Welcome to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, home of I Corps and the 62 Airlift Wing.

Located in the heart of the Pacific Northwest's Puget Sound region, Joint Base Lewis-McChord is the Department of Defense's premiere military installation on the West Coast. The Joint Base, which began operation in October 2010 from the consolidation of Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base, is one of 12 joint bases created by the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission. The Joint Base celebrated its Centennial Anniversary in 2017, making it 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.

All active-duty service members are required to in-process at the Military Personnel Division upon arrival. At that time, your relocation package will be opened and the office will collect your unit personnel records (if e-records are not yet established) as well as a current SEGLI form. You will receive back all other records, such as medical, dental and on-the-job training records. After you receive your medical and dental records, you will take them to the medical and dental clinic at your earliest convenience. You will also be scheduled for the base Newcomers' Orientation program.

New Arrivals

USAG Reception

All incoming Soldiers must report to the USAG Reception Desk located at Building 2021 on the corner of Pendleton Avenue and 6th Street. The Reception Desk is open 24/7, 365 days a year. For more information, call 253-967-7004.


The USO is located in the main terminal, second floor. For more information, click  here.

Please visit the  Bremerton-Kitsap Airporter site for information on airport shuttle service. If you are arriving by shuttle, please ensure that the shuttle drops you off at the USAG Reception Desk in Building 2021.


JBLM has two Visitor Control Centers where you can stop for information and directions.

-  JBLM Main Gate (Liberty Gate, off Interstate 5's exit 120) -- 253-967-4794
-  McChord Field Main Gate (off Interstate 5's exit 125) -- 253-982-2588

Lodging/Temporary Accomodations

Many hotels and extended stays near JBLM offer discounted rates for military personnel and their families. Please visit Housing Services Office before arriving to JBLM, or consider visiting the HSO upon arrival for updated information and a list of accommodations in the area.

On Base Lodging (privatized)

Locations: Rainier Inn is on Lewis Main behind Waller Hall. Evergreen Inn is on McChord Field.

Reservations: Call IHG Army Hotels at 1-877-711-TEAM or visit  online.

Statements of Non-Availability: Because lodging has been privatized, personnel are no longer required to obtain a SNA to make off-base lodging arrangements.


Permissive Temporary Duty

Soldiers arriving at their new Permanent Duty Station are no longer required to obtain a validation stamp from the Housing Office for the purpose of PTDY for house hunting.  It is, however, highly recommended that service members review the JBLM Housing Welcome Packet located on the Housing Services Office webpage prior to making housing arrangements. 

If Soldier’s PTDY was approved by the old PDS, no validation is required at the new PDS for the purpose of house hunting. If the Soldier has not made arrangements to rent, lease or buy a place to live, the losing command may grant PTDY to be used before signing in at the PDS, or the gaining PDS command may grant PTDY to be used after in-processing. 

Return to USAG Reception Desk for in-processing after 10 days of PTDY.

Army Personnel

Service members arriving at Joint Base Lewis-McChord must report to the JBLM Military Personnel Division, located in Building 2140 on Liggett Avenue in Waller Hall, on arrival regardless of unit assignment. If you are unable to report on the required date, call Travelers Assistance at 1-800-582-5552 or the Welcome Center at 253-967-7004.

Air Force Personnel

If you are a first-term Airmen and this is your first assignment, you will also be required to attend the First Term Airmen's Center briefing. All briefings at the Newcomers' Orientation will be in greater detail than during the FTAC. However, it is imperative you report to the Military Personnel Division to turn in your relocation package. In case of an emergency during your trip to JBLM , contact your sponsor, unit first sergeant or commander.

Relocation Readiness Program and Newcomers' Orientation

JBLM is one of the most requested installations, and the JBLM Relocation Readiness Program provided by the Directorate of Personnel and Family Readiness is a comprehensive program designed to assist service members and families with transfers and relocations throughout the tour cycle. Services and programs include workshops, counseling and support, pre-move planning, moving, settling into a new community and more.

Newcomers' Orientation takes place once a month at the American Lake Conference Center located at 8085 NCO Beach Road on Lewis North and is mandatory for all service members within 30 days of reporting to JBLM. At the orientation, service members will attend briefings provided by a variety of base agencies on JBLM and speak with a TRICARE representative. Military uniform is required. Spouses are encouraged to attend the orientation, and free on-site childcare is provided with registration; call 253-966-2977.

Household Goods Arrival

If you are expecting a shipment of household goods or unaccompanied baggage, you may check the status of your shipment directly through Defense Personnel Property Shipping System. You may also schedule your delivery directly with your Transportation Service Provider or moving company. If you need assistance, contact the Joint Property Shipping Office-Northwest at 253-967-5093 or 1-800-521-9959. If you are a Soldier turning in a Personally Procured Move claim, you may do so at the Joint Personal Property Shipping Office Northwest, or JPPSO NW, located in Building 2150 on Lewis Main. If you are an Air Force member turning a Personally Procured Move claim, you may do so at Traffic Management Office, McChord Field located in Building 100.

JBLM Standards Book

Standards are the engine of discipline and essential to success on the battlefield. The primary goal of the JBLM Standards Book is to guide and reinforce the high standards of conduct and appearance of all service members at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, in order to build and communicate professional habits, confident leaders, and a highly-disciplined joint fighting force.

To view the JBLM Standards Book, click here.

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