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

MARCH 2010


MARCH TRIPS O’PLENTY Night ski at the Summit

Military Appreciation Day at Crystal Cross-country ski Lake Easton

As good as gold FREE financial freedom classes

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Fun for the whole family Kids’ Fest, Easter Dash and the Passport to Travel show


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Thursday, April


1 – 4:30 p.m.

Pirates Afloat

American Lake Community Center Tent

Hands on activities, on-stage entertainment, and displays Sponsored by:

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Last month, the community bid farewell to Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base and became Joint Base Lewis-McChord. MWR sees joint basing as an opportunity for our neighboring installations to improve services and facilities available to our customers. The biggest change you’ll notice is the name change – Fort Lewis main post will now be known as JBLM-Lewis Main, North Fort will be known as JBLM-Lewis North and McChord will be JBLM-McChord Field. Rest assured that during this time of change and growth, our commitment to our customers, whether they be Army, Air Force, Navy or Marines, remains stronger than ever. We hope you enjoy visiting our facilities and events. Share your feedback with us at https://ice. MWR appreciates your patronage. Sincerely,

William E. Harvey


Director, FMWR William E. Harvey

Marketing director Katrina McConnell


Kimberly Rowe

Senior writer/copy editor Kate Mullinax

Contributing photographers

Minerva Hohaia, Emiliano Hernandez, Rich Rosenblum


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Growth is the name of the game

Cover illustration: Emiliano Hernandez

This year’s MWR Fresh Face Model Competition winner, Samantha Penman, 15, is the daughter of Sgt. Benjamin and Tracie Penman and attends Harrison Preparatory School in Lakewood. Upon graduation, she plans to study psychiatry in Florida, following her lifelong dream of helping people.

FROM THE COVER March trips o’plenty Hit the slopes before the snow melts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 As good as gold Financial tips and seminars from ACS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Erin Go Bragh Celebrate St. Patty’s Day with Lewis-McChord . . . . . . . . . 4

Oso’s long journey home from Afghanistan


FITNESS AND WELL-BEING Home Gym Series . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Fun for the entire family Kids’ Fest . . . . 6 Easter Dash & Passport to Travel . . . . . . 5

FABULOUS TRAVEL Meet your adventure guides . . . . . . . . . 15

FOOD AND FUN Save with a club membership . . . . . . . . . 4

FINANCE AND EDUCATION Tune in for Teen Tech Week . . . . . . . . . . . 18

FAMILY Become an FCC provider . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

FEEDBACK Rescued war dog Oso is home . . . . . . . 21

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Directorate of Family & Morale, Welfare and Recreation For commercial sponsorship or advertising inquiries, please contact: Carly Michael at 253-966-2256 or 253-203-8088. Submissions: The JBLM “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, 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. FMWR Marketing, JBLM Main is located at Bldg. 2013B, N. 3rd St., Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Mailing address: Box 339500 MS 20, Fort Lewis, WA 98433-9500 Phone: 253-967-5200/DSN 357-5200. Visit MWR at or search for LewisMcChord MWR on Facebook, Twitter and MySpace.


Food & fun

Let the luck of the Irish lea

Discover free club membership, vacation Sign up now for three months free club membership From its tree-shrouded location just beyond the JBLM-McChord Field main gate, you’d never notice what goes on in Building 700. Everyone who steps inside, however, is arriving for a party, lunch at Globemaster Grill, free WiFi, computers and gaming room inside the Surf Spot, a family dinner or a number of other fun activities. All personnel assigned

to Joint Base Lewis-McChord who join the club now through Sunday, May 30 will receive three months free dues, a free cash-back rewards program and a chance to instantly win $5 to $100 upon application. “We’re kicking this year’s club drive up a notch on March 5,” says Wayne Bechard, club manager. “Whoever fills out a club membership application and turns it in that day receives an additional two months’ free dues. That’s five months free to experience memberonly benefits and discounts.” Member benefits include: • Discounts on every meal purchase • Military free cash rewards with the Chase club membership card, plus no interest intro rate for six months. Use the card for 2 percent back including Commissary, AAFES (including gas), gift cards and other joint base purchases, plus airline tickets, hotels and car rentals. • Receive a free lunch or dinner once a month, get your

Enjoy corned beef, cabbage and green beer at the St. Patty’s Day celebration at Heroes Sports Lounge Wednesday, March 17. 4

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n deals, dancing, dominoes and more own 2-for-1 Steak Night, enjoy discounts on events such as Brewfest and holiday luncheons and dinners, win up to $1,500 on club card drawings held every Friday and much more. For club membership information, call 253-982-5581 or visit

Vacation ideas galore at the Passport to Travel show Indulge in your travel fantasies at Passport to Travel at the American Lake Community Center on Wednesday, March 10 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Find out how you can save on hotels, cruises, vacation packages, resorts and getaways from different travel vendors. Leisure Travel Services strives to make planning your dream vacation as easy and fun as possible. The staff aims to go the extra mile to get the best discounts for you. They’ve brought together travel industry experts to help you plan anything from an Alaska cruise, scenic rail tour or local waterway tour. Tour the Calgary Stampede and Cascade wineries, and families can save on tickets to a number of theme parks. Leisure Travel Services is here to give you the best possible price for your travel whether it is local or international. Stop by the Passport to Travel or call 253-967-3085. Leisure Travel Services is located in the AAFES Main Store on JBLM-Lewis Main. Stop by to purchase tickets from this registered TicketMaster outlet. Hot this month: 8th Annual Saulte to the Armed Forces with the Mariners in Safeco Field as they host the Detroit Tigers Saturday,

April 17. Purchase your tickets today.

Fun for adults Dominoes tournament Learn the game, register for the tourney and find partners at the pre-tournament; tourney begins the following week. For more information, call 253-967-2539. Tuesdays beginning March 2 The cash bar opens at 4 p.m., and the tournament starts at 6. Brewfest Home brew, microbrews and domestics to sample, plus food, prizes, souvenir beer glass and music ($10 for members and $15 for nonmembers; join that evening to save $5 and receive your first three months’ dues free.). Tasting is open to ages 21

and older. Please drink responsibly. For more information, call 253-982-5581. Friday, March 26 at 4:30 p.m. at the Club on JBLM McChord Field. Entry deadline:Wednesday, March 17; for details, call 253-982-0718/0719 or visit

For families of deployed Soldiers Bowling special Receive $1 off per family member for up to three games anytime at Bowl Arena Lanes. Auto Skills Center will gladly change your vehicle’s oil – just bring the supplies. Located next to the DuPont Gate in Buildings 4043 and 4081; 253-967-3728/47




All-you-can-eat pizza & bowling Belly dancing lessons Salsa dance the night away Dominoes tourney Poker and tacos Family Night * Sporting clays fun shoot No-tap team tourney Customer appreciation week St. Patty’s Day celebration Pot O’ Gold savings/Kid Kraft All-you-can-eat German buffet Flea market Brewfest Easter Dash UFC 111 Spring Break PerformanceWorkshop Kids’ Fest ‘Pirates Afloat’ Easter brunch & egg hunt iBingo

Wednesdays Wednesdays Fridays Tuesdays, beginning March 2 Wednesdays, March 3 & 10 Thursday, March 4 Saturday, March 6 Saturday, March 13 March 14-18 Wednesday, March 17 Wednesday, March 17 Thursday, March 18 Saturday, March 20 Friday, March 26 Saturday, March 27 Saturday, March 27 March 29-April 2 Thursday, April 1 Sunday, April 4 any time

Bowl Arena McChord Field Community Center Latin Sensations 21+ Heroes Sports Lounge 21+ Heroes Sports Lounge 21+ Cascade Community Center Shotgun shooting complex Sounders Lanes Whispering Firs Golf Course 21+ Heroes Sports Lounge 21+ McChord Field Arts & Crafts American Lake Community Center American Lake Community Center JBLM-McChord Field club 21+ Memorial Stadium Heroes Sports Lounge 21+ Bowl Arena Army Family Covenant Arena JBLM-McChord Field Club Bowl Arena, Cascade Cmty Ctr 21+


+ Events for adults Family-friendly event * For families of deployed personnel. For a complete list of upcoming events, check out theWeb calendar at Turn to page 22 for MWR facility phone listings.



All hands on deck! Walk the plank at Kids’ Fest 2010, ‘Pirates Afloat’ Avast, me hearties!

It’s time for Kids’ Fest, “Pirate’s Afloat,” the community celebration for the Month of the Military Child. Local lads, lassies, scallywags and scurvy dogs will enjoy more than 30 free, hands-on activity booths, on-stage entertainment and military displays

Thursday, April 1 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. There will be several special guests this year – the kids from the Spring Break Performance Workshop along with Buck and Elizabeth, will perform two shows, written by the group especially for Kids’ Fest. The Parrot Lady will perform on stage, and Captain Bill and the Lost Boys Pirates will perform pirate stunts, interactive shows and more in the parking lot. “Kids – and many adults – like the romance and fantasy of pirates,” said Kate Laverents, JBLMLewis Special Events

director. “We wanted something lighthearted and fun this year, and our supporting agencies have really stepped up with some fun ideas.” Just two examples of many piraterelated fun items: “Kids can ‘walk the plank,’ and hunt for hidden treasure,” she added. Don’t be a landlubbin’ scurvy dog; come down to the new Army Family Covenant Arena (formerly Summit Arena) for Kids’ Fest. Arrgh! For more information, call 253-967-5776.

Spring Break Performance Workshop Planned during Clover Park School District’s Spring Break, the Performance Workshop is open to children ages 7 and older. Kids will meet daily with local entertainers and educators Cowboy Buck and Elizabeth to act, sing and write songs, jokes and skits. The class meets the week of March 29 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Bowl Arena Lanes on JBLM-Lewis Main, and registration is open now. Tuition is $40 per child. For more information about the Spring Break Performance Workshop, call 253-967-5776.


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Teenagers get three days of team building, sight-seeing and practicing life skills, plus an overnighter at the JBLM McChord Field Youth Center with the Teen Amazing Race. They’ll work in teams to get to locations on base and to areas around the Puget Sound region for exciting challenges Wednesday, March 31 through Friday, April 2. Sign up your family members now through Wednesday, March 24. Your teens, their friends, schoolmates, family members and any military cardholders ages 13 to 18 are invited. The Amazing Race ends with a party and prizes for winners. Teams are supervised and chaperoned by adults at all times, plus safety gear within controlled, safe environments is required. If you’d like to be part of the fun, call the JBLM McChord Field Youth Center at 253-982-2203.

Earth Day celebration and garden show The Directorates of Family Morale Welfare and Recreation and Public Works are teaming up to bring you the first-ever Planet Green Thumb Saturday, April 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the American Lake Community Center Event Tent. Designed as a combination Earth Day celebration and garden show, the event features vendors, exhibits, guest speakers, great door prizes and more. The event and activities are free, and home and garden products will be available for purchase. The event will have plants, garden tools, garden art vendors and garden-related exhibits on site, as well as on-stage presentations. At the event, Public Works will kick off the new community garden project, with garden plots available for residents or groups. For more information, call 253-967-5776.

Make a difference in a rewarding job


Teen Amazing Race

Become a Family Child Care provider

Earn up to $2,000 a month from your on-post home taking care of military children, while watching your own. For more information about becoming a certified FCC provider, call 253-967-3039.

JBLM kids need you! Looking for a rewarding job you can do from home? Becoming a Family Child Care provider is a perfect career choice for military spouses. Receive free business training, as well as free childcare while you become certified. Any training and experience gained through the FCC program is transferable to working in a child development center. Become an FCC provider to make a difference in the lives of military children and have a fun, rewarding career. Pick up an application in Building 2013B (Pendleton & 3rd Ave.) on JBLM-Lewis Main. The next orientation is March 2 from 6 to 8 p.m., and provisional classes are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 8

through Friday, March 12 and Monday, March 15. Family Child Care Amnesty Program In order to decrease the risk of child abuse and neglect in unauthorized care, the Family Child Care Program has initiated an amnesty program. It allows 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. If you are currently providing unauthorized childcare in your home, call the FCC Program at 253-967-3039 for details on how you can become certified during the next training sessions.



Exploration, education and fun for families Deployment support trips Families of deployed Soldiers are invited on family fun trips to bond and create lifelong memories. The trips, which began last June, are so popular, all have a waiting list. “Parents and kids have been happy to spend the day doing something fun together. The parents love having a day to have fun and not worry about planning, driving and parking!” says Emmy Pluedeman, the Assistant Director of the Teen Zone. There’s no cost for children. The trips are funded by the Army Family Covenant. All trips depart from the Teen Zone, and registration is at CYS Services Central Registration. For more information, call 253-967-2494.

Parent learning opportunities, such as Internet Safety, Fun Toddler Activities and Helping Children Cope with Post-Deployment Issues are offered by Child,Youth and School Services. See a full monthly schedule at

Training for youth & teens The HIRED! Apprenticeship Program provides 15- to 18-year-olds career-exploration opportunities in MWR. For more information about this month’s training, call the Workforce Preparation Specialist at 253967-4694. The EDGE! Program offers out-of-school opportunities for children and youth to develop, grow and excel by participating in cutting-edge art, fitness, life skills and adventure activities. For more information, call 253-967-5265.

Parent learning opportunities Seminars for parents – like Chart Your Course, which helps you develop a six-year plan to graduation for your middle schoolers are open for registration – call 253-966-1946 or 253-9672494. See the monthly schedule at For reservations for free child care, call 253-966-2490. For CYS Services program locations, see page 22.


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Training for youth & teens Family Child Care certification Special Olympics swimming Special Olympics track & field Spring baseball First Swing golf clinics * Track and field Spring golf camp Girls’ fast pitch Deployment support trips Parent learning opportunities Walk to Iraq and Back Youth Fitness Program Osprey Club ** Ballet, jazz & modern dance ** Boxing ** Karate ** Recreational gymnastics ** Wiggles & Giggles ** Shorin-ryu Karate-do ** Flipz for Kids **

call 253-967-2494 call 253-967-3059 through March 4 through March 4 through March 11 through March 19 March 1-25 March 1-26 through April 1 Multiple, see left Multiple, see left Ongoing Ongoing Ongoing Ongoing Ongoing Ongoing Ongoing Ongoing Ongoing Ongoing

FREE FREE $45 $45 $50 FREE $70 $20 $55 FREE+ FREE FREE FREE FREE $35 $65 $35 $30+ $15+ $50 $35

Thursdays in February March 2, Bldg. 2013 March 11 - May 30 March 17 - May 30 April 5 - June 12 March 6, 13, 20 April 13 - July 25 March 30 & 31 April 13 - July 16 Monthly Multiple Mondays & Wednesdays Ongoing Wednesdays Various days/times Monday through Thursday Classes available twice/week Tuesdays and/or Thursdays Tuesdays and/or Thursdays Mondays & Wednesdays Tuesdays or Thursdays

* For CYSS-registered children of deployed Soldiers only. ** SKIES classes; costs listed are monthly rates. Space is limited in all programs; registration is on a first-come, first-served basis (waiting lists available). 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 and coaching information, call 253-967-2494.

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Free ACS workshops and seminars Keep some green in your wallet, make your family stronger and healthier, buy a car with confidence and much more. The next series of Common Sense Parenting of Toddlers (based on the awardwinning book of the same name) begins Wednesday, March 17.The course is taught by a registered nurse, Boys Town-certified instructor and a clinical social worker. Childcare is available; for more information and to register, call 253-967-7409.

Seven steps to help you reach financial freedom • Establish a goal • Make a net worth statement • Reduce debt to zero • Set up an emergency fund (3-6 month’s salary) • Determine risk versus safety, level of involvement and insurance needs • Develop an investment strategy • Pay yourself first For more tips, attend one of ACS’s money seminars (schedule, right).

Parent University Get valuable tips on how to make parenting more manageable at JBLM’s Parent University Saturday, March 27 at the Co-Located Club, JBLMMcChord Field from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There will be free child care and door prizes. For more information, call 253-967-5901 or 253-982-9043.

ACS Job Fair Update your résumés for the Friday, April 16 Job Fair. Meet with local employers from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the ACS Annex Building 2166 on JBLMLewis Main. For more information, call 253-966-8325.

Nominate a volunteer Recognize your volunteers (youth, retiree, active duty, family and adult) for their commitment and contributions. Nomination forms for Volunteer of the Year and entry details are available online at

Free ACS events

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Phone number

Stress management class Family welcome brief Play Mornings Staying Connected to Your Teen Communication for Relationships Care Team Training Army FamilyTeam Building, I Rape Aggression Defense CareTeam training (units) Pre-deployment workshop International Spouse Orientation Car-buying workshop Children & deployment workshop Banking & checking seminar Getting financially fit Army FamilyTeam Building, II Common Sense Parenting Reunion workshop Waiting Families Support Group Reunion workshop Money & divorce seminar Pre-deployment workshop Parent University Newcomers’ Orientation Children & deployment workshop CareTeam training (units) Job fair

Tuesdays, 1 p.m. Tues./Thurs., 10:45 a.m. Fridays, 10:30 a.m. March 1, 1 p.m. March 2, 9 a.m. ** March 2, 6:30 p.m. March 3-4, 9 a.m. March 3, 6 p.m. March 4, 2 p.m. March 4, 6 p.m. March 5, 9 a.m. March 10, 1:30 p.m. March 10, 6 p.m. March 11, 9 a.m. March 15, 10 a.m. March 16-19,5:30 p.m. March 17, 10 a.m. ** March 17, 6 p.m. March 23, 2:30 p.m. March 23, 6 p.m. March 24, 1:30 p.m. March 25, 6 p.m. March, 27, 8:30 a.m. March 30, 8:30 a.m. March 30, 6 p.m. April 1, 2 p.m. April 16, 10 a.m.

Effective stress management tools What to do your first week on post For parents and children ages 0-6 Guide your teen from childhood to adulthood Healthy ways to communicate in marriage Learn to assist surviving families Learn about the Army’s mission, culture & lingo Self-defense class for female Soldiers Training for commanders Prepare for a deployment Understand American cultures and customs Find an affordable car; financing tips Learn to minimize stress/ensure well-being What to look for in a bank;maintaining account Building a positive financial outlook for future How your family fits into the big Army picture Sanity-saving course based on award-winning book Prepare for emotions and expectations Easter egg hunt with outreach support group Prepare for emotions and expectations Financial challenges; entitlements after divorce Prepare for a deployment Workshops & resource fair, plus door prizes For Soldiers & spouses new to Fort Lewis Learn to minimize stress/ensure well-being Training for commanders Bring your résumé & meet with local employers

253-967-5901 253-967-3628 253-967-7409 253-967-5901 253-967-5901 253-967-8430 * 253-967-AFTB 253-967-3769 253-967-8430 253-967-8430 * 253-966-6338 253-967-7166 253-967-8430 * 253-967-7166 253-967-7166 253-967-AFTB 253-967-7409 253-967-8430 * 253-967-3633 253-967-8430 * 253-967-7166 253-967-8430 * 253-967-5901 253-967-3633 253-967-8430 * 253-967-8430 253-966-8325

* Free child care available with reservations: 253-966-2490. ** Class meets weekly for multiple sessions; schedule subject to change

without notice. Registration required; call number listed. Individual financial briefings: 253-967-9917; RAD for Soldiers: 253-967-2429.


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Get fit with events & tip Stay active with

St. Patty’s 5K & 10K Fun Run It’s a race for the finish Saturday, March 13 at the St. Patty’s 5K and 10K Run. The race starts at Cowan Stadium at 9 a.m. All participants will receive a free race T-shirt, and the top three finishers in each age category will receive medals.

Women’s soccer program A representatives meeting for women’s soccer is Tuesday, March 2 at 2 p.m. at Cowan Stadium on JBLMLewis Main. League play runs Monday, March 15 through Monday, May 3, with playoffs following. The season culminates with an All-Star Game on Armed Forces Day Saturday, May 15.

Early registration deadline: March 3 Late registration deadline: March 10* Active and retired military and their family members: $5 DoD civilian ID cardholders: $10 Non-DoD civilians: $15 Minerva Hohaia

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*Registration after March 3: add $10.

A representatives meeting for company, co-ed and women’s volleyball leagues is Tuesday, March 23 at 2 p.m. at Soldiers Field House (JBLM-Lewis Main). League play begins Tuesday, April 6.

There will be no day-of-race registration. You must register, pay and sign a Hold Harmless Agreement before participating in this race. Register online at For more information, call the Sports Administration Office at 253-966-1156..

Dress in your finest Irish threads and run in the St. Patty’s 5K or 10K.

Home gym


This Home Gym segment is the first of a three-part series of exercises that you can do at home with minimal equipment. Give them a try – they’ll help strengthen and tone your body, as well as reduce your risk for injury. Please note, you should consult your doctor before beginning an exercise regimen. Fitness assessments can be completed at the gym with a certified fitness trainer. Fitness trainers – free services – are also available to monitor your progress and keep you motivated. Fitness specialist Rich Rosenblum is certified with the National Strength and Conditioning Association and works at Wilson Sports and Fitness Center on JBLM-Lewis North. For more information, call 253-966-7660.


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Stability: Single leg toe touch

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Can’t make it to one of the JBLM sports and fitness centers? Don’t skip your workout! Certified sports and fitness trainer Rich Rosenblum shares three simple exercises, with help from clients Beth D. and Alyssa T., you can do at home.

Photos: Rich Rosenblum

with Rich Rosenblum

Step 2 This single-leg movement is great for increasing the mobility of your hamstring and stabilizing weak ankles. This is a key movement for preventing future ankle sprains. Step one: Stand on one leg with your arms at your sides. Step two: While keeping your back flat, slowly lower your hips until your hand grazes the ground or until you touch your big toe. Be sure to keep your non-active leg close to your body. Step three: Stand back up. Start with two or three sets of eight repetitions with each leg.

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intramural sports & the civilian fitness program Xtreme Mountain Bike Race

Cross Country Championships

Don’t miss the muddy two-wheeled action Saturday, March 27 at 9 a.m. at Soldiers Field House. Categories on the 7.5K course are recreational, for the first-time rider (one lap); beginner, for entry-level riders (two laps); and sport, for those with developed strength and stamina, (four laps).

Runners and team representatives are invited to an intramural cross country meeting at Soldiers Field House Tuesday, March 30 at 2 p.m. Meets will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, April 7, 14 and 21 at Soldiers Field House. The Championships are both individual and team competition.

*Registration after March 17: add $10.

Register online at

Intramural sports are open to JBLM DoD ID card holders not eligible for Child,Youth and School Services sports programs. For more information, call 253-966-1156.

Time off to get fit Participation in the Civilian Fitness Program can help improve


your fitness, morale, minimize health risks and help relieve stress. Three hours of administrative leave each week is approved by your supervisor to start this program. To enroll in the program, complete the Civilian Fitness Program Packet posted at mil/. Pre- and post-fitness assessments, along with some health education classes, are required to be in the program. The next fitness assessment is Tuesday, March 23 at Jensen Family Health and Fitness Center, Building 2022 on Liggett Ave. Schedule your appointment by calling 253-967-5122.

Strength: Bench squat This multi-joint exercise can improve lower body strength, power and endurance.


Step 1

Strength: Incline push up Step 2

Step one: Using a bench or a chair, stand with your feet pointed straight ahead or slightly outward. Feet should be at least shoulder width apart. Step two: Raise your arms and slowly sit back on your heels until your thighs are parallel with the floor and you gently touch the bench. Keep your chest up high and look straight ahead. Step three: Avoid collapsing on the bench and stand back up. Start with two or three sets of 15 repetitions. Add external weight for an advanced move.

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Early registration deadline: March 17 Late registration deadline: March 24* Active and retired military and their family members: $5 DoD civilian ID cardholders: $10 Non-DoD civilians: $20

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This functional exercise requires upper body strength and core stability. Practice correct push-up form by using a raised bar, desk or counter top.

Step 2

Step one: Start with your body aligned – your back should be flat and head in the natural standing position. Step two: While keeping your body in proper alignment, lower your body toward the bar. The bar should just graze the middle of your chest. Step three: Return to standing and repeat two to three sets of 10 repetitions. As you master this exercise you can gradually lower the bar.


Fabulous travel

The snow will go

Spring weather may be just around the corner, but Recreation still has snow-covered adventures on th Sign up for the fun today. Ski Crystal Mountain for half-price on Military Appreciation Day Ski or ride the mountain for half-price Friday, March 12 and Sunday, April 5. Always wanted to learn to hit the slopes on a snowboard? Take lessons with Outdoor Recreation’s Rick Kivett for $15. Transportation and gear are provided. Lift tickets may be purchased at the mountain. ($32; have your own gear, pay just $16) 12

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Join the outdoor adventure staff on the last winter trips of the season, and make snow angels in a winter wonderland. Cross-country ski Lake Easton With rolling hills and beautiful views, come have a great day cross-country skiing at Lake Easton Sunday, March 7. Gear and transportation are provided. ($30) Cross-country ski Lake Keechelus On Saturday, March 20, spend a great day in the snow-filled Cascades skiing along Lake Keechelus. The groomed trails make it an excellent place for skiers of all abili-

ties. Gear and transportation are provided. ($30) Tubing at the Summit Bundle up and get ready to go for a wild ride! Travel to the tubing hill at the Summit at Snoqualmie for two great days in the snow Saturday, March 6 or Sunday, March 14. ($31; youth ages 5-12: $28; ages 0-5: $10) Tickets for ages 0-5 are valid for admission only, and children must ride with an adult.Those youngsters who desire to have their own tube must upgrade to a $28 ticket.

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Night ski at the Summit Hit the slopes Thursday, April 22 for a night out at The Summit, which offers a wide variety of terrain from beginner to black diamond, catering to skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. The Summit has several dining options available or bring a sack dinner. Lift tickets are available at the mountain. ($32; have your own gear, pay just $16)


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Lace up your hiking boots, purchase your fishin Hike Twin Falls The highlights of this Sunday, April 11 hike are two waterfallviewing platforms – a bridge spanning the South Fork Snoqualmie River, which offers great views of the stair-step Upper Twin Falls, and the 150-foot cascade of the Lower Twin Falls down the trail. Westport bottom fishing Get out on the open water Saturday, March 27 and start hauling in fish on the Ranger. Rockfish are always plentiful, and lingcod are real fighters!

Enjoy breathtaking views of two waterfalls on the Twin Falls hike Saturday, April 11.


Tours to refresh the indoorweary If you’re craving one-day breathers, Adventures Unlimited on JBLM-McChord Field offers fresh

new trips this month. For registration details on these and other trips, call 253-982-2206/2303. Mount Rainier Paradise excursion Head to Mount Rainier Sunday, March 7 to sled, take a guided snowshoe tour or explore the new Paradise Jackson Visitor Center. McMinnville Wine & Food Classic Go to the 17th Annual McMinnville Wine & Food Classic Saturday, March 13. Enjoy gourmet food, guest chef demonstrations, arts and crafts, live music and wine tasting from some of the best wineries and vineyards in Oregon. Moonlight snowshoe at Gold Creek Pond Enjoy the beauty and solitude of winter in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Tuesday, March 30. An easy-to-use adventure calendar is at right. For details, see full trip descriptions on page 16. 1.888.286.8034 Joint Base Lewis-McChord Focus

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Monday, March 1 Friday, March 5 Saturday, March 6 Saturday, March 6 Saturday, March 6 Sunday, March 7 Sunday, March 7 Sunday, March 7 Friday, March 12 Saturday, March 13

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Bella Donna winter survival class McMinnville Wine & Food Classic * Snowshoe Paradise Tubing at the Summit Seattle Aquarium/Pike Place Sea kayak self-rescue Summit military appreciation day Cross-country ski Lake Keechelus Ski-n-snowbaord at Crystal Indoor rock climbing Bungee jumping Ice skating at Sprinker Rec Introduction to mountain biking Westport bottom fishing Sea kayak Lake Union Gray whale watching Snowshoe Paradise Introduction to mountain biking Crystal military appreciation day Horseback riding Sea kayak Lake Union Bungee jumping Hike Twin Falls Seattle Aquarium/Pike Place Hunter safety education course Grand prix racing Westport Crab Fest Horseback riding Westport bottom fishing Survival clinic Night ski summit Bike through the Skagit tulips Gray whale watching Indoor rock climbing Indoor rock climbing & pizza

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Details Ages 0-5: $16 Ages 6-17: $17 Ages 0-6: $10 Ages 7-12: $28

Minimum age: 12 Have your own gear? $16 2.5-hour snowboard lesson: $15

Minimum age: 12 Minimum age: 7 Have your own gear? $16 2.5-hour snowboard lesson: $15

Minimum age: 7 Minimum age: 7

Minimum age: 10 Ages 0-6: $10 Ages 7-12: $28 Ages 0-3: $5 Ages 4-12: $25

Have your own gear: $16 Minimum age: 12 Have your own gear? $16 2.5-hour snowboard lesson: $15

Ages 17 and younger: $18 Minimum weight: 90 lbs Ages 0-5: $16 Ages 6-17: $17

Minimum age: 12 Ages 14 & younger: $40

Kivett earned his bachelor’s degree in recreation from the University of Idaho and has worked for MWR since 2003.While serving in the National Guard, he deployed to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom and returned home with a Purple Heart and a renewed appreciation for our freedoms. Kivett’s experience and passion for the outdoors also played a vital role in the Warrior Adventure Quest pilot program at Fort Lewis.WAQ, now an Army-wide program, uses high-adrenaline outdoor activities to help Soldiers transition from the intense stressors of combat back to civilian life.

Amiia Coffey Adventure Programmer

Minimum age: 10 Location based on conditions This trip is weather-dependent Minimum age: 7 Minimum age: 12 Minimum weight: 90 lbs Ages 0-3: $5 Ages 4-12: $25

Minimum age: 7 Minimum age: 12 Have your own gear: $16 Minimum age: 12 Ages 14 & younger: $40 Ages 0-17: $18 21+

This trip can especially accommodate people with exceptional needs. Popular family trip * For registration details, call JBLM-McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited at 253-982-2206. Adventures with JBLM-Lewis: Group rates and private trips are available. Call us to visit your next FRG meeting or unit function. Pre-registration is required for all trips and prices and schedule are subject to change without notice. For more information, call 253-967-6263.

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Hunter’s education registration opens Ice skating at Sprinker Rec Tubing at the Summit Snowshoe Commonwealth Basin Ski-n-snowboard at Crystal Cross-country ski Lake Easton Horseback riding Mount Rainier Paradise excursion * Crystal military appreciation day Horseback riding

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Rick Kivett Adventure Program Manager

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Coffey developed an appreciation for the military while serving in the Navy.While earning her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Central Michigan University, she led a variety of outdoor and Habitat for Humanity trips. For the past 12 years, Coffey has volunteered for numerous Army programs and has earned the title of Army Family Team Building instructor/Master Trainer. Coffey is also an avid rock climber and certified Wyoming River guide. She enjoys sharing her love of nature and leads Bella Donna tours, an outdoor adventure program designed especially for women.


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OUTDOOR ADVENTURE TRIP DESC Bella Donna Winter Women Survival Class – $35 This class covers the basics such as shelter and fire craft, as well as snow shelters and winter specific concerns. You will leave with a starter survival kit, and we provide all the transportation and instruction. Minimum age: 12. Meet at the NAC at 9:30 a.m. Dress for snow conditions! (March 13) Bike through the Skagit tulips – $40 The beauty of hundreds of acres of tulips is awaiting you! On this guided bike journey through the 25th Annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, tour two prime display gardens, view open fields and stop in the small tourist town of La Conner for a hearty lunch and to experience the festival from a local perspective. The fields might be muddy, and the weather might be chilly or rainy so be prepared and dress in layers with a waterproof jacket. Bike, helmet and gloves provided. Difficulty: Easy. Time: 4 hours. Distance: 15 miles. Minimum age: 12. Meet at the NAC at 7 a.m. (April 24)

Gray whale watching – $50 The California gray whale, which can be up to 47 feet long and 70,000 pounds, is seen off the Washington coast every spring on its northern migration to the Arctic feeding grounds. Meet at the NAC at 9 a.m. Ages 14 & younger, $40.(March 28, April 24) Hike Twin Falls – $20 Join us on this fourmile round-trip hike through the lush forests of Twin Falls State Park. The highlights of this trail are two waterfall-viewing platforms – a bridge spanning the South Fork Snoqualmie River, which offers great views of the stair-step Upper Twin Falls, and the 150foot cascade of the Lower Twin Falls down the trail. Bring your camera, lunch and plenty of water for the trail. Meet at the NAC at 9:30 a.m. (April 11)

Bungee jumping – $125 If adrenaline is what you crave, you will not be disappointed! Head to the base of Mount St. Helens to bungee jump off the highest bungee bridge in the U.S. – a full 20-stories high. Package includes transportation, two jumps and the coveted Dangerous Sports Club T-shirt. Minimum weight: 90 lbs. Meet at the NAC at 9 a.m. (March 21, April 10)

Horseback riding – $70 Head to Elbe, a town in the outskirts of Mount Rainier National Park, for a two-hour guided afternoon horseback ride. No experience is necessary. All children ages 7 and up are welcome, so bring the entire family along for a great day! Meet at the NAC at 9:30 a.m. (March 7, 13 and April 4, 17)

Cross-country ski Lake Easton – $30 Combine short trails, rolling hills, groomed trails and beautiful views, and you have a great day of cross-country skiing at Lake Easton. Gear, transportation and instruction are provided. Difficulty: moderate. Time: 3 hours. Distance: 5 miles. Minimum age: 12. Meet at the NAC at 9:30 a.m. (March 7)

Hunter safety education course – $10 Learn to safely handle hunting equipment, the importance of wildlife management and much more. This course is mandatory in order to hunt in the state of Washington. Class runs Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and begins at 8 a.m. Saturday. Registration begins March 1. (April 12-17)

Cross-country ski Lake Keechelus– $30 Spend a great day in the snow-filled Cascades skiing along Lake Keechelus near Snoqualmie Pass. The groomed trails make it an excellent place for skiers of all abilities. Gear, transportation and instruction provided. Meet at the NAC at 9:30 a.m. (March 20)

Ice skating at Sprinker Rec – $18 Come on this fun family trip to the indoor ice arena at Sprinker Rec Center. This trip includes transportation and skate rental. All ages are welcome. Ages 6-17: $17; ages 5 and younger: $16. Meet at the NAC at 7:30 p.m. (March 5, 26)

Crsytal Military Appreciation Day trip – $32 Don’t miss the chance to ski or ride Crystal for half-price! Transportation and gear are provided. Lift tickets may be purchased at the mountain. If you have your own gear, pay $16. Snowboard lessons available with ODR’s Rick Kivett for $15. Meet at the NAC at 7 a.m. (March 12, April 4) Grand prix racing – $30 A fast time on the


track at the Grand Prix Raceway Track in Tacoma. Work up an appetite on the nearly four miles of thrilling wheel-to-wheel racing, and then have dinner at a Mexican restaurant. Package includes transportation, lap fee, cart, helmet and head sock. Meet at the NAC at 6 p.m. (April 15)

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Indoor rock climbing – $20 Head to Warehouse Rock Gym for an afternoon of climbing. Gear and transportation are included, and no experience is necessary. Meet at the NAC at noon. Children 17 and younger: $18 (March 21, April 25) Indoor rock climbing and pizza – $30 Head to Warehouse Rock Gym to work up an appetite for pizza. Climbing gear and transportation are

included. No experience necessary; 21 & older only. Meet at the NAC at 6 p.m. (April 29) Introduction to mountain biking – $25 Join the NAC for this instructional guided ride designed for beginners. Spend the day learning the basics, while getting plenty of time to work on your newfound skills. Bike, helmet, gloves and transportation are provided. The location will be determined based on conditions. Meet at the NAC at 9:30 a.m. (March 27, April 3) McMinnville Win & Food Classic – $50 * Head to the 17th Annual McMinnville Wine & Food Classic at the Evergreen Aviation Museum. Enjoy gourmet food, guest chef demonstrations, arts and crafts, live music and wine tasting from some of the best wineries and vineyards in Oregon. Fee includes transportation and event admission. (March 13) Moonlight snowshoe Gold Creek Pond – $25 * Enjoy the beauty and solitude of winter in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness on Snoqualmie Pass as you trek with only a headlamp, moonlight and starlight. The cost is $25 for transportation, equipment, cocoa and a guide. (March 30) Mount Rainier Paradise excursion – $30 Want to explore Paradise on your own, but don’t want to drive? Join Adventures Unlimited as we head up to Mount Rainier for the day. You’re on your own to sled in the snow park, take a guided snowshoe tour, or explore the new Paradise Jackson Visitor Center. Fee includes transportation and park fee. (March 7) Night ski at the Summit – $32 Let’s hit the slopes for a night out at The Summit. The Summit offers a wide variety of terrain from beginner to black diamond, catering to skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. The Summit has several dining options available or bring a sack dinner. Have your own gear, just $16. Price does not include lift ticket. Meet at the NAC 4 p.m. (April 22) Sea kayak Lake Union – $40 Paddle in the downtown Seattle area of Lake Union past houseboat communities, yacht yards, the NOAA research-ship facility and many hip and trendy urban neighborhoods. Stop for lunch at the Aqua Verde Paddle Club where you may eat your packed lunch or purchase a meal for $4-$12. Difficulty: Easy. Time: 3 hours. Distance: 4 miles. Minimum age: 12. Meet at the NAC at 9:30 a.m. (March 28, April 10) Sea kayak self-rescue – $20 Love to paddle but need more confidence to go out on your

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Seattle Aquarium/Pike Place Market – $35 The Seattle 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. Meet at the NAC at 9:30 a.m. Ages 4-12: $25; children 0-3: $5 (March 14, April 11) Ski-n-snowboard Crystal Mountain – $32 Head for the snow and spend the day at Crystal Mountain! Transportation and gear are provided. Lift tickets may be purchased at the NAC or the mountain. If you have your own gear, pay $16. Snowboard lessons available with ODR’s Rick Kivett for $15 on select dates. Meet at the NAC at 7 a.m. (March 6, 21) Snowshoe Commonwealth Basin – $30 This adventurous trek takes you through great snow, varied terrain and a web of trails in a shadowy old-growth forest. Bring your camera, and enjoy the views of the surrounding peaks. Difficulty: moderate. Time: 3.5 hours. Distance: 4 miles. Minimum age: 12. Meet at

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own? Learn the techniques of exiting and re-entering your kayak in open water safely and quickly. Meet at the NAC at 5:30 p.m., and we’ll head to the pool. (March 19)

the NAC at 9 a.m. (March 6)

ready to go for a wild ride! Travel to the tubing hill at the Summit at Snoqualmie for a great day in the snow. Ages 7-12: $28; ages 0-5: $10. Meet at the NAC at 9 a.m. (March 6, 14)

Snowshoe Paradise – $30 Explore Mount Rainier’s Glacier Vista with a three-mile trek. Difficulty: Easy. Time: 3 hours. Minimum age: 10. Guide, gear, instruction and transportation provided. Meet at the NAC at 8 a.m. (March 14, April 3)

Westport bottom fishing – $99 Are you ready to get out on the open water and start hauling in fish? Join us on a chartered boat trip out of Westport on the Ranger. Rockfish are always plentiful, and lingcod are real fighters! Dress in layers and bring raingear. Bring your lunch and snacks. Transportation and fishing gear are provided. Meet at the NAC at 4 a.m. (March 27, April 18)

Summit at Snoqualmie Military Appreciation Day trip – $32 Don’t miss the chance to ski or ride Snoqualmie for half-price! Transportation and gear are provided. Lift tickets can be purchased at the mountain for the military appreciation rate. If you have your own gear, just $16. Meet at the NAC at 7 a.m. (March 20)

Westport Crab Fest – $30 Staff will teach you how to catch, identify and cook crabs during the World Class Crab Races, Derby and Feed. You may have a chance to catch the $500 crab! You are more than welcome to join in the festival events, which include crab races, an excellent crab dinner (while supplies last) and much more. Entrance fees to the activities and dinner are not included, so bring some spending money. Call 253-967-6263 for more information on the festival and costs. Gear, transportation, and bait are included. Required fishing licenses are available at the NAC. Meet at the NAC at 7 a.m. (April 17)

Survival clinic – $25 Are you a Bear Grylls fanatic? Do you hunt or fish or simply enjoy the Evergreen State’s outdoor opportunities? If you do anything outdoors, you should have a few basic survival skills. Come learn how to find shelter in the forest and leave with new skills and a minisurvival kit. Get outdoors with confidence! Time: 4 hours. Minimum age: 7. Meet at NAC at 9:30 a.m. (April 18) Tubing at the Summit – $31 Tubing is a blast for all ages, so bundle up and get

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Free fun events for all age Teen Tech Week

International Relations Forum

Tune in @ Your Library the week of Sunday, March 7. Use JBLM library computers to do homework or check your Facebook page, and find a book, movie or music! Lots of new things are happening at our libraries all the time, so come in and check us out.

The Grandstaff Library is proud to announce the latest International Relations Forum, “Trends in Terrorism” by Dr. Michael Fielder of Troy University Tuesday, March 16 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Grandstaff Library, JBLM-Lewis Main. There will be time for ques-

tions and comments, and dessert will be provided following the presentation. For more information, call 253-966-1314.

Story time at Book Patch Drop in Book Patch Library for Family Story Time on Wednesday mornings from 10:30 to 11 and the first Saturday of each month from 2 to 2:30 p.m. Join the staff for songs, rhymes and stories. All ages welcome!

Join your libraries at Kids’ Fest Remember to mark your calendar for Thursday, April 1! Book Patch Library will join in the Kids’ Fest fun activities. So, Matey’s put on your eye patches and pirate hats for a jolly good time! For more Kids’ Fest information, turn to page 6.

Pierce County READS with JBLM Libraries People will join together to read the best-selling title “Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise” by award-winning author Ruth Reichl as this year’s Pierce

Calling all kids to Book Patch Library for Family Story Time!


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County READS book. This is the story of the secret life of a food critic who visits restaurants in disguises. Pierce County READS is a community involvement program where everyone reads, talks about, shares and enjoys the same book, with the goal participating and coming together as a community. Check out the book today from JBLM Libraries. Pierce County READS will conclude with the No. 1 New York Times best-selling author Reichl giving a free presentation and book signing Saturday, March 27 at 7 p.m. at the Sharon McGavick Conference Center on Lakewood’s Clover Park Technical College campus. For more information about Pierce County READS, visit

New York Times’ fiction best-sellers available for check out from Grandstaff and Crittenberger libraries Kisser by Stuart Woods Stone Barrington, the New York cop-turned-lawyer, pursues a case of financial fraud on the Upper East Side. The Burning Land by Bernard Cornwell In the fifth of the Saxon Tales, the ninth-century Saxon warrior Uhtred breaks with King Alfred, but eventually returns to help fight the Danes. The First Rule by Robert Crais Elvis Cole and his partner, Joe Pike, set out to clear the reputation of a

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ges at the JBLM Libraries former military contractor who has been murdered. The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova A psychiatrist who treats a man who slashed a canvas at the National Gallery is drawn into the world of French Impressionism; from the author of “The Historian.” The Wolf at the Door by Jack Higgins Someone is targeting the members of an elite British intelligence team, and Sean Dillon believes it is an old nemesis.

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How you do your laundry can save you money Save your clothes from common stains and keep them looking new longer with these ideas: Easy-to-do tips Wash and dry clothes inside out to help prevent fading. Use the cold or warm settings to save money. Occasionally run the machine on the normal cycle with hot water and a gallon of white vinegar to clean it. Clean the lint filter after each use, and wash it once a week with soap and water. Removing stains Oil - rub white chalk into the stain before laundering Perspiration – Mix a solution of 4 tablespoons of salt in 2 cups of hot water and rub on stains until they disappear. Blood – Fresh, use cold water; dried: use hydrogen peroxide. Red (Kool-Aid) – Pour rubbing alcohol on the stain before washing. Wine, coffee and fruit – Pour club soda and salt on stain, or soak in milk for 30 minutes before washing.

Grass – Combine a few drops of ammonia with 1 teaspoon hydrogen peroxide. Rub into stain; rinse immediately when stain disappears. Chocolate – Use baby shampoo on a toothbrush and gently rub on the stain ( or Brightening clothes • To brighten dark clothes, use cold water with a half-cup of salt. • A half-cup of baking soda added to a full load of washing will help brighten your wash and remove odors. Softening clothes • Cut dryer sheets in half before using; they’ll still be effective and the box will last twice as long. • Add a quarter-cup white distilled vinegar to the last rinse. Vinegar removes soap, yellowing and acts as a fabric softener, reducing static cling. Contributed by Ryki Carlson, Army Community Service;

Stone Ed Battle Bean’s flavor of the month is the Shamrock Shimmy. Drop in for locally roasted coffee, specialty drinks and goodies.

Educational & career opportunities Furthering your education Computer access and CAC pin reset are available at the Technical and Academic Resource Center, which is open Monday through Thursday from 8:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. (253-967-2171). Whether you’re interested in transferring to the Post-9/11 GI Bill, considering a test prep program, looking for tuition assistance and scholarship information or ready to enroll in college courses, counselors are available at Stone Education Center and Madigan. For reserve tuition assistance information, call 1-800-347-2734, ext. 3140. An on-site bookstore returns all generated profits to the community (253-964-8185).

Furthering your career A Troops to Teachers briefing is Wednesday, March 10 at 1 p.m. at Stone Education Center. Additionally, an ROTC Green-to-Gold briefing is Thursday, March 18 at 1:30 p.m. Quick, easy steps can help your clothes last and look brand new longer. All you need is a short list of common household items to remove stains and odors.


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Family Member Scholarship Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, March 31 and are available on or at the Family Resource Center. For eligibility details, visit

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It’s been quite the journey for an Afghan mountain dog who befriended an American Soldier in a time of war. That’s all behind her now – Oso has made it to the land of the free. Now all she needs is her brave best friend, the Soldier who took her in, for the reunion to be complete. While on deployment to Afghanistan, Spec. Phil Bourrillion rescued Oso from a trash pit as a five-week-old puppy. The bond that formed between Oso and the unit was a strong one. When the unit got orders to transfer to another base, plans to bring Oso along were nixed by the Army. That’s when Bourrillion’s wife, Lena, set out on a crusade to rescue Oso. Through the help of your donations and various charitable organizations, such as Nowzad Dogs and Animal Rescue Families, the money was raised to get Oso home. A driver retrieved Oso from the base and drove her several hundred miles through enemy lines to a safe house. Once there, Oso stayed with her foster family until she was able to receive vaccines and other care needed for her flight to the U.S. Oso boarded a plane bound for New York, traveled 56 hours in a crate over the course of three days

and on Feb. 9, she arrived at SeaTac Airport to a crowd of people waiting to greet her with open arms. Also on hand to welcome Oso was a member of Bourrillion’s unit home for R&R. “She was a big boost to morale when we had her,” Spec. David LeForge told KOMO News. The good news traveled back to where Oso’s life began. “You could hear the smile in Phil’s voice and he sighed and said, ‘I don’t have to worry anymore, she’s home safe.’” Lena relayed. Efforts raised more than $5,000 dollars. Since last month’s publication, Animal Rescue Families in Bremerton, Wash., agreed to pay the costs associated with Oso’s trip to the U.S. Any money previously raised was donated to Nowzad Dogs to assist in rescuing other dogs in Afghanistan. The Bourrillions have vowed to pay it forward by helping other dogs get home to their Soldiers. They have changed the name of Oso’s Facebook page to OSO: Operation Save Others. Pasado’s Safe Haven in Sultan, Wash., paid for Oso’s flight from New York to Seattle and is providing all her vet care for free. Oso will spend three weeks under observation, where she has her very own cabin and caretakers. Once a clean bill of health

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Rescued from Afghanistan, MWR’s friend Oso is home

Lena Bourrillion welcomes Oso to Washington. The dog was rescued from Afghanistan and had a long journey to the U.S.

is confirmed, she can go home to the Bourrillions where she will join Casper and Jersey her canine siblings, along with Marissa, 14, and her mom, Lena to await Phil’s safe return in July. Guaranteed Oso will be there to greet him when he finally makes it home. – Kate Mullinax, Lewis-McChord MWR Facebook moderator Friend Lewis-McChord MWR on to get the latest information on discounts, giveaways and upcoming events.

We want to hear from YOU! Joint Base Lewis-McChord is here and ICE is already serving the Joint Base. JBLM-Lewis and JBLM-McChord Field have separate ICE sites, but they will be consolidated in the future. Until then anyone who uses services, facilities or activities on either installation can access either site and submit their comments. For the Airmen and their families who now have services provided by the Joint Base Garrison, go to the JBLM-Lewis ICE site and submit your comment for any of the service providers. Here’s some of what you had to say this month:

“We enjoyed a day on the river with our two guides, Rick and Amiia. We were treated to hot beverages, and Amiia was great with the kids. Our guides were knowledgeable and fun!”

“Our unit did a team-building trip and went snowshoeing on Mount Rainier. Our guide was Amiia, and we really had a great time. Soldiers were encouraging each other to make it through the more difficult spots and coaching each other to the top. … Seeing how it builds cohesion and binds the team! Great job, Amiia!”

The Interactive Customer Evaluation is your way to have your voice heard. JBLM

wants to know what you think about your latest visit to an on-post facility or special event. Were you satisfied with the service? 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 managers and the command group. ICE is also accessible through Army OneStop kiosks, which are located across JBLM-Lewis. The more feedback you provide, the better JBLM facilities and staff can serve you.


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Sports Admin. Office Cowan & Memorial stadiums Intramural sports Jensen child care Jensen Family Health & Fitness Keeler Sports & Fitness Center Keeler Pool McChord Field Fitness Center McChord Field Pool McVeigh Sports & Fitness Center Kimbro Pool Sheridan Sports & Fitness Center Soldiers Field House Soldiers Field House Pool Wilson Sports & Fitness Center Customer Svc Mgmt System

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American Lake Community Center 8085 American Lake Ave. N 5038 Pendleton Ave. Arts & Crafts Center 1121 M 4043 inside DuPont Gate Auto Skills Center 1120 M 2166 Liggett Ave. Battle Bean coffee shops Stone Education Center 11589 N 3168 2nd Division Dr. BOSS Program 2272 Liggett Ave. Bowl Arena Cascade Community Center 2400 Bitar Ave. Off I-5, Exit 116 Eagles Pride Golf Course 9903 Old MAMC Madigan CafĂŠ 700 M McChord Field Club 3168 2nd Division Dr. Nelson Recreation Center 8981 American Lake Ave. N Russell Landing CafĂŠ 737 M Sounders Lanes 2013 N. 3rd St. Special Events Office Whispering Firs Golf Course 895 M Adventures Unlimited 739 M Evergreen Inn 1147 M LeisureTravel Services (formerly ITT) AAFES Main Store 2111 between Utah & Pendleton Lodging/Rainier Inn Northwest Adventure Center 8050 NCO Beach Rd. N Equipment rental & sales M Holiday Park Outdoor adventures Scuba diving center Travel camp, cabin rental, storage lot reservations Paintball reservations Range 15 Rifle & Pistol Range American Lake Rd. N Russell Landing Marina Beach Road N Shoreline Park 3969 2nd Div. Range Rd. Skeet & Trap Range


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552 M Airman & Family Readiness 2140 Waller Hall Army Community Service 2140 Waller Hall Army Emergency Relief After-hours emergencies, Red Cross 2166 Liggett Ave. Army Family Action Plan 2166 Liggett Ave. Army Family Team Building 4274 Idaho St. Army Volunteer Corps 8300 American Lake Ave. Beachwood Child Dev. Ctr 560 M Before- & after-school care 2140 Waller Hall Center of Excellence 2295 12th & Bitar Central Registration Clarkmoor Child Dev. Center 2095 Bitar Ave. Clarkmoor Hourly Care Center 2094 Bitar Ave. 2013 N. 3rd St. Domestic violence helpline 2166 Liggett Ave DSHS 2166 Liggett Ave Employment Readiness Exceptional Family Mbr Prgm 2140 Waller Hall 2013 N. 3rd St. Family Advocacy Program 2013 N. 3rd St. Family Child Care 560 M 4274 Idaho St. Family Events & Prgms 4274 Idaho St. Family Resource Center Immigration & Naturalization 2140 Waller Hall 2140 Waller Hall Information & Referral 2140 Waller Hall Loan Closet 6995 Jackson Ave. Madigan Child Dev. Center Madigan Hourly Care Center 9037 Gardner Loop Madigan Infant/Toddler Center 6993 Jackson Ave. McChord Field Child Dev. Center 578, 580 M Military Family Life Consults. 2166 Liggett Ave. Mobilization & Deployment 2166 Liggett Ave. 2013 N. 3rd St. New Parent Support Prgm 8575 American Lake Ave. North Fort Kindergarten 8485 American Lake Ave. North Fort Youth Center 2140 Waller Hall Outreach Program 8197 American Lake Dr. Raindrops & Rainbows 2140 Waller Hall Relocation Readiness Prgm 2140 Waller Hall School Liaison Office Sexual Assault Prevention/Response 2013 N. 3rd St. 2021C Liggett Ave. Soldier & Family Asst. Center Army Family Covenant Arena 2275 Liggett Ave. 2295 12th & Bitar Teen Zone 2166 Liggett Ave. WIC 3032 M Youth programs 2295 12th & Bitar Youth sports



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253-967-5533 2109 N. 10th St. Book Patch Library 253-967-2824 3271 2nd Div. Dr Crittenberger Library 253-967-9917 2140 Waller Hall Financial Readiness 253-967-5889 2109 N. 10th St. Grandstaff Library 253-968-2707 MAMC, Room G-94-6 Madigan education counsel. 253-982-9900 851 M McChord Field Ed Center Facilities on JBLM-Lewis Main unless otherwise indicated. M 253-982-3454 851 McChord Field Library N JBLM-Lewis North M JBLM-McChord Field Call facility listed for hours of operation and details. For more information, visit 253-967-7174 6242 Colorado Ave. Stone Education Center Joint Base Lewis-McChord Focus March 2010 22


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