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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 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
  4. Pvt. Alexander Klopfenstein lost 83 pounds to ship to boot camp. Here he spars during the Crucible at Camp Pendleton, California. Cpl. Tyler Viglione/Marine Corps

    Poolee drops 83 pounds to ship out

    Alexander Klopfenstein had 83 problems standing between him and boot camp.

    • Sep. 6, 2014
  5. 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
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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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Navy Air Traffic Controller 2nd Class Mike McCastle tried to break the world record for pullups. He made it to more than 3,200 — just 828 shy. Photo courtesy AC2 Mike McCastle

    Sailor attempts pullups record, ends up in hospital

    A Washington-based sailor who made an attempt at the Guinness World Record for pullups ended up in the hospital recently, but he said he plans to make another go at it in the near future.

    • Aug. 9, 2014
  11. Marine vet paddles away 2 tours in Afghanistan

    Two tours in Afghanistan took a toll on Joshua Ploetz.

    • Aug. 7, 2014
  12. 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
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    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
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    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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    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
  13. Volunteers award runners finishers medals at the finish line during the 3rd annual Bagram Marathon here Sept. 15, 2013. More than 700 people participated in either the full-marathon or the half-marathon. The Bagram Marathon is an extension of the Air Force Marathon held at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio, Sept. 21. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Stephenie Wade)

    Shadow runs let deployed service members participate in stateside races

    Shadow runs are as much about connecting troops to those back home as they are about racing in the sandbox.

    • Aug. 1, 2014
  14. The back exterior of Blum's Landing in Ocqueoc Township, Mich, is visible. Terry and Jan Blumberg used benefits and insurance money from their son Trevor's 2003 death in Iraq to help build the two-story home. Now in its third year, Blum's Landing serves as a retreat for veterans. Mike Householder / AP

    Couple channel grief into retreat for veterans

    Before shipping out for Iraq, Army Sgt. Trevor Blumberg asked his father to do two things if he didn't return: Look after his puppy, Scrappy, and 'take care of my guys.'

    • Aug. 1, 2014
  15. Mission Family: Protect your job while being a caregiver

    If you're a caregiver for a wounded, ill or injured service member, you should be aware of a growing issue: family responsibility discrimination in the workplace.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  16. Kevlar for the Mind: Simple steps to help TBI recovery

    One of the so-called 'signature injuries' of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is traumatic brain injury. Most brain injuries are mild and are generally called concussions.

    • Jul. 31, 2014

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