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News in Brief: Jan. 26, 2018

Published: 03:14PM January 25th, 2018

593rd ESC commander presented with star at promotion ceremony

The Army promoted a career logistician to the rank of brigadier general in a ceremony at American Lake Conference Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord Jan. 17.

Brigadier General James Moore, 593rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command commanding general, received his first star in front of family, friends and fellow Soldiers, as well as community leaders.

General Gustave Perna, Army Materiel Command’s commanding general, presided over the promotion ceremony.

“James Moore is of the highest character, and he will not let our Army down,” Perna said during remarks to about 200 guests at the promotion ceremony. “This is why we promote colonels to generals — because of their potential; because of their ability to be personally and professionally uncomfortable; because we know they are competent, committed and of high character. That’s you, James.”

Perna, joined by Moore’s wife, Brenda, replaced the colonel shoulder board ranks on Moore’s Army Service Uniform with a simple, single star on each shoulder, signifying his promotion to brigadier general.

“Without Brenda, my kids, my parents and my in-laws, I would have never ever been able to do what I’ve done over the past 28 plus years,” Moore said.

He also acknowledged fellow Soldiers that he has served with throughout his career.

“This a team sport, and you don’t get far without the help of the team,” Moore said.

Members of Moore’s family flew across the country from Philadelphia, and the states of Georgia and Virginia.

Capt. Cain Claxton, 593rd ESC

Joint Task Force Civil Support arrive on JBLM for its exercise

Members of Joint Task Force Civil Support, a joint standing Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear unit, deployed to Joint Base Lewis-McChord Tuesday for the annual weeklong exercise Sudden Response 2018.

“We strive to be faster, lighter, and more interoperable and Sudden Response helps us practice for that,” said Maj. Gen. Richard Gallant, JTF-CS commander. “We deploy to help those in need. We provide the right force and the right response for CBRN incidents, remaining ever vigilant and always ready to save lives and prevent further suffering in times of crisis.”

The joint task force uses the command post exercise to demonstrate capabilities in response to a simulated nuclear detonation in the U.S. The exercise tests the joint task force procedures and collaborative efforts in response to the initial phases of a simulated man-made or natural disaster.

More than 150 joint task force members deployed and are conducting training operations with units assigned to the 5,000-plus member Defense CBRN Response Force. The response force is a scalable response force ready to deploy within 24 hours to support local, state, tribal and federal agencies in the event of a large-scale CBRN incident.

It’s comprised of units from across the country and, unlike other military units that prepare for operations overseas, the response forces is focused solely on the homeland.

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Joint Task Force Civil Support

Joint Base Lewis-McChord has late-night firings for next week

An infantry unit on Joint Base Lewis-McChord will conduct day, evening and nighttime artillery and mortar training next week.

• Mortar training will take place from Tuesday at 12:01 a.m. to Wednesday at 11:59 p.m. Training will occur throughout daytime and nighttime hours.

The unit will take part in 60 mm, 81 mm and 120 mm mortar training on JBLM.

Increased levels of activity will be noticed throughout the training.

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

Lewis Main Commissary aligns its hours with McChord Commissary

The Lewis-Main Commissary on Joint Base Lewis-McChord will change its hours of operation Thursday to align itself with the hours of the McChord Field Commissary.

The new hours of JBLM commissaries Thursday will be:

• Sundays: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

• Mondays: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

• Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

• Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

• Thursday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

• Friday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

• Saturday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Early Bird hours, for shoppers needing 15 items or less, run for a half-hour before each day’s scheduled opening.

Lewis Main Commissary

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 JBLM 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.

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

For more information, contact John Norgren at 253-967-0168 or

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Public Affairs