Slain Riverside PD Officer was USMC vet

Undated composite image of Officer Michael Crain and American flag distributed by Riverside Police Department via Facebook

Riverside Police Department today released the name of their officer, a Marine Corps veteran, who was killed Thursday morning allegedly by a rogue ex-LAPD cop not yet found.

According to information released by the police department via Facebook, Officer Michael Crain served in the Marine Corps in the late 1990s and early 2000s. He graduated from Redlands High School in Redlands, Calif. in 1996 and enlisted following a year of study at a nearby community college. He was hired by Riverside Police Department in August 2001.

Crain, 34, deployed twice to Kuwait, the deparment posted. He served with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines. He was also a Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT) instructor at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, they said.

According to the department, Crain’s military awards and decorations include the Good Conduct Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with 1 star, Rifle Marksmanship Badge, and Certificate of Commendation.

During his enlistment, Crain attained the rank of Sgt., they said.

Navy releases suspected killer’s service record

The service record and military biographical data for Christopher Jordan Dorner, 33, was released this afternoon by a U.S. Navy spokesman in Washington, D.C.

The former Naval reservist and Los Angeles Police Department officer is the subject of a Southern California-wide manhunt after he allegedly killed three people this week including a Riverside police officer this morning.

Dorner, who was honorably discharged, was officially released from service as a Naval reservist last Friday, but the spokesman said Dorner served as part of the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) from 2010-2013.The IRR is a form of standby service where personnel typically do not drill or train and participate in little to no military activity. IRR service members retain their rank and job specialties, some base privileges and military benefits, but are not paid unless they perform certain duties if they are activated or volunteer for active duty.

Not listed on the released biographical data are any military schools that Dorner may have attended. In the suspect’s manifesto published online by KTLA 5 he writes, “I will utilize every tool within INT collections that I learned from NMITC in Dam Neck.”

NMITC is the acronym for the Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Center located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. According to the NMITC website, “The mission of the Center for Information Dominance, is to deliver full spectrum Cyber Information Warfare, and Intelligence Training to achieve decision superiority.” It was founded in 1986 at Naval Air Station Oceana at the Dam Neck Annex about 5 miles south of Virginia Beach.

BIOGRAPHICAL DATA

Name: Christopher Jordan Dorner

Age: 33

Home of Record: La Palma, CA

Date Commissioned: 3 July 2002

Loss Date: 1 Feb 2013

Rank/Date of Rank: Navy Lieutenant (O-3) 1 August 2006

In the Navy, a Lieutenant (O-3) is equivalent rank to a Captain in Marine Corps, Air Force, and Army.

Service Dates/Assignments: Arrived – Detached

  • Various Reserve Units: 1 Dec 2009 – 21 Jan 2010
  • Navy Reserve NAS Fallon, NV: 7 Mar 2009 – 30 Nov 2009
  • *30 May 2007 – 6 Mar 2009: Gap of time where Dorner’s military assignment is undisclosed in information released by U.S. Navy
  • Navy Mobilization Processing Site (NMPS) San Diego, CA: 23 Apr 2007 – 29 May 2007
  • Coastal Riverine Group Two Det Bahrain: 3 Nov 2006 – 23 Apr 2007
  • Coastal Riverine Group One, San Diego, CA: 10 Jul 2006 – 31 Oct 2006
  • Navy Mobilization Processing Site (NMPS) San Diego, CA: 6 Jul 2006 – 10 Jul 2006
  • *29 Feb 2006 – 5 July 2006: Gap of time where Dorner’s military assignment is undisclosed in information released by U.S. Navy
  • Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare Unit: 23 Jun 2004 – 28 Feb 2006
  • Navy Personnel Command: 16 Jun 2004 – 22 Jun 2004
  • Various Aviation Training Units: 4 Jul 2002 – 15 Jun 2004

Awards and Decorations

  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Iraq Campaign Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Sea Service Deployment Medal
  • Navy Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon
  • Armed Forces Reserve Medal w/ “M” Device
  • Rifle Marksman Ribbon
  • Pistol Expert Medal

Clues to SoCal manhunt suspect’s military background

Photos surfacing of the disgruntled former LAPD officer who is accused of killing three people show Christopher Dorner wearing a U.S. Navy BDU field uniform and the grade of Lieutenant, which is a Navy O-3 and equivalent to a Marine Corps, Air Force, or Army Captain.

ABC News reports that Dorner, 33, was a Navy Reservist until Friday. They report he deployed to Bahrain and earned weapons qualifications as a rifle marskman and pistol expert.

In the suspect’s manifesto published online by KTLA 5 he writes, “I will utilize every tool within INT collections that I learned from NMITC in Dam Neck.”

NMITC is the acronym for the Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Center located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. According to the NMITC website, “The mission of the Center for Information Dominance, is to deliver full spectrum Cyber Information Warfare, and Intelligence Training to achieve decision superiority.” It was founded in 1986 at Naval Air Station Oceana at the Dam Neck Annex about 5 miles south of Virginia Beach. NAS Oceana is a Naval jet base with F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets.