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HONOR AND DECEPTION: A secretive Air Force program recruits academy students to inform on fellow cadets and disavows them afterward
Broken Code: AFA superintendent calls for investigation of athletic transgressions
Gazette exclusive: Military academies, including AFA, face criticism for using prep schools to fill athletic teams

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  • AP EXCLUSIVE: Military sex survey draws complaints

    WASHINGTON — Shocked and offended by explicit questions, some U.S. servicemen and women are complaining about a new sexual-assault survey that hundreds of thousands have been asked to complete. The survey is conducted every two years. But this year's version, developed by the Rand Corp., is unusually detailed, including graphically personal...

  • Probation for Fort Carson soldier convicted in solicitation case

    A Fort Carson soldier accused of asking more than a dozen girls and young women to watch him masturbate for money was sentenced Thursday to 10 years of sex offender intensive supervised probation. Duston Ridner, 44, pleaded guilty in August to one count of sexual obscenity, although he admitted to the other charges in court Thursday. He was...

  • AROUND TOWN: Bill Medley of Righteous Brothers, WWII vets honored by USO

    Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers crooned "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" to an appreciative audience of honorees at front tables at the recent USO Freedom Dinner. Then Medley bent down and personally thanked those smiling World War II veterans.

  • Pikes Peak region military leaders: Troops won't bring Ebola back from Africa deployment

    The military worked Wednesday night to calm fears that Pikes Peak region troops could bring Ebola home from deployments in Africa. Nearly 200 Fort Carson soldiers are scheduled to deploy to Africa in the coming weeks, where they will work in Liberia to build humanitarian assistance bases and Ebola treatment facilities. The engineers will...

  • Commandant says giving AFA cadets more responsibility will improve behavior

    Hours ahead of a national news broadcast recounting athlete misconduct at the Air Force Academy, the school's commandant of cadets told Colorado Springs business leaders that a tiny fraction of cadets get into trouble. Brig Gen. Stephen Williams said 3.7 percent of cadets are facing discipline for all reasons and "96.3 percent, if I'm doing my...

  • Hagel approves 21-day Ebola quarantine for troops

    WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday approved a recommendation by military leaders that all U.S. troops returning from Ebola response missions in West Africa be kept in supervised isolation for 21 days. The move goes beyond precautions recommended by the Obama administration for civilians, although President Barack Obama...

  • ABC's 'Nightline' to air report on Air Force Academy misconduct

    ABC News announced Tuesday that it will air an investigation into the misconduct of Air Force Academy football players and the school's 2013 informant scandal - stories that first appeared in The Gazette. The network's full report airs Wednesday on "Nightline" and follows Gazette investigations in 2013, August and September that examined the...

  • 'No beer ... no women': Former Army football coach defends his recruiting trips

    When Army football recruits took a bus trip with coach Bobby Ross, there was no drinking or dancing in the aisles like a trip for recruits earlier this year. Ross came out of retirement to coach the Black Knights from 2004 to 2006, and he did take cadets and prospects for a ride down New York's Palisades Parkway. But it wasn't for a night of...

  • Army coach accepts blame for NCAA violations

    A contrite Jeff Monken accepted responsibility on Tuesday for a football recruiting trip that happened a month after he was hired as head coach at Army and resulted in minor NCAA violations. "Everything that happens in this program is my responsibility. It was wrong," Monken said. "I'm disappointed it happened. I don't like having my...

  • Colorado company, Army settle price-inflation allegations

    BOULDER — A Boulder-based company that makes antenna and radio systems has paid $10 million to settle allegations that it submitted inflated prices for equipment it sold to the Army. The Justice Department said Monday that First RF Corporation violated the False Claims Act in a 2005 Army contract that included the sale of 6,900 antennas and...

  • Booze, girls, cash and recruits: West Point responds to Gazette article

    West Point's top officer Sunday took full blame for the school's recruiting violations this year that included courting high school football players with alcohol and VIP treatment on a raucous bus ride. The incidents were first revealed in a  Saturday story in The Gazette. "As superintendent, I take full responsibility for all...

  • Army troops isolated after Africa duty tour

    WASHINGTON — The Pentagon says dozens of Army soldiers and their two-star general are being isolated at their base in Vicenza, Italy, as they return after serving in West Africa to help with the Ebola fight. Maj. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, the commander who led the U.S. response in Liberia, returned to Italy with 11 staff. They will be...

  • Report: West Point football team recruited high school athletes with booze, women

    The Army football team wooed recruits this year with an alcohol-fueled party, a dinner date with female cadets, cash from boosters and VIP treatment on a party bus complete with cheerleaders and a police escort, documents obtained by The Gazette show. The U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., which acknowledged the misconduct to The...

  • Homefront Cares' aid to veterans spreads beyond Pikes Peak region

    More than 750 people gathered at a gala this month to mark the 11th birthday of a homegrown charity that helps troops and their families and is rapidly shifting to a postwar role for veterans. The Home Front Cares drew the crowd and its donations. Founded by a pair of Colorado Springs Vietnam veterans to assist troops headed for Iraq, it has...

  • AFA flight team wins region, eyes national championship

    At the National Intercollegiate Flying Association competition held at the academy's airfield this month, cadets took to the skies to show their skills in precision navigation and other feats of airmanship. For the academy, it's a stop on the way to the National Championships in Ohio next May, and defeat by the five other Rocky Mountain...

  • Colorado Springs area military events starting Oct. 26, 2014

    SUNDAY How to Mountain Bike - 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Outdoor Recreation Complex, 7093 Specker Ave., Building 2429, $15; mwrfortcarson.com or call 526-3907. Fort Carson Handicap Stroke Play Championship - 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Cheyenne Shadows Golf Club, Fort Carson, $25; mwrfortcarson.com, 526-4102. WEDNESDAY Military Speakers Luncheon - With keynote...

  • Air Force Superintendent was a star for Falcons on court, in class

    Lt. Gen. Michelle D. Johnson is the superintendent of the Air Force Academy, appointed this year and the first woman to hold that position. The general is a graduate of the academy's class of 1981 and one of the Air Force's most outstanding women's basketball players during her career. She ended her four-year stint with the basketball team...

  • 'Toxic' Fort Carson battalion commander returns to job despite recommendation of firing

    The commander of a Fort Carson helicopter battalion objected when subordinates talked about a toxic command climate, according to documents obtained by The Gazette. "You want toxic? I'll show you toxic," Lt. Col. Tammy Baugh allegedly told soldiers in the 1st Battalion of the 25th Aviation Regiment, documents said. A 263-page Army...

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