a product message image
{' '} {' '}
Limited time offer
SAVE % on your upgrade

Page 1


April 2020




Explore alternative ways to have fun Pages 14–17 Find resilience through WAQ Pages 27–29

Details on page 21

For the latest event updates or cancellations, visit https://jblm.armymwr.com/promos/covid

Providing dental care for military members, their families and retirees of all ages!


A full-service dental office conveniently located in


253-584-2250 bellfamilydentalwa.com




Director, Family & MWR Venicia Morse Marketing director Kimberly Perrenot Editor/layout & design Patti Jeffrey Staff writers Lizzie Hoscheit, Patti Jeffrey Contributors Amanda Anderson, Cascade SAC youth, Ki’Oriandra Moses, Bea Westcott-Curl Contributing photographers Brittany Catanzaro, Emiliano Hernandez, Lizzie Hoscheit, JBLM Public Affairs, Patti Jeffrey, Nick Kitsampanwong, Lional Kam For commercial sponsorship or advertising inquiries, off-base businesses, call Angela Frasier at 253-966-2256. Submissions are welcome but may be edited for accuracy, clarity and style. Photo submissions, accompanied by a release from the photographer and the family/individual are also accepted. Send full-resolution (1–4 MB) jpgs to kimberly@JBLMmwr.com. The editor reserves the right to use photos for any future Focus publication in print and online without restrictions. Photos may be resized for magazine formats. Photographer will be given credit. The JBLM “FOCUS” is an unofficial monthly information source. Activities described herein, which are open to authorized patrons and, where applicable, guests, are subject to change; contact the activity for confirmation. Opinions are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent Family & MWR, Joint Base Lewis-McChord or any U.S. government entity. The use of a commercial sponsor logo or mention of a commercial sponsor or other organization does not constitute U.S. government endorsement. Notice: JBLM is following guidelines from state and national levels on containing COVID-19. Events mentioned in this issue may be canceled or rescheduled after publication date. For current updates, visit https://jblm.armymwr.com/promos/ covid.

Savor spring treats Take kids out for family fun, celebrate Month of the Military Child events, enjoy fun at clubs and pubs and play at JBLM golf courses.

FEATURE 14 Explore a different kind of fun Individual or small-group recreation is a great alternative to group sports. Explore your options with us!

SPORTS & FITNESS 22 Get ramped for fitness fun Enter JBLM Down & Dirty Trail Run, sign up for intramurals and go aquatic!

ADVENTURES 26 Find resilience with WAQ Warrior Adventure Quest is designed to defuse stress and give Service members a mental break. Also, sign up for new trips and shooting events and explore new rentals.

YOUTH 32 Overcoming challenges CYS honors military kids’ resiliency during Month of the Military Child. Also sign up for sports, have fun at youth center and get ready for kindergarten.


38 Bridge to knowledge Enjoy special family events, join reading groups and take part in free activities!

MILITARY & FAMILY 46 Take charge with DPFR Check out free classes and events.


What MWR means to me Our resolve at MWR is to improve your morale, look out for your welfare and give you ways to recreate. Each month, we’re looking at what this means to people who participate in MWR activities and events.

BEA WESTCOTT-CURL is Child & Youth Services division chief for at JBLM.


I began working for Army MWR Child & Youth Services in 1989. With an elementary education and early childhood education background, I never thought I’d find a career working with children in the Army! By happenstance, I ended up applying for an education program specialist position for Army MWR. I fell in love with my job and with military families, and for what MWR stood for. I am blessed to have grown such a great career in MWR and CYS. MWR became my second family as I moved around the Army as a trainer, program director, child care center inspector, CYS coordinator and HQ Army CYS specialist. In 2011, I arrived at JBLM just as it was joint-basing. In the time since then, JBLM CYS (and MWR!) have taken the best of Air Force and Army child care standards and integrated them into what you see today. We found that the Army had more requirements and stricter regulations and the Air Force had great ways to streamline the requirements in the programs. JBLM CYS has the best of all that can be offered to its families through excellent child and youth programs that support the social, emotional, intellectual and physical development of children and youth from birth to age 18. The type of care the military offers recognizes that these kids are in unique situations. I believe we’re providing the foundation of forming tomorrow’s leaders from cradle to adulthood, in partnership with military families. CYS is an important part of mission readiness, and we want to make sure our children and families are taken care of. Our kids are a unique part of the multifaceted military community at JBLM. We celebrate parents, with whom we partner; we celebrate the consistency and dedication of our staff, and we celebrate the children we serve during Month of the Military Child and all year long!

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Focus April 2020


The US Family Health Plan at PacMed: A great TRICARE Prime® option.

An official, DoD-sponsored TRICARE Prime plan with an all-civilian network. If you’re an active-duty family or military retiree, choose TRICARE Prime with the US Family Health Plan at PacMed, your all-civilian network. Choose and build a relationship with a primary care doctor. Get access to an extensive network of specialists. And enjoy exclusive health and wellness benefits available only through the Plan. Nearly nine out of ten members say they’re “highly satisfied” with the Plan.† Learn why — request a free information package or attend an in-person briefing. Call 866-750-1658 Visit USFHPbenefits.org

*Military Retirees and eligible family members under age 65. † 2019 Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) TRICARE is a registered trademark of the Department of Defense, Defense Health Agency. All rights reserved.


FOCUS Food & Fun

Discover what great taste is all about

4 Joint Base Lewis-McChord Focus Patti Jeffrey

April 2020


outh-watering aroma, delicate crunch, tangy deliciousness — who wouldn’t want to experience all the savory meals Eagle’s Pride Golf Course offers?

The menu at Eagle’s Pride restaurant offers generous portions of specialties and pairings with its on-tap brews. For instance, lunch starters feature wings, a grand nacho platter, pita with artichoke and spinach dip and seasoned house-made tater tots with dipping sauce. Order fresh Cobb or Caesar salads, and fill up with two-handed burgers, grilled sandwiches and more. Reuben, pastrami, French dip, grilled chicken and club sandwiches are each loaded with fresh ingredients and include kettle chips or pub fries. Mouth-watering burgers include the Big Sam with your favorite toppers (plus honey Rebel IPA barbecue sauce!) and the Liberty Melt with melted Swiss and caramelized onions on grilled rye. Vegetarians can order the Liberty Melt veggie burger, green salads, tater tots, the

Grande Nacho platter, the spinach artichoke dip with toasted pita, fries and, of course, a variety of lagers and brews. Also watch sports on big-screen TVs and relax by the cracking fireplace on cooler days, or enjoy your meal on the patio overlooking the golf course on warmer days!

Conference room can host large & small parties The conference room at Eagle’s Pride is available for private functions, from wedding receptions and retirement parties to unit or group meetings. Book your event for groups up to 160 and enjoy gorgeous golf-course views, a huge fireplace, stylish decor and plenty of room for seating and socializing. Call 253-324-8644 for more details. Eagle’s Pride is located off I-5 Exit 116.

Pictured: Drop in for a made-to-order Liberty Melt, a one-third-pound seasoned beef burger (or veggie burger) topped with tangy melted Swiss cheese and hot caramelized onions on grilled rye.



Enjoy special Easter events


Joint Base Lewis-McChord Focus April 2020

JBLM Public Affairs

Events mentioned in this issue may be canceled or rescheduled after publication date. For current updates, visit https://jblm.armymwr.com/promos/covid.

Attend free Easter Dash Everyone at JBLM is invited to the annual Easter Dash, a free egg hunt at Cowan Stadium Saturday, April 11. Bring your own baskets for each child to collect eggs and visit with the Easter bunny! Special needs youth with parents can collect eggs at noon. Ages 3 and younger can collect eggs at 1 p.m., ages 4–7 at 2 and ages 8–11 at 3. Each youth will receive a goody bag no matter how many eggs they collect. Cowan Stadium is located at 2170 Bitar Ave. at 12th Street, Lewis Main.

Reserve your spots for Easter Brunch You and your Family are invited to McChord Club’s annual Easter Brunch Sunday, April 12. This elegant event is a favorite at JBLM, so make your reservations early! The menu includes a traditional breakfast line, omelet station, waffle station, carving station with rosemary and garlic-crusted roast beef, persimmon-glazed ham, roasted fingerling potatoes, assorted grilled vegetable platter and other vegetables, chilled shrimp and smoked salmon display, fresh fruit display, assorted salads, desserts, beverages and so much more! Seatings are at 10 a.m., 12:30 and 2 p.m. The cost is $29.95 for adults (ages 13 and older), $14.95 for ages 4–12 and free for children ages 3 and younger. Seats fill up fast! Call 253-982-8175 weekdays for your reservation today. McChord Club is at 700 Barnes Blvd.



Where to find good times Family food & fun Take kids out for Family Fun Night McChord Club members can enjoy familystyle dining with their kids and grandkids with fun entertainment the first Wednesday of each month at Family Fun Night! This month, come in April 8, 5–8 p.m. Youth ages 17 and younger eat free, and their adult family members pay just $5 each. If you’re not a Club member, pay $5 for ages 11 and younger. All others cost $8.50 per person. Become a McChord Club member for discounts and free meals at the Club, weekly emails with upcoming events, birthday meals and other savings around MWR! To sign up, go to https://www.memberplanet. com/account/usaf and register with “JB LewisMcChord Club” today. Dues start at $3 per month depending on rank. Questions? Call 253-967-5356 or stop by the Club. We’re at 700 Barnes Blvd.

All-you-can-eat and bowl Looking for inexpensive fun for the family or with friends? Get in on all-you-can-eat pizza and two hours of bowling for $10 or four hours of bowling for $13 the first and third Wednes-


Joint Base Lewis-McChord Focus April 2020

days of the month at Bowl Arena Lanes, 4:30–8:30 p.m. (doesn’t include shoe rentals). The first Wednesday also includes soft tacos! Bowl Arena is at 2272 Liggett Ave. at Lewis Main. Call 253-967-4661 for more details.

Cosmic bowling’s great for groups Cosmic bowling makes a good thing even better 6–9 p.m. Saturday with black lights, flashing strobes and great music! Bowl two hours of cosmic bowling at Sounders Lanes Family Fun Center for only $12 per person, including shoe rental. Sounders Lanes is at 737 Jackson Blvd., McChord Field. Call 253-982-5954 for more information.

Competitions are all fun & games Play to win at trivia Come on in and play to win at Friday Trivia Night April 3 and 24 at Samuel Adams Brewhouse Cascade. Teams can be up to four people; prizes are awarded to the top two teams of the night! This event is open to ages 18 and older. Sam Adams Cascade is at 2400 Bitar Ave. (at S. Division Street), Lewis Main.

Enter e-sports tourneys Warrior Zone at Lewis North and Warrior Zone Annex inside Sounders Lanes at McChord Field present monthly Saturday e-sports competitions for ages 18 and older. Get in on April 18’s UFC 3 and May 9’s Gears 5 — they’ll be epic! Follow Warrior Zone on their Twitch Channel: twitch.tv/JBLMwarriorZone. See details on upcoming competitions at fb.com/ JBLMWarriorZone, on Twitter @JBLMWZ or Instagram.com/JBLMwarriorZone. For more information, call 253-477-5756.

Just hanging out McChord Pub offers relaxing evenings Check out McChord Pub’s Thursday Fly-By Wing Night with wing specials featuring five different flavors and sizes! You also can order burgers, appetizers and specials. Growlers are available, plus a discounted fillup if you bring your own. Everyone’s invited to drop by 4–6 for Friday night happy hour with food and drink specials. Also stop by to play darts Thursday and Friday nights and watch monthly UFC fights with food and drink specials. The pub’s also open to staff calls and hails

and farewells Thursday evenings (to book your events, call 253-982-8175). McChord Pub is inside McChord Club at 700 Barnes Blvd., McChord Field.

Catch UFC 249 action Watch UFC 249 Saturday, April 18 with lightweights Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson fight it out in the main event. Entry is for ages 18 and older at these locations: • At McChord Pub, order food and cold beverages. Everyone’s welcome (no membership is required), and there’s no cover charge. • At Samuel Adams Brewhouse Cascade, order appetizers, drinks and meals. Cover is $5 per person. • At Warrior Zone, order up food and drink specials while you enjoy the fights inside or on the heated, covered patio. There’s no cover charge. Visit JBLMmwr.com for location details.

Events mentioned in this issue may be canceled or rescheduled after publication date. For current updates, visit https://jblm.armymwr.com/promos/covid.


Ready for spring I

f you’re a golfer at JBLM, you’re gonna love April specials at Eagle’s Pride and Whispering Firs golf courses: • Annual green fees are on sale now! For those who currently have a card, bring in a new annual player and save 10% with your own renewal (restrictions apply; see the pro shop for details). • Dewsweeper discounts are available weekdays from golf course opening to 8:30 a.m. with $20 green fees. Add a cart for $14 per rider!

Whispering Firs Golf Course. Open to DOD ID card holders, enter as a four-person team or be placed on a team. The shotgun start is at 1 p.m. The cost is $39 per person and includes your green fee and cart rental. Call to enter by Thursday, April 23. Looking ahead, sign up for the 62nd Fort Lewis Amateur May 2–3 with a 7:30 a.m. tee. The cost is $155 per golfer for the individual stroke play tournament.

• Two-for-one green fees based on 18-hole play are good after 10 a.m. Mondays at Whispering Firs and Tuesdays at Eagle’s Pride. • Golf combo discounts include your green fees, shared cart and a $6 food voucher weekdays, plus after noon weekends and holidays. Active duty players E1–E5 pay $34 each. E6 and above, DOD civilians and retirees pay $41 each. The public pays $49 per golfer. • Hole in Fun — Enter the contest on the same day you golf! For $1, you can win the prize fund (a gift certificate equal to the amount in the fund) if you make a hole in one on any par 3 at Whispering Firs and Eagle’s Pride. • Select items are on sale at the pro shops at the Spring Break Sale April 6–10 (exclusions apply). Specials cannot be combined with other specials, used for holidays, tournaments or outings or used with the annual card.

Enter April competitions Friday CG Golf Scrambles are back for the new season! Enter the April 24 scramble at


Joint Base Lewis-McChord Focus April 2020

Brittany Catanzaro

Eagle’s Pride is off I-5 Exit 116. Call the pro shop at 253-967-6522.


Did you know? • Book individual golf lessons from our resident pro to improve your swing. Whispering Firs is at McChord Field, 895 Lincoln Blvd. Call the pro shop at 253-982-2124.


• Rent a room for your private party, luncheon, special function or reception at either golf course. Call the pro shop for information. • Gift certificates make a great present for office parties, birthdays and retirements! JBLMmwr.com


Get graphic with T-shirts


Joint Base Lewis-McChord Focus April 2020

How to order your personalized silkscreened T-shirts in 4 easy steps


ome in and check out our professional silk-screen service at your Arts & Crafts Center! We use modern print techniques for your T-shirts for groups, reunions, unit events and more. We’ll print a minimum of 12 shirts per order. Your T-shirts will never be boring again!

Step 1 Bring in your logo, insignia or design idea or art to the Arts & Crafts Center. Show us your image file or let us help you design your logo. We can look at your image and give professional advice on how to optimize the look you want.

Step 2 Look at what type and colors of T-shirts you’d like to order. We have material samples you can feel and decide whether you want cotton, a blend or synthetic cloth, depending on how you’ll use them. For quality control and consistent pricing, we only use T-shirts from our suppliers. Uniforms, such as unit or squadron T-shirts, are a standard issue from our military supplier.

Step 3 If you want to see a final proof of your image before we print, you can request it while you’re ordering. Once we set up the job and begin printing, changes in colors or design won’t be possible.

Did you know? • Free Kids’ Kraft classes are held twice a month Fridays, 3:30–5 p.m. Paint 3D fish April 4 and create Easter egg wreaths April 18. Call 253-982-6721 to register, since space is limited. • Check out our “Paint & Go” ceramics studio! Dabble in underglazes and acrylic paints, then leave your items for firing and pick up your finished piece the following week. • Find details on all our classes and services at JBLMmwr.com!

Step 4 Pick up your completed order! We typically ask for a few weeks from start to finish.

Your Arts & Crafts Center is at 1121 Barnes Blvd. at McChord Field.

For engraving, embroidery and the sales store, call 253-982-6723. For the frame shop, call 253-982-6718. For class information, call 253-982-6721. The center is open weekdays and the first and third Saturdays of the month from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Patti Jeffrey


FOCUS Feature

14 Joint Base Lewis-McChord Focus April 2020 Emiliano Hernandez

Explore a different kind of fun Individual or small-group recreation is a great alternative to group sports

By Patti Jeffrey iscover individual sports and activities at JBLM, such as joining a sporting clays shoot, taking a scuba diving course, fishing on a lake at JBLM, learning to golf and more.


Go wild on an ATV Love to ride an ATV? Eligible patrons ages 18 and older can rent ATVs for yourself and your family members and run the ORV Park course at Lewis Main! You’ll be shown a safety video at the Shotgun Shooting Complex and be taught how to ride before you’re allowed on the course. If you own an ATV or dirt bike and want to ride the course, you’ll need to register your vehicle, comply with all requirements and pay all fees at the Shotgun Shooting Complex. For more information, call the Shotgun Shooting Complex 253-967-7056 or Northwest Adventure Center at 253-967-7744.

Fish the day away on JBLM lakes If you love to fish, then JBLM has what you’re looking for with many lakes available for fishing. American Lake offers up rainbow trout, rock bass and yellow perch. Sequalitchew Lake at Lewis North has largemouth bass with the occasional coho salmon. At Lewis Main, choose from Chambers Lake, Lewis Lake, Cat Lake, Fianders Lake and the many marshes located in the training areas. You must have a Washington state fishing license, which can be purchased at either the Northwest Continued on page 17.


Text “JBLMmwr” 253

Download the JBLM 360 app from iTunes/Google Play



Joint Base Lewis-McChord Focus April 2020



Adventure Center, Russell Landing Marina or the Lewis Main Exchange. Gas-powered boats are only allowed on American Lake; boats on all other lakes at JBLM must be electric-powered. Find the rules for fishing in the JBLM Fishing Rules pamphlet located at the Northwest Adventure Center or at JBLModr.com. If you need to buy fishing supplies, such as bait and tackle, or rent fishing poles, get them at Russell Landing Marina at Lewis North (at the end of American Lake Avenue). You also can rent motorboats, canoes, fishing rods and reels, fishing nets and hip boots from the Northwest Adventure Center (Lewis North) or Adventures Unlimited (McChord Field). Find rentals available at each location at JBLModr.com.

Shoot at the ranges Enjoy one of three outdoor ranges at Lewis Main if you’re a shotgun, pistol or archery shooting enthusiast. The Shotgun Shooting Complex has a standard five ranges with a sixth for fivestand shooting. You can shoot skeet, trap and wobble skeet from a 60-foot duck tower. Monthly 100-target sporting clays events are held all year. Instructional shooting is available if you’re new to the sport or want to improve your aim. Rental guns are available and shooting supplies are available for purchase. The range is located at 3969 2nd Division Range Rd. just outside the Scouts Out gate. The Archery Range is open to long-bow, compound and traditional shooters and is adjacent to the Shotgun Shooting Complex. It offers four static archery lanes with 10-, 20-, 30- and 40-yard distances with aero-archery targets. The Rifle & Pistol Range (Range 15) is located at 0015 East Gate Road at Lewis Main. This range is a safe, relaxing place to perfect your markesmanship. Pistol shooters can take advantage of 10- and 20-yard berms, while rifle shooters can shoot at targets to 300 yards. All shooters are invited to try action

targets, available on request starting at 100 yards. Call 253-967-9803 for more information.

Take a scuba diving course JBLM offers the only world-class five-star PADI-IDC-rated scuba diving course in the military. You also won’t find a better price for learning basic skills or taking more advanced courses, either. Once you earn your scuba certification here, you can scuba dive an where in the world! All beginners learn your skills in the pool. Safety’s a priority, so you won’t be let out of the pool until you master all your basic scuba skills. Once you’re comfortable with your newfound skills, you’ll be taken to a local beach for your final dives before being awarded your certif cation. You’ll see some incredible underwater wildlife during your open-water dives, so be prepared to be amazed! For class information, call 253-967-3405 or visit JBLModr.com.

Learn to golf with resident pro John Eisentrout is the resident golf instructor at JBLM golf courses. He can help you sharpen your swing to improve your score, or get you started in the sport of golf. With kids who are just learning how to golf, John focuses on making the game fun and improving athletic skills, such as hand-eye coordination and sequencing. His goal is to avoid injury through repetitive motion and to equip them with athleticism that can carry over into other sports they may experience as they grow up. With older adults, John might focus on freeing up their bodies that may have lost flexibility so they can once again have full range of motion to successfully improve their game. It’s about managing expectations and giving students a genuine sense of accomplishment, according to John. For more information on setting up your individual lessons, call Eagles Pride Golf Course at 253-967-6522.



FREE CHILD CARE IN THE SMILE ZONE Family, Cosmetic and Sedation Dentistry Schedule a complimentary consultation: 253-DENTIST In the business of making you

s m i le since 1972


6001-100th St Focus SWApril in2020 Lakewood | DHAonline.com Joint Base Lewis-McChord

JOIN TEAM MWR! For dates and details on upcoming job fairs, follow us on fb.com/JBLMmwr or visit USAjobs.gov. JOB INFO LINE: 253-967-7776


April is Month of the Military Child, a time to recognize and appreciate our military children for their service and sacrifice.

Celebrate Month of the Military Child 20

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Focus April 2020

Military children live with ongoing challenges — frequent moves, family separations and life transitions. In effect, they also are part of military service as family members. As a demographic, military-connected children

number about 4 million, 75% of whom are school-age. Almost every school district in the U.S. includes military-connected children and youth whose parents serve or served in the U.S. military. (statistics from Military Child Education coalition)

Month of the Military Child events & deals • Join us at fb.com/JBLMcys for lots of tips and information about how to keep your family busy, healthy and happy at home this month! • Enjoy family-style dining at the kick-off of Family Fun Night Wednesday, April 8, 5–8 p.m. at McChord Club. Details are on page 9. • Have fun on a free climbing wall with free rentals and instruction for kids at Northwest Adventure Center Fridays, April 10 and 24, 4–6 p.m. First-come, first-served in groups of 12. • The 2020 America’s Armed Forces Kids’ Run half- to 2-mile run takes place Saturday, April 11 at Cowan Stadium at Lewis Main starting at 9 a.m. On-site registration is at 8. • Registered Hillside Youth Center members can stay overnight for the militarywide Operation Megaphone Lock-in 7 p.m. Friday, April 24 to 7 a.m. Saturday, April 25. See details on page 36. • McChord Library is hosting a free family feature film Wednesday, April 1 and Thursday, April 2 starting at 3 p.m. (fresh popcorn will be served!). • Book Patch Library is hosting mini-celebration parties each Friday in April, 3–5 p.m. with family crafts and popcorn. • Enter the “Young Lives, Big Stories” contest to tell your story about what it means to be a military kid at ArmyMWR.com/YLBS during Month of the Military Child. • April 20–24 is purple week at Hillside Youth Center/Teen Zone with purple bows, socks, face paint, hair, bandanas and more! • Purple Up Day is Wednesday, April 22! Wear purple to show support and thank military youth for their strength and sacrifices!

Events mentioned in this issue may be canceled or rescheduled after publication date. For current updates, visit https://jblm.armymwr.com/promos/covid.



FOCUS Sports & Fitness

22 Joint Base Lewis-McChord Focus Nick Kitsampanwong

April 2020

Get ramped for fitness fun Run for challenges Get ready for JBLM trail run Are you ready to get down and dirty? Team up with family and friends for the 2020 JBLM Down & Dirty Trail Run Saturday, May 9! Full of all sorts of obstacles and challenges, the fun run is open to kids and adults (ages 14 and younger must run with an adult). Sign up now! Find the registration link and details at JBLMraces.com.

Join intramurals Open flag football Interested in flag football? Attend a coaches meeting Thursday, April 2 at 6 p.m. at the Intramural Sports office, 2170 Bitar Ave. at Lewis Main. Flag football is an extended tournament with round-robin games Thursdays and Fridays April 23–24, April 30–May 1 and May 7–8, followed by a final two-day tourney May 14–15. The deadline to sign up is Thursday, April 9 at 3 p.m. A minimum of six teams need to sign

up by deadline or play will be canceled. Sign-ups are open to active duty military, Army and Air Force Reserve and National Guard Service members assigned to JBLM, family members ages 18 and older and all DOD civilians. For more information, call 253-967-6420.

Open spring softball We’re forming teams for an open spring softball tournament! Come to the coaches meeting Thursday, April 23 at 6 p.m. at the Intramural Sports office, 2170 Bitar Ave. at Lewis Main. Round-robin tournaments will be played Thursdays and Fridays May 14–15, 21–22 and 28–29, followed by a final two-day tournament June 4–5. The sign-up deadline is Thursday, April 30 at 3 p.m. We’ll need at least six teams for the season, or the tournament may be canceled. For more information, call 253-967-6420. Sign-ups are open to active duty military, Army and Air Force Reserve and National Guard Service members assigned to JBLM, family members ages 18 and older and all DOD civilians.


24 Public JointAffairs Base Lewis-McChord Focus April 2020 JBLM

Commander’s Cup sports Enter Commander’s Cup Ten-Miler qualifier Active duty personnel are invited to register for the free Commander’s Cup Ten-Miler qualifier Friday, April 10 at the Scout’s Out Gate. To register, call 253-966-1156 or email sports@JBLMmwr.com. Limited day-of-race registration and bib pickup is 4:30–5:15 a.m.; race starts at 5:30. The top three runners in each age bracket receive points. Want to represent JBLM at the 2020 Army Ten-Miler in Washington, D.C., Sunday, Oct. 11? The fastest five individual times from the qualifiers for both men and women will receive a full TDY to participate and represent JBLM. The first qualifier is being held in conjunction with this race and the second will be held Saturday, July 18 as part of the Freedom Run.

Go aquatic Swim indoors all season Work all your major muscle groups at Soldiers Field House Pool located at Lewis Main at 3236 2nd Division Dr. (at Handrich). Recreational and lap swims, plus adult swim lessons, are available throughout the week. See the full schedule at JBLMsfa.com.

All events subject to change without notice. Visit JBLMsfa.com for updated details.

Swim lessons with your tot Parent-and-tot swim lessons are offered at Soldiers Field House Pool Tuesday and Thursday mornings for $10 per month for tots 6 months to 3 years old. Morning lessons are April 7–23 at 9:25 and 10:35. To register, visit JBLMmwrRegistration. com. Call 253-967-5390 for more information.

Attend lifeguard hiring event Want to join the team as a lifeguard at JBLM? Come to the JBLM Lifeguard Fair Friday, April 3, 1:30–4 p.m. at Soldiers Field House Pool, 3236 2nd Division Dr. (at Handrich Avenue). Bring swim gear (to demonstrate swimming abilities), your résumé and copies of certificates. Tentative job offers may be given on the same day if you have your U.S. passport, birth certificate or certification of naturalization papers and your Social Security card. For more information, call 253-967-5390.

Fit in a workout Get a quality workout at fitness centers Get in shape at your choice of six fitness centers, a fitness annex and three pools. Find your groove with a variety of workouts for beginners through more advanced training. Check out updates and descriptions of classes at fb.com/JBLMSportsFitnessAquatics and JBLMsfa.com.


Left: A class member gets the most out of a cardio kickboxing class at Jenson Family Health & Fitness Center. All fitness classes at JBLM fitness centers are free. For a list of current classes, locations and times, visit JBLMsfa.com.


FOCUS Adventures

26 Joint Base Lewis-McChord Focus Outdoor Recreation program staff

April 2020

Find resilience through WAQ By Lizzie Hoscheit omething that is a guarantee for all Service members is dealing with high-intensity and high-stress situations, whether they occur throughout the work day, at a training center or on a deployment. Finding a balance between these high-pressure situations and time spent out of uniform can be difficult for anyone. Military suicide rates are the highest they’ve been since the DOD began tracking military suicides in 2001. This is one of the reasons why Warrior Adventure Quest was created as a mental reset tool.


WAQ’s purposeful design diffuses stress WAQ is designed to relieve some of the pressure and to help Service members decipher the feelings that come with being under extreme stress, especially surrounding a deployment and before a redeployment. Participation in the WAQ program takes place over one duty day and is a requirement for units to complete every two years. It’s also DA-funded and encouraged due to the positive benefits that come from the program. The goal is to mitigate high-risk behaviors and transition these potentially dangerous actions into more positive outlets through high-adrenaline activities matched with a debrief. WAQ uses recreation to help Service members make connections between the struggles they may be facing mentally with realworld experiences. Continued on next page.


WAQ program available through ODR JBLM has a new WAQ coordinator, Luna Jaipsa, who became passionate about recreation, and the WAQ program specifically, after she read a short description of it in one of her college textbooks. Since then she has spent her time learning and experiencing all there is to know about WAQ and recreation. When asked why the WAQ program is important, Luna says, “It’s for you this time, not for anyone else.” She understands that one of the sacrifices Service members make is knowing that so many other things — the mission and unit — come before the individual. Luna explains, “That, in some ways, is why the WAQ program exists. While it’s there to act as team building for the unit, it also acts as

a tool for personal building, and it’s more than just checking off a box, it’s checking in with yourself.” JBLM’s current WAQ adventure trips include rafting, paintball, indoor and outdoor rock climbing, skeet shooting, mountain biking, backcountry skiing and kayaking. These trips are chosen because they have the ability to simulate high adrenaline and intense emotions at similar levels to what a Service member may face on a deployment.

Take a mental break WAQ leaders use these adventure trips to allow the Service member a mental break. Luna explains, “The activities require the focus of not only your body but also your mind, which gives you a relief from your own

Join the fun at JBLM’s Shotgun Shooting Complex


Joint Base Lewis-McChord Focus April 2020

JBLM Public Affairs

thoughts. Through this, WAQ is able to promote unit cohesion through an activity that’s separate from the military. It breaks down the leadership barrier, placing everyone on the same level. The only one in charge is the certified WAQ leader.” The adventure trips are chosen to be something you can build on after you complete the WAQ program. This allows you to push yourself at your own pace and decide how much you want to challenge yourself. Luna says, “These forms of recreation are more than just space fillers or a way to pass time — you get to have a different experience and result each and every time you do them.” Activities are both structured and unstructured, allowing personal interpretation and the ability to set new goals with unlimited pos-

Shotgun Shooting Complex offers comprehensive services Have you been to the JBLM Shotgun Shooting Complex? The range features trap, skeet, five-stand, shotgun rentals (ammo for purchase), a shotgun instructor on site, private shotgun lessons, on-base hunter permits and information, firearm transfers (ship to site or in person), sporting clays, registered skeet shoots, fun shoots and more! It’s a great spot for parties and other group events (picnic tables are on-site). Also check out the nearby free 10- to 40-yard archery range, ORV Park and rentals. The Shotgun Shooting Complex is located at 3969 2nd Division Range Road. Call 253-967-7056 for more information or visit JBLModr.com.

Sign up for Military Fun Shoot JBLM military personnel are invited to the new Military Fun Shoot at the Shotgun Shooting Complex Saturday, April 25.

sibilities, in turn helping build individual and unit resiliency.

Training a trainer Before a unit is able to go through the WAQ program, someone within the unit, most commonly an NCO, needs to become certified. To get certified, contact the ODR staff or your commander. The trainee takes Leader AfterAction Debrief training with one of the ODR staff during a duty day for less than two hours. It’s important to remember the goal of WAQ and that it’s here for Service members as individuals, helping them through challenges they may be experiencing in their daily lives. Email JBLMWAQ@gmail.com with any questions or for more information on how your unit can participate in a WAQ event.

Prizes will be awarded for top team, unit/ squadron and single in class. The cost per registrant is $25, which includes one round each of five-stand, trap and skeet. Firearms will be available on the field for those who don’t own a shotgun. You can compete as an individual and/or as a team. Teams compete as a unit/squadron or any group of 3–5 shooters. Individuals compete in one of the following classes: • Novice for those who have never shot or have shot only a few times. • Intermediate for those who shoot recreationally on occasion. • Experienced for those who shoot frequently or competitively. Register by Sunday, April 19 at the Shotgun Shooting Complex. The range is at 3969 2nd Division Range Rd. Call 253-967-7056 for directions or if you have questions. Hours are Wednesdays– Sundays, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Thursdays, it’s open until 7.


Enjoy spring with new equipment rentals By Amanda Anderson Adventures Unlimited at McChord Field now has new equipment to help you welcome the nice weather ahead! No matter your recreation preference, we have what you need. Get out on the water with our brand-new 2019 Lowe fish and ski boats! These aluminum boats are equipped for both fresh and saltwater and are versatile for any activity on the water. They offer features for the avid fisherman that include pedestal fishing seats and aerated live wells, as well as a demountable ski pylon for the water sports enthusiast. With a six-person


Joint Base Lewis-McChord Focus April 2020

Lizzie Hoscheit

capacity, there’s enough room for the entire family to enjoy the fun! We have four available to rent with 90-115hp Mercury motors starting at $180 per day. Enjoy the beautiful Washington scenery in our new 20foot Coachman travel trailers! With a sleeping capacity of six, the trailers are equipped with twin bunk beds, a queen-size bed, full bathroom, kitchenette and electric fireplace! It’s got all the comforts of home while you enjoy the great outdoors with family and friends. As long as you have the tow capacity, you can spend the weekend in this home away from home for $130 a night. Reservations for rental items can made 30 days in advance. For more information and rental questions, call Adventures Unlimited at 253-982-2303/2206 today! We’re at 739 Battery Rd. at McChord Field and are open Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays–Saturdays. See more information at JBLModr.com.

Join us on adventures of a lifetime! Find all-new trips with details and registration at JBLMmwrRegistration.com.

Go on an adventure trip with us, and receive 20% off your next sales store purchase when you show your trip receipt! Show us a receipt from your scuba diving class and save 25% off your purchase of diving equipment! Some restrictions apply.

JBLModr “Like” us on Facebook for the latest trip info, rentals, sales, notices and more!




Saturday, April 4

Tulip bike ride


Sunday, April 5

Oregon waterfall


Tuesday, April 7

Water sports clinic*


Saturday, April 11

Explore the tulip fields


Sunday, April 12

Snowshoe at Paradise


Saturday, April 18

Intro to mountain biking


Sunday, April 19

Whale watching


Tuesday, April 21

Kayak skills class


Saturday, April 25

Into to sea kayaking on American Lake


Saturday, May 2

Whale watching


Saturday, May 9

Leavenworth Maifest


Saturday, May 9

Kayak Nisqually River


Sunday, May 10

Mother’s Day rafting


Saturday, May 16

Waterfall tour


Sunday, May 17

Intro to sea kayaking


Sunday, May 17

Wheels & wines


Thursday, May 23

Kayak skills class


*Attend clinic and receive a voucher on future ODR water sports trips.




Enter the “Young Lives, Big Stories” contest to tell your story about what it means to be a military kid at Army MWR.com/YLBS during Month of the Military Child.




Joint Base Lewis-McChord Focus April 2020

Adapting today for a stronger tomorrow

Parent Central Services is at 2295 S. 12th St. (at Bitar Avenue), Lewis Main; call 253-966-2977 for an appointment. Family Child Care is at 2013B N. 3rd St. (at Pendleton Avenue), Lewis Main; 253-967-3039. Hillside Youth Center/Teen Zone is at 6397 Garcia Blvd., Lewis Main; 253-967-4441. Youth Sports is at 6398 Garcia Blvd., Lewis Main; 253-967-2405. Visit JBLMmwr.com under CYS for more information.

Constant change can build resiliency, respect for others By Cindy Arnold hen reflecting on the life of a military child, the word “change” is often one of the first things that comes to my mind. My father was in the Air Force for 20 years, and I always like to say that my mother was, too — she supported him and two children during all the moves and change that occurred. This year’s Month of the Military Child theme — “adapting today for a stronger tomorrow” — is exactly what every military Family learns, that military kids: • Learn that things change and that’s OK. • Find that moving can be fun and you learn a lot each time. • Can respect diversity and difference. • Discover that constant change builds resiliency, new friends, new schools, new — everything! This resiliency creates tools for building your new life each time, and all of these challenges help you gain insight into who you are. As you become an adult, you’ll find these skills that you cultivated as a child are invaluable. I know that I have.



Summer sports leagues League Sport




Parent Meeting

Practices Begin

Season Ends

Flag Football/ Cheerleading

April 15–May 28



Friday, June 5

Monday, June 8

Friday, July 31

Special Olympics Softball

April 27–June 7



Tuesday, June 16

Thursday, June 18

Thursday, Aug. 6

Special Olympics Golf

April 27–June 7



Tuesday, June 9

Thursday, June 11

Thursday, Aug. 6

Summer sports camps & activities Activity






Funky Fit Workout Warriors





3:05–4:15 p.m.; Iron Palace





See JBLMcys Registration.com

Youth Sports, Lewis Main, 6398 Garcia Blvd.

Pitch, Hit & Run

Youth baseball fields



May 5–6

5–7 p.m. at practice fields

British Soccer Camp

challengersports. com


Costs online

July 13–17 at Lewis Main; Aug. 10–14 at McChord Field

Times online

Register at JBLMcysRegistration.com except where otherwise indicated.

Events mentioned in this issue may be canceled or rescheduled after publication date. For current updates, visit https://jblm.armymwr.com/promos/covid.

We need your energy for youth sports! Do you come to all your child’s games or meets and connect well with kids and parents? Share your love of sports with JBLM youth as a volunteer sports coach. Youth Sports provides training and offers sports fee vouchers. A background check is required for all volunteers. For more details, stop by the Youth Sports office at 6398 Garcia Blvd. (Lewis Main). The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Questions? Call 253-967-2405.

Worldwide military run Enter annual kids’ run Ages 5–16 can join a free youth run for fun with parents cheering them on! The 2020


Joint Base Lewis-McChord Focus April 2020

America’s Armed Forces Kids’ Run half- to 2-mile run takes place Saturday, April 11 at Cowan Stadium at Lewis Main starting at 9 a.m. On-site day-of-race registration is at 8. Cowan Stadium is at 2170 Bitar Ave. (at South 12th Street).

Become an FCC provider Build a home child care career Looking for a fun and rewarding home business? If you live on base at JBLM, become a Family Child Care provider and make a difference in the lives of military families. FCC providers can earn up to $2,000 a month, may qualify for subsidies and receive free business resources. Also take your business with you to your next duty station.

Learn about FCC at the Tuesday, April 21 orientation, 6–8 p.m. at the FCC office (no children allowed at the orientation due to space/discussion topics). Full-day training classes will meet weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. following the orientation. All classes are required for FCC certification. The FCC Office is at 2013B N. 3rd St. (at Pendleton Avenue) at Lewis Main. Questions? Call 253-967-3039.

Build relationships Fun at parent-and-child play centers Children’s Museum of Tacoma brings “Play to Learn” fun to Escape Zone and Raindrops

& Rainbows parent-and-child play centers Wednesdays this school year. Play to Learn is a free program for youth ages 6 and younger and their parents, grandparents, neighbors, family and friends who nurture children ages 6 and younger. Thematic curriculum invites individual play, fun group activities, songs, and a whole-group circle time for children and adults to enjoy together. Just drop in — no registration needed. The fun takes place 10–11:30 a.m. at Escape Zone and 1:30–3 p.m. at Raindrops & Rainbows. Escape Zone is at 841 Fairway Rd. at McChord Field. Raindrops & Rainbows is at 8197 American Lake Dr., Lewis North.

We asked the kids at Cascade SAC “What do you like about being a military child?” Here’s what they said: • “That my mom cares about people and her community.” Faith, 9 • “That I’m really special and it lets you be a part of a lot of things.” Ahlaiya, 8 • “That you get to travel a lot and meet new people.” Lailah, 8 • “Having closer friends and meeting new people.” Rylan, 10 • “Having friends and being more secure on base.” Brandon, 10 • “I don’t have to stay at day care long.” Anthony, 8 • “I see my parents a lot and it makes me happy.” Elijah, 7 • “Drinking hot cocoa at the Christmas parties.” Joshua, 10 • “That my dad works really hard and comes home happy.” Derick, 9 • “That you help people when they fall and be kind.” Jack, 6 • “I’m good at math.” Devin, 5 • “That my dad flies a C-17 and wears a cool suit.” Pilot, 7


Youth fun, games & more You’re invited to fun events at Hillside Registered members in grades 6–12 can enjoy the fun at Hillside Youth Center/Teen Zone this month: • Take a trip to the Family Fun Center in Tukwila Friday, April 3 for $15. Get your permission slips and other information from the staff. • Join the staff vs. youth kickball competition starting at 5 p.m. Friday, April 10. • Attend a free showing of “Screenagers” with us at Nelson Recreation Center Thursday, April 16. The film empowers kids to best navigate the digital world and provides practical resources to help them do it. Enjoy a free spaghetti dinner while you’re there. Parents are welcome to attend with their youth. • We’re celebrating birthdays with cake at 6 p.m. Friday, April 17. • April 20–24 is purple week with purple bows, socks, face paint, hair, bandanas and more!

• Stay overnight with us for the militarywide Operation Megaphone Lock-in 7 p.m. Friday, April 24 to 7 a.m. Saturday, April 25. We’ll talk about issues that affect you, plus have field trips, plenty of food, Minecraft, Fortnite, NBA 2K20, movies, arts and more. Parents may start picking up your kids at 6 a.m. Saturday. • Take a babysitting course April 27–May 1 if you’re ages 13 or older. The class meets 4–6:30 p.m. each day. You must sign up ahead of time. The Teen Zone is open to middle school and teen youth who are registered with CYS. Not registered yet? Find a friend who’s registered and tag along on a one-time guest pass. Fill out an application if you like what you see. The Teen Zone does all the paperwork, including verifying with parents for permission, to get you registered. For more information, call 253-967-4441.

Events may be canceled or rescheduled after publication date. For current updates, visit https://jblm.armymwr.com/promos/covid.


Joint Base Lewis-McChord Focus April 2020

Kindergarten, here we come! F

or those new to JBLM or to the school system, here are some frequently asked questions that the School Support Services office receives about kindergarten enrollment.

At what age can my child start school? In Washington, a child must be 5 on or before August 31 to attend kindergarten, unless they have attended kindergarten in another state that permits earlier entrance.

Where will my child attend school? Your child(ren) will attend schools in the district in which they are zoned. This is a boundary state — the address where you reside has a school and school district associated with it. On-base schools are part of the Clover Park School District public school system.

Can my child attend on-base schools if we live off-base? Receiving a waiver is dependent on the space and services available in one of the on-base schools for the grade(s) you need. If the waiver is approved, the parent is responsible for transportation and the requirements of the waiver. To apply for a waiver, parents must go to their resident district to obtain a Release of Attendance. After parents of the student have secured a Release of Attendance, they should take that form to the school they would like their student to attend and fill out an application for the waiver. If the waiver is approved, the parent will complete enrollment paperwork at the school. Clover Park School District is currently accepting application for waivers for the 2020–2021 school year. For more information regarding waivers, contact their district office

at 253-583-5000.

How do I enroll my child in school? Enrollment is handled at the local level. You’ll register at the school in which you are zoned. You’ll need to refer to the individual school district’s website for more information.

Is before- & after-school care available on & off base? Child & Youth Services provides on-base before- and after-school programs from kindergarten through fifth grade in the School Age Centers. There are three SACs at JBLM: Lewis North SAC, Cascade SAC (Lewis Main) and McChord SAC. Each elementary school on the installation is assigned to a SAC. For more information, contact Parent Central Services at 253-966-2977. Inquire at your assigned school for off-base options or contact the School Support Services office at 253-967-7195 for more information. Most school districts have before- and afterschool programs available either in or near the individual school or in the surrounding area. Some programs transport and some programs have hours conducive to the military schedule. Consider that issue when selecting a place to live and before signing a contract.

What if my child is already in a CDC for Strong Beginnings? If you are currently enrolled in a CYS Child Development Center, will be attending school at JBLM and need before- and after-school programs, please notify the front office at the CDC and provide the name of the school at JBLM that your child will be attending. The office will assist you with enrollment at the corresponding SAC.


FOCUS Libraries

We want to hear from you!

Share your library experiences with us at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JBLMlibraries. We’ll use all your input to help us plan for the library of the future!

All activities are free with no need to register unless otherwise noted.


Joint Base Lewis-McChord Focus April 2020

McChord Library is at 851 Lincoln Blvd. at McChord Field; 253-982-3454.

Grandstaff Library is at 2109 N. 10th (on Pendleton Avenue) at Lewis Main; 253-967-5889.

Use your bridge to knowledge Discover new ways to learn about the world at your JBLM libraries

Book Patch Library is located inside Grandstaff; 253-967-5533.




Events may be canceled or rescheduled after publication date. For current updates, visit https://jblm.armymwr.com/promos/covid.

Special happenings Enjoy spring break fun at McChord Library McChord Library is hosting a week of fun and games through Friday, April 3 during spring break! We’re offering daily fun with Keva Blocks from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., PlayStation 4 Virtual Reality demos at 1 p.m., and a family feature film through Thursday, April 2 starting at 3 p.m. (fresh popcorn will be served!). Check out our board games and video games, and play with your friends in our teen area all day during spring break!

Jelly bean challenge for kiddos Since kids love to build things, families will have fun with your youngsters at Book Patch Library’s Jelly Bean Challenge, a super-easy STEM activity. Drop in Thursday, April 2 and take the challenge!

Family Mario Kart gaming tourney Join Book Patch Library for our Family Mario Kart Switch Gaming Tournament inside Grandstaff Library Saturday, April 4 for a super-fun family time and door prizes. The tournament is open to all family members. Sign-ups for this free event begins at 10 a.m.; participants must be present to play. Game-related prizes will be awarded to the top three players!


Joint Base Lewis-McChord Focus April 2020

Book Patch celebrates military youth To celebrate Month of the Military Child, Book Patch Library is hosting mini-celebration parties each Friday in April, 3–5 p.m. with family crafts and popcorn. Come join us for a fun time!

See cocoons turn into butterflies Watch the amazing transformation that slowly grows after caterpillars spin their cocoons. Within several weeks, butterflies will begin to emerge from within these cocoons, leaving their old caterpillar life behind. JBLM Libraries are keeping their cocoons on display until they’re all ready to be set free as butterflies at Kids’ Fest Thursday, April 2 (details on Kids’ Fest is on page 21).

It’s Meriwether Explorers Month In honor of Meriwether Elementary School, we’re displaying artwork created by students at Book Patch Library! Families can stop by and see the fantastic creations these students have shared with us — tell other family members to come see the display! Thank you, Meriwether Explorers, for sharing!

Children’s reading Read ‘Books with Bogan’ Kids can spend time reading their favorite book to a reading assistance dog at Book Patch Library’s “Books with Bogan.”

Bogan’s visiting 3:30–4:30 p.m. Thursdays, April 9 and 23. By providing quiet comfort, the trained dog transforms into a supportive reading buddy and trusted friend in a safe and welcoming space. Call 253-967-5533 to reserve your spot. Bogan’s waiting to hear from you!

See what Kids’ Book Club is all about Youth in grades 3–5 can join us at McChord Library’s monthly Kids’ Book Club the third Wednesday of the month to read fun books and meet fun people! We’ll meet April 15 at 4 p.m. to discuss “Love that Dog” by Sharon Creech. Check out a copy from the front desk!

Music & movement storytime Youngsters ages 3–5 can join McChord Library the last Friday of the month for a fullbody experience while building early literacy skills and healthy bodies! This month, we’ll meet Friday, April 24 starting at 10:30 a.m. Music and Movement Storytime includes stories, singing, dancing and fun (be sure to dress in comfortable clothes). Space is limited; registration is required and begins one week prior at JBLMlibraries.com.

Enjoy storytimes at Book Patch Book Patch Library offers two weekly reading events! Come join us for:

• Kinder-Ready Storytime that meets 10:30– 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday, developing essential skills to prepare children ages 3–5 for kindergarten. • An all-ages family storytime and craft that meets 3:30–4:30 p.m. each Wednesday.

Bring kiddos to storytime Bring your prereaders to McChord Library Thursdays at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. for a storytime with free crafts and activities!

Join adult book clubs Take part in Novel Navigators book club Join the Novel Navigators book discussion group for adults that meets the second Wednesday of every month at 4:30 p.m. at McChord Library (except during spring break). This month’s meeting is April 15 to discuss “The Sisters Brothers,” by Patrick DeWitt. A limited number of copies are available; register in person to receive a copy.

Attend Afterthought book club Come to Grandstaff Library on the third Monday of every month for our Afterthought adult book club. We’re exploring books from all genres and discovering new books to enjoy in this all-inclusive book club. Check out your book (ask at the front desk) and plan to join us April 20, 5:30–7 p.m. in the conference room to discuss “The Last Time I Lied” by Riley Sager.


Events may be canceled or rescheduled after publication date. For current updates, visit https://jblm.armymwr.com/promos/covid.

Attend clubs for fun Teen Filmmakers Production Crew Youth ages 11 and older can join the McChord Teen Film Production Crew at McChord Library! We meet Mondays at 4 p.m. to learn the art of filmmaking and creating our own independent short films step by step. Just drop in!

Create at BYOU teen girls’ club Spend a girl-fueled power hour of creativity and awesome nosh at the Be Your Own You teen girls’ club 4–5 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Book Patch Library. This month, we’ll meet April 7 to design your own butterfly picture frame!

Club activities for boys & girls Book Patch Library invites you to monthly clubs with fun activities to help build confidence, creativity and friendships 4–5 p.m.: • SuperGirls Club meets the second Tuesday of the month. Girls ages 7–11 can join us April 14 to design your own wind chimes! • Mudspots & Robots Boys Club is open to boys of all ages the third Tuesday of the month. Have fun decorating your own wooden movable lizard April 21!

More library fun Get STEAMed Ages 6 and older can participate in Grandstaff Library’s free STEAM program with science, technology, engineering, arts and math. We meet 4–5 p.m. the first Thursday of the month. Join us April 2! Participants can uncover interests by making, producing, solving, creating, collaborating and thinking with projects.

Build with Legos Calling all master builders! Kids ages 2 and older can get creative at JBLM libraries’ Family Lego Nights starting at 4 p.m.: • Sign up for the first Friday of the month at McChord Library (April 3).


Joint Base Lewis-McChord Focus April 2020

• At Book Patch Library, join us the second Friday of the month (April 10). We provide the Lego sets, and you provide the imagination! Registration is required for McChord Library at JBLMlibraries. com starting one week prior, or call 253-982-3454. No registration is needed at Book Patch.

Dream in STEAM Calling youth who want to explore the world of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics! Join McChord Library’s Dream in STEAM and learn how to design, build, problem-solve, create and expand your knowledge in engaging activities every other month! This month, we meet Friday, April 17 starting at 4 p.m. and enter into a world of unlimited imagination. The program is geared toward ages 8 and older (ages 6–7 also can participate with a parent or guardian). Registration is required at JBLMlibraries.com or call McChord Library at 253-982-3454.

‘Gamers Guild’ for families Want a fun night out? Drop in at Grandstaff Library the fourth Friday of each month for board games, cards and video games! Come in April 24 at 4:30 p.m. for classic games, such as Monopoly, Scrabble, Clue, Sorry and The Game of Life!

Extra library perks Book a tech expert Are you puzzled by new devices, downloads and software? Get one-on-one help with your technology questions at McChord Library. We’re here to: • Assist you with digital resources, such as library’s e-books or audiobooks. • Help you get familiarized with your phone, laptop or tablet. • Help you better learn your software. Book an hour session with a tech expert at McChord Library to get started Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 2 p.m. Call 253-982-3454 for more info and to make an appointment.


Madigan’s School Based Health Clinics DID YOU KNOW: Your kids can receive their routine adolescent immunizations such as the Tetanus, HPV, and Meningitis vaccines and school physicals at any of our Madigan Clinics? You don't need to change your primary care clinic or provider in order to utilize the school based health clinics. These clinics are designed to enhance your teen's ability to access care during their busy school year!

Harrison Prep High School, Lakes High School, Mann Middle School, Pioneer Middle School, Rogers High School, Steilacoom High School, Woodbrook Middle School, River Ridge High School, Bethel Middle and Bethel High School.

All military children can receive any of the immunizations required for students in grades kindergarten to 12th at their respective primary care medical home.

Call the Puget Sound Military Appointment Line at 800-404-4506 to schedule appointments!

madigan Army Medical Center


Joint Base Lewis-McChord Focus April 2020


FOCUS Military & Family

Take charge with DPFR

April is Military Saves Month, Month of the Military Child and National Child Abuse Prevention Month! Visit us at fb.com/JBLMdpfr for event & class details.


Joint Base Lewis-McChord Focus April 2020

Check out our events & classes DPFR classes and events are free — take advantage of as many as you can! For more classes and briefings, call us at

253-967-7166 or visit JBLMdpfr.timetap.com. For details, call the number listed, visit the event calendar at JBLMmwr.com or “like” us at fb.com/JBLMdpfr.



For details

Overseas Briefing



Toddler Play Group



Toddler Mindfulness

First & Third Tuesdays


Talk and Play



Baby Play Group



Playmorning Play Group



Career Skills Program Brief



Soldier and Family Readiness Liaison

Wednesday, April 15


Résumé 101

Thursday, April 16


Reentry Briefing

Thursday, April 16


SFRG Leadership (evening)

Thursdays, April 16, 23 & 30


Predeployment Workshop

Monday, April 20


SFRG Funds Custodian (evening)

Tuesday, April 21


LinkedIn 360

Thursday, April 23


Volunteer Week

Apr. 19–25


International Spouse Orientation

Friday, May 1


Key Contact (day)

Monday, May 4


Alaska Briefing

Monday, May 4


Hawaii Briefing

Tuesday, May 5


Smooth Move Workshop – All

Tuesday, May 5


SFRG Funds Custodian (day)

Wednesday, May 6


Smooth Move Workshop – All

Thursday, May 7


Volunteer Orientation Training

Thursday, May 7


VMIS Organization Point of Contact Training

Thursday, May 7


CARE Team (day)

Monday, May 11


JBLM Newcomers Orientation

Tuesday, May 12


Federal Résumé Class

Thursday, May 14


Questions on classes and briefings? Call 253-967-7166 or visit JBLMdpfr.timetap.com. For more details, call the phone number listed or “like” us on Facebook.



Sounding off 1st Lt. Nick Henning Last thing you ate: Chili, lots of chili. Last time you tried something new: Rock climbing a couple of weeks ago. Last adventure you went on: National Training Center sure was an adventure. Last song you listened to: “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s” by Tim McGraw. Last time you laughed: Just now at what actually was the last song I listened to. Last irrational fear: Having a bee fly into my shirt, get stuck in my arm pit and stinging me. 48

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Focus April 2020

Profile for Joint Base Lewis-McChord MWR Marketing

April 2020 JBLM MWR e-Focus  

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Family & MWR events and activities for April 2020

April 2020 JBLM MWR e-Focus  

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Family & MWR events and activities for April 2020