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Community Ledger for May 9, 2014

Northwest Guardian

Published: 04:25PM May 8th, 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

Madigan pharmacy closes for five days

The Madigan Main Outpatient Pharmacy will be closed May 22 to 26 for renovation. Plan ahead to ensure you have enough medication to cover this closure.

Patients with prescriptions that would normally be filled at the Madigan Main Outpatient Pharmacy during this closure will be redirected to an alternate site.

The drive-thru pharmacy and inside walk-up refill windows will be open regular hours during this closure for prescriptions called in three days in advance.

The pharmacy at the Mini Mall on Liggett Avenue, Lewis Main, will close permanently May 21. Prescriptions previously filled there can be picked up at the Madigan Main Outpatient Pharmacy.

For questions, visit the Madigan Main Pharmacy or call 253-968-2999.

Madigan pharmacy hours change soon

The Madigan Army Medical Center Main Outpatient Pharmacy is changing its hours starting May 27.

The number of staff members will increase during the new peak customer hours, providing for prompt service.

The Madigan Main Outpatient Pharmacy, including the inside walk-up refill window and drive-thru refill pharmacy, will be open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Madigan Main Outpatient Pharmacy will remain open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on training holidays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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:

Wounded Warrior youth softball

Joint Base Lewis-McChord is hosting the 2014 Youth Softball Tournament in conjunction with the Seattle/Tacoma Amateur Softball Association to benefit the Wounded Warrior Fund.

The tournament is being held May 24-26 at the McChord Field youth and adult softball complexes (between Col. Joe Jackson Boulevard and 5th Street) starting at 8 a.m. Concessions and other activities will be available during the tournament.

Tacoma Avenue closes permanently

Tacoma Avenue on Lewis Main will close permanently beginning May 16 due to construction. Pierce Avenue will become a primary access route to facilities east of 18th and 19th streets will be opened to facilitate travel from Colorado Avenue to Pierce Avenue. Speed limit will be posted at 25 mph through the construction areas to minimize dange to motorists and pedestrians.

Army ten-miler tryouts Saturday

Army active duty personnel time trials for the formation of the JBLM Army Ten-Miler Team are planned for Saturday, as well as 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 Tuesday, 1 p.m., at Wilson Sports and Fitness Center or Wednesday, 1 p.m., at the McChord Fitness Center.

For more details, call 967-4768 or visit

Armed forces day coming soon

Experience the 2014 Armed Forces Day activities at JBLM-Lewis Main May 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Cowan and Memorial stadiums. See military equipment and displays from ancient Romans through WWII, and enjoy carnival rides, roving entertainers, a volksmarch and volks bike, food and fun. Open to the general public; use I-5, Exit 119 to enter. Visit for the complete schedule.

Compete in 593rd ESC Triathlon

Participate in the “Rest Assured Challenge” 593rd Triathlon Saturday 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.

Summer internship for undergrads

The Service to the Armed Forces Support Intern will support U.S. service members from every branch, their family memberss and veterans residing in the Western Washington region in obtaining social services, dealing with unexpected emergencies and working with the public and the military community to educate them on the services available from the American Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces.

Projects include command briefings of to service members and their families about Red Cross services, development and implementation of resiliency and disaster preparedness programs and planning Red Cross events.

Qualifications: Undergraduate student with a background in social work, sociology, psychology, communications, public affairs. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite. This is an unpaid internship.

Contact Brian Wilson, Service to the Armed Forces, Western Washington Region, 253-377-6565.

The play ‘So You’re Paul’ comes to JBLM

A Biblical stage play with a dramatic conclusion comes to JBLM tonight and Saturday.

Described as humorous, practical and heartwarming, its message is intended to help people discover God’s hope and peace.

Join us tonight, 7 p.m. at the Lewis Main Chapel or Saturday, 7 p.m. at Four Chaplains Memorial Chapel. Bring the whole family.

JBLM Bike to work day is May 16

If you ride your bike May 16, stop by the JBLM Bike Station, 7-9 a.m. at the Lewis-Main Exchange entrance for bike materials, snacks, and giveaways for bike riders. Enter to win an Exchange gift card.

26-mile volksbike, family bike ride

Bike on paved roads through JBLM May 17; view a beautiful prairie in bloom and our Mount Rainier vista. Volkssports are non-competitive, on pre-marked courses, and at your own-pace. Start anytime between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.; must finish before 4 p.m. The start is at Carey Theater on Liggett Avenue near the Armed Forces Day celebration.

Free participants are welcome but riders must register and carry and return a start card. Riders must also wear helmets, carry identification and remain on paved roads. An IVV sanctioned event; IVV credit is $3, embroidered multi-colored patch is $6.50. More info on the bike ride: 253-966-6461.

JBLM booths promote Bike awareness

There are three opportunities to stop by the JBLM Bike Awareness Booth: At Lewis Main Exchange on Tuesday as well as May 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the McChord Exchange on Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Get bike information and add your name to the bike contact list for JBLMers interested in future bike events and advocacy and enter to win prizes including Exchange gift cards.

Register for military knowledge

Are you a spouse or family member new to the military? Register for the Military Knowledge Class, Tuesday and Wednesday, 9:15 a.m.- 3 p.m. at the Family Resource Center on Lewis Main. Call 253-967-2382.

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.

Celebrate Asian-american heritage

The 2014 Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month will be celebrated May 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Evergreen Theater, Building 3405 on 2nd Division Drive. This year’s theme is “I Am Beyond,” and the guest speaker is Brig. Gen. John M. Cho. commander of Western Regional Medical Command. There will be entertainment and food sampling. Duty uniform or civilian casual attire.

For information, contact Sgt. 1st Class Japonica Armstrong, 967-3590 or email

Rent a plot at new McChord garden

If you live or work at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and want your own garden, you can rent a garden plot at the new McChord Field Community Garden.

Plots are 4-by-10 feet and cost $25 per season to rent. For rental information, call Adventures Unlimited at 982-2206.

‘wear blue’ gears up for memorial run

The “wear blue: run to remember” organization is collecting pledges of miles to be run or walked on Memorial Day in remembrance of America’s fallen service members.

There is no cost to participate. You can run by yourself, or with a group (the wear blue: JBLM chapter will meet at 9 a.m., May 26, at Powderworks Park in DuPont. For more information, or to pledge miles, visit

Clover park HS hosts memorial day event

The students and staff of Clover Park High School invite service members, their families and friends to join staff and students honoring our nation’s fallen Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines Thursday, May 22 at 5:30 p.m. for a Memorial Day observance. Each year, Clover Park students recreate a portion of Arlington National Cemetery on the school’s lawn, with markers representing each service member who lost his or her life while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. This year’s “The Arlington Project” exhibition includes:

• A viewing of HBO’s “Taking Chance;”

• JROTC retreat ceremony and recreation of tomb guard at Arlington National Cemetery;

• Student-created memorial displays of America’s conflicts;

• More than 6,600 individually named markers honoring the fallen warriors for the Arlington Project; and

• A “Wall of Remembrance.”

To RSVP, contact David Russell at 253-583-6574 or by May 16.

CIF to close for inventory; plan ahead

Central Issue Facility (CIF) will be closed for annual inventory May 19 to 23. Emergencies will be handled on a case by case basis. Plan ahead if you or your Soldiers plan to ETS, PCS, Retire, or have other business with CIF. Soldiers that must clear during this period must have their orders stamped “Emergency Clearing” by Central Out-Processing. Should an emergency arise during this period contact CIF Customer Service at 253-967-3901 or Ms. Shelly Johnson (CIF operations manager, Skookum) at 253-966-0329.

Come to NAC open house/yard sale

Find great bargains at the Northwest Adventure Center’s annual Open House and yard sale Saturday, 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.

Financial readiness classes for May

It’s May. Have you lost track of your financial New Year’s resolutions? It’s never too late to get back on track. Call 253-982-2695 to register for an Financial Readiness class or 253-967-1453 to make an appointment with a financial counselor.

• Financially Fit, May 21, 9 a.m. – Noon, SM&FRC Annex, McChord Field.

• Checking Account. Maintenance, Monday, 9-11:30 am, AFCS Classroom (Lewis Main)

• Ready to Rent (for first term Airmen moving from dorms off-base), Mondays, 9-10 am, SM&FRC Annex,McChord Field.

Mother’s Day brunch Sunday on JBLM

Take Mom out to the annual favorite Mother’s Day Brunch Sunday, at American Lake Conference Center at JBLM-Lewis North or the McChord Club and Community Center at JBLM-McChord Field. McChord Club members receive a $2 discount at the McChord Club.

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.

Sign up for kids for dance classes

Dance with SKIESUnlimited for one week only, June 23-27, at Hillside Youth Center (6398 Garcia Blvd. at JBLM- Lewis Main).

Monday through Thursday classes are:

• Ballet (ages 3-6) 11 a.m.-noon

• Cheer (ages 3-6) 1:30-2:30 p.m.

• Ballet/Tap (ages 3-6) 2:30-3:30 p.m.

• Jazz (ages 6-12) 3:30-4:30 p.m.

• Ballet (ages 6-12) and Ballet (ages 3-6) 4:30-5:30 p.m.

• Hip Hop (ages 6-12) 5:30-6:30 p.m.

• Cheer (ages 6-12) 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Friday, register for Fairy Princess (ages 3-6) 10-11 a.m. or 11 a.m.-noon.

Enrollment deadline is May 23. Register through Parent Central Services at 966-CYSS or online through WebTrac at Children must be CYSS-registered.

Mother-son dance at the McChord Club

Buy your tickets now for the Mother-Son Dance tonight at the McChord Club and Community Center at McChord Field from 6:30 to 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.