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Community Ledger, March 21

Published: 01:14PM March 20th, 2014

JBLM FY14 holidays and DONSAs (days of no scheduled activities)


April 18 DONSA

May 23 DONSA

May 26 Memorial Day

July 4 Independence Day

July 7 DONSA

Aug. 29 DONSA

Sept. 1 Labor Day

Sign up today for the BOSS ‘amazing race’

Outsmart, outmuscle and out-endure your competition to get the first-place prize for the BOSS Amazing Race. Single and married service members and their families ages 18 and older can sign up by April 1 for the April 26 competition at Lewis North.

Pick your partner for teams of two to compete in mountain biking, kayaking, jet skiing, rock wall climbing, plus a confidence course, food challenge and more.

Costs are $20 each for single or married with a deployed spouse, and $30 each for married and their family member. For entry details, call the BOSS office at 967-5636.

The JBLM EEO office moves to McChord

The JBLM Equal Employment Opportunity office is relocating from JBLM Lewis Main to Building 100 on McChord Field, Room 1077, effective Monday. This move also includes the Disability Program/Reasonable Accommodation Office. Building 100 is the 62nd Airlift Wing headquarters building on Col. Joe Jackson Boulevard.

Call EEO at 253-982-1285 to schedule an appointment.

Foster parents needed; fulfillment is free

Our local community is in need of military-connected foster homes. Being a foster parent is not a lifelong commitment, but creates a sense of accomplishment and service gratification that will last a lifetime. As a foster parent you can still work full-time and if you live on JBLM, you may qualify for larger quarters. Getting a foster care license in Washington state can take as little as three months. Call Erika Thompson, recruiter liaison, 206-406-2398 or visit www.fosteringtogether.org.

Apply for a Family Member Scholarship

The Fort Lewis Family Member Scholarship Fund is accepting 2014 scholarship applications through Wednesday. Download applications at fortlewisscholarship.com. 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 family income level 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, 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 ftlewisfamilyscholarship@hotmail.com.

Plan a scenic Mother’s day this year at Rainier

Make this Mother’s Day one mom never forgets. Take a fun day trip from the Southside to Mt. Rainier and enjoy the nostalgia of a bygone era with a relaxing steam train ride through the forested foothills. At the MRSR destination visitors have time to see the world’s most comprehensive collection of steam logging locomotives.

Tickets include a flower for mom and a goody bag filled with tasty treats to savor along the ride. Seating is limited. Place reservations today by calling 888-STEAM-11 or visiting www.mrsr.com. Trains depart at 12:45 and 3:30 p.m. Cost is $45 per person for adults with discounts for youth, senior, military and AAA members.

Parenting class for parents of teens/tweens

JBLM presents a new class for parents of teenagers: ”Launching Hope,” April 8, 5-6:30 p.m. at the McChord Club. Dinner is included and Scream-Free Marriage follows at 7 p.m. Hal Edward Runkel, LMFT, is the speaker. All parents of teens/tweens are invited to laugh and learn. Pre-register by calling 253-967-5901. Free books/DVDs for the first 100 attendees.

Volunteer recognition luncheon May 1

The JBLM Volunteer of the Year will be recognized at the Volunteer Recognition Luncheon May 1.

For information, contact the Installation Volunteer Corps program manager at 253-967-2324.

Ride the bus to find your way around JBLM We invite all JBLM service members, family members and civilians who are new to JBLM or could benefit from a tour to join us on Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pick-up locations for single service members is the Warrior Zone, and Jensen Sports and Fitness Center parking lot for married service- and family members. The tour is first-come, first-served. Call 253-967-3628 or 253-982-2695 for more information.

Pendleton gate near Pet Bde. still open

The Pendleton Gate will be open 4-6 p.m. weekdays for outbound Lewis Main and Lewis North traffic making a right turn only onto DuPont-Steilacoom Road. The Pendleton Gate is located on Lewis North, near the Pet Brigade.

To access Pendleton Gate: From Lewis North, take Main Street past the Lewis Army Museum, and turn right just before the bend (last right-turn before the Pendleton underpass), and continue past the Pet Brigade to the gate. From Lewis Main, take Pendleton Blvd. through the Pendleton underpass, take the first left, and proceed straight to the gate.

Join RAND discussions on retiree health care

The U.S. Army Surgeon General has tasked the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit research institute, to study the use of health care services by military retirees and their family members. A team of researchers from RAND will be coming to the Joint Base Lewis-McChord area today and Saturday to organize group discussions with members of our military retiree community.

If you are a military retiree or spouse of a military retiree and under the age of 60 you are likely eligible to participate. The discussions will last about 90 minutes and participants will be paid $40 for their time. Please call the RAND research team at 888-800-2689 or email them at RetireeHealthcare@rand.org for more information.

BOSS wants your blood to help save lives

JBLM’s BOSS (Better Opportunities for Single Service members) is hosting a blood drive at Nelson Recreation Center March 28 from 9 a.m.to 5 p.m. Everyone is welcome to donate, including civilians.

November’s blood drive collected 106 units of blood, potentially saving more than 300 lives. We would like to increase this number as much as possible. Please help spread the word and stop by to donate. Transportation is available (on JBLM) by calling 341-8496.

Mcchord Commissary club open & operating

The Defense Commissary Agency opened a new club store for testing March 7, the first of its kind in the continental U.S., at the McChord Commissary. Shoppers can choose among club packs and oversized packages of meat, produce, dairy and frozen foods, as well as regular groceries and supplies from new racks, new freezers and refrigerators at the back of the store. The rest of the commissary will stay intact with normally sized items. The only membership card shoppers require is a military ID.

Annual Ammunition Amnesty day coming

It’s the annual JBLM ammunition amnesty day, May 7, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the C-5A mock-up on East Gate Road. No questions asked, no penalty, no paperwork required. Amnesty items can be turned in weekdays during normal duty hours at the JBLM Ammunition Supply Point or any amnesty points on base. Prior coordination is recommended for .50-caliber ammunition or above. Call 967-5800/2400.

open shredding on base for personal records

Bring personal documents or records to the Installation Destruction Facility the first Friday of every month except July (second Friday) at Building 3152, at the corner of 3rd Division Drive and Collier Avenue. First come, first served. Remove paperclips and remove documents from binders before arriving at the facility. CD, DVD and Floppy Disk shredding is also available. Limit: 3 “office paper” -sized boxes per visit.

Website: http://www.lewis-mcchord.army.mil/DPTMS/security/destruction.htm.

Fire prevention class required for unit reps

The JBLM Fire Prevention Office reminds all commanders and directors they are required by AR 420-1 to establish and maintain fire prevention programs in their organizations. The FPO provides certification training. Building managers and evacuation coordinators appointed by commanders must attend classes before assuming their duties. Classes are taught on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 9 a.m. in Building 2014. Contact the JBLM Fire Prevention Office at 966-7156.

CYSS flag football, cheerleading for kids

Register through April 25 for CYS Services’ flag football and cheerleading for youth ages 5 to 15. Parents’ meeting May 8.

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 JBLMmwr.com under WebTrac/online registration, CYS Services. For more information, call CYS Services at 253-967-2977.

Youth baseball signups last two more weeks

Good news for young baseball players. The season is almost here. Register is through 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; spring baseball ends June 14. Parent meetings: April 17 and 18 for Lil’ Batters and spring ball.

Register at CYS Services Parent Central, Building 2295, 12th and Bitar. You’ll need a full CYSS 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 JBLMmwr.com under WebTrac/online registration, CYS Services. For more information, call CYS Services at 253-967-2977.

Cast iron skaters bout next week on JBLM

Cast Iron Skaters are in action March 29 at Building 2275, Liggett Avenue, Joint Base Lewis-McChord Lewis Main.

Doors open at 5 p.m., and the bout starts at 6 p.m. Tickets $10 in advance, $12 at the door. For information, call 253-365-3285.

Visit Yellowstone National Park

Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho has 10 trailers available for rent near Yellowstone National Park to active duty and retired military personnel, DOD civilians, Reserve, Guard and their families for $82 per night.

For more information contact Michael Hurt, outdoor recreation director at 208-828-6333.

Compete in 593rd ESC Triathlon event

Participate in the “Rest Assured Challenge” 593rd Triathlon May 10 as an individual or unit.

The event includes a 500-meter pool swim, a 90 km bicycle ride and a three mile run. The triathlon is limited to 300 participants.

For more information call 253-477-5595.

Help for families to adapt to deployments

Recently returned from deployment to children 4-16? Join a focus group in March to help develop ADAPT Online, a parenting program. You can receive $75 for 90 minutes of your time. Learn more: http://youtube/KFLOzVvh1MU.

JBLM SHARP office open for one-stop service

The JBLM Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention office is open.

The program offers an avenue for sexual assault reporting, sexual harassment complaints and advocacy services for military and 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 information, contact Michael Thomas, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, at 253-967-2072 or michael.d.thomas23.civ@mail.mil.

The 24/7 SHARP Hotline is 253-389-8469.

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 http://issuu.com/jblmacs/stacks.

Net Zero could net $7,500 for your unit

Participate in the semiannual JBLM Net Zero Competition and win up to $7,500 for your unit fund account. To participate in Competition No. 3 (from April 1 to Aug. 31), Units need to register by Wednesday.

Your participation in this competition contributes to fewer tax dollars spent; a reduced environmental “bootprint”; and progress towards JBLM becoming a Net Zero installation by 2020.

For information, visit www.facebook.com/SustainableJBLM or https://www.us.army.mil/suite/page/682248 or email usarmy.jblm.imcom.list.dpw-edpr@mail.mil.

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.

We’ve changed our name to AFCS

To embrace our joint base culture, JBLM Army Community Service (ACS) has changed its name to Armed Forces Community Service (AFCS). There is no change to the location and you can expect the same services; we just have a more military branch-friendly name. Bear with us while we update all of our program materials.

For more information call 253-967-7166 or visit facebook.com/jblmacs.