TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE TANK OFFICER TO GET PRESTIGIOUS AWARD

A Marine Corps tank officer from the Twentynine Palms base who led his company to victory in a five-day battle against insurgents in Afghanistan last year will be honored with the prestigious Leftwich Trophy later this year.

Captain Christopher Ashinhurst, who received the Bronze Star in January 2014 for

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THREE MULTI-VEHICLE CRASHES WITH FATALITIES AND SERIOUS INJURIES

One person was killed, and at least a dozen people were injured in three separate crashes over the weekend. Sheriff officials say that about 3 a.m. Saturday morning, a Honda Fit driven by LaVerne Romero of Cathedral City was driving westbound on Two Mile Road when she ran the stop

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MULTI-AGENCIES GATHER TO STUDY ORV ISSUES, PART 1 OF 2

It was not your typical off-road experience when representatives from the County Sheriff’s Department, Bureau of Land Management, Marine Corps Base, the National Park Service and County Supervisor James Ramos office buckled up and set out in a convoy toward Sunfair Dry Lake. Z107.7 assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz explains in

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MAN KILLED IN MOTORCYCLE HEAD-ON CRASH IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK WAS A MARINE

More details today following a violent, motorcycle-to-motorcycle head-on crash in Joshua Tree National Park Sunday afternoon. Base officials say the man killed was a Marine stationed at the Twentynine Palms base. Corporal Elmer VanHoorebeke Jr., 27, was an electrical system technician with VMU-1 who deployed to Afghanistan in 2012. VanHoorebeke

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MARINES HELP LOCAL SENIOR CITIZENS

A Neighbors-Helping-Neighbors program has doubled in size since last fall. About 60 Marines from 1st Tank Battalion from the Marine base in Twentynine Palms fanned out to 25 homes in the Morongo Basin on Friday, April 4, to help seniors, the disabled, and veterans with yard work and home repairs

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN HELD FOR FELONY SPOUSAL ABUSE

A Twentynine Palms woman who was angry about texts from another woman on her husband’s phone was arrested early Wednesday morning, accused of felony spouse abuse. According to a Sheriff’s report, Shemely Diaz, 21, of the 8300 block of Emerson Court on board the Marine base, started arguing with her

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OPEN HOUSE FOR BOXO HOUSE ARTIST TOMORROW

A New York artist, Jennifer Karady, came to the High Desert to be the artist-in-residence for BoxoHouse in Joshua Tree after receiving a commission from the Palm Springs Art Museum to show her critically acclaimed project, “Soldiers’ Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan.” Managing editor Tami Roleff says a reception and

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DRAW-DOWN OF MARINES AT COMBAT CENTER BEGINS THIS YEAR

The Twentynine Palms Combat center will see a reduction of active- duty Marines this year. As we’ve reported earlier, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment will be deactivated May 30 at Lance Corporal Torrey L. Gray Field on board the base. The battalion, with about 840 Marines, is being deactivated under

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MOJAVE VIPERS YOUNG MARINE PROGRAM RECRUITING

The Mojave Viper Young Marine Program is recruiting. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has more about children who want to earn the title…

The Mojave Vipers are looking for a few good … kids … who want to join their ranks as Young Marines. The Mojave Vipers Young Marine program is

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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 Twentynine Palms on Wednesdays. She is at 73629 Sun

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MARINE BATTLE COLOR DETACHMENT ABOARD BASE TOMORROW

The Marine Barracks, Washington D.C. Battle Color Detachment will perform the Battle Color Ceremony aboard the Combat Center at Lance Cpl. Torrey L. Grey Field, at 10 a.m. Wednesday March 12. The Battle Color Detachment is comprised of The Silent Drill Platoon, The Marine Corps Color Guard, and The U.S.

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MARINES CAN ROLL THEIR SLEEVES UP STARTING MARCH 9

The Marine Corps’ two-year-old “sleeves down” policy ended with an announcement Tuesday night on the Marines’ official social media platforms. The change takes effect March 9 and affects Marines wearing their desert camouflage utilities in noncombat areas. A Marine administrative message was published Wednesday formalizing the move.

MARINE CORPS CONDUCTING ACTIVE SHOOTER EXCERCISES

The Marine Corps will be conducting an active-shooter exercise on board the Combat Center starting today (Tuesday) through Friday. The drill is a regional anti-terrorism force protection exercise which will deploy first responders, a crisis action team, an emergency operation center, and a communication control center. The location of the

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COUNTY OFFERING FREE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH FOR MILITARY

A San Bernardino County program offers free behavioral heath services for military service members and their families. All active duty and retired military personnel, reservists, or National Guard who have served on or after September 11, 2001, and their families are eligible. Services include confidential behavioral health assessments, rehabilitative support,

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FOUR MARINES DECORATED FOR HEROISM YESTERDAY

Four Twentynine Palms Marines from 1st Battalion, 7th Marines were decorated for heroism in Afghanistan during a ceremony yesterday aboard the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center. First Lt. Kenneth Conover III and Sgt. Kenneth Rick were awarded a Silver Star for their leadership actions, while Staff Sgt. Joshua Brodrick and

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NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART MESS HALL TO BE DEDICATED ON THE MARINE BASE

The Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center will dedicate a state-of-the-art mess hall Tuesday in honor of a Twentynine Palms Marine who was the first Marine to receive the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during the Iraq War. Cpl. Jason L. Dunham is also the first Marine to receive

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FOUR TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINES TO BE DECORATED FOR HEROISM

Four Twentynine Palms Marines will be decorated for heroism in Afghanistan. First Lt. Kenneth Conover III and Sgt. Kenneth Rick will each receive a Silver Star, while Staff Sgt. Joshua Brodrick and Sgt. Nicholas Brandau will each receive a Bronze Star with combat “V” device during a Feb. 18 ceremony

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CONGRESSMAN COOK VOTES TO RESTORE MILITARY COLA

Congressman Paul Cook of Yucca Valley voted to restore the full Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) to all military retirees. This would undo the recent reduction to COLA and ensure that all veterans receive the full benefits that they were promised. The restoration of COLA for veterans passed the House

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ONE IN CUSTODY AFTER A SHOOTING AT A TWENTYNINE PALMS CAR WASH

One man is in custody for attempted murder after shooting another man at a carwash in Twentynine Palms Friday morning. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant James Porter, the victim, who has only been identified as a Hispanic male from Twentynine Palms, was washing his GMC Yukon in the self-service carwash in

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MARINES UNSURE WHETHER WOMEN WILL BE REQUIRED TO DO PULL-UPS

Marine Corps officials are still not sure if women will be required to perform pull-ups under new service-wide fitness standards. Even so, a strongly worded message from the commandant encourages Marines to keep building upper body strength in anticipation of a modification to the Physical Fitness Test. Any changes are

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