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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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  • 'Toxic' Fort Carson battalion commander returns to job despite recommendation of firing

    The commander of a Fort Carson helicopter battalion objected when subordinates talked about a toxic command climate, according to documents obtained by The Gazette. "You want toxic? I'll show you toxic," Lt. Col. Tammy Baugh allegedly told soldiers in the 1st Battalion of the 25th Aviation Regiment, documents said. A 263-page Army...

  • Photos: Fort Carson soldiers return from Afghanistan

    Fort Carson welcomed home 149 soldiers from the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division on Monday at the Special Events Center. The soldiers had been deployed in Afghanistan since March.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Soldiers promote physical fitness, community at Pinon Valley elementary

    Soldiers from 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment were "Running With the Wolves" this month to help Piñon Valley Elementary School acquire new equipment and technology and to promote physical fitness. The squadron commander, Lt. Col. Steven Barry, and 16 of his soldiers spent an afternoon at the grade school running nine physical fitness lanes...

  • Brotherhood of vets who served secretly in southeast Asia meet in Colorado Springs

    ince their first meeting in Dayton, Ohio, in 1998, the Thailand, Laos, Cambodia Brotherhood has donated $475,000 in goods and services to the people in the Southeast Asian countries where they once secretly served. "We don't take any money from any government or country," Bill Peterson, director of communications for the organization said...

  • Holiday season starts early for families of deployed troops

    The Halloween candy hasn't been handed out yet, but for families of deployed troops, the winter holiday season starts now. Deadlines for sending packages to overseas military addresses hit Nov. 8 for the lowest rate parcel post, the Postal Service said. That means early holiday shopping for hundreds of Pikes Peak region families with loved...

  • 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...


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