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Male Model And West Point Grad Killed By Train (Video)

George "Greg" Plitt Jr. wasn't your typical male model. The 37-year-old who called Southern California home was a West Point graduate who'd served five years in the Army, according to The Associated Press.

On Jan. 17, Plitt was hit and killed by a train while filming a workout video on railroad tracks in Burbank.

Burbank Police Sgt. Scott Meadows told People magazine investigators believe Plitt's death was ...

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San Diego-Based Marines Training Iraqis In Fight Against ISIS

More than 300 U.S. troops from the newly formed Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force are helping to rebuild Iraq’s disintegrated army in the fight against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS.

The unit, made up of troops from Camp Pendleton, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar and Twentynine Palms, is training as many as 1,200 Iraqis in six-week blocks to prepare them for a counteroffensive ...

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Seat At State Of The Union Reserved For Imprisoned Camp Pendleton Marine Veteran

As President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address on Tuesday, Jan. 20, a seat will be empty in the House chamber. Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Michigan, reserved the chair for Marine Corps veteran Amir Hekmati, who has been held in an Iranian prison for more than three years.

Hekmati's family lives in Michigan, and Kildee represents them in Congress. Kildee told the Marine Corps Times he wants ...

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USS Peleliu Decommissioning Ceremony Slated For March

The U.S. Navy will hold a special decommissioning ceremony for the USS Peleliu on the morning of March 31, at Naval Base San Diego's Pier #7.

The Peleliu is the last ship of its kind (a Tarawa-class amphibious assault ship) and has been in service for almost 35 years.

During that service, the Peleliu embarked on 17 deployments, and covered more than one million miles.

According to the ...

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San-Diego Based Admiral Announces Retirement

The San Diego-based admiral in charge of all naval aviation will retire next week and be replaced by the commander of air operations over the Atlantic Ocean, the Navy announced Thursday.

Vice Adm. David Buss will step down as commander, naval air forces, on Jan. 22 and retire from the Navy following 36 years of service.

Over his career, the 1978 graduate of the Naval Academy led one of the ...

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'Fat Leonard' Pleads Guilty In Navy Corruption Case, Must Forfeit $35M

A Malaysian military contractor at the center of one of the Navy's worst corruption cases pleaded guilty to bribery and conspiracy charges in federal court Thursday — only hours after a second commander admitted to providing him classified information in exchange for lavish hotel rooms and prostitution services.

Leonard Glenn Francis, the chief executive of a Singapore company that has serviced Navy vessels at Asian ports for 25 years, held ...

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Bombshell Confession Video Opens Navy Broadcaster Murder Trial

An interrogation video in which Air Force Staff Sgt. Sean Oliver reportedly confesses to strangling Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dmitry Chepusov was prosecutors' first piece of evidence in the court-martial of Oliver, according to Stars and Stripes.

The military newspaper reports Oliver admitted to choking Chepusov in the video:

He said he intended to knock him out, not to kill him.

Oliver maintained in his statement to investigators that ...

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Oscar Nominations For Chris Kyle Biopic 'American Sniper' And Star Bradley Cooper

"American Sniper" — the movie based on Navy SEAL Chris Kyle's bestselling memoir of the same name — has been nominated for Best Picture by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Bradley Cooper, who portrayed Kyle in the movie, got a nomination for Best Actor.

Kyle's widow, Taya, wrote recently on Facebook about what it was like for her to watch "American Sniper":

"I guarantee you will see ...

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AirAsia Search Ends For San Diego Ships USS Sampson and USS Fort Worth

As news comes that Indonesian navy divers have discovered the fuselage of AirAsia Flight 8501, so does the announcement that the USS Sampson and USS Fort Worth have concluded their participation in the search effort.

According to the U.S. Navy, the San Diego-based ships spent more than 650 search hours in the hunt for wreckage and bodies from the plane, which crashed into the Java Sea on Dec. 28 ...

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World War II POWs In San Diego Attend Private 'Unbroken' Screening

More than a dozen World War II POWs in San Diego were treated on Wednesday at Ultrastar Cinema in Mission Valley to a private screening of the movie "Unbroken."

The film is based on the life of the late Louis Zamperini, an Olympian and a war hero who survived 47 days on a raft in the Pacific Ocean after his bomber crashed before being captured by the Japanese. He endured ...

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No-Cost Tax Filing Service For Military Families

Does the mere thought of having to do your taxes fill you with dread? Well, if you're part of a military family, there's a way to make tax season less painful. The Department of Defense and H&R Block are teaming up to offer no-cost tax preparation for service members and their families.

According to DoD News, the military information program Military OneSource is offering the free tax ...

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Prisoner Swap For Camp Pendleton Marine Veteran Held In Iran?

Amir Hekmati, a Marine Corps veteran who served at Camp Pendleton, has been held against his will in Iran for more than three years. Now his Michigan-based family says Iranian officials want to free him as part of a prisoner swap - an idea they oppose.

The New York Times reports Hekmati wrote a letter to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, made public by his family, that details what he says are ...

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USS Cape St. George To Return To San Diego

The guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George and Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 78 are scheduled to return to San Diego on Friday from a seven-month deployment to the Western Pacific and Indian oceans.

The Cape St. George's 350 officers and the "Blue Hawks" of HSM-78 took part in a biennial naval exercise around the Hawaiian islands known as RIMPAC — for the Rim of the Pacific — and conducted community relations ...

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Navy SEAL Killed In Skydiving Training Accident (Video)

The Navy is investigating the death of Petty Officer 1st Class William "Blake" Marston, 31, a Navy SEAL who died Jan. 11 during a skydiving training exercise.

WFTV.com reports a 911 caller saw Marston free-fall between 60 and 90 feet to the ground when it appeared his parachute malfunctioned:

"Is his parachute open?" the 911 dispatcher asked.

"Yeah, his parachute is open, but it's dangling over a fence ...

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Hagel Visits San Diego In Farewell Tour To Promote Next-Gen Bomber

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Tuesday vigorously endorsed an Air Force plan to build a next-generation strategic bomber, arguing that it would help deter nuclear war and preserve America's global pre-eminence.

"I think the long-range strike bomber is absolutely essential to keep our deterrent edge as we go into the next 25 years," Hagel told reporters after addressing a group of several hundred airmen at this B-2 stealth bomber ...

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US Military Command's Twitter, YouTube Sites Hacked

Hackers claiming to work on behalf of Islamic State militants seized control of the Twitter and YouTube sites of the military's U.S. Central Command on Monday. The Pentagon swiftly suspended the sites and said it appears that no classified material was breached.

The hacker group, which calls itself CyberCaliphate, appears to be the same one that is under FBI investigation for hijacking the websites or Twitter feeds of ...

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Murder Trial Of Slain Navy Broadcaster Begins; Airman Pleads Not Guilty

The court-martial of Air Force Staff Sgt. Sean Oliver, who has been charged with killing Navy Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Dmitry Chepusov, started Monday at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

Stars and Stripes reports the trial started off with a not guilty plea from Oliver. He faces life in prison if found guilty of murdering Chepusov.

A little background on the case: Both Chepusov and Oliver worked for American ...

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AirAsia Search Through The Eyes Of A San Diego-Based Helicopter Crewman (Video)

When Naval Aircrewman 1st Class Joseph Jiardina departed San Diego on Oct. 31 aboard the USS Sampson for a scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific, there was no way he could've known he'd become a critical part of the search for wreckage and bodies after the crash of AirAsia Flight 8501 in the Java Sea on Dec. 28.

Jiardina is assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron Three Five ...

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How War Brings About Medical Advances - Part V

So, military doctors wondered, how to relieve the pressure within the soldier’s skull without killing him? The answer was something called a craniectomy. The inventor was an Army neurosurgeon named Col. Rocco Armonda.

All Armonda ever wanted was to be an officer in the Army Medical Corps. At age 17 he joined the Army by attending the United States Military Academy at West Point. He earned his medical degree ...

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How War Brings About Medical Advances - Part IV

So, how did medicine evolve so rapidly that the chance of dying in the war in Afghanistan shrank to ten percent?

Most medical advances in war usually happen by accident, with a military doc facing a traumatically injured patient he’s not sure how to fix, according to Dr. Fred Mading, a Navy veteran (and my brother-in-law). Fred told me the doctor or medic tries everything he or she can ...

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