<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - military]]> http://gazette.com/rss/military Wed, 08 Jul 2015 00:49:41 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Report: Army will cut 40,000 troops; no word on Fort Carson]]> http://gazette.com/report-army-will-cut-40000-troops-no-word-on-fort-carson/article/1555180?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/report-army-will-cut-40000-troops-no-word-on-fort-carson/article/1555180?custom_click=rss

With proposed Army troop reductions imminent, officials are awaiting how many - if any - cuts may come to Fort Carson.

USA Today reported Tuesday that the Army plans to cut 40,000 soldiers - from 490,000 to 450,000 - over the next two years across domestic and foreign posts, with an additional 17,000 civilian employees laid off.

"I have not heard anything specific to us," said Andy Merritt, who handles military affairs for the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance.

A Fort Carson spokeswoman said Tuesday night that officials at the post are not aware of cuts and are waiting for the official word.

An announcement of the proposed reductions is expected this week.

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]]> With proposed Army troop reductions imminent, officials are awaiting how many - if any - cuts may come to Fort Carson.

USA Today reported Tuesday that the Army plans to cut 40,000 soldiers - from 490,000 to 450,000 - over the next two years across domestic and foreign posts, with an additional 17,000 civilian employees laid off.

"I have not heard anything specific to us," said Andy Merritt, who handles military affairs for the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance.

A Fort Carson spokeswoman said Tuesday night that officials at the post are not aware of cuts and are waiting for the official word.

An announcement of the proposed reductions is expected this week.]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 21:32:55 -0600 <![CDATA[Congress backs bill expanding access for VA-issued ID cards]]> http://gazette.com/congress-backs-bill-expanding-access-for-va-issued-id-cards/article/feed/250197?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/congress-backs-bill-expanding-access-for-va-issued-id-cards/article/feed/250197?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill allowing all veterans to receive official identification cards through the Department of Veterans Affairs is on its way to President Barack Obama's desk.

The House approved the bill unanimously late Tuesday. Supporters say the bill should minimize the threat of identity theft and make it easier for veterans to prove their military service.

Under current law, some veterans who do not receive VA health services must carry paper documents to prove their veteran status. A form used by many veterans contains Social Security numbers and other details that advocates warn could put veterans at risk of identity theft.

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill allowing all veterans to receive official identification cards through the Department of Veterans Affairs is on its way to President Barack Obama's desk.

The House approved the bill unanimously late Tuesday. Supporters say the bill should minimize the threat of identity theft and make it easier for veterans to prove their military service.

Under current law, some veterans who do not receive VA health services must carry paper documents to prove their veteran status. A form used by many veterans contains Social Security numbers and other details that advocates warn could put veterans at risk of identity theft.

Republican Rep.]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 19:17:34 -0600 <![CDATA[Va. commission makes recommendations to bolster military]]> http://gazette.com/va.-commission-makes-recommendations-to-bolster-military/article/feed/250171?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/va.-commission-makes-recommendations-to-bolster-military/article/feed/250171?custom_click=rss NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A state commission released a report Tuesday detailing how Virginia officials can help grow the military's presence in the state.

The military is a major driver of the economies of northern Virginia and Hampton Roads. In 2013, the Defense Department spent more than $58 billion in Virginia.

Although the Defense Department has called for a new round of base closures and realignments because of excess infrastructure, Congress has repeatedly rebuffed those efforts. The report aims to put Virginia in a better position to increase its military presence and protect what it has should base closures occur in the future, among other things.

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]]> NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A state commission released a report Tuesday detailing how Virginia officials can help grow the military's presence in the state.

The military is a major driver of the economies of northern Virginia and Hampton Roads. In 2013, the Defense Department spent more than $58 billion in Virginia.

Although the Defense Department has called for a new round of base closures and realignments because of excess infrastructure, Congress has repeatedly rebuffed those efforts. The report aims to put Virginia in a better position to increase its military presence and protect what it has should base closures occur in the future, among other things.]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 19:02:23 -0600 <![CDATA[Report: Troops face hassles with student loans, despite law]]> http://gazette.com/report-troops-face-hassles-with-student-loans-despite-law/article/feed/250142?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/report-troops-face-hassles-with-student-loans-despite-law/article/feed/250142?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — A government regulator says military personnel are still being hassled over their student loans despite the federal laws and programs put in place to protect them, and officials worry it could signal a broader problem in the $1.2 trillion student debt market.

In a report released Tuesday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said it has received more than 1,300 complaints from military borrowers since 2012. Most of the problems stem from military personnel trying to defer loan payments or cap their interest rates while on active duty or after being disabled, as is allowed under the law. But many military personnel are getting denied or ignored by companies that handle their loans, the CFPB found.

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — A government regulator says military personnel are still being hassled over their student loans despite the federal laws and programs put in place to protect them, and officials worry it could signal a broader problem in the $1.2 trillion student debt market.

In a report released Tuesday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said it has received more than 1,300 complaints from military borrowers since 2012. Most of the problems stem from military personnel trying to defer loan payments or cap their interest rates while on active duty or after being disabled, as is allowed under the law. But many military personnel are getting denied or ignored by companies that handle their loans, the CFPB found.]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 19:02:22 -0600 <![CDATA[Inhofe endorses Carson for Department of Defense post]]> http://gazette.com/inhofe-endorses-carson-for-department-of-defense-post/article/feed/250191?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/inhofe-endorses-carson-for-department-of-defense-post/article/feed/250191?custom_click=rss OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe is endorsing a former Democratic congressman from Oklahoma who has been nominated for a position with the Department of Defense.

Inhofe released a statement Tuesday saying he supported the nomination of Brad Carson as undersecretary for personnel and readiness at the DOD.

Carson previously served as undersecretary of the Army and as Army general counsel.

Carson was known as a conservative Democrat who served two terms as congressman from Oklahoma's 2nd Congressional District that covers most of the eastern portion of the state. He ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in 2004 against Republican Tom Coburn.

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]]> OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe is endorsing a former Democratic congressman from Oklahoma who has been nominated for a position with the Department of Defense.

Inhofe released a statement Tuesday saying he supported the nomination of Brad Carson as undersecretary for personnel and readiness at the DOD.

Carson previously served as undersecretary of the Army and as Army general counsel.

Carson was known as a conservative Democrat who served two terms as congressman from Oklahoma's 2nd Congressional District that covers most of the eastern portion of the state. He ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in 2004 against Republican Tom Coburn.]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 19:02:22 -0600 <![CDATA[Harford County sheriff ends aviation program]]> http://gazette.com/harford-county-sheriff-ends-aviation-program/article/feed/250188?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/harford-county-sheriff-ends-aviation-program/article/feed/250188?custom_click=rss BEL AIR, Md. (AP) — Harford County's sheriff is discontinuing the department's aviation program, citing safety issues and the cost.

Sheriff Jeffrey R. Gahler said in an email Tuesday that deputies assigned to the program part time lacked direct supervision and oversight with aviation specific skills. The aviation unit has one helicopter.

Gahler also said the annual costs associated with the aviation program are projected to be nearly $700,000. The sheriff said the money would be better used for raises for deputies, a street level drug unit, and hiring correctional deputies to staff the vacant Detention Center expansion.

The sheriff's department's helicopter was obtained through a U.S.

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]]> BEL AIR, Md. (AP) — Harford County's sheriff is discontinuing the department's aviation program, citing safety issues and the cost.

Sheriff Jeffrey R. Gahler said in an email Tuesday that deputies assigned to the program part time lacked direct supervision and oversight with aviation specific skills. The aviation unit has one helicopter.

Gahler also said the annual costs associated with the aviation program are projected to be nearly $700,000. The sheriff said the money would be better used for raises for deputies, a street level drug unit, and hiring correctional deputies to staff the vacant Detention Center expansion.

The sheriff's department's helicopter was obtained through a U.S.]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 18:48:31 -0600 <![CDATA[Court upholds ban on contractor political contributions]]> http://gazette.com/court-upholds-ban-on-contractor-political-contributions/article/feed/250071?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/court-upholds-ban-on-contractor-political-contributions/article/feed/250071?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a ban on government contractors donating money to federal candidates or political parties, a prohibition that has been on the books for 70 years.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the ban is justified because it addresses the government's interest in preventing corruption.

Writing for a unanimous 11-judge panel, Judge Merrick Garland said recent corruption scandals involving members of Congress point to the continuing danger of "quid pro quo" corruption — a direct exchange of money for political favors. He agreed with the Federal Election Commission that the law protects the integrity of merit-based government contracting.

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a ban on government contractors donating money to federal candidates or political parties, a prohibition that has been on the books for 70 years.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the ban is justified because it addresses the government's interest in preventing corruption.

Writing for a unanimous 11-judge panel, Judge Merrick Garland said recent corruption scandals involving members of Congress point to the continuing danger of "quid pro quo" corruption — a direct exchange of money for political favors. He agreed with the Federal Election Commission that the law protects the integrity of merit-based government contracting.]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 18:17:38 -0600 <![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 ___

Greece gets until Sunday for proposals to stave off collapse

BRUSSELS (AP) — Frustrated and angered eurozone leaders gave Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras a last-minute chance on Tuesday to finally come up with a viable proposal on how to save his country from financial ruin.

Overcoming their surprise when Tsipras failed to come up with a detailed plan, the leaders reluctantly agreed to a final summit Sunday, saying that could give both sides an opportunity to stave off collapse of the struggling but defiant member nation.

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The battle for control of the growing breast milk industry

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — It could trade for 400 times more than the price of crude oil and 2,000 times more than

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Greece gets until Sunday for proposals to stave off collapse

BRUSSELS (AP) — Frustrated and angered eurozone leaders gave Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras a last-minute chance on Tuesday to finally come up with a viable proposal on how to save his country from financial ruin.

Overcoming their surprise when Tsipras failed to come up with a detailed plan, the leaders reluctantly agreed to a final summit Sunday, saying that could give both sides an opportunity to stave off collapse of the struggling but defiant member nation.

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The battle for control of the growing breast milk industry

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — It could trade for 400 times more than the price of crude oil and 2,000 times more than]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 18:03:55 -0600 <![CDATA[Officials: F-16, small plane collide over South Carolina]]> http://gazette.com/officials-f-16-small-plane-collide-over-south-carolina/article/1555143?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/officials-f-16-small-plane-collide-over-south-carolina/article/1555143?custom_click=rss

CHARLESTON, S.C. — An Air Force spokeswoman says the pilot of a crashed F-16 fighter jet ejected to safety.

Maj. Morshe Araujo, a spokeswoman at Air Force headquarters at the Pentagon, says the F-16 originated from Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina. Araujo says the pilot of the jet, which collided with a Cessna, ejected safely.

Lt. Jenny Hyden at Shaw Air Force Base says the pilot was taken to the base for observation, though she did not disclose his condition.

The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that collision happened around 11 a.m. Tuesday about 11 miles north of Charleston.

It was not immediately known how many people were on board the smaller plane or if any of them survived.



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CHARLESTON, S.C. — An Air Force spokeswoman says the pilot of a crashed F-16 fighter jet ejected to safety.

Maj. Morshe Araujo, a spokeswoman at Air Force headquarters at the Pentagon, says the F-16 originated from Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina. Araujo says the pilot of the jet, which collided with a Cessna, ejected safely.

Lt. Jenny Hyden at Shaw Air Force Base says the pilot was taken to the base for observation, though she did not disclose his condition.

The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that collision happened around 11 a.m. Tuesday about 11 miles north of Charleston.

It was not immediately known how many people were on board the smaller plane or if any of them survived.

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<![CDATA[The Latest: F-16, small plane collide over S. Carolina]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-f-16-small-plane-collide-over-s.-carolina/article/feed/250098?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-f-16-small-plane-collide-over-s.-carolina/article/feed/250098?custom_click=rss CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Here is a look at the latest news about an F-16 fighter jet that the Federal Aviation Administration says collided with a small plane over South Carolina:

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4:30 p.m.

Officials say an F-16 fighter jet collided with a Cessna over South Carolina, killing two people aboard the smaller plane. The Air Force pilot ejected safely, however.

National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson confirmed Tuesday afternoon that two people were in the Cessna. Both were killed, and he says the Cessna was destroyed.

Knudson says the pilot of the F-16 ejected and "is apparently uninjured." He says there are not yet any details on what caused the collision or where the planes were traveli

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4:30 p.m.

Officials say an F-16 fighter jet collided with a Cessna over South Carolina, killing two people aboard the smaller plane. The Air Force pilot ejected safely, however.

National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson confirmed Tuesday afternoon that two people were in the Cessna. Both were killed, and he says the Cessna was destroyed.

Knudson says the pilot of the F-16 ejected and "is apparently uninjured." He says there are not yet any details on what caused the collision or where the planes were traveli]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 16:32:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Senators quiz military chiefs, criticize US fight against IS]]> http://gazette.com/senators-quiz-military-chiefs-criticize-us-fight-against-is/article/feed/250032?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/senators-quiz-military-chiefs-criticize-us-fight-against-is/article/feed/250032?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing blistering criticism from Republican senators, Defense Secretary Ash Carter acknowledged on Tuesday that the U.S. has only 60 trainees in a program to prepare and arm thousands of moderate Syrian rebels in the fight against Islamic State militants.

"That is a small class," Carter told the Senate Armed Services Committee. "This is the number that got through a very vigorous vetting and selection process that we have. ... We expect that number to improve."

Sen. John McCain, chairman of the committee and a persistent critic of Obama's foreign policy, wasn't convinced.

"I got to tell you that after four years, Mr. Secretary, that is not an impressive number," McCain, R-Ariz., said in one of severa

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing blistering criticism from Republican senators, Defense Secretary Ash Carter acknowledged on Tuesday that the U.S. has only 60 trainees in a program to prepare and arm thousands of moderate Syrian rebels in the fight against Islamic State militants.

"That is a small class," Carter told the Senate Armed Services Committee. "This is the number that got through a very vigorous vetting and selection process that we have. ... We expect that number to improve."

Sen. John McCain, chairman of the committee and a persistent critic of Obama's foreign policy, wasn't convinced.

"I got to tell you that after four years, Mr. Secretary, that is not an impressive number," McCain, R-Ariz., said in one of severa]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 15:46:57 -0600 <![CDATA[SpaceX close to figuring out rocket failure during launch]]> http://gazette.com/spacex-close-to-figuring-out-rocket-failure-during-launch/article/feed/250033?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/spacex-close-to-figuring-out-rocket-failure-during-launch/article/feed/250033?custom_click=rss

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX still is trying to figure out what caused its rocket to break apart during liftoff nine days ago, but is getting close to an answer, the company's chief executive said Tuesday.

The unmanned Falcon 9 rocket carrying cargo for the International Space Station had just lifted off on June 28 when the accident occurred.

Speaking Tuesday at a conference in Boston, SpaceX founder Elon Musk said the trouble appeared to be in the upper stage, with an over-pressurization of the liquid oxygen tank. Nevertheless, the California-based company is putting together what he calls a "super-detailed" timeline, millisecond by millisecond.

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]]> CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX still is trying to figure out what caused its rocket to break apart during liftoff nine days ago, but is getting close to an answer, the company's chief executive said Tuesday.

The unmanned Falcon 9 rocket carrying cargo for the International Space Station had just lifted off on June 28 when the accident occurred.

Speaking Tuesday at a conference in Boston, SpaceX founder Elon Musk said the trouble appeared to be in the upper stage, with an over-pressurization of the liquid oxygen tank. Nevertheless, the California-based company is putting together what he calls a "super-detailed" timeline, millisecond by millisecond.]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 15:46:38 -0600 <![CDATA[General Atomics plans to set up drone academy in Grand Forks]]> http://gazette.com/general-atomics-plans-to-set-up-drone-academy-in-grand-forks/article/feed/249940?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/general-atomics-plans-to-set-up-drone-academy-in-grand-forks/article/feed/249940?custom_click=rss GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's unmanned aircraft business and technology park is about to land a second major defense contractor, according to two members of the state's congressional delegation.

Sen. John Hoeven and Rep. Kevin Cramer announced Monday that General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. has reached a tentative agreement with the city of Grand Forks to establish an unmanned aerial systems training academy at Grand Sky, which is located on the Grand Forks Air Force Base.

General Atomics is one of the world's leading developers of high-technology systems, including the Predator and Reaper drones. Two executives from the company's aircraft systems group toured the Grand Sky site Monday and met with area lea

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]]> GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's unmanned aircraft business and technology park is about to land a second major defense contractor, according to two members of the state's congressional delegation.

Sen. John Hoeven and Rep. Kevin Cramer announced Monday that General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. has reached a tentative agreement with the city of Grand Forks to establish an unmanned aerial systems training academy at Grand Sky, which is located on the Grand Forks Air Force Base.

General Atomics is one of the world's leading developers of high-technology systems, including the Predator and Reaper drones. Two executives from the company's aircraft systems group toured the Grand Sky site Monday and met with area lea]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 14:18:37 -0600 <![CDATA[Thai military court to release 14 students ahead of trial]]> http://gazette.com/thai-military-court-to-release-14-students-ahead-of-trial/article/feed/249914?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/thai-military-court-to-release-14-students-ahead-of-trial/article/feed/249914?custom_click=rss

BANGKOK (AP) — A military court in Thailand said Tuesday it will release 14 student activists from detention but they will still face sedition charges — and the prospect of years in prison — for defying the junta's ban on political gatherings.

The university students, 13 men and one woman, have been detained since their arrest on June 26 in Bangkok after leading a series of peaceful anti-coup rallies in the capital and elsewhere.

The case sparked international calls for their release and criticism of the military junta's use of military courts to try civilians and its strict controls on freedom of speech and assembly.

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]]> BANGKOK (AP) — A military court in Thailand said Tuesday it will release 14 student activists from detention but they will still face sedition charges — and the prospect of years in prison — for defying the junta's ban on political gatherings.

The university students, 13 men and one woman, have been detained since their arrest on June 26 in Bangkok after leading a series of peaceful anti-coup rallies in the capital and elsewhere.

The case sparked international calls for their release and criticism of the military junta's use of military courts to try civilians and its strict controls on freedom of speech and assembly.]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 07:47:06 -0600 <![CDATA[Coast Guard searching for 2 missing boaters off Gulf Coast]]> http://gazette.com/coast-guard-searching-for-2-missing-boaters-off-gulf-coast/article/feed/249985?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/coast-guard-searching-for-2-missing-boaters-off-gulf-coast/article/feed/249985?custom_click=rss ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Coast Guard is searching for two boaters missing off Florida's Gulf Coast.

Officials say that Michael Forehand and Lisa Harris were aboard a 39-foot boat over the weekend between Charlotte Harbor and Carrabelle and never returned as expected by Sunday night.

Cell phone pings last show they were about 10 miles west of Indian Rocks Beach on Saturday.

A C-130 Hercules aircraft crew from Air Station Clearwater and the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Hawk from St. Petersburg are searching for the pair.

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]]> ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Coast Guard is searching for two boaters missing off Florida's Gulf Coast.

Officials say that Michael Forehand and Lisa Harris were aboard a 39-foot boat over the weekend between Charlotte Harbor and Carrabelle and never returned as expected by Sunday night.

Cell phone pings last show they were about 10 miles west of Indian Rocks Beach on Saturday.

A C-130 Hercules aircraft crew from Air Station Clearwater and the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Hawk from St. Petersburg are searching for the pair.]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 07:16:36 -0600 <![CDATA[New York state takes aim at high-interest loans to soldiers]]> http://gazette.com/new-york-state-takes-aim-at-high-interest-loans-to-soldiers/article/feed/249962?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-york-state-takes-aim-at-high-interest-loans-to-soldiers/article/feed/249962?custom_click=rss ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state has taken steps to stop lenders from giving high-interest loans to service members.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that his administration will subject all loans to military personal to the same state regulations already governing other loans.

A longstanding exception to state lending rules had allowed lenders to offer loans with interest rates of up to 36 percent to service members stationed in New York who weren't permanent residents.

Now, the state Department of Financial Services intends to apply the same regulations to all military loans — whether or not the service member is a permanent resident. State rules cap interest rates at 16 percent, or at 25 percent for certain loan p

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]]> ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state has taken steps to stop lenders from giving high-interest loans to service members.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that his administration will subject all loans to military personal to the same state regulations already governing other loans.

A longstanding exception to state lending rules had allowed lenders to offer loans with interest rates of up to 36 percent to service members stationed in New York who weren't permanent residents.

Now, the state Department of Financial Services intends to apply the same regulations to all military loans — whether or not the service member is a permanent resident. State rules cap interest rates at 16 percent, or at 25 percent for certain loan p]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 05:04:15 -0600 <![CDATA[Lawmakers in Oregon vote to aid gay veterans, strippers]]> http://gazette.com/lawmakers-in-oregon-vote-to-aid-gay-veterans-strippers/article/feed/249961?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lawmakers-in-oregon-vote-to-aid-gay-veterans-strippers/article/feed/249961?custom_click=rss

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers gave an assist to gay veterans in the final hours of the 2015 legislative session.

If Gov. Kate Brown signs off on the bills approved Monday, Oregon would be the first state to hire a coordinator to help lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender veterans upgrade a less-than-honorable discharge received because of their sexual orientation.

Also, the state would create a hotline to help strippers report workplace violations. And young people would have a quicker path to expunge marijuana convictions from their records.

In a surprise move that frustrated marijuana farmers, however, lawmakers opted not to put a two-year delay on the cultivation of hemp, a non-intoxicating form of the canna

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]]> SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers gave an assist to gay veterans in the final hours of the 2015 legislative session.

If Gov. Kate Brown signs off on the bills approved Monday, Oregon would be the first state to hire a coordinator to help lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender veterans upgrade a less-than-honorable discharge received because of their sexual orientation.

Also, the state would create a hotline to help strippers report workplace violations. And young people would have a quicker path to expunge marijuana convictions from their records.

In a surprise move that frustrated marijuana farmers, however, lawmakers opted not to put a two-year delay on the cultivation of hemp, a non-intoxicating form of the canna]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 05:04:15 -0600 <![CDATA[Prep notes: Fountain-Fort Carson shooting squad takes silver nationally]]> http://gazette.com/prep-notes-fountain-fort-carson-shooting-squad-takes-silver-nationally/article/1555117?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/prep-notes-fountain-fort-carson-shooting-squad-takes-silver-nationally/article/1555117?custom_click=rss

F-FC takes second in national shooting competition

The Fountain-Fort Carson High School Rifle Marksmanship team took silver at the National Junior Olympic Three-Position Air Rifle Championships in Anniston, Ala.

Led by senior Isaac Velez's 561 points the Trojans finished second in the three-position sporter national club competition at the end of June.

Velez, who graduated in the spring, took bronze individually after scoring a 92 in the final for an aggregate score of 653.

"It's remarkable to see them," coach Rodney Smith said. "They're top-group kids."

The team qualified for nationals by winning the state Civilian Marksmanship Program Junior Olympics.



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F-FC takes second in national shooting competition

The Fountain-Fort Carson High School Rifle Marksmanship team took silver at the National Junior Olympic Three-Position Air Rifle Championships in Anniston, Ala.

Led by senior Isaac Velez's 561 points the Trojans finished second in the three-position sporter national club competition at the end of June.

Velez, who graduated in the spring, took bronze individually after scoring a 92 in the final for an aggregate score of 653.

"It's remarkable to see them," coach Rodney Smith said. "They're top-group kids."

The team qualified for nationals by winning the state Civilian Marksmanship Program Junior Olympics.

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Mon, 06 Jul 2015 20:01:23 -0600
<![CDATA[Police check report of 1 shot fired at Walter Reed hospital]]> http://gazette.com/police-check-report-of-1-shot-fired-at-walter-reed-hospital/article/1555065?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/police-check-report-of-1-shot-fired-at-walter-reed-hospital/article/1555065?custom_click=rss

BETHESDA, Md. — Police say they are checking on a report of a single shot fired at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center outside Washington.

Montgomery County police spokeswoman Natasha Plotnikov says a 911 caller reported hearing one shot inside Building 1, the original hospital on the campus in Bethesda, before 11 a.m. Monday. She says police have not confirmed the report of a shot.

The Navy's website warns that the campus is on lockdown and all personnel are sheltering in place after a report of an active shooter. Department of Defense and National Institutes of Health security are searching with county officers.

Local television coverage shows police cars parked by the building and people



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BETHESDA, Md. — Police say they are checking on a report of a single shot fired at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center outside Washington.

Montgomery County police spokeswoman Natasha Plotnikov says a 911 caller reported hearing one shot inside Building 1, the original hospital on the campus in Bethesda, before 11 a.m. Monday. She says police have not confirmed the report of a shot.

The Navy's website warns that the campus is on lockdown and all personnel are sheltering in place after a report of an active shooter. Department of Defense and National Institutes of Health security are searching with county officers.

Local television coverage shows police cars parked by the building and people

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Mon, 06 Jul 2015 11:21:24 -0600
<![CDATA[Outlaw motorcycle groups' efforts to recruit military troops is worrisome, officials say]]> http://gazette.com/outlaw-motorcycle-groups-efforts-to-recruit-military-troops-is-worrisome-officials-say/article/1555046?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/outlaw-motorcycle-groups-efforts-to-recruit-military-troops-is-worrisome-officials-say/article/1555046?custom_click=rss

The Infidels Motorcycle Club, a group made up of troops, veterans and military contractors in Colorado Springs, drew attention recently with its pig roast to protest the holiest of Muslim holidays.

While some people decried the club's gathering as tantamount to a KKK cross-burning, the group is not classified as an outlaw motorcycle group by authorities. But other, less- law-abiding motorcycle gangs are actively recruiting troops in the Pikes Peak region and worrying federal agents, a federal report obtained by the Gazette says.

Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms Denver spokesman Chris Amon said his agency's concern over the interaction of troops and outlaw motorcycle gangs is obvious.



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The Infidels Motorcycle Club, a group made up of troops, veterans and military contractors in Colorado Springs, drew attention recently with its pig roast to protest the holiest of Muslim holidays.

While some people decried the club's gathering as tantamount to a KKK cross-burning, the group is not classified as an outlaw motorcycle group by authorities. But other, less- law-abiding motorcycle gangs are actively recruiting troops in the Pikes Peak region and worrying federal agents, a federal report obtained by the Gazette says.

Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms Denver spokesman Chris Amon said his agency's concern over the interaction of troops and outlaw motorcycle gangs is obvious.

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Mon, 06 Jul 2015 07:50:29 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs photographer joins colleagues for reunion in Vietnam]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-photographer-joins-colleagues-for-reunion-in-vietnam/article/1555008?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-photographer-joins-colleagues-for-reunion-in-vietnam/article/1555008?custom_click=rss

The Vietnam Old Hacks is an international group of journalists and photographers from the Vietnam War who came together as a group in 1995 to return to Vietnam to remember their time together during the war. During the last week of April every five years, a core group has boarded a plane in their respective hometowns and returned to a place where they risked their lives to tell stories from the war years ago.

David Terry of Colorado Springs traveled with the group for the first time in 2005 and returned in 2010 and this year.

"I wasn't aware of it then (in 1995), but my understanding was that it was a group of people who got together and had a small reunion," he said. "It has grown since then.



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The Vietnam Old Hacks is an international group of journalists and photographers from the Vietnam War who came together as a group in 1995 to return to Vietnam to remember their time together during the war. During the last week of April every five years, a core group has boarded a plane in their respective hometowns and returned to a place where they risked their lives to tell stories from the war years ago.

David Terry of Colorado Springs traveled with the group for the first time in 2005 and returned in 2010 and this year.

"I wasn't aware of it then (in 1995), but my understanding was that it was a group of people who got together and had a small reunion," he said. "It has grown since then.

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Sun, 05 Jul 2015 18:42:12 -0600
<![CDATA[Group increasing efforts to show support for military in Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/group-increasing-efforts-to-show-support-for-military-in-colorado/article/1555010?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/group-increasing-efforts-to-show-support-for-military-in-colorado/article/1555010?custom_click=rss A statewide military booster group is ramping up efforts to show appreciation for troops in a bid to stave off Pentagon cuts.

Colorado Wants You chairman Joe Blake said the group has attained nonprofit status and is working to show local government and federal officials the value of having troops in Colorado.

"It is a statewide leadership umbrella to reflect the importance of military in Colorado," said Blake, the chancellor emeritus of the Colorado State University System.

The group formed in 2014 amid concerns about Pentagon budget cuts that could carve $50 billion per year from military coffers. The Army warned that the cuts could lead to steep troop reductions at 30 U.S. installations, including eliminating up to



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A statewide military booster group is ramping up efforts to show appreciation for troops in a bid to stave off Pentagon cuts.

Colorado Wants You chairman Joe Blake said the group has attained nonprofit status and is working to show local government and federal officials the value of having troops in Colorado.

"It is a statewide leadership umbrella to reflect the importance of military in Colorado," said Blake, the chancellor emeritus of the Colorado State University System.

The group formed in 2014 amid concerns about Pentagon budget cuts that could carve $50 billion per year from military coffers. The Army warned that the cuts could lead to steep troop reductions at 30 U.S. installations, including eliminating up to

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Sun, 05 Jul 2015 09:06:40 -0600
<![CDATA[Military Update: Doctor skills factor in plan to streamline inpatient care]]> http://gazette.com/military-update-doctor-skills-factor-in-plan-to-streamline-inpatient-care/article/1555013?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/military-update-doctor-skills-factor-in-plan-to-streamline-inpatient-care/article/1555013?custom_click=rss

The number of surgeries and other inpatient procedures done on base by military physicians trails the inpatient workloads of private-sector peers by wide margins, according to data comparisons run in support of a Defense Department study on modernizing the military health system.

The inpatient workload at many bases is a readiness concern, which the surgeons general of Army, Navy and Air Force are trying to address with a variety of initiatives to broaden the experience of active duty physicians.

The workload comparison data helped shape a Pentagon plan in spring 2014 to downsize at least eight and possibly 16 base hospitals to outpatient clinics and move many doctors' billets to larger hospitals and medical centers where



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The number of surgeries and other inpatient procedures done on base by military physicians trails the inpatient workloads of private-sector peers by wide margins, according to data comparisons run in support of a Defense Department study on modernizing the military health system.

The inpatient workload at many bases is a readiness concern, which the surgeons general of Army, Navy and Air Force are trying to address with a variety of initiatives to broaden the experience of active duty physicians.

The workload comparison data helped shape a Pentagon plan in spring 2014 to downsize at least eight and possibly 16 base hospitals to outpatient clinics and move many doctors' billets to larger hospitals and medical centers where

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Sun, 05 Jul 2015 08:44:40 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area military events starting July 5, 2015]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-military-events-starting-july-5-2015/article/1555018?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-military-events-starting-july-5-2015/article/1555018?custom_click=rss TUESDAY

Securitizing British India - The 1839-1842 First Anglo-Afghan War and Imperial Policy Making - Lecture with Mark Honnen, Air Force Academy, hosted by Rocky Mountain Military Affairs Society, 7 p.m., Library 21c, ENT Conference Room, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive; rmmas.org.

FRIDAY

"Jazz in the Garden" - With Air Force Academy Falconairies, 7 p.m., Memorial Garden, North Tejon and Monument streets, free; tinyurl.com/l62nv2p.

SATURDAY

U.S. Armed Forces Country Music Festival - 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Wishing Star Farm, 24024 Highway 94, Ellicott. Portion of proceeds from this event will be donated to Project Sanctuary to assist with costs of their military family retreats. Go online for ticket prices:

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Securitizing British India - The 1839-1842 First Anglo-Afghan War and Imperial Policy Making - Lecture with Mark Honnen, Air Force Academy, hosted by Rocky Mountain Military Affairs Society, 7 p.m., Library 21c, ENT Conference Room, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive; rmmas.org.

FRIDAY

"Jazz in the Garden" - With Air Force Academy Falconairies, 7 p.m., Memorial Garden, North Tejon and Monument streets, free; tinyurl.com/l62nv2p.

SATURDAY

U.S. Armed Forces Country Music Festival - 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Wishing Star Farm, 24024 Highway 94, Ellicott. Portion of proceeds from this event will be donated to Project Sanctuary to assist with costs of their military family retreats. Go online for ticket prices:]]> Sun, 05 Jul 2015 04:15:54 -0600 <![CDATA[Friday Military Salute: Little hero at Peterson Air Force Base]]> http://gazette.com/friday-military-salute-little-hero-at-peterson-air-force-base/article/1554917?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/friday-military-salute-little-hero-at-peterson-air-force-base/article/1554917?custom_click=rss

Sa'nyla Boyd is a little girl who made a big impact on her family. On May 14, her mother, 30-year-old Tranise Boyd felt dizzy. The next thing she knew paramedics were surrounding her in her home at Peterson Air Force Base. What she didn't know until later was that 6-year-old Sa'nyla was the reason help arrived so quickly, "For her to do what she did and call 911, she's definitely my hero."

Tranice and her husband Sgt. Michael Boyd, a Fort Carson soldier, had reinforced to Sa'nyla the importance of 911.

Sa'nyla said she was a little scared but knows she did the right thing, "I'm going to be a doctor and my Daddy saves the country, so I wanted to save someone too.



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Sa'nyla Boyd is a little girl who made a big impact on her family. On May 14, her mother, 30-year-old Tranise Boyd felt dizzy. The next thing she knew paramedics were surrounding her in her home at Peterson Air Force Base. What she didn't know until later was that 6-year-old Sa'nyla was the reason help arrived so quickly, "For her to do what she did and call 911, she's definitely my hero."

Tranice and her husband Sgt. Michael Boyd, a Fort Carson soldier, had reinforced to Sa'nyla the importance of 911.

Sa'nyla said she was a little scared but knows she did the right thing, "I'm going to be a doctor and my Daddy saves the country, so I wanted to save someone too.

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Fri, 03 Jul 2015 15:20:53 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Guard jets to stage July Fourth flyovers]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-guard-jets-to-stage-july-fourth-flyovers/article/1554933?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-guard-jets-to-stage-july-fourth-flyovers/article/1554933?custom_click=rss BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE — F-16 fighter jets from the Colorado Air National Guard will stage seven flyovers across the state for July Fourth parades and celebrations.

Jets will appear over Monument, Firestone, Lake City, Ouray, Redstone, Silverton and Telluride.

No times for the flyovers were released.



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BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE — F-16 fighter jets from the Colorado Air National Guard will stage seven flyovers across the state for July Fourth parades and celebrations.

Jets will appear over Monument, Firestone, Lake City, Ouray, Redstone, Silverton and Telluride.

No times for the flyovers were released.

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Fri, 03 Jul 2015 07:41:23 -0600
<![CDATA[World War II POWs from Colorado get long-delayed medals]]> http://gazette.com/world-war-ii-pows-from-colorado-get-long-delayed-medals/article/1554910?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/world-war-ii-pows-from-colorado-get-long-delayed-medals/article/1554910?custom_click=rss

LAKEWOOD — Stooped with age but still smiling and joking, three Colorado veterans who were taken prisoner by the German military in World War II got their medals Thursday, more than 70 years after they were liberated.

"It's overwhelming to me, to see this turnout," 89-year-old John Pederson said after a ceremony in suburban Denver before dozens of relatives, veterans and military personnel.

Pederson, 92-year-old Clayton Nattier and 89-year-old Keith Hereford each got eight medals, badges or pins for their service.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., helped arrange the decorations. The men were too busy in civilian life to pursue them sooner, he said.

"They just wanted to go home and get on with their lives,"



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LAKEWOOD — Stooped with age but still smiling and joking, three Colorado veterans who were taken prisoner by the German military in World War II got their medals Thursday, more than 70 years after they were liberated.

"It's overwhelming to me, to see this turnout," 89-year-old John Pederson said after a ceremony in suburban Denver before dozens of relatives, veterans and military personnel.

Pederson, 92-year-old Clayton Nattier and 89-year-old Keith Hereford each got eight medals, badges or pins for their service.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., helped arrange the decorations. The men were too busy in civilian life to pursue them sooner, he said.

"They just wanted to go home and get on with their lives,"

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Fri, 03 Jul 2015 07:03:30 -0600
<![CDATA[Police: No evidence of shooting at Washington Navy Yard]]> http://gazette.com/police-no-evidence-of-shooting-at-washington-navy-yard/article/1554868?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/police-no-evidence-of-shooting-at-washington-navy-yard/article/1554868?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — Investigators found no evidence of a shooting after the Washington Navy Yard went on lockdown Thursday because someone reported shots fired in the same building where a gunman killed 12 workers in a rampage two years ago.

D.C. police said a woman called from inside a Navy Yard building to report that she might have heard sounds of gunshots around 7:20 a.m. However, investigators found no sign of a shooting, a shooter or anyone injured.

No arrests were made and no weapons found, officials said.

"At this time there is no evidence of gunshots," Mayor Muriel Bowser said. "There is no evidence of a shooter, and there is no evidence of any victims today."

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WASHINGTON — Investigators found no evidence of a shooting after the Washington Navy Yard went on lockdown Thursday because someone reported shots fired in the same building where a gunman killed 12 workers in a rampage two years ago.

D.C. police said a woman called from inside a Navy Yard building to report that she might have heard sounds of gunshots around 7:20 a.m. However, investigators found no sign of a shooting, a shooter or anyone injured.

No arrests were made and no weapons found, officials said.

"At this time there is no evidence of gunshots," Mayor Muriel Bowser said. "There is no evidence of a shooter, and there is no evidence of any victims today."

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Thu, 02 Jul 2015 11:04:38 -0600
<![CDATA[1st investigations wrapping up on over-budget VA hospital]]> http://gazette.com/1st-investigations-wrapping-up-on-over-budget-va-hospital/article/1554852?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/1st-investigations-wrapping-up-on-over-budget-va-hospital/article/1554852?custom_click=rss

AURORA — The first inquiries into what went wrong with a vastly over-budget veterans medical center outside Denver could be done soon, VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson said Wednesday.

An Army Corps of Engineers review of the troubled project should wrap up in the next few weeks, Gibson said during a visit to the construction site in suburban Aurora.

An internal Veterans Affairs Department investigation into possible employee misconduct might already be finished, but the results won't be made public until after any disciplinary action is taken, Gibson said.

He hinted that some members of Congress who are calling for firings might be disappointed.



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AURORA — The first inquiries into what went wrong with a vastly over-budget veterans medical center outside Denver could be done soon, VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson said Wednesday.

An Army Corps of Engineers review of the troubled project should wrap up in the next few weeks, Gibson said during a visit to the construction site in suburban Aurora.

An internal Veterans Affairs Department investigation into possible employee misconduct might already be finished, but the results won't be made public until after any disciplinary action is taken, Gibson said.

He hinted that some members of Congress who are calling for firings might be disappointed.

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Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:47:34 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado senators team up to prevent major cuts to Pikes Peak region military facilities]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-senators-team-up-to-prevent-major-cuts-to-pikes-peak-region-military-facilities/article/1554746?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-senators-team-up-to-prevent-major-cuts-to-pikes-peak-region-military-facilities/article/1554746?custom_click=rss

DENVER - Colorado's senators crossed party lines last week and teamed up to ask the secretary of defense to look kindly on the state when making decisions about reducing forces at military installations.

"As you grapple with difficult force structure decisions and the confines of the current budget environment, we write to highlight the value that the state of Colorado and our local communities offer the Department of Defense," wrote Sen. Michael Bennet, a Democrat, and Sen. Cory Gardner, a Republican, in a letter sent Friday to Pentagon chief Ashton Carter.

Carter is expected to unveil proposed cuts following the Fourth of July holiday, and people in Washington, D.C. - and across the country - are waiting anxiously.



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DENVER - Colorado's senators crossed party lines last week and teamed up to ask the secretary of defense to look kindly on the state when making decisions about reducing forces at military installations.

"As you grapple with difficult force structure decisions and the confines of the current budget environment, we write to highlight the value that the state of Colorado and our local communities offer the Department of Defense," wrote Sen. Michael Bennet, a Democrat, and Sen. Cory Gardner, a Republican, in a letter sent Friday to Pentagon chief Ashton Carter.

Carter is expected to unveil proposed cuts following the Fourth of July holiday, and people in Washington, D.C. - and across the country - are waiting anxiously.

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Wed, 01 Jul 2015 07:08:12 -0600