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Military Minute - July 25th

Dunkirk, Green Afghan Camo, and the Vietnam Memorial in DuPont

Military Minute - July 25th
The WAMilitary Minute gives you 3 of the latest and greatest stories from our military world every Tuesday and Thursday. Today's briefing includes green camo for the Afghanistan Army, a 97-year-old veteran and survivor reacting to Dunkirk, and a Vietnam Memorial coming to DuPont


Dunkirk Survivor Reacts to Movie 

Ken Sturdy, a 97-year-old Canadian Veteran, and survivor of Dunkirk reflected on war and human nature after getting emotional watching Dunkirk. ‘Tonight I cried because it’s never the end. It won’t happen. We the human species are so intelligent, and we do such astonishing things. We can fly to the moon, but we still do stupid things. So when I see the film tonight, I see it with a certain kind of sadness. Because what happened back then in 1940, it’s not the end.’

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Afghan Forest Uniforms

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis scolded top defense officials for a “complacent” mode of thinking that allowed $28 million to be wasted on Afghan army uniforms that were inappropriate for fighting in Afghanistan.

The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction exposed the waste in June when it found that the Pentagon’s decision to procure a dark forest-patterned uniform for the Afghan army was incongruous with the country’s largely desert environment. The Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan selected the dark uniform in 2008, SIGAR found, without determining whether it was right for Afghanistan. DoD had purchased more than 1.3 million of these uniforms as of June, SIGAR reported. 

DuPont to Host Traveling Vietnam Memorial 

“The city of DuPont will be host to the American Veterans Traveling Tribute Vietnam Memorial, and the memorial wall will grace Powderworks Park, 1775 Bobs Hollow Lane, in DuPont, Thursday to July 30.

The American Veterans Traveling Tribute Vietnam Memorial is one of a handful of traveling Vietnam walls, but it is touted on its website as the largest such traveling wall.

This traveling wall is an 80-percent replica of the Washington, D.C. memorial.”