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  • Woodland Park man, and 'ponies,' to ride 1,000 miles for combat vets

    When it comes to life on the trail, former Green Beret Ray Knell relies on his team: three mules and a horse named Mustang Sally. The ponies - as the burly, bearded Afghanistan War veteran calls them - do more than pull their weight, and they seem to take his chatter in stride. And during their time together on backcountry outings on the...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • AROUND TOWN: West Point Founders Day celebrated with superintendent

    If it's March, it's celebration time worldwide for West Point graduates. The Military Academy at West Point was established by President Thomas Jefferson on March 16, 1802, and during the month of March the 140 West Point Alumni Societies honor Founders Day with a variety of get-togethers. The West Point Society of the Pikes Peak Region,...

  • 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:...

  • Friday Military Salute: Jennifer Choate clears big hurdle in major competition

    A Friday Military Salute follow-up to a young woman who hopes to receive a major military-related honor. You first met Jennifer Choate in February on our Friday Military Salute segment. 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, March...

  • Congressman: Cancel VA bonuses, use them for Denver hospital

    DENVER — Congress should cancel all VA employee bonuses and use the money to finish the budget-busting Denver veterans hospital, Colorado Rep. Mike Coffman said Thursday. Coffman and other lawmakers are angry that the Department of Veterans Affairs awarded thousands of dollars in bonuses to its top construction official, Glenn Haggstrom, even...

  • VA hospital construction chief retires amid investigation

    DENVER — The top VA official in charge of construction nationwide retired Wednesday amid an internal investigation of delays and massive cost overruns at the Denver veterans hospital, the agency said. Glenn Haggstrom's departure was immediate, the Department of Veterans Affairs said. In a written statement, the VA said problems at the...

  • Obama agrees to slow US pullout from Afghanistan

    WASHINGTON — The White House says the U.S. will keep its current complement of 9,800 troops in Afghanistan through the end of 2015, instead of cutting the number by about half as originally planned. It says the size of the U.S. troop presence for 2016 will be decided later this year. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had asked Obama to slow the...

  • Colorado Springs police, Fort Carson destroy WWII mortar round

    An old World War II weapon emerged in Colorado Springs on Monday. A man told police he believed he had an inert WWII 4.2 inch mortar round with an intact pin. Out of precaution, Colorado Springs police and Fort Carson Explosive Ordnance Disposal took the item, located in the 5300 block of Cracker Barrel Circle, for destruction.

  • 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...

  • Military Update: Service chiefs warn against defense cuts as sequestration continues

    Military leaders over the past week have sharpened warnings that force readiness is unraveling and it could plummet if Congress allows the next round of defense cuts mandated by the 2011 Budget Control Act (BCA), with its sequestration tool, to take effect Oct. 1 The House and Senate budget committees, in turn, issued their own warnings amid...

  • Military awards: Honors, promotions and moves at Pikes Peak region bases

    Schriever airmen Airmen from Schriever Air Force Base earned top honors this month in an Air Force-wide competition for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance teams. The top company grade officer award went to 1st Lt. Elyse Crimm of Schriever's 1st Space Operations Squadron. The top award for senior sergeants went to Master Sgt. Teri...

  • Fort Carson soldiers join Vietnam vets to remember those who fought battle 48 years ago

    Veterans of the battle of Suoi Tre have had remembrance ceremonies in places such as Florida, Louisiana and California over the years. But for 68-year-old Carl Besson, a former sergeant and member of the 2nd Battalion of the 77th Field Artillery Regiment, Saturday's memorial observance at Fort Carson topped them all. "This is the most touching...

  • Colorado Springs area military events starting March 22

    THROUGH APRIL 1 Scholarship Program - For high school seniors, hosted by National Defense Industrial Association, Rocky Mountain Chapter. Scholarship program is intended to support those seniors who have aspirations of supporting the Department of Defense, after graduation, in a field related to Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM)....

  • 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...

  • Army investigates alleged 'Racial Thursdays' at unit

    The Army is investigating allegations that a platoon of soldiers was given a free pass to use racial slurs against each other during what was known as "Racial Thursdays." The soldiers belong to 2nd Platoon, C Company, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, according to a member of the unit who spoke to Army Times. The battalion belongs to...

  • Islamic State group claims Tunisia attack that killed 23

    TUNIS, Tunisia — The Islamic State group issued a statement Thursday claiming responsibility for the deadly attack on Tunisia's national museum that killed 23 people, mostly tourists. The statement described Wednesday's attack in Tunisia as a "blessed invasion of one of the dens of infidels and vice in Muslim Tunisia," and appeared on a forum...

  • 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...

  • Fort Carson soldier injured in parachute jump

    A Fort Carson soldier was injured Wednesday morning in a parachute jump on the post. The extent of the injuries, the soldier's identity and the unit involved were not released by the post in a statement about the incident. "A Fort Carson soldier was injured during a training parachute jump at an installation drop zone today at approximately...

  • Pueblo depot destroys first chemical weapon

    The first step in destroying one of America's last stockpiles of chemical weapons took place Wednesday at the Pueblo Chemical Depot. Depot workers destroyed a container of mustard gas in the facility's new explosion chamber, one of two systems that will be used to destroy nearly 800,000 Cold War-era chemical weapons at the site. Depot...

  • 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...

  • Feds: US Air Force vet tried to join Islamic State group

    NEW YORK — A U.S. Air Force veteran who was recently fired from his job as an airplane mechanic plotted to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group and was arrested on terrorism charges, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh, of Neptune, New Jersey, was indicted Monday on charges of attempting to provide material...

  • 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,...

  • Proposal wants Fort Carson's Piñon site to get more drones and troops

    A final proposal for training at Fort Carson's Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site would mean more drones and troops, but no rockets at the 235,000-acre installation east of Trinidad. The proposal to let helicopters practice with rockets in Piñon Canyon was dumped amid public outcry, but the Army didn't accept all advice from its many critics in the...

  • 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...

  • Canadian Defense Minister talks Russia threat during Colorado Springs visit

    As Russian forces launched a sweeping training exercise Monday in the Arctic, Canada's new defense leader was in Colorado Springs to review North America Aerospace Defense Command plans to protect the continent. Canada Minister of Defense Jason Kenney, who took that post last month, said his nation is keeping a wary eye on Russia and building...

  • Military Update: Wounded Warrior Project fills gaps for veterans, families

    Americans must be increasingly curious about Wounded Warrior Project with its ubiquitous TV appeals for donations to help veterans of our longest wars, in Iraq and Afghanistan, recover and transition to civilian life. Operation Iraqi Freedom ended three years ago. U.S. forces in Afghanistan no longer engage routinely in combat. The Department...

  • Colorado National Guard boss decries rift with regular Army

    Colorado's National Guard boss, Maj. Gen. H. Michael Edwards, describes the relationship between state Guard leaders and Army brass as broken, saying the two entities are giving each other the silent treatment over budget battles. "The relationship is not good and it is sad," said Edwards, an Air Force officer who reports to Colorado Gov....

  • 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...

  • Military honors: Awards and promotions at Colorado bases

    Buckley airmen Several airmen and units from Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora were honored this month with Air Force Space Command annual awards. Master Sgt. Michael E. Neu was honored as the top senior sergeant in installation force support. The 460th Support Squadron was lauded for having the top resource management program. The squadron...

  • Military briefs: A hero talk and an Air Force reading list

    Son of Air Force hero will talk about dad The son of an Air Force hero will talk about his father's life during a presentation Saturday at the National Museum of World War II Aviation, 755 Aviation Way. The 4:30 p.m. event features Hubert Zemke Jr. talking about his father Col. Hubert "Hub" Zemke, a World War II ace with 18 confirmed kills...

  • Colorado Springs area military events starting March 15

    THROUGH MONDAY USS Colorado (SSN 788) Commissioning Committee Ship's Crest Art Competition - Winner will have artwork displayed throughout the 30-year lifetime of the ship. For information, go to usscolorado committee.org. THROUGH APRIL 1 Scholarship Program - For high school seniors, hosted by National Defense Industrial Association,...

  • Air Force Academy freshmen face test of brawn and brains to enter cadet wing

    Air Force Academy freshmen sweated and screamed through the school's biggest rite of passage Friday as upperclassmen pushed, cajoled and barked them through "Recognition." Freshmen who don't quit during the three-day trial earn their "prop and wings" pins signifying admittance into the school's cadet wing. They also get more privileges and...

  • Top commander from Colorado Springs warns U.S. senators of Russian threat

    U.S. Northern Command boss Adm. Bill Gortney told senators Friday that the Cold War could be coming back. Gortney, who heads the Colorado Springs-based command that's responsible for defending North America from threats and providing Defense Department assistance to civil authorities, cited a re-emergence of Russian aggression as a top concern...

  • Hearing testimony reveals subterfuge of Air Force Academy informant program

    Testimony at a hearing at the Air Force Academy on Friday gave credibility to a former cadet's contention of long-term work as a spy for the Office of Special Investigations and showed that his allegations of cadet wrongdoing were backed up by a polygraph test. Testimony revealed that former cadet Eric Thomas may have signed initial paperwork...

  • Names of 7 Marines killed in helicopter crash released

    CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — Military officials have released the names of seven special forces Marines who were killed when a Black Hawk helicopter crashed into the waters off Florida during a routine training mission in dense fog. Those killed were all stationed at from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. They were identified Friday as: Capt....

  • 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...

  • Former cadet's appeal claims knowledge of academy informant would have changed conviction

    An Air Force Academy confidential informant could have spun tales to save his own skin during a classmate's court-martial, defense attorneys said during an appeal hearing Thursday for former cadet Stephan Claxton. Claxton was convicted in 2012 on charges including unlawful sexual conduct and assault over a 2011 incident in an academy dorm. He...

  • Colorado senators team up on anti-shutdown resolution

    DENVER - Colorado's U.S. senators have joined across party lines to try to derail government shutdowns. Democrat Michael Bennet and Republican Cory Gardner introduced their "Shutdown Accountability Resolution" Thursday calling for votes to be held regularly during any shutdown until a bill reopening government is signed. If lawmakers don't...

  • Air Force judge to review academy sex assault case involving informant

    An Air Force judge on Thursday will weigh testimony on whether prosecutors wrongly withheld evidence that could have aided the defense of an Air Force Academy cadet convicted of sexual assault. Lawyers for former cadet Stephan H. Claxton argue that his 2012 conviction is void because prosecutors failed to disclose that the government's star...

  • Official: 11 service members missing in crash presumed dead

    EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — Seven Marines and four soldiers aboard an Army helicopter that crashed over waters off Florida during a routine night training mission were presumed dead Wednesday, and crews found human remains despite heavy fog hampering search efforts, military officials said. A Pentagon official said all 11 service members...

  • General speaks on possible cut to Peterson wing, the effect on firefighting mission

    The 302nd Airlift Wing may get smaller, but its mission will remain just as vital, an Air Force general said during an inspection of the Peterson Air Force Base unit. Maj. Gen. Stayce Harris, whose 22nd Air Force includes the wing, said the Pentagon is pushing ahead with plans to eliminate an active-duty squadron from the ranks of the reserve...

  • 50 years later: Colorado Springs veterans remember their Vietnam War anniversaries

    Today, by some accounts, is the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. On March 8, 1965, two battalions of Marines went ashore at the port of Da Nang, kicking off nearly a decade of American combat in place where a war had been simmering for about 20 years. It's a war, though, that's difficult to pin to a calendar. Retired Navy Capt. Bill...

  • 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...

  • VFW Post 101 to celebrate 95th birthday with April festivities

    A special birthday is coming up to recognize a pivotal player in the community to help veterans and civilians. VFW 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 veterans and the community. Post Commander Anthony Archer...

  • Army researchers testing strength to better match soldiers to jobs

    Weights, medicine balls and other common exercise gear are being studied at Fort Carson this month as a way to test future soldiers on their fitness for combat. It's part of an Army initiative that seeks to open all combat jobs to women by 2016. But the research will set standards for men, too. "It's about the person next to you and whether...

  • Military awards: AFA celebrates researchers at gala

    Air Force Academy researchers The Air Force Academy lauded faculty and cadet research efforts during a Tuesday awards gala at the school. Lt. Col. Mario Serna earned the Frank J. Seiler Award in basic sciences for his work in developing a nuclear physics curriculum at the Air Force Academy. Lt. Col. A.J. Rolling got recognition for his work...

  • Colorado Springs area military events starting March 8

    THROUGH MARCH 16 USS Colorado (SSN 788) Commissioning Committee Ship's Crest Art Competition - Winner will have artwork displayed throughout the 30-year lifetime of the ship. For information, go to usscolorado committee.org. THROUGH APRIL 1 Scholarship Program - For high school seniors, hosted by National Defense Industrial Association,...

  • Remains of Korean War POW laid to rest in Colorado

    CENTENNIAL — A horse-drawn caisson brought the remains of an Army corporal who died while a prisoner of war in North Korea to his final resting place on Saturday, 65 years after he disappeared near the Chosin Reservoir and was captured by the Chinese. The body of Army Cpl. Floyd J.R. Jackson was identified using DNA from relatives. He was...

  • Construction begins on attack submarine USS Colorado

    NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams will represent the state at the keel laying ceremony for the attack submarine USS Colorado on Saturday. The keel laying ceremony marks the official start of construction on a new vessel. When complete, the USS Colorado will be a high-tech attack submarine. It is the...

  • Fort Carson rocket training exercise a test of rapid deployment

    The rockets blasted over a Fort Carson training range for a few seconds of ear-shattering fury Friday. Those few seconds took four months to plan. The dozen rockets fired at the post involved the work of commanders at four military bases across two armed services. It also required coordination with El Paso County authorities as the...

  • 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...

  • Remains of Korean War POW returned to Colorado

    CENTENNIAL — An honor guard and police cars with flashing lights on Thursday accompanied the remains of an Army corporal who died while a prisoner of war in North Korea. His coffin was returned to Colorado 65 years after he disappeared. The body of Army Cpl. Floyd J.R. Jackson was flown to Denver International Airport after he was identified...

  • Rocket training will bring the boom at Fort Carson

    Fort Carson neighbors can expect some extra noise Friday as the 4th Infantry Division tests the biggest weapons in its arsenal. Soldiers from the division's Oklahoma-based 214th Fires Brigade are flying in to fire their multiple-launch rocket system during a training exercise that starts at 10 a.m. Friday on the post. The High Mobility...

  • Last group of Fort Carson soldiers sent to battle Ebola return to U.S.

    The final 10 soldiers from a Fort Carson unit sent to battle Ebola in western Africa are back in America, the post said Wednesday. The soldiers from the 615th Engineer Company were among 150 the post sent to Liberia to improve infrastructure and build treatment facilities at the height of an Ebola outbreak that claimed 9,000 lives and sickened...

  • Remains of Korean War POW returning to Colorado

    DENVER — The remains of an Army corporal who died while a prisoner of war in North Korea are coming back to Colorado. A funeral procession will accompany the body of Army Cpl. Floyd J.R. Jackson from Denver International Airport to a funeral home on Thursday. On Saturday, he will be buried next to his mother in Centennial. Joann Mueller...

  • Justice Department: Ex-CIA chief David Petraeus admits mishandling classified information

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Former CIA Director David Petraeus has agreed to plead guilty to mishandling classified materials, the Justice Department said Tuesday. A Justice Department statement says a plea agreement has been filed in U.S. District Court in Charlotte, North Carolina. The agency says the former top Army general was charged with one...

  • Books here, there, everywhere: Area children, educators and service men and women celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday

    Monday was National Read Across America Day, also known as Dr. Seuss Day. Dr. Seuss characters were greeted enthusiastically by young readers across the country, including at many area schools like Mountain Vista Community School (see photo). Even service men and women got invovled (see video). Oh, The Places You'll Go.

  • Fort Carson lieutenant could be first female Army Ranger

    A Fort Carson lieutenant could become the first female Ranger, the Army said on its website. The woman, whose name wasn't released, is a Fort Carson helicopter pilot and the only woman of 17 who attempted to complete the Ranger Training Assessment Course last month. Completing the course is a requirement for Ranger training. The elite...

  • Fort Carson soldier accused of firing gun into neighboring apartment

    A Fort Carson soldier was jailed Saturday night on suspicion of firing a shot into a neighboring apartment, Colorado Springs police said. Ryun Haugaard, 31, was arrested on suspicion of illegal discharge of a weapon, reckless endangerment and prohibited use of a weapon, police said. No one was injured in the 9:50 p.m. incident at an...

  • Military Update: Annual report shows who joins, stays in military services

    A new "Population Representation" report on the U.S. military affirms that the 4-decade-old volunteer force is a healthy cross section of America, if just a little smarter, a little better educated and with a deeper Southern drawl than the nation as a whole. The percentage of female enlisted members has declined slightly over the past decade,...

  • Retiring El Paso County veterans services chief loves helping clients

    It took 29 years for Jim Tackett to finish his internship with El Paso County's Department of Veteran Services. Tackett, an Army veteran, wound up at the office while he was in college and stuck around to start a career there in 1988. He rose to head the department and watched the number of veterans it cares for annually more than double....

  • AROUND TOWN: The Y honors volunteers, imagines what's to come

    "Imagine" was the challenge and the charge from Boyd Williams, ebullient daydreamer and president/CEO of the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region. "Imagine" set the tone for the 136th annual meeting and volunteer celebration Feb. 19 at the Antlers Hilton. There's huge potential for the Y's "phenomenal reach in the community," Williams said,...

  • Military Awards: Emergency effort, money-saving work recognized

    Maj. Derik George Maj. Derik George of Peterson Air Force Base's 302nd Airlift Wing earned a top Air Force safety award for his role in safely landing a crippled C-130 transport plane. George was co-pilot aboard a C-130 in August when the plane's nose gear failed to deploy before landing. "As we were approaching to land, (the pilot) asked...

  • Air Force Academy rocket club members learn from failures

    In the space business, even the best plans have the potential to become spectacular failures. Air Force Academy cadets learned that lesson last week as they fired off handmade rockets at Fort Carson. An 8-foot-tall machine named Colossus was supposed to fly as high as 15,000 feet before floating to the ground with a parachute. Colossus,...

  • Colorado Springs area military events starting March 1

    THROUGH MARCH 16 USS Colorado (SSN 788) Commissioning Committee Ship's Crest Art Competition - Winner will have artwork displayed throughout the 30-year lifetime of the ship. For information, go to usscolorado committee.org. THROUGH APRIL 1 Scholarship Program - For high school seniors, hosted by National Defense Industrial Association,...

  • Discomfort comes with leadership, VA undersecretary tells Air Force Academy cadets

    Allison Hickey told an Air Force Academy crowd Friday that her time as a cadet there taught her how to be uncomfortable. And learning that skill, the undersecretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs said, made her the leader she became. Hickey was the recipient of the academy's 2015 Character and Leadership Award and the final speaker of...

  • Homeland Security budget issues could impact Colorado Springs command

    The Homeland Security budget showdown will be felt at U.S. Northern Command in Colorado Springs, but won't impact the command's ability to protect America from threats, including terrorism, a spokesman said Friday. Northern Command, formed in the wake of the 9/11 attacks to protect American soil and provide Defense Department support in...

  • Top sergeant gives Air Force Academy cadets a lesson in leadership

    The Air Force Academy's 4,000 cadets got a stark leadership lesson from a sergeant on Thursday. "It's not about you," Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody told cadets gathered for the start of the school's annual National Character and Leadership Symposium. Cody, the Air Force's top sergeant, has spent 30 years in uniform and has...

  • 'Jihadi John' raised in UK, studied computers, reports say

    LONDON ( — The world knows him as "Jihadi John," the masked, knife-wielding militant in videos showing Western hostages being beheaded by the Islamic State group. A growing body of evidence suggests he is a London-raised university graduate, described by one man who knew him as kind, gentle and humble. The Washington Post and the BBC on...

  • Fort Carson Black Hawk crew rescues stranded hikers

    Chief Warrant Officer Ben Ingraham was flying a training mission in a Black Hawk helicopter Wednesday afternoon when he and a crew of Fort Carson soldiers saw a group of hikers stranded behind Cheyenne Mountain. "They were waving at us ... it looked kind of strange and it looked like they were stuck," Ingraham said. The two men, one woman and...

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