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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...

  • 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...

  • Warrior Games moves to Quantico, leaves Colorado Springs

    The Warrior Games will be held in northern Virginia this summer, instead of Colorado Springs. The Pentagon announced Monday that it will host the Department of Defense Warrior Games 2015 at Marine Corps Base Quantico from June 19-28.  In previous years, the annual Olympic-style event was at the Olympic Training Center,...

  • Red Cross Hometown Hero: Fort Carson private's farm training kicks in for baby delivery

    Sometimes Army training just isn't enough. Pfc. Laryn Rodgers, though, had something else to fall back on as she dealt with a crisis at a Fort Carson gate on Jan. 14. Farm Girl Training. The 20-year-old member of the post's 984th Military Police Company was working at the post's busiest gate off Interstate 25 that night when she relied on...

  • American Legion wants to send young men to summer Boys State event in Pueblo

    The American Legion is looking for a few good young men to learn about civics. The veterans organization is hoping to sponsor 250 teens at Boys State this spring to celebrate 80 years of the annual event to educate teens. "They get to live civics," said Jay Bowen, who is heading the Legion's Boys State efforts in Colorado. Held at...

  • Friday Military Salute: Feeding hungry heroes in Colorado Springs

    A nearly silent campaign to give returning Fort Carson soldiers and other military a taste of home cooking after a tour in Afghanistan and Iraq is finally getting the attention it deserves. McDonald's on Airport near Powers in Colorado Springs has grilled up nearly 200 thousand free quarter pounders with cheese for returning military for more...

  • Second Fort Carson woman clears Ranger course

    Two women finish Ranger course A second female Fort Carson lieutenant passed a course required for soldiers to attend Ranger training. The Army last month said a female Fort Carson helicopter pilot was the only woman of 17 who attempted to complete the Ranger Training Assessment Course in February. Now, the Army confirms a female...

  • Vintage outfits, artifacts bring the pinup back in Colorado Springs studio

    When photographer Dan Russell enters the studio, he steps back in time, to the days of the pinup model. Forget the famous cherub-cheeked girls giggling and posing in 1940s-era paintings from Alberto Vargas and Gil Elvgren. Betty Grable, Bettie Page and Rita Hayworth are gone. Instead, Russell shoots local women wearing authentic World War...

  • Friday Military Salute: Huge city-wide birthday party in Colorado Springs open to all

    A special birthday is coming up to recognize a pivotal player in our community to help veterans and civilians. It is also the focus of our Friday Military Salute. V.F.W. Post 101 is celebrating its 95th year in existence. It is the oldest Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Colorado Springs and members are proud of its rich heritage to help...

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