LARGE SCALE COMBINED EXERCISE ABOARD TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE BASE

East end Morongo Basin residents will be hearing “The Sound of Freedom” this weekend. The Marine Corps’ will be conducting a large-scale combined arms, live-fire exercise on board the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center. The 1st Marine Division, along with support from the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, 1stMarine Logistics Group,

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PENTAGON SAYS WOMEN CAN NOW SERVE IN FRONT-LINE COMBAT POSITIONS

The Pentagon says that women can now serve in front-line combat positions. Saying America’s military must draw from “the broadest possible pool of talent,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Thursday that women in the U.S. military—including the Army and Marines—can now serve in combat posts. The formal process to open

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HAPPY 240TH BIRTHDAY OF THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS

On this date 240 years ago, the United States Marine Corps was born when the Continental Congress authorized the establishment of a battalion of Marines, and the first Marines enlisted in Tun Tavern, Philadelphia. Every year, Marines around the world—active duty and retired, and their families—gather to honor their heritage

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A BUSY YEAR FOR THE TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE BASE

Among the speakers at last week’s State of the Basin presentation in Yucca Valley was the assistant chief of staff for the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the Marines have been busy… “It’s been a very busy year for us; approximately 40,000 Marines, sailors, and

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PILOT ERROR, FAULTY PART CAUSED FATAL TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE HELICOPTER CRASH

Two Marine officers who were killed when their helicopter crashed at the Combat Center in January disregarded warning lights that indicated an emergency with the aircraft’s oil pressure. The Marine Corps Times obtained a copy of the investigation into the crash and reported Sunday that the UH-1Y Huey helicopter was

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2,300 MARINES AND SAILORS RETURNING HOME TO TWENTYNINE PALMS TOMORROW

Approximately 2,300 Marines and sailors will be returning home to Southern California, including the Twentynine Palms Combat Center Friday, October 23, after a 6-month deployment to Iraq. The troops formed the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force—Crisis Response—Central Command, 15.2. The Marines and sailors of 15.2 were sent in April

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22 SHOOTERS COMPETE IN INAUGURAL DAV COMPETITION ABOARD MARINE BASE

On a breezy Saturday morning, 22 shooters, ranging in age from 10 to their 70s, competed in the Disabled American Veterans Morongo Basin Chapter #60 inaugural air rifle competition at the Combat Center Rifle Range. The shooters faced down NRA steel animal silhouettes at distances up to 40 yards using

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DAV AIR RIFLE COMPETITION SATURDAY ABOARD MARINE BASE

The inaugural air rifle competition, sponsored by the Disabled American Vets, is set for this Saturday, October 10, at the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center firing range. Disabled veterans from all services from southern California will converge on the combat center to test their skills.

MARINE BASE TO RELEASE DESERT TORTOISE HATCHLINGS

About 35 young desert tortoises will be released into the wild today, September 30, in a ceremony on board the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center. The baby tortoises, which are about 9 years old, have been raised in a “head start” program on the base since 2006 as part of

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CORWIN MURDER SUSPECT APPEARS IN SAN BERNARDINO COURTROOM

Christopher Lee, accused of murdering Erin Corwin of Twentynine Palms in June 2014, made his first appearance in a San Bernardino courtroom Thursday morning. Under Judge Glenn Yabuno, Lee’s attorney waived a formal arraignment and entered a plea of not guilty. Under a series of peremptory challenges filed by the

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3RD BATTALION, 4TH MARINES REACTIVATES TODAY

Just 16 months ago, in May 2014, the Marines of 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment deactivated their battalion for the seventh time due to a reduction of forces to 175,000 Marines. However, due to increasing operational requirements around the world, 3/4 is being reactivated again. While the official reactivation date

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DISABLED AMERICAN VETS LOOKING FOR AIR RIFLE COMPETITORS

The Local Chapter of the Disabled American Veterans, the DAV, is hosting a unique competition next month aboard the Marine Base. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the contest is for any veteran, with any kind of disability… The Morongo Basin Chapter #60 of the Disabled American Vets organization is seeking

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RETIREES MARINE BIRTHDAY BALL TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE

Tickets for the Retirees’ Marine Corps Birthday Ball dinner and dance will go on sale Tuesday, September 1. The dinner and dance will be held November 7 at the Officers’ Club on board the Combat Center. Tickets are $38 each, and seating is limited. For information on where to buy

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MAJOR EXERCISE CONTINUES ABOARD THE 29 PALMS MARINE BASE

This reminder to those who live in and around the Twentynine Palms Marine Base. A battalion-level exercise will run through September 8. Marines and sailors of Battalion Landing Team 2/1, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of Camp Pendleton, are taking part in the training exercise.

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MAJOR EXERCISE STARTS SUNDAY ABOARD THE TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE BASE

The Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center will hold a battalion-level exercise on the Twentynine Palms Marine base starting Sunday, August 30, through September 8. Marines and sailors of Battalion Landing Team 2/1, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of Camp Pendleton, will take part in the

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RED CROSS WORKSHOP FOR AFTER-DEPLOYMENT COMMUNICATION TOMORROW

Military members returning from deployment face difficulty in reconnecting the the routine. A workshop tomorrow will deal with that adjustment. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details… “Communicating Clearly” is a free, one-evening workshop for service members, veterans and their families who want to improve or gain valuable communication skills and techniques.

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MARINES JOIN WITH BRITS, CANADIANS IN MAJOR JOINT EXERCISE ON COMBAT CENTER

The United States Marine Corps, along with Canadian and British armed forces, are taking part in Large Scale Exercise 15 aboard the Combat Center, through August 20. The exercise is conducted at the brigade level with both West and East coast Marine Corps units who are using live-fire maneuver elements.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL HONORS COMBAT CENTER’S JIM RICKER, MAY CHANGE EL PASEO DRIVE

The agenda for tonight’s meeting of the Twentynine Palms City Council lists many presentations and discussion items, including the designation of Jim Ricker of the Twentynine Palms Marine Base as 42nd Assembly District Veteran of the Year by Assemblyman Chad Mayes. Reporter Dan Stork surveys the full agenda…

Among the

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MARINES COME TO THE AID OF JOSHUA TREE FLOOD VICTIM

Last Sunday’s deluge brought severe problems to some local residents. Reporter Dan Stork relates how a Joshua Tree resident reached out for help, and how some Marines will be helping out…

Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council Chairmen Mark Lundquist said that a friend of his reached out for help when

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MATERNITY LEAVE EXTENDED FOR MARINES AND SAILORS

The Secretary of the Navy announced Thursday that he is expanding paid maternity leave for Marines and sailors to 18 weeks. The new policy is retroactive to January 1. While new mothers are eligible for the extended leave, the extended maternity leave for adoptive mothers and parental leave is not

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