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Soldiers' advocates say Fort Carson banned them

Fri, May 16, 2014 - 9:06 AM 0

DENVER — Two veterans who advocate for injured or mentally ill soldiers filed a lawsuit saying they have been illegally barred from Fort Carson.

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Obama presents top medal to Afghanistan veteran

Tue, May 13, 2014 - 4:56 PM 0

WASHINGTON — It could have been over for Kyle J. White just 30 seconds into the firefight with the Taliban, when a rocket-propelled grenade knocked him unconscious.

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  • Air Force Academy graduation flyover, hat toss is an exact science

    The perfectly timed hat toss at the Air Force Academy's graduation has one unlikely ingredient: duct tape. That tape, applied to a plastic pipe atop the press box at Falcon Stadium, causes 1,000 cadet hats to launch skyward as F-16s from the Air Force Thunderbirds flash overhead with a roar from their jet engines. The unforgettable moment is...

  • Keep these tips in mind if you're attending Thursday's Air Force graduation

    The Air Force Academy's Class of 2015 will graduate Thursday amid pomp and ceremony. Here's a rundown on the event. - Get there early: Falcon Stadium opens at 7 a.m., and the ceremony starts at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. So, if you want to be there on time, plan to hit the road before 6 a.m. The academy and military bases nationwide enhanced...

  • Evacuation lifted at Air Force Academy after responders examine suspicious package

    Emergency responders at the Air Force Academy have dismissed concerns of a suspicious package at the post office on the base, the academy said. The post office was evacuated at about 9 a.m. after a security scanner picked up traces of a hazardous material in the package, the academy said. The evacuation was lifted after an investigation deemed...

  • Hundreds of Army vehicles will roll on I-25 south of Colorado Springs this week

    A Fort Carson brigade will start rolling rigs Tuesday morning to kick off three days of convoys as the unit sends more than 4,000 troops to the post's Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site for training. The convoys of up to 30 vehicles will proceed on several routes, but the main roads affected by the traffic are expected to include Interstate 25 south...

  • Air Force Academy cadets' tiny drone gliders win in research contest

    Swarms of tiny drones could revolutionize how first responders see disasters thanks to work from senior cadets at the Air Force Academy. The miniature aircraft designed by cadets in the school's aeronautical engineering could map wildfires, radiation leaks or chemical attacks quickly, feeding information to troops or civil authorities. And,...

  • Former airmen muscle through Air Force Academy to become lieutenants

    Senior cadet Andrew Dane knew he would make it through Air Force Academy basic training even as upperclassmen screamed at him. "It's easier than being deployed," said the Afghanistan veteran who was wounded in action. His classmate, senior cadet Jordan Myers, said he was philosophical about the basic training torture, which he endured three...

  • Military Update: Senate bill would trim taxpayer support for commissaries

    The Senate Armed Services Committee has accepted a Defense Department plan to pare taxpayer support of base grocery stores, which if enacted into law would lower shopper savings at least 2 percentage points next year as well as cut store operating hours and other shopper services. Defenders of the benefit for military families and the...

  • Military Briefs: Medal of Honor stamps recognize Vietnam vets; traveling memorial wall at Fort Carson

    Postal Service to honor Vietnam vet A Colorado Springs Vietnam veteran is being honored by the Postal Service in a new series of stamps commemorating the Medal of Honor. Peter Lemon earned the nation's highest award for valor in 1970 for battling to defend a fire base despite serious wounds. A citation accompanying the medal shows Lemon's...

  • Five Fort Carson troops died at war since last Memorial Day

    Five Pikes Peak region troops have died overseas since last Memorial Day. All were assigned to the 4th Brigade Combat Team at Fort Carson. Here's who they were. - Pfc. Jacob H. Wykstra Pfc. Jacob H. Wykstra, 21, of Thornton, Colo., died May 28 after a helicopter crash in Kandahar, Afghanistan. "No matter how much the situation sucked,...

  • VA must find millions to finish troubled Denver hospital

    DENVER — Construction crews are returning to work at the veterans hospital outside Denver after a last-minute deal with congressional leaders avoided a shutdown of the half-finished project. But the really heavy lifting will be done 1,500 miles away in Washington. The U.S. Senate agreed Friday to raise the project's spending cap by $100...

  • Alamosa sailor dies while on liberty in Bahrain

    A Colorado sailor died at a hotel in Bahrain, the Pentagon said in a news release Monday. Petty Officer 3rd Class Devon J. Doyle, 21, of Alamosa, died Saturday in Manama, Bahrain, while on liberty the Pentagon said. The Navy said Doyle, a sailor aboard the destroyer USS Farragut, died in an apparent fall from a hotel balcony in the resort...

  • General looks back fondly on his time at Fort Carson

    Maj. Gen. Paul LaCamera can't process how much he learned at the helm of the 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson. "I haven't had enough time to let that sink in," he said Thursday, an hour before handing command to Maj. Gen. Ryan Gonsalves. "It will be a lot." LaCamera led the post through one of the most tumultuous times in its history...

  • NORAD celebrates 57th birthday with eye on an old rival

    At 57, the North American Aerospace Defense Command is facing old Cold War problems and a new pantheon of rising terrorist threats. The binational command celebrated its birthday last week with cake, punch and a pep talk from its commander, Adm. Bill Gortney. The command, which defends North America from attack, was a critical element of...

  • Military briefs

    Fort Carson WWI soldier to get medal Fort Carson's 4th Infantry Division will be able to claim another Medal of Honor recipient on June 2 when President Barack Obama posthumously awards the medal to a World War I soldier. In August 1918, the division's Sgt. William Shemin repeatedly risked his life to rescue wounded comrades caught between...

  • Military Update: Reserve, Guard retirement choices in sharper focus

    Many Army Reserve and National Guard members, particularly those who are younger and have fewer years of service, will likely face a difficult choice of retirement plans next year. It will be a decision as complex as the one being prepared by Congress for their active-duty counterparts. More details of that choice are emerging as architects of...

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