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Community Ledger, Jan. 10

Published: 11:39AM January 9th, 2014

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 the Asia-Pacific, attend the symposium on the United States’ strategic rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region on Wednesday. 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.

For more details, call 967-5390.

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.

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 now. 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.

Learn to paint vets in ‘art of honor’ project

“Art of Honor” is a community project where family members or service members can honor their favorite veteran by painting that veteran’s portrait during a three-hour workshop.

Seattle artist Sally Brucker and other area artists will help you paint a portrait of your favorite veteran Feb. 8, from 1 to 4 p.m., on a 16-inch x 20-inch canvas. The workshop, canvas, brushes and paint are all provided for free. The workshop will be at the Nelson Recreation Center on JBLM Lewis Main (2nd Division and Faith Avenue).

Sally Brucker, founder of “Art of Honor,” has been an art instructor for 13 years. In the fall of 2006 she came up with the idea to honor her Medal of Honor awardee-dad, World War II and Korean War veteran Clarence B. Craft, by painting his portrait.

The “Art of Honor” workshop has 30 openings available for the first 30 RSVPs. Call Sally at 206-760-3797 or email her at to sign up. You’ll need to have a photo or newspaper image of your veteran from any era, in military or civilian clothing.

Join eighth annual JBLM Aerobathon

Stay warm, get fit and have fun pajama-party style at the free JBLM Aerobathon Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Win a prize for the best pajama outfit. The event is at Soldiers Field House, 3236 2nd Division and Handrich on Lewis Main.

For more details, call 967-5390.

Join us on the new newcomers’ bus

Army Community Services invites all JBLM service members, adult family members and civilians new to the community (or those who would benefit from a tour) to take a ride on the Newcomers’ Bus the fourth Tuesday of every month except December. Next tour is Jan. 28.

The bus tour will be from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Pick up for single service members at the Warrior Zone on JBLM Lewis North; for married service and family members at Jensen Fitness Center parking lot on JBLM Lewis North (first-come, first-served basis).

Free hourly child care available at Clarkmoor CDC; for reservations call 253-967-2977. Once care is reserved, RSVP to 253-967-3633/3628 to confirm coupon payment. For information, call 253-967-3628 or 253-982-2695.

Take part in Disaster Preparedness Day

Register for the American Red Cross Disaster Preparedness Day Jan. 25 at the McChord Library.

Seniors can kick off the day at 10:30 a.m. with “Disaster Preparedness for Seniors by Seniors.” In this class, you will learn how to calmly react to a natural disaster, how to prepare a disaster kit and other safety tools specific to seniors.

Children can join in at 1 p.m. to learn basic first aid, such as how to make a sling, help a choking victim and when to call 911. In the Passport to Preparedness portion of this class, you will learn what natural disasters are most common in Washington, how to react to them and how to help your family prepare.

Adults, are you new to the area? Come to the McChord Library at 2:30 p.m. to learn which natural disasters you are most likely to face while living in Washington. Learn how to prepare yourself and your family as well as the steps that you need to take for recovery. See the McChord Field Library events calendar at

Register for these classes at:

Register for youth fitness program

Register from Wednesday to Feb. 25 for CYS Services Get Fit, Be Strong running and fitness program for youth ages 8 to 15. The cost is $35 per youth. The parents’ meeting is Feb. 28.

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 CYSS.

If you’re already registered with CYSS, sign up for the running and fitness program at For more information, call CYS Services at 967-2977.

Learn to be a Red Cross lifeguard

JBLM Aquatics is offering American Red Cross lifeguarding classes Saturdays, Jan. 11, 18 and 25, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Keeler Pool, 9993 Garfield St. on Lewis Main. The cost is $50, which includes a pocket mask and certificates if the student passes the course. Students must be at least age 15 and pass a pretest (300M swim, 2-minute tread and underwater retrieval).

For more details, call 967-6652.

Apply for a Family Member Scholarship

The Fort Lewis Family Member Scholarship Fund is accepting 2014 scholarship applications through March 26. Download applications at Applicants are encouraged to use the faster fill-in form.

Family members of active duty Soldiers, retirees and surviving family members are eligible to receive scholarships without regard to the income level of the family or the rank of the service member. The applicant remains anonymous until the process is complete.

The Fort Lewis Family Member Scholarship Fund typically awards more than $30,000 per year, which comes from charitable donations from many sources. Applications are judged on a variety of criteria including but not limited to essay response, grades, community involvement and leadership.

For questions about the scholarship, inquire at

Play to win at 1-day Texas hold-em tourney

The McChord Community Center invites you to a one-day Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament Jan. 25 at the Club at McChord Field. Your $20 buy-in gets you in the game, covers your chips and includes a light buffet. Prizes include $500, $400 and $300 gift cards. Registration begins at 1 p.m.; play starts at 1:30 p.m.

The Club is at 700 Barnes Blvd. at McChord Field. For more details, call 253-982-0718.

The Warrior Zone closes for repairs

The Warrior Zone at JBLM Lewis North will be closed Monday through Wednesday to repair a water issue. It will reopen Thursday. Patrons may use Nelson Recreation Center at JBLM-Lewis Main for gaming and movies during this time. The staff apologizes for the inconvenience.

See your recipe on the Warrior Zone menu

Enter your original quesadilla, flatbread pizza or wing flavor recipe in the Warrior Zone’s “Ultimate Eats” recipe contest.

Competitors need to submit your complete recipes by Jan. 22.

The recipes are being judged by MWR chefs on appearance, taste and affordability. Once they choose the final four, they’ll cook up the recipes for patrons to judge. The four finalists are going head-to-head during the big game on Super Sunday, Feb. 2 at the WZ. Try the samples and choose your favorite. The winner with the new taste sensation gets a prize and his or her item on the WZ’s menu as a new signature item for instant fame.

For more details, call 477-5756.

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 suppporters 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 open for one-stop service

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 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 family member’s valid military ID and recent report card with 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.

Lakewood Honors Dr.. Martin Luther King

Lakewood’s 11th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration will be held Jan. 18 at the Sharon McGavick Conference Center from 10 a.m. to noon. The public is invited to attend the celebration. Admission and parking are free.

The theme for this year’s celebration is “The Dream Begins, Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.”

The event features The Total Experience Gospel Choir, The Prairie Bells, trumpeter Morris Northcutt, the Lakes High School Choir, the Chang Hee Suk drummers, the Grace Chapel Choir and the Freedom Dancers. Featured speaker is Dr. Nancy Bristow, Professor of History, University of Puget Sound.

Displays will honor the Buffalo Soldiers Museum, the Philippine Scouts and the Tuskegee Airmen.

For more information contact Jo Ethel Smith at 253-584-4673 or Dennis Higashiyama at 253-589-2489. The Sharon McGavick Conference Center is at the Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd, Lakewood.

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.

Become a McChord 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 dues.

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

Pick up an application at the McChord Club or apply at — select McChord as your installation.

For additional details, call 253-982-5581.