<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - military]]> http://gazette.com/rss/military Thu, 05 May 2016 10:18:13 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Mariner rescued after 2-month ordeal at sea]]> http://gazette.com/mariner-rescued-after-2-month-ordeal-at-sea/article/feed/345494?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mariner-rescued-after-2-month-ordeal-at-sea/article/feed/345494?custom_click=rss

HONOLULU (AP) — A Colombian mariner has been rescued after surviving a two-month ordeal in the Pacific by eating fish and seagulls, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

The man told the Coast Guard that his three companions on the disabled 23-foot skiff died at sea, but their bodies were not aboard the vessel that was adrift in a lightly traveled expanse of the ocean. He did, however, have the men's passports.

The four sailors had left Colombia more than two months ago, the Coast Guard said. At some point, their skiff's engine failed and they were left adrift.

The 29-year-old survivor, who was not identified, was spotted and rescued by the Panamanian-flagged Nikkei Verde, a merchant ship, more than 2,000 miles southeast of Hawa

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]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 10:51:06 -0600 <![CDATA[Northern Ireland police arrest 14 men after IRA funeral]]> http://gazette.com/northern-ireland-police-arrest-14-men-after-ira-funeral/article/feed/345609?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/northern-ireland-police-arrest-14-men-after-ira-funeral/article/feed/345609?custom_click=rss DUBLIN (AP) — Northern Ireland police say they have arrested 14 men on suspicion of Irish Republican Army membership following an IRA funeral featuring a military-style procession beside an Irish flag-draped coffin.

Officers made Thursday's arrests after the funeral for 36-year-old Michael Barr in the Northern Ireland border town of Strabane, a power base for rival factions of the outlawed IRA. Barr, a member of the New IRA splinter group, was fatally shot April 25 in a Dublin pub as part of a long-running feud within Ireland's criminal underworld.

The coffin bearing the Strabane native was carried down a main street flanked by a dozen men dressed in black berets, combat fatigues and mirrored sunglasses.

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]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 10:04:18 -0600 <![CDATA[New veterans cemetery to be named after Pikes Peak]]> http://gazette.com/new-veterans-cemetery-to-be-named-after-pikes-peak/article/feed/345582?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-veterans-cemetery-to-be-named-after-pikes-peak/article/feed/345582?custom_click=rss COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The new veterans cemetery that will be built to serve veterans in the Colorado Springs area will be named Pikes Peak National Cemetery.

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced the name at a meeting there on Wednesday.

The names of national cemeteries usually are based on an area's geography. The VA picked the name after asking for suggestions from local veterans and community leaders.

The cemetery, which will have views of the mountains, will be able to accommodate 95,000 veterans from the Colorado Springs area and their families. Currently the closest veterans cemetery, Fort Logan, is about 70 miles away in Denver and the nearest state veterans cemetery is 180 miles away in Monte V

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]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 09:12:13 -0600 <![CDATA[Pentagon says fewer sex-assault victims faced retaliation]]> http://gazette.com/pentagon-says-fewer-sex-assault-victims-faced-retaliation/article/feed/345496?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pentagon-says-fewer-sex-assault-victims-faced-retaliation/article/feed/345496?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is lowering its estimate of the number of people it believes have faced retaliation for making claims of sexual assault, arguing that what might sometimes feel like revenge may actually be an attempt to help.

The decision, following a year of debate, is likely to face some criticism, particularly from sexual assault survivors who faced social snubs, harassment, job transfers or other actions in the emotional aftermath of an attack.

But what victims may see as vengeful behavior is, in some cases, actions that are meant to help the survivor heal or get them away from their alleged attackers, military officials say.

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]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 08:41:54 -0600 <![CDATA[Myanmar anti-Muslim activist arrested for post about Suu Kyi]]> http://gazette.com/myanmar-anti-muslim-activist-arrested-for-post-about-suu-kyi/article/feed/345540?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/myanmar-anti-muslim-activist-arrested-for-post-about-suu-kyi/article/feed/345540?custom_click=rss YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A prominent anti-Muslim activist has been arrested for posting a provocative statement on Facebook about Myanmar's army commander and the country's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, the head of a Buddhist nationalist group and a human rights lawyer said Thursday.

Nay Myo Wai, chairman of Yangon based Peace and Diversity Party, was arrested Wednesday after a complaint was filed against him for a Facebook posting falsely claiming that army commander Min Aung Hliang had not seized power because he wanted to marry Suu Kyi.

He could face up to three years in jail and a fine if convicted of using a telecommunications network to extort, threaten, obstruct, defame, disturb, inappropriately influence or intim

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]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 07:59:04 -0600 <![CDATA[Paralyzed soldier says Army was at fault in fatal wreck on Fort Carson]]> http://gazette.com/paralyzed-soldier-says-army-was-at-fault-in-fatal-wreck-on-fort-carson/article/1575366?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paralyzed-soldier-says-army-was-at-fault-in-fatal-wreck-on-fort-carson/article/1575366?custom_click=rss

The Army says a wrong turn led to a fatal rollover wreck last year that sent a 18-ton Stryker vehicle tumbling over a cliff.

A soldier who lost the use of his legs in incident, though, says the cause of the wreck was a string of 1st Bri-gade Combat Team commanders pushing their troops too hard in training with unfamiliar equipment.

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Thu, 05 May 2016 07:48:59 -0600
<![CDATA[VA: New veterans cemetery near Colorado Springs will be named for America's mountain]]> http://gazette.com/va-new-veterans-cemetery-near-colorado-springs-will-be-named-for-americas-mountain/article/1575436?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/va-new-veterans-cemetery-near-colorado-springs-will-be-named-for-americas-mountain/article/1575436?custom_click=rss

The new veterans cemetery being built east of Colorado Springs will be named for America's mountain, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced Wednesday night.

The Pikes Peak National Cemetery, to be constructed off Drennan Road, got its name in a months-long process involving local veterans, leaders and the VA. The agency has already purchased 374 acres to hold the graves of veterans and Congress is expected to approve $36 million in the coming months to pay for construction starting in 2017.

"I think if you look at that, it's probably not a big surprise," said Steve Best who heads VA cemetery efforts in a nine-state region that includes Colorado, as he revealed the Pikes Peak name. "I think we got it right.

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Thu, 05 May 2016 07:22:56 -0600
<![CDATA[New Kanawha County court aims to get veterans help]]> http://gazette.com/new-kanawha-county-court-aims-to-get-veterans-help/article/feed/345530?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-kanawha-county-court-aims-to-get-veterans-help/article/feed/345530?custom_click=rss CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Kanawha County is establishing a special court for military veterans.

Sheriff's Sgt. Brian Humphreys says the county's adult drug court will offer a separate track for veterans. He says the court will work with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to divert veterans into rehabilitation programs.

The Kanawha County Veterans Treatment Court will open with a ceremony Thursday in the Old County Courthouse in Charleston.

There are similar courts serving at least seven other West Virginia counties.

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]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 06:27:56 -0600 <![CDATA[Coast Guard investigates boat shooting report off Key West]]> http://gazette.com/coast-guard-investigates-boat-shooting-report-off-key-west/article/feed/345517?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/coast-guard-investigates-boat-shooting-report-off-key-west/article/feed/345517?custom_click=rss KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating a report that someone on a fishing boat fired multiple shots in the direction of a 20-foot pleasure boat while its passengers were diving southwest of Key West.

Coast Guard officials said in a news release that the report was received Wednesday morning from someone on board the pleasure boat, which was about 20 nautical miles southwest of Marquesas Key.

The Coast Guard Cutter William Trump was diverted to the area, where they were joined from a boat crew from Key West. They conducted a boarding of the fishing boat and took control of both vessels, escorting them into port.

The agency is conducting a criminal investigation.

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]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 05:58:17 -0600 <![CDATA[Iraq's PM replaces military commander over Green Zone breach]]> http://gazette.com/iraqs-pm-replaces-military-commander-over-green-zone-breach/article/feed/345489?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/iraqs-pm-replaces-military-commander-over-green-zone-breach/article/feed/345489?custom_click=rss BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi replaced the commander of a military division tasked with protecting the heavily fortified Green Zone Thursday after hundreds of angry anti-government protesters broke into the parliament building last week.

On Saturday hundreds of protesters, mainly followers of Iraq's influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, knocked down concrete blast walls and broke into the parliament building, damaging furniture and slapping some lawmakers who tried to flee. Security forces stood idle with some seen kissing and shaking hands with the protesters.

Cabinet spokesman Saad al-Hadithi said al-Abadi issued a decree to replace staff Lt. Gen. Mohammed Ridha due to "the breach and assaults a

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]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 05:29:59 -0600 <![CDATA[Poland charges Russian-born lawyer with spying for Moscow]]> http://gazette.com/poland-charges-russian-born-lawyer-with-spying-for-moscow/article/feed/345493?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/poland-charges-russian-born-lawyer-with-spying-for-moscow/article/feed/345493?custom_click=rss WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland has charged a Warsaw lawyer with dual Polish-Russian citizenship with spying for Russian military intelligence, a prosecutor said Thursday.

The lawyer is identified only as Stanislaw Sz., in line with Poland's privacy law. Polish media say he is the son of a former Russian national goalkeeper who settled in Poland in 1991 with his family.

Wlodzimierz Burkacki, head of a prosecutors' office in Warsaw, told The Associated Press that the man was charged with spying for the Russian military intelligence, or GRU, against Poland's interests, from 2012-2014. The indictment was sent to a Warsaw court in late April. The suspect could face up to 10 years in prison, if convicted. Apprehended in 2014, he re

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]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 05:27:09 -0600 <![CDATA[Israeli army deputy chief draws rebuke for Holocaust comment]]> http://gazette.com/israeli-army-deputy-chief-draws-rebuke-for-holocaust-comment/article/feed/345479?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/israeli-army-deputy-chief-draws-rebuke-for-holocaust-comment/article/feed/345479?custom_click=rss

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli army's deputy chief of staff drew rebukes from hawkish Israeli ministers Thursday for comparing pre-Holocaust Germany to trends in Israel today.

Speaking at a Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony at a Holocaust study center in central Israel on Wednesday evening, Maj. Gen. Yair Golan said, "If there is something that frightens me in Holocaust remembrance, it is ghastly trends that took place in Europe in general, and in Germany specifically, 70, 80 and 90 years ago, and finding a sign of them here among us, today in 2016."

He added that Israelis on Holocaust Remembrance Day should "discuss our ability to uproot from among us buds of intolerance, buds of violence, buds of self-destruction on the pa

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]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 05:11:28 -0600 <![CDATA[Boeing Co. drone unit to open office at Mississippi State]]> http://gazette.com/boeing-co.-drone-unit-to-open-office-at-mississippi-state/article/feed/345495?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/boeing-co.-drone-unit-to-open-office-at-mississippi-state/article/feed/345495?custom_click=rss STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A unit of Chicago-based Boeing Co. is opening an office in Starkville to work with Mississippi State University's unmanned aircraft center.

Insitu made the announcement Wednesday at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International conference in New Orleans.

The company plans to hire 25 people, working on engineering, software development and customer service support, working with the university.

The Federal Aviation Administration designated MSU in May 2015 to host the National Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems, leading a team of 13 universities researching unmanned aerial vehicles.

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]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 03:18:26 -0600 <![CDATA[Clock starts for voters to reject new California tobacco age]]> http://gazette.com/clock-starts-for-voters-to-reject-new-california-tobacco-age/article/feed/345467?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/clock-starts-for-voters-to-reject-new-california-tobacco-age/article/feed/345467?custom_click=rss

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has become the second state in the nation to raise the legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21, starting the clock for opponents to ask voters for a reversal this November.

Gov. Jerry Brown's signature on Wednesday means, beginning June 9, it will be a crime in California to sell or give tobacco to anyone except military personnel under age 21. He did not say why he signed the measure along with four others restricting tobacco use in various ways.

Tobacco interests have threatened to target the changes at the ballot box if they are signed into law. Industry or other opponents would need to collect 366,000 valid signatures by early August to ask voters to reject the new laws in November.

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]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 01:12:13 -0600 <![CDATA[Northern New York border crossing undergoing reconstruction]]> http://gazette.com/northern-new-york-border-crossing-undergoing-reconstruction/article/feed/345449?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/northern-new-york-border-crossing-undergoing-reconstruction/article/feed/345449?custom_click=rss ROUSES POINT, N.Y. (AP) — Travelers who use a border crossing in northern New York are being advised to choose an alternate crossing point as a construction project gets underway.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection says a canopy reconstruction project began Wednesday at the inspection facility at the border crossing in Rouses Point, on the Canadian border in Clinton County.

Customs officials say the project is expected to last through July. The agency says travelers entering the U.S. can expect crossing delays and occasional temporary closures of the border crossing, located near Lake Champlain's western shore.

Officials say traffic entering the U.S. at Rouses Point from Quebec will be diverted to a temporary inspecti

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]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 23:29:48 -0600 <![CDATA[$15M slated for Maine company to bolster Navy facilities]]> http://gazette.com/15m-slated-for-maine-company-to-bolster-navy-facilities/article/feed/345450?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/15m-slated-for-maine-company-to-bolster-navy-facilities/article/feed/345450?custom_click=rss KITTERY, Maine (AP) — A Biddeford company will get $15 million from the U.S. Navy for projects at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and other New England naval facilities.

Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King say the money is going to Oak Point Associates.

The company will provide architectural and engineering services to support Naval Facilities Engineering Command projects at the facilities. The command is responsible for managing planning, design and construction at shore facilities that the Navy operates.

Collins is a Republican and King is an independent. The Maine senators say the contract will allow Oak Point Associates to help strengthen military installations throughout New England.

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]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 23:15:43 -0600 <![CDATA[California raises legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21]]> http://gazette.com/california-raises-legal-age-to-buy-tobacco-from-18-to-21/article/feed/345229?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/california-raises-legal-age-to-buy-tobacco-from-18-to-21/article/feed/345229?custom_click=rss

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday approved raising the legal age to buy tobacco for smoking, dipping, chewing and vaping from 18 to 21.

The new law, which will take effect June 9, makes California the second state to raise the legal smoking age to 21. It will not apply to military personnel.

Brown did not say why he signed the measure along with four others restricting tobacco use in various ways, and his staff declined to comment.

"The action speaks for itself," Brown spokeswoman Deborah Hoffman said.

Supporters of the law said it aims to deter adolescents from the harmful, sometimes fatal effects of nicotine addiction. The Institute of Medicine reports that 90 percent of daily

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]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 21:39:39 -0600 <![CDATA[Photos: Tuskegee Airmen celebrated at the Air Force Academy]]> http://gazette.com/photos-tuskegee-airmen-celebrated-at-the-air-force-academy/article/1575319?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/photos-tuskegee-airmen-celebrated-at-the-air-force-academy/article/1575319?custom_click=rss

The annual Tuskegee Airmen Celebration took place at the Air Force Academy on Monday.

The event included a wreath-laying ceremony at the memorial statue.

- See the gallery from the Air Force Academy.

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Tue, 03 May 2016 13:36:05 -0600
<![CDATA[Islamic State fire kills American in combat in Iraq]]> http://gazette.com/islamic-state-fire-kills-american-in-combat-in-iraq/article/1575289?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/islamic-state-fire-kills-american-in-combat-in-iraq/article/1575289?custom_click=rss

BAGHDAD — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Tuesday that an American serviceman has been killed in Iraq, describing it as a "combat death."

The defense secretary, who spoke to reporters in Stuttgart, Germany, where he has been consulting with European allies this week on fighting the Islamic State group, provided no other details.

It was not immediately clear when the serviceman died but Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said he was killed near Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city that has been in the hands of IS militants since they overran large swaths of northern and western Iraq in the summer of 2014.

"A Coalition service member was killed in northern Iraq as a result of enemy fire," the U.S.

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Tue, 03 May 2016 11:45:19 -0600
<![CDATA[Lamborn speech puts arch-conservative to the left of Donald Trump on foreign policy]]> http://gazette.com/lamborn-speech-puts-arch-conservative-to-the-left-of-donald-trump-on-foreign-policy/article/1575260?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lamborn-speech-puts-arch-conservative-to-the-left-of-donald-trump-on-foreign-policy/article/1575260?custom_click=rss

In a speech that runs against the GOP's mainstream this year, U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn endorsed foreign aid, military help for allies and free trade on Monday as he addressed a group of Colorado Springs business and nonprofit leaders.

The 10-year incumbent's remarks wouldn't be remarkable, except for the contrast they give to Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, who built election momentum last week with a foreign policy address that decried most of the things Lamborn supported Monday. It's a rift in the party that Lamborn embraced with a strong endorsement of America's place on the global stage.

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Tue, 03 May 2016 09:00:08 -0600
<![CDATA[Marines investigating claim about men in Iwo Jima photo]]> http://gazette.com/marines-investigating-claim-about-men-in-iwo-jima-photo/article/1575264?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/marines-investigating-claim-about-men-in-iwo-jima-photo/article/1575264?custom_click=rss

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Marine Corps says it has begun investigating whether it mistakenly identified one of the men shown raising the U.S. flag at Iwo Jima in one of the iconic images of World War II after two amateur history buffs began raising questions about the picture.

The Marines announced its inquiry more than a year after Eric Krelle, of Omaha, Nebraska, and Stephen Foley, of Wexford, Ireland, began raising doubts about the identity of one man. In November 2014, the Omaha World-Herald published an extensive story about their claims and Saturday was the first to report the Marines were looking into the matter.

Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal shot the photo on Feb. 23, 1945, on Mount Suribachi, amid

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Tue, 03 May 2016 06:22:49 -0600
<![CDATA[Political game: Army wants to reduce acreage and close bases, but arguments based on outdated data]]> http://gazette.com/political-game-army-wants-to-reduce-acreage-and-close-bases-but-arguments-based-on-outdated-data/article/1575194?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/political-game-army-wants-to-reduce-acreage-and-close-bases-but-arguments-based-on-outdated-data/article/1575194?custom_click=rss

A decade ago, the Army was screaming for Colorado acreage, claiming new tactics and new training demands meant units needed Rhode Island-sized tracts of Las Animas County to hone their skills.

Now, relying on what experts call phony numbers, the Army has told Congress it has way too much land and is calling for base closures. The service also claims a massive overage in training land even as the arguments leaders used to justify their attempted expansion of Fort Carson's Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site show a shortfall of nearly 750,000 acres in the U.S.

"It's just foolish," said retired Army Command Sgt. Maj.

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Mon, 02 May 2016 19:05:48 -0600
<![CDATA[A meaningful Ride For Heroes starts at Fort Carson]]> http://gazette.com/a-meaningful-ride-for-heroes-starts-at-fort-carson/article/1575165?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-meaningful-ride-for-heroes-starts-at-fort-carson/article/1575165?custom_click=rss

The skinny freshman appeared at Coach Moe's door an hour before class on that first day of school in the fall of 1989. He looked Mike Maiurro square in the eye, shook his hand and delivered a line almost as wild as his hair.

"Hi, I'm Ian Weikel, and I heard you could help me get to West Point."

The teacher and the student then sat down at Fountain-Fort Carson High School for the first of what would be many conversations, over many years. Maiurro opened a file and started taking notes, about the plans and life visions of a young man he would come to think of, in many ways, as part of his family.

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Mon, 02 May 2016 06:18:32 -0600
<![CDATA[On 5-year anniversary, CIA tweets as if Bin Laden raid were today]]> http://gazette.com/on-5-year-anniversary-cia-tweets-as-if-bin-laden-raid-were-today/article/1575190?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/on-5-year-anniversary-cia-tweets-as-if-bin-laden-raid-were-today/article/1575190?custom_click=rss

In an unprecedented move, the Central Intelligence Agency unleashed a stream of tweets Sunday afternoon for Twitter users to relive the 2011 raid and killing of Osama Bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

"To mark the 5th anniversary of the Usama Bin Ladin operation in Abbottabad we will tweet the raid as if it were happening today. #UBLRaid," CIA wrote.


At 1:25 p.m. EST, the federal agency began sharing the moment by moment details of final steps that resulted in the violent death of the leader of al Qaeda, which was responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks that killed around 3,000 Americans. The Twitter storm will continue throughout the afternoon in correlation with the amount of time the raid

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Sun, 01 May 2016 14:56:13 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs looking for ideas to honor military spouses]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-looking-for-ideas-to-honor-military-spouses/article/1575173?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-looking-for-ideas-to-honor-military-spouses/article/1575173?custom_click=rss Colorado Springs prides itself as a city that honors its troops.

Home to five military installations, the city has memorials, parades and perks for those serving in uniform.

But now, the city wants to honor the unsung heroes who support the 40,000 soldiers and airmen who call Colorado Springs home.

"How do we get our community to understand the day in the life of a military spouse?" asked Katie Lally, a special assistant to Mayor John Suthers who focuses on military issues.

Married to a Navy veteran, Lally said she understands the sacrifices of military spouses.

Training and deployments give them the responsibility of keeping a family afloat.

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Sun, 01 May 2016 13:08:49 -0600
<![CDATA[Military Update: House defense spending plan rejects benefit cuts for troops, veterans]]> http://gazette.com/military-update-house-defense-spending-plan-rejects-benefit-cuts-for-troops-veterans/article/1575174?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/military-update-house-defense-spending-plan-rejects-benefit-cuts-for-troops-veterans/article/1575174?custom_click=rss

With U.S. forces still at war and House members up for re-election in November, the House Armed Services Committee rejected almost every idea the Obama administration proposed in its 2017 budget request to dampen military compensation and apply dollars saved to other defense priorities.

The committee not only refused to force working-age retirees and family members to pay higher fees and co-pays for health care in 2018, it took the unusual step of making its pared-down packet of higher out-of-pocket costs apply primarily to future generations of service members.

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Sun, 01 May 2016 08:16:09 -0600
<![CDATA[Airdrops aimed to hurt IS]]> http://gazette.com/airdrops-aimed-to-hurt-is/article/1575175?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/airdrops-aimed-to-hurt-is/article/1575175?custom_click=rss

ABOVE: Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Mark (full name not given), 746th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, loads cargo to be airdropped in March. Air Force personnel from the 302nd Airlift Wing at Peterson Air Force Base made supply airdrops in the battle against Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria. RIGHT: A pilot washes a C-130H Hercules' windows.

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]]> Sun, 01 May 2016 04:52:31 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area military events starting May 1, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-military-events-starting-may-1-2016/article/1575163?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-military-events-starting-may-1-2016/article/1575163?custom_click=rss MONDAY

"The First Stain Upon American Arms: The Shameful Affair of the Cedars, May 1776" - Lecture by Mark Anderson, historian and author, hosted by the Rocky Mountain Military Affairs Society, 7 p.m., Library 21c, ENT Conference Center, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive, free; rmmas.org/events.html.


A Holocaust memorial celebration - 7 p.m., Colorado College, Gates Common Room, third floor of Palmer Hall, 1025 N. Cascade Ave., free; 389-6607.


Cinco de Mayo Celebration - Hosted by the Enlisted Association, Chapter 1, authentic Mexican meal and dance, 834 Emory Circle, $20 for meal, $10 for dance only. Advance ticket purchase due by Wednesday: 596-0927, tinyurl.com/zd5hz9d.

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]]> Sun, 01 May 2016 04:50:06 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs schools wants a few good sergeants to teach kids about military]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-schools-wants-a-few-good-sergeants-to-teach-kids-about-military/article/1575108?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-schools-wants-a-few-good-sergeants-to-teach-kids-about-military/article/1575108?custom_click=rss A Colorado Springs charter school wants its graduates headed to basic training to be ready for the worst from drill instructors.

So, Atlas Preparatory School is looking for a few good sergeants.

Officers are OK, too. But sergeants may be the best fit for the school that is adding military preparation classes for service-aimed students.

"A lot of people would shun a program focused on enlistment, but that is what our community wants," said Adam Lenzmeier, an Army veteran who heads the school.

Lenzmeier decided to beef up the school's military offerings after realizing that of the 800 students in fifth through 11th grades, about 100 are looking to a future in uniform.

The school sits amid a military-heavy

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]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 04:35:06 -0600 <![CDATA[Friday Military Salute: Suits for Troops in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/friday-military-salute-suits-for-troops-in-colorado-springs/article/1575100?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/friday-military-salute-suits-for-troops-in-colorado-springs/article/1575100?custom_click=rss This is the second year for an event designed to help people leaving the military get dapper as they prepare for civilian life and get new jobs.

Rampart Range Blue Star Mothers, a local branch of the organization of women whose children honorably serve or served, is collecting gently used men's or women's professional business attire, clean and good condition, current styles, on hangers and preferably in a dry cleaner bag with sizes marked. They are accepting suits, sports coats and women's suits and dresses.

Last year, more than 500 suits, shirts and accessories were donated and given out at Fort Carson's Transition Assistance Program, said Barbara Pagano, with the Rampart Range Blue Star Mothers chapter.

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