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What it takes to fly the U-2 spy plane at the edge of outer space
The U-2 pilot cadre has remained small in part because the Air Force has long sought applicants with extensive experience and flight time — six years and 1,200 rated hours — to fly a challenging, single-seat plane up to 13 miles above the Earth, all while snapping reconnaissance images
The ROTC cadet who sacrificed himself to stop the UNC Charlotte shooting receives a hero’s farewell
Riley Howell died in the UNC Charlotte shooting after pinning the gunman down and thwarting attempts to kill more of his classmates
This Army surgeon can break every bone in your body while naming them. Now he’s headed into space
"The greatest honor of my life was to serve alongside them in a combat zone when our country asked us to. And nine months in space isn't going to change that."
‘We were treated like second-class citizens’ — a female Marine reflects on her two decades of service
Jackie Huber was one of the few, but she never felt particularly proud as a woman Marine.
Wounded Warriors show off their athletic skills at Marine Corps Trials
The event is put on by the Wounded Warrior Regiment, based at Quantico, Va., which works with Marines and their families to adapt to and overcome illnesses and injuries. Currently, 661 Wounded Warriors nationwide receive services
Volunteers sought to attend funeral of Massachusetts WWII veteran with no surviving family
A Lawrence, Massachusetts World War II veteran without any surviving family will be buried Thursday, and the community is asked to come together at his funeral
Decorated soldier slain in Syria suicide bombing returns home to a hero’s welcome
The family of Jonathan Farmer opted to grieve privately Monday as he returned to his native Palm Beach County for the last time. But people who didn't know him came anyway. To salute him.
We salute the Native American warriors who go wherever they’re needed to honor US military veterans
The Yakama Warriors Association formed in 1991 to provide military honors at funerals on the reservation. Since its inception, the veterans group has assisted at funerals across the region, on and off the reservation, for all walks of servicemen
3 Americans Who Foiled Paris Train Attack Awarded French Citizenship
The three Americans who thwarted a terrorist attack on a Paris-bound train in 2015 were granted French citizenship on Thursday during a special naturalization ceremony in California
The Navy Is Flying Its First Ever All-Female Missing Man Formation To Honor A Trailblazing Aviator
Capt. Rosemary Mariner, who die on Jan. 24 at age 65, was an unintentional pioneer whose many firsts helped lay a foundation for thousands of military women
We Salute The 4 Veterans Who Rowed 3,000 Miles Across The Atlantic In A Boat Called ‘The Woobie’
They set out to become the first team of American military veterans to complete the grueling Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, a race that requires competitors to row across 3,000 miles of open ocean. Now team Fight Oar Die is just a few days from the finish line.
21 Of The Most Epic Combat Beatdowns From US Military History
Unsurprisingly, there's a long, proud tradition in the U.S. military of beating down adversaries with whatever you have on hand in those extreme moments when it's called for. Whether it's with an E-tool, a rifle butt, or just your mitts, there's nothing that screams dedication like bludgeoning the e
Rolling Thunder’s Beloved POW/MIA Motorcycle Ride Will Fall Silent After 32 Years
The rumble of motorcycles rolling across the nation's capital in memory of America's missing service members and prisoners of war is on the road to becoming a thing of the past.
‘Large Turnout’ Expected After Appeal To Attend Texas Veteran’s Funeral Goes Viral
The call went out to attend a veteran's funeral. People listened.
We Salute The Wounded Warrior Who Helped Gen. Colin Powell After His Tire Blew On The Way To Walter Reed
When Gen. Colin Powell's tire blew, a wounded Army veteran pulled over to help him — and reminded him "what this country is all about
The Simple Way You Can Help Coast Guard Members During The Government Shutdown
Coast Guard Mutual Assistance has a GoFundme to help support Coast Guard members and their families for as long as the government shutdown lasts.
Lessons Learned From More Than 10 Years Of Reading Tom Ricks’ Blogging
Friends and enemies were made and I've enjoyed meeting Tom Ricks and other TBD/TLM regulars. I regret not knowing some better and resolve to befriend others before the venue closes
It’s Time For ‘The Long March’ To Come To A End
Here's a letter I sent last week to the fine people who run Task & Purpose. We'll be wrapping things up over the next week or so
How To Listen To A War Story
Why do we, as a society, insist on searching for absolute meaning in stories about war?
‘I’m Worried Nobody Will Come’ — Daughter Of WWII Hero Asks Vets To Celebrate Her Late Father’s Life
Have courage. That's how Cornelius Cornelssen VII signed off on a brief telegram to his son, Cornelius VIII, who had...
Why Do So Many Recent Veterans Dislike Police Officers?
Tom note: Here is the fourth entry in our 10 Long March posts for 2018, the 7th most-read item of...
Dyngo The War Dog Is Having Trouble, And We Could Use a Little Help
The morning after Thanksgiving, my dog, Dyngo, was having trouble walking. He’s a strong, happy dog, so with some coaxing,...
My Family Is At The Center Of My Life, And That’s Alright
No. 19 in our contest says you don’t have to find meaning in your work, that there are other places...
One Place to Find Post-Active Duty Meaning: In The Guard Or Reserves
Here's the 18th entry in our contest about how and whether to find meaning post-military. We are seeing some patterns...
Why Did I Publish That Column Promoting Hazing And Ass-Chewing?
Because I suspect that support for hazing is a lot more widespread in the military than people recognize, and I wanted...