<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - military]]> http://gazette.com/rss/military Wed, 26 Oct 2016 01:57:19 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Policy Prescriptions: Clinton and Trump on guns]]> http://gazette.com/policy-prescriptions-clinton-and-trump-on-guns/article/feed/413447?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/policy-prescriptions-clinton-and-trump-on-guns/article/feed/413447?custom_click=rss ATLANTA (AP) — If there was ever an issue underscoring the differences between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, it's gun rights.

Trump, the GOP presidential nominee, is a lifelong member of the National Rifle Association who believes the Second Amendment provides an absolute right to buy and own firearms. Democrat Clinton has advocated limiting the sales and possession of guns.

Both claim their approach as an answer to the gun violence that is a top concern of Americans — from terror attacks and mass shootings to the proliferation of guns on city streets.

Trump's acceptance speech at the Republican convention heavily backed law enforcement in a tough-on-crime message to address gun violence. "An attack on law enfor

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]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 02:48:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Asian shares hit by gloom on Wall Street, lower oil prices]]> http://gazette.com/asian-shares-hit-by-gloom-on-wall-street-lower-oil-prices/article/feed/413991?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/asian-shares-hit-by-gloom-on-wall-street-lower-oil-prices/article/feed/413991?custom_click=rss

TOKYO (AP) — Markets fell broadly in Asia on Wednesday after a gloomy session on Wall Street, where shares of household names like appliance maker Whirlpool and athletic apparel maker Under Armour suffered their worst declines in years. Weaker oil prices also cast a pall.

KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 edged 0.2 percent higher to 17,391.84, but most other regional benchmarks fell. Hong Kong's Hang Seng dropped 0.8 percent to 23,364.26 and Australia's S&P/ASX 200 dropped 1.5 percent to 5,359.80. South Korea's Kospi lost 1.1 percent to 2,013.89 and India's Sensex lost 0.8 percent to 27,865.25. Markets in Southeast Asia and Taiwan also fell.

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]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 01:56:32 -0600 <![CDATA[Venezuela braces for anti-government protests amid crisis]]> http://gazette.com/venezuela-braces-for-anti-government-protests-amid-crisis/article/feed/414289?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/venezuela-braces-for-anti-government-protests-amid-crisis/article/feed/414289?custom_click=rss

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's standoff deepened after congress voted to open a political trial against President Nicolas Maduro for breaking the constitutional order and opposition leaders called for mass protests on Wednesday to drive the unpopular socialist leader from office.

Tuesday's vote by the opposition-led legislature is unlikely to have any legal effect as Maduro still controls other branches of government, including the military and Supreme Court, which has already declared the National Assembly illegitimate. But it raised tensions even further following last week's suspension of an opposition push to hold a referendum to try to recall Maduro.

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]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 23:22:02 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Clinton picks up endorsement from UK's Adele]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-clinton-picks-up-endorsement-from-uks-adele/article/feed/413903?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-clinton-picks-up-endorsement-from-uks-adele/article/feed/413903?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential race (all times EDT):

10:13 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is attending an Adele concert in Miami and picking up some support along the way.

Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill says the singer said onstage that while she can't vote in the U.S. she is "100 percent for Hillary Clinton," adding: "I love her. She's amazing."

Merrill says Adele told the audience that while she is British, "what happens in America affects me too."

Merrill says it was not apparent that Adele knew Clinton was at the show on the eve of her 69th birthday.

Reporters traveling with Clinton were not allowed to accompany her inside the arena.


8:55 p.m.

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]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:27:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs is home (again) to new head of Air Force Space Command]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-is-home-again-to-new-head-of-air-force-space-command/article/1588648?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-is-home-again-to-new-head-of-air-force-space-command/article/1588648?custom_click=rss

The new leader of Air Force Space Command is a familiar face.

Gen. Jay Raymond took over Tuesday from Gen. John Hyten at a Peterson Air Force Base ceremony and set his top priority as maintaining America's battlefield edge in space and computer warfare over rivals who are rushing to catch up.

"Challengers know how much we rely on those domains," said Raymond, who has spent nearly a third of his career serving at Peterson, including commanding the base's 21st Space Wing.

Raymond came back to Colorado Springs from a Pentagon job that left him well-versed in threats to American superiority. As the Air Force's top operations officer, he helped plan missions around the globe and make sure the service was positioned to react

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Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:28:25 -0600
<![CDATA[Ryan urges Pentagon to suspend collection of Guard bonuses]]> http://gazette.com/ryan-urges-pentagon-to-suspend-collection-of-guard-bonuses/article/feed/414055?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ryan-urges-pentagon-to-suspend-collection-of-guard-bonuses/article/feed/414055?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday called for the Pentagon to immediately suspend efforts to recover enlistment bonuses paid to thousands of soldiers in California, even as the Pentagon said late Tuesday the number of soldiers affected was smaller than first believed.

"When those Californians answered the call to duty" to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan, "they earned more from us than bureaucratic bungling and false promises," Ryan said. He urged the Pentagon to suspend collection efforts until "Congress has time ... to protect service members from lifelong liability for DOD's mistakes.

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]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:13:28 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Pentagon says only 6,500 soldiers in bonus snafu]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-pentagon-says-only-6500-soldiers-in-bonus-snafu/article/feed/414235?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-pentagon-says-only-6500-soldiers-in-bonus-snafu/article/feed/414235?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on enlistment bonuses the Pentagon is ordering California National Guard soldiers to repay (all times local):

6 p.m.

The Pentagon says it instructed at most 6,500 California National Guard soldiers to repay enlistment bonuses received a decade ago at the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Defense Department spokesman Maj. Jamie Davis says the number is lower than a widely reported figure that nearly 10,000 soldiers have been told to repay part or all of their bonuses. The number was first reported by The Los Angeles Times.

Davis says an audit more than five years in the making concluded last month that 1,100 soldiers improperly received bonuses for which they were ineligible

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]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 17:30:11 -0600 <![CDATA[Illinois guard: No bonus repayment issues for soldiers]]> http://gazette.com/illinois-guard-no-bonus-repayment-issues-for-soldiers/article/feed/414218?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/illinois-guard-no-bonus-repayment-issues-for-soldiers/article/feed/414218?custom_click=rss SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois National Guard says none of its soldiers received improper enlistment bonuses like those reportedly paid to some soldiers in California, but has had some cases of improper payouts due to clerical errors.

News media reports this week have indicated the Pentagon has demanded some soldiers repay bonuses after audits revealed large overpayments by the California National Guard.

Illinois National Guard Capt. Dutch Grove said Tuesday that an audit conducted in 2015 found bonuses to 67 soldiers not eligible to receive them.

Grove said subsequent checks found that 52 of those cases involved clerical errors and the adjutant general of the Illinois National Guard waived them rather seek rep

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]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:46:44 -0600 <![CDATA[US intel chief: Getting NKorea to give up nukes 'lost cause']]> http://gazette.com/us-intel-chief-getting-nkorea-to-give-up-nukes-lost-cause/article/feed/414172?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-intel-chief-getting-nkorea-to-give-up-nukes-lost-cause/article/feed/414172?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — National Intelligence director James Clapper said Tuesday that the U.S. goal of persuading North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons is probably a "lost cause" and the best hope is to cap its capability.

Clapper's comments come amid mounting concern that the North is moving closer toward having a nuclear-tipped missile that could reach the American mainland. It has conducted two atomic test explosions this year and more than 20 ballistic missile tests.

The U.S. has long insisted that it will not accept North Korea as a nuclear armed state, and the State Department said Tuesday there had been no change in policy. U.S.

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]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:44:14 -0600 <![CDATA[US says coalition laying groundwork to retake Raqqa from IS]]> http://gazette.com/us-says-coalition-laying-groundwork-to-retake-raqqa-from-is/article/feed/414054?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-says-coalition-laying-groundwork-to-retake-raqqa-from-is/article/feed/414054?custom_click=rss

PARIS (AP) — Even as it provides support for Iraq's battle to retake Mosul, the U.S. led-coalition is laying the groundwork to push Islamic State militants out of the Syrian city of Raqqa, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Tuesday.

But a senior military official cautioned that conducting major operations in Raqqa and Mosul at the same time would stretch the coalition. He says the Raqqa campaign should wait until the Iraqis have made more significant progress in Mosul, where resistance from the militants has been described as heavy.

Mosul and Raqqa are the two main strongholds of the Islamic State group, acting as the capitals of their so-called caliphate and providing a source of revenue and territory. The Iraqi milita

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]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 15:59:54 -0600 <![CDATA[US official: Russia might shoot down US aircraft in Syria]]> http://gazette.com/us-official-russia-might-shoot-down-us-aircraft-in-syria/article/feed/414171?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-official-russia-might-shoot-down-us-aircraft-in-syria/article/feed/414171?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia could shoot down a U.S. aircraft if a no-fly zone were imposed over Syria, National Intelligence Director James Clapper said Tuesday.

"I wouldn't put it past them to shoot down an American aircraft if they felt that was threatening to their forces on the ground," Clapper said, speaking with CBS' Charlie Rose at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York about several national security issues.

Russia has deployed a very advanced and capable air defense system in Syria and would not have done that if it wouldn't use it, Clapper said.

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]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 15:27:46 -0600 <![CDATA[White House says Obama wants fair reviews of bonuses]]> http://gazette.com/white-house-says-obama-wants-fair-reviews-of-bonuses/article/feed/414163?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/white-house-says-obama-wants-fair-reviews-of-bonuses/article/feed/414163?custom_click=rss LOS ANGELES (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama has told the Defense Department that it must ensure service members instructed to repay enlistment bonuses are being treated fairly and expeditiously.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the president only recently become aware of Pentagon demands that some soldiers repay their enlistment bonuses after audits revealed overpayments by the California National Guard. If soldiers refuse, they could face interest charges, wage garnishments and tax liens.

Earnest says he did not believe the president was prepared to support a blanket waiver of those repayments, but he said "we're not going to nickel and dime" service members when they get back from serving the co

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]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:59:26 -0600 <![CDATA[Sculpture at Army post honors mothers of fallen warriors]]> http://gazette.com/sculpture-at-army-post-honors-mothers-of-fallen-warriors/article/feed/413883?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sculpture-at-army-post-honors-mothers-of-fallen-warriors/article/feed/413883?custom_click=rss ABERDEEN, Md. (AP) — Military and civilian officials dedicated a sculpture at Aberdeen Proving Ground honoring local families who have lost sons or daughters in combat in the U.S. armed forces.

U.S. Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger was among the dignitaries who spoke Tuesday at the dedication of the Gold Star Mothers statue.

The bronze sculpture of a seated woman was commissioned by St. John Properties Inc. The company developed the Government and Technology Enterprise business park on the Army post in northeast Maryland, about 30 miles from Baltimore.

St. John spokeswoman Sharon Akers says the statue stands near a large, stainless steel sculpture of a fallen star that was dedicated last year at the entrance to the busin

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]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:55:25 -0600 <![CDATA[Common-law wife of Mexico narco "El Chapo" files complaint]]> http://gazette.com/common-law-wife-of-mexico-narco-el-chapo-files-complaint/article/feed/414061?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/common-law-wife-of-mexico-narco-el-chapo-files-complaint/article/feed/414061?custom_click=rss

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's national security commissioner insisted Tuesday that drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's health is fine after the kingpin's common-law wife filed a complaint saying he's faring poorly behind bars.

Commissioner Renato Sales told Imagen Radio that Guzman is isolated from other prisoners, but receives visits from his family and lawyers.

"He is not subject to torture of course, nor degrading or inhuman treatment," Sales said. He says Guzman's common-law wife Emma Coronel has visited the drug lord 35 times, along with his daughters and sisters.

On Monday, Coronel filed a complaint with Mexico's National Human Rights Commission complaining about Guzman's alleged treatment in prison.


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]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:07:22 -0600 <![CDATA[Pakistani cadets ran, jumped from windows to flee militants]]> http://gazette.com/pakistani-cadets-ran-jumped-from-windows-to-flee-militants/article/feed/413480?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pakistani-cadets-ran-jumped-from-windows-to-flee-militants/article/feed/413480?custom_click=rss

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Survivors of an overnight attack that killed 61 people at a Pakistani police academy described chaotic scenes of gunfire and explosions, with militants shooting anyone they saw and cadets running for their lives and jumping from windows and rooftops.

A Taliban splinter group and an affiliate of the Islamic State group made competing claims of responsibility for the four-hour siege late Monday at the Police Training College on the outskirts of the southwestern city of Quetta.

Most of the dead and the 123 wounded were recruits and cadets, said Wasay Khan, a spokesman for the paramilitary Frontier Corps. Of the three militants who carried out the attack, two blew themselves up with explosive vests and t

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]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:00:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Senate Democrats aim to block LGBT measure from defense bill]]> http://gazette.com/senate-democrats-aim-to-block-lgbt-measure-from-defense-bill/article/feed/414084?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/senate-democrats-aim-to-block-lgbt-measure-from-defense-bill/article/feed/414084?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are intent on scuttling a House-passed provision that they say would undercut protections against workplace discrimination based on sexual or gender orientation.

In a letter delivered Tuesday to the leaders of the Armed Services committees, the lawmakers called the measure dangerous and urged that it not be included in the annual defense policy bill. They said the provision would amount to government-sponsored discrimination by permitting religiously affiliated federal contractors to refuse to interview a job candidate whose faith differs from theirs and to fire employees who marry their same-sex partners or use birth control.

But Republican proponents of the measure have described the pro

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]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:57:08 -0600 <![CDATA[Air Force accountability demanded in Colorado Springs area water contamination]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-accountability-demanded-in-colorado-springs-area-water-contamination/article/1588547?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-accountability-demanded-in-colorado-springs-area-water-contamination/article/1588547?custom_click=rss

Local, state and federal politicians Monday called for accountability and more investigation into the military's use of firefighting foam after a Gazette investigation showed the Air Force ignored decades of warnings from its scientists about a toxic chemical in the foam. The chemical is suspected in widespread water contamination.

The investigation, published Sunday, found that the Air Force ran a series of tests dating back to the 1970s that found the foam harmed laboratory animals. The service also ignored warnings from the Army Corps of Engineers and continued to use it for 16 years after a major manufacturer and the EPA agreed to phase it out, citing environmental and health dangers.

"That's the definition of

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Tue, 25 Oct 2016 06:41:48 -0600
<![CDATA[TOXIC LEGACY: Air Force studies dating back decades show danger of foam that contaminated Colorado Springs-area water]]> http://gazette.com/toxic-legacy-air-force-studies-dating-back-decades-show-danger-of-foam-that-contaminated-colorado-springs-area-water/article/1588446?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/toxic-legacy-air-force-studies-dating-back-decades-show-danger-of-foam-that-contaminated-colorado-springs-area-water/article/1588446?custom_click=rss

The Air Force ignored decades of warnings from its own researchers in continuing to use a chemical-laden firefighting foam that is a leading cause of contaminated drinking water for at least 6 million Americans, including thousands of people south of Colorado Springs. - Multiple studies dating back to the 1970s found health risks from the foam, and even an agreement 16 years ago between the Environmental Protection Agency and the foam's main manufacturer to stop making the substance did not curtail the Air Force's usage. Until drinking water tests announced by health officials this year revealed contaminated wells here, the Air Force did almost nothing to publicly acknowledge the danger of the firefighting chemical.

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Tue, 25 Oct 2016 06:16:30 -0600
<![CDATA[The Pentagon demanded money back from National Guard soldiers. It’s still reviewing what to do next.]]> http://gazette.com/the-pentagon-demanded-money-back-from-national-guard-soldiers.-its-still-reviewing-what-to-do-next./article/1588560?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-pentagon-demanded-money-back-from-national-guard-soldiers.-its-still-reviewing-what-to-do-next./article/1588560?custom_click=rss

The Pentagon is reviewing how to resolve the cases of thousands of Army National Guard members who collectively received at least $30 million, only to be told later that the money wasn’t really theirs and must be repaid.

About 10,000 members of the California Army National Guard could be affected, said Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman. The military offered similar bonuses to Guard members in other parts of the country but hasn’t disclosed how many.

Davis said Monday that senior Pentagon leaders are “looking very closely at this matter.” Officials deemed the bonuses in California improper and have established a process for service members to argue that they should not repay the money.

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Mon, 24 Oct 2016 21:39:42 -0600
<![CDATA[Military Update: Investigators unearth compound drug scam targeting Tricare]]> http://gazette.com/military-update-investigators-unearth-compound-drug-scam-targeting-tricare/article/1588438?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/military-update-investigators-unearth-compound-drug-scam-targeting-tricare/article/1588438?custom_click=rss

Federal agents this month charged 10 more defendants with fraud and conspiracy in a kickback scheme involving compound drugs and the military health insurance program.

The alleged conspiracy to market and prescribe exorbitantly priced pain and scar creams of doubtful effectiveness bilked Tricare out of $102 million in 21 months, from May 2014 through February this year. This was one of many companies that sprang to life recently to make fortunes off unregulated compound drugs.

Defendants include two physicians - Dr. Walter Neil Simmons, 47, of Mesa, Ariz., and Dr. William F. Elder-Quintana, 50, of El Paso, Texas - and owners and marketers of a Dallas-based company called CMGRX.

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Mon, 24 Oct 2016 11:58:40 -0600
<![CDATA[Timeline: History of contamination in the military in Colorado Springs and the U.S.]]> http://gazette.com/timeline-history-of-contamination-in-the-military-in-colorado-springs-and-the-u.s./article/1588447?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/timeline-history-of-contamination-in-the-military-in-colorado-springs-and-the-u.s./article/1588447?custom_click=rss 1947: Perfluorinated compounds are produced at a 3M plant in Cottage Grove, Minn.

1962: DuPont issues an internal memo raising health concerns.

1967: The Naval Research Laboratory patents Aqueous Film-Forming Foam to fight shipboard fires. "This firefighting foam is now used on all U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and by major airports, refineries, and other areas where potentially catastrophic fuel fires can occur," the lab says on its website.

About 1970: The Navy's foam is adopted by the Air Force for airfield use, replacing earlier foams that were less effective but nontoxic.

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Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:40:05 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area military events starting Oct. 23, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-military-events-starting-oct.-23-2016/article/1588501?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-military-events-starting-oct.-23-2016/article/1588501?custom_click=rss THURSDAY

Air Force Academy Band: Rockies Clarinet Quartet - 7-8:30 p.m., Temple Shalom, 1523 E. Monument St., free; 556-9916.


Military retirees and spouses lunch - Learn about pay allotments, pay forms, how to improve interactions with DFAS and more, noon, $11. Call for location and reservations: Southern Colorado Retiree Activities Office, 556-7163.

Harvest Festival - Games, costume contest, snacks and more, open to military members and families, 3:30 p.m., with adult date night, 7 p.m.-midnight, with adult costume contest, drink specials and more, The Enlisted Association Chapter 1, 834 Emory Circle, $3 per person with one adult free, $1 off admission with a canned food donation; 596-5065.

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]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:35:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Space Command's Hyten readies for Strategic Command]]> http://gazette.com/space-commands-hyten-readies-for-strategic-command/article/1588466?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/space-commands-hyten-readies-for-strategic-command/article/1588466?custom_click=rss

In his last days atop Space Command, Gen. John Hyten is scrambling.

His office at Peterson Air Force Base is cleaned out and he's packed up for his next job leading U.S. Strategic Command in Nebraska. But the general who brought the most significant changes for the daily life of Space Command airmen isn't quite done.

"There's always lots left to do," said Hyten. "You have mixed emotions about things not quite done."

What has gotten done in Hyten's time at Space Command includes putting satellite crews on a wartime footing, by making sure squadrons in Colorado Springs and around the globe have rigorous training programs and more experienced airmen at the controls.

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Mon, 24 Oct 2016 06:36:13 -0600
<![CDATA[Endurance test designed to help soldiers understand unit's heritage]]> http://gazette.com/endurance-test-designed-to-help-soldiers-understand-units-heritage/article/1588441?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/endurance-test-designed-to-help-soldiers-understand-units-heritage/article/1588441?custom_click=rss

Before dawn, soldiers from Fort Carson's 3rd Squadron of the 61st Cavalry Regiment sweated through the toughest physical training they've seen in some time.

A 2-mile run in their heavy gear including body armor was followed by a rope climb, a wall obstacle, kettle bells and overhead bars.

"All of this will get everyone in the mindset," said Command Sgt. Maj. Josh Carswell, the squadron's top enlisted soldier, after he completed the challenge last week.

That mindset the Apache Warrior event tries to spread is a big deal in the 3rd Squadron, which is part of the Fort Carson's 2nd Brigade Combat Team.

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]]> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:55:48 -0600 <![CDATA[Nomination process open for Military Child of the Year awards]]> http://gazette.com/nomination-process-open-for-military-child-of-the-year-awards/article/1588319?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nomination-process-open-for-military-child-of-the-year-awards/article/1588319?custom_click=rss

Calling all outstanding kiddos:

Operation Homefront is accepting nominations through Dec. 5 for the 2017 Military Child of the Year awards.

Six winners from ages 8 to 18 will be chosen for the award, which comes with a $10,000 prize, based on "scholarship, volunteerism, leadership and extracurricular involvement," the nonprofit announced Friday.

Children of those in the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard are eligible.

A seventh winner, age 13 to 18, will be chosen for the Booz Allen Hamilton Innovation Award for a special accomplishment, such as creating a new nonprofit or invention. The award comes with a $5,000 prize and a mentorship with the consulting firm's employees to

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Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:53:54 -0600
<![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: 'Around the World with PILLAR' visits new Mt. Carmel center for veterans]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-around-the-world-with-pillar-visits-new-mt.-carmel-center-for-veterans/article/1588136?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-around-the-world-with-pillar-visits-new-mt.-carmel-center-for-veterans/article/1588136?custom_click=rss

At PILLAR, it's all about lifelong learning.

Some months feature cultural activities; other times STEM, mind and spirit, living a better life, being informed citizens and learning the historical perspectives.

On Oct. 6, a wine-tasting fundraiser went "Around the World with PILLAR" with wines from Vintages Wine & Spirits and hors d'oeuvres by Mission Catering from different parts of the globe.

Add to that an evening's focus of learning about the venue, the new Mt. Carmel Center of Excellence, where veterans and their families have access to services in one location.

Program director Cindy McLaughlin, wife of center director retired Col.

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]]> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 04:20:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Female Ranger headlines fundraiser for Colorado Springs military charity]]> http://gazette.com/female-ranger-headlines-fundraiser-for-colorado-springs-military-charity/article/1588437?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/female-ranger-headlines-fundraiser-for-colorado-springs-military-charity/article/1588437?custom_click=rss One of three women to complete the Army's elite Ranger school last year headlined an annual fundraiser for Colorado Springs military charity The Home Front Cares.

The Oct. 14 gala drew nearly 1,000 people to The Broadmoor's International Center, where they were told that the 13-year-old charity is seeing more need than ever.

"The Home Front Cares really has one mission, and that is to pay off the bills of people in the hurt locker," said the charity's chairman, Andy Cain.

Last year, Hone Front handed out $450,000 to cover rent, utilities and other needs for troops, military families and veterans in Colorado.

"We are able to offer hope to everyone who comes through our door," Cain said.

The dinner speaker,

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]]> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 04:05:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Attack in Afghanistan killed Illinois solider, Oklahoma man]]> http://gazette.com/attack-in-afghanistan-killed-illinois-solider-oklahoma-man/article/1588308?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/attack-in-afghanistan-killed-illinois-solider-oklahoma-man/article/1588308?custom_click=rss

FAIRVIEW, Ill. — A decorated U.S. soldier from Illinois and an Army civilian employee from Oklahoma who both had been deployed multiple times to support military operations in Afghanistan were killed in an attack this week in Kabul, the Defense Department said.

Army Sgt. Douglas J. Riney, 26, of Fairview, Illinois, and Michael G. Sauro, 40, of McAlester, Oklahoma, died of wounds received when they encountered hostile enemy forces in Afghanistan's capital, the military said in a statement Thursday.

"Mike was the type of person who no matter what you asked of him, he was always willing to lend a helping hand to everybody," said Deborah Schreiner, chief of HAZMAT Training at the Defense Ammunition Center, Oklahoma,

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Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:23:09 -0600
<![CDATA[US service member killed by roadside bomb in northern Iraq]]> http://gazette.com/us-service-member-killed-by-roadside-bomb-in-northern-iraq/article/1588249?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-service-member-killed-by-roadside-bomb-in-northern-iraq/article/1588249?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — A U.S. military member was killed by a roadside bomb Thursday in connection with the Iraqi effort to retake the key city of Mosul, marking the first American combat casualty in the long-planned push against the Islamic State group.

U.S. officials said the American was in a vehicle north of Mosul when he was hit. He later died of his wounds. His identity was being withheld pending notification of his family.

Pentagon officials had acknowledged at the outset of the Iraqi-led offensive that U.S. special operations troops advising Iraqi security forces and Kurdish militia fighters could be injured or killed as they advanced on Mosul.

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Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:51:35 -0600
<![CDATA[Peterson Air Force Base discovers discharge of water with toxic firefighting chemicals]]> http://gazette.com/peterson-air-force-base-discovers-discharge-of-water-with-toxic-firefighting-chemicals/article/1588067?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/peterson-air-force-base-discovers-discharge-of-water-with-toxic-firefighting-chemicals/article/1588067?custom_click=rss

More than 150,000 gallons of water tainted with toxic Air Force firefighting chemicals was released into the Colorado Springs Utilities sewer system last week, Peterson Air Force Base confirmed Tuesday.

The release came from a holding tank that was designed to corral the firefighting chemicals at a Peterson training area.

The base's use of the firefighting foam containing the chemical is a key suspect in the contamination of wells in Security, Widefield and Fountain that left thousands of residents scrambling for bottled water.

The release last week posed no threat to Colorado Springs drinking water.

The base said the release was discovered Oct. 12.

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Wed, 19 Oct 2016 06:24:07 -0600