<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - military]]> http://gazette.com/rss/military Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:40:26 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[VA exploring idea of merging health system with Pentagon]]> http://gazette.com/va-exploring-idea-of-merging-health-system-with-pentagon/article/feed/512574?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/va-exploring-idea-of-merging-health-system-with-pentagon/article/feed/512574?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — As part of its effort to expand private health care, the Department of Veterans Affairs is exploring the possibility of merging its health system with the Pentagon's, a cost-saving measure that veterans groups say could threaten the viability of VA hospitals and clinics.

VA spokesman Curt Cashour called the plan a potential "game-changer" that would "provide better care for veterans at a lower cost to taxpayers," but he provided no specific details.

Griffin Anderson, a spokesman for the Democrats on the House Veterans Affairs Committee, said the proposal — developed without input from Congress — would amount to a merger of the VA's Choice and the military's TRICARE private health care programs.

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]]> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:57:32 -0700 <![CDATA[Business Highlights]]> http://gazette.com/business-highlights/article/feed/14582?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/business-highlights/article/feed/14582?custom_click=rss ___

Derided by critics, trickle-down economics gets another try

WASHINGTON (AP) — Does money roll downhill? In their effort to overhaul the U.S. tax code, President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans are betting it does. Behind their legislation is a theory long popular among conservatives: Slash taxes for corporations and rich people, who will then hire, invest and profit — and cause money to trickle into the pockets of ordinary Americans.


GOP closer to big win with House tax vote; Senate unclear

WASHINGTON (AP) — A debate between two senators over whether Republican tax cuts are aimed at helping the rich escalated into raised voices, interruptions and an un-senatorial cry of "bull crap."

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]]> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:31:50 -0700 <![CDATA[Reported sex assaults at Fort Carson rise sharply, Pentagon says]]> http://gazette.com/reported-sex-assaults-at-fort-carson-rise-sharply-pentagon-says/article/1615474?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/reported-sex-assaults-at-fort-carson-rise-sharply-pentagon-says/article/1615474?custom_click=rss

Reported sexual assaults have skyrocketed at Fort Carson since 2013, an increase commanders say is driven by soldiers becoming more willing to report attacks.

The number of reported assaults more than doubled from 43 in 2013 to 114 in 2016, a Pentagon report released Friday morning says.

Smaller increases were reported at Peterson and Schriever Air Force bases, according to the first-of-its-kind report. Peterson had 15 reported sexual assaults in 2013 and 21 last year. Schriever went from 14 in 2013 to 15 last year.

At Fort Carson, Col. Miles Brown, the post's chief of staff, said leaders meet on a regular basis to examine assaults and look for ways to stop them.

"We don't want to admire the problem, we want to

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Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:52:05 -0700
<![CDATA[UN panel agrees to move ahead with debate on 'killer robots']]> http://gazette.com/un-panel-agrees-to-move-ahead-with-debate-on-killer-robots/article/feed/512581?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/un-panel-agrees-to-move-ahead-with-debate-on-killer-robots/article/feed/512581?custom_click=rss GENEVA (AP) — A U.N. panel agreed Friday to move ahead with talks to define and possibly set limits on weapons that can kill without human involvement, as human rights groups said governments are moving too slowly to keep up with advances in artificial intelligence that could put computers in control one day.

Advocacy groups warned about the threats posed by such "killer robots" and aired a chilling video illustrating their possible uses on the sidelines of the first formal U.N. meeting of government experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems this week. More than 80 countries took part.

Ambassador Amandeep Gill of India, who chaired the gathering, said participants plan to meet again in 2018.

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]]> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:59:11 -0700 <![CDATA[Graphic: Navy admits to being involved in obscene skywriting]]> http://gazette.com/graphic-navy-admits-to-being-involved-in-obscene-skywriting/article/1615477?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/graphic-navy-admits-to-being-involved-in-obscene-skywriting/article/1615477?custom_click=rss

OKANOGAN COUNTY, Wash. – Officials with the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island said one of their aircraft was involved in the obscene skywritings spotted in Okanogan County.

Photos sent to KREM by multiple sources show skydrawings of what some people are saying is male genitalia. Some sources have even tweeted pictures of what they saw.

In a statement to KREM, Navy officials said, "The Navy holds its aircrew to the highest standards and we find this absolutely unacceptable, of zero training value and we are holding the crew accountable."

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Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:33:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Report: Wait times falsified for 90 percent of Colorado Springs VA PTSD patients]]> http://gazette.com/report-wait-times-falsified-for-90-percent-of-colorado-springs-va-ptsd-patients/article/1615402?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/report-wait-times-falsified-for-90-percent-of-colorado-springs-va-ptsd-patients/article/1615402?custom_click=rss

An internal Department of Veterans Affairs watchdog told Congress Thursday that nine in ten PTSD patients at a Colorado Springs clinic had their wait times "inaccurately recorded."

The phony wait times mean patients in Colorado Springs waited weeks and months longer for care than was recorded in VA records, making some of the agency's worst wait times in the nation even longer. The report, the latest in a series of scheduling scandals here, found that veterans seeking PTSD care in Colorado Springs "experienced underreported delays and may not have received (PTSD) treatment."

"It's a failure of leadership, there's no doubt," said U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, a Republican from Aurora and frequent critic of VA care.

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Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:32:08 -0700
<![CDATA[Teske lifts Michigan to 61-47 win over Southern Miss]]> http://gazette.com/teske-lifts-michigan-to-61-47-win-over-southern-miss/article/feed/512322?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/teske-lifts-michigan-to-61-47-win-over-southern-miss/article/feed/512322?custom_click=rss

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jon Teske entered the game with 11 points in his Michigan career — then nearly equaled that in one night.

Teske had 10 points and 11 rebounds, and the Wolverines used a 20-1 second-half run to put away Southern Mississippi in a 61-47 victory Thursday night. The 7-foot-1 Teske easily surpassed his previous career highs of four points and three rebounds in the type of performance that raises some compelling lineup possibilities for coach John Beilein.

"Every day in practice I'm getting better, and coach sees that, and he knows that I'm capable of doing that," Teske said.

Teske scored five points last season as a freshman. He had six through the first two games of 2017-18 before Thursday's break

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]]> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:40:21 -0700 <![CDATA[Federal "extreme vetting" plan castigated by tech experts]]> http://gazette.com/federal-extreme-vetting-plan-castigated-by-tech-experts/article/feed/512035?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/federal-extreme-vetting-plan-castigated-by-tech-experts/article/feed/512035?custom_click=rss

Leading researchers castigated a federal plan that would use artificial intelligence methods to scrutinize immigrants and visa applicants, saying it is unworkable as written and likely to be "inaccurate and biased" if deployed.

The experts, a group of more than 50 computer and data scientists, mathematicians and other specialists in automated decision-making, urged the Department of Homeland Security to abandon the project, dubbed the "Extreme Vetting Initiative."

That plan has its roots in President Donald Trump's repeated pledge during the 2016 campaign to subject immigrants seeking admission to the United States to more intense ideological scrutiny — or, as he put it, "extreme vetting .

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]]> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:23:07 -0700 <![CDATA[New Mexico labs, bases to benefit from spending bill]]> http://gazette.com/new-mexico-labs-bases-to-benefit-from-spending-bill/article/feed/512277?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-mexico-labs-bases-to-benefit-from-spending-bill/article/feed/512277?custom_click=rss ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation say a sweeping defense policy bill awaiting President Donald Trump's signature includes funding for federal laboratories and military bases around the state.

The defense authorization bill for 2018 sailed through the Senate on Thursday. The House approved the measure earlier this week.

It includes more than $14 billion for the U.S. Energy Department's National Nuclear Security Administration. That's an increase of nearly $1 billion over the last fiscal year.

The funds support nuclear weapons programs and environmental cleanup at Los Alamos and Sandia labs as well as the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southern New Mexico.

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]]> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:10:59 -0700 <![CDATA[Agency: Improper wait list used for vets' mental health care]]> http://gazette.com/agency-improper-wait-list-used-for-vets-mental-health-care/article/feed/512148?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/agency-improper-wait-list-used-for-vets-mental-health-care/article/feed/512148?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — A watchdog arm of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs said Thursday that the agency's Denver-area hospital violated policy by keeping improper wait lists to track veterans' mental health care.

Investigators with the VA Office of Inspector General confirmed a whistleblower's claim that staff kept unauthorized lists instead of using the department's official wait list system. That made it impossible to know if veterans who needed referrals for group therapy and other mental health care were getting timely assistance, according to the report.

The internal investigation also criticized record-keeping in PTSD cases at the VA's facility in Colorado Springs.

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]]> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:11:05 -0700 <![CDATA[Investigators confirm claim that Colorado facility kept improper wait lists for veterans' mental health care]]> http://gazette.com/investigators-confirm-claim-that-colorado-facility-kept-improper-wait-lists-for-veterans-mental-health-care/article/feed/512149?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/investigators-confirm-claim-that-colorado-facility-kept-improper-wait-lists-for-veterans-mental-health-care/article/feed/512149?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — Investigators confirm claim that Colorado facility kept improper wait lists for veterans' mental health care.

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Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:05:52 -0700
<![CDATA[European court rules against Greece over wiretap death]]> http://gazette.com/european-court-rules-against-greece-over-wiretap-death/article/feed/512093?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/european-court-rules-against-greece-over-wiretap-death/article/feed/512093?custom_click=rss ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A European court has ordered Greece to pay damages to relatives of a Vodafone telecoms executive who was found dead on the eve of the government's discovery of a major illegal wiretapping operation that had targeted the country's political and military leadership.

In a statement Thursday, the Council of Europe's Court of Human Rights ordered Greece to pay 50,000 euros ($59,000) in damages plus court costs, after finding that the investigation into the death of executive Costas Tsalikidis had been incomplete.

Tsalikidis was found hanged in his Athens apartment in March 2005, just before the scandal broke.

A software hack was used to monitor calls of then Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis as well as

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]]> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 10:22:21 -0700 <![CDATA[Kaspersky Lab releases report into upload of NSA documents]]> http://gazette.com/kaspersky-lab-releases-report-into-upload-of-nsa-documents/article/feed/511989?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/kaspersky-lab-releases-report-into-upload-of-nsa-documents/article/feed/511989?custom_click=rss LONDON (AP) — Moscow-based cybersecurity firm Kasperksy Lab is releasing new details about how its software uploaded classified U.S. documents several years ago. The incident is at the center of a controversy over whether the company's popular anti-virus really works as described.

Previous reports alleged that Kaspersky had uploaded National Security Agency files from an intelligence worker's home computer in 2015. Founder Eugene Kaspersky confirmed the incident in a recent interview with The Associated Press, although he said that it occurred in September 2014, that the upload was accidental and that the files were quickly deleted.

A 13-page report published Thursday elaborates on that interview — and carries awkward cla

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]]> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 04:04:09 -0700 <![CDATA[The Latest: Senate bill adds tax break for family leave]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-senate-bill-adds-tax-break-for-family-leave/article/feed/511704?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-senate-bill-adds-tax-break-for-family-leave/article/feed/511704?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Republican tax overhaul legislation (all times local):

9:50 p.m.

A new tax break for businesses that give their workers paid family leave has been put into the Senate Republican tax bill now moving toward approval.

The proposal by Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., was included in a late revision to the bill written by Sen. Orrin Hatch, chair of the Senate Finance Committee. The panel is debating the bill, which cuts taxes for corporations and many individuals, and doubles the standard deduction. A House tax measure is expected to be voted on by that chamber Thursday.

The family leave provision would give employers a tax credit equivalent to a percentage of the wages paid to employees

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]]> Wed, 15 Nov 2017 20:53:32 -0700 <![CDATA[The Latest: Ex-Catalan president to lead party in election]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-ex-catalan-president-to-lead-party-in-election/article/feed/511816?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-ex-catalan-president-to-lead-party-in-election/article/feed/511816?custom_click=rss

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on Spain's political crisis over the Catalonia region's push for independence (all times local):

11:20 p.m.

Carles Puigdemont, the deposed leader of Catalonia's secession movement, will repeat as his party's top candidate in a regional election next month while fighting extradition to Spain from Belgium.

Puigdemont has told El Punt-Avui television that he "is finishing" a slate of candidates for the parliamentary election called by Spain's prime minister.

He says it will include both members from his Democratic Party of Catalonia and independents without a background in politics. He says the slate will run under the name "Together For Catalonia.

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]]> Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:27:32 -0700 <![CDATA[Ex Sandia Labs employee indicted on fraud, money laundering]]> http://gazette.com/ex-sandia-labs-employee-indicted-on-fraud-money-laundering/article/feed/511801?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ex-sandia-labs-employee-indicted-on-fraud-money-laundering/article/feed/511801?custom_click=rss ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a former Sandia National Laboratories worker used her position and created a phony company to defraud the facility of more than $2 million.

A federal grand jury indicted 55-year-old Carla Sena of Albuquerque on Wednesday on 11 counts including wire fraud, major fraud against the U.S. and money laundering.

Most of the lab's work involves research, development and maintenance of nuclear weapons.

A former procurement officer, Sena was tasked in 2010 with overseeing the bidding for a $2.3 million contract for moving services.

The indictment said Sena prepared a bid for a company under someone else's name and leveraged other bidders' information to ensure herself the winning b

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]]> Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:33:04 -0700 <![CDATA[Bill advances to give mental care to 'other than honorable' troops years after Gazette investigation]]> http://gazette.com/bill-advances-to-give-mental-care-to-other-than-honorable-troops-years-after-gazette-investigation/article/1615249?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bill-advances-to-give-mental-care-to-other-than-honorable-troops-years-after-gazette-investigation/article/1615249?custom_click=rss

A measure that would let all veterans suffering mental illness get government care, even if they were kicked out of the service, got unanimous support in the House and seems poised to become law.

The measure, penned by Aurora Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman and inspired by a Gazette investigation that earned the Pulitzer Prize, is biggest step yet in addressing "other than honorable" discharges which saw some troops lose their Department of Veterans Affairs benefits over misconduct associated with war-caused mental illness.

The Gazette documented a rise in misconduct discharges for wounded and mentally ill troops, including an email sent between leaders at Fort Carson that encouraged use of other-than-honorable discharges

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Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:32:23 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Editorial Roundup]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-editorial-roundup/article/feed/206341?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-editorial-roundup/article/feed/206341?custom_click=rss The (Grand Junction) Daily Sentinel, Nov. 14, on funding for higher education in Colorado:

The economic, military and cultural dominance of the United States since the end of World War II is due primarily to the vast array of extraordinary public colleges and universities here.

This country produces brains more effectively and prodigiously than any other nation - and it's not even a contest. Families of the best and brightest around the world strive to send their children to universities in the U.S.

Even graduates in countries with more successful K-12 systems attend college here because in the U.S. system, they are forced to "think" and not simply perform rote memorization.

Yet, taxpayer funding for this critical

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]]> Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:09:11 -0700 <![CDATA[Airbus to sell 430 planes to Phoenix-based Indigo for $49.5B]]> http://gazette.com/airbus-to-sell-430-planes-to-phoenix-based-indigo-for-49.5b/article/feed/511600?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/airbus-to-sell-430-planes-to-phoenix-based-indigo-for-49.5b/article/feed/511600?custom_click=rss

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Airbus signed a $49.5 billion deal on Wednesday to sell 430 airplanes to the Phoenix-based private equity firm that owns Frontier Airlines, striking the European aerospace firm's biggest deal ever at the Dubai Air Show.

Meanwhile, Boeing reached an agreement with low-cost carrier FlyDubai to sell 225 Boeing 737 MAX 10 aircraft — a deal valued at $27 billion. The biennial air show closes on Thursday.

"It's ended up going out on a high," airline analyst John Strickland of JLS Consulting said. "It shows once again the importance of this part of the world to the big airplane manufacturers.

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]]> Wed, 15 Nov 2017 10:43:55 -0700 <![CDATA[McCain blasts Army for considering recruits with history of self-mutilation, vows action]]> http://gazette.com/mccain-blasts-army-for-considering-recruits-with-history-of-self-mutilation-vows-action/article/1615309?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mccain-blasts-army-for-considering-recruits-with-history-of-self-mutilation-vows-action/article/1615309?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — The Army’s decision to allow people with a history of self-mutilation, bipolar disorder, depression and drug and alcohol abuse to seek waivers to enlist in the service drew a sharp, bipartisan rebuke on Tuesday when Sen. John McCain said he was prepared to put a hold on nominations to Pentagon posts until the Army explained the policy.

McCain, the Arizona Republican who chairs the Armed Services Committee, upbraided the nominee for Army general counsel, James McPherson, saying he and the committee members learned about the change in policy in a report by USA TODAY on Monday.

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Wed, 15 Nov 2017 08:01:53 -0700
<![CDATA['Amazing' flyovers scheduled before Air Force-Army football game]]> http://gazette.com/amazing-flyovers-scheduled-before-air-force-army-football-game/article/1614554?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/amazing-flyovers-scheduled-before-air-force-army-football-game/article/1614554?custom_click=rss

The gridiron rivalry between the Air Force and Army, a crucial match-up in the service academies' annual competition for the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy, will be on display Saturday in Falcon Stadium. Friday, though, was about cooperation, with the Air Force and Army demonstrating how they work together on the battlefield.

"Today's exercise was a good testament to our joint power," said Air Force Staff Sgt. Thomas Ghio, an airman who works at Fort Carson to help Army units call in fighters and bombers for support.

Ghio flew to the academy on an Army helicopter and helped coordinate a flyover by Air Force A-10 attack planes and F-16 fighters. The planes swooped over the academy for 20 minutes in mock bombing runs.


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Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:12:22 -0700
<![CDATA[Publisher's Note: Army shows strength in Fort Carson exercise]]> http://gazette.com/publishers-note-army-shows-strength-in-fort-carson-exercise/article/1615136?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/publishers-note-army-shows-strength-in-fort-carson-exercise/article/1615136?custom_click=rss

A quickly changing landscape to work in. External forces that are continuously transforming and growing and improving their competitive position. The influx of technology, both used from within and by competitors. The material and shifting impact of politics.

Having to implement continuous training, and retraining, while dealing with a steady outflow of talent, and the need to recruit essential new talent. Developing a robust pipeline of leaders for a large and multilayered management structure. The need to quickly change the organization's activities because of a single phone call.

And, finally, handling all of this change after years of severe budget constraints and an organization stressed by years of war.

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Mon, 13 Nov 2017 11:25:49 -0700
<![CDATA[Fort Carson's 4th Infantry Division getting ready for war]]> http://gazette.com/fort-carsons-4th-infantry-division-getting-ready-for-war/article/1615135?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-carsons-4th-infantry-division-getting-ready-for-war/article/1615135?custom_click=rss

On the south side of Fort Carson, 1st Brigade Combat Team soldiers move deliberately through an urban assault course.

Building by building they pursue the enemy with the precision of a ballet.

"Hey, he's got a gun," the sergeant yells as his squad opens up with blanks. The mock enemy flees as the troops retake the town.

It's just what Fort Carson's commander, Maj. Gen. Randy George, wants to see - troops ready for war. Professionals, experts and athletes who can overwhelm enemies.

"That's who you want in the foxhole next to you," George said.

On the job three months, George is moving rapidly to improve the 4th Infantry Division's combat skills.

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Mon, 13 Nov 2017 06:41:29 -0700
<![CDATA[New memorial to Palmer Lake Medal of Honor recipient dedicated on Veterans Day]]> http://gazette.com/new-memorial-to-palmer-lake-medal-of-honor-recipient-dedicated-on-veterans-day/article/1615104?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-memorial-to-palmer-lake-medal-of-honor-recipient-dedicated-on-veterans-day/article/1615104?custom_click=rss

Nearly 150 Palmer Lake residents celebrated Veterans Day on Saturday with the unveiling of the memorial for a 1943 Medal of Honor recipient and former Palmer Lake resident, Army Master Sgt. William J. Crawford.

"It is a beautiful and humble tribute, exactly what a humble and quiet man like my father would have wanted," Crawford's daughter Beverly Kite said after the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The memorial, which replaces one from 2001, consists of two granite boulders that overlook Palmer Lake on the north end of town. On the boulders are three plaques, which describe Crawford's life and military accomplishments.

Attendees of Saturday's celebration heard about those accomplishments from guest speaker, retired Army Col.

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Sun, 12 Nov 2017 07:04:01 -0700
<![CDATA[Congress agrees on military pay hike]]> http://gazette.com/congress-agrees-on-military-pay-hike/article/1615092?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/congress-agrees-on-military-pay-hike/article/1615092?custom_click=rss

With military efforts continuing and accidental service member deaths alarming, House-Senate conferees negotiating a final 2018 defense authorization bill that rejected most Senate-passed provisions to slow compensation growth, including a modest cap on the January pay raise and housing cuts for most members married to other service members.

Texas Republican Rep. Mac Thornberry, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said all conferees had "the welfare of service members foremost in our minds. Some of that is pay and benefits but also, [considering] recent naval accidents and air accidents, it's making sure they have equipment that works."

Conferees, therefore, opted to accept the House plan for a 2.

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]]> Sun, 12 Nov 2017 04:10:07 -0700 <![CDATA[Fort Carson division's cannons held off Viet Cong in 1967 battle]]> http://gazette.com/fort-carson-divisions-cannons-held-off-viet-cong-in-1967-battle/article/1615091?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-carson-divisions-cannons-held-off-viet-cong-in-1967-battle/article/1615091?custom_click=rss

Fort Carson is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 4th Infantry Division with stories about the unit's past. This article tells the story of one of the 4th Infantry Division's early fights in Vietnam, the March 12, 1967, battle of Suoi Tre.

To support its mission in the upcoming Operation Junction City, the 3rd Brigade transported soldiers by helicopter into the jungle near the village of Suoi Tre, northwest of Saigon, to build an artillery fire base.

The first two units on the ground were the 3rd Battalion of the 22nd Infantry Regiment, and the 2nd Battalion, of the 77th Field Artillery Regiment. Later, elements of 2nd Battalion of the 12th Infantry Regiment arrived as well.

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]]> Sun, 12 Nov 2017 04:10:06 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs Pearl Harbor survivor enlists ally in medal campaign for rescuer]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-pearl-harbor-survivor-enlists-ally-in-medal-campaign-for-rescuer/article/1615097?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-pearl-harbor-survivor-enlists-ally-in-medal-campaign-for-rescuer/article/1615097?custom_click=rss

Saying he'd been stonewalled by the Navy, Colorado Springs Pearl Harbor survivor Don Stratton met with U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner on Veterans Day in his continuing effort to have the sailor who saved his life awarded a posthumous medal.

Stratton, 95, was a seaman 1st class on the USS Arizona during the surprise Japanese attack on the U.S. Pacific fleet on Dec. 7, 1941, that drew America into World War II. The Arizona was hit four times, the last bomb detonating its forward magazine, sinking the ship and killing 1,177 of its crew of 1,512.

Flor the past 16 years, Stratton, one of five living Arizona survivors, has been advocating for a medal for Joe George, a boatswain's mate second class on the USS Vestal.

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Sat, 11 Nov 2017 20:35:53 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area military events starting Nov. 12, 2017]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-military-events-starting-nov.-12-2017/article/1615090?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-military-events-starting-nov.-12-2017/article/1615090?custom_click=rss Military-related events in and around Colorado Springs.

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Sat, 11 Nov 2017 14:17:04 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs event for veterans focuses on civilian life]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-event-for-veterans-focuses-on-civilian-life/article/1615058?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-event-for-veterans-focuses-on-civilian-life/article/1615058?custom_click=rss Former airman James Brown, morning traffic czar of KKTV, is often asked how he went from the military to television.

"I worked seven days a week for five years," Brown said of his civilian career beginnings.

Brown shared his story as part of Thursday night's Storytellers X panel at veteran-aimed nonprofit Mount Carmel Center of Excellence. Brown was one of six speakers who spoke about their transition from the military to civilian careers.

Storytellers X, hosted by Colorado Springs veterans groups in partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs, sought to offer alternatives to existing narratives about the lives of veterans.

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Sat, 11 Nov 2017 12:39:11 -0700
<![CDATA[SEAL candidate injured in study-session slapping incident ]]> http://gazette.com/seal-candidate-injured-in-study-session-slapping-incident/article/1615077?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/seal-candidate-injured-in-study-session-slapping-incident/article/1615077?custom_click=rss

SAN DIEGO — The Navy is investigating a slapping incident near San Diego that left a SEAL candidate in a coma.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the candidate was injured on Oct. 12 during a study session at the Naval Special Warfare training complex in Coronado.

The paper says as an incentive to answer questions correctly, the sailor and a friend had agreed to slap whichever one got an answer wrong.

One candidate was slapped and fell to the floor, striking his head. Surgeons placed him in a medically-induced coma.

SEAL spokesman Lt. Trevor Davids says the sailor is now in good condition and is recovering.

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service and members of the warfare center

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