<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - military]]> http://gazette.com/rss/military Fri, 26 Aug 2016 00:53:23 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[3 rescued from capsized vessel including 6-year-old boy]]> http://gazette.com/3-rescued-from-capsized-vessel-including-6-year-old-boy/article/feed/390188?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/3-rescued-from-capsized-vessel-including-6-year-old-boy/article/feed/390188?custom_click=rss WINCHESTER BAY, Ore. (AP) — The Coast Guard and a local diver rescued three people after their boat capsized in the Umpqua River near the Oregon Coast, trapping a 6-year-old boy under the hull.

Coast Guard officials say a boat crew responded Thursday afternoon to a disabled 21-foot pleasure boat that was unable to anchor in the area of Winchester Bay. The boat had reportedly run onto a jetty and capsized.

The boy, who was wearing a life jacket, was stuck underneath the overturned boat, prompting officials to call a rescue diver.

Coast Guard spokeswoman Sarah M. Wilson says the boy was under the hull for at least 30 minutes. It wasn't clear how he became unconscious.

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]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 00:09:13 -0600 <![CDATA[Official: Striking miners kill deputy minister in Bolivia]]> http://gazette.com/official-striking-miners-kill-deputy-minister-in-bolivia/article/feed/390217?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/official-striking-miners-kill-deputy-minister-in-bolivia/article/feed/390217?custom_click=rss

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Striking miners in Bolivia kidnapped and beat to death the country's deputy interior minister after he traveled to the area to mediate in the bitter conflict over mining laws, officials said.

Government Minister Carlos Romero called it a "cowardly and brutal killing" and asked that the body of deputy minister Rodolfo Illanes be turned over to authorities.

Illanes, whose formal title is vice minister of the interior regime, was "savagely beaten" to death by the striking miners, Defense Minister Reymi Ferreira told Red Uno television, his voice breaking.

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]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 23:52:22 -0600 <![CDATA[Official: Striking miners kill deputy minister in Bolivia]]> http://gazette.com/official-striking-miners-kill-deputy-minister-in-bolivia/article/feed/390196?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/official-striking-miners-kill-deputy-minister-in-bolivia/article/feed/390196?custom_click=rss

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Striking informal miners in Bolivia kidnapped and beat to death the country's deputy interior minister on Thursday after he traveled to the area to mediate in the bitter conflict over mining laws, officials said.

Government Minister Carlos Romero called it a "cowardly and brutal killing" and asked that the miners turn over the body of his deputy, Rodolfo Illanes, who holds the formal title of vice minister of the interior regime.

Illanes was "savagely beaten" to death by the striking miners, Defense Minister Reymi Ferreira told Red Uno television, his voice breaking.

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]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 23:13:08 -0600 <![CDATA[World's first self-driving taxis debut in Singapore]]> http://gazette.com/worlds-first-self-driving-taxis-debut-in-singapore/article/feed/389751?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/worlds-first-self-driving-taxis-debut-in-singapore/article/feed/389751?custom_click=rss

SINGAPORE (AP) — The world's first self-driving taxis began picking up passengers in Singapore starting Thursday.

Select members of the public can hail a free ride through their smartphones in taxis operated by nuTonomy, an autonomous vehicle software startup. While multiple companies, including Google and Volvo, have been testing self-driving cars on public roads for several years, nuTonomy says is the first to offer rides to the public.

Its launch in Singapore is beating ride-hailing service Uber, which plans to offer rides in autonomous cars in Pittsburgh, by a few weeks.

NuTonomy is starting small — six cars now, growing to a dozen by the end of the year.

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]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 21:34:32 -0600 <![CDATA[DOJ: Vet's Purple Heart lies cost government $752,000]]> http://gazette.com/doj-vets-purple-heart-lies-cost-government-752000/article/1583723?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/doj-vets-purple-heart-lies-cost-government-752000/article/1583723?custom_click=rss

TACOMA, Wash. — Federal prosecutors say a former soldier who lied his way to a Purple Heart by faking injuries from the Iraq War cheated Washington state and the federal government out of more than $750,000 — about three times what investigators cited when they first charged him with fraud in 2014.

Darryl Wright, a former Idaho National Guardsman, appeared for sentencing Thursday in U.S. District Court in Tacoma, where Judge Benjamin Settle said he wanted to hear additional testimony about Wright's mental health before issuing punishment.



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Thu, 25 Aug 2016 20:57:59 -0600
<![CDATA[The Latest: Trump says 'nobody even knows' what alt-right is]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-trump-says-nobody-even-knows-what-alt-right-is/article/feed/389873?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-trump-says-nobody-even-knows-what-alt-right-is/article/feed/389873?custom_click=rss

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

9:10 p.m.

Republican Donald Trump is continuing to push back on allegations from rival Hillary Clinton that his candidacy has courted the "alt-right" movement.

In an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, Trump insists: "Nobody even knows what it is. And she didn't know what it was."

He says, "There's no alt-right or alt-left. All I'm embracing is common sense."

Trump's new campaign CEO, Stephen Bannon, had previously said that the news site he oversaw, Breitbart News, was "the platform for the alt-right."

Trump says, "I don't know what Steve said," adding, "We're bringing love."

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]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 20:16:59 -0600 <![CDATA[Governor asks South Dakotans to honor veterans at state fair]]> http://gazette.com/governor-asks-south-dakotans-to-honor-veterans-at-state-fair/article/feed/390168?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/governor-asks-south-dakotans-to-honor-veterans-at-state-fair/article/feed/390168?custom_click=rss PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard is calling on state residents to honor veterans at the South Dakota State Fair.

Daugaard has proclaimed Sept. 1 to be Veterans Day at the fair at the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs.

Veterans and active military personnel will get free gate admission that day.

Larry Zimmerman is secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. He says the important role of veterans can't be denied.

The state fair runs Sept. 1-5 in Huron.

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]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 18:52:30 -0600 <![CDATA[NASA nears the end of its splashdown tests for Mars craft]]> http://gazette.com/nasa-nears-the-end-of-its-splashdown-tests-for-mars-craft/article/feed/389792?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nasa-nears-the-end-of-its-splashdown-tests-for-mars-craft/article/feed/389792?custom_click=rss

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — NASA on Thursday conducted the second to last splashdown test for its Orion spacecraft as the agency prepares to eventually send humans to Mars.

Scientists at NASA's Langley facility used a pendulum and explosives to vault a test capsule into a pool of water at about 25 mph. The 11-foot craft disappeared behind a bowl-shaped splash before bouncing buoyantly against safety netting.

The last time a NASA spacecraft parachuted into the ocean with astronauts on board was in the 1970s during the Apollo missions. The rules of physics haven't changed, but the technology has grown dramatically, NASA officials said.

The capsule's heat shield is no longer steel but carbon fiber and titanium, making it stronge

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]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 18:19:33 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Kokomo EF3 tornado had peak wind of 152 mph]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-kokomo-ef3-tornado-had-peak-wind-of-152-mph/article/feed/389917?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-kokomo-ef3-tornado-had-peak-wind-of-152-mph/article/feed/389917?custom_click=rss

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on tornadoes that touched down in Indiana and Ohio (all times local):

7:15 p.m.

The National Weather Service says a preliminary damage survey shows the EF3 tornado that hit Kokomo had an estimated peak wind of 152 mph.

The weather service says the tornado traveled nearly 5 miles on the city's south side Wednesday, was about 300 yards wide and lasted 10 minutes.

It says the tornado destroyed a Starbucks near the Markland Mall.

The weather service earlier had classified the tornado as an EF3, which can have peak winds of 165 mph.

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Wednesday's tornado outbreak that swept Indiana came only about a week after another big August outbreak of tornadoes

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]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 18:19:26 -0600 <![CDATA[Fort Campbell: Soldier in custody after firing shots]]> http://gazette.com/fort-campbell-soldier-in-custody-after-firing-shots/article/feed/390013?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-campbell-soldier-in-custody-after-firing-shots/article/feed/390013?custom_click=rss FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — Army officials say a 101st Airborne Division soldier fired two shots at Fort Campbell and then fled in his vehicle before being apprehended by military police.

Fort Campbell spokesman Robert Jenkins said in a news release that the soldier entered a hangar at Campbell Army Airfield about 11:30 a.m. Thursday and fired the shots. No injuries were reported.

Jenkins said the soldier fled in his vehicle and was followed by post law enforcement. He did not identify him.

The spokesman said during the pursuit, the soldier hit another vehicle but continued to his home on the post. He tried to get out of the vehicle but was apprehended. He said no motive was known.

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]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 18:18:55 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs' Pearl Harbor survivor celebrates 103rd birthday, lives 'for the present']]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-pearl-harbor-survivor-celebrates-103rd-birthday-lives-for-the-present/article/1583577?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-pearl-harbor-survivor-celebrates-103rd-birthday-lives-for-the-present/article/1583577?custom_click=rss

Retired Navy Lt. Jim Downing knew all along he had a long life ahead of him.

His great grandfather lived to be 94, one cousin hit 106, and another cousin saw his 103rd birthday.

"So I think I inherited great genes," Downing said.

The Colorado Springs resident is the second-oldest survivor of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 - behind Southern California resident Ray Chavez, who is 104.

On Monday, Downing celebrated his 103rd birthday at his home by eating cake with three of his sons - ages 62 to 72 - and four grandchildren he was meeting for the first time. As a gift, one grandchild made him a drawing. This non-extravagant, family-oriented affair was exactly what Downing wanted.



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Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:56:24 -0600
<![CDATA[Missouri former US Sen. Danforth backs Greitens for governor]]> http://gazette.com/missouri-former-us-sen.-danforth-backs-greitens-for-governor/article/feed/390143?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/missouri-former-us-sen.-danforth-backs-greitens-for-governor/article/feed/390143?custom_click=rss JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's former Republican U.S. Sen. John Danforth is endorsing GOP candidate Eric Greitens for governor.

Danforth on Thursday touted Greitens' service as a Navy SEAL officer, as well as his humanitarian work and his leadership at a nonprofit that's aimed at helping veterans.

Greitens' opponent is Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster.

Danforth previously backed Republican gubernatorial candidate and former Auditor Tom Schweich, who killed himself last year.

Danforth has been an outspoken critic of negative politics and, during his eulogy at Schweich's funeral, denounced political bullying.

The election is Nov. 8.

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]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:52:19 -0600 <![CDATA[NKorea missile test adds to 'Military First' celebration]]> http://gazette.com/nkorea-missile-test-adds-to-military-first-celebration/article/feed/389756?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nkorea-missile-test-adds-to-military-first-celebration/article/feed/389756?custom_click=rss

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea marked its "Military First" holiday on Thursday with mass dancing, outdoor concerts and boasts of a successful — and potentially game-changing — submarine-launched ballistic missile test it hopes will serve as a warning to Washington and Seoul to stop holding joint military exercises Pyongyang sees as a dress rehearsal for invasion.

Television news broadcasts and the front pages of morning newspapers Thursday showed images of the launch, conducted in the early hours the day before. The test, which brought immediate condemnation from the United States and North Korea's neighbors, sent a "Pukguksong" missile soaring from a submerged position off the North's port city of Sinpo.

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]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:41:57 -0600 <![CDATA[World's first self-driving taxis debut in Singapore]]> http://gazette.com/worlds-first-self-driving-taxis-debut-in-singapore/article/feed/389702?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/worlds-first-self-driving-taxis-debut-in-singapore/article/feed/389702?custom_click=rss

SINGAPORE (AP) — The world's first self-driving taxis are picking up passengers in Singapore.

Select members of the public began hailing free rides Thursday through their smartphones in taxis operated by nuTonomy, an autonomous vehicle software startup. While multiple companies, including Google and Volvo, have been testing self-driving cars on public roads for several years, nuTonomy says it is the first to offer rides to the public. It beat ride-hailing service Uber, which plans to offer rides in autonomous cars in Pittsburgh, by a few weeks.

The service is starting small — six cars now, growing to a dozen by the end of the year.

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]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:30:18 -0600 <![CDATA[Fort Carson to welcome home nearly 200 soldiers on Saturday]]> http://gazette.com/fort-carson-to-welcome-home-nearly-200-soldiers-on-saturday/article/1583689?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-carson-to-welcome-home-nearly-200-soldiers-on-saturday/article/1583689?custom_click=rss

Fort Carson will welcome home about 195 soldiers returning from Afghanistan Saturday evening.

A homecoming for members of the 4th Infantry Division's 4th Combat Aviation Brigade and 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team will be at 5:15 p.m. at the William Reed Special Events Center, the post said Thursday.

The 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, which deployed in December, and 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, which followed two months later, were part of a routine rotation of American military forces in the country to keep the region stable and secure.



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Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:42:47 -0600
<![CDATA[US warship fires warning shots at Iranian boats]]> http://gazette.com/us-warship-fires-warning-shots-at-iranian-boats/article/feed/390034?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-warship-fires-warning-shots-at-iranian-boats/article/feed/390034?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. Navy ship fired three warning shots in the direction of an Iranian boat that was approaching another American ship head-on in the North Arabian Gulf on Wednesday, U.S. officials said, in an escalation of encounters in the region this week.

According to U.S. Navy Cmdr. Bill Urban, the Iranian boat came within 200 yards of the USS Tempest and ignored several bridge-to-bridge radio calls and warning flares. It finally turned away after the USS Squall, which was with the USS Tempest, fired three warning shots from its .50-caliber gun, said Urban, a spokesman for the Navy's 5th Fleet.

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]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:21:35 -0600 <![CDATA[5 Republicans compete for 1st Congressional District]]> http://gazette.com/5-republicans-compete-for-1st-congressional-district/article/feed/390052?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/5-republicans-compete-for-1st-congressional-district/article/feed/390052?custom_click=rss PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's sprawling 1st Congressional District is one of the most competitive in the nation, and next week's Republican primary features a five-way race to see who wins the right to try to wrest the district from Democratic control.

Incumbent Ann Kirkpatrick, who easily won re-election in 2014, is vacating the seat to run for U.S. Senate, and Democrat Tom O'Halleran is expected to easily win the Democratic primary next Tuesday.

That leaves six Republicans on the primary ballot, although Arizona House Speaker David Gowan has suspended his campaign and thrown his support behind Springerville rancher and businessman Gary Kiehne.

Kiehne has pumped more than $1 million into his effort to win the GOP primary,

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]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:05:37 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Governor defends stance on minority drug dealers]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-governor-defends-stance-on-minority-drug-dealers/article/feed/390071?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-governor-defends-stance-on-minority-drug-dealers/article/feed/390071?custom_click=rss NORTH BERWICK, Maine (AP) — The Latest on comments by Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage (all times local):

4:45 p.m.

Outspoken Republican Maine Gov. Paul LePage is standing by comments he made about black and Hispanic drug dealers in the state, saying his statement wasn't racist and neither is he.

The white governor said at a Wednesday town hall meeting in North Berwick he keeps a binder of photographs of arrested heroin dealers in the state and more than 90 percent of them are black or Hispanic.

He said Thursday he's angered that political opponents and the press interpreted his comments as racist. He tells the Portland Press Herald he wants to stop drug dealers of any race from coming into the state and dealin

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]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:53:21 -0600 <![CDATA[Soldier who killed 5 Dallas officers showed PTSD symptoms]]> http://gazette.com/soldier-who-killed-5-dallas-officers-showed-ptsd-symptoms/article/1583621?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/soldier-who-killed-5-dallas-officers-showed-ptsd-symptoms/article/1583621?custom_click=rss

Newly released documents show that the Army reservist who shot and killed five Dallas police officers last month showed symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder after returning home from Afghanistan in 2014.

Doctors concluded that Micah Johnson posed no significant risk to himself or others after he sought treatment for anxiety, depression and hallucinations.

The documents from the Veterans Health Administration were obtained by The Associated Press under the Freedom of Information Act.

The 25-year-old Johnson targeted the officers at the end of a peaceful march July 7 in downtown Dallas, where demonstrators were protesting fatal police shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana. Authorities deployed a bomb-carrying



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Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:32:16 -0600
<![CDATA[Military Update: Move would give veterans access to cheap online shopping]]> http://gazette.com/military-update-move-would-give-veterans-access-to-cheap-online-shopping/article/1583323?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/military-update-move-would-give-veterans-access-to-cheap-online-shopping/article/1583323?custom_click=rss

The Department of Defense's Executive Resale Board voted unanimously this month to recommend that military exchange services open online discount shopping to 19 million honorably discharged veterans next year.

Officials hope this move increases exchange revenues to offset declines due to the sharp drawdown in active duty forces, base closures, elimination of on-base tobacco product discounts and reduced margins from selling cheaper gasoline on base.

Whether exchange products are sold in base stores or through online portals, the military relies on the revenue to fund its morale, welfare and recreational activities.



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Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:20:33 -0600
<![CDATA[Fort Carson quickly quashes phony martial law theory]]> http://gazette.com/fort-carson-quickly-quashes-phony-martial-law-theory/article/1583515?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-carson-quickly-quashes-phony-martial-law-theory/article/1583515?custom_click=rss

Fort Carson officials didn't take long to blast big holes in a phony memo circulating on the internet that claims its troops are getting ready to enforce martial law.

Conspiracy theorists have long linked the post to easily debunked plots to separate Americans from their freedoms, and the latest involves an alleged memo from the post's 4th Infantry Division ordering troops to train for a military takeover of law enforcement starting next month.

"The Facebook posting showing what appears to be an official 4th Infantry Division memo . is a complete fabrication," the post said in a statement. "There is no training being conducted on Fort Carson concerning any type of martial law preparation.



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Wed, 24 Aug 2016 06:05:41 -0600
<![CDATA[U.S. service member killed in Afghanistan]]> http://gazette.com/u.s.-service-member-killed-in-afghanistan/article/1583470?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/u.s.-service-member-killed-in-afghanistan/article/1583470?custom_click=rss

One U.S. service member was killed in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on Tuesday after stepping on an improvised explosive device, according to NATO.

The troop was conducting a train, advise and assist mission with Afghan forces as part of Operation Resolute Support, the NATO mission in Afghanistan that began in 2015 when major operations in the country began to wind down.

"On behalf of all U.S. Forces – Afghanistan, as well as Resolute Support, our deepest sympathies go out to the families and friends of those involved," said Gen. John Nicholson, commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan and Resolute Support. "We are deeply saddened by this loss, but remain committed to helping our Afghan partners provide a brighter



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Tue, 23 Aug 2016 07:49:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Air Force Academy warns of training drill planned for Tuesday]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-academy-warns-of-training-drill-planned-for-tuesday/article/1583417?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-academy-warns-of-training-drill-planned-for-tuesday/article/1583417?custom_click=rss

The Air Force Academy will hold a training exercise Tuesday that might alarm visitors who mistake a phony attack for the real thing.

The academy, the only base in the Pikes Peak region that embraces visitors with easy access, issued a warning about the drill Monday. Delays at both gates can be expected, and people "may observe activities related to emergency response," the academy said in a news release.

It's emergency drill season at local military installations as commanders rush to complete required training before the Sept. 30 end of the federal fiscal year.

Last week, U.S. Northern Command held a drill that simulated an attack on its headquarters at Peterson Air Force Base.



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Tue, 23 Aug 2016 06:12:20 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs airmen train for new era of warfare involving space and technology]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-airmen-train-for-new-era-of-warfare-involving-space-and-technology/article/1583358?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-airmen-train-for-new-era-of-warfare-involving-space-and-technology/article/1583358?custom_click=rss

How many airmen does it take to turn off the lights?

That depends on whether you choose to use a computer virus or bomb the power plant. And it's a new question for Air Force leaders who are preparing for wars where computers and satellites could have as much impact on the battlefield as bullets and bombs.

The new tools were tested in the Nevada desert this month in a training exercise led by Colorado Springs Col. Deanna Burt. That Burt was in charge of the Red Flag training was a sign the Air Force is changing. As commander of Schriever Air Force Base's 50th Space Wing, Burt flies satellites instead of bombers or fighters and was the first space officer to head up the Red Flag training.

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]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 04:05:04 -0600 <![CDATA[Fort Carson center is supermarket for military paperwork]]> http://gazette.com/fort-carson-center-is-supermarket-for-military-paperwork/article/1583324?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-carson-center-is-supermarket-for-military-paperwork/article/1583324?custom_click=rss

Arriving at Fort Carson used to mean a scavenger hunt for newly assigned soldiers.

In addition to long hours of bureaucracy and paperwork, it meant navigating the maze of nearly identical brick buildings to make the appropriate bureaucratic stops.

But now there's a paperwork supermarket in the post's old market.

"It streamlines the process, and it saves soldiers and families time," explained Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Crosby, the post's top enlisted soldier.

The Mountain Post Soldier Center, formally opened last week, has been years in the making, with the first plans coming shortly after the post got a new military grocery store in 2012.

The new commissary left the old 102,000-square-foot building vacant



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Sun, 21 Aug 2016 12:18:44 -0600
<![CDATA[Honor, brotherhood greet Vietnam vets at Cripple Creek rally]]> http://gazette.com/honor-brotherhood-greet-vietnam-vets-at-cripple-creek-rally/article/1583309?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/honor-brotherhood-greet-vietnam-vets-at-cripple-creek-rally/article/1583309?custom_click=rss

CRIPPLE CREEK

When Doug Beacham returned home to Colorado Springs from his tour in the Vietnam War, he didn't want just anyone to know he was in the military.

In 1968, many Americans were still reeling from a war that they believed they didn't belong in. And Beacham felt defeated upon returning.

But his feelings were different Saturday, when he attended the Salute to American Veterans parade in Cripple Creek.

He was among thousands of veterans from across the country who showed up to support each other. It was the third time Beacham attended the event, which is in its 29th year and started Saturday morning with thousands of motorcyclists riding in a procession from Woodland Park.

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Sun, 21 Aug 2016 07:15:24 -0600
<![CDATA[John W. Vessey Jr., who chaired the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the 1980s, dies at 94]]> http://gazette.com/john-w.-vessey-jr.-who-chaired-the-joint-chiefs-of-staff-in-the-1980s-dies-at-94/article/1583333?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/john-w.-vessey-jr.-who-chaired-the-joint-chiefs-of-staff-in-the-1980s-dies-at-94/article/1583333?custom_click=rss Retired Army Gen. John W. Vessey Jr., a self-professed "mud soldier" in two wars whose tenure as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff coincided with twin crises in Grenada and Lebanon, and who later served as a presidential emissary to Hanoi for POW/MIA matters, died Thursday at his home in North Oaks, Minn. He was 94.

His daughter, Sarah Vessey, confirmed the death but did not provide a cause.

Vessey was 16 when he enlisted as a private in the Minnesota National Guard in 1939. A longtime field artilleryman, he regarded himself as a "mud soldier" who experienced the hardship and sacrifice of combat. As President Ronald Reagan's top uniformed officer from 1982 to 1985, he was the first Army general to serve as Joint Chiefs

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]]> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 04:05:20 -0600 <![CDATA[Fort Carson event will focus on civilian job opportunities for veterans, outgoing military]]> http://gazette.com/fort-carson-event-will-focus-on-civilian-job-opportunities-for-veterans-outgoing-military/article/1583000?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-carson-event-will-focus-on-civilian-job-opportunities-for-veterans-outgoing-military/article/1583000?custom_click=rss

Fort Carson will hold a two-day summit next month for veterans and outgoing military members and their spouses to learn more about career options, the post announced Wednesday.

The summit and hiring fair, scheduled Sept. 13-14 at the Iron Horse Fitness Center and William Reed Special Events Center, will include panel discussions, networking sessions, and recruiter training aimed at providing more competitive employment opportunities.

The event includes speakers from the post and Soldier For Life. Representatives from federal entities including the U.S. Small Business Administration, Chamber of Commerce, and Veterans Affairs, Labor and Defense departments will attend the event.

A series of workshops and briefs will

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]]> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 04:05:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs aerial firefighters kept on the fly with blazes in several states]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-aerial-firefighters-kept-on-the-fly-with-blazes-in-several-states/article/1583321?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-aerial-firefighters-kept-on-the-fly-with-blazes-in-several-states/article/1583321?custom_click=rss

Airmen from Colorado Springs are battling fires in several Western states, and last week, they hit three states in one day.

It helps that the aerial firefighters from Peterson Air Force Base's 302nd Airlift Wing can cruise between disasters at 300 mph.

"It's been very busy," said Lt. Col. Rich Pantusa, a pilot for the wing.

The part-time airmen from the reserve wing joined the fight against wildfires Aug. 3 and have flown daily missions since. They work out of an airport in Boise, Idaho, and wing their way to fires in Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Utah. The wing sent a fresh flight crew to Boise on Wednesday.

"We arrived in Boise at 1:30 in the afternoon," Pantusa said. "By 3 p.m. we were in the air and we flew until

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4th ID gets new deputy commander

Brig. Gen. Kenneth L. Kamper took over as deputy commander of Fort Carson's 4th Infantry Division in a ceremony last week.

The 1989 U.S. Military Academy graduate rose through the ranks as an artillery officer and led a battalion in Iraq. He's also led the 17th Fires Brigade at Fort Lewis.

Before Fort Carson, Kamper was the commanding general of the Army's Operational Test Command at Fort Hood, Texas.

Fort Carson's deputy leaders have shouldered large responsibilities in recent months.

The division's deputies have rotated through Germany where the division maintains a command post that's running a string of NATO training exercises.

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