Congratulations Joint Base Lewis-McChord on Turning 100!
This year, Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) is celebrating an impressive and important milestone: its 100th anniversary.
What began as a fort built in 1917, JBLM has grown over the years into one of the world’s largest military installations, playing a pivotal role in World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War, as well as the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Now operating as a rapid deployment base, JBLM doesn’t just support our efforts and allies in South Korea and Japan, but serves our nation’s interests at a global level.
JBLM has changed a lot in 100 years. When it was built in 1917 it was called Camp Lewis – named for Merriweather Lewis of Lewis and Clark fame – and housed 36,000 officers and enlisted men. Today it houses 35,000 troops, supports 125,000 military retirees and more than 32,000 family members living on and off base.
To learn more about the history of this impressive facility, from its time as “Camp Lewis” to the construction of McChord Field to its current operations, check out this JBLM history page and read this informative article from NorthWestMilitary.com on how Lewis Army Museum is preparing to celebrate this historic occasion.
Celebrating 100 Great Years
Over the course of the next year there will plenty to celebrate at JBLM. To stay informed on everything the base and the community are doing to commemorate this momentous event, please visit, like and follow the pages below:
- The Official JBML 100th Anniversary Website
- JBLM 100th on Facebook
- JBLM 100th on Twitter
- The JBLM Public Affairs Officer on Twitter
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Our Most Sincere Congratulations
SureID, Inc., salutes the thousands of dedicated men and women at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, who have helped keep our country safe and secure since 1917. We understand the magnitude of providing trusted security in today’s uncertain world. Since 2004, our RAPIDGate® program has provided secure and streamlined access for nearly 25,000 employees at 2,000 companies that conduct business at JBLM.
Every employee at SureID, Inc., recognizes JBLM as a vital part of America’s proud military history. We wish you another 100 years of success in protecting the freedom we all enjoy.
To learn more about how we’re hoping to support JBLM in celebrating this achievement, visit our special Joint Base Lewis-McChord 100th Anniversary Page.