Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA - JBLM opens its gates to the public for the annual Armed Forces Day celebration this Saturday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This year's celebration take's place at Heritage Hill Airpark on JBLM McChord Field for the first time since becoming a joint base Oct 1, 2010.
Armed Forces Day offers members of the community an opportunity to join JBLM service members in celebrating America's history, our military heritage, and our commitment to serving our community.
What is Armed Forces Day? CLICK HERE TO LEARN ABOUT IT.
DOD ID cardholders may enter McChord Field through any open gate.
Guests without base access should enter JBLM McChord Field through the North gate, located at the intersection of South Tacoma Way and 112th Street South (click for map), and take shuttle busses to Heritage Hill Airpark. Due to security checks expect some delays when entering the base.
Volksmarch, Sports Events, Carnival Rides, Military History, Vehicle Displays, Live Entertainment
The 2018 Armed Forces Day schedule begins with the Armed Forces Day Volksmarch and bicycle ride.
Registration and walk or ride begins at 9 a.m. on 5th St, adjacent to the airpark.
All attractions will be located at or near McChord Field's Heritage Hill Airpark. Attractions include: military history displays and reenactments, displays of Air Force and Army military aircraft, vehicles and equipment, live music and entertainment, carnival rides, a climbing wall, and craft and food vendors.
• All vehicles entering the installation are subject to inspection
• Drivers must present a valid license, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance
• Passengers age 16 and older must present a government-issued photo ID
Civilian vehicles that are selected for inspection will be directed to the inspection area. Vehicles cleared for entry to the base will be directed to a parking area for shuttle bus rides to and from the event site.
Visitors may not bring weapons, alcohol, illegal drugs, fireworks, or pets onto the base. Marijuana is illegal on JBLM. Military ID-card holders may not bring any of these items to the event (medical alert and medical assistance animals are permitted).
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