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California To Get Two More VA Cemeteries

Need for space in veterans’ cemeteries is growing nation-wide and California is no exception.

Michael Nacincik, with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, said there are nine VA cemeteries in California and plans to build two more in the Los Angeles and Alameda areas.

"These cemeteries will be close to urban cores where large numbers of veterans live and will allow people who may have chosen not to utilize ...

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Annual San Diego Veterans Day Parade To Highlight World War II Anniversary

The 70th anniversary of the end of World War II will be the theme of Wednesday's San Diego Veterans Day Parade.

The participants will step off at 11 a.m. near the County Administration Center and march down North Harbor Drive, ending up at Pacific Highway and G Street, according to organizers.

It's just one of several events taking place around San Diego County to honor those who ...

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Council Opposes Transfer Of Guantanamo Prisoners To Miramar

The San Diego City Council Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution opposing a potential transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.

President Barack Obama is reported to be finalizing plans to shut down the detention facility, which houses reputed terrorists at a Navy installation in Cuba, and moving the inmates to the U.S.

While MCAS Miramar appeared on a list of potential transfer sites in a ...

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16 San Diego County Schools Designated 'Military Friendly'

Sixteen colleges, trade schools and universities in San Diego County were designated "military friendly" schools in an annual list released Thursday.

Pittsburgh-based Victory Media, which operates military publications, put out its seventh annual list of military friendly schools, and 13th annual report on military friendly employers.

The organization rates companies and colleges on their programs to recruit and retain veterans and military spouses.

San Diego-area schools included on the list ...

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Injured Marine Veteran Rolls To Finish Line At Washington, D.C., Marathon

Riding a handcycle almost 4,000 miles from San Diego to Washington, D.C., would seem like a lofty goal for even the most adventurous. Ret. Marine Sgt. Toran Gaal, who accomplished that feat last summer, didn’t stop there. He returned to the nation’s capital this month to tack on another 26.2 miles in the 40th annual Marine Corps Marathon.

“(This race is) special to me — we ...

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Cause Of Deadly Helicopter Crash Identified

A helicopter crash that killed two Camp Pendleton Marines en route to Twentynine Palms earlier this year was caused by a loss of oil pressure and the crew's mistaken belief that a recently replaced sensor had given a faulty reading, it was reported Tuesday.

An improperly installed filter cover and the use of the wrong sealant caused a loss of oil pressure shortly before the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing ...

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Pilot Killed After Miramar-Based Jet Crashes In England

The pilot of a U.S. Marine Corps F-18 was killed Wednesday when the plane crashed near a British air base in eastern England, U.S. and British officials said.

The U.S. Embassy in London confirmed the death of the pilot, who was not immediately identified. No other casualties were reported.

The plane was an F-18C Hornet from Marine Attack Fighter Squadron 232 based in the Marine Corps Air ...

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San Diego Military Advisory Council Names New Executive Director

The San Diego Military Advisory Council Wednesday named retired Navy captain Randy Bogle as executive director.

Bogle will replace Larry Blumberg, who is retiring at the end of this year from the helm of the organization dedicated to helping civic and business leaders understand the role and impact of the military in San Diego.

"We knew it was going to be very difficult to find someone to replace Larry," said ...

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USS Roosevelt Begins Journey To San Diego

After more than six months of duty in the Middle East, the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt Tuesday began the voyage to San Diego — its new home port, according to the Navy.

As part of the journey, the "Big Stick" this week will take part in an exercise with Japanese and Indian forces in the Bay of Bengal.

During the Middle East deployment, air squadrons aboard the Roosevelt conducted more ...

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Champion For Vietnam POWs Dies At 90

A memorial service is being planned in Coronado for Sybil Stockdale, who led a group of wives of war prisoners during the Vietnam conflict while her husband was imprisoned in Hanoi, the Navy announced Tuesday.

The Navy described Stockdale, who died Saturday at the age of 90, as the driving force behind a national movement to end the torture and mistreatment of American POWs in Vietnam.

Her husband, James Bond ...

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Officials Identify Marine Found Dead At Camp Pendleton

Military authorities released the name Tuesday of a 19-year-old Marine who died of a gunshot wound to the head at a Camp Pendleton firearms-training facility.

Lance Cpl. Dominic Schraft of Vienna, Missouri, was found mortally wounded at Marksmanship Training Range 214 on the grounds of the northern San Diego County Marine Corps station about 6 a.m. Monday, said 1st Lt. Colleen McFadden, public affairs officer for the 1st Marine ...

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Marine Found Dead At Camp Pendleton

A Marine suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the head at a Camp Pendleton firearms-training facility Monday, military officials reported.

The victim was found mortally wounded at Marksmanship Training Range 214 on the grounds of the northern San Diego County Marine Corps station about 6 a.m., said 1st Lt. Colleen McFadden, public affairs officer for the 1st Marine Division.

The circumstances of the shooting were under investigation, and the ...

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Blue Angels To Fly Over Miramar During Weekend Show

A flyover of downtown San Diego and Petco Park by the Navy's Blue Angels flight demonstration team Thursday heralded the arrival of this weekend's Miramar Air Show.

The F/A-18 jets made their pass as the Padres got ready to play their final home game of the baseball season.

Beginning Friday, the Blue Angels will take part in the annual festival of flight, which runs through Sunday at ...

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USS Ronald Reagan Arrives At Its New Home In Japan

The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, based in San Diego for 11 years until it departed at the end of last month, Thursday arrived at its new home of Yokosuka, Japan, according to the Navy.

The Reagan will serve as the Navy's "forward deployed" aircraft carrier in Asia.

"Deploying our most capable units forward enhances the Navy's ability to contribute to the defense of Japan and meet our ...

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San Diego County Military Spending Remains Steady

An estimated $24.8 billion was spent on military activity in San Diego County during the most recent fiscal year, down from $25.2 billion the previous year, according to a study released Wednesday.

The direct military spending in San Diego County in 2014-15 amounted to $7,700 per resident, according to the seventh annual San Diego Military Advisory Council economic impact study prepared by the Fermanian Business and Economic ...

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Widows Of Killed U.S. Navy Pilots Sue

The widows of two pilots killed when a wave swept their helicopter off a U.S. Navy destroyer filed a lawsuit in San Diego Monday, alleging the Navy and others knew of design flaws in certain Navy ships and their helicopter landing platforms.

The federal lawsuit, filed on behalf of Theresa Jones, Christina Gibson and their children, asks a court to declare the ships in question unreasonably dangerous and order ...

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Active Shooter Alert On Camp Pendleton Was False Alarm

An alert that went out Monday morning to Camp Pendleton personnel about an "active shooter" situation on the North County military station turned out to be a false alarm, officials said.

The emergency advisory was transmitted via a government computer system, said Cpl. Shaltiel Dominguez, a base spokesman.

Dominguez said he did not know how long the notification was out before it was rescinded, or whether it resulted in any ...

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Navy To Limit Some Training That Harms Whales In Pacific

The Navy agreed to limit its use of sonar and other training that inadvertently harms whales, dolphins and other marine mammals off Hawaii and California in a settlement with environmental groups approved Monday.

A centerpiece of the agreement signed by a federal judge in Honolulu includes limits or bans on mid-frequency active sonar and explosives in specified areas around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California, Earthjustice attorney David Henkin said ...

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Two San Diego Organizations Awarded Grants For Veterans Services

A pair of San Diego-based organizations that provide services to veterans were awarded a combined $2.9 million in federal grants, it was announced Monday.

Veterans Village of San Diego received $1 million and Community Catalysts California received $1.9 million from the federal Supportive Services for Veteran Families program. The Community Catalysts California grant will cover services in San Diego, Imperial and Riverside counties.

The Supportive Services for Veteran ...

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