Camp Pendleton: 72nd Birthday


25 Sept 1942:   On this date, President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in honor of World War I Major General Joseph H. Pendleton.  The base would become the Corps’ largest West Coast expeditionary training facility.

Find out more about Camp Pendleton’s history:

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Below in related articles is a story about being able to hear explosions during training at Camp Pendleton. This is commonplace in the corner of this [massive] base that I live near. The Marines get plenty of practice on the Howitzer.

OPSEC: Keep Our Troops Safe

Click image to link to OPSEC Awareness exercises


A reminder to keep our troops safe; do not disclose any information to anyone, even family members. This includes but is not limited to your Soldiers deployment/return dates, location and duration of deployment.

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Basic OPSEC Awareness Brief

Do’s and Don’ts for Unclassified Information

For more information about OPSEC and your security and the internet, link to Operations Security (OPSEC) Awareness


Royal Marines: Mission Afghanistan – Dogs of War


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The men of L Company risk getting blown up every day by IEDs. The area they patrol is riddled with them and four Marines have been killed in less than three months. So four-year-old springer spaniel Memphis is brought in to help. With his super-sensitive nose Memphis has a knack of sniffing out IEDs and should save a lot of lives and limbs.

Afghanistan: Dogs of War Photo Journal

Ricky, an explosive detector dog, with Canadian soldiers from Task Force 3-09 Battle Group during operation Tazi, a village search and security operation in the Dand area of Kandahar Province, southern Afghanistan, on January 26, 2010. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

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Throughout the course of the long war in Afghanistan, Coalition troops have relied on thousands of military working dogs to help keep them safe, and make their jobs easier. The dogs are trained to detect explosives, to find illegal drugs, to search for missing comrades, or target enemy combatants. Not only are they active on the front lines, but behind the lines they serve as therapy dogs, service dogs, and loyal companions. They also share the same risks as the ground troops, suffering injuries and sometimes death on the battlefields. Gathered here are images of these dogs and their handlers in Afghanistan and back home, from over the past several years, part of the ongoing series here on Afghanistan. Read more

Working Dogs: Afghanistan



…….. Afghanistan, 2011–A U.S. Marine dog handler attends to his his Improvised Explosive Device Detection Dog after he was injured and rescued by a helicopter of the U.S. Army Task Force Lift “Dust Off”, Charlie Company 1-214 Aviation Regiment, on the outskirts of Sangin, in the Helmand Province on June 3, 2011. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

First televised presidential debate Kennedy-Nixon: 1960

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Senator John F. Kennedy and Vice President Richard M. Nixon during the first televised U.S. presidential debate in 1960. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For the first time in U.S. history, a debate between major party presidential candidates is shown on television. The presidential hopefuls, John F. Kennedy, a Democratic senator ofMassachusetts, and Richard M. Nixon, the vice president of the United States, met in aChicago studio to discuss U.S. domestic matters. Read more

Toddler Who Ignored Military Protocol Receives Non-Punitive Letter Of Caution


LITTLE FALLS, Minn. — A three-year-old boy who did not wait for his soldier mother to be dismissed from a pointless formation after serving nine months in Afghanistan has received a non punitive letter of caution for breaking ranks, Duffel Blog has learned. Read more