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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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  • Colorado Guard unit headed to Guantanamo Bay

    A Colorado National Guard unit headquartered in Castle Rock will leave for a year in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after a Tuesday farewell ceremony. The 130 Guardsmen from the 193rd Military Police Battalion recently completed a three-month training regimen to ready them for the deployment. They'll be honored at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Douglas County...

  • Pentagon orders Peterson team to prep for domestic Ebola fight

    U.S. Northern Command leaders worked Monday to assemble a team of military Ebola experts who will be on standby if civilian authorities need assistance with an outbreak. The Peterson Air Force Base Command was ordered by the Pentagon to come up with a 30-member Ebola fighting team that can be quickly flown to the site of an outbreak if...

  • Fort Carson training will bring the noise

    Fort Carson's 1st Brigade Combat Team will be making more noise this week as its soldiers train with new weapons. The brigade, which was re-equipped with eight-wheeled Stryker vehicles earlier this year, is training with new gear on the south side of the 137,000-acre post. A post spokeswoman said the soldiers this week will be using 155 mm...

  • Side Streets: Royalty to attend film about combat vet's recovery from PTSD and embracing Indian heritage

    American royalty will be on hand Friday as the documentary "Sitting Bull's Voice" plays at Palmer High School. From what I've learned about the film, there are several themes that should resonate with residents of the Pikes Peak region. The documentary traces the life of Ernie LaPointe, a soldier in Vietnam who spent decades struggling with...

  • Fort Carson ends lockdown

    A lockdown of troops in a Fort Carson Armor battalion has been lifted, post officials confirmed Thursday. The lockdown of 100 soldiers in the 1st Battalion of the 66th Armor Regiment ended late Tuesday with no announcement. The soldiers who had been confined to the battalion's buildings on the post during the search for a missing Army pistol...

  • Study could bring more troops to Colorado

    Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on Wednesday said a study of Colorado's military economy could help the state gain troops as others are losing them amid federal budget cuts. The governor, flanked by Colorado Springs business leaders, announced that three firms, including Summit Economics Group of Colorado Springs, will spend six months...

  • Video: A surprise visitor for Doherty senior

    Want drama on the high school football field?   There was an abundance of it in Fountain-Fort Carson's 43-42, quadruple overtime victory Friday over Continental-South League opponent Doherty at Garry Berry Stadium.   But one of the best moments came before the kickoff, when Jordan Littrell, a medic in the Army, surprised brother and...

  • Vietnam veteran's prosthetic leg reported stolen near NFL stadium found

    PHILADELPHIA — Police say a prosthetic leg reported stolen from a veteran in a wheelchair outside the Eagles-Giants football game in south Philadelphia was later recovered on a subway train. Sonny Forriest Jr., who is known for singing for fans outside Phillies and Eagles games, told police that he had taken off...

  • Lockdown remains in effect for Fort Carson soldiers

    At least 100 Fort Carson soldiers remained on lockdown Sunday, the fourth day of a search for what officials called a lost "sensitive item," without giving a hint of how much longer the lockdown will last, or specific details on the type of item that could be missing. The term usually refers to gear including weapons, ammunition and night...

  • Fort Carson sergeant takes top honors at Army's Best Warrior competition

    A Fort Carson Green Beret has been named the Army's best sergeant after a weeklong event at Fort Lee, Va. Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Carpenter with the 10th Special Forces Group was one of three Fort Carson soldiers in the Armywide Best Warrior competition. "I wanted to show the Army what makes my unit works so well," Carpenter said in a...

  • Warrior Wellness program highlights Friday Military Salute

    Wounded warriors from all branches of the service are part of a unique program with roots at the Air Force Academy that we've chosen to highlight in our Friday Military Salute. The Warrior Wellness Program uses horses as a tool to re-focus the mental or physical pain of a wounded warrior. Aaron McMihelk was among a group of Marines who took...

  • Fort Carson soldiers headed home

    Fort Carson expects to welcome scores of soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team home from Afghanistan at a ceremony Thursday morning. The 150 soldiers who have been in Afghanistan since spring are expected to arrive at 7 a.m. in the post's Special Events Center. The time is subject to change, and past homecomings have been delayed by hours...

  • Fort Carson, BLM examining noise worries with chopper training

    Officials with the Bureau of Land Management and Fort Carson said Wednesday that they are looking into ways to quell helicopter noise over homes after getting an earful at a meeting in Cañon City. More than 40 people attended a meeting Wednesday night to examine the Army's proposal for high-altitude helicopter training on BLM land in Fremont,...

  • Homecoming delayed for Fort Carson soldiers

    A flight bringing 150 Fort Carson soldiers home from southern Afghanistan has been delayed by two days. Originally set for Thursday morning, the welcoming ceremony moved to 7 a.m. Saturday in the post's Special Events Center. The soldiers are from the post's 4th Brigade Combat Team, a light infantry unit that deployed to Kandahar and...

  • Fort Carson brigade getting acquainted with firepower this week

    Those booms that can be heard from the south are the sounds of an Army brigade getting to know its gear. Fort Carson's 1st Brigade Combat Team is training this week with 120 mm mortars that can be mounted to a variant of its eight-wheeled Stryker vehicles. The training began Tuesday and runs through Friday. "The mortar system enables the...

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