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DISPATCH: 82nd Airborne Paratroopers Doing What They Do Best

December 31, 2022Jenna Biter
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Living Legends: The Incredible True Stories Behind Three Iconic Photographs

You’ve seen the memes. Here’s what really happened.

December 25, 2022Mac Caltrider
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Embedded With US Air Force Nuclear Missile and Bomber Units

Coffee or Die Magazine visited a nuclear missile launch site and rode on a B-52 bomber — key parts of America’s 24/7 nuclear deterrent.

November 27, 2022Nolan Peterson
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Raider Five Zero on Fire: An Impossible Story of Survival 2 Miles High

When a midair collision crippled their KC-130J, call sign Raider Five Zero, two Marine pilots fought to bring it safely to earth.

November 24, 2022Matt White
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Just Let It Eat! Welcome to the 2022 International Sniper Competition

Elite sniper teams shoot it out at the home of special operations

November 13, 2022Matt White
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Finding Freedom: Syria in the Wake of ISIS

Syrians are trying to build a democracy in the wake of the Islamic State group, but will it work?

October 19, 2022Michael R. Shea
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Six Feet Above: Using Skateboards To Combat Veteran Suicide

Grassroots veteran organization Six Feet Above hosted a three-day retreat with group discussions and self-reflection via ollies and nosegrinds

September 18, 2022Matt Smythe
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Selling the Corps

As recruiting dries up across the military, a Marine in the San Fernando Valley is on the hunt

September 12, 2022Tom Wyatt
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Embedded With US Border Patrol

What you don’t know about the borderlands and how federal agents hunt smugglers.

August 21, 2022Carl Prine
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How the Special Operations Combat Medic Course Provides Real-World Training

Riding along with the Special Operations Combat Medic Course in Camden and Trenton, New Jersey.

August 14, 2022Matt White
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Dispatch From Syria: Democratic Forces Prepare for Turkish Invasion

MANBIJ, Syria — Soldiers with the Syrian Democratic Forces spilled out of a house on the edge of an ...

July 8, 2022Michael R. Shea
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The Scars of Moral Injury

How the Air Force’s secret operators face their worst moments

June 30, 2022Matt White
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Willie’s Distillery: How an Army Veteran Made It as a Montana Moonshiner

Willie’s Distillery, founded by a former Army Ranger and Green Beret, has turned into a local treasure and nationally distributed brand in Ennis, Montana.

June 27, 2022Ethan E. Rocke
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Is the Ukraine War Going To Be America’s Next War?

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he night was cold, the jet noise was loud, and an emotional charge was in the ai...

June 24, 2022Nolan Peterson
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Walking Point: How Patrol Base Abbate Helps Veterans Find Their Tribe

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]weat shone on Cody Morris’ back, plastered strands of hair to his neck, and soak...

June 18, 2022Hannah Ray Lambert
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Secret Mission to Kabul: The C-17 Crew That Helped Launch the Afghan Airlift

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]s Reach 824 flew through Afghan mountains toward Kabul, the crew of the hulking ...

June 9, 2022Matt White
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Saved by His Dog in Life After Service, a Vet Says Goodbye

[dropcap]H[/dropcap]ank wore a pink bandana, matching Sarah Cole’s dress. As a camera snapped, William Cole leaned over to pet Hank.

May 5, 2022Noelle Wiehe
‘We Slaughtered Them All’: Inside the Bloody Battle for Shewan

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]n July 21, 2008, Lance Cpl. Brady Gustafson was manning an M240 machine gun in t...

April 24, 2022Ethan E. Rocke
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Hunter, Frogman, Sniper, Spy: Retired SEAL Terry Houin Is Just Getting Started

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]tanding on the ramp of a C-130 in the dead of night, at 5,000 feet, in thick clo...

April 17, 2022Michael R. Shea
Operation Just Cause: Untold Stories From the Army Rangers Who Invaded Panama

[dropcap]F[/dropcap]lying nonstop from the United States, a swarm of C-130 Hercules and C-141 Starli...

April 15, 2022Joshua Skovlund
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Holding the Line: America’s Best Technical Rescue Team Is in Small-Town Idaho

[dropcap]A[/dropcap] base jumper climbs onto a handrail and looks around. Almost 500 feet below is t...

April 8, 2022Matt White
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How a Family of 10, With Help From US Veterans, Escaped Afghanistan

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]hahab donned a shirt he hadn’t worn in weeks, said goodbye to his family, and left the cramped apartment in Mazar-i-Sharif on Sept. 2, 2021.

April 3, 2022Hannah Ray Lambert
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FOB Brewing Brings Front-Line Camaraderie to Front Gates of Military Bases

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n a building just a couple hundred feet from the fence line of Joint Base Lewis-...

March 13, 2022Hannah Ray Lambert
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A Green Beret’s ‘No-Fail Event’ — Summiting Everest Without Oxygen

[dropcap]M[/dropcap]usic drowned out the sound of Jason Howell’s fingertip exploding. It was the Sat...

March 9, 2022Hannah Ray Lambert
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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Therapy: How the Veterans Charity Ride Is Helping Vets Heal

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]here is pain when it comes to riding a motorcycle. On a bike, exposed to the elements, the little things are painful.

February 20, 2022J.E. McCollough
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The Special Ops Dog Handler Who Ran Through Hell to Save Dog

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]illiam Clark’s breath made clouds of fog in the December air as he and his teamm...

January 14, 2022Hannah Ray Lambert
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Tattoo Therapy: Kinetic Ink and Warfighter Overwatch Provide Support Systems for Veterans, First Responders

[dropcap]D[/dropcap]irectly in the center of Kinetic Ink Tattoo Co. is a wall decorated with small photographs of proud smiling faces.

December 29, 2021Maggie BenZvi
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Mountain Lion Sausage, 17 Vets, $2,500 Knives: Meet Master Bladesmith Josh Smith

Josh Smith held a long blade in his hand. Maybe 18 inches long, it was still black and ragged from the forge, but he had a point he wanted to make.

December 25, 2021Noelle Wiehe
What Did We Leave Behind When We Left Afghanistan?

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]cott Elwell, an Army officer from the 10th Mountain Division, commanded a batter...

December 19, 2021Nolan Peterson
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How Nirvana Rocker-Turned-Special Forces Veteran Jason Everman Rediscovered the Music

[dropcap]A[/dropcap] man sits at the window-facing counter of a dive bar in Bremerton, Washington, p...

November 28, 2021Hannah Ray Lambert
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Courage 53: The 10th Mountain Division’s Forgotten Rescue Mission in Mogadishu

[dropcap]B[/dropcap]rett Archibald has spent the last 28 years haunted by the belief that he let his fellow soldiers down. He didn’t.

November 2, 2021Dustin Jones
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Inside Modern Trench Warfare in Eastern Ukraine

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Ukrainian soldier warns me to speak no louder than a whisper. The enemy lines...

October 26, 2021Nolan Peterson
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With New Recon Sniper Course, Marines Seek To Make More Elite Snipers

[dropcap]U[/dropcap]nder an overcast sky on an urban warfare range aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pen...

September 29, 2021Ethan E. Rocke
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Combat Anthropology: How the DPAA Gives Names Back to the Dead

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. — [dropcap]I[/dropcap]n a World War II bomber hangar that once housed th...

September 18, 2021Lauren Coontz
‘God Left Me Alive To Do This’: FDNY Veteran Tim Brown Recalls the Heroism and Horror of 9/11

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]ept. 11, 2001, was a beautiful Tuesday morning.

September 11, 2021Mac Caltrider
Academy Cadets Who Have Kids Must Legally Give Them Up — The CADET Act Would Change That

[dropcap]M[/dropcap]elissa Hemphill took the pregnancy test that changed her life in a Walmart bathr...

September 5, 2021Maggie BenZvi
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Hitting Her Mark: Army Veteran Lia Coryell’s Path to the Paralympics

[dropcap]L[/dropcap]ia Coryell’s eyes fluttered open on a spring morning in 2014. As she stirred and moved to get out of bed, she was struck by panic at the realization her legs would not work.

August 24, 2021Hannah Ray Lambert
Meeting God: Powerful Psychedelic Therapy Is Helping Some Wounded Vets Heal

A bed in white linens sits in the center of a wood floor, lit by soft daylight streaming through large windows. Outside is a still desert landscape pockmarked with scrub brush and cactus.

August 8, 2021David Maccar
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Peace in the Clouds: How One of the World’s Deadliest Warriors Found His Zen

The sun has barely crested the snowcapped peaks of “his canyon” when Dan Schilling pulls into the ba...

June 20, 2021Mac Caltrider
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How US Guardsmen Are Training Ukrainian Troops for a New Kind of War

YAVORIV, Ukraine — At this former Soviet military base located some 750 miles to the west of Ukraine...

June 18, 2021Nolan Peterson
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The Triumph and Tragedy of Coast Guard Search and Rescue

You can’t save them all. Coast Guard rescue swimmer Ryan Pierce learned that lesson the day the call...

June 13, 2021Nolan Peterson
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A Texan’s Long Road to War — Fighting ISIS With the YPG in Syria

Watching from the roof of a makeshift command post in the Syrian town of Hajin, the Texan surveyed t...

May 23, 2021Jayme Pastoric
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Fighting Escalates on Ukraine’s Eastern Front: An Exclusive Report From the War Zone

Standing in the garden of her home on the outskirts of this front-line Ukrainian town, Nastya Troits...

April 30, 2021Nolan Peterson
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The Legend of Jim Capers: The Hero Who Never Was

It was around dawn on Feb. 19, 2012, when the phone rang in an apartment in Oceanside, California, rousting retired Marine Maj.

February 21, 2021Ethan E. Rocke
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‘You’re Saving Lives With This’ — How a Hunting Trip for Veterans Could Be a National Model for Better Health

Steve Houghton’s rugged face shone orange in the firelight as he pulled in a deep breath of the frig...

December 6, 2020Ethan E. Rocke
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‘From Cradle to Career’: Special Operations Warrior Foundation Leaves No Child of America’s Fallen Special Operators Behind

Alicia Sims was at her neighbor’s house to get some Tylenol when she heard a knock at the front door. At first she thought it was one of her five children.

November 15, 2020Nolan Peterson
Marty Skovlund, Jr. waiting for a helicopter in Mexico City. Photo courtesy of Dan Johnson.
War, Van Life, and Journalism: The Many Adventures of Marty Skovlund Jr.

As a member of the Army’s elite 75th Ranger Regiment, Marty Skovlund Jr. completed five combat deployments.

November 11, 2020Maggie BenZvi
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