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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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US Soldiers Deploying To Poland In Wake Of Violence In Ukraine (Video)

Russia's forceful actions in Ukraine have prompted Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to announce that the U.S. Army will "maintain an enhanced military presence" in Poland until at least the end of 2014.

The New York Times reports the "enhanced military presence" Hagel spoke of will kick off with a company of about 150 soldiers carrying out small ground-force exercises in Poland and Estonia:

The moves are part of ...

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US Soldier Dies From Wounds Suffered In Afghanistan

U.S. Army Spc. Kerry M. G. Danyluk, 27, died April 15 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, from wounds he suffered April 12 in Afghanistan.

According to the Department of Defense, enemy forces attacked Danyluk's unit with small arms fire. The incident took place in Pul-e-Alam, Logar province, Afghanistan.

Danyluk was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort ...

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USS Bonhomme Richard Searches For Survivors Of South Korean Ferry Disaster (Video)

The South Korean military has requested the help of the USS Bonhomme Richard in the desperate search for survivors near the site of the sunken ferry Sewol.

According to U.S. Naval Forces Korea Public Affairs, South Korea has assigned the Bonhomme Richard a search area "five to 15 nautical miles from the shipwreck site."

As you can see in the video at the top of this post, two of ...

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U.S. Navy Ship At Scene Of Overturned South Korean Ferry (Video)

The USS Bonhomme Richard is at the scene of an overturned South Korean ferry, standing by to help with rescue efforts.

U.S. Naval Forces Korea Public Affairs reports the passenger ship Sewol sank off South Korea’s southwestern coast on Wednesday with more than 450 people aboard.

As many as 340 of the passengers were high school students on a field trip, according to Reuters.

Capt. Heidi C. Agle ...

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Army Veteran Sgt. Kyle White To Receive Medal Of Honor (Video)

Army veteran Sgt. Kyle White will become the only the seventh living service member from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to receive the Medal of Honor, when President Barack Obama awards White the nation's highest military award May 13 at a White House ceremony.

The president is awarding White the Medal of Honor, a White House statement reads, for courageous actions in combat at Nuristan Province, Afghanistan on ...

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Navy Reserve Sailor of the Year From NAS North Island

Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 1st Class Paul Marticorena of NAS North Island's Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 3 has been named the 2013 Navy Reserve Sailor of the Year (RSOY), according to Navy Reserve Forces Command Public Affairs.

Vice Adm. Robin R. Braun, the Chief of the Navy Reserve, chose Marticorena out of five finalists at a Washington D.C. ceremony held last week. Braun told Marticorena and his fellow reservists ...

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Russian Jet Buzzing Of USS Donald Cook 'Provacative,' Says Pentagon (Video)

A day after news broke that a Russian fighter jet repeatedly buzzed the USS Donald Cook in the Black Sea on April 12, the Pentagon called the move was "provocative" and said they didn't believe the Russian pilot decided to make close-range passes at a U.S. Navy ship without the backing of his government, as U.S. Army Col. Steve Warren explained to reporters:

"I would have difficulty ...

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Camp Pendleton Marine Veteran, Held Captive In Iran, Sentenced To 10 Years

An Iranian revolutionary court secretly tried U.S. Marine Corps veteran Amir Hekmati and found him guilty of “practical collaboration with the American government,” his attorney told the New York Times.

The court sentenced Hekmati to 10 years in prison. This is the second time Hekmati has been tried in Iran since he was detained there in August 2011 while visiting family. Hekmati was previously sentenced to death, but the ...

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San Francisco Pride Names Pvt. Bradley Manning Of Wikileaks Infamy As Parade Grand Marshal

Military LGBT activists are "astounded" that San Francisco Pride parade organizers chose Chelsea Manning - a.k.a. Army Pvt. Bradley Manning - as honorary grand marshal.

A military judge in 2013 found Manning guilty of espionage for handing over top secret government documents to Wikileaks, an anti-secrecy group, according to the Washington Post.

On Monday, Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, the commanding general of the military district of Washington, upheld that conviction ...

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