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Community Ledger, Jan. 24

Published: 01:53PM January 23rd, 2014

The Mobile Vet Center RV is coming to JBLM

An outreach technician and a readjustment counseling therapist from the Tacoma Veterans Center will park the Mobile Vet Center, a 38-foot recreational vehicle configured as a mobile counseling office, along with its support vehicle at the McChord Exchange, JBLM, Feb. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The staff members will answer questions about VA benefits and services, including counseling for military sexual trauma survivors, combat veterans and their families.

Agreements between VA and Department of Defense preclude providing counseling services on-base, but if an Airman or Soldier is in crisis, they can make referrals for appropriate services.

This is the only VA service authorized to treat active duty service members. The technician and therapist work with the Behavioral Health Clinic at Madigan Army Medical Center and with embedded unit behavioral health personnel.

The VA main office is at 4916 Center Street, Suite E, Tacoma. The Mobile Vet Center makes regular stops in Yelm, Eatonville, Lacey, Port Orchard, Chehalis, Mossyrock and Tenino. It will be in the Poulsbo-Bainbridge Island area Thursday at the Naval Base Kitsap Exchange.

For details or questions, call K. Mark Buckler, the readjustment counseling therapist at 253-565-7038.

Sign up for intramural soccer at 2 locations

Intramural soccer begins in February. Unit teams, open teams and women’s teams are encouraged to enter. For more information, attend one of the following meetings: Feb. 4 at 1 p.m. at Cowan Stadium; Feb. 5 at 1 p.m. at the McChord Fitness Center.

For more details, call 967-4768.

Sign up for intramural bowling on JBLM

Intramural Bowling begins in February. Unit teams are encouraged to participate. For more information, attend the meeting on Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Bowl Arena Lanes.

Call 967-4768 for more information.

Calling all sergeants major for this dance

The Pacific Northwest E-9 Ball will be held at the McChord Club and Community Center, April 12, starting at 6 p.m.

For details, call Chief Master Sgt. John Frazier, 982-5817; Chief Master Sgt. Paul Julbes, 982-5196.

All services welcome.

McChord Library closes temporarily

The library at McChord Field is closing Jan. 28-29 for the installation of a new circulation desk. The staff apologizes for the inconvenience.

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.

We’ve changed our name to AFCS

To embrace our joint base culture, JBLM Army Community Service (ACS) has changed their name to Armed Forces Community Service (AFCS). No change to the locations and you can expect the same services; we just have a more military branch-friendly name. It will take time to update all of our program materials, signage, etc., so bear with us. For more information call 253-967-7166 or visit

Join our financial readiness classes

Make informed consumer decisions on the basic types of insurance, and determine your personal need for life insurance and other insurances. Register for “Insurance Basics” Wednesday, 2-3:30 p.m. in the Waller Hall AFCS/ACS Classroom; call 253-982-2695 or 253-967-1453.

Have you prepared for what could happen financially when you or a family member dies? Learn what you can do now to help your family when the last thing they want to think about is money. Register for the Estate Planning class Feb. 12, 10:30-noon held at the McChord Library; call 253-967-3672. (This class is courtesy of the AFCS Survivor Outreach Services.)

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 in which 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 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. Next tour is Tuesday. 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.

McChord spouses club scholarships

The McChord Spouses Club is accepting 2014 scholarship applications through March 1.

We offer scholarships to spouses, high school seniors, and older children continuing in college.

These awards will be offered to legal dependents of a) active duty Air Force personnel stationed in the local area or on assignment to any unaccompanied remote tour where the family resides in the local area; b) retired Air Force personnel residing in the local area; c) deceased Air Force personnel where the family resides in the local area; d) Air Force reservists and Air National Guard assigned to McChord Field.

For more information, check our website at, stop by the McChord Thrift Shop or call 253-982-2468.

Family readiness group training

Come to the FRG Leader Forum, Tuesday, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the Family Resource Center; call 253-967-9496. This is a quarterly, themed event that provides ideas, activities and networking opportunities for FRG leadership.

FRG Leadership Training “Green Suit Style,” Thursday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Family Resource Center; call 253-967-9496. This training is geared toward military service members who have or assist with an FRG; it provides information, resources and tools for building and maintaining a successful FRG.

Take part in Disaster Preparedness Day

Register for the American Red Cross Disaster Preparedness Day Saturday 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 through 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 an American Red Cross lifeguarding class Saturday, 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 one-day Texas hold-em tourney The McChord Community Center invites you to a one-day Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament Saturday at the McChord Club and Community Center. 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.

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 Wednesday.

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.

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 assault reporting, sexual harassment complaints and advocacy services for military personnel and their family members over 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.

Before-school care at Teen Zone

The Teen Zone at JBLM Lewis Main offers before-school care at 5:30 a.m. until students take the bus to Woodbrook Middle School, Harrison Prep, Mann Middle School and Lakes High School. The service is fee-based; participants must be registered with CYSS.

Call parent Central Services at 253-966-2977.