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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.

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Death Of California Marine In Iraq Under Investigation

The military is investigating the death of Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Sean P. Neal, 19, of Riverside, California.

A Department of Defense announcement states he was killed on Oct. 23 in Baghdad, Iraq, in a "non-combat related incident."

According to Neal's Facebook page, he lived in Twentynine Palms, and was a graduate of La Sierra High School in Riverside.

The Washington Examiner reports Neal is the first member of ...

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Marines Back In Beirut On 31st Anniversary Of Barracks Bombing (Video)

It was in the early morning hours of Oct. 23, 1983, that a truck bomb exploded in the Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, killing 241 U.S. service members.

Now, for the first time in more than 30 years, Marines are back in Beirut - this time as guards at the U.S. Embassy, as explained by Capt. Eric Flanagan, the Marine Corps Embassy Security Group spokesman at the Pentagon:

“This ...

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Ex-Camp Pendleton Marine Now Alleged Indiana Serial Killer

Alleged serial killer Darren Vann was "prematurely discharged" from the Marine Corps in the early 1990s, according to military records obtained by the Austin-American Statesman.

The Corps found that Vann, now suspected of murdering at least seven women in Indiana, had a character "incongruent with Marine Corps’ expectations and standards."

Vann, 43, enlisted in the Marines in 1991 and was out by 1993. He was based at Camp Pendleton, as ...

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Joint Chiefs Chair Uses YouTube To Address Troops' Ebola Worries (Video)

The U.S. military's top military officer wants American service members (and their families) to know anyone deployed in the mission to contain the Ebola outbreak is getting top-notch training to keep them safe from the deadly virus.

Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, took to YouTube to allay many of the fears surrounding Operation United Assistance.

First off, Dempsey made clear that ...

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US Marine Held In Transgender Killing No Longer On USS Peleliu (Video)

The U.S. military transferred Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton from the brig of the San Diego-based USS Peleliu to a Philippine military compound on Wednesday, according to The Associated Press.

Pemberton is now being held in an air-conditioned van at Camp Aguinaldo, and guarded by U.S. Marines.

Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin told The A.P.:

"They agreed to put him in a facility which will pass U ...

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Two San Diego-Based Ships Reassigned To Japan

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 ...

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Teacher Killed In School Shooting Awarded Military Medals (Video)

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 ...

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USS Carl Vinson Takes Over Airstrike Campaign From USS George H. W. Bush (Video)

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 ...

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Marines And Sailors Return To Camp Pendleton After Deployment In Australia

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 ...

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