<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - military]]> http://gazette.com/rss/military Mon, 30 Mar 2015 08:18:16 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Iran says US drone kills 2 advisers in Iraq; US denies claim]]> http://gazette.com/iran-says-us-drone-kills-2-advisers-in-iraq-us-denies-claim/article/feed/218536?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/iran-says-us-drone-kills-2-advisers-in-iraq-us-denies-claim/article/feed/218536?custom_click=rss

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iran's Revolutionary Guard says a U.S. drone strike killed two of its advisers near the Iraqi city of Tikrit, though the U.S. said Monday its coalition conducted no airstrikes against the Islamic State group in the area during that time.

U.S. Central Command said it didn't target the area around Tikrit from March 22 through March 24, the window when the Guard said the two men were killed.

The claim came as negotiators on Monday attempted to reach a deal on Iran's contested nuclear program, which hard-liners in the Islamic Republic have opposed as giving away too much to the West.

The Guard said on its sepahnews.ir website the strike happened March 23 as the men supported Iraqi forces trying to retake th

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]]> BAGHDAD (AP) — Iran's Revolutionary Guard says a U.S. drone strike killed two of its advisers near the Iraqi city of Tikrit, though the U.S. said Monday its coalition conducted no airstrikes against the Islamic State group in the area during that time.

U.S. Central Command said it didn't target the area around Tikrit from March 22 through March 24, the window when the Guard said the two men were killed.

The claim came as negotiators on Monday attempted to reach a deal on Iran's contested nuclear program, which hard-liners in the Islamic Republic have opposed as giving away too much to the West.

The Guard said on its sepahnews.ir website the strike happened March 23 as the men supported Iraqi forces trying to retake th]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 09:01:28 -0600 <![CDATA[2 National Guardsmen from upstate NY earn event's top honors]]> http://gazette.com/2-national-guardsmen-from-upstate-ny-earn-events-top-honors/article/feed/218574?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/2-national-guardsmen-from-upstate-ny-earn-events-top-honors/article/feed/218574?custom_click=rss ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Two Army National Guardsmen from upstate New York have been selected as the state organization's top enlisted soldier and top non-commissioned officer.

National Guard officials announce Monday that Spc. Michael Rowland of Glens Falls is the state's best junior enlisted soldier, while Staff Sgt. Christian Hager of Batavia is the top NCO following a four-day competition at Camp Smith Training Site near Peekskill in Westchester County.

Rowland is a personnel specialist assigned to the 501st Explosives Ordnance Disposal Battalion based in Glenville, Schenectady County.

Hager is an infantry squad leader assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry, based in Geneseo, Livingston County.

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]]> ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Two Army National Guardsmen from upstate New York have been selected as the state organization's top enlisted soldier and top non-commissioned officer.

National Guard officials announce Monday that Spc. Michael Rowland of Glens Falls is the state's best junior enlisted soldier, while Staff Sgt. Christian Hager of Batavia is the top NCO following a four-day competition at Camp Smith Training Site near Peekskill in Westchester County.

Rowland is a personnel specialist assigned to the 501st Explosives Ordnance Disposal Battalion based in Glenville, Schenectady County.

Hager is an infantry squad leader assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry, based in Geneseo, Livingston County.]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 09:01:26 -0600 <![CDATA[Malaysia proposes anti-terror laws to curb Islamic militants]]> http://gazette.com/malaysia-proposes-anti-terror-laws-to-curb-islamic-militants/article/feed/218533?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/malaysia-proposes-anti-terror-laws-to-curb-islamic-militants/article/feed/218533?custom_click=rss KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's government Monday proposed two new laws that would reintroduce indefinite detention without trial and allow the seizure of passports of anyone suspected of supporting terror acts in an attempt to curb militant activities.

The government late last year said new measures were needed after arresting some 100 Malaysians suspected of supporting the Islamic State militant group. More than 60 Malaysians were believed to have joined the war in Syria and Iraq, as well as another 10 who have been killed.

Critics slammed the laws as a revival of a controversial security law that was repealed in 2012 and warned they could severely curtail civil liberties.

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]]> KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's government Monday proposed two new laws that would reintroduce indefinite detention without trial and allow the seizure of passports of anyone suspected of supporting terror acts in an attempt to curb militant activities.

The government late last year said new measures were needed after arresting some 100 Malaysians suspected of supporting the Islamic State militant group. More than 60 Malaysians were believed to have joined the war in Syria and Iraq, as well as another 10 who have been killed.

Critics slammed the laws as a revival of a controversial security law that was repealed in 2012 and warned they could severely curtail civil liberties.]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 08:16:26 -0600 <![CDATA[Joint field hearing Monday on Tomah VA Medical Center]]> http://gazette.com/joint-field-hearing-monday-on-tomah-va-medical-center/article/feed/218540?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/joint-field-hearing-monday-on-tomah-va-medical-center/article/feed/218540?custom_click=rss TOMAH, Wis. (AP) — A pair of U.S. House and Senate committees will hold a joint field hearing on allegations of narcotic overprescribing practices and retaliatory behavior at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Tomah.

The hearing is scheduled Monday in Tomah.

The facility in west-central Wisconsin came under scrutiny in January following reports that physicians were prescribing more painkillers than most VA hospitals and employees who spoke out were subjected to intimidation. The hospital is under investigation by the VA, the VA Office of the Inspector General and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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]]> TOMAH, Wis. (AP) — A pair of U.S. House and Senate committees will hold a joint field hearing on allegations of narcotic overprescribing practices and retaliatory behavior at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Tomah.

The hearing is scheduled Monday in Tomah.

The facility in west-central Wisconsin came under scrutiny in January following reports that physicians were prescribing more painkillers than most VA hospitals and employees who spoke out were subjected to intimidation. The hospital is under investigation by the VA, the VA Office of the Inspector General and the Drug Enforcement Administration.]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 07:31:13 -0600 <![CDATA[Iranian Guard says US drone killed 2 of its advisers in Iraq; US says it only struck militants]]> http://gazette.com/iranian-guard-says-us-drone-killed-2-of-its-advisers-in-iraq-us-says-it-only-struck-militants/article/feed/218538?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/iranian-guard-says-us-drone-killed-2-of-its-advisers-in-iraq-us-says-it-only-struck-militants/article/feed/218538?custom_click=rss BAGHDAD (AP) — Iranian Guard says US drone killed 2 of its advisers in Iraq; US says it only struck militants.

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BAGHDAD (AP) — Iranian Guard says US drone killed 2 of its advisers in Iraq; US says it only struck militants.]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 07:17:02 -0600
<![CDATA[Army National Guardsman killed in 2-vehicle crash]]> http://gazette.com/army-national-guardsman-killed-in-2-vehicle-crash/article/feed/218537?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/army-national-guardsman-killed-in-2-vehicle-crash/article/feed/218537?custom_click=rss YORKSHIRE, N.Y. (AP) — State police say a member of a Buffalo-based Army National Guard unit has died in a two-vehicle collision on a rural western New York road.

Troopers say 21-year-old Brenden DeCarlo of Olean was driving north on state Route 16 around 6 a.m. Saturday when his vehicle crossed into the other lane and collided with an ambulance in the northern Cattaraugus County town of Yorkshire, 30 miles southeast of Buffalo.

Police say DeCarlo was pronounced dead at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital in Springville, New York.

A member of the ambulance crew suffered a minor injury and was treated and released.

National Guard officials say DeCarlo was a specialist assigned to the headquarters of the 27th Brigade Specia

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]]> YORKSHIRE, N.Y. (AP) — State police say a member of a Buffalo-based Army National Guard unit has died in a two-vehicle collision on a rural western New York road.

Troopers say 21-year-old Brenden DeCarlo of Olean was driving north on state Route 16 around 6 a.m. Saturday when his vehicle crossed into the other lane and collided with an ambulance in the northern Cattaraugus County town of Yorkshire, 30 miles southeast of Buffalo.

Police say DeCarlo was pronounced dead at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital in Springville, New York.

A member of the ambulance crew suffered a minor injury and was treated and released.

National Guard officials say DeCarlo was a specialist assigned to the headquarters of the 27th Brigade Specia]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 07:17:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Pentagon chief may ease military enlistment standards]]> http://gazette.com/pentagon-chief-may-ease-military-enlistment-standards/article/feed/218501?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pentagon-chief-may-ease-military-enlistment-standards/article/feed/218501?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter is considering easing some military enlistment standards as part of a broader set of initiatives to better attract and keep quality service members and civilians across the Defense Department.

While there are few details yet, Carter is exploring whether to adjust some of the requirements for certain military jobs, such as those involving cyber or high-tech expertise.

The idea, which is largely in line with many civilian sectors, upends the military's more rigid mindset that puts a high value on standards.

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter is considering easing some military enlistment standards as part of a broader set of initiatives to better attract and keep quality service members and civilians across the Defense Department.

While there are few details yet, Carter is exploring whether to adjust some of the requirements for certain military jobs, such as those involving cyber or high-tech expertise.

The idea, which is largely in line with many civilian sectors, upends the military's more rigid mindset that puts a high value on standards.]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 06:17:07 -0600 <![CDATA[New Jersey National Guard unit to deploy to Cuba]]> http://gazette.com/new-jersey-national-guard-unit-to-deploy-to-cuba/article/feed/218517?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-jersey-national-guard-unit-to-deploy-to-cuba/article/feed/218517?custom_click=rss CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — Family and friends honored 127 New Jersey Army National Guard troops who are preparing to ship out to Cuba.

They gathered on Sunday in Cherry Hill.

The 328th Military Police Company will deploy for detainee operations at Guantanamo Bay.

This will be the first deployment for more than half of the citizen soldiers.

The unit will first travel to Texas for training in April before heading to the Caribbean.

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]]> CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — Family and friends honored 127 New Jersey Army National Guard troops who are preparing to ship out to Cuba.

They gathered on Sunday in Cherry Hill.

The 328th Military Police Company will deploy for detainee operations at Guantanamo Bay.

This will be the first deployment for more than half of the citizen soldiers.

The unit will first travel to Texas for training in April before heading to the Caribbean.]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 06:00:50 -0600 <![CDATA[South Korean firm named sole bidder for big fighter jet deal]]> http://gazette.com/south-korean-firm-named-sole-bidder-for-big-fighter-jet-deal/article/feed/218518?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/south-korean-firm-named-sole-bidder-for-big-fighter-jet-deal/article/feed/218518?custom_click=rss

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea chose a state-run aircraft maker on Monday as the sole preferred bidder for a contract to develop a midlevel fighter jet with the help of Lockheed Martin Corp. in the country's biggest-ever weapons development project.

The deal worth $7.8 billion is only for system development and the production of prototype jets by 2025. South Korea eventually plans to introduce 120 such fighter jets to replace its aging fleets of F-4 and F-5 fighter jets, according to Seoul's Defense Acquisition Program Administration.

The procurement agency said in a statement the Korea Aerospace Industries beat Korean Air Lines to become the preferred bidder.

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]]> SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea chose a state-run aircraft maker on Monday as the sole preferred bidder for a contract to develop a midlevel fighter jet with the help of Lockheed Martin Corp. in the country's biggest-ever weapons development project.

The deal worth $7.8 billion is only for system development and the production of prototype jets by 2025. South Korea eventually plans to introduce 120 such fighter jets to replace its aging fleets of F-4 and F-5 fighter jets, according to Seoul's Defense Acquisition Program Administration.

The procurement agency said in a statement the Korea Aerospace Industries beat Korean Air Lines to become the preferred bidder.]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 05:17:21 -0600 <![CDATA[AP Exclusive: NSA weighed ending phone program before leak]]> http://gazette.com/ap-exclusive-nsa-weighed-ending-phone-program-before-leak/article/feed/218507?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-exclusive-nsa-weighed-ending-phone-program-before-leak/article/feed/218507?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Security Agency considered abandoning its secret program to collect and store American calling records in the months before leaker Edward Snowden revealed the practice, current and former intelligence officials say, because some officials believed the costs outweighed the meager counterterrorism benefits.

After the leak and the collective surprise around the world, NSA leaders strongly defended the phone records program to Congress and the public, but without disclosing the internal debate.

The proposal to kill the program was circulating among top managers but had not yet reached the desk of Gen.

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Security Agency considered abandoning its secret program to collect and store American calling records in the months before leaker Edward Snowden revealed the practice, current and former intelligence officials say, because some officials believed the costs outweighed the meager counterterrorism benefits.

After the leak and the collective surprise around the world, NSA leaders strongly defended the phone records program to Congress and the public, but without disclosing the internal debate.

The proposal to kill the program was circulating among top managers but had not yet reached the desk of Gen.]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 05:03:26 -0600 <![CDATA[Patriotic till the end: Colorado Springs veteran, 87, dies building flagpole]]> BY KASSONDRA CLOOS kassondra.cloos@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/patriotic-till-the-end-colorado-springs-veteran-87-dies-building-flagpole/article/1548660?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/patriotic-till-the-end-colorado-springs-veteran-87-dies-building-flagpole/article/1548660?custom_click=rss

Age was no barrier for Richard "Dick" French, who, at 87, set out to build a 20-foot flagpole in the yard of his Colorado Springs home to show off his immense patriotism.

For months, he talked up the project to family members and couldn't wait for the weather to warm up so he could get started. On Easter, he planned to hold a ceremony for his family and raise a large American flag and flags for each of the military branches for which he served as a photographer in the 1940s.

He got to work March 21, but the project was left unfinished when he suffered what was called a sudden "cardiac event" and died.

"It was exactly the way he wanted to go," said his granddaughter, Laurel Barrett, 27. "It was a shock. My mom and I were

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]]> Age was no barrier for Richard "Dick" French, who, at 87, set out to build a 20-foot flagpole in the yard of his Colorado Springs home to show off his immense patriotism.

For months, he talked up the project to family members and couldn't wait for the weather to warm up so he could get started. On Easter, he planned to hold a ceremony for his family and raise a large American flag and flags for each of the military branches for which he served as a photographer in the 1940s.

He got to work March 21, but the project was left unfinished when he suffered what was called a sudden "cardiac event" and died.

"It was exactly the way he wanted to go," said his granddaughter, Laurel Barrett, 27. "It was a shock. My mom and I were]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 04:05:22 -0600 <![CDATA[Program works to end homelessness among Colorado Springs veterans]]> By JAKOB RODGERS jakob.rodgers@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/program-works-to-end-homelessness-among-colorado-springs-veterans/article/1548759?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/program-works-to-end-homelessness-among-colorado-springs-veterans/article/1548759?custom_click=rss

Sitting in a cramped hotel room doubling as a home, Alvertis Richardson let loose a grin as he showed off papers promising a free apartment.

"It's great to be off the streets," he said.

A spry 78-year-old, Richardson dozed in the day and stayed up after dark to keep from freezing to death on Colorado Springs' cold winter streets.

The routine kept him alive, but now it's a thing of the past.

Homes for All Veterans, a program within the nonprofit Rocky Mountain Human Services, recently began training volunteers to walk the city's streets in search of homeless people just like Richardson - veterans. Its goal is to effectively eliminate veteran homelessness by the end of the year - often by first offering hotel rooms,

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]]> Sitting in a cramped hotel room doubling as a home, Alvertis Richardson let loose a grin as he showed off papers promising a free apartment.

"It's great to be off the streets," he said.

A spry 78-year-old, Richardson dozed in the day and stayed up after dark to keep from freezing to death on Colorado Springs' cold winter streets.

The routine kept him alive, but now it's a thing of the past.

Homes for All Veterans, a program within the nonprofit Rocky Mountain Human Services, recently began training volunteers to walk the city's streets in search of homeless people just like Richardson - veterans. Its goal is to effectively eliminate veteran homelessness by the end of the year - often by first offering hotel rooms,]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 04:05:19 -0600 <![CDATA[Coast Guard searching for man overboard]]> http://gazette.com/coast-guard-searching-for-man-overboard/article/feed/218487?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/coast-guard-searching-for-man-overboard/article/feed/218487?custom_click=rss BOSTON (AP) — The Coast Guard is searching for a man who may have fallen off a scalloping boat.

Crews are searching the water about 35 miles southeast of Nantucket for the 54-year-old man.

The crew of the 85-foot scalloping boat Hear No Evil radioed for help Sunday night, saying that the man was missing and may have fallen overboard. His name was not immediately released.

The Coast Guard is searching along with the Hear No Evil and other nearby boats.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Coast Guard.

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]]> BOSTON (AP) — The Coast Guard is searching for a man who may have fallen off a scalloping boat.

Crews are searching the water about 35 miles southeast of Nantucket for the 54-year-old man.

The crew of the 85-foot scalloping boat Hear No Evil radioed for help Sunday night, saying that the man was missing and may have fallen overboard. His name was not immediately released.

The Coast Guard is searching along with the Hear No Evil and other nearby boats.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Coast Guard.]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 02:16:28 -0600 <![CDATA[Pentagon chief mulls easing military enlistment standards]]> http://gazette.com/pentagon-chief-mulls-easing-military-enlistment-standards/article/feed/218466?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pentagon-chief-mulls-easing-military-enlistment-standards/article/feed/218466?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter is considering easing some military enlistment standards as part of a broader set of initiatives to better attract and keep quality service members and civilians across the Defense Department.

While there are few details yet, Carter is exploring whether to adjust some of the requirements for certain military jobs, such as those involving cyber or high-tech expertise.

The idea, which is largely in line with many civilian sectors, upends the military's more rigid mindset that puts a high value on standards.

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter is considering easing some military enlistment standards as part of a broader set of initiatives to better attract and keep quality service members and civilians across the Defense Department.

While there are few details yet, Carter is exploring whether to adjust some of the requirements for certain military jobs, such as those involving cyber or high-tech expertise.

The idea, which is largely in line with many civilian sectors, upends the military's more rigid mindset that puts a high value on standards.]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:31:48 -0600 <![CDATA[Leading suspect in Tunisia museum attack killed]]> http://gazette.com/leading-suspect-in-tunisia-museum-attack-killed/article/feed/218336?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/leading-suspect-in-tunisia-museum-attack-killed/article/feed/218336?custom_click=rss

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian security forces decimated the leadership of a Tunisian jihadi group linked to al-Qaida's North African branch, including the man identified as the "operational chief" of the attack this month on the National Bardo Museum that killed 22 people, mostly foreign tourists, the interior minister said Sunday.

Najem Gharsalli said Khaled Ben Hamadi Chaieb, also known as Lokman Abou Sakhr, an Algerian, handled the operational end of the March 18 attack. Two gunmen were killed in the attack. Dozens of arrests have been made, five security officials fired and an officer charged with surveying the museum jailed.

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]]> TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian security forces decimated the leadership of a Tunisian jihadi group linked to al-Qaida's North African branch, including the man identified as the "operational chief" of the attack this month on the National Bardo Museum that killed 22 people, mostly foreign tourists, the interior minister said Sunday.

Najem Gharsalli said Khaled Ben Hamadi Chaieb, also known as Lokman Abou Sakhr, an Algerian, handled the operational end of the March 18 attack. Two gunmen were killed in the attack. Dozens of arrests have been made, five security officials fired and an officer charged with surveying the museum jailed.]]> Sun, 29 Mar 2015 16:31:21 -0600 <![CDATA[WWII heroes to give congressional gold medal to Ohio museum]]> http://gazette.com/wwii-heroes-to-give-congressional-gold-medal-to-ohio-museum/article/feed/218366?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wwii-heroes-to-give-congressional-gold-medal-to-ohio-museum/article/feed/218366?custom_click=rss

CINCINNATI (AP) — More than seven decades after an audacious bombing run by the "Doolittle Tokyo Raiders" rallied their own nation while stunning another, the World War II heroes are still adding to their legacy.

The group will receive the Congressional Gold Medal on April 15 in Washington then present it on April 18 — the 73rd anniversary of the raid — to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The gold medal will go on display at the museum near Dayton, Ohio, joining an exhibit depicting the launch from an aircraft carrier of the Raiders' daring 1942 attack on Japan.

The only two surviving Raiders — retired Lt. Col. Richard "Dick" Cole and Staff Sgt. David Thatcher — plan to attend the museum ceremony. A third

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]]> CINCINNATI (AP) — More than seven decades after an audacious bombing run by the "Doolittle Tokyo Raiders" rallied their own nation while stunning another, the World War II heroes are still adding to their legacy.

The group will receive the Congressional Gold Medal on April 15 in Washington then present it on April 18 — the 73rd anniversary of the raid — to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The gold medal will go on display at the museum near Dayton, Ohio, joining an exhibit depicting the launch from an aircraft carrier of the Raiders' daring 1942 attack on Japan.

The only two surviving Raiders — retired Lt. Col. Richard "Dick" Cole and Staff Sgt. David Thatcher — plan to attend the museum ceremony. A third ]]> Sun, 29 Mar 2015 16:15:41 -0600 <![CDATA[Suzanne Higgins of WVPB-FM given Lifetime Achievement Award]]> http://gazette.com/suzanne-higgins-of-wvpb-fm-given-lifetime-achievement-award/article/feed/218419?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/suzanne-higgins-of-wvpb-fm-given-lifetime-achievement-award/article/feed/218419?custom_click=rss CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Suzanne Higgins, longtime producer and reporter at West Virginia Public Broadcasting, is the recipient of the Virginias Associated Press Broadcasters' Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award is given annually by the VAPB to an individual who has made significant contributions to news reporting, management, or education in West Virginia broadcasting for at least 20 years.

Higgins is a senior producer of news and public Affairs for WVPB-FM. Since 1984, she has produced full-length programs and smaller news and feature stories for both television and radio.

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]]> CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Suzanne Higgins, longtime producer and reporter at West Virginia Public Broadcasting, is the recipient of the Virginias Associated Press Broadcasters' Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award is given annually by the VAPB to an individual who has made significant contributions to news reporting, management, or education in West Virginia broadcasting for at least 20 years.

Higgins is a senior producer of news and public Affairs for WVPB-FM. Since 1984, she has produced full-length programs and smaller news and feature stories for both television and radio.]]> Sun, 29 Mar 2015 15:01:42 -0600 <![CDATA[Woodland Park man, and 'ponies,' to ride 1,000 miles for combat vets]]> By lance benzel lance.benzel@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/woodland-park-man-and-ponies-to-ride-1000-miles-for-combat-vets/article/1548741?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/woodland-park-man-and-ponies-to-ride-1000-miles-for-combat-vets/article/1548741?custom_click=rss

When it comes to life on the trail, former Green Beret Ray Knell relies on his team: three mules and a horse named Mustang Sally.

The ponies - as the burly, bearded Afghanistan War veteran calls them - do more than pull their weight, and they seem to take his chatter in stride.

And during their time together on backcountry outings on the Front Range, Knell, 33, of Woodland Park, admits that he tends to chatter.

"They'll kind of nod their heads along with me," he said, laughing as he described Mustang Sally as a "lover" that follows him around camp; Toby as the team's older, "bonafide" stalwart; Top Gun as fussy but lovable; and Magic as the pack's "sexy beast.



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When it comes to life on the trail, former Green Beret Ray Knell relies on his team: three mules and a horse named Mustang Sally.

The ponies - as the burly, bearded Afghanistan War veteran calls them - do more than pull their weight, and they seem to take his chatter in stride.

And during their time together on backcountry outings on the Front Range, Knell, 33, of Woodland Park, admits that he tends to chatter.

"They'll kind of nod their heads along with me," he said, laughing as he described Mustang Sally as a "lover" that follows him around camp; Toby as the team's older, "bonafide" stalwart; Top Gun as fussy but lovable; and Magic as the pack's "sexy beast.

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<![CDATA[AFA cadets working on system to stop computers viruses before they infect]]> By Tom Roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/afa-cadets-working-on-system-to-stop-computers-viruses-before-they-infect/article/1548742?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/afa-cadets-working-on-system-to-stop-computers-viruses-before-they-infect/article/1548742?custom_click=rss Air Force Academy researchers are using software similar to that used to catch classroom cheaters in a bid to foil computer hackers.

The academy's anti-malware lab has built a program that scans malicious software used to steal computer data for similarities to other criminal codes, ferreting out even the newest malware that takes its language from older schemes.

"Imagine you are trying to detect plagiarism in a document," explained researcher Jason Upchurch, an Intel employee who is working on the project with academy cadets. "There's ways to get around doing a one-to-one comparison."

For years, colleges have used an electronic trove of research papers to compare student's work with what's already been turned in.



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Air Force Academy researchers are using software similar to that used to catch classroom cheaters in a bid to foil computer hackers.

The academy's anti-malware lab has built a program that scans malicious software used to steal computer data for similarities to other criminal codes, ferreting out even the newest malware that takes its language from older schemes.

"Imagine you are trying to detect plagiarism in a document," explained researcher Jason Upchurch, an Intel employee who is working on the project with academy cadets. "There's ways to get around doing a one-to-one comparison."

For years, colleges have used an electronic trove of research papers to compare student's work with what's already been turned in.

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<![CDATA[Colorado Springs woman's master's project aim to improve students' healthy eating, fitness]]> BY ELLIE COLE Special to The Gazette - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-womans-masters-project-aim-to-improve-students-healthy-eating-fitness/article/1548739?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-womans-masters-project-aim-to-improve-students-healthy-eating-fitness/article/1548739?custom_click=rss

Nicole Leth would love for her master's degree project, Fueling the Future, to expand across the country.

"That would be my dream," she said.

Her goal is to help children in military families take up healthy eating and exercise habits at young ages. She piloted the program in Germany when her husband was stationed there, and then brought it to Patriot Elementary School on Fort Carson last year.

One of the important byproducts of the program became the positive interaction between the children and soldiers.

Leth created Fueling the Future in 2012-13 as part of her online master's program on military children and nutrition through the University of Massachusetts Amherst.



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Nicole Leth would love for her master's degree project, Fueling the Future, to expand across the country.

"That would be my dream," she said.

Her goal is to help children in military families take up healthy eating and exercise habits at young ages. She piloted the program in Germany when her husband was stationed there, and then brought it to Patriot Elementary School on Fort Carson last year.

One of the important byproducts of the program became the positive interaction between the children and soldiers.

Leth created Fueling the Future in 2012-13 as part of her online master's program on military children and nutrition through the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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Sun, 29 Mar 2015 08:41:17 -0600
<![CDATA[FMS: Choate clears another hurdle to become Military Youth of the Year]]> BY ERIC SINGER eric.singer@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/fms-choate-clears-another-hurdle-to-become-military-youth-of-the-year/article/1548748?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fms-choate-clears-another-hurdle-to-become-military-youth-of-the-year/article/1548748?custom_click=rss A Friday Military Salute follow-up to a young woman who hopes to receive a major military-related honor.

We first presented Jennifer Choate in a February Friday Military Salute. The 16-year-old is Peterson Air Force Base's entrant for Military Youth of the Year. Jennifer was preparing to compete at the state level on Monday with youth from Buckley Air Force Base, the Air Force Academy and Fort Carson.

She won that competition and received a $9,000 college scholarship and a laptop. Jennifer is now on to the regionals, held at the end of May and first week of June in Texas, where she will compete for Military Youth of the Year from the Southwest.

Her father is retired military and her mom is a civilian worker for the Air



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A Friday Military Salute follow-up to a young woman who hopes to receive a major military-related honor.

We first presented Jennifer Choate in a February Friday Military Salute. The 16-year-old is Peterson Air Force Base's entrant for Military Youth of the Year. Jennifer was preparing to compete at the state level on Monday with youth from Buckley Air Force Base, the Air Force Academy and Fort Carson.

She won that competition and received a $9,000 college scholarship and a laptop. Jennifer is now on to the regionals, held at the end of May and first week of June in Texas, where she will compete for Military Youth of the Year from the Southwest.

Her father is retired military and her mom is a civilian worker for the Air

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Sun, 29 Mar 2015 08:39:43 -0600
<![CDATA[Military Update: Military coalition divides over compensation reforms]]> By Tom Philpott - http://gazette.com/military-update-military-coalition-divides-over-compensation-reforms/article/1548746?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/military-update-military-coalition-divides-over-compensation-reforms/article/1548746?custom_click=rss

The Military Coalition can make Congress tremble from time to time by presenting a united front of millions of members from more than 30 military associations and veterans' service organizations in support of, or opposition to, legislation.

That lesson was learned by budget committee chairmen a few Decembers ago after they led Congress to enact - and quickly repeal - legislation that would have permanently capped military retirees' annual cost-of-living adjustments 1 percent below inflation.

The power of that coalition is fractured over whether to support key recommendations of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission. Some of these groups are turning thumbs up, others thumbs down.

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That lesson was learned by budget committee chairmen a few Decembers ago after they led Congress to enact - and quickly repeal - legislation that would have permanently capped military retirees' annual cost-of-living adjustments 1 percent below inflation.

The power of that coalition is fractured over whether to support key recommendations of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission. Some of these groups are turning thumbs up, others thumbs down.]]> Sun, 29 Mar 2015 04:41:15 -0600 <![CDATA[Military Briefs: New GPS satellite added to constellation; help for cadets just a click away]]> The Gazette - http://gazette.com/military-briefs-new-gps-satellite-added-to-constellation-help-for-cadets-just-a-click-away/article/1548745?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/military-briefs-new-gps-satellite-added-to-constellation-help-for-cadets-just-a-click-away/article/1548745?custom_click=rss Air Force launches latest GPS rocket

The Air Force's ninth next-generation Global Positioning System satellite rocketed to orbit from Florida last week, Air Force Space Command said in a news release.

The March 25 launch from Cape Canaveral was without incident and continues Space Command's mission to upgrade the GPS constellation with GPS IIF satellites, the command said.

"The GPS IIF system brings next-generation performance to the constellation," the command said. "The GPS IIF vehicle is critical to national security and sustaining GPS constellation availability for global civil, commercial and defense applications."

Operated by airmen at Schriever Air Force Base, GPS provides navigation and timing signals

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The Air Force's ninth next-generation Global Positioning System satellite rocketed to orbit from Florida last week, Air Force Space Command said in a news release.

The March 25 launch from Cape Canaveral was without incident and continues Space Command's mission to upgrade the GPS constellation with GPS IIF satellites, the command said.

"The GPS IIF system brings next-generation performance to the constellation," the command said. "The GPS IIF vehicle is critical to national security and sustaining GPS constellation availability for global civil, commercial and defense applications."

Operated by airmen at Schriever Air Force Base, GPS provides navigation and timing signals]]> Sun, 29 Mar 2015 04:41:14 -0600 <![CDATA[Military Awards: Honors for military personnel in the Pikes Peak region]]> The Gazette - http://gazette.com/military-awards-honors-for-military-personnel-in-the-pikes-peak-region/article/1548744?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/military-awards-honors-for-military-personnel-in-the-pikes-peak-region/article/1548744?custom_click=rss Sergeants Buchanan

The 302nd Airlift Wing at Peterson Air Force Base celebrated the retirement of two top sergeants who share a last name.

Chief Master Sgt. Debbie Buchanan, the wing's 34th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron superintendent and Senior Master Sgt. Rick Buchanan the wing's 302nd Aeromedical Staging Squadron medical readiness superintendent are married and shared an Air Force career that totaled a combined 52 years of service.

"They were two of the first members of the Peterson-based aeromedical evacuation squadron and were instrumental in building the 34th AES which stood up here in March 2008," the wing said on its website.

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The 302nd Airlift Wing at Peterson Air Force Base celebrated the retirement of two top sergeants who share a last name.

Chief Master Sgt. Debbie Buchanan, the wing's 34th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron superintendent and Senior Master Sgt. Rick Buchanan the wing's 302nd Aeromedical Staging Squadron medical readiness superintendent are married and shared an Air Force career that totaled a combined 52 years of service.

"They were two of the first members of the Peterson-based aeromedical evacuation squadron and were instrumental in building the 34th AES which stood up here in March 2008," the wing said on its website.]]> Sun, 29 Mar 2015 04:41:14 -0600 <![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: West Point Founders Day celebrated with superintendent]]> By Linda Navarro linda.navarro@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/around-town-west-point-founders-day-celebrated-with-superintendent/article/1548550?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-west-point-founders-day-celebrated-with-superintendent/article/1548550?custom_click=rss

If it's March, it's celebration time worldwide for West Point graduates.

The Military Academy at West Point was established by President Thomas Jefferson on March 16, 1802, and during the month of March the 140 West Point Alumni Societies honor Founders Day with a variety of get-togethers.

The West Point Society of the Pikes Peak Region, winner of multiple Distinguished Society Awards, saluted year 213 on March 6 at Cheyenne Mountain Resort. West Point Superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen Jr., with his wife, Shelly, was the evening's speaker but for the most part just enjoyed visiting with alumni and the young people who have been offered appointments to the Class of 2019.

Local West Point Society president and retired

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The Military Academy at West Point was established by President Thomas Jefferson on March 16, 1802, and during the month of March the 140 West Point Alumni Societies honor Founders Day with a variety of get-togethers.

The West Point Society of the Pikes Peak Region, winner of multiple Distinguished Society Awards, saluted year 213 on March 6 at Cheyenne Mountain Resort. West Point Superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen Jr., with his wife, Shelly, was the evening's speaker but for the most part just enjoyed visiting with alumni and the young people who have been offered appointments to the Class of 2019.

Local West Point Society president and retired]]> Sun, 29 Mar 2015 04:40:24 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area military events starting March 29, 2015]]> By Carlotta Olson - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-military-events-starting-march-29-2015/article/1548736?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-military-events-starting-march-29-2015/article/1548736?custom_click=rss WEDNESDAY

Scholarship Program - For high school seniors, hosted by National Defense Industrial Association, Rocky Mountain Chapter. Program is intended for those seniors interested in the Department of Defense, after graduation, in a field related to Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM). Application deadline is Wednesday: tinyurl.com/nnoga8e.

WEDNESDAY

Screening of "Hank Patterson's Reel Montana Adventure" - To benefit Project Healing Waters, 6-9:30 p.m., Stargazers Theatre and Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive, $12. Advance tickets: tinyurl.com/kg587dh.

THURSDAY

Pikes Peak Workforce Center's Spring Job Fair - 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., with veterans, transitioning military and spouses.

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Scholarship Program - For high school seniors, hosted by National Defense Industrial Association, Rocky Mountain Chapter. Program is intended for those seniors interested in the Department of Defense, after graduation, in a field related to Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM). Application deadline is Wednesday: tinyurl.com/nnoga8e.

WEDNESDAY

Screening of "Hank Patterson's Reel Montana Adventure" - To benefit Project Healing Waters, 6-9:30 p.m., Stargazers Theatre and Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive, $12. Advance tickets: tinyurl.com/kg587dh.

THURSDAY

Pikes Peak Workforce Center's Spring Job Fair - 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., with veterans, transitioning military and spouses.]]> Sun, 29 Mar 2015 04:40:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Friday Military Salute: Jennifer Choate clears big hurdle in major competition]]> eric singer eric.singer@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/friday-military-salute-jennifer-choate-clears-big-hurdle-in-major-competition/article/1548618?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/friday-military-salute-jennifer-choate-clears-big-hurdle-in-major-competition/article/1548618?custom_click=rss

A Friday Military Salute follow-up to a young woman who hopes to receive a major military-related honor.

You first met Jennifer Choate in February on our Friday Military Salute segment. The 16-year old is Peterson Air Force Base's entrant for Military Youth of the Year. Jennifer was preparing to compete at the state level on Monday, March 23rd with other youth including those from Buckley Air Force Base, the Air Force Academy and Fort Carson.

She won that competition and received a $9,000 college scholarship and a laptop. Jennifer is now on to the regionals which happen at the end of May and first week of June.



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A Friday Military Salute follow-up to a young woman who hopes to receive a major military-related honor.

You first met Jennifer Choate in February on our Friday Military Salute segment. The 16-year old is Peterson Air Force Base's entrant for Military Youth of the Year. Jennifer was preparing to compete at the state level on Monday, March 23rd with other youth including those from Buckley Air Force Base, the Air Force Academy and Fort Carson.

She won that competition and received a $9,000 college scholarship and a laptop. Jennifer is now on to the regionals which happen at the end of May and first week of June.

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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 07:34:35 -0600
<![CDATA[Congressman: Cancel VA bonuses, use them for Denver hospital]]> By Dan Elliott, Associated Press http://gazette.com/congressman-cancel-va-bonuses-use-them-for-denver-hospital/article/1548594?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/congressman-cancel-va-bonuses-use-them-for-denver-hospital/article/1548594?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Congress should cancel all VA employee bonuses and use the money to finish the budget-busting Denver veterans hospital, Colorado Rep. Mike Coffman said Thursday.

Coffman and other lawmakers are angry that the Department of Veterans Affairs awarded thousands of dollars in bonuses to its top construction official, Glenn Haggstrom, even though hospitals in Denver, Las Vegas, New Orleans and Orlando, Florida, racked up huge cost overruns and fell far behind schedule.

Haggstrom retired Wednesday amid an internal investigation into the problems at the Denver hospital, the VA said. No phone listing for him could be found to seek comment.

Coffman and Colorado Sen.



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DENVER — Congress should cancel all VA employee bonuses and use the money to finish the budget-busting Denver veterans hospital, Colorado Rep. Mike Coffman said Thursday.

Coffman and other lawmakers are angry that the Department of Veterans Affairs awarded thousands of dollars in bonuses to its top construction official, Glenn Haggstrom, even though hospitals in Denver, Las Vegas, New Orleans and Orlando, Florida, racked up huge cost overruns and fell far behind schedule.

Haggstrom retired Wednesday amid an internal investigation into the problems at the Denver hospital, the VA said. No phone listing for him could be found to seek comment.

Coffman and Colorado Sen.

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Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:51:03 -0600
<![CDATA[VA hospital construction chief retires amid investigation]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/va-hospital-construction-chief-retires-amid-investigation/article/1548546?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/va-hospital-construction-chief-retires-amid-investigation/article/1548546?custom_click=rss

DENVER — The top VA official in charge of construction nationwide retired Wednesday amid an internal investigation of delays and massive cost overruns at the Denver veterans hospital, the agency said.

Glenn Haggstrom's departure was immediate, the Department of Veterans Affairs said. In a written statement, the VA said problems at the hospital under construction in the Denver suburb of Aurora were unacceptable.

The VA said last week the new Denver facility would cost $1.73 billion, more than twice the estimated cost at the time the first contracts were awarded in 2010. The department was also under fire for cost overruns and construction delays at veterans hospitals in New Orleans, Las Vegas and Orlando, Florida.



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DENVER — The top VA official in charge of construction nationwide retired Wednesday amid an internal investigation of delays and massive cost overruns at the Denver veterans hospital, the agency said.

Glenn Haggstrom's departure was immediate, the Department of Veterans Affairs said. In a written statement, the VA said problems at the hospital under construction in the Denver suburb of Aurora were unacceptable.

The VA said last week the new Denver facility would cost $1.73 billion, more than twice the estimated cost at the time the first contracts were awarded in 2010. The department was also under fire for cost overruns and construction delays at veterans hospitals in New Orleans, Las Vegas and Orlando, Florida.

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Wed, 25 Mar 2015 18:08:33 -0600
<![CDATA[Obama agrees to slow US pullout from Afghanistan]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/obama-agrees-to-slow-us-pullout-from-afghanistan/article/1548484?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/obama-agrees-to-slow-us-pullout-from-afghanistan/article/1548484?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — The White House says the U.S. will keep its current complement of 9,800 troops in Afghanistan through the end of 2015, instead of cutting the number by about half as originally planned.

It says the size of the U.S. troop presence for 2016 will be decided later this year.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had asked Obama to slow the withdrawal of U.S. troops from his country. That's because Afghan security forces are bracing for a tough spring fighting season and are also contending with Islamic State fighters looking to recruit on their soil.

The original plan was to cut the 9,800 troops to 5,500 by the end of this year.



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WASHINGTON — The White House says the U.S. will keep its current complement of 9,800 troops in Afghanistan through the end of 2015, instead of cutting the number by about half as originally planned.

It says the size of the U.S. troop presence for 2016 will be decided later this year.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had asked Obama to slow the withdrawal of U.S. troops from his country. That's because Afghan security forces are bracing for a tough spring fighting season and are also contending with Islamic State fighters looking to recruit on their soil.

The original plan was to cut the 9,800 troops to 5,500 by the end of this year.

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Tue, 24 Mar 2015 21:34:33 -0600