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Community Ledger for June 13, 2014

Northwest Guardian

Published: 04:16PM June 12th, 2014

JBLM FY14 holidays & days of no scheduled activities

July 4 Independence Day

July 7 DONSA

Aug. 29 DONSA

Sept. 1 Labor Day

Take the JBLM ride share survey online

JBLM invites you to participate in this important survey. JBLM has a goal of reducing air pollutants by the year 2020.

One way to reduce the pollution is to share rides to work, play or shopping. As a major employer in Pierce County, JBLM has received a request from Pierce County to perform a commute trip reduction survey under the Trip Efficiency Act adopted by Washington State in 2006.

The electronic JBLM survey takes place now through July 15 at HTTPS:// Service members or civilian employees will use their official email as login. Your email address is not shared with anyone. The email address is used for tracking numbers of surveys taken by JBLM service members and civilian employees.

The link for the survey is HTTPS:// It is open now. A $10 gift card will be given out at random to employees who complete the 13-question survey from Pierce Transit.

For questions, call Jerry Reed at or 253-967-0510.

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.

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 Avenue, 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.

Lifeguards needed at JBLM pools

Are you a certified lifeguard and need a job? Visit to apply for a position at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Questions? Call Kimbro Pool at 967-5026.

Nisqually river to close to fishermen

In accordance with Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, the Nisqually River will be closed to fishing as directed in the 2014 Fishing Pamphlet starting Aug. 11. Access to the river will be closed to all individuals wishing to fish on those dates identified by regulation. All individuals wanting to fish are responsible for checking the WDFW web page at for emergency closures and updates, as well as in the current state pamphlet.

Final call for Army Ten-Miler tryouts

Army active duty personnel’s last of three time trials for the formation of the JBLM Army Ten-Miler Team is scheduled for 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.

Free movies at Shoreline Park

Everyone’s invited over to Shoreline Park during the summer for monthly free outdoor cinemas on Saturdays.

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets for a fun time starting at dusk (around 8:30–9 p.m.).

“The Lego Movie” is playing June 28.

July 26 will be a “Christmas in July” theme with “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” — wear your holiday outfits and bring your cameras for photos with Santa!

Chill out Aug. 23 with “Frozen.”

Concessions are available for cash purchase. Shoreline Park is located at the end of Shoreline Beach Road at Lewis North.

Tacoma Avenue 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.

Join in the domestic violence chat

Domestic Violence Chat, June 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.

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 andparents, preteens, teens and adults through July. Everyone completing the program will be invited to a celebration. Register now at the McChord Library or Book Patch Library inside Grandstaff Library. For more information, call the McChord Library at 253-982-3454 or Book Patch Library at 253-967-5533.

Enter JBLM Payday golf scramble

Enter the JBLM 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 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.

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 sunset menu unveiled at bistro

Make a splash at the Bistro with the restaurant’s new Summer Sunset menu. Specials are available Fridays and Saturdays from 4–8 p.m. Order appetizers , fresh garden and soup offerings, special 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 continues

U.S. Army, Naval, 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.

YTC change of command July 10

The Yakima Training Center will hold a Change of Command ceremony July 10 at 10 a.m.

Lieutenant Colonel R. Darrell O’Steen, Jr. will relinquish command to Lt. Col. Jason A. Evers on the YTC Parade Field.

Evers’ previous assignment was with the U.S. Army District Corps of Engineers at Kansas City, Mo. O’Steen is going to Camp Hovey Korea to serve as a deputy brigade commander in 2nd Infantry Division. For details, call the YTC, 509-577-3201.

Purple heart night at Safeco Field

Come to Purple Heart Night at Safeco Aug. 7, when the Mariners play the White Sox at 7:10 p.m. Of each View and Main Level ticket sold, $5 will benefit the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Order discounted tickets at Heart.

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.

Register online at Runners with strollers are welcome to participate. The race course crosses over the DuPont Steilacoom Road. Only runners with strollers will be able to cross the DuPont Steilacoom Road at street level. All other runners will use the Lewis North 8th St. footbridge crossing.

Warrior Zone open mic all summer long

Like to perform? The Warrior Zone is bringing back Open Mic Nights on the patio Thursdays 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

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 967-6602.

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.

Pendleton gate near pet bde 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.

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.

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.

AFCS looking for CIS volunteers

JBLM Armed Forces Community Service is looking for volunteers to help with their Community Information Services, Outreach and Relocation Readiness Programs. 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.