JOINT BASE LEWIS/MCCHORD

Digital Relocation/Welcome Guide

Arrivals

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Arrivals

Welcome to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. The joint base, which began operation in October 2010 from the consolidation of Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base, is one of 12 new joint bases created by the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission. The new joint base continues service with 95 years of history as the oldest military installation in the Pacific Northwest. Fort Lewis was established in 1917 and McChord Air Force Base was established in 1947, the same year the U.S. Air Force became a separate branch of the armed forces.

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Units

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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.

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Camp Murray

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The Washington National Guard, headquartered at Camp Murray, Wash., is defined by its state and federal mission. At the call of the governor, the Guard will mobilize and deploy during times of state emergency to augment local jurisdictions and responders in their efforts to protect lives and property. The Guard is also subject to the call of the President of the United States to serve as part of the total U.S. military force.

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Takima Training Center

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Takima Training Center, nine miles north of Yakima, Wash., borders the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountain Range and the banks of the Columbia River. The 327,000-acre training center is high desert, and is covered with sagebrush, volcanic formations, dry gulches and large rock outcroppings. YTC has vast flat valleys, separated by intervening ridges, which are suited to large-scale mechanized or motorized forces. Much of the steeper terrain resembles areas of Afghanistan. Twenty-five ranges, including the state-of-the-art Multi-Purpose Range Complex and Shoot House, are available for individual or collective training.

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Transportation

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Public & Military Transportation

Sea-Tac Airport is the major transport hub for air travelers en route to JBLM. It is located approximately 35 miles north of the military base. To view transportation options between JBLM and Sea-Tac Airport visit http://www.portseattle.org/Sea-Tac/Parking-and-Transportation/ Ground-Transportation. The Kitsap Airporter offers daily shuttle service between JBLM and Sea- Tac Airport. For rates and schedules, call (360) 876-1737. Reservations can also be made at: www.kitsapairporter.com.

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Housing

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Temporary Lodging

Families may stay in temporary lodging such as the JBLM Rainier Inn while waiting for on-base housing or locating housing off base. If lodging facilities are full, a hotel list can be provided by the desk clerk.

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Services

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Joint Base Lewis-McChord Lewis Main Shopping Area

The JBLM Shopping Center provides customers the convenience of one-stop shopping. In addition to the main store, the shopping center includes a GNC Supplement Center, Mobile Exchange Center, a Beauty and Barber Shop and an Optical Shop. There are several specialty shops that are frequently rotated among a variety of concessions. Along with an assortment of retail shops, there are many food facilities to either sit and dine or grab and go; these include Manchu Wok, Charley’s Steakery, Cinnabon, Koibito Sushi & Teriyaki, Taco John’s and Anthony’s Pizza. There are multiple Burger Kings at various locations on base as well as a Popeye’s Chicken; all include drive-thru service. There is a Domino’s delivery located inside Nelson Rec Center beside one of our many troop stores. Third Brigade Troop Store on Railroad Avenue has a food court that includes a Subway, Sushi Kyo and a newly opened Wing Zone, which will soon have a delivery service. On Liggett Avenue is the AAFES Mini Mall, which has a Pharmacy, GNC Supplement Center, GameStop, UPS Store, Optometry Shop, Laundromat, Furniture Store, Class VI and Military Clothing Sales Store. Pizza Hut, Blimpie’s, Luck Penny Cafe and Koibito Sushi & Teriyaki are some great food facilities at the Mini Mall as well. Close to the Mini Mall is a Firestone Auto Center along with an Einstein Bagel Shop, the latter located in both the Armed Forces Bank and Pendleton Express. Liberty Mall, conveniently located at the main gate, is home to Godfather’s Pizza, Laundry/Dry Cleaning, Enterprise Car Rental, Storage Units and GI Java, with a full-service nail salon. Just behind the mall is a self-serve car wash. Waller Hall is another location on base that houses several food facilities, including Starbucks and Subway. After visiting the Flower Shop in Madigan Hospital, go down to the lower level to one of the many food facilities such as Subway, Koibito Sushi & Teriyaki or Anthony’s Pizza, or stop by the Optical Shop, Troop Store or Barber Shop. There are great deals, too, on movie prices and snacks for the family at the Carey Theater. There are four gas stations/express stores at different locations on Lewis Main, among them a new alternative fuel station on Pendleton Avenue. Facilities are available to all active-duty service members and retirees, their family members and Reservists. Food facilities are available to everyone, military or civilian. For more information call (253) 964-3161.

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Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation

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FMWR

Today’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation mission is to provide service members and their families the same quality of life given to the society they have pledged to defend. Family and MWR employees at Joint Base Lewis-McChord are dedicated to providing support and leisure services as outstanding as the people they serve.
To get up-to-date information about all Family and MWR activities and facilities, go to JBLMmwr.com. Family and MWR values your opinions. To share your thoughts and concerns regarding Family and MWR facilities and programs, visit http://ice.disa.mil or stop by an Army OneStop kiosk. read more

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Museums

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Heritage Center & McChord Field

The mission of the McChord Air Museum is to portray the history of McChord Field, the aircraft woven through that history and the people who made that history part of our heritage. The museum is divided into two sections. The main museum (located at Building 517 on McChord Field) contains an extensive collection of armament, instruments, paintings and art from the U.S. Air Force art collection, photographs, vintage uniforms, scale models, unit exhibits and other memorabilia. The other section, the museum’s air park, is on Heritage Hill overlooking the McChord Field runway where 14 aircraft sit ready to be inspected, and admired. The aircraft collection of McChord Air Museum contains some of the rarest and most unusual aircraft in the world. These aircraft include: the Douglas B-18 Bolo (one of five in existence), Douglas B-23 Dragon (one of five in existence), the last flying C-124 Globemaster II, Convair F-106 Delta Dart (participated in the USAF’s record-setting 1959 Speed Record Project),

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Madigan Healthcare System

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Madigan Healthcare System

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Puget Sound Area

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Seattle

An hour north of JBLM lies Washington’s largest city, Seattle. Straddling a narrow strip between freshwater Lake Washington and saltwater Puget Sound, the city is home to more than 602,000 people. It is named after Indian Chief Sealth.

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