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  • Mountain Post Historical Association working to create Fort Carson museum

    Fort Carson is the only major military installation in the U.S. with a combat division that doesn't have a dedicated, comprehensive museum to recognize the service and sacrifice of all who served there. More than 70 units, including 12 divisions, have called Fort Carson home since the installation opened as Camp Carson in 1942. The Mountain...

  • Wounded Texas veterans find therapy on the water

    DALLAS - People who carry on with missionary zeal about the poetry of sailing are probably not manning a bilge pump or scrubbing a hull, but the poetry is there. It's there when the sailor captures the basic physics of wind, water and sail to create seamless motion. For those who love the sport, there's no joy to match it. That very...

  • Man calls VA fine threat over photo intimidation

    BILLINGS, Mont. - A Billings, Mont., man who transports disabled veterans said he was threatened with a $50 fine for appearing in a photograph alongside a newspaper article critical of a new Veterans Administration clinic. Ed Saunders was featured in an Aug. 15 Billings Gazette photo with an article about problems with the opening of the $6.3...

  • Mexico creates special force for economic crime

    MEXICO CITY - Mexico launched a special 5,000-strong police force to combat industrial, farm and business crime that has extended throughout the country's economy, strangling commerce in some regions. Drug gangs have long penetrated some Mexican mining and agricultural sectors, but officials now reveal that everyone from fishermen to tourist...

  • Leader touts value, potential of Maryland Army post

    ABERDEEN, Md. - The new senior commander at Aberdeen Proving Ground said that stronger ties between the Army installation and the surrounding community could help avert large job cuts at the research and weapons-testing post near Baltimore. Maj. Gen. Bruce Crawford said Aug. 22 that he's reaching out to small businesses and inviting the...

  • AAFES makes 'business case' for all vets to shop online

    Allowing 18.8 million honorably discharged veterans to shop online through military exchange services, which also operate brick-and-mortar department stores and concessions on base, could boost store profits enough to pump $100 million back into base quality-of-life programs. That's part of the "business case" made by the Army and Air Force...

  • Veterans rally once again draws huge crowd to Cripple Creek

    Colorado's largest motorcycle rally celebrated its 22nd year in the old mining town of Cripple Creek during the Salute to American Veterans Rally and Festival. More than 35,000 bikers cruised into Cripple Creek Aug. 15-17 in the spirit of brotherhood and remembrance and to pay tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, or were lost and...

  • Military Briefs

    Gov. signs 'Keep Carson Strong' card Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper took time during a Colorado Springs visit Aug. 21 to sign a postcard to the Pentagon urging Army leaders to keep troops at Fort Carson. The Army is examining cuts of up to 16,000 soldiers from the 24,000-soldier post as part of a plan to trim 70,000 active-duty troops by...

  • Military Awards

    Air Force Brig. Gen. Andy Armacost The Air Force Academy's dean of faculty, Brig. Gen Andy Armacost, was honored this month with the West Range award from Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. Armacost earned the award for career achievement, contributions to society and service to the fraternity. He joined the fraternity while attending Northwestern...

  • SML Calendar of events starting Aug. 31, 2014

    TUESDAY Women's Beginner Get Golf Ready Lessons - Six-lesson program, 5-6 p.m., Cheyenne Shadows Golf Club, Fort Carson, $99. For other dates and registration, go online or call:, 332-0024. FRIDAY CG Scramble - 1:30 p.m., Cheyenne Shadows Golf Club, Fort Carson, $30 per person. Registration: 526-4102. Wingman Day - An...

  • Family trying to raise money to pay for Fountain Marine's burial

    The wife of a Marine and longtime Fountain resident who died in a crash in Colorado Springs is trying to raise money to help pay for his visitation and funeral this week. Mark McCart, 23, graduated from Cheyenne Mountain High School and enlisted in the Marines. After his service, which included a reported nine months fighting in Afghanistan,...

  • AROUND TOWN: Citizen Soldier Connection

    The Citizen Soldier Connection, a group of local citizens stepping in to support members of the military and their families stationed here, recently took to the links for a Friend-Raiser Golf Outing at Cheyenne Shadows Golf Course. Foursomes were made up of two soldiers and two local citizens. Prior to teeing up, members of the nonprofit...

  • Former soldier awaiting mental evaluation after pleading insanity in alleged deadly car crash

    A former soldier facing civil and criminal charges in a crash that killed a 13-year-old boy almost a year ago will undergo a mental evaluation next month after pleading not guilty by reason of insanity. Former Fort Carson Sgt. Andrew Marsh, 46, is accused of causing a three-vehicle crash at U.S. 85 / 87 and Plaza Boulevard in Fountain on Sept....

  • Air Force Academy graduate, decorated combat veteran killed in F-15 crash

    BOSTON - The pilot killed in the crash of an F-15 jet this week in the remote Virginia mountains was an Air Force Academy graduate and decorated combat veteran with 17 years of experience flying the planes, military officials in Massachusetts said Friday. The pilot, Lt. Col. Morris "Moose" Fontenot Jr., joined the Massachusetts Air National...

  • Online magazine promotes jihadism, lists Air Force Academy as target

    An English-language al-Qaeda magazine promoting jihadism and “lone-wolf” terrorists attacks lists the United States Air Force Academy as a potential terrorism target. The online magazine, produced by al-Malahem, al-Qaeda’s Arabian Peninsula media division, also calls for the liberation of Palestine and lists other U.S. targets, including...

  • 'Great Escape' survivors gather in Colorado Springs in reunion of former WWII POWs

    Seven decades haven't severed bonds built in captivity. Veterans who survived Germany's Stalag Luft III say the connections built in the prison camp have expanded over that time, encompassing children, wives and grandkids. Seventeen survivors of the camp - all in their 90s - are in Colorado Springs this week along with more than 100 family...

  • Burglars steal hand movement of triple amputee who's an Army vet

    SAN ANTONIO — U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ben Eberle was smoking a cigarette Nov. 19, 2011, in the Tangi Valley of Afghanistan when he saw the blue wire. He took one last drag of his cigarette, knowing what would come the moment the enemy detected his movement. He took off running and the IED exploded. Eberle threw up his right arm to protect his...

  • NORAD sends fighter jets to escort flight after passengers' 'disruptive behaviour'

    A Sunwing Airlines flight to Cuba was escorted into Toronto by two Canadian fighter jets on Wednesday evening, NORAD said. Sunwing Flight 656 was about midway through its flight from Toronto to Cuba when the pilot of the 737 aircraft was alerted to a fight between passengers and alerted NORAD. The jet was over South Carolina at the time, said...

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