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Camp Pendleton Marine Killed In Afghanistan

Camp Pendleton Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew R. Rodriguez, 19, was killed Dec. 11 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

He died during combat operations, according to the Department of Defense.

Rodriguez grew up in Fairhaven, Mass. He was assigned to 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Pendleton.

According to the Marine Corps Times:

1st Combat Engineer Battalion deployed to Afghanistan earlier this fall, taking over ...

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(Video) Great White Shark Caught By Marine Veteran Near Camp Pendleton

Marine Corps veteran and passionate fisherman Jeff Fangman is making headlines across the country this week for catching a great white shark off the coast of Camp Pendleton in October.

Fangman and his family had just moved out to California for his wife's job (she's an active-duty Marine), when they decided to spend the day at the beach.

Fangman wrote on the website SharksOnTheSand.com that he was ...

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Marine Pilots To Practice Bombing At Camp Pendleton This Week

Marine Corps pilots will be practicing bombing at Camp Pendleton this week, base officials announced Monday.

The training will take place in the Zulu impact area, near the center of North County base, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, according to Camp Pendleton's public affairs office.

Explosions may be heard up to 50 miles away, depending on atmospheric conditions.

Marine Maj. Robb McDonald To Receive Silver Star At Camp Pendleton Ceremony

Marine Corps Maj. Robb McDonald will receive the Silver Star on Dec. 9 at Camp Pendleton, for heroic actions during the Taliban attack on Camp Bastion the night of Sept. 14, 2012.

On that fateful night, 15 Taliban soldiers donning U.S. Army uniforms breached Camp Bastion's defenses. The insurgents were armed with rocket propelled grenades, assault weapons, and suicide improvised explosive device vests, according to the Department of ...

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Camp Pendleton Marines To Collect 'Toys For Tots' At Surf Contest

Camp Pendleton Marines will be on hand for the Western Surfing Association's surf contest at San Clemente Pier this Saturday and Sunday. They won't be there to catch waves, though, but to collect Toys for Tots gifts.

WSA is encouraging participants to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the contest, where they'll later be collected by the Marines.

WSA Director Mary Lou Drummy explained to SurfWire:

"We ...

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Camp Pendleton Battalion Heading To Australia In Spring 2014

More than 1,100 Marines from Camp Pendleton will head to Australia in Spring 2014, according to the Marine Corps Times.

Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines will be the first battalion from California to participate in Marine Rotational Force-Darwin.

The first two rotations involved Marines stationed in Hawaii.

A little background on Marine Rotational Force-Darwin: Back in 2011, President Obama and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced U ...

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Camp Pendleton To Hold Tree Lighting Celebration On Saturday

Thanksgiving is still a week away, but Camp Pendleton is showing off a bit of Christmas spirit early this year. The base is hosting its "2013 Tree Lighting Celebration" on Saturday evening.

The event is free, but you must be a DoD card holder to attend.

According to a Camp Pendleton news release, the celebration will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Pacific ...

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Four Fallen Camp Pendleton Marines Identified

Camp Pendleton has released the names of the four Marines who died Wednesday morning on base.

Killed were:

-Staff Sgt. Mathew R. Marsh, 28, of Long Beach, California.

-Gunnery Sgt. Gregory J. Mullins, 31, of Bayou L’Ourse, Louisiana.

-Sgt. Miguel Ortiz, 27, of Vista, California.

-Staff Sgt. Eric W. Summers, 32, of Poplar Bluff, Missouri.

All four men killed were Explosive Ordnance Disposal Marines. The Associated Press reports:

It ...

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Marine Family Grieves Over Death Of Retired Military Dog (Video)

Chaak was a military working dog who spent 11 years in the Marine Corps.

According to the Yuma Sun, Chaak performed heroically during his service, sniffing out 20 improvised explosive devices and saving the lives of the Marines who could have been injured by those IEDs.

Sgt. Daniel Cornier was Chaak's handler. He adopted the Belgian Malinois when the Chaak retired at Camp Pendleton in 2011.

(Cornier and Chaak ...

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Camp Pendleton Marines First-Ever To Test Robotic Mule (Video)

A small group from Camp Pendleton's 1st Battalion, 5th Regiment became the first Marines to use a robotic mule called the LS3, when they traveled last week to Fort Devens in Massachusetts to test out the machine.

According to Boston Dynamics, the creator of LS3 (Legged Squad Support Systems), the robotic mule can carry as much as 400 pounds of gear. It holds enough fuel to carry that gear ...

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Camp Pendleton Marines Get Touching Thank You At Chicago Airport

A baker's dozen of Camp Pendleton Marines were surprised with a trio of treats at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport this week on the final leg of their trip home to San Diego from Afghanistan.

As the Marines' plane landed at O'Hare, their aircraft received a fire truck water salute. When the troops entered the airport, a crowd of USO volunteers, police officers, and firefighters greeted the ...

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Camp Pendleton Marine Unit Among Last Deployed To Afghanistan

The I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), based at Camp Pendleton, will be the last major Marine Corps command to deploy to Afghanistan as the war winds down.

On Wednesday, I MEF held a special reactivation ceremony at Camp Pendleton in preparation for its year-long deployment in early 2014.

The I MEF will take over command of Regional Command-Southwest from the Camp Lejeune-based II MEF (Fwd), according to I MEF public ...

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Camp Pendleton Marines Prep For Upcoming Middle East Embassy Deployment (Video)

Marines with Camp Pendleton's Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment are gearing up for their upcoming deployment to the Middle East — where their mission will be to provide embassy security.

Delta Company platoon commander, 1st Lt. Joseph Guerrero, explained to 1st Marine Division public affairs that part of preparing his troops involves recreating security issues they may face overseas:

“Setting up barriers is a necessary step in maintaining ...

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Camp Pendleton Bans Supplement Linked To Liver Failure (Video)

The dietary supplement OxyELITE has been banned from being sold at all Camp Pendleton base exchanges. The ban was triggered by a warning from the Centers for Disease Control that OxyELITE could cause acute hepatitis and liver failure.

Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Wilkes, preventative medicine officer of I Marine Expeditionary Force, says the base acted immediately when the CDC issued its warning:

“The MCCS [Marine Corps Community Services] exchanges on Camp ...

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Camp Pendleton Fire Burns 2,500 Acres, Now 41 Percent Contained (Video)

A brush fire burning on Camp Pendleton has scorched 2,500 acres and is 41 percent contained as of Monday morning, according to the Camp Pendleton Scout Facebook page.

Marine officials don't expect the fire to gain much more strength, and hope to have it fully contained by Tuesday.

Families forced to evacuate from base housing on Saturday were given the go-ahead to return home on Sunday:

O'Neill ...

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