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  • Hickenlooper signs postcard in support of Fort Carson

    Part of Gov. John Hickenlooper's visit to Colorado Springs on Thursday included his support of Fort Carson, as he signed a "Keep Carson Strong" postcard at an area YMCA. Proposed Depart of Defense cuts could slash two-thirds of the 24,000 personnel at Fort Carson, so the Fort Carson Strong campaign is gathering signed postcards in support of...

  • Officials: US rescue mission in Syria failed

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama sent U.S. troops to Syria earlier this summer to rescue a number of Americans held by a violent extremist group, including slain journalist James Foley, but did not find the hostages, senior Obama administration officials said Wednesday. The officials said the rescue mission was authorized after...

  • Plenty of dust, but no fire at Air Force Academy

    Air Force Academy firefighters investigating reports of smoke in an industrial building on the south side of campus discovered plenty of dust, but no fire Wednesday morning. Workers reported smelling smoke inside the 10th Air Base Wing building on Industrial Drive, which was evacuated before 11 a.m. academy said. A four-member team of...

  • Colorado Marine killed in crash planned to surprise brother

    FORT COLLINS — A Colorado Marine killed in a crash in Utah last week was on his way home to surprise his little brother on the first day of school. Lance Cpl. Brennan Ching, 20, of Fort Collins, Colorado, died Friday in a rollover crash on Interstate 70 near Salina in central Utah. He was traveling with a fellow Marine, Jesus T. Paredes, from...

  • Obama: World is 'appalled' by Islamic State killing of journalist

    EDGARTOWN, Mass. — President Barack Obama says the United States will continue to confront Islamic State extremists despite the brutal murder of journalist James Foley. Obama says the entire world is "appalled" by Foley's killing. The president says he spoke Wednesday with Foley's family and offered condolences. Obama says the Islamic State...

  • Navy kicks out 34 for nuke cheating

    WASHINGTON — At least 34 sailors are being kicked out of the Navy for their roles in a cheating ring that operated undetected for at least seven years at a nuclear power training site, and 10 others are under criminal investigation, the admiral in charge of the Navy's nuclear reactors program told The Associated Press. The number of accused...

  • Marine's wife found dead in California mine shaft

    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Deep in a mine shaft in the California desert, the body of a pregnant wife of a U.S. Marine was discovered after a search of nearly two months. Far off in Alaska, a man alleged to have been her lover was arrested on suspicion of homicide. Authorities on Monday outlined the discovery of 19-year-old Erin Corwin and...

  • New Colorado Springs VA clinic gets mostly positive reviews from some first-day patients

    Eschewing two old, crammed buildings for one new one, the Department of Veterans Affairs on Monday opened its long-awaited Colorado Springs health care clinic - framing it as a way to expand care and ease wait times for the region's fast-growing veteran population. Patients bustled in and out of the spacious facility during its first day of...

  • Missouri governor orders National Guard to Ferguson

    FERGUSON, Mo. — Missouri's governor on Monday ordered the National Guard to a St. Louis suburb convulsed by protests over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen, after a night in which police used tear gas to clear protesters off the streets well ahead of a curfew. Gov. Jay Nixon said the National Guard would help "in restoring peace and...

  • Army criminal investigators warn of romance scammers pretending to be troops

    You've met the soldier of your dreams online. It's true love, even if they need a little cash. That's no GI, the Army's Criminal Investigation Command says. It's a scam. The command sent out a nationwide news release in a bid to warn lonely women about phony troops who use tales of war to steal cash. "CID special agents continue to...

  • Academy cadets take the Immediate Post Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing program

    Out of necessity, the Department of Defense and the NCAA have joined forces to launch a $30 million, three-year study to learn about concussions, and the U.S. Air Force Academy is at the confluence of the effort. More than 13 years of service personnel returning from war with traumatic brain injuries and professional athletes who admit to...

  • Thousands of veterans gather to honor the fallen at Cripple Creek rally

    Steve Mann stood next to an UH-1 Huey helicopter Saturday in admiration of the military service of the men around him. Mann, a retired Army sergeant who is part of a group of Vietnam veterans that tour the state with the helicopter, had just finished a "45-minute" conversation with three men about their own combat experiences. The...

  • Fort Carson community remembers two soldiers who died in combat in Afghanistan

    Gray clouds billowed over Fort Carson on Friday, but a touch of sunlight made its way through the stained-glass windows of Provider Chapel to cast soft rainbows on the pews as two fallen soldiers were memorialized. Staff Sgt. Benjamin G. Prange and Pfc. Keith M. Williams were eulogized as great Americans and great soldiers by Army commanders...

  • PPCC program helps veterans succeed as students

    Vincent Miller was so "petrified" by mathematics that it got in the way of him finishing his college degree. The retired Army sergeant first class and veteran of four infantry combat tours said he was "about eight credits shy" of completing his associate degree online with American Military University, but he kept putting off taking math...

  • Fort Carson honoring 2 killed by Afghanistan bomb

    Fort Carson is honoring two soldiers killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan last month. Soldiers are gathering at the post Friday for a memorial service for Staff Sgt. Benjamin G. Prange of Hickman, Nebraska and Pfc. Keith Williams of Visalia, California. Both were members of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, the last combat brigade from Fort...

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