Who’s on Base? More and More of the Lewis-McChord Population
Joint Base Lewis-McChord has experienced tremendous growth over the past eight years, with the population of active-duty personnel jumping from 19,000 to 33,000 and a building campaign to support the influx.
The installation has a new “downtown,” anchored by an apartment and townhouse complex within walking distance of a variety of amenities. The next major addition is Freedom Crossing, a $100 million expansion of the commissary and post exchange by the Army and Air Force Exchange Service.
One goal of the changes is keeping military families on base, an achievement recognized last week when Lewis-McChord learned it had won a 2011 Secretary of Defense Environmental Award for sustainability. Leaders in Lakewood, Wash., initially were concerned that Freedom Crossing would hurt the local economy but, more recently, have accepted the project, reports the Seattle Times.