Fort Lewis MWR fun, food, travel & well-being guide.
Fort Lewis Bettie Brigade rocks Summit Arena Celebrate Womenâ€™s Empowerment OPERATION RISING STAR Win the recording experience of a lifetime
CO R. W M IS W LE RT FO 09 20 st
Win a Honda CRF50 at the Country Fair & FortLewisMWR.com Duck Derby, see page 7
ARMY HALF-MARATHON BACK-TO-SCHOOL BASH RENT JET SKIS AT RUSSELL LANDING
Sun, Aug. 23 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Featuring the Duck Derby
Fun for the whole family!
Jr. Idol Competition, Burlap Sack Fashion Show, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, and live music from the
Win a Honda CRF50 or Great Wolf Lodge Gift Certificates in the Duck Derby! Tons of other prizes! Adopt a duck for $3, call 967-2510 for information. Local Office
253-584-7755 Sponsorship does not imply federal endorsement.
Produced by Fort Lewis Marketing 0709-1333.ai
www.NWMSRocks.com 1.888.286.8034 Fort Lewis Focus
Table of contents
Get ready for back-toschool time
The end of summer may be just around the corner, but that doesn’t mean the fun is over. Fort Lewis MWR hosts a number of events throughout the year, and there are even a few to celebrate the end of summer. Get ready for your kids to return to school with a Back-to-School Bash Friday, Aug. 28 at Memorial Stadium. This back-to-school event includes an opportunity to meet with local school district officials. Additional August events include the Third Annual Surviving Family Member Appreciation Day (page 15), Operation Rising Star (page 8) and the U.S. Army Soldier Show (two shows on Friday, Aug. 28; see page 8). As you take advantage of what MWR has to offer, please share your comments and suggestions with us. Visit https://ice.disa. mil or stop by one of the Army OneStop kiosks to submit your thoughts. Thank you for your patronage. It is our honor to serve you, the Army family. Sincerely, William E. Harvey
Skeet shooting & hunter’s education
FROM THE COVER Photo by Nick Brooks; Bettie Brigade Bettie Brigade Women’s roller derby is back, and they want YOU . . . . . 4
Have fun with BOSS
Jet ski rentals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Army Half-Marathon The 3rd Annual race includes new distances to make this a family-friendly event . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Operation Rising Star Win the recording experience of a lifetime . . . . . 8 Back-to-school bash . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 FOOD AND FUN One-of-a-kind gifts from the Arts & Crafts Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Long drive championship at Eagles Pride You could win $10,000! . . . . . . 9 FABULOUS TRAVEL FRC zoo trip . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Plan an end-of-summer weekend getaway ITT can help you plan a trip to remember . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 FITNESS AND WELL-BEING Walk for Life Suicide prevention . . . . 14
U.S. Army Soldier Show
FAMILY Share your concerns about Army life It can make a difference . . . . . . . . . . 15 FINANCE AND EDUCATION Youngsters learn about deploymentcoping skills with library exhibit . . . . . . 18 FEEDBACK We want to hear from you! . . . . . . . 21 FMWR PHONE LISTINGS . . . . . . . . . . 22
Director, FMWR William E. Harvey
Marketing director Katrina McConnell
Senior writer/copy editor Kate Mullinax
Nick Brooks, Ken Dietiker, Emiliano Hernandez, Tim Hipps, Minerva Hohaia, Song Jordan, Steve Mancini, Gary Ouellette
Fort Lewis Directorate of Family & Morale, Welfare and Recreation For commercial sponsorship or advertising inquiries, please contact: Carly Jackson at 253.966.2256 or 253.203.8088; firstname.lastname@example.org The Fort Lewis “FOCUS” is an unofficial information source published monthly by FMWR. All activities described herein are subject to change. Contact the activity for confirmation. Activities described herein are open to authorized patrons and, where applicable, guests. Opinions are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent FMWR, Fort Lewis 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. Submissions are welcome but may be edited for accuracy, clarity and style. FMWR Marketing is located at Building 2013B, N. 3rd St., Fort Lewis, Wash. Mailing address: Box 339500 MS 20, Fort Lewis, WA 98433-9500 Phone: 253-967-5200/DSN 357-5200. Visit Fort Lewis MWR online at FortLewisMWR.com or search for Fort Lewis MWR on Facebook,Twitter and MySpace.
Hell hath no fury like a roller girl While the men are away, the ladies will play â€“ roller derby that is. The Fort Lewis Bettie Brigade takes it to the track at MWRâ€™s Summit Arena and keeps the home fires burning.
Tammy Deisley, aka Tamazon, of the Bettie Brigade, and Liz Schultz, aka Boo Bury Deathmuffin, of Sick Town Derby Dames, compete in a bout at Rollerdome in Centralia. Deisley, with Valerie Adams, helped create the Fort Lewis Bettie Brigade, a skater-owned-and-operated non-profit corporation.
Fort Lewis Focus
By Kate Mullinax
along afterwards. It’s like football for girls but on skates. It’s my passion.” As Roller derby is an old sensation with for her name? “I saw a Suicide Blonde poster and I said, ‘Why not Suicide Red?’” a new twist that’s been sweeping the Building morale among military spouses nation since 2000.This time around, Stress goes hand-in-hand with being it’s women leading the pack. Grassa military spouse. Roller derby can help roots efforts to bring a team to Fort you channel that stress into something Lewis got underway in Fall 2008. positive. “Derby is such an outlet for Bettie Brigade founders Tammy Deisstress,” exclaims Tamazon. “It’s rough ley and Valerie Adams were tired of makand gets out a lot of energy, and you ing the drive down get the best to Centralia when workout ever, they got the idea but you’re hav“What’s cool is that you can be any body type. You’re ing fun! to form a league accepted no matter what. I think a sport like this raises “It’s nice to here at Fort Lewis. your self-esteem.” – Tammy Deisley, aka Tamazon be able to get Word of mouth, out on the rink passion and a lot and skate as of perseverance fast as you can paid off. The Bettie and get all that aggression out. There’s Alter egos Brigade held its first practices in MWR’s a sense of family here. Because most of When the wheels hit the rink, skaters Summit Arena in January ‘09. the players are military spouses, they can cast away their everyday identities Remembering your roots understand and support each other and become someone else entirely. Where did the name Bettie Brigade in a way that others can’t. We try to “When you skate, it’s your alternate come from? “We wanted a military involve our kids in a lot of things, too.” personality. I’m really a nice person, but theme,” explains Deisley. “Our logo Ten-year-old Gabrielle Hogue, also when I get on the rink, I don’t want is an old-style USO pin-up girl. Our known as Sammie Storm, is the daughter to be nice. I don’t want to be Tammy. I colors are red, white and blue. It’s a of Miso Rowdy. She attends practices want to be Tamazon. I want to be really patriotic thing.” faithfully and is the Bettie Brigade’s bigaggressive,” she says. The Fort Lewis Bettie Brigade is a gest fan. With a roller derby mom and No two skaters have the same name. skater-owned-and-operated non-profit a referee dad, it’s hard not to fall in love Everyone has a unique story behind corporation. The league is open to with it. She plans to join a kid’s roller their skate persona. Lisa Hogue, better women at least 21 years of age – miliderby league when she gets settled in known as Miso Rowdy, wanted a funny tary spouses as well as civilians. You her new home, Hawaii. She explains to play on words with an Asian influence. will find a few men among the ranks of observers the finer points of the game Roller derby makes me feel like I’m in the Bettie Brigade. The head coach is and gives the low-down on all the skatsixth grade,” she says. a man, and a couple of husbands have ers. “I asked my mom once what her Kelly Cavallero is Legs Le’Nor. “The been bitten by the derby bug and are most favorite thing is. She said, ‘roller name Legs was given to me from work now referees. derby and Disney World, in that order.’” because I’m tall, and I wear high heels Roller derby is 100 percent real. all the time,” she says. Keep on jammin’ Nothing is staged or choreographed, Coach Ryan Hendrickson, or as he They skate around the rink in a pack. though the names and the uniforms prefers to be addressed, Coach Buster have definite theatrical flair. The vivid colors blend into a moving Fuzz, “Loved roller derby from the very rainbow. The fishnet stockings invoke Empowerment moment I first saw it.” Coach Fuzz gets memories of growing up in the ‘80s with August is Women’s Empowerment sentimental when asked about his team. Punky Brewster-inspired fashions. The Month, and hell hath no fury like a “I think this is the best bunch of girls jammers try to work their way through roller girl. in roller derby, and I’m not just saying the pack. A blocker’s well-placed smack At six-feet, two-inches tall, Deisley that. I’ve learned that they sacrifice a lot of the hip can put her opponent on the doesn’t get lost in the crowd. She’s more than they know. I hope it conground. These girls are the living emused derby to help her embrace her tinues to grow and get more popular. bodiment of the Timex slogan: They take height.“It’s empowering!” she exclaims. I hope it gives them something to do a lickin’ and keep on tickin’. Before you can “I was always tall and felt kind of awkwhile the guys are away, and it gives gasp, she’s back on her feet. ward. I played basketball and did fairly them a family environment that they well at it. I got called Amazon, and it was Safety can enjoy and grow in.” insulting to me. That’s why now I’m Players must wear a helmet, wrist guards, Wendy Hendrickson is the team Tamazon. It makes you embrace everyknee pads, elbow pads and a mouth guard captain and the coach’s wife. Her skate thing that has been nagging at you. at all times.“The new girls run through drills name is Suicide Red. “My parents used to “It’s a good thing for derby that I’m on how to fall safely,” explains Tamazon. own a skating rink, so it’s in my blood. tall. It’s a good thing if you’re small. “Single-knee falls, double-knee falls. You It’s fun, and it’s exhilarating.You get to Blockers are bigger girls. What’s cool is don’t fall flat. Do squats! It builds your go out and hit people, and you still get
that you can be any body type.You’re accepted no matter what. I think a sport like this raises your self-esteem. “It gets you in shape – mentally and physically. And you meet a whole new caliber of women. We’re all there to knock each other around. We’re all there for the same stress-relief and we have a common goal – to play derby. It becomes more than a hobby. It takes over your life, in a good way.”
The Fort Lewis Bettie Brigade, formed in Fall 2008, is comprised mostly of military spouses. Here, they pose in front of the Fort Lewis Museum.
muscles and helps you skate. You have to find your own center. You have to get out there and find your balance.”
ting too old for this’ or ‘I can’t take the hits’ or ‘I don’t want to deal with the drive to go to practice three times a week’ … it’s the workout that keeps me coming back. Even against taking injuries. I’ve been injured before, and it didn’t stop me from coming back,” Decap said.
them off.” not just the mom or the wife. You’re the derby girl. You go back for more. Where else can you hit someone and it’s legal?” In a post-practice huddle, Coach Fuzz addresses an injury, “We will have broken people. That’s part of roller derby. Hopefully, not everybody at once.” Valerie Adams’ skate persona is Decapitate Her – fondly referred to as Decap for short. “I asked my friend to come up with a name for me and that’s what she came up with. I don’t know how she really views me,” she laughs. “I never really liked soccer or basketball or any other sport. This is more my speed. I like alternative stuff. You get to know a great group of girls, and you get great legs. Oh my God – the workout is intense! “Whenever I think ‘Oh man, I’m get-
– Valerie Adams, aka Decapitate Her
had not taken care of myself at all. I was really depressed. I told her I didn’t fit in with the moms at the bus stop, and she said, ‘It’s because they’re all boring.’ And Worth the risks I thought, she’s my new best friend. She “People can get hurt. It’s a pretty started my old rogue roller derby team. rough sport,” Tamazon acknowledges. I went to my first two practices and by “Sometimes you the next week, I’d get beat up, but it bought my skates, makes you want knee pads and evto try even harder. erything. That was “You just gotta strap on the skates and see for It makes you comit,” Tamazon said. yourself. Once you put ‘em on, you’re not taking petitive. You’re
Fort Lewis Focus
We want you as a new recruit! “Ever since I started, I can spot a derby girl a mile away,” explains Tamazon. “I’ll see a woman out pushing a stroller and walking with her kids, and I can tell if she’s a wife who stays home with the kids. I’m the kind of person who will pull up along the side of the road (I think people think I’m a stalker), and I’ll approach them. I’m like the Mary Kay lady you run from!” If you’re new to Fort Lewis and feeling alone, the roller derby family will welcome you with open arms. “I’d moved to North Carolina, and I was talking to my new neighbor. She met me at one o’clock in the afternoon. My hair was not combed. I was in my robe. I
Future of the Bettie Brigade “I can’t believe all we’ve accomplished for as young as we are. It’s amazing,” Tamazon reflects. “By next year, we could have an inter-league bout. We’re hoping to get an Air Force team started so that we can build a following.” The Bettie Brigade needs skaters, volunteers and fans. So whether you’re there to strap on skates or lend your support from the sidelines, the Bettie Brigade wants YOU! Decap can’t explain what it is about derby. “You just gotta strap on the skates and see for yourself. Once you put ‘em on, you’re not taking them off.” If you want to give roller derby a spin, contact Tammy Deisley at email@example.com. Or drop by practice at Summit Arena Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon.
Have fun with Country Fair, jet skis & more You’re invited to the 8th Annual Country Fair on Sunday, Aug. 23 at Shoreline Park at 11 a.m. It’s a great way for everyone to get together and enjoy the summer sunshine. Adopt a duck for $3 at Russell Landing Marina and the Northwest Adventure Center for a chance to win a Honda CRF50, outdoor prizes, Mariners and Seahawks tickets and more! Duck races begin at 11:30 a.m. Nothing says high fashion like a burlap sack! Pretend it’s Project Runway, and let your creativity inspire you to take home up to $75 in the “Times Past” fashion show. Registration is due Aug. 9 (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for details). Got a kid with great pipes? Sign them up for the 1:30 p.m. Junior Idol competition. Contestants should bring a karaoke-style CD (accompaniment only). The little ones will love pony rides and a petting zoo. Whether you’re enjoying bluegrass sounds of Wickline at 11 a.m. or cheering on your duck in the derby, the Country Fair has something for everyone.
Arts & Crafts Center: the place to go for one-of-a-kind gifts Fort Lewis Arts & Crafts now has screen printing! Have an image you want on a T-shirt? Let the staff at Arts & Crafts use screen printing to transfer the image. Screen printing isn’t limited to T-shirts – bring in all types of clothing, from T-shirts to jackets, and they’ll make it a one-of-a-kind design. Other customized services include frames and plaques, laser engraving, embroidery, heat press (image transfers), screen-printing and matting & framing classes. Is your unit planning a Christmas ball? Save money, and let Arts & Crafts laser engrave your unit and crest on wine glasses. Demand is high, so place your orders now! Stop by Arts & Crafts, Building 5038 at the corner of 2nd Street and Pendleton Ave., or call 253-967-5001.
Dining options close to home
The German Buffet is back at American Lake Community Center Thursday, Aug. 20 at 5:30 p.m. $14.95 for adults; $6.95 ages 4-10; and ages 3 and younger eat free. Call 253-964-1209 for reservations. Looking for a place to eat lunch? Look no further than Fort Lewis MWR for a good lunch at a low price. For contact information, see page 22.
Entertainment & nightlife On Friday, Aug. 8, Club North is celebrating patrons with August birthdays – enjoy no cover, a free 16-inch pizza and enter a birthday surprise drawing. And as always, Club North is the place for Old Skool Fridays and an early morning breakfast served on weekends from 2 to 3 a.m. Carry-out is available. Salsa dance the night away each Friday at Latin Sensations (Madigan Café). Need to learn the moves? Take advantage of free lessons at 9. Electronic handheld bingo is available at Bowl Arena. Bet five cents to $1 per card as you play to win great prizes. Machine play is available at Heroes Lounge and Cascade Community Center.
Food & fun
Country Fair featuring the Duck Derby
For contact information, see page 22.
For the outdoor enthusiast The Outdoor Recreation Shotgun Shooting Complex holds a monthly Sporting Clays Fun Shoot. Check it out Saturday, Aug. 1. Plan to hunt? Check with the Northwest Adventure Center to register for the state’s mandatory hunter’s education course. Call Eagles Pride Golf Course at 253-967-6522 for information on the Friday, Aug. 28 Long Drive Championship. You could win up to $10,000! For contact information, see page 22.
Jet ski rentals! Have you always wanted to cruise around American Lake on a jet ski? Stop by Russell Landing Marina on North Fort Lewis and rent one. Hourly fee: $25 Half-day rental: $100 Full-day rental: $200 For additional information, call 253-967-2510 or stop by Building 8981 on American Lake Drive. Fuel is not included in rental fee, and a $150 refundable deposit is required at time of rental. Ken Dietiker
Get discovered with Operation Rising Star
Food and fun
Focal Point By Song Jordan
How do you keep yourself and your kids motivated about school?
“I sign them up for extracurricular activities, let them use the computer and educational Web sites, read to them and do homework together.” – Domarie Zayas with Eileen, 9 & Christine, 10
Are you a talented singer? Operation Rising Star auditions are Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 7 p.m. at the American Lake Community Center. The grand prize experience includes an all-expensespaid trip for two, vocal coach and professional arrangement and sound engineering for your very own three-song demo CD. Shows are Wednesdays Aug. 12-26 at 7 p.m. at the ALCC. Come to vote for your favorite contestant, and have a your chance to win great prizes! For details visit, FortLewisMWR.com or OpRisingStar.com for details.
Lights! Camera! Action! The U.S. Army Soldier Show is back Lights! Camera! Action! is the theme of this year’s Soldier Show, and MWR proudly announces its return to Fort Lewis. The show is a high-energy live musical review showcasing the talents of active duty Soldiers who are selected by audition from throughout the Army. This year’s variety show will have audience members feeling as though they are in a live television studio. Performances include T-Pain’s “Freeze” featuring Chris Brown (pictured) and “Jai Ho” from “Slumdog Mil8
Fort Lewis Focus
lionaire.” Check at the show at Carey Theater on Friday, Aug. 28. There are two showtimes for this free event: 2 and 7 p.m. For more information, call 253-967-4294. The modern version of the U.S. Army Soldier Show originated in 1983 as an outgrowth of several shows existing in various Army commands, with talented Soldiers selected from worldwide competition. The motto, mission and philosophy of the show were established during World War I by a Russian immigrant, Sgt. Israel Beilin (known today as Irving Berlin; writer of “God Bless America”): “Entertainment for the Soldier, by the Soldier.” The first Army Soldier Show, “Yip Yip Yaphank,” conceived and directed by Sgt. Irving Berlin, appeared on Broadway in 1918.
Have fun and get involved with the BOSS Team Bowling Night Join the BOSS Team at the Fort Lewis Bowl Arena, Wednesday, Aug. 12 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Enjoy all-you-can-eat pizza, fun and bowling for just $9 (shoe rental included). For more information, call 253-967-5636.
“I’m the first one in my family to have an opportunity to attend college.” – Sgt. Ducarmel Francois
“I think of how much easier it is. Rather than getting up and going to school every day, I work around my schedule at work and home.” – Christina Smith, online student
“It’s easy. He usually enjoys learning on his own.” – Jamie Brooks with Herbert Williams
Team Lewis Night Join Soldiers and civilian employees at Team Lewis Night Friday, Aug. 14 at the Cascade Community Center from 3 to
Food and fun
6 p.m. Enjoy free food and play fun games for a chance to win great prizes.You must be at least 18 to attend and at least 21 to purchase/consume alcohol.
Win big with Texas Hold ‘em Six dollars gets you a seat at the Texas Hold ‘Em table Thursdays at Club North at 6:30 p.m. The weekly winner will go home with a $50 Visa card, and the tournament grand prize is a trip for two to Las Vegas valued at $800. The tournament runs through Thursday, Sept. 24. Buy-in is weekly. Designated Driver van Going out to the clubs on post? Take advantage of the BOSS designated driver van operated by volunteer Soldiers Fridays and Saturdays from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. transporting Soldiers between the on-post clubs and barracks. For a safe, no-questions-asked ride, call 253-208-9169. If you would
like to volunteer as a driver or in another capacity, contact a BOSS representative. Make the jump with BOSS Three ... two ... one ... jump! BOSS is taking adreneline-craving Soldiers bungee jumping Saturday, Aug. 29. Jump not once, but twice, and come home with a T-shirt to prove it. The cost is $109, and payment in full is due on event day. Vans will leave from the Arts & Crafts Center parking lot. Call the BOSS Team now to reserve your spot. The Fort Lewis Installation BOSS representatives are Sgt. Stephanie Bañuelos, Spec.William Bell and PFC Jennifer Szephegyi. For additional information, call 253-967-5636. I. A.M. STRONG is the Army’s Prevention of Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault Program.
Join BOSS Representative Sgt. Stephanie Bañuelos on this month’s bungee jumping trip.
the Pro Shop n i w p No $300 in Pro Shop U n August 28, 2009 g i Certificates Awarded Locally! S Eagles Pride Golf Course at Fort Lewis
1st Place wins a trip to compete
at The RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship in Mesquite NV.
253-967-6522 $10 for six balls.
rgolf.com w m y .arm w w w
Eligibility: Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard, Retirees, Family Members (18+ with valid military ID card) No official US Army endorsement intended. 9 FortLewisMWR.com
Half-price zoo trip with the FRC
Military family members are invited to enjoy a day at the Woodland Park Zoo with the Fort Lewis Family Resource Center Saturday, Aug. 15. Encompassing 92 acres, the Woodland Park Zoo features more than 1,090 individual animals â€“ including the Sumatran tiger pictured â€“ representing nearly 300 species from tropical and frigid climates (and all temperatures in between). The bus departs the FRC at 7:30 a.m. and is scheduled to return at 6 p.m. Bring a lunch or purchase one at the zoo. Registration is ongoing on a first-come, first-served basis; call 253-967-2324. For phone listings, see page 22.
Go wild 10
Explore & enjoy the great outdoors
Fort Lewis Focus
Amazing outdoor adventure trips with the NAC
Mountain bike Lake Easton
Sea kayak Ketron Island
High Rock Lookout Hike
Ride one of the most unique trails in the area and experience amazing views from some of the highest former railway trestle bridges in the state. This 38.9-mile ride on Sunday, Aug. 2 will take you through the 2.3-mile Snoqualmie Tunnel, where the only light seen will be from headlamps (provided). Minimum age is 14. Level is moderate to difficult. The cost is $40.
Paddlers of all levels will love this trip that starts at Solo Point and circumnavigates Ketron Island in a few enjoyable hours Saturday, Aug. 15. Experience the beauty and tranquility of this local treasure while learning or perfecting your techniques. Gear, guide, transportation and instruction are provided. Minimum age is 12. The cost is $40.
Like to push yourself? Take this physical challenge – the High Rock Lookout hike offers hikers a short-butsteady ascent of 1,400 feet Saturday, Aug. 29. At the top, you’ll find an old wooden fire lookout and an amazing view of Mount Rainier. This four-mile is for experienced hikers and is rated “difficult.” Minimum age is 11. The cost is $20.
Comcast High-Speed Internet
14 12Comcast Mbps Performance High-Speed
12 Mbps Performance
per month for MONTHS per3month for 3 MONTHS
Comcast Summer Sale
9! ! /0 ! ry 21! /09 ur 8r/y 21 H dsur 8/ n H s r e end ffe fer O f
Comcast Summer Sale
• Fiber-optic speed you have to experience to believe
• Fiber-optic speed you have to believeand TV shows for •experience Watch fulltomovies
free online with Fancast.com • Watch full movies and TV shows for free online with Fancast.com
• Get the highly-acclaimed McAfee® Security Suite • Get the highly-acclaimed McAfee® Security Suite
Call 1-877-778-7008 today!
Call 1-877-778-7008 today!
Offer ends 8/21/09, and is limited to new residential customers. Not available in all areas. Offer limited to 12 Mbps Performance High-Speed Internet service. After promotional periods, regular charges apply. Comcast’s current monthly service charge for Performance High-Speed Internet is $42.95 with Nasdaq: CMCSA a subscription to Comcast $54.95 Internet service limited to a single outlet. Equipment, installation, franchise fees, the Internet Regulatory Recovery fee and other applicable not becurrent combined withservice other offers. factors affect speed. Actual varywith and are not Offer ends 8/21/09,Cable and isorlimited to alone. new residential customers. Not available in all areas. Offer limited to 12 Mbpstaxes, Performance High-Speed service. After promotional periods, regularcharges charges extra. apply. May Comcast’s monthly charge Many for Performance High-Speed Internetspeeds is $42.95 guaranteed. Call for restrictions and complete details. Not all features, including McAfee, compatible with Macintosh systems. ©2009 Comcast. All rights reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. a subscription to Comcast Cable or $54.95 alone. Internet service limited to a single outlet. Equipment, installation, taxes, franchise fees, the Regulatory Recovery fee and other applicable charges extra. May not be combined with other offers. Many factors affect speed. Actual speeds vary and are not Q308_FOC_AUG
guaranteed. Call for restrictions and complete details. Not all features, including McAfee, compatible with Macintosh systems. ©2009 Comcast. All rights reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
FortLewisMWR.com Q308_FOC_AUG 11
Outdoor adventure trip
Sea kayak Cutts Island Ape Caves adventures Seattle Aquarium/Pike Place Market Skydiving Mountain bike Lake Easton Sea kayak self-rescue Indoor go-kart racing Country Fair Whitewater rafting Twin Falls hike Bungee jumping Westport bottom fishing Parasail Commencement Bay Camp Muir hike Hunter’s safety course Pike Place Market/Ride the Ducks Sea kayak Ketron Island Fall chinook salmon fishing Ape Caves adventures Horseback riding Family day hike Priest Point Park Whitewater kayak pool session Skydiving Wenatchee float trip Country Fair Bungee jumping Intro to single-track mountain biking Seattle Aquarium/Pike Place Market Fall chinook salmon fishing High Rock Lookout hike Ape Caves adventures Horseback riding
Saturday, Aug. 1 Saturday, Aug. 1 Saturday, Aug. 1 Sunday, Aug. 2 Sunday, Aug. 2 Friday, Aug. 7 Friday, Aug. 7 Saturday, Aug. 8 Saturday, Aug. 8 Saturday, Aug. 8 Saturday, Aug. 8 Sunday, Aug. 9 Sunday, Aug. 9 Sunday, Aug. 9 Aug. 10-12, 14-15 Saturday, Aug. 15 Saturday, Aug. 15 Saturday, Aug. 15 Sunday, Aug. 16 Sunday, Aug. 16 Sunday, Aug. 16 Friday, Aug. 21 Saturday, Aug. 22 Saturday, Aug. 22 Sunday, Aug. 23 Sunday, Aug. 23 Sunday, Aug. 23 Saturday, Aug. 29 Saturday, Aug. 29 Saturday, Aug. 29 Sunday, Aug. 30 Sunday, Aug. 30
$40 $30 $35 $200 $40 $20 $50 FREE $75 $20 $125 $96 $55 $35 $10 $40 $40 $180 $30 $70 $15 $20 $200 $60 FREE $125 $30 $35 $180 $20 $30 $70
Kayak trip with swimming and lunch Explore 2,000-year-old lava tubes Seattle day trip Accelerate to 120 mph as you freefall Ride one of the most unique trails in the area Gain techniques and confidence Fast-paced wheel-to-wheel action Outdoor fun for the entire family Class III-IV rapids & barbecue dinner Four-mile hike through lush forests Jump from the highest bungee bridge in U.S. Chartered trip for rockfish & lingcod See the Sound from a new view Get a taste of Alpine climbing Learn to handle a weapon safely See Seattle from land and water An opportunity to learn/perfect your skills Fish rain or shine in Oregon waters Explore 2,000-year-old lava tubes Two-hour afternoon ride Short day hike & trip to farmer’s market Work on various whitewater techniques Accelerate to 120 mph as you freefall Paddle through class III rapids Fun for the entire family at Shoreline Park Jump from the highest bungee bridge in U.S. Instructional ride designed for beginners Seattle day trip Fish rain or shine in Oregon waters Trip for experienced hikers Explore 2,000-year-old lava tubes Two-hour afternoon ride
9 a.m. 8 a.m. 9 a.m. 10 a.m. 8 a.m. 5:30 p.m. 11 a.m. 11 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 9 a.m. 9 a.m. 4 a.m. 9 a.m. 7 a.m. Call 9 a.m. 9 a.m. TBA 8 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 10 a.m. 5:30 p.m. 10 a.m. 7 a.m. 11 a.m. 9 a.m. 9 a.m. 9 a.m. TBA 8 a.m. 8 a.m. 9:30 a.m.
ages 4-12: $25
Minimum age: 14
Minimum age: 10
Minimum age: 16 Fishing gear provided 6-10: $10 with paying adult
Minimum age: 16 Mandatory in Wash. ages 12 & younger: $25
Minimum age: 12
Minimum age: 7
Minimum age: 14
Minimum age: 16
Minimum age: 11
Minimum age: 7
This trip can especially accommodate people with special needs. Popular Family trip. Pre-registration required.Trips subject to change without notice. Schedule a private trip; group rates may apply. For additional registration information, call 253-967-6263.
Stay active with help from Information,Tickets and Tours
Mount Rainier National Park
Fort Lewis Focus
Whether you’re looking to stay in Washington for a weekend getaway – Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helens and many more options – or take a cruise, visit an amusement park or travel the world, Information, Tickets and Tours can help. Located at the PX customer service counter, ITT offers a wide variety of services including event and attraction information and tickets and reservation services. ITT is a TicketMaster location where you can purchase tickets for local theaters and museums, aquariums, zoos, concerts and more. Whether you’re a football, baseball or soccer fan, Seattle is home to the Seahawks, Mariners and Sounders, and ITT is the place to purchase your tickets. The staff at ITT is ready to help you plan your next trip, whether it’s a long weekend here in the Pacific Northwest or an extended stay around the world.
The 3rd Annual Army Half-Marathon, brought to you by Fort Lewis Sports, Fitness and Aquatics Branch, is a family-friendly event Saturday, Sept. 12! The race is 13.1 miles through Fort Lewis military training areas. This year, the race will take you around the entire impact area. The gun will sound at 8 a.m.
NEW! 5K run & 1K fun run This year’s event will also feature two new distances to make it fun for the entire family. People of all ages will enjoy the 5K distance, and children ages 4 to 12 may enter into the 1K fun run. Registration & entry fees The early registration deadline is
The last race of the Triple Threat Triathlon Series is Saturday, Aug. 22. Register by Aug. 12. For event details or information on classes or fitness trainers, call the Sports Administration Office at 253-967-2604. For sports and fitness facility locations, see page 22.
Wednesday, Sept. 2.
Half-marathon (four-hour time limit) Active duty military, military family members and military retirees: $15 Other DoD ID cardholders: $25 Civilian/non-DoD ID cardholders: $35 5K race Active duty military, military family members and military retirees: $5 Other DoD ID cardholders: $10 Civilian/non-DoD ID cardholders: $15 1K fun run Children: $5
Fitness & well-being
On your mark, get set, go!
There is an additional $10 fee for registering after Wednesday, Sept. 2. Late registration closes Wednesday, Sept. 9. Registration forms are available at FortLewisMWR.com and at Fort Lewis sports and fitness facilities. All runners who have registered by the early registration deadline will receive T-shirts. Baby joggers are permitted. Awards The first three finishers in each age category will receive medals. For more race-day information, call 253-967-2604.
Lewis-McChord Communities just the place™ ...
Equity Residential HOME FOR HEROES!
H AVA OME IL S NO ABLE W!
• Offering all the essentials of a great military life & best value for your housing allowance • A home without the hassle - we take care of yard work & home maintenance • Free access to welcoming community centers, large entertainment areas & playgrounds to host your next family gathering
...and those you love.
Visit Our Family Housing Offices Today! Fort Lewis Family Housing Office
McChord Family Housing Office
2150 Liggett Ave., Building 2150 Fort Lewis, WA 98433
552 Barnes Ave McChord AFB, WA 98438
Call 253.912.2150 for more information
Office Hours: Mon-Wed, Fri: 8:00 - 4:00 Thu: 8:00 - 3:00 Sat-Sun: Closed
Fitness & well-being
Walk for Life
Show your commitment to your fellow Soldiers and co-workers, friends and family while raising suicide prevention awareness. Join Soldiers and civilians at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9 for the annual Walk for Life – no more suicides – event at Four Chaplains Chapel. Participate to raise awareness, get involved in people’s lives and talk about how you can prevent suicide. Call your unit chaplain or the Suicide Prevention Office to learn more about how you can help build a “suicide-safer” community. If training is not already
available with your unit/directorate or office, ask for suicide prevention and intervention training classes so everyone can learn what to look for, how to respond and how to save a life. Never let your buddy fight alone. Be willing to listen. In addition to prevention and intervention training, the Fort Lewis Office of Suicide Prevention offers a variety of resource pamphlets and information. For more information about Suicide Prevention Week (Sept. 6-12), the Walk for Life event, training or resources, call 253-966-4597/0684.
Suicide prevention awareness campaign design contest Use your creative ability to help the Fort Lewis Office of Suicide Prevention design their prevention/awareness campaign. Design a poster with a dynamic message that focuses on general suicide awareness or a specific issue related to suicide. The submission deadline is Monday, Aug. 31 (e-mail to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org), and winners will be announced during Suicide Prevention Week. For complete rules, contact the Office of Suicide Prevention.
How to pick the right pair of shoes for walking Not all shoes are created equal. It is important to find the features that are right for you.
Wearing walking shoes that are comfortable and fit your feet can help prevent injuries. Knowing the basic parts of a walking shoe can help you select the right one for you. Account for the shape of your feet Width & length: Shoes that are too narrow or too wide can lead to painful blisters and calluses. If the toe box is too tight this can irritate foot disorders such as bunions or hammer-toes. Arch: If your feet aren’t overly arched or overly flat, look for shoes with firm midsoles, straight to semi-curved lasts (footprint that the shoe is built around)
Fort Lewis Focus
and moderate rear-foot stability. If you have a low arch or are flat-footed, you may have muscle stress and joint problems in your feet and knees. Look for shoes with motion control to help stabilize your feet. If you have a high arch, look for cushioning to compensate for your natural lack of shock absorption. If you are not sure about your foot type, visit Jensen Family Health & Fitness Center’s shoe clinic, or call 253-967-5122 to schedule an appointment. Another way to check your foot type is to dip your foot in water and step on a piece of cardboard. Examine your footprint. If you see most of your foot, you probably
have low arches. If you see very little of your foot, you likely have high arches. How to get the best fitting shoes • Look for comfort and fit, not fancy design • Wear the same socks you will wear with your new shoes • Have a professional fitter fit you • Stand up when measuring your feet • Find shoes that fit your largest foot with at least a half-inch of extra space • Walk around in the store to see if they fit – make sure your heel does not slip or that your toe box is not too tight Information contributed by Teresa Bruder, RN, Ph.D, Director, Health Promotion & Wellness Service
Training & assistance with ACS
Conquer your fear of public speaking
Family Advocacy Program offers free classes each month – Take a humorous look at parenting – yet a serious look at discipline with 1-2-3 Magic.* Learn healthy ways to communicate with your spouse, with a six-week Family Communication class, and learn to identify physical and emotional reactions to stress with a Stress Management class (offered weekly).
If you’re someone who occassionally “ums” and “ahs” your way through a presentation, the free seminar on Friday, Aug. 21 is just what you need to ease your nerves and start speaking like a seasoned pro. You’ll learn to turn nervousness into energy and use your voice to establish sincerity, credibility and confidence. Brought to you by the Relocation Readiness Office. Call 253-967-3633 to pre-register (required)
* Limited child care available with pre-registration at Clarkmoor Hourly Care Center. Call 253-966-1088.
There are more than 21,000 Army and Air Force surviving spouses and their family members residing in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. All of those in the fourstate area will be invited to the 3rd Annual Surviving Family Member Appreciation Day at American Lake Community Center. Attendees will not only be provided with an update on the status of today’s benefits but will also be publicly recognized for the contributions they have made to the military and the United States of America. Join Fort Lewis on Friday, Aug. 7 from 7:30 a.m. to noon in Building 8085 on North Fort Lewis. Various veterans’ organizations, military staff agencies and medical assistance teams will be available to answer questions and provide supportive and informational on-site services. For additional information, call 253-966-5881/5884 or go online to FortLewisMWR.com.
Free Family Advocacy classes
3rd Annual Surviving Family Member Appreciation Day
For a complete list of Army Community Service programs, see page 22.
Since 1983, AFAP has been the driving force behind hundreds of Army policy changes and program improvement. Submit your issues at www.lewis.army.mil/ ctr_of_excellence/acs/survey/afap.htm or call 253-967-3689.
Summer’s not over yet! Have fun with Child,Youth Adventure trips with the Teen Zone
Start Smart sports camp
Edgeworks Climbing Gym/Odyssey laser tag Ape Caves adventures Single-track mountain biking Fishing/crabbing at Westport Bullwinkle’s Family Fun Center Sea kayak Ketron Island Naches Loop Hike Survivor competition week Wild Waves water park End of summer video yearbook & luau
Aug. 4 * Aug. 5 and Aug. 14 Aug. 6 Aug. 7 Aug. 11 * Aug. 12 Aug. 13 Aug. 17 through Aug. 21 Aug. 25 * Aug. 28
Children ages 3 to 5 years will learn the basic motor skills necessary to play organized sports with Start Smart. The program focuses on teaching children and their parents basic sports mechanics without the threat of competition or the fear of getting hurt. Registration for the Aug. 11-13 camp is through Aug. 7, and the cost is $15.
* Special trips each Tuesday. Youth should choose one adventure trip each week (from the trips not marked with an *); space is limited, and participation is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Deployment support activities
Date & time
Blue Angels & Museum of Flight Preschool/Parent day at Museum Seattle Aquarium Wild Waves Ride the Ducks in Seattle Argosy Cruise Christa Camp Drive-in movie at CYSS fields Family Fun Center
Aug. 1, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 5, 9:30 a.m. to noon Aug. 8, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 12, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 15, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 19, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 21-23 Aug. 22, 9 p.m. Aug. 26, 1 to 6 p.m.
11-18 3-5 11-18 11-18 8-11 11-18 12-17 all ages 8-11
These exciting summer deployment support activities are for youth of deployed Soldiers. A copy of deployment orders must be online at CYSS Central Registration, and youth must be CYSS-registered. For registration information, call CYSS Central Registration at 253-967-2494.
Back-to-School Bash CYSS is hosting a Back-to-School Bash at Memorial Stadium on Friday, Aug. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Back-to-School Bash is a way for parents to meet with school administrators as well as find out about the many opportunities for children’s activities on post.There will be bounce houses and games for all ages, and food will be available for sale. For facility contact information, see page 22.
Middle school summer camp August doesn’t mean the end of summer – it means you still have one more month to have fun with CYSS and the Teen Zone’s middle school summer camp. Load up on buses each Tuesday, and head off for a day of fun! Each youth also gets the opportunity to participate in one of the three weekly adventure trips (Wednesday, Thursday or Friday). Plus, there is a full schedule of hands-on activities each hour of every day during camp. For a summer of fun and adventure trips to remember, call the Teen Zone at 253-967-4441.
Free basketball camp for children of deployed Soldiers The Craig Hodges Basketball Camp will be held Aug. 17 through Aug. 21 at the Teen Zone Gym. Children ages 5 to 10 will meet from 9 to 11 a.m. and ages 11 to 18 will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. Craig Hodges, the assistant coach for the L.A. Lakers, is a twotime NBA Champion. Children of non-deployed parents may register for $80. Children must be registered with CYSS; registration is open through Monday, Aug. 17.
Walk to Iraq and Back Sports Fit Friday First Swing golf camps Start Smart sports camp Craig Hodges basketball camp Fall soccer Youth Fitness Program Special Olympics bowling
Mondays & Wednesdays Fridays Aug. 7; 21 Aug. 25-27 Aug. 11-13 Aug. 17-21 Aug. 24 - Oct. 17 Ongoing Sept. 9 - Nov. 1
ongoing ongoing through Aug. 24 through Aug. 7 through Aug. 17 through Aug. 14 ongoing Aug. 17 - Sept. 5
FREE $5 $25 $15 FREE * $45 FREE $45
* Free for children of deployed Soldiers; $80 for others. Space is limited in all programs; registration is first-come, first-
served. Use the FAST lane; or for a full registration, bring current shot record, military, DoD or contract ID card, three local emergency contacts and sports physical. For registration information, call Central Registration at 253-967-2494.
Fort Lewis Focus
2009 August 2009
h & School Servicesâ€™ sports, programs & activities Counselor training & workshop
School district superintendents, counselors and educational/medical professionals are invited to gain access to educational resources that assist military youth with transitions in and out of schools. This Friday, Oct. 2 workshop at the American Lake Community Center on North Fort Lewis is sponsored by Child, Youth and School Services, School Liaison Office, Fort Lewis and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. A variety of subjects will be discussed, and speakers include Norma Melo, Director of Fort Lewis Youth Education Support Services; Mona Johnson, Director of Learning & Teaching Support â€“ Operation Military Kids, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction; Nanette Pigg, Director of Western Region School Liaison Offices; J.J. Johnson, Fort Lewis School Liaison Officer; Armando Me-
New hourly care center for Warrior in Transition Battalion Soldiers
The mission of the Warrior Hourly Child Care Center is to provide quality child care to children six weeks to 12 years of age. Soldiers assigned to the Warrior in Transition Battalion will receive first priority for hourly child care so they can attend medical appointments. However, all CYSSregistered families may use the facility. Reservations may be made up to two weeks in advance by calling 253-968-5656. The center is adjacent to Madigan Army Medical Center and is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
jia, Wounded Warrior Representative, Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound; Dr. Mike Faran, Director of Military Child and Adolescent Center of Excellence; and Dr. Peterson, As-
sistant Director of MCACoE. Pre-registration is open until Friday, Sept. 4, and the cost is $15 (registration on the day of the event is $20). For more information, call 253-967-6525.
Finance & education
Fort Lewis library happenings
The “Be Creative @ Your Fort Lewis Libraries” was a huge success thanks to all of the children and parents who participated. The Summer Reading Program would not have been such a big success without the help of the teen volunteers and summer employees. These teens put in many hours to make sure that the children and their parents had an awesome experience. The libraries look forward to bringing you another great program next year!
Emotions Matter exhibit at Grandstaff Library During this time at Fort Lewis when so many Soldiers are deployed, the Library System and Child,Youth and School Services want to support families and their emotional needs. Grandstaff Library will host the Emotions Matter exhibit during the months of August, September and October. The exhibit provides opportunities for parents and children ages 1-8 to learn about emotions both independently and together through activity stations based on Dr. John Gottman’s Five Steps of Emotion Coaching: • Emotional awareness • Connecting • Listening • Naming emotions • Finding good solutions This exhibit was developed by the Children’s Museum of Tacoma. For more information, call 253-967-5533/5889.
Back-to-school support It’s time for children to go back to school. Whether you send them to school or teach them at home, the Fort Lewis Library System can support you with a variety of services: • Librarian-approved databases • Story times • Non-fiction materials for school projects • Fiction books and biographies for book reports • Study tables • Computers for word processing or Internet research For additional information about these or any other library services, call 18
Fort Lewis Focus
Book Patch Library at 253-967-5533.
International Relations Forum
Morality and U.S. Foreign Library staff Policy – Why everything you Children in the summer reading program enjoyed creatthought you knew is wrong! ing different art projects and listening to great stories. They made jewelry and duct tape wallets, dressed as Dr. Andrew Milton will adtheir favorite book characters, made music in the library, dress the Tuesday, Aug. 11 worked on origami projects and collages and created International Relations Forum works of chalk art on the library sidewalks. at Grandstaff Library, drawing on current events and research for a graduate-level course he This month’s suggested reading recently taught on morality and internalist: morality and U.S. foreign tional relations. His talk will begin at noon, policy followed by questions and answers. Light “The Post-American World” by refreshments will be served. Fareed Zakaria Dr. Milton serves as adjunct faculty Economic growth outside the U.S. for Troy University and teaches at variis producing political confidence, ous Troy sites in the Western U.S. He national pride and potentially internahas also taught politics and governtional problems. ment at the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma Community College and “Rivals: How the power struggle other local colleges and universities. between China, India and Japan He earned his bachelor’s degree in will shape our next decade” by political science and economics from Bill Emmot the University of California at Davis Study the intricate – often fraught – and his master’s in international affairs relationships between these countries. from California State University at Sac“Statecraft” by Dennis Ross ramento. He holds a Ph.D. in political Case studies of foreign policy from Gerscience from the University of Oregon. man reunification to the war in Iraq. The International Relations Forum is a partnership of Grandstaff Library, St. “Talking Peace: A vision for the Martin’s University, Troy University and next generation” by Jimmy Carter the Stone Education Center. For more How the International Negotiation information, contact Troy University at Network Council, which Carter founded, 253-964-0545 or Grandstaff Library at mediates between warring factions 253-966-1314. in civil wars when intergovernmental Information contributed by Georgia Cartner and Jeremy Marshall. For contact information and locations, see phone listings on page 22.
organizations such as the United Nations cannot.
Finance & education
Planning to enjoy the last month of summer vacation with a road trip with friends or family? Here are some suggestions when planning your trip to keep your quality time at a low cost. • Make an itinerary Whether you are envisioning a day trip or even a week-
end, planning your road trip can save you both time and money. The following sites provide ideas for destinations – National Park Service: nps.gov; National Wildlife Refuge System: fws.gov/refuges; and experiencewa.com
• Budget your trip Once you figure out where you want to go, calculate the
cost of gas, tolls and ferry costs (round trip) and lodging. Packing a cooler for drinks and snacks along the way can save money.
• Bring maps Ensure you have an updated map or atlas, not just a computer printout. • Ensure your automobile is ready for travel Check fluid levels, tire pressure,
belts, etc. Your emergency kit should include (at a minimum) jumper cables, flashlight, reflective triangle or flares, wet wipes and a first-aid kit. When planning your insurance policy, get information about roadside assistance.
• Pack smart Check the weather forecast to pack correct clothes and gear, and take
pillows, blankets and toys for any little ones. Keep an extra car key in your pocket, and ensure your cell phone and hands-free device are fully charged. If you’re crossing the border into Canada or Mexico, ensure you have proper documentation (check http://travel.state.gov for details).
Information contributed by Ryki Carlson, email@example.com
Your Source for Equipment and Supplies GSA Outstanding Industry Partner for 2008
24/7 Government Customer Service Center 877-URI-4GOV (877-874-4468) gsa.ur.com
GS-06F-0068R CAGE 1PCJ2 GSA Advantage!
Consider it done.™
Rentals • Sales • Service • Supplies
Finance & education
Opportunities abound at Stone Army Education Center Buyer beware Diploma mills are schools that offer certificates/degrees and diplomas for a fee.These schools are not accredited by the Department of Education, and tuition assistance is not authorized for use, nor will credentials be posted to Soldiers’ Official Military Personnel Records.
reset and more. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday 8:15 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Friday 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 253-967-2171.
Consumer Alert – Test prep scams Na-
Giant Campus, a nationwide leader in technology training, offers free on-site and at-home technology courses. For information, go to http://fortlewis.giantcampus. com or call 1-800-386-4223.
tional testing programs have received complaints regarding questionable products and services. Before investing in these programs, call the Education Services Officer at 253-967-7174.
Education counseling is available on a
first-come, first-served basis at the Fort Lewis Stone Army Education Center (Building 6242 on Colorado Ave.; 253967-7174) Monday through Wednesday and Friday From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and at Madigan (253-968-2707), Room # G-94-6 (ground floor/Reenlistment Office), Tuesday from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and Thursday from 1 to 4:30 p.m.
The Technical and Academic Resource Center is a high-tech, multi-media and
ROTC Green-to-Gold briefing is Thursday, Aug. 20 at 1:30 p.m.; Troops to Teachers briefing is Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 1 p.m.; both are at Stone Education Center. For details, call 253-967-7174.
Come to the next Empowerment Expo at the American Lake Community Center Monday, Aug. 3. Stone Education Center will host a table, an excellent source for education information on how to take college classes and receive testing services while deployed. Spouses of deployed Soldiers will also find useful information. The event is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
An onsite bookstore operates with extended hours during the first week of each term. As the only MWR bookstore Army-wide, all funds generated are returned to the community. For
hours, call 253-964-8185.
The Stone Education Center Battle Bean offers specialty drinks and food
items. Try this month’s specialty drink, “Malibu Getaway Iced Latte.”
facility offering computer access, CAC pin
Army Vocational/Technical Pilot Program Available for Soldier enrollment until Sept. 30, the Army Vocational/Technical Pilot Program provides training and certification through community colleges using federal tuition assistance. Program information and enrollment deadlines are available at GoArmyEd.com, or contact an education counselor. Soldiers have options with new GI Bill With the “Post 9/11 GI Bill,” currently serving troops will have the opportunity to transfer education benefits to a spouse or children. Because there are major differences between the “Post 9/11 GI Bill” and the Montgomery GI Bill, it may be advantageous for some to remain in the Montgomery GI Bill. Soldiers are encouraged to wait until transferability guidance has been issued by the Army and to compare the two options. For comparison studies and additional information, visit gibill. va.gov, or call an education counselor who can also help you make an informed decision.
Fort Lewis Focus
August 2009 www.aanderson-kaplan.com 253-278-6184 www.aanderson-kaplan.com 253-278-6184 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.aanderson-kaplan.com 253-278-6184
ICE lets you share comments/concerns with MWR By Curtis F. Atkinson
With ICE as your voice, your input is helping make Fort Lewis an excellent community in which to live and work.
We want to hear from YOU!
MWR wants your feedback to keep our programs and services top-rate. Here’s what you had to say this month:
Comments or concerns? Share them with program managers and the Garrison Commander through the Interactive Customer Evaluation system. The summer is not only a time for fun, but for many military families, it is a time to move to a new post – one with new friends, challenges and services. The nice thing about the Customer Management Services program and ICE is that, regardless of where you are, you can make comments on the services you receive. ICE is found worldwide, at every installation in the Army. At Fort Lewis and Madigan Army Medical Center, there are 236 services available, and ICE is your platform to share comments and concerns with any of these services. Were you satisfied with the service? Did it meet your needs? If you used Fort Lewis services and walked away happy with your experience, submit an ICE comment and let management know. If you have concerns, management wants to hear from you, too. If you want to recognize an individual, please get a complete name.The Garrison Commander reviews each comment submitted, and the policy is that you will receive a response (if requested) within three working days. With ICE as your voice, your input is important to making Fort Lewis an excellent community in which to live and work. ICE is accessible through Army OneStop kiosks or online at https:// ice.disa. mil. Be sure to answer all of the questions. The more feedback you provide, the better. Curtis Atkinson is a Customer Service Officer for the Customer Management System/Interactive Customer Evaluation at Fort Lewis.
> Lodging: Outstanding! You know how to treat a guest, thanks. Five stars. Very helpful staff, and room very warm and clean. Stayed in many military rooms, and this is one of the best! Great facility. Best in the country for service. I am coming TDY and needed to know if the rooms were hardwired for Internet connectivity or wireless. I received replies back from many of the personnel so quickly answering my question. I wish all of the Army’s Lodging personnel were as responsive to their customers. Housekeeping staff was excellent – best MWR experience of my 14 years in the Army. Lodging here has reached a great standard. I thank the employees for an enjoyable stay. Every time I turned around someone here was doing something to clean or beautify the place and grounds or
to serve the guest! Pam did a tremendous amount of work for me to keep me in a room for as long as I needed. And she is such a friendly, personable individual – a really valuable asset to this lodge and the Army. Best post Lodging I’ve stayed at. Pamela and Oya were very helpful. It is obvious that this hotel is striving to be the best in all areas.This is truly an outstanding hotel the way it is run. The breakfast is great. Editor’s note: Fort Lewis Lodging was named the 2008 Army Lodging Operation of the Year (super category – at least 600 beds)
> Soldier and Family Assistance Center: I received the most professional and informative service. I wish all Soldiers could experience this type of professionalism at every organization. Mrs. Jennifer Bates is a proficient employee in her area of work, and she takes pride in her work in every facet. She’s a vital asset to the SFAC facility. FortLewisMWR.com
Phone guide for Fort Lewis Family and Morale, Welfare & Recreation Food and fun
American Lake Cmty Ctr Arts & Crafts Center Battle Bean coffee shops
Building 8085 North Fort Building 5038 Pendleton Ave. Building 2166 Liggett Ave. Stone Education Center Building 11589 North Fort Arts & Crafts Ctr Pendleton Ave. Building 2272 Liggett Ave. Building 2400 Bitar Ave. Building 3-A-3 North Fort Off I-5, Exit 116
253-964-1209 253-967-5001 253-964-8838 253-964-8152 253-964-8837 253-967-5636 253-967-4661 253-964-0331 253-964-0144 253-967-6522 253-967-4294 253-964-4054 253-964-3161 253-966-0400 253-967-5776
Building 2140 Waller Hall Army Community Service Building 2140 Waller Hall Army Emergency Relief After-hours emergencies, Red Cross Army Family Team Building Building 2166 Liggett Ave. Building 4274 Idaho St. Army Volunteer Corps Beachwood Child Dev. Ctr Building 8300 North Fort Lewis Building 2140 Waller Hall Center of Excellence Building 2295 12th & Bitar Central Registration Building 2095 Bitar Ave. Clarkmoor Child Dev. Ctr Clarkmoor Hourly Care Ctr Building 2094 Bitar Ave. Building 2166 Liggett Ave DSHS Building 2166 Liggett Ave Employment Readiness Exceptional Family Mbr Prgm Building 2140 Waller Hall Family Advocacy Program Building 2013 N. 3rd St. Building 2013 N. 3rd St. Family Child Care Building 4274 Idaho St. Family Events & Prgm Building 4274 Idaho St. Family Resource Center Immigration & Naturalization Building 2140 Waller Hall Building 2140 Waller Hall Information & Referral Building 2140 Waller Hall Loan Closet Building 6995 Jackson Ave Madigan Child Dev. Ctr Military Family Life Consults. Building 2166 Liggett Ave. Mobilization & Deployment Building 2166 Liggett Ave. New Parent Support Prgm Building 2013 N. 3rd St. Building 8485 Amn Lake Ave. North Fort Youth Center Building 4274 Idaho St. Private Organizations Building 8197 Amn Lake Dr. Raindrops & Rainbows Relocation Readiness Prgm Building 2140 Waller Hall Building 2140 Waller Hall School Liaison Office Building 2021C Liggett Ave. Soldier & Family Asst. Ctr Building 2275 Liggett Ave. Summit Arena Building 2295 12th & Bitar Teen Zone Building 2166 Liggett Ave. WIC Building 2295 12th & Bitar Youth sports
BOSS Program Bowl Arena Cascade Community Ctr Club North Eagles Pride Golf Course Event information line Madigan CafĂŠ Post Exchange (AAFES) Russell Landing CafĂŠ Special Events Office
Building 9903 Old Madigan Building 5280 Main Post Building 8981 North Fort Building 2013 N. 3rd St.
Fabulous rec & travel Location
Information,Tickets & Tours Lodging Northwest Adventure Ctr Equipment rental & sales Outdoor adventures Scuba diving center Storage lot reservations Travel camp, cabin rental Paintball reservations Rifle & Pistol Range Russell Landing Marina Shoreline Park Skeet & Trap Range
AAFES Main Store Building 2111 Building 8050 North Fort
253-967-3085 253-967-2815 253-967-8282 253-967-8282 253-967-6263 253-967-3405 253-967-5415 253-967-5415 253-912-8000 North Fort Lewis 253-967-9803 Range 15 American Lake Rd.North Fort Lewis 253-967-2510 Beach Road, North Fort Lewis 253-967-2510 Building 3969 2nd Div. Range Rd. 253-967-7056
Fitness & well-being
Sports Admin. Office Cowan & Memorial stadiums Jensen child care Jensen Family Health & Fitness Keeler Sports & Fitness Ctr Keeler Pool McVeigh Sports & Fitness Ctr Kimbro Pool Sheridan Sports & Fitness Ctr Soldiers Field House Soldiers Field House Pool Wilson Sports & Fitness Ctr
Building 3236 2nd Div & Handrich Building 2170 Bitar Ave. & 12th St. Building 2022 Liggett Ave. & Div. Building 2022 Liggett Ave. & Div. Building 9993 Garfield St. Keeler Sports & Fitness Center Building 2160 Liggett Ave. McVeigh Sports & Fitness Center Building 3759 Stryker Ave. Building 3236 2nd Div.& Handrich Soldiers Field House Building 11596, D St. & 41st Div.
253-967-2604 253-967-2912 253-967--1254 253-967-5975 253-967-6808 253-967-6652 253-967-5869 253-967-5026 253-967-7311 253-967-4771 Closed; renovations
Event registration forms available at fitness facilities and at FortLewisMWR.com.
Fort Lewis Focus
Phone number 253-967-7166 253-967-9852 1-877-272-7337 253-967-2382 253-967-2324 253-967-2600 253-967-3314 253-967-2494 253-967-2300 253-966-2490 253-966-9419 253-967-3538 253-967-9704 253-967-5940 253-967-7364 253-966-7935 253-967-9496 253-967-3628 253-967-6399 253-967-3635 253-967-2800 253-495-8425 253-967-9916 253-967-7409 253-966-7166 253-967-3910 253-967-2600 253-967-3628 253-967-7195 253-966-8433 253-967-4458 253-967-4441 253-966-4956 253-967-2405
Finance & education
Book Patch Library Crittenberger Library Financial Planning Grandstaff Library Stone Education Center
Building 2109 N. 10th St. Building 3271 2nd Div. Dr Building 2140 Waller Hall Building 2109 N. 10th St. Building 6242 Colorado Ave.
253-967-5533 253-967-2824 253-967-3525 253-967-5889 253-967-7174
Customer Svc Mgmt System
Phone number 253-967-0052
Call facility listed for hours of operation and details, or visit FortLewisMWR.com for hours of operation.
Aug. 2 & 7&p.m. Aug. 28 28 2:00 7:00 p.m. Aug. 28 2:00 & 7:00 p.m. Carey Theater Carey Theater For more information call 967-4294.
FortLewisMWR.com For more FortLewisMWR.com
information, callFortLewisMWR.com 253-967-4294. For more information call 967-4294.
BB EE TTT EE R RP A PA YY HH IG IG HH EE R RG G RR AA DD EE BB E EA AL L EE AA DD EE RR P RPORM OO MTOET E Y OYUORUSRESLEFL F
B eBceocmo em ae a
Warrant WarrantOfficer Officer
To continue To continue your your PathPath to Honor, to Honor, talktalk to your to your Recruiter Recruiter Assitant Assitant or visit or visit us online us online at www.NATIONALGUARD.com/warrantofficer at www.NATIONALGUARD.com/warrantofficer
Rewards are a
Rewards are a
"big deal" "big deal" around here! around here!
Call of visit our website.
Call of visit our website.
253.964.3113 253.964.3113 www.yourcreditunion.org
Two branches on Fort Lewis Two branches on Fort Lewis to serve you.you. to serve Fort Lewis Focus
We do business in accordance with the Federal Fair Housing Law and We thedo business in accordance with Equal Credit Opportunity Act.the Federal Fair Housing Law and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act.