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March 2, 1992 | GEORGE FRANK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Retired Marine Maj. Gen. Donald E.P. Miller still remembers the first time he strapped himself into a new $10-million helicopter simulator at Tustin Marine Corps Air Station. The instructor was in a "particularly spiteful" mood that day, Miller recalled.
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November 6, 1999 | CHRIS CEBALLOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Guided by flashlights through abandoned barracks and helicopter hangars, South Orange County Community College District administrators and trustees got their first glimpse Friday at their 134-acre windfall from the federal government.
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August 20, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Investigators looked into the fatal shooting of a civilian by military police at Camp Pendleton Marine Base. Jim Poyyak, 36, of Yorba Linda, was shot during a struggle with a military police officer who had chased him as he drove his truck through the base Saturday, officials said. Poyyak failed to stop around 3 p.m. when entering the San Luis Rey gate, which is considered the back entrance to the sprawling base and is near the compound's headquarters, said base spokesman Cpl. Mike Wanjura.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 1999 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Just weeks after touting the former El Toro Officers Club as the new hot spot for wedding receptions and other special occasions, Orange County officials have closed the facility and canceled the three dozen events booked there through year's end.
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June 27, 1993 | GEBE MARTINEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With almost no hesitation, an independent federal commission voted Saturday to close the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station and move its 8,350 military and civilian jobs to Miramar Naval Air Station in San Diego.
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February 5, 1991 | RAY TESSLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If and when Marines storm the beaches to liberate Kuwait, most will be carried ashore by a toady-looking, 41,000-pound craft handled by crews trained at Camp Pendleton. Last August, when the first Marines were deployed to the Middle East, the Amphibious Vehicle School at the world's largest amphibious assault training base literally shifted into overdrive to prepare for war. "We're going to train more of these guys in four months than we would during a normal year," Col.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 1990 | MATT LAIT
The Marine Corps air stations in Tustin and El Toro have agreed to correct violations of hazardous waste management more than two months after being cited by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for sloppy, illegal handling and storage of such materials, EPA officials said Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 1996 | MICHAEL GRANBERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Clinton's order temporarily halting the transfer of Marine Corps helicopters from Orange County to San Diego is not expected to affect the planned closure of bases at El Toro and Tustin, military officials and civilian leaders said Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 1996 | JOHN POPE
Top city officials who were in Washington, D.C., last week trying to head off a threat to their reuse plan for Tustin Marine Corps Helicopter Air Station returned this week with grim news. Officials of the Navy, which has final say over the base's reuse, said they may uphold a Coast Guard request for 55 acres of the property, including a tract that has 274 housing units.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 1996 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Liability concerns have grounded Supervisor Don Saltarelli's plan to have commercial aircraft fly in and out of El Toro Marine Corps Air Station so residents could hear what a proposed civilian airport at the military base would sound like. "I'm certainly upset about this," Saltarelli said Thursday. "I think this would have been a good thing to do."
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August 15, 1999 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Just weeks after touting the former El Toro Officers Club as the new hot spot for wedding receptions and other special occasions, Orange County officials have closed the facility and canceled the three dozen events booked there through year's end.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 1999 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The city of Tustin, which has been trying to buy most of a former Marine helicopter base, may get the property for free if a crucial provision in a bill passed by the U.S. Senate ultimately is approved. Key members of California's congressional delegation are urging support of the provision, which would speed the transfer of closed military installations around the country, including the former Marine Corps Air Facility in Tustin.
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July 3, 1999 | SCOTT MARTELLE and H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In a ceremony that encompassed more than half a century of military and Orange County history, the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station officially closed Friday, a bittersweet day for more than 3,000 people who packed temporary bleachers to bid farewell not so much to Marines as to an important place. The base was, in the words of one general, a "home for warriors," a launchpoint for U.S. involvement for some of the major military campaigns of World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 1999 | SCOTT MARTELLE and H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In a ceremony that merged the nostalgic with the patriotic, more than 3,000 people gathered Friday for the official closing of El Toro Marine Corps Air Station--a "home for warriors," in the words of one general, for more than a half century. The event was mostly a formality. There weren't enough Marines left assigned to the base Friday to muster up a parade, so two platoons from Miramar and one from Camp Pendleton presented the colors for the last time. For the crowd, though, it did not matter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 1999 | From a Times staff writer
Services marking the closing of El Toro and Tustin Marine Corps bases got underway Thursday with parades and short ceremonies in several Orange County cities. Those ceremonies--carried out by detachments of Marines, armored vehicles and members of fraternal organizations--will continue this afternoon in five South County cities. The ceremonies will be held at noon in Lake Forest, 1 p.m. in Mission Viejo, 3 p.m. in Laguna Niguel, 4 p.m. in Dana Point and 5 p.m. in San Clemente.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 1999 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Capt. John Koury will ease the wheels of his KC-130 Hercules off the runway at El Toro Marine Corps Air Station today for its final flight from Orange County as the base's last active-duty squadron leaves the base for good. Koury's entourage consists of 10 of the Marines' workhorse aircraft and a squadron of 300 pilots, mechanics and support crews heading to their new home at Miramar Naval Air Station in San Diego.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 1995 | FRANK MESSINA
A South County coalition challenging how jurisdiction is awarded over military bases slated for closure will have the support of Mission Viejo. The City Council this week backed a resolution that will be presented to the California League of Cities in October in the hope of winning statewide support.
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August 12, 1995 | RENE LYNCH
A Libertarian think tank says bankrupt Orange County can raise at least $250 million by selling airport-development rights at El Toro Marine Corps Air Station and transferring operations at John Wayne Airport to the buyer. Opponents to such a move contend that federal aviation guidelines and legal challenges make the deal unlikely. But a new report by the Los Angeles-based Reason Foundation downplays those obstacles. "It looks like it's legally do-able," said foundation president Robert W.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 1998 | SUSAN DEEMER
Residents should brace themselves for more loud booms and rumblings all day Thursday. The U.S. Marine Corps at Camp Pendleton is planning to drop 500-pound bombs from F-18 Hornet jets near the center of the base throughout the day as part of regularly scheduled exercises. Officials are warning residents that the explosions may be heard as far as 50 miles away.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 1998 | JEAN O. PASCO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Attorney Michael Gatzke will continue representing the county in three lawsuits challenging the conversion of El Toro Marine Corps Air Station to a commercial airport despite a symbolic protest vote Tuesday by two supervisors. Supervisor Tom Wilson, who angered some South County constituents for voting two weeks ago to confirm Gatzke's contract, unsuccessfully attempted to persuade his colleagues for a new vote.
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