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Daily News Brief September 12, 2016

dnb2Airmen install a new chin scoop on an EC-130H Compass Call at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., on Aug. 31. Senior Airman Betty Chevalier/Air Force | Military Times >>

Today’s Top Stories

The job fair, focused on providing employment opportunities solely for veterans, was filled with a variety of mostly men of all ages and backgrounds. Some young, some old, others clean cut and others wandering in rumpled suits. | USA Today >>

Three days after Matt Fetterman was sworn into the Navy at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, he stood with his twin brother, Mark, and the other plebes behind their school overlooking the Long Island Sound and watched the second plane fly into the World Trade Center. | Stars and Stripes >>

“My path forward in the military was well-defined; I pretty much knew what my next position would be,” says Daniel Savage, veterans program manager at LinkedIn, who served as an infantry officer. But that clarity was lost when he began navigating the professional world as a civilian. | New York Post >>

Iraq and Afghanistan

Militants are increasingly targeting young professionals, schools, and educated members of society in Afghanistan and neighboring Pashtun areas in Pakistan. Experts say the tactic is aimed at increasing the number of uneducated youth – a prime demographic targeted by militant group recruiters. | Voice of America >>

Hoshyar Zebari should have been preparing for loan negotiations that could save his country from economic collapse. Instead, Iraq’s finance minister sat in his office waving a file of papers he claims prove that billions of dollars of state money was embezzled by rival politicians. | Financial Times >>

The speeches from the governor and the senator were over, the Sunday morning ceremony in front of the giant American flag complete, and the 710th Area Support Medical Company, members of the Illinois Army National Guard, was headed to Afghanistan. | Chicago Tribune >>

Military Affairs

Paul Caruso at the National Earthquake Information Center says sound waves from an explosion that’s part of the test registered as a 3.8 magnitude earthquake on U.S. Geological Survey seismographs as far away as Kansas. | CBS News >>

Chris Lynch is easy to spot walking the Pentagon’s sprawling corridors: He’s the guy wearing a hoodie and sneakers amid all the crisp military uniforms. Instead of a placard with his name, the sign outside the office he leads says “Rebel Alliance.” | Stars and Stripes >>

“There’s no single institution that has been transformed in the last 15 years as much, I think, as the National Guard has been transformed,” said James, speaking Saturday to the National Guard Association of the United States annual conference. | Air Force Times >>

#VetsRising

The medals poured in Saturday night for U.S. Paralympics Swimming at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium as Team USA won four gold and two silver medals, doubling its medal total from the previous two days of competition. Elizabeth Marks (Prescott Valley, Arizona), Roy Perkins (Del Mar, California), Becca Meyers (Baltimore, Maryland) and Brad Snyder (Baltimore, Maryland) all won gold in their respective events, with Jessica Long (Baltimore, Maryland) and Tharon Drake (Hobbs, New Mexico) swimming to silver. Team USA now has 12 total medals in the pool at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. | Team USA >>

Stockwell usually competes with a “Never Forget 9/11/01” sticker on her American flag-themed bike. The sticker is just above the handlebars, so she can see it while she’s racing. | Military.com >>

“Deployments are simple,” said Cyle Briggs, 29, who served in Iraq in 2008-2009 as an infantryman with the Marine Corps Reserve out of Broken Arrow. “You wake up, go on a mission, come back, work out, go to bed and do it again. Civilian life is hard. There’s bills and finding a job so I can feed my family.” | Stillwater News Press >>

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