Headquarters, Joint Base Lewis-McChord
The Joint Base Lewis-McChord Headquarters operates the installation on behalf of the warfighting units, Families and extended military community who depend on JBLM for support. With an Army joint base commander and an Air Force deputy joint base commander, the JBLM headquarters supports the installation through directorates and agencies that provide a full range of city services and quality-of-life functions — everything from facilities maintenance, recreation and family programs to training support and emergency services.
The major organizations that make up the bulk of the Joint Base Headquarters include the Directorates of Public Works; Logistics; Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation; Human Resources; Emergency Services; and Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security. Additional staff offices that support the installation mission include the Joint Base Public Affairs Office, the Religious Support Office, the Resource Management Office, the Equal Employment Opportunity Office, the Installation Safety Office and the Plans, Analysis and Integration Office. Other partners who work closely with the Joint Base Headquarters include the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center, the Mission and Installation Contracting Command and the Joint Personal Property Shipping Office-Northwest.
The Yakima Training Center is a major sub-installation of JBLM and provides a full range of training lands and ranges to active and Reserve component units. Encompassing more than 327,000 acres, YTC is a world-class facility where units can prepare for any mission they may be called upon to perform.
Three military units support the Joint Base Headquarters: the 1st Joint Mobilization Brigade, which provides command and control and host unit support to mobilizing, deploying and demobilizing reserve component units from all military services; the 627th Air Base Group, which provides command and control and administrative oversight to the Airmen who perform installation support duties on behalf of the JBLM headquarters; and Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, which provides administrative oversight to the Army personnel in the JBLM headquarters and supports newly arrived Soldiers during their in-processing period.
The joint base commander’s vision for the JBLM headquarters is to provide worldclass support to mission commanders and the joint base community, to serve as an enabler to our warfighters as they train and project America’s combat power, and to make JBLM the duty station of choice for our nation’s warfighters and their families.
I Corps commands most Army units at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and conducts planning and liaison with other assigned active and Reserve component units located in the continental United States. It is one of four corps headquarters in the active Army, and one of three based in the continental United States.
Today, I Corps has been designated as one of the active Army’s contingency corps. I Corps stays prepared to deploy on short notice worldwide to command up to five divisions or a joint task force.
Since I Corps was assigned to Fort Lewis in 1981, Soldiers from its units have participated in Operation Just Cause in Panama, Desert Shield and Desert Storm during the Persian Gulf War, Operation Provide Comfort for Kurdish refugees, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. They helped with the restoration of order following the riots in Los Angeles, participated in Operation Safe Harbor in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for Haitian migrants, supported relief efforts following Hurricane Andrew in Florida and Hurricane Iniki in Hawaii, and played a significant role in Operation Restore Hope in Somalia and in restoring peace in Kosovo.
I Corps also contributed to the command structure of Operation Desert Storm with the I Corps commander, Lt. Gen. Calvin A.H. Waller, and the Deputy I Corps commander, Maj. Gen. Paul Schwartz, assisting Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, the commander of American forces.
Jan. 15, 2003, marked the 85th anniversary of the activation of the I American Army Corps in Neufchateau, France. The corps assumed tactical responsibility for troops fighting on the Western Front on July 4, 1918. Corps Soldiers participated in battles during the Aisne-Marne Offensive, the St. Mihiel Offensive and the Battle of Meuse- Argonne. After World War I, I Corps was disbanded at Tonnerre, France, in 1919.
I Corps was reactivated at Fort Jackson, S.C., in 1940. In 1942, the corps was assigned to U.S. Army Forces, Southwest Pacific Area, under the command of Gen. Douglas MacArthur. I Corps’ first major World War II combat assignment was the taking of Buna, New Guinea, the first Allied victory over the Japanese. Corps Soldiers then won battles at Hollandia and Biak, New Guinea. Later, I Corps took part in the invasion of the Philippines.
Following the war, I Corps was assigned to occupation duty in Japan until 1950. It was briefly inactivated, then reactivated at Fort Bragg, N.C., and sent to Korea, fighting on the Pusan Perimeter, near Seoul and elsewhere on the peninsula for two years. When the fighting ended, I Corps was given tactical control of U.S., United Nations and Republic of Korea forces along the western third of the Eighth Army area. The corps continued to play an active role in Korea along the DMZ until 1971, when it was reduced to zero strength.
In 1981, I Corps was reactivated at Fort Lewis.
On Oct. 12, 1999, Gen. Eric K. Shinseki, Chief of Staff of the Army, announced I Corps would lead the acceleration of Army transformation, training and the initial creation of the first two Stryker Brigade Combat Teams at Fort Lewis.
Since Sept. 11, 2001, I Corps and Fort Lewis assets have been active in providing support for Global War on Terrorism operations. GWOT operations include Operations Noble Eagle (Homeland Defense), Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and Iraqi Freedom. On Feb. 5, 2004, Task Force Olympia was activated, a sub-element of I Corps headquarters with the mission to command forward-deployed units in Iraq. This marked the first time that I Corps had forward Soldiers in combat since the end of the Korean War. Task Force Olympia included units from all three components of the Army (active, Reserve and National Guard) as well as Marine and Australian officers. Task Force Olympia’s subordinate units included the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, which deployed for Iraq Nov. 8, 2003, and returned to Fort Lewis after one year of combat duty; and the 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, which departed Fort Lewis Sept. 15, 2004, for one year and returned in September 2005. On June 1, 2006, the 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division cased its colors and became the 2nd Cavalry Regiment-Stryker Brigade Combat Team with its home station in Germany. A brand-new unit ready to make history then uncased the colors of its new designation on June 1, 2006 — the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. The 4th Brigade deployed to Iraq March 12, 2007, and returned in May 2008 after more than 14 months in theater. It cased its colors for its second deployment Aug. 25, 2009, to Iraq for one year and was the last combat brigade to leave Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Another new unit, the 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, uncased its colors May 4, 2007. The brigade deployed to Afghanistan in June 2009.
The Army’s sixth modular brigade, the 17th Fires Brigade, arrived and uncased its colors Aug. 10, 2007. The Thunderbolt Brigade is a U.S. Army Forces Command organization now attached to I Corps. The Fires Brigade can deploy as a self-contained combat unit or provide battalions and batteries to other maneuver organizations at the corps commander’s discretion.
On June 2, 2006, 3rd Brigade departed for Iraq for its second tour and returned in October 2007. The Soldiers of the Arrowhead Brigade fought in some of the most difficult parts of the war zone in Iraq. On July 24, 2009, the brigade cased its colors for its third tour in Iraq. America’s Corps made history in February 2009 when it deployed to Iraq for its first combat deployment in more than a half-century. I Corps replaced XVIII Airborne Corps and served as the headquarters element for Multi-National Corps Iraq, supporting U.S. and multinational units deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. As Multi-National Corps Iraq, the Corps’ mission included command and control of multinational forces supporting Iraqi security operations, and coordinating the planned reduction of U.S. forces and equipment in Iraq and the ongoing transfer of security responsibilities to Iraqi Security Forces. I Corps’ staff worked closely with Iraqi Ground Force Command (IGFC), establishing a Combined Partnership Operations Center (CPOC) at Camp Victory to further improve communication and coordination with Iraqi Security Forces. By June 30, 2009, U.S. and multinational coalition forces had successfully withdrawn to bases outside urban city centers, and Iraqi Security Forces assumed direct control for security operations in Iraqi cities.
On New Year’s Day 2010, Multi-National Corps Iraq cased its colors as part of activation of U.S. Forces-Iraq at Al Faw Palace, Camp Victory, Iraq. Multi-National Corps Iraq became U.S. Forces Iraq in January 2010, further consolidating command and control of U.S. forces deployed in support of operations in Iraq, as part of the planned withdrawal of forces stipulated in the January 2009 Security Agreement with the Iraqi government. This deployment marked the first time since the Korean War the I Corps Headquarters had deployed in direct support of combat operations. I Corps returned to JBLM in March 2010.
On May 26, 2011, I Corps cased its colors for deployment to Kabul, Afghanistan, to lead the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command. More than 700 Soldiers from the I Corps Headquarters deployed to Afghanistan to serve as the core of NATO International Security Assistance Force Joint Command Headquarters with operational responsibility throughout all of Afghanistan.
Since its formation in 1918, I Corps has participated in more campaigns than any other corps in the U.S. Army’s history and is the only corps ever to be awarded the Presidential Unit Citation. The success of I Corps is a direct result of the professionalism, dedication and motivation of its Soldiers. Soldiers make America’s Corps what it is today, the corps of the future.
Headquarters, 7th Infantry Division was officially reactivated on Oct. 1, 2012 to fill an administrative layer between five JBLM brigades and I Corps. The 7th Infantry Division was originally formed for service during World War I. It was activated into the regular Army on Dec. 6, 1917, at Camp Wheeler, Ga., and after training, arrived in France in October 1918, approximately one month before the armistice was signed. Although the 7th Infantry Division as a whole did not see action, many of its subordinate units did. After 33 days in combat, the division suffered 1,988 casualties that included 204 killed in action. The 7th Infantry Division returned to the United States in late 1919, and was subsequently inactivated and reactivated four additional times until its most recent inactivation in August 2006. Although elements of the division saw brief active service in World War I, it is best known for its participation in the Pacific theater of World War II, where it took heavy casualties engaging the Imperial Japanese Army in the Aleutian Islands, Leyte and Okinawa.
Following the Japanese surrender in 1945, the division was stationed in Japan and Korea. With the outbreak of the Korean War in 1950, and the division’s location, it was one of the first units in action. It took part in the Inchon Landings and the advancement north until Chinese forces counterattacked and almost overwhelmed the scattered division. The 7th ID later went on to fight in the Battle of Pork Chop Hill and the Battle of Old Baldy.
After the Korean War ended, the division returned to the United States. In the late 1980s, it briefly saw action overseas in Operation Golden Pheasant in Honduras and Operation Just Cause in Panama. In the early 1990s, it provided domestic support to civil authorities in Operation Green Sweep and during the 1992 Los Angeles Riots. Following the riots, the division was slated to be inactivated as part of the post- Cold War drawdown of the U.S. Army.
The 1st Brigade relocated to Fort Lewis and was later reflagged as the 2nd Brigade of the 2nd Infantry Division while the 2nd Brigade and the 3rd Brigade of the 7th were deactivated at Fort Ord, Calif. The division headquarters was formally deactivated in June 1994. It was, again, reactivated in 1999 at Fort Carson, Colo., as an Active Component/Reserve Component Division, responsible for the training and evaluation of three enhanced National Guard Brigades from Arkansas, Oregon and Oklahoma; it was inactivated in June 2006.
On April 26, 2012, the Secretary of the Army directed the activation of a two-star command at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., to provide training and readiness support to designated JBLM units. On May 17, 2012, the Deputy Chief of Staff of Army G-3/5/7 signed an executive order directing the reactivation of Headquarters, 7th Infantry Division, which oversees training and readiness for 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division; 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division; 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division; 16th Combat Aviation Brigade; and 17th Fires Brigade.
A new chapter in Army and Joint Base Lewis-McChord history was written on Oct. 10, 2012 when the 7th Infantry Division leadership uncased the Bayonet division colors at its reactivation ceremony on JBLM’s Watkins Field in front of hundreds of senior leaders, Soldiers, former 7th Infantry Division veterans, and civilians.
2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
The 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division was first organized in October 1920 in the Regular Army at Camp Travis, Texas, as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Infantry Brigade, and assigned to the 2nd Division. The unit was redesignated on March 23, 1925, as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Brigade and again on August 24, 1936, as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Infantry Brigade. It was disbanded on Oct. 16, 1939, at Fort Francis E. Warren, Wyoming.
The Brigade was reconstituted on Jan. 25, 1963, as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division and activated on Feb.15, 1963, at Fort Benning, Ga. From there it followed the 1st Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division to the Republic of Korea in 1965, where it was stationed until 2005. Prior to its redeployment to the United States in 2005, the 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division was the Army’s only Light/Heavy Brigade, with two Air Assault Battalions, the 1-503rd Infantry (Air Assault) and the 1-506th Infantry (Air Assault).
On May 17, 2004, the 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division received the order to deploy to Iraq with less than three months’ notice; additionally the unit was informed that It would redeploy to Fort Carson, Colo., not back to Korea. From August 2004 to August 2005, 2nd Brigade Soldiers fought in Operation Iraqi Freedom in the first combat deployment for the brigade’s battalions since the Korean War. The brigade saw active combat from Ramadi to Fallujah to Baghdad before redeploying to Fort Carson.
In October 2006, the new 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division returned to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom VI. After the deployment the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division was subsequently inactivated in April 2008. During that tour in Iraq, the brigade destroyed the insurgency in Ramadi as well as serving in other areas such as West Baghdad and Sadr City. Two Soldiers in the brigade earned the Distinguished Service Cross for actions during this tour.
In July 2010, the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team “Lancers,” 2nd Infantry Division was activated at Joint Base Lewis- McChord. The brigade currently stands ready to deploy as needed to disrupt or destroy enemy military forces, control land areas (including populations and resources) and to conduct combat operations to protect U.S. national interests. The unit is also postured to deploy, on order, to neutralize the insurgency and protect the people in our area of operations as part of the ongoing Global War on Terrorism.
The 2nd Brigade is currently a Stryker Brigade Combat Team composed of six battalions: 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment; 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment; 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment; 8th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment; 2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery; and the 2nd Brigade Support Battalion.
“Seize the High Ground!”
3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
The 3rd Brigade was established as the 1st Provisional Brigade on Aug. 11, 1917, in Syracuse, N.Y. Shortly after, it was redesignated on Sept. 22, 1917, as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Infantry Brigade, and was assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division. A month later the brigade was sent to France, where it saw heavy fighting as part of the AEF (American Expeditionary Force). The brigade contained the 9th Infantry Regiment, 23rd Infantry Regiment, and the 5th Machinegun Battalion.
While in France, the Soldiers of the 3rd Brigade participated in a period of harsh training in the Bourmont area to ready themselves for the Germans. The 3rd Brigade fought in many battles in France, including the battles of Chateau Thierry, the St. Michial Salient and Meuse-Argonne. Throughout these battles the Soldiers of the 3rd Brigade were the most highly decorated in the AEF. During World War I, the 3rd Brigade earned six battle streamers for their participation in the major campaigns of Aisne, Aisne-Marne, Lorraine 1918, Ile de France 1918, St Michiel, and Meuse-Argonne. The French awarded the brigade four French Croix de Guerre; three streamers, Chateau- Thierry, Aisne-Marne, and Meuse-Argonne; and the French Fourragere. The green and red Fourragere is still worn on the left shoulder of every Soldier assigned to the brigade.
After the war, the 3rd Brigade remained in Germany for one year as the U.S. Army of Occupation. In late 1919, the brigade returned to its home of Fort Sam Houston, Texas. The brigade was deactivated on Oct. 9, 1939. On Feb. 1, 1963, the 3rd Brigade was reactivated and reassigned to the 2nd Infantry Division at Fort Benning, Ga. Two years later, on July 1, 1965, the 3rd Brigade moved to Korea to join the rest of the 2nd Infantry Division, where its mission was to guard the Western Corridor. In April 1967, five North Korean infiltrators were killed at guard post Lucy. Twenty-four days later, two more agents were captured and one was killed. From May to September 1967, 264 engagements with infiltrators occurred. During the Pueblo Crisis in 1968, increased enemy activity and propaganda resulted in 74 intrusion attempts and firefights. It was at this time that the Army authorized all personnel north of the Imjin River to draw hostile fire pay. From July to October 1968, 56 incidents involving the brigade occurred. From 1969 until its deactivation in 1992 the infiltrations slowed and eventually came to a stop.
On April 11, 1995, the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division was reactivated at Fort Lewis, Wash., as part of I Corps. After May 18, 2000, the 3rd Brigade began its transformation by fielding new digital equipment and the U.S. Army’s first Stryker Combat vehicles. This transformation culminated on Sept. 23, 2003, with the brigade’s certification.
On Nov. 2, 2003, the 3rd Brigade deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, relieving the 101st Airborne. For the next year the U.S. Army’s first Stryker Brigade proved its worth in combat and logistics operations. In October 2004, the 3rd Brigade handed the reins to 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, and began the redeployment home to Fort Lewis. The Arrowhead Brigade returned to Iraq in June 2006 for what was originally to be a yearlong deployment to Mosul. They were later sent to Baghdad, saw their tour extended to 15 months and were used as a strike force to attack in some of the country’s toughest areas. The entire brigade served in Baqouba in Diyala province, where they forced Al-Qaida in Iraq (AQI) from what the group called the capital of its new Islamic republic.
On Friday, July 24, 2009, the Arrowhead Soldiers cased their colors during a ceremony to mark their third deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Third Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division accepted responsibility for Diyala province, Iraq, in a transfer of authority ceremony on Sept. 12, 2009, on Forward Operating Base Warhorse, from the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division. The Arrowhead Brigade served a year in Diyala province partnering with Iraqi Security Forces, Iraqi political leaders and the Diyala Provincial Reconstruction Team to train and mentor Iraqi soldiers and policemen, and to enhance infrastructure and economic development within the region. The Arrowhead Brigade’s Golden Egg Project renewed the poultry industry in Diyala province, allowing farmers to receive start-up materials including feed and chicks. Once the initial stock is sold, proceeds are reinvested to continue to cycle, thus allowing them to compete in a competitive market. Two Infantry Battalions (1-23 INF and 2-3 INF) returned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., during May and June 2010, as part of the reduction of U.S. Forces. On July 27, 2010, the Arrowhead Brigade transferred responsibility for Diyala province to 2-25 SBCT (AAB).
In December 2011, the Arrowhead Brigade was once again called to deploy, this time in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 2011-12. The headquarters, 1-14 Cavalry Squadron, 5-20 Infantry Regiment and a contingent of support assets deployed to Southern Afghanistan, while 2-3 Infantry Regiment deployed to support Special Forces Operations throughout southeast Afghanistan.
The 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division participated in Operation Enduring Freedom 2011-12 in support of the 82nd Airborne Division and the 3rd Infantry Division, which both served as Regional Command–South, for 12 continuous months from December 2011 to December 2012.
The Arrowhead Brigade assumed control of Combined Team Zabul, which was responsible for all 11 districts in Zabul province, from the 116th IBCT, Virginia Army National Guard on Dec. 27, 2011. CTZ consisted of a U.S. and Romanian headquarters and headquarters company, two Romanian mechanized infantry battalions, an infantry battalion, a cavalry squadron, a provincial reconstruction team, an agribusiness development team, and several company-sized enabler units.
Combined Team Zabul was renamed Combined Task Force Arrowhead and assumed control of Dand, Daman, Panjwai, Registan, Arghistan and Maruf districts of Kandahar Province from Combined Task Force Arctic Wolves (1-25 SBCT) on May 19, 2012. CTF Arrowhead added an infantry battalion, an armor battalion, a field artillery battalion, a brigade support battalion and several security force assistance teams (SFATs) to the existing task organization.
Combined Task Force Arrowhead assumed control of Spin Boldak and Tak te Pol districts from Combined Task Force Viper (504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade) on June 18, 2012. CTF Arrowhead added another infantry battalion, a military intelligence battalion and more SFATs.
Combined Task Force Arrowhead was a 4,200 person Combined Joint Task Force that included an American and Romanian Brigade Headquarters, six U.S. battalions, two Romanian battalions, five separate companies, a Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT), an Agriculture Development Team (ADT), three Strategic Transition Teams (STTs), 34 Strategic Forces Advisor Teams (SFATs) and several company-size or smaller enabler units. The CTF-AH AO included 17 districts and had a population of more than 1 million citizens.
4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
The 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division — the Raiders — activated at Fort Lewis, Wash., on June 1, 2006, after forming as the Army’s fourth Stryker Brigade 16 months earlier.
In April 2007, the brigade deployed to Iraq as part of the “surge” strategy and became the first Stryker Brigade to deploy with all 10 variants of the Stryker combat vehicle. During more than 13 months of continuous actions across the range of military operations, the Raider Brigade successfully conducted nine major brigade-level operations and more than 550 battalion and company-sized operations throughout Baghdad’s Northern Belt and in Diyala Province. The brigade’s actions, in conjunction with Iraqi Security Forces, defeated al-Qaida-affiliated insurgents across the capital of Iraq, suppressed Shia extremist militias, bolstered Iraqi civil government and security force capabilities, and protected critical infrastructure. These efforts provided space and time for the Iraqi people to take control of their own destiny and begin the process of reconciliation, rebuilding and self-government. On June 1, 2008, the Raider SBCT completed its mission in Iraq and transferred authority of Diyala Province.
In March 2009, the 4th Stryker Brigade was notified that its next deployment date would be accelerated by nine months. The Army Chief of Staff had identified the need for a Stryker brigade to facilitate the responsible drawdown of American combat forces from Iraq and to leave Iraqi Security Forces trained, equipped and capable of protecting their people. On Sept. 28, 2009, the 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division transferred authority of western Baghdad to the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. The Raider Brigade partnered with the 6th and 9th Iraqi Army Divisions, 6th Brigade, 2nd Federal Police Division, and with local Iraqi police and Sons of Iraq in an area often considered Iraq’s “Center of Gravity.” Following the summer’s spectacular attacks in Baghdad, the brigade assisted its partners in the formation of Combined Tactical Operations Centers, demonstrating to the Iraqi commanders the importance of unified mission command. The March 7, 2010, national elections demonstrated that ISF could create and execute a comprehensive security plan for their own nation. With the Raider Brigade merely helping to facilitate ISF security operations, more than 60 percent of Iraqis turned out to vote despite early morning violence, a strong testament to the determined will of the Iraqi people.
After seven years of war, the Raider SBCT was the last designated combat unit to depart Iraq.
In order to meet the President’s Sept. 1 deadline of 50,000 troops in Iraq, preparation for the brigade’s redeployment began shortly after the elections. The BCT executed its redeployment in a way that ensured senior U.S. commanders on the ground had additional combat flexibility for as long as possible. While roughly half the brigade flew home from Iraq, approximately 2,000 Raiders departed via a tactical road march from Victory Base Complex and Camp Taji in mid-August 2010. Dubbed “The Last Patrol,” the Soldiers drove a total of 360 vehicles, including 320 Strykers, a distance of 360 miles from Baghdad to Kuwait, similar to the way units had first entered Iraq more than seven years earlier. The brigade designated the operational name of the Iraq- Kuwait border to be “Phase Line Lakewood,” symbolic of the BCT’s return home and to commemorate the strong partnership that has existed for years between the BCT and the City of Lakewood, Wash. The Raider Brigade’s departure from Iraq reduced the total number of U.S. forces to 52,000, signifying the end of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the beginning of Operation New Dawn on Sept. 1, 2010.
Through the summer and fall of 2011, the 4th Brigade took part in and supported a variety of training missions both in the U.S. and overseas. Most notably, the Raiders played a key role in the execution of ROTC’s Leader Development and Assessment Course or “Operation Warrior Forge,” the central culminating training event for more than 6,500 senior ROTC cadets across the nation. At the same time, the Brigade Combat Team sent units overseas to take part in joint training exercises with Pacific partners Australia, Singapore and the BCT’s historical parent headquarters in Korea.
From September 2011 through February 2012, the Raider SBCT deployed to the Yakima Training Center in Central Washington for two BCT-wide training exercises named “Raider Fusion” and “Raider Focus,” and also participated in the firstever bilateral execution of Operation Rising Thunder involving support to the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force.
On June 1, 2012, the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team began Mission Rehearsal Exercise at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif. This exercise involved nearly 5,500 Joint U.S. forces and was designed to replicate conditions that exist in the unit’s future area of operations in Southern Afghanistan. The exercise, named Operation Desert Fury, validated the Security Force Assistance mission that the unit was directed to execute in Kandahar Province of Afghanistan. In November 2012, the Raider Brigade deployed to the Afghanistan Theater of Operations to conduct this mission.
16th Combat Aviation Brigade
The 16th Combat Aviation Group was formed in battle on Jan. 23, 1968, under USARPAC General Order No. 131. The unit was activated at Marble Mountain, Da Nang, in the northernmost part of South Vietnam. At the time of activation, the 16th Combat Aviation Group was formed from two battalions, the 14th Combat Aviation Battalion and the 212th Combat Support Aviation Battalion, with a total combat force of 3,300 personnel.
Provisionally established in October 2005 at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, Task Force 49 originally oversaw 4-123d Aviation Battalion, 1-52d Aviation Battalion, 68th Medical Company (Air Ambulance) and C-123d Aviation Maintenance Company. In February 2006, Task Force 49 was formally established, 4-123d Aviation Battalion was inactivated and 1-52d Aviation Battalion was reorganized into a General Support Aviation Battalion. The 6-17th Cavalry Squadron and elements from the 209th Aviation Support Battalion were relocated from Wheeler Army Air Base, Hawaii, to Fort Wainwright in May 2006. While not part of the 16th CAB lineage, 6-17 CAV was under the command and control of 16th CAB from May 2006 to July 2011.
Beginning in July 2007, TF 49 had company elements continuously deployed for 31 consecutive months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The first unit to deploy from Task Force 49 was the CH-47- based Task Force Dragon, composed primarily of B Company, 1-52d Aviation Battalion. Task Force Dragon supported two Marine aircraft wings in Al Anbar, Iraq, from July 2007 to August 2008.
From November 2007 to December 2008, HHC, Task Force 49 deployed and assumed command of the Multi-National Corps Iraq Aviation Brigade in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and in July 2008, HHC Task Force 49 assumed command of the Multi-National Division-Center Aviation Brigade at Baghdad International Airport, Iraq.
The 6th Squadron, 17th Cavalry deployed as Task Force Saber to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 2008- 2009 with D Company, 123rd attached. The squadron was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation for Its performance in Northern Iraq from July 2008 to July 2009.
In November 2008, C Company,1-52 Med deployed for a year in support of OIF 2008-2010 and was assigned to Multi- National Division–South, where they flew more than 1,000 combat medevac missions and saved countless lives.
From February 2009 to February 2010, the GSAB’s Command Aviation Company, A/1-52, deployed to Iraq in support of MND–Center and MND–South. Throughout all of the brigade’s operational requirements in support of the Global War on Terrorism, C Company,123d AVIM deployed detachments and provided outstanding aircraft maintenance support.
On Oct. 16, 2009, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Task Force 49 was redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Company,16th Combat Aviation Brigade, and activated at Fort Wainwright, becoming the Army’s 12th active-duty Combat Aviation Brigade. 16th CAB’s first operational deployment was in August 2010 to provide humanitarian assistance to Pakistan. Task Force Denali, consisting of elements from 1-52 GSAB, C/123d AVIM and HHC/BDE, conducted a 100-day operation in response to Pakistan’s flood disaster.
In February 2011, 6-17 CAV and C/1-52 Medevac deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, respectively. The 1-229 Attack Reconnaissance Battalion (AH-64), stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, joined the 16th CAB in July 2010. The 1-229th deployed to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn in March 2011. In June 2011, 1-52 deployed Team Denali, a CH-47-based unit, to Operation Enduring Freedom to support operations in southern Afghanistan.
On June 15, 2011, the 16th CAB cased the brigade’s colors at Fort Wainwright and moved the Headquarters and Headquarters Company to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
Currently stationed at Joint Base Lewis McChord, the 16th CAB uncased its colors on Aug. 1, 2011, along with activation of the 2-158th Assault Helicopter Battalion (AHB) and 46th Aviation Support Battalion (ASB). The 1st Battalion, 229th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion relocated from Fort Hood, Texas, to JBLM Aug. 1, 2012, and was part of the final phase of activation of the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade. The 16th CAB transitioned out of its build phase on Aug. 15 and became fully mission- capable on Nov. 1, 2012.
17th Fires Brigade
The 17th Field Artillery Brigade was initially constituted on July 31, 1918, as an element of the 17th Thunderbolt Division at Camp Bowie, Texas. The unit was demobilized after World War I, in February 1919, at Fort Sill, Okla.
In October 1936, Headquarters, 17th Field Artillery Brigade was reconstituted and consolidated as Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 17th Field Artillery Brigade.
In January 1943, the brigade was again activated at Fort Sill. In March 1944, the unit was reorganized and redesignated Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, VII Corps Artillery. During World War II, the unit earned five battle streamers for its valorous participation in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace and Central Europe. Following World War II, the unit was deactivated.
The unit was activated in January 1951, and served with distinction in the Federal Republic of Germany until its inactivation in June 1975. In March 1978, the unit was again activated and redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 17th Field Artillery Brigade. On Jan. 15, 1992, the Thunderbolt Brigade colors were transferred from Augsburg, Germany, to Fort Sill as an enhanced CONUS Contingency Capability Unit, and it was assigned to III Armored Corps Artillery.
The 17th Field Artillery Brigade deployed to Iraq in 2003 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as a part of V Corps Artillery. During summer 2003, the brigade was involved in the construction and repair of Iraqi schools and other facilities, the movement of various types of ammunition throughout the Sunni Triangle, and Relay Point Missions. Upon return from Iraq, the brigade inactivated 3rd Battalion, 18th Field Artillery Regiment in support of Army modularity. On Sept. 5, 2005, the 17th Field Artillery Brigade deployed Task Force Thunderbolt to Baghdad, Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 2005-2007. While deployed, Task Force Thunderbolt conducted Garrison Command Operations and Base Defense for the Victory Base Complex. Simultaneously, 1st Battalion, 12th Field Artillery Regiment and 5th Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment deployed three truck companies with their base of operations in Kuwait. In this remarkable accomplishment, 17th Field Artillery Brigade elements collectively covered the entire Iraqi footprint.
From Aug. 23 until Nov. 18, 2006, every member of the 17th Field Artillery Brigade redeployed to Fort Sill, and reintegrated on March 15, 2007. The 17th Field Artillery Brigade inactivated 1st Battalion, 12th Field Artillery Regiment and prepared to relocate to Fort Lewis.
In support of the Army Campaign Plan, the brigade continued its transformation from a field artillery brigade to a fires brigade with the movement of its subordinate units from Forts Sill, Bragg and Campbell to Fort Lewis. When the unit activated as 17th Fires Brigade on July 16, 2007, it consisted of Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, the 17th Brigade; 5th Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment (HIMARS); 1st Battalion (Air Assault), 377th Field Artillery Regiment (155 TOWED); 308th Brigade Support Battalion, 606th and 657th Forward Support Companies; F Battery, 26th Field Artillery (Target Acquisition Battery); and 256th Signal Company. 1st Battalion, 94th Field Artillery Regiment (HIMARS) along with 125th FSC joined the brigade in 2008.
In February 2009, F Battery, 26th Field Artillery (Target Acquisition Battery) deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom to Baghdad, Iraq, conducting an in-lieu-of mission providing both Sentinel and Fire Finder radar coverage in the Multi-National Division–Baghdad Area of Operation. The Brigade subsequently deployed two Fires and Effects Coordination Cells in April and June 2009 to Operation Iraqi Freedom in support of Multi-National Divisions North and Baghdad to assist in coordinating effects.
In July 2009, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 17th Fires Brigade, 1st Battalion (Air Assault), 377th Field Artillery Regiment, 308th Brigade Support Battalion, 606th Forward Support Company, and 256th Signal Company deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and established operations in Basra Province, Iraq, at Forward Operating Base Basra. The Brigade conducted a nonstandard artillery mission as a ground-owning Brigade Combat Team, Task Force Thunderbolt, in Multi-National Division–South. These units returned from the deployment in July 2010.
In October 2009, 5th Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment (HIMARS) deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan performing an inlieu- of mission conducting route clearance operations, returning to Joint Base Lewis- McChord in October 2010.
In 2011 and 2012, Soldiers from the 5th Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment trained and deployed three firing batteries in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. The summer of 2012 saw all elements of 1st Battalion, 94th Field Artillery Regiment reunited for the first time in more than a year following the successful completion of multiple missions throughout the CENTCOM area of responsibility supporting both Operations New Dawn and Enduring Freedom.
The Thunderbolt brigade continues to support worldwide operations. From Operations New Dawn and Enduring Freedom to U.S. Army Cadet Command’s Operation Warrior Forge, Soldiers of 17th Fires Brigade demonstrate their resilient and adaptive leadership skills.
42nd Military Police Brigade and Directorate of Emergency Services
Task Force Protector represents the combined forces of the 42nd Military Police Brigade and the Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) Directorate of Emergency Services (DES). This team is dedicated to the Army mission and the safety and security of the JBLM community. As the leader of TF Protector, the 42nd Military Police Brigade commander holds three important positions: brigade commander, Director of DES and the Regional Director for Army Corrections Command. The 42nd MP Brigade is responsible for conducting law enforcement support for I Corps and other contingency forces. The DES provides law enforcement and force protection mission support for I Corps and JBLM.
The precursor organization to the 42nd MP Brigade was the 7751st MP Detachment (Customs), activated on March 21, 1949, in Germany. The unit’s mission was to control widespread and organized black marketeering and smuggling activities that posed a serious threat to the German economy and to foster an environment in which economic recovery could take root in Europe. In 1955, the customs unit was reorganized into a non-numerical designation until August 1964, when the unit was deactivated, renamed and reactivated as the 42nd MP Detachment (Customs).
On Jan. 25, 1968, the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, the 42nd MP Group, was constituted in the regular Army and activated in Germany. On Oct. 21, 1977, the HHD, 42nd MP Group was reorganized and redesignated as the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 42nd MP Group. With the end of the Cold War and the subsequent drawdown of troop strength, the customs mission no longer required the services of the entire group, and in August 1994, the 42nd MP Group (Customs) was deactivated.
The inactive unit was redesignated as the 1st MP Brigade (Provisional) at Fort Lewis in May 2004. On Oct. 15, 2004, the 1st MP Brigade (Provisional) was deactivated and the 42nd MP Brigade was activated as the Military Police Brigade supporting I Corps. It soon deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom to increase Iraqi Police readiness and force protection to coalition partners. The 42nd MP Brigade deployed again in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom on March 16, 2008, but this time it conducted theaterwide internment facility and reconciliation center operations and managed an Iraqi correctional officer training academy. The brigade is currently deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, where it is overseeing detention operations in Bagram, Afghanistan.
The 42nd MP Brigade consists of two battalions located at JBLM: the 504th MP Battalion and the 508th MP (Internment/ Resettlement) Battalion, and two battalions, the 759th MP Battalion at Fort Carson, Colo., and the 97th MP Battalion at Fort Riley, Kan. The brigade has successfully maintained the balance between providing garrison force protection, wartime combat-support functions, area security, corrections, law and order, and augmentation from Department of Army police, guards and civilians assigned to the DES.
The 504th MP Battalion was activated in the regular Army on June 1, 1940, at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. In 1943, the battalion landed on the beaches of North Africa as one of the first Allied units of World War II to fight against Rommel’s Afrika Korps. The battalion consists of a Headquarters Detachment, the 51st (L&O) Detachment, and four combat-support companies: the 54th MP Company, the 66th MP Company, the 170th MP Company and the 571st MP Company. All elements of the battalion recently redeployed or are currently deployed in support of Iraq and/or Afghanistan, where they conducted combat support, humanitarian aid, stability operations, or training local national police.
The 508th MP (I/R) Battalion was activated on Oct. 14, 2005, at Fort Lewis. The battalion consists of a Headquarters Company and two MP Companies: the 67th MP (I/R) Company and the 595th MP (I/R) Company. The Battalion Headquarters Company and the 67th (I/R) MP Company deployed to Iraq in early fall 2008 to conduct detainee operations. The 595th MP Company is currently deployed in support to Afghanistan and is conducting detention operations. The 508th MP (I/R) Battalion is responsible for mission command and daily operations of the Northwest Joint Regional Correction Facility (NWJRCF) at JBLM.
The DES was established at Fort Lewis on Jan. 11, 2006. The DES mission is to plan, direct and provide law and order; fire and emergency services; and force protection operations in support of I Corps and Joint Base Lewis-McChord and to provide a safe and secure environment for the Soldiers, Airmen, civilians and Families who live and work on or visit the installation. The DES performs these important missions through the combined efforts of approximately 750 Soldiers, Airmen, DA civilians and contractors serving in various divisions within DES: Law Enforcement Division, which includes a Training Branch, Police Administration Branch, Patrol Operations Branch, Investigations Branch, Traffic Branch, and Security and Access Control Branch; Fire and Emergency Services Division, which includes Fire Protection, Fire Prevention and the Emergency Communications Center/911 Center; Support Services Division; and the Protection Division, which provides Antiterrorism/ Force Protection support for JBLM.
62nd Medical Brigade
Proud and steadfast, the 62nd Medical Brigade has been a part of the JBLM community since 1968. The brigade’s mission is to organize, train and deploy a multifunctional medical task force consisting of 11 distinct mission areas. These areas include mission command, ground evacuation, forward resuscitative surgery, hospitalization, area medical support, combat stress control, preventive medicine, veterinary services, blood support, medical logistics and dental. The brigade provides trained and ready medical capabilities qualified to provide force-health-protection operations in any theater. In addition, the brigade conducts stability operations, support operations and consequence management. When deployed, the 62nd Medical Brigade will include professional fillers (PROFIS) from the Army Medical Command and Army Dental Command to accomplish any given mission.
The 62nd Medical Brigade ensures its Combat Health Support readiness through a robust operational training and support program executed at the Joint Readiness Training Center, National Training Center, Yakima Training Center and other CONUS and OCONUS exercises. Subordinate units hone critical clinical skills and assist in maintaining a healthy deployable force through cooperative programs with Madigan Army Medical Center and the I Corps Joint Medical Training Center.
The 62nd Medical Brigade annually sponsors the Expert Field Medical Badge training and testing for I Corps and JBLM and supports the Reserve Officers Training Corps’ Warrior Forge by providing medical coverage.
The 62nd Medical Brigade and subordinate units have deployed numerous times in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. In the past year, the Soldiers of the brigade have provided combat health support in the countries of Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Qatar, Djibouti and the Horn of Africa.
The 62nd Medical Brigade is trained and ready to mission-command combat health support on the ground when and where it is needed to support the fighting men and women of our Armed Services.
201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade
The Battlefield Surveillance Brigade (BFSB) is a multifunctional support brigade. The primary purpose of the brigade is to provide reconnaissance, surveillance and MI discipline collection to answer division and higher-level commanders’ priority information requirements (PIR). The BFSB headquarters (HQ) adds the capability to provide mission command to a variety of collection, maneuver and other assets in support of this mission. Under its current organization, the BFSB also provides downward reinforcement of MI discipline collection capabilities to brigade combat teams (BCT) and other brigade formations as directed.
The BFSB includes a brigade, two MI battalions, an R&S squadron, and a brigade special troops battalion (BSTB) consisting of a headquarters and headquarters company (HHC), a brigade support company (BSC) and a network support company (NSC). The brigade headquarters has a combination of maneuver/reconnaissance and intelligence expertise that allows it to provide mission command for the employment of a wide range of organic and nonorganic collection capabilities. The staff includes a small analytical cell, a fires cell and an ADAM/BAE. The brigade’s pacing items are its reconnaissance/surveillance and collection teams.
The lineage of the 201st BFSB begins with the 503rd Army Security Group, which was activated in 1942. While stationed on the Marshall Islands, the 503rd supported Army Air Force units in the Pacific. They were inactivated in 1946 at Andrews Field, Camp Spring, Md., and then reactivated in 1951 as 503rd Communications Reconnaissance Group.
The 201st Military Intelligence Detachment activated in 1944 in New Guinea. It was deactivated shortly after WWII but reactivated in 1950 in Korea, participating in operations throughout the Korean conflict.
The lineage of the 503rd Army Security Group and the 201st Military Intelligence Detachment merged on Sept. 1, 1987, when the 201st Military Intelligence Brigade was activated at Fort Lewis, Wash. In 2002, the Brigade was reorganized as a multicomponent brigade in the Army Reserve.
The concept for the BFSB originated with Task Force Modularity between 2003 and 2005. The task force recommended creating the BFSB to accomplish the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) functions for the Unit of Employment (UEx), which was a division/corps-like headquarters.
On July 3, 2008, the 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade was activated as a purely active-duty unit. In August 2010, the Brigade deployed to Iraq in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn. During its deployment, the 201st BFSB conducted multidisciplined intelligence collection, surveillance and reconnaissance to support the United States Forces–Iraq. In March 2012, the Brigade deployed its two military intelligence battalions to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
555th Engineer Brigade The 555th Engineer Brigade “Triple Nickel” reactivated on Joint Base Lewis- McChord on Jan. 16, 1992, and was designated the 555th Combat Engineer Group. In January 2003, the 555th Combat Engineer Group received orders to deploy with the 4th Infantry Division as a member of Task Force Ironhorse in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. After its return from Operation Iraqi Freedom, the group was designated as the First Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (Provisional) on Oct. 4, 2004. On Oct. 6, 2005, the brigade headquarters deployed back to North Central Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom, attached to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). On June 13, 2007, the brigade became the Army’s first modular engineer brigade, reflagging as the 555th Engineer Brigade. The brigade deployed to Iraq in September 2008 for its third tour in support of the Global War on Terrorism.
The 555th Engineer Brigade provides mission command and resources to assigned and attached forces, allowing them to accomplish their mission. On order, the Brigade deploys to command and control unified land engineer operations in support of Army, Joint or Combined Joint Task Forces.
Subordinate units include the 864th Engineer Battalion and 14th Engineer Battalion on JBLM, the 1st Engineer Battalion at Fort Riley, Kan., and the 4th Engineer Battalion and 52nd Engineer Battalion at Fort Carson, Colo. The brigade maintains administrative control of three additional JBLM units: the 23rd Chemical Battalion (transferring to South Korea in 2013), the 110th Chemical Battalion (Technical Escort), and the 3rd Explosive Ordnance Battalion.
The 864th Engineer Battalion constructs roads, airfields, life support facilities, combat outposts and various infrastructures to support the commander across the battle space. The battalion has served three tours in Afghanistan between 2005 and 2011 as part of Operation Enduring Freedom and was one of the first units into Iraq in 2003 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The 864th Pacemakers previously fought in Desert Storm, Vietnam and World War II. They are scheduled to again deploy to Afghanistan in 2013 to assist with the scheduled drawdown of coalition forces.
The 14th Engineer Battalion transformed to a Modular “combat-effects” battalion on Feb. 20, 2007. The battalion deployed to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, 2005 and 2007, as well as Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom in 2011, executing route- and area-clearance operations to maintain freedom of action for coalition forces.
593rd Sustainment Brigade
The 593rd Sustainment Brigade was originally the 1350th Engineer Base Depot Brigade, activated Aug. 1, 1944, for service in World War II and constituted Aug. 7, 1944. The brigade was inactivated on the islands of Leyte and Luzon in the Philippines on May 20, 1946.
It was reactivated as the 593rd Engineer Base Depot in Guam on Dec. 16, 1948. Following a series of reactivations and redefinitions, it participated in 14 campaigns in Vietnam from 1966 to 1972 as the 593rd General Supply Brigade, earning its second Meritorious Unit Commendation and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm.
Inactivated in April 1972, it was again activated on March 21, 1973, as the 593rd Area Support Brigade at Fort Lewis. The brigade was immediately responsible for many post-support missions critical to the day-to-day operations of Fort Lewis, while simultaneously being prepared to deploy worldwide in support of I Corps, PACOM, Homeland Defense and War on Terrorism requirements across the full spectrum of Army, Joint and Interagency operations. Brigade personnel and units have supported a variety of missions ranging from SBCT National Training Center rotations to conducting the command, control and onward movement of all equipment during 4-2 SBCT’s redeployment to the Japanese CALFEX, while annually hosting the Washington Special Olympics.
On Aug. 31, 1990, the 593rd Area Support Brigade deployed to Saudi Arabia for participation in Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Desert Farewell. In addition, the 593rd Area Support Brigade deployed on Dec. 24, 1992, to Somalia for Operation Restore Hope.
On Nov. 16, 1993, the 593rd Area Support Brigade was redesignated as the 593rd Corps Support Brigade. Following its redesignation, it was deployed to El Salvador for a Joint Humanitarian Mission. Between November 1998 and February 1999, the 593rd Corps Support Brigade successfully joined with other military personnel to restore hope in that part of Central America.
On Jan. 16, 2004, the 593rd Corps Support Brigade deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. From the moment the 593rd took over the logistical mission in Iraq, it set the standard for logistical excellence for the 13th COSCOM. The 593rd Corps Support Brigade also has supported Operation Enduring Freedom by sending units to Afghanistan.
On June 28, 2006, the 593rd Corps Support Brigade deployed again to Iraq and exercised command and control over all Army logistics in western Iraq. On May 1, 2007, the 593rd Corps Support Brigade transformed into the 593rd Sustainment Brigade in Al Asad, Iraq. The 593rd Sustainment Brigade again deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in May 2010, executing one of the largest retrograde operations in history when they joined 1st Theater Sustainment Command in moving equipment and supplies both out of Iraq and into Afghanistan. On June 12, 2012, the 593rd Sustainment Brigade deployed to Afghanistan as the headquarters of the CENTCOM Materiel Recovery Element (CMRE), directing and managing base closures and the flow of equipment and supplies out of the Afghanistan Theater.
Upon redeployment to JBLM, the 593rd Sustainment Brigade will reset and convert to an Expeditionary Sustainment Command and will continue to provide the finest logistical support to I Corps, JBLM, and the Army.
Henry H. Lind Noncommissioned Officer Academy
The Henry H. Lind Noncommissioned Officer Academy is a JBLM-based Training and Doctrine Command NCO Academy that teaches the Warrior Leader Course, Army Basic Instructor Course and Small Group Instructor Training Course to qualified active, National Guard and Reserve Soldiers.
WLC is a branch-immaterial course that provides basic leadership training for Soldiers selected for promotion to sergeant. WLC provides Soldiers an opportunity to acquire the leadership skills, knowledge and experience needed to lead team-sized units. It is the foundation for further NCO training and development.
The JBLM NCO Academy is named after the late Command Sgt. Maj. Henry H. Lind. CSM Lind led his Soldiers through countless enemy incursions and several major battles that include Operations Overlord and Market Garden during WWII, and the Battle of Chipyong Ni during the Korean War. CSM Lind was a well-disciplined Soldier and a cunning warrior; his life embodied the motto of his beloved regiment, “We Serve.”
1st Special Forces Group (Airborne)
The 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) is one of five active-duty Special Forces Groups assigned to the U.S. Army Special Forces Command (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, N.C. The 1st SFG (A) is tasked to support the U.S. Pacific Command by conducting special operations, in peace and war, in the Asia/Pacific Theater.
The 1st SFG (A) lineage can be traced to the First Special Service Force. This combined Canadian–American unit, known as the “Devil’s Brigade,” distinguished themselves through daring and successful raids in both the Pacific and Mediterranean Theaters. Detachment 101 of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) is also considered a predecessor of the 1st SFG (A). This unit raised and led a guerrilla force known as the “Kachin Rangers,” which wrought havoc behind Japanese lines in Southeast Asia during World War II.
The modern 1st SFG (A) was activated on June 24, 1957, and stationed at Fort Buckner, Okinawa. For the next 17 years, the Group carried out a variety of missions in the Asia-Pacific region, including civic actions, foreign internal defense, counterinsurgency, reconnaissance, and disaster relief. The 1st SFG (A) saw extensive combat in Vietnam as well as in Laos, Thailand and Cambodia. Soldiers from 1st Group earned 296 awards for valor in Southeast Asia, and the Group was awarded the Meritorious Unit Citation. The 1st SFG (A) fought natural disasters as well as the enemy; teams deployed to the Philippines in 1972 and in 1973 to provide disaster relief for victims of floods and famine. For this humanitarian service, 1st Group received the Philippines’ Presidential Unit Citation.
The 1st SFG (A) was inactivated June 28, 1974, as part of a general reduction in Special Forces strength. Ten years later, recognizing the critical role that Special Forces perform in both peace and war, the Army reactivated the 1st SFG (A). On March 2, 1984, 1st Battalion was organized at Fort Bragg, N.C., and posted to Torii Station, Okinawa. The Group Headquarters, 2nd and 3rd Battalions were reactivated at Fort Lewis, Wash., on Sept. 4, 1984.
In the ensuing years, the 1st SFG (A) has continued to conduct an array of engagement and contingency missions throughout the Pacific, to include war planrelated training on the Korean peninsula.
Since Sept. 11, 2001, 1st SFG (A) personnel have played a vital role in the Global War on Terror by participating in Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan, Operation Enduring Freedom – Philippines, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation New Dawn.
In 2002, the Group was again awarded the Philippines’ Presidential Unit Citation and the U.S. Meritorious Unit Citation for its actions in OEF-P. On June 30, 2006, the 1st SFG (A) activated the Group Support Battalion to provide increased expeditionary logistical capabilities in support of the Group. And on Aug. 15, 2011, the 1st SFG (A) activated the 4th Battalion, 1st SFG (A) to enhance the Group’s expeditionary capabilities and better support the unit’s varied mission set. In addition to being the only Group to support the War on Terrorism in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Philippines, the 1st SFG (A) continues to meet its many requirements in the Pacific Theater as Global Scouts.
From June 2011 to June 2012, the 1st SFG (A) Commander successfully commanded the Joint Special Operations Task Force–Philippines with the Command Sergeant Major and core staff supporting the Philippine Security forces in fighting the War on Terrorism.
2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment
The 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, is one of four battalions assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment and can deploy anywhere in the world for no-notice combat operations. The battalion is part of the Army’s premier, direct-action raid force, capable of conducting forcible entry operations and special operations raids across the entire spectrum of combat. Capabilities include direct action raids in limited visibility, adverse weather, varied terrain and complex operating environments to capture and/or kill designated targets, and seize terrain and strategic installations. Capable of infiltrating by land, sea or air, 2nd Battalion is trained on a wide variety of mobility platforms, and operates fully integrated with supporting agencies and other special operations forces as required.
The 75th Ranger Regiment remains an all-volunteer force with an intensive screening and selection process followed by combat-focused training. The 75th Ranger Regiment is a proud unit and a team of teams — serving the nation.
2nd Ranger Battalion was originally organized in October 1948 as an element of the 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional), better known as Merrill’s Marauders, which was later redesignated the 75th Infantry. The battalion also traces its lineage through the six Ranger battalions of World War II, as well as the Airborne Ranger companies of the Korean and Vietnam conflicts.
From assaulting Point Salinas Airfield, Grenada, in 1983 to Operation Safe Haven in 1996 to quell rioting outside Cuban refugee camps, 2nd Battalion is an integral part of today’s fight in the War on Terror.
Since October 2001, in support of the War on Terrorism, Rangers have conducted a myriad of complex joint special operations in a wide spectrum of terrain and conditions — from 10,000-foot mountains in Afghanistan to the urban sprawl of Baghdad. As the Army’s premier direct action raid force, 2nd Battalion has conducted hundreds of successful air-assault raids and thousands of direct-action raids to capture or kill our nation’s worst enemies. From the arduous training to the continuous and demanding worldwide deployments, the Rangers of 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment continue to demonstrate their motto, “Rangers Lead the Way!”
66th Theater Aviation Command
The 66th Theater Aviation Command was originally organized as the 66th Aviation Brigade on Nov. 1, 1986, at Fort Lewis, and activated on Oct. 1, 1987. The 66th transformed into a Theater Aviation Command on Sept. 1, 2006. The 66th TAC is one of only two Theater Aviation Commands within the Army structure and the only one-star Aviation Command within the National Guard.
The 66th TAC commands two Theater Aviation Brigades and one Theater Airfield Operations Group. The 66th TAC includes 15 subordinate battalions throughout the United States, with company elements residing in 22 states.
The 66th TAC executes its mission utilizing a diverse array of Army aviation assets providing aviation support for the Active Army, Army Reserve and the National Guard. The 66th TAC’s missions include air assault operations, medevac, troop and supply transport, airfield management and general support aviation command and control. The 66th TAC’s 250 rotary and fixed-wing aircraft include the UH-60 and HH-60 Black Hawk, CH-47D Chinook, C-12 Huron, C-23 Sherpa and UC-35 executive jet. More than 2,500 Soldiers fly and maintain these aircraft in states as far west as Hawaii and as far east as Maine.
The 66th TAC Soldiers and aircraft have flown in support of numerous local and state emergencies during the 66th’s 20-year existence to include local flood and forest fire missions, and operations in support of Hurricane Katrina assistance. Nearly all elements of the 66th TAC deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom during the past five years.
The Falcon Command stands ready to answer the nation’s and states’ call in support of contingency operations throughout the world. Whatever the situation may dictate, the Falcon Command calls out, delivering its touchstone motto, “Speed, Courage and Power!”
4th Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne)
The 4th Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), was provisionally activated at Fort Lewis in July 2006. The unit was officially activated Dec. 6, 2007.
It is one of five Army special-operations aviation battalions strategically located across the United States to support special-operations forces’ mission and training requirements. The 160th SOAR provides rotary-wing aviation support to special-operations forces around the world. Its mission is to organize, equip, train, resource and employ Army Special Operations aviation forces worldwide in support of contingency missions and warfighting commanders.
Comprising five companies, 4th Battalion includes a Headquarters and Headquarters Company, two Chinook heavyassault helicopter companies, one Black Hawk medium-assault helicopter company and a maintenance company.
Special-operations aviation Soldiers are handpicked for assignment and trained for special-operations missions in a variety of demanding terrains, including urban, mountain, desert and water environments. Most of their missions are conducted using nightvision goggles under cover of darkness.
The professionalism and capabilities of Army special-operations aviation are developed through a “train as you fight” mentality. Unmatched expertise and mission focus on nighttime operations led to the regiment’s nickname, “the Night Stalkers.” Time and again, the Soldiers of this unit demonstrate they live by their motto, “Night Stalkers Don’t Quit.”
Special-operations aviators and support Soldiers remain actively engaged in the War on Terrorism supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. The 4th Battalion also provides training support to U.S. Pacific Command and West Coast special-operations units.
404th Army Field Support Brigade
In December 2002, Army Materiel Command established AMC Forward Stryker at Fort Lewis, Wash., as a subordinate organization of AMC, Continental United States (CONUS). The mission: Provide the Stryker warfighter a single face for acquisition, logistics and technology integration and sustainment support.
In June 2003, the first AMC Brigade Logistics Support Team was created as the Stryker Brigade Combat Team’s tactical support interface to both AMC and the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology, or ASA (ALT).
In October 2003, AMC Forward Stryker reorganized as a direct subordinate unit of then-Army Field Support Command (AFSC), with the mission to establish, train and combat-certify all Stryker BLSTs. AMC Forward Stryker developed the initial internal and external procedures on the critical path to official doctrine and policy.
In June 2005, the mission of AMC Forward Stryker expanded to provide command and control of the Logistics Assistance Program throughout the Pacific, adding Washington, Hawaii and Alaska to the area of responsibility.
On Aug. 15, 2005, the Army Field Support Brigade–Pacific officially activated. Every aspect of Army transformation associated with AFSB Pacific became a lesson for future AMC brigade-level development and logistics transformation and battlefield support.
On Oct. 16, 2007, the Army Field Support Brigade–Pacific was renamed the 404th Army Field Support Brigade–Pacific (Provisional). The brigade continued to support Army Force Generation as well as the AMC’s Life Cycle Management Commands logistics assistance program.
By August 2007, the brigade was fully engaged in resetting the force and developing Fort Lewis as a power-projection platform as well as expanding CONUS support, including responsibility for all AMC logistics support to California, Oregon, Idaho, Arizona, Utah and Nevada.
In August 2007, the brigade established the 404th AFSB–Pacific Forward at Fort Shafter, Hawaii, providing a forward presence to the 8th Theater Support Command and the United States Army, Pacific Command.
On Oct. 16, 2008, the brigade completed another milestone in its evolution, deactivating the 404th AFSB–Pacific (Provisional) and officially activating the 404th Army Field Support Brigade. Today, the 404th Army Field Support Brigade proudly continues its mission to “Sustain to Win.”
8th Brigade, U.S. Army Cadet Command (ROTC)
The U.S. Army Cadet Command’s 8th Brigade at JBLM is one of eight geographical brigades in the command that manage senior and junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps programs. The 8th Brigade is responsible for ROTC programs at colleges and universities in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, Hawaii, Guam and American Samoa.
The brigade advises high school junior ROTC programs in the same footprint. Each summer, JBLM hosts the Leader Development and Assessment Course, also known as Operation Warrior Forge, Cadet Command’s flagship training and assessment exercise for more than 6,400 Army ROTC cadets from across the nation. The 8th Brigade is responsible for planning and executing the event and for the assessment of cadets who might become Army officers.
Successful completion of the training is a requirement for receiving a commission as a second lieutenant. Senior ROTC produces nearly two-thirds of the Army’s officer corps, annually commissioning about 5,000 officers for the Active Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard. ROTC offers scholarships and financial assistance to qualified college students throughout the region. Junior ROTC motivates young people to become strong leaders and better citizens. The program builds self-esteem and confidence, teaching the importance of graduating from high school.
189th Infantry Brigade
The 189th Infantry Brigade conducts pre-mobilization and post-mobilization training for both active and reserve component organizations in support of all overseas contingency operations. The brigade is a multicomponent unit made up of world-class Soldier-trainers from the active component, U.S. Army Reserve and the National Guard and is organized into a brigade headquarters and mixture of activeduty and USAR training support battalions.
The 189th Infantry Brigade is part of First Army Division West, which is headquartered at Fort Hood, Texas. The brigade’s headquarters is in Building 4290 on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The primary focus of the 189th Infantry Brigade is the planning, preparation and execution of tough and realistic training for National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve units preparing for overseas deployment in all environments. However, the brigade also provides training support to any active component, joint or multinational formations as directed by 1st Army or FORSCOM in support of the Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN) process.
Additionally, the brigade stands ready to assist with the annual training of National Guard and Reserve units within the Contingency Expeditionary Force. Many of the training support missions involve temporary duty at mobilization training centers and reserve training centers throughout the western United States.
The long history of the 189th Infantry Brigade began when it was constituted on June 24, 1921, and assigned to the 95th Division. The brigade traces its lineage to the 95th Reconnaissance Troop, which distinguished itself in World War II during the campaigns in Central Europe, Northern France, Rhineland and Ardennes-Alsace and earned the unit motto “Swift and Lethal.”
Since WW II, the brigade has performed duties as a training formation under a variety of unit designations in both the active Army and U.S. Army Reserve.
In 2006, concurrent with the transformation of the First Army, the 189th Infantry Brigade was reactivated and organized under the First Army Division East, where it proudly served until Sept. 7, 2011, when it was assigned to First Army Division West at Joint Base Lewis-McCord.
191st Infantry Brigade
The 191st Infantry Brigade is a group of highly trained and experienced activeduty Reserve and National Guard Soldiers whose mission is to assist Reserve component units in achieving and maintaining proficiency and readiness for mobilization and deployment as part of our nation’s contingency force in the event of a national emergency. It does this by providing training assistance and support to near- and long-range planning, objective evaluations and enforcing Army standards in training execution.
The brigade is organized as a tri-component unit (Active, Army National Guard and Army Reserve) of First Army Division West, and is made up of 10 subordinate AC and RC battalions consisting of combat arms, combat support and combat service support elements. The 191st Infantry Brigade supports and provides training assistance and support to enhance readiness of units in the Army Reserve and Army National Guard throughout Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Idaho for more than 332 units ranging from surgical detachments to combat maneuver brigades. The brigade works closely with USAR Regional Support Headquarters, RC units, National Guard state headquarters, I Corps Headquarters and other supporting units to provide the best possible support.
In addition to the normal peacetime training of these units, the brigade is also responsible for mobilization preparedness and training prior to deployment in the event of a national emergency. The brigade provides mobilization-assistance teams and collective training support to the regional power-projection platforms and powersupport platforms during mobilization.
In 2003, 191st Infantry Brigade Reserve Soldiers were mobilized, and now the brigade has more than half of its Reserve Soldiers training mobilized Soldiers to go to war. Currently, the brigade conducts the collective training that is part of the base’s mobilization mission to ready active component, National Guard, Reserve component, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy units for deployments in support of the Global War on Terrorism.
Headquarters, 6th Military Police Group (CID)
Headquarters, 6th Military Police Group (CID) moved to Fort Lewis in 1993 from the Presidio of San Francisco, Calif. This unit is the higher headquarters for the 22nd Military Police Battalion (CID), the 44th Military Police Detachment (CID), and the 89th Military Police Detachment (CID), all located on JBLM. The group and its three battalions have an area of responsibility including all Army installations in the 19 western states to include Alaska, Hawaii, Japan and South Korea, with a mission of investigating all serious crimes for the Army and providing tactical criminal investigative mission command to Army headquarters.
The 22nd MP Battalion (CID) has the mission of investigating serious crimes and conducting sensitive or special investigations involving Army interests in the 15 states of Washington, Oregon, California, Montana, Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, the northern half of New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and several counties in Missouri.
The 22nd MP Battalion (CID) has offices that provide criminal-investigative support to I Corp and JBLM, Fort Irwin and Monterey, Calif., Fort Carson, Colo., and Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth, Kan. The 22nd MP Battalion (CID) also provides logistical security, criminal intelligence and investigative support for I Corps and other units during overseas contingency operations.
Washington Regional Flight Center at JBLM
The Washington Regional Flight Center is an Operational Support Airlift Command unit staffed with a multicomponent force of active Guard, active-duty Soldiers and Department of the Army civilians who work to assist the Joint Operational Support Airlift Center in performing OSA missions.
The unit’s mission is to provide OSA support to all government agencies that have a need to travel in an official capacity, whether stateside or overseas.
This mission does not change in time of local, regional or national emergency. In the wake of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, OSACOM units throughout 50 states and two territories provided immediate airlift support to all levels of federal government, even during the Federal Aviation Administration’s grounding of all aircraft.
The WARFC provides fixed-wing OSA support to all services, government civilians and some contractors who have a requirement for official business travel. To use the WARFC, visit www.dtic.mil/ whs/directives/corres/pdf/451513r.pdf. Fill out the DD 2768. After it’s signed, fax it to (253) 967-6002 or e-mail the form request to the JBLM validator at lewisdptmsbaseops@ conus.army.mil.
Western Regional Medical Command
The Western Regional Medical Command comprises 20 states and is the largest, geographically, of the Army’s three regional medical commands in the continental United States.
Located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the region’s central headquarters includes a staff of nearly 200 military and civilian personnel. The two-star commanding general has oversight of the nine Army medical treatment facilities, two medical detachments, and other medical assets within the entire 20-state region, and oversees the health care delivery process for hundreds of thousands of active, National Guard and Reserve component Soldiers, their Families and retirees and their family members. The WRMC commander also has oversight of the Region’s Readiness Division at Fort Bliss, Texas. Its mission is to plan, oversee and standardize the execution of pre- and post-deployment medical and dental functions throughout the Western Regional Medical Command.
Caring for America’s wounded, ill and injured service members is a mission the region takes very seriously. There are 11 Warrior Transition units in the Western Region that serve more than 2,000 warriors. The Army’s first newly constructed WTB facility opened in 2010 at Fort Riley, Kan. These units facilitate access to health care services so that warriors can return to duty or make a successful transition to civilian life. The region also boasts state-ofthe- art Traumatic Brain Injury clinics consisting of interdisciplinary TBI teams that work together to provide quality medical treatment and education to warriors.
Ongoing collaborations with civilian and military health care partners have resulted in the implementation of new programs and initiatives that underscore the region’s commitment to providing quality health care. In keeping with the recommendations of the Army’s Pain Management Task Force, which directs all Regional Medical Commands to establish interdisciplinary pain management centers, the Western Regional Medical Command has established an Interdisciplinary Pain Management Center at Madigan Army Medical Center at Joint Base Lewis- McChord in Tacoma, Wash., with a second center slated in the coming months at William Beaumont Army Medical Center at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas.
Virtual Behavioral Health is one of those initiatives that enables medical providers to conduct BH screenings while at an installation other than the service member’s Soldier Readiness Processing site. Currently, 25 percent of the region’s returning Soldiers who are considered low-risk receive BH screenings using highdefinition video cameras. This capability allows behavioral health assets in the region to maintain continuity of care with Soldiers and family members during their redeployment cycle.
Further enhancing the quality of care provided to Soldiers and Family members are the region’s graduate medical and nursing education programs. There are two GME Programs in the Western Region that are charged with ensuring that medical personnel have access to state-of-theart training: Madigan Army Medical Centerat Joint Base Lewis-McChord and William Beaumont AMC at Fort Bliss, Texas. Both facilities have the mission of training military and civilian medical professionals from all services in a variety of medical and nursing specialties. Additionally, partnerships with local colleges and universities provide opportunities for medical staff to rotate at civilian health care institutions.
Since 2009, the WRMC has grown by 14 states and has been transformed into an integrated system of care. Team Western Region remains committed to exceeding the expectations of its beneficiaries by developing and maintaining lasting relationships built on trust.
The Western Regional Medical Command has oversight of the following MTFs: Madigan Army Medical Center, Joint Base Lewis-McChord; Weed Army Community Hospital, Fort Irwin, Calif.; California Medical Detachment, Presidio of Monterrey, Calif.; Bassett Army Community Hospital, Fort Wainwright, Alaska; William Beaumont Army Medical Center, Fort Bliss, Texas; Gen. Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.; Evans Army Community Hospital, Fort Carson, Colo.; Irwin Army Community Hospital, Fort Riley, Kan.; Raymond W. Bliss Army Health Center, Fort Huachuca, Ariz.; Munson Army Health Center, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.; and McAfee Medical Detachment, White Sands, N.M.
National Center for Telehealth & Technology The National Center for Telehealth & Technology, better known as T2, is the Department of Defense organization advancing the use of technology for the prevention, assessment and treatment of a broad range of health conditions for service members, veterans and their Families.
T2 produces mobile applications for smartphones and tablets, websites for service members and Families, researches virtual reality for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, develops deployable telehealth centers, explores the application of emerging technology to health access and care, and conducts behavioral science research. T2’s Technology Enhancement Center for testing technology applications is the only behavioral usability laboratory in the Department of Defense.
Learn more about T2 at www.t2health. org or call 968-1914.
Public Health Command Region–West
The Public Health Command Region– West (PHCR–West) was activated on June 15, 2011, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). PHCR–West provides public health and veterinary consultation and technical support to more than 200 installations across 20 western states, including Alaska. It is a regional asset of the U.S. Army Public Health Command, in turn a subordinate command of the U.S. Army Medical Command. PHCR–West has a Directorate of Technical Services and three subordinate Public Health Command Districts at JBLM, Fort Carson and San Diego.
The military and civilian personnel assigned to the Directorate of Technical Services are organized into several technical divisions:
The Environmental Health Engineering Division provides sanitary evaluation of headquarters- and field-potable water supplies; pollution prevention surveys and training; evaluation of hazardous and regulated medical waste management practices; assessments of vulnerability to the food and water systems; wastewater and storm water control; and environmental health site assessments.
The role of the Entomological Sciences Division is to protect Soldiers, their Families and DOD civilians from the health threat posed by vector-borne diseases and medically important pests. ESD provides pest management assistance visits, identification of medically important pests and genetic testing for vector-borne diseases such as West Nile Virus, Ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Hantavirus.
The Industrial Hygiene Division anticipates, recognizes, evaluates and prevents or minimizes worker exposures to hazardous chemicals and biological and physical agents on the job. Services include consultation and field surveys to identify or measure actual or potential hazards to workers, recommendation of appropriate engineering controls and/or personal protective equipment, and identification of Soldiers and civilian personnel who might require specialized medical surveillance to monitor and sustain their health and wellbeing.
The Field Preventive Medicine Division trains preventive medicine personnel assigned to units such as brigade combat teams, military police battalions and medical detachments. The training’s primary focus is to enhance operational readiness, increase proficiency with deployment environmental and occupational health sampling and employment of surveillance equipment, and to highlight current force health protection measures that minimize casualties and losses from disease and nonbattle injury.
PHCR-West is one of five Army regional public health commands. Its headquarters, U.S. Army Public Health Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., is responsible for promoting health and preventing disease, injury and disability in Soldiers and military retirees, their Families, and Army civilian employees; and to assure effective execution of full-spectrum veterinary services for Army and DOD veterinary missions.
JBLM Dental Activity
The JBLM Dental Activity consists of six on-base dental clinics, one of which is located at Madigan Army Medical Center on the second floor of the Medical Mall. All dental specialties are represented. Each clinic has assigned units for which it is responsible. Members of these units can obtain dental care either on an emergency basis or by scheduling an appointment.
Active-duty personnel can receive emergency care at their assigned dental clinic on a walk-in basis on weekdays. For emergency care after duty hours, on weekends or holidays, report to the Emergency Room at Madigan Army Medical Center. Spouses and children of active-duty service members are eligible to be enrolled in the family member TRICARE Dental Program. New enrollees must continue in the TDP for at least 12 months. Enrolled Family members may receive dental care from any licensed/authorized dentist in the civilian community.
Questions regarding dental services offered on base can be answered by calling the Dental Activity Headquarters at (253) 968-4035 or McChord Field at (253) 982-5505.
62nd Airlift Wing
The 62nd Airlift Wing is the Air Force active-duty component of Joint Base Lewis- McChord. The wing is part of Air Mobility Command and provides the Department of Defense a fast, flexible and responsive airlift capability with a primary mission of developing and sustaining expeditionary Airmen to deliver global airlift for America. In addition, as provider of the Prime Nuclear Airlift Force, the 62nd AW is the only wing in the Department of Defense tasked to airlift nuclear components.
The 62nd Airlift Wing also maintains the readiness of more than 2,500 activeduty and civilian personnel, along with 48 permanently assigned C-17 Globemaster IIIs to support combat and humanitarian contingencies. These requirements range from supplying humanitarian airlift relief to victims of disasters to air-dropping troops into the heart of overseas contingency operations in hostile areas.
The 62nd Airlift Wing executes its mission by utilizing the C-17 Globemaster III, the newest, most flexible cargo aircraft to enter the airlift force. The C-17 is capable of rapid, strategic delivery of troops and all types of cargo to main operating bases or directly to forward bases in the deployment area. The aircraft can also perform tactical airlift and airdrop missions when required.
The 62nd Airlift Wing was established as the 62nd Troop Carrier Wing on July 28, 1947, calling McChord Field (formerly Air Force Base), Wash., home on Aug. 15, 1947.
Two groups and 19 support agencies make up the 62nd Airlift Wing:
• 62nd Operations Group plans and executes air and space power, and plans and trains for operational levels of war.
• 62nd Maintenance Group has a single focus — to perform all maintnance on assigned C-17 aircraft.
• Support agencies include: safety, public affairs, finance, protocol, historian, inspector general, staff judge advocate, plans and programs and more.
627th Air Base Group
The 627th Air Base Group was activated on Oct. 1, 2010, and is responsible for organizing, training and equipping Airmen in five squadrons and three staff offices to execute installation support and Air Forcespecific missions at home station and provide Expeditionary Combat Support to military operations worldwide. The Group comprises the 627th Civil Engineer Squadron, the 627th Communications Squadron, the 627th Force Support Squadron, the 627th Logistics Readiness Squadron, the 627th Security Forces Squadron, chaplains and assistants, a photographer, and Equal Opportunity Airmen. The Air Base Group and its associated squadrons provide the operational and administrative control for the Joint Base Supported Component Force (JBSCF) Airmen embedded in the organizational structure of the Joint Base Headquarters and its Directorates. These Airmen work within the joint base structure to provide installation support for more than 110,000 service members, their Families and civilians. The Group also provides Air Force-specific functions, programs and missions including management of the Air Force Network, explosive ordnance disposal, casualty and mortuary affairs, Honor Guard, the Phoenix Raven program, and combat arms training and maintenance.
446th Airlift Wing
The 446th Airlift Wing has 13 squadrons, three flights and 2,200 Air Force Reservists and civilians supporting McChord Field’s global C-17 Globemaster III missions — airlift, airdrop and aeromedical evacuation. Since 9/11, the wing has flown nearly 40 percent of the daily missions out of McChord Field, deployed professionals from a wide range of specialties to locations around the globe and continuously supported the mission here at home.
The 446th Operations Group includes the 97th, 728th and 313th Airlift Squadrons and the Reserve-unique 446th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron. The highly experienced aviation and medical professionals from these squadrons have continuously supported Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn since 2001 by flying operational missions and multiple deployments to U.S. CENTCOM.
The 446th Maintenance Group includes the 446th Maintenance Squadron, 446th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and the 446th Maintenance Operations Flight. Their mission is to keep the C-17 Globemaster III aircraft assigned to McChord Field always mission-capable. Air Force Reserve “maintainers” have also been heavily tasked for overseas missions and deployments in support of the C-17 at locations around the world.
The 446th Mission Support Group includes the 446th Force Support Squadron, 446th Security Force Squadron, 446th Civil Engineer Squadron, and the 36th and 86th Aerial Port Squadrons, all with missions of vital support to Air Force people and aircraft. Another Reserve-specific mission is the Port Mortuary specialists in the 446th Force Support Squadron, some of whom have served continuously at the Port Mortuary at Dover AFB, Del., since 9/11.
The 446th is also the parent wing for the 446th Aeromedical Staging Squadron and the 446th Aerospace Medicine Squadron. The 446th ASTS missions are also unique to the Air Force Reserve. They have a combat mission to support a 250-patient hospital as well as provide physicians and medical technicians for specialized medical teams who partner with aeromedical evacuation specialists providing “ICU in the Sky” for wounded service members. The 446th AMDS maintains medical readiness for the men and women of the wing.
The 446th Airlift Wing also has strong ties to the community. Nearly 86 percent of the wing’s Reservists live and work in Western Washington, with the remainder living in 38 other states. The wing has an indirect economic impact of $88 million annually, and partners with South Sound communities on tours, presentations, orientation flights, flyovers and military appreciation events.
The wing, assigned to Fourth Air Force, March Air Reserve Base, Calif., comes under the command of the Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base, Ga. The wing also provides direct support to the U.S. military’s combatant commanders and is tasked, for operational missions, through Air Mobility Command’s Tanker Airlift Control Center, headquartered at Scott Air Force Base, Ill.
The Western Air Defense Sector
The Western Air Defense Sector (WADS), with headquarters at McChord, is the larger of two sectors responsible to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), as well as to the Continental NORAD Region for peacetime air sovereignty, strategic air defense and airborne counter-drug operations in the continental United States. WADS is a Washington Air National Guard unit that reports directly to AFNORTH/1st Air Force at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.
WADS is made up of personnel from the Washington Air National Guard, U.S. Army, U.S Navy, Title 5 civilians, civilian contractors and Canadian Forces Air Command. This binational organization exercises operational control of ANG fighter aircraft on continuous alert at several locations and uses radar data and the radio capabilities of Joint Surveillance System sites throughout the western United States. These sites, jointly funded and used by the Department of Defense and the Federal Aviation Administration, are operated and maintained by FAA personnel.
The sector also uses radar data from tethered aerostats and gap-filler radars to improve its low-level coverage of the nation’s southwestern border. Radar data from all these sources are electronically fed into computers at the sector Operations Control Center, where personnel correlate and identify all airborne targets and, if necessary, scramble alert fighters to identify those whose origin is unknown. As part of NORAD, the sector is the lead Department of Defense agency for interdiction of drug-smuggling aircraft. In wartime, the sector gains additional fighter, tanker and E-3 aircraft to detect, intercept and, if required, destroy hostile aircraft and/ or cruise missiles.
1st Air Support Operations Group
The 1st Air Support Operations Group (ASOG) directs four squadrons operating from 11 locations in Washington, Alaska, Hawaii and Japan. The group provides an Air Support Operations Center, Tactical Air Control Parties and Battlefield Weather Teams to Army combat units at multiple echelons including United States Army Pacific, I Corps, and nine aviation, airborne, infantry and Stryker brigade combat teams of the 2nd and 25th Infantry Divisions. The 1st Weather Squadron provides operational and staff weather services for Army combat units across the PACOM AOR. In addition, they train and maintain combat readiness for worldwide battlefield weather deployments. The group’s ALOs and Joint Terminal Attack Controllers advise Army commanders and staffs on all aspects of joint airpower employment, integrating and synchronizing close air support, air mobility, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities into strategy, plans and operations.
22nd Special Tactics Squadron
The unit was designated the 1722nd Combat Control Squadron and activated on July 1, 1984, at McChord Air Force Base, assigned to the Twenty-Second Air Force. UNITS - AIR FORCE COMMANDS It was redesignated the 62nd Combat Control Squadron on June 1, 1992, under the 62nd Operations Group, and finally the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron on May 1, 1996, aligned under the 720th Special Tactics Group, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
The 22nd STS is primarily composed of four specialties: combat controllers, special operations pararescuemen, special operations weathermen and tactical air controllers.
Combat controllers are battlefield Airmen trained in special operations and certified FAA air traffic controllers. The mission of a CCT is to deploy, undetected, into combat and hostile environments to establish assault zones or airfields while simultaneously conducting air traffic control, fire support, command and control, direct action, counterterrorism, foreign internal defense, humanitarian assistance and special reconnaissance in the joint arena. Their motto, “First There,” reaffirms the combat controller’s commitment to undertaking the most dangerous missions behind enemy lines by leading the way for other forces to follow.
Pararescuemen, also known as PJs, are the only Department of Defense specialty specifically trained and equipped to conduct conventional or unconventional rescue operations. These battlefield Airmen are the ideal force for personnel recovery and combat search and rescue. A PJ’s primary function is as a personnel recovery specialist, with emergency medical capabilities in humanitarian and combat environments. PJs deploy in any available manner, to include air-land-sea tactics, into restricted environments to authenticate, extract, treat, stabilize and evacuate injured personnel. PJs participate in search and rescue, combat search and rescue, recovery support for NASA and other operations as appropriate. Pararescuemen are among the most highly trained emergency trauma specialists in the U.S. military. They must maintain an Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic qualification throughout their careers. With this medical and rescue expertise, along with their deployment capabilities, PJs are able to perform life-saving missions in the world’s most remote areas. Their motto, “That Others May Live,” reaffirms the PJ’s commitment to saving lives and self-sacrifice.
Special Operations Weather Teams are Air Force meteorologists with unique training to operate in hostile or denied territory. They gather, assess and interpret weather and environmental intelligence from forward deployed locations, working primarily with Air Force and Army Special Operations Forces. The unit collects weather, ocean, river, snow and terrain intelligence, assists mission planning, generates accurate mission- tailored target and route forecasts in support of global special operations, and trains joint force members and coalition partners to take and communicate limited weather observations. Additionally, SOWT conducts special reconnaissance, collects upper-air data, organizes, establishes and maintains weather data reporting networks, determines host nation meteorological capabilities and trains foreign national forces.
Every Special Operations Forces mission is planned using the intelligence and coordination of special operations weathermen.
The Tactical Air Control Party provides Air Force assistance and expertise in planning and controlling combat air resources. They also operate and supervise communications nets to support Army ground maneuver units.
361st Recruiting Squadron
The 361st Recruiting Squadron directs and operates the recruiting activities of eight enlisted accession flights with approximately 79 active-duty and nine civilian personnel. The 361 RCS is located at McChord Field, Joint Base Lewis-McChord and covers a 728,000-square-mile area that includes Washington, Oregon and Alaska. Its mission is to inspire, engage and recruit the brightest, most competitive and diverse men and women for service in America’s Air Force.