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Camp Pendleton Marines Return Home As Afghanistan War Winds Down

More than 40 Marines with the 1st Marine Regiment at Camp Pendleton are returning Monday night from a six month deployment in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Among their missions was to safeguard 3,000 U.S. and coalition troops at Leatherneck and adjoining Bastion military complexes, as Afghan forces trained to take over security of the country.

On the heels of these returning Marines are 4,600 other Camp Pendleton troops ...

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Camp Pendleton Marine Killed Driving Home To Surprise Brother (Video)

Camp Pendleton Marine, Lance Cpl. Brennan Ching, loved to surprise his 8-year-old brother, Alex Vicary, with unexpected trips to the family home in Colorado. It was en route to one of those surprise homecomings that Ching, 20, was killed in an automobile crash.

On Aug. 15, The Associated Press reports, Ching was riding shotgun in a pickup truck driven by fellow Marine Jesus T. Paredes on I-70 in central Utah ...

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Defense Secretary Hagel Says 130 More Military Advisers Going To Iraq

Prior to a question-and-answer session with Camp Pendleton Marines, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Tuesday afternoon said the Pentagon is sending 130 more military advisers to northern Iraq to help local forces in their escalating fight against Islamic militants.

The additional U.S. advisers are not combat troops, and President Barack Obama has said repeatedly he will not send ground forces back into Iraq.

The 130 additional U.S. advisers ...

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Camp Pendleton Marine And 'Lion Of Fallujah' Died Working For CIA

Details were scarce when Camp Pendleton Marine Maj. Douglas Zembiec, known as the "Lion of Fallujah" for his bravery, was killed in Iraq in 2007. But a new report from the Washington Post clears up the mystery - Zembiec was working for the CIA when he died:

Family members and former intelligence officials say Zembiec was working with a small team of Iraqis on a “snatch and grab” operation targeting insurgents ...

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USS America Begins Two-Month Journey To Home Port San Diego This Week (Video)

The future USS America is scheduled to embark on its maiden voyage Thursday, leaving the Ingalls Shipbuilding shipyard in Pascagoula for its new home port in San Diego, according the Mississippi Sun Herald.

The 844-foot-long amphibious assault ship is too large to fit through the Panama Canal, so the USS America has to take the long way. Lt. Col. George Hasseltine, the commander of Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task ...

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Camp Pendleton 4th Of July Beach Bash A Family Affair

The Camp Pendleton "4th of July Beach Bash" is in full swing, offering plenty to eat, drink, and do until 11 p.m. tonight, with a fireworks show kicking off at 9 p.m.

The scene of the bash is the Del Mar Beach Resort on base. Marines, sailors, Department of Defense identification card holders, and their families are all welcome.

For the kids, family-focused activities include:

-Bounce Houses

-Inflatable ...

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Semper Fi Fund Bikes For Camp Pendleton Marines Destroyed In Fire

A small mom-and-pop business that made bicycles for the Semper Fi Fund was destroyed by fire Sunday morning, along with 20 bicycles built for Camp Pendleton Marines.

The Los Angeles Daily News reports Spoke N’ Wheel Bicycles in West Hills was completely gutted by the blaze, causing an estimated $1 million in damage.

Spoke N’ Wheel Bicycles had been in business more than 37 years and was a fixture in ...

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Camp Pendleton Marines Learn Firefighting Skills Ahead Of Wildfire Season (Video)

The May wildfires aboard Camp Pendleton were a stark reminder that a blaze can break out anytime, anywhere when weather conditions are dry, hot, and windy. That's why Camp Pendleton officials are currently training active-duty Marines on the ins and outs of battling wildfires.

Firefighters from CAL FIRE and the Camp Pendleton Fire Department held a Woodland Firefighting Course for Marines with 2nd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine ...

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Medal Of Honor Recipient Kyle Carpenter Throws Padres Pitch, Visits Camp Pendleton (Video)

Marine Corps veteran Cpl. Kyle Carpenter, who was awarded the Medal of Honor last week, is in town. Among his stops - throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Sunday's San Diego Padres game, and meeting with fellow Marines at Camp Pendleton and MCAS Miramar.

On Sunday, Carpenter stopped by Petco Park. Carpenter Tweeted:

"Bringing the heat ... Threw the first pitch at today's @padres game!"

U-T San Diego described ...

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Fallen Camp Pendleton Marine Awarded Bronze Star (Video)

The widow of Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Steven Stevens was presented with his Bronze Star on Monday at a Camp Pendleton ceremony.

Monique Stevens was holding the couple's 2-year-old son Kairo - whom Stevens never got a chance to meet before he was killed in Afghanistan.

10News reports Stevens was awarded a Bronze Star for heroic actions taken on June 22, 2012:

Despite the heavy fire, Stevens used his metal ...

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Camp Pendleton Marine Surprises Sister At High School Graduation (Video)

Taylor St. Cyr was crushed when she learned her brother, Camp Pendleton Marine Lance Cpl. Shayne St. Cyr, wouldn't be able to make it to her high school graduation in Essex, Vt.

But Shayne, and Taylor's parents, had a major surprise in store for the graduate when she walked across the stage to receive her diploma, according to Vermont television station WCAX-TV.

Shayne told WCAX:

"At first I ...

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Fallen Camp Pendleton Marine's Parents Adopt His Military Dog (Video)

Fallen Marine Staff Sgt. Christopher Diaz was not alone when he died Sept. 28, 2011, in Afghanistan — Dino, his bomb-sniffing military dog, was at his side.

On Saturday, Diaz's parents adopted Dino in a special ceremony at Camp Pendleton.

Christopher's father, Salvador Diaz, told the El Paso Times that he asked the Marine Corps if he could adopt Dino, a 6-year-old Belgian Malinois, after his son's death ...

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Former Camp Pendleton Commanding Officer Tapped As Next Marine Corps Commandant

General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., commander of the International Security Assistance Force and United States Forces-Afghanistan, has been tapped to be the 36th commandant of the Marine Corps.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced today President Obama's nomination of Dunford, 58, to replace Gen. James F. Amos as commandant.

Dunford previously served as assistant commandant under Amos.

Dunford was commanding officer of the Camp Pendleton-based I Marine Expeditionary Force from ...

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