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News in Brief: May 25, 2018

Published: 01:32PM May 24th, 2018

JBLM Army Ranger killed in a motorcycle accident Saturday

An Army Ranger, assigned to 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, was killed in a motorcycle accident near Roy Saturday.

Staff Sergeant Cody Inman, 27, was an automated information systems noncommissioned officer assigned to the Communication Platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2-75 Rngr.

Inman was born October 17, 1989, in Byron Center, Mich., and served 10 years in the regiment as a communication’s specialist. Inman is survived by his wife, two children, his parents, three brothers and one sister, all of Michigan.

“Staff Sergeant Cody Inman was a dedicated and determined Ranger and communications specialist,” said Col. Kenneth Burgess, 2-75 Rngr. commander. “He had a larger-than-life personality and was always eager to learn, eager to innovate and eager to lead. He will be deeply missed.”

Inman completed Basic Combat Training at Fort Benning, Ga., and Information Technology Specialist training at Fort Gordon, Ga. After graduating from the Basic Airborne Course and the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program 1 at Fort Benning, he was assigned to the Regimental Special Troops Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning.

He transferred to the 2-75 Rngr. in 2015. He deployed seven times in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

His military education includes the Basic Airborne Course, the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program 1, U.S. Army Ranger Course, U.S. Army Jumpmaster Course and numerous other courses.

His awards and decorations include the Ranger Tab, Combat Action Badge, and Parachutist Badge. He has also been awarded Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and the NATO Medal.

U.S. Army Rangers Public Affairs

The presses come to an end on the Northwest Guardian June 15

The final edition of the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Northwest Guardian base newspaper will be published June 15. The Joint Base Public Affairs office, which produces the Northwest Guardian, will focus its efforts on a digital media strategy, to include distribution of JBLM News through social media and on a new JBLM website.

The new JBLM News website,, will go live June 1.

The JBLM Public Affairs staff, along with Army and Air Force public affairs professionals on the base, will continue to cover JBLM events and share base, Army, Air Force and other content on the new JBLM News website and via social media outlets.

The Northwest Guardian has been published for about 30 years via a no-cost contract — most of those years with The Tacoma News Tribune.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Public Affairs

Bring resumes, not gloves June 1, to help catch jobs at Safeco Field

Hiring Our Heroes, a program under the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is hosting a special military hiring event at Safeco Field in Seattle June 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Last year, 1,400 military job seekers preregistered for the Seattle event, many of whom were linked to Joint Base Lewis-McChord and other local military installations.

The special military hiring event itself is conducted by Hiring Our Heroes in partnership with organizations like the Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training Services, the Department of Veterans Affairs and local groups.

Job seekers are invited to directly connect with job recruiters and hiring managers from more than 100 local and national companies. Seattle-based companies like Amazon, Microsoft and Starbucks will be present.

Recruiters from companies like Capital One, CarMax, Hilton and Prudential also will be present. Hodges said only 30 percent of service members at JBLM choose to stay in the Pacific Northwest.

The event is open to service members, veterans and military spouses.

For more information, visit

Dean Siemon, Northwest Guardian

Construction on the Liberty Gate is scheduled to get started June 1

Construction plans this summer at the Liberty Gate on Lewis Main have officials asking drivers to avoid that entrance and exit to the base when possible.

Outbound traffic and two of the four inbound lanes at Liberty Gate, off exit 120 of Interstate 5, will be closed for construction June 1 through the end of September.

The parking area at the Lewis Main Visitor Center also will be undergoing construction during the third phase of the project. A temporary center will be constructed and is expected to be available during that portion of the project, according to Matt Weeks, civil engineer and project manager for Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s Directorate of Public Works.

The third phase should begin in the end of July, Weeks said.

There are several other gates available for use, including the DuPont Gate, exit 119; Madigan Gate, exit 122; Logistics Gate, exit 123; Lewis North Gate, exit 120; and, the McChord Field Gate, exit 125.

“Don’t go through the (Liberty Gate) if you don’t have to,” he said.

Ruth Kingsland, Northwest Guardian

Cute pets from JBLM can try and cash in on a contest at Exchange

Cute canines, cats, canaries and other beloved pets can finally make their adorable looks pay off.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Exchange shoppers can compete to show off their furry, feathered or fuzzy friends during the worldwide Patriot Pet Just Say “Treat” Photo Contest. The Army and Air Force Exchange Service is partnering with Blue Buffalo and Hills Science Diet to award the cutest animal members of the military community.

The grand-prize is a $1,000 Exchange gift card. Photo entries can be submitted now to June 1 at

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Exchange