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Military Minute - September 5th

Soldier wins Competition, Korea Plot Thickens and More.

Military Minute - September 5th
The WAMilitary Minute gives you 4 of the latest and greatest stories from our military world every Tuesday and Thursday. Today's briefing includes more developments in Korea, a JBLM soldier winning a nationwide competition, and earthquake preparedness in the South Sound.

Trump pledges increase of weapons in S. Korea and Japan 

"In the wake of North Korea’s sixth nuclear weapons test, U.S. President Donald Trump pledged Tuesday to increase weapon sales to Japan and South Korea.

In a Tuesday morning tweet, Trump said, ”I am allowing Japan & South Korea to buy a substantially increased amount of highly sophisticated military equipment from the United States.”

The tweet followed a Monday call with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, during which Trump “provided his conceptual approval for the purchase of many billions of dollars’ worth of military weapons and equipment from the United States by South Korea,” according to a White House readout."

http://www.militarytimes.com/pentagon/2017/09/05/trump-pledges-new-weapon-sales-for-japan-south-korea/ 

JBLM Soldier Wins FORSCOM Competition in Fort Bragg

"For five days, Sgt. 1st Class Brenden Shannon woke up not knowing what was in store for him, but he had one goal — winning the 2017 U.S. Army Forces Command Best Warrior Competition at Fort Bragg, N.C. And he did just that.

“Competition is key in any Army organization,” Shannon said, the first sergeant of Charlie Company, 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. “When we do our jobs in a combat scenario, we are competing against our enemy. It is about who has the best tactics, who is the most adaptable, who can think through whatever dilemma the enemy is presenting to us.

The competition began Aug. 20."

http://www.nwguardian.com/2017/08/31/28357/jblm-soldier-wins-forscom-competition.html 

Preparedness Program at JBLM

As Joint Base Lewis-McChord rounds the corner into fall, many residents are ready for some football — but what about some major shaking?

September is National Preparedness Month, during which the Joint Base Lewis-McChord community is reminded to be ready for a natural disaster — including West Coast residents with the possibility of a major earthquake — dubbed by those in authority, the “Big One.”

“We live in a region that has a lot of potential for natural and man-made disasters,” said Steve Morse, community preparedness coordinator for JBLM’s Emergency Management Services."

http://www.nwguardian.com/2017/08/31/28353/program-to-focus-on-emergency.html 

Hackers

Over this weekend we were briefly hacked by a “person” we’re not going to name. We were hit along with a couple of Washington Government sites, and this hacker has a history of hitting helpful websites including Harvard databases. We’re sorry if you were unable to access our resources or had to witness the graphic images. We want to thank every person who helped us rebound from this weekend's hack. Our community was very helpful in bringing it to our attention, flooding us with messages. We were able to take them down as soon as we could and are upgrading our cyber security. 


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