<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - military]]> http://gazette.com/rss/military Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:24:21 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Spain: Death count rises to 11 in military jet crash at base]]> http://gazette.com/spain-death-count-rises-to-11-in-military-jet-crash-at-base/article/feed/199257?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/spain-death-count-rises-to-11-in-military-jet-crash-at-base/article/feed/199257?custom_click=rss

ALBACETE, Spain (AP) — The death toll from the crash of a Greek F-16 at a Spanish military base during an elite NATO pilot training program rose to 11 Tuesday after one of the French airmen who suffered serious burns died at a Madrid hospital, Spain's Defense Ministry said.

The death came as Spanish investigators tried to determine what caused the jet to lose thrust as it took off and crash into five parked planes at the Los Llanos air base in southeastern Spain, triggering a series of explosions and a fire that took about an hour to put out.

Two pilots aboard the Greek F-16 were killed along with eight French air force members on the ground and the French airman who died Tuesday, the ministry said in a statement.

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]]> ALBACETE, Spain (AP) — The death toll from the crash of a Greek F-16 at a Spanish military base during an elite NATO pilot training program rose to 11 Tuesday after one of the French airmen who suffered serious burns died at a Madrid hospital, Spain's Defense Ministry said.

The death came as Spanish investigators tried to determine what caused the jet to lose thrust as it took off and crash into five parked planes at the Los Llanos air base in southeastern Spain, triggering a series of explosions and a fire that took about an hour to put out.

Two pilots aboard the Greek F-16 were killed along with eight French air force members on the ground and the French airman who died Tuesday, the ministry said in a statement.

Ele]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 06:17:36 -0700 <![CDATA[Coast Guard suspends search for missing fisherman]]> http://gazette.com/coast-guard-suspends-search-for-missing-fisherman/article/feed/199279?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/coast-guard-suspends-search-for-missing-fisherman/article/feed/199279?custom_click=rss DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (AP) — U.S. Coast Guard officials say they've suspended the search for a missing fisherman 70 miles south of Dauphin Island.

The Coast Guard said in a statement that crews covered more than 655 square miles during the search for 33-year-old Carlos Ramirez Regaldo.

The search began after crewmembers aboard the fishing boat Scatterbrain reported that Regaldo fell overboard around 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Agencies participating in the search included Coast Guard crews and assets from the cutter Cobia, Air Station New Orleans, Aviation Training Center Mobile, Alabama and Sector Mobile.

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]]> DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (AP) — U.S. Coast Guard officials say they've suspended the search for a missing fisherman 70 miles south of Dauphin Island.

The Coast Guard said in a statement that crews covered more than 655 square miles during the search for 33-year-old Carlos Ramirez Regaldo.

The search began after crewmembers aboard the fishing boat Scatterbrain reported that Regaldo fell overboard around 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Agencies participating in the search included Coast Guard crews and assets from the cutter Cobia, Air Station New Orleans, Aviation Training Center Mobile, Alabama and Sector Mobile.]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 06:15:44 -0700 <![CDATA[The drone debate hits close to home for White House]]> http://gazette.com/the-drone-debate-hits-close-to-home-for-white-house/article/feed/198935?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-drone-debate-hits-close-to-home-for-white-house/article/feed/198935?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The drone-control debate has hit uncomfortably close to home for the White House, thanks to an apparently hapless operator who sent his quadcopter crashing inside the presidential compound.

Questions persist about why the night-owl drone operator would be flying it within range of the White House at 3 a.m. but the Secret Service's early investigation suggested he meant no harm. Even so, the crash inside the compound Monday pointed to the risk of increasingly commonplace drones penetrating the presidential security bubble, with more dangerous intent. And it highlighted the challenge of setting controls on this expanding frontier.

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — The drone-control debate has hit uncomfortably close to home for the White House, thanks to an apparently hapless operator who sent his quadcopter crashing inside the presidential compound.

Questions persist about why the night-owl drone operator would be flying it within range of the White House at 3 a.m. but the Secret Service's early investigation suggested he meant no harm. Even so, the crash inside the compound Monday pointed to the risk of increasingly commonplace drones penetrating the presidential security bubble, with more dangerous intent. And it highlighted the challenge of setting controls on this expanding frontier.]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:03:18 -0700 <![CDATA[Coast Guard suspends search for small plane in Wash. canal]]> http://gazette.com/coast-guard-suspends-search-for-small-plane-in-wash.-canal/article/feed/199166?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/coast-guard-suspends-search-for-small-plane-in-wash.-canal/article/feed/199166?custom_click=rss SEABECK, Wash. (AP) — The Coast Guard says it has suspended its efforts to find a survivor after more than eight hours of searching Washington's Hood Canal in an area where a small plane is believed to have crashed.

Apparent airplane debris was found floating on the water Monday afternoon after several 911 callers reported seeing a light plane that appeared to be in distress and one person reported seeing a plane hit the water.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Amanda Norcross said late Monday night that items recovered by searchers, including a driver's license, allow investigators to identify the male pilot and notify relatives. She said the pilot was believed to be the only person aboard.

Kitsap County sheriff's Sgt.

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]]> SEABECK, Wash. (AP) — The Coast Guard says it has suspended its efforts to find a survivor after more than eight hours of searching Washington's Hood Canal in an area where a small plane is believed to have crashed.

Apparent airplane debris was found floating on the water Monday afternoon after several 911 callers reported seeing a light plane that appeared to be in distress and one person reported seeing a plane hit the water.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Amanda Norcross said late Monday night that items recovered by searchers, including a driver's license, allow investigators to identify the male pilot and notify relatives. She said the pilot was believed to be the only person aboard.

Kitsap County sheriff's Sgt.]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:02:04 -0700 <![CDATA[Philippine police commander fired after 44 commandos die]]> http://gazette.com/philippine-police-commander-fired-after-44-commandos-die/article/feed/199258?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/philippine-police-commander-fired-after-44-commandos-die/article/feed/199258?custom_click=rss

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine officials have removed the commander of a police special action force from his post after at least 44 anti-terror commandos were killed in a clash with Muslim rebels in the country's south.

The government's biggest single-day combat loss in recent memory shocked many and led to fears it could endanger a recent peace deal signed with the biggest Muslim rebel group.

Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said Tuesday that police Director Getulio Napenas did not clear Sunday's assault on top terror suspects in a remote village near Mamasapano town with him or the national police chief.

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]]> MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine officials have removed the commander of a police special action force from his post after at least 44 anti-terror commandos were killed in a clash with Muslim rebels in the country's south.

The government's biggest single-day combat loss in recent memory shocked many and led to fears it could endanger a recent peace deal signed with the biggest Muslim rebel group.

Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said Tuesday that police Director Getulio Napenas did not clear Sunday's assault on top terror suspects in a remote village near Mamasapano town with him or the national police chief.]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:01:58 -0700 <![CDATA[Border Protection lends a hand for Super Bowl security]]> http://gazette.com/border-protection-lends-a-hand-for-super-bowl-security/article/feed/199079?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/border-protection-lends-a-hand-for-super-bowl-security/article/feed/199079?custom_click=rss

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Black Hawk helicopters and truck-sized X-ray machines that are typically deployed along the U.S.-Mexico border have been brought to the Super Bowl venue to assist with the security effort.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection showed off the technology Monday as it helps with Super Bowl security.

Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske was on hand for a demonstration of the agency's Black Hawks and large mobile X-ray machines that are used to detect contraband and explosives. The helicopters and X-ray machines are from Tucson and Nogales, some of the busiest spots in the nation for the smuggling of drugs and immigrants.

Kerlikowske said Arizona's border with Mexico still has adequate security while some eq

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]]> GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Black Hawk helicopters and truck-sized X-ray machines that are typically deployed along the U.S.-Mexico border have been brought to the Super Bowl venue to assist with the security effort.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection showed off the technology Monday as it helps with Super Bowl security.

Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske was on hand for a demonstration of the agency's Black Hawks and large mobile X-ray machines that are used to detect contraband and explosives. The helicopters and X-ray machines are from Tucson and Nogales, some of the busiest spots in the nation for the smuggling of drugs and immigrants.

Kerlikowske said Arizona's border with Mexico still has adequate security while some eq]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:31:58 -0700 <![CDATA[Texas clause on veterans' tuition aid ruled unconstitutional]]> http://gazette.com/texas-clause-on-veterans-tuition-aid-ruled-unconstitutional/article/feed/199206?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/texas-clause-on-veterans-tuition-aid-ruled-unconstitutional/article/feed/199206?custom_click=rss HOUSTON (AP) — A judge has ruled that a clause in a Texas law that limits veterans' tuition benefits is unconstitutional.

A U.S. District Court judge ruled Monday that the University of Houston could not exclude student Keith Harris from certain benefits solely because he enlisted into the military outside of Texas.

The Houston Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1zlZ8tV ) that the ruling could have broad implications for Texas schools.

Tuition and fee exemptions under the Texas Hazlewood Act cost Texas universities $169 million in 2014 and are projected to jump to $286 million by 2017.

Harris sought benefits under the Hazlewood Act and was rejected.

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]]> HOUSTON (AP) — A judge has ruled that a clause in a Texas law that limits veterans' tuition benefits is unconstitutional.

A U.S. District Court judge ruled Monday that the University of Houston could not exclude student Keith Harris from certain benefits solely because he enlisted into the military outside of Texas.

The Houston Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1zlZ8tV ) that the ruling could have broad implications for Texas schools.

Tuition and fee exemptions under the Texas Hazlewood Act cost Texas universities $169 million in 2014 and are projected to jump to $286 million by 2017.

Harris sought benefits under the Hazlewood Act and was rejected.]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:45:58 -0700 <![CDATA[Complaints challenge orders limiting female guards at Gitmo]]> http://gazette.com/complaints-challenge-orders-limiting-female-guards-at-gitmo/article/feed/199000?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/complaints-challenge-orders-limiting-female-guards-at-gitmo/article/feed/199000?custom_click=rss FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — Some female guards at the Guantanamo Bay prison have filed equal opportunity complaints challenging court orders barring them from jobs that would require touching detainees while escorting them to hearings and attorney-client meetings, a military judge said Monday.

The two complaints filed with the Defense Department's Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity complicate a dispute that stems from the detainees' assertion that their Muslim faith prohibits physical contact with females who are not their wives or relatives. Some defense lawyers have argued that the government recently added women to the escort teams to humiliate the men and disrupt their ability to defend themselves.

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]]> FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — Some female guards at the Guantanamo Bay prison have filed equal opportunity complaints challenging court orders barring them from jobs that would require touching detainees while escorting them to hearings and attorney-client meetings, a military judge said Monday.

The two complaints filed with the Defense Department's Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity complicate a dispute that stems from the detainees' assertion that their Muslim faith prohibits physical contact with females who are not their wives or relatives. Some defense lawyers have argued that the government recently added women to the escort teams to humiliate the men and disrupt their ability to defend themselves.]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 20:18:32 -0700 <![CDATA[Gov. Snyder, in rare visit, outlines civil rights priorities]]> http://gazette.com/gov.-snyder-in-rare-visit-outlines-civil-rights-priorities/article/feed/199161?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gov.-snyder-in-rare-visit-outlines-civil-rights-priorities/article/feed/199161?custom_click=rss

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder, in a rare visit Monday, urged the state's Civil Rights Commission to consider a range of issues including drones, police body cameras and race relations while saying Native American culture should be celebrated more.

Declining to give many specifics, the Republican governor also mentioned priorities such as immigration — specifically migrant farm workers — disabilities, and mental health and criminal justice issues.

In response to a question from a commission member, Snyder apologized for forgetting to mention his hope that the new Legislature continues discussing a bill to add protections for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community to the state's civil rights law. Th

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]]> LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder, in a rare visit Monday, urged the state's Civil Rights Commission to consider a range of issues including drones, police body cameras and race relations while saying Native American culture should be celebrated more.

Declining to give many specifics, the Republican governor also mentioned priorities such as immigration — specifically migrant farm workers — disabilities, and mental health and criminal justice issues.

In response to a question from a commission member, Snyder apologized for forgetting to mention his hope that the new Legislature continues discussing a bill to add protections for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community to the state's civil rights law. Th]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:48:12 -0700 <![CDATA[Defense contractor to pay US $2 million to settle claims]]> http://gazette.com/defense-contractor-to-pay-us-2-million-to-settle-claims/article/feed/199177?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/defense-contractor-to-pay-us-2-million-to-settle-claims/article/feed/199177?custom_click=rss SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California defense contractor will pay the federal government $2 million to settle claims about its manufacturing of parts for remote-controlled aircraft.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Sacramento says Sacramento-based Composite Engineering Inc. agreed to pay the money to end allegations that it artificially inflated the cost of materials and the amount of labor needed for spare parts for the Air Force Subscale Aerial Target program.

The remote-controlled aircraft are used as targets in military training exercises.

The government says the company received a windfall from the defense contract it signed in 2007 by overstating the costs.

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]]> SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California defense contractor will pay the federal government $2 million to settle claims about its manufacturing of parts for remote-controlled aircraft.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Sacramento says Sacramento-based Composite Engineering Inc. agreed to pay the money to end allegations that it artificially inflated the cost of materials and the amount of labor needed for spare parts for the Air Force Subscale Aerial Target program.

The remote-controlled aircraft are used as targets in military training exercises.

The government says the company received a windfall from the defense contract it signed in 2007 by overstating the costs.]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:31:50 -0700 <![CDATA[2 small planes run out of fuel, crash-land off Hawaii]]> http://gazette.com/2-small-planes-run-out-of-fuel-crash-land-off-hawaii/article/feed/198854?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/2-small-planes-run-out-of-fuel-crash-land-off-hawaii/article/feed/198854?custom_click=rss

Two small planes ran out of fuel and crash-landed into the Pacific Ocean off Hawaii on the same day, with one briefly nose-diving before leveling out and drifting down to the water beneath a massive parachute.

The five people aboard the planes survived after dramatic rescues, authorities said.

In one of the crashes, the pilot put down the aircraft near a cruise ship and was pulled aboard it in a life raft amid giant waves.

The National Transportation Safety Board said Monday it is investigating the separate incidents, which occurred Sunday.

One of the planes, a single-engine aircraft carrying only a pilot, crash-landed about 250 miles off Maui. The other plane was carrying four people and went down several miles o

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]]> Two small planes ran out of fuel and crash-landed into the Pacific Ocean off Hawaii on the same day, with one briefly nose-diving before leveling out and drifting down to the water beneath a massive parachute.

The five people aboard the planes survived after dramatic rescues, authorities said.

In one of the crashes, the pilot put down the aircraft near a cruise ship and was pulled aboard it in a life raft amid giant waves.

The National Transportation Safety Board said Monday it is investigating the separate incidents, which occurred Sunday.

One of the planes, a single-engine aircraft carrying only a pilot, crash-landed about 250 miles off Maui. The other plane was carrying four people and went down several miles o]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:47:48 -0700 <![CDATA[Things to know as Connecticut braces for blizzard]]> http://gazette.com/things-to-know-as-connecticut-braces-for-blizzard/article/feed/199169?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/things-to-know-as-connecticut-braces-for-blizzard/article/feed/199169?custom_click=rss

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut is bracing for a major winter storm that could drop as much as 3 feet of snow in parts of the state, along with winds gusting up to 60 mph, and the possibility of coastal flooding. The state is under a blizzard warning until midnight Tuesday. A look at preparations for the storm:

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TRAVEL BAN

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy ordered a ban on travel on all state highways beginning at 9 p.m. Monday, Bradley International Airport was closing for flights at 7 p.m. Monday until further notice and the final train out of New York City on Metro-North's New Haven line was scheduled to leave Grand Central Station at 9 p.m.

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]]> HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut is bracing for a major winter storm that could drop as much as 3 feet of snow in parts of the state, along with winds gusting up to 60 mph, and the possibility of coastal flooding. The state is under a blizzard warning until midnight Tuesday. A look at preparations for the storm:

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TRAVEL BAN

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy ordered a ban on travel on all state highways beginning at 9 p.m. Monday, Bradley International Airport was closing for flights at 7 p.m. Monday until further notice and the final train out of New York City on Metro-North's New Haven line was scheduled to leave Grand Central Station at 9 p.m.]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:47:47 -0700 <![CDATA[VA Secretary says he will investigate Tomah medical center]]> http://gazette.com/va-secretary-says-he-will-investigate-tomah-medical-center/article/feed/199011?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/va-secretary-says-he-will-investigate-tomah-medical-center/article/feed/199011?custom_click=rss

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald announced Monday that he will launch an investigation into a Tomah VA medical center that came under scrutiny for overprescribing opiates after a Marine died there.

The monthlong investigation to begin this week will look into allegations about the use of opiates as well as retaliation against employees, McDonald said in a statement.

"While important changes are being made to improve services to Wisconsin veterans immediately, we must ensure that we fully investigate the issues surrounding the possible overuse of powerful medicines and to share these lessons learned throughout our health care system," McDonald said Monday.

He cited inquiries from Rep.

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]]> MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald announced Monday that he will launch an investigation into a Tomah VA medical center that came under scrutiny for overprescribing opiates after a Marine died there.

The monthlong investigation to begin this week will look into allegations about the use of opiates as well as retaliation against employees, McDonald said in a statement.

"While important changes are being made to improve services to Wisconsin veterans immediately, we must ensure that we fully investigate the issues surrounding the possible overuse of powerful medicines and to share these lessons learned throughout our health care system," McDonald said Monday.

He cited inquiries from Rep. ]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:49:49 -0700 <![CDATA[Spain: 10 dead, 21 hurt in crash of Greek F-16 jet at base]]> http://gazette.com/spain-10-dead-21-hurt-in-crash-of-greek-f-16-jet-at-base/article/feed/199005?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/spain-10-dead-21-hurt-in-crash-of-greek-f-16-jet-at-base/article/feed/199005?custom_click=rss

MADRID (AP) — A Greek F-16 fighter jet crashed into other aircraft on the ground during NATO training in southeastern Spain Monday, killing at least 10 French and Greek military personnel, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said.

Another 21 people were injured in the incident at the Los Llanos base, which sent flames and a plume of black smoke billowing into the air, the Spanish Defense Ministry said in a statement.

Rajoy told Spain's Telecinco news program in an interview Monday night that eight of the dead were French and two were Greek. Eleven of the injured were Italian and 10 were French, he said.

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]]> MADRID (AP) — A Greek F-16 fighter jet crashed into other aircraft on the ground during NATO training in southeastern Spain Monday, killing at least 10 French and Greek military personnel, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said.

Another 21 people were injured in the incident at the Los Llanos base, which sent flames and a plume of black smoke billowing into the air, the Spanish Defense Ministry said in a statement.

Rajoy told Spain's Telecinco news program in an interview Monday night that eight of the dead were French and two were Greek. Eleven of the injured were Italian and 10 were French, he said.]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:37:18 -0700 <![CDATA[Guard depot supervisor gets probation for stealing metal]]> http://gazette.com/guard-depot-supervisor-gets-probation-for-stealing-metal/article/feed/199086?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guard-depot-supervisor-gets-probation-for-stealing-metal/article/feed/199086?custom_click=rss ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A former maintenance depot supervisor for the Connecticut National Guard was ordered to serve probation Monday on charges that he stole hundreds of dollars' worth of scrap metal.

James Liss was fired a year ago as a building superintendent following an internal investigation of misconduct at Camp Hartell in Windsor Locks.

The Hartford Courant (http://cour.at/1thpAlI ) reports that a judged accepted Liss into a pretrial diversionary program known as accelerated rehabilitation despite objections from a prosecutor. He was placed on two years' probation and ordered to pay restitution for the scrap metal he took, valued at $654.50. If the larceny case had gone ahead, Liss could have faced up to six months i

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]]> ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A former maintenance depot supervisor for the Connecticut National Guard was ordered to serve probation Monday on charges that he stole hundreds of dollars' worth of scrap metal.

James Liss was fired a year ago as a building superintendent following an internal investigation of misconduct at Camp Hartell in Windsor Locks.

The Hartford Courant (http://cour.at/1thpAlI ) reports that a judged accepted Liss into a pretrial diversionary program known as accelerated rehabilitation despite objections from a prosecutor. He was placed on two years' probation and ordered to pay restitution for the scrap metal he took, valued at $654.50. If the larceny case had gone ahead, Liss could have faced up to six months i]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:34:40 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs group wants citizens to wear green in support of Fort Carson]]> BY TOM ROEDER tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-group-wants-citizens-to-wear-green-in-support-of-fort-carson/article/1545221?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-group-wants-citizens-to-wear-green-in-support-of-fort-carson/article/1545221?custom_click=rss

The Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance hopes to make Feb. 3 look like St. Patrick's Day in Colorado Springs as part of an effort to stave off military cuts.

Getting locals to wear green that day is part of a wider effort to impress Army brass who will be in town to hear public comments on cuts for Fort Carson that could eliminate up to 16,000 soldiers from the 24,500 now on the post. The alliance is working to pack the Army's "listening session" downtown with boosters, including Colorado's Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper.

"The Army is sending out some pretty significant officials," said Andy Merritt, who oversees military affairs for the alliance. "We certainly want to be able to make sure those guys go back with a

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]]> The Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance hopes to make Feb. 3 look like St. Patrick's Day in Colorado Springs as part of an effort to stave off military cuts.

Getting locals to wear green that day is part of a wider effort to impress Army brass who will be in town to hear public comments on cuts for Fort Carson that could eliminate up to 16,000 soldiers from the 24,500 now on the post. The alliance is working to pack the Army's "listening session" downtown with boosters, including Colorado's Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper.

"The Army is sending out some pretty significant officials," said Andy Merritt, who oversees military affairs for the alliance. "We certainly want to be able to make sure those guys go back with a]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 04:05:06 -0700 <![CDATA[Arenacross gives soldiers red-carpet treatment on Military Appreciation Night]]> by Kevin Carmody sports@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/arenacross-gives-soldiers-red-carpet-treatment-on-military-appreciation-night/article/1545191?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/arenacross-gives-soldiers-red-carpet-treatment-on-military-appreciation-night/article/1545191?custom_click=rss

Sporting events, as evidenced over time, can serve as the ultimate short-term distraction from life's troubles.

For a handful of retired soldiers from the Army, Saturday's races at the Amsoil Arenacross tour stop at The Broadmoor World Arena proved therapeutic as they continue to endure after the combat zone, even years after their deployments overseas.

"You have good days and bad days, and I'm moving forward instead of backward," said Scott Slining, a retired sergeant and infantryman who completed three tours to the Middle East. "I wanted to do this. I have to get myself exposed to crowds and noise. I can't hide forever."

Slining was one of 16 Fort Carson soldiers honored as part of Arenacross' way of saluting the area



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Sporting events, as evidenced over time, can serve as the ultimate short-term distraction from life's troubles.

For a handful of retired soldiers from the Army, Saturday's races at the Amsoil Arenacross tour stop at The Broadmoor World Arena proved therapeutic as they continue to endure after the combat zone, even years after their deployments overseas.

"You have good days and bad days, and I'm moving forward instead of backward," said Scott Slining, a retired sergeant and infantryman who completed three tours to the Middle East. "I wanted to do this. I have to get myself exposed to crowds and noise. I can't hide forever."

Slining was one of 16 Fort Carson soldiers honored as part of Arenacross' way of saluting the area

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<![CDATA[Air Force cadets gobble up vegetables as academy moves to healthier meals]]> By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/air-force-cadets-gobble-up-vegetables-as-academy-moves-to-healthier-meals/article/1545205?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-cadets-gobble-up-vegetables-as-academy-moves-to-healthier-meals/article/1545205?custom_click=rss

The restaurant describes its main course portions in ounces.

All 40,000 of them. That's a ton and a quarter of a light lunch, not counting the side dishes and salad.

Welcome to Mitchell Hall, the Air Force Academy's legendary dining hall that 60 years into the school's history remains the Defense Department's reigning champion of the military meal.

The facility on a daily basis serves a sit-down lunch for 4,000 cadets, who are served at their tables by waiters. The whole process from passing the milk to finishing the dessert runs a precise 23 minutes.

"It's the cleanup that takes the time," said Ed "Fitz" Fitzhenry, director of cadet food services at the academy.



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The restaurant describes its main course portions in ounces.

All 40,000 of them. That's a ton and a quarter of a light lunch, not counting the side dishes and salad.

Welcome to Mitchell Hall, the Air Force Academy's legendary dining hall that 60 years into the school's history remains the Defense Department's reigning champion of the military meal.

The facility on a daily basis serves a sit-down lunch for 4,000 cadets, who are served at their tables by waiters. The whole process from passing the milk to finishing the dessert runs a precise 23 minutes.

"It's the cleanup that takes the time," said Ed "Fitz" Fitzhenry, director of cadet food services at the academy.

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<![CDATA[Military awards: Individuals, units earn recognition at Colorado bases]]> The Gazette - http://gazette.com/military-awards-individuals-units-earn-recognition-at-colorado-bases/article/1545204?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/military-awards-individuals-units-earn-recognition-at-colorado-bases/article/1545204?custom_click=rss Schriever airmen 
and civilians

Schriever Air Force Base airmen and civilian workers were recognized this month with quarterly awards to note excellence.

The top award for junior enlisted airmen went to Senior Airman Matthew Johns. Tech. Sgt. Austin Harris earned top honors among the base's junior sergeants, while Master Sgt. Danielle Gangadeen won the award for senior sergeants.

In officer categories, 1st Lt. Ryan Southworth was honored as the top junior officer, while Maj. Paul Lawson won for senior officers.

Three civilian workers were lauded: Dwayne Peeples, Larry Linnenburger and Michelle Strickland.

Tech. Sgt. Daniel Potter

Commanders at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora have honored



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Schriever airmen 
and civilians

Schriever Air Force Base airmen and civilian workers were recognized this month with quarterly awards to note excellence.

The top award for junior enlisted airmen went to Senior Airman Matthew Johns. Tech. Sgt. Austin Harris earned top honors among the base's junior sergeants, while Master Sgt. Danielle Gangadeen won the award for senior sergeants.

In officer categories, 1st Lt. Ryan Southworth was honored as the top junior officer, while Maj. Paul Lawson won for senior officers.

Three civilian workers were lauded: Dwayne Peeples, Larry Linnenburger and Michelle Strickland.

Tech. Sgt. Daniel Potter

Commanders at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora have honored

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Sun, 25 Jan 2015 08:22:28 -0700
<![CDATA[Air Force Academy glider squad keeps its place as national champs]]> By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/air-force-academy-glider-squad-keeps-its-place-as-national-champs/article/1545206?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-academy-glider-squad-keeps-its-place-as-national-champs/article/1545206?custom_click=rss While the Air Force Academy needs a new trophy case to accommodate the team's accomplishments, the coach says the cadets involved are nothing special.

"No, sir," Lt. Col. John Neptune said when asked if anything about his national championship glider squad stood out. "It's pretty standard. They are motivated, and they are inspired to fly."

On the academy's soaring team, excellence is a requirement for admission, it seems.

The school's sailplane racers earned the 2014 National Collegiate Soaring Association championship, making them national champs for the 16th time in 20 years and giving the team its 10th straight win. The cadets who specialize in unpowered aerobatics swept up eight trophies in three categories at the



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While the Air Force Academy needs a new trophy case to accommodate the team's accomplishments, the coach says the cadets involved are nothing special.

"No, sir," Lt. Col. John Neptune said when asked if anything about his national championship glider squad stood out. "It's pretty standard. They are motivated, and they are inspired to fly."

On the academy's soaring team, excellence is a requirement for admission, it seems.

The school's sailplane racers earned the 2014 National Collegiate Soaring Association championship, making them national champs for the 16th time in 20 years and giving the team its 10th straight win. The cadets who specialize in unpowered aerobatics swept up eight trophies in three categories at the

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Sun, 25 Jan 2015 08:22:03 -0700
<![CDATA[Military Update: Report says crews of former 'spray birds' exposed to Agent Orange residue]]> By TOM PHILPOTT Military Update - http://gazette.com/military-update-report-says-crews-of-former-spray-birds-exposed-to-agent-orange-residue/article/1545207?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/military-update-report-says-crews-of-former-spray-birds-exposed-to-agent-orange-residue/article/1545207?custom_click=rss

Retired Air Force Reserve Maj. Wes Carter almost didn't travel to Washington, D.C., last week where, to his surprise, he heard an independent panel of scientists verify what he had dogged the Air Force and Department of Veterans Affairs about for nearly four years.

The Institute of Medicine said Carter and up to 2,100 other former Reserve air crewmen and maintainers of C-123 aircraft, flown for a decade after the Vietnam War, were indeed exposed to toxic residue from Agent Orange herbicide sprayed from some of the aircraft during the war.

The institute also found it plausible that exposure "exceeded health guidelines for workers in enclosed settings. Thus, some reservists quite likely experienced non-trivial increases in



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Retired Air Force Reserve Maj. Wes Carter almost didn't travel to Washington, D.C., last week where, to his surprise, he heard an independent panel of scientists verify what he had dogged the Air Force and Department of Veterans Affairs about for nearly four years.

The Institute of Medicine said Carter and up to 2,100 other former Reserve air crewmen and maintainers of C-123 aircraft, flown for a decade after the Vietnam War, were indeed exposed to toxic residue from Agent Orange herbicide sprayed from some of the aircraft during the war.

The institute also found it plausible that exposure "exceeded health guidelines for workers in enclosed settings. Thus, some reservists quite likely experienced non-trivial increases in

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Sun, 25 Jan 2015 08:21:14 -0700
<![CDATA[Calendar: Upcoming Colorado Springs area military events]]> By Carlotta Olson - http://gazette.com/calendar-upcoming-colorado-springs-area-military-events/article/1545201?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/calendar-upcoming-colorado-springs-area-military-events/article/1545201?custom_click=rss THROUGH MARCH 16

USS Colorado (SSN 788) Commissioning Committee Ship's Crest Art Competition - Winner will have artwork displayed throughout the 30-year lifetime of the ship. For information, go to usscolorado
committee.org.

WEDNESDAY

Air Force Falcons women's basketball vs. San Jose State - 7 p.m., Clune Arena, Air Force Academy. Go online for ticket prices: goairforcefalcons.com.

THURSDAY

"The Six Frigates - Were Old Ironsides and Her Sisters Truly Superior?" - Lecture by Steve Maffeo, associate director of the Air Force Academy's Cadet Library, 7 p.m., East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd., conference rooms I and II; rmmas.org.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

Air Force Falcons hockey

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USS Colorado (SSN 788) Commissioning Committee Ship's Crest Art Competition - Winner will have artwork displayed throughout the 30-year lifetime of the ship. For information, go to usscolorado
committee.org.

WEDNESDAY

Air Force Falcons women's basketball vs. San Jose State - 7 p.m., Clune Arena, Air Force Academy. Go online for ticket prices: goairforcefalcons.com.

THURSDAY

"The Six Frigates - Were Old Ironsides and Her Sisters Truly Superior?" - Lecture by Steve Maffeo, associate director of the Air Force Academy's Cadet Library, 7 p.m., East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd., conference rooms I and II; rmmas.org.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

Air Force Falcons hockey]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 04:15:08 -0700 <![CDATA[Obama says terror group has killed hostage; others doubtful]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/obama-says-terror-group-has-killed-hostage-others-doubtful/article/1545176?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/obama-says-terror-group-has-killed-hostage-others-doubtful/article/1545176?custom_click=rss

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — President Barack Obama is condemning what he calls "the brutal murder" of a Japanese hostage by the Islamic State group.

Obama's statement doesn't say how the United States knows that Haruna Yukawa is dead, and the Japanese government is trying to verify an online video that purports to show his death.

That online posting was quickly deleted Saturday, and militants on a website affiliated with the terrorist group questioned its authenticity.

Tokyo had no immediate comment on Obama's statement.

Obama says in his statement that the United States will stand "shoulder to shoulder" with Japan. He's also calling for the immediate release of a second Japanese hostage held by



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RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — President Barack Obama is condemning what he calls "the brutal murder" of a Japanese hostage by the Islamic State group.

Obama's statement doesn't say how the United States knows that Haruna Yukawa is dead, and the Japanese government is trying to verify an online video that purports to show his death.

That online posting was quickly deleted Saturday, and militants on a website affiliated with the terrorist group questioned its authenticity.

Tokyo had no immediate comment on Obama's statement.

Obama says in his statement that the United States will stand "shoulder to shoulder" with Japan. He's also calling for the immediate release of a second Japanese hostage held by

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Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:54:23 -0700
<![CDATA[Bomb threat against 2 planes at Atlanta's main airport]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/bomb-threat-against-2-planes-at-atlantas-main-airport/article/1545173?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bomb-threat-against-2-planes-at-atlantas-main-airport/article/1545173?custom_click=rss

ATLANTA — Police are searching two planes at Atlanta's main airport after authorities received what they described as credible bomb threats.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport spokesman Reese McCranie said the threats targeted a Delta flight and a Southwest flight that landed safely Saturday.

News services are reporting that F-16 fighter jets escorted both of the planes into Atlanta's airport.

"It was a Portland, Oregon, to Atlanta, Georgia, flight," said Delta spokesman Morgan Durant. "Delta is supporting the sweeping process carried out by authorities."

The F-16 fighter jets were from McEntire Joint National Guard Base in South Carolina and returned to the base after the planes landed.



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ATLANTA — Police are searching two planes at Atlanta's main airport after authorities received what they described as credible bomb threats.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport spokesman Reese McCranie said the threats targeted a Delta flight and a Southwest flight that landed safely Saturday.

News services are reporting that F-16 fighter jets escorted both of the planes into Atlanta's airport.

"It was a Portland, Oregon, to Atlanta, Georgia, flight," said Delta spokesman Morgan Durant. "Delta is supporting the sweeping process carried out by authorities."

The F-16 fighter jets were from McEntire Joint National Guard Base in South Carolina and returned to the base after the planes landed.

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Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:36:37 -0700
<![CDATA['American Sniper' widow speechless after rifle raffle]]> By Jareen Imam, CNN http://gazette.com/american-sniper-widow-speechless-after-rifle-raffle/article/1545171?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/american-sniper-widow-speechless-after-rifle-raffle/article/1545171?custom_click=rss

For another weekend, moviegoers will be glued to their seats, watching the grit and turmoil of Chris Kyle, the real-life character portrayed in "American Sniper."

But for Kyle's widow, Taya, the blockbuster hit is all too real.

Fortunately, she's not alone.

Friday, Taya was left searching for words after the nonprofit organization AmericanSnipers.org awarded her family $62,000 from its successful rifle raffle.

The group auctioned off five rifles from its site. One of the rifles was a replica of the McMillan .338 Lapua sniper rifle that Kyle used in combat, which Taya



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For another weekend, moviegoers will be glued to their seats, watching the grit and turmoil of Chris Kyle, the real-life character portrayed in "American Sniper."

But for Kyle's widow, Taya, the blockbuster hit is all too real.

Fortunately, she's not alone.

Friday, Taya was left searching for words after the nonprofit organization AmericanSnipers.org awarded her family $62,000 from its successful rifle raffle.

The group auctioned off five rifles from its site. One of the rifles was a replica of the McMillan .338 Lapua sniper rifle that Kyle used in combat, which Taya

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Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:23:39 -0700
<![CDATA[Air Force Academy will take to the skies Saturday, but don't expect much noise]]> By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/air-force-academy-will-take-to-the-skies-saturday-but-dont-expect-much-noise/article/1545118?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-academy-will-take-to-the-skies-saturday-but-dont-expect-much-noise/article/1545118?custom_click=rss Cadet pilots will work overtime this Saturday - and possibly others - to make up for flying time lost to bad weather.

A snowstorm that rolled in Wednesday grounded the Air Force Academy's fleet of gliders and single-engine trainers, delaying training that must be completed before the school year wraps up in May.

"Additional make-up days may be required on Saturdays throughout the spring in order to meet the academy's airmanship program requirements prior to graduation," the academy said in a news release.

The Pikes Peak region is seeing one of its snowiest winters in years, with more than 2 feet recorded since fall - more than 7 inches above the average total, according to the National Weather Service.



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Cadet pilots will work overtime this Saturday - and possibly others - to make up for flying time lost to bad weather.

A snowstorm that rolled in Wednesday grounded the Air Force Academy's fleet of gliders and single-engine trainers, delaying training that must be completed before the school year wraps up in May.

"Additional make-up days may be required on Saturdays throughout the spring in order to meet the academy's airmanship program requirements prior to graduation," the academy said in a news release.

The Pikes Peak region is seeing one of its snowiest winters in years, with more than 2 feet recorded since fall - more than 7 inches above the average total, according to the National Weather Service.

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Sat, 24 Jan 2015 07:02:03 -0700
<![CDATA[Friday Military Salute: Fort Carson soldier makes special gate 'delivery']]> By Eric Singer, eric.singer@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/friday-military-salute-fort-carson-soldier-makes-special-gate-delivery/article/1545111?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/friday-military-salute-fort-carson-soldier-makes-special-gate-delivery/article/1545111?custom_click=rss

A military police officer at Fort Carson had the most unusual special delivery of her life.

Pfc. Laryn Rodgers, 19, was just getting off shift from her duties at Gate 20 on Jan. 14 when Sgt. Dominik Marciano, 22, and his 21-year-old wife Lindsay drove up. "Hey my wife is having a baby and do you know how to deliver a baby?" he asked.

"Yeah, let's do this," Rodgers said. She took charge and delivered Giovanni.

The infant was not breathing so Rodgers sucked the mucus from Giovanni's nose with her mouth.

The burning question about her medical knowledge is how did she know to do this tactic or deliver a child? Rodgers grew up on a farm in Illinois and took care of all the animals at home - including being a



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A military police officer at Fort Carson had the most unusual special delivery of her life.

Pfc. Laryn Rodgers, 19, was just getting off shift from her duties at Gate 20 on Jan. 14 when Sgt. Dominik Marciano, 22, and his 21-year-old wife Lindsay drove up. "Hey my wife is having a baby and do you know how to deliver a baby?" he asked.

"Yeah, let's do this," Rodgers said. She took charge and delivered Giovanni.

The infant was not breathing so Rodgers sucked the mucus from Giovanni's nose with her mouth.

The burning question about her medical knowledge is how did she know to do this tactic or deliver a child? Rodgers grew up on a farm in Illinois and took care of all the animals at home - including being a

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Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:10:17 -0700
<![CDATA[Fort Carson soldiers, volunteer to be honored Friday]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/fort-carson-soldiers-volunteer-to-be-honored-friday/article/1545104?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-carson-soldiers-volunteer-to-be-honored-friday/article/1545104?custom_click=rss Fort Carson is honoring five soldiers for leadership and performance, and an officer's wife for volunteer work.

The soldiers will be inducted Friday into the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, which honors non-commissioned officers for helping with the training and welfare of soldiers and showing concern for soldiers' families.

The club is named for a highly decorated soldier in World War II.

Those being honored are Sgt. 1st Class Isagani Maawac, Staff Sgt. Gregory Holman, Staff Sgt. Samantha Parker, Staff Sgt. Howard Fitzhugh IV and Staff Sgt. Kris McGourty.

Jennifer Antonia, wife of Col. Bruce Antonia, will receive the Dr. Mary E. Walker Award for volunteer work to improved the lives of soldiers and their



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Fort Carson is honoring five soldiers for leadership and performance, and an officer's wife for volunteer work.

The soldiers will be inducted Friday into the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, which honors non-commissioned officers for helping with the training and welfare of soldiers and showing concern for soldiers' families.

The club is named for a highly decorated soldier in World War II.

Those being honored are Sgt. 1st Class Isagani Maawac, Staff Sgt. Gregory Holman, Staff Sgt. Samantha Parker, Staff Sgt. Howard Fitzhugh IV and Staff Sgt. Kris McGourty.

Jennifer Antonia, wife of Col. Bruce Antonia, will receive the Dr. Mary E. Walker Award for volunteer work to improved the lives of soldiers and their

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Fri, 23 Jan 2015 05:47:39 -0700
<![CDATA[Fort Carson welcomes soldiers home from Africa]]> BY TOM ROEDER tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/fort-carson-welcomes-soldiers-home-from-africa/article/1545067?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-carson-welcomes-soldiers-home-from-africa/article/1545067?custom_click=rss

Fort Carson welcomed home Thursday 100 soldiers who were dispatched to Africa on a humanitarian mission deployment and Ebola quarantine.

After a quick training session, soldiers from the 615th Engineer Company went to Liberia in November to help that country fight an outbreak of the Ebola virus, which has killed nearly 9,000 people in West Africa. The unit returned to America three weeks ago and waited out the quarantine at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington.

Fort Carson boss Maj. Gen. Paul LaCamera said short-notice-yet-complex missions are something soldiers will come to expect in coming years.

"It's the wave of the future," he said.

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After a quick training session, soldiers from the 615th Engineer Company went to Liberia in November to help that country fight an outbreak of the Ebola virus, which has killed nearly 9,000 people in West Africa. The unit returned to America three weeks ago and waited out the quarantine at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington.

Fort Carson boss Maj. Gen. Paul LaCamera said short-notice-yet-complex missions are something soldiers will come to expect in coming years.

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What started as a way to keep soldiers healthy and off icy roads has turned into a headache for drivers and Fort Carson officials.

Fort Carson said Wednesday that soldiers will report at 
9 a.m. beginning Thursday, as increased traffic near the post during the morning commute has prompted officials to adjust duty hours for the third time this month.

On Jan. 5, soldiers went from starting their day with physical training at 6:30 a.m. to reporting at 8 a.m. and training in the afternoon.

The post changed the schedule so soldiers could report later during winter, after snowy or icy roads were cleared and temperatures warmed up, which might cut down on training injuries.



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What started as a way to keep soldiers healthy and off icy roads has turned into a headache for drivers and Fort Carson officials.

Fort Carson said Wednesday that soldiers will report at 
9 a.m. beginning Thursday, as increased traffic near the post during the morning commute has prompted officials to adjust duty hours for the third time this month.

On Jan. 5, soldiers went from starting their day with physical training at 6:30 a.m. to reporting at 8 a.m. and training in the afternoon.

The post changed the schedule so soldiers could report later during winter, after snowy or icy roads were cleared and temperatures warmed up, which might cut down on training injuries.

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Thu, 22 Jan 2015 05:49:01 -0700