JAPANESE TO TRAIN WITH U.S. MARINES IN TWENTYNINE PALMS THIS WEEK

For the last two weeks, soldiers from the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force and U.S. Marines from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit have been training at Camp Pendleton in amphibious operations and small unit skills. On Friday, February 12, about 200 Japanese Defense Forces and 400 Marines will move to the

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MARINES PUT SEVERAL LOCAL AND COACHELLA VALLEY BUSINESSES OFF-LIMITS

According to a Marine Corps Combat Center order, several businesses in Twentynine Palms, Yucca Valley, and in the Coachella Valley are declared off limits to Marines, “in order to protect [them] from detrimental conditions in the civilian community.” The off-limits businesses include the Adobe Smoke Shop and STC Smoke Shop,

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MARINE CORPS UNIFORM CHANGES ON THE HORIZON

Major changes for Marine Corps uniforms are in the pipeline. Marine Corps officials declined to comment on the results, as final decisions are still pending, but Marines’ input will be taken into account, according to board manager Mary Boyt. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has also called for a gender-neutral, “iconic”

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LARGE SCALE COMBINED EXERCISE ABOARD TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE BASE

East end Morongo Basin residents will be hearing “The Sound of Freedom” this weekend. The Marine Corps’ will be conducting a large-scale combined arms, live-fire exercise on board the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center. The 1st Marine Division, along with support from the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, 1stMarine Logistics Group,

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PENTAGON SAYS WOMEN CAN NOW SERVE IN FRONT-LINE COMBAT POSITIONS

The Pentagon says that women can now serve in front-line combat positions. Saying America’s military must draw from “the broadest possible pool of talent,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Thursday that women in the U.S. military—including the Army and Marines—can now serve in combat posts. The formal process to open

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MARINES, BLM HOST MEETING SATURDAY ON USE OF JOHNSON VALLEY

Representatives from the Marine Corps and the Bureau of Land Management will host a meeting about land use in the Johnson Valley area at the Johnson Valley Community Center, November 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. At the meeting, the Marine Corps will discuss its plans to conduct a

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HAPPY 240TH BIRTHDAY OF THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS

On this date 240 years ago, the United States Marine Corps was born when the Continental Congress authorized the establishment of a battalion of Marines, and the first Marines enlisted in Tun Tavern, Philadelphia. Every year, Marines around the world—active duty and retired, and their families—gather to honor their heritage

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A BUSY YEAR FOR THE TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE BASE

Among the speakers at last week’s State of the Basin presentation in Yucca Valley was the assistant chief of staff for the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the Marines have been busy… “It’s been a very busy year for us; approximately 40,000 Marines, sailors, and

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PILOT ERROR, FAULTY PART CAUSED FATAL TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE HELICOPTER CRASH

Two Marine officers who were killed when their helicopter crashed at the Combat Center in January disregarded warning lights that indicated an emergency with the aircraft’s oil pressure. The Marine Corps Times obtained a copy of the investigation into the crash and reported Sunday that the UH-1Y Huey helicopter was

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MARINES PLAN MEETING TO DISCUSS JOHNSON VALLEY LAND USE

Local off-roaders who ride in the Johnson Valley off-road area can mark their calendars for November 21. Representatives from the Marine Corps and the Bureau of Land Management will host a meeting about land use in the Johnson Valley area at the Johnson Valley Community Center, November 21 from 10

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2,300 MARINES AND SAILORS RETURNING HOME TO TWENTYNINE PALMS TOMORROW

Approximately 2,300 Marines and sailors will be returning home to Southern California, including the Twentynine Palms Combat Center Friday, October 23, after a 6-month deployment to Iraq. The troops formed the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force—Crisis Response—Central Command, 15.2. The Marines and sailors of 15.2 were sent in April

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MARINE FOUND DEAD ON CAMP PENDLETON SHOOTING RANGE

A Marine was found dead Monday morning at a Camp Pendleton shooting range. First Marine Division public affairs officer Lt. Colleen McFadden said the Marine, who was assigned to the 1st Marine Division, was found at 6 a.m. at Marksmanship Training Range 214 with a gunshot wound to the head.

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MARINE BASE TO RELEASE DESERT TORTOISE HATCHLINGS

About 35 young desert tortoises will be released into the wild today, September 30, in a ceremony on board the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center. The baby tortoises, which are about 9 years old, have been raised in a “head start” program on the base since 2006 as part of

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MILITARY HELICOPTER MAKES EMERGENCY LANDING IN LANDERS

A military helicopter made an emergency landing in Landers Saturday night. According to Sergeant Derek Garvin of the Sheriff’s Department, the helo experienced transmission problems and landed near Bodick Road and Old Woman Springs Road about 3:40 Saturday afternoon after noticing a warning light that indicated potential foreign particles may

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3RD BATTALION, 4TH MARINES REACTIVATES TODAY

Just 16 months ago, in May 2014, the Marines of 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment deactivated their battalion for the seventh time due to a reduction of forces to 175,000 Marines. However, due to increasing operational requirements around the world, 3/4 is being reactivated again. While the official reactivation date

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RETIREES MARINE BIRTHDAY BALL TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE

Tickets for the Retirees’ Marine Corps Birthday Ball dinner and dance will go on sale Tuesday, September 1. The dinner and dance will be held November 7 at the Officers’ Club on board the Combat Center. Tickets are $38 each, and seating is limited. For information on where to buy

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MAJOR EXERCISE STARTS SUNDAY ABOARD THE TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE BASE

The Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center will hold a battalion-level exercise on the Twentynine Palms Marine base starting Sunday, August 30, through September 8. Marines and sailors of Battalion Landing Team 2/1, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of Camp Pendleton, will take part in the

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RED CROSS WORKSHOP FOR AFTER-DEPLOYMENT COMMUNICATION TOMORROW

Military members returning from deployment face difficulty in reconnecting the the routine. A workshop tomorrow will deal with that adjustment. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details… “Communicating Clearly” is a free, one-evening workshop for service members, veterans and their families who want to improve or gain valuable communication skills and techniques.

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MATERNITY LEAVE EXTENDED FOR MARINES AND SAILORS

The Secretary of the Navy announced Thursday that he is expanding paid maternity leave for Marines and sailors to 18 weeks. The new policy is retroactive to January 1. While new mothers are eligible for the extended leave, the extended maternity leave for adoptive mothers and parental leave is not

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ONE MARINE KILLED, 21 INJURED IN HAWAII OSPREY ACCIDENT

Marine Corps officials say four Marines remain hospitalized—one in critical condition—following a fatal MV-22B Osprey accident in Hawaii on Sunday. Twenty-two Marines out of Camp Pendleton were aboard the tilt rotor aircraft when it experienced an onboard fire during a training exercise in Hawaii. The Osprey made a hard landing,

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