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Stories by Beth Ford Roth

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."

Russian Bombers Fly Within 50 Miles Of California Coast

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Two Russian Tu-95 Bear bomber planes came within 50 miles of the Northern California coast, shortly after four of the Russian Tu-95 planes entered the Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) near Alaska. None of the planes entered U.S. air space, and military officials dismissed the incident as "routine."

Fallen Special Ops Marine To Be Awarded Navy Cross

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Gunnery Sgt. Jonathan Gifford, a member of the Marine Special Operations Command, will be posthumously awarded the Navy Cross on June 17. The Navy Cross is the second highest military decoration that can be awarded to member of the Marine Corps or Navy.

Navy Sailor From Southern California Dies In Hawaii After Cliff Jumping

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Naval Aircrewman Mechanical 3rd Class Shannon Elizabeth Nunez, 22, died June 8 in Hawaii after jumping off a cliff into Maunalua Bay and getting carried away by the ocean currents. Nunez was from Whittier, Calif.

Meet Spc. Tinita Taylor: 1st Female Graduate Of Army's Jungle-Warfare Course (Video)

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Army Spc. Tinita Taylor has become the first woman to complete the Army's Jungle Operations Training Course. Taylor graduated from the course June 6, and her next goal is to become the first female to complete Army Ranger school.

San Diego-Based USS Cowpens Commanding Officer, Command Master Chief Relieved Of Duty

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The commanding officer and the command master chief of the San Diego-based USS Cowpens were relieved of their duties on Tuesday. The Navy reported a loss of confidence in the ability to lead of both Capt. Gregory W. Gombert and Master Chief Petty Officer Gabriel J. Keeton as the reason for their removal.

US Soldier Killed In Afghanistan Friendly-Fire Incident ID'ed As California Native

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Army Spc. Terry J. Hurne, 34, was one of five U.S. troops killed in a friendly-fire incident in Afghanistan, his father confirmed to The Associated Press.

Puppy Named Pvt. Smedley Butler Is MCRD San Diego's New Mascot (Video)

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Marine Corps Pvt. Smedley Butler - it's a hefty name for a little dog. But Smedley has big shoes (or paws) to fill. The 14-week-old English bulldog puppy is currently training to become MCRD San Diego's newest mascot.

5 U.S. Troops Killed By 'Friendly Fire' Airstrike In Afghanistan

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A coalition airstrike killed five U.S. troops in southern Afghanistan on Monday, in one of the deadliest friendly fire incidents in the history of the Afghanistan war.

Fallen Camp Pendleton Marine's Parents Adopt His Military Dog (Video)

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Fallen Marine Staff Sgt. Christopher Diaz was not alone when he died Sept. 28, 2011, in Afghanistan — Dino, his bomb-sniffing military dog, was at his side. On Saturday, Diaz's parents adopted Dino in a special ceremony at Camp Pendleton.

US Soldier Killed In Afghanistan (+Video)

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U.S. Army Pfc. Matthew H. Walker, 20, was killed June 5, in Paktika province, Afghanistan. He died of wounds suffered when enemy fire attacked his unit, according to the Department of Defense.

Naval Medical Center Portsmouth On Lockdown After Service Member Stabbed

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Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in Virginia is currently on lockdown, after a service member was stabbed outside the Navy exchange on the hospital's grounds. The Navy has identified the suspect as Petty Officer 3rd Class Wilbur Harwell.

Vietnam Veterans Not Fonda UCLA's Choice For Graduation Speaker

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A group of California-based Vietnam veterans is protesting UCLA's selection of actress Jane Fonda as the graduation speaker for the university's School of Theater, Film and Television. The group's "Vets Boycotting Hanoi Jane Fonda" Facebook page has garnered more than 42,000 likes.

Former Camp Pendleton Commanding Officer Tapped As Next Marine Corps Commandant

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General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., commander of the International Security Assistance Force and United States Forces-Afghanistan, has been tapped to be the next Marine Corps commandant. Dunford was commanding officer of the Camp Pendleton-based I Marine Expeditionary Force from 2009-10.

Marine Corps Looking To Find Adoptive Homes For War Dogs

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The Marine Corps' elite improvised explosive device-sniffing dog program is winding down along with the war in Afghanistan, and Corps officials are looking for new homes for many of these highly trained canines.

Death Of Army Captain In Afghanistan Under Investigation

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An investigation is underway into the death of decorated Army Special Forces Capt. Jason B. Jones, 29, who lost his life on June 2, in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. The Department of Defense reports he died of wounds "received from small-arms."

Ex-Blue Angels Leader Found Guilty Of Condoning Sexually Hostile Workplace

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Ex-Blue Angels leader Capt. Gregory McWherter was found guilty at an Admiral's Mast proceeding on Monday of condoning sexually crude behavior within the elite flight team that created a "destructive, toxic" working environment.

Russian Fighter Jet Got Too Close For Comfort To US Spy Plane (Video)

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Is the Cold War heating back up? The Pentagon briefed reporters Tuesday about an incident on April 23, when a Russian Su-27 Flanker fighter jet buzzed a U.S. Air Force RC-135U spy plane over the Sea of Okhotsk. The Russian jet got within 100 feet of the nose of the U.S. plane.

Study: Iraq War Veterans Sickened By Camp Victory Dust

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New research shows an unique type of titanium-filled dust, found at Camp Victory in Iraq, has been discovered in the lungs of several Iraq War veterans suffering from respiratory illness.

Bowe Bergdahl Hasn't Spoken With Parents Since Release (Video)

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Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a POW of the Taliban for five years, hasn't yet spoken with his parents since his release from captivity on Saturday, according to military officials. The 28-year-old Bergdahl is currently recovering from his ordeal at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.

J.D. Salinger And Other Famous Folks Who Fought On D-Day

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June 6 will mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day, when 160,000 Allied troops stormed the beaches of Nazi-occupied Normandy in France, in what was the largest naval invasion in world history. Some of those service members went on to gain fame in literature, sports and film.

U.S. Soldier Killed In Afghanistan Aircraft Crash ID'd As Pfc. Jacob Wykstra

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Army Pfc. Jacob H. Wykstra, 21, died May 28, in Kandahar Province of injuries he suffered in what the Defense Department calls an "aircraft accident." The Pentagon did not say if it was the same accident as the May 28 U.S. military helicopter crash in Kandahar Province that killed one NATO soldier and injured three Americans.

Camp Pendleton Officer Relieved Of Duty After Marine Drowning (Video)

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An investigation into the Jan. 13 drowning death of Marine Pfc. Joshua Islam, 18, at Camp Pendleton has prompted Marine Corps officials to relieve Maj. Adam W. Burch of his duties as commanding officer of Reconnaissance Training Company at School of Infantry–West.

Military Mom Cindy McCain Outraged Over Gwyneth Paltrow's War Comments

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Actress and lightening rod for controversy Gwyneth Paltrow has outraged military mom Cindy McCain over comments she made comparing the experience of being trolled on the internet to surviving combat in war.

Helicopter Crash In Afghanistan Injures 3 Americans, Kills 1 NATO Soldier

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A NATO soldier was killed and three American soldiers injured when their U.S. military helicopter crashed Wednesday after hitting a communications antenna in Kandahar province, Afghanistan.

US Marine Vet Jailed In Mexico Fires Lawyer Before First Court Hearing (Video)

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U.S. Marine veteran Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi fired his attorney prior to his first hearing before a judge in a Tijuana courthouse Wednesday. Tahmooressi has been jailed in Mexico since April 1 on weapons charges, after accidentally crossing the border with guns in his truck.

USS Bataan In Mediterranean Sea To Aid In Possible Libya Evacuations

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As the U.S. State Department urges all American citizens to leave Libya, the USS Bataan has moved into the Mediterranean Sea in case the warship is needed for evacuations from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli.

Camp Pendleton Marine Sings National Anthem At Padres Game - From Afghanistan (Video)

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Camp Pendleton Marine 1st Lt. Skye Martin, currently deployed to Afghanistan, wowed the crowd at the Padres game on Sunday with a soaring, long-distance performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner."

9,800 US Troops To Remain In Afghanistan After War's 'Official' End

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Heeding the advice of most military commanders on the ground, President Obama will seek to keep 9,800 U.S. service members in Afghanistan past the official deadline to withdraw combat troops.

A Father Remembers His Son On Memorial Day

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Unlike Veterans Day, which honors all who have served in the military, Memorial Day specifically pays tribute to fallen service members. On this day, the father of Navy CTI2 Matthew Bergman, a 21-year-old sailor from the USS Boxer who was lost at sea in 2011, posted an essay he wrote shortly after his son's death.

Memorial Day Freebies And Discounts For Military Families

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Many nationwide restaurant and retail chains are honoring the military this Memorial Day by offering discounts - and in some cases freebies - to active duty service members and veterans.

Report: Commander Faulted For Deadly Accident On San Diego-Based USS Lawrence

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A 2013 accident on the flight deck of the USS William P. Lawrence that claimed the lives of Lt. Cmdr. Landon L. Jones and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jonathan S. Gibson was the fault of commanding officer Cmdr. Jana A. Vavasseur - according the Navy admiral overseeing the investigation.

'Flags In' At Arlington, A Memorial Day Tradition (Video)

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Ahead of Memorial Day, the Army's "Old Guard" has placed American flags on each of the 260,000 gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery in an annual tradition known as "flags in."

Maj. Gen. Berger Tapped To Command I MEF At Camp Pendleton

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President Barack Obama has nominated Marine Corps Maj. Gen. David H. Berger to become the next commander of I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton. Berger is currently the commanding general of Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms.

Starting Memorial Day, Military Families Can Visit Museums For Free

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Starting Memorial Day, military families will be able to visit more than 2,000 museums across the country free of charge.

Body Of Marine Who Fell From Osprey Discovered, Identified (Video)

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The search for a missing Marine who fell from an Osprey during a training flight Monday evening has come to a tragic end. The body of the Marine, identified as Steven Hancock, was discovered Tuesday afternoon near a North Carolina highway.

250 US Marines Moved To Italy Due To Unrest In Libya (Video)

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The tumult in Libya has prompted the Pentagon to a crisis-response team of roughly 250 Marines from Morón Air Base in Spain to Sigonella, Sicily - a precaution if Americans need to be evacuated from the embassy in Tripoli.

Search Continues For Missing Marine Who Fell From Osprey (Video)

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A desperate search is underway to find a Marine who fell from a MV-22B Osprey aircraft during a training flight Monday evening in eastern North Carolina.

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

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Retired Marine Corps Cpl. William "Kyle" Carpenter will receive the Medal of Honor at a June 19 White House ceremony for heroic actions during combat in Afghanistan - actions that cost him his right eye and most of his jaw.

Marine Corps Female Dress Blue Uniform Could Become Same As Men's

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The Marine Corps has been testing out a redesigned version of the dress blue uniform for both female officers and enlisted women. The proposed new uniform has a dress blue coat similar to the male uniform, with the "traditional high collar."

Soldier From San Diego County Dies In Jordan

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A 19-year-old soldier from San Diego County died May 17 in Amman, Jordan, from what the Defense Department is calling a "non-combat related" injury. Army Spec. Adrian M. Perkins grew up in Pine Valley, which is an unincorporated community located in the Mountain Empire region of San Diego County,

Army Ranger Involved In Jessica Lynch Rescue Dies

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Command Sgt. Maj. Martin R Barreras, 49, who served 22 years as an Army Ranger, died May 13 in Texas from wounds he suffered in Afghanistan. Barreras was involved in the rescue of Jessica Lynch from an Iraqi hospital in 2003.

Flags Lowered To Honor Fallen Soldier From Oceanside

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Governor Jerry Brown ordered flags above the State Capitol to be lowered to half-staff in memory of Army Chief Warrant Officer Deric Rasmussen, 33, who died in Afghanistan on May 11. Rasmussen was a resident of Oceanside.

Sallie Mae Must Compensate Troops $60 Million For Overpaid Student Loans

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Sallie Mae must pay $60 million in refunds to troops for violating a law, called the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, that ensures members of the U.S. military pay no more than six percent interest on student loans.

Tomahawk Fire Jumps Containment Line; Fallbrook Evacuation Orders Lifted

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The 6,000 acre Tomahawk Fire has grown past the containment line and is approaching the city of Fallbrook, the San Diego County sheriff's reports. There is an evacuation order for Olive Hill Road in Fallbrook between Ladera Vista Road and South Mission Road.

US Military Planes, Drones Searches For Kidnapped Nigerian Girls (Video)

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U.S. military surveillance planes and a Global Hawk drone have become part of the search effort to find the more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped in April by the terrorist group Boko Haram. In addition, the Pentagon confirmed 16 U.S. troops are in Nigeria working to locate the missing girls.

Marine Veteran Locked Up In Mexico Moved To 'Safer' Jail (Video)

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Marine Corps combat veteran Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi has been locked up in a Mexican jail since March 31. His mother told a San Diego television station that thanks to the public outcry in the United States, her son has been moved to a safer jail in Tecate.

Watch Medal Of Honor Ceremony For Army Sgt. Kyle White (Video)

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President Barack Obama will award former Army Sgt. Kyle J. White the Medal of Honor today at the White House. Home Post will live stream the ceremony, which begins at 3:00 PM EDT.