Camp Pendleton Fire 96% Contained

A brush fire burning in the northern reaches of Camp Pendleton was 96 percent contained Tuesday morning.

About 1,245 open acres have been blackened since the blaze, dubbed the Roblar Fire, ignited off Roblar and Case Springs roads Thursday afternoon, according to military and state fire officials. No structures have been threatened.

The cause of the Roblar Fire was not immediately clear, though it is not uncommon for fires ...

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Camp Pendleton Fire Nears Containment

Military firefighters have taken over command of the battle to put out a brush fire that has charred 1,245 open acres in the northern reaches of Camp Pendleton.

As of 6:30 a.m. Monday, the ground and airborne crews had the blaze at 92 percent containment, base officials said on Twitter. No structures have been threatened.

The blaze ignited Thursday afternoon off Roblar and Case Springs roads.

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Officials Say Program Housed More Than 200 Vets Four Months After Launch

More than 200 once-homeless veterans and their families have moved off San Diego's streets since the Housing Our Heroes program was adopted four months ago, the mayor's office announced Wednesday.

The $12.5 million program, funded with a mix of federal and local monies, provides incentives to landlords who rent to homeless veterans. The program has benefited 18 families encompassing 34 children, according to the mayor's office ...

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San Diego VA Reports Progress In Veterans' Care

San Diego County veterans aren’t waiting as long for disability and health care, according to San Diego’s top VA officials, who held a news conference on Thursday to give a status update.

Disability benefits now take about three months, compared to 10 months in 2013. The wait for mental health care has been cut in half compared to last year, with the wait in May about five days ...

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Navy SEALs Seek Out High-Tech Jobs

They are highly trained to lead, innovate and be self-sufficient. So why would it be difficult for elite fighters like Navy SEALs to transition to the pioneering ranks of Silicon Valley?

Tech executives say they are increasingly looking to recruit special operations forces veterans who typically move on to law enforcement or private security. But while SEALs know how to build teams in stressful situations, many aren't accustomed to ...

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Navy SEAL Death Puts Spotlight On Training Program

About 75 percent of the sailors who begin training to become Navy SEALs don't make it through the six-month program.

The grueling training is designed to create an elite special forces fighting team.

But it is not supposed to be lethal.

The San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office last week determined that the drowning death of Navy SEAL candidate James Derek Lovelace in May was a homicide.

A ...

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San Diego Transgender Vet On The Military's New Policy

Last week, Department of Defense Secretary Ash Carter lifted the military’s ban on transgender troops serving openly in U.S. armed forces.

The department has until July 1, 2017 to fully implement its policy on transgender service members.

There are as many as 7,000 transgender troops serving in the military out of 1.3 million active duty service members, according to a study by the Rand Corporation.

Joselyn ...

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ACLU Report Documents Struggle Of Deported Veterans

Enrique Salas, who served four years in the Marines and was eligible for citizenship, was deported to Mexico about a decade ago.

His mistake? After his brother was killed in a military training accident, Salas began to use drugs. He served a six-month sentence for possession of a controlled substance. In 2006, his criminal record led to his deportation.

Salas is one of 84 foreign-born veterans featured in a report ...

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Death Of Navy SEAL Trainee Ruled Homicide

The drowning death of a Navy SEAL trainee who was pulled from a pool during training at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado has been ruled a homicide.

On May 6, Seaman James Derek Lovelace, 21, went into distress during a training exercising called "drown proofing," in which prospective SEALs tread water while in uniform and wearing a diving mask, the Navy said. He was taken to a hospital, where he later ...

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San Diego Schools Serving Military Families In Tierrasanta To Get Upgrades

Schools serving military families in Tierrasanta are in line for upgrades thanks to a Department of Defense grant, the San Diego Unified School District announced Thursday.

The project will result in the replacement of 30 aging portable classrooms at Hancock and Miller elementary schools, along with better air conditioning, upgrades to cafeteria facilities, new sidewalks and stairs, fire safety improvements and upgrades to technology infrastructure.

"We work every day to ...

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Pentagon Says Transgender Troops Can Now Serve Openly

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter says the military is lifting a ban on transgender service members.

"Effective immediately, transgender Americans may serve openly, and they can no longer be discharged or otherwise separated from the military just for being transgender," he told reporters today at the Pentagon.

The fundamental reason for the change, Carter said, is "that the Defense Department and the military need to avail ourselves of ...

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San Diego Veterans Group Works To Raise Awareness About PTSD

Roughly 22 veterans commit suicide every day. Some studies suggest suicide risk is higher in those who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder.

Monday is National Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day, and a local organization is launching a campaign urging struggling veterans to have the courage to ask for help.

The Three Wise Men Foundation, founded by former San Diego Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, is rolling out a public service ...

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Another Guilty Plea In 'Fat Leonard' Navy Bribery Scandal

A former Department of Defense supervising contracting officer pleaded guilty on Thursday in San Diego federal court to charges that he accepted bribes from Glenn "Fat Leonard" Francis, the foreign defense contractor at the center of a massive bribery and fraud scandal.

Paul Simpkins, 62, supervised contracting officers responsible for awarding and administering U.S. Navy contracts.

According to admissions made in his plea agreement, from about May 2006 until ...

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'Fat Leonard' Bribery Scandal Expands; 3 More Navy Officers Charged

Three current and former U.S. Navy officers appeared in federal court on Friday to face charges that they secretly worked on behalf of foreign defense contractor Glenn "Fat Leonard" Francis to advance the interests of his company, including instances in which a highly influential captain allowed Francis to ghostwrite official Navy documents and correspondence and submit them as his own.

In exchange, Francis plied the now-retired Capt. Michael Brooks ...

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Naval Base San Diego Receives 17th Unfounded Bomb Threat

An unfounded bomb threat prompted a security alert at Naval Base San Diego Tuesday for the 17th time since November.

The menacing message was found scrawled in a portable outhouse at NBSD Pier 7 Tuesday morning shortly after 8 a.m., according to officials at the Barrio Logan-area military installation.

The dock was cordoned off while Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents used service dogs to search for explosives or other ...

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Veterans Choice Medical Program Troubled From Start

Amanda Wirtz started her six-year Navy career in 1997. She served aboard a destroyer off Bosnia and during combat off Iraq in 1998.

When she developed a rare tumor, Wirtz, 37, was discharged in 2003 and began using the Department of Veterans Affairs Health System in San Diego. For the most part, she has been happy with her care.

Then last year, Wirtz began having headaches. When the VA couldn ...

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Crowds Line Streets To Honor US Navy SEAL Killed In Iraq

Thousands of people — including motorcycle-riding combat veterans, schoolchildren waving flags and mothers with strollers — lined the streets of this military town Friday as the funeral procession of a Navy SEAL killed in Iraq passed by on its way to a national cemetery.

The crowd stood in somber silence and some wiped away tears as the casket of Charles Keating IV was carried out of a Catholic church and driven through ...

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Navy Officer Fired Over Iran's Detention Of 10 San Diego-Based Sailors

The Navy has fired the commander of the 10 American sailors who wandered into Iranian territorial waters in the Persian Gulf and were captured and held by Iran for about 15 hours.

In a statement Thursday, the Navy said it had lost confidence in Cmdr. Eric Rasch, who was the executive officer of the squadron that included the 10 sailors at the time of the January incident. He was responsible ...

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Naval Base Hit By Another Bogus Bomb Threat

For the 16th time since last fall, an unfounded bomb threat prompted a security alert and search at Naval Base San Diego Wednesday.

The written message was found on Pier 7 at the Barrio Logan-area station about 10:15 a.m., according to the Navy.

Military police conducted a sweep of the area, finding nothing hazardous, said Helen Haase, a spokeswoman for Navy Region Southwest. The investigators gave an all-clear ...

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UCSD Study Links Higher PTSD Risk To Genetics

A wide-ranging study published Wednesday identifies possible genetic links to an increased risk of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Scientists from UC San Diego School of Medicine, the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System and other institutions analyzed DNA samples from more than 13,000 U.S. soldiers and discovered two statistically significant genetic variants that might be associated with PTSD.

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