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Community Ledger: Jan. 5, 2018

Published: 07:48PM January 15th, 2018

The following are the scheduled dates for Army’s Day of No Scheduled Activity and Air Force’s Family Days and federal holidays on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Jan. 12 - Army DONSA

Jan. 15 - Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday

Feb. 16 - Army DONSA

Feb. 19 - George Washington’s birthday

March 30 - Army DONSA

April 2 - Army DONSA

May 25 - Army DONSA

May 28 - Memorial Day

June 14 - Army DONSA

June 15 - Army DONSA

July 4 - Independence Day

July 5 - Army DONSA

ARMY, AIR FORCE PCS MOVE WORKSHOPS

Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s Armed Forces Community Service hosts a First PCS Move workshop Mondays from 3 to 4 p.m. at Waller Hall, 2140 Liggett Ave., Lewis Main, and the second Thursday of each month at the Service Member and Family Readiness Center, 551 Barnes Blvd., McChord Field. For more information, call 253-967-3633 or 253-982-2695. To register, visit jblmafcscheckappointments.com.

24/7 DAD CLASS FOR FATHERS

Join a class for dads, “24/7 Dad,” where fathers support fathers. Learn how to become a better father, and receive support from other dads who understand the day-to-day struggle of raising children. Classes take place on the second and third Tuesdays, every other month from 10 a.m. to noon at the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade’s Raptor Resilience Center, 3204 Second Division Drive on Lewis Main. Next classes are Tuesday and Jan. 16. Online registration is available by visiting jblmafcs.checkappointments.com, or call 253-967-5901 to register via phone. 253-967-6416.

JBLM FAMILY HOUSING FIRE SAFETY CLASS

Base housing residents are required to take a Family Housing Fire Safety class within 30 days of moving in to Lewis-McChord Communities. Service member must attend; spouse is welcome and encouraged. Classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m. at Bldg. 2014, Fire Station 107 Pendleton on Lewis Main. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.; class starts at 1 p.m. Parking is limited, so arrive early.

JOIN MCCHORD FIELD LIBRARY BOOK CLUB

Enjoy discussing books? Join the McChord Library’s Novel Navigators. This adult discussion group meets the second Wednesday of each month at the McChord Library at 4:30 p.m. The next meeting is Wednesday to discuss “A Girl’s Guide to Homelessness” by Briana Karp. Registration is required in person. Copies will be available at the circulation desk, 851 Lincoln Blvd., ground floor, on McChord Field. For more information, call 253-982-3454.

LEARN TO BE A RED CROSS LIFEGUARD

JBLM Aquatics is offering an American Red Cross Blended Learning Lifeguard Course Jan. 12-14 for $150 at Keeler Pool. Call Kimbro Pool at 253-967-5026 to schedule the pretest at Kimbro for the course or for more information. Kimbro is at 9993 Garfield St. at Lewis Main. Keeler Pool is at 9993 Garfield St. at Lewis Main.

ATTEND MONTHLY KIDS’ BOOK CLUB

Kids in grades three to five are invited to join McChord Library’s monthly Kids’ Book Club meeting the third Wednesday of the month at 4 p.m. Read fun books, meet fun people. Parents, bring your children by the McChord Library now to register and get a copy of this month’s book. Check out “Hatchet” by Gary Paulsen for the Jan. 17 book club meeting. McChord Library is located at 851 Lincoln Blvd. at McChord Field. For more information, call 253-982-3454.

BUILDING MANAGERS FIRE SAFETY CLASS

All building managers on Joint Base Lewis-McChord are required to take a Building Managers Fire Safety Class. Classes take place on the first and third Wednesday of the month at 9 a.m. in Bldg. 2014 at Fire Station 107 Pendleton on Lewis Main. Next class is scheduled for Jan. 17. Fire Safety Class is limited to the first 25 people. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. For more information, call 253-966-7164.

SMA OF NORTHWEST MONTHLY MEETING

The general membership meeting of the Sergeants Major Association of the Northwest meets at Samuel Adams Brewhouse, Bldg. 2400 on South Division Street on the third Thursday of every month. Social time begins at 4:30 p.m. and official business at 5 p.m. Next meeting is Jan. 18.

JBLM NEWCOMERS’ ORIENTATION BRIEF

Joint Base Lewis-McChord has grown and changed over the years. Whether you’re new, returning or just want to learn your way around the base, all service members, civilians and adult family members are invited to attend the Newcomers’ Orientation Jan. 23 at American Lake Conference Center at 8085 NCO Beach Road on Lewis North. Report time for Soldiers and Airmen is 7:30 a.m. Orientation is set to begin at 8 a.m. Complimentary hot breakfast and free on-site child care is available upon request with registration; call 253-966-2977. For more information, call 253-967-3633 or visit jblmafcscheckappointments.com.

HARRISON PREP TO HOST INFO BRIEFING

Military families with youth going into 6-10 th grades in the fall 2018 school year are invited to attend a parent information briefing with the principal from Harrison Prep Academy Wednesday, Jan. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Parent Central Services gymnasium at 2295 S. 12 th St. at Lewis Main. For more information, call 253-967-7195. The event is hosted by JBLM School Support.

ARMY DIGITAL PHOTO CONTEST

Enter your best photos by Jan. 31 into the Army’s annual Digital Photography Contest. You could see your photo online in the contest’s gallery as a winner. Enter as an active-duty military member, family member, retiree or Department of Defense civilian. Seven categories are available: animals, design elements, digital darkroom, military life, nature and landscape, people and still life. Categories include both color and monochrome photos. Enter up to three photos per category. Cash prizes will be awarded for each division and category. First place is $300, second place is $200 and third place is $100. To enter and for rules, visit armymwr.com/digital-photo.aspx.

FREE BIKE RENTALS NOW AVAILABLE

The GO Bike program has expanded availability to include Department of Defense family members ages 18 and older. Now all DOD employees, their family members ages 18 and older and JBLM contract employees can check out a free GO Bike for up to two weeks. Use the bikes to run errands, get to appointments or spend some exercise time outside. Find the GO Bike check-out locations on GOLewisMCChord.com.

FIRE EXTINGUISHER ANNUAL SERVICING

All facility fire extinguishers on base must be recertified and retagged annually. Accomplish this either by contractor via GPC card or hand-carry facility extinguishers to the fire extinguisher shop located at the rear of Bldg. 2014 on Lewis Main. The maximum number of extinguishers one facility manager may rotate a day is 10. For more information, call the fire extinguisher shop at 253-966-2600.

FREE RIDE TO DUPONT WITH GO TRANSIT

Enjoy a free ride out to the City of DuPont with GO Transit Route 1 weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5:40 p.m. with 20 minute frequencies. Route goes from the City of DuPont to Madigan Army Medical Center. Visit popular DuPont restaurants and coffee shops, take a stroll, run errands, make a connection to Seattle or Tacoma, or access JBLM without driving a car. Common Access Card is required to board at the DuPont stop. For more information, call 253-966-3939 or visit GOLewisMcChord.com.

SCORE THE BEST DEALS ON TEXTBOOKS

The next college quarter starts soon. You don’t have to break the bank on books; let Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation’s Bookstore inside Stone Education Center help you get your books for less. For more information, call the bookstore at 253-964-8185.

MOVING RESOURCES AVAILABLE ONLINE

Automated Housing Referral Network is sponsored by the Department of Defense and is designed to improve the process of securing available housing for relocating military families. Visit ahrn.com. Defense Travel Management Office consolidates, streamlines and centrally manages commercial travel. This single point of contact ensures consistency in the department’s focus, policy and execution, marking a new era in government travel. For more information, visit defensetravel.dod.mil. Defense Personal Property System is a centralized, integrated one-stop source for managing personal property moves. For more information, visit move.mil.

GET CREATIVE AT ARTS AND CRAFTS CENTER

Relax, de-stress and learn a new skill at the Arts and Crafts Center on McChord Field. Classes include sculpture, painting, drawing, book binding, knitting, sewing, quilting, Zentangle, matting/framing and more. For current class descriptions and schedules, visit jblmmwr.com/arts_crafts. For more information, call 253-982-6723.

SIGN UP FOR JBLM ALERT NOTIFICATIONS

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Alert Notifications is a free service that allows you to receive emergency notifications about road closures, severe weather, utility service interruptions and public safety messages from Pierce County and the base. For more information, call 253-966-7526 or visit tinyurl.com/gl5g3sq.

SKIESUNLIMITED INSTRUCTORS NEEDED

SKIES Unlimited is looking for talented people to join the team. Share your talent or hobby with youth as a SKIES contractor or subcontractor. Areas of need include gymnastics, karate, dance, art, music, boxing, theater and more. Interested? For more information, call 253-966-3539 or email cindy.j.arnold.naf@mail.mil.

CALL THE ENERGY WASTE HOTLINE

To stop energy waste and save valuable resources, the Joint Base Lewis-McChord base Energy Program has launched the Energy Waste Hotline to collect information about day-burners, incandescent bulbs, damaged fixtures, steam leaks and nonfunctional thermostats, etc. If you notice any opportunity, call or text 253-219-2394. The goal is to improve energy efficiency, eliminate energy waste and save money.

THE USE OF SPACE HEATERS ON JBLM

The Joint Base Lewis-McChord Fire Department is not the authority for the use of space heaters in your work area; the Directorate of Public Works’ Energy Conservation is the OPR for the use of all space heaters on the base. Contact Eric Waehling at 253-966-1772. .

LEARN THE BASICS OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Do you struggle to understand setting up an email or social media account? Do your kids, grandkids or friends wish you could join them online? Would you like to keep in touch with receive photos and messages more often? The Arts and Crafts Center offers a new social media class for beginners, on-demand. The course teaches you how to establish, use and maintain an email account and introduce you to Facebook. You’ll also be given an overview of other social media sites to see where your newfound skills can be applied. Grab a friend and check out what you can do online. The cost for the class is $5. For more information, call 253-982-6726/6718.