Members of the Tacoma Pierce County Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee received a comprehensive look Wednesday at some of the major events coming up on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Colonel Daniel Morgan, JBLM commander, traveled to Tacoma to brief key civic leaders on JBLM’s current operations and upcoming training events at the monthly MAC meeting. Morgan said transparency through keeping the community informed is one of his top priorities.
“I’ve seen some of the challenges this installation faces to take care of Airmen and Soldiers while keeping the community informed,” Morgan said. “You see a unique part of the capabilities that we have here and it wouldn’t be possible without community relationships.”
And it can be a challenge, one that Morgan acknowledged, with a large military base training so close to cities and towns.
“We have a phenomenal military structure and community relations here,” Morgan said. “This is a very unique challenge at JBLM. It’s a large city that’s a military installation that deploys both Airmen and Soldiers — it’s about readiness.”
In his presentation, Morgan briefed community members on JBLM’s capabilities to house, train, mobilize and rapidly deploy service members to support operations worldwide.
“From a geographical standpoint, this is the premier power projection platform west of the Mississippi River,” Morgan said. “We project national power.”
JBLM is postured to respond to any major conflict throughout the Pacific and is directly tasked with the 2015 National Security Act’s rebalancing of Asia and the Pacific, Morgan said.
“The rebalance of Asia and the Pacific is one of the nation’s top national security priorities, Morgan said. “Everything we do is to enable readiness to support the rebalance of the Pacific.”
According to Morgan, the majority of units at JBLM are on home-station today rather than being deployed.
“We are a home-station Army now and that means there is going to be more training going on at JBLM and Yakima Training Center,” Morgan said. “There will be increased training going on at home station and we want to be transparent with the community by keeping you informed.”
Members of the community found Morgan’s presentation to be helpful.
“It’s always interesting to see what’s going on at JBLM,” said Carlene Joseph, Tacoma Pierce County Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee member. “Colonel Morgan’s presentation was very enjoyable and informative.”
According to Morgan he attended the ceremony to update the community to current events taking place on JBLM.”
Although Morgan took command at JBLM in August, he does have some of his earliest roots from JBLM.
“I was born at Madigan in 1967 and now I’m back,” he said. “I have the responsibility as a commander, colonel and fiscal steward to reallocate funds to support missions and training to ensure readiness.”