10 Memorable Military Scandals of 2014


Despite the highest virtues espoused by the United States armed forces, some individuals slip up and discredit their institutions. Although their motivations range from poor judgment to egregious lack of integrity, each transgression is a mark against the U.S. military. Here are some of the most memorable scandals we reported on in 2014. +Continue Reading

5 Things You Don’t Know About Sniper Rifles

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American Sniper opens in movie theaters everywhere this Friday. Director Clint Eastwood delivers heart-stopping action in the Iraq battle scenes, but he’s just as interested in Chris Kyle’s marriage to wife Taya (played by Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller, respectively).

What you don’t get from the movie is a focused discussion and examination of a Navy SEAL sniper’s gear. We’ve got some details here in “5 Things You Don’t Know About: Sniper Rifles,” an exclusive video that breaks down the differences between the weapons and cartridges used by various branches of the military. The clip below is the first episode of 5 Things You Don’t Know About, a new Military​.com series produced in cooperation with Lou Reda Productions.   +Continue Reading

Searching for the Real Chris Kyle in ‘American Sniper’


American Sniper, Clint Eastwood’s new movie starring Bradley Cooper as Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, has been playing in New York and Los Angeles since Christmas Day to qualify for Oscar nominations but it finally opens in the rest of the country next Friday January 16th.

The movie shares its title with Kyle’s bestselling memoir but the finished film portrays his life with a big dose of his wife Taya’s perspective, since she started working closely with the filmmakers after Chris’ murder in early 2013.

Warner Bros. has just released a new featurette about the film’s efforts to portray Chris Kyle the man, showcasing interviews with Eastwood, Cooper, Taya Kyle and Sienna Miller, who plays Taya in the movie. American Sniper is the first contemporary mainstream movie that’s tried to portray both the experiences of troops deployed overseas and the effect that service has on their families back home. Check out the clip below and check back here next week for our exclusive interview with Taya Kyle. +Continue Reading

Defense TV, Now in Your Living Room


Defense TV is a United States military-themed online channel created by DVIDS, the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System, operated by U.S. Army Central. All of the content is created and hosted by U.S. active duty personnel, so you’re getting the military’s official take on the topics and events they cover. +Continue Reading

10 Best Opening Sequences From the Glory Days of Military TV Shows

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During the halcyon days of broadcast television – before streaming media and DVRs existed – there were a host of military-themed shows on the airwaves. As much as the quality of the episodes (in some cases even more so) these programs were known for their openings and the associated theme songs. Here are 10 of the most classic: +Continue Reading

Live Your ‘Fury’ Dreams at Drive a Tank

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If Fury fantasies have dominated your dreams since you saw the movie (available now on Digital HD and out on Blu-ray and DVD 1/27), Drive a Tank in Kasota, MN (about 70 miles SW of Minneapolis) now has a Sherman M4A2E8 (a/k/a the “Easy 8) available in one of its tank experience packages. +Continue Reading

Under the Radar’s Top Stories in 2014

  • Stephen Bajza
  • December 29, 2014
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2014 was an intense year in Military news, and it brought to Under the Radar a number of moving pieces about our beloved veterans and a few that were zany, ridiculous, and strange. Here we like to broadcast and comment on everything from movies to not-so-fond military memories, and we were able to dig those up droves. Showing a bit of the off-beat side of the military, here are the top 10 Under the Radar stories from 2014.

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The Great Performances That Distinguish ‘Unbroken’


Garrett Hedlund, Jack O’Connell, director Angelina Jolie, Miyavi and Finn Wittrock appear at an “Unbroken” event in New York City.

One of the most remarkable things about Unbroken is Jack O’Connell’s riveting performance as Louis Zamperini. Born in the UK to an Irish father and an English mother, the 24-year-old actor portrays the WWII hero’s determination under astonishing pressure without ever screwing up his American accent. +Continue Reading

82nd Airborne Wishes You a Merry Christmas

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The U.S. Army 82nd Airborne All-American Chorus from Fort Bragg visited Huntsville, AL earlier this month and performed for Redstone Arsenal and the Huntsville City Schools. Get in the holiday spirit with this performance of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” filmed during that trip.

Merry Christmas from Santa & the Wings of Blue

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  • December 23, 2014
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The U.S. Air Force’s Wings of Blue parachute team dressed as Santa and his elves and jumped into the 98th Flying Training Squadron’s annual Christmas party for military kids at the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs.

Check out video from the event below.