Marine Wants New Charges In Iraq War Crime Tossed

The Marine Corps should not be retrying a sergeant whose murder conviction in a major Iraq war crime case was overturned by the military's highest court after he served half of his 11-year sentence, his defense attorneys say.

Civilian defense attorney Chris Oprison said he has filed nine motions that he will present during a two-day hearing for Lawrence Hutchins III that starts Thursday at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps ...

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One Dead After Military Jet Crashes Near Port Hueneme (Video)

A Hawker Hunter MK-58 military jet crashed Wednesday in the Ventura County city of Port Hueneme, killing the pilot.

Kimberly Gearhart with Naval Base Ventura County told Los Angeles television station KTLA-TV the aircraft flew out of Point Mugu Naval Air Station.

The pilot was a civilian who was employed by the defense contractor Hunter Aviation International, Inc.

The Los Angeles Times reports the Hawker Hunter MK-58 went down east ...

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Is This Piece Of Debris Part Of Amelia Earhart's Lost Plane? (Video)

The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), led by Army veteran Richard E. Gillespie, may have discovered a fragment from Amelia Earhart's lost airplane.

The fragment in question, according to a TIGHAR news release, is a piece of aluminum aircraft debris dubbed the "Miami Patch" - discovered on "a remote, uninhabited South Pacific atoll."

The "Miami Patch" was a piece of aluminum used to repair part of Earhart's ...

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US Marine Will Go On Trial In The Philippines For Killing Transgender Filipina

Murder or homicide? That's the question facing prosecutors in the Philippines, as they prepare to try U.S. Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton in connection with the death of Jennifer Laude, a transgender Filipina found dead in a hotel bathroom on Oct. 11.

Time magazine reports Pemberton's attorneys have requested prosecutors try their client for homicide and not murder, because they say there is no “probable cause for ...

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Pentagon Reclassifies Death Of Miramar Marine Cpl. Jordan Spears

The Department of Defense announced Tuesday it has reclassified the death of Marine Corps Cpl. Jordan L. Spears, 21, as in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

The Pentagon initially classified Spears's death on Oct. 1 as "a non-global war on terrorism casualty."

Spears was assigned to Marine Tiltrotor Squadron 163, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.

He ...

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Civil War Hero To Be Awarded Medal Of Honor (Video)

Cemetery Ridge. Pickett’s Charge. Phrases that sound familiar from books we've read, or maybe by watching Ken Burns' documentary on the Civil War.

But on November 6, 2014, history will come to life when President Barack Obama posthumously awards Army 1st Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863.

According to the Department of Defense, Cushing displayed ...

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Navy, Marines Team Up At Camp Pendleton For Disaster Response Training

Nearly 2,000 Marines, sailors and civilians from the 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade and Expeditionary Strike Group 3 have joined together at Camp Pendleton to prepare for the next disaster.

“So when game day gets here, and it will get here, we can get out there and when we get in the red zone,” said Navy Rear Adm. Frank Ponds, commander of Strike Group 3.

“It becomes really tough, but ...

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Camp Pendleton Marine Veteran Runs For Congress (Video)

After four deployments to Iraq, Congress should be a piece of cake, right? That's what former Marine Corps Capt. Seth Moulton is hoping. The Massachusetts native wants to represent his state's 6th congressional district in what would be his first foray into politics.

Moulton, 35, told the Military Times he was inspired to run for office while serving overseas:

“When I was in Iraq, after a tough day ...

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Navy Officer And Father Of Five Dies In Qatar

The military is investigating the death of Navy Cmdr. Christopher E. Kalafut, 49, who lost his life Oct. 24 in a what the Pentagon is calling a "non-combat related incident" at Al Udeid Air Base in Doha, Qatar.

U-T San Diego reports Kalafut was a reservist who worked as an airline pilot for Delta.

He lived with his wife, Mary, and their five children just outside of Atlanta in Acworth ...

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Death Of California Marine In Iraq Under Investigation

The military is investigating the death of Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Sean P. Neal, 19, of Riverside, California.

A Department of Defense announcement states he was killed on Oct. 23 in Baghdad, Iraq, in a "non-combat related incident."

According to Neal's Facebook page, he lived in Twentynine Palms, and was a graduate of La Sierra High School in Riverside.

The Washington Examiner reports Neal is the first member of ...

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Marines Back In Beirut On 31st Anniversary Of Barracks Bombing (Video)

It was in the early morning hours of Oct. 23, 1983, that a truck bomb exploded in the Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, killing 241 U.S. service members.

Now, for the first time in more than 30 years, Marines are back in Beirut - this time as guards at the U.S. Embassy, as explained by Capt. Eric Flanagan, the Marine Corps Embassy Security Group spokesman at the Pentagon:

“This ...

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Ex-Camp Pendleton Marine Now Alleged Indiana Serial Killer

Alleged serial killer Darren Vann was "prematurely discharged" from the Marine Corps in the early 1990s, according to military records obtained by the Austin-American Statesman.

The Corps found that Vann, now suspected of murdering at least seven women in Indiana, had a character "incongruent with Marine Corps’ expectations and standards."

Vann, 43, enlisted in the Marines in 1991 and was out by 1993. He was based at Camp Pendleton, as ...

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Joint Chiefs Chair Uses YouTube To Address Troops' Ebola Worries (Video)

The U.S. military's top military officer wants American service members (and their families) to know anyone deployed in the mission to contain the Ebola outbreak is getting top-notch training to keep them safe from the deadly virus.

Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, took to YouTube to allay many of the fears surrounding Operation United Assistance.

First off, Dempsey made clear that ...

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US Marine Held In Transgender Killing No Longer On USS Peleliu (Video)

The U.S. military transferred Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton from the brig of the San Diego-based USS Peleliu to a Philippine military compound on Wednesday, according to The Associated Press.

Pemberton is now being held in an air-conditioned van at Camp Aguinaldo, and guarded by U.S. Marines.

Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin told The A.P.:

"They agreed to put him in a facility which will pass U ...

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Two San Diego-Based Ships Reassigned To Japan

The Navy has announced plans to move the USS Milius and the USS Benfold from their current homeport in San Diego to Japan.

According to U.S. Fleet Forces Command, in the next few years, the Milius and the Benfold will become part of Forward Deployed Naval Forces based at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan.

The Benfold will depart San Diego for Yokosuka in the summer of 2015, and the ...

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Teacher Killed In School Shooting Awarded Military Medals (Video)

One year ago today, a 12-year-old with a semi-automatic handgun killed Sparks Middle School math teacher Michael Landsberry, 45, as he tried to protect his students. As Reuters reported at the time:

[Landsberry] was gunned down when he stepped into the shooter's line of fire, giving students time to flee to safety.

On Sunday, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal, Landsberry was posthumously awarded the Air Force’s Airman’s ...

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USS Carl Vinson Takes Over Airstrike Campaign From USS George H. W. Bush (Video)

This past weekend, the San Diego-based USS Carl Vinson took over responsibility for the airstrike campaign against ISIS from the USS George H. W. Bush, which has been in the Persian Gulf since June.

USS Carl Vinson Commanding Officer Capt. Karl O. Thomas wrote on the Vinson Facebook page on Oct. 17:

"(Saturday), the Air Wing will have their first set of flights in the Arabian Gulf. Now that the ...

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Marines And Sailors Return To Camp Pendleton After Deployment In Australia

After a six-month deployment in Australia as part of Marine Rotational Force-Darwin, Marines and sailors assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment are slated to arrive home Monday to Camp Pendleton.

The Marine Corps Times reports:

While deployed Down Under, the Marines trained with their Australian counterparts for urban rescue missions, conventional warfare, combined armed, disaster response and humanitarian relief.

They capped their deployment with Exercise Koolendong, a training ...

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Ebola Scare In Pentagon Parking Lot (Video)

A woman who became violently ill on a bus in a Pentagon parking lot has been taken to a Fairfax, Va. hospital after telling first responders she had recently visited West Africa, according to the Washington Post.

Brian McGraw with Arlington County Fire told the Washington Post that officials...

“...have no information or conditions to confirm this is Ebola.”

The bus was carrying several Marines and their spouses headed to ...

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