Search On For Missing Aircrew Member From San Diego-Based USS Makin Island

The search is on in the North Arabian Gulf for a missing aircrew member assigned to the San Diego-based USS Makin Island.

According to the Navy, the missing crew member was one of two who bailed out of a Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey that lost power after taking off from the Makin Island.

One of those crew members was rescued, brought aboard the Makin Island for medical treatment, and is ...

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Mom To House Panel: Jailed Marine In Mexico Suffering Greatly

A Marine jailed in Mexico on charges of bringing weapons into the country tried to kill himself after receiving threats of rape, torture and execution, his tearful mother told a House panel Wednesday. She said her son was suffering an ordeal worse than his two combat tours in Afghanistan.

Jill Tahmooressi's testimony came at a hearing designed to raise pressure on Mexico's government to release her son on ...

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Camp Pendleton Marines Lead New Crisis Response Unit In Middle East

Marines from Camp Pendleton's 5th Marine Regiment will head up the Marine Corps' newest Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response Central Command in the Middle East.

Command spokesman Lt. Col. Joseph Kloppel told the Marine Corps Times the unit was to be based in Kuwait, as was reported by Home Post on Tuesday.

However, Kloppel clarified to the Marine Corps Times on Wednesday the Special Purpose Marine ...

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Miramar Air Show To Feature Final Flight Of Sea Knight 'Phrog' (Video)

The Vietnam-era aircraft CH-46 Sea Knight will fly its final time in an airshow at the 2014 Miramar Air Show, according to MCAS Miramar public affairs:

Several Sea Knights, commonly known to Marines as “Phrogs,” are scheduled to fly each day in a segment dubbed, the “Phinal Phrog Phlyover,” with a narration about the aircraft and its history.

This year's air show, which takes place Oct. 3-5, will also ...

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Navy Fires Commanding Officer Of San Diego-Based USS Boxer

The Navy relieved Capt. Wayne R. Brown of his duties as commanding officer of the USS Boxer on Sept. 29.

According to a Navy news release, Brown's firing resulted from "a command investigation into Equal Opportunity concerns, and is not tied to a specific event."

The deputy commodore of Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 1, Capt. Keith Moore, has been temporarily assigned as commanding officer of the USS Boxer.

The Navy ...

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Marine Corps' Newest Crisis Response Unit Will Be In Kuwait

The Marine Corps will base its newest crisis response unit in Kuwait, according to the Military Times.

Col. Kenneth DeTreux, commander of SPMAGTF-Crisis Response, told reporters at the Pentagon on Sept. 25 that roughly 2,100 troops would be part of the Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) Central Command, and that the unit...

“...is to be deployed in [fiscal] ’15].”

The safety of American personnel in the Middle East ...

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Capped Credit Card Interest Rates For Military Families? It's In The Works

A move by the Pentagon to update the Military Lending Act of 2006 could result in service members and their families getting interest rates capped on everything from credit cards to vehicle title loans. According to the Department of Defense:

The new proposed actions are designed to apply the protections of the Military Lending Act to all forms of payday loans, vehicle title loans, refund anticipation loans, deposit advance loans ...

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US Troops Begin Arriving In Africa To Battle Ebola Outbreak (Video)

Armed with hand sanitizers on their belts, members of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force have started to arrive in West Africa - the epicenter of the worst Ebola outbreak in human history.

The Wall Street Journal reports sailors with the Navy's 133rd Mobile Construction Battalion bulldozed land outside Liberia's main airport on Saturday, taking the first steps in constructing tent hospitals for those inflicted with ...

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USS McClusky Returns To San Diego After Final Deployment

The guided-missile frigate USS McClusky returned to San Diego on Friday morning from its final deployment and will now be prepared for decommissioning.

The vessel and its crew of more than 200 left San Diego on April 10 to conduct anti-drug smuggling missions off Central and South America.

The Navy is phasing out frigates in favor of the new littoral combat ships, which are fast, maneuverable vessels designed for fighting ...

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USS Gary Leaves San Diego For Final Deployment

A San Diego-based guided-missile frigate left Wednesday for a final deployment before its scheduled decommissioning.

The 30-year-old USS Gary is sailing to the waters off Central and South America for anti-drug trafficking missions.

A U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement detachment and units from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Light Squadron 49 joined the Gary and its 240 sailors for the final deployment, which could last up to seven months, according to the ...

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USS McClusky Returns Friday From Final Deployment

The guided-missile frigate USS McClusky is scheduled to return to San Diego on Friday from its final deployment, the Navy announced Tuesday.

The vessel and its crew of more than 200 left San Diego on April 10 to conduct anti-drug smuggling missions off Central and South America.

The Navy is phasing out frigates in favor of the new littoral combat ships, which are fast, maneuverable vessels designed for fighting in ...

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$38.7B Generated In San Diego County From Defense-Related Activities, Spending

Defense-related activities and spending generated an estimated $38.7 billion of gross regional product in San Diego County in the fiscal year that ended June 30, the San Diego Military Advisory Council reported Tuesday.

In its sixth annual report on the local economic impact of military activities, the group called SDMAC said the total represents 20 percent of the region's total gross regional product. GRP is the value of ...

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New Veterans Center Opens At CSU San Marcos

Tuesday marked a ribbon-cutting for the new student veterans center at Cal State San Marcos, which was donated by engineering students in New Jersey.

"It's really going to be a place where students will be able to get assistance for transition from military to civilian life, support for their benefits, career guidance, and academic advising in a space for veteran's functions," said Scott Haag, vice president of enrollment ...

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Obama Scores Coalition Victory With Arab Strikes

For President Barack Obama, the participation of five Arab nations in airstrikes against militants in Syria marked an unexpected foreign policy victory as he plunges the U.S. deeper into a military conflict in the Middle East that he has reluctantly embraced.

The U.S. announced the strikes hours before Obama was due to arrive in New York for three days of talks with foreign leaders at the annual United ...

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USS Gary Prepares For Final Deployment

A San Diego-based guided-missile frigate is scheduled to leave Wednesday for a final deployment before its scheduled decommissioning, the Navy announced Monday.

The 30-year-old USS Gary will sail to the waters off Central and South America for anti-drug trafficking missions.

A U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement detachment and units from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Light Squadron 49 will join the Gary and its 240 sailors for the final deployment.

The Navy ...

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Navy Fires Executive Officer Of USS Cowpens

The Navy announced Friday that it had relieved Cmdr. Armando Ramirez of his duties as executive officer of the San Diego-based USS Cowpens on Sept. 18.

Ramirez lost his job due to what the Navy is calling "an alcohol-related incident."

The Navy Times obtained a report from the Navy that outlines the behavior that got Ramirez sacked. On Aug. 31, Ramirez appeared drunk on the Cowpens' quarterdeck, and was given ...

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Airman Who Refused To Say 'So Help Me God' Allowed To Reenlist

The Air Force announced this week airmen aren't required to say "So help me God" as part of the enlistment oath.

The decision was prompted by an atheist airman from Creech Air Force Base in Nevada who refused to say those four words in his reenlistment oath, and thus was denied the opportunity to remain in the Air Force.

According to an Air Force news release:

In response to ...

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Court Says Navy Investigators Illegally Scanning Civilian Computers

An appeals court ruling has offered a rare glimpse at the extent to which military police investigations reach into civilians' computer. Apparently, they scan civilian computers quite often — and to a degree that a Ninth Circuit appeals court has now found to violate the 1878 Posse Comitatus Act.

Some background: Posse Comitatus bars the military from enforcing state laws. But each military branch is still allowed to police — and investigate ...

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Army Paratrooper Killed In Afghanistan Suicide Car Bombing (Video)

The Department of Defense has identified Army Maj. Michael J. Donahue, 41, as one of two Americans killed Tuesday when their convoy was attacked by a suicide car bomber near Kabul, Afghanistan.

As Home Post reported Wednesday, the other American killed was Navy Reservist Stephen Byus, 39, of Columbus, Ohio.

Donahue was assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg. Lt. Col. Gabriel Barton, Donahue ...

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