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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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  • Fort Carson to tighten visitor entrance restrictions

    Fort Carson is tightening requirements for visitors, and longer waits at entrance gates are expected. The post will start implementing the new requirements on Jan. 5, and they will be fully in place by May 1. Post officials say anyone who doesn't have an identification card from the Defense Department or another federal agency will undergo...

  • Fort Carson exercise a step in opening combat roles to women

    As part of an effort to integrate women into traditional combat roles, Fort Carson is studying the physical requirements of artillery, armor, cavalry and infantry jobs. Men and women are hefting tank and artillery shells, working against the clock to load big guns and heading out on heavily laden 4-mile marches. Army experts then measure the...

  • Major step for gay vets in Boston St. Patrick's parade

    BOSTON — For the first time in its history, the sponsors of Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade will allow a group representing the gay community to participate, drawing cheers from Mayor Martin Walsh, who boycotted the event last year over the exclusion. The South Boston Allied War Veterans Council, which has long resisted the inclusion of gay...

  • Administration seeking deal on Aurora VA hospital

    AURORA — Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson is coming to Denver to seek an agreement on a stalled contract to build a new VA hospital in Aurora. Contractor Kiewit-Turner has indicated it is open to some sort of deal after a federal board ruled the VA had breached its contract with the company and construction came to a halt....

  • Fort Carson joins study of Army job standards

    Fort Carson is participating in a study to help set physical performance standards for Army occupational specialties, starting with jobs that are currently closed to women. Soldiers are scheduled to perform activities Tuesday that simulate specific tasks while researchers gather data on their heart rate, exertion and other indicators. The...

  • Fort Carson combat hospital getting new commander

    Fort Carson's 10th Combat Support Hospital is getting a new commander. Col. Kimberlee A. Aiello (eye-ELL'-oh) will take charge of the unit in a change-of-command ceremony on Tuesday. Aiello's last assignment was serving as a medical plans and operations officer for the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command at...

  • AFA cadets build gliders, test them for final class project

    Nearly 400 cadets got to take flight at the Air Force Academy this month thanks to tiny wooden gliders. They lobbed the things inside an indoor football practice stadium and the best made it 100 feet or more, prompting hoots of celebration. What looked like fun is actually serious engineering and a graduation requirement for all cadets, even...

  • Army sergeants major show a softer side

    They may have finally gone soft. Army sergeants major are supposed to shave with blowtorches and gain nourishment from chewed railroad spikes and the fear of privates. These guys are giving away turkey dinners and helping schoolkids. "We just issued 225 food baskets and another 75 turkeys to military families on Fort Carson," said retired...

  • 'We love you guys:' Fort Carson soldiers come to the Christmas rescue

    Santa Claus wore combat boots on a march through Colorado Springs early Friday. Or so it would seem. He certainly was somewhere camouflaged in the huge formation of Fort Carson soldiers who packed Christmas cheer to the Marian House Soup Kitchen in the 28-degree pre-dawn chill. And he had some serious Army reinforcements: GIs who carried...

  • Empty Stocking Fund: Home Front Cares helps abandoned military wife

    This is one of a series of stories about the nonprofit agencies that receive money from The Gazette/El Pomar Foundation Empty Stocking Fund campaign that runs through the holidays. Last year, Alexis' husband of three years left her without saying anything. He had been kicked out of the Army, and then left. At the time, her son was 6 months...

  • Body of Air Force pilot returning to Colorado, flags lowered in honor

      GRAND JUNCTION — The body of an Air Force pilot who was killed while on a deployment to fight Islamic State extremists is being returned to Colorado. Capt. William DuBois' casket is set to arrive in Grand Junction, Colorado around midday Thursday. The Glenwood Springs Post Independent (http://bit.ly/1zTLaeS) reports people are being...

  • Construction stopped on Denver's VA hospital

    DENVER — The company building Denver's new Veterans Administration hospital is stopping construction amid a contract dispute over the cost of the new complex. Kiewit-Turner announced the move after a federal appeals board ruled Tuesday that the VA breached the construction contract. The Denver Post (http://dpo.st/1scFAFs ) reports that...

  • Outgoing Northern Command leader talks about leadership, says military in good hands

    Nearly four decades after he put on the uniform, Army Gen. Charles Jacoby stepped down Friday as head of U.S. Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command. - The general earned a reputation as one of the Army's top thinkers. As a three-star general, he led the "surge" troops battling to pacify Iraq and also saw combat in...

  • Defense bill in jeopardy because of congressional infighting

    A dispute between House and Senate armed services committees over whether to slow growth in military housing allowances and raise off-base pharmacy co-payments has put at risk passage of a defense authorization bill. If no deal can be struck, this Congress would be the first in 52 years not to enact a bill to shape defense policy and resets...

  • Colorado Springs area military events starting Dec. 7, 2014

    THROUGH Friday Angels of America's Fallen Benefit - Activation fees from Chapel Hills Mall gift cards will be donated Angels of American's Fallen, Chapel Hills Mall, 1710 Briargate Blvd.; chapelhillsmall.com. Monday Air Force Falcons men's basketball vs. Nebraska-Omaha - 7 p.m., Clune Arena, Air Force Academy. For ticket prices:...

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