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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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Camp Pendleton Marine Finds Strength In Furry Companion

From I Marine Expeditionary Force:

While deployed to Afghanistan, Cpl. Joey Nunez experienced one the most dangerous events of his life. However, he is forever grateful that his companion, Vicky, was with him.

Nunez, a military working dog handler with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion, was wounded during a patrol. He said that having his dog by his side helped him calm down and keep the situation under control.

Over the ...

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US Troops Looking For Jobs May Find Them In Australia's Military

The budget for Australia's military - the Australian Defence Force - is expected to double over the next decade. That means Aussie military recruiters are looking overseas to fill military jobs like fast jet pilots, air combat officers, and electrical engineers, reports the Stars and Stripes.

National recruitment efforts just aren't filling up all the slots, according to ADF's Defence Jobs "Recruitment Centre" website:

"We are looking for serving ...

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3 Camp Pendleton Marines Stabbed Coming To Aid Of Woman (Video)

Two Camp Pendleton Marines are in the hospital this morning, and a third Marine recovering at home, after the three were stabbed breaking up a street fight.

Huntington Beach police Lt. Mitch O’Brien told The Associated Press the Marines were trying to help a woman wearing an Angels jersey, who was involved in an altercation with two male Dodgers fans.

The altercation took place early Sunday in a Huntington ...

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Camp Pendleton Marines Deploying Tuesday To Australia (Video)

Marines and sailors assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment will depart Camp Pendleton on Tuesday for a six-month deployment to Australia, as part of Marine Rotational Force-Darwin.

A little background on Marine Rotational Force-Darwin: Back in 2011, President Obama and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced U.S. Marines would be deployed to Australia in six month rotations, with the goal of establishing a rotational 2,500-person Marine ...

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2,000 Camp Pendleton Marines Train Near San Luis Obispo (Video)

Roughly 2,000 Marines from Camp Pendleton are training this week at Fort Hunter Liggett and Camp Roberts along California's central coast.

Marine Lt. Col. Stephen Mount told The Salinas Californian that 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit is spending two weeks training in the area because its terrain is unfamiliar to the Marines.

According to 11th MEU public affairs, the goal of the training is to create a chaotic environment ...

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Camp Pendleton To Host Job Fair For Military Spouses

Camp Pendleton is hosting on Tuesday the Military Spouse Employment Program Hiring Fair and Career Forum. The husbands and wives of active duty, National Guard, reservists, and veterans are all welcome, along with Gold Star Spouses.

The Networking Reception is scheduled for Monday night, between 7-9 p.m.

The Hiring Fair will take place from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Tuesday at the Pacific Views Event Center ...

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Camp Pendleton Marines Rescue Camel In Afghanistan

It might not be part of the official job description of being a U.S. Marine, but that didn't stop a group of troops — some assigned to Camp Pendleton — from rescuing a camel trapped in a ditch in Afghanistan.

1st Lt. Garth Langley of the Regional Command Southwest in Afghanistan (and assigned to the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Pendleton) told the Orange County Register that he and ...

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2 Marines Relieved Of Command Over Camp Pendleton Explosion That Killed 4

An investigation into the Nov. 13 explosion at Camp Pendleton that killed four explosive ordnance disposal Marines has prompted the Marine Corps to relieve a captain and master sergeant of their commands.

Brig. Gen. John Bullard, commanding general of Marine Crops Installations West, told the Los Angeles Times:

The captain and master sergeant had failed to adequately assess the potential danger and to prohibit Marines from handing off grenades.

As ...

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Camp Pendleton EOD Marines Prep For Afghanistan Deployment (Video)

Marines with 1st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, based at Camp Pendleton, are training for their deployment to Afghanistan next month.

The Marines have been gearing up since September, according to 1st Marine Logistics Group public affairs.

Accompanying the Marines to Afghanistan will be TALON, a military ordnance disposal robot (see video below).

The biggest threat to human life in battle right now is the improvised explosive device, or IED. Gunnery ...

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