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.

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San Diego-Based USS Carl Vinson's Role In ISIS Fight Profiled In New York Times (Video)

The USS Carl Vinson, called "five acres of sovereign U.S. territory" in the Persian Gulf by one Navy admiral, plays a staring role in a New York Times article about the irony of fighting a "desert war" from the floating city that is an aircraft carrier.

Reporter Eric Schmitt is currently aboard the Carl Vinson. He interviewed Navy pilots about the specifics (without getting TOO specific) of their flights ...

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Why Is A Chinese Military Helicopter Landing On A US Navy Ship? (Video)

It might be a bit unsettling to watch a Chinese military helicopter land on a U.S. Navy ship - the San Diego-based USS Sterett to be exact. But it's all part of a planned counter-piracy exercise taking place in the Gulf of Aden and the Horn of Africa.

(The video up top shows a Chinese Harbin Z-9E helicopter practicing its landing techniques aboard the Sterett.)

As the Navy describes ...

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Philippine Government Charges US Marine With Murder Of Transgender Woman (Video)

Prosecutors have charged U.S. Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton, 19, with murder in connection with the Oct. 11 drowning death of transgender Filipina Jennifer Laude, 26, in a motel bathroom.

As Home Post reported in late October, at issue within the Philippines' justice system was whether to charge Pemberton with murder, or the lesser charge of homicide.

According to The Associated Press, Olongapo City Prosecutor Emilie de los Santos ...

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2 US Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan (Video)

Two U.S. soldiers died Dec. 12 in Parwan Province, Afghanistan.

Army Sgt. 1st Class Ramon S. Morris, 37, and Spc. Wyatt J. Martin, 22, were killed when their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device, according to the Department of Defense.

Both men were assigned to 3rd Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

Morris was from New York, New York.

Martin called Mesa, Arizona ...

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USS Makin Island, Camp Pendleton Marines Prep For CIA Report Release (Video)

The San Diego-based Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, and the Marines aboard from Camp Pendleton's 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, have been put on high alert to protect American interests overseas ahead of Tuesday's release of a controversial report on CIA torture.

The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and the 11th MEU are currently deployed in the Arabian Sea and Gulf of Aden, according to the Makin Island Facebook ...

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Commander Faulted For Fatal Mishap On San Diego-Based Ship Up For Promotion

The former commanding officer of the San Diego-based USS William P. Lawrence was faulted in a Navy report for misjudgements that caused the deaths of two Navy pilots. So it's no wonder the widows of the two pilots are mystified as to why Cmdr. Jana A. Vavasseur is up for a promotion.

The fatal accident took place on Sept. 22, 2013, when a wave hit the Lawrence, causing an ...

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Wife Turns Tables On Marine Husband, Surprises HIM At Camp Pendleton Homecoming (Video)

The video of this surprise military homecoming with a twist has gone viral, garnering more than 1.3 million hits in the last month.

It all started when Sara Taylor decided to surprise her husband, Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Fort Taylor, when he returned to Camp Pendleton after a year-long deployment in Afghanistan.

Sara Taylor, a Marine veteran herself, wrote this message accompanying the video on YouTube:

"The media is ...

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Special Forces Soldier Killed In Afghanistan (+Video)

A U.S. Special Forces soldier was killed in Afghanistan on Dec. 3, according to the Department of Defense. Army Staff Sgt. Matthew R. Ammerman, 29, died in Zabul Province when he was hit with small arms fire while taking part in a clearing operation.

Ammerman was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

Lt. Col. Tommy Stoner, Commander of the ...

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WW II Airman Buried At Arlington National Cemetery 70 Years After He Went Missing

Army Air Forces Sgt. Charles A. Gardner of San Francisco, Calif., will be buried with full military honors Thursday in Arlington National Cemetery.

Gardner, along with 11 of his fellow crew members, went missing on April 10, 1944, after his B-24D Liberator aircraft was shot down over New Guinea.

According to the Department of Defense, three of the crew members' remains were recovered in 1949.

It wasn't until 2001 ...

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Navy Secretary Revokes Honorary Title For Bill Cosby

As sexual assault allegations against famed comedian Bill Cosby mount, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced today the Navy is revoking the title of honorary Chief Petty Officer presented to Cosby in 2011.

According to a Navy news release:

The Navy is taking this action because allegations against Mr. Cosby are very serious and are in conflict with the Navy's core values of honor, courage and commitment.

It was Mabus ...

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