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New Veterans Center Opens At CSU San Marcos

Sept. 23
By City News Service
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The 1,000-square-foot energy-efficient veterans center replaces a smaller facility and will offer military-affiliated students a kitchen, lounge, event space and a conference room.

USS Gary Prepares For Final Deployment

Sept. 22
By City News Service
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The 30-year-old USS Gary will sail to the waters off Central and South America for anti-drug trafficking missions for its final mission.

Navy Fires Executive Officer Of USS Cowpens

Sept. 19
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Navy announced Friday that it had relieved Cmdr. Armando Ramirez of his duties as executive officer of the San Diego-based USS Cowpens on Sept. 18. Ramirez lost his job due to what the Navy is calling "an alcohol-related incident." In the last three months, the Navy has fired four members of the Cowpens' command.

Airman Who Refused To Say 'So Help Me God' Allowed To Reenlist

Sept. 18
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Air Force announced this week airmen aren't required to say "So help me God" as part of the enlistment oath. The decision was prompted by an atheist airman from Creech Air Force Base in Nevada who refused to say those four words in his reenlistment oath, and thus was denied the opportunity to remain in the Air Force.

Court Says Navy Investigators Illegally Scanning Civilian Computers

Sept. 18
Martin Kaste / NPR

At issue is a Navy investigation that snagged a civilian trading in child porn. The appeals court said the actions violated the Posse Comitatus Act, which bars the military from enforcing state laws.

Army Paratrooper Killed In Afghanistan Suicide Car Bombing (Video)

Sept. 18
By Beth Ford Roth
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Army Maj. Michael J. Donahue, 41, a paratrooper stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, was one of two Americans killed Tuesday when their convoy was attacked by a suicide car bomber near Kabul, Afghanistan.

Navy Reservist Killed In Tuesday's Afghanistan Suicide Car Bombing (Video)

Sept. 17
By Beth Ford Roth
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The family of Navy Reservist Stephen Byus has told an Ohio newspaper the 39-year-old father of two was one of the American troops killed in a suicide car bombing Tuesday near Kabul, Afghanistan. Family members say Byus's wife believes she was on the phone with him when the attack took place.

Special Ops Marine Killed In Afghanistan Insider Attack (Video)

Sept. 17
By Beth Ford Roth
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Sgt. Charles C. Strong of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command was killed Sept. 15 in what's believed to be an insider attack. Strong, 28, is survived by his wife, who is pregnant with the couple's first child.

San Diego Veterans Can Speak Up About VA Healthcare At Town Hall Meeting Thursday

Sept. 16
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The VA San Diego wants to hear from veterans about their experience with VA health care. Issues over waiting times, access to care and more will be aired at a series of town hall meetings around the county. These town hall events come on the heels of the new VA secretary's visit to San Diego to rehabilitate the group's battered reputation.

Sending Holiday Gifts To Your Sailor? Here Are The Navy's Mail Deadlines

Sept. 16
By Beth Ford Roth
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Planning to send a Christmas gift or holiday card to someone you love aboard a Navy ship? The Navy has announced its mail-by dates to ensure presents and letters get to your sailor before Dec. 25.

2 US Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan Suicide Car Bombing (Video)

Sept. 16
By Beth Ford Roth
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Two U.S. soldiers were killed Tuesday and several others wounded when their motorcade was hit by the blast of a suicide car bomb near Kabul, Afghanistan.

New VA Chief Visits San Diego

Sept. 15
By Dwane Brown
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San Diego County is the No. 1 destination for veterans who've served in Iraq and Afghanistan and the biggest challenge says new chief of the Department of Veterans Affairs is building up enough capacity and personnel to properly serve them.

Two Vietnam War Soldiers Awarded Medal Of Honor On Monday

Sept. 15
By Beth Ford Roth
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President Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to two Vietnam War soldiers at a White House ceremony Monday: Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins, 80, and Army Spc. Donald P. Sloat, who was killed in combat in 1970 at the age of 20.

USS America To Arrive In New Homeport Of San Diego On Monday (Video)

Sept. 15
By Beth Ford Roth
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The future USS America is slated to arrive in its new homeport of San Diego on Monday after an eight-week maiden voyage from Mississippi.

Navy Names Pilot Presumed Dead After Crash Off USS Carl Vinson

Sept. 14
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Navy has identified the pilot who went missing and is presumed dead after his fighter jet crashed off the USS Carl Vinson as Lt. Nathan Poloski, 26, of Lake Arrowhead, California.