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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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Camp Pendleton Officer Relieved Of Duty After Marine Drowning (Video)

An investigation into the Jan. 13 drowning death of Marine Pfc. Joshua Islam, 18, at Camp Pendleton has prompted Marine Corps officials to relieve Maj. Adam W. Burch of his duties as commanding officer of Reconnaissance Training Company at School of Infantry–West.

The Marine Corps Times filed a Freedom of Information Act request to get a copy of the 400 page investigative report, which found swim instructors and medical ...

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Camp Pendleton Marine Sings National Anthem At Padres Game - From Afghanistan (Video)

Camp Pendleton Marine 1st Lt. Skye Martin, currently deployed to Afghanistan, wowed the crowd at the Padres game on Sunday with a soaring, long-distance performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner."

According to 10News, Martin sang via live satellite feed, which was displayed on Petco Park's "FriarVision" video board.

Martin is a native of Tehachapi, California and is a 2011 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. She wrote on her ...

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Maj. Gen. Berger Tapped To Command I MEF At Camp Pendleton

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Marine Corps Maj. Gen. David H. Berger has been nominated for a third star and assignment as commander of the I Marine Expeditionary Force, which is based at Camp Pendleton.

Berger will succeed Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan as commander of the I MEF.

The nomination includes a promotion for Berger to the rank of lieutenant general.

Berger is currently the commanding general of Marine ...

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Camp Pendleton Marines Shave Heads To Support Teen With Cancer

California teenager Diego Romero is more like a son than a cousin to Staff Sgt. Juan Garcia, a platoon sergeant at Camp Pendleton. Romero explained to 1st Marine Logistics Group:

“I helped shower him, feed him, stuff like that, when he was just a couple years old. He isn’t just a cousin to me. It’s like a father-son relationship. He is special.”

So when Diego was diagnosed with ...

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Last U.S. Marines Leave Afghanistan's Sangin District (Video)

About 300 Marines departed Forward Operating Bases Nolay and Sabit Qadam in Sangin District, Helmand province, for the final time Sunday, bringing to an end combat operations in what was one of the bloodiest regions of the war in Afghanistan.

The Marine Corps Times reports the Marines made the six-hour trip Sunday from Sangin to Camp Leatherneck in the Washir District of Helmand, guarded by the 2nd and 3rd Brigade ...

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Former Camp Pendleton Commanding Officer Nabs Job As Carson City Manager

Retired Marine Corps Col. Nick Marano has made a unique transition from the military to the civilian world. The former commanding officer of Camp Pendleton will soon become the city manager of Carson City - Nevada's state capital.

The Nevada Appeal reports Carson City's Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Friday to hire Marano, who was among 70 candidates to apply for the job.

Marano served as commanding officer ...

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Camp Pendleton Marine Accused Of Killing Navy Vet Gets Trial Date

The trial of Camp Pendleton Marine Cpl. Kevin Coset, charged with killing 24-year-old Navy veteran and Army reservist Alvin Bulaoro, will begin Sep. 10, according to Camp Pendleton Patch.

The murder charges filed against Coset have special circumstances attached to them, making him eligible for the death penalty.

Bulaoro was last seen alive on Dec. 21, 2012. His family reported him missing shortly thereafter.

On Jan. 3, 2013, Bulaoro's ...

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Camp Pendleton Marine Veteran Safe On Everest After Avalanche (Video)

Camp Pendleton Marine veteran Staff Sgt. Charlie Linville, an amputee who lost his leg while disposing of an IED in Afghanistan, is safe on Mount Everest after a deadly avalanche there killed at least 13 people on Friday.

The Associated Press reports Linville, 28, was at Everest Base Camp (17,598 feet) when the avalanche took the lives of 13 sherpas who were preparing the trail for other climbers.

Linville ...

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