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Main Gate - Fort Lewis

Location: Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) is located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest on the Puget Sound, in Western Washington, JBLM is near the city of Lakewood, 10 minutes from Tacoma, 35 minutes from Seattle and 20 minutes from Olympia the state capital. Although we are a Joint Base, we are not contiguous. 7.9 miles separate Lewis-Main and McChord Fld. Both Lewis and McChord are 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. On a clear day, majestic Mount Rainier looms on the horizon, towering over the other peaks of the Cascade Range. JBLM Lewis homepage.

Lewis North - abundant high-quality, close-in training areas, including 115 live fire ranges. JBLM North hosts the Leader Development and Assessment Course, a capstone program for the U.S. Army's ROTC program.

Yakima Training Center - is used for maneuver training, land warrior system testing and live fire area, located in the south central portion of WA. It is bounded on the west by Interstate 82, on the south by the city of Yakima. It comprises 327,000 acres of land. It is one of the largest areas of shrub-steppe habitat remaining in Washington. JBLM uses the facility for maneuver and live fire training. Vagabond Army Airfield and Selah Airstrip are located on the Yakima Training Center. JBLM McChord homepage.

Base operator: Lewis Main - (253) 967-1110 or DSN: (312) 357-1110;  McChord Field - (253) 982-1110 or DSN (312) 382-1110

Cost of Living: 1.35% higher than the U.S. average


McChord Field

  • Military: 6,119
  • Civilian: 2,681
  • Dependents: 4,973


  • Military: 39,590
  • Civilian: 13,377
  • Family: 52,973
  • Retirees: 31,550

Area Population: McChord Field - 13,773, JBLM - 105,940

Child Development Centers:

  • Lewis Main- (253) 966-2977
    • 9 CDC for ages (6 weeks to Kindergarten)
    • 2 School age centers for ages (1st through 5th)
    • 1 Middle school center
    • 1 Teen Zone
  • McChord - (253) 982-2203
    • 1 CDC for ages (6 weeks to Kindergarten)
    • 1 School age center for ages (1st through 5th)
    • 1 Teen Zone

*Also certified family childcare homes that provide care for children 6 weeks - 12 years of age.

Schools: JBLM students that reside on Joint Base Lewis McChord are served by the Clover Park School District. There are six newly built elementary schools on the base. Five on the Lewis Main and Lewis North locations and one on McChord Field. The middle and high school students living on base are bused to either Mann Middle or Woodbrook Middle schools (grades 6-8) and Lakes High School, Clover Park High School (both grades 9-12) or Harrison Preparatory (grades 6-12).

Youth Services: The Teen Zone, Lewis-North and Cascade Youth Center provide activities and recreational opportunities for Middle and School age youth and teens. (253) 966-2977.

On-Post Housing: Is available to all ranks. Family housing units on JBLM are divided into housing areas and broken down by rank and bedroom requirements. Call (253) 912-2150 or

  • Lewis Main
    • 15 Housing areas
    • 5154 Housing units
  • McChord Fld
    • 5 Housing areas
    • 911 Housing units

Employment: For information about federal employment opportunities on base, visit NAFjobs or USAjobs. Both the ServiceArmed Forces Community Service and Servicemember & Family Readiness Center provide Employment Readiness Services. Lewis Main (253) 967-3538 or McChord (253)982-2695

JBLM Services: Commissaries, Exchange, gym, arts & crafts, auto hobby, swimming, shooting range, camping, bowling, and theater.

  • Lewis Main
    • AFCS - Armed Forces Community Service (253) 967-7166
    • MWR Facilities - Recreation at Lewis includes fishing, cabins, paintball, Lewis Main Museum, and stables.
  • McChord Field 
    • S&FRC - Servicemember and Family Readiness Center (253) 982-2695
    • Force Support Squadron - golf, Armed Forces Bank, and Harborstone Credit Union.

Medical Services:

  • Lewis Main: Madigan Army Medical Center, (MAMC) is located on Lewis Main and gives priority medical care to the servicemembers on JBLM. MAMC also provides care to retirees and their family members. The 120 acre site is the largest military hospital on the west coast. Phone: (253) 968-1110. Madigan also oversees the operation of troop medical clinics and battalion aid stations on Lewis Main.
  • McChord Field: has its own Medical facility on base, as well as access to Madigan Army Medical Center (MAMC). Emergency and ambulance services are NOT offered at the McChord Field Medical Clinic. For more information call (253) 982-5766.

Special Installation Messages:

Defense Switched Network (DSN) Dialing Instructions

The DSN is the provider of long-distance a communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included. The operator can be reached at commercial (719) 567-1110. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.

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