Beth Ford Roth
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Blogger Beth Ford Roth was born into a military family and has covered issues important to service members and their loved ones for many years. She has worked as a broadcast journalist in both commercial television and public radio.
The Navy has announced plans to move the USS Milius and the USS Benfold from their current homeport in San Diego to Japan.
According to U.S. Fleet Forces Command, in the next few years, the Milius and the Benfold will become part of Forward Deployed Naval Forces based at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan.
The Benfold will depart San Diego for Yokosuka in the summer of 2015, and the ...
One year ago today, a 12-year-old with a semi-automatic handgun killed Sparks Middle School math teacher Michael Landsberry, 45, as he tried to protect his students. As Reuters reported at the time:
[Landsberry] was gunned down when he stepped into the shooter's line of fire, giving students time to flee to safety.
On Sunday, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal, Landsberry was posthumously awarded the Air Force’s Airman’s ...
This past weekend, the San Diego-based USS Carl Vinson took over responsibility for the airstrike campaign against ISIS from the USS George H. W. Bush, which has been in the Persian Gulf since June.
USS Carl Vinson Commanding Officer Capt. Karl O. Thomas wrote on the Vinson Facebook page on Oct. 17:
"(Saturday), the Air Wing will have their first set of flights in the Arabian Gulf. Now that the ...
After a six-month deployment in Australia as part of Marine Rotational Force-Darwin, Marines and sailors assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment are slated to arrive home Monday to Camp Pendleton.
The Marine Corps Times reports:
While deployed Down Under, the Marines trained with their Australian counterparts for urban rescue missions, conventional warfare, combined armed, disaster response and humanitarian relief.
They capped their deployment with Exercise Koolendong, a training ...
A woman who became violently ill on a bus in a Pentagon parking lot has been taken to a Fairfax, Va. hospital after telling first responders she had recently visited West Africa, according to the Washington Post.
Brian McGraw with Arlington County Fire told the Washington Post that officials...
“...have no information or conditions to confirm this is Ebola.”
The bus was carrying several Marines and their spouses headed to ...
The Navy has let three of its ships depart Subic Bay in the Philippines, but not the San Diego-based USS Peleliu. That's because the ship is carrying one U.S. Marine whom Philippine police have charged with murdering a transgender Filipino, and three possible witnesses.
According to a Marine Corps news release:
“The USS Peleliu will remain in port at this time; personnel still actively involved in the investigation ...
The mission is called Operation United Assistance, and it's the U.S. military's effort in West Africa to curb the worst Ebola outbreak in human history.
U.S. military task force in Western Africa is currently made up of 539 American service members. Army officials expect that number to balloon to about 3,200 troops over the next month.
Most of the troops currently in West Africa have ...
Police in the Philippines have filed a murder complaint against U.S. Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton in connection with the killing of Jennifer (Jeffrey) Laude, a 26-year-old transgender Filipino.
According to The Associated Press:
The criminal complaint was filed before government prosecutors, who would decide formal charges.
There was no immediate comment from the U.S. Embassy.
Pemberton, a Marine based at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, is being ...
The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group arrived Wednesday in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, which includes the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Sea, and the Red Sea.
As Home Post reported Oct. 1, the Vinson will relieve the USS George H.W. Bush, which has been in the Persian Gulf since June, and begin airstrikes against the Islamic State terrorist group in Iraq and Syria.
Rear Adm. Christopher ...