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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COMMON CAMMIES AMONG ALL SERVICES EYED BY CONGRESS

Two members of Congress, both war veterans, convinced the House Armed Services Committee yesterday that the services should all have the same camouflage patterns for uniforms rather than each having its own. Rep. Bill Enyart, a retired major general, and Rep. Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq war veteran, combined efforts on

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WE TALK TO A MARINE IN AFGHANISTAN

Not every person who joins the Marine Corps intends to make it a career. Some use it as a stepping stone to another career. Managing editor Tami Roleff talked last week with a Marine deployed with Regimental Combat Team-7 to Afghanistan who plans to use his experience in the Marine

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WE SPEAK TO A DEPLOYED MARINE IN AFGHANISTAN

It’s a brave Marine who admits he’s not perfect. Corporal Luke Frank, an admin clerk with Regimental Combat Team-7, currently deployed to Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan, offered up an unusual most memorable moment to managing editor Tami Roleff during an interview last week…

“My most memorable moment here would be

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FEDERAL EMPLOYEES GET FURLOUGH NOTICES

Federal employees received their furlough notices yesterday. Due to the budget sequestration, federal employees will be forced to take off one day a week without pay starting July 8 through September 30. In addition, the Twentynine Palms Marine Base Commissary will be closing one extra day, most likely on Tuesday.

CHP SAYS SLEEPING MARINE CAUSED FATAL HUMVEE VERSUS CAR CRASH

The CHP has released the cause of a crash between a military Humvee and a civilian car that killed a Yucca Valley woman April 19. Investigators say that Juan Lira, 19, an active-duty Marine, was driving a Humvee in a military convoy eastbound on Highway 62 just east of Whitefeather

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COMBAT CENTER NAMED BEST MARINE BASE IN THE COUNTRY, AGAIN

The Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms was named Monday as the best base to live, work, and play in the Marine Corps. For the fifth time, and for an unprecedented fourth consecutive year, the Combat Center was awarded the Installation Excellence Award. This presidential award recognizes one

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WE SPEAK TO A MARINE DEPLOYED IN AFGHANISTAN

Hoping to see a different part of the world than Afghanistan and Iraq, Sergeant Philip Noble, a Marine with Regimental Combat Team-7 from Twentynine Palms, hopes to move out of the infantry and into the field of counter-intelligence. Sergeant Noble has seven deployments under his belt, six of which have

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WE TALK TO A MARINE DEPLOYED TO AFGHANISTAN

In our continuing series of interviews with Marines stationed in Afghanistan, managing editor Tami Roleff talked recently with Corporal Damian Davis, an embarkation specialist with Regimental Combat Team-7, about deployments, family, and the Marine Corps…

Corporal Damian Davis proves that you don’t have to be a youngster just out of

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WE TALK TO A MARINE ON A ONE-YEAR DEPLOYMENT TO AFGHANISTAN

A fact of life for Marines is that they will be sent on a deployment overseas. Many men and women join the Marine Corps because they WANT to be deployed, and are excited about the opportunities deployments offer. Most deployments are six to seven months, but occasionally, Marine units will

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MARINE BASE HOSTING EXPERIMENTAL TECHNOLOGIES THIS WEEK

The Combat Center will host this week the Experimental Forward Operating Base, or ExFOB, the Marine Corps’ innovative process to identify and evaluate energy-efficient technologies. Marines in Afghanistan are using new technologies that were presented at previous ExFOBs. These innovations include renewable energy technology that resulted in the reductions of

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MARINE ACCUSED OF KILLING HIS 5 WEEK OLD SON

A Twentynine Palms Marine was arraigned in Joshua Tree Superior Court Wednesday, accused of killing his 5-week-old son. According to Sheriff and witness reports, shortly before 11 a.m. on April 8, 9-1-1 received a call of a baby not breathing. Corporal Zachary Brendemuhl, 26, told deputies that he had been

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WE SPEAK TO A MARINE SERVING IN AFGHANISTAN

People who join the Marine Corps are often passionate about their career choice. In a far-ranging interview, managing editor Tami Roleff talked last week with a Marine deployed to Afghanistan with RCT-7 about his experiences… About two months ago, Lance Corporal Terrill Clark, 21, took a break from his non-stop

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29TH ANNUAL COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE GOLF SCRAMBLE THIS SATURDAY

The 29th Annual Golf Scramble will be held at Desert Winds Golf Course aboard the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center on this Saturday. This annual tournament benefits the Copper Mountain College Foundation, which seeks to maximize educational opportunities within the community by supporting the college’s programs. Check-in starts at

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COMPROMISE BILL ON MARINE BASE EXPANSION GETS SUPPORT

Congressman Paul Cook’s compromise plan for the expansion of the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center into Johnson Valley has gathered important congressional support. Dan Stork reports… In advance of a presentation before the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation, Congressman Paul Cook’s compromise plan for

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COMPROMISE BILL ON MARINE BASE EXPANSION GETS SUPPORT

Congressman Paul Cook’s compromise plan for the expansion of the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center into Johnson Valley has gathered important congressional support. Dan Stork reports… In advance of a presentation before the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation, Congressman Paul Cook’s compromise plan for

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WE SPEAK TO A MARINE IN AFGHANISTAN

Many men and women join the Marines because they are the outdoors-y types. They like to camp and hike and enjoy the beautiful outdoors. So it’s tough if a Marine who wants to be outside gets a desk job. Managing editor Tami Roleff talked with a Marine recently in Afghanistan

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MARINE CORPS LEADS CASES OF SEXUAL ABUSE OF FEMALE MEMBERS

A Pentagon health survey released yesterday says about one out of five military women say they were victims of unwanted sexual contact by another service members since joining the military. The highest rate of sexual abuse was in the Marine Corps: Nearly 30 percent of women said they suffered unwanted

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MARINE HUMVEE HITS AND KILLS YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN

The CHP has released preliminary information on a crash between a military Humvee and a civilian car that killed a Yucca Valley woman Friday afternoon. Investigators say at about 3:30, active-duty Marine Juan Lira, 19, was driving a Humvee in a military convoy east at about at about 30-45 miles

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