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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 access rules change Friday

    New access requirements at Fort Carson will go into effect Friday. Visitors without a federal or Department of Defense identification card will need to report to the post's Visitor Control Center at Building 6012 at Gate 1, and show a valid state or federally licensed identification card, vehicle registration and proof of insurance, if...

  • Eight local service members gain citizenship on fast-track program

    America gained eight citizens during a Fort Carson ceremony last week thanks to a program that fast-tracks immigration paperwork for troops. The program, in place since the Sept. 11 attacks and run through a partnership between the military and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, gives rapid citizenship to those who serve in...

  • Military Update: Congress moves to change military retirement system

    Congress on Thursday took a first, perhaps historic step toward phasing out the 20-year-or-bust retirement system the U.S. military has used to shape and retain its career forces since the end of World War II. The replacement plan, as endorsed by the House armed services' personnel subcommittee, is a blended system that would cut by 20...

  • Colorado Springs teen accompanies U.S., Japanese vets to Iwo Jima for annual battle reunion

    When Zoe Jackson, 18, visited the island of Iwo Jima, she described it as a deadly sort of peaceful. Fitting, perhaps, for an island open just one day of the year and only to veterans of its battle. "It was really eerie," Jackson said. The Colorado Springs teen was among 11 Young Marines invited to participate in the annual Reunion of Honor...

  • Friday Military Salute: Something special cooking at Peterson Air Force Base

    Something special is cooking in the kitchen of the Peterson Air Force Base Chapel. Retired Air Force Chaplain David Voelker pours his heart out into his free monthly pasta dinner for anyone or any family at the base who just needs a smile, fellowship and a hot meal, "I love doing it." Voelker says with a grin on his face, "It's a lot of work...

  • Funeral scheduled Tuesday for AFA graduate shot down during Vietnam War

    The remains of a 1967 Air Force Academy graduate who disappeared during the Vietnam War will be buried at the school's cemetery Tuesday. Capt. Richard D. Chorlins, whose A-1 Skyraider was shot down Jan. 11, 1970, near the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos, was brought back to the academy Monday after a brief planeside ceremony at Denver International...

  • Video: Blue Angels' first female pilot takes flight

    When military aviation buffs pack into the Marine Corps Beaufort Air Show in South Carolina, they'll be wowed by the Navy's Blue Angels. But a new kind of history will also take flight in the team: a woman in the cockpit. U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Katie Higgins is the first female pilot in the team's 69-year history.  Click here to read...

  • Innovation makes Colorado attractive to aerospace industry, state official says

    Colorado's burgeoning aerospace economy will continue to boom, the state's top cheerleader for the industry predicts. Jay Lindell, a retired Air Force general who works for the state's Office of Economic Development and International Trade, said even as government budgets are squeezed, businesses are leaping into orbit. "There's more...

  • Boeing celebrates 100 years with plenty of new ideas

    The words elderly and aerospace seldom go together. But that's just what aerospace giant Boeing is preparing to celebrate. Started in a Seattle boathouse and with a strong presence in Colorado, the company affectionately called "Auntie B" by some of its workers is turning 100. Local leaders say Boeing's second century is poised to be bigger...

  • Military Update: Long hours in cockpit just part of the job

    The Department of Defense daily releases a list of U.S. and coalition airstrikes conducted in the previous 24 hours against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) forces across war-torn Iraq and Syria. Periodically, a news outlet will use the strike data to weigh the effort by the United States and allies in trying to use air power...

  • Friday Military Salute: Veterans in the classroom

    Student smiles are front and center at more classrooms at Sierra High School in Colorado Springs because of veterans like Christopher Marro, who is the focus of our Friday Military Salute. The former Army tank gunner is now a Sierra biology teacher because of the Teach for America (TFA). Marro received five weeks of TFA training, earned an...

  • Woman dubbed 'Military Mistress' sought in fraud in 3 states, including Colorado

    PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon authorities are searching for the woman they've dubbed the "Military Mistress," saying she and her husband have been writing fraudulent checks in three states. Bobbi Ann Finley of Dallas, Oregon, got her nickname in 2010, when national news outlets spotlighted allegations she went from one military base to the next,...

  • Military awards

    Businesses honored Three employers have been honored for supporting part-time troops. Ball Aerospace in Broomfield, LeaderQuest in Centennial and the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office in Centennial have been named semifinalists for the Pentagon's Freedom Award. The award is the Department of Defense's highest honor for companies that...

  • Military briefs

    Space Command working on GPS fix Air Force Space Command is fixing a software glitch that affected some Global Positioning System satellites. The issue was identified last week and affected GPS IIF satellites. The glitch causes the satellites to periodically send navigation and timing signals that don't meet specifications. "The issue...

  • Air Force Academy cadets get constructive for spring break

    It's like college spring break, but beverages are replaced by hammers and blighted neighborhoods fill the role of sandy beaches. More than 60 Air Force Academy cadets chose the less sunny alternative last month and fanned out across the country to spend their spring break volunteering. The Alternative Spring Break program at the academy would...

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