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Community Ledger for June 6, 2014

Northwest Guardian

Published: 05:24PM June 5th, 2014

JBLM FY14 holidays & days of no scheduled activities

July 4 Independence Day

July 7 DONSA

Aug. 29 DONSA

Sept. 1 Labor Day

Madigan pharmacy’s new hours in effect

The Madigan Army Medical Center Main Outpatient Pharmacy has changed its hours.

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.

D-day movie free to miitary and vets

All current and former members of the military will receive free admission today through Sunday at Pacific Science Center exhibit halls to the IMAX film “D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944,” narrated by Tom Brokaw.

The largest Allied operation of World War II began in Normandy, France. Yet, few know in detail exactly why and how, from the end of 1943 through August 1944, this region became the most important location in the world. “D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944” brings this monumental event to the Science Center’s IMAX screens for the first time ever. The film explores history, military strategy, science, technology and human values. The film pays tribute to those who gave their lives for our freedom.

For more information about this and ongoing military discounts, call 206-443-2001 or visit

Army Ball tickets are still available

Tickets are available for the 239th Army Birthday Ball, presented by The Bayonet Professional Association. Event takes place Thursday at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center, 1500 Broadway, Tacoma. Tickets are $30 and include choice of entree (chicken breast, rib-eye steak, or vegetarian lasagna). Social hour begins at 5 p.m., event starts at 6 p.m. Open to all military-affiliated personnel and their invited guests. For tickets, JBLM Soldiers should contact their units’ senior enlisted leadership. JBLM Airmen and other members of the military community (including DOD employees, military veterans, and Gold Star families) should contact the I Corps Protocol special events officer at 253-477-1118. For more information, visit the 7th Infantry Division Facebook page:

Naturalization ceremony for kids

Children become citizens when their parents are naturalized or when their adoption is finalized. The court invites children to participate in a welcoming ceremony of their own at the Tacoma Union Station and Courthouse at 1717 Pacific Ave., from 3:30 to 5 p.m., June 20. The free ceremony will be conducted by Judge Ronald B. Leighton.

If you would like your child/children to participate, or if you would like more information, contact Johanna Moody-Gatlin at 206-370-8852.

Mounts Road Gate to close to widen road

Mounts Road Gate on JBLM Lewis Main will close for two weeks beginning Monday through June 23 for road widening and intersection improvements by WSDOT. Commuters who enter or exit JBLM via Mounts Road Gate will need to use other gates during the construction.

I-5/JBLM congestion relief open house

The Federal Highway Administration, Washington State Department of Transportation, JBLM, and area metropolitan transportation planning organizations are hosting a public open house Wednesday, June 11, at the Eagles Pride Golf Course to discuss potential Interstate 5 congestion relief improvements in the vicinity of the base between Center Drive and Gravelly Lake Drive. Members of the public are welcome to attend anytime between 4 and 7 p.m. to visit with transportation staff and review information on planning work that has been completed.

Army ten-miler tryouts

Army active duty personnel time trials for the formation of the JBLM Army Ten-Miler Team are planned for Saturday 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 253-967-4768.

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 Tuesday, 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.

Tacoma Avenue permanently closes

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.

Join in the domestic violence chat

Domestic Violence Chat, June 12 and 26, 1-2 p.m., Nelson Rec. Center Playground/Picnic Pavilion, Lewis Main. Bring a brown bag lunch and join us for discussions to raise domestic violence awareness. Call 253-967-5901 to register or for more information.

Heels & Wheels gala brazilian carnivale

Join America’s Car Museum Saturday, 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 from 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.

Sign up for summer reading program

All ages are invited to sign up for the JBLM Libraries’ summer reading program, “Paws to Read.” Activities are planned for children and their parents, plus preteens, teens and adults through July. Everyone who completes the program will be invited to a celebration at its conclusion. Register at the McChord Library or Book Patch Library inside Grandstaff Library starting June 16. For more information, call the McChord Library at 253-982-3454 or Book Patch Library at 253-967-5533.

JBLM Payday golf scramble

Enter CG’s Payday Golf Scrambles at Whispering Firs and Eagles Pride golf courses. If you’re an ID card holder, you and your friends can enter five-person scrambles on the following weekdays with a 1 p.m. shotgun start:

n Today at Whispering Firs

n July 3 at Eagles Pride

n Aug 1 at Whispering Firs

n Sept. 5 at Eagles Pride

The $30 per person cost includes green fee, cart rentals and a chance to win prizes. Enter as a team or be placed on one if you enter individually.

The entry deadline is two days prior to the scramble. For details, call Eagles Pride at 253-967-6522 or Whispering Firs at 253-982-2124.

Father-daughter dance at McChord

Enjoy a fun-filled evening at the Club at McChord Field’s Father-Daughter Dance June 14 from 6:30–9 p.m. Tickets are required; the cost is $17 per couple and $7 per additional daughter. Tickets are available at Leisure Travel Services, 2275 Liggett Ave. at JBLM Lewis Main and Adventures Unlimited, 739 Battery Rd., McChord Field. Dress is semi-formal. No walk-ins allowed at the door. For more details, call 253-982-0718.

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 Wednesday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., in the Waller Hall AFCS Classroom. RSVP by Tuesday to 253-967-3633 or 3550 for information about employment, obtaining a driver’s license, English as a second language and more.

Free EFMP movie at McChord June 21

EFMP families and any families with younger viewers are invited to the EFMP family-friendly movie, June 21, at McChord Theater from noon–2 p.m. The movie is free and provides a stress-free, open environment. Bring your own snacks and beverages; no concessions will be available. For more information, call 253-982-2695.

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 or 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.

Summer sunset menu unveiled at bistro

Make a splash at the Bistro with the restaurant’s new Summer Sunset menu. Summer specials are available Fridays and Saturdays from 4–8 p.m. Order appetizers for sharing, fresh garden and soup offerings, special summer-only entrées and light desserts.

The Bistro at Russell Landing is located at the end of American Lake Avenue at JBLM-Lewis North. For more information, call 253-964-2813.

Joint liquid logistics exercise begins

U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps units will participate in the Quartermaster Liquid Logistics Exercise during the first three weeks of June. The U.S. Air Force will support the mission by providing communications for the exercise. The USAF will also have its Petroleum Quality Assurance technicians train with the Army’s Petroleum Quality Assurance technicians. 92L’s.

This years’ QLLEX will be the first time the mission will use both active and Reserve Army watercraft during the exercise.

The QLLEX is an annual exercise that allows military reserve components the opportunity to exercise their fuel hauling capabilities, utilizing military trucks to move fuel to various locations.

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, the Housing Services Office customer service hours of operation are now 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.

Celebrate Army bithday at safeco

Join the Seattle Mariners June 13 in honoring the U.S. Army community celebrate the 239th birthday of our nation’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. Log onto Army.

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 turn around 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.

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.

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