WASHINGTON (Army News Service, May 18, 2016) -- Members of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce visited the Pentagon today to discuss issues related to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

The delegation included a blend of civic leaders, elected officials and business leaders.

They first met with Brig. Gen. Robert D. Tenhet, deputy surgeon general, Army Medical Command. Then they met with Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and the Environment. They discussed transportation, clean energy, veteran employment and other topics. Afterward they met with Air Force officials and members of the Joint Staff.

The Army's objective for the visit was to build relationships with key civic leaders in order to maintain public support of the all-volunteer force, families and civilians, officials said.

This was the 32nd annual trip to the nation's capital for members of the chamber of commerce representing the city of Tacoma, Washington, and Pierce County. Attendees said they anticipate sharing information they gain on the visit with more than 10,000 members of their community upon return home.