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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MARINES PUT SEVERAL LOCAL AND COACHELLA VALLEY BUSINESSES OFF-LIMITS

According to a Marine Corps Combat Center order, several businesses in Twentynine Palms, Yucca Valley, and in the Coachella Valley are declared off limits to Marines, “in order to protect [them] from detrimental conditions in the civilian community.” The off-limits businesses include the Adobe Smoke Shop and STC Smoke Shop,

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MARINE CORPS UNIFORM CHANGES ON THE HORIZON

Major changes for Marine Corps uniforms are in the pipeline. Marine Corps officials declined to comment on the results, as final decisions are still pending, but Marines’ input will be taken into account, according to board manager Mary Boyt. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has also called for a gender-neutral, “iconic”

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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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MARINES, BLM HOST MEETING SATURDAY ON USE OF JOHNSON VALLEY

Representatives from the Marine Corps and the Bureau of Land Management will host a meeting about land use in the Johnson Valley area at the Johnson Valley Community Center, November 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. At the meeting, the Marine Corps will discuss its plans to conduct a

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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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