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  1. Sinbad surprised the 2014 Tops In Blue team with a visit to give them words of encouragement and advice for their upcoming tour. Sinbad was a former Air Force Talent Contest winner and Tops In Blue selectee. Courtesy photo

    Tops in Blue returns, gets visit from Sinbad

    Tops in Blue, the Air Force's traveling musical performance troupe, will kick off this year's 85-show tour May 17 — and earlier this month, got encouragement and advice from a surprise visitor.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  2. Brad Pitt, right, will reportedly play Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal in the movie adaptation of a book written by the reporter who got McChrystal fired. Mark Lennihan / AP and Getty

    Report: Brad Pitt to play Gen. Stanley McChrystal in movie

    Brad Pitt will reportedly play Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal in the movie adaptation of a book written by the reporter who got McChrystal fired.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  3. Stephen Colbert greets troops and civilians on June 5, 2009, at Al Faw Palace at Camp Victory in Baghdad, Iraq. Colbert has been tapped to replace David Letterman on CBS' 'Late Night' show. Lee Craker/Army

    Petraeus congratulates Colbert on landing 'Late Show' gig

    Stephen Colbert will be the next host of CBS' 'Late Show,' drawing congratulations from retired Army Gen. David Petraeus, former commander of U.S. troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  4. Retired Army Sgt. Joe Kashnow is featured in the documentary 'Comedy Warriors: Healing Through Humor.' Courtesy of Comedy Warriors

    Iraq vet finds the funny in his injury

    When military doctors told Army cavalry scout Sgt. Joe Kashnow they were going to cut off his leg after a roadside blast in Iraq, he wanted them to promise one thing.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  5. Kimberly Perry, of the musical group The Band Perry, left, and Kelly A. Gregg, of the U.S. Army, perform at ACM Presents an All-Star Salute to the Troops on Monday, April 7, 2014, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

    Country stars share the love at ACM troops salute

    The Academy of Country Music put on one last show Monday night before ending the week that '

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  6. 10 new books for the military mindset

    Spring reading on your agenda? Here's Military Times' guide to some nonfiction (and a book of short stories) that takes you from Afghanistan, Iraq and Vietnam to Georgia, Nevada and beyond — with stops in Annapolis and at West Point.

    • Apr. 1, 2014
  7. The creators of 'Enlisted' have demonstrated a sincere effort to normalize America's view of troops. Fox

    EDITORIAL: Army Times calls on Fox to give 'Enlisted' better time slot

    The Fox network's new military comedy, 'Enlisted,' appears to have hit its stride, but stagnant ratings after the show's disappointing pilot episode threaten to torpedo its chances of being picked up for a second season.

    • Mar. 21, 2014
  8. A scene from FOX's 'Enlisted,' which has seen an uptick in ratings since a rough debut in January. Greg Gayne/FOX

    Will FOX's military comedy 'Enlisted' become casualty of ratings?

    Despite early reports declaring 'Enlisted' dead on arrival, the new FOX comedy series is fighting on with a surge of support from military and DVR watchers.

    • Mar. 13, 2014
  9. Tom Cruise appears in the motion picture 'Edge of Tomorrow.' Warner Bros. Pictures

    Film forecast for '14

    Hollywood may be hoping for a little less drama in 2014.

    • Feb. 21, 2014
  10.  Getty Images/Fuse

    Win a $200 movie pass in our 2014 Red Carpet Contest

    Will the '70s decadence of 'American Hustle' prove too much to resist? How about the '90s decadence of 'The Wolf of Wall Street'? Can Tom Hanks score gold yet again? Will the deep moral impact of '12 Years a Slave' tweak the consciences of Oscar voters?

    • Feb. 17, 2014
  11. G.I. Joe action figures portray Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima in a display at the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. A half-century after the 12-inch doll was introduced at a New York City toy fair, the iconic action figure is being celebrated by collectors with a display at the military museum, while the toy's maker plans other anniversary events to be announced later this month. Mike Groll / AP

    GI Joe, the world's first action figure, turns 50

    G.I. Joe is turning 50.

    • Feb. 6, 2014
  12. Art is rescued from Buxheim Monastery in Bavaria. Photographs, maps and records from the real corps of soldiers known as 'Monuments Men' who were tasked with protecting European cultural sites and recovering looted art during World War II are going on display in Washington, many for the first time. Edward E. Adams / AP via Smithsonian Institution

    Real 'Monuments Men' records go on display in D.C.

    When art historians saw Paris fall to the Nazis in World War II, they immediately realized Europe's vast monuments, art, cathedrals and architecture were at risk and began mobilizing to protect such treasures.

    • Feb. 4, 2014
  13. Senior Airman Paula Hunt is shown talking to 'American Idol' judges in this screen grab of the Jan. 30 show.

    Air Force singer headed to Hollywood stage on 'American Idol'

    Senior Airman Paula Hunt is going to Hollywood.

    • Jan. 31, 2014
  14. 'Enlisted' cast members from left: Keith David, Parker Young, Geoff Stults, Chris Lowell and Angelique Cabral. The new Fox comedy premieres Jan. 10. Jeff Lipsky/Fox

    'Enlisted' embraces the suck

    The Fox comedy follows the antics of three brothers in arms serving in the hell of a 'rear D' unit in Florida.

    • Jan. 10, 2014
  15. Lizzie Solano, center, and her sister Sarah take phone calls from children asking where Santa is during the annual NORAD Tracks Santa Operation in 2012. Brennan Linsley/AP

    NORAD Tracks Santa website had nearly 20 million visitors on Christmas Eve

    The North American Aerospace Defense Command's Santa-tracking program logged 19.58 million unique visitors to its website on Christmas Eve.

    • Dec. 27, 2013
  16. Courage, camaraderie inspire retired major

    Retired Maj. Mike Banzet spent most of his Air Force career doing what he loved: flying. He was a crew chief on F-4s, F-16s and F-117s, and, after Officer Training School, he piloted KC-10s. He remembers being in the air days after 9/11 to see the

    • Dec. 14, 2013
  17. Finkel Lucian Perkins

    Author explores service members' lives after they return home

    In David Finkel's new book, 'Thank You for Your Service,' a follow-up to 'The Good Soldiers,' the men of the 2-16th Infantry Regiment have left Iraq behind, but their war is far from over.

    • Nov. 10, 2013
  18. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) gives his hammer a workout in 'Thor: The Dark World.' Walt Disney Studios/Marvel

    Movie review: Hammer time in 'The Dark World'

    Let's Ragnarok and roll, baby!

    • Nov. 8, 2013
  19. On the big screen, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), left, and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) play out a sibling rivalry that has thrived for decades in Marvel's comic books. Walt Disney Studios/Marvel

    Journey into history: Thor in the comics

    The Norse god Thor first thundered into the Marvel universe in the sci-fi anthology comic 'Journey into Mystery' No. 83 in August 1962. He was the brainchild of Marvel patriarch Stan Lee, his brother Larry Lieber, and comics legend Jack Kirby.

    • Nov. 8, 2013
  20. Army Staff Sgt. Colton Smith attempts a choke against Jesse Barrett during an elimination bout to join the cast of The Ultimate Fighter Season 16 Photo by Al Powers / Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

    Tim Kennedy headlines UFC 'Fight for the Troops'

    At the first Ultimate Fighting Championship's mixed martial arts 'Fight for the Troops' bout five years ago, Sgt. 1st Class Tim Kennedy was among the sea of soldiers in the crowd cheering on his favorite fighters.

    • Nov. 1, 2013
  21. Ben Kingsley (left) and Harrison Ford (center) train teenager Asa Butterfield to defend Earth from intergalactic attack in 'Ender's Game.' Richard Foreman

    Movie review: Moral issues abound in 'Ender's Game'

    It may have taken almost 30 years to get Orson Scott Card's 1985 sci-fi novel 'Ender's Game' to the big screen, but the timing proves fortuitous.

    • Nov. 1, 2013
  22. Brad Pitt, left, and Michael Fassbender get tangled up in a Texas drug deal that goes way bad in 'The Counselor.' Twentieth Century Fox

    Movie review: 'Counselor' falls flat

    In the vast sea of mass-appeal mediocrity that usually floods the octoplex at any given time, extreme highs and lows are relatively rare.

    • Oct. 25, 2013
  23.  Mike Morones/Staff

    Military spots where spirits are said to roam

    It didn't take long for the lady in gray to show up in the boys' room shortly after the Keen family arrived at their new duty station in Hawaii.

    • Oct. 24, 2013
  24. Thank You For Your Service, by David Finkel Staff

    Fall in line, readers: 10 new titles to get cozy with

    What does autumn have in store? An unforgettable story of two combat pilots. More to keep you occupied as darkness descends: Soldiers' less-than-welcoming homecomings.

    • Oct. 24, 2013
  25. Bob Doerr and his dog, Sky. Photo courtesy Bob Doerr

    Retired Col. Bob Doerr: Airman, spy hunter, award-winning author

    During retired Col. Bob Doerr's 28 years conducting criminal and counterintelligence investigations for the Air Force, he crossed paths with all sorts of criminals and suspected spies.

    • Oct. 20, 2013
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