Navy: No Evidence Of ISIS Threat

The Navy announced Thursday that no evidence of an operational plan or imminent threat has been uncovered since a list of personnel — including four aboard a San Diego-based warship — was posted on a website believed to be friendly to the Islamic State.

The list that included names, photos and purported addresses came to light last weekend, and included four aviation officers on the USS Carl Vinson. The deployed aircraft carrier ...

Continue reading

Can Female Marines Carry The Load And Kill The Enemy?

More than a dozen Marines from Alpha Company fan out across California's Mojave Desert, far into the distance. Machine-gun fire gives them cover. The small forms dash ahead. Some drop to one knee, others fall on their stomachs, firing at pop-up targets.

Only one woman is part of this group. Until last fall, Sgt. Kelly Brown was fueling helicopters and trucks. Now she's running with an assault rifle ...

Continue reading

San Diego Veterans Invited To Voice Questions, Concerns At Town Hall

San Diego veterans and their families are invited to share their benefits questions and concerns with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Thursday at a town hall meeting.

The forum is one of many the VA is holding around the country to improve services and rebuild community trust. The effort follows a national VA audit last year that found a backlog of benefits claims and long wait times for ...

Continue reading

San Diego-Based Troops Named On ISIS 'Hit List'

Dozens of U.S. troops, including some based on the USS Carl Vinson from San Diego, were named on a "hit list" by the self-proclaimed Islamic State terror group, according to the Marine Corps Times.

ISIS reportedly posted what it says are the names, photos, U.S. addresses and military positions of 100 men and women and called on its supporters to attack the individuals.

"It is quite extraordinary for ...

Continue reading

Navy Identifies SEAL Killed In Training Accident

Navy officials say a SEAL killed when his parachute malfunctioned during training in Riverside County was a 29-year-old Colorado man who completed basic training to become a SEAL last year.

Naval Special Warfare Group One said Thursday that Jason Kortz of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, died from injuries sustained during the accident near Perris on Wednesday. The Navy is investigating why the parachute malfunctioned. It released no further details.

Naval Special ...

Continue reading

Navy SEAL Dies In Training Accident Near Perris

A Navy SEAL was killed in a parachute jump accident in Riverside County on Wednesday, Navy officials said.

Two officials said the SEAL's parachute malfunctioned during training near Perris.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to provide details beyond a brief statement issued by Naval Special Warfare Group One, which is the Coronado-based SEALs group to which the sailor was assigned.

The Naval ...

Continue reading

San Diego Storage Company Accused Of Selling Service Members' Belongings While Deployed

The owner of a San Diego storage company allegedly sold off service members' valuables while they were deployed, and in one case continued to receive government funds to safeguard property no longer at the facility, according to a lawsuit filed Monday.

In the suit filed against Daniel E. Homan and his company Horoy Inc., which does business as Across Town Movers, the Department of Justice sought to recover damages stemming ...

Continue reading

In Intense Desert Training, A Dozen Women Fight For Place On Front Lines

In the dry and craggy hills of California's Mojave Desert, Capt. Ray Kaster tries to shout over the din of a machine gun to be heard by Alpha Company, the unit of Marines he's working with during a month of rigorous instruction at Twentynine Palms training center.

As part of a larger training session, the Marines are testing whether women have what it takes to serve in ground ...

Continue reading

Afghanistan’s First Female Air Force Pilot Calls San Diego Visit ‘Awesome’

Afghanistan's first female Air Force pilot of a fixed-wing aircraft is on a fast-paced visit to the United States this week. She’s met first lady Michelle Obama and received an International Women of Courage Award from the U.S. Secretary of State’s Office.

But Capt. Niloofar Rahmani, 23, said getting to visit San Diego has been the “most awesome” part of the trip. And not just because ...

Continue reading

250 Marines, Veterans Train For Annual Trials At Camp Pendleton

About 250 Marines and veterans are training for the 5th annual Marine Corps Trials at Camp Pendleton.

The competition — which features eight sports including wheelchair basketball, track and field, sitting-volleyball and swimming — is hosted by the Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment.

Participants are veterans and Marines who were injured in or out of combat. The goal of the competition is to give wounded service members a chance to further their ...

Continue reading

USS San Diego Returns After Seven-Month Voyage

The amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego returned to its namesake home port Wednesday following its maiden deployment with two other vessels.

The San Diego, amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island and dock landing ship USS Comstock carried troops of the Camp Pendleton-based 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit on a seven-month voyage to the Western Pacific and Middle East.

Commissioned in May 2012, the San Diego sailed 26,000 nautical ...

Continue reading

Aspire Center For Veterans Celebrates One Year Anniversary

Aspire Center in Old Town celebrated a significant milestone on Tuesday. The center, which celebrated its one year anniversary, is San Diego's first and only residential treatment center for young veterans suffering from brain injury and post-traumatic stress.

"We are serving the wounded warriors from Iraq and Afghanistan, so we see primarily combat veterans," said the center's director Debbie Dominick. "We are also very focused on being able ...

Continue reading

National Photo Exhibit Honoring Fallen Heroes Comes To Alpine

A traveling photo exhibit made a stop on Monday in Alpine to honor military members who died in combat since the 9/11 terror attacks.

Tom Williams is a Camp Pendleton Marine whose parents came up with the idea for the photo exhibit as a way to thank those who voluntarily gave their lives to serve this country.

"We should talk about them — say their names because you can bet ...

Continue reading

Camp Pendleton Tests Ability To Deploy 50,000 Troops

Camp Pendleton Marines are testing their ability to deploy 50,000 troops in the event of a combat emergency.

The 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of Camp Pendleton, usually deploys on a much smaller scale, such as the 2,200 Marines with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit returning to San Diego on Monday, or the Special Purpose Ground Air Task Force of 2,300 currently in the Middle East ...

Continue reading

Michigan Marine Dies In Training At Camp Pendleton

The family of a southeastern Michigan Marine says the 25-year-old was killed in a training accident at Camp Pendleton in California.

The Monroe News says that Pfc. Clinton James of Maybee was a 2008 graduate of Dundee High School.

Jessica Horton says her stepbrother died after the accidental discharge of a weapon during training this week. She says the family hasn't yet learned details about James' death.

The Associated ...

Continue reading

USS Vandegrift Decommissioned At Naval Base San Diego

The guided-missile frigate USS Vandegrift was decommissioned Thursday at Naval Base San Diego.

Frigates are being phased out in favor of littoral combat ships, which are maneuverable vessels designed for fighting in coastal waters.

The 30-year-old Vandegrift returned to San Diego in December from a deployment to fight narcotics smuggling in Central America. The crew intercepted nearly 20,000 pounds of cocaine and disrupted numerous other illegal drug shipments, according ...

Continue reading

San Diego-Based Troops On USS Carl Vinson Launch Daily Airstrikes Against ISIS

Every day, warplanes roar off the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson in the northern Arabian Gulf to strike terror targets in Iraq and Syria. On board the massive aircraft carrier are 5,300 San Diego-based troops and 65 fighter jets.

"We bring an awful lot to the fight," said Capt. Karl Thomas, the ship's commanding officer.

"The ship's force is there to provide all the services ...

Continue reading

22 Marines Hurt In Training Accident At Twentynine Palms

Military officials say 22 Marines have been treated for exposure to fire retardant gas at the desert base in Twentynine Palms after an extinguishing system accidentally went off in an assault vehicle during a training exercise.

Base spokesman Dave Marks says an equipment malfunction caused the release of halon Thursday afternoon at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center. There was no fire or explosion.

The Marines were treated at ...

Continue reading

Even The Devil Can't Fool A Dog - Part 12

Carlos had also to come to terms with the fact that his life after the Marine Corps looked nothing like he thought it would when he enlisted as a kid.

“In Chicago I was a punk teenager, and I needed change. The Marine Corps was a way out. Where I was headed in my life, it was a bad route. I joined the Marine Corps to stay alive. I was ...

Continue reading