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News in Brief: Feb. 23, 2018

Published: 03:20PM February 22nd, 2018

627th ABG, 17th FA Bde. win the 2017 Commander’s Cup honors

Winners in two divisions were named for the 2017 Joint Base Lewis-McChord Commander’s Cup sports season — the 627th Air Base Group (Silver Star Division) and the 17th Field Artillery Brigade (Purple Heart Division).

Units earned points throughout the year based on overall participation, regular season record and final league playoff results. Both units made a late push near the end of the year to secure their Commander’s Cup victories.

Two squadrons from the 627th ABG had key championship performances that helped the group win the Silver Star Division. At the end of the year, the 627th Logistics Readiness Squadron was able to defeat the 308th Brigade Support Battalion in the 2017 JBLM Commander’s Cup Indoor Soccer Championship, 6-2, Nov. 9.

The 308th BSB team, under 17th FA Bde., was the defending champions in the league’s inaugural championship in 2016. Fredy Cordova led the 627th LRS with four goals in the third, 10th, 32nd and 39th minutes of the 40-minute match — he was named the championship’s MVP.

The 627th Communications Squadron also earned points for advancing to the JBLM Commander’s Cup Flag Football championship game Oct. 5. The team lost to the 502nd Military Intelligence Battalion, 42nd Military Police Brigade, 39-27.

The 17th FA Bde. had teams in several JBLM intramural leagues, but also had a large turnout at cross-country running events. The brigade scored 34 team points, edging out the 42nd MP Bde. and the 555th Engineer Brigade to win the team title at the JBLM Commander’s Cup 5K Championship.

Bentley Bonnell, 1st Battalion, 94th Field Artillery Regiment, won the overall individual title in a field of more than 100 runners with a time of 16 minutes and 26 seconds.

Dean Siemon, Northwest Guardian

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 now 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 or by visiting

To nominate an individual or family, describe in no more than 750 words the volunteer’s or family’s accomplishments, the impact of their accomplishments to the organization or community and why the nominated individual or family should be recognized as the particular Volunteer of the Year.

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 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

JBLM Exchange help shoppers kick their fitness into high gear

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Soldiers, Airmen and families can get expert help at the Exchange’s 5 Star Nutrition center located on Lewis North, to help keep in shape all year long.

JBLM’s 5 Star Nutrition offers a free consultation, which includes using InBody machines that provide medical-grade body composition analysis to track body fat and lean muscle mass to monitor results. The analysis is combined with customized meal planning and free samples of almost all products for a comprehensive fitness and nutrition plan.

“The Exchange partners with vendors like 5 Star Nutrition to help service members and their families take their fitness to the next level,” said Mike Einer, JBLM Exchange general manager,. “A BE FIT lifestyle is a priority to both military service and an active family life.”

The Army and Air Force Exchange Service is focused on bringing BE FIT products, meals and snacks to Soldiers and Airmen as well as offering national brands to military shoppers at competitive prices.

JBLM’s 5 Star Nutrition store, one of 12 locations on military bases, is located at Bldg. 11566 next to the Lewis North Express. Its hours of operation are:

• weekdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

• weekends from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Exchange’s 5 Star Nutrition center offers a 25 percent discount for active and retired military.

JBLM Exchange

Army Emergency Relief holds its kickoff event Friday on JBLM

The Joint Base Lewis-McChord Army Emergency Relief program will have its campaign kickoff at Carey Theater Friday at 9 a.m.

The campaign runs from Thursday to May 15 and is about Soldiers in need and being a part of the Army tradition of “Soldiers helping Soldiers” and “Helping the Army take care of its own.” Donations to AER are tax deductible and can be made with a personal check, allotment, cash, credit or debit card.

This is the 76th year of the AER campaign, which provides service members and their families emergency financial assistance in the form of interest-free loans, grants or a combination of both, during valid emergencies requiring immediate assistance. The program also provides scholarships for military spouses and children.

It also gives undergraduate-level education scholarships, based primarily on financial need, to children of Soldiers, spouses of active-duty Soldiers and Gold Star spouses.

In 2017, JBLM’s AER provided Soldiers and their families more than $2.3 million in assistance.

For more information, visit

Ruth Kingsland, Northwest Guardian