Updated Wednesday, October 24, 2007, 12:33 p.m. Pacific Time
MCRD SD Website UPDATED
05:23 October 25, 2007
The MCRD SD website has been updated. You'll find a link to that website in the text box to your right.
USPS Announces Mail Service Update
05:13 October 25, 2007
The United States Postal Service has announced an interruption in mail delivery service in the areas affected by the fire. This will include Marine Corps posts in the area. For additional information, please see:
Camp Pendleton Relocations
05:03 October 25, 2007
The Camp Pendelton website is periodicially updated with relocation information for military personnel and their families. Again, a mandatory evacuation has NOT been ordered. Relocation of families from one part of the post to another in some residential areas have been taking place.
PA Office states Pendleton has NOT ordered Evacuation
12:33 October 24, 2007
I just got off the phone with the PA Office at Camp Pendleton. NO post-wide evacuation order has been issued. The evacuations and relocations going on at this time are voluntary and the numbers are not anywhere near the 60k reported by Fox News.
We are not a source for official USMC information, however, there are some situations that the Marine Corps does provide information to RecruitParents.com and MarineParents.com. The fires, October 2007 in Southern California is one of those situations. The personnel at MCRD San Diego, Camp Pendleton and Miramar are not in immediate danger. Please see the new sources and emergency links to the right for additional information.
Yes it is scary, and yes, we'll worry; our prayers and concerns need to be for the firemen working the fires, the personnel responsible for evacuations, and the families that are affected by the fires and evacuations. At this time, your recruit, Marine, family and personnel at MCRD San Diego, Camp Pendleton or Miramar are in NO danger.
As Posted on the Message Boards from Captain Voorhees:
10/22/2007 : 09:23:21 Pacific Time
"I am the Commanding Officer of Fox Company, Capt Voorhees. We are still training, but pulling recruits and Drill Instructors with respiratory issues. We will pull the entire company out of the field if air quality continues to deteriorate. There are currently no fires on Camp Pendleton (0915). Thank you for your concern. They will all be just fine. I do not frequent this board and never post, but wanted to address this to alleviate any concerns you have. Your recruits health and well being is our #1 priority in situations like this. I will not be on this board regularly so please do not post questions for me as I will not respond. Use your normal communication lines. Thank you for all of your support and concern."
If and when we receive additional information, MarineParents.com will absolutely publish it here as an update. We'll also seek out reliable news sources and provide those links to you.
As Captain Voorhees requested, please do not post questions on the boards for he or other Marine Corps personnel to respond to. Be certain that your recruit's health and well-being is the Marine Corps top priority.
If you would like to read more or talk with other recruit family members to help relieve some of the anxieity you're feeling, please visit the message board community. There is a new thread started here:
Recruit Parents Message Board: http://www.recruitparents.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=32950
If you would like to read more or talk with other Marine family members to help relieve some of the anxieity you're feeling, please visit the message board community. There is a new thread started here:
Marine Parents Message Board: http://www.usmcparents.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=63908
REGARDING BILLETING FOR GRADUATIONS:
Official Word from MCRD SD Billeting 2:23 p.m. Pacific Time, October 22:
It is possible that the fires will create a situation that military family and personnel may have to be moved to temporary housing. The needs of military personnel will take priority over civilians, including those attending graduations with reservations at billeting. If you have reservations at BILLETING in San Diego, please make a backup plan for a hotel at this time. DO NOT CALL BILLETING to cancel your reservations at THIS TIME but do contact other hotels to make a back up plan if necessary.
OFFICIAL USMC UPDATE:
Mon 22 Oct 2007 15:30 Pacific Time
Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego
Headquarters Western Recruiting Region
Fire Emergency Information
For parents of recruits:
Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego is safe from the fire danger threatening San Diego county. Outdoor physical activity for recruit training is currently suspended due to poor air quality in the area. Recruits have been issued medical masks to wear outside when going to and from the dining facility or medical appointments.
For active duty military personnel in San Diego County:
Lodging will be available aboard MCRD for active duty military evacuees and members of their household, including pets. For active duty military and their families who have been ordered to evacuate, billeting costs will be waived for a period of five days. Contact number is (619) 524-4401. Parking is available at Bldg. 625 parking lot and at the MCRD Museum.