JOint base lewis-McChord
On Feb. 1, 2010, Fort Lewis and McChord Air
Force Base became Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) -- one of
12 joint bases worldwide. On that day, JBLM reached its
initial operational capability, meaning the installation
support functions at Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base
began a phased consolidation to Army management under the
Joint Base Garrison. The process will be complete on Oct. 1,
2010, when JBLM reaches its full operational capability and
all installation support functions have transferred.
DEAN J. KOEPFLER - TACOMA NEWS
Base Lewis-McChord Deputy Commander Air Force Col. Jerry K.
Weldon II , left, and Commander Army Col. Thomas H. Brittain
shake hands after the unveiling of the JBLM sign during a
ceremony at the Joint Base Garrison building Monday morning,
Feb.1, 2010. Fort Lewis and McChord AFB officially combined
Monday as a way to streamline operations and save taxpayer
Ceremony marks start of Joint Base
2/3/2010 - Joint Base
Lewis-McChord reached Initial Operational Capability Monday
in a ceremony in front of JBLM Headquarters, Bldg. 1010, at
the intersection of Liggett and Kaufman Avenues on JBLM
Army Col. Thomas H. Brittain, JBLM
commander, cased the colors of Fort Lewis' U.S. Army
Garrison and with Air Force Col. Kenny Weldon, JBLM deputy
commander, unfurled those of the Joint Base Garrison in the
ceremony. The new joint-base includes JBLM McChord Field
(formerly McChord AFB), JBLM Lewis North (formerly North
Fort), and JBLM Lewis Main (formerly Main Post).
After the ceremony, Colonel Brittain conducted a briefing at
Carey Theater on JBLM Lewis Main and with Colonel Weldon at
the McChord Theater on McChord Field, to discuss the
formation of the joint base with the internal workforce -
civilians and service members alike.
world-class support to mission commanders and the joint base
community," Colonel Brittain said. "It's what we have done
separately, now we're going to do it together."
Kenny Weldon, JBLM deputy commander, hosted the briefing on
"Services that will be provided through the
joint base will be equal to or greater than they are today,"
said Colonel Weldon.
Monday marked the start of a
transition period lasting eight months through Oct. 1, when
Full Operational Capability is reached with all milestones
and objectives completed in the development of the joint
base. The eight months of IOC are divided into three phases
during which increasingly complex units will integrate and
take their places in the joint base structure.
we look at what Joint Base Lewis-McChord is, it's very
important for us to recognize that footprint is not
changing," Colonel Weldon said. "There is still a total
amount of personnel and dollars to support these very
Signs were posted Monday,
letterheads will change and calendars will consolidate. Some
smaller, less complex organizations begin merging
immediately during Phase 1.
The installation unveiled
a new Web site Monday. The address is
www.lewis-mcchord.army.mil. The 62nd
Airlift Wing Web site remains at
designed to be an understated beginning for the joint base.
"We sincerely believe that this is a natural step, the
right thing to do," said Colonel Brittain. "We've fought
together with the Air Force in any number of locations and
now we're going to live and train together. In the process,
we're going to become more efficient and effective. We
absolutely think that the sum is going to be greater than
Out of 20 installations to undergo joint
basing, this is the first time the Army has had the lead in
the effort. Twelve installations across the United States
are now a joint base.
Lewis-McChord: A giant military marriage -
By Kris Sherman Tacoma News Tribune
Fort Lewis, McChord merged into joint base -
By Kris Sherman Tacoma News Tribune
JOint base lewis-McChord
and McChord Air Force Base, located on Washington’s south Puget
Sound in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, had almost a century of
military service before merging and becoming Joint Base
Lewis-McChord (JBLM) in 2010.
Camp Lewis was established in 1917 and became Fort Lewis
in 1927. McChord Air Force Base started as McChord Army Air Field
in 1938 and became McChord Air Force base when the Air Force
became a separate military service in 1947.
The U.S. Army’s I Corps is the primary
unit on JBLM Main and the U.S. Air Force 62nd Airlift Wing is the
primary unit on JBLM-McChord Field. They join more than 30
different units from the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps,
Reserve and National Guard, and Department of Defense agencies on
2005, the Base Realignment and Closure Commission designated Fort
Lewis and McChord Air Force Base as a joint base, one of 12 joint
bases in the Department of Defense.
Joint Base Lewis-McChord became
operational on January 31, 2010. When the transition period is
completed on September 30, Fort Lewis and McChord AFB became one
base with a common boundary, an Army joint base commander, an Air
Force deputy commander, and base services managed and provided by
Joint Base Lewis-McChord is the largest military installation on
the west coast of the United States with more than 415,000 acres,
including Yakima Training Center in central Washington State. JBLM
will support an on-base population and in neighboring communities
of more than 100,000 people including military personnel,
families, civilian and contract employees, and retirees and their
Throughout the implementation process and after the joint base
began operation, JBLM's leaderships focus was supporting the
warfighters and preserving or enhancing the bases ability to
support national defense missions. Army and Air Force units will
continue to be assigned and commanded by their military services,
performing separate missions, and be supported by the joint base.
Creating the joint base is a complex
process and required the consolidation of all support services for
base units, their families and the retired community.
McCHORD AFB / FT. LEWIS
JOINT BASE LEWIS -
JOINT BASE LEWIS - McCHORD
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD
FORT LEWIS - MAIN POST: JBLM - MAIN
NORTH FORT LEWIS: JBLM - NORTH
McCHORD AFB: JBLM - McCHORD FIELD
Lewis-McChord - by the numbers
Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Pierce and Thurston counties
Acres at Joint Base Lewis-McChord Yakima Training
Annual operating budget for joint base support services
Active duty Army personnel
active duty personnel
reservists and National Guard at McChord Field
deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan
Number of C-17
Globemaster III aircraft assigned to McChord
civilian employees & contractors at JBLM & Yakima Training
civilians and contractors
Military retirees in area
Joint Basing Information
What is a joint
A joint base is the consolidation of
two of more installations of different services into one base.
These installations share a common boundary or are close to each
joint basing? Why are you doing it?
Within the Department of Defense,
installations use military, civilians, and contractors to perform
common installation support functions. All installations perform
these functions using similar processes. Joint basing is an
opportunity to achieve efficiencies in operating the installations
and other savings from the consolidation of future service
Joint bases are also seen as
installations to support war-fighting missions with the primary
objective of preserving or enhancing the ability to support combat
operations. They provide an opportunity to more efficiently and
effectively support military units and missions, increase
operational readiness and facilitate new ways of doing business.
Will the joint base save money from
combining two bases?
Department of Defense guidance for
joint bases states that savings will not be directed, but must be
derived from manpower and functional analysis studies, and
cooperative joint determinations between the affected
bases are becoming joint bases?
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Bases get new names in realignment
Lisa Daniel - American Forces Press Service
3/25/2010 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Some
military installations are consolidating and getting new names as
joint basing becomes a reality.
The 2005 Base
Realignment and Closure Commission's directive to consolidate 26
stateside military installations into 12 joint bases has brought
names such as Lewis-McChord, Langley-Eustis, and even the
trilateral McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst into the lexicon of military
Settling on new names was but a fraction
of considerations undertaken in the four-year joint-basing
process, which produced 12 agreements that range from 600 to 1,000
pages and cover everything from billeting to signage to services,
said Col. Michael Addison, the Defense Department's deputy
director of joint basing. While
each joint base has its own unique challenges and experiences,
Colonel Addison said, the process created much-needed uniformity
in directing 49 like functions for each base.
"The Department of Defense now has common output level standards,"
he said. "Not having those standards was largely why we had
difficulty doing this in the past. "
Without common standards, Colonel
Addison said, some services would, for example, measure
unaccompanied housing by the number of beds, while others would
measure space. "One of the benefits of joint basing is in learning
how to talk to each other," he said. "We all had different
languages. If you say 'emergency response' to a Soldier, Sailor,
Airman or Marine, you may get four different ideas of what that
Joint basing isn't new, Colonel Addison
pointed out. The military has used it for years in Iraq,
Afghanistan and Bosnia. Still, he said, the concept met with some
resistance stateside. "We know how to fight jointly," Colonel
Addison said. "We've gotten really good at that in the past 10 or
20 years. What we aren't as good at yet is living together back in
the (continental United States)."
As commander of
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Army Col. Tommy Brittain is
motivated by his experiences with successful joint basing overseas
as he works to meet the BRAC deadline to become fully operational
by October. The start of joint basing, he said, can be traced back
to the 1986 Goldwater-Nichols Department of Defense Reorganization
Act. "We've been training and fighting together ever since," he
said. "So, it was a natural progression to come to this conclusion
at these certain locations to take care of mission commanders,
warfighters and their families.
"I'm very proud to
be a member of this team and leading this team in this direction,"
he added. "Honestly, I believe this is going to be historical."
Colonel Brittain called the transition "a very complex process"
that succeeds through teamwork at every level, outreach to
stakeholders and "100 percent transparency in what we're doing."
a city manager overseeing an annexation, Colonel Brittain had to
study how the support functions of Fort Lewis and McChord Air
Force Base would merge, where they would collocate, how jobs would
change, and much more. "What was managed as two separate cities
now is managed as one city," he said. "We have maintained our
appropriate storefronts at the right location for where all those
customers live, work and train."
said his job was made easier by the appointment of Air Force
Col. Kenny Weldon II as the deputy base commander at
Lewis-McChord. Weldon served in the Pentagon's installations and
environment office and was well-versed in joint basing before
going to Lewis-McChord. "There
is great teamwork and leadership offered by Kenny Weldon and Col.
Kevin Kilb, (the 62nd Airlift Wing commander), and so I have tried
to continue to move forward with the teamwork approach to solve
any problems that arise," Colonel Brittain said.
While the nature of the base merger forces compromises, Colonel
Weldon said, teamwork grew out of the realization that joint
standards for services and dual oversight of services would create
a better installation. "There is a clear recognition in today's
environment that you've got to have strong support to take care of
warfighters and their families," he said. "It's a goal at every
installation, but this is a concerted effort to try to put a
definition to what that means."
The BRAC commission
created the joint bases to bring efficiencies, common practices
and cost savings to bases that were duplicating efforts, even
while most shared a fence line, Colonel Addison said. One of the
biggest challenges has been to assuage fears that joint basing
strips services of their culture and heritage, he said.
the hardest thing for our base commanders to do is to assure
people that nothing will be lost, then build a joint culture that
preserves the cultures and what is special about each," Colonel
Colonel Brittain said he has tried to do
just that as he reaches out to Soldiers and Airmen.
"We're getting out the message that
this does not change our service culture, this does not change our
service history, and this does not change our service mission," he
Such outreach, he said, is part of the
process in moving the installation toward being fully operational
as a joint base by October.
"We're going 24
hours a day to make sure things happen," Brittain said. "There is
a great team beneath us that wear both a blue uniform and a green
uniform, and they're moving the ball toward the goal."
Seven bases received new names in January:
-- Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base became Joint Base
Lewis-McChord, led by the Army;
-- The Navy's
Anacostia Annex and Bolling Air Force Base here became Joint Base
Anacostia-Bolling, led by the Navy;
-- Naval Station
Pearl Harbor and Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, became Joint Base
Pearl Harbor-Hickam, led by the Navy;
-- Charleston Air Force Base and Naval Weapons Station Charleston,
S.C., became Joint Base Charleston, led by the Air Force;
-- Elmendorf Air Force Base and Fort
Richardson, Alaska, became Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, led by
the Air Force;
-- Lackland and Randolph Air Force bases
and Fort Sam Houston, Texas, became Joint Base San Antonio, led by
the Air Force; and
-- Langley Air Force
Base and Fort Eustis in Virginia became Joint Base Langley-Eustis,
led by the Air Force.
Five others became
joint bases in October when:
-- Naval Amphibious
Base Little Creek and Fort Story in Virginia became Joint
Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, led by the Navy;
-- Fort Myer and the Marine Corps' Henderson
Hall in Virginia became Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, led by the
-- Andrews Air Force Base and Naval Air
Facility Washington, in Maryland, became Joint Base Andrews, led
by the Air Force;
-- McGuire Air Force
Base, Fort Dix and Naval Air Engineering Station Lakehurst, all in
New Jersey, became Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, led by the
Air Force; and
-- Navy Base Guam and Andersen Air Force
Base in Guam became Joint Region Marianas, led by the Navy.
ESTABLISHING JOINT BASE
LEWIS - McCHORD
How was Joint Base
The Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC)
Commission in 2005 recommended the transfer of installation
support functions of McChord AFB to Fort Lewis and establish Joint
Base Lewis-McChord. It was one of twelve joint bases established
from 26 military installations. The recommendation became law in
When will Joint Base
Fort Lewis and McChord AFB leaders and
planners had been preparing for joint basing since 2006. Joint
Base Lewis-McChord began initial operational capability (IOC) on
31 January 2010 and achieved full operational capability (FOC) on
30 September 2010 when the transfer of all property, operating
funds, and installation support civilian employees from the Air
Force is complete.
Who will command the joint base?
The BRAC designated a military service
to operate each joint base and provide installation support
services. At Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the Army has the
responsibility of managing and providing services to Air Force
units. As the military service component responsible for operating
the base, the Army will assign a joint base commander and the Air
Force will assign a deputy joint base commander.
The base commander
and deputy base commander will have assigned military and civilian
personnel for supporting the base, but will not command any of the
Army and Air Force units on the base. Those units will remain
under the command and control of their military service.
How will the joint base affect Air Force
Joint basing is expected to preserve or
enhance the bases ability to support military missions. On JBLM,
Air Force units will to continue their combat airlift and mission
readiness while receiving installation support from a blended
structure that will provide new support opportunities.
the Army going to be in charge of Airmen?
Command of Airmen and Air Force units
will be exercised by their appropriate unit commanders; however
some Airmen may perform tasks to support the joint base.
Will Air Force
units on the joint base report to joint base commander?
Air Force units, and all other units on
the joint base, will continue to report to their respective
service chains of command.
Will the Air Force control the part of the joint base where
McChord is now?
The Air Force will control and operate the
airfield at JBLM-McChord Field. On all other areas of the joint
base, the joint base commander will be responsible for managing
and providing installation support services.
CONSOLIDATING SERVICES FOR
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD
What is the process for establishing Joint Base Lewis-McChord?
The senior representatives of Fort Lewis
and McChord AFB directed and managed the implementation process
with the Joint Base Partnership Council (JBPC). The planning staff
of both installations supported the JBPC with the Joint Base
Executive Committee. Joint teams from Fort Lewis and McChord AFB
formed functional working groups to consolidate all of the
activities and functions necessary to operate the JBLM.
Their work lead to a
memorandum of agreement that described the functions to be
performed on JBLM and the responsibilities of the Army and Air
Force for those functions. After the memorandum was signed by the
Vice Chiefs of Staff of the Army and Air Force, it was framework
of how the JBLM will operate.
How will you resolve disputes that occur in the process?
Diffrences are resolved by first,
discussions within the functional work groups planning the joint
base implementation. If necessary, the differences are addressed
by higher levels with the Army and Air Force.
jobs be cut when it becomes a joint base?
Based on the projected population growth
of Fort Lewis and the establishment of JBLM, the installation
support infrastructure is expected to increase. An anticipated
larger and broader civilian and military work force required to
support the joint base may open new opportunities for personnel
growth and development.
How will you determine who will operate
installation facilities or what policies will be followed?
Those decisions will be made on a
cooperative basis between Lewis and McChord, following an intense
analysis of the best practices for that facility. The goal is to
consolidate the installation management functions in a way that
provides the best possible service to the men and women of Lewis
How will the joint base
receive its funding?
Because the Army has been designated as the
supporting service, Joint Base Lewis-McChord will receive funding
for installation support services from the Army’s Installation
Management Command. Funds for operating the former McChord AFB
will be transferred from the Air Force to the Army for JBLM.
What is the expected economic impact of
The economic impact cannot be determined
until a detailed analysis is conducted after the implementation is
completed. However, since the transition two installations to one
joint base will not change the number of assigned personnel or
military missions, the economic impact for the neighboring
communities is expected to remain the same or increase with the
planned growth of Army units at Fort Lewis/Joint Base
What services will be
combined for the joint base?
JBLM planners are still conducting a
detailed analysis of support functions for possible consolidation.
contracts with local businesses be affected by the joint base?
During the transition period service
contracts may be consolidated, but affected contracts will not be
known until a comprehensive analysis of required services is
completed by joint functional working groups. The process is
expected to be completed with the memorandum of agreement between
How will area communities be affected by
The joining of Fort Lewis and McChord Air
Force Base is intended to be transparent to our Pacific Northwest
neighbors. No real growth in the military population or change of
mission for the military services is expected as a result of joint
basing. Some points of contact and processes may change as a
result of changes in the organization, but it will be the task to
ensure that those changes are as transparent as possible to our
What areas or
missions will become joint?
Installation support services that will be
managed and provided by the Army on Joint Base Lewis-McChord
include command support, community services, environmental
services, facilities, fire protection and emergency services,
housing services, human resource management, information
technology services management, logistics support, law enforcement
and physical security and operational mission services.
What will the biggest challenge be for Joint
It will be a challenge to attain similar
levels of service in installation support. Each military service
has its own definitions of levels of service, and these must come
together into one. Both Army and Air Force leadership worked
together to find the best way to take dissimilar organizations,
examine these differences and determine an organizational
structure that will most effectively accomplish our missions.
WORKING AND LIVING ON
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD
a road between Fort Lewis and McChord AFB be open now?
JBLM leadership is still in the process
of identifying issues required for implementing JBLM. The traffic
flow between the installations is included in those issues.
How will housing and the schools be
All homes on the joint base will be managed
under a privatized housing contract. JBLM will continue to provide
elementary schools for communities on the joint base. Little
change is expected in the availability and quality of homes and
schools that the total population increase at Fort Lewis and
McChord has not already affected.
Will the PX and BX, and Commissaries be
The post exchange at Fort Lewis and base
exchange at McChord AFB are operated by the Army and Air Force
Exchange System. The commissaries on both installations are
operated by the Defense Commissary Agency. Since their operation
is not part of the support services being combined on the joint
base, any change to their operation will be determined by their
respective organizations. There aren't any plans at this time to
change their operations.
Will joint basing affect the proposed
The proposed cross-base highway is a
Washington state project and is not affected by the joint base. A
secure underpass will link Fort Lewis and McChord AFB when the
cross base highway is complete.
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