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  1. Washington Redskins special teams coach Ben Kotwica demonstrates a drill during practice Sunday at the team's NFL football training facility. Alex Brandon / AP

    War & games: Ex-helo pilot heads Redskins special teams

    After practice on Military Appreciation Day at Washington Redskins training camp, the special teams coordinator made a beeline to the people in uniform near the special VIP tent.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  2. Six-time Olympic gold medal swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen smiles and gestures June 18 as she is transferred to her room after arriving at Craig Hospital, in Englewood, Colo. Brennan Linsley / AP

    Olympian credits surviving ATV accident to training with Marine vet

    Todd Honea discovered his calling, partly out of necessity, while in the Marines: to get fit and help others to do the same.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  3. Tim Kennedy will battle Yoel 'Soldier of God' Romero in Vegas on Sept. 27. USA TODAY Sports

    Tim Kennedy back in the UFC cage in September

    Months after the highest-profile win in Tim Kennedy's career, the sergeant first class will return to the UFC cage in September to face a lesser-known foe with a four-fight win streak.

    • Jul. 8, 2014
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. From left, the Berkley Deluxe, Mister Twister Piranah, Rapala Heavy Duty and Mister Twister Electric Fisherman. Top, Sgt. 1st Class Justin Talbert and Staff Sgt. Dave White test the knives. Photos by Ken Perrotte

    Fillet knife face-off: How 4 electric models compared

    You stare into the sink, filled two-thirds with fish, and wonder, 'What was I thinking?'

    • Jun. 4, 2014
  11. Mitch Harris is a reliever for the Springfield Cardinals. Kary Booher/News-Leader

    Naval Academy grad set to begin season for Cardinals' Double-A squad

    This journey already has been something else. At one point, he emerged as a surprise star at the Naval Academy. Later, he led a crew of 200 sailors, guns drawn, through the Strait of Hormuz en route toward Iraq.

    • May. 27, 2014
  12. Villanueva

    West Point grad Villanueva signs with NFL's Eagles

    A 6-foot-9 Army officer with three deployments to Afghanistan, a Bronze Star Medal with 'V' device and a Ranger tab has signed a free-agent contract to join the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles as a defensive lineman.

    • May. 5, 2014
  13. Kansas Army National Guard Sgt. Theresa Vail, the reigning Miss Kansas, is filming a new Outdoor Channel hunting show. Michael Pearce

    After beauty-queen spotlight, soldier to host TV hunting show

    A sergeant in the Kansas Army National Guard who became famous after displaying her tattoos during the televised Miss America swimsuit competition is trading in her two-piece and tiara for a bow, a rifle and some camo.

    • Apr. 25, 2014
  14. Kennedy beats Bisping to stay perfect in UFC

    Like many fighters before him, Tim Kennedy wanted to shut Michael Bisping up.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  15. Former Army Cpl. Chad Pfeifer lost his left leg above the knee in 2007 when a roadside bomb exploded during a patrol in Iraq. Benjamin Margiott/azcentral Sports)

    Iraq War amputee, now a club pro, set to play in celebrity golf tourney

    When Chad Pfeifer lost his left leg during his deployment with the Army in Iraq, he thought his days as a competitor were done.

    • Apr. 4, 2014
  16. A family member left a bouquet of lowers at the new plaque honoring the victims of the Navy Yard shooting on Opening Day at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., on April 4. Mike Morones/Staff

    Washington Nationals unveil memorial to Navy Yard victims

    The Washington Nationals unveiled a memorial plaque Friday to the 12 Navy employees killed at the Navy Yard shooting in September.

    • Apr. 4, 2014
  17.  Manufacturer images

    2014 shotgun guide: See the standout new guns & ammo

    Firearms makers are rolling out a few new shotgun models and a number of product line extensions that show substantial tweaks to the original models.

    • Mar. 14, 2014
  18. Retired Army Sgt. Heath Calhoun, competing in Alpine skiing, is one of 18 military veterans representing the U.S. at the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

    Paralympic powerhouses: Sochi-bound veterans boost biggest contingent yet

    With athletes ranging from an active-duty Navy SEAL injured in Afghanistan to a former Coast Guardsman paralyzed in a plane crash, the U.S.

    • Mar. 5, 2014
  19. U.S. bobsledders Capt. Chris Fogt and Army veteran Steven Holcomb can look ahead to the next winter Olympics, but the Army's Olympic training program could be sidelined. Airman Taylor Queen / Air Force

    Army's Olympians hope there's a next time

    As the fanfare of the 2014 Winter Games fades into memory, the squad of soldier-athletes and military coaches who competed for Team USA will spend the next few weeks on tour, visiting the White House to see President Obama, meeting top brass at the Pentag

    • Mar. 2, 2014
  20. The team from the United States USA-1, piloted by Steven Holcomb, left, and brakeman Steven Langton, celebrate their bronze medal win Feb. 17 after the men's two-man bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Dita Alangkara / AP

    Army veteran medals in 2-man bobsled

    The mantra for all three USA bobsled teams going into the Sochi Olympics was 'prepare-to-podium.'

    • Feb. 17, 2014
  21. Bronze medal ends 62-year drought in two-man bobsled for U.S.

    In 2011, a 62-year-old bottle of Dalmore single malt whisky reportedly sold for $194,000 in Singapore.

    • Feb. 17, 2014
  22. Army Sgt. Nick Cunningham pilots a training run at the Sanki Sliding Center on Day 7 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Alex Livesey/Getty Images

    Army bobsledders clock practice runs races start Sunday

    The U.S. men's bobsled team is taking an advanced class on the Winter Olympics course at the Sanki Sliding Center two minutes at a time.

    • Feb. 14, 2014
  23. The doubles team of Matthew Mortensen and Preston Griffall of the United States brake in the finish area during the men's doubles luge training session at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko) Natacha Pisarenko / AP

    Olympic luger, Army Sgt. Matt Mortensen boosts with weighted pullups

    With speeds topping more than 90 mph, luge is one of the most dangerous Olympic sports.

    • Feb. 11, 2014
  24. From front to back, Steve Holcomb, Curt Tomasevicz, Steve Langton, and Army Capt. Chris Fogt climb in to their sled during the United States four-man bobsled team trials in 2013. Holcomb and Vogt are two of the athletes competing in Sochi who have military ties. Rick Bowmer/AP

    Meet your military Olympians

    When Team USA arrives in Sochi in the coming days, it will be the largest contingent any nation has ever deployed to the Olympic Winter Games. Make no mistake, the Americans are invading.

    • Feb. 4, 2014
  25. The U.S.'s Steven Holcomb, Curtis Tomasevicz, Steven Langton and Christopher Fogt celebrate after the final competition race in the four-man bobsled World Cup competition in Germany on Jan. 26. CHRISTOF STACHE/ / AFP/Getty Images

    Night Train rides again: Army's bobsled legacy continues at the Winter Olympics

    Some might say don't mess with success, but don't tell that to Olympic bobsledding champion and Army veteran Steven Holcomb.

    • Feb. 3, 2014
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