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Community Ledger, April 4

Published: 04:09PM April 3rd, 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

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:

Moving soon? DOL will clean your OCIE free

Did you know that when you move, either PCS or ETS from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, you can get your organizational clothing and individual equipment cleaned at no charge? Bring a copy of your orders or a memorandum and your OCIE to the Logistics Center, Building 9660, Bay E, Door 8. Directorate of Logistics personnel will get you ready for your CIF turn-in.

Turnaround time is three days, not counting the day of turn-in. For more information, call customer service at 967-6602.

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.

Questions? Call 253-967-9496. Access previous meeting video & information at

Fishing derby for kids with food and prizes

The annual Top 3 Fishing Derby April 19 affords young anglers, from 1 to 14, the chance to learn valuable fishing lessons and catch one or two in the process.

Come to Carter Lake on McChord Field, the younger, the earlier. Ages 1 to 3 fish from 8 to 9:30 a.m.; 4 to 6 from 9:30 to 11 a.m.; 7 to 10 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; 11 to 14 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Awards will be presented soon after the event ends at 2 p.m.

Though there are a limited number of poles available, it’s safer for children to bring their own. There are also prizes and food.

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

Ford scholarships for high school students

High school students with ties to JBLM are eligible to apply for a Ford Military Scholarship by April 15.

This is the first year of the Ford Military Scholarship which is only available to military family member students in the South Sound, and will award 43 scholarships at the reception May 14 at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma. Students in 9th to 12th grade can apply.

The application requirements include writing an essay (500 words or less) answering the question “What have you learned from having a family member in the service, and how has this impacted your goals and plans for the future?” Visit fordetails.

Winners will be notified May 5-9.

Contact Kathleen Carter at SME Educational Foundation at for more information.

Magic, prizes at kimbro pool aquatic egg hunt

Register now for free for the 2nd Annual Aquatic Egg Hunt at Kimbro indoor pool April 19.

Each registered child will receive a goody bag. Each age group has a turn to find a “magic” prize egg along with the other floating eggs. Two egg hunt times are available for each age group.

Online registration is required at Call 253-967-5026 for more details.

Would you like fire extinguisher training?

Your JBLM Fire Prevention Section will be offering hands on training at the Installation Safety Day May 22.

Come by and get firsthand instruction using the virtual extinguisher trainer from trained inspectors.

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:

• Monday 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.

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.

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.

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.

Calling 2nd inf division alums for 93rd reunion

To anyone who served in the Second (Indianhead) Infantry Division, join former fellow Soldiers for its 93rd annual reunion in Omaha, Meb. Sept. 16-20. Contact Bob Haynes, the secretary-treasurer for details at or call 224-225-1202.

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.

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:

2014 Strength contests postponed for now

The JBLM 2014 Bodybuilding Competition and the annual Bench Press/Power Lift Competition have been postponed to later dates in the year not yet determined.

Stay current online with local services

Stay current with JBLM Armed Forces Community Service publications. Several JBLM AFCS programs publish newsletters; read about the Employment Readiness Program, EFMP, SFAC and Survivor Outreach Services by visiting