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White House advances idea of military parade amid criticism

WASHINGTON — The White House pushed ahead Wednesday with plans to throw a grand military parade through the streets of Washington, brushing aside criticism that such a display could be an unnecessary show of raw military power.

In a briefing to reporters, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the parade plan reflects Trump’s respect for the armed forces.

“We all know the president of the United States’ affection for the military,” Mattis said. He said the Pentagon has been “putting together some options” for the parade to send to the White House.

The Washington Post, which was first to report the plan Tuesday,

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Original Article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/02/07/white-house-advances-idea-of-military-parade/
Date: 1518036497

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Marines practice raids for summer deployment; F-35B Lightning II combat plane to join

CAMP PENDLETON —  For Pfc. Nicholas Martinov, it was his first taste of what real combat might be like.

The 6-foot-4 Marine from Thousand Oaks squeezed inside a cramped assault amphibious vehicle with others from his squad.

In the mock scenario, the armored vehicles stormed onto land from the sea as the Marines made their way to raid a fictional village occupied by an unknown enemy.

Martinov, 21, rushed from the vehicle to provide security as others attacked the village.  Once cleared, he and his squad pushed on, taking a building and dodging possible improvised explosive devices and machine-gun fire. They worked one-by-one

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Original Article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/02/01/marines-practice-raids-for-summer-deployment-f-35b-lightning-ii-combat-plane-to-join/
Date: 1517514574

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Two fires burning at Camp Pendleton

CAMP PENDLETON  (City News Service) – A pair of wildfires spread across open terrain at Camp Pendleton on Monday, Oct. 16, sending plumes of brown smoke over northern San Diego County but posing no threats to populated areas, authorities reported.

One blaze erupted Monday afternoon in a training area at the Marine Corps installation north of Oceanside, according to the Camp Pendleton Fire Department.

The other involved remaining areas of combustion from a fire that burned over the weekend.The flames did not threaten any structures on the USMC base or in surrounding communities, officials said.

No details on the sizes of the burn

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Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/10/16/two-fires-burning-at-camp-pendleton/
Date: 1508217355

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Waves of Valor gets veterans on surfboards riding the waves

It didn’t matter that Otis Hopson is legally blind, the result of an injury sustained serving in the Vietnam war decades ago.

And so what if he is turning 71 in a few months? Or that the Mississippi native had never been in the ocean.

On Saturday, he became a surfer.

Pentagon: British firm billed U.S. over $50 million for iffy expenses

By RICHARD LARDNER

WASHINGTON — A British company hired to train Afghan intelligence officers billed the U.S. government for high-end cars, including Porsches and an Aston Martin, and paid the “significant others” of the firm’s top executives six-figure salaries even though there’s no proof they did any work, according to details of a Pentagon audit made public Wednesday.

Sen. Clarie McCaskill, D-Mo., said New Century Consulting also spent $42,000 on automatic weapons, using cash to get around a prohibition in the contract on purchasing the firearms, and showered other personnel with hefty pay and bonuses they hadn’t earned. Overall, the military

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Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/08/09/british-firm-billed-us-for-cars-pay-to-significant-others/
Date: 1502300690

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Search on after U.S. Marine aircraft ‘mishap’ off Australia

OKINAWA, Japan — A search and rescue operation was underway Saturday for service members involved in the “mishap” of an aircraft off the east coast of Australia, U.S. Marine officials said.

Ships, small boats and aircraft from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group were conducting the operation following the incident involving an MV-22 Osprey, the Marine base Camp Butler in Japan said in a statement.

The statement did not provide further details, and it was not immediately clear whether there were any casualties.

Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne said the incident occurred off the coast of Shoalwater

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Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/08/05/search-on-after-us-marines-aircraft-mishap-off-australia/
Date: 1501952482

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The man who shot Osama bin Laden tells his story to a packed house at Nixon Library

YORBA LINDA — A thousand people at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum thundered with applause when Robert O’Neill, the retired Navy SEAL who shot Osama bin Laden, took the stage to share his story Wednesday, July 26.

O’Neill’s talk, woven through with a sense of humor that surprised and delighted the audience, focused less on his encounter with bin Laden on May 2, 2011, in Abbottabad, Pakistan, and more on life lessons from his journey. One of the mentions he made of the incident was simple: “Bin Laden got what he deserved.”

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Date: 1501169178

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Trump to bar transgender individuals from armed forces

By CATHERINE LUCEY

 

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is barring transgender people from serving in the military “in any capacity,” citing “tremendous medical costs and disruption.”

Trump’s announcement Wednesday morning on Twitter did not say what would happen to transgender people already in the military.

The president tweeted that after consulting with “Generals and military experts,” the government “will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.”

Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/07/26/trump-to-bar-transgender-individuals-from-armed-forces-2/
Date: 1501082506

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Marines leave Navy ships on recon crafts to reunite with families at Camp Pendleton