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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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Pentagon Says Transgender Troops Can Now Serve Openly

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter says the military is lifting a ban on transgender service members.

"Effective immediately, transgender Americans may serve openly, and they can no longer be discharged or otherwise separated from the military just for being transgender," he told reporters today at the Pentagon.

The fundamental reason for the change, Carter said, is "that the Defense Department and the military need to avail ourselves of ...

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San Diego Veterans Group Works To Raise Awareness About PTSD

Roughly 22 veterans commit suicide every day. Some studies suggest suicide risk is higher in those who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder.

Monday is National Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day, and a local organization is launching a campaign urging struggling veterans to have the courage to ask for help.

The Three Wise Men Foundation, founded by former San Diego Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, is rolling out a public service ...

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Another Guilty Plea In 'Fat Leonard' Navy Bribery Scandal

A former Department of Defense supervising contracting officer pleaded guilty on Thursday in San Diego federal court to charges that he accepted bribes from Glenn "Fat Leonard" Francis, the foreign defense contractor at the center of a massive bribery and fraud scandal.

Paul Simpkins, 62, supervised contracting officers responsible for awarding and administering U.S. Navy contracts.

According to admissions made in his plea agreement, from about May 2006 until ...

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'Fat Leonard' Bribery Scandal Expands; 3 More Navy Officers Charged

Three current and former U.S. Navy officers appeared in federal court on Friday to face charges that they secretly worked on behalf of foreign defense contractor Glenn "Fat Leonard" Francis to advance the interests of his company, including instances in which a highly influential captain allowed Francis to ghostwrite official Navy documents and correspondence and submit them as his own.

In exchange, Francis plied the now-retired Capt. Michael Brooks ...

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Naval Base San Diego Receives 17th Unfounded Bomb Threat

An unfounded bomb threat prompted a security alert at Naval Base San Diego Tuesday for the 17th time since November.

The menacing message was found scrawled in a portable outhouse at NBSD Pier 7 Tuesday morning shortly after 8 a.m., according to officials at the Barrio Logan-area military installation.

The dock was cordoned off while Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents used service dogs to search for explosives or other ...

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Veterans Choice Medical Program Troubled From Start

Amanda Wirtz started her six-year Navy career in 1997. She served aboard a destroyer off Bosnia and during combat off Iraq in 1998.

When she developed a rare tumor, Wirtz, 37, was discharged in 2003 and began using the Department of Veterans Affairs Health System in San Diego. For the most part, she has been happy with her care.

Then last year, Wirtz began having headaches. When the VA couldn ...

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Crowds Line Streets To Honor US Navy SEAL Killed In Iraq

Thousands of people — including motorcycle-riding combat veterans, schoolchildren waving flags and mothers with strollers — lined the streets of this military town Friday as the funeral procession of a Navy SEAL killed in Iraq passed by on its way to a national cemetery.

The crowd stood in somber silence and some wiped away tears as the casket of Charles Keating IV was carried out of a Catholic church and driven through ...

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Navy Officer Fired Over Iran's Detention Of 10 San Diego-Based Sailors

The Navy has fired the commander of the 10 American sailors who wandered into Iranian territorial waters in the Persian Gulf and were captured and held by Iran for about 15 hours.

In a statement Thursday, the Navy said it had lost confidence in Cmdr. Eric Rasch, who was the executive officer of the squadron that included the 10 sailors at the time of the January incident. He was responsible ...

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Naval Base Hit By Another Bogus Bomb Threat

For the 16th time since last fall, an unfounded bomb threat prompted a security alert and search at Naval Base San Diego Wednesday.

The written message was found on Pier 7 at the Barrio Logan-area station about 10:15 a.m., according to the Navy.

Military police conducted a sweep of the area, finding nothing hazardous, said Helen Haase, a spokeswoman for Navy Region Southwest. The investigators gave an all-clear ...

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UCSD Study Links Higher PTSD Risk To Genetics

A wide-ranging study published Wednesday identifies possible genetic links to an increased risk of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Scientists from UC San Diego School of Medicine, the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System and other institutions analyzed DNA samples from more than 13,000 U.S. soldiers and discovered two statistically significant genetic variants that might be associated with PTSD.

RELATED: Veterans Say Trained Dogs Help With PTSD, But The VA ...

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Navy Posthumously Promotes SEAL Killed In Iraq

The San Diego-based SEAL killed in Iraq last week will be posthumously promoted to chief petty officer, the Navy announced Wednesday.

Petty Officer First Class Charles H. Keating IV, 31, was fatally shot in a May 3 battle with Islamic State forces in Tall Usquf, Iraq. According to the Navy, ISIS broke through the front lines north of the city of Mosul, and Keating's SEAL team and air support ...

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SEAL Killed In Iraq To Be Buried At Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery

A U.S. Navy SEAL killed in Iraq will be buried at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego.

SEALs spokeswoman Lt. Beth Teach says the body of Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Charles Keating IV will be laid to rest Friday after a private funeral in Coronado, California, with his family.

Teach says a public procession to honor Keating will also take place Friday in Coronado, where Keating's ...

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SEAL Trainee Dies During Basic Training In Coronado

A 21-year-old Navy SEAL trainee died last week during his first week of basic training in Coronado, California, a Navy spokesman said Tuesday.

Seaman James "Derek" Lovelace was pulled out of the pool Friday after showing signs he was having difficulty while treading in a camouflage uniform and a dive mask, Naval Special Warfare Center spokesman Lt. Trevor Davids said.

Lovelace lost consciousness after being pulled out of the pool ...

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Wildfire Drill To Be Held At Camp Pendleton

Military and civilian firefighters, sheriff's deputies and helicopter crews will practice responding to wildfires Thursday at Camp Pendleton.

A wildland firefighting exercise is scheduled to get underway on the North County military installation at 1 p.m. and extend until about 2:30 p.m.

Participating agencies include aviation and ground units from Camp Pendleton, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Navy Region Southwest and Third Fleet, Cal Fire and the ...

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Navy Seal Killed In Iraq ID'd; US Vows To Strengthen Fight Against Islamic State

An international coalition leading the military campaign against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq agreed Wednesday to accelerate their contributions but did not publicly specify what those would be. The group also called on Iraqi leaders to reconcile political differences.

A day after a U.S. Navy SEAL was killed in small arms fire with Islamic State forces, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said that as the war ...

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