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2018 Spring Welcome Guide

Welcome to the Pacific Northwest. In order to help you get the most out of your stay or visit, we present our bi-yearly guide on what to do and see.

A resource for Puget Sound families.

Welcome to the Northwest

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Welcome to the Northwest

If you are holding a copy of this 2018 Welcome Guide, then you either found it inside one of our weekly military newspapers, The Ranger, NW Airlifter or JBLM Living, online via our social media, or you picked it up at one of our military support...

What are we doing this weekend on post?

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What are we doing this weekend on post?

After all the formations are over, the company areas are cleaned, and the motor pool gates are locked on a Friday afternoon, servicemembers are finally free to enjoy the weekend.

Quality education for JBLM families

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Quality education for JBLM families

Uprooting and moving across the country can be one of the most stressful components of changing duty stations for servicemembers and their families. The transition can be especially frustrating for school-age children who are forced to start over...

Gritty, on-post entertainment

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Gritty, on-post entertainment

There's nothing like sleeping in on a Saturday morning, then rolling out of bed and letting the day take you where it may. It's a lifestyle most single people, particularly single servicemembers, take full advantage of at Joint Base...

Fetch! Summer fun at the dog park

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Fetch! Summer fun at the dog park

For dog owners in the Pacific Northwest, summer is the best time of year to explore bustling city parks and hunt for the perfect off-leash dog park. Taking the time to play fetch and get paws (and feet) muddy under the summer sun is essential to...

Pacific Northwest Explorers

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Pacific Northwest Explorers

The Pacific Northwest (PNW) Explorers is a subclub of the Lewis Community Spouses' Club (LCSC) on Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). Subclubs are a membership perk of joining LCSC.

10 facts you need to know about JBLM

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10 facts you need to know about JBLM

Whether you just pulled up to the front gates at Joint Base Lewis-McChord or it's on the PCS horizon for you and yours, there are some essential things every new arrival at JBLM needs to know.

The flowers are blooming

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The flowers are blooming

There are some stunning South Puget Sound gardens that hit their stride beginning April 1. Typically, gardens have shorter operating days and hours, or are closed during the winter months. Early spring bulbs are already popping up, and look for...

10 pizzas you must try

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10 pizzas you must try

Pizza is largely popular because of both its accessibility and the many combinations one can create. The South Sound is no exception to the availability of these quick and easy pies.

Gearing up

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Gearing up

Are you as tired of donning uncomfortable, standard-issue military field gear as we are? How about going to Clothing & Sales on post only to find a few expensive and "not-quite-what-I'm-looking-for" options?

A great city park

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A great city park

The City of Lakewood prides itself on welcoming military members and their families to the community.

Quick nature escapes

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Quick nature escapes

The South Sound may be congested, but it's amazing how quickly you can escape the gridlock and hit the beach. Whether you need a refreshing lunch break or have all day to hang out, check out these local parks and trails.

Head to the beach

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Head to the beach

Ocean Shores, once the playground of Hollywood stars, is a peaceful retreat on the Pacific coast located conveniently 90 minutes west of Interstate 5 and the South Puget Sound area.

Seattle with kids

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Seattle with kids

One of the benefits of living in the South Sound is that you can enjoy Seattle like a local. Pop up for a few hours to visit a museum or explore a neighborhood. Seattle offers plenty of family fun -- start with these introductory itineraries and...

Eastern Washington travels

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Eastern Washington travels

The road trip to eastern Washington is easily one of the most scenic and beautiful trips from Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Spring skiing

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Spring skiing

Whether you are an avid skier or trying snowboarding for the first time, early spring is a great time to strap on those boots and hit the slopes in Washington, with many of our local hills offering great discounts for military families.

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Where to stay when on-base lodging is full

Holidays and PCS season often find lodging at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) with no room at the inn. Whether you like your lodging brand new or historic, there are options just outside the gates of JBLM.

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