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Community Ledger for June 20, 2014

Northwest Guardian

Published: 02:58PM June 19th, 2014

JBLM FY14 holidays & days of no scheduled activities

July 4 Independence Day

July 7 DONSA

Aug. 29 DONSA

Sept. 1 Labor Day

Joint Base Road and Overpass Project

Construction has begun on a new road and overpass project that will cross over Perimeter Road, which bisects JBLM Lewis Main and McChord Field, to link both sides of the joint base. Service members who work on either side of JBLM will more easily travel back and forth without needing to exit or enter security gates.

Phase I of the project, clearing trees from the projected construction path, is nearing completion.

McChord Field Commercial Vehicle Inspection Point (CVIP) closure Monday, Aug. 23. Traffic through Mcchord Field North Gate will be normal during construction.

Phase II, the construction of bridges support pillars will begin Monday and last through Aug. 23. The eight-week phase will involve placing pillars to support the overpass. JBLM will close South Gate Road and the McChord Field Commercial Vehicle Inspection Point (CVIP) while the bridge pillars are built. Commercial vehicles that normally enter the McChord Field CVIP will use the McChord Field North Gate, located at the intersection of South Tacoma Way and 112th Street. The North Gate will be open for commercial vehicle traffic daily from 5:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Phase II is expected to be done by Aug. 23; however, all road construction and paving projects are weather dependent and subject to change.

Phase III, installation of support girders on the overpass pillars is scheduled to begin in the Fall of 2014. This will involve temporary lane closures on Perimeter Road and E. Lincoln Ave. for paving.

Phase IV, paving operations to connect the new road to Barnes Boulevard, will be in the late Fall of 2014. There will be temporary lane closures on Barnes Blvd. with alternating one-direction of travel controlled by traffic flaggers. Detour signs will be setup in order to assist motorists around the closure areas.

The fifth and final phase will occur will be the finishing stage, curbing and lane striping. Project completion is set for the Spring of 2015.

JBLM officials will work to maintain the same level of service for drivers entering and exiting the base.

For more information, call the JBLM Public Affairs Office at 253-967-0152 or 253-967-0148. After regular duty hours, call 253-967-0015 and ask for the JBLM public affairs officer on call.

SFAC education fair on Wednesday

JAll SFAC, WTU and IDES service members and families are invited to attend the SFAC Education Fair on June 25, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the SFAC, 9059 Gardner Loop, Lewis Main. Prepare for your next career through education and training. Representatives from local area and online colleges, technical and trade schools, apprenticeship programs and vocational programs will be there. For more information, call 253-966-8433.

Got a question about a prescribed fire?

It is the start of the prescribed fire season. For questions about prescribed fires, call 253-328-1332. There is a new cell number dedicated for JBLM: 253-328-1332. To report smoke intrusions or nuisance smoke, call 253-912-2049.

Call John Richardson, JBLM Fish and Wildlife, at 253-966-6447.

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.

JLUS meetings: Yelm, Tacoma and DuPont

The JBLM Joint Land Use Study is an organization working to ensure communication and collaboration between the base and its neighbors is looking to engage the community in planning for the areas surrounding the base. The JLUS focuses on the region’s long-term land use plans while supporting the military mission at JBLM, ensuring public health and safety and protecting community development.

Talk with the people directly involved in the study; and provide comment at this early stage at an upcoming public meeting: Monday, 5–7:30 p.m. Yelm Public Safety Building, 206 McKenzie Avenue, Yelm; Tuesday, 5–7:30 p.m. Baker Middle School, 8001 South J Street, Tacoma; Wednesday, 5–7:30 p.m. DuPont City Hall, 1700 Civic Drive, DuPont.

A special website for the JBLM JLUS has been created and is now live: As the project progresses, study summaries notices for future public meetings will be posted on the website.

Contact: Mary Huff, SSMCP Program Coordinator, City of Lakewood, 253-983-7774.

Coming soon: next community update

Join the JBLM Command Team and find out what’s happening on JBLM on July 2, 9:30 a.m. in the Nelson Recreation Center on Lewis Main. Get updates on construction, Madigan, many JBLM agencies, events and more! For more information, call 253-967-9496.

FRG Forum and bunco night next month

We’re inviting all FRG advisers, leaders and family readiness support assistants to attend the next FRG Forum on July 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Family Resource Center for Bunco (a dice game) and pizza. Come and play. Find out who will be crowned King or Queen of Bunco. The FRC is located at 4274 Idaho Ave. and 9th Division on Lewis Main. RSVP to 253-967-9496.

Help research on deployments

Have you or your spouse recently returned from deployment? Do you have at least one child between the ages 5-12? Military parents who answer “yes” to these questions may be eligible to receive up to $100 for participating in a National Institutes of Health-funded research study to evaluate “ADAPT Online,” an online parenting support program for military families. To learn more and check to see if you are eligible, visit:

Newcomers bus tour & JBLM orientation

The JBLM Newcomers’ Orientation & Bus Tour for anyone who could benefit from a tour of JBLM-Lewis Main, North and McChord Field is on July 8, Newcomers’ Orientation, 8 a.m.-Noon; Bus Tour, Noon-3:30 p.m. at the American Lake Conference Center on Lewis North. For more information call 253-982-2695 or 253-967-3628.

Movie under the stars in Lakewood

“Frozen”; June 27, 2014 at Fort Steilacoom Park (8714 87th Ave SW, Lakewood, WA 98499). Members of the Joint Base Lewis-McChord and area communities are invited to enjoy an evening under the stars to see “Frozen” on a giant 45 foot inflatable outdoor movie screen. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets - Movie begins at dark. Pre-movie activities include free inflatables, free face painter, music, giveaways and more, beginning at 6:15 p.m. Free and open to the public! Hosted by Navy Federal Credit Union, but not sponsored by DOD.

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 today at the Tacoma Union Station and Courthouse at 1717 Pacific Avenue, from 3:30 to 5: p.m. 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.

Vintage auto races hold military night

The last day of Pacific Northwest Historic Vintage Auto Races, July 4-6 at Pacific Raceways in Kent, will be Military Appreciation Day. Military members, veterans, DOD employees and family members with military ID cards will get 50 percent off admission on July 6, $12.50 instead of the $25 regular price.

This family event will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang, feature the BMW Pro3 Race Group, and welcome guest celebrity and racing legend Parnelli Jones all three days of the event. More than 150 beautifully restored race cars participating at full speeds on the track and over 200 local cars on display in the car corral. Cameras are welcome; you can get close and talk to drivers of many rare and spectacular vehicles. Kids are also often invited to sit in the race cars for pictures. For information visit:

Digital program: The Power of Prayer

Come to a live and colorful digital presentation by Dr. Tom Hoyle, a U.S. Air Force Reserve chaplain, called “American Prayer Power during Peace or Crisis.” It will be presented Saturday at the McChord Chapel Support Center to explore providential answer to prayer throughout American history. This patriotic program is sponsored by the Protestant Retirees of the Chapel. There will be finger foods served at 10:30 a.m. and Dr. Hoyle will begin at 11 a.m.

EFMP family movies free Saturday

EFMP families and any families with younger viewers are invited to the EFMP family-friendly movie, Saturday, 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.

Mounts road gate to reopen Monday

Mounts Road Gate on JBLM Lewis Main, closed for two weeks, is sheduled to open Monday, unveiling a wider road and intersection improvements by WSDOT.

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.

Help beautify your community

Paint Tacoma Beautiful is seeking volunteers for several summer projects — preferably teams of 10 to 15 people each, June through August. The goal is to complete exterior painting of 50 homes of low-income families in the Tacoma-Pierce County area. For more information, visit or call 253-426-1516.

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.

Army Ten-Miler tryouts, final call

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.

Volunteer for Seafair activities

Seafair is seeking individual and group volunteers for several summer events: Seafair Triathlon – July 19 and 20 at Seward Park; Torchlight Run – July 26 at the Seattle Center.

Multiple shifts are available and all volunteers get a Seafair Volunteer T-Shirt. To view volunteer opportunities and to sign up as an individual, visit For groups of 10 or more, email, including additional group opportunities not listed online.

Join in the domestic violence chat

Domestic Violence Chat, Thursday, 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.

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.

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