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Camp Pendleton Marine Finds Strength In Furry Companion

From I Marine Expeditionary Force:

While deployed to Afghanistan, Cpl. Joey Nunez experienced one the most dangerous events of his life. However, he is forever grateful that his companion, Vicky, was with him.

Nunez, a military working dog handler with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion, was wounded during a patrol. He said that having his dog by his side helped him calm down and keep the situation under control.

Over the ...

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USS Coronado Commissioning Ceremony Set For Saturday (Video)

The long-awaited commissioning ceremony for the future USS Coronado is scheduled to take place Saturday morning at Naval Air Station, North Island.

As Home Post previously reported, the Navy's newest littoral combat ship arrived in San Diego on March 6. En route to its homeport, the Coronado made port visits in Guantanamo Bay, Colombia, Panama, and Mexico.

It even had a close encounter with a pod of gray whales ...

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What Do We Know About The Fort Hood Gunman?

A picture is beginning to emerge of 34-year-old Army Spc. Ivan Lopez, who officials have said is the man who opened fire Wednesday at Fort Hood, killing at least three people and wounding another 16 before apparently taking his own life.

As details about him emerge, and if some things that officials say turn out to have been mistaken, we'll update. Meanwhile, here's a quick look at what ...

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Fort Hood Shooter Had Mental Health Issues, Says General (Video)

Four people are dead and 16 others are injured after a shooting at Fort Hood in Texas, according to NBC News.

Fort Hood Commanding Officer Lt. Gen. Mark Milley told reporters at a news conference Wednesday evening that the shooter was one of the four fatalities.

Milley said the suspect had served four months in Iraq in 2011, and was under diagnosis for PTSD and was taking medication:

“[He] had ...

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US Troops Looking For Jobs May Find Them In Australia's Military

The budget for Australia's military - the Australian Defence Force - is expected to double over the next decade. That means Aussie military recruiters are looking overseas to fill military jobs like fast jet pilots, air combat officers, and electrical engineers, reports the Stars and Stripes.

National recruitment efforts just aren't filling up all the slots, according to ADF's Defence Jobs "Recruitment Centre" website:

"We are looking for serving ...

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Hagel: Finding Malaysia Airlines MH370 Has "Big Limitations" (Video)

The epic search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will be one of the main topics Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel plans to discuss when he meets with fellow defense chiefs at the upcoming Association of Southeast Asian Nations conference.

Hagel said en route to the conference that the search for the missing airliner has "big limitations" to being successful.

While not openly criticizing the Malaysian government, Hagel explained the search effort ...

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Sesame Street App For Military Kids Helps Ease Stress Of Moving

A new mobile app featuring familiar Sesame Street characters aims to help ease the stress of moving to an unfamiliar new home.

It's estimated children in military families move six to nine times between kindergarten and high school. Dr. Kelly Blasko, psychologist at the National Center for Telehealth and Technology, explains how the app can help...

"Moving can be stressful, and kids need to express feelings and say goodbye ...

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No U.S. Military Combat Deaths In March, A First Since 2003

The Department of Defense's casualty report for March shows no member of the United States military died in combat.

Time magazine reports it's the first time an entire month has passed since February 2003 without a U.S. military fatality in either Iraq or Afghanistan.

CNN Librarian Lindsey Knight calculated there have been just two months besides March 2014 that no American troops died in combat in Afghanistan ...

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3 Camp Pendleton Marines Stabbed Coming To Aid Of Woman (Video)

Two Camp Pendleton Marines are in the hospital this morning, and a third Marine recovering at home, after the three were stabbed breaking up a street fight.

Huntington Beach police Lt. Mitch O’Brien told The Associated Press the Marines were trying to help a woman wearing an Angels jersey, who was involved in an altercation with two male Dodgers fans.

The altercation took place early Sunday in a Huntington ...

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US Naval Academy Student Dies In Skateboarding Accident

Midshipman 3rd Class Hans Loewen, 20, died March 29 after suffering a massive head injury in a freak accident, according to USA Today. Loewen, a sophomore at the U.S. Naval Academy, was skateboarding (wearing a helmet) when he fell and was run over by a car.

Loewen's death comes just days after the death of a fellow Naval Academy student. Midshipman 4th Class Will McKamey, 19, passed away ...

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Camp Pendleton Marines Deploying Tuesday To Australia (Video)

Marines and sailors assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment will depart Camp Pendleton on Tuesday for a six-month deployment to Australia, as part of Marine Rotational Force-Darwin.

A little background on Marine Rotational Force-Darwin: Back in 2011, President Obama and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced U.S. Marines would be deployed to Australia in six month rotations, with the goal of establishing a rotational 2,500-person Marine ...

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A Promise Broken? Pentagon May Close Some Commissaries

Defense Department officials have promised for months that while budget cuts might mean higher prices at commissaries, the doors of the military grocery stores would remain open. Now, it seems some commissaries may close after all.

Stars and Stripes reports during a congressional hearing this week, Frederick Vollrath, assistant secretary of defense for readiness and force management, testified that raising prices at commissaries may ultimately lead to closures:

“It’s ...

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San Diego Study Looks At Impact Of War On Children

The wounds of war can have effects across generations. That's according to a first-of-its-kind study on the children of seriously wounded veterans.

The investigation, conducted by the Caster Family Center at the University of San Diego, focused on the kids of military personnel who were wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. The research finds that if the challenges faced by the kids of wounded warriors are not addressed, they could ...

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US Navy Sends 2nd Search Plane To Find Malaysia Airlines MH370 (Video)

As the search intensifies in the southern Indian Ocean for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, the U.S. Navy is sending a second P-8 Poseidon Patrol aircraft to Australia to help pinpoint the location of what is believed to be the debris field of the missing airplane.

The 7th Fleet reports the P-8 Poseidon will fly from Okinawa in Japan to Perth, Australia on March 28.

According to Cmdr. Tom Moneymaker ...

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Navy Sailor Killed In Norfolk Shooting ID'ed (Video)

The Navy has identified the sailor killed in Monday's shooting at Naval Station Norfolk as Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Mark A. Mayo, 24.

Capt. Robert Clark, Commanding Officer of Naval Station Norfolk, told WAVY-TV that Mayo sacrificed his life for a female sailor in danger:

“He jumped into the way, between the gunman and petty officer of the watch. She fell to the ground. He covered her and gave his ...

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Navy To Ban Tobacco Sales On Bases And Ships?

Buying a pack of cigarettes on a Navy base or ship may soon be a thing of the past. Navy officials are considering banning the sale of all tobacco products as a way of improving the "culture of fitness" in the service, unnamed Pentagon sources told The Navy Times.

While the Defense Department would not confirm a ban was imminent, Navy spokeswoman Lt. Cmdr. Sarah Flaherty told the paper...

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Navy Commander From California Killed In Washington Mudslide (Video)

The brothers of U.S. Navy Cmdr. L. John Regelbrugge III, 49, found his body Tuesday, making the Regelbrugge one of at least 24 people killed in the Washington state mudslide.

Regelbrugge's sister-in-law, Jackie Leighton of Vacaville, Calif., told the Seattle Times Regelbrugge was found next to his dog. His wife Kris is still missing:

“They were both home when the slide hit, but they haven’t found her ...

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2,000 Camp Pendleton Marines Train Near San Luis Obispo (Video)

Roughly 2,000 Marines from Camp Pendleton are training this week at Fort Hunter Liggett and Camp Roberts along California's central coast.

Marine Lt. Col. Stephen Mount told The Salinas Californian that 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit is spending two weeks training in the area because its terrain is unfamiliar to the Marines.

According to 11th MEU public affairs, the goal of the training is to create a chaotic environment ...

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Navy Chaplain From California Dies After Surgery

A Navy chaplain from Irvine, Calif. died in Italy from complications after surgery. Deputy Chaplain (Lt. Cmdr.) John Keith, 49, passed away Saturday night in an Italian hospital in Naples after being transferred from a nearby Naval hospital.

Keith served at Naval Support Activity Naples. Base Chaplain (Cmdr.) Manuel Biadog told Stars and Stripes:

“He is very well-known and well-loved by the community, and he’s leaving a huge hole ...

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