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JBLM Community Update for June 2016

Findings from Wednesday's briefing

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Officials from Joint Base Lewis-McChord briefed the community as part of their regular community outreach. The following are Wednesday's highlights.

From opening comments, Lt. Col. Andy McQuade (acting as Emcee in the absence of Col. Dan Morgan):

Installation priorities remain an emphasis at JBLM Community Updates, underscoring the importance of "taking care of servicemembers and their families."

From Col. Larry Dillard, Commander of the 555 CEB:

The 555 CEB has been piloting the Performance Triad program, an Army requirement funded for 2017 and 2018 for Army-wide rollout.

The key points to the triad are exercise, nutrition and sleep; family buy-in is critical to influence soldier behavior.

More information can be found at armymedicine.mil/Pages/performance-triad.aspx and on Facebook at Performance Triad.

From Army Family Readiness Programs:

Surveys are being disseminated to prioritize funding streams in preparation for upcoming budget cuts.  

From the Family Advocacy Program:

Improvements are being made to the Family Advocacy Program to decrease incidents of intimate partner and child abuse.  New algorithms are being implemented, and new policies are in place to improve service delivery to families. Essentially, lower-severity incidents well get treatment earlier, and a wider array of service delivery is being offered.

Contact FAP at Bldg. 9905 at the Madigan Annex or call 253.968.4159 and ask to speak with an intake worker during duty hours or 253.966.7233(SAFE) for intimate partner violence or 253.968.1385 for child abuse/ neglect; ask to speak to an on-call social worker.

From On-Base Family Housing:

Landscaping services on base include mowing, fertilizing, and limited weed control measures in common areas of communities.  Flower beds and areas around the home (particularly fenced areas) are the family's obligation to maintain. A work order can be called in for fertilizer, grass seed, moss killer and topsoil. Specific questions about the scope of services offered can be directed to community managers.

Pest control is also offered through base housing, with some specific exclusions.  Essentially, if the pests are brought into the house with the resident, it is the resident's responsibility to eradicate those pests (notably, fleas and bedbugs). Fleas fall in a grey area, as LMC Housing would rather help eradicate fleas while family members are in the house.  For a full list of pests, or if you have any issues with pests, call 253.912.3500.

Important note about bees: Do not attempt to spray or remove bees. Contact Pest control. Wasps and hornets will be removed but bees are vital to area agriculture and will be moved by a trained professional.

From Directorate, Plans, Mobilization and Security:

Key event dates follow:

June 3, 2016 Retiree Appreciation Day, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the American Lake Conference Center.

June 3-June 5, 2016 Special Olympics Washington.

June 10, 2016 AUSA Golf Tournament, Eagle's Pride Golf Course.

June 11, Sound to Narrows, link up at Cowan Stadium at 4:30 a.m.

June 14, 2016 Army Birthday.

June 18, 2016 11th Annual Down and Dirty Mud Run, 10 a.m. Soldiers' Fieldhouse.

July 4, 2016 Freedom Fest, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.  Please note the base will not be open to the public on this day in response to resources needed for the JBLM Air Show and Warrior Exposition happening in late August.  

From the Lewis Community Spouses' Club

Membership is open to spouses of all ranks of members of the Active-duty, Reserve, National Guard and retired.

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