Military Families


Divers Recover Body Of Missing Navy Pilot From Santee

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, was from Santee in eastern San Diego County.

According to a Navy news release, divers from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2, operating aboard USNS Grasp, found the downed helicopter's cockpit with a remotely operated ...

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TRICARE To Shutter Stateside Walk-In Service Centers

TRICARE Service Centers will close their doors on April 1, requiring beneficiaries to do administrative tasks either online or by phone.

Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren explained to American Forces Press Service the reason for the change:

“This is being driven by the fact that technology has gotten so much better...

“The change will not – let me repeat that – will not affect any TRICARE medical benefit or health care ...

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Search Resumes For Missing Navy Pilot From Santee (Video)

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.

Unsafe weather conditions prompted the Navy to temporarily suspend dive operations Jan. 10. Conditions improved Sunday, and the USNS Grasp returned to the crash site that afternoon.

Divers from Mobile Diving and ...

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Four Airmen Killed In UK Helicopter Crash Id'ed

The U.S. Air Force has identified four crew members who died Tuesday night when their helicopter crashed on the northeast coast of England during a training mission.

Killed were:

-Capt. Christopher Stover

-Capt. Sean Ruane

-Tech Sgt. Dale Mathews

-SSgt. Afton Ponce

According to the Air Force, Stover and Ruane were the pilots on the fatal mission, and Mathews and Ponce were the special mission aviators.

The Pentagon Channel ...

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Marine Pulls Off Amazing Christmas Surprise On Live TV (Video)

Marine Pvt. Shane Martin is a good son. He sent his mother Toni a bouquet of flowers to make up for the fact he couldn't come home for Christmas. But it turned out the flowers were just a smokescreen for a surprise homecoming Martin was able to pull off on live television, with a little help from his sister.

A little background: the Martin family lives in Livonia, Mich ...

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California Town Replaces Gifts Stolen From Soldier's Home (Video)

Burglars stole thousands of dollars worth of Christmas gifts from Army Cpl. Chris Petrossian's home while he was deployed to Afghanistan. But residents of the California town of Lodi stepped up to make sure the Petrossian family didn't go without on Christmas day.

The Lodi News-Sentinal reports Petrossian was planning to surprise his wife Cheryl, and daughters Carilyn, 4, and Adriana, 6, by arriving home early from Afghanistan ...

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2 Soldiers ID'ed In Helicopter Crash That Killed 6 In Afghanistan (Video)

Two of the soldiers killed in Tuesday's Black Hawk helicopter crash in Afghanistan have been identified as helicopter crew chief Chris Bohler, 29, and Staff Sgt. Jesse Lee Williams, 30.

While, the Department of Defense has not officially named the six soldiers who died in the crash, the families of Bohler and Williams have spoken out to local media outlets about their fallen loved ones.

Williams' mother Debbie Bussard ...

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Military Same-Sex Spouses In Every State Now Eligible For DoD ID Cards

The same-sex spouses of U.S. service members are now eligible in every state to obtain their Department of Defense identification cards, according to an announcement made today by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel:

“All military spouses and families sacrifice on behalf of our country. They deserve our respect and the benefits they are entitled to under the law.

“I will continue to work to ensure our men and women in ...

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(Video) Great White Shark Caught By Marine Veteran Near Camp Pendleton

Marine Corps veteran and passionate fisherman Jeff Fangman is making headlines across the country this week for catching a great white shark off the coast of Camp Pendleton in October.

Fangman and his family had just moved out to California for his wife's job (she's an active-duty Marine), when they decided to spend the day at the beach.

Fangman wrote on the website that he was ...

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Parents Of Fallen Marine Sue Over Missing Heart

Marine Corps Sgt. Brian LaLoup, 21, committed suicide the night of Aug. 12, 2012, while serving at the U.S. Embassy in Greece. Now his parents are suing the Department of Defense, claiming LaLoup's body was returned to them without his heart.

The Associated Press reports after LaLoup shot himself in the head, he was still alive — but barely. The young Marine died within a few hours of being ...

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Helicopter Squadron Of Two Fallen Pilots Returns To NAS North Island Dec. 11

Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 6 and Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 75 are slated to return home to Naval Air Station North Island on Dec. 11 after an extended deployment.

Tragically, two members of HSC-6 were killed in September when their MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter crashed in the Red Sea during that deployment. Killed were Lt. Cmdr. Landon L. Jones, 35, of Lompoc, Calif., and Chief Warrant Officer Jonathon S. Gibson, 32 ...

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Navy To Give Deployed Sailors And Marines Free $10 Phone Cards

The Navy is distributing an estimated 35,000 free $10 phone cards to sailors and Marines deployed this holiday season.

The Navy Exchange Service Command expects sailors and Marines aboard 40 ships and submarines will received the cards.

Thomas Harris of the NEXCOM Afloat Personal Telecommunications Service Program told Navy Exchange Service Command Public Affairs:

“This is just one small way that we can thank our service members for their ...

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Is The Pentagon Planning To Close Stateside Commissaries? (Video)

As military families head out to buy their Thanksgiving fixings at commissaries across the country, the Department of Defense is considering a plan to forever close the doors of all stateside base grocery stores.

Stars and Stripes recently reported that DoD officials have asked the Defense Commissary Agency for a plan to close all base commissaries in the United States as a cost-cutting measure.

Pentagon spokeswoman Joy Crabaugh told Military ...

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Troops Can Send Satellite Radio Holiday Messages

From American Forces Press Service:

The Joint Hometown News Service, part of the Defense Media Activity, is partnering this year with SiriusXM Radio to enable service members worldwide to send holiday greetings to loved ones back home.

Military members anywhere can call a toll-free number, 888-776-2790, to record a holiday message for airing on the satellite radio network.

For 30 years, holiday greetings have been collected by Joint Hometown News ...

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Camp Pendleton To Hold Tree Lighting Celebration On Saturday

Thanksgiving is still a week away, but Camp Pendleton is showing off a bit of Christmas spirit early this year. The base is hosting its "2013 Tree Lighting Celebration" on Saturday evening.

The event is free, but you must be a DoD card holder to attend.

According to a Camp Pendleton news release, the celebration will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Pacific ...

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