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:

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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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

NW Aerospace & Defense Symposium

PNAA & PNDC will host this two-day symposium for aerospace and defense businesses, military and government leaders to discuss new developments and business opportunities in aerospace, space, defense and security.

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Friday, February 13, 2015

BBB Serves with MilitaryLine

The BBB was the sponsoring organization at the last Military Affairs Forum.  Among info share with attendees was about their MilitaryLine:

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Save the Date for the 2nd Vet Resource Fair

On the 30th of May, the 2nd annual Veterans Resource Fair at the Tacoma Dome will be taking place.  At last year’s event over 130 service providers and over 1,000 Veterans and family members that attended.

Veterans Resource Fair at the Tacoma Dome HERE.

You May Like The Veterans Resource Fair on FB HERE.

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Monday, February 9, 2015

Military Affairs Forum Welcomes New CO

Military Affairs Committee

Date & Time:  Wednesday, Feb. 11, 7:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Place:  La Quinta Inn | 1425 E. 27th St. | Tacoma 98421
Event Sponsor:

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


Col. Scott McLaughlin, Commander, 446th AW, JBLM

The 446th Airlift Wing, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, is the state's only flying Air Force Reserve wing. He is responsible for the organization, training, equipage and worldwide readiness of a combined Reserve and civilian wing of nearly 2,100 people at JBLM, McChord Field. The 446th Airlift Wing flies and supports the C-17 Globemaster III weapons system. Under Colonel McLaughlin’s command, Air Force reservists are capable of deploying anywhere in the world, 365 days a year for training, humanitarian efforts or combat.

Roel A van der Lugt, Director of Military Affairs & Senior Policy Advisor Office of Congressman Denny Heck & Tiffany Speir, Program Manager, South Sound Military & Communities Partnership

We had a great success, but what did we accomplish?  Roel and Tiffany will share with you the communities’ achievements at the Army Listening Session, what are the next steps and when will we know?

April 21, (11:45 am – 1:15 pm, La Quinta Inn & Suites) Howard O. Scott Citizen-Soldier of the Year.
The AMC Rodeo returns again to host site JBLM-McChord Field in August, 2015.

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.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Military Family Education Forum

The Captain Meriwether Lewis Chapter is pleased to launch its first Military Family Education Forum, on March 11, 2015, featuring Patty Barron, the AUSA, Director of Family Readiness.

Register online by March 1st HEREAll branches of the military are welcome to attend. 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Pac-12 Women's Basketball Tickets Free to Military Units/Family

Here's your Military Unit & Family opportunity to attend the 2015 Pac-12 Women's Basketball Champion Tournament FREE.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Washington Military Alliance Announces Interim Leadership Team

The Washington Military Alliance (WMA) named four members to serve as their executive leadership team while the organization moves forward as a chartered public-partnership formed to provide a single voice in representing the state’s interests as the U.S. Department of Defense proceeds with spending cuts and potential military base downsizing.

Rich Hadley, representing the Association of Washington Business; Tiffany Speir, South Sound Military and Communities Partnership; Gary Brackett, Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce, and John Powers, Kitsap Economic Development Alliance will lead the WMA. The leadership team was selected to represent each of the WMA’s four focus areas: industry, infrastructure, military community advocacy organizations, and economic Associate Development Organizations (ADOs) respectively.

“Washington’s military and defense industry represents some $16 billion to our state’s economy and tens of thousands of jobs. I applaud the leaders and members of our Washington Military Alliance for stepping up to promote and protect this vitally important sector,” said Gov. Jay Inslee. “I’m confident that this is a powerful, effective public-private partnership to forge a successful path forward for every community that relies on our military assets.”

Convened in 2012 and formalized through a Memorandum of Understanding by Gov. Inslee in September 2014, WMA is a consortium of some 20 organizations with an economic or workforce interest in the state’s defense community. One of the first major accomplishments of this stakeholder group was a joint effort to secure a $4.3 million USDOD Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) grant to help assess and forecast statewide economic impact of Washington’s defense industry, and plan local assistance for potential defense industry adjustments.

Over the next six months, the WMA will draft bylaws, identify a sustainable organizational structure, and reach out to additional community stakeholders. The interim executive team was elected to serve until a permanent leadership team is selected through an approved bylaw process.

The group also appointed a committee of members to advise the Washington State Department of Commerce on activities related to the USDOD grant. The OEA grant advisory committee has 11 members: Troy McClelland (Economic Alliance Snohomish County), Robin Toth (Greater Spokane Inc.), Tiffany Scroggs (Thurston County Economic Development Council), Andrea Spencer (City of Bremerton), Sarah Lee (Puget Sound Regional Council), Tiffany Speir (South Sound Military Community Partnership), John Powers (Kitsap Economic Development Council), Rich Hadley (Association of Washington Business), Gary Brackett (Tacoma-Pierce Chamber of Commerce), Dave Hunt (Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition), and an open at-large seat.

About the Washington Military Alliance

Washington State is home to a diverse military industry, with varied military and defense missions, needs, and opportunities and a different stakeholder group for every aspect of an issue related to the military and defense community. It was important to the Governor to convene a group of diverse military community stakeholders to come together with one voice in response to potential cuts to defense spending.

In response, the Washington Military Alliance (WMA) was convened in late 2012 and formalized under Governor Jay Inslee in September, 2014. Find more information here.

Friday, January 23, 2015

JBLM Appreciates Community's Response

Col. Charles Hodges, Joint Base Commander, expresses in this letter his thanks to the community for its involvement in the Army Community Listening Session and support of JBLM.

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