SECRETARY OF DEFENSE VISITS THE TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE BASE YESTERDAY

The Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, MAGTAF Training command, hosted the Unites States Secretary of Defense yesterday. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells us why he was in our Morongo Basin… The Secretary of the Defense was at the Combat Center in Twentynine Palms Tuesday to observe Marine

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MARINE CORPS MARKS IT’S 241ST ANNIVERSARY TODAY

Today, November 10, is the 241st anniversary of the formation of the United States Marine Corps, in the words of Commandant Robert B. Neller, “Each year on or around 10 November, Marines gather in groups large and small to celebrate our history, honor the memory of those who have gone

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CHRISTOPHER LEE CONFESSES IN COURT TO KILLING ERIN CORWIN

Christopher Lee dropped a bombshell in court Thursday morning when he confessed to killing Erin Corwin, 19, of Twentynine Palms. According to the Hi-Desert Star, Lee said he strangled his lover and neighbor because she molested his young daughter, and he testified that he wasn’t going to allow anyone to

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FOUR MARINES ARRESTED AFTER SHOTS FIRED AT TWENTYNINE PALMS BAR

Four active-duty Marines were arrested following a fight outside a Twentynine Palms bar where shots were fired early Sunday morning. At about 1:31 a.m. Sunday morning, sheriff’s deputies responded to a fight involving multiple subjects at the Break N’ Run Bar at 72143 29 Palms Highway. As deputies were responding,

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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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