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Major General Mark Gurganus, who served as CG from May 2008 to September 2009, had his promotion to lieutenant general rescinded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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CONGRESSMAN PAUL COOK SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR VETERAN HONOREES

Congressman Paul Cook of Yucca Valley plants to honor military veterans from his district at a ceremony November 8. “Heroes of the 8th” Veterans Recognition Ceremony will honor past and present members of the military for their distinguished service, community involvement, or advocacy for veterans’ causes. Nominations for honorees can

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ONE MARINE KILLED, FOUR INJURED IN TRAINING ACCIDENT ON BASE

A Marine was killed Monday, and four others injured, during a training accident on board the Combat Center in Twentynine Palms. About 11:20 a.m. Monday morning, an amphibious-assault vehicle caught fire in the Bullion/Lead Mountain area, killing Corporal Nicholas Sell, 21, and injuring four others. One of the injured is

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COMMANDANT CALLS FOR SMALLER MARINE CORPS OF 174,000

The Commandant of the Marine Corps has called for the service to cut its active-duty force to 174,000 personnel saying in a piece published Monday, “doing so will allow Marines to remain engaged as the U.S.’s premier crisis-response force.” Gen. Jim Amos’ essay, posted on the website “defense one,” called

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ALCOHOL AVAILABILITY TO BE RESTRICTED AT MARINE CORPS BASES

Sales of alcohol sales aboard Marine Corps installations will soon be restricted as the service continues its fight against the abuse of alcohol and crimes associated with drinking. According to Marine Times, the new rules are detailed in a memo signed by Commandant Gen. James Amos. The changes are intended

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VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL LOOKING FOR BACKGROUND

The Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., wants to collect the background of all those whose names are enshrined. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells you what they are looking for…

To focus on those from the Vietnam War, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, today known as The Wall, in Washington, D.C., was

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LEARNING CENTER OPENS TOMORROW ABOARD TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE BASE

The Combat Center will unveil its new Lifelong Learning Education Center during a grand opening ceremony Thursday, September 5. The new facility features 18,000 square feet of space that includes 10 classrooms, three computer laboratories, three supply rooms, wireless internet and a student lounge. In addition, National University, Copper Mountain

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REGIMENTAL COMBAT TEAM-7 RETURNS FROM AFGHANISTAN THIS WEEKEND

The last Marine infantry regiment in Afghanistan returns home to Twentynine Palms tomorrow. Regimental Combat Team-7 has spent the last 10 months in Helmand Province providing support to two Marine battalions, two Georgian battalions, and Afghan National Security Forces. During RCT-7′s deployment, managing editor Tami Roleff interviewed Marines weekly, and

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EVENT TO HELP MILITARY, VETERANS, AND GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES KEEP HOMES

A free, one-day event to help active-duty military, veterans, government employees and their families stay in their homes will take place on Saturday, August 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cal State San Bernardino. Assistance will include: foreclosure prevention and mortgage options; homebuyer assistance; nonprofit support services; financial

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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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