<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - military]]> http://gazette.com/rss/military Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:54:24 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Napolitano named as UC public policy professor]]> http://gazette.com/napolitano-named-as-uc-public-policy-professor/article/feed/189738?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/napolitano-named-as-uc-public-policy-professor/article/feed/189738?custom_click=rss BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — University of California President Janet Napolitano has been appointed as a tenured faculty member at UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy.

Dean Henry Brady said Napolitano's background as governor of Arizona and President Barack Obama's homeland security secretary made her a welcome addition to the school.

Some faculty members and students complained about Napolitano's lack of academic experience when she was named as the 10-campus university's 20th president last year.

UC spokeswoman Janet Gilmore says UC presidents usually hold simultaneous positions as faculty members. Napolitano's predecessor, Mark Yudof, now teaches a course on education policy and the law as a professor at Berke

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]]> BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — University of California President Janet Napolitano has been appointed as a tenured faculty member at UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy.

Dean Henry Brady said Napolitano's background as governor of Arizona and President Barack Obama's homeland security secretary made her a welcome addition to the school.

Some faculty members and students complained about Napolitano's lack of academic experience when she was named as the 10-campus university's 20th president last year.

UC spokeswoman Janet Gilmore says UC presidents usually hold simultaneous positions as faculty members. Napolitano's predecessor, Mark Yudof, now teaches a course on education policy and the law as a professor at Berke]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:18:03 -0700 <![CDATA[Arctic offshore drill company enters guilty pleas]]> http://gazette.com/arctic-offshore-drill-company-enters-guilty-pleas/article/feed/189739?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/arctic-offshore-drill-company-enters-guilty-pleas/article/feed/189739?custom_click=rss ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The company hired by Royal Dutch Shell PLC in 2012 to drill on petroleum leases in the Arctic Ocean pleaded guilty Friday to eight felony environmental and maritime crimes.

Noble Drilling U.S. LLC, based in Sugarland, Texas, agreed to pay $12.2 million after pleading guilty to five counts of failing to maintain records on a drill ship that operated in the Chukchi Sea, one count of failing to maintain proper ballast water records and two counts of failing to report hazardous vessel conditions.

"On behalf of the company, I plead guilty," Bernie G. Wolford Jr., president of Noble Drilling U.S., told District Court Judge Ralph Beistline.

Wolford had no comment outside the courtroom and referred qu

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]]> ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The company hired by Royal Dutch Shell PLC in 2012 to drill on petroleum leases in the Arctic Ocean pleaded guilty Friday to eight felony environmental and maritime crimes.

Noble Drilling U.S. LLC, based in Sugarland, Texas, agreed to pay $12.2 million after pleading guilty to five counts of failing to maintain records on a drill ship that operated in the Chukchi Sea, one count of failing to maintain proper ballast water records and two counts of failing to report hazardous vessel conditions.

"On behalf of the company, I plead guilty," Bernie G. Wolford Jr., president of Noble Drilling U.S., told District Court Judge Ralph Beistline.

Wolford had no comment outside the courtroom and referred qu]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:18:03 -0700 <![CDATA[Lockheed Martin pays $27.5M in billing allegation]]> http://gazette.com/lockheed-martin-pays-27.5m-in-billing-allegation/article/feed/189727?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lockheed-martin-pays-27.5m-in-billing-allegation/article/feed/189727?custom_click=rss NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A subsidiary of defense contractor Lockheed Martin has agreed to pay $27.5 million to resolve allegations that it overbilled the government, federal prosecutors announced Friday.

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said that Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems agreed to the settlement for what the government alleges was overbilling for work on two U.S. Army Communications and Electronics Command contracts.

A message seeking comment left with Lockheed Martin wasn't immediately returned. Prosecutors noted in a news release that "there has been no determination of liability."

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]]> NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A subsidiary of defense contractor Lockheed Martin has agreed to pay $27.5 million to resolve allegations that it overbilled the government, federal prosecutors announced Friday.

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said that Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems agreed to the settlement for what the government alleges was overbilling for work on two U.S. Army Communications and Electronics Command contracts.

A message seeking comment left with Lockheed Martin wasn't immediately returned. Prosecutors noted in a news release that "there has been no determination of liability."

"U.S.]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:34:19 -0700 <![CDATA[Jury finds Navy civilian from Iowa guilty on charges]]> http://gazette.com/jury-finds-navy-civilian-from-iowa-guilty-on-charges/article/feed/189713?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jury-finds-navy-civilian-from-iowa-guilty-on-charges/article/feed/189713?custom_click=rss DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Jurors have found a U.S. Navy civilian from Iowa guilty on charges of obstructing an investigation and making false statements.

U.S. Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt of the Southern District of Iowa said Friday that 41-year-old Steven William Ashton, of Davenport, was found guilty following a nine-day trial.

Ashton, who was based in Italy, worked for the Navy as its NATO and Host Nations program manager for Europe, Africa and southwest Asia. Prosecutors say he created false documents to obstruct Navy officials from investigating his private consulting business. They also say he made false statements about his tour of duty to obtain federal benefits and access to military bases worldwide.

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U.S. Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt of the Southern District of Iowa said Friday that 41-year-old Steven William Ashton, of Davenport, was found guilty following a nine-day trial.

Ashton, who was based in Italy, worked for the Navy as its NATO and Host Nations program manager for Europe, Africa and southwest Asia. Prosecutors say he created false documents to obstruct Navy officials from investigating his private consulting business. They also say he made false statements about his tour of duty to obtain federal benefits and access to military bases worldwide.]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:04:04 -0700 <![CDATA[Bergdahl investigation wraps up; top leaders get briefings]]> http://gazette.com/bergdahl-investigation-wraps-up-top-leaders-get-briefings/article/feed/189531?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bergdahl-investigation-wraps-up-top-leaders-get-briefings/article/feed/189531?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army has finished its investigation into how and why Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl disappeared from his base in Afghanistan and senior Pentagon leaders have been briefed, including Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, officials said Friday.

Details about the probe's conclusion have been closely held. But they are likely to lay out whether Bergdahl deserted his post or was "absent without leave" or AWOL. And it could include recommendations on whether Bergdahl should be charged with any criminal violations or forced to leave the Army. Any final disposition will eventually also determine whether Bergdahl gets as much as $300,000 in back pay and other benefits, including continued health care.

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army has finished its investigation into how and why Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl disappeared from his base in Afghanistan and senior Pentagon leaders have been briefed, including Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, officials said Friday.

Details about the probe's conclusion have been closely held. But they are likely to lay out whether Bergdahl deserted his post or was "absent without leave" or AWOL. And it could include recommendations on whether Bergdahl should be charged with any criminal violations or forced to leave the Army. Any final disposition will eventually also determine whether Bergdahl gets as much as $300,000 in back pay and other benefits, including continued health care.]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:33:40 -0700 <![CDATA[Obama signs massive defense spending bill]]> http://gazette.com/obama-signs-massive-defense-spending-bill/article/feed/189680?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/obama-signs-massive-defense-spending-bill/article/feed/189680?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law a massive defense policy bill that endorses his plan to fight Islamic State militants, including air strikes, training of Iraqis and moderate Syrian rebels.

The law authorizes funds for basic military operations, from a 1 percent pay raise for troops to the purchase of ships, aircraft and other war-fighting equipment.

It also authorizes the training and equipping of moderate Syrian rebels battling the extremists for two years and provides $5 billion to train Iraqis battling the militants who brutally rule large sections of the two countries.

The measure provides the core funding of $521.3 billion for the military and $63.7 billion for overseas operatio

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law a massive defense policy bill that endorses his plan to fight Islamic State militants, including air strikes, training of Iraqis and moderate Syrian rebels.

The law authorizes funds for basic military operations, from a 1 percent pay raise for troops to the purchase of ships, aircraft and other war-fighting equipment.

It also authorizes the training and equipping of moderate Syrian rebels battling the extremists for two years and provides $5 billion to train Iraqis battling the militants who brutally rule large sections of the two countries.

The measure provides the core funding of $521.3 billion for the military and $63.7 billion for overseas operatio]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:22:07 -0700 <![CDATA[Correction: Troops-Holiday Homecoming story]]> http://gazette.com/correction-troops-holiday-homecoming-story/article/feed/189311?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/correction-troops-holiday-homecoming-story/article/feed/189311?custom_click=rss SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — In a story Dec. 18 about National Guard troops returning to Georgia, The Associated Press reported erroneously on how many units have returned home. It's the first holiday season since 9/11 that none of the Georgia Army National Guard's units are deployed. The Georgia Air National Guard does have units deployed.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Ga. Guard troops home in time for holidays

Georgia National Guard soldiers return from Afghanistan deployment just in time for holidays

By RUSS BYNUM

Associated Press

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Duane Sandbothe returned from a deployment to Afghanistan on Thursday with plans to keep his holiday homecoming

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]]> SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — In a story Dec. 18 about National Guard troops returning to Georgia, The Associated Press reported erroneously on how many units have returned home. It's the first holiday season since 9/11 that none of the Georgia Army National Guard's units are deployed. The Georgia Air National Guard does have units deployed.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Ga. Guard troops home in time for holidays

Georgia National Guard soldiers return from Afghanistan deployment just in time for holidays

By RUSS BYNUM

Associated Press

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Duane Sandbothe returned from a deployment to Afghanistan on Thursday with plans to keep his holiday homecoming ]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:08:17 -0700 <![CDATA[Bush officials gave CIA wide latitude]]> http://gazette.com/bush-officials-gave-cia-wide-latitude/article/feed/189555?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bush-officials-gave-cia-wide-latitude/article/feed/189555?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — In July 2004, despite growing internal concerns about the CIA's brutal interrogation methods, senior members of George W. Bush's national security team gave the agency permission to employ the harsh tactics against an al-Qaida facilitator the agency suspected was linked to a plot to disrupt the upcoming presidential election.

After weeks of torture that included being subjected to prolonged stress positions and sleep deprivation at a secret site in Romania, the prisoner, Janat Gul, begged to be killed. But he steadfastly denied knowledge of any plot, CIA records show __ leading interrogators to conclude he was not the hardened terrorist they thought he was, and that the informant who fingered him was a liar.

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — In July 2004, despite growing internal concerns about the CIA's brutal interrogation methods, senior members of George W. Bush's national security team gave the agency permission to employ the harsh tactics against an al-Qaida facilitator the agency suspected was linked to a plot to disrupt the upcoming presidential election.

After weeks of torture that included being subjected to prolonged stress positions and sleep deprivation at a secret site in Romania, the prisoner, Janat Gul, begged to be killed. But he steadfastly denied knowledge of any plot, CIA records show __ leading interrogators to conclude he was not the hardened terrorist they thought he was, and that the informant who fingered him was a liar.]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:36:21 -0700 <![CDATA[Staff recommend major changes for Connecticut vets]]> http://gazette.com/staff-recommend-major-changes-for-connecticut-vets/article/feed/189654?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/staff-recommend-major-changes-for-connecticut-vets/article/feed/189654?custom_click=rss HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Major changes to the aging Connecticut Veterans Home in Rocky Hill are recommended in a legislative investigative report released Friday, including more privacy and counseling services for the veterans who live there.

The General Assembly's Program Review and Investigations Committee staff said current living arrangements in the main residential facility, where about 190 veterans live mostly in a dormitory setting, are unacceptable, based on best practices for transitional or permanent housing. The report recommends giving each resident a semi-private or private room.

"We should be embarrassed," said Rep.

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]]> HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Major changes to the aging Connecticut Veterans Home in Rocky Hill are recommended in a legislative investigative report released Friday, including more privacy and counseling services for the veterans who live there.

The General Assembly's Program Review and Investigations Committee staff said current living arrangements in the main residential facility, where about 190 veterans live mostly in a dormitory setting, are unacceptable, based on best practices for transitional or permanent housing. The report recommends giving each resident a semi-private or private room.

"We should be embarrassed," said Rep.]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:36:19 -0700 <![CDATA[Fleet Forces Command has new commander]]> http://gazette.com/fleet-forces-command-has-new-commander/article/feed/189647?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fleet-forces-command-has-new-commander/article/feed/189647?custom_click=rss NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — U.S. Fleet Forces Command has a new commander.

Adm. Phil Davidson assumed command on Friday after being promoted to admiral.

The ceremony was officiated by teleconference by Adm. Bill Gortney, who was Davidson's predecessor. Gortney is the commander of U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Davidson most recently served as the commander of the Navy's Sixth Fleet, which is based in Italy. Davidson was originally slated to take over Fleet Forces in November, but his replacement had not been confirmed by the Senate.

Fleet Forces Command oversees the Atlantic fleet, and is responsible for training and providing forces to combatant command

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]]> NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — U.S. Fleet Forces Command has a new commander.

Adm. Phil Davidson assumed command on Friday after being promoted to admiral.

The ceremony was officiated by teleconference by Adm. Bill Gortney, who was Davidson's predecessor. Gortney is the commander of U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Davidson most recently served as the commander of the Navy's Sixth Fleet, which is based in Italy. Davidson was originally slated to take over Fleet Forces in November, but his replacement had not been confirmed by the Senate.

Fleet Forces Command oversees the Atlantic fleet, and is responsible for training and providing forces to combatant command]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:21:07 -0700 <![CDATA[OSU receives Defense Department grant for study]]> http://gazette.com/osu-receives-defense-department-grant-for-study/article/feed/189627?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/osu-receives-defense-department-grant-for-study/article/feed/189627?custom_click=rss OKMULGEE, Okla. (AP) — An $875,000 grant has been awarded by the U.S. Department of Defense to Oklahoma State University's Institute of Technology.

OSU will use the grant to study the supply chain of the Oklahoma defense industry in partnership with the Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission.

Mike Cooper, chairman of the commission, says the grant money will help the commission and OSU gather information as the state prepares for budgetary and mission changes in the Department of Defense. Cooper says the study will look at the industries in Oklahoma that rely on Defense Department spending as part of their business.

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]]> OKMULGEE, Okla. (AP) — An $875,000 grant has been awarded by the U.S. Department of Defense to Oklahoma State University's Institute of Technology.

OSU will use the grant to study the supply chain of the Oklahoma defense industry in partnership with the Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission.

Mike Cooper, chairman of the commission, says the grant money will help the commission and OSU gather information as the state prepares for budgetary and mission changes in the Department of Defense. Cooper says the study will look at the industries in Oklahoma that rely on Defense Department spending as part of their business.]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:36:30 -0700 <![CDATA[Bergdahl investigation wraps up; top leaders get briefings]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/bergdahl-investigation-wraps-up-top-leaders-get-briefings/article/1543370?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bergdahl-investigation-wraps-up-top-leaders-get-briefings/article/1543370?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — The Army has finished its investigation into how and why Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl disappeared from his base in Afghanistan and leaders were briefing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel this afternoon, officials said Friday.

Details about the probe's conclusion have been closely held. The report could include recommendations on whether Bergdahl should be charged with any criminal violations or forced to leave the Army. Potential charges could be desertion or leaving his post and being "absent without leave," or AWOL. The final disposition will also determine whether Bergdahl gets as much as $300,000 in back pay and other benefits.



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WASHINGTON — The Army has finished its investigation into how and why Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl disappeared from his base in Afghanistan and leaders were briefing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel this afternoon, officials said Friday.

Details about the probe's conclusion have been closely held. The report could include recommendations on whether Bergdahl should be charged with any criminal violations or forced to leave the Army. Potential charges could be desertion or leaving his post and being "absent without leave," or AWOL. The final disposition will also determine whether Bergdahl gets as much as $300,000 in back pay and other benefits.

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Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:05:25 -0700
<![CDATA[First female commander of Ohio Guard to leave post]]> http://gazette.com/first-female-commander-of-ohio-guard-to-leave-post/article/feed/189561?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/first-female-commander-of-ohio-guard-to-leave-post/article/feed/189561?custom_click=rss COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The commander of the Ohio National Guard is stepping down next year.

The Guard says Maj. Gen. Deborah Ashenhurst will continue her service as a special assistant at the National Guard Bureau in Washington. She is leaving her post as Ohio's adjutant general effective Jan. 10.

Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) appointed Ashenhurst to the job in 2010. She is the state's first female adjutant general and first female general officer for the Ohio Army National Guard. As Ohio's adjutant general, she oversees the state's military readiness and commands more than 18,000 personnel.

She has been serving in the Guard since 1978.

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]]> COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The commander of the Ohio National Guard is stepping down next year.

The Guard says Maj. Gen. Deborah Ashenhurst will continue her service as a special assistant at the National Guard Bureau in Washington. She is leaving her post as Ohio's adjutant general effective Jan. 10.

Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) appointed Ashenhurst to the job in 2010. She is the state's first female adjutant general and first female general officer for the Ohio Army National Guard. As Ohio's adjutant general, she oversees the state's military readiness and commands more than 18,000 personnel.

She has been serving in the Guard since 1978.]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:52:20 -0700 <![CDATA[VA secretary won't immediately visit SD facility]]> http://gazette.com/va-secretary-wont-immediately-visit-sd-facility/article/feed/189539?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/va-secretary-wont-immediately-visit-sd-facility/article/feed/189539?custom_click=rss HOT SPRINGS, S.D. (AP) — Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald says he won't visit the VA hospital in Hot Springs until after a study is complete on the potential ramifications of closing the facility.

South Dakota's congressional delegation in July invited McDonald to the state, as part of efforts to stop the VA from closing the century-old hospital as part of plans to restructure services in western South Dakota.

KCSR radio reports that McDonald says in a letter to the local Save the VA Committee that he doesn't want to be seen as influencing the process of the study. It's looking at the potential environmental, cultural, historical, social and economic effects of the proposed changes.

The study isn't scheduled

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]]> HOT SPRINGS, S.D. (AP) — Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald says he won't visit the VA hospital in Hot Springs until after a study is complete on the potential ramifications of closing the facility.

South Dakota's congressional delegation in July invited McDonald to the state, as part of efforts to stop the VA from closing the century-old hospital as part of plans to restructure services in western South Dakota.

KCSR radio reports that McDonald says in a letter to the local Save the VA Committee that he doesn't want to be seen as influencing the process of the study. It's looking at the potential environmental, cultural, historical, social and economic effects of the proposed changes.

The study isn't scheduled]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:09:46 -0700 <![CDATA[New exhibit at rocket center honors pioneering scientist]]> http://gazette.com/new-exhibit-at-rocket-center-honors-pioneering-scientist/article/feed/189530?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-exhibit-at-rocket-center-honors-pioneering-scientist/article/feed/189530?custom_click=rss HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — It sounds like a dream: an engine that can run for a thousand days without stopping and propel a spacecraft to the farthest reaches of the solar system on less than 1,000 pounds of fuel. But it's real, it's called ion or electric propulsion, NASA is already using it, and one of its early pioneers worked with Wernher von Braun in Huntsville in the 1950s and '60s.

This week, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center honored the early ion propulsion work of Dr. Ernst Stuhlinger with a new exhibit featuring ion spacecraft models he designed. "It was really quite visionary, the technology he was developing," space center curator Ed Stewart said Thursday.

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]]> HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — It sounds like a dream: an engine that can run for a thousand days without stopping and propel a spacecraft to the farthest reaches of the solar system on less than 1,000 pounds of fuel. But it's real, it's called ion or electric propulsion, NASA is already using it, and one of its early pioneers worked with Wernher von Braun in Huntsville in the 1950s and '60s.

This week, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center honored the early ion propulsion work of Dr. Ernst Stuhlinger with a new exhibit featuring ion spacecraft models he designed. "It was really quite visionary, the technology he was developing," space center curator Ed Stewart said Thursday.]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:40:23 -0700 <![CDATA[US not fully prepared for nuclear terrorist attack]]> http://gazette.com/us-not-fully-prepared-for-nuclear-terrorist-attack/article/feed/189438?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-not-fully-prepared-for-nuclear-terrorist-attack/article/feed/189438?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government isn't fully prepared to handle a nuclear terrorist attack or a large-scale natural catastrophe, lacks effective coordination, and in some cases is years away from ensuring adequate emergency shelter and medical treatment, congressional investigators have found.

The report by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office, obtained by The Associated Press before its release, found that the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, didn't always keep track of disaster efforts by agencies, hampering the nation's preparedness even after Superstorm Sandy in 2012. That storm hit a large swath of the eastern U.S., including New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, which received federal dis

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government isn't fully prepared to handle a nuclear terrorist attack or a large-scale natural catastrophe, lacks effective coordination, and in some cases is years away from ensuring adequate emergency shelter and medical treatment, congressional investigators have found.

The report by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office, obtained by The Associated Press before its release, found that the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, didn't always keep track of disaster efforts by agencies, hampering the nation's preparedness even after Superstorm Sandy in 2012. That storm hit a large swath of the eastern U.S., including New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, which received federal dis]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:52:44 -0700 <![CDATA[US not fully prepared for nuclear terrorist attack]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/us-not-fully-prepared-for-nuclear-terrorist-attack/article/1543349?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-not-fully-prepared-for-nuclear-terrorist-attack/article/1543349?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON — The U.S. government isn't fully prepared to handle a nuclearterrorist attack or a large-scale natural catastrophe, lacks effective coordination, and in some cases is years away from ensuring adequate emergency shelter and medical treatment, congressional investigators have found.

The report by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office, obtained by The Associated Press before its release, found that the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, didn't always keep track of disaster efforts by agencies, hampering the nation's preparedness even after Superstorm Sandy in 2012. That storm hit a large swath of the eastern U.S., including New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, which received



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WASHINGTON — The U.S. government isn't fully prepared to handle a nuclearterrorist attack or a large-scale natural catastrophe, lacks effective coordination, and in some cases is years away from ensuring adequate emergency shelter and medical treatment, congressional investigators have found.

The report by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office, obtained by The Associated Press before its release, found that the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, didn't always keep track of disaster efforts by agencies, hampering the nation's preparedness even after Superstorm Sandy in 2012. That storm hit a large swath of the eastern U.S., including New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, which received

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Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:09:25 -0700
<![CDATA[Fort Carson soldier arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, soliciting prostitution]]> BY LISA WALTON lisa.walton@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/fort-carson-soldier-arrested-on-suspicion-of-attempted-murder-soliciting-prostitution/article/1543325?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-carson-soldier-arrested-on-suspicion-of-attempted-murder-soliciting-prostitution/article/1543325?custom_click=rss A Fort Carson soldier who allegedly strangled a 21-year-old woman he met for escort services last month has been arrested, according to Colorado Springs police.

Nilark Bates, 22, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of attempted murder and soliciting prostitution, according to court records.

Police said the victim posted an escort advertisement online and arranged a "quick meet" with a man in exchange for money the day after Thanksgiving.

During the meeting, police said the man became "agitated" and allegedly strangled the woman until she lost consciousness.

Detectives with the human trafficking unit responded to reports of the assault, at a hotel room at the 4300 block of Sinton Road, shortly after 10 a.m. on Nov.



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A Fort Carson soldier who allegedly strangled a 21-year-old woman he met for escort services last month has been arrested, according to Colorado Springs police.

Nilark Bates, 22, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of attempted murder and soliciting prostitution, according to court records.

Police said the victim posted an escort advertisement online and arranged a "quick meet" with a man in exchange for money the day after Thanksgiving.

During the meeting, police said the man became "agitated" and allegedly strangled the woman until she lost consciousness.

Detectives with the human trafficking unit responded to reports of the assault, at a hotel room at the 4300 block of Sinton Road, shortly after 10 a.m. on Nov.

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Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:14:12 -0700
<![CDATA[Holocaust Survivor Hauptman dies; will be buried in Colorado Springs]]> BY LISA WALTON lisa.walton@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/holocaust-survivor-hauptman-dies-will-be-buried-in-colorado-springs/article/1543321?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/holocaust-survivor-hauptman-dies-will-be-buried-in-colorado-springs/article/1543321?custom_click=rss

Holocaust survivor, lion tamer and longtime Colorado Springs resident Sara Hauptman died Wednesday in El Paso, Texas.

She was 96.

Hauptman was born Aug. 15, 
1918, in Brussels.

She lost several family members to the Holocaust, including her mother and younger brother, who were killed in a concentration camp gas chamber.

After her husband, Nathan, was arrested, the 4-foot-11 Hauptman sent her two kids into hiding and joined the Belgian Resistance.

Hauptman, described by her son as "feisty," worked as a lion tamer at the Cirque Royale in Brussels as a cover for two years before being arrested and taken to Auschwitz.

After the war, Hauptman was reunited with her husband and her two children, Guy and



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Holocaust survivor, lion tamer and longtime Colorado Springs resident Sara Hauptman died Wednesday in El Paso, Texas.

She was 96.

Hauptman was born Aug. 15, 
1918, in Brussels.

She lost several family members to the Holocaust, including her mother and younger brother, who were killed in a concentration camp gas chamber.

After her husband, Nathan, was arrested, the 4-foot-11 Hauptman sent her two kids into hiding and joined the Belgian Resistance.

Hauptman, described by her son as "feisty," worked as a lion tamer at the Cirque Royale in Brussels as a cover for two years before being arrested and taken to Auschwitz.

After the war, Hauptman was reunited with her husband and her two children, Guy and

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Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:19:36 -0700
<![CDATA[Lamborn: Deal brokered to restart Aurora VA hospital work]]> BY TOM ROEDER tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/lamborn-deal-brokered-to-restart-aurora-va-hospital-work/article/1543240?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lamborn-deal-brokered-to-restart-aurora-va-hospital-work/article/1543240?custom_click=rss

The Department of Veterans Affairs has reached an interim agreement to put construction crews back on the job at its troubled Aurora hospital project.

The four-month deal is worth an estimated $220 million and could see workers return to the Colfax Avenue project Monday, U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, a Colorado Springs Republican, told The Gazette on Wednesday.

Work on the massive hospital complex stopped last week after an administrative board voided a contract between VA and prime contractor Kiewit-Turner. The board found that VA demanded a hospital that could cost more than $1 billion, but wanted to pay less than $600 million for the work.

The final cost for the 1.2-million- square-foot hospital complex could take months

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The four-month deal is worth an estimated $220 million and could see workers return to the Colfax Avenue project Monday, U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, a Colorado Springs Republican, told The Gazette on Wednesday.

Work on the massive hospital complex stopped last week after an administrative board voided a contract between VA and prime contractor Kiewit-Turner. The board found that VA demanded a hospital that could cost more than $1 billion, but wanted to pay less than $600 million for the work.

The final cost for the 1.2-million- square-foot hospital complex could take months]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:15:28 -0700 <![CDATA[Fort Carson exercise a step in opening combat roles to women]]> BY TOM ROEDER tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/fort-carson-exercise-a-step-in-opening-combat-roles-to-women/article/1543194?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-carson-exercise-a-step-in-opening-combat-roles-to-women/article/1543194?custom_click=rss

As part of an effort to integrate women into traditional combat roles, Fort Carson is studying the physical requirements of artillery, armor, cavalry and infantry jobs.

Men and women are hefting tank and artillery shells, working against the clock to load big guns and heading out on heavily laden 4-mile marches. Army experts then measure the physical toll of the exercises to divine measurements to be used as a yardstick for all recruits.

"We can then say, if you meet the standard, you can go into the occupation, regardless of gender," said Maj. Rich Jones, who is overseeing the nationwide study for the Army's Training and Doctrine Command.



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As part of an effort to integrate women into traditional combat roles, Fort Carson is studying the physical requirements of artillery, armor, cavalry and infantry jobs.

Men and women are hefting tank and artillery shells, working against the clock to load big guns and heading out on heavily laden 4-mile marches. Army experts then measure the physical toll of the exercises to divine measurements to be used as a yardstick for all recruits.

"We can then say, if you meet the standard, you can go into the occupation, regardless of gender," said Maj. Rich Jones, who is overseeing the nationwide study for the Army's Training and Doctrine Command.

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Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:38:14 -0700
<![CDATA[Major step for gay vets in Boston St. Patrick's parade]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/major-step-for-gay-vets-in-boston-st.-patricks-parade/article/1543177?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/major-step-for-gay-vets-in-boston-st.-patricks-parade/article/1543177?custom_click=rss

BOSTON — For the first time in its history, the sponsors of Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade will allow a group representing the gay community to participate, drawing cheers from Mayor Martin Walsh, who boycotted the event last year over the exclusion.

The South Boston Allied War Veterans Council, which has long resisted the inclusion of gay groups and won a U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1995 upholding their right to ban them from the annual parade that draws hundreds of thousands of spectators, voted 5-4 on Monday night to allow the group OutVets to march in the parade scheduled for March 15.

They will be allowed to carry a blue banner with five white stars representing the branches of the military and six



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BOSTON — For the first time in its history, the sponsors of Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade will allow a group representing the gay community to participate, drawing cheers from Mayor Martin Walsh, who boycotted the event last year over the exclusion.

The South Boston Allied War Veterans Council, which has long resisted the inclusion of gay groups and won a U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1995 upholding their right to ban them from the annual parade that draws hundreds of thousands of spectators, voted 5-4 on Monday night to allow the group OutVets to march in the parade scheduled for March 15.

They will be allowed to carry a blue banner with five white stars representing the branches of the military and six

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Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:29:06 -0700
<![CDATA[Administration seeking deal on Aurora VA hospital]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/administration-seeking-deal-on-aurora-va-hospital/article/1543176?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/administration-seeking-deal-on-aurora-va-hospital/article/1543176?custom_click=rss AURORA — Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson is coming to Denver to seek an agreement on a stalled contract to build a new VA hospital in Aurora.

Contractor Kiewit-Turner has indicated it is open to some sort of deal after a federal board ruled the VA had breached its contract with the company and construction came to a halt.

Kiewit-Turner says it is abandoning the troubled project after the projected cost ballooned to as much as $1 billion.

The U.S. Civilian Board of Contract Appeals says the VA has not produced a design that could be built under the $600 million contract. The board also found that the VA doesn't have sufficient funds to pay for construction of the entire project and has no



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AURORA — Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson is coming to Denver to seek an agreement on a stalled contract to build a new VA hospital in Aurora.

Contractor Kiewit-Turner has indicated it is open to some sort of deal after a federal board ruled the VA had breached its contract with the company and construction came to a halt.

Kiewit-Turner says it is abandoning the troubled project after the projected cost ballooned to as much as $1 billion.

The U.S. Civilian Board of Contract Appeals says the VA has not produced a design that could be built under the $600 million contract. The board also found that the VA doesn't have sufficient funds to pay for construction of the entire project and has no

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Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:20:51 -0700
<![CDATA[Fort Carson joins study of Army job standards]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/fort-carson-joins-study-of-army-job-standards/article/1543162?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-carson-joins-study-of-army-job-standards/article/1543162?custom_click=rss Fort Carson is participating in a study to help set physical performance standards for Army occupational specialties, starting with jobs that are currently closed to women.

Soldiers are scheduled to perform activities Tuesday that simulate specific tasks while researchers gather data on their heart rate, exertion and other indicators.

The information will be used to develop physical tests to match individuals to Army occupations they're suited for.

The Army says the goal is to scientifically evaluate all of its jobs and set standards that allow all qualified soldiers to perform them.

The study is being conducted by the Army Training and Doctrine Command with help from the Army Research Institute of



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Fort Carson is participating in a study to help set physical performance standards for Army occupational specialties, starting with jobs that are currently closed to women.

Soldiers are scheduled to perform activities Tuesday that simulate specific tasks while researchers gather data on their heart rate, exertion and other indicators.

The information will be used to develop physical tests to match individuals to Army occupations they're suited for.

The Army says the goal is to scientifically evaluate all of its jobs and set standards that allow all qualified soldiers to perform them.

The study is being conducted by the Army Training and Doctrine Command with help from the Army Research Institute of

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Tue, 16 Dec 2014 07:24:45 -0700
<![CDATA[Fort Carson combat hospital getting new commander]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/fort-carson-combat-hospital-getting-new-commander/article/1543161?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-carson-combat-hospital-getting-new-commander/article/1543161?custom_click=rss Fort Carson's 10th Combat Support Hospital is getting a new commander.

Col. Kimberlee A. Aiello (eye-ELL'-oh) will take charge of the unit in a change-of-command ceremony on Tuesday.

Aiello's last assignment was serving as a medical plans and operations officer for the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs.

Aiello's new unit is designed to set up a combat hospital of up to 248 beds anywhere in the world.

She succeeds Col. James R. Andrews, who commanded the unit since January 2013.

Andrews will become deputy chief of staff for health care operations at the Defense Health Agency in Falls Church, Virginia.



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Fort Carson's 10th Combat Support Hospital is getting a new commander.

Col. Kimberlee A. Aiello (eye-ELL'-oh) will take charge of the unit in a change-of-command ceremony on Tuesday.

Aiello's last assignment was serving as a medical plans and operations officer for the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs.

Aiello's new unit is designed to set up a combat hospital of up to 248 beds anywhere in the world.

She succeeds Col. James R. Andrews, who commanded the unit since January 2013.

Andrews will become deputy chief of staff for health care operations at the Defense Health Agency in Falls Church, Virginia.

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Tue, 16 Dec 2014 07:22:39 -0700
<![CDATA[Military's use of other than honorable discharges to get heavy scrutiny]]> By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/militarys-use-of-other-than-honorable-discharges-to-get-heavy-scrutiny/article/1543126?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/militarys-use-of-other-than-honorable-discharges-to-get-heavy-scrutiny/article/1543126?custom_click=rss

President Barack Obama is expected to soon sign a bill ordering an investigation of whether the military has improperly used other than honorable discharges to rid the services of wounded troops who commit minor offenses.

The amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act passed both chambers of Congress and is on Obama's desk. The amendment, written by U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., follows a Pulitzer Prize-winning 2013 Gazette investigation that found the Army used disciplinary discharges to part with soldiers who were later denied health care benefits that might help them recover from combat wounds and mental illness.

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The amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act passed both chambers of Congress and is on Obama's desk. The amendment, written by U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., follows a Pulitzer Prize-winning 2013 Gazette investigation that found the Army used disciplinary discharges to part with soldiers who were later denied health care benefits that might help them recover from combat wounds and mental illness.]]> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 04:10:15 -0700 <![CDATA[Hundreds say goodbye to Air Force pilot in Rifle]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/hundreds-say-goodbye-to-air-force-pilot-in-rifle/article/1543110?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hundreds-say-goodbye-to-air-force-pilot-in-rifle/article/1543110?custom_click=rss

RIFLE — Hundreds of people turned out to say goodbye to an Air Force pilot from Colorado who was killed on a deployment to fight Islamic State extremists.

Some residents and law enforcement officers stood on Interstate 70 overpasses waving flags as the procession carrying Capt. William DuBois' casket traveled from Grand Junction to Rifle, Colorado for his funeral service Sunday. The Glenwood Springs Post Independent (http://bit.ly/1yRWJkC ) reports that about 900 people, including Gov. John Hickenlooper, attended the funeral at Rifle High School, where DuBois graduated in 2003.

The newly married 30-year-old was assigned the 77th Fighter Squadron at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina. Besides winning "top gun"



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RIFLE — Hundreds of people turned out to say goodbye to an Air Force pilot from Colorado who was killed on a deployment to fight Islamic State extremists.

Some residents and law enforcement officers stood on Interstate 70 overpasses waving flags as the procession carrying Capt. William DuBois' casket traveled from Grand Junction to Rifle, Colorado for his funeral service Sunday. The Glenwood Springs Post Independent (http://bit.ly/1yRWJkC ) reports that about 900 people, including Gov. John Hickenlooper, attended the funeral at Rifle High School, where DuBois graduated in 2003.

The newly married 30-year-old was assigned the 77th Fighter Squadron at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina. Besides winning "top gun"

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Mon, 15 Dec 2014 08:05:42 -0700
<![CDATA[AFA cadets build gliders, test them for final class project]]> By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/afa-cadets-build-gliders-test-them-for-final-class-project/article/1543073?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/afa-cadets-build-gliders-test-them-for-final-class-project/article/1543073?custom_click=rss

Nearly 400 cadets got to take flight at the Air Force Academy this month thanks to tiny wooden gliders.

They lobbed the things inside an indoor football practice stadium and the best made it 100 feet or more, prompting hoots of celebration.

What looked like fun is actually serious engineering and a graduation requirement for all cadets, even the English majors.

"We design and build them ourselves," said junior cadet Josh Waugh, a Colorado Springs native.

Waugh built a fat-winged glider with an adjustable tail.

"You make slow adjustments to change its lift," Waugh said.

The gliders, a few Balsa sticks and some glue, are the final project of Aeronautics 315, a course designed to introduce cadets to the

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]]> Nearly 400 cadets got to take flight at the Air Force Academy this month thanks to tiny wooden gliders.

They lobbed the things inside an indoor football practice stadium and the best made it 100 feet or more, prompting hoots of celebration.

What looked like fun is actually serious engineering and a graduation requirement for all cadets, even the English majors.

"We design and build them ourselves," said junior cadet Josh Waugh, a Colorado Springs native.

Waugh built a fat-winged glider with an adjustable tail.

"You make slow adjustments to change its lift," Waugh said.

The gliders, a few Balsa sticks and some glue, are the final project of Aeronautics 315, a course designed to introduce cadets to the]]> Sun, 14 Dec 2014 11:00:02 -0700 <![CDATA[City for Champions project update: Air Force Gateway Visitor Center]]> By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/city-for-champions-project-update-air-force-gateway-visitor-center/article/1543044?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/city-for-champions-project-update-air-force-gateway-visitor-center/article/1543044?custom_click=rss

Air Force Academy Gateway Visitor Center

Projected cost: $20.5 million. Percent covered by state sales tax, under Regional Tourism Act: 5 percent

Amount of private money raised: $0

On the money: The Air Force is using land near Interstate 25 and North Gate Boulevard and expects to solicit proposals from developers on how it will be built and ultimately financed. That leaves the details of financing up in the air and, while the academy has briefed would-be donors on the project, no money has been raised. However, no Air Force money will be used.

Where things stand: The Air Force has to wrap up an environmental assessment of the project before it can press ahead. That will be done in early 2015.



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Air Force Academy Gateway Visitor Center

Projected cost: $20.5 million. Percent covered by state sales tax, under Regional Tourism Act: 5 percent

Amount of private money raised: $0

On the money: The Air Force is using land near Interstate 25 and North Gate Boulevard and expects to solicit proposals from developers on how it will be built and ultimately financed. That leaves the details of financing up in the air and, while the academy has briefed would-be donors on the project, no money has been raised. However, no Air Force money will be used.

Where things stand: The Air Force has to wrap up an environmental assessment of the project before it can press ahead. That will be done in early 2015.

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Sun, 14 Dec 2014 08:31:51 -0700
<![CDATA[Army sergeants major show a softer side]]> By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/army-sergeants-major-show-a-softer-side/article/1543056?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/army-sergeants-major-show-a-softer-side/article/1543056?custom_click=rss

They may have finally gone soft.

Army sergeants major are supposed to shave with blowtorches and gain nourishment from chewed railroad spikes and the fear of privates.

These guys are giving away turkey dinners and helping schoolkids.

"We just issued 225 food baskets and another 75 turkeys to military families on Fort Carson," said retired Sgt. Maj. Ray Parnell, a member of the 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson Sergeants Major Association.

With three stripes up, three down and a star in the middle, sergeants major hold the Army's top enlisted rank and serve as senior advisers to the officers they salute. The combination of managerial and people skills and a wealth of bureaucratic know-how make the sergeant's

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Army sergeants major are supposed to shave with blowtorches and gain nourishment from chewed railroad spikes and the fear of privates.

These guys are giving away turkey dinners and helping schoolkids.

"We just issued 225 food baskets and another 75 turkeys to military families on Fort Carson," said retired Sgt. Maj. Ray Parnell, a member of the 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson Sergeants Major Association.

With three stripes up, three down and a star in the middle, sergeants major hold the Army's top enlisted rank and serve as senior advisers to the officers they salute. The combination of managerial and people skills and a wealth of bureaucratic know-how make the sergeant's]]> Sun, 14 Dec 2014 04:15:03 -0700