Monday, March 30, 2015

BBB Offers Field Guide to Civilian Employment

The “Field Guide to Civilian Employment: 25 Must-Knows for the Service Member and Family” webinar is now available for public viewing. By following the link below, you will be able to watch and review the information provided.


The American Soldier: A Photographic Tribute Coming

THE AMERICAN SOLDIER: a photographic tribute which documents the experiences of US military service personnel since the 1860s.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Engaging the Military Market

Joint Base Lewis-McChord MWR Corporate Partnerships will be hosting a FREE Open House at American Lake Conference Center on Wednesday April 22nd to engage new business in the military market, which could be of great value to Chamber Members!

MWR will do a presentation and breakfast at American Lake Conference Center followed by a short bus tour.  The event will run from 9 AM- 12 PM.

More information and sign up HERE.  RSVP requested by 18 April.



Monday, March 23, 2015

Navy Band NW to Perform

Navy Band Northwest will perform at several events in and around the Kitsap region.

This is your chance to hear Navy band Northwest’s Brass Band, “Puget Sound Machine” as they demonstrate their versatility.

You can catch them in the Stevens Jazz Night at Stevens Middle School as well as in the Seattle Mariners Armed Forces Day.

You can also check out Navy band Northwest’s Parade and Ceremonial Band in the Daffodil Parade and Seattle Mariners Armed Forces Day.

Navy Band Northwest Marching Band
April 11, 2015 12:45 PM
Daffodil Parade, Puyallup, WA

"Puget Sound Machine" Brass Band      
April 16, 2015 7:30 PM
Stevens Jazz Night
Stevens Middle School Gym, Port Angeles, WA

Navy Band Northwest
April 19, 2015
Brass Band 11:10 AM
Ceremonial Band 1:10 PM
Seattle Mariners Armed Forces Day, Safeco Field, Seattle, WA

For more information and press materials about Navy Band Northwest, visit HERE or like us on Facebook.

For more information about these events, please visit our events page on Facebook or please contact: Navy Band Northwest Public Affairs / 360-315-3447.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Noteworthies with a Local Link

The 446th Airlift Wing, the sole Air Force Reserve flying unit in Washington state has selected Col. Gerry Signorelli to be its vice commander, effective April 6.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Military History Theme of DOTG's Walk

The Downtown on the Go (DOTG)'s popular themed pedestrian excursions in downtown Tacoma will begin again April 1.

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A newly featured theme will be a "Military History" Walk, narrated by Joint Base Commander Col. Charles (Chuck) Hodges.

This activity is open to all, but please note the Walks that end in a local pub which are, of course, restricted at their conclusion.

For more info call 253-682-1739 or HERE.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

MAF Looks at Environmental Encroachment on Installations

MILITARY AFFAIRS FORUM

 Military Affairs Committee - Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber


Date & Time:  Wednesday, March 11, 7:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Place:  La Quinta Inn | 1425 E. 27th St. | Tacoma 98421
Register: Online here.

Event Sponsor:

The event fee will be hosted by our sponsors for invited Military Personnel who reserve with Janice Hutchins, (253) 683-4882



AGENDA:  Efforts with JBLM and other military installations in WA on strategies to address environmental encroachment threats to military training.



Presenter: Lisa Bellefond is the Strategic Advisor to the nonprofit organization, the Center for Natural Lands Management Washington Program.  She works on governmental relations and communications strategies targeted towards achieving collaborative conservation goals. A leader in collaborating and innovating, Lisa has engaged diverse partners in protecting habitats and working lands for sustainable economic development.

Lisa has been working for over 15 years with the Dept. of Defense and other federal, state, local and private partners on cooperative conservation strategies that provide for endangered species recovery and reducing encroachment threats to military installations.

She was recently recognized as a US Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2013 Recovery Champion for her efforts to conserve South Puget Sound Prairies by bringing together representatives of the Departments of Defense, Agriculture, and the Interior in the nation’s first Sentinel Landscape Initiative, integrating national security, food security, ecosystem restoration, and species recovery. 

UPCOMING MEETINGS

April 21, (11:45 am – 1:15 pm, La Quinta Inn & Suites) Howard O. Scott Citizen-Soldier of the Year. Register HERE.

May 20, (12-1:30 pm, South County Connections, Regency Room, 12180 Park Ave. So, University Center [Bldg. 34], Rm. 203, Pacific Lutheran University, 98447). Register HERE.

AMC RODEO   
The AMC Rodeo returns again to host site JBLM-McChord Field in August, 2015.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
C-9 Blog, the Chamber’s military-community blog which focuses on the armed forces and civilian relationships, with an emphasis on the Pacific Northwest.

Veteran & Business Service, at its Facebook page, works with businesses to seek the "Veteran Advantage," promoting, encouraging and facilitating Veteran employment across the business community.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Donaldson D. Frizzell Scholarship Open

The Donaldson D. Frizzell Scholarship scholarship is named in memory of Donaldson D. Frizzell, former First Command Educational Foundation (FCEF) President and former First Command Financial Services Director of Investments, whose dedication to serving others and contributions to the field force spanned three decades.

The Donaldson D. Frizzell Scholarship is open to:
1) members of the U.S. uniformed services (active, guard, reserve, and retired) and their spouses and dependents,
2) First Command Financial Services’ clients and their families,
3) dependent family members of First Command Advisors and field office staff members, and
4) non-contractual ROTC students.

$25,000 in scholarship awards will be distributed in 2015 in two student categories (Traditional and Non-traditional) among the eligible applicant groups. The final number of awards and amount of each award is determined by an independent Scholarship Review Committee, whose selections are based on an assessment of merit, strength of applicants’ recommendations, and quality of the applicants’ essays. Scholarships can be awarded to those seeking accredited trade school certifications and associate, undergraduate, and graduate degrees.

The application period for the 2015 scholarship is open from February 9, 2015, through April 6, 2015, or until FCEF receives 500 applications, whichever comes first.

Below is a link explaining the scholarship in more detail HERE.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

62nd Annual Award Banquet Soon

Team McChord Civic Leaders, Honorary Commanders, PMBA members, commanders and members of our communities:

It is that time to recognize the 2014 Best of the Best for Team McChord!

Please join us for the 2014 Annual Awards Banquet, "Commitment to Excellence... Celebrating Team McChord's 2014 MVPs,"  which is scheduled for March 6, 2015 at the McChord Colocated Club starting with an 1800 social hour. Uniform is Mess Dress or Semi-formal for military and formal for civilians.

Please see the below link for event details. The payment options are cash, debit/credit, or club card. There will be a cash payment table at the event but please try to bring the correct amount as change may be limited.

Please see the e-invitation for RSVP/Payment POCs HERE.

If you are unable to click on the above link, please copy and paste into your browser:
https://einvitations.afit.edu/inv/anim.cfm?i=223528&k=0063410C795F

Please let MSgt. Wivell know if you have any questions about the March 6th event.

MSgt Todd Wivell
Chief of Public Affairs, 62d AW
McChord Field, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA
253-982-5645; DSN 382-5645 Cell 253-229-4515


Friday, February 20, 2015

Financial Issues Focus of Town Hall Event

A Military Saves Week Town Hall on Feb. 26, featuring Ms. Holly Petraeus, Asst. Director, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, will address consumer issues faced by the military community.

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