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  1. 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
  2. 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
  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. Stars to attend 'Fury' screening at Fort Benning

    Army officials at Fort Benning say the director and some stars of the new World War II movie 'Fury' will attend a special screening at the Georgia Army post.

    • Oct. 12, 2014
  5. Judges on 'The Voice,' including Gwen Stefani, gave Bryana Salaz props for her performance on the TV show. Tyler Golden/NBC

    Army officer's daughter debuts strong on NBC's 'The Voice'

    While many aspiring singers have frequent stops on their journey to fame and fortune, most can't match an Army family member.

    • Oct. 10, 2014
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. '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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. Tim Kennedy, right, fights Michael Bisping during their middleweight bout in Las Vegas in April. Eric Bolte/USA TODAY Sports

    Tim Kennedy nears shot at UFC gold

    Later this month in Las Vegas, UFC middleweight Tim Kennedy will fight Yoel Romero, a silver medal-winning wrestler in the 2000 Olympics who goes by the nickname 'Soldier of God.'

    • Sep. 26, 2014
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
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