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The Higher Ground   A look at the military in the Pikes Peak region

F-35 flight restrictions hamstring newest fighter

0 - Tue, Jul 29, 2014

The Air Force’s vaunted 5th Generation fighter has a lot in common with the jets sent in the early 1950s to fight the Korean war thanks to speed restrictions put in place after an engine fire grounded the stealthy jets.

VA seeks software fix for scheduling snafus
0 Tue, Jul 29, 2014

Under fire for massive delays in delivering care to veterans, the federal Department of Veterans Affairs is developing a new software system to manage...

Green Beret motorcyclists organize ride for charity
0 Tue, Jul 29, 2014

Want to ride like a Green Beret? The Special Forces Motorcycle Club in Colorado Springs is organizing a “Eagle Down” charity ride that will let you...

Academy space telescope idea closer to reality
By: Tom Roeder 0 Tue, May 20, 2014

Experiments started at the Air Force Academy a decade ago have grown into a Ball Aerospace project that could change how scientists look at the...

Space Command debuts GPS signals
By: Tom Roeder 0 Wed, May 7, 2014

Air Force Space Command’s Global Positioning System satellites will phase in two new navigation and timing signals for civilian users this year, the...

Service academy bosses talk shop at AFA confab
By: Tom Roeder 0 Wed, May 7, 2014

Top leaders of America’s service academies gathered at the Air Force Academy in April to mull budget woes and new techniques for teaching cadets.“During...

Schriever sergeants lauded
By: Tom Roeder 0 Wed, May 7, 2014

Three sergeants at Schriever Air Force Base have recently earned top awards.Master Sgt. Kay Rice was named the 14th Air Force’s top senior sergeant...

Peterson’s The Club gets new cooks
By: Tom Roeder 0 Wed, May 7, 2014

The Club at Peterson Air Force Base has announced a new team of chefs to cook its meals.“The new executive chef, Joe Zamora, and his sous-chef, Kirkland...

Peterson space wing gets Moorman award
By: Tom Roeder 0 Wed, May 7, 2014

Peterson Air Force Base’s 21st Space Wing was recently honored with the Gen. Thomas S. Moorman, Jr. Award for Air Force Space Command’s Best Operational...

Life-saving move nets Spririt of Springs award for AFA cadet
By: Tom Roeder 0 Wed, May 7, 2014

Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach on April 29 honored an Air Force Academy cadet for saving a life.The Spirit of the Springs award went to sophomore...

House OKs $109M for construction
By: Tom Roeder 0 Wed, May 7, 2014

The House has signed off on $109 million in military construction spending in the Pikes Peak region and Republican U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn is...

Guard holds wildfire readiness training
By: Tom Roeder 0 Wed, May 7, 2014

The Colorado National Guard trained to deal with wildfires May 3 during an exercise in Douglas County.The drill saw Guard troops coordinating their...

Fort Carson engineers get Air Force honor
By: Tom Roeder 0 Wed, May 7, 2014

Soldiers in Fort Carson’s 52nd Engineer Battalion were honored by the Air Force in April for helping their sister service deal with flooding that caused...

Cadet headed to France after winning fellowship
By: Tom Roeder 0 Wed, May 7, 2014

A Black Forest native and Air Force Academy senior has earned the Gen. John K. Gerhart Fellowship to study in France after her May 28 graduation.Cadet...

Buckley sergeant earns chief's stripes
By: Tom Roeder 0 Wed, May 7, 2014

Buckley Air Force Base’s Senior Master Sgt. Stephen Santos, a 26-year veteran, has earned the rank of chief master sergeant, which will make him one of...

Aviation brigade boasts 4 battalions
By: Tom Roeder 0 Wed, May 7, 2014

Years in the making, Fort Carson’s 4th Combat Aviation Brigade reached full activation April 30.The 2,800-soldier brigade has been growing on the post...

Author Wes Moore offers sneak peak of veterans documentary
By: Tom Roeder 0 Wed, Apr 30, 2014

Author and Army veteran Wes Moore will be in Colorado Springs Friday for a preview screening of his new documentary that will air on Rocky Mountain PBS...

Peterson gets new inspection system
By: Tom Roeder 0 Tue, Apr 22, 2014

A Peterson Air Force Base unit became the first in the service to adopt a new system for oversight.The 21st Space Wing is now using the Air Force...

Military housing firm lauded for customer service
By: Tom Roeder 0 Tue, Apr 22, 2014

The firm that manages privatized housing on Peterson and Schriever Air Force Bases was recently honored with an award for customer...

Hospice honored for honoring veterans
By: Tom Roeder 0 Tue, Apr 22, 2014

A Colorado Springs hospice has been honored by a national group for its care for veterans.Gentiva Hospice got the honor from the National Hospice and...

Carson plans Piñon confabs
By: Tom Roeder 0 Tue, Apr 22, 2014

Two public meetings are planned to discuss planned changes at Fort Carson’s Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site.The post has filed its intention to seek a new...

Cadets take second in mock cyber war
By: Tom Roeder 0 Tue, Apr 22, 2014

Air Force Academy cadets earned second place in the 14th annual National Security Agency Cyber Defense Exercise pitting the nation’s top military...

Bonfire symbolizes sex assault fight
By: Tom Roeder 0 Tue, Apr 22, 2014

Air Force Academy cadets and leaders held an April 17 bonfire to mark Sexual Assault Awareness Month.The event held on the terrazzo in the cadet area on...

Big solar plant in Huachuca plans
By: Tom Roeder 0 Tue, Apr 22, 2014

The largest solar array in the military will be constructed at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., the Army announced in April.The solar plant, built in concert with...

Air Force Academy religion: Lamborn opponents react
By: Tom Roeder 0 Wed, Apr 16, 2014

The two men battling Doug Lamborn for his 5th Congressional seat reacted Wednesday to the Republican’s call for the Air Force to relax its...

Weather satellite to be controlled by Schriever
By: Tom Roeder 0 Mon, Apr 14, 2014

Air Force Space Command had another successful launch earlier this month when the latest military weather satellite rocketed to orbit April 3. The...

Peterson names top airmen
By: Tom Roeder 0 Mon, Apr 14, 2014

Peterson Air Force Base named its top airmen at a March awards breakfast. The top junior enlisted airman was Senior Airman Leslie Hall. The 21st Space...

Fort Carson reserve unit to spend year in Texas
By: Tom Roeder 0 Mon, Apr 14, 2014

A Fort Carson Army Reserve unit is headed to Texas to support the war in Afghanistan. Sixteen soldiers from the 2215th Mobilization Support Battalion...

Coast Guard gets deal on new transports: Free
By: Tom Roeder 0 Mon, Apr 14, 2014

A fleet of new, but unwanted Air Force transports has found a home with the Coast Guard. The Air Force ordered the twin-engined C-27J aircraft a decade...

Canadian Air Force shares birthday with Air Force Academy
By: Tom Roeder 0 Mon, Apr 14, 2014

April 1 is a popular military birthday on both sides of the northern border. While most of Colorado Springs celebrated the Air Force Academy’s 60th...

Academy launches telescope network
By: Tom Roeder 0 Mon, Apr 14, 2014

The Air Force Academy cut the ribbon on its first telescope in the Southern Hemisphere on April 2, part of a project to ring the globe with a network of...

50th Space Wing airmen honored
By: Tom Roeder 0 Mon, Apr 14, 2014

Schriever Air Force Base’s 50th Force Support Squadron Manpower and Organization Office was named the Air Force’s top manpower and organization program...

Longmont firm's images of Russian troops firm spur invasion worry
By: Tom Roeder 0 Fri, Apr 11, 2014

The top American commander in Europe, Air Force Gen. Phil Breedlove has taken to Facebook with satellite images of an apparent Russian buildup that...

Navy unveils its mach 7 magnetic mangler
By: Tom Roeder 0 Thu, Apr 10, 2014

The Navy this week is showing off one of its most secret weapons — a railgun straight out of Star Trek that can take out targets at 100 miles with...

New deputy commander has familiar face
By: Tom Roeder 0 Wed, Apr 2, 2014

Brig. Gen Randy George has been announced as a new deputy commanding general of Fort Carson’s 4th Infantry Division.He’ll likely start the...

Fort Hood on lockdown amid shooting reports
By: Tom Roeder 0 Wed, Apr 2, 2014

Fort Hood, Texas, asked soldiers and civilians to shelter in place Wednesday afternoon as authorities there investigated reports of a mass shooting. The...

Air Force Academy cuts ribbon on telescope site in Chile
By: Tom Roeder 0 Wed, Apr 2, 2014

The Air Force Academy cut the ribbon on its first telescope in the southern hemisphere Wednesday, part of a project to ring the globe with a network of...

AFA professor to give CSPAN lecture
By: Tom Roeder 0 Wed, Apr 2, 2014

An Air Force Academy history professor will be lecturing on cable’s CSPAN-3 as part of the channel’s “Lecture on History”...

Petition: Army appearance regs discriminate against black women
By: Tom Roeder 0 Tue, Apr 1, 2014

A petition that’s gathered more than 5,700 signatures on the White House website is asking President Barack Obama to overrule portions of the...

Army: New limits for tattooed troops
By: Tom Roeder 0 Mon, Mar 31, 2014

The Army issued its new appearance regulations for soldiers Monday, including a new rule that limits soldiers to four visible tattoos below the elbow or...

Colonel picked for graduation talk
By: Tom Roeder 0 Tue, Mar 25, 2014

Retired Air Force Col. James E. Moschgat, has been picked to deliver the May 9 graduation address at Pueblo Community College.Now the deputy commandant...

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet tours Colorado Springs vets cemetery site
By: Tom Roeder 0 Thu, Mar 20, 2014

Democratic U.S. Sen. Sen. Michael Bennet got a gander at the new federal veterans cemetery near Colorado Springs Thursday. The visit to the site near...

Peterson command gets new general
By: Tom Roeder 0 Thu, Mar 20, 2014

Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Farnsworth pinned on his star and assumed the title of deputy commander for operations for Army Space and Missile Defense Command at...

Jacoby: Don’t break what’s working
By: Tom Roeder 0 Thu, Mar 20, 2014

In testimony before the House Armed Services Committee in late February, Gen. Chuck Jacoby praised the wildfire and security work on his U.S. Northern...

Fort Carson Tricare help center closing
By: Tom Roeder 0 Thu, Mar 20, 2014

A help center for Tricare beneficiaries inside Evans Army Community Hospital at Fort Carson will close April 1. The post said the Defense Health agency...

Colorado concert for troops to feature Charlie Daniels
By: Tom Roeder 0 Thu, Mar 20, 2014

Old-time country star Charlie Daniels will headline a May 24 concert “Volunteer Jam” to honor troops, first responders and Red Cross volunteers. While...

Air Force secretary wraps up 13-state tour
By: Tom Roeder 0 Thu, Mar 20, 2014

The Air Force’s new civilian boss spent her first three weeks on the job traveling to bases around the country to learn about the service and explain...

Mikey Weinstein enraged by evangelical atheists
By: Tom Roeder 0 Wed, Mar 19, 2014

It’s no surprise to get a phone call from a fired-up Mikey Weinstein, founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation and a frequent flyer...

Fort Carson cops will stop cars for 'retreat' salute
By: Tom Roeder 0 Mon, Mar 10, 2014

After a soldier’s “selfie” portrait caused Internet outrage, Fort Carson is taking steps to make sure soldiers salute the flag for...

Fort Carson: Secret punishment for soldier's selfie
By: Tom Roeder 0 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...

Space Foundation honors GPS airmen
By: Tom Roeder 0 Wed, Mar 5, 2014

Airmen who run the military’s Global Positioning System will receive the 2014 Space Achievement Award from the Colorado Springs-based Space...

IED-fighters to keep working after war
By: Tom Roeder 0 Wed, Mar 5, 2014

The Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization will exist past the end of the Afghanistan war, but will be much smaller, the Army says.Born...

Chandler: Army still strong despite cuts
By: Tom Roeder 0 Wed, Mar 5, 2014

The Army’s top enlisted soldier says his branch of service remains strong, despite budget cuts and a proposal to reduce its ranks to 450,000...

Air Force launches new GPS bird
By: Tom Roeder 0 Wed, Mar 5, 2014

The Air Force successfully launched a new Global Position System satellite into orbit from Florida on Feb. 20.Air Force Space Command said the...

Pentagon prepares for full Afghanistan pullout
By: Tom Roeder 0 Tue, Feb 25, 2014

The Pentagon said Tuesday that it is readying to pull all American troops out of Afghanistan after the Karzai government there has balked on inking a...

Obama awards 24 Medals of Honor
By: Tom Roeder 0 Fri, Feb 21, 2014

President Barack Obama on March 18 will award 24 troops who earlier earned the Distinguished Service Cross a more prestigious Medal of Honor. The...

Peterson firefighters training today
By: Tom Roeder 0 Tue, Feb 18, 2014

Firefighters at Peterson Air Force base will be honing their skills by battling a training blaze at the west end of the base Tuesday. The exercise is...

Local Canadian Forces celebrate the guys with the gear
By: Tom Roeder 0 Tue, Feb 18, 2014

A small group that keeps local Canadian troops supplied celebrated the February birthday of the Canadian Forces Logistics Branch. Troops from the North...

Fort Carson lauded by EPA for energy policy
By: Tom Roeder 0 Tue, Feb 18, 2014

Fort Carson was lauded recently for leading the nation in clean energy use, cracking the EPA’s top 100 list for green power use and ranking number four...

Former 3rd ACR boss McMaster gets third star
By: Tom Roeder 0 Tue, Feb 18, 2014

The former commander of the 3rd Armored cavalry Regiment, who took the unit from Fort Carson to battle in Tal Afar, Iraq, has been given a third star...

Air Force Academy names distinguished grads
By: Tom Roeder 0 Tue, Feb 18, 2014

The Air Force Academy has added two names to its roster of distinguished graduates. Philanthropist A. Bart Holaday and retired Gen. Bill Looney earned...

Soldiers must move up or out faster, Army says
By: Tom Roeder 0 Mon, Feb 10, 2014

The Army recently released new standards for how long some enlisted soldiers can stay in uniform. Privates will get five years to move up or move out....

Air Force Academy boss Johnson joins Twitter
By: Tom Roeder 0 Mon, Feb 10, 2014

The Air Force Academy’s top general is now on Twitter. The general joined the online messaging service in February, tweeting “Glad to be on Twitter, and...

Wartime expedient will stick around in peace
By: Tom Roeder 0 Thu, Feb 6, 2014

Conceived as a wartime experiment, the Army’s Rapid Equipping Force will stick around in peace time, the Pentagon announced. The unit was created in...

Fire training today at Peterson could distract drivers
By: Tom Roeder 0 Thu, Feb 6, 2014

Firefighters at Peterson Air Force base will be honing their skill by battling a training blaze at the west end of the base Thursday afternoon. The...

Udall pushes website to protect vets
By: Tom Roeder 0 Tue, Feb 4, 2014

Colorado’s U.S. Sen. Mark Udall wants veterans to use a new consumer protection website aimed at catching education programs that scam veterans. “The...

Country stars encourage care for troops, vets
By: Tom Roeder 0 Tue, Feb 4, 2014

Top country music stars are joining with military charities in a program of ads to encourage troops and veterans to take advantage of behavioral health...

Battery fix extends life of GPS satellites
By: Tom Roeder 0 Tue, Feb 4, 2014

Global Positioning System satellites could last longer thanks to a change in how their batteries are changed, Air Force Space Command’s Space and...

Brigade to families: Don't send porn, Nerf guns to troops
By: Tom Roeder 0 Wed, Jan 29, 2014

Leaders Fort Carson’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team took to Facebook Wednesday with a plea to families to take more care with their care packages. U.S....

Air Force Academy makes Princeton Review list
By: Tom Roeder 0 Tue, Jan 28, 2014

The Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs easily made the Princeton Review list of “best value” colleges in America. The reason is easy to...

Mike Farrell headlines AFA character symposium
By: Tom Roeder 0 Fri, Jan 24, 2014

Human rights activist and actor Mike Farrell will speak at the Air Force Academy’s National Character and Leadership Symposium in February. Best...

Super Bowl party for Carson troops offers beer pong, without beer
By: Tom Roeder 0 Tue, Jan 21, 2014

Fort Carson soldiers in Camp Buehring, Kuwait, will get a big Super Bowl party that includes beer-free beer pong. The twist on the timeless drinking...

Pink shoes and purple phones now cool with Mother Blue
By: Tom Roeder 0 Tue, Jan 21, 2014

The Air Force changed uniform regulations Tuesday in a nod to non-conformists everywhere. The service, which once had strict rules on the color of...

What ever happened to Maj. Gen. Joe Anderson?
By: Erin Prater 0 Thu, Jan 16, 2014

Ever wondered what happened to Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson, former commanding general of Fort Carson and the 4th Infantry Division? In March, Anderson...

Volunteers to host Fort Carson clothing swap on Sunday
By: Erin Prater 0 Wed, Jan 15, 2014

If you’re a Colorado Springs military spouse in need of a new wardrobe, you’re in luck. Volunteers will host the Fort Carson Clothing Swap...

Udall: Stop cheating on nuclear missile crew tests
By: Tom Roeder 0 Wed, Jan 15, 2014

Colorado’s U.S. Sen. Mark Udall issued a rapid response after the Air Force revealed Friday that a drug investigation had uncovered suspected...

Gold Star moms, wives to hold awareness-raising "Zumbathon"
By: Erin Prater 0 Wed, Jan 15, 2014

Local Gold Star moms and wives are teaming up to host a “Zumbathon” that will raise awareness of their support groups and honor fallen...

Schriever officer under scrutiny in widening drug probe
By: Tom Roeder 0 Mon, Jan 13, 2014

A Schriever Air Force Base officer is one of ten under scrutiny in a widening Air Force drug probe. A spokesman at the Pentagon said the investigation...

Academy airman acquitted in sexual assault case
By: Tom Roeder 0 Mon, Jan 13, 2014

An Air Force Academy airman was acquitted by a court-martial panel in a sexual assault case. “Airman 1st Class Justin T. Burback was found not...

Pair of Colorado Springs airmen seeing stars
By: Tom Roeder 0 Thu, Jan 9, 2014

Two Colorado Springs Air Force colonels made the most recent promotion list for brigadier general. The two are among 30 colonels selected for promotion...

Hagel heads to Wyoming amid nuke questions
By: Tom Roeder 0 Wed, Jan 8, 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is set to stop at Wyoming’s F.E. Warren Air Force Base Thursday to meet with missile crews and hold a town hall...

Academy graduate killed in England crash
By: Tom Roeder 0 Wed, Jan 8, 2014

A 2008 Air Force academy graduate was killed in a Tuesday helicopter crash in England. Capt. Chris Stover, who was a noted marathon runner at the...

Academy gearing up for 60th anniversary rites
By: Tom Roeder 0 Wed, Jan 8, 2014

April 1 will mark 60 years since President Dwight Eisenhower signed legislation creating the Air Force Academy. To mark the milestone, the academy has...

Nominations open for Military Spouse of the Year award
By: Erin Prater 0 Tue, Jan 7, 2014

Nominations are now open for Military Spouse magazine’s 2014 Military Spouse of the Year. The award, in its seventh year, recognizes military...

Denver VA to host benefits meetings in rural Colorado
By: Erin Prater 0 Tue, Jan 7, 2014

The Denver VA Regional Office will host a series of town-hall meetings in rural Colorado cities and towns to inform veterans and family members about...

Air Force Academy airman to face court martial for sexual assault Monday
By: Erin Prater 0 Fri, Jan 3, 2014

An airman assigned to the Air Force Academy’s 10th Security Forces Squadron will face court martial Monday for allegedly sexually assaulting a...

Deployment schedule means change in disbandment for Fort Carson brigades
By: Erin Prater 0 Mon, Dec 30, 2013

The Army will disband the 4th Infantry Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team — not its 3rd Brigade Combat Team, as previously announced — by fiscal...

NORAD Santa trackers crack record
By: Tom Roeder 0 Fri, Dec 27, 2013

Santa Trackers for the North American Aerospace Defense Command fielded more than 117,000 calls Christmas Eve — or nearly 100 calls for each of...

Air Force: Airmen must improve command climate
By: Tom Roeder 0 Thu, Dec 26, 2013

The Air Force this week announced that airmen will be judged on how they create a positive work environment in addition to how well they do their jobs....

Duffleblog takes on NORAD's Santa Trackers
By: Tom Roeder 0 Mon, Dec 23, 2013

The world’s strongest aerospace defense organization should be tough enough to take a joke. The North American Aerospace Defense Command was the...

Bye Bye B-52G -- last of big bombers scrapped
By: Tom Roeder 0 Mon, Dec 23, 2013

The Air Force sawed the tail off its last B-52G bomber at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., on Friday. The eight-engined behemoth was sacrificed as part of...

Navy boss calls for reforms after case involving Peterson officer
By: Tom Roeder 0 Fri, Dec 20, 2013

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus on Friday called for reforms to the Navy’s contracting system in light of an investigation that saw a Peterson Air Force...

Heads up: Peterson Air Force Base to conduct live-fire training exercises this evening
By: Erin Prater 0 Wed, Dec 18, 2013

Commuters traveling on Powers and those who live by the airport shouldn’t be alarmed if they seek smoke or fire this evening. The Peterson Air...

Mil fams: Last-minute deadline for mailing overseas care packages is TODAY!
By: Erin Prater 0 Tue, Dec 17, 2013

If you have a service member overseas and haven’t yet mailed his or her care package, it’s time to get your rear in gear. According to the...

BAH to rise by $100+ each month for many Colorado Springs-stationed troops
By: Erin Prater 0 Tue, Dec 17, 2013

Many Colorado Springs-stationed troops will receive an extra $100 or more each month under the 2014 base allowance for housing — or BAH — rates...

Shutdown? Military smashes October recruiting numbers
By: Tom Roeder 0 Mon, Dec 16, 2013

Despite nearly two weeks of government shutdown and budgetary chaos for the Pentagon, October proved to be a top-tier recruiting month. All four...

NORAD: If there's a miltary conspiracy, Santa's in on it
By: Tom Roeder 0 Mon, Dec 16, 2013

There’s a flap going about the North American Aerospace Defense Command flying alongside Santa, Dasher, Dancer and Co. Some claim the command at...

Army general named new boss of sex assault prevention program
By: Tom Roeder 0 Mon, Dec 16, 2013

Another Army general will lead the Pentagon’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Monday. Maj....

Terminally ill Army wife raises $20k, maybe be able to receive 3 months of treatment
By: Erin Prater 0 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...

Military teen wants to help others, not amass presents, this holiday season
By: Erin Prater 0 Tue, Dec 10, 2013

In October I had the pleasure of covering the third-annual “Ornaments for Airmen and Soldiers” event at the Armed Services YMCA in Colorado...