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  • Walsenburg school gives students hands-on way to thank veterans

    A unique project that breaks ground on Saturday will help the young build dreams and the old settle in to remember theirs. Students and recent graduates of an alternative, trades-oriented high school headquartered in Colorado Springs will construct the Veterans' Family Home in Walsenburg. Families of military veterans who are moving their...

  • Air Force Academy cadets ready to test satellite for launch

    The Air Force is readying two satellites for launch in 2016 and is in the early stages of designing a third spacecraft. But these aren't the products of multibillion-dollar defense programs and top contractors. These satellites are the creations of Air Force Academy cadets. The nation's oldest undergraduate astronautics program is readying...

  • Eight local service members gain citizenship on fast-track program

    America gained eight citizens during a Fort Carson ceremony last week thanks to a program that fast-tracks immigration paperwork for troops. The program, in place since the Sept. 11 attacks and run through a partnership between the military and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, gives rapid citizenship to those who serve in...

  • Military Update: Congress moves to change military retirement system

    Congress on Thursday took a first, perhaps historic step toward phasing out the 20-year-or-bust retirement system the U.S. military has used to shape and retain its career forces since the end of World War II. The replacement plan, as endorsed by the House armed services' personnel subcommittee, is a blended system that would cut by 20...

  • Military awards: 302nd Airlift Wing lauds airmen with annual awards

    Staff Sgt. Jessica Pentecost Staff Sgt. Jessica Pentecost was named "Panther of the Week" at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora. The honor lauds airmen for exceptional service and dedication to duty. A protocol expert and 10-year Air Force veteran, Pentecost earned the award for making distinguished visits to the base go smoothly, leaders...

  • Military Briefing: Marines to train at Fort Carson, Pinon Canyon

    Marine reservists to train at Fort Carson The Marines will land at Fort Carson starting May 4 for a 10-day training exercise, the post announced. Marine reservists will fight a 10-day mock war over Fort Carson and its Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site using fighters, drones and the tilt-rotor V-22 Osprey, which can take off and land like a...

  • Colorado Springs area military events starting April 26

    THURSDAY El Paso County Homeless Veterans Coalition Benefit - 6 p.m., Fox and Hound, 3101 New Center Point; 570-0500, erikabuesing@gmail.com. FRIDAY Colorado Springs Sky Sox vs. Omaha Stormchasers - Air Force Appreciation - 6:35 p.m., Security Service Field, 4385 Tutt Blvd. Go online for ticket prices: www.skysox.com. SATURDAY Society...

  • Sculpture to honor Air Force Academy POWs in Vietnam captures 'spirit of defiance'

    There's a hidden message in the Air Force Academy's newest sculpture that alumni who became prisoners of war say is as profound as it is profane. The 1-ton bronze depicts life at the Hanoi Hilton, Vietnam's infamous prisoner of war camp. The prisoner shown in the work is bound at the legs, elbows and wrists, placed in a position of...

  • Fort Carson soldier convicted in theft of thousands of dollars in military equipment

    Jurors on Thursday found a former Fort Carson soldier guilty of stealing military equipment worth thousands of dollars from the post. Torrence Hall was found guilty of stealing gear worth more than $20,000 but less than $100,000. His trial began Monday in a 4th Judicial District courtroom when jurors were introduced to a huge cache of...

  • VA head: Aurora hospital project should continue despite cost overruns

    SANTA CLARA, CALIF. - The head of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs said a hospital project in Aurora should continue despite more than $1 billion in cost overruns. "What happened 2009, '10 and '11 is regrettable," said VA Secretary Robert McDonald. "We've learned from it. We made a mistake. We've got to fix it. We think it's best for...

  • VA officials thrashed during Congressional committee hearing in Aurora

    AURORA - Despite breathtaking cost overruns, Congress remains committed to building the $1.73 billion Veterans Affairs hospital here. During a rare field hearing of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, lawmakers took over Aurora's city hall and used the chamber to lambaste senior VA officials, while pledging they'll come up with the $830...

  • Florida frat accused of insulting wounded war veterans

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida is investigating allegations that members of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity spat at a group of disabled military veterans last weekend at a resort in Panama City Beach. University of Florida President Kent Fuchs called the behavior unacceptable and promised a full investigation. He made the remarks...

  • Friday Military Salute: Becoming ship-shape at two Widefield District 3 schools.

    Everything is ship-shape at two Widefield high school Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps programs that excelled in recent competitions. Mesa Ridge's program won an academic ROTC competition this month, but students like senior Cadet Commander John Lightner said ROTC has taught him life lessons, as well. "I've learned that I need to,...

  • Glider pilots to compete at Air Force Academy this weekend

    AIR FORCE ACADEMY — About 30 glider pilots are expected to compete in an aerial acrobatics competition at the Air Force Academy. The Ben Lowell Aerial Confrontation runs Friday through Sunday at the school outside Colorado Springs. The competition will take place above the 28-square-mile campus, but the school says flying activity will be...

  • Ex-CIA Director Petraeus gets probation, fine for leaking secrets

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Former CIA Director David Petraeus, whose career was destroyed by an extramarital affair with his biographer, has been sentenced to two years' probation and a $100,000 fine for giving her classified material while she was working on the book. Thursday's sentencing came two months after Petraeus agreed to plead guilty to a...

  • Fort Carson soldiers accused of raping Colorado Springs teen after party

    Two Fort Carson soldiers have been charged with the rape of a Colorado Springs high school student last fall, according to court papers released to the Gazette on Wednesday. Prosecutors allege Spc. Noel A. Acevedo-Mercado and Pfc. John C. Donathan met the 17-year-old girl at a teenage party off Lower Gold Camp Road and later attacked her in a...

  • Air Force Academy to honor its 33 graduates who were POWs

    The Air Force Academy is honoring its 33 graduates who have been held as prisoners of war. Nineteen POWs are scheduled to attend the Thursday-Friday event. They'll meet with cadets and attend the dedication of a plaque and statue that acknowledge their sacrifices. Family members of living and deceased Air Force Academy POWs are also...

  • Obama says he takes full responsibility for hostage deaths

    WASHINGTON — An American and an Italian held hostage by al-Qaida, as well as two Americans working with the terror group, were inadvertently killed by U.S. drone strikes earlier this year, the government revealed Thursday. President Barack Obama said he took "full responsibility" for the counterterror missions and offered his "grief and...

  • Army's top enlisted man talks about improving discipline during Carson visit

    Fort Carson thefts and other Army discipline issues have the attention of the Army's top sergeant, who wants a new program to keep soldiers in line. Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel Dailey is pushing the new "Not in My Squad" campaign to drive discipline into the service's smallest eight-soldier units, combating crime and sexual assault along the...

  • VA pledges broad review of claims processing

    WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs said Wednesday it has launched a top-down review of its handling of disability claims and pledged to punish those who falsify data as pressure mounted on Capitol Hill for personnel changes amid mismanagement investigations in Philadelphia and other VA facilities. Separately, the office of the VA...

  • UCCS part of new partnership to boost cyber defense in U.S.

    The U.S. Army Reserve has formed a partnership with eight U.S. colleges and more than 20 defense contractors to train and provide continuing education for reservists who will defend against cyberattacks and hold full-time jobs with the contractors. More than 50 representatives from the schools, military and industry are meeting at the...

  • Army says keeping equipment on post a priority, will investigate Fort Carson thefts

    The Pentagon says Army leaders are taking a string of recent thefts of military gear at Fort Carson "incredibly seriously" and will probe how more than $500,000 in equipment including weapons parts, night vision gear and robots have been pilfered from the post. Army spokesman Lt. Col. Don Peters said the service has strict procedures to...

  • AP Exclusive: No outside construction expert on VA probe

    DENVER — The Veterans Affairs Department has no outside construction expert helping with its investigation into massive cost overruns at its new Denver hospital, according to congressional testimony and internal emails obtained by The Associated Press. The disclosure prompted new questions from Congress about how thoroughly the VA will...

  • Effort to end veteran homelessness in Colorado Springs takes another step forward

    Homeless services in Colorado Springs expanded on two fronts Monday - including dozens more housing opportunities for veterans and the creation of a temporary day center. Thirty vouchers to house homeless veterans were awarded to El Paso County, offering a key means to help the city effectively end veteran homelessness by the end of the year,...

  • Latest theft case illustrates problem of missing equipment at Fort Carson

    Prosecutors strained to haul hundreds of pounds of allegedly stolen Army gear into a Colorado Springs courtroom Monday afternoon. The cache included machine gun parts, including .50-caliber barrels, and the latest generation of Army night vision equipment, and for the second time in less than a week, the theft of sensitive military gear from...

  • Expect helicopter noise, dust around Cheyenne Mountain on Tuesday

    Helicopters from the Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station will be doing flood mitigation work on Cheyenne Mountain on Tuesday, according to a news release. The helicopters will lift equipment to drop off areas on Cheyenne Mountain between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. People in the area can expect to see dust and hear the helicopters as they drop off...

  • US warship heads to Yemeni waters; could block Iran weapons

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt is steaming toward the waters off Yemen to beef up security and join other American ships that are prepared to intercept any Iranian vessels carrying weapons to the Houthi rebels fighting in Yemen. Navy officials said Monday that the Roosevelt was moving through the Arabian...

  • Increased space defense a key talking point at Space Symposium

    Record crowds, a galaxy of vendors and talk of new programs put a spring in the step of defense contractors at the Space Symposium in Colorado Springs. After tough years of federal belt tightening and a postwar military drawdown that cut more than $1 billion in annual Pentagon space spending, things are looking up for the military aerospace...

  • Colorado Springs teen accompanies U.S., Japanese vets to Iwo Jima for annual battle reunion

    When Zoe Jackson, 18, visited the island of Iwo Jima, she described it as a deadly sort of peaceful. Fitting, perhaps, for an island open just one day of the year and only to veterans of its battle. "It was really eerie," Jackson said. The Colorado Springs teen was among 11 Young Marines invited to participate in the annual Reunion of Honor...

  • Military Update: Support growing for consolidation of exchange services

    Consolidation of the Defense Commissary Agency and three separate military exchange services into a single Defense Retail Activity is gaining support among policymakers inside the Department of Defense and perhaps a key congressional subcommittee, a source reports. The idea to merge all military stores under a single agency is a major...

  • Military awards: Schriever unit wins Omaha Trophy

    Schriever airmen A ceremony is planned at Schriever Air Force Base for Tuesday to award U.S. Strategic Command's Omaha Trophy to the airmen of the 50th Space Wing. "This is the third time in the last four years the wing has earned this honor, which is awarded annually to military units demonstrating the highest performance standards in...

  • Military briefing: Brigade name change, new drone facility

    All in the name for unit's return to post Fort Carson again is home to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, thanks to a name change. The 2nd Brigade folded this year after Pentagon budget cuts forced the elimination of one of the post's four ground combat brigades. But the Warhorse Brigade is riding again after the post's 4th Brigade Combat team was...

  • Colorado Springs area military events starting April 19

    THURSDAY Preparing for Retirement Series - Social Security and VA Benefits - 6 p.m., Ent Federal Credit Union, 7350 Campus Drive, free. Registration: ent.com. SATURDAY Enlisted Association General Membership Meeting - Breakfast buffet, 8 a.m., meeting at 9 a.m., 834 Emory Circle, $8 for breakfast; treach1@msn.com. Strike Up Awareness...

  • Construction still underway amid Denver VA hospital storm

    AURORA — Plumbers, electricians and drywall installers are still at work on the budget-busting Denver veterans hospital, even as the Veterans Affairs Department tries to coax another $830 million from an angry Congress to finish the project, officials said Saturday. About 650 construction workers and 180 managers are busy at the site in...

  • Fort Carson soldiers arrested, accused of stealing military equipment to sell on Ebay

    Two Fort Carson soldiers and a third who was discharged last year have been arrested and accused of stealing military equipment that a fourth man, a civilian, allegedly sold on eBay. A criminal complaint alleging three of the men stole Fort Carson property including two iRobots worth a combined $374,000 and dozens of pieces of body armor and...

  • Friday Military Salute: Something special cooking at Peterson Air Force Base

    Something special is cooking in the kitchen of the Peterson Air Force Base Chapel. Retired Air Force Chaplain David Voelker pours his heart out into his free monthly pasta dinner for anyone or any family at the base who just needs a smile, fellowship and a hot meal, "I love doing it." Voelker says with a grin on his face, "It's a lot of work...

  • Boisterous Air Force Academy cadets fall silent as woman talks about rape

    Air Force Academy cadets packed Clune Arena on Thursday in an effort to curb sexual assault in their ranks. The "Take Back the Night" event featured the service's top civilian leader, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James, and one of the nation's premiere speakers on sexual violence, Katie Koestner, who heads the national Take Back the Night...

  • Sharing spy satellite data with civilian users would be 'game changer,' space experts say

    A treasure trove of Air Force satellite data that can be used to spot wildfires, monitor climate conditions and do hundreds of other tasks could emerge from a curtain of government secrecy. Air Force Space Command leaders are working on plans to share data from Space-Based Infrared System Satellites controlled by airmen at Aurora's Buckley Air...

  • US Senate veterans panel to review pricey Denver hospital

    DENVER — The U.S. Senate Veterans Affairs Committee will hold a hearing in Colorado next week to scrutinize the bungled VA hospital project and visit the construction site. The hearing will be held April 24 in suburban Aurora, where the hospital is being built, the committee announced Thursday. The House Veterans Affairs Committee grilled...

  • 'Military Mistress' wanted in Colorado, other states is stopped, but then let go

    PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon authorities say deputies in Alabama stopped the woman dubbed the "Military Mistress" who's wanted on check fraud in three states but then released her because she wasn't suspected of local crimes. Bobbi Ann Finley got her nickname in 2010, when national news outlets spotlighted allegations she went from one military...

  • Capt. Chorlins, shot down in Vietnam, returns 'home' to Air Force Academy

    Six academy pallbearers carried a wooden casket shrouded with an American flag as they marched under a cloudless sky Tuesday morning. They took seven steps, paused and took seven more steps. The ritual was repeated until the processional had halted seven times on its way to the resting place for Capt. Richard David Chorlins in a Jewish...

  • Hyten announces Air Force training shift at Space Symposium

    Airmen at Peterson, Schriever and Buckley Air Force bases will see a major shift in their work schedules as Air Force Space Command works to beef up training and experience for crews flying satellites. Space Command boss Gen. John Hyten on Tuesday announced the shift, which will move thousands of airmen to a work cycle that will put them on...

  • VA appoints interim director for Denver veterans hospital

    DENVER — The Department of Veterans Affairs has appointed an interim director for its Denver-based Eastern Colorado Health Care System. Carolyn L. Adams replaces Lynette Roff, who retired. Adams' appointment was effective Tuesday. She previously served as director or interim director of VA hospitals in Columbia and Charleston, South...

  • Funeral scheduled Tuesday for AFA graduate shot down during Vietnam War

    The remains of a 1967 Air Force Academy graduate who disappeared during the Vietnam War will be buried at the school's cemetery Tuesday. Capt. Richard D. Chorlins, whose A-1 Skyraider was shot down Jan. 11, 1970, near the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos, was brought back to the academy Monday after a brief planeside ceremony at Denver International...

  • Witness refuses to testify in alleged sex assault case at Air Force Academy

    It didn't take long to air the evidence against an Air Force Academy freshman accused of sexual assault. Defense attorneys for cadet Phillip Hendrix IV say the two-hour hearing Monday - brief by military standards - shows there is not enough evidence to merit his court-martial. "The bottom line is there is no probable cause," defense attorney...

  • Colorado moving toward making PTSD eligible for medical marijuana

    DENVER — Colorado's chief medical officer plans to recommend post-traumatic stress disorder as a condition to be treated with medical marijuana. The addition of PTSD would be the first medical ailment added to Colorado's medical pot program since it was approved by voters in 2000. The decision still awaits consideration by the full Board of...

  • Hubble Telescope celebrates 25 years of spacegazing

    It has been a quarter century since a satellite with Colorado roots opened the eyes of mankind to the future of space and the origins of the universe. In the space community, leaders say no prior piece of hardware has accomplished more than the once nearsighted and sometimes wobbly Hubble Telescope. "There is no doubt it was a game...

  • Video: Blue Angels' first female pilot takes flight

    When military aviation buffs pack into the Marine Corps Beaufort Air Show in South Carolina, they'll be wowed by the Navy's Blue Angels. But a new kind of history will also take flight in the team: a woman in the cockpit. U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Katie Higgins is the first female pilot in the team's 69-year history.  Click here to read...

  • Innovation makes Colorado attractive to aerospace industry, state official says

    Colorado's burgeoning aerospace economy will continue to boom, the state's top cheerleader for the industry predicts. Jay Lindell, a retired Air Force general who works for the state's Office of Economic Development and International Trade, said even as government budgets are squeezed, businesses are leaping into orbit. "There's more...

  • Army releases report on fatal Fort Carson wreck

    A newly released Army document says a Stryker fighting vehicle that rolled and killed a soldier during a February training exercise at Fort Carson tumbled about 100 feet and landed on its top. The document was a preliminary report released by the Army last week in response to a Freedom of Information request from The Associated Press. Those...

  • Muffled bang marks beginning of shell destruction at Pueblo Chemical Depot

    PUEBLO - The beginning of the end came with a heavily muffled bang. "It's more a whumph," said Pueblo Chemical Depot worker Jonathan Miller, who helped set off the explosive charge last week to destroy the first three shells of what will be a multiyear effort to rid Colorado of nearly 800,000 mustard gas rounds. The lack of a big bang,...

  • Colorado National Guard opens drone base at Buckley Air Force base

    AURORA — The Colorado Army National Guard is opening a new facility at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora to train for drone combat. The new facility dedicated on Sunday is a maintenance and training facility for the RQ-7 Shadow. Shadows are taken to Fort Carson and flown only in restricted air space. The drones are not equipped to carry bombs...

  • Thousands expected for 31st annual Space Symposium in Colorado Springs

    The greatest show in the universe returns to Colorado Springs on Monday, and organizers say the four-day festival of space and technology will be bigger than ever. Federal budget woes have beset the Space Symposium in recent years, but industry is learning to cope with constant threats of budget cuts. "If you get used to uncertainty, you...

  • Boeing celebrates 100 years with plenty of new ideas

    The words elderly and aerospace seldom go together. But that's just what aerospace giant Boeing is preparing to celebrate. Started in a Seattle boathouse and with a strong presence in Colorado, the company affectionately called "Auntie B" by some of its workers is turning 100. Local leaders say Boeing's second century is poised to be bigger...

  • Military Update: Long hours in cockpit just part of the job

    The Department of Defense daily releases a list of U.S. and coalition airstrikes conducted in the previous 24 hours against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) forces across war-torn Iraq and Syria. Periodically, a news outlet will use the strike data to weigh the effort by the United States and allies in trying to use air power...

  • Military Honors: Awards given to area military personnel, civilian

    Elizabeth Huddleston Elizabeth Huddleston of Colorado Springs has been selected for the 2015 class of military and veteran caregivers in the Elizabeth Dole Foundation Fellows program. "The foundation's fellowship is a national program comprised of military and veteran caregivers who have stepped forward to serve as advocates and spokespeople...

  • Briefly: Military family event, relationship class and clothing and toy drive

    Carson will hold free sensory movie night Fort Carson's Exceptional Family Member Program will hold a free quarterly Sensory Movie Night Event on April 24. The event is designed to allow family fun for those with children who experience sensory issues. It's set for 6 p.m. at Fort Carson's Freedom Performing Arts Center, building 1129 on the...

  • AFA Superintendent: Cadets must learn to lead with - and without - directions

    My husband and I have twin 12-year-old boys, perhaps a rarity for a woman in my position - three-star Air Force general and superintendent of the United States Air Force Academy. However, one recent weekend my boys helped crystalize for me some of the work we're doing to modernize the education and training experiences at USAFA. The boys...

  • Colorado Springs area military events starting April 12

    MONDAY-THURSDAY Space Symposium - The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Ave. Registration: www.spacesymposium.org. TUESDAY Mornings with Mark - Get questions answered regarding military funeral benefits, Social Security benefits and preplanning and funding sources in advance, 9-11 a.m., Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., free....

  • Two Air Force Academy cadets charged with abusive sexual assault

    Two Air Force Academy cadets will face evidence hearings next week on allegations of sexual assault of fellow cadets. On Monday, a hearing will begin for freshman cadet Phillip Hendrix IV, who is charged with abusive sexual contact. A charge sheet filed last month in the Hendrix case alleges that in September he forced a female cadet to...

  • Air Force fires general over A-10 controversy

    NORFOLK, Va. — The Air Force says it has reprimanded a vice commander for effectively attempting to restrict military personnel from communicating with members of Congress. The Air Force Inspector General launched an investigation into Maj. Gen. James Post after receiving a tip about comments Post made at Nellis Air Force Base,...

  • Friday Military Salute: Veterans in the classroom

    Student smiles are front and center at more classrooms at Sierra High School in Colorado Springs because of veterans like Christopher Marro, who is the focus of our Friday Military Salute. The former Army tank gunner is now a Sierra biology teacher because of the Teach for America (TFA). Marro received five weeks of TFA training, earned an...

  • Woman dubbed 'Military Mistress' sought in fraud in 3 states, including Colorado

    PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon authorities are searching for the woman they've dubbed the "Military Mistress," saying she and her husband have been writing fraudulent checks in three states. Bobbi Ann Finley of Dallas, Oregon, got her nickname in 2010, when national news outlets spotlighted allegations she went from one military base to the next,...

  • VA's mess remains: Sick veterans still facing delays, data shows

    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - A year after Americans recoiled at new revelations that sick veterans were getting sicker while languishing on waiting lists - and months after the Department of Veterans Affairs instituted major reforms - government data shows that the number of patients facing long waits at VA facilities has not dropped at all. No one...

  • 6 regions where vets wait longest for VA care

    The Veterans Affairs system operates more than 1,000 facilities. A look at some regions where waits were longest over a six-month period beginning on Sept. 1 and ending Feb. 28: - Northern Florida: It's a long drive from the tip of Florida's panhandle to Jacksonville, on the Atlantic coast, but with some detours you can hit four of the...

  • Jeb Bush touts voucher-like system for veterans' care during Colorado Springs visit

    Potential Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush is visiting swing state Colorado on Tuesday, and he started the morning by stopping in Colorado Springs for breakfast with military veterans. Bush will later host a town hall in Denver about energy development. Bush is in the state for his Right to Rise political action committees,...

  • No criminal investigation in death at Air Force Academy, officials say

    The Air Force Academy said Tuesday that there is no criminal investigation into the death of a cadet found injured in a dorm at the school last week. Flags at the academy will fly at half-staff Wednesday in honor of senior cadet Alexandre Quiros, a 21-year-old Colorado Springs native. A private funeral for Quiros is planned for Wednesday...

  • Congressman: VA could consider selling over-budget hospital

      DENVER — The chairman of the U.S. House Veterans Affairs Committee said Tuesday the VA could consider selling or scaling back the over-budget Denver veterans hospital in order to get it finished. Rep. Jeff Miller warned that Congress would not authorize any more money for the project until the Veterans Affairs Department begins...

  • Memorial for Air Force Academy cadet is scheduled

    An Air Force Academy cadet who died last week from injuries suffered in a school dormitory will be remembered with a Wednesday service in the Cadet Chapel. Alexandre Quiros, 21, of Colorado Springs was found injured in a Sijan Hall dorm room Thursday afternoon and later died from his injuries. The service is set for 1:45 p.m. Wednesday. "He...

  • Air Force Academy, social media rallies around cadet after heart attack

    On March 23, Hailey Lane — a sophomore cadet home from the Air Force Academy for spring break — entered her parents' gym in Midlothian, Virginia, to train for an upcoming physical fitness test. The energetic, enthusiastic 19-year-old — a nationally ranked swimmer — knocked out a series of pullups, her mother, Brigid, said in an April 2...

  • New VA center fails to shorten wait times for Colorado Springs area veterans

    A new Veterans Affairs clinic that opened in Colorado Springs was touted as a modern facility that would speed care for Pikes Peak region patients. Seven months later, more veterans in Colorado Springs are waiting more than a month for care, VA data show. According to the latest numbers from the agency, 11.5 percent of veteran appointments...

  • Military awards

    Businesses honored Three employers have been honored for supporting part-time troops. Ball Aerospace in Broomfield, LeaderQuest in Centennial and the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office in Centennial have been named semifinalists for the Pentagon's Freedom Award. The award is the Department of Defense's highest honor for companies that...

  • Military briefs

    Space Command working on GPS fix Air Force Space Command is fixing a software glitch that affected some Global Positioning System satellites. The issue was identified last week and affected GPS IIF satellites. The glitch causes the satellites to periodically send navigation and timing signals that don't meet specifications. "The issue...

  • Air Force Academy cadets get constructive for spring break

    It's like college spring break, but beverages are replaced by hammers and blighted neighborhoods fill the role of sandy beaches. More than 60 Air Force Academy cadets chose the less sunny alternative last month and fanned out across the country to spend their spring break volunteering. The Alternative Spring Break program at the academy would...

  • Caution flag up on more easing of VA 'choice card' usage

    An actuarial firm under contract to the Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that allowing veterans who live more than 40 miles from needed VA health care to use private sector care could balloon health care costs by as much as $46 billion a year. That blast to the VA budget is a worst-case scenario, the upper range of possible cost...

  • Friday Military Salute: Air Force Academy cadets and tornado aftermath help

    Spring break took on a whole new meaning for 65 Air Force Academy cadets who were spread across five states to do home rebuild work for Habitat for Humanity. Some cadets were caught in a tornado and its aftermath in Moore, Okla. "It was a lot of deja vu for me," said academy senior Sarah Folse, who lived through Hurricane Katrina in New...

  • Colorado Springs man's mission: Teach about the Tomb

    On Tom Tudor's 20th birthday, his father called him and said he received a birthday greeting from his uncle. Tudor asked which uncle, and his dad replied, "Uncle Sam." Tudor was being drafted into the Army during the war in Vietnam. But instead of being shipped across the world to join the fight, he was given a sacred duty: guard the Tomb of...

  • 'Great young man:' Cheyenne Mountain coaches have fond memories of Air Force Academy cadet

    Dave Adams remembers how excited Alex Quiros was when he gained acceptance into the Air Force Academy. The Cheyenne Mountain High School English teacher and boys' tennis coach said Quiros was a smart student and a hardworking tennis player who was up for any challenge. "He wasn't afraid of anything. He was such an impressive young man."...

  • WATCH: Soldier demands Iraq War apology from Karl Rove; Rove says no apology needed

    Ryan Henowitz says he was 20 years old and a medic with the 2nd Battalion of the 7th Infantry Regiment when he saw his friends “torn apart and Iraqi children screaming for their parents as indiscriminate shrapnel scarred them and us in ways that we will never know,” he told Karl Rove Tuesday at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. “Take...

  • PHOTOS & VIDEO: Ex-Nugget and NBA all-star Nugget Dikembe Mutombo teaches Fort Carson kids

    Former Denver Nuggets center Dikembe Mutombo was at Fort Carson on Thursday for the NBA Cares Hoops for Troops basketball clinic for service member's children.

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