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Community Ledger for July 11, 2014

Northwest Guardian

Published: 03:12PM July 10th, 2014

JBLM FY14 holidays & days of no scheduled activities

Aug. 29 DONSA

Sept. 1 Labor Day

Open Shred Cancelled

The Open shred for July 11th is cancelled. The next open shred will be Aug. 1

Armed Forces E9 Association Picnic

All E-9s from all branches , including active duty, Reserve, National Guard, retired service members and their family are invited to attend the annual picnic of The Armed Forces E9 Association, Washington State, Saturday at 12 noon on JBLM McChord Field’s Holiday Park Pavilion. This is a rain or shine potluck affair asking attendees to bring a covered dish, salad or desert. Meats and drinks will be provided by the organization. For more information, call retired Command Sgt. Maj. Bob Sova at (360) 556-2583.

Free food at special military event

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 July 24

Domestic Violence Chat, July 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.

“R.A.D.” Self-Defense Classes

Register for the upcoming RAD classes Saturday and July 19 (must attend both classes) or Aug. 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,” Monday, 9-11 a.m. or sharpen your interview skills with an interactive interviewing class, Thursday, 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.

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,” Tuesday 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, Tuesday, 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.

Trek back in time at Lewis Main Chapel

Join us at Wilderness Escape Vacation Bible School, where we’ll explore what life was like for the ancient Israelites. You’ll craft projects in the Israelite camp, race through the wilderness as you play games, visit with Moses, and eat some interesting new food. Plus, you’ll meet lots of new friends! Event is at the Lewis Main Chapel from 8 a.m.-noon July 14-18. For more information, call 253-967-4681.

Free Seattle Pro-Am Men’s Basketball

Join the Seattle Pro-Am Men’s Summer Basketball League every Saturday and Sunday through August (except Aug. 23-24) at 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Seattle Pacific University Royal Brougham Pavilion. This league is a competitive men’s basketball league featuring current and former NBA, international, minor league, and collegiate players from and in the Seattle area. Ages 17 and under are free with IDs, ages 18 and older are $5, senior citizens are free, and military personnel are free with Military IDs.

2014 PLU Basketball camp for men and women Youth

Women’s camp:

July 28-31 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Grades 5-12; $150

Men’s camp:

Aug. 4-7 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Ages 8-15; $175

There is also a $35 military discount. Players will be instructed on how to improve their shooting, passing, and offensive skills, as well as rebounding, and defensive fundamentals. Will also feature daily individual and team shooting contests and games, awards, evaluation report card for each player. Fee includes PLU T-shirt and lunch each day. PLU players will be camp counselors

For more information, contact assistant coach Marc Callero at 206-384-2435

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.

9th annual 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 Thursday to get a race T-shirt. Find online registration, course map and details at

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.

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 Saturday. 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.

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.

Calling all FRG Advisors for Pizza!

Join us for the Bunco and Pizza FRG Forum, July 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Family Resource Center on Lewis Main. Come one, come all and find out who will be crowned the king or queen of Bunco! To RSVP, call 253-967-9496.

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 on sale now for $40.

Contact Capt. Kristy Moore at 253-477-1726 or Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin Adams at 253-477-1724.

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.

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 253-966-7156.

JBLM SHARP office open for one-stop service

The JBLM Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention office is open. The program offers an avenue for sexual assult reporting, sexual harassment complaints and advocacy services for military and family members over 18. The SHARP office provides training for military units, work sections and family readiness groups. All conversations with SHARP personnel are confidential. For information, contact Michael Thomas, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, at 253-967-2072 or

The 24/7 SHARP Hotline is 253-389-8469.

Lightning safety

Outside: If you can hear thunder, you are in striking distance of lightning. Look for shelter right away.

Don’t go under trees for shelter, there is no place outside that is safe from lightning.

Wait at least 30 minutes from last clap of thunder to leave shelter.

Indoors: Turn of computers, stay of anything that will put you in direct contact with electric or plumbing

Do not wash your hands, bath or do dishes during a storm.

If struck call 911.