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  • Fort Carson investigates reports of shots fired

    Fort Carson closed its gates for at least an hour Monday night while military police investigated a report of shots fired. "There were reports of shots fired near the northwest perimeter of the installation at approximately 7:50 p.m. Monday," the post said in a news release just before 10:15 p.m. "This is not an active shooter event. Military...

  • Local law-enforcement agencies take advantage of federal program to obtain military gear, weapons

    The Colorado Springs Police Department acquired nonarmored Humvees so it would not have to repeat what happened after a blizzard shut down the city in October 1997. The Green Mountain Falls Police Department obtained rifles to better deal with bears that could put officers in danger. The Palmer Lake Police Department does not get new equipment...

  • Feds censure local police, yet give lethal weapons

    LOS ANGELES — A Pentagon program that distributes military surplus gear to local law enforcement allows even departments that the Justice Department has censured for civil rights violations to apply for and get lethal weaponry. That lack of communication between two Cabinet agencies adds to questions about a program under review in the...

  • Fort Carson commander Maj. Gen. Paul LaCamera talks Afghanistan, changing face of war

    Uncertainty is the norm for Fort Carson soldiers, their boss, Maj. Gen. Paul LaCamera told The Gazette. The general, fresh home from Afghanistan, said dealing with uncertainty will mean lots of rigorous training to prepare for a world that could be as difficult as anything soldiers have seen in 13 years of war. "There is no peace dividend...

  • Group says it gave hundreds of veterans free marijuana

    DENVER — Organizers say hundreds of military veterans received free marijuana during a special giveaway this weekend. Members of Operation Grow4Vets tell KCNC-TV ( ) that the Saturday event aimed to offer veterans an alternative to prescription drugs to help with anxiety, pain and other problems. The organization...

  • Falcon hockey shares rink with wounded vets

    For the past several weekends, Air Force Academy hockey players have aimed not just to woo fans or gain a trophy but to have a positive impact on local wounded 
veterans. Through the Cadet Service Leadership Program, part of the Center for Character and Leadership Development's integration and outreach directorate, about 15 hockey players...

  • Local tech company puts cadets to work

    National defense technologies once part of the Strategic Defense Initiative rooted in Air Force Academy research and development have been adapted for use in the medical industry. The Air Force Academy and its cadets have a role to play. Former Air Force physicist and academy graduate Robert Golobic once worked with lasers designed to destroy...

  • AFA researchers' new wing a 'paradigm shift'

    Researchers at the Air Force Academy, with the help of cadets, are flipping traditional aeronautics engineers on their heads with a new engine wing designed to reduce fuel consumption while allowing for longer loiter times and increased thrust. "Normally, we associate an aircraft with saying that the wing produces lift and the engine produces...

  • Military calendar Sept. 21, 2014

    TUESDAY AND THURSDAY The World War II Normandy Invasion: Planning, Politics and Execution - 9:30-11:30 a.m., PILLAR Institute, 202 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., Suite I, $25. Registration required: 633-4991, WEDNESDAY How not to Lose a War: The United States in the Naval War of 1812 - Presented by Chuck Steele, associate...

  • Ceremony for returning Fort Carson soldiers rescheduled

    Fort Carson officials have rescheduled a ceremony to welcome home about 125 soldiers who have been in Afghanistan since March. The ceremony originally scheduled for Friday night is now set to be held at the Special Events Center on post at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. The soldiers with the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division were...

  • Group giving away marijuana to veterans; deadline to RSVP is Friday

    DENVER — More than 200 veterans are expected to attend the Denver Cannabis Giveaway on Saturday, organizers say. Operation Grow4Vets (OG4V) is hosting the event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Quality Inn Central Denver, at 200 W. 48th Ave. Participants can stop in anytime during event hours, but must RSVP online by noon on Friday,...

  • New details about Fort Carson soldier accused of burning house

    A Fort Carson soldier arrested on suspicion of burning down his own house Sunday morning had increased his home insurance coverage just days before the blaze, according to an arrest affidavit. Crews responding to the fire at 7568 Chasewood Loop shortly after 1:30 a.m. said they found clear evidence of arson: gasoline and piles of burned...

  • Air Force: 'So help me God' in oath is optional

    LAS VEGAS — Airmen taking their enlistment or officer appointment oaths can omit the words "so help me God" if they choose, Air Force officials announced Wednesday. The policy change comes after an atheist airman at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada struck out the words on his Department of Defense reenlistment...

  • House grudgingly approves arms for Syrian rebels

    WASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled House voted grudgingly to give the administration authority to train and arm Syrian rebels on Wednesday as President Barack Obama emphasized anew that American forces "do not and will not have a combat mission" in the struggle against Islamic State militants in either Iraq or Syria. The 273-156 vote...

  • US to assign 3,000 from US military to fight Ebola

    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local health care systems and to boost the number of beds needed to isolate and treat victims of the epidemic....

  • Colorado Springs charity supports children who have lost parents to war

    A Colorado Springs charity that supports the children of fallen troops is hoping for a big turnout at its Saturday fundraiser run at Fox Run Regional Park. Angels of America's Fallen tries to help kids who have lost a parent at war rebuild their lives through sports and activities. Founder Joe Lewis said the goal is to help children connect...

  • Decades later, Vietnam soldiers get Medal of Honor

    WASHINGTON — Two Vietnam War soldiers — one still living, one killed in action — received the Medal of Honor in a White House ceremony on Monday, nearly 50 years after they threw themselves into harm's way to protect their brothers in combat. President Barack Obama praised the soldiers as patriots whose sacrifices had never been fully...

  • New Fort Carson bomb boss: Gender doesn't matter

    Col. Heidi Hoyle is the first woman to command Fort Carson's 71st Ordnance Group, but she says gender is the least important thing when it comes to explosive ordnance disposal. Even as the war winds down in Afghanistan, the 1,300-soldier 71st - one of two Army bomb-disposal groups - has a big job to do. The unit provides bomb-disposal...

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