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Hundreds enjoy JBLM’s Retiree Appreciation Day

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Hundreds enjoy JBLM’s Retiree Appreciation Day

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - Hundreds of armed forces retirees participated in Joint Base Lewis-McChord's Retiree Appreciation Day at Waller Hall May 27. "We have over 100,000 retirees in the area," said Janet Lucasriley, chief of retirement services of JBLM's Directorate of Personnel and Family Readiness. "My main priority is to keep

JBLM graduates over 100 students

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JBLM graduates over 100 students

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - Over 100 service members, veterans and spouses received college degrees or certificates at Joint Base Lewis-McChord's 34th Annual College Graduation Ceremony June 3 at Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood. "Our armed forces are the greatest in the world, because we have people who are dedicated to

JBLM presented with $1.6 million energy saving rebate check

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JBLM presented with $1.6 million energy saving rebate check

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - Puget Sound Energy was on grounds May 25 to present Joint Base Lewis-McChord with an energy savings check in the amount of $1,595,415. This money will go back into future energy savings projects to provide more savings and more rebates. "Essentially, this is the rebate for the

JBLM honors volunteers in appreciation ceremony

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JBLM honors volunteers in appreciation ceremony

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - Joint Base Lewis-McChord's 36th Annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony brought out some old and new faces. Volunteers with over 20 years of service to those with under one year of service, came together to celebrate with each other. "Volunteers help to build a healthy community through their service,"

Airman brings community idea to McChord Field for Earth Day

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Airman brings community idea to McChord Field for Earth Day

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - Litter is a big problem with a simple solution - everyone on Joint Base Lewis-McChord doing their part. At least that's what Staff Sgt. Ciara Love, precision measurement equipment laboratory technician with 62nd Maintenance Squadron, at JBLM proposed for April 22, which was Earth Day. Love is

Eight thrift shop volunteers combine for over 170 years of giving

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Eight thrift shop volunteers combine for over 170 years of giving

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - There's something to say about those who dedicate their lives giving back to others, especially when done out of the kindness of their heart. That's just what the eight, long-term volunteers assigned to the Fort Lewis Thrift Shop have done. With a combined contribution of over 170

Secretary of labor visits JBLM

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Secretary of labor visits JBLM

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - Secretary of Labor Martin Walsh visited Joint Base Lewis-McChord March 23 to learn about the base's Transition Assistance Program partnership with WorkSource. JBLM's TAP program is one of only two located on military installations to embed with the WorkSource program. While visiting, Walsh was able to tour

HERstory in the making

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HERstory in the making

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - Women have long been a fighting force in every aspect of life. Their contributions to history, culture and society have been observed annually in the month of March in the U.S. since 1987. "The military has made great strides to create equality amongst genders, but there is

JBLM chef heads to national competition

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JBLM chef heads to national competition

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - After COVID-19 cancelled the annual competition last year, military chefs from all over the world are preparing to compete at this year's Joint Culinary Training Exercise at Fort Lee, Virginia. One chef in particular is Air Force Staff Sgt. Charles Camantigue, 627th Force Support Squadron, at Joint

Meet JBLM's #1

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Meet JBLM's #1

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - If you've had the opportunity to hear him speak, then you know what passion Lt. Gen. Xavier Brunson, commanding general of I Corps at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, has for the Army. That passion didn't just come out of nowhere. Brunson, the eldest son of three, grew up watching his dad, Albert Brunson, a retired U.S.

A miracle on 2nd Street

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A miracle on 2nd Street

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - Janice Batiste has been driving buses for Clover Park School District since 1988. She's seen and heard her fair share of adolescent pranks and jokes. What started out as another joke Batiste overheard about 30 minutes into the ride home from Lakes High School in early January, quickly changed

Soldiers remove more than 139 tons of trash from JBLM

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Soldiers remove more than 139 tons of trash from JBLM

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - Over 1,000 service members worked tirelessly during the annual Joint Base Lewis-McChord Fall Clean-up from Nov. 1 to 5 to remove trash from 11 training areas on base as well as the main cantonment areas. While the obvious purpose of the spring and fall cleanups are to improve the appearance of JBLM, there's a more

There’s more than just training happening at YTC

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There’s more than just training happening at YTC

YAKIMA TRAINING CENTER - Just a little over 100 miles southeast of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, nestled in the picturesque shrub-steppe desert northeast of Yakima, one can find the Yakima Training Center. Spanning more than 327,000 acres, YTC is one of the largest warfighter training areas on the West Coast. Every branch of military

Rugby players head north

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Rugby players head north

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - The Flying Tigers will gear up Nov. 6 to face the Seattle Rugby Team as part of the XV Series and the first time for a combined Air Force/Army team to compete together in the Military Match Up. "Rugby is the greatest game on the planet," said U.S. Air

Mount Rainier's greatest tragedy commemorated with hike

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Mount Rainier's greatest tragedy commemorated with hike

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - On Oct. 8, the Combat Logistics Battalion 23, Combat Logistics Regiment 4, 4th Marine Logistics Group from Joint Base Lewis-McChord participated in a three-hour, 7.75-mile hike on Mount Rainier's foothills to commemorate the deaths of 32 Marines from a plane crash that occurred in December 1946. "The Marine

Former NBA All-Star visits

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Former NBA All-Star visits

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - Former NBA All-Star and past honorary commander for the 62nd Airlift Wing, James Donaldson, visited Joint Base Lewis-McChord Sept. 24 as the guest speaker for the Directorate of Personnel and Family Readiness' Risk Reduction event. The event, focusing on suicide prevention and awareness, took place at Carey Theater with over

JBLM moves to privatize water

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JBLM moves to privatize water

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - On Oct. 1, American Water, the nation's largest publicly traded water and wastewater utility company, will assume operations of Joint Base Lewis-McChord's water and wastewater systems. The company was awarded a 50-year contract in September 2020, valued at $771 million, to privatize the water and wastewater utilities

Dropping bombs

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Dropping bombs

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - With just a quick drive over to Lewis North on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, one can find a rather explosive scene. That's because it's home to the 3rd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion. The unit's main purpose is the construction, deployment, disarmament and disposal of military and civilian ordnance. As one of several mutual aid contracts JBLM has with off-base communities, the JBLM EOD team covers most of Washington, western Oregon and northern California with explosive

JBLM fights back on abandoned vehicles

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JBLM fights back on abandoned vehicles

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - So far this year, more than 500 vehicles have been abandoned across Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). Not only cars, but trucks, boats, bicycles and RVs have all been ditched forcing JBLM to pay thousands of dollars to deal with those junked vehicles. To help combat this issue,

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