Camp Pendleton


Cause Of Deadly Helicopter Crash Identified

A helicopter crash that killed two Camp Pendleton Marines en route to Twentynine Palms earlier this year was caused by a loss of oil pressure and the crew's mistaken belief that a recently replaced sensor had given a faulty reading, it was reported Tuesday.

An improperly installed filter cover and the use of the wrong sealant caused a loss of oil pressure shortly before the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing ...

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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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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Dominguez said he did not know how long the notification was out before it was rescinded, or whether it resulted in any ...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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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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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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Women Make History At Camp Pendleton, Train For Combat Roles

On a recent morning at a Camp Pendleton beach, Marine Sgt. Zarina Flemming hoisted a 200-pound tow bar with a fellow Marine.

She normally serves in an administrative role, but the 27-year-old wife and mother of a toddler is part of a yearlong experiment to determine whether women have what it takes to serve in ground combat roles.

She has spent the past 12 months with massive armored amphibious vehicles ...

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Peralta Family Accepts Navy Cross For Their Late Son At Camp Pendleton

The family of Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta accepted their late son's Navy Cross Monday, even though they would have preferred the Medal of Honor.

San Diegan Peralta was killed in Falluja, Iraq in 2004. He was shot in the head and then, his fellow combatants say he smothered a grenade with his body to absorb the blast.

A host of veterans, including Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., pushed to have ...

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Camp Pendleton Remembers Marines Killed In Nepal

Family members and military colleagues of six U.S. Marines killed in a helicopter crash last month in earthquake-ravaged Nepal gathered Wednesday for a memorial service at Camp Pendleton.

The UH-1Y Huey attached to Marine Light Helicopter Squadron 469 went down about eight miles north of the town of Charikot on a steep Himalayan mountainside hours after a magnitude-7.3 temblor struck the region on May 12. The wreckage of ...

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2nd Marine Dies Of Injuries Suffered In Military Plane Crash

A second Marine has died of injuries he suffered when a hybrid military aircraft crashed last weekend during a training exercise in Hawaii, the Marine Corps said Wednesday.

Capt. Brian Block said in a statement that the Marine's next-of-kin have been notified, and his identity will be released later. The crash also killed Lance Cpl. Joshua Barron, 24, of Spokane, Washington.

The MV-22B Osprey, which can fly like a ...

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Camp Pendleton Marine Convicted Of Rape, Assault

A Camp Pendleton Marine who raped and sexually assaulted six women along El Cajon Boulevard over a five-year period was convicted Monday of eight felony charges.

A jury found Ted Amparan guilty of rape, assault with intent to commit rape and kidnapping for rape after a trial that lasted 2 1/2 weeks. He faces 83 years to life in prison when he is sentenced July 7.

Deputy District Attorney ...

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Camp Pendleton Helicopter Missing In Nepal Earthquake Aid Mission

A U.S. military helicopter from Camp Pendleton carrying six Marines and two Nepalese Army soldiers went missing during a mission in Nepal delivering aid to earthquake victims, U.S. defense officials said Tuesday, but so far there have been no indications that the aircraft crashed.

The UH-1Y Huey disappeared over the town of Charikot, according to a statement from Army Maj. Dave Eastburn, spokesman for U.S. Pacific Command ...

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Camp Pendleton-Based Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing In Los Angeles County

A Marine Apache helicopter based in Camp Pendleton made an emergency landing Monday on a dry spot in the Los Angeles River in South Gate.

Ismael Ververa of the South Gate Police Department told CNN that officers responding to the incident found the helicopter landed safely and no injuries were reported.

Ververa said the two pilots noted that they "discovered electrical issues with the aircraft."

Increased Terror Risk Causes Heightened Security At San Diego County Military Installations

Security at military installations in San Diego County and throughout the country was at a heightened level Monday in response to an increased terror risk nationwide, although no specific threats have been made.

At Camp Pendleton, the most visible impact from the increase in force protection condition levels was a longer than average wait to enter the facility.

Base Public Affairs Director Jason Johnston said delays were to be expected ...

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