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MILITARY ROUNDUP: Happenings at Colorado Springs bases and beyond

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May 5, 2013
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Guard opens new training facility

The Colorado Army National Guard opened a new aviation training facility at the Eagle County Airport near Gypsum on April 26.

The $39 million, 101,600 square foot facility houses the National Guard's High-Altitude Army Aviation Training Site.

The facility includes administrative areas, classrooms, a flight operations section, maintenance hangars, shops and lodging rooms.

The facility will be used to train helicopter pilots from all components of the U.S. military, as well as international military students.

The school is known for teaching pilots how to fly in 'high, hot and heavy ' conditions that tax helicopters.

The training has proven valuable to troops fighting in Afghanistan, where the mountainous terrain is much like the Rockies.

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Peterson moves its locker, attic shops

Peterson Air Force Base's Airman's Attic and Loan Locker, have relocated to Building 1525, across from the base chapel.

The Loan Locker allows troops stationed at Schriever and Peterson Air Force bases to borrow items while theirs are packed up in anticipation of a move, or while waiting for their belongings to arrive after a move.

The Airman's Attic provides free clothing and household items to airmen with the rank of staff sergeant or below.

Normal hours for The Airman's Attic are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Loan Locker is open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. weekdays.

For more information on The Airman's Attic, call 556-3215.

For more information on the Loan Locker, call 556-7614.

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Golf tournament benefits museum

The Mountain Post Historical Association will host its annual golf scramble at 8 a.m. July 29 at Cheyenne Shadows Golf Club on Fort Carson.

Money raised from the event will help finance the construction of an expanded Fort Carson history museum outside of the post's main gate.

The new museum would replace a temporary museum, also located outside Gate 1 at Highway 115 and Nelson Boulevard.

For more information on the scramble, visit www.mountainposthistorical center.org.

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Northern Command battles flooding

Troops from U.S. Northern Command responded to flooding in the Midwest, setting up staging areas for relief supplies and helping with planning.

The Peterson Air Force Base command began coordinating the Pentagon's response to flooding in Illinois and other states April 26 and also opened a flood relief center at Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D.

Northern Command is responsible for defending America from attack and also sends Defense Department assets and experts to help with natural disasters.

'The Department of Defense has capabilities that can be used to save lives as well as many other unique support capabilities such as airlift, medical, communications and catastrophic planning, ' the command said in a news release.

COMPILED BY ERIN PRATER

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