Joint Base Lewis–McChord
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|Joint Base Lewis–McChord|
|Part of United States Army Installation Management Command|
|Located near: Lakewood, Washington, U.S.|
Artillery Brigade training at JBLM Lewis Main
62d AW C-17 loading Army personnel on JBLM McChord Field
|Controlled by||United States Army|
|Built||Joint base est. 2010,
Fort Lewis est. 1917,
McChord Field est. 1930
|Garrison||627th Air Base Group|
|Elevation AMSL||322 ft / 98 m|
Joint Base Lewis–McChord (JBLM) is a U.S. military installation home to I Corps and 62d Airlift Wing located 9.1 miles (14.6 km) south-southwest of Tacoma, Washington under the jurisdiction of the United States Army Joint Base Headquarters, Joint Base Lewis–McChord. The facility is an amalgamation of the United States Army's Fort Lewis and the United States Air Force's McChord Air Force Base which merged on 1 February 2010 into a Joint Base as a result of Base Realignment and Closure Commission recommendations of 2005.
Joint Base Lewis–McChord is a training and mobilization center for all services and is the only Army power projection base west of the Rocky Mountains. Its geographic location 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 airlift with the C-17 Globemaster III.
Joint Base Headquarters
The Joint Base Headquarters (JBHQ) operates the installation in support of the warfighting units, their families and the extended military community. The mission of the JBHQ is to provide support to mission commanders and the joint base community, to serve as an enabler to the soldiers as they train and project America's combat power, and to make JBLM the station of choice for American soldiers and their families.
With an Army joint base commander and an Air Force deputy joint base commander, the JBHQ supports the installation through directorates and agencies that provide a full range of city services and quality-of-life functions; everything from facilities maintenance, recreation and family programs to training support and emergency services.
The major organizations that make up the bulk of the JBHQ include:
- Directorates of Public Works: Logistics
- Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation
- Human Resources; Emergency Services
- Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization, and Security (DPTMS)
Additional staff offices that support the installation mission include the Joint Base Public Affairs Office, the Religious Support Office, the Resource Management Office, Equal Employment Opportunity Office, the Joint Base Safety Office and the Plans, Analysis and Integration Office. Other partners who work closely with the JBHQ include the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center, the Mission and Installation Contracting Command and Joint Personal Property Shipping Office.
Two military units support the JBHQ
- 627th Air Base Group
- Provides command and control and administrative oversight to the Airmen who perform installation support duties on behalf of the Joint Base Commander.
- Headquarters and Headquarters Company, JBLM
- Provides administrative oversight to the Army personnel in the JBHQ and supports newly arrived soldiers during their in-processing period.
JBLM Service Members receive medical care through on-base facilities such as Madigan Army Medical Center, the Okubo Clinic, the Nisqually Clinic, and the McChord Clinic.
In 2010, Joint Base Lewis–McChord was called the U.S. military’s “most troubled base” in 2010 by the military’s Stars and Stripes newspaper. By 2015, the base had changed its public image, winning recognition in the Army Communities of Excellence awards program with a Silver Award in 2012, and Bronze Awards in 2013 and 2014.
JBLM has two Senior Service Component Commanders, one Army (Commander, I Corps) I Corps (United States) and one Air Force (Commander, 62d Airlift Wing) 62d Airlift Wing , and has more than 45,000 Service Members and civilian workers. The post supports over 120,000 military retirees and more than 29,000 family members living both on and off post. The base has a total active population of nearly 210,000 inhabitants, making it the fourth largest military installment worldwide by population. JBLM consists of four geographical areas, Lewis Main, Lewis North, McChord Field, and Yakima Training Center. Lewis Main, Lewis North and McChord Field cover over 86,000 acres (35,000 ha); while Yakima Training Center covers 324,000 acres (131,000 ha).
JBLM Lewis Main, Lewis North and McChord Field have abundant high-quality, close-in training areas, including 115 live fire ranges. Additional training space is available at Yakima Training Center in eastern Washington, including maneuver areas and additional live fire ranges.
In 2009, the former Fort Lewis Regional Correction Facility was remodeled and renamed the Northwest Joint Regional Correctional Facility (NWJRCF). The facility houses minimum and medium security prisoners from all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.
- FAA Airport Master Record for TCM ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective 8 April 2010.
- Joint Base Lewis–McChord website
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Fort Lewis.|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to McChord Air Force Base.|
- Joint Base Lewis–McChord homepage
- JBLM Headquarters homepage
- I Corps, I Corps official website
- McChord Field, McChord Air Force Base, and Joint Base Lewis–McChord: Part 1, Part 2 at HistoryLink
- (PDF), effective November 9, 2017
- FAA Terminal Procedures for TCM, effective November 9, 2017
- Resources for this U.S. military airport:
- Joint Base Lewis–McChord history
- Joint Base Lewis–McChord Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare & Recreation
- United States Army Environmental Command
- 7th Infantry Division
- 42nd Military Police Brigade homepage
- 62nd Airlift Wing, official website
- 446 Airlift Wing, official website
- McChord Air Museum
- BRAC 2005: Closings, Realignments to Reshape Infrastructure