Joint Base Lewis McChord

Print

Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), the sixth largest military base in the nation, is located just 20 minutes from Tumwater. Our community is home to soldiers, families and service personnel. The Joint Base contributes to economic activity throughout the region.  

17th Field Artillery Brigade - Tumwater's Community Connector

17th-fires-picnic-shelter-project

Soldiers from 17th Fires Brigade Construct
Picnic Shelter at Pioneer Park. (2012) 
 



The JBLM Community Connector program provides benefits to communities and soldiers. The program enhances understanding of the military and JBLM, and develops strong and positive community partnerships. Through this program, Tumwater benefits from volunteer service provided by the 17th Field Artillery Brigade (formerly 17th Fires Brigade) soldiers, such as construction of the picnic shelter at Pioneer Park in 2012. By investing time in City events and service projects, soldiers and families form an appreciation for the community, and strengthen interpersonal ties.

Military personnel and their families are invited to participate in community events and activities sponsored by the City and community. In 2012, soldiers and their families participated in Community Day, the 4th of July parade and Artesian Festival, and a variety of public meetings. Building relationships through this partnership can support the strength, resilience, and readiness of soldiers and their families. The City of Tumwater has celebrated this partnership connection with the 17th Fires Brigade since 2008.

Visit the 17th Field Artillery "Thunderbolt" Brigade website for more.

South Sound Military and Communities Partnership

Tumwater supports the South Sound Military and Communities Partnership, a collaborative association composed of municipal, state, military and stakeholder agencies in the region surrounding JBLM. The board provides a single point of contact for military-related growth and activity that affects the region. By streamlining organizations, agencies, and community communication into one association, the Partnership supports entities that carry out recommendations in the JBLM Growth Coordination Plan.