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  • Friday Military Salute: Little hero at Peterson Air Force Base

    Sa'nyla Boyd is a little girl who made a big impact on her family. On May 14, her mother, 30-year-old Tranise Boyd felt dizzy. The next thing she knew paramedics were surrounding her in her home at Peterson Air Force Base. What she didn't know until later was that 6-year-old Sa'nyla was the reason help arrived so quickly, "For her to do what...

  • Colorado Guard jets to stage July Fourth flyovers

    BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE — F-16 fighter jets from the Colorado Air National Guard will stage seven flyovers across the state for July Fourth parades and celebrations. Jets will appear over Monument, Firestone, Lake City, Ouray, Redstone, Silverton and Telluride. No times for the flyovers were released.

  • World War II POWs from Colorado get long-delayed medals

    LAKEWOOD — Stooped with age but still smiling and joking, three Colorado veterans who were taken prisoner by the German military in World War II got their medals Thursday, more than 70 years after they were liberated. "It's overwhelming to me, to see this turnout," 89-year-old John Pederson said after a ceremony in suburban Denver before...

  • Police: No evidence of shooting at Washington Navy Yard

    WASHINGTON — Investigators found no evidence of a shooting after the Washington Navy Yard went on lockdown Thursday because someone reported shots fired in the same building where a gunman killed 12 workers in a rampage two years ago. D.C. police said a woman called from inside a Navy Yard building to report that she might have heard sounds...

  • 1st investigations wrapping up on over-budget VA hospital

    AURORA — The first inquiries into what went wrong with a vastly over-budget veterans medical center outside Denver could be done soon, VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson said Wednesday. An Army Corps of Engineers review of the troubled project should wrap up in the next few weeks, Gibson said during a visit to the construction site in suburban...

  • Colorado senators team up to prevent major cuts to Pikes Peak region military facilities

    DENVER - Colorado's senators crossed party lines last week and teamed up to ask the secretary of defense to look kindly on the state when making decisions about reducing forces at military installations. "As you grapple with difficult force structure decisions and the confines of the current budget environment, we write to highlight the value...

  • VA executive to visit site of over-budget Denver hospital

    AURORA — Deputy VA Secretary Sloan Gibson is returning to Colorado to talk with members of Congress about the troubled veterans medical center under construction outside Denver. Gibson will visit the work site in suburban Aurora on Wednesday. The half-finished medical center is expected to cost up to $1.73 billion, nearly triple the...

  • Air Force Academy professor found injured but alive on Colorado cliff

    An Air Force Academy professor missing for two days after a hike in Chaffee County was found injured but alive on Tuesday. Lt. Col. Dave Richie, 43, was "injured, but talkative," academy spokesman John Van Winkle said. The Chaffee County Sheriff's Office called for air support, which spotted Richie on a cliff face, Sheriff John Spezze said....

  • Remains of Colorado Marine who died in WWII found in central Pacific

    BOULDER — A Boulder County family that has waited almost 70 years to find the remains of a Marine killed in action in 1943 will soon be able to bury their patriarch at the family plot. 1st Lt. Alexander "Sandy" Bonnyman Jr. was killed during World War II's Battle of Tarawa and presumed buried at sea. He, as well as 35 other U.S. Marines, was...

  • Military briefs: Fort Carson to celebrate with '4th on the 3rd;' new military IDs in the works

    Fort Carson is welcoming the public to its celebration of Independence Day. The "4th on the 3rd" event runs 4 to 10 p.m. Friday in the post's Iron Horse Park. "The event will feature live music from the 4th Infantry Division band. The celebration will conclude with a fireworks show at 9:15 p.m.," the post said in a news release. "A wide...

  • Fort Carson soldier who went AWOL returns to post

    A Fort Carson soldier who went missing almost three months ago reported to the military base Sunday, military officials said. Pvt. Daniel Domres, of Oswego, Ill., was declared AWOL May 11. In an Associated Press report, his father, Tom Domres, said he didn't hear from his son during the six weeks before he disappeared. "He is now safe and in...

  • Air Force Academy engineering students get hands-on experience building Navajo hogans

    Swinging hammers and twisting screwdrivers taught Air Force Academy cadets high-level engineering lessons this month as they built two homes for a Navajo charity. The cadets built a pair of one-bedroom hogans, octagonal houses that will be given to needy Navajo Nation residents. "Our students are given a great opportunity to get hands-on...

  • Military Update: Discussion of food allowance stymied by lack of data

    The Senate has voted to end a special food allowance stateside that was conceived 14 years ago primarily to avoid news reports of military families using food stamps - a goal at which it failed miserably. The idea behind the Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance was to offer junior enlisted with large families an alternative to food...

  • Colorado Springs area military events starting June 28

    MONDAY 101st Dixieland Army Band - 1:30-3 p.m., Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., call for cost. Advance tickets: 387-6000, csseniorcenter.com. FRIDAY Rib Cook-off and Ride For the Brand Championship Ranch Rodeo - 4 p.m. cook-off, rodeo at 6:30 p.m., to benefit local military charities, WRCA Scholarship Fund and the...

  • Fort Carson's Marc Dervaes tries to carry mission of Wounded Warriors Project

    When retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Marc Dervaes of Fort Carson lost his right arm in an ambush during a deployment in Kunar, Afghanistan, in 2009, he almost gave up on his life. "That was a rough time for me," he said. "The transition period is hard." Even six years later, the ghost of his right arm lingers, but as Dervaes uses his teeth to...

  • Air Force Academy Class of 2019 faces 'nerve-wracking' first day

    A bus full of incoming freshmen at the Air Force Academy was issued a warning Thursday before the passengers were dropped off for a month of basic cadet training. Senior cadet Zachary Todd told the recruits in his bus: "If you are going to choose a path of mediocrity, do not insult the cadre or the long blue line by exiting this bus. If you...

  • It was only a test: Jets zoom in on civilian plane in Colorado Springs drill

    Fighter jets roared over northern Colorado Springs on Thursday for a North American Aerospace Defense Command training exercise, the command said. The command, which defends America and Canada from airborne threats and incoming missiles, said the exercise included jets tracking and intercepting a low-flying civilian plane. Leaders warned the...

  • Highway, military officials launch plan to make El Paso County road safer

    Transportation and military officials hope changes to a stretch of an El Paso County highway will reduce injury and fatal traffic crashes. A construction project to widen a road at a problem intersection, more frequent patrols from law enforcement, and staggered arrival times for Schriever Air Force Base personnel are part of the proposed...

  • 2 Army National Guard soldiers injured in training at Fort Carson

    Two Colorado Army National Guard soldiers were injured in separate training incidents at Fort Carson around 5 a.m. Wednesday, according to a National Guard news release. In the first incident, a solider received burns and other injuries from a smoke grenade, officials said. A second solider suffered a possible spinal injury after the Humvee...

  • National Guard units in Southern states required to honor battles for the Confederacy

    WASHINGTON — Federal regulations require Army National Guard units in southern states whose lineage reaches back to the Civil War to fight under emblems that honor their battles for the Confederacy. While not as instantly recognizable or divisive as the stars and bars of the Confederate battle flag, the campaign streamers — narrow strips of...

  • US to put military equipment in several European countries; changes will have impacts on Fort Carson

    TALLINN, Estonia — The U.S. will spread about 250 tanks, armored vehicles and other military equipment across six former Soviet bloc nations to help reassure NATO allies facing threats from Russia and terrorist groups, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Tuesday. Carter's announcement, made as he stood with defense chiefs from...

  • Military Briefs: Nonprofit changes name, Pueblo center to host Medal of Honor recipients

    Springs nonprofit getting new name A Colorado Springs-based military nonprofit has changed its name to reflect its new emphasis. The National Homeland Defense Foundation will be named the Peak Military Care Network, reflecting the expanded role for the nonprofit founded in 2012. The network works to connect troops and veterans to aid...

  • Military Update: Senate kills attempt to test privatization of commissaries

    The Senate voted Wednesday to kill a plan hatched by its armed services committee to privatize five large commissary stores to test the concept of commercial grocers running base stores to save defense dollars. But as the Senate version of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill moved toward a final floor vote late Thursday, amendments to...

  • Wounded vet gets flag-waving welcome to his new home in Monument

    MONUMENT Matthew Spang walked up the driveway of his new home Saturday morning, greeted by a lineup of nearly 100 cheering supporters holding flags. The 28-year-old Army veteran, who had both legs amputated after he was injured in 2011 during his second deployment in Afghanistan, and his two children had just been escorted by police...

  • Community steps up to help Gold Star mom restore son's home

    Work continued Saturday in Fountain on the former home of a Fort Carson soldier who died in Iraq, and recent community support is making the job easier. Duke Monk, programs coordinator for Team Rubicon for Colorado, an organization helping with the remodel effort, said windows and a new roof for the home were donated in the past week. Also,...

  • Colorado Springs area military events starting June 21

    MONDAY Business Alliance and Military Affairs Council Golf Classic - 1:30 p.m., Air Force Academy, $80 and up. Registration: tinyurl.com/qh73aup. THURSDAY Air Force Academy Band - Featuring the Concert Band, 7-8:30 p.m., Library 21c Atrium, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive, free; ppld.org. FRIDAY Charity Gold Scramble Fundraiser - To benefit...

  • About 150 expected to attend Ramadan-'defiance' event in Colorado Springs

    About 150 people are expected to attend a Saturday barbecue with an anti-Islam theme, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office said Friday. The Sheriff's Office plans to monitor the pig roast - titled "In Defiance of the Islamic Holiday of Ramadan," said spokeswoman Jacqueline Kirby, "to make sure the community is safe." A Sheriff's Office...

  • Friday Military Salute: Marco's Pizza is helping out one slice at a time

    Like clockwork, six days a week, Pay a Slice Forward deliveries go out to homeless people who gather in the downtown area of Colorado Springs. Marco's Pizza on South Tejon Street is where the pizzas are made, and it's the epicenter of hope for the homeless. Marco's manager David Harvey is proud that his restaurant has been doing this...

  • Sheriff's Office on alert because of anti-Islam barbecue in Colorado Springs area

    An upcoming weekend barbecue hosted by a local motorcycle club to protest the Islamic holiday Ramadan has the El Paso County Sheriff's Office ready to provide "extra man power" at the event. A flier obtained by The Gazette says the Colorado Springs chapter of the Infidels Motorcycle Club is hosting an "open bike party" and "pig roast" -...

  • Roadside Guard break gives pause to I-25 motorists

    Northern Colorado Springs is not being invaded. That's what one driver thought when he spotted a convoy of tan military vehicles stopped on southbound Interstate 25 on Wednesday near Baptist Road. "What in the hell is going on?" the man wrote in a news tip to The Gazette, describing soldiers with rifles beside the interstate. The Colorado...

  • Paul Surniak helps vets enjoy golf at Fort Carson's Cheyenne Shadows

    The black sling that normally holds retired Staff Sgt. Leonard Johnson's right arm hangs loosely around his neck. The arm, mending from rotator cuff surgery, is clasped firmly around his golf club. In his left hand is a cane, on which he relies heavily when he walks. But his cane serves another purpose. As Johnson stands on the edge of the...

  • Colorado Springs ranked among the top places for military retirees to live

    For years, maybe decades, you have lived where the U.S. government has told you to live. So when that discharge paperwork comes through, how do you decide where to go? Many veterans don't stray far from the military bases they were assigned to, government data indicates, and some will return to cities where they were previously stationed....

  • Colorado Springs retired military dads cook up new food-related businesses

    With a trio of distinct, tasty products, three local military veterans have built businesses in the years after serving their country. This Father's Day, we'd like to honor these dads and the products - pizza, hot sauce and soda pop - that paved the way for their new careers. Pizza, please David Brackett, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel...

  • Becoming Patricia: A combat veteran's story of transgender life in the Army

    Staff Sgt. King works in the headquarters of Fort Carson's 4th Infantry Division. A three-tour veteran of Afghanistan combat, King is fighting a different battle now. She's becoming the person she's felt destined to be since the age of 13. "I'm the first openly transgender infantryman in the Army," King said. The Army has accepted...

  • Intent is focus of Fort Carson soldier's court-martial

    No one disputes that Spc. Jeffrey Page killed his Fort Carson comrade Spc. Adrian Perkins. Instead, a court-martial that began Monday at the post will examine why Page fired the fatal round last year while the two guarded an American missile site in Jordan. "This case is about a deliberate, methodical, thoughtful kill-shot," prosecutor Capt....

  • Top 5 stories you may have missed over the weekend around Colorado Springs

    Here's a look at the top five stories you may have missed from gazette.com and the Colorado Springs area over the weekend: 1) Becoming Patricia: A combat veteran's story of transgender life in the Army. Read more here.  2) 52 years after presidential AFA graduation speech: 'We couldn't do what JFK said'. Read more here....

  • Fort Carson colonel makes uniform adjustment during training

    PIÑON CANYON - An Army uniform is normally a cloth resume, showing where soldiers have fought and how they've been trained. Experience is obvious at first glance, with jump wings, combat patches and other job-related insignia. But that's not the case for Fort Carson's 1st Brigade Combat Team, where commanders have banned everything but the...

  • Fort Carson soldier faces court-martial in 2nd soldier's shooting death

    Soldier faces court-martial in 2nd soldier's shooting death A Fort Carson soldier faces a military trial on charges of killing another soldier while they were deployed in Jordan. The court-martial for Spc. Jeffery T. Page is scheduled to start Monday. Page faces three counts of murder in the May 2014 shooting death of 19-year-old Spc....

  • Mother of fallen soldier working to restore son's Fountain home

    When 24-year-old Staff Sgt. Gary Lee Woods Jr. left Fort Carson for Iraq on his third deployment in 2008, he gave his mother a pair of his dog tags. He told her to wear them until he came back. Six years later, Becky Johnson still wears the dog tags because her son never returned. But while Woods never made it back to his home in Fountain,...

  • Fort Carson soldier dies in Kuwait

    Pfc. Monterrious T. Daniel, 19, a Fort Carson solider, was killed in a noncombat-related incident in Kuwait on Friday, the Department of Defense said Sunday. Originally from Griffin, Ga., Daniel served in the 43rd Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division. Daniel, who according to his Facebook page went by Tray, joined the Army on April 29,...

  • Fort Carson unit works on new type of warfare at Piñon Canyon

    PIÑON CANYON - Sweeping movements spanned miles of territory across southeastern Colorado last week and involved hundreds of vehicles and thousands of Fort Carson soldiers from the post's 1st Brigade Combat Team. It's something that hasn't been seen for more than a decade at Fort Carson's Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site - preparation for...

  • Lt. Gen Michelle Johnson: 840 graduating Air Force second lieutenants serve as inspiration

    Air Force Academy graduation - 840 inspirational stories! Last month, our Air Force Academy launched our 57th graduating class, to lead and serve our Air Force and our nation. As each new second lieutenant stepped before me, I could feel a sense of accomplishment radiating as he or she shook my hand, saluted, and stepped off to begin a life...

  • Military Update: Pentagon suggests changes to 'blended retirement' plan

    Military leaders and Department of Defense pay experts have presented to Congress a reshaped version of that new "blended retirement" system for future service members, saying this one "best enables us to maintain the readiness of the All-Volunteer Force." Their hope is that Congress will accept the fresh changes quickly and integrate them...

  • Military briefs

    LaCamera headed to lead unit in Iraq Fort Carson's former boss, Maj. Gen. Paul J. LaCamera, has been picked to lead U.S. efforts to bolster Iraq. LaCamera will serve as the chief of the Office of Security Cooperation in Baghdad, a recently reinforced unit that's helping train and equip Iraqi forces in their fight against Islamic State...

  • Colorado Springs area military events starting June 14, 2015

    JULY 17-19 AND 24-26 Rocky Mountain State Games Military Support Program - This program allows service members, their spouses and dependents to participate in the Rocky Mountain State Games at up to a 50 percent discount off the normal registration fees. The discount will apply to individual and team registration fees until funds are...

  • 52 years after presidential AFA graduation speech: 'We couldn't do what JFK said'

    As John F. Kennedy approached Falcon Stadium on June 5, 1963, he was 46 years old, a war hero, a Pulitzer-Prize winning author, the father of two young children and the leader of the free world. That day he would add honorary graduate of the Air Force Academy to his resume. A crowd of 45,000 watched as a Marine One VH-3A helicopter landed at...

  • U.S., Russian aircraft came within 10 feet of each other

    A Russian fighter jet, flying at high speed, came within 10 feet of a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance aircraft in international airspace over the Black Sea late last month, several U.S. officials told CNN Thursday. The Russian jet flew alongside the U.S. plane at the same altitude, broke off, and then shadowed the plane before leaving the area...

  • Replica Vietnam memorial stirs emotions in Colorado veteran

    Retired Master Sgt. Ron Crain approached the Vietnam Veterans Memorial replica outside Fort Carson Thursday afternoon with a mixture of sadness and anger as he was flooded with memories of the men whose names he recognized on the wall. Crain was with 12 other men when he left the United States for An Khê, Vietnam, in 1968. Only Crain...

  • Aurora VA hospital could get boost from sale of Paris hotel

    WASHINGTON — As Congress and the VA search for money to pay for a new hospital in Aurora, one piece of property has caught the eye of legislators: a building in Paris owned by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and leased to a private company. U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Aurora, said he recently was told the current lessee, LA Partners,...

  • US to send more troops to train Iraqis

    WASHINGTON — The White House says the United States will send up to 450 more troops to Iraq to boost the training of local forces. It's a response to recent setbacks at the hands of the Islamic State and Baghdad's appeals for more help. Under the plan, the number of U.S. training sites in Iraq would increase from four to five, enabling a...

  • Colorado Springs airman found dead in dorm room at Korean base

    A Colorado Springs airman died unexpectedly in his dorm room Thursday at a Korean air base, according to an obituary and military news articles. Airman 1st Class Kevin Welsh, 20, graduated from Coronado High School in 2013 and enlisted in the Air Force shortly after. He was assigned to the 8th Security Forces Squadron at Kunsan Air Base in...

  • Gay and lesbian troops will be protected by new Pentagon policy

    WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Tuesday that gay and lesbian troops for the first time will be protected from discrimination by the Pentagon's equal opportunity policy, USA Today reports. Carter announced the change at the Pentagon's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Pride event. He was the first Defense secretary to...

  • New law removes state income tax for Coloradans in military

    DENVER - One bill Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law this year is intended to be a homecoming of sorts for Colorado's active-duty military. Active-duty military members are provided with a list of the 30 states that either don't have income tax or exempt military members from paying it and asked where they'd like to declare their...

  • Report: Army's public website hacked by unknown intruders

    Defense officials confirm the official public Army website has been hacked by unknown intruders demanding the U.S. stop training rebel fighters inside Syria. Unlike the massive hack into Office of Personnel Management records, the officials stress the website contains no official classified information or private personal data of any Amy...

  • Military Update: Proposal to change housing allowance for dual-service couples criticized

    The Obama administration applauds several steps the Senate Armed Services Committee has taken to dampen military compensation growth next year, including support for a third straight pay raise cap, a jump in co-pays on drug prescriptions filled off base and a deep cut in taxpayer support of commissaries, which is sure to shave shopper savings...

  • Close-to-retiring Fort Carson soldiers get training to tackle VA claims backlog

    A new Veterans Affairs program at Fort Carson aims to solve the agency's mammoth claims backlog while training troops for life after the Army. The federal agency partnered with the Army to train more than a dozen troops who will hang up their uniforms soon to become claims processing experts for the VA. "These folks are picking it up...

  • Pilot program in Colorado Springs aims to link veterans to jobs

    The Department of Veterans Affairs is launching a pilot program in Colorado Springs aimed at getting more veterans hired into civilian jobs. The Veterans Economic Communities Initiative will join the VA, local veterans charities and the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance in a bid to connect troops with employers. A key part of the...

  • Military briefs: Replica of Vietnam memorial to visit Fort Carson

    Vietnam vets to be focus of ceremony Fort Carson will honor Vietnam veterans with a Thursday ceremony and replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall. The "Welcome Home" event is set for 2 p.m. at the post's Kit Carson Memorial Park just outside the main gate at Nelson Boulevard and Colorado 115. The "Moving Wall," which carries the names...

  • Colorado Springs area military events starting June 7

    JULY 17-19 AND 24-26 Rocky Mountain State Games Military Support Program - This program allows service members, their spouses and dependents to participate in the Rocky Mountain State Games at up to a 50 percent discount off the normal registration fees. This discount will apply to individual and team registration fees until funds are...

  • Colossal contract: Colorado Springs defense contractors get slice of $496 million deal

    Colorado Springs-based defense contractors Boecore Inc. and Summit Technical Solutions LLC, plus two out-of-state companies, will share a five-year, $496 million contract under which they will compete to win orders for specific tasks from the Army Space and Missile Defense Command and other military units. Partly as a result of winning the...

  • VA: Cut spending or delay projects to finish Denver hospital

    DENVER — The Veterans Affairs Department on Friday offered Congress two new ways to finish a budget-busting medical center under construction in suburban Denver: Broad spending cuts of nearly 1 percent, or shifting funds from dozens of construction and maintenance projects planned in other states. Mandatory benefits programs would not be cut....

  • Report: Air Force eases policy banning transgender troops

    WASHINGTON — The Air Force will announce on Thursday policy changes that will make it more difficult to discharge transgender airmen, a move that mirrors one made in March by the Army and moves the Pentagon a step closer to allowing transgender troops to serve openly, USA TODAY has learned. Troops diagnosed with gender dysphoria or who...

  • Fort Carson soldiers injured in training crash

    Three soldiers are in stable condition after a crash on the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site Tuesday night. According to Fort Carson, the accident involved an eight-wheeled combat vehicle known as a Stryker. No other information about the accident was provided, reports Gazette news partner KKTV. The Mountain Post says the incident remains under...

  • Trial date set for Fort Carson soldiers accused of raping teen

    Two Fort Carson soldiers accused of raping a 17-year-old girl last fall pleaded not guilty in Colorado Springs court on Monday, according to court documents. An arrest affidavit alleges Spc. Noel A. Acevedo-Mercado, 20, and Pfc. John C. Donathan, 19, sexually assaulted the girl after meeting her at a party off Lower Gold Camp Road in Colorado...

  • Air Force Academy adjusts flight training to minimize noise, plans meeting with neighbors

    As the Air Force Academy heads into its busiest flying season, cadets will wake up earlier and climb higher to keep peace with the school's neighbors. The academy's Col. Steve Burgh said getting cadets in planes at 6 a.m. will solve some noise issues over northern Colorado Springs neighborhoods and fix a training problem. The academy's T-53...

  • Military Update: Senate committee suggests housing allowance cut for dual-service couples

    Many of the 40,000 dual-service couples in the military - members married to other service members - have for years drawn combined housing allowances stateside that more than cover their rent and utility costs. The philosophy has been that Basic Allowance for Housing, or BAH, is a key element of military compensation needed to keep pace with...

  • Lawmaker: VA must reform to get money for Denver hospital

    AURORA — Congress will insist on significant changes in the Veterans Affairs Department before approving money to finish a vastly over-budget medical center outside Denver, Rep. Mike Coffman said Sunday. After a brief but boisterous veterans' rally to demand the hospital be finished, Coffman said he was optimistic Congress will approve a...

  • Fort Carson brigade tests new mission of assisting in civilian disasters

    A simulated terror attack tested Fort Carson's 43rd Sustainment Brigade in its new role of helping the military deal with civilian disasters at home. The brigade sent more than 200 soldiers to Indiana for U.S. Northern Command's Vibrant Response exercise this month. The unit's commander, Col. Anthony Whitson, said the exercise showed him how...

  • Military briefs: New boss as Schriever, Colorado Guard unit headed to Kuwait

    50th Space Wing gets new leader The 50th Space Wing at Schriever Air Force Base got a new boss Friday when Col. DeAnna Burt took the helm from Col. Bill Liquori. Liquori is headed to the Pentagon where he'll work as the senior assistant to Air Force Undersecretary Lisa Disbrow. Burt is moving over from Peterson Air Force Base, where she...

  • Colorado Springs area military events starting May 31

    WEDNESDAY Blood Drive - 8-9:40 a.m. and 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Evans Army Community Hospital, 1650 Cochrane Circle, Fort Carson. Appointments required: 303-363-2300, bonfils.org. SATURDAY-JUNE 30 "The Fallen" Photo Exhibit Opening - Photos provided by mothers and wives who have lost a loved one while serving in the armed forces, 10 a.m.-6 p.m....

  • Outgoing space wing commander says challenges made Colorado Springs-based unit stronger

    Col. John Shaw took command in 2013 as wildfires threatened his airmen and record flooding and a rockslide threatened to close one of the military's most secure bases. "It didn't slow down," Shaw said of his time at the head of the 21st Space Wing at Peterson Air Force Base. "It just kept going." Shaw will give up command of the wing June 12...

  • Pentagon approves Fort Carson's Piñon Canyon plan to use Strykers

    The Pentagon has signed off on an environmental impact statement that will allow Fort Carson units to train at Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site with eight-wheeled Stryker vehicles. Fort Carson sought the new environmental rules last year to update a three-decades old plan for training at the 235,000-acre site east of Trinidad. The decision will...

  • Planned consolidation of military suicide prevention programs irks some in Pikes Peak region

  • Friday Military Salute: From Peterson AFB to help Nepal recover from devastating quakes

    Senior Airman Manoj Khatiwada didn't flinch when it came to volunteering to help his native Nepal recover from a deadly 7.8-magnitude earthquake. His unwavering service to his native Nepal and adopted country of America is why he is being honored in our Friday Military Salute. Khatiwada, who is based at Peterson Air Force Base, arrived May...

  • Gay, lesbian Air Force Academy graduates mark a first in 2015

    The Air Force Academy class of 2015 is the first to come through four years at the academy with the open acceptance of gays and lesbians in the ranks. Tricia Heller, a 1987 graduate, and Tara Sweeney, a '95 grad, attended the ceremony to support Lydia Hill of Boston. Heller and Sweeney helped found Spectrum, the Air Force Academy gay and...

  • Air Force Academy Class of 2015 told to expect fast pace in AF careers

    The Air Force Academy's Class of 2015 was warned Thursday about the dangerous and uncertain world it will face as officers. Graduation speaker Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James told the 840 graduates that they will be asked to sacrifice, fight and possibly give their lives for the country that sent them to college. "This pace of...

  • Air Force Academy graduation notebook: One proud dad's perspective

    The Air Force gave a send-off to 840 cadets on Thursday. Here are some highlights: Dad proud daughter stuck with grueling schedule Dan Haggerty said he was awed by the pressure his graduate daughter Laura withstood during her four years at the academy. "If I think about it, I get choked up," he said. "She did a fantastic job. It's very...

  • Meet the elite US-trained Special Forces chief who just joined ISIS

    In addition to an aggressive goatee, Gulmurod Khalimov has a certain set of skills. He commands Tajikistan’s special forces, trained and funded by American military whizzes. Or he did, before recently turning up in a YouTube video saying he’s gone to Syria to fight with the Islamic State. Reuters reports: Colonel Gulmurod Khalimov commanded...

  • PHOTOS: Air Force Academy Graduation 2015

    Photos from Thursday's AFA graduation here

  • Video: Watch those rolling wheels of the Fort Carson convoy

    Nearly 650 military vehicles will be rolling through southern Colorado on their way from Fort Carson. It's a days long process with what could be the largest Army convoy in decades rolling through southern Colorado. Here's a video by The Gazette's Eric Singer.

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