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News in Brief: June 1, 2018

Published: 02:19PM May 31st, 2018

Construction on the Liberty Gate is scheduled to get started Friday

Construction plans this summer at the Liberty Gate on Lewis Main, off exit 120 of Interstate 5, 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 will be closed for construction Friday 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

JBLM volunteers are needed for this weekend’s Special Olympics

More than 250 volunteers are needed to help with the cycling competition for the Washington Special Olympics 2018 Spring Games on Joint Base Lewis-McChord Saturday and Sunday. More than 150 Special Olympics athletes from across the state are expected to compete in the cycling competition.

Help is needed to set up the event, line the cycling course with fans, run an activity booth in the Olympic Town and more.

Whether it is volunteering or coming to spectate, each individual in attendance makes a huge impact on the event and the experience of the athletes participating.

To register to volunteer, visit or email

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Public Affairs

New MICC battalion commander for Joint Base Lewis-McChord

The command of a Mission and Installation Contracting Command battalion on Joint Base Lewis-McChord changed hands during ceremonies May 22.

Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Shilley assumed command of the 902nd Contingency Contracting Battalion from Lt. Col. Toney Stephenson during a May 22 ceremony officiated by Col. Lynda Armer, commander of the 418th Contracting Support Brigade at Fort Hood, Texas.

Shilley previously served as a program integrator for Defense Contract Management Agency Lockheed Martin-Dallas in Dallas, Texas. He led a multifunctional team to provide contractor surveillance for a high mobility artillery rocket system.

He also led the supply chain management team that was responsible for providing supply chain management surveillance for precision fires rockets and missile systems projects. Stephenson moves to Arlington, Va., to become the program integrator for Arlington National Cemetery and all continental U.S. Army and national cemeteries.

Headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, the MICC consists of about 1,500 military and civilian members who are responsible for contracting goods and services in support of Soldiers as well as readying trained contracting units for the operating force and contingency environment when called upon.

MICC contracts are vital in feeding more than 200,000 Soldiers every day, providing many daily base operations support services at installations, preparing more than 100,000 conventional force members annually, training more than 500,000 students each year, and maintaining more than 14.4 million acres of land and 170,000 structures.

Mission and Installation Contracting Command

Downtown to Point Defiance Trolley kicks off for the summer

The Downtown to Point Defiance Trolley will begin service for the summer Friday and operate through Sept. 2.

The Downtown to Point Defiance Trolley will run between the Tacoma Dome Station and Point Defiance, with stops along the way in downtown Tacoma, along Ruston Way, in Old Town and Point Ruston, and in Point Defiance Park.

Based on customer feedback following the 2017 service, the Downtown to Point Defiance Trolley will have an expanded route this year, including going into the Point Ruston development and Old Town, and to the Tacoma Dome Station.

There are many recreational opportunities available along the route, including parks, museums, shopping, restaurants, beaches, fishing, bike riding and the Point Defiance Visitors’ Center and Zoo and Aquarium.

The Trolley costs $1 for adults and youth to ride, or $.50 with a Regional Reduced Fare Permit. Daily passes are $5 for adults or $2.50 for youth and those with a Regional Reduced Fare Permit. Children age 5 and under ride free with a fare-paying passenger, and ORCA cards are accepted.

The Trolley runs on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with the first run leaving the Tacoma Dome Station at 10 a.m. and the last run wrapping up there at 9:23 p.m.

For more information on the Downtown to Point Defiance Trolley, visit

Pierce Transit

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 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, will continue to cover JBLM events and share installation, 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