• Russian military helicopter crashes during air show, 1 dead

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian military helicopter from an elite aerobatic squadron crashed Sunday during an air show, killing one pilot and injuring another, the Defense Ministry said, the latest in a series of accidents that have dogged the nation's air force this year. The Mi-28...

  • Challenger, Columbia wreckage on public display for 1st time

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is offering up wreckage from the Challenger and Columbia for public view after hiding it from the world for decades. A new exhibit at Kennedy Space Center features two pieces of debris, one from each lost shuttle, as well as poignant, personal...

  • Astronaut mementoes: Cowboy boots, prayer beads, lunch box

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The 14 display cases at Kennedy Space Center contain intensely personal mementoes and other items representing the astronauts who perished in the Challenger and Columbia accidents. They are part of NASA's new "Forever Remembered" exhibit, which includes the...

  • Coast Guard monitoring oil spill in northern New Jersey

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    BAYONNE, N.J. (AP) — Coast Guard crews are monitoring an oil spill that occurred when a tugboat struck a pier in northern New Jersey. The spill at the International-Matex Tank Terminal in Bayonne was reported around 10 p.m. Saturday to watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New York. The...

  • Tougher basic training trims Air Force Academy's freshman class

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

    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 26, ended Saturday. But a basic training that commanders call the most...

  • General to Air Force Academy graduates: You're idiots

    BY TOM ROEDER tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Updated: 13 hr ago

    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 Giffen said during a ceremony at the academy's visitor's center. Giffen...

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

    By TOM PHILPOTT Military Update -
    Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    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 outpatient pharmacy costs totaled $6.6 billion, with $23 million spent...

  • Military briefs: Fort Carson housing complex ready for wrecking ball

    The Gazette -
    Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    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 homes was built after World War II and remodeled after the post privatized its housing...

  • Colorado Springs area military events starting Aug. 2, 2015

    By Carlotta Olson -
    Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    THOUGH FRIDAY Suits for Troops - Donate gently used men's and women's suits to assist servicemen/women preparing to enter civilian life at Braxton, 6 N. Tejon St., Suite 220. All suits must be cleaned, on hangers (preferably in dry-cleaner bags) and sizes must be clearly marked on the...

  • Flag-guarding friendships could spur exercise effort

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

    Travis Weston guarded a barbecue in Memorial Park Saturday night, flipping burgers and hot dogs for the companions he met during a weeklong armed vigil outside Colorado Springs City Hall. Weston, a Denver veteran, gained notoriety in Colorado Springs last month for packing a pistol...

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