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Stories by Beth Ford Roth

Ex-Camp Pendleton Marine Now Alleged Indiana Serial Killer

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Alleged serial killer Darren Vann was "prematurely discharged" from the Marine Corps in the early 1990s, according to military records obtained by the Austin-American Statesman. The Corps found that Vann, now suspected of murdering at least seven women in Indiana, had a character "incongruent with Marine Corps’ expectations and standards."

Joint Chiefs Chair Uses YouTube To Address Troops' Ebola Worries (Video)

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The U.S. military's top military officer wants American service members (and their families) to know anyone deployed in the mission to contain the Ebola outbreak is getting top-notch training to keep them safe from the deadly virus.

US Marine Held In Transgender Killing No Longer On USS Peleliu (Video)

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The U.S. military has transferred Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton, 19, from the brig of the San Diego-based USS Peleliu to Camp Aguinaldo, a Philippine military compound, allowing the Peleliu to leave the Philippines.

Two San Diego-Based Ships Reassigned To Japan

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The Navy has announced plans to move the USS Milius and the USS Benfold from their current homeport in San Diego to Japan.

Teacher Killed In School Shooting Awarded Military Medals (Video)

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One year ago today, a 12-year-old with a semi-automatic handgun killed Sparks Middle School math teacher Michael Landsberry, 45, as he tried to protect his students. On Sunday, Landsberry, a member of the Nevada Air National Guard, was posthumously awarded the Air Force’s Airman’s Medal and the National Guard Association of the United States’ Valley Forge Cross for Heroism.

USS Carl Vinson Takes Over Airstrike Campaign From USS George H. W. Bush (Video)

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This past weekend, the San Diego-based USS Carl Vinson took over responsibility for the airstrike campaign against ISIS from the USS George H. W. Bush, which has been in the Persian Gulf since June.

Marines And Sailors Return To Camp Pendleton After Deployment In Australia

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After a six-month deployment in Australia, Marines and sailors assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment are slated to arrive home Monday to Camp Pendleton.

Ebola Scare In Pentagon Parking Lot (Video)

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A woman who became violently ill on a bus in a Pentagon parking lot has been taken to a Fairfax, Va. hospital after telling first responders she had recently visited West Africa. The bus was carrying several Marines and their spouses headed to the Change of Command ceremony for the Marine Corps Commandant at the Marine Barracks in D.C.

San Diego-Based USS Peleliu Must Stay In Philippine Port During Transgender Murder Investigation

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The Navy has let three of its ships depart Subic Bay in the Philippines, but not the San Diego-based USS Peleliu. That's because the ship is carrying one U.S. Marine whom Philippine police have charged with murdering a transgender Filipino, and three possible witnesses.

Number Of US Troops In Liberia For Ebola Battle Continues To Grow (Video)

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The mission is called Operation United Assistance, and it's the U.S. military's effort in West Africa to curb the worst Ebola outbreak in human history.

San Diego Navy Officer Who Survived 50-Foot Freeway Fall Speaks Out (Video)

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The Navy officer whose truck flew 50-feet off a San Diego freeway overpass is speaking out for the first time since the crash. Navy First Class Petty Officer Kenneth Freudenvoll survived seven deployments, but he says he didn't think he'd make it out of his truck alive.

Murder Complaint Filed Against US Marine In Transgender Filipino Killing (Video)

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Police in the Philippines have filed a murder complaint against U.S. Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton in connection with the killing of Jennifer (Jeffrey) Laude, a 26-year-old transgender Filipino. Pemberton is in custody in the San Diego-based USS Peleliu's brig.

Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group Arrives In Middle East (Video)

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The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group arrived Wednesday in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, which includes the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Sea, and the Red Sea.

Navy Calls Off Search For Missing Coronado Man (Video)

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The Navy has called off the search for one of its civilian employees who went missing off San Clemente Island last week. Lee Racicot, 59, of Coronado worked on the island during the week and is believed to have disappeared while fishing or diving alone.

US Marine Held In Killing Of Transgender Filipino ID'ed (Video)

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The media in the Philippines has identified Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton as the prime suspect in the killing of a transgender Filipino named Jennifer Laude. Pemberton is being detained in the San Diego-based USS Peleliu brig.

Some Military Families Uneasy With Ebola Deployments (Video)

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It's all about the fear of the unknown. With the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, military families had some idea of the enemy their service members would face. But some soldiers' families have expressed uneasiness as their loved ones prepare to deploy to Liberia - ground zero for the Ebola epidemic.

US Marine Held In USS Peleliu Brig Allegedly Tied To Death Of Transgender Filipino

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The San Diego-based USS Peleliu is acting as a brig for an American Marine being held in the Phillipines, following the killing of a transgender Filipino.

Watch Live Stream Of USS America Commisioning Ceremony (Video)

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The Navy will commission the San Diego-based amphibious assault ship, USS America, in San Francisco on Saturday morning. Home Post will live stream the commissioning ceremony starting at 10 a.m. PDT.

Special Pay For US Troops In Ebola Battle? At Most $400 Per Month

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U.S. service members participating in the military's mission to stem the Ebola outbreak in West Africa will be paid up to $400 a month in special pay.

Coast Guard To Screen For Ebola In Port Of Los Angeles (Video)

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The United States Coast Guard will start screening incoming ships and their crews at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro for signs of the Ebola virus.

Groping Allegations Prompt Navy To Fire Commanding Officer Of San Diego-Based USS Vandegrift

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After accusations surfaced that Cmdr. Luis Alva grabbed the buttocks of a colleague's wife, the Navy relieved him of his duties as commanding officer of the San Diego-based USS Vandegrift.

100 Marines Will Deploy To Liberia To Help With Ebola Outbreak (Video)

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A group of Marines is headed into the heart of the Ebola outbreak. The Pentagon announced Wednesday that 100 Marines from the Special Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response Africa is being deployed to Monrovia, Liberia.

What Do You Think Of The New Trailer For 'American Sniper'? (Video)

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Warner Bros. Pictures just released the first glimpse of the movie "American Sniper," based on the late Chris Kyle's bestselling memoir. Bradley Cooper stars, Clint Eastwood directs, and based on the trailer, the movie is sure to raise a lot of controversy.

Video Of Army Vet Throwing 'First Pitch' Like A Grenade Goes Viral

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Retired U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Brian Keaton is making headlines for the unprecedented way in which he threw out the first pitch at Saturday's Giants vs. Nationals game. Keaton lobbed the baseball like a grenade, and video of his stunt is going viral.

What Does 28K Pounds Of Cocaine Look Like? Coast Guard Shows Off Seized Drugs (Video)

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The Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell arrived at Naval Base San Diego on Monday morning with a very unique cargo — 28,000 pounds of cocaine seized in 18 different busts. The wholesale value of the haul? An estimated $423 million.

Bulldog Puppy Marine PFC Smedley Butler Sidelined By Broken Toe

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Just weeks after he made the transition from recruit to full-fledged Marine, PFC Smedley Butler has been sidelined from his duties as Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego's mascot. The 7-month-old English Bulldog puppy broke his toe and must refrain from public appearances for at least four weeks.

Marine Cpl. Jordan Spears, Lost At Sea, 1st US Death In ISIS Campaign (Video)

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Several media outlets are calling MCAS Miramar-based Marine Corps Cpl. Jordan L. Spears, 21, the first casualty of the U.S. military's campaign against ISIS (also called ISIL and the Islamic State). Spears was lost at sea when he bailed out of a MV-22B Osprey after the aircraft appeared to lose power after taking off from the USS Makin Island in the North Arabian Sea.

Green Beret Dies Of Gunshot Wound Suffered In Afghanistan

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Army Sgt. 1st Class Andrew T. Weathers, 30, died Sept. 30 at a U.S. military hospital in Germany from a gunshot wound suffered during combat in Afghanistan on Sept. 28. Weathers was a Green Beret and Special Forces medical sergeant.

Missing Marine From USS Makin Island Presumed Lost At Sea

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The Navy has called off its search for a U.S. Marine Corps aircrew member who went missing in the North Arabian Gulf after he bailed out of a MV-22 Osprey that lost power after taking off from the USS Makin Island.

California Marine Veteran Who Saved Suicidal Woman Named Carnegie Hero (Video)

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The Marine veteran who saved a woman's life after she jumped from the upper deck of the Oakland Coliseum last November has just been named a Carnegie Hero. Donnie Navidad, 61, of Stockton is one of 21 men and women this year to receive the Carnegie Medal.

USS Carl Vinson To Begin Airstrikes Against ISIL

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The San Diego-based USS Carl Vinson will soon arrive in the Persian Gulf to relieve the USS George H.W. Bush, and begin airstrikes against the Islamic State - also known as ISIL.

Search On For Missing Aircrew Member From San Diego-Based USS Makin Island

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The search is on in the North Arabian Gulf for a missing aircrew member assigned to the San Diego-based USS Makin Island. According to the Navy, the missing crew member was one of two who bailed out of a Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey that lost power after taking off from the Makin Island.

Camp Pendleton Marines Lead New Crisis Response Unit In Middle East

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Marines from Camp Pendleton's 5th Marine Regiment will head up the Marine Corps' newest Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response Central Command in the Middle East.

Miramar Air Show To Feature Final Flight Of Sea Knight 'Phrog' (Video)

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The Vietnam-era aircraft CH-46 Sea Knight will fly its final time at the 2014 Miramar Air Show, which takes place Oct. 3 - 5. The Blue Angels will also perform, as will the San Diego-based U.S. Navy Parachute Team - better known as the Leap Frogs.

Navy Fires Commanding Officer Of San Diego-Based USS Boxer

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The Navy relieved Capt. Wayne R. Brown of his duties as commanding officer of the USS Boxer on Sept. 29. According to a Navy news release, Brown's firing resulted from "a command investigation into Equal Opportunity concerns, and is not tied to a specific event."

Marine Corps' Newest Crisis Response Unit Will Be In Kuwait

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The Marine Corps will base its newest crisis response unit in Kuwait. Roughly 2,100 troops will be part of the Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) Central Command, set to deploy in 2015.

Capped Credit Card Interest Rates For Military Families? It's In The Works

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A move by the Pentagon to update the Military Lending Act of 2006 could result in service members and their families getting interest rates capped on everything from credit cards to vehicle title loans.

US Troops Begin Arriving In Africa To Battle Ebola Outbreak (Video)

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Armed with hand sanitizers on their belts, members of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force have started to arrive in West Africa - the epicenter of the worst Ebola outbreak in human history.

Navy Fires Executive Officer Of USS Cowpens

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The Navy announced Friday that it had relieved Cmdr. Armando Ramirez of his duties as executive officer of the San Diego-based USS Cowpens on Sept. 18. Ramirez lost his job due to what the Navy is calling "an alcohol-related incident." In the last three months, the Navy has fired four members of the Cowpens' command.

Airman Who Refused To Say 'So Help Me God' Allowed To Reenlist

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The Air Force announced this week airmen aren't required to say "So help me God" as part of the enlistment oath. The decision was prompted by an atheist airman from Creech Air Force Base in Nevada who refused to say those four words in his reenlistment oath, and thus was denied the opportunity to remain in the Air Force.

Army Paratrooper Killed In Afghanistan Suicide Car Bombing (Video)

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Army Maj. Michael J. Donahue, 41, a paratrooper stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, was one of two Americans killed Tuesday when their convoy was attacked by a suicide car bomber near Kabul, Afghanistan.

Navy Reservist Killed In Tuesday's Afghanistan Suicide Car Bombing (Video)

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The family of Navy Reservist Stephen Byus has told an Ohio newspaper the 39-year-old father of two was one of the American troops killed in a suicide car bombing Tuesday near Kabul, Afghanistan. Family members say Byus's wife believes she was on the phone with him when the attack took place.

Special Ops Marine Killed In Afghanistan Insider Attack (Video)

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Sgt. Charles C. Strong of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command was killed Sept. 15 in what's believed to be an insider attack. Strong, 28, is survived by his wife, who is pregnant with the couple's first child.

Sending Holiday Gifts To Your Sailor? Here Are The Navy's Mail Deadlines

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Planning to send a Christmas gift or holiday card to someone you love aboard a Navy ship? The Navy has announced its mail-by dates to ensure presents and letters get to your sailor before Dec. 25.

2 US Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan Suicide Car Bombing (Video)

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Two U.S. soldiers were killed Tuesday and several others wounded when their motorcade was hit by the blast of a suicide car bomb near Kabul, Afghanistan.

Two Vietnam War Soldiers Awarded Medal Of Honor On Monday

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President Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to two Vietnam War soldiers at a White House ceremony Monday: Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins, 80, and Army Spc. Donald P. Sloat, who was killed in combat in 1970 at the age of 20.

USS America To Arrive In New Homeport Of San Diego On Monday (Video)

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The future USS America is slated to arrive in its new homeport of San Diego on Monday after an eight-week maiden voyage from Mississippi.

Navy Names Pilot Presumed Dead After Crash Off USS Carl Vinson

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The Navy has identified the pilot who went missing and is presumed dead after his fighter jet crashed off the USS Carl Vinson as Lt. Nathan Poloski, 26, of Lake Arrowhead, California.

Navy: Pilot From Crashed Jet Presumed Dead; Search Called Off

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The Navy has called off its search for the pilot of one of two F/A-18C Hornet jets from the USS Carl Vinson that crashed Friday in the Western Pacific. That pilot, who was assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 94, is presumed dead.

Two Navy Jets From USS Carl Vinson Collide At Sea; One Pilot Missing (Video)

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The pilot of one of two U.S. Navy fighter jets that collided in the western Pacific after taking off from a San Diego-based aircraft carrier was in fair condition Friday, while a search continued for the other pilot.