• Military briefing: Training in new fighter begins; Carson soldiers in Europe

    The Gazette -
    Updated: Sun, Mar 22, 2015

    General flies new F-35 fighter jet A one-star general this month became the first student pilot to take flight in the Air Force's new fighter, the F-35 Lightning II. Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, the commander of the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona, flew the wing's...

  • Group hopes to find family of veteran to bestow Purple Heart

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    DENVER — When his dog unearthed the medal in his Denver backyard 10 years ago, Steve Jankousky recognized it immediately. "My dad was in World War II and he had a Purple Heart, so I was pretty familiar with what they looked like," Jankousky said Friday. "I thought someone's family...

  • Friday Military Salute: Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Big Results

    BY ERIC SINGER eric.singer@gazette.com -
    Published: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado-Pikes Peak has a healthy base of military mentors in Colorado Springs to help children learn from a positive role model and stay out of trouble. Takia Christensen, 23, is stationed at Peterson Air Force Base and is the big sister to for 17-year-old...

  • Colorado lawmakers pledge to find funding for Aurora VA hospital despite $1.73 billion price tag

    BY TOM ROEDER tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    Colorado lawmakers Wednesday said they will work to get a troubled VA hospital in Aurora finished despite its new $1.73 billion price tag - three times the original budgeted price and $800 million above what Congress has allocated. Veterans Affairs officials drew fire with the new...

  • False alarm triggered bomb scare, gate closure at Peterson Air Force Base

    By TOM ROEDER tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    An explosives scare closed a gate at Peterson Air Force Base for two hours Wednesday morning after guards detected chemical traces on a vehicle that triggered an alarm. The commercial van was going through routine checks at the base's east gate off Marksheffel Road about 6:40 a.m....

  • Warrior Games moves to Quantico, leaves Colorado Springs

    Joe Paisley
    Updated: Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    The Warrior Games will be held in northern Virginia this summer, instead of Colorado Springs. The Pentagon announced Monday that it will host the Department of Defense Warrior Games 2015 at Marine Corps Base Quantico from June 19-28.  In previous years, the...

  • Red Cross Hometown Hero: Fort Carson private's farm training kicks in for baby delivery

    BY TOM ROEDER tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    Sometimes Army training just isn't enough. Pfc. Laryn Rodgers, though, had something else to fall back on as she dealt with a crisis at a Fort Carson gate on Jan. 14. Farm Girl Training. The 20-year-old member of the post's 984th Military Police Company was working at the post's...

  • American Legion wants to send young men to summer Boys State event in Pueblo

    By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, Mar 15, 2015

    The American Legion is looking for a few good young men to learn about civics. The veterans organization is hoping to sponsor 250 teens at Boys State this spring to celebrate 80 years of the annual event to educate teens. "They get to live civics," said Jay Bowen, who is heading...

  • Friday Military Salute: Feeding hungry heroes in Colorado Springs

    eric singer eric.singer@gazette.com
    Updated: Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    A nearly silent campaign to give returning Fort Carson soldiers and other military a taste of home cooking after a tour in Afghanistan and Iraq is finally getting the attention it deserves. McDonald's on Airport near Powers in Colorado Springs has grilled up nearly 200 thousand free...

  • Second Fort Carson woman clears Ranger course

    Tom Roeder, The Gazette -
    Updated: Sun, Mar 8, 2015

    Two women finish Ranger course A second female Fort Carson lieutenant passed a course required for soldiers to attend Ranger training. The Army last month said a female Fort Carson helicopter pilot was the only woman of 17 who attempted to complete the Ranger Training Assessment...