By John J. Caulfield, City Manager
The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, November 18, 2013, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:
The 13th Annual Turkey Shoot and Holiday Troop Support Golf Tournament will take place on November 8 with a 10 a.m. shotgun start at Eagles Pride, the Fort Lewis Golf Course. Golfers must sign up by October 25 to reserve a spot.
U.S. Senator Patty Murray, a senior member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, will visit JBLM on August 7 to discuss her VOW to Hire Heroes Act, a landmark veterans’ employment law, to see how it is making an impact in Tacoma.
The McChord Retiree Activities Office is busy planning the 2013 Military Retiree Heritage Dinner, for 22 June at the McChord Co-located Club. This banquet was previously presented as a Military Dining Out, but in recent years became more popular as a Heritage Dinner. For this 35th annual event, the Guest Speaker will be Retired Lt Colonel Edward Saylor, one of only four remaining survivors of the famous Doolittle Raiders. After 28 years of distinguished service in the US Air Force, Lt Colonel Saylor retired in 1967. Among his many decorations are the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Force Commendation Medal (two Oak Leaf Clusters), and the Chinese Army, Navy, and Air Corps Medal.
180 Soldiers assigned to the 14th Engineer Battalion will be reunited with family and friends at a “homecoming” ceremony currently scheduled for 2 p.m., Friday, July 20, at Wilson Fitness Center on JBLM Lewis North. Continue Reading
Applying for disaster recovery assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration just got easier thanks to revisions made to its electronic loan application, significantly reducing the number of screens an applicant must read while filling out the form. Continue Reading
Andrea Terialles had to be convinced to log her and her family’s many volunteer hours onto the Volunteer Management Information System, the tool used by volunteers across installations worldwide.
“That’s not why we do the service,” Andrea said.
What finally convinced her was the need for the Army to have a record. The hours served by volunteers often lead to decisions about programs, such as funding or the need for paid staff.
Prior to Thursday’s annual Volunteer of the Year Luncheon, she didn’t expect to win, in fact, she admitted that she’d be modestly embarrassed.
U.S. Army Rangers from 2d Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment will be recognized for their combat actions in a combat awards ceremony at Tacoma Exhibition Hall in the Tacoma Dome May 10 at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend the event. Continue Reading
Joint Base Lewis-McChord officials want to remind the public and installation residents that access to Joint Base Lewis-McChord training areas is strictly controlled. No one is allowed to enter the training areas unless they have obtained permission in advance from the JBLM Range Control section. Continue Reading
Military retirees of all branches of the service, mark your calendars to attend the 2012 Military Retiree Heritage dinner in April! This much anticipated, traditional event is sponsored by the McChord Retiree Activities Office (RAO) and will be held on Saturday, 28 April 2012. No-host social hour begins at 6:30, with dinner at 7 PM.
Meghan Eakin has been selected as the new principal of Beachwood Elementary School on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, effective July 1, 2012, pending board approval at the May 14 meeting. Eakin is currently the dean of students at Woodbrook Middle School. Prior to that, she served four years as a consultant teacher/classroom coach at Beachwood, and five years at Southgate Elementary School as a fourth-grade teacher and an instructional facilitator. Continue Reading
According to the Dept. of Defense, Spc. Philip C. S. Schiller, 21, of The Colony, Texas, died April 11, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire. Spc. Schiller was assigned to 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Continue Reading
Governor Christine Gregoire has proclaimed April as the Month of the Military Child in Washington state. This year, numerous community and military organizations, supporting JBLM children, have planned a month long celebration of special activities, contests, events, workshops and support services, especially for military children. Continue Reading
JBLM will host the 3rd annual Combatives Tournament April 11-13 at Soldiers Field House on JBLM Lewis Main. Winners of the eight weight classes, from bantamweight to heavyweight, will earn a spot to represent JBLM and compete in the All-Army Combatives Championships at Fort Benning, Ga., July 23-27. Continue Reading
The 373rd Military Intelligence Battalion will recognize 102 Warrior Citizens during an award ceremony Saturday, April 14, at 11 a.m. at Tumwater Middle School. Continue Reading