Gig Harbor residents and officials celebrated their fifth year of partnership with the 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade – Joint Base Lewis McChord today with the unveiling of a new sign.
About 40 soldiers from the brigade also attended the ceremony at the corner of Pioneer Way and Stinson Avenue, where the “Welcome to Gig Harbor” sign is located.
The event, hosted by the and , recognized the relationship between JBLM and the community.
“It’s been a great experience for us in the Chamber and the community,” said Chamber President and CEO, Warren Zimmerman.
“This signifies the partnership for not only our relationship with JBLM, but the fine people I got to know through this experience,” Mayor Chuck Hunter added.
The affiliation began in 2008 when the soldiers from JBLM began attending the Public Affairs Forums on Thursdays, Zimmerman said. Since then, the community has been working with the brigade on several community events including the annual , Santa’s Castle and most recently, the .
Following the unveiling, the attendees headed back to the Civic Center to enjoy some cake and coffee for the U.S. Army’s 237th birthday.
“We all live in our community, and we hope for decades and decades of great partnership,” said Col. Paul Norwood.