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Military Minute - May 31

Military Minute - May 31
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 the USS Washington, JBLM computer updates, and a great quote from Defense Secretary Mattis.

Navy Parachutist Tragedy

San Diego’s Navy SEAL Parachute team the Leap Frogs lost a member in a tragic accident in New York City this weekend. In a demonstration at NYC’s annual Fleet Week, the airmen’s parachute malfunctioned plunging him into the Hudson River. Coast Guard officials were able to grab him from the water, but he was pronounced dead an hour later. Our thoughts are with his loved ones, and we thank him for his service. Full story -

Mattis Scares Enemies

Secretary of Defense gave a strong verbal barb to our enemies and threats around the world in an interview this weekend. When asked what kept him up at night, he responded “Nothing. I keep other people up at night.” Now that’s a badass way to assert our presence on the global stage. Check out the video here -

USS Washington 

The State of Washington is honored with the first submarine in its namesake. The USS Washington was delivered Friday to the Navy after 6 years of construction and preparation. It’s the first submarine to be named after our state, and the third Navy ship in total following an armored cruiser after the turn of the 20th century and a World War II battleship.

Fore R Troops Golf

Get your clubs our it’s the golfing season. On June 9th, the AUSA is hosting the Fore R Troops golfing tournament for the military community at JBLM and Camp Murray. The event takes place at Eagles Pride Golf course, open to individuals and teams and closes up with a dinner and prizes. The Air Force Association will host another golf tournament on the 23rd at Eagle Pride.  Sign up here. 

JBLM Gets Windows 10

Starting last week JBLM began the long process of changing their computer operating systems from Windows 7 to Windows 10. It’s a few years behind the times, as Windows 10 has been out since 2014, but the JBLM Network Enterprise Center wanted to make sure its capabilities were on point before they made the switch, expected to be completed by November. What does this mean for you if you’re at JBLM? Well, Windows 10 functions similar to Windows 7, if not a bit more user-friendly, so onceyour computer is slated to switch it should be a pleasant crossover.