Navy Helicopter Squadrons Return Home Before Destroyers

Two detachments of Coronado-based helicopters, both of which took part in the search for the Malaysia Airlines passenger jet that went missing in March, returned home Wednesday from separate but simultaneous seven-month deployments.

Detachments 1 and 2 of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 78, with 20 personnel, flew in to their home base at Naval Air Station North Island after having served aboard the guided-missile destroyers USS Pinckney and USS Kidd ...

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Nearly $100K Raised For Marine From Ramona Who Lost His Legs In IED Blast

Ramona native Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Brandon Dodson suffered devastating injuries in an IED blast on Aug. 9 in Afghanistan. A webpage created to help ease financial stress on Dodson's wife and toddler son has raised nearly $100,000 as of early Wednesday morning.

Dodson's Marine Corps buddy Dave Smith set up the webpage at GoFundMe.com soon after Dodson was wounded. In ten days, about 1,000 ...

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UPDATE: The Evidence That Led To Marine Vet's Arrest In Erin Corwin Case (Video)

San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos filed murder charges Tuesday against Marine veteran Christopher Brandon Lee, 24, in connection with the death of Erin Corwin.

Ramos said in a news release that the special circumstance of "lying in wait" was attached to the murder charge, making Lee eligible for the death penalty or life without parole:

"The decision regarding which penalty will be sought will be made after a ...

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USS Carl Vinson Sailors And Marines Could Earn New Special Pay

Sailors and Marines serving aboard the USS Carl Vinson on its upcoming deployment could qualify for new special pay under a proposal being considered by Navy and Marine Corps officials.

The Marine Corps Times reports "Mission Hardship Duty Pay - Tempo" would amount to $17 a day for each day a sailor or Marine is deployed at sea beyond 220 days.

Vice Adm. Bill Moran, chief of naval personnel, told the ...

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Erin Corwin's Body Discovered, Alleged Lover Arrested In Her Death

Searchers discovered the body of missing pregnant Marine wife Erin Corwin on Aug. 16 in a 140-foot mine shaft on Bureau of Land Management land in the Mojave Desert, law enforcement officials announced Monday.

Dental records were needed to confirm Corwin's identity. An autopsy conducted Monday morning concluded the manner of death to be homicide, according to San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon.

Christopher Lee, the Marine veteran who ...

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How Military Surplus Gear Played A Role In Ferguson Upheaval (Video)

Demonstrators protesting the police killing of an unarmed African-American teenager in Ferguson, Missouri were met with a police force equipped to go to war - literally. That's because in recent years, as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have drawn down, the amount of surplus military gear flowing to local police departments has soared.

As the New York Times explains, the program to transfer the Pentagon's surplus military equipment ...

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Study: One In Four Military Families Depend On Food Banks (Video)

A new study on hunger in America finds roughly 25 percent of military households need assistance from food banks to feed their families.

The Hunger in America 2014 study was conducted by Feeding America, the largest hunger relief charity in the United States.

This is the first year researchers surveyed military families. They discovered Feeding America's network of 200 food banks provides assistance to 620,000 families with at ...

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USA Discounters Must Refund $350,000 To Military Customers

USA Discounters must provide refunds to U.S. military troops to the tune of $350,000, after the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau put a stop to the retail chain's practice of targeting service members with a so-called "fee scam."

The CFPB announced Thursday that USA Discounters must also pay a $50,000 civil penalty:

CFPB Director Richard Cordray explained the scam:

“USA Discounters charged servicemembers for legal protections they ...

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Marine Videotaped Urinating On Taliban Found Dead (Video)

Marine veteran Cpl. Robert Richards, one of four Marines videotaped in 2011 urinating on the corpses of Taliban, was found dead at his home Wednesday night.

Richards' attorney told the Marine Corps Times his death does not appear to be self-inflicted:

A medical examiner will look at the mix of medication Richards was taking.

The former Marine sniper was still plagued by the wounds he suffered during his second deployment ...

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Navy Fires Commanding Officer Of San Diego-Based Coastal Riverine Squadron

The Navy has relieved Cmdr. Joseph Fauth of his duties as commanding officer of the San Diego-based Coastal Riverine Squadron 3, citing "a loss of confidence in his ability to command" as the reason.

According to a Navy news release, Rear Adm. Frank Morneau, head of the Navy Expeditionary Command Command, made the decision to remove Fauth on Aug. 12...

...following an investigation into several personnel issues and actions by ...

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College Football Star Turned Soldier Killed In Afghanistan (Video)

Army Sgt. 1st Class Samuel C. Hairston, 35, was killed in Ghazni, Afghanistan on Aug. 12, when he was hit by small-arms fire during combat, according to the Department of Defense.

KPRC-TV reports Hairston attended the University of Houston, and was a defensive lineman for the school's football team from 1997 to 2000.

He joined the Army in 2003.

Hairston was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry ...

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Army Pfc. Paul Ieti Performs One Direction Ballad On 'America's Got Talent' (Video)

Did you catch Army Pfc. Paul Ieti's live performance Tuesday night on "America's Got Talent"? The singing soldier attempted to wow the judges with his rendition of the One Direction ballad "You & I."

Ieti wrote on his Facebook page that he spent the week rehearsing for his live TV appearance, shot at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

According to the Army Times, Tuesday night's ...

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ACLU To Military: Provide Gender Treatment To Chelsea Manning Or Get Sued

Military officials have until Sept. 4 to provide gender identity disorder treatment to Chelsea Manning (formerly known as Army Pvt. Bradley Manning), or face a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union, according to The Associated Press.

In July, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel approved the early stages of treatment for Manning, whom the Army diagnosed with gender identity disorder.

But Manning's attorney, David E. Coombs, and the ACLU say ...

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San Diego Fleet Week Adds 'Big Bay Bash' To Event

Organizers of the annual Fleet Week San Diego announced Tuesday that a new festival, the "Fleet Week Big Bay Bash," has been added this year.

• the Fleet Week Enlisted Golf Tournament, Sept. 12 at the Admiral Baker Golf Course;

• the 17th annual Coronado Speed Festival, Sept. 20-21 at Naval Air Station North Island;

• the MCRD Boot Camp Challenge, Sept. 27 at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot;

• the Miramar Air Show ...

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Defense Secretary Hagel Says 130 More Military Advisers Going To Iraq

Prior to a question-and-answer session with Camp Pendleton Marines, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Tuesday afternoon said the Pentagon is sending 130 more military advisers to northern Iraq to help local forces in their escalating fight against Islamic militants.

The additional U.S. advisers are not combat troops, and President Barack Obama has said repeatedly he will not send ground forces back into Iraq.

The 130 additional U.S. advisers ...

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Real 'Good Morning Vietnam' Airman Shares Memories Of Robin Williams (Video)

Retired airman Adrian Cronauer said he was "gobsmacked” upon learning of Robin Williams' death on Monday.

Williams portrayed Cronauer in the 1987 film "Good Morning Vietnam." According to Smithsonian.com, the movie was loosely based on Cronauer's experience hosting the radio program “Dawn Buster” in Saigon for Armed Forces Radio from 1965 to 1966.

Cronauer told the Military Times he was "gobsmacked" to learn of Williams' passing at such ...

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Statement by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on the Passing of Robin Williams

Statement by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on the Passing of Robin Williams:

"The entire of Department of Defense community mourns the loss of Robin Williams. Robin was a gifted actor and comedian, but he was also a true friend and supporter of our troops. From entertaining thousands of service men and women in war zones, to his philanthropy that helped veterans struggling with hidden wounds of war, he was ...

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Robin Williams A Beloved Figure On USO Tours (Video)

Actor Robin Williams, who died Monday at age 63 of an apparent suicide, had visited both Afghanistan and Iraq in 2010 as part of a USO tour to bring entertainment to the troops during the holidays. But it was his visit to Kuwait in 2007, and how his military audience reacted during the retreat ceremony, that might have been the most memorable.

Williams was in the middle of entertaining service ...

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USS Carl Vinson Could Become Part Of Iraq Air Campaign

The San Diego-based USS Carl Vinson is slated for a 10-month deployment at the end of August. But the Vinson is on standby to depart earlier, if the Navy needs the aircraft carrier for the military's Iraq air campaign.

Naval Air Forces spokeswoman Cmdr. Jeannie Groeneveld told the Military Times that the Vinson "is on ready standby as the surge carrier."

Rand defines a surge carrier as one that ...

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Zoo Fundraiser Held For Family Of Missing Marine Wife Erin Corwin (Video)

The family of Erin Corwin has had to endure more than six weeks of not knowing what happened to the missing pregnant Marine wife. Friends of Corwin, 20, held a fundraiser at a zoo near her Tennessee hometown to boost her family's spirits.

WATE-TV reports friends and supporters from Erin's hometown of Oak Ridge hosted the fundraiser at Little Ponderosa Zoo to raise money the family can use ...

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