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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. '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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. In this Dec. 10, 2011, file photo, former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch is featured in the South Charleston, W.Va. Christmas Parade. Lynch has landed a lead role in a Christian film. Morgantown-based JC Films is producing 'One Church,' being shot this month in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Bob Bird/The Associated Press

    Former POW Jessica Lynch starring in Christian film

    Former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch is enjoying her latest role, starring in a Christian movie currently in production.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  15. Marine veteran Pete Doan of 9:24 CrossFit opened the small-town gym in March 2013. Trevor Jones/Coshocton (Ohio) Tribune

    A gym & a prayer: Marine vet's CrossFit business draws on personal ties

    Pete Doan tried the working man's life after leaving the Marine Corps in 2010.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  16. Navy's Tago Smith runs against Texas State on Sept. 13 in San Marcos, Texas. Eric Gay / AP

    Smith leads Navy past Texas State 35-21 in first career start

    Playing without the leader of its offense put a scare in Navy, but Tago Smith quickly put those fears to rest with a stellar outing in his first career start.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  17. From left to right: Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster; retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark; retired Army Gen. David Petraeus; retired Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey; and retired Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry at the Sept. 8 premiere of 'American War Generals' in Washington, D.C. Ralph Alswang/National Geographic Channel

    'American War Generals' a sobering reflection on U.S. failures in Iraq

    As the U.S. escalates its campaign against jihadists in Iraq and Syria, a new documentary offers a cautionary tale about putting too much faith in technology and forgetting hard-fought lessons from the past.

    • Sep. 11, 2014
  18.  Army & Air Force Exchange Service PAO/Flickr.com

    Are your kids' toys 'Military Brat Approved'?

    Military kids have spoken: Thomas the Tank Engine Avalanche Escape Set and about 150 other toys have earned the unofficial 'Military Brat Approved' label.

    • Sep. 11, 2014
  19. Army National Guard soldier Josh Stemmler demonstrates exercises using a weight vest at Gannett Government Media in Springfield, VA on Oct. 15, 2012. (Mike Morones/OffDuty) Mike Morones/OffDuty

    Military Muscle: Weight vest workouts, options

    Weighted vests are an easy and fairly inexpensive way to turn any workout into a real gasser. The rule of thumb is that wearing a vest that equals 10 percent of your body weight results in an additional 8 percent caloric burn in most workouts.

    • Sep. 8, 2014
  20. Former soldiers Chris and Daisy Oswalt plan to open up the FOB Bunker Bar and Grill early next year, bringing military-themed dining and drinking to a new restaurant near Camp Pendleton, Calif. Courtesy of Chris Oswalt

    Veterans plan to open FOB-themed pub near Pendleton

    Two former soldiers plan to make Marines feel at home in their new restaurant by decking it out in camouflage netting with sandbags lining the walls and the menu will feature items chicken 'M-WRAPS,' napalm nachos and homemade MREs.

    • Sep. 4, 2014
  21. Air rifles can provide a fun and relatively inexpensive option to enjoy some backyard plinking. The five rifles we checked out include, from left, Crosman MTR77NPC, Winchester Semi-Auto MP4, Hatsan Model 85 Sniper .22 Combo, Gamo Whisper Fusion Pro, and Stoeger X50. Ken Perrotte

    Air rifle test compares the power, pellet velocity & accuracy of 5 new guns

    Firearms safety advocates long have discouraged the term 'toy' when talking about air rifles that fire BBs or pellets. While you still can find inexpensive, low-power rifles for kids, the new breeds of powerful pellet guns are anything but child's play.

    • Sep. 3, 2014
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    Army National Guard veteran Merri Lade tries to roast green coffee beans over a campfire like Civil War soldiers might have done. Courtesy of Merri Lade

    Brew the perfect cup with vets' tips

    Coffee rations were a mainstay for many Civil War troops by the time a young Sgt. William McKinley of Ohio performed his famous coffee service on the battlefield at Antietam in 1862.

    • Sep. 3, 2014
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    Visitors explore Bryce Canyon National Park in southern Utah. All current troops get a free annual pass to the national parks, so it may be worth a longer drive to a spectacular spot. Sean Gallup/Getty Images

    Here are some last-minute Labor Day staycations

    The end of summer draws near sigh but it's not over yet!

    • Aug. 30, 2014
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