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  • Live video: New fires burn in Carlsbad, Camp Pendleton, Long Beach, Anaheim (Breaking)

    05/14/2014 2:38:28 PM PDT · by blueplum · 90 replies
    89.3 KPCC Radio ^ | May 14, 2014 11:51am PDT | KPCC Staff
    A number of fires are burning throughout Southern California as the area faces high temperatures and winds. Here's a rundown: Fires: Carlsbad/Poinsettia Fire Camp Pendleton/Tomahawk Fire Anaheim fire Ventura/Briggs Fire Long Beach fire Bernardo Fire Miguelito Fire snip Camp Pendleton: A brush fire burning at Camp Pendleton has lead to an evacuation order for Naval Weapons Station Fallbrook and Camp Pendleton's De Luz housing, according to the Camp Pendleton Scout. It has been named the Tomahawk Fire. Officials say the fire has spread to more than 100 acres, the Associated Press reports. snip Mary Fay Pendleton Elementary School on the...
  • International military surf contest at Pendleton

    05/14/2014 3:45:21 AM PDT · by blueplum · 14 replies
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | May 13, 2014 | Linda McIntosh
    CAMP PENDLETON — A surf contest pitting top area surfers from several branches of the armed forces against surfers from the British Army is set for May 24 at Camp Pendleton. This is the fourth year Red Bull is holding the Rivals Surf Competition on base, but the first year that the contest has international participants. The U.S. team’s 12 active-duty military surfers were picked based on performance at last month’stryouts at the base’s Del Mar Beach. Teams compete at the Del Mar Jetty in a modified version of the National Surf League’s game format. The one-day contest is similar...
  • Marines Killed At Camp Pendleton Were Doing Dangerous Job

    11/15/2013 7:12:07 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    (AP) ^ | November 14, 2013 9:59 PM
    The four Marines killed Wednesday while clearing unexploded ordnance at Camp Pendleton were bomb removal technicians. The four were killed around 11 a.m. during a routine sweep to make a range safer for future training exercises at Camp Pendleton in San Diego County, said a Marine official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly. There was no live firing on the range at the time.
  • 4 Marines Killed in accident at camp Pendelton

    11/13/2013 2:56:30 PM PST · by prisoner6 · 14 replies
    Fox News | 11132013 | Via FOx News
    4 Marines reported killed in "Range Maintenance Operation" at Camp Pendleton. Accident happened around 11AM Pacific.
  • The Funeral, the Failure, and the Photo Op

    02/10/2013 12:49:56 PM PST · by jfd1776 · 10 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | February 10, 2013, A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    An innocent girl, a volleyball player innocently sitting in a park with friends, was gunned down in gang crossfire in Chicago. Killed by mistake at age 15 – just for being in a public place in a dangerous city – the girl’s mourning family would have been alone in their grief, no more than a statistic to the rest of America, if it weren’t for the fact that she had performed as a majorette in the president’s inaugural celebration a week before. So the story went national. Chicago’s 500-plus killings in 2012 alone, plus the countless thousands of attempted murders...
  • Camp Pendleton Marines in Afghanistan to get protective underwear

    04/21/2011 6:42:46 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 9 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 21 Apr 2011 | Tony Perry
    Marines serving in Afghanistan from Camp Pendleton and other bases will soon receive specially designed underwear to provide protection against the improvised explosive devices that are the Taliban's favorite weapon. The new underwear, which look like the shorts worn by professional cyclists, will not stop bullets or shrapnel but are designed to prevent dirt and other debris from entering wounds to the genitals and causing infection. Made of sturdy silk, the so-called "ballistic boxers" are treated with antimicrobial agents to prevent such infections. U.S. troops have suffered an increase in wounds to the genitals and urinary tract due to roadside...
  • Alert Issued After Security Incident On Camp Pendleton ( CA )

    03/31/2011 3:11:35 PM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    10 news ^ | March 30, 2011
    3 Middle Eastern Men Tried To Enter Base Without Proper Authorization, Base Alert Says. SAN DIEGO -- One of the nation's largest military bases is reportedly under tighter security after three Middle Eastern men tried to enter without proper authorization. shortly after midnight Sunday, a rented silver Toyota Corolla driven by Naeem attempted to enter Camp Pendleton through the main gate. As it was being searched, Petrossian and Avanosian drove up in a black Mercedes, but were told to wait. Instead, they continued past the gate and onto the base. Following a short pursuit, the Mercedes was stopped and searched....
  • Dry Run or Wrong Turn? 3 Mid-East Men Try to Enter Calif. Marine Base

    03/31/2011 7:21:18 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 163 replies
    the Blaze ^ | 3-31-11 | Jonathon M. Seidl
    Was it just a wrong turn, or something more sinister? Marine base Camp Pendleton — one of the largest military bases in the country — is reportedly on high alert after three Middle Eastern men tried to enter the base last weekend on multiple occasions in multiple vehicles. And while the men initially claimed they didn’t know each other and simply took a wrong turn, new information from a local gas station about “hateful comments” and “terrorist threats” casts doubt on their story: http://clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/8178/2340295?wpid=9528 KGTV explains some of the shocking details: According to a Be On the Lookout (BOLO) alert...
  • Tea Party Movement Spreads To Military

    04/13/2010 2:30:50 PM PDT · by rxsid · 104 replies · 2,595+ views
    tpmmuckraker ^ | 4/12/2010 | Zachary Roth
    "Tea Party Movement Spreads To Military The Tea Party movement has gained a foothold in the armed forces. A new Tea Party group, Armed Forces Tea Party Patriots, has grown quickly since being launched last month by an active duty Marine Corps sergeant. The group, which vows to "stand up on the very soil we defended to preserve common sense conservatism and defend our Constitution that is threatened by a tyrannical government," currently has over 400 members, who have signed up through its Facebook page, though many are not active duty military. And it has close ties to the broader...
  • Marine's Iraq killings trial to go forward

    03/26/2010 1:47:30 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 76 replies · 1,183+ views
    AP ^ | March 26, 2010 | Elliot Spagat
    CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — A military judge in California has denied a motion to dismiss charges against a Marine sergeant whose squad killed 24 Iraqi men, women and children after a bomb killed a Marine. Lt. Col. David Jones ruled Friday at Camp Pendleton on a defense motion claiming there was unlawful command influence while a general considered a court-martial for Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich. The judge ruled there was no record of any "meaningful comment" between the general and an aide who had investigated the case as a military lawyer. Wuterich is facing trial on reduced charges of voluntary...
  • US military judge refuses to throw out Iraqi killings case

    03/26/2010 3:06:48 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 2 replies · 239+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 03/26/2010 | AFP via Yahoo
    CAMP PENDLETON, California (AFP) – A US military judge Friday refused to dismiss charges against a former squad leader accused of a role in the 2005 killings of 24 Iraqi civilians. Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich is the last Marine still charged in the case as prosecutors have struggled to make the allegations stick. So far the other seven accused were either acquitted or had charges withdrawn before court martial. Judge Lieutentant Colonel David Jones said Friday the "motion to dismiss charges against the former squad leader Sergeant Frank Wuterich is denied. There was no improper influence flowing upwards or downwards."...
  • Minn. Marine killed during parachute training

    12/05/2009 7:54:37 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 31 replies · 3,958+ views
    StarTribune.com ^ | 12/5/09 | AP
    CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Military officials say a decorated Marine from Minnesota has been killed in a parachute training exercise at Camp Pendleton. A Marine Corps statement says Corporal Ryan L. Pape died Thursday night from injuries sustained during a low-level static line jump.
  • War training on a California beach

    10/22/2009 5:32:54 PM PDT · by Saije · 9 replies · 435+ views
    BBC ^ | 10/22/2009 | Regan Morris
    With 15 miles (25km) of pristine, undeveloped beachfront property in southern California, it is difficult to imagine wanting to live anywhere else. But for many of the marines at Camp Pendleton, one place beckons above all others. "Afghanistan," says Lance Cpl Alejandra Esqueda, when asked where she would like to be deployed next. "I actually look forward to it. I'm hopefully going to Afghanistan to finish what we got to do there… I've already been to Iraq. Afghanistan is the new place to be." Thirst for action Lance Cpl Esqueda is one of hundreds of marines on the beach preparing...
  • Murder charge dropped in Iraqi detainee killing

    09/29/2009 6:24:31 PM PDT · by Saoirise · 2 replies · 592+ views
    San diego Union Tribune ^ | 9/29/2009 | ELLIOT SPAGAT
    CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — The government has dropped a murder charge against a Marine who pleaded guilty Tuesday to dereliction of duty for killing an unarmed Iraqi detainee during a battle to recapture the city of Fallujah. If convicted of murder, Sgt. Jermaine Nelson could have faced a maximum sentence of life in prison and a dishonorable discharge. Instead, he now faces a maximum sentence of one year in prison and a bad conduct discharge – one grade less than dishonorable. Defense attorney Joseph Low told reporters the plea agreement says Nelson will not serve any prison time and will...
  • MILITARY: Last Fallujah Trial Starts Tuesday (Sgt. Jermaine Nelson)

    09/25/2009 11:13:45 PM PDT · by Lancey Howard · 13 replies · 577+ views
    North County Times / The Californian ^ | September 25, 2009 | North County Times
    CAMP PENDLETON ---- The murder and dereliction of duty trial for the last of three defendants charged with killing an unarmed detainee during a 2004 battle for what was then the insurgent-held Iraqi city of Fallujah gets under way Tuesday in a base courtroom. Sgt. Jermaine Nelson is accused of killing an unnamed detainee he and members of his Camp Pendleton squad captured in the opening hours of the battle that began on Nov. 9, 2004. Two co-defendants, former Marine sergeants Ryan Weemer and Jose L. Nazario Jr., were acquitted in separate trials for the same alleged offense. (snip) Nazario,...
  • Camp Pendleton Marine Dies in Afghanistan

    09/09/2009 6:56:43 PM PDT · by Saoirise · 10 replies · 659+ views
    San Diego 6 ^ | 9/09/09 | Staff
    SAN DIEGO - The Pentagon released the name Wednesday of a 30-year-old Camp Pendleton-based Marine Corps officer killed in combat in Afghanistan. Capt. Joshua Meadows of Bastrop, Texas, died in Farah Province on Saturday, according to the Department of Defense. Meadows was a member of 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command.
  • MILITARY: '60 Minutes' Loses Appeal in Wuterich Case (Court rejects claim of reporter privilege)

    09/05/2009 5:54:19 PM PDT · by Lancey Howard · 32 replies · 3,251+ views
    A military appeals court has ruled against CBS in a battle over unaired portions of a "60 Minutes" interview with a key figure in the 2005 slaying of 24 Iraqis in the city of Haditha. The U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Court of Appeals rejected the network's claim of reporter privilege in its battle with Marine Corps prosecutors who want access to the outtakes of Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich's interview. Wuterich is charged with nine counts of voluntary manslaughter and related offenses in the incident that was triggered by a roadside bombing that killed one Marine and injured two others. His case...
  • Marines will not seek to reinstate charges against top officer in Haditha killings

    08/28/2009 1:53:33 PM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 103 replies · 6,097+ views
    LA Times blog ^ | August 28, 2009 | Tony Perry
    The Marine Corps has decided not to seek to reinstate criminal charges against a former battalion commander at Camp Pendleton for a 2005 incident in which his troops killed 24 civilians in Haditha, Iraq. Chessani Instead, the Marine Corps will convene a Board of Inquiry to hear testimony and recommend whether Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani should be demoted to major for purposes of retirement. Even if such a recommendation is made and then accepted by the Secretary of the Navy, Chessani's retirement pay would still be based on being a lieutenant colonel. The Marine Corps had sought to try Chessani...
  • Round-the-clock artillery exercises at Camp Pendleton generating noise complaints

    08/24/2009 3:42:50 AM PDT · by greedo · 36 replies · 5,770+ views
    North County Times ^ | 8-17-09 | Mark Walker
    CAMP PENDLETON ---- While artillery men generally consider blowing things up a slice of heaven, the loud booms emanating from Camp Pendleton day and night of late has left many outside the gates saying they are experiencing a slice of hell. "I don't object to noise during normal hours and I don't mind it up until about 10 p.m., but they need to have a little consideration for people who need peace and quiet so they can sleep," said Allen Mortend, a longtime Oceanside resident who lives just outside the base gates. Base officials say they have received dozens of...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Anguish continues for parents of convicted Marine

    08/15/2009 9:40:50 PM PDT · by Saoirise · 9 replies · 1,350+ views
    North County Times ^ | 8/15/2009 | Mark Walker
    EXCLUSIVE: Anguish continues for parents of convicted Marine Larry and Kathi Hutchins are still in a nightmarish world that began in 2006 when they learned their son and his squad of Camp Pendleton Marines were charged with kidnapping and killing an Iraqi civilian. "It's been hard because we haven't been able to protect our child," Kathi Hutchins said during an interview just outside the military base's gates Friday. "But we'll be there forever for him." On Tuesday, former Sgt. and now Pvt. Larry Hutchins III is due back inside a Camp Pendleton courtroom for the first time since he was...
  • Animal-rights activists plan Pendleton protest over live pigs

    08/12/2009 10:33:23 AM PDT · by missycocopuffs · 2 replies · 356+ views
    OC Register ^ | Wednesday, August 12, 2009 | VIK JOLLY
    Animal-rights activists plan to protest today against Camp Pendleton's use of live pigs in medical training for troops that they argue is antiquated and cruel but officials call life-saving. The demonstration comes on the heels of published reports that the base last week trained Marines at an avocado ranch in northeastern San Diego County owned by a retired Marine who is also an Escondido police officer. During the training, according to news accounts, 2- to 3-month-old pigs ranging from 140 to 200 pounds were sedated before instructors used scalpels to inflict wounds and then watched as Marines worked to keep...
  • Marines, others rally behind sergeant accused in Fallouja killings [Sgt Nelson case]

    06/28/2009 5:05:09 PM PDT · by RedRover · 14 replies · 1,166+ views
    KABC -- San Diego ^ | 28 June 2009 | Tony Perry
    A group of retired Marines is rallying behind Sgt. Jermaine Nelson, the last of three Marines to face trial in the killing of unarmed prisoners during a battle in Fallouja, Iraq, in November 2004. Two other defendants have been found innocent: former Sgt. Jose Nazario in federal court in August, and Sgt. Ryan Weemer in a court-martial at Camp Pendleton in April. Nelson's case is set for a pretrial hearing Monday at Camp Pendleton. He stands accused of unpremeditated murder and dereliction of duty. Calls for the charges to be dropped have come from retired Col. G.I. Wilson; William McNulty...
  • Marine free after conviction tossed out( EXCLUSIVE UPDATES AND PERSONAL MESSAGE)

    04/18/2009 9:50:59 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 18 replies · 1,230+ views
    Sign on San Diego ^ | 2:00 a.m. March 14, 2009 | By Rick Rogers (Contact) Union-Tribune Staff Writer
    Marine free after conviction tossed out Rape charge led to decade in prison By Rick Rogers (Contact) Union-Tribune Staff Writer 2:00 a.m. March 14, 2009 Brian Foster After spending a decade behind bars, a former Camp Pendleton Marine is now a free man because a military appeals court ruled that “a muddled, hearsay-based case” caused his spousal-rape conviction. But anyone who thinks Brian Foster is bitter would be wrong. As Foster left the prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., on Feb. 20, he picked up his sergeant stripes and spoke candidly with his superiors. “I told (them) I was happy to...
  • Marine acquitted of murder in Iraq slaying

    04/09/2009 11:13:54 AM PDT · by lifeisacarnival · 2 replies · 452+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 04-09-2009 | AP
    A military jury on Thursday acquitted a Marine sergeant on charges of murdering an unarmed detainee during battle in Fallujah, Iraq.
  • Marine acquitted of murder in Iraq slaying (Sgt. Ryan Weemer)

    04/09/2009 10:43:19 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 100 replies · 4,201+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/9/09 | Elliot Spagat - ap
    CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – A military jury has acquitted an Illinois Marine sergeant on charges of murdering an unarmed detainee during battle in Fallujah, Iraq. The jury of eight Marines who served in Iraq or Afghanistan also acquitted Sgt. Ryan Weemer on Thursday of dereliction of duty in the November 2004 death.
  • Gunny G Inquiry: Re POTUS Richard M. Nixon At Pendleton Parade Ground

    04/09/2009 6:08:23 AM PDT · by gunnyg · 4 replies · 464+ views
    The "G" Blogs - Gunny G Online ^ | 9 April 09 | Dick Gaines
    Gunny G Inquiry: Re POTUS Richard M. Nixon At Pendleton Parade Ground - Fallen Through The Cracks of History? Re Overjoyed troops swarm Obama as he makes first presidential visit to Baghdad http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2224637/posts ***** Re POTUS Richard M. Nixon At Pendleton Parade Ground - Fallen Through The Cracks of History? Well….let me just say I have some doubts as to the above “Baghdad” headline… But it does serve to remind me of April 30, 1971–I think that date is correct, and the occasion was probably the return of the 1st Marine Division to Camp Pendleton, California from the RVN. Does...
  • Jury weighs fate of Marine accused of POW killing

    04/08/2009 6:39:14 PM PDT · by Dubya · 16 replies · 835+ views
    North County Times ^ | MARK WALKER
    CAMP PENDLETON ----- Eight Marine Corps officers are weighing the fate of a sergeant accused of killing an Iraqi insurgent prisoner of war in what a prosecutor acknowledged is a "tough case." The panel is deciding whether 26-year-old Sgt. Ryan Weemer committed murder, as the prosecution alleges, or acted in self-defense, as the Illinois native's attorney contends. At minimum, prosecutor Capt. Nicholas Gannon told jurors Wednesday that Weemer is guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the 2004 incident that occurred in the opening hours of an intense, door-to-door fight for the Anbar province city of Fallujah.
  • MILITARY: Fallujah Suspect (Sgt. Ryan Weemer) On Trial At Pendleton

    03/28/2009 1:21:28 AM PDT · by Lancey Howard · 20 replies · 1,058+ views
    North County Times ^ | March 27, 2009 | MARK WALKER - Staff Writer
    CAMP PENDLETON ---- After failing to convict the first of three men to face trial in the alleged slaying of four insurgents in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2004, authorities will try again next week when Sgt. Ryan Weemer goes on trial. Weemer, the man at the center of the case, faces charges of unpremeditated murder and failing to adhere to the military's rules governing the treatment of captured enemy combatants. He has pleaded not guilty. Weemer was part of a squad from the base's 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment that is alleged to have encountered four suspected insurgents during the search...
  • Marine Free After Conviction Tossed Out ( Goes back to his unit after a decade of incarceration )

    03/15/2009 6:41:02 AM PDT · by kellynla · 55 replies · 3,311+ views
    Union-Tribune ^ | March 14, 2009 | Rick Rogers
    After spending a decade behind bars, a former Camp Pendleton Marine is now a free man because a military appeals court ruled that “a muddled, hearsay-based case” caused his spousal-rape conviction. But anyone who thinks Brian Foster is bitter would be wrong. As Foster left the prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., on Feb. 20, he picked up his sergeant stripes and spoke candidly with his superiors. “I told (them) I was happy to be back in the Marine Corps and that I'll go anywhere and do anything the Marine Corps wants me to,” Foster, 35, said during a phone interview...
  • MILITARY: Judge denies Marines access to CBS tapes

    03/13/2009 12:06:57 PM PDT · by Dubya · 23 replies · 2,369+ views
    North County Times ^ | MARK WALKER
    Finding supports rights of press over prosecutor's desire for all of '60 Minutes' Wuterich interview CAMP PENDLETON ---- CBS prevailed Thursday in a battle with Marine prosecutors who wanted all the network's unaired tapes from an interview with the key figure in the killing of 24 Iraqi civilians in 2005. A military judge granted the network's request to deny a subpoena seeking all the outtakes from a "60 Minutes" interview with Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich first broadcast in 2007. The judge, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Meeks, ruled that forcing the network to hand over that material would place the network in...
  • DOD scouts Pendleton as site for Gitmo prisoners

    01/27/2009 9:12:04 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 43 replies · 1,468+ views
    stars and Stripes ^ | January 28, 2009 | n/a
    Pentagon officials looking at possible relocation sites for Guantanamo detainees toured California’s Camp Pendleton brig on Dec. 11, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Tuesday. Republican congressman Duncan Hunter told the paper that Marine commanders told him about the Dec. 11 inspection. The freshman congressman, who served combat duty in Iraq and Afghanistan before leaving the Marine Corps in December 2007, has introduced a bill to bar the transfer of terrorism suspects from Guantanamo to San Diego County. "To find out about the visit [to Camp Pendleton] from the Marine Corps and not the Department of Defense tells me they are...
  • Secret List of U.S. Military Bases to Replace Gitmo

    01/17/2009 5:23:13 AM PST · by markomalley · 74 replies · 2,051+ views
    ABC News ^ | 1/16/2009 | BRIAN ROSS and LUIS MARTINEZ
    The U.S. military has prepared a list of U.S. military bases that could be used to house as many as 250 detainees currently being held at the U.S. Naval base in Guantanamo Bay, military officials tell ABCNews.com. The list -- which includes Camp Pendleton in California, Fort Leavenworth in Kansas; the Marine Air Station in Miramar, California; and the U.S. Naval Consolidated Brig in South Carolina -- has been circulated in a classified brief to members of Congress and was prepared by the Pentagon's Joint Staff. President-elect Barack Obama is expected to order that the Guantanamo Bay detainee facility be...
  • Pendleton Could Become Home to Guantanamo Detainees

    01/15/2009 6:00:03 AM PST · by kellynla · 21 replies · 1,073+ views
    orange county register ^ | January 15th, 2009 | Dena Bunis
    Camp Pendleton is apparently on the list of potential new homes for Guantanamo Bay detainees if and when President-elect Barack Obama makes good on his campaign promise to close the terrorist detention center. The Associated Press is reporting that Obama will issue an executive order during his first week in office. As soon as he signs it the new administration will have to figure out what to do with the 250 al Qaeda and Taliban combatants. And three House members from San Diego put Defense Secretary Bob Gates on notice this week that they don’t want to see Pendleton as...
  • Protests aimed against Vice President Cheney's visit today (SoCal)

    08/13/2008 12:20:15 PM PDT · by TheDon · 6 replies · 173+ views
    The Orange County Register ^ | August 13, 2008 | VIK JOLLY
    Vice President Dick Cheney will drop in today at Camp Pendleton for a visit with servicemen and women before speaking at a fundraiser for Republican Congressman Ken Calvert in San Clemente. "The vice president will attend a briefing with military officials at Camp Pendleton," said the Office of the Vice President. He will not be making any remarks to the media during the visit. Democrats, meanwhile, are planning a protest march in San Clemente, where later in the day Cheney will help raise money for Calvert, R-Corona, who is running for re-election in November. While the Office of the Vice...
  • Marine charged in Iraqi's death goes to court

    07/10/2008 9:28:11 AM PDT · by xzins · 97 replies · 178+ views
    Fort Mill Times ^ | 10 Jul 08
    (Published July 10, 2008) CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — Marine Sgt. Ryan Weemer hoped his battle experience in Fallujah and other Iraqi hot zones would pave the way to a job in the Secret Service. Instead, the 25-year-old is among three Marines charged with murdering unarmed captives in November 2004, during some of the heaviest house-to-house fighting of the Iraq war. ADVERTISEMENT Cracking the Code of Sexual Chemistry and Attraction Still Time to Slim Down for Summer More Scholarships for Working Moms Going Back to College Weemer is due in a Camp Pendleton courtroom Thursday for a daylong preliminary hearing, known...
  • Hearing set on Fallujah detainee killings [Sgt. Ryan Weemer]

    07/09/2008 5:55:44 PM PDT · by RedRover · 21 replies · 390+ views
    North County ^ | July 9, 2008 | Mark Walker
    CAMP PENDLETON ---- The killing of four unarmed detainees during a battle for Fallujah nearly four years ago is the focus of a hearing this week for a Marine sergeant charged with one of the slayings. Sgt. Ryan Weemer is accused of murder and six counts of dereliction of duty in the incident that authorities say took place during the height of fighting for what was then an insurgent stronghold in Iraq's Anbar province. The hearing, scheduled to start at 9 a.m. Thursday, is the latest chapter in a series of cases involving Camp Pendleton troops charged with unlawful killings...
  • Marine sniper facing manslaughter charges [Sgt. John Winnick II]

    06/05/2008 7:04:51 PM PDT · by RedRover · 65 replies · 688+ views
    North County Times ^ | June 5, 2008 | MARK WALKER
    CAMP PENDLETON ---- A Marine sniper has been charged with two counts of voluntary manslaughter in the June 2007 deaths of two civilians in Iraq. The sniper, Sgt. John Winnick II, faces additional accusations of aggravated assault against two other civilians and failing to adhere to the military's rules of engagement. The charges represent the fifth case involving alleged unlawful killings in Iraq to have been brought against Camp Pendleton Marines since the U.S. invasion in March 2003. A hearing for Winnick will take place at Camp Pendleton this summer to determine if the charges against him should stand. The...
  • MILITARY: Marine arraigned in 2004 Fallujah killings

    06/05/2008 1:08:40 PM PDT · by Dubya · 11 replies · 150+ views
    NC TIMES ^ | 6/5/08 | MARK WALKER
    CAMP PENDLETON ---- After spending more than a week in jail for refusing to answer a grand jury's questions, a Marine accused of killing a suspected insurgent detainee in the Iraqi city of Fallujah in 2004 was arraigned in a base courtroom Wednesday morning. Sgt. Jermaine Nelson said during the 25-minute hearing that he would enter a plea to charges of murder and dereliction of duty at a later date. Nelson said little else during the session conducted by Lt. Col. Jeffrey Meeks, the military judge now assigned to the case. Nelson and two others, former Marine Jose L. Nazario...
  • Attorney: Gen. Mattis to testify Monday in Haditha case

    06/01/2008 11:29:08 AM PDT · by rightalien · 2 replies · 140+ views
    North County Times ^ | May 30, 2008 | TERI FIGUEROA
    CAMP PENDLETON ---- Military prosecutors will call on Marine Gen. James Mattis to testify Monday about whether a lower-ranking officer improperly influenced his decision to file criminal charges against a Marine tied to the killings of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha, a civilian defense attorney said Friday. Mattis is in charge of U.S. Joint Forces Command, and also is the supreme allied commander in charge of military modernization for NATO. It is rare for a four-star general to testify in a court-martial or pretrial proceedings. Lt. Col. Sean Gibson, a Marine Corps spokesman for the Haditha trials, would not confirm...
  • Top Marine General to Testify Against LtCol Chessani in Unlawful Command Influence Hearing on Monday

    05/31/2008 8:41:54 PM PDT · by billmor · 5 replies · 455+ views
    Thomas More Law Center ^ | May 30, 2008 | Thomas More Law Center
    ANN ARBOR, MI – Military prosecutors are expected to call as their witness General James N. Mattis, a highly respected Marine officer and one of only a handful of four-star Marine generals, to testify in the court-martial hearing against LtCol Jeffrey Chessani on June 2, 2008, at Camp Pendleton, California. http://www.thomasmore.org/qry/page.taf?id=63
  • Marine won't face trial in Haditha slayings

    03/29/2008 7:02:57 PM PDT · by South40 · 18 replies · 497+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 3/29/2008 | Hieu Tran Phan and Greg Moran
    Charges dropped; lance corporal also granted full immunityCAMP PENDLETON – The Marine Corps yesterday dismissed all charges against a lance corporal who took part in the killing of 24 civilians more than two years ago in Haditha, Iraq. Stephen Tatum had been charged with involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment. The dropping of those charges occurred during a hearing at Camp Pendleton, shortly before jury selection was to begin in Tatum's court-martial. The government also granted full immunity to Tatum, perhaps to encourage him to testify against his squad leader, Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich. In recent weeks, it has...
  • CA: Two Indian soldiers missing from US military base

    03/29/2008 1:24:00 PM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 14 replies · 894+ views
    Breitbart/AFP ^ | 3/29/08 | n/a
    Two Indian soldiers have gone missing from a military base in California where they were participating in joint training exercises with US troops, the State Department said Friday. "We can confirm reports that two Indian soldiers disappeared from Camp Pendleton during a training assignment," the State Department said in a statement. India's consulate in San Francisco requested assistance from the US Office of Foreign Missions in Los Angeles to help track down the pair. "We are working with the Department of Defense, as well as state and local law enforcement agencies, to provide the Indian government with all the help...
  • Haditha Charges Against Tatum DROPPED (!!!!)

    03/28/2008 10:51:16 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 330 replies · 6,138+ views
    News Max ^ | 3-28-08 | Nat Helms
    Haditha Charges Against Tatum Dropped Friday, March 28, 2008 12:36 PM By: Nat Helms CAMP PENDLETON -- Charges against Lance Corporal Stephen B. Tatum, 26, for his alleged involvement in the death of Iraqi civillians in Haditha, Iraq on Nov. 19, 2005, were dismissed today. Charges of involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment, and aggravated assault were referred to general court marshal Oct. 19, 2007 Marine Corps Spokesman Lt. Col. Sean Gibson said the charge were dismissed to “continue to pursue the truth-seeking process into the Haditha incident.” There will be a further explanation forthcoming from military officials. © 2008 Newsmax. All...
  • Charges dropped against Marine in Haditha case

    03/28/2008 11:26:23 AM PDT · by paltz · 18 replies · 899+ views
    AP ^ | 3/28/08 | AP
    Charges against a US Marine allegedly involved in the killing of 24 Iraqi civilians in the town of Haditha were dropped on Friday ahead of his trial, the military said in a statement. A court martial for lance corporal Stephen Tatum had been due to start on Friday on charges of involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and aggravated assault. However in a statement released from the Marines Camp Pendleton base outside San Diego, the military said the charges had been dismissed "in order to continue to pursue the truth seeking process into the Haditha incident." It was not immediately clear if...
  • Case dropped against Haditha defendant

    03/28/2008 1:20:39 PM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 2 replies · 422+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 28, 2008 | ALLISON HOFFMAN, AP
    CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — The Marine Corps dropped its case and gave full immunity Friday to a serviceman who was accused of involuntary manslaughter in a squad's killing of 24 Iraqis in Haditha in 2005. The case against Lance Cpl. Stephen Tatum, 26, of Edmond, Okla., was dropped as jury selection was about to begin for his court-martial. The government has been seeking Tatum's testimony against the squad leader, Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich of Meriden, Conn. In addition to two counts of involuntary manslaughter, Tatum had been charged with reckless endangerment and aggravated assault. Tatum's attorney, Jack Zimmerman, said there...
  • Marines drop case against corporal in Haditha killings

    03/28/2008 3:15:14 PM PDT · by Dubya · 34 replies · 727+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Associated Press
    CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — The Marine Corps is dropping all charges against a lance corporal who was accused of involuntary manslaughter in a squad's killing of 24 Iraqis in Haditha in 2005. The Marines dropped the case against 26-year-old Lance Cpl. Stephen Tatum today as jury selection was about to begin for his court-martial at Camp Pendleton. He had also been charged with reckless endangerment and aggravated assault. The case against Tatum stemmed from a squad's assault in response to a roadside bombing of a convoy that killed one Marine and wounded two others. The government says a sergeant and...
  • Hearing in alleged prisoner killings to start Friday [Sgt Jermaine Nelson - Fallujah]

    03/27/2008 6:48:39 PM PDT · by RedRover · 10 replies · 556+ views
    North County Times ^ | March 26, 2008 | MARK WALKER
    CAMP PENDLETON -- A court hearing is scheduled to begin Friday in the case of three Marines charged with killing prisoners during the 2004 battle for Fallujah, Iraq. Sgt. Jermaine Nelson is accused of murder and dereliction of duty for his alleged role in the incident, which took place on Nov. 9, 2004, according to Marine Corps officials. Prosecutors say that Nelson and two other members of his squad shot four unarmed prisoners captured during a fight to wrest the city from insurgent control. Attorneys representing the accused troops contend there is no evidence beyond a statement from one of...
  • Marine charged with murder in Fallujah death [Sgt Ryan Weemer]

    03/18/2008 5:31:35 PM PDT · by RedRover · 46 replies · 1,536+ views
    Associated Press via the North County Times ^ | March 18, 2008 | Chelsea J. Carter
    SAN DIEGO -- A Camp Pendleton Marine has been charged with murder and dereliction of duty for his alleged role three years ago in the killing of a detainee in Fallujah, Iraq. Sgt. Ryan Weemer on Tuesday became the third person charged in the case that centers on allegations that a Marine squad shot a group of unarmed captives during heavy fighting in November 2004. The case came to light when the 25-year-old Weemer applied for a job with the Secret Service. Investigators claim Weemer described the killing during a polygraph test that included a question about whether he had...
  • “First of the First” return from 7 month deployment

    02/21/2008 5:06:29 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 87+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Sgt. M. Trent Lowry, USMC
    Cpl. Eric A. Otero, a squad leader with Company B, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, hugs his daughter Kiali, 3, after returning Feb. 12 from a seven-month deployment. MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (Feb. 21, 2008) -- Wives, mothers, fathers, brothers, and other friends were among the excited greeters waiting for the return of Marines from 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, Feb. 12 at the battalion’s home at 53 Area, Camp Horno. Flags waved and children played on the parade deck behind the headquarters building for 1/1 – the “First of the First” – who were drawing to...
  • Mullen Visits Pendleton Wounded Warrior Battalion

    02/20/2008 3:25:33 PM PST · by SandRat · 143+ views
    CAMP PENDLETON, Calif., Feb. 20, 2008 – The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff stopped in here yesterday to see how the Marines Corps treats its wounded warriors. U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks with Marine Cpl. Giovanni Morales, a resident at the Wounded Warrior Battalion West at Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 19, 2008. Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley, USN  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen visited the Wounded Warrior Battalion West facilities and spoke to wounded Marines in the program. The battalion...