Camp Lejeune

Military
5:16 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Combat Training: Can Female Marines Get The Job Done?

Katie Gorz (left) performs the ammo can lift next to male Marines as they go through the combat fitness test. The Marine Corps is experimenting with inserting some women into combat infantry roles that have historically been limited to men. At Camp Lejeune, female Marines are undergoing the same training as their male counterparts for combat arms.
Travis Dove for NPR

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 9:46 am

NPR — along with seven public radio stations around the country — is chronicling the lives of America's troops where they live. We're calling the project "Back at Base."

Lance Cpl. Jasmine Abrego is an office clerk who dreams of becoming a warrior.

She's flat on her stomach in the dirt, in full combat gear. Suddenly she pops up, slings a 44-pound metal tripod on her back and lurches forward in a crablike run. Finally, she slams the tripod to the ground. A male Marine slaps a .50-caliber machine gun into place.

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Military
7:21 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Women Sweat The Test To Show Marines They're Combat-Ready

Lance Cpl. Brittany Holloway helps to direct the driver of a light armored vehicle during training at Camp Lejeune, where female Marines are enduring the same training as their male counterparts for combat arms.
Travis Dove for NPR

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 1:43 pm

Sgt. Kristy Rodriguez is sprinting on a treadmill. She's wearing dark green shorts, a matching T-shirt and white sneakers. The pace keeps getting faster.

Rodriguez is at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, taking part in a Marine Corps experiment to determine whether women will be allowed to serve in ground combat units.

"A lot of people think that we can't do it," she says. "I don't think the same."

As she runs, Rodriguez stares at a photo — the iconic shot of Marines planting the American flag at Iwo Jima.

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The State of Things
10:55 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Veterans Day Radio Broadcast To Feature Camp Lejeune and Fort Bragg Families

As many as 40 percent of the approximately 2 million military children in the United States are under the age of 5.
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The United States has been at war for more than a decade and the men and women that protect our country overseas are not the only people making sacrifices. Tens of thousands of children have watched as their parents get deployed into dangerous conflict zones and have been dealing with the reality that they may never come back or that they may return as someone different.

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Military
7:43 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Family Members Seek Compensation For Contaminated Water At Lejeune

Credit Sanjay Parekh, via Flickr

The Department of Veterans Affairs says it's prepared to compensate Marine Corps family members who were exposed to contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune.

The V.A. announced in October that it will now begin helping family members who were sickened by water at the base. The Marine Corps has said as many as 1 million people may have consumed contaminated water between 1957 and 1987.

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The State of Things
12:23 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Utility Companies Could Keep Fees Despite Corporate Tax Breaks

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Private utilities charge their customers a small monthly fee to compensate for the corporate income tax they pay.

The North Carolina General Assembly cut that tax in its latest session, and the state Utilities Commission originally ordered a smaller fee to reflect the changes. But the commission recently reversed that, saying companies could go back to charging at the higher rate and keep the extra money.

Their decision led to a rare, strongly-worded dissent from the commissioners who voted against it.

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2:38 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Camp Lejeune Barracks Apartment Posted On Craigslist

Someone has posted an apartment on Craigslist that looks suspiciously like the Camp Lejeune barracks. The "lovely" space is located in a "gated community with 24-hour private security." The ad also touts the "active community with running trails" and "motivation specialists to encourage you along your way." Other amenities include a courtesy wake-up service at or around 0530. "Extremely short commute to work!!!," the ad notes. Read the listing:
July 29th, 2014 | Battle Rattle Camp Lejeune | Posted by Gina Harkins Marines who are preparing for a permanent change of station to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, might be trolling Craigslist for housing. Well, this listing might have everything you're looking for - or perhaps everything you're hoping to escape.
Environment
8:52 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Families Remain Optimistic About Camp Lejeune Pollution Lawsuit

The US Supreme Court has upheld North Carolina's time limits regarding pollution-related lawsuits. The decision is a blow to families trying to sue over decades-old pollution at Camp Lejeune.
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The US Supreme Court has upheld North Carolina's limits on how long people have to file pollution-related lawsuits.

The case involved pollution connected with a CTS Corp. manufacturing plant in Asheville. But the decision undercut families trying to sue over groundwater pollution at Camp Lejeune.

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The State of Things
12:09 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

The Untold Story Of Camp Lejeune

Retired Marine Master Sgt. Jerry Ensminger at a Camp Lejeune Rally
Flickr/Pam Rutter

For more than three decades, hundreds of thousands of people were likely exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, a Marine base in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

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Military
8:56 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Female Marines Volunteer for ‘Historic’ Combat Training

The military is studying how women stand up to training that was previously only open to men.
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Women are still excluded from certain areas of military service, but the Department of Defense has given branches until 2016 to eliminate "unnecessary gender-based barriers to service". Now, bases are evaluating how women fare during training that was reserved for men.

Camp Lejeune is studying enlisted female Marines who have passed their first 29 days of general training and volunteer for another 30 days of specialized training. At the end of it, their male peers can become machine gunners and missile men.

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Environment
8:44 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Burr, Hagan Press For Water Contamination Testing At Camp Lejeune

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North Carolina's U.S. senators say they're concerned about slow answers in the Camp Lejeune water contamination case.   Republican Richard Burr and Democrat Kay Hagan have sent a letter to federal Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius.  They want to know why an investigative agency under the HHS umbrella seems to be dragging its feet.  

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