A huge number of our local jobs are connected to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and much of the success of cafes to rental housing to restaurants and retailers depends on the presence of the JBLM community.
Currently, the federal government is looking at reducing the nation’s 510,000 active duty force by 90,000 over the next several years. Up to 11,000 of those may come from JBLM alone. It’s not just the jobs that I’m concerned about related to JBLM, but I am also concerned about potentially losing the services that are provided to a region like ours with such a high concentration of active duty and retirees like health care and other services.
Our strategic position on the west coast with projection to Asia and Eastern Europe is also of significance to our national security. If you are concerned like I am, join me at the Listening Session by Top Army Brass on January 21 from 10 am – 12 noon at the McGavick Conference Center in Lakewood. A packed room, showing concern for our armed forces and related services will be one of the best things we can do as a community to protect these jobs, our local economy and our national security. More information can be found here!