• Friday Military Salute: Tearful reunion after rescue at Monarch Mountain

    By Eric Singer, eric.singer@gazette.com -
    Updated: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    Inside Memorial Hospital, an emotional reunion weeks in the making took place Thursday when Ali Watts, 62, greeted senior airman Elliott Cox, 28, like a long-lost friend. Cox came to the rescue Jan. 2 when Watts was in dire need. Watts, a veteran skier, was on a black run at...

  • Warhorse Brigade leaves Fort Carson

    By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    Fort Carson finalized a cut ordered in 2013 on Wednesday when it officially shut down the post's 2nd Brigade Combat Team. Eliminating the 3,800-soldier unit has taken months, with leaders figuring out what to do with equipment including 72-ton tanks and 4-ounce staplers. "It wasn't...

  • Air Force Academy cadet is a commander at 22

    By Tom Roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, Jan 11, 2015

    The new boss of 4,000 airmen in Colorado Springs has a long flight ahead to reach her 30s. Virginia native Sophia Vasiliadis, who commands one of the region's largest military units, isn't even an officer and has months left to complete her college education. "You usually don't get...

  • Deadline nears for nominating military spouses who sacrifice

    By TOM ROEDER tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Published: Sun, Jan 11, 2015

    The backers of an award program that honors the sacrifices of military spouses say the lives of wives and husbands of troops won't get easier with deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan waning. Nominations are due by Thursday for the Military Spouse of the Year honors sponsored by...

  • Rugged, outdoor experiences brought peace to Fort Carson soldier who died in avalanche, friends say

    By Maria St. louis-sanchez maria.sanchez@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Jan 7, 2015

    A Colorado Springs man who died in an avalanche Wednesday was a soldier and experienced outdoorsman who knew the risks and dangers of life and chose to take them anyway, friends said. Whether serving three combat tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan or climbing mountains, friends of...

  • Navy needs entries for USS Colorado submarine's logo contest

    By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, Jan 4, 2015

    The Navy is looking for a few good artists to design the ship's crest for the new USS Colorado submarine. The commissioning committee is running a contest through March 1 
and asking artists to submit their best work to grace the state's Navy namesake. Construction of the Colorado, a...

  • Book tells story of Fort Carson family's recovery after sons' death

    By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, Jan 4, 2015

    It may be a best-seller, but to Mark and Carol Graham, it started as a nightmare. The former Fort Carson commander and his bride lost both their sons - one to the war in Iraq and one to the war in his head. "We had so much sorrow," Carol Graham said. "The Invisible Front," a...

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