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  • FORSCOM Command Team Visits Fort Bragg, New Headquarters Site

    Jul 20, 2010

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. Aca,!aEURc Asked about his first impression of the U.S. Army Forces Command/U.S. Army Reserve Command combined headquarters complex under construction here, Gen. James D. Thurman, FORSCOM commanding general, simply said Aca,!aEURc "Wow". Making their first visit to Fort Bragg since taking charge of the Army's largest command, Thurman and FORSCOM's new top enlisted Soldier, Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald T. Riling, spent an event-filled Thursday, on post, meeting with XVIII Airborne Corps leaders and Soldiers, attending the 1st Theater Support Command's change of command ceremony and touring the headquarters construction site.

  • River Assault 2010!

    Jul 19, 2010

  • Combined U.S., Malaysian forces achieve mission success

    Jul 19, 2010

    In an effort to build relations and sharpen U.N.-focused, peace support operational skills, U.S. and Malaysian service members have combined their expertise and talents for an intense, one-week, command post exercise here as part of U.S. Army, Pacific's Keris Strike 2010 exercise.

  • FORSCOM Command Team Visits Fort Bragg, New Headquarters Site

    Jul 16, 2010

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. Aca,!aEURc Asked about his first impression of the U.S. Army Forces Command/U.S. Army Reserve Command combined headquarters complex under construction here, Gen. James D. Thurman, FORSCOM commanding general, simply said Aca,!aEURc "Wow".

  • Rebuilding Muqdadiyah

    Jul 16, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - There is far more to the infantry mission in Iraq these days than closing with and destroying the enemy. The first 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division Soldiers who returned last month from Iraq - 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment - spent the tour expanding their resumes beyond standard warrior tasks. For every full-spectrum combat operation, the battalion helped reconstruct Iraqi society - from building a classroom to reviving a marketplace and even reincarnating a local bank.

  • AAFES begins 'prepping for the troops' return' to JBLM

    Jul 16, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - The Army and Air Force Exchange Service is gearing up for one of the largest influx of troops in Joint Base Lewis-McChord history. Approximately 18,000 service members will return to the base from deployments over the next few months.

  • Commentary:Our choices impact others, too

    Jul 16, 2010

    Accidents don't just happen. The old cliche that they do is a crutch no one can afford to lean on. Things that just happen aren't your fault. If they just happen no one bears responsibility, no one has a role in prevention.

  • Commentary: Service now grounded in basic values

    Jul 16, 2010

    Want to know what the Armed Forces add to our society' Just ask a Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine. The answers tend to be pretty positive - even uplifting. And they also represent yet another sign of the remarkable change that has taken place in the Armed Forces.

  • JBLM athlete falls short of goals at nationals

    Jul 16, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Anyone who has rushed from one flight to another knows that it's a nerve-wracking experience. It can be even worse in track and field, however. Competing in the 2010 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships late last month at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, Mike Mai felt rushed between hammer-throw attempts. The time between "flights" had been trimmed from 30 to 15 minutes. As a result, Mai, commander of the 9th Financial Management Company at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, finished a disappointing 11th at the national championships after entering the event ranked among the nation's best.

  • Young JBLM boxer fourth at USA tournament

    Jul 16, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Janae Jackson, who took up the sport less than a year ago at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Boxing Academy, placed fourth in her weight class at last month's 2010 USA Boxing Junior National Championships at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

  • Summer fun heating up at JBLM Splash Park

    Jul 16, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Summer days are upon us, and thanks to the Army Family Covenant, Joint Base Lewis-McChord service members and their families can access a small piece of paradise without having to go far. Still considered one of JBLM's best-kept secrets by many, the Splash Park has been open for several weeks and is providing much-needed relief from the heat.

  • Munitions turn-in program shows promise in Kandahar

    Jul 16, 2010

    In Afghanistan's Kandahar province, residents living in the districts to the north are taking advantage of the U.S. Department of Defense's Small Rewards Program, and as a result, countless lives are being saved.

  • Profile of a Destiny Soldier, CW4 Walter Jones

    Jul 13, 2010

    Profile of a Destiny Soldier

  • First wave of FORSCOM staff carries 'torch' to North Carolina

    Jul 13, 2010

    FORT MCPHERSON, Ga. (July 13, 2010) - The first of many Soldiers and Civilian staff members of the Army's largest command gathered today at their headquarters to mark the official start of U.S. Army Forces Command's relocation to Fort Bragg, N.C. Dubbed the "Torch Party" departure ceremony, the event included hundreds of FORSCOM staffers, who assembled to recognize 13 members of the first wave of their fellow headquarters personnel departing for North Carolina. These initial "torchbearers" will be joined at Fort Bragg by 37 other FORSCOM staff members from Fort McPherson as they plant the Command's forward element's guidon at the Old Bowley School on Fort Bragg. The mission of the 50-member Torch Party is to begin preparations for the arrival of hundreds with the FORSCOM Advance Echelon to Bragg in October.

  • Madigan Soldiers teach Joint Base Lewis-McChord students basic first aid

    Jul 13, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. - Children anxious to finish their last week of 5th grade and begin enjoying the summer received some important information that will help make play-time even safer for them - first aid tips from Madigan Army Medical Center military and civilian staff members.

  • Army medical residents receive world-class health care training

    Jul 13, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-McChord, Wash. - New medical residents to Madigan Healthcare System descended on Andersen Simulation Center last month to take part in a day-long Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support marathon training course. The course was condensed from two days into one so the residents could have more trainng time and be ready to provide their medical expertise on Madigan's ward and department floors by July 1, said Cheri Randall, Life Support Programs manager.

  • Warriors build homes for Tacoma Families

    Jul 13, 2010

    TACOMA, Wash. - Soldiers picked up hammers and paintbrushes to help build five homes for Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity Families in east Tacoma June 23 to 25. About 30 Soldiers and staff volunteered for the Warrior Transition Battalion's second annual build to contribute to affordable housing for local Families in need.

  • Army Families now have one-stop shop for behavioral health services

    Jul 13, 2010

    Madigan Healthcare System wants to let the thousands of spouses and children of deployed service members know that they have not been forgotten, and behavioral health help is here for them thanks to the Child and Family Assistance Center.

  • Warrior Forge/Madigan

    Jul 13, 2010

    Staff Sgt. David Kolodziejczak, from the 3274th U. S. Army Hospital at Fort Bragg, N.C., draws blood out of the arm of an ROTC cadet during the Leader Development and Assessment Course, or Warrior Forge, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord Lewis-North July 6. Madigan Army Medical Center staff members oversee the physical exam portion of the Warrior Forge mission, conducting medical screenings, blood draws and immunizations for more than 6,500 cadets. To get all the cadets through the exam process, Madigan brings in Reservists from across the country. "Without the Reservists, this mission wouldn't happen," said Staff Sgt. MIchael Young, noncommissioned officer in charge of the phsyical exam project. "The Reservists get the job done."

  • Army's largest command welcomes new Command Sergeant Major

    Jul 13, 2010

    Guns fired in salute as the Army's largest command welcomed its 16th Command Sergeant Major during a Change of Responsibility ceremony in front of U.S. Army Forces Command's headquarters, July 12.

  • Army nursing students save patient's life in Madigan parking lot

    Jul 13, 2010

    Two practical nursing course students used Army medical skills and quick instincts to save the life of a patient suffering from a heart attack June 25, outside Madigan Army Medical Center.

  • US supported radio network connects Afghan citizens, leaders in southern Afghanistan

    Jul 13, 2010

    U.S. Special Operations Forces are assisting Afghans in providing citizens of southern Afghanistan with up-to-date news, information and entertainment.

  • U.S. Special Operations Teams deliver goods, double-up Afghan school's occupancy rate in Kandah

    Jul 13, 2010

    Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force - Afghanistan recently donated supplies to a school in Shah Wali Kot district, Kandahar province.

  • Afghan, U.S. Special Forces destroy insurgent munitions

    Jul 13, 2010

    Afghan and U.S. Special Operations Forces conduct an operation in Kandahar Province. The force discovers and destroys cache of explosives.

  • FORSCOM bids farewell to retiring CSM Carey

    Jul 12, 2010

    FORT McPHERSON, Ga. (July 12, 2010) - "The steel mill closed...I was tending bar, working for a plumber, and I saw a John Wayne movie...," said Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis M. Carey, U.S. Army Forces Command, when asked why a young man from Phoenixville, Pa. joined the Army in 1977. When Carey passes responsibility to Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald T. Riling July 12, 2010, he will have spent more than four years as the senior enlisted Soldier of FORSCOM and more than 33 years in uniform. With dozens of commendations during the last three decades, Carey served in every leadership position from team leader to command sergeant major.

  • Afghan, U.S. forces destroy roadside bombs in Zabul

    Jul 10, 2010

    Afghan security forces, partnered with members of a U.S. Special Operations team, located and destroyed two improvised explosive devices placed on a highway in Zabul province July 6.

  • ANSF, USSOF conduct civil affairs operations in southern Afghanistan

    Jul 10, 2010

    Afghan and International Security Forces are assisting local residents throughout Southern Afghanistan this July with a series of community-based projects in an effort to improve the lives of local citizens.

  • Afghan, U.S. forces destroy IED, protect children in Kandahar

    Jul 10, 2010

    The Afghan National Police, assisted by members of Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan, destroyed an improvised explosive device planted in a soccer field in Khakrez district in northern Kandahar province July 3.

  • Holy shrine renovating district life in north Kandahar

    Jul 10, 2010

    At the base of the Shah Maksud mountains in northern Kandahar province beams an eye-catching structure visible from well over a mile away. This bright, teal minaret shines like a beacon to those passing through the valley. This site, regarded as the third holiest Islamic site in all of Afghanistan, is being renovated by Afghan workers with assistance by U.S. Special Operations Forces.

  • Army Ground Forces Band baton passes to new commander

    Jul 8, 2010

    Maj. Domingos Robinson relinquished command of The Army Ground Forces Band to Capt. Treg Ancelet during change of command ceremonies at Fort McPherson, Ga., July 8, 2010.

  • AKO security changes block access for some; users urged to take action

    Jul 8, 2010

    A recent series of beind-the-scenes security changes at Army Knowledge Online has caused some users to no longer be able to access the web-based portal.

  • Casualty assistance officers help families find light in darkness

    Jul 2, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - The Army has come a long way from the days of Vietnam, when families of service members killed on active duty were greeted with telegrams coldly notifying them of their loss. Today, the Army sends trained notification teams, followed rapidly by casualty assistance officers to guide families through decision-making and completion of the necessary paperwork for all the benefits they have coming to them.

  • JBLM spouse faces a painful, new reality

    Jul 2, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - The news came loud, but unclear. Erica Paci was awakened by vigorous knocking at her front door. Her heart pounding, she jumped out of bed and ran to see who was there. Met by two service members, a military spouse's worst nightmare suddenly became Paci's reality.

  • FORSCOM, USARC coordinate BRAC relocation

    Jul 1, 2010

    Planners and leaders from U.S. Army Forces Command and U.S Army Reserve Command met to coordinate the next milestone in Base Realignment and Closure relocation of the two commands to Fort Bragg, N.C.

  • Army assesses "self-healing" waveform for platoon-level communications

    Jun 30, 2010

    The U.S. Army concluded its three-week assessment of a waveform that could help separated squads maintain communications despite terrain and obstructions, during its annual integrated capabilities event at Fort Dix on June 25. The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command's communications-electronics cenA,A!ter conducted a 36 node assessment of the Soldier Radio Waveform in a relevant field environment. This was done to gauge the waveform's ability to support platoon-level data and voice traffic from the rifleman up to the squad leader. When squads spread out, they can potentially loose communications due to obstructions in the terrain. SRW is "exciting" because the network "self heals" its fragmented connectivity by leveraging other squad radios using the waveform.

  • Rain chills athletes in cold, wet sprint-distance triathlon on Joint Base Lewis-McChord

    Jun 25, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Water plays a big role in every triathlon. Usually, however, it's confined to the swim portion of the race. That was not the case Saturday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, where the first event of the 2010 Triple Threat Triathlon Series featured rain-soaked bike and run courses, as well. Competitors swam a half-mile in American Lake before cycling 15 miles and finishing with a three-mile run.

  • Home-style hangout: JBLM recreation center reopens after $4.5 million facelift

    Jun 25, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Soldiers living in barracks have one less excuse to feel confined to them. After being closed for nearly 18 months, Nelson Recreation Center reopened its doors in a ceremony June 17. Originally built in 1960, the center underwent major renovations. It's all a part of the Army Family Covenant's promise to improve quality of life for Soldiers and their families.

  • I Corps CSM thanks community for its support

    Jun 25, 2010

    LAKEWOOD, Wash. - As part of I Corps' efforts to stay connected with surrounding communities, Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Grippe updated the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce military affairs committee on the return of I Corps from a deployment in Iraq and preparations for the return of 18,000 more Soldiers and Airmen throughout the summer.

  • Mariners hold special night for Army birthday

    Jun 25, 2010

    SEATTLE - Spectators cheered as I Corps Command Sgt. Maj. Frank A. Grippe of Joint Base Lewis-McChord stepped up to the Safeco Field pitcher's mound, June 18, and threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Seattle Mariners' home game against the Cincinnati Reds on "Army Night," a celebration of the Army's 235th birthday.

  • Secretary of the Army visits FORSCOM

    Jun 24, 2010

    FORT MCPHERSON, Ga. (June 24, 2010)-Secretary of the Army John McHugh arrived at Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) earlier today, to attend a series of presentations from FORSCOM Commander Gen. James D. Thurman and other FORSCOM officials. The purpose of the secretary's visit was for him to enhance his knowledge of FORSCOM's mission and current operations. Briefing topics included FORSCOM's role as an Army Command and an Army Service Component Command, the Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN) process, and the operational transition of the Reserve Component.

  • Army dominates 2010 Interservice Pistol Championship

    Jun 21, 2010

    The Army prevailed once again as Soldiers with the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit dominated the competition at the 51st Interservice Pistol championship matches held here June 14-18. Staff Sgt. Robert Park won the individual championship and U.S. Army Blue won the team title.

  • 17th FiB prepares to depart Iraq

    Jun 19, 2010

    17th Fires Brigade Soldiers show their replacements the ropes and prepare their equipment for redeployment to Fort Lewis, Wash. The 17th FiB turned over authority for U.S. efforts in Basra to the 3rd Bde, 4th Inf Div, on June 17.

  • Brigade transfer of authority marks reduction in forces

    Jun 19, 2010

    A transfer-of-authority ceremony marked a significant reduction of forces in southern Iraq as the 17th Fires Brigade relinquished control over operations in Basra Province to the Soldiers of 3rd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division.

  • Local food bank network benefits from JBLM scavenger hunt

    Jun 18, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. - In Pink tutus and with huge smiles plastered on their faces, the "Pretty Pink Princesses" crossed the finish line first during the 10th annual scavenger hunt June 12. Members from several teams gathered nonperishable food items for the Fish Food Bank Network, which helps military families in need, and "raced" to locations throughout Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

  • Joing Base Lewis-McChord preparing for Warrior Forge

    Jun 18, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. - Preparing tomorrow's battlefield leaders for the austere conditions found in forward deployed areas is a tough mission. Preparing the training areas and schedules for the Leader Development and Assessment Course can be even tougher. For the past few months, 1st Battalion, 94th Field Artillery Regiment has been hard at work setting the stage for Warrior Forge 2010.

  • Mariners shortstop 'thankful' for troops

    Jun 18, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - With friends and family in the military, Josh Wilson knows about the values of duty and personal sacrifice. He's seen them up close. That's why the Seattle Mariner shortstop considered making the 50-mile trip south to Joint Base Lewis-McChord June 1 the least he could do.

  • Soldiers charged in Afghan killings

    Jun 18, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD. Wash. - Charges were preferred Tuesday evening against three additional Soldiers who are accused in the deaths of three Afghan civilians between January and May 2010.

  • JBLM triathlete returns to All-Army team competition after two-year absence

    Jun 18, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. - In 2008 he defended his doctoral dissertation. Last year, he defended his country by deploying to Iraq. For those reasons, Mark Orwat has been absent from the Armed Forces Men's Triathlon Championship for two years. He hopes to make a triumphal return as a member of the All-Army team in the 2010 event, which takes place June 5 at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, Calif.

  • Rangers receive medals for combat valor

    Jun 18, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Valor and sacrifice were recognized during a combat awards ceremony for members of the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment June 10.

  • Soldiers train for suicide prevention

    Jun 16, 2010

    Soldiers with the 17th Fires Brigade, deployed to Basra, Iraq, and 21 others from various units throughout Iraq and Afghanistan met for a week-long Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training course at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.

  • Hawaii-based Boy Scout Cements Relationship with Fisher House

    Jun 15, 2010

    The Fisher House at Tripler Army Medical Center plays a vital role in the healing of sick or injured service members and their families. The house functions as a 'home away from home' for family members of patients receiving medical care at major military and Veterans Affairs medical centers, allowing families to focus on caring for their loved ones. When Conner Dooley, Hickam Boy Scout Troop 135, heard the Tripler Fisher House wanted two concrete patios installed near the facility, he didn't hesitate and chose it as his Eagle Scout project.

  • Army nurses come together to celebrate 100th birthday with 'one of their own'

    Jun 14, 2010

    Margaret Hollinger's bright eyes lit up as her memory kicked into gear, rewinding time to 60 years ago when she provided medical care to survivors of the Buchenwald concentration camp. "It was so difficult, so sad to see human beings treated the way they were," said Hollinger, a retired lieutenant colonel. The hardest scene for her emotionally, she remembered, were the Jewish children who no longer had mothers or fathers to take care of them. "They were just youngsters," she told Madigan Army Medical Center nurses who had come to help celebrate her 100th birthday June 4 in Seattle.

  • Emergency Medicine residents get to know their 'environment'

    Jun 14, 2010

  • Army chief of staff visits Joint Base Lewis-McChord

    Jun 14, 2010

    The ongoing progress of Joint Base Lewis-McChord was showcased to one of the most senior visitors yet, June 11. Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. met with leaders of JBLM, who detailed the roll out and inception of the combined base.

  • Army Center for Enhanced Performance provides foundations to strengthen mind

    Jun 14, 2010

    The ACEP mission is to develop the full potential of Warriors, units and organizations, Family members and Department of the Army civilians using a systematic process to enhance the mental skills essential to the pursuit of personal strength, professional excellence and the Warrior Ethos. Performance Enhancement specialists, or sports psychologists who work for ACEP, will go anywhere and with anyone to help them get the mental edge to perform their job at the highest level possible.

  • Army Warrior Transition Unit Comprehensive Transition Plans now automated

    Jun 14, 2010

    Warriors' comprehensive transition plans received a new look and system June 1 as the automated CTP system officially began.

  • Warrior records music with some friendly help

    Jun 14, 2010

    Sitting in the studio with a member of Heart, Pfc. Dean Baker joined the ranks of 3 Doors Down, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains on May 18 when he recorded his own music at the London Bridge Recording Studios in Seattle. Baker, a Warrior with Charlie Company, made the leap from singing and playing guitar in his barracks to recording a professional album thanks to the non-profit organization Operation Ward 57, which supports Wounded Warriors.

  • Army directs global inspection of armor plates

    Jun 14, 2010

    The Army recently issued a message for all troops and units to inspect their body armor in search of a specific model that was not made according to contract requirements.

  • JBLM Warrior Transition Battalion breaks ground on new complex

    Jun 14, 2010

    The Joint Base Lewis McChord Warrior Transition Battalion ceremoniously broke ground on a new $52 million, 245,820-square-foot barracks complex project being constructed near Madigan Army Medical Center June 1.

  • FORSCOM/USARC Special Troops Battalion: Fort Bragg-bound commands reach key agreement

    Jun 11, 2010

    A Memorandum of Agreement, formally signed June 7, 2010, prepared by planners for the Base Realignment and Closure 2005-directed relocation of the headquarters of U.S. Army Forces Command and U.S. Army Reserve Command puts an end to potential future uncertainty or confusion over "who does what" in C2 as each command prepares for the imminent departure of lead echelons to Fort Bragg, N.C.

  • Another I Corps chapter closes, as Lt. Gen. Jacoby relinquishes command

    Jun 9, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Another chapter in the history of I Corps came to a close Tuesday when its commanding general, Lt. Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr., relinquished his three-year command. With his successor not yet approved by Congress, Jacoby turned over the corps colors to his senior deputy for the interim, Maj. Gen. John D. Johnson.

  • Another I Corps chapter closes, as 'relentless' leader relinquishes command

    Jun 9, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Another chapter in the history of I Corps came to a close Tuesday when its commanding general, Lt. Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr., relinquished his three-year command. With his successor not yet approved by Congress, Jacoby turned over the corps colors to his senior deputy for the interim, Maj. Gen. John D. Johnson.

  • A walk through history

    Jun 6, 2010

    When Col. Kent Goff isn't sporting his Army Combat Uniform during weekend battle assemblies, he is likely decked out in a military uniform from another era. The 412th Theater Engineer Command's intelligence and security officer is also a military history buff who participates in civil war re-enactments.

  • Veterans gather as brothers to remember

    Jun 4, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 94th Field Artillery Regiment took charge of the 2010 Memorial Day program at the Washington State Soldiers Home, in Orting, wash., Monday, arriving in a small fleet of vans and buses to escort many of the 173 residents from their rooms to the hall lined with bunting.

  • Lewis Soldier credits Army for his chance at top film school

    Jun 4, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. - Google Sgt. James Valdez of 9th Financial Management Company, and eventually you'll find a connection to show business. In December 2008 while deployed to Camp Arafjan, Kuwait, Valdez met model and television personality Leeann Tweeden. signing autographs while traveling with the Sergeant Major of the Army's 2008 Hope and Freedom Tour.

  • JBLM monument marks 80th anniversary

    Jun 4, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - This base is home to monuments, memorials and statues, but the one honoring the Army's 91st Division just past the northwest end of Watkins Field might be the most impressive. Dedicated on May 30, 1930, the monument recently celebrated its 80th anniversary.

  • JBLM program aids butterflies, protects training area

    Jun 4, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. - Joint Base Lewis-McChord Garrison Commander Col. Thomas Brittain - former Ranger and combat veteran - might have looked out of place as he carefully carried a dainty butterfly into a field of sunflowers. However, it was all part of JBLM's Army Compatible Use Buffer Program and a vital link to preserving a dwindling species as well as valuable training area.

  • ROTC training operation grows

    Jun 4, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. - The number of Army lieutenants commissioning through the Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps is on the rise. The capstone training and assessment course that ensures cadets are ready to lead Soldiers, held at Joint Base Lewis-McChord each summer, is growing, too.

  • More than 70 vendors along with post officials provide information at annual JBLM Safety Day

    Jun 4, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - The third annual installation safety fair was held May 27 and hosted more than 70 vendors - a mix of officials, agencies, companies and municipalities - all demonstrating the latest safety-related practices and equipment.

  • JBLM scholarship numbers on the rise

    Jun 4, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. - Thirty-three lucky family members were the recipients of Fort Lewis Family Member Scholarships, which is almost twice as many as the 18 awarded last year. They were recognized May 21 at the Family Resource Center during the annual awards ceremony.

  • JBLM BSAP focuses on preventing tragedies before they happen

    Jun 4, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. - Military personnel already face enough stress, Montgomery said. Sadly, it isn't until such tragedies occur that people understand the extent of emotional trauma involved. The Base Substance Abuse Program on JBLM provides assistance to active-duty and retired service members, as well as local Army and Air Force civilian employees and adult family members looking for assistance in dealing with a variety of addictions.

  • ASEP helps match spouses with employers

    Jun 4, 2010

    Military spouses face unique challenges their civilian counterparts do not. One of those is finding a career in a lifestyle that is mostly transient. The Employment Readiness Program at Joint Base Lewis-McChord helps spouses find work and continuity in careers that suit them. ERP achieves this through a relationship it has with the Army Spouse Employment Partnership, a nationwide program committed to connecting Army spouses with prospective employers.

  • New commanding general slated for 7th Signal Command

    Jun 4, 2010

    Brig. Gen. Lawarren V. Patterson will become the commanding general of 7th Signal Command (Theater), replacing Brig. Gen. Jennifer L. Napper. A date for the change of command ceremony has not yet been set.

  • Thurman becomes 18th commander of U.S. Army's largest command

    Jun 3, 2010

    Gen. James D. Thurman became the 18th commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command during a ceremony on on Fort McPherson, Ga., June 3. Thurman succeeded Gen. Charles C. Campbell, who retired after 40 years of service.

  • Freefall plunge with Golden Knights marks Signal Corp's 150th anniversary

    Jun 2, 2010

    Soldiers jump with Golden Knights to commemorate Signal Corp's 150th anniversary.

  • Last continuously serving Army officer with Vietnam experience to retire after 40 years of service

    Jun 1, 2010

    After 40 years of Army service dating back to the Vietnam War, Gen. Charles C. Campbell, commander of U.S. Army Forces Command, will retire, during a combined retirement/change of command ceremony, June 3.

  • Human Terrain Team mapping course for a transitioning Iraq

    May 30, 2010

    The role of U.S. Forces in Iraq continues to evolve with the launch of Operation New Dawn later this year, and the majority of efforts will be re-focused on the responsible transfer of authority to Iraqi Security Forces.

  • 2010 Sea To Shining Sea

    May 27, 2010

    The multi-service bicycle ride is sponsored by World T.E.A.M. Sports-a non-profit group, whose purpose is to raise awareness of wounded warriors. Riders will participate at different stages across the country, but a corps group of wounded warriors and veterans will ride the entire 4,000 miles.

  • Goal-oriented commander inspires success

    May 27, 2010

    The U.S. military has a long-standing reputation of excelling at reaching its goals, and many service members join the military to give themselves a sense of direction. Twenty years ago, one Soldier embarked on a journey that would contribute to not only his success, but the successes of those he commands as well.

  • Armed Services Blood Program Wins Best Ad Campaign Award for the Second Year in a Row

    May 26, 2010

    The Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) won Best Ad Campaign 2009 for the second year in a row from the Association of Donor Recruitment Professionals (ADRP) in their "Tools of the Trade," award category. The award was received for the military blood program's "Power of Blood" campaign

  • US medical staff break language barrier, train IA

    May 26, 2010

    Soldiers from the 17th Fires Brigade medical staff recently held a two-day course on preventive medicine at Contingency Operating Base Basra for medical personnel from the Iraqi Army's 14th Division.

  • 404th AFSB conducts first-ever staff ride at Fort Worden

    May 25, 2010

    The 404th AFSB conducts its first-ever staff ride at Fort Worden. The staff ride was part of a Commanders' Workshop in April. The 404th AFSB is commanded by Col. George Akin.

  • Fort Lee receives first M1 Abrams tank

    May 24, 2010

    FORT LEE, Va. (May 20) -- An Abrams tank and Bradley Fighting Vehicle are the latest additions to the Ordnance School's combat vehicle inventory.

  • Thousands join in annual JBLM celebration of Armed Forces

    May 21, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - The base opened its arms Saturday, welcoming residents of surrounding communities to the annual Armed Forces Day celebration hosted by the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

  • Fun, challenging course attracts largest field as hundreds compete in 5K Mud Run

    May 21, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Neither one of them had ever tried anything like this. They had both won their share of races over the years, but those had been accomplished upright, clean and on courses without obstacles. None of those features existed Saturday at Soldiers Field House, site of the annual Joint Base Lewis-McChord Down & Dirty 5K Mud Run.

  • Expo offers glimpse of future gear

    May 21, 2010

    One part "Star Wars" and one part "Call of Duty," tables and booths were filled with top-of-the-line tactical gear such as socks and gloves that remain dry even when immersed in water, a robot helicopter capable of using ground-penetrating radar, and a chemical test that can tell if a captured enemy carried a specific weapon and how long ago it was fired.

  • A glimpse into Asian Pacific American heritage

    May 21, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Members of the Joint Base Lewis-McChord community gathered at Madigan Army Medical Center May 14 to celebrate Asian Pacific American heritage. This year's theme, "A diverse leadership for a diverse workforce," focused on the contributions and diversity of Asian Americans. The event was hosted by Bravo Company of the Warrior Transition Battalion.

  • First responders see latest decontamination equipment

    May 21, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - The primary site on base for training Soldiers to fight in urban settings hosted a demonstration last week of altogether different operations. Men in hazardous material suits sprayed and soaked the walls of Leschi Town May 12, demonstrating the newest equipment and solutions - the most current technologies available to respond to widespread outdoor contamination from chemical and biological agents, or the remnants of radiological or nuclear attack.

  • New SKIES Unlimited facility to enhance JBLM children's lives

    May 21, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Members of the Joint Base Lewis-McChord community and Clover Park School District gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating JBLM's newest facility on May 12. The center was built for Schools of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and Skills Unlimited, a program offered through Child, Youth and School Services. SKIES offers instructional programming in academics, arts, life skills and sports for infants through teens.

  • Lt. Gen. Bostick gives FORSCOM G-1 conference update on Army personnel issues

    May 21, 2010

    Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick covered pressing personnel challenges with a group of senior Army leaders who can help resolve the issues during the annual Army Forces Command G-1 conference in Atlanta, May 19. As the U.S. Army's Deputy Chief of Staff G-1, he is responsible for developing, managing and executing manpower and personnel plans, programs and policies for the entire Army. Issues discussed included increasing dwell time, reducing the stress of deployments on soldiers and their families, determining the future size of the Army, managing officer and enlisted promotions, and stopping sexual harassment, suicides and drug and alcohol abuse.

  • Madigan earns national environmental award

    May 20, 2010

    Madigan Healthcare System has been awarded the Partner for Change, With Distinction Award from Practice Greenhealth. Madigan received the award May 12 at the CleanMed Conference in Baltimore. The Partner for Change, With Distinction Award recognizes health care facilities that have achieved improvements in their mercury elimination, waste reduction and pollution prevention programs. This includes at least 15 percent recycling, an extensive sustainability program and a show of leadership in the local community and/or in the health care sector.

  • Madigan ready for '101 days of summer'

    May 20, 2010

    Many of our fun-in-the-sun activities are specific to the weather and time of year. They may be activities that those of us who love summer dream about and eagerly anticipate all winter long, until we finally get one of those wonderful days when the temperature gets warm enough for shorts and sandals, water sports, camping, baseball, and long road trips sometimes made on two wheeled vehicles.

  • Women should buck history's trend when it comes to smoking

    May 20, 2010

    Each year, on May 31, the World Health Organization promotes World No Tobacco Day in order to increase global awareness of tobacco-related disease and to advocate for stronger anti-tobacco policies and legislation. This year's theme is "gender and tobacco with an emphasis on marketing to women."

  • Golden Knights help mark Signal Corps Anniversary

    May 20, 2010

    Ten nervous but excited Soldiers from 7th Signal Command (Theater) and Fort Gordon, Ga., participated in tandem free fall parachute jumps with members of the U. S. Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights, recently to help commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Army's Signal Corps.

  • Soldiers parachute for Signal Corps anniversary

    May 20, 2010

    Ten nervous but excited Soldiers from Fort Gordon, Ga., participated in tandem free fall parachute jumps with members of the U. S. Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights, recently to help commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Army's Signal Corps.

  • Joint Base Lewis McChord investigates demobilization concerns

    May 19, 2010

    An inquiry launched Monday by Lt. Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr., I Corps commanding general, is investigating complaints from Oregon National Guard Soldiers that different standards of treatment exist between reserve-component and active-component Soldiers during the demobilization process at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

  • Is your helmet part of the recall'

    May 19, 2010

    The Army is recalling 44,000 combat helmets made by ArmorSource and Rabintex. If you were issued one of these helmets, you must turn it in to the Central Issue Facility to be issued a new helmet. Read on to learn how you can tell if your helmet is part of the recall.

  • Foot Soldier: Happy feet in the field

    May 19, 2010

    LabTV: Soldiers are on their feet all day. Footwear engineer Mike Holthe uses his training in biomechanics to create & test boots at an Army research lab in Natick, Mass.

  • TOC Soldiers play big role in area surveillance

    May 19, 2010

    Monitoring a battle space during a deployment takes constant effort and an enormous amount of cooperation from each of the Soldiers in the Tactical Operations Center.

  • 8K run raises assault awareness

    May 19, 2010

    Service members and civilians from all over Contingency Operating Base Basra turned out for an 8-kilometer run to raise awareness of sexual assault prevention.

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