Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Him & Her Appreciation Party

A salute to our military men and women in uniform, plus spouses with an amazing day of free activities and give-aways to include free spa services, tours of hundreds of classic cars, hair cuts, treats, prizes in the Price is Correct, raffles and so much more.

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Friday, February 21, 2014

SSMCP Wins First "Working Across Boundaries" Award

The South Sound Military & Comm- unities Partner- ship (SSMCP) received the first “Working Across Bound- aries” by the Pierce County Regional Council at its General Assembly last night.

Shown after having received the award are Dan Penrose, Program Manager, SSMCP and Col. Charles Hodges, Joint Base Commander, JBLM.

Presented by Josh Brown, Exec. Dir., Puget Sound Regional Council, the SSMCP was cited for enhancing the collaborative and effective working relationship between Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) and the surrounding counties and municipalities/communities.  Among its principal achievements are millions in funding for multiple elementary schools on the installations and upgrade projects along the I-5 Corridor adjacent to JBLM that ease the commercial and commuter traffic loads.

Just late last year, the SSMCP moved from several years of funding by DoD/Office of Economic Adjustment to local funding.  SSMCP's partners include the Tacoma-Pierce Co. Chamber as one of its founding members.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Congressman Sponsors Imminent Federal Contracting Workshop

Congressman Derek Kilmer is hosting a Federal Contracting Workshop this coming Monday.

Register HERE

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

AUSA's 2014 "ForeRTroops" Opens

AUSA announces its 2014 "ForeRTroops" golf tournament.  Foursome registrations and sponsorship forms are below:

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Chamber Joins Career Day for Vets

The Chamber encourages Vets and transitioning service members to come to the April ACAP Career Day and Prep Career Day.

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Save the Date for Contracting Workshop

Hold Feb. 24 on your calendar for what should prove to be a great opportunity for small businesses and organizations in our region. 

The WA State PTAC (Procurement-Technical Assistance Center) is working to convene contracting specialists from local and regional military commands and federal agencies for a contracting workshop next month. 

REGISTER:  FREE OF CHARGE by following this link.

Stay tuned for an updated agenda. If you have questions or would like more information, do not hesitate to contact Joe Dacca of Rep. Derek Kilmer's Staff or (360) 373-9725.

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Coalition Offers Free Tickets to Service Members

AUSA, AFA and the Navy League are offering service members and their families complimentary tickets to the 2014 Pac-12 Women's Basket Ball Championship Tournament March 6-9 in Seattle.

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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Noteworthies with a Local Link

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced Feb. 7 that the president made the following nomination:

Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva for appointment to the rank of general and for assignment as commander, U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.  Selva is currently serving as commander, Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill and is a former CO of the 62AW at now JBLM/McChord Field.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

MAF - February 12

Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber’s
Military Affairs Forum

Sponsored by GTM Transformations, LLC

The Chamber’s Military Affairs Committee will renew our organization's pledge with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) for employment advocacy of prospective employees or employees who serve in the National Guard or Reserves.  We will have a renewal pledge signing during the morning event.

Operation DEEP FREEZE- (Joint Task Force - Support Forces Antarctica)
Keynote: Chief Master Sergeant Masura

Chief Master Sergeant Masura is a Senior Loadmaster with the 97th Airlift Squadron, Air Force Reserve based at JBLM, McChord Field. CMSgt Masura is a ten year veteran of Operation Deep Freeze and one of the principle planners; a joint effort between the 62nd Airlift Wing and 446th Airlift Wing.The 62nd and 446th AWs are the only U.S. Air Force C-17 wings uniquely equipped to conduct missions to Antarctica. Annually, they support Operation Deep Freeze, which provides logistical support to the U.S. Antarctic Program. It is one of the most difficult U.S. military peacetime missions due to the rapid weather changes, relentless wind speeds and inhospitable conditions. ODF is usually only conducted each year from August to March.

PLEASE RSVP BY FRIDAY February 7, 2014
Date:  Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Time:  7:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Place:  Best Western Plus Tacoma Dome Hotel
            2611 East E Street
            Tacoma, WA 98421
Price:  $15 with RSVP

Click Here to Register

Information:  Brenna Johnson, or 253-682-1733

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Career Day for Military Job Seekers

Info on the Career Day at CenturyLink Field by Hire America's Heroes.

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NDTA Talks Freight

Barbara Ivanov, Dir., Freight Systems Division, WSDOT, will discuss freight systems in Washington State at the next meeting of the NDTA.

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Pentagon Sets Up Multiservice Healthcare

Brig. Gen. John Cho, CG, Western Regional Medical Command briefed the Chamber’s Military Affairs Committee at a recent Military Affairs Forum about the state and direction of military medicine in our community.

He said the Pentagon recently inaugurated the Defense Health Agency, followed by the designation of six multiservice healthcare markets in separate regions.  The Western Regional Medical Command has responsibility for an “enhanced Puget Sound multiservice market” that includes Army, Air Force and Navy.  BG Cho commands Army medicine at hospitals in 20 states, of which Madigan Army Medical Center is the largest.

Learn more about the new system here.

Prepare for a New Career Workshop

For Vets & Transitioning Vets:  Preparing and Getting that Job

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Salute to Military Kids Day

Sign up early for Military Kids Day here

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