• Rocket training will bring the boom at Fort Carson

    BY TOM ROEDER tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Updated: 9 hr ago

    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...

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

    BY TOM ROEDER tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Updated: 9 hr ago

    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...

  • New hearing set for Air Force Academy cadet in sexual assault case

    By Tom Roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    A new hearing will air evidence against an Air Force Academy cadet charged with sexual assault on a classmate. The case against junior cadet Brock Mangum stalled last fall after the woman told a military hearing officer that she considered Mangum a friend and didn't want to see him...

  • Retiring El Paso County veterans services chief loves helping clients

    By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    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...

  • Air Force Academy rocket club members learn from failures

    By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    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...

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

    By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    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...

  • Homeland Security budget issues could impact Colorado Springs command

    By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    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...

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

    By Tom Roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    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...

  • Sunshine will help melt snow in Colorado Springs, but more snow is coming

    BY TOM ROEDER and Kassondra Cloos The Gazette -
    Updated: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Once again, Jack Frost is being a tease. A brief respite of sunshine Tuesday only precludes yet another snow-laden cold front moving into the Pikes Peak region Wednesday, say forecasters. This, after last week's springlike days followed by the weekend's powder dump. Monument saw...

  • Lamborn pledges support of military installations in Colorado Springs speech

    BY TOM ROEDER tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    In an annual address to area business leaders, Colorado Springs U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn pledged to block attempts to close bases and to continue his efforts to grow the Pentagon budget. Lamborn, a Republican who was re-elected to a fifth term in November, blasted President Barack Obama...

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