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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.

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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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Executive Officer Of San Diego-Based USS Gary Fired

The Navy has “temporarily relieved” Cmdr. James “Slim” Pickens from his position as executive officer of the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Gary, according to Naval Surface Forces Public Affairs.

Pickens was fired "due to loss of confidence because of offensive comments and behavior towards the crew."

Naval Surface Forces Pacific spokesman Rick Chernitzer told the Navy Times that Pickens' the alleged misconduct “is part of a pattern of behavior ...

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MCRD San Diego Recruit Who Ran Across Runway Leaves Marines

The recruit from MCRD San Diego who made news by running across the tarmac at San Diego International Airport is no longer with the Marine Corps.

The Los Angeles Times reports Benjamin Yi, 22, has been separated from recruit training.

As Home Post reported last week, Yi was arrested on January 17 after sprinting across the runway at Lindbergh Field.

Yi suffered multiple lacerations and the indignity of losing his ...

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Marine Recruit Arrested For Running On Airport Runway

A Marine recruit from MCRD San Diego was arrested this morning after allegedly running across the airport runway at Lindbergh Field.

A news release from MCRD San Diego states the recruit reported to MCRD San Diego on Monday. He had not yet started his recruit training.

Harbor Police Sgt. Brad Hizer told U-T San Diego the Marine, whose name has not yet been released, was injured in the escapade:

The ...

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Marines Tell Spouses Clubs To Admit Same-Sex Spouses

The Marine Corps has advised its legal staff that spouses clubs operating on its installations must admit same-sex spouses if they wish to remain on the bases.

It's a step that the other service branches have not yet announced as they grapple with how to accommodate same-sex couples following repeal of the don't ask, don't tell policy that barred gays and lesbians from serving openly.

Underscoring the ...

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