July 4 “Freedom Fest” for DOD ID cardholders and guests only--Not open to the general public
This year, the July 4th “Freedom Fest” at Joint Base Lewis-McChord is for DOD ID cardholders and their guests only, and is not open to the general public.
- DOD ID cardholders include: Active duty, National Guard and Reserve service members, military family members, military retirees, and DOD civilian employees.
- Non-DOD guests must be accompanied by a DOD sponsor in order to access JBLM to attend Freedom Fest.
JBLM officials opted to conduct a smaller, low-key July 4th event this year, so they could free up personnel resources to support the JBLM 2016 Airshow and Warrior Expo on Aug. 27-28.
Freedom Fest runs from noon - 11 p.m. at Cowan and Memorial Stadiums on JBLM Lewis-Main. The fireworks display is scheduled to begin at 10 p.m.
Installation access instructions:
DOD ID cardholders with installation access privileges may enter JBLM at any gate. Parking is first-come first-served, and carpooling is encouraged. Passengers age 16 and older must bring a state or federal government issued photo ID to be admitted onto the installation.
All visitors to the installation are subject to search, as are vehicles, purses, backpacks, and other hand-carried items entering the base. Weapons, glass bottles, fireworks of all kinds, and pets will not be permitted on the festival grounds (medical alert and medical assistance animals are permitted). Marijuana is illegal on JBLM.
For more information, contact JBLM Public Affairs at 253-967-0146 or 253-967-0604.
ID Requirements for Unescorted Access to Joint Base Lewis-McChord Change for non-DoD visitors
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. – A standard Washington State Driver License or ID Card can no longer be used to get a visitor’s pass for access to Joint Base Lewis-McChord or the Yakima Training Center starting April 1, because neither complies with Real ID Act of 2005 requirements.
Washington is one of five states (along with Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri and New Mexico) that do not comply with this law. Although the law went into effect in 2005, implementing its requirements for JBLM access have been delayed until now.
This change affects companies with employees who need unescorted access to JBLM or YTC. It also impacts people who need visitor passes for unescorted base access to visit friends, family, the museums, hospital or other locations on either JBLM or YTC.
Washington State Enhanced Driver’s Licenses and IDs are Real ID Act compliant, so either can be used to prove identity. Visitors with this ID must still go to the Visitor Center to get a base pass.People without a Washington State Enhanced Driver’s License or ID must provide one of the following forms of ID to get a base pass:
Base paper debuts e-edition
The Northwest Guardian, Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s only command-authorized newspaper, recently launched an e-edition of its traditional print paper.
The new electronic version of the base newspaper is an upgrade in the full spectrum of modern communication products produced by the JBLM Public Affairs Office, according to chief Joe Piek.
“We are very excited about the new e-edition of the Northwest Guardian,” Piek said. “The e-edition allows us to stay on top of technology and bring DOD’s best newspaper right onto people’s smart phones, tablets or computers — which is something our readers have asked for.”
Living in the digital age means most newspapers and magazines offer an online version for readers. Now, Northwest Guardian readers have the option to pick up a paper from a burgundy newsstand around base or surf the e-edition on the web.
In addition to increasing convenience and accessibility to information, the new e-edition is user-friendly. Readers see the Northwest Guardian just as it appears in print and can flip from page to page on a mobile device or e-reader, at any time and any place.
Readers also have multiple options for viewing content. Three options — dynamic, replica and digest — allow the user to customize the reading experience to be more enjoyable.
An interactive tour is available for those with questions about how to navigate the new e-edition. Simply click on the question mark and the tour option will appear. Learn how to navigate your favorite sections, search the archives, save pieces of pages or entire editions and more. Readers can even set email alerts for keywords or phrases.
Base housing residents should note that starting March 4, delivery of the print edition to base housing will cease. About 15,000 print copies will still be available at locations on and around base.
“Every week we gather news and information that’s relevant to our entire JBLM audience, but the biggest challenge is getting the paper in people’s hands,” Piek said. “The e-edition will truly benefit our readers and make it more convenient than ever to read the Northwest Guardian.”
NW Guardian ends home delivery to housing
The Northwest Guardian, Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s only command-authorized newspaper, will cease delivery of the print edition of its newspaper to base housing areas starting March 4.
“With the success of our new e-edition of our traditional print paper, our on-base residents can still enjoy the same great JBLM stories on their smart phones, tablets, iPads or their computers,” said Joe Piek, chief of JBLM Public Affairs.
“Our contractor, The Tacoma News Tribune, will save on the printing costs of about 5,000 newspapers each week, and papers that haven’t been picked up won’t clutter the sidewalks and driveways of base housing areas.”
Living in the digital age means most newspapers and magazines offer an online version for readers. Now, Northwest Guardian readers have the option to pick up a paper from more than 200 red boxes, racks and newsstands around base, or surf the e-edition on the web. All of the stories, as well as the advertising in the Northwest Guardian, are available in the e-edition.
“It’s always nice to hear people getting extra copies of the paper for their scrapbooks and to send to family members around the world,” Piek said. “Now, they can simply send a link to their families the instant the paper is delivered online.”
To access the e-edition, visit http://digital.olivesoftware.com/Olive/ODN/NorthwestGuardian/default.aspx or click on the front page icon on nwguardian.com.
Black bear safety advisory
Personnel utilizing wilderness training areas are encouraged to familiarize themselves with black bear behavior and take appropriate precautions (see: WA Dept. of Fish & Wildlife for black bear info and tips).
Family housing residents are encouraged to avoid leaving food (including dirty barbecue grills, trash cans, pet food and bird feeders) outdoors overnight to discourage bears and other wildlife from entering housing areas.
Black bears are native to wooded areas of western Washington and typically avoid human contact, but can attack defensively if surprised by humans or pets. Bears that seek out human interaction due to accessible food scraps, trash, bird or pet food dispensers are a particular danger. If you encounter a bear in a populated area of JBLM, contact Military Police dispatch at (253) 967-7112 or -7113.
Fire Evacuation Coordinators
In accordance with AR 420-1 and JBLM 420-30, all facilities on JBLM are required to have an assigned, trained Fire Evacuation Coordinator. The Fire Prevention office provides this training on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at Building 2014, beginning at 9 a.m. Two copies of a commander-signed memorandum of appointment are required. For more information, contact the JBLM Fire Prevention Office at (253) 966-7156.
Housing resident fire safety training
AR 420-1 and JBLM Reg. 420-30 require newly assigned family housing sponsors to attend a home fire safety briefing at their earliest convenience (not to exceed 30 days from initial occupancy). Briefings are conducted every Tue. and Thu. (excluding Federal Holidays and DONSAs) at 1 p.m. in Building 2014 (Fire Station 107); Pendleton Avenue, Lewis Main. Doors open at 12:30 p.m., and close at 1 p.m. - please be on time. Military family members living in family housing are also encouraged to attend. For more info, contact the JBLM Communities (Equity) housing office, at (253) 912-2150. - JBLM Community Calendar
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