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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
    • OFFDUTY /

    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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Promo photo of professional wrestler Chris Melendez, a former soldier who lost one leg to an IED in Iraq. TNA Impact Wrestling

    Purple Heart amputee makes pro wrestling debut

    Army veteran and amputee Chris Melendez had two dreams: to serve his country and to dropkick people for a living.

    • Aug. 6, 2014
  16. The top lawyer for USA Discounters, which has outlets near the nation's 11 largest military installations, is a retired senior Navy officer. Mike Morones/Staff

    Retired Navy officer helps run company that targets troops with bad credit

    USA Discounters knows a lot about the military.

    • Aug. 6, 2014
  17. Capt. Justin Fitch, diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer, devotes much of his time and energy raising money to combat veteran suicides. David Kamm/Army

    Captain with terminal cancer has one 'final mission' — help vets

    An active-duty Army officer stricken with terminal cancer is fighting for his life — and the lives of others. Capt. Justin Fitch said he wants to use his last days to reverse the epidemic of veteran suicide.

    • Aug. 5, 2014
    • OFFDUTY /

    Kevlar for the Mind: Sleeping well without medication — 10 simple tips

    A. A common practice among doctors is to give a pill to a service member suffering from insomnia.

    • Aug. 5, 2014
    • OFFDUTY /
    Lava spews from a crater of the giant Mount Etna volcano on the southern Italian island of Sicily in 2012. Marcello Paternostro/AFP/Getty Images

    For a hot vacation, visit a volcano near you

    When Marine Maj. Vince Coglianese was getting ready to leave his assignment in Hawaii, he and his wife, Mary, wanted to take their three boys on a trip they'd remember before packing up and moving to their new duty station in Florida.

    • Aug. 5, 2014
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    Kevin Ryan, a former infantry officer, takes a look at the clarity of the mash as his Service Brewing Co. brewery crafts one of its first batches of Compass Rose IPA. Corey Dickstein/Savannah Morning News

    Ex-grunt's brewery to tap in to good cause

    A former Army officer who has launched a microbrewery knows that everyone will raise a glass to help support a veteran-owned business that gives a portion of its proceeds to charities backing military members, policemen and firefighters.

    • Aug. 2, 2014
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    Denise Hunter's career with the Army and Air Force Exchange Service has taken her from a food-service job in Germany to working side by side with CEO Tom Shull. Courtesy of AAFES

    Military spouses move up — while constantly moving

    Denise Hunter began her career with the Army and Air Force Exchange Service in 1987 as a food service worker at an AAFES-owned Baskin-Robbins concession in Katterbach, Germany.

    • Aug. 2, 2014

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