• Lamborn: Deal brokered to restart Aurora VA hospital work

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    The Department of Veterans Affairs has reached an interim agreement to put construction crews back on the job at its troubled Aurora hospital project. The four-month deal is worth an estimated $220 million and could see workers return to the Colfax Avenue project Monday, U.S. Rep....

  • Fort Carson exercise a step in opening combat roles to women

    Updated: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    As part of an effort to integrate women into traditional combat roles, Fort Carson is studying the physical requirements of artillery, armor, cavalry and infantry jobs. Men and women are hefting tank and artillery shells, working against the clock to load big guns and heading out on...

  • Military's use of other than honorable discharges to get heavy scrutiny

    Updated: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    President Barack Obama is expected to soon sign a bill ordering an investigation of whether the military has improperly used other than honorable discharges to rid the services of wounded troops who commit minor offenses. The amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act passed...

  • Aurora VA hospital mess irks veterans

    Updated: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    Even as the Department of Veterans Affairs scrambles to get its massive Aurora hospital project back on track, the bureaucratic bungling that further delayed work there is increasing frustration among Pikes Peak region veterans. An administrative ruling last week threw out a contract...

  • AFA cadets build gliders, test them for final class project

    Published: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    Nearly 400 cadets got to take flight at the Air Force Academy this month thanks to tiny wooden gliders. They lobbed the things inside an indoor football practice stadium and the best made it 100 feet or more, prompting hoots of celebration. What looked like fun is actually serious...

  • City for Champions project update: Air Force Gateway Visitor Center

    Updated: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    Air Force Academy Gateway Visitor Center Projected cost: $20.5 million. Percent covered by state sales tax, under Regional Tourism Act: 5 percent Amount of private money raised: $0 On the money: The Air Force is using land near Interstate 25 and North Gate Boulevard and expects...

  • Army sergeants major show a softer side

    Published: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    They may have finally gone soft. Army sergeants major are supposed to shave with blowtorches and gain nourishment from chewed railroad spikes and the fear of privates. These guys are giving away turkey dinners and helping schoolkids. "We just issued 225 food baskets and another 75...

  • 'We love you guys:' Fort Carson soldiers come to the Christmas rescue

    Updated: Sat, Dec 13, 2014

    Santa Claus wore combat boots on a march through Colorado Springs early Friday. Or so it would seem. He certainly was somewhere camouflaged in the huge formation of Fort Carson soldiers who packed Christmas cheer to the Marian House Soup Kitchen in the 28-degree pre-dawn chill....

  • Intent at the heart of argument in death of Fort Carson soldier

    Updated: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    Lawyers for a Fort Carson soldier charged in the death of a comrade overseas say the killing was an accident. The statements came during an evidence hearing to determine if Spc. Jeffery T. Page will be court-martialed in the death of Spc. Adrian M. Perkins, 19, of Pine Valley, Calif....

  • Outgoing Northern Command leader talks about leadership, says military in good hands

    Updated: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    Nearly four decades after he put on the uniform, Army Gen. Charles Jacoby stepped down Friday as head of U.S. Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command. - The general earned a reputation as one of the Army's top thinkers. As a three-star general, he led the...