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Paralyzed Marine To Receive Bronze Star With Help From Exoskeleton (Video)

Camp Pendleton Marine Capt. Derek Herrera will receive the Bronze Star Friday at his retirement ceremony on base. Paralyzed by a sniper's bullet, Herrera will walk to accept his medal with the aid of his exoskeleton.

Herrera explained to The Associated Press:

"I could easily go and roll up in my wheelchair, but for me it's a mental and emotional goal that I set for myself: to stand ...

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Camp Pendleton Navy Corpsman To Be Awarded Navy Cross

The commanding general of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) will award Navy Chief Petty Officer Justin Wilson the Navy Cross at a Camp Pendleton ceremony on Nov. 25.

The Military Times reports Wilson, 36, works as a special amphibious reconnaissance corpsman assigned to MARSOC's 1st Marine Special Operation Battalion, which is based at Camp Pendleton.

Wilson was on his third deployment to Afghanistan, according ...

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No Injuries After Two Navy Ships Collide In Gulf Of Aden

A Navy investigation is underway into what caused two of its ships to collide in the Gulf of Aden.

Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE 6) and Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Walter S. Diehl (T-AO 193) collided Thursday at 5:26 a.m. (GMT).

According to the Navy, the two ships hit each other as they were getting started on an ...

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Army: San Diego County Soldier's Death In Jordan Was Murder (Video)

The Army has charged a 23-year-old soldier with killing San Diego County native Army Spc. Adrian M. Perkins, 19, while the two men were deployed in Jordan last May.

The Denver Post reports the charges against Spc. Jeffery T. Page include murder, manslaughter, and negligent homicide:

Military documents say Page shot Perkins with an M4 rifle at Muwaffaq Salti Air Base in Al-Azraq, Jordan on May 15.

Perkins died at ...

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Free Phone Cards For Troops Deployed During The Holidays

Continuing an annual holiday tradition, the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) will provide Sailors and Marines deployed overseas during the holiday season $10 phone cards.

Thomas Harris, NEXCOM Afloat Personal Telecommunications Service Program, said of the phone card program:

"NEXCOM has been giving away free phone cards to deployed Sailors and Marines for many, many years.

"This is just one small way that we can thank these service members and ...

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California National Guard Linguists To Aid In Africa's Ebola Battle

Citizen soldiers from the Golden State will be joining the fight against the Ebola outbreak. Six linguists from the California National Guard are slated to deploy to Liberia in Spring 2015 to aid in communication efforts.

According to an Army National Guard news release, California’s 223rd Military Intelligence Battalion of San Francisco was among guard units from six states chosen to deploy to West Africa:

[The 223rd] includes interpreters ...

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American Beheaded By ISIS Was Army Ranger Veteran (Video)

Peter Kassig, the 26-year-old American aid worker beheaded by ISIS, was a former Army Ranger who left the service to commit his life to humanitarian missions in the Middle East.

It was while on one of these missions in Syria in October 2013 that Kassig was kidnapped by terrorists who would later execute him.

According to the Huffington Post, Kassig served as an U.S. Army Ranger, deploying to Iraq ...

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Special Forces Soldier With Ties To NHL Dies In Afghanistan (Video)

A Special Forces soldier who make headlines when he practiced with the Carolina Hurricanes hockey team last March has died in Afghanistan.

Sgt. 1st Class Michael A. Cathcart, 31, was killed by small arms fire in Kunduz Province on Nov. 14, according to the Department of Defense.

He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Cathcart grew up in Michigan and was a ...

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Marine Officer From Orange County Dies During PT Run In Germany

The military is investigating the untimely death of Marine Corps Maj. Ryan Hansen, 41, who died after a physical training run in Germany on Nov. 7.

The Marine Corps Times reports Hansen collapsed during the run, and was rushed to Sindelfingen hospital near Boeblingen, where he was pronounced dead.

Hansen was a sustainment division head at Marine Corps Forces Europe, which is based in Stuttgart.

According to his LinkedIn profile ...

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USS Fort Worth Departs San Diego Monday For Record 16-Month Deployment (Video)

The USS Fort Worth will depart Naval Base San Diego on Monday for a 16-month deployment the longest for a Navy ship since 1973, when the USS Midway deployed for 327 days (about 10 months).

Stars and Stripes points out the Midway's epic deployment was with one crew. This will not be the case with the USS Fort Worth:

[T]he crew of 54, plus the 24-person aviation squadron ...

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What It Looks Like When You Jump Out Of Airplane (Video)

Have you ever jumped out of an airplane? Do you want to know what it's like, without actually having to jump out of an airplane? Well, the 82nd Airborne Division paratroopers recently conducted parachute training with a camera attached, and the video is unreal.

Now, I'm terrified of heights. And flying. I don't like riding in airplanes, even when there is no prospect of me having to ...

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Army Gets Grant From NFL To Study Traumatic Brain Injury (Video)

The National Football League announced Thursday morning it has awarded the U.S. Army Research Laboratory a grant of $500,000 to study ways to prevent traumatic brain injury.

The NFL, along with corporate partners Under Armour and General Electric, held a competition called "Head Health Challenge II" in which more than 500 applicants worldwide sent in proposals detailing ways to prevent TBI.

The seven winners were notified today. Embattled ...

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Camp Pendleton Marine Hit With $2000 Phone Bill While Deployed (Video)

Camp Pendleton-based Marine Lance Cpl. Jordan Johnstone wasn't even halfway through his deployment at sea aboard the USS America when he was hit with a $2000 phone bill.

Johnstone, a native of Arizona, told Phoenix television station Channel 12 he believed that prior to his deployment, he had negotiated with AT&T to get the proper plan for calling while overseas. But that wasn't the case:

"I pull ...

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List Of Top 4-Year Colleges For Veterans Includes Several San Diego Universities

The Military Times has released its list of the 100 top four-year universities for veterans.

Local schools making the cut include California State University San Marcos (#20), San Diego State University (#38), and the University of San Diego (#84).

The Military Times complied the list based on several factors:

Broadly speaking, schools were evaluated in five categories: university culture, academic quality, student support, academic policies and financial aid.

The Military ...

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San Diego's Wartime Women Vets Still Serving Their County Decades Later

Evelyn Coy remembers it was 72 years ago when she answered the call to serve.

“Because I wanted to do for my country,” Coy said. "I couldn’t believe what was being done to our country.”

She enlisted in the Navy in 1942 during World War II.

“When I went into the Navy our uniforms were still on the drawing board,” Ellis recalled.

Coy was in the WAVES division, which ...

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Famous Folks You Didn't Know Were Military Veterans, Part Two

It's Veterans Day, and it may surprise you to learn that these ten famous rock stars, actors, and politicians all served in the military. Here are the remaining five:

Bob Ross

No word if Bob Ross considered serving in the military a happy accident, but “The Joy of Painting” star spent 20 years in the U.S. Air Force.

Ice-T

Before Ice-T became Ice-T, he was Tracy Marrow, a ...

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Famous Folks You Didn't Know Were Military Veterans, Part One

It's Veterans Day, but it may surprise you to learn that some of your favorite rock stars, actors, and politicians served in the military. Here are the first five:

Ron Paul

Fans of Libertarian icon Ron Paul may be surprised to learn he served in both the U.S. Air Force and the United States Air National Guard. After all, as part of his economic plan during his 2012 ...

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Veterans To Be Honored At Events In San Diego County

Closed

• Most federal, state, county and municipal offices

• Tecolote Nature Center

• San Diego County offices, libraries and animal services

• Fallbrook, Lakeside and Spring Valley teen and community centers

Open

• Municipal golf courses

• Chollas Lake

• Mission Trails Regional Park Visitors Center

• Miramar Landfill (7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

• San Diego County parks and campgrounds

Veterans Day will be observed Tuesday in downtown San Diego with a parade dedicated ...

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Military Dogs Honored During Veterans Day Parade (Video)

For the first time ever, six retired military working dogs and their handlers will get their own float during this year's America's Parade, billed as the biggest Veterans Day event in the whole U. S. of A.

Joining the doggie heroes on the float will be Army veteran Tracy Marrow (better known as actor and rapper Ice-T), his lovely wife Coco, veterans advocate Lois Pope, and American Humane ...

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Check Out These Veterans Day Freebies And Discounts

In honor of Veterans Day, restaurant chains and retailers on Nov. 11 are offering all sorts of discounts and freebies for active-duty military, veterans, and reservists.

Here's a sample of retail discounts, courtesy of the Henry Daily Herald:

-Home Depot - 10 percent off up to $500 on a single-receipt purchase.

-Cost Plus World Market - 20 percent off everything in the store (except alcohol).

-Bed Beth & Beyond- 20 percent off ...

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