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Stories by Beth Ford Roth

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.

Defamation Trial Against 'American Sniper' Chris Kyle's Widow Starts Tuesday

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Jury selection begins Tuesday in the defamation lawsuit Jesse Ventura filed against Taya Kyle, the widow of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle.

Mystery Deepens In Disappearance Of Pregnant Marine Wife (Video)

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It's been more than a week since anyone saw 19-year-old Erin Corwin alive. Pregnant and married to a Twentynine Palms Marine, Corwin went missing June 28 while scouting for photography locations at Joshua Tree National Park.

Independence Day Freebies For Military And Veterans

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Eateries across the country are saying "thank you" to members of the military and veterans this Independence Day by offering them freebies and discounts.

Camp Pendleton 4th Of July Beach Bash A Family Affair

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The Camp Pendleton "4th of July Beach Bash" is in full swing, offering plenty to eat, drink, and do until 11 p.m. tonight, with a fireworks show kicking off at 9 p.m.

Combat Veteran's Fourth Of July Request For Fireworks Courtesy Goes Viral

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Iraq War veteran Jon Dykes suffers from PTSD and found the firecrackers and other pyrotechnics used by his neighbors last year on the Fourth of July left him feeling like he was back in combat. Earlier this week, Dykes posted a request on Facebook for "fireworks courtesy" from his neighbors. His Facebook post has since gone viral, being shared more than 280,000 times.

Wounded Warriors Wanted For New Navy Study In San Diego (Video)

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San Diego's Naval Health Research Center is looking for Wounded Warriors to take part in its six-year study on the quality of life for men and women who've been injured in the post 9/11 wars. Roughly 1,500 people have agreed to participate, but the Navy hopes to have 10,000 for the study.

Report: Military Hospitals More Dangerous For Childbirth Than Civilian Hospitals

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Babies born at military hospitals are twice as likely to suffer injury during delivery as infants born in civilian hospitals, according to documents obtained by The New York Times.

How Many US Service Members Are Now In Iraq? (Video)

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The Pentagon made an attempt this week to clear up confusion on exactly how many U.S. troops are currently in Iraq. The total given by Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby? 770 members of the United States military.

World Cup Fever: Soldiers In Afghanistan Give Team USA Shout Out (Video)

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As the U.S. soccer team faces off against Belgium in the FIFA World Cup Round of 16, soldiers stationed at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan are showing their support for their fellow countrymen.

Air Force Sgt. Charged With Stealing Credit Card Info From Service Members

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Retired Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Christopher Underwood, 42, was charged Monday with wire fraud, bank fraud, and aggravated identity theft - after allegedly stealing credit card information from fellow service members in the San Diego area.

Semper Fi Fund Bikes For Camp Pendleton Marines Destroyed In Fire

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A small mom-and-pop business that made bicycles for the Semper Fi Fund was destroyed by fire Sunday morning, along with 20 bicycles built for Camp Pendleton Marines.

Camp Pendleton Marines Learn Firefighting Skills Ahead Of Wildfire Season (Video)

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The May wildfires aboard Camp Pendleton were a stark reminder that a blaze can break out anytime, anywhere when weather conditions are dry, hot, and windy. That's why Camp Pendleton officials are currently training active-duty Marines on the ins and outs of battling wildfires.

Actress Amy Adams Gives First-Class Seat To Soldier (Video)

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ESPN personality Jemele Hill watched Academy Award-nominated actress Amy Adams give her up first-class seat to a soldier on a flight from Detroit to Los Angeles. Although Adams' gesture was done quietly, Hill Tweeted about her generosity, and now Adams is making headlines for being a "class act."

Twentynine Palms Marine Killed In Afghanistan

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Marine Corps Sgt. Thomas Z. Spitzer, 23, was killed Wednesday in Helmand province, Afghanistan while conducting combat operations. Spitzer was based at Twentynine Palms, California.

Study: Brain Injury In Veterans Linked To Alzheimer's Disease

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Older veterans who suffered traumatic brain injury earlier in their military careers have a 60 percent greater risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, according to a new study published in the medical journal Neurology.

Flags Lowered Over State Capitol In Honor Of California National Guardsman

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Gov. Jerry Brown has ordered the flags at California's capitol be lowered to half-staff in honor of Sgt. 1st Class Raul Escobedo, 41, a member of the California Army National Guard.

NATO Service Member Killed In Afghanistan

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NATO today announced the death of an International Security Assistance Force service member in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday. According to NATO ISAF, the troop died "as a result of an enemy forces attack." The service member's nationality has not yet been released.

Elderly Veteran Dies Near Wife's Grave At Arlington National Cemetery

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A retired Air Force colonel was found dead at Arlington National Cemetery — apparently by his own hand — in the same area where his late wife is buried.

USS Peleliu Honors Deceased Veterans With Burials At Sea

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The USS Peleliu begins its participation in RIMPAC later this week. But before the ship arrives in Hawaii for the multinational naval exercises, the Peleliu crew conducted burials at sea to honor 22 deceased veterans and military family members.

Navy Special Warfare Sailor Dies In Skydiving Training Accident

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A sailor assigned to a West Coast-based Naval Special Warfare Command was killed in a skydiving accident on Monday. The sailor, who has not yet been identified, died from injuries he suffered during parachute training in the Southern California desert near the city of El Centro.

Medal Of Honor Recipient Kyle Carpenter Throws Padres Pitch, Visits Camp Pendleton (Video)

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Marine Corps veteran Cpl. Kyle Carpenter, who was awarded the Medal of Honor last week, is in town. Among his stops - throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Sunday's San Diego Padres game, and meeting with fellow Marines at Camp Pendleton and MCAS Miramar.

Pentagon ID's 3 US Marines Killed In Afghanistan Bombing (Video)

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The Defense Department has identified the three U.S. Marines killed on June 20 (along with a military working dog) by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan. They were: Staff Sgt. David H. Stewart, 34; Lance Cpl. Brandon J. Garabrant, 19; and Lance Cpl. Adam F. Wolff, 25. All three were based at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

3 US Troops, 1 Military Dog Killed In Afghanistan

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A roadside bomb blast in southern Afghanistan killed three U.S. service members and their military working dog on Friday.

Active-Duty Soldier Amazes Judges On 'America's Got Talent' (Video)

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Active-duty soldier Pfc. Paul Ieti, 21, recently completed a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. While in the war-ravaged country, he used music to soothe his soul and entertain his fellow soldiers. His incredible singing voice landed him an audition on "America's Got Talent," and his performance on the show this week earned him a standing ovation and a spot in the final competition.

Watch Marine Cpl. Kyle Carpenter Receive Medal Of Honor (Video)

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President Barack Obama will award retired Marine Corps Cpl. William "Kyle" Carpenter the Medal of Honor at a White House ceremony today, for Carpenter's heroic actions during a Nov. 21, 2010 battle in Afghanistan. Home Post will carry a live feed of the event.

Will Obama Send Military Special Forces To Iraq?

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President Barack Obama is mulling over the option of sending in U.S. military Special Forces into Iraq, not for combat, but to help train Iraq's military to better combat the militant insurgent group ISIS.

USS Peleliu Departs San Diego Tuesday For Deployment To Western Pacific

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The USS Peleliu is slated to depart Naval Base San Diego on Tuesday for a scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific.

US Marines Arrive in Baghdad To Protect Embassy (Video)

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About 50 Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST) Marines and a group of U.S. soldiers have started arriving in Baghdad to help protect the American embassy from the fast-moving Islamic insurgent group ISIS.

Fallen Camp Pendleton Marine Awarded Bronze Star (Video)

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The widow of Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Steven Stevens was presented with his Bronze Star on Monday at a Camp Pendleton ceremony. Monique Stevens was holding the couple's 2-year-old son Kairo - whom Stevens never got a chance to meet before he was killed in Afghanistan.

Goal By Military Kid John Brooks Helps USA Beat Ghana In World Cup Match (Video)

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Team USA's John Brooks Jr. scored the game winning goal in Monday's World Cup match against Ghana. Brooks, along with three other members of the U.S. national team, is the son of a U.S. service member.

Camp Pendleton Marine Surprises Sister At High School Graduation (Video)

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Taylor St. Cyr was crushed when she learned her brother, Camp Pendleton Marine Lance Cpl. Shayne St. Cyr, wouldn't be able to make it to her high school graduation in Essex, Vt. But Shayne, and Taylor's parents, had a major surprise in store for the graduate when she walked across the stage to receive her diploma.

US Marines To Provide Embassy Security In Iraq (Video)

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About 100 U.S. Marines are en route to the American embassy in Baghdad as the militant group ISAS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) seizes more territory in Iraq. In addition, the USS Mesa Verde will join aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the Persian Gulf "to protect American citizens and interests in Iraq."