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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San Diego-Based USS Peleliu Must Stay In Philippine Port During Transgender Murder Investigation

The Navy has let three of its ships depart Subic Bay in the Philippines, but not the San Diego-based USS Peleliu. That's because the ship is carrying one U.S. Marine whom Philippine police have charged with murdering a transgender Filipino, and three possible witnesses.

According to a Marine Corps news release:

“The USS Peleliu will remain in port at this time; personnel still actively involved in the investigation ...

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Number Of US Troops In Liberia For Ebola Battle Continues To Grow (Video)

The mission is called Operation United Assistance, and it's the U.S. military's effort in West Africa to curb the worst Ebola outbreak in human history.

U.S. military task force in Western Africa is currently made up of 539 American service members. Army officials expect that number to balloon to about 3,200 troops over the next month.

Most of the troops currently in West Africa have ...

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San Diego Navy Officer Who Survived 50-Foot Freeway Fall Speaks Out (Video)

The Navy officer whose truck flew 50-feet off a San Diego freeway overpass is speaking out for the first time since the crash.

Navy First Class Petty Officer Kenneth Freudenvoll survived seven deployments, but he says he didn't think he'd make it out of his truck alive.

The 28-year-old husband and father told San Diego's 10News:

"I had hit the right side wall and it shot me ...

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Murder Complaint Filed Against US Marine In Transgender Filipino Killing (Video)

Police in the Philippines have filed a murder complaint against U.S. Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton in connection with the killing of Jennifer (Jeffrey) Laude, a 26-year-old transgender Filipino.

According to The Associated Press:

The criminal complaint was filed before government prosecutors, who would decide formal charges.

There was no immediate comment from the U.S. Embassy.

Pemberton, a Marine based at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, is being ...

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Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group Arrives In Middle East (Video)

The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group arrived Wednesday in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, which includes the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Sea, and the Red Sea.

As Home Post reported Oct. 1, the Vinson will relieve the USS George H.W. Bush, which has been in the Persian Gulf since June, and begin airstrikes against the Islamic State terrorist group in Iraq and Syria.

Rear Adm. Christopher ...

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Navy Calls Off Search For Missing Coronado Man (Video)

The Navy has called off the search for one of its civilian employees who went missing off San Clemente Island last week.

Lee Racicot, 59, of Coronado worked during the week for Naval Auxiliary Landing Field San Clemente Island, according San Diego TV station NBC7.

Racicot is believed to have disappeared, reports UT San Diego, while either fishing, snorkeling, or diving alone on Oct. 7. It was only when he ...

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US Marine Held In Killing Of Transgender Filipino ID'ed (Video)

The media in the Philippines has identified Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton as the prime suspect in the killing of a transgender Filipino named Jennifer Laude on Saturday.

Pemberton - assigned to 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina - is being held in the San Diego-based USS Peleliu brig.

The Navy has ordered the Peleliu, along with USS Germantown, USNS Sacagawea, USNS Washington Chambers, and the JHSV ...

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Some Military Families Uneasy With Ebola Deployments (Video)

It's all about the fear of the unknown. With the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, military families had some idea of the enemy their service members would face.

But some soldiers' families have expressed uneasiness as their loved ones prepare to deploy to Liberia - ground zero for the Ebola epidemic.

As Major General Gary Volesky, Commanding General of 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), explained to Reuters:

"Ebola is a ...

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US Marine Held In USS Peleliu Brig Allegedly Tied To Death Of Transgender Filipino

The San Diego-based USS Peleliu is acting as a brig for an American Marine being held in the Phillipines, following the killing of a transgender Filipino.

According to a Navy memo obtained by the Marine Corps Times, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service is investigating the Marine's alleged ties to the victim, 26-year-old Jennifer Laude, who was born Jeffrey Laude.

The Marine in custody is assigned to 2nd Battalion, 9th ...

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