<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - military]]> http://gazette.com/rss/military Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:18:44 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[VA report: 48 claims' dates in Little Rock altered]]> http://gazette.com/va-report-48-claims-dates-in-little-rock-altered/article/feed/209422?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/va-report-48-claims-dates-in-little-rock-altered/article/feed/209422?custom_click=rss LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A surprise inspection of the Little Rock veterans benefits center revealed staff members marking overlooked claims — many almost 2 years old— to make them appear as if they had just been filed.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General reported the practice threatened to further delay benefits to Arkansas veterans, but it's unclear whether any claims were delayed because the Little Rock office implemented its own protocol to track them.

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]]> LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A surprise inspection of the Little Rock veterans benefits center revealed staff members marking overlooked claims — many almost 2 years old— to make them appear as if they had just been filed.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General reported the practice threatened to further delay benefits to Arkansas veterans, but it's unclear whether any claims were delayed because the Little Rock office implemented its own protocol to track them.]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 13:16:11 -0700 <![CDATA[Dems call GOP Homeland Security strategy a political blunder]]> http://gazette.com/dems-call-gop-homeland-security-strategy-a-political-blunder/article/feed/209385?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dems-call-gop-homeland-security-strategy-a-political-blunder/article/feed/209385?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are losing some skirmishes over the Department of Homeland Security, but many feel they are winning a political war that will haunt Republicans in 2016 and beyond.

Democrats lacked the votes Friday to force Republicans to fund the department for a year with no strings. Still, even some Republicans say party leaders are on a perilous path with a very public ideological struggle only highlighting the GOP's inability to pass contested legislation and possibly worsening its weak relationship with Hispanic voters.

Worst of all, numerous lawmakers said, Republican leaders have offered no plausible scenario for a successful ending, so they simply are delaying an almost certain and embarrassing defeat.
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Democrats lacked the votes Friday to force Republicans to fund the department for a year with no strings. Still, even some Republicans say party leaders are on a perilous path with a very public ideological struggle only highlighting the GOP's inability to pass contested legislation and possibly worsening its weak relationship with Hispanic voters.

Worst of all, numerous lawmakers said, Republican leaders have offered no plausible scenario for a successful ending, so they simply are delaying an almost certain and embarrassing defeat. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:02:09 -0700 <![CDATA[GOP leaders are struggling to show they really are in charge]]> http://gazette.com/gop-leaders-are-struggling-to-show-they-really-are-in-charge/article/feed/209345?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gop-leaders-are-struggling-to-show-they-really-are-in-charge/article/feed/209345?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two months into full Republican control of Congress, GOP leaders are struggling to demonstrate they really are in charge.

The stunning House defeat Friday of a three-week spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security exposed Speaker John Boehner's weakness in the face of rebellious conservatives.

It also again demonstrated his need to rely on Democrats at critical moments as the minority party's agreement to a one-week spending bill helped the speaker get it over the finish line with only hours to spare before a threatened agency shutdown.

President Barack Obama signed the bill shortly before midnight.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

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The stunning House defeat Friday of a three-week spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security exposed Speaker John Boehner's weakness in the face of rebellious conservatives.

It also again demonstrated his need to rely on Democrats at critical moments as the minority party's agreement to a one-week spending bill helped the speaker get it over the finish line with only hours to spare before a threatened agency shutdown.

President Barack Obama signed the bill shortly before midnight.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 08:01:03 -0700 <![CDATA[MD--Mid-Atlantic Daybook]]> http://gazette.com/md-mid-atlantic-daybook/article/feed/209353?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/md-mid-atlantic-daybook/article/feed/209353?custom_click=rss BC-MD--Mid-Atlantic Daybook

Mid-Atlantic Daybook

Associated Press Mid-Atlantic Daybook for Saturday, Feb. 28.

MID-ATLANTIC

The daybook is for planning purposes only and is not intended for publication or broadcast. You should verify any event you plan to cover.

Please keep The Associated Press in mind when news develops. Contact the Mid-Atlantic bureau at 410-837-8315, 202-641-9660 or balpr@ap.org

Feb. 28. NAVAL ACADEMY BOARD — The Naval Academy Board of Visitors meets.

Location: U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md. People who attend are asked to walk through Gate 3 and check-in with the Public Affairs staff by 8:50 a.m. at the meeting room.

Contacts: Jennifer Erickson, 410-293-1529

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Mid-Atlantic Daybook

Associated Press Mid-Atlantic Daybook for Saturday, Feb. 28.

MID-ATLANTIC

The daybook is for planning purposes only and is not intended for publication or broadcast. You should verify any event you plan to cover.

Please keep The Associated Press in mind when news develops. Contact the Mid-Atlantic bureau at 410-837-8315, 202-641-9660 or balpr@ap.org

Feb. 28. NAVAL ACADEMY BOARD — The Naval Academy Board of Visitors meets.

Location: U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md. People who attend are asked to walk through Gate 3 and check-in with the Public Affairs staff by 8:50 a.m. at the meeting room.

Contacts: Jennifer Erickson, 410-293-1529

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Allison Hickey told an Air Force Academy crowd Friday that her time as a cadet there taught her how to be uncomfortable.

And learning that skill, the undersecretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs said, made her the leader she became.

Hickey was the recipient of the academy's 2015 Character and Leadership Award and the final speaker of the school's National Character and Leadership Symposium. A 1980 graduate, she was a member of the first class of women at the academy and quickly became known as a trailblazer for women's rights there.

"That was uncomfortable," she told a capacity crowd in the school's Arnold Hall auditorium.

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]]> Allison Hickey told an Air Force Academy crowd Friday that her time as a cadet there taught her how to be uncomfortable.

And learning that skill, the undersecretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs said, made her the leader she became.

Hickey was the recipient of the academy's 2015 Character and Leadership Award and the final speaker of the school's National Character and Leadership Symposium. A 1980 graduate, she was a member of the first class of women at the academy and quickly became known as a trailblazer for women's rights there.

"That was uncomfortable," she told a capacity crowd in the school's Arnold Hall auditorium.]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 04:10:40 -0700 <![CDATA[Detentions of major Mexico drug chiefs in recent years]]> http://gazette.com/detentions-of-major-mexico-drug-chiefs-in-recent-years/article/feed/209055?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/detentions-of-major-mexico-drug-chiefs-in-recent-years/article/feed/209055?custom_click=rss

Recent captures or killings of top Mexican drug cartel leaders:

— Feb. 27, 2015: Federal police capture Servando "La Tuta" Gomez, one of world's most-wanted drug lords who once terrorized Michoacan state as leader of Knights Templar cartel.

— Oct. 9, 2014: Officials announce arrest of Vicente Carrillo Fuentes, purported leader of Juarez cartel.

— Oct. 1, 2014: Mexico announces capture of Hector Beltran Leyva, alias "The H" and "The Engineer," who allegedly became head of Beltran Leyva cartel after his brother Arturo died in 2009 gunbattle with troops.

— March 9, 2014: Soldiers kill Nazario Moreno Gonzalez, leader of La Familia Michoacana and later Knights Templar, while riding mule in remote Michoacan moun

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]]> Recent captures or killings of top Mexican drug cartel leaders:

— Feb. 27, 2015: Federal police capture Servando "La Tuta" Gomez, one of world's most-wanted drug lords who once terrorized Michoacan state as leader of Knights Templar cartel.

— Oct. 9, 2014: Officials announce arrest of Vicente Carrillo Fuentes, purported leader of Juarez cartel.

— Oct. 1, 2014: Mexico announces capture of Hector Beltran Leyva, alias "The H" and "The Engineer," who allegedly became head of Beltran Leyva cartel after his brother Arturo died in 2009 gunbattle with troops.

— March 9, 2014: Soldiers kill Nazario Moreno Gonzalez, leader of La Familia Michoacana and later Knights Templar, while riding mule in remote Michoacan moun]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 00:46:06 -0700 <![CDATA[Obama signs 1-week bill to keep Homeland Security funded]]> http://gazette.com/obama-signs-1-week-bill-to-keep-homeland-security-funded/article/feed/209330?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/obama-signs-1-week-bill-to-keep-homeland-security-funded/article/feed/209330?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed a one-week funding bill for the Homeland Security Department, keeping the agency open after a showdown that went right up to the brink.

Obama signed the bill late Friday, just minutes before the midnight deadline.

Typically, when Obama signs important legislation, he issues a statement addressing its significance. But the White House issued only a sparse, one-sentence notice of Obama's signature.

Obama and Democrats wanted full-year funding but clashed with Republicans over whether to include language repealing Obama's immigration actions. The White House had said Obama would only sign a short-term bill if the alternative were letting Homeland Security shut down.

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed a one-week funding bill for the Homeland Security Department, keeping the agency open after a showdown that went right up to the brink.

Obama signed the bill late Friday, just minutes before the midnight deadline.

Typically, when Obama signs important legislation, he issues a statement addressing its significance. But the White House issued only a sparse, one-sentence notice of Obama's signature.

Obama and Democrats wanted full-year funding but clashed with Republicans over whether to include language repealing Obama's immigration actions. The White House had said Obama would only sign a short-term bill if the alternative were letting Homeland Security shut down.]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 00:01:22 -0700 <![CDATA[Obama signs 1-week bill to keep Homeland Security funded after showdown in Congress]]> http://gazette.com/obama-signs-1-week-bill-to-keep-homeland-security-funded-after-showdown-in-congress/article/feed/209331?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/obama-signs-1-week-bill-to-keep-homeland-security-funded-after-showdown-in-congress/article/feed/209331?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama signs 1-week bill to keep Homeland Security funded after showdown in Congress.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama signs 1-week bill to keep Homeland Security funded after showdown in Congress.]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 00:01:22 -0700
<![CDATA[Congress OKs 1-week bill to keep Homeland Security open]]> http://gazette.com/congress-oks-1-week-bill-to-keep-homeland-security-open/article/feed/208974?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/congress-oks-1-week-bill-to-keep-homeland-security-open/article/feed/208974?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bordering on dysfunction, Congress passed a one-week bill late Friday night to avert a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department, as leaders in both political parties quelled a revolt by House conservatives furious that the measure left President Barack Obama's immigration policy intact.

The final vote of a long day and night was a bipartisan 357-60 in the House, a little more than an hour after the Senate cleared the measure without so much as a roll call.

That sent the legislation to the White House for Obama's signature, which the president provided just a few minutes before midnight, capping a day of bruising political battles and rhetoric to match.

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The final vote of a long day and night was a bipartisan 357-60 in the House, a little more than an hour after the Senate cleared the measure without so much as a roll call.

That sent the legislation to the White House for Obama's signature, which the president provided just a few minutes before midnight, capping a day of bruising political battles and rhetoric to match.]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 00:01:21 -0700 <![CDATA[Some Mexicans to be given another chance to stay in US]]> http://gazette.com/some-mexicans-to-be-given-another-chance-to-stay-in-us/article/feed/208995?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/some-mexicans-to-be-given-another-chance-to-stay-in-us/article/feed/208995?custom_click=rss SAN DIEGO (AP) — Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Mexicans who were expelled from the country by immigration officials in Southern California will be allowed to return for a chance to make their case to stay in the United States, the American Civil Liberties Union said.

A settlement approved by a federal judge in Los Angeles applies to Mexicans in Southern California who waived rights to a hearing when they were expelled — a procedure known as voluntary return.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Friday that it estimates that "a very small fraction" of roughly 30,000 people who returned voluntarily from Southern California during the period covered by the settlement will be eligible for another chance.

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]]> SAN DIEGO (AP) — Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Mexicans who were expelled from the country by immigration officials in Southern California will be allowed to return for a chance to make their case to stay in the United States, the American Civil Liberties Union said.

A settlement approved by a federal judge in Los Angeles applies to Mexicans in Southern California who waived rights to a hearing when they were expelled — a procedure known as voluntary return.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Friday that it estimates that "a very small fraction" of roughly 30,000 people who returned voluntarily from Southern California during the period covered by the settlement will be eligible for another chance.]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 23:02:51 -0700 <![CDATA[Congress approves bill to fund Homeland Security for 1 week, measure heads to Obama]]> http://gazette.com/congress-approves-bill-to-fund-homeland-security-for-1-week-measure-heads-to-obama/article/feed/209321?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/congress-approves-bill-to-fund-homeland-security-for-1-week-measure-heads-to-obama/article/feed/209321?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress approves bill to fund Homeland Security for one week, measure heads to Obama.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress approves bill to fund Homeland Security for one week, measure heads to Obama.]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:16:27 -0700
<![CDATA[House OKs bill to fund Homeland Security for 1 week]]> http://gazette.com/house-oks-bill-to-fund-homeland-security-for-1-week/article/feed/209320?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/house-oks-bill-to-fund-homeland-security-for-1-week/article/feed/209320?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has approved a bill to fund the Homeland Security Department for one week, with just two hours before a midnight deadline.

The measure now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature.

The vote late Friday was 357-60 as Democrats joined majority Republicans in backing the bill that averts a partial government shutdown.

The vote was a turnaround from a few hours earlier, when tea party conservatives rebelled against GOP leaders and helped sink a measure that would have ensured full funding for the agency for three weeks.

Democrats had opposed that measure, arguing that the department should be funded through the end of the budget year on Sept. 30.

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has approved a bill to fund the Homeland Security Department for one week, with just two hours before a midnight deadline.

The measure now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature.

The vote late Friday was 357-60 as Democrats joined majority Republicans in backing the bill that averts a partial government shutdown.

The vote was a turnaround from a few hours earlier, when tea party conservatives rebelled against GOP leaders and helped sink a measure that would have ensured full funding for the agency for three weeks.

Democrats had opposed that measure, arguing that the department should be funded through the end of the budget year on Sept. 30.]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:16:26 -0700 <![CDATA[House Roll Call: Rejecting 3-week DHS funding bill]]> http://gazette.com/house-roll-call-rejecting-3-week-dhs-funding-bill/article/feed/209313?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/house-roll-call-rejecting-3-week-dhs-funding-bill/article/feed/209313?custom_click=rss The 224-203 roll call Friday by which the House voted down a three-week funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security. A "yes" vote is a vote to pass the measure.

Voting yes were 12 Democrats and 191 Republicans.

Voting no were 172 Democrats and 52 Republicans.

X denotes those not voting.

There are 2 vacancies in the 435-member House.

ALABAMA

Democrats — Sewell, N.

Republicans — Aderholt, Y; Brooks, N; Byrne, Y; Palmer, Y; Roby, Y; Rogers, Y.

ALASKA

Republicans — Young, Y.

ARIZONA

Democrats — Gallego, N; Grijalva, N; Kirkpatrick, N; Sinema, Y.

Republicans — Franks, N; Gosar, N; McSally, Y; Salmon, N; Schweikert, Y.

ARKANSAS

Republicans

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]]> The 224-203 roll call Friday by which the House voted down a three-week funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security. A "yes" vote is a vote to pass the measure.

Voting yes were 12 Democrats and 191 Republicans.

Voting no were 172 Democrats and 52 Republicans.

X denotes those not voting.

There are 2 vacancies in the 435-member House.

ALABAMA

Democrats — Sewell, N.

Republicans — Aderholt, Y; Brooks, N; Byrne, Y; Palmer, Y; Roby, Y; Rogers, Y.

ALASKA

Republicans — Young, Y.

ARIZONA

Democrats — Gallego, N; Grijalva, N; Kirkpatrick, N; Sinema, Y.

Republicans — Franks, N; Gosar, N; McSally, Y; Salmon, N; Schweikert, Y.

ARKANSAS

Republicans ]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:16:15 -0700 <![CDATA[Senate passes bill to ensure full funding for Homeland Security for 1 week]]> http://gazette.com/senate-passes-bill-to-ensure-full-funding-for-homeland-security-for-1-week/article/feed/209309?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/senate-passes-bill-to-ensure-full-funding-for-homeland-security-for-1-week/article/feed/209309?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate passes bill to ensure full funding for Homeland Security for one week.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate passes bill to ensure full funding for Homeland Security for one week.]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:33:11 -0700
<![CDATA[Senate approves 1-week funding bill for Homeland Security]]> http://gazette.com/senate-approves-1-week-funding-bill-for-homeland-security/article/feed/209308?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/senate-approves-1-week-funding-bill-for-homeland-security/article/feed/209308?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has approved a bill to ensure full funding of the Homeland Security Department for one week, sending the measure to the House just hours before the agency faces a partial shutdown.

By voice vote late Friday, the Senate backed the bill.

It came a few hours after the House, in a surprise move, rejected a bill to grant the department a three-week extension. Republicans objected to the measure for failing to roll back President Barack Obama's immigration policies and Democrats opposed it for failing to fund the department through the end of the budget year.

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By voice vote late Friday, the Senate backed the bill.

It came a few hours after the House, in a surprise move, rejected a bill to grant the department a three-week extension. Republicans objected to the measure for failing to roll back President Barack Obama's immigration policies and Democrats opposed it for failing to fund the department through the end of the budget year.]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:33:10 -0700 <![CDATA[Homeland Security budget issues could impact Colorado Springs command]]> By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/homeland-security-budget-issues-could-impact-colorado-springs-command/article/1547071?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/homeland-security-budget-issues-could-impact-colorado-springs-command/article/1547071?custom_click=rss

The Homeland Security budget showdown will be felt at U.S. Northern Command in Colorado Springs, but won't impact the command's ability to protect America from threats, including terrorism, a spokesman said Friday.

Northern Command, formed in the wake of the 9/11 attacks to protect American soil and provide Defense Department support in civilian disasters, has a sizable contingent of Homeland Security workers from the agency itself and its departments, including the Secret Service, Border Patrol, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Transportation Security Administration and U.S. Coast Guard.

Those workers "will be forced to go on furlough or work without pay," command spokesman Army Lt. Col. Mike Jazdyk said Friday.



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The Homeland Security budget showdown will be felt at U.S. Northern Command in Colorado Springs, but won't impact the command's ability to protect America from threats, including terrorism, a spokesman said Friday.

Northern Command, formed in the wake of the 9/11 attacks to protect American soil and provide Defense Department support in civilian disasters, has a sizable contingent of Homeland Security workers from the agency itself and its departments, including the Secret Service, Border Patrol, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Transportation Security Administration and U.S. Coast Guard.

Those workers "will be forced to go on furlough or work without pay," command spokesman Army Lt. Col. Mike Jazdyk said Friday.

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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:30:28 -0700
<![CDATA[Administration circulates plans for possible DHS shutdown]]> http://gazette.com/administration-circulates-plans-for-possible-dhs-shutdown/article/feed/209284?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/administration-circulates-plans-for-possible-dhs-shutdown/article/feed/209284?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is circulating procedures for how the Department of Homeland Security will operate in the event of a midnight shutdown.

The 46-page document outlines what is exempt from the shutdown, including airport security checkpoints, Secret Service activities and border patrols. But employees involved in planning, auditing, training and other policy functions would be furloughed.

Employees who keep working during a shutdown would not be paid until Congress approves additional funding.

Hours before the midnight deadline, the Republican-controlled House unexpectedly rejected short-term funding for DHS. The vote's failure increases the prospect of a partial shutdown of an agency with majo

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is circulating procedures for how the Department of Homeland Security will operate in the event of a midnight shutdown.

The 46-page document outlines what is exempt from the shutdown, including airport security checkpoints, Secret Service activities and border patrols. But employees involved in planning, auditing, training and other policy functions would be furloughed.

Employees who keep working during a shutdown would not be paid until Congress approves additional funding.

Hours before the midnight deadline, the Republican-controlled House unexpectedly rejected short-term funding for DHS. The vote's failure increases the prospect of a partial shutdown of an agency with majo]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:03:06 -0700 <![CDATA[Top sergeant gives Air Force Academy cadets a lesson in leadership]]> By Tom Roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/top-sergeant-gives-air-force-academy-cadets-a-lesson-in-leadership/article/1546955?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/top-sergeant-gives-air-force-academy-cadets-a-lesson-in-leadership/article/1546955?custom_click=rss

The Air Force Academy's 4,000 cadets got a stark leadership lesson from a sergeant on Thursday.

"It's not about you," Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody told cadets gathered for the start of the school's annual National Character and Leadership Symposium.

Cody, the Air Force's top sergeant, has spent 30 years in uniform and has dealt with plenty of shiny, new officers.

He told cadets about the heroism and dedication shown by the Air Force's enlisted force.

"These are the men and women you are going to lead," he told the cadets.

When the academy's senior class graduates May 28, the new second lieutenants will walk into the Air Force with instant credibility.

"The nearly 400,000 enlisted

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]]> The Air Force Academy's 4,000 cadets got a stark leadership lesson from a sergeant on Thursday.

"It's not about you," Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody told cadets gathered for the start of the school's annual National Character and Leadership Symposium.

Cody, the Air Force's top sergeant, has spent 30 years in uniform and has dealt with plenty of shiny, new officers.

He told cadets about the heroism and dedication shown by the Air Force's enlisted force.

"These are the men and women you are going to lead," he told the cadets.

When the academy's senior class graduates May 28, the new second lieutenants will walk into the Air Force with instant credibility.

"The nearly 400,000 enlisted]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 04:20:10 -0700 <![CDATA['Jihadi John' raised in UK, studied computers, reports say]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/jihadi-john-raised-in-uk-studied-computers-reports-say/article/1546919?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jihadi-john-raised-in-uk-studied-computers-reports-say/article/1546919?custom_click=rss

LONDON ( — The world knows him as "Jihadi John," the masked, knife-wielding militant in videos showing Western hostages being beheaded by the Islamic State group. A growing body of evidence suggests he is a London-raised university graduate, described by one man who knew him as kind, gentle and humble.

The Washington Post and the BBC on Thursday identified the British-accented militant from the chilling videos as Mohammed Emwazi, a man in his mid-20s who was born in Kuwait and raised in a modest, mixed-income area of West London.

The Center for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence at King's College London, which closely tracks fighters in Syria, said it believed the identification was correct.



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LONDON ( — The world knows him as "Jihadi John," the masked, knife-wielding militant in videos showing Western hostages being beheaded by the Islamic State group. A growing body of evidence suggests he is a London-raised university graduate, described by one man who knew him as kind, gentle and humble.

The Washington Post and the BBC on Thursday identified the British-accented militant from the chilling videos as Mohammed Emwazi, a man in his mid-20s who was born in Kuwait and raised in a modest, mixed-income area of West London.

The Center for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence at King's College London, which closely tracks fighters in Syria, said it believed the identification was correct.

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Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:48:47 -0700
<![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: The Y honors volunteers, imagines what's to come]]> By Linda Navarro linda.navarro@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/around-town-the-y-honors-volunteers-imagines-whats-to-come/article/1546874?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-the-y-honors-volunteers-imagines-whats-to-come/article/1546874?custom_click=rss

"Imagine" was the challenge and the charge from Boyd Williams, ebullient daydreamer and president/CEO of the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region.

"Imagine" set the tone for the 136th annual meeting and volunteer celebration Feb. 19 at the Antlers Hilton.

There's huge potential for the Y's "phenomenal reach in the community," Williams said, including a proposal by the city for transfer of the Senior Center to the Y. It's one of a number of community partnerships imagined or already underway. There are changes to come, Williams said.

"We will dare to be different," he told past and present board members, volunteers, staff and donors.



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"Imagine" was the challenge and the charge from Boyd Williams, ebullient daydreamer and president/CEO of the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region.

"Imagine" set the tone for the 136th annual meeting and volunteer celebration Feb. 19 at the Antlers Hilton.

There's huge potential for the Y's "phenomenal reach in the community," Williams said, including a proposal by the city for transfer of the Senior Center to the Y. It's one of a number of community partnerships imagined or already underway. There are changes to come, Williams said.

"We will dare to be different," he told past and present board members, volunteers, staff and donors.

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Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:05:01 -0700
<![CDATA[Fort Carson Black Hawk crew rescues stranded hikers]]> KKTV11 NEWS - http://gazette.com/fort-carson-black-hawk-crew-rescues-stranded-hikers/article/1546761?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-carson-black-hawk-crew-rescues-stranded-hikers/article/1546761?custom_click=rss

Chief Warrant Officer Ben Ingraham was flying a training mission in a Black Hawk helicopter Wednesday afternoon when he and a crew of Fort Carson soldiers saw a group of hikers stranded behind Cheyenne Mountain.

"They were waving at us ... it looked kind of strange and it looked like they were stuck," Ingraham said.

The two men, one woman and two dogs had been stranded since the night before when their vehicle got stuck in more than a foot of snow near a reservoir behind the mountain. They spent the night at more than 10,000 feet and couldn't call 911 because they couldn't get cell service.

"They looked tired," said flight medic Staff Sgt. Jose Pantoja. "Being at that altitude it takes a toll on your body, even though

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]]> Chief Warrant Officer Ben Ingraham was flying a training mission in a Black Hawk helicopter Wednesday afternoon when he and a crew of Fort Carson soldiers saw a group of hikers stranded behind Cheyenne Mountain.

"They were waving at us ... it looked kind of strange and it looked like they were stuck," Ingraham said.

The two men, one woman and two dogs had been stranded since the night before when their vehicle got stuck in more than a foot of snow near a reservoir behind the mountain. They spent the night at more than 10,000 feet and couldn't call 911 because they couldn't get cell service.

"They looked tired," said flight medic Staff Sgt. Jose Pantoja. "Being at that altitude it takes a toll on your body, even though]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 09:25:46 -0700 <![CDATA[VA secretary apologizes for misstating specials forces military record]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/va-secretary-apologizes-for-misstating-specials-forces-military-record/article/1546782?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/va-secretary-apologizes-for-misstating-specials-forces-military-record/article/1546782?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald apologized Monday for misstating that he served in the military's special forces.

McDonald made the erroneous claim while speaking to a homeless veteran during a segment that aired last month on "CBS Evening News."

In a statement released Monday by the VA, McDonald said: "While I was in Los Angeles, engaging a homeless individual to determine his veteran status, I asked the man where he had served in the military. He responded that he had served in special forces. I incorrectly stated that I had been in special forces. That was inaccurate and I apologize to anyone that was offended by my misstatement.



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WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald apologized Monday for misstating that he served in the military's special forces.

McDonald made the erroneous claim while speaking to a homeless veteran during a segment that aired last month on "CBS Evening News."

In a statement released Monday by the VA, McDonald said: "While I was in Los Angeles, engaging a homeless individual to determine his veteran status, I asked the man where he had served in the military. He responded that he had served in special forces. I incorrectly stated that I had been in special forces. That was inaccurate and I apologize to anyone that was offended by my misstatement.

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Tue, 24 Feb 2015 07:08:36 -0700
<![CDATA[Marine who vanished in Iraq in 2004 found guilty of desertion]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/marine-who-vanished-in-iraq-in-2004-found-guilty-of-desertion/article/1546750?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/marine-who-vanished-in-iraq-in-2004-found-guilty-of-desertion/article/1546750?custom_click=rss

RALEIGH, N.C. — A U.S. Marine who vanished a decade ago in Iraq was convicted Monday of desertion for leaving his post there and then fleeing to Lebanon after a brief return to the U.S.

The judge at Camp Lejeune, Marine Maj. Nicholas Martz, ruled in a bench trial that Cpl. Wassef Hassoun was guilty of deserting for the 2004 and 2005 disappearances. Hassoun was also convicted of causing the loss of his service pistol.

Sentencing is expected later this week after more witnesses are called. A spokesman for the U.S. Marines, Capt. Stewart Coles, said in a release that Hassoun faces a maximum penalty of 7 ½ years in prison, reduction in rank and a dishonorable discharge.



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RALEIGH, N.C. — A U.S. Marine who vanished a decade ago in Iraq was convicted Monday of desertion for leaving his post there and then fleeing to Lebanon after a brief return to the U.S.

The judge at Camp Lejeune, Marine Maj. Nicholas Martz, ruled in a bench trial that Cpl. Wassef Hassoun was guilty of deserting for the 2004 and 2005 disappearances. Hassoun was also convicted of causing the loss of his service pistol.

Sentencing is expected later this week after more witnesses are called. A spokesman for the U.S. Marines, Capt. Stewart Coles, said in a release that Hassoun faces a maximum penalty of 7 ½ years in prison, reduction in rank and a dishonorable discharge.

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Mon, 23 Feb 2015 14:00:45 -0700
<![CDATA[Friday Military Salute: Honoring a Colorado Springs war hero]]> Eric Singer, eric.singer@gazette.com http://gazette.com/friday-military-salute-honoring-a-colorado-springs-war-hero/article/1546655?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/friday-military-salute-honoring-a-colorado-springs-war-hero/article/1546655?custom_click=rss The battle to honor a Colorado Springs war hero has officially been won: The new Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic bears the name of Pfc. Floyd K. Lindstrom.

Fellow veteran Keith LaMee fought for more than six years to push Congress to honor Lindstrom, who grew up in Colorado Springs.

"I had a firm belief that Lindstrom should be honored," LaMee said. "I always had the belief that the Medal of Honor recipient should never have been forgotten in his hometown."

Lindstrom fought and died in World War II, receiving not only the Medal of Honor, but the Silver Star and the Purple Heart. He charged a German machine gun nest in southern Italy.

U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo.



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The battle to honor a Colorado Springs war hero has officially been won: The new Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic bears the name of Pfc. Floyd K. Lindstrom.

Fellow veteran Keith LaMee fought for more than six years to push Congress to honor Lindstrom, who grew up in Colorado Springs.

"I had a firm belief that Lindstrom should be honored," LaMee said. "I always had the belief that the Medal of Honor recipient should never have been forgotten in his hometown."

Lindstrom fought and died in World War II, receiving not only the Medal of Honor, but the Silver Star and the Purple Heart. He charged a German machine gun nest in southern Italy.

U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo.

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Sun, 22 Feb 2015 10:44:06 -0700
<![CDATA[Air Force Academy NCO takes Afghans to new level of firefighting]]> By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/air-force-academy-nco-takes-afghans-to-new-level-of-firefighting/article/1546709?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-academy-nco-takes-afghans-to-new-level-of-firefighting/article/1546709?custom_click=rss

Imagine a place where kids don't dream of growing up to be firefighters.

Such a place is where Air Force Academy Master Sgt. Jeff Hackworth earned the Bronze Star Medal - by showing locals that fighting fire is an admirable craft of skill and bravery.

A career Air Force firefighter, Hackworth got back last summer from a year in Afghanistan where he was sent to train Afghan firefighters.

"In that part of the world, firefighting is not thought of as a profession as it is here," he said.

A veteran of eight overseas deployments, including a tour as a fire chief in Kuwait, Hackworth worked to change how Afghan firefighters see themselves while introducing them to American techniques for battling flames.



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Imagine a place where kids don't dream of growing up to be firefighters.

Such a place is where Air Force Academy Master Sgt. Jeff Hackworth earned the Bronze Star Medal - by showing locals that fighting fire is an admirable craft of skill and bravery.

A career Air Force firefighter, Hackworth got back last summer from a year in Afghanistan where he was sent to train Afghan firefighters.

"In that part of the world, firefighting is not thought of as a profession as it is here," he said.

A veteran of eight overseas deployments, including a tour as a fire chief in Kuwait, Hackworth worked to change how Afghan firefighters see themselves while introducing them to American techniques for battling flames.

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Sun, 22 Feb 2015 10:43:33 -0700
<![CDATA[Air Force Space Command urges innovations that save money]]> By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/air-force-space-command-urges-innovations-that-save-money/article/1546711?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-space-command-urges-innovations-that-save-money/article/1546711?custom_click=rss

Air Force Space Command is saving electricity and cash thanks to a program that will entertain the wildest ideas airmen can come up with.

The two-year-old program, run by Maj. Gen. Jane Rohr, was developed to help the command find creative ways to face budget cuts and an uncertain future. Some of the ideas have been brilliant clunkers, including a proposal to use nuclear reactors from decommissioned submarines to power bases.

"We are rewarding constructive failures," the general said.

Other ideas, though, have proved revolutionary, even if they were simple. One proposal was to shut off computers at the end of the workday. It turns out 2nd Lt. Kyle Smathers found a gold mine.

"We will save $15 million per year,"



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Air Force Space Command is saving electricity and cash thanks to a program that will entertain the wildest ideas airmen can come up with.

The two-year-old program, run by Maj. Gen. Jane Rohr, was developed to help the command find creative ways to face budget cuts and an uncertain future. Some of the ideas have been brilliant clunkers, including a proposal to use nuclear reactors from decommissioned submarines to power bases.

"We are rewarding constructive failures," the general said.

Other ideas, though, have proved revolutionary, even if they were simple. One proposal was to shut off computers at the end of the workday. It turns out 2nd Lt. Kyle Smathers found a gold mine.

"We will save $15 million per year,"

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Sun, 22 Feb 2015 10:40:07 -0700
<![CDATA[Military Update: Plan to cut commissary budget would 'destroy' shopping benefit]]> By tom philpott Military Update - http://gazette.com/military-update-plan-to-cut-commissary-budget-would-destroy-shopping-benefit/article/1546712?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/military-update-plan-to-cut-commissary-budget-would-destroy-shopping-benefit/article/1546712?custom_click=rss

The Defense Department's fiscal 2016 budget request would slash taxpayer support of base grocery stores by $322 million in 2016 and by $1 billion next year, enough to "destroy" the shopping benefit, warns the American Logistics Association.

ALA, which represents manufacturers, distributors and brokers of products sold in commissaries and base exchanges, released a position paper that contrasts DOD's plan to "wreck" commissaries with less onerous recommendations of a blue-ribbon panel to consolidate all base store operations to gain new efficiencies.

That would seem to leave Congress with an easy choice.

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ALA, which represents manufacturers, distributors and brokers of products sold in commissaries and base exchanges, released a position paper that contrasts DOD's plan to "wreck" commissaries with less onerous recommendations of a blue-ribbon panel to consolidate all base store operations to gain new efficiencies.

That would seem to leave Congress with an easy choice.]]> Sun, 22 Feb 2015 10:35:21 -0700 <![CDATA[New VA clinic pays tribute to World War II hero from Colorado Springs]]> By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/new-va-clinic-pays-tribute-to-world-war-ii-hero-from-colorado-springs/article/1546657?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-va-clinic-pays-tribute-to-world-war-ii-hero-from-colorado-springs/article/1546657?custom_click=rss

A Colorado Springs hero got an honorary home Friday when the city's new Department of Veterans Affairs clinic was named for Pfc. Floyd Lindstrom.

The World War II Medal of Honor recipient was mostly unsung in his hometown before veterans groups and Congress came together to put his name on the 76,000-square-foot facility at Centennial Boulevard and Fillmore Street.

"He's a hometown hero that the hometown doesn't know," said Keith LaMee, an Army veteran who spearheaded efforts to put Lindstrom's name on the building.

The naming ceremony drew Colorado Republicans U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn and U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, who pointed to the clinic as a success story for the VA amid the agency's recent missteps.



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A Colorado Springs hero got an honorary home Friday when the city's new Department of Veterans Affairs clinic was named for Pfc. Floyd Lindstrom.

The World War II Medal of Honor recipient was mostly unsung in his hometown before veterans groups and Congress came together to put his name on the 76,000-square-foot facility at Centennial Boulevard and Fillmore Street.

"He's a hometown hero that the hometown doesn't know," said Keith LaMee, an Army veteran who spearheaded efforts to put Lindstrom's name on the building.

The naming ceremony drew Colorado Republicans U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn and U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, who pointed to the clinic as a success story for the VA amid the agency's recent missteps.

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Fri, 20 Feb 2015 22:39:09 -0700
<![CDATA[Air Force Academy general takes to Twitter in hopes of joining Ellen DeGeneres show]]> BY TOM ROEDER tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/air-force-academy-general-takes-to-twitter-in-hopes-of-joining-ellen-degeneres-show/article/1546539?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-academy-general-takes-to-twitter-in-hopes-of-joining-ellen-degeneres-show/article/1546539?custom_click=rss

The Air Force Academy's top general took to Twitter on Wednesday to ask television host Ellen DeGeneres to bring her show to the 4,000-cadet campus north of Colorado Springs and offered to arrange for DeGeneres a flight with the Air Force Thunderbirds.

In Tweets sent to producers of The Ellen Show from Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson's account, the academy superintendent proposed being a guest or hosting DeGeneres' show at the school during its graduation week.

"How bout 1st female ldr @USAFA_Supt visit @TheEllenShow or U bring show 2 @AF_Academy? Can work @AFThunderbirds flight 4 Ellen," the general tweeted.

The tweet offer was retweeted by the Air Force Academy's official Twitter account.



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The Air Force Academy's top general took to Twitter on Wednesday to ask television host Ellen DeGeneres to bring her show to the 4,000-cadet campus north of Colorado Springs and offered to arrange for DeGeneres a flight with the Air Force Thunderbirds.

In Tweets sent to producers of The Ellen Show from Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson's account, the academy superintendent proposed being a guest or hosting DeGeneres' show at the school during its graduation week.

"How bout 1st female ldr @USAFA_Supt visit @TheEllenShow or U bring show 2 @AF_Academy? Can work @AFThunderbirds flight 4 Ellen," the general tweeted.

The tweet offer was retweeted by the Air Force Academy's official Twitter account.

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Thu, 19 Feb 2015 06:16:51 -0700
<![CDATA[More Fort Carson soldiers in quarantine in U.S. after work in Liberia]]> By TOM ROEDER tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/more-fort-carson-soldiers-in-quarantine-in-u.s.-after-work-in-liberia/article/1546555?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/more-fort-carson-soldiers-in-quarantine-in-u.s.-after-work-in-liberia/article/1546555?custom_click=rss

Another 25 Fort Carson soldiers have wrapped up their work in Liberia and arrived at an Ebola quarantine site in the U.S., the post said Wednesday.

The return of the 25 from the 615th Engineer Company leaves the post with 10 soldiers remaining on the humanitarian mission to help the West African nation tackle the region's Ebola outbreak. The soldiers who returned are staying in a barracks at Joint Base Lewis McChord in Washington for three weeks of medical monitoring before they return to Colorado Springs.

The post sent 150 soldiers to Liberia in November where they planned to stay for up to nine months on a mission to build Ebola treatment clinics and improve other facilities.

The Ebola outbreak infected more than



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Another 25 Fort Carson soldiers have wrapped up their work in Liberia and arrived at an Ebola quarantine site in the U.S., the post said Wednesday.

The return of the 25 from the 615th Engineer Company leaves the post with 10 soldiers remaining on the humanitarian mission to help the West African nation tackle the region's Ebola outbreak. The soldiers who returned are staying in a barracks at Joint Base Lewis McChord in Washington for three weeks of medical monitoring before they return to Colorado Springs.

The post sent 150 soldiers to Liberia in November where they planned to stay for up to nine months on a mission to build Ebola treatment clinics and improve other facilities.

The Ebola outbreak infected more than

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Wed, 18 Feb 2015 19:15:18 -0700