<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - military]]> http://gazette.com/rss/military Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:19:15 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Trial begins over Navy silencer contract]]> http://gazette.com/trial-begins-over-navy-silencer-contract/article/feed/169621?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trial-begins-over-navy-silencer-contract/article/feed/169621?custom_click=rss ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Navy intelligence officer illegally diverted nearly $2 million in government funds to his boss's brother under a secret, illegitimate contract to build hundreds of untraceable rifle silencers, prosecutors said Monday in laying out their case against the officer.

In opening trial statements in Alexandria, prosecutors said the defendant, Navy civilian Lee Hall of Sterling, had no authority to buy weapons and that the real reason for the contract was to bail out his boss's brother, Mark Landersman, who prosecutors said had a failing race-car business.

Landersman, of Temecula, California, faces trial next week. Both he and Hall are charged with conspiracy and theft of government funds.

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]]> ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Navy intelligence officer illegally diverted nearly $2 million in government funds to his boss's brother under a secret, illegitimate contract to build hundreds of untraceable rifle silencers, prosecutors said Monday in laying out their case against the officer.

In opening trial statements in Alexandria, prosecutors said the defendant, Navy civilian Lee Hall of Sterling, had no authority to buy weapons and that the real reason for the contract was to bail out his boss's brother, Mark Landersman, who prosecutors said had a failing race-car business.

Landersman, of Temecula, California, faces trial next week. Both he and Hall are charged with conspiracy and theft of government funds.]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:03:57 -0600 <![CDATA[Submarine hunt sends Cold War chill across Baltic]]> http://gazette.com/submarine-hunt-sends-cold-war-chill-across-baltic/article/feed/169578?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/submarine-hunt-sends-cold-war-chill-across-baltic/article/feed/169578?custom_click=rss

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden's biggest submarine hunt since the dying days of the Soviet Union has put countries around the Baltic Sea on edge.

In a scene reminiscent of the Cold War, Swedish naval ships, helicopters and ground troops combed the Stockholm archipelago for a fourth day Monday for signs of a foreign submarine or smaller underwater craft that officials suspect entered Swedish waters illegally.

While Sweden hasn't linked any country to the suspected intrusion — and Moscow suggested it was a Dutch sub — the incident sent a chill through the Baltic Sea region, where Russian forces have been accused of a series of border violations on land, sea and air in recent months.

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]]> STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden's biggest submarine hunt since the dying days of the Soviet Union has put countries around the Baltic Sea on edge.

In a scene reminiscent of the Cold War, Swedish naval ships, helicopters and ground troops combed the Stockholm archipelago for a fourth day Monday for signs of a foreign submarine or smaller underwater craft that officials suspect entered Swedish waters illegally.

While Sweden hasn't linked any country to the suspected intrusion — and Moscow suggested it was a Dutch sub — the incident sent a chill through the Baltic Sea region, where Russian forces have been accused of a series of border violations on land, sea and air in recent months.]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:35:07 -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 victims on U.S. soil this month.

The command was watching Ebola developments for weeks, said Northern Command spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis.



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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 victims on U.S. soil this month.

The command was watching Ebola developments for weeks, said Northern Command spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis.

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<![CDATA[Illegal drone use a growing issue at sports venues]]> http://gazette.com/illegal-drone-use-a-growing-issue-at-sports-venues/article/feed/169697?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/illegal-drone-use-a-growing-issue-at-sports-venues/article/feed/169697?custom_click=rss

LONDON (AP) — Long after drones became a key tool for militaries and spy agencies, authorities now realize the threat they can pose to sports events.

It's not multimillion-dollar military-grade drones prompting concerns, but remote controlled contraptions costing just a few hundred dollars that can be sent soaring over stadiums. And, as the chaos at a soccer game in Belgrade last week showed, a provocative flag or banner being carried by a low-cost device can be a catalyst for disorder.

UEFA President Michel Platini warned that the drone at the abandoned Serbia-Albania European Championship qualifier, where an Albanian nationalist banner ignited an on-field brawl, highlighted a "serious problem" for sport.

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]]> LONDON (AP) — Long after drones became a key tool for militaries and spy agencies, authorities now realize the threat they can pose to sports events.

It's not multimillion-dollar military-grade drones prompting concerns, but remote controlled contraptions costing just a few hundred dollars that can be sent soaring over stadiums. And, as the chaos at a soccer game in Belgrade last week showed, a provocative flag or banner being carried by a low-cost device can be a catalyst for disorder.

UEFA President Michel Platini warned that the drone at the abandoned Serbia-Albania European Championship qualifier, where an Albanian nationalist banner ignited an on-field brawl, highlighted a "serious problem" for sport.]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:48:10 -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[Executive charged in Ohio VA corruption case]]> http://gazette.com/executive-charged-in-ohio-va-corruption-case/article/feed/169693?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/executive-charged-in-ohio-va-corruption-case/article/feed/169693?custom_click=rss CLEVELAND (AP) — A business executive from Virginia is being charged in a federal corruption case that already has resulted in a guilty plea from the former director of Veterans Affairs medical centers in Cleveland and Dayton.

Prosecutors say Mark S. Farmer of Arlington, Virginia offered bribes to the former VA director in exchange for information about VA construction projects.

Farmer was charged Monday with conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud, embezzlement and theft of government property. A message seeking comment was left at listing for Farmer in Virginia.

The former director of the VA medical centers in Cleveland and Dayton pleaded guilty in February to multiple federal charges.

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]]> CLEVELAND (AP) — A business executive from Virginia is being charged in a federal corruption case that already has resulted in a guilty plea from the former director of Veterans Affairs medical centers in Cleveland and Dayton.

Prosecutors say Mark S. Farmer of Arlington, Virginia offered bribes to the former VA director in exchange for information about VA construction projects.

Farmer was charged Monday with conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud, embezzlement and theft of government property. A message seeking comment was left at listing for Farmer in Virginia.

The former director of the VA medical centers in Cleveland and Dayton pleaded guilty in February to multiple federal charges.]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:32:49 -0600 <![CDATA[Iran military ready to ship equipment to Lebanon]]> http://gazette.com/iran-military-ready-to-ship-equipment-to-lebanon/article/feed/169620?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/iran-military-ready-to-ship-equipment-to-lebanon/article/feed/169620?custom_click=rss TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's defense minister said his country is ready to ship defensive materials to Lebanon to aid its army in the fight against Sunni extremists on Monday, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported.

The report quoted Gen. Hossein Dehghan, speaking at a joint briefing with visiting Lebanese Defense Minister Samir Moqbel, as saying the shipment would help thwart extremists who plan to commit "inhuman crimes" in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.

"We will provide an Iranian-made consignment of defensive items to the Lebanese army for their use in fighting the group and other terrorist groups," Dehghan said. The Lebanese troops have been fighting militants from the Islamic State group since fighting spilled into the M

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]]> TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's defense minister said his country is ready to ship defensive materials to Lebanon to aid its army in the fight against Sunni extremists on Monday, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported.

The report quoted Gen. Hossein Dehghan, speaking at a joint briefing with visiting Lebanese Defense Minister Samir Moqbel, as saying the shipment would help thwart extremists who plan to commit "inhuman crimes" in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.

"We will provide an Iranian-made consignment of defensive items to the Lebanese army for their use in fighting the group and other terrorist groups," Dehghan said. The Lebanese troops have been fighting militants from the Islamic State group since fighting spilled into the M]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:18:56 -0600 <![CDATA[Today in History]]> http://gazette.com/today-in-history/article/feed/20511?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/today-in-history/article/feed/20511?custom_click=rss Today is Monday, Oct. 27, the 300th day of 2014. There are 65 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Oct. 27, 1914, author-poet Dylan Thomas was born in Swansea, Wales.

On this date:

In 1787, the first of the Federalist Papers, a series of essays calling for ratification of the United States Constitution, was published.

In 1858, the 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, was born in New York City.

In 1880, Theodore Roosevelt married his first wife, Alice Lee.

In 1904, the first rapid transit subway, the IRT, was inaugurated in New York City.

In 1922, the first annual celebration of Navy Day took place.

In 1938, Du Pont announced a name for its new sy

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]]> Today is Monday, Oct. 27, the 300th day of 2014. There are 65 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Oct. 27, 1914, author-poet Dylan Thomas was born in Swansea, Wales.

On this date:

In 1787, the first of the Federalist Papers, a series of essays calling for ratification of the United States Constitution, was published.

In 1858, the 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, was born in New York City.

In 1880, Theodore Roosevelt married his first wife, Alice Lee.

In 1904, the first rapid transit subway, the IRT, was inaugurated in New York City.

In 1922, the first annual celebration of Navy Day took place.

In 1938, Du Pont announced a name for its new sy]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:16:41 -0600 <![CDATA[Argentine town faces ghosts of its Dirty War]]> http://gazette.com/argentine-town-faces-ghosts-of-its-dirty-war/article/feed/169492?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/argentine-town-faces-ghosts-of-its-dirty-war/article/feed/169492?custom_click=rss

OLAVARRIA, Argentina (AP) — Shade trees hide the crumbling farm house outside of Olavarria. Hidden at the end of a dirt path, the white plaster coating is falling away from the brick foundation like scabs peeling off an unhealed wound.

Araceli Gutierrez guards the memories of this place like a fragile keepsake. A voluntary caretaker, the 61-year-old with faded blonde curls watches over the house known as Monte Peloni where, as a young woman, she was tortured and raped by her military captors.

"This is a faithful reflection of the memory," she says, walking through the decaying rooms, her expression lost in time. "If it collapsed, it would be as if the most important part of my life were to collapse.

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]]> OLAVARRIA, Argentina (AP) — Shade trees hide the crumbling farm house outside of Olavarria. Hidden at the end of a dirt path, the white plaster coating is falling away from the brick foundation like scabs peeling off an unhealed wound.

Araceli Gutierrez guards the memories of this place like a fragile keepsake. A voluntary caretaker, the 61-year-old with faded blonde curls watches over the house known as Monte Peloni where, as a young woman, she was tortured and raped by her military captors.

"This is a faithful reflection of the memory," she says, walking through the decaying rooms, her expression lost in time. "If it collapsed, it would be as if the most important part of my life were to collapse.]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:04:47 -0600 <![CDATA[Marine accused in Philippine killing tests US ties]]> http://gazette.com/marine-accused-in-philippine-killing-tests-us-ties/article/feed/169334?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/marine-accused-in-philippine-killing-tests-us-ties/article/feed/169334?custom_click=rss

OLONGAPO, Philippines (AP) — Inside a funeral parlor, a Filipino mother sits and weeps next to a coffin containing the body of her daughter and demands answers. On a hulking American assault ship moored at a nearby port sits a man who might have them — a U.S. Marine authorities suspect in the brutal slaying at a cheap hotel more than a week ago.

"We don't eat without praying first. We don't sleep without saying a prayer. Where were you when this happened?" Julita Laude beseeched God. "She had so many dreams and that killer destroyed them all."

U.S. authorities are cooperating in the investigation, and have ordered the ship to stay at the Subic Bay Freeport, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) northwest of Manila, until it is c

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]]> OLONGAPO, Philippines (AP) — Inside a funeral parlor, a Filipino mother sits and weeps next to a coffin containing the body of her daughter and demands answers. On a hulking American assault ship moored at a nearby port sits a man who might have them — a U.S. Marine authorities suspect in the brutal slaying at a cheap hotel more than a week ago.

"We don't eat without praying first. We don't sleep without saying a prayer. Where were you when this happened?" Julita Laude beseeched God. "She had so many dreams and that killer destroyed them all."

U.S. authorities are cooperating in the investigation, and have ordered the ship to stay at the Subic Bay Freeport, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) northwest of Manila, until it is c]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:31:18 -0600 <![CDATA[Vermont VA hospital recognizing homeless vets]]> http://gazette.com/vermont-va-hospital-recognizing-homeless-vets/article/feed/169535?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/vermont-va-hospital-recognizing-homeless-vets/article/feed/169535?custom_click=rss WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in White River Junction is going to be hosting an event for homeless veterans.

The Vermont Homeless Veterans Stand-Down will be held Tuesday on the grounds of the medical center.

The event is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

It's being billed as a day of recognition, fellowship and support for homeless veterans. There will be health screenings and surplus items will be available for distribution.

Mental health professionals and members of the law enforcement community from Vermont and New Hampshire will discuss this year's summit topic of "Helping Justice Involved Veterans Move Into Stable Housing.

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]]> WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in White River Junction is going to be hosting an event for homeless veterans.

The Vermont Homeless Veterans Stand-Down will be held Tuesday on the grounds of the medical center.

The event is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

It's being billed as a day of recognition, fellowship and support for homeless veterans. There will be health screenings and surplus items will be available for distribution.

Mental health professionals and members of the law enforcement community from Vermont and New Hampshire will discuss this year's summit topic of "Helping Justice Involved Veterans Move Into Stable Housing.]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:16:21 -0600 <![CDATA[Textron lays off 200 from Slidell military plants]]> http://gazette.com/textron-lays-off-200-from-slidell-military-plants/article/feed/169536?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/textron-lays-off-200-from-slidell-military-plants/article/feed/169536?custom_click=rss SLIDELL, La. (AP) — Textron plans to lay off about 200 workers from its two Slidell armored vehicle plants, saying it's temporarily shutting down production.

WVUE-TV (http://bit.ly/1t0bOSp) reports workers were told earlier this month that they would be laid off effective Nov. 3.

Company spokesman Tom Williams says Textron, an industrial conglomerate based in Providence, Rhode Island, hopes to restart production sometime within the next year. It's unclear whether the company will rehire the same workers later. Williams says the company hopes to re-employ some of the workers.

American forces have a surplus of mine-resistant armored patrol vehicles as they draw down overseas.

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]]> SLIDELL, La. (AP) — Textron plans to lay off about 200 workers from its two Slidell armored vehicle plants, saying it's temporarily shutting down production.

WVUE-TV (http://bit.ly/1t0bOSp) reports workers were told earlier this month that they would be laid off effective Nov. 3.

Company spokesman Tom Williams says Textron, an industrial conglomerate based in Providence, Rhode Island, hopes to restart production sometime within the next year. It's unclear whether the company will rehire the same workers later. Williams says the company hopes to re-employ some of the workers.

American forces have a surplus of mine-resistant armored patrol vehicles as they draw down overseas.]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:02:08 -0600 <![CDATA[Tug towing disabled Russian container ship to port]]> http://gazette.com/tug-towing-disabled-russian-container-ship-to-port/article/feed/169376?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tug-towing-disabled-russian-container-ship-to-port/article/feed/169376?custom_click=rss

PRINCE RUPERT, British Columbia (AP) — A disabled Russian cargo ship carrying hundreds of tons of fuel was in route to port in British Columbia for repairs and the rescue operation was declared officially over Sunday, but a debate brewed over oil tanker safety off Canada's West Coast.

A large American tug boat was pulling the Russian vessel, ending fears that the vessel would drift ashore, hit rocks and spill.

The Canadian Coast Guard vessel Sir Wilfrid Laurier and the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Spar are providing escort service.

Canadian Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea issued a statement thanking rescuers for their quick response.

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]]> PRINCE RUPERT, British Columbia (AP) — A disabled Russian cargo ship carrying hundreds of tons of fuel was in route to port in British Columbia for repairs and the rescue operation was declared officially over Sunday, but a debate brewed over oil tanker safety off Canada's West Coast.

A large American tug boat was pulling the Russian vessel, ending fears that the vessel would drift ashore, hit rocks and spill.

The Canadian Coast Guard vessel Sir Wilfrid Laurier and the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Spar are providing escort service.

Canadian Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea issued a statement thanking rescuers for their quick response.]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:33:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Parnell meets with Guard members]]> http://gazette.com/parnell-meets-with-guard-members/article/feed/169458?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/parnell-meets-with-guard-members/article/feed/169458?custom_click=rss ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Sean Parnell met with Alaska National Guard members amid ongoing criticism about the administration's response to allegations of sexual assault and other misconduct within the Guard.

Parnell spokeswoman Sharon Leighow says this was a drill weekend and hundreds of Guard members attended the town hall at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Sunday.

Leighow said by email that Parnell was addressing changes that are being implemented within the Guard and taking members' questions. She says Guard leadership was not in attendance.

A report from the National Guard Bureau's Office of Complex Investigations found that victims did not trust the system because of a lack of confidence in the command.

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]]> ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Sean Parnell met with Alaska National Guard members amid ongoing criticism about the administration's response to allegations of sexual assault and other misconduct within the Guard.

Parnell spokeswoman Sharon Leighow says this was a drill weekend and hundreds of Guard members attended the town hall at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Sunday.

Leighow said by email that Parnell was addressing changes that are being implemented within the Guard and taking members' questions. She says Guard leadership was not in attendance.

A report from the National Guard Bureau's Office of Complex Investigations found that victims did not trust the system because of a lack of confidence in the command.]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:00:43 -0600 <![CDATA[Academy leaders will say no more about athletic department inspection]]> By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/academy-leaders-will-say-no-more-about-athletic-department-inspection/article/1539814?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/academy-leaders-will-say-no-more-about-athletic-department-inspection/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 in the wake of 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 at all.

"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 on 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 in the wake of 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 at all.

"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 on Tuesday, a week after it was given to Johnson.

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Sun, 19 Oct 2014 17:00:14 -0600
<![CDATA[Coast Guard to discuss proposed Newport closure]]> http://gazette.com/coast-guard-to-discuss-proposed-newport-closure/article/feed/169425?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/coast-guard-to-discuss-proposed-newport-closure/article/feed/169425?custom_click=rss PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard is scheduled to attend a community meeting in Newport on Monday about the pending closure of one of its three air facilities along the Oregon coast.

Oregon Public Broadcasting says (http://is.gd/EJxidf ) 40 to 50 missions that are flown out of the Newport facility every year will be re-routed to North Bend or Astoria.

Captain Todd Trimpert, who heads up the agency in southern Oregon, says there are no plans to add additional resource there and response times likely will increase.

Members of Oregon's Congressional delegation have expressed their concern over the facility's closure.

The closure is scheduled Nov. 30.

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]]> PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard is scheduled to attend a community meeting in Newport on Monday about the pending closure of one of its three air facilities along the Oregon coast.

Oregon Public Broadcasting says (http://is.gd/EJxidf ) 40 to 50 missions that are flown out of the Newport facility every year will be re-routed to North Bend or Astoria.

Captain Todd Trimpert, who heads up the agency in southern Oregon, says there are no plans to add additional resource there and response times likely will increase.

Members of Oregon's Congressional delegation have expressed their concern over the facility's closure.

The closure is scheduled Nov. 30.]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:16:07 -0600 <![CDATA[UNH scientists taking part in NASA research]]> http://gazette.com/unh-scientists-taking-part-in-nasa-research/article/feed/169316?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/unh-scientists-taking-part-in-nasa-research/article/feed/169316?custom_click=rss DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — Some University of New Hampshire scientists are part of a team of researchers who have received a nearly $9 million award from NASA to study the origins, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe.

The UNH team, led by Vaughn Cooper, associate professor of microbiology and genetics, has a project titled, "Reliving the Past: Experimental Evolution of Major Transitions in the History of Life." Cooper's lab will receive $1 million to study genotypes, an organism's genetic code, and phenotypes, expressed traits of an organism.

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]]> DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — Some University of New Hampshire scientists are part of a team of researchers who have received a nearly $9 million award from NASA to study the origins, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe.

The UNH team, led by Vaughn Cooper, associate professor of microbiology and genetics, has a project titled, "Reliving the Past: Experimental Evolution of Major Transitions in the History of Life." Cooper's lab will receive $1 million to study genotypes, an organism's genetic code, and phenotypes, expressed traits of an organism.]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:16:07 -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.

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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[Cruise ship docks with Ebola-watched health worker]]> http://gazette.com/cruise-ship-docks-with-ebola-watched-health-worker/article/feed/169278?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cruise-ship-docks-with-ebola-watched-health-worker/article/feed/169278?custom_click=rss

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A cruise ship carrying a Dallas health care worker who was being monitored for Ebola returned to port Sunday after an eventful seven-day trip in which passengers had their vacations briefly disrupted with an infectious disease scare.

A lab supervisor who handled a specimen from a Liberian man who died from Ebola in Dallas showed no symptoms during the cruise but self-quarantined out of caution. Carnival Cruise Lines said it was informed by health authorities Sunday morning that she tested negative for Ebola. Vicky Rey, vice president of guest care for Carnival Cruise Lines, said the woman and her husband drove themselves home after arriving in Galveston.

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A lab supervisor who handled a specimen from a Liberian man who died from Ebola in Dallas showed no symptoms during the cruise but self-quarantined out of caution. Carnival Cruise Lines said it was informed by health authorities Sunday morning that she tested negative for Ebola. Vicky Rey, vice president of guest care for Carnival Cruise Lines, said the woman and her husband drove themselves home after arriving in Galveston.

The Ebola scare added some drama to the trip f]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 13:16:39 -0600 <![CDATA[Side Streets: Royalty to attend film about combat vet's recovery from PTSD and embracing Indian heritage]]> Bill Vogrin http://gazette.com/side-streets-royalty-to-attend-film-about-combat-vets-recovery-from-ptsd-and-embracing-indian-heritage/article/1539674?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/side-streets-royalty-to-attend-film-about-combat-vets-recovery-from-ptsd-and-embracing-indian-heritage/article/1539674?custom_click=rss

American royalty will be on hand Friday as the documentary "Sitting Bull's Voice" plays at Palmer High School.

From what I've learned about the film, there are several themes that should resonate with residents of the Pikes Peak region.

The documentary traces the life of Ernie LaPointe, a soldier in Vietnam who spent decades struggling with undiagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder and ended up homeless as he battled substance abuse.

After achieving sobriety, LaPointe had to reconcile his cultural heritage as great-grandson of legendary Hunkpapa Lakota chief and holy man Sitting Bull.



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American royalty will be on hand Friday as the documentary "Sitting Bull's Voice" plays at Palmer High School.

From what I've learned about the film, there are several themes that should resonate with residents of the Pikes Peak region.

The documentary traces the life of Ernie LaPointe, a soldier in Vietnam who spent decades struggling with undiagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder and ended up homeless as he battled substance abuse.

After achieving sobriety, LaPointe had to reconcile his cultural heritage as great-grandson of legendary Hunkpapa Lakota chief and holy man Sitting Bull.

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Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:24:29 -0600
<![CDATA[Fearing ebola, Pentagon does partial shutdown after visitor falls ill]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/fearing-ebola-pentagon-does-partial-shutdown-after-visitor-falls-ill/article/1539697?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fearing-ebola-pentagon-does-partial-shutdown-after-visitor-falls-ill/article/1539697?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON — Pentagon police shut down a building entrance and a portion of the south parking lot Friday because a woman was sick and told emergency personnel she had recently been to West Africa, officials said.

Arlington County, Virginia, where the Pentagon is located, responded with a HazMat team and was treating the incident as a possible Ebola case.

A statement by Inova Fairfax Hospital said the woman was isolated and was being evaluated by hospital staff and the Fairfax County Health Department but it had not yet been decided whether to test her for the Ebola virus.

Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Tom Crosson said that "out of an abundance of caution," all pedestrian and vehicle traffic was stopped across 17



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WASHINGTON — Pentagon police shut down a building entrance and a portion of the south parking lot Friday because a woman was sick and told emergency personnel she had recently been to West Africa, officials said.

Arlington County, Virginia, where the Pentagon is located, responded with a HazMat team and was treating the incident as a possible Ebola case.

A statement by Inova Fairfax Hospital said the woman was isolated and was being evaluated by hospital staff and the Fairfax County Health Department but it had not yet been decided whether to test her for the Ebola virus.

Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Tom Crosson said that "out of an abundance of caution," all pedestrian and vehicle traffic was stopped across 17

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Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:08:25 -0600
<![CDATA[Fort Carson ends lockdown]]> By TOM ROEDER tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/fort-carson-ends-lockdown/article/1539656?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-carson-ends-lockdown/article/1539656?custom_click=rss

A lockdown of troops in a Fort Carson Armor battalion has been lifted, post officials confirmed Thursday.

The lockdown of 100 soldiers in the 1st Battalion of the 66th Armor Regiment ended late Tuesday with no announcement. The soldiers who had been confined to the battalion's buildings on the post during the search for a missing Army pistol were allowed to go home.

It's unclear whether the pistol was found.

Hundreds of soldiers in the battalion were caught in the initial stages of the lockdown Oct. 8. It began after troops returned from a training exercise, and a M-9 pistol came up missing on a routine inventory of weapons.

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A lockdown of troops in a Fort Carson Armor battalion has been lifted, post officials confirmed Thursday.

The lockdown of 100 soldiers in the 1st Battalion of the 66th Armor Regiment ended late Tuesday with no announcement. The soldiers who had been confined to the battalion's buildings on the post during the search for a missing Army pistol were allowed to go home.

It's unclear whether the pistol was found.

Hundreds of soldiers in the battalion were caught in the initial stages of the lockdown Oct. 8. It began after troops returned from a training exercise, and a M-9 pistol came up missing on a routine inventory of weapons.

Weapons are considered "sensitive items," which the Army will go to great lengths to find

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Fri, 17 Oct 2014 05:51:13 -0600
<![CDATA[Obama authorizes National Guard, reserve call-up for Ebola]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/obama-authorizes-national-guard-reserve-call-up-for-ebola/article/1539630?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/obama-authorizes-national-guard-reserve-call-up-for-ebola/article/1539630?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Thursday authorized the Pentagon to call up reserve and National Guard troops if they are needed to assist in the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Obama signed an executive order that allows the government to call up more forces and for longer periods of time than currently authorized. There is no actual call-up at this point.

The U.S. has committed to send up to 4,000 military personnel to West Africa to provide logistics and humanitarian assistance and help build treatment units to confront the rapidly spreading and deadly virus.

Obama also notified top congressional officials of his move.



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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Thursday authorized the Pentagon to call up reserve and National Guard troops if they are needed to assist in the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Obama signed an executive order that allows the government to call up more forces and for longer periods of time than currently authorized. There is no actual call-up at this point.

The U.S. has committed to send up to 4,000 military personnel to West Africa to provide logistics and humanitarian assistance and help build treatment units to confront the rapidly spreading and deadly virus.

Obama also notified top congressional officials of his move.

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Thu, 16 Oct 2014 17:58:38 -0600
<![CDATA[Dutch biker gang members join the fight against Islamic State]]> By Ishaan Tharoor, The Washington Post http://gazette.com/dutch-biker-gang-members-join-the-fight-against-islamic-state/article/1539633?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dutch-biker-gang-members-join-the-fight-against-islamic-state/article/1539633?custom_click=rss

At least three members of Dutch biker gang have joined up with Kurdish fighters in Iraq, according to Agence France Presse. The trio belong to a group known as "No Surrender," a gang with chapters across the country.

Their leader, Otto Klaas, confirmed that three had traveled recently to join the front-lines of the pesh merga in the battle against the Islamic State. A Kurdish-Dutch Twitter account posted a picture of one of the supposed Dutch bikers, sporting a Kurdish keffiyeh and clutching an automatic rifle alongside a Kurdish fighter in what appears to be a bunker.

The three members of the biker gang who went to Iraq are all believed to beex-military or Dutch special forces.



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At least three members of Dutch biker gang have joined up with Kurdish fighters in Iraq, according to Agence France Presse. The trio belong to a group known as "No Surrender," a gang with chapters across the country.

Their leader, Otto Klaas, confirmed that three had traveled recently to join the front-lines of the pesh merga in the battle against the Islamic State. A Kurdish-Dutch Twitter account posted a picture of one of the supposed Dutch bikers, sporting a Kurdish keffiyeh and clutching an automatic rifle alongside a Kurdish fighter in what appears to be a bunker.

The three members of the biker gang who went to Iraq are all believed to beex-military or Dutch special forces.

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Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:13:29 -0600
<![CDATA[Study could bring more troops to Colorado]]> By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/study-could-bring-more-troops-to-colorado/article/1539571?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/study-could-bring-more-troops-to-colorado/article/1539571?custom_click=rss

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on Wednesday said a study of Colorado's military economy could help the state gain troops as others are losing them amid federal budget cuts.

The governor, flanked by Colorado Springs business leaders, announced that three firms, including Summit Economics Group of Colorado Springs, will spend six months studying military impacts in Colorado. Leaders plan to use the study as ammunition to fight Colorado military cuts and to attract more Pentagon cash to the state.

"There are obvious reasons why we want to get out ahead of this," said Hickenlooper, who is locked in a tight race for re-election with Republican Bob Beauprez.

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The governor, flanked by Colorado Springs business leaders, announced that three firms, including Summit Economics Group of Colorado Springs, will spend six months studying military impacts in Colorado. Leaders plan to use the study as ammunition to fight Colorado military cuts and to attract more Pentagon cash to the state.

"There are obvious reasons why we want to get out ahead of this," said Hickenlooper, who is locked in a tight race for re-election with Republican Bob Beauprez.]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 19:41:26 -0600 <![CDATA[VA surgeries up after instrument problem fixed]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/va-surgeries-up-after-instrument-problem-fixed/article/1539557?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/va-surgeries-up-after-instrument-problem-fixed/article/1539557?custom_click=rss DENVER — The Denver veterans hospital says it's doing more operations after resolving a cleaning problem that left trace mineral deposits on its stainless steel surgical instruments.

Spokesman Daniel Warvi said Wednesday the hospital isn't up to its normal schedule yet because it still doesn't have its full inventory of instruments available.

He says the hospital hopes to resume its full schedule soon.

The cleaning problem was discovered about two months ago. Since then, the hospital had been doing only surgeries that could be performed with disposable instruments.

Patients who needed immediate surgeries requiring stainless steel instruments were sent to other hospitals.



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DENVER — The Denver veterans hospital says it's doing more operations after resolving a cleaning problem that left trace mineral deposits on its stainless steel surgical instruments.

Spokesman Daniel Warvi said Wednesday the hospital isn't up to its normal schedule yet because it still doesn't have its full inventory of instruments available.

He says the hospital hopes to resume its full schedule soon.

The cleaning problem was discovered about two months ago. Since then, the hospital had been doing only surgeries that could be performed with disposable instruments.

Patients who needed immediate surgeries requiring stainless steel instruments were sent to other hospitals.

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Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:28:53 -0600
<![CDATA[Review: Air Force Academy athletics makes some improvements, but morale an issue]]> By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/review-air-force-academy-athletics-makes-some-improvements-but-morale-an-issue/article/1539498?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/review-air-force-academy-athletics-makes-some-improvements-but-morale-an-issue/article/1539498?custom_click=rss

The Air Force Academy's athletic department got a passing grade in an inspector general's review of programs that followed a player misconduct scandal.

The rating of "effective" is essentially a C on the Air Force's grading scale. The program earned accolades for hosting events and training cadets but was knocked for problems managing discipline and low morale.

"This inspection validates some of the areas where we know we can improve," academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson said in a statement. "However, it also highlights there have been significant gains over the past year and that there are 
program strengths and a number of areas in the department that are effectively meeting their mission.



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The Air Force Academy's athletic department got a passing grade in an inspector general's review of programs that followed a player misconduct scandal.

The rating of "effective" is essentially a C on the Air Force's grading scale. The program earned accolades for hosting events and training cadets but was knocked for problems managing discipline and low morale.

"This inspection validates some of the areas where we know we can improve," academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson said in a statement. "However, it also highlights there have been significant gains over the past year and that there are 
program strengths and a number of areas in the department that are effectively meeting their mission.

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Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:10:54 -0600
<![CDATA[Officer in viral marriage proposal to NFL cheerleader is Air Force Academy grad]]> Tom Roeder, The Gazette http://gazette.com/officer-in-viral-marriage-proposal-to-nfl-cheerleader-is-air-force-academy-grad/article/1539400?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/officer-in-viral-marriage-proposal-to-nfl-cheerleader-is-air-force-academy-grad/article/1539400?custom_click=rss

The airman who brought the bloom of romance to the sidelines of an NFL game Sunday in Glendale, Ariz., learned some of his suave moves at the Air Force Academy. 

Academy officials confirmed that Capt. Eric Straub, who popped the question to Arizona Cardinals cheerleader Claire Thorton during a game against Washington, is a 2010 graduate of the school and a former member of the school's lacrosse team.

Cameras caught the romantic interlude, with Straub, a Phoenix-native, on one knee and Thorton smiling widely enough that her answer was self-evident. 

Straub's public display of affection was enough to move a few of Thorton's fellow cheerleaders to happy tears.



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The airman who brought the bloom of romance to the sidelines of an NFL game Sunday in Glendale, Ariz., learned some of his suave moves at the Air Force Academy. 

Academy officials confirmed that Capt. Eric Straub, who popped the question to Arizona Cardinals cheerleader Claire Thorton during a game against Washington, is a 2010 graduate of the school and a former member of the school's lacrosse team.

Cameras caught the romantic interlude, with Straub, a Phoenix-native, on one knee and Thorton smiling widely enough that her answer was self-evident. 

Straub's public display of affection was enough to move a few of Thorton's fellow cheerleaders to happy tears.

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Wed, 15 Oct 2014 08:17:54 -0600