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Families Of 2018 Marine Helicopter Crash Victims Sue Part Suppliers

May 21
By Steve Walsh

A report on the April 3, 2018 crash that killed four Marines outside El Centro blames the crash on a defective part, which broke down in the helicopter’s hydraulic fluid.

The guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd departs S...

Navy Attempts Faster Response After Coronavirus Found Aboard USS Kidd

May 19
By Steve Walsh

A Navy medical team from Jacksonville, Florida was on the ship within hours with equipment to test the entire crew.

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

VA Searching For Places To House Homeless Vets Before Convention Center Shelter Closes

May 14
By Steve Walsh

With the city's announcement that a veterans shelter in the Midway District will not reopen, the San Diego VA is pushing to find more permanent housing.

NHRC's Operational Infectious Disease Laborator...

San Diego Navy Lab Key To Coronavirus Response

May 12
By Steve Walsh

Early issues slowed the number of people being tested as the Naval Health Research Center and local military hospitals adjusted to the pandemic.

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USO Pivots To Serve Troops, Families Impacted By Coronavirus

May 7
By Steve Walsh

The USO estimates at least 10,000 troops are either in isolation or quarantine because of the coronavirus.

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Coronavirus Safeguards In Place, Navy SEALs Reopen Training Pipeline

May 6
By Steve Walsh

SEALs shutdown portions of BUD/S to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but the commodore said all aspects are reopening after the reviewing the operation on Coronado and putting more safeguards in place.

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

VA Nurses Rally For Better Protection Against COVID-19

May 3
By Steve Walsh

The National Nurses Union held events at 139 hospitals around the country in 13 states, including the San Diego VA.

Hospital Corpsman Ethan Holder (left) takes a t...

Hampered By Coronavirus, Navy Tries To Convince Sailors To Stay A Little Longer

May 1
By Steve Walsh

Coronavirus has created problems for both the Navy and the sailors who planned to leave later this year.

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Hair Cuts Will Continue For West Coast Marines

April 22
By Steve Walsh

West Coast Marines have taken a number of steps to guard against COVID-19, but they are drawing the line at closing barber shops.

Capt. Brett Crozier addresses the media before ...

Families, Sailors, Former Classmates Show Support For Fired Aircraft Carrier Captain

April 21
By Steve Walsh

Capt. Brett Crozier was fired by the acting Secretary of The Navy Thomas Modly, after a letter Crozier wrote, imploring the Navy to take more action to halt the bread of the coronavirus on board the USS Roosevelt.

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

VA Rolls Out Faster COVID-19 Test Through Southern California

April 14
By Steve Walsh

Early on in the outbreak it could take weeks to get test results, but the new system can have results within a few hours.

Laura White, spokesperson for STEP, prepares ca...

Military Families Caught In Coronavirus Travel Ban Struggle To Make Ends Meet

April 9
By Steve Walsh

Groups that help military families are quickly retooling to aid people caught up by the restrictions designed to stop the spread of COVID-19.

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

VA Nurses Say They Aren't Getting A Consistent Message About COVID-19

April 6
By Steve Walsh

VA San Diego administrators are challenged to stay on top of changing requirements for battling Coronavirus and communicate them with employees.

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San Diego Marines Boot Camp Stays Open While East Coast Orders A Halt

April 1
By Steve Walsh

Another class of Marine recruits flew into San Diego Monday evening, despite a travel ban for the rest of the US military and pause on recruitment on the east coast.

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Last Scheduled Cruise Ship Disembarks In San Diego

March 30
By Steve Walsh

On Monday, the county issued two new public health orders that all but bars cruise ships from docking in San Diego except to refuel and restock supplies.

A sailor saying goodbye to his baby before bein...

Navy Adds Restrictions As Number Of Coronavirus Cases Grow

March 28
By Steve Walsh

The Navy and Marines are taking more steps to control the spread of the virus, including sending more test kits to ships and canceling additional exercises.

The parking lot at Naval Base San Diego is most...

Navy, Marines Race To Contain Coronavirus Spread

March 26
By Steve Walsh

Trying to balance readiness with containing the outbreak, Marines and Navy cancel some exercises and events while others continue.

Sam Flores is a district commander and veterans...

VA Shuts Down Benefits Offices Amid Coronavirus Concerns

March 21
By Steve Walsh

The Veterans Benefits Administration closed its doors this week, but it is offering help online, which can still be daunting for some vets.

Marine guards at the Sept. 11, 2017, flag cerem...

Afghan Translators Worry They May Be Left Behind After The US Leaves

March 6
By Steve Walsh

Former interpreters and their advocates worry that a generation of people who worked with U.S. forces as contractors will be caught in a growing backlog.

County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar at Republican ...

Incumbent Republican Kristin Gaspar Holds Large Lead In Third District County Supervisor Race

March 3
By Steve Walsh

Gaspar is racing ahead to November with a large lead over her Democratic contenders, with the second-place candidate and Gaspar's eventual general election opponent just ahead of third.

Kim Mitchell, the president and CEO of Veterans...

Head Of San Diego's Veterans Village Poised To Stand Down

Feb. 28
By Steve Walsh

Kim Mitchell took over the group in 2017, creating a sea change for an organization once created mainly to aid Vietnam Veterans.

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Guard Flight Simulator One Of Several Projects Which Remain On Hold To Build Wall

Feb. 25
By Steve Walsh

127 military projects were put on hold in 2019 to fund expansion of the border wall. Those projects remain in limbo, after the Trump administration removed another $3.2 billion from military projects after the latest defense bill passed.

Veterans practice yoga as part of their treatme...

VA Doubles Down On Treatment For Vets With Gambling Addiction

Feb. 25
By Steve Walsh

Veterans Affairs opens the second inpatient treatment center for gambling in Las Vegas, part of a long tradition that dates back to the early days when gambling was first seen as an addiction.

Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher,...

Critics: Trump's Embrace Of A False Image Of Navy SEALs Sidelines Reforms

Feb. 19
By Steve Walsh

Special Operations Command report looks at some of the root causes of problems within special forces including Navy SEALs, but the SEALs own media image may be getting in the way, warns critics.

The former Space and Naval Warfare Systems Comm...

Top Admiral Says NAVWAR Committed To Staying In San Diego

Feb. 12
By Steve Walsh

The project to redevelop the old SPAWAR site with SANDAG and a private developer reaches its next milestone with a series of public comment meetings this week.

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Neighbors Concerned Over Debut Of F-35 At Miramar

Feb. 3
By Steve Walsh

Marines roll out the new F-35C, while neighbors in University City, who remember a crash in 2008, look warily on assurances that the skies over Miramar remain safe.

Kristin Gaspar (left), Olga Diaz and Terra Laws...

Third District County Supervisor Race Could Create Historic Change

Jan. 31
By Steve Walsh

Incumbent Republican Kristin Gaspar faces two Democratic challengers in a rapidly shifting third district, Escondido City Council member Olga Diaz and Terra Lawson-Remer, a UC San Diego professor and organizer.

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USS Lincoln Arrives In San Diego After Record-Breaking Deployment

Jan. 20
By Steve Walsh

Carrier broke its own record for the longest deployment by a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, staying deployed 294 days before arriving in San Diego.

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San Diego-Bound USS Lincoln On Last Leg Of Record-Breaking Deployment

Jan. 16
By Steve Walsh

Families of the crew of the carrier struggled with making the cross-country move and finding housing in pricey San Diego.

Marines from Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground ...

US Has Few Good Options As Marines From San Diego Defend US Embassy In Iraq

Jan. 3
By Steve Walsh

Though President Trump’s stated goal had been to pull the U.S. out of conflicts like Syria and Afghanistan, 3,000 troops from the 82nd Airborne Division were touching down in Kuwait, prepared to head into Iraq Friday, a day after a U.S. drone strike killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani at the Baghdad Airport.

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Millions Of Vets Eligible To Shop On Base Beginning This Year

Jan. 3
By Steve Walsh

Another 4 million people nationwide will be allowed to shop on military bases. In San Diego, they'll go through a screening process that will include a background check at Naval bases.

Capt. Walter Slaughter, commanding officer, of ...

Carrier USS Lincoln Headed For San Diego After Record Deployment

Dec. 31, 2019
By Steve Walsh

After a long stint in the Middle East, the USS Abraham Lincoln will eventually arrive in San Diego after breaking the post-Cold War record for having the longest deployment by a U.S. carrier.

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Pentagon Changes Rules To Allow Guard Troops Serving Along Border To Earn Benefits

Dec. 23, 2019
By Steve Walsh

The Pentagon made the change after an intense lobbying effort by National Guard veterans.

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Defense Bill Provides New Rights For Families In Private Military Housing

Dec. 20, 2019
By Steve Walsh

For families in Murphy Canyon military housing, who have had issues with mold, the bill would local commanders more authority to require changes.

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Military Families Wait For Help With Mold, Other Housing Issues

Dec. 2, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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.

Members of the California National Guard work a...

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

Sept. 18, 2019
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.

Spc. Johnathan Ramirez with the Special Troops ...

Study Targets Suicide Risk Among Gun Owners On Active Duty

Sept. 12, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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.

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

Nov. 22, 2019
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.

Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher ...

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

Nov. 27, 2019
Julie Watson / Associated Press

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

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