CAMP PENDLETON (CNS) - About 140 Camp Pendleton Marines will say goodbye to family and friends Monday as they depart for Afghanistan, where they will remain until late this year.
The deploying Marines comprise about half of the I Marine Expeditionary Force's forward command element's main body and are part of the last major Marine Corps command that will deploy to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, according to base officials.
Upon their arrival at Camp Bastion and Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan, they are scheduled to relieve Marines and sailors from Camp Lejeune, N.C., in both Helmand and Nimroz provinces.
Camp Pendleton public affairs officials said I Marine Expeditionary Force, which include more than 4,000 Marines and sailors from 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Logistics Group and 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, would be the last major Marine Corps command to deploy to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Shoppers were out before dawn in the U.S. for fun and for deals, as retailers that have had a tough year were hoping to bring customers to their stores and websites for Black Friday, one of the biggest shopping days of the year.
A charity run, meals for the needy, a long-running music festival and -- shhh! -- holiday shopping were on tap for Thanksgiving Day in San Diego.
The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County was at its highest amount on Thanksgiving since 2013 Thursday, despite dropping for 10 consecutive days.
Shoppers are hitting the stores on Thanksgiving as retailers under pressure look for ways to poach shoppers from their rivals.
The California Highway Patrol arrested 15 in San Diego County on suspicion of drunken driving, during the first night of its annual Thanksgiving "maximum enforcement period."
The always-heated topic of whether to begin holiday shopping on Thanksgiving Day will be raised again Thursday, as many chain stores will open their doors around San Diego one day before the so-called "Black Friday."
A charity run, meals for the needy, a long-running music festival and holiday shopping are on tap for Thursday's Thanksgiving Day in San Diego.