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News in Brief: March 2, 2018

Published: 03:46PM March 1st, 2018

2017 Team McChord Annual Awards winners announced

Team McChord announced the 2017 annual award winners Feb. 23 during the Team McChord Annual Awards Banquet at the Club at McChord Field.

“To each of our award winners, you are among the best in the world,” said Col. Rebecca Sonkiss, 62nd Airlift Wing commander. “To win an award from this team speaks volumes about you, but it also speaks volumes about your supervisors who took the time to mentor you, to grow you, to make you among the best.”

The awards recognized the best in 14 different categories:

• Civilian Category I of the Year was Brandon Mudery, 62nd AW

• Civilian Category IIA of the Year was Greg Robbins, 62nd AW

• Civilian Category IIB of the Year was Justin Boyer, 62nd AW

• Civilian Category III of the Year was Charles Hawthorne, 627th Air Base Group

• Airman of the Year was Senior Airman Kyle Harper, 22nd Special Tactics Squadron

• Noncommissioned Officer of the Year was Tech. Sgt. Gregory Jenkins, 627th ABG

• Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year was Master Sgt. Kevin Peterson, 62nd AW

• First Sgt. of the Year was Master Sgt. Cale Hollingsworth, 62nd AW

• Junior Company Grade Officer of the Year was 1st Lt. David Wallace III, 627th ABG

• Company Grade Officer of the Year was Capt. Robert Young, 627th ABG

• Field Grade Officer of the Year was Maj. Sean McConville, 62nd AW

• Key Spouse of the Year was Lacey Culp, 62nd AW

• Innovation Team of the Year was the 627th ABG, 627th Force Support Squadron, food service section

• Service Award of the Year was 62nd AW, 8th Airlift Squadron key spouse

62nd Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Army Emergency Relief to host rescheduled kickoff event Friday

The Joint Base Lewis-McChord Army Emergency Relief program will host its rescheduled campaign kickoff at Carey Theater Friday at 9:30 a.m.

The campaign, now-May 15, 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

Army Officer Candidate School alumni reunion is March 25-29

Please make plans to attend the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School Alumni Association 2018 Reunion March 25-29 in Columbus, Ga.

The OCS Alumni Association represents all Army officers commissioned through any Officer Candidate School, regardless of previous locations or branch affiliation. More than 250,000 OCS graduates and 43 Medal of Honor awardees have provided leadership during peace and war. The OCS is located at Fort Benning, Ga., and continues to serve as a principal venue for officer accessions for the Army.

Reunion will include a Hall of Fame induction ceremony, reception, and formal dinner with the presentation of the Patterson Award. There will also be demonstrations and briefings at Fort Benning highlighting developments related to the OCS program and the opportunity to interact with current OCS candidates.

The reunion will be at the Columbus Marriott Hotel, 800 Front Ave. For more information, visit or call Nancy Ionoff at 813-917-4309.

U.S. Army Officer Candidate School Alumni Association

Survivor Outreach Services moves location to Waller Hall

Survivor Outreach Services moved from its former location to Waller Hall, Building 2140. SOS is committed to serving families of the fallen. When you call, you will be connected to a dedicated person who will guide you through available agencies and help you get the benefits and support you need. For more information, call 1-866-963-2538.

Ruth Kingsland, Northwest Guardian

Construction underway at Waller Hall, McVeigh, Grandstaff Library

Construction around the sidewalks and parking lots of the McVeigh Gym on Lewis Main began began Feb. 12. The work will be done in five phases and is scheduled to be complete by Aug. 2.

Construction began Feb. 16 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 Feb. 16-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 set for June 8-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