4th Annual AUSA ‘Salute to the Troops’ kicks off

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“And the winner of the first pie eating contest, is City Councilman Tom Swanson,” said Eric Kantor, the Captain Meriwether Lewis (JBLM) Puyallup-Sumner Subchapter President, during the 4th Annual Salute to the Troops.  The pie eating contest was one of many fun-filled activities included in the event, which took place in Puyallup’s Pioneer Park on August 14th.

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AUSA subchapter hosts 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade’s Military Appreciation Day

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“The Captain Meriwether Lewis (JBLM) Gig Harbor Subchapter of AUSA was honored to kick off the first Military Appreciation Day to show our gratitude for the fine soldiers of the 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade (BFSB),” said Subchapter President Bob Hithcock. “We were also elated to hold this event in the City of Gig Harbor at one of our beautiful parks, Sehmel Homestead Park,” Hitchcock went on to say.

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JBLM late-night firing announcement

Joint Base Lewis-McChord will conduct late-night firing August 18-22 (7 am-2 am) using M777 155M Howitzers. The purpose of the late-night training is for unit certification on this weapon system.

One of the field artillery battalions on JBLM will conduct day- and night-time firing of the unit’s M777 155mm towed Howitzers from August 18-22 in order for all gun crews to complete Table VI gunnery qualification.

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Elected officials to tour JBLM construction site August 19

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JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, WA. – U.S. Senator Patty Murray, D-Wash., and U.S. Representatives Adam Smith, D-Bellevue, and Denny Heck, D-Olympia, will receive a construction update and tour the site of the new Joint Base connector road and overpass project at JBLM. The new road and overpass will cross over Perimeter Road, which bisects Lewis Main and McChord Field, to link these segments of the joint base. [Read more...]

Airmen with Air Force Special Tactics Squardron to receive medals

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, WA – Ten medals will be awarded to airmen of the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron by Lt. Gen. Bradley A. Heithold, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, during a ceremony here, Aug. 18, at 11 a.m. The medals are being awarded for combat actions during deployments to Afghanistan.

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Mobile Hotshop brings glassblowing to JBLM August 11-15

Museum of Glass (MOG) will be transporting its Mobile Hot Shop to Joint Base Lewis-McChord from Monday, August 11 through Friday, August 15. Soldiers and their families will have opportunities to watch glassblowing and flameworking demonstrations. In addition, several lucky children will be selected to take part in the Museum’s Kids Design Glass™ program and watch their drawings be transformed into three dimensional glass sculptures, which they can keep. [Read more...]

Special Forces Scholarship Fund to hold awards ceremony

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD — The Special Forces Scholarship Fund will hold an awards ceremony August 8, 2 p.m. at the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) compound.

Retired Army Col. Richard G. Thomas Jr., the 1st SFG (A) Scholarship Fund Volunteer Program Director, will be hosting the event along with Col. Steve Johnson, 1st SFG (A) Deputy Commanding Officer.

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Washington Post: USA Discounters hooks some service members with credit before springing the debt trap

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The Washington [DC] Post published a story about USA Discounters business practices. Here is an extract from one paragraph that kind of explains the story:

“[Army Spc. Angel] Aguirre later learned that USA Discounters’ easy lending has a flip side. Should customers fall behind, the company transforms into an efficient collection operation. And this part of its business takes place not where customers bought their appliances, but in two local courthouses just a short drive from the company’s Virginia Beach headquarters.”

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Pierce College hires Col. Mark Haskins as new Executive Director for Military Programs

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LAKEWOOD, WASH. – Retired United States Air Force Col. Mark Haskins will join Pierce College as the new Executive Director of Military Programs later this summer. As a former director of warfighting education for the United States Air Force LeMay Center for Doctrine and Education, Haskins brings with him a distinguished career in the military, along with extensive educational knowledge. He also served as commander, department chair and professor of Air Force Studies at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. [Read more...]

Lakewood Chamber: JBLM could lose 16,000 more jobs

The Army recently completed a 2014 Supplemental Programmatic Environment Assessment (SPEA), which poses that Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) could lose up to 16,000 military and civilian jobs.

You’ll recall that the South Sound recently lost the 4-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team (Lakewood’s Community Connector). This reduction was the result of the initial 2013 Programmatic Environment Assessment (PEA).

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