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Ceremony On Coronado Marks End Of Navy's Combat Camera

Sept. 21
By Steve Walsh

Pacific Fleet Combat Camera held its disestablishment ceremony on Coronado Friday, three hours after the East Coast unit held a similar ceremony, officially ending Navy Combat Camera.

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Documentary Tells Little-Known Story Of Vietnam War Squadron

Sept. 18
By Brooke Ruth, Steve Walsh

A documentary airing Tuesday night on KPBS-TV tells the story of a little-known Navy squadron, the Seawolves. That's despite them being the most decorated in naval aviation history.

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Head Marine Faces Questions About The Impact Of Deployments On Families

Sept. 12
By Steve Walsh

Gen. Robert Neller expressed sympathy but few solutions to a Marine spouse concerned about the pace of deployment that remains high 17 years after Sept. 11, 2001.

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Top Gun II Set To Film Around San Diego Including North Island

Sept. 11
By Steve Walsh

The Navy has worked out an agreement to film on North Island and other bases along the West Coast. Filming is set to get underway in September.

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VA Program To Lower Suicide Rate Has Few Takers

Sept. 4
By Steve Walsh

Veterans advocates say the Department of Veterans Affairs failed to publicize a program created last year. It allows veterans with other-than-honorable discharges to receive 90 days of mental health care from the VA.

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Fellow POW Remembers His Time In Captivity With Sen. McCain

Aug. 27
By Steve Walsh

One San Diego resident has a personal connection to the late Sen. John McCain. Jim Bedinger said McCain's brash humor and fighting spirit were on display during their time at a North Vietnam prison camp.

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Launching A Space Force Raises Questions For San Diego

Aug. 23
By Steve Walsh

Raised in President Trump's San Diego speech before the Marines, Space Force has become presidential policy though a San Diego policy expert questions whether it is the right solution.

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Navy Report Calls Out Unsafe Conditions At SPAWAR Facility

Aug. 15
By Steve Walsh

The Naval Inspector General found feces, broken pipes and windows at SPAWAR's World War II-era complex in Old Town.

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Military Searches For Marine Lost In Pacific

Aug. 13
By Steve Walsh

Navy announced Friday that authorities continue to search for a Marine with the Pendleton-based 13 Marine Expeditionary Unit, who has been missing from the USS Essex near the Philippines.

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Navy's Plan To Protect Marine Mammals Under Scrutiny

Aug. 13
By Steve Walsh

Environmental groups want the Navy to stick to the agreements worked out after years of litigation on the current plan.

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Veteran Volunteers Help San Diego County Fire Victims

July 27
By Steve Walsh

Team Rubicon sends veterans around the world to help with natural disasters. The work helps them to heal while they continue their history of service.

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Miramar USMC Pilots Face Decision On Record Retention Bonus Offer

July 24
By Steve Walsh

The Marine Corps is trying to counter a pilot shortage that impacts all of the services.

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Troops Are Marrying Each Other More Often, Creating New Challenges For Pentagon

July 12
By Steve Walsh

About 84,000 service members are married to another member of the military, and some find it hard to balance their marriages with their careers.

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Camp Pendleton General Sanctioned Over Misuse Of Personal Aide

July 11
By Steve Walsh

The inspector general for the Department of Defense sanctioned Brig. Gen. Rick Uribe for using his aide for personal business while in Iraq.

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VA Suicide Data Reveals Troubling Trends In California

July 3
By Steve Walsh

VA suicide data shows California slightly ahead of the curve, but the suicide rate among veterans remains high both in the state and around the country.

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Veterans Urging Congress And VA To Take Another Look At Hazards Of Burn Pits

June 13
By Steve Walsh

For U.S. service personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan, "taking out the trash" often meant burning it. Veterans' groups say those trash fires are now creating health problems for vets.

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San Diego VA Studies The Role Of Guilt In PTSD Treatment

June 11
By Steve Walsh

The San Diego Veterans Affairs Hospital is looking at the role guilt and shame play in the treatment of PTSD.

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Coastal Commission Rejects Navy's Plan For Marine Life

June 7
By Steve Walsh

The Navy is coming to the end of a five-year plan to protect the ocean waters between California and Hawaii.

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Study Shows Troops At High Risk For Skin Cancer

June 4
By Steve Walsh

A new study pulls together the research into the elevated risk of skin cancer among military populations, from World War II veterans to those who served in Iraq.

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California National Guard Keeping A Low Profile In Border Mission

May 31
By Steve Walsh

Operation Guardian Support is the latest in a long, and sometimes troubled, history of cooperation between the Pentagon and Homeland Security.

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San Diego Peace Protest Memorializes The Cost Of War

May 29
By Steve Walsh

For the last 15 years, Hometown Arlington West has called attention to service members killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Navy's New Ad Campaign Wants To Overcome Misconceptions About Serving

May 28
By Steve Walsh

On the 45th anniversary of the all-volunteer military, the Navy looks to convince a new generation of sailors that service is their best option.

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Pentagon Hints At Major Changes To Navy Deployments

May 10
By Steve Walsh

Secretary of Defense James Mattis told lawmakers that he would like to see shorter, less predictable deployments — a move potentially popular with sailors.

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California National Guard Troops Arrive In San Diego Ahead Of Border Duty

May 4
By Steve Walsh

The California National Guard arrived at the Kearny Mesa Armory before deploying to work the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.

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US Border Patrol Maps Out Limited Role For California Guard

April 27
By Steve Walsh

A small planning team is already on the ground in San Diego. They will be reinforced by more than 160 troops over the next several weeks, under what is being called Operation Guardian Support.

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California Guard Expected To Roll-Out For Border Duty

April 26
By Steve Walsh

Guard troops expected to perform a number of secondary roles with the U.S. Border Patrol.

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San Diego Part Of Effort To Honor Chinese American WWII Veterans

April 20
By Steve Walsh

Advocates want to award a Congressional Gold Medal to Chinese American veterans of World War II who fought aggression overseas while facing discrimination at home.

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California And Pentagon Still At Odds Over Guard Deployment

April 16
By Steve Walsh

Despite a rare moment of agreement between California and the Trump Administration, the two sides have so far not reached an agreement to call up the California National Guard as part of a multi-state effort.

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Marine Who Won Court Hazing Decision Faces Discharge

April 13
By Steve Walsh

Sgt. Jamie Ortiz remains restricted on board Camp Pendleton, even after a ruling that threw out his case in a major crackdown on hazing ordered by the commander of the 1st Marine Division.

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It's Not The First Time California Deploys National Guard To Border Missions

April 11
By Steve Walsh

Gov. Jerry Brown's decision follows up on missions in 2006 and 2010 where California sent troops to support border operations.

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Navy Working To Keep Sailors In The Service As Fleet Expands

April 3
By Steve Walsh

The Navy is canceling retirement incentives, replacing those programs with new programs to retain sailors and officers ahead of an expansion in the number of ships.

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Navy SEALs To Be Tested Prior To Training, Monitored For Brain Injuries

March 30
By Steve Walsh

The program is part of a Navy effort to more closely track traumatic brain injuries among special operators and other sailors.

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After Congressional Protest, Navy Rejects Humanist Chaplain

March 27
By Steve Walsh

The Navy won't allow the military's first secular humanist chaplain to serve after members of Congress protest the move.

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My Lai Exhibit Highlights Dark Anniversary Of Vietnam War

March 14
By Steve Walsh

The incident called attention to the deaths of unarmed civilians and became a turning point for public support of the Vietnam War.

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In Cost-Cutting Move, Navy Shutting Down Combat Camera Units

March 13
By Steve Walsh

The storied unit shot through the depths of World War II and Vietnam but will not survive the digital age, according to the Navy.

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Navy Cancels Plan For Hybrid Engines On Destroyers

March 12
By Steve Walsh

The Great Green Fleet, launched in San Diego in 2016, touted many of the Navy's efforts to lessen reliance on fossil fuel. Those programs are now under scrutiny in the Trump Administration.

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Navy's 'Golden Ticket' Gives Career Sailors A Chance To Test Civilian Life

March 6
By Steve Walsh

The program announced by Navy Personnel Command is for top performing sailors who are already considering leaving the Navy, and designed to allow sailors to taste civilian life and still continue their Navy careers.

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VA Needs More Women To Participate In Head Trauma Research

March 1
By Steve Walsh

A nonprofit is trying to encourage more women veterans to participate in brain research since much of the existing research concentrates on men.

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Navy May Move 'Fat Leonard' Court-Martial To San Diego

Feb. 27
By Steve Walsh

The federal courthouse in San Diego has been ground zero for the Navy corruption scandal since the Malaysian businessman Leonard Francis was taken into custody in 2013.

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Trump Policy Spotlights San Diego's Nuclear Past

Feb. 16
By Steve Walsh

The latest Nuclear Posture Review seeks to bring back types of weapons mothballed after the Cold War, raising speculation over whether that ultimately means a return of nuclear weapons to San Diego.

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La Jolla Playhouse Highlights The Needs Of Military Families

Feb. 14
By Steve Walsh

"Home of the Brave" uses the real experiences of military children to tell their stories, in a production now touring San Diego County schools as part of the La Jolla Playhouse's annual Performance Outreach Program.

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At 2-Year Mark, San Diego's Vet Housing Program Alive, Not Necessarily Growing

Feb. 2
By Steve Walsh

Housing Our Heroes promised to get 1,000 homeless veterans off the street. With that goal accomplished, the San Diego Housing Commission isn't prepared to raise the stakes.

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Rep. Peters: Trump's State Of The Union Makes Compromise Less Likely

Feb. 1
By Steve Walsh

Congressional Democrat says the speech's darker tones make it harder for Congress to tackle the larger issues like immigration and trade.

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VA Expands Programs To Target Suicide Prevention

Jan. 30
By Steve Walsh

The White House gives the Department of Veterans Affairs 60 days to enroll nearly all veterans in mental health care as they leave the military. Critics worry the tight time frame will impact care at the VA.

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Agency Uncovering Lost Military Remains Updates San Diego Families

Jan. 18
By Steve Walsh

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency meeting with families within 300 miles of San Diego to discuss the progress being made to find their lost loved ones.

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San Diego Judge Disparaged By Trump Remarks Speaks On MLKs Legacy

Jan. 16
By Steve Walsh

As a candidate, President Donald Trump questioned Judge Gonzalo Curiel's Mexican heritage as part of the Trump University case, which was decided in San Diego.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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