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News in Brief: Feb. 16, 2018

Published: 01:46PM February 15th, 2018

3rd Battalion, 1st SFG Soldier dies in a JBLM vehicle accident Feb. 7

Army Spc. Jeremy Allen, 22, a tactical power generation specialist assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), died in a vehicle accident on Joint Base Lewis-McChord Feb. 7.

“Our deepest condolences go to the family of Spc. Jeremy Allen,” said Col. Will Beaurpere, 1st SFG commander. “We collectively mourn the loss of our Soldier and honor his service to the nation.”

Allen entered the Army in 2013 and was assigned to the 1st Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, on JBLM, in May 2014. In September 2017, he was assigned to the 1st SFG.

He is survived by his daughter, parents and sister.

The accident is under investigation.

1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs

Nominations accepted for JBLM’s 5 Volunteer of the Year awards

Nominations are being accepted for the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Volunteer of the Year award starting Monday to March 19.

Category descriptions are:

• Adult Volunteer of the Year: JBLM volunteers who are spouses of active duty members and civilian volunteers.

• Active-Duty Volunteer of the Year: JBLM volunteers who are active-duty service members stationed at JBLM.

• Retiree Volunteer of the Year: JBLM volunteer must be a retired service member, spouse of a retired service member or retired from a civilian job.

• Family Volunteer of the Year: nomination must include the impact and contributions of each family member as a JBLM volunteer.

• Community Volunteer of the Year: nominations are for volunteers who volunteer on JBLM, but contribute the majority of their volunteer service to communities/organizations outside of JBLM.

Nomination forms and category information flier are available at the Installation Volunteer Office at the Family Resource Center, by an email request to lori.j.parker2.civ@mail.-mil or by visiting jblmafcs.com.

Nominations must be accompanied with a completed nomination form and may be hand-carried to the Family Resource Center 4724 Idaho Ave., or emailed to lori.j.parker2.civ@mail.mil by March 19 at 4:30 p.m.

Winners will be announced at the annual at the annual JBLM Volunteer Recognition Ceremony May 10.

For more information, call 253-967-2324.

Installation Volunteer Office

Joint Base Lewis-McChord has late-night firing set for Tuesday

Units on Joint Base Lewis-McChord will conduct day, evening and nighttime artillery and mortar training Tuesday and the next few weeks.

• Mortar training will take place from Tuesday at 6:30 a.m. to Feb. 23 at 9:30 p.m. Training will occur throughout daytime and nighttime hours.

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

Construction underway at Waller Hall, McVeigh, Grandstaff Library

Construction began Monday around the sidewalks and parking lots of the McVeigh Gym on Lewis Main. The work will be done in five phases and is scheduled to be complete by Aug. 2.

Construction began Friday on the parking lot next to the Grandstaff Library and Waller Hall on Lewis Main. Grandstaff Library and Waller Hall remain open through construction.

Construction will be conducted in two phases. Phase one, from Friday to June 8, will begin in the main parking lot located in front of Grandstaff Library and Waller Hall to include 10th Avenue which will also be closed down.

During this time, the main entrance to the library will be closed off and access will not be allowed. Patrons will be able to enter the building via the rear entrance located on the opposite side of the building near North 8th Street. The drive-up access book drop will be relocated to the pass-through located on Pendleton Avenue.

Phase two of the construction is scheduled to run from June 8 to Oct. 12. The remainder of the parking lot will be upgraded at that time to include parking in front of the Grandstaff Library as well as the end of Waller Hall and America’s Credit Union.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Public Affairs

‘Tis the season to see scams grow through social media accounts

QUANTICO, Va. — U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command’s Computer Crime Investigative Unit is once again warning the military community to be on the lookout for social media scams where cybercriminals impersonate service members by using actual and fictitious information, not just for Romance Scams, but for other impersonation crimes such as sales schemes.

Frequently, CID receives notifications from individuals stating they were scammed online by someone claiming to be a service member, but in reality it was an online scammer who has used an unsuspected service member’s name and available social media photos to commit a crime.

No one is immune from becoming a victim. Scammers steal the identity of senior officers, enlisted members and civilians. Scammers, using this information from legitimate profiles, will capitalize on the trustworthy reputation of individuals associated with the Department of Defense.

CID officials said that the ideal solution is to limit the details you provide about yourself in your social media profile. Another tip is to routinely search for your name on various social media platforms. Since scammers may use your photo but change the name, you should also conduct an image search of your social media profile pictures.

If you find yourself or a family member being impersonated online, contact the social media platform and report the false profile.

For more information about computer security, visit the Army CID website at cid.army.mil.

U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command