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Community Ledger, Sept. 13

Published: 01:07PM September 12th, 2013


The following holidays and days of no scheduled activities (DONSA) are planned:
• Oct. 11, DONSA

• Oct. 14, Columbus Day (observed)

• Nov. 8, DONSA

Youth Basketball and Cheerleading

Register youth ages 5 to 15 through Oct. 18 for CYS Services youth basketball, Lil Dribblers basketball and cheerleading. Each sport costs $55 per child.

Register at CYS Services Parent Central, 2295 12th and Bitar at Lewis Main or at 578 Lincoln Blvd. at McChord Field. Download and fill out forms from under WebTrac/online registration, CYS Services.

For more information, call CYS Services at 253-967-2977.

Attend Green Dragon Ball

The 11th Chemical Battalion (Technical Escort) invites you to the Pacific Northwest Green Dragon Bal on Sept. 20 at the Lacey Community Center, 6729 Pacific Ave. SE, Olympia.

Social hour begins at 5:15 p.m.; official party arrives at 6 p.m. Ticket price: $38. For more information, email:

Register for youth strength and conditioning course

Register youth ages 8-15 through Sept. 20 for CYS Services’ Mind, Body and Soul strength and conditioning course.

The course costs $35 and runs through Nov. 18.

Register at CYS Services Parent Central, 2295 12th and Bitar at Lewis or at 578 Lincoln Blvd. at McChord Field. Download and fill out forms from under WebTrac/online registration, CYS Services.

For more information, call CYS Services at 253- 967-2977.

Play in one-day Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament

Play to win in a one-day Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament at the McChord Club and Community Center at McChord Field Sept. 21. Prizes include $500, $400 and $300 gift cards. Sign-ups begin at 1 p.m.; the tournament begins at 1:30 p.m.

The $18 per person cost covers your chips and includes a light buffet. A no-host bar is also available.

For more details, call 253-982-0718.

Teen Zone hosts Father-Daughter Dance

CYS Services-registered families are invited to attend the Father-Daughter dance at Lewis Main’s Teen Zone Sept. 28 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Preregister by Sept. 23; call 253-967-4441.

Crafters wanted for McChord Holiday Bazaar

Are you a crafter or artist looking to sell your hand-crafted items? Sell your gifts at the McChord Club and Community Center’s Holiday Bazaar Dec. 7 from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 253-982-0718 for entry details.

Watch NFL Sunday Ticket

You have three great places at JBLM to watch NFL Sunday ticket games: The Caddy Shack at Eagles Pride Golf Course, the Warrior Zone and the Heroes Lounge inside Cascade Community Center.

Register for youth cross-country

Register youth ages 8-15 through Sept. 20 for CYS Services youth cross-country running. The sport includes 5k and 10k training for runs through Nov. 19.

Register at CYS Services Parent Central, 2295 12th and Bitar at Lewis or at 578 Lincoln Blvd. at McChord Field. Download and fill out forms from under WebTrac/online registration, CYS Services. For more information, call CYS Services at 253-967-2977.

Enjoy a fun night out at the luau

Dine on a delicious luau buffet and be entertained by live Polynesian dance and music at the McChord Club and Community Center’s Luau, Saturday.

The meal includes roast pig, chicken, mahi mahi, sweet potatoes, stir fry vegetables, salads, tropical fruit, dessert and more.

Cost is $24.95 for adults ($23.95 for club members), $12.95 for ages 4-13 and free for ages 3 and younger. Purchase your tickets at Leisure Travel Services, 2275 Liggett Ave. at JBLM-Lewis Main.

Rent textbooks

Why buy textbooks when 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.

Enjoy Operation Rising Star

Auditions for Operation Rising Star continue Sept. 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.”

Observe Hispanic heritage month

The 2013 Hispanic Heritage Month celebration will be Tuesday 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’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. 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.

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, or visit

Commissaries resume normal hours

Military commissaries worldwide are back to normal operating schedules with DOD furloughs curtailed for FY 2013.

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.

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.

Enter ‘you made the grade’ Sweepstakes

Stop by the Manager’s Office at either Lewis or McChord Exchanges, present your valid military ID and recent report card showing a B average or better. Receive a coupon booklet with savings on videos, music, food and more, plus enter to win up to a $2,000 AAFES gift card.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Late Night Firing

2-3 IN will be firing with 60mm/81mm/12mm Mortars in the JBLM Artillery Impact Area through today, 5 p.m. Mortar Point 11 will be used.

2-3 IN will be firing with 60mm/81mm Mortars in the JBLM Artillery Impact Area Sept. 19, 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. Mortar Point 8 will be used.

8-1 CAV will be firing with 120mm Mortars in the JBLM Artillery Impact Area Sept. 24, 6:30 a.m. through Sept. 26, 23:59 p.m.

Home Buying Workshops

Active duty service members and their spouses as well as prior service personnel with VA loan eligibility are invited to participate in home buying workshops Sept. 17 & 18, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the Stone Education Center, at Lewis Main and Sept. 25, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the McChord Field Education Office. Learn about finding a home and making an offer, financing, closing, maintaining a home and more. For more information call 253-967-5354/5334 or 253-982-5517.