Gidget Fuentes

About Gidget Fuentes

Gidget Fuentes is a freelance writer based in San Diego, Calif. She has spent more than 20 years reporting extensively on the Marine Corps and the Navy, including West Coast commands and Pacific regional issues, and most recently was a senior writer and the San Diego bureau chief for Marine Corps Times and Navy Times.


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Marines, Sailors 'Put Stamp On' Marine Corps Support for Wildland Fire Missions in California

Marines, Sailors ‘Put Stamp On’ Marine Corps Support for Wildland Fire Missions in California

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jesus Hernandez-Aylala assigned to the 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, holds a fire line while conducting wildland fire fighting operations with National Interagency Fire Center personnel near the Sierra National Forest, Calif., Sep. 24, 2020. Approximately 250 Marines from 7th ESB are going to help fight the Creek Fire in Central California. US Marine Corps photo.

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – A platoon of Marines, just weeks out of the wildland firefighting training they received here at Camp Pendleton, recently were able to tackle a critical mission not typically given to military units less familiar with battling the raging California wildfires: with flames threatening a critical helicopter landing zone needed for firefighting efforts and evacuations, the Marines were told to create a fireline and save the helo pad. Read More

'Red Patch' is Back As Reactivated Landing Support Battalions Rejoin Fleet Marine Forces

‘Red Patch’ is Back As Reactivated Landing Support Battalions Rejoin Fleet Marine Forces

U.S. Marine Lt. Col. Jonathan Peterson, commanding officer, 1st Landing Support Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 1, 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, and Sergeant Major Sara Lopez, sergeant major, 1st LSB, CLR-1, 1st MLG, I MEF dawn the colors for 1st LSB to signify the unit’s activation on Camp Pendleton Calif., 15 Oct. 2020. U.S. Marine Corps Photo

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – With expeditionary sea base operations and island-hopping campaigns as likely future missions, especially across the vast Indo-Pacific region, the Marine Corps has revived its battalion-level units to bolster logistical support for Fleet Marine Forces landing ashore. Read More

Infantry Battalion CO Relieved after Fatal July AAV Sinking; Investigations Continue

Infantry Battalion CO Relieved after Fatal July AAV Sinking; Investigations Continue

Marines with Bravo Company, Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, operate AAV-P7/A1 assault amphibious vehicles while embarking the amphibious landing dock USS Somerset (LPD-25) on July 27, 2020. US Navy Photo

The commander of a Marine battalion landing team that lost nine men when an AAV sunk off San Clemente Island, Calif., during a training exercise in July, I Marine Expeditionary Force announced late Tuesday. Read More

NCIS Investigating Death of USS Theodore Roosevelt Sailor

NCIS Investigating Death of USS Theodore Roosevelt Sailor

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) returns to San Diego, Calif., on July 9, 2020. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to include the identity of the sailor who died.

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is investigating the death of a sailor who allegedly shot himself Tuesday morning while on security duty at Naval Air Station North Island, Calif., USNI News has learned. Read More

Sailors Get Experience with Marine MV-22s Before Operating First Navy Ospreys

Sailors Get Experience with Marine MV-22s Before Operating First Navy Ospreys

A CMV-22B Osprey, attached to the Blackjack of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Two One (HX-21), flies near the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD-21) on July 18, 2020. US Navy Photo

An overseas deployment with Marines is giving some of the Navy’s first crews that will operate its new cargo-delivery fleet of CMV-22B Osprey aircraft hands-on experience with tiltrotor technology and operations. Read More

Marines, Sailors Join National Guard to Fight California Wildfires

Marines, Sailors Join National Guard to Fight California Wildfires

Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 373, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force, conduct aircraft familiarization at an Interagency improvised helicopter airfield near Coleville, Calif., Sept. 6, 2020. US Marine Corps Photo

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Marines and sailors deployed over the weekend to the frontlines of multi-agency firefighting efforts on the Creek fire, which has consumed more than 122 square miles in central California. Read More

Navy Awards $737M for China Lake Airfield Repairs Following 2019 Earthquake Damage

Navy Awards $737M for China Lake Airfield Repairs Following 2019 Earthquake Damage

Faultline on China Lake on Oct. 17, 2019. US Geological Survey Photo

The Navy last week issued contracts worth at least $737 million for new airfield capabilities at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, Calif., where two major earthquakes last year damaged critical facilities at the premier base for research, testing and evaluation that remains not fully operational. Read More

Summer Fury Drills Hone Marines' New Island-Hopping Fight

Summer Fury Drills Hone Marines’ New Island-Hopping Fight

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Michael Fodrie, a bulk fuel specialist with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 372, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, conducts a ground refueling during expeditionary advanced base operations in support of Exercise Summer Fury 20 on Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif., on July 31, 2020. US Navy Photo

In the Marine Corps’ new concept of expeditionary advanced base operations, its forces disperse light, agile units with a small footprint over a wide area while working jointly with naval forces to counter and fight a credible enemy threat in a multi-domain contested environment. Read More

Families Honor 9 Killed in AAV Sinking as Investigations Continue

Families Honor 9 Killed in AAV Sinking as Investigations Continue

Marines with Bravo Company, Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, operate AAV-P7/A1 assault amphibious vehicles onto the well deck of the amphibious landing dock USS Somerset (LPD-25) on July 27, 2020. US Marine Corps Photo

Marines and sailors joined grieving families and friends at Camp Pendleton, Calif., on Friday to remember the Navy corpsman and eight Marines who died when their amphibious assault vehicle sank off Southern California three weeks ago. Read More