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Community Ledger, Sept. 20

Published: 01:29PM September 19th, 2013


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

• Oct. 14, Columbus Day (observed)

• Nov. 8, DONSA

Celebrate Oktober fest at JBLM

Come out for the annual Oktoberfest party in the MWR Fest Tent at Lewis Main Oct. 5 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. You’ll see more games for kids, such as free hay rides, foam sword matches and pony rides. Participate in the Volksmarch from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to work up a big appetite, and dance to live stage band entertainment while you enjoy German food and beverages. Get the complete menu and schedule of entertainment at

Exercise for heroes kick-off event

Exercise for Heroes is an opportunity for Airmen and Soldiers to exercise and win prizes for doing so. The kick-off event is scheduled for Oct. 10 at the McChord Field Theatre from 1 to 3 p.m.

There will be information on fitness and nutrition, Lung Age testing and a presentation by Joanna Cummings, motivational speaker and author.

Henry H. Lind NCO academy in-processing

The Warrior Leader Course class 010-13 will in-process October 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.

Enjoy operation rising star finals

Operation Rising Star finals are Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Warrior Zone. 18 yrs. and older. 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.

Shop commissary on Easy Monday

The JBLM commissary has resumed normal operating hours. Mondays offer special savings through Monday-only promotions to include meat, produce, grocery, and deli items.

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.

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.”

Light up the night

PNW Airlift Tanker Association Air Force Ball will be held today 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, of visit Commissaries resume normal hours

Military commissaries worldwide are back to normal operating schedules. 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 today through Sunday 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.

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.

Play in one-day Texas Hold’em tournament

Play to win in a one-day Texas Hold’em Tournament at the McChord Club/Community Center at McChord Field Saturday. Prizes include $500, $400 and $300 gift cards, Sign-ups begin at 1 p.m.; the tournament starts 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.

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.

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 for “JBLM Snapshots.” Send submissions to

Late night firing

8-1 CAV will be firing with 120mm Mortars in the JBLM Artillery Impact Area Sept. 24, 6:30 a.m. through Sept. 26, 11:59 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 a home buying workshop Wednesday, 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 253-982-5517.

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 to 8:30 p.m. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Preregister by Monday; call 253-967-4441.

Crafters wanted for holiday bazaar

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

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

Today is the last day to register youth ages 8 - 15 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.

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.

Attend Green Dragon Ball

The 11th Chemical Battalion (Technical Escort) invites you to the Pacific Northwest Green Dragon Ball, today at the Lacey Community Center. Social hour starts at 5:15 p.m. Official party arrives at 6 p.m. For details email:

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 Serivces 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.