Archive of: Military

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JBLM expected to significantly boost area economy during next 5 years

Unprecedented growth at Joint Base Lewis-McChord during the first decade of 21st century, coupled with projected future growth during the next five years, will result in unanticipated economic opportunities for the South Puget Sound region.

Several top-tier findings of the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Growth Coordination Plan, which has been a year in the making, bode well for the local economy in Thurston and Pierce counties.

December 2010

Around the Sound

South Sound Business Incubator is hosting a training session about how to know what to do with limited time and money from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Dec. 20 at 402 S. 333rd St., Federal Way. Click here for more information.

Lakewood Chamber of Commerce's Military Affairs Committee is meeting from 8 to 9 a.m. Dec. 21 at Burs Restaurant, 6151 Steilacoom Blvd. SW. For more information, call (253) 582-9400.

December 2010

People on the Move

Linda Ishem has joined the Pierce County Library System's board of trustees. She is an assistant professor at the University of Washington Tacoma's Urban Studies Program. Before working for the university, she held posts with Pierce County's Department of Community Services, as the director, and prior to that as a manager and an acting assistant director with the Washington State Department of Community Development.

Michael Lantz has received Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber's 32nd annual John H. Anderson Military Citizen of the Year Award. He is the first sergeant for the 361st Recruiting Squadron, JBLM-McChord Field.

November 2010

Around the Sound

Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce is hosting a membership luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 9 at 12606 54th Ave. NW. The featured topic is natural gas services and safety. RSVP to

Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber is hosting a Business Roundtable from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Nov. 10 at Financial Network, 5000 Bridgeport Way West, University Place. For more information, or to RSVP, contact Susie Wagner at (253) 627-2175.

November 2010

JBLM to open new gate soon

A new location for personnel to enter Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) could help ease congestion on northbound Interstate 5 from Lacey through DuPont as early as next week.
State Department of Transportation officials are working with the military base, Federal Highways Administration and local agencies to prepare the additional base entrance at Mounts Road in Nisqually to open next week.

September 2010

WSDOT partners with JBLM for I-5 congestion relief

The Washington State Department of Transportation is taking action to help ease congestion motorists are experiencing on northbound Interstate 5 between Lacey and DuPont.

Those actions include improving signal timing at DuPont/Steilacoom and Nisqually interchanges, adding more WSDOT incident response crews to quickly clear disabled vehicles in the area and working closely with personnel from Joint Base Lewis-McChord to coordinate other congestion-reducing efforts.

September 2010

Harborstone named 2010 Air Force Credit Union of the Year

The U.S. Air Force has awarded its 2010 Air Force Credit Union of the Year honor to Harborstone Credit Union for its commitment to military personnel and their families on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

The 2010 Air Force Credit Union of the year recognizes Defense credit unions that provide exceptional service to local military communities. Harborstone was specifically commended for its extensive support on JBLM-McChord Field, for the fallen Lakewood police officers and military personnel returning from deployments, the Air Mobility Rodeo participants, and numerous events and programs supporting military families.

September 2010

Social Security publishes final HEART Act rules

Social Security Administration has published final rules about the Heroes Earnings Assistance and Relief Tax Act.

The HEART Act changes the way the agency treats certain cash payments to members of the uniformed services and veterans under the Supplemental Security Income program, which will enable some of them to continue to receive government disability benefits and others to receive a higher benefit amount.

September 2010

Fort Lewis preferred site for 5,700 additional soldiers

The Army has announced its preference to add 5,700 soldiers and 8,260 family members to Fort Lewis, according to a post on the C-9 Blog.

The proposed action could station up to 5,700 soldiers and their families at Fort Lewis.

Click here to read the full post.

September 2010

UW Tacoma, Evergreen top choices for veterans

The University of Washington Tacoma and The Evergreen State College are among the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools offering opportunities and support for military veterans, according to the Military Friendly Schools list released today by G.I. Jobs.

Schools on the list range from state universities and private colleges to community colleges and trade schools. The common bond is their shared priority of recruiting students with military experience.

August 2010
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