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Paralyzed Marine To Receive Bronze Star With Help From Exoskeleton (Video)

Camp Pendleton Marine Capt. Derek Herrera will receive the Bronze Star Friday at his retirement ceremony on base. Paralyzed by a sniper's bullet, Herrera will walk to accept his medal with the aid of his exoskeleton.

Herrera explained to The Associated Press:

"I could easily go and roll up in my wheelchair, but for me it's a mental and emotional goal that I set for myself: to stand ...

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Camp Pendleton Navy Corpsman To Be Awarded Navy Cross

The commanding general of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) will award Navy Chief Petty Officer Justin Wilson the Navy Cross at a Camp Pendleton ceremony on Nov. 25.

The Military Times reports Wilson, 36, works as a special amphibious reconnaissance corpsman assigned to MARSOC's 1st Marine Special Operation Battalion, which is based at Camp Pendleton.

Wilson was on his third deployment to Afghanistan, according ...

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USS Fort Worth Departs San Diego Monday For Record 16-Month Deployment (Video)

The USS Fort Worth will depart Naval Base San Diego on Monday for a 16-month deployment the longest for a Navy ship since 1973, when the USS Midway deployed for 327 days (about 10 months).

Stars and Stripes points out the Midway's epic deployment was with one crew. This will not be the case with the USS Fort Worth:

[T]he crew of 54, plus the 24-person aviation squadron ...

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Camp Pendleton Marine Hit With $2000 Phone Bill While Deployed (Video)

Camp Pendleton-based Marine Lance Cpl. Jordan Johnstone wasn't even halfway through his deployment at sea aboard the USS America when he was hit with a $2000 phone bill.

Johnstone, a native of Arizona, told Phoenix television station Channel 12 he believed that prior to his deployment, he had negotiated with AT&T to get the proper plan for calling while overseas. But that wasn't the case:

"I pull ...

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Camp Pendleton Brush Fire 100 Percent Contained

The brush fire that scorched a little more than seven acres on Camp Pendleton is now 100 percent contained, according to Camp Pendleton Scout:

The CP (Camp Pendleton) fire department will monitor the area through the evening.

The blaze ignited at 10:55 Tuesday morning in the Juliet impact area on the southeastern side of base.

The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning for San Diego's inland ...

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Camp Pendleton Marines Return From Afghanistan Thursday (Video)

As the 13-year-long war in Afghanistan draws down, the last Camp Pendleton Marines and sailors to serve in that conflict are slated to return home Thursday.

The homecoming is planned for 1:30 p.m. PST.

The Washington Post reports the Marines' "formal mission" in Afghanistan ended with the transfer of Camp Leatherneck and Great Britain's Camp Bastion to the Afghan military on Oct. 26.

The final U.S ...

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Camp Pendleton's 1st Female Sergeant of the Guard Running For Congress

More female veterans are running for Congress this year than ever before, according to The Hill:

Only five female military veterans have ever served in Congress, including Reps. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), a lieutenant colonel in the Army National Guard, and Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), an Army National Guard captain.

Both are expected to win reelection, and 11 other female military veterans are vying to join them.

That includes Marine Corps veteran ...

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Fired Navy Leader Kissed And Propositioned Female Sailors For Sex

An enlightening report obtained by the Navy Times found Command Master Chief James Shumate had a "history of repeatedly asking women to go home with him regardless of rank, command, or marital/relationship status."

Shumate, 45, lost his job in June as the top enlisted sailor at Naval Air Station Lemoore's Strike Fighter Squadron 86. According to a Navy news release from June 3:

Shumate was found guilty of ...

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USS Sampson Departs San Diego On Halloween For Deployment To Western Pacific (Video)

The USS Sampson is slated to depart San Diego on Friday for a scheduled independent deployment to the Western Pacific.

The USS Sampson, a guided missile destroyer, is assigned to Destroyer Squadron Two Three (DESRON) 23, as are the 300 sailors who make up the Sampson's crew.

Cmdr. Steven Foley, commanding officer of Sampson, said his sailors have worked diligently to prepare the ship for deployment:

"I am very ...

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One Dead After Military Jet Crashes Near Port Hueneme (Video)

A Hawker Hunter MK-58 military jet crashed Wednesday in the Ventura County city of Port Hueneme, killing the pilot.

Kimberly Gearhart with Naval Base Ventura County told Los Angeles television station KTLA-TV the aircraft flew out of Point Mugu Naval Air Station.

The pilot was a civilian who was employed by the defense contractor Hunter Aviation International, Inc.

The Los Angeles Times reports the Hawker Hunter MK-58 went down east ...

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Pentagon Reclassifies Death Of Miramar Marine Cpl. Jordan Spears

The Department of Defense announced Tuesday it has reclassified the death of Marine Corps Cpl. Jordan L. Spears, 21, as in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

The Pentagon initially classified Spears's death on Oct. 1 as "a non-global war on terrorism casualty."

Spears was assigned to Marine Tiltrotor Squadron 163, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.

He ...

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Camp Pendleton Marine Veteran Runs For Congress (Video)

After four deployments to Iraq, Congress should be a piece of cake, right? That's what former Marine Corps Capt. Seth Moulton is hoping. The Massachusetts native wants to represent his state's 6th congressional district in what would be his first foray into politics.

Moulton, 35, told the Military Times he was inspired to run for office while serving overseas:

“When I was in Iraq, after a tough day ...

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Death Of California Marine In Iraq Under Investigation

The military is investigating the death of Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Sean P. Neal, 19, of Riverside, California.

A Department of Defense announcement states he was killed on Oct. 23 in Baghdad, Iraq, in a "non-combat related incident."

According to Neal's Facebook page, he lived in Twentynine Palms, and was a graduate of La Sierra High School in Riverside.

The Washington Examiner reports Neal is the first member of ...

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Ex-Camp Pendleton Marine Now Alleged Indiana Serial Killer

Alleged serial killer Darren Vann was "prematurely discharged" from the Marine Corps in the early 1990s, according to military records obtained by the Austin-American Statesman.

The Corps found that Vann, now suspected of murdering at least seven women in Indiana, had a character "incongruent with Marine Corps’ expectations and standards."

Vann, 43, enlisted in the Marines in 1991 and was out by 1993. He was based at Camp Pendleton, as ...

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USS Carl Vinson Takes Over Airstrike Campaign From USS George H. W. Bush (Video)

This past weekend, the San Diego-based USS Carl Vinson took over responsibility for the airstrike campaign against ISIS from the USS George H. W. Bush, which has been in the Persian Gulf since June.

USS Carl Vinson Commanding Officer Capt. Karl O. Thomas wrote on the Vinson Facebook page on Oct. 17:

"(Saturday), the Air Wing will have their first set of flights in the Arabian Gulf. Now that the ...

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