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Army experts say sleep helps Soldiers build resilience, strength

It happens night after night: Retired Staff Sgt. Spencer Milo lies in bed, unable to sleep. He tosses.… [more]

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Come Out Fighting: The first African-American tankers in combat

The explosion was massive, far larger than the men of the 761st Tank Battalion were expecting when they… [more]

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First African American tomb guard recalls ‘walking the mat’

Arlington National Cemetery rests on an expanse of rolling hills in northern Virginia. One of the busiest… [more]

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WWII veteran returns to Dutch cave to honor those who ‘left their mark’

In September 1944, Maastricht was the first Dutch city to be liberated by the Allies during World War… [more]

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The M50 gas mask, Joint Services Aircrew Member MPU-5 and JSAM Fixed Wing masks featured in this image await SMARTMAN testing at Dugway Proving Ground, Utah, Aug. 29, 2011. The SMARTMAN is a human bust fixture designed for testing gas masks and other breathing apparatus. (U.S. Army photo by Al Vogel)
27 March 2015

From test tube to battlefield

The U.S. Army's Dugway Proving Ground is in the business of validating defensive and offensive capabilities before putting them in the hands of warfighters.

A German tank crew guards a column of American prisoners of war during World War II. Like the members of the Intelligence and Reconnaissance Platoon, 394th Regiment, 99th Infantry Division, these men were doomed to a hellish existence until Allied troops began liberating POW camps in the spring of 1945. The men of the I&R Platoon had been captured on the first day of the Battle of the Bulge, Dec. 16, 1944. Their 12-hour stand against a German battalion in Lanzerath, Belgium, helped delay the initial German force long enough for the Allies to move troops and reinforce critical positions, thereby helping win the battle. The men were finally recognized for their bravery in 1981 with a Presidential Unit Citation, four Distinguished Service Crosses, five Silver Stars and 9 Bronze Stars with V device, making the platoon the most decorated of World War II. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army Center for Military History)
26 January 2015

One more battle

After a 12-hour stand on the first day of the Battle of the Bulge, the men of the 394th Regiment's Intelligence and Reconnaissance Platoon faced a new fight for survival in Nazi POW camps.

Private First Class Tammy Scriven, an information technology specialist assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 35th Signal Brigade, provides desktop computer support, Dec. 13, 2014, at the Barclay Training Center in Monrovia, Liberia. Scriven says her family does special things to let her know they are thinking of her during the holidays. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Rashene Mincy, 55th Signal Company-Combat Camera)
22 December 2014

Deployed during the holidays: staying connected

Deployments are hard on Soldiers and their families, but they can be especially difficult during the holidays. Soldiers and their families share ways to stay connected and reduce stress.

Deep in the Ardennes Forest, on a hill above the village of Lanzerath, Belgium, members of the Intelligence and Reconnaissance Platoon, 394th Regiment, 99th Infantry Division would have camouflaged their foxholes like this unidentified unit. The foxholes, fortified with three to five thick logs each, helped the Soldiers not only withstand three German assaults the first day of the Battle of the Bulge, Dec. 16, 1944, but inflict withering casualties before they finally ran out of ammunition and were captured. They delayed the initial German force for half a day, long enough for the Allies to move troops and reinforce critical positions, thereby helping win the battle. The men were finally recognized for their bravery in 1981 with a Presidential Unit Citation, four Distinguished Service Crosses, five Silver Stars and 9 Bronze Stars with V device, making the platoon the most decorated of World War II. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army Center for Military History)
16 December 2014

The Battle of Lanzerath

Outnumbered 20 to one, this is the story of how a single U.S. Army intelligence and reconnaissance platoon held up the German advance, changing the outcome of the Battle of the Bulge.

Recon Warrior Challenge program participants explore a helicopter while touring Fort Benning, Georgia, July 1, 2014. (Photo courtesy of Staff Sgt. Rob McEver)
10 November 2014

Up to the challenge

This Fort Benning NCO is using what he’s learned in the Army to instill in local youth confidence, discipline and respect.

Chef Robert Irvine and actor Gary Sinise welcome Staff Sgt. Tony Wood and his wife Joedi to their newly renovated home on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. Irvine, Sinise, Wood’s buddy Bryan Anderson (in the wheelchair) and hundreds of volunteers surprised the couple by fixing and decorating their home, which had started falling apart almost as soon as they bought it to accommodate their biological children, adopted children and foster children. Wood, who was wounded in Iraq, has overcome massive internal injuries, traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder to stay in the Army. The special will air across six channels the evening of Veterans Day. (Photo by Jeremiah Alley, courtesy of the Food Network)
10 November 2014

A Hero’s Welcome

Hundreds of friends, neighbors and fellow Soldiers team up with celebrities and open their hearts to help a Soldier and his wife continue to open their home to foster kids.

Never forgotten
6 October 2014

Faith, friends and paying it forward

When her husband was killed in Afghanistan in 2011, a widow and her three children left the Fort Drum, New York, area they knew and loved. Today, they are back, and serving as a link between Soldiers and the community.

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6 March 2015

Sleep tips from the experts

We know it can be tough to get a solid night’s sleep, so we turned to the Army’s sleep experts and tracked down their top tips.

5 December 2014

How to train a service dog

Retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Spencer Milo, who participated in the service dog-training program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, talks about what goes into getting a dog ready to partner with a wounded veteran.

26 September 2014

Please, ask me about my son

Gold Star Mother and retired Chief Warrant Officer 5 Candy Martin doesn't mind when you ask about her Soldier son, who was killed by insurgents in Iraq in 2007. But don't ever ask her if she's "gotten over it."

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The M50 gas mask, Joint Services Aircrew Member MPU-5 and JSAM Fixed Wing masks featured in this image await SMARTMAN testing at Dugway Proving Ground, Utah, Aug. 29, 2011. The SMARTMAN is a human bust fixture designed for testing gas masks and other breathing apparatus. (U.S. Army photo by Al Vogel)
This self-propelled gun was erected for the M56 smoke test at the West Desert Test Center, U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Utah. (U.S. Army photo)
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Utah National Guard Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 145th Field Artillery Regiment conduct training at U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Utah. (U.S. Army photo by Al Vogel)
May 22, 2008 aerial views of Ditto Area, Michael Army Airfield and the periphery at U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Utah. (U.S. Army photo by Al Vogel)
The M50 gas mask, Joint Services Aircrew Member MPU-5 and JSAM Fixed Wing masks featured in this image await SMARTMAN testing at Dugway Proving Ground, Utah, Aug. 29, 2011. The SMARTMAN is a human bust fixture designed for testing gas masks and other breathing apparatus. (U.S. Army photo by Al Vogel)
Joint Chemical Agent Detector test and training by the Operational Test Command from Fort Hood, Texas. The test was conducted in July of 2007 at West Desert Test Center, U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Utah, and involved Army, Marine Corps and Air Force personnel. (U.S. Army photo by Al Vogel)
Pauline Cushman, major, United States Army. Cushman, born Harriet Wood in New Orleans, was an actress in Kentucky when the Civil War began. While feigning allegiance to the Confederacy, Cushman served as a spy for the Union. She was captured in 1863 by Confederate forces, but was rescued before she could be hanged. Cushman was commissioned for her loyal service and received a pension after the war. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center)
Union Gen. John A. Rawlins with his wife Mary and daughter in City Point, Virginia, in 1864. When possible, Soldiers' families would join them in camp, bringing a little bit of home with them. If families could not stay for an extended time, some would at least visit when possible. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center)
A family at the 31st Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment Camp, near Fort Slocum, Virginia. Wives of Soldiers who followed them to the camps often worked as cooks and laundresses. Living in the camp helped to support the family and improved morale. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center)
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