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The Department of Veterans Affairs signed a 20-year, $148 million lease on an approximately 100,000-square-foot building in Kearny Mesa, which it will convert into a VA outpatient clinic — billed...

Author: Brad Graves
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What is it? Army Directive 2019-18, Reimbursement for State Licensure and Certification Costs for the Spouse of a Soldier Arising from a Permanent Change of Station, establishes policy to reimburse qualified...

Author: Headquarters, Deputy Chief of Staff Army G-1
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Air shows are returning to Edwards Air Force Base, as its leadership is partnering with the five-year-old Los Angeles County Air Show to offer world-class events that will alternate sites between the storied base and Gen. William J. Fox Field in Lancaster, the show’s home since 2014. Officials with the 412th Test Wing at Edwards and Los Angeles County Air Show, Inc. announced they are working on an agreement for a formal four-year partnership to conduct the air shows, which paves the way for a return of the popular events to the base where they have been absent since 2009. “We’re very excited to put Edwards Air Force Base back on the air show map as ‘the center of the aerospace testing universe’,” Brig. Gen. E. John Teichert, 412th Test Wing Commander, said. “This

Author: ALLISON GATLIN Valley Press Staff Writer
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The first major battle for President Trump’s prized Space Force is being waged here on Earth, as three states each with its own convincing case to make to be the...

Author: Lauren Meier, Ben Wolfgang and Lauren Meier, Ben Wolfgang
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More than a dozen nonprofit organizations have formed the California Defense Communities Alliance (CDCA). CDCA held its inaugural meeting Tuesday in Sacramento. The new alliance includes groups with the shared mission...

Author: Association of Defense Communities
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The Coast Guard plans to base four of its new Sentinel-Class Fast Response Cutters (FRC) in Southern California within the next year. The Coast Guard Cutter Forrest Rednour is slated to arrive this summer with formal commissioning in the fall. Three additional FRCs are scheduled to arrive and be commissioned by summer of 2019. The ships will be based in San Pedro but will operate throughout the 11th Coast Guard District, which includes all of California and international waters off of Mexico and Central America. “The public deserves our best effort to serve them, and the men and women of the Coast Guard who risk their lives to protect our nation deserve the best tools and training we can provide,” said Capt. Art Snyder, the chief of response operations for the 11th Coast Guard District. “These new cutters will strengthen our security, safety and law enforcement operations in addition to improving our ability to respond to maritime emergencies and safeguard our nation’s National Marine Sanctuaries.” FRC’s are 154-foot multi-mission ships designed to conduct: drug and migrant interdictions; ports, waterways and coastal security operations; fisheries and environmental protection patrols; national defense missions; and search and rescue. To date, the Coast Guard has accepted delivery of 29 FRCs. Each ship is designed for a crew of 24, has a range of 2,500 miles and is equipped for patrols up to five days. The FRCs are part of the Coast Guard’s overall fleet modernization initiative. FRCs feature advanced command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment as well as over-the-horizon response boat deployment capability and improved habitability for the crew. The ships can reach speeds of 28 knots and are equipped to coordinate operations with partner agencies and long-range Coast Guard assets such as the Coast Guard’s National Security Cutters. FRCs are named in honor of Coast Guard enlisted leaders, trailblazers and heroes. The four California-based FRCs are scheduled to be: Forrest Rednour (WPC-1129) - Rednour aided in the rescue of 133 people during the sinking of the U.S.A.T. Dorchester, Feb. 3, 1943. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Navy and Marine Corps Medal for his actions. Rednour lost his life in the sinking of the Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba in June 1943. Robert Ward (WPC-1130) - Ward operated beach-landing boats during the Normandy invasion. He landed his craft on the Cotentin Peninsula and rescued two stranded boat crews in the face of a heavily fortified enemy assault. Terrell Horne III (WPC-1131) – Horne was murdered by suspected drug smugglers who intentionally rammed the boat he and fellow Coast Guardsmen were aboard during law enforcement operations near Santa Cruz Island off the Southern California coast in December 2012. Horne pushed one of his shipmates out of the way of the oncoming vessel attack and sustained fatal injuries. Benjamin Bottoms (WPC-1132) – Bottoms was part the Coast Guard aircrew that rescued an Army aircrew from a downed B-17 off the west coast of Greenland in 1942. Bottoms and the pilot conducted the first landing of a cutter plane on an icecap and commenced a two-day rescue over a rugged arctic terrain that required multiple flights. During the second day of rescue operations, radio contact with Bottoms’ plane was lost and he was declared missing in action. More information

Author: U.S. Coast Guard 11th District PA Detachment LA/LB
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The Navy is refitting its decades-old China Lake weapons testing and research site in the Mojave Desert to begin hosting hypersonic weapons testing from a variety of platforms, including undersea...

Author: By PAUL MCLEARY
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The Navy’s newest Zumwalt-class destroyer, USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001), was commissioned Jan. 26 at Naval Air Station North Island, California.

Twenty Gold Star families and four Medal of Honor...

Author: By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Woody Paschall, Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs
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Most service members and their families will see a reduction in their tax bills this year, but there are a number of changes in U.S. federal tax laws that they...

Author: By Jim Garamone, Department of Defense Public Affairs
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Personnel and other resources are headed for eastern Kern as part of a growing push to diversify the area's economy and protect its employment base in the event either of its...

Author: John Cox jcox@bakersfield.com
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