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Stories by Beth Ford Roth

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.

Bulldog Puppy PFC Smedley Butler Becomes A Marine

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He might have been the youngest and smallest Marine at the Eagle, Globe and Anchor ceremony at Camp Pendleton Thursday morning, but he certainly attracted the most attention.

Marine Veteran Reunites With Military Dog, Thanks To California Group (Video)

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They ate every meal together, slept next to each other each night. Marine Corps veteran Sgt. Robert Hulsey forged an unbreakable bond with his military working dog Jjoe while the two served together in Afghanistan. When Jjoe retired, Hulsey was able to adopt him, thanks to the California nonprofit group Mission K9 Rescue.

New Ribbon For Marine Corps Combat Instructors

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If you're a Marine who has completed a 36-month tour as combat instructor at the School of Infantry West at Camp Pendleton, there's a new special duty assignment ribbon for you.

Airman Won't Say 'So Help Me God' And Is Denied Reenlistment

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"So help me God." Those four words are at the center of a controversy brewing for an atheist airman who refuses to say them as part of his reenlistment oath, and thus has been denied the opportunity to remain in the Air Force.

Baked French Fries For Crew Of USS America - San Diego's Newest Ship

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As the USS America makes its way to its new home port of San Diego, the crew's dining options have been quite different from what other sailors usually experience during deployment - no free soft drinks, and french fries that aren't actually fried.

Commanding Officer Of California Navy Base Fires Himself

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Believing that Naval Surface Warfare Command Center Port Hueneme would "be better served by a new CO," Capt. Burt Espe has resigned his post as commanding officer of the Navy base.

Rape Tweets Prompt Navy To Drop Cee Lo Green From Concert

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Cee Lo Green's Tweets claiming a woman can't be raped unless she's conscious got him booted from the lineup of entertainers scheduled to perform at Naval District Washington’s Freedom Live concert later this month.

Obama Sending Military Resources To Battle Ebola Epidemic (Video)

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Saying the United States needs to make the Ebola epidemic "a national security priority," President Barack Obama announced Sunday on "Meet the Press" he plans to send additional U.S. military assets to Africa in an attempt to stem the outbreak.

9/11 Museum Displays Shirt Of Navy SEAL Who Killed Osama Bin Laden (Video)

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As the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approaches, the National September 11 Memorial Museum is now displaying the shirt worn by the Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden.

Chris Kyle's Widow Asks Judge To Toss Verdict In Jesse Ventura Lawsuit

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Taya Kyle, the widow of "American Sniper" Chris Kyle, is urging a judge to toss out a jury's verdict that awarded former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura $1.8 million in his defamation lawsuit against Kyle's estate.

US Army Paratrooper Killed In Afghanistan

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Army Spc. Brian K. Arsenault, 28, was killed Sept. 4, in Afghanistan when he was hit by small-arms fire during combat.

From Korea To Denver, Joan Rivers Was A Longtime USO Supporter

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Groundbreaking comedian Joan Rivers died Thursday at the age of 81. Rivers was a longtime supporter of the USO, even being named the 2001 USO of Metropolitan New York’s Woman of the Year.

US Military Heading To Ukraine For 'Peacekeeping' Exercise

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U.S. troops will train in Ukraine starting next week - the first time American ground troops have touched Ukraine soil since that country's crisis with Russia began. The U.S. military will join more than a dozen other countries in the peacekeeping exercise known as Rapid Trident.

San Diegans Saved From Sinking Ship Reunite With Coast Guard Rescuers (Video)

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Four adults and one teenager who were rescued from their sinking boat on Saturday night reunited this week with the Coast Guard crew who saved them.

Death Of Soldier With Military Dog Unit Under Investigation

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The Army Criminal Investigation Command is investigating the death of Pvt. 1st Class Darrell Robinson, 23, who was found dead at Fort Bragg in North Carolina on Aug. 31. Robinson was a military police officer with the 550th Military Working Dog Detachment.

WWII Veteran From California Stars In TV Commercial (Video)

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"Pretty damn exciting!" is how 89-year-old World War II veteran Bruce Campbell describes his experience appearing in a television commercial for the very first time. Until his recent stint in show business, Campbell was living a quiet live in the affluent Southern California town of San Marino.

U.S. Marine Helicopter Crashes In Gulf Of Aden, All 25 Aboard Rescued (Video)

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All 25 Marines and sailors aboard a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter that crashed Monday into the Gulf of Aden survived. The helicopter was attempting to land on the USS Mesa Verde when it went down.

Labor Day Special: Veterans With Unique Civilian Jobs

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This Labor Day, Home Post is taking a look back at a couple of veterans we've profiled in the past. The catch? These vets transitioned to unexpected lines of work in the civilian world after leaving the service.

Meet Kelsey DeSantis: Marine Vet, Mixed Martial Arts Pro, Pageant Contestant (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. Well, DeSantis is making headlines again, this time for competing in a beauty pageant-esque competition called Ms. Veteran America.

Navy Seal Veteran Nabs Role In Chris Kyle Biopic 'American Sniper' (Video)

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With Clint Eastwood directing and Bradley Cooper playing the title role, casting directors of the Chris Kyle biopic "American Sniper" were looking for someone to play Kevin Lacz, a Navy SEAL teammate of Kyle's. Just so happens Lacz was available to play the role.

National Guard ID's Pilot Killed In F-15 Jet Crash

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After days of searching for the missing pilot of a downed F-15C jet in the hopes he had safely ejected, rescue crews came to the realization Thursday that the pilot was actually killed in the crash. He's been identified as Lt. Col. Morris "Moose" Fontenot Jr., a decorated combat veteran.

Green Beret Veteran Now Serving As US Open's Oldest Ball Boy (Video)

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Todd Reed is far from your typical ball boy at this year's U.S. Open tennis tournament. For one thing, at 53-years-old, he's older than the rest of the boys (and girls). Reed is also a retired Green Beret who lost his leg during Desert Storm.

Paula Walker ID'ed As Soldier Who Committed Suicide At Fort Lee (Video)

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The Army has identified the woman who shot and killed herself at Fort Lee Army base on Monday as Sgt. 1st Class Paula M. Walker, 33, of Yonkers, N.Y. Walker had an eight-year-old daughter she was raising as a single mother.

Flags Lowered Over State Capitol For California Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

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Governor Jerry Brown ordered flags above the State Capitol to be lowered to half-staff in honor of fallen California soldier Sgt. Christopher W. Mulalley, 26, of Eureka. Mulalley died Aug. 22 in Afghanistan.

F-15C Fighter Jet Crashes In Virginia, Pilot's Condition Unknown

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An F-15C fighter jet crashed Wednesday morning in western Virginia. The jet was assigned to an Air National Guard base in Massachusetts. The condition of the pilot is not known at this time.

Coast Guard Fires Warning Shot At Iranian Boat In Arabian Gulf

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An inflatable boat dispatched by the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Monomoy fired a warning shot at an Iranian dhow (fishing boat), after a member of the dhow's crew aimed a machine gun at the American boat "with hostile intent."

Erin Corwin's Husband Speaks Out For The First Time Since Wife's Disappearance (Video)

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Marine Cpl. Jonathan Corwin, the widower of homicide victim Erin Corwin, is speaking to the media for the first time since his wife went missing on June 28. Corwin's body was discovered Aug. 16 in a 140-foot deep mine shaft in the Mojave Desert. Marine vet Christopher Lee was arrested and charged with Erin Corwin's murder.

Recalled Peanut And Almond Butters Sold At Military Commissaries

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Brands of almond and peanut butters recalled from store shelves because of possible Salmonella contamination were sold by military commissaries, according to an announcement the Defense Commissary Agency.

Armed Female Soldier Prompts Lockdown At Fort Lee Army Base in Virginia

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A female soldier who shot herself with a gun prompted a lockdown this morning at Fort Lee Army Base in Virginia. Officials have not yet released information about the woman's identity.

Navy Fires Command Master Chief Of San Diego-Based USS Dewey

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The Navy fired Master Chief Petty Officer Joe Grgetich from his job as command master chief of the San Diego-based USS Dewey on Aug. 21, a day before the ship deployed with the Vinson Carrier Strike Group.

Death Of California Soldier In Afghanistan Under Investigation

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The military is investigating the death of Army Sgt. Christopher W. Mulalley, 26, of Eureka, California. Mulalley died Aug. 22 in Gardez, Afghanistan in what the Department of Defense is calling "a non-combat related incident."

Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group Departs San Diego Friday For Middle East Deployment

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The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is scheduled to leave San Diego on Friday for a nine month deployment to the the Navy's 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility, which includes the Red Sea, the Arabian Sea, and the Persian Gulf.

Soldier Stabbed To Death In Afghanistan Identified (Video)

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An American soldier who died after being stabbed near the Kabul airport in Afghanistan has been identified as Army Sgt. 1st Class Matthew I. Leggett, 39, of Florida.

Marine Vet Could Face 2nd Murder Charge In Death Of Erin Corwin's Fetus

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The final results of Erin Corwin's autopsy could determine whether or not Marine veteran Christopher Lee is charged with murder in the death of Corwin's fetus. Lee has already been arrested and charged with murdering Corwin, 19, who may have been pregnant with his child.

Camp Pendleton Marine Killed Driving Home To Surprise Brother (Video)

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Camp Pendleton Marine, Lance Cpl. Brennan Ching, loved to surprise his 8-year-old brother with unexpected trips to the family home in Colorado. It was en route to one of those surprise homecomings that Ching, 20, was killed in an automobile crash.

Nearly $100K Raised For Marine From Ramona Who Lost His Legs In IED Blast

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Ramona native Marine Staff Sgt. Brandon Dodson suffered devastating injuries in an IED blast on Aug. 9 in Afghanistan. A webpage set up to help ease financial stress on Dodson's wife and toddler son has raised nearly $100,000 as of early Wednesday morning.

UPDATE: The Evidence That Led To Marine Vet's Arrest In Erin Corwin Case (Video)

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The San Bernardino County District Attorney filed murder charges Tuesday against Marine veteran Christopher Lee in the death of Erin Corwin. Lee's arrest warrant sheds new light on the some of the evidence that allegedly connects Lee with Corwin's homicide.

USS Carl Vinson Sailors And Marines Could Earn New Special Pay

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Sailors and Marines serving aboard the USS Carl Vinson on its upcoming deployment could qualify for new special pay under a proposal being considered by Navy and Marine Corps officials.