Joint Base Lewis-McChord, formerly Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base, is a joint United States military installation in Washington State, and is one of the largest and most modern military reservations in the United States. Joint Base Lewis-McChord continues the tradition of adventure and excellence of its two namesakes: Army Captain Meriwether Lewis, and Army Air Corps Colonel William C. McChord. Airlift operations continue to span the globe, and every theater of combat action as been fueled by the courage, bravery, and ‘victory mentality’ of Lewis-McCord soldiers and airmen.
Joint Base Lewis-McChord represents immense logistical and fighting capability. The McChord Field component hosts the 62 Airlift Wing and the 446th Airlift Wing, and also hosts the headquarters for the Western Air Defense Sector, composed of Washington Air National Guard and Canadian Forces Air Command personnel. The 1st Air Support Operations Group provides Air Liaison Officers for I Corps. The joint base is home to US Army I Corps. The principal maneuver units are US Army I Corps, 2nd Infantry Division, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Brigades, all of which are constituted as Stryker Brigades. It is also home to 1st Special Forces Group, 2nd Ranger Battalion, the 75th Ranger Regiment, and Headquarters, 5th Army (West). The 17th Fires Brigade, the 62nd Medical Brigade, the 593 Sustainment Brigade, the 555th Engineer Brigade, the 42nd Military Police Brigade, the 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, the 11th Signal Brigade, the I Corps NCO Academy, Headquarters, the Western Region Cadet Command, the 1st Personnel Support Group—all also call Joint Base Lewis-McChord their home.
Joint Base Lewis-McChord is the most-requested duty station in the US Army. It has abundant high-quality, close-in training areas, including 115 live fire ranges. Over the Coast Range and into Eastern Washington, the Yakima Training Center provides extensive field maneuver areas and additional live fire ranges.
The commemorative Joint Base Lewis-McCord coin salutes the dedication of all who served. The coin is finished in rich enamel, the obverse featuring the Distinctive Unit Insignia of US Army I Corps, in brilliant colors.