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April 30, 2015 at 3:09pm

Unity Bridge opens Monday

(JBLM release) – Joint Base Lewis-McChord will open Unity Bridge, which connects JBLM Lewis Main to JBLM McChord Field at 5 a.m. Monday.

Unity Bridge crosses over Perimeter Road, which bisects Lewis Main and McChord Field, to link these segments of the joint base.

Construction on the bridge and roadway began in May 2014.

Service members and family members who work or live on either McChord Field or Lewis Main will more easily travel back-and-forth without needing to exit or enter security gates. Additionally, people will be able to transit the base more quickly without going onto Interstate 5, thereby easing some highway traffic.

The Lincoln-Rainier Gate providing access to JBLM Lewis Main will permanently close with the opening of Unity Bridge. Drivers will now gain access to JBLM Lewis Main by entering Barnes Gate at McChord Field, on Perimeter Road.

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October 8, 2013 at 3:24pm

JBLM to receive Army Communities of Excellence Silver Medal Award Wednesday

This just in via the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Public Affairs Office:

Lt. Gen. Robert Brown, I Corps commanding general, will present the Army Communities of Excellence Silver Medal award to Col. H. Charles Hodges, Jr., on behalf of JBLM, Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the American Lake Conference Center.

JBLM leadership was notified of the award selection in a March 13 Department of the Army Headquarters message from the office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management.

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September 11, 2013 at 2:16pm

4-2 SBCT uncased colors at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Col. Michael Getchell, commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Oscar Vinson uncase 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division’s colors at Watkins Field Sept. 11.

The 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division "Raiders" uncased their unit colors on Watkins Field, Lewis Main, Sept. 11.

The ceremony symbolized the unit's return to Joint Base Lewis-McChord following a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

"This day, 9/11, is why we serve," Maj. Gen. Stephen Lanza, 7th Infantry Division Commander, said.

Two Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division straighten their unit's ribbons before the brigade uncased its colors. 

July 26, 2013 at 3:42pm

JBLM Staff Sgt. Ty Michael to receive Medal of Honor

Staff Sgt. Ty Carter, part of the White Platoon fire team, 8-1 Cavalry, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, provides overwatch on a road near Dahla Dam, Afghanistan, in July 2012. Photo courtesy of U.S. Army

This in from the 7th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office:

Staff Sgt. Ty Michael will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as a cavalry scout with Troop B, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, during combat operations in Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan, on Oct. 3, 2009.

The 7th Infantry Division will host a press conference with Staff Sgt. Ty Michael Carter, on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, 10:30 a.m. Monday. Carter is scheduled to be awarded the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry in a ceremony at the White House on August 26.

Carter will be the fifth living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.  He and his family will join the President at the White House to commemorate his example of selfless service.
 
Information on Carter can be found at www.army.mil/medalofhonor/carter.

July 22, 2013 at 11:53am

Boyfriend and girlfriend reunited at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Sgt. Caleb Olson, an infantryman with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4-2 SBCT, holds his girlfriend, Amanda Newport, during a welcome home ceremony July 18 at Soldiers Field House. Photo credit: Sgt. Kimberly Hackbarth

Amanda Newport stood among cheering military families as a group of soldiers marched into Soldiers Field House. Once she heard the word "released," Newport navigated her way through the sea of reunions to find her boyfriend, Sgt. Caleb Olson.

Olson, an infantryman with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, was on one of two flights carrying a total of approximately 500 soldiers of 4th SBCT that landed July 18 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

The soldiers deployed to southern Kandahar, Afghanistan, for nine months in support of Operation Enduring Freedom where they advised and assisted the Afghan National Security Forces.

Newport flew from California to be there for the couple's first redeployment ceremony together, she said.

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July 17, 2013 at 4:35pm

Your next two days at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Several noteworthy events are going down over the next two days at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

First, one of the largest numbers of solders from 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division will return to JBLM. Approximately 500 soldiers will touch down the afternoon of Thursday, July 18, after an eight-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

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July 15, 2013 at 4:57pm

Col. Louis Zeisman assumed command of 2-2 SBCT today

Col. Louis Zeisman received the colors of 2-2 SBCT from Maj. Gen. Stephen Lanza, commander, 7th Infantry Division. Photo credit: J.M. Simpson

On a sun drenched day on Lancer Field at Joint Base Lewis-McChord North, Col. Louis Zeisman received the colors of 2nd Brigade (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), 2nd Infantry Division from Maj. Gen. Stephen Lanza, commander, 7th Infantry Division. Zeisman assumed command of 2-2 from Lt. Col. Richard Edwards. In his brief remarks, Zeisman said that his priorities are God, his family, his service and every soldier in the brigade.

Zeisman is a recent graduate of the United States Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pa., and his most recent assignment was as the operations officer for Combined Joint Task Force 82, ISAF Regional Command - South Headquarters, Afghanistan.

>>> Sgt. Gardner Lewis, 8th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment straightens the squadron's streamers before the Col. Louis Zeisman's Assumption of Command Ceremony on Lancer Field.

July 12, 2013 at 3:58pm

Col. Louis Zeisman will assume command of the Lancer Brigade

A 2009 photo of Lt. Col. Louis Zeisman (center), of Fayetteville, N.C., commander of the 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Multi-National Division-Baghdad, and Paratroopers. U.S. Army Photo

July 15. An important date in history. In 1779, U.S. troops under Gen. A. Wayne conquered Ft. Stony Point in New York. In 1909, Ty Cobb hit two inside-the-park home runs. In 1916 the Boeing Company (Pacific Aero) was formed by William Boeing in Seattle. In 1991 U.S. troops left northern Iraq. In 1996, after 2,216 consecutive games at shortstop, Cal Ripkin moved to third base. And on July 15, 2013, at 3 p.m., the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, will hold an assumption of command ceremony at Lewis North, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, as Col. Louis Zeisman will assume command of the Lancer Brigade from Lt. Col. Richard Edwards.

According to a 7th Infantry Division release, Zeisman is a recent graduate of the United States Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pa., and his most recent assignment was as the operations officer for Combined Joint Task Force 82, ISAF Regional Command - South Headquarters, Afghanistan. Here is some background on Zeisman:

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July 10, 2013 at 6:48pm

Video: Soldiers of 4-2 SBCT return to JBLM today

Want to see what happiness looks like? Sgt. Kyle Burns with the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division shot video of 4-2 SBCT soldiers arriving to their friends and families at Joint Base Lewis-McChord today. The soliders returned after an eight-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

LINK: Photos of today's homecoming on Facebook

July 10, 2013 at 2:15pm

Today in 17th Fires Brigade saber dedications

Col. Ken Kamper, right, the 17th Fires Brigade commander, unveils a saber memorial alongside Marion Ball July 10 at JBLM. Photo credit: Spc. Nathan Goodall

Marion Ball presented a sword to the 17th Fires Brigade during a saber dedication ceremony at brigade headquarters, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, today. The sword was donated on behalf of the estate of Brig. Gen. Charles Harlan Swartz, an artillery officer during World War II, to help preserve the history of the Field Artillery Corps. 

Spc. Nathan Goodall is a journalist with the 17th Fires Brigade Public Affairs.

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