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Military Minute - August 22nd

McGregor-Mayweather, Navy Collisions & Afghanistan

Military Minute - August 22nd
The WAMilitary Minute gives you 4 of the latest and greatest stories from our military world every Tuesday and Thursday. Today's briefing discusses the Navy's recent collisions, President Trump's new plans for Afghanistan, and the best chefs of JBLM.


Navy Launches Review Amid Collisions


The Navy will launch a review of recent accidents following the collision of the USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker in the Pacific Ocean, making it the second U.S. warship to be involved in such an incident this summer.


Adm. John Richardson, the chief of naval operations, will call for a temporary halt in operations for the Pacific-based 7th Fleet, the forces that operate around Japan. 


Trump Afghanistan strategy calls for more troops, regional pressure


President Donald Trump announced a new plan for Afghanistan Monday night with calls for additional U.S. forces, greater NATO participation and regional pressure that held echoes of the previous administrations even as the president said his way forward would be a much more aggressive plan that delivers results.


“Nearly 16 years after the Sept. 11 attacks, the American people are weary of war without victory,” Trump told a largely military audience at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Virginia. 


Trump said he was initially inclined to withdraw all forces. As he said on the campaign trail, he still feels that the U.S. had spent too much time, energy and money trying to rebuild Afghanistan, like Iraq, to resemble American governance. 


JBLM DFAC moves on in military culinary competition


Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. - Soldiers from the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade are competing in the 51st Annual Philip A. Connelly Awards Program, a culinary competition to find the best dining facility in the Army.


The Soldiers, who work at the Raptor's Nest Dining Facility on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, have been recognized by the judges as the best on the installation and are now competing against the best DFAC from Fort Huachuca, AZ. 


Mayweather vs. McGregor


Watch the Mayweather-McGregor Superfight Saturday, Aug. 26 at your favorite hangouts at JBLM -- Samuel Adams Brewhouse JBLM ($5 cover - ages 21 and older) and the Warrior Zone (no cover - ages 18 and older). Reserve your own 4-person table at Sam Adams for table service and premium viewing all night for $5 cover and $20 (call 253-964-2012 for reservations). Open seating also available ($5 cover). Sam Adams is at 2400 Bitar Ave. and Division at Lewis Main. For more information, call 253-964-2012. 


The Warrior Zone is on the corner of N. 17th and D streets at Lewis North. Call 253-477-5756 for more details.