Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber honors region’s top military citizen

The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber recently presented the 36th annual John H. Anderson Military Citizen of the Year Award to Colonel H. Charles “Chuck” Hodges, Jr.

Hodges has nearly 30 years of service in the U.S. Army, and has served as Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s (JBLM’s) commander leading nearly 3,500 soldiers, airmen, and civilians since August 2012. Recently, Hodges worked collaboratively with elected JBLM staff and federal, state, county, and local government officials on projects that aim to improve the quality of life for more than 100,000 service members, civilian employees, and family members assigned to JBLM, such as the construction of a connector road and overpass that is scheduled to open this spring and allow JBLM commuters to drive non-stop from Lewis-Main to McChord Field without having to use Interstate 5 or exit and re-enter JBLM through its gates; an effort to replace several aging JBLM schools; and the promotion of a hiring fair connecting employers with service members and veterans.

The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber created the John H. Anderson Military Citizen of the Year Award to honor an outstanding military citizen to commemorate the civic contributions by resident military personnel. John H. Anderson, a veteran, served as Tacoma’s mayor in the early- to mid-1950s. An accomplished civic leader, he is also a past Chair of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber Board of Directors. The award is sponsored by America’s Credit Union, which has been serving the military at JBLM since 1954.

America's Credit Union's Military Relations Liaison Amy Tiemeyer presents the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber's 35th Annual John H. Anderson Military Citizen of the Year Award to Colonel H. Charles "Chuck" Hodges, Jr. (PHOTO COURTESY TACOMA-PIERCE COUNTY CHAMBER)

America’s Credit Union’s Military Relations Liaison Amy Tiemeyer presents the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber’s 35th Annual John H. Anderson Military Citizen of the Year Award to Colonel H. Charles “Chuck” Hodges, Jr. (PHOTO COURTESY TACOMA-PIERCE COUNTY CHAMBER)

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