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.


Recent Posts By the Author


Navy, Marines Exercising How to Use Information Warfare in Future Conflicts

Navy, Marines Exercising How to Use Information Warfare in Future Conflicts

Marine Corps RQ-21 Blackjack used as part of the ANTX West 2019 Exercise on April 4, 2019. US Navy Photoarine

NAVAL BASE POINT LOMA, Calif. — After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. had two years to rebuild the Navy into the force that helped win World War II. In today’s era of great power competition from China and Russia, officials say, the Navy won’t have that kind of time. Read More

Pacific Blitz Tests How Navy, Marines Could Fight the Next Island Campaign

Pacific Blitz Tests How Navy, Marines Could Fight the Next Island Campaign

Construction Electrician Constructionman George Feldman, assigned to Naval Construction Battalion 5 (NMCB-5), mans a .50-caliber machine gun while standing security watch on Marine Corps Camp Pendleton, Calif., in support of Exercise Pacific Blitz 2019 on March 12, 2019. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to add additional ships that participated in the exercise.

As amphibious exercise Pacific Blitz 2019 wraps up today, senior commanders already are reviewing after-action lessons and thinking ahead to future exercises that will help develop, train and prepare forces for fights on the move and close to shore. Read More

I MEF Boss: 'Speed of Decision' Key to Keep Marines' Edge Against Near-Peer Threats

I MEF Boss: ‘Speed of Decision’ Key to Keep Marines’ Edge Against Near-Peer Threats

Cpl. Matthew Beaulieu, a rifleman with Kilo Company, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), exits an MV-22 Osprey during a forward arming and refueling point training mission at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif. US Marine Corps Photo

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Lt. Gen. Joseph Osterman, commander of I Marine Expeditionary Force, wants his Marines trained and ready to fight adversaries just as combat capable and technologically adept as they are. Read More

Schultz: Coast Guard Busy, Relevant and In Need of More Investment

Schultz: Coast Guard Busy, Relevant and In Need of More Investment

Adm. Karl Schultz, Coast Guard commandant, delivers the 2019 State of the Coast Guard Address at Coast Guard Base Los Angeles-Long Beach in San Pedro, Calif., on March 21, 2019. Coast Guard Image

SAN PEDRO, Calif. — As the Coast Guard continues modernizing with new cutters, drones and other technologies, its top leader warns the service will reach a “tipping point” without sufficient resources to support and sustain the force. Read More

Marines Sundown Last EA-6B Prowler Squadron

Marines Sundown Last EA-6B Prowler Squadron

Two U.S. Marine Corps EA-6B Prowler assigned to Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron (VMAQ) 2, fly off the coast of North Carolina, Feb 28, 2019. US Marine Corps

The Marine Corps will deactivate its final electronic attack squadron in a Friday ceremony, sending its trusty but aging EA-6B Prowler jet into retirement. Read More

13th MEU, Essex ARG Return Home, Ending First F-35B Combat Deployment

13th MEU, Essex ARG Return Home, Ending First F-35B Combat Deployment

An F-35B Lightning II assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), moves into position to land aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), Jan. 9, 2019. US Marine Corps photo.

This post has been updated to include a statement from U.S. 3rd Fleet.

Marines and sailors with the Essex Amphibious Ready Group and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit flowed off their ships and back home on Thursday, ending an eight-month deployment that included the first-ever combat strikes by the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter. Read More

First Marine F-35B Combat Deployment Hints at New Roles for Amphibious Ready Group

First Marine F-35B Combat Deployment Hints at New Roles for Amphibious Ready Group

An F-35B Lightning II with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 211, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), prepares to land aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), while another F-35B Lightning II flies over on Dec. 4, 2018. US Marine Corps Photo

After eight months at sea with a squadron of F-35B Lighting II Joint Strike Fighters, the Marines and the Navy are seeing how the next-generation aircraft will expand the effectiveness of U.S. amphibious forces. Read More

With Tweaks and Upgrades, MV-22B Osprey Poised to Add More Might to the Marines 

With Tweaks and Upgrades, MV-22B Osprey Poised to Add More Might to the Marines 

A U.S. Marine assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron 371 (MWSS-371) provides security as a MV-22B Osprey sits on the landing strip in Yuma, Ariz., on Jan. 22, 2019. US Marine Corps Photo

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Technology and weapons upgrades to the MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor will give Marines a better edge in the networked battlespace, a combat pilot said last week. Read More

Naval Exercise Series Continues Push to Find Solutions for Modern Battlefield Problems

Naval Exercise Series Continues Push to Find Solutions for Modern Battlefield Problems

U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, night optics during Advanced Naval Technology Exercise 2018 (ANTX-18) at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. on March 20, 2018. US Marine Corps Photo

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The Navy and Marine Corps are continuing a series of exercises to understand what technologies and tactics the services need to rapidly develop to fight in high-end future conflicts. Read More

WEST: Marines Expanding Sea Control Laboratory to Test Command and Control Concepts, Gear

WEST: Marines Expanding Sea Control Laboratory to Test Command and Control Concepts, Gear

The landing force operations center maintained by Marine Corps Tactical System Support Activity on Camp Pendleton, Calif., replicates sea-based systems normally seen on U. S. Navy ships, allowing Marines to improve their understanding command and control mediums by testing them in a simulated environment. US Marine Corps

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The Marines are expanding its shore-based, sea control test lab to help ensure sea-going Marines’ command and control systems will work once they get aboard ship. Read More