MATERNITY LEAVE EXTENDED FOR MARINES AND SAILORS

The Secretary of the Navy announced Thursday that he is expanding paid maternity leave for Marines and sailors to 18 weeks. The new policy is retroactive to January 1. While new mothers are eligible for the extended leave, the extended maternity leave for adoptive mothers and parental leave is not

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MARINE VOLUNTEERS TO HELP AREA SENIORS

Reach Out Morongo Basin, the local people-helping-people organization, has helped over 100 senior homeowners with yard work and other home repairs. Reporter Dan Stork says that Reach Out is looking for more people to help…

Reach Out Morongo Basin is seeking senior and disabled persons needing home repairs or yard

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MAJOR DRILL STARTS MONDAY ABOARD TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE BASE

A major drill is planned for next week aboard the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps base. Combat Center personnel will participate in an anti-terrorism and force protection exercise, Semper Durus, June 15 through 19. The Base’s Public Affairs office says intermittent traffic delays should be expected at the installation’s main gate

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MARINE BASE REPRESENTATIVE OUTLINES MORONGO BASIN IMPACT

The Morongo Basin’s largest employer is the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the base’s Assistant Chief of Staff Jim Ricker was at the Yucca Valley Town Council meeting Tuesday night to report on the base’s economic impact on the Morongo Basin…

According

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SCHOOL TRANSITION TIPS FOR MILITARY PARENTS

It’s a fact of life—military families move a lot, and that makes school transitions a frequent concern. Tom Cruz, MCAGCC’s liaison to the Morongo Unified School District, has distributed the Top Ten Transition Tips for Marine parents. Reporter Dan Stork passes them along…

If you’re an active duty Marine, and

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CHANGE OF COMMAND TOMORROW AT NAVAL HOSPITAL ABOARD BASE

A traditional Navy Change of Command and Retirement Ceremony will take place at 8:30 a.m., May 29, at the Robert E. Bush Naval Hospital, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms. Captain John Allen Lamberton will take command from Captain Jay Sourbeer, who will retire after 30 years of

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MOVER ARRESTED

An employee of a moving company was arrested Thursday, accused of stealing from the customer he was packing for a move. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to a residence on Copper Drive on board the Combat Center in Twentynine Palms about 10:30 Thursday morning. A supervisor at

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YUCCA VALLEY MARINE SAFE, HELPING VICTIMS OF NEPAL EARTHQUAKES

A Marine from Yucca Valley is in Nepal helping with the humanitarian aid following two major earthquakes there in the last two weeks. Sergeant Juan Alcaraz is a crew chief assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469, which is based at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside. The squadron is part

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BATTLING TWENTYNINE PALMS COUPLE ARRESTED

A Twentynine Palms couple was arrested early Sunday morning, accused of fighting and threatening each other following an argument. According to a Sheriff’s report, Taylor Geiger, 20, and Dillon Geiger, 21, were arguing about 2:30 a.m. at their home in the 6500 block of Gatehill Drive on board the Combat

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HIGH-SPEED MOTORCYCLE CHASE ENDS WITH ARREST OF TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE

A high speed chase through Twentynine Palms Tuesday morning, with speeds of up to 150 miles per hour, ended with the arrest of a Twentynine Palms Marine. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 8:19, Deputy Wayne Greer attempted to stop a motorcycle rider in Twentynine Palms traveling westbound on Indian

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MARINE BASE GETS TOP AWARD FOR SUSTAINABILITY

The Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms was named a recipient last week of the prestigious Environmental Awards Program by the Secretary of Defense. The Combat Center earned the sustainability award for a non-industrial installation because it added more photovoltaic power to the base; exceeded its water conservation

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EARTH DAY EXTRAVAGANZA ON BOARD THE COMBAT CENTER TOMORROW

The Combat Center will hold an Earth Day Extravaganza tomorrow at the Lincoln Military Housing Athletic Field, for those who have base access. The event is scheduled to start at 4:30 and will include Earth Day-related activities, such as information booths, music, food, games, and bounce houses.

EXPECT NOISE FROM MARINE BASE AS EXPLOSIVE ORDINANCE IS DISPOSED

They call it the sound of freedom. Residents around the Morongo Basin can expect some louder-than-usual noise Wednesday, April 22, as Marines training in explosive ordnance disposal will detonate bombs and other explosive devices. Ammunition technician Marines will be taking part in their annual Emergency Destruction Training on board the

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MAJOR EXERCISE ON MAINSIDE OF MARINE BASE TOMORROW

Residents at the Combat Center in Twentynine Palms and surrounding areas will hear a lot of noise and activity tomorrow, Friday, April 17, as Marines practice a non-combatant evacuation operation exercise. Marines will simulate the evacuation of civilians from a potentially hostile area. Helicopter and tilt-rotor flights will be conducted

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ACCUSED MURDERER CHRISTOPHER LEE IN COURT, EVIDENCE ARGUED

Dressed in dark green jail scrubs, and in handcuffs and leg irons, accused murderer 25-year-old Christopher Lee was in a busy Joshua Tree courtroom yesterday morning for a pre-preliminary conference. Lee is accused of murdering Erin Corwin, 19, of Twentynine Palms last summer and dumping her body in a mine

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ACCUSED MURDERER CHRISTOPHER LEE IN COURT TODAY, TOMORROW

Christopher Lee, accused of killing 19-year-old Erin Corwin of Twentynine Palms last summer, is scheduled to be in court today and tomorrow. The prosecution and defense lawyers are expected to present their motions, and evidence and testimony to convince the judge there is probable cause to hold Lee for trial

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MARINES CO-ED COMBAT EXPERIMENT COMES TO TWENTYNINE PALMS

The Marine Corps’ unprecedented experiment on co-ed combat has moved from the forests of North Carolina to Twentynine Palms. A special gender-integrated task force is undergoing a grueling training regimen. The goal is to help Marine leaders decide whether all combat jobs should be opened to women. It’s part of

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MARINE BASE GETS FEDERAL ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD

For the third time, the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms received an award for its conservation efforts. The Secretary of the Navy Environmental Awards recognized the Combat Center Monday for its efforts in advocating environmental responsibility, its contributions in environmental areas, for protecting natural resources, and sustainability.

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MARINE DOING SPEEDING BIKE WHEELIES UP ADOBE ROAD CITED

Twentynine Palms deputies arrested a reckless motorcycle rider who was speeding and doing wheelies Wednesday afternoon. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy spotted Corporal Zachary Coffinger, 24, a Marine with Third Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, about 12:18 p.m. doing wheelies on his 2002 Honda motorcycle as he was driving

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NCO’S TO GRADUATE FROM MCCES FRIDAY

The Marine Corps Communications Electronics School will hold its graduation ceremony for the non-commissioned officers corporal’s course Friday. The graduation ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. at the Protestant Chapel aboard the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center. The special guest speaker will be Sergeant Major Ryan Meltesen of Combat

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