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Active Shooter Alert On Camp Pendleton Was False Alarm

An alert that went out Monday morning to Camp Pendleton personnel about an "active shooter" situation on the North County military station turned out to be a false alarm, officials said.

The emergency advisory was transmitted via a government computer system, said Cpl. Shaltiel Dominguez, a base spokesman.

Dominguez said he did not know how long the notification was out before it was rescinded, or whether it resulted in any ...

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Navy To Limit Some Training That Harms Whales In Pacific

The Navy agreed to limit its use of sonar and other training that inadvertently harms whales, dolphins and other marine mammals off Hawaii and California in a settlement with environmental groups approved Monday.

A centerpiece of the agreement signed by a federal judge in Honolulu includes limits or bans on mid-frequency active sonar and explosives in specified areas around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California, Earthjustice attorney David Henkin said ...

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Two San Diego Organizations Awarded Grants For Veterans Services

A pair of San Diego-based organizations that provide services to veterans were awarded a combined $2.9 million in federal grants, it was announced Monday.

Veterans Village of San Diego received $1 million and Community Catalysts California received $1.9 million from the federal Supportive Services for Veteran Families program. The Community Catalysts California grant will cover services in San Diego, Imperial and Riverside counties.

The Supportive Services for Veteran ...

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6 Marines Injured In Crash Remain In Critical Condition

Six of the 18 Camp Pendleton Marines injured when a seven-ton truck overturned on the North County military installation remained in critical condition Friday, and eight others were listed as stable.

One Marine was killed when the Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement crashed on Basilone Road early Thursday afternoon. The crash involved personnel with the 1st Marine Division, according to unit public affairs officer 1st Lt. Colleen McFadden.

"After this tragic ...

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Developer Explains Navy Broadway Project Changes In Downtown San Diego

Construction on a proposed Navy headquarters on San Diego’s waterfront faces one more legal hurdle before it could move forward.

Legal challenges have kept the $1.2 billion project at bay, ever since Navy leaders introduced it in the 1980s.

The California Coastal Commission agreed to settle with project developer Doug Manchester on Aug. 27.

Only one lawsuit remains, filed by the Broadway Navy Complex Coalition. Should the developer ...

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San Diego Company Aims To Curb VA Wait Times

A new center opened in San Diego to help vets find care outside the VA. The opening comes a little more than a year after Congress created the Veterans Choice Program to help cut long wait times.

TriWest Healthcare Alliance made the announcement before its staff of 250 people at its operations center in Rancho Bernardo on Tuesday. TriWest is operating in 28 states. It is one of the companies ...

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USS George Washington Leaves San Diego Following Delay

The aircraft carrier USS George Washington left San Diego Tuesday following a nearly month-long visit to take part in a three-flattop swap of home ports and crews.

The George Washington was originally set to depart Friday but was delayed because of mechanical issues, according to the Navy.

The carrier was based in Japan for seven years before coming to San Diego. The ship will take part in exercises with the ...

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Jury Selection Scheduled In Case Of Slain Marine Wife From Fallbrook

Jury selection is scheduled to get under way Tuesday in the trial of three people accused in the torture-murder of a 22-year-old woman from Fallbrook — the wife of a U.S. Marine — who investigators said was the victim of a sex and bondage game that turned deadly.

Louis Ray Perez, 49, Dorothy Maraglino, 40, and Jessica Lynn Lopez, 28, are charged in the 2012 death of Brittany Killgore. She was ...

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USS George Washington To Leave San Diego For Training, Refueling

The USS George Washington, one of the aircraft carriers taking part in a three-way swap of home ports, is scheduled to leave San Diego Friday for training and nuclear refueling.

The George Washington was based in Japan for seven years before coming to San Diego last month.

After the George Washington and the guided-missile destroyers USS Chafee and USS McFaul leave, they will take part in Southern Seas 2015, a ...

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Carrier USS Ronald Reagan Leaves San Diego, Bound For Japan

After 11 years in San Diego, the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan Monday began a voyage to its new home port in Japan.

The Reagan is one of three aircraft carriers taking part in a swap of home ports. The USS George Washington left Japan, and following a stop here, is destined for Virginia, where it will undergo a nuclear power refueling.

The USS Theodore Roosevelt, which had been located ...

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Defense Contractors Still See A Market In San Diego

A number of defense contractors are in San Diego for the 27th annual Navy Gold Coast conference, which began Tuesday.

Organizers said the market for defense contractors is still off the high of 2012. But areas such as cyber defense still provide opportunities for companies, even as the overall defense budget continues to shrink.

“I think a lot of companies are staying smaller longer," said Jim Lasswell who owns INDUS ...

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Former Camp Pendleton Marine Convicted Of Assaulting Colleague

A former Marine was convicted of sneaking into the Camp Pendleton apartment of a female Marine he didn't know and sexually assaulting her as she slept.

Pedro Javier Orellana, 24, is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 30 by U.S. District Judge Larry Burns.

A federal jury Thursday found Orellana guilty of one count of sexual abuse of an incapacitated victim.

The defendant, who had been released on ...

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Navy, San Diego Energy Execs Celebrate Solar Deal

The Navy, federal Western Area Power Administration and executives of San Diego-based Sempra U.S. Gas & Power Thursday celebrated a deal to provide solar energy to 14 naval and Marine Corps installations.

The Navy will receive 210 megawatts of power from the Mesquite Solar 3 plant, which Sempra will construct beginning this month 60 miles west of Phoenix.

"The collaboration on Mesquite Solar 3 is a triumph of innovative problem ...

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4 Navy Sailors Parachute Off Coronado Bridge; Cited By Police

Four sailors who parachuted off the Coronado Bridge were issued citations, authorities said Thursday.

A San Diego police officer watched as the Navy personnel plunged from the 200-foot-high bridge separating San Diego and Coronado and alerted Harbor police shortly before 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to San Diego police. The sailors had a boat waiting in the San Diego Bay below.

Harbor police officers cited the jumpers and released ...

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Civilian Contractor Admits To Stealing Property From Camp Pendleton

A former civilian contractor admitted Tuesday that he stole thousands of dollars worth of property from the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base.

James Dean Salmon, 47, is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 16 in federal court in San Diego.

Salmon, of Escondido, admitted in his plea that he exploited his position as a civilian contractor to cause unnecessary purchases of equipment. In doing so, Salmon would falsely represent functioning equipment ...

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U.S. Coast Guard Announces Record Maritime Cocaine Seizures

U.S. Coast Guard personnel offloaded more than 33 tons of impounded cocaine at the San Diego Harbor waterfront Monday, a record take seized from seafaring traffickers over the last 10 months.

The bales of contraband carried into the bay by the USCG cutter Stratton was part of an overall 119,000 pounds of the illicit drug confiscated by U.S. and allied forces operating in the Eastern Pacific Ocean ...

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USS George Washington Arrives In San Diego

The aircraft carrier USS George Washington arrived Monday in San Diego, where most of the crew will swap places with sailors assigned to the USS Ronald Reagan.

The 10-day switch will start off a complicated swap involving three flattops over the next few months.

The Reagan crew will sail the George Washington around the tip of South America and end up in Virginia, where the vessel will undergo an extended ...

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Lessons Learned From Training Iraqi Troops To Fight ISIS

It's been a year since President Barack Obama sent U.S. advisers to Iraq to help its soldiers fight back against the self-proclaimed Islamic State. Among those still deployed as trainers are Marines from the I Marine Expeditionary Force based at Camp Pendleton.

Lt. Gen. David H. Berger, commanding general of I Marine Expeditionary Force, said the decision to help Iraq in its fight against the Islamic State was ...

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San Diego County Veterans Expo Strives To Handle Volume

San Diego County on Monday sponsored a Veterans, Military and Families Benefit Expo at the War Memorial in Balboa Park.

Educating 1.2 million veterans about their benefits can be challenging, especially since the number of veterans grows so rapidly, organizers said.

"We get between 300 and 500 transitioning service members per month, coming out of the big major military bases here," said Timothy Mathues, senior human resources analyst for ...

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