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Community Ledger, Jan. 31

Published: 01:47PM January 30th, 2014

Volunteer to help; be a care team member

Care Teams are training volunteers who support and assist families who are going through a traumatic situation. All Care Team volunteers are required to attend training, and the next training is Tuesday, 6-8 p.m. 6-7:30 p.m. in the Waller Hall AFCS/ACS Classroom; call 253-967-8430.

Come to the SFAC to watch the big game

SFAC families are invited to the quad at the SFAC to watch the big game on Sunday. For more information, call 253-966-8436.

Education fair offers college information

Learn about furthering your education at the SFAC Education Fair, Feb. 19, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Get information from area and online colleges and technical and trade schools. Briefings include Tuition Assistance, GI Bill, GoArmyEd and distance learning; WDVA and AW2 representatives will be available. For more information, call 253-966-8436.

Stay current online with local services

Stay current with all JBLM Armed Forces Community Service publications.

Several JBLM AFCS programs publish newsletters; stay current with the Employment Readiness Program, EFMP, SFAC and Survivor Outreach Services by visiting

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: Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Cowan Stadium; Wednesday 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, at 6 p.m. For details, call Chief Master Sgt. John Frazier, 982-5817; Chief Master Sgt. Paul Julbes, 982-5196.

All services welcome.

Training if you want to get more involved

Are you a new volunteer on JBLM or does your organization have volunteers? Sign up for our “Volunteer Orientation Training,” 9-10 a.m., or “Volunteer Management Information System Organizational Point of Contact (OPOC) Training,” 10-11:15 a.m. Wednesday in the Family Resource Center. The training will help you use the online registration process, you’ll receive an orientation checklist sample, and understand the types of questions you should ask prior to volunteering. The OPOC training will teach you how to manage volunteers in your organization. Call 253-967-9496.

To be a great father, come to Dr. Dad

Whether you’re a new dad or a seasoned one, sign up for “Dr. Dad,” Feb. 6 and 13, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Building 2013 N. 3rd Street and Pendleton (Room 111); call 253-967-5901. This class will increase your fathering skills and confidence, focusing on health and safety.

Meet other parents and interact with your infants and kiddos. Join our weekly “Baby Play Group,” Thursdays, 1-2:30 p.m., or “Play Morning,” (for children up to age 6), Fridays, 10-11 a.m. at Raindrops & Rainbows (Lewis North) or 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Escape Zone (McChord Field). Call 253-967-5901.

FAP Family Anger Control Training (FACT) Dates:

Men’s Group: Wednesday, Feb. 10, 12, 19, 24, 26, March 3, 5 (9-11 a.m.)

Women’s Group: March 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27 (9-11 a.m.)

Both trainings held in Bldg. 2013 N. 3rd St. & Pendleton (Room 102) on Lewis Main. Call 253-967-5901 to register.

Attend a Predeployment Workshop, Feb. 12, 6-7:30 p.m. or Reunion Workshop, Feb. 19, 6-7:30 p.m. in the Waller Hall AFCS/ACS Classroom; call 253-967-8430.

Cheer on the Seahawks Sunday with friends

You have two great places at JBLM to watch NFL’s final game of the season: Cheer on the Seahawks against the Denver Broncos at the the Heroes Lounge inside Cascade Community Center and the Warrior Zone. Play football squares, win prizes, pick your favorite in the “Ultimate Warrior Zone Eats” competition and more. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Ages 18 and older are allowed inside.

The Warrior Zone is at the corner of 17th and D streets at Lewis North. For more details, call 477-5756.

Help JBLM families adapt to deployments

Have you or your spouse recently returned from deployment? Have children ages 4-16? If so, consider joining a focus group in March to help develop ADAPT Online, a parenting program. We need your input. You can receive $75 for 90 minutes of your time. Learn more:

Youth baseball signups start Monday

Good news for young baseball players. The season is almost here. Register Monday to March 28. Spring baseball is open to youth ages 5 to 15 for $60. Lil’ Batters is open to youngsters ages 3 to 4 for $20. Practices begin April 21 for both. The Lil’ Batters season ends June 5, while spring baseball ends June 14. Parent meetings are April 17 and April 18 for Lil’ Batters and spring baseball, respectively.

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.

Use AFCS employment resources

Thinking of starting a business out of your home? Join our “Home-Based Business Workshops” Feb. 10 and Mar. 10, 9 to 11 a.m. On Feb. 10 you’ll learn about financial management and what you need to know before starting a business; the Mar. 10 workshop will help take you from “idea” to profit. Call 253-982-2695 to register.

Gain a competitive edge with resume content, design and preparation. Use the STAR technique to translate your aspirations and achievements onto paper. Sign-up for our “Competitive Resume Workshop,” Feb. 13, 9 a.m. to noon in the AFCS/ACS Annex and walk away with a fresh outline or draft resume. Call 253-967-3538 to register.

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

Do you know your net worth or how much you really spend? Join our “Financially Fit” classes on either Wednesday (Waller Hall AFCS Classroom) or Feb. 19 (Airman & Family Readiness Center), 1-4 p.m. Call 253-982-2695 or 253-967-1453.

Merging you finances and communicating openly about money when you get married can be challenging. Sign-up for our Money & Marriage class Feb. 11, 2-3:30 p.m., in the Waller Hall AFCS/ACS Classroom; call 253-982-2695 or 253-967-1453.

Do you have enough in savings? Are you investing your money for the future? Join our Investing & Saving class on Feb. 12, 9-11 a.m in the Airman & Family Readiness Center classroom on McChord Field. 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.)

Treat your valentine to a special dinner

Where do you want to take your sweetie Feb. 14?

The Bistro at Russell Landing is offering a three-course “Prix Fixe” menu with a complimentary glass of champagne. The menu features appetizers, like lobster bisque with parmesan risotto, fresh pear salad with champagne vinaigrette, or a shrimp cocktail in a garlic butter sauce.

Choose from sophisticated entrees including beef tenderloin à la Diane, salmon Oscar and chicken supreme. Finish your meal with homemade espresso cheesecake or vanilla bean crème brûlée.

Dinner is served from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. for $35 per person. Reservations are a must; call 964-2813 to make yours.

Order Sweets on base for your sweetie

Tempt your sweetie with a Valentine’s Day gift package from Battle Bean Café at AFC Arena (2275 Liggett Ave.) or the Stone Education Center Battle Bean (6242 Colorado Ave.) on Lewis Main.

Place your order before Feb. 7 for a dozen freshly dipped chocolate strawberries for $14 or 24 for $26, or a dozen freshly baked decorated sugar cookies for $15 or 24 for $25. Your order must be paid for by Feb. 7. The last day for order pick-ups is Feb. 14 at 1 p.m. at the Battle Bean where you placed your order.

Questions? Call 964-8837.

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.

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

FRG Treasurer Training, Tuesday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Family Resource Center; call 253-967-9496. This class provides information, resources and tools for success as an FRG Treasurer — Treasurer Smart Book provided to all attendees.

FRG Leadership Training, Feb. 12-13, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (an optional food handlers course available for training participants from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on the first day of training) in the Family Resource Center; call 253-967-9496. This class provides information, resources and tools for building/maintaining a successful FRG.