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Military Minute - June 13th

JBLM events, the Post 9/11 GI Bill and more.

Military Minute - June 13th
The WAMilitary Minute gives you 5 of the latest and greatest stories for our military world, in a brief but informative format. Today's briefing includes upcoming JBLM events, a successful strike on Somalian terror, and a new study revealing a decrease in the use of the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

JBLM Fido 5k

Dog lovers! Get your four-legged friend over to JBLM in a few weeks. The Get Fit With Fido 5K Fun Run/Walk is June 24, 9am and starts at the MWR Fest Tent at Lewis Main! Details and registration available here:…/distance-running-races/get-fit-with…

JBLM Artillery Training

"Soldiers from the U.S. Army Special Operation Command stationed at JBLM are scheduled to conduct artillery training with 60mm, 81mm and 120mm mortars between today through and Friday

Expect mortar training during the daytime and nighttime hours." 

Successful Strike on Terror

"American military aircraft struck a terrorist nerve center in Somalia on Sunday, an operation believed to have killed eight al-Qaida loyalists who've staged repeated attacks on U.S. allies in the region. 

The precision strike comes as U.S.-backed African forces subtly but steadily intensify their campaign against al-Shabaab, a ruthless terrorist organization U.S. officials characterize as determined to plot attacks within the United States and against American interests globally."

GI Bill Use Down

"Less and less people are using their tuition assistance and the post 9/11 GI Bill. Tuition Assistance use has been in decline for years, but 2016 was the first year since 2009 that there was a decrease in Post 9/11 GI Bill use. It’s not a good trend, as education benefits are a huge draw to many service members. The drop could be indicative of a failure to maintain or expand on these benefits." 

U.S. Army’s Birthday

242 years ago tomorrow, the United States Army began as the Continental Army in the American Revolution against Great Britain. In 2017, we’ve grown to be the greatest military presence in the world. Happy birthday Army! Thank you to all the men and women whose sacrifices have made it so great.