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Marine Fatally Shot at Miramar Barracks
San Diego UT ^ | 1-19-06

Posted on 01/20/2006 5:42:15 PM PST by cgk

Marine fatally shot at Miramar barracks



SIGNONSANDIEGO NEWS SERVICES

10:37 a.m. January 19, 2006

MIRAMAR – A Marine was found dead of a gunshot wound Tuesday in his barracks at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.

Sgt. Francisco D. Aquino, 25, of Hidalgo, N.M., was declared dead in his room at 8:32 a.m. Tuesday, according Sgt. Nathan LaForte.

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service was handling the probe, LaForte said.

Aquino was an auto mechanic assigned to Marine Air Control Squadron 1, Marine Air Control Group 38, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, he said.

Aquino was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from February to March 2003, and later in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, from March to June 2003, LaForte said.

 


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: California; US: New Mexico
KEYWORDS: 3rdmaw; afghanistanvet; aquino; enduringfreedom; franciscodaquino; hidalgo; iraqifreedom; iraqvet; marine; mcas; miramar; ncis; usmc
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And from local NBC's site:

Marine Found Dead From Gunshot At MCAS Miramar

UPDATED: 3:54 pm PST January 19,

2006

Military officials said on Thursday that a Marine from New Mexico died early Friday from a gunshot wound at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego.

Sgt. Francisco D. Aquino, 25, of Hidalgo, N.M., was found shot in his barracks room and was pronounced dead at that location at about 8:30 a.m.

Aquino, who joined the Marines in 2000, was an automotive mechanic who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq in 2003. He was assigned to the Air Control Squadron 1, Marine Air Control Group 38, which is based at Miramar.

Among the awards Aquino received during his service were the Presidential Unit Citation, the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. He was also twice the recipient of the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.

The military is conducting an investigation of the shooting.


1 posted on 01/20/2006 5:42:19 PM PST by cgk
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To: SoCalPol; CAluvdubya; CyberAnt; sofaman; NordP; Aquakat

Ping to the SD FReepers I know... This wasn't posted, and I don't understand why it isn't bigger news on the national scene... I'd sure like to know what happened.


2 posted on 01/20/2006 5:43:41 PM PST by cgk (I don't see myself as a conservative. I see myself as a religious, right-wing, wacko extremist.)
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To: cgk
My son is attached to the Miramar reserve unit. The recruiter had him lined up to be a wrench turner at Miramar. He opted to drive the hummers and 5 ton trucks as his MOS.

The guy who was shot is about 3 years older. I'm sure I'll hear some feedback from my son if/when it is appropriate.

3 posted on 01/20/2006 6:09:13 PM PST by Myrddin
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To: cgk

Don't know abot Marines but years ago in the Army a good conduct medal meant you were squeekie clean, so to say.


4 posted on 01/20/2006 6:13:52 PM PST by eastforker (Under Cover FReeper going dark(too much 24))
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To: eastforker
Don't know about Marines but years ago in the Army a good conduct medal meant you were squeekie clean, so to say.

Not to make light of this Marines death but in the Navy we called it the not getting caught medal.

5 posted on 01/20/2006 6:42:55 PM PST by Doofer
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To: Doofer

When I received mine everyone started laughing.


6 posted on 01/20/2006 6:45:53 PM PST by opinionator
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To: eastforker
Don't know abot Marines but years ago in the Army a good conduct medal meant you were squeekie clean, so to say.

The Army good conduct medal is automatic now for any soldier every three years of service- if there has been no non-judicial punishment or letter of reprimand given to the soldier. In the old days, if you didn't get an Article 15, you wouldn't make a great NCO. Now, even one bad mark in your records can stop a career and get you forced (chaptered) out of the service.

I was actually surprised that the Marine Sergeant didn't have more awards- all those listed are automatically awarded for service in current operations - especially for an NCO.

In my opinion, anyone willing to sign the line is already a hero in my book. Especially those Marines.

7 posted on 01/20/2006 6:59:35 PM PST by DilJective (Proudly serving in the US Army for 22 yrs)
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To: DilJective

Marines don't give medals for morale, they give medals for exceptional service.


8 posted on 01/20/2006 7:41:03 PM PST by opbuzz (Right way, wrong way, Marine way)
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To: cgk

I've never heard of Hidalgo, NM. I think they must have meant Hidalgo County.


9 posted on 01/20/2006 7:50:49 PM PST by tiki
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To: opbuzz

My son made sargeant within two years of enlisting in the Marine Corp. He went on to become an ambassador's aide when he developed diabetes and was given a medical discharge. He was devastated as he had planned to make the corp his career.


10 posted on 01/21/2006 12:24:06 AM PST by Fruit of the Spirit
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To: opinionator
Me too.

L

11 posted on 01/21/2006 12:26:27 AM PST by Lurker (You don't let a pack of wolves into the house just because they're related to the family dog.)
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To: cgk

'nother SD freeper here for future pings.


12 posted on 01/21/2006 12:48:39 AM PST by newzjunkey (In 2006: Halt W's illegals' amnesty. Get GOP elected statewide in CA.)
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To: opbuzz
Marines don't give medals for morale, they give medals for exceptional service.

I respectfully disagree as far as the "national service" medals go- they are given to every servicemember for service during periods of conflict and some are specific to areas of conflict. It seems that over my last 23 years (the 19th of January was my 23rd anniversary of raising my hand and heading off to Basic Training) there has been a significant increase in the amount of service-wide medals for almost every mission. I lost count of the medals I received for just stepping into the Balkans in 1996- the awards that matter to me are those that "I" earned myself.

I can say that I have only worked about eight years of "joint service" so I have only limited experience with Marines, thus I don't know how difficult it is to be recognized for exceptional service. I noticed that Marines do have much fewer medals on their chests than the rest of the services, which must lend credence to your statement.

I hope you didn't take my comments the wrong way. I was trying to say that it seems strange that an NCO wouldn't have at least one achievement award or commendation medal- but, remember that I'm Army.

13 posted on 01/21/2006 5:47:16 AM PST by DilJective (Proudly serving in the US Army for 23 yrs)
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To: Doofer

We called it the medal for four years of undetected crime.
When I was on active duty they gave them out every four years, now I heard they changed it to three.


14 posted on 01/21/2006 10:39:41 AM PST by stbdside
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To: Fruit of the Spirit

Tell him: thanks.


15 posted on 01/21/2006 10:43:20 AM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: opinionator
When I received mine everyone started laughing.

My daughter said she would give me her "good connie" since it was unlikely anyone else would give me one.

My Grandmother wore my Grandfathers for years for the same reason. ;)
16 posted on 01/21/2006 11:34:22 AM PST by silver charm (Do not be deceived, God can not be mocked. A man shall reap what he sows. Gal. 6:7)
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To: tiki

You are correct. The young marine was from Lordsburg, which is in Hidalgo County, New Mexico.


17 posted on 01/21/2006 1:36:35 PM PST by lanternlight
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To: stbdside
When I was on active duty they gave them out every four years, now I heard they changed it to three.

See: good conduct medal history for history on that medal. It appears to have always been a three year service award, except during wartime, where it can be awarded for one year of service.

We called it the medal for four years of undetected crime.

boy, isn't that the truth! Ha ha. UCMJ/regulations and Missions usually contradict one another. If you want to accomplish the mission on time with available resources, there is usually at least one regulation broken. Good Commanders will know the difference between a soldier "enhancing" the unit and the detrimental soldier.

have a great evening.

18 posted on 01/21/2006 3:42:35 PM PST by DilJective (Proudly serving in the US Army for 23 yrs)
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To: Fruit of the Spirit
My son made sargeant within two years of enlisting in the Marine Corps.

That reminds me of my two year enlistment between 1966-68. I was in a small "cadre" unit that had a bunch of us with weird MOS's. Due to the rapid growth of the Corps during that Vietnam buildup period, a couple of Intelligence PFC's zipped thru Lance Corporal, Corporal and went to Sergeant E-5...needless to say, the much senior (in time) who suddenly found themselves outranked were dumbfounded.

One guy was a Logistics MOS and he actually made Staff Sergeant in his two years...unbelievable.

19 posted on 01/21/2006 3:51:03 PM PST by ErnBatavia (Meep Meep)
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To: cgk

Things like this do happen occasionally. We had a couple shootings (self inflicted) in the barracks while I was stationed at El Toro.


20 posted on 01/21/2006 3:55:01 PM PST by SandyInSeattle (Official RKBA Landscaper and Arborist, Duchess of Green Leafy Things)
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