Back to profile

Beth Ford Roth

Stories by Beth Ford

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 ...

Continue reading

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 ...

Continue reading

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 ...

Continue reading

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 ...

Continue reading

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 ...

Continue reading

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 ...

Continue reading

USS Zumwalt Christening Ceremony On Saturday (Video)

On Saturday morning in Bath, Maine, the daughters of the late Admiral Elmo R. "Bud" Zumwalt Jr. will break a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow of the ship that bears their father's name.

The USS Zumwalt is being hailed as the the largest Navy destroyer ever built.

Its new home will be San Diego. The Maine Sun Journal reports during a November 2013 tour of the Zumwalt ...

Continue reading

Malaysia Airlines Search Has Cost Pentagon $7 Million...So Far (Video)

The U.S. Department of Defense has spent more than $7 million on the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 since the plane went missing on March 8.

According to Army Col. Steven Warren:

“This includes the cost of our ships, helicopters and planes involved in the search. Within that $7.3 million is also the contract for the underwater surveillance equipment -- that’s $3.6 million.”

The biggest chunk ...

Continue reading

Marine Shooting At Camp Lejeune May Have Been Accidental

It was an accident. That's what Defense Department officials are saying about the fatal shooting of a Marine guard by his colleague at Camp Lejeune on Monday.

Marine Corps officials have identified the victim as Lance Cpl. Mark N. Boterf, 21, of Tupelo, Miss. The shooter hasn't been named, and he remains in custody, although no charges have yet been filed.

According to Stars and Stripes, Pentagon spokesman ...

Continue reading

Marine Guard Shoots Fellow Marine To Death At Camp Lejeune (Video)

In the second fatal shooting at a military base in less than a week, a Camp Lejeune Marine guard killed a fellow Marine with a single gunshot wound to the chest.

Camp Lejeune spokesman Nat Fahy said the shooting took place around 5:30 p.m Tuesday near the North Carolina base's main gate, according to The Associated Press.

The suspect and the victim were both standing guard inside ...

Continue reading

Death Of West Point Graduate In Afghanistan Under Investigation (Video)

The military is investigating the death of Army Capt. James E. Chaffin III, 27, who lost his life April 1 in Kandahar, Afghanistan. The Department of Defense says Chaffin died in a "non-combat related incident."

Chaffin was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 319th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.

Chaffin, who was known as "Ed," grew up in Midlands, S.C., and ...

Continue reading

One Veteran's Treatment For PTSD? Going Nude (Video)

Max Sanchez is an Army veteran who saw combat in the Vietnam War. As a result, he suffered from PTSD for decades, with traditional therapies doing little to quell his symptoms. But now Sanchez is enjoying life again, thanks to an unconventional, out-of-the-boxers stress reliever.

Sanchez told Tampa television station WTSP-TV that ever since he moved to The Fountains at Paradise Lakes Nudist Resort in the small Florida community of ...

Continue reading

USS Reagan Sailors File $1 Billion Suit Over Radiation Exposure (Video)

Scores of USS Ronald Reagan crew members have filed a $1 billion lawsuit against the Japanese utility that runs the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

The class-action suit, filed in federal court in San Diego, claims the utility lied about unsafe levels of radiation emanating from the plant after Japan's epic 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

A portion of the lawsuit, published by the Orange County Register, reads:

"TEPCO likewise ...

Continue reading

US Navy Black Box Detector Picks Up 'Pings' In Malaysia Airlines Search (Video)

Amidst the desperate search for any signs of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, the U.S. Navy's Towed Pinger Locator 25 may have picked up pings from the black box of the missing airplane.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Australian navy ship Ocean Shield, which is towing the U.S. Navy's black box detector, picked up the pings Sunday in a remote region of the southern ...

Continue reading

San Diego Family With Sick Baby On Sailboat Requires Military Rescue (Video)

A San Diego family thanked the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard, and California National Guard after requiring a military rescue when their 1-year-old daughter became seriously ill aboard their sailboat.

CBS News reports the Kaufmans had planned to sail around the world with their two small daughters. Two weeks into the trip, little Lyra became seriously ill with a fever and rash:

Then, their 36-foot sailboat, the Rebel Heart, lost ...

Continue reading

USS Coronado Commissioning Ceremony Set For Saturday (Video)

The long-awaited commissioning ceremony for the future USS Coronado is scheduled to take place Saturday morning at Naval Air Station, North Island.

As Home Post previously reported, the Navy's newest littoral combat ship arrived in San Diego on March 6. En route to its homeport, the Coronado made port visits in Guantanamo Bay, Colombia, Panama, and Mexico.

It even had a close encounter with a pod of gray whales ...

Continue reading

Fort Hood Shooter Had Mental Health Issues, Says General (Video)

Four people are dead and 16 others are injured after a shooting at Fort Hood in Texas, according to NBC News.

Fort Hood Commanding Officer Lt. Gen. Mark Milley told reporters at a news conference Wednesday evening that the shooter was one of the four fatalities.

Milley said the suspect had served four months in Iraq in 2011, and was under diagnosis for PTSD and was taking medication:

“[He] had ...

Continue reading

US Troops Looking For Jobs May Find Them In Australia's Military

The budget for Australia's military - the Australian Defence Force - is expected to double over the next decade. That means Aussie military recruiters are looking overseas to fill military jobs like fast jet pilots, air combat officers, and electrical engineers, reports the Stars and Stripes.

National recruitment efforts just aren't filling up all the slots, according to ADF's Defence Jobs "Recruitment Centre" website:

"We are looking for serving ...

Continue reading

Hagel: Finding Malaysia Airlines MH370 Has "Big Limitations" (Video)

The epic search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will be one of the main topics Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel plans to discuss when he meets with fellow defense chiefs at the upcoming Association of Southeast Asian Nations conference.

Hagel said en route to the conference that the search for the missing airliner has "big limitations" to being successful.

While not openly criticizing the Malaysian government, Hagel explained the search effort ...

Continue reading

Sesame Street App For Military Kids Helps Ease Stress Of Moving

A new mobile app featuring familiar Sesame Street characters aims to help ease the stress of moving to an unfamiliar new home.

It's estimated children in military families move six to nine times between kindergarten and high school. Dr. Kelly Blasko, psychologist at the National Center for Telehealth and Technology, explains how the app can help...

"Moving can be stressful, and kids need to express feelings and say goodbye ...

Continue reading

No U.S. Military Combat Deaths In March, A First Since 2003

The Department of Defense's casualty report for March shows no member of the United States military died in combat.

Time magazine reports it's the first time an entire month has passed since February 2003 without a U.S. military fatality in either Iraq or Afghanistan.

CNN Librarian Lindsey Knight calculated there have been just two months besides March 2014 that no American troops died in combat in Afghanistan ...

Continue reading

3 Camp Pendleton Marines Stabbed Coming To Aid Of Woman (Video)

Two Camp Pendleton Marines are in the hospital this morning, and a third Marine recovering at home, after the three were stabbed breaking up a street fight.

Huntington Beach police Lt. Mitch O’Brien told The Associated Press the Marines were trying to help a woman wearing an Angels jersey, who was involved in an altercation with two male Dodgers fans.

The altercation took place early Sunday in a Huntington ...

Continue reading

US Naval Academy Student Dies In Skateboarding Accident

Midshipman 3rd Class Hans Loewen, 20, died March 29 after suffering a massive head injury in a freak accident, according to USA Today. Loewen, a sophomore at the U.S. Naval Academy, was skateboarding (wearing a helmet) when he fell and was run over by a car.

Loewen's death comes just days after the death of a fellow Naval Academy student. Midshipman 4th Class Will McKamey, 19, passed away ...

Continue reading

Camp Pendleton Marines Deploying Tuesday To Australia (Video)

Marines and sailors assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment will depart Camp Pendleton on Tuesday for a six-month deployment to Australia, as part of Marine Rotational Force-Darwin.

A little background on Marine Rotational Force-Darwin: Back in 2011, President Obama and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced U.S. Marines would be deployed to Australia in six month rotations, with the goal of establishing a rotational 2,500-person Marine ...

Continue reading

A Promise Broken? Pentagon May Close Some Commissaries

Defense Department officials have promised for months that while budget cuts might mean higher prices at commissaries, the doors of the military grocery stores would remain open. Now, it seems some commissaries may close after all.

Stars and Stripes reports during a congressional hearing this week, Frederick Vollrath, assistant secretary of defense for readiness and force management, testified that raising prices at commissaries may ultimately lead to closures:

“It’s ...

Continue reading

US Navy Sends 2nd Search Plane To Find Malaysia Airlines MH370 (Video)

As the search intensifies in the southern Indian Ocean for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, the U.S. Navy is sending a second P-8 Poseidon Patrol aircraft to Australia to help pinpoint the location of what is believed to be the debris field of the missing airplane.

The 7th Fleet reports the P-8 Poseidon will fly from Okinawa in Japan to Perth, Australia on March 28.

According to Cmdr. Tom Moneymaker ...

Continue reading

Navy Sailor Killed In Norfolk Shooting ID'ed (Video)

The Navy has identified the sailor killed in Monday's shooting at Naval Station Norfolk as Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Mark A. Mayo, 24.

Capt. Robert Clark, Commanding Officer of Naval Station Norfolk, told WAVY-TV that Mayo sacrificed his life for a female sailor in danger:

“He jumped into the way, between the gunman and petty officer of the watch. She fell to the ground. He covered her and gave his ...

Continue reading

Navy To Ban Tobacco Sales On Bases And Ships?

Buying a pack of cigarettes on a Navy base or ship may soon be a thing of the past. Navy officials are considering banning the sale of all tobacco products as a way of improving the "culture of fitness" in the service, unnamed Pentagon sources told The Navy Times.

While the Defense Department would not confirm a ban was imminent, Navy spokeswoman Lt. Cmdr. Sarah Flaherty told the paper...

[T ...

Continue reading

Navy Commander From California Killed In Washington Mudslide (Video)

The brothers of U.S. Navy Cmdr. L. John Regelbrugge III, 49, found his body Tuesday, making the Regelbrugge one of at least 24 people killed in the Washington state mudslide.

Regelbrugge's sister-in-law, Jackie Leighton of Vacaville, Calif., told the Seattle Times Regelbrugge was found next to his dog. His wife Kris is still missing:

“They were both home when the slide hit, but they haven’t found her ...

Continue reading

2,000 Camp Pendleton Marines Train Near San Luis Obispo (Video)

Roughly 2,000 Marines from Camp Pendleton are training this week at Fort Hunter Liggett and Camp Roberts along California's central coast.

Marine Lt. Col. Stephen Mount told The Salinas Californian that 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit is spending two weeks training in the area because its terrain is unfamiliar to the Marines.

According to 11th MEU public affairs, the goal of the training is to create a chaotic environment ...

Continue reading

Navy Chaplain From California Dies After Surgery

A Navy chaplain from Irvine, Calif. died in Italy from complications after surgery. Deputy Chaplain (Lt. Cmdr.) John Keith, 49, passed away Saturday night in an Italian hospital in Naples after being transferred from a nearby Naval hospital.

Keith served at Naval Support Activity Naples. Base Chaplain (Cmdr.) Manuel Biadog told Stars and Stripes:

“He is very well-known and well-loved by the community, and he’s leaving a huge hole ...

Continue reading

Two Dead In Shooting At World's Largest Navy Base (Video)

The Navy is investigating a shooting at Naval Station Norfolk that left two men dead - one a sailor and one a civilian. According to the Navy, the killing of the sailor took place aboard the USS Mahan late Monday night.

Navy spokeswoman Petty Officer Second Class Molly Greendeer told The Associated Press that the suspect was a civilian contractor.

WTKR-TV reports the incident started about 11:20 p.m. Monday ...

Continue reading

Camp Pendleton To Host Job Fair For Military Spouses

Camp Pendleton is hosting on Tuesday the Military Spouse Employment Program Hiring Fair and Career Forum. The husbands and wives of active duty, National Guard, reservists, and veterans are all welcome, along with Gold Star Spouses.

The Networking Reception is scheduled for Monday night, between 7-9 p.m.

The Hiring Fair will take place from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Tuesday at the Pacific Views Event Center ...

Continue reading

US Navy Sends Black Box Locator To Malaysia Airlines MH370 Search Site (Video)

The U.S. Navy is sending a piece of specialized equipment called the Towed Pinger Locator 25 to the southern Indian Ocean to assist in finding the black box of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

The Pentagon made the decision to send the black box locator before Malaysia Airlines officials announced Monday they believe the plane crashed into the southern Indian Ocean, based on data from a British satellite company.

Navy ...

Continue reading

Fallen Marine's Dad Wants Peace At Fred Phelps' Funeral (Video)

Fred Phelps, the controversial leader of the Westboro Baptist Church, has died at the age of 84, according to The Associated Press.

Phelps and his church made headlines for picketing the funerals of fallen military service members, believing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were God's punishment for America's acceptance of gays and lesbians.

Al Snyder, father of a fallen Twentynine Palms Marine whose lawsuit against Westboro Baptist ...

Continue reading

Article 32 Hearing Set For Airman Charged With Killing Navy Broadcaster

The Air Force has scheduled an Article 32 hearing to take place May 12 for Air Force Staff Sgt. Sean M. Oliver, according to Stars and Stripes. The hearing, akin to a civilian preliminary hearing, will determine if there is enough evidence for a court-martial in connection with the strangling death of Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dmitry Chepusov.

Both Oliver and Chepusov worked for American Forces Network at Ramstein ...

Continue reading

Camp Pendleton Marines Rescue Camel In Afghanistan

It might not be part of the official job description of being a U.S. Marine, but that didn't stop a group of troops — some assigned to Camp Pendleton — from rescuing a camel trapped in a ditch in Afghanistan.

1st Lt. Garth Langley of the Regional Command Southwest in Afghanistan (and assigned to the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Pendleton) told the Orange County Register that he and ...

Continue reading

Navy To Pay Sailors Full Tuition Assistance Reimbursement For 2015

The Navy will pay full tuition assistance reimbursement for its sailors during fiscal year 2015.

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert announced the changes Wednesday.

The original plan on the table for the Navy's TA program in FY 2015 would've required sailors to pay a quarter of their tuition costs, with the Navy footing the bill for the remaining 75 percent.

Greenert told sailors during an ...

Continue reading

Watch Historic Medal Of Honor Ceremony Live (Video)

Today at the White House, President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to 24 soldiers who served in WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

Home Post will carry the ceremony live starting at 12:40 p.m. PDT.

The Military Times reports:

Congress... called for a review in 2002 of Jewish American and Hispanic American veteran war records from WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam ...

Continue reading

After 15,000 Square Miles Searched, USS Kidd Ends Hunt For Malaysia Airlines MH370 (Video)

After a search mission that involved scouring 15,000 square miles of ocean, the San Diego-based USS Kidd and its helicopters have ended their search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Because the search area has expanded to such an extensive degree, the U.S. Navy decided (in consultation with the Malaysian government) that long range patrol aircraft like the P-8A Poseidon and the P-3C Orion would be more effective in ...

Continue reading

Navy Sailors And Marines To Get Career Sea Pay Raises

Starting this summer, the Navy will give sailors and Marines a 25 percent raise in career sea pay.

Sailors and Marines earn career sea pay in addition to their base pay, as a way to compensate them for time at sea (and away from their families).

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced the pay hike earlier this month:

"This increase is long overdue and is meant to reward our Sailors and ...

Continue reading

Navy SEALs Seize Control Of 'Morning Glory' From Libyans (Video)

A team of Navy SEALs took control of the commercial tanker ship "Morning Glory" on Sunday from the armed Libyans who seized the ship in early March, according to an announcement by Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby:

"No one was hurt [Sunday] when U.S. forces, at the request of both the Libyan and Cypriot governments, boarded and took control of the commercial tanker Morning Glory, a stateless vessel seized ...

Continue reading

US Airman Charged With Killing Navy Broadcaster (Video)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Sean M. Oliver, 34, has been charged with killing Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dmitry Chepusov, 31, on Dec. 14, 2013.

Sources close to the investigation have told Home Post that Oliver was the boyfriend of Chepusov's estranged wife.

86th Airlift Wing spokeswoman Sandra Archer wrote in an email on March 14 to Stars and Stripes:

"On March 10, 2014, charges of murder ...

Continue reading

Malaysia Airlines Search Sends USS Kidd To Indian Ocean (Video)

The Malaysian government's announcement that the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was a deliberate act has prompted the U.S. military to reorganize assets searching for the missing plane.

The San Diego-based USS Kidd is now part of a team looking in the northern Indian Ocean.

Army Col. Steven Warren explained to American Forces Press Service that the Kidd is currently north of the Strait of Malacca, in ...

Continue reading

USS Coronado Had Near Miss With Gray Whales En Route To San Diego (Video)

The USS Coronado almost collided with a pod of gray whales off the coast of Orange County as the ship was heading to its new homeport of San Diego earlier this week.

Captain Todd Mansur of Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching told the Orange County Register he was tailing a group of gray whales on Sunday when he realized the USS Coronado was getting too close for comfort to the ...

Continue reading

Report: US Military's Ban On Transgender Troops 'Damaging'

There is no "compelling medical reason" to ban transgender people from serving in the U.S. military, according to a report released Thursday by an independent commission lead by former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders.

The Palm Center, based at San Francisco State University, established the commission, which in addition to Elders includes former Coast Guard Director of Health and Safety Alan Steinman.

Commissioners wrote in the report ...

Continue reading

San Diego-Based USS Pinckney Ends Its Search For Malaysia Airines MH370 (Video)

The San Diego-based USS Pinckney will no longer be a part of the international search mission for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. The Navy has announced the Pinckney will instead head to Singapore for maintenance.

7th Fleet spokesman Cmdr. William Marks told the Navy Times:

“In coordination with the government of Malaysia, we have decided to send USS Pinckney to Singapore for planned maintenance and routine voyage repairs.

"With the search ...

Continue reading