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Patriot Profiles: Predicting the unpredictable stops terror on the move
Patriot Profiles: Predicting the unpredictable stops terror on the move
“Every military, whether it’s us or the terrorists, tries to be unpredictable,” said Maj. BJ Grass, a Marine Corps Intelligence officer, recently returned from the Anbar region in Iraq. As part of Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force — Crisis Response — Central Command, Grass served with...
Patriot Profiles: ‘Army Trials awaken a new kind of courage’
Patriot Profiles: ‘Army Trials awaken a new kind of courage’
“Success isn’t final, failure isn’t fatal; it’s courage that counts,” said five-time Olympic Gold medal swimmer Alicia Coutts. It was a different kind of courage that 1st Lt. Christopher Parks brandished when he powered himself through the water at the 2015 Army Trials. Parks and his rivals in...
Patriot Profiles: Predicting the unpredictable stops terror on the move
Patriot Profiles: Predicting the unpredictable stops terror on the move
“Every military, whether it’s us or the terrorists, tries to be unpredictable,” said Maj. BJ Grass, a Marine Corps Intelligence officer, recently returned from the Anbar region in Iraq. As part of Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force — Crisis Response — Central Command, Grass served with...
Patriot Profiles: Meet Taya Kyle, an ‘American Wife’
Patriot Profiles: Meet Taya Kyle, an ‘American Wife’
The story of Chris and Taya Kyle is a testament to heroism on the battlefield and a tribute to love at its deepest level at home. Not that long ago in 2001, Taya and Navy SEAL Chris were making eyes at each other at Maloney’s in San Diego’s Gaslamp District. Chris intrigued her with his idealism...
Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation nourishes dreams of military children
Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation nourishes dreams of military children
The Hilton Del Mar hosted a gathering of supporters and friends for the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation’s inaugural San Diego Awards dinner recently. As the nation’s oldest and largest provider of need-based scholarships to military families, the foundation was there to honor major donors,...
Patriot Profiles: Powering up the troops while wiring up the city
Patriot Profiles: Powering up the troops while wiring up the city
In Kandahar City in 2010, insurgency was at increasingly high levels, and life-sustaining electrical power was in scarce supply. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) joined forces with Afghanistan’s national power company, military regional commands, and the U.S. Army Corps of...
Patriot Profiles: When troops need to move, U.S. Marines bridge the gap
Patriot Profiles: When troops need to move, U.S. Marines bridge the gap
In the spring of 2003, Operation Iraqi Freedom was underway and 1st Marine Division troops were on the march. Keeping the enemy off-balance and retaining its tactical momentum, the division conducted an assault bridging operation on April 7 while under fire to cross the Diyala River and enter Baghdad,...
Patriot Profiles: ‘I’m grateful I had an opportunity to give back to Liberia’
Patriot Profiles: ‘I’m grateful I had an opportunity to give back to Liberia’
This column presents “Patriot Profiles” to provide readers insight into the lives of our country’s heroes. “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the...
Patriot Profiles: ‘My dad had me on the range at a very young age’
Patriot Profiles: ‘My dad had me on the range at a very young age’
This column presents “Patriot Profiles” to provide readers insight into the lives of our country’s heroes. A soldier must be ready when the time comes for him to fire his weapon. The U.S. military expertly trains and tests its forces before a weapon is placed in a fighter’s hand. Many who enter...
Patriot Profiles: ‘Nobody gets into my security zone’
Patriot Profiles: ‘Nobody gets into my security zone’
On Oct. 12, 2000, two suicide bombers navigated a small motorboat up alongside the USS Cole, which had stopped to refuel in Aden, Yemen, on its way to the Persian Gulf.
Patriot Profiles: ‘You wouldn’t last five minutes in the Marine Corps’
Patriot Profiles: ‘You wouldn’t last five minutes in the Marine Corps’
First sergeant went from ‘small and wimpy’ to becoming senior enlisted adviser in a supply battalion
Patriot Profiles: ‘You have to understand the bigger picture on things’
Patriot Profiles: ‘You have to understand the bigger picture on things’
The UH-60 Black Hawk entered the U.S. Army in 1979 as a tactical transport helicopter, and has since moved millions of troops. The UH-60 gained prominence in the Gulf War (in the Army’s largest air assault) and was immortalized in the battle for Mogadishu. Hundreds of missions depended on Sikorsky’s...
Patriot Profiles: Fighting Ebola virus, ‘we weren’t sure what we were walking into’
Patriot Profiles: Fighting Ebola virus, ‘we weren’t sure what we were walking into’
This column presents “Patriot Profiles” to provide readers insight into the lives of our country’s heroes. Rushing to a world crisis, nothing is black or white. For 1st Lt. David Andrew Tan, one of about 100 Marines called to Liberia in early October 2014, it was shades of gray, not knowing what...
MCAS Marines join others worldwide in honoring Corps’ birthday
MCAS Marines join others worldwide in honoring Corps’ birthday
Since its founding on Nov. 10, 1775, the United States Marine Corps has written its own story, compiling account after account of uniquely American service, sacrifice, and valor. To celebrate their legacy, Marines and friends gathered at the MCAS Miramar parade deck for the traditional Marine Corps...
Transition mission: Two find healing through hot sauce
Transition mission: Two find healing through hot sauce
Former Staff Sgt. Mike Hanes transitioned out of the U.S. Marine Corps with an injured psyche. A highly trained reconnaissance Marine, he struggled with the chaos of combat, the poverty he’d seen, and living in the crosshairs. “I was a .50 caliber machine-gunner. I was the one they wanted to shoot,”...
Patriot Profiles: ‘It’s a high-stress environment’
Patriot Profiles: ‘It’s a high-stress environment’
This column presents soldier stories to provide readers insight into the lives of our country’s heroes. By Jeanne McKinney One didn’t know what to do with her life, the other left his family half a world away in the Philippines, while a third never questioned his decision to be there. All three...
Encinitas Advocate writers win more journalism awards
Writers for this newspaper and its sister newspapers recently won 12 journalism awards in the nondaily division of the 2016 San Diego Press Club Excellence in Journalism awards contest.  Jared Whitlock won a first place award (category: Political/Government); Catharine Kaufman won first and second...
News/Times/Sun writers win 11 more awards
Carmel Valley News/Del Mar Times/Solana Beach Sun writers and photographers took home 11 more journalism awards at the San Diego Press Club’s 39th annual “Excellence in Journalism Awards” event held Oct. 23 at the San Diego Hall of Champions in Balboa Park. In the non-daily newspaper category,...
Coast Guard seizes 7,100 pounds of marijuana and detains three smugglers.
Coast Guard seizes 7,100 pounds of marijuana and detains three smugglers.
By Jeanne McKinney The U.S. Coast Guard and its partner law enforcement agencies recently disabled another major marijuana smuggling operation for the second time in a month. According to a Coast Guard press release, on Dec. 10, a Coast Guard aircrew on a HC-130 Hercules spotted a 30-foot panga...
Patriot Profiles: ‘You have to drill down into what’s really important’
Patriot Profiles: ‘You have to drill down into what’s really important’
This column presents “Patriot Profiles” to provide readers insight into the lives of our country’s heroes. By Jeanne McKinney Coast Guard maritime law enforcement never sleeps as smugglers, traffickers, and law-breakers fly on the waves toward U.S shores. Undetected drug contraband snakes its way...
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