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Reward of $20K Offered In Naval Base San Diego Bomb Threats

A reward of $20,000 was being offered for information that leads to the arrest of whoever has made more than three dozen unfounded bomb threats at Naval Base San Diego and nearby shipyards since November.

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service together with BAE Systems and NASSCO put up the money in an effort to halt the hoaxes, which have interrupted work and forced federal law enforcement agents off their ...

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Miramar-Based Marines Participate In Historic Cyber Warfare Exercise

Marine Corps Air Station Miramar is participating in one of the largest cyber warfare exercises in Marine Corps history.

More than 3,000 marines, sailors and civilians are taking part in the exercise — stretched between Miramar, Camp Pendleton, 29 Palms, Barstow and Quantico, Virginia. They're simulating what it's like to fight a country which has just as much access to technology as the U.S.

The entire cyber ...

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Navy Warship To Be Named For WWII Hero Basilone

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced Tuesday at Camp Pendleton that a future warship will be named after Marine Corps World War II hero John Basilone, who already has a roadway named after him at the sprawling base in northern San Diego County.

"It is a great honor to name this ship in recognition of John Basilone," Mabus said. "I have no doubt that all who serve aboard her will carry ...

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Three San Diego Warships Return Following 7-Month Deployment

Three San Diego-based warships that accompanied the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis on a seven-month deployment returned home Thursday.

The guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay and destroyers USS Stockdale and USS William P. Lawrence left San Diego Jan. 20 and were part of what Navy brass called the "Great Green Fleet," a nod to the "Great White Fleet" that showcased U.S. naval power in the early 20th century ...

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California Reaches Settlement Over Evictions Of Military Families In San Diego

California reached a $252,000 settlement with two contractors over the companies' unlawful evictions of 18 military service members and their families from private military housing in San Diego and Orange counties, Attorney General Kamala Harris announced Wednesday.

Harris argued that the evictions violated the California Military and Veterans Code, the Service Members Civil Relief Act and other state debt collection laws that protect service members who are sued while ...

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MiraCosta College's Security Training Proves Popular With Vets

MiraCosta College offers a high-threat security training course that’s proving popular among veterans and others looking for a high-adrenaline career.

Students of the 35-day course graduated this week with an intense simulation exercise that tested their ability to stay calm under pressure.

Smoke billowed and gunfire echoed over the Carlsbad Safety Center as a pair of students carried out a simulated mission: rescuing a high-level executive from gang members ...

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Yet Another Fake Bomb Threat Disrupts Naval Base San Diego

The latest in a series of nearly three dozen bogus bomb threats at Naval Base San Diego and nearby shipyards prompted a brief security alert Wednesday at the Barrio Logan-area military installation.

A vague but menacing message was found scrawled inside the docked USS Essex amphibious assault ship about 8:30 a.m., according to officials with Navy Region Southwest.

Military police who searched the vessel and surrounding areas found ...

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Grief Camp In Julian Helps Kids 'Feel Normal Again'

Elliot Kim was about halfway through a hot and dusty hike in Julian when he decided he was done walking.

The 8-year-old climbed onto the back of Ty Barrion, his parents' friend. Elliot was tired — this was his first time at sleepaway camp and he hadn't slept well the night before.

When the hike ended, Elliot and Barrion sat down to rest and started playing a game with Elliot ...

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Boy Dies After Being Named Honorary Marine At Camp Pendleton

An 8-year-old boy with a rare, genetic disease has died a day after being made an honorary Marine, his father said.

Wyatt Gillette died Sunday with a developmental disorder that causes seizures and kidney failure, his father, Jeremiah Gillette, told The Marine Corps Times.

Wyatt was honored in a formal ceremony Saturday at Camp Pendleton near San Diego, where his father serves as a drill sergeant.

Video and photos of ...

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Marine Corps Warplane Crashes Near Twentynine Palms, Killing Pilot

The Marine Corps says one of its fighter jets has crashed near Twentynine Palms, killing the pilot.

A statement says the F/A-18C went down around 10:30 p.m. Thursday during a training mission in the vicinity of Twentynine Palms, about 140 miles east of Los Angeles.

The sprawling Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center is located at Twentynine Palms.

The pilot has not been identified. He was from ...

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Camp Pendleton Fire 96% Contained

A brush fire burning in the northern reaches of Camp Pendleton was 96 percent contained Tuesday morning.

About 1,245 open acres have been blackened since the blaze, dubbed the Roblar Fire, ignited off Roblar and Case Springs roads Thursday afternoon, according to military and state fire officials. No structures have been threatened.

The cause of the Roblar Fire was not immediately clear, though it is not uncommon for fires ...

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Camp Pendleton Fire Nears Containment

Military firefighters have taken over command of the battle to put out a brush fire that has charred 1,245 open acres in the northern reaches of Camp Pendleton.

As of 6:30 a.m. Monday, the ground and airborne crews had the blaze at 92 percent containment, base officials said on Twitter. No structures have been threatened.

The blaze ignited Thursday afternoon off Roblar and Case Springs roads.

Military ...

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Officials Say Program Housed More Than 200 Vets Four Months After Launch

More than 200 once-homeless veterans and their families have moved off San Diego's streets since the Housing Our Heroes program was adopted four months ago, the mayor's office announced Wednesday.

The $12.5 million program, funded with a mix of federal and local monies, provides incentives to landlords who rent to homeless veterans. The program has benefited 18 families encompassing 34 children, according to the mayor's office ...

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San Diego VA Reports Progress In Veterans' Care

San Diego County veterans aren’t waiting as long for disability and health care, according to San Diego’s top VA officials, who held a news conference on Thursday to give a status update.

Disability benefits now take about three months, compared to 10 months in 2013. The wait for mental health care has been cut in half compared to last year, with the wait in May about five days ...

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Navy SEALs Seek Out High-Tech Jobs

They are highly trained to lead, innovate and be self-sufficient. So why would it be difficult for elite fighters like Navy SEALs to transition to the pioneering ranks of Silicon Valley?

Tech executives say they are increasingly looking to recruit special operations forces veterans who typically move on to law enforcement or private security. But while SEALs know how to build teams in stressful situations, many aren't accustomed to ...

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Navy SEAL Death Puts Spotlight On Training Program

About 75 percent of the sailors who begin training to become Navy SEALs don't make it through the six-month program.

The grueling training is designed to create an elite special forces fighting team.

But it is not supposed to be lethal.

The San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office last week determined that the drowning death of Navy SEAL candidate James Derek Lovelace in May was a homicide.

A ...

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San Diego Transgender Vet On The Military's New Policy

Last week, Department of Defense Secretary Ash Carter lifted the military’s ban on transgender troops serving openly in U.S. armed forces.

The department has until July 1, 2017 to fully implement its policy on transgender service members.

There are as many as 7,000 transgender troops serving in the military out of 1.3 million active duty service members, according to a study by the Rand Corporation.

Joselyn ...

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ACLU Report Documents Struggle Of Deported Veterans

Enrique Salas, who served four years in the Marines and was eligible for citizenship, was deported to Mexico about a decade ago.

His mistake? After his brother was killed in a military training accident, Salas began to use drugs. He served a six-month sentence for possession of a controlled substance. In 2006, his criminal record led to his deportation.

Salas is one of 84 foreign-born veterans featured in a report ...

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Death Of Navy SEAL Trainee Ruled Homicide

The drowning death of a Navy SEAL trainee who was pulled from a pool during training at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado has been ruled a homicide.

On May 6, Seaman James Derek Lovelace, 21, went into distress during a training exercising called "drown proofing," in which prospective SEALs tread water while in uniform and wearing a diving mask, the Navy said. He was taken to a hospital, where he later ...

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San Diego Schools Serving Military Families In Tierrasanta To Get Upgrades

Schools serving military families in Tierrasanta are in line for upgrades thanks to a Department of Defense grant, the San Diego Unified School District announced Thursday.

The project will result in the replacement of 30 aging portable classrooms at Hancock and Miller elementary schools, along with better air conditioning, upgrades to cafeteria facilities, new sidewalks and stairs, fire safety improvements and upgrades to technology infrastructure.

"We work every day to ...

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