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Navy enacting changes in wake of deadly crashes

Claudia Grisales Stars and Stripes WASHINGTON — Two top Navy officials told lawmakers on Thursday that a plan is underway to ensure safer conditions for sailors, following a series of deadly accidents at sea last year. The comments, which were made before a joint hearing of two House Armed Services Committee subpanels, come in the wake of two extensive Navy reviews of deadly warship crashes and mishaps last summer. In all, the Navy lost 20 sailors in major incidents in the Pacific in 2017. Of those ... More

Suspicious truck forces Air Force base gate closure

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. — Portions of an Air Force base in Massachusetts have been evacuated over security concerns about a truck. In a message on Hanscom Air Force Base's website, security forces said they became concerned Thursday morning during a routine vehicle inspection at a gate. State police said the screening found indicators of potentially hazardous material. The truck is owned by Big Foot Moving & Storage. A woman who answered the phone at the company's Acto ... More

Firefighters battling brush fire at Camp Pendleton

Alma Fausto The Orange County Register Camp Pendleton and Orange County firefighters were battling a vegetation fire Wednesday on Cristianitos Road near the San Mateo Campground, according to base officials. Marine officials shared via Twitter just before 6:30 p.m. that the fire was 10 to 15 acres. Just before 8 p.m., the fire had grown to 400 acres, according to the Orange County Fire Authority. OCFA later revised the acreage to 250-300 acres burned as of 10:10 p.m. OCFA said that there were 355 firefig ... More