June 27, 1993 |
A federal commission's decision Saturday to close the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station in Orange County helps make San Diego the apparent winner--at least for now--in the high-stakes economic war over which California military bases are sacrificed to dwindling Pentagon budgets. Although the commission also voted to close the San Diego Naval Training Station, San Diego still emerges from the base closure process with 15,000 new military jobs.
March 8, 1991 |
It's homecoming day for Operation Desert Storm. The first 5,000 U.S. troops are due to roar in today to military bases across the country, where admirers have been hastily draping bunting, tuning tubas and practicing toasts for the biggest round of military welcome-back celebrations since World War II. And the initial observances represent only the first installment of a ceremonial embrace that is likely to extend past July 4.
February 6, 1991
WHAT: Home base to 1st Marine Amphibious Force, 1st Marine Division, other supporting units. BASE POPULATION: 45,000, including 32,000 active-duty Marines and 12,000 dependents (prewar levels). WHERE: Northern San Diego County, bordered by San Clemente on the north and Oceanside on the south. AREA: 125,000 acres PERSONNEL IN MIDEAST: 30,000
January 23, 1991 |
Sailors once chose anchors. Marines opted for bulldogs. And both branches of the armed forces fancied bosomy women. Today, however, the Grim Reaper has made a comeback in tattoo parlors around San Diego County. So have patriotic tattoos. One sailor, who just returned from the Persian Gulf, created an Operation Desert Shield design--a map of Iraq with a target around it. Another sailor, before shipping out, went with his father to get matching religious emblems.
August 10, 1990 |
The Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base is being mobilized as it hasn't been since the Vietnam War, with troops packing their weapons, radio gear and most essential personal belongings and being shipped out on hours' notice to uncertain destinations, according to civilians and military personnel on the base. For the families they are leaving behind, there is little doubt that the Marines are eventually headed for the Mideast and are perhaps destined for desert warfare against Iraq.
October 5, 1989 |
Breaking another Cold War barrier, the Americans opened the gates of two military installations in California on Wednesday to the Soviet Union's top military official, a jovial man who chatted with Marines, joked with generals and admiringly watched the firepower paraded before him. "We are on a good will tour," Defense Minister Dimitri Yazov said, beaming. "We have come to show the American people that we have sincere and friendly feelings toward the Americans." High-ranking U.S.