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Military Minute - August 31st

Troops in Afghanistan, Pat Tillman & the State Fair

Military Minute - August 31st
The WAMilitary Minute gives you 3 of the latest and greatest stories from our military world every Tuesday and Thursday. Today's briefing discusses the troop numbers in Afghanistan, Pat Tillman, and the Washington State Fair.


11,000 Troops in Afghanistan

"There are thousands more U.S. troops on the ground in Afghanistan than have been previously acknowledged, the Pentagon said Wednesday.

There are currently more than 11,000 U.S. forces deployed in Afghanistan, whereas the Pentagon had previously reported only 8,400, U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. told reporters at a press conference at the Pentagon. 

Delivering a more transparent number was a priority for Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, said Pentagon spokesman Dana White."

Arizona State unveils Pat Tillman statue at Sun Devil Stadium

"The walls around Sun Devil Stadium and the new football complex are lined with photos of Pat Tillman. Images of the former player and Army Ranger can be found across the campus and around town, too.

Now there’s a bronze likeness of perhaps the greatest Sun Devil in school history.

Arizona State unveiled a bronze statue of Tillman during a ceremony at Sun Devil Stadium on Wednesday, a monument designed as a tribute to the man who gave so much and as inspiration to the players trying to follow his footsteps." 

Military Monday at the State Fair 

Linked below is the official events calendar for the 2017 Washington State Fair. Military ID holders and their dependents enter for free every Monday from September 1st through the 24th!