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Community Ledger, April 18

Published: 01:50PM April 17th, 2014

JBLM FY14 holidays & days of no scheduled activities


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:

Want to make $75 for your opinion?

Pierce County and JBLM want to hear from you about improving transportation options on and around JBLM. Are you a JBLM family member or spouse; a JBLM retiree; a JBLM civilian contract full-time employee or an active JBLM service member?

You might be eligible to participate in two-hour focus groups being conducted in late April and early May regarding transportation issues. You will be paid $75 for your participation if you are selected to be in the groups.

Call 877-691-2586 to see if you qualify.

Fishing derby for kids next week

The annual Top 3 Fishing Derby Saturday 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 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; 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

Easter story tonight and Sunday

Two thousand years ago, in an occupied city, an almost obscure event happened that has forever changed the world. A young man named Jesus from the small town of Nazareth was crucified for treason on a wooden cross. The itinerant preacher was handed over by his own people to the occupying force, and then executed in between two criminals. Only a few were there for him at the cross. All the others, to include his closest followers, abandoned their leader when he was arrested. While suffering a merciless and excruciatingly painful death, he cried out to his father, but received no answer. It was then and there that Jesus died. Now, for the rest of the story...

Today, Simon Peter, fisherman from Galilee and Apostle of Jesus will appear at Main Post Chapel at 7 p.m. to tell what happened on that fateful day. Beginning with the Last Supper and ending with the Crucifixion, Peter will share the story in gripping detail. Then, on Sunday, Peter will appear again at Lewis Main Chapel to present the rest of the story in glorious detail during an Easter Service at 7:30 a.m. All are welcome to attend both presentations.

Call 253-967-4662.

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 Saturday.

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.

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.

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.

Free mulch on base for your garden

Gardeners: did you know you can use shredded paper to mulch plants? Paper mulch keeps the ground cool, and smothers weeds. After the shreds have been laid down and watered, they form a blanket similar to papier-mâché... water still gets through, but the weeds can’t.

The JBLM Document Destruction Facility produces tons of paper free shreddings perfect for your garden. To pick up, visit the Document Destruction Facility, on the corner of 3rd Division Drive and Collier Avenue, Building 3152 Lewis Main, during regular business hours: Monday - Friday, 9 - 11:30 a.m. and 1 - 4 p.m. (beginning April 14). Questions? Call 253-966-0625.

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.

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.

Mother-son dance at the McChord Club

Buy your tickets now for the Mother-Son Dance May 9 at the McChord Club and Community Center at McChord Field from 6:30-9 p.m. The cost is $17 per couple and $7 per additional son. No CYSS registration is needed. Advance tickets are required and are available at Leisure Travel Services (2275 Liggett Avenue, Lewis Main, 967-3085). For additional details, call 982-0718.

Become a team-building instructor

Register for the AFCS AFTB Instructor Training Course April 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 mom’s day potluck

Is your service member away on an unaccompanied tour, extended TDY or training exercise? If so, come one 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 Sunday 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.

Two Mother’s day brunches on JBLM

Make plans now for Mother’s Day Brunch at American Lake Conference Center at JBLM-Lewis North or the McChord Club and Community Center at McChord Field.

The prices for both are $24.95 for adults, $13.95 for ages 6-10, $5 for ages 3-5 and free for children 3 and younger.

To reserve your places, call American Lake Conference Center at 964-1209 or the McChord Club and Community Center at 982-5581.

McChord Club members receive a $2 discount at the McChord Club.

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 Mount 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 Saturday

Don’t miss the next EFMP Family Friendly Movie on Saturday, 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:
• 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 takes a stand against sexual assault. Take Back The Night ® is a national event when people walk together at the after-dark experience to raise awareness and send the message their community is committed to ending sexual assault. This is a family-friendly, easy walking route beginning at the MWR Fest Tent. “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 Tuesday, 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.

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.

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, 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.

CYSS flag football, cheerleaders

Register through April 25 for CYS Services’ flag football and cheerleading for 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.

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.