At the July 20 Lakewood City Council meeting, the City Council read a proclamation recognizing retiring Joint Base Lewis-McChord Commander Col. H. Charles Hodges Jr.
The Colonel helped build a special relationship with the base’s host community. Hodges worked with the City toward meeting common goals and created an open line of communication. It was his commitment, in fact, to engage with the communities.
Mayor Don Anderson even showed a clip from the “Sustainable JBLM” series of videos that Hodges made to encourage sustainable practices on base. He and Anderson also traded anecdotes, including the friendly wager Anderson (an Oregon fan) and Hodges (a Florida State fan) made before this year’s college football national championship.
Hodges will relocate to the East Coast next month. The City of Lakewood thanks Col. Hodges for his commitment to working with, as well as make stronger, the relationship between Lakewood and JBLM.