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Skip the kitchen; join a JBLM Thanksgiving feast

Thanksgiving options for the whole family

Published: 03:17PM November 21st, 2013
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Tech. Sgt. Oshawn Jefferson

Tech. Sgt. Sarah Butcher, 627th Force Support Squadron dining facility manager, starts to carve a turkey during the Thanksgiving Day meal at the Olympic Dining Facility, JBLM.

As Thanksgiving approaches, the Joint Base Lewis-McChord community will have a variety of venues to enjoy a complete turkey day dinner.

Service members and their families can save cooking time and clean up at one of JBLM’s dining facilities, or individuals can splurge with reservations at one (or both) of JBLM’s Thanksgiving buffets.

Single service members will be treated to a special Thanksgiving event at the Warrior Zone complete with food, gaming and giveaways.

Warrior Zone

Bldg. 11592, D and 17th Streets, Lewis North, 1 to 7 p.m., Nov. 28

Better Opportunities for Single Service Members secretary Spc. Adrian Sosa believes Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without pumpkin pie ­— so he’s making sure the Warrior Zone has enough for everyone.

“We’ll have the important stuff,” he said.

The Warrior Zone will open Thanksgiving Day, and provide free finger foods, desserts and nonalcoholic beverages to JBLM’s single service members. It will not serve a full Thanksgiving dinner since several dining facilities will be open Thanksgiving to offer a complete holiday meal.

Computers at the Warrior Zone will be open so that service members can Skype with family and friends, Sosa said.

There will also be giveaways and door prizes.

Thanksgiving is traditionally a big day for professional football, and the Warrior Zone will show all Thanksgiving day games on 50 flat screen televisions.

There will also be outdoor games and a video game tournament.

“We plan events like this every year for Thanksgiving and Christmas,” Sosa said. “We’re trying to get single service members out of the barracks and make them feel welcome.”

For more information on the Warrior Zone’s Thanksgiving event, call 253-477-5756.

Dining Facilities

Thanksgiving schedule, Nov. 27 and 28

Cost for non-meal card holders is $7.60; Olympic Dining Facility offers ala carte pricing.

Nov. 27

I Corps Headquarters, Bldg. 2026C, Pendleton Avenue, Lewis Main, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Bldg. B11575, 41st Division Drive and C Street, Lewis North, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The dining facility will also be open Thanksgiving day serving a non-holiday meal.

4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Bldg. 3420, 3rd Division Drive and Mastin Avenue, Lewis Main, 11:30 to 2 p.m.

3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Bldg. 3757, Stryker and Railroad Avenues, Lewis Main, 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. The dining facility will also be open Thanksgiving day serving a non-holiday meal.

Courage Inn (serves 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, 51st Signal Battalion, 62nd Medical Brigade), Bldg. 9129, Military Park Avenue, Lewis Main, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed through Nov. 28-30.

Castles and Cannons Dining Facility (serves 17th Fires Brigade, 555th Engineer Brigade), Bldg. P12638, 14th and D Streets, Lewis North, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. No dinner service Nov. 24-30.

n 16th Combat Aviation Brigade, Bldg. 3279, 2nd Division Drive and Kyle Street, Lewis Main, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Nov. 28

Olympic Dining Facility, Bldg. 548, between D Street and Outer Drive, McChord Field, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

JBLM buffets

Thursday, Nov. 28

American Lake Conference Center, 8085 NCO Beach Rd., Lewis North, 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. Cost is $24.95 for adults, $8.95 for children ages 4-12 and ages 3 and younger are free. Reservations encouraged; call 253-966-3988. Shrimp appetizers, roasted turkey with gravy, baked fish, bourbon glazed ham and inside round of beef. Sides and desserts include corn bread dressing, maple-glazed sweet potato casserole, pumpkin and pecan pies and tropical fruit with a chocolate fountain.

McChord Club and Community Center, Bldg. 700, Barnes Boulevard, McChord Field, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $20.50 for adults, $19.50 for seniors ages 62 and older, $9.50 for children ages 6-10 and $4.50 for children ages 5 and younger. Club members receive $2 discount per meal. Call 253-982-5581 or 253-982-2795 for reservations. Buffet includes all Thanksgiving favorites and additional meats, treats and sides, including stuffed chicken with bearnaise sauce, carved roast baron of beef with au jus and horseradish sauce, rice pilaf, pies, cakes and a chocolate fountain with seasonal fruits and marshmallows.