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  1. Seth Pena aims downrange during the pistol SH1 competition at the 2014 Warrior Games in the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on October 3. Pena won gold in the event. Mike Morones / Staff

    TACP airman, nearly killed by drunken driver, turns hobby into Warrior Games gold

    Staff Sgt. Seth Pena remembers nothing about the day that changed everything.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  2. An inspection of the Air Force Academy's athletic department after reports of drug use and sexual assaults that dated to 2010. Mike Kaplan / Air Force

    IG inspection gives Air Force Academy athletic department a 'C'

    An inspection of the Air Force Academy's athletic department by the school's inspector general has found nothing requiring a follow-up legal investigation, the academy said Tuesday.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. West Point football coach Jeff Monken helped arrange for the Cutinella family to receive a jersey and scholarship offer for their son, Tom, who died during a high school football game on Oct. 1. Courtesy of Buddy Gengler

    Army offers football scholarship to honor, mourn high school player

    Tom Cutinella had hoped to attend either West Point or the Naval Academy after graduating Shoreham-Wading River High School.

    • Oct. 8, 2014
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Kyle Carpenter is seen after being presented the Medal of Honor by President Obama during a ceremony June 19. Carpenter plans to ring in this year's Marine Corps Marathon by breaking a world record Rob Curtis/Staff

    Kyle Carpenter plans to skydive to the start of the Marine Corps Marathon

    It was impressive enough when Medal of Honor recipient Kyle Carpenter, who survived jumping on an enemy grenade, ran the Marine Corps Marathon last year.

    • Oct. 1, 2014
  9. 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
  10. Sgt. Jesse Phillips, inset, a mortarman with 3rd Battalion, 23rd Marines, hunted a 792-pound alligator, with two of his friends. It measured more than 13-feet from the tip of the nose to the tail, and broke a Mississippi state record. Courtesy of Jesse Phillips

    Marine sergeant and friends bag record-setting alligator

    The next time Sgt. Jesse Phillips has to train in the swamp, he'll be all too familiar with the type of beasts that might be slithering around his boots.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  11. Army Col. Richard J. Muraski Jr., of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Southwestern Division presents Texas Rangers interim bench coach Bobby Jones, right, with a Bronze Star for his Vietnam service during a pregame ceremony before a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Sept. 11 in Arlington, Texas. Tony Gutierrez / AP

    Texas Rangers coach Bobby Jones presented with Bronze Star at game

    Texas Rangers bench coach Bobby Jones heard fans cheering Thursday night, rather than the repeated boom of a 105-millimeter howitzer.

    • Sep. 11, 2014
  12. 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
  13. Then-Philadelphia Eagle Alejandro Villanueva warms up before a preseason football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Aug. 21 in Philadelphia. Cut by the Eagles last month, the former Ranger signed with the Steelers' practice squad. Michael Perez/The Associated Press

    Former Ranger Villanueva signs with Steelers' practice squad

    The former Army Ranger who tried to catch on with the Philadelphia Eagles will move a few hundred miles west — and swap sides of the ball.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  14. Clemson receiver Daniel Rodriguez leaps around defenders after catching a pass during an Aug. 6 practice. Rodriguez, a 5-foot-8 walk-on in 2012, has 10 catches for 30 yards and a touchdown over two seasons. Mark Crammer/The Associated Press

    Combat vet turned Clemson star will soon get his own movie

    Nearly five years after earning a Bronze Star with 'V' and a Purple Heart for his actions in Afghanistan at the Battle of Kamdesh, former Army Sgt. Daniel Rodriguez will suit up Saturday to begin his senior football season with the Clemson Tigers.

    • Aug. 30, 2014
  15. Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds carries the ball against Army during last year's Army-Navy game. Mike Morones/Staff

    Military ethos vs. Individual honor: The Naval Academy's Heisman conundrum

    Allow Roger Staubach to, rather unofficially, carry the torch for Keenan Reynolds' 2014 Heisman campaign. From one Navy great to another.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  16. Cadets look on as members of the United States men's national basketball team practice on Aug. 18 at Christl Arena at the U.S. Military Academy. Mike Groll / AP

    West Point pride: Coach K brings Team USA to alma mater

    In front of ESPN cameras and super-sized shoe-company logos Monday at West Point's Christl Arena, the U.S.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  17. Sgt. 1st Class Dremiel Deshon Byers, left, competes in the 120-kg Greco-Roman wrestling competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Byers was reportedly arrested Thursday night for hunting deer out of season. Paul Sancya / AP

    Report: Army Olympian cited for hunting deer at car dealership

    A sergeant first class who'd become one of the faces of the U.S. Olympic wrestling team over the past decade was cited by Colorado Springs, Colorado, police Thursday night for hunting deer out of season at an area car dealership.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  18. USA Football planning clinics on military bases

    The organization that runs youth and amateur football in the United States is teaming up with the American military to make the game safer overseas.

    • Aug. 11, 2014
  19. Washington Redskins special teams coach Ben Kotwica demonstrates a drill during practice Sunday at the team's NFL football training facility. Alex Brandon / AP

    Former Apache 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
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