4,500 Marines, Sailors Deploy With USS Boxer Group From San Diego

About 4,500 Marines and sailors will leave San Diego Friday morning aboard three combat ships that will take them to the Middle East and the Asia Pacific region.

The combat-ready service members are assigned to the 13th Expeditionary Unit at Camp Pendleton and the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group. The force includes ground combat troops, helicopter squadrons and assault aircraft teams.

The routine deployment comes amid rising tensions across the ...

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Military, Civilians Team Up For Security Exercise At Coronado Navy Base

Hundreds of military and civilian personnel are teaming up this week for security exercises at Naval Air Station North Island. The training is part of an annual nationwide exercise to prepare military personnel to respond to threats and emergencies.

Exercise Solid Curtain comes two weeks after a shooting scare at the Naval Medical Center in Balboa Park.

Wednesday morning’s drill in Coronado: a scenario of an active shooter on ...

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Marines, Sailors Adjust To New Maternity Leave Policy

After years of giving women in the military six weeks of maternity leave, the Defense Department has changed the policy and will allow them to take off up to 12 weeks when they have a baby. The aim is to retain more women in the military.

For women in the Navy and Marines, 12 weeks is a step back. Last July, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, recognizing the retention problem, decided ...

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10 Active Duty Military Couples To Marry On Oceanside Beach

Oceanside is promoting itself as a city with a lot of heart this Valentine's week.

On Monday, 10 free military beachside weddings will be part of the citywide celebration of love.

Husband and wife team Christopher Tuttle and Chaplain Mary Cyr will perform the ceremonies. Tuttle said it’s an honor to be part of military couples' special day that may otherwise take place at a courthouse or in ...

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Tight Security, Traffic Congestion Expected At Navy Bases Due To Weeklong Exercise

The U.S. Navy said to expect tight security and traffic congestion at San Diego installations through this week beginning Monday because of a nationwide exercise.

The annual Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield is designed to enhance training and readiness of Navy security personnel to respond to threats. This exercise is not in response to a specific threat, but is regularly scheduled, the Navy said.

The need for such training was ...

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From San Diego: Ash Carter Talks About Pentagon Budget, Drafting Women

Defense Secretary Ash Carter made two stops in San Diego on Wednesday: first a Navy base and then a Marine base. He talked about the Pentagon's budget and weighed in on drafting women.

The Pentagon's budget plan over the next five years will focus on investing in more high-end naval ships and a newly modified defense missile able to also target ships at long range, Carter said.

Carter ...

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10 Navy Sailors Held By Iran Return To San Diego

Ten U.S. sailors who were briefly held this month by Iranian authorities returned to San Diego Friday, according to Navy officials.

The sailors were from the Coastal Riverine Squadron 3, which is based in San Diego. The sailors deployed to Bahrain in the Middle East 10 months ago from Naval Air Station North Island, according to Coastal Riverine Group One's Facebook page.

The Navy said the sailors were ...

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Navy Petty Officer Sentenced To 27 Months For Role In Bribery Scandal

A U.S. Navy petty officer who was based in Japan when he took cash and consumer electronics from a foreign defense contractor in exchange for classified Navy information was sentenced Thursday in San Diego to 27 months in federal prison.

Daniel Layug pleaded guilty in May 2014 for his role in the bribery scandal involving Singapore-based defense contractor Glenn Defense Marine Asia, which for decades provided port services to ...

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First Green Navy Fleet Leaves San Diego

A scheduled seven-month deployment began Wednesday for three San Diego-based vessels, which became the first Navy ships to use an alternative fuel mix during regular operations.

The cruiser USS Mobile Bay, and destroyers Stockdale and William P. Lawrence are sailing as part of a carrier strike group led by the aircraft carrier John C. Stennis, which is based in Bremerton, Washington.

The destroyer USS Chung-Hoon will join them at Pearl ...

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ATV Stolen From Wounded Vet

A wounded vet who just received his dream home is now coping with the theft of his modified ATV.

As a Marine in Afghanistan, Nick Kimmel lost two legs and an arm to an IED. His life recently took a major turn for the better when he received a fully-furnished, new home in Fallbrook, adapted to his needs. It was provided through the Gary Sinise Foundation.

Kimmel's excitement was ...

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National Guard Members Admit To Illegally Selling Guns

Two National Guard members went before a San Diego federal judge on Thursday and admitted to illegally selling guns — including military-style assault rifles — that they believed were destined for Mexico.

Jaime Casillas, 22, and Andrew Reyes, 34, both of whom worked at an Army National Guard armory in El Cajon, each pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mitchell Dembin to one count of dealing firearms without a license. The ...

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10 San Diego-Based Sailors Back In U.S. Hands

It turned out to be the international crisis that wasn't.

Less than a day after 10 U.S. Navy sailors were detained in Iran when their boats drifted into Iranian waters, they and their vessels were back safely Wednesday with the American fleet.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry tapped the personal relationship he has formed with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif in the three years of ...

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Military Seeing Cutbacks In Housing Allowance

Lt. Daniel Burke and his wife Gloria have learned that in San Diego, you keep your fingers crossed when you search for a place to rent. They’ve been searching since June, after he got word that the Navy was relocating him to Point Loma. In their last posting in Connecticut, they just set up a few appointments before deciding on a place. San Diego was a different story.

“It ...

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Volunteers Make A Home For Disabled Vet In Fallbrook

One disabled veteran will be able to live on his own, after receiving a little help from a lot of volunteers in Fallbrook.

Just over four years ago, Nick Kimmel was a Marine sergeant serving in Afghanistan. He lost his legs and most of his left arm to a roadside bomb explosion near the Kajaki Dam. It changed his life forever, and so did having a home of his own ...

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Combat Squadron Returns To San Diego

Airmen with a detachment of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 21 on Monday returned to Naval Air Station North Island, while ships of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group will dock at Navy Base San Diego Tuesday, following a seven-month deployment.

The amphibious assault ship USS Essex, amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage and amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore unloaded members of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit at Camp Pendleton on Sunday ...

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Helicopter Training Mishap Off Camp Pendleton Coast Under Investigation

An investigation was underway Thursday into a training mishap involving a MV-22B Osprey off the coast of Camp Pendleton.

The tiltrotor military aircraft attached to the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit experienced a landing mishap aboard the San Diego-based San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS New Orleans Wednesday.

It was conducting training ahead of a deployment with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group, according to Capt. Brian Villiard of the 13th MEU ...

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Navy Taking Public Input On Future Training In San Diego Waters

The U.S. Navy is gathering public comment in preparation for applying for an extension of its permit to do training and testing in San Diego waters. The current permit expires in 2018.

Alex Stone, environmental planning program manager at the U.S. Pacific Fleet, said the same training has been done for 40 to 50 years.

“It’s really the same type of training we’ve been doing for ...

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USS Theodore Roosevelt Comes To San Diego

The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt arrived Monday at its new home port of San Diego.

The 1,092-foot-long carrier known as the "Big Stick" completed what amounts to an epic voyage in which it left its old base in Norfolk, Virginia, more than eight months ago for deployment to the Middle East.

Air squadrons aboard the Roosevelt flew almost 2,000 combat sorties against ISIS targets in Iraq and ...

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San Diego Continues To Place Among Top Veteran-Friendly Cities

San Diego continues to maintain its ranking as a top spot for veterans, despite some real challenges.

The city was ranked the sixth best city for veterans by Wallethub. The city ranked No. 1 in education, environment and health.

San Diego’s overall rank would have been higher if it were not for housing costs, said Jill Gonzalez, analyst for Wallethub.

“But the income growth for veterans, specifically over the ...

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California To Offer Special Driver Licenses For Veterans

There’s some good news this Veterans Day for vets who live in California: Starting Thursday, the state will offer a special new “veteran” designation on driver licenses.

Advocates hope that will make it easier to find appropriate care for veterans who are injured or arrested.

It’s only a small addition to driver licenses: the word “veteran” next to the organ donor sticker. But to Vietnam-era Navy vet Donald ...

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