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Community Ledger, Nov. 8

Published: 02:01PM November 7th, 2013

4-2 SBCT Inactivation Town Hall

4th Bde., 2nd Inf. Div. Stryker Brigade Combat Team will host an Inactivation Town Hall meeting at Carey Theater on Wed., Nov. 13. Three sessions are available for Soldiers and families: 1 to 3 p.m., 2nd Battalion, 12 Field Artillery and 702nd Brigade Support Battalion; 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment and 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment; and 7 to 9 p.m., 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment and 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment.

Visit LeMay Car Museum for free

The first 3,000 military ID cardholders receive free admission through Monday to LeMay-America’s Car Museum for MWR’s customer appreciation event—save up to $12. See 60 years of corvettes, the legends of motorsports (the NASCAR story), Master Collectors: McBride, classics and custom coach work, the British invasion, alternative propulsion displays and Harold E. LeMay’s private collection.

The museum is located next to the Tacoma Dome at 2702 East D St. For more information, call 253-779-8490. Apply for military youth of the year

Pick up packets from Hillside Youth Center or McChord Youth Center for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America Military Youth of the Year 2014 representing Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Packets are due back by Dec. 10 and interviews will take place Dec. 16-18.

The winner will be announced Dec. 20.

For more details, call 253-967-4441 or 253-982-2203.

Kick Butts, take names

Come to the McChord Field Theater, Nov. 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. and participate in the Great American Smokeout event, featuring guest speaker Joanna Cummings. Use the day to make a plan to quit smoking. Receive fitness and nutrition handouts and find out how fit your lungs are for your age through lung age analysis.

Learn to Write a competitive resume

ACS’s Employment Readiness Program offers career counseling, training, employment information, referral services and assistance and competitive resume writing workshops among others. For more information, call 253-967-3538.

New website offers parents help

Service members who deploy or are otherwise separated from their families due to mission needs now have an online resource allowing them to hone their parenting skills as they reconnect with their children. The website offers comprehensive, free computer-based training on parenting, building strong relationships, while providing ideas for technology-based activities that may aid in reuniting parents and children after deployment. For more information, visit

Visit Washington State History Museum

On Veterans Day, Monday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the Washington State History Museum will honor active and retired military with free admission and special programing.

Family members with valid military ID qualify for military discounted admission. For information visit

Free events celebrating veterans

Pacific Lutheran University honors veterans and their families through November with events that recognize their service and sacrifice. Monday, free Veterans Day breakfast, 8 - 10 a.m., American Legion Post 2, 11204 Park Ave., Parkland (group will meet in parking lot at 7:45 a.m.) For more information, call 253-535-8399; Veterans Day Ceremony 10:30-11 a.m. Lagerquist Concert Hall, PLU campus.

Nov. 26, I Corps Jazz Concert 8-9:30 p.m. Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, PLU campus.

Register for Special Olympics basketball

Register through Dec. 13 for CYS Services Special Olympics basketball. The participation fee is $50 for youth ages 8 to 18. The parents’ meeting is Nov. 26; the season ends March 2.

Register at CYS Services Parent Central, building 2295, 12th and Bitar. You’ll need a full CYS Services registration on file, a current sports physical, shot record, military, DoD or contractor identity card, and two emergency contacts.

Download and fill out forms from under WebTrac/online registration, CYS Services. For more information, call CYS Services at 253-967-2977.

2-75 Ranger conducts two-week exercise

Rangers from 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, will conduct a military training exercise Nov. 11 to 22 at JBLM in the vicinity of Moses Lake, Wash. Units from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, Fort Campbell, Ky., and Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla., will also be participating. Residents seeking additional information may contact 75th Ranger Regiment officials at 706-545-4260 or 706-604-5114 or email

Attend Army vs. Navy game

The Naval Station in Everett is hosting the 14th annual Army vs. Navy Flag Football Game Nov. 15.

Kickoff is at 4:30 p.m. A tailgate party is planned prior to the game. For more information, call 253-967-4768.

Symphony date night

It’s Date Night at the Seattle Symphony Nov. 23 for couples. For $20 per couple, ride with the McChord Community Center for an evening listening to Casa Patas Flamenco presenting “Templaza.” Price includes transportation and admission. Limited seats are available; sign up by calling 253-982-0718.

Nominate the military citizen of the year

The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for the Military Citizen of the Year. Due to the recent government shutdown, the deadline for submitting nominations has been extended to Wednesday; award presentation will be later this year at the Rotary Club of Tacoma. Forward nominations to the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce; email

JBLM SHARP office now open

The Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention office is now open to serve the JBLM community.

The program offers an avenue for sexual assault reporting, sexual harassment complaints and advocacy services for military personnel and their family members over the age of 18. The SHARP office provides training for military units, work sections, and family readiness groups. All conversations with SHARP personnel are confidential. For more information, contact Michael Thomas, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, at 253-967-2072 or The 24/7 SHARP Hotline is 253-389-8469.

Late night firing notice

4-1 SFG will be firing with 60mm/81mm Mortars in the JBLM Artillery Impact Area on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mortar Point 8 will be used. For questions, call range control at 253-967-5060.

Fange 15 closures

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

Attend intramural basketball meeting

The JBLM Intramural Sports basketball meeting is on Tuesday 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.

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

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.

JBLM ready for Fall Clean up

JBLM Fall Clean-Up runs through Wednesday. 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.

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, Saturday.

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.

Participate in art event

As part of the Native American Heritage Month, you are invited to participate in “Healing Experience through Self Expression and Art” event held today, 1:30 - 4 p.m. at the Seattle’s Veteran’s Hospital or Nov. 25, 8 - 11:30 a.m. at American Lake Veteran’s Hospital Auditorium.

Bring your works of art, drawings, paintings, photography, bead work, song, drums, etc.

For more information, call Cathy Davidson, Minority Veterans Program Coordinator at 253-589-4147 (American Lake) or 206-768-5363 (Seattle) or Marty Martinez, Elders Council/Event Curator at 360-943-9537.

Uniform for success

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

Bring 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 Monday.