<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - military]]> http://gazette.com/rss/military Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:57:12 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Obama: 'Best people' make US military world's strongest]]> http://gazette.com/obama-best-people-make-us-military-worlds-strongest/article/feed/403337?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/obama-best-people-make-us-military-worlds-strongest/article/feed/403337?custom_click=rss

FORT LEE, Va. (AP) — President Barack Obama says the U.S. has the world's strongest military because it's got the "best people."

Obama is addressing service members at Fort Lee, an Army installation in Virginia. He traveled to Fort Lee to participate in a town hall-style event with service members that's to be televised by CNN on Wednesday night.

Speaking to several hundred people gathered in an airplane hangar, Obama says military members serve the country with distinction every single day. He says he's had no "greater honor" than serving as their commander in chief.

Obama also took the opportunity to wish Fort Lee a happy 100th birthday. The fort was built in 1917 and celebrates its centennial next year.

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]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:37:10 -0600 <![CDATA[US urging Myanmar to end any vestige of NKorea military ties]]> http://gazette.com/us-urging-myanmar-to-end-any-vestige-of-nkorea-military-ties/article/feed/403654?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-urging-myanmar-to-end-any-vestige-of-nkorea-military-ties/article/feed/403654?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — Pockets within the Myanmar military may still be cooperating with North Korea although the new civilian government and the military leadership oppose such ties, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday.

During Myanmar's years of international isolation, its then-ruling junta bought defense equipment from North Korea. The U.S. has been pressing the country also known as Burma to cease those ties as a condition of normalized relations with Washington.

Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel said President Barack Obama underscored to Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, during a visit to Washington this month, the importance of rooting out any vestiges of cooperation that may have remained.

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]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:18:12 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Clinton promises young voters help with debt]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-clinton-promises-young-voters-help-with-debt/article/feed/403383?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-clinton-promises-young-voters-help-with-debt/article/feed/403383?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential election (all times EDT):

3:58 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is appealing to young voters in New Hampshire, promising to give them relief from high interest rates and massive student loans if she's elected president.

Clinton is campaigning with her one-time primary rival Bernie Sanders at the University of New Hampshire. Clinton says she wants to "make a difference" in the lives of young voters with a plan she developed with Sanders to make college debt-free for millions of middle-class families.

Sanders was popular with millennials during the primary. Clinton is trying to connect with young voters who may support third-party candidates Gary Johnson or Jill Stein.



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Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:02:57 -0600
<![CDATA[Man rescued at sea was suspected in grandfather's slaying]]> http://gazette.com/man-rescued-at-sea-was-suspected-in-grandfathers-slaying/article/feed/403412?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-rescued-at-sea-was-suspected-in-grandfathers-slaying/article/feed/403412?custom_click=rss

BOSTON (AP) — A 22-year-old man rescued from a life raft after a fishing trip that left his mother missing and presumed dead had been a suspect in the 2013 slaying of his rich grandfather, according to court documents that add to the multitude of questions swirling around him and what happened at sea.

Nathan Carman was picked up by a freighter Sunday 100 miles off the Massachusetts coast after what he said was a week adrift that began when his 31-foot aluminum fishing boat inexplicably sank during a mother-and-son outing.

Coast Guard officials interviewed Carman and police searched his home in Vermont as part of an investigation into the ill-fated trip. Carman has not been charged with anything, and his attorney said his mo

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]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:59:21 -0600 <![CDATA[Non-nuclear states advance push for UN treaty to ban nukes]]> http://gazette.com/non-nuclear-states-advance-push-for-un-treaty-to-ban-nukes/article/feed/403585?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/non-nuclear-states-advance-push-for-un-treaty-to-ban-nukes/article/feed/403585?custom_click=rss GENEVA (AP) — Despite arm-twisting and vocal opposition from nuclear powers like the United States, six non-nuclear countries urged the U.N. General Assembly Wednesday to work toward a "legally-binding" accord to ban nuclear weapons in hopes of ridding them from the planet altogether one day.

The countries — Austria, Brazil, Ireland, Mexico, Nigeria and South Africa sent world diplomats a draft text of the nuclear ban treaty that they want to be the subject of a U.N. conference next year. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the text, which is to be considered at the U.N. in New York starting next month.

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]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:54:12 -0600 <![CDATA[Connecticut Senate approves deal to keep Sikorsky Aircraft]]> http://gazette.com/connecticut-senate-approves-deal-to-keep-sikorsky-aircraft/article/feed/403477?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/connecticut-senate-approves-deal-to-keep-sikorsky-aircraft/article/feed/403477?custom_click=rss HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A $220 million agreement that would keep Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. in the state to produce a new line of heavy cargo helicopters for the U.S. military was moving easily through the General Assembly on Wednesday, with some lawmakers hailing the deal as a positive sign for manufacturing.

The Democratic-controlled Senate voted 35-1 in favor of the agreement recently reached between Sikorsky, Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's administration and Sikorsky's new owner, Maryland-based Lockheed Martin. The House, also controlled by Democrats, was expected to pass the bill later in the afternoon.

A separate agreement with unionized Sikorsky workers still must be ratified.

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]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:42:53 -0600 <![CDATA[Probe says missile launcher from Russia downed Malaysian jet]]> http://gazette.com/probe-says-missile-launcher-from-russia-downed-malaysian-jet/article/feed/403351?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/probe-says-missile-launcher-from-russia-downed-malaysian-jet/article/feed/403351?custom_click=rss

NIEUWEGEIN, Netherlands (AP) — An international criminal probe concluded that a missile which destroyed a Malaysian passenger jet over Ukraine in 2014 and killed all 298 people aboard was fired from rebel-controlled territory by a mobile launcher trucked in from Russia and hastily returned there.

The report, released Wednesday, was "solid proof" of a Russian role in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, Ukraine's president said. But Moscow immediately denounced the findings of the Dutch-led inquiry as "biased and politically motivated."

Investigators have identified 100 people they want to speak to who are believed to have been involved in transporting the Buk missile launcher or its use, chief prosecutor Fred Westerb

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]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:35:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Probe of jetty sought as service held for Marlins' Fernandez]]> http://gazette.com/probe-of-jetty-sought-as-service-held-for-marlins-fernandez/article/feed/403375?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/probe-of-jetty-sought-as-service-held-for-marlins-fernandez/article/feed/403375?custom_click=rss

MIAMI (AP) — Somber Miami Marlins players and personnel escorted a hearse carrying the body of star pitcher Jose Fernandez from the team's ballpark Wednesday as U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio sought a safety probe into the rock jetty where a boat crash claimed the lives of the baseball star and two friends.

Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, manager Don Mattingly, hitting coach Barry Bonds and the team's players including Marcel Ozuna and Giancarlo Stanton wore white T-shirts emblazoned with Fernandez's image and the letters "RIP" as they slowly walked the hearse away from Marlins Park in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood. Many in the crowd of about 1,000 chanted "Jose! Jose!" and some waved Cuban flags in honor of the popular Cuban-American p

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]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:27:56 -0600 <![CDATA[Congress overrides president's veto of Sept. 11 legislation]]> http://gazette.com/congress-overrides-presidents-veto-of-sept.-11-legislation/article/feed/403336?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/congress-overrides-presidents-veto-of-sept.-11-legislation/article/feed/403336?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for its alleged backing of the attackers, handing Barack Obama the first veto override of his presidency.

Both the House and Senate voted decisively to reverse Obama's decision to scuttle the legislation. Democrats in both chambers abandoned the president in large numbers despite warnings from Obama and top national security officials that flaws in the bill could put U.S. interests, troops, and intelligence personnel at risk.

The Senate vote was 97-1. The House vote a few hours later was 348-77.

Lawmakers said their priority was the 9/11 victims and their families, not Saudi Arabia.

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]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:27:45 -0600 <![CDATA[Man gets prison in $113M veteran-owned company scheme]]> http://gazette.com/man-gets-prison-in-113m-veteran-owned-company-scheme/article/feed/403616?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-gets-prison-in-113m-veteran-owned-company-scheme/article/feed/403616?custom_click=rss BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts man will serve more than a year in prison in a scheme that recruited disabled veterans as straw owners of a construction company to receive federal contracts worth millions.

David Gorski, of Chelmsford, was also fined $1 million by a federal judge on Tuesday. A jury in June convicted Gorski of wire fraud and conspiracy to defraud the government.

Prosecutors say that from 2006 to 2010, Gorski's former company, Legion Construction, submitted numerous bids to the Army, Navy and Department of Veterans Affairs falsely indicating two veterans had leading roles in the business.

Prosecutors say the company acquired more than $113 million in contracts and Gorski pocketed $6.4 million.

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]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:24:42 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Hearse carrying Jose Fernandez leaves ballpark]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-hearse-carrying-jose-fernandez-leaves-ballpark/article/feed/403497?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-hearse-carrying-jose-fernandez-leaves-ballpark/article/feed/403497?custom_click=rss

MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on Marlins-Fernandez Killed (all times local):

3:05 p.m.

A hearse carrying the body of Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez has been escorted from the team's ballpark by players and personnel.

More than 1,000 people turned out Wednesday to pay tribute to the 24-year-old Fernandez, who died in a boating crash Sunday with two friends.

Many in the crowd chanted "Jose! Jose!" and waved Cuban flags as the hearse passed by. Marlins players, coaches and personnel wore white T-shirts with the letters "RIP" and an image of Fernandez.

A public viewing is scheduled later Wednesday at a Miami-area Catholic church, followed by a private funeral Mass on Thursday.

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]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:19:25 -0600 <![CDATA[Officials: US to send more troops to Iraq to help with Mosul]]> http://gazette.com/officials-us-to-send-more-troops-to-iraq-to-help-with-mosul/article/feed/403429?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/officials-us-to-send-more-troops-to-iraq-to-help-with-mosul/article/feed/403429?custom_click=rss

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (AP) — The U.S. is sending 615 more troops to Iraq as the stage is set for an Iraqi-led battle to reclaim Mosul, the northern city that has been the Islamic State group's main stronghold for more than two years. The offensive, starting as soon as October, looms as a decisive moment for Iraq and for President Barack Obama's much-criticized strategy to defeat IS.

"These forces will be primarily to enable Iraqi security forces and also (Kurdish) Peshmerga in the operations to isolate and collapse ISIL's control over Mosul, but also to protect and expand Iraqi security forces' gains elsewhere in Iraq," Defense Secretary Ash Carter told reporters Wednesday.

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]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:14:08 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: UN secretary-general praises downed plane probe]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-un-secretary-general-praises-downed-plane-probe/article/feed/403478?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-un-secretary-general-praises-downed-plane-probe/article/feed/403478?custom_click=rss

NIEUWEGEIN, Netherlands (AP) — The Latest on the probe into the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine in 2014 (all times local):

8:20 p.m.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon thinks the criminal investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, together with the technical investigation that identified the cause of the crash, will be crucial in bringing the perpetrators to justice.

Ban's spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, said Wednesday that Ban appreciated the extensive effort the Dutch-led criminal investigation team put into conducting a through and impartial inquiry.

Dujarric says the U.N.

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]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:31:10 -0600 <![CDATA[Obama sending up to 615 more troops to Iraq for final offensive]]> http://gazette.com/obama-sending-up-to-615-more-troops-to-iraq-for-final-offensive/article/feed/403513?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/obama-sending-up-to-615-more-troops-to-iraq-for-final-offensive/article/feed/403513?custom_click=rss

Jamie McIntyre

The Pentagon says the Islamic State is on the verge of defeat in Iraq, and that after Mosul is liberated, ISIS will control only small towns and large swaths of empty desert.

Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said the announced deployment of 615 U.S. troops to two bases in Iraq is the final force adjustment anticipated before the Mosul offensive, which could begin as soon as early October.

Asked if the fall of Mosul is tantamount to the defeat of ISIS in Iraq, Davis said Mosul is the last major objective for Iraqi forces, and after ISIS is defeated there, there will only be small towns, and areas of desert to be secured, which would not require additional American forces.

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]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:26:53 -0600 <![CDATA[Kerry says TPP rejection would hurt US national security]]> http://gazette.com/kerry-says-tpp-rejection-would-hurt-us-national-security/article/feed/403523?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/kerry-says-tpp-rejection-would-hurt-us-national-security/article/feed/403523?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry urged Congress on Wednesday to adopt a landmark 12-nation Asia-Pacific trade deal, arguing that rejection would badly damage U.S. credibility and national security.

Kerry said failure to pass the Trans Pacific Partnership would not only hurt American business but embolden rivals and enemies like China and North Korea as well as cast doubt among U.S. allies in the region over American resolve.

He said rejection would amount to "a unilateral ceding of American influence and power and will have grave consequences," notably in the Asia Pacific.

"Either the United States of America is an Asia-Pacific power or we are not and the 'not' carries with it serious consequences," Ker

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]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:26:08 -0600 <![CDATA[Mitchell High football game to honor military]]> http://gazette.com/mitchell-high-football-game-to-honor-military/article/1586577?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mitchell-high-football-game-to-honor-military/article/1586577?custom_click=rss

It’s Military Appreciation Night Thursday at Mitchell High School’s home football game against Cheyenne Mountain High at Garry Berry Stadium, 2115 Afton Way.

The game starts at 7 p.m.

Anyone in uniform will be admitted to the game for free. If not in uniform, attendees can show military ID to receive free admission. The first 1,000 people in attendance will receive a mini American flag.
The Mitchell High School JROTC will present the colors, and the Air Force Academy Wings of Blue will parachute into the stadium with the game ball.



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Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:42:24 -0600
<![CDATA[Peterson Air Force Base colonel facing rape charge found dead in his home]]> http://gazette.com/peterson-air-force-base-colonel-facing-rape-charge-found-dead-in-his-home/article/1586407?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/peterson-air-force-base-colonel-facing-rape-charge-found-dead-in-his-home/article/1586407?custom_click=rss

An Air Force colonel facing life in prison for rape at an October court-martial apparently took his own life Sunday, police said.

Colorado Springs police spokesman Sgt. Tim Stankey said Monday that officers were called to Col. Eugene Marcus Caughey's home in northeast Colorado Springs just after midnight Sunday on a reported suicide. Police did not say what killed the former vice commander of Schriever Air Force Base's 50th Space Wing.

"We are investigating it as a death of an undetermined origin," Stankey said. "We are waiting on autopsy results from the Coroner's Office."

Stankey said there's no suspicion anyone else was involved in Caughey's death.

Caughey, 46, came under scrutiny in 2015 while serving in the



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Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:06:41 -0600
<![CDATA[Official: One-third of calls to VA suicide hotline roll over]]> http://gazette.com/official-one-third-of-calls-to-va-suicide-hotline-roll-over/article/1586435?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/official-one-third-of-calls-to-va-suicide-hotline-roll-over/article/1586435?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — More than one-third of calls to a suicide hotline for troubled veterans are not being answered by front-line staffers because of poor work habits and other problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to the hotline's former director.

Some hotline workers handle fewer than five calls per day and leave before their shifts end, even as crisis calls have increased sharply in recent years, said Greg Hughes, the former director of the VA's Veterans Crisis Line. Hughes said in an internal email that some crisis line staffers "spend very little time on the phone or engaged in assigned productive activity." Coverage at the crisis line suffers "because we have staff who routinely request to leave early," he



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Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:40:40 -0600
<![CDATA[New Colorado Springs road signs honor Buffalo Soldiers]]> http://gazette.com/new-colorado-springs-road-signs-honor-buffalo-soldiers/article/1586404?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-colorado-springs-road-signs-honor-buffalo-soldiers/article/1586404?custom_click=rss

African-American troops who defended Western settlers from marauding tribes and turned the tide of the Spanish-American War now have a roadside remembrance in Colorado Springs.

Colorado Department of Transportation workers installed signs on a stretch of U.S. 24 from Peterson Air Force Base to Manitou Springs naming it the Buffalo Soldiers Memorial Highway. It's the latest move in a long effort to remember America's first black federal troops.

"It represents visibility for what I consider an obscured piece of American history," said Willie Breazell, a member of the Buffalo Soldier Memorial Committee, which has worked to raise the profile of the black troops who were brought into the Army just after the Civil War.



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Mon, 26 Sep 2016 16:47:23 -0600
<![CDATA[Military Update: Readiness worries deepened by Hill ineptitude on budgets]]> http://gazette.com/military-update-readiness-worries-deepened-by-hill-ineptitude-on-budgets/article/1586338?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/military-update-readiness-worries-deepened-by-hill-ineptitude-on-budgets/article/1586338?custom_click=rss

For an eighth consecutive year, Congress will fail to pass a defense budget on time.

Military leaders told the Senate Armed Service Committee to urge Congress this month to avoid five more years of defense spending caps and to shelve its habit of passing late-hour "continuing resolutions," instead of detailed and on-time defense budgets.

Accepting the inevitability of another stop-gap bill this October, service chiefs pleaded that it last weeks not months. The fear is that a lame-duck Congress in November will decide newly elected lawmakers should cut the next budget deal, delaying approval of the 2017 defense budget into the next calendar year.

Defense dollars wasted by failure to pass budgets by Oct. 1, start of the



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Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:24:30 -0600
<![CDATA[Fort Carson doctors saved Iraqi troops with battlefield surgeries]]> http://gazette.com/fort-carson-doctors-saved-iraqi-troops-with-battlefield-surgeries/article/1586341?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-carson-doctors-saved-iraqi-troops-with-battlefield-surgeries/article/1586341?custom_click=rss

Fort Carson doctors, nurses and medics gave battlefield treatment to wounded Iraqi troops during a nine-month deployment to the Middle East that ended last week.

The 10th Combat Support Hospital held a celebration of its homecoming at the post, and the unit's commander, Col. Kimberlee Aiello, praised her troops for saving Iraqi lives.

"You provided hope to Iraqi soldiers and hope to Iraqi commanders," she said.

The hospital unit sent "damage control" surgical teams into Iraq as that nation's troops ramped up their fight against Islamic State insurgents. The medical teams performed emergency surgeries to stabilize Iraqi soldiers wounded in combat, keeping them alive until they could reach more sophisticated hospitals.



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Sun, 25 Sep 2016 13:35:04 -0600
<![CDATA[Bomby McBomberface among rejected names for Air Force's new B-21]]> http://gazette.com/bomby-mcbomberface-among-rejected-names-for-air-forces-new-b-21/article/1586337?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bomby-mcbomberface-among-rejected-names-for-air-forces-new-b-21/article/1586337?custom_click=rss

Bomby McBomberface was one of hundreds of rejected name suggestions for the Air Force's B-21 Raider bomber.

The failed names were revealed in a document obtained by military blog War Is Boring, and the list is long and often sarcastic. Rejected names included the "Wedding Crasher" and the "Cost Overrun."

The Raider got its more staid name last week after the Air Force gave a nod to the pilots and crews of the 1942 Doolittle Raid.

That raid, America's first strike on mainland Japan after Pearl Harbor, was one of the riskiest missions of World War II, with land-based B-25 bombers launched from a carrier at sea. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James officially gave the plane the Raider moniker Sept. 19.



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Sun, 25 Sep 2016 07:01:23 -0600
<![CDATA[At 2 years old, Colorado Springs VA clinic seeing 30 percent patient growth]]> http://gazette.com/at-2-years-old-colorado-springs-va-clinic-seeing-30-percent-patient-growth/article/1586310?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/at-2-years-old-colorado-springs-va-clinic-seeing-30-percent-patient-growth/article/1586310?custom_click=rss

The local Veterans Affairs clinic commemorated its two-year anniversary Saturday, celebrating the increasing number of patients the facility has been able to provide services for since it opened in August 2014.

The PFC Floyd K. Lindstrom Outpatient Clinic saw nearly 25,000 veterans during the 2015 fiscal year, and officials are estimating that number will increase to 29,000 this fiscal year. Over the past four years, the number of people served at the facility and number of visits provided annually have risen by more than 30 percent.

Nathan Nidiffer, regional manager for the VA's southern Colorado clinics, said the Colorado Springs clinic is likely to continue to see more and more patients over the next four to five years.



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Sun, 25 Sep 2016 07:00:51 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area military events starting Sept. 25, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-military-events-starting-sept.-25-2016/article/1586340?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-military-events-starting-sept.-25-2016/article/1586340?custom_click=rss SUNDAY

Spaghetti dinner - To benefit the Sons of Italy Pikes Peak scholarship fund and The Home Front Cares, noon-5:30 p.m., BPO Elks Lodge, 3400 N. Nevada Ave., $10, $5 for children younger than 12; Lila, 535-0488.

SATURDAY

Air Force vs. Navy football - 1:30 p.m., Falcon Stadium, Air Force Academy. Go online to goairforce falcons.com for tickets.

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. Information and reservations: 844-977-6622, ppcmoaa.org.

Navy League Colorado Springs Council bimonthly dinners - Open to anyone who supports the four sea services.

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]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 04:10:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Hundreds of military, VA patients warned of dirty endoscope risk at Air Force Academy clinic]]> http://gazette.com/hundreds-of-military-va-patients-warned-of-dirty-endoscope-risk-at-air-force-academy-clinic/article/1586040?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hundreds-of-military-va-patients-warned-of-dirty-endoscope-risk-at-air-force-academy-clinic/article/1586040?custom_click=rss

A bungled cleaning procedure for medical equipment at a clinic shared by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Air Force Academy could put 267 patients at risk for hepatitis or human immunodeficiency virus.

The VA announced the problem Wednesday afternoon, saying an airman at the clinic skipped a step in cleaning gastrointestinal endoscopes. While the cleaning problem was identified more than a week ago, the agency and the Air Force began notifying patients of the issue Wednesday, VA spokesman Daniel Warvi said.

"Starting today at noon, I have two specially trained nurses calling all of the 61 affected veterans," Warvi said.

The Air Force Academy said its 206 patients were also getting calls.



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Fri, 23 Sep 2016 06:59:03 -0600
<![CDATA[Testing offered to VA, Air Force Academy patients at risk from dirty endoscopes]]> http://gazette.com/testing-offered-to-va-air-force-academy-patients-at-risk-from-dirty-endoscopes/article/1586142?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/testing-offered-to-va-air-force-academy-patients-at-risk-from-dirty-endoscopes/article/1586142?custom_click=rss

The 267 patients subjected to improperly cleaned endoscopes at the Air Force Academy's clinic are being offered tests for hepatitis and human immunodeficiency virus, officials said Thursday.

Endoscope procedures at the clinic, which is jointly run by the academy and the Department of Veterans Affairs, remained halted as workers there worked to reach more than 150 patients who still hadn't been notified of the problem, which was first announced Wednesday.

Col. Robert Rottschaffer, the academy's No. 2 doctor, said the problem began in June when a technician in charge of cleaning the scopes used to inspect the digestive tract decided to cut out a step of the hourlong sterilizing process to save time.

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]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 04:05:10 -0600 <![CDATA[Lawmakers want perjury investigation over costly Colorado VA hospital]]> http://gazette.com/lawmakers-want-perjury-investigation-over-costly-colorado-va-hospital/article/1586101?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lawmakers-want-perjury-investigation-over-costly-colorado-va-hospital/article/1586101?custom_click=rss

A bipartisan group of lawmakers formally asked the U.S. Justice Department Thursday to investigate whether Veterans Affairs Department executives lied to Congress to conceal massive cost overruns at a Denver-area hospital.

Twelve Republicans and nine Democrats on the House Veterans Affairs Committee made the request in a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

"It is an absolute fact that numerous VA officials repeatedly misled Congress regarding cost overruns related to the replacement Denver VA medical center," committee chairman Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Florida, said as he announced the request.



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Thu, 22 Sep 2016 19:30:25 -0600
<![CDATA[Fort Carson: Army records found in Fountain field]]> http://gazette.com/fort-carson-army-records-found-in-fountain-field/article/1586084?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-carson-army-records-found-in-fountain-field/article/1586084?custom_click=rss

Army records containing "personally identifiable information and personal health information" were found in a field in Fountain on Sept. 14, Fort Carson officials said Wednesday night.

All of the records have been recovered by military police investigators, and a suspect has been identified in this case. Officials said it looks like an isolated incident, but the investigation is ongoing.

The records were related to 2008-2014 legal actions in the 4th Infantry Division's 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team and were scheduled for destruction.

Fort Carson officials are attempting to contact impacted personnel and are advising anyone who feels their information may have been involved to contact the Commanding General's Hotline



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Thu, 22 Sep 2016 07:49:30 -0600
<![CDATA[Inquiry finds 'gross mismanagement' in costly Denver-area VA hospital]]> http://gazette.com/inquiry-finds-gross-mismanagement-in-costly-denver-area-va-hospital/article/1586074?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/inquiry-finds-gross-mismanagement-in-costly-denver-area-va-hospital/article/1586074?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Gross mismanagement, delays and lax oversight by the Veterans Affairs Department added hundreds of millions of dollars to the cost of a new Denver-area VA hospital, federal investigators said Wednesday.

A report from the department's internal watchdog also said a former senior VA official, Glenn Haggstrom, knew the project was veering toward huge cost overruns but didn't tell lawmakers that when he testified before Congress in 2013 and 2014.

That prompted lawmakers to call for a perjury investigation. Haggstrom didn't immediately return a telephone message seeking comment.

The hospital, now under construction in suburban Aurora, is expected to cost around $1.7 billion, nearly triple the 2014 estimate.



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Wed, 21 Sep 2016 18:51:43 -0600
<![CDATA[1 Air Force pilot dead, 1 hurt after ejecting from spy plane in California]]> http://gazette.com/1-air-force-pilot-dead-1-hurt-after-ejecting-from-spy-plane-in-california/article/1585952?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/1-air-force-pilot-dead-1-hurt-after-ejecting-from-spy-plane-in-california/article/1585952?custom_click=rss

YUBA CITY, Calif. — One American pilot was killed and another injured when they ejected from a U-2 spy plane shortly before it crashed in Northern California on Tuesday morning, the U.S. Air Force said.

The plane crashed shortly after taking off from Beale Air Force Base on a training mission around 9 a.m., military officials said. They did not release the pilots' names or any information about the condition of the surviving airman.

The aircraft, assigned to the 1st Reconnaissance Squadron, crashed in the Sutter Buttes, a mountain range about 60 miles (97 kilometers) north of Sacramento.



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Tue, 20 Sep 2016 19:23:32 -0600