Michael S. Darnell

Corpsman’s new lease on life to be center stage at NYC Fleet Week event

A combat-wounded Navy corpsman shares his story of how a team of doctors freed him from a prison of pain and, quite literally, gave him back his smile. His hope? To let other injured vets know there may be hope.

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Army runners come up big at 34th annual Ten-Miler

Army runners once again showed up strong at the service’s premiere race event, taking the top spots in both the men’s and women’s categories at the 2018 Army Ten-Miler.

Air Force runs away with Armed Services Classic, downs Army 9-2

Air Force steamrolled their would-be challengers Friday night at the Armed Services Classic, holding Army scoreless through four innings and cruising to a 9-2 softball victory at Nationals Park.

Event marks 50th anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy’s death

Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was shot June 5, 1968, soon after a speech marking his victory in the California Democratic primary for president, and died the next day. He was 42.


A day of remembrance in the nation's capital

On this day – Memorial Day – ceremonies held in Washington by and hosted for veterans from every major American conflict are held. Some are somber, like the wreath-laying ceremony at the National World War II Memorial. Others, like the annual Memorial Day Parade, are more joyous affairs.

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Norfolk training: 'No ship is worth the life of a firefighter'

In its 27th year, Norfolk's annual Marine Firefighting School's five-day course brings together more than 100 students from regions as close as Norfolk and as far-flung as Singapore to better equip them to handle the unique dangers of ship borne firefighting.

Ride of the Patriots marks 20 years on Memorial Day weekend

Not all Memorial Day events are quiet. Some, like the Ride of the Patriots in Virginia will be downright noisy. Marking its 20th year, the thousands-strong motorcycle ride begins Sunday at Patriot Harley-Davidson in Virginia and ends at the Pentagon, where it joins Rolling Thunder.

Sail on the winds of adventure with ‘Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire’

“Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire” expands on the more traditional setting of the first game, infusing tropical scenery with traditional fantasy trappings to create an unforgettable experience.

Trump greets Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride veterans at White House

President Donald Trump met with several dozen veterans Thursday as the Wounded Warrior Project prepared for its annual Soldier Ride through the Washington area.

Sea-Air-Space expo showcases technology both new and rising

The convention hall housing the Navy League’s 2018 Sea-Air-Space Exposition at the National Harbor in Maryland was packed with military technological wonders large and small.

'Hearthstone' has new competitor in 'Magic: The Gathering Arena'

“Magic: The Gathering Arena,” is an online-only version of the venerated collectible card game that is attempting to bring together the glamour of "Hearthstone" and the deep, intricate play of Magic. It succeeds, for the most part.

On the centennial of World War I and beyond, striving to keep sacrifices alive

The generation that, for a time, believed it was fighting the “War to End All Wars,” has long since passed. Their tombstones, memorials and artifacts are scattered across the world — solemn reminders that victory is fleeting. Some are doing their part to ensure that their sacrifices won’t be forgotten.

Taking a quick, bloody walk down memory lane with ‘Amid Evil’

Everything in the still-in-early-access “Amid Evil” heralds its creators’ love for the early-’90s FPS. The low-poly graphics, the visual aesthetic ripped from a death metal cover, the sound design that includes bloodcurdling screams and maniacal laughter. Every aspect of “Amid Evil” is a love letter to a bygone era — an homage to a more uncivilized time, if you will.

Fight the horde for fun and loot in 'Warhammer: Vermintide II'

Online gaming has never been more popular than it is in 2018, with heavy hitters like “Fortnite” and “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” drawing millions of players daily. But the subgenre represented by “Left 4 Dead” hasn’t really seen the success of those frag fests. Thank Sigmar for developer Fatshark and its “Warhammer: Vermintide” series


Lifting the veil of mystery surrounding ‘Abandon Ship’

While there are a ton of Early Access games not worth the electricity spent to launch them, others such as They Are Billions and Astroneers are outright better than most of the games cluttering up Steam. Is Abandon Ship the next great Early Access title?


It's a serf's life in 'Kingdom Come: Deliverance'

There is a certain rhythm to open-world roleplaying games. First, you start off as nobody. Then you get a sword. Then you become Lord and Master of Everything That Ever Was and Will Be. “Kingdom Come: Deliverance” is basically the opposite of all of that.