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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Afghanistan's presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah speaks during a news conference Wednesday in Kabul, Afghanistan. The front-runner in Afghanistan's runoff presidential election has called for vote counting to stop over fraud claims. Massoud Hossaini / AP

    Front-runner calls for Afghan vote count to stop

    The front-runner in Afghanistan's runoff presidential election has called for vote counting to stop over fraud claims.

    • Jun. 18, 2014
  6. The Interservice Pistol Championships kick off on Sunday. The Army has won eight consecutive team competitions. Michael Molinaro/Army

    Troops to compete at joint pistol championships next week

    Shooters from across the services will compete in the 55th Annual Interservice Pistol Championships June 15-20 at Fort Benning, Georgia.

    • Jun. 11, 2014
  7. From left, the Berkley Deluxe, Mister Twister Piranah, Rapala Heavy Duty and Mister Twister Electric Fisherman. Top, Sgt. 1st Class Justin Talbert and Staff Sgt. Dave White test the knives. Photos by Ken Perrotte

    Fillet knife face-off: How 4 electric models compared

    You stare into the sink, filled two-thirds with fish, and wonder, 'What was I thinking?'

    • Jun. 4, 2014
  8. Drill instructors from Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, California, engage the Semper Fi Bowl East Team's student athletes in January 2014. The Marine Corps announced then that the 2014 Semper Fi Bowl would be the last due to budget cuts, but they've now brought it back. Cpl. Caitlin Brink/Marine Corps

    Marine Corps resurrects $2.6 million Semper Fi Bowl

    Marine Corps officials will reinstate funding for the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, a high-profile recruiting event that brings together dozens of high school football players from across the country each year.

    • May. 17, 2014
  9. Kansas Army National Guard Sgt. Theresa Vail, the reigning Miss Kansas, is filming a new Outdoor Channel hunting show. Michael Pearce

    After beauty-queen spotlight, soldier to host TV hunting show

    A sergeant in the Kansas Army National Guard who became famous after displaying her tattoos during the televised Miss America swimsuit competition is trading in her two-piece and tiara for a bow, a rifle and some camo.

    • Apr. 25, 2014
  10. Participants in the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) begin the 26.2-mile run in Arlington, Va. Cpl. Ricky Robinson III / Marine Corps

    First to finish Marine Corps 17.75K broke rule, banned from MCM events

    It may be frowned upon by race organizers, but giving entries to friends is nothing new in the running world.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  11. Steven Henry crosses the finish line of the Marine Corps 17.75K. Marine Corps Marathon

    Former Army runner wins Marine Corps 17.75K

    Editor's note: Marine Corps Marathon officials later disqualified the winner of the Marine Corps 17.75K due to an illegal bib transfer. See the full story here.

    • Apr. 12, 2014
  12.  Manufacturer images

    2014 shotgun guide: See the standout new guns & ammo

    Firearms makers are rolling out a few new shotgun models and a number of product line extensions that show substantial tweaks to the original models.

    • Mar. 14, 2014
  13. Retired Army Sgt. Heath Calhoun, competing in Alpine skiing, is one of 18 military veterans representing the U.S. at the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

    Paralympic powerhouses: Sochi-bound veterans boost biggest contingent yet

    With athletes ranging from an active-duty Navy SEAL injured in Afghanistan to a former Coast Guardsman paralyzed in a plane crash, the U.S.

    • Mar. 5, 2014
  14. The team from the United States USA-1 start their first run during the men's four-man bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics on Saturday in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Army Capt. Chris Fogt is the brakeman for the U.S. team. Natacha Pisarenko/The Associated Press

    USA-1 sled in 4th after first two runs

    Steve Holcomb hit the wall on turn 5 in his second run Saturday night, enough of a driving mistake to drop the defending gold medalist and his team to fourth in Olympic four-man bobsled after the first two runs at Sanki Sliding Center.

    • Feb. 22, 2014
  15. The team from the United States USA-1 start their first run during the men's four-man bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics on Saturday in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Army Capt. Chris Fogt is the brakeman for the U.S. team. Natacha Pisarenko/The Associated Press

    Army's U.S. bobsled brakeman has a complex role

    Watching a four-man bobsled lurch to life gives novice viewers the impression that it's simply a matter of run, push, jump and hunker down for an 85-mph ride.

    • Feb. 22, 2014
  16. The team from the United States USA-1, piloted by Steven Holcomb, left, and brakeman Steven Langton, celebrate their bronze medal win Feb. 17 after the men's two-man bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Dita Alangkara / AP

    Army veteran medals in 2-man bobsled

    The mantra for all three USA bobsled teams going into the Sochi Olympics was 'prepare-to-podium.'

    • Feb. 17, 2014
  17. Bronze medal ends 62-year drought in two-man bobsled for U.S.

    In 2011, a 62-year-old bottle of Dalmore single malt whisky reportedly sold for $194,000 in Singapore.

    • Feb. 17, 2014
  18. Army Sgt. Nick Cunningham pilots a training run at the Sanki Sliding Center on Day 7 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Alex Livesey/Getty Images

    Army bobsledders clock practice runs races start Sunday

    The U.S. men's bobsled team is taking an advanced class on the Winter Olympics course at the Sanki Sliding Center two minutes at a time.

    • Feb. 14, 2014
  19. The doubles team of Matthew Mortensen and Preston Griffall of the United States brake in the finish area during the men's doubles luge training session at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko) Natacha Pisarenko / AP

    Olympic luger, Army Sgt. Matt Mortensen boosts with weighted pullups

    With speeds topping more than 90 mph, luge is one of the most dangerous Olympic sports.

    • Feb. 11, 2014
  20. From front to back, Steve Holcomb, Curt Tomasevicz, Steve Langton, and Army Capt. Chris Fogt climb in to their sled during the United States four-man bobsled team trials in 2013. Holcomb and Vogt are two of the athletes competing in Sochi who have military ties. Rick Bowmer/AP

    Meet your military Olympians

    When Team USA arrives in Sochi in the coming days, it will be the largest contingent any nation has ever deployed to the Olympic Winter Games. Make no mistake, the Americans are invading.

    • Feb. 4, 2014
  21. The U.S.'s Steven Holcomb, Curtis Tomasevicz, Steven Langton and Christopher Fogt celebrate after the final competition race in the four-man bobsled World Cup competition in Germany on Jan. 26. CHRISTOF STACHE/ / AFP/Getty Images

    Night Train rides again: Army's bobsled legacy continues at the Winter Olympics

    Some might say don't mess with success, but don't tell that to Olympic bobsledding champion and Army veteran Steven Holcomb.

    • Feb. 3, 2014
  22. Soldier-athletes bound for Russia keep wary eye on threats

    Military athletes and coaches are heading to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, with a mixed sense of excitement and trepidation.

    • Feb. 3, 2014
  23. U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program bobsled coach Sgt. Bill Tavares (right) and Army National Guard Outstanding Athlete Program Sgt. Mike Kohn peruse a timing chart between runs at Park City, Utah. Tim Hipps/Army

    3 Olympic teams have soldiers on their coaching squads

    When Team USA's lugers get set to begin their high-speed quests for gold, pay close attention to who's whispering in their ear. Chances are it will be Staff Sgt. William Tavares, one of three soldiers now working full time as Olympic coaches.

    • Feb. 3, 2014
  24. Genghis Khan never had it so good. Yurt camping at Treebones Resort in Big Sur, Calif., has come a long way since the Mongol invasions. At right is an interior view of one of the resort's yurts. Courtesy of Treebones Resort

    Yurts take camping to the next level

    They were the go-to field tent for Genghis Khan's fabled cavalry as the Mongol hordes conquered Eurasia.

    • Jan. 15, 2014

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