2nd Marine Dies Of Injuries Suffered In Military Plane Crash

A second Marine has died of injuries he suffered when a hybrid military aircraft crashed last weekend during a training exercise in Hawaii, the Marine Corps said Wednesday.

Capt. Brian Block said in a statement that the Marine's next-of-kin have been notified, and his identity will be released later. The crash also killed Lance Cpl. Joshua Barron, 24, of Spokane, Washington.

The MV-22B Osprey, which can fly like a ...

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'American Sniper' Widow Comes To San Diego To Discuss Life, Loss

“American Sniper” widow Taya Kyle is in San Diego this week to share her experience with life and loss.

Kyle, who documents her experience in the memoir, "American Wife: Love, War, Faith and Renewal," was celebrated Monday at the USS Midway Museum. The book covers her relationship with “American Sniper” Chris Kyle, their family life and how she is dealing with his death.

Chris was a highly decorated U.S ...

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San Diego Company To Pay Service Members To Settle Allegations

A San Diego-based storage company agreed to pay $170,000 to resolve allegations by the Department of Justice that it unlawfully sold U.S. Navy service members' stored belongings, federal authorities announced today.

A lawsuit filed in March claimed Across Town Movers had a practice of selling active-duty service members' storage lots without obtaining necessary court orders.

"Federal law protects our military service members and their dependents from businesses taking ...

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Camp Pendleton Marine Convicted Of Rape, Assault

A Camp Pendleton Marine who raped and sexually assaulted six women along El Cajon Boulevard over a five-year period was convicted Monday of eight felony charges.

A jury found Ted Amparan guilty of rape, assault with intent to commit rape and kidnapping for rape after a trial that lasted 2 1/2 weeks. He faces 83 years to life in prison when he is sentenced July 7.

Deputy District Attorney ...

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Paralyzed Navy Officer Surprises Sharp Hospital Nurse By Walking

A 41-year-old Navy man who was hospitalized with a spinal cord injury last year surprised one of his nurses Wednesday by walking to see her at Sharp Memorial Hospital.

Senior Chief Petty Officer Jesus Fernando Ruiz was paralyzed in a motorcycle crash 16 months ago, and doctors at the time weren't sure he was going to be able to walk again.

During a Hospital Week presentation, Ruiz entered with ...

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Camp Pendleton Helicopter Missing In Nepal Earthquake Aid Mission

A U.S. military helicopter from Camp Pendleton carrying six Marines and two Nepalese Army soldiers went missing during a mission in Nepal delivering aid to earthquake victims, U.S. defense officials said Tuesday, but so far there have been no indications that the aircraft crashed.

The UH-1Y Huey disappeared over the town of Charikot, according to a statement from Army Maj. Dave Eastburn, spokesman for U.S. Pacific Command ...

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Camp Pendleton-Based Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing In Los Angeles County

A Marine Apache helicopter based in Camp Pendleton made an emergency landing Monday on a dry spot in the Los Angeles River in South Gate.

Ismael Ververa of the South Gate Police Department told CNN that officers responding to the incident found the helicopter landed safely and no injuries were reported.

Ververa said the two pilots noted that they "discovered electrical issues with the aircraft."

4,500 Sailors, Marines Depart For Training Exercise Near Hawaii

The ships, sailors and Marines of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group and 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit departed San Diego Monday on a deployment that's expected to last around seven months.

The group is composed of the amphibious assault ship USS Essex, the amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore and the amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage, which is embarking upon its maiden deployment.

"The Essex ARG/MEU has conducted a ...

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Increased Terror Risk Causes Heightened Security At San Diego County Military Installations

Security at military installations in San Diego County and throughout the country was at a heightened level Monday in response to an increased terror risk nationwide, although no specific threats have been made.

At Camp Pendleton, the most visible impact from the increase in force protection condition levels was a longer than average wait to enter the facility.

Base Public Affairs Director Jason Johnston said delays were to be expected ...

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San Diego POWs Relive History At Greatest Generation Naval Museum

It has been a lifetime since some World War II veterans from San Diego sat in the cockpit of a fighter jet.

"I like airplanes. I did since the time I could walk,” said James Reily, 92, who was a bombardier in a B-24 during World War II. “It brings back memories that I don’t think about very often.”

The Greatest Generation Naval Museum, operated by Jet Air Systems ...

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Navy Announces New Commander For San Diego-Based USS America

The first change of command for the San Diego-based amphibious assault ship USS America will take place Thursday, as Capt. Michael Baze replaces Capt. Robert Hall, the Navy announced Monday.

The 844-foot America, commissioned last October, is the first in a new class of aviation-focused amphibious assault ships that are coming into service. They're replacing Tarawa-class amphibious assault ships, which are being decommissioned.

They can carry up to 1 ...

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Pentagon Grapples With Retaliation In Sex Assault Cases

It's not against the law or military regulations to choose not to sit with someone in the dining hall or to unfriend them on Facebook, but in the traumatic aftermath of a sexual assault, a victim could interpret those moves as retaliation.

In these days when a tweet or Instagram photo can be wielded as weapons, the Pentagon is struggling to define retaliation and rein in bullying or other ...

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San Diego-Based USS Milius Sent To Protect Merchant Vessels

A San Diego-based guided-missile destroyer is one of a dozen warships accompanying U.S.-flagged merchant vessels through the Strait of Hormuz, the publication Defense One reported today.

The USS Milius, which left San Diego in October on an independent deployment, and the other vessels will shadow civilian American ships that ask for an extra margin of safety.

The move comes two days after Iranian forces seized a cargo ship ...

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Navy's Offer A 'Disgrace' To Imperial Valley Jet Crash Victims

Nearly a year after a Navy jet crashed into several homes in the town of Imperial, residents are deeply disappointed to find that the military is offering them just a fraction of what they say it would take to replace their damaged property.

Imperial residents Jesus and Shady Valenzuela say they lost everything in their home including furniture, a refrigerator, clothes, a washer and dryer, her wedding dress and his ...

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San Diego Navy Commander Removed Due To Loss Of Confidence

The Navy announced Tuesday that the commanding officer of San Diego-based USS Lake Erie was relieved of his duties due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command.

While Naval officials said the decision was based on the findings of an investigation into poor command climate aboard the guided-missile cruiser, they did not elaborate because the investigation has not been completed.

Capt. John Banigan was removed from his ...

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Brush Fire Scorches 350 Acres At Camp Pendleton

A wildfire spread across a brushy artillery range at Camp Pendleton Monday, charring hundreds of open acres but posing no structural threats, authorities said.

The blaze erupted around midday in an undeveloped area at the North County Marine Corps station. As of late afternoon, it had blackened roughly 350 acres but remained a safe distance from structures, according to base officials.

It was unclear if the fire was sparked by ...

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Marine Veterans Remember Final Hours Of Vietnam War

It’s been four decades since Marine veterans John J. Valdez and Douglas Potratz were side-by-side in Vietnam. Both were stationed as security guards at the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, where they helped evacuate more than 7,000 people during the final 31 hours of the war.

The two men recently reunited at Valdez’s Oceanside home to reminisce about their time in Vietnam and make plans to return ...

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Midday Edition From The Midway: Special Coverage To Mark End Of Vietnam War

Midday Edition is taking its Friday show to the USS Midway Museum in downtown San Diego. The show starts at noon and is part of KPBS’ special coverage of the fall of Saigon, an event that marked the end of the Vietnam War on April 30, 1975.

In the final hours of the war, a helicopter airlift brought thousands of Americans and South Vietnamese from Saigon to safety aboard the ...

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USS Midway Museum Teaches Lessons Of Vietnam War

The USS Midway aircraft carrier served for an unprecedented 47 years, becoming the longest-serving Navy carrier in the 20th Century. The Midway was decommissioned in 1992 and became a museum on the San Diego Bay in 2004.

As part of the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon and Operation Frequent Wind, the Midway is commemorating its role in the evacuation of 3,000 American and Vietnamese on April 29 ...

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Midway Air Boss Recounts Rescue Of Thousands As Saigon Fell

The USS Midway played a major role in rescuing 3,073 refugees in 30 hours when Saigon fell on April 29 and April 30, 1975.

The coordinated military rescue called Operation Frequent Wind began when the signal song “White Christmas” was broadcast over American Armed Forces Radio.

That day, the Midway's air boss, Vernon Jumper, was in charge of every plane and helicopter landing onto a patch of the ...

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