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By Bradley Zint | November 21, 2012
The city of Costa Mesa is looking for applications for its new military banner program that recognizes active-duty service members with at least six months of continuous service. The honoree must be in the U.S. Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy or National Guard. The banners can also honor a service person who's a spouse, mother, father, daughter, son, brother, sister, grandson or granddaughter of a Costa Mesa resident, according to a city news release. "Our goal is to honor and recognize those men and women who are currently serving our country and call Costa Mesa home," city CEO Tom Hatch said in a prepared statement.
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May 1, 2005
Elia Powers They gathered Saturday -- for presumably the last time -- under a flagpole, around lunch tables and next to old war posters and models of military aircraft. They listened to stories, paid homage to friends and recounted their memories of the 1,336-acre military training base that occupies a significant chapter in Costa Mesa history. About 200 former cadets, officers and civilians had signed up to attend the 30th Annual Santa Ana Army Air Base Wing Reunion at Orange Coast College, which sits on the plot of land once inhabited by the base's military personnel.
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By Britney Barnes | September 12, 2011
COSTA MESA - Ten years have passed, but the overwhelming confusion, fear and deep anger from Sept. 11, 2001, were too easily remembered at weekend events in Newport-Mesa. So too was the heroism and courage shown that day. More than 300 residents, city officials, local representatives, public safety officials and military personnel gathered Sunday at the U.S. Army Reserve Base at the Air National Guard facility, 2651 Newport Blvd., as part of Costa Mesa's commemoration of 9/11.
NEWS
September 6, 2011
Costa Mesa city officials will gather Sunday on the 10-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Community leaders, military personnel and Costa Mesa police officers will remember those who lost their lives from 9 to 11 a.m. at the U.S. Army Reserve Base at the Air National Guard facility, 2651 Newport Blvd. A moment of silence is slated for 9:20 a.m. Costa Mesa Chief Executive Tom Hatch, Police Chief Tom Gazsi, acting Fire Chief Kirk Dominic and Iraq War veteran 2nd Lt. Thomas Deluccia are scheduled to speak at the event.
NEWS
April 29, 2004
Deirdre Newman Rep. Chris Cox has sent two letters to the chief Defense Department official in charge of the former El Toro Marine Air Base reuse, in a continuing effort to air the concerns of military families regarding reopening a commissary and reusing the housing. The letters seek information relating to the department's decision to close the commissary and the feasibility of opening the vacant housing to active military personnel. While some military family advocates say they feel positive about Cox's latest action, they don't feel he is doing enough.
NEWS
April 17, 2005
Elia Powers When hundreds of former cadets, officers and civilians return to Costa Mesa on April 30 for the 30th annual Santa Ana Army Air Base Wing reunion, conversations will likely begin and end with memories of the 1,336-acre military base. In the late 1930s, as training facilities increasingly became a priority for the United States Army Air Corps, Southern California became a potential site. U.S. military officials gave approval for the base early in 1941.
NEWS
November 26, 2001
Lolita Harper COSTA MESA -- With possible military duty looming for six city workers, officials in City Hall have worked out a deal to extend their pay while on duty. The City Council approved a resolution that will pay city employees called up to active duty for 180 days. The agreement also provides benefits for the employees and their children. City Manager Allan Roeder said it is the least the city can do to help those who defend our country.
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By Brianna Bailey | August 14, 2009
For years, Angela Mendez, whose husband is a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. at Camp Pendleton, couldn’t wear low-cut tops or certain kinds of T-shirts. The breast implants Mendez, a registered nurse and mother of three, got several years ago were covered in painful scar tissue. The implants were lopsided, and one began to shift, eventually almost protruding out of her chest. “A lot of military families can’t afford surgery like this,” Mendez said.
NEWS
By Jim Silva | November 10, 2011
Military victories throughout our history have shaped the world in which we live and are the keystone of every American freedom. Largely due to our military might, the citizens of the United States have been given the opportunity to create the greatest model of democracy in world history. It is imperative that we as a country dedicate time to remember and celebrate those who have selflessly served our country. Without fail, these men and women in uniform have answered America's call, so that the rest of us could remain unscathed and free to pursue other interests.
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By Chris Caesar | April 6, 2008
Ernesto Alvizo says he gets the occasional “thanks for your service” when the Iraq veteran walks around town in his Marine uniform, but says a lot of the community’s support stops there. Despite spending 14 months and two tours abroad training Iraqi forces, the Costa Mesa resident said he came home to nearly a year of unemployment, a number of trying job interviews, and a frequently frustrating assimilation back into the United States. “Sometimes you find yourself in hard options,” he said.
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By Bradley Zint | November 21, 2012
The city of Costa Mesa is looking for applications for its new military banner program that recognizes active-duty service members with at least six months of continuous service. The honoree must be in the U.S. Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy or National Guard. The banners can also honor a service person who's a spouse, mother, father, daughter, son, brother, sister, grandson or granddaughter of a Costa Mesa resident, according to a city news release. "Our goal is to honor and recognize those men and women who are currently serving our country and call Costa Mesa home," city CEO Tom Hatch said in a prepared statement.
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By Jim Silva | November 10, 2011
Military victories throughout our history have shaped the world in which we live and are the keystone of every American freedom. Largely due to our military might, the citizens of the United States have been given the opportunity to create the greatest model of democracy in world history. It is imperative that we as a country dedicate time to remember and celebrate those who have selflessly served our country. Without fail, these men and women in uniform have answered America's call, so that the rest of us could remain unscathed and free to pursue other interests.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes | September 12, 2011
COSTA MESA - Ten years have passed, but the overwhelming confusion, fear and deep anger from Sept. 11, 2001, were too easily remembered at weekend events in Newport-Mesa. So too was the heroism and courage shown that day. More than 300 residents, city officials, local representatives, public safety officials and military personnel gathered Sunday at the U.S. Army Reserve Base at the Air National Guard facility, 2651 Newport Blvd., as part of Costa Mesa's commemoration of 9/11.
NEWS
September 6, 2011
Costa Mesa city officials will gather Sunday on the 10-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Community leaders, military personnel and Costa Mesa police officers will remember those who lost their lives from 9 to 11 a.m. at the U.S. Army Reserve Base at the Air National Guard facility, 2651 Newport Blvd. A moment of silence is slated for 9:20 a.m. Costa Mesa Chief Executive Tom Hatch, Police Chief Tom Gazsi, acting Fire Chief Kirk Dominic and Iraq War veteran 2nd Lt. Thomas Deluccia are scheduled to speak at the event.
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By Sarah Peters, sarah.peters@latimes.com | July 16, 2011
IRVINE — The City Council has approved a $250,000 master plan to build the Orange County Great Park Museum of Heritage & Aviation. The Orange County Great Park Board Corp. had approved the plan in December. The museum will commemorate Marines and other military personnel who served at and visited the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, according to a staff report. After the council's approval during Tuesday night's regular meeting, city staff were directed to come back to the park's board of directors in 180 days with a proposed plan for implementing the project and building an interim site for the museum, according to the report.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | August 14, 2009
For years, Angela Mendez, whose husband is a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. at Camp Pendleton, couldn’t wear low-cut tops or certain kinds of T-shirts. The breast implants Mendez, a registered nurse and mother of three, got several years ago were covered in painful scar tissue. The implants were lopsided, and one began to shift, eventually almost protruding out of her chest. “A lot of military families can’t afford surgery like this,” Mendez said.
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By Chris Caesar | April 8, 2008
This corrects a previous version of this story. Ernesto Alvizo says he gets the occasional “thanks for your service” when the Iraq veteran walks around town in his Marine uniform, but says a lot of the community’s support stops there. Despite spending 14 months and two tours abroad training Iraqi forces, the Costa Mesa resident said he came home to nearly a year of unemployment, a number of trying job interviews, and a frequently frustrating assimilation back into the United States.
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By MICHAEL P. RIDLEY, JOHN DEPKO and SUSANNE PEREZ | November 15, 2007
It was only a movie, but with images that quickly formed and took root, As the screen images vanished, tears were forming, you wanted to stand erect and salute, “Lions for Lambs” watched on the birthday of the Corps Once again the guarding oceans shrinking, exposing our shores. A work of pure ticket-driven fiction, Or a reflective wistful heroic benediction? Are there still among us men whose safety and comfort will forsake, To leave hearth and home and “the good life” to do what sadly it takes?
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