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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FIRE DAMAGES A FLORIST SHOP IN TWENTYNINE PALMS HISTORIC PLAZA

A fire caused major damage to a florist shop in the Historic Plaza in Twentynine Palms last night. Twentynine Palms Fire Chief Jim Thompson said firefighters responded to a reported commercial structure fire at the Flower Garden in the 5600 block of Historic Plaza at 11:50 Tuesday night. Firefighters arrived

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MARINES OF VMU-1 RETURN HOME FROM AFGHANISTAN TODAY

About 55 Marines with Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron-1 are returning to the Combat Center today after a 6-month deployment to Afghanistan. The unit, nicknamed the Watchdogs, deployed as a detachment in June. While deployed, VMU-1 used unmanned drones to provide aerial surveillance to scan areas and routes for insurgents and

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COUNTY OFFERING FREE BEHAVIOURAL HEALTH SERVICES TO 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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SENATE BILL WOULD TAKE JOHNSON VALLEY FOR MARINE EXPANSION

A Senate committee gave unanimous approval to expand the use of public lands for military training, passing three bills that attempt to reach agreements on conflicts involving mining, wilderness trails and private development. The bills include one for expansion of Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center. Sen. Ron

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MAN THOUGHT LOST IN MINE FOUND WANDERING, DIVERTS FIRE RESOURCES

An Orange County man who got lost in the desert for 11 hours near Johnson Valley Friday night diverted fire crews from a large house fire in Yucca Valley. About 5:30 p.m. Friday, fire fighters and search and rescue teams from Lucerne Valley, Hesperia, and Yucca Mesa, and the Sheriff’s

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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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