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Stories by Beth Ford Roth

Erin Corwin's Body Discovered, Alleged Lover Arrested In Her Death

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Searchers discovered the body of missing pregnant Marine wife Erin Corwin in a 140-foot mine shaft on Aug. 16. The next day, Corwin's suspected lover Christopher Lee was arrested in connection with her death.

How Military Surplus Gear Played A Role In Ferguson Upheaval (Video)

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Demonstrators protesting the killing of an unarmed African-American teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, were met with a police force equipped to go to war - literally. That's because in recent years, as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have drawn down, the amount of surplus military gear flowing to local police departments has soared.

Study: One In Four Military Families Depend On Food Banks (Video)

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A new study on hunger in America finds roughly 25 percent of military households need assistance from food banks to feed their families.

USA Discounters Must Refund $350,000 To Military Customers

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USA Discounters must provide refunds to U.S. military troops to the tune of $350,000, after the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau put a stop to the retail chain's practice of targeting service members with a so-called "fee scam." San Diego County has two USA Discounters locations, both near military bases.

Marine Videotaped Urinating On Taliban Found Dead (Video)

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Marine veteran Cpl. Robert Richards, one of four Marines videotaped in 2011 urinating on the corpses of Taliban, was found dead at his home Wednesday night.

Navy Fires Commanding Officer Of San Diego-Based Coastal Riverine Squadron

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The Navy has relieved Cmdr. Joseph Fauth of his duties as commanding officer of the San Diego-based Coastal Riverine Squadron 3, citing "a loss of confidence in his ability to command" as the reason.

College Football Star Turned Soldier Killed In Afghanistan (Video)

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Army Sgt. 1st Class Samuel C. Hairston, 35, was killed in Ghazni, Afghanistan on Aug. 12, when he was hit by small-arms fire during combat. Hairston attended the University of Houston, and was a defensive lineman for the school's football team from 1997 to 2000.

Army Pfc. Paul Ieti Performs One Direction Ballad On 'America's Got Talent' (Video)

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Did you catch Army Pfc. Paul Ieti's live performance Tuesday night on "America's Got Talent"? The singing soldier attempted to wow the judges with his rendition of the One Direction ballad "You & I."

ACLU To Military: Provide Gender Treatment To Chelsea Manning Or Get Sued

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Military officials have until Sept. 4 to provide gender identity disorder treatment to Chelsea Manning (formerly known as Army Pvt. Bradley Manning), or face a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union.

Real 'Good Morning Vietnam' Airman Shares Memories Of Robin Williams (Video)

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Retired airman Adrian Cronauer said he was "gobsmacked” upon learning of Robin Williams' death on Monday. Williams portrayed Cronauer in the 1987 film "Good Morning Vietnam."

Robin Williams A Beloved Figure On USO Tours (Video)

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Actor Robin Williams, who died Monday at age 63 of an apparent suicide, had visited both Afghanistan and Iraq in 2010 as part of a USO tour to bring entertainment to the troops during the holidays. But it was his visit to Kuwait in 2007, and how his military audience reacted during the retreat ceremony, that may have been the most memorable.

USS Carl Vinson Could Become Part Of Iraq Air Campaign

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The San Diego-based USS Carl Vinson is slated for a 10-month deployment to the Persian Gulf at the end of August. But the Vinson is on standby to depart earlier, if the Navy needs the aircraft carrier for the military's Iraq air campaign.

Zoo Fundraiser Held For Family Of Missing Marine Wife Erin Corwin (Video)

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The family of Erin Corwin has had to endure more than six weeks of not knowing what happened to the missing pregnant Marine wife. Friends of Corwin, 20, held a fundraiser at a zoo near her Tennessee hometown to boost her family's spirits and help them raise money for a reward.

The Real Reason USS Cowpens' Commanding Officer Was Fired (Video)

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During the recent deployment of the San Diego-based USS Cowpens, commanding officer Capt. Greg Gombert ensconced himself in his cabin for several weeks after becoming ill, putting a female officer in charge with whom Gombert had an “unduly familiar relationship," according to a Navy report.

National Guard Puts Brakes On NASCAR Sponsorship

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The National Guard's sponsorship of NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr. is coming to a screeching halt due to budget concerns. The Guard has backed NASCAR's Earnhardt as a recruitment tool since 2008.

Army Investigators Grill Bowe Bergdahl About His Taliban Capture (Video)

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Army Maj. Gen. Kenneth R. Dahl began his formal questioning of former POW Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Wednesday at Fort Sam Houston in Texas, and that questioning is expected to continue into Thursday.

Marine Corps Cutting Pay For Embassy Security Guards, Drill Instructors

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A pay cut is coming for Marines who plan to work as drill instructors, security guards, or in other special duty assignments. That's because the Marine Corps is slated to slash Special Duty Assignment Pay starting Oct. 1.

Maj. Gen. Harold Greene ID'ed As Officer Killed In Afghan Insider Attack (Video)

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The U.S. Army has identified the two-star general killed in Tuesday's insider attack in Afghanistan as Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene. The 55-year-old is the highest ranking U.S. Army officer to be killed in an overseas conflict since the Vietnam War.

U.S. Army General Killed In Afghanistan 'Insider Attack' (Video)

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A U.S. Army two-star major general was killed Tuesday in a shooting at a training facility in Afghanistan. In what looks to be a case of "green on blue" violence, a man wearing an Afghan army uniform opened fire at the Marshal Fahim National Defense University.

Death Of Special Forces Soldier in Afghanistan Under Investigation

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The death of a member of the U.S. Army's Special Forces in Afghanistan is under investigation. Staff Sgt. Girard D. Gass Jr., 33, suffered fatal injuries in a "non-combat related incident" while on patrol in Nangarhar Province, and was pronounced dead in Jalalabad Air Field Hospital on August 3.

US Military In Africa To Help Battle Ebola Outbreak

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U.S. military health workers are on the ground in West Africa, helping that part of the world deal with one of the most catastrophic outbreaks of Ebola in the continent's history. And now Pentagon officials are considering sending additional Defense Department personnel to help fight the Ebola outbreak.

Did Mexican Officials Violate Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi's Rights?

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Did Mexican officials at the border violate U.S. Marine veteran Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi's rights? That's the question before a federal judge in Tijuana Monday morning at Tahmooressi's second court hearing.

Soldier From California Killed In Afghanistan (+Video)

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Army Pfc. Keith M. Williams, 19, of Visalia, Calif. was killed July 24 in Afghanistan by the blast of an improvised explosive device. Also killed in the explosion was Staff Sgt. Benjamin G. Prange, 30, of Hickman, Nebraska.

US Soldier Dies Of Illness Developed In Afghanistan

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Army Pfc. Donnell A. Hamilton, Jr., 20, died July 24, at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas from an illness he contracted while deployed in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan.

Female MCAS Miramar Marine Named To 2015 Blue Angels Team

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Women are breaking new ground — in the air — making history on the newly chosen 2015 Blue Angels team.

Singing Soldier Paul Ieti Makes Finals Of America's Got Talent (Video)

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The judges from the TV talent competition "America's Got Talent" voted unanimously on Wednesday night to send 21-year-old Army Pfc. Paul Ieti to Radio City Music Hall for the show's finals. Ieti, an active-duty soldier, recently returned from a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan.

No California National Guard Troops Headed To Border With Mexico

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry may be making headlines for deploying National Guard troops to that state's border with Mexico, but California won't be following suit.

UPDATE: Detectives 'Looking For A Crime Scene' In Erin Corwin Case (Video)

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Detectives are "looking for a crime scene" in connection with the disappearance of pregnant Marine wife Erin Corwin. Court documents show Erin's friends believed she was romantically involved with Marine veteran Christopher Lee, and may have been carrying his child.

Military Commissaries Get Temporary Reprieve From Budget Ax

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Congress has voted to restore $200 million in cuts to the taxpayer subsidies that help fund military commissaries.

Marine Veteran First Paraplegic To Row From California To Hawaii (Video)

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Marine veteran Angela Madsen, 54, became the first paraplegic to successfully row the epic 2,500 mile journey from California to Hawaii. Madsen and her rowing partner departed Long Beach on May 20 and arrived in Honolulu on July 19.

NCIS Involved In Erin Corwin Case; Search Warrants Info Revealed (Video)

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The Naval Criminal Investigative Service has confirmed its investigators are involved in the search for Erin Corwin. The pregnant 20-year-old was last seen three weeks ago at her home on the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Base.

James Garner Served In Korean War, Awarded Purple Heart Twice

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James Scott Bumgarner, a.k.a. James Garner, served in the Merchant Marines, the Oklahoma National Guard, and the U.S. Army. Garner was injured in the Korean War and twice awarded the Purple Heart before being discharged in 1952.

Chelsea Manning To Start Treatment For Gender Dysphoria In Army Prison

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Chelsea Manning, formerly known as Army Pvt. Bradley Manning, will begin treatment for gender identity disorder while in military custody at Fort Leavenworth's prison. The Army had requested Manning be sent to a civilian prison for more sophisticated treatment, but the Bureau of Prisons denied that request.

Accused Killer Of Navy Broadcaster Gets Preliminary Hearing

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The military will hold an Article 32 hearing Friday to determine if there is enough evidence to bring Air Force Staff Sgt. Sean Oliver to trial in the strangulation killing of Navy Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Dmitry Chepusov.

Erin Corwin Case Update: 'Witness' Comes Forward, Search Warrants Executed (Video)

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A Twentynine Palms resident has come forward to say he saw missing pregnant Marine wife Erin Corwin on the day she disappeared. Michael Beasley has told several media outlets he witnessed Corwin willingly get into a car with an unidentified man. Law enforcement officials will not confirm if they've spoken with Beasley.

Camp Pendleton Marine And 'Lion Of Fallujah' Died Working For CIA

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Details were scarce when Camp Pendleton Marine Maj. Douglas Zembiec, known as the "Lion of Fallujah" for his bravery, was killed in Iraq in 2007. But a new report from the Washington Post clears up the mystery - Zembiec was working for the CIA when he died.

Marine Veteran And Mixed Martial Arts Pro Enters Beauty Pageant (Video)

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Marine veteran and professional mixed martial arts fighter Kelsey DeSantis may best be known for taking Justin Timberlake as her date to the Marine Corps Ball in 2011. Well, DeSantis is making headlines again, this time for competing in a beauty pageant-esque competition called Ms. Veteran America. And doing it pregnant.

Lawsuit Over Fallen Marine's Missing Heart Gets Tossed

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A federal judge has tossed a lawsuit brought by the parents of fallen Marine Corps Sgt. Brian LaLoup against the Greek government and a hospital in Athens for misplacing their son's heart after autopsying his body.

Former POW Bowe Bergdahl Won't See Or Speak To Parents (Video)

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Former POW and Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will not see or speak to his parents, despite their unwavering support during his five years in captivity. Bergdahl returned to active duty at Fort Sam Houston on Monday.

Navy To Expand Ball Cap Wear Policy (Video)

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Starting Sept. 1, commanding officers in the Navy will have the discretion to authorize when their sailors wear ball caps.

Former Chargers Drew Brees, Darren Sproles To Play With Miramar Marines

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Former Chargers Drew Brees and Darren Sproles, along with other National Football stars, are headed to MCAS Miramar on Tuesday. The Marines and sailors assigned to Miramar can workout and practice pass-and-throw drills with the NFL pros. Military families are welcome, too.

'Cujo' The Robotic Mule Helps Marines Take A Load Off (Video)

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A robotic mule - affectionately named "Cujo" by the Marines in charge of testing it - is getting its first try at helping troops carry heavy loads as part of RIMPAC 2014 in Hawaii.

US Sends Draft Notices To 14,000 Men Born In The 19th Century

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Dead men may tell no tales, but they apparently do get draft notices from the United States Selective Service System. The agency accidentally sent out draft notices to 14,000 Pennsylvania men born between 1893 and 1897.

Free Yoga On The USS Midway This Saturday

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Have you always wanted to do a downward facing dog on an aircraft carrier? Well, now's your chance to knock that one off your bucket list. Saturday morning the USS Midway will host a free yoga class on its flight deck.

Mother-In-Law Of Missing Pregnant Marine Wife Erin Corwin Speaks Out (Video)

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The mother-in-law of missing pregnant teenager Erin Corwin is speaking out, telling the media that her son - Marine Cpl. Jonathan Wayne Corwin - had nothing to do with his young wife's disappearance.

Happy Ending For Soldier Whose Ex Sold His Dog While He Was Deployed?

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Soldier Robert Gabbert entrusted his beloved dog Baxter with his former girlfriend when he deployed to Afghanistan in March. His ex-flame then sold Baxter on Craigslist to another military family. A group of strangers who learned of Gabbert's plight on Facebook have now successfully negotiated Baxter's return to his original home.

USS America Begins Two-Month Journey To Home Port San Diego This Week (Video)

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The future USS America is scheduled to embark on its maiden voyage Thursday, leaving Mississippi for its new home port of San Diego. Because the 844-foot-long amphibious assault ship is too large to fit through the Panama Canal, a group of Marines and sailors from Camp Pendleton has deployed to keep the ship safe as it transits around South America.

Change Of Command For Camp Pendleton's 15th MEU

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Marine Corps Col. Vance L. Cryer will assume command of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, based at Camp Pendleton, on July 10. Cryer will take over command from Lt. Col. John R. O’Neal, who took charge of the 15th MEU in June 2013.

Camp Pendleton Marine Killed In Car Crash

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Marine Corps Lance Cpl Eryk “Bo” Vencill, 21, was killed July 5 in a car crash in Perry Township, Ohio. The Camp Pendleton-based Marine was on leave visiting family when the accident took place.

Gary Sinise Hosts Coronado Screening Of 'Travis: A Soldier's Story' (Video)

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Actor, musician, and humanitarian Gary Sinise will host a special screening Tuesday evening of the documentary "Travis: A Soldier's Story" at the Village Theater in Coronado. The film follows the journey of quadruple amputee Travis Mills as he recovers from devastating injuries he suffered in Afghanistan.