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News in Brief: May 11, 2018

Published: 12:49PM May 10th, 2018

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 Friday 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.

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 key note speaker.

Ruth Kingsland, Northwest Guardian

McChord Field Airmen ‘strike out’ sexual assault while they bowl

McChord Field Airmen came together to participate in a Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month event hosted by the McChord Field Sexual Assault Prevention and Response team April 27 Sounders Lane on McChord Field

The event was to raise awareness about sexual assault.

“Everybody came together as a community to heighten awareness surrounding this crime and the issue of sexual assault and take a strong stance against it,” said Heather Van Mill, McChord Field SAPR program manager.

This was one of several events held in April, Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention month.

“During (April) we focused on everything to do with sexual assault and bringing awareness to the community around us as well as in Pierce County, anywhere around us – Air Force and Army area affiliations and their partners as well,” said Tech. Sgt. Rayna Anderson, 62nd Airlift Wing volunteer victim advocate and sexual assault response team coordinator intern. “It’s just making sure that people are aware of what’s going on. One person makes a big deal. One person spreads the word to everybody else.”

Ensuring people are informed and empowered to do something about sexual assault is the SAPR team’s job.

“We want to lower the amount of cases we see come in any base, not just JBLM, but any military installation,” Anderson said. “Reports have been low in the past and we’re in a new setting and military lifestyle we’ve started to speak out more. We want everyone to know it’s OK to report. We need people to be determined to step up and say (sexual assault) is not OK.”

The SAPR office is located on McChord Field in Building 100, Room 3024. They can be reached in at 253-982-0473 or through their 24-hour helpline at 253-982-7272.

Airman 1st Class Sara Hoerichs, 62nd Airlift Wing

Engineers from 864th Engr. Bn. earn their CBRNE certification

Soldiers from the 864th Engineer Battalion, 555th Engineer Brigade executed operation Guardian Response ‘18 at Mascatatuck Urban Training Center, Ind., from April 16-29.

This culminating training event served as a validation exercise for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive defense response forces in preparation for battalion’s mission assumption in June. The training was complex and dynamic; ranging from search and rescue missions to CBRNE reconnaissance and mass casualty decontamination.

Partnered with the Defense Support Civilian Authorities, also known as DSCA, their training, knowledge, and support allowed 864th Engr. Bn. leadership to make tough decisions while enduring the stressors in a 24-hour DSCA environment; radioactive elements inflicted upon thousands of causalities, a shell-shocked city with near-impossible extraction sites due to large debris and rubble, and mass causalities waiting for rescue and treatment.

Soldiers from the 22nd Engineer Clearance Company conducted search and rescue operations in day and night conditions spanning over a wide-variety of search and rescue techniques which included vehicle search and rescue, rope rescue, confined space rescue, structural collapse rescue, trench rescue, all while saving lives and minimizing sufferings in existing causalities.

1st Lt. Chelsea Watson, 555th Engineer Brigade

The SSMCP Survey to help shape the on- and off-base partnership

Service members and Department of Defense civilians are being asked to complete South Sound Military, Communities Partnership Survey providing base and community leaders a better understanding of the ways the South Sound community supports the military.

The 10-minute anonymous and confidential survey has 25 questions. It is seeking information about simple demographic data, including opinions about locally available services and programs.

A few respondents could be picked at random through Tuesday to win a $500 gift card from local retailers. Officials ask that only one survey be filled out per household.

The survey will be compiled and used to help strategically shape the military-civilian partnership for the future.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Public Affairs Office

JBLM Exchange shoppers can help Army, Air Force relief funds

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

From Tuesday through May 20, Army and Air Force Exchange Service shoppers can donate to Army Emergency Relief and Air Force Assistance Fund, which provide emergency assistance, sponsor educational programs and offer 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 to 5 and Nov. 30 to 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