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Blogger Beth Ford Roth was born into a military family and has covered issues important to service members and their loved ones for many years. She has worked as a broadcast journalist in both commercial television and public radio.

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San Diego-Based USS Carl Vinson's Role In ISIS Fight Profiled In New York Times (Video)

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The USS Carl Vinson, called "five acres of sovereign U.S. territory" in the Persian Gulf by one Navy admiral, plays a staring role in a New York Times article about the irony of fighting a "desert war" from the floating city that is an aircraft carrier.

Why Is A Chinese Military Helicopter Landing On A US Navy Ship? (Video)

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It might be a bit unsettling to watch a Chinese military helicopter land on a U.S. Navy ship - the San Diego-based USS Sterett to be exact. But it's all part of a planned counter-piracy exercise taking place in the Gulf of Aden and the Horn of Africa.

Philippine Government Charges US Marine With Murder Of Transgender Woman (Video)

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U.S. Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton, 19, now faces murder charges in the Philippines in connection with the Oct. 11 drowning death of transgender Filipina Jennifer Laude in a motel bathroom.

2 US Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan (Video)

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Two U.S. soldiers died Dec. 12 in Parwan Province, Afghanistan. Army Sgt. 1st Class Ramon S. Morris, 37, and Spc. Wyatt J. Martin, 22, were killed when their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device. Both men were stationed at Fort Hood in Texas.

USS Makin Island, Camp Pendleton Marines Prep For CIA Report Release (Video)

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The San Diego-based Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, and the Marines aboard from Camp Pendleton's 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, have been put on high alert to protect American interests overseas ahead of Tuesday's release of a controversial CIA torture report.

Commander Faulted For Fatal Mishap On San Diego-Based Ship Up For Promotion

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The ex-commanding officer of the San Diego-based USS William P. Lawrence was faulted in a Navy report for misjudgements that caused the deaths of two Navy pilots. So it's no wonder the widows of the two pilots are mystified as to why Cmdr. Jana A. Vavasseur is up for a promotion.

Wife Turns Tables On Marine Husband, Surprises HIM At Camp Pendleton Homecoming (Video)

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The video of this surprise military homecoming with a twist has gone viral, garnering more than 1.3 million hits in the last month. It all started when Sara Taylor decided to surprise her husband, Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Fort Taylor, when he returned to Camp Pendleton after a year-long deployment in Afghanistan.

Special Forces Soldier Killed In Afghanistan (+Video)

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A U.S. Special Forces soldier was killed in Afghanistan on Dec. 3, according to the Department of Defense. Army Staff Sgt. Matthew R. Ammerman, 29, died in Zabul Province when he was hit with small arms fire while taking part in a clearing operation.

WW II Airman Buried At Arlington National Cemetery 70 Years After He Went Missing

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Army Air Forces Sgt. Charles A. Gardner of San Francisco, Calif., will be buried with full military honors Thursday in Arlington National Cemetery, almost 70 years after he went missing when his plane was shot down over New Guinea during World War II.

Navy Secretary Revokes Honorary Title For Bill Cosby

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As sexual assault allegations against famed comedian Bill Cosby mount, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced today the Navy is revoking the title of honorary Chief Petty Officer presented to Cosby in 2011.

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