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Civilian hall of fame at JBLM inducts 2 new members

Post by Christian Hill / The News Tribune on May 23, 2012 at 2:41 pm with No Comments »
May 24, 2012 5:13 pm

Joint Base Lewis-McChord welcomed two new inductees into its civilian hall of fame Wednesday.

Former DuPont mayor Tamara Jenkins and Ken Swarner, co-publisher and editor of the Fort Lewis Ranger, were recognized during a ceremony earlier today.

Ken Swarner
Tamara Jenkins

Under Jenkin’s leadership, DuPont created a memorial wall to honor fallen service members who lived in the south Pierce County city  — three names will be added on Memorial Day — and in 2010 organized a combined Fourth of July and pro-troop parade.

Swarner’s active support of the military includes organizing events so families of deployed soldiers can have pictures taken with Santa Claus, spouses can get a day of pampering on Valentine’s Day and school kids at Lewis-McChord can build gingerbread houses.

Senior Lewis-McChord officers select nominees for the hall of fame, which permanently recognizes residents in surrounding communities whose efforts makes a different in the lives of local service members and their families.

Seventeen people have been previously inducted into the hall of fame since its creation in 2003. They are:

2011 – Herbert Schmeling, retired command sergeant major and Lewis-McChord volunteer

2011 – Janice Buckley, Heartbeat founder and president

2010 – Mike Fried, Lewis-McChord volunteer

2010 – Denise Dhane, Operation Make a Soldier Smile

2010 – Vicky Mohler, Support America’s Armed Forces

2007 – Nadine Gulit, Operation Support Our Troops

2007 – Al Eckroth, co-founder of Hawks Prairie Military Family Support March in Lacey

2006 – Kathy Turner, former Puyallup mayor

2006 – Marion Sydenham-Ball, Fort Lewis volunteer

2005 – Dick Muri, Pierce County Councilman

2005 – Adam Smith, U.S. Congressman

2004 – Bill Harrison, former Fort Lewis commanding
general and first mayor of Lakewood

2004 – Mark Foutch, Olympia Mayor

2004 – Ron Lucas, Steilacoom Mayor

2004 – Richard Bever, former chairman, Military Affairs Committee
of the Lacey-Thurston County Chamber of Commerce

2004 – Doc Hastings, U.S. Congressman

2004 – Norm Dicks, U.S. Congressman

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