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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.
Camp Pendleton Marines will be on hand at this weekend's Western Surfing Association surf contest. They won't be there to catch waves, though, but to collect Toys for Tots gifts for children in need.
Chuck Hagel is now the third Secretary of Defense to consider whether fallen San Diego Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta deserves the Medal of Honor. Rep. Duncan Hunter sent Hagel a letter in October asking him to reconsider the evidence of Peralta's bravery, and a Hunter spokesman says the secretary is "looking at it seriously."
More than 1,100 Marines from Camp Pendleton will head to Australia in Spring 2014. Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marines will be the first battalion from California to participate in Marine Rotational Force-Darwin. The first two rotations involved Marines stationed in Hawaii.
When President Barack Obama named Christine H. Fox to be Acting Deputy Defense Secretary this week, she became the highest-ranking female in the Department of Defense's history. Cool side note: Fox was also the inspiration for the Kelly McGillis character "Charlie" in the 1986 blockbuster "Top Gun."
The Navy is distributing an estimated 35,000 free $10 phone cards to sailors and Marines deployed this holiday season.
For little ones awaiting Christmas, it may seem like FOREVER until Santa Claus begins his journey around the globe. But the folks at NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) have their Santa Tracker website up and running - with lots of games, music, and movies to keep the kiddies busy until the big day arrives.
The Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band, based at MCAS Miramar in San Diego, covered two Macklemore & Ryan Lewis songs at their recent Marine Corps Ball. Video of their performance of "Thrift Shop" and Can't Hold Us" is going viral on YouTube, with more than 184,000 views so far.
New information has emerged from North Korea about Merrill E. Newman, the 85-year-old Korean War veteran from Northern California, who has been detained in North Korea since Oct. 26. It seems North Korea considers Newman a prisoner of war - the Korean War - which took place sixty years ago.
As countless military families head out to buy their Thanksgiving fixings at commissaries across the country, the Department of Defense is considering a plan to forever close the doors of all stateside base grocery stores.
What do Abraham Lincoln, Stonehenge, and Kim Kardashian all have in common? They've each been recreated in rock sculpture by Gunnery Sgt. Gregory Miller, a San Diego-based Marine currently stationed in Afghanistan.