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National Guard Members Admit To Illegally Selling Guns

Two National Guard members went before a San Diego federal judge on Thursday and admitted to illegally selling guns — including military-style assault rifles — that they believed were destined for Mexico.

Jaime Casillas, 22, and Andrew Reyes, 34, both of whom worked at an Army National Guard armory in El Cajon, each pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mitchell Dembin to one count of dealing firearms without a license. The ...

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10 San Diego-Based Sailors Back In U.S. Hands

It turned out to be the international crisis that wasn't.

Less than a day after 10 U.S. Navy sailors were detained in Iran when their boats drifted into Iranian waters, they and their vessels were back safely Wednesday with the American fleet.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry tapped the personal relationship he has formed with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif in the three years of ...

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Military Seeing Cutbacks In Housing Allowance

Lt. Daniel Burke and his wife Gloria have learned that in San Diego, you keep your fingers crossed when you search for a place to rent. They’ve been searching since June, after he got word that the Navy was relocating him to Point Loma. In their last posting in Connecticut, they just set up a few appointments before deciding on a place. San Diego was a different story.

“It ...

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Volunteers Make A Home For Disabled Vet In Fallbrook

One disabled veteran will be able to live on his own, after receiving a little help from a lot of volunteers in Fallbrook.

Just over four years ago, Nick Kimmel was a Marine sergeant serving in Afghanistan. He lost his legs and most of his left arm to a roadside bomb explosion near the Kajaki Dam. It changed his life forever, and so did having a home of his own ...

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Combat Squadron Returns To San Diego

Airmen with a detachment of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 21 on Monday returned to Naval Air Station North Island, while ships of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group will dock at Navy Base San Diego Tuesday, following a seven-month deployment.

The amphibious assault ship USS Essex, amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage and amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore unloaded members of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit at Camp Pendleton on Sunday ...

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Helicopter Training Mishap Off Camp Pendleton Coast Under Investigation

An investigation was underway Thursday into a training mishap involving a MV-22B Osprey off the coast of Camp Pendleton.

The tiltrotor military aircraft attached to the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit experienced a landing mishap aboard the San Diego-based San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS New Orleans Wednesday.

It was conducting training ahead of a deployment with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group, according to Capt. Brian Villiard of the 13th MEU ...

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Navy Taking Public Input On Future Training In San Diego Waters

The U.S. Navy is gathering public comment in preparation for applying for an extension of its permit to do training and testing in San Diego waters. The current permit expires in 2018.

Alex Stone, environmental planning program manager at the U.S. Pacific Fleet, said the same training has been done for 40 to 50 years.

“It’s really the same type of training we’ve been doing for ...

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USS Theodore Roosevelt Comes To San Diego

The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt arrived Monday at its new home port of San Diego.

The 1,092-foot-long carrier known as the "Big Stick" completed what amounts to an epic voyage in which it left its old base in Norfolk, Virginia, more than eight months ago for deployment to the Middle East.

Air squadrons aboard the Roosevelt flew almost 2,000 combat sorties against ISIS targets in Iraq and ...

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San Diego Continues To Place Among Top Veteran-Friendly Cities

San Diego continues to maintain its ranking as a top spot for veterans, despite some real challenges.

The city was ranked the sixth best city for veterans by Wallethub. The city ranked No. 1 in education, environment and health.

San Diego’s overall rank would have been higher if it were not for housing costs, said Jill Gonzalez, analyst for Wallethub.

“But the income growth for veterans, specifically over the ...

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California To Offer Special Driver Licenses For Veterans

There’s some good news this Veterans Day for vets who live in California: Starting Thursday, the state will offer a special new “veteran” designation on driver licenses.

Advocates hope that will make it easier to find appropriate care for veterans who are injured or arrested.

It’s only a small addition to driver licenses: the word “veteran” next to the organ donor sticker. But to Vietnam-era Navy vet Donald ...

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California To Get Two More VA Cemeteries

Need for space in veterans’ cemeteries is growing nation-wide and California is no exception.

Michael Nacincik, with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, said there are nine VA cemeteries in California and plans to build two more in the Los Angeles and Alameda areas.

"These cemeteries will be close to urban cores where large numbers of veterans live and will allow people who may have chosen not to utilize ...

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Annual San Diego Veterans Day Parade To Highlight World War II Anniversary

The 70th anniversary of the end of World War II will be the theme of Wednesday's San Diego Veterans Day Parade.

The participants will step off at 11 a.m. near the County Administration Center and march down North Harbor Drive, ending up at Pacific Highway and G Street, according to organizers.

It's just one of several events taking place around San Diego County to honor those who ...

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Council Opposes Transfer Of Guantanamo Prisoners To Miramar

The San Diego City Council Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution opposing a potential transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.

President Barack Obama is reported to be finalizing plans to shut down the detention facility, which houses reputed terrorists at a Navy installation in Cuba, and moving the inmates to the U.S.

While MCAS Miramar appeared on a list of potential transfer sites in a ...

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16 San Diego County Schools Designated 'Military Friendly'

Sixteen colleges, trade schools and universities in San Diego County were designated "military friendly" schools in an annual list released Thursday.

Pittsburgh-based Victory Media, which operates military publications, put out its seventh annual list of military friendly schools, and 13th annual report on military friendly employers.

The organization rates companies and colleges on their programs to recruit and retain veterans and military spouses.

San Diego-area schools included on the list ...

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Injured Marine Veteran Rolls To Finish Line At Washington, D.C., Marathon

Riding a handcycle almost 4,000 miles from San Diego to Washington, D.C., would seem like a lofty goal for even the most adventurous. Ret. Marine Sgt. Toran Gaal, who accomplished that feat last summer, didn’t stop there. He returned to the nation’s capital this month to tack on another 26.2 miles in the 40th annual Marine Corps Marathon.

“(This race is) special to me — we ...

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Cause Of Deadly Helicopter Crash Identified

A helicopter crash that killed two Camp Pendleton Marines en route to Twentynine Palms earlier this year was caused by a loss of oil pressure and the crew's mistaken belief that a recently replaced sensor had given a faulty reading, it was reported Tuesday.

An improperly installed filter cover and the use of the wrong sealant caused a loss of oil pressure shortly before the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing ...

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Pilot Killed After Miramar-Based Jet Crashes In England

The pilot of a U.S. Marine Corps F-18 was killed Wednesday when the plane crashed near a British air base in eastern England, U.S. and British officials said.

The U.S. Embassy in London confirmed the death of the pilot, who was not immediately identified. No other casualties were reported.

The plane was an F-18C Hornet from Marine Attack Fighter Squadron 232 based in the Marine Corps Air ...

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San Diego Military Advisory Council Names New Executive Director

The San Diego Military Advisory Council Wednesday named retired Navy captain Randy Bogle as executive director.

Bogle will replace Larry Blumberg, who is retiring at the end of this year from the helm of the organization dedicated to helping civic and business leaders understand the role and impact of the military in San Diego.

"We knew it was going to be very difficult to find someone to replace Larry," said ...

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USS Roosevelt Begins Journey To San Diego

After more than six months of duty in the Middle East, the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt Tuesday began the voyage to San Diego — its new home port, according to the Navy.

As part of the journey, the "Big Stick" this week will take part in an exercise with Japanese and Indian forces in the Bay of Bengal.

During the Middle East deployment, air squadrons aboard the Roosevelt conducted more ...

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