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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.


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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  • 'Great Escape' survivors gather in Colorado Springs in reunion of former WWII POWs

    Seven decades haven't severed bonds built in captivity. Veterans who survived Germany's Stalag Luft III say the connections built in the prison camp have expanded over that time, encompassing children, wives and grandkids. Seventeen survivors of the camp - all in their 90s - are in Colorado Springs this week along with more than 100 family...

  • Funeral Tuesday for Colorado Marine who wanted to surprise brother

    FORT COLLINS — Family and friends are gathering to remember the Colorado Marine killed in a crash on his way home to surprise his little brother. The funeral for Lance Cpl. Brennan Ching will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Faith Evangelical Church in Fort Collins. He died in a rollover crash in central Utah on Aug. 15 while traveling from...

  • New Air Force Space Command boss outlines big rules

    Air Force Space Command got a new leader, but not a new face, when Gen. John Hyten took command Aug. 15. "It's a dream job," he said. The general, who replaced Gen. William Shelton, has served as the top deputy for the Peterson Air Force Base command since 2012. He also had a stint as boss of the 50th Space Wing at Schriever Air Force Base....

  • Guard leader, Woodland Park's Capozzela, retires in September

    The Colorado Army National Guard's commander is retiring in September after a 27-year career. In one of her final acts as boss, Brig. Gen. Dana Capozzella will re-enlist her son, Nathaniel Utter. "This is my other family," she said this month. "My Guard family." Capozzella, of Woodland Park, took command of the Army half of the state Guard...

  • Senators call for investigation into AFA sex assaults

    The case of a cadet informant and the agent who handled his tips could face an investigation from the federal Office of Special Counsel under a request from two senators. The review would determine whether Office of Special Investigations agent Brandon Enos and former cadet Eric Thomas faced retaliation for uncovering misconduct at the...

  • Service to be held Saturday for Korean War veteran, POW Lester Stroup

    A Colorado Springs veteran who spent more than 1,000 days in a North Korean prisoner of war camp will be remembered at a memorial service Saturday. Retired Army 1st Sgt. Lester Stroup died Sunday. He was 84. Stroup joined the Army in 1949 as an alternative to life as a farm laborer and wound up in an artillery outfit of the Army's 2nd...

  • Fort Carson's 3rd Brigade could shake the neighborhood with tank training

    Leaders at Fort Carson are warning neighbors about booms and dust as the post's most heavily-armed combat brigade heads to field training. The post's 3rd Brigade Combat Team, which uses M-1 tanks and M-2 Bradley Fighting Vehicles, will be training through Sept. 1 on the south side of the post, Fort Carson said in a news release. With the...

  • Hickenlooper signs postcard in support of Fort Carson

    Part of Gov. John Hickenlooper's visit to Colorado Springs on Thursday included his support of Fort Carson, as he signed a "Keep Carson Strong" postcard at an area YMCA. Proposed Depart of Defense cuts could slash two-thirds of the 24,000 personnel at Fort Carson, so the Fort Carson Strong campaign is gathering signed postcards in support of...

  • New Colorado Springs VA clinic gets mostly positive reviews from some first-day patients

    Eschewing two old, crammed buildings for one new one, the Department of Veterans Affairs on Monday opened its long-awaited Colorado Springs health care clinic - framing it as a way to expand care and ease wait times for the region's fast-growing veteran population. Patients bustled in and out of the spacious facility during its first day of...

  • Army criminal investigators warn of romance scammers pretending to be troops

    You've met the soldier of your dreams online. It's true love, even if they need a little cash. That's no GI, the Army's Criminal Investigation Command says. It's a scam. The command sent out a nationwide news release in a bid to warn lonely women about phony troops who use tales of war to steal cash. "CID special agents continue to...

  • Academy cadets take the Immediate Post Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing program

    Out of necessity, the Department of Defense and the NCAA have joined forces to launch a $30 million, three-year study to learn about concussions, and the U.S. Air Force Academy is at the confluence of the effort. More than 13 years of service personnel returning from war with traumatic brain injuries and professional athletes who admit to...

  • Thousands of veterans gather to honor the fallen at Cripple Creek rally

    Steve Mann stood next to an UH-1 Huey helicopter Saturday in admiration of the military service of the men around him. Mann, a retired Army sergeant who is part of a group of Vietnam veterans that tour the state with the helicopter, had just finished a "45-minute" conversation with three men about their own combat experiences. The...

  • Fort Carson community remembers two soldiers who died in combat in Afghanistan

    Gray clouds billowed over Fort Carson on Friday, but a touch of sunlight made its way through the stained-glass windows of Provider Chapel to cast soft rainbows on the pews as two fallen soldiers were memorialized. Staff Sgt. Benjamin G. Prange and Pfc. Keith M. Williams were eulogized as great Americans and great soldiers by Army commanders...

  • PPCC program helps veterans succeed as students

    Vincent Miller was so "petrified" by mathematics that it got in the way of him finishing his college degree. The retired Army sergeant first class and veteran of four infantry combat tours said he was "about eight credits shy" of completing his associate degree online with American Military University, but he kept putting off taking math...

  • Colorado Springs salon owner applauds eased military hair regs

    A move by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel this week to ease military hairstyle restrictions earned applause from a Colorado Springs salon owner, who said the change makes combat and fashion sense. Hagel, under pressure from the Congressional Black Caucus, announced Monday that he'll allow troops to sport braids, twists and cornrow styles that...


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