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Military Minute - May 23

Microwaves, JBLM's Clear Zone, Memorial Day in Washington and More

Military Minute - May 23
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 Memorial Day events, an update on JBLM's Clear Zone, and a new microwave weapon in development.

Microwave Weapon

The Army is developing a microwave weapon in the mountains of New Mexico. Task and Purpose reports the microwave weapon has 1 billion times more power than your kitchen  microwave, and can instantly destroy IEDs in a combat zone. 

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Annihilate ISIS

Secretary of Defense James Mattis has big plans to "annihilate ISIS." Last Friday he announced a new strategy to thwart them which include completely surrounding and attacking ISIS strongholds to avoid transplanting the problem elsewhere. Its unclear how this plan will affect deployments to Iraq and Syria. ISIS claims responsibility for the blast in Manchester, England that killed 22 and injured dozens more following an Ariana Grande concert. 

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JBLM Clear Zone

JBLM and community leaders signed a plan that will solve the clutter at North Clear Zone at McChord Field. The FAA (Federal Aviation Association) requires a 3,000 by 3,000 foot clear safety zone for aircraft to arrive and depart, and JBLM is going to need about 20 years and roughly 30 million dollars to get this zone up to standard, making it safer for both McChord and the surrounding community. 

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Memorial Day

This weekend is Memorial Day, where we remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Check out this post for details on the events and observances for Memorial Day near you. 

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Flynn Pleads Fifth

Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn will invoke his Fifth Amendment Rights and will not speak to the Senate regarding his communications with Russia during his time as Advisor. Flynn previously sought immunity in turn for his cooperation into the Russian investigation, but was turned down.

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