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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.
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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KM3BX6V
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