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Community Ledger, Dec. 20

Published: 01:02PM December 19th, 2013

Scheduled road closure

Contractor Adept/Absher will temporarily close Madigan Avenue between Wilson and Perry avenues for construction.

The road closure is tentatively scheduled to begin Jan. 1. 2014, at 7 a.m. and is to be completed April 23 at 3:30 p.m.

The company said it realizes this temporary road closure might cause inconvenience. Detour signs will be placed according to WSDOT standards. See the attached plans for locations of the signage proposed for this work.

Contact Dwayne Hiam at 253-376-5038 or Rob Willis at 253-318-9901 with any question or concerns regarding this project.

Attend symposium on U.S. and Asia Pacific

If you are interested in the role of leadership and the importance of international political perspectives in shaping relations between the United States and nations of the Asia-Pacific region, attend the symposium on the United States’ strategic rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region on Jan. 15. Event is held from 4 to 6 p.m. at the William W. Philip Hall, 1918 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma UW Tacoma Campus. To register visit

Register for 2014 swim meet

Registration is open for the 2014 JBLM Swim Meet individual and team competition at Soldiers Field House Pool Jan. 22 at 5:30 p.m.

Attend an information meeting Jan. 7 at 1 p.m. at Soldiers Field House, 3236 2nd Division and Handrich at JBLM-Lewis Main.

For more details, call 967-5390.

Become a family child care provider

Looking for a fun, rewarding job? Become a Family Child Care provider and make a difference in the lives of military children and their families. FCC providers earn up to $2,000 a month, may qualify for subsidies, and receive free child care while in training and free resources for your business.

Learn about FCC at the January 7 orientation from 6 to 8 p.m. at the FCC office in building 2013B.

Full-day training classes meet weekdays following the orientation.

FCC will provide free child care during the training classes.

For more information, call the FCC office at 253-967-3039.

After-holiday Sale at the NAC

Buy outdoor adventure gear and equipment at the Northwest Adventure Center Thursday. Everything in the store is 10 percent off (excluding weapons and ammo). Select items are 15 percent off.

The NAC is located at 8050 NCO Beach Road, at JBLM-Lewis North. This offer cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts. Call 253-967-8282 for more details.

Enjoy neon new Year’s Eve at American Lake

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the American Lake Conference Center, Dec. 31, 8 p.m. - 1 a.m. The party includes an ‘80s costume contest, hors d’oeuvres. midnight toast and breakfast buffet. Purchase your tickets before Dec. 20 for $45 per couple or $22 per person.

After Dec. 20, tickets are $50 per couple and $25 per person. Call 253-964-1209 for reservations and tickets.

JBLM AFAP Conference

The JBLM AFAP Conference will be held Jan. 7 - 9. Deadine for issue submission is Dec. 6. Submit your issues at For more information, call 253-967-3689.

Register for youth spring soccer

Register now through Jan. 31 for CYS Services spring soccer and bumblebee soccer for youth ages 3 to 18. The parents’ meeting is Feb. 22.

Register at CYS Services Parent Central, Bldg. 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 253-967-2977.

JBLM golf course recognized

Whispering Firs Golf Course at JBLM has achieved the designation as a “Certified Audobon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses.

David Wienecke led the effort to obtain sanctuary designation on the property and is being recognized for Environmental Stewardship by Audubon International.

Homebrewers compete for ‘best of JBLM’

If you’re into making home brew, get ready to enter your best batches into the 2014 JBLM home brew competition. Registration begins Jan. 10. Submissions will be accepted through Feb. 8 and judged by certified experts Feb. 16.

Event organizers are encouraging home brewers to both compete and provide samples at Brewfest Feb. 21, where winners will be awarded prizes and medals. Find registration forms online at For more information, call 253-967-5776.

Find discounts at holiday golf pro shop sales

Save 10 percent with Whispering Firs’ annual Holiday Sale through Dec. 23 (excluding PING). Select pro shop items are up to 50 percent off.

Eagles Pride Golf Course Pro Shop sale lasts through Dec. 31 and includes: 30–50 percent off irons; 50 percent off drivers; 15 percent off bags, shoes and wedges.

Spend $75 and pick a candy cane off the holiday tree for a free gift. Free gifts include putters, wedges, gloves, grips, balls and more.

Whispering Firs is at McChord Field at 895 Lincoln Blvd. Eagles Pride is located off Exit 116 on I-5 near DuPont. Questions?

Call Whispering Firs at 253-982-4927 or Eagles Pride at 253-967-6522.

Mrs. JBLM 2014 to compete in Bellevue

Jamie Johnson has been selected as Mrs. Joint Base Lewis-McChord 2014. Johnson will represent JBLM at the televised Mrs. Washington America Pageant Jan. 18, 2014, 5 p.m. at the Meydenbauer Theater in Bellevue, Wash.

Johnson’s platform is bringing attention and awareness to Veteran PTSD.

For more information, call 915-929-3735.

New website supports soldier innovation

The U.S. Army Rapid Equipping Force recently launched, a website that encourages Soldiers to identify tactical challenges and collaborate with innovators and other civilian supporters to design solutions and build prototypes.

The proof-to-concept effort will test the applicability of crowd-powered design processes for the REF mission.

Both current and veteran warfighters are invited to participate in the ArmyCoCreate effort. For more information on the program, visit or contact the REF Operation Center at

New website offers help to parents

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

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 assult 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.

Commissaries scan ID’s at checkout

Shoppers at military commissaries now have to hand over their DOD ID cards to be scanned at checkout.

Defense Commissary Agency officials say the scans will allow them to obtain more data about their customers.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Attend free financial readiness classes

ACS’s Financial Readiness Program offers classes & confidential one-on-one counseling, including budgeting, debt management, credit counseling, investment education & general financial planning. Counselors can assist with credit reports and security clearance preparation. All services are free. For more information, call 253-967-1453.

Free massage for veterans

Olympia health clinic is offering free chiropractic and massage therapy to service members and veterans within the first year of their redeployment.

For details or appointments, call 360-350-0539.

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.

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.

For more information, call 253-964-5955 or 5956.

Register for Fitness Boot Camp

Not fit? Looking to get in shape? Join Jensen Family Health and Fitness Center’s free Fitness Boot Camp shape-up program.

The class is limited to 20 participants and is designed for less-fit individuals who want a jump-start to a new fitness program.

The three-per-week classes are currently full.

For information on future sessions, check with Jensen’s front desk or call 253-967-5975.

See Zoolights at Point Defiance

Stroll the exhibits at the Point Defiance Zoo this Saturday as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Encounter animals at the following exhibits: Rocky Shores, Arctic Tundra, Red Wolves and Asian Forest Sanctuary. Warm up with hot chocolate, shop for gifts or just enjoy the beautiful decorations. Cost (includes admission) $20. Contact the Outdoor Recreation Adventure Trips program at 253-967-6263 or visit: for details on signing up.

Ski-n-snowboard at Crystal Mountain

Tired of the winter rain? Join the Northwest Adventure Center as we head for the snow and spend the day at Crystal Mountain. Gear is provided (go to the Northwest Adventure Center by Friday, Dec. 20 to be fitted for your gear).

Lift tickets aren’t included in the trip fee; you may purchase online at $45; have your own gear, pay just $25.

Call 253-967-6263 or visit: for details on signing up.