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Special Operations Marine To Receive Navy Cross At Camp Pendleton

A special operations Marine will receive the Marine Corps' second-highest combat medal during a ceremony Thursday at Camp Pendleton.

Gunnery Sgt. Brian Jacklin, 32, of the 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion will receive the Navy Cross for his heroic actions carried out on June 14, 2012, in Afghanistan.

Jacklin, a Los Angeles native, and his team were conducting village stability operations in the volatile Upper Gereshk Valley of Helmand Province ...

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Building Civilian Career Is Challenge For National Guard Members

Building a career is no easy task for those in the National Guard who have to balance their commitment to be available for military training with a civilian job.

The National Guard can be mobilized at any moment in a crisis, but its members have to support themselves by working in the civilian workforce. While many veterans find it challenging to transition from military to civilian life, those in the ...

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US Special Ops Forces Skeptical Women Can Do Their Job

Surveys find that men in U.S. special operations forces do not believe women can meet the physical and mental demands of their commando jobs, and they fear the Pentagon will lower standards to integrate women into their elite units, according to interviews and documents obtained by The Associated Press.

Studies that surveyed personnel found "major misconceptions" within special operations about whether women should be brought into the male-only jobs ...

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Marine Corps Recruit Depot Sports Facility To Be Named After Jerry Coleman

A sports facility at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego Friday will be named after Marine aviator, New York Yankees second baseman and longtime Padres announcer Jerry Coleman.

Murals, photos and a painting of Coleman, who died at 89 last year, will be unveiled, according to base officials. Coleman flew more than 120 combat missions in World War II and the Korean War, earning two Distinguished Flying Crosses ...

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Navy Decommissions USS Peleliu In San Diego Ceremony

The Navy Tuesday decommissioned the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu — known as the "Iron Nickel" — in a ceremony at Naval Base San Diego.

The 820-foot-long vessel, which called San Diego and Long Beach home during its nearly 35 years of service, deployed 17 times and steamed more than 1 million nautical miles, according to the Navy. Its final deployment ended last Christmas Eve when it pulled into San Diego Bay ...

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Navy: No Evidence Of ISIS Threat

The Navy announced Thursday that no evidence of an operational plan or imminent threat has been uncovered since a list of personnel — including four aboard a San Diego-based warship — was posted on a website believed to be friendly to the Islamic State.

The list that included names, photos and purported addresses came to light last weekend, and included four aviation officers on the USS Carl Vinson. The deployed aircraft carrier ...

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Can Female Marines Carry The Load And Kill The Enemy?

More than a dozen Marines from Alpha Company fan out across California's Mojave Desert, far into the distance. Machine-gun fire gives them cover. The small forms dash ahead. Some drop to one knee, others fall on their stomachs, firing at pop-up targets.

Only one woman is part of this group. Until last fall, Sgt. Kelly Brown was fueling helicopters and trucks. Now she's running with an assault rifle ...

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San Diego Veterans Invited To Voice Questions, Concerns At Town Hall

San Diego veterans and their families are invited to share their benefits questions and concerns with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Thursday at a town hall meeting.

The forum is one of many the VA is holding around the country to improve services and rebuild community trust. The effort follows a national VA audit last year that found a backlog of benefits claims and long wait times for ...

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San Diego-Based Troops Named On ISIS 'Hit List'

Dozens of U.S. troops, including some based on the USS Carl Vinson from San Diego, were named on a "hit list" by the self-proclaimed Islamic State terror group, according to the Marine Corps Times.

ISIS reportedly posted what it says are the names, photos, U.S. addresses and military positions of 100 men and women and called on its supporters to attack the individuals.

"It is quite extraordinary for ...

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Navy Identifies SEAL Killed In Training Accident

Navy officials say a SEAL killed when his parachute malfunctioned during training in Riverside County was a 29-year-old Colorado man who completed basic training to become a SEAL last year.

Naval Special Warfare Group One said Thursday that Jason Kortz of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, died from injuries sustained during the accident near Perris on Wednesday. The Navy is investigating why the parachute malfunctioned. It released no further details.

Naval Special ...

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Navy SEAL Dies In Training Accident Near Perris

A Navy SEAL was killed in a parachute jump accident in Riverside County on Wednesday, Navy officials said.

Two officials said the SEAL's parachute malfunctioned during training near Perris.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to provide details beyond a brief statement issued by Naval Special Warfare Group One, which is the Coronado-based SEALs group to which the sailor was assigned.

The Naval ...

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San Diego Storage Company Accused Of Selling Service Members' Belongings While Deployed

The owner of a San Diego storage company allegedly sold off service members' valuables while they were deployed, and in one case continued to receive government funds to safeguard property no longer at the facility, according to a lawsuit filed Monday.

In the suit filed against Daniel E. Homan and his company Horoy Inc., which does business as Across Town Movers, the Department of Justice sought to recover damages stemming ...

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In Intense Desert Training, A Dozen Women Fight For Place On Front Lines

In the dry and craggy hills of California's Mojave Desert, Capt. Ray Kaster tries to shout over the din of a machine gun to be heard by Alpha Company, the unit of Marines he's working with during a month of rigorous instruction at Twentynine Palms training center.

As part of a larger training session, the Marines are testing whether women have what it takes to serve in ground ...

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Afghanistan’s First Female Air Force Pilot Calls San Diego Visit ‘Awesome’

Afghanistan's first female Air Force pilot of a fixed-wing aircraft is on a fast-paced visit to the United States this week. She’s met first lady Michelle Obama and received an International Women of Courage Award from the U.S. Secretary of State’s Office.

But Capt. Niloofar Rahmani, 23, said getting to visit San Diego has been the “most awesome” part of the trip. And not just because ...

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250 Marines, Veterans Train For Annual Trials At Camp Pendleton

About 250 Marines and veterans are training for the 5th annual Marine Corps Trials at Camp Pendleton.

The competition — which features eight sports including wheelchair basketball, track and field, sitting-volleyball and swimming — is hosted by the Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment.

Participants are veterans and Marines who were injured in or out of combat. The goal of the competition is to give wounded service members a chance to further their ...

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USS San Diego Returns After Seven-Month Voyage

The amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego returned to its namesake home port Wednesday following its maiden deployment with two other vessels.

The San Diego, amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island and dock landing ship USS Comstock carried troops of the Camp Pendleton-based 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit on a seven-month voyage to the Western Pacific and Middle East.

Commissioned in May 2012, the San Diego sailed 26,000 nautical ...

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Aspire Center For Veterans Celebrates One Year Anniversary

Aspire Center in Old Town celebrated a significant milestone on Tuesday. The center, which celebrated its one year anniversary, is San Diego's first and only residential treatment center for young veterans suffering from brain injury and post-traumatic stress.

"We are serving the wounded warriors from Iraq and Afghanistan, so we see primarily combat veterans," said the center's director Debbie Dominick. "We are also very focused on being able ...

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National Photo Exhibit Honoring Fallen Heroes Comes To Alpine

A traveling photo exhibit made a stop on Monday in Alpine to honor military members who died in combat since the 9/11 terror attacks.

Tom Williams is a Camp Pendleton Marine whose parents came up with the idea for the photo exhibit as a way to thank those who voluntarily gave their lives to serve this country.

"We should talk about them — say their names because you can bet ...

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Camp Pendleton Tests Ability To Deploy 50,000 Troops

Camp Pendleton Marines are testing their ability to deploy 50,000 troops in the event of a combat emergency.

The 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of Camp Pendleton, usually deploys on a much smaller scale, such as the 2,200 Marines with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit returning to San Diego on Monday, or the Special Purpose Ground Air Task Force of 2,300 currently in the Middle East ...

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