Names Released from San Diego Navy Helicopter Crash in Red Sea

The Pentagon released the names of two San Diego Navy pilots killed in a helicopter crash last Sunday. Lieutenant Commander Landon L. Jones and Chief Officer Jonathon S. Gibson were both pronounced dead due to an accident in the Red Sea.

Despite previously released Navy reports, Jones and Gibson were the only people in the MH-60S Knighthawk when it crashed. Right before the accident occurred, three other crewmembers had departed the aircraft during its landing on USS William P. Lawrence.

This Knighthawk is assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 6, commonly referred to as the HSC Indians. Working with USS William P. Lawrence, the Knighthawk went down around 12:40 p.m. during a routine flight, stated by a U.S. Navy 5th Fleet official.

Although investigations are still being pursued, some say the helicopter slammed onto the deck of USS William P. Lawrence, while others think no ship collision occurred. When a helicopter crashes into a body of water, the heavy rotors flip the plane upside down and plummet to the bottom quickly.

Officials are quite certain that the tragic accident was not a result of hostile actions.

Both sailors were stationed at North Island Naval Air Station. They also were married with two small children. The MH-60S Knighthawk is also based at Naval Air Station North Island.

As Navy officials report, USS William P. Lawrence was deployed in January with the USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Group. The destroyer USS William P. Lawrence was sent to the Red Sea along with USS Stockdale and USS Princeton for more American presence while recent conflicts in Syria continue.

Photo Credit: Official U.S. Navy Imagery

Apartment Cooking: Dabble in the Kitchen with Mouth-Watering Chicken Recipes

These simple recipes will create a gourmet meal with little to no fuss. A melon chicken salad is the perfect alternative to quick dinners for a few friends and the following mandarin chicken entrée is to die for!

For healthy dinner dishes that are filling, flavorful, and fast, this melon chicken salad and mandarin chicken choices are perfect for adding some spice to dull dinners.

Melon Chicken Salad

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup of rice vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons of low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons of chunky peanut butter
  • 1 Tablespoon of honey
  • ¾ teaspoon of dark sesame oil
  • 3 cups of cantaloupe, cut into thin strips
  • 3 cups of honeydew, cut into thin strips
  • 2 cups of daikon radish, cut into strips
  • 1 cup of English cucumber, peeled and cut into strips
  • 3 Tablespoons of green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups of shredded chicken breast, cooked
  • ¼ cup of fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons of chopped walnuts, toasted

Directions

1. Combine the rice vinegar, soy sauce, chunky peanut butter, honey, and dark sesame oil in a large bowl. Stir well with a whisk, add honeydew, cantaloupe, radish, cucumber, and green onions. Toss well to coat.

2. Place 2 cups of the melon mixture on each of the 4 plates. Top each plate with ½ cup of chicken. Sprinkle with cilantro and top with 1 ½ teaspoons of walnuts. Serve and enjoy immediately.

This delightful recipe courtesy of Cooking Light.

Mandarin Chicken with Broccoli

Ingredients

  • 6 cups of frozen broccoli florets
  • 1 ½ pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced
  • 1 Tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 cup of La Choy Orange Ginger Stir Fry Sauce Marinade
  • 11 ounces of canned mandarin oranges, drained
  • 3 cups of hot, cooked white rice

Directions

1. Prepare the frozen broccoli according to packaging instructions. Drain and set aside.

2. Heat oil in a large skillet and add chicken and garlic over high heat. Cook and stir 3 to 5 minutes or until the chicken is lightly browned.

3. Add the broccoli and stir fry sauce to the skillet. Cook for an additional 1 or 2 minutes or until hot and sauce has thickened. Remove from heat, add mandarin oranges, and serve over rice.

This delicious dinner dish was found on Ready Set Eat.

Photo Credit: Ready Set Eat

Have an Unforgettable Military Stay with San Diego’s Foxwood Military Apartments

Still looking for the ideal military home in San Diego? Well, look no further! The comforting military accommodations of Foxwood Corporate Apartments are great for families as well as singles. No matter how you’re travelling, Foxwood Apartments will provide you with a refreshing off base military stay unlike any other military accommodations.

Foxwood Apartments is enjoyable with a lush resort-like ambiance that caters to military men and women. You’ll have everything you need in one great location with fully furnished military apartments, on site parking and on site laundry facilities, a year-round heated pool and spa, and weekly maid service. But that’s not all; as a military member, we would love to offer you a special military discount to honor your heroic acts and your continual dedication to the U.S. military.

On top of all these useful amenities, the location of Foxwood Corporate Apartments is a fast commute to the 32nd Street Naval Base and Coronado Island in addition to major San Diego attractions like downtown San Diego and the unbelievable beaches. You’ll have no problem getting around town with the supreme location of Foxwood. We’re just blocks away from major freeways!

You can be on your way to affordable military housing in San Diego when you start the fast application process with Foxwood Corporate Apartments. A relaxing and incredibly wonderful military stay starts here with Foxwood Apartments. Contact us today to get your discounted military stay underway. More details about military housing packages can be found at Foxwood Apartments online.

Navy Destroyers Named After San Diego Military Heroes

The Arleigh Burke-class of guided-missile destroyers are in San Diego for a very special reason. On Friday, the USS John Finn, USS Ralph Johnson, and USS Rafael Peralta were part of a namesake ceremony at Navy Base San Diego to honor San Diego’s most influential military war heroes.

The three war heroes all have connections to San Diego. John Finn was a long-term resident in San Diego and his heroic acts earned the first Medal of Honor in World War II. Finn was stationed to a machine gun at Kaneohe Naval Air Station in Hawaii during the December 7, 1941 attacks. He courageously fired at Japanese aircraft for over 2 hours even after being shot in the arm and foot as well as suffering several other wounds. Finn died at age 100 in 2010. He served 15 years in the Navy.

Private first class Ralph Johnson was 19 years old when he saved two servicemen by falling on a grenade that landed in his foxhole in Vietnam in 1968. The Camp Pendleton-based Marine, Johnson, was awarded the Medal of Honor and his Charleston, S.C. hometown named a Veterans Administration medical center in his honor in 1991.

Rafael Peralta also died when he covered up a grenade in Fallujah, Iraq on November 15, 2004. The brave 25-year-old was a San Diego native and he was given a Navy Cross, however, his family, Rep. Duncan D. Hunter, and other lawmakers have tried to get the award upgraded to a Medal of Honor. This namesake ship will be a wonderful way to remember Peralta for years to come.

The families of the military war heroes were scheduled to attend the Navy Base San Diego ceremony. Lt. General John Toolan is commanding general of 1st Marine Expeditionary Force and presided over the ship-naming ceremony on Friday. Unfortunately, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus was detained in Washington, D.C. due to the aftermath of the Navy Yard shootings.

Navy Secretary did share his feelings about the San Diego Navy vessel names. Mabus stated, “Finn, Johnson, and Peralta have all been recognized with some of our nation’s highest awards. I want to ensure their service and sacrifice will be known by today’s sailors and Marines and honored for several decades to come by a new generation of Americans and people from around the world who will come in contact with these ships.”

Photo Credit: Roger Wollstadt

Alternative Ways to Introduce Healthy Living to your Apartment Lifestyle

In America, we’ve quickly found that shedding a few pounds and adapting healthier eating habits are very important to combat growing obesity issues. Sometimes, different eating styles and food philosophies seep into our culture and make an impact on the way we live.

Vegetarians, vegans, and eating local are all alternative diets to introduce a healthier way of living into your apartment lifestyle.

Vegetarian

Vegetarianism is becoming a new trend to follow in health habits. The Vegetarian Resource Group conducted a survey and found that approximately 9 million Americans do not eat any fish, meat, or poultry. This increase in the amount of vegetarians has a positive effect on the body as well as internal energy levels. Key nutrients found in meat can also be found in soy-based products, nuts, or legumes.

Vegan

There are about 2 million vegans living in the United States and their healthy lifestyles exclude meats, dairy products, eggs, and animal-based clothing like wool and leather. This extreme way of living ‘au natural’ gets your body to thrive on life’s essentials like grains, rice, broccoli, fruits, beans, and other natural products. Going vegan is tough at first but the health benefits are visible within weeks, making this switch to vegan living very rewarding.

Shopping & Eating Local

Support the local community and reap the benefits of fresher, better tasting foods. San Diego is full of farmer’s markets and organic grocery stores that sell locally grown foods, fruits, and vegetables. Visit San Diego markets to find eclectic goods and super foods that you can’t get elsewhere.

If you choose to alter your diet to a healthier way of living, vegetarians, vegans, and local shoppers all took the step towards bettering their health. Do the same by trying out these new healthy lifestyles that are completely plausible for apartment living.

Photo Credit: Martin Cathrae