Our Proud Military Neighbors

The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and its member businesses
proudly support our local military service men and women!

Iron MikeFort Lewis Army Base
Home of I Corps, the 4th ROTC Region Headquarters, Madigan Army Medical Center,
and other tenant and support units, Ft. Lewis was recently selected by the Army's Chief of Staff to develop his plan for the Army's force of the future.

Ft. Lewis is the largest employer in Pierce County with over 20,000 soldiers on the payroll. In addition, Ft. Lewis is ranked as the fourth largest employer in the state. As an "individual city", ranking fifth in the state, Ft. Lewis services 65,000 military dependents, civilians and retirees. The combined payroll of the Army military, civilian and retirees is $1.2 billion. For more information, contact the Army Public Affairs office at (253) 967-0156.

Contact your local Army, Air Force or National Guard Recruiter for details.

McChord AFB
McChord is home to the 62nd Airlift Wing and its Air Force Reserve counterpart, the 446th Airlift Wing. The wings work jointly to provide airlift of troops and equipment to anywhere in the world on short notice. C-17 rainbowFlying the base's new C-17 "Globemaster III" and the C-141B "Starlifter," McChord provides air movement for other armed services during real-world and training missions. Another important mission is providing humanitarian support for natural or man-made disasters. McChord is also home for two other units - Western Air Defense Sector and the 22nd Special Tactic Squadron. WADS is an Air National Guard Unit entrusted with guarding airspace in the western half of the U.S. The 22nd STS is part of Air Force Special Operations Command out of Hurlburt Field, Florida, and is comprised of highly skilled combat controllers, para- rescue-personnel, and support personnel who provide quick reaction force as needed worldwide.

More than 7,900 Air Force active duty, reserve and civilian employees at McChord earn a combined annual payroll in excess of $336 million. For more information, contact the 62nd Airlift Wing Public Affairs at (253) 984-5637.

Camp Murray
Headquarters to the Washington State Military Department, a state agency, and the Washington Army and Air National Guard. Camp Murray also holds the Washington State Emergency Operations Center. The Center coordinates for all state responders during a disaster. The Emergency Management Division is part of the Military Department. Over 400 military and 220 civilian employees of the agency work at Camp Murray.

Over 9,000 soldiers and airmen are proud to be members of the Washington National Guard. Their Public Affairs Office phone number is (253) 512-8481.