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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 1996 | KENNETH R. WEISS
John V. Chenevey, commanding officer of the Point Mugu and China Lake Navy bases, was promoted to rear admiral Monday in a ceremony in Washington, D.C., a Navy spokesman said. Chenevey took command of the Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division, in July, overseeing the Navy's missile-testing operations at Point Mugu and its sister base at China Lake, in the upper Mojave Desert.
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March 22, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
A Marine killed two fellow military staffers at Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia, then killed himself in what appeared to be an isolated incident, military officials said on Friday. There was no immediate explanation for the motive of the gunman who shot a male and a female in a rampage that began Thursday night at the base, about 40 miles south of Washington. The three dead Marines were permanent personnel assigned to Officers Candidate School at the base. “It's been a long night,” Col. David W. Maxwell, the base commander, told reporters at a televised news conference on Friday.
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NEWS
April 10, 1986 | DARYL KELLEY, Times Staff Writer
The scanner crackled. Two sailors had been nabbed urinating on a wall. No big deal. But in a nearby patrol car, the commander of the Long Beach Naval Station leaned forward. It would be his first chance to see his men in a brush with the law. And that was why Navy Capt. Kevin M. Healy had placed himself one long recent evening in the black leather back seat of a Long Beach Police Department cruiser.
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March 22, 2013 | By Ken Dilanian, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - It was 11 p.m. Thursday when loudspeakers abruptly blared at the Marine Corps Base Quantico in northern Virginia, ordering all residents to stay inside behind locked doors. The grisly explanation emerged Friday: A Marine had shot and killed another male Marine, and then seized and fatally shot a female Marine. He then took his own life. Col. David Maxwell, the base commander, said the incident was not a terrorist attack nor an attempt to cause mass casualties. All three Marines were employees at the officer candidate school and knew one another, he said.
NEWS
September 26, 1986 | Associated Press
Israeli fighter jets rocketed a Palestinian guerrilla base Thursday on the edge of Sidon, and the base commander said one man was killed and two wounded in the attack. It was Israel's second air raid in Lebanon in three days and the 11th this year. Police said six warplanes swooped in from the Mediterranean at 11:20 a.m. to attack the base in an olive grove east of the Miye ou Miye Palestinian refugee camp.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 1986 | Associated Press
As an Air Force world transport center, this Southern California base moves troops and equipment thousands of miles. But it couldn't get a band 20 miles up the road to welcome the new base commander. Nearly 300 community leaders and hundreds of Air Force personnel waited patiently on the base parade field Friday to watch Col. George W. Hillyer III turn over command of the base to Col. David A. Voigt.
NEWS
February 6, 1991 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At this military installation near San Bernardino on Tuesday, 150 tightly spaced, neatly made beds covered a gymnasium floor. Each was equipped with a reading light and a neatly folded robe and pajama set. With the medical staff on hand, the base commander declared Norton ready to receive casualties from the Persian Gulf War. Although officials said they have been given no date for the beginning of a ground war, Col.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 1986 | Associated Press
As an Air Force world transport center, this Southern California base moves troops and equipment thousands of miles. But it couldn't get a band 20 miles up the road to welcome the new base commander. Nearly 300 community leaders and hundreds of Air Force personnel waited patiently on the base parade field Friday to watch Col. George W. Hillyer III turn over command of the base to Col. David A. Voigt.
WORLD
November 26, 2010 | mcclatchy-tribune
The insurgent took what he must have thought was a lucky shot. His rocket-propelled grenade smashed into a bladder full of 63,000 gallons of diesel fuel, sending a fireball 1,000 feet skyward, destroying 10 "mine-resistant ambush-protected" vehicles and raining metal over the base. Troops on this base in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar province labored in a 6-inch-deep river of slowly igniting fuel to prevent broader damage. Miraculously, no one was seriously hurt. "There was a higher being watching out for us that day," said Army 1st Lt. Anthony Goble.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 1991 | PAUL PAYNE
Nearly 1,400 Seabees lined the parade field at the Naval Construction Battalion Center on Tuesday to bid farewell to Capt. Rufus J. Pearson III, retiring base commander. And they welcomed new commander Capt. David J. Nash, a former commander of public works at Pearl Harbor. Walking side by side to the beat of a Marine Corps marching band, the two officers reviewed the troops and then transferred authority with a ceremonial passing of the flags. "Stand tall, Seabees," Pearson told to the troops.
WORLD
November 26, 2010 | mcclatchy-tribune
The insurgent took what he must have thought was a lucky shot. His rocket-propelled grenade smashed into a bladder full of 63,000 gallons of diesel fuel, sending a fireball 1,000 feet skyward, destroying 10 "mine-resistant ambush-protected" vehicles and raining metal over the base. Troops on this base in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar province labored in a 6-inch-deep river of slowly igniting fuel to prevent broader damage. Miraculously, no one was seriously hurt. "There was a higher being watching out for us that day," said Army 1st Lt. Anthony Goble.
WORLD
November 22, 2005 | From Associated Press
Romania's former defense minister said Monday that parts of an air base used by U.S. troops during the Iraq war were off-limits to Romanian authorities, but he could not determine whether prisoners had been held there. The Mihail Kogalniceanu military airfield near the Black Sea, which was used by the Americans in 2003, had "a handful of two-people tents used by special forces" from which Romanian officials were barred, the ex-minister, Ioan Mircea Pascu, told Associated Press. He said the U.S.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 26, 2005 | Scott Collins, Times Staff Writer
Stumping for the nation's first female president, Susan Estrich is forming a different kind of party. Estrich -- USC law professor, author and longtime Democratic insider -- has invited about 50 area VIPs to a "house party" at her Hancock Park home, promoting ABC's Tuesday premiere of "Commander in Chief." The series stars Geena Davis as President Mackenzie Allen, who struggles to balance hectic workdays in the Oval Office with the harried demands of motherhood.
BUSINESS
June 17, 2005 | Roger Vincent, Times Staff Writer
An airbase with no runways may be the perfect takeoff spot for an unusual public-private real estate development. One key reason that Los Angeles Air Force Base avoided being included on the Pentagon's proposed base closure list released last month was the complex deal that is bringing new offices for the military and homes for the South Bay.
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January 10, 2002 | ESTHER SCHRADER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The cells are boxes of chain-link fence with concrete floors and thick-planked wood roofs. The beds are mats on the floor. The jailers are gun-toting infantrymen, military police with attack-trained German shepherds and artillerymen in Humvees. And the inmates are "the worst of the worst," said the prison's commander--the toughest of the Al Qaeda and Taliban members currently held by the U.S. military in Afghanistan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2000 | ANA CHOLO-TIPTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For years, the Los Alamitos community and the Armed Forces Reserve Center (located in its backyard) have forged some very important ties. The city's Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza has been held there the past 14 years and last year attracted about 25,000 spectators.
NEWS
June 4, 1985 | DAVID FREED, Times Staff Writer
Officials at Miramar Naval Air Station, under investigation for improprieties including paying $1,800 for two airplane ashtrays, are purportedly "destroying letters and backdating files" that may show widespread collusion between the Navy and Grumman Corp., Rep. Jim Bates (D-San Diego) charged Monday.
WORLD
November 22, 2005 | From Associated Press
Romania's former defense minister said Monday that parts of an air base used by U.S. troops during the Iraq war were off-limits to Romanian authorities, but he could not determine whether prisoners had been held there. The Mihail Kogalniceanu military airfield near the Black Sea, which was used by the Americans in 2003, had "a handful of two-people tents used by special forces" from which Romanian officials were barred, the ex-minister, Ioan Mircea Pascu, told Associated Press. He said the U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2000 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former commander of El Toro Marine Corps Air Station on Tuesday demanded that opponents of an airport stop airing a cable television spot with footage of the 1965 crash that killed 84 servicemen and crew members bound for Vietnam. Gen. William A. Bloomer, who ran the base from 1984 to 1986, said the crash was caused by pilot error and not, as the ad suggests, by an unsafe northern runway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 1998
Oxnard resident Norma G. Thorson, who met her husband while working for the secretary of defense in Washington in the 1950s, died Dec. 31, just 12 days after his passing. She was 88. Thorson was born Feb. 9, 1909, in York, Neb. She met Robert Dean Thorson, a Navy man, at a meeting in the secretary of defense's office. It was love at first sight, family members said, and the couple married March 14, 1953. Norma Thorson had previously served as an installation planner for the U.S.
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