Military Newsletter


JBLM veterans push aside uncertainty, find civilian jobs

The good news this Labor Day weekend is that troops are coming out of the military with some helpful tailwinds for the first time in years.

Traffic around JBLM affects city streets, not just Interstate-5, Lakewood leaders say

The city saw traffic more than double in the last decade on some of its roads near the base’s north entrance.

A group of elected officials including U.S. Rep. Denny Heck, state Rep. David Sawyer, city of Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson and Councilwoman Mary Moss, and Joint Base Lewis McChord Base Commander Col. Charles Hodges, Jr. and state Department of Transportation officials gather at the Thorne Lane exit to Interestate 5 in Lakewood's Tilicum neighborhood to discuss the need for traffic improvements in the area on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014.

Connector road on JBLM could bring some relief to I-5 congestion

A two-lane road, set to open in early 2015, will take as many as 500 drivers a day off the freeway.

Work started in May on a two-lane road that will connect McChord Field with the Joint Base Lewis-McChord main gate. The road will span over railroad tracks and Perimeter Road and is set to open the end of January 2015.

JBLM airman receives Silver Star for heroic actions on the ground

Tech. Sgt. Matthew McKenna, a U.S. Air Force combat controller from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, prevented what could have been several casualties by...

Technical Seargent Matthew McKenna, third from left, a member of the Air Force's 22nd Special Tactics Squadron at JBLM relaxes and jokes with fellow airmen and family after he received the Silver Star during a ceremony at Joint Base Lewis-McChord Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 . McKenna, a combat controller deployed with a Army Special Forces unit in Afghanistan, helped direct airstrikes on insurgents during a ambush and a 13-hour battle in Sept. 2013 despite being exposed to withering machine gun fire and rocket propelled grenades.

Tacoma parade celebrates the military

Organizers would have liked a bigger crowd, but several thousand people showed their appreciation for the troops Saturday.

Andrew Pecunia, 8, playing the flute, and little sister Ainsley, 4, from Yorktown NY, marched alongside retired Army lieutenant colonel Bob O'Neal Tacoma, color guard commander of the Sons of the American Revolution SaturdayThe Pecunia kid's mom, Anne, grew up in Tacoma and the family were visiting on vacation.