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USS Carl Vinson Continues Airstrikes In Campaign Against ISIS (Video)

The Navy released video Tuesday of the San Diego-based USS Carl Vinson conducting airstrikes as part of the U.S. military campaign against ISIS, officially known as Operation Inherent Resolve.

The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group departed San Diego on Aug. 22 for a nine-month deployment to the the Navy's 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility, which includes the Red Sea, the Arabian Sea and the Persian Gulf.

According to ...

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Billionaire Marine Veteran Wants To Raise $10 Million For Semper Fi Fund

GoDaddy founder and Marine Corps veteran Bob Parsons wants to raise $10 million for the Camp Pendleton-based Semper Fi Fund.

If donors can raise $5 million by Dec. 31, Parsons will match it with $5 million from the Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation.

Parsons explained to the Phoenix Business Journal:

"It doesn't matter whether someone was in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard or Marine Corps – we want to ...

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Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan Bicycle Bomb Blast Were American

Several media sources have confirmed the two NATO service members who died Monday in Afghanistan were American.

The two U.S. soldiers were killed when a bomb attached to a bicycle exploded near their vehicle in Kabul.

A "Western security force" told Reuters the two troops who died were members of the U.S. Army.

Agence France Presse is also reporting the two soldiers killed were American:

One of the ...

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7-11 Giving Away Franchise To A Qualifying Veteran (Video)

The convenience store chain best know for Slurpees and Big Gulps wants you - if you're a "qualifying" veteran.

7-11 is giving away a franchise in a contest called "Operation: Take Command."

The winner of the contest will get a $190,000 credit towards the chain's franchise fee, according to Tribune News Service.

To enter the contest, you need to be a veteran with an honorable discharge, be at ...

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Two NATO Troops Killed In Afghanistan Bicycle Bomb Attack

Two NATO International Security Assistance Force service members were killed in an attack in eastern Afghanistan on Monday.

According to what Kabul police told the Los Angeles Times:

[A] bomb placed on a bicycle exploded near a convoy of coalition military vehicles, resulting in casualties.

The Associated Press reports the bomb blast took place in the eastern part of Kabul, Afghanistan's capital city.

Insurgents have been targeting military convoys ...

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Paralyzed Marine To Receive Bronze Star With Help From Exoskeleton (Video)

Camp Pendleton Marine Capt. Derek Herrera will receive the Bronze Star Friday at his retirement ceremony on base. Paralyzed by a sniper's bullet, Herrera will walk to accept his medal with the aid of his exoskeleton.

Herrera explained to The Associated Press:

"I could easily go and roll up in my wheelchair, but for me it's a mental and emotional goal that I set for myself: to stand ...

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Camp Pendleton Navy Corpsman To Be Awarded Navy Cross

The commanding general of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) will award Navy Chief Petty Officer Justin Wilson the Navy Cross at a Camp Pendleton ceremony on Nov. 25.

The Military Times reports Wilson, 36, works as a special amphibious reconnaissance corpsman assigned to MARSOC's 1st Marine Special Operation Battalion, which is based at Camp Pendleton.

Wilson was on his third deployment to Afghanistan, according ...

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No Injuries After Two Navy Ships Collide In Gulf Of Aden

A Navy investigation is underway into what caused two of its ships to collide in the Gulf of Aden.

Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE 6) and Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Walter S. Diehl (T-AO 193) collided Thursday at 5:26 a.m. (GMT).

According to the Navy, the two ships hit each other as they were getting started on an ...

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Army: San Diego County Soldier's Death In Jordan Was Murder (Video)

The Army has charged a 23-year-old soldier with killing San Diego County native Army Spc. Adrian M. Perkins, 19, while the two men were deployed in Jordan last May.

The Denver Post reports the charges against Spc. Jeffery T. Page include murder, manslaughter, and negligent homicide:

Military documents say Page shot Perkins with an M4 rifle at Muwaffaq Salti Air Base in Al-Azraq, Jordan on May 15.

Perkins died at ...

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Free Phone Cards For Troops Deployed During The Holidays

Continuing an annual holiday tradition, the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) will provide Sailors and Marines deployed overseas during the holiday season $10 phone cards.

Thomas Harris, NEXCOM Afloat Personal Telecommunications Service Program, said of the phone card program:

"NEXCOM has been giving away free phone cards to deployed Sailors and Marines for many, many years.

"This is just one small way that we can thank these service members and ...

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California National Guard Linguists To Aid In Africa's Ebola Battle

Citizen soldiers from the Golden State will be joining the fight against the Ebola outbreak. Six linguists from the California National Guard are slated to deploy to Liberia in Spring 2015 to aid in communication efforts.

According to an Army National Guard news release, California’s 223rd Military Intelligence Battalion of San Francisco was among guard units from six states chosen to deploy to West Africa:

[The 223rd] includes interpreters ...

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American Beheaded By ISIS Was Army Ranger Veteran (Video)

Peter Kassig, the 26-year-old American aid worker beheaded by ISIS, was a former Army Ranger who left the service to commit his life to humanitarian missions in the Middle East.

It was while on one of these missions in Syria in October 2013 that Kassig was kidnapped by terrorists who would later execute him.

According to the Huffington Post, Kassig served as an U.S. Army Ranger, deploying to Iraq ...

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Special Forces Soldier With Ties To NHL Dies In Afghanistan (Video)

A Special Forces soldier who make headlines when he practiced with the Carolina Hurricanes hockey team last March has died in Afghanistan.

Sgt. 1st Class Michael A. Cathcart, 31, was killed by small arms fire in Kunduz Province on Nov. 14, according to the Department of Defense.

He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Cathcart grew up in Michigan and was a ...

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Marine Officer From Orange County Dies During PT Run In Germany

The military is investigating the untimely death of Marine Corps Maj. Ryan Hansen, 41, who died after a physical training run in Germany on Nov. 7.

The Marine Corps Times reports Hansen collapsed during the run, and was rushed to Sindelfingen hospital near Boeblingen, where he was pronounced dead.

Hansen was a sustainment division head at Marine Corps Forces Europe, which is based in Stuttgart.

According to his LinkedIn profile ...

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USS Fort Worth Departs San Diego Monday For Record 16-Month Deployment (Video)

The USS Fort Worth will depart Naval Base San Diego on Monday for a 16-month deployment the longest for a Navy ship since 1973, when the USS Midway deployed for 327 days (about 10 months).

Stars and Stripes points out the Midway's epic deployment was with one crew. This will not be the case with the USS Fort Worth:

[T]he crew of 54, plus the 24-person aviation squadron ...

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What It Looks Like When You Jump Out Of Airplane (Video)

Have you ever jumped out of an airplane? Do you want to know what it's like, without actually having to jump out of an airplane? Well, the 82nd Airborne Division paratroopers recently conducted parachute training with a camera attached, and the video is unreal.

Now, I'm terrified of heights. And flying. I don't like riding in airplanes, even when there is no prospect of me having to ...

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Army Gets Grant From NFL To Study Traumatic Brain Injury (Video)

The National Football League announced Thursday morning it has awarded the U.S. Army Research Laboratory a grant of $500,000 to study ways to prevent traumatic brain injury.

The NFL, along with corporate partners Under Armour and General Electric, held a competition called "Head Health Challenge II" in which more than 500 applicants worldwide sent in proposals detailing ways to prevent TBI.

The seven winners were notified today. Embattled ...

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Camp Pendleton Marine Hit With $2000 Phone Bill While Deployed (Video)

Camp Pendleton-based Marine Lance Cpl. Jordan Johnstone wasn't even halfway through his deployment at sea aboard the USS America when he was hit with a $2000 phone bill.

Johnstone, a native of Arizona, told Phoenix television station Channel 12 he believed that prior to his deployment, he had negotiated with AT&T to get the proper plan for calling while overseas. But that wasn't the case:

"I pull ...

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List Of Top 4-Year Colleges For Veterans Includes Several San Diego Universities

The Military Times has released its list of the 100 top four-year universities for veterans.

Local schools making the cut include California State University San Marcos (#20), San Diego State University (#38), and the University of San Diego (#84).

The Military Times complied the list based on several factors:

Broadly speaking, schools were evaluated in five categories: university culture, academic quality, student support, academic policies and financial aid.

The Military ...

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Famous Folks You Didn't Know Were Military Veterans, Part Two

It's Veterans Day, and it may surprise you to learn that these ten famous rock stars, actors, and politicians all served in the military. Here are the remaining five:

Bob Ross

No word if Bob Ross considered serving in the military a happy accident, but “The Joy of Painting” star spent 20 years in the U.S. Air Force.

Ice-T

Before Ice-T became Ice-T, he was Tracy Marrow, a ...

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Famous Folks You Didn't Know Were Military Veterans, Part One

It's Veterans Day, but it may surprise you to learn that some of your favorite rock stars, actors, and politicians served in the military. Here are the first five:

Ron Paul

Fans of Libertarian icon Ron Paul may be surprised to learn he served in both the U.S. Air Force and the United States Air National Guard. After all, as part of his economic plan during his 2012 ...

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Military Dogs Honored During Veterans Day Parade (Video)

For the first time ever, six retired military working dogs and their handlers will get their own float during this year's America's Parade, billed as the biggest Veterans Day event in the whole U. S. of A.

Joining the doggie heroes on the float will be Army veteran Tracy Marrow (better known as actor and rapper Ice-T), his lovely wife Coco, veterans advocate Lois Pope, and American Humane ...

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Check Out These Veterans Day Freebies And Discounts

In honor of Veterans Day, restaurant chains and retailers on Nov. 11 are offering all sorts of discounts and freebies for active-duty military, veterans, and reservists.

Here's a sample of retail discounts, courtesy of the Henry Daily Herald:

-Home Depot - 10 percent off up to $500 on a single-receipt purchase.

-Cost Plus World Market - 20 percent off everything in the store (except alcohol).

-Bed Beth & Beyond- 20 percent off ...

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Body Of Pilot From Missing F-16 FIghter Jet Recovered

Search crews have recovered the body of the airman whose F-16 military jet crashed Thursday into the Gulf of Mexico.

The F-16 Fighting Falcon was assigned to the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group. The aircraft was taking part in a routine training mission over the Gulf of Mexico when Tyndall Air Force Base lost contact with the pilot around 9:15 a.m.

Air Force officials announced the recovery of the ...

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Missing Military Jet, Pilot Believed To Have Crashed In Gulf of Mexico

Search and rescue efforts are currently underway for a missing F-16 Fighting Falcon and its pilot. Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida lost contact with the pilot at 9:15 a.m. Thursday.

Air Force officials have told the media they believe the military jet crashed into the Gulf of Mexico.

The aircraft is assigned to the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group. Col. Scott Ward, commander of that group, said during ...

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Baskin-Robbins' Newest Flavor For Veterans Day? Camouflage Ice Cream

You had me at salty caramel, Baskin-Robbins. But the ice cream chain's newest flavor isn't just about taste. First Class Camouflage is meant to honor our military on Veterans Day.

According to People magazine, First Class Camouflage is a swirl of three flavors: salty caramel, chocolate, and vanilla cake.

Reviewed.com reports that not only will Baskin-Robbins give the USO a dime for every scoop of ice cream ...

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Watch Live Feed Of Medal Of Honor Ceremony For Civil War Soldier (Video)

San Diego resident Helen Loring Ensign will be on hand Thursday morning at the White House to accept the posthumous Medal of Honor for her ancestor, Civil War hero Army 1st Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing.

Home Post will carry a live feed of the ceremony, which begins at 11:45 a.m. EST.

According to the Department of Defense, Cushing displayed "conspicuous gallantry" during the Confederacy's infamous battle assault ...

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Surgeries Suspended For Military Family Pets As Cost-Saving Measure

The cherished dogs and cats of military families are no longer able to get surgical procedures at military veterinary facilities, as these clinics have cut back on services to save money.

Lt. Col. Matt Takara of U.S. Army Public Health Command tells Star and Stripes virtually all on-base veterinary treatment facilities have "suspended procedures involving anesthetics" for family-owned pets.

Department of Defense-owned animals will still be able to get ...

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Camp Pendleton Brush Fire 100 Percent Contained

The brush fire that scorched a little more than seven acres on Camp Pendleton is now 100 percent contained, according to Camp Pendleton Scout:

The CP (Camp Pendleton) fire department will monitor the area through the evening.

The blaze ignited at 10:55 Tuesday morning in the Juliet impact area on the southeastern side of base.

The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning for San Diego's inland ...

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US Marine Veteran Guards National War Memorial In Canada (Video)

The National War Memorial in Canada's capital city of Ottawa has been without an official guard since a gunman took the life of reservist Cpl. Nathan Cirillo. But Marine Major “Fox” Sinke, a Vietnam veteran with dual U.S.-Canadian citizenship, has taken it upon himself to stand watch at the memorial, paying tribute to his "comrade in arms."

Canada's GlobalNews.com reports Sinke took up his unofficial ...

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Camp Pendleton Marines Return From Afghanistan Thursday (Video)

As the 13-year-long war in Afghanistan draws down, the last Camp Pendleton Marines and sailors to serve in that conflict are slated to return home Thursday.

The homecoming is planned for 1:30 p.m. PST.

The Washington Post reports the Marines' "formal mission" in Afghanistan ended with the transfer of Camp Leatherneck and Great Britain's Camp Bastion to the Afghan military on Oct. 26.

The final U.S ...

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Camp Pendleton's 1st Female Sergeant of the Guard Running For Congress

More female veterans are running for Congress this year than ever before, according to The Hill:

Only five female military veterans have ever served in Congress, including Reps. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), a lieutenant colonel in the Army National Guard, and Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), an Army National Guard captain.

Both are expected to win reelection, and 11 other female military veterans are vying to join them.

That includes Marine Corps veteran ...

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Fired Navy Leader Kissed And Propositioned Female Sailors For Sex

An enlightening report obtained by the Navy Times found Command Master Chief James Shumate had a "history of repeatedly asking women to go home with him regardless of rank, command, or marital/relationship status."

Shumate, 45, lost his job in June as the top enlisted sailor at Naval Air Station Lemoore's Strike Fighter Squadron 86. According to a Navy news release from June 3:

Shumate was found guilty of ...

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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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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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