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Military Minute - August 3rd

GI Bill Upgrades, Private Air Force in Afghanistan, and Seahawks Tickets

Military Minute - August 3rd
The WAMilitary Minute gives you 4 of the latest and greatest stories from our military world every Tuesday and Thursday. Today's briefing includes a private air force in Afghanistan, the "Forever GI Bill," Seahawks tickets, and JBLM's 100-year celebration.

Senate Passes GI Bill Upgrades

At the eleventh hour before it recessed for the summer, the Senate finally got around to some real business: passing a sweeping GI Bill upgrade that extends benefits to more veterans and gives them more time to use those bennies.

The bill — dubbed “the forever GI Bill” by supporters — had been approved unanimously by the House, but its fortunes in the Senate were uncertain after the deliberating body approved a slapdash extension of its voting session into August to consider a bevy of government appointments and a full slate of bills. 

Private Air Force in Afghanistan?

Erik Prince, the former CEO of the private military company known as Blackwater, wants to step up the Afghan air war with a private air force capable of intelligence collection and close-air support, according to a recent proposal submitted to the Afghan government.

According to a senior Afghan military official, Prince has submitted a business proposal offering a “turn-key composite air wing” to help the fledgling Afghan air force in its fight against the Taliban and other militant groups. 

JBLM Seahawks Tickets Raffle

"With only a few months before the start of the National Football League 2017 season, Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s Leisure Travel Services is currently taking names for its annual raffle drawing to purchase tickets for Seattle Seahawks home games.

Fans register to be part of the random drawing Aug. 4 at 4:30 p.m. at the Samuel Adams Brewhouse on Lewis Main. Entrants do not have to be present to earn their spot on the ticket purchase list."

Interested parties need to fill out a registration form in person at LTS office at 2272 Liggett Ave., inside Bowl Arena Lanes, on Lewis Main, or at Sounders Lanes, 737 Jackson Blvd., on McChord Field, before tomorrow until 3 p.m. Registration is also available at the Samuel Adams Brewhouse, 2400 Bitar Ave., on Lewis Main, until tonight at 9 p.m. 

JBLM Centennial Celebration - August 18th


JBLM celebrates its first 100 years on Friday, Aug. 18 with a Centennial Ceremony on Watkins Field beginning at 4 p.m. There will also be historic equipment displays and military re-enactors in the Lewis Main historic cantonment area on 3rd St. for guests to enjoy beginning at 3 p.m. The Centennial Ceremony is free and open to the public, DOD ID cardholders, and their guests. "