MCRD San Diego


Military Seeing Cutbacks In Housing Allowance

Lt. Daniel Burke and his wife Gloria have learned that in San Diego, you keep your fingers crossed when you search for a place to rent. They’ve been searching since June, after he got word that the Navy was relocating him to Point Loma. In their last posting in Connecticut, they just set up a few appointments before deciding on a place. San Diego was a different story.

“It ...

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Hagel Visits San Diego In Farewell Tour To Promote Next-Gen Bomber

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Tuesday vigorously endorsed an Air Force plan to build a next-generation strategic bomber, arguing that it would help deter nuclear war and preserve America's global pre-eminence.

"I think the long-range strike bomber is absolutely essential to keep our deterrent edge as we go into the next 25 years," Hagel told reporters after addressing a group of several hundred airmen at this B-2 stealth bomber ...

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Ex-Camp Pendleton Marine Now Alleged Indiana Serial Killer

Alleged serial killer Darren Vann was "prematurely discharged" from the Marine Corps in the early 1990s, according to military records obtained by the Austin-American Statesman.

The Corps found that Vann, now suspected of murdering at least seven women in Indiana, had a character "incongruent with Marine Corps’ expectations and standards."

Vann, 43, enlisted in the Marines in 1991 and was out by 1993. He was based at Camp Pendleton, as ...

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Bulldog Puppy Marine PFC Smedley Butler Sidelined By Broken Toe

Just weeks after he made the transition from recruit to full-fledged Marine, PFC Smedley Butler has been sidelined from his duties as Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego's mascot.

The 7-month-old English Bulldog puppy broke his toe on his left hind paw when he jumped out of a moving vehicle, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Smedley's medical mishap was laid out on the MCRD San Diego Facebook ...

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Bulldog Puppy PFC Smedley Butler Becomes A Marine

He might have been the youngest and smallest Marine at the Eagle, Globe and Anchor ceremony at Camp Pendleton Thursday morning, but he certainly attracted the most attention.

Private First Class Smedley Butler, a 6-month-old English Bulldog, donned a camouflage utility uniform for the big event, which symbolizes the first time a recruit is called a Marine.

There are only three official Marine Corps mascots, and Smedley is now one ...

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Puppy Named Pvt. Smedley Butler Is MCRD San Diego's New Mascot (Video)

Marine Corps Pvt. Smedley Butler - it's a hefty name for a little dog. But Smedley has big shoes (or paws) to fill. The 14-week-old English bulldog puppy is currently training to become MCRD San Diego's newest mascot.

Stars and Stripes reports Smedley is replacing Belleau Wood, who has retired to Temecula.

Smedley lives at the recruit depot with his handler, Cpl. Tyler Viglione, and the two bunk together ...

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Military Recruits May Soon Be Required To Buy Shoes 'Made in USA'

The Pentagon may soon require its military recruits to purchase athletic shoes made in the good ol' U.S. of A.

The Department of Defense allows military recruits to buy their own athletic shoes with an allowance it provides them. A new rule issued Friday, reported by the Military Times, would require that allowance to be spent on athletic shoes made domestically.

You have to do a little digging into ...

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Navy Secretary Cancels Trip To San Diego Silver Star Ceremony Due To Navy Yard Shooting (Video)

On Friday, two Vietnam War-era Marine Corps veterans will be awarded a Silver Star and a Bronze Star during a ceremony at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus was scheduled to attend the ceremony, but cancelled due to the tragedy at the Washington Navy Yard.

According to a Marine Corps new release, Marine Corps Brig. Gen. James W. Bierman will present the Silver Star Medal to ...

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Defense Secretary Orders Security Review Of Military Bases (Video)

In the wake of Monday's deadly shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has ordered a review of security on U.S. military bases around the world.

According to USA Today:

The review will consider physical security and access to military bases.

Earlier Tuesday, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus released a statement saying he had ordered a "rapid review" of security procedures at Navy and ...

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Marine Corps Bases To Limit Alcohol Sales

The Marine Corps will start limiting the hours alcohol can be sold at base exchanges, and will altogether ban the sale of booze at Marine Marts near barracks, according to a USMC memo obtained by Stars and Stripes.

The new hours will mean liquor can only be sold at Marine Corps exchanges between the hours of 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. In addition, the new rules...

...will limit ...

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Falling Tree At MCRD San Diego Injures 15 (Video)

At least 15 people were injured Thursday morning when a 12-foot-tall eucalyptus fell at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, according to City News Service.

MCRD spokeswoman Janice Hagar told CNS:

At least some of the victims, most of whom suffered minor injuries, were civilians in the area to watch Marine Corps cadets jog by while taking part in a pre-graduation "motivational run."

Friday is Graduation Day at MCRD San ...

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Parents Of Fallen Marine To Create Veterans' Sanctuary In Son's Honor

Marine Cpl. Joey Logan, who went to boot camp at MCRD San Diego, lost his life in an Afghanistan helicopter crash in January 2012. His parents are planning to build a refuge for returning veterans in Montana, to honor their son's memory.

Logan was just 22 when he was killed, along with five other Marines, when their CH-53 helicopter went down in Helmand province.

All six Marines were assigned ...

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San Diego Marine Keeps Promise To Take Care Of Dying Parents

From Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego:

Since Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Ryan Nicolai was a boy, he felt a calling to serve his country as a United States Marine.

But before he could follow his dream, he knew his duty was to take care of his parents. In the years before he left for recruit training, he gained the life experience that would propel him through the hard times ...

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Therapy Dogs Help Military Kids With Special Needs Find Love Of Reading

Military children with special needs in the San Diego area recently got the chance to read to an adoring audience - therapy dogs.

The non-profit group Independent Therapy Dogs, Inc. brought pups of all sizes to MCAS Miramar last week to participate in the "Ruff Readers" program.

Independent Therapy Dogs, Inc. volunteer Mary Conklin of Carlsbad explained to MCAS Miramar public affairs why she participated:

“We bring the dogs here for ...

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