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In a dingy, cavernous old warehouse that looks more suitable for batsthan businessmen, the U.S. government throws a monthly rummage sale that attracts an unusual breed of customer. There aren't many places where a shrewd buyer can happily haul away hundreds of empty ammunition boxes, camouflage uniforms, combat boots, tires, furniture and computer parts--enough castoff military equipment to, well, supply an army.
April 3, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - The Ft. Hood shootings are stoking debate over whether Congress should repeal a two-decade-old ban on carrying personal firearms on military bases, a policy designed to protect military personnel against accidental or indiscriminate shootings. “The government hasn't learned anything in five years," said retired Sgt. Howard Ray, who received the Army Commendation Medal for carrying nine people to safety in 2009 when Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan shot and killed 13 people and injured more than 30 others at the base processing center.
July 22, 1988
Our congressmen need not be concerned about closing our unused military bases. Now is the opportune time to take advantage of President Reagan's war on drugs, etc. Convert the bases to civilian conservation camps where our overcrowded jails can be mitigated by sending the "gangs and drug dispensers" for military discipline, direction, basic education and vocational training. Franklin D. Roosevelt used this method successfully back in the '30s. Sacramento has a "voluntary" CCC that has been operating with outstanding results for several years.
December 30, 2013 | By Erin Conway-Smith
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - A series of attacks in the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital left dozens of people dead Monday as the army fought off assailants identified as followers of a disgruntled religious leader. The coordinated attacks, at first thought to be a coup attempt, targeted a state television station, the airport and a military base in Kinshasa, the capital. Gunfire was also reported in Lubumbashi, the country's second-largest city and capital of mineral-rich Katanga province.
April 5, 2011 | By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times
United Nations and French military helicopters in Ivory Coast attacked two military bases in Abidjan, along with the presidential palace and residence, undercutting Laurent Gbagbo's desperate fight to retain power after an election the international community says he lost. The attacks came as forces loyal to Gbagbo's rival, Alassane Ouattara, announced a big "final push" to drive him from office, with fighters gathering at the edge of Abidjan, the nation's sprawling commercial capital.
November 22, 1987
Of the 10 Orange County hazardous waste sites, presumably the 10 most critical, identified on the sketch map and tabulation on the front page of the Orange County section of your Nov. 16 issue, three--the El Toro Marine Base, the Marine Air Station at Tustin and the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station--are U.S. government military installations. You indicate that the state is responsible for cleaning them up. Why? Since the federal government is the cause of the problem in these three locations, why shouldn't it have the duty to clean them up?
January 15, 1991
Military officials Monday night stepped up security nationwide--issuing a heightened alert for the Central Command in Florida and lower-level alerts for San Diego County Navy bases. "This is a very serious step. It's what you expect prior to launching an attack or believing an attack is imminent," said one Navy official who requested anonymity. At Central Command, a Defense Condition 2 was issued. There are four conditions of alert, with Condition 4 being the least serious.
July 21, 1988
The House voted 223 to 186 to toughen pending legislation (HR 4481) to expedite the closing of obsolete military bases. The vote adopted an amendment that minimizes congressional and bureaucratic obstacles to Pentagon plans to shut down surplus bases. It eliminated the possibility of closures being blocked by lengthy environmental and economic studies, and it enabled the Pentagon to begin shutdowns without having to wait for Congress to vote advance approval.
November 11, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
Orange County Great Park designer Ken Smith was hired for his vision. When he looked out at 1,300 acres of runways and abandoned buildings at a former military base in Irvine, he imagined a gathering place that could provide a center to this sprawling county, rivaling New York's Central Park and San Diego's Balboa Park. But after years of designing an ambitious park, for which he and his team were paid millions, it seems increasingly likely that Smith's vision will be pushed aside in favor of a more pragmatic plan.
October 11, 2013 | By Hugo Martín
The mild weather and cool temperatures of October make it one of the busiest months for rock climbing guides Seth Zaharias and his wife, Sabra Purdy. This time of year they're usually leading climbers up massive boulders and sheer canyons in Joshua Tree National Park. Then the government shutdown closed national parks Oct. 1. The couple now spend their day writing refund checks to dejected clients. In the first week of the shutdown, Zaharias estimates, he lost $2,500 in revenue.
September 4, 2013
Re "To Mideast, U.S. policy on region seems adrift," Sept. 2 Friends and foes alike are angry at us. Maybe we're on to something. The Syrian rebels are angry because we won't bomb immediately, whereas the Syrian government thinks we're soft. Israel, our alleged best friend in the region, thinks we haven't shown enough gumption. And no one's asking why we aren't talking to the new president of Iran, who claims to want an opening of new avenues. The Middle East is dangerous and uncontrollable.
May 12, 2013 | By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times
CHARIKAR, Afghanistan - Abdul Shakour was working the night shift at Bagram air base repairing American vehicles when he was called to an emergency meeting. The news was bad: Shakour and 22 other Afghan mechanics were being laid off. After seven years at Bagram, Shakour was unceremoniously shown the door last month. He was told to return the next day to turn in his security badge and collect his final paycheck. "There aren't as many vehicles to fix and not as many soldiers around, so they don't need us anymore," Shakour said outside the base, speaking with a thick accent the English he had learned from American civilians and troops.
April 15, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- Although declining to discuss specific protection measures, Navy officials said Monday that the public can "be assured" local military bases are secure in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings. "Access to installations is limited to those with proper identification cards and credentials," according to a statement issued by San Diego-based Navy Region Southwest, "and our security personnel are highly trained and extremely competent. " Security officials "consistently monitor intelligence reports and potential threats, and are prepared to increase the security condition in the region if and when necessary," it said.
March 27, 2013 | By Maria Halkias
The first civilian to run the military's $10-billion-a-year retail business is working to bring the enterprise into the modern age. The CEO of the Dallas-based Army & Air Force Exchange Service, Tom Shull, is the first retailer to hold the post. It had been held by military officers on a two-year basis for 117 years. Shull, 61, was named to the position last year and his tenure doesn't have a time limit. There had been many complaints about the service in the comments section of Military Times.
March 2, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times
KABUL, Afghanistan - Late last year, before leaving Forward Operating Base Tillman for the last time, U.S. troops took apart every inch of the remote outpost near the border with Pakistan, from the dirt-packed barricades to the flat-screen TVs in the intelligence center. Mohibullah Samim, the governor of Paktika province, where the base was located, called it a waste. "I was against dismantling it," Samim said. "It would have been better to hand it over to the Afghan army to keep the border area safe.
February 12, 2013 | By Nabih Bulos and Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - Syrian opposition forces said Tuesday that they had captured a strategic military air base near the embattled northern city of Aleppo, the latest air facility reportedly overrun by insurgents. The reported capture of the Jarrah air base, about 40 miles east of Aleppo, came after a 17-day siege during which forces loyal to President Bashar Assad were cut off from supplies, said a representative  - reached by Skype  - of the Liwa al Islam group, one of the rebel units reported to have taken the airfield.
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