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News in Brief: May 4, 2018

Published: 02:18PM May 3rd, 2018

Mattis, South Korean defense minister discuss denuclearization

WASHINGTON, D.C. — During a phone conversation between Defense Secretary James Mattis and South Korea’s Minister of National Defense Song Young-moo, the two leaders expressed their serious commitment to a diplomatic resolution that achieves complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of North Korea, Pentagon chief spokesperson Dana White said Saturday.

In a statement summarizing the meeting, White said Mattis and the South Korean minister discussed the results of the inter-Korea summit April 27.

In his conversation with Mattis, Song reviewed the Panmunjom Declaration and the efforts to improve North-South relations while achieving the common goal of denuclearization, White said.

Both Mattis and Song expressed serious commitment to a diplomatic resolution that achieves complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of North Korea, as reflected in multiple United Nations Security Council Resolutions, she said.

Mattis reaffirmed the ironclad U.S. commitment to defend South Korea using the full spectrum of U.S. capabilities, White said.

Both leaders, she said, pledged continued close coordination to implement United Nations Security Council Resolutions and to support diplomatic efforts to achieve denuclearization.

Department of Defense News Service

YTC first responders help save a woman reported in cardiac arrest

A team of five firefighters and paramedics from the Yakima Training Center performed CPR on a woman for 25 minutes, including six shocks with a defibrillator, at the Pomona View Mobile Home Park, in Yakima, April 22. Once the patient regained her own pulse and was slightly breathing on her own, she was transported to the local hospital’s emergency room.

By the time she arrived at the hospital, she had a stable pulse and was breathing on her own with a good prognosis of recovery, according to John Leischner, YTC fire captain.

The YTC firefighters answered a call for assistance April 22 around 4:45 p.m. from the Yakima Fire District for a woman reported in cardiac arrest with a life-threatening medical emergency in the yard of her home. When the YTC firefighters arrived, they quickly jumped into action to assist the Yakima first responder performing CPR, according to Leischner.

Leischner, Justin Vincett, John Wilson, Brian Slavens and Edgar Vertrees, from the YTC, rotated in different actions for nearly a half-hour allowing the crew to provide continuous medical interventions.

Two YTC paramedics rode in the ambulance with the patient when she was transported to the hospital in case the patient went into cardiac arrest again during transport.

YTC firefighters and paramedics will support the local communities off base that surround the center when immediate help is requested.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Public Affairs

JBLM ready to award about 200 college graduates with degrees

The 31st annual graduation for Joint Base Lewis-McChord college students will be at Clover Park Technical College’s Sharon McGavick Student Center and Conference Facility May 11 at 1 p.m.

Certificates and degrees will be presented to nearly 200 graduates of eight resident schools on the installation and 30 off-base schools. Family members and friends of the graduates are welcome to attend the graduation, with no advance seating.

Colonel Nicole Lucas, JBLM Garrison commander, will provide the event’s opening remarks. Richard Mulryan, former JBLM Garrison command sergeant major, who retired Tuesday, is the event’s keynote speaker. Mulryan will also be one of the graduates receiving his master’s degree in organizational leadership from Brandman University.

Ruth Kingsland, Northwest Guardian

JBLM Exchange shoppers can help Army, Air Force relief funds

The Joint Base Lewis-McChord Exchange is making it easy for shoppers to help Soldiers, Airmen and military families in need during the first of three “Give and Get Back” donation periods.

From May 15-20, Army and Air Force Exchange Service shoppers can donate to Army Emergency Relief and Air Force Assistance Fund, which provides emergency assistance, sponsors educational programs and offers community programs that improve the quality of life for service members and their families. During the donation period, for every $5 donated at the register, shoppers will receive a coupon for $5 off a $25 purchase at the Exchange.

This year, the Exchange is increasing the number of donation periods from two to three. In addition to the May opportunity, shoppers can donate Aug. 1-5 and Nov. 30-Dec. 5.

“The JBLM Exchange is honored once again to support these two vitally important organizations,” said Mike Einer, JBLM Exchange general manager. “We know how much Army Emergency Relief and the Air Force Assistance Fund means to our warfighters and their families during difficult times.”

There is no limit to the number of coupons shoppers can earn, and the coupons can be redeemed in stores or online at

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Exchange

CPSD superintendent set to retire before the 2018-19 school year

On April 26, Clover Park School District Board of Directors announced the upcoming retirement of Superintendent Debbie LeBeau.

LeBeau has served as the district’s superintendent since July 2008. Her retirement is effective Aug. 30. The school district serves Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Doug Kernutt, who is currently serving as the district’s executive director of student support, will begin as interim superintendent July 1. Prior to the 2017-18 school year, Kernutt worked in the district from 2007 to 2014, as the administrator for human resources (2007-12), and deputy superintendent (2012-14). He served the Centralia School District from 1993 to 2007, nine years as the assistant superintendent and five years as superintendent.

The board will announce its plan and schedule for recruitment of a new superintendent at a later date.

Clover Park School District