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Lt. Col. Rick Lalor, PAO for Joint Forces Training Base Los Alamitos, speaks to those attending the November networking breakfast of the Cypress Chamber of Commerce. Photo by C.E.H. Wiedel.

Members and guests at the November 12 networking breakfast of the Cypress Chamber of Commerce heard from Lt. Col. Rick Lalor about current and planned projects at Joint Forces Training Base Los Alamitos. Lt. Col. Lalor is the Base’s Public Affairs Officer. He was standing in for the Base Commander, Col. Nick Ducich, who had been dispatched to Singapore.

Many people do not realize the the JFTB is not a unified command, but rather provides facilities for about forty tenants both civilian and military.

Upgrades either already underway or planned, include locker rooms at the Base pool facility, the Base PX, a recreational vehicle park, the Base theatre (new seats!), Building 20 for Sunburst Youth ChalleNGe Academy, and a new 30,000 square foot permanent home for the southern division headquarters of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.

New facilities are planned for the Army Reserve, the Air National Guard, and the Army Corps of Engineers.

In order to strengthen the JFTB’s connection with the five communities that surround the Base, the JFTB command staff wants to build on existing public events — Race on the Base and the Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular — and organize additional events such as a new version of Wings, Wheels, Rotors & Expo. They want to expand STEM outreach, currently represented by STARBASE. And they want to grow this year’s successful meet-the-pilots event held in tandem with The Great Pacific Airshow.

For more information about Joint Forces Training Base Los Alamitos, including public tours of the Base, call Lt. Col. Lalor at 562-795-2096.

For more information about the Cypress Chamber of Commerce, including upcoming events like the Holiday Extravaganza, call 714-484-6015 or visit www.cypresschamber.org.