PALM SPRINGS POLICE RELEASE REPORT ON FATAL SHOOTING OF TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE

Palm Springs police shot Marine Cpl. Allan DeVillena six times in the upper body as he tried to drive away drunk from a parking ramp last November, according to documents obtained Tuesday by the Palm Springs Desert Sun. The report says he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.18, more than

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MARINES PUNISH 17 FOR PLACING SEX ADS WHILE IN AFGHANISTAN

The Marine Corps says 17 people have been punished for placing ads on the Internet seeking sex while they were deployed to Afghanistan. The Los Angeles Times reports Saturday those punished included 11 military personnel and six civilian employees of the Department of Defense. The ads were discovered during a

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE COUPLE’S BABY DELIVERED IN A HELICOPTER

Courtney Rose Clinard was so anxious to meet her parents that she entered her world five weeks prematurely, and while her mother was being flown to a hospital in a helicopter, to boot. The Desert Sun newspaper reports that Lisa Clinard of Twentynine Palms wasn’t expecting her daughter to be

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RELIEF FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES AS FURLOUGHS CUT BACK AGAIN

Hundreds of thousands of Defense Department civilian employees who have had to take a weekly unpaid day off from work since July 8 are getting some relief, as the total number of furlough days has been reduced from 11 to six. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Tuesday that a combination

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SUSPECT IN MARINE BEATING USES LEGAL MOVE TO AVOID JAIL

An interesting legal loophole is keeping a man out of jail, and in fact, is keeping him from being arrested. According to Sheriff records, on Saturday, July 20, Dustin Crowder, a Marine stationed at the Combat Center, was at the Adobe Deli in Twentynine Palms about 10 p.m. when he

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NUMBER OF FURLOUGH DAYS FOR FEDERAL WORKERS MAY BE SHORTENED

Defense department civilians will likely face up to five fewer unpaid furlough days than originally planned. Pentagon leaders are scrimping to find up to $900 million in savings in the final months of the budget year that ends September 30. While no final decisions have been made, it’s believed civilian

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WE TALK WITH A MARINE IN AFGHANISTAN

A Marine unit is like a miniature city, it has everything a fighting unit could ever need: not only warriors, but administrative help; truck drivers; maintenance and repairmen; cooks; information technology workers, and even lawyers. Lawyers? Why do Marines need lawyers? I spoke last week with Lance Corporal Jeremiah Irwin,

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WE TALK TO A MARINE IN AFGHANISTAN ABOUT CAMARADERIE

Sergeant Cliff Fox has worn several hats in the Marine Corps, but the 28-year-old says whatever the job, the camaraderie he has with his fellow Marines can’t be matched in the civilian world. Sergeant Fox, who is on a one-year deployment with Regimental Combat Team-7 from Twentynine Palms at Camp

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WE TALK TO A MARINE IN AFGHANISTAN

The United States isn’t the only country with troops deployed to Afghanistan; NATO has a presence there as well, with Georgian, Italian, and British troops, among others. A Marine with Regimental Combat Team-7 from Twentynine Palms spent the first half of his deployment to Afghanistan in Kabul working with NATO

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HOUSE BURNS TO GROUND IN WONDER VALLEY

A house burned to the ground early this morning in Wonder Valley. About 1:37 a.m., firefighters from Wonder Valley, the Combat Center, and San Bernardino County responded to a fire in the 82100 block of Montgomery Drive and found the house fully engulfed in flames when they arrived. One man

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DRUGS FOUND IN MARINE SERGEANT’S ROOM

Police say a Twentynine Palms man turned in his Marine Corps roommate after he found drugs in the Marine’s room. According to a Sheriff’s report, a resident in the 5300 block of Baileya Avenue in Twentynine Palms called police about 6:45 Monday evening to report he found pills and bags

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SOS NEEDS SHUTTLE DRIVERS TOMORROW

Soldiers Organized Services, or SOS, needs volunteer drivers to transport Marines from the Palm Springs Airport to the base in Twentynine Palms on Sunday. Drivers are needed between 4 and 10 p.m. Drivers would pick up the Marines at the Palm Springs USO, just north of the main entrance to

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SOS NEEDS SHUTTLE DRIVERS FOR MARINES ON SUNDAY

Soldiers Organized Services, or SOS, needs volunteer drivers to transport Marines from the Palm Springs Airport to the base in Twentynine Palms on Sunday. Drivers are needed between 4 and 10 p.m. Drivers would pick up the Marines at the Palm Springs USO, just north of the main entrance to

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COLLEGE BASE PROGRAMS CLOSED JULY 1-3

Copper Mountain College’s Base Programs office will be closed from July 1 through July 3 to move its office into a new facility. If you have any questions during the closure, call the Marine Base at 760-830-6133 or the Main Campus at 760-366-3791.

COLLEGE BASE PROGRAMS CLOSED JULY 1-3

Copper Mountain College’s Marine Base Programs office will be closed from July 1 through July 3 to move its office into a new facility. If you have any questions during the closure, call the Marine Base at 760-830-6133 or the Main Campus at 760-366-3791.

WE TALK TO A MARINE IN AFGHANISTAN

Interpreters perform a vital function when the United States is in a foreign country where not many of the residents speak English. Getting the interpreters to where they’re needed is the job of a Marine Lance Corporal with Regimental Combat Team-7, deployed to Camp Leatherneck in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Managing

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MARINE CORPS BRACES TO LOSE ANOTHER 8,000 MARINES

The Marine Corps is bracing to lose another 8,000 active-duty Marines on top of what already had been planned as it faces deep, federally mandated budget cuts. Marine Commandant General Jim Amos said, during a breakfast with reporters in Washington, the additional manpower reduction would drop the service to about

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MARINE COMES TO THE RESCUE OF STRICKEN TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN

The guardian angel of Gary Vogen of Twentynine Palms was definitely on duty last week. Vogen, a self-described heavy equipment aficionado, had gone to a wash near the 74800 block of Saddle Horn Road in Twentynine Palms about 2 p.m. Monday, June 17, in 100-plus degree temperature, to watch some

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OPEN GATE FOR FOOTBALL CAMP OFFERED ABOARD MARINE BASE

Football coaches and players from the College of the Desert will hold a football camp for youth ages 6 to 18 aboard the Marine Corps Base. The camp will be held 4:30 to 8:30 Friday (June 14) and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 Saturday (June 15). This camp is open to

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WE TALK TO A MARINE IN AFGHANISTAN MAINTAINING THE VEHICLES

The mission of most Marines is to support those Marines who are those on the front lines. Marines and their equipment wouldn’t be able to get to where they need to be without motor transport operators, who not only drive the vehicles, but maintain them as well. Managing editor Tami

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