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Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Lewis-Main, will open its gates to the Puget Sound community for the installation's annual Armed Forces Day celebration on Saturday, May 17, 2014, from 10 am to 6 pm. This year's attractions include: military vehicle displays, historical military reenactments, carnival rides, music and roving entertainment, climbing wall, 10K Volksmarch & Volksbike, and of course food and craft vendors.

Cost: Admission, parking, military displays, and viewing the historical re-enactments and athletic events are free. The carnival rides, food, and crafts are available for purchase.

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Military equipment on display:

Artillery Equipment: M777 Howitzer, M142 HIMARS rocket system

Stryker Equipment: ICV Stryker, MGS Stryker, MCV Stryker

Helicopter: UH-60 Black Hawk

Engineer equipment: D7 Bulldozer, 621B Scraper, APC, MRAP Husky vehicle

Explosive Ordnance Disposal equipment: Team equipment static display.

Military Police equipment: M1117 ASV

Medical equipment: Army Ambulance

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Loaders: 25K Halverson Loader and 10K Forklift

AN/TWQ-1 Avenger and Stinger MANPAD

TMOS & MARWIN Weather Balloon Systems

Thank you to: 3-2 Stryker Brigade, 593rd ESC, 5-5 ADA, 4-160th SOAR, 1st Weather Squadron,
5th ASOS
, 62nd APS, and 5-3 FA for providing the military equipment displays!

Historical Reenactor Groups:

Legio VI Ferrata


HEMA Alliance


Fort Steilacoom Historical Association


Great War Historians


Deutschland Regt WWII


Friends of Willie and Joe


Buffalo Soldiers Museum


Friends of Kilroy


The Rogue Historians


Goode's Company of Foot


113th Calvary


2nd Connecticut Regiment


CAUTION: Loud cannon fire will accompany some reenactments.

Roving Entertainers

10:00 am -Noon

Eric Haines

Uncle Sam Stilt Salker


Noon-2:00 pm

Eric Haines

One Man Band


Noon-2:00 pm

Roberto The Magnificent

Unicycling Juggler


Noon-2:00 pm

Bill Robison



2:00-4:00 pm

Alex Zerbe

Physical Comedy


2:00-4:00 pm

Steffon Moody

Mad Hatter & Queen of Hearts


2:00-4:00 pm

CC Clowning

Gags and Giggles

CC Clowning

2:00-4:00 pm

Janet Rayor

Ms America Stilt Walker


4:00-6:00 pm

Larry Dobson

Stilt Walker

Larry Dobson

4:00-6:00 pm

CC Clowning

Gags and Giggles

CC Clowning

4:00-6:00 pm

Rene Bibaud

Rope Jumping Champion


Volksmarch/Bike Information

Information Sheet, Volksbike Info, Bike Route, Walking Route 5K, Walking Route 10K. For more information call Preston Johnson at (253) 839-1892 or (253) 569-0108.

Look for the Armed Forces Day Insert in The News Tribune, The Olympian and NW Guardian on May 16!

Access and Parking information: Guests without a DoD ID card holder in their vehicle should enter JBLM via the DuPont Gate, I-5 Exit 119. Northbound travelers should stay to the right as they exit the highway, southbound travelers should turn left as they exit the off-ramp and proceed eastbound across the overpass to enter the installation. Proceed to the parking area, where shuttle buses will transport visitors to and from the event site.

DoD ID card holders may use any open gate and proceed to the Cowan & Memorial Stadiums event site.

All vehicle occupants, aged 16 or older, are required to present state or government issued photo ID for entry to Joint Base Lewis-McChord. All vehicles entering Joint Base Lewis-McChord are subject to inspection at any time. These inspections are conducted as an installation force protection measure. Civilian vehicles that are selected for inspection will be directed to the inspection area. Vehicles cleared for entry to the base will be directed to a parking area for shuttle bus transport to and from the event site. Refusal to submit to the inspection will result in a denial of access to the installation.

Visitors may not bring weapons, alcohol, fireworks, or pets onto the base. Medical alert and medical assistance animals are permitted.
Click here for directions for the general public (no DoD ID Card holder present) | Click here for gate hours & locations (for those with DoD ID cards)

History of Armed Forces Day

On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy and Air Force Days. The single-day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under one department -- the Department of Defense. Each of the military leagues and orders was asked to drop sponsorship of its specific service day in order to celebrate the newly announced Armed Forces Day. The Army, Navy and Air Force leagues adopted the newly formed day. The Marine Corps League declined to drop support for Marine Corps Day but supports Armed Forces Day, too. continued

Armed Forces Photos 2010
Northwest Guardian articles from years past: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2013 Photo Gallery

For information on having a retail or food booth at the 2015 Armed Forces Day Celebration call (253)967-5776/6772 or email: usarmy.jblm.imcom.list.dfmwr-special-events@mail.mil
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