Camp Murray Joint Force Headquarters
56th Theater Information Operations Group, 194th Regional Support Wing, 143rd Combat Communications Squadron, 225th Air Defense Squadron, 319th Ordnance Company
41st Division Dr, Tacoma, WA 98433
Camp Murray is located adjacent to Fort Lewis of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, in Tacoma, Washington. It is the headquarters to the Washington Army National Guard, Washington State Guard and the Washington Air National Guard. Camp Murray’s missions include Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR), Air Support Operations, Tactical Air Control Party (TACP), Intelligence, Combat Communications, Command and Control, Weather, Combat Weather and Network Warfare. Camp Murray is home to the 225th Air Defense Squadron, which is a bi-national joint service unit responsible for NORAD’s aerospace warning and control mission.
The 56th Theater Information Operations Group is a major subordinate command of the Washington Army National Guard, Washington Military Department. They provide trained and ready, tailored Information Operations forces to Army Service Component Commands and Combatant Commands to synchronize Information Operations efforts across all phases of operations.
The 194th Regional Support Wing performs Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) mission. This involves intelligence gathering by observation, tracking, and decoding communications to intercept plans, strategies, and resources in order to provide critical information to battlefield commanders. Additionally, the 194th RSW has missions in Air Support Operations, Tactical Air Control Party (TACP), Intelligence, and Combat Communications.
The 143rd Combat Communications Squadron operates out of Camp Murray Air Guard Station. The mission of the 143rd Combat Communications Squadron includes the Combat Communications mission. This mission deploys, operates and maintains strategic emergency communications. It also plays a critical peacetime role during state-declared emergencies providing vital communications and other needed assistance.
The 319th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company are trained, equipped, and integrated to attack, defeat, and exploit unexploded ordnance (UXO), improvised explosive devices (IED), chemical, biological, and nuclear ordnance and weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
These EOD specialists perform duties locating, identifying, rendering safe and disposing of foreign and domestic conventional, biological, chemical, or nuclear ordnance and IEDs; WMDs and large vehicle bombs; they conduct intelligence gathering operations on first seen ordnance and IEDs, and support very important persons (VIP) missions for the United States Secret Service, State Department and other federal agencies.
If you arrive by train, Tacoma is the stop nearest to Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Camp Murray. Taxi and bus services are available from the station to base. Those traveling by bus can make connections directly to Fort Lewis and Camp Murray.
From south take exit 122 Berkley Street. Turn left at the light and continue through Union ave. Turn left at Portland ave and proceed through traffic circle to Main Gate.
From north take exit 123 Thorne Lane. Turn right at the light and continue on Portland ave. At the stop sign continue straight through the traffic circle to the Main Gate.
Documentation: Every adult visitor to Camp Murray must present a photo ID.
Acceptable forms of ID include:
Government issued ID’s, employee badges, and current visitor passes issued by JBLM. You may be required to present two forms of ID.
Documentation is required in every vehicle entering Camp Murray.
Personal Vehicles: Registration and proof of insurance
Government Vehicles: Exempt License Plates
Rental Vehicles: Rental contract in the same name as someone in the vehicle
All vehicles and personnel are subject to random searches. You may contact Camp Murray Security with any questions. (253) 512-7900
TRICARE Information and News
For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program.
Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.
The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.
FOR THE CHILDREN
To be enrolled in a Washington school, a child must be at least 5 years old by August 31st. Check with the school for other requirements.
In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit http://www.corestandards.org/.
If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.
If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.
Online course options: edX – Founded by Harvard University and MIT, offers high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners everywhere. Whether you are interested in computer science, languages, engineering, psychology, writing, electronics, biology, or marketing. Enroll today!
When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.
Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
Washington Department of Social and Health Services 1-800-865-7801
Tacoma-Pierce Humane Society (253) 383-2733
Washington State Patrol (360) 596-4000
Base Operator (253) 512-8888
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In Tacoma, the summers are short, warm, dry, and partly cloudy and the winters are very cold, wet, and mostly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 37°F to 78°F and is rarely below 27°F or above 88°F.
The warm season lasts for 2.7 months, from June 23 to September 14, with an average daily high temperature above 72°F. The hottest day of the year is August 3, with an average high of 78°F and low of 57°F. The cool season lasts for 3.7 months, from November 12 to March 2, with an average daily high temperature below 52°F. The coldest day of the year is January 1, with an average low of 37°F and high of 45°F.
The wetter season lasts 6.7 months, from October 10 to May 1, with a greater than 32% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 57% on November 18. The drier season lasts 5.3 months, from May 1 to October 10. The smallest chance of a wet day is 7% on August 5.
The average cost of living in Tacoma, WA is 3% lower than the average of Washington and 12% higher than our nation’s average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city’s goods. In the case of Tacoma, WA, the price of goods and services are 10% higher than the average of Washington as well as 16% higher than the nation’s average.
Camp Murray is in Tacoma, WA located in Pierce County. The area offers plenty of entertaining activities — music, sports, theater, museums, parks and shopping. If you are feeling brave, take the plunge down the Raging River Ride at Wild Waves Theme & Water Park. Tee off at one of the many 18-hole golf courses the Pacific Northwest is known for. Don’t miss the Washington State Fair and Spring Fair in Puyallup or the hundreds of daffodils adorning floats in the Daffodil Festival’s annual parade. And be sure to check out the spectacular Museum of Glass in Tacoma.
Some other points of interest inlcude Chihuly Bridge of Glass, Symphony Tacoma, Children’s Museum of Tacoma, Space Needle, Fremont Troll Park, Puget Creek Natural Area, Pike Place Market, and Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium.
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