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    7 new & upcoming book titles

    From a novel and a book of poetry to memoirs and nonfiction narratives, your guide to works that take you from Bala Murghab to the Moon and aboard Marine One:

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  1. Military Muscle: The best plyometric drills — and something extra for the finish

    For a great example of explosive power, watch some isolation video of the Houston Texans' star defensive end J. J. Watt. A YouTube video shows him performing a perfect plyometrics box jump, exploding his 6-foot, 5-inch, 290-pound frame to the top of a dresser bureau just short of five feet high.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
  2. 1LT Jean-Scott Dodd demonstrates the viper rope trainer and plyometric exercises at Barber Physical Activity Center in Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., on Monday, June 30, 2014. (Mike Morones/Staff) Mike Morones

    Military Muscle: 5 exercises using your gym's Viper Rope Trainer

    In 2006, Marius Popescu, an engineer and elite-level Judo athlete, used his garage to develop the first functional prototype of his rope trainer. Eight years later, these rope trainers are produced in three versions and used in fitness centers across the country.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
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    The Three-Pass Blast is a favorite biker route in Washington state. Courtesy of Jason Sammis

    Motorcycle dream rides: Find one near you

    Motorcycles and the open road go together like summertime and four-day passes — or better yet, block leave. Put them together and you've got a dream road trip begging for you to tank up and get going.

    • Jul. 8, 2014
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    Hundreds of thousands of bikers descend on downtown Sturgis, S.D., each August for the annual Sturgis Rally gathering of motorcycle enthusiasts. This year's rally is scheduled for Aug. 5-11, and anyone can attend. Steve McEnroe/ / The Associated Press

    Military biker clubs: brotherhood & mentorship

    Back in the late 1990s, Adam F. Buehler figured there had to be an alternative to the off-base biker clubs — some questionable — for military riders to gather for road trips, share tips and provide a voice to help local commanders shape regs for the road.

    • Jul. 8, 2014
  3. Rodney Martin tears up the track during the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, Japan, as a member of Team USA. Mark Baker / The Associated Press

    At-sea sprinter? Track star-turned-yeoman on his path to the fleet

    Six years removed from his moment on the Olympic stage, a world-class sprinter stands poised to begin his return to glory.

    • Jul. 6, 2014
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    PT365 Run Plans: Come train with us

    Want to change up your running routine? Need to kick up your PT a notch? Check out our complete PT365 Run Plans — 5K, half-marathon and marathon — from Air Force Reserve Lt. Col. (Dr.) Mark Cucuzzella.

    • Jul. 2, 2014
  5. Army survived a late-game rally by Navy to claim a 43-38 win in Saturday's arena-football contest in Philadelphia. Danette Bartholomew/Legacy Imagez

    Army football breaks (arena) losing streak

    The streak is over. Well, one of them.

    • Jul. 1, 2014
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    Invictus Games: Ready to inspire the world

    In my 21/2 years as British ambassador to the United States, I have frequently had the honor of hosting British and American wounded warriors — both serving and veteran — at my home.

    • Jul. 1, 2014
  6. Former Lt. Billy Hurley III, a 2004 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, during round 2 of the Quicken Loans National at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. on June 27, 2014. Jennifer Milbrett / Staff

    Annapolis grad's golf journey

    Most of PGA Tour golfer Billy Hurley III's time in the Navy was spent doing a different kind of driving.

    • Jun. 30, 2014
  7. Lt. Cmdr. Paige Ormiston, right, and TV legend Alex Trebek pose on the set of 'Jeopardy!' Navy via Facebook

    JAG wins big on 'Jeopardy!'

    From high school trivia contests to College Bowl tournaments to being a regular ringer for quiz night at the bar, Lt. Cmdr. Paige Ormiston amassed the perfect resume entering her chance at game-show immortality: An appearance on 'Jeopardy!'

    • Jun. 28, 2014
  8. Kevlar for the Mind: War's trauma may lead to improved quality of life

    You've likely heard the adages, 'What doesn't kill you makes you stronger,' and, 'Every cloud has a silver lining.'

    • Jun. 27, 2014
  9. Tricare Help: 13 years later: Still eligible for Tricare?

    Q. I am the widow of a Marine who retired from the Corps in 1999. In September 2000, our daughter was born. Six days later, my husband died. At the time, I had a job that offered health care insurance and we had no need of military services.

    • Jun. 27, 2014
  10. 'Korengal' filmmaker Sebastian Junger Tim Hetherington

    War-fighter's paradox: Sebastian Junger on why combat vets hate war — but miss being in it

    When Army paratrooper Sgt. Brendan O'Byrne returned from a tortured year of combat in Afghanistan's deadly Korengal Valley, he looked into the lens of a video camera and wondered out loud whether God hated him for what he had done there.

    • Jun. 26, 2014
  11. North Korea is warning that the release of a new American comedy about a plot to assassinate leader Kim Jong Un would be an 'act of war.' If the U.S. government doesn't block the movie's release, it will face 'stern' and 'merciless' retaliation, an unidentified spokesman for North Korea's Foreign Ministry said Wednesday in state media. David Guttenfelder / AP

    North Korea calls new U.S. movie an 'act of war'

    North Korea is warning that the release of a new American comedy about a plot to assassinate leader Kim Jong Un would be an 'act of war.'

    • Jun. 25, 2014
  12. Army-Navy, arena football-style, set for Saturday in Philly

    Army-Navy football in Philadelphia in December means harsh weather, crowds approaching 90,000 and a rivalry that dates back well over a century.

    • Jun. 24, 2014
  13. Army image Thousands of runners take part in the Army Ten-Miler in the National Capital Region, Oct. 20, 2013.

    Looking for a fall race? Check out these with military ties

    We'll be kicking off PT365 Run Plan training in July for the 5K and marathon plans and in August for the half-marathon (but we'll count 10-milers, too). Are you still trying to pick a race?

    • Jun. 24, 2014
  14. Sports Woman's legs in running movement Crdjan / Getty Images/iStockphoto

    PT365 Run Plans: Elements of efficient running, part 2

    Consider this your primer on the Run Plans: a little bit of background to understand the methodology behind the charts.

    • Jun. 20, 2014
  15. Dogtopia, a canine day care with locations in 29 states, will host its tenth charity dog wash — this year, raising funds for Paws With A Cause, an organization that provides service dogs to veterans and others with disabilities. The company is hoping to raise $36,000, enough to put three puppies through assistance dog training. Courtesy photo

    Dog washes to benefit wounded troops

    Looking for something to do this weekend with your canine companion? Take a bath. Or at least, take your dog for a soaping and help an injured service member to boot.

    • Jun. 18, 2014
  16. The Air Force Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team flies in formation during SkyFest 2014 at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., on May 31. Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes/Air Force

    Defense cuts crimping air shows and other community events

    Everyone in La Crosse, Wisconsin, is still buzzing about the Navy Blue Angels' performance at the big air show June 1.

    • Jun. 18, 2014
  17. Afghanistan's presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah speaks during a news conference Wednesday in Kabul, Afghanistan. The front-runner in Afghanistan's runoff presidential election has called for vote counting to stop over fraud claims. Massoud Hossaini / AP

    Front-runner calls for Afghan vote count to stop

    The front-runner in Afghanistan's runoff presidential election has called for vote counting to stop over fraud claims.

    • Jun. 18, 2014
  18. Eric Dane — left, with co-star Rhona Mitra — said 'The Last Ship' stays true to Navy regulations in most cases, but not always to uniform wear rules, such as when a sailor should wear his cover. TNT photos

    Commanding 'The Last Ship'

    A lot can happen while you're away on deployment, but you probably don't expect the world to end.

    • Jun. 14, 2014
  19. The Interservice Pistol Championships kick off on Sunday. The Army has won eight consecutive team competitions. Michael Molinaro/Army

    Troops to compete at joint pistol championships next week

    Shooters from across the services will compete in the 55th Annual Interservice Pistol Championships June 15-20 at Fort Benning, Georgia.

    • Jun. 11, 2014
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    The 101-year-old two-masted schooner Adventuress offers cruises ranging from three hours to several days. Jon Anderson/Staff

    Sailing through history: Tall ship Adventuress lives up to its name

    If standing under the taut sail of a tall ship at sea isn't already on your bucket list, you should seriously consider adding it. It's a rush like no other.

    • Jun. 11, 2014
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    A family enjoys a breathtaking view from the bow of the Adventuress as the tall ship plys Washington's Puget Sound in much same way as when it first set sail more than 100 years ago. JON ANDERSON/Staff

    Spice up your next getaway on a classic ship cruise

    From World War II PT boats to tall-masted sleep-aboard vessels from the Age of Sail, historic ships aren't just relegated to dusty textbooks.

    • Jun. 11, 2014
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