<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - military]]> http://gazette.com/rss/military Fri, 31 Oct 2014 01:00:15 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Myanmar's president, army chief meet Suu Kyi]]> http://gazette.com/myanmars-president-army-chief-meet-suu-kyi/article/feed/173662?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/myanmars-president-army-chief-meet-suu-kyi/article/feed/173662?custom_click=rss

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's president held rare talks Friday with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and more than a dozen of the country's political and military heavyweights.

Suu Kyi, who is constitutionally barred from running for president in next year's election, has been calling for a meeting with the president, commander in chief and parliament speaker for nearly a year to discuss the nation's political reform process.

Until now, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate had been repeatedly rebuffed.

After winning international praise for helping steer the country from dictatorship to democracy, President Thein Sein's nominally civilian government is facing mounting criticism that early political reforms and peace

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]]> NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's president held rare talks Friday with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and more than a dozen of the country's political and military heavyweights.

Suu Kyi, who is constitutionally barred from running for president in next year's election, has been calling for a meeting with the president, commander in chief and parliament speaker for nearly a year to discuss the nation's political reform process.

Until now, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate had been repeatedly rebuffed.

After winning international praise for helping steer the country from dictatorship to democracy, President Thein Sein's nominally civilian government is facing mounting criticism that early political reforms and peace]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 01:03:37 -0600 <![CDATA[Small US-based plane crashes in Caribbean Sea]]> http://gazette.com/small-us-based-plane-crashes-in-caribbean-sea/article/feed/173360?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/small-us-based-plane-crashes-in-caribbean-sea/article/feed/173360?custom_click=rss PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (AP) — Authorities searched in the Caribbean Sea off Dutch St. Maarten on Thursday for one of two pilots from a small cargo plane operated by a U.S. company that crashed shortly after takeoff.

The body of the other pilot was recovered after the plane crashed Wednesday evening about 3 miles (5 kilometers) from the runway in St. Maarten, said Wendell Thode, an official with the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard, which was coordinating search efforts that included Dutch marines, volunteers and French authorities.

The cause of the crash was unknown. The government said local aviation authorities would conduct an investigation with assistance from experts from the U.S., where the plane was registered, and Brit

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]]> PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (AP) — Authorities searched in the Caribbean Sea off Dutch St. Maarten on Thursday for one of two pilots from a small cargo plane operated by a U.S. company that crashed shortly after takeoff.

The body of the other pilot was recovered after the plane crashed Wednesday evening about 3 miles (5 kilometers) from the runway in St. Maarten, said Wendell Thode, an official with the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard, which was coordinating search efforts that included Dutch marines, volunteers and French authorities.

The cause of the crash was unknown. The government said local aviation authorities would conduct an investigation with assistance from experts from the U.S., where the plane was registered, and Brit]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:02:15 -0600 <![CDATA[Defense asks for new judge in Iraq war crime case]]> http://gazette.com/defense-asks-for-new-judge-in-iraq-war-crime-case/article/feed/173294?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/defense-asks-for-new-judge-in-iraq-war-crime-case/article/feed/173294?custom_click=rss CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) — Defense lawyers called a military judge biased and unfair on Thursday and asked him to remove himself from the case of a Marine being retried on a murder charge in a major Iraq war crime case.

The judge, Marine Capt. Andrew Henderson, rejected the claims during a hearing for Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III at Camp Pendleton, north of San Diego.

The Marine Corps re-charged Hutchins in the 2006 killing of an unarmed Iraqi policeman in the village of Hamdania after the military's highest court overturned his murder conviction last year.

Hutchins served over half of his 11-year sentence before the court found interrogators had violated his rights soon after the killing.

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]]> CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) — Defense lawyers called a military judge biased and unfair on Thursday and asked him to remove himself from the case of a Marine being retried on a murder charge in a major Iraq war crime case.

The judge, Marine Capt. Andrew Henderson, rejected the claims during a hearing for Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III at Camp Pendleton, north of San Diego.

The Marine Corps re-charged Hutchins in the 2006 killing of an unarmed Iraqi policeman in the village of Hamdania after the military's highest court overturned his murder conviction last year.

Hutchins served over half of his 11-year sentence before the court found interrogators had violated his rights soon after the killing.]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:17:05 -0600 <![CDATA[A Headless Ranger? Mystery at Colonial burial site]]> http://gazette.com/a-headless-ranger-mystery-at-colonial-burial-site/article/feed/173367?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-headless-ranger-mystery-at-colonial-burial-site/article/feed/173367?custom_click=rss

FORT EDWARD, N.Y. (AP) — Sleepy Hollow has the legend of the Headless Horseman. Does a community 150 miles farther up the Hudson River have a Headless Ranger buried in an unmarked cemetery from the 18th century?

In the middle of the Hudson sits Rogers Island, site of a 34-acre parcel considered the birthplace of today's U.S. Army Rangers. The town and village of Fort Edward had long sought purchase of the land and with its completion also gained control of an unmarked Colonial-era cemetery that could hold the remains of hundreds of people, including some of the famous frontier fighters known as Rogers' Rangers.

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]]> FORT EDWARD, N.Y. (AP) — Sleepy Hollow has the legend of the Headless Horseman. Does a community 150 miles farther up the Hudson River have a Headless Ranger buried in an unmarked cemetery from the 18th century?

In the middle of the Hudson sits Rogers Island, site of a 34-acre parcel considered the birthplace of today's U.S. Army Rangers. The town and village of Fort Edward had long sought purchase of the land and with its completion also gained control of an unmarked Colonial-era cemetery that could hold the remains of hundreds of people, including some of the famous frontier fighters known as Rogers' Rangers.]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:34:28 -0600 <![CDATA[Minnesota man wants immigration fraud case tossed]]> http://gazette.com/minnesota-man-wants-immigration-fraud-case-tossed/article/feed/173569?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/minnesota-man-wants-immigration-fraud-case-tossed/article/feed/173569?custom_click=rss MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man accused of entering the U.S. and obtaining a green card illegally by concealing his military service during the Bosnian war — and omitting allegations that he killed a neighbor — is asking that the case against him be dismissed.

Zdenko Jakisa, 46, has pleaded not guilty to one count of possessing unlawfully obtained documents. Prosecutors say he got his permanent resident card illegally when he didn't disclose that he had served in the armed forces of the Croatian Defense Council in Bosnia-Herzegovina in the 1990s or disclose his criminal past.

Jakisa was charged in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 1993 killing of a neighbor, Nevenka Elezovic.

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]]> MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man accused of entering the U.S. and obtaining a green card illegally by concealing his military service during the Bosnian war — and omitting allegations that he killed a neighbor — is asking that the case against him be dismissed.

Zdenko Jakisa, 46, has pleaded not guilty to one count of possessing unlawfully obtained documents. Prosecutors say he got his permanent resident card illegally when he didn't disclose that he had served in the armed forces of the Croatian Defense Council in Bosnia-Herzegovina in the 1990s or disclose his criminal past.

Jakisa was charged in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 1993 killing of a neighbor, Nevenka Elezovic.]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:34:28 -0600 <![CDATA[Army appeals court upholds soldier's conviction]]> http://gazette.com/army-appeals-court-upholds-soldiers-conviction/article/feed/173603?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/army-appeals-court-upholds-soldiers-conviction/article/feed/173603?custom_click=rss FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — An Army appeals court has upheld the 30-year sentence of a Fort Campbell soldier who pleaded guilty to breaking his infant son's right and left wrists and legs.

The U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals found that Spc. Jonathan M. Johnson's attorney was not deficient during court martial proceedings. The court issued the ruling Oct. 24.

Prosecutors say on Sept. 7, 2011, Johnson grabbed a six-week old by the legs and shoot and pushed hard enough to break the child's bones.

Johnson's sentence also included a reduction to private and a dishonorable discharge from the military.

A military court previously reduced Johnson's sentence from 38 years to three decades.

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]]> FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — An Army appeals court has upheld the 30-year sentence of a Fort Campbell soldier who pleaded guilty to breaking his infant son's right and left wrists and legs.

The U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals found that Spc. Jonathan M. Johnson's attorney was not deficient during court martial proceedings. The court issued the ruling Oct. 24.

Prosecutors say on Sept. 7, 2011, Johnson grabbed a six-week old by the legs and shoot and pushed hard enough to break the child's bones.

Johnson's sentence also included a reduction to private and a dishonorable discharge from the military.

A military court previously reduced Johnson's sentence from 38 years to three decades.]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:19:00 -0600 <![CDATA[Dempsey: US considering empowering Sunni tribes]]> http://gazette.com/dempsey-us-considering-empowering-sunni-tribes/article/feed/173500?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dempsey-us-considering-empowering-sunni-tribes/article/feed/173500?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is considering ways to bring the Sunni Arab tribes of Iraq's Anbar province more fully into the battle against the Islamic State group, the top U.S. military officer said Thursday.

Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters that expanding U.S. train-and-advise efforts to include the tribes is one of three key elements of a strategy designed to roll back IS fighters in northern and western Iraq.

The other elements are advising and assisting Iraqi government troops and creating so-called national guard units as a sort of quasi-military force that must first gain legal approval from the Iraqi government.

"You need all three of those eventually," Dempsey said.

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is considering ways to bring the Sunni Arab tribes of Iraq's Anbar province more fully into the battle against the Islamic State group, the top U.S. military officer said Thursday.

Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters that expanding U.S. train-and-advise efforts to include the tribes is one of three key elements of a strategy designed to roll back IS fighters in northern and western Iraq.

The other elements are advising and assisting Iraqi government troops and creating so-called national guard units as a sort of quasi-military force that must first gain legal approval from the Iraqi government.

"You need all three of those eventually," Dempsey said.]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:04:35 -0600 <![CDATA[Man charged with wire fraud on FedEx shipping]]> http://gazette.com/man-charged-with-wire-fraud-on-fedex-shipping/article/feed/173576?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-charged-with-wire-fraud-on-fedex-shipping/article/feed/173576?custom_click=rss MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a New Jersey man has been indicted on wire fraud charges for using Department of Defense discounts to ship products though FedEx.

The U.S. attorney's office in Memphis says Anthony Caruso was indicted Wednesday. Court records don't show if he has a lawyer.

According to the indictment, Caruso was a former FedEx employee and president of CSA Group, a company that negotiates shipping discounts for its customers.

The indictment alleges Caruso took over dormant Defense Department accounts at FedEx to access the department's shipping rate discounts. Prosecutors say he sent CSA customers' goods via FedEx through the department's discounted rates.

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]]> MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a New Jersey man has been indicted on wire fraud charges for using Department of Defense discounts to ship products though FedEx.

The U.S. attorney's office in Memphis says Anthony Caruso was indicted Wednesday. Court records don't show if he has a lawyer.

According to the indictment, Caruso was a former FedEx employee and president of CSA Group, a company that negotiates shipping discounts for its customers.

The indictment alleges Caruso took over dormant Defense Department accounts at FedEx to access the department's shipping rate discounts. Prosecutors say he sent CSA customers' goods via FedEx through the department's discounted rates.]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:33:42 -0600 <![CDATA[GOP senators urge Obama to hold off on immigration]]> http://gazette.com/gop-senators-urge-obama-to-hold-off-on-immigration/article/feed/173532?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gop-senators-urge-obama-to-hold-off-on-immigration/article/feed/173532?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — The three Republican senators responsible for comprehensive immigration legislation, which remains stalled in Congress, on Thursday urged President Barack Obama to hold off on any steps to shield millions of people from deportation.

"Acting by executive order on an issue of this magnitude would be the most divisive action you could take — completely undermining any good-faith effort to meaningfully address this important issue, which would be a disservice to the needs of the American people," Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Marco Rubio of Florida wrote to Obama.

Obama has said he would act after next week's midterm elections as Congress has failed to pass legislation to

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — The three Republican senators responsible for comprehensive immigration legislation, which remains stalled in Congress, on Thursday urged President Barack Obama to hold off on any steps to shield millions of people from deportation.

"Acting by executive order on an issue of this magnitude would be the most divisive action you could take — completely undermining any good-faith effort to meaningfully address this important issue, which would be a disservice to the needs of the American people," Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Marco Rubio of Florida wrote to Obama.

Obama has said he would act after next week's midterm elections as Congress has failed to pass legislation to]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:32:30 -0600 <![CDATA[Probation for Fort Carson soldier convicted in solicitation case]]> By Kassondra Cloos kassondra.cloos@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/probation-for-fort-carson-soldier-convicted-in-solicitation-case/article/1540469?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/probation-for-fort-carson-soldier-convicted-in-solicitation-case/article/1540469?custom_click=rss

A Fort Carson soldier accused of asking more than a dozen girls and young women to watch him masturbate for money was sentenced Thursday to 10 years of sex offender intensive supervised probation.

Duston Ridner, 44, pleaded guilty in August to one count of sexual obscenity, although he admitted to the other charges in court Thursday. He was arrested in May after reports that he had solicited girls and women between the ages of 12 and 22 from a red pickup truck under the guise of asking for directions.

Ridner did not touch or expose himself to any of those he solicited, but the sex offender program is strict. He is prohibited from contacting anyone under the age of 18, including his own children.



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A Fort Carson soldier accused of asking more than a dozen girls and young women to watch him masturbate for money was sentenced Thursday to 10 years of sex offender intensive supervised probation.

Duston Ridner, 44, pleaded guilty in August to one count of sexual obscenity, although he admitted to the other charges in court Thursday. He was arrested in May after reports that he had solicited girls and women between the ages of 12 and 22 from a red pickup truck under the guise of asking for directions.

Ridner did not touch or expose himself to any of those he solicited, but the sex offender program is strict. He is prohibited from contacting anyone under the age of 18, including his own children.

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<![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Bill Medley of Righteous Brothers, WWII vets honored by USO]]> By Linda Navarro, The Gazette, linda.navarro@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/around-town-bill-medley-of-righteous-brothers-wwii-vets-honored-by-uso/article/1540482?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-bill-medley-of-righteous-brothers-wwii-vets-honored-by-uso/article/1540482?custom_click=rss

Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers crooned "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" to an appreciative audience of honorees at front tables at the recent USO Freedom Dinner. Then Medley bent down and personally thanked those smiling World War II veterans.



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Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers crooned "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" to an appreciative audience of honorees at front tables at the recent USO Freedom Dinner. Then Medley bent down and personally thanked those smiling World War II veterans.

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<![CDATA[Pair convicted in secret $1.6 M Navy silencer deal]]> http://gazette.com/pair-convicted-in-secret-1.6-m-navy-silencer-deal/article/feed/173374?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pair-convicted-in-secret-1.6-m-navy-silencer-deal/article/feed/173374?custom_click=rss McLEAN, Va. (AP) — A senior Navy intelligence official and a California race-car mechanic were convicted in federal court for their roles in pushing through a secret Navy contract to build hundreds of untraceable rifle silencers for an unspecified, classified program.

Navy civilian Lee Hall of Sterling was convicted Wednesday of conspiracy and theft of government money for steering the nearly $2 million no-bid contract to his boss' brother, Mark Landersman of Temecula, California. Landersman was convicted of a single conspiracy count.

Witnesses said Landersman learned how to make the silencers off the Internet and had costs of only $10,000, though defense lawyers say Landersman spent thousands of hours in prior years workin

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]]> McLEAN, Va. (AP) — A senior Navy intelligence official and a California race-car mechanic were convicted in federal court for their roles in pushing through a secret Navy contract to build hundreds of untraceable rifle silencers for an unspecified, classified program.

Navy civilian Lee Hall of Sterling was convicted Wednesday of conspiracy and theft of government money for steering the nearly $2 million no-bid contract to his boss' brother, Mark Landersman of Temecula, California. Landersman was convicted of a single conspiracy count.

Witnesses said Landersman learned how to make the silencers off the Internet and had costs of only $10,000, though defense lawyers say Landersman spent thousands of hours in prior years workin]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:16:47 -0600 <![CDATA[Event celebrates Fort Drum's new energy provider]]> http://gazette.com/event-celebrates-fort-drums-new-energy-provider/article/feed/173321?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/event-celebrates-fort-drums-new-energy-provider/article/feed/173321?custom_click=rss FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) — New York Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand will be in the North Country for a ceremony celebrating the recent awarding of a 20-year contract for providing power to Fort Drum.

Thursday morning's event at the Army post in northern New York comes a month after the military awarded ReEnergy Holdings a nearly $289 million contract to provide power using renewable sources.

In 2012, Albany-based ReEnergy purchased an idled coal-burning plant at Fort Drum. The company says it has spent nearly $35 million over the past two years converting the facility into one that can burn wood and forestry products to produce electricity.

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]]> FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) — New York Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand will be in the North Country for a ceremony celebrating the recent awarding of a 20-year contract for providing power to Fort Drum.

Thursday morning's event at the Army post in northern New York comes a month after the military awarded ReEnergy Holdings a nearly $289 million contract to provide power using renewable sources.

In 2012, Albany-based ReEnergy purchased an idled coal-burning plant at Fort Drum. The company says it has spent nearly $35 million over the past two years converting the facility into one that can burn wood and forestry products to produce electricity.]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:15:54 -0600 <![CDATA[Exercises underway at Anchorage military base]]> http://gazette.com/exercises-underway-at-anchorage-military-base/article/feed/173310?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/exercises-underway-at-anchorage-military-base/article/feed/173310?custom_click=rss ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Soldiers at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson are conducting live-fire exercises at the Anchorage base.

Officials say the exercises kicked off Tuesday and continue through Nov. 6.

Participants are members of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division.

Officials say area residents can expect to hear noises during the exercises.

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]]> ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Soldiers at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson are conducting live-fire exercises at the Anchorage base.

Officials say the exercises kicked off Tuesday and continue through Nov. 6.

Participants are members of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division.

Officials say area residents can expect to hear noises during the exercises.]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 06:31:22 -0600 <![CDATA[South Korea soldiers convicted in hazing death]]> http://gazette.com/south-korea-soldiers-convicted-in-hazing-death/article/feed/173290?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/south-korea-soldiers-convicted-in-hazing-death/article/feed/173290?custom_click=rss

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean military court sentenced six soldiers to up to 45 years in prison on Thursday for bullying and beating a subordinate who died, the Defense Ministry said.

Military prosecutors said the soldiers bullied the victim regularly for about a month, and struck him in the chest and forced him to swallow a chunk of food that lodged in his throat before he died in April.

A ministry official said the sentences ranged from 45 years to a six-month suspended term. He spoke on condition of anonymity, citing office policy.

Army officials said prosecutors will appeal the ruling because they believe the sentences are too lenient.

Bullying and hazing are serious problems in the military.

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]]> SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean military court sentenced six soldiers to up to 45 years in prison on Thursday for bullying and beating a subordinate who died, the Defense Ministry said.

Military prosecutors said the soldiers bullied the victim regularly for about a month, and struck him in the chest and forced him to swallow a chunk of food that lodged in his throat before he died in April.

A ministry official said the sentences ranged from 45 years to a six-month suspended term. He spoke on condition of anonymity, citing office policy.

Army officials said prosecutors will appeal the ruling because they believe the sentences are too lenient.

Bullying and hazing are serious problems in the military.]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 06:16:03 -0600 <![CDATA[SD Army National Guard fielding new helicopters]]> http://gazette.com/sd-army-national-guard-fielding-new-helicopters/article/feed/173245?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sd-army-national-guard-fielding-new-helicopters/article/feed/173245?custom_click=rss RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Army National Guard is fielding new Black Hawk helicopters meant to be used in medical evacuations.

Officials say the Guard has received its first two of six helicopters that will replace aircraft in the agency's existing inventory. The Guard is receiving the new helicopters as part of the U.S. Army's aircraft modernization program.

Maj. Jon Murphy is a state army aviation officer. Murphy says the new helicopters will be used during emergency response efforts.

The Guard says the helicopters feature a built-in medical interior that includes a system capable of handling up to six patients and an integrated oxygen generating system for onboard patient care.

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]]> RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Army National Guard is fielding new Black Hawk helicopters meant to be used in medical evacuations.

Officials say the Guard has received its first two of six helicopters that will replace aircraft in the agency's existing inventory. The Guard is receiving the new helicopters as part of the U.S. Army's aircraft modernization program.

Maj. Jon Murphy is a state army aviation officer. Murphy says the new helicopters will be used during emergency response efforts.

The Guard says the helicopters feature a built-in medical interior that includes a system capable of handling up to six patients and an integrated oxygen generating system for onboard patient care.]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 06:16:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Marine Corps recruiter pleads not guilty to arson]]> http://gazette.com/marine-corps-recruiter-pleads-not-guilty-to-arson/article/feed/173249?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/marine-corps-recruiter-pleads-not-guilty-to-arson/article/feed/173249?custom_click=rss BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A U.S. Marine Corps recruiter accused of setting small fires at his workplace in Bismarck is charged in federal court.

Anthony DeGroot is charged with arson. Authorities say he started the fires at the armed forces recruiting station on the day after Christmas.

DeGroot pleaded not guilty at Wednesday's arraignment in Bismarck. He was released on a promise to appear in court.

Trial is set for Jan. 6 in Bismarck.

A defense attorney could not be reached for comment.

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]]> BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A U.S. Marine Corps recruiter accused of setting small fires at his workplace in Bismarck is charged in federal court.

Anthony DeGroot is charged with arson. Authorities say he started the fires at the armed forces recruiting station on the day after Christmas.

DeGroot pleaded not guilty at Wednesday's arraignment in Bismarck. He was released on a promise to appear in court.

Trial is set for Jan. 6 in Bismarck.

A defense attorney could not be reached for comment.]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 06:01:10 -0600 <![CDATA[Pikes Peak region military leaders: Troops won't bring Ebola back from Africa deployment]]> BY TOM ROEDER tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/pikes-peak-region-military-leaders-troops-wont-bring-ebola-back-from-africa-deployment/article/1540444?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pikes-peak-region-military-leaders-troops-wont-bring-ebola-back-from-africa-deployment/article/1540444?custom_click=rss

The military worked Wednesday night to calm fears that Pikes Peak region troops could bring Ebola home from deployments in Africa.

Nearly 200 Fort Carson soldiers are scheduled to deploy to Africa in the coming weeks, where they will work in Liberia to build humanitarian assistance bases and Ebola treatment facilities. The engineers will operate bulldozers and graders on their deployment.

Air Force Col. Walter Matthews, who manages the military health care system at the Pikes Peak region's five military bases, said troops in Africa will be checked twice daily for Ebola. If troops are exposed to the virus, they will be evacuated for three weeks of monitoring, he said.

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]]> The military worked Wednesday night to calm fears that Pikes Peak region troops could bring Ebola home from deployments in Africa.

Nearly 200 Fort Carson soldiers are scheduled to deploy to Africa in the coming weeks, where they will work in Liberia to build humanitarian assistance bases and Ebola treatment facilities. The engineers will operate bulldozers and graders on their deployment.

Air Force Col. Walter Matthews, who manages the military health care system at the Pikes Peak region's five military bases, said troops in Africa will be checked twice daily for Ebola. If troops are exposed to the virus, they will be evacuated for three weeks of monitoring, he said.]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:33:20 -0600 <![CDATA[Commandant says giving AFA cadets more responsibility will improve behavior]]> By Tom Roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/commandant-says-giving-afa-cadets-more-responsibility-will-improve-behavior/article/1540434?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/commandant-says-giving-afa-cadets-more-responsibility-will-improve-behavior/article/1540434?custom_click=rss

Hours ahead of a national news broadcast recounting athlete misconduct at the Air Force Academy, the school's commandant of cadets told Colorado Springs business leaders that a tiny fraction of cadets get into trouble.

Brig Gen. Stephen Williams said 3.7 percent of cadets are facing discipline for all reasons and "96.3 percent, if I'm doing my math right, are doing great things." The general addressed a Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance luncheon Wednesday.

The academy is working to polish its image after a Gazette investigation in August found serious misconduct by athletes including drug use and sexual assault.

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]]> Hours ahead of a national news broadcast recounting athlete misconduct at the Air Force Academy, the school's commandant of cadets told Colorado Springs business leaders that a tiny fraction of cadets get into trouble.

Brig Gen. Stephen Williams said 3.7 percent of cadets are facing discipline for all reasons and "96.3 percent, if I'm doing my math right, are doing great things." The general addressed a Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance luncheon Wednesday.

The academy is working to polish its image after a Gazette investigation in August found serious misconduct by athletes including drug use and sexual assault.]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:10:57 -0600 <![CDATA[Hagel approves 21-day Ebola quarantine for troops]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/hagel-approves-21-day-ebola-quarantine-for-troops/article/1540416?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hagel-approves-21-day-ebola-quarantine-for-troops/article/1540416?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday approved a recommendation by military leaders that all U.S. troops returning from Ebola response missions in West Africa be kept in supervised isolation for 21 days.

The move goes beyond precautions recommended by the Obama administration for civilians, although President Barack Obama has made clear he feels the military's situation is different from that of civilians, in part because troops are not in West Africa by choice.

Hagel said he acted in response to a recommendation sent to him Tuesday by Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on behalf of the heads of each of the military services.



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WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday approved a recommendation by military leaders that all U.S. troops returning from Ebola response missions in West Africa be kept in supervised isolation for 21 days.

The move goes beyond precautions recommended by the Obama administration for civilians, although President Barack Obama has made clear he feels the military's situation is different from that of civilians, in part because troops are not in West Africa by choice.

Hagel said he acted in response to a recommendation sent to him Tuesday by Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on behalf of the heads of each of the military services.

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Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:18:22 -0600
<![CDATA[ABC's 'Nightline' to air report on Air Force Academy misconduct]]> By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/abcs-nightline-to-air-report-on-air-force-academy-misconduct/article/1540379?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/abcs-nightline-to-air-report-on-air-force-academy-misconduct/article/1540379?custom_click=rss

ABC News announced Tuesday that it will air an investigation into the misconduct of Air Force Academy football players and the school's 2013 informant scandal - stories that first appeared in The Gazette.

The network's full report airs Wednesday on "Nightline" and follows Gazette investigations in 2013, August and September that examined the school's undercover cadet informant program, misconduct by athletes including sexual assault and how the Air Force Academy Preparatory School and similar schools at Navy and Army have been transformed into a pipeline for athletes with few admissions rules.

ABC described its work in an email to The Gazette.



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ABC News announced Tuesday that it will air an investigation into the misconduct of Air Force Academy football players and the school's 2013 informant scandal - stories that first appeared in The Gazette.

The network's full report airs Wednesday on "Nightline" and follows Gazette investigations in 2013, August and September that examined the school's undercover cadet informant program, misconduct by athletes including sexual assault and how the Air Force Academy Preparatory School and similar schools at Navy and Army have been transformed into a pipeline for athletes with few admissions rules.

ABC described its work in an email to The Gazette.

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Wed, 29 Oct 2014 06:55:47 -0600
<![CDATA['No beer ... no women': Former Army football coach defends his recruiting trips]]> By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/no-beer-...-no-women-former-army-football-coach-defends-his-recruiting-trips/article/1540353?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/no-beer-...-no-women-former-army-football-coach-defends-his-recruiting-trips/article/1540353?custom_click=rss

When Army football recruits took a bus trip with coach Bobby Ross, there was no drinking or dancing in the aisles like a trip for recruits earlier this year.

Ross came out of retirement to coach the Black Knights from 2004 to 2006, and he did take cadets and prospects for a ride down New York's Palisades Parkway. But it wasn't for a night of unsupervised fun.

The recruits, their parents and every member of Ross' coaching staff were along for the ride, he said in a telephone interview Tuesday.

"There was no beer, there were no women, there was nothing like that," Ross said.

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Ross came out of retirement to coach the Black Knights from 2004 to 2006, and he did take cadets and prospects for a ride down New York's Palisades Parkway. But it wasn't for a night of unsupervised fun.

The recruits, their parents and every member of Ross' coaching staff were along for the ride, he said in a telephone interview Tuesday.

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A contrite Jeff Monken accepted responsibility on Tuesday for a football recruiting trip that happened a month after he was hired as head coach at Army and resulted in minor NCAA violations.

"Everything that happens in this program is my responsibility. It was wrong," Monken said. "I'm disappointed it happened. I don't like having my reputation and my name dirtied. I didn't come to West Point thinking that I'm just going to change my ideals, my integrity and win at all costs."

The recruiting excursion Jan. 25 also resulted in the disciplining of 20 cadets, two officers and two coaches. Monken said the trip to a downstate New York mall with 14 prospective recruits was organized by staff members there before he arrived as



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A contrite Jeff Monken accepted responsibility on Tuesday for a football recruiting trip that happened a month after he was hired as head coach at Army and resulted in minor NCAA violations.

"Everything that happens in this program is my responsibility. It was wrong," Monken said. "I'm disappointed it happened. I don't like having my reputation and my name dirtied. I didn't come to West Point thinking that I'm just going to change my ideals, my integrity and win at all costs."

The recruiting excursion Jan. 25 also resulted in the disciplining of 20 cadets, two officers and two coaches. Monken said the trip to a downstate New York mall with 14 prospective recruits was organized by staff members there before he arrived as

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Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:13:08 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado company, Army settle price-inflation allegations]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/colorado-company-army-settle-price-inflation-allegations/article/1540332?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-company-army-settle-price-inflation-allegations/article/1540332?custom_click=rss BOULDER — A Boulder-based company that makes antenna and radio systems has paid $10 million to settle allegations that it submitted inflated prices for equipment it sold to the Army.

The Justice Department said Monday that First RF Corporation violated the False Claims Act in a 2005 Army contract that included the sale of 6,900 antennas and related parts. The equipment was used to combat improvised explosive devices.

The Daily Camera reports (http://bit.ly/1yG1n78 ) the company was accused of falsifying the costs of manufacturing the antennas, thereby inflating their price.

First RF says the claims were made years after the antennas were used to combat IEDs in Iraq, and the company provided substantial



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BOULDER — A Boulder-based company that makes antenna and radio systems has paid $10 million to settle allegations that it submitted inflated prices for equipment it sold to the Army.

The Justice Department said Monday that First RF Corporation violated the False Claims Act in a 2005 Army contract that included the sale of 6,900 antennas and related parts. The equipment was used to combat improvised explosive devices.

The Daily Camera reports (http://bit.ly/1yG1n78 ) the company was accused of falsifying the costs of manufacturing the antennas, thereby inflating their price.

First RF says the claims were made years after the antennas were used to combat IEDs in Iraq, and the company provided substantial

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Tue, 28 Oct 2014 06:35:28 -0600
<![CDATA[Booze, girls, cash and recruits: West Point responds to Gazette article]]> By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/booze-girls-cash-and-recruits-west-point-responds-to-gazette-article/article/1540249?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/booze-girls-cash-and-recruits-west-point-responds-to-gazette-article/article/1540249?custom_click=rss

West Point's top officer Sunday took full blame for the school's recruiting violations this year that included courting high school football players with alcohol and VIP treatment on a raucous bus ride.

The incidents were first revealed in a  Saturday story in The Gazette.

"As superintendent, I take full responsibility for all actions that occur here at West Point to include the incident on January 25, 2014," Military Academy Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen Jr. wrote in a statement on the academy's website. "I am fully committed to the values of West Point in all of our cadets and in all of our programs, and will ensure they are upheld to the highest of standards.



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West Point's top officer Sunday took full blame for the school's recruiting violations this year that included courting high school football players with alcohol and VIP treatment on a raucous bus ride.

The incidents were first revealed in a  Saturday story in The Gazette.

"As superintendent, I take full responsibility for all actions that occur here at West Point to include the incident on January 25, 2014," Military Academy Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen Jr. wrote in a statement on the academy's website. "I am fully committed to the values of West Point in all of our cadets and in all of our programs, and will ensure they are upheld to the highest of standards.

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Mon, 27 Oct 2014 16:47:59 -0600
<![CDATA[Fort Carson's top NCO clearly outlines dos and don'ts for soldiers]]> By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/fort-carsons-top-nco-clearly-outlines-dos-and-donts-for-soldiers/article/1540241?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-carsons-top-nco-clearly-outlines-dos-and-donts-for-soldiers/article/1540241?custom_click=rss

Command Sgt. Maj. David Clark has a few rules for his Fort Carson soldiers - 42 pages worth.

As the 4th Infantry Division's top enlisted soldier, Clark spearheaded the new rulebook released this month that outlaws walking while smoking and requires soldiers to exit their cars to render honors to the nation at the end of the duty day.

The new rules lighten requirements for reflective belts but reinforce tough new regulations on tattoos and piercings.

"I tried to lay it out so everyone clearly understands the standards," said Clark, who hit his 30th year in the Army this month.

One of the changes that will have the widest impact concerns smoking.



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Command Sgt. Maj. David Clark has a few rules for his Fort Carson soldiers - 42 pages worth.

As the 4th Infantry Division's top enlisted soldier, Clark spearheaded the new rulebook released this month that outlaws walking while smoking and requires soldiers to exit their cars to render honors to the nation at the end of the duty day.

The new rules lighten requirements for reflective belts but reinforce tough new regulations on tattoos and piercings.

"I tried to lay it out so everyone clearly understands the standards," said Clark, who hit his 30th year in the Army this month.

One of the changes that will have the widest impact concerns smoking.

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Mon, 27 Oct 2014 14:11:10 -0600
<![CDATA[Army troops isolated after Africa duty tour]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/army-troops-isolated-after-africa-duty-tour/article/1540287?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/army-troops-isolated-after-africa-duty-tour/article/1540287?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon says dozens of Army soldiers and their two-star general are being isolated at their base in Vicenza, Italy, as they return after serving in West Africa to help with the Ebola fight.

Maj. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, the commander who led the U.S. response in Liberia, returned to Italy with 11 staff. They will be restricted in an isolated location and will not be allowed to go to their homes for 21 days. Several dozen more are returning in the coming days and will also be isolated.

Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, says Army leaders made the decision. So far, it only affects soldiers. He says no exposure incident triggered the decision, but they will be checked regularly for any Ebola



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WASHINGTON — The Pentagon says dozens of Army soldiers and their two-star general are being isolated at their base in Vicenza, Italy, as they return after serving in West Africa to help with the Ebola fight.

Maj. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, the commander who led the U.S. response in Liberia, returned to Italy with 11 staff. They will be restricted in an isolated location and will not be allowed to go to their homes for 21 days. Several dozen more are returning in the coming days and will also be isolated.

Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, says Army leaders made the decision. So far, it only affects soldiers. He says no exposure incident triggered the decision, but they will be checked regularly for any Ebola

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Mon, 27 Oct 2014 11:53:12 -0600
<![CDATA[Report: West Point football team recruited high school athletes with booze, women]]> By Tom Roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/report-west-point-football-team-recruited-high-school-athletes-with-booze-women/article/1540172?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/report-west-point-football-team-recruited-high-school-athletes-with-booze-women/article/1540172?custom_click=rss

The Army football team wooed recruits this year with an alcohol-fueled party, a dinner date with female cadets, cash from boosters and VIP treatment on a party bus complete with cheerleaders and a police escort, documents obtained by The Gazette show.

The U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., which acknowledged the misconduct to The Gazette, disciplined 20 cadets for promoting underage drinking and other misdeeds and self-reported a recruiting violation to the NCAA. Two officers were reprimanded along with a pair of coaches. Those involved, though, avoided more serious punishments, including dismissal from the academy for cadets and courts-martial for officers.



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The Army football team wooed recruits this year with an alcohol-fueled party, a dinner date with female cadets, cash from boosters and VIP treatment on a party bus complete with cheerleaders and a police escort, documents obtained by The Gazette show.

The U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., which acknowledged the misconduct to The Gazette, disciplined 20 cadets for promoting underage drinking and other misdeeds and self-reported a recruiting violation to the NCAA. Two officers were reprimanded along with a pair of coaches. Those involved, though, avoided more serious punishments, including dismissal from the academy for cadets and courts-martial for officers.

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Sun, 26 Oct 2014 20:50:11 -0600
<![CDATA[Homefront Cares' aid to veterans spreads beyond Pikes Peak region]]> By Tom Roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/homefront-cares-aid-to-veterans-spreads-beyond-pikes-peak-region/article/1540243?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/homefront-cares-aid-to-veterans-spreads-beyond-pikes-peak-region/article/1540243?custom_click=rss More than 750 people gathered at a gala this month to mark the 11th birthday of a homegrown charity that helps troops and their families and is rapidly shifting to a postwar role for veterans.

The Home Front Cares drew the crowd and its donations. Founded by a pair of Colorado Springs Vietnam veterans to assist troops headed for Iraq, it has grown beyond the Pikes Peak region, with veterans in Denver and Fort Collins now getting aid.

"We're 11 years in the business and we'll be here as long as we are needed," said Tom Daschbach, the charity's chairman.

Unlike other military-aimed charities that provide services to veterans, Home Front specializes in cash grants to help troops and veterans through rough financial waters.

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The Home Front Cares drew the crowd and its donations. Founded by a pair of Colorado Springs Vietnam veterans to assist troops headed for Iraq, it has grown beyond the Pikes Peak region, with veterans in Denver and Fort Collins now getting aid.

"We're 11 years in the business and we'll be here as long as we are needed," said Tom Daschbach, the charity's chairman.

Unlike other military-aimed charities that provide services to veterans, Home Front specializes in cash grants to help troops and veterans through rough financial waters.]]> Sun, 26 Oct 2014 12:50:18 -0600 <![CDATA[AFA flight team wins region, eyes national championship]]> By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette,com - http://gazette.com/afa-flight-team-wins-region-eyes-national-championship/article/1540242?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/afa-flight-team-wins-region-eyes-national-championship/article/1540242?custom_click=rss

At the National Intercollegiate Flying Association competition held at the academy's airfield this month, cadets took to the skies to show their skills in precision navigation and other feats of airmanship.

For the academy, it's a stop on the way to the National Championships in Ohio next May, and defeat by the five other Rocky Mountain region schools would have been unconscionable.

"If we win this year, it would be the 28th year in a row," said senior cadet Robert Larson, captain of the 27-cadet squad of pilots.

And win they did.

The academy's flying team uses old Cessnas for the competition, but speed isn't what's judged.

Sophomore cadet Tsali Bentley said the academy wins with its brainpower.

"This



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At the National Intercollegiate Flying Association competition held at the academy's airfield this month, cadets took to the skies to show their skills in precision navigation and other feats of airmanship.

For the academy, it's a stop on the way to the National Championships in Ohio next May, and defeat by the five other Rocky Mountain region schools would have been unconscionable.

"If we win this year, it would be the 28th year in a row," said senior cadet Robert Larson, captain of the 27-cadet squad of pilots.

And win they did.

The academy's flying team uses old Cessnas for the competition, but speed isn't what's judged.

Sophomore cadet Tsali Bentley said the academy wins with its brainpower.

"This

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Sun, 26 Oct 2014 12:50:02 -0600