WELCOME PACKET

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Welcome to the Pacific Northwest! As you prepare for your permanent change of station, the team at Joint Base Lewis-McChord stands ready to help you settle into your new home and get to know the area. Inside the Welcome Packet, you'll find information about: on and off-base housing, temporary lodging, counseling and education, arrival information, inprocessing, BAH rates, the Joint Personal Property Shipping Office, schools, pets, local communities, maps, FAQs, and more.
The Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) is the official charity of the United States Air Force The Society supports the Air Force Mission by providing worldwide emergency financial assistance to Airmen and their eligible Family members, sponsoring educational assistance programs, and offering an array of base community enhancement programs that have a positive impact on the welfare of Airmen and their Families. We’re here to meet immediate needs in an emergency. The Society provides interest-free loans and grants based on the individual situation.
The Area Access Guide contains information about how to use your Area Access Permit for recreational use of JBLM training areas.
Continuing Education Services provides quality education programs and services to the service members, families, civilians, retirees and veterans of the JBLM community.
The JBLM program, Armed Forces Family Action Plan (AFFAP) is inclusive of all branches of the military community in providing the opportunity to influence the quality of life and standard of living. Through AFFAP, all Service members, retirees, spouses, DA civilians and Family members have a forum to voice concerns and make recommendations for change. This grassroots process identifies and elevates the most significant quality of life issues impacting the military community to senior leadership for action. ** For other installation Army garrisons and higher headquarters, the program is known as the Army Family Action Plan (AFAP).
Armed Forces Family Team Building (AFFTB) empowers you, through self-development and leadership skills, basic Army knowledge and specialized training, to maximize your personal and professional potential.
Army Emergency Relief (AER) is a private, non-profit organization established to assist Soldiers and their Family members in emergency financial situations due to no fault of their own. Financial assistance is given in the form of an interest-free loan, grant, or combination of the two. Loans are repaid by an allotment.
Army PCS Move is a mobile app designed to enhance the relocation experience for Soldiers, families, and Department of the Army Civilians. Those preparing for a PCS move now have access to an organized central hub of information on entitlements, types of moves, how to plan/schedule a move, claims, and important moving information related to COVID-19.
Visit this page for information about travel camps and cabins operated by the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.
The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment.
The Community Resource Guide lists programs and services available to service members and families, Department of Defense civilian personnel and retirees.
The Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation and Army and Air Force Exchange Service on JBLM operate a variety of commercial dining locations for you and your family to enjoy.
The Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, or Family and MWR, provides a source of balance that ensures an environment in which service members and families can thrive, a structure that supports unit readiness in an era of persistent conflict and a foundation for building the future. MWR's mission is to provide service members and their families the same quality of life given to the society they have pledged to defend.
The Directorate of Personnel and Family Readiness – DPFR – is a hybrid organization that combines all programs and services typically found within Directorate of Human Resources (DHR) and Army Community Service (ACS) for the Army and Force Support Squadron (FSS) and Airman and Family Readiness Center (AFRC) for the Air Force. DPFR provides programs, services and are resources for all active-duty military and their families, retirees and DOD civilian employees.
We are the people who make Joint Base Lewis McChord the home for our Soldiers, Airmen, their families, and our civilian workforce.
JBLM diverts waste from landfills.The Earthworks mission is to preserve and enhance the environment by composting organic wastes and recycling inorganic construction and demolition debris. Earthworks materials are only available to military units at no cost. Materials are not available to individuals or contractors. All material or disposal requests must be made at least two days in advance for approval and scheduling. Units must provide their own military or GSA vehicles for hauling. Call Earthworks with any questions or to get a Material Request Form: 253-967-3803.
Joint Base Lewis-McChord offers multiple resources for employment opportunities on base. For information on obtaining employment at JBLM please visit the employment resources page.
​The Enterprise Multimedia Center at JBLM offers multimedia services such as DA photos, sound and presentation support, photography and video support, and graphic design services.
The Equal Employment Opportunity program formulates, directs, and sustains a comprehensive effort to maximize human potential to ensure fair treatment for military personnel, family members, and civilians without regard to race, color, gender, religion, or national origin, and provides an environment free of unlawful discrimination and offensive behavior.
At war and in peacetime, the Exchange provides Soldiers and Airmen with the services and merchandise they need to make their lives more comfortable.
The Financial Readiness Program provides education, counseling and support services to assist the JBLM community with their personal finances.
This page contains information about gates on JBLM.
The Hawk Career Center on Lewis North is a one-stop shop for service members transitioning from military to civilian life, as well as military spouses and other DOD ID cardholders seeking employment readiness and support services. The facility houses the JBLM SFL-TAP Program, the DPFR Employment Readiness Program, Career Choice Financial Counseling, and information and referral services. Also on site is the WorkSource JBLM office, a partnership of state and local government agencies, colleges and non-profit organizations that offer employment services for job seekers and businesses.
This page contains the history of JBLM and contact information for the Cultural Resources Management program.
The Housing Division provides accompanied and unaccompanied housing options for service members and their family stationed at JBLM.
The mission of the ID Card/DEERS section is to ensure enrollment of all eligible Department of Defense beneficiaries in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System and to provide Common Access Card issuance to service members, retirees and their family members as well as to federal civilian employees and contract employees.
This page is designed to educate and request support in the prevention of illegal dumping on Joint Base Lewis-McChord
This office performs 24 hour direct support for all incoming personnel to ensure they are inprocessed.
Illegal dumping is defined as the improper disposal of waste on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Dumping or abandonment of refuse or materials on Joint Base Lewis-McChord costs the installation and taxpayers in excess of $500,000 per year. The current semiannual clean up program negatively impacts the training of our service members.
The Joint Personal Property Shipping Office Northwest provides traffic management services related to personal property/household goods shipments initiated by service members or DOD civilians through an online system called the Defense Personal Property System.
The legal office provides legal services to service members and their families to include claims, legal assistance, tax preparation, magistrate issues (including tickets), military justice, and administrative, civil, or labor law (including investigating officer appointments).
Check out MWR's map of JBLM for points of interest on the joint base.
The various agencies within the Military Personnel Services are responsible for providing installation level personnel services to military personnel within Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Joint Base Lewis-McChord provides this motorcycle safety training under the Installation Management Command’s Army Traffic Safety Training Program contract. Course attendance is limited to active duty, reserve and guard service members (on orders), and DoD civilian employees whose job description requires motorcycle operation.
Move.mil is the Department of Defense's official customer moving portal maintained by the United States Transportation Command. Government moves can be very complicated. The resources on move.mil can help to break this process down into smaller pieces. When in doubt, give the Joint Personal Property Shipping Office a call for the most up-to-date information.
JBLM News is your first source for news and information about the joint base.
The Armed Forces Disciplinary Control Board maintains a list of areas and establishments designated as off-limits to service members. Establishment of off-limits areas is a function of command, used maintain good order and discipline, health, morale, safety and welfare of service personnel.
This page contains resources for JBLM service members and their families who have pets.
The PT guide map shows routes, road closures and off-limits areas.
There are two recycling centers available to all military ID cardholders at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Chaplains provide comprehensive religious support for the spiritual and moral needs of service members and their families, retirees and authorized civilians.
The top priority of the the installation safety office is to safeguard and protect service members, their families, civilian employees and Army and Air Force property, as well as to create the safest workplace and living environment possible.
MWR offers a plethora of recreation opportunities for the JBLM community.
JBLM Sponsorship Program
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.
This page includes details on JBLM's terms of use.
Weapon registration is mandatory for all persons residing on Joint Base Lewis-McChord regardless of branch affiliation. All privately owned weapons being brought onto Joint Base Lewis-McChord property are also required to be registered.
This page contains information about the Visitor Control Centers and proper identification required for visitors to JBLM.
Voting information for service members, family members, retirees, and civilians of the JBLM community.
There are six Warrior Restaurants conveniently located throughout the installation. Visit the Warrior Restaurants page for a list of locations and hours of operation.
Visit this page for a list of official JBLM websites and social media accounts.
Welcome to the Pacific Northwest! As you prepare for your permanent change of station, the team at Joint Base Lewis-McChord stands ready to help you settle into your new home and get to know the area. Inside the Welcome Packet, you'll find information about: on and off-base housing, temporary lodging, counseling and education, arrival information, inprocessing, BAH rates, the Joint Personal Property Shipping Office, schools, pets, local communities, maps, FAQs, and more.
​Located in the center of the state of Washington, Yakima Training Center is a 327,000 acre training location consisting of 25 ranges, including state of the art Multi-Purpose Range Complex and a Shoot House that allows service members to train collectively or individually.