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News in Brief: March 23, 2018

Published: 03:49PM March 22nd, 2018

Two JBLM Soldiers die in boating incident at American Lake

Private Jamanni Gibson, 21, of West Peoria, Ill., and Pvt. Jacques Means, 22, of Killeen, Texas, died Tuesday in a boating incident at American Lake.

The bodies of the two Soldiers were recovered at the lake by Joint Base Lewis-McChord emergency personnel, after receiving a report of missing kayakers.

Gibson enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2017, and served in the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, since December 2017, as a motor transport operator. He was awarded the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Ribbon and the Army Service Ribbon.

Means also enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2017, and served in 23rd Brigade Engineer Battalion, 1st Bde. 2nd Inf. Div., since December 2017, as petroleum supply specialist. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon. Means is survived by his spouse.

“Our deepest condolences go out to the Soldiers’ families,” said Maj. Gen. Willard Burleson III, the 7th Inf. Div. commanding general. “The entirety of the 7th Infantry Division mourns the loss of these Soldiers and honors their service to the nation.”

The circumstances surrounding the deaths are under investigation. For additional information, contact 7th Infantry Division Public Affairs: 253-477-5746 or 253-477-0173.

7th Infantry Division Public Affairs

USASOC conducting readiness exercise through March 30

Soldiers from an element of U.S. Army Special Operations Command, stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, are conducting a routine military readiness exercise March 18-30. This type of exercise is used periodically to maintain a high level of combat readiness.

This element is the U.S. Army’s premier special operations raid force that conducts forcible entry operations and special operations raids across the entire spectrum of combat. Soldiers must be ready to deploy worldwide with a moment’s notice. Therefore, tough, realistic training conducted regularly gives a decisive edge for real-world missions. Training such as this is the best method to test their readiness capabilities.

Soldiers will use training ammunition and other training devices to make the exercise as real as possible. There will be periods of increased air traffic to include low-flying helicopters and fixed-wing airplanes during hours of darkness.

Increased aircraft activity will be observed Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-March 30 as aircraft depart McChord Field during the evening and return during the early morning hours.

This training exercise was coordinated with Joint Base Lewis-McChord and local officials. The training is closed to the public and the media.

Participating units are extremely sensitive to the impact that such military exercises have on local citizens. Units intend to train safely and courteously. Every measure will be taken to reduce the amount of noise associated with this training.

USASOC would like to thank Joint Base Lewis-McChord and the neighboring communities for their support during the exercise and their understanding of any inconveniences this training may cause.

For more information, contact the USASOC Public Affairs: 910-432-6005.

U.S. Army Special Operations Command Public Affairs

Courage Inn DFAC to ‘Go for Green,’ simplify nutrition

Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s Courage Inn Dining Facility just launched the rebranded Go for Green program to help service members to identify and choose performance-boosting foods in military dining facilities and galleys.

G4G is a Department of Defense-wide program that optimizes the performance, readiness and health of service members by improving their nutrition environment. The latest nutrition science, input from DOD experts and best practices in community health promotion are the basis for the program. By labeling foods green, yellow or red for nutritional quality and low, moderate or high for sodium content, G4G makes it easier for service members to choose foods that best support optimal fitness.

G4G encourages service members to eat more green-coded foods daily, including whole grains, healthy fats, lean proteins, fruits and vegetables. Good eating habits support optimal physical and mental fitness, resilience and readiness. G4G aligns with Total Force Fitness and is compatible with numerous military initiatives.

For more information, visit:

Courage Inn Dining Facility

At Exchange Burger Kings, diners can swap fries for a salad for free

To help the Nation’s fighting force maintain a BE FIT lifestyle, Soldiers and Airmen can now choose a side salad instead of fries for free with any combo meal at more than 160 Burger King restaurants at Army and Air Force Exchange Service locations worldwide.

“As a partner in the Healthy Army Community and Air Force Smart Fueling initiatives under the Secretary of Defense, the Exchange is dedicated to promoting readiness and resiliency among Soldiers, Airmen and their families,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Luis Reyes, the Exchange’s senior enlisted adviser. “Swapping fries for a salad is an easy modification to make a BE FIT lifestyle more achievable.”

Throughout its main stores, Express convenience stores and restaurants, the Exchange helps Soldiers and Airmen maintain a BE FIT lifestyle. The Exchange operates more than 1,700 quick-serve restaurants across the world.

Army and Air Force Exchange Service Public Affairs

DOD’s finest communicators to host recruitment brief April 12-13

The Joint Communications Unit will conduct a recruitment brief at Stone Education Center in Room C235 April 12 from 2 to 3 p.m. and April 13 from 10 to 11 a.m. to provide information on the unit, benefits and application process.

The JCU is a technical unit of the United States Special Operations Command charged to standardize and ensure interoperability of communication procedures and equipment of the Joint Special Operations Command and its subordinate units.

For more information, visit, call 910-243-0203 or email

The Joint Communications Unit