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Community Ledger, Aug. 23

Published: 11:38AM August 22nd, 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 through Sept. 2 for repairs. Kimbro Pool’s schedule has been adjusted to accommodate the closure. We apologize for the inconvenience to our patrons.

6th annual EFMP camp

The 6th annual JBLM Exceptional Family Member Program Camp “Pirates of American Lake II” day camp is Saturday 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.

Rent textbooks

Why buy textbooks hen you can rent them for less? Rent books from the MWR Bookstore online at For more information visit the MWR Bookstore inside Stone Education Center at 6242 Colorado Ave., room B114, at Lewis Main or call 253-964-8185.

Suggest improvements for life at JBLM

Submit your issues for improving the quality of life in your military community. The JBLM Armed Forces Action Plan Conference meets once a year to work through issues submitted and forward to leadership for implementation. Submit your issues to Deadline for submission is Sept. 1.

The AFAP Conference meets Oct. 8 - 10 and the Teen AFAP Conference meets Oct. 5 at the Family Resource Center, 4274 Idaho Ave. at Lewis Main. To participate in either conference, call 253-967-3689 or email

Participate in Operation Rising Star

If you have the singing voice, compete to win cash. Audition for Operation Rising Star Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Warrior Zone. The contest continues Sept. 12 and 19 with finals Sept. 26.

JBLM Operation Rising Star performers will receive $500 for first place, $250 for runner-up and $100 for third place, along with a $300 spirit award to encourage audience participation and Internet exposure of local competitions via social media and

Local winners and, in some cases, second-place finishers, will have a shot at becoming 2013 Operation Rising Star champion.

Visit for rules or pick up an application at the Warrior Zone, corner of 17th and D streets at Lewis North.

Singers must be active duty military, Reserve or National Guard personnel or their family members ages 18 and older with a valid DoD ID card. For more information, call 253-477-5756.

Supervisor Resource Center The Supervisor Resource Center is an online clearinghouse developed to put Air Force tools and no-cost resources for supervisory and leadership development at your fingertips 24x7. The SRC offers learning programs for emerging leaders and supervisors centered around Air Force institutional competencies. Included are AF e-Learning courses, books, simulations, skillbriefs, and job-aids. Courses include an assessment tool to provide a focused learning experience.

The center’s resources are tailored to three levels: emerging leaders, first time supervisors, and seasoned supervisors. Included are learning and development roadmaps to help supervisors develop their employees; links to mandatory supervisory training course registration for new supervisors; access to hundreds of AF e-Learning courses, books, video challenges, Business Impact series learning tools, simulations, and links to professional sites such as the Center for Creative Leadership, Harvard Business School, Wharton Center for Leadership and Change Management, Leadership Now and Forbes; and video snippets from Air Force leaders discussing leadership and supervision.

The SRC is a no-cost resource for development tools for future Air Force leaders.

Access the SRC via the Air Force Portal. At the Portal Main Page, select the “Life and Career” tab followed by the “Force Development” pull down. On the left navigation, select “Supervisor Resource Center.”

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 email

Funded legal education program

The Office of the Judge Advocate General is now accepting applications for the Army’s Funded 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 Nov. 1, 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 Thursday 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 Saturday 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” Saturday at dusk. Showing is free. Food is available for purchase. For more information, call 253-967-9210.

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 still offers half-price admission tickets to formerly 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.

Join us to learn faith-based parenting

The free Grace Based Parenting conference is coming to Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord military parents are invited to a fun, fast-paced event that will give parents the tools they need to create a home where everyone feels loved and affirmed.

At the Grace Based Parenting Conference, parents will learn how to keep the big picture in mind for day to day challenges, to discipline effectively, to bring the best out of strong-willed children and kids who struggle with ADD and ADHD, to get kids to obey and love their siblings, to deal with a rebellious child and to prepare a child’s heart to receive God’s love and plan for their life.

Child care is available, and children do not need to be registered with CYSS.

Join us Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the JBLM Lewis North Chapel. No charge. Call Chaplain Matthew Hebebrand at 253-306-0674 or email

Commissaries resume normal hours

Military commissaries worldwide are back to normal operating schedules 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.

Join the Military Service Parade

The Military Service Parade in Tacoma will spotlight notable active duty and retired military personnel Saturday, 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 the or call Steve James at 253-840-4194.

Home Buying Workshop

Participate in a home buying workshop Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the McChord Field Education Office, Bldg. 851, Lincoln Drive. Receive information on home buying and selling, current market conditions, VA loans, and credit repair. RSVP by close of business Tuesday. For more details, call 253-982-5516/5517.

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.

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 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.

Become a medical officer

Qualifications and application procedures for Inter-Service Assistant (IPAP) and Army Nurse Corps Commission Program (AECP) and other Medical Commissioning Program briefings are scheduled for Sept. 3 - 5, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Stone Ed Center in room B149, at Lewis Main. 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.