• 6 tips if you're watching Thursday's Air Force Academy graduation

    BY TOM ROEDER tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Updated: 16 hr ago

    The Air Force Academy's Class of 2015 will graduate Thursday amid pomp and ceremony. Here's a rundown on the event. - Get there early: Falcon Stadium opens at 7 a.m., and the ceremony starts at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. So, if you want to be there on time, plan to hit the road before 6...

  • Secretary talks future of Air Force on eve of academy graduation

    BY TOM ROEDER tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Updated: 18 hr ago

    Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James says cadets graduating from the Air Force Academy on Thursday should expect to spend their careers in a troubled world. "Twenty years from now, the world will continue to be a messy and complicated place," James said Wednesday, a day before she...

  • Air Force Academy graduation flyover, hat toss is an exact science

    BY TOM ROEDER tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Updated: 23 hr ago

    The perfectly timed hat toss at the Air Force Academy's graduation has one unlikely ingredient: duct tape. That tape, applied to a plastic pipe atop the press box at Falcon Stadium, causes 1,000 cadet hats to launch skyward as F-16s from the Air Force Thunderbirds flash overhead with...

  • WATCH: Air Force Thunderbirds get ready for AFA graduation with flights over Colorado Springs

    BY TOM ROEDER tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Yesterday

    Clear weather greeted the Air Force Thunderbirds, who on Tuesday practiced their annual graduation air show over the Colorado Springs area. The team's F-16 fighter jets roar over the academy Tuesday morning and again over the campus from noon to 1 p.m. The show Thursday starts...

  • Troopers warn of Thursday traffic snarls due to Air Force Academy graduation

    BY TOM ROEDER tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Yesterday

    The Colorado State Patrol is warning drivers to avoid Interstate 25 north of Colorado Springs on Thursday as crowds throng to the Air Force Academy for graduation rites amid increased security. Heavy congestion and possible closures can be expected from 8 a.m. until about 2 p.m., the...

  • Senator: Wait times for Colorado Springs veterans is 'unacceptable'

    By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Yesterday

    U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet said he's pushing for a permanent deal to fund completion of the troubled Veterans Affairs hospital in Aurora before a three-week funding accord expires. Bennet, who stopped at the future site of a veteran-aimed charity in Colorado Springs Tuesday, said the...

  • Evacuation lifted at Air Force Academy after responders examine suspicious package

    By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, May 26, 2015

    Emergency responders at the Air Force Academy have dismissed concerns of a suspicious package at the post office on the base, the academy said. The post office was evacuated at about 9 a.m. after a security scanner picked up traces of a hazardous material in the package, the academy...

  • Hundreds of Army vehicles will roll on I-25 south of Colorado Springs this week

    By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, May 26, 2015

    A Fort Carson brigade will start rolling rigs Tuesday morning to kick off three days of convoys as the unit sends more than 4,000 troops to the post's Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site for training. The convoys of up to 30 vehicles will proceed on several routes, but the main roads affected...

  • Revelers enjoy Monday's sun, but rain record still in jeopardy

    By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, May 26, 2015

    A flirtation with the sun in the Pikes Peak region drew thousands of people outdoors Monday, but rain clouds won't race away any time soon. The high temperature in Colorado Springs hit the mid-60s Monday. That was enough for some residents to break out the shorts and flip-flops at...

  • Air Force Academy cemetery elicits tales of heroism, war

    By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    Gen. Curtis LeMay, who led America's last bombing campaigns of World War II, rests near master Sgt. William Crawford, who risked his life to take out enemy machine gun nests in Italy, earning him the Medal of Honor. Across the way, Maj. Phil Ambard, killed in an Afghanistan attack,...

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