<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - military]]> http://gazette.com/rss/military Sun, 23 Jul 2017 02:56:11 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[New veterans' one-stop coming to Western Slope]]> http://gazette.com/new-veterans-one-stop-coming-to-western-slope/article/1607604?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-veterans-one-stop-coming-to-western-slope/article/1607604?custom_click=rss

Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael Loh flew in a Boeing CH-47 Chinook to Grand Junction to make a special announcement to veterans on the Western Slope: An old Colorado National Guard Armory will soon become a central location for services veterans need.

The Western Slope veteran one-stop, expected to open in May 2019, will provide services for veterans under one roof less than a mile from the VA medical center. It is modeled off the Colorado Springs one-stop, the Mount Carmel Center for Excellence, which opened in 2016.

"This is a veteran one-stop that can do anything from taking care of benefits all the way to down to what's available in the local community and . any programs out there that will benefit veterans and their

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Sat, 22 Jul 2017 22:12:33 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado vet works to restore helicopter he flew in Vietnam ]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-vet-works-to-restore-helicopter-he-flew-in-vietnam/article/1607635?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-vet-works-to-restore-helicopter-he-flew-in-vietnam/article/1607635?custom_click=rss

GREELEY — The bodies of two old helicopters lay uncovered on Bob Fritzler's property. They tower over him as he walks by them on his way to his large garage.

He had to use a giant trailer to haul them out to his farm with his truck. He imagined it felt a lot like driving a semi. He doesn't worry much about what the weather might do to the old birds outside. He's just using them for parts.

Fritzler's real treasure sits in that large garage on his land near Keenesburg. He's working to restore a U.S. Marine Corps Sikorsky H-34 helicopter, which was flown during Operation SHUFLY, a Marine helicopter operation that primarily ferried troops in Vietnam between 1962 and 1965. Fritzler said it was one of the first

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Sat, 22 Jul 2017 18:45:23 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area military events starting July 23, 2017]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-military-events-starting-july-23-2017/article/1607660?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-military-events-starting-july-23-2017/article/1607660?custom_click=rss


Aviation Summer Youth Tours - 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. Saturdays, National Museum of World War II Aviation, 755 Aviation Way, $5-$10. Advance tickets: tinyurl.com/zqxc64h.


Military Exchange Shopping - The Army, Air Force and Navy exchange will start allowing all honorably discharged veterans to shop online. Registration required by Nov. 11: 1-844-868-8672.


"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.

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Sat, 22 Jul 2017 15:39:39 -0600
<![CDATA[Trump: USS Ford is '100,000-ton message to the world']]> http://gazette.com/trump-uss-ford-is-100000-ton-message-to-the-world/article/1607641?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trump-uss-ford-is-100000-ton-message-to-the-world/article/1607641?custom_click=rss

With praise and a blessing for the military, President Donald Trump helped hand over the USS Gerald R. Ford to the Navy on Saturday and said the state-of-the-art aircraft carrier will send a "100,000-ton message to the world" about America's military might when it is ultimately deployed.

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Sat, 22 Jul 2017 14:35:56 -0600
<![CDATA[Vet groups urge House to reject plan to fix VA's budget gap]]> http://gazette.com/vet-groups-urge-house-to-reject-plan-to-fix-vas-budget-gap/article/feed/478401?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/vet-groups-urge-house-to-reject-plan-to-fix-vas-budget-gap/article/feed/478401?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eight major veterans' organizations on Saturday urged Congress to provide emergency money to the Department of Veterans Affairs without cutting other VA programs as the House moved quickly to address a budget shortfall that threatened medical care for thousands of patients.

Their joint statement comes after the House Veterans Affairs Committee unveiled a plan Friday that would shift $2 billion from other VA programs to continue funding the department's Choice program. Put in place after a 2014 wait-time scandal at the Phoenix VA hospital, Choice provides veterans federally paid medical care outside the VA and is a priority of President Donald Trump. To offset spending, the VA would trim pensions for some veteran

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]]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 13:45:51 -0600 <![CDATA[Air Force Academy, PPCC team up to promote cyber innovation]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-academy-ppcc-team-up-to-promote-cyber-innovation/article/1607550?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-academy-ppcc-team-up-to-promote-cyber-innovation/article/1607550?custom_click=rss

Madaline Riggs, 19, spent her early education dreaming of a career in internet technologies, yet was constantly discouraged by people claiming the field was a man's world.

A new Air Force Academy and Pikes Peak Community College collaboration might change that for young girls in Colorado Springs and across the country.

Riggs, who attends Red Rocks Community College in Denver, and her teammates' idea was one of four presented to Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson, the Air Force Academy's superintendent, and Lance Bolton, the president of Pikes Peak Community College, on Thursday. All sought to find innovative options for how the Academy and PPCC can facilitate participation in academic and extracurricular programs in the cyber realm in

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Fri, 21 Jul 2017 23:06:09 -0600
<![CDATA[Al-Qaida suspect linked to cartoonist plot extradited to US]]> http://gazette.com/al-qaida-suspect-linked-to-cartoonist-plot-extradited-to-us/article/feed/478312?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/al-qaida-suspect-linked-to-cartoonist-plot-extradited-to-us/article/feed/478312?custom_click=rss

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An al-Qaida suspect linked to a plot to kill a Swedish cartoonist has been brought to Philadelphia from Spain to face terrorism charges in federal court, despite President Donald Trump's promises to send terror suspects to the military prison at Guantanamo Bay.

Ali Charaf Damache, 52, of Algeria, appeared in court Friday and will be arraigned next month on charges that he conspired with two American women and a high school honors student from Maryland, court officials said.

A 2011 indictment accused him of aiding terrorism, including the plan to kill Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who depicted the prophet Muhammad as a dog. The plot never materialized.

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]]> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 20:41:58 -0600 <![CDATA[Momentum builds for new GI bill reforms to benefit thousands]]> http://gazette.com/momentum-builds-for-new-gi-bill-reforms-to-benefit-thousands/article/1607608?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/momentum-builds-for-new-gi-bill-reforms-to-benefit-thousands/article/1607608?custom_click=rss

The House and Senate veterans' affairs committees are moving with surprising speed and unanimity to correct inequities under the Post-9/11 GI Bill and boost or restore education benefits for thousands of veterans and select groups of dependents and survivors.

Those who stand to gain from GI Bill reforms moving toward enactment include victims of for-profit colleges that have closed; Reserve and Guard members activated under "12304b orders" that don't trigger GI Bill eligibility; Purple Heart recipients whose wounds resulted in shorter tours and reduced GI Bill benefits; and survivors who qualify for GI Bill Fry Scholarships but are excluded from a Yellow Ribbon feature to cover full tuition costs at private colleges.

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]]> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:30:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Trump to review security risks from fewer US factories]]> http://gazette.com/trump-to-review-security-risks-from-fewer-us-factories/article/feed/478240?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trump-to-review-security-risks-from-fewer-us-factories/article/feed/478240?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump plans to review the U.S. manufacturing base and supply chains because of possible national security risks.

The president signed an executive order Friday for a 270-day review to be led by the Defense Department. The order joins a Commerce Department review of imposing steel tariffs on national security grounds as a possible way the administration could reshape global trade without having to negotiate new agreements with foreign countries.

Administration officials said the country lacks domestic companies that can produce flat panels, repair submarine propellers and print circuit boards, among other possible shortages in the event of war.

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]]> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:39:40 -0600 <![CDATA[Today in History]]> http://gazette.com/today-in-history/article/feed/20511?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/today-in-history/article/feed/20511?custom_click=rss Today in History

Today is Friday, July 21, the 202nd day of 2017. There are 163 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On July 21, 1925, the so-called "Monkey Trial" ended in Dayton, Tennessee, with John T. Scopes found guilty of violating state law for teaching Darwin's Theory of Evolution. (The conviction was later overturned on a technicality.)

On this date:

In 1773, Pope Clement XIV issued an order suppressing the Society of Jesus, or Jesuits. (The Society was restored by Pope Pius VII in 1814.)

In 1861, during the Civil War, the first Battle of Bull Run was fought at Manassas, Virginia, resulting in a Confederate victory.

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]]> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 23:01:26 -0600 <![CDATA[Apollo 11 bag laced with moon dust sells for $1.8 million]]> http://gazette.com/apollo-11-bag-laced-with-moon-dust-sells-for-1.8-million/article/feed/477814?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/apollo-11-bag-laced-with-moon-dust-sells-for-1.8-million/article/feed/477814?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — A bag containing traces of moon dust sold for $1.8 million at an auction on Thursday following a galactic court battle.

The collection bag, used by astronaut Neil Armstrong during the first manned mission to the moon in 1969, was sold at a Sotheby's auction of items related to space voyages. The buyer declined to be identified. The pre-sale estimate was $2 million to $4 million.

The artifact from the Apollo 11 mission had been misidentified and sold at an online government auction, and NASA had fought to get it back. But in December a federal judge ruled that it legally belonged to a Chicago-area woman who bought it in 2015 for $995.

Sotheby's declined to identify the seller.

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]]> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:45:18 -0600 <![CDATA[US says ban on laptops in airplane cabins has been lifted]]> http://gazette.com/us-says-ban-on-laptops-in-airplane-cabins-has-been-lifted/article/feed/478011?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-says-ban-on-laptops-in-airplane-cabins-has-been-lifted/article/feed/478011?custom_click=rss DALLAS (AP) — The ban on laptops in the cabins of planes flying from the Middle East to the U.S. is over, as federal officials say that large airports in the region have taken other steps to increase security.

Those measures include checking electronic devices to make sure they don't contain a bomb, and pulling more people out of airport lines for additional screening.

A spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security said Thursday that all airlines and airports with flights departing for the U.S. had met the agency's first phase of new security measures, which were announced in late June but not described in any detail.

In March, the U.S. imposed a ban on laptops in the cabins of planes coming into the country from

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]]> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:33:31 -0600 <![CDATA[Business Highlights]]> http://gazette.com/business-highlights/article/feed/14582?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/business-highlights/article/feed/14582?custom_click=rss ___

China clamping down on use of VPNs to evade Great Firewall

BEIJING (AP) — China is tightening control over use of virtual private networks in a move that foreign companies worry might disrupt their operations or jeopardize trade secrets and information about customers. In a letter to corporate customers, the biggest Chinese internet service provider says VPNs can connect only to a company's headquarters abroad — not to any other sites outside China.


The importance of bigger earnings for stock funds

NEW YORK (AP) — This earnings season is off to a good start, and the encouraging run is expected to keep going. Instead of excitement, though, the reaction so far from Wall Street has been more like

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]]> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:02:22 -0600 <![CDATA[Senate panel rejects Trump cuts to foreign aid, domestic]]> http://gazette.com/senate-panel-rejects-trump-cuts-to-foreign-aid-domestic/article/feed/478074?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/senate-panel-rejects-trump-cuts-to-foreign-aid-domestic/article/feed/478074?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rebuffing a Republican president, a GOP-led Senate panel on Thursday rejected President Donald Trump's proposed cuts to foreign aid and deep reductions in spending on domestic programs such as education, housing and energy.

The powerful Appropriations Committee that oversees spending for the federal government approved the plan on a party-line vote.

In May, Trump proposed a cut of some 32 percent in spending in diplomacy programs such as economic aid and contributions to international organizations. The committee agreed on spending about $11 billion more than the president sought for $51.2 billion next year for the State Department and related agencies.

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]]> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:40:44 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Senate spending plan rejects Trump cuts]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-senate-spending-plan-rejects-trump-cuts/article/feed/478061?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-senate-spending-plan-rejects-trump-cuts/article/feed/478061?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on congressional budget talks (all times local):

4:55 p.m.

A Senate panel led by Republicans has rejected President Donald Trump's proposals to slash foreign aid and domestic spending.

The Appropriations Committee approved its own spending plan on a party-line vote Thursday.

Funding for education, housing, transportation, homeland security and energy would all receive increases over the current year. An additional $3 billion would come from a trust fund that's supposed to be dedicated to crime victims.

Trump had proposed a 32 percent cut in foreign aid. The committee would provide roughly $11 billion more than the administration wanted, for a total of $51.2 billion.

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]]> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:13:52 -0600 <![CDATA[Honorably discharged veterans will soon get to shop tax-free]]> http://gazette.com/honorably-discharged-veterans-will-soon-get-to-shop-tax-free/article/feed/477973?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/honorably-discharged-veterans-will-soon-get-to-shop-tax-free/article/feed/477973?custom_click=rss

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. (AP) — Hey veterans, you can soon shop tax free.

Starting later this year, all honorably discharged veterans, no matter their branch of service, will be eligible to shop tax-free online at the Army & Air Force Exchange Service with the same discounts they enjoyed on base while in the military. It's the latest way in which the organization is trying to keep its customers as the armed forces shrink and airmen and soldiers buy more for delivery.

Adding 13 million potential new customers will give extra ammunition to the group that runs the stores on U.S. Army and Air Force bases worldwide as it fights Amazon and other retailers for veterans' online shopping dollars.

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]]> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:18:43 -0600 <![CDATA[House panel approves budget with hopes for tax reform]]> http://gazette.com/house-panel-approves-budget-with-hopes-for-tax-reform/article/feed/477547?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/house-panel-approves-budget-with-hopes-for-tax-reform/article/feed/477547?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — A key House panel on Wednesday approved a Republican fiscal plan that probably won't deliver on its promises to balance the budget, but would begin to clear a path for a GOP effort to overhaul the tax code this fall.

The Budget Committee approved the measure by a party-line 22-14 vote. The plan proposes deep cuts to safety net programs like Medicaid and food stamps and reprises a controversial Medicare plan strongly opposed by President Donald Trump — though Republicans only want to deliver on a small fraction of the cuts.

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]]> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 21:50:49 -0600 <![CDATA[Enhanced security in effect on international flights to US]]> http://gazette.com/enhanced-security-in-effect-on-international-flights-to-us/article/feed/477770?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/enhanced-security-in-effect-on-international-flights-to-us/article/feed/477770?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Travelers flying to the U.S. from nearly 300 international airports, including those in Mexico and Canada, are now subject to stepped-up security measures that include stricter screening for electronic devices larger than cellphones.

The regulations could include asking passengers to present larger electronic devices for inspection and prove that they can be powered on.

The Homeland Security Department demanded last month that airlines around the world step up security measures for international flights bound for the United States or face the possibility of a total electronics ban for planes. The deadline for some of those changes to take affect was Wednesday.

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]]> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 20:12:59 -0600 <![CDATA[SpaceX chief says 1st launch of big new rocket will be risky]]> http://gazette.com/spacex-chief-says-1st-launch-of-big-new-rocket-will-be-risky/article/feed/477736?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/spacex-chief-says-1st-launch-of-big-new-rocket-will-be-risky/article/feed/477736?custom_click=rss

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX's chief said Wednesday that the first launch of its big new rocket is risky and stands "a real good chance" of failure.

Founder Elon Musk told a space station research conference Wednesday that he wants to set realistic expectations for the flight later this year from Cape Canaveral. The Falcon Heavy will have three boosters instead of one, and 27 engines instead of nine, all of which must ignite simultaneously. No one will be aboard the initial flights. When it comes time to add people, Musk said, "no question, whoever's on the first flight, brave."

SpaceX plans to fly two paying customers to the moon late next year, using a Falcon Heavy.

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]]> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 16:55:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Community meeting on contaminated water in south El Paso County planned for Tuesday]]> http://gazette.com/community-meeting-on-contaminated-water-in-south-el-paso-county-planned-for-tuesday/article/1607446?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/community-meeting-on-contaminated-water-in-south-el-paso-county-planned-for-tuesday/article/1607446?custom_click=rss

A community meeting will be held Tuesday on the toxic chemicals fouling a key source of drinking water for Security, Widefield and Fountain.

The meeting will coincide with the release that day of Peterson Air Force Base's site inspection report - a much-anticipated internal study detailing contamination linked to a firefighting foam used for decades at the base.

It will be from 5-8 p.m. at Janitell Junior High School, 7635 Fountain Mesa Road in Fountain.

Representatives from the Air Force, the EPA, state and local health departments and local water systems are expected to be on hand Tuesday to answer residents' questions.

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Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:36:35 -0600
<![CDATA[Hungary searches international trains after bomb threat]]> http://gazette.com/hungary-searches-international-trains-after-bomb-threat/article/feed/477602?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hungary-searches-international-trains-after-bomb-threat/article/feed/477602?custom_click=rss

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungarian police say they are inspecting all international trains arriving in Hungary after receiving an anonymous bomb threat.

MAV, Hungary's state railway company, said Wednesday that police haven't found any explosives on any of the trains searched so far. But the checks will be held on all international trains entering Hungary until midnight (2200 GMT; 6 p.m. EDT), so passengers should expect delays.

MAV was offering refunds and to rebook trips for passengers affected by the delays caused by the inspections.

The bomb threat came as Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban hosts Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who also met Wednesday in Budapest with the prime ministers of the Czech

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]]> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:41:36 -0600 <![CDATA[Mexico announces new laptop, tablet security on US flights]]> http://gazette.com/mexico-announces-new-laptop-tablet-security-on-us-flights/article/feed/477625?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mexico-announces-new-laptop-tablet-security-on-us-flights/article/feed/477625?custom_click=rss

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Laptops and tablets on U.S.-bound flights from Mexico will be subjected to heightened carry-on security measures beginning Wednesday at the request of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Mexican authorities announced.

Mexico's Transportation Department said in a statement that the measures apply to "electronics larger than a cellphone."

The department recommended that passengers travel with as few of those devices as possible in carry-on bags. It did not give details on the checks other to say they will take place separately from baggage, without cases or covers.

In March, U.S. authorities banned cabin electronics on departing flights from 10 airports in the Middle East over concerns extremist

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]]> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 09:12:46 -0600 <![CDATA[Jordanian soldier sentenced to life for killing 3 U.S. troops]]> http://gazette.com/jordanian-soldier-sentenced-to-life-for-killing-3-u.s.-troops/article/1607276?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jordanian-soldier-sentenced-to-life-for-killing-3-u.s.-troops/article/1607276?custom_click=rss

AMMAN, Jordan — A military court convicted a Jordanian soldier Monday of killing three U.S. military trainers at a Jordanian air base and sentenced him to life in prison with hard labor.

The defendant, who had pleaded "not guilty," has said he opened fire because he feared the base was coming under attack.

As he was led out of the courtroom, 1st Sgt. Marik al-Tuwayha said: "I have all the respect for the king, but I was doing my job."

Relatives of two of the slain soldiers sat quietly as the judge announced his ruling to a crowded court.

Charles Lewellen, one of the bereaved fathers, later told The Associated Press that the verdict "won't take the pain away," but that it proved "what we have been saying

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Mon, 17 Jul 2017 08:02:11 -0600
<![CDATA[Veterans earn jobs through Fort Carson fellowship]]> http://gazette.com/veterans-earn-jobs-through-fort-carson-fellowship/article/1606841?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/veterans-earn-jobs-through-fort-carson-fellowship/article/1606841?custom_click=rss

A new fellowship program in the Pikes Peak region is helping veterans translate their military skills into jobs with local government.

The 16-week fellowship is designed to create a smooth transition, learning the language of the bureaucracy, said Darrin Tangeman, program manager for the Veterans Local Government Management Fellowship.

"We realized that we were surrounded by a community of military that had a great pool of candidates for local government," Tangeman said. "From my own experiences from retiring in the military, I wanted to forward opportunities to other veterans."

The fellowship is part of the Fort Carson Career Skills Program, which helps soldiers find civilian jobs as they're about to leave the Army.

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Mon, 17 Jul 2017 06:40:11 -0600
<![CDATA[Cannons fired to celebrate Fort Carson's 4th Infantry Division Artillery change in command]]> http://gazette.com/cannons-fired-to-celebrate-fort-carsons-4th-infantry-division-artillery-change-in-command/article/1607183?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cannons-fired-to-celebrate-fort-carsons-4th-infantry-division-artillery-change-in-command/article/1607183?custom_click=rss

Smoke from 13 honorary cannon blasts settled Monday morning over Founder's Field at Fort Carson, a salute to the 4th Infantry Division Artillery change of command.

Col. Norberto Menéndez will assume command of the 4th Infantry Division Artillery from Col. Michael "Mike" Oeschger. Command Sgt. Maj. Benito Perez Jr. will assume senior enlisted responsibilities of the unit.

Oeschger, who was commander for two years, will move to Boston to act as the Federal Emergency Management Agency's regional defense coordination officer for the northern area.

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Sat, 15 Jul 2017 15:24:47 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area military events starting July 16, 2017]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-military-events-starting-july-16-2017/article/1607182?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-military-events-starting-july-16-2017/article/1607182?custom_click=rss A look at upcoming military events in the Colorado Springs-area starting Sunday, July 16.

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Sat, 15 Jul 2017 14:04:38 -0600
<![CDATA[Army veteran's dying wish is to hear from you]]> http://gazette.com/army-veterans-dying-wish-is-to-hear-from-you/article/1607113?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/army-veterans-dying-wish-is-to-hear-from-you/article/1607113?custom_click=rss

PHOENIX — An Army veteran with a terminal illness has a final wish that we can all help with. 

It's doesn't require much effort on our part but would make a world of difference to a man who served his country. 

He wants us, you, to send him text messages or give him a call. 

Lee Hernandez, who is under hospice care at his home in New Braunfels, Texas, has continuous strokes that have affected his vision and cognitive abilities. The 47-year-old’s body is deteriorating despite three brain surgeries, according to his wife, Ernestine Hernandez.

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Fri, 14 Jul 2017 20:35:42 -0600
<![CDATA[Air Force veteran arrested in bombing of Oklahoma recruiting center]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-veteran-arrested-in-bombing-of-oklahoma-recruiting-center/article/1606979?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-veteran-arrested-in-bombing-of-oklahoma-recruiting-center/article/1606979?custom_click=rss

A 28-year-old man facing federal charges in a pipe bomb explosion outside an Air Force recruiting center in Oklahoma had been enlisted in that branch of the military and was decorated for his service.

Oklahoma Air National Guard Capt. Jennifer Proctor said Wednesday that Benjamin Don Roden enlisted for Air Force active duty in April 2012 and joined the state's air national guard in October 2014.

Proctor says Roden was discharged from the air national guard's 138th Fighter Wing in April. He had been a senior airman, whose job involved fire protection.

Proctor says Roden received several decorations, including the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. She says he was deployed with the Air Force, but that she

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Wed, 12 Jul 2017 13:15:17 -0600
<![CDATA[Explosion outside Air Force recruiting center was domestic terrorism or a horrible prank]]> http://gazette.com/explosion-outside-air-force-recruiting-center-was-domestic-terrorism-or-a-horrible-prank/article/1606889?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/explosion-outside-air-force-recruiting-center-was-domestic-terrorism-or-a-horrible-prank/article/1606889?custom_click=rss

TULSA, Okla. — An explosion outside an Oklahoma Air Force recruiting center is being investigated as a possible act of domestic terrorism, but the late-night blast could also have been a horrible prank, a federal agent said Tuesday.

Federal authorities said a device was set off around 10:30 p.m. Monday in front of the recruiting center in the Tulsa suburb of Bixby. The center was closed at the time and no one was injured. Authorities declined to specify the nature of the device.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives spokeswoman Meredith Davis said agents are treating the matter as a domestic act of terror "out of an abundance of caution," because of the proximity to the recruiting center, but that it

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Tue, 11 Jul 2017 09:59:47 -0600
<![CDATA[US soldier arrested after pledging loyalty to Islamic State]]> http://gazette.com/us-soldier-arrested-after-pledging-loyalty-to-islamic-state/article/1606879?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-soldier-arrested-after-pledging-loyalty-to-islamic-state/article/1606879?custom_click=rss

HONOLULU — An active duty U.S. soldier was arrested on terrorism charges after authorities say he pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group and said he wanted to "kill a bunch of people."

The FBI arrested Sgt. 1st Class Ikaika Kang, 34, in a suburb of Honolulu over the weekend after a yearlong investigation involving multiple undercover officers and confidential informants. He made an initial appearance in federal court on Monday.

Kang's court-appointed defense attorney, Birney Bervar, said it appears his client may suffer from service-related mental health issues of which the government was aware but neglected to treat. Bervar declined to elaborate.

He said Kang was "a decorated veteran of two deployments"

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Tue, 11 Jul 2017 07:17:17 -0600