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Military Minute - September 19th

Ken Burns' Vietnam War Doc Premieres and Career Opportunities at JBLM

Military Minute - September 19th
We aren't able to do today's Military Minute in the studio - but we still want to talk about the latest stories in the military community with you! Today's briefing includes the latest war documentary from Ken Burns, a career fair at JBLM, an event for our veterans in Gig Harbor and more!

Mattis Wants Answers for Non-Combat Deaths

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is looking into whether the military has an inability to say “no,” and whether that culture may be part of the reason behind a spate of non-combat troop deaths in recent months.

Since June, at least 56 service members have been killed or injured in training incidents or regular operational maneuvers across all services.

In just over the last week alone, 20 service members were injured and two were killed in separate training incidents at Camp Pendleton, California, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and Fort Hood, Texas. 

Ken Burns’ Vietnam War Documentary Hits PBS

The 10-part, 18-hour series premieres Sunday on PBS stations. The first five episodes air Sept. 17-21, the last five air Sept. 24-28. The series re-airs on Tuesday nights beginning Oct. 3.

The first five episodes will be available at and other PBS online platforms Sept. 17, and the final five go online Sept. 24. They’ll be up until Oct. 3, at which point each episode will be online for a two-week period. Some PBS donors will have access to all 10 episodes on Sunday.

A book accompanying the series, with an introduction by Burns and Novick, went on sale Sept. 5. DVD and Blu-Ray versions of the series go on sale at on Sept. 19. 

JBLM Child and Youth Services Recruiting Fair 

JBLM NAF Human Resources Office is sponsoring a CYS Recruitment Fair Tuesday, Sept. 26 at Eagles Pride Golf Course. CYS is currently recruiting for the position of Child & Youth Program Assistants (for child development centers, school-age care; before/after-school & camps).

Recruitment schedule of events is as follows:

8-10 a.m.: Applicants submit applications and resumes

9:45 a.m.- 3 p.m.: CYS facility managers conduct initial interviews and NAF HR extends tentative job offers

Interested applicants should bring their Social Security card, birth certificate or passport and four references (names and phone numbers). Applicants need to submit TWO paper applications at the Recruitment Fair! Tentative job offers will also be extended at this hiring event, as well as all background checks. Download DA Form 3433 here - 

Race for A Soldier Half Marathon & 5K - Sunday 9/24 at 7 am

- Start and finish at the Gig Harbor YMCA

- USATF certified course

- Cheering spectators to keep you moving!

- Music & vendors

- Daycare available at YMCA

More details here: