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Erin Prater

Military Reporter

  • Being deployed? This book is for you

    Published: Sun, Dec 1, 2013

    A recently published book for deployment neophytes was co-authored by a Colorado Springs resident who served as a soldier at Fort Carson. The book, "The Ultimate Deployment Guidebook: Insight into the Deployed Soldier and a Guide for the First-Time Deployed," was published last month...

  • Service to troops celebrated

    Updated: Sat, Nov 23, 2013

    Local troops, veterans and military charities were recognized recently for community service at a national military service organization's annual conference, held this year in Colorado Springs. Awardees were lauded before about 600 attendees at the Military Officers Association of...

  • A belated thank-you for Colorado Springs vets

    Updated: Sat, Nov 23, 2013

    Nearly 75 veterans enjoyed a tropical-themed breakfast at the Armed Services YMCA on Nov. 15 - a belated Veterans Day treat for those who were otherwise occupied on the holiday. About 150 veterans showed up at an identical event held at the Briargate YMCA on Nov. 11, said Drew...

  • Controversy swirls around AFA's hiring of former gay conversion advocate

    Published: Fri, Nov 22, 2013

    The Air Force Academy is reviewing procedures it used to hire a graduate who is said to have attempted to convert gays to heterosexuality earlier in his career. Mike Rosebush, a 1975 academy graduate and the school's operations research analyst for its Center for Character and...

  • Headquarters building at Fort Carson named for fallen hero

    Updated: Thu, Nov 21, 2013

    A Fort Carson brigade dedicated its headquarters Wednesday to the highest-ranking enlisted soldier it has lost in Afghanistan. The 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division's headquarters, unnamed until the ceremony, was dedicated as the Kevin James Griffin Memorial...

  • Carson soldiers home for the holidays

    Updated: Tue, Nov 19, 2013

    The best-case scenario: Sgt. Kevin Carnwright would make it home on midtour leave in time for Christmas and the birth of his first child. The worst-case scenario: He would miss both. The uncertainty dissolved in a puff of fog Sunday as the sergeant and 49 other soldiers burst through...

  • Local Army vet plans to return to Ms. Veteran America competition next year

    Updated: Tue, Nov 19, 2013

    A local retired Army mechanic who didn't make the final cut of this year's Ms. Veteran America competition plans to try her luck again next year. Mitchelene Big Man, 48, of Pueblo West made the competition's final 20, qualifying her to attend the Oct. 13 semifinals at the National...

  • Foundation launches initative to help Green Berets become business owners

    Updated: Tue, Nov 19, 2013

    Former Special Forces soldiers may soon have an easier time launching businesses thanks to an initiative inspired by a Colorado Springs veteran. The Green Beret Foundation - a San Antonio-based nonprofit that supports Special Forces soldiers and their families - announced its plans to...

  • Winter fun in Colorado: Road trip to Pueblo

    Updated: Tue, Nov 19, 2013

    Everything's a bit hotter in Pueblo, where the temperature is usually a few degrees warmer than the Springs, and the sight of street vendors roasting chilies is common. Head south to Pueblo on a a 48-hour winter "staycation" and you just may be able to trade your winter jacket for a...

  • Travel trip: Durango in 48 hours

    Published: Sun, Nov 17, 2013

    So you have a few days set aside for a getaway. Try Durango, a friendly Four Corners town with good food, outdoor fun and some of the better scenery in the state. Here, we take you through 48 hours in Durango. SATURDAY 6 a.m.: Mex Brex You have a full day (and weekend) ahead so it...

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