<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - military]]> http://gazette.com/rss/military Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:06:44 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Back to work: Government shutdown ends after Dems relent]]> http://gazette.com/back-to-work-government-shutdown-ends-after-dems-relent/article/feed/531797?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/back-to-work-government-shutdown-ends-after-dems-relent/article/feed/531797?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed a bill reopening the government late Monday, ending a 69-hour display of partisan dysfunction after Democrats reluctantly voted to temporarily pay for resumed operations. They relented in return for Republican assurances that the Senate will soon take up the plight of young immigrant "dreamers" and other contentious issues.

The vote set the stage for hundreds of thousands of federal workers to return on Tuesday, cutting short what could have become a messy and costly impasse. The House approved the measure shortly thereafter, and President Donald Trump later signed it behind closed doors at the White House.

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]]> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:58:55 -0700 <![CDATA[Feds move to replace US border barriers in New Mexico]]> http://gazette.com/feds-move-to-replace-us-border-barriers-in-new-mexico/article/feed/531766?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/feds-move-to-replace-us-border-barriers-in-new-mexico/article/feed/531766?custom_click=rss

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Trump administration announced Monday it was preparing to replace existing vehicle barriers along a stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border in New Mexico that officials call "an area of high illegal entry."

The notice published in the Federal Register said the area extends around 20 miles (32 kilometers) west of the Santa Teresa Port of Entry.

According to the notice, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will replace the existing barriers with bollard walls to deter and prevent illegal crossings.

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]]> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:31:39 -0700 <![CDATA[The Latest: Immigrant advocates skewer Senate Democrats]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-immigrant-advocates-skewer-senate-democrats/article/feed/531644?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-immigrant-advocates-skewer-senate-democrats/article/feed/531644?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the budget battle (all times local):

6:30 p.m.

Prominent immigrant advocacy groups are skewering Democratic senators for relenting in a fight that linked immigration changes to continued government funding.

The youth group United We Dream says Senate Democrats who supported a deal to keep the government running through Feb. 8 are "enablers" of President Donald Trump's agenda.

The Los Angeles-based Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights says Democrats "need to grow some courage."

The American Civil Liberties Union says Republicans and Democrats "betrayed our American values and allowed bigotry and fear to prevail.

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]]> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:35:03 -0700 <![CDATA[Fort Carson releases names of 2 soldiers killed in helicopter crash]]> http://gazette.com/fort-carson-releases-names-of-2-soldiers-killed-in-helicopter-crash/article/1619501?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-carson-releases-names-of-2-soldiers-killed-in-helicopter-crash/article/1619501?custom_click=rss

The Army on Monday released the names of two Fort Carson soldiers killed in a helicopter crash during training in the Southern California desert early Saturday.

Chief Warrant Officer Kevin F. Burke, 28 of California, and 1st Lt. Clayton R. Cullen, 25, of Indiana, died when an AH-64E Apache helicopter crashed at about 1 a.m. Saturday at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin.

Both men were assigned to Fort Carson's 4th Combat Aviation Brigade.

"We are all deeply saddened by the deaths of 1st Lt. Clayton R. Cullen and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kevin F. Burke," said Col. Scott Gallaway, who commands the aviation brigade. "These gentlemen exemplified all the attributes we expect from our very best leaders.

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]]> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:29:05 -0700 <![CDATA[Flags lowered Monday to honor Fort Carson Green Beret killed in Afghanistan]]> http://gazette.com/flags-lowered-monday-to-honor-fort-carson-green-beret-killed-in-afghanistan/article/1619285?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/flags-lowered-monday-to-honor-fort-carson-green-beret-killed-in-afghanistan/article/1619285?custom_click=rss

Flags across Colorado will be flown at half-staff Monday to honor a Fort Carson Green Beret who died in Afghanistan.

Sgt. 1st Class Mihail Golin was killed during a foot patrol in Nangarhar Province. He was assigned to Fort Carson's 10th Special Forces Group.

"We are proud of his service and sacrifice, as well as that of his family. We will honor his memory and support his family during this trying time," Col. Lawrence G. Ferguson, 10th Group's commander, said in a statement.

Golin is survived by his parents and daughter. He was born in Riga, Latvia, and had deployed once to Iraq and three times to Afghanistan. His awards include three Army Commendation Medals.

The order to lower the flags came from Gov. John



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Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:55:21 -0700
<![CDATA[Best-selling Manitou Springs author recounts mission in Afghanistan]]> http://gazette.com/best-selling-manitou-springs-author-recounts-mission-in-afghanistan/article/1619410?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/best-selling-manitou-springs-author-recounts-mission-in-afghanistan/article/1619410?custom_click=rss

The devastation of 9/11 inspired an influx of U.S. military recruits.

Staff Sgt. Michael Golembesky was one of them.

The now 41-year-old from Levittown, Pa., had moved to Manitou Springs in 1997 for a fresh start. He was driving a truck for Sinton Dairy when the towers were hit, sparking his speedy enlistment in the U.S. Marine Corps. He joined a whole generation of older recruits galvanized by the attack.

"I knew it was going to be one of those pivotal events in history," he said, "something that shaped the course of the nation. Like a lot of other people, we gave up our normal lives to go be part of something bigger than ourselves. No matter how big of a part I played or how small, I just wanted to make sure I was a



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Mon, 22 Jan 2018 07:42:57 -0700
<![CDATA[Two Fort Carson soldiers killed in helicopter crash during training in California]]> http://gazette.com/two-fort-carson-soldiers-killed-in-helicopter-crash-during-training-in-california/article/1619441?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/two-fort-carson-soldiers-killed-in-helicopter-crash-during-training-in-california/article/1619441?custom_click=rss

Two Fort Carson soldiers died Saturday in a helicopter crash during training in the Southern California desert, officials said.

An AH-64 Apache crashed about 1 a.m. at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin.

Both soldiers killed were assigned to the 4th Infantry Division, said Maj. Gen. Randy A. George, the commander of the Colorado Springs Army post. Their identities have not been released, pending notification of next of kin.

The fatal crash will trigger at least two investigations. Commanders will kick off an inquiry and a second probe will be conducted by experts at the Army Safety Center in Alabama. Most crash investigations take at least three months.



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Mon, 22 Jan 2018 07:06:22 -0700
<![CDATA[Despite shutdown, troops get football, Lady Liberty to open]]> http://gazette.com/despite-shutdown-troops-get-football-lady-liberty-to-open/article/feed/531356?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/despite-shutdown-troops-get-football-lady-liberty-to-open/article/feed/531356?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. government shutdown amid a congressional dispute over spending and immigration has forced scores of federal agencies and outposts to close their doors and triggered furloughs for Air Force civilian employees but won't keep Lady Liberty shackled.

The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, closed since the government shut down Friday, will reopen for visitors Monday, with New York state picking up the tab for the federal workers who operate them, the state's Democratic governor, Andrew Cuomo, said Sunday.

The sites had been turning away visitors due to what the National Park Service described as "a lapse in appropriations," a bureaucratic term for a lack of money.

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]]> Sun, 21 Jan 2018 17:21:21 -0700 <![CDATA[The Latest: US government shutdown prompts state to step in]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-us-government-shutdown-prompts-state-to-step-in/article/feed/531490?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-us-government-shutdown-prompts-state-to-step-in/article/feed/531490?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the impact of the federal government shutdown (all times local):

5 p.m.

A U.S. government shutdown that has forced scores of federal agencies and outposts to close their doors has prompted the New York state government to step in and pay to open the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island for visitors.

Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH'-moh) says his state will spend $65,000 a day beginning Monday for the federal employees who operate the sites, which have been closed since the federal government shut down at midnight Friday.

The partial government shutdown also has created uncertainty for Army and Air Force bases' civilian employees.

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]]> Sun, 21 Jan 2018 16:03:16 -0700 <![CDATA[AFN to broadcast NFL's championship games despite shutdown]]> http://gazette.com/afn-to-broadcast-nfls-championship-games-despite-shutdown/article/feed/531406?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/afn-to-broadcast-nfls-championship-games-despite-shutdown/article/feed/531406?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — The American Forces Network will broadcast the NFL's conference championship games on Sunday despite the federal government shutdown.

There was some question about access to the games for the U.S. military after the AFN put a message on its Facebook page on Saturday that its services would not be available because of the shutdown. The network airs American radio and television programming in Europe and other locations outside the U.S.

AFN programming relies on civilian government employees, according to Department of Defense spokeswoman Dana W. White, and they were furloughed at midnight Saturday. Two of AFN's eight channels — one for news and a second for sports — will remain on.

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]]> Sun, 21 Jan 2018 12:23:50 -0700 <![CDATA[Disabled Colorado Springs vet gets inventive boost from Colorado School of Mines]]> http://gazette.com/disabled-colorado-springs-vet-gets-inventive-boost-from-colorado-school-of-mines/article/1619418?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/disabled-colorado-springs-vet-gets-inventive-boost-from-colorado-school-of-mines/article/1619418?custom_click=rss

A paralyzed Colorado Springs veteran will receive student-designed custom wheelchair equipment this spring from the Colorado School of Mines.

Staff Sgt. Velette Britt was medically retired from the Air Force after a mountain biking accident in August 2015. The injury left her without the use of her legs.

The equipment is designed to give her freedom and a boost in Paralympic competition.

For the engineering students, it's a classroom project that has more than academic value.

"It would provide an actual impact, instead of being theoretical," said Brandon Weihl, who is leading a team designing a device that would allow Britt's wheelchair to climb over curbs. "It actually has some purpose."

It's a new step on



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Sun, 21 Jan 2018 12:03:08 -0700
<![CDATA[2 soldiers killed when Army helicopter crashes in California]]> http://gazette.com/2-soldiers-killed-when-army-helicopter-crashes-in-california/article/feed/531433?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/2-soldiers-killed-when-army-helicopter-crashes-in-california/article/feed/531433?custom_click=rss FORT IRWIN, Calif. (AP) — The Army says two soldiers from Colorado have been killed in a helicopter crash during training operations in the Southern California desert.

The San Bernardino Sun newspaper reports the AH-64 Apache crashed around 1 a.m. Saturday at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin.

Maj. Gen. Randy A. George says both soldiers killed were assigned to the 4th Infantry Division stationed at Fort Carson in Colorado. Their identities are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Fort Irwin is a remote facility in the High Mojave Desert midway between San Bernardino, California, and Las Vegas.

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]]> Sun, 21 Jan 2018 11:21:56 -0700 <![CDATA[Pence accuses Congress of playing politics with military pay]]> http://gazette.com/pence-accuses-congress-of-playing-politics-with-military-pay/article/1619448?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pence-accuses-congress-of-playing-politics-with-military-pay/article/1619448?custom_click=rss

NEAR THE SYRIAN BORDER — Vice President Mike Pence, weighing in from the Middle East on the shutdown in Washington, accused the U.S. Congress of playing politics with military pay, and told American soldiers stationed near the Syrian border that the Trump administration would demand that lawmakers reopen the government.

Pence said they deserved their pay and benefits and service members and their families "shouldn't have to worry about getting paid."

"Despite bipartisan support for a budget resolution, a minority in the Senate has decided to play politics with military pay," Pence said at the base, speaking in front of a large U.S. flag and a line of soldiers dressed in military fatigues. "But you deserve better.



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Sun, 21 Jan 2018 10:38:38 -0700
<![CDATA[VA targets misleading refinance schemes]]> http://gazette.com/va-targets-misleading-refinance-schemes/article/1619419?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/va-targets-misleading-refinance-schemes/article/1619419?custom_click=rss

Phone calls can begin only a day after veterans close on VA-guaranteed home loans. Brokers claim they can offer an even lower interest rate, or a better strategy for refinancing, that will cut mortgage payments even more.

The practice is called serial refinancing, or home loan churning, and the goal is to generate profits for lenders. The side effects often are more home debt on veterans and more financial risks for their families.

The number of lenders aggressively targeting veterans with misleading refinance schemes has fallen to less than a dozen, said Jeffrey London, director of loan guaranty service at the Department of Veterans Affair.

However, he told a House subcommittee this month, VA is committed to better

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]]> Sun, 21 Jan 2018 04:10:05 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area military events starting Jan. 21, 2018]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-military-events-starting-jan.-21-2018/article/1619417?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-military-events-starting-jan.-21-2018/article/1619417?custom_click=rss THROUGH NOVEMBER

"Trenches to Treaties: World War I in Remembrance" - 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, Money Museum, 818 N. Cascade Ave., $5, $4 for seniors, military and students, free for ages 12 and younger; 632-2646, money.org.

WEDNESDAY

Rocky Mountain Military Affairs Society Lecture - Bruce Lutz, Colorado State University - Pueblo, will present "Indian Warfare: Historical and Archaeological Perspectives," 7 p.m., Rockrimmon Library, meeting room, 832 Village Center Drive; rmmas.org/events.html.

ONGOING

Pikes Peak Chapter/Military Officers Association of America - Open to active-duty, retired and former officers in seven uniformed services. Monthly and special events.

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]]> Sun, 21 Jan 2018 04:10:03 -0700 <![CDATA[How shutdown affects key parts of federal government]]> http://gazette.com/how-shutdown-affects-key-parts-of-federal-government/article/feed/531355?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/how-shutdown-affects-key-parts-of-federal-government/article/feed/531355?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of federal employees began their weekends gripped with doubt, uncertain of when they'll be able to return to work and how long they'll have to go without being paid after a bitter political dispute in Washington triggered a government shutdown.

Many government operations will continue — U.S. troops will stay at their posts and mail will get delivered. But almost half the 2 million civilian federal workers will be barred from doing their jobs if the shutdown extends into Monday.

The longer the shutdown continues, the more likely its impact will be felt. Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, said Republicans and Democrats share the blame.

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]]> Sat, 20 Jan 2018 23:42:02 -0700 <![CDATA[Shutdown grounds Air Force sports, upends NFL viewing]]> http://gazette.com/shutdown-grounds-air-force-sports-upends-nfl-viewing/article/feed/531148?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/shutdown-grounds-air-force-sports-upends-nfl-viewing/article/feed/531148?custom_click=rss

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — The federal government shutdown prompted the Air Force Academy on Saturday to call off sports events and upended plans for military outside the U.S. wanting to follow the NFL's conference playoff games on TV and radio.

Games involving the Army and Navy men's basketball teams were played as scheduled.

Hours after the partial shutdown took effect, the Air Force Academy said both home and away events have been postponed. Among them were the men's and women's basketball games at Fresno State

The American Forces Network, which broadcasts American radio and television programming in Europe and other locations outside the U.S., put a message on its Facebook page that said its services would no

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]]> Sat, 20 Jan 2018 17:59:11 -0700 <![CDATA[Hot-shooting Army bounces back to beat Lehigh, 93-81]]> http://gazette.com/hot-shooting-army-bounces-back-to-beat-lehigh-93-81/article/feed/531185?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hot-shooting-army-bounces-back-to-beat-lehigh-93-81/article/feed/531185?custom_click=rss WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — Luke Morrison scored 21 points and dropped in 5 3-pointers as Army shot its way past Lehigh 93-81 in a Patriot League battle on Saturday afternoon.

The Black Knights had their three-game win streak snapped Wednesday at Holy Cross, 70-66. Army is now 6-1 in games following a loss.

Army (12-7, 5-3) shot 58.6 percent from the field (34 of 58), hitting 12 of 27 from behind the three-point stripe and 13 of 20 from the free throw line.

Matthew Wilson, already one of the most efficient shooters in the nation at 58.7 percent coming into the game, knocked down 7 of 8 from the field for a season-high 18 points. Jordan Fox added 15 and Thomas Funk 13.

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]]> Sat, 20 Jan 2018 15:39:07 -0700 <![CDATA[US docks lab for improper shipments of radioactive material]]> http://gazette.com/us-docks-lab-for-improper-shipments-of-radioactive-material/article/feed/531124?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-docks-lab-for-improper-shipments-of-radioactive-material/article/feed/531124?custom_click=rss ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The federal government is imposing a $3.1 penalty on the Los Alamos National Laboratory's operators for a previously disclosed mistake involving improperly packed shipments of small amounts of radioactive material sent by commercial air cargo service for.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the National Nuclear Security Administration reduced payments to Los Alamos National Security LLC because of "inadequate management controls" leading to the June shipping incident.

Lab officials previously said the shipments arrived safely at facilities in California and South Carolina and caused no injury but that the mistake was unacceptable and that firings and other personnel actions were taken in response.

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]]> Sat, 20 Jan 2018 12:24:14 -0700 <![CDATA[US government shuts down; Dems, GOP blame each other]]> http://gazette.com/us-government-shuts-down-dems-gop-blame-each-other/article/feed/530738?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-government-shuts-down-dems-gop-blame-each-other/article/feed/530738?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration in a striking display of Washington dysfunction.

Last-minute negotiations crumbled as Senate Democrats blocked a four-week stopgap extension in a late-night vote, causing the fourth government shutdown in a quarter century. Behind the scenes, however, leading Republicans and Democrats were trying to work out a compromise to avert a lengthy shutdown.

Congress scheduled an unusual Saturday session to begin considering a three-week version of the short-term spending measure — and to broadcast that they were at work as t

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]]> Sat, 20 Jan 2018 01:07:55 -0700 <![CDATA[Businessman may get 6-month delay in deportation]]> http://gazette.com/businessman-may-get-6-month-delay-in-deportation/article/feed/530945?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/businessman-may-get-6-month-delay-in-deportation/article/feed/530945?custom_click=rss YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio businessman who faces deportation to his native Jordan may be able to stay in the United States for about six months while his case is reviewed.

A U.S. House subcommittee vote Thursday requested the Department of Homeland Security review Amer Othman's case and report back. Youngstown-area Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan says similar votes under past administrations would halt deportation proceedings for six months while cases are reviewed.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials took the businessman into custody Tuesday before his expected deportation.

ICE says courts have held Othman doesn't have a legal basis to remain.

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]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 21:19:51 -0700 <![CDATA[Olympic gymnast abused by ex-doctor wants him to suffer]]> http://gazette.com/olympic-gymnast-abused-by-ex-doctor-wants-him-to-suffer/article/feed/530831?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/olympic-gymnast-abused-by-ex-doctor-wants-him-to-suffer/article/feed/530831?custom_click=rss

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman on Friday confronted her former doctor who has pleaded guilty to multiple sexual assaults, warning him that the testimony of the "powerful army" of 140 survivors at his sentencing will haunt him in prison.

More than 80 of the women and girls whom Larry Nassar abused under the guise of medical treatment have stood before the court during a marathon sentencing hearing that began Tuesday, describing with eloquence and sometimes tears the harm Nassar did and the impact he has had on their lives.

"You have not taken gymnastics away from me," Raisman said. "I love this sport, and that love is stronger than the evil that resides in you, in those who enabled you to hurt many p

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]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:39:00 -0700 <![CDATA[Lithuania probing bogus story after TV station is hacked]]> http://gazette.com/lithuania-probing-bogus-story-after-tv-station-is-hacked/article/feed/530796?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lithuania-probing-bogus-story-after-tv-station-is-hacked/article/feed/530796?custom_click=rss VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuania's Defense Ministry says an investigation was launched Friday after hackers posted a bogus story on the website of a television news station.

Television station TV3 said it was hacked late Thursday and shortly after that a bogus story appeared on the channel's website accusing Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis of sexually harassing a male radio journalist.

Tensions have been running high between Russia and Lithuania, which like other Baltic nations was long subject to Moscow's rule. Cyberattacks and disinformation campaigns have become more frequent in the last few years.

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]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:27:55 -0700 <![CDATA[Potential shutdown would hit hardest at Colorado Springs military bases]]> http://gazette.com/potential-shutdown-would-hit-hardest-at-colorado-springs-military-bases/article/1619225?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/potential-shutdown-would-hit-hardest-at-colorado-springs-military-bases/article/1619225?custom_click=rss

Hurried shutdown planning meetings began at military bases across the Pikes Peak region and Colorado Springs on Wednesday as leaders prepared for federal budget gridlock that would come if a deal isn't approved by Friday.

The biggest impact of a federal shutdown would hit at the five bases, where as many as 6,000 civilian employees face furloughs, troops could see pay delays and amenities like military grocery stores and daycare centers could shutter until a budget accord is reached.

"We are hopeful that there is enough time for Congress to prevent a lapse in appropriations," U.S. Northern Command said in a statement issued Wednesday.

On Wednesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan rolled out a short-term budget proposal with GOP backing.



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Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:24:07 -0700
<![CDATA[Thursday satellite launch aims to bolster missile defense]]> http://gazette.com/thursday-satellite-launch-aims-to-bolster-missile-defense/article/1619218?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/thursday-satellite-launch-aims-to-bolster-missile-defense/article/1619218?custom_click=rss

In the wake of Hawaii's weekend missile warning scare, the Air Force is preparing to deploy a new satellite to spot incoming threats.

The mission, weather permitting, will be launched from Florida's Cape Canaveral at 5:52 p.m. MST Thursday.

If successful, the satellite will bring the military's new early warning system fully online.

"Adding the fourth satellite to the constellation allows us to provide worldwide coverage," explained Col. Dennis Bythewood, remote sensing systems director.

The satellite is a cornerstone of the Space Based Infra Red System approved in 1996.

The original contract, worth $1.8 billion, was awarded to Lockheed Martin.



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Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:28:32 -0700
<![CDATA[Auditors raise more concerns about Denver VA hospital costs]]> http://gazette.com/auditors-raise-more-concerns-about-denver-va-hospital-costs/article/1619217?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/auditors-raise-more-concerns-about-denver-va-hospital-costs/article/1619217?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Government auditors raised concerns Wednesday about the cost of medical equipment and furniture for a new veterans hospital in suburban Denver that is already vastly over budget.

The Government Accountability Office told the House Veterans Affairs Committee that the Veterans Affairs Department did not follow best practices when it compiled the $341 million estimate for equipping the medical center, The Denver Post reported .

The $1.7 billion hospital in Aurora is scheduled to open Aug. 11, replacing an old and crowded Denver facility.

GAO auditor Andrew Von Ah told the committee he was not yet overly concerned about the estimate.



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Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:00:36 -0700
<![CDATA[America's fastest spy plane could be back - and hypersonic]]> http://gazette.com/americas-fastest-spy-plane-could-be-back-and-hypersonic/article/1619130?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/americas-fastest-spy-plane-could-be-back-and-hypersonic/article/1619130?custom_click=rss

For years, Lockheed Martin has been developing a successor to one of the fastest aircraft the world has ever seen, the SR-71 Blackbird, the Cold War reconnaissance craft that the U.S. Air Force retired almost three decades ago. Lockheed officials have said the hypersonic SR-72-dubbed the "Son of Blackbird" by one trade journal-could fly by 2030.

But a rather curious talk last week at an aerospace conference by a Lockheed Skunk Works executive implied that the SR-72 might already exist. Referring to detailed specifics of company design and manufacturing, Jack O'Banion, a Lockheed vice president, said a "digital transformation" arising from recent computing capabilities and design tools had made hypersonic development possible.



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Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:42:25 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs nonprofit provides hearty meals, family environment for more than 100 soldiers]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-nonprofit-provides-hearty-meals-family-environment-for-more-than-100-soldiers/article/1618982?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-nonprofit-provides-hearty-meals-family-environment-for-more-than-100-soldiers/article/1618982?custom_click=rss

More than 100 soldiers ate homemade turkey and ham with local families this holiday season thanks to local nonprofit.

It was a big boost for Citizen Soldier Connection, a Colorado Springs based nonprofit that helps young transitioning soldiers and their families find their place at Fort Carson. Their Holiday Connections program deals with Thanksgiving and Christmas specifically, pairing soldiers with local sponsor families.

"The program had really almost died out," said executive director Elizabeth Quevedo.

When Quevedo started with the Citizen Soldier Connection, the holiday initiative was only able to connect two soldiers with local families.

"It was kind of a trickle over the next couple of years," she said.



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Mon, 15 Jan 2018 16:23:23 -0700
<![CDATA[Missile-alert error leads to reassignment of employee]]> http://gazette.com/missile-alert-error-leads-to-reassignment-of-employee/article/1619074?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/missile-alert-error-leads-to-reassignment-of-employee/article/1619074?custom_click=rss

HONOLULU — When Jonathan Scheuer got an alert on his phone of a ballistic missile headed for Hawaii, he and his family didn’t know what to do. They went to their guest bedroom, then decided it would be safer on the ground floor of their Honolulu home.

“What do we do?” he wondered. “Where do we go?”

People should immediately seek shelter in a building “or other substantial structure,” once an attack-warning siren sounds, according to guidance the state distributed previously. The state recommends having 14-day survival kit of food and water.



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<![CDATA[Colorado Springs veteran wants to give region's war heroes their due]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-veteran-wants-to-give-regions-war-heroes-their-due/article/1619030?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-veteran-wants-to-give-regions-war-heroes-their-due/article/1619030?custom_click=rss

One Colorado Springs veteran believes so fervently in keeping alive the memory of the region's Medal of Honor recipients that he has their initials tattooed on his body.

Now, Keith LaMee wants something bigger to honor the three who earned the nation's highest medal for combat valor.

His latest project, which he hopes to see dedicated May 27, is a 5-foot tall memorial to be placed in Memorial Park.

LaMee is raising cash for the project and finalizing its design. He has the location figured out.

"Here more civilians are apt to see it," LaMee said as he pointed at the proposed spot next to the park's War Memorial.

"We have three Medals of Honor."

Army Pfc.



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