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  1. Little green army men, along with the Rubik's Cube and bubbles, were announced Thursday as the newest additions to the National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, N.Y. The toys enter the Rochester museum after being selected by a panel of expert judges from among a dozen finalists. AP

    Little green army men make Toy Hall of Fame

    It's mission accomplished for little green army men.

    • Nov. 6, 2014
  2. Bruce Springsteen performs during the 8th Annual Stand Up For Heroes Event Wednesday at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Monica Schipper / Getty Images for New York Comedy

    Springsteen auctions guitars, lasagna for veterans

    How much for a guitar played by Bruce Springsteen, an hour lesson on how to play it, a lasagna dinner at his house and a ride in the side car of his motorcycle? $300,000.

    • Nov. 6, 2014
  3. Musician Bruce Springsteen performs on May 7 in Century City, Calif. Kevin Winter / Getty Images

    Bruce Springsteen among those receiving first-ever awards for supporting veterans

    Bruce Springsteen tops an eclectic group honored with first-ever awards for those striving to improve the lives of veterans and their families.

    • Nov. 5, 2014
  4. Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James and teammates will join in a game time saluate to veterans. Jay LaPrete / The Associated Press

    LeBron James invites deployed troops to join Veterans Day salute

    Serving overseas? The Cleveland Cavaliers want to get you in the house!

    • Nov. 5, 2014
  5. U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Brandon Stout, 380th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron, practices the deadlift during a workout at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia Sept. 11,2013. Stout recently took first place in AFCENT's bi-annual 'Strongest in the AOR' competition where he lifted a total of 1,460 pounds. Stout has won first place in seven different powerlifting competitions over the last 2 years. Stout is native to Holly, Mich., and is deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua J. Garcia) Staff Sgt. Joshua J. Garcia

    Military Muscle: Do better deadlifts

    The deadlift is considered to be the best 'total body' lift there is. It hits almost all the muscles — legs, glutes, back, shoulders, etc. — and is at the top of the charts for developing overall strength.

    • Nov. 3, 2014
  6. Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds (19) scrambles away from Notre Dame defensive lineman Isaac Rochell (90) on Nov. 1 in Landover, Md. Notre Dame won 49-39. Alex Brandon / AP

    Navy falls short against No. 6 Notre Dame, 49-39

    Keenan Reynolds had just absorbed another agonizing loss to Notre Dame, and the frustration in his voice was evident.

    • Nov. 2, 2014
  7. Notre Dame safety Eilar Hardy slows down Navy wide receiver Shawn Lynch on the final play for Navy in the closing seconds of the second half of an NCAA college football game, Nov. 2, 2013, in South Bend, Ind. Notre Dame won 38-34. Joe Raymond / AP

    Football: Navy sets sights on upsetting No. 6 Notre Dame

    Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds can only imagine how sweet it would feel to beat No. 6 Notre Dame on Saturday.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
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    Contribution from last year's #MyVeteran campaign: _mrsle: 'Happy Veterans Day to the Love of My Life. Thank you for serving our country, putting your life on the line, and for being such an impeccable husband!'

    Give your vet a shout-out

    Sixty years ago, the nation declared its first Veterans Day celebration.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  8. Air Force Maj. Brian Gerwe offers the best thank you card he could think of with this F-16 cockpit snapshot over Pakistan after getting an Operation Supply Drop crate full of gamer gear earlier this year. Courtesy of Operation Supply Drop

    'Operation Supply Drop' delivers the goods for desperate downrange gamers

    Ask Air Force F-16 pilot Maj. Brian Gerwe what helped him and his 30-man detachment make it through a yearlong deployment to a remote air base in Pakistan, and he'll tell you it was all about that one critical supply drop.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  9. 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

    DMBA workout stimulant pulled from base shelves

    Several dietary supplements touted as weight-loss or body sculpting aids have been pulled from the shelves of exchange and GNC stores on military installations.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  10. A new official Navy SEAL app tests your fitness for the grueling entrance test to Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training, shown here in a 2010 surf passage exercise, one of the many arduous training sessions SEAL candidates must endure. MC2 Kyle D. Gahlau/Navy

    Official SEAL app gut-checks your fitness

    Think you've got what it takes to be a Navy SEAL? If you want to test your mettle, the Navy is about to drop an app for that.

    • Oct. 28, 2014
  11. Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen Jr., superintendent at the U.S. Military Academy. Mike Groll/AP

    West Point supe addresses report of booze-fueled recruit bus trip

    The head of the U.S. Military Academy said he takes responsibility for a recently reported January football recruiting trip that involved underage drinking and improper use of recruit-host funds at a bowling alley inside a New York mall.

    • Oct. 27, 2014
  12.  Donnie Raney

    Military family unit headed to the natural bodybuilding world championships

    An entire Army family — a soldier, his wife and stepdaughter — are headed to the top international bodybuilding championships in San Diego in a few weeks, each with a shot at earning a top title.

    • Oct. 27, 2014
  13. Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds, left, runs into the end zone for a touchdown past San Jose State linebacker Vince Buhagiar (36) in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Annapolis, Md., on Saturday. Patrick Semansky / AP

    Reynolds carries Navy past San Jose State, 41-31

    While watching a healthy Keenan Reynolds glide through practice during the week, Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo figured his quarterback was poised for a bounce-back performance against San Jose State.

    • Oct. 25, 2014
  14. Mission Family: Survivors' education clearinghouse inspired by student's pain, drive

    If you're a member of the military community, you know all too well the variety of struggles that the lifestyle can bring.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
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    Metro to open early for the Marine Corps Marathon

    Metro will open two hours early Sunday to help riders traveling to the Marine Corps Marathon.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
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    Even little green Army men need a good workout. A new line of 'Yoga Joes' merges fun and fitness. Photo courtesy Dan Abramson

    'Yoga Joe' figurines aim to make yoga more manly

    Stretchy fitness fun is coming to backyard battlefields everywhere.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  15. From left, Shia LaBeouf as Boyd 'Bible' Swan, Logan Lerman as Norman Ellison, Brad Pitt as Don 'Wardaddy' Collier, Michael Pena as Trini 'Gordo' Garcia, and Jon Bernthal as Grady 'Coon-Ass' Travis in Columbia Pictures' 'Fury.' Giles Keyte/AP

    Brad Pitt's 'Fury' movie goes for carnage over plot

    Writer-director David Ayer makes no bones about his overarching goal with his new World War II action film, 'Fury': to nail the realism of armored combat in that conflict.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  16. Actor Brad Pitt speaks with World War II veterans Ray Stewart, center, of Gastonia, N.C., and Paul J. Andert, of Tulsa, Okla., at the premiere of Pitt's film, 'Fury,' on Wednesday in Washington, D.C. Dave Allocca/Starpix via AP

    Troops and vets get star treatment at premiere of 'Fury'

    Ray Stewart may be 91, but he still keenly remembers his combat experiences as a tank gunner with 66th Armored Regiment, 2nd Armored 'Hell on Wheels' Division in 1944.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  17.  Navy

    Eating disorders fairly rare among troops, study finds

    A new study finds that eating disorder diagnoses in the U.S. military remain somewhat rare, but perhaps not surprisingly, female troops are 20 times more likely to have such issues than males.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
  18. CrossFit vs. unit PT | Troops will do the training plans in what's likely the biggest CrossFit study ever

    Which is better at building at hard bodies: CrossFit or standard Army physical training?

    • Oct. 16, 2014
  19. 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
  20. 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
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