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Joint Base Lewis-McChord

I Corps, 62d Airlift Wing
Building 1010 Liggett Ave., Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA 98433

Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Joint Base Lewis-McChord is a training and mobilization center for all services located in the Pacific Northwest on the Puget Sound, in Washington State.  The installation is near the city of Lakewood approximately 10 minutes from Tacoma and 20 minutes from Olympia, the state capitol.  JBLM is situated in a key location along Interstate 5, allowing easy access to Sea-Tac Airport and to the deep water ports of Tacoma and Seattle.  Its key geographic location provides rapid access to the deep-water ports of Tacoma, Olympia and Seattle for deploying equipment. Units can be deployed from JBLM-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 to any location in the world.


Fort Lewis is located 9.1 miles south-southwest of Tacoma, Washington and is one of the largest and most modern military reservations in the United States. Consisting of 87,000 acres of prairie land cut from the glacier-flattened Nisqually Plain, it is the premier military installation in the northwest and is the most requested duty station in the army.


McChord Air Force Base is in the northwest United States, in Pierce County, Washington, just South of Tacoma. McChord Field is the home of the 62d Airlift Wing, Air Mobility Command, the field’s primary mission being worldwide strategic airlift. The base is home to the C-17 Globemaster III, the workhorse of the Air Force. The advanced cargo aircraft is used across all branches of the armed services for troop and cargo transport, strategic air drops and medical evacuations.


Yakima Training Center (YTC) is located north of the city of Yakima, just south of the city of Ellensburg. It is a full service training facility used by all branches of the armed services. The terrain of the area is very similar to Afghanistan and is used for training with armor, artillery, infantry and aircraft.


Camp Murray is directly adjacent to the main post and is used as a training and muster area. It is home to the Washington Army National Guard, Washington State Guard, and the Washington Air National Guard.

Arriving at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

If you arrive by commercial airline, information and assistance are available at the USO in the Seattle-Tacoma (Sea-Tac) International Airport. Commercial transportation is available from the airport directly to JBLM. While awaiting transportation, you and your family may relax in the USO Lounge on the second floor. For shuttle service, go through Door 00 of the main floor, all the way to the end. Shuttle bus transportation can be obtained directly to JBLM-McChord Field and to JBLM-Lewis Main. You will have to take a taxi or rental car if you arrive after midnight.


If you arrive by train, Tacoma is the stop nearest to JBLM. Taxi and bus services are available from the station to JBLM. Those traveling by bus can make connections directly to the JBLM. If you are driving, you should have no trouble finding JBLM. Interstate 5 goes right by Exit 125 which will take you to JBLM-McChord Field, Main gate, and is open 24 hours a day. (For Air Force Personnel) or Exit 120 will take you to JBLM-Lewis Main, Liberty Gate, and is open 24 hours a day. (For Army Personnel)

Base Population There are 137,864 Active Duty, Reserve, Guard, military families, civilians, and retirees assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord.