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Community Ledger for May 16, 2014

Northwest Guardian

Published: 02:14PM May 15th, 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.

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 closes permanently today 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.

Town Hall Sensing Sessions about QOL

Your feedback is important. Join us to provide your opinions at the Family Resource Center Conference Center, Bldg. 4274 on either Monday from 6-7:30 p.m. or Tuesday, 2-3:30 p.m. This is an opportunity for service members and spouses to engage in an open dialogue with the Department of the Army IG on quality-of-life issues at JBLM facilities and services. For more information, call the I Corps IG office at 253-967-5181.

JBLM Bus newcomers tour coming soon

The JBLM Bus Tour for newcomers (or anyone who could benefit from a tour of JBLM Lewis Main, North and McChord Field) is invited to attend the next tour on June 10, noon-3:30 p.m. starting at the American Lake Conference Center on Lewis North. The Bus Tour schedule has changed and now follows the Newcomers’ Orientation. The Newcomers’ Orientation, also held at the ALCC, begins at 8 a.m. For more information call 253-982-2695 or 253-967-3628.

Beach bash to host classic rockers

Everyone’s invited to the Beach Bash at Shoreline Park at JBLM Lewis North May 24 from 4-10 p.m.

Beach Bash features a live broadcast of the World Classic Rockers from 7:30-10 p.m. with members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Steppenwolf, Boston and Santana from aboard the USS Midway in San Diego. The fun here will be beamed back to the USS Midway to share our enthusiasm with the world.

From 6:30-8 p.m., a free barbecue is being served with grilled burgers and hot dogs, fresh coleslaw, pasta salad, potato chips, canned soda and bottled water. Beer is available to ages 21 and older for purchase.

The Beach Bash also offers free paddleboard, kayak, canoe and paddleboat rentals, pontoon boat rides, a sand castle-building contest, treasure hunt, limbo and hula-hoop contests, arts and crafts, wacky races, a water balloon toss, scavenger hunt, beach bingo, musical beach towels and flip-flop frenzy.

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.

Armed Forces Day Saturday at Cowan

Experience the 2014 Armed Forces Day activities at JBLM-Lewis Main Saturday 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.

Summer internship for undergrad

Adapting to a new country can be challenging for you and your family members. In addition to dealing with the stress associated with a normal relocation, foreign-born family members also face a complete cultural change. Join the AFCS Relocation Readiness Program’s International Spouse Orientation on June 4, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., in the Waller Hall AFCS Classroom. RSVP by May 27 to 253-967-3633 or 3550 for information about employment, obtaining a driver’s license, English as a second language and more.

International spouse orientation

The Service to the Armed Forces Support International will support U.S. service members from every branch, their family members 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 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.

Today is JBLM Bike to work day

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 Saturday; 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.

McChord booth for Bike awareness

Stop by the JBLM Bike Awareness Booth today, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the McChord Exchange. 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.

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 Tuesday 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

Family-friendly EFMP movie

Don’t miss the FREE monthly EFMP family-friendly movie at the McChord Theater on Saturday,Saturday, 12-2 p.m. The movie environment is ideal for children with special needs or younger viewers. No concessions are available, so please bring your own snacks. Call 253-982-2695 for more information.

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:

n A viewing of HBO’s “Taking Chance;”

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

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

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

n A “Wall of Remembrance.”

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

CIF to close for inventory; plan ahead

Central Issue Facility (CIF) will be closed for annual inventory Monday through May 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.

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.

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

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

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

Sign up for kids 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:

n Ballet (ages 3-6) 11 a.m.-noon

n Cheer (ages 3-6) 1:30-2:30 p.m.

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

n Jazz (ages 6-12) 3:30-4:30 p.m.

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

n Hip Hop (ages 6-12) 5:30-6:30 p.m.

n 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.

AFCS will close Thursday to train

Armed Forces Community Service will be closed Thursday from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. for staff training. Call 253-967-7166 for more information.

Warrior Zone open mic all summer long

Like to perform? The Warrior Zone is bringing back Open Mic Nights on the patio Thursdays now through Sept. 25. Sign up at 6 p.m. if you want to perform, showtime from 7-10 p.m.

Whether you sing, perform comedy, read poetry, play an instrument, freestyle rap or beat box, impress the crowd with your talents.

The event is open to service members, family members and DOD civilians ages 18 and older. The Warrior Zone is at the corner of 17th and D streets at JBLM-Lewis North. For more details, call 477-5756.

Enter your classy chassis in car show

Got a car or truck you’d love to show off and compete for a trophy? Enter it into the Classy Chassis car show at Freedom Fest July 4. Preregister by June 14. The first 200 entrants receive a dash plaque and free goodie bag. The preregistration cost is $10 per vehicle, day-of-event cost is $12 per vehicle.

Call 967-3728 or register at