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San Diego Nonprofit Trains Veterans For Manufacturing Jobs

More than three dozen San Diego military veterans graduated Friday from Workshops for Warriors, a Barrio Logan nonprofit that for free trains and certifies veterans in manufacturing jobs, including welding, machining and fabrication.

The school has graduated more than 200 veterans since 2011 using funding from grants and donations.

“It’s been amazing to be able to come here to the school for free and be able to be taught ...

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Women Marines Signing Up For Combat Duty

It’s been more than four months since Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that all ground combat jobs would be open to women who qualify. The Marines had asked for a partial exemption for areas that included infantry and machine gunner, but Carter said no. He wanted all four military branches treated the same.

A few women are now signing up for jobs in the war zone, including Marines at ...

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Physician Shortage Drives Wait Times At VA San Diego

The VA San Diego is trying to cope with the longest wait times for patients seeking mental health care of any Veterans Affairs office in the country.

For one physician, it feels like the problem has been getting worse.

Dr. Hoang Nguyen has worked as a psychiatrist for the VA San Diego for nearly 19 years. San Diego has seen the demand for mental health appointments increase 9 percent a ...

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Miramar National Cemetery Has Room To Grow

San Diego is home to nearly a quarter million veterans. And as they age, they inevitably die.

Rex Kern, director of Fort Rosecrans and Miramar National Cemeteries, reassured veterans Wednesday that the Department of Veterans Affairs is making room for their graves at Miramar.

Kern said there will be no more burials at Fort Rosecrans.

“Rosecrans as beautiful as it is, is completely buried out,” Kern said. “There is no ...

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VA Report: Vet Attempted Suicide Waiting For Mental Health Care In San Diego

A new report from the inspector general for Veterans Affairs accuses staffers at the VA San Diego of falsifying the time it took veterans to see a mental health specialist in 2014. Investigators found one veteran attempted suicide after his doctor canceled several appointments.

The report released last week said the unnamed veteran’s provider canceled four appointments in a row. The local VA concedes the report is true.

“We ...

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San Diego-Based Troops Practice Amphibious Assault In South Korea

San Diego-based Marines and sailors have spent the past several weeks participating in an international amphibious exercise along the South Korean coast. The show of force, involving more than 12,000 U.S. troops, and nearly 8,000 other naval members from South Korea, Australia and New Zealand, was carried out during heightened tensions with North Korea.

In response to the exercise, the North Korean regime conducted its own tests ...

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Marine From Temecula Killed In Iraq

The U.S. Department of Defense said a coalition service member killed Saturday by enemy fire in northern Iraq was a Marine from Temecula.

Officials said in a news release Sunday that Staff Sgt. Louis F. Cardin died from wounds suffered when his unit was hit by rocket fire. The incident is under investigation.

A Pentagon official said several other Marines also were wounded in the attack and were being ...

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Marines Test Human-Like Robots In Live Firing Training

Marines at Camp Pendleton are testing new robots to help prepare them for work in the battlefield. The wig-wearing, human-looking robots are guided by GPS and move around on two wheels at a speed as high as 8 mph.

The Autonomous Robotic Human Type Targets, brought to Camp Pendleton by Australian contractors, can sustain thousands of gunshots, allowing Marines to enhance their live firing training.

The robots are programmed to ...

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Navy SEAL Who Trained In San Diego Receives Medal Of Honor

A Navy SEAL who trained in San Diego early in his military career was awarded the Medal of Honor Monday by President Barack Obama for his valorous actions in helping rescue an American doctor held hostage in Afghanistan.

Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward C. Byers Jr., 36, was a member of the team that rescued Dr. Dilip Joseph after he and his driver and Afghan interpreter were abducted in ...

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

About 4,500 Marines and sailors left 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 globe ...

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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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