MARINE CORPS COULD CHANGE THE WAY IT FIGHTS WARS

The way the Marine Corps fights in war could change, following an 18-month experiment currently taking place at the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms. According to the Marine Corps Times, Marines are experimenting with the size of the combat units, and with new equipment. Some of the

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MARINES START JOHNSON VALLEY EXERCISE SUNDAY

The Marine Corps will be conducting large-scale military exercises on land managed by the Bureau of Land Management in Johnson Valley starting this Sunday. The shared use area will be temporarily closed to the public between August 14 and 21. The Marine Corps has already announced that it will use

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FIVE CRASHES AND TWO PILOT DEATHS RESULT IN STAND-DOWN OF MARINE JETS

The Marines have ordered a stand-down of all non-deployed jets following a series of crashes. Captain Sarah Burns, a spokesman for the Marines said, “The pause will last one day within the next seven to allow units to “discuss best practices and to look at ways to continue to improve.”

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MARINE CORPS PILOT DIES IN PLANE CRASH NEAR TWENTYNINE PALMS

The Marine Corps has identified the pilot killed in a plane crash near Twentynine Palms Thursday night. Major Richard “Stranger” Norton, 36, of Arcadia, departed from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in an F/A-18C Hornet to take part in an integrated training exercise on board the Combat Center in Twentynine

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MARINE CORPS EXERCISE IN JOHNSON VALLEY SET FOR AUGUST 14 – 21

Three years ago, the Marine Corps announced that it would be conducting large-scale military exercises on land managed by the Bureau of Land Management in Johnson Valley. The Marine Corps had originally planned to hold the training exercises from August 1 to the 31. Under the shared-use agreement, public access

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EXPECT MORE “SOUNDS OF FREEDOM” FROM THE MARINE BASE NEXT MONTH

Morongo Basin residents may hear more noise than usual from the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms over the next month. The Marine Corps will be conducting two exercises: integrated training exercise and a large-scale exercise. These exercises are comprised of intensive training for 3,500 active duty and

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EXPECT MORE NOISE THAN USUAL ABOARD THE TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE BASE

Morongo Basin residents may hear more noise than usual from the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms over the next month. The Marine Corps will be conducting two exercises: integrated training exercise and a large-scale exercise. These exercises are comprised of intensive training for 3,500 active duty and

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MARINES ANNOUNCE LARGE SCALE EXERCISES IN JOHNSON VALLEY IN AUGUST

Three years ago, the Marine Corps announced that it would be conducting large-scale military exercises on land managed by the Bureau of Land Management in Johnson Valley. The Marine Corps had originally planned to hold the training exercises from August 1 to the 31. Under the shared-use agreement, public access

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CHANGE OF COMMAND SET ABOARD MARINE CORPS AIR-GROUND COMBAT CENTER

The commanding general of the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center will relinquish command at a ceremony Thursday, July 14. Brigadier General William Mullen III will take over command of the Combat Center and the Marine Air-Ground Task Force Training Program from Major General Lewis Craparotta. The ceremony will

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JURY DELIBERATING IN MURDER TRIAL AFTER A MARINE WAS BY SHOT ANOTHER MARINE

The jury in the murder trial of Brock Myers started their deliberations Thursday morning and will continue them today. Myers, 25, is accused of shooting and killing his roommate, 26-year-old Steven Kohus, in the head in March 2014. Both Myers and Kohus were corporals in the Marine Corps attached to

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MURDER TRIAL OF MARINE ACCUSED OF KILLING HIS ROOMMATE CONTINUES THIS WEEK

The murder trial of Brock Myers continues this week. Myers, 25, is accused of shooting and killing his roommate, 26-year-old Steven Kohus, in the head in March 2014. Both Myers and Kohus were corporals in the Marine Corps attached to 1st Battalion, 7th Marines at the Twentynine Palms Combat Center

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ECONOMIC IMPACT OF THE TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE BASE ON OUR MORONGO BASIN

The Morongo Basin’s largest employer is the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the base’s Assistant Chief of Staff Jim Ricker was at the Yucca Valley Town Council meeting Tuesday night to report on the base’s economic impact on the Morongo Basin… According

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MARINE BASE COMMANDING GENERAL TO GET PROMOTION AND A NEW ASSIGNMENT

President Obama has nominated the commanding general of the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center for a promotion and reassignment to Camp Pendleton in Oceanside. Major General Lewis Craparotta’s promotion to lieutenant general must be confirmed by the Senate before he can assume command of the First Marine Expeditionary Force. Craparotta

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MARINES AND REACH OUT COMBINE TO HELP NEIGHBORS

An early spring day saw 20 members of the 3rd Battalion 11th Marines and Combat Logistics Battalion-7 from the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center out in force in the community assisting senior and disabled homeowners with yard work in coordination with Reach Out Morongo Basin. In what’s become a

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MARINE CORPS TAKING PUBLIC INPUT ON TRAINING AREA ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS

The Marine Corps is accepting public comment on its draft environmental assessment it has prepared for its training areas on board the Combat Center. The draft environmental assessment evaluates additional landing zones within existing training areas that contain low densities of desert tortoises, the impacts of operations, and determines areas

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE KILLED AT SAN BERNARDINO STRIP CLUB

A 20-year-old Marine stationed at Twentynine Palms was killed early Sunday morning when he was shot at a San Bernardino County strip club. The San Bernardino City police and fire departments were called at 2:12 a.m. for shots fired at the Flesh Club Showgirls strip club. Responding personnel found Douglas

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PUBLIC INVITED TO MEETING OF MARINES AND BLM REGARDING JOHNSON VALLEY USE

The Marines are meeting with the BLM about their upcoming training in the Johnson Valley off-road area. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the public is welcome to attend the Saturday meeting… Representatives from the Marine Corps and the Bureau of Land Management will host a meeting about land use in the

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MARINES PLAN TO MOVE MORE THAN 1,400 TORTOISES OUT OF JOHNSON VALLEY

Military officials are planning to move an estimated 1,420 desert tortoises from the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps training expansion area. The plan is to move the reptiles from 88,000 acres in Johnson Valley to federal land southeast of Barstow, known as the Ord-Rodman critical habitat area. The move is needed

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PRE-DEPLOYMENT TRAINING ABOARD THE TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE BASE

Be prepared for a step-up in training activity aboard the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center. Marines from various units will be coming together next week to train prior to deploying in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. The three-day exercise, known as CERTEX, will bring together Marines and

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JAPANESE TO TRAIN WITH U.S. MARINES IN TWENTYNINE PALMS THIS WEEK

For the last two weeks, soldiers from the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force and U.S. Marines from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit have been training at Camp Pendleton in amphibious operations and small unit skills. On Friday, February 12, about 200 Japanese Defense Forces and 400 Marines will move to the

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