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2018 Fall 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.

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...

Hidden gems near JBLM

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Hidden gems near JBLM

Quaint towns and fun activities surround Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Traffic can be challenging and its nice to have places to visit that don't involve getting on Interstate 5.

TRICARE Prime around JBLM

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TRICARE Prime around JBLM

There are many options for medical treatment through Tricare Prime while stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). Tricare Prime is the medical plan that has no enrollment fees or copays for active-duty military families.

The MWR Fall Guide

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The MWR Fall Guide

This fall, JBLM Morale, Welfare, and Recreation has a wide variety of activities for soldiers and family members. Experience an assortment of regularly scheduled activities as well as holiday-themed events.

Where to stay when on-base lodging is full

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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.

Welcome to JBLM … a base that has it all

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Welcome to JBLM … a base that has it all

To help ease your transition to the area, I have outlined some practical and useful information to get you settled in and well on your way to living the full Pacific Northwest life.

Scouting opportunities on JBLM

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Scouting opportunities on JBLM

Whether you just moved to the area and need a new troop or want to get your kids involved for the first time, you'll find a vibrant scouting community on and around Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM).

Neighborhood must-sees

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Neighborhood must-sees

In terms of places to visit and things to do, the area surrounding Joint Base Lewis-McChord offers a wide variety of historical sites, artistic, and sports venues to visit and enjoy.

Schools to fulfill promise

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Schools to fulfill promise

For parents new to the community, deciding which school to educate one's children is a big decision.

You’re connected!

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You’re connected!

Joint Base Lewis-McChord and the surrounding municipalities are well connected. This connection informs and strengthens -- both the base and the cities work successfully together to support each other.

Is private school a good fit for your family?

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Is private school a good fit for your family?

Frequent moves can be challenging for military children, and some local families on Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) have chosen the private school option to help mitigate it.

Getting ready for Restaurant Week

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Getting ready for Restaurant Week

For those new to the South Sound, a fun fall event is Tacoma Restaurant Week, which is actually two weeks in October, Sunday through Thursday, 21-25 and Oct. 28-Nov. 1.

Ten South Sound essential meals

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Ten South Sound essential meals

With such a generous variety of cuisines available in the South Sound, it can be difficult to decide what to eat. We've all been there, deciding between a burger or Chinese take-out.

Bringing a taste of Louisiana to the PNW

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Bringing a taste of Louisiana to the PNW

Mo' Bowl Cajun is one of the popular Army Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) contracted food trucks located on Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM).

How to take advantage of on-post amenities

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How to take advantage of on-post amenities

On-post events and amenities are a great way to have fun in the military community.

Choosing a daycare

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Choosing a daycare

Parents these days have to make a lot of choices. OB/GYN or midwife? Hospital or home birth? Natural childbirth or medically assisted? And this is all before the kid is even born!

Gig Harbor Gondola

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Gig Harbor Gondola

The Puget Sound is filled with opportunities to go on sailboats, cruises, ferries, kayaks and all kinds of other watercraft, but there is only one Venetian gondola plying the waters of the Sound -- and it's docked on the shores of Gig Harbor.

Neighborhoods: Gig Harbor

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Neighborhoods: Gig Harbor

Gig Harbor, "the maritime city" is a quaint waterfront city located nearby Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). This beautiful town makes for a perfect weekend getaway or even a short daytrip.

Live, work and play in Downtown Olympia

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Live, work and play in Downtown Olympia

Downtown Olympia -- there is no city quite as vibrant and unique in the state as Olympia, Washington State's capital. This eclectic city sits on the bank of the Puget Sound and Capitol Lake.

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