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  • Attendance at Colorado Springs VA meeting is sparse

    More VA workers than vets attended a Tuesday meeting to discuss the Department of Veterans Affairs and its efforts to improve service. The VA has been under fire for months about long wait times for care, massive backlogs for benefit claims and customer service failures. New VA boss Bob McDonald has ordered the agency's regional offices to...

  • Under pressure, Chuck Hagel steps down as Pentagon chief

    WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Monday he is stepping down, leaving under pressure following a rocky tenure in which he has struggled to break through the White House's insular team of national security advisers. During a White House ceremony, Obama said he and Hagel had determined it was an "appropriate time for him to...

  • Wellness model for veterans expands to Colorado Springs

    Automotive impresario Jay Cimino has long wanted to set up a program for veterans in the Pikes Peak region. Best known for leading the Phil Long Dealerships, Cimino has been involved in a string of charities in southern Colorado and was the driving force behind Trinidad's Mount Carmel Wellness Center, which provides primary care and...

  • Veterans Trauma Court: From broken and battered to a leap of faith

    About 100 military veterans, community advocates and elected officials gathered for a milestone graduation ceremony recently for the Veterans Trauma Court program at the 4th Judicial District courthouse in Colorado Springs. The program, which started at the courthouse in December 2009, works to give veterans a chance to receive rehabilitation...

  • Sources: Obama broadens mission in Afghanistan

    WASHINGTON — U.S. troops in Afghanistan may once again engage Taliban fighters, not just al-Qaida terrorists, under new guidelines quietly approved by President Barack Obama, administration officials say. The armed forces were to limit their operations in Afghanistan to counterterrorism missions against al-Qaida after this year, until Obama...

  • It's life without parole for Fort Carson soldier

    A Fort Carson soldier convicted of murdering his girlfriend at a court-martial this week will serve life in prison without parole, a panel of five officers ruled Friday. Sgt. Montrell Mayo was found guilty on Wednesday of premeditated murder in the death of Sgt. Kimberly Walker. The killing took place on Valentines Day, 2013, in a Colorado...

  • Fort Carson soldier convicted of murder in death of girlfriend

    Sgt. Montrell Mayo acted with deadly intent in the Valentine's Day killing of his girlfriend, a panel of military officers found Wednesday in delivering across-the-board guilty verdicts against the Fort Carson sergeant. Mayo faces mandatory life in prison at a sentencing hearing Thursday after being found guilty of several charges - chiefly...

  • Air Force Academy superintendent to receive award

    The Air Force Academy's superintendent will receive an award Saturday that is given to outstanding airmen in honor of a World War II bombardier. Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson has been awarded the Tennessee Ernie Ford Distinguished Aerospace Achievement Award, an annual honor given by Air Force Association Chapter 361, the academy announced...

  • Fort Carson soldier charged with killing comrade

    A Fort Carson soldier has been charged in the fatal shooting of a comrade overseas in May, the post announced Tuesday. An evidence hearing is set for Wednesday to determine if Spc. Jeffery T. Page will be court-martialed in the death of Spc. Adrian M. Perkins, 19, of Pine Valley, Calif. The two soldiers were deployed to Jordan as trainers...

  • Fort Carson soldier relearned to walk after losing leg in Afghanistan

    Capt. Michael Caspers will leave the Army one day, but he says he will do it on his terms and not before. The San Antonio native and Stryker company commander in Fort Carson's 1st Brigade Combat Team lost his lower right leg to an insurgent's bomb in Afghanistan three years ago. But he's still marching. He said his desire to serve after the...

  • Fort Carson contingent in Africa to help with Ebola outbreak

    More than 160 Fort Carson soldiers have flown to Liberia, where they will build facilities to help battle Ebola, the post announced Monday. Troops from the 615th Engineer Company will bulldoze land for new clinics, improve roads and build bases for aid workers. They left Colorado Springs on flights Thursday and Saturday. "The engineers will...

  • Fort Carson soldier 'truly humbled' by new role

    The Army's new enlisted boss says he never considered being the lone soldier to wear the rank of sergeant major of the Army. "It's just not something you think about," said Daniel Dailey, a longtime Fort Carson sergeant who will take the Army's top enlisted role in 2015. "You can't possibly fathom being the sergeant major of the Army when you...

  • Retired general fights for future of the Army

    The Army needs its retirees and supporters to twist arms on Capitol Hill to avoid drastic budget cuts, the Association of the United States Army's vice president told a Colorado Springs crowd this month. Retired Lt. Gen. Guy Swan, a former top officer in the Colorado Springs-based U.S. Northern Command, said a doomsday scenario could cut the...

  • Hundreds take part Colorado Springs run to benefit deployed service members

    During his most recent tour in Kuwait, Henry Wilson received Clif Bars, lip balm, snacks and a homemade beanie from a stranger. They proved the perfect gift. "Seeing someone, a complete stranger, giving you a package means a lot," said Wilson, 25, a sergeant stationed at Fort Carson. On Sunday, he sought to return the favor. Standing in...

  • US review of Islamic State video confirms American's death

    ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE — The White House says a review of a new Islamic State video confirms the death of U.S. aid worker Peter Kassig. That announcement came Sunday as President Barack Obama flew back to Washington from Hawaii after a trip last week to the Asia Pacific region. In the video released Sunday, a militant claimed to have killed...

  • AROUND TOWN: The Home Front Cares 'For the Love of Our Troops X'

    Any community that gives welcome-home McDonald's Quarter Pounders to service members as they step off the planes from deployments is her kind of place. Author Lee Woodruff, a contributing reporter for "CBS This Morning," said this is simply one more thing that makes the Colorado Springs area and The Home Front Cares "the model for what each...

  • Air Force Academy visitor center to close Sunday due to weather

    The Air Force Academy's visitor center and visitor area will be closed Sunday due to inclement weather. The visitor's center usually is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Check gazette.com for more information on closures and delays.

  • Top US general in Iraq to assess anti-IS campaign

    BAGHDAD — America's top military leader arrived in Iraq on Saturday on a previously unannounced visit, his first since a U.S.-led coalition began launching airstrikes against the extremist Islamic State group. The visit by Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, came just two days after he told Congress that the...

  • Fort Carson welcomes home more than 100 soldiers

    Fort Carson welcomed home more than 100 soldiers at a 9 a.m. Friday morning ceremony. The 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, held a homecoming ceremony for 135 of its soldiers who were deployed to Afghanistan for nine months in March. The brigade worked in Kandahar, Zabul, Uruzgan and Spin Boldak in southern...

  • Intent is at the heart of Mayo court-martial

    Prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed Thursday that Sgt. Montrell Mayo is a killer. The question before a Fort Carson court-martial is whether Mayo is a cold-blooded killer. On Valentine's Day 2013, Mayo left his slain girlfriend, Cpl. Kimberly Walker, tucked into a Colorado Springs hotel bed covered with rose petals. Authorities caught...

  • Veteran's Day run/walk fundraising for Operation Gratitude

    A 3-mile run in Colorado Springs on Sunday will support a charity that sends care packages to troops overseas. The National Veterans Day Run, in Memorial Park, will raise money for Operation Gratitude, which ships care packages to deployed service members. Organizers hope to raise more than $25,000. The 3-mile race, which starts at 3:11 p.m.,...

  • Air Force Academy cadets join national pledge not to rape

    Cadets have pledged to not lie, cheat or steal. They added another pledge Wednesday: They will not rape. It's part of a national movement on college campuses pushed by the Obama administration that has students pledge to intervene to stop sexual assaults and support victims. The "It's on Us" campaign has included an advertising blitz to...

  • Canadian contingent comprises much of Veterans Day ceremony in Colorado Springs

    Soldiers, sailors and airmen turned out by the dozens for the annual Veterans Day rites in Colorado Springs on Tuesday. And all but a handful of them were Canadian. Weeks after radicals killed two Canadian soldiers, including one slain at Canada's most sacred war memorial, emotions are still raw among the outsized contingent of Canadian...

  • Veterans Day: Wreath dedication among events around Colorado Springs

    A wreath dedication is scheduled at 9:35 a.m. Tuesday at Pikes Peak Community College in honor of Veterans Day. The keynote speaker will be author Clifton Taulbert, "How We Serve." Laura BenAmots will speak and display her "Battle Portraits." The wreath dedication runs from 9:35 a.m.-11:15 a.m., Pikes Peak Community College, 5675 S....

  • America's oldest living vet: At 108 he smokes cigars, drinks whiskey and a whole lot more

    Richard Overton, 108, is thought to be the oldest living veteran in the United States. But he’s as active as ever. He begins his days with a tablespoon of whiskey in his coffee and smokes cigars daily, USA Today reported in 2013. “I drink whiskey in my coffee. Sometimes I drink it straight,” Overton told CNN. “I smoke my...

  • Colorado Springs ranked top city to live in for veterans

    Note: A wreath-laying ceremony in honor of Veterans Day is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. at the Centennial campus of Pikes Peak Community College, 5675 S. Academy Blvd. Gazette.com is planning to livestream from the ceremony. --- Colorado Springs topped a list released Monday of the best places for veterans to live. With nearly a fifth of its...

  • Denver veterans file discrimination complaint, say housing is dangerous

    For Anthony Mitchell, the Fourth Quarter Residences were a godsend, a low-rent haven for homeless and disabled veterans at a time when he and his wife were living in their car. Now, more than three years after residents began moving into the 36-unit complex, he and others describe a building where security is so lax that neighborhood drug...

  • List: Closings and events on Veterans Day in the Pikes Peak region

    Here's what's open and what's not, schedules that are altered, and special events scheduled on Tuesday: VETERANS DAY CLOSINGS Banks and credit unions: Most banks and credit unions closed Tuesday; check with individual banks or credit unions. Buses (Metro Transit): Regular bus service Tuesday. Government offices: City, county, state and...

  • Reluctant witness testifies in Air Force Academy rape hearing

    The alleged victim in an Air Force Academy rape case called the cadet facing charges "my friend" during a Monday evidence hearing. The woman, a junior cadet, said she didn't want to see cadet Brock Mangum on trial and had kept quiet after the alleged sex assault. "It was half because I was embarrassed, and half because I didn't want to...

  • Faster airport screening set for Air Force Academy students

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Students of four U.S. military service academies are now eligible for expedited airport screening. The Transportation Security Administration announced the extension of the Pre-Check system on Monday. It will apply to students at the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and the U.S. Air...

  • Fort Carson likely to cancel planned burn

    Firefighters were eying gusty winds ahead of a planned burn of Fort Carson rangeland in Pueblo County. The burn was planned for Monday, but a base spokeswoman said gusty winds from a front pushing south through Colorado would likely cancel it. "Safety is our No. 1 concern," she said. Fort Carson has been burning off standing bush on...

  • Air Force Academy cadet faces sex-assault charge

    Charges against an Air Force Academy cadet accused of sexual assault are set to be aired Monday at an evidence hearing. Junior cadet Brock W. Mangum is charged with sexual assault, abusive sexual contact and violating a no-contact order, according to court papers. He faces a hearing Monday that will determine whether there's enough evidence...

  • Volunteer spirit will be on display on Veterans Day

    Veterans young and old will gather in Colorado Springs on Tuesday to mark Veterans Day. They will lay ceremonial wreaths, sing and pray. And when it's over, Carmen Pesek will go back to her house. For a nap. "When we get done and get home, I can't even unload the car," Pesek said. "It's so emotionally draining." The widow of a Korean...

  • Veterans stories from the Gulf War, Panama invasion

    "The chemical threat was the biggest threat that everybody was concerned about," said Sgt. Maj. Thomas Price, operations sergeant major for 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division. "That's what went through my mind. That's what went through 80 percent of the personnel's mind, prior to our deployment. We continuously made sure all our chemical...

  • Veterans tell about their time in service: World War II: Shot down over Germany

    Tech. Sgt. Charles W. "Chuck" Blaney was seven missions from going back to his parents' home in Chicago when the B-24 he was in was hit by German fighters and crashed in a small German village near Hamburg. The tide had turned for the Allies in early 1945, but Blaney would spend his 20th birthday in Stalag Luft I prison camp in Barth, Germany,...

  • Thousands turn out for annual Veterans Day Parade in Colorado Springs

    The rhythmic thump of bass drums was like a beating heart through the city's core. Since 2000, men, women and children have marched in the annual Veterans Day Parade to the beat of drumming from military and high school bands, while thousands of people line Tejon Street to clap, whistle and wave. In years past, themes for parades have...

  • Colorado Springs area military events starting Nov. 9, 2014

    Tuesday Veterans Day Walk - 5K or 10K, start between 8:30 a.m. and noon, Carriage House, Rock Ledge Ranch, 3202 Chambers Way. Sponsored by Falcon Wanderers, free. Jogging strollers can complete the courses with some difficulty, no pets inside the Carriage House, Visitor Center or Trading Post; walking@falconwanderers.org, Carol, 648-9015,...

  • Veterans Day parade rewind: Watch replay here

    Watch a replay of the Colorado Springs Veterans Day Parade.  Almost 100 entries will be marching and rolling and walking down Tejon Street on Saturday to honor veterans from all wars and conflicts in the parade. The parade is a 15-year project of a patriotic local nonprofit formed by volunteers, organizations and businesses that lines...

  • 'Shark Tank' winner gives AFA cadets a lesson in entrepreneurial spirit

    Justin Fenchel and his co-founders at BeatBox Beverage did their homework before going for a swim in the "Shark Tank." They watched every episode of the hit television series, which gives budding entrepreneurs a chance to make a pitch to a panel of celebrity investors - who may, or may not, bite. They researched each shark investor, what...

  • Obama authorizes US military to send more troops to Iraq

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama authorized a broad expansion on Friday of the U.S. military mission in Iraq that will boost the total number of American troops there to about 3,100 and spread advisory teams and trainers to the north and west where fighting with Islamic State militants has been fierce. The president's decision to escalate...

  • 500 homeless vets get help at Denver Stand Down

    DENVER — Organizers say nearly 500 veterans have taken advantage of services ranging from haircuts to help resolving court cases at Denver's annual Homeless Veterans Stand Down. The Stand Down was held Thursday. About 100 of the veterans worked with Denver County Court to resolve minor offenses. Open cases can make it harder for people to...

  • Letter sent from Colorado's 'Supermax' claims knowledge of al-Qaida plot

    OKLAHOMA CITY — A man imprisoned for a role in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks says he wants to testify in open court about an alleged plot by al-Qaida to shoot down Air Force One and assassinate former President Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary. In a four-page, handwritten letter filed this week in U.S. District Court in Oklahoma City,...

  • Air Force Academy sergeant could face court-martial for drug use

    A hearing Friday will determine whether an Air Force Academy sergeant will face court-martial for alleged heroin use. Evidence against Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Antrim will be aired at an Article 32 hearing at the academy. He's charged with three counts of drug use under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The proceeding is similar to a...

  • Amid classified information controversy, Fox News will name Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden

    In the absence of identifying features — name, appearance, rank — the man who says he killed Osama bin Laden is known only as “the Shooter.” In press reports, he is described as a dad from Virginia Beach who struggles to balance the demands of fatherhood with the duties of a Navy SEAL. Beyond that, the service...

  • Iraq and Afghanistan vet elected to US Senate

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton defeated two-term Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor on Tuesday in Arkansas, capping a multimillion race driven by voters' dissatisfaction with President Barack Obama. Cotton, 37, was elected to a six-year term in the Senate after a 15-month campaign in which the two rivals and outside groups had...

  • Former Fort Carson sergeant tapped for Army's top enlisted post

    A former Fort Carson sergeant has been tapped for the Army's top enlisted post. Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Dailey, who was once the top enlisted soldier at Fort Carson, will take over as sergeant major of the Army early next year, the Army announced Monday. A Pennsylvania native, Dailey deployed to Iraq in 2003 with Fort Carson's 3rd Brigade...

  • Afghan officials walk away from Colorado training

    DENVER — Two Afghan prison officials walked away from a training program in Colorado in the last 13 months, but the state never announced their disappearances. Based on state records, The Denver Post (http://dpo.st/1uiQ6uG ) reported Monday that one of the unidentified men left the International Correctional Management Training Center in...

  • WATCH: Taylor Swift 'Shake It Off' gets new spin as Air Force Academy parachute team jumps from planes

    It's not often, if ever, you can put singer Taylor Swift and the Air Force Academy in the same sentence. But here's some pregame spirit for Saturday's Air Force-Army football game at West Point. The United States Air Force Parachute Team, Wings of Blue, recorded the video, set to Swift's "Shake It Off," to highlight its football game against...

  • AROUND TOWN: Bill Medley of Righteous Brothers and WWII vets honored by USO

    Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers crooned "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" to an appreciative audience of honorees at front tables at the recent USO Freedom Dinner. Then Medley bent down and personally thanked those smiling World War II veterans. As Medley sang the romantic "Unchained Melody" from "Ghost," lovebirds Al and Joyce Horne held...

  • AP EXCLUSIVE: Military sex survey draws complaints

    WASHINGTON — Shocked and offended by explicit questions, some U.S. servicemen and women are complaining about a new sexual-assault survey that hundreds of thousands have been asked to complete. The survey is conducted every two years. But this year's version, developed by the Rand Corp., is unusually detailed, including graphically personal...

  • Probation for Fort Carson soldier convicted in solicitation case

    A Fort Carson soldier accused of asking more than a dozen girls and young women to watch him masturbate for money was sentenced Thursday to 10 years of sex offender intensive supervised probation. Duston Ridner, 44, pleaded guilty in August to one count of sexual obscenity, although he admitted to the other charges in court Thursday. He was...

  • Pikes Peak region military leaders: Troops won't bring Ebola back from Africa deployment

    The military worked Wednesday night to calm fears that Pikes Peak region troops could bring Ebola home from deployments in Africa. Nearly 200 Fort Carson soldiers are scheduled to deploy to Africa in the coming weeks, where they will work in Liberia to build humanitarian assistance bases and Ebola treatment facilities. The engineers will...

  • Commandant says giving AFA cadets more responsibility will improve behavior

    Hours ahead of a national news broadcast recounting athlete misconduct at the Air Force Academy, the school's commandant of cadets told Colorado Springs business leaders that a tiny fraction of cadets get into trouble. Brig Gen. Stephen Williams said 3.7 percent of cadets are facing discipline for all reasons and "96.3 percent, if I'm doing my...

  • Hagel approves 21-day Ebola quarantine for troops

    WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday approved a recommendation by military leaders that all U.S. troops returning from Ebola response missions in West Africa be kept in supervised isolation for 21 days. The move goes beyond precautions recommended by the Obama administration for civilians, although President Barack Obama...

  • ABC's 'Nightline' to air report on Air Force Academy misconduct

    ABC News announced Tuesday that it will air an investigation into the misconduct of Air Force Academy football players and the school's 2013 informant scandal - stories that first appeared in The Gazette. The network's full report airs Wednesday on "Nightline" and follows Gazette investigations in 2013, August and September that examined the...

  • 'No beer ... no women': Former Army football coach defends his recruiting trips

    When Army football recruits took a bus trip with coach Bobby Ross, there was no drinking or dancing in the aisles like a trip for recruits earlier this year. Ross came out of retirement to coach the Black Knights from 2004 to 2006, and he did take cadets and prospects for a ride down New York's Palisades Parkway. But it wasn't for a night of...

  • Army coach accepts blame for NCAA violations

    A contrite Jeff Monken accepted responsibility on Tuesday for a football recruiting trip that happened a month after he was hired as head coach at Army and resulted in minor NCAA violations. "Everything that happens in this program is my responsibility. It was wrong," Monken said. "I'm disappointed it happened. I don't like having my...

  • Colorado company, Army settle price-inflation allegations

    BOULDER — A Boulder-based company that makes antenna and radio systems has paid $10 million to settle allegations that it submitted inflated prices for equipment it sold to the Army. The Justice Department said Monday that First RF Corporation violated the False Claims Act in a 2005 Army contract that included the sale of 6,900 antennas and...

  • Booze, girls, cash and recruits: West Point responds to Gazette article

    West Point's top officer Sunday took full blame for the school's recruiting violations this year that included courting high school football players with alcohol and VIP treatment on a raucous bus ride. The incidents were first revealed in a  Saturday story in The Gazette. "As superintendent, I take full responsibility for all...

  • Fort Carson's top NCO clearly outlines dos and don'ts for soldiers

    Command Sgt. Maj. David Clark has a few rules for his Fort Carson soldiers - 42 pages worth. As the 4th Infantry Division's top enlisted soldier, Clark spearheaded the new rulebook released this month that outlaws walking while smoking and requires soldiers to exit their cars to render honors to the nation at the end of the duty day. The...

  • Army troops isolated after Africa duty tour

    WASHINGTON — The Pentagon says dozens of Army soldiers and their two-star general are being isolated at their base in Vicenza, Italy, as they return after serving in West Africa to help with the Ebola fight. Maj. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, the commander who led the U.S. response in Liberia, returned to Italy with 11 staff. They will be...

  • Report: West Point football team recruited high school athletes with booze, women

    The Army football team wooed recruits this year with an alcohol-fueled party, a dinner date with female cadets, cash from boosters and VIP treatment on a party bus complete with cheerleaders and a police escort, documents obtained by The Gazette show. The U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., which acknowledged the misconduct to The...

  • Homefront Cares' aid to veterans spreads beyond Pikes Peak region

    More than 750 people gathered at a gala this month to mark the 11th birthday of a homegrown charity that helps troops and their families and is rapidly shifting to a postwar role for veterans. The Home Front Cares drew the crowd and its donations. Founded by a pair of Colorado Springs Vietnam veterans to assist troops headed for Iraq, it has...

  • AFA flight team wins region, eyes national championship

    At the National Intercollegiate Flying Association competition held at the academy's airfield this month, cadets took to the skies to show their skills in precision navigation and other feats of airmanship. For the academy, it's a stop on the way to the National Championships in Ohio next May, and defeat by the five other Rocky Mountain...

  • Colorado Springs area military events starting Oct. 26, 2014

    SUNDAY How to Mountain Bike - 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Outdoor Recreation Complex, 7093 Specker Ave., Building 2429, $15; mwrfortcarson.com or call 526-3907. Fort Carson Handicap Stroke Play Championship - 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Cheyenne Shadows Golf Club, Fort Carson, $25; mwrfortcarson.com, 526-4102. WEDNESDAY Military Speakers Luncheon - With keynote...

  • Air Force Superintendent was a star for Falcons on court, in class

    Lt. Gen. Michelle D. Johnson is the superintendent of the Air Force Academy, appointed this year and the first woman to hold that position. The general is a graduate of the academy's class of 1981 and one of the Air Force's most outstanding women's basketball players during her career. She ended her four-year stint with the basketball team...

  • '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...

  • Fort Carson soldiers train to stay healthy while working in Ebola-stricken country

    As a company of Fort Carson soldiers learned to don new gear to protect them from Ebola on a deployment to Africa, commanders at the post focused on ensuring the virus doesn't follow troops home. The post's 615th Engineer Company will spend up to a year in Liberia laying the groundwork for humanitarian assistance bases and Ebola treatment...

  • Peterson Air Force Base commands monitor attack in Canada

    Leaders of the bi-national North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado Springs were warily monitoring an attack on Ottawa's Parliament Hill, but had not increased security across the continent. The Peterson Air Force Base command represents the largest permanent foreign deployment of Canadian troops who work alongside American forces...

  • 2 dead in shooting attack at Canada's Parliament

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — A Canadian soldier standing guard at a war memorial in the country's capital was shot to death Wednesday, and heavy gunfire then erupted inside Parliament. One gunman was killed, and police said they were hunting for as many as two others. The attack immediately raised the specter of terrorism, with Canada already on...

  • FBI: 3 Colorado girls may have tried to join Islamic jihadis

    DENVER — Authorities are investigating whether three teenage girls from suburban Denver who may have been trying to join Islamic State militants in Syria have friends or associates with similar intentions. A U.S. official said the evidence gathered so far made it clear that the girls — two sisters, ages 17 and 15, and their 16-year-old friend...

  • Fort Carson troops head to Germany for exercise to counter Russian aggression

    About 100 Fort Carson soldiers headed to Germany on Tuesday to take part in a training exercise that's part of a NATO effort to counter Russian aggression in the region. The soldiers, from the 4th Infantry Division's headquarters, will help lead NATO troops in a mock battle called Operation Combined Resolve III. It's on a smaller scale, but...

  • Air Force Academy to remain silent on athletic department issues

    The Air Force Academy says leaders have said all they can about a review of the school's athletic department that came after a player misconduct scandal. A spokesman, Lt. Col. Brus Vidal, says Air Force regulations mandate that the review, called an "inspection" in the service's language, be kept secret. Vidal said superintendent Lt. Gen...

  • 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...

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