|Pierce County, Washington|
Shoulder sleeve insignia of units stationed at Fort Lewis
|Controlled by||U. S. Army|
3rd Brigade, U. S. 2d Infantry Division
4th Brigade, U. S. 2d Infantry Division
5th Brigade, U.S. 2d Infantry Division
1st Special Forces Group
2d Ranger Battalion
62d Medical Brigade
593d Corps Support Group
555th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade
42d Military Police Brigade
11th Signal Brigade
51st Signal Battalion
6th MP Group (CID)
Fort Lewis is a census-designated place and U.S. Army post located in Pierce County, Washington, United States. The 2nd Infantry Division is a formation of the United States Army. The 1st Special Forces Group is a US Army Special Forces unit that was activated on 24 June 1957 at Camp Drake Japan. The 62nd Medical Brigade formerly the 62nd Medical Group of the United States Army is an element of the Army Medical Department and I Corps A census-designated place ( CDP) is a type of place (a concentration of population identified by the United States Census Bureau for statistical purposes The United States Army is a military organization whose primary mission is to "provide necessary forces and capabilities. Pierce County is the second most populous county in the US state of Washington. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the As of the 2000 census, the base had a total population of 19,089. The principal Fort Lewis maneuver units are U.S. I Corps, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, and 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division; all of which are constituted as Stryker brigades. The I Corps ( First Corps) aka ("eye core" nicknamed America's Corps, is a Corps of the United States Army with headquarters The 2nd Infantry Division is a formation of the United States Army. The 2nd Infantry Division is a formation of the United States Army. The 2nd Infantry Division is a formation of the United States Army. The Stryker is a family of eight-wheeled all-wheel-drive armored combat vehicles produced by General Dynamics Land Systems, in use by the United States Army It is also home to 62nd Medical Brigade, the 593rd Sustainment Brigade, the 555th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, the 42nd Military Police Brigade, the 51st Signal Battalion, 11th Signal Brigade, the I Corps NCO Academy, Headquarters, Western Region Cadet Command, the 1st Personnel Support Group, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), 2d Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, and Headquarters, 5th Army (West). The 62nd Medical Brigade formerly the 62nd Medical Group of the United States Army is an element of the Army Medical Department and I Corps The 593rd Sustainment Brigade is a sustainment Brigade of the United States Army. The 555th Engineer Brigade is a Combat engineer Brigade of the United States Army based at Fort Lewis, Washington. The 1st Special Forces Group is a US Army Special Forces unit that was activated on 24 June 1957 at Camp Drake Japan. The United States Army North, formerly known as the Fifth United States Army was a field army of the United States Army.
Fort Lewis has more than 25,000 soldiers and civilian workers. The post supports 120,000(+) retirees and more than 29,000 family members living both on and off post. Fort Lewis proper contains 86,000 acres (350 km²); the Yakima Training Center covers 324,000 acres (1,310 km²).
Part of Forces Command, Fort Lewis is the home of I Corps and has been since 1981. It is one of 15 US power projection platforms. The Corps' primary focus is Pacific Rim. As a result, I Corps has a close, ongoing relationship with Pacific Command.
Fort Lewis, named after Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark expedition, is one of the largest and most modern military reservations in the United States. Meriwether Lewis ( August 18, 1774 &ndash October 11, 1809) was an American Explorer, Soldier, and public administrator Consisting of 87,000 acres (350 km²) of prairie land cut from the glacier-flattened Nisqually Plain, it is the premier military installation in the Northwest and is the most requested duty station in the Army.
Fort Lewis began as Camp Lewis in 1917 when the citizens of Pierce County voted by an eight to one margin to bond themselves for $2 million to buy 68,721 acres (278 km²) of land. They donated the land to the federal government for military use. The only stipulation was that the tract be used as a permanent Army post. Captain David L. Stone and his staff arrived at the camp site May 26,1917, and a few days later the initial construction began. The entire camp was ready for occupancy a month ahead of schedule. In 90 days, Stone had supervised the construction of a "city" of 757 buildings and 422 other structures all lighted and heated for 60,000 men. The first recruits moved into their new barracks on Sept. 5, 1917, exactly two months after the post building plan had been handed to the contractors. When they implemented auction of the new cantonment, workmen subscribed $4,000 to build the Main Gate - which is still standing. The arch was built of field stone and squared logs resembling the old block houses which stood in the Northwest as forts. Some 60,000 men,including the 91st Division, moved into the hastily constructed cantonment to train for World War I. The 91st Infantry Division (variously nicknamed as the "Pine Tree Division" or "Wild West Division" was a unit of the United States Army that fought Recruited largely from the Northwest, the 91st was considered "Washington's Own. " In 1917, Pierce County, through the process of condemnation proceedings (eminent domain), took 3,370 acres (13. 6 km²) of the Nisqually Indian Reservation (14 km²) for the Fort Lewis Military Reserve.
The following two years saw tremendous activity at Camp Lewis as men mobilized and trained for war service. Thousands of the nation's youth learned to know Camp Lewis and the state of Washington. With the conclusion of the war, activities at Lewis ground to a standstill. Camp Lewis passed from the hands of Pierce County and became the property of the Federal Government when the deed for 62,432 acres (253 km²) was recorded in the county auditor's office in Tacoma.
Brigadier General David L. Stone, who had supervised the original construction of Fort Lewis as a Captain, returned as its Commanding General in 1936, serving until 1937. The project of constructing an Army airfield, which later became McChord Air Force Base, directly north of the Fort Lewis installation, received approval as a WPA project in January 1938, and $61,730 was allocated for construction. McChord Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base in Pierce County Washington. The allocation provided for clearing, grading, and leveling a runway 6,000 feet (1,800 m) long by 600 feet (180 m) wide.
At the conclusion of World War II, the northwest staging area of Fort Lewis became a separation center and discharged its first soldiers in November of 1945. With the departure of the 4th Infantry Division for Vietnam in 1966, Fort Lewis once again became a personnel transfer and training center. In 1972, the 9th Infantry was reactivated.
The Fort Lewis Military Museum was established in 1972 to preserve and document the post's history. Fort Lewis Military Museum is a military museum at Fort Lewis in Washington.
The post hosts annually the Leader Development and Assessment Course; one of the Army's single largest training events. The Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC is the centerpiece of the US Army's ROTC program
Soldiers receive medical care through Madigan Army Medical Center. Madigan Army Medical Center located in Fort Lewis Washington, is one of the largest Military hospitals on the West Coast of the USA. Located in the South Puget Sound area, Fort Lewis is adjacent to McChord Air Force Base, scheduled to be the home of the new C-17 transport fleet. McChord Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base in Pierce County Washington. WikipediaWikiProject Aircraft. Please see WikipediaWikiProject Aircraft/page content for recommended layout Fort Lewis has abundant high-quality, close-in training areas, including 115 live fire ranges. Additional training space is available at the Yakima Training Center in eastern Washington, including maneuver areas and additional live fire ranges. The Yakima Training Center is a United States Army training center (Army maneuver training and live fire area located in south central Washington state
Fort Lewis is located at .(47. 114369, -122. 564587)
According to the United States Census Bureau, the base has a total area of 15. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title) is the government agency that is responsible for the United States Census 9 square miles (41. 2 km²), of which, 15. 3 square miles (39. 6 km²) of it is land and 0. 6 square miles (1. 6 km²) of it is water. The total area is 3. 78% water.
The Fort Lewis terrain is densely wooded and open, with Scotch Broom and undulating rocky terrain common. Cytisus scoparius ( Common Broom; syn Sarothamnus scoparius) is a perennial leguminous Shrub native to western and central Poison-oak, ivy, and sumac are found in the training areas. Toxicodendron is a genus of woody Trees Shrubs and Vines in the Anacardiaceae or Sumac Family including poison ivy poison oak Canadian Thistle grows thickly in some areas. All trees are to be left standing; post policy prohibits cutting or trimming them.
The temperatures during summer vary from the mid 40's at night to the high 80's during the day, occasionally peaking over 100 °F (38 °C). Humidity varies from day to day and frequent precipitation occurs overnight. Although July and August are usually "dry" months, it is not unusual for moderate rainfall to occur.
As of the census of 2000, there are 19,089 people, 3,476 households, and 3,399 families residing on the base. A census is the procedure of acquiring information about every member of a given population The population density is 1,248. Population density (in agriculture standing stock and Standing crop) is a measurement of Population per unit area or unit volume 5 people per square mile (482. 0/km²). There are 3,560 housing units at an average density of 232. 8/sq mi (89. 9/km²). The racial makeup of the base is 60. 44% White, 20. 34% African American, 1. 36% Native American, 3. 41% Asian, 1. 79% Pacific Islander, 6. 23% from other races, and 6. 44% from two or more races. 13. 13% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 3,476 households out of which 85. 8% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 89. 3% are married couples living together, 6. NOTICE TO WOULD-BE ROMEOS ************** 6% have a female householder with no husband present, and 2. 2% are non-families. 2. 0% of all households are made up of individuals and 0. 0% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 3. 75 and the average family size is 3. 78.
The age distribution is 32. 1% under the age of 18, 28. 0% from 18 to 24, 37. 5% from 25 to 44, 2. 0% from 45 to 64, and 0. 4% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 22 years. For every 100 females there are 168. 3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 212. 5 males. All these statistics are typical for military bases.
The median income for a household on the base is $32,384, and the median income for a family is $32,251. Males have a median income of $20,878 versus $20,086 for females. The per capita income for the base is $12,865. Per capita income means how much each individual receives in monetary terms of the yearly income generated in the country 8. 2% of the population and 7. 1% of families are below the poverty line. The poverty threshold, or poverty line, is the minimum level of Income deemed necessary to achieve an adequate Standard of living in a given country Out of the total population, 10. 7% of those under the age of 18 and 0. 0% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.