Two Camp Pendleton Marines Killed In Helicopter Crash ID'ed

The two Camp Pendleton-based Marines killed Friday when their 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing UH-1Y Huey helicopter crashed have been identified as Capt. Elizabeth Kealey, 32, and 1st Lt. Adam Satterfield, 25.

Both Marines were assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 169.

Kealey, known as Betsy, was from the town of Indiana, Pa. According to a news release from the 3rd MAW, she commissioned in the Marine Corps May ...

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Two Camp Pendleton Marines Killed In Helicopter Crash At 29 Palms

Two Marines assigned to the Third Marine Aircraft Wing at Camp Pendleton were killed Friday when their UH-1Y Huey helicopter crashed aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms.

A news release from the 3rd MAW reports the crash took place at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Friday during a training exercise.

The military has not yet released the identities of the two fallen Marines.

3rd MAW Commanding ...

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Therapy Dogs Would Help Veterans With PTSD Under New Bill

Veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder could help train therapy dogs for other veterans under a pilot program being considered by Congress.

The Veterans Dog Training Therapy Act, introduced by Ohio Rep. Steve Stivers, would put in place a pilot program at several VA medical facilities. These VA facilities would then connect veterans suffering from PTSD with organizations that train therapy dogs for physically disabled vets.

Stivers said in a ...

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Scandal Over Gitmo Head's Firing Includes Rumors Of Adultery, Suspicious Death

U.S. Navy Captain John Nettleton lost his job as commanding officer of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay after NCIS discovered he was allegedly having an adulterous affair with a woman named Lara Tur.

According to The New York Daily News, the relationship between Nettleton and Lara Tur came to light when NCIS began investigating the death of Christopher Tur - Lara's husband.

U.S. officials have told The Associated Press ...

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Army Team Deploying To Ramona To Investigate Helicopter Crash (Video)

A team from the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center in Alabama is deploying to Ramona to take the lead on the investigation into what caused a California Army National Guard helicopter to crash on Tuesday evening.

Both the pilot and co-pilot were able to emerge safely from the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter after they were forced to land the aircraft during a routine training flight, according to the California ...

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Judge Denies Former SEAL's Request To Withdraw Guilty Plea

A judge Wednesday denied a plea withdrawal motion brought by a former U.S. Navy SEAL who admitted stealing more than $1 million from 11 active and retired SEALs and a family friend in an investment scam.

Jason Matthew Mullaney, 43, pleaded guilty last September to three counts of grand theft and one count of securities fraud. A month later, Mullaney told Judge Frederick Maguire that he wanted to withdraw ...

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USS Carl Vinson Crew Member Advises Aspiring Blue Angels (Video)

The Blue Angels are hiring new crew members. But exactly what does it take to make the Navy's elite flight demonstration squadron? One former Blue Angel now serving aboard the USS Carl Vinson has some words of advice for those aspiring to make the team.

Navy Lt. Holly Taylor works as the USS Carl Vinson's personnel officer. She served as administration officer for the Blue Angels from Sept ...

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FakeBabyGate: The 'American Sniper' Movie Controversy (Video)

Progressives say the movie "American Sniper" is war propaganda. Conservatives contend the film honors a great patriot. But there is one matter both sides seem to agree on: That is one super fake-looking baby Bradley Cooper is holding in the movie.

Jason Hall, the man who wrote the "American Sniper" screenplay, put in his two cents. The Hollywood Reporter quotes him as explaining in a since-deleted Tweet:

"Hate to ruin ...

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California Army National Guard Helicopter Crashes At Ramona Airport

The pilot and co-pilot of a California Army National Guard helicopter suffered minor injuries when the chopper crashed Tuesday evening at the Ramona Airport.

Cal Fire Capt. Kendal Bortisser told UT-San Diego the helicopter crash-landed on its side at about 6 p.m.

The pilot and co-pilot were able to get out of the aircraft on their own and were later taken to the hospital as a precaution, according to ...

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Camp Pendleton's Sgt. Maj. Ronald Green Chosen As Top Enlisted Marine (Video)

I Marine Expeditionary Force Sergeant Major Ronald L. Green, who is based at Camp Pendleton, will serve as the 18th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps.

The new position will make Green the senior enlisted leader of the Marines.

Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford made the announcement on Tuesday, saying of Green:

“His dynamic leadership is well known throughout the ranks of our Corps. His wide range ...

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Supreme Court: Electrocution And Burn Pit Lawsuits Can Proceed

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected the attempt by military contractors KBR Inc. and Halliburton Co. to block lawsuits against them that deal with electrocution and burn pits on bases in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to The Associated Press reports. The contractors hoped to curtail the lawsuits with appeals.

One of the lawsuits concerns the 2008 death of Staff Sgt. Ryan Maseth in Iraq, who was electrocuted while taking ...

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Male Model And West Point Grad Killed By Train (Video)

George "Greg" Plitt Jr. wasn't your typical male model. The 37-year-old who called Southern California home was a West Point graduate who'd served five years in the Army, according to The Associated Press.

On Jan. 17, Plitt was hit and killed by a train while filming a workout video on railroad tracks in Burbank.

Burbank Police Sgt. Scott Meadows told People magazine investigators believe Plitt's death was ...

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San Diego-Based Marines Training Iraqis In Fight Against ISIS

More than 300 U.S. troops from the newly formed Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force are helping to rebuild Iraq’s disintegrated army in the fight against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS.

The unit, made up of troops from Camp Pendleton, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar and Twentynine Palms, is training as many as 1,200 Iraqis in six-week blocks to prepare them for a counteroffensive ...

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Seat At State Of The Union Reserved For Imprisoned Camp Pendleton Marine Veteran

As President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address on Tuesday, Jan. 20, a seat will be empty in the House chamber. Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Michigan, reserved the chair for Marine Corps veteran Amir Hekmati, who has been held in an Iranian prison for more than three years.

Hekmati's family lives in Michigan, and Kildee represents them in Congress. Kildee told the Marine Corps Times he wants ...

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USS Peleliu Decommissioning Ceremony Slated For March

The U.S. Navy will hold a special decommissioning ceremony for the USS Peleliu on the morning of March 31, at Naval Base San Diego's Pier #7.

The Peleliu is the last ship of its kind (a Tarawa-class amphibious assault ship) and has been in service for almost 35 years.

During that service, the Peleliu embarked on 17 deployments, and covered more than one million miles.

According to the ...

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San-Diego Based Admiral Announces Retirement

The San Diego-based admiral in charge of all naval aviation will retire next week and be replaced by the commander of air operations over the Atlantic Ocean, the Navy announced Thursday.

Vice Adm. David Buss will step down as commander, naval air forces, on Jan. 22 and retire from the Navy following 36 years of service.

Over his career, the 1978 graduate of the Naval Academy led one of the ...

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'Fat Leonard' Pleads Guilty In Navy Corruption Case, Must Forfeit $35M

A Malaysian military contractor at the center of one of the Navy's worst corruption cases pleaded guilty to bribery and conspiracy charges in federal court Thursday — only hours after a second commander admitted to providing him classified information in exchange for lavish hotel rooms and prostitution services.

Leonard Glenn Francis, the chief executive of a Singapore company that has serviced Navy vessels at Asian ports for 25 years, held ...

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Bombshell Confession Video Opens Navy Broadcaster Murder Trial

An interrogation video in which Air Force Staff Sgt. Sean Oliver reportedly confesses to strangling Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dmitry Chepusov was prosecutors' first piece of evidence in the court-martial of Oliver, according to Stars and Stripes.

The military newspaper reports Oliver admitted to choking Chepusov in the video:

He said he intended to knock him out, not to kill him.

Oliver maintained in his statement to investigators that ...

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Oscar Nominations For Chris Kyle Biopic 'American Sniper' And Star Bradley Cooper

"American Sniper" — the movie based on Navy SEAL Chris Kyle's bestselling memoir of the same name — has been nominated for Best Picture by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Bradley Cooper, who portrayed Kyle in the movie, got a nomination for Best Actor.

Kyle's widow, Taya, wrote recently on Facebook about what it was like for her to watch "American Sniper":

"I guarantee you will see ...

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