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Stories by Beth Ford Roth

Camp Pendleton Brush Fire 100 Percent Contained

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The brush fire that scorched a little more than seven acres on Camp Pendleton is now 100 percent contained. Base officials say the blaze ignited just before 11 o'clock Tuesday morning in the Juliet impact area on the southeast side of the base.

US Marine Veteran Guards National War Memorial In Canada (Video)

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The National War Memorial in Canada's capital city of Ottawa has been without an official guard since a gunman took the life of reservist Cpl. Nathan Cirillo. But Marine Major “Fox” Sinke, a Vietnam veteran with dual U.S.-Canadian citizenship, has taken it upon himself to stand watch at the memorial, paying tribute to his "comrade in arms."

Camp Pendleton Marines Return From Afghanistan Thursday (Video)

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As the 13-year-long war in Afghanistan draws down, the last Camp Pendleton Marines and sailors to serve in that conflict are slated to return home Thursday. The homecoming is planned for 1:30 p.m. PST.

Camp Pendleton's 1st Female Sergeant of the Guard Running For Congress

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More female veterans are running for Congress this year than ever before, including Marine Corps veteran Donna Dunn. Dunn holds the distinction of being first woman to serve as the Sergeant of the Guard at Camp Pendleton.

Fired Navy Leader Kissed And Propositioned Female Sailors For Sex

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A enlightening report obtained by the Navy Times found Command Master Chief James Shumate had a "history of repeatedly asking women to go home with him regardless of rank, command, or marital/relationship status." Shumate lost his job in June as the top enlisted sailor at Naval Air Station Lemoore's Strike Fighter Squadron 86.

USS Sampson Departs San Diego On Halloween For Deployment To Western Pacific (Video)

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The USS Sampson is slated to depart San Diego on Friday for a scheduled independent deployment to the Western Pacific.

California Airman Dies In Germany

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The Department of Defense has yet to release a cause of death for Staff Sgt. Nathan L. Tinsley, a 27-year-old airman from Eureka, California. Tinsley died Oct. 26 in Germany near Ramstein Air Base, where he was stationed.

One Dead After Military Jet Crashes Near Port Hueneme (Video)

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A Hawker Hunter MK-58 military jet crashed Wednesday in the Ventura County city of Port Hueneme, killing the pilot.

Is This Piece Of Debris Part Of Amelia Earhart's Lost Plane? (Video)

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The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), led by Army veteran Richard E. Gillespie, may have discovered a fragment from Amelia Earhart's lost airplane.

US Marine Will Go On Trial In The Philippines For Killing Transgender Filipina

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Murder or homicide? That's the question facing prosecutors in the Philippines, as they prepare to try U.S. Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton in connection with the death of Jennifer Laude, a transgender Filipina found dead in a hotel bathroom on Oct. 11.

Pentagon Reclassifies Death Of Miramar Marine Cpl. Jordan Spears

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The Department of Defense announced Tuesday it has reclassified the death of Marine Corps Cpl. Jordan L. Spears, 21, as in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. The Pentagon initially classified Spears's death on Oct. 1 as "a non-global war on terrorism casualty."

Civil War Hero To Be Awarded Medal Of Honor (Video)

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Cemetery Ridge. Pickett’s Charge. Phrases that sound familiar from books we've read, or maybe by watching Ken Burns' documentary on the Civil War. But on November 6, 2014, history will come to life when President Barack Obama posthumously awards Army 1st Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863.

Camp Pendleton Marine Veteran Runs For Congress (Video)

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After four deployments to Iraq, Congress should be a piece of cake, right? That's what former Marine Corps Capt. Seth Moulton is hoping. The Massachusetts native wants to represent his state's 6th congressional district in what would be his first foray into politics.

Navy Officer And Father Of Five Dies In Qatar

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The military is investigating the death of Navy Cmdr. Christopher E. Kalafut, 49, who lost his life Oct. 24 in a what the Pentagon is calling a "non-combat related incident" at Al Udeid Air Base in Doha, Qatar.

Death Of California Marine In Iraq Under Investigation

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The military is investigating the death of Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Sean P. Neal, 19, of Riverside, California. According to the Department of Defense, he was killed on Oct. 23 in Baghdad, Iraq, in a "non-combat related incident." Neal is the first U.S. service member to die in Iraq since 2011.

Marines Back In Beirut On 31st Anniversary Of Barracks Bombing (Video)

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It was in the early morning hours of Oct. 23, 1983, that a truck bomb exploded in the Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, killing 241 U.S. service members. Now, for the first time in more than 30 years, Marines are back in Beirut - this time as guards at the U.S. Embassy.

Marines Rescue Lost Boy Scouts Near Colorado River (Video)

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With the aid of a helicopter and night vision goggles, a Marine Corps search and rescue team was able to find a group of 28 boy scouts who had become lost during a canoe trip.

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.