MCRD San Diego


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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Suicide Prevention Programs Slated For Camp Pendleton

From Camp Pendleton Public Affairs:

Five Marine Corps installations in the southwestern United States will begin a Suicide Prevention Program where leaders at all levels will facilitate access to prevention, counseling, treatment programs and services to any service member the command believes is at risk to themselves or others.

According to Marine Corps Installations-West, Camp Pendleton Order 1700.1, suicides and incidents of suicidal behavior and ideation can significantly degrade ...

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Identical Twins Complete Recruit Training Together In San Diego

From MCRD San Diego:

Born four minutes apart, Marine Corps Pvts. Shaun and Gabe Vanderwall, Platoon 1035, Company B, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, grew up nearly inseparable.

The 21-year-old identical twins from Ludington, Mich., were always together and enrolled in the same activities since they were children.

“I guess it made it easier for our mother so she didn’t have to be in two places at once,” Shaun said ...

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Teen Follows In Dad’s Footsteps And Becomes Marine In San Diego

From Marine Corps Air Station Miramar / 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing:

Newly minted Marines, lined in nice neat rows, stand at attention. They are men now, having passed the most difficult entry level training of any service. Having shed their boyish demeanors, they stand with a sense of pride and purpose. Among the dozens of rows of Marines, one stands a bit taller than the rest.

Pvt. Rudy Arietta, a Marine ...

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Brighter Job Outlook For Military Veterans Gathered At MCRD San Diego

The job outlook for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans continues to improve. Many of them are settling down in San Diego and Southern California. But the unemployment numbers remain volatile as the country digs out from the recession.

Cpl. Christian Herrera spent nearly eight years in the Marine Corps with two tours in Iraq. He's making the rounds at a Marine Corp Recruiting Depot job fair.

He's got confidence ...

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MCRD San Diego Hosts Career Fair Today

Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego is hosting its semi-annual Career and Education Fair today from 10 a.m. until 1 this afternoon.

Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS) Personal and Professional Development (PPD) is holding the fair at MCRD San Diego's Semper Fit Field House.

According to a news release on the event:

The fair will allow separating and retiring military personnel and their families access to more than ...

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MCRD San Diego Graduate Awarded Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal

From Marine Barracks Washington:

A native of Festus, Mo., was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal during a ceremony at Marine Barracks Washington Aug. 27.

Sgt. Bobby Kling, 26, enlisted in the Marine Corps in September 2005 and attended recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego.

He has served as a platoon sergeant for Company A, second platoon at Marine Barracks Washington since July 2009.

The ...

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Veterans Ask Marine Corps To Stop Funding UFC (Video)

A veterans' group is delivering 5,000 petitions to MCRD San Diego and other Marine Corps recruiting stations around the country, calling on the Corps to stop sponsoring the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). They say the UFC is sexist, racist, and homophobic.

On the website, the Veterans Committee of Unite Here (a group representing union workers in the airport, manufacturing, and food service industry) urges the Marines to ...

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Marine Recruit Who Died At MCRD San Diego ID'ed As Darnell McCowan III

The Marine Recruit who died last week at MCRD San Diego after an initial strength test (or IST) has been identified as Darnell McCowan III, 22, of Sacramento, California. According to a news release from MCRD San Diego, McCowan became unresponsive after running the 1.5 mile part of the strength test on June 29. He was later pronounced dead at Scripps Mercy Hospital that morning.

According to MCRD San ...

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Marine Recruit at MCRD San Diego Dies After Strength Test

MCRD San Diego is reporting the death of a Marine recruit this morning. He died at the hospital after he became unresponsive on base following an initial strength test.

According to a news release from MCRD San Diego, Scripps Mercy Hospital pronounced the Marine recruit dead at 9:54 this morning.

Cause of death is still not clear. The Marine recruit's name will be released until the next of ...

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One In Five Marine Sexual Assaults Occur In San Diego County

A new report finds approximately one in five sexual assaults reported at Marine Corps bases in fiscal 2011 took place in San Diego County.

The 27-page Marine Corps report finds 76 out of 346 sexual assaults were reported at Marine Corps bases in San Diego.

According to the report, between October 1, 2010 and September 31, 2011, a total of 88 assaults were reported at Camp Pendleton with a total ...

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