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About Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Located in the heart of the Pacific Northwest's Puget Sound region, Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) is the Defense Department's premiere military installation on the West Coast. Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) provides world-class installation support to more than 40,000 active, Guard and Reserve Service members and about 15,000 civilian workers. The base supports 60,000 family members who live on and outside the base, and nearly 30,000 military retirees living within 50 miles.

JBLM was formally established as one of 12 joint bases worldwide on Oct. 1, 2010. The merger of the former Fort Lewis (est. 1917) and McChord Air Force Base (est. 1947) was directed by the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission.

Mission

Joint Base Lewis-McChord provides state-of-the-art training and infrastructure, responsive quality of life programs, and fully-capable mobilization and deployment operations for Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. Manage resources efficiently and equitably to support mission readiness and execution, and the well-being of service members, families, and civilians. Sustain and protect the environment as a fully-integrated community partner in the lower Puget Sound, with a highly-trained and motivated workforce.

Vision

  • Provide world-class support to mission commanders and the joint base community
  • Serve as an enabler to our warfighters as they train and project America's combat power
  • Make JBLM the station of choice for our nation's warfighter

JBLM Command Team

The Joint Base Headquarters commander is Col. H. Charles Hodges. The deputy commander is Col. Anthony J. Davit. The command sergeant major is Command Sgt. Major Kevin W. Bryan. The senior enlisted adviser is Chief Master Sgt. Anthony L. Woods.

JBLM Organization

The Joint Base Lewis-McChord commander and staff manage the "city" of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, providing municipal & community services to members of all military services and their families. JBLM strives to maintain a joint service community and culture. In fact, ten of 18 directorates & support offices are manned by Soldiers & Airmen, in addition to civilian employees. A joint Army-Air Force agreement reconciles differing levels and types of support funded by each military service.

JBLM Command Relationships

Mission units on the joint base train and deploy under the command of their respective services.

The senior Army officer at JBLM is the I Corps commander. The senior Air Force officer is the 62nd Airlift Wing commander.

diagram of joint base command structure

The Joint Base provides installation support to Soldiers and Airmen assigned to U.S. Army I Corps, 62nd Airlift Wing, and other tenant units and resident commands at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Services are provided by civilian staff, serving under Installation Management Command, augmented by Airmen OPCON/ADCON to 627th Air Base Group (the Deputy Joint Base Commander is dual-hatted as 627th Air Base Group commander).