<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - military]]> http://gazette.com/rss/military Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:23:10 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[MetLife Stadium security a trendsetter]]> http://gazette.com/metlife-stadium-security-a-trendsetter/article/feed/171197?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/metlife-stadium-security-a-trendsetter/article/feed/171197?custom_click=rss

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — A shoving match breaks out in a section of the MetLife Stadium stands. While security officers hustle to the scene, a beyond state-of-the-art surveillance system is recording every detail.

No more conflicting accusations and complaints. The cameras show all.

The cameras installed late last year before the stadium hosted the Super Bowl feature a mega-pixel system that provides comprehensive, undisrupted video coverage throughout every part of the venue. MetLife Stadium previously won a security award and recently was nominated for another one for the system, which cost close to $1 million. Praise has come from the NFL for implementing a program that the league wants expanded to every team's home.

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]]> EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — A shoving match breaks out in a section of the MetLife Stadium stands. While security officers hustle to the scene, a beyond state-of-the-art surveillance system is recording every detail.

No more conflicting accusations and complaints. The cameras show all.

The cameras installed late last year before the stadium hosted the Super Bowl feature a mega-pixel system that provides comprehensive, undisrupted video coverage throughout every part of the venue. MetLife Stadium previously won a security award and recently was nominated for another one for the system, which cost close to $1 million. Praise has come from the NFL for implementing a program that the league wants expanded to every team's home.]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:15:52 -0600 <![CDATA[Fort Carson soldiers train to stay healthy while working in Ebola-stricken country]]> By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/fort-carson-soldiers-train-to-stay-healthy-while-working-in-ebola-stricken-country/article/1540076?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-carson-soldiers-train-to-stay-healthy-while-working-in-ebola-stricken-country/article/1540076?custom_click=rss

As a company of Fort Carson soldiers learned to don new gear to protect them from Ebola on a deployment to Africa, commanders at the post focused on ensuring the virus doesn't follow troops home.

The post's 615th Engineer Company will spend up to a year in Liberia laying the groundwork for humanitarian assistance bases and Ebola treatment facilities. The soldiers spent recent days studying the disease they'll help fight, a mission that initially sparked fear in the 170 soldiers and their families.

"Now they feel comfortable enough to joke about it a little bit," said 1st Sgt. Scott Legg, the company's top enlisted soldier.

For several weeks, the post has been developing Ebola contingency plans, said Lt. Col. Robert



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As a company of Fort Carson soldiers learned to don new gear to protect them from Ebola on a deployment to Africa, commanders at the post focused on ensuring the virus doesn't follow troops home.

The post's 615th Engineer Company will spend up to a year in Liberia laying the groundwork for humanitarian assistance bases and Ebola treatment facilities. The soldiers spent recent days studying the disease they'll help fight, a mission that initially sparked fear in the 170 soldiers and their families.

"Now they feel comfortable enough to joke about it a little bit," said 1st Sgt. Scott Legg, the company's top enlisted soldier.

For several weeks, the post has been developing Ebola contingency plans, said Lt. Col. Robert

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Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:15:03 -0600
<![CDATA[Marine murder case reveals US-Philippine sore spot]]> http://gazette.com/marine-murder-case-reveals-us-philippine-sore-spot/article/feed/171176?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/marine-murder-case-reveals-us-philippine-sore-spot/article/feed/171176?custom_click=rss

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — American forces are guarding Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton, yet a ring of Filipino troops surrounds them. The seemingly redundant security effort around the suspect in a Philippine murder case reflects Manila's uneasy ties with Washington, its former colonial master.

Pemberton, 19, is accused of killing Jennifer Laude, a 26-year-old transgender Filipino, in a motel room Oct. 11 in the city of Olongapo. He was initially held on a U.S. Navy warship at the Subic Bay Freeport, northwest of Manila, but on Wednesday he was transferred to the Philippine military's main camp, where Filipino troops and two of his fellow Marines continue to guard him.

Here are some questions and answers about the tensi

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]]> MANILA, Philippines (AP) — American forces are guarding Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton, yet a ring of Filipino troops surrounds them. The seemingly redundant security effort around the suspect in a Philippine murder case reflects Manila's uneasy ties with Washington, its former colonial master.

Pemberton, 19, is accused of killing Jennifer Laude, a 26-year-old transgender Filipino, in a motel room Oct. 11 in the city of Olongapo. He was initially held on a U.S. Navy warship at the Subic Bay Freeport, northwest of Manila, but on Wednesday he was transferred to the Philippine military's main camp, where Filipino troops and two of his fellow Marines continue to guard him.

Here are some questions and answers about the tensi]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:05:30 -0600 <![CDATA[China launches experimental moon orbiter]]> http://gazette.com/china-launches-experimental-moon-orbiter/article/feed/171170?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/china-launches-experimental-moon-orbiter/article/feed/171170?custom_click=rss

BEIJING (AP) — China launched an experimental spacecraft on Friday to fly around the moon and back to Earth in preparation for the country's first unmanned return trip to the lunar surface.

The eight-day program is a test run for a 2017 mission that aims to have a Chinese spacecraft land on the moon, retrieve samples and return to Earth. That would make burgeoning space power China only the third country after the United States and Russia to have carried out such a mission.

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]]> BEIJING (AP) — China launched an experimental spacecraft on Friday to fly around the moon and back to Earth in preparation for the country's first unmanned return trip to the lunar surface.

The eight-day program is a test run for a 2017 mission that aims to have a Chinese spacecraft land on the moon, retrieve samples and return to Earth. That would make burgeoning space power China only the third country after the United States and Russia to have carried out such a mission.]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:05:14 -0600 <![CDATA[Overnight French raid destroys IS arms center]]> http://gazette.com/overnight-french-raid-destroys-is-arms-center/article/feed/171195?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/overnight-french-raid-destroys-is-arms-center/article/feed/171195?custom_click=rss PARIS (AP) — France's military chief says an overnight air raid has destroyed an arms depot for the Islamic State group in Iraq.

Gen. Pierre de Villiers told Europe 1 radio that two French fighter jets dropped a total of 70 bombs, destroying a dozen buildings used for arms production and storage.

"We destroyed buildings in which Daesh produced their arms, their bombs to attack Iraqi forces. Seventy bombs were dropped," de Villiers said Friday, using an acronym for the Islamic State militants. He did not specify the location of the air raid.

Separately, France's military announced airstrikes around Fallujah and Mount Sinjar, where militants had trapped thousands of fleeing Yazidis.

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]]> PARIS (AP) — France's military chief says an overnight air raid has destroyed an arms depot for the Islamic State group in Iraq.

Gen. Pierre de Villiers told Europe 1 radio that two French fighter jets dropped a total of 70 bombs, destroying a dozen buildings used for arms production and storage.

"We destroyed buildings in which Daesh produced their arms, their bombs to attack Iraqi forces. Seventy bombs were dropped," de Villiers said Friday, using an acronym for the Islamic State militants. He did not specify the location of the air raid.

Separately, France's military announced airstrikes around Fallujah and Mount Sinjar, where militants had trapped thousands of fleeing Yazidis.]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:05:06 -0600 <![CDATA[US officials see signs of new life in Iraqi army]]> http://gazette.com/us-officials-see-signs-of-new-life-in-iraqi-army/article/feed/171196?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-officials-see-signs-of-new-life-in-iraqi-army/article/feed/171196?custom_click=rss

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AP) — Iraq's fractured army has begun to regroup and stage modest, localized attacks on the Islamic State militants who routed them last spring and summer, but they are unlikely to be ready to launch a major counteroffensive for many months, senior U.S. military officials say.

"We've seen them start to act like an army," one official said Thursday in a lengthy exchange with a group of Washington reporters who were invited to U.S. Central Command headquarters for the command's most extensive briefings on operations in Iraq and Syria.

The Iraqi security forces, trained for years by the U.S. prior to its departure from Iraq in 2011, have suffered sectarian divisions, a breakdown in leadership and

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]]> MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AP) — Iraq's fractured army has begun to regroup and stage modest, localized attacks on the Islamic State militants who routed them last spring and summer, but they are unlikely to be ready to launch a major counteroffensive for many months, senior U.S. military officials say.

"We've seen them start to act like an army," one official said Thursday in a lengthy exchange with a group of Washington reporters who were invited to U.S. Central Command headquarters for the command's most extensive briefings on operations in Iraq and Syria.

The Iraqi security forces, trained for years by the U.S. prior to its departure from Iraq in 2011, have suffered sectarian divisions, a breakdown in leadership and ]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:04:39 -0600 <![CDATA[Va. National Guard breaking ground on new facility]]> http://gazette.com/va.-national-guard-breaking-ground-on-new-facility/article/feed/171165?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/va.-national-guard-breaking-ground-on-new-facility/article/feed/171165?custom_click=rss VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — The Virginia National Guard is breaking ground on a multi-purpose training facility at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach.

Officials say the groundbreaking for the first phase of the project is scheduled for Friday at the state-owned 328-acre installation.

The Guard says the first phase of the new facility will cost about $1.8 million and is expected to be completed in early December. The second phase of the project will expand the facility and cost $3.85 million.

Military units will be able to set up tactical operations center equipment there, as well as conduct battalion, brigade and division-level command post exercises.

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]]> VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — The Virginia National Guard is breaking ground on a multi-purpose training facility at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach.

Officials say the groundbreaking for the first phase of the project is scheduled for Friday at the state-owned 328-acre installation.

The Guard says the first phase of the new facility will cost about $1.8 million and is expected to be completed in early December. The second phase of the project will expand the facility and cost $3.85 million.

Military units will be able to set up tactical operations center equipment there, as well as conduct battalion, brigade and division-level command post exercises.]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:03:21 -0600 <![CDATA[NY Guard troops taking part in reintegration event]]> http://gazette.com/ny-guard-troops-taking-part-in-reintegration-event/article/feed/171171?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ny-guard-troops-taking-part-in-reintegration-event/article/feed/171171?custom_click=rss ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — More than 120 New York Army National Guard soldiers who returned from deployment to Kuwait in August are slated for a Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program event.

The National Guard's reintegration program helps combat veterans and their families learn about benefits they can take advantage of as well as some of the stresses they may experience following combat deployment.

Soldiers from the 642nd Aviation Support Battalion will attend opening events in the 30-day Yellow Ribbon program Friday morning at the Riverside Radisson Hotel in Rochester.

The 642nd Aviation Support Battalion provides aviation maintenance and logistical support to Army helicopter units. It has armories in Dunkirk and Olean in

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]]> ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — More than 120 New York Army National Guard soldiers who returned from deployment to Kuwait in August are slated for a Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program event.

The National Guard's reintegration program helps combat veterans and their families learn about benefits they can take advantage of as well as some of the stresses they may experience following combat deployment.

Soldiers from the 642nd Aviation Support Battalion will attend opening events in the 30-day Yellow Ribbon program Friday morning at the Riverside Radisson Hotel in Rochester.

The 642nd Aviation Support Battalion provides aviation maintenance and logistical support to Army helicopter units. It has armories in Dunkirk and Olean in]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:03:21 -0600 <![CDATA[43 Cuban migrants returned home by US Coast Guard]]> http://gazette.com/43-cuban-migrants-returned-home-by-us-coast-guard/article/feed/171172?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/43-cuban-migrants-returned-home-by-us-coast-guard/article/feed/171172?custom_click=rss MIAMI (AP) — The Coast Guard has returned more than 40 Cuban migrants caught at sea to their homeland.

Officials say 43 migrants were picked up by one Coast Guard cutter in the Florida Straits in three separate incidents over the weekend. The migrants received food, water, shelter and medical care aboard the U.S. vessel before they were returned Wednesday to Bahia de Cabanas, Cuba.

Since its fiscal year began Oct. 1, the Coast Guard estimates that 269 Haitians, 193 Cubans and 50 Dominicans have attempted to illegally reach U.S. shores along the Florida Straits, the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The Coast Guard and other federal agencies and international partners routinely patrol those waters to prevent illegal immi

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]]> MIAMI (AP) — The Coast Guard has returned more than 40 Cuban migrants caught at sea to their homeland.

Officials say 43 migrants were picked up by one Coast Guard cutter in the Florida Straits in three separate incidents over the weekend. The migrants received food, water, shelter and medical care aboard the U.S. vessel before they were returned Wednesday to Bahia de Cabanas, Cuba.

Since its fiscal year began Oct. 1, the Coast Guard estimates that 269 Haitians, 193 Cubans and 50 Dominicans have attempted to illegally reach U.S. shores along the Florida Straits, the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The Coast Guard and other federal agencies and international partners routinely patrol those waters to prevent illegal immi]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:03:21 -0600 <![CDATA[3 GA Army bases to get solar power installations]]> http://gazette.com/3-ga-army-bases-to-get-solar-power-installations/article/feed/171199?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/3-ga-army-bases-to-get-solar-power-installations/article/feed/171199?custom_click=rss ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Public Service Commissioner has approved of installing three solar projects at military bases in the state.

Commission officials said in a statement the installations are part of a partnership between the Georgia Power Company and the U.S. Army. Commission officials say solar photovoltaic installations at Fort Benning, Fort Gordon and Fort Stewart are expected to be completed before the end of 2016 and generate up to 30 megawatts of electricity each.

Commission officials say the installations will provide power to Georgia Power customers but could also generate power for each base if necessary.

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]]> ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Public Service Commissioner has approved of installing three solar projects at military bases in the state.

Commission officials said in a statement the installations are part of a partnership between the Georgia Power Company and the U.S. Army. Commission officials say solar photovoltaic installations at Fort Benning, Fort Gordon and Fort Stewart are expected to be completed before the end of 2016 and generate up to 30 megawatts of electricity each.

Commission officials say the installations will provide power to Georgia Power customers but could also generate power for each base if necessary.]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:03:12 -0600 <![CDATA[Judges announcing docket for veterans in Boyd]]> http://gazette.com/judges-announcing-docket-for-veterans-in-boyd/article/feed/171198?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/judges-announcing-docket-for-veterans-in-boyd/article/feed/171198?custom_click=rss CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (AP) — Judges in Boyd County are taking steps to connect veterans with help they may need in northeastern Kentucky.

Boyd County Circuit Judges C. David Hagerman and George W. Davis plan to announce Friday a docket for veterans.

Davis says substance abuse or mental health issues that veterans face may contribute to run-ins with the law, and such a docket will enable the judicial system to bring veterans in need together with services that can help them.

Davis says specialists from the Veterans Justice Outreach Program will serve as a bridge between veterans and the Veterans Administration.

Hagerman and Davis planned to announce the program Friday in Catlettsburg.

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]]> CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (AP) — Judges in Boyd County are taking steps to connect veterans with help they may need in northeastern Kentucky.

Boyd County Circuit Judges C. David Hagerman and George W. Davis plan to announce Friday a docket for veterans.

Davis says substance abuse or mental health issues that veterans face may contribute to run-ins with the law, and such a docket will enable the judicial system to bring veterans in need together with services that can help them.

Davis says specialists from the Veterans Justice Outreach Program will serve as a bridge between veterans and the Veterans Administration.

Hagerman and Davis planned to announce the program Friday in Catlettsburg.]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:03:12 -0600 <![CDATA[Prisoner in Afghanistan to be tried in US]]> http://gazette.com/prisoner-in-afghanistan-to-be-tried-in-us/article/feed/171032?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/prisoner-in-afghanistan-to-be-tried-in-us/article/feed/171032?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is preparing to transfer a military detainee in Afghanistan for criminal trial in Virginia, U.S. officials said Thursday.

The move would mark the first time a military detainee from Afghanistan was brought to the U.S. for trial, and it represents the Obama administration's latest attempt to show that it can use the criminal court system to deal with terror suspects.

The prisoner, known by the nom de guerre Irek Hamidullan, is a Russian veteran of the Soviet war in Afghanistan who defected to the Taliban and stayed in the country, U.S. officials said. He was captured in 2009 after an attack on Afghan border police and U.S. soldiers in Khost province, officials said.

He has bee

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is preparing to transfer a military detainee in Afghanistan for criminal trial in Virginia, U.S. officials said Thursday.

The move would mark the first time a military detainee from Afghanistan was brought to the U.S. for trial, and it represents the Obama administration's latest attempt to show that it can use the criminal court system to deal with terror suspects.

The prisoner, known by the nom de guerre Irek Hamidullan, is a Russian veteran of the Soviet war in Afghanistan who defected to the Taliban and stayed in the country, U.S. officials said. He was captured in 2009 after an attack on Afghan border police and U.S. soldiers in Khost province, officials said.

He has bee]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:47:11 -0600 <![CDATA[US, Canada monitor barge adrift off Arctic Slope]]> http://gazette.com/us-canada-monitor-barge-adrift-off-arctic-slope/article/feed/171135?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-canada-monitor-barge-adrift-off-arctic-slope/article/feed/171135?custom_click=rss JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — U.S. and Canadian authorities are monitoring a barge carrying nearly 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel that's drifting in the Beaufort Sea.

The U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday the 134-foot barge broke free from its tow in Canadian waters during a severe storm earlier this week.

Canadian aircraft located the barge drifting west in U.S. waters. The U.S. Coast Guard says it will deploy aircraft to the Arctic Slope from Air Station Kodiak to continue tracking the ship.

The fuel tanks on board appear to be intact and don't show signs of discharge.

The U.S. Coast Guard says the area is experiencing 40 mph winds and 12-foot seas.

Canadian and U.S.

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]]> JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — U.S. and Canadian authorities are monitoring a barge carrying nearly 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel that's drifting in the Beaufort Sea.

The U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday the 134-foot barge broke free from its tow in Canadian waters during a severe storm earlier this week.

Canadian aircraft located the barge drifting west in U.S. waters. The U.S. Coast Guard says it will deploy aircraft to the Arctic Slope from Air Station Kodiak to continue tracking the ship.

The fuel tanks on board appear to be intact and don't show signs of discharge.

The U.S. Coast Guard says the area is experiencing 40 mph winds and 12-foot seas.

Canadian and U.S.]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:47:11 -0600 <![CDATA[US officials: Iraqi army regrouping slowly]]> http://gazette.com/us-officials-iraqi-army-regrouping-slowly/article/feed/170968?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-officials-iraqi-army-regrouping-slowly/article/feed/170968?custom_click=rss

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AP) — Iraq's fractured army has begun to regroup and stage modest, localized attacks on the Islamic State militants who routed them last spring and summer, but they are unlikely to be ready to launch a major counteroffensive for many months, senior U.S. military officials said Thursday.

"We've seen them start to act like an army," one official said in a lengthy exchange with a group of Washington reporters who were invited to U.S. Central Command headquarters for the command's most extensive briefings on operations in Iraq and Syria.

The Iraqi security forces, trained for years by the U.S. prior to its departure from Iraq in 2011, have suffered sectarian divisions, a breakdown in leadership and

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]]> MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AP) — Iraq's fractured army has begun to regroup and stage modest, localized attacks on the Islamic State militants who routed them last spring and summer, but they are unlikely to be ready to launch a major counteroffensive for many months, senior U.S. military officials said Thursday.

"We've seen them start to act like an army," one official said in a lengthy exchange with a group of Washington reporters who were invited to U.S. Central Command headquarters for the command's most extensive briefings on operations in Iraq and Syria.

The Iraqi security forces, trained for years by the U.S. prior to its departure from Iraq in 2011, have suffered sectarian divisions, a breakdown in leadership and]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:31:11 -0600 <![CDATA[Rubio discusses immigration in New Hampshire stop]]> http://gazette.com/rubio-discusses-immigration-in-new-hampshire-stop/article/feed/171104?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rubio-discusses-immigration-in-new-hampshire-stop/article/feed/171104?custom_click=rss MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — About 40 New Hampshire residents got a taste of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio's views on immigration and combating homegrown terrorism Thursday — views they might hear more of if the Florida senator decides to run for president in 2016.

Rubio discussed both during a stop at Next Step Bionics and Prosthetics in Manchester with Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein. He then went to a private fundraiser in Amherst with congressional candidate Marilinda Garcia. Rubio stumped with U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown earlier this month.

Rubio says he'll make a decision about whether to run for president later this year or early next.

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]]> MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — About 40 New Hampshire residents got a taste of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio's views on immigration and combating homegrown terrorism Thursday — views they might hear more of if the Florida senator decides to run for president in 2016.

Rubio discussed both during a stop at Next Step Bionics and Prosthetics in Manchester with Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein. He then went to a private fundraiser in Amherst with congressional candidate Marilinda Garcia. Rubio stumped with U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown earlier this month.

Rubio says he'll make a decision about whether to run for president later this year or early next.]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:03:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Guantanamo prisoners in protest over women guards]]> http://gazette.com/guantanamo-prisoners-in-protest-over-women-guards/article/feed/170972?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guantanamo-prisoners-in-protest-over-women-guards/article/feed/170972?custom_click=rss

MIAMI (AP) — Some prisoners in the highest-security unit of the Guantanamo Bay detention center have launched a protest against what they consider the religiously offensive use of female guards to move them around the U.S. base in Cuba, lawyers for the men say.

Prisoners designated by the government as "high-value detainees" because of their allegedly significant involvement in terrorism recently began refusing to meet with defense lawyers appointed by the Pentagon to defend them against war crimes charges unless the military agrees to use only men to escort them to meetings, according to several lawyers involved.

The men are devout Muslims and their religious beliefs include a prohibition against physical contact with wome

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]]> MIAMI (AP) — Some prisoners in the highest-security unit of the Guantanamo Bay detention center have launched a protest against what they consider the religiously offensive use of female guards to move them around the U.S. base in Cuba, lawyers for the men say.

Prisoners designated by the government as "high-value detainees" because of their allegedly significant involvement in terrorism recently began refusing to meet with defense lawyers appointed by the Pentagon to defend them against war crimes charges unless the military agrees to use only men to escort them to meetings, according to several lawyers involved.

The men are devout Muslims and their religious beliefs include a prohibition against physical contact with wome]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:01:47 -0600 <![CDATA[Peterson Air Force Base commands monitor attack in Canada]]> TOM ROEDER tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/peterson-air-force-base-commands-monitor-attack-in-canada/article/1540009?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/peterson-air-force-base-commands-monitor-attack-in-canada/article/1540009?custom_click=rss

Leaders of the bi-national North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado Springs were warily monitoring an attack on Ottawa's Parliament Hill, but had not increased security across the continent.

The Peterson Air Force Base command represents the largest permanent foreign deployment of Canadian troops who work alongside American forces to protect the continent from attack. The command's most prominent role is in stopping enemy planes and missiles, but in the past decade it has stepped up monitoring of sea-based and terrorist threats.

The gunman's attack in Ottawa that killed a Canadian soldier did kick the command's intelligence arm into high gear.

"We're closely monitoring the situation," said U.S. Army Maj.



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Leaders of the bi-national North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado Springs were warily monitoring an attack on Ottawa's Parliament Hill, but had not increased security across the continent.

The Peterson Air Force Base command represents the largest permanent foreign deployment of Canadian troops who work alongside American forces to protect the continent from attack. The command's most prominent role is in stopping enemy planes and missiles, but in the past decade it has stepped up monitoring of sea-based and terrorist threats.

The gunman's attack in Ottawa that killed a Canadian soldier did kick the command's intelligence arm into high gear.

"We're closely monitoring the situation," said U.S. Army Maj.

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Thu, 23 Oct 2014 05:46:23 -0600
<![CDATA['Toxic' Fort Carson battalion commander returns to job despite recommendation of firing]]> By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/toxic-fort-carson-battalion-commander-returns-to-job-despite-recommendation-of-firing/article/1539975?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/toxic-fort-carson-battalion-commander-returns-to-job-despite-recommendation-of-firing/article/1539975?custom_click=rss

The commander of a Fort Carson helicopter battalion objected when subordinates talked about a toxic command climate, according to documents obtained by The Gazette.

"You want toxic? I'll show you toxic," Lt. Col. Tammy Baugh allegedly told soldiers in the 1st Battalion of the 25th Aviation Regiment, documents said.

A 263-page Army investigation report released under the Freedom of Information Act portrays Baugh as a foul-mouthed boss who belittled soldiers, threw things during a meeting and sometimes stormed out of battalion gatherings.

Baugh and the battalion's command sergeant major were temporarily relieved in July, but later placed back in command despite the scathing report.



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The commander of a Fort Carson helicopter battalion objected when subordinates talked about a toxic command climate, according to documents obtained by The Gazette.

"You want toxic? I'll show you toxic," Lt. Col. Tammy Baugh allegedly told soldiers in the 1st Battalion of the 25th Aviation Regiment, documents said.

A 263-page Army investigation report released under the Freedom of Information Act portrays Baugh as a foul-mouthed boss who belittled soldiers, threw things during a meeting and sometimes stormed out of battalion gatherings.

Baugh and the battalion's command sergeant major were temporarily relieved in July, but later placed back in command despite the scathing report.

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Thu, 23 Oct 2014 05:32:34 -0600
<![CDATA[2 dead in shooting attack at Canada's Parliament]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/2-dead-in-shooting-attack-at-canadas-parliament/article/1539976?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/2-dead-in-shooting-attack-at-canadas-parliament/article/1539976?custom_click=rss

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — A Canadian soldier standing guard at a war memorial in the country's capital was shot to death Wednesday, and heavy gunfire then erupted inside Parliament. One gunman was killed, and police said they were hunting for as many as two others.

The attack immediately raised the specter of terrorism, with Canada already on alert because of a deadly hit-and-run earlier in the week against two Canadian soldiers by a man who police say was fired up with radical Muslim fervor.

Witnesses said the soldier was gunned down at point-blank range just before 10 a.m. by a man carrying a rifle and dressed all in black, a scarf over his face. They said the gunman then ran off and entered Parliament, a few hundred



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OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — A Canadian soldier standing guard at a war memorial in the country's capital was shot to death Wednesday, and heavy gunfire then erupted inside Parliament. One gunman was killed, and police said they were hunting for as many as two others.

The attack immediately raised the specter of terrorism, with Canada already on alert because of a deadly hit-and-run earlier in the week against two Canadian soldiers by a man who police say was fired up with radical Muslim fervor.

Witnesses said the soldier was gunned down at point-blank range just before 10 a.m. by a man carrying a rifle and dressed all in black, a scarf over his face. They said the gunman then ran off and entered Parliament, a few hundred

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Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:37:13 -0600
<![CDATA[FBI: 3 Colorado girls may have tried to join Islamic jihadis]]> By Sadie Gurman, Associated Press http://gazette.com/fbi-3-colorado-girls-may-have-tried-to-join-islamic-jihadis/article/1539924?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fbi-3-colorado-girls-may-have-tried-to-join-islamic-jihadis/article/1539924?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Authorities are investigating whether three teenage girls from suburban Denver who may have been trying to join Islamic State militants in Syria have friends or associates with similar intentions.

A U.S. official said the evidence gathered so far made it clear that the girls — two sisters, ages 17 and 15, and their 16-year-old friend — were headed to Syria, though the official said investigators were still trying to determine what sort of contacts they had in that country. The official said investigators would be trying to figure out whether there were "like-minded" friends and acquaintances in the girls' social circle.

The sisters are of Somali descent, and their friend is of Sudanese descent,



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DENVER — Authorities are investigating whether three teenage girls from suburban Denver who may have been trying to join Islamic State militants in Syria have friends or associates with similar intentions.

A U.S. official said the evidence gathered so far made it clear that the girls — two sisters, ages 17 and 15, and their 16-year-old friend — were headed to Syria, though the official said investigators were still trying to determine what sort of contacts they had in that country. The official said investigators would be trying to figure out whether there were "like-minded" friends and acquaintances in the girls' social circle.

The sisters are of Somali descent, and their friend is of Sudanese descent,

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Wed, 22 Oct 2014 05:11:38 -0600
<![CDATA[Fort Carson troops head to Germany for exercise to counter Russian aggression]]> By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/fort-carson-troops-head-to-germany-for-exercise-to-counter-russian-aggression/article/1539939?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-carson-troops-head-to-germany-for-exercise-to-counter-russian-aggression/article/1539939?custom_click=rss

About 100 Fort Carson soldiers headed to Germany on Tuesday to take part in a training exercise that's part of a NATO effort to counter Russian aggression in the region.

The soldiers, from the 4th Infantry Division's headquarters, will help lead NATO troops in a mock battle called Operation Combined Resolve III. It's on a smaller scale, but similar to the REFORGER exercises the division joined in the 1970s and 1980s to train for possible war with the Soviet Union.

The soldiers will gather prepositioned gear in Europe for the exercise at the Army's training center in Hohenfels, Bavaria.

The deployment also brings confirmation that the Pentagon plans to dedicate the 4th Infantry Division to missions in Europe.



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About 100 Fort Carson soldiers headed to Germany on Tuesday to take part in a training exercise that's part of a NATO effort to counter Russian aggression in the region.

The soldiers, from the 4th Infantry Division's headquarters, will help lead NATO troops in a mock battle called Operation Combined Resolve III. It's on a smaller scale, but similar to the REFORGER exercises the division joined in the 1970s and 1980s to train for possible war with the Soviet Union.

The soldiers will gather prepositioned gear in Europe for the exercise at the Army's training center in Hohenfels, Bavaria.

The deployment also brings confirmation that the Pentagon plans to dedicate the 4th Infantry Division to missions in Europe.

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Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:44:47 -0600
<![CDATA[Air Force Academy to remain silent on athletic department issues]]> By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/air-force-academy-to-remain-silent-on-athletic-department-issues/article/1539814?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-academy-to-remain-silent-on-athletic-department-issues/article/1539814?custom_click=rss

The Air Force Academy says leaders have said all they can about a review of the school's athletic department that came after a player misconduct scandal.

A spokesman, Lt. Col. Brus Vidal, says Air Force regulations mandate that the review, called an "inspection" in the service's language, be kept secret. Vidal said superintendent Lt. Gen Michelle Johnson went above and beyond last week by talking about the athletic review.

"She, as a commander, did not have to put out anything beyond the overall grade, but despite that we released information and provided additional context," Vidal wrote in an email.

The academy released a summary of the report Tuesday, a week after it was given to Johnson.



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The Air Force Academy says leaders have said all they can about a review of the school's athletic department that came after a player misconduct scandal.

A spokesman, Lt. Col. Brus Vidal, says Air Force regulations mandate that the review, called an "inspection" in the service's language, be kept secret. Vidal said superintendent Lt. Gen Michelle Johnson went above and beyond last week by talking about the athletic review.

"She, as a commander, did not have to put out anything beyond the overall grade, but despite that we released information and provided additional context," Vidal wrote in an email.

The academy released a summary of the report Tuesday, a week after it was given to Johnson.

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Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:50:03 -0600
<![CDATA[Photos: Fort Carson soldiers return from Afghanistan]]> The Gazette http://gazette.com/photos-fort-carson-soldiers-return-from-afghanistan/article/1539921?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/photos-fort-carson-soldiers-return-from-afghanistan/article/1539921?custom_click=rss

Fort Carson welcomed home 149 soldiers from the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division on Monday at the Special Events Center.

The soldiers had been deployed in Afghanistan since March.



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Fort Carson welcomed home 149 soldiers from the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division on Monday at the Special Events Center.

The soldiers had been deployed in Afghanistan since March.

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Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:34:16 -0600
<![CDATA[Pentagon orders Peterson team to prep for domestic Ebola fight]]> By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/pentagon-orders-peterson-team-to-prep-for-domestic-ebola-fight/article/1539851?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pentagon-orders-peterson-team-to-prep-for-domestic-ebola-fight/article/1539851?custom_click=rss

U.S. Northern Command leaders worked Monday to assemble a team of military Ebola experts who will be on standby if civilian authorities need assistance with an outbreak.

The Peterson Air Force Base Command was ordered by the Pentagon to come up with a 30-member Ebola fighting team that can be quickly flown to the site of an outbreak if civilian health authorities ask for Defense Department help. It is the latest step in a White House push to battle the virus, which claimed its first death on U.S. soil this month.

The command was watching Ebola developments for weeks, said Northern Command spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis. "It's our job here to always plan and be somewhat paranoid and look forward for things that might require



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U.S. Northern Command leaders worked Monday to assemble a team of military Ebola experts who will be on standby if civilian authorities need assistance with an outbreak.

The Peterson Air Force Base Command was ordered by the Pentagon to come up with a 30-member Ebola fighting team that can be quickly flown to the site of an outbreak if civilian health authorities ask for Defense Department help. It is the latest step in a White House push to battle the virus, which claimed its first death on U.S. soil this month.

The command was watching Ebola developments for weeks, said Northern Command spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis. "It's our job here to always plan and be somewhat paranoid and look forward for things that might require

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Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:27:31 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Guard unit headed to Guantanamo Bay]]> By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-guard-unit-headed-to-guantanamo-bay/article/1539872?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-guard-unit-headed-to-guantanamo-bay/article/1539872?custom_click=rss A Colorado National Guard unit headquartered in Castle Rock will leave for a year in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after a Tuesday farewell ceremony.

The 130 Guardsmen from the 193rd Military Police Battalion recently completed a three-month training regimen to ready them for the deployment. They'll be honored at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Douglas County Events Center, 500 Fairgrounds Drive, the Guard said in a news release.

The Guardsmen, dubbed "Task Force Mountain Sentinel," will serve as security at Guantanamo's detention facility, which houses prisoners classified as enemy combatants.

"The Soldiers will be assigned to Joint Task Force Guantanamo in support of Operation Enduring Freedom," the Guard said.

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The 130 Guardsmen from the 193rd Military Police Battalion recently completed a three-month training regimen to ready them for the deployment. They'll be honored at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Douglas County Events Center, 500 Fairgrounds Drive, the Guard said in a news release.

The Guardsmen, dubbed "Task Force Mountain Sentinel," will serve as security at Guantanamo's detention facility, which houses prisoners classified as enemy combatants.

"The Soldiers will be assigned to Joint Task Force Guantanamo in support of Operation Enduring Freedom," the Guard said.]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:25:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Fort Carson training will bring the noise]]> By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/fort-carson-training-will-bring-the-noise/article/1539870?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-carson-training-will-bring-the-noise/article/1539870?custom_click=rss Fort Carson's 1st Brigade Combat Team will be making more noise this week as its soldiers train with new weapons.

The brigade, which was re-equipped with eight-wheeled Stryker vehicles earlier this year, is training with new gear on the south side of the 137,000-acre post. A post spokeswoman said the soldiers this week will be using 155 mm artillery and 120 mm mortars in training and will coordinate a mock war with the post's detachment of attack helicopters. After learning how to employ its weapons, the brigade is expected to be ready for war next year.

The post said its neighbors may be impacted by the training.

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]]> Fort Carson's 1st Brigade Combat Team will be making more noise this week as its soldiers train with new weapons.

The brigade, which was re-equipped with eight-wheeled Stryker vehicles earlier this year, is training with new gear on the south side of the 137,000-acre post. A post spokeswoman said the soldiers this week will be using 155 mm artillery and 120 mm mortars in training and will coordinate a mock war with the post's detachment of attack helicopters. After learning how to employ its weapons, the brigade is expected to be ready for war next year.

The post said its neighbors may be impacted by the training.]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:45:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Soldiers promote physical fitness, community at Pinon Valley elementary]]> By Michael S. Humphreys Special to The Gazette - http://gazette.com/soldiers-promote-physical-fitness-community-at-pinon-valley-elementary/article/1539807?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/soldiers-promote-physical-fitness-community-at-pinon-valley-elementary/article/1539807?custom_click=rss Soldiers from 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment were "Running With the Wolves" this month to help Piñon Valley Elementary School acquire new equipment and technology and to promote physical fitness.

The squadron commander, Lt. Col. Steven Barry, and 16 of his soldiers spent an afternoon at the grade school running nine physical fitness lanes including tug of war, a long distance run, an obstacle course and a dodge ball tournament for more than 350 students in kindergarten through sixth grade.

"We envision being part of the rest of the school year, whenever they have an appropriate event or want some military representation," Barry said. "It makes sense, especially since a good makeup of the school are children of active



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Soldiers from 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment were "Running With the Wolves" this month to help Piñon Valley Elementary School acquire new equipment and technology and to promote physical fitness.

The squadron commander, Lt. Col. Steven Barry, and 16 of his soldiers spent an afternoon at the grade school running nine physical fitness lanes including tug of war, a long distance run, an obstacle course and a dodge ball tournament for more than 350 students in kindergarten through sixth grade.

"We envision being part of the rest of the school year, whenever they have an appropriate event or want some military representation," Barry said. "It makes sense, especially since a good makeup of the school are children of active

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Sun, 19 Oct 2014 15:51:35 -0600
<![CDATA[Brotherhood of vets who served secretly in southeast Asia meet in Colorado Springs]]> By Michael S. Humphreys Special to The Gazette - http://gazette.com/brotherhood-of-vets-who-served-secretly-in-southeast-asia-meet-in-colorado-springs/article/1539808?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/brotherhood-of-vets-who-served-secretly-in-southeast-asia-meet-in-colorado-springs/article/1539808?custom_click=rss

ince their first meeting in Dayton, Ohio, in 1998, the Thailand, Laos, Cambodia Brotherhood has donated $475,000 in goods and services to the people in the Southeast Asian countries where they once secretly served.

"We don't take any money from any government or country," Bill Peterson, director of communications for the organization said during a Colorado Springs gathering this month.

"All the money comes from our members."

The organization was launched with a plea posted in the Vietnam Veterans of America newsletter in 1996 looking for members of the 23rd Tactical Air Support Squadron stationed at Nakhon Phanom, Thailand, in 1969, said Paul Lee, who was an aircraft mechanic at the base.



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ince their first meeting in Dayton, Ohio, in 1998, the Thailand, Laos, Cambodia Brotherhood has donated $475,000 in goods and services to the people in the Southeast Asian countries where they once secretly served.

"We don't take any money from any government or country," Bill Peterson, director of communications for the organization said during a Colorado Springs gathering this month.

"All the money comes from our members."

The organization was launched with a plea posted in the Vietnam Veterans of America newsletter in 1996 looking for members of the 23rd Tactical Air Support Squadron stationed at Nakhon Phanom, Thailand, in 1969, said Paul Lee, who was an aircraft mechanic at the base.

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Sun, 19 Oct 2014 15:50:58 -0600
<![CDATA[Holiday season starts early for families of deployed troops]]> By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/holiday-season-starts-early-for-families-of-deployed-troops/article/1539806?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/holiday-season-starts-early-for-families-of-deployed-troops/article/1539806?custom_click=rss The Halloween candy hasn't been handed out yet, but for families of deployed troops, the winter holiday season starts now.

Deadlines for sending packages to overseas military addresses hit Nov. 8 for the lowest rate parcel post, the Postal Service said. That means early holiday shopping for hundreds of Pikes Peak region families with loved ones overseas.

Local soldiers and airmen are deployed in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Afghanistan. Getting their presents through the crush of holiday mail isn't easy, said David Rupert, a Postal Service spokesman in Denver.

"The big thing is to allow for time," he said.

That includes extra time for online shopping. Some online retailers won't ship to overseas military



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The Halloween candy hasn't been handed out yet, but for families of deployed troops, the winter holiday season starts now.

Deadlines for sending packages to overseas military addresses hit Nov. 8 for the lowest rate parcel post, the Postal Service said. That means early holiday shopping for hundreds of Pikes Peak region families with loved ones overseas.

Local soldiers and airmen are deployed in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Afghanistan. Getting their presents through the crush of holiday mail isn't easy, said David Rupert, a Postal Service spokesman in Denver.

"The big thing is to allow for time," he said.

That includes extra time for online shopping. Some online retailers won't ship to overseas military

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Sun, 19 Oct 2014 15:50:11 -0600
<![CDATA[Fort Carson starts burns to reduce wildfire fuels on post, Pinon Canyon]]> By stephen hobbs stephen.hobbs@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/fort-carson-starts-burns-to-reduce-wildfire-fuels-on-post-pinon-canyon/article/1539762?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-carson-starts-burns-to-reduce-wildfire-fuels-on-post-pinon-canyon/article/1539762?custom_click=rss Fort Carson is planning prescribed burns on about 7,000 acres this fall to reduce fire danger, the post announced.

The burns are planned for 21 areas on Fort Carson and at the Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site in southeastern Colorado. They will be done on areas with grass and brush that could add fuel to a potential wildland fire.

The burns started Saturday, a spokeswoman for the post confirmed, and will continue through December.

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The burns are planned for 21 areas on Fort Carson and at the Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site in southeastern Colorado. They will be done on areas with grass and brush that could add fuel to a potential wildland fire.

The burns started Saturday, a spokeswoman for the post confirmed, and will continue through December.]]> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 17:00:02 -0600