Lakewood, WA 98439, USA


Our Military

  Location Joint Base Lewis-McChord is located in the heart of the Pacific Northwest’s Puget Sound region, in western Washington. JBLM is near the city of Lakewood, 10 minutes from Tacoma, 35 minutes from Seattle and 20 minutes from Olympia, the state capital. Although JBLM is a joint base, it


Welcome to Washington! Part of the Pacific Northwest and Puget Sound, Pierce County is in western Washington, with King County to the north, Thurston County to the west, Lewis County to the south and Yakima County to the east. Pierce County has an estimated population of nearly 844,000. The county

Getting To & Around

For incoming personnel who choose to fly to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Sea-Tac Airport is only 35 miles away from the base. Once you’re in Pierce County, you can take advantage of local public transportation, as well as Amtrak and Greyhound services. AIRPORTS Seattle Tacoma International Airport 17801 International Blvd. Seattle,

Housing & Real Estate

  Home to the majestic Mount Rainer and the second-largest city in the Puget Sound area, Pierce County offers a high quality of life not often found in larger metropolitan areas. In 2015, an estimated 843,954 people called Pierce County home, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Population density in

Employment & Economy

  Washington is the most trade-dependent state in the nation, with 40 percent of jobs related to international trade. The Puget Sound area sets the pace for much of the United States and even the world. With companies like Boeing, Microsoft, Amazon, Starbucks and PACCAR, this area has shown the

Health Care

  There are many health care services in Pierce County for military, civilians and veterans, though implementation of the Affordable Care Act has changed established insurance options. Visit or for information on open enrollment for health care coverage under the national Affordable Care Act. Washington Healthplanfinder has a

Family Resources

  Picking up from one place and moving to another is always a hassle, especially when kids and pets are involved. Knowing whom to call or where to find information can help make the transition easier. Local government websites are valuable resources for newcomers to Pierce County because they provide

Education & Academics

  For those moving to a new location, it’s important to know what educational options are available. This chapter outlines the public schools system in Pierce County, along with information about local libraries and higher education. There are private schools, charter schools and home schooling available to children in the


  Pierce County boasts plenty of entertaining activities — music, sports, theater, museums, parks and shopping. Dare to take the plunge down the Raging River Ride at Wild Waves Theme & Water Park, for instance, or tee off at one of the many 18-hole golf courses the Pacific Northwest is


JBLM Tax Centers

The JBLM Tax Centers can assist with state and federal income tax filing. The JBLM Main Tax Center is at the intersection of Nevada Avenue and 41st Division Drive, Building T6069, and is open from mid- January through September. The JBLM McChord Field Tax Center is on Col. Joe Jackson

Patriot' Soldiers prepare for future conflicts at YTC

Story by SSG Samuel Northrup on 04/27/2017 JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. Soldiers of 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 1-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, conducted a live fire training exercise March 14-20 at Yakima Training Center, Wash., in order to help prepare themselves for future contingencies. The training included mounted and
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