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Fort Lewis, WA

Fort Lewis, WA 98433  |  Post Operator: DSN: 357-1110, (253) 967-1110

Fort Lewis: Overview

Fort Lewis, which has been consolidated with McChord Air Force Base to make up the Joint Base Lewis-McChord, is home to a number of major units of both the United States Army and the United States Air Force. These units include the U.S. I Corps, 2nd Brigade, 3rd Brigade, 4th Brigade 2nd infantry Division, 1st Special Forces Group, 2nd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, HQ of the 5th Army, 62nd Airlift Wing and 446th Airlift Wing of the 1st Air Support Operations Group. The mission of this base is to provide support to the tenant units so that they may sustain operational readiness.

Fort Lewis was established in 1917 and was originally known as Camp Lewis. The land was basically reserved for military use until an airfield, Tacoma Field, was constructed and opened in 1930. This airfield was later named McChord Field. McChord Field eventually became McChord Air Force Base and a stand-alone military installation.

Fort Lewis: Education

While stationed at Fort Lewis, you have the opportunity to prepare yourself for future career challenges, whether you remain in the military or move on to the civilian workforce, by earning a degree from an online school. Online schools provide military members with the convenience required to continue attending classes, since it can be done on your time no matter where you are. Learn more by requesting information from a number of these schools. Start by clicking the "Find A School" button below:

Fort Lewis: Location

This installation is located in Pierce and Thurston counties in Washington on the Puget Sound. Tacoma is positioned just outside of the base to the northeast, and Olympia is a short drive down Interstate 5 to the west. Besides Puget Sound, the other major geographic landmarks in the immediate area include the Snoqualmie National Forest and Mt. Rainier National Park. The other communities in the area include University Place, WA, Lakewood, WA, Parkland, WA, Edgewood, WA, Federal Way, WA, Puyallup, WA, Sumner, WA, Spanaway, WA, Auburn, WA, South Hill, WA, Des Moines, WA, Bonney Lake, WA, Kent, WA, Elk Plain, WA, and SeaTac, WA.

Fort Lewis: Interesting Facts

  • The namesake of Fort Lewis is Meriwether Lewis of the famous Lewis and Clark expedition.
  • Brigadier General David L. Stone, who was in charge of the original construction of the base as a captain in 1917, returned to command the post in 1936.
  • Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base were combined to establish the Joint Base Lewis-McChord on February 1, 2010.
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