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Ring in the Holidays with Foxwood Corporate Apartments’ Spacious Military Accommodations

Nothing hurts more than being away from the family during the holidays. Why not bring them with you while on military training or temporary duty in San Diego? At Foxwood Military Apartments in San Diego, we are proud to host many military personnel during their military time in San Diego.

Our off-base one- and two-bedroom military rentals are ideal for any travelling military personnel in addition to their family members. Our fully furnished military apartments are great for spending the holidays together in San Diego.

If you’re staying for the holidays, it’s important to feel like your accommodations in San Diego feel more like home away from home. At Foxwood Apartments, you’ll get that same feeling with the upscale furniture, wall art, and loads of functional amenities that fill your military apartment here in San Diego.

Also, just minutes away from the 32nd Street Naval Base and Coronado Island helps to alleviate long commutes to work. In addition to a quick commute, it allows you to see more of San Diego by living off base and within close reach of San Diego’s downtown area, Old Town, multiple beaches, and the Chula Vista Bay.

Get the best of both worlds with comfortable military housing that feels like home in San Diego and a great location that makes commuting to work a breeze. If you didn’t think it could get any better than this, we offer a special discounted military rate to active duty military members as our way to show appreciation for the work you do to protect our nation.

Please visit us online for more details about our apartments, special military rates, and the stress-free commute to Naval bases. Call us today at 866-878-9902 to start your fast and easy application process to get your very own military apartment here at Foxwood!

Will Women Be Allowed to Train as Navy SEALs?

The requirements of a Navy SEAL can be quite brutal: 50-90 push-ups in 2 minutes, 50-90 sit-ups in 2 minutes, and 10 pull-ups are just for a warm up… Now run a mile and a half in less than 10 minutes, swim 500 yards in 12 minutes, and see what else you can do afterwards! These are just the physical requirements that U.S. Navy SEALs must be able to complete just in order to get a chance to train at the Navy SEAL Training Compound in Coronado.

According to the Navy’s newest military plans, women are going to have that chance to become a Navy SEAL. Special Operations forces have been closed from female applicants, however, things are about to change. The announcement was released last week and has received many mixed signals as to the excitement or fear that many individuals possess. At Coronado’s special and expeditionary warfare training and operations base for the Navy SEALs, the uncertainty settles over the decision to allow women to train and possibly serve as Rangers for the Navy. By March 2016, these women could begin the career of a Navy SEAL. Although the exact details are yet to be ironed out, the U.S. Special Operations Command is working to open commando jobs to women and initiate a transition phase.

To qualify for front-line positions, women must perform at the same physical standards of any male sailor. There is a possibility that women may be kept out of some job positions if research and testing deem these jobs to be unsuccessful.

The hell-like program that Navy SEALs endure is hard enough. The Navy has a 75% dropout rate in the 21-week Coronado training course called Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S). The program is centered around carrying logs overhead, spending hours in the freezing Pacific ocean, and multiple hours of boot camp exercises. Due to the fact that this is an extremely difficult physical test, the standard may be a challenge for a sizably smaller sailor.

Along with the physical aspect of a tough Navy SEAL, strong mental awareness is a key player. A 2009 study by the Coronado SEAL command did show that chess players were very successful in BUD/S. Although muscles play a big part of Naval SEAL training, the mental ability to continue with strenuous training is half of the battle as well. The future of women within the Navy SEALs is uncertain but we may see some female representation in other areas before long.

Navy Sailors of USS Ronald Reagan File Suit Against Fukushima Radiation Poisoning

Sailors of the San Diego-based USS Ronald Reagan have filed a lawsuit against Tokyo Electric Power Co. after reporting radiation poisoning from the 2011 Fukushima disaster. At least 71 sailors from the U.S. Navy carrier in San Diego, most of them in their 20’s, provided 4 days of relief after the devastating 2011 Fukushima disaster and returned to the U.S. with Leukemia, thyroid cancer, brain tumors, and other health diseases.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) owns and operates the Fukushima Daiichi energy plant and is being accused of downplaying the dangers that came with the onsite nuclear radiation.

Radioactive water allegedly contaminated the USS Ronald Reagan’s water supply; the same water that the crew members were drinking and using to wash their bodies and brush their teeth.

Paul Garner, attorney for the class-action sailor lawsuit stated to the New York Post: “We’re seeing Leukemia, testicular cancer, and unremitting gynecological bleeding requiring transfusions and other intervention.”

The radiation-decontamination officer that was assigned to the aircraft carrier Reagan, Senior Chief Michael Sebourn, tested the carrier and determined that radiation levels measured to be 300 times higher than what is deemed safe.

Many of the sailors said that they would joke about the radiation, considering that the risks were minimal based on the lack of concern by the Tokyo Electric Power Co. Also, one crewmember confirmed that the Reagan does have a multimillion-dollar radiation-detection system, however, the crew could not activate the system quick enough.

Initially, San Diego Judge Janis L. Sammartino dismissed the lawsuit in November but Garner and a group of attorneys refiled the lawsuit to bring justice to these suffering Navy sailors.

Photo Credit: UNC, CFC, USFK

Navy Sonar Training off Southern California Coast Approved by Feds

The U.S. Navy’s proposed 5-year plan for sonar training exercises off the coasts of Southern California and Hawaii was approved on December 16th by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

However, many environmental groups are speaking out against the approval, even filing a lawsuit in Hawaii federal court to block the training on territories that will have an unacceptable threat to marine mammals.

With consideration of the environmental group lawsuit, NOAA still concluded that the Navy’s promised mitigation measures will “minimize effects on marine mammals.” The Navy has been adamant in showing sonar training is crucial in preparing sailors to detect quiet submarines owned or being developed by Iranian adversaries.

The NOAA also included that the Navy has insisted on shutting down use of sonar and explosives if marine mammals are spotted within designated mitigation zones. There will also be a “humpback whale cautionary area” around Hawaii during winter months.

The tension between the environmentalists and the U.S. Navy has thickened over several years of debates regarding sonar’s impact on marine mammals. The recent lawsuit sparked by environmental groups claims that the Navy’s measures are inadequate given the status of many of the species.

Marjorie Ziegler of the Conservation Council for Hawaii said, “Some of the marine mammals threatened by Navy activities are already on the brink of extinction, such as the Hawaiian monk seal, our state mammal and one of the world’s most endangered species.”

The Natural Resources Defense Council has also criticized the Navy saying that several new studies find the Navy’s activities in Southern California are harming marine mammals like blue whales and beaked whales, “more than was previously known.”

The U.S. Navy estimates that its training off Hawaiian and Southern California coastlines will kill 155 whales over the five years of sonar training.

Photo Credit: Mike Baird

LCS Freedom Back in San Diego from Maiden Deployment

The USS Freedom, LCS 1, came back to its homeport of San Diego today, December 23, after its first deployment to Southeast Asia, the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.

The littoral combat ship USS Freedom had a long first deployment. USS Freedom has two different crews consisting of 53 sailors each. Other detachments and an air crew also join the USS Freedom crews when needed.

The ship originally left San Diego on March 1st with its gold crew and mid-deployment the blue crew swapped spots with the gold crew aboard USS Freedom.

Unfortunately, USS Freedom encountered multiple structural errors and mechanical problems throughout its deployment. The ship had to stop for port maintenance three times within the 9-month deployment.

According to a Navy press release, USS Freedom participated in many theater security and maritime presence operations with partner nations in Asia. The Navy ship also helped with humanitarian assistance and disaster response by delivering life-saving supplies after Typhoon Haiyan recently hit the Philippines.

Commander Dale Heinken of USS Freedom’s Blue Crew stated: “This deployment was a huge success for the LCS program; for us as a crew, and for the Navy in general.”

USS Freedom is a new type of vessel called a littoral combat ship that’s designed to undergo near-shore operations and can be configured for anti-submarine, mine countermeasures, and surface warfare.

Of the Littoral Combat Ships, the next vessel to deploy will be San Diego-based ship USS Fort Worth. USS Fort Worth is predicted to deploy late next year.

Photo Credit: Official U.S. Navy Imagery