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Military Minute - August 15th

JBLM CARES, West Point Cadets, and North Korea Backs Down

Military Minute - August 15th
The WAMilitary Minute gives you 4 of the latest and greatest stories from our military world every Tuesday and Thursday. Today's briefing covers new helmets at JBLM, a very impressive West Point Cadet, and a new Autism Resources Center for our community.


North Korea Stands Down on Guam Threats

"North Korea’s autocratic ruler has decided not to launch a threatened missile attack on Guam, Pyongyang’s state media reported Tuesday, easing the immediate threat of an attack on the U.S. territory in the western Pacific.

The North Korean statement said Kim Jong Un could change his mind “if the Yankees persist in their extremely dangerous reckless actions.”

The announcement appeared shortly after Defense Secretary James N. Mattis warned that an attack could quickly escalate to war, although it’s unclear if they were linked." 

1st Black Woman to lead West Point Cadets

"Simone Askew marched into history Monday as the first black woman to lead the Long Gray Line at the U.S. Military Academy.

After an early-morning 12-mile march back to the gray stone academic complex with 1,200 new cadets she led through the rigors of basic training at "Beast Barracks," the 20-year-old international history major from Fairfax, Virginia, assumed duties as first captain of the 4,400-member Corps of Cadets. That's the highest position in the cadet chain of command at West Point." 

JBLM Soldiers Test New Helmets

More than 100 soldiers are testing the Army’s potential replacement for the Advanced Combat Helmet and Enhanced Combat Helmet.

The 111 combat engineers — including 15 female soldiers — will wear the Integrated Head Protection System, which resembles a motorcycle helmet, during training at Joint Base Lewis-McChord."

Early feedback from the soldiers praises the lightness of the IHPS and its stable chin strap. Suggestions for it include improving the padding and reworking the mandible, which made it difficult to aim with the helmet on. 


"The 1,000 military children with autism in the Joint Base Lewis-McChord community, and their families will receive enhanced care and resources thanks to the opening of the new JBLM Center for Autism Resources, Education and Services Wednesday.

“As a Soldier, and having raised a child with autism, I’m enormously proud to be the commander of the (Department of Defense’s) first facility dedicated to the care of these amazing kids,” said Col. Michael Place, Madigan commander."