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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WOMEN’S HEALTH SYMPOSIUM ABOARD MARINE BASE NEXT WEEK

A women’s health symposium will take place January 28 from 7:30 a.m. to 1p.m. on the Combat Center in Bldg 1707. This symposium is by women for women. All women with base access are encouraged to attend and female leaders are asked to encourage female subordinates to attend. Guest speakers

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FOUR MARINES HONORED FOR HEROISM IN COMBAT

Four Marines in 1ST Tanks Battalion at the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center were honored for their heroism at a ceremony on the base Tuesday morning for their actions while deployed to Afghanistan. Two Marines received the Navy-Marine Corps Medal, the services’ second-highest non-combatant medal; one Marine was awarded a

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NCIS RELEASES REPORT ON 2013 DEATH OF MARINE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Ten months after a Marine was killed aboard the Twentynine Palms base, the Naval Criminal Investigation Service released information on the death of Pfc. Casey James Holmes. Holmes, 20, of Chico, California, joined the Marines in May 2012. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines. Holmes’ unit was

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MARINES DELAY FEMALE FITNESS PLAN AFTER HALF FAIL

The Marine Corps has indefinitely delayed a new physical requirement for all female Marines. A Marine Corps spokesman said that more than half of females in boot camp can’t do three pull-ups, and rather than risk losing female Marines and recruits at unacceptable rates, the new minimum standard will be

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1ST BABY OF THE YEAR BORN AT HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER

It turns out Isaac David McKeown wasn’t the first baby born in the Morongo Basin after all. Isaac, born to Casey and Gunnery Sergeant Todd McKeown at 12:14 a.m. January 1 at the Naval Hospital, was about 14 minutes too late to claim the title of First Baby of 2014.

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DEFENSE BILL BRINGS RAISE, SUSTAINS BENEFIT FOR LOCAL MILITARY

Approval of the defense authorization act last night will bring a minimal 1 percent raise to our Marines and sailors starting January 1. The bill extends a number of expiring special pays and bonuses that would otherwise have ended on New Year’s Day and also includes rules against any fee

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MILITARY DRUG TESTS GET TOUGHER ON “SPICE” USE

The military is getting tougher on testing for the use of “spice.” The Defense Department has changed its urinalysis tests to include the synthetic marijuana substance known as spice on its list of drugs to screen for. The move comes after an internal Pentagon study that found that about 2.5

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DEAL MADE TO SAVE MOST OF JOHNSON VALLEY OFF-ROAD AREA

A deal has been made to preserve most of the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) area while still allowing the Marines to conduct exercises in the area. The National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 would preserve about 100,000 acres of Johnson Valley while allowing the Marines to expand the Twentynine

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FREEZE WARNING CONTINUES, PROTECT YOUR PIPES!

The National Weather Service has issued a hard freeze warning here in our Morongo Basin through tomorrow morning. With Temperatures in the 20’s, Reporter Taylor Thacker reminds you to watch for freezing pipes… Standing water in pipes and hoses expands as it freezes, possibly causing pipes and hoses to break.

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ROP BROACASTING STUDENT TALKS WITH A MARINE RECRUITER

One of many career choices our young people can consider is a career in the United States Marine Corps. ROP Broadcasting student Brandon Decker spoke with a Marine recruiter… Being a Marine Corps recruiter is a very important and fulfilling job in our armed forces; today I interviewed our local

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MARINE BASE LIVE-FIRE EXPLOSIONS MAY BE HEARD OFF BASE

Marine Corps air and ground units will be conducting combined live-fire exercises aboard the base beginning today through December 16. Depending on atmospheric conditions, the sound of the explosions may be amplified. The Marine Corps has established a website for residents to file reports on the sounds from the exercises.

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