<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - military]]> http://gazette.com/rss/military Sun, 04 Dec 2016 07:14:39 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Ceremony to remember Pearl Harbor, Colorado's first World War II casualty]]> http://gazette.com/ceremony-to-remember-pearl-harbor-colorados-first-world-war-ii-casualty/article/1591530?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ceremony-to-remember-pearl-harbor-colorados-first-world-war-ii-casualty/article/1591530?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs' connection to the Pearl Harbor attacks will be celebrated Wednesday with a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the attack planned for the Pioneers Museum.

The annual Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony, set for 11 a.m. in the museum, will include an homage to Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel T. Griffin, a Colorado Springs High School graduate who was Colorado's first casualty of World War II and is thought to be the military's first casualty of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack.

Griffin, a pilot of a twin-engined PBY Catalina Navy flying boat, was gunned down by Japanese aircraft in the first minutes of the attack at Kaneohe Naval Air Station, on the northeast side of Oahu.

"He was trying to get his airplane

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]]> Sun, 04 Dec 2016 04:10:02 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area military events starting Dec. 4, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-military-events-starting-dec.-4-2016/article/1591518?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-military-events-starting-dec.-4-2016/article/1591518?custom_click=rss THROUGH DEC. 31

Patriotic Quilts Exhibit - Created by veterans, many who have participated in the Fine Arts Center's Military and the Arts: Creative Healing program, Hillside ARTSpace Galleries. Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute St.; csfineartscenter.org.

Written Word and Visual Exhibition - "Celebrate Peoples History: Iraq Veterans Against the War Ten Years of Fighting for Peace and Justice," UCCS Kraemer Family Library, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway; csfineartscenter.org.

Chapel Hills Mall Gift Cards - All activation fees from gift cards purchased will be donated to Angles of America's Fallen. Gift cards available at Guest Services, lower level, Dillard's wing, 1710 Briargate Blvd.; chapelhillsmall.com.

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]]> Sun, 04 Dec 2016 04:10:01 -0700 <![CDATA[Air Force's balanced attack upends Missouri St 83-70]]> http://gazette.com/air-forces-balanced-attack-upends-missouri-st-83-70/article/feed/428245?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-forces-balanced-attack-upends-missouri-st-83-70/article/feed/428245?custom_click=rss COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Frank Toohey scored 17 points and Hayden Graham and Zach Kocur each scored 16 to lead Air Force past Missouri State 83-70 in a Mountain West-Missouri Valley Conference Challenge Series game on Saturday.

Jarred Dixon and Alize Johnson made back-to-back jumpers bringing Missouri State to within 48-41 with 15:34 left in the game. Air Force proceeded to outscore the Bears 12-4 and led 60-45 on Lavelle Scottie's jump shot with 9:43 to play.

Kocur made a 3 with 13:35 left in the first half and Air Force (6-3) built a 17-6 lead to start. That triggered a 14-6 run and Jordan Martin's layup brought the Bears to within three.

After the teams traded 3s, the Falcons outscored Missouri State 15-6 in

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]]> Sat, 03 Dec 2016 22:15:58 -0700 <![CDATA[Bergdahl seeks pardon from Obama to avert desertion trial]]> http://gazette.com/bergdahl-seeks-pardon-from-obama-to-avert-desertion-trial/article/1591508?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bergdahl-seeks-pardon-from-obama-to-avert-desertion-trial/article/1591508?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — A former prisoner of war accused of endangering his U.S. comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan is asking President Barack Obama to pardon him before leaving office.

White House and Justice Department officials say U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl submitted the clemency request. If granted, it would allow Bergdahl to avert a court-martial trial scheduled for April. He faces charges carrying a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Bergdahl walked off his post in Afghanistan in 2009 and was held captive by the Taliban and its allies for five years. The Obama administration's decision to swap prisoners for his return in 2014 was criticized by some Republicans.



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Sat, 03 Dec 2016 21:29:16 -0700
<![CDATA[Bergdahl seeks pardon from Obama to avert desertion trial]]> http://gazette.com/bergdahl-seeks-pardon-from-obama-to-avert-desertion-trial/article/feed/428192?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bergdahl-seeks-pardon-from-obama-to-avert-desertion-trial/article/feed/428192?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the former prisoner of war who's accused of endangering comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan, is asking President Barack Obama to pardon him before leaving office.

White House and Justice Department officials said Saturday that Bergdahl had submitted copies of the clemency request seeking leniency. If granted by Obama, it would allow Bergdahl to avert a military trial scheduled for April where he faces charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. The misbehavior charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.

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]]> Sat, 03 Dec 2016 21:13:34 -0700 <![CDATA[Grambling St. overtakes Alcorn St. 27-20 for SWAC title]]> http://gazette.com/grambling-st.-overtakes-alcorn-st.-27-20-for-swac-title/article/feed/428238?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/grambling-st.-overtakes-alcorn-st.-27-20-for-swac-title/article/feed/428238?custom_click=rss

HOUSTON (AP) — Grambling State running back Martez Carter had to remind himself of advice he frequently hears from Tigers coach Broderick Fobbs.

"Coach always preaches that anytime you make a mistake, it happens for a reason, and you have to have a short-term memory," Carter said.

Carter rushed for 136 yards and a touchdown and used a dominant second half to help Grambling State overcome a 17-point halftime deficit and Alcorn State 27-20 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship on Saturday at NRG Stadium.

Late in the fourth quarter, Carter was nearly in the end zone when an Alcorn State defender knocked the ball loose on the 2-yard line.

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]]> Sat, 03 Dec 2016 20:53:55 -0700 <![CDATA[Carter: US, partners need to stay in Iraq after IS defeat]]> http://gazette.com/carter-us-partners-need-to-stay-in-iraq-after-is-defeat/article/feed/428233?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/carter-us-partners-need-to-stay-in-iraq-after-is-defeat/article/feed/428233?custom_click=rss

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — The American military, along with its international partners, will need to remain in Iraq even after the expected defeat of the Islamic State group, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Saturday.

Carter said the U.S. and its coalition partners must not stop after completing the current campaign to expel IS from Mosul.

He said the militants are on a path to lasting defeat.

"But there will still be much more to do after that to make sure that, once defeated, ISIL stays defeated," he said, using an alternative acronym for the Islamic State group. "We'll need to continue to counter foreign fighters trying to escape and ISIL's attempts to relocate or reinvent itself.

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]]> Sat, 03 Dec 2016 20:32:14 -0700 <![CDATA[Syrian and allied troops advance in besieged Aleppo]]> http://gazette.com/syrian-and-allied-troops-advance-in-besieged-aleppo/article/feed/428077?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/syrian-and-allied-troops-advance-in-besieged-aleppo/article/feed/428077?custom_click=rss

ALEPPO, Syria (AP) — Syrian warplanes, artillery and mortar rounds pounded areas in eastern Aleppo on Saturday drawing rebel rockets, as government troops gain new ground in the shrinking opposition-held enclave.

After four years of holding nearly half of the divided city, rebel fighters have been increasingly squeezed into the center of the eastern enclave. Government and allied troops, including Lebanese, Iraqi and Iranian fighters, have concentrated their fight on the northeastern part of the enclave, swiftly taking new districts since their offensive began last week. Another front on the southern outskirts of the city has been slower, as rebel fighters push back government advances there.

The advances have caused massiv

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]]> Sat, 03 Dec 2016 18:37:26 -0700 <![CDATA[Navy christens submarine USS Colorado in shipyard ceremony]]> http://gazette.com/navy-christens-submarine-uss-colorado-in-shipyard-ceremony/article/feed/428098?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/navy-christens-submarine-uss-colorado-in-shipyard-ceremony/article/feed/428098?custom_click=rss

GROTON, Conn. (AP) — Annie Mabus smashed a bottle of sparkling wine from a Denver vineyard against the Navy's newest attack submarine Saturday, christening it the Colorado as the vessel prepares to join a fleet expected to number more than 300 ships by 2019.

The 377-foot-long submarine will become the USS Colorado when it is commissioned as the 15th in the Virginia class of attack submarines, each costing $2.7 billion. The vessels are equipped to carry out warfare against submarines and surface ships, as well as conduct surveillance and deliver Special Operations troops.

Mabus joined her father, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, and others for the ceremony at Electric Boat shipyard in Groton, Connecticut.

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GROTON, Conn. — Annie Mabus smashed a bottle of sparkling wine from a Denver vineyard against the Navy's newest attack submarine Saturday, christening it the USS Colorado as the vessel joined a fleet expected to number more than 300 ships by 2019.

The 377-foot-long Colorado is the 15th in the Virginia class of attack submarines, each costing $2.7 billion. The vessels are equipped to carry out warfare against submarines and surface ships, as well as conduct surveillance and deliver Special Operations troops.

Mabus joined her father, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, and others for the ceremony at Electric Boat shipyard in Groton, Connecticut. The bottle of Balistreri Vineyards wine had been chilled before the ceremony



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Sat, 03 Dec 2016 18:17:38 -0700
<![CDATA[Army's group effort helps thwart St. Francis Brooklyn 76-56]]> http://gazette.com/armys-group-effort-helps-thwart-st.-francis-brooklyn-76-56/article/feed/428220?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/armys-group-effort-helps-thwart-st.-francis-brooklyn-76-56/article/feed/428220?custom_click=rss WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — Jacob Kessler scored 16 points, Jordan Fox added 10 and eight assists, and Army shot better than 58 percent from the field en route to a 76-56 win over St. Francis Brooklyn on Saturday.

Army (4-4) led 32-25 at halftime, but St. Francis Brooklyn used a 9-2 run out of the break to tie it at 34. The Black Knights responded with six straight baskets — from six different players — to take a 45-35 lead with 13:51 remaining.

Four minutes later, Fox's 3-pointer gave Army a 61-39 advantage.

After shooting 50 percent in the first half, Army went 19 of 29 (65.5 percent) in the second. Kessler was joined by five players in double figures, all of whom finished with 10 points.

St. Francis Brooklyn

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]]> Sat, 03 Dec 2016 17:29:41 -0700 <![CDATA[Campus attack could be latest terror case in heartland state]]> http://gazette.com/campus-attack-could-be-latest-terror-case-in-heartland-state/article/feed/428115?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/campus-attack-could-be-latest-terror-case-in-heartland-state/article/feed/428115?custom_click=rss

CINCINNATI (AP) — Authorities are investigating terrorism as a possible motive in the car-and-knife attack on the Ohio State University campus, the latest in a series of cases involving young men who apparently became radicalized in the heartland state.

They are still piecing together information on the activities of Abdul Razak Ali Artan, the Ohio State student killed Nov. 28 by a police officer after he ran his car into others and began slashing with a butcher knife. Among other recent cases that left people close to the suspects stunned, one man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison, another will be sentenced Monday and another was arrested last month.

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]]> Sat, 03 Dec 2016 15:30:20 -0700 <![CDATA[Under dusty fog cover, IS strikes Iraqi forces near Mosul]]> http://gazette.com/under-dusty-fog-cover-is-strikes-iraqi-forces-near-mosul/article/feed/428076?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/under-dusty-fog-cover-is-strikes-iraqi-forces-near-mosul/article/feed/428076?custom_click=rss QABR AL-ABD, Iraq (AP) — Under the cover of dust and fog, Islamic State group fighters launched a series of counterattacks on Iraqi positions to the south and west of the militant-held city of Mosul late Friday night and into Saturday morning, according to Iraqi military commanders and officials.

The massive operation to retake Mosul was officially launched on Oct. 17, but after initially swift battlefield successes, the progress of Iraqi forces later slowed down in the face of fierce IS counterattacks and concerns over the safety of civilians still inside the city.

IS has largely failed to push back Iraqi troops, but its counterattacks have inflicted high casualties on both civilians and security forces alike and, in some

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]]> Sat, 03 Dec 2016 13:36:02 -0700 <![CDATA[Congress approves funding for Ohio-made military vehicles]]> http://gazette.com/congress-approves-funding-for-ohio-made-military-vehicles/article/feed/428119?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/congress-approves-funding-for-ohio-made-military-vehicles/article/feed/428119?custom_click=rss LIMA, Ohio (AP) — Congress has OK'd $1.2 billion in funding for two military vehicles produced in northwestern Ohio.

The money approved this week will go toward production of the Abrams tank and Stryker armored vehicle.

Both are made at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima (LY'-mah).

Ohio Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman calls it good news for workers at the plant.

Just three years ago that plant was on shaky footing amid numerous threats to its federal funding.

But millions have been spent on recent upgrades at the plant to get it ready to make next-generation tanks now in development.

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This story has been corrected to show that Portman is a Republican, not a Democrat.

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]]> Sat, 03 Dec 2016 11:21:50 -0700 <![CDATA['This means war' _ New AP book draws on Pearl Harbor reports]]> http://gazette.com/this-means-war-new-ap-book-draws-on-pearl-harbor-reports/article/feed/428139?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/this-means-war-new-ap-book-draws-on-pearl-harbor-reports/article/feed/428139?custom_click=rss

Seventy-five years after the Japanese attack on Hawaii that brought the United States into World War II, The Associated Press is publishing "Pearl Harbor: An AP Special Anniversary Edition." The e-book explores the historic relationship between Japan and the U.S. and details events of Dec. 7, 1941, drawing on reporting from the time, including iconic photography, as well as material from AP archives. Here is an excerpt.

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That December, Americans were reading Edna Ferber's best-seller, "Saratoga Trunk," at $2.50 a copy. For 55 cents, they could get a matinee seat on Broadway to see Lillian Hellman's anti-Nazi play, "Watch on the Rhine." For $38 you could buy an expensive suit at Rogers Peet in New York. Or "miracle" nylons

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]]> Sat, 03 Dec 2016 10:26:03 -0700 <![CDATA[Suspect wearing suicide belt killed by agents in Azerbaijan]]> http://gazette.com/suspect-wearing-suicide-belt-killed-by-agents-in-azerbaijan/article/feed/428136?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/suspect-wearing-suicide-belt-killed-by-agents-in-azerbaijan/article/feed/428136?custom_click=rss BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Azerbaijan's domestic security agency says its agents have killed a man who was allegedly wearing a suicide bomb belt.

The State Security Service said Emin Jami tried to set off an explosive belt while resisting arrest Saturday, but was shot dead in the capital, Baku, before he could.

The service says Jami had a previous conviction for being part of an extremist group. It says he had been linked to "international terrorist organizations and illegal armed groups involved in military conflicts abroad," but didn't offer any specifics.

The government in Azerbaijan, a Shia Muslim ex-Soviet nation, has methodically cracked down on suspected radical Islamists.

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]]> Sat, 03 Dec 2016 10:12:59 -0700 <![CDATA[PTSD Anonymous offers peer support for Wisconsin vets]]> http://gazette.com/ptsd-anonymous-offers-peer-support-for-wisconsin-vets/article/feed/428131?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ptsd-anonymous-offers-peer-support-for-wisconsin-vets/article/feed/428131?custom_click=rss MILWAUKEE (AP) — A new peer-to-peer support program for combat veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder in Wisconsin applies the 12-step framework of Alcoholics Anonymous to help heal the emotional wounds of military trauma.

PTSD Anonymous, launched a month ago, isn't meant to replace professional counseling, but to offer a sympathetic ear from someone who understands the effects that military and combat-related trauma can have on soldiers, their families and their quality of life, said Ron Worthey, one of the organizers.

"One thing you lose when you leave the military is you lose your teamwork. Nobody has your back anymore. You're alone. With this new program we educate you that you are not alone.

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]]> Sat, 03 Dec 2016 10:09:41 -0700 <![CDATA[Hurricane Hermine unearths war relics in Cape Henlopen]]> http://gazette.com/hurricane-hermine-unearths-war-relics-in-cape-henlopen/article/feed/428108?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hurricane-hermine-unearths-war-relics-in-cape-henlopen/article/feed/428108?custom_click=rss

LEWES, Del. (AP) — It was a blustery, rainy day when state park historian Jim Hall got the call from Cape Henlopen State Park maintenance staff.

They'd discovered a big chunk of iron in a footpath to the beach.

"I said 'leave it alone until we can get it identified,' " he said.

Cape Henlopen used to be an Army fort and anything unexpected needs to be treated with care, lest it possibly explode.

So Hall told them to cover it with a piece of plywood and put some orange traffic cones around it.

The last thing he wanted to do was draw attention to it and he thought the cones and plywood would make it look like a routine maintenance project.

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]]> Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:01:20 -0700 <![CDATA[Chemical weapon destruction in Pueblo halted after leak]]> http://gazette.com/chemical-weapon-destruction-in-pueblo-halted-after-leak/article/1591457?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/chemical-weapon-destruction-in-pueblo-halted-after-leak/article/1591457?custom_click=rss

A hazardous waste leak at the Pueblo Chemical Depot has led to the indefinite shutdown of a plant built to destroy mustard gas shells.

The shutdown was announced in a Friday email that said a Nov. 20 storage tank leak released 450 gallons of "hydrosolate" - wastewater generated when robotic machines wash the mustard gas chemicals out of shells with a lye-based compound. Three days later, officials at the depot discovered that a containment liner under other tanks was leaking rainwater.

"While neither of these events posed any danger to the workforce or surrounding communities, the resulting situations have caused plant management to indefinitely pause the disassembly of 155mm munitions and agent processing until these issues



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Sat, 03 Dec 2016 07:32:15 -0700
<![CDATA[NY Army National Guard support unit getting new commander]]> http://gazette.com/ny-army-national-guard-support-unit-getting-new-commander/article/feed/428100?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ny-army-national-guard-support-unit-getting-new-commander/article/feed/428100?custom_click=rss CORTLANDT MANOR, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Army National Guard unit that provides military police, transportation and other support elements is getting a new commander.

Col. Michel Natali will take command of the 53rd Troop Command during a change-of-command ceremony being held Saturday afternoon at the Camp Smith Training Site in Westchester County. Natali is taking over for outgoing commander Brig. Gen. Michael Swezey, who's retiring after 36 years in the military.

The 53rd troop Command is responsible for MP companies, transportation, supply, engineer and other Army National Guard support units located across the state. The command has about 4,000 soldiers.

Natali, who joined the National Guard 20 years ago this mon

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]]> Sat, 03 Dec 2016 07:03:37 -0700 <![CDATA[Oldest living Pearl Harbor survivor recounts 'Day of Infamy' to Colorado Springs students]]> http://gazette.com/oldest-living-pearl-harbor-survivor-recounts-day-of-infamy-to-colorado-springs-students/article/1591374?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/oldest-living-pearl-harbor-survivor-recounts-day-of-infamy-to-colorado-springs-students/article/1591374?custom_click=rss

Retired Navy Lt. Jim Downing joked with the kids at Lewis-Palmer Middle School about the fragility that comes with being a 103-year-old Pearl Harbor survivor. He asked one girl to help him stand from his powered scooter. She pulled, and came away with a rubber hand.

But Downing, who will spend Wednesday in Hawaii and plans to give a speech at Pearl Harbor, had a more serious lesson for the students. Preventing the next Pearl Harbor, he said, is their responsibility.

"Keep America so strong that no tyrant will ever be tempted to attack us," said Downing, who is believed to be the oldest living survivor of the attack that plunged America into World War II.

In 1941, Downing was a sailor aboard the USS West



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Fri, 02 Dec 2016 06:16:55 -0700
<![CDATA[Santa makes an early appearance at Fort Carson]]> http://gazette.com/santa-makes-an-early-appearance-at-fort-carson/article/1591418?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/santa-makes-an-early-appearance-at-fort-carson/article/1591418?custom_click=rss

'Twas weeks before Christmas and through the mountain post, the view of a holiday who's who, rappelling down from the ceiling, was something to behold.

Santa came down with a glee on his face at the William (Bill) Reed Special Events Center on Thursday evening to a huge applause.

This was a magical moment for kids of all ages. It was part of a tree-lighting ceremony that included photos with Saint Nick and a 1940s-style holiday production.

Gina Azevedo and her husband brought their three children to this special gathering, "All the kids were saying ooohh, Santa." Gina's two daughters, Julia and Kayla, were first in line to see Santa.



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Thu, 01 Dec 2016 20:42:08 -0700
<![CDATA[Trump to nominate retired Gen. James Mattis to lead Pentagon]]> http://gazette.com/trump-to-nominate-retired-gen.-james-mattis-to-lead-pentagon/article/1591412?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trump-to-nominate-retired-gen.-james-mattis-to-lead-pentagon/article/1591412?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump said Thursday he will nominate retired Gen. James Mattis to be his defense secretary, making the announcement during a post-election victory rally in Cincinnati.

Mattis, 66, is a Marine Corps general who retired in 2013 after serving as the commander of the U.S. Central Command.

His selection raises questions about increased military influence in a job designed to insure civilian control of the armed forces. The concerns revolve around whether a recently retired service member would rely more on military solutions to international problems, rather than a broader, more diplomatic approach.



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Thu, 01 Dec 2016 19:09:11 -0700
<![CDATA[White House announces support for women in military draft]]> http://gazette.com/white-house-announces-support-for-women-in-military-draft/article/1591393?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/white-house-announces-support-for-women-in-military-draft/article/1591393?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is announcing its support for requiring women to register for the military draft.

The administration has been deliberating for roughly a year about whether to back such a change to the Selective Service. White House National Security Council spokesman Ned Price says that because previous barriers to military service are being removed, it makes logical sense for women to be required to register for the draft.

But Price says the Obama administration remains committed to an all-volunteer military.

Under current law, women can volunteer to serve in the military but aren't required to register for the draft. All adult men must register.

It would take an act of Congress



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Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:49:04 -0700
<![CDATA[Navy's troubled Littoral Combat Ship at crossroads, GAO says]]> http://gazette.com/navys-troubled-littoral-combat-ship-at-crossroads-gao-says/article/1591373?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/navys-troubled-littoral-combat-ship-at-crossroads-gao-says/article/1591373?custom_click=rss

The U.S. Navy's Littoral Combat Ship program "stands at a crossroads," as the service prepares to ask Congress to authorize spending as much as $14 billion to buy more of the troubled vessels, congressional auditors say.

Congress must decide "whether a ship that costs twice as much yet delivers less capability than planned warrants an additional investment," the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a report issued Thursday as the Senate Armed Services Committee met to review the $29 billion program.

The Navy plans to ask early next year for authorization to build the final 12 of 40 ships as well as equipment for missions. Those final ships are described as "frigates" that will be better-armed than the existing



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Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:31:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Fort Carson to do annual tree lighting this week]]> http://gazette.com/fort-carson-to-do-annual-tree-lighting-this-week/article/1591259?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-carson-to-do-annual-tree-lighting-this-week/article/1591259?custom_click=rss Here comes December - cue holiday festivities.

Fort Carson will hold its annual tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the William Reed Special Events Center. The lighting is open to anyone with a Department of Defense ID card, the post announced this week.

The event will also offer a variety of family fun, including photos with Santa, kid-friendly crafts and activities and a production featuring 1940s-era singers and dancers. Holiday treats will be available for purchase, post officials said.

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]]> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 10:05:01 -0700 <![CDATA[Fort Carson brigade prepares for massive move across the Atlantic Ocean]]> http://gazette.com/fort-carson-brigade-prepares-for-massive-move-across-the-atlantic-ocean/article/1591204?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-carson-brigade-prepares-for-massive-move-across-the-atlantic-ocean/article/1591204?custom_click=rss

With any move, proper packing is the main thing.

Getting all those boxes perfectly padded and properly marked is a headache-inducing ritual for anyone who has headed for a new home. Now multiply that headache by 4,400 soldiers and more than 2,800 vehicles, containers and trailers. Throw in a few thousand firearms, and make a lot of those vehicles 72-ton tanks. And add an ocean to cross.

"This is something different," Lt. Col. John Gilliam said Tuesday as he watched his troops load vehicles on trains as Fort Carson's 3rd Brigade Combat Team readies for its 9-month deployment to eastern Europe.

Gilliam commands the brigade's 1st Battalion of the 66th Armored Regiment and was sweating the details of the largest Fort Carson



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Wed, 30 Nov 2016 06:24:33 -0700
<![CDATA[Water leak could cause delays for patients at Colorado Springs VA clinic]]> http://gazette.com/water-leak-could-cause-delays-for-patients-at-colorado-springs-va-clinic/article/1591172?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/water-leak-could-cause-delays-for-patients-at-colorado-springs-va-clinic/article/1591172?custom_click=rss

A major water leak impacted infrastructure and could cause delays at the Colorado Springs Veterans Affairs clinic, the Eastern Colorado Health Care System announced Tuesday.

The leak happened between Monday night and Tuesday morning at the PFC Lindstrom VA Clinic, 3141 Centennial Blvd., in west Colorado Springs.

After officials completed "a thorough assessment of life safety and other critical systems," the clinic has returned to normal businesses hours, the Eastern Colorado Health Care System said. More assessments are scheduled to be conducted and might cause delays for patients, officials said.



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Tue, 29 Nov 2016 11:28:51 -0700
<![CDATA[Newest Fort Carson general scored special operations successes against Islamic State]]> http://gazette.com/newest-fort-carson-general-scored-special-operations-successes-against-islamic-state/article/1591011?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/newest-fort-carson-general-scored-special-operations-successes-against-islamic-state/article/1591011?custom_click=rss

The Pikes Peak region's newest general earned his stars planning the shadowy ground war effort to roll back the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

Brig. Gen. Christopher Donahue pinned on his stars last week at a Fort Carson ceremony. Before coming to Colorado Springs to become deputy commander of the post's 4th Infantry Division, Donahue was the operations director for U.S. Joint Special Operations Command, which oversees the work of Army Green Berets and Navy SEALs.

"He was the creative designer of almost every success we had in the first two years of the war against (the Islamic State)," said Gen. Raymond Thomas, boss of U.S. Special Operations Command, which includes Donahue's old unit.



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Sun, 27 Nov 2016 07:00:34 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area military events starting Nov. 27, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-military-events-starting-nov.-27-2016/article/1591010?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-military-events-starting-nov.-27-2016/article/1591010?custom_click=rss THROUGH DEC. 31

Patriotic Quilts Exhibit - Created by veterans, many who have participated in the Fine Arts Center's Military and the Arts: Creative Healing program, Hillside ARTSpace Galleries. Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute St.; csfineartscenter.org.

Written Word and Visual Exhibition - "Celebrate Peoples History: Iraq Veterans Against the War Ten Years of Fighting for Peace and Justice," UCCS Kraemer Family Library, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway; csfineartscenter.org.

Chapel Hills Mall Gift Cards - All activation fees from gift cards purchased will be donated to Angels of America's Fallen. Gift cards available at Guest Services, lower level, Dillard's wing, 1710 Briargate Blvd.; chapelhillsmall.com.

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