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Poll: Americans back airstrikes, but oppose use of US troops in Iraq, Syria
Americans are steadfastly opposed to sending U.S. ground troops to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria, but an overwhelming number of people continue to support the U.S.-led airstrikes against the terrorist group, a new CNN/ORC International poll shows. While less than four in 10 Americans favor sending U.S. ground troops into a combat situation against ISIS, there is a widespread belief that such an action is inevitable, according to the poll. Only 24 percent of Americans do not think the United States will send combat troops to battle ISIS, while 36 percent say it is likely and another 39 percent say it is somewhat likely.
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US military probing digital currencies in terror fight
NBC News
The United States military is studying digital currencies like Bitcoin to learn if they can be traced and to figure out how they are used by America's adversaries around the world. CNBC has learned that the global policy counsel of the Bitcoin Foundation flew to Florida to meet with officials from U.S. Special Operations Command for a daylong discussion Sept. 22 on the role of so-called cryptocurrencies — of which Bitcoin is the best known — in illicit finance.
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Missouri Gov. Nixon meets Missouri troops during Afghanistan visit
Gov. Jay Nixon met with Missouri National Guard troops as he continued his visit to Afghanistan Sept. 28. Nixon is part of a delegation of four U.S. governors that included Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Tennessee Gov. William Haslam. This is the fourth trip to Afghanistan for Gov. Nixon, who is one of the original members of the Council of Governors, formed in 2010 to address matters pertaining to the National Guard and homeland security.
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Air National Guard to push 30-year-old F-16s into the skies as far into the future as 2030
The Press of Atlantic City
Sleek, fast and maneuverable are some of the ways to describe the F-16s that help protect the East Coast from 9/11-like terrorist attacks. Old is another. The geriatric jets were made in the 1980s and are older than some of the pilots who fly them for the New Jersey Air National Guard’s 177th Fighter Wing. "Quite old, about my age, actually," said Maj. Michael Kawan, a 35-year-old pilot. Kawan and other members of the 177th who fly and maintain the F-16s insist the Air Force hand-me-downs, while aging, can still perform their crucial mission of homeland defense.
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Army: It's good news that sexual assault reports are up
Stars and Stripes
Reports of sexual assaults in U.S. Army Europe jumped 131 percent in fiscal 2013. That sounds bad, but Lt. Gen. Donald M. Campbell Jr., who heads the command, sees it as a sign of progress in the service's fight to put a stop to sexual violence in the ranks. The increase indicates that victims "are developing trust and confidence in their leaders that something will happen if they report it," Campbell said Sept. 23 as he opened a two-day sexual assault summit with senior Army officers and enlisted leaders from across the continent. "That's a good-news story."
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North Carolina National Guard Apache pilots provide support for joint training at Fort Bragg
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Two North Carolina National Guard Apache Helicopters fly towards artillery rounds exploding on target. "Marked by artillery," squeaks across the radio from one of the Joint Tactical Attack Controllers on the ground. "Do you have visual on the artillery?" In a real world scenario this would take place in a war-zone; Army, National Guard and Air Force working together on the battlefield, but on this day, they were training. The 1-130th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion out of Morrisville, North Carolina, the 14th Air Support Operations Squadron and the 3rd Brigade Combat Team all worked together to complete several iterations of this scenario Sept. 22-25, 2014 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, validating the skills of 14th ASOS.
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DOD policy will allow some undocumented immigrants in US to serve
Military Times
A small number of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. will have an opportunity to join the military for the first time in decades under a new Defense Department policy unveiled Sept. 25. The new rules will expand an existing program allowing recruiters to target foreign nationals with high-demand skills, mostly rare foreign language expertise or specialized health care training. For the first time, the program — known as Military Accessions Vital to National Interest, or MAVNI — will be open to immigrants without a proper visa if they came to the U.S. with their parents before age 16. More specifically, they must be approved under a 2012 Obama administration policy known as Deferred Action for Child Arrivals, or DACA.
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US troops take 1st steps to help Liberia combat Ebola
Voice of America
Over the past two weeks, one world leader after the other has called for immediate action in the fight against Ebola in West Africa. The United States has made the largest contribution and is sending 3,000 troops to Liberia to assist with health care logistics. It is the biggest military operation for America in Africa since withdrawing forces from Somalia in 1993.
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Pennsylvania National Guard troops deploying for Middle East,
Eastern Europe

A farewell ceremony was held Sept. 27 at Fort Indiantown Gap for 60 Pennsylvania National Guard soldiers from the 213th Personnel Company who are deploying for Afghanistan, Kuwait and Romania. About 20 soldiers were leaving Sept. 27, and the rest throughout October, said Sgt. Matt Jones, Pennsylvania National Guard spokesman. Most of the soldiers are from central Pennsylvania, and are members of a human resources company that will assist in the drawdown of troops in Operation Enduring Freedom, Jones said.
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