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News in Brief: Jan. 5, 2018

Published: 01:42PM January 4th, 2018

Dr. King observance to be held Thursday at the Carey Theater

There will be a celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Carey Theater on Lewis Main. The event is free, and everyone with access to Joint Base Lewis-McChord is invited to attend.

Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Khallid Shabazz, 7th Infantry Division chaplain, will be the guest speaker for the event.

The event is hosted by the 201st Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade. For more information, contact Sgt. 1st Class Eric Avant at or 210-464-1007.

201st Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade

16th CAB’s Raptors’ Nest Dining Facility up against best in Army

Colonel Peter Crandall, 404th Army Field Support Brigade commander, presented the fiscal 18 Regional Garrison Philip A. Connelly award, for food service, to 16th Combat Aviation Brigade Dec. 11. The competition provides an opportunity to raise culinary excellence and professionalism in food service operations throughout the Army.

Over the last few months, 16th CAB received evaluation visits from 7th Infantry Division, I Corps and the 404th AFSB. According to Master Sgt. Candice Williamson, 16th CAB culinary management noncommissioned officer, the evaluators were thorough and scrupulous in their assessments in 11 major areas.

Throughout January, 16th CAB will compete for the Army-wide Philip A. Connelly Award alongside other regional award recipients. During The final phase of this competition, evaluators will visit the Raptors’ Nest Dining Facility.

“This has been a long hard road, and we have gained a lot of experience and knowledge through the journey,” Williamson said. “We have worked together as a team in order to get to this level, and continue to grow and learn while moving forward. We are confident and are looking forward to the challenge at the (Army) level.”

1st Lt. Sean Cicogna, 404th Army Field Support Brigade

McChord C-17 supports NASA in Orion spacecraft parachute test

Airmen and testers from the 418th Flight Test Squadron joined Army, NASA and contractor personnel to participate in an airdrop of a mockup of the Orion spacecraft. The capsule was airdropped from a C-17 Globemaster on loan from Joint Base Lewis-McChord over the Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona. NASA is continuing contingency tests of the Capsule Parachute Assembly System, or CPAS.

According to the space agency, NASA’s Orion spacecraft is built to take humans farther than they’ve ever gone before. The craft will serve as an exploration vehicle that carries a crew to space and sustain them during their space travel. The spacecraft is designed to re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere safely and land by using a system of 11 parachutes.

The Orion capsule was airdropped Dec. 15 with the planned failure of some of the chutes to test aerodynamic stresses on the remaining Orion parachutes.

Aircrew members assigned to the 418th Flight Test Squadron included Lt. Col. Zachary Schaffer, Maj. Daniel Edelstein, Capt. Eric Michael, Senior Master Sgt. Michael Gordon, Staff Sgt. Kermit Maronge, Staff Sgt. Leah Starkes, Staff Sgt. Vanessa Jordan, Jacob St. Germain, Dean Van Oosterhout, Christian Turner and Christopher Okula.

Read more about the Orion parachute tests at

Kenji Thuloweit, 412th Test Wing

Joint Base Lewis-McChord has late-night firing over 3 weeks

Two infantry units and two Special Operations units on Joint Base Lewis-McChord will conduct day, evening and nighttime mortar training over the next three weeks.

• Late-night motor firing starting Jan. 17 at 6:30 a.m. to Jan. 18 at 11:59 p.m. Training will occur throughout daytime and nighttime hours.

The 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division will take part in 120 mm mortar training on JBLM.

• Mortar training will also take place Jan. 23 at 6:40 a.m. to Jan. 26 at 9 p.m. Training will occur throughout daytime and nighttime hours.

Three different units will take part in 60 mm, 81 mm and 120 mm mortar training on JBLM.

• Mortar training will also take place Jan. 30 at 12:01 a.m. to Jan. 31 at 11:59 p.m. Training will occur throughout daytime and nighttime hours.

The 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment will take part in 60 mm, 81 mm and 120 mm mortar training on JBLM.

This is required training, which allows military members to practice and improve skills necessary during combat. As often as possible, JBLM conducts larger scale artillery firing and demolition training at the Yakima Training Center in an effort to minimize inconvenience for the surrounding communities. However, some training must take place on base.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Public Affairs

JBLM civilian hall of fame, service award nominations accepted now

Every year or two, units and agencies across base nominate a civilian member of the Puget Sound community to be considered for the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Hall of Fame Lt. Gen. Bill Harrison Service Award.

Units across Joint Base Lewis-McChord are invited to submit nominations by March 30 to be considered for the 2016 hall of fame award.

The impact can be based on long-term support or short-term actions that have made a difference. The hall of fame is named for retired Lt. Gen. William Harrison. Harrison served as the commander of I Corps from 1987 to 1989 and he became the first mayor of the city of Lakewood in 1995. He is known throughout the JBLM communities for his high standards, dedication and commitment to making his community a better place for all.

Hall of fame nominations can be submitted to the JBLM Garrison Public Affairs Office. Nominations will be reviewed and rank-ordered independently by three senior representatives from the Joint Base Garrison HQs, I Corps and 62nd Airlift Wing, respectively.

The hall of fame point of contact for nominations is John Norgren. For more information, contact Norgren at 253-967-0168 or

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Public Affairs