Tear gas 25 years ago – it hasn’t happened again

25 years ago, September 24, 1997, a U.S. Army training unit released tear gas in the middle of the night during dense fog. A large area west of Pacific Avenue needed to be evacuated. Residents were taken to a couple of gymnasiums at Camas Prairie and Spanaway Elementary schools a few were taken to local…

Meet Your Army event – Aug 25

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. — Joint Base Lewis-McChord will open its doors on Aug. 25 for “Meet Your Army Day,” an open house showcasing Army life and educating the public about career options, incentives and opportunities to serve. Media are invited to attend. Hosted by America’s First Corps, Meet Your Army Day will run from…

Sunday, May 29, Memorial Day Service at Fir Lane

Fir Lane Memorial Park will hold a Memorial Day Program on Sunday, May 29, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. 924 East 176th Street, Spanaway, WA 98387. The public is invited. An Honor Guard from JBLM will be present to pay tribute to those who served and gave their all.

Dire warnings on our watershed – dialogue

Several members of the Chambers Clover Watershed Council have been exchanging some very concerning emails recently. Based on their experience, credentials, and length of service in the stewardship capacity, these are worth your interest. (Cindy Beckett, Don Russell and Kurt Reidinger) Starting with a reply to Ms. Beckett’s email in the previous article, “Destruction of…

A disaster called Clover Creek

Since 1853, when Washington became a Territory, Clover Creek has been diverted, dammed, dug up, relocated, culverted, drilled back into the ground and had vast amounts of pollutants dumped into it. The creek was named by Christopher Mahon who settled a Donation Land Claim there, where the Brookdale Golf Course was later sited. Their home…

Busy airspace overhead and on the ground at McChord

JBLM — From November 1 to 10, 2021, the 62nd Airlift Wing will be holding a major exercise using airlift and fighter assets, joint partners and special operations forces. This event will help determine Team McChord’s ability to deploy, respond and sustain forces in combat and emergency situations. Locally, we will see more air traffic,…

JBLM supporting Afghans

JBLM Soldiers join Fort McCoy task force supporting Afghans JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Washington — The Department of Defense recently approved a request for assistance from the State Department to provide temporary housing, sustainment, and support inside the United States for Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) principal applicants, their families, and other individuals at risk, at Fort…

July 31, Aug. 1 – Living History Weekend

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – – On July 31and Aug. 1, the Lewis Army Museum on Joint Base Lewis-McChord will host its annual “Living History Weekend” event featuring historic military vehicles, living history displays and activities for all ages. The two-day event will coincide with the museum’s grand reopening and is open to the general…

Increased Air Force aircraft activities due to local airshows

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – Due to the Tacoma Freedom Fair Air Show and the Gig Harbor Wing and Wheels Air Show, there will be increased Air Force aircraft activities in the South Puget Sound region from July 1-5, 2021. The C-17 West Coast Demo Team and the F-35 Lightning II Demo Team are scheduled…

62nd Airlift Wing welcomes new commander

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – The 62nd Airlift Wing is scheduled to host a change of command ceremony on June 15, 2021, at 10 a.m. Col. Erin Staine-Pyne will relinquish command of the wing to Col. David Fazenbaker. Prior to becoming the wing commander, Fazenbaker served as the 14th Flying Training Wing vice commander at…

JBLM Soldiers Complete Historic Mission in Thailand

Joint Base Lewis McChord, Wash. – Soldiers with the 5th Security Force Assistance Brigade completed their first mission in the Indo-Pacific Command’s Area of Responsibility this week as SFAB Advisors returned from a one month mission in Thailand, Sept. 1, 2020. The 5th SFAB which officially activated in May 2020, sent a battalion task force…

JBLM Unit to conduct two-week long training exercise 27 July- 8 Aug.

 JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – 1ST Special Forces Group will conduct a two-week long training exercise consisting of helicopter and maritime operations, July 27 through August 8. The training will occur between the hours of 9 a.m. and midnight each day. There will be noticeable day and nighttime aviation traffic between American Lake and Solo…