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  1. From left, Shia LaBeouf as Boyd 'Bible' Swan, Logan Lerman as Norman Ellison, Brad Pitt as Don 'Wardaddy' Collier, Michael Pena as Trini 'Gordo' Garcia, and Jon Bernthal as Grady 'Coon-Ass' Travis in Columbia Pictures' 'Fury.' Giles Keyte/AP

    Brad Pitt's 'Fury' movie goes for carnage over plot

    Writer-director David Ayer makes no bones about his overarching goal with his new World War II action film, 'Fury': to nail the realism of armored combat in that conflict.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  2. Actor Brad Pitt speaks with World War II veterans Ray Stewart, center, of Gastonia, N.C., and Paul J. Andert, of Tulsa, Okla., at the premiere of Pitt's film, 'Fury,' on Wednesday in Washington, D.C. Dave Allocca/Starpix via AP

    Troops and vets get star treatment at premiere of 'Fury'

    Ray Stewart may be 91, but he still keenly remembers his combat experiences as a tank gunner with 66th Armored Regiment, 2nd Armored 'Hell on Wheels' Division in 1944.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  3.  Navy

    Eating disorders fairly rare among troops, study finds

    A new study finds that eating disorder diagnoses in the U.S. military remain somewhat rare, but perhaps not surprisingly, female troops are 20 times more likely to have such issues than males.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
  4. CrossFit vs. unit PT | Troops will do the training plans in what's likely the biggest CrossFit study ever

    Which is better at building at hard bodies: CrossFit or standard Army physical training?

    • Oct. 16, 2014
  5. Director David Ayer says 'Fury' is about 'brotherhood and family ... and small-unit leadership.' Photos by Giles Keyte

    Vet takes WWII tank combat to the big screen in 'Fury'

    Director David Ayer went to great pains to make sure his upcoming war film 'Fury,' which opens in theaters on Oct. 17, gives audiences an authentic look at life and death in combat.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  6. Camp Chef Rainier Combo, Bass Pro Shops High Output Propane Grill and Stove, Coleman Gladiator 2-Burner Hyper-Flame Stove and the Cuisinart Petit Gourmet Portable Gas Grill undergo some final tests. Ken Perrotte / Special to Military Times

    4 new portable stove/grills for camping and tailgating

    Hunting camps are in full swing all across North America, and the grand tradition of tailgating parties is holding strong at football stadium parking lots.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  7. Navy quarterback Tago Smith is stopped by VMI on Oct. 11 in Annapolis, Md. Paul W. Gillespie / AP

    Navy ends losing streak, beats VMI 51-14

    After three losses in a row, Navy was ready to accept any sort of win headed into a bye week.

    • Oct. 12, 2014
  8. Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds, left, is helped off field after being injured against Air Force late in the fourth quarter of Air Force's 30-21 victory in an NCAA college football game at Air Force Academy, Colo., on Oct. 4. David Zalubowski / AP

    Navy prepares for VMI without quarterback Reynolds

    Navy could be without injured quarterback Keenan Reynolds in Saturday's game against Virginia Military Institute.

    • Oct. 10, 2014
  9. OxyTherm Pro on sale at Fort Meyer, photographed at Gannett Government Media photo studio in Springfield, Va., on Thursday, October 9, 2014. (Mike Morones/Staff) Mike Morones

    12 products called out in fight against workout stimulants

    Researchers have determined that several dietary supplements — some of which are available in GNC stores on military bases — contain a synthetic stimulant never tested in humans.

    • Oct. 9, 2014
  10. Army Capt. Aaron Berg celebrates with fans at Husky Stadium during the University of Washington's game against Stanford. Jon Anderson/Staff

    Beer and brats on captain's fantasy tailgating tour

    It's just before noon on a warm fall morning, and Army Capt. Aaron Berg is sipping from an icy bottle of beer aboard a 45-foot motor yacht dubbed 'At Ease.'

    • Oct. 9, 2014
  11. Mike Shinoda, second from left, and his Linkin Park bandmates. Brandon Cox

    Linkin Park bonds with military, vets

    Linkin Park — the Agoura Hills, California, band known for its edgy blend of rap, rock and metal, and dynamic collaborations with artists from Jay-Z to Steve Aoki — recently teamed with Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America to draw attention to the pro

    • Oct. 8, 2014
  12. Wounded warrior wins first-ever Men's Health 'Ultimate Guy' contest

    An Army veteran who lost an arm and a leg to roadside bomb in Iraq took top honors in the 'Ultimate Men's Health Guy' contest announced Oct. 7 on NBC's Today Show.

    • Oct. 7, 2014
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    New books for military readers

    Fall in place, readers, for autumn in new work — with topics that range from COIN to comic books, college football to canines, commanding, casualties and Section 60. Themes range from strategy to no strategy, and from loss to hope. Here's a guide:

    • Oct. 7, 2014
  13. Army Sgt. 1st Class Brian Keaton mimics a grenade toss for the ceremonial first pitch before Game 2 of baseball's NL Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the San Francisco Giants on Oct. 4. Rob Carr / AP

    Soldier goes with grenade-style toss for 1st pitch at Nats-Giants game

    An Army veteran wounded in Iraq made a unique ceremonial first pitch before Game 2 of the NL Division Series, crawling toward the mound and then lobbing the baseball as if it were a grenade.

    • Oct. 6, 2014
  14. Elmo and his friends appear with families at Fort Benning, Ga., on Friday. Dave Gatley for the USO

    Elmo shares smiles with 500,000 military family members

    Elmo and his friends hit a 500k milestone at Fort Benning, Ga.: They've entertained more than half a million troops and families around the world.

    • Oct. 6, 2014
  15. Air Force Falcons quarterback Kales Pearson (2) celebrates after the game against the Navy Midshipmen at Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Falcons won 30-21. Chris Humphreys / USA Today Sports

    Falcons QB Pearson throws 3 TD passes as Air Force beats Navy, 30-21

    Kale Pearson has Air Force halfway to the White House by taking it to the house three times.

    • Oct. 5, 2014
  16. Left: Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds throws to a receiver in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Rutgers in Annapolis, Md., on Sept. 20, 2014. Right: Air Force quarterback Kale Pearson runs on the Boise State 5-yard line, Sept. 27. at the Air Force Academy, Colo Patrick Semansky (left), Christian Murdock (right)

    College football: Navy gears up for surging Air Force squad

    Over the summer, Air Force built a trophy case in the locker room to house one thing and one thing only — the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy.

    • Oct. 3, 2014
  17. 'American Sniper' trailer drops ahead of Christmas release

    If you're looking for some cinematic firefights after Christmas Day presents and brunch, you're in luck.

    • Oct. 3, 2014
  18. Former Marine Joe Teti, shown in Sri Lanka filming an episode of the Discovery Channel's popular 'Dual Survival' show, has been stripped of his membership in the Special Forces Association. Discovery Channel

    'Dual Survival' star stripped of SF Association membership

    Discovery Channel's 'Dual Survival' reality star Joseph Teti, a former Army and Marine Corps special operator, has been disavowed by the Special Forces Association and stripped of his membership with the group.

    • Oct. 1, 2014
  19. Jay Leno during a visit to Israel in May. Sebastian Scheiner / AP

    Interview: Leno on USO, entertaining troops and his 'tank car'

    It would be tough to script a better opening line for a story from Jay Leno:

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  20. Michelle Monaghan's character faces estrangement from her young son after multiple deployments in 'Fort Bliss.' Entertainment One Films

    For single moms in uniform, 'Fort Bliss' movie shows costs and rewards

    Army Master Sgt. Kerensa Crum wasn't expecting much when she walked into an early screening of 'Fort Bliss,' a new movie about the struggles of a single mom in the military.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  21. Jets do a flyover at Soldier Field before an NFL football game between the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills on Sept. 7 in Chicago. Nam Y. Huh / AP

    Abuse scandals prompt Hagel to examine military's links to NFL

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is taking a close look at the military's ties to the National Football League amid a spate of domestic violence scandals involving high-profile athletes.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  22. Under the new service, troops will be able to get basic Internet with a data transfer speed of 128 kilobits per second, as well as TV services with local channels, for free. They'll also have the option to pay to upgrade to faster speeds and more channels. Army

    Bigger, better, cheaper Wi-Fi coming soon to barracks, dorms

    A new Wi-Fi service is being rolled out over the next year in barracks and dormitories for soldiers, airmen and Marines.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  23. From the creator of the 'MechWarrior' and 'Shadowrun' franchises, 'Golem Arcana' promises to revolutionize tabletop war gaming by fusing the hands-on fun of miniatures combat with the ease of app-driven gaming and immersive massively multiplayer online play. Jon R. Anderson/Staff

    'Golem Arcana': Tabletop tactics meet massively multiplayer action

    Jordan Weisman is frustrated with a monster he helped create.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
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