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Military Minute - July 27th

Transgender-Military Ban, a Former WWII POW Looking for $13 and more.

Military Minute - July 27th
The WAMilitary Minute gives you 4 of the latest and greatest stories from our military world every Tuesday and Thursday. Today's briefing includes the announced transgender ban in the military, a POW looking for 13 dollars from the government, a huge exercise at JBLM and TriggrCon.


Transgender Military Ban

President Trump announced on Twitter yesterday that transgendered Americans will no longer be allowed to serve in the military. Trump said this was a defense decision based on consultations he’s had with top military officials. Sarah Huckabee Sanders was unable to give much more details in a press conference yesterday. More details on how this will affect transgendered individuals currently serving are unavailable at this time. Secretary of Defense James Mattis has not directly received these modifications yet, and the Joint Chiefs say there can be no changes to the policy until Mattis issues guidance. 

WWII Vet’s Pay Dock

"A veteran who survived a plane crash and capture by the Germans during World War II has an axe to grind with the Department of Defense, and it centers around $13.

Andy Ramotnik flew 42 successful combat missions as a 20-year-old radio operator in the Army Air Corps during World War II, until he was shot down on his 43rd mission and captured. After nearly two years in captivity, he escaped and rejoined American troops in Austria, not far from where he was held..." 

Mobility Guardian at JBLM 

"Joint-service units across Joint Base Lewis-McChord are geared up for one of the biggest Air Force exercises to hit its airfields to date: Mobility Guardian. If the name doesn't ring a bell, don't worry, because Mobility Guardian is the first of its kind at JBLM as a capability-based, joint-service and multinational readiness exercise designed to test and improve the U.S. Air Force's ability to plan, command and control, communicate and execute real-world missions."

"Forty U.S. aircraft, over 3,000 U.S. service members and aircraft and military personnel from more than 30 international partners will participate in Mobility Guardian. Exercise scenarios will include joint forcible entry and airfield seizure, joint missions between Air Force airdrop crews and Army Airborne units and contingency response and humanitarian relief operations" 

TriggrCon Comes to Tacoma

Read all about it in our article here!