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Marines headed for isles from California

By Associated Press


TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. » A Southern California Marine training site could lose 8 percent of its personnel as part of the expected drawdown of troops in Afghanistan, officials said.

About 840 Marines attached to the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines based at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center were slated to be deactivated at the end of May. Another 245 Marines connected with an unmanned aerial vehicle squadron will move to Hawaii this summer, base spokesman Jason Smith told the Riverside Press-Enterprise.

About 13,000 Marines are currently stationed at the vast desert center 130 miles east of Los Angeles. Smith said 3rd Battalion Marines will be reassigned to other units.

First activated in San Diego in 1925, it was the first Marine unit to swarm Baghdad during the Iraq War, and its members helped pull down the large bronze statue of Saddam Hussein, according to the group's website.

Because there will be fewer deployments, the average daily population at Twentynine Palms was not expected to change, Smith told the newspaper.

The 932-square-mile military base in the Mojave Desert trains Marines in live-fire combat exercises. Several mock Afghan villages have been built at the base to train forces to fight in urban environments. The villages feature fake markets, hotels and other businesses, and they are complete with actors who create scenarios that pose a full range of challenges from peacekeeping to direct combat.

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Ronin006 wrote:
I am surprised that not one member of our congressional delegation has taken credit for the Marines moving to Hawaii.
on March 23,2014 | 09:05AM
glenn57377 wrote:
There is base housing for the Marines, so their affect on the housing market will be non-existent. They will have paychecks and money to spend. This will be good for Hawaii. Good. No Hawaii congressional credit given whereas they most likely didn't have a thing to do with it. After the tenure of the wonderful Daniel Inouye.....no Hawaii politician representing us in Washington has the tenure to do anything for us......except vote yes or no. There will be little pork for Hawaii. Our military advantage is facilities, support and positioning near trouble spots. Otherwise, without the pork President Obama throws at Hawaii, the gravy train ride is over. Oahu is so very dependent upon the military dollar it is absorbed as normal income. Tourism is normal income. Taxing the hell out of our citizens is normal income. Hawaii is business unfriendly, therefore, unless Hawaii politicians decide to invest the tax fortune more wisely, it will be business as usual.
on March 23,2014 | 09:19AM
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