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Increased Terror Risk Causes Heightened Security At San Diego County Military Installations

Security at military installations in San Diego County and throughout the country was at a heightened level Monday in response to an increased terror risk nationwide, although no specific threats have been made.

At Camp Pendleton, the most visible impact from the increase in force protection condition levels was a longer than average wait to enter the facility.

Base Public Affairs Director Jason Johnston said delays were to be expected ...

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San Diego POWs Relive History At Greatest Generation Naval Museum

It has been a lifetime since some World War II veterans from San Diego sat in the cockpit of a fighter jet.

"I like airplanes. I did since the time I could walk,” said James Reily, 92, who was a bombardier in a B-24 during World War II. “It brings back memories that I don’t think about very often.”

The Greatest Generation Naval Museum, operated by Jet Air Systems ...

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Navy Announces New Commander For San Diego-Based USS America

The first change of command for the San Diego-based amphibious assault ship USS America will take place Thursday, as Capt. Michael Baze replaces Capt. Robert Hall, the Navy announced Monday.

The 844-foot America, commissioned last October, is the first in a new class of aviation-focused amphibious assault ships that are coming into service. They're replacing Tarawa-class amphibious assault ships, which are being decommissioned.

They can carry up to 1 ...

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Pentagon Grapples With Retaliation In Sex Assault Cases

It's not against the law or military regulations to choose not to sit with someone in the dining hall or to unfriend them on Facebook, but in the traumatic aftermath of a sexual assault, a victim could interpret those moves as retaliation.

In these days when a tweet or Instagram photo can be wielded as weapons, the Pentagon is struggling to define retaliation and rein in bullying or other ...

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San Diego-Based USS Milius Sent To Protect Merchant Vessels

A San Diego-based guided-missile destroyer is one of a dozen warships accompanying U.S.-flagged merchant vessels through the Strait of Hormuz, the publication Defense One reported today.

The USS Milius, which left San Diego in October on an independent deployment, and the other vessels will shadow civilian American ships that ask for an extra margin of safety.

The move comes two days after Iranian forces seized a cargo ship ...

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Navy's Offer A 'Disgrace' To Imperial Valley Jet Crash Victims

Nearly a year after a Navy jet crashed into several homes in the town of Imperial, residents are deeply disappointed to find that the military is offering them just a fraction of what they say it would take to replace their damaged property.

Imperial residents Jesus and Shady Valenzuela say they lost everything in their home including furniture, a refrigerator, clothes, a washer and dryer, her wedding dress and his ...

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San Diego Navy Commander Removed Due To Loss Of Confidence

The Navy announced Tuesday that the commanding officer of San Diego-based USS Lake Erie was relieved of his duties due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command.

While Naval officials said the decision was based on the findings of an investigation into poor command climate aboard the guided-missile cruiser, they did not elaborate because the investigation has not been completed.

Capt. John Banigan was removed from his ...

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Brush Fire Scorches 350 Acres At Camp Pendleton

A wildfire spread across a brushy artillery range at Camp Pendleton Monday, charring hundreds of open acres but posing no structural threats, authorities said.

The blaze erupted around midday in an undeveloped area at the North County Marine Corps station. As of late afternoon, it had blackened roughly 350 acres but remained a safe distance from structures, according to base officials.

It was unclear if the fire was sparked by ...

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Marine Veterans Remember Final Hours Of Vietnam War

It’s been four decades since Marine veterans John J. Valdez and Douglas Potratz were side-by-side in Vietnam. Both were stationed as security guards at the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, where they helped evacuate more than 7,000 people during the final 31 hours of the war.

The two men recently reunited at Valdez’s Oceanside home to reminisce about their time in Vietnam and make plans to return ...

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Midday Edition From The Midway: Special Coverage To Mark End Of Vietnam War

Midday Edition is taking its Friday show to the USS Midway Museum in downtown San Diego. The show starts at noon and is part of KPBS’ special coverage of the fall of Saigon, an event that marked the end of the Vietnam War on April 30, 1975.

In the final hours of the war, a helicopter airlift brought thousands of Americans and South Vietnamese from Saigon to safety aboard the ...

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USS Midway Museum Teaches Lessons Of Vietnam War

The USS Midway aircraft carrier served for an unprecedented 47 years, becoming the longest-serving Navy carrier in the 20th Century. The Midway was decommissioned in 1992 and became a museum on the San Diego Bay in 2004.

As part of the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon and Operation Frequent Wind, the Midway is commemorating its role in the evacuation of 3,000 American and Vietnamese on April 29 ...

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Midway Air Boss Recounts Rescue Of Thousands As Saigon Fell

The USS Midway played a major role in rescuing 3,073 refugees in 30 hours when Saigon fell on April 29 and April 30, 1975.

The coordinated military rescue called Operation Frequent Wind began when the signal song “White Christmas” was broadcast over American Armed Forces Radio.

That day, the Midway's air boss, Vernon Jumper, was in charge of every plane and helicopter landing onto a patch of the ...

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Traveling Vietnam War Memorial Replica Helps Veterans, Families Heal

The first day Patty Lee returned to school in 1967 after her father was killed during the Vietnam War, a classmate approached her with a message.

“My parents said your dad deserved to die,” the classmate told 12-year-old Lee.

Now a 60-year-old grandmother, Lee said that experience taught her to stay silent about her father’s service in one of America’s most unpopular wars.

“From that I learned when ...

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Vietnam War Ended 40 Years Ago But Lives On For MIA Families

It has been more than four decades since Elaine Zimmer Davis got the knock on her door that no Marine wife wants to hear.

“And I didn’t want to open it because I knew, I knew what was coming,” she said.

Her husband’s F4 Phantom plane had been shot down over a remote mountainside in Vietnam on Aug. 29, 1969. Witnesses described a fiery crash. Capt. Jerry Zimmer ...

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National Guard Seeks New Mission After War

NPR — along with seven public radio stations around the country — is chronicling the lives of America's troops where they live. We're calling the project "Back at Base." This is the first of four reports this week about the National Guard.

The Army spent billions of dollars getting the National Guard ready for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But now that the money has been spent and troops ...

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USS Carl Vinson Begins Journey Home To San Diego

The San Diego-based aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson and its escort ships have left the waters around the Middle East to begin the long voyage home from deployment, the Navy announced Friday.

The Vinson, guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill, and guided-missile destroyers USS Gridley, USS Sterett and USS Dewey have been gone for nearly eight months.

Carrier Air Wing 17 has been conducting strikes on targets of the self-proclaimed Islamic ...

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USS Gary Returns To San Diego From Final Voyage

The guided-missile frigate USS Gary returned home to San Diego Friday following a nearly seven-month deployment to Central America.

The voyage was the final one for the Gary, which will be decommissioned, and the last one for a frigate on the West Coast. The Navy is phasing out the type of ship in favor of the new littoral combat ships — vessels designed for fighting in coastal waters.

The crew members ...

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Coast Guard, Fed Operation Results In Massive Cocaine Seizure

Federal officials have seized more than 56,000 pounds of cocaine in only six months into the new year.

The U.S. Navy, Coast Guard and federal law enforcement agencies seized the cocaine in a record-breaking operation. The coalition seized 53,000 pounds of cocaine in 2014.

U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy said big busts like these have a huge impact on the international war on drugs.

“The seizures of ...

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2 Army Reservists Plead Not Guilty To Selling Firearms To Undercover DEA Agent

Two U.S. Army reservists assigned to an East County National Guard Armory pleaded not guilty Thursday to selling firearms, ammunition and body armor to an undercover DEA agent posing as a drug cartel member.

Jaime Casillas, 22, of El Cajon and Andrew Reyes, 34, of La Mesa were ordered held without bail pending a detention hearing Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mitchell Dembin.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew ...

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Marine Corps Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing In Solana Beach

A fluid leak forced the crew of a military helicopter on a routine training flight out of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar today to make a safe precautionary landing at Del Mar Shores Beach.

An instrument indicating low oil pressure aboard the CH-53E Super Stallion prompted the pilots to set the aircraft down at the waterfront park off South Sierra Avenue in the far southern reaches of Solana Beach about ...

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