<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - military]]> http://gazette.com/rss/military Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:50:13 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[SpaceX says it will fly 2 people to moon next year]]> http://gazette.com/spacex-says-it-will-fly-2-people-to-moon-next-year/article/feed/447368?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/spacex-says-it-will-fly-2-people-to-moon-next-year/article/feed/447368?custom_click=rss

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX said Monday it will fly two people to the moon next year, a feat not attempted since NASA's Apollo heyday close to half a century ago.

Tech billionaire Elon Musk — the company's founder and chief executive officer — announced the surprising news barely a week after launching his first rocket from NASA's legendary moon pad.

Two people who know one another approached the company about sending them on a weeklong flight just beyond the moon, according to Musk. He won't identify the pair or the price tag. They've already paid a "significant" deposit and are "very serious" about it, he noted.

"Fly me to the moon ... Ok," Musk said in a light-hearted tweet following the news conference.

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]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:49:25 -0700 <![CDATA[Big surge for military in Trump budget, big cuts elsewhere]]> http://gazette.com/big-surge-for-military-in-trump-budget-big-cuts-elsewhere/article/feed/447268?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/big-surge-for-military-in-trump-budget-big-cuts-elsewhere/article/feed/447268?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is proposing a huge $54 billion surge in U.S. military spending for new aircraft, ships and fighters in his first federal budget while slashing big chunks from domestic programs and foreign aid to make the government "do more with less."

The Trump blueprint, due in more detail next month, would fulfill the Republican president's campaign pledge to boost Pentagon spending while targeting the budgets of other federal agencies. The "topline" figures emerged Monday, one day before Trump's first address to a joint session of Congress, an opportunity to re-emphasize the economic issues that were a centerpiece of his White House run.

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]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:21:44 -0700 <![CDATA[New highs for US stocks; Dow win streak longest since 1987]]> http://gazette.com/new-highs-for-us-stocks-dow-win-streak-longest-since-1987/article/feed/447282?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-highs-for-us-stocks-dow-win-streak-longest-since-1987/article/feed/447282?custom_click=rss

Wall Street notched another set of milestones Monday as the Dow Jones industrial average closed at a record high for the 12th consecutive time, the longest winning streak for the 30-company average in 30 years.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index, the benchmark favored by professional investors, also closed at a record high.

The latest push into the record books came on an indecisive day for U.S. stocks that sent indexes wavering between small gains and losses for much of the day. They ultimately eked out tiny gains, led by energy stocks, which climbed as the price of crude oil rose. Phone companies lagged the most.

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]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:05:42 -0700 <![CDATA[Officials identify sailor fatally shot at naval air station]]> http://gazette.com/officials-identify-sailor-fatally-shot-at-naval-air-station/article/feed/447242?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/officials-identify-sailor-fatally-shot-at-naval-air-station/article/feed/447242?custom_click=rss VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Navy officials in Virginia are identifying a sailor fatally shot by a Naval Air Station Oceana security officer.

U.S. Navy Fleet Forces Command says in a press release that Seaman Robert Colton Wright of Colorado crashed through a station gate Friday night and went to his squadron's hangar. A Navy biography says Wright, who enlisted in 2016, worked as an information systems technician for Strike Fighter Squadron 81.

The Navy says a petty officer called security to report someone "yelling and causing damage." The Navy says Wright refused to show his hands and moved aggressively toward security officials. One fired, striking him.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Navy officials in Virginia are identifying a sailor fatally shot by a Naval Air Station Oceana security officer.

News outlets report that the U.S. Navy Fleet Forces Command said Sunday that Seaman Robert Wright, who's from Colorado, crashed through a station gate Friday night and went to his squadron's hangar, where he was shot. A Navy biography says Wright, who enlisted in 2016, worked as an information systems technician for Strike Fighter Squadron 81.

The Navy says a petty officer on watch at the hanger called security to report someone "yelling and causing damage in squadron hallways." The Navy says Wright refused to show his hands and moved aggressively toward master at arms officials and



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Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:47:43 -0700
<![CDATA[White House: Trump budget will hike defense spending by $54B]]> http://gazette.com/white-house-trump-budget-will-hike-defense-spending-by-54b/article/1597745?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/white-house-trump-budget-will-hike-defense-spending-by-54b/article/1597745?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — The White House says President Donald Trump's upcoming budget will propose a whopping $54 billion increase in defense spending and impose corresponding cuts to domestic programs and foreign aid.

White House budget officials outlined the information during a telephone call with reporters given on condition of anonymity. The budget officials on the call ignored requests to put the briefing on the record, even though Trump decried on Friday the use of anonymous sources by the media.

Trump's defense budget and spending levels for domestic agency operating budgets will be revealed in a partial submission to Congress next month, with proposals on taxes and other programs coming later.



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Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:50:27 -0700
<![CDATA[AP sources: White House to propose boosting defense spending]]> http://gazette.com/ap-sources-white-house-to-propose-boosting-defense-spending/article/feed/447133?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-sources-white-house-to-propose-boosting-defense-spending/article/feed/447133?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House will propose boosting defense spending and slashing funding for longtime Republican targets like the Environmental Protection Agency in a set of marching orders to agencies as it prepares its budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

President Donald Trump's draft proposal for the 2018 budget year, which will be sent to agencies Monday, is sure to set off a huge Washington battle when it is finalized and submitted to Congress in mid-March.

Trump's budget also won't make significant changes to Social Security or Medicare, according to an administration official.

The official, as well as Capitol Hill aides, confirmed details of the upcoming blueprint on the condition of anonymity to discuss

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]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:10:08 -0700 <![CDATA[New Air Force Space Command boss works to advance America's options in orbit, on Internet]]> http://gazette.com/new-air-force-space-command-boss-works-to-advance-americas-options-in-orbit-on-internet/article/1597674?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-air-force-space-command-boss-works-to-advance-americas-options-in-orbit-on-internet/article/1597674?custom_click=rss

Gen. Jay Raymond's first months at Air Force Space Command have confirmed what he already knew.

"Space is no longer a peaceful domain," he said last week, in an exclusive interview at his Peterson Air Force Base office.

As the keeper of the military's satellites, Raymond is figuring out how America will deal with wars that extend into orbit and how to keep the service's satellites operating for troops on the ground if war breaks out in space. It's enough to keep you up at night and no place for a novice.

For Raymond, though, it's a long-sought challenge.

"I have been preparing my whole career for this job," he said.



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Sun, 26 Feb 2017 11:01:04 -0700
<![CDATA[Long journey for Fort Carson medic from Vietnam]]> http://gazette.com/long-journey-for-fort-carson-medic-from-vietnam/article/1597663?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/long-journey-for-fort-carson-medic-from-vietnam/article/1597663?custom_click=rss

Fort Carson Command Sgt. Maj. Ly Lac remembers going to basic training 30 years ago.

"It was so easy," he said.

War, growing responsibility and balancing his family against his country have all come easy for Lac. Everything seems easy, he said, when you compare it to fleeing Vietnam without your parents and growing up in a Thai refugee camp.

Lac is hanging up his uniform this spring after going from refugee to enlisted soldier in the Defense Department's military health system in Colorado Springs.

His journey to get all those stripes on his uniform began when Lac was born in the Mekong Delta south of Saigon at the height of the Vietnam War. The sight and smell of the conflict was emblazoned in his memory from an



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Sun, 26 Feb 2017 08:38:26 -0700
<![CDATA[Swedes puzzle over Fox News' Swedish 'security advisor']]> http://gazette.com/swedes-puzzle-over-fox-news-swedish-security-advisor/article/feed/447071?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/swedes-puzzle-over-fox-news-swedish-security-advisor/article/feed/447071?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — A trans-Atlantic wave of puzzlement is rippling across Sweden for the second time in a week, after a prominent Fox News program featured a "Swedish defense and national security advisor" who's unknown to the country's military and foreign-affairs officials.

Swedes, and some Americans, have been wondering about representations of the Nordic nation in the U.S. since President Donald Trump invoked "what's happening last night in Sweden" while alluding to past terror attacks in Europe during a rally Feb. 18. There hadn't been any major incident in Sweden the previous night.

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]]> Sun, 26 Feb 2017 07:30:06 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area military events starting Feb. 26, 2017]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-military-events-starting-feb.-26-2017/article/1597662?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-military-events-starting-feb.-26-2017/article/1597662?custom_click=rss MARCH 8

Navy League Dinner and Guest Presentations - Open to all supporters of the sea services, 5:30 p.m. social hour, 6:30 p.m. dinner, Falcon Club, Sunrise Room, 3120 Academy Drive, Air Force Academy, $25-$30. Reservations required by Thursday: Bunny Blaha, 471-8527, bunny_blaha@msn.com, navyleague-coloradosprings.org. Attendees who do not hold a DoD ID card are asked to include this in the RSVP so that arrangements for USAFA gate entry can be coordinated; a government issued photo ID card will be needed at the gate.

ONGOING

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

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]]> Sun, 26 Feb 2017 04:10:02 -0700 <![CDATA[Border agents ask Muhammad Ali's son: 'Are you Muslim?']]> http://gazette.com/border-agents-ask-muhammad-alis-son-are-you-muslim/article/feed/447018?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/border-agents-ask-muhammad-alis-son-are-you-muslim/article/feed/447018?custom_click=rss

Muhammad Ali's son, who bears the boxing great's name, was detained by immigration officials at a Florida airport and questioned about his ancestry and religion in what amounted to unconstitutional profiling, a family friend said Saturday.

Returning from a Black History Month event in Jamaica, Muhammad Ali Jr. and his mother, Khalilah Camacho Ali, were pulled aside and separated from each other on Feb. 7 at the immigration checkpoint at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, said Chris Mancini, a family friend and attorney.

Camacho Ali was released a short time later after showing a photo of herself with her ex-husband, the former heavyweight boxing champion, Mancini said. But Ali Jr.

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]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 16:55:55 -0700 <![CDATA[Lockheed Martin to move 650 positions to Colorado, Florida]]> http://gazette.com/lockheed-martin-to-move-650-positions-to-colorado-florida/article/1597593?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lockheed-martin-to-move-650-positions-to-colorado-florida/article/1597593?custom_click=rss

Lockheed Martin will move 650 jobs to Colorado and Florida over the next eight years as part of the relocation of its fleet ballistic missile program.

The positions coming to Colorado will be focused on engineering and design, while the jobs going to Florida will be related to sustainment and test operations, a spokesman for the Bethesda, Md.-based company said Friday. The exact number of jobs going to each state, though, is not yet known.

The missile program works on the Trident II D5, a submarine-launched missile developed for the U.S. Navy and U.K. Royal Navy. The missiles, carried aboard the Navy’s Ohio-class nuclear-powered submarines, are a key component of the country’s nuclear deterrence capabilities,



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Sat, 25 Feb 2017 11:01:41 -0700
<![CDATA[Scarred by war, Air Force sergeant returns to the skies]]> http://gazette.com/scarred-by-war-air-force-sergeant-returns-to-the-skies/article/feed/446929?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/scarred-by-war-air-force-sergeant-returns-to-the-skies/article/feed/446929?custom_click=rss COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A dozen years after he was nearly killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro was on the verge of completing a final, unbelievable stage of his comeback.

After miraculously surviving third-degree burns over 80 percent of his body, Del Toro has returned to his feet, his family and his job in uniform. Now, the first airman to return to duty after being deemed 100 percent disabled was looking to return to Earth — by parachute.

"It's one of my personal goals," said Del Toro, universally known as 'DT.'

After enlisting in the Air Force in 1997, he signed up for one of the service's hardest jobs — calling in airstrikes from the ground, The Gazette reported (https:/

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]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 01:03:20 -0700 <![CDATA[Agency plans to award Mexico border wall contracts by April]]> http://gazette.com/agency-plans-to-award-mexico-border-wall-contracts-by-april/article/feed/446842?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/agency-plans-to-award-mexico-border-wall-contracts-by-april/article/feed/446842?custom_click=rss

SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Friday that it plans to start awarding contracts by mid-April for President Donald Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico, signaling that he is aggressively pursuing plans to erect "a great wall" along the 2,000-mile border.

The agency said it will request bids on or around March 6 and that companies would have to submit "concept papers" to design and build prototypes by March 10, according to FedBizOpps.gov, a website for federal contractors. The field of candidates will be narrowed by March 20, and finalists must submit offers with their proposed costs by March 24.

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]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 22:06:02 -0700 <![CDATA[New Mexico panel advances bill aimed at regulating drones]]> http://gazette.com/new-mexico-panel-advances-bill-aimed-at-regulating-drones/article/feed/446733?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-mexico-panel-advances-bill-aimed-at-regulating-drones/article/feed/446733?custom_click=rss SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to ban drones from flying within 500 feet of power plants and refineries in New Mexico has cleared its first hurdle.

With making any recommendation, the Senate Public Affairs Committee advanced the bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Greg Baca of Belen to its next committee.

Under the proposal, drones would be prohibited from flying close to critical-infrastructure facilities and from interfering with firefighters battling wildfires.

In addition to federal regulations, Baca says it's important for the state to have rules protecting certain facilities. Other critical facilities include airports, government buildings and law enforcement and military facilities.

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]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:16:18 -0700 <![CDATA[Army veteran starts 'fight club' to help others with PTSD]]> http://gazette.com/army-veteran-starts-fight-club-to-help-others-with-ptsd/article/1597577?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/army-veteran-starts-fight-club-to-help-others-with-ptsd/article/1597577?custom_click=rss

Todd Vance was serving in the US Army when the September 11 attacks occurred.

"I decided to re-enlist for another three years," he said. "And I asked to be part of the first deployed unit to Iraq."

Vance served as a squad leader and ran more than 250 combat missions before returning to San Diego in 2005.

"At first, it was all elation. I was just happy to be alive and happy to be out of the military," he said. "Slowly but surely, reality was setting in about what I had seen and what I had done."

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Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:25:13 -0700
<![CDATA[Jalen Robinette both a cadet and NFL hopeful]]> http://gazette.com/jalen-robinette-both-a-cadet-and-nfl-hopeful/article/feed/446876?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jalen-robinette-both-a-cadet-and-nfl-hopeful/article/feed/446876?custom_click=rss

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Except for the few who already have donned cap and gown, most of the 330 prospects heading to the NFL Combine next week have put their pursuits of a college degree on hold so they can focus on their football futures.

They've traded campus life for high-tech gyms where they're trimming milliseconds off their 40-yard dashes and three-cone drills and facing mock interviews to prepare for the grilling from general managers in Indianapolis. Then, they retreat to their condos to rest, relax and recuperate while wolfing down meals managed to the calorie through meal services arranged by their agents.

Not Jalen Robinette.

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]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:23:20 -0700 <![CDATA[99-year-old Colorado veteran to receive honors from Perlmutter]]> http://gazette.com/99-year-old-colorado-veteran-to-receive-honors-from-perlmutter/article/1597497?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/99-year-old-colorado-veteran-to-receive-honors-from-perlmutter/article/1597497?custom_click=rss

Buford Johnson never rose above the rank of Army private first class during World War II, but heroism for a veteran isn't measured in stripes.

The 99-year-old Lakewood resident will receive his many medals and ribbons anew on Friday morning from U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter. His honors include the Bronze Star for heroism and the Purple Heart for his injuries on the battlefield.

The ceremony will take place from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Friday at American Legion Post 178, 1655 Simms St. in Lakewood.

Johnson served under Gen. George Patton at the Battle of the Bulge on Nov. 10, 1944, when he was cut below the knee by shrapnel. He received treatment on the battlefield and continued fighting on the front lines, Perlmutter's office said.



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Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:37:21 -0700
<![CDATA[Homeland Security chief: No use of military for deportations]]> http://gazette.com/homeland-security-chief-no-use-of-military-for-deportations/article/feed/446512?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/homeland-security-chief-no-use-of-military-for-deportations/article/feed/446512?custom_click=rss

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Seeking to tamp down growing unease in Latin America, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly pledged Thursday that the United States won't enlist its military to enforce immigration laws and that there will be "no mass deportations."

Only hours earlier, President Donald Trump suggested the opposite. He told CEOs at the White House the deportation push was a "military operation."

Kelly, speaking in Mexico's capital, said all deportations will comply with human rights requirements and the U.S. legal system, including its multiple appeals for those facing deportation. He said the U.S. approach will involve "close coordination" with Mexico's government.

"There will be no use of military forces in i

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]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:13:16 -0700 <![CDATA[The Latest: 46 protesters arrested while police clear camp]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-46-protesters-arrested-while-police-clear-camp/article/feed/446547?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-46-protesters-arrested-while-police-clear-camp/article/feed/446547?custom_click=rss

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — The Latest on the closing of a protest encampment near the Dakota Access pipeline construction site in North Dakota (all times local):

5:40 p.m.

Authorities say they arrested 46 protesters while clearing a Dakota Access oil pipeline protest camp in North Dakota.

The arrests came as authorities cleared the camp Thursday, a day after a deadline the Army Corps of Engineers set for protesters to leave in anticipation of spring flooding.

Officers methodically checked buildings and arrested anyone they encountered, including a man who climbed atop a building and stayed there for more than an hour before surrendering. Authorities say a group of veterans in a tent had to be carried out. The oper

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]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:44:35 -0700 <![CDATA[Fugitive search at JFK Airport sparks new travel ban scare]]> http://gazette.com/fugitive-search-at-jfk-airport-sparks-new-travel-ban-scare/article/feed/446659?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fugitive-search-at-jfk-airport-sparks-new-travel-ban-scare/article/feed/446659?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — Federal border officials say they were looking for a fugitive, not doing a random immigration check, when they met a plane at New York City's Kennedy Airport and asked passengers for their IDs.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection says in a statement that two of its officers met the Delta jet Wednesday evening after its flight from San Francisco in an attempt to find a specific person who had been ordered deported by an immigration judge.

At least two passengers tweeted photographs of the officers examining flier's IDs, which generated speculation on social media that it might be a part of a new dragnet for illegal immigrants.

Customs and Border Protection says the person the officers were looking for wa

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]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:13:10 -0700 <![CDATA[Hawaii bill would ban licenses for some foreign fishermen]]> http://gazette.com/hawaii-bill-would-ban-licenses-for-some-foreign-fishermen/article/feed/446461?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hawaii-bill-would-ban-licenses-for-some-foreign-fishermen/article/feed/446461?custom_click=rss

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers are considering a proposal with the potential to cripple the state's commercial fishing industry after an Associated Press investigation found foreign fishermen confined to boats and living in subpar conditions.

A 2016 AP investigation found that some fishermen earned less than $1 an hour and worked without most basic labor protections while catching premium seafood. The boats often have crews of fishermen from Southeast Asia and Pacific Island nations, and the men are restricted to their vessels when docked in Honolulu because they lack proper documentation to enter the U.S.

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]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:50:32 -0700 <![CDATA[World War II fighter pilot tells AFA cadets giving up hatred a powerful lesson]]> http://gazette.com/world-war-ii-fighter-pilot-tells-afa-cadets-giving-up-hatred-a-powerful-lesson/article/1597446?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/world-war-ii-fighter-pilot-tells-afa-cadets-giving-up-hatred-a-powerful-lesson/article/1597446?custom_click=rss

Jerry Yellin said he didn't come home from World War II until 1975.

The fighter pilot who flew one of the last American missions over Japan said he was back in combat every night accompanied by 16 friends who died while flying with the 78th Fighter Squadron.

"For 30 years after the war I was a basket case and I couldn't work," he said. "For 30 years I suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder."

Yellin is sharing his story of recovery at the Air Force Academy this week during the school's annual National Character and Leadership Symposium.

History professor Maj. Miguel Lopez said Yellin puts a new face on World War II for cadets who are accustomed to studying tactics and battles.

"In the end it's about



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Thu, 23 Feb 2017 06:13:23 -0700
<![CDATA[Large-caliber training exercises expected to make a ruckus around Fort Carson in coming weeks]]> http://gazette.com/large-caliber-training-exercises-expected-to-make-a-ruckus-around-fort-carson-in-coming-weeks/article/1597338?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/large-caliber-training-exercises-expected-to-make-a-ruckus-around-fort-carson-in-coming-weeks/article/1597338?custom_click=rss

Training exercises at Fort Carson are likely to cause some commotion in the next month, kicking up dust and creating extra noise for area residents.

Beginning Tuesday, Fort Carson soldiers will undergo field training involving live-fire exercises scheduled during the day and at night, according to a news release from post officials.

The exercises, which will continue through March 24, will involve the use of armored combat vehicles and other heavy weaponry. The training is designed to prepare soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division's 4th Combat Aviation Brigade and 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team for future deployments, post officials said.

Area residents can report noise complaints by calling the Fort Carson Public



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Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:25:16 -0700
<![CDATA[The comeback: Scarred by war, Air Force sergeant returns to the skies]]> http://gazette.com/the-comeback-scarred-by-war-air-force-sergeant-returns-to-the-skies/article/1597226?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-comeback-scarred-by-war-air-force-sergeant-returns-to-the-skies/article/1597226?custom_click=rss

A dozen years after he was nearly killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro was on the verge Saturday of completing a final, unbelievable stage of his comeback.

After miraculously surviving third-degree burns over 80 percent of his body, Del Toro has returned to his feet, his family and his job in uniform. Now, the first airman to return to duty after being deemed 100 percent disabled was looking to return to Earth - by parachute.

"It's one of my personal goals," said Del Toro, universally known as 'DT.'

After enlisting in the Air Force in 1997, he signed up for one of the service's hardest jobs - calling in airstrikes from the ground.



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Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:12:43 -0700
<![CDATA[Terrorists are building drones. France is destroying them with eagles]]> http://gazette.com/terrorists-are-building-drones.-france-is-destroying-them-with-eagles/article/1597318?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/terrorists-are-building-drones.-france-is-destroying-them-with-eagles/article/1597318?custom_click=rss

Under French military supervision, four golden eagle chicks hatched last year atop drones — born into a world of terror and machines they would be bred to destroy.

The eagles — named d'Artagnan, Athos, Porthos and Aramis — grew up with their nemeses. They chased drones through green grass that summer, pecking futilely at composite shells as seen in Sky News footage. They were rewarded with meat, which they ate off the backs of the drones.

When the eagles were ready — this month — d'Artagnan launched screeching from a military control tower across a field, Agence France-Presse reported.

The bird covered 200 meters in 20 seconds, slamming into a drone, then diving with the wreckage into



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Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:13:18 -0700
<![CDATA[Aviation museum eyes potential move to downtown Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/aviation-museum-eyes-potential-move-to-downtown-colorado-springs/article/1597272?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/aviation-museum-eyes-potential-move-to-downtown-colorado-springs/article/1597272?custom_click=rss

The most-often asked question about putting National Museum of World War II Aviation downtown is also one of the easiest to answer.

It turns out that hauling warbirds down the highway is actually no big deal.

"Just pull the wings off," explained Bill Klaers, the driving force behind the museum and one of America's top restorers of classic planes.

Pulling parts off planes would be the easy part for Klaers, who has been doing it since 1982. The hard part is getting all the pieces, politics and parts to align to make the downtown museum a reality under the City for Champions program, which would allow some state-backed financing for the facility.

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Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:52:10 -0700
<![CDATA[Trump's new Security Council boss has Colorado Springs ties]]> http://gazette.com/trumps-new-security-council-boss-has-colorado-springs-ties/article/1597281?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trumps-new-security-council-boss-has-colorado-springs-ties/article/1597281?custom_click=rss

The new head of the National Security Council will be a familiar face in Colorado Springs.

President Donald Trump on Monday named Army. Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster to the job. When McMaster was a colonel, he led a Fort Carson unit of more than 5,000 soldiers through one of the post's successful deployments to Iraq.

Trump announced the pick Monday at his Palm Beach club and said McMaster is "a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience," the Associated Press reported.

McMaster has long been considered one of the Army's top tacticians and now serves as a top deputy at Training and Doctrine Command where he works for another Fort Carson alumnus, Gen. David Perkins.



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<![CDATA[Trump taps military strategist as national security adviser]]> http://gazette.com/trump-taps-military-strategist-as-national-security-adviser/article/1597276?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trump-taps-military-strategist-as-national-security-adviser/article/1597276?custom_click=rss

PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Donald Trump has tapped Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his new national security adviser.

Trump announced the pick Monday at his Palm Beach club, Mar-a-Lago. He says McMaster is "a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience."

Trump says retired Army Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, who had been his acting adviser, will now serve as the National Security Council chief of staff.

Trump had been looking for a replacement for retired Gen. Michael Flynn, who was ousted last week.



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