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245 California Marines moving to Hawaii

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 02:02 p.m. HST, Mar 22, 2014

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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Waterman2 wrote:
Real smart, Russia on the move, terrorists going berserk, and America ? We just destroy our Armed forces. But we sure can spend the money on studying the mating pattern of dandelions. Smoke another joint anyone ? No wonder Putin feels comfortably knocking off one country after another.
on March 22,2014 | 10:03AM
808Unionist wrote:
I hope the Military has the 245 base housing units needed to support this troop movement. Because if they don't the Marine Corp rent plus program will most likely cause more homeless by creating a increase in rents on affordable housing units on Oahu.
on March 22,2014 | 10:16AM
localguy wrote:
808Unionist - Wow! Someone really woke up on the wrong side of the bed. Blaming homelessness on the Marines? Really? Maybe you haven't noticed KBAY has built new billets for their single marines, more and better than before. What ever happens, it is a free rental market, goes up, goes down. Part of our capitalism system.
on March 22,2014 | 05:39PM
cojef wrote:
Just think about the cost to launch the ACA, even in Hawaii over $200 Million was earmarked, translated to the other states that participated equate to over a $ Billion. That's just exchanges, figure the design and the total cost will approach a $ Trillion by the we are through. If, the Republicans take control of Congress, all that costs goes down the drain. If the Act is not repealed and fix is in just imagine the amount of subsidies needed to help the individual claiming hardships on account of the the ACA. The military cut-back program will reduce our forces to the post WW II levels. Is this a wise move, with the threats around the world?
on March 22,2014 | 10:52AM
Anonymous wrote:
Drones, Drones, and more Drones. Why not - what do we care?
on March 22,2014 | 02:32PM
GWakai02 wrote:
You will when you hear the "INCOMING'.
on March 22,2014 | 03:45PM
Cantopop wrote:
Incoming?? That's the sound of FREEDOM, baby...
on March 22,2014 | 06:36PM
Ronin006 wrote:
During my military career as an Infantry officer, the sound of freedom was OUTGOING.
on March 23,2014 | 04:28PM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
Headline......245 Marines moving to Hawaii. Picture caption...Afghan security forces arrive at suicide bombing site.
on March 22,2014 | 06:08PM
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