VETERANS DAY TRIBUTE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS MONDAY

The City of Twentynine Palms will host the Morongo Basin’s Veterans Day Tribute 2013. The event begins at 10:00 a.m. in Veterans Park and will include guest speakers, static displays of law enforcement, fire department, and military equipment, as well as music and entertainment. The Marine Sandpiper and the Marine

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MARINE BASE CELEBRATES MARINE CORPS’ 238TH BIRTHDAY TOMMORROW

Tomorrow, the Combat Center will celebrate the Marine Corps 238th birthday by holding a pageant of uniforms at Lance Cpl. Torrey L. Gray Field. Marines from the Combat Center’s Headquarters Battalion will dress in Marine Corps uniforms dating back from the beginning years of the Marine Corps to present. Many

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MARINE CORPS BASE CHIEF OF STAFF TO RETIRE FRIDAY

The Chief of Staff for the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center will retire Thursday, October 31. During his 33 years in the Marine Corps, Colonel George Aucoin served in Japan, the Philippines, South Korea, and in operations in Liberia and Iraq. Colonel Aucoin’s current tour at the Combat Center

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200 MARINES RETURN TO MARINE BASE AFTER 7-MONTH DEPLOYMENT

Another Marine unit returned to Twentynine Palms yesterday after a 7-month deployment to Afghanistan. About 200 Marines with Third Combat Engineer Battalion returned to the Combat Center yesterday; a smaller advance party returned to Twentynine Palms about two weeks ago. This was the unit’s last deployment to Afghanistan; after multiple

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TOYS FOR TOTS TAKING REGISTRATIONS

Toys for Tots are now taking names of kids to receive toys from this year’s program. Managing editor Tami Roleff tells you how to register… Registration is now open to request a toy from the Marine Corps program Toys for Tots. The Marine Corps Toys for Tots collects new toys

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EMERGENCY DRILL ON MARINE BASE THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING

This reminder today for residents of the Twentynine Palms Combat Center and surrounding areas: There will a lot of noise and activity this afternoon and evening as Marines practice a non-combatant evacuation operation exercise. Marines will simulate the evacuation of civilians from a potentially hostile area from 4 to 10

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MAJOR DRILL PLANNED ON MARINE BASE TOMORROW

Residents at the Combat Center and surrounding areas will hear a lot of noise and activity Friday, as Marines practice a non-combatant evacuation operation exercise. Marines will simulate the evacuation of civilians from a potentially hostile area from 4 to 10 p.m. tomorrow. Helicopter and tilt-rotor flights will be conducted

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7TH MARINES CHANGE OF COMMAND TOMORROW ON COMBAT CENTER

The 7th Marine Regiment will hold a Change of Command ceremony Tomorrow at Lance Cpl. Torrey L. Gray Field aboard the Twentynine Palms Combat Center. Colonel Austin Renforth will relinquish command of the regiment to Colonel Jay Bargeron, who most recently served at Manpower and Reserve Affairs at Headquarters Marine

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MILITARY DEATH BENEFITS RESTORED, THANKS TO PRIVATE CHARITY

The Pentagon says families of fallen troops will begin receiving the $100,000 death gratuity that was suspended for more than a week due to the government shutdown. Yesterday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the department has forged an agreement with the Fisher House, a private charity organization, to provide payments

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MARINES RETURNING HOME TODAY, Z107.7 TO BROADCAST ARRIVAL

The second of several companies of Marines are expected to arrive home today to the Twentynine Palms Combat Center. Third Battalion 4th Marines, and 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion deployed to Afghanistan in April in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The Marines supported the transition of U.S. forces over to the

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PENTAGON SAYS ALL PAY AND ALLOWANCES TO BE PAID

The Pentagon’s accountants said today that all troops will receive their pays and allowances on time for the mid-month paycheck next week, but some details remain unclear. The Defense Finance and Accounting Services issued a statement saying that “Normal pay and allowances have been processed and you will receive them

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FORMER TWENTYNINE MARINE BASE COMMANDING GENERAL FIRED

One of the two generals forced to retire by the Marine Corps Commandant yesterday once served as the commanding general of the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center. Major General Mark Gurganus, who served as CG from May 2008 to September 2009, had his promotion to lieutenant general rescinded

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MARINE CORPS COMMANDANT WANTS TOUGH MEASURES IN BARRACKS

A story in today’s Marine Times says the Marine Corps commandant wants tough new measures put in place in barracks across the service to “reawaken” it morally and crack down on bad behavior. Gen. Jim Amos delivered his plan Monday to his senior officers during the General Officer Symposium at

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MARINE CORPS FACES CHALLENGE IN DOWNSIZING

The Marine Corps faces a difficult period of transition that will include shedding thousands of personnel per year, sharpening its role as a crisis-response force and preparing for expanded operations outside of Afghanistan. Commandant Gen. Jim Amos told members of Congress in mid-September that the Marine Corps has now developed

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CONGRESSMAN PAUL COOK SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR VETERAN HONOREES

Congressman Paul Cook of Yucca Valley plants to honor military veterans from his district at a ceremony November 8. “Heroes of the 8th” Veterans Recognition Ceremony will honor past and present members of the military for their distinguished service, community involvement, or advocacy for veterans’ causes. Nominations for honorees can

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ONE MARINE KILLED, FOUR INJURED IN TRAINING ACCIDENT ON BASE

A Marine was killed Monday, and four others injured, during a training accident on board the Combat Center in Twentynine Palms. About 11:20 a.m. Monday morning, an amphibious-assault vehicle caught fire in the Bullion/Lead Mountain area, killing Corporal Nicholas Sell, 21, and injuring four others. One of the injured is

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COMMANDANT CALLS FOR SMALLER MARINE CORPS OF 174,000

The Commandant of the Marine Corps has called for the service to cut its active-duty force to 174,000 personnel saying in a piece published Monday, “doing so will allow Marines to remain engaged as the U.S.’s premier crisis-response force.” Gen. Jim Amos’ essay, posted on the website “defense one,” called

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ALCOHOL AVAILABILITY TO BE RESTRICTED AT MARINE CORPS BASES

Sales of alcohol sales aboard Marine Corps installations will soon be restricted as the service continues its fight against the abuse of alcohol and crimes associated with drinking. According to Marine Times, the new rules are detailed in a memo signed by Commandant Gen. James Amos. The changes are intended

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VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL LOOKING FOR BACKGROUND

The Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., wants to collect the background of all those whose names are enshrined. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells you what they are looking for…

To focus on those from the Vietnam War, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, today known as The Wall, in Washington, D.C., was

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LEARNING CENTER OPENS TOMORROW ABOARD TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE BASE

The Combat Center will unveil its new Lifelong Learning Education Center during a grand opening ceremony Thursday, September 5. The new facility features 18,000 square feet of space that includes 10 classrooms, three computer laboratories, three supply rooms, wireless internet and a student lounge. In addition, National University, Copper Mountain

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