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Public advised of late night artillery firing Wed., Aug. 20 - Thurs., Aug. 21

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
Issue 34, Volume 18.

CAMP PENDLETON - Artillery units are conducting a live-fire training exercise here through Aug. 27 that will involve late night firing tomorrow and will continue until 3 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21.

Camp Pendleton and neighboring cities may hear an increase of noise levels Advertisement
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caused by howitzer fire, rocket fire, and mortars impacting the training area during the duration of the exercise.

Detailed information regarding increased noise levels may be found in the weekly noise advisories posted on the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton website at:



Comment Profile ImageMitch
Comment #1 | Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 1:37 pm
Can a civilian apply for PTSD?
Comment Profile Imagecarol Fross
Comment #2 | Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 2:47 pm
They have doing that for years. People that did not come the Big city know this,and it's not news
Comment Continued : The comment above was written from the same location.
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Comment Profile ImageCarol Fross
Comment #3 | Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 2:56 pm
Are you ready that scary of other opinion. My father a US Marine would tell one of saying, that make our county great" I will give my live for you to say what you think,and I will use my dying breath to change your mind" Think about my friend
Comment Profile Imagenoise
Comment #4 | Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 4:27 pm
Same complaint, different day. Yeah, it sucks sometimes, but it really is not that bad. You know where it sucks? The regular people in an ACTUAL war zone. We don't have to worry about that here, in Fallbrook.
Comment Profile ImageERIN
Comment #5 | Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 5:44 pm
I find what makes the noise pleasant. Is to imagine how it must scare the bejesus or Mohhamed out the mud hut dwellers in the middle east.
Comment Profile ImageStephenB
Comment #6 | Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 7:21 pm
Do you know what that sound is? It's the sound of freedom.
Semper Fi.
Comment Profile Imagegrunt
Comment #7 | Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 8:46 pm
Mitch - that was a cheap shot; PTSD is serious, for Marines it was NOT caused by some barely audible noise; go out, see your buddies legs blown off, get your bell rung with a TBI, kill some people, then talk about applying for PTSD.
Comment Profile ImageMitch
Comment #8 | Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 5:03 am
No cheap shot intended. I was actually being serious
Comment Profile ImageSB
Comment #9 | Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 9:37 am
The weather is giving them fierce competition in the noise department. :)
Comment Profile Imageweather
Comment #10 | Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 1:32 pm
Now those are real booms! I bet the noise complainers would complain if the natural booms stuck around for a full day or two also.
Comment Profile Imagegrunt
Comment #11 | Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 1:32 pm
@Mitch - You are serious? A little noise you think causes you PTSD? Where is the trauma in hearing a boom? Thunder was worse last night. I try not to get personnel, but your comment is insulting and idiotic. Have you talked to friends or family that served in VN, Iraq or Afghan and asked them what actually occurred? Marines, people in general, with true PTSD have had a major event in their lives- (for some women it is rape) Would you equate someone eyeballing you with the need to apply for PTSD as a rape victim? Imagine you are 19-23 year old, your good friend us bleed out on you - literally, his blood soaks your uniform; your hearing is gone except for the ringing of the explosion, you cannot stand as you are so badly concussed (sp ?). You just shot and killed three people...every night you wake up screaming, you are angry and do not know why, you close your eyes and see it all over again. That is PTSD, not being annoyed by sounds.
Comment Profile ImageERIN
Comment #12 | Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 2:21 pm
@ Mitch. I think you have a different type of PTSD.
Comment Profile ImageDe Luz Neighbor
Comment #13 | Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 10:23 pm
Grunt, are you talking about yourself again? This is yet further evidence that people expressing their opinion can be as antagonistic to the traumatized as loud noises.

But speaking of live-fire exercises, and if I may; I was on my roof photographing a wicked sunset yesterday evening (August 19). The clouds had turned a brilliant shade of red and almost filled the western sky. It was one or those times when a photo couldn’t do a sunset justice because the audience would find it hard to believe. Instead of desaturating to lend credence, I sat back and enjoyed. Over my shoulder, helicopters were returning home and heading directly towards it. I could only imagine the wonder they felt and thought; ‘those lucky guys!’

More than an hour passed and the clouds were at their photographic peak when I saw the most unexpected sight. At exactly 7:00PM, I witnessed the brilliant, hot-white exhaust of a helicopter fired missile fly across the sunset at what seemed to be impossible speeds, and then another. They left imposing grey contrails. The two gunships then appeared from behind a hill and followed the path of the missiles. The whole event was perfectly centered on my very position…..a front row seat, the best in the house.

So here’s the thing, why do we photograph sunsets when we could be getting them on video? Yikes and *darn*!

like that warp speed star racing to find its target, it’s all about delivery. Grunt! Will you please remind me to hit record next time!
Comment Profile ImageTax Payer
Comment #14 | Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 at 9:43 am
I know someone who is on disability from the marines. He's been on it since 2002. He runs a retail plant nursery and participates in cross country cycling. He gets $6,000 a month in disability from the US government. I know this because when he approached my family to buy out our property so he could expand his growing operation, he had the VA send us a copy of his disability award letter and had his bank send us copies of his bank statements to show that he was capable of paying.

Why this man is considered disabled while running a "hobby" business AND collecting 6 grand a month from the government is beyond me. We even called the fraud line at the Veteran's Administration and made a report. Of course nothing ever happened and that was over 2 years ago.
Comment Profile Imagegrunt
Comment #15 | Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 at 10:10 am
Taxpayer - the max 100% disabled rate is $3263.21 plus $79 per child under 18 (after two). ( The bank statement probably included his other income (retiredment? GI bill?). There is no fraud in him having a job and drawing disablity pay. (Now, some people are rated higher than we think they may rate, and others lower - won't argue that).

De Luz Neighbor - not sure what you are talking about - the example is not me. I was upset, thought that someone claimed (seriously) to compare the sounds of artillery to what the Marine in the example suffered.

Glad you enjoyed seeing the AH1's work out - real impressive from the ground too!
Comment Profile ImagePaul
Comment #16 | Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 at 12:43 pm
@Tax Payer: Some disabilities cannot be seen. My son in law for example, lost his spleen. He doesn't limp, he can do physical labor, he can run, bike, etc, but because he has no spleen he is susceptible to germs and illness. He lost it fighting for his country. He deserves his disability retirement because he was not allowed to stay in the military without a spleen. Get it? What kind of person calls the fraud hot line without all the information beforehand? Did you just assume he wasn't disabled? If so, shame on you. You do know what assume stands for don't you?

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