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Stories by Beth Ford Roth

Astronaut John Glenn To Attend Christening Of Namesake Ship In San Diego (Video)

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The Navy will christen the future USNS John Glenn on Saturday morning in San Diego. Sen. John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, will be in attendance, as will his daughter Lyn, the ship's sponsor.

Frozen Corpses Of WWI Soldiers Discovered As Glaciers Melt (Video)

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As we approach the 100 year anniversary of the start of World War I, melting glaciers in Italy are revealing the frozen corpses of the men who fought - and died - in the so-called "Great War."

No Plans In The Works To Close Base Commissaries, Says Top Military Official

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The rumor mill has been circulating the same piece of information for months - that the Department of Defense plans to close all stateside base commissaries. However, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey is denying the Pentagon has such plans in the works.

Veterans' Service Dogs To Get Free Veterinary Care

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Veterans with service canines can now get free pet health insurance for their dogs through a VA program. The insurance will cover virtually all medical costs for the dogs.

Congress Calls For Inquiry Into Radiation Contamination On USS Reagan (Video)

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Congress has called upon the Pentagon to submit a report on the possibility that radiation contamination sickened sailors aboard the USS Ronald Reagan as the crew participated in humanitarian efforts after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Military Fighter Jets Train For Super Bowl Security (Video)

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Fighter jets from NORAD - the same group that helps track Santa Claus on Christmas Eve - are training this week in the skies above MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., ahead of the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 2.

Swedish Marines Version of 'Greased Lightnin'' Goes Viral (Video)

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The country that contributed Ingrid Bergman, Stieg Larsson, and IKEA to the world's cultural landscape has made yet another offering for us to enjoy. This time, a group of Swedish Marines stationed in Afghanistan performed what some are calling a sexy version of the song "Greased Lightnin'" from the musical "Grease."

Marine Reservists Paying For Accounting Mistakes Made By Corps

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Marine Corps Reservist Lt. Col. Rollin Jackson must repay the Corps almost $100,000 in housing allowances from when he served in San Diego. Corps officials told Jackson because of an error on their end, he'd been overpaid, and the Corps wanted the money back ASAP. Unfortunately, Jackson's case is not unique.

Camp Pendleton Marine To Be Retried For Iraq War Civilian Death

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Camp Pendleton Marine Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III will face another trial for the 2006 death of an unarmed civilian in Hamdania, Iraq. Last year the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces overturned Hutchins' murder conviction.

5 US Soldiers Make Olympic Bobsled Team For Sochi 2014

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The U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program is sending five of its soldiers to go for the gold in the men's bobsled competition at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Soldier From California Killed In Taliban Attack Against Base

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Army Chief Warrant Officer Edward Balli, 42, died Jan. 20 in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, when his base was attacked by Taliban insurgents.

Winter Storm Janus Won't Stop Old Guard At Tomb Of The Unknowns

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Soldiers with "The Old Guard" are standing tall in the face Winter Storm Janus at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery.

San Diego Woman Named Navy Medical Sailor Of The Year

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Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (SW/AW) Monica M. Reeves is the 2013 Navy Medicine Sailor of the Year. Reeves works at Naval Medical Center San Diego.

Report: Pilot Error Caused Helicopter Crash That Killed California Airman (Video)

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The Pave Hawk helicopter crash in Okinawa, Japan that killed Tech. Sgt. Mark A. Smith was caused by pilot error — according to an investigative report released Tuesday by the U.S. Air Force.

US Navy To Make Warships Available For Sochi Olympics Security (Video)

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Two unnamed Navy ships currently in the Black Sea will be available if a security crisis at the Sochi Olympics demands it, according to an announcement by U.S. Navy Rear Admiral John F. Kirby.

San Diego-Based USS Spruance Crew Rescues Man Overboard

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San Diego-based USS Spruance crew members rescued a Filipino mariner who'd fallen overboard in the Singapore Strait on Jan. 18.

US Soldier Killed In Taliban Attack In Afghanistan

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A U.S. soldier was killed Monday in a well-coordinated Taliban attack on Forward Operating Base Pasab in the Zharay district of Kandahar province in Afghanistan.

Death Of US Soldier In Afghanistan Under Investigation

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The military is looking into the circumstances surrounding the Jan. 17 death of Army Spc. Andrew H. Sipple, 22, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan.

Female Marine Stabbed By Fellow Marine At Camp Pendleton (Video)

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Marine Lance Cpl. Emily Hammonds is recovering at Scripps Mercy Hospital after a fellow Marine stabbed her multiple times Saturday morning during an altercation at Camp Pendleton.

Green Beret Killed In Afghanistan (Video)

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Green Beret and Army Sgt. Daniel T. Lee, 28, died Wednesday in Parwan Province, Afghanistan, when he was shot to death by enemy forces.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl 'Proof Of Life' Video Obtained By Pentagon

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The Department of Defense has obtained a "proof of life" video of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who has been held by the Taliban as a prisoner of war since 2009.

Camp Pendleton Special Ops Marines To Posthumously Receive Navy Cross

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Two fallen Camp Pendleton Marines, Staff Sgt. Sky Mote and Capt. Matthew Manoukian, will each be posthumously awarded the Navy Cross at a base ceremony on Saturday.

USS Ronald Reagan Leaving San Diego For New Homeport In Japan (Video)

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There's a game of musical chairs (or aircraft carriers) going on as part of the Navy's plan to strengthen its presence in the Pacific. The USS Ronald Reagan will leave San Diego for its new homeport of Yokosuka, Japan. The USS Theodore Roosevelt will then make San Diego its new home, leaving Norfolk, Va.

Divers Recover Body Of Missing Navy Pilot From Santee

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The Navy announced Tuesday night that divers recovered the body of Lt. Sean Snyder from the wreckage of a MH-53E "Sea Dragon" helicopter that crashed off the coast of Virginia last week. Snyder, 39, is originally from Santee in eastern San Diego County.

TRICARE To Shutter Stateside Walk-In Service Centers

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Stateside TRICARE military health plan service centers will close their doors on April 1, requiring beneficiaries to do administrative tasks either online or by phone.

National Guardsman Killed In Afghanistan Plane Crash

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One of the three Americans killed when their MC-12 reconnaissance aircraft crashed in Afghanistan on Jan. 10 has been identified as Chief Warrant Officer 3 Andrew McAdams, 27, of the Wyoming Army National Guard.

'Lone Survivor' Appeals To Military And Civilians, Tops Box Office

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"Lone Survivor," a movie about the 2005 Navy SEALs mission known as Operation Red Wings, hit number one at the box office. A look a Twitter shines a light on why civilians were as impressed with the movie as folks in the military.

Search Resumes For Missing Navy Pilot From Santee (Video)

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The Navy has expanded search and recovery efforts at the crash site of the MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter that went down Jan. 8 off the coast of Virginia. Still missing is Navy Lt. Sean Snyder, 39, of Santee.

San Diego-Based USS Rentz Intercepts $10 Million Worth Of Cocaine

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The San Diego-based Navy frigate USS Rentz intercepted roughly 313 kilograms (690 pounds) of cocaine in the month of December, while taking part in counter drug trafficking operations in the coastal waters off Central America. The street value of all that cocaine? About $10.4 million.

Video - Plane Crash In Afghanistan Kills Three Americans

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Two U.S. service members and one civilian were killed when their MC-12 reconnaissance plane crashed in eastern Afghanistan on Friday.

Navy Pilot From San Diego Area Still Missing After Helicopter Crash (Video)

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The Navy has identified the crew member still missing after his helicopter crashed Wednesday morning off the coast of Virginia as Lt. Sean Christopher Snyder, 39, of Santee, Calif.

Video - Two Dead, One Still Missing After Navy Helicopter Crash

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The Navy has confirmed that two crew members are dead and one is still missing after their helicopter crashed Wednesday morning off the coast of Virginia.

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus To Visit Camp Pendleton On Friday

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Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus is scheduled to visit Camp Pendleton on Friday, Jan. 10.

Four Airmen Killed In UK Helicopter Crash Id'ed

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The U.S. Air Force has identified the four U.S. airmen killed Tuesday night when their HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter crashed on the northeast coast of England during a training mission. The fallen airmen were Capt. Christopher Stover, Capt. Sean Ruane, Tech Sgt. Dale Mathews, and SSgt. Afton Ponce.

One Crew Member Killed, One Missing After Navy Helicopter Goes Down Off Virginia Coast

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The U.S. Navy reported on its Twitter account that one crew member died and one is still missing after their MH-53E helicopter made an emergency water landing Wednesday off the coast of Virginia.

Video - 4 US Airmen Killed In Helicopter Crash In England

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Four members of the U.S. Air Force were killed Tuesday night when their Pave Hawk helicopter crashed on the northeast coast of England during training.

Sexual Assault Probe Prompts USS Germantown Master Chief Reassignment

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The Navy temporarily relieved Command Master Chief Jesus Galura of his duties Jan. 7 on the USS Germantown, due to an investigation into sexual assault charges made against him by a crew member. Galura has been reassigned to Amphibious Squadron 11.

Update In Investigation Into Navy Broadcaster's Mysterious Death

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An unnamed U.S. service member is being held in what's called pretrial confinement as German authorities and the U.S. Air Force's Office of Special Investigation look into the Dec. 14, 2013 death of Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dmitry Chepusov.

Video - US Coast Guard Icebreaker 'Polar Star' Joins In Antarctica Rescue

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The U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker called "Polar Star" is heading toward Antarctica to join in the rescue attempt of Russian and Chinese ships that have become stuck in ice.

US Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

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Army Sgt. First Class William K. Lacey, 38, was killed Jan. 4, 2014, in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. The Department of Defense reports Lacey died of injuries suffered when his unit was attacked with rocket propelled grenades.

Marine Crisis Team Evacuates American Embassy Staff From South Sudan

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The escalating violence in South Sudan has prompted a U.S. Marine crisis response team to evacuate U.S. Embassy staff from the South Sudanese city of Juba on Friday.

Marine Sgt. Jacob Hess Is First US Military Death In Afghanistan In 2014

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The military is investigating the death of Marine Corps Sgt. Jacob M. Hess, 22, who lost his life in Helmand Province, Afghanistan on New Year's Day. Hess is the first U.S. service member to die in Afghanistan in 2014.

Check Out This Gingerbread Recreation Of Bin Laden's Compound

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Dubbed Gingerbottabad, Military Times calls it "the most infamous, and delicious, terrorist compound of the holiday season."

Video - First Person To Buy Legal Pot In Colorado? Iraq War Veteran

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The very first person to ever buy legal marijuana in Colorado is Sean Azzariti, a Marine veteran who served two combat deployments in Iraq. Azzariti says marijuana helps alleviate his post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms.

3 Navy SEALs Wounded In South Sudan Back In US

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Three of the four Navy SEALs injured in South Sudan when their aircraft was attacked by gunfire Dec. 21 are back in the United States receiving medical care. The fourth SEAL is hospitalized still in Germany.

San Diego Nurse Gets Surprise Proposal From Navy Corpsman Boyfriend (Video)

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Navy Corpsman Robert Everhart told his girlfriend Michelle Gungon he wouldn't be able to make it home to San Diego for the holidays. But Everhart had more than one surprise up his sleeve when he visited Gungon at Sharp Memorial Hospital, where she works as a nurse.

Pullup Requirements For Female Marines Delayed (Video)

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The Marine Corps' new physical fitness standards requiring female Marines to do pullups were to go into effect New Year's Day. But because of the high failure rate of women Marines attempting to complete pullups, that requirement has been delayed.

Air Force Capt. Killed In Afghanistan Suicide Car Bombing (Video)

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The American service member killed in Friday's suicide bomb attack near Kabul, Afghanistan has been identified as Air Force Capt. David Lyon.

US Marine Killed In Afghanistan 'Wanted To Be Great' (Video)

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The widow of Sgt. Daniel M. Vasselian said her husband joined the Marine Corps because he "wanted to be great." Vasselian died Dec. 23 in Afghanistan when the enemy ambushed his Humvee.

American Among 3 NATO Soldiers Killed In Afghan Suicide Attack

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Three NATO soldiers, one of them American, were killed Friday when a suicide car bomb hit their convoy in Afghanistan.