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What Colin Powell learned about leadership after losing his sidearm
"When they fall down, pick 'em up, dust 'em off, pat 'em on the back, and move 'em on."
This Air Force commando called in 688,000 pounds of bombs in one battle
“My heart was pounding. I can see the AQ guys right out in front of us ... I cleared them hot and the bomb dropped right in the position.”
This video captures the ‘catastrophic impact’ that kicked off the fierce ‘Black Hawk Down’ mission 28 years ago
On Oct. 3, 1993, a contingent of U.S. special operations forces launched what was supposed to be a relatively simple mission. It ended up being a total disaster.
‘Hold on to something!’ — A moment that shifted the fate of the USS Samuel B. Roberts crew
“The explosion created a 20-foot hole along the bottom of the ship’s hull."
The Navy vessel built from steel from the wreckage of the World Trade Center
The USS New York's nose is made from steel salvaged from the wreckage of the World Trade Center.
What 9/11 looked like to the only US service member not on Earth for it
On the morning of September 11th, Navy aviator Capt. Frank Lee Culbertson was stranded in outer space as the terror attacks unfolded.
Smedley Butler’s fiery speech to World War I veterans is still relevant today
'Makes me so damn mad, a whole lot of people speak of you as tramps. By God, they didn't speak of you as tramps in 1917 and '18.'
Why the Best Ranger Competition is one of the hardest races in the US military
Think you’ve got what it takes to compete in Best Ranger? Hate to break it to you, but probably not.
These are some of the greatest military working dogs in history
There’s something about just seeing a dog in a warzone that (when you’re on the same side) can brighten your day, even if just for a few moments.
Eleanor Roosevelt: A life of purpose
Eleanor Roosevelt’s efforts during WWI and WWII were only some of the amazing fights she was a part of.
Margaret Corbin: The first woman to receive a military pension
Margaret Corbin was no stranger to the horrors of war. Born in western Pennsylvania in 1751, she was only four years old when the French and Indian War broke out.
Teddy Roosevelt and the formation of the famous Rough Riders
What you should know about America’s first volunteer cavalry.
Trailblazing WWII battalion of Black women could soon receive congressional honor
“We never got a parade. We just went home to our families.”
The inside story behind the Pentagon’s ill-fated quest for a real-life ‘Iron Man’ suit
The U.S. military's fascination with the science-fiction future of mechanized warfare stretches back a half-century.
The Navy has a 650-round ammo backpack that looks like it’s straight out of ‘Predator’
The Navy has fielded a 650-round ammo backpack nicknamed 'Avenger' to troops at some point in the last several years.
Here’s why Army helicopters have Native American names
It's time for a history lesson.
How Medal of Honor hero David Bellavia wiped out an entire enemy squad in Fallujah
The Audie Murphy of his generation.
A Marine’s two-decade journey of close calls from Lebanon to Kuwait and Iraq
He believed he’d only be activated for “something with a clear purpose.” Then he was deployed to Iraq.
Why this US Army tank unit proudly calls itself ‘The Bastards’
"It’s okay. We deserve it."
‘The eyes of the world are upon you’ — Read Gen. Eisenhower’s letter to troops before D-Day
"We will accept nothing less than full Victory!"
This WWII Navy pilot survived a 1,200-foot fall into the Pacific. Then he got back in the cockpit
Surprisingly, surviving a fall like Lt. j.g. Levenson’s is not unheard of.
How an Army veteran designed the iconic symbol of the gay rights movement
Editor's note: This article was originally published on June 18, 2015.
Why America’s first bomber was called ‘the flaming coffin’
American airpower had to start somewhere
Why this US military survival school is the most feared of them all
This is a Pass/Fail kind of course.
This Medal of Honor recipient crashed his plane on purpose to get to his downed wingman
What he did that day had never been attempted before, and has never been repeated since.