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  • Colorado Springs Army wife tells personal story of life on homefront in new memior, 'No Man's War'

    For Angela Ricketts, the life-changing epiphany came in the middle of the night on Nov. 21, 2010. She woke up with pain in her back and shoulders. It's just a panic attack, she thought as sweat rolled down her neck. The pain got uglier, and she started thinking about going to the emergency room on post. But an ambulance wasn't an option...

  • Basic cadets begin long stay at Jack’s Valley

    More than 1,200 basic cadets from the Air Force Academy, led by their cadet cadre, started 11 days of training at Jack's Valley on Monday. The basic cadets will be doing various drills and team-building exercises during one of the most physically demanding parts of their summer training.

  • Despite bloodshed, Colorado Springs man says nonviolent movement is strong after trip to West Bank

    Jimi Hummer arrived in the West Bank city of Hebron on 
May 22 as tensions that led to current Israeli and Palestinian violence began to unfold. “So this was my welcome to Hebron,” he said Monday night, as photos of armed Israeli soldiers outside Palestinian homes came up on the television screen behind him. Hummer, a Colorado Springs...

  • Frustrations of waiting weeks for returning soldiers dissipates with Fort Carson homecoming

    Arriving in white, unmarked buses, the 355 soldiers were escorted by Fort Carson Fire Department trucks to a parking lot. The sky was dark, the sun would not come for another 50 minutes, and it was serene. But inside the nearby event center, which doubles as recreational basketball facility, it felt like a high school pep rally. Despite the...

  • Obama bestows Medal of Honor on New Hampshire veteran

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama bestowed theMedal of Honor on Monday on a former Army staff sergeant who fought off enemy fighters during one of the bloodiest battles of the Afghanistan war. Ryan M. Pitts is the ninth living recipient of the nation's highest decoration for battlefield valor for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Obama...

  • Perry sending National Guard troops to border

    AUSTIN, Texas — Gov. Rick Perry said Monday he is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops over the next month to the Texas-Mexico border to combat criminals that Republican state leaders say are exploiting a surge of children and families entering the U.S. illegally. Perry, a vocal critic of the White House's response to the border...

  • 2 Americans killed in fighting in Gaza Strip

    Max Steinberg and Nissim Sean Carmeli grew up in America. But they both developed a passion for Israel. The young men's love of Israel ultimately led them to join the Israel Defense Forces, and they ended up fighting for the Jewish state in the Gaza Strip this week. On Sunday, Steinberg, 24, and Carmeli, 21, were killed there. They were...

  • Fort Carson 4th on 3rd event draws thousands from around the region

    When Fort Carson throws a birthday party, everybody is invited. More than 9,000 soldiers, family members and civilians from the community attended Fort Carson's 4th on the 3rd celebration at Iron Horse Park for fun, food, music and fireworks. The free event organized by Fort Carson Moral Welfare and Recreation was open to the community and...

  • AF Cadets mark midway point of basic training with field day

    Intense but friendly competition marked the halfway point through cadet basic training for freshman cadets at the Air Force Academy's annual field day July 11. More than 1,200 basic cadets led by their cadet cadre took to the athletic fields at the academy to compete for bragging rights as best squadron after 15 days of basic training....

  • New Peterson unit gets new commander

    A ritual as old as the military signified a change for an Air Force unit that uses some of the nation's most cutting-edge technology. Over 100 airmen, family and friends attended as Lt. Col. Eric Lingle took charge of the 4th Space Control Squadron during a change of command ceremony at Peterson Air Force Base on July 11. "I couldn't ask...

  • Gazette Morning Delivery Podcast: July 16, 2014

    The Gazette has launched a host of new video, and part of the lineup are daily podcasts here at gazette.com. Local television news veteran Eric Singer, along with video journalist Gram Krause-Lyons, will keep you in the know with headlines and stories in podcast form, each morning and afternoon, five days per week. The podcasts will be...

  • Air Force issues plan to cut 275 workers at Space Command

    A Pentagon budget-cutting plan will eliminate 275 military and civilian jobs at Air Force Space Command in Colorado Springs and cut another 3,225 jobs from Air Force headquarters nationwide. The local cuts represent less than 10 percent of the workforce at Space Command's Peterson Air Force Base headquarters and will take effect on Oct. 1,...

  • Two Fort Carson battalion leaders suspended pending investigation

    The leadership for Fort Carson's 1st Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment,Lt. Col. Tammy Baugh and Command Sgt. Maj. Derrick Merriwether have been suspended pending an ongoing investigation. According to a statement from Fort Carson officials "an investigating officer has been appointed to review the health of the command climate within 1-25...

  • Brewer bets on veteran's skills with new group

    The training, leadership and technology that comes with military service is the greatest asset the Pikes Peak region holds. That's what Todd Baldwin, owner and operator of Red Leg Brewing Company in western Colorado Springs, believes. An Iraq veteran and former fire support officer in the 101st Airborne Division, Baldwin's belief in the...

  • New commander takes over Fort Carson MP unit

    A lone bugle called members of the Lone Sentinel to attention on Founders Field, as the leadership of the 759th Military Police Battalion was passed to a new commander. Several dozen military police, the Fort Carson Mounted Color Guard, The Fourth Infantry Division Band flanked on both sides by a pair of K9 dogs and their handlers all...

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