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Community Ledger, Aug. 16

Published: 01:38PM August 15th, 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

Pool closed during repair

The indoor pool at Soldiers Field House will be closed Saturday through Sept. 2 for repairs. Kimbro Pool’s schedule has been adjusted to accomodate the closure. We apologize for the inconvenience to our patrons.

McChord Field to host ‘Pilot for a Day’

A 16-year-old boy from Spanaway will have the chance of a lifetime Thursday to participate in the McChord Field Pilot for a Day program.

Christian Ball, the “Pilot for a Day,” will be hosted by members of the 4th Airlift Squadron. Events planned for the day include the opportunity to watch military working dogs, experience an explosive ordnance disposal demonstration and receive a personal tour of a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft. The program will run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Pilot for a Day is an Air Force program that enables challenged youth to visit an Air Force base, becoming part of the team in the process. The participants are usually selected through a partnership with a community hospital or foster program.

Celebrate women’s equality day

The 2013 Women’s Equality Day Observance will be held Tuesday from 11:30 to 1 p.m. at the French Theater, Bldg. 2004, Lewis Main. Guest speaker is Marilyn Strickland, mayor of Tacoma.

6th annual EFMP camp

The 6th annual JBLM Exceptional Family Member Program Camp “Pirates of American Lake II” will be held at American Lake Northwest Adventure Center cabin area, Aug. 23 - 25. EFMP day camp is Aug. 24 at Shoreline Park on Lewis North. The EFMP camp is for service members with special needs dependents. The camp provides families with a safe, friendly, welcoming and ADA-accessible environment that allows the entire family to experience summer camp activities. For additional information, call 253-967-9097.

WLC in-processing

The Warrior Leader Course class 010-13 will in-process Sept. 5 at 5:50 a.m. in the student parking area adjacent to building 5999. Sponsors must be present at 7 a.m. at building 5995.

Observe Hispanic heritage month

The 2013 Hispanic Heritage Month celebration will be Sept. 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Carey Theater, Lewis Main. For details contact SFC Rick A. Selvester at

Light up the night

PNW Airlift Tanker Association Air Force Ball will be held Sept. 20 at the Landmark Convention Center in Tacoma. For information visit: or email

Funded legal education program

The Office of the Judge Advocate General is now accepting applications for the Army’sFunded Legal Education Program. Under this program, the Army projects sending up to 25 active duty commissioned officers to law school at government expense. Selected officers will attend law school beginning the Fall of 2014 and will remain on active duty while attending law school.

Interested officers should review Chapter 14, AR 27-1 (The Judge Advocate General’s Funded Legal Education Program) to determine their eligibility. This program is open to commissioned officers in the rank of second lieutenant through captain. Applicants must have at least two, but not more than six, years of total active Federal service at the time legal training begins. Eligibility is governed by statute (10 U.S.C. 2004) and is non-waivable. Eligible officers interested in applying should immediately register for the earliest offering of the Law School Admission Test. Applicants must send their request through command channels, to include the officer’s branch manager at AHRC, with a copy furnished to the Office of the Judge Advocate General, ATTN: DAJA-PT (Ms. Yvonne Caron-Rm 2B517), 2200 Army Pentagon, Washington, DC 20310, to be received by 1 November 2013. Submission of the application well in advance of the deadline is advised. Interested officers should contact the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate at 253-477-1900 for further information.

Enjoy Single Service Member Day

Attend single service member day on Aug. 29 at the Warrior Zone at Lewis North. Enjoy a car show competition, tournaments, video games, prizes, live entertainment, food and beverages.

For more information call, 253-967-5636.

Attend Spark Before Dark Zumba party

If you like Zumba, you’ll love Spark Before Dark, a free outdoor fitness Zumba party at JBLM. Gather at Cowan Stadium Aug. 24 from 6 to 9 p.m. to dance until the sun goes down. The party features renowned Zumba instructor, Madalene Aponte, and local instructors from JBLM, Pierce County Parks and Recreation and the YMCA. Glow sticks and necklaces will be handed out while supplies last.

Register at on the aerobics and fitness page by Tuesday to guarantee a T-shirt.

Watch a free movie at the beach

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to Shoreline Park at JBLM Lewis North to see “Oz: The Great and Powerful” Aug. 24 at dusk. Showing is free.

Food is available for purchase. For more information, call 253-967-9210.

Enroll students at temporary location

Families new to Carter Lake and Hillside Elementary Schools can enroll new students at the Evergreen Elementary School, 9010 Blaine Ave., on JBLM Lewis Main. New student enrollments will be accepted daily from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Evergreen Elementary School cafeteria through Thursday. For more information, call Carter Lake Elementary at 253-583-5210 or Hillside Elementary at 253-583-5280.

Served in the Army’s Second Division?

The Second (Indianhead) Division Association is searching for anyone who has ever served in the Army’s 2nd ID at any time. For information about the association contact Bob Haynes at , call 224-225-1202, of visit . 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 through Sept. 30 at the same discounted rate and must present their Department of Defense identification card.

Commissaries resume normal hours

Military commissaries worldwide will return to normal operating schedules the week of Aug. 18-24 with DOD furloughs curtailed to to six days. Find information about changes to local operating schedules at, click on the “Locations” tab, then “Alphabetical Listing” to locate the store, and click on “Local Store Information.”

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 Saturday 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 today due to civilian furloughs.

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

Attend free Soldier Show

The 2013 United States Soldier Show will be held at the Evergreen Theater Wednesday. 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

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 Command Sgt. Maj. Victor Mercado at 253-968-7734.

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.

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 Saturday. 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 Scrambleare 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 Sept. 6 at Eagles Pride. Shotgun start is 1 p.m.

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, appointments or 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, 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.

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 Monday through Aug 23. Apply at For more information, call 253-966-0632.

Get involved in 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 or Book Patch Library inside Grandstaff Library.

For more information, call the McChord Library at 253-982-3454 or Book Patch Library at 253-967-5533.

Heroes Lounge changes hours

Heroes Lounge inside Cascade Community Center is open Wednesdays for free bar bingo with food purchase, Thursdays and Fridays in the afternoon and evening, and Saturdays starting at 8 p.m. (if a UFC fight is airing, doors open early).

It is closed Sundays through Tuesdays until football season begins.