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FOCUS Fort Lewis MWR fun, food, travel & well-being guide.

December 2009


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Perk up your holidays Grab a gourmet cup of joe at Fort Lewis’ own Battle Bean coffee shops Get moving with ski-n-snowboard trips, the Santa Shuffle and Reindeer Dash Meet-and-greet with Santa Claus 1.888.286.8034

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Fort Lewis families are serving sideby-side with our Soldiers, enduring their hardships and providing the unconditional love and support that truly make our Army strong. The Army Family Covenant pledges our commitment to support Soldiers and their families and resource programs to provide them a quality of life commensurate with their service. Here at Fort Lewis we honor that commitment in everything we do. This month we offer fun trips, events and programs for you and your family. For a list of upcoming events created especially for families of deployed Soldiers, see pages 7 and 15. Both Child, Youth and School Services and Army Community Service offer programs and training for you and your loved ones. Your opinions are extremely important to us.Your feedback will help us exceed your expectations and continue to deliver outstanding service. Go online to or stop by one of the Army OneStop kiosks to submit your thoughts and comments on MWR facilities and programs. It is our honor to serve you, the Army family. MWR appreciates your patronage.

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FROM THE COVER Grab a gourmet cup of joe at Fort Lewis’ three Battle Bean locations . . . . . 4 Get noticed: Enter the Fort Lewis Fresh Face Model Competition . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Meet-and-greet Santa Claus at a number of festive holiday events . . . . . . 7 Get moving Have fun with the Outdoor Recreation Program and Sports, Fitness & Aquatics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 & 13 FEATURE Battle Bean Coffee Proudly fueling America’s troops one cup at a time . . . 4 FOOD AND FUN Celebrate the holidays with MWR . . . 7 FABULOUS TRAVEL Winter time fun Cut your Christmas tree or take a cruise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 FITNESS AND WELL-BEING And the winners are: Winners of the 90-Day Aluminum Can Challenge . . . . . 14


FAMILY The Army Family Covenant at work Deployment support trips . . . . . . . . . . .15

William E. Harvey

Is your resume ready? ACS job fair . . . .17


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At Fort Lewis, the Army Family Covenant is working for you

Gift ideas for the holidays


FINANCE AND EDUCATION Fort Lewis Libraries Winter reading program & holiday reading list . . . . . . . . . 18 FEEDBACK We want to hear from you Share your comments with us on Facebook or with ICE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 FORT LEWIS PHONE LISTINGS MWR phone listings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

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Director, FMWR William E. Harvey

Marketing director Katrina McConnell


Kimberly Rowe

Senior writer/copy editor Kate Mullinax

Contributing photographers

Toby Bartley, Minerva Hohaia, Song Jordan

Fort Lewis Directorate of Family & Morale, Welfare and Recreation For commercial sponsorship or advertising inquiries, please contact: Carly Michael at 253-966-2256 or 253-203-8088; 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 at or search for Fort Lewis MWR on Facebook,Twitter and MySpace.


B attle Bean Feature

coffee By Kate Mullinax Photos by Song Jordan The man behind the bean Curtis Black is the man behind the bean – Battle Bean that is. He’s the straight-shooting, tell-it-like-it-is, retired Army roastmaster of Fort Lewis’ Battle Bean Coffee. He took over the roasting operation in 1999, and he can tell you all about it. On any given day, you can find Curtis roasting in the North Fort Battle Bean coffee shop. Much like the Battle Bean coffee he roasts, there’s a certain rugged-yet-approachable quality about Curtis. The curious come over to watch the roasting process and strike up a conversation that usually starts about coffee and ends up on anything from history to current events. Though he can make a lot of fancy blends, when it comes to how he takes his coffee, less is more. “I drink straight coffee. I’ve never had a latte in my life,” Black declares. “I probably drink two gallons of coffee a day.” What makes a coffee good? Well that’s up to you to decide. “You’ve got coffee snobs just like


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you’ve got wine snobs. If you like the coffee, then it’s good,” he states. Battle Bean’s beginnings A woman by the name of Marlyce Toop was the genesis of selling coffee on Fort Lewis, which a few years down the road evolved into its own unique blend and brand – Battle Bean. It all started with a coffee cart inside Soldiers Field House. “It was making money, and everybody liked it,” Black says. In less than 10 years time, what began as one lone coffee cart exploded into three Battle Bean coffee shops, and Curtis Black is the man who keeps the coffee coming. He makes the coffee for the Battle Bean shops and MWR facilities on post, from the Rainier Inn to the Cascade Community Center. How much coffee does he roast? “This year, I average about 1,200 lbs. a month,” he says. From a 1-lb. roaster, to a 7-lb. roaster, all the way up to his current 20-lb. roaster, Black is upsizing to meet demand. In fact, now you can buy Battle Bean Coffee in the AAFES Main Store and shoppettes on Fort Lewis as well as McChord Air Force Base. “After the coffee shops, they’re our biggest customer. We can ship the coffee to any AAFES in the world,” he says. “Troops like it, and bring it along!

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If someone comes along and they want a pound of something dark-roasted or a blend, I can do that. It’s like Burger King. You can ‘have it your way.’ – Curtis Black, Battle Bean Coffee Roastmaster

“Whenever I get a new coffee I haven’t roasted before, I use the 1-lb. roaster and roast it several different ways to see which seems to taste the best. To me, it’s about what the customers want. “Try it. See if you like it. If you don’t like it, come over and talk to me. Tell me what you don’t like about it, and I’ll see if I can tinker with it a little bit and make it more palatable,” he continues. “Every batch is different. I want it to be as consistent as possible, but I still can play with it. The good news is, if someone comes along and they want a pound of something dark-roasted or a blend, I can do that. You can’t do that at Starbucks. I can do it because I have that much control over the coffee. It’s like Burger King. You can ‘have it your way.’”

They’re going to have a hell of a time if I fall over dead or walk out.The business doesn’t stop. The operation keeps going. Somebody’s got to do it.” Two days after 2nd Ranger Battalion arrived in Afghanistan after 9-11, Black shipped 100 lbs. of Battle Bean Coffee to the troops. He ground 100 lbs. of coffee with a 1-lb. grinder. “It took a long time, trust me. I stood there with a measuring cup, constantly dumping coffee. We sent it over in 5-lb. bags. I still don’t know who got that coffee, but it got there. The guys from Fort Drum said they put it on a C-5 and dropped it somewhere in Afghanistan. Future of Battle Bean Right now Battle Bean grounds are making the rounds by word of mouth, and word travels far and fast. “I’ve got a retired doctor in North Carolina who used to work at Madigan that orders five, six, seven bags of Battle Bean a month. There’s also a lady who owns a vineyard down in Georgia whose son was stationed here eight years ago. He

took some home and she liked it, so now she calls me up and orders it. I send it all over the place,” Black says. Could Battle Bean sweep the nation? “There’s no way I could ever produce enough coffee to cover everything outside this installation. It’s sometimes hard to keep up with what we’re doing here,” he says. But the Battle Bean concept could be adapted at other installations. “They could adapt it to the Air Force and put the Battle Bean guy in a jumpsuit carrying a helmet.”


In a lot of ways, you could say Curtis Black is Battle Bean. Black says, “Me? I guess so. Nobody else knows how to do it. As far as putting it all together and what you actually have to do to keep the operation running, I’m pretty much it.

Despite the phenomenal growth of Battle Bean Coffee, Curtis wants to assure his customers understand the difference between his operation and a giant, like Starbucks. “The larger the volume you roast, the less control you have.

Any secret techniques? “Well it wouldn’t be a secret then, would it?” Black laughs. “I can’t be giving out the trade secrets on it or they’ll go home and do it themselves, or maybe tell Starbucks. There aren’t a whole lot of secrets. It’s just a matter of doing it. Roasting is not total science. There’s as much art as there is science to it.” Try Battle Bean yourself Battle Bean is owned and operated by the Fort Lewis Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation program. Visit locations on North Fort, Main Post and Stone Education Center any time you need a lift. The friendly, knowledgeable baristas look forward to preparing your favorite beverage any way you like – whether you it’s a unique specialty drink or a regular cup of joe made from the finest beans roasted fresh that morning at our North Fort location. Offering a variety of snacks and sandwiches, Battle Bean is the perfect spot for breakfast or lunch. For locations and phone numbers, see page 22.

Fueling America’s Troops: Battle Bean uses 100 percent pure grade A Arabica beans from the world’s finest growing regions. Roastmaster Sergeant First Class (ret.) Curtis Black roasts and packages Battle Bean coffee by hand in the North Fort Lewis Battle Bean shop. Taste it for yourself at one of three Fort Lewis locations or purchase a bag at AAFES today.



FRESH FACE MODEL s i w e L t r o COMPETITION F Four categories:

Women’s (ages 13+)

Men’s (ages 13+)

Women’s plus (size 14+)

We’re looking for real people just like you to represent Fort Lewis with style! Top contestants will take to the catwalk in designer fashions at the Jan. 30 Fort Lewis Care Fair. Grand prize winner will receive prize package valued at more than $500 and a cover photo shoot for FOCUS magazine.

Kids (ages 5 to 12)

To enter, send an e-mail with your (or your child’s) contact information, age and full-length photo to Fort Lewis MWR Marketing at 6 Fort Lewis December For more information, callFocus 253-967-5200. Entry2009 deadline: 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15.

Plus, fun for sports fans and specials for families of deployed Soldiers

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Festive events to get you in the holiday spirit Thursday, Dec. 24 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. New Year’s Celebration Ring in the New Year with a black-and-white-themed gala at the American Lake Community Center. Enjoy music by DJ Eric, dinner (prime rib, game hen or butternut squash ravioli) and breakfast, a New Year’s toast and party favors. $45/single; $80/couple. For more information, call 253-964-1209. Thursday, Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

For families of deployed Soldiers Eat with Santa Make this holiday season one to remember, and have breakfast and/ or dinner with Santa. Breakfast is $5 for adults, $3 for children 4-10 and free for children three and younger. Dinner is $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 4-10 and free for children 3 and younger. Breakfast Saturdays, Dec. 5 & 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dinner Thursday, Dec. 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Cascade Community Center (Due to the popularity of this event, reservations are strongly recommended. Call 253-964-1209.)

MWR is hosting a number of events for families of deployed Soldiers. Enjoy a meal with Santa or go bowling at Bowl Arena.

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trees will be made available to all ranks.

Holiday tree lighting Mark the start of the holiday season with the annual Fort Lewis holiday tree lighting ceremony. A reception follows at the Family Resource Center with free crafts, games and Santa photos. For more information, call 253-967-5776. Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 4:30 p.m. in front of I Corps Headquarters

BOSS Santa visits Have Santa visit your home for the holidays! Pricing: 15-minute visit for $25; a 30-minute visit for $50; and a one-hour visit for $75. Each visit includes one stocking and one polaroid photo. Additional stockings and photos may be purchased for $2 each. Call the BOSS Team at 253-967-5636 to schedule your visit. Visits available Friday, Dec. 4 through Wednesday, Dec. 23

Trees for Troops FedEx has donated 700 trees to Fort Lewis, which are being distributed to E-5s and below with help from Soldiers and the Outdoor Recreation Program. If you want to help, contact Laura Lad at ODR, 253-9676263. After Tuesday, Dec. 8, any unclaimed

Christmas Eve bowling special Need the family out of the house for the last-minute cooking, shopping or present wrapping? Games and shoe rentals, $1.

Bowling special Enjoy up to two free games (shoes included). Sundays at Bowl Arena from noon to 4 p.m. For more information on events for families of deployed Soldiers, turn to page 15 or visit

Gift giving with MWR Stock up on specialty coffees at Battle Bean for the coffee lovers in your life! Swing by the Eagles Pride Golf Course Pro Shop for a holiday sale going on through the end of the year. Nothing says I love you like a massage! Pre-arrange a massage for someone special in your life at Jensen Family Health & Fitness Center. Strike gold with gift certificates to Bowl Arena Lanes! Personalized gifts for everyone on your list from the Arts & Crafts Center. Turn to page 22 for facility contact information.


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no service charge. Visit ITT at the PX customer service counter. Upcoming shows include: • The Nutcracker ballet (multiple dates) • Radio City Christmas Spectacular (multiple dates) • 99.9 KISW Holiday Hangover Ball (Friday, Dec. 4) • KMPS Country Night II (Friday, Dec. 18) • 106.1 KISS FM Jingle Bell Bash (Saturday, Dec. 19)

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Eagles Pride Golf Course is holding a holiday sale through Thursday, Dec. 31. Save big on clubs, balls, shoes, bags, gloves and selected outerwear. Pro Shop hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Fun that’ll bowl you over Bowl Arena offers a Wednesday night special – enjoy all-you-can-eat pizza and unlimited bowling for just $9 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. While there, pick up a free DVD of the Adventures of Bowlopolis (while supplies last). For more information, call 253-967-4661.

For adults Team Lewis Night Enjoy free gourmet pizza from Garlic Jim’s, and play fun games for a chance to win great prizes. Friday, Dec. 18 at the Cascade Community Center from 3 to 6 p.m. Salsa the night away Learn the dance moves with free lessons ($5 cover). Fridays from 9 to 11 p.m. at Latin Sensations (Madigan Café) Win up to $6,000 with iBingo With this interactive approach to the traditional game, you’ll never miss messy daubers. Get a frequent player card for a chance to win prizes. Available at the Cascade Community Center and Bowl Arena Lanes

Sports fans to the Cascade Community Center UFC If you like mixed martial arts or combatives, check out the fights on the big screen. Order a cold beverage and watch the undercard fights before the big matchups. UFC 107 Saturday, Dec. 12. Doors open at 6, and fights start at 7 p.m. Pigskin action Watch all the big games on the big screens at Heroes Sports Lounge. Bring your appetite for the Sunday tailgate parties – cook your own 8

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hamburgers and hotdogs (hamburger meal: $2.50 and a jumbo hotdog meal: $2), and wash it down with happy hour drinks from 1 to 3 p.m. Heroes Sports Lounge is located inside the Cascade Community Center and is open Sunday from 10 a.m. to close., Monday through Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to close and Friday from 3 p.m. to close.

For outdoor types Eagles Pride Golf Course Don’t let the winter weather keep you from perfecting your golf game. The practice range has heated stalls with lights. Buy tokens at the range, or stop by the Pro Shop and save money with the 10-token deal (two free buckets)! Eagles Pride is located off I-5 Exit 116. For information on golf lessons with a PGA-certified pro, call 253-967-6522. Sporting Clays Fun Shoot Registration for this 10-station course is $30 and includes shooting station, targets and trapper. Saturday, Dec. 5 at the Shotgun Shooting Complex. Sign up begins at 9:30 a.m., and the event begins at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 253-967-7056. For MWR holiday hours, visit

See stars with ITT

Tickets from Information, Tickets & Tours At this authorized TicketMaster location, you’ll receive superior customer service, plus

AAFES brings the stars to you Visits subject to change without notice. For more information, call 253-964-3161. • Book signing with Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger (Wednesday, Dec. 2 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the McChord BX and 3 to 5 p.m. at the Fort Lewis PX) • Seattle Seahawks variety show (Saturday, Dec. 5 at Carey Theater at 6 p.m.) • Book signing with Greg Bear (Saturday, Dec. 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the McChord BX and 1 to 2 p.m. at the Fort Lewis PX)

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By Song Jordan

What is your favorite holiday tradition? “My brother is at Fort Hood, I’m here and my dad is a contractor in Iraq. I love Christmas because we all get together. When we all get together, we call it a mini family reunion. ” – Spec. Cardell Ellis “Setting up the Christmas tree, which we do the day after Thanksgiving.” – Kerlina Vinyard with son Christian, left “Setting up the tree and helping my mom bake cookies.” – Haileigh Vinyard

“I like Christmas Eve best. I stay up with my nieces to wait for Santa.” – Private First Class Andrew Williams

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From ski-n-snowboard trips to Christmas cruises, sign up to take a fun seasonal trip with MWR.

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Cold-weather fun for you and yours

Hit the slopes at the Summit at Snoqualmie with the Northwest Adventure Center Head for the snow and spend the day at the Summit with this ski-n-snowboard trip. Transportation and gear are provided (you will be fitted for your gear when you sign up). Lift tickets may be purchased online at or at Information, Tickets & Tours. (Saturday, Dec. 21)


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Wintertime fun with the Northwest Adventure Center

Cut your own Christmas tree Spend the afternoon looking for your perfect Christmas tree, and enjoy a scenic view of the Black Hills. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride to your special tree, and check out the gift shop that carries local crafts and ornaments. The cost is $10, plus the cost of your Christmas tree, which will be transported back to the NAC. (Saturday, Dec. 5)

Learn or perfect the skill of snowshoeing with the Bella Donna Snowshoe Paradise trip on Sunday, Dec. 20. The Bella Donna series of trips are for women and led by women. For more information, call the Outdoor Adventure Program at 253-967-6263.

imagination. The cost is $10 per adult/ one free child, and $5 for each additional child. (Saturday, Dec. 19)


Fantasy Lights tour

Bella Donna Snowshoe Paradise

See penguins sliding down an igloo, Santa sailing a ship, reindeer leaping over your car and much more at the 14th annual Fantasy Lights in Spanaway Park. Featuring nearly 300 elaborate displays and thousands of sparkling lights, visitors of all ages will be treated to the magical world of animation and

Giving you a chance to learn or practice your snowshoeing skills in an environment free of judgment or competition, the Bella Donna series of trips are for women and led by women. This trip is open to ladies of all experience levels. The $30 package includes gear, guide, instruction and

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transportation. Your guide will also have all the makings for hot chocolate or tea to help you warm up! The fivemile hike is rated easy-to-moderate. (Sunday, Dec. 20)

Winter survival class This clinic will cover the basics such as how to build snow shelters and make a fire. You will leave with a starter survival kit, and all the transportation and instruction is provided; the cost is $35. (Saturday, Dec. 26)

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Introduction to mountain biking Cut your own Christmas tree Seattle Winter Beer Festival Indoor rock climbing Hike Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Seattle Aquarium/Pike Place Market Snowshoe Paradise Horseback riding Christmas ship cruise Bald eagle float trip Bungee jumping Ski-n-Snowboard at the Summit Fantasy lights tour Horseback riding Seattle Underground/Pike Place Bella Donna Snowshoe Paradise Ski-n-Snowboard at Crystal Mountain Winter survival class Tubing at the Summit Snowshoe Commonwealth Basin Zoo Lights at Point Defiance

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Designed for beginners to learn skills Find the perfect tree & bring it home Seasonal beer tasting event for ages 21+ Head to Warehouse Rock Gym Photo opportunities abound on this hike Visit two popular Seattle attractions Explore Mount Rainier’s GlacierVista Two-hour afternoon guided ride Caroling, hot chocolate & beautiful views See up to 200 bald eagles on the Skagit River Jump from highest bungee bridge in the U.S. Play in the snow for the day at Snoqualmie Largest drive-through display in the Northwest Two-hour afternoon guided ride Lunch and shopping after private tour Learn or perfect skills on ladies-only trip Head to the snow for a day on the slopes What you need to know to survive in the cold Dress for the cold and go for a wild ride! Adventurous trek through web of trails Explore the zoo aglow with lights

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Details Ages 0-12: free Ages 13-16: $5 Festival tickets are $25 at the door and includes six free tastes Ages 0-3: free Ages 4-12: $10

Ages 4-12: $25 Minimum age: 10 Minimum age: 7 Ages 0-4: free

Minimum weight: 90 lbs

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Outdoor adventure trip

Have your own gear? Only $16 $10 per adult/one child free; each additional: $5

Minimum age: 7 Ages 7-12: $22 Ages 13-17: $27

Have your own gear? Only $16 Minimum age: 12 Ages 0-5: $16 Ages 6-12: $28

Minimum age: 12 Ages 3 & younger: free

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.

All aboard the Christmas Ship! See the lights of Leavenworth Reserve your seat on the deluxe motorcoach for the December Leavenworth Lighting Festival Saturday, Dec. 19. The cost is $46 per person, and payment is due at the time of sign up. Reserve your seat by Friday, Dec. 4. Cruise with the Christmas Ship Festival Sure to get you in the holiday spirit, the Christmas Ship Festival has cruises scheduled through Wednesday, Dec. 23. Ships depart from a variety of locations, and some include choir ensembles for your listening enjoyment. A schedule and tickets are available at Information, Tickets and Tours. Start planning your next vacation today! ITT can help plan your next vacation or weekend getaway. To see a list of worldwide travel opportunities, visit Courtesy of Argosy Cruises

Take a Christmas cruise to remember with Argosy Cruises. For a full schedule and ticketing details, call Information,Tickets and Tours at 253-967-3085, or stop by the reservation counter at the PX.

Located at the Fort Lewis PX customer service counter, ITT offers event and attraction information, tickets (authorized TicketMaster location) and reservation services. For more information, call 253-967-3085.


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‘Tis the season for fun and safe holiday gatherings


The holiday season can be a fun, fastpaced time of year with friends, family gatherings, parties, baking and decorating. Unfortunately, it is one of the busiest times of the year for highway traffic and alcoholrelated traffic injuries or fatalities. In fact, one of the most dangerous times to be on the road is between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve due to alcohol-related traffic accidents. Since alcoholic beverages are often served during this season, it’s wise to plan in advance to ensure a safe time for yourself, family and friends. Listed below are several tips to help make this a safe and hopefully accident-free season.

tribute toward this grim statistic. • If you do drive at night ensure that your headlights, tail lights, signal lights and windows (inside and outside) are clean. Don’t smoke when you drive as the nicotine and carbon monoxide can decrease your night vision. • Don’t drink and drive! Contributed by Chuck Sorbello in conjunction with the following agencies: National Safety Council, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Mothers against Drunk Driving and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

• Offer alcohol-free beverages that are both attractive and tasty. See the recipes at right for ideas.

• Do not encourage or force guests to drink alcohol.

• If possible, avoid driving at night or stick to well-lit roads. Traffic death rates are three times greater at night than during the day. Besides alcohol, decreased visibility and fatigue all con-


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6-oz frozen lemonade concentrate 1 1/2 cups water 1 pint lemon ice cream 12-oz ginger ale Combine first three ingredients in blender , and process until smooth. Spoon into pitcher; stir in ginger ale. Makes 5 cups.

Blushing pink soda

• Always ensure there is a designated non-drinking driver for each person or group and that seatbelts are worn by all occupants.

• Children should be instructed never to ride with a driver who has been drinking.

Lemon frappe

1 cup apricot nectar 2 cinnamon sticks 4 small orange peel strips 4 small lemon peel strips 3 cups apricot flavored tea Combine nectar, cinnamon sticks and peels in a saucepan and simmer over low heat for 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add tea and stir ingredients together. Remove cinnamon sticks and peels, and pour into four cups, adding brown sugar.

• Be aware that if you drink carbonated beverages with alcohol or carbonated alcohol preparations, the alcohol will reach the blood stream faster.

• If you are at a friend’s home, think of sleeping it off until sober.

3/4 cup unsweetened pineapple juice Half a banana 2 to 3 packets sweetener 1 teaspoon lime juice 1/4 teaspoon coconut extract 3 to 4 ice cubes Combine ingredients in blender, and blend on high for 30 seconds, until smooth and creamy. Makes one 12-ounce serving. Variation: Use 1/2 cup strawberries instead of banana; add 3-4 ice cubes

Apricot tea

• Provide plenty of food so guests won’t drink on an empty stomach. When there is food in your stomach, alcohol is absorbed more slowly into the blood stream.

• Don’t allow others to drink and drive. If necessary, take their keys.


Ensure there are nonalcoholic beverages, like the tropical-not-a-colada, available for designated drivers at your holiday party.

8-oz crushed unsweetened pineapple drained 1/2 cup mashed strawberries 1 quart chilled strawberry soda 1 quart vanilla ice cream Combine fruit, 1 cup strawberry soda and 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream in blender, processing until smooth. Divide mixture evenly into six glasses. Add 1 scoop of ice cream and 1/2 cup strawberry soda to each glass.

Wave bender recipe 1 oz orange juice 1/2 oz lemon juice 1 tsp grenadine syrup 5 oz ginger ale Pour juices and syrup into a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Shake well and strain into a glass of ice cubes.Top with ginger ale and stir well.

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Register now for the Saturday, Dec. 12 Santa Shuffle and Reindeer Dash!

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Intramural basketball tourney

It’s a race to the finish line Saturday, Dec. 12 at Eagles Pride Golf Course. Join Fort Lewis Sports, Fitness & Aquatics Branch for the Santa Shuffle and Reindeer Dash. Runners can choose between 10K and 5K distances, and children ages 6-14 can enter the Reindeer Dash, the 2K youth run. Participation in both races is free if you register by Wednesday, Dec. 2 (visit After this date, a $10 registration fee is due, and registration closes Wednesday, Dec. 9. The race is open to everyone. The first 100 registered runners to show on race day will receive a race T-shirt. Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers in each age category – Santa Shuffle: 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+ and the Reindeer Dash: 6-8, 9-11, 12-14.

Come cheer on your unit in the preseason intramural basketball tournament, which begins Monday, Dec. 7. All tournament games will be played at Wilson Sports & Fitness Center and Soldiers Field House with tip-off at 6 p.m.

Karate classes at Jensen Traditional Okinawan Shorin-yu Karate do, a powerful and precise style of karate, is offered Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Jensen Family Health & Fitness Center. Classes are $50 per month and are open to anyone at least 6 years old. For more information, call 253-209-5287. For race details or information on instructional classes, fitness trainers or intramural league play, call the Sports Administration Office at 253-967-2604. For sports and fitness facility locations, see page 22.

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Free help to quit smoking Despite wide acceptance that tobacco and nicotine use carry health risks, nicotine is still one of the most heavily used addictive drugs in the U.S. Nicotine takes a terrible toll on the heart and blood vessels and can cause chronic hypertension and heart diseases. Don’t think of nicotine addiction as a fundamental right; rather, consider it a tragic disease that you should be working hard to prevent. Now is a perfect time to quit. Call TRICARE at 1-800-404-4506 and book a tobacco cessation appointment. To schedule training on the impact tobacco use has on individual and unit readiness, call Army Public Health Nursing at 253-968-4382.

Mixing it up! Recycling on Fort Lewis is easier than ever In an effort to make recycling easier, you can mix paper with your plastic bottles (#1-7, which you’ll find on the bottom of the bottle), aluminum and tin cans and beverage cartons. Look for the new gray containers across the installation to recycle.

While glass products can be taken to the Recycle Center for recovery, additional glass drop off locations are coming soon. For more information, call 253-967-3803.

90-Day Aluminum Can Challenge Fort Lewis recycled Song Jordan more than one ton of Garrison Command Sgt. Major Barnes (right) presented the award for Most Consistent Recycler of the Year to MAMC aluminum cans during the Troop Command. The unit also won first place in the large Aluminum Can Challenge, unit category in the 90-Day Aluminum Can Challenge. smashing last year’s results. Despite deployments, units their tremendous efforts during the 90-day and organizations on Fort Lewis colchallenge and presented the awards. lected and recycled 70,000 aluminum Units: cans – the equivalent of 4,000 gallons Small: Preventative Medicine, 296 lbs of gas or enough energy to power a TV Medium: WTB A Company, 120 lbs for 23 years! Large: MAMC Troop Command, 249 lbs The unit fund prize pot was doubled Organizations: from last year: $500 for first, $300 for Small: DRMO Environmental, 29 lbs second and $200 for third. In addition Large: Public Works Environmental Division, to the prize money, units also keep the 301lbs 33-cent revenue per pound of aluminum recycled. Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Contributed by Miriam Easley, Sustainability Outreach Coordinator; miriam.easley@ Matthew Barnes commended the units for

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Family fun, support & education Family

Deployment support trips Families of deployed Soldiers are invited to join Child,Youth and School Services on family fun trips each month. Choose from the fun trips below that provide opportunities to bond and create memories together. Children should be registered with CYS Services, and separate sign-up for each trip is required. Transportation is provided from CYS Services Central Registration. Trips are free to children/youth, but parents must pay their own admission. Upcoming trips include: December 5 – ZooLights, Point Defiance Zoo,Tacoma January 23 – Snow tubing, Snoqualmie Pass February 20 – Laser tag March 20 – Seattle Aquarium April 17 – Family Fun Center (Tukwila) May 22 – Little Si hike (North Bend) June 12 – IMAX (Seattle) 15

Sports, homework help and parent training with Child, Youth and School Services Give your child an edge


Join CYS Services at Central Registration, Building 2295, for parent training opportunities. To register, call 253-967-2494. Free child care will be provided at Clarkmoor Hourly Center; call 253-966-2490 for reservations. Baby sign Learn American Sign Languagebased baby sign. Babies are welcome. Thursday, Dec. 3, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, 5:30 to 7 p.m. How to run game night with your children Learn fun, educational games to play with your children including cards, numbers and memorization. Saturday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 19, 10 a.m. to noon Scrapbooking Memories Bring photos, scrapbook and any other materials; scrapbook paper, scissors, stickers and stamps supplied. Wednesday, Dec. 16, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Fun toddler activities for ages 0-5 years Create and design fun toddler activities. Wednesday, Dec. 9, 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. Toilet training – ready or not? Join in a discussion and become better prepared to handle toilet learning in a positive way while promoting optimistic confidence and self-esteem in your child. Wednesday, Dec. 2, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Is your child struggling in school? Free help is available through CYSS.

You’ve got homework ... get help from an online tutor Live Homework Help ® by™ is an online tutoring service available in English and Spanish 24 hours a day. Get educational support for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Tutors are certified teachers, college professors, professional tutors or graduate school students with expertise in math, science, social studies and English. The free service is available for children of active duty Soldiers, wounded warriors, Reservists, National Guard members and Army civilians (including survivors). Visit to register.

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on-post home, consider becoming a Family Child Care provider. Certification classes begin in January. Call the Family Child Care Office at 253-967-3039 to find out how you can become a provider. CYS Services activities Soccer Marching for my Soldier Better Your Own World * Recreational gymnastics Wiggles & Giggles Hip-hop/step dance * Karate * Youth Fitness Program Ballet, jazz & modern dance *

Growing great readers Learn about brain development research as well as ideas to stay connected with your children as they get older. Tuesday, Dec. 8, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Registration Dec. 1 - Jan. 14 Ongoing Ongoing Ongoing Ongoing Ongoing Ongoing Ongoing Ongoing



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Feb. 1 - March 27 Mondays & Wednesdays First Tuesday of each month Tuesdays & Thursdays Tuesdays & Thursdays Thursday & Friday Classes available 2-3/week Ongoing Various days/times

* SKIES Academy classes; costs listed are per-month rates. For additional SKIES classes, visit Space is limited in all programs; registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Use the sports-only lane; or for a full registration, bring current shot record, military, DoD or contract ID card, three local emergency contacts and sports physical valid through the entire sports season. For registration information, call Central Registration at 253-967-2494.

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Be in control of your Army life Sign up for free Army Community Service classes to learn about the Army, budgeting, buying a car and much more Family

ACS Job Fair Bring your resume and meet with potential employers at the Army Community Service Job Fair Friday, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Building 2166. For more information, call 253-967-3538.

Survivor Outreach Services Survivor Outreach Services provides local, long-term support to family members of fallen Soldiers. SOS offers financial planning, benefits counseling, referrals to military and civilian resources and specialized networks/ events in order to enable surviving family members to remain an integral part of the Army family for as long as they desire. Upcoming events include support socials, teen survivor day of snowboarding, crafts events Free ACS class and a TAPS Good Grief ACS Outreach/Information session Camp. For more information, Financial briefing call 1-866-963-2538, e-mail Family welcome brief mil or visit Play Mornings sosftlewis. Stress management class

ACS Outreach/ Information sessions Army Community Service programs are dedicated to fostering self-reliance, resilience and stability. Contact ACS Outreach to find out about classes on such things as money matters, home and family life, making a move, work and careers, learning for life, Army basics, managing deployment and separations and getting involved in your community. For a schedule of information sessions in your community, call 253-968-7199.

CareTeam training International Spouse Orientation ACS Job Fair Car buying workshop Reunion workshop Newcomers Orientation Credit Repair Understanding Debt Management Army FamilyTeam Building, Level I Predeployment workshop Waiting Families Support Group Children & deployment workshop Investment class Common Sense Parenting

Bring your resume to the ACS Job Fair, Friday, Dec. 4.

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Multiple dates Daily, 9 a.m. or 1 p.m. * Thursdays, 10:45 a.m. Fridays, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, 1 p.m. Dec. 1, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4, 9 a.m. Dec. 4, 10 a.m. Dec. 4, 1 p.m. Dec. 5, 1 p.m. Dec. 8, 8:30 a.m. Dec. 9, 9 a.m. Dec. 9, 1:30 p.m. Dec. 10, 9 a.m. Dec 10, 6 p.m. Dec. 16, 6 p.m. Dec. 17, 6 p.m. Dec. 18, 1 p.m. begins Jan. 13, 10 a.m.

Learn about ACS programs & services Money management & basic budgeting What to do your first week on post For parents and children ages 0-6 Effective stress management tools Learn to assist surviving families Assistance for foreign-born Soldiers/spouses Bring your resume Tools/skills for a successful purchase Prepare for emotions & expectations For Soldiers & spouses new to Fort Lewis How to improve your credit score Strategies to get out of the red Learn about the Army’s mission, culture, lingo Learn to minimize stress/ensure well-being Holiday celebration; RSVP by Dec. 3 Learn to minimize stress/ensure well-being Learn to invest for your future Parenting class to keep families strong

253-968-7199 253-967-7166 253-967-3628 253-967-7409 253-967-5901 253-967-8430 ** 253-966-6338 253-967-3538 253-967-1453 253-967-8430 ** 253-967-3633 ** 253-967-7166 253-967-7166 253-967-AFTB 253-967-2490 ** 253-967-3633 253-967-8430 ** 253-967-7166 253-967-7409 **

* Single Soldiers at 9 a.m. and married Soldiers at 1 p.m. ** Complimentary child care is available at Clarkmoor Hourly Care Center. For reservations, call 253-966-2490.

For women’s self defense classes, call 253-967-5901 (family members/civilians) or 253-967-2429 (Soldiers). Some classes meet for multiple sessions on a weekly basis; schedule subject to change without notice. ACS classes not held on federal holidays. Registration is required; call the number listed. For a complete list of Army Community Service programs, see page 22.


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Recommended reading from the Fort Lewis libraries Books to get you in the holiday spirit Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs Follow Father Christmas through his ordinary routine on Christmas Eve and Christmas. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg The tale of a young boy who is taken on a trip to the North Pole by Santa Claus. Father and Son by Geraldine McCaughrean Joseph envisions the baby growing to be a boy. Hanukkah Lights, Hanukkah Nights by Leslie Kimmelman Celebrate the festival of lights while learning about several holiday traditions.

Best-selling fiction The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown Robert Langdon among the Masons.

Celebrate the holiday season with the Fort Lewis Libraries Check out a book from the holiday reading list while you stop by Grandstaff and Crittenberger libraries for conversation and refreshments at the Holiday Open House Wednesday, Dec. 9. The reading list has titles for readers of all ages as well as non-readers.

Holiday Open House Visit Grandstaff and Crittenberger libraries Wednesday, Dec. 9 for a Holiday Open House. Chat with library staff, browse the collections and enjoy refreshments. • Grandstaff Library: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Santa is coming from 10 a.m. to noon, so bring your camera if you would like a picture. • Crittenberger Library: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Winter Reading Program Earn a free book by reading as many books as you can during the Winter Reading Program, which runs from Monday, Dec. 14 through Thursday, Dec. 31. The program will include three spe18

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cial story times with a holiday/winter craft on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 23 and 30 at 10:30 a.m. Registration is on Monday, Dec. 14 in the Book Patch Library.

New time to Snuggle Up! Join Book Patch Library for a special holiday Snuggle Up Story time Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy the tree lighting ceremony, and then bring your children to Book Patch for this story time and craft project. Jammies and teddy bears are optional. Snuggle Up Story time is usually held at Book Patch Library on the second Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. Contributed by Georgia Cartner and Jeremy Marshall. For contact information and locations, see page 22.

Pursuit of Honor by Vince Flynn A counterterrorism operative must teach politicians about national security. Nine Dragons by Michael Connelly An LA detective fights crime at home in Hong Kong. The Help by Kathryn Stockett A tale of a young white woman and two black maids in 1960s-Mississippi The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks A 17-year-old girl spends the summer with her divorced father in NC and finds many kinds of love. A Touch of Dead by Charlaine Harris The complete Sookie Stackhouse series. Half Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls A recreation of the life of the author’s grandmother, a mustang break, schoolteacher, ranch wife and mother in the Southwest in the early 20th century. Rough Country by John Sandford Virgil Flowers investigates a string of murders at a Minnesota resort for women. An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon The descendants of Ja-

mie Fraser and his wife search for clues about their flight from NC during the Revolution; the seventh Outlander novel. The Professional by Robert B. Parker

Rich women are turning up dead, and the Boston P.I. Spenser investigates.

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sidering transferring to the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Study at the Technical and Academic Resource Center, which offers computer access, CAC pin reset and more. For hours of operation, call 253-967-2171. Army Reserve Soldiers will migrate to GoArmyEd this month. For questions regarding tuition assistance and more, call 1-800-347-2734, ext. 3140.

College graduation

Further your education today.

Stone Education Center will sponsor its annual college graduation ceremony in January, and 2009 graduates are invited to participate and/or have their name and degree listed in the program. For more information, call 253-967-2206/2126.

Furthering your education

Buyer beware: scams & alerts

Education counseling is available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Fort Lewis Stone Army Education Center (253-967-7174) and at Madigan (253-968-2707); call for walk-in hours. Counselors can assist you if you’re con-

Schools that offer certificates, degrees and diplomas for a fee, are not accredited by the Department of Education, and tuition assistance is not authorized. Also, before investing in a test prep program, call 253-967-7174.

Become a teacher or officer A Troops-to-Teachers briefing is Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 1 p.m., and an ROTC Green-to-Gold briefing is Thursday, Dec. 17 at 1:30 p.m. Both briefings are at Stone Education Center.

Free technology courses Giant Campus, a nationwide leader in technology training, offers free on-site and at-home courses. For information, go to or call 1-800-386-4223.

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Educate yourself: Enroll at Stone today

Coffee and books galore Stop by Stone Education Center’s Battle Bean for roasted Battle Bean coffee and specialty drinks, salads, bagels, sandwiches and other goodies. Try this month’s specialty drink, the peppermint mocha. The on-site bookstore returns all generated profits to the community. Call 253-964-8185 for hours. For location and contact information, see page 22.


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Holiday cards Tailor your list of recipients to a reasonable amount, and consider lowcost electronic versions for those who you communicate with only during the holidays. Wallet-friendly holidays


Have you always wanted to spend less money, slow the rush and feel the joy of the holiday season in your heart and not your wallet? As you finish your holiday shopping, keep these wallet-friendly tips in mind:

Gift list There are a number of avenues to help reduce costs, stress and pressure as you complete your holiday shopping. • Drawing names in a family or a group of friends allows each person to receive a gift while keeping everyone else from feeling strapped for cash.

• Focus on thoughtful, not showy or

expensive, gifts. A less expensive gift that matches the recipient well is more meaningful than a pricey gift. • Make gifts that fit your budget for

more casual gift exchanges. Make your favorite dessert recipe or find recipes online for holiday cookies and more. • Set strict dollar limits on each person

when making your shopping list. This will allow you be creative and focus on finding a thoughtful gift. • Purchase one nice, thoughtful gift

instead of multiple, less expensive gifts. • After coming up with ideas, check re-

views online to find quality products. • Compare prices online to find the

perfect prices for your gifts. Contributed by Ryki Carlson, Army Community Service;

Seasons Greetings from our family to yours. Thank you for your service. ©2009 Comcast. All rights reserved.

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Two ways to have your voice heard at Fort Lewis We want to hear from you!

Army Family Team Building/Army Family Action Plan > The staff is extremely helpful. They go out of their way to locate information and provide assistance. Keep up the good work! Employment Readiness Program > The staff had pertinent and helpful

Information and Referral > Carl Newhouse is a consummate professional and a pleasure to work with. He really cares about Army Families and meeting their information needs.


Have your voice heard with Interactive Customer Evaluation. Fort Lewis wants to hear about your latest experiences at on-post facilities or special events (post housing and AAFES are now available for comments). Whether you had a great experience or have a suggestion, visit ICE at https:// ice.disa. mil to have your voice heard by Fort Lewis managers and the command group. ICE is also accessible through Army OneStop kiosks, which are located across post. Here’s some of what you had to say this month about Army Community Service programs.

as my career advances, and she has been very supportive and informative. I appreciate all the effort and individual attention she provides me. I feel very fortunate to have this service and Kristy there when I need advice and pep talks!

Mobilization and Deployment > The Children and Deployment Workshop presented by Pamela Allen was very helpful and informative. We pride ourselves in providing outstanding customer service and value your feedback.

information ready. They had local knowledge that provided exceptional service. > The staff provided personalized care – I was not just another person who needed a job. They all had professional attitudes. > I have been working with Kristy Gardner

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American Lake Cmty Center 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. Off I-5, Exit 116 Building 9903 Old Madigan Building 5280 Main Post Building 8981 North Fort Building 2013 N. 3rd St.

253-964-1209 253-967-5001 253-964-8838 253-964-8152 253-964-8837 253-967-5636 253-967-4661 253-964-0331 253-967-6522 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 Building 2166 Liggett Ave. Army Family Action Plan 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 2013 N. 3rd St. Domestic violence helpline 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 Madigan Hourly Care Ctr Building 9037 Gardner Loop Madigan Infant/Toddler Ctr Building 6993 Jackson Ave. Military Family Life Consults. Building 2166 Liggett Ave. Mobilization & Deployment Building 2166 Liggett Ave. New Parent Support Prgm Building 2013 N. 3rd St. Building 8575 American Lake Ave. North Fort Kindergarten Building 8485 American Lake Ave. North Fort Youth Center Building 2140 Waller Hall Outreach Program Building 4274 Idaho St. Private Organizations Building 8197 American 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 Eagles Pride Golf Course Madigan CafĂŠ Post Exchange (AAFES) Russell Landing CafĂŠ Special Events Office

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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

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Phone number

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 253-967-5390 253-967-7471

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Phone number 253-967-7166 253-967-9852 1-877-272-7337 253-967-3689 253-967-2382 253-967-2324 253-966-8901 253-967-3314 253-967-2494 253-967-2300 253-966-2490 253-966-SAFE 253-966-9419 253-967-3538 253-967-9704 253-967-5940 253-967-3039 253-966-7935 253-967-9496 253-967-3628 253-967-6399 253-967-3635 253-967-2800 253-968-5656 253-968-7924 253-495-8425 253-967-9916 253-967-7409 253-966-9715 253-966-7166 253-968-7199 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

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Book Patch Library Crittenberger Library Financial Readiness Grandstaff Library Madigan education counsel. Stone Education Center

Building 2109 N. 10th St. Building 3271 2nd Div. Dr Building 2140 Waller Hall Building 2109 N. 10th St. MAMC, Room G-94-6 Building 6242 Colorado Ave.

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Another day ... 0500: Baby up, changed, fed. Two-year-old up, changed, fed. Five-year-old up, fed, dressed. Dishes. Laundry. COFFEE!! No shower. Walked dog, drove car pool. Fed, changed baby. COFFEE! Commissary trip, paid bills, car pool. Lunch for kids. Appointment at Madigan and shots for baby! Screaming children. Home. Naps (them, not me). COFFEE! Played with kids (dress up!). Made dinner, fed kids, fed dog. Dog found mouse in house. Dog barked. Kids screamed. Removed mouse. Calmed family. TV time. Ahhh! Relax? NO! Wind storm. Power outage! Read stories to kids by flashlight. Baby fussy. Kids tired. Power back on. Fed baby, changed baby. Gave kids baths. Kids to bed. Dished. More laundry. E-mailed mother-in-law. Picked up toys. Shower? Nah, why bother? 2346: Asleep on sofa.

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