JOINT BASE LEWIS/MCCHORD


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Welcome to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. The joint base, which began opera- tion in October 2010 from the consolidation of Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base, is one of 12 new joint bases created by the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission. The new joint base continues service with 95 years of history as the oldest military installation in the Pacific Northwest. Fort Lewis was

established in 1917 and McChord Air Force Base was established in 1947, the same year the U.S. Air Force became a separate branch of the armed forces.

Army units on the base are I Corps; 7th Infantry Division; 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division; 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division; 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division; 16th Combat Aviation Brigade; 17th Fires Brigade; 42nd Military Police Brigade; 62nd Medical Brigade; 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade; 555th Engineer Brigade; 593rd Sustainment Brigade; and resident units such as the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne); the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment; 8th Brigade, U.S. Army Cadet Command; Western Regional Medical Command; Madigan Army Medical Center; and a number of other nondivisional support units.

Air Force units on the base are the 62nd Airlift Wing, Air Mobility Command; Air Force Special Operations Command; 446th Airlift Wing, Air Force Reserve Command; Western Air Defense Sector and 262nd Network Warfare Squadron, Washington Air National Guard, 22nd Special Tactics Squadron and the 627th Air Base Group.

First Corps is one of the four corps in the Army and is called America’s Corps because it has active, Reserve and National Guard units dispersed through the United States. I Corps headquarters also serves as a United States Pacific Command joint task force headquarters.

Headquarters, 7th Infantry Division officially reactivated at JBLM on Oct. 1, 2012. This two-star command oversees training and readiness for five brigades including: 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division; 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division; 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division; 16th Combat Aviation Brigade; and 17th Fires Brigade.

Located in the heart of the Pacific Northwest’s Puget Sound region, Joint Base Lewis-McChord is the Defense Department’s premier military installation on the West Coast. Joint Base Lewis-McCord is a training and mobilization center for all services and is the only Army power-projection platform west of the Rockies. Its key geographic loca- tion provides rapid access to the deep-water ports of Tacoma, Olympia and Seattle for deploying equipment. Units can be deployed from McChord Field, and individuals and small groups can also use nearby Sea-Tac Airport.

The strategic location of the base provides Air Force units with the ability to conduct combat and humanitarian airlifts to any location in the world with the C-17A Globemaster III, the newest, most flexible cargo aircraft in the airlift force.


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