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Stories by Steve Walsh

New 'Air Boss' Takes Charge Of Naval Aviation At Coronado

New 'Air Boss' Takes Charge Of Naval Aviation At Coronado

Jan. 11
By Steve Walsh

The change of command for naval aviation comes as the Navy faces key challenges including readiness and a looming pilot shortage.

Marijuana Use Is A Likely Death Sentence For A Military Career, Eve...

Marijuana Use Is A Likely Death Sentence For A Military Career, Even In California

Jan. 5
By Steve Walsh

Pot is legal in California and there have been a few cracks in the military's zero tolerance policy. But San Diego's sailors and Marines risk discharge if they are found with marijuana.

San Diego-based Navy Ship Involved In Collision Heads Back To Weste...

San Diego-based Navy Ship Involved In Collision Heads Back To Western Pacific

Jan. 4
By Steve Walsh

The USS Lake Champlain was involved in one of the four accidents that happened in 2017, which brought increased scrutiny to U.S. Naval operations in the western Pacific.

San Diego Marijuana Outlets See Brisk Business

San Diego Marijuana Outlets See Brisk Business

Jan. 2
By Steve Walsh

San Diego is the largest California city to allow the recreational sale of marijuana in the opening days of legalization.

Military Families Can Expect A Pay Bump In New Year

Military Families Can Expect A Pay Bump In New Year

Dec. 19
By Steve Walsh

A pay increase combined with an increase in housing allowance will help offset the expense of living in San Diego.

Nurses Short Staffing Undercutting Morale At San Diego Veterans Hos...

Nurses Short Staffing Undercutting Morale At San Diego Veterans Hospital

Dec. 13
By Steve Walsh

National Nurses United protested what they say are poor working conditions at the San Diego veterans hospital.

Report: Pendleton Marines Knew About Exposed Gas Main That Injured ...

Report: Pendleton Marines Knew About Exposed Gas Main That Injured 15 In Fiery Explosion

Dec. 11
By Steve Walsh

KPBS obtained a copy of the command investigation which shows this was the second accident with the same gas main in two months.

Fat Leonard Probe Continues To Implicate Naval Officers

Fat Leonard Probe Continues To Implicate Naval Officers

Dec. 6
By Steve Walsh

The federal court in San Diego remains ground zero for the wide-ranging Navy corruption scandal, seen as the largest in naval history.

Two Years After Congress Required It, The VA Now Is Offering Vetera...

Two Years After Congress Required It, The VA Now Is Offering Veterans An ID Card

Dec. 1
By Steve Walsh

The new veterans ID cards were mandated by a 2015 law. But some veterans groups are raising questions about the possibility that the cards will include corporate branding.

Groups Plan To Defy El Cajon Homeless Feeding Ban For Second Week

Groups Plan To Defy El Cajon Homeless Feeding Ban For Second Week

Nov. 24
By Steve Walsh

A group called Food Not Bombs is planning to set up a feeding station for homeless people living in Wells Park on Saturday. Organizers say they want to call attention to a ban on feeding the homeless passed as a response to the hepatitis A outbreak.

Defense Department Report: Military Sexual Assaults Remain Under-Re...

Defense Department Report: Military Sexual Assaults Remain Under-Reported

Nov. 20
By Steve Walsh

Department of Defense numbers show that the number of troops who report sexual assault is improving, but it is still far lower than what the military believes is the actual number.

Report: Lack Of Experience, Poor Communication Led To Ditching Of U...

Report: Lack Of Experience, Poor Communication Led To Ditching Of USS Vinson Fighter

Nov. 14
By Steve Walsh

Navy investigation probes the cause of the spring crash involving an F-18 Super Hornet in the western Pacific.

San Diegans Can Weigh In On Navy's Plan To Protect Marine Life Monday

San Diegans Can Weigh In On Navy's Plan To Protect Marine Life Monday

Nov. 13
By Steve Walsh

A 2015 lawsuit required the Navy to add extra protections for whales and marine habitats between San Diego and Hawaii. The Navy's plan is up for public review.

Marines' Beach Landing Exercise Keeps Amphibious Assaults Relevant

Marines' Beach Landing Exercise Keeps Amphibious Assaults Relevant

Nov. 7
By Steve Walsh

The military exercise Dawn Blitz is part of a larger attempt by the Marine Corps to preserve the military amphibious warfare techniques used in World War II at Normandy and in the Pacific.

Marine Remains Hospitalized One Month After Camp Pendleton Training...

Marine Remains Hospitalized One Month After Camp Pendleton Training Accident

Oct. 27
By Steve Walsh

Fourteen Marines and one sailor were injured in what the Marines said was an accident during a training exercise.

Marine, Navy Exercise Off San Diego Coast Debuts F-35

Marine, Navy Exercise Off San Diego Coast Debuts F-35

Oct. 24
By Steve Walsh

Dawn Blitz trains Marines for amphibious landings but it is also a chance for Navy and Marines to test new skills.

Navy Veterans Look Beyond The Crews For Cause Of Collisions

Navy Veterans Look Beyond The Crews For Cause Of Collisions

Oct. 18
By Steve Walsh

The Navy is looking for lessons learned after 17 sailors were killed this summer when the destroyers USS McCain and USS Fitzgerald each collided with slow moving freighters in the Pacific.

Camp Pendleton Deals With Fallout From Summertime Hazing Scandal

Camp Pendleton Deals With Fallout From Summertime Hazing Scandal

Oct. 11
By Steve Walsh

The First Marine Division takes action against a number of low-ranking Marines, while their attorneys question the process.

Fire That Injured Troops At Camp Pendleton Still Under Review

Fire That Injured Troops At Camp Pendleton Still Under Review

Sept. 29
By Steve Walsh

Nearly two weeks after the accident, the Marines are saying little about what caused the accident that sent 14 Marines and a sailor to the hospital.

Landmark Vietnam War Series May Trigger Unwanted Memories For Some ...

Landmark Vietnam War Series May Trigger Unwanted Memories For Some Vets

Sept. 15
By Steve Walsh

The documentary "The Vietnam War" begins an 18-hour run on PBS this weekend. Concerns over untreated PTSD will likely lead some veterans to turn away and cause others to turn toward treatment.

Congress Deciding Whether To Double Down On Navy's Speedy But Troub...

Congress Deciding Whether To Double Down On Navy's Speedy But Troubled Combat Ship

Sept. 12
By Steve Walsh

The Littoral Combat Ship has not lived up to its loftier promises as it ends its production run. The question for Congress is whether to buy more while the Navy plans a new ship.

San Diego Fire Adds Crews To Cope With Potential Wildfires

San Diego Fire Adds Crews To Cope With Potential Wildfires

Aug. 28
By Steve Walsh

High heat is driving the decision to keep tanker trucks staffed throughout the week to respond quickly to wildfires.

Transgender Veterans Hope Trump Policy Won't Erase Progress At VA

Transgender Veterans Hope Trump Policy Won't Erase Progress At VA

Aug. 24
By Steve Walsh

The White House decision to ban transgender troops goes counter to the approach by the Veterans Health Administration, which has become increasingly welcoming.

Navy Takes A Pause After USS McCain Collision

Navy Takes A Pause After USS McCain Collision

Aug. 21
By Steve Walsh

The head of the Navy has called for a 24-hour pause of naval operations worldwide after a second U.S. Navy destroyer collided with a merchant vessel.

VA Study Shows Yoga Can Lower Dependence On Pain Meds

VA Study Shows Yoga Can Lower Dependence On Pain Meds

Aug. 8
By Steve Walsh

The yoga study is part of an effort by the VA to look at ways to wean veterans from pain medication.

Navy Grappling With Ethical Issues Raised By Fat Leonard Case

Navy Grappling With Ethical Issues Raised By Fat Leonard Case

Aug. 1
By Steve Walsh

While the ongoing Fat Leonard legal cases grab headlines, the Navy has been working to change the ethical conduct of its officers.

To Curb Suicides, VA Opens Services To Those With Less Than Honorab...

To Curb Suicides, VA Opens Services To Those With Less Than Honorable Discharges

July 4
By Steve Walsh

As part of an effort to cut down on the number of veterans who commit suicide, the Veterans Health Administration is opening up its emergency rooms to those with less-than-honorable discharges who are suffering from mental illness.

Vietnam Vet Surfers Use Waves To Open Up About Their War Experiences

Vietnam Vet Surfers Use Waves To Open Up About Their War Experiences

June 30
By Steve Walsh

The California Surf Museum in Oceanside takes a rare look at war with “China Beach: Surfers, the Vietnam War, and the Healing Power of Wave-riding.”

Department Of Defense Targets Sexual Trauma With New App

Department Of Defense Targets Sexual Trauma With New App

June 21
By Steve Walsh

An online app is the latest attempt by the Department of Defense to create programs which deal with sexual trauma among the U.S. military.

Cause Of Jet Fighter Problems Remains Elusive For US Navy

Cause Of Jet Fighter Problems Remains Elusive For US Navy

June 19
By Steve Walsh

A problem that first came to light with a training jet has expanded to the F/A-18 Hornet, a common fighter jet used by the Marines and Navy.

California Surf Museum Recognizes Vietnam War's China Beach Surf Club

California Surf Museum Recognizes Vietnam War's China Beach Surf Club

June 9
By Steve Walsh

The Oceanside exhibit commemorates the troops who found a way to keep surfing as an outlet during the Vietnam War.

Retired Admiral Sees Leaving Climate Accord As Setback For Military

Retired Admiral Sees Leaving Climate Accord As Setback For Military

June 7
By Steve Walsh

The U.S. military has been an early leader in the federal government's response to climate change. Leaving the Paris Climate Accord challenges that role, according to a retired admiral who now works on sustainability issues.

Ship Building Windfall On Hold With Trump Budget

Ship Building Windfall On Hold With Trump Budget

May 26
By Steve Walsh

The Pentagon did not ramp up ship building in its 2018 budget proposal to Congress, meaning at least a delay in the Trump's plan to expand the Navy beyond what was proposed in the Obama administration.

Miramar National Cemetery Is Promoting Itself To Veterans

Miramar National Cemetery Is Promoting Itself To Veterans

May 19
By Steve Walsh

The national cemetery is holding an open house over the weekend to give veterans a chance to see the location, which originally opened as a replacement for Fort Rosecrans in 2010.

Army Training In California Desert To Take On Cyber Threats

Army Training In California Desert To Take On Cyber Threats

May 12
By Steve Walsh

US Army Cyber Command wants to know if it can insert experts onto the battlefield to help troops on the front line combat cyber threats.

Female Marines In San Diego Hope USMC Will React Better To Latest P...

Female Marines In San Diego Hope USMC Will React Better To Latest Photo Scandal

May 1
By Steve Walsh

Marines United is only the latest photo sharing scandal to rock the Marine Corps. Female Marines expect a different response from their leadership and male peers.

Camp Pendleton Marines Playing Catch Up On Technology Front

Camp Pendleton Marines Playing Catch Up On Technology Front

April 28
By Steve Walsh

The military wants to speed up the process of getting advanced technology like drones and unmanned submarines into the field.

San Diego Play Shows Vets' Range Of Experiences

San Diego Play Shows Vets' Range Of Experiences

April 22
By Steve Walsh

"Vets@Home" is the second attempt to bring live theater to the Veterans Museum and Memorial Center in Balboa Park.

LCS Crew Returns Home To San Diego After Extended Singapore Deployment

LCS Crew Returns Home To San Diego After Extended Singapore Deployment

April 18
By Steve Walsh

The crew of the USS Coronado was forced to remain deployed while the Navy overhauled the training program for the littoral combat ship.

Pendleton Marines Storm Beach In Coordinated Exercise

Pendleton Marines Storm Beach In Coordinated Exercise

April 13
By Steve Walsh

The Navy's amphibious ships USS America and USS San Diego are part of a massive exercise at a time when Pentagon leaders question whether the U.S. is spending enough on readiness.

Coast Guard Pushes Back Against Rep. Hunter's Pentagon Move

Coast Guard Pushes Back Against Rep. Hunter's Pentagon Move

April 12
By Steve Walsh

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, sent a letter to President Donald Trump saying he believed the U.S. Coast Guard should move to the Department of Defense, with the other branches of the military.

Naval Command In Coronado Grounds Trainer Aircraft Fleet After Pilo...

Naval Command In Coronado Grounds Trainer Aircraft Fleet After Pilots Refuse To Fly

April 6
By Steve Walsh

Reports indicate pilots of the T-45C Goshawk began grounding their aircraft last week over concerns that incidents of pilots passing out in the cockpit are happening at an increasing rate.

Scientists Opening Film Vault Of America's Above Ground Nuclear Tes...

Scientists Opening Film Vault Of America's Above Ground Nuclear Testing

April 5
By Steve Walsh

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is in the process of restoring and releasing the most complete record of America's involvement in above ground nuclear testing.

Trump Executive Order May Roll Back Military’s Climate Policies

Trump Executive Order May Roll Back Military’s Climate Policies

March 29
By Steve Walsh

The U.S. military has been working on projects ranging from solar power to assessing the impact of climate change on global conflicts. Advocates worry those programs may be in jeopardy.

The VA And Navy Look At Long Term Amputee Outcomes

The VA And Navy Look At Long Term Amputee Outcomes

March 28
By Steve Walsh

A new study finds those who have an amputation early fare better than those who have an amputation later.

White House's First Budget Would Shine On San Diego's Defense Sector

White House's First Budget Would Shine On San Diego's Defense Sector

March 16
By Steve Walsh

The White House budget would likely be a short-term boost to San Diego, where Marines and the Navy look to restore maintenance programs trimmed under sequestration.

NAFTA Changes Could Put A Dip In Guacamole Sales

NAFTA Changes Could Put A Dip In Guacamole Sales

March 8
By Steve Walsh

A recent temporary shortage of Mexican avocados highlights how difficult it will be to untangle the relationships built since the North American Free Trade Agreement began in 1994.

UC San Diego Conference Looks At NAFTA Impact

UC San Diego Conference Looks At NAFTA Impact

Feb. 24
By Steve Walsh

The Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at UC San Diego on Monday will hold a day-long conversation on NAFTA, as the Trump Administration looks at reworking or scrapping the 22-year-old trade deal.

As San Diego Named Coast Guard City, Rep. Duncan Hunter A No Show

As San Diego Named Coast Guard City, Rep. Duncan Hunter A No Show

Feb. 23
By KPBS News, Steve Walsh

Two members of the region's congressional delegation were supposed to appear Thursday for the designation of San Diego as the nation's second largest Coast Guard City.

Incident Involving Removal Of Capitol Painting Sparks Federal Lawsuit

Incident Involving Removal Of Capitol Painting Sparks Federal Lawsuit

Feb. 21
By Steve Walsh

A Missouri congressman files a federal suit in response to Capitol officials removing a painting deemed controversial by a group of Republicans, including Rep. Duncan Hunter.

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