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Tom Roeder

Weekend/Military Editor

  • NORAD training exercise over eastern Colorado Springs draws attention

    Updated: Mon, Mar 10, 2014

    Some residents of eastern Colorado Springs saw an impromptu air show Monday morning as a pair of fighter jets escorted an airliner into Peterson Air Force Base during a training exercise. The sight had some worrying that the transport had been hijacked or suffered some other...

  • Space unit at Fort Carson Afghanistan-bound on a vital mission

    Published: Sun, Mar 9, 2014

    One of the last American Army forces to head to war in Afghanistan is from Colorado Springs. No. It isn't from Fort Carson. It's a half dozen space experts who work in an obscure office building by the airport for the 1st Space Brigade, an Army unit that gets as much attention as it...

  • Fort Carson selfie leads to secret punishment

    Updated: Fri, Mar 7, 2014

    The punishment of a Fort Carson soldier who caused Internet outrage with a 'selfie' of her avoiding saluting the flag will be kept secret, officials on the post said Friday. That means Pfc. Tariqka Sheffey, of Fort Carson's 43rd Sustainment Group, won't be court-martialed for placing...

  • Fort Carson GIs head to Afghanistan without commander, who faces probe

    Updated: Thu, Mar 6, 2014

    A Fort Carson brigade is leaving for Afghanistan without its boss, who is being investigated for unspecified violations of Army policy. The 4th Brigade Combat Team bid farewell to the post in a Wednesday event where commanders ceremonially packed up the unit's flag for the trip. But...

  • Forty training sergeants, 10 academic majors among Air Force Academy budget cuts

    Updated: Wed, Mar 5, 2014

    The Air Force Academy plans to cut a third of the sergeants who oversee military training and cadet discipline as part of an austerity plan that will carve 3 percent from its workforce and eliminate 10 academic majors at the school. The academy provided a detailed budget look, while...

  • Air Force Academy: 40 freshmen in chemistry class cheating probe

    Updated: Tue, Mar 4, 2014

    The Air Force Academy is investigating whether about 40 freshman cadets cheated in a chemistry class last month, the academy said Monday. The incident involved portions of a lab report that may have been copied and not documented, the academy said in a statement. The assignment is...

  • Air Force Academy cadet, professor work to better 'Spice' test

    Updated: Mon, Mar 3, 2014

    The Air Force Academy's chemistry department is cooking up a formula that could lead to better drug testing for synthetic marijuana. The project underway at the school is boiling down the drug, known as "Spice" to come up with a pure sample of the residue it leaves in the body....

  • Colorado National Guard airmen take on 'full enchilada' at Red Flag exercise

    Updated: Mon, Mar 3, 2014

    A high-tech battle in the desert drew 140 Colorado National Guard airmen to Nevada last month to fight their way through the Red Flag exercise at Nellis Air Force Base. Red Flag is renowned as the toughest test for fighter pilots outside combat. The Guard's 140th Fighter Wing at...

  • Fort Carson's soldier's selfie spawns Facebook page on military social media missteps

    Updated: Mon, Mar 3, 2014

    Pfc. Tariqka Sheffey is far from alone among soldiers who post pictures online that they - and their commanders - may regret. Fort Carson's Sheffey, who caused an Internet hurricane this week by posting a "selfie" on a website with the claim that she was hiding in her car to avoid...

  • Fort Carson soldier's selfie could land her 2 years in prison

    Updated: Mon, Mar 3, 2014

    Fort Carson leaders launched an investigation into a "selfie" photo of a soldier posted online with a note that said she was hiding in her car to avoid saluting the flag. The soldier's Instagram image went viral Tuesday, drawing a storm of criticism. Pfc. Tariqka Sheffey, of Fort...

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