End of basic training marks beginning of next phase for Air Force Academy freshmen

By: TOM ROEDER tom.roeder@gazette.com

For 1,168 freshmen cadets, last week brought the end of one big Air Force Academy challenge and the beginning of another longer one.

The freshmen wrapped up their six weeks of basic training by marching in...

Colorado senator's bill would arm recruiters

By: The Gazette

Gardner bill would arm recruiters

Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner is pushing a bill that would arm military recruiting officers.

Securing Military Personnel Response Firearm Initiative would loosen Pentagon...

Colorado Springs area military events starting Aug. 9, 2015

By: Carlotta Olson

FRIDAY-AUG. 16

Annual Salute to American Veterans Rally - POW/MIA remembrance ceremony, Wild West gunfighters, veterans' poker run, vendors, veterans' parade, aircraft flyovers and more, Cripple Creek, free...

Colorado airmen called on to fight California wildfires

By: TOM ROEDER tom.roeder@gazette.com

Crews and planes from the 302nd Airlift Wing in Colorado Springs flew Monday to fight growing wildfires that had blacked 124,000 acres in California.

Three C-130 transport planes and 28 airmen roared from...

General to Air Force Academy graduates: You're idiots

By: TOM ROEDER tom.roeder@gazette.com

A graduation speaker at the Air Force Academy had an odd message for three cadets who joined the ranks of the class of 2015 after wrapping up summer work last week.

"You're idiots," retired Brig. Gen. Robert...

Tougher basic training trims Air Force Academy's freshman class

By: TOM ROEDER tom.roeder@gazette.com

The Air Force Academy's class of 2019 will finish basic training about 6 percent smaller than it was when the basics arrived at the school in June.

The class, which began with 1,248 would-be cadets on June...

Military Update: Compound drugs fleece TRICARE, create deep budget hole

By: TOM PHILPOTT Military Update

Dodgy companies peddling pricey compound pharmaceuticals have fleeced the Tricare program so severely this year that they are largely to blame for a $2 billion defense health budget hole.

In fiscal 2010,...

Military briefs: Fort Carson housing complex ready for wrecking ball

By: The Gazette

Carson complex

to be replaced

A much-maligned housing complex at Fort Carson will face the wrecking ball, the post said in a news release.

The Cherokee Village neighborhood of brick multifamily...