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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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Brush Fire Scorches 350 Acres At Camp Pendleton

A wildfire spread across a brushy artillery range at Camp Pendleton Monday, charring hundreds of open acres but posing no structural threats, authorities said.

The blaze erupted around midday in an undeveloped area at the North County Marine Corps station. As of late afternoon, it had blackened roughly 350 acres but remained a safe distance from structures, according to base officials.

It was unclear if the fire was sparked by ...

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Midday Edition From The Midway: Special Coverage To Mark End Of Vietnam War

Midday Edition is taking its Friday show to the USS Midway Museum in downtown San Diego. The show starts at noon and is part of KPBS’ special coverage of the fall of Saigon, an event that marked the end of the Vietnam War on April 30, 1975.

In the final hours of the war, a helicopter airlift brought thousands of Americans and South Vietnamese from Saigon to safety aboard the ...

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San Diego-Based Troops Return From Middle East

San Diego-based Marines and sailors with the newly formed Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Central Command are scheduled to return to Camp Pendleton on Thursday after a seven-month deployment to the Middle East.

The unit, made up of up of 2,300 combat infantry Marines, logistic forces and aviation assets from Camp Pendleton, Miramar and Twentynine Palms, was heavily involved in Operation Inherent Resolve, the coalition campaign focused on ...

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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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