San Diego Military Installations


Officials Identify Marine Found Dead At Camp Pendleton

Military authorities released the name Tuesday of a 19-year-old Marine who died of a gunshot wound to the head at a Camp Pendleton firearms-training facility.

Lance Cpl. Dominic Schraft of Vienna, Missouri, was found mortally wounded at Marksmanship Training Range 214 on the grounds of the northern San Diego County Marine Corps station about 6 a.m. Monday, said 1st Lt. Colleen McFadden, public affairs officer for the 1st Marine ...

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Marine Found Dead At Camp Pendleton

A Marine suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the head at a Camp Pendleton firearms-training facility Monday, military officials reported.

The victim was found mortally wounded at Marksmanship Training Range 214 on the grounds of the northern San Diego County Marine Corps station about 6 a.m., said 1st Lt. Colleen McFadden, public affairs officer for the 1st Marine Division.

The circumstances of the shooting were under investigation, and the ...

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Blue Angels To Fly Over Miramar During Weekend Show

A flyover of downtown San Diego and Petco Park by the Navy's Blue Angels flight demonstration team Thursday heralded the arrival of this weekend's Miramar Air Show.

The F/A-18 jets made their pass as the Padres got ready to play their final home game of the baseball season.

Beginning Friday, the Blue Angels will take part in the annual festival of flight, which runs through Sunday at ...

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Widows Of Killed U.S. Navy Pilots Sue

The widows of two pilots killed when a wave swept their helicopter off a U.S. Navy destroyer filed a lawsuit in San Diego Monday, alleging the Navy and others knew of design flaws in certain Navy ships and their helicopter landing platforms.

The federal lawsuit, filed on behalf of Theresa Jones, Christina Gibson and their children, asks a court to declare the ships in question unreasonably dangerous and order ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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