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USS Carl Vinson Takes Over Airstrike Campaign From USS George H. W. Bush (Video)

This past weekend, the San Diego-based USS Carl Vinson took over responsibility for the airstrike campaign against ISIS from the USS George H. W. Bush, which has been in the Persian Gulf since June.

USS Carl Vinson Commanding Officer Capt. Karl O. Thomas wrote on the Vinson Facebook page on Oct. 17:

"(Saturday), the Air Wing will have their first set of flights in the Arabian Gulf. Now that the ...

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Marines And Sailors Return To Camp Pendleton After Deployment In Australia

After a six-month deployment in Australia as part of Marine Rotational Force-Darwin, Marines and sailors assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment are slated to arrive home Monday to Camp Pendleton.

The Marine Corps Times reports:

While deployed Down Under, the Marines trained with their Australian counterparts for urban rescue missions, conventional warfare, combined armed, disaster response and humanitarian relief.

They capped their deployment with Exercise Koolendong, a training ...

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Ebola Scare In Pentagon Parking Lot (Video)

A woman who became violently ill on a bus in a Pentagon parking lot has been taken to a Fairfax, Va. hospital after telling first responders she had recently visited West Africa, according to the Washington Post.

Brian McGraw with Arlington County Fire told the Washington Post that officials...

“...have no information or conditions to confirm this is Ebola.”

The bus was carrying several Marines and their spouses headed to ...

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San Diego-Based USS Peleliu Must Stay In Philippine Port During Transgender Murder Investigation

The Navy has let three of its ships depart Subic Bay in the Philippines, but not the San Diego-based USS Peleliu. That's because the ship is carrying one U.S. Marine whom Philippine police have charged with murdering a transgender Filipino, and three possible witnesses.

According to a Marine Corps news release:

“The USS Peleliu will remain in port at this time; personnel still actively involved in the investigation ...

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Number Of US Troops In Liberia For Ebola Battle Continues To Grow (Video)

The mission is called Operation United Assistance, and it's the U.S. military's effort in West Africa to curb the worst Ebola outbreak in human history.

U.S. military task force in Western Africa is currently made up of 539 American service members. Army officials expect that number to balloon to about 3,200 troops over the next month.

Most of the troops currently in West Africa have ...

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San Diego Navy Officer Who Survived 50-Foot Freeway Fall Speaks Out (Video)

The Navy officer whose truck flew 50-feet off a San Diego freeway overpass is speaking out for the first time since the crash.

Navy First Class Petty Officer Kenneth Freudenvoll survived seven deployments, but he says he didn't think he'd make it out of his truck alive.

The 28-year-old husband and father told San Diego's 10News:

"I had hit the right side wall and it shot me ...

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Murder Complaint Filed Against US Marine In Transgender Filipino Killing (Video)

Police in the Philippines have filed a murder complaint against U.S. Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton in connection with the killing of Jennifer (Jeffrey) Laude, a 26-year-old transgender Filipino.

According to The Associated Press:

The criminal complaint was filed before government prosecutors, who would decide formal charges.

There was no immediate comment from the U.S. Embassy.

Pemberton, a Marine based at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, is being ...

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Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group Arrives In Middle East (Video)

The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group arrived Wednesday in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, which includes the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Sea, and the Red Sea.

As Home Post reported Oct. 1, the Vinson will relieve the USS George H.W. Bush, which has been in the Persian Gulf since June, and begin airstrikes against the Islamic State terrorist group in Iraq and Syria.

Rear Adm. Christopher ...

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Navy Calls Off Search For Missing Coronado Man (Video)

The Navy has called off the search for one of its civilian employees who went missing off San Clemente Island last week.

Lee Racicot, 59, of Coronado worked during the week for Naval Auxiliary Landing Field San Clemente Island, according San Diego TV station NBC7.

Racicot is believed to have disappeared, reports UT San Diego, while either fishing, snorkeling, or diving alone on Oct. 7. It was only when he ...

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US Marine Held In Killing Of Transgender Filipino ID'ed (Video)

The media in the Philippines has identified Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton as the prime suspect in the killing of a transgender Filipino named Jennifer Laude on Saturday.

Pemberton - assigned to 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina - is being held in the San Diego-based USS Peleliu brig.

The Navy has ordered the Peleliu, along with USS Germantown, USNS Sacagawea, USNS Washington Chambers, and the JHSV ...

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Some Military Families Uneasy With Ebola Deployments (Video)

It's all about the fear of the unknown. With the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, military families had some idea of the enemy their service members would face.

But some soldiers' families have expressed uneasiness as their loved ones prepare to deploy to Liberia - ground zero for the Ebola epidemic.

As Major General Gary Volesky, Commanding General of 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), explained to Reuters:

"Ebola is a ...

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US Marine Held In USS Peleliu Brig Allegedly Tied To Death Of Transgender Filipino

The San Diego-based USS Peleliu is acting as a brig for an American Marine being held in the Phillipines, following the killing of a transgender Filipino.

According to a Navy memo obtained by the Marine Corps Times, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service is investigating the Marine's alleged ties to the victim, 26-year-old Jennifer Laude, who was born Jeffrey Laude.

The Marine in custody is assigned to 2nd Battalion, 9th ...

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Watch Live Stream Of USS America Commisioning Ceremony (Video)

The Navy will commission the San Diego-based amphibious assault ship, USS America, in San Francisco at Pier 30-32 on Saturday morning.

Home Post will live stream the commissioning ceremony starting at 10 a.m. PDT.

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, who will deliver the ceremony’s keynote address, has said of the USS America:

“This ship, forged in America, with components and systems manufactured all across America, shall remind us of ...

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Special Pay For US Troops In Ebola Battle? At Most $400 Per Month

U.S. service members participating in the military's mission to stem the Ebola outbreak in West Africa will be paid up to $400 a month in special pay.

The Army Times breaks it down this way:

-[H]ardship duty pay-location of $150 a month for those troops in Liberia and Sierra Leone. This entitlement is retroactive to the day of arrival after 30 days in theater.

-[F]amily separation ...

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Coast Guard To Screen For Ebola In Port Of Los Angeles (Video)

The United States Coast Guard will start screening incoming ships and their crews at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro for signs of the Ebola virus, according to DoD News.

On Oct. 7, The Associated Times reported a U.S. Coast Guard sector on the East Coast announced it would begin evaluating ships coming from Ebola-affected countries into ports in New York and Connecticut.

The following day, on ...

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Groping Allegations Prompt Navy To Fire Commanding Officer Of San Diego-Based USS Vandegrift

After accusations surfaced that Cmdr. Luis Alva "grabbed the buttocks" of a petty officer's wife, the Navy relieved him of his duties as commanding officer of the San Diego-based USS Vandegrift.

The official Navy news release states Alva was relieved of his duties...

...due to loss of confidence in his ability to command.

Naval officials confirmed to the Military Times that preliminary incident reports describe two sexual assaults that ...

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100 Marines Will Deploy To Liberia To Help With Ebola Outbreak (Video)

A group of Marines is headed into the heart of the Ebola outbreak. The Pentagon announced Wednesday that 100 Marines from the Special Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response Africa is being deployed to Monrovia, Liberia:

[The Marines will] provide re-supply and refueling capabilities for DoD's support of the Ebola response.

The Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response Command heading to Africa is based at Morón Air Base in ...

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What Do You Think Of The New Trailer For 'American Sniper'? (Video)

Warner Bros. Pictures just released the first glimpse of the movie "American Sniper," based on the late Chris Kyle's bestselling memoir, American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History.

Bradley Cooper stars, Clint Eastwood directs, and based on the trailer (posted up top), the movie is sure to raise a lot of controversy.

NOLA.com gives a glowing review of the trailer:

It ...

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Video Of Army Vet Throwing 'First Pitch' Like A Grenade Goes Viral

Retired U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Brian Keaton is making headlines for the unprecedented way in which he threw out the first pitch at Saturday's Giants vs. Nationals game.

Keaton lobbed the baseball like a grenade, and video of his stunt is going viral.

Keaton wrote on his Facebook page about the experience:

"I wanted to say a big thank you to all who has supported the 'pitch ...

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What Does 28K Pounds Of Cocaine Look Like? Coast Guard Shows Off Seized Drugs (Video)

The Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell arrived at Naval Base San Diego on Monday morning with a very unique cargo — 28,000 pounds of cocaine seized in 18 different busts. The wholesale value of the haul? An estimated $423 million:

The drugs were seized and 55 suspects were apprehended during 18 separate interdictions by U.S. Coast Guard and Navy forces off the coast of Central and South America as part ...

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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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Marine Cpl. Jordan Spears, Lost At Sea, 1st US Death In ISIS Campaign (Video)

Media outlets like the Los Angeles Times, UPI, and The Hill are calling MCAS Miramar-based Marine Corps Cpl. Jordan L. Spears, 21, the first casualty of the U.S. military's campaign against ISIS (also called ISIL and the Islamic State).

As Home Post reported last week, Spears was lost at sea Oct. 1 after he bailed out of a MV-22B Osprey after the aircraft appeared to lose power after ...

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Green Beret Dies Of Gunshot Wound Suffered In Afghanistan

Army Sgt. 1st Class Andrew T. Weathers, 30, died Sept. 30 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany from a gunshot wound suffered during combat in Helmand Province, Afghanistan on Sept. 28.

The Army Times reports Weathers was a Green Beret and Special Forces medical sergeant, assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.

Col. Robert Kirila, deputy commander for 7th SFG (A), said ...

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California Marine Veteran Who Saved Suicidal Woman Named Carnegie Hero (Video)

The California Marine veteran who saved a woman's life after she jumped from the upper deck of the Oakland Coliseum after a Raiders game last November has been named a Carnegie Hero.

The Associated Press reports Donnie Navidad, 61, of Stockton is one of 21 men and women this year to receive the Carnegie Medal.

According to the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission website:

The medal is given throughout the ...

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Search On For Missing Aircrew Member From San Diego-Based USS Makin Island

The search is on in the North Arabian Gulf for a missing aircrew member assigned to the San Diego-based USS Makin Island.

According to the Navy, the missing crew member was one of two who bailed out of a Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey that lost power after taking off from the Makin Island.

One of those crew members was rescued, brought aboard the Makin Island for medical treatment, and is ...

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Camp Pendleton Marines Lead New Crisis Response Unit In Middle East

Marines from Camp Pendleton's 5th Marine Regiment will head up the Marine Corps' newest Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response Central Command in the Middle East.

Command spokesman Lt. Col. Joseph Kloppel told the Marine Corps Times the unit was to be based in Kuwait, as was reported by Home Post on Tuesday.

However, Kloppel clarified to the Marine Corps Times on Wednesday the Special Purpose Marine ...

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Miramar Air Show To Feature Final Flight Of Sea Knight 'Phrog' (Video)

The Vietnam-era aircraft CH-46 Sea Knight will fly its final time in an airshow at the 2014 Miramar Air Show, according to MCAS Miramar public affairs:

Several Sea Knights, commonly known to Marines as “Phrogs,” are scheduled to fly each day in a segment dubbed, the “Phinal Phrog Phlyover,” with a narration about the aircraft and its history.

This year's air show, which takes place Oct. 3-5, will also ...

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Navy Fires Commanding Officer Of San Diego-Based USS Boxer

The Navy relieved Capt. Wayne R. Brown of his duties as commanding officer of the USS Boxer on Sept. 29.

According to a Navy news release, Brown's firing resulted from "a command investigation into Equal Opportunity concerns, and is not tied to a specific event."

The deputy commodore of Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 1, Capt. Keith Moore, has been temporarily assigned as commanding officer of the USS Boxer.

The Navy ...

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Marine Corps' Newest Crisis Response Unit Will Be In Kuwait

The Marine Corps will base its newest crisis response unit in Kuwait, according to the Military Times.

Col. Kenneth DeTreux, commander of SPMAGTF-Crisis Response, told reporters at the Pentagon on Sept. 25 that roughly 2,100 troops would be part of the Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) Central Command, and that the unit...

“...is to be deployed in [fiscal] ’15].”

The safety of American personnel in the Middle East ...

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Capped Credit Card Interest Rates For Military Families? It's In The Works

A move by the Pentagon to update the Military Lending Act of 2006 could result in service members and their families getting interest rates capped on everything from credit cards to vehicle title loans. According to the Department of Defense:

The new proposed actions are designed to apply the protections of the Military Lending Act to all forms of payday loans, vehicle title loans, refund anticipation loans, deposit advance loans ...

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US Troops Begin Arriving In Africa To Battle Ebola Outbreak (Video)

Armed with hand sanitizers on their belts, members of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force have started to arrive in West Africa - the epicenter of the worst Ebola outbreak in human history.

The Wall Street Journal reports sailors with the Navy's 133rd Mobile Construction Battalion bulldozed land outside Liberia's main airport on Saturday, taking the first steps in constructing tent hospitals for those inflicted with ...

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Navy Fires Executive Officer Of USS Cowpens

The Navy announced Friday that it had relieved Cmdr. Armando Ramirez of his duties as executive officer of the San Diego-based USS Cowpens on Sept. 18.

Ramirez lost his job due to what the Navy is calling "an alcohol-related incident."

The Navy Times obtained a report from the Navy that outlines the behavior that got Ramirez sacked. On Aug. 31, Ramirez appeared drunk on the Cowpens' quarterdeck, and was given ...

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Airman Who Refused To Say 'So Help Me God' Allowed To Reenlist

The Air Force announced this week airmen aren't required to say "So help me God" as part of the enlistment oath.

The decision was prompted by an atheist airman from Creech Air Force Base in Nevada who refused to say those four words in his reenlistment oath, and thus was denied the opportunity to remain in the Air Force.

According to an Air Force news release:

In response to ...

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Army Paratrooper Killed In Afghanistan Suicide Car Bombing (Video)

The Department of Defense has identified Army Maj. Michael J. Donahue, 41, as one of two Americans killed Tuesday when their convoy was attacked by a suicide car bomber near Kabul, Afghanistan.

As Home Post reported Wednesday, the other American killed was Navy Reservist Stephen Byus, 39, of Columbus, Ohio.

Donahue was assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg. Lt. Col. Gabriel Barton, Donahue ...

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Navy Reservist Killed In Tuesday's Afghanistan Suicide Car Bombing (Video)

Family members of Navy Reservist Stephen Byus have told the Columbus Dispatch the 39-year-old was one of two American troops killed in a suicide car bombing Tuesday near Kabul, Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense has not yet officially released the names of the two American service members killed when a Toyota Corolla filled with explosives struck a coalition convoy roughly 200 yards from the U.S. Embassy.

Byus leaves behind ...

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Special Ops Marine Killed In Afghanistan Insider Attack (Video)

Marine Corps Sgt. Charles C. Strong was killed Sept. 15 in Herat province, Afghanistan, according to the Department of Defense.

Strong, 28, was assigned to 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

The Military Times reports Strong is believed to be the unnamed coalition service member killed in western Afghanistan Sept. 15 "by an individual wearing an Afghan National Army uniform." International ...

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Sending Holiday Gifts To Your Sailor? Here Are The Navy's Mail Deadlines

Planning to send a Christmas gift or holiday card to someone you love aboard a Navy ship or on shore duty? The Navy has announced its mail-by dates to ensure presents and letters get to your sailor before Dec. 25:

For mail addressed to/from:

APO/FPO/DPO AE zips 090-098 (except 093); AA zips 340; AP zips 962-966

  • Priority Express Mail Military Service: Dec. 17

  • First-Class and Priority Mail ...

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2 US Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan Suicide Car Bombing (Video)

Two U.S. soldiers were killed Tuesday and several others wounded when their motorcade was hit by the blast of a suicide car bomb near Kabul, Afghanistan.

Fox News reports that in addition to the two American troops who died, a Polish service member also lost his life in the attack.

According to a NATO ISAF casualty report:

We can confirm three International Security Assistance Force members died as a ...

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Two Vietnam War Soldiers Awarded Medal Of Honor On Monday

President Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to two Vietnam War soldiers at a White House ceremony Monday: Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins, 80, and Army Spc. Four Donald P. Sloat, who was killed in combat in 1970 at the age of 20.

Adkins and his wife of 58 years, Mary Adkins, made the trip from their home in Opelika, Alabama to attend Monday's ceremony.

According ...

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USS America To Arrive In New Homeport Of San Diego On Monday (Video)

The future USS America is slated to arrive in its new homeport of San Diego on Monday.

As Home Post reported earlier this summer, USS America departed the Ingalls Shipbuilding shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi in July for its maiden voyage to San Diego.

Because the 844-foot-long amphibious assault ship was too large to fit through the Panama Canal, it circumnavigated South America on a “America Visits the Americas” goodwill tour ...

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Navy Names Pilot Presumed Dead After Crash Off USS Carl Vinson

The Navy has identified the pilot who went missing and is presumed dead after his fighter jet crashed as Lt. Nathan Poloski, 26, of Lake Arrowhead, California.

As Home Post reported earlier, Poloski was the pilot of one of two F/A-18C Hornet jets from the USS Carl Vinson that collided Friday and crashed into the Western Pacific.

The other pilot was immediately rescued and received medical attention aboard the ...

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Navy: Pilot From Crashed Jet Presumed Dead; Search Called Off

The Navy has called off its search for the pilot of one of two F/A-18C Hornet jets from the USS Carl Vinson that crashed Friday in the Western Pacific.

The pilot, according to the Navy, "has been presumed deceased." That pilot was assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94 out of Naval Air Station Lemoore in Central California.

The Navy won't release the pilot's name until his ...

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Two Navy Jets From USS Carl Vinson Collide At Sea; One Pilot Missing (Video)

The pilot of one of two U.S. Navy F/A-18C Hornet jets that collided in the western Pacific after taking off from the San Diego-based aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson was in fair condition Friday, while a search continued for the other pilot, Navy officials said.

At the time of the incident, the Navy reports the Vinson was roughly 250 nautical miles west of Wake Island.

Both jets were ...

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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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Marine Veteran Reunites With Military Dog, Thanks To California Group (Video)

They ate every meal together, slept next to each other each night. Marine Corps veteran Sgt. Robert Hulsey forged an unbreakable bond with his Improvised Detection Dog Jjoe when the two served together in Afghanistan for seven months in 2011.

Hulsey told the Dallas Morning News:

“Every single day, I’d wake up in the morning, and we’d patrol [around the base] for a few hours and come back ...

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New Ribbon For Marine Corps Combat Instructors

There's a new ribbon special duty assignment ribbon for Marines who've completed a three year tour as combat instructor at the School of Infantry West at Camp Pendleton, or the School of Infantry East at Camp Geiger in North Carolina.

According to news release by Headquarters Marine Corps:

The combat instructors at the Schools of Infantry teach all Marines the basic combat skills which make every Marine a ...

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Airman Won't Say 'So Help Me God' And Is Denied Reenlistment

"So help me God." Those four words are at the center of a controversy brewing for an atheist airman who refuses to say them as part of his reenlistment oath, and thus has been denied the opportunity to remain in the Air Force after his term of service expires in November.

The airman is stationed at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada and is choosing to remain anonymous for fear ...

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Baked French Fries For Crew Of USS America - San Diego's Newest Ship

As the USS America makes its way to its new home port of San Diego, the crew's dining options have been quite different from what other sailors usually experience during deployment - no free soft drinks, and french fries that aren't actually fried.

The Marine Corps Times reports the America does not have any deep fryers or free soft drink machines on board. Instead, America's crew has been ...

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