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Armed Forces Day

Joint Base Lewis-McChord holds Armed Forces Day on the third Saturday in May every year. Stay tuned to this page for updates and event information. 

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Guests without an installation access pass should enter McChord Field through Interstate 5 exit 125. Due to security checks, expect some delays when entering the base.

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. 

Visitors may not bring weapons, alcohol, illegal drugs, fireworks or pets onto the base (medical alert and medical assistance animals are permitted). Marijuana is illegal on JBLM. Military ID-card holders may not bring any of these items to the event.