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Joint Base Lewis–McChord JBLM - Emblem
Part of United States Army I Corps
United States Army I Corps
Air Mobility Command (AMC)
Located near: Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
17th Field Artillery Brigade - JBLM
17th Field Artillery Brigade Fort Lewis
62d AW C-17 loading Army personnel from Fort Lewis
62d AW C-17 loading Army personnel from Fort Lewis at McChord Field
Coordinates 47°06′21″N 122°33′52″W / 47.10583°N 122.56444°W / 47.10583; -122.56444 (Joint Base Lewis-McChord-AR) (Fort Lewis)
47°08′51″N 122°28′46″W / 47.1475°N 122.47944°W / 47.1475; -122.47944 (Joint Base Lewis-McChord-AF) (McChord Fld)
Site information
Controlled by United States Army
Site history
Built 1917
In use 2010–present
Garrison information

Joint Base Garrison, Joint Base Lewis–McChord
Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Joint Base Garrison (US Army)
United States Army Installation Management Command Distinctive Unit Crest U.S. Army IMCOM

627th Air Base Group - Emblem 627th Air Base Group
Airfield information
Elevation AMSL 322 ft / 98 m
Coordinates 47°08′15″N 122°28′35″W / 47.1375°N 122.47639°W / 47.1375; -122.47639Coordinates: 47°08′15″N 122°28′35″W / 47.1375°N 122.47639°W / 47.1375; -122.47639
KTCM is located in Washington (state)
Airplane silhouette
Location of Joint Base Lewis–McChord
Direction Length Surface
ft m
16/34 10,108 3,081 Asphalt/Concrete
160/340 † 3,000 914 Asphalt
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]
† Landing Zone (LZ) is for C-130's only: LZ South (16) / LZ North (34)

Joint Base Lewis–McChord (JBLM) is an U.S. military installation home to I Corps and 62d Airlift Wing located 9.1 miles (14.6 km) south-southwest of Tacoma, Washington under the jurisdiction of the United States Army Joint Base Garrison, Joint Base Lewis–McChord. The facility is an amalgamation of the United States Army's Fort Lewis and the United States Air Force's McChord Air Force Base which merged on 1 February 2010 into a Joint Base as a result of Base Realignment and Closure Commission recommendations of 2005.

Joint Base Lewis–McChord is a training and mobilization center for all services and is the only Army power projection base west of the Rocky Mountains. Its geographic location provides rapid access to the deep water ports of Tacoma, Olympia and Seattle for deploying equipment. Units can be deployed from McChord Field, and individuals and small groups can also use nearby Sea-Tac Airport. The strategic location of the base provides Air Force units with the ability to conduct combat and humanitarian airlift with the C-17 Globemaster III.[2]

Joint Base Garrison[]

The Joint Base Garrison operates the installation on behalf of the warfighting units, families and extended military community who depend on JBLM for support. The mission of the unit is to provide support to mission commanders and the joint base community, to serve as an enabler to the soldiers as they train and project America's combat power, and to make JBLM the station of choice for American soldiers and their families.[2]

With an Army joint base commander and an Air Force deputy joint base commander, the garrison supports the installation through directorates and agencies that provide a full range of city services and quality-of-life functions; everything from facilities maintenance, recreation and family programs to training support and emergency services.[2]

The major organizations that make up the bulk of the Joint Base Garrison include:

  • Directorates of Public Works: Logistics
  • Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation
  • Human Resources; Emergency Services
  • Plans and Training Security and Plans

Additional staff offices that support the installation mission include the Joint Base Public Affairs Office, the Religious Support Office, the Resource Management Office, Equal Employment Opportunity Office, the Installation Safety Office and the Plans. Analysis and Integration Office_ Other partners who work closely with the Joint Base Garrison include the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center, the Mission and Installation Contracting Command and Joint Personal Property Shipping Office.[2]

Three military units support the Joint Base Garrison

  • 1st Joint Mobilization Brigade
Provides command and control and host unit support to mobilizing, deploying and demobilizing reserve component units from all military services.
  • 627th Air Base Group
Provides command and control and administrative oversight to the Airmen who perform installation support duties on behalf of the garrison.
  • Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Joint Base Garrison
Provides administrative oversight to the Army personnel in the garrison and supports newly arrived soldiers during their in-processing period.

JBLM Soldiers receive medical care through on-base Madigan Healthcare System facilities such as Madigan Army Medical Center, the Okubo Clinic, and the Nisqually Clinic. JBLM Airmen receive medical care at the McChord Clinic as well as Madigan Army Medical Center.

In 2010, Joint Base Lewis–McChord was called the U.S. military’s “most troubled base” in 2010 by the military’s Stars and Stripes newspaper.[3]

JBLM Main & JBLM North[]

JBLM's senior command is I Corps (United States) and has more than 25,000 soldiers and civilian workers. The post supports over 120,000 military retirees and more than 29,000 family members living both on and off post. Fort Lewis proper contains 86,000 acres (35,000 ha); the Yakima Training Center covers 324,000 acres (131,000 ha).[citation needed]

JBLM Main & North have abundant high-quality, close-in training areas, including 115 live fire ranges. Additional training space is available at the Yakima Training Center in eastern Washington, including maneuver areas and additional live fire ranges.[citation needed]

In 2009, the former Fort Lewis Regional Correction Facility was remodeled and renamed the Northwest Joint Regional Correctional Facility (NWJRCF). The facility houses minimum and medium security prisoners from all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.[4]

During the summer months (June, July, August), JBLM North hosts the Leader Development and Assessment Course, a capstone program for the U.S. Army's ROTC program.[citation needed]

Camp Murray (Washington National Guard) is adjacent to the post.


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