JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – The 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team will host this year’s JBLM Martin Luther King Jr. Observance on Thursday, Jan. 13 at the American Lake Community Club on Lewis-North from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
This year’s observance will feature guest speaker Chaplain Paul H. Wilson Sr. (USMC Retired), who served in the US Marine Corps for 33 years, and who in 2009 led the invocation prayer at one of the Presidential Inaugural Balls.
In addition to being a retired Marine Corps Chaplain, Wilson is also an ordained associate pastor with over five decades in public ministry. Since 2000 he has been a volunteer chaplain at the Northwest Joint Regional Correctional Facility on JBLM, and at Madigan Army Medical Center (MAMC). He is also a trauma chaplain specialist with 1,500 hours of volunteer service in 2010. Chaplain Wilson provides chaplain support to the Tacoma Police and Fire Departments.
Today, Chaplain Wilson is an associate pastor with St. John Transformational Ministry International in Tacoma where he also serves as Area Shepherd and Prison Minister Director.
Musical guests will include the I Corps Jazz Band Ensemble, and a performance by the MLK Tribute Duet, comprised of Tony Easterly and Toyin Adekle, who have performed at the Puyallup Spring Fair Choir and Ensemble Festival.
A number of educational displays will be available for viewing which illustrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement.
Members from a variety of veterans groups such as the VFW, Am Vets and the Sam Bruce Chapter of Tuskegee Airman are expected to attend the MLK Observance at JBLM.
For more information about the 2011 JBLM MLK Observance, contact Major Jamey Trigg, 2nd Stryker Brigade Public Affairs Officer at 253-477-2232.