We picked up the most recent numbers on JBLM and the Army as a whole.  Here's what we know:
* The combined Military and Civ. Employees Payroll for JBLM is $3.7 billion.
* 40,115 military members work on JBLM
* 12,029 civilian work there
* 52,100 family members are related to the military pop.
* 86.6% military are male.
* 45% between 17-25 years of age
* 13.7% are officers
* 58% are married
5% married are dual military members
* 70% live off the base
* 43% live in Thurston County
* 10% are in the Lakewood area
* 37% are from DuPont to Tacoma.
4% live in Puyallup.

A one-stop calendar for all NW military events is being compiled at northwestmilitary.com to serve as the place for all dates and times of military-related events.  Please contribute your events and help us build a complete calendar for all.
An online only publication for military spouses at Joint Base Lewis-McChord hit the "streets" Friday evening, courtesy of Swarner Communications.  The publication will be uploaded every Monday beginning Feb. 28.  Spouses can sign-up to receive the publication at www.northwestmilitary.com.
The 446th Airlift Wing at McChord, the Reserve unit, is inviting area business leaders on a Civic Leaders tour.  They are organizing two half-day tours for those with limited time, plus a signature two-day tour that involves a C-17 flight to another Air Force base in the country.  These tours are both fun and informative.  They are a great way to get to know one of the two wings at McChord.  If you'd like to go, contact Lt. Col. Anna Sullivan at (253) 982-3330.
The 446th was recognized Feb. 2 by Air Force officials with the Meritorious Unit Award for exceptional conduct in performance of outstanding service to the United States in direct support of combat operations from Oct. 1, 2008 to Sept. 30, 2010. This is the second time the 446th AW has been so honored, having garnered the award in 2007 as well.  SEE THE STORY HERE.
Smith will address the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber's Military Affairs committee on Feb. 23rd.  The details are here at C-9
 We have 400 single soldiers returning from the war zone really soon and we want to place welcome baskets in each of their barracks rooms.  Can you help with snack donations or cash?  Chips. Pop.  Toiletries. Call Ken Swarner (253) 584-1212, or drop off at any Harborstone Credit Union.  Thanks!!
Although this story from Military.com is mostly a political report, the fact remains that military personnel are paid more than civilian federal workers. Here, at JBLM, 30% of paychecks in Pierce County belong to our servicemembers.  If you aren't doing everything to connect with military customers, then, why not?  Need ideas and inspiration, take a look at Swarner PR's Military Marketing 101 site.
A new award is potentially in the works to honor those businesses that create an environment of flexibility for military spouses or disabled vets in the workplace. Details of the plan are here at Army Times.
Gary Brackett gave a nice plug to Operation Baby Shower taking place Feb 13th in Lacey.  See the story here.  The event is in response to the huge baby boom taking place here this winter and spring.  Last year, 18,000 troops returned from the warzone, so Madigan Army Medical Center has turned into a baby factory.  The Tacoma Sub-Chapter of the Capt. Meriwether Lewis Chapter of AUSA is getting in on the gig, too.  See that story here.