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

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In the words of our Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Army, never before in the history of our Army have we asked so much of our families. They are serving side-by-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 8 and 16. Child,Youth and School Services and Army Community Service both offer classes and programs for you and your loved ones. As always, we want to hear from you! 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. Sincerely,

William E. Harvey


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Army Community Service classes


Staff Sergeant Samuel Leritz and his wife Amy, pictured with Herb Schmeling, attend a 2nd Bn., 75th Ranger Regiment family readiness function. Photo by Emiliano Hernandez

Table of contents

Fort Lewis’ commitment to the Army Family Covenant

A veteran pays it forward A 30year Army veteran and current USO volunteer makes it his mission to see off each Fort Lewis unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Honoring Fort Lewis families Free trips and events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8, 16 Let MWR do the cooking this year Thanksgiving buffet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Take home a turkey You could win a bird at the Turkey Trot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 FEATURE Fort Lewis memorials Pay tribute to Fort Lewis’ fallen heroes . . . . . . . . . . 6 FOOD AND FUN Win cash Enter All Army Photography Contest and play iBingo . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Events for families of deployed Soldiers

8 & 16

FAMILY Learn about Army culture & customs with Army Family Team Building . . . . . .15 Fall fun for you and your family . . . .16

FABULOUS TRAVEL Swimming with possibilities Take a trip to the Seattle Aquarium with the Outdoor Recreation Program . . . . . . 9

FINANCE AND EDUCATION Recommended titles Reading lists for military spouses and more . . . . . . . . . 18

FITNESS AND WELL-BEING Advice for runners How to avoid runner’s stitch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

FEEDBACK Focal Point How you show appreciation for our nation’s veterans . . . . . . . . . 21

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Director, FMWR William E. Harvey

Marketing director Katrina McConnell


Kimberly Rowe

Senior writer/copy editor Kate Mullinax

Contributing photographers Ken Dietiker, Emiliano Hernandez, Song Jordan, Capt. Gem McCreary

Fort Lewis Directorate of Family & Morale, Welfare and Recreation For commercial sponsorship or advertising inquiries, please contact: Carly Jackson at 253-966-2256 or 253203-8088; 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 online at or search for Fort Lewis MWR on Facebook,Twitter and MySpace.



Giving back and getting it done:

‘The Godfather’ of Fort Lewis By Kate Mullinax


Retired Command Sergeant Major Herbert Schmeling doesn’t believe in paying back. His life philosophy is to pay it forward. “I’m very passionate about what I do. If people don’t have the same interest in my passion, I don’t have the time,” Schmeling stresses, and time is a hot commodity in the life of Herb Schmeling. Since 2006, Schmeling has made volunteering his full-time job, and he credits one woman for allowing him to do so. “I have the greatest wife on earth,” he says. While volunteering makes Schmeling no money, he is priceless to Soldiers and their families. Beginning his Army career as a private and retiring as a Command Sergeant Major, Schmeling is no stranger to working his way through the ranks. He spent his Army career as a geodetic surveyor, and since retiring in 2001 after 30 years of service, he continues to give back to his community. Schmeling volunteers with more than 10 different organizations that support servicemembers and their families. One of his flagship organizations is the United Services Organization, more commonly known as the USO. Schmeling has volunteered with the USO since 2006. The USO is a home away from home for servicemembers and their families in transit, and their motto is, “Until every one comes home.” And as long as there are troops deploying, Schmeling is there to see them off. His mission is to be at the departure gate for every flight and provide a care package and


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Schmeling is a 30-year Army veteran and USO volunteer since 2006. He keeps a memory book with signatures from fellow Soldiers from his active duty days to remind him that all his sacrifices are worth it and to inspire him to keep paying it forward, one servicemember at a time.

a smile for each deploying servicemember. “Some time last month, I saw my 100,000 customer since I’ve been a part of this USO,” he remarks thoughtfully. “As a retired Command Sergeant Major, he is a wealth of knowledge,” says USO McChord Manager Tracye Kakely. I think he may be busier now that he’s so-called ‘retired.’ He’s my right-hand person, and I can go to him anytime I have a question. “He’s always the one who’s there to shake each person’s hand and say ‘Stay safe!’ He passes out deployment bags with phone cards so Soldiers can call home to their families. It’s his presence that means the most. Here’s this retired Command Sergeant Major who’s there at one o’clock in the

morning on a Sunday giving freely of his time. Each person that deploys knows that he cares. To be honest, I don’t know how I could function without him. Herb doesn’t want recognition. It’s pure passion and sincerity for our military, and it’s a wonderful thing to see. I think he’ll do this until the day he dies,” Kakely explains. There’s been a lot of memorable moments in seeing off deploying troops over the years, but what stands out in Schmeling’s mind the most is when the 81st Brigade deployed for the first time and allowed family members to see them off. “There was a young Soldier who was carrying her baby when all of a sudden she remarked, ‘Gee, I wish I had a camera.’ I always carry throw-

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Servicemembers, their families, veterans and retirees are a special group who will never be reimbursed for the sacrifices they have made ... I am just one of the many who try. – Herb Schmeling

rest. That’s what we do.” Born and raised in Oregon, Schmeling looks the part of a Pacific Northwest native. Clad in jeans, a flannel jacket and a USO baseball cap, he’s ready to jump in and do what needs to be done. “Through networking, you can always find someone who can solve any problem,” believes Schmeling. The toughest moment came in 2006, when a unit deployed the day after Thanksgiving. “My wife joined me to hand out bags, and at that point, I knew I did something important, because afterward, my wife said, ‘I could never do this again. I was on the verge of breaking down and crying.’ So from that point on, I’m at that door with a smile.” Schmeling offers a word of warning to potential USO volunteers. Only the upbeat need apply. “You have to have a smile, and you have to hold it inside. These servicemembers are getting on a plane and if it ends up that they give the ultimate sacrifice, then they do not want to see somebody crying and waving goodbye. “Because I never deployed to a combat zone, I feel I’m paying a debt to mom-and-pop America. All these servicemembers deploying to combat are somebody’s child. In my day, we trained for the inevitable. Men and women today are living the inevitable. Service members are our most valuable asset. We ask them to do things other people will never be asked to do in their lives.” He somewhat reluctantly hands over a copy of what he refers to as his memory book. The cover is tattered and the binding is taped and every last page is filled with signatures. “The entries in this book tell me all my sacrifices are worth it,” he says.

is a home away from home for families of patients receiving medical care at Madigan Army Medical Center. “It allows them an environment where if they need support, it’s there,” Schmeling explains. “Herb Schmeling has been an outstanding volunteer for the Fisher House,” says Jodi Land, the Fisher House Manager. “We can rely on him with the utmost confidence to be the Fisher House spokesman for many of our community events. Because we have such a small staff, many of these events wouldn’t be attended without Herb. This kind of support is immeasurable! Volunteers like Herb don’t come along very often, and we count ourselves very

lucky to have his dedicated support!” Also on his current volunteer list is Fort Lewis Sergeants Major Association, Support America’s Armed Forces and the Association of the United States Army’s Fort Lewis Chapter. Lori Parker is the Fort Lewis Army Volunteer Corps Coordinator. “Herb is a wonderful, passionate, caring person, and a role model for other volunteers,” she says. “Soldiers and families are No. 1 for Herb. It’s not, ‘we can’t, but how can we?’ If it’s a program, a need, you mention it to him and he’s willing to step up and help. Herb is involved in many volunteer organizations that sponsor our events. He does a lot of things behind the scenes that we don’t even know of. “The volunteer corps is like a roller coaster. At times there will be an abundance of volunteers, and other times not too many, so it goes through cycles – but Herb is a constant. He’s someone that people rely on and depend upon,” Parker says. Schmeling has been the recipient of many awards for his volunteerism, from Fort Lewis Volunteer of Merit in 2007 and Fort Lewis Senior Volunteer of the Year in 2008 to his current addition to the “Wall of Fame,” Year of the NCO at Madigan Army Medical Center in 2009. His dedication has even earned him The President’s Volunteer Service


It was experiences with Soldiers within his battalion from his active duty days that led Schmeling to volunteer at The Fisher House. The Fisher House

away cameras in my car, so I went out and got a camera. I took a few pictures of her, the baby and her husband, and then I gave her the camera to take the

General Peter Chiarelli, who signed Schmeling’s memory book in 1998, went on to become the 32nd Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army.



Courtesy photo

Schmeling makes it his mission to see off all Fort Lewis Soldiers, including 4th SBCT CSM Jeff Huggins, pictured right. As he passes out deployment bags with phone cards to the departing Soldiers, he shakes their hands and says, “Stay safe.’”

Award from the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. Mike McDonald knows Schmeling from his days as the Fort Lewis commercial sponsorship coordinator. He refers to Schmeling as the “Godfather” of Fort Lewis. “In essence, he never retired,” shrugs McDonald. “He’s at every event supporting Soldiers. You turn around and there’s Herb. Never asking how much it costs, but ‘what do you need?’ If it has anything to do with Fort Lewis, you can count on Herb.”

Another of Schmeling’s current projects is Reflection Park, a memorial to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in combat action from World War I to the present day who have a connection with Washington state. The park will be a place of remembrance and hopefully healing for family members. It is yet another labor of love for which Schmeling will continue to tirelessly network. “If all the groups I belong to can make the health and welfare of our servicemembers better, then

that’s what we do – and we feel good doing it. Sometimes I am nothing more than an extra pair of hands to fill care packages, but in filling those packages, we all get to finish a little bit faster. “I get real personal reward and self-satisfaction by being there for others. Some may think I am a volunteer “junkie” or a “volunteeraholic,” but I have a real fear that if I am not available to do something when someone asks, calls or needs my help; in some way it may adversely affect others. “I feel we can’t do enough for servicemembers, their families, veterans and retirees. By that I mean America can’t do enough! Servicemembers, families, veterans and retirees are a special group of people who will never be reimbursed for the sacrifices they have made for being there for their country. So sometimes it takes people within that group to make a difference for others when they have the opportunity to do so. I am just one of the many who try.” Schmeling continues to pay it forward, one service member at a time. For more information on how you too can become a part of the Army Volunteer Corps, call 253-967-2324.

Fort Lewis honors its fallen heroes in uniform This Veterans Day, and any day, pay tribute to the nation’s men and women in uniform. Honor the fallen heroes from Fort Lewis at the following memorials. • Fort Lewis Cemetery • Individual memorials located on unit compounds • 555 Engineer Brigade • 1st Special Forces Group • 2nd Ranger Battalion • 3rd Stryker Brigade • Memorial Park Dedicated to servicemembers who have died in the global war on terror, the park is designed to hold 17 memorials, currently holds two: • 1st Stryker Brigade, 25th Infantry


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Division • 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division Memorial Park is on 4.1 acres near the Cascade Community Center and provides a quiet, peaceful, central setting to visit unit memorials honoring fallen Soldiers. Other units may relocate existing memorials to the park, and all future unit statues or memorials will be placed in this area. Memorial Park is located adjacent to the future site of Reflection Park, a planned sixacre, privately-funded project to memorialize fallen Service members from the State of Washington from WWI through the present day.

Photos: Song Jordan

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For adults

All Army photography contest

Win up to $6,000 with iBingo With this interactive approach to the traditional game, you’ll never miss messy daubers. Ask for a frequent player card for a chance to win great prizes. Available at the Cascade Community Center and Bowl Arena Lanes

Enter your digital images by Monday, Nov. 30 for a chance to win cash prizes! Contest information is available at the Arts & Crafts Center.

Team Lewis Night Enjoy free gourmet pizza from Garlic Jim’s and play fun games for a chance to win great prizes. Friday, Nov. 20 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). New Year’s Celebration Ring in the New Year with music by DJ Eric. Enjoy dinner and breakfast, a New Year’s toast and party favors. $45/single; $80/couple. For more information and the menu, call 253-964-1209. Thursday, Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Food & fun

Win cash, watch UFC and shop for the holidays with MWR

For outdoor types Check out the monthly Sporting Clays Fun Shoot Saturday, Nov. 7 at the Shotgun Shooting Complex. Sign up begins at 9:30 a.m. ($30 registration), and the event begins at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 253-967-7056.

Fun that’ll bowl you over Stop by Bowl Arena Lanes each month to pick up a free DVD of the adventures of Bowlopolis (while supplies last). Register at

Eat and shop at the American Lake Community Center All-you-can-eat German Buffet For just $14.95, enjoy schnitzel, bratwurst, potato salad, sauerkraut, desserts and more. Ages 4-10: $6.95; 3 and younger eat free. Reservations recommended. Thursday, Nov. 19 from 5 to 8 p.m. 29th Annual Holiday Bazaar Get your holiday shopping started Saturday, Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 8 from noon to 5 p.m. in the MWR expo tent outside the ALCC

Holiday Tree Lighting The annual Fort Lewis Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony is Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 4:30 p.m. at the post headquarters flagpole. A reception follows until 6:30 at the Family Resource Center with free crafts, games and Santa photos. For more information, call 253-967-5776.

See (& hear) the stars Concert tickets from Information, Tickets & Tours At this authorized TicketMaster location, you’ll receive superior customer service, and there is no service charge. Visit ITT at the customer service counter insides the Fort Lewis PX. Upcoming shows include: • Elton John & Billy Joel (Wednesday, Nov. 4 & Saturday, Nov. 7) • The Bravery (Monday, Nov. 9) • They Might Be Giants (Tuesday, Nov. 10) • B.B. King (Wednesday, Nov. 11) • Hollywood Undead & Atreyu (Saturday, Nov. 14) • KISS: Alive 35 (Sunday, Nov. 15) • Kelly Clarkson (Tuesday, Nov. 24) • Sara Evans Celebrates the Season (Saturday, Nov. 28) AAFES brings the stars to you • Hulk Hogan book signing (Monday, Nov. 2 from 4 to 6 p.m.) • Lawyer Milloy of the Seattle Seahawks, autograph signing (Tuesday, Nov. 3 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) • Richard Paul Evans book signing (Saturday, Nov. 7 from noon to 2 p.m.) • Next month brings Oscar-nominated actress Mariel Hemingway, a Seattle Seahawks variety show and more!


For families of deployed Soldiers

Food & fun

Bowling special Families of deployed Soldiers can enjoy up to two free games (shoes included). Sundays at Bowl Arena from noon to 4 p.m. Webcast special holiday messages Military families are invited to send greetings to their deployed loved ones. Operation Best Wishes is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For details and to make reservations, visit Monday, Nov. 16 at America’s Credit Union’s main branch (Fort Lewis, at 12th St. & Pendleton Ave.). Children’s deployment fair Send a care package and photo of your family with Santa to your Soldier deployed downrange for free. There’s also a special photo station for pets. (Bring name and address; maximum of 1,000 care packages will be sent.) Saturday, Nov. 7 at Fort Lewis’ Evergreen Elementary School (9010 Blaine St.) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Specials for families of deployed Soldiers are brought to you by the Army Family Covenant.

Family Night events The Cascade Community Center is available for you and your family to enjoy dinner and activities on special nights. For dates, reservations

and pricing, call 253-964-1209. For more information on events for families of deployed Soldiers, turn to page 16 or visit

Sports fans to the Cascade Community Center UFC If you like mixed martial arts or combatives, stop by to check out the fights on the big screen. Order a cold beverage and watch the undercard fights before the big matchups. UFC 106 Saturday, Nov. 21. Doors open at 6, and fights start at 7 p.m. Pigskin action Catch the football games on the big screens at Heroes Sports Lounge. Bring your appetite for the Sunday tailgate parties – cook your own 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. The lounge is located inside the Cascade Community Center and is open Sundays from 10 a.m. to close. Heroes is also open Monday through Thursday from 4:30 to close and Friday from 3 to close.

Thanksgiving Buffet

American Lake Community Center Nov. 26, 2009

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. & 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Please call 964-1209 for Reservations 8

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$18.95 Adults - $7.45 Children (3-10)

NovemberFree 2009 for Children 2 & under

Fabulous travel

Swimming with possibilities From aquariums and parks to shopping and zoos, the Pacific Northwest has a sea of options. Take a trip with MWR. Seattle day trip Visit the Seattle Aquarium and Pike Place Market with the Northwest Adventure Center. The aquarium is filled with local exhibits, a visiting harbor seal and many amazing things to see and touch. Pike Place Market has an assortment of unique food and shops for you to try. Call 253-967-6263 for reservations and pricing information. (Sunday, Nov. 22)


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Trips a’plenty with the Northwest Adventure Center

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Penguins, reindeer and polar bears – oh my! The Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is also home to marine mammals, elephants, red wolves and more. Check out the animal exercise area, marine discovery center, kids’ zone and more while enjoying views of the Puget Sound and Mount Rainier. Catch a ride with the NAC for this month’s Military Appreciation Day. See the chart at right for a complete list of this month’s outdoor recreation trips.

Intro to mountain biking Ever been mountain biking? Want to? Join the NAC for this instructional guide designed for beginners looking to try something new. Spend the day being taught the basics involved in mountain biking, while getting plenty of time to work on your new-found skills. Bike, helmet, gloves and transportation are provided. The location will be determined based on weather conditions. Meet at the NAC at 9 a.m. (Saturday, Nov. 7)

Crabbing at Westport Have a day of fun at Westport. NAC staff will teach you how to catch, identify and cook crabs. Gear, transportation and bait included. You will need to purchase your fishing license. Meet at


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the NAC at 9 a.m. (Sunday, Nov. 8)

Military Appreciation Day at Point Defiance Zoo The Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium of Tacoma has opened its gates to active duty Soldiers, veterans and their families. Just bring your military ID card to explore the zoo. Catch a ride with the NAC for just $10 (those 18 and younger are just $5). Call today to reserve your ride. Meet at the NAC 10 a.m. (Wednesday, Nov. 11)

Seattle Underground tour and Pike Place Market visit Have lunch in Pike Place Market and scope out the local shops before heading to the Seattle Underground for a

private tour. End the day with a walk through the new outdoor art park in downtown Seattle. Transportation and entrance fees are included; however, lunch is not. Minimum age 7. Children ages 7-12: $22; ages 13-17: $27 Meet at NAC at 10 a.m. (Saturday, Nov. 14)

Hike Priest Point Park and stop by the farmer’s market Come explore Priest Point Park in Olympia on this short family day hike that is great for all ages. Hike down to the beach for lunch on the Puget Sound, and then stop by and sample what the local farmer’s market has to offer on the way home. Bring your lunch, water and some warm clothes. Meet at the NAC at 10 a.m. (Sunday, Nov. 29)

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Ape Cave adventures Sea kayak Ketron Island Introduction to mountain biking Bungee jumping Little Si hike Crabbing at Westport Military Appr. Point Defiance Zoo Ape Cave adventures Seattle underground tour/Pike Place Hike Twin Falls Horseback riding Survival class Crabbing at Westport Seattle Aquarium/Pike Place Bungee jumping Horseback riding Ape Cave adventures Hike Priest Point Park/Farmer’s Market Mountain bike Capitol Forest

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Explore 2,000-year-old lava flow Tranquil trip for paddlers of all levels Designed for beginners to learn skills Jump twice from highest U.S. bungee bridge Five-mile hike through lush forest Catch, identify and cook crabs Bring your military ID to explore the zoo Explore 2,000-year-old lava flow Private tour of underground; shopping Four-mile hike for waterfall lovers Two-hour afternoon guided ride Learn to get outdoors with confidence Catch, identify and cook crabs Family- friendly Seattle day trip Jump twice from highest U.S. bungee bridge Two-hour afternoon guided ride Explore 2,000-year-old lava flow Short day hike and local farmer’s market Hitch a ride for this muddy adventure

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Details Minimum age: 12

Minimum weight: 90 lbs Minimum age: 10 Fishing license needed

18 and younger: $5 Ages 7-12: $22 Ages 13-17: $27

Minimum age: 7

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Outdoor adventure trip

Minimum age: 7 Fishing license needed

Ages 4-12: $25 Minimum weight: 90 lbs Minimum age: 7

Gear provided

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.

Find your ticket to savings at Fort Lewis ITT Stop by to find out how you can get away for the weekend or just a night tuned for details). To see a complete list of worldwide travel opportunities, visit the Fort Lewis MWR Travel Web site at Located at the Fort Lewis PX customer service counter, ITT offers event and attraction information, tickets (authorized TicketMaster location) and reservation services.

Shop until you drop

Visit the Emerald City Sports fans will be happy to know that tickets to the next Seattle Seahawks game – as well as other sporting events, concerts and plays in the area – are available for purchase at Information, Tickets & Tours. ITT can also provide information on local attractions so you can have a weekend of fun in Seattle. See the lights of Leavenworth Reserve your seat on the deluxe motorcoach now for the December

Leavenworth Lighting Festival. Enjoy a magical moment on one of two Saturdays in December – Dec. 12 or Dec. 19. The cost is $46 per person, and payment is due at the time of sign up. Reserve your seat by Monday, Nov. 30. Start planning your next vacation today! ITT can help you book your next vacation or weekend getaway – whatever your destination may be. Plan the trip of your dreams at ITT’s Passport to Travel event at the American Lake Community Center (March 10; stay

Check off some items on your holiday shopping list with the Family Resource Center’s December spouse trip to America’s Largest Christmas Bazaar. The trip is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 4 from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. America’s Largest Christmas Bazaar offers interesting and unique products not typically offered at shopping malls and fairs. Shoppers will enjoy both commercial and handcrafted products to round out your shopping experience. Reserve your seat on the bus beginning Friday, Nov. 20 by calling the Family Resource Center at 253-967-9496.


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That annoying pain in your side AKA: runner’s stitch


Nearly everyone has experienced runner’s stitch, or exercise-related transient abdominal pain, during vigorous aerobic activity – running, horseback riding, soccer, etc.

By Christina Kurty

The stitch is commonly described as a cramping, stabbing pain located at the ribcage on either side (more common on the right side). The cause of runner’s stitch is still a mystery, though there is ongoing research to better understand how and why it occurs. Before discussing the two theories – diaphragmatic ischemia and ligamentous stretch, let’s talk about what happens when we breathe. The diaphragm is a concave muscle that lies below our lungs and separates the chest cavity from the abdominal cavity. When we take in a breath, the diaphragm flattens creating a vacuum for the lungs to expand with air. When we breathe out, the diaphragm returns to its concave shape and assists the lungs to expel air. • Diaphragmatic ischemia: A decreased oxygen supply to the diaphragm muscle may occur because runners are forcing in air in response to the increased demand for oxygen. This creates a forced contraction to rapidly inflate the lungs causing a compromise of blood supply to the diaphragm and thus decreasing the oxygen delivery to the diaphragm. There is a production of lactic acid in the muscle cells, and this is what is thought to create the pain of a runner’s stitch.

Here are ways to help you find relief from runner’s stitch To stop a stitch: • Stop running and gently push up on the right side of your belly while breathing evenly. If the pain does not readily subside, seek medical attention. • Alter your breathing pattern. Concentrate on taking full, deep breaths. • If you find that you exhale when your right foot hits the ground, change your breathing pattern and exhale when landing on your left foot. • Slow down while taking deep breaths.

To prevent a stitch: • Strengthen abdominal muscles for improved support. • Improve cardiovascular fitness. • Pair your gait and your breathing – many runners breathe every two to four steps and do so when a particular foot strikes the ground. Rhythmic running, preferably exhaling while the left foot strikes the ground, may help. • Avoid eating two hours prior to activity. • Keep well-hydrated.

Information extracted from “Triathlete” magazine writer, Brad Walker and Callister R. Morton D.P. “Factors influencing [ETAP]”


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• The second, but more-supported theory, is the ligamentous stretch. Connective tissue layers and ligaments give organs support, but only to a certain extent. The liver is one of the heavier organs and is located on the right side under the diaphragm near where the pain usu ally occurs. It is suspended/supported by ligaments that are subjected to significant stresses during activity. The tension on these structures is what is thought to cause the stabbing pain felt while running. Christina Kurty is a Sports Specialist ICROWS from the Gait Analysis and Shoe Clinic at Jensen Family Health and Fitness Center.

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11; after this date, a $10 late fee will be charged. Late registration ends Wednesday, Nov. 18. Packet pickup begins at 7:30 a.m. The first 100 registered runners that show up on race day will receive a free sponsor T-shirt.

Win a bird at the Turkey Trot The Turkey Trot Walk, Run & Skate is at Cowan Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 9 a.m. Not only can you take home a medal – the first through third place finishers in each age group will receive awards – but you could also bring home a bird for Thanksgiving dinner. There will be a drawing to give away 10 turkeys. The event includes a 10K run and skate and a 5K run or walk. The event is free if you’re registered by Wednesday, Nov.

Intramural hoops and more Sports, Aquatics and Fitness will hold a meeting Tuesday, Nov. 17 at Soldiers Field House at 2 p.m. to discuss the upcoming company/women’s/open basketball leagues. Flag football, women’s soccer and under-six-foot basketball league play is ongoing. There will be a pre-season tournament Monday, Dec. 7 through Friday, Dec. 18, and league play begins in January. Don’t forget the 2009 Fort Lewis company-level wrestling events, which are scheduled for Wednes-

day, Nov. 4 (preliminaries) and Thursday, Nov. 12 (championship).The Commander’s Cup will be awarded at the conclusion of the wrestling championship event.

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Sports & Fitness: From basketball to running and everything in between

Child care while you work out While you participate in fitness activities at Jensen Family Health and Fitness Center, free on-site child care is available on a space-available basis for children 6 weeks to 12 years of age. Appropriate activities and supervision will be provided by CYS Services care-giving staffers. For more information about this child care program to include hours of operation, call 253-967-1254. For race/event details or information on 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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Recycling extravaganza! Come to a recycling event Thursday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fort Lewis PX. Services provided will be personal document shredding by LeMay Inc.; electronics recycling and light bulb exchange by Tacoma Power (bring in your incandescent light bulb and get a compact fluorescent light); refrigerator recycling by Tacoma Power (sign up to have yours picked up and receive $30); book donation by The Reading Tree; and personal goods donation by Tacoma Rescue Mission. Bring something to recycle and learn about the recycling process at informational booths. Bring the kids to meet Louie the Lightning Bug! For more information, call Miriam Easley at 253-966-1734.

National Survivors of Suicide Day Great American Smoke Out For most people, smoking cessation is difficult. Quitting smoking may be one of the most challenging things you’ve ever done – but it’s the best way to improve your health. Why not choose to quit on Thursday, Nov. 19, The Great American Smoke Out? If you’ve made the decision to quit, consider these tips: • Spread the word. Tell your friends, family and co-workers that you’re planning to quit smoking. • Make it inconvenient to smoke. Keep your cigarettes in the car when you’re in the house or working. • Change your habits. Avoid anything that tempts you to smoke. • Take it one day at a time. For additional support and assistance in quitting smoking, call the Tobacco Cessation Program at Madigan Army Medical Center at 253-968-3298.

Grief and bereavement over the loss of a loved one is sometimes overwhelming, especially if you are alone and don’t know where to turn to find help and support. Thanks to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for providing the 11th Annual National Survivors of Suicide Day event, a day of healing for survivors of suicide loss around the U.S. and the world. On Saturday, Nov. 21, simultaneous conferences for survivors of suicide loss will take place throughout the U.S. and internationally. This unique network of healing conferences helps survivors connect with others who have survived the tragedy of suicide loss, and express and understand the powerful emotions they experience. For more information about the event or attending a conference in the Fort Lewis area, visit afsp. org or call Gary Ouellette at 360-5073923. For suicide prevention education, call 253-966-4597.

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Take charge of your Army life with help Army Community Service In honor of Fort Lewis families, Army Community Service will host a number of activities during Army Family Week – the week of Monday, Nov. 30. • Cake social at Waller Hall: Monday, Nov. 30 from 1 to 3 p.m. • Free family trip to Point Defiance ZooLights: Tuesday, Dec. 1 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Call 253-967-9496 to reserve your spot.

7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call the Family Resource Center beginning Friday, Nov. 20 to reserve your spot. Free child care may be available with reservation (253-966-2940).


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Family Treasure Hunt For registered families, the 4th annual Fort Lewis Family Treasure Hunt, commences Monday, Nov. 2. The winners will be announced at the Holiday Tree Lighting reception on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at the Family Resource Center.

Recap: AFAP Conference

The 2009 Army Family Action Plan Conference was held in October at the Stone Eduction Center, and more than 65 Soldiers, family To learn about Army culture and customs, call 253-967-AFTB. members, retirees, widows/widow• Trip to America’s LargPrograms like Army Family Team Building were created from issues ers, DA civilians and teens particiest Christmas Bazaar: submitted to the Army Family Action Plan. To see the top issues and conpated. Every Fort Lewis unit was cerns about Army life that came out of this year’s conference, see right. Friday, Dec. 4 from represented. Of the 169 issues submitted online, 62 were local issues and Free ACS class Time & date Description Phone number will be worked with the ComFinancial briefing Daily, 9 a.m. or 1 p.m. * Money management & basic budgeting 253-967-7166 munity First Program. Including 56 253-967-5901 Communication for Families Communication tips for marriage Tuesdays, 9 a.m. issues that were not prioritized 253-967-5901 Stress management class Effective stress management tools Tuesdays, 1 p.m. in last year’s conference, the 2009 253-967-3628 Family welcome brief Thursdays, 10:45 a.m. What to do your first week on post workgroups reviewed 107 issues. 253-967-7409 Play Mornings For parents and children ages 0-6 Fridays, 10:30 a.m. Of those issues, 15 were devel253-967-8430 ** CareTeam training Learn to assist surviving families Nov. 3, 6:30 p.m. oped and presented to the Fort Children & deployment workshop Nov. 4, 6 p.m. Learn to minimize stress/ensure well-being 253-967-8430 ** Lewis command group. Your input makes a difference! Waiting Families Support Group Nov. 4, 6 p.m. Thanksgiving-themed event; RSVP required 253-967-3633 In the history of AFAP, 651 isCareTeam training - Commanders Nov. 5, 2 p.m. Training for commanders 253-967-8430 sues have been received at the Investment class Learn to invest for your future Nov. 6, 1 p.m. 253-967-7166 Department of the Army level. Pre-deployment workshop Prepare for a deployment Nov. 12, 6 p.m. 253-967-8430 ** There have been 110 legislaReunion workshop Prepare for emotions & expectations 253-967-8430 ** Nov. 16, 1 p.m. tive changes, 155 DoD or Army Pre-deployment workshop Prepare for a deployment Nov. 17, 6 p.m. 253-967-8430 ** policy/regulatory changes and Reunion workshop Prepare for emotions & expectations 253-967-8430 ** Nov. 18, 6 p.m. 177 improvements to programs Children & deployment workshop Nov. 19, 6 p.m. Learn to minimize stress/ensure well-being 253-967-8430 ** or services/funding. Some of CareTeam training Learn to assist surviving families Dec. 1, 6:30 p.m. 253-967-8430 ** those changes are TRICARE for International Spouse Orientation Dec. 4, 9 a.m. Learn American customs and culture 253-967-3633 Life, chiropractic care for active Car-buying workshop Tools to make an informed decision Dec. 4, 1 p.m. 253-967-1453 duty and the implementation of Waiting Families Support Group Dec. 16, 6 p.m. Holiday event/appetizers; RSVP by Dec. 3 253-967-3633 the Thrift Savings Plan. Programs like Army Family Team * 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. Building and Better OpportuniFor women’s self defense classes, call 253-967-5901 (family members/civilians) or 253-967-2429 (Soldiers). For AFTB classes, call ties for Single Soldiers were 253-967-AFTB. Some classes meet for multiple sessions on a weekly basis; schedule subject to change without notice. Registration is required; call the number listed. For a complete list of Army Community Service programs, see page 22. also created from AFAP. • Cake social at the Teen Center:Thursday, Dec. 3 from 3 to 5 p.m.


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As part of Fort Lewis’ commitment to the Army Family Covenant, families of deployed Soldiers are invited to enjoy free local trips with Child, Youth & School Services. Sign up for the family fun deployment support trips at CYS Services Central Registration.

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; parents must pay their own admission. November 14 – Ice skating (Spanaway) December 5 – ZooLights, Point Defiance Zoo (Tacoma) January 23 – Snow tubing, Snoqualmie Pass February 20 – Laser tag March 20 – Seattle Aquarium

Rainbows Parent and Child Play Center is located on North Fort Lewis. Parents and their children, birth to 5 years, are invited to drop in and take part in a variety of fun activities together. A CYS Services early childhood professional will be on-site. Stop in Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 3 p.m.

Have fun (& learn) with SKIES SKIES Unlimited – Schools of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and Skills – is an Army program that offers instructional programming to nurture the development of Fort Lewis children, youth and families while creating opportunities for community and connection. For a full class listing, visit

SKIES_Unlimited.htm. Children must be registered for SKIES classes by the fourth Friday of each month. For more information, call 253-967-2494.

Family Child Care Becoming a Family Child Care provider is a perfect career choice for many Army spouses. If you’re regularly caring for children in on-post housing, now is the time to get certified with FCC. In an effort to decrease the risk of child abuse and neglect in unauthorized care, FCC has initiated an amnesty program that provides individuals who are not certified FCC providers (but are regularly caring for children in privatized housing) an opportunity to register with CYS Services without penalty. For more information, call 253-967-3039.

April 17 – Family Fun Center (Tukwila) May 22 – Little Si hike (North Bend) June 12 – IMAX (Seattle)

Raindrops & Rainbows Parent and Child Play Center Offering Army families a place to play, learn and network, the Raindrops & 16

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Special Olympics basketball Soccer Walk to Iraq and Back Youth Fitness Program

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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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Free parent training to give your child an edge

Baby sign Learn American Sign Languagebased baby sign. Babies are welcome. Thursday, Nov. 5, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Family game night

Join CYS Services at Central Registration, Building 2295, for parent training opportunities. To register, call 253-9672494. Free child care will be provided at Clarkmoor Hourly Center; call 253-9662490/2491 for reservations.

How to run game night with your children Learn fun, educational games to play with your children including cards, numbers and memorization. Saturday, Nov. 7, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 21, 10 a.m. to noon Scrapbooking Memories Bring photos, scrapbook and any other materials. We will supply scrapbook paper, scissors, stickers and stamps.

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Fun toddler activities

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Fun toddler activities for ages 0-5 years Create and design fun toddler activities. Tuesday, Nov. 4, 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. Building resilience How to build resilience in children of all ages with the 7 Cs model. Presented by Parent to Parent. Thursday, Nov. 12, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Deployment and redeployment – Focusing on our children Pre-deployment, deployment and post-deployment coping ideas for your children. Tuesday, Nov. 17, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

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Recommended reading from the Fort Lewis libraries Thanksgiving

An old-fashioned Thanksgiving by Louisa May Alcott Clifford’s Thanksgiving Visit by Norman Bridwell Crafts for Thanksgiving by Kathy Ross Thanksgiving: Stories and poems by Caroline Feller Bauer ’Twas the night before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey

Today’s military spouse

Chicken Soup for the Military Wife’s Soul: stories to touch the heart and rekindle the spirit by Jack Canfield Encouragement for America’s Hidden Heroes by Amy Stevens

‘Snuggle Up’ story time Send love with stories on video Before you deploy, visit Grandstaff or Crittenberger libraries and record a loving message with the video messenger. Bring your child’s favorite book and record storytime for them!

Emotions Matter exhibit The Emotions Matter exhibit is at Grandstaff Library through Thursday, Nov. 5. The exhibit provides oppor-

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tunities for parents and children ages 1-8 to learn about emotions. For more information, call 253-967-5533/5889.

From a pebble to a rock: life stories from the homefront to encourage the hearts of every woman by Patti A. Correa Separated by duty, united in love: A guide to long-distance relationships for military couples by Shellie Vandevoorde Solo-ops: A survival guide for military wives by Hilary Martin Teach your tot to sign: the parent’s guide to American Sign Language by Stacy A.Thompson The day he left for Iraq: A story of love, family & reunion by Melissa Seligman Under the sabers: The unwritten code of Army wives by Tanya Biank

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Quilts for Kids Help give children of deployed Soldiers a little comfort with Quilts for Kids. Join Fort Lewis volunteers Thursdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Grandstaff Library (you don’t need to be a quilter to volunteer). For more information, call 253-966-1320.

New time to Snuggle Up! Snuggle up at Book Patch Library on the second Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. with storytime. Jump into those jammies, round up your teddy bears, step into some slippers and gather up mom and dad to join in the fun! Contributed by Georgia Cartner and Jeremy Marshall. For contact information and locations, see page 22.

1,001 great ideas for teaching and raising children with autism spectrum disorders by Ellen Notbohm Asperger syndrome and AD/HD by Jacqui Jackson Cerebral palsy: A complete guide for caregiving by Freeman Miller

Teach your tot to sign: the parent’s guide to American Sign Language by Stacy A.Thompson

Child safety and protection

Cybersafety: surfing safely online by Joan Vos MacDonald From crib to kindergarten: the essential child safety guide by Dorothy Drago The new basics: A-to-Z baby by Michel Cohen Stranger danger by Cynthia MacGregor

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American Education Week will be observed at Stone Education Center the week of Nov. 16. Stop by today to find out details on opportunities available.

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Visit an education counselor during American Education Week – or any other time – at the Stone Education Center and Madigan. Counseling topics include GoArmyEd, GI Bill options, scholarships/financial aid, tuition assistance, college information, chapter counseling and other education matters.

There’s no better time to further your education College graduation Stone Education Center will sponsor its annual college graduation ceremony in late January 2010. Any community member who has graduated or will graduate in 2009 is invited to participate and/or have their name and degree listed in the program. For more information, call 253-967-2206/2126.

Which GI Bill is best for you? The new Post 9/11 GI Bill is here and has many benefits to offer to Soldiers, particularly the opportunity to transfer GI Bill benefits to spouses and/or children. Converting to the Post 9/11 GI Bill is an irreversible decision, so please make sure you understand the benefits of both Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill) and Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill) before making a decision. There are major differences between the Post 9/11 GI Bill and the Montgomery GI Bill. A comparison tool is available on the VA Web site at gibill. The Stone Education Center’s education counselors can assist you in making an informed decision about switching to the Post 9/11 GI Bill and providing details regarding

the provisions of each Bill. For more information, call 253-967-7174.

Buyer beware: scams & alerts Diploma mills, 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 the Education Services Officer at 253-967-7174.

Research and assistance The Technical and Academic Resource Center offers computer access, CAC pin 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.

MWR Bookstore An on-site bookstore operates with extended hours during the first week of each term. As the only MWR bookstore Army-wide, all profits generated are returned to the community. For hours, call 253-964-8185.

Free technology courses Giant Campus, a nationwide leader in technology training, offers free onsite and at-home courses. For information, go to http://fortlewis.giantcampus. com or call 1-800-386-4223.

Become a teacher or officer A Troops to Teachers briefing is Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 1 p.m., and an ROTC Green-to-Gold briefing is Thursday, Nov. 19 at 1:30 p.m. Both briefings are at Stone Education Center.

In need of a coffee break? The Stone Education Center Battle Bean is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday from 8 to 11 a.m. (please note that during term break, hours will be shortened). You can purchase a variety of items – Roasted Battle Bean Coffee and specialty drinks, salads, bagels, sandwiches, chips and other goodies. Try this month’s specialty drink, the pumpkin spice latte. For location and contact information, see page 22.


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How well you see, work and play is directly effected by the quality and quantity of light around you. Improving your lighting can affect your health, safety, morale, comfort and productivity. Tips to save energy while enjoying good quality light are below. Turn off lights when you leave a room Standard incandescent lights should be turned off when they are not needed. Fluorescent lights should be turned off when you’ll be away for 15 minutes or more. Use compact fluorescent light bulbs when possible Although CFLs need slightly more energy when they are first turned on, the bulbs use about 75 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs once electricity starts flowing. To get the most from CFLs, follow these standards rules:


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• Screw in your CFL

by holding the white plastic part, not the glass tubing. • Know what color works

best for your environment. If you want a whiter light, look for bulbs marked 35004100k. For a bluer light, look for bulbs marked 5000-6500k.

Bring your used compact fluorescent light bulbs to the Recycling Extravaganza on Thursday, Nov.5 at the PX. See page 14 for details.

• CFLs are sensitive to

extreme temperatures, so place them in open containers inside and protect them from the elements outside. • Check out or for

recycling options for CFLs. Use dimmers or motion sensors or occupancy sensors Automatically turning off or on lights as needed helps prevent energy waste.

Use three-way lights These lights make it easier to keep light level low. Use electro-luminescent bulbs in nightlights These bulbs are more efficient than incandescent lights and are cool to the touch, an added safety feature for children. Contributed by Ryki Carlson, Army Community Service;

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How do you show appreciation for veterans?

Interact with your community: two ways to talk to us

By Emiliano Hernandez and Capt. Gem McCreary

Be our friend with benefits Follow Fort Lewis MWR on Facebook, Twitter and MySpace. Become our Facebook friend and get up-todate notices on discounts, giveaways and upcoming events. You’ll also find links for more information, and a forum to ask questions and share your feedback about MWR facilities and the latest events. Here’s what you had to say about your latest MWR experiences:

“I promote the importance of freedom of our country to my family.” – Afton Skinner, mother of two veterans and sister of a veteran

“I help my daddy. I take care of him.” – Tarriyonna Robert, age 7

> My family is excited to participate in the Fort Lewis Family Treasure Hunt! We are new to post, so we thought this might be a good way to learn more about our new home. Can’t wait to get started!

“If they need a care package, I mail it to them.We tell them that we miss them at home.”

> The girls and I would love to do this since it’s always nice to find family things to do when the hubby is away.

– Spec. Freddie Robert III, about deployed co-workers

> The flea market and the pizza at Heroes Sports Lounge [in conjunction with the monthly Team Lewis

Night] sound good to me! > I know a few ladies who went to the job fair.Thank you for the advice and input!

We want to hear from you! The Interactive Customer Evaluation is your way to have your voice heard. Were you satisfied with the service? Fort Lewis wants to know what you think about your latest visit to an on-post facility or special event. Did it meet your needs? Whether you had a great experience you want to share or have a suggestion to pass along, visit https://ice.disa. mil. Your voice will be heard – your comments are sent straight to Fort Lewis managers and the command group. ICE is also accessible through Army OneStop kiosks, which are located across Fort Lewis. Be sure to answer all of the questions. The more feedback you provide, the better Fort Lewis can serve you.

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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. Building 3-A-3 North Fort Off I-5, Exit 116

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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 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.

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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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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.

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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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