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Community Ledger for May 23, 2014

Northwest Guardian

Published: 02:52PM May 22nd, 2014

JBLM FY14 holidays & days of no scheduled activities

May 26 Memorial Day

July 4 Independence Day

July 7 DONSA

Aug. 29 DONSA

Sept. 1 Labor Day

Madigan pharmacy closed for five days

The Madigan Main Outpatient Pharmacy is closed through May 26 for renovation.

Patients with prescriptions normally filled at the Madigan Main Outpatient Pharmacy during this closure must go 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, is closed permanently.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 Tuesday.

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 Saturday to Monday 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 ave. closed permanently

Tacoma Avenue on Lewis Main closed permanently last week due to construction. Pierce Avenue is a primary access route to facilities east of 18th and 19th streets, now open to facilitate travel from Colorado Avenue to Pierce Avenue. Speed limit will be posted at 25 mph through the construction areas to minimize danger to motorists and pedestrians.

Army ten-miler tryouts

Army active duty personnel time trials for the formation of the JBLM Army Ten-Miler Team are planned for 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.

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 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 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 Saturday from 4-10 p.m.

The 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.

Heels & Wheels gala brazilian carnivale

Join America’s Car Museum June 7, for an evening jam packed with entertainment including the smooth sounds of steel drums, an aerial champagne show, roving stilt dancers and even a samba parade. At this year’s Wheels & Heels Gala, the museum will be transformed to a celebration of Brazilian CARnivale. Gourmet cuisine from El Gaucho, live music by Cambalache Salsa and a dazzling fireworks display from Emerald Queen Casino. The Wheels & Heels Annual Gala raises funds to support ACM’s mission, including educational programs and the new Hagerty Education Program at America’s Car Museum.

We are looking for volunteers for check-in, greeter, raffle sales, check out and clean up.

If you are interested in volunteering at CARnivale! and would like to find out more information, contact Jana Wennstrom, volunteer coordinator, at or call 253-779-8490.

international spouse orientation

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 Tuesday to 253-967-3633/3550 for information about employment, obtaining a driver’s license, English as a second language and more.

summer internship for undergrad

The Service to the Armed For-ces 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.

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.

Help for military homeowners

JBLM has partnered with “Hope Now” in recent years to bring mortgage refinancing and foreclosure prevention information to military homeowners assigned to JBLM. For information, contact the JBLM Housing Services Office, 253- 966-4141, or visit

housing services hours change

Due to manpower reductions, effective June 2, the Housing Services Office customer service hours of operation will be Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Hours of operation the fourth Thursday of every month are 8 a.m.-noon. Customers are advised that service wait times could exceed 20 minutes between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. hours due to reduced staffing. We regret the inconvenience. Questions may be directed to the HSO Branch Chief at 253-966-4141.

Tastings at culinary show & competition

Everyone’s welcome to attend a free Food Show & Culinary Competition at the American Lake Conference Center June 4 from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. The Food Show is open to all, with 15 vendors providing tastings of their products, as well as a live action station from Barilla Pasta. The vendors will be assisting in the culinary competition with select ingredients.

The culinary competition consists of four teams creating an appetizer, entree and dessert to be judged by JBLM’s leadership at 12:45 p.m. These competitors will be creating their meals on Military Field Kitchens and serving the dishes inside ALCC’s Evergreen Ballroom.

Attendees are welcome to watch from a cordoned area while the four teams create their meals.

For more details, call 253-964-0331.

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 253-982-2206.

celebrate army bithday at safeco

Join the Seattle Mariners for a special evening honoring the U.S. Army community as they celebrate the 239th birthday of our country’s senor military branch.

Your ticket includes a free Army Night T-shirt. Discounted ticket prices are $14 for view level seats and $28 for main level. Logon to password is Army.

‘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 Monday at 9 a.m. at Powderworks Park in DuPont. For more information, or to pledge miles, visit

CIF to close for inventory; plan ahead

Today is the final day the Central Issue Facility (CIF) will be closed for annual inventory. 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 who 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.

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, 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 253-477-5756.

Today is deadline for dance classes

Dance with SKIESUnlimited for one week only, June 23-27, at Hillside Youth Center (6398 Garcia Blvd. on 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 253-966-CYSS or online through WebTrac at Children must be CYSS-registered.

Enter your classy chassis in car show

Got a car or truck you’d love to show off and compete for a trophy? Enter the Classy Chassis car show at Freedom Fest July 4. Preregister by June 14 and save on your entry fee. The first 200 entrants receive a dash plaque and goodie bag.

The preregistration cost is $10 per vehicle ($12 on event day) for street rods, classic stocks, open class, muscle cars, Mustangs, Corvettes, low riders, custom, truck-custom, truck-stock and orphan cars. Call 253-967-3728 or download a registration form at

jblm half-marathon & resiliency run

Everyone’s invited to the JBLM Half Marathon and 5K Resiliency Run June 21 at 8 a.m. starting at Russell Landing at JBLM-Lewis North. JBLM will be an open base for this event. Only photo identification is required for installation access.

Half-marathon runners will race through the streets with a turnaround at beautiful Solo Point on Puget Sound. The new course is designed to challenge participants and showcase the beauty at JBLM. Runners in the 5K will enjoy a mostly flat course with a turnaround at Shoreline Park.

Age-group awards will be presented after the race. Snacks and water will be available after the race, and other beverages can be purchased at the Bistro at Russell Landing. All preregistered participants receive a race T-shirt.

Register online at Early registration with the lowest entry fees and guaranteed T-shirt sizes ends June 11 at noon.

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 free paper 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.

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 253-967-6602.