Military Spending in Washington
From Office of Economic Adjustment's Defense Spending by State Fiscal Year 2014
Northwest Military History
Provide relevant and ready expeditionary units to the combatant commander as part of a joint team.
Thriving on community partnership
Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) began out of true community partnership.
In 1917, Pierce County acquired 70,000 acres of Washington land and donated it to the federal government to create Camp Lewis, named in honor of Meriwether Lewis, the leader of the famed Lewis and Clark expedition of 1804-1806. In 1927, after the Camp was found to be in great disrepair, the War Department decided to construct new facilities there and turn it into a permanent post--Fort Lewis.
In 1929, work began on a Pierce County airfield north of Fort Lewis. Originally named Tacoma Field, it was transferred to the U.S. Government in 1938, and on July 3, 1940, the Army Air Force's newest bomber base was dedicated as McChord Field, named in honor of Colonel William C. McChord. The field became independent of Fort Lewis in 1947 after the U.S. Air Force was established as a separate service, and was redesignated McChord Air Force Base (AFB) in on January 1, 1948.
In 2010, Fort Lewis and McChord AFB merged to become Joint Base Lewis-McChord as a result of a 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission recommendation. JBLM is the largest Army-led joint base in the United States and is the only Army Power Projection Platform west of the Rocky Mountains.
About I Corps
The United States Army I Corps commands most Army units at JBLM and conducts planning and liaison with other assigned active and Reserve component units located in the continental United States. It is one of four corps headquarters in the active Army, and one of three based in the continental United States. I Corps has been designated as one of the active Army's contingency corps. I Corps stays prepared to deploy on short notice worldwide to command up to five divisions or a joint task force.
About 62nd Airlift Wing
The 62nd Airlift Wing is the primary United States Air Force active duty wing on JBLM-McChord Field. The wing is part of Air Mobility Command and provides the Department of Defense a fast, flexible, and responsive airlift capability, with a primary mission to develop and sustain expeditionary Airmen to deliver global airlift for America. In addition, as the provider of the Prime Nuclear Airlift Force, the 62nd is the only wing in the Department of Defense tasked to airlift nuclear weapons and materials.
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