<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - military]]> http://gazette.com/rss/military Fri, 01 Jul 2016 09:13:00 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Tesla driver's death using car's 'Autopilot' probed by NHTSA]]> http://gazette.com/tesla-drivers-death-using-cars-autopilot-probed-by-nhtsa/article/feed/367752?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tesla-drivers-death-using-cars-autopilot-probed-by-nhtsa/article/feed/367752?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — A driver so enamored of his Tesla Model S sedan that he nicknamed the car "Tessy" and praised the safety benefits of its sophisticated "Autopilot" system has become the first U.S. fatality in a wreck involving a car in self-driving mode.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced the driver's death Thursday, and said it is investigating the design and performance of the Autopilot system.

Joshua D. Brown of Canton, Ohio, the 40-year-old owner of a technology company, was killed May 7 in Williston, Florida, when his car's cameras failed to distinguish the white side of a turning tractor-trailer from a brightly lit sky and didn't automatically activate its brakes, according to statements by

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]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 09:30:56 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Turkish media: 2 of 3 airport attackers ID'd]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-turkish-media-2-of-3-airport-attackers-idd/article/feed/367767?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-turkish-media-2-of-3-airport-attackers-idd/article/feed/367767?custom_click=rss

ISTANBUL (AP) — The Latest on the bomb and gun attack that killed 44 people at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport (all times local):

5:10 p.m.

Turkish media say authorities have determined the identities of two of three suicide bombers responsible for the Ataturk Airport attack that killed 44 people this week in Istanbul.

The state-run Anadolu Agency reported Friday that the Bakirkoy Public Prosecutor's office had established the identity of two suspects in the course of investigations. The investigation into the third suspect's identity is ongoing.

The identity of one suspect was determined through a photocopy of his passport, which he submitted to a realtor in order to rent a house in Istanbul's Fatih district.

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]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 09:15:16 -0600 <![CDATA[Thai navy seeks approval to buy first submarines in 65 years]]> http://gazette.com/thai-navy-seeks-approval-to-buy-first-submarines-in-65-years/article/feed/367810?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/thai-navy-seeks-approval-to-buy-first-submarines-in-65-years/article/feed/367810?custom_click=rss BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's navy will seek Cabinet approval to purchase its first submarines in 65 years, the country's defense minister said Friday.

Prawit Wongsuwan, who is also deputy prime minister, said the submarines will cost 36 billion baht ($1 billion) in total, with payments to be made over 10 years. He said the first of the Chinese-made Yuan class S26T submarines will be purchased out of the 2017 budget.

Thailand's military seized power in a May 2014 coup. The purchase of such a major weapons system from China has political as well as defense ramifications because the ruling junta has sought closer relations with China to balance traditional close ties with the United States, which has been critical of Thailand's t

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]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 08:21:28 -0600 <![CDATA[WATCH: Air Force Academy's class of 2020 gets first taste of life as cadets]]> http://gazette.com/watch-air-force-academys-class-of-2020-gets-first-taste-of-life-as-cadets/article/1579398?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/watch-air-force-academys-class-of-2020-gets-first-taste-of-life-as-cadets/article/1579398?custom_click=rss

A silence fell as new cadets stood and stared at the Air Force Academy's War Memorial. The hush among the young men and women continued as they moved past the memorial. Then the silence was broken by yelling, a lot of yelling.

Over 1,100 new cadets left their loved ones behind Thursday morning to begin their first day at the Air Force Academy. Before the shouting started, the cadets excitedly stood in line with family and friends. The mood was light when the parents and cadets were asked "How many parents excited to get rid of their basics? How many basics excited to get rid of their parents?"

Loved ones were encouraged to download an Air Force app for their phones.

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Fri, 01 Jul 2016 07:40:17 -0600
<![CDATA[Pine Bluff Arsenal to swear in new commander]]> http://gazette.com/pine-bluff-arsenal-to-swear-in-new-commander/article/feed/367809?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pine-bluff-arsenal-to-swear-in-new-commander/article/feed/367809?custom_click=rss WHITE HALL, Ark. (AP) — A ceremony is planned at the Pine Bluff Arsenal as the Army installation plans to swear in its 37th commander.

The arsenal says the current commander, Col. Chadwick T. Bauld, will relinquish command Thursday to Col. Kelso C. Horne III.

Horne comes to Pine Bluff from the 8th Army in South Korea, where he served as director of operational protection.

Bauld's next assignment will be at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida. He took over at Pine Bluff in July 2014.

The arsenal previously stored and manufactured chemical weapons, and in 2005, began the disposal of weapons. Over five years, the facility safely destroyed 123,100 munitions containing about 7 million pounds of chemical agent.

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]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 07:24:41 -0600 <![CDATA[Army Corps to reduce lake flows fueling Florida algae bloom]]> http://gazette.com/army-corps-to-reduce-lake-flows-fueling-florida-algae-bloom/article/feed/367760?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/army-corps-to-reduce-lake-flows-fueling-florida-algae-bloom/article/feed/367760?custom_click=rss

STUART, Fla. (AP) — As a noxious algae bloom fouls beaches on Florida's Atlantic coast, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is preparing to reduce the flow of water from Lake Okeechobee that many blame for fueling the problem.

The Corps' Jacksonville District planned to begin the reductions Friday, targeting the Caloosahatchee Estuary and the St. Lucie Estuary, a news release said.

The action comes after Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency over the problem, and as politicians and residents are blaming the federal government.

Multiple Florida lawmakers have asked federal authorities that oversee Lake Okeechobee to immediately stop freshwater releases that coastal communities blame for algae blooms and ot

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]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 06:23:27 -0600 <![CDATA[AP sources: Obama to reveal civilian deaths from drones]]> http://gazette.com/ap-sources-obama-to-reveal-civilian-deaths-from-drones/article/feed/367668?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-sources-obama-to-reveal-civilian-deaths-from-drones/article/feed/367668?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is expected to disclose as early as Friday the number of civilians killed in U.S. military and CIA drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Africa since he took office and will issue an executive order that makes protecting civilians a more integral part of planning U.S. military operations, according to activists and other individuals familiar with the report.

The White House is to disclose the casualties with a range of numbers indicating that an estimated 100 civilians have been inadvertently killed by 500 drone strikes since 2009. The estimate is said to cover drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen, Libya and Somalia. It does not cover ones in Afghanistan, Iraq or Syria where U.S. forces have co

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]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 06:20:36 -0600 <![CDATA[Ingalls Shipbuilding gets Navy contract, could total $3.1B]]> http://gazette.com/ingalls-shipbuilding-gets-navy-contract-could-total-3.1b/article/feed/367788?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ingalls-shipbuilding-gets-navy-contract-could-total-3.1b/article/feed/367788?custom_click=rss PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula has been selected to build the U.S. Navy's next large-deck amphibious assault warship.

The announcement was made Thursday in a news release.

The contract value for planning, advanced engineering and procurement of long-lead material, is just over $272 million.

If options are exercised, the cumulative value of the contract would be $3.1 billion.

Ingalls is the sole builder of large-deck amphibious ships for the Navy.

Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias says Ingalls' 800-acre shipbuilding facility is optimized to build several classes of complex ships simultaneously.

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]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 05:34:43 -0600 <![CDATA[Washington flummoxed over federal Confederate flag displays]]> http://gazette.com/washington-flummoxed-over-federal-confederate-flag-displays/article/feed/367761?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/washington-flummoxed-over-federal-confederate-flag-displays/article/feed/367761?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — A year after South Carolina removed the Confederate flag from its capitol grounds, official Washington is struggling with further restrictions on the flag's display on federal property, including the U.S. Capitol complex.

The National Park Service, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Army have longstanding guidelines for its cemeteries that permit the display of the Confederate flag one or two days a year.

In recent weeks, Republicans quietly dumped a provision preventing the flag from being flown over mass graves of Confederate soldiers from broader legislation to fund the Department of Veterans Affairs. Flag displays would still have been allowed over the graves of individual soldiers.

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]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 03:12:38 -0600 <![CDATA['Active shooter' report at military base was false alarm]]> http://gazette.com/active-shooter-report-at-military-base-was-false-alarm/article/feed/367332?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/active-shooter-report-at-military-base-was-false-alarm/article/feed/367332?custom_click=rss

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. (AP) — The military base outside Washington where the presidential plane Air Force One is stationed was temporarily locked down after an "active shooter" report that turned out to be a false alarm.

The report stemmed from someone who made a distress call Thursday after seeing security forces doing a routine inspection.

The confusion was heightened by a planned active shooter drill at Joint Base Andrews that had not yet begun.

Officials at the base said in a Facebook post that there was no shooter and no threat to the base or workers there.

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]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 02:20:52 -0600 <![CDATA[Officials: Boy, 8, critical after found in cruise ship pool]]> http://gazette.com/officials-boy-8-critical-after-found-in-cruise-ship-pool/article/feed/367720?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/officials-boy-8-critical-after-found-in-cruise-ship-pool/article/feed/367720?custom_click=rss BAYONNE, N.J. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says an 8-year-old boy who fell into a pool on a cruise ship off the coast of New Jersey and nearly drowned is in critical condition.

Coast Guard Senior Chief Steven Allard tells the New York Daily News that the boy had been in the water for eight to 10 minutes Thursday evening before officials with Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas found him.

Allard says the boy received CPR on the ship, which changed course and sailed toward Bayonne. Fire officials say the boy was taken to a hospital on Staten Island.

The ship left New York Harbor and was heading to the Caribbean at the time.

Royal Caribbean says it's providing support to the boy's family.

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]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 00:49:55 -0600 <![CDATA[Lowering the flag: A look at who was honored in Rhode Island]]> http://gazette.com/lowering-the-flag-a-look-at-who-was-honored-in-rhode-island/article/feed/367705?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lowering-the-flag-a-look-at-who-was-honored-in-rhode-island/article/feed/367705?custom_click=rss PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Associated Press has found that on nearly 90 percent of days last year, one or more states were flying the American flag at half-staff to memorialize the deaths of military members, public officials, police, first responders, prominent citizens and victims of mass killings and disasters. The AP analyzed information requested from all 50 states and the federal government.

Instances of Rhode Island ordering the flag flown at half-staff last year on at least some government property:

July 26-27: Chattanooga military installation shooting victims

Aug. 11-17: Army Master Sgt. Peter McKenna Jr.: The 17-year Army veteran was killed in Kabul during an attack on a NATO facility.

Sept. 12-14: S

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]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 00:17:18 -0600 <![CDATA[2 lost WWI Purple Heart medals to be returned in New York]]> http://gazette.com/2-lost-wwi-purple-heart-medals-to-be-returned-in-new-york/article/feed/367701?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/2-lost-wwi-purple-heart-medals-to-be-returned-in-new-york/article/feed/367701?custom_click=rss ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A National Guard soldier's ongoing campaign to return lost Purple Heart medals to veterans or their families is taking him back to northern New York where his effort began five years ago.

Capt. Zachariah Fike, founder of Vermont-based Purple Hearts Reunited, is presenting the recovered Purple Hearts of two World War I soldiers during a Friday morning ceremony at the Jefferson County Historical Society in Watertown.

Army Cpl. Ernest Wright of Watertown, who died in 1956, received the Purple Heart for wounds suffered in France in 1918. The historical society is getting his medal since no living relatives could be found, Fike said.

Pvt. William Withington of nearby Adams died in combat in France the s

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]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 23:38:33 -0600 <![CDATA[Leahy: Vermont to get $7 million in homeland security funds]]> http://gazette.com/leahy-vermont-to-get-7-million-in-homeland-security-funds/article/feed/367702?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/leahy-vermont-to-get-7-million-in-homeland-security-funds/article/feed/367702?custom_click=rss MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy has announced that the state and its communities will get $7 million from a round of federal funding for homeland security.

The Democratic lawmaker says the money will go for border protection, law enforcement, and disaster preparedness.

Grants include $3.7 million for planning, organization equipment and training of law enforcement to respond both to terrorism and natural disasters.

There's also more than $3 million for government planning for dealing with disasters and hazards, and a quarter-million dollars for coordinating law enforcement coverage for routes entering Vermont from Canada.

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]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 23:23:24 -0600 <![CDATA[Tesla driver killed in crash while using car's 'Autopilot']]> http://gazette.com/tesla-driver-killed-in-crash-while-using-cars-autopilot/article/feed/367653?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tesla-driver-killed-in-crash-while-using-cars-autopilot/article/feed/367653?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first person to die in a U.S. crash involving a car in self-driving mode was the tech-savvy 40-year-old owner of a Tesla Model S who nicknamed his car "Tessy" and praised its sophisticated "Autopilot" system.

Joshua D. Brown, of Canton, Ohio, died in the May 7 crash in Williston, Florida, when his car's cameras failed to distinguish the white side of a turning tractor-trailer rig from a brightly lit sky and didn't automatically activate its brakes, according to government records and a Tesla statement issued Thursday.

Brown, who owned a technology company, just one month earlier credited his 2015 Tesla with preventing a crash on an interstate highway. The government said it is investigating the design

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]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 21:28:32 -0600 <![CDATA[Tesla driver killed in crash while using car's 'Autopilot']]> http://gazette.com/tesla-driver-killed-in-crash-while-using-cars-autopilot/article/feed/367562?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tesla-driver-killed-in-crash-while-using-cars-autopilot/article/feed/367562?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. announced Thursday the first fatality in a wreck involving a car in self-driving mode, the 40-year-old owner of a technology company who nicknamed his vehicle "Tessy" and had praised its sophisticated "Autopilot" system just one month earlier for preventing a collision on an interstate. The government said it is investigating the design and performance of the system aboard the Tesla Model S sedan.

Joshua D. Brown, of Canton, Ohio, died in the accident May 7 in Williston, Florida, when his car's cameras failed to distinguish the white side of a turning tractor-trailer from a brightly lit sky and didn't automatically activate its brakes, according to government records obtained Thursday.

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]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 21:27:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Pentagon ends ban on transgender troops in military]]> http://gazette.com/pentagon-ends-ban-on-transgender-troops-in-military/article/1579350?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pentagon-ends-ban-on-transgender-troops-in-military/article/1579350?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — Transgender people will be allowed to serve openly in the U.S. military, the Pentagon announced Thursday, ending one of the last bans on service in the armed forces.

Saying it's the right thing to do, Defense Secretary Ash Carter laid out a yearlong implementation plan declaring that "Americans who want to serve and can meet our standards should be afforded the opportunity to compete to do so."

"Our mission is to defend this country, and we don't want barriers unrelated to a person's qualification to serve preventing us from recruiting or retaining the soldier, sailor, airman, or Marine who can best accomplish the mission," Carter said at a Pentagon news conference.

Under the new policy,

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Thu, 30 Jun 2016 13:18:52 -0600
<![CDATA[Volunteers help to enhance Colorado Springs home of World War II Navy veteran]]> http://gazette.com/volunteers-help-to-enhance-colorado-springs-home-of-world-war-ii-navy-veteran/article/1579310?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/volunteers-help-to-enhance-colorado-springs-home-of-world-war-ii-navy-veteran/article/1579310?custom_click=rss

Tony Erosky has always helped build things. Whether it was crops on his family's farm in northeastern Colorado, airports, runways or mess halls in Guam while serving in the Navy during World War II, or plants in his garden at his home in Colorado Springs.

Erosky, who turned 90 on June 24, will be able to continue building things in his garden because of help from about 60 volunteers.

On Wednesday afternoon, Erosky's yard and home were filled with helpers from Purple Heart Homes and the Home Depot as they worked to make his home safe and improve the quality of life for Erosky and his wife Brenda Erosky.

Brenda, 69, said she expects Tony's favorite feature will be the new raised gardening beds in the back yard.

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Thu, 30 Jun 2016 11:21:24 -0600
<![CDATA[Military base says active shooter drill was planned]]> http://gazette.com/military-base-says-active-shooter-drill-was-planned/article/1579324?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/military-base-says-active-shooter-drill-was-planned/article/1579324?custom_click=rss

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. — Officials say first responders are working to secure the scene of an active shooter report at a military post near Washington.

Joint Base Andrews, which is about 20 miles outside the nation's capital and is home to Air Force One, said in a tweet Thursday that the base was reacting to the active shooter report to ensure the safety of all personnel.

It was not immediately clear if any shots were fired or if anyone was wounded.

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Thu, 30 Jun 2016 11:01:31 -0600
<![CDATA[PETA claims Air Force Academy training program is cruel to rabbits]]> http://gazette.com/peta-claims-air-force-academy-training-program-is-cruel-to-rabbits/article/1579261?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/peta-claims-air-force-academy-training-program-is-cruel-to-rabbits/article/1579261?custom_click=rss

An animal rights group Wednesday launched protests of the Air Force Academy's killing of rabbits as part of a survival training program for cadets.

Since the 1960s, cadets have been trained how to live in the wilderness and evade enemy forces. It stems from an Air Force Survival, Escape, Resistance and Evasion program that has been used to train flight crews since World War II.

As part of the program, cadets are trained to kill and cook their own food under primitive conditions. Live rabbits are killed and eaten, prompting the protest from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Cadets are run through a 10-day program that includes training on how the Air Force rescues flight crews and combat skills.

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Thu, 30 Jun 2016 07:31:03 -0600
<![CDATA[Lavish features cut from over-budget Denver VA hospital]]> http://gazette.com/lavish-features-cut-from-over-budget-denver-va-hospital/article/1579284?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lavish-features-cut-from-over-budget-denver-va-hospital/article/1579284?custom_click=rss

AURORA — Imported Brazilian stone has been scratched from the budget-busting design for a veterans hospital under construction outside Denver, replaced by cheaper Colorado rock.

A planned $10 million landscaping scheme has been slashed to $2 million, and subcontractors who find a way to reduce costs get to keep 30 percent of the savings, according to the Army Corps of Engineers, which took over management of the project after the cost nearly tripled.

Corps officials said Wednesday they've been looking for ways to save money since taking over construction management from the Veterans Affairs Department last year.

But Col.

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Wed, 29 Jun 2016 17:59:18 -0600
<![CDATA[Schriever Air Force Base colonel wants adultery case tossed, claims law discriminates against heterosexuals]]> http://gazette.com/schriever-air-force-base-colonel-wants-adultery-case-tossed-claims-law-discriminates-against-heterosexuals/article/1579086?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/schriever-air-force-base-colonel-wants-adultery-case-tossed-claims-law-discriminates-against-heterosexuals/article/1579086?custom_click=rss

Lawyers for a Schriever Air Force Base colonel argued Monday that a half-dozen adultery charges against him should be thrown out because the military's law banning extramarital sex discriminates against heterosexuals.

Col. Eugene Marcus Caughey is headed for an August court-martial on charges of rape, assault, taking a dirty selfie and the adultery counts. He was in court Monday for a formal reading of the charges and to argue pretrial motions.

Maj. Keith Meister, one of three attorneys defending Caughey, told Air Force judge Col. Wes Moore that the military's definition of adultery as sex between a man and a woman hasn't keep place with its definition of marriage, which now includes same-sex couples.

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Wed, 29 Jun 2016 10:03:23 -0600
<![CDATA[Coast Guard Academy sets record for female enrollment]]> http://gazette.com/coast-guard-academy-sets-record-for-female-enrollment/article/1579099?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/coast-guard-academy-sets-record-for-female-enrollment/article/1579099?custom_click=rss

Forty years after military service academies opened their doors to women, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy marked the milestone at a ceremony Monday as it welcomes a class with a record 38 percent of female cadets.

The enrollment rate for women has not been matched at the Naval Academy, the Military Academy at West Point or the Air Force Academy, though each has seen an increase in female enrollment at a time when gender barriers have been falling across the armed services.

One graduate who was among the first women to enroll at the Coast Guard Academy in 1976 said her cadet years were the start of a career in which she regularly was the first or among the first women every step of the way.

"It was hard, but it's

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Mon, 27 Jun 2016 17:12:33 -0600
<![CDATA[Navy: Blue Angels will resume flight demonstrations July 2]]> http://gazette.com/navy-blue-angels-will-resume-flight-demonstrations-july-2/article/1579042?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/navy-blue-angels-will-resume-flight-demonstrations-july-2/article/1579042?custom_click=rss

PENSACOLA, Fla. — Navy officials say its Blue Angels will resume performances a month after one of their pilots was killed in a crash while practicing for an air show.

In a statement Saturday, Cmdr. Ryan Bernacchi said the elite flight demonstration squadron was grateful for its fans' patience as it "navigated through this very difficult loss of our teammate."

The Blue Angels canceled performances after the death of Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss. Kuss died June 2 when his F/A-18 jet crashed just after takeoff while practicing for a Tennessee air show.

The Pensacola-based team will resume its schedule July 2 at the National Cherry Festival Air Show in Traverse City, Michigan.

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Sun, 26 Jun 2016 15:35:45 -0600
<![CDATA[Forgotten veterans who died finally get funeral ceremony in Colorado ]]> http://gazette.com/forgotten-veterans-who-died-finally-get-funeral-ceremony-in-colorado/article/1579031?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/forgotten-veterans-who-died-finally-get-funeral-ceremony-in-colorado/article/1579031?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Fort Logan National Cemetery honored 30 veterans whose remains have gone unclaimed with a funeral ceremony Saturday in Denver.

The Unclaimed Veterans Remains Ceremony is part of the nationwide Missing In America Project.

Cemetery staff assistant O'Neal Hughes says the veterans' cremated remains were left at funeral homes, sometimes for decades, and others had no next of kin.

During the ceremony, the names were read aloud, including their rank, branch and war in which they served. A bell was rung to honor each veteran.

Another 36 veterans will be honored at another service in about two months.

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Sun, 26 Jun 2016 15:11:05 -0600
<![CDATA[Modest homes built by Air Force Academy cadets have deep meaning for Navajo recipients]]> http://gazette.com/modest-homes-built-by-air-force-academy-cadets-have-deep-meaning-for-navajo-recipients/article/1578990?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/modest-homes-built-by-air-force-academy-cadets-have-deep-meaning-for-navajo-recipients/article/1578990?custom_click=rss

The modular homes being built by Air Force Academy cadets are modest affairs.

A single bedroom connects to a living room on the "dry side" of the dwellings, while the "wet" half with the plumbing contains a bathroom and a kitchen. The two homes are fabricated in 18-wheeler friendly pieces.

After a road trip to the Navajo Nation, they become something special, junior cadet Matthew Hale said.

"This is an amazing house," said Hale, who was raised on the reservation and has spent two weeks explaining the significance of the project to classmates.

For nearly two decades, the academy has assigned engineering students to build homes to be given to needy Navajos.

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Sun, 26 Jun 2016 08:30:04 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area military events starting June 26, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-military-events-starting-june-26-2016/article/1579022?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-military-events-starting-june-26-2016/article/1579022?custom_click=rss MONDAY

Letter-Writing to troops with The Home Front Cares - 1-2 p.m., Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., free. Registration: 955-3400, csseniorcenter.com.


Blue Star Networks live - Connecting military spouses with local community members and resources to help decrease their sense of isolation and increase their access to jobs and other resources, 9 a.m. check-in, program 9:30 a.m.-noon, Tim Gill Center for Public Media, 315 E. Costilla St. Free day care provided. Registration: tinyurl.com/z92hlma.


Pikes Peak Chapter/Military Officers Association of America - Open to active-duty, retired and former officers in seven uniformed services. Monthly and special

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]]> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 04:10:04 -0600 <![CDATA[Philpott: Veterans groups work to thwart VA privatization efforts]]> http://gazette.com/philpott-veterans-groups-work-to-thwart-va-privatization-efforts/article/1578991?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/philpott-veterans-groups-work-to-thwart-va-privatization-efforts/article/1578991?custom_click=rss

The nation's leading veteran services organizations are rallying behind the Department of Veterans Affairs and its beleaguered health care system, touting the experience of staff, the breadth of services and its holistic approach to care delivery that they argue the private sector cannot match.

The groups are warning of politicians and organizations with agendas that constantly criticize VA health care, refuse to acknowledge reforms and thus advance a camouflaged campaign to dismantle VA health care. They also say it is time to better educate their own members on actions being taken to improve to the health care system that millions of veterans rely upon.

The rally of vet groups is taking shape informally for now.

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]]> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 04:05:05 -0600 <![CDATA[U.S. military practices landing A-10 jets on highway for the first time since 1984]]> http://gazette.com/u.s.-military-practices-landing-a-10-jets-on-highway-for-the-first-time-since-1984/article/1578992?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/u.s.-military-practices-landing-a-10-jets-on-highway-for-the-first-time-since-1984/article/1578992?custom_click=rss In another episode ripped from the U.S. military's Cold War training manual, four Air Force A-10 jets landed on an isolated highway in Estonia on Monday, the first time the aircraft has practiced highway landings since 1984.

The iconic ground-attack aircraft were from the 127th Wing, Michigan Air National Guard, which was participating in a U.S. Army-led, 14-nation exercise known as Saber Strike. According to a news release online, the jets had just finished a close air support exercise before being guided onto the highway in Jägala, Estonia, by a detachment of soldiers on the ground, known as joint terminal attack controllers, or JTACs.

Highway landings were a very real possibility if the Cold War ever went hot.

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]]> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 04:05:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Afghanistan vet celebrates end of military's transgender ban]]> http://gazette.com/afghanistan-vet-celebrates-end-of-militarys-transgender-ban/article/1578981?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/afghanistan-vet-celebrates-end-of-militarys-transgender-ban/article/1578981?custom_click=rss

Staff Sgt. Patricia King said she was celebrating Friday's news that the Pentagon will formally open the ranks to transgender troops.

A three-tour veteran of Afghanistan combat who served at Fort Carson until a recent transfer, King embraced her female identity last year as the Pentagon mulled whether a ban on transgender service would stand. King, the first openly transgender service member in the Pikes Peak region, waited out a year of wrangling by the top brass but was allowed to stay in uniform despite policies that forbid her to serve.

"The second-worst thing you can do to a transgender soldier is to put them in limbo," King said Friday after learning the Pentagon would reverse transgender policies as soon as July 1. "We

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