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News in Brief: June 8, 2018

Published: 03:04PM June 7th, 2018

Two town hall meetings over the water issues Tuesday, Wednesday

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Garrison leaders will hold two town hall meetings next week to discuss the water on JBLM; the first at French Theater, on Lewis Main, Tuesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; and Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the McChord Field Theater.

Garrison leaders will talk about the brown water concerns in some McChord Field housing units and the possibility of water conservation this summer. JBLM housing residents will be able to ask questions as well.

The meetings are open to JBLM housing residents.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Public Affairs

Late-night firing and demolitions training over the next two weeks

Joint Base Lewis-McChord will conduct day, evening and late-night mortar and demolitions training over the next two weeks. The purpose of the late-night training is for unit proficiency training.

The following JBLM units will be conducting day, evening or nighttime training:

• The 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division will have demolitions, 81 mm and 120 mm mortar training Sunday from 12:01 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• The 14th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Bde., 2nd Inf. Div., will conduct demolitions training from Tuesday at 6:30 a.m. through June 15 at 8 p.m.

• The 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division will conduct demolitions training June 19 at 6:30 a.m. through June 20 at 11:59 p.m.

Increased levels of activity will be noticed during the day, evening and nighttime hours conducted on base.

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

DuPont, D-Street gates change hours of operation for weekends

Starting in the morning of June 16, the weekend hours for the DuPont Gate, on Lewis Main, and the D St. Gate, on Lewis North, will change to 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Currently, both gates open on weekends at 5 a.m. The change is being done because the gate traffic at these locations on weekends does not warrant them to be open before 8 a.m.

Both gates will remain open weekdays at 5 a.m.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Public Affairs

Avoid using the Liberty Gate now through summer, if at all possible

Construction plans this summer have closed outbound traffic and half of the inbound lanes at Liberty Gate now 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.

Other gates available include 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.

Ruth Kingsland, Northwest Guardian

446th AW receives prestigious ESGR Seven Seals Award recently

During the recent Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve annual awards presentation, the 446th Airlift Wing was presented the Seven Seals Award by John Patterson, Washington ESGR state chairman.

The award is the broadest and most inclusive award given by the ESGR. It is presented in recognition of significant individual or organizational achievement, initiative, or support that promotes and supports the ESGR mission.

The Rainier Wing partners with ESGR to put together Employer Orientation Days to educate employers on what their Traditional Reservist does on drill weekend. Recently, the wing put together an employer day that showcased the wing’s mission through a mock predeployment brief, deployment processing line and C-17 Globemaster III airdrop mission.

Colonel Raymundo Luevanos, 446th Mission Support Group commander, accepted the award on behalf of the wing.

“We couldn’t perform our global mission without the support of our civilian patrons,” Luevanos said. “This award is a representation of the dedicated support of the members from our community and the hard work of our Citizen Airmen.”

The ESGR informs and educates Service members and their civilian employers regarding their rights and responsibilities governed by the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 .

1st Lt. Alyssa Hudyma, 446th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

You can unlock some special PCS savings with a Military Star Card

The Military Star Card is making moving to a new duty station smoother—and more affordable—for Joint Base Lewis-McChord service members this summer.

Now through Aug. 8, service members undergoing a permanent change of station can receive an Operation PCS Benefit Card, valid for $10 off a $100 purchase with their Military Star Card at either the Lewis Main Exchange or the McChord Field Exchange as well as online at ShopMyExchange.com.

The benefit card is valid for 90 days after the issue date, and there is no limit to the number of times it can be used.

“The Exchange understands (moving) is stressful for Soldiers, Airmen and their families,” said Mike Einer, JBLM Exchange general manager. “The Military Star Card savings takes some of the financial burden off their shoulders and makes relocation a little easier.”

To receive the benefit card, Soldiers and Airmen can visit the customer service desk at the Lewis Main and McChord Field Exchange and present their PCS orders. The benefit card savings may not be used on fuel, gift card, uniform, Exchange restaurant, Exchange Online Marketplace or mall vendor purchases.

Lewis Main Exchange