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Camp Pendleton Marine Veteran Killed In Libya Hotel Attack (Video)

The only American killed in Tuesday's attack on a luxury hotel in Libya was a Marine Corps veteran who'd served at Camp Pendleton.

According to CNN, David Berry was one of ten people killed when gunmen stormed the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli. Five of dead were Libyans, four French, and Berry the sole American who lost his life.

Cliff Taylor, who is CEO of Crucible (a private security ...

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USS Green Bay Leaves San Diego For New Home In Japan (Video)

USS Green Bay (LPD 20) left San Diego on Monday for its new home of Sasebo, Japan.

The USS Green Bay, a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship, will replace the decommissioned USS Denver (LPD 9), an Austin-class amphibious transport dock ship.

The USS Green Bay will become part of the 7th Fleet's Forward Deployed Naval Forces.

And while the ship has always been homeported in San Diego, the ...

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Two Camp Pendleton Marines Killed In Helicopter Crash ID'ed

The two Camp Pendleton-based Marines killed Friday when their 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing UH-1Y Huey helicopter crashed have been identified as Capt. Elizabeth Kealey, 32, and 1st Lt. Adam Satterfield, 25.

Both Marines were assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 169.

Kealey, known as Betsy, was from the town of Indiana, Pa. According to a news release from the 3rd MAW, she commissioned in the Marine Corps May ...

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Two Camp Pendleton Marines Killed In Helicopter Crash At 29 Palms

Two Marines assigned to the Third Marine Aircraft Wing at Camp Pendleton were killed Friday when their UH-1Y Huey helicopter crashed aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms.

A news release from the 3rd MAW reports the crash took place at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Friday during a training exercise.

The military has not yet released the identities of the two fallen Marines.

3rd MAW Commanding ...

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USS Carl Vinson Crew Member Advises Aspiring Blue Angels (Video)

The Blue Angels are hiring new crew members. But exactly what does it take to make the Navy's elite flight demonstration squadron? One former Blue Angel now serving aboard the USS Carl Vinson has some words of advice for those aspiring to make the team.

Navy Lt. Holly Taylor works as the USS Carl Vinson's personnel officer. She served as administration officer for the Blue Angels from Sept ...

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Camp Pendleton's Sgt. Maj. Ronald Green Chosen As Top Enlisted Marine (Video)

I Marine Expeditionary Force Sergeant Major Ronald L. Green, who is based at Camp Pendleton, will serve as the 18th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps.

The new position will make Green the senior enlisted leader of the Marines.

Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford made the announcement on Tuesday, saying of Green:

“His dynamic leadership is well known throughout the ranks of our Corps. His wide range ...

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San Diego-Based Marines Training Iraqis In Fight Against ISIS

More than 300 U.S. troops from the newly formed Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force are helping to rebuild Iraq’s disintegrated army in the fight against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS.

The unit, made up of troops from Camp Pendleton, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar and Twentynine Palms, is training as many as 1,200 Iraqis in six-week blocks to prepare them for a counteroffensive ...

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Seat At State Of The Union Reserved For Imprisoned Camp Pendleton Marine Veteran

As President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address on Tuesday, Jan. 20, a seat will be empty in the House chamber. Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Michigan, reserved the chair for Marine Corps veteran Amir Hekmati, who has been held in an Iranian prison for more than three years.

Hekmati's family lives in Michigan, and Kildee represents them in Congress. Kildee told the Marine Corps Times he wants ...

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USS Peleliu Decommissioning Ceremony Slated For March

The U.S. Navy will hold a special decommissioning ceremony for the USS Peleliu on the morning of March 31, at Naval Base San Diego's Pier #7.

The Peleliu is the last ship of its kind (a Tarawa-class amphibious assault ship) and has been in service for almost 35 years.

During that service, the Peleliu embarked on 17 deployments, and covered more than one million miles.

According to the ...

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San-Diego Based Admiral Announces Retirement

The San Diego-based admiral in charge of all naval aviation will retire next week and be replaced by the commander of air operations over the Atlantic Ocean, the Navy announced Thursday.

Vice Adm. David Buss will step down as commander, naval air forces, on Jan. 22 and retire from the Navy following 36 years of service.

Over his career, the 1978 graduate of the Naval Academy led one of the ...

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AirAsia Search Ends For San Diego Ships USS Sampson and USS Fort Worth

As news comes that Indonesian navy divers have discovered the fuselage of AirAsia Flight 8501, so does the announcement that the USS Sampson and USS Fort Worth have concluded their participation in the search effort.

According to the U.S. Navy, the San Diego-based ships spent more than 650 search hours in the hunt for wreckage and bodies from the plane, which crashed into the Java Sea on Dec. 28 ...

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Prisoner Swap For Camp Pendleton Marine Veteran Held In Iran?

Amir Hekmati, a Marine Corps veteran who served at Camp Pendleton, has been held against his will in Iran for more than three years. Now his Michigan-based family says Iranian officials want to free him as part of a prisoner swap - an idea they oppose.

The New York Times reports Hekmati wrote a letter to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, made public by his family, that details what he says are ...

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USS Cape St. George To Return To San Diego

The guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George and Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 78 are scheduled to return to San Diego on Friday from a seven-month deployment to the Western Pacific and Indian oceans.

The Cape St. George's 350 officers and the "Blue Hawks" of HSM-78 took part in a biennial naval exercise around the Hawaiian islands known as RIMPAC — for the Rim of the Pacific — and conducted community relations ...

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Hagel Visits San Diego In Farewell Tour To Promote Next-Gen Bomber

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Tuesday vigorously endorsed an Air Force plan to build a next-generation strategic bomber, arguing that it would help deter nuclear war and preserve America's global pre-eminence.

"I think the long-range strike bomber is absolutely essential to keep our deterrent edge as we go into the next 25 years," Hagel told reporters after addressing a group of several hundred airmen at this B-2 stealth bomber ...

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AirAsia Search Through The Eyes Of A San Diego-Based Helicopter Crewman (Video)

When Naval Aircrewman 1st Class Joseph Jiardina departed San Diego on Oct. 31 aboard the USS Sampson for a scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific, there was no way he could've known he'd become a critical part of the search for wreckage and bodies after the crash of AirAsia Flight 8501 in the Java Sea on Dec. 28.

Jiardina is assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron Three Five ...

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