Beth Ford Roth
Stories by Beth Ford
California Governor Jerry Brown ordered flags above the State Capitol lowered to half-staff today in honor of Navy Lt. Cmdr. Landon L. Jones, of Lompoc. Jones was killed September 22 when his MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter crashed while operating in the Red Sea. He was assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Six, based at Naval Air Station North Island.
California Governor Jerry Brown has ordered flags above the State Capitol be lowered today in honor of Army Staff Sgt. Robert E. Thomas Jr. of Fontana. Thomas, 24, died September 13 at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas after suffering injuries in a "non-combat related incident" on April 21, 2013, in Afghanistan.
Navy Senior Chief Dwayne Beebe-Franqui proposed to his boyfriend Jonathan Beebe-Franqui at the 2012 San Diego LGBT Pride parade. The couple legally married in Maryland in January 2013, but it wasn't until this month that the Pentagon officially extended spousal and family benefits to same-sex spouses like Dwayne and Jonathan.
Navy officials announced this morning they are suspending search and rescue efforts for two crew members missing since their MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter crashed in the Red Sea on Sunday. The helicopter was assigned to the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 6, based at Naval Air Station North Island.
Army Spc. James T. Wickliff-Chacin, 22, died September 20 at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas of injuries he suffered last month. On August 12, an improvised explosive device detonated near Wickliff's dismounted patrol during combat operations in Pul-E-Alam, Afghanistan, gravely wounding the young soldier.
Three crew members are "accounted for and stable" after their U.S. Navy MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter crashed into the Red Sea today. Search efforts continue for the two remaining crew members. The aircraft is assigned to the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 6, based at Naval Air Station North Island.
In the wake of Monday's deadly shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has ordered a review of security on U.S. military bases around the world. In addition, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has directed a "rapid review" of security procedures on Navy and Marine Corps installations.
President Barack Obama said of the shooting victims killed this morning at the Washington Navy Yard, "They're patriots, and they know the dangers of serving abroad, but today they faced the unimaginable violence that they wouldn't have expected here at home." Obama's comments were made at the beginning of a previously scheduled event on the nation's economy.
The mother of fallen Twentynine Palms Marine Lance Cpl. Jason Barfield got in touch with me a few months ago to let me know her son was to be posthumously awarded the Bronze Star with Combat Valor on March 7, 2013 - what would've been Jason's 24th birthday. Jason's story has stayed with me because of what he did before he lost his life, planning a beautiful Christmas surprise for his family. This post was originally published October 26, 2011.
Gabe was a retired military working dog and the 2012 American Humane Association Hero Dog Award winner. When he passed away earlier this year, it devastated not only his owner, but thousands of dog lovers who'd gotten to know Gabe through his Facebook page. This post originally ran February 13, 2013.
This story needs very little introduction, because the photograph accompanying it speaks for itself. I will say that this story touched the hearts of more than 125,000 Home Post readers, who shared it on Facebook more than 11,000 times. It captured the attention of major news outlets like Fox News, the New York Times, and Good Morning America. And all because of the love a dog had for his heroic owner - a love that survived death. This post originally ran August 23rd, 2011.