JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash — Joint Base Lewis-McChord will host its annual Military Retiree Appreciation Day event Friday, May 17, from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hangar 9, building #1166, on JBLM McChord Field. Event officials are expecting approximately 2,000 military beneficiaries to attend. Military Retiree Appreciation Day events include:
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – A major road construction project on Perimeter Road, the road which bisects JBLM Lewis-Main and McChord Field, has been completed ahead of schedule and will reopen to commuter and commercial vehicle traffic Wednesday, May 15.
By Jeff Brewster
LAKEWOOD – The City of Lakewood is supporting efforts to provide toiletries and snack foods for single soldiers re-deploying from Afghanistan. Lakewood’s adopted brigade from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the 4-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, is now six months into a nine-month deployment. While the “Raider Brigade” will fully return to JBLM by August, a number of troops have already started to return.
The McChord Retiree Activities Office is busy planning the 2013 Military Retiree Heritage Dinner, for 22 June at the McChord Co-located Club. This banquet was previously presented as a Military Dining Out, but in recent years became more popular as a Heritage Dinner. For this 35th annual event, the Guest Speaker will be Retired Lt Colonel Edward Saylor, one of only four remaining survivors of the famous Doolittle Raiders. After 28 years of distinguished service in the US Air Force, Lt Colonel Saylor retired in 1967. Among his many decorations are the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Force Commendation Medal (two Oak Leaf Clusters), and the Chinese Army, Navy, and Air Corps Medal.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – The families and friends of approximately 200 Soldiers from 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, are scheduled to return home on Thursday after a six-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The homecoming ceremony will take place at Soldiers Field House Sports & Fitness Center, Bldg. 3236, 2nd Division Drive & Handrich Avenue, JBLM Lewis Main.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – The 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, will conduct a change of responsibility ceremony at the Lancer Field on North Fort Lewis, Thursday, April 25, at 10 a.m.
The ceremony will signify the departure of Command Sgt. Maj. Andrew Connette, and welcome Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy Dotson to the Lancer command team.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD – Infantry Soldiers from the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, will be conducting Expert Infantry Badge training and testing on Joint Base Lewis McChord beginning, April 23, and ending Friday, April 26.
MADIGAN ARMY MEDICAL CENTER – After commanding the Warrior Transition Battalion for nearly two years, Lt. Col. Jason Wing will relinquish command to Lt. Col. Jeffery Mosso during a change of command ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday at Watkins Field on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Wing will continue his Reserve service here at Madigan and will continue to reside in Tacoma.
Lakewood Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs will meet Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. at Burs Restaurant (6151 Steilacoom Blvd SW).
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – Military Firefighter history has been made. For the first-time ever, an Airman has been selected as the Army Military Firefighter of the Year at the Department of the Army level competition.
JBLM Firefighter, Senior Airman Steven Soto recently won the Army-level Military Firefighter of the Year honors, and will now represent the Department of the Army and compete against the other Services for the Department of Defense Military Firefighter of the Year honors later this year.
A Veteran Families Resource Fair will be held at Green River Community College June 8 in Auburn. Alfredo (Tito) Medina says, “I’m tired of hearing statistics like ‘22 military veterans commit suicide every day‘. Are you?” This is a Veteran-driven and community-inspired event to engage our Veterans that live in South King County and the surrounding Pierce county areas.