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Rancho Santa Fe Major General Melvin G. Spiese: Turning the corner on America’s military
Rancho Santa Fe Major General Melvin G. Spiese: Turning the corner on America’s military
This column presents “Patriot Profiles” to provide readers insight into the lives of our country’s heroes. Each time we face a new Middle East crisis, we can’t help but remember the sacrifices and challenges of past conflicts. It takes great minds to defeat unpredictable and dangerous enemies....
Marines, mutual aid, and miracles — a formula to crush wild fires
Marines, mutual aid, and miracles — a formula to crush wild fires
By Jeanne McKinney When fires broke out May 14, Camp Pendleton fire crews were mobilized on base at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) within 15 minutes after the initial request for support. Second Lieutenant Matthew Gregory said that inside the EOC several agencies are operating at once and...
Patriot Profiles: ‘You know when something’s awry — your senses are heightened’
Patriot Profiles: ‘You know when something’s awry — your senses are heightened’
By Jeanne McKinney The daily work of the U.S. Coast Guard might not hit home until a sister or brother, daughter or son is tempted to buy their first bag of illegal drugs. Having the Coast Guard on watch means more secure coastlines and safer communities from those who would break our nation’s...
Patriot Profiles: ‘Everything you go through in life makes you the person you are today’
Patriot Profiles: ‘Everything you go through in life makes you the person you are today’
By Jeanne McKinney This column presents “Patriot Profiles” to provide readers insight into the lives of our country’s heroes. The stormy pasts of a historic aircraft and the last pilot trained to fly her run in close parallel. The Marine Corps’ CH46 helicopter and Captain Zerbin Singleton are both...
Q&A: Major General Mel Spiese of Rancho Santa Fe weighs in on 2015 defense budget cuts
Q&A: Major General Mel Spiese of Rancho Santa Fe weighs in on 2015 defense budget cuts
By Jeanne McKinney Rancho Santa Fe resident Major General Melvin G. Spiese understands the business of being a military superpower. Spiese, who recently retired as deputy commanding general of 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, spent more than 36 years leaving a lasting footprint, labeled “visionary”...
Patriot Profiles: ‘Nothing else feels right after Combat Camera’
Patriot Profiles: ‘Nothing else feels right after Combat Camera’
This column presents “Patriot Profiles” to provide readers insight into the lives of our country’s heroes. By Jeanne McKinney There’s no crew to light the scene, no quiet on the set, no director yelling cut while shooting this film. Night vision goggles might be the only light source, the noise...
Patriot Profiles: ‘Nothing else feels right after Combat Camera’
Patriot Profiles: ‘Nothing else feels right after Combat Camera’
By Jeanne McKinney This column presents “Patriot Profiles” to provide readers insight into the lives of our country’s heroes. There’s no crew to light the scene, no quiet on the set, no director yelling cut while shooting this film. Night vision goggles might be the only light source, the noise...
Patriot Profiles: ‘I was embarking on the adventure of a lifetime’
Patriot Profiles: ‘I was embarking on the adventure of a lifetime’
This column presents “Patriot Profiles” to provide readers insight into the lives of our country’s heroes. By Jeanne McKinney It was an unusual Christmas Day in Musa Qal’eh, Afghanistan, the last stop of an historic tour. Everyone in 2nd Battalion 7th Fox Company (2/7) was excited for the arrival...
Rancho Santa Fe son brings valor home from Afghanistan
Rancho Santa Fe son brings valor home from Afghanistan
This column presents “Patriot Profiles” to provide readers insight into the lives of our country’s heroes. By Jeanne McKinney March 25, 2013. On leave from a recent deployment in Afghanistan, Private First Class (PFC) Alexander Popescu sat across the table from me in his beautiful Rancho Santa...
Bipolar FBI informant gets a second chance at life
Bipolar FBI informant gets a second chance at life
By Jeanne McKinney The real Dr. Mark Whitacre, subject of the film “The Informant,” starring Matt Damon, told his incredible story on Jan. 24 at a luncheon sponsored by the International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF) at Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa. The meeting room was packed with friends and supporters...
Patriot Profiles: ‘Maybe you can look back and smile or say, ‘Wow — that was close’
Patriot Profiles: ‘Maybe you can look back and smile or say, ‘Wow — that was close’
This column presents “Patriot Profiles” to provide readers insight into the lives of our country’s heroes. By Jeanne McKinney Few symbols are more iconic than a Purple Heart medal awarded to American service members wounded in battle. Nearly two million have been awarded since World War I. During...
Patriot Profiles: ‘The mastermind behind the machinery is my enemy’
Patriot Profiles: ‘The mastermind behind the machinery is my enemy’
By Jeanne McKinney An explosively-formed penetrator (EFP) is a self-forging warhead. It’s a copper metal dish which varies in size from a 50-gallon drum to the size of paint bucket and contains an explosive charge. Detonation is controlled by cable, radio, TV, or remote arming with a passive infrared...
‘The way you live your life is important because you don’t know when it will be over’
This column presents “Patriot Profiles” to provide readers insight into the lives of our country’s heroes. By Jeanne McKinney She was just a child in Bangkok, Thailand, when she was exposed to a shocking scene during the Vietnam War. Her father, an American Air Force officer, was stationed at Dong...
Patriot Profiles: ‘They love us when we save them, but don’t like us when we cite them’
Patriot Profiles: ‘They love us when we save them, but don’t like us when we cite them’
By Jeanne McKinney In 1983, a Coast Guard helicopter made its way to the capsized Marine Electric vessel off the coast of Virginia. When they arrived, they found survivors scattered around in the near-freezing water. After multiple attempts to lower the rescue basket directly where the crew members...
Patriot Profiles: Take care of your Marines and they’ll take care of you
Patriot Profiles: Take care of your Marines and they’ll take care of you
This column presents “Patriot Profiles” to provide readers insight into the lives of our country’s heroes. By Jeanne McKinney A loving father tells his 5-year-old daughter “Daddy’s a police officer fighting the bad guys,” a concept that helps her understand why her father has to be deployed for...
Patriot Profiles: ‘The way you live your life is important because you don’t know when it will be over’
By Jeanne McKinney She was just a child in Bangkok, Thailand, when she was exposed to a shocking scene during the Vietnam War. Her father, an American Air Force officer, was stationed at Dong Muang Air Base and would take her and her brother into the office with him. One day, a plane landed and...
Patriot Profiles: ‘My husband’s gone. I don’t know what I’m doing – Help.’
This column presents soldier stories to provide readers insight into the lives of our country’s heroes. By Jeanne McKinney Being married to a warrior is no easy task. Beyond the military theater or training ground is a wife managing her own battlefronts, learning and living the term “selflessness.”...
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