<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - military]]> http://gazette.com/rss/military Fri, 25 Jul 2014 05:21:16 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Navy secretary: Cost for newest ship will decline]]> http://gazette.com/navy-secretary-cost-for-newest-ship-will-decline/article/feed/140472?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/navy-secretary-cost-for-newest-ship-will-decline/article/feed/140472?custom_click=rss

ABOARD USS INDEPENDENCE (AP) — Operating costs for the U.S. Navy's newest ships will decline and "become more normal" over time, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said Thursday.

The Navy designed littoral combat ships to have smaller crews and lower costs than other vessels, but a Government Accountability Office report earlier this month said they each cost about $79 million to operate annually. That's more than the $54 million it costs to operate a frigate, which are larger and have more sailors on board.

As more of the ships enter the fleet and are used, the costs will be "well within acceptable limits" Mabus told The Associated Press during a visit to the USS Independence, the second littoral combat ship to be commissioned, whil

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]]> ABOARD USS INDEPENDENCE (AP) — Operating costs for the U.S. Navy's newest ships will decline and "become more normal" over time, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said Thursday.

The Navy designed littoral combat ships to have smaller crews and lower costs than other vessels, but a Government Accountability Office report earlier this month said they each cost about $79 million to operate annually. That's more than the $54 million it costs to operate a frigate, which are larger and have more sailors on board.

As more of the ships enter the fleet and are used, the costs will be "well within acceptable limits" Mabus told The Associated Press during a visit to the USS Independence, the second littoral combat ship to be commissioned, whil]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:47:31 -0600 <![CDATA[War College to investigate plagiarism allegations]]> http://gazette.com/war-college-to-investigate-plagiarism-allegations/article/feed/140231?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/war-college-to-investigate-plagiarism-allegations/article/feed/140231?custom_click=rss

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Sen. John Walsh remained steadfast Thursday amid an investigation into whether he plagiarized a research project required for a master's degree, winning fresh backing from fellow Democrats in Montana and the governor who appointed him to the Senate earlier this year.

The U.S. Army War College said in a statement late Thursday it will examine evidence that Walsh included both conclusions and verbatim passages from the writings of other scholars in his 2007 paper, known as a strategy research project. The college is in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

"The Army War College initiated its own analysis of the paper and determined this morning that there was reasonable cause to refer the case to the US Army War Colleg

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]]> HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Sen. John Walsh remained steadfast Thursday amid an investigation into whether he plagiarized a research project required for a master's degree, winning fresh backing from fellow Democrats in Montana and the governor who appointed him to the Senate earlier this year.

The U.S. Army War College said in a statement late Thursday it will examine evidence that Walsh included both conclusions and verbatim passages from the writings of other scholars in his 2007 paper, known as a strategy research project. The college is in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

"The Army War College initiated its own analysis of the paper and determined this morning that there was reasonable cause to refer the case to the US Army War Colleg]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:31:09 -0600 <![CDATA[Air Force Academy vision includes raising tourist levels to pre-9/11 numbers]]> By TOM ROEDER tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/air-force-academy-vision-includes-raising-tourist-levels-to-pre-911-numbers/article/1534309?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-academy-vision-includes-raising-tourist-levels-to-pre-911-numbers/article/1534309?custom_click=rss

The Air Force Academy's visitor center would move outside the gates of the 18,500-acre campus under a plan tied to the Colorado Springs City for Champions proposal.

The academy announced Thursday that the $20 million attraction would be located just east of the academy's northern gate at exit 156 off Interstate 25. The academy has been studying the visitor center proposal for months in a bid to boost tourist traffic to the school, which has fallen off in the wake of post-9/11 security measures.

"It gives us an opportunity to simplify our security situation," the academy's Carlos Cruz-Gonzalez in a statement. "If, heaven forbid, we have another incident like Sept. 11, 2001, and we have to close access to the installation,



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The Air Force Academy's visitor center would move outside the gates of the 18,500-acre campus under a plan tied to the Colorado Springs City for Champions proposal.

The academy announced Thursday that the $20 million attraction would be located just east of the academy's northern gate at exit 156 off Interstate 25. The academy has been studying the visitor center proposal for months in a bid to boost tourist traffic to the school, which has fallen off in the wake of post-9/11 security measures.

"It gives us an opportunity to simplify our security situation," the academy's Carlos Cruz-Gonzalez in a statement. "If, heaven forbid, we have another incident like Sept. 11, 2001, and we have to close access to the installation,

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Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:16:38 -0600
<![CDATA[Cooler weather helps firefighters in Washington]]> http://gazette.com/cooler-weather-helps-firefighters-in-washington/article/feed/140428?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cooler-weather-helps-firefighters-in-washington/article/feed/140428?custom_click=rss

OMAK, Wash. (AP) — Cooler temperatures allowed firefighters to directly attack a massive wildfire that has destroyed about 150 homes in north-central Washington on Thursday.

Fire spokesman Pete Buist said the biggest wildfire in the state's history was 52 percent contained.

Firefighters were attacking the actual perimeter of the fire Thursday, thanks to temperatures forecast to reach only the 70s and wet conditions left over from Wednesday's thunderstorms.

"We are able to go direct, and we are doing that while we have the opportunity," Buist said. "We are making lots of progress."

Buist said earlier in the week they could not get close to the perimeter because of high temperatures and strong winds.

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]]> OMAK, Wash. (AP) — Cooler temperatures allowed firefighters to directly attack a massive wildfire that has destroyed about 150 homes in north-central Washington on Thursday.

Fire spokesman Pete Buist said the biggest wildfire in the state's history was 52 percent contained.

Firefighters were attacking the actual perimeter of the fire Thursday, thanks to temperatures forecast to reach only the 70s and wet conditions left over from Wednesday's thunderstorms.

"We are able to go direct, and we are doing that while we have the opportunity," Buist said. "We are making lots of progress."

Buist said earlier in the week they could not get close to the perimeter because of high temperatures and strong winds.]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:17:54 -0600 <![CDATA[Immigrant children placed with Alabama sponsors]]> http://gazette.com/immigrant-children-placed-with-alabama-sponsors/article/feed/140325?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/immigrant-children-placed-with-alabama-sponsors/article/feed/140325?custom_click=rss MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — More than 400 immigrant children have been placed with sponsors in Alabama, according to federal figures released Thursday, and more could be coming with officials saying Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery is being considered for housing.

A division of the Department of Health and Human Service said 407 children were placed with sponsors in Alabama between the start of the year and July 7. The announcement did not indicate which counties have the most children.

The number of immigrant children in Alabama is less than in three neighboring states. The Office of Refugee Resettlement reported 760 in Tennessee, 1,154 in Georgia and 3,181 in Florida. That's out of more than 30,000 placements nationwide.

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]]> MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — More than 400 immigrant children have been placed with sponsors in Alabama, according to federal figures released Thursday, and more could be coming with officials saying Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery is being considered for housing.

A division of the Department of Health and Human Service said 407 children were placed with sponsors in Alabama between the start of the year and July 7. The announcement did not indicate which counties have the most children.

The number of immigrant children in Alabama is less than in three neighboring states. The Office of Refugee Resettlement reported 760 in Tennessee, 1,154 in Georgia and 3,181 in Florida. That's out of more than 30,000 placements nationwide.]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:17:49 -0600 <![CDATA[Arkansas base lockdown blamed on mistaken identity]]> http://gazette.com/arkansas-base-lockdown-blamed-on-mistaken-identity/article/feed/140405?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/arkansas-base-lockdown-blamed-on-mistaken-identity/article/feed/140405?custom_click=rss LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Little Rock Air Force Base officials are blaming a case of mistaken identity for an alarm that led them to lock down the base for several hours following the report of a suspicious individual.

Officials said Thursday the 6,100-acre base was locked down Wednesday after they received a report that a suspicious individual tried to forcibly gain access to a base building. No one was allowed to enter or leave the base in Jacksonville.

Base officials said they conducted a sweep of the base and determined the report was a case of mistaken identity and there was no threat.

Col. Patrick Rhatigan, the 19th Airlift Wing commander, said in a statement that no injuries or damages occurred during the lockdo

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]]> LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Little Rock Air Force Base officials are blaming a case of mistaken identity for an alarm that led them to lock down the base for several hours following the report of a suspicious individual.

Officials said Thursday the 6,100-acre base was locked down Wednesday after they received a report that a suspicious individual tried to forcibly gain access to a base building. No one was allowed to enter or leave the base in Jacksonville.

Base officials said they conducted a sweep of the base and determined the report was a case of mistaken identity and there was no threat.

Col. Patrick Rhatigan, the 19th Airlift Wing commander, said in a statement that no injuries or damages occurred during the lockdo]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:03:39 -0600 <![CDATA[Coast Guard helps 3 fishermen aboard vessel]]> http://gazette.com/coast-guard-helps-3-fishermen-aboard-vessel/article/feed/140395?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/coast-guard-helps-3-fishermen-aboard-vessel/article/feed/140395?custom_click=rss NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) — A Newport-based Coast Guard crew came to the aid of a commercial fishing vessel that was taking on water about 10 miles north of the Yaquina (yuh-KEEN-uh) Bay bar.

A Coast Guard spokesman says the crew passed portable dewatering equipment to the 60-foot fishing vessel Endeavor and escorted it to the Port of Newport.

Three people were aboard the fishing vessel Thursday morning. They radioed the Coast Guard to report flooding in the engine room.

There were no reports of pollution.

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]]> NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) — A Newport-based Coast Guard crew came to the aid of a commercial fishing vessel that was taking on water about 10 miles north of the Yaquina (yuh-KEEN-uh) Bay bar.

A Coast Guard spokesman says the crew passed portable dewatering equipment to the 60-foot fishing vessel Endeavor and escorted it to the Port of Newport.

Three people were aboard the fishing vessel Thursday morning. They radioed the Coast Guard to report flooding in the engine room.

There were no reports of pollution.]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:32:29 -0600 <![CDATA[National Guard recruiter charged with fraud]]> http://gazette.com/national-guard-recruiter-charged-with-fraud/article/feed/140394?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/national-guard-recruiter-charged-with-fraud/article/feed/140394?custom_click=rss TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Tampa Bay area National Guard recruiter is facing federal charges after authorities say he falsified numbers to earn about $78,000 in bonuses.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Tampa reported Thursday that 46-year-old Travis Devall has been charged with 10 counts that include conspiracy to commit and the commission of wire fraud, theft of government property, and funds and aggravated identity theft.

Prosecutors say Devall worked under the Guard Recruiting Assistance Program, which pays bonuses bringing in recruits. An indictment says that Devall provided the fraudulent information from September 2006 to at least July 2010.

Besides prison time, prosecutors also want Devall to pay back the bonus money.

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]]> TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Tampa Bay area National Guard recruiter is facing federal charges after authorities say he falsified numbers to earn about $78,000 in bonuses.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Tampa reported Thursday that 46-year-old Travis Devall has been charged with 10 counts that include conspiracy to commit and the commission of wire fraud, theft of government property, and funds and aggravated identity theft.

Prosecutors say Devall worked under the Guard Recruiting Assistance Program, which pays bonuses bringing in recruits. An indictment says that Devall provided the fraudulent information from September 2006 to at least July 2010.

Besides prison time, prosecutors also want Devall to pay back the bonus money.]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:32:29 -0600 <![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Picnic at Benet Hill honors military]]> By Linda Navarro, The Gazette, linda.navarro@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/around-town-picnic-at-benet-hill-honors-military/article/1534301?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-picnic-at-benet-hill-honors-military/article/1534301?custom_click=rss

For the fifth year the Benedictine Sisters of Benet Hill Monastery invited the public to their wooded retreat in Black Forest for a 
Sunday afternoon of natural beauty combined with face painting, basketball shooting, pony rides, climbing on firetrucks and shopping for bargains from Sisters Thrift and Boutique.



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For the fifth year the Benedictine Sisters of Benet Hill Monastery invited the public to their wooded retreat in Black Forest for a 
Sunday afternoon of natural beauty combined with face painting, basketball shooting, pony rides, climbing on firetrucks and shopping for bargains from Sisters Thrift and Boutique.

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Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:50:16 -0600
<![CDATA[Skydiver dies during WWII-style jump in Oklahoma]]> http://gazette.com/skydiver-dies-during-wwii-style-jump-in-oklahoma/article/feed/140268?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/skydiver-dies-during-wwii-style-jump-in-oklahoma/article/feed/140268?custom_click=rss

FREDERICK, Okla. (AP) — A skydiver from central Illinois was killed earlier this week while taking part in a demonstration jump in Oklahoma to honor World War II paratroopers, authorities said.

Jim Yost, 69, died from blunt force injuries after his parachute malfunctioned, Oklahoma medical examiner's office spokeswoman Amy Elliott said, adding that it was an accident.

Yost, a funeral director from Champaign, Illinois, was taking part in the World War II Airborne Demonstration Team's semi-annual jump school near Frederick, Oklahoma. Members of the team honor veterans by participating in jumps that are modeled after paratroopers' jumps during the war.

Team members didn't immediately respond to an email sent to their web

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]]> FREDERICK, Okla. (AP) — A skydiver from central Illinois was killed earlier this week while taking part in a demonstration jump in Oklahoma to honor World War II paratroopers, authorities said.

Jim Yost, 69, died from blunt force injuries after his parachute malfunctioned, Oklahoma medical examiner's office spokeswoman Amy Elliott said, adding that it was an accident.

Yost, a funeral director from Champaign, Illinois, was taking part in the World War II Airborne Demonstration Team's semi-annual jump school near Frederick, Oklahoma. Members of the team honor veterans by participating in jumps that are modeled after paratroopers' jumps during the war.

Team members didn't immediately respond to an email sent to their web]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:48:11 -0600 <![CDATA[Senator: No arms to Iraq unless Congress gets info]]> http://gazette.com/senator-no-arms-to-iraq-unless-congress-gets-info/article/feed/140272?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/senator-no-arms-to-iraq-unless-congress-gets-info/article/feed/140272?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — An influential Democratic senator threatened Thursday to block U.S. arms sales to Iraq if Congress doesn't get an assessment of Iraqi forces and assurances the weapons won't fall into the hands of extremist militants.

In a testy exchange, Sen. Bob Menendez lashed out at senior State Department and Defense Department officials appearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that he chairs.

The New Jersey senator, who has previously held up the transfer of Apache helicopters to Iraq, said lawmakers haven't been informed about potential military assistance to Iraq or about its troops' capability to push back the growing insurgency by rebels calling themselves the Islamic State.

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — An influential Democratic senator threatened Thursday to block U.S. arms sales to Iraq if Congress doesn't get an assessment of Iraqi forces and assurances the weapons won't fall into the hands of extremist militants.

In a testy exchange, Sen. Bob Menendez lashed out at senior State Department and Defense Department officials appearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that he chairs.

The New Jersey senator, who has previously held up the transfer of Apache helicopters to Iraq, said lawmakers haven't been informed about potential military assistance to Iraq or about its troops' capability to push back the growing insurgency by rebels calling themselves the Islamic State.]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:47:17 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs Army wife tells personal story of life on homefront in new memior, 'No Man's War']]> By T.D. MOBLEY-MARTINEZ tracy.mobleymartinez@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-army-wife-tells-personal-story-of-life-on-homefront-in-new-memior-no-mans-war/article/1534182?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-army-wife-tells-personal-story-of-life-on-homefront-in-new-memior-no-mans-war/article/1534182?custom_click=rss For Angela Ricketts, the life-changing epiphany came in the middle of the night on Nov. 21, 2010.

She woke up with pain in her back and shoulders. It's just a panic attack, she thought as sweat rolled down her neck. The pain got uglier, and she started thinking about going to the emergency room on post. But an ambulance wasn't an option ("Drama queens, attention whores, that's who calls 911 in the middle of the night in our neighborhood").

So she drove herself. Alone. Husband Darrin, then an infantry lieutenant, was three months into a 12-month deployment to eastern Afghanistan.

"When I had a heart attack, that's when I really started to get serious about writing a book," she says.



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For Angela Ricketts, the life-changing epiphany came in the middle of the night on Nov. 21, 2010.

She woke up with pain in her back and shoulders. It's just a panic attack, she thought as sweat rolled down her neck. The pain got uglier, and she started thinking about going to the emergency room on post. But an ambulance wasn't an option ("Drama queens, attention whores, that's who calls 911 in the middle of the night in our neighborhood").

So she drove herself. Alone. Husband Darrin, then an infantry lieutenant, was three months into a 12-month deployment to eastern Afghanistan.

"When I had a heart attack, that's when I really started to get serious about writing a book," she says.

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Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:19:20 -0600
<![CDATA[Veteran cited for ducks hopes for law change]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/veteran-cited-for-ducks-hopes-for-law-change/article/1534269?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/veteran-cited-for-ducks-hopes-for-law-change/article/1534269?custom_click=rss

COSHOCTON, Ohio — An Army veteran who says his pet ducks help relieve his post-traumatic stress disorder is now hoping for a change in the Ohio village law that prohibits him from keeping the animals in his backyard.

Darin Welker, who served in the Army National Guard, was cited for violating a ban on keeping farm animals in West Lafayette, about 80 miles east of Columbus. He and his attorney said Wednesday that village officials are considering the possibility of a new law.

"The village is in agreement and willing to negotiate a new village ordinance for animal therapy," Welker's attorney, Robert Weir, said.



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COSHOCTON, Ohio — An Army veteran who says his pet ducks help relieve his post-traumatic stress disorder is now hoping for a change in the Ohio village law that prohibits him from keeping the animals in his backyard.

Darin Welker, who served in the Army National Guard, was cited for violating a ban on keeping farm animals in West Lafayette, about 80 miles east of Columbus. He and his attorney said Wednesday that village officials are considering the possibility of a new law.

"The village is in agreement and willing to negotiate a new village ordinance for animal therapy," Welker's attorney, Robert Weir, said.

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Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:58:35 -0600
<![CDATA[Markets solid amid mixed US economic news]]> http://gazette.com/markets-solid-amid-mixed-us-economic-news/article/feed/140229?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/markets-solid-amid-mixed-us-economic-news/article/feed/140229?custom_click=rss

LONDON (AP) — Markets were solid Thursday as geopolitical tensions largely related to the downing of a Malaysia Airlines jet over Ukraine subsided somewhat and after further upbeat U.S. jobs data was offset somewhat by surprisingly weak homes data.

Since Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was downed last week with the cost of all 298 on board, investors have been edgy but stocks have still managed to eke out some gains, particularly over the past few days as tensions on the ground eased.

"The search for a reason for a correction goes on, and while everyone keeps looking, they're missing the real story, namely the one that shows the market doesn't want to go down, yet," said Chris Beauchamp, market analyst at IG.

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]]> LONDON (AP) — Markets were solid Thursday as geopolitical tensions largely related to the downing of a Malaysia Airlines jet over Ukraine subsided somewhat and after further upbeat U.S. jobs data was offset somewhat by surprisingly weak homes data.

Since Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was downed last week with the cost of all 298 on board, investors have been edgy but stocks have still managed to eke out some gains, particularly over the past few days as tensions on the ground eased.

"The search for a reason for a correction goes on, and while everyone keeps looking, they're missing the real story, namely the one that shows the market doesn't want to go down, yet," said Chris Beauchamp, market analyst at IG.]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:18:26 -0600 <![CDATA[Marines investigate corporal who vanished in Iraq]]> http://gazette.com/marines-investigate-corporal-who-vanished-in-iraq/article/feed/140237?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/marines-investigate-corporal-who-vanished-in-iraq/article/feed/140237?custom_click=rss CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — Marine Corps officers have launched a formal investigation into whether a Lebanese-American Marine deserted his unit in Iraq or months later after returning to the United States, a military spokesman said Thursday.

Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun was being investigated for alleged desertion, destruction of government property and larceny, said Lt. Col. Cliff W. Gilmore, a spokesman for the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune. Hassoun faced those charges a decade ago after disappearing from his unit in Iraq with a 9 mm service pistol and a Humvee.

Hassoun is being held in Camp Lejeune's brig pending the investigation and decisions about whether he will face charges, Gilmore said. A decision on wh

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]]> CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — Marine Corps officers have launched a formal investigation into whether a Lebanese-American Marine deserted his unit in Iraq or months later after returning to the United States, a military spokesman said Thursday.

Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun was being investigated for alleged desertion, destruction of government property and larceny, said Lt. Col. Cliff W. Gilmore, a spokesman for the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune. Hassoun faced those charges a decade ago after disappearing from his unit in Iraq with a 9 mm service pistol and a Humvee.

Hassoun is being held in Camp Lejeune's brig pending the investigation and decisions about whether he will face charges, Gilmore said. A decision on wh]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:17:34 -0600 <![CDATA[Pampa military museum gets part of old nuke bomb]]> http://gazette.com/pampa-military-museum-gets-part-of-old-nuke-bomb/article/feed/140226?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pampa-military-museum-gets-part-of-old-nuke-bomb/article/feed/140226?custom_click=rss

PAMPA, Texas (AP) — A military museum in the Texas Panhandle has acquired part of an inactive nuclear bomb on hand during the Cold War.

Pantex Plant crews on Wednesday helped unload an empty B53 nuclear weapons case at the Freedom Museum USA in Pampa.

The last of the nation's biggest nuclear bombs was dismantled in October 2011 at the Pantex Plant near Amarillo, about 50 miles southwest of Pampa. The B53 weighed nearly 5 tons and was the size of a minivan.

Museum board president John Triplehorn says the item portrays U.S. history and the role played by the military.

The former bomb is on loan to Freedom Museum USA for two years.

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]]> PAMPA, Texas (AP) — A military museum in the Texas Panhandle has acquired part of an inactive nuclear bomb on hand during the Cold War.

Pantex Plant crews on Wednesday helped unload an empty B53 nuclear weapons case at the Freedom Museum USA in Pampa.

The last of the nation's biggest nuclear bombs was dismantled in October 2011 at the Pantex Plant near Amarillo, about 50 miles southwest of Pampa. The B53 weighed nearly 5 tons and was the size of a minivan.

Museum board president John Triplehorn says the item portrays U.S. history and the role played by the military.

The former bomb is on loan to Freedom Museum USA for two years.]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:17:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Illinois, Poland mark military cooperation]]> http://gazette.com/illinois-poland-mark-military-cooperation/article/feed/140230?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/illinois-poland-mark-military-cooperation/article/feed/140230?custom_click=rss CHICAGO (AP) — Soldiers with the Illinois National Guard's 108th Sustainment Brigade and Polish diplomats have marked the 21-year anniversary of military cooperation.

A Wednesday statement from the national guard says the sides celebrated with recent events at a U.S. camp and the Polish Embassy in Kuwait. One of the events was an American-style barbeque.

The Illinois National Guard was paired with Poland in 1993 in the defense department's State Partnership Program. One reason the Illinois force was matched with Polish soldiers was the large number of state residents who claim Polish heritage.

Among other things, the cooperation program is designed to help improve skills in military leadership, recruiting and homeland

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]]> CHICAGO (AP) — Soldiers with the Illinois National Guard's 108th Sustainment Brigade and Polish diplomats have marked the 21-year anniversary of military cooperation.

A Wednesday statement from the national guard says the sides celebrated with recent events at a U.S. camp and the Polish Embassy in Kuwait. One of the events was an American-style barbeque.

The Illinois National Guard was paired with Poland in 1993 in the defense department's State Partnership Program. One reason the Illinois force was matched with Polish soldiers was the large number of state residents who claim Polish heritage.

Among other things, the cooperation program is designed to help improve skills in military leadership, recruiting and homeland]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:20:23 -0600 <![CDATA[Navy secretary visits new ship at Hawaii exercises]]> http://gazette.com/navy-secretary-visits-new-ship-at-hawaii-exercises/article/feed/140227?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/navy-secretary-visits-new-ship-at-hawaii-exercises/article/feed/140227?custom_click=rss PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — Navy Secretary Ray Mabus is visiting one of the Navy's newest ships during the Rim of the Pacific naval exercises off Hawaii.

Mabus is flying out to the USS Independence on Thursday. It's a littoral combat ship capable of operating in relatively shallow water.

The Navy designed the littoral combat ships to have smaller crews and lower costs than other surface ships.

But a Government Accountability Office report earlier this month said the vessels cost nearly as much or more to operate than other surface ships.

The Navy also has a slightly different model of littoral combat ship in its fleet. The first of these is the USS Freedom. It went to Singapore last year in the first of what are

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]]> PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — Navy Secretary Ray Mabus is visiting one of the Navy's newest ships during the Rim of the Pacific naval exercises off Hawaii.

Mabus is flying out to the USS Independence on Thursday. It's a littoral combat ship capable of operating in relatively shallow water.

The Navy designed the littoral combat ships to have smaller crews and lower costs than other surface ships.

But a Government Accountability Office report earlier this month said the vessels cost nearly as much or more to operate than other surface ships.

The Navy also has a slightly different model of littoral combat ship in its fleet. The first of these is the USS Freedom. It went to Singapore last year in the first of what are]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:20:10 -0600 <![CDATA[5 Things to Know About Germany's U-Boats]]> http://gazette.com/5-things-to-know-about-germanys-u-boats/article/feed/140228?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/5-things-to-know-about-germanys-u-boats/article/feed/140228?custom_click=rss NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U-166 was deployed as part of Nazi Germany's all-out effort to cut off Britain and other U.S. allies from shipping vital equipment and personnel. It met its end in July 1942 in the Gulf of Mexico, about 45 miles southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River, after a depth charge attack. The U-boat was the primary weapon of the German navy for much of World War II.

WOLVES OF THE SEA

Germany's war on Allied supply lines focused mainly on North Atlantic shipping lanes. But the U-boats — hundreds were built during the war — also ranged into the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean, the South Atlantic and the Indian Ocean. The architect of Germany's submarine war plan was Grand Adm.

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]]> NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U-166 was deployed as part of Nazi Germany's all-out effort to cut off Britain and other U.S. allies from shipping vital equipment and personnel. It met its end in July 1942 in the Gulf of Mexico, about 45 miles southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River, after a depth charge attack. The U-boat was the primary weapon of the German navy for much of World War II.

WOLVES OF THE SEA

Germany's war on Allied supply lines focused mainly on North Atlantic shipping lanes. But the U-boats — hundreds were built during the war — also ranged into the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean, the South Atlantic and the Indian Ocean. The architect of Germany's submarine war plan was Grand Adm.]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:20:10 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs to hold 61st Korean War Armistice celebration]]> By NICK BEADLESTON nick.beadleston@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-to-hold-61st-korean-war-armistice-celebration/article/1534246?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-to-hold-61st-korean-war-armistice-celebration/article/1534246?custom_click=rss A ceremony commemorating the 61st anniversary of the Korean War Armistice is Saturday at 10:30 a.m.at Memorial Park, located south of East Pikes Peak Avenue. The event, hosted by a local chapter of the Korean War Veteran's Association, will feature The Korean Consul General to the U.S. and a representative from the Air Force.

Veterans of the conflict, as well as widows and family members, will be recognized.

The public is encouraged to attend, and refreshments will be served following the ceremony.

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Veterans of the conflict, as well as widows and family members, will be recognized.

The public is encouraged to attend, and refreshments will be served following the ceremony.]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:15:14 -0600 <![CDATA[Air Force Academy training flight lands off course]]> By andrea sinclair andrea.sinclair@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/air-force-academy-training-flight-lands-off-course/article/1534214?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-academy-training-flight-lands-off-course/article/1534214?custom_click=rss

No injuries were reported after a T-53A aircraft conducting flight training operations landed off course Wednesday on Air Force Academy grounds.

Academy spokesman Warthen Meade said the aircraft landed about 9 a.m. on the north part of the military installation near Interstate 25 with a student and an instructor on board. Neither person was injured.

The T-35A is a single-engine aircraft used by the Air Force Academy for pilot training. The civilian equivalent is the Cirrus SR-20.

Air Force Academy officials said the incident remains under investigation.

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Academy spokesman Warthen Meade said the aircraft landed about 9 a.m. on the north part of the military installation near Interstate 25 with a student and an instructor on board. Neither person was injured.

The T-35A is a single-engine aircraft used by the Air Force Academy for pilot training. The civilian equivalent is the Cirrus SR-20.

Air Force Academy officials said the incident remains under investigation.]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:05:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Basic cadets begin long stay at Jack’s Valley]]> The Gazette - http://gazette.com/basic-cadets-begin-long-stay-at-jacks-valley/article/1534162?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/basic-cadets-begin-long-stay-at-jacks-valley/article/1534162?custom_click=rss

More than 1,200 basic cadets from the Air Force Academy, led by their cadet cadre, started 11 days of training at Jack's Valley on Monday.

The basic cadets will be doing various drills and team-building exercises during one of the most physically demanding parts of their summer training.



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More than 1,200 basic cadets from the Air Force Academy, led by their cadet cadre, started 11 days of training at Jack's Valley on Monday.

The basic cadets will be doing various drills and team-building exercises during one of the most physically demanding parts of their summer training.

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Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:19:32 -0600
<![CDATA[Despite bloodshed, Colorado Springs man says nonviolent movement is strong after trip to West Bank]]> By Emily Donovan emily.donovan@gazette.com — http://gazette.com/despite-bloodshed-colorado-springs-man-says-nonviolent-movement-is-strong-after-trip-to-west-bank/article/1534158?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/despite-bloodshed-colorado-springs-man-says-nonviolent-movement-is-strong-after-trip-to-west-bank/article/1534158?custom_click=rss Jimi Hummer arrived in the West Bank city of Hebron on 
May 22 as tensions that led to current Israeli and Palestinian violence began to unfold.

“So this was my welcome to Hebron,” he said Monday night, as photos of armed Israeli soldiers outside Palestinian homes came up on the television screen behind him.

Hummer, a Colorado Springs resident, said he witnessed a collective punishment campaign against Palestinians while with a delegation from an international organization called the Christian Peacemaker Teams. Hummer gave a PowerPoint presentation discussing the history of conflict in the region and what he witnessed to about 30 community members at a Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission (PPJPC) meeting at the Gold

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]]> Jimi Hummer arrived in the West Bank city of Hebron on 
May 22 as tensions that led to current Israeli and Palestinian violence began to unfold.

“So this was my welcome to Hebron,” he said Monday night, as photos of armed Israeli soldiers outside Palestinian homes came up on the television screen behind him.

Hummer, a Colorado Springs resident, said he witnessed a collective punishment campaign against Palestinians while with a delegation from an international organization called the Christian Peacemaker Teams. Hummer gave a PowerPoint presentation discussing the history of conflict in the region and what he witnessed to about 30 community members at a Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission (PPJPC) meeting at the Gold]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:50:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Frustrations of waiting weeks for returning soldiers dissipates with Fort Carson homecoming]]> By Stephen Hobbs, stephen.hobbs@gazette.com — http://gazette.com/frustrations-of-waiting-weeks-for-returning-soldiers-dissipates-with-fort-carson-homecoming/article/1534145?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/frustrations-of-waiting-weeks-for-returning-soldiers-dissipates-with-fort-carson-homecoming/article/1534145?custom_click=rss Arriving in white, unmarked buses, the 355 soldiers were escorted by Fort Carson Fire Department trucks to a parking lot.

The sky was dark, the sun would not come for another 50 minutes, and it was serene. But inside the nearby event center, which doubles as recreational basketball facility, it felt like a high school pep rally.

Despite the early hour, families and friends inside the gym were jubilant. The frustrations and disappointments of more than two weeks of delays suddenly evaporated.

People held handmade signs under red, white and blue streamers that hung from the ceiling and a hum of anxious chatter filled the gym. Some of the hundreds of people waiting had been there for more than an hour.

It was 5 a.m.



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Arriving in white, unmarked buses, the 355 soldiers were escorted by Fort Carson Fire Department trucks to a parking lot.

The sky was dark, the sun would not come for another 50 minutes, and it was serene. But inside the nearby event center, which doubles as recreational basketball facility, it felt like a high school pep rally.

Despite the early hour, families and friends inside the gym were jubilant. The frustrations and disappointments of more than two weeks of delays suddenly evaporated.

People held handmade signs under red, white and blue streamers that hung from the ceiling and a hum of anxious chatter filled the gym. Some of the hundreds of people waiting had been there for more than an hour.

It was 5 a.m.

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Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:34:05 -0600
<![CDATA[Obama bestows Medal of Honor on New Hampshire veteran]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/obama-bestows-medal-of-honor-on-new-hampshire-veteran/article/1534126?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/obama-bestows-medal-of-honor-on-new-hampshire-veteran/article/1534126?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama bestowed theMedal of Honor on Monday on a former Army staff sergeant who fought off enemy fighters during one of the bloodiest battles of the Afghanistan war.

Ryan M. Pitts is the ninth living recipient of the nation's highest decoration for battlefield valor for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Obama says Pitts displays "the humility and loyalty" that define America's men and women in uniform. Obama noted that the 28-year-old Pitts has said his honor belongs to everyone who was with him during the July 13, 2008 attack in Wanat, Afghanistan.

Obama described how Pitts defended an observation post after the eight other soldiers providing security alongside him were killed in a



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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama bestowed theMedal of Honor on Monday on a former Army staff sergeant who fought off enemy fighters during one of the bloodiest battles of the Afghanistan war.

Ryan M. Pitts is the ninth living recipient of the nation's highest decoration for battlefield valor for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Obama says Pitts displays "the humility and loyalty" that define America's men and women in uniform. Obama noted that the 28-year-old Pitts has said his honor belongs to everyone who was with him during the July 13, 2008 attack in Wanat, Afghanistan.

Obama described how Pitts defended an observation post after the eight other soldiers providing security alongside him were killed in a

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Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:15:26 -0600
<![CDATA[Perry sending National Guard troops to border]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/perry-sending-national-guard-troops-to-border/article/1534120?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/perry-sending-national-guard-troops-to-border/article/1534120?custom_click=rss

AUSTIN, Texas — Gov. Rick Perry said Monday he is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops over the next month to the Texas-Mexico border to combat criminals that Republican state leaders say are exploiting a surge of children and families entering the U.S. illegally.

Perry, a vocal critic of the White House's response to the border crisis — and who is mulling a second presidential run in 2016 — said the state has a responsibility to act after "lip service" from the federal government.

He rejected suggestions that Texas was militarizing local communities by putting National Guard troops on the ground or that crime data along the border doesn't justify additional resources.

The deployment will



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AUSTIN, Texas — Gov. Rick Perry said Monday he is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops over the next month to the Texas-Mexico border to combat criminals that Republican state leaders say are exploiting a surge of children and families entering the U.S. illegally.

Perry, a vocal critic of the White House's response to the border crisis — and who is mulling a second presidential run in 2016 — said the state has a responsibility to act after "lip service" from the federal government.

He rejected suggestions that Texas was militarizing local communities by putting National Guard troops on the ground or that crime data along the border doesn't justify additional resources.

The deployment will

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Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:01:35 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs ties aided Apollo program, first step on moon]]> By NICK BEADLESTON AND TOM ROEDER, The Gazette - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-ties-aided-apollo-program-first-step-on-moon/article/1534050?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-ties-aided-apollo-program-first-step-on-moon/article/1534050?custom_click=rss

Forty-five years ago, millions of people around the world watched as Neil Armstrong planted his boot on moon soil. What none of those people saw, however, was the Colorado Springs residents who helped rocket Armstrong and the Apollo program's predecessors into space.

It may have been, as Armstrong said on that historic day, one small step man and one giant step for mankind, but making it happen took decades of work.

Math to the Moon

Before the creation of the Saturn V rockets that carried the Apollo astronauts to the moon, before John Glen orbited the earth, before President John Kennedy laid out his grand lunar ambitions, NASA had to do some basic math.

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Forty-five years ago, millions of people around the world watched as Neil Armstrong planted his boot on moon soil. What none of those people saw, however, was the Colorado Springs residents who helped rocket Armstrong and the Apollo program's predecessors into space.

It may have been, as Armstrong said on that historic day, one small step man and one giant step for mankind, but making it happen took decades of work.

Math to the Moon

Before the creation of the Saturn V rockets that carried the Apollo astronauts to the moon, before John Glen orbited the earth, before President John Kennedy laid out his grand lunar ambitions, NASA had to do some basic math.

And Jerry White of Colorado Springs wrote the book on it -

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Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:58:34 -0600
<![CDATA[2 Americans killed in fighting in Gaza Strip]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/2-americans-killed-in-fighting-in-gaza-strip/article/1534090?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/2-americans-killed-in-fighting-in-gaza-strip/article/1534090?custom_click=rss

Max Steinberg and Nissim Sean Carmeli grew up in America. But they both developed a passion for Israel.

The young men's love of Israel ultimately led them to join the Israel Defense Forces, and they ended up fighting for the Jewish state in the Gaza Strip this week.

On Sunday, Steinberg, 24, and Carmeli, 21, were killed there. They were among 13 Israeli soldiers and 65 Palestinians killed Sunday during the first major ground battle in two weeks of fighting between Israel and Hamas.

Steinberg, whose family lives in Southern California's San Fernando Valley, was a sharpshooter for the Golani Brigade, his father, Stuart Steinberg, told The Associated Press on Sunday.



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Max Steinberg and Nissim Sean Carmeli grew up in America. But they both developed a passion for Israel.

The young men's love of Israel ultimately led them to join the Israel Defense Forces, and they ended up fighting for the Jewish state in the Gaza Strip this week.

On Sunday, Steinberg, 24, and Carmeli, 21, were killed there. They were among 13 Israeli soldiers and 65 Palestinians killed Sunday during the first major ground battle in two weeks of fighting between Israel and Hamas.

Steinberg, whose family lives in Southern California's San Fernando Valley, was a sharpshooter for the Golani Brigade, his father, Stuart Steinberg, told The Associated Press on Sunday.

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Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:11:33 -0600
<![CDATA[Fort Carson 4th on 3rd event draws thousands from around the region]]> by Michael S. Humphreys Special to The Gazette - http://gazette.com/fort-carson-4th-on-3rd-event-draws-thousands-from-around-the-region/article/1534033?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-carson-4th-on-3rd-event-draws-thousands-from-around-the-region/article/1534033?custom_click=rss

When Fort Carson throws a birthday party, everybody is invited.

More than 9,000 soldiers, family members and civilians from the community attended Fort Carson's 4th on the 3rd celebration at Iron Horse Park for fun, food, music and fireworks.

The free event organized by Fort Carson Moral Welfare and Recreation was open to the community and is the largest event held at the post every year. Event coordinator Anne Connor said resources from many agencies and departments on Fort Carson are pulled together to make the pre-Independence Day party a success.



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When Fort Carson throws a birthday party, everybody is invited.

More than 9,000 soldiers, family members and civilians from the community attended Fort Carson's 4th on the 3rd celebration at Iron Horse Park for fun, food, music and fireworks.

The free event organized by Fort Carson Moral Welfare and Recreation was open to the community and is the largest event held at the post every year. Event coordinator Anne Connor said resources from many agencies and departments on Fort Carson are pulled together to make the pre-Independence Day party a success.

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Sun, 20 Jul 2014 09:03:16 -0600
<![CDATA[AF Cadets mark midway point of basic training with field day]]> by Michael S. Humphreys Special to The Gazette - http://gazette.com/af-cadets-mark-midway-point-of-basic-training-with-field-day/article/1534034?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/af-cadets-mark-midway-point-of-basic-training-with-field-day/article/1534034?custom_click=rss

Intense but friendly competition marked the halfway point through cadet basic training for freshman cadets at the Air Force Academy's annual field day July 11.

More than 1,200 basic cadets led by their cadet cadre took to the athletic fields at the academy to compete for bragging rights as best squadron after 15 days of basic training.

"It's a great opportunity for the basics to come down and show off their competitiveness," said cadet commander Nate Peeler of York, Pa. "They all came here 15 days ago as a bunch of individuals from all parts of the country, and today we have eight functioning squadrons, each with these identities that are starting to show."

A large chunk of those cadets teamed up to set the world



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Intense but friendly competition marked the halfway point through cadet basic training for freshman cadets at the Air Force Academy's annual field day July 11.

More than 1,200 basic cadets led by their cadet cadre took to the athletic fields at the academy to compete for bragging rights as best squadron after 15 days of basic training.

"It's a great opportunity for the basics to come down and show off their competitiveness," said cadet commander Nate Peeler of York, Pa. "They all came here 15 days ago as a bunch of individuals from all parts of the country, and today we have eight functioning squadrons, each with these identities that are starting to show."

A large chunk of those cadets teamed up to set the world

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Sun, 20 Jul 2014 09:01:59 -0600