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Stories by Beth Ford Roth

USS Coronado Had Near Miss With Gray Whales En Route To San Diego (Video)

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The USS Coronado almost collided with a pod of gray whales off the coast of Orange County as the ship was heading to its new homeport of San Diego earlier this week.

Report: US Military's Ban On Transgender Troops 'Damaging'

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There is no "compelling medical reason" to ban transgender people from serving in the U.S. military, according to a report released Thursday by an independent commission lead by former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders.

San Diego-Based USS Pinckney Ends Its Search For Malaysia Airines MH370 (Video)

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The San Diego-based USS Pinckney will no longer be a part of the international search mission for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. The Navy has announced the Pinckney will instead head to Singapore for maintenance. But the San Diego-based USS Kidd is still involved in the hunt for MH370.

San Diego-Based Navy Ships Dedicated To Search For Malaysia Airlines MH370 (Video)

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San Diego-based ships from the U.S. Navy's Seventh Fleet have been searching the better part of five days for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Navy officials say as each day passes, the hunt for the vanished plane becomes more difficult.

Report: Deadly Navy Jet Crash Caused By Pilot Error

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A new accident report finds pilot error was to blame for the deadly crash of a Navy EA-6B Prowler that went down shortly after taking off from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Washington state on March 11, 2013. Three Naval aviators lost their lives in the crash.

U.S. Navy Plays Major Role In Malaysia Airlines MH370 Search (Video)

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The U.S. Navy's Seventh Fleet is playing a major role in the hunt for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Two San Diego-based ships, USS Kidd and USS Pinckney, are conducting searches in the Gulf of Thailand for any sign of the missing plane.

USS Ronald Reagan Holds Ceremony To Mark Japan Earthquake Anniversary (Video)

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A memorial ceremony to mark the third anniversary of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan will be held aboard USS Ronald Reagan this morning. The Reagan was an instrumental part of humanitarian efforts in the wake of the tragedy in Japan.

Marine Corps IDs Top Gun Student Killed In Nevada Jet Crash

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The pilot killed March 1 when his F/A-18C Hornet crashed near NAS Fallon has been identified as Marine Corps Capt. Reid "Eeyore" Nannen, 32, of Hopedale, Ill. He leaves behind a wife and four children.

2 San Diego-Based Navy Ships Search For Missing Malaysia Airlines Plane (Video)

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Two Navy ships homeported in San Diego, USS Kidd and USS Pinckney, have joined the international search team looking for any signs of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

San Diego-Based USS Pinckney Aids In Malaysia Airlines Search (Video)

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The United States Navy has sent the USS Pinckney (homeport San Diego) to aid in the search for a Malaysia Airlines flight that has gone missing.

USS Coronado Slated To Arrive In San Diego On Monday

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The high-tech, high-speed USS Coronado is slated to arrive at its new home port at Naval Base San Diego on March 6.

2 Marines Relieved Of Command Over Camp Pendleton Explosion That Killed 4

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Marine Corps relieves captain and master sergeant of their commands following an investigation into the Nov. 13 explosion at Camp Pendleton that killed four explosive ordnance disposal Marines.

Kidnapped Service Dog Returned To Iraq War Veteran (Video)

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Iraq War veteran Blanka Stratford was catching a quick bite with friends Saturday when someone snatched her service dog, Spencer, from her car. Fortunately, Spencer and Stratford have been reunited after she offered a $2,000 reward for his return.

Marine Veteran Kyle Carpenter To Receive Medal Of Honor (Video)

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Marine Corps veteran Kyle Carpenter will be awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions amidst a November 2010 grenade attack in Afghanistan. Unnamed officials have told the Marine Corps Times the announcement from the White House announcing Carpenter's award is imminent, although the White House has yet to confirm this.

Study: Bird Strikes Pose Serious Threat To Military Helicopters

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Bird strikes pose a serious threat to the safety of military helicopters, according to a first-of-its-kind study by the National Wildlife Research Center.

Partying Troops And Veterans To Get Free Rides Home On Mardi Gras

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For active-duty troops, veterans, and reservists who need a designated driver after enjoying Fat Tuesday, Operation Homefront and Uber are teaming up to give them a free ride home.

US Marine Killed In Afghanistan By Suicide Bomber

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Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Caleb L. Erickson, 20, died Feb. 28 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Erickson's sister told local media that her brother was killed when a suicide bomber attacked his convoy.

Death Of Air National Guardsman Under Investigation

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The death of Master Sgt. David L. Poirier, 52, on Feb. 28 from a "non-combat related incident" is currently under investigation, according to the Department of Defense.

Navy Says Pilot Killed In 'Top Gun' Fighter Jet Crash (Video)

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A U.S. military pilot was killed Saturday when his Marine Corps F/A-18C crashed on a training flight for the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center's "Top Gun" course at Naval Air Station Fallon in Nevada. The Navy has not yet released the identity of the pilot.

TOPGUN Fighter Jet Crashes In Nevada, Pilot Still Missing

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The search is on for a U.S. military pilot who went missing after his Marine Corps F/A-18C crashed on a training flight for the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center's "TOPGUN" course at Naval Air Station Fallon in Nevada. The jet went down in a remote, mountainous site, and the Navy reports "the scene indicate the aircraft is a total loss."

Navy To Commission USS Somerset In Honor Of Flight 93 Heroes (Video)

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The Navy on Saturday will commission the USS Somerset in honor of the crew and passengers of United Airlines Flight 93, who lost their lives when terrorists hijacked their plane on 9/11.

Pentagon Names Point Person To Bring Home POW Bowe Bergdahl

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Defense Department Secretary Chuck Hagel has tapped acting Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michael Lumpkin to lead the effort to bring home prisoner of war Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Driving Commissaries' Costs Up Would Lead To Closures, Says Nonprofit

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The senior enlisted advisers of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force expressed their unified dismay at a plan that would raise grocery prices in military commissaries. This, after a nonprofit trade group said raising prices would eventually lead to commissaries closing their doors.

Blue Angels Visit MCAS Miramar To Plan For Air Show (Video)

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The Blue Angels visited Marine Corps Air Station Miramar on Wednesday. Members of the team were in town to discuss the Miramar Air Show, which is scheduled for Oct. 4-5.

Good News For Marine Corps Spouses: Rolled Sleeves Are Back

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Marine Corps spouses had a hand in convincing Commandant James Amos to reverse a previous ruling and allow Marines to once again roll up their sleeves. Why all the fuss? As Bonnie Amos, First Lady of the Marine Corps put it, "We miss our husbands' guns!"

Military Families Would Pay More For Health Care Under Pentagon Proposal

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The Department of Defense's new budget proposal would include an increase in Tricare fees for the family members of active-duty troops.

Camp Pendleton EOD Marines Prep For Afghanistan Deployment (Video)

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Marines with 1st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, based at Camp Pendleton, are training for their deployment to Afghanistan next month.

Military Families Pay More At Commissaries Under New Proposal

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The fear that the Department of Defense would close stateside commissaries has been replaced by the realization that while commissaries will stay open, the price of groceries could go up.

Watch Live Unveiling Of Nimitz' 4,000 Page WWII 'Diary' (Video)

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You can watch live as the Naval War College Library unveils online the WWII Gray Book diary of Fleet Adm. Chester Nimitz - 4,000 pages worth of communications Nimitz began right after the attack at Pearl Harbor, and wrapped up in the final days of WWII. Home Post will carry the live feed at 6:30 p.m. EST.

San Diego Marine Killed In Multi-Car Accident (Video)

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U.S. Marine Ricky Jones, a member of the U.S.M.C. military police, was killed Saturday morning in a multi-car pile up in the Mission Valley area of San Diego.

Army Veteran Steve Holcomb Medals Again In Bobsled (Video)

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Army veteran Steve Holcolm won another bronze medal at the Sochi Olympics, this time for four-man bobsled. He is now the first American bobsled pilot to earn three Olympic medals.

Navy SEAL Veteran From Fallbrook Found Dead On Maersk Alabama (Video)

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Fallbrook resident Jeffrey Reynolds, 44, was one of two Navy SEAL veterans found dead aboard the Maersk Alabama on Tuesday. Media outlets are reporting drugs were found in the room with the bodies of the dead men.

Marine From Fallbrook Awarded Silver Star (Video)

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Marine Corps 1st Lt. Kenneth Conover of Fallbrook was awarded the Silver Star this week for his heroic actions during a six-day battle in Afghanistan in 2012.

2 Navy SEAL Veterans Found Dead On 'Captain Phillips' Ship (Video)

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Two Navy SEAL veterans, Jeffrey Reynolds and Mark Kennedy, were found dead Tuesday aboard the Maersk Alabama. Reynolds and Kennedy, both 44, were working as security officers aboard the container ship made famous in the movie "Captain Phillips."

Camp Pendleton Marines Give Lompoc Boy Special Birthday Surprise

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A group of Camp Pendleton Marines drove 235 miles to make the birthday wish of a 5-year-old Lompoc boy come true.

Special Forces Marine Killed In Afghanistan (Video)

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U.S. Marine Master Sgt. Aaron C. Torian, 36, died Feb. 15 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. His mother told a Kentucky television station he was killed by an improvised explosive device blast.

Camp Pendleton Marine First Ever To Receive Revolutionary Prosthetic Arm (Video)

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Camp Pendleton Marine Staff Sgt. James Sides recently became the first human being to be fitted with a cutting-edge prosthetic arm he can control using own muscles. Sides lost his arm in Afghanistan on July 15, 2012 to an improvised explosive device.

Navy SEAL Veteran Running For Congress

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Larry Wilske, a Navy veteran and former command master chief of SEAL Team 7, has thrown his hat into the ring to represent California's 53rd Congressional District. The seat currently belongs to Rep. Susan Davis.

Army Veteran Steve Holcomb Earns Historic Bronze In Bobsled (Video)

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Army veteran Steven Holcomb has earned the first medal in two-man bobsled for the United States since 1952.

More Military Families Using Food Stamps To Make Ends Meet

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More military families are using food stamps at base commissaries for basic staples like milk and bread.

Soldiers Killed In Insider Attack Identified (Video)

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The Department of Defense has identified the two U.S. soldiers killed in an insider attack in Afghanistan on Feb. 12 as Spc. John A. Pelham, 22, and Sgt. First Class Roberto C. Skelt, 41.

Military Brat And Olympian Ashley Wagner Tweets Valentine's Day Card For Fans

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Olympic figure skater Ashley Wagner is the daughter of an Army officer, which she attributes to giving her the discipline to perform under pressure. It's also apparently provided her with a self-effacing sense of humor, as is evident by the Valentine's Day card she created for her Twitter followers.

Miramar Marine Injured In Hit And Run, Police Seeking Info On Driver (Video)

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MCAS Miramar Marine Staff Sgt. John Mihelich was just two miles from his house in Temecula on Feb. 7 when he became the victim of a hit-and-run. Now law enforcement officials are asking for the public's help in finding the driver.

US Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

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Army Spc. Christopher A. Landis, 27, died Feb. 10 at Bagram Airfield from wounds he suffered from a rocket propelled grenade attack in Kapisa Province, Afghanistan.

Army Investigating Death Of Soldier In Afghanistan (Video)

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The U.S. Army is investigating the death of Pfc. Joshua A. Gray, 21, who died at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan on Feb. 10. The Department of Defense has not released any specifics on how Gray died, except to say it was in a "non-combat related incident."

Two US Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan Insider Attack

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Men wearing Afghan Security Force uniforms shot and killed two American soldiers Wednesday in Afghanistan.

US Soldiers Pumped To Compete In Luge At Sochi Olympics (Video)

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Army Sgt. Preston Griffall, 29, of Salt Lake City and Army Sgt. Matt Mortensen, 28, of Huntington Station, N.Y. will compete Wednesday in the men's doubles luge competition at the Sochi Olympic games.

USS Germantown Sailor Permanently Removed From Command During Sexual Assault Investigation

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The Navy has permanently removed Command Master Chief Petty Officer Jesus Galura from his post on the USS Germantown, as an investigation into whether Galura sexually assaulted another crew member continues.

Military Families Warned Of Scam Website

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The Army’s Criminal Investigation Command has a warning for military families about a website that aims to steal their personal information.

Military Dog POW Fed Diet Of Kebab, Say Taliban Captors (Video)

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A military working dog apparently is in good health and being fed a diet of kebab, according to statement released by the dog's captors — the Taliban.