Stories by Beth Ford Roth
California teenager Diego Romero is more like a son than a cousin to Staff Sgt. Juan Garcia, a platoon sergeant at Camp Pendleton. So when Diego was diagnosed with leukemia and lost his hair during treatment, Garcia shaved his head as a show of support. And then 19 other Marines in Garcia's platoon shaved their heads to let Diego know that they, too, had his back.
U.S. Marine veteran Andrew Tahmooressi found himself in Tijuana accidentally after missing the last freeway exit in the United States before entering Mexico. After Mexican guards at the border found firearms in his truck, Tahmooressi was thrown in jail on weapons charges. Now, Tahmooressi is giving his first interview from Tijuana's La Mesa Penitentiary since getting locked up March 31.
U.S. Army Ranger Alejandro Villanueva has signed an NFL rookie free-agent contract to play with the Philadelphia Eagles. The 25-year-old Villanueva played football during his years at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, before spending four years in the Army, and earning a Bronze Star during one of his three deployments to Afghanistan.
About 300 Marines departed Sangin District in Helmand province for the final time Sunday, bringing combat operations to a close in what was one of the bloodiest regions of the war in Afghanistan. Camp Pendleton's Darkhorse Battalion lost 25 Marines during its deployment in Sangin between September 2010 and April 2011.
Air Force Staff Sgt. Sean Oliver may have killed Petty Officer 2nd Class Dmitry Chepusov to prevent him from spilling the beans on Oliver's "inappropriate relationship" with Chepusov’s wife, according to testimony given at the Article 32 hearing of Army Spc. Cody A. Kramer - who has also been charged in connection with Chepusov's death.
Navy investigators are looking into allegations that Capt. Gregory McWherter, a former two-time commander of the Blue Angels, allowed a hostile work environment filled with lewd comments and pornographic images. On Friday, the Navy relieved McWherter of his post as executive officer of Naval Base Coronado.
A second member of the U.S. military is facing criminal charges in connection with the strangling death of Petty Officer 2nd Class Dmitry Chepusov. The Army has charged Spc. Cody A. Kramer with facilitating the strangling of Chepusov, who was found dead in a car in Germany in the early morning hours of Dec. 14, 2013.
Which actor would you want to play you in a movie about your life? If you're a man, I'm guessing Brad Pitt is at the top of the list. Well, for Gen. Stanley McChrystal the dream is about to become a reality. Pitt is slated to star in "The Operators," a film about McChrystal based on the book by Michael Hastings.
A day after news broke that a Russian fighter jet repeatedly buzzed the USS Donald Cook in the Black Sea on April 12, the Pentagon called the move was "provocative" and said it's inconceivable the Russian pilot decided to make close-range passes at a U.S. Navy ship without the backing of his government.