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 operations 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. Joint Base Lewis-McChord is a training and mobilization center for all services and is the only Army power-projection platform west of the Rockies. Its key 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 humanitarian airlift to any location in the world with the C-17A Globemaster III, the most flexible cargo aircraft in the airlift force.

The training and benefits you get as service member are only some of the ways the U.S. Army and Air Force strengthen you for tomorrow. The Army also offers money for education, comprehensive health care, generous vacation time, family services and support groups, special pay for special duties and cash allowances to cover the cost of living.


Armed Forces Community Services

Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) Armed Forces Community Service (AFCS) provides the following programs and resources for service members their families, retirees and DoD Civilians: Army Emergency Relief (AER), Army Family Action Plan (AFAP), Army Family Team Building (AFTB), Army Volunteer Corps (AVC), Exceptional Family Member Progam (EFMP), Family Advocacy Program (FAP), Financial Readiness Program, Information, Referral & Follow-up (IR&F), Military Family Life Counselor (MFLC), Mobilization, Deployment & Support Stability Operations (MD&SSO), New Parent Support Program, Relocation & Employment Readiness Program, Survivor Outreach Services (SOS).


Better Opportunities for Single Service Members is a program that supports the overall quality of single service members’ lives. BOSS identifies well-being issues and concerns by recommending improvements through the chain-of-command. BOSS encourages and assists single service members in identifying and planning for recreational and leisure activities. Additionally, it gives single service members the opportunity to participate in and contribute to their respective communities.


Education Opportunities

The Continuing Education Services staff is committed to providing quality services and programs to active duty personnel, family members, retired military personnel, and civilian personnel. Professional guidance counselors staff three Education Centers and provide a full range of adult and continuing education counseling. Individual counseling is available during normal duty hours on a walk-in basis. Counselors are also available to visit units and provide briefings to soldiers and commanders on the education opportunities at JBLM.

Sports and Recreation

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Family and MWR offers a variety of sports and recreation programs and facilities. Five-Star fitness and sports centers make military members and their families truly "fit for freedom" and for life. Aerobics classes, cardio workout rooms, pools, saunas, courts & intramural sports are free for eligible members.