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Joint Base Lewis McChord
Mailstop 14, Joint Base Lewis McChord, WA 98433

Joint Base Lewis McChord will be the largest military installation on the west coast of the U.S. with more thanMore 415,000 acres. It's the largest military installation, according to its web site. It supports an on-base population and in neighboring communities of more than 100,000 people that includes military personnel, families, civilian and contract employees, and retirees and their families, according to its web site.

Camp Lewis was established in 1917 and became Fort Lewis in 1927, according to its web site. McChord Air Force Base started as McChord Army Field in 1938 and became McChord Air Force Base when the Air Force became a separate military service in 1947, according to its web site.

In 2005, the base realigned and the Closure Commission designated Fort Lewis and McChord Base as a joint base, one of 12 joint bases in the Department of Defense, according to its web site. It's the second largest employers in the state.

Beachwood Elementary
8583 American Lake Ave, Joint Base Lewis McChord, WA 98433

Beachwood Elementary School, "The Pride of Fort Lewis," is located on Joint Base Lewis McChord. The elementary schoolMore caters mostly to the army community. The teaching staff provides a diverse and welcoming learning environment that encourages emotional, social and academic growth. Beachwood has a diverse professional staff that privides and promotes a lifelong learning philosophy for its community.

Beachwood Elementary has made a few changes to its schedule and curriculum, beginning with the 2010-2011 school year, including adding weekly grade level lesson planning meetings to align curriculum with state standards, moving mathematics courses to the morning and creating several committees that will meet monthly to review subject-based curriculum and the school climate.