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IAVA | November 23, 2016

Daily News Brief November 23, 2016

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A U.S. Army paratrooper assigned to the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Alaska, prepares to land on Nov. 3, 2016, during an airborne training jump from a CH-47 Chinook helicopter on Malemute drop zone at Join Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Justin Connaher/Air Force | Military Times >>

Today’s Top Stories

After examining archival data regarding transgender veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan Conflicts, investigators identified 332 transgender veterans treated at the Veterans Health Administration between 2000 and 2013. Nearly one in five transgender men and one in seven transgender women screened positive for MST. | News Medical >>

California lawmakers in the House and Senate offered legislative proposals Thursday that would allow nearly 10,000 California National Guard soldiers to keep improper enlistment bonuses they were paid during the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan a decade ago. | Task and Purpose >>

Brown told the Herald that Trump asked his opinion of Romney during a meeting at Trump Tower in Manhattan, one of a flurry of meetings Trump had with prospective Cabinet nominees. Romney also met with Trump on Saturday in New Jersey to discuss the secretary of state post — the first face-to-face meeting since the president-elect and the 2012 GOP nominee made blistering attacks on each other during the campaign. | Boston Herald >>

Iraq and Afghanistan

The IHS conclusions, which are based on local news reports, social media and Islamic State propaganda, mark the broadest compilation of chemical attacks in the conflict. American and Iraqi military officials have expressed growing alarm over the prospect of additional chemical attacks as the allies press to regain both Mosul and Raqqa, the Islamic State capital in Syria. | The New York Times >>

The official statement said that Akbar was previously wounded in a premature explosion and resumed his operations to manufacture improvised explosive devices after he recovered. | Business Standard >>

Three OPEC sources told Reuters a gathering of experts from the oil producer group in Vienna had decided on Tuesday to recommend that a ministerial meeting on Nov. 30 debate a proposal from member Algeria to reduce output by that amount. | Reuters >>

Military Affairs

In yet another development in an already eventful deployment, US Navy sailors aboard the USS Nitze rescued three stranded Iranians in the Arabian Gulf on Friday. The Iranians made a distress call after their boat stalled. US Sailors responded quickly, providing a case of water and a new battery for the vessel. | Business Insider >>

Applicants must first and foremost want to be a Marine and meet all of the requirements to join the Corps. When the recruits arrive at MCRD, they meet with a Marine Corps recruiter who will process their application and push it through an expedited naturalization process. The standard process can take anywhere from six to 12 months or longer. | CW 6 >>

The 3rd Fleet in San Diego was able to provide only a few details late Monday evening, but early reports indicated the problems stemmed from an issue with heat exchangers in the ship’s integrated power plant, which provides electrical power to both the propulsion plant and sensors, weapons and ship’s services. | Navy Times >>


Detonate this new full-bodied coffee in your mug in the morning, and you’ll be fueled for the day. Bomb Coffee was founded by four friends, two of them veterans, and through the end of November, 22 percent of all sales will go to the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide prevention among veterans. | The New York Times >>

They’ve canceled the food trucks, scaled back the tap room and put away the games. But the party’s not over at Young Veterans Brewing Co. just because the Navy has instructed the business to knock it off. | The Virginian-Pilot >>

“That was really the thought behind this was if we could help our athletes both able-bodied and those with challenges to learn from each other today that it would bring us all closer together,” said Joanne Pasternack, a spokesperson with the San Francisco 49ers. | ABC 7 News >>

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