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Military Families Wait For Help With Mold, Other Housing Issues

Dec. 2
By Steve Walsh

Almost 30 military families were living in hotels over the holiday while they wait for the private contractor Lincoln Military Housing to address mold issues in their Tierrasanta homes.

Acting Defense Secretary Richard Spencer listen...

Pentagon Chief Fires Navy Secretary Over Handling Of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher Case

Nov. 25
By Associated Press, Steve Walsh

Defense Secretary Mark Esper has fired the Navy’s top official, ending a stunning clash between President Donald Trump and top military leadership over the fate of a SEAL accused of war crimes in Iraq.

Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen instruc...

SEAL Boat Operators Seek Their Own Independent History

Nov. 11
By Steve Walsh

Typically, linked to the Navy SEALs, Special Warfare Combatant Craft Crew are a separate unit with their own history, which is being told in a new book.

Troops set up concertina wire as a Customs and ...

Some National Guardsmen Don't Get Veterans' Benefits, Congress Is Trying To Change That

Nov. 11
By Steve Walsh

Not everyone in a military uniform will be considered a veteran when they leave the service, including some National Guard troops who have served along the border.

Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher,...

Navy Looks At Reforming JAG In Wake Of Gallagher War Crimes Trial

Oct. 30
By Steve Walsh

The Secretary of the Navy is looking is looking at all aspects of the Navy and Marine Judge Advocate General programs.

The San Diego VA Medical Center in La Jolla is ...

VA Secretary Worries About Impact Of California Power Outages

Oct. 28
By Steve Walsh

The letter to the governor asks for details on how California can prevent future outages, which may impact the state's 1.6 million veterans.

Sybil Stockdale, widow of Adm. James B. Stockda...

Coronado Exhibit Covers The History Of POW Wives Who Created A National Movement

Oct. 8
By Steve Walsh

A new exhibit at the Coronado Museum of History and Art looks at how a group of pilot wives generated international pressure and created the POW/MIA movement.

Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Sergio Palacios, as...

San Diego's Military Hospitals Are Set To Combine With The Rest Of Military Medicine

Sept. 26
By Steve Walsh

The Defense Health Agency is taking over the administration of Army and Air Force medicine, combining it with Navy medicine, which includes the Marines , creating one command to serve all active duty military, retirees and their families.

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Pendleton Marines The Latest In A List Of Officials With Ties To Human Smuggling

Sept. 26
By Steve Walsh

The 13 Marines charged in military court are the most recent example of officials caught up in human smuggling. The Marines involvement dates back to at least the 1970s.

Allaine Benson holds her husband Erik Benson in...

Vet With PSTD May Spend A Year In Jail Awaiting Trial

Sept. 19
By Steve Walsh

Erik Benson was arrested in November for leaving threatening messages on his VA funded providers voice mail. He remains in federal lockup even after a jury in his case deadlocked. Prosecutors have told the judge they plan to retry him.

A veteran surfing in an undated photo at a Nati...

Veterans Summer Sports Clinic Returns To San Diego

Sept. 18
By Steve Walsh

The VA sponsors the National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic, along with the Wounded Warrior Project and other groups to introduce veterans to adaptive sports.

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San Diego's Climate Crisis: How Heightened Wildfire Risk Is Altering The Work Of California's National Guard

Sept. 18
By Steve Walsh

Members of the California National Guard have always had a role in fighting wildfires, but now there is a task force working year-round on fire prevention efforts.

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Study Targets Suicide Risk Among Gun Owners On Active Duty

Sept. 12
By Steve Walsh

Research that included the Naval Health Research Center in San Diego looks at access to personal firearms and the link to suicide among troops on active duty.

Rear Admiral Collin Green is the head of Naval ...

Navy Removes Top Leaders Of San Diego-Based SEAL Team 7

Sept. 6
By Steve Walsh

The San Diego-based SEAL Team has been in the national spotlight this summer for ethical lapses on the battlefield.

The California Air National Guard C-130J perfor...

California Loses Key Military Project And Gains Funding For Wall

Sept. 4
By Steve Walsh

The California Air National Guard is losing an $8 million flight simulator as one of 127 military projects to lose funding to pay for border projects ordered by the Trump administration.

In this photo taken Thursday, March 21, 2019, G...

Navy OKs CBD Use — Provided It's Topical And Has Less Than .3% THC

Aug. 27
By Steve Walsh

Questions linger over whether the rules open the door to challenge the Navy's zero-tolerance policy regarding THC, as the Navy reacts to the federal government allowing hemp-based CBD products.

U.S. Army soldiers belonging to the 1st Platoon...

Lawsuits: Federal Gov't Fails To Protect Military Reservists Returning To Civilian Jobs

Aug. 22
By Steve Walsh

Claiming they are denied promotions and pay, reservists and guard troops are suing their civilian employers under a federal law designed to protect their civilian careers. Federal agencies are seeing some of the highest number of complaints.

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Inspector General Criticizes San Diego VA Handling Of Suicide

Aug. 8
By Steve Walsh

The report points to the lack of a consistent nationwide policy on when to label a veteran at high risk for suicide. A patient died in 2018, months after the flag was removed from his file at the San Diego VA.

U.S. Navy Sea, Air, and Land Team Members condu...

Navy Drops Afghanistan War Crime Charges Against 4 SEALs

Aug. 7
By Steve Walsh

The Navy SEALs were accused assaulting prisoners in Afghanistan in 2012, firing a weapon near the head of a prisoner, dropping a rock on their chest, then covering up the abuse.

Adm. John Richardson is chief of naval operatio...

Chief Of Naval Operations Takes Over Gallagher SEAL Case

Aug. 6
By Steve Walsh

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson will decide whether to uphold the four month sentence and reduction in rank handed down by a military jury in San Diego in the case of Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher.

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Rep. Hunter Ordered To Remove Marine Logo From Islamophobic Mailers

July 18
By Steve Walsh

The U.S. Marine Corps is demanding Hunter remove a Marine logo from Islamophobic flyers targeting his opponent and two other members of Congress who were also recently targeted by President Trump.

Brig. Gen. Walter Duzzny, the Deputy Commanding...

Troops Keep A Low Profile Along The US-Mexico Border

June 13
By Steve Walsh

There have been a handful of incidents where troops have contact with migrants, but mainly soldiers and Marines have stayed away from close contact, according to the Army.

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VA's New Program Helps Vets Seek Care From Outside Doctors

June 6
By Steve Walsh

The new program replaces the sometimes troubled Choice program, passed in the wake of the wait time scandal, where veterans were waited months for basic care at the VA.

Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein speaks at a news confer...

Rabbi Says Poway Shooting Victim's Funeral Will Be Most Difficult Of His Career

April 29
By Steve Walsh

The congregants of a synagogue attacked Saturday vowed to move on a day after a gunman tore through their tight-knit community.

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Veteran Student Loans Subject Of Congressional Hearing In San Diego

April 25
By Steve Walsh

Two House committees held a hearing at Grossmont College to look at the problems with how some private, for-profit colleges use VA benefits, leaving some students in debt without a degree.

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Navy Works Through Deadlines To Address Problems With Military Housing

April 23
By Steve Walsh

After Congress began holding hearings, the Navy and other branches of the military began reaching out to families in private military housing.

Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher is set to ...

SEAL Charged With War Crimes To Remain In Custody

April 18
By Steve Walsh

SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher was taken into custody September 11, 2018. He was moved to the naval hospital in San Diego after the president issued a Tweet supporting his removal from the brig.

Marine Staff Sgt. Joshua Braica, 29, died Sunda...

Marine Raider Killed in Training At Pendleton Identified

April 16
By Steve Walsh

Staff Sgt. Joshua Braica, 29, joined the Marine Corps in 2010. He died Sunday after being injured in a training accident at Camp Pendleton.

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Military Mission To Lay Wire On The Border Wrapped Up With Mixed Results

April 3
By Steve Walsh

The military mission to reinforce the border with concertina wire wrapped up Sunday. Homeland Security has not released the plan to show why some portions of the wall are covered in razor wire while other nearby sections have none.

Leslie Tumlinson, who lives on on Marine Corps ...

Concerns Over Private Military Housing Touch Camp Pendleton

March 29
By Steve Walsh

Congress is debating whether to give tenants of private military housing additional rights after a receiving complaints from military families around the country.

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Naval Reservist Wins Discrimination Appeal Against DEA

March 20
By Steve Walsh

A retired DEA agent said the agency discriminated against him, because he was a reserve officer in the Navy.

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Bill Introduced To Tackle Problems With Privately-Run Military Housing

March 14
By Steve Walsh

US Rep. Mike Levin's bill mirrors a bill introduced in the Senate that supporters say would increase oversight of the privately run housing.

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San Diego Part Of VA Effort To Become A High Reliability Organization

March 14
By Steve Walsh

The announcement comes at the same time the General Accounting Office again cites the VA as a "high risk agency" for issues such as long wait times nationwide.

Marines from Wounded Warrior regiments from eas...

Wounded Warriors Compete At Camp Pendleton

March 1
By Steve Walsh

The Marine Corps Trials: Adaptive Sports Invitational enables wounded Marines to compete as part of their rehabilitation.

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Veterans Hope New VA System Will Speed Up Their Disability Appeals

Feb. 28
By Steve Walsh

Under the old system, a veteran could wait 3 to 7 years for their claim to work its way through the appeals process.

Ervin Reyes retired Army Ranger at Aspire Cente...

Aspire Center In San Diego Looks At Five Years Of Treating Iraq And Afghan Vets

Feb. 26
By Steve Walsh

Aspire remains the only center of its kind in the VA system, dedicated to working with the issues faced by veterans of the most recent conflicts.

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Marines Investigate Blackface Incident Circulating On Social Media

Feb. 25
By Steve Walsh

The images appear to show San Diego area Marines posing in blackface and using a racial slur. One of the Marines says the incident is overblown.

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Trump's Emergency Declaration Could Stall Construction Projects At San Diego Military Bases

Feb. 18
By Steve Walsh

Military communities around the country are looking at the potential impact of President Trump’s state of emergency declaration.

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Troops Along The California Border Packed Up Last Week

Feb. 11
By Steve Walsh

Most of the local Marines went home after their original mission to the border ended, though more troops are expected as the Trump Administration shifts focus to laying barriers between the ports of entries.

U.S. Marines arrive at the San Ysidro Port of E...

Military Medical Teams Aided Migrants On Border After Deaths In CBP Custody

Feb. 5
By Steve Walsh

Active duty medical teams evaluated a couple hundred migrants in California and Arizona through most of January, at the request of the Customs and Border Protection.

Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher is set to ...

Details Emerge In SEAL Case Set For Court Martial

Jan. 30
By Steve Walsh

A Navy SEAL is set to go on trial in San Diego for war crimes, beginning in February.

Hospital Corpsman Travis Stephens leads 125 Sai...

San Diego Facility Part Of Pentagon's Global Consolidation Of Military Medicine

Jan. 25
By Steve Walsh

Medical centers run by each branch of the military will be combined under the Defense Health Agency. Sailors and Marines may by treated by an Army doctor as the Pentagon tries to cut costs and improve outcomes.

Members of National Treasury Employees Union Ch...

IRS Employees Worried About Delays During Fast-Approaching Tax Season

Jan. 21
By Steve Walsh

The union representing local U.S. Treasury Department workers saw its 211 members furloughed as part of the government shutdown.

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VA Defends Efforts As San Diego Tops List For Veteran Suicides In California

Jan. 18
By Steve Walsh

The VA San Diego has revamped its efforts over the last five years in an attempt to bring down the number of suicides among veterans.

Then-commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, Adm. ...

Retired Admiral Worries About Long-Term Impact Of Government Shutdown

Jan. 17
By Steve Walsh

Scott Swift told an audience at UC San Diego that the U.S. needs a grand strategy in the Pacific to assure allies concerned about America's role in the region.

Troops set up concertina wire as a Customs and ...

U.S. Troop Deployment To Border Extended Until Fall

Jan. 15
By Steve Walsh

The role of U.S. troops along the border with Mexico continues to change as they await potential reinforcements.

Allaine Benson holds her husband Erik Benson in...

Iraq Vet Jailed For Angry Voicemails Will Remain Locked Up

Jan. 14
By Steve Walsh

Erik Benson was medically retired in 2010 for injuries he suffered in Iraq. He has been locked up since late November when the VA pressed charges after he allegedly left angry voicemails for his provider.

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San Diego Airport Touts 2018 A Good Year For Major Projects

Dec. 27, 2018
By Steve Walsh

A new water filtration plant recycles rainwater, part of a parking expansion at Terminal 2 this year.

Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., meets service mem...

Troops Continue Deployment At Border Over Holidays

Dec. 27, 2018
By Steve Walsh

The number of troops deployed along the U.S.-Mexico border has been shrinking since the high point after the midterm elections in November.

Allaine Benson holds her husband Erik Benson in...

Iraq War Veteran Will Spend Holidays Behind Bars

Dec. 24, 2018
By Steve Walsh

The VA in San Diego is pressing charges against Erik Benson, who suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder because he left threatening voicemail messages for his doctor.

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US Navy Presses On With Board Review Of SEAL Eddie Gallagher Despite Trump's Tweet

Nov. 22
Richard Gonzales / NPR

Gallagher was acquitted earlier this year of murdering an ISIS combatant in 2017 but convicted of a lesser crime. President Trump last week restored his rank, but did not pardon him.

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Navy Cancels Review For SEALs Linked To Gallagher Case After Firing Of Navy Secretary

Nov. 27
Julie Watson / Associated Press

Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly said Wednesday the case was becoming a distraction.

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