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Community Ledger for June 27, 2014

Northwest Guardian

Published: 01:49PM June 26th, 2014

JBLM FY14 holidays & days of no scheduled activities

July 4 Independence Day

July 7 DONSA

Aug. 29 DONSA

Sept. 1 Labor Day

Special military event at landing

The Landing at Hawks Prairie shopping center will play host to a special event open to all military families from noon to 3 p.m. July 23 to honor the commitment of and sacrifices made by the men and women of the U.S. armed forces. All service members and their families are welcome for an afternoon of free hot dogs and refreshments, face painting, giveaways including coupons from center tenants, and children’s games and activities. Event will be near LA Fitness/Red Robin Plaza in the shopping center; located at 1200 Galaxy Drive N.E., Lacey.

Yelm VFW Wounded Warrior Car Show If you’re tired of those car shows where you wait all afternoon with no food or drinks, join us for the best little car show in Yelm. Free coffee and doughnuts when you register. Entry also includes two (hot dog, chips and drink) meals. 50 percent of proceeds go to the Wounded Warrior Programs. Aug. 30, 9 a.m.-3 p.m, Yelm City Park, downtown Yelm, 1st St. S. and Mosman Ave. S.E. Grill fires up at 11:30. For more information, call 360-561-2953.

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.

Join us at the JBLM community update

Hosted by the JBLM Command Team and emceed by JBLM AFCS. Now open to all JBLM military and DOD civilian spouses. Do you know what’s happening on JBLM? Ever wonder what the construction plans are or what events are planned? Join the JBLM Community Update the first Wednesday of the month (alternating locations between the McChord Club and Nelson Recreation Center). Call 253-967-9496 for more information.

Access previous meeting videos & information at

Fire evacuation coordinator class

Army regulations require a Fire Evacuation Coordinator be assigned by unit commanders on memorandums and trained by the JBLM Fire Prevention Office. Training is conducted the first and third Wednesday of each month, Building 2014 at 9 a.m. Please bring two copies of the memorandums when you attend the training. Question? Contact the Fire Prevention office at 966-7156.

Coming soon: next community update

Join the JBLM Command Team and find out what’s happening on JBLM Wednesday, 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:

Homebuyer education workshop

July 29-30, 6-9:30 p.m.(Must attend both nights for a total of 7 hrs training). This workshop is designed specifically for active duty service members and their spouses, as well as prior service personnel with VA loan eligibility. Classes are conducted in the main auditorium (1st floor) Stone Education Center (Building 6242; Colorado Avenue, Lewis Main). RSVP required-contact the JBLM Housing Services Office at 253-967-3581.

Sesame street show returning to JBLM

The “Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families” is coming to Joint Base Lewis-McChord July 18 and 19 with a show about making friends in new places. Choose from four free performances at the Evergreen Theater at Lewis Main.

Shows are at 3 and 6 p.m. both days; doors open 30 minutes before showtime. Seating is first-come, first-served; no tickets needed. The theater is located at 3405 2nd Division.

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”; tonight, 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.

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:

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 253-967-5026.

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.

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:

• Thursday at Eagles Pride

• Aug 1 at Whispering Firs

• 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.

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. 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

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

Because of 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.

Free movies at Shoreline Park

Everyone’s invited to Shoreline Park for free monthly outdoor movies on Saturdays. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets starting at dusk — around 8:30–9 p.m.

“The Lego Movie” is playing Saturday, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” is on July 26. Wear holiday outfits and bring cameras for photos with Santa. Chill out Aug. 23 with “Frozen.”

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

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.

Calling 2nd ID alums for 93rd reunion

To anyone who served in the Second (Indianhead) Infantry Division, join former fellow Soldiers for its 93rd annual reunion in Omaha, Neb. Sept. 16-20. Contact Bob Haynes, the secretary-treasurer for details at or call 224-225-1202.

Moving soon? DOL will clean your OCIE

Did you know that when you move, either PCS or ETS from JBLM, 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.

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.