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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2006 | H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writer
It was only 8 a.m., the day after Memorial Day, but the desert sun was already unforgiving. The heat radiated from the desert floor with a glittery sheen as the anthropologist and the team of soldiers set to work. The men had worked on Memorial Day too. For most Americans, it had been a typical holiday marking an unofficial start to summer vacation or the tail end of a long three-day weekend. But the team's mission captured the essence of the day.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The pilot of an F-18 fighter jet killed during a training exercise was identified Tuesday as 1st Lt. Brian R. Deforge. The 25-year-old Marine from Plattsburgh, N.Y., and another pilot, whose name has not been released, crashed Monday over Ft. Hunter Liggett, a U.S. Army Reserve base 150 miles south of San Francisco. The other pilot ejected and was briefly hospitalized. Deforge is survived by a wife and two children.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 2002 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A KCBS-TV cameraman who worked for Channel 2 for 24 years was killed Friday in the Persian Gulf when the U.S. Navy helicopter in which he was riding crashed into a Syrian freighter, the Pentagon said. Larry Greene, 50, of Agoura Hills died and four sailors on the helicopter were injured when a rotor of the SH-60B Seahawk helicopter accidentally hit the mast of the Syrian ship 80 miles off the Iranian coast, said Air Force Brig. Gen. John Rosa, a military spokesman in Washington.
NEWS
March 9, 2001 | PAUL RICHTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For two decades, Marine leaders have managed to defend their futuristic Osprey aircraft against critical government auditors, hostile civilian overseers and a string of fatal crashes and mechanical malfunctions. But now, the Osprey's luck could be running out. Amid parallel investigations of the Osprey's capabilities and the Marines' oversight, even some defenders are acknowledging the $40-billion program faces probable delays and cutbacks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 2003 | Hilda Munoz, Times Staff Writer
Mary Carriere answered a knock at her Moreno Valley home Thursday morning and saw three Marines and a chaplain standing in her doorway. "I knew exactly why they were here," said Carriere, 36, during a phone interview Monday. "I told them to sit down. I had to wake up my niece because I couldn't do it alone." The chief warrant officer told her that her son, Lance Cpl. Jason Andrew Tetrault, had died July 9 in a car accident in Kuwait. "I just screamed 'No!' " she said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
SAN DIEGO Search crews on Thursday located the wreckage of a $28-million military fighter jet that crashed in the Imperial Valley desert, a Marine spokesman said. The pilot, the plane's sole occupant, remained unaccounted for and the search was continuing. Search crews located the F/A-18 Hornet on Thursday morning in a remote area near Glamis, about 160 miles east of San Diego, said Lt. Kevin Schultz, a spokesman for the Marine air base in Yuma, Ariz., which directed the search.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
One soldier was killed and two others were injured Wednesday when a vehicle rolled over during a training exercise, military officials said. The soldiers, members of the 82nd Airborne Division based at Ft. Bragg, N.C., were participating in the Millennium Challenge 2002, a three-week-long training exercise. It involved various branches of the military. The two injured soldiers were taken to a base hospital.
NEWS
April 11, 2001 | ROBIN WRIGHT and HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Three decades after the Bamboo Curtain came down, China and the United States have gradually grown together in ways that not even the standoff over an American spy plane can easily rend asunder. The Bush administration has warned almost daily about the risks China is taking by detaining the plane's 24-member crew. "Every day that goes by increases the potential that our relations with China could be damaged," the president said Monday.
NEWS
October 24, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The spy plane incident that severely strained Sino-U.S. relations in April appears to have ended without Washington paying the money Beijing demanded, a U.S. official said. China had sought $1 million and rejected a U.S. offer of $34,576. "We sent them a check for what we thought was reasonable costs, and they didn't accept it. It's been three months," the official said. "It's done." The U.S.
WORLD
June 12, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
U.S. soldiers in South Korea have stopped all nonemergency services and training to review safety measures after a 51-year-old Korean woman was killed by a U.S. military truck near the capital, Seoul. The move was ordered by Army Gen. Leon J. LaPorte, commander of U.S. forces in South Korea, who visited the victim's family to express his condolences. Relations between the United States and South Korea were strained when two teenage girls were killed by an American military vehicle in 2002.
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