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November 17, 1989 | RALPH VARTABEDIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Air Force is quietly seeking a legal way to move its Ballistic Systems Division out of San Bernardino, The Times has learned, even though Congress enacted a law earlier this year specifically saying that it should remain at its present location.
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August 14, 1999 | From Associated Press
A group of black World War II veterans on Friday remembered colleagues lost in an ammunition explosion 55 years ago and urged President Clinton to clear the names of 50 black sailors court-martialed after the tragedy. "We're going to give those men and their survivors the due that they deserve," said John Lawrence, an aide to Rep. George Miller (D-Martinez), who is one of the lawmakers leading the pardon effort. "Mr. President, please hear us," said veteran Yale Lewis of Washington.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 1998 | JOSE CARDENAS
Long gone are the soldiers who kept watch at an Army facility in the Santa Monica Mountains, searching the skies for Soviet planes that might soar in from the Pacific to bomb Los Angeles. Their weather-battered guard shack off a gravelly road in the steep hills behind Encino now has rusted window frames and a hole in one wall. Only the radar tower still stands tall.
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April 19, 1999 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The battle of the tanks versus the tortoises is heating up once again in the middle of the Mojave Desert. For more than a decade, the Army has wanted to expand its already sprawling National Training Center at Ft. Irwin, northeast of here, saying that it is too cramped to accommodate its fast tanks and battalion-size war games.
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June 26, 1993 | JAMES BORNEMEIER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a tumultuous day of victory and defeat for California, the federal base closing commission spared the Long Beach Naval Shipyard and McClellan Air Force Base in Sacramento but voted Friday to close three major Bay Area installations. Listed for closure are the Alameda Naval Air Station, Mare Island Naval Shipyard and Treasure Island Naval Station, which together employ 18,600 military and civilian workers.
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July 2, 1993 | ART PINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Clinton has approved a recommendation by an independent commission to close 35 major unneeded military installations across the United States, including seven large bases in California, White House officials said Thursday. The decision, made after consultations Wednesday between the President and his national security advisers and scheduled to be announced this morning, is expected to ensure that the commission's recommendations will take effect this autumn.
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July 31, 1991 | PAUL HOUSTON and MELISSA HEALY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The House on Tuesday cleared the way for the shutdown of 34 domestic military installations, including seven in California, as the Pentagon announced that it will soon withdraw from 79 overseas facilities, mostly in Germany. The 364-60 vote, endorsing the recommendations of a federal base-closing commission, will trigger shutdowns and realignments that are expected to save billions of dollars.
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March 13, 1993 | ART PINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Defense Secretary Les Aspin recommended Friday shutting down eight major military installations in California and reducing the size of 18 other bases in the state, a step that could eliminate tens of thousands of civilian and military jobs over the next three years. The recommendations were part of a broader Defense Department package that called for closing 23 other large installations across the country, reducing another 11 and shutting down or revamping 105 smaller ones.
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July 9, 1991 | PAUL FELDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A noncommissioned officer at Ft. Irwin who allegedly shot a lower-ranking soldier to death early Sunday and then killed himself was facing a court-martial on charges of having a sexual relationship with the subordinate, Army officials said Monday. Sgt. Timothy Karl Miller, 25, had been charged on three counts of sodomy and four counts of indecent acts stemming from an alleged relationship with Spec. Terry Wayne Stephenson Jr., 20.
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August 24, 1994 | JACK CHEEVERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
California's U.S. senators have urged the Pentagon to link Edwards Air Force Base and several other high-tech weapons-testing installations in a "Southwest Complex" that could help shield bases in the southwestern United States from defense cuts next year. In a letter to Defense Secretary William J. Perry, Sens.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 1999 | EMORY HOLMES II
"I am blind because this is what the Lord wanted me to be," says Robert Routh Jr., one of the survivors of the Port Chicago explosion, which forms a backdrop for "Mutiny," a two-hour NBC teleplay executive-produced by three-time Oscar nominee Morgan Freeman. After the explosion, Routh, who now lives in Los Angeles, lay in his hospital bed, wondering how a young man, blind at 19, would be able to make a living. "Lying in my hospital bed--I confronted the Lord with just that.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 1999 | EMORY HOLMES II, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Actor-director Morgan Freeman adds executive producer to his resume with Sunday night's NBC movie "Mutiny," a story of the aftermath and controversy surrounding the largest home-front disaster of World War II. The two-hour historical drama traces the complicated series of events surrounding the July 17, 1944, naval mutiny at Port Chicago, some 50 miles northeast of San Francisco.
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February 14, 1999 | ANNA GORMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In June, Jessica Johnson, 16, and her 17-year-old brother David will have to pack their clothes, books and music and say goodbye to their friends at Hueneme High School. For the fourth time they are moving because of their dad's Navy duties--this time to Mississippi. And they aren't looking forward to it. "It hurts to move," David said. "I don't want to leave my friends and make new ones." Jessica said her "jolly" personality helps her make friends easily, but she still doesn't want to leave.
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January 31, 1999 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mark Allen marvels at the strength, endurance and adaptability of the people who have survived their travels out here, in the inhospitable midsection of the Mojave Desert. He's not referring to the tens of thousands of Army soldiers who come here annually, to be run ragged--on foot, as well as in tanks and personnel carriers--during 14-day training rotations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 1998 | MASSIE RITSCH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As the four planes cut their engines Saturday, the 20 Navy men aboard climbed out and strode toward their waiting families. But it was hard to call it a homecoming--some of the men had never seen their homes. The Navy's West Coast E-2 Hawkeye squadrons were transferred from San Diego to Point Mugu Naval Air Weapons Station last summer, while the "Black Eagles" were deployed in the Persian Gulf.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 1998 | JOSE CARDENAS
Long gone are the soldiers who kept watch at an Army facility in the Santa Monica Mountains, searching the skies for Soviet planes that might soar in from the Pacific to bomb Los Angeles. Their weather-battered guard shack off a gravelly road in the steep hills behind Encino now has rusted window frames and a hole in one wall. Only the radar tower still stands tall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 1993 | GLENN F. BUNTING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seizing a final opportunity to plead for thousands of jobs jeopardized by proposals to close military bases, a California congressional delegation urged an independent panel on Monday to spare the already hard-hit state from further economic hardship. A parade of 17 elected California officials told the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission that the state has suffered a disproportionate share of job losses from two earlier rounds of defense cutbacks.
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March 13, 1993 | JAMES BORNEMEIER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Pentagon list of base cutbacks released Friday targets eight California bases for closure, but that is only part of the story. The Pentagon has proposed changes at 47 military commands in California and some recommendations involve increases or transfers within the state--realignment in military lingo. According to figures released Friday, 61,591 jobs are proposed to be cut at bases, shipyards, hospitals and training centers statewide.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 1998 | JEAN MERL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dolores Sturgill wanted what she feared was to be a last look at the faded Long Beach Naval Station, craved a farewell visit to the site of "so many memories." Her husband, Edward, however, who retired after 42 years in the Navy, wanted no part of the "Anchors Aweigh" walking tour staged Sunday by Long Beach Heritage and two other groups still hoping to save a slice of the historic base from the wrecking ball. "He said he could not come down here today.
NEWS
April 17, 1998 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The napalm rail car that no one in Chicago wanted is headed back to California. Not quite back to its origin at the Fallbrook military facility in northern San Diego County, however. Instead, the two 6,000-gallon drums at the center of this week's imbroglio are heading to another naval weapons station--this one in China Lake, about 120 miles north of Los Angeles in the Mojave Desert.
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