In February of 2010, Fort Lewis and the McChord Air Base joined together to form what is now known as Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). Fort Lewis was a U.S. Army base and McChord Air Base was under the control of the U.S. Air Force. The reason this joint venture came about was following a recommendation from the Base Realignment and Closure Commission five years previously. The base is now under the jurisdiction of the Army and the facility is located about nine miles from Tacoma, Washington. What makes this installation unique is that fact that it is the only power-projection base on that side of the Rocky Mountains. As it is close to the Pacific Ocean, it is able to take advantage of the ports in Seattle, Olympia, and Tacoma. There are also two airports which the Air Force units are able to use, McChord Field and Sea-Tac Airport.
JBLM is made up of several different parts, but the information given by the U.S. Census Bureau states that the base has a total area of 15.9 square miles, 3.78% of which is water. The geography of the base is mainly conifer trees and oak woodlands and is very rocky. The census also stated that there were approximately 19,000 people living on the base. When the entire joint base is considered, however, there are approximately 25,000 soldiers and it can support up to 120,000 members of the military who are retired. The density of the population is 1,248.5 people per square mile and the 232.8 households per square mile. Roughly 60% of the people on the base are White, 20.3% are African-American, and 13.1% are Hispanic. At 37.5%, most of the people on the base are between the ages of 25 and 44 and 285 of the people are between 18 and 24. The average income per household is $32,384 and per person is $20,878. Of these people, 8.2% are living below the poverty line.
The base is under the jurisdiction of the Army's Joint Base Garrison. They are responsible for operating the base for the combat units as well as the families of soldiers who are on base. The base commander is from the U.S. Army and the deputy base commander is from the Air Force. Within this Joint Base Garrison are four main organizations, the Directories of Public Works, Family and Morale, Plans and Training Security, and Human Resources. There are also three military units which work to support the Joint Base Garrison, the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, the 627th Air Base Group, and the 1st Joint Mobilization Brigade.
Another part of Joint Base Lewis-McChord is Fort Lewis. This was originally named after Meriwether Lewis who was one of the leaders in the Lewis and Clark expedition. It now covers approximately 87,000 acres and is one of the largest and up-to-date military installations in the U.S. In fact, this is the most-requested station among members of the military. One of the units at Fort Lewis is the U.S. Army I Corps. They are responsible for commanding most of the Army units on JBLM. This unit has been able to be a part of several major operations, such as Operation Just Cause, Desert Shield, and Desert Storm. They were also part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. If you need more information about the breakdown of this joint base, you should contact our team at The Federal Practice Group Worldwide Service. We are able to defend those who were accused of crimes in the military.
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