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Community Ledger, Oct. 25

Published: 12:53PM October 24th, 2013

Trick or Treat at housing only

Halloween trick or treating is from 6 to 8 p.m at housing only, no barracks.

Halloween safety tips

Trick-or-treating will take place in the JBLM housing areas Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. Parents are asked to accompany their young children and use caution when crossing roadways. Children should go only to homes where the residents are known and have outside lights on as a sign of welcome. Barracks are not authorized trick-or-treating locations. Children should not enter homes or apartments unless they are accompanied by an adult. Children should carry flashlights or glow sticks to be easily seen. To keep homes safe for visiting trick-or-treaters, parents should remove from porch and front yard anything a child cold trip over. Restrain pets so they do not inadvertently jump on or bite a trick-or-treater. For more information, call the JBLM Protection Division at 253-966-7319/7317.

Nominate the military citizen of the year

The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for the Military Citizen of the Year. Deadline for submitting nominations is Nov.1; award presentation is scheduled for Nov. 7, 12 p.m. at the Rotary Club of Tacoma.

Forward nominations to the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce; email

Compete in intramural wrestling event

Weigh in and register at Soldiers Field House Nov. 5 from 1-2 p.m. Soldiers Field House is at 3236 2nd Division & Handrich at JBLM-Lewis Main. Weight Class information is available from the Intramural Sports Office.

Wrestling begins at 5:30 p.m. at Soldiers Field House. The competition continues Nov. 6 –7, if necessary. The Installation Championships will be conducted Nov. 7, if needed. Format will be determined by the quantity of individual and team competitors. First-, second- and third-place individuals and teams will receive awards.

Head gear is mandatory wear for all competitors and will be available for checkout at the event; as well as a limited supply of singlets.

Teams or individuals may coordinate training time at Soldiers Field House by contacting the facility manager at 253-967-4771.

JBLM Sports, Fitness & Aquatics strongly recommends that competitors obtain a physical examination prior to competing.

For more information, call the Intramural Sports Office at 253-967-4768.

Range 15 closures

Range 15 (the rifle and pistol range on East Gate Road) will be closed on the following dates for Installation activities: Nov. 3, 9-10, 16-17 and 23-24. For more details, call 253-967-9803.

Change of command

Major General Richard Thomas, Commander, Western Regional Medical Command, will relinquish command of the Western Regional Medical to Brig. Gen. John Cho during a Change of Command Ceremony on Thursday, 10 a.m. at Soldiers Field House. During the ceremony, the Western Region’s new Command Sergeant Major, Command Sgt. Maj. Marshall Huffman, will assume responsibility as the Western Regional Medical Command’s Command Sergeant Major.

Thomas assumed command of the Western Region in March 2012.

His new assignment will be as the Director, Health Care Operations, Defense Health Agency in Washington, D.C. Huffman’s most recent assignment was as the Command Sergeant Major, Southern Regional Medical Command, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Brig. Gen Cho most recently served as the Deputy Commanding General for Support, United States Army Medical Command.

Attend intramural basketball meeting

The JBLM Intramural Sports basketball meeting is on Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. at Soldiers Field House. Preseason basketball is Dec. 2-18 and regular season begins in January. Call the Intramural Sports Office at 253-967-4768 or visit under Intramural Sports for more information.

Enjoy Halloween party at Heroes Lounge

Come out to Heroes Lounge Saturday for prizes, dancing and specials. Doors open at 8 p.m. for karaoke, music videos and dancing with food and beverage specials. Get ready to judge patrons’ best costumes at midnight for great prizes.

To qualify, arrive at least an hour prior to judging. Heroes Lounge is at 2400 Bitar Ave. inside Cascade Community Center at Lewis Main.

Participate in Harvest Fest this Saturday

Attend the 62nd’s Med. Bde. Harvest Fest Saturday, 1 - 5 p.m. at Bldg. 3369-3370. Event includes trunk-or-treat, kids’ games, haunted house, and costume contest.

Take a holiday tour of historic homes

Join the Lewis Community Spouses’ Club and visit 20 historic homes in the Broadmoor and Greenwood communities. Tours are Dec. 6 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Dec. 7 from 3 to 7 p.m. For information and tickets visit

JBLM Amnesty Day

JBLM Ammunition Amnesty Day is Wednesday, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at C-5 Mock up East Gate Road.

It is recommended you call EOD at 253-967-1971 to turn in ammunition above .50 caliber.

All residue will be taken straight to the residue yard. No questions asked, no fear of prosecution, no investigation, no paperwork required.

Amnesty can always be turned in at the JBLM ASP during normal hours or at any of the amnesty locations on post.

For details, call 253-967-1971.

Go for ‘A Walk in the Dark’

Experience “A Walk in the Dark” at Shoreline Park Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. This not-so-scary event is for younger children. For more information, visit

Become a club member and save

Join the Club at McChord Field and save money.

All military branches, families, retirees and DOD personnel are eligible to apply for the Chase card for Club dues.

With the Club card, you’ll save 10 percent off a meal of $7 or more at any MWR eatery, Battle Bean coffee drinks, Outdoor Recreation rentals and trips, JBLM golf pro shop gear and golf cart rentals.

You’ll also get free rental bowling shoes at a JBLM bowling center, a framing class at Arts & Crafts Center (with purchase of supplies) the first hour of Auto Skills bay or lift fees, McChord Field Theater popcorn and a monthly meal at the Club. Pick up an application at the McChord Club or apply at - select McChord as your installation. For additional details, call 253-982-5581.

Visit the haunted forest on McChord Field

Take a walk through the 627th Civil Engineer Squadron’s haunted forest today through Saturday, 7- 8 p.m. for kids, 8 - 11 p.m. for adults and Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday, 7-8 p.m. for kids and 8-10 p.m. for adults. Event will take place on McChord Field at the corner of Lincoln Blvd. and Outer Drive.

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 fall 2014 and 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 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.

JBLM ready for Fall Clean up

Oct. 28 through Nov. 13 is Fall Clean-Up time on JBLM. Three major areas are targeted during the semi-annual event: units’ barracks, training areas and cantonment areas (common areas like stores, theaters, gymnasiums). A list of areas to be cleaned is available at DPTMS. Units work on cleaning up trash, debris and larger items like abandoned vehicles as well as removing hazardous materials and littered ammunition.

Watch NFL Sunday Ticket You have two great places at JBLM to watch NFL Sunday ticket games: The Warrior Zone and the Heroes Lounge inside Cascade Community Center.

AFSAP anonymous drug turn-in

Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s Armed Forces Substance Abuse Program and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration are holding the last anonymous drug turn-in event of the year Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the parking lots of the Lewis Main and McChord Field Exchange. ASAP personnel will be accepting drugs and some other medical products. Plainclothes MPs will maintain the chain of custody of the drugs.

The DEA eventually takes possession of them, then destroys them. Illegal drugs also are accepted, but nothing pointed or bladed, including needles and diabetic test strips.

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.

Enjoy a Thanksgiving Eve service

An Ecumenical Thanksgiving Eve service will be held on Nov. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Main Post Chapel on JBLM Lewis Main.

Refreshments will be available in the Fellowship Hall following service.

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.

Free computer training

Build skills in selected Microsoft technologies and earn an industry-recognized certification through the Elevate America’s Veterans program. Training is self-paced and conducted online via any Internet-connected computer. To receive a voucher/access code, you must be a King or Pierce County resident and a military veteran or veteran’s spouse.

To find out more, visit

Free dental care day for veterans

Veterans who have been deployed and their spouse, who don’ t have dental insurance and are in financial need, are invited to participate in the Free Dental Care Day, Nov. 9. Event runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 22516 SE 64th PI, Issaquah, Wash.

Must have DD214 form and award letter. For more information, call Dr. Theresa Cheng, Issaquah Periodontics, at 425-392-8992. Limited availability.

Celebrate American Indian Heritage

The 2013 National American Indian Heritage Month Observance will be held Nov. 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Carey Theater on JBLM Lewis Main. For more information, call 253-967-5110.

Uniform for success

The Gary Sinise Foundation is partnering with Jos. A. Bank to offer free suits to qualifying veterans and service members.

In order to qualify for the program proper documentation such as a DD214 form for retired service members or a statement of service for service members still on active duty, plus a copy of the veteran’s driver’s license must be faxed to 818-432-8999.

The suit vouchers will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

The vouchers may be redeemed by the intended recipient only, are not redeemable for cash value and may not be used to purchase items other than a two-piece Executive Collection suit. Vouchers expire Nov. 11, 2013.