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Erin Prater

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  • An emotional change of command: Col. Heussner leaves Fort Carson for assignment at MacDill

    Published: Sun, Dec 15, 2013

    The commander of the 4th Infantry Division's 43rd Sustainment Brigade bid an emotional farewell to Fort Carson on Dec. 4 during a change-of-command ceremony held despite inclement weather. Only mission-essential personnel were to report to post because of bitter cold temperatures,...

  • Terminally ill Army wife raises $20k, may be able to receive 3 months of treatment

    Updated: Sat, Dec 14, 2013

    A Colorado Springs Army wife dying of a rare genetic disorder now has enough money for three months of a life-extending treatment — two more than she initially set out to raise money for. In October, Melissa Klein, a 21-year-old suffering from incurable genetic disorder...

  • Fort Carson soldier who gave birth while incarcerated released

    Updated: Fri, Dec 13, 2013

    A former Fort Carson soldier who was pregnant at the time she was imprisoned for desertion during a tour in Iraq has been released early for good behavior and performing extra work. Army Pvt. Kimberly Rivera was released from Naval Consolidated Brig Miramar in San Diego Thursday...

  • Former Fort Carson soldier joins Prince Harry to reach South Pole

    Updated: Fri, Dec 13, 2013

    A 2007 Air Force Academy graduate injured in Afghanistan is among a group of wounded warriors, led by Britain's Prince Harry, who arrived Friday morning at the South Pole after a four-week, 200-kilometer trek. The adventurers arrived at 12:48 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time, thus completing...

  • It's all aboard the Snowball Express for families of fallen troops

    Updated: Fri, Dec 13, 2013

    About six years ago, Jennifer Freitas and her son were offered a holiday vacation to Dallas on the Snowball Express, a four-day, all-expenses-paid getaway for families of fallen U.S. troops. The wife of a fallen Marine helicopter pilot almost turned it down. It wasn't that the...

  • Terminally ill Army wife headed to London thanks to readers’ generosity

    Updated: Tue, Dec 10, 2013

    UPDATE AS OF 10:15 A.M.: Melissa Klein is going to London. At 9:30 a.m. an anonymous donor gave $3,000 to the terminally ill Army wife’s campaign via Indiegogo, pushing the  fundraiser over Melissa Klein’s $10,000 goal. Donations of all sizes have been streaming in...

  • Terminally ill Army wife headed to London, thanks to readers' generosity

    Updated: Mon, Dec 9, 2013

    A Colorado Springs Army wife dying of a rare genetic disorder can travel to London to receive an experimental life-extending treatment, thanks to the generosity of Gazette readers. In October, Melissa Klein, a 21-year-old suffering from an incurable genetic disorder called...

  • Last hope for Melissa Klein: Fort Carson soldier's wife with rare condition seeks funds for treatment

    Updated: Mon, Dec 9, 2013

    Melissa Klein's Christmas wish is simple. She just wants to live. Doctors don't expect the 21-year-old to make it past 30. She'd be lucky to make it that long, she said. Hearing her prognosis this year was "a shock, a huge shock," the 63-pound Klein said on a recent Saturday as...

  • Fort Carson soldiers lead wellness program for students

    Updated: Tue, Dec 3, 2013

    It was not your typical physical training session. As a soldier readied his troops for the bend-and-reach stretch, they squealed with enthusiasm. "Reach for the sky, up high in the sky!" he encouraged them as they threw their hands in their air and giggled. "Are you ready to run?"...

  • Supporters challenge Kim Rivera's separation from newborn in Fort Carson protest Sunday

    Published: Sun, Dec 1, 2013

    A handful of peace activists gathered outside of Fort Carson on Sunday to protest the military's continued detention of a self-proclaimed conscientious objector who recently gave birth. At the heart of their concerns: Army Pfc. Kimberly Rivera's newborn son, Matthew, is not receiving...

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