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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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Veterans Affairs Officials Say Improvements Made In San Diego System

San Diego Veterans Affairs officials on Monday said they've made improvements for patients.

The VA San Diego Healthcare System has seven clinics throughout San Diego County and changes have been made since criticism arose of the health care for veterans.

In the past six months, the local agency said it has converted 100 staff parking spaces to patient parking.

"We know we have to ensure that veterans who come ...

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USS San Diego Gets New Commander

The Navy announced Friday that Capt. Carl Meuser assumed command of the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego, which is based at its namesake city.

Meuser succeeded Capt. John Menoni in a ceremony Thursday aboard the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum. Menoni, who commanded the San Diego during its maiden deployment, was skipper for about a year and a half.

Meuser, an Oklahoma native, previously commanded the destroyer USS ...

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Oil Leak Caused Marine Jet Crash In Imperial

An oil leak caused a Marine fighter jet to crash in an Imperial neighborhood last year, setting several homes on fire and destroying the aircraft, it was reported Monday.

The AV-8B Harrier went down on June 4, 2014, after a crack in an oil drain tank caused a leak that sparked a fire, engine failure and total loss of flight control, according to a Marine investigative report.

The document was ...

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Navy Announces New Commander For U.S. Third Fleet

Vice Adm. Nora Tyson Friday became the first female commander of the U.S. Third Fleet, succeeding Vice Adm. Kenny Floyd at a ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.

Most recently, Tyson was deputy commander of the U.S. Fleet Forces Command.

Previously, the Memphis native commanded the USS George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group on its maiden deployment and was the skipper of the amphibious assault ...

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Last Frigate On West Coast Decommissioned

The last frigate on the West Coast was decommissioned Thursday at Naval Base San Diego at a ceremony attended by former commanders and crew.

The USS Gary returned to San Diego in April from its final deployment, in which it patrolled for drug smugglers off Central America.

The Navy is retiring its frigate fleet in favor of more modern littoral combat ships, which are designed for combat in coastal waters ...

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Navy SEAL, Sailors Injured In Nevada Plane Crash

A small plane crashed near Henderson Executive Airport in Nevada on Sunday, leaving two people critically hurt and two others with minor injuries.

Authorities say the single-engine Piper PA-28 Cherokee crashed around 1:20 p.m. about 3 miles south of the airport.

A fire ignited after the crash, and the plane is a total loss, said Clark County Department of Aviation spokesman Paul Bobson.

All four occupants were transported ...

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975 Homeless Veterans Get Help At San Diego's Stand Down

Volunteers at the 28th annual National Stand Down provided services to 975 homeless veterans, according to Veterans Village of San Diego, which organized the three-day event.

This year also saw higher numbers of women and dependent children in need of help, according to the VVSD.

"Nearly 50 percent of the active-duty military has dependent spouses or children," said VVSD President and CEO Phil Landis. "It is disappointing, but not surprising ...

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Stand Down Event Kicks Off Weekend Of Helping Homeless Veterans

Homeless veterans received food, clothing, medical and dental care as the 28th Stand Down — an annual event to help indigent vets in San Diego — got underway Friday at San Diego High School.

The campus' athletic field transforms into a giant, temporary MASH unit where homeless veterans can securely house their personal possessions and even some of their most precious cargo.

"Currently we have seven cats and 13 dogs in our ...

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San Diego's Stand Down Event For Veterans To Begin Friday

Stand Down, an annual event that provides shelter and services for homeless veterans in San Diego, is scheduled to begin Friday.

Homeless veterans at the 28th Stand Down will receive food, clothing, showers, medical and dental care over the next three days on the upper athletic fields at San Diego High School.

They will also be able to take advantage of a special court for the homeless, recovery services, employment ...

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Official: 4 Marines Killed In Military Attacks In Tennessee

A gunman unleashed a barrage of fire at a recruiting center and another U.S. military site a few miles apart in Chattanooga on Thursday, killing at least four Marines, officials said. The attacker was also killed.

Federal authorities said they were investigating the possibility it was an act of terrorism.

A U.S. official speaking on condition of anonymity identified the gunman as 24-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez of Hixson ...

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Medal Of Honor Soldier Receives Long-Overdue Military Burial In San Diego

A Medal of Honor hero once forgotten, is remembered.

Army Sgt. Charles Schroeter was a cavalryman from the Civil War era. Thursday, he was given the war hero recognition he earned nearly 150 years ago.

Hundreds paid their respects to Schroeter at the Miramar National Cemetery, including two Medal of Honor recipients, veterans young and old, and three-dozen Army members from Forthood Texas and Fort Irwin California.

"Today we bring ...

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Remains Of Civil War Soldier Brought To Miramar National Cemetery

The cremated remains of an Army Medal of Honor winner that had been in an unmarked crypt in San Diego since 1921 were delivered to the Miramar National Cemetery Wednesday in preparation for burial with full military honors Thursday.

Sgt. Charles Schroeter will become the first person with the military's highest award to be laid to rest at the newer of San Diego's military cemeteries. A brief ceremony ...

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USS Higgins Leaves San Diego For Western Pacific Ocean

The guided-missile destroyer USS Higgins left San Diego today on an independent deployment to the Western Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean and Middle East.

The Navy reported that the Higgins and its crew of more than 300 sailors will maintain the Navy's presence in the region and conduct goodwill activities with partner nations.

The Higgins provides anti-air, anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare capabilities and can operate independently or with an associated ...

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Sailor Who Died On San Diego-Based USS Essex Identified

A sailor who died aboard the San Diego-based USS Essex was a 38-year-old senior chief petty officer, the Navy announced Wednesday.

Jason May, of Chesterfield, Michigan, complained of chest pains and collapsed during routine operations Monday, according to the Navy. Medical personnel were unable to revive him.

The amphibious assault ship left San Diego in May and is deployed in the Middle East, along with the amphibious dock landing ship ...

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