National Guard members in disaster health assessment

CAMP MURRAY, WA – For the first time, the U.S. Department of the Army will conduct a Disaster Mental Health Assessment on military members following a domestic emergency.

Nearly 300 Washington National Guard soldiers and airmen who responded to the SR 530 Landslide in Snohomish County will undergo the assessment this weekend to help the Army determine the level of mental stress caused by a disaster response at home. [Read more…]

Noise advisory for Camp Murray neighbors on Sept. 26

CAMP MURRAY, WA -The Washington National Guard will fire a cannon salute at approximately 3 p.m. on September 26 at the north end of Camp Murray on the parade field. The cannon salute is part of a change of command ceremony. The duration of the ceremonial cannon firing is estimated to be less than 20 seconds, but will be audible in Tillicum, on Camp Murray and on parts of Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Questions or concerns should be directed to the Washington National Guard public affairs office at 253-512-8989. The citizen-soldiers and airmen of the Washington Military Department are dedicated to the mission of safeguarding lives and property in Washington state.

POW/MIA Recognition Event, Sept. 19

CAMP MURRAY, WA – Celebrated as a day of remembrance and hope for the speedy and safe return of American Prisoners of War and those still Missing in Action, the Washington National Guard and Washington Department of Veteran Affairs will host the National POW/MIA Recognition Event, Friday, Sept. 19th at 9:45 a.m. in front of the Winged victory statue on the capitol Plaza in Olympia, WA. [Read more…]

South Sound Military & Communities Partnership Signs Agreement Formalizing Local Collaboration on Friday

LAKEWOOD, Wash.- On Friday, officials from 14 different jurisdictions from across the South Sound will gather at Joint Base Lewis-McChord to sign a Memorandum of Agreement in support of the South Sound Military and Communities Partnership.

This agreement continues their commitment to help the region grow and develop effectively, along with its installations.

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Letter: Lakewood City Council’s Three-Hour Tour

Picture shows traffic backed up going home – or somewhere - from Union Ave. at Exit #123 to nearly the former intersection at Spruce Street along North Thorne Lane, almost any given day, Monday-Friday.

By David Anderson

“Gilligan’s Island” started off with a three-hour tour.

The seven members of the Lakewood City Council have been invited by Major General Bret D. Dougherty to a “two-to-three hour tour” of Camp Murray sometime in February or March, 2014 according to City Manager John Caulfield who briefed the council to that end this past November 25 (click here, then again on “Council Agenda December 16, 2013” and scroll to p.32).

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Ceremony welcomes home and honors the 111th Air Support Operations Squadron

CAMP MURRAY, WA – Citizen-Airmen from the Washington Air National Guard’s 111th Air Support Operations Squadron (ASOS) will be honored at a redeployment ceremony this Saturday, December 7th at 2pm inside French Theatre on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Approximately 25 airmen from the 111th ASOS will receive recognition and be honored for their combat duty to Kabul, Afghanistan from February 2013 to September 2013 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The unit had returned home at the end of September but was unable to celebrate their return until now.

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