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FOCUS Joint Base Lewis-McChord Family and MWR fun, food, travel & well-being guide

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SPLASH into summer Splash park at AFC Commons McChord outdoor pool American Lake


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Eat fresh summer meals and desserts; find a variety of fun in one place; get in on free or low-priced events

Learn about Child, Youth & School Services’ free programs; see how Army Community Service is here for you

Rent outdoor gear from us; get out on the water; go mountain biking, cave exploring, bungee jumping and more

Get muddy; race in a triathlon; attend the bodybuilding show; discover how to measure fitness success

Find out your investment risk tolerance; sign up for summer reading; download free music; take free online courses Outdoor Rec staff photo

The sky’s the limit for exploring our little piece of heaven here in the Pacific Northwest. Join other adventurers on trips, treks and outings (pages 20–25), or rent your own outdoor gear and set out for a summer destination in your wide-open backyard.


Cover photo: MWR Brand Central

So little time, so much fun

It’s true that we have short summers, but we sure know how to make the most of sunny days. Come join the fun right here at JBLM! Read on for what’s in store for you. Scan to read this issue on your smartphone.


JBLM is a great place to live! At JBLM Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, we’re here to provide quality, affordable and convenient support and leisure programs and services. Our goal is to enhance the lives of our hardworking Service members and Families. JBLM has a number of great eateries and recreational facilities for your enjoyment — turn to page 6 for the Food & Fun rundown. Get to know the Evergreen State with an adventure trip (page 20), or sign up for an upcoming race and challenge yourself (page 26). Throughout this issue you’ll find the usual event information — Freedom Fest (page 8), the Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families (page 14) and the Soldier Show (page 16) — but also an overview of many programs and services, such as Child, Youth & School Services, Army Community Service and more. For details on more of the great programs and services that we couldn’t fit into this issue, or if you have questions, visit After you’ve visited one of our facilities or attended a special event, take a few minutes to share your thoughts with me at Sincerely, William E. Harvey Director, Family & MWR at JBLM


Joint Base Lewis-McChord Family & MWR Director, Family & MWR

William E. Harvey

Creative director Toby Bartley Promotions director

Kelly Wetzel

Editor & graphic designer Writer/graphic designer

Kimberly Rowe Patti Jeffrey

Contributors Ryki Carlson, Lynn Larson and Sharon Morejon Contributing photographers Greg Clure, Benji Ehlers, Scott Hansen, Emiliano Hernandez, Durand Johnson, Colin McWilliams, MWR Brand Central and MWR Marketing Send submissions to For commercial sponsorship or advertising inquiries, off-base businesses should contact Carly Michael at 253-966-2256 or 253-324-0562. The JBLM “FOCUS” is an unofficial information source published monthly. All activities described herein, which are open to authorized patrons and, where applicable, guests, are subject to change; contact the activity for confirmation. Opinions are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent FMWR, Joint Base Lewis-McChord or any U.S. government entity. The use of a commercial sponsor logo or mention of a commercial sponsor or other organization does not constitute U.S. government endorsement. Submissions are welcome but may be edited for accuracy, clarity and style.

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Child, Youth & School Services • Army Community Service • Sports & Fitness • Outdoor Recreation • Libraries • Arts & Crafts • Eateries • Special Events • Leisure Travel Services Search for “JBLM MWR” in the Apple App Store or Android Market. With the smartphone app, you’ll have MWR at your fingertips.


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Quench your summer appetite with You want fries with that? Get fries with your meal for only $1 extra on National French Fry Day, Friday, July 13 when you order at Cascade Community Center (Lewis Main), Globemaster Grill (the McChord Club) or the Strike Zone at either Sounders Lanes (McChord Field) or Bowl Arena Lanes (Lewis Main).

Dine on fresh salad Want a quick, fresh salad while you’re out at Lewis Main? Stop by AFC Arena’s Battle Bean (Bldg. 2275 on Liggett Avenue) for a grilled chicken caesar salad, turkey club salad or seasonal fruit salad.

Try Habañero July golf special When you golf at Whispering Firs at McChord, order a burrito, salad or three tacos for lunch and receive a free small bucket of range balls Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Specials may not be used with tournaments, outings, intramurals, holidays or combined with other specials. Call 253-982-4927 for more details.

Battle Bean gets you goin’ Gotta get your regular fill-up on coffee? If you haven’t yet tried Battle Bean coffee, drop in to a Battle Bean location and give it a shot (or two)! Find your new hangout at one of four locations around JBLM — the Battle Bean at AFC Arena (on Liggett) and inside Stone Education Center at Lewis Main, inside the Warrior Zone at Lewis North and at McChord Field’s Café Lancelatte inside the customer service mall in Bldg. 100 Jackson Blvd.

Savor the dining at the Bistro Whether you have time to dine 6

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fresh, tasty meals! while looking out at the waterfront view or just a few minutes to pick up lunch and go, check out The Bistro at Russell Landing. Located on the shores of American Lake at Lewis North, the Bistro serves tasty lunch and gelato, plus dinner Thursdays through Saturdays. Quick curbside pickup is available at lunch weekdays. To see a full menu and dining hours, visit Call ahead for pickup or reservations: 253-964-2813.

Heroes Lounge loves nightlife Lunches are always great at Cascade Community Center at Lewis Main, and Heroes Lounges is great for its nightlife. Drop by Tuesdays at 7 p.m. for free bar bingo, Thursdays at 7 p.m. for Beirut games, “Finally Fridays!” with cheap eats from 4–9 p.m. and karaoke starting at 9 p.m. and Saturdays at 6 p.m. with deejay music and dancing starting at 9 p.m. For more details, visit

Warrior Zone’s lunches and dinners are awesome If you haven’t yet visited the Warrior Zone, try coming in for lunch! The diner offers richly laden sandwich wraps, rice and meat bowls, pizzas, chicken salads, flatbread and panini sandwiches, quesadillas, burgers and sliders. All patrons must be ages 18 or older. The Warrior Zone is located next to Wilson Sports and Fitness Center on 17th and D streets at Lewis North. For the full menu, visit under dining.

We all scream for iced treats! Nothing says summer like ice cream cones, shakes, gelato, iced coffee and ice tea while you’re playing at JBLM. The Bistro at Russell Landing boasts a variety of flavors of creamy, rich gelato. Try fresh fruit flavors as well as spumoni, tiramisu and vanilla. Not sure which to choose? Ask for a sample! Clip the coupon below and bring it with you when you visit The Bistro at Russell Landing for their yummy gelato flavors! When you’re at McChord Field, run over to Sounders Lanes Bowling Center (across the street from the outdoor pool) for delicious shakes in your favorite flavors, ice cream cones or iced tea. Battle Bean coffee and grill at AFC Arena offers specialty iced coffees or teas freshly made to order — perfect for bringing out to the splash park while you watch the kiddos. Enjoy!

Have you joined the club yet? If you’re assigned to JBLM, you and your Families can join the McChord Club through Friday, July 13 to get four months dues for free, an instant-win scratch-off ticket for $5–$100 cash, free and discounted meals, exclusive events and much more! For more information, call the McChord Club at 253-982-5581 and ask about how you can join today.

— Exclusive McChord Club Member Specials — Wednesday, July 25, 11 a.m.–1 p.m., Member Appreciation Luncheon; free for cardholders; $5 for Family members Friday, July 27, 5–8 p.m., 2-for-1 Steak Night; $14.95 for two people Wednesdays and Fridays, 5 p.m. start, bar bingo with $800–$1,195 jackpot in Globemaster Grill Fridays, 5–6 p.m., free food in Globemaster Grill


Red, White & Gelato Get 50 cents off your gelato at The Bistro at Russell Landing! No cash value. One coupon per person. Expires July 31, 2012.


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Military EquipMEnt & tEchnology Expo octobEr 1-3, 2012 Hosted on

Joint base lewis-Mcchord, Wa training and Equipping thE WarfightEr in a nEW Era A full spectrum of soldier equipment will be on display, including: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •


Ammunition and Fuses C4ISR Base/Camp Protection & Security Body Armor and Apparel Communication Systems & Equipment Countermeasures, Camouflage & Pyrotechnics Electrical Equipment & Soldier Power Energy Solutions Fire & Explosion Protection Military Vehicle Parts & Spares Navigation & Satellite Communications Noise, Shock & Vibration Control Optronics, Surveillance & Sighting Systems Personal Protection, Medical & Survival Equipment Shelters & Field Hospitals Tactical Gear Training & Simulation Vehicle Ballistic Protection & Personal Protective Gear Portable Power Solar Power Illumination Rugged Communication Systems & Equipment Machine Guns, Small Arms and Sights

Special Events Celebrate Freedom Fest Celebrate Independence Day Wednesday, July 4 at Freedom Fest starting at noon! It’s open to the public and offers a day of fun, food, Classy Chassis Car Show, carnival rides, games, stage entertainment, a mystery stage show headliner and fireworks at dark. Find the complete schedule of events at

Enjoy free Hangar Party Right before Air Expo 2012 weekend at McChord Field, we put on a party for all JBLM personnel and Families just to show you how much we appreciate your support. Come on over to Hangar 3 Friday, July 20 from 5–9 p.m. for our luau Hangar Party. You’ll be treated to a free luau buffet (while it lasts), kids’ activities that include a climbing wall, rides and a giant slide, plus info booths and prize drawings. Drafts are available for purchase. To top off the party, see live stage entertainment featuring a youth Polynesian dance group, Na Opio Hula ‘O

Wakinekona. Idol Eyez, a dance-rockparty band, takes the stage later in the evening. Parking is available off F Street behind Bldg. 100 Jackson Blvd.

Soldier Show’s on the horizon Mark your calendars for the U.S. Army Soldier Show coming ‘round the bend Friday, Aug. 10. See the free performance at the Evergreen Theater at 5 p.m. For more details, call 253-477-4299. The Evergreen Theater is located in Bldg. 3405, 2nd Division at Lewis Main.

Arts & Crafts Centers Place a custom order and save Try the Arts & Crafts Centers’ engraving service to customize a gift, mat and frame order, plaque or award. When you place an engraving order July 9–14, you’ll receive two letters for the price of one. Call the Arts and Crafts Center at Lewis Main at 253-967-5001 or at McChord Field at 253-982-6726.

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McChord Community Center See outdoor play and movie Spread your lawn chairs and blankets out on the McChord Club lawn Friday, July 6 at 6 p.m. to watch a free outdoor play and movie. The Freehold Theatre Company of Seattle is performing Shakespeare’s “King Lear,” followed by a showing of “The Adventures of Tintin” on the outdoor movie screen. The USO is providing free hot dogs and chips to the first 100 people. For weather updates, call the community center at 253-982-0718. The McChord Club and Community Center is located in Bldg. 700 Barnes Blvd. on the left-hand side past the main gate.

Sizzle at Hot Summer Night Beat the heat in a cool new way — see classic whips, muscle cars, 4-by-4s, choppers, cruisers and more at the annual Hot Summer Night party Saturday,

Aug. 25 from 4–8 p.m. at the McChord Club/Community Center’s parking lot, Bldg. 700, Barnes Boulevard. Enjoy free live entertainment; food and beverages are available for purchase. Want to show off your own “baby”? Register your vehicle and compete for best of show, people’s choice and more. Call the community center at 253-982-0718 for registration details.

Watch free weekend movies When’s a good time to go out to the movies? Anytime they’re free! See newly released DVDs at the McChord Theater before they hit the rental stores. Movies show every weekend in Bldg. 1120, Jackson Blvd. (across the street from Sounders Lanes Bowling Center). Movies run Saturday at 4 and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. Concessions are available for purchase inside the lobby. To see what’s playing, visit JBLMmwr. com under McChord Theater.

Relax with massage therapy Did you know that JBLM has a licensed massage therapist that operates at the McChord Fitness Center Annex? Make an appointment to help you reduce pain from a muscle injury, relax

stressed muscles or just to feel better by calling the Badgerhawks Bodyworks licensed massage therapist at 206-396-1467. Gift certificates are also available.

Auto Centers Get a free 16-point inspection and oil change Is your spouse deployed and you’re wondering about when to get an oil change, lube or fluid refill on your vehicle? Make an appointment with the McChord Field Auto Center for a free 16-point inspection. All you need is a copy of your spouses’ orders when you arrive for your appointment. For a free oil change, make an appointment with the Lewis Main Auto Center. You’ll need to provide your own oil and oil filter. For your free inspection at McChord Field, call 253-982-7226 to make an appointment Wednesday through Saturday. For your free oil change at Lewis Main, call 253-967-3728 for an appointment Wednesday through Sunday.


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Golf Courses Enter tournaments at Whispering Firs Golf Course Eligible patrons have a couple of tournaments from which to choose at Whispering Firs: • Match with the Open Saturday, July 21, 7 a.m. tee. The cost is $10 per player. • Horse Race Tuesday, July 24, 5:30 p.m. tee, alternate shot play. The cost is $10 entry plus $10 greens fees, including cart. Call Whispering Firs at 253-982-4927 for tournament entry details. Also browse the pro shop during the Independence Day Sale, July 2–4 while select items are on sale.

Eagles Pride holds tourney Enter the third annual JBLM Tourney at Eagles Pride Golf Course, Friday, July 27; 1 p.m. shotgun with a four-person select shot format. The cost is $75 per player. Call 253-967-6522 for sign-up details.

Take beginning youth or adult golf lessons for only $99 Want to learn how to golf without intimidation? Learn the easy way with Link Up 2 Golf for adults and Golf 4 Kids for youth at Whispering Firs Golf Course. Group lessons are limited from 4–12 students for a generous amount of one-on-one hands-on instruction. All lessons are taught by Whispering Firs’ student-centered Life Master LPGA professional. Group lessons cost only $99 per person for evening instruction Mondays through Thursdays, 5:30–7:30. 10

Golf 4 Kids sessions are July 16–19 for ages 8–10 and July 9–12 or July 23–26 for ages 11–13. Lessons include use of rental golf clubs, a copy of “The Easy Way to Learn Rules” booklet and a golf etiquette brochure. The adult program, Link Up 2 Golf, meets July 30–Aug. 2. The session includes a free orientation, on-course playing lesson and complimentary rental clubs. Call the pro shop at 253-982-4927 for registration details.

JBLM golf courses treat you to summer golf special Play a relaxing round of 18 holes at Eagles Pride Golf Course or Whispering Firs for just $35 — includes greens fee, a shared power cart and $8 voucher to Lacey Creek Café or Habañero Mexican Grill. The special is valid Mondays through Fridays (excluding holidays and DONSAs) through Oct. 31, and the food voucher may be used any day through 2012. Eagles Pride is located off I-5, exit 116. For more information, call 253-967-6522. Whispering Firs is at McChord Field off Lincoln Boulevard. Call 253-9824927 for more information.

Bowling Come in for cool fun at Bowl Arena Lanes Come over to Bowl Arena Lanes at Lewis Main for great fun and everyday bowling specials. You’ll find: • 75-cent bowling and 75-cent shoe rental for retirees and seniors Mondays from 11 a.m.–10 p.m. All other patrons can bowl for $1.50 per game

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and receive $1.75 shoe rentals. • All-you-can-eat pizza and bowling for only $9 Wednesdays, 6:30–8:30 p.m. Prepay to guarantee your lane. • Cosmic bowling Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m.–close. Call 253-967-4661 for more details. Bowl Arena Lanes is in Bldg. 2272, Liggett Ave. in the AFC Commons area that include the splash park, skate arena, skateboard plaza, Leisure Travel Services and MWR Fest Tent.

Sounders Lanes offers savings Now through August, get in on cool fun at McChord Field’s Sounders Lanes’ sizzlin’ summer specials: • Daytime Special: $1.75 games or

$6.95 per hour from 11 a.m.– 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. • Evening Special: $2 games or $7.95 per hour from 5–8 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. • Saturday Special: $10.95 per hour or $2.50 games from 11 a.m.–6 p.m. • $1.50 Wednesdays: Get bowling, shoe rental, pizza slices, soda, fries and drafts for $1.50 each. • 75-cent bowling and 75-cent shoe rental for seniors and retirees Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m.–9 p.m. • Glow-in-the-dark bowling: Fridays, bowl for two hours for $19.95 per lane. Saturdays, each lane is $35.95

for up to six people from 7 p.m.– midnight. • $2.25 everyday shoe rental, except with other stated discounts. For more details, call 253-982-5954. Sounders Lanes is located in Bldg. 737, Jackson Blvd., straight in from the McChord main gate on your left after you pass the ball fields.

Bowl in monthly Nine-Pin No-Tap Tourney Keep your game sharp! Compete in Sounders Lanes’ monthly Nine-Pin No-Tap Tournament series Saturday, July 14. Check in at noon. Reserve your spot now by calling Sounders Lanes at 253-982-5954.


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ome on out — the weather’s always fine

for skateboarding or trick biking at the skate plaza, roller skating at AFC Arena, swinging, sliding and climbing on the playground, dodging water cannons in the splash park, bowling with friends, picnicking on the lawn or at covered picnic tables, and getting snacks or lunch from AFC Arena Battle Bean, Bowl Arena Lanes’ Strike Zone or the summer concessions stand. No matter the weather, there’s always something to do at the AFC Commons off Liggett Avenue at Lewis Main. The commons includes both indoor and outdoor play areas: 12

• AFC Skate Arena and Battle Bean coffee bar and grill — the skate arena offers $1 Wednesdays, teen skate night on Fridays, Saturday and Sunday sessions and roller derbies. Battle Bean offers breakfast and lunches that include freshly made muffins and pastries, salads, madeto-order grilled paninis and much more. • Bowl Arena Lanes — Come in to escape the occasional heat with ample seating in the Strike Zone Café. Also find $1.50 Mondays (75-cent Mondays for seniors and retirees) and Wednesday all-you-can-eat pizza and bowling for $9 from 6:30–8:30 p.m.

• Leisure Travel Services is where you can find discount tickets to localarea, California and Florida tourist attractions, plus discount vacation packages. • Splash park and playground — The water park is open during the summer generally from 9:30 a.m.– dusk and is best used on hot days to cool off, since the water’s not heated. The playground has a soft “fall zone” and is fully wheelchair-accessible (including the swings), as is the splash park. • Picnic area — A shaded patio and benches provide places to bring out food from Battle Bean or Bowl Arena

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Lanes for a quick picnic while watching the fun. If you plan to spend a good part of the day, bring your own lawnchairs or blankets in case the picnic tables are full, but leave your pets at home since it’s a pet-free area. You’ll also find public restrooms and a changing area with an outdoor shower to rinse off for your convenience. The commons also includes ballparks reserved for youth and adults sports and the MWR Fest Tent that accommodates unit and MWR events throughout the year, such as the recent Safety Day, spring and fall flea markets, Oktoberfest and private parties.

For more information, call: • Bowl Arena Lanes at 253-967-4661 • AFC Arena Skating at 253-967-4458 • AFC Arena Battle Bean at 253-964-8837 • Leisure Travel Services at 253-967-3085

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Matti Dennis, daughter of Maj. Matt and Gennie Dennis, tries out the new skate plaza at the AFC Commons. The skate plaza is located behind the water park and playground.

From the Lewis Main Gate, follow 41st Division to Liggett, then turn right. Parking is located between AFC Arena and Bowl Arena Lanes. The emergency access road that runs next to the playground is reserved for emergency vehicles only.


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The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families


Monday, July 30 • Tuesday, July 31 3 & 6 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime

Evergreen Theater, Lewis Main Details: 14

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From child care to sports and all your child’s interests in between.

Register with Child, Youth & School Services today for free!


free once-a-year registration with Child, Youth & School Services garners your children — from infants to teens — access to quality programs and events. There are fees for child care, sports and classes, but the many special events are free for registered youth and Families. You know you’re getting great programs and services — the CYS Services system has been awarded Department of Defense Certification with commendation, the System of Excellence Award and accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children and National School Age Care Alliance.

Where to register, what to bring Stop by the Parent Central Services location near you to complete your child’s registration. Offices are conveniently located at Lewis Main (Bldg. 2295, 12th and Bitar) and McChord Field (inside the

McChord CYSS Gateway Center, Bldg. 560 Lincoln Blvd.). For infants through school-age children, you’ll need to bring the following for registration: shot records, birth certificate, names and numbers of two local emergency contacts and any other pertinent information about your child. Middle school and teen registration must also include parent permission for teens to be transported in a government vehicle for field trips or youth shuttles. Children and youth enrolled in sports programs must provide a current sports physical. For details, call 253-966-CYSS.

Child Development Services provides child care services for children from 6 weeks through age 12. Activities are geared toward enrichment and schoolreadiness, which will help your child develop socially, emotionally, mentally and physically.


Options include center-based and inhome child care settings, and full-day care and hourly care are offered.

School Age Services is an accredited child care system offering before- and after-school programs, full-day programs during school vacations and school closures and summer camp for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Youth Services offers league sports, sports clinics and various programs and events. Sports are recreational in nature and open to a variety of ages and all ability levels. Additionally, opportunities are available to middle school and teens at the Teen Zone and McChord Youth Center. In conjunction with Boys and Girls Club of America, the Teen Zone offers leisure and recreational activities designed to teach citizenship, values and leadership. From sports to SKIESUnlimited, find more fun youth events and programs listed on the next page!

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The fun’s practically guaranteed! Sign up your youth for the sports and programs below. Not only will they learn a lot and meet new people, but we’re pretty sure they’ll have fun, too!

Youth sports action Registration is still open for two seasonal sports — soccer (sign up by Aug. 10) and wrestling (sign up by Sept. 7). Plus, learn the game of golf at one of the two remaining First Swing Golf Camps. The $25 camps are open to youth ages 5–15 and are July 17–19 or Aug. 21–23. Registration closes the day before camps begin. Visit for details on the listings above as well as information on these camps: basketball, rugby, British soccer and Seattle Sounders.

Work out at a JBLM gym with youth fitness programs The Youth Sports and Fitness Office is hosting a Scholar-Athlete Strength and Conditioning Camp July 24–26. Open to ages 11–18, it’s a three-day camp of intense get-off-the-couch workouts to get you physically and mentally ready for all fall sports! Learn more about fitness and work out at a JBLM gym. Teens ages 13–18 are invited to enroll in the free Youth Fitness Program. With this ongo-


ing program, youth may visit Wilson Sports and Fitness Center to work out under the supervision of a youth fitness trainer. For registration, program times and information about the orientation, call 253-967-2405.

Flip tricks at skate competitions There are two competitions this month at the skate plaza at the AFC Complex at Lewis Main! Hop on your skateboard and do your tricks Saturday, July 14. Then lace up your rollerblades for the Saturday, July 28 competition. Competitions are free and open to ages 6–18. For details, visit

Learn, grow with EDGE!, HIRED! EDGE! provides cutting-edge out-ofschool opportunities for youth 6-18. Experience, develop, grow and excel

through participation in art, fitness, life skills and adventure activities. For more information, call 253-966-3539. Teens can explore careers and train to join the workforce through the HIRED! Apprenticeship Program. Offering experiences in distinct careers to help them make decisions about their posthigh school lives, the program is open to ages 15–18. For details and the next training session, call 253-967-4694.

Dance & strum your way to fun Enroll your children in an upcoming SKIESUnlimited dance or music class and let them explore new skills and meet new friends. Choose from a variety of dance options — pre-ballet, ballet, ballet and jazz combo, jazz and hip-hop combo,

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Sign up for soccer, golf, basketball and wrestling. CYS Services offers even more. Check out the sports calendar at

dance and cheer combo, Mommy-and-Me Dancing and mini hip-hop. Mommy-and-Me teaches creative movement for moms and their little dancers, while teaching children rhythm, balance and coordination. Learn to play and write songs using basic chords in the group guitar class. The class covers scales, music theory and how to read music and is taught by SKIESUnlimited’s new faculty member, Tarana, who has been a professional musician for more than 30 years. Other classes in the school of music include group voice, piano, songwriting and Family music. Find complete listings and enroll with WebTrac at Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and classes are offered monthly.

Quality parent–child time Play, learn and network at the Raindrops & Rainbows Parent and Child Play Center. Located at Lewis North in Bldg. 8197, the R&R Center is open to parents and children up to age 5. Participate in a variety of fun activities, work on school readiness and meet other parents and children. A CYS Services early childhood professional will be on-site to conduct activities with you and your children. For more information and hours of operation, call 253-966-4802.

Become a child care provider Provide quality child care in your onbase home — become a Family Child Care provider and make a difference in the lives of military youth and Families.

The next FCC provider orientation is Tuesday, July 24 with provisional classes July 30–31 and Aug. 1–3 and 6. You could earn up to $2,000 per month while caring for children (and your own, if you have them) in your home. Applications can be picked up in Room 127, Bldg. 2013B at the corner of Pendleton and 3rd. For more information, call 253-967-3039.

JBLM youth go to leadership forum As of press time, two JBLM youth are preparing to travel to the Youth Leadership Forum at Fort Leonard, Mo. Selected by their peers, the youth will discuss and prioritize issues of concern raised by youth at regional garrisons. Learn more about the trip in next month’s issue.


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Helping build a strong, resilient community Army Community Service is there for your Family


rmy Community Service is designed to assist Service members, Families, retirees and eligible civilians in coping with a variety of topics from relocation and Family support to employment assistance and professional resources. For information about ACS programs, read below and visit JBLMmwr. com or call Information and Referral Services at 253-967-7166 for details.

The Airman and Family Readiness Center is a key resource at McChord Field where you’ll find information, support and services that will help balance the demands of military life. Stop by Bldg. 552 Barnes Blvd. or call 253-982-2695 for information.

Armed Forces Action Plan is designed to seek solutions to the concerns of the community. Submit your issues — about entitlements, benefits, education, housing, dental and more — to the JBLM AFAP office for the annual conference in October. For more information, call 253-967-9496. The submission deadline is Sept. 1.

Army Family Team Building Learn Army acronyms and basic information about the Army as well as personal growth and leadership skills with AFTB classes. Classes are offered monthly and aim to improve Family preparedness and enhance readiness and resiliency. The next Level I class is July 10–11. A new class, the First Sergeant Spouse Seminar, is July 12–13. Both are from 9 a.m.–2:30 p.m. 18

The FSS Seminar aims to prepare spouses to assume additional responsibilities as their Soldiers become first sergeants. The seminar is for spouses whose Soldier will become a 1SG in the next six months or who has been a 1SG for less than six months. For details or to register for a class, call 253-967-AFTB.

Employment Readiness can help you create or update your résumé and locate local jobs. Stop by to use the computers, look through job listings (updated daily) or get assistance with applying for a job. The office is located in Bldg. 2166 Liggett Ave. at Lewis Main. For details, call 253-966-8325. The Family Advocacy Program provides education and prevention programs to help Service members and their Families become even stronger. The program’s goal is to prevent spouse and child abuse. The New Parent Support Program offers free parenting support to new, young Families. For more information, call 253-967-7409. The Victim Advocacy Program acts as liaisons to and for victims of domestic violence at JBLM. The emergency hotline is 253-966-SAFE.

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Mobilization & Deployment Program offers one-on-one deployment and Family care plan assistance to individuals and briefings and workshops to units and FRGs. Upcoming classes include Predeployment Workshop (Tuesday, July 17, 6–7:30 p.m. or Wednesday July 25, 10– 11:30 a.m.), Reunion Workshop (Monday, July 9, 1–2:30 p.m. or Tuesday, July 24, 6–7:30 p.m.) and Resiliency Training for Couples/Spouses (Tuesday, July 31, 6–8 p.m.). For a full calendar of courses available this month, visit the event calendar at If you’re relocating to or from JBLM, contact Relocation Readiness. If you’re new to JBLM, welcome. Find out more about your new military home at the next Newcomers’ Orientation (visit for dates). Obtain a 30day loan of household items, find immigration and naturalization services and more. For details, call 253-967-3633.

Volunteer Corps Coordinator Volunteering with an organization at JBLM is a great way to meet people and give back to the community! To find out about available opportunities, call 253-967-2324. There’s more online — find out about the Family Resource Center, Key Spouse Program and Soldier and Family Assistance Center to name a few. To find out more about the Financial Readiness Program, turn to page 28.

Photos: Emiliano Hernandez

Sign up for EFMP summer camp, Pirates of American Lake The 5th Annual Exceptional Family Member Program Camp, “Pirates of American Lake,” will be held Aug. 17–19 at the Northwest Adventure Center. Your exceptional Family is invited to experience summer camp in a supportive, recreational setting. Sign up today! Download a registration packet at or request one via email ( Registration ends Tuesday, July 31. Go fishing, take a boat ride around American Lake, jump around in a bounce house, make pirate crafts and get temporary tattoos. You’ll also have fun with face painting, karaoke, a treasure hunt, BINGO and a tasty barbecue. A taste of what EFMP camp is like EFMP Camp JBLM was established in 2008. Last year’s camp hosted 60 EFMP Families; there were 240 attendees, including 56 overnight guests and 184 day campers. Overnight campers arrived late Friday afternoon, signed for their cabins and enjoyed a pizza dinner and an evening movie. Saturday began with a continental breakfast for overnight guests and a warm welcome to day campers. Everyone enjoyed a day filled with fun camp activities like the ones listed above. Families residing in cabins enjoyed a taco salad dinner and evening campfire complete with a marshmallow roast. Sunday morning, “Mickey Mouse” pancakes and sausages were served prior to departure. Attendance has increased annually and EFMP continues to provide an amazing camp experience through outstanding volunteer and sponsor support. If you have any questions, call 253-967-9097 or email

PCS moves can be challenging for anyone, but they can be particularly challenging for exceptional Families. There are many things to consider prior to a move that can make the transition go a little smoother. Find a helpful Q&A at and if you have any questions, call 253-967-9704.




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n the water Kayak Hope Island Take a nice paddle to Hope Island and walk around the beaches and explore tide pools Saturday, July 28. You’ll have the opportunity to see bald eagles, harbor seals and starfish. Difficulty: beginner; paddle distance: approximately six miles; time: 4.5 hours. Minimum age: 15 ($40)

Sea kayak Cutts Island Don’t miss this South Sound classic Saturday, Aug. 11. Begin in Horsehead Bay and paddle north in Carr Inlet to Cutts Island. The water in this area is known to be a little warmer than other places in the Sound, so take a dip while enjoying lunch and exploring the island. Difficulty: beginner-intermediate; distance: 6 miles; paddle time: 3.5 hours. Minimum age: 12 ($40)

Ocean salmon fishing Go after the Pacific Northwest’s premier game fish on a chartered trip on the Pacific Ocean Sunday, Aug. 5. Dress in layers and bring rain gear, lunch, snacks and water. ($145)

Raft the White Salmon River Go for a fun ride on the class III–IV rapids of the White Salmon River Sunday, Aug. 12. Conquer the legendary class-IV 10-foot Husum Falls. Minimum age: 10 ($110) Sea kayak self-rescue class Prepare for your next kayak paddle with the sea kayak self-rescue class Wednesday, July 18

Orca watching Breathe fresh island air, take in the scenery and experience the magnificence of killer whales, bald eagles, seals, birds and more in the beautiful San Juan Islands. Sail deep into the territory of the resident killer whale pods Saturday, July 28. Learn from skilled local naturalists, who will make the trip fun, exciting and very informational. ($120; ages 3–12: $80; ages 0–2: $40)

Learn the techniques of exiting and reentering your kayak in open water safely and quickly. Minimum age: 12 ($20) There’s more than water trips! After-work Bike Repair 101 In this class designed for beginners, you’ll go over the simple things you should know for basic bike repair. The clinic covers the following: • Parts of the bike and what they do • Tools and accessories you should have on the trail • A pre-trip and post-trip checklist for bike maintenance • How to change a flat tire • What to do if your chain breaks • Lube and maintenance • Front and rear brake adjustments You can bring a bike you own or learn on one of ours Wednesday, Aug. 15. ($15) More adventures, page 23




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Discover Mount St. Helens

Ape Cave adventures Travel to Mount

Explore Victoria, B.C. Hop on the ferry

Horseback riding Head to Elbe, a town

St. Helens to explore the largest continuous lava tube in the continental United States Sunday, July 29. Go deep into the underside of a 2,000-year-old lava flow to scramble under and climb over volcanic formations. In this subterranean environment, the average year-round temperature remains a constant 42 degrees, so dress warmly. Difficulty: easy; distance: 3 miles; elevation gain: 250 feet. Minimum age: 12 ($40)

and spend the day exploring Victoria, B.C., by foot Sunday, Aug. 12. Browse antique and artisan chocolate shops or visit the Royal B.C. Museum. Fee includes walk-on round-trip ferry ticket. Passport required. ($100; ages 5–11: $85; ages 0–5: $55)

located on the outskirts of Mount Rainier National Park, for a two-hour guided afternoon horseback ride. Choose from two trips: Saturday, July 21 and Saturday, Aug. 4. No experience is necessary. Minimum age: 7 ($80)

Bungee jumping If adrenaline is what you crave, you won’t be disappointed Sunday, July 22. Head to the base of Mount St. Helens to bungee jump off the highest bungee bridge in the country. At 20 stories high, the spectacular private bridge is nestled in a beautiful emerald green forest above a majestic sparkling river. You’ll come home with the Dangerous Sports Club T-shirt and bragging rights. Minimum weight: 90 lbs. ($135)

Discover Mount St. Helens Experience the volcano responsible for the deadliest and most economically destructive volcanic event in U.S. history. Explore the beauty and natural history of Mount St. Helens Sunday, Aug. 5 as you visit the Johnston Ridge Observatory (see picture above), walk interpretive trails and stare straight into the huge crater left by the 1980 blast. ($35; ages 6–15: $25; ages 0–5: $10)

Hike Comet Falls Explore Van Trump Park and view one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Mount Rainier National Park Sunday, Aug. 5. Difficulty: moderate; distance: 5 miles; elevation gain: 1,700 feet; time: 4 hours. Minimum age: 12 ($35)

Introduction to mountain biking Join us on an instructional ride Saturday, Aug. 11. You’ll learn the basics while getting plenty of time to work on your newfound skills. Difficulty: easy; distance: 5-6 miles; ride time: 4 hours. Minimum age: 12 ($25) Continued on the next page

Outdoor adventure trip




Sea kayak self-rescue class

Wednesday, July 18


Minimum age: 12

Horseback riding

Saturday, July 21


Minimum age: 7

Bungee jumping

Sunday, July 22


Minimum weight: 90 lbs

Kayak Hope Island

Saturday, July 28


Minimum age: 15

Orca watching

Saturday, July 28


Ages 3–12: $80; ages 0–2: $40

Ape Cave adventures

Sunday, July 29


Minimum age: 12

Shop Seattle Outlet mall & casino

Sunday, July 29


Horseback riding

Saturday, Aug. 4


Minimum age: 7

Mountain bike Skookum Flats

Saturday, Aug. 4


Minimum age: 16

Hike Comet Falls

Sunday, Aug. 5


Minimum age: 12

Ocean salmon fishing

Sunday, Aug. 5


Discover Mount St. Helens

Sunday, Aug. 5


Ages 6–15: $25; ages 0–5: $10

Introduction to mountain biking

Saturday, Aug. 11


Minimum: 12

Sea kayak Cutts Island

Saturday, Aug. 11


Minimum age: 12

Explore Victoria, B.C.

Sunday, Aug. 12


Ages 5–11: $85; ages 0–5: $55. Passport required

Raft the White Salmon River

Sunday, Aug. 12


Minimum age: 10

Visit Northwest Trek

Sunday, Aug. 12


Ages 5–12: $30; ages 0–4: $15

After-work Bike Repair 101

Wednesday, Aug. 15


Preregistration is required for all trips; prices and schedule subject to change without notice. Gear and transportation included unless otherwise stated. Register through WebTrac (visit or at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North. Confirm pick-up locations upon registration for the trips. Group rates and private trips are available; call for details. We’ll visit FRG meetings or unit functions to tell you about all of the great recreation and adventure options in the area. Especially accommodates people with exceptional needs Popular with Families More info: 253-967-6263 •



BOSS Paintball Extravaganza


Whether you shoot others with paintballs or get covered yourself, you don’t want to miss the Paintball Extravaganza with Better Opportunities for Single Service members. Head out to the JBLM paintball field Saturday, July 28, 12:15–4 p.m. Come with or without a team. For details and more ways to get involved with BOSS, call 253-967-5636. Continued from previous page.

Mountain bike Skookum Flats Even without much elevation gain, there are plenty of rocks and roots to build your skills on this Saturday, Aug. 4 trip. Difficulty: very difficult; distance: 10 miles; time: 4-5 hours. Minimum age: 16 ($40)

Shop Seattle outlet mall and casino Serious bargain hunters will love shopping at the Seattle Premium Outlet Mall in Marysville. Stores include Burberry and Chico’s. Shop till you drop Sunday, July 29. If you get tired of shopping, a short walk will bring you to Tulalip Resort Casino. ($35)

Visit Northwest Trek Home to more than 200 North American animals, a lake, trails and beautiful natural exhibits, you’ll love visiting Northwest Trek. Take a tram tour, enjoy hands-on experiences or have lunch at the Fir Bough Café. Explore this 723-acre park Sunday, Aug. 12. ($35; ages 5–12: $30; ages 0–4: $15) 24


 he Outdoor Recreation Program offers an awesome adventure calendar as you saw on the previous pages. But there’s so much more in store for you, too! From swimming to equipment rental and more, check out details below or visit JBLMmwr. com and navigate to Outdoor Recreation.

Turn to the equipment rental and sales shop for all your outdoor needs The Northwest Adventure Center sales and rental shop offers a variety of outdoor equipment for rent and purchase. Whether you’re planning a weekend camping adventure, going hiking or hosting a barbecue at a pavilion at Russell Landing, the NAC and Adventures Unlimited at McChord Field have what you need — and expertise to share. Check out equipment rental rates online at The NAC store is offering 5 percent off all gun sales in July and August. For installation regulations and more information, call 253-967-8282.

Summer lakeside fun at the beach at Shoreline Park Take a swim in American Lake at Shoreline Park! Open for the summer daily from noon–7:30 p.m., the new-and-improved beach offers a larger shallow section (2 feet deep) and a larger 4-foot deep school-age area and is staffed with lifeguards for safety.

Four-wheelin’ fun at the Off-Road Vehicle Park Speed down the trails at the JBLM ORV Park! Bring your four-wheelers to the park for an afternoon of fun (register at the Northwest Adventure Center first). If you don’t have your own ATV, rent one from the Skeet Range; safety equipment required. If it’s something you’ve always wanted to try, stay tuned to the adventure calendar for the next ATV safety and instruction class. For hours, training exercise closures and registration information, visit

Target and skeet shooting at JBLM ranges Offering six skeet fields, four trap fields with duck tower, five-stand and wobble skeet, the JBLM Skeet and Trap Range hosts monthly sporting clay competitions. The clubhouse offers sports resale and a snack bar. The range is located in Bldg. 3969, 2nd Division Range Rd. For more information, call 253-967-9803. The Rifle and Pistol Range has 30 lanes, 10- to 300-yard targets and covered shooting benches. The range is located in Bldg. 15 East Gate Rd. For more information and hours of operation, call 253-967-9803.

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You can visit National Parks & Federal Recreational Lands for free!


hrough the years, military members have found inspiration in America’s patriotic icons and majestic landscapes — the places that symbolize the nation that their sacrifices protect. We owe a debt to those who sacrifice so much to protect our country. To thank active duty members of the U.S. military and their Families, the U.S. Geological Service is offering a free annual pass to more than 2,000 sites across the nation! The military version of the America the Beautiful — the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass permits free access to national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests and other federal public lands. Covers entrance to Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service sites that charge entrance fees and standard amenity fees at Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation sites. A visit to a national park, forest or wildlife refuge provides an opportunity to bond with loved ones, unwind, relax, heal, rejuvenate and just have fun! For more information, go to and search for military pass. — U.S. Geological Survey

America the Beautiful

Annual Pass for military at a glance • Free annual pass for active duty military personnel and Families (with proper identification) • Obtain in person at federal recreation sites that charge entrance or standard amenity fees • Covers entrance to sites that charge entrance fees and standard amenity fees • Admits the pass owners and accompanying passengers in a private, non-commercial vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas or the pass owner and up to three additional adults at sites that charge per person. • Non-transferrable

Outboard powerboat regatta Check out powerboat races on American Lake July 14–15! Watch the races from Shoreline Park or the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North.

For more information, visit The marina will be closed to all other boating, swimming and fishing July 14–15.25

Feelin’ good


Get active with JBLM Sports Start training and sign up for a race today! With JBLM gyms, Runners needed to represent JBLM Want to race in the prestigious Army Ten-Miler in Washington, D.C.? Active duty runners are invited to the last team time trial Saturday, July 28. Be at Cowan Stadium (Lewis Main) at 8 a.m. to race for a chance to run on the JBLM team. Training will take place during normal PT hours and command approval is required if selected for the team. For more information, call the Sports Intramural Office at 253-967-4768.

We’ve got mud! Do you? Dress up as your favorite cartoon character and prepare to get down and dirty! The Down & Dirty 5K Mud Run is Saturday, Aug. 4. 26

So grab a friend and dress up like the Mario Brothers or choose a favorite cartoon from your youth, and come to Soldiers Field House at 10 a.m. Register early with WebTrac at or call 253-967-4768.

a Pro-Form Le Tour De France indoor training bike. Call 253-967-4768 for details on the race or to volunteer. For results from the June race, visit

Race & you could win training bike!

Come to the best military show on West Coast

Celebrate the Triple Threat Triathlon Series’ 20th Anniversary with a swim in American Lake! Take a swim — your choice of 250 meters or half-mile, a 15mile bike ride and a 3-mile run in your quest for the finish line. The next two races in the series are Saturdays, July 21 and Aug. 18 at Shoreline Park at Lewis North. If you participate in at least two races (the first one counts), you’ll be entered to win

The JBLM Bodybuilding Championship is Saturday, Aug. 11 at Nelson Rec Center at Lewis Main. Join guest posers Joe DeRousie and Gerri Deach-Davis and JBLM fitness buffs and bodybuilders at the showcase event at 7 p.m. Tickets at the door. Visit for an entry form, payment information and complete rules. For details, call 253-967-5869.

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How do you measure success? Five-star fitness centers with state-of-the-art equipment Free fitness trainers and instructional classes Cardio workout rooms, pools, saunas, courts and intramural sports Health and wellness services

Swim your way to health JBLM currently has three pools — Soldiers Field House and Keeler at Lewis Main and an outdoor pool at McChord — open for recreational and lap swimming, water aerobics, unit PT and swim lessons. For a schedule, visit

Education & fun facts from the health & wellness office

& Fitness Benji Ehlers

getting fit is easy Spice up your routine with Zumba! Groove, shimmy and rock your way to a fitter you with Zumba. If dance isn’t your thing, JBLM gyms have plenty of other classes to try — from ABS-olutely to indoor cycling. Visit for a complete schedule and take advantage of the free fitness class that fits into your schedule.

Get paid to get fit The Civilian Fitness Program offers civilian employees three hours of admin leave per week — upon supervisor approval — to work out at a JBLM gym. The next orientation is Tuesday, July 17 with a mandatory injury prevention class on the 24th. For details and an application, visit

Not only can you get a MicroFit fitness and health assessment at Wilson Sports and Fitness Center, the nurse educator can help you choose the (free) fitness trainer right for you and your goals. This month, nurse educator Lynn Larson, RN BSN MA, has shared some facts about our amazing bodies: • 30 trillion: the number of cells in our bodies • 206: the number of bones • 600: the number of muscles • 10,000: nerve fibers in our bodies, plus there are 100 billion nerve cells • 300 million: feet of blood vessels and capillaries • 10,000: smells, on average, a person can detect. Every day we breathe an average of 23,040 times — that’s more than 238 cubic feet of air. • 95: percentage of nutrients absorbed by the small intestine and taken throughout the body via the circulatory system • 38.5: length, in feet, of the digestive system See AMAZING FACTS, page 30

By Sharon Morejon, JBLM fitness trainer


 s a trainer, I can tell you that most often people think the only measurement of success when it comes to a fitness program is lower body weight or lower body fat measurements. Success can come in other forms of measurement such as an increase in strength from lifting exercises or an increase in speed as a result of working on your cardiovascular system. A neglected measurement is a decrease in one’s blood pressure. Maintaining a regular exercise program can help you control high blood pressure because regular physical activity makes your heart stronger. This simply means that your heart will be able to pump more blood through it with less effort. When your heart doesn’t have to pump so hard to push blood through it, the force on your arteries decreases and results in lowering your blood pressure. For some individuals on blood pressure medicines, it can mean the difference of no longer having to take them to control blood pressure. In my mind, that is big. However, you’ll need to keep exercising in order to keep it low. So how much exercise do you need? Simply adding moderate physical activities to your daily routine helps, but it does take aerobic activity to control high blood pressure. It can be as simple as doing household chores such as mowing the lawn, scrubbing floors, shooting hoops with the kids or bicycling with them after school, climbing the stairs in your house a couple of times during the day or going for a walk or jog around the block. Whatever activity you choose, start out slowly, especially if you’re a beginner. One of our patrons was pleasantly surprised when she completed her follow-up MicroFit assessment with the Health Promotion & Wellness Office located at Wilson Sports and Fitness Center. In just three short months, she saw the full benefit of her hard work — there was a decrease in both her systolic and diastolic blood pressures, as well as her resting heart rate. This wasn’t the only reward from her hard work, but for us fitness professionals, it’s one that very often doesn’t get the attention that it well deserves. See SUCCESS, page 30


Learning & earning


Your investment personality What’s your risk tolerance? By Ryki Carlson, JBLM Financial Readiness Counselor

tolerance. Risk tolerances vary for each person at different stages in life. Young adults can withstand market fluctuations to see their investments increase in value over the years and can afford to take greater investment risks than people approaching their senior years. All investment types from government bonds to stocks offer varying types of risk. The more opportunities for higher returns, the greater the risk involved. People who can’t afford to lose the principal amount of their investments should invest in savings accounts or low-risk investments such as bonds. However, these types of investments provide low

rates of return, which cause them to have difficulty keeping up with inflation. Purchasing a small part of a comhen we think of savings and pany, also known as stocks or equities, investing, we dream about provides an opportunity to make a becoming rich and reachreturn on investments. ing our long-term goals. However, Another option that reduces your risk it’s important to understand the risks but can increase returns is investing in involved when we invest. mutual funds. Mutual funds provide an Risk is the chance that a return on an option to purchase various stocks and/ investment will be less than expected, or bonds at one time to help diversify including losing some of the original inyour investments immediately. vestment. Whether we’re driving, skiing No matter how you choose to invest, or investing, we expose ourselves to risk. understanding your risk tolerance will Personality and lifestyle play a major help you make the right decisions in role in how much risk you are comfortcreating your portfolio. able with; this is known as your risk For additional information on investing, call Army ComHow do you calculate the percentage gain or loss on an investment? munity Service at 253-967-1453 or the Airman & Family ReadiAs an investor, you need to keep track of how much you gain or lose on investment transactions, both as part of managing your portfolio and for tax ness Center at 253-982-2695 purposes. Investment gain or loss is defined as the amount left over after to schedule an appointment deducting all costs, including the purchase price, from the total proceeds from sales with a financial counselor. You of investments plus any income earned. Calculating the percentage change of any inmay also call to register for an vestment is easier than it sounds. Take the amount you’ve gained and divide it by the upcoming class: Investing vs. amount invested. To calculate the gain or loss, take the price for which you sold it miSaving, The Basics of Mutual nus the price you bought it for and divide it by the original amount of the investment. Funds, TSP and Retirement Then multiply your answer by 100 to get the percentage change in your investment. If Planning and Thrift Savings the percentage is negative, you have a loss on your investment and if the percentage Plan Basics. For a complete list is positive, you have a gain. If you haven’t sold the investment, use the current market of upcoming classes, see the price to calculate your current return on your investment. event calendar at






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Books, music & fun galore This summer, JBLM libraries have so much in store!

Summer reading is ‘So Delicious’ Register now for the Summer Reading Program and you’ll read lots of great books that will make your imagination soar! Sign up today at McChord Library or Book Patch Library. Activities at McChord are at 1 p.m. Tuesdays through July 31. Book Patch Library (Lewis Main inside Grandstaff) hosts activities 1–3 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 2. Register to receive your program packet and reading logs; logs submitted by Aug. 3 earns you an invite to a free end-of-program party! The program is open to prereaders and their parents and readers of all ages. Teens and adults may register at McChord Library.

It’s fun for adults, too! Learn to make tasty cake pops — you’ll save money making them yourself and that’s sure to make them taste even sweeter! Join master craftsman Robert Christian to learn about homebrewing, and take a wildcrafting walk. • Bring your imagination and your appetite Tuesday, July 10 and learn to make cake pops. Supplies provided.

• The Beer and Wine Making class is Tuesday, July 17. • Learn about wildcrafting — harvesting plants for food or medicinal uses — from Sustainable Tacoma Pierce and take a walk outside. Bring your own bag for the Tuesday, July 31 class. All classes are at 5 p.m. and registration is at McChord Library. For more information, call 253-982-3454.

Beef up your music library Did you know that as a library patron, you can also have access to more than a half-million songs for free? Register at a JBLM library for your Freegal account today and start downloading up to three songs per week.

Keep your mind sharp With Universal Class™ courses, you can expand your knowledge about computers and technology and personal finance, take classes for professional development or enjoy crafts and hobbies. Drop by a JBLM library to obtain your access code and you’ll be able to choose from more than 500 online courses; continuing education units may be offered for some classes.

For more information about what the libraries have to offer, visit libraries or call Grandstaff at 253-967-5533 or McChord at 253-982-3454.

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You may need to schedule a visit with your physician if you have any of the following indicators: You’re a man older than 40 or a woman older than 50, you smoke, you’re overweight or obese, you have a chronic health condition such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol, you’ve had a heart attack, you have a Family history of heart-related problems before the

age of 55, you feel pain in your chest or become dizzy with exertion or you’re unsure if you’re in good health. If you currently take any medications, you may want to check with your physician to see if exercising will make it work differently or change its side effects, or if your medication will affect the way your body reacts to exercise. See MicroFit results in action below and visit for details.

This MicroFit client saw a great improvement in systolic and diastolic blood pressures — going from fair and needs work to fit and excellent. Call 253-966-3757 for your MicroFit assessment today!

AMAZING FACTS, continued from page 27

Eyes: When you see, your lens focuses an image of the object onto your retina, which is composed of three different cell layers — the photoreceptor layer, bipolar cell layer and ganglion cell layer. Your photoreceptive cells (cones and rods) send impulses to the brain to be interpreted. Your eye contains 7 million cones, 100 million rods and 2 million optic nerve fibers. Your eyelashes protect your eyes. If you were unable to blink, you would be blind. Ears: Your ear not only transmits sound but also aids in balance and body positioning. The inner ear is comprised of three semicircular canals that control balance and the Organ of Corti for transferring auditory signals. These areas have millions of hair cells that are stimulated by fluid movement in the inner ear. The movement of these hair cells stimulates the vestibular and auditory portion of the eighth cranial nerve. Eating: When we eat, we break down our food through chewing and 30

digestive enzymes. Saliva starts the enzyme process. Water and minerals are reabsorbed back into the blood through the large intestines. Waste material is then eliminated. Touch: Our sense of touch originates from millions of tiny nerve endings located in the bottom layer of your skin called the dermis. You have about 20 different types of nerve endings that relay sensations of hot, cold, pain, pressure and touch. You have the most nerve endings for pain. Each of your fingertips contains 100 touch receptors, and your body has 45 miles of nerve endings! I hope you have enjoyed some of these fun facts about your amazing body. Get reconnected to yourself! Exercise, enjoy healthy food and make room for Family and friends. For more help contact the Army Health Promotions and Wellness Center at 253-966-3757. We are here to help you be your best! — Lynn Larson, RN BSN MA, Nurse Educator, MicroFit

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