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News in Brief: March 30, 2018

Published: 04:41PM March 29th, 2018

USASOC conducting readiness exercise through Friday

Soldiers from an element of U.S. Army Special Operations Command, stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, are conducting a routine military readiness exercise through Friday. 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 the Soldiers 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 through Friday 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

Exchanges to host Disney Princess Party in honor of MOMC

Military children can kick off Month of the Military Child by stepping into the magical world of Disney princesses Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lewis Main and McChord Field exchanges.

During the Disney Princess Party event, kids ages 4 and older can play with Disney princess dolls and Little Kingdom Magical Movers figures and playsets, dress up and primp Disney fashion dolls and get creative with Disney-themed Play-Doh sets.

Little princesses can also complete their look with free face and nail gems and up to two hair accessories or pieces of jewelry, while supplies last. Participants are welcome to dress as their favorite Disney princess.

“The Army and Air Force Exchange Service wants to make kids at JBLM feel like the belle of the ball,” said Exchange general manager, Mike Einer. “We are honored to celebrate the Month of the Military Child by giving military children the opportunity to feel like a real Disney princess.”

For information about Exchange sweepstakes, offers and events in support of Month of the Military Child, visit

Army and Air Force Exchange Service Public Affairs

Joint Base Lewis-McChord late-night artillery training

Units on Joint Base Lewis-McChord will conduct day, evening and nighttime artillery training Tuesday-Thursday.

• Artillery training will take place Tuesday from 6:30 a.m. to Thursday 11:59 p.m. Training will occur throughout daytime and nighttime hours.

The unit will take part in 155 mm artillery training on JBLM. Increased levels of activity will be noticed.

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

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 answer questions and 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.

The JCU was activated at Fort Bragg, N.C., in 1980, after the failure of Operation Eagle Claw. For more information, visit, call 910-243-0203 or email

The Joint Communications Unit

Counterintelligence Special Agent recruitment April 20-21

On April 20-21, the U.S. Army’s Counterintelligence Special Agent recruiting team will be on Joint Base Lewis-McChord to conduct information briefings on reclassifying to MOS 35L.

These information briefings will be conducted at the I Corps’ Headquarters in Room 129, located at 2025 Liggett Ave. on Lewis Main. For directions, call 253-477-1396.

These presentations will provide information concerning career field MOS 35L, CI Special Agent, to include criteria for entry into the MOS and how to apply for reclassification, as well as the missions, assignments, and training opportunities CI Special Agents have.

These presentations are primarily directed at grades of E4 and E5. Army CI is made up of unique individuals who have a genuine desire to detect, identify, assess and then neutralize or exploit foreign intelligence and security service activities against U.S. Forces.

CI Special Agents work against these foreign intelligence and security services through the conduct of CI investigations and operations, surveillance, evidence processing, analysis, source operations, and of course the use of computer systems.

For more information, call 520-538-1432 or email:

I Corps