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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Billy Costello, center, who lost his right leg while stationed in Afghanistan, helps transplant coral Monday in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary off Big Pine Key, Fla. Costello is one of a dozen wounded veterans in the Keys helping transplant corals on a special section of the reef, permitted to Mote Marine Laboratory, and set aside as a remembrance area for fallen American service personnel. AP via Joe Berg/Florida Keys News Bureau

    Vets, teens transplant corals in Florida Keys

    A dozen wounded veterans submerged in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary to help transplant corals on a special section of the reef set aside as a remembrance area for fallen American service personnel.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  6. 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
  7. Army veteran Wayne Walden demonstrates exercises at his home in Washington, D.C., on Monday, July 14, 2014. (Mike Morones/Staff) Mike Morones/Gannett Government Media

    Military Muscle: 5 drills for a stronger back

    Here are some exercises that can be worked in both the strengthening phase as well as a treatment phase for people with back pain.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  8. Three-quarters of Americans ages 17 to 24 are unfit for military duty in part because they are overweight, according to a 2010 report by a group of retired military leaders. Getty Images

    AF takes aim at obesity in dependents, retirees

    The Air Force is taking aim at obesity among dependents and retirees through two pilot programs that could eventually go servicewide.

    • Jul. 26, 2014
  9. Stash and carry: 6 hydration systems to keep you going in the heat

    Newsflash: It's hot. Summer's scorching weather may have you longing for last winter's polar vortex, but with the right gear you still can work up a sweat outside without being completely miserable.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  10. 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
  11. 5 yoga poses to complement your runs

    Whether you're tying on running shoes for one of the first times or training for a longer race, runners of all levels can benefit from incorporating yoga into a workout routine.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  12. Marine Capt. Christopher Hall and Cub Scout Brayden Scott tag one of what will eventually be 620,000 ceremonial trees, each commemorating a Civil War soldier who fell in battle. Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership

    620,000 trees to honor fallen Civil War soldiers

    Visitors along the scenic byway between Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and Charlottesville, Virginia, will begin to notice clusters of trees lining the route.

    • Jul. 18, 2014
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    Mission Family: Meeting loved ones at airport gate

    A decade after the Transportation Security Administration adopted a policy allowing airlines to issue gate passes to family members of troops arriving or departing for deployment, it's not always a clear-cut or easy process.

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  13. Army Lt. Brandon Purdeu to run Badwater 135-mile ultramarathon on July 21

    On Monday, 27-year old Army Lt. Brandon Purdeu will start the Badwater Ultramarathon, which has a new route this year.

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  14. Retired Army 1st Sgt. Steven Holden hopes to host his own hunting show, but first he needs to win the Discovery network's new reality show, 'The Calling.' Courtesy of 'The Calling'

    1st sgt. gets shot at TV fame on hunting reality show

    If you're a fan of hunting shows, maybe you've imagined what it would be like to host one.

    • Jul. 17, 2014
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    7 new & upcoming book titles

    From a novel and a book of poetry to memoirs and nonfiction narratives, your guide to works that take you from Bala Murghab to the Moon and aboard Marine One:

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  15. Military Muscle: The best plyometric drills — and something extra for the finish

    For a great example of explosive power, watch some isolation video of the Houston Texans' star defensive end J. J. Watt. A YouTube video shows him performing a perfect plyometrics box jump, exploding his 6-foot, 5-inch, 290-pound frame to the top of a dresser bureau just short of five feet high.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
  16. Lt. Col. Matt Butler and his wife, Nicole, play Rollors on a Chesapeake Bay beach. Courtesy photo

    Rollors: A game for the green grass of home

    You can have fun without being plugged in, online or at the mercy of your cable provider. That's the thought behind Lt. Col. Matt Butler's creation, Rollors, an outdoor game he modeled after horseshoes and bocce and combined into one.

    • Jul. 12, 2014
  17. 1LT Jean-Scott Dodd demonstrates the viper rope trainer and plyometric exercises at Barber Physical Activity Center in Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., on Monday, June 30, 2014. (Mike Morones/Staff) Mike Morones

    Military Muscle: 5 exercises using your gym's Viper Rope Trainer

    In 2006, Marius Popescu, an engineer and elite-level Judo athlete, used his garage to develop the first functional prototype of his rope trainer. Eight years later, these rope trainers are produced in three versions and used in fitness centers across the country.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
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    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
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    Hundreds of thousands of bikers descend on downtown Sturgis, S.D., each August for the annual Sturgis Rally gathering of motorcycle enthusiasts. This year's rally is scheduled for Aug. 5-11, and anyone can attend. Steve McEnroe/ / The Associated Press

    Military biker clubs: brotherhood & mentorship

    Back in the late 1990s, Adam F. Buehler figured there had to be an alternative to the off-base biker clubs — some questionable — for military riders to gather for road trips, share tips and provide a voice to help local commanders shape regs for the road.

    • Jul. 8, 2014
  18. Team Cohesion Challenge is modeled after special operations training, such as this combat controller physical training on the beach at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. 2nd Lt. Michael Alvarez / Air Force

    18 bases test recreation program

    At least 15 airmen at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, are working out like special operators — carrying loaded backpacks during activities such as swimming, lifting, marching, or even singing.

    • Jul. 6, 2014
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    PT365 Run Plans: Come train with us

    Want to change up your running routine? Need to kick up your PT a notch? Check out our complete PT365 Run Plans — 5K, half-marathon and marathon — from Air Force Reserve Lt. Col. (Dr.) Mark Cucuzzella.

    • Jul. 2, 2014
  20. 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
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    Invictus Games: Ready to inspire the world

    In my 21/2 years as British ambassador to the United States, I have frequently had the honor of hosting British and American wounded warriors — both serving and veteran — at my home.

    • Jul. 1, 2014

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