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  • Planned consolidation of military suicide prevention programs irks some in Pikes Peak region

    A suicide prevention program run by a former Fort Carson commander will shut down in August as the Pentagon trims costs and merges the work into another program. Retired Maj. Gen. Mark Graham, a vocal suicide prevention advocate when he led Fort Carson from 2007-09, helped set up the New Jersey-based Vets 4 Warriors call center, providing...

  • Pentagon approves Fort Carson's Piñon Canyon plan to use Strykers

    The Pentagon has signed off on an environmental impact statement that will allow Fort Carson units to train at Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site with eight-wheeled Stryker vehicles. Fort Carson sought the new environmental rules last year to update a three-decades old plan for training at the 235,000-acre site east of Trinidad. The decision will...

  • Friday Military Salute: From Peterson AFB to help Nepal recover from devastating quakes

    Senior Airman Manoj Khatiwada didn't flinch when it came to volunteering to help his native Nepal recover from a deadly 7.8-magnitude earthquake. His unwavering service to his native Nepal and adopted country of America is why he is being honored in our Friday Military Salute. Khatiwada, who is based at Peterson Air Force Base, arrived May...

  • Gay, lesbian Air Force Academy graduates mark a first in 2015

    The Air Force Academy class of 2015 is the first to come through four years at the academy with the open acceptance of gays and lesbians in the ranks. Tricia Heller, a 1987 graduate, and Tara Sweeney, a '95 grad, attended the ceremony to support Lydia Hill of Boston. Heller and Sweeney helped found Spectrum, the Air Force Academy gay and...

  • Air Force Academy Class of 2015 told to expect fast pace in AF careers

    The Air Force Academy's Class of 2015 was warned Thursday about the dangerous and uncertain world it will face as officers. Graduation speaker Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James told the 840 graduates that they will be asked to sacrifice, fight and possibly give their lives for the country that sent them to college. "This pace of...

  • Air Force Academy graduation notebook: One proud dad's perspective

    The Air Force gave a send-off to 840 cadets on Thursday. Here are some highlights: Dad proud daughter stuck with grueling schedule Dan Haggerty said he was awed by the pressure his graduate daughter Laura withstood during her four years at the academy. "If I think about it, I get choked up," he said. "She did a fantastic job. It's very...

  • Meet the elite US-trained Special Forces chief who just joined ISIS

    In addition to an aggressive goatee, Gulmurod Khalimov has a certain set of skills. He commands Tajikistan’s special forces, trained and funded by American military whizzes. Or he did, before recently turning up in a YouTube video saying he’s gone to Syria to fight with the Islamic State. Reuters reports: Colonel Gulmurod Khalimov commanded...

  • PHOTOS: Air Force Academy Graduation 2015

    Photos from Thursday's AFA graduation here

  • Video: Watch those rolling wheels of the Fort Carson convoy

    Nearly 650 military vehicles will be rolling through southern Colorado on their way from Fort Carson. It's a days long process with what could be the largest Army convoy in decades rolling through southern Colorado. Here's a video by The Gazette's Eric Singer.

  • 6 tips if you're watching Thursday's Air Force Academy graduation

    The Air Force Academy's Class of 2015 will graduate Thursday amid pomp and ceremony. Here's a rundown on the event. - Get there early: Falcon Stadium opens at 7 a.m., and the ceremony starts at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. So, if you want to be there on time, plan to hit the road before 6 a.m. The academy and military bases nationwide enhanced...

  • Secretary talks future of Air Force on eve of academy graduation

    Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James says cadets graduating from the Air Force Academy on Thursday should expect to spend their careers in a troubled world. "Twenty years from now, the world will continue to be a messy and complicated place," James said Wednesday, a day before she was scheduled to give the commencement address to the academy...

  • Air Force Academy graduation flyover, hat toss is an exact science

    The perfectly timed hat toss at the Air Force Academy's graduation has one unlikely ingredient: duct tape. That tape, applied to a plastic pipe atop the press box at Falcon Stadium, causes 1,000 cadet hats to launch skyward as F-16s from the Air Force Thunderbirds flash overhead with a roar from their jet engines. The unforgettable moment is...

  • Dozens march through Colorado Springs park to raise awareness of veteran suicides

    Family members of a veteran who took his own life said they were inspired Saturday by roughly 100 people who marched through Garden of the Gods to raise awareness about veteran suicide. James Hessel's family and friends and dozens of others walked five miles through Garden of the Gods with 22 Until None, a Texas-based organization that works...

  • Report released by Gov. Hickenlooper outlines what's needed to avoid Colorado military base closures

    If Colorado wants to stave off military base closures - and come out ahead in threatened 2017 realignments - the state must invest in transportation near key facilities and guard against encroachment issues, particularly at the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site. That's according to an 82-page report released by the governor on Wednesday that was...

  • Report on state's military impact to be released

    Gov. John Hickenlooper will release the results of a $300,000 study of Colorado's military institutions ordered by lawmakers last year to help fend off potential federal cuts to military bases across the nation. The Report on the Comprehensive Military Value and Economic Impact of Department of Defense Activities in Colorado was called for by...

  • WATCH: Air Force Thunderbirds get ready for AFA graduation with flights over Colorado Springs

    Clear weather greeted the Air Force Thunderbirds, who on Tuesday practiced their annual graduation air show over the Colorado Springs area. The team's F-16 fighter jets roar over the academy Tuesday morning and again over the campus from noon to 1 p.m. The show Thursday starts over the academy at 12:30 p.m. after a graduation ceremony...

  • Senator: Wait times for Colorado Springs veterans is 'unacceptable'

    U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet said he's pushing for a permanent deal to fund completion of the troubled Veterans Affairs hospital in Aurora before a three-week funding accord expires. Bennet, who stopped at the future site of a veteran-aimed charity in Colorado Springs Tuesday, said the deal passed last week leaves the $1.73 billion hospital...

  • Soldiers recruited for outlaw motorcycle gangs, report says

    The ranks of the nation's most violent outlaw motorcycle gangs (OMGs) include active-duty soldiers who fly their biker colors while serving overseas and even commit crimes on American soil, according to a federal investigation. And military-oriented motorcycle clubs not considered outlaws are starting to adopt the "traits and mannerisms" of...

  • Evacuation lifted at Air Force Academy after responders examine suspicious package

    Emergency responders at the Air Force Academy have dismissed concerns of a suspicious package at the post office on the base, the academy said. The post office was evacuated at about 9 a.m. after a security scanner picked up traces of a hazardous material in the package, the academy said. The evacuation was lifted after an investigation deemed...

  • 'We're here to honor them;' Colorado Springs events mark Memorial Day

    Taps had a deeper, sadder meaning Monday for the widow of a Fountain Vietnam veteran who died from a sudden illness in November. Lynette Foxe attended the Pikes Peak Veterans Council's Memorial Day ceremony for the first time Monday, and said she knew her husband, Michael Petito, would have enjoyed it. The event was one of several around the...

  • Hundreds of Army vehicles will roll on I-25 south of Colorado Springs this week

    A Fort Carson brigade will start rolling rigs Tuesday morning to kick off three days of convoys as the unit sends more than 4,000 troops to the post's Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site for training. The convoys of up to 30 vehicles will proceed on several routes, but the main roads affected by the traffic are expected to include Interstate 25 south...

  • 400 attend Memorial Day ceremony at Denver's Fort Logan

    DENVER — About 400 people honored service members who died serving their country at the annual Memorial Day ceremony at Fort Logan National Cemetery. Gov. John Hickenlooper and U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman were among those who spoke to the crowd Monday at the cemetery in Denver. Many of the white headstones were decorated with flowers and small...

  • Colorado Springs man, Air Force pilot wins 2015 Bolder Boulder citizens race

    BOULDER — U.S. Air Force pilot Ben Payne of Colorado Springs and Boulder Running Company's Brittni Hutton of Alamosa won the 2015 Bolder Boulder citizens races on a cool, sunny morning as tens of thousands gathered to run the annual 10,000-meter race. Payne, 33, an Arvada native and a major in the Air Force, beat a talented field that...

  • Air Force Academy cemetery elicits tales of heroism, war

    Gen. Curtis LeMay, who led America's last bombing campaigns of World War II, rests near master Sgt. William Crawford, who risked his life to take out enemy machine gun nests in Italy, earning him the Medal of Honor. Across the way, Maj. Phil Ambard, killed in an Afghanistan attack, lies near Brig. Gen. Robin Olds, who flew to fame against...

  • Air Force Academy cadets' tiny drone gliders win in research contest

    Swarms of tiny drones could revolutionize how first responders see disasters thanks to work from senior cadets at the Air Force Academy. The miniature aircraft designed by cadets in the school's aeronautical engineering could map wildfires, radiation leaks or chemical attacks quickly, feeding information to troops or civil authorities. And,...

  • Former airmen muscle through Air Force Academy to become lieutenants

    Senior cadet Andrew Dane knew he would make it through Air Force Academy basic training even as upperclassmen screamed at him. "It's easier than being deployed," said the Afghanistan veteran who was wounded in action. His classmate, senior cadet Jordan Myers, said he was philosophical about the basic training torture, which he endured three...

  • Military Update: Senate bill would trim taxpayer support for commissaries

    The Senate Armed Services Committee has accepted a Defense Department plan to pare taxpayer support of base grocery stores, which if enacted into law would lower shopper savings at least 2 percentage points next year as well as cut store operating hours and other shopper services. Defenders of the benefit for military families and the...

  • Military Briefs: Medal of Honor stamps recognize Vietnam vets; traveling memorial wall at Fort Carson

    Postal Service to honor Vietnam vet A Colorado Springs Vietnam veteran is being honored by the Postal Service in a new series of stamps commemorating the Medal of Honor. Peter Lemon earned the nation's highest award for valor in 1970 for battling to defend a fire base despite serious wounds. A citation accompanying the medal shows Lemon's...

  • Colorado Springs area military events starting May 24

    CALENDAR MONDAY Memorial Day Ceremony - Hosted by the Pikes Peak Veterans Council, 11 a.m., The Enlisted Association, 834 Emory Circle; Carmen, 570-9158, cspesek@gmail.com. THURSDAY Picnic 'N Planes 'N Burros - Bring a lunch and watch the Thunderbirds fly over for the Air Force Academy graduation, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Western Museum of...

  • Five Fort Carson troops died at war since last Memorial Day

    Five Pikes Peak region troops have died overseas since last Memorial Day. All were assigned to the 4th Brigade Combat Team at Fort Carson. Here's who they were. - Pfc. Jacob H. Wykstra Pfc. Jacob H. Wykstra, 21, of Thornton, Colo., died May 28 after a helicopter crash in Kandahar, Afghanistan. "No matter how much the situation sucked,...

  • VA must find millions to finish troubled Denver hospital

    DENVER — Construction crews are returning to work at the veterans hospital outside Denver after a last-minute deal with congressional leaders avoided a shutdown of the half-finished project. But the really heavy lifting will be done 1,500 miles away in Washington. The U.S. Senate agreed Friday to raise the project's spending cap by $100...

  • Military: Fort Carson soldier from Illinois is AWOL

    OSWEGO, Ill. - Military officials say a northern Illinois man has gone missing from Fort Carson. Fort Carson spokeswoman Daneta Johnson in Colorado Springs, Colorado, tells The (Aurora) Beacon-News (http://trib.in/1FCSGjG ) that 20-year-old Danny Domres of Oswego was declared AWOL on May 11. Johnson said Domres was an infantryman who had...

  • Fort Carson ceremony honors soldiers who died in 2014

    Hundreds of soldiers stood stiffly in frigid drizzle Thursday as mournful weather greeted a ceremony to honor Fort Carson's war dead. The post added seven names to stones that bear the identities of 379 soldiers killed from Fort Carson since 2003. "We commemorate their service, their bravery and their patriotism," post commander Maj. Gen....

  • Congress reaches construction deal on Aurora VA hospital

    DENVER — Lawmakers have reached a deal to keep construction underway on a troubled Veterans Administration hospital outside Denver. The Veterans Affairs Department was on the verge of running out of money for the project, estimated to be $1 billion over its construction budget. It warned that construction would stop unless Congress acted by...

  • Fort Carson civilian sentenced to 45 years in 'heinous' assault of pregnant wife

    A civilian who beat his pregnant wife, a Fort Carson soldier, while they were living on post was sentenced Wednesday to 45 years in federal prison for "heinous" assaults, according to a news release from the U.S. District Attorney's Office in Denver. Mitchell Lee Gibson, 30, was arrested in March 2014 after his wife told police that he...

  • Free tickets available for Air Force Academy graduation; campus reopens to public Thursday

    Tickets for the Air Force Academy's May 28 graduation will be available to the public Thursday - the same day that the campus will reopen to the public as it expects thousands of visitors for a week of festivities. The 600 free tickets will be given away from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance office at 102 S....

  • Osama Bin Laden papers include loving notes, terrorist application

    WASHINGTON — During his years in hiding, Osama bin Laden urged followers to concentrate on attacking Americans and wrote bittersweet letters to one of his wives and his children, according to documents released Wednesday by U.S. intelligence officials. The documents were seized in the al-Qaida leader's compound during the raid in which...

  • Video: Army captain rescues 3 people from burning cars

    CHATHAM COUNTY, N.C. -Three people are seriously injured in an explosive, fiery head-on crash and some are calling the off-duty Army Captain who helped rescue them a hero. The crash happened Sunday around 3:00 p.m. on in Chatham County. Off-duty Army Captain Steve Voglezon of Southern Pines was on his way to the mall with his girlfriend...

  • Something unusual - even for Colorado Springs - about to happen with Fort Carson

    Nearly 650 vehicles will roll south from Colorado Springs next week in the biggest Army convoy seen in the Pikes Peak region in decades. By some accounts, it's the largest road convoy in Colorado since World War II. It will take more than 4,000 soldiers and more than 300 Stryker armored vehicles and other rigs from Fort Carson's 1st Brigade...

  • Alamosa sailor dies while on liberty in Bahrain

    A Colorado sailor died at a hotel in Bahrain, the Pentagon said in a news release Monday. Petty Officer 3rd Class Devon J. Doyle, 21, of Alamosa, died Saturday in Manama, Bahrain, while on liberty the Pentagon said. The Navy said Doyle, a sailor aboard the destroyer USS Farragut, died in an apparent fall from a hotel balcony in the resort...

  • VA: Denver construction will stop if Congress doesn't act

    DENVER — Construction on the budget-busting Denver veterans hospital will stop if Congress doesn't authorize more spending on the project within a week, the Veterans Affairs Department said Monday. VA Secretary Robert McDonald told the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee in a memo that his department has identified $150 million it could funnel...

  • Obama puts restrictions on military-style equipment for police

    WASHINGTON — Nine months after police in riot gear dispelled racially charged protests, President Barack Obama is prohibiting the federal government from providing some military-style equipment to local departments and putting stricter controls on other weapons and gear distributed to law enforcement. The surprise announcement comes after the...

  • General looks back fondly on his time at Fort Carson

    Maj. Gen. Paul LaCamera can't process how much he learned at the helm of the 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson. "I haven't had enough time to let that sink in," he said Thursday, an hour before handing command to Maj. Gen. Ryan Gonsalves. "It will be a lot." LaCamera led the post through one of the most tumultuous times in its history...

  • NORAD celebrates 57th birthday with eye on an old rival

    At 57, the North American Aerospace Defense Command is facing old Cold War problems and a new pantheon of rising terrorist threats. The binational command celebrated its birthday last week with cake, punch and a pep talk from its commander, Adm. Bill Gortney. The command, which defends North America from attack, was a critical element of...

  • Military briefs

    Fort Carson WWI soldier to get medal Fort Carson's 4th Infantry Division will be able to claim another Medal of Honor recipient on June 2 when President Barack Obama posthumously awards the medal to a World War I soldier. In August 1918, the division's Sgt. William Shemin repeatedly risked his life to rescue wounded comrades caught between...

  • Military Update: Reserve, Guard retirement choices in sharper focus

    Many Army Reserve and National Guard members, particularly those who are younger and have fewer years of service, will likely face a difficult choice of retirement plans next year. It will be a decision as complex as the one being prepared by Congress for their active-duty counterparts. More details of that choice are emerging as architects of...

  • Colorado Springs area military events starting May 17, 2015

    THROUGH MAY 31 Active Duty Military Ride Free - On Mountain Metropolitan Transit fixed-route buses. Present driver with current military ID or wear appropriate full uniform; 385-7433, mmtransit.com. MONDAY Question and Answer Session with a Holocaust Survivor - 9-10 a.m., Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., $5....

  • US commandos kill senior IS commander in Syria raid

    BEIRUT — U.S. commandos mounted a rare raid into eastern Syria overnight, killing a senior Islamic State commander in a firefight, capturing his wife and rescuing a Yazidi woman held as a slave, the Pentagon said Saturday. Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced the raid, identifying the militant as Abu Sayyaf. He said no U.S. forces were...

  • Academy D-20 to keep commencements on Air Force Academy grounds

    While Lewis-Palmer School District 38 officials announced Thursday afternoon that heightened security measures at military installations led it to move its two high schools' May 22 graduation ceremonies to The Broadmoor World Arena, another local district is sticking with its initial plan. Academy School District 20 sent a note Thursday...

  • Colorado Springs-area high schools move graduation ceremonies over security

    Note: Click here to see the entire graduation calendar for colleges and high schools in the Colorado Springs area. Graduation season kicks into high gear Friday, May 15. Heightened security at the Air Force Academy and other military installations has prompted two local high schools to move their graduation ceremonies. The Lewis-Palmer...

  • Friday Military Salute: Making a difference and saving millions at Fort Carson

    There's a moment in time when maturity meets with reality to find it within yourself to make it a priority to help others. That positive mix is the passion that fuels more than 4,000 registered volunteers at Fort Carson and is the focus of our Friday Military Salute. The post held its annual Volunteer Award Ceremony at the Elkhorn Conference...

  • Fort Carson commander feels right at home with new job

    For Fort Carson's new commander, taking the reins Thursday meant more than a new job. Maj. Gen. Ryan Gonsalves was born at Fort Carson, raised in Colorado and comes with a resume full of assignments in the Pikes Peak region. "It's great to be back home," he said at a ceremony that gave him command of Fort Carson and its 4th Infantry Division....

  • Lawmakers: Future of over-budget Denver VA hospital unclear

    DENVER — The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans committees said Thursday the future of an over-budget VA hospital under construction in Denver is unclear because the Veterans Affairs Department hasn't come up with an acceptable plan for funding it. Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia and Rep. Jeff Miller of Florida also criticized the VA...

  • Fort Carson loses track of drone, Colorado Springs resident gets a surprise

    Ronald Fisk had never seen a drone aside from pictures of the aircraft on the Internet. That changed when one crashed near his backyard on Tuesday. As Fisk was fixing a water heater in his mother-in-law's front yard connected to his house near downtown Colorado Springs, Fisk turned around to see flashing lights and a camera within the...

  • Fort Carson getting new commander in ceremony

    Fort Carson's top general is leaving after more than two years on the job. Maj. Gen. Paul J. LaCamera will transfer command of the post to Maj. Gen. Ryan F. Gonsalves in a ceremony Thursday. LaCamera has been in charge of the post since March 2013. His next assignment hasn't been announced. Gonsalves' previous assignment was director of...

  • Top Pikes Peak region troops celebrated at The Broadmoor

    The top troops in the Pikes Peak region were lauded Wednesday during a luncheon at The Broadmoor. The Armed Forces Week event sponsored by the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance drew more than 1,000 people to honor the 40,000 troops in the Pikes Peak region. "My greatest privilege in the world is to put on the uniform every day and...

  • Report: North Korea uses anti-aircraft gun for execution

    SEOUL, South Korea — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered his defense chief executed with an anti-aircraft gun for complaining about the young ruler, talking back to him and sleeping during a meeting presided over by Kim, South Korea's spy agency told lawmakers Wednesday, citing what it called credible information. South Korean...

  • Air Force Academy security measures make popular trail off limits

    The Air Force Academy said Monday that a security hike last week that closed the base to visitors also bars civilian hikers and bikers from a stretch of the Santa Fe Trail that runs through the 18,500-acre campus. Bases around the nation stiffened security Friday on orders from U.S. Northern Command in Colorado Springs. The command,...

  • Northern Command boss on increased military base security: The nature of the threat has changed

    Tighter security at military bases nationwide is the "new normal," thanks to homegrown terrorists' threats, Adm. Bill Gortney said Tuesday. Gortney, boss of U.S. Northern Command in Colorado Springs, ordered a security increase last week that remained in place Tuesday. The tighter security has led to traffic tangles at some Pikes Peak region...

  • Lawmakers to VA: Find another way to pay for Denver hospital

    WASHINGTON — Lawmakers from both parties said Tuesday they will not divert money from a new health care law to pay for a half-finished hospital in Denver that now is expected to cost more than $1.7 billion — nearly triple an estimate the Department of Veterans Affairs gave last year. The VA is asking Congress to redirect $730 million from the...

  • Veteran arrested after smashing window, saving dog from hot car

    ATHENS, Ga. — A Georgia man who saved a dog from a hot Mustang has been arrested for smashing a window to free the animal. Multiple news outlets report that Michael Hammons of Athens was charged with criminal trespassing after freeing a small Pomeranian mix in distress from a hot car outside a store. Witnesses say that while a group of...

  • Air Force cadet set for trial in Boulder sex assault case

    A cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy accused of raping a fellow cadet while the two were visiting Boulder last year is set for trial in October after entering a plea of not guilty Friday, according to the Daily Camera. Daniel Ryerson, 21, has been charged with sexual assault on a helpless victim and sexual assault on a victim incapable of...

  • Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson: Air Force Academy tries new ways to beat developmental plateaus

    Many readers have heard about disruptive innovation - a change that creates an entirely new way of doing business. Exponential energy, driverless vehicles and wearable technology are all examples. Indeed, it seems I cannot meet five people without most of them wearing some form of technology. Even my command chief master sergeant, a combat...

  • Enlisted troops nominated for honors from Colorado Springs business group

    The top troops in the Pikes Peak region will be lauded at a Wednesday luncheon sponsored by the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance in honor of Armed Forces Week. - The luncheon will feature a speech from Gen. John Hyten, the boss of Air Force Space Command, but all eyes will be on the airmen, privates and sergeants in line for the...

  • Military briefs: Fort Carson to get new commander, NORAD celebrates birthday

    Fort Carson to get new commander Fort Carson soldiers will get a new boss on Thursday when Maj. Gen. Ryan Gonsalves takes over from Maj. Gen. Paul LaCamera. Gonsalves will be a familiar face to many in the community. He served as the post's deputy commander from 2011 to 2013. A career armor officer, Gonsalves led a brigade of 1st Cavalry...

  • Red Cross chapter helps troops abroad and at home

    Every week is Armed Forces Week for volunteers with the Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Red Cross. The charity's volunteers help out at local military clinics and hospitals, assist veterans and play a crucial role when troops overseas have family emergencies, said Gabrielle Skovira, who manages armed forces programs for the local Red...

  • Colorado Springs area military events starting May 10

    THROUGH MAY 31 Active Duty Military Ride Free - On Mountain Metropolitan Transit fixed-route buses. Present driver with current military ID or wear appropriate full uniform; 385-7433, mmtransit.com. SATURDAY Salute to Veterans of the Sunnyside Cemetery - 10 a.m., Sunnyside Cemetery, South 7th St., Victor, $10. Advance tickets:...

  • Colorado no longer part of multi-state military training exercise that has raised concerns

    A summer special forces training exercise that caused a sensation in Texas and sparked conspiracy theories on the Internet isn't coming to Colorado. The two-month Jade Helm exercise will pit 1,200 Special Operations Command troops against a fictitious enemy ranging across Texas and other southwestern states. While Colorado was included in...

  • Owner of Colorado Springs furniture store sued for allegedly harming military customers

    The Colorado Attorney General's Office said Friday that it has sued an East Coast furniture and household goods retailer that operates a store in Colorado Springs, alleging it repeatedly violated state lending and consumer protection laws as it aggressively pursued military customers. Freedom Stores Inc., which operates Freedom Furniture and...

  • Have your ID handy: Security increased at U.S. military bases, but not over tangible threat

    Military bases across the nation - including the five in the Pikes Peak region - increased security Friday on the orders of U.S. Northern Command in a bid to throw a curveball to terrorists. The move isn't tied to a threat, officials said. Instead, Northern Command boss Adm. Bill Gortney is driving a push to randomly increase security measures...

  • Friday Military Salute: Remembering VE Day like it was yesterday

    One Colorado Springs man's life was shaped but not defined by World War II. On the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe or VE Day, Major Henry Duke Boswell remembers the triumph like it was yesterday On May 8, 1945, Germany unconditionally surrendered to the Allies, which marked the end of the war. "It was a big celebration for us. We'd...

  • Bennet, Gardner want more oversight of new VA hospital

    DENVER — U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner asked for more congressional oversight of the construction of Denver's troubled new veterans hospital on Thursday to ensure it's completed as soon as possible without wasting tax dollars. In a letter sent to the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, Colorado's senators asked for several...

  • Wake up, GI's: Fort Carson's going back to early morning start

    The Army is going back to getting up early. Soldiers will report for duty at 5:30 a.m. starting May 18 - more than three hours earlier than the post's 9 a.m. start time of recent months. The Army moved to banker's hours after planners decided it's too cold and dark to do early morning physical training during Colorado winters. "The safety...

  • Air Force Academy cadet released from Virginia hospital after heart attack

    An Air Force Academy cadet who suffered a heart attack during spring break has been released from a Virginia hospital, her family said on Twitter. Hailey Lane, whose struggle to recover from the March 23 incident grew into a Twitter movement under the hashtag #HaileyStrong, was headed home to continue healing, her family said. In a bid to...

  • No witnesses or arguments at Air Force Academy sexual assault hearing

    Government lawyers called no witnesses and made no arguments in presenting their sexual assault case against an Air Force Academy cadet Tuesday. Instead, prosecutors relied on investigative paperwork and a pair of video recordings to show why sophomore cadet Zachary L. Chubb should be tried. "With that, the preliminary hearing is closed,"...

  • Air Force Academy ceremony honors Tuskegee Airmen

    Lt. Col. James Harvey III represents a dying breed of World War II veterans and a special group within that aging bunch - airmen who overcame bigotry and hate to fly for their nation. He was the sole original Tuskegee Airman to attend a ceremony in the group's honor at the Air Force Academy on Tuesday. But, he says, even as his comrades fall...

  • WWII vet fights off robber with cane

    MANCHESTER, N.H. -- An elderly WWII veteran fought off a robber who allegedly tried to take his wallet on Saturday, CBS Boston reports. Arthur Kamberis, 95, of Manchester, New Hampshire, was leaving a local Walgreen's just after 9 a.m. when a man approached him, according to the station. Police said the suspect allegedly grabbed Kameris' arm...

  • Plea deal could be in works for accused Fort Carson soldiers

    Two Fort Carson soldiers waived their rights to a preliminary hearing Monday to air evidence on charges they raped a Colorado Springs teenager. Prosecutors allege Spc. Noel A. Acevedo-Mercado and Pfc. John C. Donathan met the 17-year-old girl at an October party in the woods off Lower Gold Camp Road and later attacked her in her bedroom. The...

  • America's oldest vet is turning 109, celebrated with cigars and burgers

    How does America’s oldest veteran celebrate his 109th birthday? With cigars, burgers and milkshakes, of course. World War II veteran and Austin resident Richard Overton celebrated at an outdoor party on Sunday, surrounded by neighbors, friends and local dignitaries who lit up cigars and wished him well, according to the...

  • A history lesson and cake help Fort Carson soldiers adjust to name change

    Piles of cake and a talk about history helped Fort Carson's 2nd Brigade Combat Team deal with something of an identity crisis. Last month, the unit switched names, dropping the 4th Brigade Combat Team moniker in favor of the new title, which belonged to a unit that was folded this year in the face of Pentagon budget cuts. But, with a birthday...

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