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March 11, 2014 at 12:32pm

Medal of Honor recipients Staff Sgt. Ty Michael Carter and Sgt. Leroy Arthur Petry to be honored by state Senate

Medals of Honor have been in the news lately. Twenty-four soldiers who fought in World War II, Korea and Vietnam will receive the Medal of Honor March 18 at the White House, correcting oversights that prevented many of them from receiving the nation's highest award for valor because of their Hispanic, Jewish and African-American backgrounds. The awarding of 24 Medals of Honor - most of them posthumously - will be the largest number to be awarded at one time since World War II.

Tomorrow, our state Senate will adopt resolutions sponsored by Sen. Steve O'Ban, R-University Place, recognizing two of the three recent Medal of Honor recipients who reside in Washington. Staff Sgt. Ty Michael Carter will be honored with Senate Resolution 8713 for his heroic actions in the Kamdesh district of the Nuristan Province of Afghanistan, and Sgt. Leroy Arthur Petry will receive a similar honor with Senate Resolution 8714 for his sacrifice in Afghanistan's Paktia Province.

That's awesome.

For details and background on the presentation and herorics, read a news release out of the O'Ban camp below.

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March 11, 2014 at 12:14pm

Senior Airman Madelyn McCullough of 446th AW wins media awards

Senior Airman Madelyn McCullough of the 446th Airlift Wing grabbed three awards in the 2013 Air Force Reserve Command Media Contest. The top entries were announced today by Lt. Gen. James F. Jackson, AFRC commander. The public affairs competition featured 317 Web, print, graphic, still photo and broadcasting entries from 30 organizations.

McCullough grabbed a first place award for Commentary, second place for Outstanding New Writer and third place for News Article.

McCullough's first place entitles her to advance to the Air Force Media Contest at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.

To read a list of all the winners, click here.

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March 11, 2014 at 11:06am

State of Joint Base Lewis-McChord: Closures, construction and the future

Edward Fisher, Army retiree shops the Commissary Club section during its grand opening March 7, 2014 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Photo credit: Airman 1st Class Jacob Jimenez

Joint Base Lewis-McChord residents and workers are familiar with construction and an ever-evolving landscape; here are some of the current undertakings on base.

Chicken closure

The Popeye's restaurant, located on Lewis Main, has been closed and the building will be demolished as part of the road construction and traffic plan that is transforming Pendleton Avenue and the furthering the Town Center project.

Currently, there is a proposal to construct a new Popeye's on Lewis North, but according to JBLM public affairs, no start or finish dates for that construction work have not been released yet.

New gate access to North Fort

The new "Integrity Gate," located near the intersection of DuPont-Steilacoom Road and Wharf Road will replace an older gate, located nearby at I Street, which had been deemed unsafe due to limited sightlines and visibility.

Specifically, the new gate will be at the next road junction north of the Center Drive and DuPont-Steilacoom Road intersection. As a component of this project, a traffic signal will be installed at the four-way intersection to regulate the gate's traffic flow. The Integrity Gate should be completed and operational in the early Fall of 2014.

Water Treatment Plant

CDM Constructors Inc., of Bellevue, was awarded a $77,476,628 firm-fixed price contract to design and build a Class A wastewater treatment plant to service JBLM.

The existing wastewater treatment plant is located near Solo Point off of DuPont-Steilacoom Road, about 1.5 miles south of the JBLM North gate, and is an older plant. The new plant will be able to treat 10 million gallons of water per day, which is intended to provide for the projected base population of 100,000 people by the year 2030.

The project recently received an official notice to proceed from office of the Army Corps of Engineers in Seattle, which is the contracting activity. The initial months of the project will focus on planning and design and a groundbreaking is expected to occur this summer.

Fisher House moves forward

Site preparation for the second JBLM Fisher House is expected to begin in mid- to late-March. Once that is complete, the contractor will take over and begin work. There will be a groundbreaking ceremony, according to Fisher House manager Jodi Land, but a date is yet to be determined.

The new house is slated to be a one-story structure, larger than the existing eight-bedroom JBLM house and located near the Madigan's Medical Mall. The new construction will have 12 rooms, including an on-site office, as well as a built-in storage room and oversized kitchen, living room and dining room.

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March 10, 2014 at 1:44pm

DoD proposes C-17s change at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

The Department of Defense budget request for fiscal 2015 includes a number of proposed changes for the Air Force Reserve including creation of a classic B-1 bomber group at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. Photo credit: Staff Sgt. Richard Ebensberger

The Department of Defense budget request for fiscal 2015 includes a number of proposed changes for the Air Force Reserve including converting eight C-17s from the primary inventory to the back-up inventory. A Department of Defense news release below spells out the proposed changes.

The Department of Defense budget request for fiscal 2015 includes a number of proposed changes for the Air Force Reserve.

If enacted into law, the DOD budget request would increase the number of Reserve fighter wings equipped with F-16 fighters, create a classic associate B-1 bomber group, increase the number of Reserve KC-135 tankers, inactivate the Reserve airlift wing at Pope Field, N.C., retire the A-10 fighters, and inactivate the Reserve's E-3 AWACS classic associate group.

"These force structure changes are significant, but they ensure the Air Force Reserve remains an integrated, flexible and combat-ready force," said Brig. Gen. William "Buck" Waldrop, director of plans, programs, requirements and assessments for Air Force Reserve Command.

"Maintaining the appropriate active-Reserve force mix is critical to sustaining Air Force forward presence, rapid response, and high-rate rotational demands within a smaller force, and analysis of force mix must consider the three components as a complete system," he said.

Major changes in Air Force Reserve structure include:

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March 10, 2014 at 9:49am

17th Fires Brigade deployment boot camp March 14 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Who's the boss, what's the plan and what should be done with the money?

Those are some of the questions that will be asked and answered at a deployment boot camp hosted by the 17th Fires Brigade Friday, March 14 at the North Fort Chapel.

To assist in their readiness for deployment, the emphasis is dealing with issues that they'll face as families who are apart. Two units of the 17th Fires Brigade are headed to the Middle East in April.

Soldiers and their spouses will be able to take four of the 20 classes offered that deal with relationships, day-to-day life, parenting and finances.

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March 7, 2014 at 4:44pm

2014 Soldier Show includes Pfc. Kiari Mhoon from Joint Base Lewis-McChord

For anyone who thought last year's Soldier Show packed a punch, its song-and-dance production this year is likely to yield a big round of applause at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. While the JBLM show date hasn't been released, we do know Pfc. Kiari Mhoon - Operation Rising Star finalist from JBLM - will join the 19 cast members to deliver the "Stand Strong" theme to garrisons starting April 11.

Here are more details from a U.S. Army Installation Management Command news release. ...

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March 7, 2014 at 12:11pm

Photos from this morning's Commissary Club opening at McChord Field

At the opening of the first ever commissary club store, Col. Anthony Davit, Joint Base Lewis McChord deputy commander, addressed an audience of patrons at the McChord Commissary, JBLM, Wash., March 7. Photo credit: Sgt. James Bunn

As you know, the new McChord Field Commissary Club Store officially opened this morning at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. According to Sgt. James Bunn of the 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Victoria Rush, Defense Commissary Agency west zone 12 manager, announced the new club store is the first of its kind in DeCA and is designed to appeal to younger service members.

"The Commissary Club model offers patrons club store and traditional grocery store shopping under one roof. And the only membership card customers need is their military ID," Bruce Dubisar, project manager for DeCA's club store concept, told us last month.

As we reported, DeCA will evaluate the new format's operations and customer acceptance of the Commissary Club model over a period of time, but because it is a concept-test limited to one store, officials are want local shoppers know that there are no plans to change the format of the Lewis Main Commissary just yet.

Bunn snapped several photos this morning at the grand opening. Check them out. ...

>>> Victoria Rush, Defense Commissary Agency west zone 12 manager, announces the opening of the new McChord Field Commissary Club Store at Joint Base Lewis-McChord March 7. Photo credit: Sgt. James Bunn

>>> Col. Anthony Davit, Joint Base Lewis-McChord deputy commander cuts a ribbon, with the help of other service members, and welcomes McChord Commissary patrons into the new McChord Field Commissary Club Store at JBLM, Wash., March 7. The new club store is the first of its kind in the Defense Commissary Agency and is designed to appeal to younger service members. Photo credit: Sgt. James Bunn

>>> Airman 1st Class Eric Deleon shops around the new McChord Field Commissary Club Store for the first time at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., March 7. The new club store is the first of its kind in the Defense Commissary Agency and is designed to appeal to younger service members. Photo credit: Sgt. James Bunn

March 6, 2014 at 2:33pm

Madigan Army Medical Center helps TRICARE For Life beneficiaries move to pharmacy pilot program

For one group of TRICARE beneficiaries, life is getting a little easier and a little more affordable ... and they won't even have to wait in line at Madigan Army Medical Center.

A new pilot program will require TRICARE For Life (TFL) beneficiaries to use the TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery or a Military Treatment Facility (MTF) pharmacy to fill prescriptions for select maintenance medications.

The pilot, which will begin March 14, will conclude in Dec. 2017, at which time the determination of whether to make it a permanent program or not will be made. However, after the end of the first year of the pilot, beneficiaries can choose to opt out of the program.

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March 6, 2014 at 1:36pm

Who's skipping work to get in on the Commissary Club party?

Has there ever been more excitement about a grocery store remodel than the new McChord Field Commissary Club's opening tomorrow?

At 8:30 a.m. Friday, March 7, the ribbon will be cut and people will rush toward the 10,000-square-foot area to buy oversized packaged products commonly found in commercial warehouse club stores, such as Costco or Sam's Club.

What's better than giant jars of peanut butter?

Throughout the day vendors will offer food sampling demos and drawing for $25 commissary gift cards.

Nice!

March 5, 2014 at 4:41pm

JBLM receives $20 thousand donation from NFL and USAA Million Fan Salute

This just in from Joint Base Lewis-McChord Public Affairs office:

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - JBLM commander, Col. H. Charles Hodges, Jr., will accept a $20 thousand donation on behalf of Joint Base Lewis-McChord from the NFL and USAA Million Fan Salute at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Hillside Teen Center on JLBM Lewis Main.

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