<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - military]]> http://gazette.com/rss/military Sun, 22 Jan 2017 15:57:57 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Let's give National Guard a boost]]> http://gazette.com/lets-give-national-guard-a-boost/article/1594862?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lets-give-national-guard-a-boost/article/1594862?custom_click=rss On this day in 1860, on the heels of the gold rush in the American West, pioneers found themselves under attack. A lawless band of shady characters, known as the "Bummers," terrorized Auraria, west of present-day Denver, during what became known as the "Turkey War." The community organized two companies of citizen-soldiers - the "Jefferson Rangers" and the "Denver Guards" - who came to the rescue.

After ejecting the "Bummers," under threat of hanging, the companies disbanded but not for long. In 1861, Colorado became a territory, and its first governor organized a militia in Denver called the "Colorado Volunteers," which later became the Colorado National Guard.

Colorado sorely needed a defensive force.

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Sun, 22 Jan 2017 08:27:57 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area military events starting Jan. 22, 2017]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-military-events-starting-jan.-22-2017/article/1594860?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-military-events-starting-jan.-22-2017/article/1594860?custom_click=rss TUESDAY

Air Force Academy Recital Series - 7:30 p.m., Colorado College, Packard Performance Hall, 5 W. Cache La Poudre St., free; 389-6607.


Air Force Hockey vs. Army West Point - 7:05 p.m. Friday, 5:05 p.m. Saturday, Clune Arena, Air Force Academy, go to goairforcefalcons.com for tickets.


Pikes Peak Chapter/Military Officers Association of America - Open to active-duty, retired and former officers in seven uniformed services. Monthly and special events. Activities include member luncheons, Business Professionals dinners, TOPS group breakfasts, Investment Club, more. Information and reservations: 1-844-977-6622 (toll free), ppcmoaa.org.

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]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 04:10:01 -0700 <![CDATA[UCCS now a haven for vets]]> http://gazette.com/uccs-now-a-haven-for-vets/article/1594861?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/uccs-now-a-haven-for-vets/article/1594861?custom_click=rss

Troops and veterans can get personalized help and a free cup of coffee at the new McCord-Herbst Student Veterans Center at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

The center, open since September, was one of the amenities for military students that earned UCCS top honors as a "Gold Level Military Friendly School" from Victory Media, publisher of the GI Jobs magazine.

"We take pride in helping support folks," said Phillip Morris, who heads the college's Office of Veteran and Military Student Affairs.

UCCS has more than 2,800 students on its campus with military ties and built the new center to help them navigate the academic world.

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Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:19:47 -0700
<![CDATA[Vietnam War veterans receive a belated welcome home at Fountain VFW post]]> http://gazette.com/vietnam-war-veterans-receive-a-belated-welcome-home-at-fountain-vfw-post/article/1594868?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/vietnam-war-veterans-receive-a-belated-welcome-home-at-fountain-vfw-post/article/1594868?custom_click=rss

Wearing hats and jackets attesting to their service, the veterans stood stoically on a stage at American Legion Post No. 38 in Fountain.

As they posed for a group picture, someone shouted, "Welcome home!"

On Saturday, 14 veterans who served during the Vietnam War were awarded a Vietnam War commemoration pin as part of a ceremony some say was long overdue.

Unlike military homecomings today, many soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and other military members confronted protests upon their return to America from Vietnam - a hugely unpopular war that was protested by a large segment of the American public. There were no victory parades as in previous wars, and some returning soldiers in uniform were subjected to taunts and

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]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 16:03:17 -0700 <![CDATA[Navy survives late flurry, tops Army 96-80 in OT]]> http://gazette.com/navy-survives-late-flurry-tops-army-96-80-in-ot/article/feed/440283?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/navy-survives-late-flurry-tops-army-96-80-in-ot/article/feed/440283?custom_click=rss WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — Shawn Anderson scored a career-high 30 points, Bryce Dulin tallied 21 points and 17 rebounds, and Navy outscored Army 21-5 in overtime to salvage a 96-80 win on Saturday after the Midshipmen lost a 10-point lead in the final minute of regulation.

Anderson, who made 13 of 17 from the free-throw line and added six boards and five assists, scored seven points in OT, while Army made just 1 of 9 from the field (0 for 6 on 3s) in the extra period.

Navy (10-10, 5-3 Patriot) led 70-60 with 42 seconds left, but five quick points from John Emezie and a 3 by Kennedy Edwards cut it to 74-68 with 25 seconds left.

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]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 15:43:04 -0700 <![CDATA[Bergdahl case presents early legal test of Trump rhetoric]]> http://gazette.com/bergdahl-case-presents-early-legal-test-of-trump-rhetoric/article/1594835?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bergdahl-case-presents-early-legal-test-of-trump-rhetoric/article/1594835?custom_click=rss

A military court will weigh the real-world consequences of President Donald Trump's fiery rhetoric as Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl argues he can't get a fair trial under his new commander in chief.

Minutes into the Republican president's term, lawyers for Bergdahl cited Trump's scathing criticism in a request to dismiss charges that Bergdahl endangered comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan. The motion filed Friday argues Trump violated his due process rights by repeatedly calling him a traitor and suggesting ways he could be punished.

The motion noted more than 40 instances of Trump's criticism at public appearances and in interviews through August 2016.

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Sat, 21 Jan 2017 10:00:12 -0700
<![CDATA[Scientists at Alabama university set sights on the moon]]> http://gazette.com/scientists-at-alabama-university-set-sights-on-the-moon/article/feed/440238?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/scientists-at-alabama-university-set-sights-on-the-moon/article/feed/440238?custom_click=rss HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The University of Alabama in Huntsville is aiming for the moon with a $237 million proposal to NASA.

The university hopes to lead a satellite mission to the moon to study supernovae, Al.com reported (http://bit.ly/2k5Dx34 ).

Astrophysicist Richard Miller is the lead author of the proposal that involves UAH and nine other institutions including Johns Hopkins University.

If the mission is funded, the science operations center would be at UAH for the mission's three-year life, Al.com reported.

The mission is called the Lunar Occultation Explorer astrophysics mission. It would put a satellite with gamma-ray sensors in orbit around the moon to study supernovae.

Scientific probes to the m

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]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 09:38:22 -0700 <![CDATA[Freeze-dried food and 1 bathroom: 6 simulate Mars in dome]]> http://gazette.com/freeze-dried-food-and-1-bathroom-6-simulate-mars-in-dome/article/feed/440140?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/freeze-dried-food-and-1-bathroom-6-simulate-mars-in-dome/article/feed/440140?custom_click=rss

HONOLULU (AP) — Crammed into a dome with one bathroom, six scientists will spend eight months munching on mostly freeze-dried foods — with a rare treat of Spam — and have only their small sleeping quarters to retreat to for solace.

The simulated stay on Mars with a carefully selected crew of researchers embarked on a mission Thursday to gain insight into the psychological toll a similar real-life voyage would have on astronauts. It's part of a NASA-funded human-behavior experiment that could help the space agency send humans to the red planet in the next 20 years.

The man-made dome that the four men and two women call home is outfitted with futuristic white walls and an elevated sleeping platform on the world's largest

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]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:20:21 -0700 <![CDATA[Report: Trump team wanted tanks, missile launchers in inauguration parade]]> http://gazette.com/report-trump-team-wanted-tanks-missile-launchers-in-inauguration-parade/article/1594788?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/report-trump-team-wanted-tanks-missile-launchers-in-inauguration-parade/article/1594788?custom_click=rss

Donald Trump's inauguration team wanted to show off the U.S. military during inauguration weekend and even suggested including tanks and missile launchers in his inaugural parade, The Huffington Post reported Thursday.

“They were legit thinking Red Square/North Korea-style parade,” an inauguration team source told The Huffington Post, referring to massive military parades in Moscow and Pyongyang that are often interpreted as displays of aggression.

According to the report, the military shot down the request because of concerns about how it would look to have tanks and missile launchers in the parade, as well as the possible damage the tanks, which can weigh over 100,000 pounds, would do to the roads.

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Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:06:37 -0700
<![CDATA[Navy: Wind farm opposed by GOP lawmakers won't harm radar]]> http://gazette.com/navy-wind-farm-opposed-by-gop-lawmakers-wont-harm-radar/article/feed/439995?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/navy-wind-farm-opposed-by-gop-lawmakers-wont-harm-radar/article/feed/439995?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says it disagrees with Republicans in North Carolina who claim a $400 million clean energy project slated to power data centers for Amazon.com Inc. poses a threat to national security.

State legislative leaders have asked the incoming Trump administration to either kill or require major changes to the nearly completed wind farm, which they said will interfere with the operation of a military radar installation that scans for aircraft and ships hundreds of miles out over the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean.

Rep. Walter Jones, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, also wrote to Trump's choice to lead the Homeland Security Department last month to raise concerns about the project.

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]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:43:40 -0700 <![CDATA[Feds: Natural gas leaking from pipeline in Gulf of Mexico]]> http://gazette.com/feds-natural-gas-leaking-from-pipeline-in-gulf-of-mexico/article/feed/439950?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/feds-natural-gas-leaking-from-pipeline-in-gulf-of-mexico/article/feed/439950?custom_click=rss CAMERON, La. (AP) — Federal regulators say a pipeline is leaking natural gas and liquid hydrocarbons in the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement and the U.S. Coast Guard are responding to the leak, reported Wednesday, in waters roughly 30 miles southwest of Cameron, Louisiana.

Federal authorities say the leak is less than a mile southeast of Platform West Cameron-165, currently shut, in about 48 feet of water. The sheen was last reported to be about 1 mile across and 10 miles long, and the operator estimated the spill volume to be roughly 750 gallons.

The pipeline is operated by Houston-based Kinetica Partners LLC.

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]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:19:14 -0700 <![CDATA[Researchers: Trump win alters conversation on gun violence]]> http://gazette.com/researchers-trump-win-alters-conversation-on-gun-violence/article/feed/439949?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/researchers-trump-win-alters-conversation-on-gun-violence/article/feed/439949?custom_click=rss BOSTON (AP) — Leading public health researchers and gun safety advocates concede that Republican Donald Trump's election as president changed the national conversation on firearms, but they're urging gun owners and manufacturers to be included in the effort to reduce deaths and injuries from firearms.

The researchers, from dozens of universities, met at a conference on gun violence just days after the November election. They had fully anticipated discussing a very different outcome and opportunities for policy changes during a presidency of Democrat Hillary Clinton, said Dr. Sandro Galea, dean of the Boston University School of Public Health and organizer of the Nov. 14 event.

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]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:30:09 -0700 <![CDATA[The Latest: Vet Affairs chief of staff to be interim head]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-vet-affairs-chief-of-staff-to-be-interim-head/article/feed/439845?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-vet-affairs-chief-of-staff-to-be-interim-head/article/feed/439845?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress (all times EST):

3:20 p.m.

The chief of staff at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Robert Snyder, will become the agency's interim leader after Donald Trump's inauguration Friday.

Trump has picked VA undersecretary David Shulkin to head the agency, replacing Bob McDonald. But Shulkin still needs to be confirmed by the Senate and hasn't had a hearing yet.

There was some expectation that Shulkin would serve as acting secretary until his confirmation. But a 1998 law prohibits nominees from serving as interim leaders.

Shulkin, the only Obama administration official named to Trump's Cabinet, is expected to win confirmation. He'll serve in his current role as undersecre

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]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:25:50 -0700 <![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Angels of America's Fallen's mission: the children]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-angels-of-americas-fallens-mission-the-children/article/1594660?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-angels-of-americas-fallens-mission-the-children/article/1594660?custom_click=rss

So many people in the ballroom at Broadmoor West told an identical, heartbreaking story.

That dreaded "please, God, no" knock on the door. Outside, men and women in immaculate black and blue uniforms. They knew. One of that family's fathers or mothers, military or first responder, had just become one of "the fallen."

Universally, speakers admitted they had no idea how to tell their children, who had instantly become "the children of our fallen."

Those children became the mission of Angels of America's Fallen (aoafallen.org) and the reason behind the Jan. 14 Angel Gala.

As AOA founder Joe Lewis, a retired lieutenant colonel, explained, "Their parent gave their all for us, we can give to them.

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Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:07:05 -0700
<![CDATA[NY lawsuits blame social media in terror attacks]]> http://gazette.com/ny-lawsuits-blame-social-media-in-terror-attacks/article/feed/439867?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ny-lawsuits-blame-social-media-in-terror-attacks/article/feed/439867?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — The families of victims of terror attacks in Paris, Brussels and Israel are blaming social media companies including Facebook and Twitter for facilitating communications among terrorists.

Twitter says it has suspended hundreds of thousands of user accounts in the past 18 months for threatening or promoting acts of terrorism.

But that isn't enough, say lawyers for the families of terror victims, including a brother and sister killed in last year's bomb attacks in Brussels and an American college student slaughtered in Paris.

In a string of lawsuits filed in New York, they say they want Twitter and Facebook to pay damages for failing to stop violent extremists from using their platforms to recruit follow

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]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:36:18 -0700 <![CDATA[Ex-senator, 2 former governors are named fellows at Harvard]]> http://gazette.com/ex-senator-2-former-governors-are-named-fellows-at-harvard/article/feed/439869?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ex-senator-2-former-governors-are-named-fellows-at-harvard/article/feed/439869?custom_click=rss CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Two former governors and a former U.S. senator have been named visiting fellows at the John F. Kennedy School of Government's Institute of Politics at Harvard University.

The school announced Thursday that former Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire; former Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin of Vermont; and former Democratic Gov. Ray Mabus of Mississippi will serve as visiting fellows this spring. Mabus is also a former Navy secretary.

They will meet with students and faculty as part of the institute's efforts to encourage interest in public life and increase interaction between the academic and political communities.

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]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:32:06 -0700 <![CDATA[Aviation deal: Safran to buy Zodiac in $9 billion deal]]> http://gazette.com/aviation-deal-safran-to-buy-zodiac-in-9-billion-deal/article/feed/439812?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/aviation-deal-safran-to-buy-zodiac-in-9-billion-deal/article/feed/439812?custom_click=rss PARIS (AP) — Aircraft-engine company Safran has agreed to buy seat and cabin manufacturer Zodiac Aerospace in a deal worth 8.5 billion euros ($9.1 billion).

The companies, both based in or around Paris, announced Thursday the creation of a "new global leader in aerospace."

Safran will offer 29.47 euros per share, which is 26.4 percent above Zodiac's closing share price Wednesday. If it gets more than 50 percent of the share capital, it will then merge the rest of the shares on the basis of 0.485 Safran shares for one Zodiac share.

Safran shareholders will also receive a special dividend of 5.5 euros per share.

The deal, supported by the French state, requires shareholders' approval.

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]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:54:58 -0700 <![CDATA[Holy Cross storms back from 17 down to beat Army]]> http://gazette.com/holy-cross-storms-back-from-17-down-to-beat-army/article/feed/439758?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/holy-cross-storms-back-from-17-down-to-beat-army/article/feed/439758?custom_click=rss WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — Karl Charles scored a career-high 24 points and Holy Cross rallied from a 17-point second half deficit to beat Army 85-76 on Wednesday night.

The Black Knights led Holy Cross 45-35 at halftime and extended their advantage to 56-39 after a Jordan Fox 3 with 16:56 remaining. But a Jehyve Floyd layup on the next possession sparked the Crusaders to a 24-9 run over the next nine-plus minutes to pull the score to 65-63.

Back-to-back 3-pointers by Charles gave Holy Cross (10-10, 4-3 Patriot League) its first lead of the night, 74-70, with 4:07 left and the Crusaders led the rest of the way.

Malachi Alexander added 18 points and Patrick Benzan had 16 for Holy Cross, which shot 57.4 percent and 45.5 per

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]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:12:17 -0700 <![CDATA[The Latest: London mayor wants softer Brexit, market access]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-london-mayor-wants-softer-brexit-market-access/article/feed/439536?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-london-mayor-wants-softer-brexit-market-access/article/feed/439536?custom_click=rss

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The latest on the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (all times local):

12:30 a.m.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan is arguing for keeping Britain's access to Europe's single market and urging European business leaders to help.

He pushes against British Prime Minister Theresa May's plans for a so-called "hard Brexit," saying that "we must secure privileged access to the single market" to keep London's jobs and global status.

Khan says that when Britain leaves the European Union, banks and other financial businesses could leave London not for other European capitals — but for Asia or New York instead.

In his words, "This would be bad news for Europe as well as Britain.

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]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:38:37 -0700 <![CDATA[Federal study on Dakota Access pipeline to move forward]]> http://gazette.com/federal-study-on-dakota-access-pipeline-to-move-forward/article/feed/439579?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/federal-study-on-dakota-access-pipeline-to-move-forward/article/feed/439579?custom_click=rss

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge said Wednesday he won't keep the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from launching a full environmental study of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline's disputed crossing under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota.

U.S. District Judge James Boasberg denied Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners' request to stop the Corps from proceeding until he rules on whether the company already has the necessary permission to lay pipe under Lake Oahe, the water source for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe.

The Army published a notice Wednesday of its intent to prepare an environmental impact statement on the Lake Oahe crossing. ETP won't be able to lay pipe under the reservoir while the study is ongoing

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]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:46:09 -0700 <![CDATA[The Latest: Federal study on pipeline to move forward]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-federal-study-on-pipeline-to-move-forward/article/feed/439589?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-federal-study-on-pipeline-to-move-forward/article/feed/439589?custom_click=rss

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Latest on disputes over the construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota (all times local):

3:40 p.m.

A federal judge won't keep the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from launching a full environmental study of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline's disputed crossing of a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota.

On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge James Boasberg (BOHZ'-burg) didn't grant a request of Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners.

ETP wanted to stop the Corps' study from proceeding until the judge rules on whether the company already has the necessary permission to lay pipe under Lake Oahe. That's the North Dakota reservoir that's the water source for the Standing

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]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:38:10 -0700 <![CDATA[Rolls Royce agrees to pay $808 million on bribery claims]]> http://gazette.com/rolls-royce-agrees-to-pay-808-million-on-bribery-claims/article/feed/439377?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rolls-royce-agrees-to-pay-808-million-on-bribery-claims/article/feed/439377?custom_click=rss LONDON (AP) — Jet engine maker Rolls Royce has agreed to pay 671 million pounds ($808 million) to settle bribery and corruption charges brought by authorities in Britain, the U.S. and Brazil.

U.K. High Court judge Brian Leveson approved a deferred prosecution agreement during a public hearing on Tuesday. The agreement follows a four year investigation, which will continue to look at the conduct of individuals.

Britain's Serious Fraud Office said the matter covers 12 counts of conspiracy to corrupt, false accounting and failure to prevent bribery in conduct spanning three decades. It was the largest ever investigation carried out by the Serious Fraud Office and cost 13 million pounds.

"Bribery harms the reputation of t

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]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:53:51 -0700 <![CDATA[Foyer renovation at the Air Force Academy comes with big price tag; academy says it can't release explanation]]> http://gazette.com/foyer-renovation-at-the-air-force-academy-comes-with-big-price-tag-academy-says-it-cant-release-explanation/article/1594402?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/foyer-renovation-at-the-air-force-academy-comes-with-big-price-tag-academy-says-it-cant-release-explanation/article/1594402?custom_click=rss

The Air Force Academy remodeled the foyer outside Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson's office in a project that finished this month.

New wall coverings and carpet came with fresh ceiling tiles, efficient lighting, a couple of chairs and a big price tag: $387,000.

That's enough to buy 190 500-pound bombs or pay the annual clothing allowance for 1,560 airmen.

The academy says the price is normal for the school where renovation work has been constant in recent years.

"Every year, we follow an Air Force process to evaluate facility and infrastructure requirements, establish priorities and forward those to the Air Force for funding support," academy spokesman Lt. Col. Allen Heritage said.

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Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:58:20 -0700
<![CDATA[Air Force Academy cadets marching in Trump inaugural parade must commit to the left]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-academy-cadets-marching-in-trump-inaugural-parade-must-commit-to-the-left/article/1594428?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-academy-cadets-marching-in-trump-inaugural-parade-must-commit-to-the-left/article/1594428?custom_click=rss

When Air Force Academy cadets march Friday in Washington, D.C., in the inaugural parade following President-elect Donald Trump's swearing in ceremony, they'll be obeying an unfamiliar command.

Cadets have marched in the inaugural parade for every president since Dwight Eisenhower in 1957. Every time, due to the location of the presidential reviewing stand, cadets hear a command unknown on their usual marches.

"Eyes left!" barked senior cadet Alec Hubbard last week as he and 100 of his comrades practiced for their ceremonial role.

The 2-mile parade down Pennsylvania Avenue culminates in that command when cadets offer the new president their first salute.

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Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:28:55 -0700
<![CDATA[Online shopping coming to more vets]]> http://gazette.com/online-shopping-coming-to-more-vets/article/1594366?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/online-shopping-coming-to-more-vets/article/1594366?custom_click=rss

After two years of study and debate, the Department of Defense has made a policy change effective November to allow 16 million more honorably discharged veterans to shop online for discounted military exchange products.

Peter K. Levine, acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, signed a memorandum Wednesday announcing the benefit expansion, effective Veterans Day - Nov. 11 - and giving Congress the required 30 days' notice before actions begin to implement the plan.

Months of preparation are needed to make e-shopping portals more robust and to allow the Defense Manpower Data Center time to create software for verifying veterans' status using Department of Veterans Affairs records.

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Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:18:44 -0700
<![CDATA[Outgoing CIA chief rips into Trump on Russia threat]]> http://gazette.com/outgoing-cia-chief-rips-into-trump-on-russia-threat/article/1594422?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/outgoing-cia-chief-rips-into-trump-on-russia-threat/article/1594422?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK — The outgoing CIA director charged on Sunday that Donald Trump lacks a full understanding of the threat Moscow poses to the United States, delivering a public lecture to the president-elect that further highlighted the bitter state of Trump's relations with American intelligence agencies.

John Brennan's pointed message on national television came just five days before Trump becomes the nation's 45th president amid lingering questions about Russia's role in the 2016 election even as the focus shifts to the challenges of governing.

"Now that he's going to have an opportunity to do something for our national security as opposed to talking and tweeting, he's going to have tremendous responsibility to make sure

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Sun, 15 Jan 2017 20:40:33 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area military events starting Jan. 15, 2017]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-military-events-starting-jan.-15-2017/article/1594359?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-military-events-starting-jan.-15-2017/article/1594359?custom_click=rss ONGOING

Pikes Peak Chapter/Military Officers Association of America - Open to active-duty, retired and former officers in seven uniformed services. Monthly and special events. Activities include member luncheons, Business Professionals dinners, TOPS group breakfasts, Investment Club, more. Information and reservations: 1-844-977-6622 (toll free), ppcmoaa.org.

Navy League Colorado Springs Council Bi-monthly Dinners - Open to anyone who supports the four sea services. No requirement to have served; navyleague-colorado springs.org.

Readiness classes - 1-2:30 p.m. Mondays, Peterson Air Force Base; tinyurl.com/aq7a8uo.

Sampson AFB basic training graduates or permanent party personnel breakfast - 8 a.m., first Tuesday

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]]> Sun, 15 Jan 2017 04:10:02 -0700 <![CDATA[Fort Carson troops enter Poland, 1st US deployment at Russia's doorstep]]> http://gazette.com/fort-carson-troops-enter-poland-1st-us-deployment-at-russias-doorstep/article/1594218?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-carson-troops-enter-poland-1st-us-deployment-at-russias-doorstep/article/1594218?custom_click=rss

WARSAW, Poland — American soldiers from Fort Carson rolled into Poland on Thursday, fulfilling a dream some Poles have had since the fall of communism in 1989 to have U.S. troops on their soil as a deterrent against Russia.

Some people waved and held up American flags as U.S. troops in tanks and other vehicles crossed into southwestern Poland from Germany and headed toward the town of Zagan, where they will be based. Poland's prime minister and defense minister will welcome them in an official ceremony Saturday.

"This is the fulfilment of a dream," said Michal Baranowski, director of the German Marshall Fund think tank in Warsaw. "And this is not just a symbolic presence but one with a real capability."


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Sat, 14 Jan 2017 20:41:27 -0700
<![CDATA[Four join elite rank of Air Force Academy permanent professors]]> http://gazette.com/four-join-elite-rank-of-air-force-academy-permanent-professors/article/1594365?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/four-join-elite-rank-of-air-force-academy-permanent-professors/article/1594365?custom_click=rss

The Air Force Academy got four new permanent professors at a ceremony this month, making a total of 98 men and women who have held one of the Air Force's rarest titles.

The permanent professors are the heads of the academy's academic departments, the equivalent of department deans at other colleges. But unlike their civilian brethren, they hold their title thanks to a congressional measure authorizing their post and get to serve until they are 64. On retirement they are given the honorary rank of brigadier general and only the president can fire them.

"Today you join an elite group," academy superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson told the four new permanent professors before they were given their badge of office.


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Sat, 14 Jan 2017 15:05:55 -0700
<![CDATA[Head of D.C. National Guard to be removed from post in middle of inauguration]]> http://gazette.com/head-of-d.c.-national-guard-to-be-removed-from-post-in-middle-of-inauguration/article/1594322?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/head-of-d.c.-national-guard-to-be-removed-from-post-in-middle-of-inauguration/article/1594322?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON - The Army general who heads the District of Columbia National Guard and has an integral part in overseeing the inauguration said Friday that he will be removed from command effective at 12:01 p.m. Jan. 20, just as Donald Trump is sworn in as president.

Maj. Gen. Errol R. Schwartz's departure will come in the middle of the presidential ceremony - classified as a national special security event - and while thousands of his troops are deployed to help protect the nation's capital during an inauguration he has spent months helping to plan.

"The timing is extremely unusual," Schwartz said in an interview Friday morning, confirming a memo announcing his ouster that was obtained by The Washington Post.

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