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Ledger for April 25, 2014

Northwest Guardian

Published: 04:51PM April 24th, 2014

Enter the food show and culinary competition

The JBLM Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation in partnership with the 627th Force Support Squadron will be hosting a food show and culinary competition June 4 at the American Lake Conference Center.

If you are interested in competing, submit a 100-word or less narrative stating why you should be chosen to compete in this event. Contestants will be cooking on Mobile Kitchen Trailers and must be available May 14 MKT and food handlers training.

This competition is limited to four teams of two people each. AFSC 3M and MOS 92G members are prohibited from applying as primary chefs, but can apply as sous-chefs for each team. All members of JBLM are eligible to apply for this competition.

Submit your narrative by May 2 to Capt. Amanda Turcotte ( and 1st Lt. Krystal Winkler ( Selected candidates will be notified by May 7.

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:

Drug take-back at Exchange Saturday

Madigan Army Medical Center and Joint Base Lewis-McChord joins the Eighth National Prescription Drug Take-back Day Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Volunteers from Madigan’s Environmental Health and Pharmacy Department, JBLM’s Army Substance Abuse Program and the 42nd Military Police Brigade will be collecting prescription drugs in the parking lots of the JBLM Lewis-Main and the McChord Field Exchanges.

Unused prescriptions and over-the-counter medications collected. Clean out your medicine cabinets and dispose unwanted or expired meds.

To protect privacy, participants are reminded to remove their personal information labels. All solid dosage medication and liquids in consumer containers will be accepted. Intravenous solutions, injectibles, syringes or any other medical waste will not be accepted due to the potential biohazard risks.

For more information on the JBLM event, contact Capt. Todd Schwarz at 253-968-2015.

Army 10-miler tryouts May 10

Army active duty personnel time trials for the formation of the JBLM Army Ten-Miler Team are planned for May 10, June 7 and July 12. Arrive at 7 a.m. to check in at Cowan Stadium, Lewis Main. Those selected will attend the Army Ten Miler in Washington, D.C.

Final team selections need command approval to participate in team training and workouts during normal PT times.

For registration information, call the intramural office at 967-4768.

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.

Join intramural softball

Softball begins in June. Unit teams, co-ed teams and women’s teams are encouraged to enter. For more information, attend a meeting May 13, 1 p.m., at Wilson Sports & Fitness Center or May 14, 1 p.m., at the McChord Fitness Center.

For more details, call 967-4768 or visit

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

Join the bicycle commute challenge

The Bicycle Commute Challenge is a great way to end hibernation, get out your bike, and start enjoying better weather. At this free website,, you can log your trips and see your standings daily. Sign up as a solo rider or get together a team.

Anyone from beginner to expert can join. Commutes can be round trip, one-way or even partway. How many days you ride is your choice.

Manage your busy household online

The CYSS online registration website — — is easier to use than ever, and more tools are now available, right at your fingertips.

Thanks to an Armywide upgrade, the CYMS/WebTrac site has a new look that makes it easier to navigate, quicker to enroll for classes and sports and possible to see your household’s CYSS activities with just the click of a few buttons.

With the new-and-improved site, you can repay online for hourly care reservations and child care, view a household roster and calendar to coordinate your family’s activities. See a CYSS program event calendar so you’ll never miss a special family event.

Upload documents for your family to help expedite registration.

Connect with CYSS online in three ways: Visit, “like” the page on Facebook and follow CYSS on Twitter for program and class listings — and @JBLMcyss.

Come to NAC open house/yard sale

Find great bargains at the Northwest Adventure Center’s annual Open House and yard sale May 10, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 8050 NCO Beach Road at JBLM- Lewis North.

Equipment rentals and cabins are open for viewing. Sale items include RVs, tents, kayaks and boats, winter sports equipment and more.

If you want to bring your own items to sell, pay $10 per table for the community yard sale; register early at the NAC.

For information, call 967-8282.

Mother’s Day brunch May 11 on JBLM

Take Mom out to the annual favorite Mother’s Day Brunch Sunday, May 11 at American Lake Conference Center at JBLM-Lewis North or the McChord Club and Community Center at JBLM-McChord Field.

Both brunches cost $24.95 for adults, $13.95 for ages 6–10, $5 for ages 3–5 and free for ages 2 and younger. McChord Club members receive a $2 discount for each meal.

Call 964-1209 for reservations at American Lake Conference Center or 982-5581 for Club reservations.

Volunteer recognition luncheon

JBLM will hold the Volunteer of the Year Recognition Luncheon Thursday. For information, contact the Installation Volunteer Corps program manager at 253-967-2324.

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.

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 Wednesday 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 Monday-Thursday, 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 mothers 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.

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.

Come to the 2014 cbrn ball July 18

The 2014 Pacific Northwest Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Ball will be celebrated at the American Lake Conference Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord July 18 at 5 pm. Tickets are $40, on sale now.

Contact Capt. Kristy Moore at 253-477-1726 or Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin Adams at 253-477-1724

sexual assault awareness month

JBLM is hosting several events to raise sexual assault awareness:

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

• Wednesday 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 messagetheir 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.

Scholarship deadline approaching

The deadline for submitting applications and supporting documents for Folds of Honor Foundation scholarships is Wednesday. No application will be reviewed if receieved afterward.

Scan and emailapplications 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 Dept.

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 onfinancial needs in the application, not to exceed $2,500 per semester.

Applicants must be the spouse or dependent of a 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; a POW, MIA or captured or forcibly detained or interned in line of duty by a foreign 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.

CYSS flag football, cheerleaders

Register through today 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.

Pendleton Gate near Pet Brigade 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.