New California Clinic Provides One-Stop Shop for Marines, Sailors
Navy Medicine West Commander, Rear Adm. Bruce L. Gillingham was on hand to help officially open the new $21 million, 45,000-square-foot Medical Home Port for Marines and Sailors on the Combat Center, July 29. The facility is one of three branch health clinics under the command of Naval Hospital Twentynine Palms. The others are at China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station and the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center.
Combat Center Hosts Marine Corps Warfighting Lab’s MAGTF Integrated Experiment 2016
The Combat Center hosted Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory for Marine Air Ground Task Force Integrated Experiment 2016, July 22 through Aug. 5, as part of Rim of the Pacific Exercise 2016. The exercise tested Company K, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Company Landing Team's ability to operate in an enemy controlled area with limited resources and capabilities while utilizing future tactics, techniques and procedures.
Marine Corps to crown its top tactical athletes this summer
Cpl. Joshua Boozer, an ammunition technician with 1st Tank Battalion, who took top honors in last year’s inaugural High Intensity Tactical Training Ultimate Tactical Athlete Championship, and some of his fellow competitors discussed what will face the three dozen Marines slated to compete in this year’s competition scheduled for Aug. 15-18 at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. It’s a lot. The grueling championship combines tactical skills and athleticism to push mental and physical strength to the limit.
3/11 Tests Chrome-Plated Barrels
Marines with 3rd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment fired six Pilot Production M776 chrome-plated barrels for the 155mm M777A2 Light-weight Towed Howitzer in the Lead Mountain Training Area at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, May 3, 2016.
Earth Day bike ride draws 68 brave riders
About 68 bicycle riders took part in a 50-mile ride from Knott Sky Park to Key’s View and back Saturday, April 30. The ride, co-sponsored by the city of Twentynine Palms, the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center and Joshua Tree National Park, celebrated Earth Day and the 100th anniversary of the founding of the National Park Service.
DoD Announces Secretary of Defense Environmental Award Recipients
Nine individuals, teams or installations have been selected to receive the 2016 Secretary of Defense Environmental Award in recognition of their exceptional achievements and innovative, cost-effective environmental practices, according to a DoD news release issued yesterday.
Don't scare the tortoise! Troops tiptoe around endangered species
The cardinal rule for Marines training at the Twentynine Palms Air Ground Combat Center in Southern California's Mojave Desert is this: Don't make the tortoise pee. Whether troops are learning to drive tanks through the desert or practicing assaults, scaring a desert tortoise so much that it urinates is the one thing that can turn coexistence with the threatened animal from a mild nuisance into a serious disruption.
Dig at Twentynine Palms Marine base unveils artifacts
After a 45-minute ride in a government-issued SUV, bumping along a dusty dirt road into the interior of Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, the color and texture of the terrain — predominantly sandy beige, dotted with greenish creosote bushes — changed dramatically.