<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - military]]> http://gazette.com/rss/military Tue, 05 May 2015 04:17:17 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Clinton to discuss immigration reform in Nevada]]> By KEN THOMAS http://gazette.com/clinton-to-discuss-immigration-reform-in-nevada/article/feed/230250?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/clinton-to-discuss-immigration-reform-in-nevada/article/feed/230250?custom_click=rss LAS VEGAS (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton intends to draw an early distinction with Republicans on immigration reform, pointing to a pathway to citizenship as an essential part of any overhaul in Congress.

Clinton was laying the foundation of her immigration agenda Tuesday in her first stop in Nevada since launching her presidential campaign. After years of delays in Congress, Latinos and immigration activists are watching Clinton's statements closely for signs of how she might break a legislative logjam on immigration and whether she would extend President Barack Obama's executive actions to shield millions of immigrants from deportation.

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]]> LAS VEGAS (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton intends to draw an early distinction with Republicans on immigration reform, pointing to a pathway to citizenship as an essential part of any overhaul in Congress.

Clinton was laying the foundation of her immigration agenda Tuesday in her first stop in Nevada since launching her presidential campaign. After years of delays in Congress, Latinos and immigration activists are watching Clinton's statements closely for signs of how she might break a legislative logjam on immigration and whether she would extend President Barack Obama's executive actions to shield millions of immigrants from deportation.]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 05:16:12 -0600 <![CDATA[5 Things to Know in Florida for May 5]]> By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS http://gazette.com/5-things-to-know-in-florida-for-may-5/article/feed/230263?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/5-things-to-know-in-florida-for-may-5/article/feed/230263?custom_click=rss ORLANDO ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX OPENS

The newest entertainment complex has opened in Orlando's International Drive tourist corridor. Scores of people came out Monday for the opening of the 360 I-Drive complex. The complex includes the 400-foot Orlando Eye observation wheel, a wax museum and an aquarium. Daredevil aerialist Nik Wallenda walked untethered across the top of the Orlando Eye last week. Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs says the opening of the complex is a boon for tourists and workers alike.

1 INJURED, LARGE BEAR KILLED AFTER NORTH FLORIDA CAR CRASH

One person was seriously injured and a large black bear was killed after a car in north Florida struck the animal and then collided with another vehicle.

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The newest entertainment complex has opened in Orlando's International Drive tourist corridor. Scores of people came out Monday for the opening of the 360 I-Drive complex. The complex includes the 400-foot Orlando Eye observation wheel, a wax museum and an aquarium. Daredevil aerialist Nik Wallenda walked untethered across the top of the Orlando Eye last week. Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs says the opening of the complex is a boon for tourists and workers alike.

1 INJURED, LARGE BEAR KILLED AFTER NORTH FLORIDA CAR CRASH

One person was seriously injured and a large black bear was killed after a car in north Florida struck the animal and then collided with another vehicle.]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 05:16:12 -0600 <![CDATA[Obama taps Marine general to lead Joint Chiefs]]> By LOLITA C. BALDOR http://gazette.com/obama-taps-marine-general-to-lead-joint-chiefs/article/feed/230233?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/obama-taps-marine-general-to-lead-joint-chiefs/article/feed/230233?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is choosing a widely respected, combat-hardened commander who led the Afghanistan war coalition during a key transitional period during 2013-14 as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

U.S. officials say he is nominating Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. to the post to succeed Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, who will have served four years as chairman.

Obama plans to make the announcement at the White House Tuesday, said officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly ahead of the announcement. Dunford is expected to be easily confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is choosing a widely respected, combat-hardened commander who led the Afghanistan war coalition during a key transitional period during 2013-14 as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

U.S. officials say he is nominating Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. to the post to succeed Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, who will have served four years as chairman.

Obama plans to make the announcement at the White House Tuesday, said officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly ahead of the announcement. Dunford is expected to be easily confirmed by the U.S. Senate.]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 05:02:41 -0600 <![CDATA[Senate slated to vote on GOP budget compromise]]> http://gazette.com/senate-slated-to-vote-on-gop-budget-compromise/article/feed/230232?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/senate-slated-to-vote-on-gop-budget-compromise/article/feed/230232?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is poised to approve a compromise Republican budget that makes deep cuts in spending while boosting Pentagon accounts by an additional $38 billion next year.

The House approved the non-binding blueprint last week, and the Senate was scheduled to vote on it Tuesday.

The measure promises to speed repeal of President Barack Obama's health care law. It also would balance the budget in nine years with more than $5 trillion in spending cuts.

Under Washington's arcane budget process, lawmakers first adopt a budget that's essentially a visionary document and follow it up with binding legislation to set agency budgets.

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is poised to approve a compromise Republican budget that makes deep cuts in spending while boosting Pentagon accounts by an additional $38 billion next year.

The House approved the non-binding blueprint last week, and the Senate was scheduled to vote on it Tuesday.

The measure promises to speed repeal of President Barack Obama's health care law. It also would balance the budget in nine years with more than $5 trillion in spending cuts.

Under Washington's arcane budget process, lawmakers first adopt a budget that's essentially a visionary document and follow it up with binding legislation to set agency budgets.]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 05:02:39 -0600 <![CDATA[Plea deal could be in works for accused Fort Carson soldiers]]> http://gazette.com/plea-deal-could-be-in-works-for-accused-fort-carson-soldiers/article/1550982?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/plea-deal-could-be-in-works-for-accused-fort-carson-soldiers/article/1550982?custom_click=rss

Two Fort Carson soldiers waived their rights to a preliminary hearing Monday to air evidence on charges they raped a Colorado Springs teenager.

Prosecutors allege Spc. Noel A. Acevedo-Mercado and Pfc. John C. Donathan met the 17-year-old girl at an October party in the woods off Lower Gold Camp Road and later attacked her in her bedroom. The girl said both men held her down during intercourse, police allege.

Dressed in Army combat uniforms, each of the soldiers said, "Yes, your honor," when asked if they wanted to pass on the hearing in 4th Judicial District Court. The hearing would have forced a judge to determine whether there's enough evidence to try Acevedo-Mercado and Donathan on a felony sexual assault

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]]> Two Fort Carson soldiers waived their rights to a preliminary hearing Monday to air evidence on charges they raped a Colorado Springs teenager.

Prosecutors allege Spc. Noel A. Acevedo-Mercado and Pfc. John C. Donathan met the 17-year-old girl at an October party in the woods off Lower Gold Camp Road and later attacked her in her bedroom. The girl said both men held her down during intercourse, police allege.

Dressed in Army combat uniforms, each of the soldiers said, "Yes, your honor," when asked if they wanted to pass on the hearing in 4th Judicial District Court. The hearing would have forced a judge to determine whether there's enough evidence to try Acevedo-Mercado and Donathan on a felony sexual assault]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 04:15:10 -0600 <![CDATA[Shooter disrupts family bike ride; 4 dead, including gunman]]> By DANA FERGUSON http://gazette.com/shooter-disrupts-family-bike-ride-4-dead-including-gunman/article/feed/230223?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/shooter-disrupts-family-bike-ride-4-dead-including-gunman/article/feed/230223?custom_click=rss

MENASHA, Wis. (AP) — The Stoffel family set out on a bike ride on a beautiful spring evening, the young Wisconsin couple and their three children pedaling across a bridge they had ridden before. They were halfway across the Little Lake Butte des Morts when a gunman, apparently upset over a fight with his ex-fiancee, opened fire.

By the time the gunman shot himself, Jonathan Stoffel, 33, of Neenah, and his 11-year-old daughter, Olivia Stoffel, were dead in what police called a random attack. Stoffel's wife, Erin Stoffel, 32, was struck three times but survived, guiding her other two children, ages 5 and 7, off the bridge and sending the older one for help.

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]]> MENASHA, Wis. (AP) — The Stoffel family set out on a bike ride on a beautiful spring evening, the young Wisconsin couple and their three children pedaling across a bridge they had ridden before. They were halfway across the Little Lake Butte des Morts when a gunman, apparently upset over a fight with his ex-fiancee, opened fire.

By the time the gunman shot himself, Jonathan Stoffel, 33, of Neenah, and his 11-year-old daughter, Olivia Stoffel, were dead in what police called a random attack. Stoffel's wife, Erin Stoffel, 32, was struck three times but survived, guiding her other two children, ages 5 and 7, off the bridge and sending the older one for help.]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 02:32:26 -0600 <![CDATA[APNewsBreak: Marine general chosen Joint Chiefs chairman]]> By LOLITA C. BALDOR http://gazette.com/apnewsbreak-marine-general-chosen-joint-chiefs-chairman/article/feed/230129?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/apnewsbreak-marine-general-chosen-joint-chiefs-chairman/article/feed/230129?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is choosing a widely respected, combat-hardened commander who led the Afghanistan war coalition during a key transitional period during 2013-14 as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

U.S. officials say he is nominating Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. to the post to succeed Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, who will have served four years as chairman.

Obama plans to make the announcement at the White House Tuesday, said officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly ahead of the announcement. Dunford is expected to be easily confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Dunford's service as the commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps will be cut s

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is choosing a widely respected, combat-hardened commander who led the Afghanistan war coalition during a key transitional period during 2013-14 as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

U.S. officials say he is nominating Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. to the post to succeed Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, who will have served four years as chairman.

Obama plans to make the announcement at the White House Tuesday, said officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly ahead of the announcement. Dunford is expected to be easily confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Dunford's service as the commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps will be cut s]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 02:16:40 -0600 <![CDATA[Sen. Reed says he supports Dunford for Joint Chiefs Chairman]]> http://gazette.com/sen.-reed-says-he-supports-dunford-for-joint-chiefs-chairman/article/feed/230163?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sen.-reed-says-he-supports-dunford-for-joint-chiefs-chairman/article/feed/230163?custom_click=rss PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island U.S. Sen. Jack Reed is praising the man expected to be President Obama's choice as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The Associated Press reported Monday night that Obama's nomination of Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. is expected to be announced Tuesday.

Reed is the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. He said Monday night he has come to "greatly value Gen. Dunford's counsel and insight."

Reed, an Army veteran, said he particularly appreciates Dunford's concern "for our men and women in uniform under his command.

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The Associated Press reported Monday night that Obama's nomination of Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. is expected to be announced Tuesday.

Reed is the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. He said Monday night he has come to "greatly value Gen. Dunford's counsel and insight."

Reed, an Army veteran, said he particularly appreciates Dunford's concern "for our men and women in uniform under his command.]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 21:17:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Wisconsin family's bike ride turns deadly as shooting erupts]]> By DANA FERGUSON http://gazette.com/wisconsin-familys-bike-ride-turns-deadly-as-shooting-erupts/article/feed/230138?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wisconsin-familys-bike-ride-turns-deadly-as-shooting-erupts/article/feed/230138?custom_click=rss

MENASHA, Wis. (AP) — The Stoffel family set out on a bike ride on a beautiful spring evening, the young Wisconsin couple and their three children pedaling across a bridge they had ridden before. They were halfway across the Little Lake Butte des Morts when a gunman, apparently upset over a fight with his ex-fiancee, opened fire.

By the time the gunman shot himself, Jonathan Stoffel, 33, of Neenah, and his 11-year-old daughter, Olivia Stoffel, were dead in what police called a random attack. Stoffel's wife, Erin Stoffel, 32, was struck three times but survived, guiding her other two children, ages 5 and 7, off the bridge and sending the older one for help.

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]]> MENASHA, Wis. (AP) — The Stoffel family set out on a bike ride on a beautiful spring evening, the young Wisconsin couple and their three children pedaling across a bridge they had ridden before. They were halfway across the Little Lake Butte des Morts when a gunman, apparently upset over a fight with his ex-fiancee, opened fire.

By the time the gunman shot himself, Jonathan Stoffel, 33, of Neenah, and his 11-year-old daughter, Olivia Stoffel, were dead in what police called a random attack. Stoffel's wife, Erin Stoffel, 32, was struck three times but survived, guiding her other two children, ages 5 and 7, off the bridge and sending the older one for help.]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 19:16:28 -0600 <![CDATA[AP NewsAlert]]> http://gazette.com/ap-newsalert/article/feed/97172?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-newsalert/article/feed/97172?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama to nominate Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. as next Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama to nominate Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. as next Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman.]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 18:32:47 -0600
<![CDATA[Nuclear weapons lab worker seriously burned in accident]]> http://gazette.com/nuclear-weapons-lab-worker-seriously-burned-in-accident/article/feed/230108?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nuclear-weapons-lab-worker-seriously-burned-in-accident/article/feed/230108?custom_click=rss LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — A Los Alamos National Laboratory employee was in critical condition Monday after being burned in an accident that also sent eight other workers at the nuclear weapons research facility to the hospital.

Lab spokesman Kevin Roark confirmed the accident happened Sunday while the employees were doing preventative maintenance at an electrical substation that provides power to the lab's Neutron Science Center.

It was not immediately clear what happened, but Roark said an accident investigation board will review the incident. He did not identify the worker who was badly burned.

Lab Director Charlie McMillian issued a statement Monday, saying the worker's family had the support and sympathy of the enti

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]]> LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — A Los Alamos National Laboratory employee was in critical condition Monday after being burned in an accident that also sent eight other workers at the nuclear weapons research facility to the hospital.

Lab spokesman Kevin Roark confirmed the accident happened Sunday while the employees were doing preventative maintenance at an electrical substation that provides power to the lab's Neutron Science Center.

It was not immediately clear what happened, but Roark said an accident investigation board will review the incident. He did not identify the worker who was badly burned.

Lab Director Charlie McMillian issued a statement Monday, saying the worker's family had the support and sympathy of the enti]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 18:18:22 -0600 <![CDATA[America's oldest vet is turning 109, celebrated with cigars and burgers]]> http://gazette.com/americas-oldest-vet-is-turning-109-celebrated-with-cigars-and-burgers/article/1550987?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/americas-oldest-vet-is-turning-109-celebrated-with-cigars-and-burgers/article/1550987?custom_click=rss How does America’s oldest veteran celebrate his 109th birthday? With cigars, burgers and milkshakes, of course.

World War II veteran and Austin resident Richard Overton celebrated at an outdoor party on Sunday, surrounded by neighbors, friends and local dignitaries who lit up cigars and wished him well, according to the Washington Post.

The soon-to-be 109-year-old (his birthday is May 11) still tends to his lawn and drives his car, the Wall Street Journal reported. He’s also been known to drive widows to church.

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How does America’s oldest veteran celebrate his 109th birthday? With cigars, burgers and milkshakes, of course.

World War II veteran and Austin resident Richard Overton celebrated at an outdoor party on Sunday, surrounded by neighbors, friends and local dignitaries who lit up cigars and wished him well, according to the Washington Post.

The soon-to-be 109-year-old (his birthday is May 11) still tends to his lawn and drives his car, the Wall Street Journal reported. He’s also been known to drive widows to church.

Click here to read more about Overton.

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Mon, 04 May 2015 17:29:36 -0600
<![CDATA[Texas governor: Criticism of State Guard request overblown]]> By PAUL J. WEBER http://gazette.com/texas-governor-criticism-of-state-guard-request-overblown/article/feed/230083?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/texas-governor-criticism-of-state-guard-request-overblown/article/feed/230083?custom_click=rss AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott pushed back Monday against criticism of him asking the State Guard to monitor a U.S. military training exercise that some believe is a government conspiracy to launch a hostile takeover of Texas.

Fears about the upcoming, multiple-state "Jade Helm 15" war simulation being a preamble to martial law have circulated on social media and conservative websites for months. After a packed town hall meeting about the training exercise last week in rural Bastrop County, Abbott wrote to the State Guard and said measures would be in place to make sure civil liberties are not infringed upon.

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]]> AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott pushed back Monday against criticism of him asking the State Guard to monitor a U.S. military training exercise that some believe is a government conspiracy to launch a hostile takeover of Texas.

Fears about the upcoming, multiple-state "Jade Helm 15" war simulation being a preamble to martial law have circulated on social media and conservative websites for months. After a packed town hall meeting about the training exercise last week in rural Bastrop County, Abbott wrote to the State Guard and said measures would be in place to make sure civil liberties are not infringed upon.]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 16:34:48 -0600 <![CDATA[Alaska Editorials]]> By The Associated Press http://gazette.com/alaska-editorials/article/feed/19189?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/alaska-editorials/article/feed/19189?custom_click=rss Here is a sampling of editorial opinions from Alaska newspapers:

May 4, 2015

Ketchikan Daily News: Much work remains

Ill-conceived. Undeserved. Unnecessary.

Pick whatever word you want, the Legislature's decision to adjourn for two weeks just three days into a special session is an ill-deserved, stunningly tone-deaf act.

Let's review: The Legislature fails to agree on a budget during its regular 90-day session, forcing overtime. During overtime, the Legislature creates a budget, but lacks the votes to fully fund it. Then it adjourns.

Exactly how has it earned a new break, just days into the special session Gov. Bill Walker was practically forced to call?

Thank goodness Ketchikan-area representati

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May 4, 2015

Ketchikan Daily News: Much work remains

Ill-conceived. Undeserved. Unnecessary.

Pick whatever word you want, the Legislature's decision to adjourn for two weeks just three days into a special session is an ill-deserved, stunningly tone-deaf act.

Let's review: The Legislature fails to agree on a budget during its regular 90-day session, forcing overtime. During overtime, the Legislature creates a budget, but lacks the votes to fully fund it. Then it adjourns.

Exactly how has it earned a new break, just days into the special session Gov. Bill Walker was practically forced to call?

Thank goodness Ketchikan-area representati]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 15:23:14 -0600 <![CDATA[2 Mexican boats stopped in poaching investigation]]> http://gazette.com/2-mexican-boats-stopped-in-poaching-investigation/article/feed/230060?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/2-mexican-boats-stopped-in-poaching-investigation/article/feed/230060?custom_click=rss CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has seized in separate incidents two Mexican boats that were caught illegally fishing off the Gulf Coast waters of South Texas.

Coast Guard officials say in the first incident, one boat was seized after an agency helicopter spotted it fishing about 26 miles offshore. Three Mexican citizens on board were taken into custody.

In the second incident, a disabled fishing boat was spotted about 34 miles off the coast of South Padre Island.

Officials say three Mexican citizens and illegal fishing gear were found on the boat.

Both incidents took place on Friday.

The Coast Guard says that since October 2014, 24 such illegal fishing boats have been seized and another

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]]> CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has seized in separate incidents two Mexican boats that were caught illegally fishing off the Gulf Coast waters of South Texas.

Coast Guard officials say in the first incident, one boat was seized after an agency helicopter spotted it fishing about 26 miles offshore. Three Mexican citizens on board were taken into custody.

In the second incident, a disabled fishing boat was spotted about 34 miles off the coast of South Padre Island.

Officials say three Mexican citizens and illegal fishing gear were found on the boat.

Both incidents took place on Friday.

The Coast Guard says that since October 2014, 24 such illegal fishing boats have been seized and another ]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 15:23:14 -0600 <![CDATA[Former CIA leader defends drone strikes, torture]]> By KEN DILANIAN http://gazette.com/former-cia-leader-defends-drone-strikes-torture/article/feed/230058?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-cia-leader-defends-drone-strikes-torture/article/feed/230058?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — A former CIA official says in a new book that President Barack Obama ordered a barrage of drone strikes in Yemen in 2013 that killed the al-Qaida operatives behind the most serious plotting against American interests in years.

When the U.S. closed 20 diplomatic facilities across the Middle East in August of 2013, officials said it was in response to intercepted communications about an unspecified plot. They said little about why they later deemed the threat abated. But former CIA official Michael Morell says the reason was that that many of the key operatives involved in the plot were killed by U.S. air strikes.

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — A former CIA official says in a new book that President Barack Obama ordered a barrage of drone strikes in Yemen in 2013 that killed the al-Qaida operatives behind the most serious plotting against American interests in years.

When the U.S. closed 20 diplomatic facilities across the Middle East in August of 2013, officials said it was in response to intercepted communications about an unspecified plot. They said little about why they later deemed the threat abated. But former CIA official Michael Morell says the reason was that that many of the key operatives involved in the plot were killed by U.S. air strikes.]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 15:23:13 -0600 <![CDATA[Russia's new Armata tank makes debut in parade rehearsal]]> http://gazette.com/russias-new-armata-tank-makes-debut-in-parade-rehearsal/article/feed/230059?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/russias-new-armata-tank-makes-debut-in-parade-rehearsal/article/feed/230059?custom_click=rss

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's new Armata tank appeared in public for the first time Monday, rumbling down a broad Moscow avenue on its way to Red Square for the final rehearsal of the Victory Day parade.

The Russian Defense Ministry last month released photographs of the tank, but its turret was covered with fabric and only the platform was visible. Monday was the first time that the tank was shown uncovered.

The Armata will be a highlight of the military parade on Saturday, the 70th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. About 200 pieces of military hardware and 16,500 troops will take part in the parade on Red Square.

Russian and some Western military experts say the Armata will surpass all Western v

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]]> MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's new Armata tank appeared in public for the first time Monday, rumbling down a broad Moscow avenue on its way to Red Square for the final rehearsal of the Victory Day parade.

The Russian Defense Ministry last month released photographs of the tank, but its turret was covered with fabric and only the platform was visible. Monday was the first time that the tank was shown uncovered.

The Armata will be a highlight of the military parade on Saturday, the 70th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. About 200 pieces of military hardware and 16,500 troops will take part in the parade on Red Square.

Russian and some Western military experts say the Armata will surpass all Western v]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 15:23:13 -0600 <![CDATA[A history lesson and cake help Fort Carson soldiers adjust to name change]]> http://gazette.com/a-history-lesson-and-cake-help-fort-carson-soldiers-adjust-to-name-change/article/1550880?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-history-lesson-and-cake-help-fort-carson-soldiers-adjust-to-name-change/article/1550880?custom_click=rss

Piles of cake and a talk about history helped Fort Carson's 2nd Brigade Combat Team deal with something of an identity crisis.

Last month, the unit switched names, dropping the 4th Brigade Combat Team moniker in favor of the new title, which belonged to a unit that was folded this year in the face of Pentagon budget cuts. But, with a birthday celebration, the unit reclaimed its history.

"It's about the guys who came before us," Maj. Michael Starz said.

To reconnect with those forefathers, the brigade celebrated the 154th birthday of the 12th Infantry Regiment, which includes two 2nd Brigade battalions.

The regiment had its origins in the Civil War and a history that includes service in nearly every conflict that



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Piles of cake and a talk about history helped Fort Carson's 2nd Brigade Combat Team deal with something of an identity crisis.

Last month, the unit switched names, dropping the 4th Brigade Combat Team moniker in favor of the new title, which belonged to a unit that was folded this year in the face of Pentagon budget cuts. But, with a birthday celebration, the unit reclaimed its history.

"It's about the guys who came before us," Maj. Michael Starz said.

To reconnect with those forefathers, the brigade celebrated the 154th birthday of the 12th Infantry Regiment, which includes two 2nd Brigade battalions.

The regiment had its origins in the Civil War and a history that includes service in nearly every conflict that

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Sun, 03 May 2015 09:17:14 -0600
<![CDATA[Military Update: House committee overwhelmingly supports retirement system changes]]> http://gazette.com/military-update-house-committee-overwhelmingly-supports-retirement-system-changes/article/1550883?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/military-update-house-committee-overwhelmingly-supports-retirement-system-changes/article/1550883?custom_click=rss

Despite vigorous opposition from a few colleagues who are military retirees, the House Armed Services Committee voted overwhelming Wednesday to give future generations of service members something different from the all-or-nothing 20-year retirement system the military has relied on for seven decades.

The 55-8 vote was so lopsided that the last member to cast got a laugh by asking if his yea or nay would be decisive.

In approving its fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill (HR 1735), the committee endorsed almost every feature of the retirement recommendation shaped over the past two years by the Military Compensation and Retirement Reform Commission.

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]]> Despite vigorous opposition from a few colleagues who are military retirees, the House Armed Services Committee voted overwhelming Wednesday to give future generations of service members something different from the all-or-nothing 20-year retirement system the military has relied on for seven decades.

The 55-8 vote was so lopsided that the last member to cast got a laugh by asking if his yea or nay would be decisive.

In approving its fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill (HR 1735), the committee endorsed almost every feature of the retirement recommendation shaped over the past two years by the Military Compensation and Retirement Reform Commission.]]> Sun, 03 May 2015 04:35:31 -0600 <![CDATA[Military briefing: Morse code out of Army training]]> http://gazette.com/military-briefing-morse-code-out-of-army-training/article/1550882?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/military-briefing-morse-code-out-of-army-training/article/1550882?custom_click=rss AFA will help develop drone for fishing

Air Force Academy cadets could be a boon for fishermen thanks to a new research program announced Friday.

The academy said it will work with Aspect Robotics of Denver to develop a drone that could be used to spot fruitful fishing grounds.

"Aspect Robotics is a startup that produces end-to-end aerial remote sensing platforms, and has two small unmanned aircraft systems which are in the final stages of development," the academy said in a news release. "The company also provides image processing and analysis services using satellite imagery."

Cooperative research agreements provide funding for academy programs while allowing cadets to work on real-world problems for industry.

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Air Force Academy cadets could be a boon for fishermen thanks to a new research program announced Friday.

The academy said it will work with Aspect Robotics of Denver to develop a drone that could be used to spot fruitful fishing grounds.

"Aspect Robotics is a startup that produces end-to-end aerial remote sensing platforms, and has two small unmanned aircraft systems which are in the final stages of development," the academy said in a news release. "The company also provides image processing and analysis services using satellite imagery."

Cooperative research agreements provide funding for academy programs while allowing cadets to work on real-world problems for industry.]]> Sun, 03 May 2015 04:35:30 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area military events starting May 3]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-military-events-starting-may-3/article/1550876?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-military-events-starting-may-3/article/1550876?custom_click=rss THURSDAY

Connect for a Cause - Pikes Peak Military Networking Group - 4:30-6:30 p.m., DoubleTree World Arena, 1775 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., $10. Registration: csbj.com/events.

FRIDAY

Military Spouse Appreciation Day Celebration - With beauty treatments, massages, financial advice, Christmas ideas and more, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Southeast Armed Services YMCA, 2190 Jet Wing Drive. Registration required by Sunday: ppymca.org/register.

SATURDAY

Armed Forces Community Run - 5K and 10K, 8:30 a.m., Peterson Air Force Base, $30 in advance, $35 day of event. Registration: tinyurl.com/nj9saq3.

MAY 13

Armed Forces Week Luncheon - With keynote speaker Gen. John E. Hyten, commander, Air Force

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Connect for a Cause - Pikes Peak Military Networking Group - 4:30-6:30 p.m., DoubleTree World Arena, 1775 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., $10. Registration: csbj.com/events.

FRIDAY

Military Spouse Appreciation Day Celebration - With beauty treatments, massages, financial advice, Christmas ideas and more, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Southeast Armed Services YMCA, 2190 Jet Wing Drive. Registration required by Sunday: ppymca.org/register.

SATURDAY

Armed Forces Community Run - 5K and 10K, 8:30 a.m., Peterson Air Force Base, $30 in advance, $35 day of event. Registration: tinyurl.com/nj9saq3.

MAY 13

Armed Forces Week Luncheon - With keynote speaker Gen. John E. Hyten, commander, Air Force]]> Sun, 03 May 2015 04:35:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Ground support missions in Afghanistan helped 2008 Air Force Academy grad win award]]> http://gazette.com/ground-support-missions-in-afghanistan-helped-2008-air-force-academy-grad-win-award/article/1550802?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ground-support-missions-in-afghanistan-helped-2008-air-force-academy-grad-win-award/article/1550802?custom_click=rss

Capt. Kyle Babbitt flew a plane so ugly that its presence was enough to scare away Taliban fighters threatening U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Twenty times he roared in low for "show of force" missions during nearly a year flying combat missions from Bagram Air Base.

During a deployment that ended last fall, the 2008 Air Force Academy graduate also used his A-10 Warthog to destroy 14 "high-value" targets.

"We were just helping people get back home," he said Friday after accepting the academy's highest honor for airmanship.

Babbitt is one of the youngest pilots to earn the Col. James Jabara Award, which is given to those who through a singular feat or ongoing dedication demonstrate excellence in flight.

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Twenty times he roared in low for "show of force" missions during nearly a year flying combat missions from Bagram Air Base.

During a deployment that ended last fall, the 2008 Air Force Academy graduate also used his A-10 Warthog to destroy 14 "high-value" targets.

"We were just helping people get back home," he said Friday after accepting the academy's highest honor for airmanship.

Babbitt is one of the youngest pilots to earn the Col. James Jabara Award, which is given to those who through a singular feat or ongoing dedication demonstrate excellence in flight.]]> Sat, 02 May 2015 04:20:09 -0600 <![CDATA[Friday Military Salute: Fort Carson's Denim Day means hope to stop sexual assault]]> http://gazette.com/friday-military-salute-fort-carsons-denim-day-means-hope-to-stop-sexual-assault/article/1550737?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/friday-military-salute-fort-carsons-denim-day-means-hope-to-stop-sexual-assault/article/1550737?custom_click=rss

Jeans mixed with camo was the order of the day at Fort Carson and the subject of our Friday Military Salute.

Tens of thousands of military and civilians who work on post got to wear denim for a special reason. It was Denim Day on post on Wednesday.

It's a symbolic day to protest misconceptions about sexual assault. Denim day started after the Italian Supreme Court overturned a rape conviction in 1998. The female victim wore tight jeans. The high court ruled that it was consensual sex because she had to help her attacker take her jeans off. Ten years later, the Italian Supreme Court overturned its findings saying there is no denim defense to rape.



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Jeans mixed with camo was the order of the day at Fort Carson and the subject of our Friday Military Salute.

Tens of thousands of military and civilians who work on post got to wear denim for a special reason. It was Denim Day on post on Wednesday.

It's a symbolic day to protest misconceptions about sexual assault. Denim day started after the Italian Supreme Court overturned a rape conviction in 1998. The female victim wore tight jeans. The high court ruled that it was consensual sex because she had to help her attacker take her jeans off. Ten years later, the Italian Supreme Court overturned its findings saying there is no denim defense to rape.

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Fri, 01 May 2015 15:37:24 -0600
<![CDATA[82nd Airborne paratrooper killed at Fort Bragg, latest in series of military training deaths]]> http://gazette.com/82nd-airborne-paratrooper-killed-at-fort-bragg-latest-in-series-of-military-training-deaths/article/1550739?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/82nd-airborne-paratrooper-killed-at-fort-bragg-latest-in-series-of-military-training-deaths/article/1550739?custom_click=rss

A 27-year-old Army paratrooper was killed during a nighttime training mission at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, the latest in a series of military exercises deaths across the country.

Spc. Nicholas Roberts of Longwood, Fla., is at least the eighth fatality this year among service men and women participating in domestic training exercises.

The 82nd Airborne member was killed Tuesday during parachute jump at the base's Holland Drop Zone. Roberts had served in the Army Reserve in Afghanistan from 2011 to 2012, and transitioned to active duty in 2014 as infantryman.



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A 27-year-old Army paratrooper was killed during a nighttime training mission at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, the latest in a series of military exercises deaths across the country.

Spc. Nicholas Roberts of Longwood, Fla., is at least the eighth fatality this year among service men and women participating in domestic training exercises.

The 82nd Airborne member was killed Tuesday during parachute jump at the base's Holland Drop Zone. Roberts had served in the Army Reserve in Afghanistan from 2011 to 2012, and transitioned to active duty in 2014 as infantryman.

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Thu, 30 Apr 2015 22:37:47 -0600
<![CDATA[Fort Carson officials don't expect traffic issues with new rules regarding visitors]]> http://gazette.com/fort-carson-officials-dont-expect-traffic-issues-with-new-rules-regarding-visitors/article/1550647?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-carson-officials-dont-expect-traffic-issues-with-new-rules-regarding-visitors/article/1550647?custom_click=rss

Fort Carson officials say they expect smooth sailing at the post's gates Friday despite tighter security rules for visitors.

The new rules require Fort Carson visitors to get a background check and pass from military police before driving onto the post. A preregistration program for frequent visitors already has gotten more than 5,000 through the process, and Lt. Col. Jason Marquiss said that's a big step toward easy implementation of the rules.

"While we can't guarantee a seamless transition, we are certainly poised for success," said Marquiss, who heads the post's Emergency Services arm.

Before the switch, visitors were able to drive to the gate at Nelson Boulevard and Highway 115 and gain admittance after a check.

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]]> Fort Carson officials say they expect smooth sailing at the post's gates Friday despite tighter security rules for visitors.

The new rules require Fort Carson visitors to get a background check and pass from military police before driving onto the post. A preregistration program for frequent visitors already has gotten more than 5,000 through the process, and Lt. Col. Jason Marquiss said that's a big step toward easy implementation of the rules.

"While we can't guarantee a seamless transition, we are certainly poised for success," said Marquiss, who heads the post's Emergency Services arm.

Before the switch, visitors were able to drive to the gate at Nelson Boulevard and Highway 115 and gain admittance after a check.]]> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 04:10:10 -0600 <![CDATA[Naval Academy midshipmen, 2 from Colorado Springs area, lead people to safety amid Baltimore protests]]> http://gazette.com/naval-academy-midshipmen-2-from-colorado-springs-area-lead-people-to-safety-amid-baltimore-protests/article/1550611?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/naval-academy-midshipmen-2-from-colorado-springs-area-lead-people-to-safety-amid-baltimore-protests/article/1550611?custom_click=rss

Naval Academy Midshipman Brad Kadlubowski was getting a bite to eat Saturday at a Subway in Baltimore when a patio chair smashed the shop's window. 

Glass fell around the Colorado Springs native and the midshipmen directed people inside to the back of the shop, according to the Capital Gazette.

A group of midshipmen stopped by the sandwich shop for dinner before Saturday's Orioles game. Protests over the death of Freddie Gray began peacefully that day, but ended with confrontation.

Some midshipmen didn't know about the ongoing protests when they arrived Saturday in Baltimore. The midshipmen directed families to the back of the Subway.



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Naval Academy Midshipman Brad Kadlubowski was getting a bite to eat Saturday at a Subway in Baltimore when a patio chair smashed the shop's window. 

Glass fell around the Colorado Springs native and the midshipmen directed people inside to the back of the shop, according to the Capital Gazette.

A group of midshipmen stopped by the sandwich shop for dinner before Saturday's Orioles game. Protests over the death of Freddie Gray began peacefully that day, but ended with confrontation.

Some midshipmen didn't know about the ongoing protests when they arrived Saturday in Baltimore. The midshipmen directed families to the back of the Subway.

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Wed, 29 Apr 2015 11:29:48 -0600
<![CDATA[Fort Carson access rules change Friday]]> http://gazette.com/fort-carson-access-rules-change-friday/article/1550486?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-carson-access-rules-change-friday/article/1550486?custom_click=rss

New access requirements at Fort Carson will go into effect Friday.

Visitors without a federal or Department of Defense identification card will need to report to the post's Visitor Control Center at Building 6012 at Gate 1, and show a valid state or federally licensed identification card, vehicle registration and proof of insurance, if applicable, to get one day access on site, according to a Fort Carson news release.

Visitors trying to get on the installation without an escort will also be required to have their backgrounds checked through an FBI crime database before going on to the post.

The new procedures, announced by the post earlier this year, are part of the Pentagon's effort to increase security at military



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New access requirements at Fort Carson will go into effect Friday.

Visitors without a federal or Department of Defense identification card will need to report to the post's Visitor Control Center at Building 6012 at Gate 1, and show a valid state or federally licensed identification card, vehicle registration and proof of insurance, if applicable, to get one day access on site, according to a Fort Carson news release.

Visitors trying to get on the installation without an escort will also be required to have their backgrounds checked through an FBI crime database before going on to the post.

The new procedures, announced by the post earlier this year, are part of the Pentagon's effort to increase security at military

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Tue, 28 Apr 2015 14:43:41 -0600
<![CDATA[Baltimore Vietnam veteran stands in front of protesters: 'I love my country']]> http://gazette.com/baltimore-vietnam-veteran-stands-in-front-of-protesters-i-love-my-country/article/1550535?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/baltimore-vietnam-veteran-stands-in-front-of-protesters-i-love-my-country/article/1550535?custom_click=rss

Robert Valentine, a veteran of the Vietnam War, told rioters in Baltimore "they need to have their butts at home," the Washington Examiner reports.

"I love my country. I love my Charm City," he said, placing himself between protesters and police. After the interview, CNN's Anderson Cooper called him a hero on air.

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Robert Valentine, a veteran of the Vietnam War, told rioters in Baltimore "they need to have their butts at home," the Washington Examiner reports.

"I love my country. I love my Charm City," he said, placing himself between protesters and police. After the interview, CNN's Anderson Cooper called him a hero on air.

Click here to read more from the Washington Examiner.

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Tue, 28 Apr 2015 13:06:36 -0600
<![CDATA[Walsenburg school gives students hands-on way to thank veterans]]> http://gazette.com/walsenburg-school-gives-students-hands-on-way-to-thank-veterans/article/1550409?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/walsenburg-school-gives-students-hands-on-way-to-thank-veterans/article/1550409?custom_click=rss

A unique project that breaks ground Saturday will help the young build dreams and the old settle in to remember theirs.

Students and recent graduates of an alternative, trades-oriented high school headquartered in Colorado Springs will construct the Veterans' Family Home in Walsenburg.

Families of military veterans who are moving their loved ones to the Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home Of Walsenburg will be able to stay in the 5,300-square-foot house cost-free while they make the lifestyle transition.

The Career Building Academy, which formed as an alternative high school program in 2010 in Colorado Springs and became a full-fledged charter school this year, will supply up to 20 current and past students to build

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]]> A unique project that breaks ground Saturday will help the young build dreams and the old settle in to remember theirs.

Students and recent graduates of an alternative, trades-oriented high school headquartered in Colorado Springs will construct the Veterans' Family Home in Walsenburg.

Families of military veterans who are moving their loved ones to the Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home Of Walsenburg will be able to stay in the 5,300-square-foot house cost-free while they make the lifestyle transition.

The Career Building Academy, which formed as an alternative high school program in 2010 in Colorado Springs and became a full-fledged charter school this year, will supply up to 20 current and past students to build]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 04:15:16 -0600 <![CDATA[Air Force Academy cadets ready to test satellite for launch]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-academy-cadets-ready-to-test-satellite-for-launch/article/1550375?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-academy-cadets-ready-to-test-satellite-for-launch/article/1550375?custom_click=rss The Air Force is readying two satellites for launch in 2016 and is in the early stages of designing a third spacecraft.

But these aren't the products of multibillion-dollar defense programs and top contractors. These satellites are the creations of Air Force Academy cadets.

The nation's oldest undergraduate astronautics program is readying its FalconSat-6 to launch in May 2016, and the smaller FalconSat-7 is expected to ride to space aboard the same rocket. The cadet projects were on display recently at the Space Symposium in Colorado Springs.

"Cadets learn space by doing space," said Col. Marty France, who heads the academy's astronautics department.

Cadets have been building, launching and operating satellites



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The Air Force is readying two satellites for launch in 2016 and is in the early stages of designing a third spacecraft.

But these aren't the products of multibillion-dollar defense programs and top contractors. These satellites are the creations of Air Force Academy cadets.

The nation's oldest undergraduate astronautics program is readying its FalconSat-6 to launch in May 2016, and the smaller FalconSat-7 is expected to ride to space aboard the same rocket. The cadet projects were on display recently at the Space Symposium in Colorado Springs.

"Cadets learn space by doing space," said Col. Marty France, who heads the academy's astronautics department.

Cadets have been building, launching and operating satellites

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Sun, 26 Apr 2015 08:56:07 -0600