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News in Brief: March 16, 2018

Published: 02:08PM March 15th, 2018

A new interim command chief, principal adviser named for AMC

The Air Mobility Command commander selected Chief Master Sgt. Larry Williams Jr. as the interim AMC command chief master sergeant.

Williams assumed his new duties Feb. 26, replacing Chief Master Sgt. Shelina Frey, who retired Feb. 16.

“Chief Williams has a tremendous record of leadership performance and a long and distinguished career of selfless service within the mobility enterprise,” said Gen. Carlton Everhart II, AMC commander. “He will continue to serve as a vital voice for our Airmen and his appointment enables uninterrupted advice and counsel on enlisted and mission impacting issues.”

As command chief, Williams is the principal adviser to the commander and his senior staff on matters of health, welfare and morale, professional development, and the effective utilization of more than 38,000 active-duty and 71,000 Reserve and Air National Guard enlisted service members assigned to the command responsible for rapid global mobility and worldwide reach.

“As a career-long mobility Airman, I am humbled and honored to serve in this capacity,” Williams said, whose background includes duty as a C-5 crew chief, flight engineer and career enlisted aviator. “I am focused on enhancing and ensuring Airman readiness across the command. I also want to encourage and foster an environment receptive to ‘disruptive innovation.’”

Williams entered the Air Force in 1989 and has more than 28 years of experience in AMC. He has served in leadership roles at the squadron, group and wing. He has also served as an instructor flight engineer, as the 618th Tanker Airlift Control Center superintendent and as the 515th Air Mobility Operations Wing command chief. Prior to his selection as the interim AMC command chief, he served as the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center command chief at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.

Air Mobility Command

The Humanitarian Service Medal open to hurricane responders

Eligible military members who served in disaster relief efforts for hurricanes Harvey, Irma or Maria are to receive the Humanitarian Service Medal.

The Joint Staff recently approved the military honor for qualified members in any branch of the armed services.

The military departments are responsible for determining individual eligibility. Service members are advised to direct any questions to their respective military department.

For Hurricane Harvey, the award period is Aug. 23 to Oct. 31 for the geographic area of Texas and Louisiana.

• The Texas counties are: Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Refugio, Sabine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, Waller and Wharton.

The Louisiana parishes are: Acadia, Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Iberia, Jefferson Davis, Natchitoches, Rapides, Sabine, Vermilion and Vernon.

• For Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the dates for eligibility from Sept. 8 to Oct. 20 and cover the state of Florida and the Caribbean Sea and adjacent waters from Barbados northward to Anguilla, and then westward to the Florida Straits.

Department of Defense News Service

Traffic revisions start Tuesday

for Pendleton Avenue project

Pendleton Avenue on Lewis Main, between North Division and 8th Street, will be closed to east-west traffic from Tuesday to July 2 for a road construction project. The primary detour for all commuters during this period is Liggett Avenue.

The Pendleton Avenue project will repair pavement, install concrete curbs and gutters, continue sidewalk on north side of the avenue, widen the lane near North 7th Street and repair electric and communication lines.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Tax Center will be closed Monday

The Joint Base Lewis-McChord Tax Center will be closed Monday due to scheduled building maintenance. The center will reopen for normal business hours on Tuesday.

The center is located at the intersection of South Division and Bitar Avenue on Lewis Main. In the past two years, the center averaged 5,500 returns filed per year, according to Capt. Mark Fyke, I Corps staff judge advocate office.

OSJA coordinates the JBLM Tax Center with the help of volunteer service members from across the installation. For more information, call 253-477-1873.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord

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

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

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 Monday at 4:30 p.m.

Winners will be announced at the Volunteer Recognition Ceremony May 8. For more information, call 253-967-2324.

Installation Volunteer Office