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

F-35 flight restrictions hamstring newest fighter


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. The single-engine F-35 is planned to replace aircraft now used by the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, including the A-10,...

VA seeks software fix for scheduling snafus


Under fire for massive delays in delivering care to veterans, the federal Department of Veterans Affairs is developing a new software system to manage health appointments. VA officials met with representatives of veterans groups Wednesday to gather opinions on how the new scheduling system should work. “This meeting provided VA leaders a...

Green Beret motorcyclists organize ride for charity


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 rumble along side current and retired soldiers of the 10th Special Forces Group. The ride starts at with registration 8:30 a.m. on July 26th at the veteran’s memorial in Memorial Park off Union...

Academy space telescope idea closer to reality


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 universe. The Air Force Academy for years has been working on a plastic telescope lens called a photon sieve that parses light rays into a magnified image through a think […]

Space Command debuts GPS signals


Air Force Space Command’s Global Positioning System satellites will phase in two new navigation and timing signals for civilian users this year, the Pentagon announced.The long awaited signals — dubbed L2C and L5 — will eventually allow civilian users to get GPS information that uploads more quickly and with greater accuracy.The civilian signals...

Service academy bosses talk shop at AFA confab


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 the plenary session, representatives from the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Air Force Academy and Naval Academy (via video teleconference)...

Schriever sergeants lauded


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 working as a paralegal. The 14th Air Force, headquartered at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, is one of two numbered air forces in Air Force Space Command and includes Schriever’s […]

Peterson’s The Club gets new cooks


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 Dunning, have worked together for several years at other venues in the region, to include The Pinery north of Colorado Springs in Black Forest,” Peterson said on its […]

Peterson space wing gets Moorman award


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 Wing.To win the honor, the wing had to beat out units at Schriever and Buckley Air Force bases as well as wings in Florida and California.“This award is a testament […]

Life-saving move nets Spririt of Springs award for AFA cadet


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 cadet Madeleine Girardot who used the Heimlich maneuver Jan. 18 to save the life of a fellow restaurant patron.The academy said Giradot, a member of the school’s fencing team […]

House OKs $109M for construction


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 crowing.Lamborn, who faces a primary fight against retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Bentley Rayburn, has been criticized in recent weeks for not putting enough focus on military spending.Now he says the […]

Guard holds wildfire readiness training


The Colorado National Guard trained to deal with wildfires May 3 during an exercise in Douglas County.The drill saw Guard troops coordinating their efforts with civilian authorities and setting up road blocks to control an area. Those are the same skills the guard has employed during massive wildfires that swept through El Paso County in […]

Fort Carson engineers get Air Force honor


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 damage at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station.The engineers were called in on Sept. 12 to deal with a mudslide at Cheyenne Mountain that left the main entrance to the underground […]

Cadet headed to France after winning fellowship


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 Liana Gaudreault, a biology major, said she plans to study anthropology at New Sorbonne University in Paris, the academy said in a news release.“I’m looking at ideas and topics,” […]

Buckley sergeant earns chief's stripes


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 just 25 chief master sergeants  in the Air Force to wear the first sergeant’s diamonds.“I am still to this day shocked that I was selected,” Santos said in a […]

Aviation brigade boasts 4 battalions


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 since 2011 and the recent ceremony marked the activation of the rest of its battalions — two reconnaissance units, an attack battalion and a support battalion.The final battalions join a unit...

Author Wes Moore offers sneak peak of veterans documentary


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 in May. The screening is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday at Pikes Peak Community College’s Centennial Campus theater, 5675 S. Academy Blvd. “Coming Back with Wes Moore” shows […]

Peterson gets new inspection system


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 Inspection System, which revamps how inquiries, inspector general investigations and audits are conducted.“We worked aggressively on the implementation of this new system within our wing,” said Col....

Military housing firm lauded for customer service


The firm that manages privatized housing on Peterson and Schriever Air Force Bases was recently honored with an award for customer satisfaction.WinnResidential Military Housing Services, parent of the local firm Tierra Vista, was named a 2013 SatisFacts National Award Winner for excellence in resident satisfaction, the firm said in a news...

Hospice honored for honoring veterans


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 Pallative Care Organization.The hospice educates workers and volunteers about veterans issues and needs. Gentiva also works with veterans organizations to ensure that patients get appropriate...

Carson plans Piñon confabs


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 Environmental Impact Statement for the 235,000-acre training area and wants to allow more activities including the use of larger drones there.“Fort Carson will host two public scoping meetings to...

Cadets take second in mock cyber war


Air Force Academy cadets earned second place in the 14th annual National Security Agency Cyber Defense Exercise pitting the nation’s top military academies in a mock computer war.“The competition required the cadets to build an enterprise network from scratch, including email, web, voice-over-internet and file transfer services,” the academy...

Bonfire symbolizes sex assault fight


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 campus featured speeches from the school’s superintendent, Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson, and the dean, Brig. Gen. Andy Armacost.The bonfire was a symbol for “Take Back the Night” a […]

Big solar plant in Huachuca plans


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 a local utility is expected to provide as much as 25 percent of the electricity used by the base. It’s part of a wider Pentagon move toward solar and wind […]

Air Force Academy religion: Lamborn opponents react


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 regulations to permit more religious expression at the Air Force Academy and throughout the service. Lamborn’s letter, co-signed by 22 of his Republican colleagues, asked Air Force Secretary...

Weather satellite to be controlled by Schriever


Air Force Space Command had another successful launch earlier this month when the latest military weather satellite rocketed to orbit April 3. The launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base sent the 19th Defense Meteorological Satellite Program craft into a near-polar orbit synchronized to the sun’s position above Earth. “DMSP is the primary provider...

Peterson names top airmen


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 Wing’s Staff Sgt. Angelo Tafoya won top honors for junior sergeants. Master Sgt. Ronald Hill, 13th Air Support Operations Squadron, was named top senior sergeant.The top first sergeant was […]

Fort Carson reserve unit to spend year in Texas


A Fort Carson Army Reserve unit is headed to Texas to support the war in Afghanistan. Sixteen soldiers from the 2215th Mobilization Support Battalion said farewell to Fort Carson in a March 21 ceremony before travelling to Fort Bliss, Texas, where they’ll help prepare soldiers to head to war and assist in demobilizing units that […]

Coast Guard gets deal on new transports: Free


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 ago to fill what was seen as a need for a transport plane smaller than the C-130 Hercules. But the Air Force soured on its purchase as combat […]

Canadian Air Force shares birthday with Air Force Academy


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 birthday that day, a contingent at Peterson Air Force Base celebrated the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Royal Canadian Air Force. The gathering featured Canadian Forces Lt. Gen. […]

Academy launches telescope network


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 automated eyes to scan the skies. The Falcon Telescope Network, underwritten by the Defense Department, eventually will have 12 telescopes worldwide. The new site is […]

50th Space Wing airmen honored


Schriever Air Force Base’s 50th Force Support Squadron Manpower and Organization Office was named the Air Force’s top manpower and organization program for 2013, the base announced. “This is a big deal for the management analysts on our team, Rebecca Richardson, Jeffrey Roob and Brandon Schirm, to be recognized,” Derek Hamby, the squadron’s...

Longmont firm's images of Russian troops firm spur invasion worry


The top American commander in Europe, Air Force Gen. Phil Breedlove has taken to Facebook with satellite images of an apparent Russian buildup that could foreshadow a Russian invasion of Ukraine. And the imagery isn’t from some exotic spy satellite. It’s from the Longmont-based satellite imagery company DigitalGlobe. The commercial...

Navy unveils its mach 7 magnetic mangler


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 a projectile flying at nearly 7,000 feet per second. Long the topic of science fiction, the rail gun uses magnetic pulses to drive a metal […]

New deputy commander has familiar face


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 job after the division’s headquarters returned home from Afghanistan this spring. Locals may remember George as the commander of Fort Carson’s 4th Brigade Combat Team. He led the unit...

Fort Hood on lockdown amid shooting reports


Fort Hood, Texas, asked soldiers and civilians to shelter in place Wednesday afternoon as authorities there investigated reports of a mass shooting. The post confirmed the shooting in a 4:40 p.m. news release: “There has been a shooting at Fort Hood and injuries are reported. Emergency crews are on the scene. No further details are […]

Air Force Academy cuts ribbon on telescope site in Chile


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 automated eyes to scan the skies. The Falcon Telescope Network, underwritten by the Defense Department,will eventually have 12 telescopes world wide. The new site  is at Chile’s […]

AFA professor to give CSPAN lecture


An Air Force Academy history professor will be lecturing on cable’s CSPAN-3 as part of the channel’s “Lecture on History” series. Lt. Col. Grant Weller will be on the air at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday  to talk about World War II, the academy said. “Professor Weller and his class discuss American and Japanese...

Petition: Army appearance regs discriminate against black women


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’s new appearance regulations as discriminatory against black women. The newest version of Army regulation 670-1, released Monday, cracks down on excessive tattoos and allows troops to pack...

Army: New limits for tattooed troops


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 knee. The long-anticipated updates to Army Regulation 670-1 stopped short of a visible tattoo ban, but forbid facial art and other ink that can be seen above the T-shirt line. […]

Colonel picked for graduation talk


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 of Peterson’s National Security Space Institute, Moschgat is an Air Force Academy graduate whose life was deeply influenced by a janitor at the school.That janitor, the late William Crawford,...

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet tours Colorado Springs vets cemetery site


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 Marsheffel and Drennan roads is a bit of a victory tour for Bennet, who pitched in on the 15-year-old effort by local veterans to get a federal cemetery after he […]

Peterson command gets new general


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 Peterson Air Force Base this month.Army Space Command said Farnsworth was promoted in a Pentagon ceremony. “Farnsworth provides oversight of the Army’s operational space and ballistic missile...

Jacoby: Don’t break what’s working


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 Command and offered a request. “As the military reorganizes and reduces capacity and capability while confronting existing and emerging threats, I believe we must not ‘break’ the things that give...

Fort Carson Tricare help center closing


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 is “taking this step because an increasing number of beneficiaries are turning to their laptops or cellphones when they have questions.” Beneficiaries are being referred to online resources and a...

Colorado concert for troops to feature Charlie Daniels


Old-time country star Charlie Daniels will headline a May 24 concert “Volunteer Jam” to honor troops, first responders and Red Cross volunteers. While the troops and public servants can get complementary tickets, the public is invited to pay at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater on the day of the event. “A limited number of lawn and reserved […]

Air Force secretary wraps up 13-state tour


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 the austerity measures that will cut its roster by 25,000 airmen and its fleet by 500 planes. “We do have a strategy-driven budget, but let’s face facts,” Air […]

Mikey Weinstein enraged by evangelical atheists


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 when it comes to criticizing the Air Force Academy over religious issues. But, on Wednesday, Weinstein broke new ground — he’s mad at evangelical atheism in a hallway of the...

Fort Carson cops will stop cars for 'retreat' salute


After a soldier’s “selfie” portrait caused Internet outrage, Fort Carson is taking steps to make sure soldiers salute the flag for retreat. The ceremony that marks the end of the duty day at the post was at the center of a storm of criticism after Pfc. Tariqka Sheffey, of Fort Carson’s 43rd Sustainment Brigade placed...

Fort Carson: Secret punishment for soldier's selfie


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 an image on her Instagram account with a caption […]

Space Foundation honors GPS airmen


Airmen who run the military’s Global Positioning System will receive the 2014 Space Achievement Award from the Colorado Springs-based Space Foundation.“The 2014 Space Achievement Award is presented to the GPS System Program Office, for 20 years of excellence in changing the way the world navigates and communicates through the development,...

IED-fighters to keep working after war


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 as a wartime expedient to counter roadside bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan, the organization developed tactics and tools to help soldiers avoid bombs.“There is a full appreciation that (the...

Chandler: Army still strong despite cuts


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 soldiers.“This past year has brought some significant changes to the Army, including the impacts of sequestration, a government shutdown, furloughs, and the effects of a drawdown and budget reductions,”...

Air Force launches new GPS bird


The Air Force successfully launched a new Global Position System satellite into orbit from Florida on Feb. 20.Air Force Space Command said the Boeing-built GPS IIF satellite will join the GPS constellation providing navigation and timing capabilities to users woldwide.“The new capabilities of the IIF satellites will provide greater navigational...

Pentagon prepares for full Afghanistan pullout


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 security agreement. The Obama administration planned to end America’s combat mission in Afghanistan on Dec. 31, but Pentagon planners were ready to leave a significant military contingent...

Obama awards 24 Medals of Honor


President Barack Obama on March 18 will award 24 troops who earlier earned the Distinguished Service Cross a more prestigious Medal of Honor. The soldiers, including a 4th Infantry Division Private, earned the honor in World War II, Korea or Vietnam, but were awarded the lesser honor, possibly due to their race or ethnicity. The […]

Peterson firefighters training today


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 planned from 9 a.m. -1 p.m., the base said in a news release. Peterson is home to a training facility that can simulate aircraft and building fires. Here’s […]

Local Canadian Forces celebrate the guys with the gear


A small group that keeps local Canadian troops supplied celebrated the February birthday of the Canadian Forces Logistics Branch. Troops from the North American Aerospace Defense Command gathered at Peterson Air Force Base to mark the 46th anniversary. “The formation of a single Logistics Branch aimed at supporting all three environments of the...

Fort Carson lauded by EPA for energy policy


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 in the federal government. “Fort Carson is using nearly 82 million kilowatt-hours of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet 39 percent of the organization’s […]

Former 3rd ACR boss McMaster gets third star


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 and one of the Army’s top training posts. The Pentagon made this announcement: “Army Maj. Gen. Herbert R. McMaster Jr., for appointment to the rank of lieutenant […]

Air Force Academy names distinguished grads


The Air Force Academy has added two names to its roster of distinguished graduates. Philanthropist A. Bart Holaday and retired Gen. Bill Looney earned the honor for 2013, the academy said in a February news release. A 1965 academy graduate, Holiday served as an Air Force officer and officer and government executive before launching a […]

Soldiers must move up or out faster, Army says


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. Specialists and corporals will have an eight-year pull date and three-stripe sergeants will have 14 years. The move narrows the promotion windows for career-minded soldiers as the Army […]

Air Force Academy boss Johnson joins Twitter


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 looking forward to hearing from you!” In three days, the general sent three tweets and hit 300 followers, putting her just behind the Air Force Academy’s mascot, “The Bird.” […]

Wartime expedient will stick around in peace


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 2002 to bring cutting-edge commercial technologies to the battlefield quickly. New bomb-defusing robots and bomb-countering devices were shipped to units in Iraq and Afghanistan in months, profiding...

Fire training today at Peterson could distract drivers


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 exercise is planned from 1-4 p.m., the base said in a news release. Peterson is home to a training facility that can simulate aircraft and building fires. Here’s a […]

Udall pushes website to protect vets


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 website, launched last week, will help federal agencies identify and confront unfair, deceptive, and misleading practices at institutions of higher education serving veterans,” Udall’s office said...

Country stars encourage care for troops, vets


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 care. The “This Country Cares” ads will feature stars including Tim McGraw, Dierks Bently, Gary Allen and Billy Ray Cyrus. “Last year, the U.S. lost more troops to suicide than […]

Battery fix extends life of GPS satellites


Global Positioning System satellites could last longer thanks to a change in how their batteries are changed, Air Force Space Command’s Space and Missile Systems Center said in a news release. The satellites charge their batteries with massive solar panels that convert the sun’s rays into electricity.  The change modifies the rate that the...

Brigade to families: Don't send porn, Nerf guns to troops


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. Central Command has tight rules on what items soldiers may possess in Kuwait and contraband is seized when it hits Camp Buehring, where the 3,800 soldier brigade is now deployed. […]

Air Force Academy makes Princeton Review list


The Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs easily made the Princeton Review list of “best value” colleges in America. The reason is easy to discern: Cadets get free books and tuition. The annual rankings, available in book form for $21.99, rate 150 colleges nationwide based on value. Military academies fared well, with the Naval...

Mike Farrell headlines AFA character symposium


Human rights activist and actor Mike Farrell will speak at the Air Force Academy’s National Character and Leadership Symposium in February. Best known for his role on the 1970s TV series MASH, Farrell has been an outspoken opponent of the death penalty and promoter of human rights causes. The dove will share the venue with […]

Super Bowl party for Carson troops offers beer pong, without beer


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 game comes courtesy of the USO and Central Command’s decade-old General Order No. 1, which forbids boozing in Middle Eastern nations where alcohol is forbidden. Alcohol is illegal in Kuwait....

Pink shoes and purple phones now cool with Mother Blue


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 running shoes worn for physical training and mandated that airmen carry black cellular phones, is now allowing a rainbow of colors for both. And, in a big step toward fashion consciousness, […]

What ever happened to Maj. Gen. Joe Anderson?


Ever wondered what happened to Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson, former commanding general of Fort Carson and the 4th Infantry Division? In March, Anderson relinquished command to Maj. Gen. Paul LaCamera, an Army Ranger who came to Carson from Fort Bragg, N.C. At the time, I was told by a Pentagon spokesman that Anderson was headed […]

Volunteers to host Fort Carson clothing swap on Sunday


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 on Sunday at Fort Carson’s Community Center, at the corner of Harr and McNerney. Drop off your clothes between 9 and 10 a.m., and “shop” from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The event […]

Udall: Stop cheating on nuclear missile crew tests


Colorado’s U.S. Sen. Mark Udall issued a rapid response after the Air Force revealed Friday that a drug investigation had uncovered suspected cheating on nuclear missile crew qualification tests. The Air Force unveiled the drug allegations last week and on Monday confirmed that a Schriever officer was among nine lieutenants and a captain...

Gold Star moms, wives to hold awareness-raising "Zumbathon"


Local Gold Star moms and wives are teaming up to host a “Zumbathon” that will raise awareness of their support groups and honor fallen troops. Members of the Pikes Peak chapter of American Gold Star Mothers and the Cheyenne Mountain chapter of the Gold Star Wives of America will hold their three-hour event Jan. 25 […]

Schriever officer under scrutiny in widening drug probe


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 began with two officers at Edwards Air Force Base in California targeted and has since grown to include nine lieutenants and a captain at bases across the U.S. […]

Academy airman acquitted in sexual assault case


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 guilty by a 10-member panel of officers and non-commissioned officers after a six-day court-martial that ended Saturday,” the academy said in a Monday news release. Burback, assigned to the...

Pair of Colorado Springs airmen seeing stars


Two Colorado Springs Air Force colonels made the most recent promotion list for brigadier general. The two are among 30 colonels selected for promotion in a Thursday announcement from defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.  Col. Evan M. Miller, the Air Force Academy’s vice-superintendent, made the cut along with Col. David W. Hicks, the...

Hagel heads to Wyoming amid nuke questions


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 discussion. The trip comes as the pentagon mulls cutting its force of silo-based 450 ICBMs, including the 150 Minuteman II missiles at Warren. the Cheyenne base’s missile field extends […]

Academy graduate killed in England crash


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, was listed as the pilot of the HH-60 Pave Hawk that went down, killing four crew members. A native of Vancouver, Wash., Stover recorded times of 2 hours […]

Academy gearing up for 60th anniversary rites


April 1 will mark 60 years since President Dwight Eisenhower signed legislation creating the Air Force Academy. To mark the milestone, the academy has created a 60th anniversary logo and has planned to look back at the past on Facebook and on the school’s website. Winning the academy is a top moment in Colorado Spring […]

Nominations open for Military Spouse of the Year award


Nominations are now open for Military Spouse magazine’s 2014 Military Spouse of the Year. The award, in its seventh year, recognizes military spouses of all ranks and branches who are making a difference in their families and communities. “This is a chance to ensure the military spouses who not only support their service member, but who...

Denver VA to host benefits meetings in rural Colorado


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 benefits, the office announced Tuesday. “Veterans may be entitled to receive medical care, disability benefits, guaranteed home loans, educational benefits, life insurance and other benefits...

Air Force Academy airman to face court martial for sexual assault Monday


An airman assigned to the Air Force Academy’s 10th Security Forces Squadron will face court martial Monday for allegedly sexually assaulting a female airman. Airman 1st Class Justin Burback had sex with a female airman who was incapable of consenting because she was intoxicated, a fact which Burback knew or should have known, the military...

Deployment schedule means change in disbandment for Fort Carson brigades


The Army will disband the 4th Infantry Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team — not its 3rd Brigade Combat Team, as previously announced — by fiscal year 2015, a Fort Carson spokesperson confirmed on Monday. The switch was made to accommodate deployment cycles, said Daneta Johnson, the post’s chief of media relations. The Army is...

NORAD Santa trackers crack record


Santa Trackers for the North American Aerospace Defense Command fielded more than 117,000 calls Christmas Eve — or nearly 100 calls for each of the 1,200 helpers. That bested the 2012 mark of 114,00 calls. The command also drew record crowds to its Santa-tracking website. Here’s the news release from the command: “The...

Air Force: Airmen must improve command climate


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. The move comes at the end of a year that left the service mired in scandal. The biggest centers on sexual misconduct between recruits and drill instructors […]

Duffleblog takes on NORAD's Santa Trackers


The world’s strongest aerospace defense organization should be tough enough to take a joke. The North American Aerospace Defense Command was the target Monday of Duffleblog, a website that’s like the Onion for the Defense Department. You’ve been warned: The headline alone may make coffee come out of your nose. “NORAD...

Bye Bye B-52G -- last of big bombers scrapped


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 a U.S. effort to get in compliance with a treaty that limits American and Soviet bomber strength. The plane was in a boneyard awaiting its fate. it was […]

Navy boss calls for reforms after case involving Peterson officer


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 base officer charged with conspiracy to commit bribery. U.S. Navy Commander Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz, assigned to U.S. Northern Command was arrested in a bribery scheme that included trading...

Heads up: Peterson Air Force Base to conduct live-fire training exercises this evening


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 Force Base fire department will conduct live-fire training exercises today, Dec. 18, from 5-8 p.m. at the base’s training center, located on the west side of the installation near Airport...

Mil fams: Last-minute deadline for mailing overseas care packages is TODAY!


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 United State Postal Service’s website, customers’ last hope for unsent packages arriving to overseas-stationed troops by Christmas is Priority Mail Express Military Service. The...

BAH to rise by $100+ each month for many Colorado Springs-stationed troops


Many Colorado Springs-stationed troops will receive an extra $100 or more each month under the 2014 base allowance for housing — or BAH — rates announced Tuesday by the Department of Defense. An E1 without dependents stationed in Colorado Springs will receive $102 more each month than he did last year. With dependents, an E1 would receive...

Shutdown? Military smashes October recruiting numbers


Despite nearly two weeks of government shutdown and budgetary chaos for the Pentagon, October proved to be a top-tier recruiting month. All four services met or exceeded their recruiting goals. The only cloudy report came from the Army reserve, which has consistently fallen below goals in recent months. Here are the numbers from a Pentagon...

NORAD: If there's a miltary conspiracy, Santa's in on it


There’s a flap going about the North American Aerospace Defense Command flying alongside Santa, Dasher, Dancer and Co. Some claim the command at Peterson Air Force Base is militarizing Christmas with their flyby video, which includes a pair of Canadian CF-18s alongside the sleigh. Let’s get some things straight: NORAD’s flights...

Army general named new boss of sex assault prevention program


Another Army general will lead the Pentagon’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Monday. Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Snow will replace the retiring Maj. Gen. Gary Patton on the military’s hottest hot seat. locals may remember Patton from his time as commander of the 2nd brigade Combat Team,...

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


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 mitochondrial neurogastrointestinal encephalopathy, started a campaign on a...

Military teen wants to help others, not amass presents, this holiday season


In October I had the pleasure of covering the third-annual “Ornaments for Airmen and Soldiers” event at the Armed Services YMCA in Colorado Springs. Members of the military community and exercise enthusiasts alike gathered to decorate 1,300 handmade Christmas ornaments for troops stationed away from home but outside of combat zones....