned:
• Aug. 30, DONSA

• Sept. 2, Labor Day

• Oct. 11, DONSA

• Oct. 14, Columbus Day (observed)

• Nov. 8, DONSA

Visit Museum for half-price

The Museum of Flight offers half-price admission tickets to furloughed civilian employees of JBLM. Employees may bring a guest at the same discounted rate and must present their Department of Defense identification card. Offer valid through Sept. 30.

Attend Asian Film Fest

The First Annual Lakewood Film Fest will be held Aug. 16 - 18 at the Lakewood Playhouse. The film fest features five award-winning Asian films and live preshow entertainment. Admission is free. Film fest is co-hosted by the Lakewood Arts Commission. For more information call 253-588-0042.

Services for the JBLM Buddhist Community

Join us at the North Fort Chapel every Thursday evening for Buddhist meditation and Dharma talk, 5:45 - 6:30 p.m. and 6:30 - 7 p.m. respectively. The meditation is focused on control of thought formation for stress reduction and Dharma talk includes The Eight Fold Nobe Path and The Four Noble Truths.

Honor U.S. Army combat infantrymen

A memorial monument honoring the contributions of combat infantrymen will be dedicated on Aug. 17 at 11 a.m. on the memorial walkway at the Tahoma National Cemetery near Covington. The memorial walkway is located behind the flag pavilion at the cemetery. For more information, call Jacob W. Robinson at 253-565-3329.

McChord ID card hours adjusted

Customer service on McChord Field will not process passports and ID cards on Fridays from today through Sept. 30, due to civilian furloughs.

Only CAC card emergencies for active-duty service members will be processed on Fridays.

Register for Scream-free parenting event

Parents are invited to attend a free “Scream-Free Parenting” event, 9-11 a.m. Aug. 15 at Lewis North Fort Chapel, 11621 South Drive and 12th Street.

The event features a principle-based approach from the Scream Free Parenting Institute to help parents revolutionize how they parent their children. Free childcare will be provided for the first 100 registrants.

Register by calling 253-967-5901.

Attend free Soldier Show performance

The 2013 U.S. Army Soldier Show will be held at the Evergreen Theater on Aug. 21. The two performances, at 2 p.m. and at 7 p.m. are family-style variety shows, professionally choreographed. Video LED technology creates virtual settings throughout the show.

This year’s theme is “Ready and Resilient.”

The shows are free and everyone is welcome to attend.

For recorded information, call 253-477-4299. The Evergreen Theater is located at 3405 2nd Division at Lewis Main.

Northwest Guardian goes interactive

Join the community dialogue. Answer our “Straight Talk” question on A4, and send your best photo of life on the installation tor “JBLM Snapshots.” Send submissions to

Sign up for Sounders FC camp

Today is the last day to register for a special youth Sounders FC Summer Camp at Cowan Stadium, JBLM Lewis Main. The camp is designed for beginners to intermediates ages 4 to 15.

Register through where you’ll find costs, times and registration forms. The camp encourages good technical habits and decision making while promoting a healthy and fun lifestyle.

A Sounders FC player will be on hand to sign autographs and talk with the youth.

Buy or sell at McChord garage sale

Come buy or sell home treasures at the next McChord Community Center Garage sale Aug. 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the parking lot across from the Exchange and Firestone Tires. Spaces are free for sellers; arrive early and bring your own table. For more information, call the McChord Community Center at 253-982-0718.

Lancer reunion

The 2013 Lancer reunion will be held Sept. 20 to 22 on JBLM.

Spend time together visiting the old stomping ground Joint Base Lewis - McChord and reconnect with former battle buddies and their families.

For more information, call Victor Mercado, retired command sergeant major, at 253-968-7734.

Enjoy Seafair Weekend

Seafair Weekend featuring Albert Lee Cup Hydroplane Race and Boeing Air Show is Saturday and Sunday at Seattle’s Genesee Park on Lake Washington. Watch the fast race boats, spectacular Patriot Jets performing over water and wakeboarders showing off tricks and jumps, all while enjoying food, music, festival activities, beer gardens, zip line and waterslide. For more info, go to

New hours at the Exchanges

The hours of operation for the Exchanges on both JBLM Lewis Main and McChord Field have changed. The McChord Exchange is now open from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Lewis Main Exchange will be open from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

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

Visit Thurston County Fair in Lacey

Come out today through Sunday to the Thurston County Fair, 3054 Carpenter Road, Lacey. Enjoy live entertainment, South Sound beverage tasting, antiques appraisals, classic cars, kids coloring contest and more. For more information, call 360-786-5453.

JBLM sustainable forests certified

Most of JBLM’s forested lands have been certified since 2002 as a sustainable forestry operation by the nonprofit Forest Stewardship Council ( ). JBLM was the first federal ownership in the U.S. to receive certification, demonstrating the installation’s commitment to forest management practices that consider environmental, economic, and social benefits and impacts in the context of military training. Certification lasts five years. The first installation recertification came in 2007 and the second in 2012, which lasts until 2017.

For information, visit or call 253-966-6446.

Compete in Deuces Wild triathlon

JBLM Sports & Fitness presents the Deuces Wild Triathlon Aug. 17. Swim, bike and run your way to glory as you compete for the coveted crown. The triathlon is an Olympic distance event and is held at Shoreline Park on American Lake and on trails at Lewis North. Entry categories are elite, age group or relay team.

Register online at For more information, call 253-967-4768.

Force Protection conditions posted

Force protection conditions for Joint Base Lewis-McChord are now posted on the JBLM public website at This will allow commanders to keep their Soldiers, Airmen, DOD civilians and family members aware of the current FPCON to raise security awareness.

Join the Military Service Parade

The Military Service Parade in Tacoma will spotlight notable active duty and retired military personnel Aug. 24, and feature marching units, community floats, high school bands, Reserve Officers’ Training Corps and JRTC units, veteran organizations, motorcycle units and veterans groups.

Details at or call Steve James at 253-840-4194.

Put down that cell

Law Enforcement personnel are issuing district court violation notices for using cell phones while driving on JBLM.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.

Perform on open mic night

Like to perform? The Warrior Zone at Joint Base Lewis-McChord Lewis North features open mic night on the patio Mondays at 6:30 p.m.

This is your chance if you’re dying to share your drop-dead rendition of “Billie Jean” or “Born in the ¨USA,” perform stand-up comedy, read poetry and more.

For more information, call 253-477-5756.

Golf scrambles are back

The CG’s Payday Scramble 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: today at Whispering Firs 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 details, call Whispering Firs at 253-982-4927 or Eagles Pride at 253-967-6522.

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 email or call 253-982-5815.

Play at the Warrior Zone

There’s plenty to do at the Warrior Zone at Lewis North. Catch all the college and pro hoops on your choice among 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 253-477-5756 for more information. Ages 18 and older.

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

The JBLM Lewis Main Recycle Center no longer accepts excess or oversized garbage from on-base residents. Residents can request curbside bulk pick-up of oversized or excess garbage by emailing or contacting their Equity Residential housing representative.

Join Officers’ Christian fellowship Lunch

The Officers’ Christian Fellowship Lunch Gathering takes place Thursday, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Bistro at Russell Landing, meeting room.

Join for an informal time of fellowship, encouragement, and conversation about integrated faith and profession. RSVP by Aug. 6 to ensure a seat.

For more info contact Larry Simpson at or call 253-446-7387.

Enjoy Free Concert

There is a Military Appreciation Benefit show with local artists on Aug. 2 at the Hard Rock Cafe in Seattle.

All proceeds will go to support the Wounded Warrior Project.

Military ID card holders get in free.

National night out against crime

Join forces with communities nationwide for the 30th Annual National Night Out crime and drug prevention event. From 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, residents in neighborhoods throughout JBLM and across the nation, are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police. Many neighborhoods throughout JBLM will be hosting a variety of special events such as Military Working Dog demonstration, live music, video games, bicycle rodeo and visits from McGruff the Crime Dog.

Military police will also be present for walks through the neighborhood.

Lewis-McChord communities will open community centers and raffle off prizes, as well as provide free popcorn and goodies.

For questions on crime prevention call 253-966-9501.

Jensen features new equipment

The newly remodeled Jensen Family Health and Fitness Center features state-of-the-art equipment, an indoor track and new CYSS hourly care center inside. Jensen is at 2022 Liggett Ave. on JBLM Lewis Main.

For more information, call 253-967-5975.

Register for Youth Fall Soccer

Register today for CYS Services fall soccer for $55 per child and bumblebee soccer for $20 per child. Register at CYS Services Parent Central, building 2295, 12th and Bitar or at McChord Field.

You’ll need a full CYS Services registration on file, a current sports physical, shot record, military, DoD or contractor identity card, and two emergency contacts.

Download and fill out forms from under WebTrac/online registration, CYS Services.

For more information, call CYS Services at 253-966-2977.

Free massage for veterans

Olympia health clinic is offering free chiropractic and massage therapy to service members and veterans within the first year of their redeployment.

For details or appointments, call 360-350-0539.

Take an advanced motorcycle class

The Joint Base Safety Office is offering additional Experienced Rider and Military Sport Bike Courses.

These classes are for those Active Duty personnel who have already taken the Basic Rider Course and need to fulfill the sustainment training requirement or those who would like to brush up on their motorcycle skills.

Classes will be held Aug 12 - 16 and Aug. 19 - 23. Apply at For more information, call 253-966-0632.

Participate in motorcycle dice run

Participate in Rock and Rally for the Troops, benefiting wounded service members, Saturday, Tacoma waterfront, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The event features a Motorcycle Dice Run and outdoor music festival. There will also be a silent auction featuring autographed items from the Seattle Sounders, P.O.D., Alice in Chains and more.

Same-day registration for the Motorcycle Dice Run is at Rock the Docks Pub and Grill, 535 Dock Street in Tacoma. Sign up begins at 9 a.m. Music festival begins at 3:30 p.m. Outside vendors, booths and bike viewing is open to all ages. Individuals must be 21 to enter the beer garden. Free parking is available.

For more information visit See article on Page C5, JBLM Northwest Guardian Weekend.