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This week on the Down East Journal, we take part in drone testing with the Duke Marine Lab in Beaufort.  From tracking sea turtles off our coast to collecting information about marine debris, drones are proving beneficial to coastal scientists.  And, traffic congestion around Camp Lejeune has police cracking down on motorist blocking a major intersection. 

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Jacksonville Police are aggressively issuing citations to drivers who block major intersections during busy commuter periods along Lejeune Boulevard.  Sarah Finch has more.

Motorists in Jacksonville are all too familiar with traffic congestion, especially around Camp Lejeune in the morning and afternoon. And the problem didn’t get any better when the Marine Corp base closed one of their gates on May 27th.  Camp Lejeune Public Affairs Director Nat Fahy says they shut down the gate for security reasons, and to free up military personnel to manage other base entrances.

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In a nation-wide push by the Marine Corps to reduce energy costs and consumption, Camp Lejeune and Cherry Point have begun training troops to cut down on power bills and bad habits. Sarah Finch has more.

As Marine Corps bases across the nation try to reduce their carbon footprints and operating costs, Cherry Point and Camp Lejeune have started tackling the issue from the bottom up. This week on the Down East Journal, we hear how a team of Unit Energy Managers identify, initiate and improve individual energy practices at the unit level. The Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.  

Marines from across the country come to Camp Lejeune, one of only three sites in the nation, to receive counter improvised explosive device training.  This week on the Down East Journal, we take a trip to the Holly Ridge facility where 18 Georgia Liaison Team troops are preparing for deployment.

This story contains sounds from military training exercise and may be upsetting to some listeners.

Marines from across the country come to Camp Lejeune, one of only three sites in the nation, to receive counter improvised explosive device training.  This week on the Down East Journal, we take a trip to the Holly Ridge facility where 18 Georgia Liaison Team troops are preparing for deployment.  That story on the next Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas. 

  This week on the Down East Journal, State Chief Information Officer Chris Estes tells us about the future of drone technology in North Carolina and how drones could be used by law enforcement, in hurricane recovery and agriculture.  And, a former reporter for the Jacksonville Daily News steps into the world of crime fiction with book one in a series featuring a Naval Criminal Investigative Service agent based at Camp Lejeune.  More on that story, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations, and Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.

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We remember the brave Montford Point Marines who faced segregation in service for an opportunity to fight for our country during World War II.

Today, we honor the Montford Point Marines who were the first African Americans to serve in the United States Marine Corp.  They overcame discrimination and segregation in service for an opportunity to fight for our country during World War II.  Wilmington resident Norman Preston is a hero, and World War II veteran.   At 91 years old, he is among our country’s first black Marines.

  This week on the Down East Journal, Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune is using futuristic simulation technology to train students and give experienced physicians a place to refine their skills.  We speak with experts about the new simulation lab and explain how it works.  And, a living history program this weekend in Beaufort focuses on the signs that served as markers for the Underground Railroad.  The Down East Journal airs Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations, and Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.

For the first time in 17 years, the federal government has shutdown.  And, as a result, National Forests across the country are closed, workers are furloughed, and government benefit programs that help needy families are being shuttered. Public Radio East’s Jared Brumbaugh reports on the impact of the government shutdown on military bases in eastern North Carolina.

The moves are in response to a $37 billion dollar cut in the Department of Defense budget for this fiscal year as a result of federal sequestration. A press release from the base says civilian employees… with a few exceptions… will have to take one day of unpaid leave each week between next Monday and September 21. First responders such as police and fire personnel are exempt from the furloughs. The reduction in personnel will prompt changes in operations, including closing the commissary and the pharmacy at the exchange on Mondays.

Reports of sexual assault in the military are at an all-time high.  We speak with Senator Kay Hagan and the program manager with Camp Lejeune’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program to find out what’s being done to assist victims and reduce military assault.  

Sexual assault in the military is making national headlines.

"Not only is it shameful and disgraceful, its going to make and has made the military less effective than it can be."

Reports of sexual assault in the military are at an all-time high.  This week on the Down East Journal, we speak with Senator Kay Hagan and the program manager with Camp Lejeune’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program to find out what’s being done to assist victims and reduce military assault.  The Down East Journal airs Friday at noon on all of the Public Radio East stations.  Catch the rebroadcast Saturday at noon on PRE Public Radio East News and Ideas Network.

Less than a week after becoming the new governor of North Carolina, Pat McCrory visited New Bern to talk with constituents and cast his vision for North Carolina's future.

This week on the Down East Journal, we examine a controversial North Carolina rule that some believe has contributed to the deaths of the rare and endangered Red Wolf. And, we speak with Camp Lejeune Marines assisting with Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts in New York. Plus, new commentary from Joan Carris.

We talk to officials with the Naval Hospital at Camp Lejuene about the treatment and interventional services they provide to Marines and Sailors returning from combat.

This Tuesday was the 11th anniversary of the September 11th attacks.  9/11 ceremonies were held across eastern North Carolina to remember the thousands that were lost in terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  This Tuesday, at Lejeune Memorial Gardens in Jacksonville, a couple hundred people turned out for the Patriot Day observance. 

This week on the Down East Journal, we talk to officials with the Naval Hospital at Camp Lejeune about the treatment and interventional services they provide to Marines and Sailors returning from combat.  And, we discuss Executive Order 124, which seeks to improve relations between North Carolina agencies and local military installations. Plus, it's a fundraising event in New Bern that sets the table to fight hunger.