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  • Colorado Springs police dog that served in Iraq has died

    A retired Colorado Springs police dog named Rudy who completed three tours in Iraq and was wounded in a bomb attack died Saturday from an aggressive from of cancer. He was 12. A Belgium Malinois, Rudy began work with Colorado Springs police in 2010 after he completed 440 hours of patrol work and field training. He was assigned to work with...

  • Homes for All Veterans aims to help homeless vets reach 'functional zero'

    The push to end veteran homelessness by Dec. 31 now has an end goal. Using an intensely data-driven approach unlike anything previously seen in the Pikes Peak region, a coalition of community members, local government officials and homeless service providers has created its own definition for what it means to end homelessness among military...

  • Air Force Academy program provides therapy to wounded warriors

    Wounded, injured and ill airmen sat tall in the saddle last week as they rode through an Air Force Academy program designed to give them a key healing ingredient. "Confidence," said retired Tech. Sgt. Larry O'Neil, who has spent years battling the hidden mental wounds that followed combat in northern Iraq. The San Antonio-based Air Force...

  • Colorado Springs riding program offers help to wounded warriors

    The clomping sound of hooves was hard to miss Saturday afternoon at the Kit Carson Riding Club for the inaugural Ranch Horse Round Up. Organized by the National Versatility Ranch Horse Association and the riding club, the first day of the two-day Colorado Springs event offered participants up to three 2½-hour sessions on everything from...

  • Military briefs

    Carson deputy gets stars on collar Fort Carson deputy commander Timothy Daugherty is seeing stars after the Army's top general gave him one for each collar point. Col. Daugherty became Brig. Gen. Daugherty in a Thursday ceremony presided over by Army chief Gen. Ray Odierno. Most recently assigned to the Pentagon, Daugherty moved to Fort...

  • Military Update: VA chief counterpunches over 'community care' costs

    The Veterans Choice, Access and Accountability Act of 2014, which Congress rushed to pass last summer to address a patient wait-time scandal, spurred the VA to broaden access to care. Turns out it did so largely through use of existing and often costly contract authorities and partnerships for non-VA health care with local communities rather...

  • Colorado Springs area military events starting July 26

    Through AUG. 7 Suits for Troops - Donate gently used men's and women's suits to help servicemen/women prepare to enter civilian life at Braxton, 6 N. Tejon St., Suite 220. All suits must be cleaned, on hangers (preferably still in dry-cleaner bags) and sizes must be clearly marked on the outside of the bag; Donna, 219-7456,...

  • Friday Military Salute: Suits for Troops

    Rampart Range Blue Star Mothers is sponsoring a Suits for Troops campaign to provide suits to people transitioning out of the military in Colorado Springs. The Blue Star Mothers consists of moms of active or former military and found decided to do the campaign after a member saw a similar program elsewhere, said Mothers president Terry Rocha....

  • Army's top general talks troop cuts, citizen patrols in Fort Carson visit

    Army chief Gen. Ray Odierno said during a Fort Carson visit he wants 490,000 soldiers in uniform to meet the service's worldwide commitments - 40,000 more than current cost-cutting plans. The service's top general said he needs the extra troops because ongoing trouble in Iraq, tensions with Russia and other commitments on five continents....

  • Watch: Air Force Academy cadet woos Taylor Swift in video, on Facebook

    U.S. Air Force Academy cadet Brett Hagen really, really wants pop music star Taylor Swift to be his date for an upcoming dance. A Facebook page titled: "Taylor Swift, will you go to the USAFA ring dance with me?" and a separate YouTube video, starring the cadet, were created to reiterate the point. Hagen's plea in the four-minute video is...

  • Army chief of staff to promote new Fort Carson general

    The Army's top general will promote a Fort Carson commander to the rank of one-star general. Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno will preside over the promotion of Timothy J. Daugherty from colonel to brigadier general at Fort Carson on Thursday. Daugherty is deputy commander of the 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson's largest unit. Daugherty...

  • Armed civilians stand guard outside Colorado Springs recruiting station

    A half-dozen armed civilians stood guard outside an Academy Boulevard military recruiting station Wednesday in a move that's making military brass and local officials nervous. Members of the III (3) Percent United Patriots packed pistols and semiautomatic versions of military rifles, which an organizer explained would be used to counter...

  • Former Army ranger Mat Henigsmith works to swap camouflage for red, white and blue

    Former U.S. Army Ranger Mat Henigsmith accepts challenges wherever he finds them. Wednesday it was rock climbing. Friday it will be goalball. It was para-triathlon before this week's U.S. Association of Blind Athletes Summer Sports Festival. Henigsmith knew his world had changed when he was diagnosed as legally blind in February and he...

  • Picture of Tennessee shooting emerges: 3-5 minutes of terror

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Twenty Marines and two Navy corpsmen were in the middle of an otherwise mundane task, just checking their equipment after a training mission, when the silver Mustang convertible came barreling through the gates of the reserve center on the banks of the Tennessee River. The driver blasted his way through that facility for...

  • Armed Colorado Springs combat veterans guard American flag

    Armed with Rockstar energy drinks, Red Bulls and handguns, two combat veterans settled into lawn chairs Tuesday night to protect the American flag. Their brothers and sisters have died for the flag, they said, and they "pity the fool" who tries to cross them to disrespect it. A partially burned American flag was found early Tuesday on a...

  • McCain: Trump owes apology to veterans, not to him

    WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain said Monday Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump doesn't need to apologize to him for remarks about his captivity in Vietnam, but should tell veterans and their families that he's sorry. Appearing in a nationally broadcast interview, the Arizona Republican said, "When Mr. Trump says he prefers to be...

  • Getting to the bottom of Army troop cuts is no easy task

    The Army says it will cut 40,000 soldiers from its ranks, but how it will hack about half that number from the roster is hazy. This month the Pentagon unveiled a nationwide troop reduction, but only gave a detailed accounting of about half the soldiers it plans to cut. Experts compare the move to a child who cleans a room by shoving the mess...

  • Military Update: Vet groups warn hill not to act on aging of 'IU' claimants

    Representatives of the American Legion and Disabled American Veterans have warned lawmakers to reject calls to impose an age ceiling or other cost controls on VA compensation payments to veterans whose service-connected disabilities leave them unemployable. An age ceiling is perhaps the most tempting option discussed in a new Government...

  • Military briefs

    Ex-Broncos coach will play in tourney Golfers can take a swing to help troops and veterans during a Thursday charity tournament at Fort Carson to benefit the Mount Carmel Center for Excellence in Colorado Springs. The center, now constructing its headquarters on South 8th Street, is planned as a one-stop shop that will consolidate the efforts...

  • Colorado Attorney General issues list of troops' top consumer complaints

    Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman issued a list of the top consumer complaints from troops for 2014. Debt collectors led the pack of those drawing complaints from troops. Last year, the office got 418 consumer fraud complaints from the state's 50,000 active-duty and part-time troops, which includes about 40,000 soldiers and airmen in...

  • Enlisted airmen get basic training repeat as Air Force Academy prep students

    Dozens of airmen got a repeat of basic training last week at the Air Force Academy Preparatory School, which welcomed the biggest group of former airmen to its halls in years. The school accepted 56 former enlisted airmen to begin the five-year road to officership, a leap in enlisted enrollment that came after years of the 240-student prep...

  • Report: Troops face hassles with student loans, despite law

    WASHINGTON - A government regulator says military personnel are still being hassled over their student loans despite the federal laws and programs put in place to protect them, and officials worry it could signal a broader problem in the $1.2 trillion student debt market. In a report released July 7, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau...

  • Colorado Springs area military events starting July 19, 2015

    Through AUG. 7 Suits for Troops - Donate gently used men's and women's suits to assist servicemen/women preparing to enter civilian life at Braxton, 6 N. Tejon St., Suite 220. All suits must be cleaned, on hangers (preferably still in dry-cleaner bags) and sizes must be clearly marked on the outside of the bag; Donna, 219-7456,...

  • Tennessee gunman had unremarkable past; 5th victim dies

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez pulled up to his military targets in a rented, silver Mustang convertible, wearing a vest with extra ammunition, wielding at least two long guns — either rifles or shotguns — and a handgun. His once clean-shaven face was covered with a bushy beard. Abdulazeez slaughtered four Marines and...

  • Last words from slain Marine to girlfriend: 'ACTIVE SHOOTER'

    They were four people charged with the safety of others, gunned down in a place where the nation's defense is the paramount mission for those who pass through its doors. They are being deemed heroes by some, and the cruel irony of protectors becoming targets was not lost, with President Barack Obama calling it "a heartbreaking circumstance" to...

  • Little known about suspect in fatal shooting of Marines

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The man who authorities say killed four Marines in an attack on a military recruiting center and another U.S. military site was a 24-year-old, Kuwait-born engineer who had not been on the radar of federal authorities until the bloodshed. Beyond that, little is known about Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez of Hixson, Tennessee,...

  • Authorities say 'suspicious package' at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station is not a threat

    Air Force authorities said a "suspicious package" found Thursday in a mail distribution building at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station is not a threat. Officials did not say what was in the package. The mail facility is not inside Cheyenne Mountain's underground command center complex, the Air Force said Thursday. "There is no immediate...

  • Schriever Air Force Base celebrates GPS milestone

    The rocket scientists, physicists, airmen and officers at Schriever Air Force Base had plenty to celebrate Wednesday. They had a successful launch of a Global Positioning System satellite, which rocketed to orbit at 9:36 a.m. and deployed its solar arrays by 3 p.m. under control of Schriever airmen. They also celebrated 20 years of GPS...

  • AWOL soldier arrested in death of Colorado Springs woman

    An AWOL Fort Carson soldier who was jailed in late June was arrested Wednesday in the killing of 27-year-old Ashley Melnyczok, who was found stabbed to death in an apartment last month, Colorado Springs police said in a news release Wednesday. Sgt. Joseph Kimsey, 22, faces a first-degree murder charge after his June 30 arrest when he was found...

  • Woman's search for photos of those killed in Vietnam lands in Colorado Springs

    It has been a journey of more than 1,400 photos and four years of Janna Hoehn's life. "I'm really proud of that," Hoehn said. Hoehn is a volunteer for the Faces Never Forgotten, a program committed to finding photos of each fallen Vietnam veteran to place on the Wall of Faces at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall site. Hoehn first visited...

  • Schriever Air Force Base to celebrate birthday of GPS on Wednesday

    Schriever to mark birthday of GPS Schriever Air Force Base will celebrate 20 years of full operational capability for the Global Positioning System at 3 p.m. Wednesday. The Air Force began full operation of GPS on July 17, 1995, and it has since become an integral part of technology to more than the military, with global uses that include...

  • Fort Carson soldier 'elated' Pentagon is exploring transgender acceptance

    A transgender Fort Carson soldier said Tuesday she's "elated" that the Pentagon is moving toward acceptance of transgender troops. Staff Sgt. Patricia King said the Pentagon study announced Monday is similar to steps that led to the acceptance of gay troops, and will likely opening the door to transgender service. "I would like to thank the...

  • Iran nuclear deal: Fine 'new chapter' or 'historic mistake'?

    VIENNA — After 18 days of intense and often fractious negotiation, world powers and Iran struck a landmark deal Tuesday to curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in relief from international sanctions — an agreement designed to avert the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran and another U.S. military intervention in the Muslim...

  • The art of health: Predisposition to PTSD

    Certain people might be more predisposed to experiencing stress related to a traumatic experience. New research is emerging, courtesy of San Diego School of Medicine, that suggests that it might be possible to predict those who are predisposed to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Many prior studies have compared people diagnosed with PTSD...

  • Slow, steady improvement expected for Colorado Springs economy

    Expect more of the same - gradual improvement - from the Colorado Springs economy during the rest of this year and into 2016, say economists who follow the local economy. The four economists - Tom Binnings of Summit Economics LLC, Tatiana Bailey of the Southern Colorado Economic Forum, Fred Crowley of the University of Colorado at Colorado...

  • Air Force: Colorado F-16 pilot in crash didn't know he was descending

    NORFOLK, Va. — A highly respected F-16 fighter pilot who died in a December crash in the Middle East didn't realize he was descending until the last second before impact, which didn't give him enough time to recover or eject, an Air Force report released Monday says. Capt. William H. DuBois, 30, of New Castle, Colorado, was flying in support...

  • Pentagon finalizing plan to lift ban on transgender individuals in military

    WASHINGTON — The Pentagon's current regulations banning transgender individuals from serving in the military are outdated, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday, ordering a six-month study aimed at formally ending one of the last gender- or sexuality-based barriers to military service. Carter said he is creating a working group that will...

  • Business leaders' message to Colorado Springs City Council: Diversify local economy

    Still basking in the victory that brought minimal troop cuts to Fort Carson this week, the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance and Colorado Springs City Council nonetheless girded Friday for future threats as well as opportunities. Dirk Draper, the alliance's president and CEO, thanked council members for their "very important"...

  • Air Force Academy strives to attract cadets with growth mindset

    The growth mindset and a bus ride. Pamela Shockley-Zalabak, chancellor for the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, recently gave remarks at our Air Force Academy Outstanding Academy Educator Awards Ceremony, a ceremony that recognizes the best educators at the academy. Shockley-Zalabak spoke about the need to engender a "growth"...

  • Friday Military Salute: Starbucks is brewing up success around Colorado Springs

    The frothy goodness of coffee is being mixed with a healthy dose of helping the military and military spouses. Starbucks held a grand opening for its first Military Family Store in Colorado at 735 Cheyenne Meadows Road near Fort Carson. The store is the first of 12 Military Family Stores that Starbucks plans to open across the country in 2015....

  • Announced Army cuts show about half of expected reductions

    Troop reductions announced by the Army Thursday were only the first round of the branch's effort to eliminate 40,000 soldiers over the next three years. A Gazette review of the reductions at 30 military installations across the country show the figures released Thursday reflect about half of the expected decrease. Fort Carson will lose 365...

  • FBI head: Potential violence plots stopped ahead of July 4

    WASHINGTON — The FBI stopped several potential acts of violence in the month before the July 4 weekend, FBI Director James Comey said Thursday. Comey said he believes that some of the more than 10 people arrested during that time were planning acts of violence tied to the holiday. But he declined during a wide-ranging discussion with...

  • Statement: Department of Defense update on troop reduction decisions

    Release No: NR-268-15 July 09, 2015 Army Announces Force Structure and Stationing Decisions The Department of the Army announced today force structure decisions and stationing plans for the reduction of the regular Army from 490,000 to 450,000 soldiers. The reduction of force structure will occur in fiscal years 2016 and 2017; the reduction of...

  • UPDATE: Fort Carson to cut fewer than 500 troops, Lamborn's office says

    Fort Carson is expected to have fewer than 1,000 soldiers cut from its ranks as part of Army troop reductions to be announced Thursday, a Pentagon source told The Gazette on Wednesday. The news was welcomed by local and national leaders, who feared the impact the cuts could have on the local economy. "The preliminary number I've heard,...

  • Army troop cuts could grow if budget impasse persists

    WASHINGTON — In the midst of a war against the Islamic State that the Obama administration says will last many years, the Army is moving ahead with big troop cuts. And they could grow even larger unless Congress and the White House find a way to stop further across-the-board spending reductions this fall. Army leaders were notifying...

  • Police: AWOL Fort Carson soldier was in relationship with Colorado Springs homicide victim

    Cañon City police say an AWOL Fort Carson soldier they arrested driving a homicide victim's car is an ex-boyfriend of the victim, court records show. Sgt. Joseph Kimsey, 22, faces misdemeanor assault and harassment charges brought after he allegedly hit her in a hotel room, and several other arrest affidavits reference his relationship to the...

  • Army sets time to announce details of troop cuts

    Details of how the Army will cut an estimated 40,000 active duty troops and 17,000 civilians across the U.S. will be unveiled at 11 a.m. Thursday, according to Cynthia O. Smith, deputy division chief with Army Media Relations. El Paso County, home to Fort Carson, has long anticipated these cuts after a worst-case scenario laid out in a June...

  • Report: Army will cut 40,000 troops; no word on Fort Carson

    With proposed Army troop reductions imminent, officials are awaiting how many - if any - cuts may come to Fort Carson. USA Today reported Tuesday that the Army plans to cut 40,000 soldiers - from 490,000 to 450,000 - over the next two years across domestic and foreign posts, with an additional 17,000 civilian employees laid off. "I have not...

  • Officials: F-16, small plane collide over South Carolina

    CHARLESTON, S.C. — An Air Force spokeswoman says the pilot of a crashed F-16 fighter jet ejected to safety. Maj. Morshe Araujo, a spokeswoman at Air Force headquarters at the Pentagon, says the F-16 originated from Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina. Araujo says the pilot of the jet, which collided with a Cessna, ejected safely. Lt....

  • Prep notes: Fountain-Fort Carson shooting squad takes silver nationally

    F-FC takes second in national shooting competition The Fountain-Fort Carson High School Rifle Marksmanship team took silver at the National Junior Olympic Three-Position Air Rifle Championships in Anniston, Ala. Led by senior Isaac Velez's 561 points the Trojans finished second in the three-position sporter national club competition at the...

  • Police check report of 1 shot fired at Walter Reed hospital

    BETHESDA, Md. — Police say they are checking on a report of a single shot fired at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center outside Washington. Montgomery County police spokeswoman Natasha Plotnikov says a 911 caller reported hearing one shot inside Building 1, the original hospital on the campus in Bethesda, before 11 a.m. Monday....

  • Outlaw motorcycle groups' efforts to recruit military troops is worrisome, officials say

    The Infidels Motorcycle Club, a group made up of troops, veterans and military contractors in Colorado Springs, drew attention recently with its pig roast to protest the holiest of Muslim holidays. While some people decried the club's gathering as tantamount to a KKK cross-burning, the group is not classified as an outlaw motorcycle group by...

  • Colorado Springs photographer joins colleagues for reunion in Vietnam

    The Vietnam Old Hacks is an international group of journalists and photographers from the Vietnam War who came together as a group in 1995 to return to Vietnam to remember their time together during the war. During the last week of April every five years, a core group has boarded a plane in their respective hometowns and returned to a place...

  • Group increasing efforts to show support for military in Colorado

    A statewide military booster group is ramping up efforts to show appreciation for troops in a bid to stave off Pentagon cuts. Colorado Wants You chairman Joe Blake said the group has attained nonprofit status and is working to show local government and federal officials the value of having troops in Colorado. "It is a statewide leadership...

  • Military Update: Doctor skills factor in plan to streamline inpatient care

    The number of surgeries and other inpatient procedures done on base by military physicians trails the inpatient workloads of private-sector peers by wide margins, according to data comparisons run in support of a Defense Department study on modernizing the military health system. The inpatient workload at many bases is a readiness concern,...

  • Colorado Springs area military events starting July 5, 2015

    TUESDAY Securitizing British India - The 1839-1842 First Anglo-Afghan War and Imperial Policy Making - Lecture with Mark Honnen, Air Force Academy, hosted by Rocky Mountain Military Affairs Society, 7 p.m., Library 21c, ENT Conference Room, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive; rmmas.org. FRIDAY "Jazz in the Garden" - With Air Force Academy...

  • 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...

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