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News in brief: June 15, 2018

Published: 02:20PM June 14th, 2018

DOD officials welcome positive news from summit in Singapore

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Defense Department welcomes the positive news coming out of Tuesday’s summit meeting in Singapore between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said.

In a statement, White said the Department of Defense fully supports the ongoing, diplomatically led efforts with North Korea.

“Our alliances remain ironclad, and ensure peace and stability in the region,” she said.

The presidential summit outcome is the first step along the path to the goal of a complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and a free and open Indo-Pacific region, White said.

Department of Defense News Service

A 9-gate access exercise planned for JBLM Tuesday, expect delays

A 24-hour exercise to evaluate how drivers adjust to fewer access points, if contingency operations or a workforce reduction require gate closures on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, begins Tuesday at 9 p.m. The base will use nine of its 15 gates during the exercise.

The nine gates open on Joint Base Lewis-McChord during the exercise include:

• Lewis Main Liberty Gate (two inbound lanes only),

• Madigan Gate,

• East Gate,

• DuPont Gate,

• Logistics Center Gate,

• Lewis North Gate,

• Integrity Gate,

• McChord Field Main Gate,

• Barnes Gate.

JBLM Law Enforcement will monitor traffic flow on and off JBLM and will coordinate with Washington’s Department of Transportation and the Washington State Patrol to identify and mitigate any potential impacts this may cause to traffic on the Interstate-5 corridor.

All 15 JBLM gates will return to normal operations Wednesday at 9 p.m.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Public Affairs

DuPont, D-Street gates change hours for weekends and holidays

Starting Saturday morning, the weekend and holiday 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

Medal of Honor recipient a guest speaker at 2 JBLM events June 27

Retired Army Master Sgt. Leroy Petry, Medal of Honor recipient, will be a guest speaker at a “Focus on Behavioral Health” event June 27 at noon at the Letterman Auditorium at Madigan Army Medical Center and at 2 p.m. at French Theater at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

The event is open to the JBLM community.

Petry is an advocate of behavioral health and substance dependency care and treatment for our military, their families and the transgenerational veteran population.

Petry received the Medal of Honor from former President Barack Obama July 12, 2011, in a ceremony at the White House. He retired from the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at JBLM in 2014.

The Medal of Honor is the United States of America’s highest and most prestigious personal military decoration that may be awarded to recognize U.S. military service members who distinguished themselves by acts of valor.

Madigan Army Medical Center Public Affairs

Late-night demolitions training starts Tuesday morning at JBLM

Joint Base Lewis-McChord will conduct late-night demolitions Tuesday. The purpose of the late-night training is for unit proficiency training.

The 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division will conduct demolitions training Tuesday at 6:30 a.m. through Wednesday 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 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

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, Soldiers and Airmen who are 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

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