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Community Ledger, April 11

Published: 03:05PM April 10th, 2014

JBLM FY14 holidays & days of no scheduled activities

April 18 DONSA

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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

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 next week

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 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 Accomodation 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; free fulfillment

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 HS students

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

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 for details.

Winners will be notified May 5-9.

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

New members bring a club guest free

Bring a guest for free to Easter Brunch at the McChord Club and Community Center at McChord Field when you become a club member in April. Submit your membership application when you make your Easter Brunch reservation and get a voucher for a free guest.

Membership applications are available at the club. This offer is limited to new club members only. Brunch reservations are required; call 982-5581.

Magic, prizes at Kimbro 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.

Fire prevention class required

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.

Fire extinguisher training available

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.

Take control as a Superspouse

In celebration of Military Spouse Appreciation, AFCS is offering another resiliency workshop on May 9, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at The Bistro at Russell Landing on Lewis North. Calling all SuperSpouses to take control of your 3 “S”s – Satisfaction, Safety and Sanity. Refreshments and free child care are available. Call 253-967-3544 to register or for more information.

Become a team-building instructor

Register for the AFCS AFTB Instructor Training Course Apr. 28-May 1, 5:30-9:00 p.m. at the Family Resource Center on Lewis Main. The course prepares service members, family members and DOD civilians to become effective AFTB instructors, as well as improve your presentation/teaching skills and build your confidence as a presenter. This class includes Platform Skills, Methods of Instruction, the Adult Learner, Managing the Learning Environment, and the Preparation Process. Call 253-967-2382 to register or for more information.

Hearts Apart Mother's Day potluck

Is your service member away on an unaccompanied tour, extended TDY or training exercise? If so, come on out to the Mother’s Day Potluck Dinner on May 7, 6-8 p.m. in the Waller Hall AFCS Classroom on Lewis Main. Please bring your favorite dish to share and RSVP by May 5. Call 253-967-3633.

Make reservations for Easter brunch

Make April 20 special by taking the entire family or friends out to Easter brunch at JBLM. Choose between two locations — the McChord Club and Community Center or American Lake Conference Center at Lewis North.

The McChord Club offers an egg hunt on the lawn outside for brunch guests. Club members also receive a $2 discount at the Club’s brunch. Reservations are required; call 982-5581.

Reservations are highly recommended at American Lake Conference Center; call 964-1209.

The cost for both locations is $24.95 for adults, $13.95 for ages 6-10, $5 for ages 3-5 and free for younger than age 3.

Plan 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.

EFMP Family friendly movie April 19

Don’t miss the next EFMP Family Friendly Movie on April 19, 12-2 p.m. at the McChord Theater. This month’s movie is “Frozen.” Did we mention it’s a free viewing and that you can bring your own concessions (no concessions available). The movie volume is slightly lowered and the lights are dimmed — we welcome all viewers. Call 253-982-26395 for more information.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

JBLM is hosting several events to raise sexual assault awareness and work toward eliminating sexual assault:
•Today 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.

Come ride the bus with us next week

Don’t miss the next JBLM Bus Tour on April 22, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. We invite all service members, family members and DOD Civilians to hop aboard our luxurious tour bus. Pick-up locations are Warrior Zone (for single service members) and Jensen Fitness Center Parking Lot (for married service members, Family members and DOD Civilians). The tour is first-come, first-served. Childcare is available. Call 253-967-3628 or 253-982-2695 for more information.

Foster parent recruiting initiative

JBLM Foster Parent Recruitment Initiative & Orientation.

For those of you interested in becoming a Foster Parent or looking for additional information, join us for the JBLM Foster Parent Orientation on May 5, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., in Bldg 2013A, Room 111 (2013 N. 3rd St. & Pendleton). The orientation will provide an overview of Children’s Administration, Roles of Divisions of Child and Family Services and Division of Licensed Resources, foster homes and placement, application packet, requirements, licensing and next steps. Registration is required; call 206-406-2398.

It’s eggsactly that time of year

Everyone at JBLM is invited to the BOSS Easter Dash, a free egg hunt at Cowan Stadium at Lewis Main on Easter Sunday, April 20.

Ages 3 and younger can collect eggs from 1-1:30 p.m., ages 4-7 from 2-2:30 p.m. and ages 8 and up from 3-3:30 p.m.

Scholarship deadline approaching

The deadline for submitting applications and supporting documents for Folds of Honor Foundation scholarships is April 30. No application will be reviewed if received afterward. 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 onestimated 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 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.

Learn investment basics at AFCS

It’s never too early or too late to start investing your money. Join us April 30 in the Waller Hall AFCS classroom for “Basics of Investing,” 10-11:30 a.m. and/or “Basics of Mutual Funds & Stocks” from 1-4:00 p.m. To register or get information, call 253-982-2695 or 253-967-1453.

Pendleton Gate near Pet Bde. 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 Bde.

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.