Welcome to JB Lewis-McChord
The land on which JBLM now stands was donated to the government in 1917 for use as a military base by the taxpayers, and was built in just three months. The 91st Division trained here for World War I, but activity dropped off considerably until 1927, when the camp officially became a fort. The quiet was not to last, however, as WWII arrived and the Fort suddenly boomed once more. McChord, originally the Fort's airfield known as Tacoma Field, also supported the war by flying missions over the Pacific looking for submarines, and when one could be spotted, leading the bombing attack.
The weather in this part of western Washington, known as the Puget Sound region, is mild and rainy most of the year; summers are a bit short but sunny and average temperatures are in the high 70's to 80's, with a few days potentially reaching 90 degrees. Wintertime is cool and rainy, with temps in the 40's and 50's. Not many days are cold enough to produce snow and strong storms are rare.
Cities directly around base include Tacoma, Lakewood, Roy, Parkland, and Spanaway. Slightly further out, within a 20-40 minute drive from base, are the cities and communities of Puyallup, Steilacoom, Dupont, Olympia (the state capital), Lacey, and Yelm. Commutes often depend on the traffic of I-5, which can be heavy around the bases. However, there are plenty of neighborhoods in these communities for any type of housing your family may desire. Prices of homes for sale are often reasonable and below the Washington state average. The major city of Seattle is just 33 miles north of the joint base.
Featured Home for Rent $ 1,850 /mo.
Featured Home for Sale
About DoD Housing Network
Welcome to DoD Housing Network. We provide the resources for you to make an educated housing decision upon your PCS arrival to JB Lewis-McChord. Whether you decide to stay on post in JB Lewis-McChord housing or use your basic allowance for housing (BAH) to rent or purchase a home in the community surrounding , our relocation tools will help you make the right choice.
Feel free to browse the homes for rent and homes for sale, as well as the local businesses that work with JB Lewis-McChord inbound soldiers and their families. Our goal at DoD Housing Network is to help you better understand JB Lewis-McChord and the surrounding communities, neighborhoods and activities. If you need temporary lodging upon your arrival to JB Lewis-McChord please visit our lodging section with available hotels close to post. Please note DoD Housing Network is not a government sponsored website.