Bill Adamson (253) 983-7772 • Fax (253) 983-7895 •
Program Manager


2016 SSMCP Survey Media Day

SSMCP collaborated with partners to create the 2016 JBLM/Camp Murray Regional Survey to gain insight on aspects of demographics, statistics and perceptions of Active Duty, Reserve, Guard and civilian personnel. 

WHAT: Q&A on Military Member Survey

WHEN: 2 p.m., Monday, Oct. 10

WHERE: Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW

CONTACT: Bill Adamson, Program Manager, South Sound Military & Communities Partnership

Dedication slated for expanded lacey Veterans Services Hub


Plan to attend the Lacey Veterans Services Hub Dedication Ceremony on Friday, October 7 at 1pm. 4232 6th Ave SE Ste 202, Lacey, WA 98503 (South Puget Sound Community College Campus) Eighteen organizations With a primary focus on Thurston County’s 30,000 Veterans and the area’s growing number of transitioning service members, a smaller version of the facility operated out of about 1,200 square-feet of office space since October 2014, made possible by a collaborative partnership with South Puget Sound Community College.

SSMCP Studying How to Increase Safety in 'McChord Field North Clear Zone'

Sept. 13, 2016

The South Sound Military & Communities Partnership (SSMCP) is studying how to increase safety in the area known as the “McChord Field North Clear Zone” near Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM).

Beginning Sept. 13, 2016, SSMCP will be contacting property owners located in the North Clear Zone. SSMCP will evaluate property appraisals and produce relocation estimates to determine the potential cost of bringing the North Clear Zone into compliance with federal safety guidelines through a strategy that may include acquiring properties and assisting businesses in moving out of the North Clear Zone.

SSMCP has identified five main objectives for the North Clear Zone Project:

  • Ensure public and air safety
  • Bring use of the North Clear Zone into Federal Aviation Administration and Department of Defense regulatory compliance
  • Preserve JBLM “Mission Assurance”
  • Maintain full operational capacity and capability
  • Implement the 2015 JBLM Joint Land Use Study (JLUS)



SSMCP works to address issues that affect military and civilian communities around JBLM and to foster outcomes that are mutually beneficial for the South Sound region.

As part of this work, SSMCP recently completed the Joint Land Use Study (JLUS). One of the highest-priority recommendations that came out of the JLUS is to research strategies and develop an action plan to bring the North Clear Zone into compliance with Department of Defense guidelines for public and air safety. SSMCP recently hired a team of consultants to assist us in completing this project.

“This is important for JBLM moving forward. It’s an easy investment in the safety, security and prosperity of our community,” said State Senator Steve O’Ban upon learning his request that appropriations be made for an appraisal of the North Clear Zone (NCZ) was included in the Senate budget.

A Clear Zone is a federally-designated, 3,000-by-3,000-foot safety area adjacent to the end of a runway. This area has the highest statistical possibility of aircraft accidents. Department of Defense guidelines call for Clear Zones to be undeveloped, meaning they should not contain any buildings, businesses, people or flight obstructions. This protects the public’s safety and the military’s ability to carry out its missions. The North Clear Zone does not currently meet these guidelines. SSMCP is studying a number of potential strategies to address this, including acquiring properties and providing assistance for businesses to relocate elsewhere in the vicinity.

SSMCP has hired Montro & Johnston, an independent appraisal firm, to develop cost estimates for property acquisition and business relocation assistance.  The firm will contact property owners and tenants in the North Clear Zone to discuss acquisition and relocation considerations and request a site visit in September or early October.

Initial research on potential strategies for the North Clear Zone will be completed this winter.

Questions can be referred to Col. (Ret.) William (Bill) Adamson, Program Manager for South Sound Communities & Military Partnership, (253) 983-7772.


Take the 2016 JBLM-Camp Murray Survey!

Please follow the link below to take a ten-minute, anonymous survey that will help us and our local communities understand your needs and those of your families. This survey will provide us with critical information about your preferences in housing, driving habits, shopping and recreation needs, and other useful data. This survey is sponsored by the South Sound Military & Communities Partnership and JBLM. Commanders have been briefed and support this effort.

To take the survey, click the following link, which will direct you to an approved external website:

We recognize that you are often asked to take surveys.  Therefore, we made this survey short; it contains less than 40 questions. As an incentive, our community partners are offering $2,500 in prizes ($25 to $500 gift and discount certificates) for randomly selected survey respondents.

The survey will be open for participation from 16 May through 13 June 2016; please provide your input as soon as possible.

Thank you for your time in helping us to better serve you.

New ID requirements for JBLM visitors

This change affects companies with employees who need unescorted access to JBLM or YTC. It also impacts people who need visitor passes to visit friends, family, the museums, hospital or other locations on either JBLM or YTC. The change does not apply to Department of Defense workers because they already have DOD identification cards.
Visitors with the Washington State Enhanced Driver's License or ID must still go to the Visitor Center to get a base pass.

69th Annual NW Anthropological Conference coming to Tacoma

Tacoma’s Pacific Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5 closes until mid-April starting Thursday

House passes measure to provide foreclosure relief for members of the military

March 21, 2016 By The Suburban Times

Monday the U.S. House of Representatives passed S. 2393, the Foreclosure Relief and Extension for Servicemembers Act of 2015, to extend foreclosure protection for military homeowners from 90 days to a one year period until January 1, 2018. Learn more here:

Sound Transit: Point Defiance Bypass Work Upcoming

March 21, 2016 By City of Lakewood

Girder repair affects JBLM ramps and 41st Division Drive

March 21, 2016 By The Suburban Times 
From 10 p.m. Thursday, March 24 to 4 a.m. Friday, March 25, the following will close:
•41st Division Drive under I-5;
•Southbound I-5 off-ramp to Lewis Main;
•Northbound I-5 off-ramp to Lewis North;
•Lewis North on-ramp to northbound I-5;
•Lewis Main on-ramp to southbound I-5.

Muri, O’Ban to host town hall event

March 19

WHAT: 28th District Town Hall
CHECK-IN: 5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
WHEN: Saturday, Mar. 19, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
WHO: All 28th District residents are invited.
WHERE: Steilacoom Town Hall – 1717 Lafayette Street, Steilacoom 98388
**coffee, water and cookies will be provided.

No RSVP is required to participate in the event. People not able to attend are encouraged to send their questions and concerns by phone or email.


Former Army Surgeon Gen. Patricia Horoho to Head Accenture’s Defense Health Practice

Accenture Federal Services said Wednesday she will oversee the practice’s business strategy, growth and operations-related functions as the subsidiary is a partner with prime contractor Leidos (NYSE: LDOS) and Cerner on a multiyear, multibillion dollar contract for the Defense Department‘s electronic health record system integration program.

DoD selected the team last year for the project to help integrate a commercial EHR system across the Military Health System.

Horoho is a 33-year Army veteran who served as its surgeon general and led Army Medical Command for four years until her retirement from the military in December.

Register for the 2016 Military Kids & Families Summit:


Night paving restricts left turns onto Berkeley Street in Lakewood

The Suburban Times

15 March 2016

Nighttime Interstate 5 drivers heading to Tillicum or Madigan Army Medical Center via Berkeley Street/Exit 122 may need to plan an alternate route.

9 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, to 4 a.m. Thursday, March 17

Northbound and southbound I-5 drivers will not be able to turn left onto Berkeley Street in Lakewood. The closure will allow crews to take advantage of favorable weather for paving as part of the City of Lakewood’s  Interstate 5 – Madigan Access Improvements project. Drivers will use alternate routes.

Learn more here:


JBLM delays test firing of HIMARS Reduced Range Practice Rockets


Joint Base Lewis-McChord test firing of reduced range practice rockets (rrpr) this week at joint base lewis-mcchord is delayed. The firings are delayed because an important safety feature on the high mobility artillery rocket system vehicle alerted field artillery soldiers friday that there was insufficient tree-top clearance at the firing point.

Learn more here:

Cascadia Rising JLOTS Operations

US Transportation Command will be participating in a large military training exercise called Cascadia Rising – a humanitarian / disaster relief exercise involving Joint Logistics Over the Shore (JLOTS) operations.  The proposed action takes place from June 7-16, 2016. The public comment period runs from March 9 to April 8, 2016.
An Open House is scheduled for March 15, 2016 (6:00pm – 8:00pm) at Eagles Pride Golf Course.
The draft EA and comment forms are available at:

Water Testing for WA military installations


The Pentagon is testing water at local military bases concerned of contamination. The worry is chemicals contained in the foam used to fight fires could have made its way into ground and drinking water. Several bases in Seattle area are being tested, among them Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Whidbey Island Naval Air Station and the Yakima Training Center and the Fairchild and Four Lakes Air Bases. Federal officials say the chemicals may be associated with prostate, kidney, testicular cancer and other health issues. Drinking water at a landing field in Virginia is causing enough concern Navy officials are handing out bottled water on base.

Rare daytime ramp closures scheduled amongst usual night closures in Tacoma

March 13, 2016 By

Several closures; see details here:

Steilacoom Historical School District Meeting:

SSCMP Educational Working Group address topics like this. If you are interested in becoming more involved in finding solutions for your areas of concern, contact for more information on how to get involved.

Making Connections Summit- Strengthening Our Military Families WA Military Kids & Families partnership Event:

Interested vendors, attendees and organizations: Register here:

Sound Transit to close Thorne Lane next weekend

Defense secretary likes what he sees at JBLM on land, in air and on cyber

Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Friday got a close look at Joint Base Lewis-McChord units that fight on the ground, in the air and online.

That combination, he said in remarks to troops, puts the base on the cutting edge of the Pentagon’s operations.

“You are right now, right here at JBLM on the pivot point of strategic history,” he told a group of about 140 military service members from every branch of the Armed Forces at an assembly on McChord Air Field.

His stop at the second-largest military base on the West Coast was his last on a four-day trip he booked to connect with leading technology companies in Silicon Valley and in Seattle.

Read more here:

Sound Transit lane closures on I-5 near Nisqually


Drivers can expect night time lane closures on I-5 northbound between Mounts Road exit and the Rail Bridge beginning Monday night, March 7 to Friday morning, March 11. Single lane closures will occur between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. and double lane closures will occur between 11 p.m. to 4 a.m.  The work sequence will be west to east, with two left lanes closed Monday & Tuesday nights, followed by two right lanes closed Wednesday & Thursday nights.

JBLM to host open house for HIMARS test firing


An open house for the planned High Mobility Artillery Rocket System’s Reduced Range Practice Rocket testing is scheduled for Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Eagles Pride Golf Course Conference Center, JBLM, I-5 exit 116. This is an opportunity for the local community to hear details about the firing of 27 HIMARS Reduced Range Practice Rockets (RRPR) at JBLM March 15-17. For more information logon to:

Prepare for earthquakes in Pierce County

Lakewood fund seeking applicants

The Lakewood Community Foundation Fund (LCFF) is seeking applicants for 2016 grants . Deadline is April 1, 2016. $23,500 was distributed in 2015.

Governor’s Race Comes to Lakewood

Bill Bryant, Republican candidate for governor, will speak about his campaign to unseat Democrat Jay Inslee at Cheers Restaurant in Lakewood Saturday morning, March 12. The meeting starts at 11 a.m. After a brief social hour, guests may order lunch and drinks from the menu before the speakers talk. We target adjournment around 1 p.m. The cost is $5 for members of the 28th District Republican Club or $10 for non-members. Non-member citizens are encouraged to attend and learn about this critical race.

Cheers Restaurant is located at 11521 Bridgeport Way SW in Lakewood.

Reservations are required, but plenty of seating is available. To reserve your space or for more information, please call Delores Tulfo at 820-7056 before March 8.

Rail improvement work impacts overnight traffic on I-5 near Nisqually 

SoundTransit Traffic Advisory

29 February 2016

Night time lane closures on I-5 northbound between Mounts Road exit and the Rail Bridge beginning Monday night, March 7 to Friday morning, March 11. The Rail Bridge is being rehabilitated as a component of the Point Defiance Bypass project which will route Amtrak Cascades passenger trains to an inland rail line through DuPont, Lakewood, and Tacoma.

Single lane closures will occur between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. and double lane closures will occur between 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. The work sequence will be west to east, with two left lanes closed Monday & Tuesday nights, followed by two right lanes closed Wednesday & Thursday nights.

Standard Driver License no longer acceptable for JBLM access

Starting April 1

March 1, 2016 By

Just Announced: JBLM 2016 Air Show 27-28 August at McChord Field

Get the details here:

February 2016 News

The South Puget Sound was named 1 of 10 Great American Defense Communities by the Association of Defense Communities.

29 February 2016


Overnight closures planned for on-ramps to westbound SR 512 in Parkland

Night closures slated for two Tacoma area I-5 HOV projects

The Sheriff's Log: Homelessness

26 February 2016 THE SUBURBAN TIMES

Paul Pastor, Pierce County Sheriff shares insight on increase of "homeless" people. Learn more about what has been done and what you can do to help.

Camp Lewis Centennial Celebration 2017 News!

23 February 2016 The Suburban Times

DuPont Historical Society and Museum hosts Erik Flint, Director Army Lewis Museum, to speak on the "History of Camp Lewis and their Centennial Celebration 2017" at DuPont Community Presbyterian Church, 502 Barksdale Ave. DuPont, WA.

Lakewood Historical Society Celebrates City's 20th Birthday

22 February 2016 The Suburban Times

DuPont Transportation Benefit District Meets

23 February City of DuPont

The City of DuPont’s Transportation Benefit District (TBD) Board will meet on February 23, 2016 – 6pm at City Hall 1700 Civic Drive, DuPont, WA 98327 – to hold elections of President and Vice President, review budget, and develop TBD calendar.

Educational Programs and Operations Levy Passes

February 19, 2016 Clover Park Schoold District

Seahawk Jermaine Kearse continues to support communities and education

February 19, 2016 The Suburban Times

Seahawk Jermaine Kearse visited Clover Park Technical College to inspire students and share the values of the 15 to 1: Jermaine Kearse Foundation

House Bill would halt US Army, Marine Drawdowns

February 12, 2016 Defense News

Two lawmakers on the House Armed Services Committee plan to introduce legislation Thursday to stop ongoing drawdowns for the Army and Marine Corps, potentially adding 55,000 soldiers back into Army plans. Rep. Chris Gibson, R-N.Y., said Wednesday that his bipartisan bill would, if approved, stop the drawdown. SEE STORY

Pentagon Renews BRAC Request but Pushes it Back to 2019

February 10, 2016  Dan Cohen

In the Obama administration’s last year, the Pentagon has raised the urgency of a new round of base closures, threatening to take unilateral action if lawmakers once again reject its request.

“The need to reduce unneeded facilities is so critical that, in the absence of authorization of a new round of BRAC, the department will explore any and all authorities that Congress has provided to eliminate wasteful infrastructure,” according to an overview of DOD’s fiscal 2017 budget request . - SEE FULL STORY

Pacific pivot pulls a JBLM medical headquarters to Hawaii

February 1, 2016; The News Tribune, Adam Ashton

An Army headquarters that for several years managed 11 military hospitals in western states officially closed Friday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord when it was folded in to a new Hawaii-based command.

The change does not mean much for the roughly 100,000 people who receive care at Madigan Army Medical Center every year. They’ll continue seeing doctors at Madigan and its community clinics in Lacey and Puyallup.

But it strips from JBLM a headquarters that was led by a major general, in the interest of realigning Army medical resources...READ FULL ARTICLE

Navy Considers SEAL Training at Point Defiance, State Parks

January 13, 2016; News Tribune,

Elite Navy SEALs might one day practice their stealthy maneuvers at Tacoma's Point Defiance Park.

That scenario could unfold if the Navy follows through with a proposal it's considering to significantly expand its Special Warfare training in the Puget Sound.


Muri receives award from Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs


‘Outstanding Legislator’ is the title of the award given to state Rep. Dick Muri, R-Steilacoom by theWashington State Department of Veteran’s Affairs (WSDVA) for his work at the legislature on behalf of the state’s approximately 700,000 military veterans. The WSDVA administers a variety of benefits and services to veterans and their families, including health care, education and training, mental health counseling, and employment services. FULL ARTICLE .