<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - military]]> http://gazette.com/rss/military Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:27:52 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Legendary scientist at lab that developed atomic bomb dies]]> http://gazette.com/legendary-scientist-at-lab-that-developed-atomic-bomb-dies/article/feed/558431?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/legendary-scientist-at-lab-that-developed-atomic-bomb-dies/article/feed/558431?custom_click=rss

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Scientist Nerses "Krik" Krikorian, who was born a refugee and later became a legend in the once-secret New Mexico city where the atomic bomb was developed, has died. He was 97.

Officials at Los Alamos National Laboratory confirmed that Krikorian died Wednesday at his home in Los Alamos, the mountain town he had called home for more than 70 years.

Krikorian was born on a Turkish roadside in 1921 as his parents were trying to flee the aftermath of the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks more than a century ago. With nothing but the clothes on their backs, the family moved around for the next four years and eventually found their way to the United States.

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]]> Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:17:52 -0600 <![CDATA[FAA orders more engine inspections after Southwest accident]]> http://gazette.com/faa-orders-more-engine-inspections-after-southwest-accident/article/feed/558447?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/faa-orders-more-engine-inspections-after-southwest-accident/article/feed/558447?custom_click=rss

The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday ordered ultrasound inspections of hundreds of jet engines like the one that blew apart at 32,000 feet in a deadly accident aboard a Southwest Airlines plane.

The agency said the directive affects 352 engines on new-generation Boeing 737s, a twin-engine jet that is a workhorse of the aviation industry, used by airlines around the world.

The National Transportation Safety Board believes one of the engine fan blades snapped on the Southwest jet Tuesday, hurling debris that broke a window and led to the death of a passenger who was sucked partway out of the 737.

NTSB investigators said the fan blade was showing signs of metal fatigue — cracks from repeated use that are too sma

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]]> Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:00:43 -0600 <![CDATA[Schriever adding 150 troops as Colorado Springs base expands satellite role]]> http://gazette.com/schriever-adding-150-troops-as-colorado-springs-base-expands-satellite-role/article/1624703?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/schriever-adding-150-troops-as-colorado-springs-base-expands-satellite-role/article/1624703?custom_click=rss

Schriever Air Force Base will add nearly 150 workers as Air Force Space Command assumes wider control over the military's satellites.

The new faces at Schriever are part of the new Joint Forces Space Command Component, which pulls in Navy and Army space troops under Space Command boss Gen. Jay Raymond. The move was announced Friday by Colorado U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, who was told of the change by Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson.

"This is great news for Colorado and I am excited to welcome additional Joint Force Space Component personnel to our state," Gardner said in a statement.

The joint headquarters for space was mandated in a 2017 policy bill, which sought more centralized control over the nation's military



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Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:43:28 -0600
<![CDATA[The Latest: FAA orders inspections of more jet engines]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-faa-orders-inspections-of-more-jet-engines/article/feed/558451?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-faa-orders-inspections-of-more-jet-engines/article/feed/558451?custom_click=rss

The Latest on the plane that made an emergency landing in Philadelphia (all times local):

5:18 p.m.

The Federal Aviation Administration has ordered inspections of more jet engines like the one that blew apart at 32,000 feet in a deadly accident aboard a Southwest Airlines plane.

The agency says its order affects 352 engines in the U.S. and another 681 worldwide on "new generation" Boeing 737 jets. Each aircraft has two engines.

The requirement from the agency comes after the engine maker, CFM International, issued a service bulletin recommending that more engines be inspected. At issue are the engine fan blades on Boeing 737-600, 700, 800 and 900 jets.

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]]> Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:27:15 -0600 <![CDATA[Chris Borland quit NFL, now helps those in retirement]]> http://gazette.com/chris-borland-quit-nfl-now-helps-those-in-retirement/article/feed/558261?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/chris-borland-quit-nfl-now-helps-those-in-retirement/article/feed/558261?custom_click=rss

Chris Borland knows firsthand all about the challenges of early retirement, having stepped away from a promising football career after one year because of concerns over head injuries.

Instead of playing in front of boisterous crowds on the big NFL stage, Borland spends his time now helping other football players and military veterans make that adjustment to their new lives that often lack the thrill and competitiveness of life in the armed forces or professional sports.

"One healthy thing I'd like for players to know, whether they're active or former, is you likely can't replicate the thrill of playing before 100,000 people and big hits and making that much money," Borland said. "We can get ourselves into trouble trying to.

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]]> Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:10:15 -0600 <![CDATA[Former CBP officer pleads guilty in incident with detainee]]> http://gazette.com/former-cbp-officer-pleads-guilty-in-incident-with-detainee/article/feed/558406?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-cbp-officer-pleads-guilty-in-incident-with-detainee/article/feed/558406?custom_click=rss LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A former federal Customs and Border Protection officer who worked in southern New Mexico could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison after admitting he falsified a report after he knocked a detainee to the floor.

Former CBP Officer Christopher M. Holbrook pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court in Las Cruces to obstruction of justice.

Federal prosecutors say the case stems from a 2015 incident in which Holbrook intentionally swept a detainee's legs out from under the detainee, causing the detainee's head to hit the floor.

Holbrook admits in his plea agreement that he falsely said in a report that he used minimum force to regain control of the detainee and that he falsified the report to try

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]]> Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:13:33 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado teachers get look at Marine Corps boot camp]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-teachers-get-look-at-marine-corps-boot-camp/article/1624695?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-teachers-get-look-at-marine-corps-boot-camp/article/1624695?custom_click=rss

SAN DIEGO - Teachers, coaches and mentors from Colorado and Wyoming spent a week at boot camp this month for the 2018 Marine Corps Educators Workshop.

It started with something most Marines remember with a mix of pride and stomach-churning fear - their first seconds after arriving at the recruit depot here. Marine Corps drill instructors - wearing their iconic smoky bear covers - yelled and commanded as the group quickly exited the bus and lined up on the yellow foot prints.

"Ears," yelled a drill instructor.

"Open sir," replied the chorus of voices, not yet sounding in unison.

"Eyeballs," said the drill instructor.

"Click sir," replied the educators.



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Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:40:43 -0600
<![CDATA[Fort Carson helicopter brigade heading to Middle East, Europe]]> http://gazette.com/fort-carson-helicopter-brigade-heading-to-middle-east-europe/article/1624582?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-carson-helicopter-brigade-heading-to-middle-east-europe/article/1624582?custom_click=rss

Fort Carson's 4th Combat Aviation Brigade will split its 2,800 soldiers between the Middle East and Europe in the coming months, marking the highest number of deployed troops from the post since the height of the Iraq War.

The brigade's 4th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion will deploy with its AH-64 Apache attack helicopters to support counter-terrorism efforts in the Middle East and possibly Afghanistan while the rest of the unit will deploy in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve - NATO's response to Russian aggression in Eastern Europe, the Army announced Wednesday.

No lengths of deployments or departure dates have been announced.



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Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:42:11 -0600
<![CDATA['This is my real life': Where Trump's travel ban hits home]]> http://gazette.com/this-is-my-real-life-where-trumps-travel-ban-hits-home/article/feed/558384?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/this-is-my-real-life-where-trumps-travel-ban-hits-home/article/feed/558384?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — At the New York City convenience store where he works the overnight shift, Radad Alborati takes a sip of coffee and surveys his life.

His wife is stuck in war-torn Yemen after his yearslong effort to bring her to the U.S. ended last month with a few phrases on a letter from an embassy.

"Ineligible for a visa" due to President Donald Trump's restrictions on immigration and travel from certain countries. "A waiver will not be granted."

"Today's decision cannot be appealed."

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments next week on Trump's travel ban, its effects are playing out for Alborati and others from Manhattan to Minnesota to the Middle East.

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]]> Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:17:38 -0600 <![CDATA[Army enlisting 'nano-satellites' to fight wars in space]]> http://gazette.com/army-enlisting-nano-satellites-to-fight-wars-in-space/article/1624648?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/army-enlisting-nano-satellites-to-fight-wars-in-space/article/1624648?custom_click=rss

Breadbox-sized satellites that can be launched on a moment's notice are part of Army plans to win a war on the ground even as battles rage in space.

Because satellites are so necessary for communication, navigation and intelligence in battle, the Army is now the military's most space-dependent service branch. As American rivals hone their abilities to tackle America's advantage in orbit, leaders are devising new ways to protect their eyes and ears in space, and "nano-satellites" could be a key weapon.

"The character of warfare has changed," Army Space and Missile Defense Command boss Lt. Gen. Jim Dickinson told a packed auditorium on the final day of the Space Symposium at The Broadmoor on Thursday.



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Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:13:46 -0600
<![CDATA[Southwest Airlines sought more time for engine inspections]]> http://gazette.com/southwest-airlines-sought-more-time-for-engine-inspections/article/feed/557942?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/southwest-airlines-sought-more-time-for-engine-inspections/article/feed/557942?custom_click=rss

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines sought more time last year to inspect jet-engine fan blades like the one that snapped off during one of its flights Tuesday in an accident that left a passenger dead.

The airline opposed a recommendation by the engine manufacturer to require ultrasonic inspections of certain fan blades within 12 months. Southwest said it needed more time, and it raised concern over the number of engines it would need to inspect. Other airlines also voiced objections.

It wasn't until after Tuesday's accident that the Federal Aviation Administration announced that it will soon make the inspections mandatory. It is unclear how many planes will be affected by the FAA order. Airlines including Southwest say they

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]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:24:22 -0600 <![CDATA[Army considers 15 cities for home of new Futures Command]]> http://gazette.com/army-considers-15-cities-for-home-of-new-futures-command/article/feed/558142?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/army-considers-15-cities-for-home-of-new-futures-command/article/feed/558142?custom_click=rss The Army says it's considering 15 cities for the headquarters of its planned Futures Command , which will keep track of emerging technology and innovations that could be used in warfighting.

The Army notified the cities this week and asked for detailed information.

The contenders are Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Boston; Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Houston; Los Angeles; Minneapolis; New York; Philadelphia; Raleigh, North Carolina; San Diego; San Francisco; and Seattle.

The Army says the headquarters should be near universities and technology companies. It says the host city should have workforce expertise in biomedicine, chemistry, computer hardware and software, electronics, materials and mechanical systems.

The Army hasn

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]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:41:20 -0600 <![CDATA[Southwest Airlines pilot pushed Navy boundaries for flying]]> http://gazette.com/southwest-airlines-pilot-pushed-navy-boundaries-for-flying/article/feed/557945?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/southwest-airlines-pilot-pushed-navy-boundaries-for-flying/article/feed/557945?custom_click=rss

BOERNE, Texas (AP) — Tammie Jo Shults was determined to "break into the club" of male military aviators.

One of the first female fighter pilots in the U.S. Navy, Shults flew training missions as an enemy pilot during Operation Desert Storm, while working with other women to see a rule excluding them from combat flights repealed.

Twenty-five years later, Shults was at the controls of the Dallas-bound Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 Tuesday when it made an emergency landing in Philadelphia after one of the engines on the Boeing 737 exploded while the plane was traveling 500 mph (800 kph) at 30,000 feet (9144 m) with 149 people on board.

Shrapnel hit the plane and passengers said they had to rescue a woman who was being b

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]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:10:36 -0600 <![CDATA[Los Angeles port commission approves SpaceX rocket facility]]> http://gazette.com/los-angeles-port-commission-approves-spacex-rocket-facility/article/feed/558122?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/los-angeles-port-commission-approves-spacex-rocket-facility/article/feed/558122?custom_click=rss LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles harbor commissioners have approved a permit for Space Exploration Technologies to build a facility on 19 acres of port land to manufacture a Mars rocket that will be so big it will require an oceangoing barge for transport to launch sites.

SpaceX founder Elon Musk says the rocket will serve a wide range of missions including going to Mars.

The permit approved Thursday has an initial 10-year term with two 10-year options to extend.

SpaceX will receive credits that offset the approximately $1.38 million in annual rent in exchange for improvements it makes, including construction of a huge hangar-style building. Overall credits are capped at $44 million.

The deal is expected to be rev

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]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:31:28 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Southwest sought more time to inspect engines]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-southwest-sought-more-time-to-inspect-engines/article/feed/558056?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-southwest-sought-more-time-to-inspect-engines/article/feed/558056?custom_click=rss

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the Southwest Airlines plane that made an emergency landing in Philadelphia (all times local):

12:45 p.m.

Southwest Airlines sought more time to inspect fan blades like the one that snapped off during one of its flights and caused an engine breakup that left a passenger dead.

The airline opposed a recommendation by the engine manufacturer to require ultrasonic inspections of certain fan blades within 12 months, saying it needed more time to conduct the inspections.

Southwest made the comments last year after U.S. regulators proposed making the inspections mandatory.

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]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:02:06 -0600 <![CDATA[California reaches deal on National Guard border mission]]> http://gazette.com/california-reaches-deal-on-national-guard-border-mission/article/feed/557964?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/california-reaches-deal-on-national-guard-border-mission/article/feed/557964?custom_click=rss

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has reached an agreement with the federal government that the state's National Guard troops will deploy to the border to focus on fighting transnational gangs as well as drug and gun smugglers, Gov. Jerry Brown said.

The announcement Wednesday came after a week of uncertainty in which President Donald Trump bashed the governor's insistence that troops avoid immigration-related work.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen wrote on Twitter that final details were still being worked out "but we are looking forward to the support.

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]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:52:00 -0600 <![CDATA[She wore a dinosaur puppet during a military oath. It got her and a colonel removed from the job.]]> http://gazette.com/she-wore-a-dinosaur-puppet-during-a-military-oath.-it-got-her-and-a-colonel-removed-from-the-job./article/1624596?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/she-wore-a-dinosaur-puppet-during-a-military-oath.-it-got-her-and-a-colonel-removed-from-the-job./article/1624596?custom_click=rss

It’s unclear why Master Sgt. Robin Brown, a public affairs officer with the Tennessee Air National Guard, recited her oath of re-enlistment last week using a dinosaur puppet.

Or why the colonel conducting the ceremony allowed her to do so, stifling his laughter as the puppet mouthed the oath.

But the two have been let go from the Guard after a video of the incident went viral, garnering about 2.4 million views on Facebook by Wednesday and upsetting many in the military community who felt Brown and the colonel’s actions were disrespectful.



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Thu, 19 Apr 2018 06:12:00 -0600
<![CDATA[Brown says agreement reached on California guard deployment]]> http://gazette.com/brown-says-agreement-reached-on-california-guard-deployment/article/feed/557907?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/brown-says-agreement-reached-on-california-guard-deployment/article/feed/557907?custom_click=rss

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown said Wednesday he reached an agreement with the federal government that California's National Guard troops will deploy to the border to focus on fighting transnational gangs as well as drug and gun smugglers. The announcement comes after a week of uncertainty in which President Donald Trump bashed the governor's insistence that troops avoid immigration-related work.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen wrote on Twitter that final details were still being worked out "but we are looking forward to the support.

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]]> Wed, 18 Apr 2018 22:28:26 -0600 <![CDATA['That's how she's wired': Pilot lauded for handling crisis]]> http://gazette.com/thats-how-shes-wired-pilot-lauded-for-handling-crisis/article/feed/557889?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/thats-how-shes-wired-pilot-lauded-for-handling-crisis/article/feed/557889?custom_click=rss

BOERNE, Texas (AP) — The Southwest Airlines pilot being lauded as a hero in a harrowing emergency landing after a passenger was partially blown out of the jet's damaged fuselage is also being hailed for her pioneering role in a career where she has been one of the few women at the controls.

Tammie Jo Shults, one of the first female fighter pilots in the U.S. Navy, was the captain and piloting the Dallas-bound Flight 1380 when it made an emergency landing Tuesday in Philadelphia, according to her husband, Dean Shults.

One of the engines on the Boeing 737 exploded while the plane was traveling 500 mph (800 kph) at 30,000 feet (9144 m) with 149 people on board. Shrapnel hit the plane and passengers said they had to rescue a wo

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]]> Wed, 18 Apr 2018 22:03:07 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Southwest pilots: 'Our hearts are heavy']]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-southwest-pilots-our-hearts-are-heavy/article/feed/557747?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-southwest-pilots-our-hearts-are-heavy/article/feed/557747?custom_click=rss

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the plane that made an emergency landing in Philadelphia (all times local):

10:50 p.m.

The two pilots of a Southwest Airlines plane that made an emergency landing in Philadelphia say their "hearts are heavy."

Captain Tammie Jo Shults and First Officer Darren Ellisor issued a statement through the airline late Wednesday.

They say they appreciate the outpouring of support they've received from the public and their co-workers as they "reflect on one family's profound loss."

An engine on the plane blew apart Tuesday, showering the aircraft with debris and shattering a window. A woman sitting next to the window was partially blown out of it. She later died.

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]]> Wed, 18 Apr 2018 21:55:46 -0600 <![CDATA[Air Force leaders say they're the right force for space]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-leaders-say-theyre-the-right-force-for-space/article/1624514?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-leaders-say-theyre-the-right-force-for-space/article/1624514?custom_click=rss

While the Air Force wouldn't take direct aim at Trump administration trial balloons about creating a new military branch for space, leaders Tuesday used the Space Symposium to show such a force isn't needed -- the Air Force can do the job just fine.

The symposium, expected to draw more than 14,000 people to The Broadmoor through Thursday, is the biggest forum for military leaders to signal new space policy or push against proposed changes. It was the scene last year of a congressional speech that sparked the push toward a new space force.

The message from Air Force bosses in 2018, however, is that they've done enough in the past 12 months to prove they are the right people to command military efforts in orbit.



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Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:01:23 -0600
<![CDATA[Air Force Academy south gate open following false alarm 'security incident']]> http://gazette.com/air-force-academy-south-gate-open-following-false-alarm-security-incident/article/1624554?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-academy-south-gate-open-following-false-alarm-security-incident/article/1624554?custom_click=rss

The South Gate at the U.S. Air Force Academy is closed because of a “security incident.”

The nature of the incident has not been disclosed.

Passenger vehicles are advised to use the north gate for entry and exit. Oversized vehicles should still use the south gate, but expect delays.

The Academy said in a tweet that updates will be provided as they become available.



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Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:38:33 -0600
<![CDATA[High winds disrupt Space Symposium festivities in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/high-winds-disrupt-space-symposium-festivities-in-colorado-springs/article/1624498?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/high-winds-disrupt-space-symposium-festivities-in-colorado-springs/article/1624498?custom_click=rss High winds disrupted festivities at the Space Symposium Tuesday after damage to a tent loaded with vendor booths.  ​The pavillion outside The Broadmoor was shaking heavily just after 9 a.m. as gusts rocked the steel and canvas structure. Before noon, one piece of the pavilion apparently collapsed, although the extent of damage remained unclear. No one was injured, Space Foundation spokeswoman Carol Hively said. Symposium organizers said the pavilion would remain closed Tuesday and they planned to have it reopened Wednesday.​ The symposium is expected to draw more than 14,000 space enthusiasts to The Broadmoor through Thursday.

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Tue, 17 Apr 2018 12:56:33 -0600
<![CDATA[Trump administration aiming high in space exploration, Pence says at Space Symposium]]> http://gazette.com/trump-administration-aiming-high-in-space-exploration-pence-says-at-space-symposium/article/1624440?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trump-administration-aiming-high-in-space-exploration-pence-says-at-space-symposium/article/1624440?custom_click=rss

Vice President Mike Pence told a Colorado Springs crowd Monday that America will reach new heights in space under the Trump administration, including a pledge for manned missions to the moon and Mars.

Pence's speech kicked off the 34th Space Symposium at The Broadmoor, where more than 14,000 people are expected to gather over four days of talks on all things in orbit and beyond. A special focus this year will fall to military handling of satellites amid growing threats of war spreading to orbit.

Pence stayed away from most military issues, instead calling for civil space exploration and a new role for business in orbit.



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Mon, 16 Apr 2018 17:07:59 -0600
<![CDATA[Live coverage: Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the 34th annual Space Symposium]]> http://gazette.com/live-coverage-vice-president-mike-pence-speaks-at-the-34th-annual-space-symposium/article/1624436?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/live-coverage-vice-president-mike-pence-speaks-at-the-34th-annual-space-symposium/article/1624436?custom_click=rss

President Donald Trump created a buzz before this week's Space Symposium by lending his support to the idea of a separate military branch for satellite troops.

But as thousands of experts in all things in orbit make their way to Colorado Springs for the nation's largest space gathering, some early supporters of that idea, including Colorado Springs Republican U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, are beginning to slowly back away from a real-life version of the fictional Star Fleet.

"Things are still being studied intensively," said Lamborn, who last year joined Alabama Republican Rep. Mike Rogers to champion "space corps" - think of Marines in orbit.

Click here to see video from VP Mike Pence's speech at the Space Symposium.



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Mon, 16 Apr 2018 12:46:19 -0600
<![CDATA[Debate over separate space force in spotlight at Space Symposium]]> http://gazette.com/debate-over-separate-space-force-in-spotlight-at-space-symposium/article/1624404?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/debate-over-separate-space-force-in-spotlight-at-space-symposium/article/1624404?custom_click=rss

President Donald Trump created a buzz before this week's Space Symposium by lending his support to the idea of a separate military branch for satellite troops.

But as thousands of experts in all things in orbit make their way to Colorado Springs for the nation's largest space gathering, some early supporters of that idea, including Colorado Springs Republican U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, are beginning to slowly back away from a real-life version of the fictional Star Fleet.

"Things are still being studied intensively," said Lamborn, who last year joined Alabama Republican Rep. Mike Rogers to champion "space corps" - think of Marines in orbit.

While Congress stopped short of breaking off satellites from the rest of the



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Mon, 16 Apr 2018 08:33:23 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado officials await Army's chemical-weapons destruction plan for Pueblo depot]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-officials-await-armys-chemical-weapons-destruction-plan-for-pueblo-depot/article/1624401?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-officials-await-armys-chemical-weapons-destruction-plan-for-pueblo-depot/article/1624401?custom_click=rss

Colorado's state and federal political leaders are cautiously optimistic the Army will avoid new hazards as it switches to a new process for destroying chemical weapons in Pueblo.

Details of the Army's changing methods at the Pueblo Chemical Depot were expected to be revealed soon in its upcoming environmental impact assessment.

A division of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment must approve any changes.

The Army is destroying 780,000 mortar shells filled with liquid mustard agent. However, some of the decades-old shells contain more rust than expected, meaning the Army must revise its technique for destroying the shells at its $4.5 billion plant.

Part of the proposed method would add chambers



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Sun, 15 Apr 2018 14:19:55 -0600
<![CDATA[A prescription for some shut-eye: New sleep clinic opens at Fort Carson]]> http://gazette.com/a-prescription-for-some-shut-eye-new-sleep-clinic-opens-at-fort-carson/article/1624298?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-prescription-for-some-shut-eye-new-sleep-clinic-opens-at-fort-carson/article/1624298?custom_click=rss

A group of military leaders from the Pikes Peak region gathered at Fort Carson this week to celebrate the Pentagon's latest combat tool - sleep.

With frequent deployments to the Middle East, the military has found that 40 winks are a powerful tool in combat. But too many troops aren't getting enough shut-eye. That's where the new sleep clinic at Evans Army Community Hospital comes in. The facility, which will have 10 beds, is a joint effort between the Army and the Air Force to attack the problems that are keeping troops up at night.

"It consolidates all our sleep medicine services for all the military," said Cmdr. Renee Pazdan, a Public Health Service neurologist who helped spearhead the move to the new facility.



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Sun, 15 Apr 2018 07:18:07 -0600
<![CDATA[Military Update: Pain alone can now be VA claim]]> http://gazette.com/military-update-pain-alone-can-now-be-va-claim/article/1624391?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/military-update-pain-alone-can-now-be-va-claim/article/1624391?custom_click=rss

Lawyers at the nonprofit National Veterans Legal Services Program had been screening Board of Veterans' Appeals decisions for years, looking for just the right case involving denial of disability compensation to a veteran suffering from chronic service-related pain but due to a condition that doctors couldn't diagnose.

The nonprofit needed such a case to challenge a 1999 precedent-setting ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims that found VA was not required to compensate a veteran for pain if physicians aren't able to identify the cause.

In May 2016, the lawyers found the promising case it sought. This month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decided it favorably for Army veteran Melba

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]]> Sun, 15 Apr 2018 04:10:05 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: UN council rejects Russia resolution on Syria]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-un-council-rejects-russia-resolution-on-syria/article/1624337?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-un-council-rejects-russia-resolution-on-syria/article/1624337?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — The Latest on U.S.-led missile strikes on Syria (all times local):

9:20 a.m.

The Pentagon says the U.S.-led airstrikes on Syria "successfully hit every target."

Chief Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said Saturday that the strikes were launched to "cripple Syria's ability to use chemical weapons in the future."

The U.S., France and Britain launched military strikes in Syria on Friday night to punish President Bashar Assad (bah-SHAR' AH'-sahd) for an apparent chemical attack against civilians last week and to deter him from doing it again.

White says the strikes do not "represent a change in U.S. policy or an attempt to depose the Syrian regime." But she says, "We cannot allow such



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