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San Diego's NASSCO Experiencing A Shipbuilding Boom

General Dynamics NASSCO is getting ready to christen Saturday the USNS Lewis B. Puller, the third mobile landing platform ship the company has built in San Diego since 2011.

And it's not the only work being done at the Barrio Logan shipyard, where business is booming.

Workers in welding masks and hard hats are piecing together a record half-dozen massive multimillion-dollar ships, including three eco-tankers, two LNG fuel container ...

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Even The Devil Can't Fool A Dog - Part 2

“A man, well, he'll walk right into Hell with both eyes open. But even the devil can't fool a dog.” -Earl Hamner, Jr.


PART II

The Mercedes, filled with what turned out to be 200 pounds of explosives, smashed into the Humvee. The blast incinerated both vehicles. The only part of the Humvee that remained was its sizzling engine block.

The force of the explosion knocked Carlos unconscious ...

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Even The Devil Can't Fool A Dog - Part 1

“A man, well, he'll walk right into Hell with both eyes open. But even the devil can't fool a dog.” -Earl Hamner, Jr.


PART I

“It wasn’t the best idea.”

Carlos Cruz was part of a three-vehicle convoy patrolling the scorching, silent Iraqi desert.

Carlos, a Marine lance corporal at the time, was in the rear of the convoy, lying down in the back seat of a ...

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Even The Devil Can't Fool A Dog - Prologue

“A man, well, he'll walk right into Hell with both eyes open. But even the devil can't fool a dog.” -Earl Hamner, Jr.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) have been called the hallmark wounds of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. According to a 2008 Rand study, one in five American service members who’ve been deployed in the post-9/11 wars suffer from ...

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Defense Department Employee Arrested In Navy Bribery Scheme

Federal officials have arrested a former Defense Department employee in a one of the Navy's worst corruption cases.

Paul Simpkins was arrested Tuesday in Haymarket, Va., on a conspiracy to commit bribery charge in connection to a scheme to help a Malaysian contractor get businesses servicing warships. Simpkins was a former senior federal contracting officer for the Navy. Simpkins not be reached for comment.

The arrest comes less than ...

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Artists And Illustrators Wanted...By The US Navy (Video)

Did you know the U.S. Navy has an art collection of more than 20,000 paintings, illustrations, and engravings? According to Naval History and Heritage Command:

The Navy Art Collection collects, documents, preserves and exhibits art that is significant to the history of the Navy for both the public and service personnel.

Gale Munro, Naval History and Heritage Command Navy Art Collection head curator, wants to add to that ...

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Blind Camp Pendleton Marine Vet Competing In Marathon Via Wheelchair (Video)

Staff Sgt. James Carey enlisted in the Marines when he was just 20-years-old. He served in Afghanistan. His future in the Marine Corps looked bright, until July 2009, according to the Patriot Guard Riders website:

[J]ust prior to his next deployment, he was training for Special Recon group for Navy Seals when he [almost] drowned in a pool among 40 marines.

He was brought back to life but unfortunately ...

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Was Navy Jet's UC Berkeley Fly-By A Brotherly Shout-Out? (Video)

A Navy jet's fly-by the UC Berkeley campus last week left babies crying, dogs barking, and a baffled community in its wake. Now, it turns out the pilot may have been trying to give his brother a shout-out before moving to Texas.

The kerfuffle began on Jan. 27, according to the Navy Times, when the pilot of an F/A-18E Super Hornet flew over campus during a training flight ...

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Life In Prison For Airman Convicted Of Murdering Navy Broadcaster

It's life behind bars for the airman convicted of killing a Navy broadcaster in a convoluted tale of greed and adultery.

A panel of ten service members sentenced Air Force Staff Sgt. Sean Oliver to life in prison, with the possibility of parole, for killing Petty Officer 2nd Class Dmitry Chepusov, according to Stars and Stripes:

Oliver, who was found guilty Wednesday of murder with intent to kill, was ...

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5,000 Pizzas Headed To Afghanistan For Super Bowl Sunday (Video)

The nonprofit group Pizza 4 Patriots is sending 5,000 pies to troops stationed in Afghanistan, so they can enjoy a slice or two (or five) while watching the Super Bowl. And despite Pizza 4 Patriots' name, service members who are Seahawks fans will get their fair share of the pies, too.

Retired Master Sergeant Mark Evans is the founder of Pizzas 4 Patriots. He said in a news release ...

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Camp Pendleton Marine Veteran Killed In Libya Hotel Attack (Video)

The only American killed in Tuesday's attack on a luxury hotel in Libya was a Marine Corps veteran who'd served at Camp Pendleton.

According to CNN, David Berry was one of ten people killed when gunmen stormed the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli. Five of dead were Libyans, four French, and Berry the sole American who lost his life.

Cliff Taylor, who is CEO of Crucible (a private security ...

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Could Your Dog Be The 2015 Military Pet Of The Year?

Time is running out to enter Dogs on Deployment's "2015 Military Pet of the Year" contest.

The deadline to enter your pooch in the contest is Jan. 31.

Click here for more info on how to enter.

Dogs on Deployment is a non-profit group that helps find temporary homes for the beloved canines--and kitties--of troops during their deployments. The folks there explain the purpose of the annual contest this ...

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Airman Found Guilty Of Murder In Killing Of Navy Broadcaster

After just five hours of deliberation, a military panel found Air Force Staff Sgt. Sean Oliver guilty of unpremeditated murder in the killing of Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dmitry Chepusov.

Stars and Stripes reports the panel (the military's version of a jury) had the option of finding Oliver guilty of premeditated murder, but chose instead the lesser charge.

Oliver testified during his court-martial that while he choked Chepusov ...

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'Smart Homes' Will Make Life A Little Easier For Severely Wounded Veterans

Marine Staff Sgt. Jason Ross lost both his legs when he stepped on an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan in 2011.

But life will become a little easier for him thanks to a custom built “smart home” that broke ground Tuesday in Fallbrook.

The Gary Sinise Foundation raised the money to build a smart home for Ross, who is now in a wheelchair.

It will include features that make activities ...

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US Marine's Bid To Get Murder Charges Dropped In Death Of Transgender Filipina Rejected

An attempt by U.S. Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton to get murder charges against him dropped in the death of a transgender Filipina has failed. The Associated Press reports the Philippines Department of Justice rejected Pemberton's appeal in the murder case of Jennifer Laude.

The Philippine Daily Inquirer reports the Department of Justice wrote in a 12-page resolution:

“After a judicious scrutiny of the evidence on record, we ...

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US Army To Charge Bowe Bergdahl With Desertion, News Outlets Claim

U.S. Army will charge Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion, according to NBC News.

"Senior defense officials" have told NBC News the charges could come down this week:

[T]he desertion charges would be based on allegations that Bergdahl abandoned his remote outpost in June 2009 to avoid hazardous duty or important service, which are grounds for charges of desertion under the Uniform Military Code of Justice, or UCMJ.

NBC ...

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USS Green Bay Leaves San Diego For New Home In Japan (Video)

USS Green Bay (LPD 20) left San Diego on Monday for its new home of Sasebo, Japan.

The USS Green Bay, a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship, will replace the decommissioned USS Denver (LPD 9), an Austin-class amphibious transport dock ship.

The USS Green Bay will become part of the 7th Fleet's Forward Deployed Naval Forces.

And while the ship has always been homeported in San Diego, the ...

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Military Commissaries Facing Budget Axe Once Again?

Military commissaries would have to shut their doors to shoppers by up to two days a week, under a draft Defense Department budget document obtained by the Military Times.

The document lists proposed cuts to the Defense Commissary Agency's budget for fiscal 2016:

[T]he Defense Commissary Agency [must]... meet a DoD mandate to come up with $322 million in annual savings — nearly one-fourth of DeCA's annual baseline ...

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Two Camp Pendleton Marines Killed In Helicopter Crash ID'ed

The two Camp Pendleton-based Marines killed Friday when their 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing UH-1Y Huey helicopter crashed have been identified as Capt. Elizabeth Kealey, 32, and 1st Lt. Adam Satterfield, 25.

Both Marines were assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 169.

Kealey, known as Betsy, was from the town of Indiana, Pa. According to a news release from the 3rd MAW, she commissioned in the Marine Corps May ...

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