Checking his Claymore mine against strict Army standards -- and the clock -- this Best Sapper competitor's brief time in the prone position is the most he will likely see for several more hours during the first day of Best Sapper competition, April 21, 2015. (DOD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Brian Rhodes, DMA-Army Production)
4 May 2015

‘It’s a smoker!’

In its ninth year, the U.S. Army's Best Sapper Competition boasted a record number of participants enduring a 50-hour regimen of mind- and body-challenging events at Fort Leonard Wood.

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Sgt. Robert Fox models the mask he painted as his first art therapy project at the National Center of Excellence for the Intrepid’s satellite office at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. The front of the mask is designed to look like military face paint, and reflects the image of strength and discipline he wants to project to the world. The inside of the mask, however, features tears and blood – the pain and suffering he feels. He was initially skeptical of art therapy, but as he started creating, he finally found himself able to talk about the trauma of his five combat deployments. (Photo illustration -- original DOD photo by Elizabeth M. Collins)
20 April 2015

The art of healing

Program helps service members suffering from invisible wounds of war heal through artistic expression.

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When Chad Steele and his wife, Wendy, were married, they were surrounded by friends and family with ties to the military, including Chad's father (far left). (Photo courtesy of the Steele family)
10 April 2015

Growing up Army

The Baltimore Raven’s Senior Director of Public Relations, Chad Steele, is proud and appreciative of his Army green-infused childhood.

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A biohazard sign outside a support laboratory for the Whole System Live Agent Test chamber on Dugway Proving Ground, Utah. The WSLAT chamber can handle agents up to biological safety level three, which includes biological warfare agents that can cause treatable diseases in humans. (DOD photo by Jacqueline M. Hames)
2 April 2015

Clearing the air

The Whole System Live Agent Test chamber will enable U.S. Army scientists to evaluate the effectiveness of bio detection gear with warfighter safety in mind.

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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.

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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)
13 March 2015

Vivandières and spies

While they weren't allowed to serve as Soldiers during the Civil War, women volunteered to support the war effort in a variety of ways, even putting themselves in harm's way.

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