Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM)
The original Camp Lewis was created in 1917 when the citizens of Pierce County voted to buy 68,721 acres of land and donate it to the federal government for use as a permanent army post. In 1927, the county passed a bond measure to establish an airfield just north of the military reservation. The airfield, named Tacoma Field, officially opened March 14, 1930, and was later renamed McChord Field in 1940 in honor of Colonel William McChord.
On February 1, 2010, Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) was established in accordance with congressional legislation implementing the recommendations of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission. The Commission ordered the consolidation of facilities which were adjoining, but separate military installations, into a single joint base – JBLM was one of 12 joint bases formed in the United States as a result of the law. JBLM has been hailed as the most successful of these Joint Bases.
Commissioned as a National Guard Base in 1889, Camp Murray is headquarters of the Washington Military Department (WMD), which includes the Washington Army and Air National Guards.The Washington Military Department is also home to the Emergency Operations Center, the state’s headquarters for emergency responses. The Washington National Guard is defined by its state and federal mission. At the call of the governor, the Guard will mobilize and deploy during times of state emergency to augment local jurisdictions and responders in their efforts to protect lives and property. The Guard is also subject to the call of the President of the United States to serve as part of the total U.S. military force.
Servicemembers in the Community
Seventy-percent of the 40,000+ servicemembers and 50,000+ family members assigned to JBLM live off-base in the surrounding communities. In 2013, a South Sound Military & Communities Partnership survey found that approximately 60% live in Pierce County and nearly 33% lived in Thurston County. The Washington National Guard does not provide housing to its members, so all of our Guard personnel are truly members of their communities, just like anyone working in the civilian sector.
Washington State Military Presence
Washington State has the 6th highest regional concentration of military presence in the US.
Of the top 10 defense companies doing business in 2014 in the US, the 2nd largest was located in Washington State. The top 10 defense contractors in Washington State made a total of $4.99 billion in 2014.
According to the Office of Economic Adjustment's Defense Spending by State, Fiscal Year 2014 , Washington is the 7th top state for Department of Defense spending in the US with $5.8 billion in payroll for 106,333 personnel and $6.9 billion in contracts.
Learn More About Joint Base Lewis McChord and Camp Murray
- JBLM Official Website--About
- JBLM Headquarters Facebook
- JBLM Official Newspaper, the Northwest Guardian
- JBLM Workforce Transition At A Glance
- Washington National Guard Official Website
- How to Contact the Washington Military Department
- Washington National Guard Facebook
- Joint Services Support-Washington National Guard Weekly Update
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