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78,000 Pounds Of Turkey Feed Troops Overseas On Thanksgiving

78,000 pounds of turkey. 40,000 pounds of beef. 26,000 pounds of ham. 10,000 pies. That's what it takes to provide a proper Thanksgiving to U.S. troops who are deployed overseas for the holidays.

Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support is responsible for getting Thanksgiving meals to service members in places like Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Jordan - and this year, Liberia and Senegal.

The folks at DLA ...

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Army Sgt. Maj. Killed In Afghanistan Was Beloved Son, Father, Grandfather (Video)

Army Command Sgt. Maj. Wardell Turner, 48, was roughly a year away from retirement when he lost his life Monday in a bomb blast in Afghanistan.

Also killed in the bicycle bomb explosion was Army Spc. Joey Riley, 27.

The Department of Defense has not confirmed the identities of the two soldiers killed in Monday's explosion, but family members of both Turner and Riley have contacted the media to ...

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Army Specialist From Ohio One Of Two Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan (Video)

The close-knit community of Grove City, Ohio is mourning the death of Army Spc. Joseph “Joey” Riley. The 27-year-old was one of two soldiers killed Monday in Afghanistan, according to friends of the Riley family who spoke with the Columbus Dispatch.

The Department of Defense has yet to confirm the identities of the two soldiers who died on Monday in Kabul when a bicycle bomb detonated near their vehicle.

Riley ...

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San Diego Families Adopt Marines For Thanksgiving

Nearly 850 Marines from Camp Pendleton are spending Thanksgiving Day with more than 300 adoptive families across San Diego County. The Marines are all recent boot-camp graduates who are now in the School of Infantry.

An annual tradition for 14 years, the Armed Services YMCA at Camp Pendleton asks families to sponsor a pair of Marines for Thanksgiving dinner as part of its Home Hospitality Program.

"There is nothing open ...

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USS Carl Vinson Continues Airstrikes In Campaign Against ISIS (Video)

The Navy released video Tuesday of the San Diego-based USS Carl Vinson conducting airstrikes as part of the U.S. military campaign against ISIS, officially known as Operation Inherent Resolve.

The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group departed San Diego on Aug. 22 for a nine-month deployment to the the Navy's 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility, which includes the Red Sea, the Arabian Sea and the Persian Gulf.

According to ...

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Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan Bicycle Bomb Blast Were American

Several media sources have confirmed the two NATO service members who died Monday in Afghanistan were American.

The two U.S. soldiers were killed when a bomb attached to a bicycle exploded near their vehicle in Kabul.

A "Western security force" told Reuters the two troops who died were members of the U.S. Army.

Agence France Presse is also reporting the two soldiers killed were American:

One of the ...

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Two NATO Troops Killed In Afghanistan Bicycle Bomb Attack

Two NATO International Security Assistance Force service members were killed in an attack in eastern Afghanistan on Monday.

According to what Kabul police told the Los Angeles Times:

[A] bomb placed on a bicycle exploded near a convoy of coalition military vehicles, resulting in casualties.

The Associated Press reports the bomb blast took place in the eastern part of Kabul, Afghanistan's capital city.

Insurgents have been targeting military convoys ...

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Paralyzed Marine To Receive Bronze Star With Help From Exoskeleton (Video)

Camp Pendleton Marine Capt. Derek Herrera will receive the Bronze Star Friday at his retirement ceremony on base. Paralyzed by a sniper's bullet, Herrera will walk to accept his medal with the aid of his exoskeleton.

Herrera explained to The Associated Press:

"I could easily go and roll up in my wheelchair, but for me it's a mental and emotional goal that I set for myself: to stand ...

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Camp Pendleton Navy Corpsman To Be Awarded Navy Cross

The commanding general of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) will award Navy Chief Petty Officer Justin Wilson the Navy Cross at a Camp Pendleton ceremony on Nov. 25.

The Military Times reports Wilson, 36, works as a special amphibious reconnaissance corpsman assigned to MARSOC's 1st Marine Special Operation Battalion, which is based at Camp Pendleton.

Wilson was on his third deployment to Afghanistan, according ...

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Free Phone Cards For Troops Deployed During The Holidays

Continuing an annual holiday tradition, the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) will provide Sailors and Marines deployed overseas during the holiday season $10 phone cards.

Thomas Harris, NEXCOM Afloat Personal Telecommunications Service Program, said of the phone card program:

"NEXCOM has been giving away free phone cards to deployed Sailors and Marines for many, many years.

"This is just one small way that we can thank these service members and ...

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American Beheaded By ISIS Was Army Ranger Veteran (Video)

Peter Kassig, the 26-year-old American aid worker beheaded by ISIS, was a former Army Ranger who left the service to commit his life to humanitarian missions in the Middle East.

It was while on one of these missions in Syria in October 2013 that Kassig was kidnapped by terrorists who would later execute him.

According to the Huffington Post, Kassig served as an U.S. Army Ranger, deploying to Iraq ...

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Special Forces Soldier With Ties To NHL Dies In Afghanistan (Video)

A Special Forces soldier who make headlines when he practiced with the Carolina Hurricanes hockey team last March has died in Afghanistan.

Sgt. 1st Class Michael A. Cathcart, 31, was killed by small arms fire in Kunduz Province on Nov. 14, according to the Department of Defense.

He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Cathcart grew up in Michigan and was a ...

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Camp Pendleton Marine Hit With $2000 Phone Bill While Deployed (Video)

Camp Pendleton-based Marine Lance Cpl. Jordan Johnstone wasn't even halfway through his deployment at sea aboard the USS America when he was hit with a $2000 phone bill.

Johnstone, a native of Arizona, told Phoenix television station Channel 12 he believed that prior to his deployment, he had negotiated with AT&T to get the proper plan for calling while overseas. But that wasn't the case:

"I pull ...

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San Diego's Wartime Women Vets Still Serving Their County Decades Later

Evelyn Coy remembers it was 72 years ago when she answered the call to serve.

“Because I wanted to do for my country,” Coy said. "I couldn’t believe what was being done to our country.”

She enlisted in the Navy in 1942 during World War II.

“When I went into the Navy our uniforms were still on the drawing board,” Ellis recalled.

Coy was in the WAVES division, which ...

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