WITNESS SAYS POLICE WERE NOT IN HARM’S WAY IN DEADLY MARINE SHOOTING IN PALM SPRINGS IN 2012

A woman who witnessed a deadly police shooting in Palm Springs in 2012 told the Desert Sun newspaper that the two officers were not in harm’s way when they fired at a Marine’s car in a downtown parking garage. Lesley Diggins, 42, who was only a car-length away from the

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NEW GENERAL TAKES OVER COMBAT CENTER COMMAND

A change of command at the Combat Center will feature two Marines who have handed off command to each other in the past. Maj. Gen. David Berger will relinquish command of the Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, to Maj. Gen. Lewis Craparotta,

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MILITARY K-9S AT TWENTYNINE PALMS LIBRARY THURSDAY

The Twentynine Palms Library will feature a performance by military working dogs from the Combat Center base tomorrow. Military dogs play an active role in locating drugs and searching for explosives. Military K9 dog handlers will provide a demonstration in Veterans’ Park, adjacent to the library, at 10:30 Thursday morning.

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FIRE DESTROYS JOSHUA TREE HOME, RV TRAILERS, SHED

An extension cord being used to power a swamp cooler is blamed for a fire in Joshua Tree Sunday afternoon that completely destroyed a home, two travel trailers, a shed, and a vehicle. About 4 p.m., fire fighters from Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, Yucca Mesa, the Combat Center, and Morongo

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE AND WIFE ACCUSED OF NEGLECTING THEIR FIVE CHILDREN

A Marine and his wife were arrested Thursday afternoon, accused of neglecting their five children. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Rick Millard, military police called deputies about 1:30 p.m. to investigate a case of child neglect in the 8100 block of Delta Street on board the Combat Center. Millard said deputies

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE DIES IN AFGHANISTAN COMBAT

The military and civilian communities of the Morongo Basin mourn the loss of a Twentynine Palms Marine. The Department of Defense announced yesterday the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Sgt. Thomas Z. Spitzer, 23, of New Braunfels, Texas, died June 25 while conducting combat operations

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MARINE ARRESTED FOR BEATING HIS PREGNANT WIFE

A Marine corporal was arrested Saturday night after he beat up his pregnant wife. According to a Sheriff’s report, Kevin Buitrago, 22, put his wife, who is four-months pregnant, in a choke hold and she passed out. The Sheriff’s report stated the woman also had two black eyes from being

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COUNTY OFFERING VETERANS SERVICES LOCALLY

The County Veterans Affairs Office in San Bernardino sends a service representative to the Morongo Basin two days a week. Misty Taylor is at the County Building, 56357 Pima Trail, in Yucca Valley every Tuesday from 9 to 3. Taylor visits two Twentynine Palms locations Wednesdays; she is at 73629

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36TH COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS NAMED

Marine Gen. Joseph “Fighting Joe” Dunford has been nominated as the next commandant of the Marine Corps. The Defense Department announced Thursday that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had nominated Dunford, who currently commands coalition troops in Afghanistan as head of the International Security Assistance Force, to be the 36th commandant.

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VETERANS’ SEVICES BEING OFFERED LOCALLY

The County Veterans Affairs Office in San Bernardino sends a service representative to the Morongo Basin two days a week. Misty Taylor is at the County Building, 56357 Pima Trail, in Yucca Valley every Tuesday from 9 to 3. Taylor visits Twentynine Palms twice a week. On Wednesdays, she is

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LIVE WEBCAST OF DEACTIVATION OF 3RD BATTALION, 4TH MARINES TODAY

The Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center is holding a ceremony for the deactivation of 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines today. A recording of the ceremony can be seen online at a link in this story at z1077fm.com.

http://www.dvidshub.net/webcast/4378

DOD LOOKS AT MORE RESTRICTIONS ON HIGH INTEREST LOANS

A report from the Department of Defense is calling for more restrictions on high-interest loans to active-duty military. Defense officials must clamp down on more predatory lenders to force troops away from high-cost credit options, according to a Defense Department report recently submitted to Congress. Defense officials are putting together

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3RD BATTALION, 4TH MARINES, DEACTIVATION SET

Third Battalion, 4th Marines, “The Thundering Third,” will deactivate during a ceremony aboard the Combat Center held at Lance Cpl. Torrey L. Grey Field, May 30. Since its initial inception in 1925, this is the unit’s 6th period of activation. Since its reactivation in 1994, 3/4 served on seven combat

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MARINE BASE COMMANDING GENERAL BERGER TO TAKE COMMAND OF 1MEF

The commanding general of both the Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command and the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Maj. Gen. David Berger, will become commander of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, the Defense Department announced Wednesday.

The 1st MEF is based at Camp Pendleton.

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MAJOR LIVE-FIRE, LARGE-SCALE EXCERCISES THIS WEEK ABOARD BASE

A combined-arms, live-fire, large-scale exercise will be taking place in our entire region this week starting today. During the Desert Scimitar exercise, Marines and sailors from 1st Marine Division, 1st, 5th, 7th, and 11th Marine Regiments, 1st Tank Battalion, 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion,

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MAKE-A-WISH REQUEST WILL SEE 13-YEAR-OLD FIRE A MARINE HOWITZER

What boy hasn’t dreamed about blowing stuff up? A 13-year-old boy from San Diego will have his dream come true tomorrow, thanks to the Make-a-Wish Foundation and the Marines with Third Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment at Twentynine Palms Marine base. Managing editor Tami Roleff introduces us to Ryan and his

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MEETING TO DISCUSS JOHNSON VALLEY OFF-ROAD AREA LAST NIGHT

Some two dozen area residents, representing varied interests, attended a workshop meeting last night at the Yucca Valley Community Center with the BLM and the Marine Corps to discuss the changes coming to the Johnson Valley off-road vehicle area. They got a look at the new configuration of Johnson Valley

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LAWMAKERS MOVE TO STOP PLAN TO RESTRICT MILITARY TOBACCO SALES

House lawmakers moved yesterday to protect tobacco sales on military bases and ships, prohibiting Navy plans to drop the products in the name of force health. As part of its annual defense authorization bill mark up on Wednesday, the House Armed Services Committee added language forbidding defense officials from enacting

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MARINES, BLM, AND OFF-ROADERS TO MEET REGARDING JOHNSON VALLEY

Representatives from the Marine Corps and the Bureau of Land Management will host an informational meeting about the changes in land use in the Johnson Valley area at the Yucca Valley Community Center May 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. State agencies, off-highway vehicle interest groups, and environmental advocacy groups

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“HOW TO DO BUSINESS WITH THE BASE” WORKSHOP WEDNESDAY AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE

The Combat Center will hold a workshop on “How to Do Business with the Base” May 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Copper Mountain College’s Bell Center. The workshop is a partnership between the Combat Center and the Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley Chambers of

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