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Community Ledger, March 28

Published: 11:34AM March 27th, 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.

Take a minute to fill out the AFCS survey

JBLM Armed Forces Community Service needs your help to improve and tailor its programs to better meet your needs. We are looking for feedback from service members (all ranks), family members, retirees, veterans and DOD civilians. Take a few minutes to complete the survey:

Join us at the JBLM community update

Do you know what’s happening on JBLM? Ever wonder what the construction plans are or what events are planned? Hosted by the JBLM command team and emceed by JBLM AFCS, the JBLM Community Update is now open to all JBLM military and DOD civilian spouses. Updates take place the first Wednesday of the month, alternating between the McChord Club & Community Center and Nelson Recreation Center.

The next meeting is Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. Questions? Call 253-967-9496. Access previous meeting video & information at

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

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 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.

April is sexual assault awareness month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and JBLM is hosting several events to raise awareness and work toward eliminating sexual assault:

• April 1 at 9 a.m. — Sexual Assault Awareness Month Kick-0ff in Carey Theater, courtesy of I-Corps.

• April 7 at 1 p.m. — Sexual Assault Awareness Month Observance (MHS/MAMC) in the Madigan Medical Mall, courtesy of the MHS/MAMC.

• April 11 at 11:30 a.m. — Strike Out Against Sexual Harassment & Sexual Assault Bowling Event, courtesy of the 593d ESC.

• April 29 at 6:30 a.m. — 5K Walk/Run at Wilson Gym, courtesy of 7th ID.

• April 30 at 7 p.m. — ”Take Back the Night” 1.4 Mile Walk which begins at the MWR Fest Tent, courtesy of the JBLM SHARP Program. To wrap-up Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the JBLM SHARP office would like to invite you to take a stand against sexual assault. Take Back The Night ® is a nationally recognized event where people from a community walk together at the after-dark experience in an effort to raise awareness, educate and help send the message that their community is committed to ending sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual abuse, and all other forms of sexual violence. This is a family-friendly event with an easy walking route; it will begin at the MWR Fest Tent. The guest speaker will be Craig Juris from Thurston County Prosecutor’s Office. “McGruff,” the Crime Dog, will be joining the event. Call 253-966-0360 for more information.

Universal Kids fest 2014 starts next week

Hands-on fun at Kids’ Fest takes youth “Across the Universe” Thursday from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Youths will enjoy learning about outer space with the Hands On Children’s Museum, Pacific Science Center and the Museum of Flight activities. Also enjoy a host of other activities with the Clover Park School District, Child, Youth & School Services, SKIESUnlimited, JBLM libraries, Madigan Army Medical Center and others.

Kids’ Fest is being held at AFC Arena and the MWR Fest Tent. Bowl Arena Lanes is offering free bowling during Kids’ Fest from 1-4:30 p.m. AFC Arena is at 2275 Liggett Ave. on Lewis Main.

Fun and reward as a family 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 April 15 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 967-3039.

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.

April 30: folds of honor Scholarship deadline

The deadline for submitting applications and supporting documents for Folds of Honor Foundation scholarships is April 30. No application will be reviewed if submitted after that date.

To submit your supporting documents, scan and email them to If you are unable to scan your documents, you may mail them with a tracking number (i.e. FedEx, UPS, USPS) to 5800 N. Patriot Drive, Owasso, OK 74055, ATTN: Scholarship Department.

All applicants must be spouses, or family members or dependents of service members killed or disabled during service.

Scholarship awards are up to $5,000 for the upcoming academic year based on estimated financial needs provided in the application, not to exceed $2,500 per semester. Applicants must be the spouse or dependent of: service member killed or disabled with a service-connected disability from the VA, disability rating at least 10 percent; a veteran who died from any cause while such service-connected disability was in existence; service member classified as a POW or MIA; service member missing in action or captured in line of duty by a hostile force; service member forcibly detained or interned in line of duty by a foreign government or power; service member who has received a Purple Heart Medal (may be active duty).

AFCS needs a few good volunteers for CIS

JBLM Armed Forces Community Service is looking for volunteers to help with their Community Information Services, Outreach and Relocation Readiness Programs. JBLM AFCS is committed to helping service members of all branches (Active Duty, Guard and Reserve), Veterans, Retirees, DOD civilians and their families. We need your help to increase our reach and make our services accessible within our community. Call 253-967-7166 for more information or visit to apply.

Volunteer recognition luncheon May 1

JBLM will hold the Volunteer of the Year Recognition Luncheon May 1.

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

Oh no! It’s the zombie apocalypse (fun run)

On May 31, at Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood, there will be a membership drive in the form of the first AUSA Zombie Apocalypse 5K. Runners will not only have to run 3.1 miles, but they’ll have to escape and evade the zombie apocalypse. Registered runners and registered zombies will be given a wicking T-shirt and membership to our local Chapter of AUSA. There may even be a Thriller dance party.

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 on Lewis North, near the Pet Be.

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.

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 today from 9 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.

Cast iron skaters bout next week on JBLM

Cast Iron Skaters are in action Saturday 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.

McChord Commissary club open & operating

The Defense Commissary Agency’s new club store is open, 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

May 7 is the annual JBLM ammunition amnesty day in 2014, 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.


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

Last day to sign up for youth baseball

Good news for young baseball players. The season is almost here, but today is the last day to register. 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 under WebTrac/online registration, CYS Services. For more information, call CYS Services at 253-967-2977.