<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - military]]> http://gazette.com/rss/military Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:25:04 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Crew blasts off for International Space Station]]> http://gazette.com/crew-blasts-off-for-international-space-station/article/feed/181723?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/crew-blasts-off-for-international-space-station/article/feed/181723?custom_click=rss BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — A Russian capsule carrying three astronauts from Russia, the United States and Italy has blasted off for the International Space Station.

The Soyuz capsule roared into the pre-dawn darkness just after 3 a.m. Monday (2100 GMT Sunday) from the Russian manned space facility in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

Aboard the capsule are Russian Anton Shkaplerov, NASA's Terry Virts and European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti of Italy.

The craft will dock with the space station about six hours after launch, where they will join three others already aboard. Those include Russian Elana Serova, and Cristoforetti's arrival will make it the second time in the station's 16-year history that two women h

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]]> BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — A Russian capsule carrying three astronauts from Russia, the United States and Italy has blasted off for the International Space Station.

The Soyuz capsule roared into the pre-dawn darkness just after 3 a.m. Monday (2100 GMT Sunday) from the Russian manned space facility in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

Aboard the capsule are Russian Anton Shkaplerov, NASA's Terry Virts and European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti of Italy.

The craft will dock with the space station about six hours after launch, where they will join three others already aboard. Those include Russian Elana Serova, and Cristoforetti's arrival will make it the second time in the station's 16-year history that two women h]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 16:17:18 -0700 <![CDATA[Timeline of events after death of Michael Brown]]> http://gazette.com/timeline-of-events-after-death-of-michael-brown/article/feed/181715?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/timeline-of-events-after-death-of-michael-brown/article/feed/181715?custom_click=rss

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A timeline of key events following the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

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AUG. 9 — Brown and a companion, both black, are confronted by an officer as they walk back to Brown's home from a convenience store. Brown and the officer, who is white, are involved in a scuffle, followed by gunshots. Brown dies at the scene, and his body remains in the street for four hours in the summer heat. Neighbors later lash out at authorities, saying they mistreated the body.

AUG. 10 — After a candlelight vigil, people protesting Brown's death smash car windows and carry away armloads of looted goods from stores.

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]]> FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A timeline of key events following the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

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AUG. 9 — Brown and a companion, both black, are confronted by an officer as they walk back to Brown's home from a convenience store. Brown and the officer, who is white, are involved in a scuffle, followed by gunshots. Brown dies at the scene, and his body remains in the street for four hours in the summer heat. Neighbors later lash out at authorities, saying they mistreated the body.

AUG. 10 — After a candlelight vigil, people protesting Brown's death smash car windows and carry away armloads of looted goods from stores.]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:46:09 -0700 <![CDATA[SD group sponsoring farming training for veterans]]> http://gazette.com/sd-group-sponsoring-farming-training-for-veterans/article/feed/181688?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sd-group-sponsoring-farming-training-for-veterans/article/feed/181688?custom_click=rss RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A nonprofit organization that assists veterans and their families is sponsoring scholarships for a farmer and rancher training program.

The Farmer Veteran Coalition is offering the financial assistance for the 10-session training program that will take place during the winter in Rapid City. Participants will learn about low-cost, sustainable methods of farming and ranching, as well as ways to launch a profitable enterprise.

The grassroots group Dakota Rural Action will be hosting the seminar. Classes will be taught by local farmers, ranchers and agriculture professionals.

The group says more than 80 percent of graduates over the past five years are engaged in farming activities.

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]]> RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A nonprofit organization that assists veterans and their families is sponsoring scholarships for a farmer and rancher training program.

The Farmer Veteran Coalition is offering the financial assistance for the 10-session training program that will take place during the winter in Rapid City. Participants will learn about low-cost, sustainable methods of farming and ranching, as well as ways to launch a profitable enterprise.

The grassroots group Dakota Rural Action will be hosting the seminar. Classes will be taught by local farmers, ranchers and agriculture professionals.

The group says more than 80 percent of graduates over the past five years are engaged in farming activities.

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]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:30:35 -0700 <![CDATA[VA cancels contract with St. Cloud wind turbine]]> http://gazette.com/va-cancels-contract-with-st.-cloud-wind-turbine/article/feed/181701?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/va-cancels-contract-with-st.-cloud-wind-turbine/article/feed/181701?custom_click=rss ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs has terminated the contract for a wind turbine at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center.

The turbine has sat idle since it was erected in 2011.

On Friday, the VA said it was terminating an agreement with the lead contractor on the project, Massachusetts-based J.K. Scanlan Co.

VA spokesman Barry Venable tells WJON-AM the contractor was commissioned to provide a fully operational wind turbine and has failed to do so.

The VA has paid a majority of the $2.3 million cost to build the wind turbine. It's estimated that a functional wind turbine would provide the St. Cloud VA with about 15 percent of its annual electricity usage or up to $200,000 per year.

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]]> ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs has terminated the contract for a wind turbine at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center.

The turbine has sat idle since it was erected in 2011.

On Friday, the VA said it was terminating an agreement with the lead contractor on the project, Massachusetts-based J.K. Scanlan Co.

VA spokesman Barry Venable tells WJON-AM the contractor was commissioned to provide a fully operational wind turbine and has failed to do so.

The VA has paid a majority of the $2.3 million cost to build the wind turbine. It's estimated that a functional wind turbine would provide the St. Cloud VA with about 15 percent of its annual electricity usage or up to $200,000 per year.

The S]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 13:45:59 -0700 <![CDATA[Coast Guard aids fishing vessel off Maine coast]]> http://gazette.com/coast-guard-aids-fishing-vessel-off-maine-coast/article/feed/181658?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/coast-guard-aids-fishing-vessel-off-maine-coast/article/feed/181658?custom_click=rss PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Coast Guard crews by air and sea and a good Samaritan came to the rescue of a flooded fishing vessel off the Maine coast.

The Coast Guard's Northern New England Command Center in Portland, Maine received a distress call just after 5 a.m. Sunday from the crew aboard the Two Megs fishing boat that their engine room was flooded.

A helicopter crew arrived on the scene — about 40 miles east of the Isle of Shoals — at about 6:40 a.m. — and dropped pumps down to the flooded vessel. A fisherman aboard the Rachel T. also arrived on the scene to help.

The Coast Guard cutter Grand Isle arrived at the scene to escort the Two Megs to Boston.

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]]> PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Coast Guard crews by air and sea and a good Samaritan came to the rescue of a flooded fishing vessel off the Maine coast.

The Coast Guard's Northern New England Command Center in Portland, Maine received a distress call just after 5 a.m. Sunday from the crew aboard the Two Megs fishing boat that their engine room was flooded.

A helicopter crew arrived on the scene — about 40 miles east of the Isle of Shoals — at about 6:40 a.m. — and dropped pumps down to the flooded vessel. A fisherman aboard the Rachel T. also arrived on the scene to help.

The Coast Guard cutter Grand Isle arrived at the scene to escort the Two Megs to Boston.]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 11:32:41 -0700 <![CDATA[Matson crew to receive Coast Guard award]]> http://gazette.com/matson-crew-to-receive-coast-guard-award/article/feed/181654?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/matson-crew-to-receive-coast-guard-award/article/feed/181654?custom_click=rss HONOLULU (AP) — The Coast Guard is honoring container ship crewmembers who rescued three people from a sailboat stranded in a hurricane off Hawaii.

The crew of Matson Inc. container ship Manukai will be receiving a public service award from the Coast Guard Monday.

Three men were sailing the 42-foot Walkabout from California to Hawaii when they got caught in waters roiled by Hurricane Julio in August.

The Coast Guard coordinated the rescue with the container ship, which was on its way to Honolulu to deliver goods.

The container ship's crew pulled the stranded sailors aboard to safety.

The meritorious public safety award is the second-highest award presented by the Coast Guard.

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]]> HONOLULU (AP) — The Coast Guard is honoring container ship crewmembers who rescued three people from a sailboat stranded in a hurricane off Hawaii.

The crew of Matson Inc. container ship Manukai will be receiving a public service award from the Coast Guard Monday.

Three men were sailing the 42-foot Walkabout from California to Hawaii when they got caught in waters roiled by Hurricane Julio in August.

The Coast Guard coordinated the rescue with the container ship, which was on its way to Honolulu to deliver goods.

The container ship's crew pulled the stranded sailors aboard to safety.

The meritorious public safety award is the second-highest award presented by the Coast Guard.]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 11:17:19 -0700 <![CDATA[Base in Ohio competes for new Air Force center]]> http://gazette.com/base-in-ohio-competes-for-new-air-force-center/article/feed/181651?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/base-in-ohio-competes-for-new-air-force-center/article/feed/181651?custom_click=rss DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Air Force officials say Ohio's largest U.S. military base is among four in the country being considered for a new Air Force center that could result in hundreds of jobs.

Air Force officials said in a statement this week that Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton is one of four candidates for the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center. The others are Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas and Scott Air Force Base in Illinois.

Officials say the center will consolidate installation support authorities, responsibilities and resources under one commander and drive down costs.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio says he will continue pushing for the Ohio base he

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]]> DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Air Force officials say Ohio's largest U.S. military base is among four in the country being considered for a new Air Force center that could result in hundreds of jobs.

Air Force officials said in a statement this week that Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton is one of four candidates for the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center. The others are Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas and Scott Air Force Base in Illinois.

Officials say the center will consolidate installation support authorities, responsibilities and resources under one commander and drive down costs.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio says he will continue pushing for the Ohio base he]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 11:01:01 -0700 <![CDATA[Vermont firms' government business growing]]> http://gazette.com/vermont-firms-government-business-growing/article/feed/181640?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/vermont-firms-government-business-growing/article/feed/181640?custom_click=rss MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — New state figures show Vermont companies got 519 government contracts worth $103 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30, up nearly 300 percent from 2012.

That's according to the Vermont Procurement Technical Assistance Center, which is part of the state Department of Economic Development.

Center director Robin Miller says her organization helps win government contracts for Vermont companies making everything from handmade flutes to spare parts for military aircraft and ships.

Recent government contracts include a $46,000 order for Morrisville sports store Power Play Sports to provide lacrosse sticks to the Coast Guard and $95,000 in contracts from the Vermont National Guard for sewing and

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]]> MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — New state figures show Vermont companies got 519 government contracts worth $103 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30, up nearly 300 percent from 2012.

That's according to the Vermont Procurement Technical Assistance Center, which is part of the state Department of Economic Development.

Center director Robin Miller says her organization helps win government contracts for Vermont companies making everything from handmade flutes to spare parts for military aircraft and ships.

Recent government contracts include a $46,000 order for Morrisville sports store Power Play Sports to provide lacrosse sticks to the Coast Guard and $95,000 in contracts from the Vermont National Guard for sewing and]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 09:30:37 -0700 <![CDATA[Wellness model for veterans expands to Colorado Springs]]> By Tom Roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/wellness-model-for-veterans-expands-to-colorado-springs/article/1541885?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wellness-model-for-veterans-expands-to-colorado-springs/article/1541885?custom_click=rss

Automotive impresario Jay Cimino has long wanted to set up a program for veterans in the Pikes Peak region.

Best known for leading the Phil Long Dealerships, Cimino has been involved in a string of charities in southern Colorado and was the driving force behind Trinidad's Mount Carmel Wellness Center, which provides primary care and preventative medicine to the needy in Las Animas County.

That 2-year-old charity saw 9,000 patient visits in the past year.

Now he's bringing part of the Mount Carmel model aimed at veterans to the Pikes Peak region.

His reasoning is simple.

"If we could do it, we should do it," he said this month at an event to announce the Mount Carmel Center of Excellence in Colorado Springs.

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]]> Automotive impresario Jay Cimino has long wanted to set up a program for veterans in the Pikes Peak region.

Best known for leading the Phil Long Dealerships, Cimino has been involved in a string of charities in southern Colorado and was the driving force behind Trinidad's Mount Carmel Wellness Center, which provides primary care and preventative medicine to the needy in Las Animas County.

That 2-year-old charity saw 9,000 patient visits in the past year.

Now he's bringing part of the Mount Carmel model aimed at veterans to the Pikes Peak region.

His reasoning is simple.

"If we could do it, we should do it," he said this month at an event to announce the Mount Carmel Center of Excellence in Colorado Springs.]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 04:20:05 -0700 <![CDATA[Veterans Trauma Court: From broken and battered to a leap of faith]]> By stephen hobbs stephen.hobbs@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/veterans-trauma-court-from-broken-and-battered-to-a-leap-of-faith/article/1541884?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/veterans-trauma-court-from-broken-and-battered-to-a-leap-of-faith/article/1541884?custom_click=rss

About 100 military veterans, community advocates and elected officials gathered for a milestone graduation ceremony recently for the Veterans Trauma Court program at the 4th Judicial District courthouse in Colorado Springs.

The program, which started at the courthouse in December 2009, works to give veterans a chance to receive rehabilitation and get treatment after entering the criminal justice system.

At the 45-minute ceremony this month, five of the eighteen graduates of the Veterans Trauma Court were given diplomas and a special coin and were congratulated by peer mentors, probation officers and attorneys connected with the program.

"You did what 99 percent of our fellow Americans chose not to do or couldn't do,"

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]]> About 100 military veterans, community advocates and elected officials gathered for a milestone graduation ceremony recently for the Veterans Trauma Court program at the 4th Judicial District courthouse in Colorado Springs.

The program, which started at the courthouse in December 2009, works to give veterans a chance to receive rehabilitation and get treatment after entering the criminal justice system.

At the 45-minute ceremony this month, five of the eighteen graduates of the Veterans Trauma Court were given diplomas and a special coin and were congratulated by peer mentors, probation officers and attorneys connected with the program.

"You did what 99 percent of our fellow Americans chose not to do or couldn't do,"]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 04:20:05 -0700 <![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 is Sunday, Nov. 23, the 327th day of 2014. There are 38 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Nov. 23, 1889, the first jukebox made its debut in San Francisco, at the Palais Royale Saloon. (The coin-operated device consisted of four listening tubes attached to an Edison phonograph.)

On this date:

In 1765, Frederick County, Maryland, became the first colonial entity to repudiate the British Stamp Act.

In 1804, the 14th president of the United States, Franklin Pierce (puhrs), was born in Hillsboro, New Hampshire.

In 1903, Enrico Caruso made his American debut at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, appearing in "Rigoletto."

In 1914, the seven-month U.S. military occupat

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]]> Today is Sunday, Nov. 23, the 327th day of 2014. There are 38 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Nov. 23, 1889, the first jukebox made its debut in San Francisco, at the Palais Royale Saloon. (The coin-operated device consisted of four listening tubes attached to an Edison phonograph.)

On this date:

In 1765, Frederick County, Maryland, became the first colonial entity to repudiate the British Stamp Act.

In 1804, the 14th president of the United States, Franklin Pierce (puhrs), was born in Hillsboro, New Hampshire.

In 1903, Enrico Caruso made his American debut at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, appearing in "Rigoletto."

In 1914, the seven-month U.S. military occupat]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:01:26 -0700 <![CDATA[Ohio college building indoor drone pavilion]]> http://gazette.com/ohio-college-building-indoor-drone-pavilion/article/feed/181545?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ohio-college-building-indoor-drone-pavilion/article/feed/181545?custom_click=rss CINCINNATI (AP) — An indoor flying pavilion for students to test and fly drones will be built at a college in southwestern Ohio.

Sinclair Community College officials say the 40-foot high pavilion resembling a traditional aircraft hangar will be built adjacent to a building in Dayton that houses some of its education and training programs in unmanned aerial systems and aviation.

The indoor pavilion will allow students to fly drones without having to deal with weather issues or Federal Aviation Administration restrictions on flying them outdoors, said Andrew Shepherd, director of Sinclair's unmanned aerial systems program.

Congress has directed the FAA to integrate drones into civilian manned airspace by next fall.

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]]> CINCINNATI (AP) — An indoor flying pavilion for students to test and fly drones will be built at a college in southwestern Ohio.

Sinclair Community College officials say the 40-foot high pavilion resembling a traditional aircraft hangar will be built adjacent to a building in Dayton that houses some of its education and training programs in unmanned aerial systems and aviation.

The indoor pavilion will allow students to fly drones without having to deal with weather issues or Federal Aviation Administration restrictions on flying them outdoors, said Andrew Shepherd, director of Sinclair's unmanned aerial systems program.

Congress has directed the FAA to integrate drones into civilian manned airspace by next fall.]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:16:28 -0700 <![CDATA[Blocked punt helps Army beat Fordham 42-31]]> http://gazette.com/blocked-punt-helps-army-beat-fordham-42-31/article/feed/181537?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/blocked-punt-helps-army-beat-fordham-42-31/article/feed/181537?custom_click=rss

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — Larry Dixon tied a career high with three touchdowns on 158 yards to become the fourth player in school history with 3,000 yards rushing as Army came back to beat Fordham 42-31 on Saturday.

Terry Baggett added 52 yards rushing and a score, and quarterback A.J. Schurr ran for 70 yards off the bench for the Black Knights (4-7), who topped Fordham for the fourth time in four meetings.

Mike Nebrich was 27 for 38 for 352 yards, three scores, and an interception for the Rams (10-2). Brian Wetzel added 193 receiving yards on 12 catches, including a 65-yard touchdown.

In the teams' last meeting three years ago, Army cruised 55-0 in a freak October blizzard that had fans evacuating by halftime.

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]]> WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — Larry Dixon tied a career high with three touchdowns on 158 yards to become the fourth player in school history with 3,000 yards rushing as Army came back to beat Fordham 42-31 on Saturday.

Terry Baggett added 52 yards rushing and a score, and quarterback A.J. Schurr ran for 70 yards off the bench for the Black Knights (4-7), who topped Fordham for the fourth time in four meetings.

Mike Nebrich was 27 for 38 for 352 yards, three scores, and an interception for the Rams (10-2). Brian Wetzel added 193 receiving yards on 12 catches, including a 65-yard touchdown.

In the teams' last meeting three years ago, Army cruised 55-0 in a freak October blizzard that had fans evacuating by halftime.]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:46:32 -0700 <![CDATA[Fog forces 5 US choppers to land in Polish field]]> http://gazette.com/fog-forces-5-us-choppers-to-land-in-polish-field/article/feed/181530?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fog-forces-5-us-choppers-to-land-in-polish-field/article/feed/181530?custom_click=rss WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Officials say that that fog forced five U.S. Army helicopters to make an emergency landing in a Polish field and spend the night there, the second such incident since September.

The U.S. Army said 15 soldiers were moving equipment to their base in Germany on Friday after training with Polish soldiers over the past months. Due to fog they made a precautionary landing in an open field near a village named Krzecin.

Due to the bad visibility they decided to spend the night there with their four Apaches and one Black Hawk.

In September a dozen U.S. Army helicopters also made an unplanned landing in farmers' fields because of poor visibility in stormy weather.

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]]> WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Officials say that that fog forced five U.S. Army helicopters to make an emergency landing in a Polish field and spend the night there, the second such incident since September.

The U.S. Army said 15 soldiers were moving equipment to their base in Germany on Friday after training with Polish soldiers over the past months. Due to fog they made a precautionary landing in an open field near a village named Krzecin.

Due to the bad visibility they decided to spend the night there with their four Apaches and one Black Hawk.

In September a dozen U.S. Army helicopters also made an unplanned landing in farmers' fields because of poor visibility in stormy weather.

U.S.]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 14:31:42 -0700 <![CDATA[US veterans secretary to speak at Harvard Law]]> http://gazette.com/us-veterans-secretary-to-speak-at-harvard-law/article/feed/181531?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-veterans-secretary-to-speak-at-harvard-law/article/feed/181531?custom_click=rss CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The U.S. secretary of veterans affairs is delivering a speech at Harvard Law School on the challenges the country faces in providing care for disabled veterans.

Secretary Robert McDonald is also expected to address his vision for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in remarks at the law school Monday morning.

He will be joined by U.S. Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island, a graduate of West Point and a senior Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

McDonald is also a West Point graduate and the former chairman, president and CEO of Procter & Gamble.

Harvard Law School Dean Helen Chu will preside over the event, which is part of the inaugural Disabled American Veterans Distinguished

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]]> CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The U.S. secretary of veterans affairs is delivering a speech at Harvard Law School on the challenges the country faces in providing care for disabled veterans.

Secretary Robert McDonald is also expected to address his vision for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in remarks at the law school Monday morning.

He will be joined by U.S. Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island, a graduate of West Point and a senior Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

McDonald is also a West Point graduate and the former chairman, president and CEO of Procter & Gamble.

Harvard Law School Dean Helen Chu will preside over the event, which is part of the inaugural Disabled American Veterans Distinguished]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 14:30:57 -0700 <![CDATA[AP sources: Obama broadens mission in Afghanistan]]> http://gazette.com/ap-sources-obama-broadens-mission-in-afghanistan/article/feed/181432?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-sources-obama-broadens-mission-in-afghanistan/article/feed/181432?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. troops in Afghanistan may once again engage Taliban fighters, not just al-Qaida terrorists, under new guidelines quietly approved by President Barack Obama, administration officials say.

The armed forces were to limit their operations in Afghanistan to counterterrorism missions against al-Qaida after this year, until Obama broadened the guidelines in recent weeks. The plan comes as the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan draws to a close, thousands of troops return home and the military prepares for a narrower counterterrorism and training mission for the next two years.

Obama's decision also means the U.S. can conduct air support when needed.

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The armed forces were to limit their operations in Afghanistan to counterterrorism missions against al-Qaida after this year, until Obama broadened the guidelines in recent weeks. The plan comes as the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan draws to a close, thousands of troops return home and the military prepares for a narrower counterterrorism and training mission for the next two years.

Obama's decision also means the U.S. can conduct air support when needed.

One U.S.]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 13:45:41 -0700 <![CDATA[Sources: Obama broadens mission in Afghanistan]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/sources-obama-broadens-mission-in-afghanistan/article/1541848?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sources-obama-broadens-mission-in-afghanistan/article/1541848?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — U.S. troops in Afghanistan may once again engage Taliban fighters, not just al-Qaida terrorists, under new guidelines quietly approved by President Barack Obama, administration officials say.

The armed forces were to limit their operations in Afghanistan to counterterrorism missions against al-Qaida after this year, until Obama broadened the guidelines in recent weeks. The plan comes as the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan draws to a close, thousands of troops return home and the military prepares for a narrower counterterrorism and training mission for the next two years.

Obama's decision also means the U.S. can conduct air support when needed.

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WASHINGTON — U.S. troops in Afghanistan may once again engage Taliban fighters, not just al-Qaida terrorists, under new guidelines quietly approved by President Barack Obama, administration officials say.

The armed forces were to limit their operations in Afghanistan to counterterrorism missions against al-Qaida after this year, until Obama broadened the guidelines in recent weeks. The plan comes as the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan draws to a close, thousands of troops return home and the military prepares for a narrower counterterrorism and training mission for the next two years.

Obama's decision also means the U.S. can conduct air support when needed.

One U.S.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The admiral fired last year as No. 2 commander of U.S. nuclear forces may have made his own counterfeit $500 poker chips with paint and stickers to feed a gambling habit that eventually saw him banned from an entire network of casinos, according to a criminal investigative report obtained by The Associated Press.

Although Rear Adm. Timothy M. Giardina's removal as deputy head of U.S. Strategic Command was announced last year, evidence of his possible role in manufacturing the counterfeit chips has not previously been revealed. Investigators said they found his DNA on the underside of an adhesive sticker used to alter genuine $1 poker chips to make them look like $500 chips.

Nor had the Navy disclosed how e

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — The admiral fired last year as No. 2 commander of U.S. nuclear forces may have made his own counterfeit $500 poker chips with paint and stickers to feed a gambling habit that eventually saw him banned from an entire network of casinos, according to a criminal investigative report obtained by The Associated Press.

Although Rear Adm. Timothy M. Giardina's removal as deputy head of U.S. Strategic Command was announced last year, evidence of his possible role in manufacturing the counterfeit chips has not previously been revealed. Investigators said they found his DNA on the underside of an adhesive sticker used to alter genuine $1 poker chips to make them look like $500 chips.

Nor had the Navy disclosed how e]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 10:32:59 -0700 <![CDATA[It's life without parole for Fort Carson soldier]]> By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/its-life-without-parole-for-fort-carson-soldier/article/1541787?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/its-life-without-parole-for-fort-carson-soldier/article/1541787?custom_click=rss

A Fort Carson soldier convicted of murdering his girlfriend at a court-martial this week will serve life in prison without parole, a panel of five officers ruled Friday.

Sgt. Montrell Mayo was found guilty on Wednesday of premeditated murder in the death of Sgt. Kimberly Walker. The killing took place on Valentines Day, 2013, in a Colorado Springs hotel.

Authorities found Walker's body tucked into bed and covered in flower petals, witnesses said.

During his trial, Mayo's attorney's argued that the soldier was enraged when his love was spurned and he hit and strangled Walker in the heat of passion.

Prosecutors argued that Mayo killed deliberately, smothering the final signs of life from his victim with a pillow.



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A Fort Carson soldier convicted of murdering his girlfriend at a court-martial this week will serve life in prison without parole, a panel of five officers ruled Friday.

Sgt. Montrell Mayo was found guilty on Wednesday of premeditated murder in the death of Sgt. Kimberly Walker. The killing took place on Valentines Day, 2013, in a Colorado Springs hotel.

Authorities found Walker's body tucked into bed and covered in flower petals, witnesses said.

During his trial, Mayo's attorney's argued that the soldier was enraged when his love was spurned and he hit and strangled Walker in the heat of passion.

Prosecutors argued that Mayo killed deliberately, smothering the final signs of life from his victim with a pillow.

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Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:59:45 -0700
<![CDATA[Fort Carson soldier convicted of murder in death of girlfriend]]> By tom Roeder AND JAKOB RODGERS The Gazette - http://gazette.com/fort-carson-soldier-convicted-of-murder-in-death-of-girlfriend/article/1541670?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-carson-soldier-convicted-of-murder-in-death-of-girlfriend/article/1541670?custom_click=rss

Sgt. Montrell Mayo acted with deadly intent in the Valentine's Day killing of his girlfriend, a panel of military officers found Wednesday in delivering across-the-board guilty verdicts against the Fort Carson sergeant.

Mayo faces mandatory life in prison at a sentencing hearing Thursday after being found guilty of several charges - chiefly premeditated murder - in the death of Sgt. Kimberly Walker.

The verdict culminated a trial marked by one issue: Did Mayo want Walker dead or had he lashed out in grief-stricken rage at a Valentine's Day breakup?

In closing arguments Wednesday, Mayo's prosecutors and defenders agreed that he killed Walker. But prosecutors said Mayo acted like a cold-blooded killer.

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Sgt. Montrell Mayo acted with deadly intent in the Valentine's Day killing of his girlfriend, a panel of military officers found Wednesday in delivering across-the-board guilty verdicts against the Fort Carson sergeant.

Mayo faces mandatory life in prison at a sentencing hearing Thursday after being found guilty of several charges - chiefly premeditated murder - in the death of Sgt. Kimberly Walker.

The verdict culminated a trial marked by one issue: Did Mayo want Walker dead or had he lashed out in grief-stricken rage at a Valentine's Day breakup?

In closing arguments Wednesday, Mayo's prosecutors and defenders agreed that he killed Walker. But prosecutors said Mayo acted like a cold-blooded killer.

"This is not

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Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:35:22 -0700
<![CDATA[Air Force Academy superintendent to receive award]]> By The Gazette - http://gazette.com/air-force-academy-superintendent-to-receive-award/article/1541692?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-academy-superintendent-to-receive-award/article/1541692?custom_click=rss

The Air Force Academy's superintendent will receive an award Saturday that is given to outstanding airmen in honor of a World War II bombardier.

Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson has been awarded the Tennessee Ernie Ford Distinguished Aerospace Achievement Award, an annual honor given by Air Force Association Chapter 361, the academy announced Wednesday.

The award, named after the famed singer, entertainer and airman, wil be given to Johnson for "her exceptional leadership in the transitional period the Academy is currently experiencing," according to a news release.



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The Air Force Academy's superintendent will receive an award Saturday that is given to outstanding airmen in honor of a World War II bombardier.

Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson has been awarded the Tennessee Ernie Ford Distinguished Aerospace Achievement Award, an annual honor given by Air Force Association Chapter 361, the academy announced Wednesday.

The award, named after the famed singer, entertainer and airman, wil be given to Johnson for "her exceptional leadership in the transitional period the Academy is currently experiencing," according to a news release.

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Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:14:16 -0700
<![CDATA[Fort Carson soldier charged with killing comrade]]> By TOM ROEDER tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/fort-carson-soldier-charged-with-killing-comrade/article/1541587?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-carson-soldier-charged-with-killing-comrade/article/1541587?custom_click=rss

A Fort Carson soldier has been charged in the fatal shooting of a comrade overseas in May, the post announced Tuesday.

An evidence hearing is set for Wednesday to determine if Spc. Jeffery T. Page will be court-martialed in the death of Spc. Adrian M. Perkins, 19, of Pine Valley, Calif.

The two soldiers were deployed to Jordan as trainers with the post's 2nd Brigade Combat Team. The Army had been tight-lipped on Perkins' death and the announcement Tuesday is the first public acknowledgment that he may have been slain.

The Pentagon attributed the 
May 17 death in Amman as "a non-combat related injury.

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An evidence hearing is set for Wednesday to determine if Spc. Jeffery T. Page will be court-martialed in the death of Spc. Adrian M. Perkins, 19, of Pine Valley, Calif.

The two soldiers were deployed to Jordan as trainers with the post's 2nd Brigade Combat Team. The Army had been tight-lipped on Perkins' death and the announcement Tuesday is the first public acknowledgment that he may have been slain.

The Pentagon attributed the 
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Capt. Michael Caspers will leave the Army one day, but he says he will do it on his terms and not before.

The San Antonio native and Stryker company commander in Fort Carson's 1st Brigade Combat Team lost his lower right leg to an insurgent's bomb in Afghanistan three years ago. But he's still marching.

He said his desire to serve after the amputation was to honor two of his platoon's soldiers seriously injured the day he lost his leg. One of his soldiers, a squad leader, died from the wounds he suffered when a man dressed as an Afghan National Police officer ambushed them.

"I felt like I owed them the service to continue on and be the best leader I can be," Caspers said.

But that meant learning to walk again.



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Capt. Michael Caspers will leave the Army one day, but he says he will do it on his terms and not before.

The San Antonio native and Stryker company commander in Fort Carson's 1st Brigade Combat Team lost his lower right leg to an insurgent's bomb in Afghanistan three years ago. But he's still marching.

He said his desire to serve after the amputation was to honor two of his platoon's soldiers seriously injured the day he lost his leg. One of his soldiers, a squad leader, died from the wounds he suffered when a man dressed as an Afghan National Police officer ambushed them.

"I felt like I owed them the service to continue on and be the best leader I can be," Caspers said.

But that meant learning to walk again.

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Tue, 18 Nov 2014 08:31:39 -0700
<![CDATA[Fort Carson contingent in Africa to help with Ebola outbreak]]> BY TOM ROEDER tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/fort-carson-contingent-in-africa-to-help-with-ebola-outbreak/article/1541552?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-carson-contingent-in-africa-to-help-with-ebola-outbreak/article/1541552?custom_click=rss

More than 160 Fort Carson soldiers have flown to Liberia, where they will build facilities to help battle Ebola, the post announced Monday.

Troops from the 615th Engineer Company will bulldoze land for new clinics, improve roads and build bases for aid workers. They left Colorado Springs on flights Thursday and Saturday.

"The engineers will be part of a total Army effort that includes units from the active Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard," Fort Carson announced in a news release. "The soldiers will be deployed for nine months to one year."

The Obama administration pledged 3,000 soldiers to an effort to combat Ebola outbreaks in West Africa, where more than 14,000 cases of the illness have been reported.



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More than 160 Fort Carson soldiers have flown to Liberia, where they will build facilities to help battle Ebola, the post announced Monday.

Troops from the 615th Engineer Company will bulldoze land for new clinics, improve roads and build bases for aid workers. They left Colorado Springs on flights Thursday and Saturday.

"The engineers will be part of a total Army effort that includes units from the active Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard," Fort Carson announced in a news release. "The soldiers will be deployed for nine months to one year."

The Obama administration pledged 3,000 soldiers to an effort to combat Ebola outbreaks in West Africa, where more than 14,000 cases of the illness have been reported.

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Tue, 18 Nov 2014 05:33:52 -0700
<![CDATA[Fort Carson soldier 'truly humbled' by new role]]> By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/fort-carson-soldier-truly-humbled-by-new-role/article/1541541?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-carson-soldier-truly-humbled-by-new-role/article/1541541?custom_click=rss

The Army's new enlisted boss says he never considered being the lone soldier to wear the rank of sergeant major of the Army.

"It's just not something you think about," said Daniel Dailey, a longtime Fort Carson sergeant who will take the Army's top enlisted role in 2015. "You can't possibly fathom being the sergeant major of the Army when you first come in the Army."

Dailey, now the top enlisted leader at the Army's Training and Doctrine Command, will travel the country in the coming weeks to meet with soldiers and leaders to figure out the Pentagon's priorities and his own.

He's one of the youngest men to hold the top sergeant's post. And when he joined the Army 25 years ago, he wasn't sure he'd want to stay in uniform



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The Army's new enlisted boss says he never considered being the lone soldier to wear the rank of sergeant major of the Army.

"It's just not something you think about," said Daniel Dailey, a longtime Fort Carson sergeant who will take the Army's top enlisted role in 2015. "You can't possibly fathom being the sergeant major of the Army when you first come in the Army."

Dailey, now the top enlisted leader at the Army's Training and Doctrine Command, will travel the country in the coming weeks to meet with soldiers and leaders to figure out the Pentagon's priorities and his own.

He's one of the youngest men to hold the top sergeant's post. And when he joined the Army 25 years ago, he wasn't sure he'd want to stay in uniform

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Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:46:28 -0700
<![CDATA[Retired general fights for future of the Army]]> By TOM Roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/retired-general-fights-for-future-of-the-army/article/1541463?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/retired-general-fights-for-future-of-the-army/article/1541463?custom_click=rss

The Army needs its retirees and supporters to twist arms on Capitol Hill to avoid drastic budget cuts, the Association of the United States Army's vice president told a Colorado Springs crowd this month.

Retired Lt. Gen. Guy Swan, a former top officer in the Colorado Springs-based U.S. Northern Command, said a doomsday scenario could cut the Army down to 420,000 soldiers, gutting the force after more than a decade of war.

"With all the bickering going on in Washington, they tend to forget there are still young men and women in harm's way," Swan told a meeting of the association's Pikes Peak chapter.

The Army, which has about 510,000 soldiers in uniform, is preparing to cut it ranks to 490,000 in the next year.



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The Army needs its retirees and supporters to twist arms on Capitol Hill to avoid drastic budget cuts, the Association of the United States Army's vice president told a Colorado Springs crowd this month.

Retired Lt. Gen. Guy Swan, a former top officer in the Colorado Springs-based U.S. Northern Command, said a doomsday scenario could cut the Army down to 420,000 soldiers, gutting the force after more than a decade of war.

"With all the bickering going on in Washington, they tend to forget there are still young men and women in harm's way," Swan told a meeting of the association's Pikes Peak chapter.

The Army, which has about 510,000 soldiers in uniform, is preparing to cut it ranks to 490,000 in the next year.

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Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:46:15 -0700
<![CDATA[Hundreds take part Colorado Springs run to benefit deployed service members]]> By jakob rodgers jakob.rodgers@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/hundreds-take-part-colorado-springs-run-to-benefit-deployed-service-members/article/1541493?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hundreds-take-part-colorado-springs-run-to-benefit-deployed-service-members/article/1541493?custom_click=rss During his most recent tour in Kuwait, Henry Wilson received Clif Bars, lip balm, snacks and a homemade beanie from a stranger.

They proved the perfect gift.

"Seeing someone, a complete stranger, giving you a package means a lot," said Wilson, 25, a sergeant stationed at Fort Carson.

On Sunday, he sought to return the favor.

Standing in a frigid breeze beside Prospect Lake, Wilson joined scores of others at the National Veterans Day Run - a race benefiting Operation Gratitude, which made the package to Wilson possible. About 215 people registered for this year's event, a marked increase from last year's 30, said Scott Abbott, who helped organize the effort.

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During his most recent tour in Kuwait, Henry Wilson received Clif Bars, lip balm, snacks and a homemade beanie from a stranger.

They proved the perfect gift.

"Seeing someone, a complete stranger, giving you a package means a lot," said Wilson, 25, a sergeant stationed at Fort Carson.

On Sunday, he sought to return the favor.

Standing in a frigid breeze beside Prospect Lake, Wilson joined scores of others at the National Veterans Day Run - a race benefiting Operation Gratitude, which made the package to Wilson possible. About 215 people registered for this year's event, a marked increase from last year's 30, said Scott Abbott, who helped organize the effort.

Similar races were scheduled to take place in

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Mon, 17 Nov 2014 05:48:41 -0700
<![CDATA[US review of Islamic State video confirms American's death]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/us-review-of-islamic-state-video-confirms-americans-death/article/1541466?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-review-of-islamic-state-video-confirms-americans-death/article/1541466?custom_click=rss

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE — The White House says a review of a new Islamic State video confirms the death of U.S. aid worker Peter Kassig.

That announcement came Sunday as President Barack Obama flew back to Washington from Hawaii after a trip last week to the Asia Pacific region.

In the video released Sunday, a militant claimed to have killed the 26-year-old Kassig.

Kassig served in an Army special operations unit in Iraq and after he was medically discharged, he formed an aid organization in Turkey to help Syrian refugees.

The Indianapolis man delivered food and medical supplies, and provided care to wounded Syrian civilians before he was seized in eastern Syria last year.



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ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE — The White House says a review of a new Islamic State video confirms the death of U.S. aid worker Peter Kassig.

That announcement came Sunday as President Barack Obama flew back to Washington from Hawaii after a trip last week to the Asia Pacific region.

In the video released Sunday, a militant claimed to have killed the 26-year-old Kassig.

Kassig served in an Army special operations unit in Iraq and after he was medically discharged, he formed an aid organization in Turkey to help Syrian refugees.

The Indianapolis man delivered food and medical supplies, and provided care to wounded Syrian civilians before he was seized in eastern Syria last year.

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Sun, 16 Nov 2014 16:50:43 -0700
<![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: The Home Front Cares 'For the Love of Our Troops X']]> By Linda Navarro, The Gazette - http://gazette.com/around-town-the-home-front-cares-for-the-love-of-our-troops-x/article/1541259?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-the-home-front-cares-for-the-love-of-our-troops-x/article/1541259?custom_click=rss

Any community that gives welcome-home McDonald's Quarter Pounders to service members as they step off the planes from deployments is her kind of place.

Author Lee Woodruff, a contributing reporter for "CBS This Morning," said this is simply one more thing that makes the Colorado Springs area and The Home Front Cares "the model for what each community should be."

Woodruff was the keynote speaker for the Oct. 17 annual fundraiser for THFC, a hometown nonprofit offering emergency grants to military and their families. Woodruff, who co-authored "In an Instant" with her husband, Bob Woodruff, an ABC journalist who suffered severe brain injuries from a roadside bomb while covering the war in Iraq, shared their story of slowly



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Any community that gives welcome-home McDonald's Quarter Pounders to service members as they step off the planes from deployments is her kind of place.

Author Lee Woodruff, a contributing reporter for "CBS This Morning," said this is simply one more thing that makes the Colorado Springs area and The Home Front Cares "the model for what each community should be."

Woodruff was the keynote speaker for the Oct. 17 annual fundraiser for THFC, a hometown nonprofit offering emergency grants to military and their families. Woodruff, who co-authored "In an Instant" with her husband, Bob Woodruff, an ABC journalist who suffered severe brain injuries from a roadside bomb while covering the war in Iraq, shared their story of slowly

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Sun, 16 Nov 2014 15:20:33 -0700
<![CDATA[Air Force Academy visitor center to close Sunday due to weather]]> By Stephen Hobbs stephen.hobbs@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/air-force-academy-visitor-center-to-close-sunday-due-to-weather/article/1541444?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-academy-visitor-center-to-close-sunday-due-to-weather/article/1541444?custom_click=rss The Air Force Academy's visitor center and visitor area will be closed Sunday due to inclement weather.

The visitor's center usually is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

Check gazette.com for more information on closures and delays.



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The Air Force Academy's visitor center and visitor area will be closed Sunday due to inclement weather.

The visitor's center usually is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

Check gazette.com for more information on closures and delays.

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