<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - military]]> http://gazette.com/rss/military Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:11:51 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[AP Photos: Christians seek hope in Easter events]]> http://gazette.com/ap-photos-christians-seek-hope-in-easter-events/article/feed/110556?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-photos-christians-seek-hope-in-easter-events/article/feed/110556?custom_click=rss From the splendor of the Vatican to some of the world's most troubled regions, Christians worldwide sought hope Sunday in their religion's holiest event — the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.

In Rome, Pope Francis made an Easter plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria and for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria. He also called for more attention to the needy and the hungry.

More than 150,000 tourists turned out for the Mass that Francis celebrated under a canopy on the steps of St. Peter's Basilica. So great were their numbers that they overflowed from sprawling St. Peter's Square, which was bedecked with row after row of potted daffodils, sprays of blue hyacinths and bunches of white ro

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]]> From the splendor of the Vatican to some of the world's most troubled regions, Christians worldwide sought hope Sunday in their religion's holiest event — the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.

In Rome, Pope Francis made an Easter plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria and for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria. He also called for more attention to the needy and the hungry.

More than 150,000 tourists turned out for the Mass that Francis celebrated under a canopy on the steps of St. Peter's Basilica. So great were their numbers that they overflowed from sprawling St. Peter's Square, which was bedecked with row after row of potted daffodils, sprays of blue hyacinths and bunches of white ro]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:01:31 -0600 <![CDATA[Coast Guard seeks pollution source in SC marinas]]> http://gazette.com/coast-guard-seeks-pollution-source-in-sc-marinas/article/feed/110519?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/coast-guard-seeks-pollution-source-in-sc-marinas/article/feed/110519?custom_click=rss CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Coast Guard is looking for the source of pools of thick, purple pollution in Charleston waters.

The Coast Guard said Sunday a team was trying to determine the amount and source of the diesel-type pollutants found in three marinas late Saturday.

Most of the pollutant had dissipated by Sunday morning and couldn't be recovered due to heavy rainfall. Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Joshua Nichols in Charleston says any remaining product should dissipate or burn off in the sunlight Sunday.

The heaviest pockets are within Charleston City Marina. A sheen about a mile long and a quarter-mile wide is visible in the Ashley River outside the marinas.

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]]> CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Coast Guard is looking for the source of pools of thick, purple pollution in Charleston waters.

The Coast Guard said Sunday a team was trying to determine the amount and source of the diesel-type pollutants found in three marinas late Saturday.

Most of the pollutant had dissipated by Sunday morning and couldn't be recovered due to heavy rainfall. Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Joshua Nichols in Charleston says any remaining product should dissipate or burn off in the sunlight Sunday.

The heaviest pockets are within Charleston City Marina. A sheen about a mile long and a quarter-mile wide is visible in the Ashley River outside the marinas.]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:17:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Lost Union Army soldier honored with memorial]]> http://gazette.com/lost-union-army-soldier-honored-with-memorial/article/feed/110527?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lost-union-army-soldier-honored-with-memorial/article/feed/110527?custom_click=rss RADCLIFF, Ky. (AP) — The story of an uneducated farmer from Anderson County was buried with him in an unmarked grave in Columbia until one of his descendants unearthed the truth and fought to have him recognized.

Kentucky Veterans Cemetery-Central in Radcliff recently honored the sacrifice of Burrell L. Strange Sr., dedicating a headstone in his memory.

Strange was killed in combat during the summer of 1863 while serving with the Union Army in the U.S. Civil War. He joined the Union in 1862 at age 40, leaving his family behind to serve his country.

Ron Strange, Burrell's great-great-grandson, was combing through his family genealogy in search of his great-grandparents' resting place when he stumbled on the acknowledge

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]]> RADCLIFF, Ky. (AP) — The story of an uneducated farmer from Anderson County was buried with him in an unmarked grave in Columbia until one of his descendants unearthed the truth and fought to have him recognized.

Kentucky Veterans Cemetery-Central in Radcliff recently honored the sacrifice of Burrell L. Strange Sr., dedicating a headstone in his memory.

Strange was killed in combat during the summer of 1863 while serving with the Union Army in the U.S. Civil War. He joined the Union in 1862 at age 40, leaving his family behind to serve his country.

Ron Strange, Burrell's great-great-grandson, was combing through his family genealogy in search of his great-grandparents' resting place when he stumbled on the acknowledge]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:30:43 -0600 <![CDATA[Easter morning delivery for space station]]> http://gazette.com/easter-morning-delivery-for-space-station/article/feed/110499?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/easter-morning-delivery-for-space-station/article/feed/110499?custom_click=rss

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Space station astronauts got a special Easter treat: a cargo ship full of supplies.

The shipment arrived Sunday morning via a Dragon, versus a bunny.

"Gentlemen, the Easter Dragon is knocking at the door," NASA's Mission Control said as the capsule was bolted into place.

The SpaceX company's cargo ship, Dragon, spent two days chasing the International Space Station following its launch from Cape Canaveral. Astronauts used a robot arm to capture the capsule 260 miles above Egypt.

More than 2 tons of food, spacewalking gear and experiments fill the Dragon, including mating fruit flies, a little veggie hothouse and legs for the resident robot. NASA also packed family care packages for th

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]]> CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Space station astronauts got a special Easter treat: a cargo ship full of supplies.

The shipment arrived Sunday morning via a Dragon, versus a bunny.

"Gentlemen, the Easter Dragon is knocking at the door," NASA's Mission Control said as the capsule was bolted into place.

The SpaceX company's cargo ship, Dragon, spent two days chasing the International Space Station following its launch from Cape Canaveral. Astronauts used a robot arm to capture the capsule 260 miles above Egypt.

More than 2 tons of food, spacewalking gear and experiments fill the Dragon, including mating fruit flies, a little veggie hothouse and legs for the resident robot. NASA also packed family care packages for th]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:31:25 -0600 <![CDATA[Delay in ferry evacuation puzzles maritime experts]]> http://gazette.com/delay-in-ferry-evacuation-puzzles-maritime-experts/article/feed/110485?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/delay-in-ferry-evacuation-puzzles-maritime-experts/article/feed/110485?custom_click=rss

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — It is a decision that has maritime experts stumped and is at odds with standard procedure: Why were the passengers of the doomed South Korean ferry told to stay in their rooms rather than climb on deck?

Evacuations can be chaotic and dangerous, and an important principle in maritime circles is that even a damaged ship may be the best lifeboat. But car ferries like the Sewol, which left about 300 people missing or dead when it sank Wednesday, are different.

Under certain conditions — like those that confronted the Sewol — car ferries are particularly susceptible to rapid capsizing. This makes it critically important that when there is trouble, the crew quickly evacuate passengers, or at least ga

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]]> MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — It is a decision that has maritime experts stumped and is at odds with standard procedure: Why were the passengers of the doomed South Korean ferry told to stay in their rooms rather than climb on deck?

Evacuations can be chaotic and dangerous, and an important principle in maritime circles is that even a damaged ship may be the best lifeboat. But car ferries like the Sewol, which left about 300 people missing or dead when it sank Wednesday, are different.

Under certain conditions — like those that confronted the Sewol — car ferries are particularly susceptible to rapid capsizing. This makes it critically important that when there is trouble, the crew quickly evacuate passengers, or at least ga]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:32:24 -0600 <![CDATA[NASA: Engineer vital to moon landing success dies]]> http://gazette.com/nasa-engineer-vital-to-moon-landing-success-dies/article/feed/110478?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nasa-engineer-vital-to-moon-landing-success-dies/article/feed/110478?custom_click=rss

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — John C. Houbolt, an engineer whose contributions to the U.S. space program were vital to NASA's successful moon landing in 1969, has died. He was 95.

Houbolt died Tuesday at a nursing home in Scarborough, Maine, of complications from Parkinson's disease, his son-in-law Tucker Withington, of Plymouth, Mass., confirmed Saturday.

As NASA describes on its website, while under pressure during the U.S.-Soviet space race, Houbolt was the catalyst in securing U.S. commitment to the science and engineering theory that eventually carried the Apollo crew to the moon and back safely.

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]]> SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — John C. Houbolt, an engineer whose contributions to the U.S. space program were vital to NASA's successful moon landing in 1969, has died. He was 95.

Houbolt died Tuesday at a nursing home in Scarborough, Maine, of complications from Parkinson's disease, his son-in-law Tucker Withington, of Plymouth, Mass., confirmed Saturday.

As NASA describes on its website, while under pressure during the U.S.-Soviet space race, Houbolt was the catalyst in securing U.S. commitment to the science and engineering theory that eventually carried the Apollo crew to the moon and back safely.]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 03:16:41 -0600 <![CDATA[Coast Guard rescues sailor near Port Townsend]]> http://gazette.com/coast-guard-rescues-sailor-near-port-townsend/article/feed/110441?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/coast-guard-rescues-sailor-near-port-townsend/article/feed/110441?custom_click=rss PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a sailor whose boat capsized six miles north of Port Townsend, Wash.

Coast Guard spokesman Nathan Littlejohn says a response boat arrived on the scene Saturday afternoon to find that the sailor had managed to right the overturned boat.

The Port Angeles-based crew threw a line to the distressed sailor, helping him aboard the response boat. He was not hurt.

Littlejohn says the sailor's 19-foot homemade sailboat was towed to Point Hudson Marina in Port Townsend.

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]]> PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a sailor whose boat capsized six miles north of Port Townsend, Wash.

Coast Guard spokesman Nathan Littlejohn says a response boat arrived on the scene Saturday afternoon to find that the sailor had managed to right the overturned boat.

The Port Angeles-based crew threw a line to the distressed sailor, helping him aboard the response boat. He was not hurt.

Littlejohn says the sailor's 19-foot homemade sailboat was towed to Point Hudson Marina in Port Townsend.]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:45:31 -0600 <![CDATA[US weighing military exercises in Eastern Europe]]> http://gazette.com/us-weighing-military-exercises-in-eastern-europe/article/feed/110428?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-weighing-military-exercises-in-eastern-europe/article/feed/110428?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is considering deploying about 150 soldiers for military exercises to begin in Poland and Estonia in the next few weeks, a Western official said Saturday. The exercises would follow Russia's buildup of forces near its border with Ukraine and its annexation last month of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said earlier this week that the U.S. is looking for ways to reassure its NATO allies of its strong commitment to collective defense. The Pentagon's press secretary, Rear Adm. John Kirby, said in a statement Friday that American officials are considering a range of additional measures to bolster air, maritime and ground readiness in Europe.

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is considering deploying about 150 soldiers for military exercises to begin in Poland and Estonia in the next few weeks, a Western official said Saturday. The exercises would follow Russia's buildup of forces near its border with Ukraine and its annexation last month of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said earlier this week that the U.S. is looking for ways to reassure its NATO allies of its strong commitment to collective defense. The Pentagon's press secretary, Rear Adm. John Kirby, said in a statement Friday that American officials are considering a range of additional measures to bolster air, maritime and ground readiness in Europe.]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:30:54 -0600 <![CDATA[McEwen ammunition plant explosion ruled accidental]]> http://gazette.com/mcewen-ammunition-plant-explosion-ruled-accidental/article/feed/110402?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mcewen-ammunition-plant-explosion-ruled-accidental/article/feed/110402?custom_click=rss MCEWEN, Tenn. (AP) — The deadly explosion at a McEwen ammunition plant was accidental, according to a preliminary investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

ATF spokesman Michael Knight said it will now be up to the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration to determine fault and whether there were any safety violations at the plant. The state agency also will determine penalties, if appropriate.

The explosion Wednesday afternoon at Rio Ammunition, about 55 miles west of Nashville, killed Rodney Edwards and injured three others. Joey Clark was listed in stable condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center on Saturday. The other two victims were discharged earlier in the week.

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]]> MCEWEN, Tenn. (AP) — The deadly explosion at a McEwen ammunition plant was accidental, according to a preliminary investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

ATF spokesman Michael Knight said it will now be up to the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration to determine fault and whether there were any safety violations at the plant. The state agency also will determine penalties, if appropriate.

The explosion Wednesday afternoon at Rio Ammunition, about 55 miles west of Nashville, killed Rodney Edwards and injured three others. Joey Clark was listed in stable condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center on Saturday. The other two victims were discharged earlier in the week.]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:00:27 -0600 <![CDATA[Tenn. ammunition plant explosion ruled accidental]]> http://gazette.com/tenn.-ammunition-plant-explosion-ruled-accidental/article/feed/110410?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tenn.-ammunition-plant-explosion-ruled-accidental/article/feed/110410?custom_click=rss MCEWEN, Tenn. (AP) — A preliminary investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has determined that a deadly explosion at a Tennessee ammunition plant was accidental.

ATF spokesman Michael Knight said it will now be up to the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration to determine fault and whether there were any safety violations at the plant.

The explosion Wednesday afternoon at Rio Ammunition killed Rodney Edwards and injured three others. Joey Clark was listed in stable condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center on Saturday. The other two victims were discharged earlier in the week.

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]]> MCEWEN, Tenn. (AP) — A preliminary investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has determined that a deadly explosion at a Tennessee ammunition plant was accidental.

ATF spokesman Michael Knight said it will now be up to the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration to determine fault and whether there were any safety violations at the plant.

The explosion Wednesday afternoon at Rio Ammunition killed Rodney Edwards and injured three others. Joey Clark was listed in stable condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center on Saturday. The other two victims were discharged earlier in the week.]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:30:29 -0600 <![CDATA[Drone in Yemen kills at least 9 al-Qaida members]]> http://gazette.com/drone-in-yemen-kills-at-least-9-al-qaida-members/article/feed/110290?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/drone-in-yemen-kills-at-least-9-al-qaida-members/article/feed/110290?custom_click=rss

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A U.S. drone strike in southern Yemen killed at least nine suspected al-Qaida militants and three civilians Saturday, authorities said, as part of America's ongoing strikes in the country against what it considers the terror network's most dangerous local group.

A Yemeni military official said the early Saturday strike struck a vehicle carrying the militants in the Sawmaa area in the al-Bayda province as another car carrying civilians passed by.

A security official investigating the strike said one of the civilian survivors said the strike hit a white SUV, tossing it some 20 meters (21 yards) away. He said the survivor said they fled the flying debris and took shelter while "explosions" continued for ano

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]]> SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A U.S. drone strike in southern Yemen killed at least nine suspected al-Qaida militants and three civilians Saturday, authorities said, as part of America's ongoing strikes in the country against what it considers the terror network's most dangerous local group.

A Yemeni military official said the early Saturday strike struck a vehicle carrying the militants in the Sawmaa area in the al-Bayda province as another car carrying civilians passed by.

A security official investigating the strike said one of the civilian survivors said the strike hit a white SUV, tossing it some 20 meters (21 yards) away. He said the survivor said they fled the flying debris and took shelter while "explosions" continued for ano]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:45:40 -0600 <![CDATA[Mentors to girls: 'Cool to be smart']]> by Michael S. Humphreys Special to The Gazette - http://gazette.com/mentors-to-girls-cool-to-be-smart/article/1518538?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mentors-to-girls-cool-to-be-smart/article/1518538?custom_click=rss

hey will do their best to be honest and fair, friendly and helpful, incredible at math and awesome at chemistry.

That's how Air Force Academy cadets might update the Girl Scout Promise after an event this month to turn the Scouts toward the possibilities of science, technology, engineering and math.

"We have a lot of contact with local and state nonprofits that are trying to encourage STEM education in kids," academy chemistry professor Ron Furstenau said after showing 40 Girl Scouts his lab.

The academy has been working with local troops of the Girl Scouts of Colorado for 12 years designing science programs for the girls in coordination with troop leaders, Furstenau said.

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]]> hey will do their best to be honest and fair, friendly and helpful, incredible at math and awesome at chemistry.

That's how Air Force Academy cadets might update the Girl Scout Promise after an event this month to turn the Scouts toward the possibilities of science, technology, engineering and math.

"We have a lot of contact with local and state nonprofits that are trying to encourage STEM education in kids," academy chemistry professor Ron Furstenau said after showing 40 Girl Scouts his lab.

The academy has been working with local troops of the Girl Scouts of Colorado for 12 years designing science programs for the girls in coordination with troop leaders, Furstenau said.]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:20:11 -0600 <![CDATA[Star named to honor fallen troops]]> by tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/star-named-to-honor-fallen-troops/article/1518537?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/star-named-to-honor-fallen-troops/article/1518537?custom_click=rss Fort Carson officials have decided to add a more permanent memorial to troops killed in combat.

The post now has stone memorials carrying the nearly 400 names of local troops killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. But those may last only a few thousand years before the granite is weathered away.

The new memorial is made of different stuff.

"By our estimates, it should last for 5 billion years," said Patricia Randle, director of Fort Carson's Army Community Service Office.

In the night sky, deep in the constellation Puppis is the newly-named "Fallen Heroes Star."

Randle came up with the idea to name a star in memorial to troops and registered the name through the commercial International Star Registry.

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]]> Fort Carson officials have decided to add a more permanent memorial to troops killed in combat.

The post now has stone memorials carrying the nearly 400 names of local troops killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. But those may last only a few thousand years before the granite is weathered away.

The new memorial is made of different stuff.

"By our estimates, it should last for 5 billion years," said Patricia Randle, director of Fort Carson's Army Community Service Office.

In the night sky, deep in the constellation Puppis is the newly-named "Fallen Heroes Star."

Randle came up with the idea to name a star in memorial to troops and registered the name through the commercial International Star Registry.]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:20:10 -0600 <![CDATA[At conference, chaplains learn to care for others, themselves]]> by tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/at-conference-chaplains-learn-to-care-for-others-themselves/article/1518536?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/at-conference-chaplains-learn-to-care-for-others-themselves/article/1518536?custom_click=rss

Chaplains from Pikes Peak-region military bases and the civilian community gathered at U.S. Northern Command this month to learn how to care for caregivers.

In the past, the annual chaplains conference focused on how military preachers can help in disaster response and wartime events. But the command's new top chaplain used 2014 to make her comrades look in the mirror.

"'Physician heal thyself' - we know that doesn't work," said the command's top chaplain, Navy Capt. Brenda BradleyDavila.

The conference drew scores of people including speakers from government agencies including FEMA and the FBI. They talked about how to build up chaplains so they can help troops work through some of the worst events humans and Mother

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]]> Chaplains from Pikes Peak-region military bases and the civilian community gathered at U.S. Northern Command this month to learn how to care for caregivers.

In the past, the annual chaplains conference focused on how military preachers can help in disaster response and wartime events. But the command's new top chaplain used 2014 to make her comrades look in the mirror.

"'Physician heal thyself' - we know that doesn't work," said the command's top chaplain, Navy Capt. Brenda BradleyDavila.

The conference drew scores of people including speakers from government agencies including FEMA and the FBI. They talked about how to build up chaplains so they can help troops work through some of the worst events humans and Mother]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:20:08 -0600 <![CDATA[Air Force Academy prof's national TV interview can be viewed on Web]]> by tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/air-force-academy-profs-national-tv-interview-can-be-viewed-on-web/article/1518535?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-academy-profs-national-tv-interview-can-be-viewed-on-web/article/1518535?custom_click=rss

An Air Force Academy professor was scheduled to appear on national television (cable's C-SPAN3) on Saturday, talking about his favorite chapter in American history.

Lt. Col. Grant Weller was filmed during a classroom lecture about the end of World War II and America's decision to drive Japan to surrender by using two atomic weapons.

"What fascinates me most is the momentum on both sides of the war," Weller said.

The television appearance is part of a network series, "Lecture on History," that delves into America's past and is part of the 48 hours of American history programming that C-SPAN3 airs each weekend.

The program was scheduled to air Saturday night, and it can be viewed on the Internet starting Monday at

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]]> An Air Force Academy professor was scheduled to appear on national television (cable's C-SPAN3) on Saturday, talking about his favorite chapter in American history.

Lt. Col. Grant Weller was filmed during a classroom lecture about the end of World War II and America's decision to drive Japan to surrender by using two atomic weapons.

"What fascinates me most is the momentum on both sides of the war," Weller said.

The television appearance is part of a network series, "Lecture on History," that delves into America's past and is part of the 48 hours of American history programming that C-SPAN3 airs each weekend.

The program was scheduled to air Saturday night, and it can be viewed on the Internet starting Monday at]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:20:01 -0600 <![CDATA[GOP gubernatorial candidates clash in debate]]> http://gazette.com/gop-gubernatorial-candidates-clash-in-debate/article/feed/110372?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gop-gubernatorial-candidates-clash-in-debate/article/feed/110372?custom_click=rss

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Republican gubernatorial hopeful Asa Hutchinson called rival Curtis Coleman's vow to resist some deployments of the Arkansas National Guard "inflammatory rhetoric" as the two squared off in a debate on Saturday.

Coleman in exchange criticized Hutchinson's past endorsement of Eric Holder as President Obama's pick for attorney general.

The two men seeking the GOP nomination in the May 20th primary clashed over several issues at the debate held by the Arkansas Federation of Young Republicans. Former U.S. Rep. Mike Ross and substitute teacher Lynette Bryant are seeking the Democratic nomination.

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]]> LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Republican gubernatorial hopeful Asa Hutchinson called rival Curtis Coleman's vow to resist some deployments of the Arkansas National Guard "inflammatory rhetoric" as the two squared off in a debate on Saturday.

Coleman in exchange criticized Hutchinson's past endorsement of Eric Holder as President Obama's pick for attorney general.

The two men seeking the GOP nomination in the May 20th primary clashed over several issues at the debate held by the Arkansas Federation of Young Republicans. Former U.S. Rep. Mike Ross and substitute teacher Lynette Bryant are seeking the Democratic nomination.]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:16:39 -0600 <![CDATA[NASA's space station Robonaut finally getting legs]]> http://gazette.com/nasas-space-station-robonaut-finally-getting-legs/article/feed/110334?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nasas-space-station-robonaut-finally-getting-legs/article/feed/110334?custom_click=rss

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The first out-of-this-world humanoid robot is finally getting its space legs.

For three years, Robonaut has had to manage from the waist up at the International Space Station. This new pair of legs means the experimental robot won't be stuck on a pedestal and can go mobile.

The robot's legs are packed aboard a SpaceX supply ship that launched Friday, more than a month late. The cargo arrives on Easter Sunday morning.

It's the next big step in NASA's quest to develop robotic helpers for astronauts. With legs, the 8-foot Robonaut will be able to climb throughout the space station, performing mundane cleaning chores and fetching things for the human crew.

Each leg has seven joints.

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]]> CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The first out-of-this-world humanoid robot is finally getting its space legs.

For three years, Robonaut has had to manage from the waist up at the International Space Station. This new pair of legs means the experimental robot won't be stuck on a pedestal and can go mobile.

The robot's legs are packed aboard a SpaceX supply ship that launched Friday, more than a month late. The cargo arrives on Easter Sunday morning.

It's the next big step in NASA's quest to develop robotic helpers for astronauts. With legs, the 8-foot Robonaut will be able to climb throughout the space station, performing mundane cleaning chores and fetching things for the human crew.

Each leg has seven joints.]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:01:52 -0600 <![CDATA[Connecticut to study Rocky Hill Veterans Home]]> http://gazette.com/connecticut-to-study-rocky-hill-veterans-home/article/feed/110314?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/connecticut-to-study-rocky-hill-veterans-home/article/feed/110314?custom_click=rss ROCKY HILL, Conn. (AP) — A push to end homelessness among Connecticut veterans by 2015 is generating renewed interest in the state's Veterans Home in Rocky Hill.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's office is creating a working group that will determine the best way forward for the 90-acre complex that serves military veterans, said Andrew Doba, the governor's communications direction. Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman will lead the effort.

Advocates for the homeless estimate Connecticut has more than 500 homeless veterans, and Malloy said in his State of the State address in February that the number is unacceptable.

Malloy's proposed state budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 includes $500,000 for a study of how state buildings can bes

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]]> ROCKY HILL, Conn. (AP) — A push to end homelessness among Connecticut veterans by 2015 is generating renewed interest in the state's Veterans Home in Rocky Hill.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's office is creating a working group that will determine the best way forward for the 90-acre complex that serves military veterans, said Andrew Doba, the governor's communications direction. Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman will lead the effort.

Advocates for the homeless estimate Connecticut has more than 500 homeless veterans, and Malloy said in his State of the State address in February that the number is unacceptable.

Malloy's proposed state budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 includes $500,000 for a study of how state buildings can bes]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:46:57 -0600 <![CDATA[Branstad priorities not OK'd as adjournment nears]]> http://gazette.com/branstad-priorities-not-okd-as-adjournment-nears/article/feed/110322?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/branstad-priorities-not-okd-as-adjournment-nears/article/feed/110322?custom_click=rss DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As the end of the legislative session draws near, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is pushing lawmakers to keep some of his priorities in mind.

Before the session began in January, Branstad focused on four priorities: reducing bullying in schools; expanding programs for veterans; extending broadband and Internet access to rural Iowans; and increasing funding for apprenticeships.

All those efforts remain alive, but none has been approved and time could be running out. Senate and House leaders said adjournment could come next week, meaning lawmakers must work quickly if the proposals are going to be approved and sent to the governor.

Branstad said he remains hopeful.

"We don't know until it's over,

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]]> DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As the end of the legislative session draws near, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is pushing lawmakers to keep some of his priorities in mind.

Before the session began in January, Branstad focused on four priorities: reducing bullying in schools; expanding programs for veterans; extending broadband and Internet access to rural Iowans; and increasing funding for apprenticeships.

All those efforts remain alive, but none has been approved and time could be running out. Senate and House leaders said adjournment could come next week, meaning lawmakers must work quickly if the proposals are going to be approved and sent to the governor.

Branstad said he remains hopeful.

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After a combat tour in Iraq, Kris Goldsmith was discharged from the Army in 2007 for attempting suicide.

His superiors wrote him up for malingering and not being on a plane to his second combat deployment - a flight he missed because he was locked in an Army hospital psychiatric ward. He was given a general discharge that stripped him of some veterans benefits.

"They kicked me out as quickly as they could," he said when reached Thursday at his house in New York. "And ever since, I've struggled. I can't get a real job because my discharge papers say I committed a serious offense."

Once out of the Army, Goldsmith decided he would do whatever he could to keep the same thing from happening to other troops.



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After a combat tour in Iraq, Kris Goldsmith was discharged from the Army in 2007 for attempting suicide.

His superiors wrote him up for malingering and not being on a plane to his second combat deployment - a flight he missed because he was locked in an Army hospital psychiatric ward. He was given a general discharge that stripped him of some veterans benefits.

"They kicked me out as quickly as they could," he said when reached Thursday at his house in New York. "And ever since, I've struggled. I can't get a real job because my discharge papers say I committed a serious offense."

Once out of the Army, Goldsmith decided he would do whatever he could to keep the same thing from happening to other troops.

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Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:57:43 -0600
<![CDATA[Iraqi sentenced in rape of Colorado Springs woman]]> Jakob Rodgers, The Gazette - http://gazette.com/iraqi-sentenced-in-rape-of-colorado-springs-woman/article/1518482?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/iraqi-sentenced-in-rape-of-colorado-springs-woman/article/1518482?custom_click=rss

An Iraqi immigrant convicted in a rape case that left a woman nearly dead and bleeding internally was sentenced to 28 years to life in prison.

Jasim Mohammed Hasin Ramadon, also known as Jay Hendrix, received the sentence Friday from 4th Judicial District Court Judge Barbara Hughes.

Ramadon was among five Iraqi immigrants arrested in connection with the 2012 rape - all but one of whom had been brought to the United States after helping U.S. military personnel in Iraq, had been accused of lying to police about the rape.

The 53-year-old victim was attacked at the Wildridge Apartments in the 2500 block of Gold Rush drive on July 21, 2012.

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Jasim Mohammed Hasin Ramadon, also known as Jay Hendrix, received the sentence Friday from 4th Judicial District Court Judge Barbara Hughes.

Ramadon was among five Iraqi immigrants arrested in connection with the 2012 rape - all but one of whom had been brought to the United States after helping U.S. military personnel in Iraq, had been accused of lying to police about the rape.

The 53-year-old victim was attacked at the Wildridge Apartments in the 2500 block of Gold Rush drive on July 21, 2012.]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:10:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions]]> Associated Press - http://gazette.com/deal-reached-on-calming-ukraine-tensions/article/1518408?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/deal-reached-on-calming-ukraine-tensions/article/1518408?custom_click=rss GENEVA — Top diplomats from the United States, European Union, Russia and Ukraine reached agreement Thursday on immediate steps to ease the crisis in Ukraine.

The agreement, reached after seven hours of negotiation in Geneva, requires all sides to refrain from violence, intimidation or provocative actions. It calls for the disarming of all illegally armed groups and for control of buildings seized by pro-Russian separatists during the protests to be turned back over to authorities.

It also gives amnesty to protesters who comply with the demands, except those found guilty of committing capital crimes.



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GENEVA — Top diplomats from the United States, European Union, Russia and Ukraine reached agreement Thursday on immediate steps to ease the crisis in Ukraine.

The agreement, reached after seven hours of negotiation in Geneva, requires all sides to refrain from violence, intimidation or provocative actions. It calls for the disarming of all illegally armed groups and for control of buildings seized by pro-Russian separatists during the protests to be turned back over to authorities.

It also gives amnesty to protesters who comply with the demands, except those found guilty of committing capital crimes.

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Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:09:10 -0600
<![CDATA[Congressional candidates slam Lamborn letter about AFA religious freedoms]]> by tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/congressional-candidates-slam-lamborn-letter-about-afa-religious-freedoms/article/1518368?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/congressional-candidates-slam-lamborn-letter-about-afa-religious-freedoms/article/1518368?custom_click=rss

Fifth Congressional District candidate Bentley Rayburn on Wednesday chided his primary election opponent, Rep. Doug Lamborn, saying the congressman is not doing enough to guarantee religious freedoms at the Air Force Academy.

Lamborn announced Tuesday that he had written a letter to Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James urging revision of Air Force regulations to permit more expression of their beliefs in the workplace.

"We need more than a letter," Rayburn said. "We need to have a forceful debate about these issues."

Rayburn, a retired two-star general and Air Force Academy graduate who has support among the GOP's evangelical wing, said if elected, he would bring the matter up for congressional debate.



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Fifth Congressional District candidate Bentley Rayburn on Wednesday chided his primary election opponent, Rep. Doug Lamborn, saying the congressman is not doing enough to guarantee religious freedoms at the Air Force Academy.

Lamborn announced Tuesday that he had written a letter to Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James urging revision of Air Force regulations to permit more expression of their beliefs in the workplace.

"We need more than a letter," Rayburn said. "We need to have a forceful debate about these issues."

Rayburn, a retired two-star general and Air Force Academy graduate who has support among the GOP's evangelical wing, said if elected, he would bring the matter up for congressional debate.

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Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:02:37 -0600
<![CDATA[Video chat REWIND: The Gazette's Dave Philipps, Michael Ciaglo answer questions on Pulitzer Prize win]]> Staff reports http://gazette.com/video-chat-rewind-the-gazettes-dave-philipps-michael-ciaglo-answer-questions-on-pulitzer-prize-win/article/1518293?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/video-chat-rewind-the-gazettes-dave-philipps-michael-ciaglo-answer-questions-on-pulitzer-prize-win/article/1518293?custom_click=rss

Gazette.com will host a video chat Wednesday at 1 p.m. fresh off The Gazette’s Pulitzer Prize win.

The Gazette was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for “Other Than Honorable,” Dave Philipps’ three-day investigative series last year that examined how soldiers injured during war were being discharged without benefits. Gazette photographer Michael Ciaglo’s poignant photos and videos of discharged soldiers accompanied Philipps’ series.

Philipps and Ciaglo will host the chat and answer your online questions starting at 1 p.m.

Ask you questions in our CoverItLive chat starting at 12:20. Philipps and Ciaglo will start a video chat at 1 p.m. Once the video is posted, click play.

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Gazette.com will host a video chat Wednesday at 1 p.m. fresh off The Gazette’s Pulitzer Prize win.

The Gazette was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for “Other Than Honorable,” Dave Philipps’ three-day investigative series last year that examined how soldiers injured during war were being discharged without benefits. Gazette photographer Michael Ciaglo’s poignant photos and videos of discharged soldiers accompanied Philipps’ series.

Philipps and Ciaglo will host the chat and answer your online questions starting at 1 p.m.

Ask you questions in our CoverItLive chat starting at 12:20. Philipps and Ciaglo will start a video chat at 1 p.m. Once the video is posted, click play.

Philipps will also talk about the

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Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:46:15 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado World War II veteran to receive POW Medal]]> Associated Press - http://gazette.com/colorado-world-war-ii-veteran-to-receive-pow-medal/article/1518189?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-world-war-ii-veteran-to-receive-pow-medal/article/1518189?custom_click=rss

LAKEWOOD — An Arvada man held captive by the Nazis during World War II is being awarded a Prisoner of War Medal.

Ninety-one-year-old Frank Dechant will receive the medal from congressman Ed Perlmutter during a ceremony in Lakewood Monday.

Perlmutter's office says Dechant and his unit were captured in December 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium. They were liberated in April 1945 after a two-month, forced march ahead of the Soviet advance into Germany.

Dechant was born to a farming family in Antonino, Kansas which moved to Denver during the Dust Bowl. After the Army, he married, had four sons and worked for Golden Motors Ford.

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LAKEWOOD — An Arvada man held captive by the Nazis during World War II is being awarded a Prisoner of War Medal.

Ninety-one-year-old Frank Dechant will receive the medal from congressman Ed Perlmutter during a ceremony in Lakewood Monday.

Perlmutter's office says Dechant and his unit were captured in December 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium. They were liberated in April 1945 after a two-month, forced march ahead of the Soviet advance into Germany.

Dechant was born to a farming family in Antonino, Kansas which moved to Denver during the Dust Bowl. After the Army, he married, had four sons and worked for Golden Motors Ford.

He was awarded seven medals, including a Bronze Star, right after

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Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:58:04 -0600
<![CDATA[The Gazette and reporter Dave Philipps win Pulitzer Prize]]> By Rich Laden, The Gazette - http://gazette.com/the-gazette-and-reporter-dave-philipps-win-pulitzer-prize/article/1518222?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-gazette-and-reporter-dave-philipps-win-pulitzer-prize/article/1518222?custom_click=rss

The Gazette’s Dave Philipps has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize in the category of national reporting for “Other than Honorable,” a three-day series that examined how soldiers injured during war were being discharged with no benefits.

The award was announced Monday by Pulitzer judges; Philipps’ series was published in The Gazette and on gazette.com from May 19-21, 2013. The awards are American journalism's highest honor.

Philipps' series, "Other than Honorable", focused on how the Army was discharging veterans, many of them with traumatic brain injuries or post-traumatic stress disorder, for minor misconduct.



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The Gazette’s Dave Philipps has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize in the category of national reporting for “Other than Honorable,” a three-day series that examined how soldiers injured during war were being discharged with no benefits.

The award was announced Monday by Pulitzer judges; Philipps’ series was published in The Gazette and on gazette.com from May 19-21, 2013. The awards are American journalism's highest honor.

Philipps' series, "Other than Honorable", focused on how the Army was discharging veterans, many of them with traumatic brain injuries or post-traumatic stress disorder, for minor misconduct.

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Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:42:02 -0600
<![CDATA[Side Streets Extra: Gazette's Pulitzer Prize award result of dogged quest to right a wrong]]> Bill Vogrin http://gazette.com/side-streets-extra-gazettes-pulitzer-prize-award-result-of-dogged-quest-to-right-a-wrong/article/1518257?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/side-streets-extra-gazettes-pulitzer-prize-award-result-of-dogged-quest-to-right-a-wrong/article/1518257?custom_click=rss

Something very special happened Monday in Colorado Springs.

Absolutely amazing, frankly.

A Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting, the most prestigious honor in all of journalism, was bestowed on The Gazette and Dave Philipps.

It was recognition of his three-day series "Other than Honorable," which examined how wounded combat veterans were being discharged from the Army and stripped of benefits for offenses likely caused by their war injuries.

It was a powerful series built on fearless reporting by Dave. He spent months relentlessly digging to obtain more than 700 pages of documents through the Freedom of Information Act, plus upwards of 2,000 pages of disciplinary records of soldiers.



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Something very special happened Monday in Colorado Springs.

Absolutely amazing, frankly.

A Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting, the most prestigious honor in all of journalism, was bestowed on The Gazette and Dave Philipps.

It was recognition of his three-day series "Other than Honorable," which examined how wounded combat veterans were being discharged from the Army and stripped of benefits for offenses likely caused by their war injuries.

It was a powerful series built on fearless reporting by Dave. He spent months relentlessly digging to obtain more than 700 pages of documents through the Freedom of Information Act, plus upwards of 2,000 pages of disciplinary records of soldiers.

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Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:29:38 -0600
<![CDATA[Udall concerned military cuts could impact firefighting readiness]]> by tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/udall-concerned-military-cuts-could-impact-firefighting-readiness/article/1518241?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/udall-concerned-military-cuts-could-impact-firefighting-readiness/article/1518241?custom_click=rss Colorado's U.S. Sen. Mark Udall said the military is ready for another season of battling wildfires from the air, but remains worried that planned cuts could impact readiness.

The Democrat visited U.S. Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs on Monday and met with top brass about wildfire preparedness. The command provides Pentagon support in natural disasters, including the Black Forest and Waldo Canyon fires that hit the Pikes Peak region in back-to-back years.

Key assets for fighting fires, Air Force C-130s that drop retardant, are based at Peterson.

"I'm confident that Peterson Air Force Base and Northern Command leaders will have their tankers ready," Udall said after a meeting with

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]]> Colorado's U.S. Sen. Mark Udall said the military is ready for another season of battling wildfires from the air, but remains worried that planned cuts could impact readiness.

The Democrat visited U.S. Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs on Monday and met with top brass about wildfire preparedness. The command provides Pentagon support in natural disasters, including the Black Forest and Waldo Canyon fires that hit the Pikes Peak region in back-to-back years.

Key assets for fighting fires, Air Force C-130s that drop retardant, are based at Peterson.

"I'm confident that Peterson Air Force Base and Northern Command leaders will have their tankers ready," Udall said after a meeting with]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:15:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Bomb troops celebrate bringing company home without a scratch]]> by tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/bomb-troops-celebrate-bringing-company-home-without-a-scratch/article/1518124?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bomb-troops-celebrate-bringing-company-home-without-a-scratch/article/1518124?custom_click=rss

Despite firefights, bombs, mortar attacks and hundreds of missions to render explosives safe, Fort Carson's 663rd Ordnance Company came home March 31.

All 44 of them, without so much as a Band-Aid.

The bomb-disposal troops spent nine months patrolling a massive swath of Afghanistan that ran from the capital city of Kabul to Jalalabad near the famed Khyber Pass.

"They deployed with 44 soldiers and came home with 44," said Col. Bill McDonough, who command's the 71st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group, which includes the company.

Companies like the 663rd are divided into small teams as soon as they hit Afghanistan, with small detachments of troops who work with local commanders to deal with bombs.



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Despite firefights, bombs, mortar attacks and hundreds of missions to render explosives safe, Fort Carson's 663rd Ordnance Company came home March 31.

All 44 of them, without so much as a Band-Aid.

The bomb-disposal troops spent nine months patrolling a massive swath of Afghanistan that ran from the capital city of Kabul to Jalalabad near the famed Khyber Pass.

"They deployed with 44 soldiers and came home with 44," said Col. Bill McDonough, who command's the 71st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group, which includes the company.

Companies like the 663rd are divided into small teams as soon as they hit Afghanistan, with small detachments of troops who work with local commanders to deal with bombs.

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Sun, 13 Apr 2014 07:45:36 -0600
<![CDATA[New American Legion honors Peterson war hero by adopting his name]]> by michael s. Humphreys Special to The Gazette - http://gazette.com/new-american-legion-honors-peterson-war-hero-by-adopting-his-name/article/1518126?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-american-legion-honors-peterson-war-hero-by-adopting-his-name/article/1518126?custom_click=rss

Airman 1st Class Matthew R. Seidler was considered a quiet hero by his family in Westminster, Md., but the nation's newest American Legion post honors his service, death and sacrifice by proudly taking his name.

Seidler was an explosive ordinance disposal technician assigned to the 21st Civil Engineer Squadron at Peterson Air Force Base when he was killed in Afghanistan on Jan. 5, 2012, by a roadside bomb. One year later, Warffemius-Seidler American Legion Post 381 was founded in Brandywine, Md.

The founders of the new post wanted to honor American heroes new and old, said Ron Fischer, commander of the post. Hans Warffemius, who also died in 2012, was a decorated World War II veteran, a native of Washington, D.C., and a



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Airman 1st Class Matthew R. Seidler was considered a quiet hero by his family in Westminster, Md., but the nation's newest American Legion post honors his service, death and sacrifice by proudly taking his name.

Seidler was an explosive ordinance disposal technician assigned to the 21st Civil Engineer Squadron at Peterson Air Force Base when he was killed in Afghanistan on Jan. 5, 2012, by a roadside bomb. One year later, Warffemius-Seidler American Legion Post 381 was founded in Brandywine, Md.

The founders of the new post wanted to honor American heroes new and old, said Ron Fischer, commander of the post. Hans Warffemius, who also died in 2012, was a decorated World War II veteran, a native of Washington, D.C., and a

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