STAND WITH LT. WATADA ON FEB. 5
ATTEND THE COURT-MARTIAL PROCEEDINGS OF LT. EHREN WATADA
THE FIRST U.S. MILITARY OFFICER TO REFUSE TO GO TO IRAQ
1.) CAN THE PUBLIC ATTEND THE COURT MARTIAL OF Lt. WATADA?
YES Military court martials are open to the public per R.C.M. 806(a)
(Rules for Court Martial).
Public includes both military and civilian communities. However, Fort
Lewis is a closed installation and ALL visitors require a visitors pass to
enter Ft. Lewis. So let's fill the courtroom with supporters Read more
to find out how to get there, how to obtain a visitor's pass, and when and
where to go.
2.) HOW DO I GET A VISITOR PASS?
To get a visitor pass you must go to the Visior's Center located at the
Ft. Lewis Army Base main entrance. This entrance is just off Interstate
5, Exit 120, on 41st DIVISION DR S.
FOR ALL INFO AND ALL DAY VIGIL JUST OUTSIDE MAIN GATES
You will need provide a valid government-issued ID, i.e. valid state
driver's license, passport, etc.
In addition, ALL vehicles entering Fort Lewis are required to have either
a valid DOD Decal or an authorized Visitor's Pass. If you are driving a
vehicle you must also provide:
*valid vehicle registration
*proof of current vehicle insurance
*valid driver's license
You should be able to walk on as well. A government ID should be enough.
If walking, allow an extra 20 min. to walk the approx. one mile to the
All vehicles entering Fort Lewis are subject to inspection at any time.
Refusal to submit to the inspection will result in a denial of access to
3.) WHEN DO I NEED TO ARRIVE?
The court-martial is set to begin at 9:00 a.m. on February 5, 2007. If
you plan on attending, please arrive at the Visitors' Center early that
day It takes time to process the requests and Mondays are apparently
very busy at the Visitors' Center. The Visitors' Center opens at 6:00
a.m. It is recommended that you arrive no later than 7:45 a.m.
Hurry up and wait is a common saying in the military. This may apply to
having to wait at the visitor center for a pass, or just arriving early at
4.) WHERE ON BASE IS THE COURT-MARTIAL?
The court martial will take place in Building 2027, located on N. 8th St.
Directions from gate:
--Stay on 41ST DIVISION DR S.
--Take a RIGHT on Pendleton Ave.
--Take a LEFT on N. 8th St.
--Building 2027 will be on the right (between Pendleton Ave. and Ligget
--Parking is available near Waller Hall across the street.
5.) WHAT WILL HAPPEN ONCE I AM THERE? ARE THERE ANY OTHER RULES?
Before entering the courtroom you will be searched, and each time you
re-enter you will be searched. Cameras and recording devices of any kind
are not permitted in the courtroom. Please be supportive by being quiet
and respectful in the courtroom. Being quiet in the courtroom is
extremely important as the military judge will use any excuse to clear the
courtroom and bar all supporters.
During the lunch break, food (sandwiches, baked potatoes, and Starbucks)
is available at a food court in Waller Hall. The lunch break time and
duration will take place at the discretion of the judge.