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Navy Decommissions USS Peleliu In San Diego Ceremony

The Navy Tuesday decommissioned the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu — known as the "Iron Nickel" — in a ceremony at Naval Base San Diego.

The 820-foot-long vessel, which called San Diego and Long Beach home during its nearly 35 years of service, deployed 17 times and steamed more than 1 million nautical miles, according to the Navy. Its final deployment ended last Christmas Eve when it pulled into San Diego Bay ...

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Navy: No Evidence Of ISIS Threat

The Navy announced Thursday that no evidence of an operational plan or imminent threat has been uncovered since a list of personnel — including four aboard a San Diego-based warship — was posted on a website believed to be friendly to the Islamic State.

The list that included names, photos and purported addresses came to light last weekend, and included four aviation officers on the USS Carl Vinson. The deployed aircraft carrier ...

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Navy Identifies SEAL Killed In Training Accident

Navy officials say a SEAL killed when his parachute malfunctioned during training in Riverside County was a 29-year-old Colorado man who completed basic training to become a SEAL last year.

Naval Special Warfare Group One said Thursday that Jason Kortz of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, died from injuries sustained during the accident near Perris on Wednesday. The Navy is investigating why the parachute malfunctioned. It released no further details.

Naval Special ...

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Navy SEAL Dies In Training Accident Near Perris

A Navy SEAL was killed in a parachute jump accident in Riverside County on Wednesday, Navy officials said.

Two officials said the SEAL's parachute malfunctioned during training near Perris.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to provide details beyond a brief statement issued by Naval Special Warfare Group One, which is the Coronado-based SEALs group to which the sailor was assigned.

The Naval ...

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Afghanistan’s First Female Air Force Pilot Calls San Diego Visit ‘Awesome’

Afghanistan's first female Air Force pilot of a fixed-wing aircraft is on a fast-paced visit to the United States this week. She’s met first lady Michelle Obama and received an International Women of Courage Award from the U.S. Secretary of State’s Office.

But Capt. Niloofar Rahmani, 23, said getting to visit San Diego has been the “most awesome” part of the trip. And not just because ...

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Camp Pendleton Tests Ability To Deploy 50,000 Troops

Camp Pendleton Marines are testing their ability to deploy 50,000 troops in the event of a combat emergency.

The 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of Camp Pendleton, usually deploys on a much smaller scale, such as the 2,200 Marines with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit returning to San Diego on Monday, or the Special Purpose Ground Air Task Force of 2,300 currently in the Middle East ...

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Michigan Marine Dies In Training At Camp Pendleton

The family of a southeastern Michigan Marine says the 25-year-old was killed in a training accident at Camp Pendleton in California.

The Monroe News says that Pfc. Clinton James of Maybee was a 2008 graduate of Dundee High School.

Jessica Horton says her stepbrother died after the accidental discharge of a weapon during training this week. She says the family hasn't yet learned details about James' death.

The Associated ...

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Even The Devil Can't Fool A Dog - Part 12

Carlos had also to come to terms with the fact that his life after the Marine Corps looked nothing like he thought it would when he enlisted as a kid.

“In Chicago I was a punk teenager, and I needed change. The Marine Corps was a way out. Where I was headed in my life, it was a bad route. I joined the Marine Corps to stay alive. I was ...

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Even The Devil Can't Fool A Dog - Part 11

Our sleepy, overcast Sunday morning eased into a sunny afternoon, and Carlos and Logan were headed off to see a Padres baseball game in downtown San Diego - an invitation from a fellow Marine.

Carlos told me he and Logan had been to only one public sporting event since he returned from Iraq. It was another Padres game, and the experience drained him.

“It’s not easy. I don’t go ...

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Even The Devil Can't Fool A Dog - Part 10

As our conversation at the Carlsbad coffee house winded down, a palm frond fell from a tree onto a nearby table.

The loud bang quieted the patio of voices, until the embarrassed laughter of diners being scared over nothing broke the silence.

I turned back to face Carlos. He was looking down at his hands. Logan had moved from his comfortable position beneath the table, and was now resting his ...

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Even The Devil Can't Fool A Dog - Part 9

Meribeth Russell sited a statistic about Freedom Dogs of which she is most proud.

“Nothing is guaranteed, and there are always people you wish you could’ve done a little more for. They’re like family and we follow them for life. But I can tell you we’re 100 percent in one regard- not one of our participants has committed suicide.”

I found this statistic particularly impressive, considering the ...

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Even The Devil Can't Fool A Dog - Part 8

When Carlos first started attending training sessions at Freedom Dogs, he felt he didn’t fit in. Big reason: Carlos was afraid of dogs. He didn’t like them, and he believed they didn’t like him. In the tough, gang-infested Chicago streets where Carlos grew up, dogs were treated more as weapons than pets.

A big part of Freedom Dogs is getting a shell-shocked troop to trust him or ...

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Even The Devil Can't Fool A Dog - Part 7

A critical care nurse and veteran’s daughter named Meribeth Russell started Freedom Dogs in 2006.

Russell got the idea when she participated in a hospital study that found obese children who were able to bond with a therapy dog had an easier time losing weight.

Russell decided to translate that study into something that could help the disabled veterans returning from Iraq. She pleaded with the leadership at Camp ...

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Even The Devil Can't Fool A Dog - Part 6

Without the distractions of combat, symptoms of PTSD began plaguing Carlos’s everyday life. He began to drink heavily to blot out the depression and anxiety he was feeling.

And the guilt.

When Carlos was in Iraq, he didn’t know the villagers were mostly uneducated and illiterate. The Iraqis traveling the road it was his job to protect couldn’t read the signs posted by the American military.

The ...

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