Joint Base Lewis/McChord
Lakewood, WA 98439, USA

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Our Military

Location Joint Base Lewis-McChord is located in the heart of the Pacific Northwest’s Puget Sound region, in western Washington. JBLM is near the city of Lakewood, 10 minutes from Tacoma, 35 minutes from Seattle and 20 minutes from Olympia, the state capital. Although JBLM is a joint base, it

Welcome

Welcome to Washington! Part of the Pacific Northwest and Puget Sound, Pierce County is in western Washington, with King County to the north, Thurston County to the west, Lewis County to the south and Yakima County to the east. Pierce County has an estimated population of nearly 844,000. The county

Getting To & Around

For incoming personnel who choose to fly to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Sea-Tac Airport is only 35 miles away from the base. Once you’re in Pierce County, you can take advantage of local public transportation, as well as Amtrak and Greyhound services. AIRPORTS Seattle Tacoma International Airport 17801 International Blvd. Seattle,

Housing & Real Estate

Home to the majestic Mount Rainer and the second-largest city in the Puget Sound area, Pierce County offers a high quality of life not often found in larger metropolitan areas. In 2015, an estimated 843,954 people called Pierce County home, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Population density i

Employment & Economy

Washington is the most trade-dependent state in the nation, with 40 percent of jobs related to international trade. The Puget Sound area sets the pace for much of the United States and even the world. With companies like Boeing, Microsoft, Amazon, Starbucks and PACCAR, this area has shown the

Health Care

There are many health care services in Pierce County for military, civilians and veterans, though implementation of the Affordable Care Act has changed established insurance options. Visit www.healthcare.gov or www.wahbexchange.org for information on open enrollment for health care coverage under the national Affordable Care Act. Washington Healthplanfinder has a

Family Resources

Picking up from one place and moving to another is always a hassle, especially when kids and pets are involved. Knowing whom to call or where to find information can help make the transition easier. Local government websites are valuable resources for newcomers to Pierce County because they provide

Education & Academics

For those moving to a new location, it’s important to know what educational options are available. This chapter outlines the public schools system in Pierce County, along with information about local libraries and higher education. There are private schools, charter schools and home schooling available to children in the

Living

Pierce County boasts plenty of entertaining activities — music, sports, theater, museums, parks and shopping. Dare to take the plunge down the Raging River Ride at Wild Waves Theme & Water Park, for instance, or tee off at one of the many 18-hole golf courses the Pacific Northwest i

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JBLM Tax Centers

The JBLM Tax Centers can assist with state and federal income tax filing. The JBLM Main Tax Center is at the intersection of Nevada Avenue and 41st Division Drive, Building T6069, and is open from mid- January through September. The JBLM McChord Field Tax Center is on Col. Joe Jackso

Ghost Brigade learns from global partners at home

Story by SSG Samuel Northrup on 10/03/2017 JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. During the month of September, two battalions from the 1-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team trained with the Indian and Japanese armed forces to enhance interoperability and to increase the brigade's readiness. The two separate training missions consisted of Rising

ESC's Care for 22' event promotes Value of Life'

Story by CPT Cain Claxton on 09/29/2017 Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Soldiers of the 593rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command attended an annual suicide awareness and prevention training expo Sept. 21-22 at the JBLM-North Chapel. The event, named "Care for 22" because studies show there are as many as 22 Veteran suicide
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