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Stories by Beth Ford Roth

San Diego-Based Crew Of USS Peleliu Spends Thanksgiving With Family In Japan (Video)

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Sailors aboard the San Diego-based USS Peleliu get the rare treat of spending Thanksgiving with loved ones - in Sasebo, Japan. The Peleliu departed San Diego three months ago for a deployment to the Western Pacific.

78,000 Pounds Of Turkey Feed Troops Overseas On Thanksgiving

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78,000 pounds of turkey. 40,000 pounds of beef. 26,000 pounds of ham. 10,000 pies. That's what it takes to provide a proper Thanksgiving to U.S. troops who are deployed overseas for the holidays.

Army Sgt. Maj. Killed In Afghanistan Was Beloved Son, Father, Grandfather (Video)

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Army Command Sgt. Maj. Wardell Turner, 48, was roughly a year away from retirement when he lost his life Monday in a bomb blast in Afghanistan. Turner is survived by his mother, siblings, wife, five children, and three grandchildren.

Army Specialist From Ohio One Of Two Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan (Video)

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The close-knit community of Grove City, Ohio is mourning the death of Army Spc. Joseph “Joey” Riley. The 27-year-old was one of two soldiers killed Monday in Afghanistan.

San Diego-Based USS Vandegrift Uncovers 875 Pounds Of Smuggled Cocaine

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The San Diego-based USS Vandegrift crew teamed up with the U.S. Coast Guard to uncover roughly 875 pounds of cocaine that was hidden on a fishing boat off the coast of Central America.

USS Carl Vinson Continues Airstrikes In Campaign Against ISIS (Video)

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The Navy released video Tuesday of the San Diego-based USS Carl Vinson conducting airstrikes as part of the U.S. military campaign against ISIS, officially known as Operation Inherent Resolve. The Carl Vinson took over air operations from the USS George H.W. Bush last month.

Billionaire Marine Veteran Wants To Raise $10 Million For Semper Fi Fund

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GoDaddy founder and Marine Corps veteran Bob Parsons wants to raise $10 million for the Camp Pendleton-based Semper Fi Fund. If donors can raise $5 million by Dec. 31, Parsons will match it with $5 million from the Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation.

Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan Bicycle Bomb Blast Were American

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Several media sources have confirmed the two NATO service members who died Monday in Afghanistan were American. The two U.S. soldiers were killed when a bomb attached to a bicycle exploded near their vehicle.

7-11 Giving Away Franchise To A Qualifying Veteran (Video)

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The convenience store chain best know for Slurpees and Big Gulps wants you - if you're a "qualifying" veteran. 7-11 is giving away a franchise in a contest called "Operation: Take Command."

Two NATO Troops Killed In Afghanistan Bicycle Bomb Attack

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Two NATO service members lost their lives when a bomb attached to a bicycle exploded near a military convoy in eastern Afghanistan on Monday.

Paralyzed Marine To Receive Bronze Star With Help From Exoskeleton (Video)

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Camp Pendleton Marine Capt. Derek Herrera will receive the Bronze Star Friday at his retirement ceremony on base. Paralyzed by a sniper's bullet, Herrera will walk to accept his medal with the aid of his exoskeleton.

Camp Pendleton Navy Corpsman To Be Awarded Navy Cross

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The commanding general of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) will award Navy Chief Petty Officer Justin Wilson, 36, the Navy Cross at a Camp Pendleton ceremony on Nov. 25.

No Injuries After Two Navy Ships Collide In Gulf Of Aden

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A Navy investigation is underway into what caused two of its ships, USNS Amelia Earhart and USNS Walter S. Diehl, to collide Thursday in the Gulf of Aden.

Army: San Diego County Soldier's Death In Jordan Was Murder (Video)

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The Army has charged a 23-year-old soldier with killing San Diego County native Army Spc. Adrian M. Perkins, 19, while the two men were deployed in Jordan last May.

Free Phone Cards For Troops Deployed During The Holidays

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Continuing an annual holiday tradition, the Navy Exchange Service Command will provide Sailors and Marines deployed overseas during the holiday season $10 phone cards.

California National Guard Linguists To Aid In Africa's Ebola Battle

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Citizen soldiers from the Golden State will be joining the fight against the Ebola outbreak. Six linguists from the California National Guard are slated to deploy to West Africa in Spring 2015 to aid in communication efforts. None will be providing direct medical care to patients with the Ebola virus.

American Beheaded By ISIS Was Army Ranger Veteran (Video)

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Abdul-Rahman "Peter" Kassig, the American aid worker beheaded by ISIS, was a former Army Ranger who left the service to commit his life to humanitarian missions in the Middle East. It was while on one of these missions in Syria last year that Kassig was kidnapped by terrorists who would later execute him.

Special Forces Soldier With Ties To NHL Dies In Afghanistan (Video)

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A Special Forces soldier who make headlines when he practiced with the Carolina Hurricanes hockey team last March has died in Afghanistan. Sgt. 1st Class Michael A. Cathcart, 31, was killed by small arms fire in Kunduz Province on Nov. 14.

Marine Officer From Orange County Dies During PT Run In Germany

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The military is investigating the untimely death of Marine Corps Maj. Ryan Hansen, 41, who died after collapsing during a physical training run in Germany. Hansen was a graduate of U.C. San Diego, and a native of Orange County.

USS Fort Worth Departs San Diego Monday For Record 16-Month Deployment (Video)

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The USS Fort Worth will depart Naval Base San Diego on Monday for a 16-month deployment, the longest for a Navy ship since 1973, when the USS Midway deployed for 327 days (about 10 months).

What It Looks Like When You Jump Out Of Airplane (Video)

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Have you ever jumped out of an airplane? Do you want to know what it's like, without actually having to jump out of an airplane? Well, the 82nd Airborne Division paratroopers recently conducted parachute training with a camera attached, and the video is unreal.

Army Gets Grant From NFL To Study Traumatic Brain Injury (Video)

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The National Football League announced Thursday morning it has awarded the U.S. Army Research Laboratory a grant of $500,000 to study traumatic brain injury prevention.

Camp Pendleton Marine Hit With $2000 Phone Bill While Deployed (Video)

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Camp Pendleton-based Marine Lance Cpl. Jordan Johnstone wasn't even halfway through his deployment at sea aboard the USS America when he was hit with a $2000 phone bill.

List Of Top 4-Year Colleges For Veterans Includes Several San Diego Universities

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The Military Times has released its list of the top 100 four-year universities for veterans. Local schools making the cut include California State University San Marcos (#20), San Diego State University (#38), and the University of San Diego (#84).

Famous Folks You Didn't Know Were Military Veterans, Part Two

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It's Veterans Day, and it may surprise you to learn that these ten famous rock stars, actors, and politicians all served in the military. Here are the remaining five.

Famous Folks You Didn't Know Were Military Veterans, Part One

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It's Veterans Day, and it may surprise you to learn that these ten famous rock stars, actors, and politicians all served in the military. Here are the first five...

Military Dogs Honored During Veterans Day Parade (Video)

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For the first time ever, six retired military working dogs and their handlers will get their own float on Veterans Day during "America's Parade" in New York City. Joining the hero dog teams will be Army veteran Tracy Marrow (better known as actor and rapper Ice-T).

Check Out These Veterans Day Freebies And Discounts

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In honor of Veterans Day, restaurant chains and retailers are offering all sorts of discounts and free meals on Nov. 11 for active-duty military, veterans, and reservists.

Body Of Pilot From Missing F-16 FIghter Jet Recovered

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Search crews have recovered the body of the airman whose F-16 military jet crashed Thursday into the Gulf of Mexico.

Missing Military Jet, Pilot Believed To Have Crashed In Gulf of Mexico

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Search and rescue efforts are currently underway for a missing F-16 Fighting Falcon and its pilot. Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida lost contact with the pilot at 9:15 a.m. Thursday. Air Force officials have told the media they believe the military jet crashed into the Gulf of Mexico.

Baskin-Robbins' Newest Flavor For Veterans Day? Camouflage Ice Cream

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You had me at salty caramel, Baskin-Robbins. But the ice cream chain's newest flavor isn't just about taste. First Class Camouflage is meant to honor our military on Veterans Day.

Watch Live Feed Of Medal Of Honor Ceremony For Civil War Soldier (Video)

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Long-time San Diego resident Helen Loring Ensign will be on hand Thursday morning at the White House to accept the posthumous Medal of Honor for her ancestor, Civil War hero Army 1st Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing. Home Post will carry a live feed of the ceremony, which begins at 11:45 a.m. EST.

Surgeries Suspended For Military Family Pets As Cost-Saving Measure

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The cherished dogs and cats of military families are no longer able to get surgical procedures at military veterinary facilities, as these clinics have cut back on services to save money.

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.