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  1. 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
  2.  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
  3. 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
  4. Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Mo., poses for a photograph in front of the Will Rogers Statue, on Capitol Hill on Nov. 16, 2010. Harry Hamburg / AP

    Leavenworth library to be named for former Rep. Ike Skelton

    Officials at Fort Leavenworth are memorializing the late Missouri congressman Ike Skelton by renaming the northeast Kansas post's library in his honor.

    • Sep. 9, 2014
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Power exercises, such as the bench press, are important for optimal military performance, researchers have found. Staff Sgt. Richard Andrade / Army

    Studies reveal 11 ways to improve Army fitness

    A smaller force means more emphasis on soldiers doing their jobs at optimum levels — including the job of staying healthy.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  9. 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
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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
  10. Spc. Paul Ieti sang a Backstreet Boys song on Tuesday's episode of 'America's Got Talent,' but failed to impress the judges. Chris Haston / NBC

    'America's Got Talent' judges slam soldier's Backstreet Boys rendition

    The 'America's Got Talent' judges were not very kind to Pfc. Paul Ieti on Tuesday night's semifinals round.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  11. It seems there is no more hope for reviving the show Enlisted. Jeff Lipsky / Fox

    Report: 'Enlisted' online revival talks dead

    Talks to reboot the military-themed comedy 'Enlisted' via Yahoo's emerging video service ended without a deal, TVLine.com reported Friday, likely closing Fort McGee for good.

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  12. A state senator has slammed Tyler Perry's plans to buy a portion of Fort McPherson, Georgia, to be used as a studio. Heidi Gutman/AP

    Tyler Perry's deal to buy Fort McPherson faces more controversy

    A Georgia state senator wants the Army's top civilian to 'carefully consider the ramifications' of selling part of the shuttered Fort McPherson to movie mogul Tyler Perry in a process he calls 'a terrible act of injustice.'

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. sea salt on wooden table Diana Taliun / Getty Images/iStockphoto

    PT365: Too much salt — and too little — may be bad for you

    Finally, a study that says it's OK to lick every grain of salt from the rim of your margarita.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  16. Pfc. Paul Ieti, a 21-year-old American Samoa native who serves with A Company, 603rd Aviation Support Battalion, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, found out on Wednesday's 'America's Got Talent' results show that his performance the night before earned him enough votes to reach the semifinal round.

    Singing soldier makes semifinals of 'America's Got Talent'

    Pfc. Paul Ieti's 'unreal' ride through network TV fame will continue at least a few weeks longer.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  17. PT365 Run Plans | Gear roundup: Heart rate monitors

    Our PT365 Run Plans rely heavily on heart-rate training, which means that to get the most out of them, you'll want to invest in a heart-rate monitor.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
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    Mission Family: Spouses helping spouses get ahead

    Over the past few years, increasing attention has been focused on connecting spouses with employers that can provide them opportunities for meaningful, portable careers.

    • Aug. 13, 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. Staff Sgt. Travis Mills arrives at the Blaine House in Augusta, Maine, on Friday. Mills lost four limbs when an improvised explosive device detonated under him in Afghanistan. He survived, along with his sense of humor and determination, to become an advocate for wounded warriors. On Saturday, he continued his efforts by jumping out of a plane with Maine's first lady Ann LePage, wife of Gov. Paul LePage in northern Maine. Robert F. Bukaty/The Associated Press

    Wounded soldier skydives with Maine's first lady

    Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills and his team from the 82nd Airborne were checking out reports of improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan when one detonated underneath him.

    • Aug. 9, 2014
  20. Dale Earnhardt Jr., driving the number 88 National Guard Chevy, and Mark Martin, in the number eight Army car, battle for position on the front stretch of Texas Motor Speedway. Lt. Col. William D. Thurmond/Army

    National Guard ends team-up with Earnhardt Jr.

    The Army National Guard is ending its sponsorship of NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Indy Racing League driver Graham Rahal, the component announced Wednesday.

    • Aug. 6, 2014

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