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Community Ledger for July 4, 2014

Northwest Guardian

Published: 02:24PM July 3rd, 2014

JBLM FY14 holidays & days of no scheduled activities

Today Independence Day

Monday DONSA

Aug. 29 DONSA

Sept. 1 Labor Day

Men of Faith Motorcycle Ride

All motorcycle riders are welcome to this event sponsored by Men of Faith in Action (aka MoFiA) July 5.

Agenda: 0815: Assemble in parking lot behind Main Post Chapel

0830-1000: Ride to Paradise, Mt. Rainier – 75 miles

1000-1030: Rest stop at the top

1030: Depart Paradise

1100: Lunch at Copper Kettle (near park entrance)

1200: Return to JBLM

For more information, contact Chaplain Bart Physioc at 253-302-9675 or visit the “JBLM MOFIA” Facebook page.

Vintage auto races hold military night

The last day of Pacific Northwest Historic Vintage Auto Races, Sunday 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, $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 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:

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.

Domestic Violence Chat

Domestic Violence Chat, July 10 & 24, 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.

RAD Physical Self-Defense Classes

Register for the upcoming RAD classes July 12 and 19 (must attend both classes) or August 9 & 16 (must attend both classes to complete training) taught by a nationally certified R.A.D. instructor. Class runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will be held at CYSS Parent Central Services. This is a hands-on defense training for women 13 years and older. Call 253-967-5901 to register or for more information.

Employment Readiness Program

Take advantage of the Armed Forces Community Service Employment Readiness Classes this summer! Learn how to take your home-based business from “Idea to Profit,” July 14, 9-11 a.m. or sharpen your interview skills with an interactive interviewing class, July 17, 9 -11 a.m.. Both classes held the Servicemember & Family Readiness Center Annex (551 Barnes) on McChord Field. Call 253-982-2695 to register or for more information.

All American shabbat tonight

The JBLM Jewish community’s “1st Friday” 6 p.m. service will be conducted as scheduled this evening with hotdogs, hamburgers, and fellowship after the service. Services are conducted at Building 2002, near the Lewis Main Chapel, about 1/2 mile from JBLM’s Freedom Fest activities. Fireworks will be visible after dark from across the street at Watkins Field. For questions, call JBLM chaplains at 253-477-2860 or 253-389-8067.

Team building for resilience

Whether you’re a seasoned military spouse or new to the JBLM community, Armed Forces Team Building offers numerous classes to help you improve your military knowledge, personal growth and leadership skills. Call 253-967-2382 for more information or to register for an upcoming class, which include Growth & Leadership Modules “It Takes a Team,” July 15 or “Meetings and More Meetings,” July 20, 9:30 a.m. to Noon, or Personal Growth and Resiliency, July 21-23, 9:15 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Family Readiness Group Training

It’s PCS season and many family readiness group volunteers are changing. Make sure you have the latest tools and rules and register for an upcoming FRG training: FRG Key Caller Training, July 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and FRG Leadership Training Green-Suit Style, July 24, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Classes held at the Family Resource Center on Lewis Main. Call 253-967-9496 to register.

Veterans in Piping apprenticeship

The JBLM - United Association “Veterans in Piping” apprenticeship program provides accelerated training for service members before leaving the military. Participants train for approximately five months in welding in Lacey, or in heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/R) at the Stone Education Center on JBLM. Upon leaving the military, the veterans are placed in a five-year paid apprenticeship programs throughout the U.S. New-student interviews start in October. Applications are competitive. For more information, contact an education counselor at JBLM’s Stone Education Center at 253-967-7295 / 253-967-7174, email or visit

Refractive surgery appts at Madigan

Service members may be eligible for vision correction surgery free of charge at the Madigan Army Medical Center Refractive Surgery Center. Appointments are available now for medically eligible service members. Commander’s authorization required. Service members cannot deploy or go to the field for training for 30 days following Lasik procedures, or 90 days following PRK. Call 253-968-5516 for more information and pre-appointment forms.

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 Club at McChord Field and Nelson Recreation Center). Call 253-967-9496 for more information. Access previous meeting videos & information at

FRG Forum leads to Bunco royalty

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.

Register for Down and Dirty Mud Run

Wear your superhero costume for the 9th Annual JBLM Down and Dirty 5K Mud Run. Full of lots of muddy obstacles, the run is July 19 at Soldiers Field House at Lewis Main. Register by July 17 to get a race T-shirt. Find online registration, course map and details at

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:

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 Tuesday, 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.

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.

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 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

EFMP Family Movie, July 19 at McChord

EFMP Families and any families with younger viewers are invited to the EFMP Family-Friendly Movie, Saturday, July 19, at the McChord Theater from noon–2 p.m. The movie is free and provides a stress-free, open environment. Please feel free to bring your own snacks and beverages; no concessions will be available. For more information, call 253-982-2695.

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

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. “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.

1-2-3 Magic Parenting Class

Learn to discipline your children without yelling at 1-2-3 Magic, July 22, 24, 29 and 31, 6-8:30 p.m., at the Escape Zone on McChord Field. Call 253-967-5901 to register or for more information.