EXPECT “SOUNDS OF FREEDOM” FROM THE MARINE BASE

Expect more “Sounds of Freedom” from the 29 Palms Marine Base. Marine officials say Morongo Basin residents may hear more noise than usual. The Marine Corps is in the middle of a 29-day integrated training exercise conducting battalion-size, live-fire maneuvers and will incorporate combat support, combat service support, and aviation

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MARINE BASE ECOLOGIST DECODES DESERT TORTOISE GENOME

The Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms does more than just prepare for war. Sometimes it helps save a species. Reporter David Haldane has the details… What is a desert tortoise really made of? That’s the question absorbing a group of scientists for the last several years. Now

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“SOUNDS OF FREEDOM“ CONTINUES TO RATTLE LOCAL WINDOWS

The “Sound of Freedom” is still rattling windows in the Morongo Basin and will for the next two weeks. The Marine Corps is conducting Integrated Training Exercise 3-17 on board the Combat Center through June 2. Early Wednesday morning a series of big booms had some residents thinking there were

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE TO GET SILVER STAR FOR SAVING LINGUIST DURING ENEMY FIRE

The Marine Corps will present the third-highest combat award to an Iraq War veteran Thursday, following a review that upgraded his commendation. Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Glenn M. Walters, will present the Silver Star Medal to Capt. Andrew Kim, an officer with Marine Corps Tactics and Operations

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ACTIVE SHOOTER EXERCISE ABOARD THE MARINE BASE TOMORROW

The Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms will conduct an active shooter exercise Tuesday, May 16, from 8 a.m. to noon. The full-scale exercise will evaluate the installation’s emergency operations plans, policies and procedures as well as first-responders’ capability and capacity to operate in coordination with multi-jurisdictional agencies.

THE “SOUND OF FREEDOM” WILL RATTLE LOCAL WINDOWS THROUGH JUNE 2

What local residents call the “Sound of Freedom” has been rattling windows in the Morongo Basin for the past few days and will continue for the next three weeks. The Marine Corps announced that Integrated Training Exercise 3-17 is currently taking place on board the Combat Center through June 2.

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MARINE CORPS TO TAKE OVER JOHNSON VALLEY IN AUGUST

Four 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 plans to hold the training exercises August 1-30. Under the shared-use agreement, public access to the BLM land is prohibited

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MARINES FINISH AIRLIFTING ABOUT 1,100 TORTOISES OUT OF JOHNSON VALLEY

The U.S. Marine Corps airlifted about 1,100 desert tortoises across the Mojave Desert this month. A population of the reptiles lived in the Johnson Valley area, west of the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms. Plans to expand the Marines’ training grounds would have put the tortoises

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NAVY CHANGES REGS ABOUT POSTING NUDE PHOTOS

Posting nude pictures of service members without consent is now, for all intents and purposes, a crime in the Navy and Marine Corps—a response to the nude photo-sharing scandal that surfaced when a reporter outed a private Facebook group of Marines and sailors that was used at times to swap

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MARINES HAVE BEGUN MOVING TORTOISES OUT OF JOHNSON VALLEY

Operation Desert Tortoise is in its seventh day as Marines work to move over a thousand Desert Tortoises out of Johnson Valley. The Marines, working with about 125 wildlife biologists, expect to move 1,156 tortoises, clearing areas expected to be most disturbed by live-ammunition training missions. It’s part of a

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NOMINATIONS DUE NEXT WEEK FOR MARINE WIFE OF THE YEAR

Celebrating the sacrifices of military wives, an award will be given for Marine Wife of the Year. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells you how to make a nomination… Nominations are due next week for the Irene Ferguson Marine Wife of the Year Award. World War II veteran Major Glenn Ferguson

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MARINES REVEAL PLANS TO HELICOPTER 1,500 TORTOISES OUT OF JOHNSON VALLEY

Federal land management and defense officials have signed off on plans by the U.S. Marine Corps to move as many as 1,500 desert tortoises from an area recently acquired for training in Johnson Valley. The largest tortoise relocation effort ever in the Mojave Desert is toward the end of this

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VOTE TODAY FOR MILITARY SPOUSE OF THE YEAR

A Twentynine Palms woman is one of six women who are in the running in a national competition for Military Spouse of the Year, sponsored by Armed Forces Insurance and Military Spouse magazine. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the final day to vote is today…. Just a reminder: today is

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN NAMED MARINE CORPS SPOUSE OF THE YEAR

A Twentynine Palms woman who was named military spouse of the year for the Combat Center, has also been named as the Marine Corps Military Spouse of the Year. Managing editor Tami Roleff shares the good news… Jessica Rudd of Twentynine Palms has seen many different aspects of military life,

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN FINALIST FOR MILITARY SPOUSE OF THE YEAR

A Twentynine Palms woman has been named as Military Spouse of the Year for the Combat Center, and was named Wednesday as one of 18 finalists for the military branch spouses by Military Spouse magazine and Armed Forces Insurance. She is competing against two other Marine spouses for the honor

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MARINE KILLED IN TRAINING INCIDENT ON TWENTYNINE PALMS BASE IS IDENTIFIED

The Marine killed in a training mishap Friday evening aboard the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps base has been identified. LCpl. Austin Ruiz, 19, of Naples, Florida, died and another Marine was injured January 13 during what was called a “routine training mission.” According to his hometown television station, family members

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MARINE KILLED IN TRAINING ACCIDENT ON TWENTYNINE PALMS BASE

One Marine was killed and another injured during a live-fire training exercise Friday aboard the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center. The Marine Corps announced that the Marines were conducting unit training in preparation for the start of Integrated Training Exercise 2-17 when the accident happened about 5:05 p.m.

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DOD ANNOUNCES NEW REVIEW PROCESS OUTREACH FOR VETERANS

Veterans who believe they have experienced an error or injustice concerning their military discharge or in their military records can ask for a review. Managing editor Tami Roleff explains how… The Department of Defense is reviewing its policies concerning post-traumatic stress disorder, sexual assault, sexual orientation, and other issues to

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MARINE COMMANDER RELIEVED OF DUTY AFTER AIRCRAFT CRASHES

The commander of a Marine aircraft squadron plagued with crashes, including aboard the Twentynine Palms Marine base, was relieved of command Wednesday. The Marine Corps said Lieutenant Colonel Wade Workman, commander of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232, was relieved “due to a loss of trust and confidence in his ability

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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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