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US airstrike hits ISIS target near Baghdad, 1st in
'expanded efforts'

CNN
A U.S. airstrike near Baghdad on Sept. 15 marked a new phase in the fight against ISIS. The airstrike southwest of the city appears to be the closest the U.S. airstrikes have come to the capital of Iraq since the start of the campaign against ISIS, a senior U.S. military official told CNN. And U.S. Central Command said in a statement that it was the first strike as part of "expanded efforts" to help Iraqi forces on the offensive against ISIS.
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Air National Guard completes 1st hybrid vehicle maintenance course
Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System
Hybrid vehicles are coming to the Air National Guard, and 10 airmen are now better prepared to handle their specific maintenance requirements after completing the Air National Guard's very first hybrid vehicle maintenance course Aug. 29 at Volk Field. Six years ago, the Air Force called for implementing hybrid vehicles to reduce overall fuel consumption by 2 percent annually and increase the vehicle fleet's miles per gallon performance as part of its Infrastructure Energy Strategic Plan. Three years ago, a White House memorandum declared that all new light duty vehicles leased or purchased by government agencies must be alternative fueled vehicles — hybrids, electric, compressed natural gas or biodiesel — by Dec. 31, 2015.
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Louisiana National Guard's 528th assumes authority overseas
The News Star
The Louisiana National Guard's 528th Engineer Battalion of Monroe took part in a transfer of authority ceremony last month in Kuwait. The ceremony represented the moving of official authority to Lt. Col. Greg St. Romain, the 528th commander, who will now command all engineer assets in Kuwait. The 528th arrived in Kuwait at the end of July and has been transitioning with the 19th Engineer Battalion from Fort Knox, Kentucky, since.
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US Army floats requirements for 3 light vehicles
Defense News
The U.S. Army is looking to develop a family of three lightweight, highly mobile ground vehicles for a light infantry brigade as it conducts a joint forcible entry mission. If the service proceeds, it would field an air-droppable light tank called the mobile protected firepower, and ultralightweight combat vehicle and a light reconnaissance vehicle. The two latter vehicles would be sling-loadable by rotary wing to replace the Humvee.
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Voters to decide on $50 million Alabama National Guard bond issue
The Anniston Star
Alabama voters in November will decide whether the state should borrow $50 million to fix up its National Guard armories. Proponents of the proposal — Amendment 2 on the November ballot — say the state has a desperate need to upgrade the armories, some of which date back to the 1950s. Skeptics say there has to be a better way to pay for the repair.
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More Nevada troops deployed despite drawdown
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Although the drawing down of troops in Afghanistan is bringing most American military personnel home with the expected end to U.S.-led combat operations in December, more citizen-soldiers from Nevada are being tasked with overseas deployments. On Sept. 15, a ceremony was held for soldiers from the Nevada Guard's 72nd Military Police Company who headed to Afghanistan in two waves of 30 each to provide security for high-ranking International Security Assistance Force officials.
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Army cyberchief urges stronger industry ties
C4ISR & Networks
To keep pace with rapid changes in the cyber domain, the military needs “a much tighter relationship between industry and government,” the head of U.S. Army Cyber Command said Sept. 11. Speaking at Association of the United States Army breakfast, Lt. Gen. Edward Cardon said there were opportunities for industry to develop network infrastructures, operating systems and applications — and that past collaboration on a training environment had worked well. A central clearinghouse for industry to access the service’s cyber requirements is in the works, Cardon said.
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South Carolina National Guard focuses on soldier medical readiness
Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System
Medical readiness is one of the most critical components of being a member of the Armed Forces. Without it, he or she is categorized as "non-deployable," meaning unable to mobilize for military operations. The Medical Command, South Carolina Army National Guard, is charged with the vital mission of ensuring more than 9,000 Guard Soldiers around the state are medically fit to perform their roles at all times. On Sept. 7-8, MEDCOM held an Individual Medical Readiness Exercise at McEntire Joint National Guard Base in Eastover.
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