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  • Top sergeant gives Air Force Academy cadets a lesson in leadership

    The Air Force Academy's 4,000 cadets got a stark leadership lesson from a sergeant on Thursday. "It's not about you," Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody told cadets gathered for the start of the school's annual National Character and Leadership Symposium. Cody, the Air Force's top sergeant, has spent 30 years in uniform and has...

  • 'Jihadi John' raised in UK, studied computers, reports say

    LONDON ( — The world knows him as "Jihadi John," the masked, knife-wielding militant in videos showing Western hostages being beheaded by the Islamic State group. A growing body of evidence suggests he is a London-raised university graduate, described by one man who knew him as kind, gentle and humble. The Washington Post and the BBC on...

  • AROUND TOWN: The Y honors volunteers, imagines what's to come

    "Imagine" was the challenge and the charge from Boyd Williams, ebullient daydreamer and president/CEO of the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region. "Imagine" set the tone for the 136th annual meeting and volunteer celebration Feb. 19 at the Antlers Hilton. There's huge potential for the Y's "phenomenal reach in the community," Williams said,...

  • Fort Carson Black Hawk crew rescues stranded hikers

    Chief Warrant Officer Ben Ingraham was flying a training mission in a Black Hawk helicopter Wednesday afternoon when he and a crew of Fort Carson soldiers saw a group of hikers stranded behind Cheyenne Mountain. "They were waving at us ... it looked kind of strange and it looked like they were stuck," Ingraham said. The two men, one woman and...

  • VA secretary apologizes for misstating specials forces military record

    WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald apologized Monday for misstating that he served in the military's special forces. McDonald made the erroneous claim while speaking to a homeless veteran during a segment that aired last month on "CBS Evening News." In a statement released Monday by the VA, McDonald said:...

  • Marine who vanished in Iraq in 2004 found guilty of desertion

    RALEIGH, N.C. — A U.S. Marine who vanished a decade ago in Iraq was convicted Monday of desertion for leaving his post there and then fleeing to Lebanon after a brief return to the U.S. The judge at Camp Lejeune, Marine Maj. Nicholas Martz, ruled in a bench trial that Cpl. Wassef Hassoun was guilty of deserting for the 2004 and 2005...

  • Friday Military Salute: Honoring a Colorado Springs war hero

    The battle to honor a Colorado Springs war hero has officially been won: The new Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic bears the name of Pfc. Floyd K. Lindstrom. Fellow veteran Keith LaMee fought for more than six years to push Congress to honor Lindstrom, who grew up in Colorado Springs. "I had a firm belief that Lindstrom should be...

  • Air Force Academy NCO takes Afghans to new level of firefighting

    Imagine a place where kids don't dream of growing up to be firefighters. Such a place is where Air Force Academy Master Sgt. Jeff Hackworth earned the Bronze Star Medal - by showing locals that fighting fire is an admirable craft of skill and bravery. A career Air Force firefighter, Hackworth got back last summer from a year in Afghanistan...

  • Air Force Space Command urges innovations that save money

    Air Force Space Command is saving electricity and cash thanks to a program that will entertain the wildest ideas airmen can come up with. The two-year-old program, run by Maj. Gen. Jane Rohr, was developed to help the command find creative ways to face budget cuts and an uncertain future. Some of the ideas have been brilliant clunkers,...

  • Military Update: Plan to cut commissary budget would 'destroy' shopping benefit

    The Defense Department's fiscal 2016 budget request would slash taxpayer support of base grocery stores by $322 million in 2016 and by $1 billion next year, enough to "destroy" the shopping benefit, warns the American Logistics Association. ALA, which represents manufacturers, distributors and brokers of products sold in commissaries and base...

  • New VA clinic pays tribute to World War II hero from Colorado Springs

    A Colorado Springs hero got an honorary home Friday when the city's new Department of Veterans Affairs clinic was named for Pfc. Floyd Lindstrom. The World War II Medal of Honor recipient was mostly unsung in his hometown before veterans groups and Congress came together to put his name on the 76,000-square-foot facility at Centennial...

  • Air Force Academy general takes to Twitter in hopes of joining Ellen DeGeneres show

    The Air Force Academy's top general took to Twitter on Wednesday to ask television host Ellen DeGeneres to bring her show to the 4,000-cadet campus north of Colorado Springs and offered to arrange for DeGeneres a flight with the Air Force Thunderbirds. In Tweets sent to producers of The Ellen Show from Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson's account, the...

  • More Fort Carson soldiers in quarantine in U.S. after work in Liberia

    Another 25 Fort Carson soldiers have wrapped up their work in Liberia and arrived at an Ebola quarantine site in the U.S., the post said Wednesday. The return of the 25 from the 615th Engineer Company leaves the post with 10 soldiers remaining on the humanitarian mission to help the West African nation tackle the region's Ebola outbreak. The...

  • Colorado congressman concerned with Air Force Academy sex assault figures

    The Air Force Academy and its ongoing issues with sexual assault have gained a new watchdog in Congress. Greeley Republican U.S. Rep. Ken Buck, who took office last month after cruising to victory in November's election, says issues of sexual assault at the school have earned his scrutiny. "I am interested as a prosecutor, I'm interested as...

  • Women's published war stories are rare, authors tell Colorado Springs audience

    Men and women head off to war in foreign lands and come back with stories as well as their battle scars. But rare are the stories told by women, either those at home or those who have come back from deployments. Most of the stories told in books or depicted in movies that generate household names are told by men. "So many of these stories...

  • Fort Carson helps families prepare for 3rd BCT's deployment to Kuwait

    Soldiers in the 3rd Brigade Combat Team spent the past year in intense training for their deployment this month to Kuwait. The soldiers weren't alone in their preparations. The brigade also spent the past year drilling the families of its more than 4,000 soldiers on skills they will need during the deployment. "You have to prepare them,"...

  • FMS: Learn to Lead program volunteers help Safe Passage organization

    The Safe Passage organization in Colorado Springs got a special delivery of tender loving care for the young victims of violence it helps every day. Just over 100 handmade pillows were delivered to the organization by volunteers from the Pikes Peak Workforce Center's Learn to Lead program. The program has 15 volunteers, ages 17-21, who...

  • Graham will defend proposed reforms

    Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., new chairman of the Senate armed services' subcommittee on military personnel, has signaled he will defend retirement reforms proposed for a new generation of service members by the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission. Graham on Wednesday led Commission Chairman Alphonso Maldon Jr....

  • Military awards: Promotions abound at Colorado Springs bases

    Tech. Sgt. Jillian Thompson Schriever Air Force Base Tech. Sgt. Jillian Thompson picked up an Air Force honor this month, and commanders surprised her at the award presentation with recognition she can spend - an extra stripe. Thompson was honored as the Air Force Financial Management Educator of the Year for 2014 and got her technical...

  • Colorado Springs military news: Command changes, donations and partnerships

    4th Infantry Division gets deputy chief One former 4th Brigade Combat team commander will replace another one as a deputy commander of the 4th Infantry Division. Brig. Gen. James Mingus will replace Brig. Gen. Randy George this summer at the post. Mingus replaced George once before at Fort Carson - in 2010 when the two swapped as leaders of...

  • Colorado Springs area military events starting Feb. 15

    THROUGH MARCH 16 USS Colorado (SSN 788) Commissioning Committee Ship's Crest Art Competition - Winner will have artwork displayed throughout the 30-year lifetime of the ship. For information, go to usscolorado committee.org. SATURDAY Charles R. Drew Blood Drive and Community Health Fair - 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., Southeast Armed Services YMCA,...

  • Fort Carson hospital reforms enacted after investigation into care of mental health patient

    A mental health patient's audiotaped encounters with Fort Carson doctors led to a sweeping investigation of Evans Army Community Hospital and a series of reforms in patient care, documents obtained by The Gazette show. The Army found that some workers in the hospital's behavioral health department were demeaning, patronizing, foul-mouthed and...

  • Veteran: VA doctor asked him not to talk to Congress, media

    DENVER — A new dispute surfaced at the embattled Denver VA Medical Center Thursday when a veteran who has been charged with disorderly conduct said a doctor asked him to sign a document promising he wouldn't contact members of Congress or news organizations. Daniel King of Denver, who has thyroid cancer, said he refused to sign the document,...

  • Side Streets: Retired Colorado Springs soldier wants city to repair drain it botched 30 years ago

    D.C. Hayes is fed up, and he wants Colorado Springs street crews to fix a problem they created three decades ago. A botched modification to the corner by his house in Eastborough, near Airport Road and Academy Boulevard, has led to chronic flooding during heavy rain, and large, dangerous sheets of ice in the winter, the 79-year-old Army...

  • Obama's successor would inherit Mideast force authorization

    WASHINGTON — Seeking war power authority for three years, President Barack Obama is setting up the prospect that his successor will become the third American president in a row overseeing U.S. military forces grappling with turmoil in the Middle East. Passing on an active military mission in the region would be an unexpected and unwanted...

  • Colorado Springs jury doesn't buy former Army medic's PTSD-related plea

    An ex-Army medic appeared lucid and coherent moments after slamming his pickup truck into a car, despite defense claims that he was temporarily insane because of post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a juror. Andrew Marsh, 46, was convicted of 10 of 12 charges Wednesday, including the most serious charges of child abuse resulting in...

  • Report: One in 10 female AFA cadets victims of unwanted sexual contact

    One in 10 female Air Force Academy cadets suffered unwanted sexual contact during the school year that ended in May, and half of the women at the school reported sexual harassment in a Pentagon survey. The results of an annual report card on sexual assault at the academy released Wednesday, though, showed signs of progress. "We're moving in...

  • VA secretary asks Iraq war veteran Coffman: 'What have you done?'

    WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald on Wednesday asked a Republican lawmaker who served in both Iraq wars, "What have you done?" as the two men sparred over huge cost overruns at a troubled Denver VA hospital. McDonald was defending the VA's budget at a hearing when he and Colorado Rep. Mike Coffman tussled over...

  • Obama asks fresh war powers, says IS group 'going to lose'

    WASHINGTON — Vowing that Islamic State forces are "going to lose," President Barack Obama urged Congress on Wednesday to authorize military action against terrorists who are cutting a swath across the Middle East. Yet he ruled out large-scale U.S. ground combat operations reminiscent of Iraq and Afghanistan. "I'm convinced that the United...

  • Arizona town mourns for American woman held by Islamic State militants

    PRESCOTT, Ariz. — The small Arizona town where Kayla Jean Mueller grew up gathered in grief Tuesday upon learning that the 26-year-old aid worker who traveled the world on a quest to help others had died while in the hands of Islamic State militants. A small memorial on the courthouse plaza in Prescott began to grow rapidly as word spread...

  • Civilian killed in Air Force Academy car crash ID'd

    A civilian killed in a car crash at the Air Force Academy on Saturday has been identified as a contractor for the school. Charles "Chuck" Higley died in a single-vehicle rollover accident early Saturday morning on Academy Drive, according to a press release from the Academy. Higley worked with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage...

  • The Country Life: Life down on the farm - with German POWs

    A recent column spurred Jerry Kaufman of Black Forest to send me an email that included a few memories of growing up on a farm in Nebraska. In the email, Kaufman matter-of-factly mentioned Italian and German POWs working on the farm during World War II. Wait, what? German prisoners of war? Working on Nebraska farms? Perhaps it was a...

  • Army chief heaps praise on Fort Carson

    Fort Carson got a four-starred vote of confidence Monday from Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno. In town to pin stars on the Army's newest general, Odierno heaped praise on the post's 4th Infantry Division and talked up the importance of its new mission to train troops in Europe. Any compliment from the Army's top general is a boost for...

  • 2 soldiers hurt in Fort Carson crash remain hospitalized

    Two of six Fort Carson soldiers injured in a Friday night training accident remained hospitalized Monday as the post released more information on the staff sergeant who died in the wreck of a Stryker vehicle. One of the soldiers was in good condition and another was in serious but stable condition. Both were being treated at Penrose-St....

  • Get ready for noise: Fort Carson helicopter training planned this week

    Fort Carson's neighbors can expect some noise Wednesday as the post's attack helicopters practice aerial gunnery. Soldiers with the 1st Battalion of the 25th Aviation Regiment will fly their AH-64E Apache choppers to the firing range on Fort Carson's south side for the 11 a.m. event. The aircraft are armed with a 30 mm chain gun and can carry...

  • Fort Carson ID's soldier who died in training accident

    Fort Carson on Sunday identified the soldier who was killed in a training accident at the post. Staff Sgt. Justin L. Holt, 31, of Bogata, Texas, was killed and six were injured in a vehicle rollover accident Friday night. Four of the injured soldiers were treated and released from local hospitals, according to a news release from the post....

  • Air Force Academy cadets show skill in cybersecurity competition

    Cadets at the Air Force Academy recently took top honors at a Pennsylvania cybersecurity competition pitting them against their counterparts from other service academies. It's a competition that involves tons of brains if little brawn as cadets battle to control computer networks and foil opposing hackers. It may seem like homework to some,...

  • Colorado Springs symposium speakers: Business, government courting again to police cyber world

    In the war of 1812, American leaders empowered merchant seamen to harass British ships and defend U.S. waters. They were the privateers. Two centuries later, American privateers may sail again, this time on an electronic sea. With rising threats in cyberspace from hackers and rival nations, America is looking increasingly to private...

  • Colorado Springs chapter of TREA wants its 'secret' known

    There is a hidden gem at 834 Emory Circle, Roger DeLosh said. "We've been known as the best-kept secret in Colorado Springs," DeLosh said. It's The Enlisted Association, or TREA, a national organization with chapters all over the country. But the first one - TREA Chapter 1 - was in Colorado Springs. And DeLosh and others want the secret...

  • Colorado Springs area military events starting Feb. 8

    THROUGH MARCH 16 USS Colorado (SSN 788) Commissioning Committee Ship's Crest Art Competition - Winner will have artwork displayed throughout the 30-year lifetime of the ship. For information, go to usscolorado committee.org. TUESDAY Mornings with Mark - Get questions answered regarding military funeral benefits, Social Security benefits...

  • Fort Carson soldier dead, six others injured, after training Friday night

    One Fort Carson soldier died and six others were injured late Friday when a vehicle rolled over during training, the post reported. The crash occurred around 10 p.m. in a Fort Carson training area, according to a news release from the post. A spokeswoman declined to provide additional details, including saying what type of vehicle was...

  • Merger creates third-largest defense contractor in Colorado Springs

    MELBOURNE, Fla. - Communications and information technology company Harris is buying Exelis in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $4.4 billion that will create the third-largest defense contractor in the Colorado Springs area with more than 900 employees. The new company will have about 23,000 workers worldwide, including 9,000 engineers...

  • AFA graduation ceremony moved to a new day to save money

    Air Force Academy seniors will have to wait a day longer this year for their graduation, and they have federal budget cuts to thank for it. The academy, which has sent off its seniors in a Wednesday ceremony for more than half a decade, is moving the rites to Thursday, May 28, to avoid overtime costs associated with the Memorial Day weekend,...

  • Colorado Springs teen in running for Colorado Military Youth of the Year

    Jennifer Choate, 16, is Peterson Air Force Base's entrant for Military Youth of the Year. She will represent the installation at the state level in March, when she will compete with others for Colorado Military Youth of the Year. The competition includes other youth including those from Buckley Air Force Base, the Air Force Academy and Fort...

  • ISIS claims female American hostage was killed in airstrike

    BEIRUT — A purported statement by the Islamic State group claims that an American female hostage has been killed in Jordanian airstrikes on the outskirts of the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, the group's main stronghold. It identified the woman as Kayla Jean Mueller and said she was killed Friday during Muslim prayers in airstrikes that...

  • Members of Colorado Air National Guard to deploy to South Korea

    Airmen from the 140th Wing of the Colorado Air National Guard in Aurora are deploying to South Korea next week, according to a news release. "We are sending several of our jets and associated pilots, maintenance and support personnel as part of a routine theater security package to the Republic of Korea," said Col. Floyd Dunstan, commander of...

  • Lamborn appointed to key armed forces committee

    U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs, says a new committee assignment will give him more leverage to protect Pikes Peak region military bases from budget cuts. Republican leaders picked Lamborn as vice chairman of the House Armed Services Committee's Strategic Forces Subcommittee, which oversees the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile,...

  • NBC's Brian Williams recants helicopter claim, but differences remain between his, soldiers' accounts

    "NBC Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams recanted and apologized Wednesday for an erroneous claim he made in a broadcast last week: that he had flown on an Army Chinook helicopter that was attacked with rocket-propelled grenades in the early days of the Iraq war. But questions remain about versions of a story he has told publicly many times —...

  • WATCH: NBC’s Brian Williams admits he told false story about Iraq incident

    NEW YORK — NBC "Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams apologized Wednesday for incorrectly claiming as recently as last week that he rode on a helicopter that came under enemy fire when he was reporting in Iraq in 2003. Instead, Williams said, he was in another helicopter trailing a Chinook that actually was hit. He apologized on...

  • Memorial service Thursday for Air Force Academy cadet who died in skiing accident

    A memorial service for Air Force Academy cadet John "Jack" Lindsey will be held Thursday, the academy said in a news release. Lindsey, a freshman, died in a skiing incident during an annual weekend gathering at a Summit County resort in late January. He planned to major in engineering, the academy said, and wanted to become an Air Force...

  • General: 'A hard path' to modernizing military computing

    The first step in reconfiguring the Defense Department's tangled computer networks came and went last fall with the highest honor for a technology change. "No one noticed," Air Force Gen. John Hyten told a crowd of 2,000 during the 2015 Cyberspace Symposium at The Broadmoor. Hyten was the top speaker at the symposium sponsored by Armed...

  • Political rivals put aside differences in support of Fort Carson

    Threatened cuts at Fort Carson brought political differences crashing down Tuesday night as rival politicians joined forces to plead with the Pentagon to spare the post. Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, stood with Senate President Bill Cadman, a Colorado Springs Republican, at the four-hour Colorado Springs meeting on the proposed cut of...

  • Proving insanity, PTSD will be difficult in Colorado Springs trial

    Andrew Marsh barreled through Fountain at interstate speeds, hitting a sedan with such force that it crumpled like an accordion - killing a teenage boy. The only question, his attorney asked, is why. Damaged from a bloody deployment to Iraq, the ex-Army medic became gripped by a psychiatric episode so severe he was clinically insane, his...

  • Director of troubled Denver VA hospital to retire

    DENVER — The director of the veterans health care system for Denver and eastern Colorado is retiring, days after a report that a Veterans Affairs sleep clinic in Denver had a secret waiting list. Lynette Roff is stepping down, a spokesman for the VA said Tuesday. No other details were immediately released. Former VA employee Tommy Belinski...

  • Keep Carson Strong meeting may draw hundreds in support of post

    As the Pentagon rolled out a 2016 budget proposal that includes an additional $25 billion in spending, local military boosters spent Monday drumming up opposition to proposed cuts at Fort Carson. The proposed increase in defense spending, taking the Pentagon budget to $585 billion, isn't stopping a plan to trim Army rosters from 510,000...

  • Fort Carson pushes back start date for visitor background checks

    Fort Carson has pushed back its deadline three months for civilians without Department of Defense or federal ID cards to obtain access passes to the post, officials announced Tuesday. Instead of implementing a new procedure for visitors that involves submitting to background checks at the Visitor Control Center on Sunday, as previously...

  • FMS: Air Force Academy prep schoolers help with elementary science fair

    Air Force Academy Prep School cadet candidates are inspiring and helping Pioneer Elementary School fifth graders achieve their dreams. Twenty of the officer hopefuls were at Pioneer on Friday to judge the school's seventh annual science fair. The cadet candidates' community volunteer efforts earned a Friday Military Salute. About 130 pupils...

  • Alcohol redefined as 'weapon' in sexual assault cases by prosecutors, military officials

    The alcohol - rum, vodka, wine and hard cider - listed in the latest allegation of sexual assault between Air Force Academy cadets is being viewed in a new way by the military and civilian prosecutors. Alcohol for years has been seen as a contributing factor in rapes, and it is thought to play a role in nearly half of the almost 6,000 sexual...

  • Two join elite ranks of Air Force Academy permanent professors

    It's a rank so rare that fewer than 100 people in the Air Force have worn its emblems since the service was founded in 1947. The leaders who hold it - including two recent additions - command no large units, but they can hold their job as long as they like and get promoted when they choose to retire. And they only exist at the Air Force...

  • Wife of former Fort Carson officer steps her way to Army volunteer award

    Jennifer Antonia didn't know she was walking her way toward a top Army honor while her husband was in Iraq. The wife of retired Col. Bruce Antonia, former Fort Carson chief of staff, she earned the Army's Mary E. Walker Award for volunteer service. She earned it in steps. "I was humbled," she said at a ceremony to receive a medallion that...

  • Briefly: Women and the military talk at Colorado College; Carson entry changes begin

    Authors will talk at CC about women, military Women and the military will be the topic of a Wednesday talk at Colorado College featuring authors Helen Thorpe and Angela Ricketts. Thorpe is the bestselling author of "Soldier Girls" and "Just Like Us." Ricketts wrote "No Man's War: Irreverent Confessions of an Infantry Wife." The college...

  • Additional choices could help costs fall

    The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission is urging President Barack Obama to endorse and Congress to enact sweeping changes to military health insurance and retirement options to "empower" service members to make choices that would drive down compensation costs. The panel's final report makes 15 recommendations that,...

  • Military Awards: Cadet candidates, civilian, sailor and colonel honored

    Preparatory School cadet candidates Four cadet candidates at the Air Force Academy Preparatory School earned perfect grades for the second quarter, the academy said in a news release. Chad E. Chreene II, Caitlin Stewart- Moore, Joseph Kloc and Jared Kreuzer were honored. The prep school gives would-be cadets who don't meet the school's...

  • Colorado Springs area military events starting Feb. 1

    THROUGH MARCH 16 USS Colorado (SSN 788) Commissioning Committee Ship's Crest Art Competition - Winner will have artwork displayed throughout the 30-year lifetime of the ship. For information, go to usscolorado committee.org. WEDNESDAY "Women at War - Modern Life on the Battlefront" - With authors Helen Thorpe and Angela Ricketts, 7 p.m.,...

  • New commander named for Fort Carson's 4th Infantry Division

    Soldiers in Fort Carson's 4th Infantry Division will see a familiar face when a new boss takes command this year. The Pentagon announced Friday that Maj. Gen. Ryan F. Gonsalves will replace Maj. Gen. Paul J. LaCamera as Fort Carson's top general. LaCamera's next assignment has not been announced, and the date when he will relinquish command...

  • Pueblo Chemical Depot inches toward destruction of mustard gas weapons

    PUEBLO - The day when the first chemical weapon was set to be destroyed here has come and passed, again. But leaders at the Pueblo Chemical Depot said Thursday that they're inching toward destroying America's largest stockpile of Cold War-era mustard gas shells. In March, the depot expects to blast a shell with its explosive destruction...

  • Colorado Springs man allegedly stole Fort Carson soldiers' identities to file tax returns, police say

    A Colorado Springs man is wanted on suspicion of stealing the identities of 14 Fort Carson soldiers to file for their tax returns. Jeremy Lamar Roberson, 27, is accused of stealing about $22,000 in federal and state tax returns in 2013 and 2014, according to Colorado Springs police. In addition to 14 military victims, an unspecified number of...

  • Obama to call for end of sequestration cuts

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will seek to bust through spending limits for both domestic and defense programs, the White House said Thursday, negating the effects of across-the-board cuts agreed to by both Democrats and Republicans and signed by Obama into law. Obama's budget proposal to Congress will "fully reverse" the so-called...

  • Former Fort Carson soldier a humble Medal of Honor recipient

    Clint Romesha's Medal of Honor jingles with the keys and change in the front pocket of his blue jeans. The ribbon that President Barack Obama hung around his neck two years ago is now wrinkled but still sky blue. The gilded medal, the nation's highest honor for battlefield valor, is tarnished to a golden brown. Romesha, a former Fort Carson...

  • Jesse Ventura won't see 'American Sniper'; says Chris Kyle is no hero

    MINNEAPOLIS — "American Sniper" is tops at the box office but don't expect to see former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura lining up at a theater for it. Ventura, a former Navy SEAL, won $1.8 million in a defamation lawsuit last year against the estate of the late Chris Kyle, the SEAL protagonist of the movie, which has sparked debate over...

  • Fountain man to pay $130k for taking disability money from Veterans Affairs

    A Fountain man who pleaded guilty to defrauding the Department of Veterans Affairs was sentenced Tuesday to federal prison and ordered to repay the government. Albert Kenneth Lender, 62, was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 17 in Denver and pleaded guilty to two counts of making false statements to the government on Aug. 22, according...

  • Congress asked to raise spending cap for Denver VA hospital

    DENVER — Colorado's congressional delegation is asking the House and Senate to raise the spending limit on Denver's new veterans hospital from $800 million to $1.1 billion so the troubled project can be completed. Sen. Michael Bennet, Sen. Cory Gardner and Rep. Mike Coffman introduced legislation Wednesday to raise the cap. The project has...

  • Air Force Academy cites attacks as reason for halting solo hikes, trail rides

    Planning a visit to one of the Air Force Academy’s trails and open spaces? Bring a friend — or don’t go at all. That’s the thrust of a new “buddy system” rule that bars anyone from running, hiking or cycling on academy trails without at least one friend. Violators could be ticketed or banned from the base. The change was announced Friday...

  • Colorado Springs group wants citizens to wear green in support of Fort Carson

    The Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance hopes to make Feb. 3 look like St. Patrick's Day in Colorado Springs as part of an effort to stave off military cuts. Getting locals to wear green that day is part of a wider effort to impress Army brass who will be in town to hear public comments on cuts for Fort Carson that could eliminate up...

  • Arenacross gives soldiers red-carpet treatment on Military Appreciation Night

    Sporting events, as evidenced over time, can serve as the ultimate short-term distraction from life's troubles. For a handful of retired soldiers from the Army, Saturday's races at the Amsoil Arenacross tour stop at The Broadmoor World Arena proved therapeutic as they continue to endure after the combat zone, even years after their...

  • Air Force cadets gobble up vegetables as academy moves to healthier meals

    The restaurant describes its main course portions in ounces. All 40,000 of them. That's a ton and a quarter of a light lunch, not counting the side dishes and salad. Welcome to Mitchell Hall, the Air Force Academy's legendary dining hall that 60 years into the school's history remains the Defense Department's reigning champion of the...

  • Military awards: Individuals, units earn recognition at Colorado bases

    Schriever airmen 
and civilians Schriever Air Force Base airmen and civilian workers were recognized this month with quarterly awards to note excellence. The top award for junior enlisted airmen went to Senior Airman Matthew Johns. Tech. Sgt. Austin Harris earned top honors among the base's junior sergeants, while Master Sgt. Danielle...

  • Air Force Academy glider squad keeps its place as national champs

    While the Air Force Academy needs a new trophy case to accommodate the team's accomplishments, the coach says the cadets involved are nothing special. "No, sir," Lt. Col. John Neptune said when asked if anything about his national championship glider squad stood out. "It's pretty standard. They are motivated, and they are inspired to fly."...

  • Military Update: Report says crews of former 'spray birds' exposed to Agent Orange residue

    Retired Air Force Reserve Maj. Wes Carter almost didn't travel to Washington, D.C., last week where, to his surprise, he heard an independent panel of scientists verify what he had dogged the Air Force and Department of Veterans Affairs about for nearly four years. The Institute of Medicine said Carter and up to 2,100 other former Reserve air...

  • Calendar: Upcoming Colorado Springs area military events

    THROUGH MARCH 16 USS Colorado (SSN 788) Commissioning Committee Ship's Crest Art Competition - Winner will have artwork displayed throughout the 30-year lifetime of the ship. For information, go to usscolorado
committee.org. WEDNESDAY Air Force Falcons women's basketball vs. San Jose State - 7 p.m., Clune Arena, Air Force Academy. Go...

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