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  • Two Fort Carson soldiers killed in Afghanistan

    Two Fort Carson soldiers fighting in Afghanistan died Thursday after an improvised explosive device attack on their vehicle, the Department of Defense said Friday. Staff Sgt. Benjamin G. Prange, 30, of Hickman, Neb., and Pfc. Keith M. Williams, 19,of Visalia, Calif.,were assigned to the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team at Fort Carson and were...

  • AROUND TOWN: Picnic at Benet Hill honors military

    For the fifth year the Benedictine Sisters of Benet Hill Monastery invited the public to their wooded retreat in Black Forest for a 
Sunday afternoon of natural beauty combined with face painting, basketball shooting, pony rides, climbing on firetrucks and shopping for bargains from Sisters Thrift and Boutique.

  • Veteran cited for ducks hopes for law change

    COSHOCTON, Ohio — An Army veteran who says his pet ducks help relieve his post-traumatic stress disorder is now hoping for a change in the Ohio village law that prohibits him from keeping the animals in his backyard. Darin Welker, who served in the Army National Guard, was cited for violating a ban on keeping farm animals in West Lafayette,...

  • Colorado Springs to hold 61st Korean War Armistice celebration

    A ceremony commemorating the 61st anniversary of the Korean War Armistice is Saturday at 10:30 a.m.at Memorial Park, located south of East Pikes Peak Avenue. The event, hosted by a local chapter of the Korean War Veteran's Association, will feature The Korean Consul General to the U.S. and a representative from the Air Force. Veterans of the...

  • Air Force Academy training flight lands off course

    No injuries were reported after a T-53A aircraft conducting flight training operations landed off course Wednesday on Air Force Academy grounds. Academy spokesman Warthen Meade said the aircraft landed about 9 a.m. on the north part of the military installation near Interstate 25 with a student and an instructor on board. Neither person was...

  • Basic cadets begin long stay at Jack’s Valley

    More than 1,200 basic cadets from the Air Force Academy, led by their cadet cadre, started 11 days of training at Jack's Valley on Monday. The basic cadets will be doing various drills and team-building exercises during one of the most physically demanding parts of their summer training.

  • Despite bloodshed, Colorado Springs man says nonviolent movement is strong after trip to West Bank

    Jimi Hummer arrived in the West Bank city of Hebron on 
May 22 as tensions that led to current Israeli and Palestinian violence began to unfold. “So this was my welcome to Hebron,” he said Monday night, as photos of armed Israeli soldiers outside Palestinian homes came up on the television screen behind him. Hummer, a Colorado Springs...

  • Frustrations of waiting weeks for returning soldiers dissipates with Fort Carson homecoming

    Arriving in white, unmarked buses, the 355 soldiers were escorted by Fort Carson Fire Department trucks to a parking lot. The sky was dark, the sun would not come for another 50 minutes, and it was serene. But inside the nearby event center, which doubles as recreational basketball facility, it felt like a high school pep rally. Despite the...

  • Obama bestows Medal of Honor on New Hampshire veteran

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama bestowed theMedal of Honor on Monday on a former Army staff sergeant who fought off enemy fighters during one of the bloodiest battles of the Afghanistan war. Ryan M. Pitts is the ninth living recipient of the nation's highest decoration for battlefield valor for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Obama...

  • Perry sending National Guard troops to border

    AUSTIN, Texas — Gov. Rick Perry said Monday he is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops over the next month to the Texas-Mexico border to combat criminals that Republican state leaders say are exploiting a surge of children and families entering the U.S. illegally. Perry, a vocal critic of the White House's response to the border...

  • Colorado Springs ties aided Apollo program, first step on moon

    Forty-five years ago, millions of people around the world watched as Neil Armstrong planted his boot on moon soil. What none of those people saw, however, was the Colorado Springs residents who helped rocket Armstrong and the Apollo program's predecessors into space. It may have been, as Armstrong said on that historic day, one small step man...

  • 2 Americans killed in fighting in Gaza Strip

    Max Steinberg and Nissim Sean Carmeli grew up in America. But they both developed a passion for Israel. The young men's love of Israel ultimately led them to join the Israel Defense Forces, and they ended up fighting for the Jewish state in the Gaza Strip this week. On Sunday, Steinberg, 24, and Carmeli, 21, were killed there. They were...

  • Fort Carson 4th on 3rd event draws thousands from around the region

    When Fort Carson throws a birthday party, everybody is invited. More than 9,000 soldiers, family members and civilians from the community attended Fort Carson's 4th on the 3rd celebration at Iron Horse Park for fun, food, music and fireworks. The free event organized by Fort Carson Moral Welfare and Recreation was open to the community and...

  • AF Cadets mark midway point of basic training with field day

    Intense but friendly competition marked the halfway point through cadet basic training for freshman cadets at the Air Force Academy's annual field day July 11. More than 1,200 basic cadets led by their cadet cadre took to the athletic fields at the academy to compete for bragging rights as best squadron after 15 days of basic training....

  • New Peterson unit gets new commander

    A ritual as old as the military signified a change for an Air Force unit that uses some of the nation's most cutting-edge technology. Over 100 airmen, family and friends attended as Lt. Col. Eric Lingle took charge of the 4th Space Control Squadron during a change of command ceremony at Peterson Air Force Base on July 11. "I couldn't ask...

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