<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - military]]> http://gazette.com/rss/military Fri, 09 Oct 2015 18:08:41 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Edmond man arrested at school for impersonating CIA officer]]> http://gazette.com/edmond-man-arrested-at-school-for-impersonating-cia-officer/article/feed/279893?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/edmond-man-arrested-at-school-for-impersonating-cia-officer/article/feed/279893?custom_click=rss EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say an Edmond man has been arrested after impersonating a CIA and Department of Homeland Security officials at Edmond North High School.

U.S. Attorney Sanford Coats says in a news release that the 46-year-old man arrived at the school campus Friday morning and identified himself as an employee of the CIA and Homeland Security and that he was to patrol the school campus.

Coats says school officials became suspicious while questioning the man's claim and called law enforcement. Edmond police and the Oklahoma City FBI Joint Terrorism Task responded to the call and later arrested the man.

The suspect is now in custody pending a hearing scheduled for Wednesday.

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]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 18:16:29 -0600 <![CDATA[AP PHOTOS: Navy tests new fighter jet off Virginia's coast]]> http://gazette.com/ap-photos-navy-tests-new-fighter-jet-off-virginias-coast/article/feed/279886?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-photos-navy-tests-new-fighter-jet-off-virginias-coast/article/feed/279886?custom_click=rss

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — The Navy's newest warplane is getting a test run off the coast of Virginia.

Friday's sea trials on board the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower were the second phase of testing for the F-35C Lightning II.

The Navy's first stealth fighter, which officials hope to have ready for operations by 2018, cost about $116 million each.

The fleet completed the first round of testing on board the USS Nimitz in November 2014. Testing onboard the Eisenhower is expected to last about another week.

Three variants of the F-35 jets have been developed, one each for the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps. The F-35C, the model designed for aircraft carriers, is assigned to a fight

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]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 17:24:08 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Worst floods may be over on coast, official says]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-worst-floods-may-be-over-on-coast-official-says/article/feed/279664?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-worst-floods-may-be-over-on-coast-official-says/article/feed/279664?custom_click=rss

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The latest on the rainstorm that pounded parts of the East Coast (all times local):

4:40 p.m.

Officials say they are optimistic that the worst flooding may be over in one coastal county in South Carolina.

Georgetown County Administrator Sel Hemingway said Friday afternoon that the Waccamaw River has crested and the Black River is near its crest. Both rivers saw more than a foot of rain this past weekend. They empty into the Winyah Bay and the Atlantic in Georgetown.

Hemingway says the rivers should begin to slowly fall, but could stay above flood stage for more than a week.

Hemingway says the county's major roads, like U.S. Highways 17 and 701, are open.

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]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 17:19:44 -0600 <![CDATA[US Border Patrol agent pleads not guilty in shooting of teen]]> http://gazette.com/us-border-patrol-agent-pleads-not-guilty-in-shooting-of-teen/article/feed/279852?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-border-patrol-agent-pleads-not-guilty-in-shooting-of-teen/article/feed/279852?custom_click=rss TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A U.S. Border Patrol agent charged with second-degree murder in the fatal cross-border shooting of a Mexican teen pleaded not guilty in federal court Friday.

Lonnie Swartz, who is on administrative leave, was allowed to remain free pending trial but he was forced to surrender his Border Patrol pistol and not travel outside Arizona and Nevada. His trial is scheduled for Nov. 17.

Swartz was indicted on Sept. 23 on one count of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, who was hit about 10 times by cross-border gunfire.

The Border Patrol has said that Elena Rodriguez was among a group of rock throwers endangering agents' lives.

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]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 16:39:55 -0600 <![CDATA[Farmers look at devastating losses as flood rolls downstream]]> http://gazette.com/farmers-look-at-devastating-losses-as-flood-rolls-downstream/article/feed/279644?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/farmers-look-at-devastating-losses-as-flood-rolls-downstream/article/feed/279644?custom_click=rss

BRANCHVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Thad Wimberly tugs on a clump of peanuts, shaking off the mud as he cracks the soggy shells to inspect his crop. But all he can do is sigh as his livelihood disintegrates between his fingers.

Just a week ago, the 2,500 acres Wimberly farms with his partner, Jonathan Berry, baked in a drought that wiped out his corn crop. Now, his fields 60 miles south of Columbia in Branchville are filled with water. Moisture is trapped in his peanuts, creating mold and other toxins that make them unfit for humans and animals to eat.

He expects to lose as much as $1 million this year, as crop insurance only covers a portion of market prices. It paid out only about $120 an acre for his corn, which he estimated he cou

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]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 15:59:43 -0600 <![CDATA[US abandons Pentagon's failed rebel-building effort in Syria]]> http://gazette.com/us-abandons-pentagons-failed-rebel-building-effort-in-syria/article/feed/279682?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-abandons-pentagons-failed-rebel-building-effort-in-syria/article/feed/279682?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is overhauling its approach to fighting the Islamic State in Syria, abandoning a failed Pentagon effort to build a new ground force of moderate rebels and instead partnering with established rebel groups, officials said Friday.

The shift, telegraphed weeks ago by disclosures that the effort had produced only a handful of trained rebels, is meant partly to take better advantage of U.S. airpower, which can play a bigger role now that Turkey is permitting American fighter jets to operate from its soil. But it is not expected to immediately give new momentum to a slow-moving — some would say stalled — American-led campaign against the Islamic State.

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]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 15:53:08 -0600 <![CDATA[Alcoa and Gap are big market movers]]> http://gazette.com/alcoa-and-gap-are-big-market-movers/article/feed/279844?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/alcoa-and-gap-are-big-market-movers/article/feed/279844?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:


Alcoa Inc., down 75 cents to $10.26

The aluminum maker reported worse-than-expected third-quarter results as aluminum prices continue sinking.

The Gap Inc., down $1.53 to $27.42

The clothing retailer and owner of Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic stores reported disappointing September sales.

SeaWorld Entertainment Inc., down 97 cents to $18.15

A California commission approved an expansion of tanks at a San Diego ocean park but banned breeding of captive orcas that would live in them.


Apollo Education Group Inc, down $1.07 to $11.

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]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 15:26:44 -0600 <![CDATA[More, smaller icebergs could show up in Alaska tanker lanes]]> http://gazette.com/more-smaller-icebergs-could-show-up-in-alaska-tanker-lanes/article/feed/279834?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/more-smaller-icebergs-could-show-up-in-alaska-tanker-lanes/article/feed/279834?custom_click=rss ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Icebergs that threaten tankers carrying oil from the trans-Alaska pipeline are likely to be smaller but more numerous over the next two decades, according to a study by a citizens oversight group.

Ice that calves off the Columbia Glacier near Valdez has to travel farther to reach shipping lanes because the glacier has receded more than 10 miles since 1980, according to the report prepared for the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens' Advisory Council. The longer distance to Prince William Sound means icebergs have more opportunity to shrink from melting and fracturing.

Ice remains a serious threat, however.

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]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 15:23:15 -0600 <![CDATA[UN wants peacekeeping drones in South Sudan, which objects]]> http://gazette.com/un-wants-peacekeeping-drones-in-south-sudan-which-objects/article/feed/279816?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/un-wants-peacekeeping-drones-in-south-sudan-which-objects/article/feed/279816?custom_click=rss UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is urging the use of unarmed drones in the peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, but the government there says that could cause "disagreement and hostility" as a peace deal tries to take hold.

The council on Friday adopted a U.S.-drafted resolution requesting the U.N. secretary-general to "prioritize" the deployment of remaining troops, plus military helicopters and drones. The U.N. is exploring the use of drones in a growing number of peacekeeping missions after first using them in Congo in 2013.

But deploying the drones — even getting them into South Sudan — needs government consent.

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]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 15:08:13 -0600 <![CDATA[Army has only 1 win this season, but Duke is still wary]]> http://gazette.com/army-has-only-1-win-this-season-but-duke-is-still-wary/article/feed/279833?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/army-has-only-1-win-this-season-but-duke-is-still-wary/article/feed/279833?custom_click=rss WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — Duke coach David Cutcliffe is wary bringing his Blue Devils north to Michie Stadium. It's understandable, even if Army has only one win.

It's the woulda-coulda-shoulda that concerns Cutcliffe. The cumulative margin of defeat for Army (1-4) in its losses is only 16 points.

"Really could be undefeated, if you look at their tape, very easily," Cutcliffe said of the Black Knights. "As you watch these guys play ... they're relentless is the word I would use. So we have to prepare ourselves for that."

At least the Blue Devils (4-1) have some experience defending the option attack Army uses. They beat then-No. 20 Georgia Tech 34-20 two weeks ago as Shaquille Powell ran for three touchdowns and DeVon E

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]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 14:57:50 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: German country declares refugee emergency]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-german-country-declares-refugee-emergency/article/feed/279612?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-german-country-declares-refugee-emergency/article/feed/279612?custom_click=rss

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The latest developments as hundreds of thousands of people seeking safety make an epic trek through Europe. All times local.


8:45 p.m.

A German county has declared an emergency ahead of the arrival of some 1,000 refugees on Monday.

Officials in Main-Taunus county west of Frankfurt say the unusual action aims to make it easier for authorities to cope with the influx, for example by suspending certain building regulations.

In a statement Friday, they said it was the first time since 1945 that a disaster has been declared in the country.

Germany has seen almost 600,000 migrants arrive since the start of the year, including many refugees from conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghani

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]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 12:56:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Drone lands at park near White House; operator cited]]> http://gazette.com/drone-lands-at-park-near-white-house-operator-cited/article/feed/279684?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/drone-lands-at-park-near-white-house-operator-cited/article/feed/279684?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — Authorities cited a man for illegally flying a drone that crash-landed in a park near the White House early Friday morning.

The U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Park Police responded after the drone was spotted flying near the Washington Monument around 1:20 a.m. Friday. Officials confronted the operator after he lost control and the drone landed in the Ellipse, a park just south of the White House.

Howard Solomon III of Washington, D.C., was cited with launching, landing or operating an unmanned aircraft in a restricted area, and the drone and operating equipment were confiscated, park police said. Police say the citation carries an $85 fine.

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]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 12:07:55 -0600 <![CDATA[Poachers kill 4 in anti-poaching patrol in Congo park]]> http://gazette.com/poachers-kill-4-in-anti-poaching-patrol-in-congo-park/article/feed/279748?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/poachers-kill-4-in-anti-poaching-patrol-in-congo-park/article/feed/279748?custom_click=rss JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Poachers killed three rangers and one Congolese military colonel who were part of a 10-man patrol that tracked the satellite collar of a killed elephant to a poachers' camp in a national park in Congo, the park's managers said Friday

The anti-poaching patrol was outnumbered and forced to disperse in the Oct. 5 clash in Garamba National Park in northeast Congo and a park helicopter was also hit by gunfire, said African Parks, a non-profit group based in Johannesburg.

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]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 11:04:00 -0600 <![CDATA[Defense secretary confirms Russian missiles crashed in Iran]]> http://gazette.com/defense-secretary-confirms-russian-missiles-crashed-in-iran/article/feed/279680?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/defense-secretary-confirms-russian-missiles-crashed-in-iran/article/feed/279680?custom_click=rss LONDON (AP) — The U.S. has indications that four Russian cruise missiles crashed in Iran rather than Syria, suggesting there were malfunctions, Defense Secretary Ash Carter confirmed Friday.

Carter spoke at a press conference in London with British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon. It was the first public comment by a U.S. official on the cruise missile failures. The British are part of the coalition striking Islamic State fighters in Iraq, but not doing strikes in Syria.

Russia fired a total of 26 of the long-range missiles at Syrian targets. The officials said it's unclear whether the errant missiles, launched from Russian ships in the Caspian Sea, caused any significant damage in Iran.

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]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 09:03:46 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Slain Iran general was key figure in Syria war]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-slain-iran-general-was-key-figure-in-syria-war/article/feed/279625?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-slain-iran-general-was-key-figure-in-syria-war/article/feed/279625?custom_click=rss

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The latest developments as Syrian troops and other nations battle militants in Syria. (All times local in Syria).


04:00 p.m.

Iranian officials say a senior commander in the country's powerful Revolutionary Guard who was killed in Syria was a key figure in the fight against terrorism.

Lawmaker Ismail Kowsari, a member of the parliamentary committee on national security and foreign policy, told the semi-official Fars news agency that Gen. Hossein Hamedani played a significant role in coordination between the Syrian army and Iranian-backed volunteer forces.

He said the commander was on a "temporary" advisory mission to Syria.

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]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 08:16:57 -0600 <![CDATA[Friday Military Salute: A presidential honor for two Colorado Springs residents]]> http://gazette.com/friday-military-salute-a-presidential-honor-for-two-colorado-springs-residents/article/1560898?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/friday-military-salute-a-presidential-honor-for-two-colorado-springs-residents/article/1560898?custom_click=rss A Colorado Springs woman's service was recently honored at a ceremony at the White House, and a man who earned the same award was honored at Fort Carson.

Deborah "Debby" MacSwain, who has been with the Red Cross for 48 years, received the President's Volunteer Service Award on Oct. 2 in the Indian Treaty Room.

"To be honest I didn't even think about my years of service, but now having all these years I see how important it is because if you don't serve your community, you are kind of left out," she said.

MacSwain started with the Red Cross in Vietnam, sharing the hardships and dangers of war with the military. That service included providing support for the wounded and being an emotional lifeline and connection to those

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Thu, 08 Oct 2015 20:02:54 -0600
<![CDATA[US airman who helped thwart French train attack is stabbed]]> http://gazette.com/us-airman-who-helped-thwart-french-train-attack-is-stabbed/article/1560857?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-airman-who-helped-thwart-french-train-attack-is-stabbed/article/1560857?custom_click=rss

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, celebrated as a hero for helping to stop a terror attack on a French train over the summer, was stabbed and seriously wounded outside a bar in his hometown early Thursday in what police said was an alcohol-related brawl.

Stone, 23, was knifed three times in the upper body but was expected to survive after about two hours of surgery, said Dr. J. Douglas Kirk, chief medical officer at UC Davis Medical Center.

"This incident is not related to terrorism in any way," Deputy Police Chief Ken Bernard said. "We know it's not related to what occurred in France months ago.

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Thu, 08 Oct 2015 19:58:03 -0600
<![CDATA[Wounded Army veteran gets married with service dog by his side as best man]]> http://gazette.com/wounded-army-veteran-gets-married-with-service-dog-by-his-side-as-best-man/article/1560808?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wounded-army-veteran-gets-married-with-service-dog-by-his-side-as-best-man/article/1560808?custom_click=rss

This man's best friend was also his best man.

A U.S. Army veteran tied the knot with his longtime sweetheart Saturday while standing side-by-side his faithful service dog who was picked to be his top groomsman.

"Since day one, we've been joined to the hip," U.S. Army veteran Justin Lansford told the Daily News about his dog Gabe. "It meant the world to have him next to me. He's there for me all day, every day."

The 4-year-old golden retriever donned a custom-made U.S. Army service uniform while he fulfilled his best man duties in front of about 100 guests at the Largo, Fla. wedding ceremony.

The two pals met in 2013 a year after Lansford was injured while serving in Afghanistan.


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Wed, 07 Oct 2015 16:29:39 -0600
<![CDATA[Hundreds of Carson soldiers return home from Middle East]]> http://gazette.com/hundreds-of-carson-soldiers-return-home-from-middle-east/article/1560700?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hundreds-of-carson-soldiers-return-home-from-middle-east/article/1560700?custom_click=rss

Nearly 300 Fort Carson soldiers were welcomed home Tuesday after nine months in the Middle East.

Soldiers from the post's 3rd Brigade Combat Team returned to the post in two contingents: One of 240 soldiers arrived early in the morning, and the next of 55 soldiers came in the early afternoon.

The 4,500-soldier brigade headed overseas last winter and served in Kuwait and elsewhere training American allies. The mission came as American worries about the Islamic State terror group grew, leaving the 3rd Brigade as the closest American unit if leaders decided to send U.S. ground troops into direct fighting in Iraq and Syria.

Most of the brigade spent the deployment in Kuwait, but elements were sent to neighboring nations,

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]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 04:10:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Tuesday's 3 must reads in 30 seconds]]> http://gazette.com/tuesdays-3-must-reads-in-30-seconds/article/1560696?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tuesdays-3-must-reads-in-30-seconds/article/1560696?custom_click=rss

Here are the 3 must reads on gazette.com in 30 seconds for Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015:

1) Rapid reaction from lawmakers after The Gazette's exclusive investigation into the harsh treatment of Colorado youth behind bars. We’re getting a lot of comment from you, as well. Keep it coming. Read more here.

2) Fort Carson soldiers perfect their air assault skills to get ready for Afghanistan. Read more here.

3) Meet the Peak Performer of the Week. Air Academy’s Katie Rainsberger ran the fastest high school 5K in the country this weekend. Read more here.

A few more must reads today:

- One Colorado Springs woman's work: Normalizing death through home funerals. Read more here.

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Tue, 06 Oct 2015 07:54:39 -0600
<![CDATA[US commander corrects earlier statement over deadly Afghanistan airstrike]]> http://gazette.com/us-commander-corrects-earlier-statement-over-deadly-afghanistan-airstrike/article/1560634?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-commander-corrects-earlier-statement-over-deadly-afghanistan-airstrike/article/1560634?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — The top commander of U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan says the U.S. airstrike that killed 22 at a medical clinic in the city of Kunduz over the weekend was requested by Afghan forces.

Gen. John F. Campbell, speaking at the Pentagon, said he was correcting an initial U.S. statement that said the airstrike was meant to defend U.S. forces under fire.

In the incident early Saturday, Campbell said Afghan forces advised U.S. special operations forces on the ground that they needed U.S. air support, and the airstrike ensued. He said several civilians were "accidentally struck."

He declined to provide more details, saying a military investigation is ongoing.

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Mon, 05 Oct 2015 13:35:45 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs defense contractor gets $119 million in new, amended contracts]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-defense-contractor-gets-119-million-in-new-amended-contracts/article/1560503?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-defense-contractor-gets-119-million-in-new-amended-contracts/article/1560503?custom_click=rss Colorado Springs-based defense contractor Vectrus Inc. announced Friday a subsidiary had been awarded $119 million in contracts and contract modifications for work in Europe and the Middle East.

Vectrus Systems Corp. won a $47 million, two-year Army contract to operate and support for three bases in Qatar. The company also won a $72 million modification to a previously awarded six-year Air Force contract for base maintenance and operations services in Spain and Turkey to compensate for the difference between the actual number of employees doing the work at the time of the award and the number of employees listed by federal government when the contract was bid.

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Mon, 05 Oct 2015 13:08:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Scammers posing as soldiers are at it again, Army warns]]> http://gazette.com/scammers-posing-as-soldiers-are-at-it-again-army-warns/article/1560546?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/scammers-posing-as-soldiers-are-at-it-again-army-warns/article/1560546?custom_click=rss Scammers posing as soldiers are again out in force looking for love online, the Army's Criminal Investigation Command reports.

In a news release, the command said it is getting frequent complaints from women duped out of cash by phony troops.

Perpetrators use social media and dating websites to find victims, the command said.

After sending a few sweet nothings, the scammers quickly go for the money.

"We cannot stress enough that people need to stop sending money to persons they meet on the Internet and claim to be in the U.S. military," command spokesman Chris Grey said in an email.

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Sun, 04 Oct 2015 14:15:01 -0600
<![CDATA[Air Force Academy superintendent Michelle Johnson: All of our cadets go pro]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-academy-superintendent-michelle-johnson-all-of-our-cadets-go-pro/article/1560548?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-academy-superintendent-michelle-johnson-all-of-our-cadets-go-pro/article/1560548?custom_click=rss

I love sports - the competition, the teamwork, the athleticism. Our twin boys even humor me when I'm not traveling, and we go shoot hoops, throw the ball, or even see who can do the most flips and twists on the trampoline. You can guess who wins; especially given that I went in for some serious depot maintenance - a shoulder overhaul - this summer. I guess I'm paying for all of the jump shots I took in my youth.

Even with the recovering shoulder, however, as the superintendent of the Air Force Academy I have the privilege of working with, admiring and cheering for our young cadets as they compete. Each cadet at the academy is a student athlete. Some will know the feeling of wearing Falcon blue and represent us "on the fields of

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Sun, 04 Oct 2015 09:49:00 -0600
<![CDATA[Military Update: Conferees shape leaner budget for pay, benefits]]> http://gazette.com/military-update-conferees-shape-leaner-budget-for-pay-benefits/article/1560550?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/military-update-conferees-shape-leaner-budget-for-pay-benefits/article/1560550?custom_click=rss

Military members and families have little to cheer from compromises House and Senate conferees have reached as they finalized details of key personnel provisions in the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill.

The potential lifetime value of the new retirement plan, which many current members will be allowed to opt into, suffered a significant cut. Conferees agreed to Senate language that lowers maximum government matching of member contributions to the Thrift Savings Plan feature to 4 percent of basic pay rather than 5 percent called for by the Military Compensation and Retirement Reform Commission.

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]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 04:25:14 -0600 <![CDATA[Air Force Academy superintendent looks back on her first two years on the job]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-academy-superintendent-looks-back-on-her-first-two-years-on-the-job/article/1560560?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-academy-superintendent-looks-back-on-her-first-two-years-on-the-job/article/1560560?custom_click=rss

In her first days on the job at the Air Force Academy, Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson found herself justifying the school's existence amid a Pentagon budget crunch and a looming government shutdown.

Two years later, she says those first frantic weeks have formed the foundation of a revitalization of the 61-year-old university Johnson leads.

"It's a crucible experience," Johnson said. "We used it to focus on what's really important for the Air Force."

Two-thirds of the way through her tenure, Johnson thinks that experience will leave a permanent mark on the school where she has served as the first female superintendent.

"In retrospect I'm thrilled about where we've come in these two years," Johnson said.

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]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 04:25:08 -0600 <![CDATA[Military Briefs]]> http://gazette.com/military-briefs/article/1560586?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/military-briefs/article/1560586?custom_click=rss CC to hold vet events during homecoming

Colorado College will host events for the school's veterans along with its annual homecoming events.

At 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Cornerstone Arts Center, professor emeritus Bill Hochman will show a film on the sinking of his ship off the Normandy coast on D-Day in 1944. The World War II veteran will also talk about his war experiences and his life after the war.

At 2 p.m. Friday, a panel of Colorado College veterans will gather at Cornerstone to talk about war and coming home.

Students have been reading "What It Is Like To Go To War" in preparation for Friday's panel discussion.

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]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 04:25:08 -0600 <![CDATA[Air Force Academy's Polaris Hall set for November opening]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-academys-polaris-hall-set-for-november-opening/article/1560544?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-academys-polaris-hall-set-for-november-opening/article/1560544?custom_click=rss

The most iconic structure built on the Air Force Academy since the Cadet Chapel will open next month.

Polaris Hall, home to the school's Center for Character and Leadership Development is topped by a 105-foot tower angled to point to the North Star. Inside the modernist structure, exposed steel highlights the tower's 966 glass panes that stretch above a common room that will be used for gatherings where up to 225 people will focus on values and ethics.

The center's deputy director, retired Col. Tom Berry said the architecture matches the school's lofty goals for the center.

"It's not about the building," he said. "It's what goes on inside.

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]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 04:25:07 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area military events starting Oct. 4, 2015]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-military-events-starting-oct.-4-2015/article/1560583?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-military-events-starting-oct.-4-2015/article/1560583?custom_click=rss CALENDAR


Air Force Falcons hockey vs. Denver - 7:05 p.m. Clune Arena, Air Force Academy, go online for tickets: goairforcefalcons.com.


First-person portrayal of a Civil War soldier - 11 a.m., Old Colorado City History Center, 1. S. 24th St., $5; 636-1225, occhs.org.

Navy Birthday Ball - Open to supporters of the sea services, civilian and active duty to celebrate the Navy's 240th birthday, 5:30 p.m. Antlers Hilton, 4 S. Cascade Ave., $10-$50. Reservations: tinyurl.com/q45cdxd.

OCT. 16

For the Love of Our Troops - With keynote speaker Taya Kyle, wife of "American Sniper" Chris Kyle, 5:30 p.m., The Broadmoor Hall, 1 Lake Ave., $200. Reservations required by Wednesday:

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Authorities say a Fort Carson deserter wanted for a 1990 shooting on the post has been captured in Detroit.

The U.S. Marshals Service says 44-year-old Pvt. Maurice Crutchfield was caught Thursday hiding in a house on Detroit's east side.

Fort Carson was tracking down records on Crutchfield's past on Friday. He'll likely face justice in Colorado Springs at the post he fled a quarter-century ago.

"Pvt. Maurice Crutchfield is a Fort Carson Soldier who was declared absent without leave in September 1990 then a deserter in October 1990," Fort Carson said in a statement. "We are working with authorities to have him returned to Fort Carson. The soldier is being restored to a full duty status at this time.

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