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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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  • Patriotic till the end: Colorado Springs veteran, 87, dies building flagpole

    Age was no barrier for Richard "Dick" French, who, at 87, set out to build a 20-foot flagpole in the yard of his Colorado Springs home to show off his immense patriotism. For months, he talked up the project to family members and couldn't wait for the weather to warm up so he could get started. On Easter, he planned to hold a ceremony for his...

  • AFA cadets working on system to stop computers viruses before they infect

    Air Force Academy researchers are using software similar to that used to catch classroom cheaters in a bid to foil computer hackers. The academy's anti-malware lab has built a program that scans malicious software used to steal computer data for similarities to other criminal codes, ferreting out even the newest malware that takes its...

  • Colorado Springs woman's master's project aim to improve students' healthy eating, fitness

    Nicole Leth would love for her master's degree project, Fueling the Future, to expand across the country. "That would be my dream," she said. Her goal is to help children in military families take up healthy eating and exercise habits at young ages. She piloted the program in Germany when her husband was stationed there, and then brought it...

  • FMS: Choate clears another hurdle to become Military Youth of the Year

    A Friday Military Salute follow-up to a young woman who hopes to receive a major military-related honor. We first presented Jennifer Choate in a February Friday Military Salute. The 16-year-old is Peterson Air Force Base's entrant for Military Youth of the Year. Jennifer was preparing to compete at the state level on Monday with youth from...

  • Military Update: Military coalition divides over compensation reforms

    The Military Coalition can make Congress tremble from time to time by presenting a united front of millions of members from more than 30 military associations and veterans' service organizations in support of, or opposition to, legislation. That lesson was learned by budget committee chairmen a few Decembers ago after they led Congress to...

  • Military Briefs: New GPS satellite added to constellation; help for cadets just a click away

    Air Force launches latest GPS rocket The Air Force's ninth next-generation Global Positioning System satellite rocketed to orbit from Florida last week, Air Force Space Command said in a news release. The March 25 launch from Cape Canaveral was without incident and continues Space Command's mission to upgrade the GPS constellation with GPS...

  • Military Awards: Honors for military personnel in the Pikes Peak region

    Sergeants Buchanan The 302nd Airlift Wing at Peterson Air Force Base celebrated the retirement of two top sergeants who share a last name. Chief Master Sgt. Debbie Buchanan, the wing's 34th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron superintendent and Senior Master Sgt. Rick Buchanan the wing's 302nd Aeromedical Staging Squadron medical readiness...

  • Colorado Springs area military events starting March 29, 2015

    WEDNESDAY Scholarship Program - For high school seniors, hosted by National Defense Industrial Association, Rocky Mountain Chapter. Program is intended for those seniors interested in the Department of Defense, after graduation, in a field related to Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM). Application deadline is Wednesday:...

  • Air Force Academy chief aims to strengthen ties between school, community

    The Air Force Academy's top general told a crowd of community leaders last week that she wants to strengthen ties between the school and the Pikes Peak region. Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson gathered local leaders of a two-hour session on the state of the Air Force Academy and used the time to describe programs to combat sexual assault, boost...

  • Air support squadron plans 24-hour run at Peterson Air Force Base to honor fallen comrades

    Airmen with Fort Carson's 13th Air Support Operations Squadron plan to honor the sacrifices of their fallen comrades with a little jogging. A full 24-hour's worth. The Air Force squadron deploys airmen trained as tactical air controllers alongside Army units to help identify targets for bombing and artillery missions. The front-line duty...

  • Military briefing: Training in new fighter begins; Carson soldiers in Europe

    General flies new F-35 fighter jet A one-star general this month became the first student pilot to take flight in the Air Force's new fighter, the F-35 Lightning II. Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, the commander of the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona, flew the wing's first training sortie March 18, the Air Force said in a news...

  • Group hopes to find family of veteran to bestow Purple Heart

    DENVER — When his dog unearthed the medal in his Denver backyard 10 years ago, Steve Jankousky recognized it immediately. "My dad was in World War II and he had a Purple Heart, so I was pretty familiar with what they looked like," Jankousky said Friday. "I thought someone's family would like to have it." Purple Hearts Reunited hopes a...

  • Friday Military Salute: Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Big Results

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado-Pikes Peak has a healthy base of military mentors in Colorado Springs to help children learn from a positive role model and stay out of trouble. Takia Christensen, 23, is stationed at Peterson Air Force Base and is the big sister to for 17-year-old Paige Taylor. In the nearly two years they have been...

  • Colorado lawmakers pledge to find funding for Aurora VA hospital despite $1.73 billion price tag

    Colorado lawmakers Wednesday said they will work to get a troubled VA hospital in Aurora finished despite its new $1.73 billion price tag - three times the original budgeted price and $800 million above what Congress has allocated. Veterans Affairs officials drew fire with the new cost estimate for the facility, which has been mired in...

  • False alarm triggered bomb scare, gate closure at Peterson Air Force Base

    An explosives scare closed a gate at Peterson Air Force Base for two hours Wednesday morning after guards detected chemical traces on a vehicle that triggered an alarm. The commercial van was going through routine checks at the base's east gate off Marksheffel Road about 6:40 a.m. when the explosive residue was found. Peterson security forces...

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