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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VIDEO: Mexican Marines Hone Infantry Skills in Rim of the Pacific SOCAL Exercise

VIDEO: Mexican Marines Hone Infantry Skills in Rim of the Pacific SOCAL Exercise

Mexican marines with the Amphibious Marine Infantry Brigade advance through a live-fire range during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. on July 3, 2018. US Marine Corps Photo

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – The squad of Mexican marines stepped deliberately through a narrow alley, their rifles scanning windows and roofs for any potential danger. The village seemed calm, with some local residents milling along the market street amid the occasional sounds of bleating goats. Read More

Pentagon Grounds Marines' 'Eyes in the Sky' Drones Over Cyber Security Concerns

Pentagon Grounds Marines’ ‘Eyes in the Sky’ Drones Over Cyber Security Concerns

US Marine Corps 2nd Lt. Michael Francica, with Combat Logistics Battalion 8, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, pilots an InstantEye quadcopter during an operations check for Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory as part of Integrated Training Exercise 3-18 on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif. on April. 29, 2018. US Marine Corps Photo

The Marine Corps has shelved several new, small drones – at least temporarily – amid a Pentagon ban and assessment on the cybersecurity of commercial, off-the-shelf, unmanned aerial systems, a service spokesman told USNI News on Monday. Read More

Marine, Actor R. Lee Ermey Dies at 74

Marine, Actor R. Lee Ermey Dies at 74

Marine Corps and Vietnam veteran R. Lee Ermey, whose Hollywood career was cemented in his acclaimed portrayal of a hard-core, ranting senior drill instructor in the movie Full Metal Jacket, died on Sunday morning. He was 74. Read More

Carrier USS Carl Vinson, Destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer Return Home After 3-Month WESTPAC Deployment

Carrier USS Carl Vinson, Destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer Return Home After 3-Month WESTPAC Deployment

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) arrives in Da Nang, Vietnam, for a scheduled port visit on March 5, 2018. US Navy photo.

More than 5,000 members of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) reunited with family and friends Thursday morning as the aircraft carrier returned home to San Diego after a short deployment to the western Pacific region. Read More

Marines Experiment With New Technology Concepts for the Urban Battlefield

Marines Experiment With New Technology Concepts for the Urban Battlefield

US Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Briar Purty, an infantryman with 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division tests Drone Killer Counter-UAS Technology during Urban Advanced Naval Technology Exercise 2018 (ANTX-18) at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. on March 21, 2018. US Marine Corps Photo

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – The Marine Corps is planning for a future that will pit Marines against an enemy well-versed in fighting and hiding in crowded urban areas and equipped with high-tech weapons and communications systems. Read More

First Marine Battalion Gets 'Eyes in the Sky’ Mini-Drones

First Marine Battalion Gets ‘Eyes in the Sky’ Mini-Drones

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Cullen, Tolmsoff left, and Cpl. Justin Johnson, both with 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, pose for a photograph with an InstanEye quadcopter, during a Quads for Squads training event on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Feb. 28, 2018. US Marine Corps Photo

The first squads of infantry Marines fielding the latest in small, lightweight drones took them to the air this week during a training course at the Marine Corps’ desert warfare training center. Read More