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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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USS Sampson Departs San Diego On Halloween For Deployment To Western Pacific (Video)

The USS Sampson is slated to depart San Diego on Friday for a scheduled independent deployment to the Western Pacific.

The USS Sampson, a guided missile destroyer, is assigned to Destroyer Squadron Two Three (DESRON) 23, as are the 300 sailors who make up the Sampson's crew.

Cmdr. Steven Foley, commanding officer of Sampson, said his sailors have worked diligently to prepare the ship for deployment:

"I am very ...

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California Airman Dies In Germany

The Department of Defense has yet to release a cause of death for Staff Sgt. Nathan L. Tinsley, a 27-year-old airman from Eureka, California.

According to a news release from Ramstein Air Base, Tinsley died in a town called Schwedelbach just outside the base "at approximately 2:15 p.m. October 26."

Tinsley was assigned to the 86th Maintenance Squadron. Brig. Gen. Patrick X. Mordente, 86th Airlift Wing commander, said ...

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One Dead After Military Jet Crashes Near Port Hueneme (Video)

A Hawker Hunter MK-58 military jet crashed Wednesday in the Ventura County city of Port Hueneme, killing the pilot.

Kimberly Gearhart with Naval Base Ventura County told Los Angeles television station KTLA-TV the aircraft flew out of Point Mugu Naval Air Station.

The pilot was a civilian who was employed by the defense contractor Hunter Aviation International, Inc.

The Los Angeles Times reports the Hawker Hunter MK-58 went down east ...

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Is This Piece Of Debris Part Of Amelia Earhart's Lost Plane? (Video)

The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), led by Army veteran Richard E. Gillespie, may have discovered a fragment from Amelia Earhart's lost airplane.

The fragment in question, according to a TIGHAR news release, is a piece of aluminum aircraft debris dubbed the "Miami Patch" - discovered on "a remote, uninhabited South Pacific atoll."

The "Miami Patch" was a piece of aluminum used to repair part of Earhart's ...

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US Marine Will Go On Trial In The Philippines For Killing Transgender Filipina

Murder or homicide? That's the question facing prosecutors in the Philippines, as they prepare to try U.S. Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton in connection with the death of Jennifer Laude, a transgender Filipina found dead in a hotel bathroom on Oct. 11.

Time magazine reports Pemberton's attorneys have requested prosecutors try their client for homicide and not murder, because they say there is no “probable cause for ...

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Pentagon Reclassifies Death Of Miramar Marine Cpl. Jordan Spears

The Department of Defense announced Tuesday it has reclassified the death of Marine Corps Cpl. Jordan L. Spears, 21, as in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

The Pentagon initially classified Spears's death on Oct. 1 as "a non-global war on terrorism casualty."

Spears was assigned to Marine Tiltrotor Squadron 163, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.

He ...

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Civil War Hero To Be Awarded Medal Of Honor (Video)

Cemetery Ridge. Pickett’s Charge. Phrases that sound familiar from books we've read, or maybe by watching Ken Burns' documentary on the Civil War.

But on November 6, 2014, history will come to life when President Barack Obama posthumously awards Army 1st Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863.

According to the Department of Defense, Cushing displayed ...

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Camp Pendleton Marine Veteran Runs For Congress (Video)

After four deployments to Iraq, Congress should be a piece of cake, right? That's what former Marine Corps Capt. Seth Moulton is hoping. The Massachusetts native wants to represent his state's 6th congressional district in what would be his first foray into politics.

Moulton, 35, told the Military Times he was inspired to run for office while serving overseas:

“When I was in Iraq, after a tough day ...

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Navy Officer And Father Of Five Dies In Qatar

The military is investigating the death of Navy Cmdr. Christopher E. Kalafut, 49, who lost his life Oct. 24 in a what the Pentagon is calling a "non-combat related incident" at Al Udeid Air Base in Doha, Qatar.

U-T San Diego reports Kalafut was a reservist who worked as an airline pilot for Delta.

He lived with his wife, Mary, and their five children just outside of Atlanta in Acworth ...

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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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