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Report details inquiry of Fort Carson leader, military's struggles with issue of sexual assault

News: Local News Updated: Tue, Apr 22, 2014

Army leaders suspended an Afghanistan-bound Fort Carson commander over allegations of insensitivity toward sexual assault victims and gender discrimination before an investigation cleared him last month. The investigation into the conduct of Col. Brian Pearl is detailed in a 361-page report...

Air Force report defends use of informants

News: Local News Updated: Fri, Mar 21, 2014

An Air Force Inspector General report released Thursday defends the use of secret cadet informants at the Air Force Academy and sharply criticizes former cadet Eric Thomas, who got in trouble while working as one of those informants and was expelled, by saying he failed in his mission.

HONOR AND DECEPTION: A secretive Air Force program recruits academy students to inform on fellow cadets and disavows them afterward

Military Updated: Mon, Dec 2, 2013

Facing pressure to combat drug use and sexual assault at the Air Force Academy, the Air Force has created a secret system of cadet informants to hunt for misconduct among students. Cadets who attend the publicly-funded academy ...

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    A building on Fort Carson was evacuated Wednesday after a woman displayed threatening behavior and suggested she had weapon during a medical appointment, Fort Carson officials said. The incident was initially reported as a shooting by one news station, but sources at Fort Carson described the incident as minor, and confirmed that there was no...

  • Justin Bieber apologizes for Japan war shrine trip

    TOKYO — Justin Bieber apologized Wednesday to those he offended by visiting a Japanese war shrine, saying he thought it was a beautiful site and only a place of prayer. The Yasukuni Shrine in central Tokyo enshrines 2.5 million war dead, including Japan's 14 convicted war criminals, and operates a war museum that defends Japan's wartime...

  • Vietnam vet from AFA's first class to be buried Friday at academy cemetery

    Brig. Gen. James Rhodes is coming home to the Air Force Academy on Friday. A member of the first class of cadets to graduate from the school in 1959, the Vietnam veteran will be buried at the cemetery on the campus after a noon service in the Cadet Chapel. His son, Jeff, says that's an appropriate ending for a man who credited his life...

  • Soldier convicted in WikiLeaks case gets new name

    LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — A Kansas judge granted a request Wednesday to formally change the name of the soldier convicted of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks from Bradley Edward Manning to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning. The former intelligence analyst is serving a 35-year prison sentence for passing classified U.S. government information to...

  • U.S. House members question officials about Aurora VA hospital delays

    DENVER - U.S. House of Representatives members grilled officials from Veterans Affairs Tuesday about the over-budget and delayed VA Hospital project in Aurora that is mired in litigation. The Aurora VA Replacement Medical Center was originally bid for $604.1 million in Nov. 2011, but a dispute between the contracted builder Kiewit-Turner and...

  • Vice President Biden set to speak at Air Force Academy graduation

    Vice President Joe Biden will address 1,000 graduating Air Force Academy cadets at a ceremony in Falcon Stadium May 28. The White House confirmed Biden as the graduation speaker Monday. The academy's graduation rites have traditionally included a to-flight speaker and will again feature a flyover of F-16 fighter of the Air Force...

  • Mentors to girls: 'Cool to be smart'

    They will do their best to be honest and fair, friendly and helpful, incredible at math and awesome at chemistry. That's how Air Force Academy cadets might update the Girl Scout Promise after an event this month to turn the Scouts toward the possibilities of science, technology, engineering and math. "We have a lot of contact with local and...

  • Star named to honor fallen troops

    Fort Carson officials have decided to add a more permanent memorial to troops killed in combat. The post now has stone memorials carrying the nearly 400 names of local troops killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. But those may last only a few thousand years before the granite is weathered away. The new memorial is made of different stuff. "By our...

  • At conference, chaplains learn to care for others, themselves

    Chaplains from Pikes Peak-region military bases and the civilian community gathered at U.S. Northern Command this month to learn how to care for caregivers. In the past, the annual chaplains conference focused on how military preachers can help in disaster response and wartime events. But the command's new top chaplain used 2014 to make her...

  • Air Force Academy prof's national TV interview can be viewed on Web

    An Air Force Academy professor was scheduled to appear on national television (cable's C-SPAN3) on Saturday, talking about his favorite chapter in American history. Lt. Col. Grant Weller was filmed during a classroom lecture about the end of World War II and America's decision to drive Japan to surrender by using two atomic weapons. "What...

  • Iraqi sentenced in rape of Colorado Springs woman

    An Iraqi immigrant convicted in a rape case that left a woman nearly dead and bleeding internally was sentenced to 28 years to life in prison. Jasim Mohammed Hasin Ramadon, also known as Jay Hendrix, received the sentence Friday from 4th Judicial District Court Judge Barbara Hughes. Ramadon was among five Iraqi immigrants arrested in...

  • Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions

    GENEVA — Top diplomats from the United States, European Union, Russia and Ukraine reached agreement Thursday on immediate steps to ease the crisis in Ukraine. The agreement, reached after seven hours of negotiation in Geneva, requires all sides to refrain from violence, intimidation or provocative actions. It calls for the disarming of all...

  • Congressional candidates slam Lamborn letter about AFA religious freedoms

    Fifth Congressional District candidate Bentley Rayburn on Wednesday chided his primary election opponent, Rep. Doug Lamborn, saying the congressman is not doing enough to guarantee religious freedoms at the Air Force Academy. Lamborn announced Tuesday that he had written a letter to Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James urging revision of Air...

  • Video chat REWIND: The Gazette's Dave Philipps, Michael Ciaglo answer questions on Pulitzer Prize win will host a video chat Wednesday at 1 p.m. fresh off The Gazette’s Pulitzer Prize win. The Gazette was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for “Other Than Honorable,” Dave Philipps’ three-day investigative series last year that examined how soldiers injured during war were being discharged without benefits. Gazette photographer...

  • Colorado World War II veteran to receive POW Medal

    LAKEWOOD — An Arvada man held captive by the Nazis during World War II is being awarded a Prisoner of War Medal. Ninety-one-year-old Frank Dechant will receive the medal from congressman Ed Perlmutter during a ceremony in Lakewood Monday. Perlmutter's office says Dechant and his unit were captured in December 1944 during the Battle of the...


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