• Keep these tips in mind if you're attending Air Force graduation

    BY TOM ROEDER tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Updated: 12 min 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...

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

    BY TOM ROEDER tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Updated: 12 min 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...

  • Air Force Academy cadets' tiny drone gliders win in research contest

    By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Updated: 32 min ago

    Swarms of tiny drones could revolutionize how first responders see disasters thanks to work from senior cadets at the Air Force Academy. The miniature aircraft designed by cadets in the school's aeronautical engineering could map wildfires, radiation leaks or chemical attacks...

  • Former airmen muscle through Air Force Academy to become lieutenants

    By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Updated: 33 min ago

    Senior cadet Andrew Dane knew he would make it through Air Force Academy basic training even as upperclassmen screamed at him. "It's easier than being deployed," said the Afghanistan veteran who was wounded in action. His classmate, senior cadet Jordan Myers, said he was...

  • Military Update: Senate bill would trim taxpayer support for commissaries

    By Tom Philpott Military Update -
    Updated: 38 min ago

    The Senate Armed Services Committee has accepted a Defense Department plan to pare taxpayer support of base grocery stores, which if enacted into law would lower shopper savings at least 2 percentage points next year as well as cut store operating hours and other shopper services....

  • Military Briefs: Medal of Honor stamps recognize Vietnam vets; traveling memorial wall at Fort Carson

    The Gazette -
    Published: Sun, May 24, 2015

    Postal Service to honor Vietnam vet A Colorado Springs Vietnam veteran is being honored by the Postal Service in a new series of stamps commemorating the Medal of Honor. Peter Lemon earned the nation's highest award for valor in 1970 for battling to defend a fire base despite...

  • VA must find millions to finish troubled Denver hospital

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    DENVER — Construction crews are returning to work at the veterans hospital outside Denver after a last-minute deal with congressional leaders avoided a shutdown of the half-finished project. But the really heavy lifting will be done 1,500 miles away in Washington. The U.S. Senate...

  • Alamosa sailor dies while on liberty in Bahrain

    TOM ROEDER tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, May 19, 2015

    A Colorado sailor died at a hotel in Bahrain, the Pentagon said in a news release Monday. Petty Officer 3rd Class Devon J. Doyle, 21, of Alamosa, died Saturday in Manama, Bahrain, while on liberty the Pentagon said. The Navy said Doyle, a sailor aboard the destroyer USS Farragut,...

  • General looks back fondly on his time at Fort Carson

    BY TOM ROEDER tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, May 17, 2015

    Maj. Gen. Paul LaCamera can't process how much he learned at the helm of the 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson. "I haven't had enough time to let that sink in," he said Thursday, an hour before handing command to Maj. Gen. Ryan Gonsalves. "It will be a lot." LaCamera led the...

  • NORAD celebrates 57th birthday with eye on an old rival

    BY TOM ROEDER tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, May 17, 2015

    At 57, the North American Aerospace Defense Command is facing old Cold War problems and a new pantheon of rising terrorist threats. The binational command celebrated its birthday last week with cake, punch and a pep talk from its commander, Adm. Bill Gortney. The command, which...

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