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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Airman Who Refused To Say 'So Hep Me God' Allowed To Reenlist

The Air Force announced this week airmen aren't required to say "So help me God" as part of the enlistment oath.

The decision was prompted by an atheist airman from Creech Air Force Base in Nevada who refused to say those four words in his reenlistment oath, and thus was denied the opportunity to remain in the Air Force.

According to an Air Force news release:

In response to ...

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Army Paratrooper Killed In Afghanistan Suicide Car Bombing (Video)

The Department of Defense has identified Army Maj. Michael J. Donahue, 41, as one of two Americans killed Tuesday when their convoy was attacked by a suicide car bomber near Kabul, Afghanistan.

As Home Post reported Wednesday, the other American killed was Navy Reservist Stephen Byus, 39, of Columbus, Ohio.

Donahue was assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg. Lt. Col. Gabriel Barton, Donahue ...

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Navy Reservist Killed In Tuesday's Afghanistan Suicide Car Bombing (Video)

Family members of Navy Reservist Stephen Byus have told the Columbus Dispatch the 39-year-old was one of two American troops killed in a suicide car bombing Tuesday near Kabul, Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense has not yet officially released the names of the two American service members killed when a Toyota Corolla filled with explosives struck a coalition convoy roughly 200 yards from the U.S. Embassy.

Byus leaves behind ...

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Special Ops Marine Killed In Afghanistan Insider Attack (Video)

Marine Corps Sgt. Charles C. Strong was killed Sept. 15 in Herat province, Afghanistan, according to the Department of Defense.

Strong, 28, was assigned to 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

The Military Times reports Strong is believed to be the unnamed coalition service member killed in western Afghanistan Sept. 15 "by an individual wearing an Afghan National Army uniform." International ...

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Sending Holiday Gifts To Your Sailor? Here Are The Navy's Mail Deadlines

Planning to send a Christmas gift or holiday card to someone you love aboard a Navy ship or on shore duty? The Navy has announced its mail-by dates to ensure presents and letters get to your sailor before Dec. 25:

For mail addressed to/from:

APO/FPO/DPO AE zips 090-098 (except 093); AA zips 340; AP zips 962-966

  • Priority Express Mail Military Service: Dec. 17

  • First-Class and Priority Mail ...

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2 US Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan Suicide Car Bombing (Video)

Two U.S. soldiers were killed Tuesday and several others wounded when their motorcade was hit by the blast of a suicide car bomb near Kabul, Afghanistan.

Fox News reports that in addition to the two American troops who died, a Polish service member also lost his life in the attack.

According to a NATO ISAF casualty report:

We can confirm three International Security Assistance Force members died as a ...

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Two Vietnam War Soldiers Awarded Medal Of Honor On Monday

President Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to two Vietnam War soldiers at a White House ceremony Monday: Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins, 80, and Army Spc. Four Donald P. Sloat, who was killed in combat in 1970 at the age of 20.

Adkins and his wife of 58 years, Mary Adkins, made the trip from their home in Opelika, Alabama to attend Monday's ceremony.

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USS America To Arrive In New Homeport Of San Diego On Monday (Video)

The future USS America is slated to arrive in its new homeport of San Diego on Monday.

As Home Post reported earlier this summer, USS America departed the Ingalls Shipbuilding shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi in July for its maiden voyage to San Diego.

Because the 844-foot-long amphibious assault ship was too large to fit through the Panama Canal, it circumnavigated South America on a “America Visits the Americas” goodwill tour ...

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Navy Names Pilot Presumed Dead After Crash Off USS Carl Vinson

The Navy has identified the pilot who went missing and is presumed dead after his fighter jet crashed as Lt. Nathan Poloski, 26, of Lake Arrowhead, California.

As Home Post reported earlier, Poloski was the pilot of one of two F/A-18C Hornet jets from the USS Carl Vinson that collided Friday and crashed into the Western Pacific.

The other pilot was immediately rescued and received medical attention aboard the ...

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Navy: Pilot From Crashed Jet Presumed Dead; Search Called Off

The Navy has called off its search for the pilot of one of two F/A-18C Hornet jets from the USS Carl Vinson that crashed Friday in the Western Pacific.

The pilot, according to the Navy, "has been presumed deceased." That pilot was assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94 out of Naval Air Station Lemoore in Central California.

The Navy won't release the pilot's name until his ...

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