The first American Job Center to be located on a military installation is set to open at Joint Base Lewis-McChord this Friday.

A ribbon cutting to christen the facility is scheduled for 10:45 a.m. at the Bud Hawk Transition Center on JBLM Lewis North. The center will open after two years of planning between, among others, JBLM garrison commander Col. Daniel S. Morgan; the Washington State Military Transition Council; and the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs.

“In an era of fiscal uncertainty and taking care of Service members and Families and our veterans, the best way ahead is to link official federal, state, and local resources in a sustainable manner so we have transparency across the spectrum and can measure our success versus a loosely knitted approach that is overwhelming our people,” said Morgan.

American Job Centers provide a full range of assistance to job seekers under one roof. Established under the Workforce Investment Act and reauthorized in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act of 2014, centers offer training, referrals, career counseling, job listings and similar employment-related services.

“The American Job Center provides this transparent, collaborative, and sustainable approach for all stakeholders that can network veterans and the labor force anywhere and anytime,” Morgan added.