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Stories by Beth Ford Roth

Army Investigating Death Of Soldier In Afghanistan (Video)

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The U.S. Army is investigating the death of Pfc. Joshua A. Gray, 21, who died at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan on Feb. 10. The Department of Defense has not released any specifics on how Gray died, except to say it was in a "non-combat related incident."

Two US Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan Insider Attack

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Men wearing Afghan Security Force uniforms shot and killed two American soldiers Wednesday in Afghanistan.

US Soldiers Pumped To Compete In Luge At Sochi Olympics (Video)

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Army Sgt. Preston Griffall, 29, of Salt Lake City and Army Sgt. Matt Mortensen, 28, of Huntington Station, N.Y. will compete Wednesday in the men's doubles luge competition at the Sochi Olympic games.

USS Germantown Sailor Permanently Removed From Command During Sexual Assault Investigation

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The Navy has permanently removed Command Master Chief Petty Officer Jesus Galura from his post on the USS Germantown, as an investigation into whether Galura sexually assaulted another crew member continues.

Military Families Warned Of Scam Website

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The Army’s Criminal Investigation Command has a warning for military families about a website that aims to steal their personal information.

Military Dog POW Fed Diet Of Kebab, Say Taliban Captors (Video)

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A military working dog apparently is in good health and being fed a diet of kebab, according to statement released by the dog's captors — the Taliban.

Archeologists Study Howell Torpedo Found By Dolphins Off San Diego Coast (Video)

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Remember back in March of last year, when Navy dolphins discovered a 19th century torpedo off the coast of San Diego? Now archeologists from the Naval History and Heritage Command are studying the artifact, hoping it will unlock some secrets from the past.

'Hero's Welcome' Super Bowl Ad Showing Soldier's Homecoming Popular With Fans (Video)

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A town warmly welcoming home Army Lt. Chuck Nadd from Afghanistan with a ticker tape parade was the third most popular ad during Super Bowl 2014, according to USA TODAY's Ad Meter.

Judge Considers Tossing Lawsuit Filed By Jesse Ventura Against Chris Kyle's Widow

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U.S. District Judge Richard Kyle is considering throwing out a defamation lawsuit filed by Jesse Ventura against "American Sniper" Chris Kyle's widow. The suit centers around an altercation that may or may not have taken place between Ventura and Kyle at a Coronado bar in 2006.

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.