<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - military]]> http://gazette.com/rss/military Tue, 26 May 2015 19:47:44 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Envoys from S. Korea, US and Japan discuss N. Korean threat]]> http://gazette.com/envoys-from-s.-korea-us-and-japan-discuss-n.-korean-threat/article/feed/237392?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/envoys-from-s.-korea-us-and-japan-discuss-n.-korean-threat/article/feed/237392?custom_click=rss SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The top nuclear envoys from South Korea, the U.S. and Japan are meeting for talks on North Korea amid worries about the country's atomic weapons programs.

Wednesday's meeting in Seoul comes after North Korea recently claimed it had tested a new type of missile from a submarine and reiterated that it had built a nuclear warhead small enough to be mounted on a long-range missile.

Outside analysts are skeptical about the claims, but believe the North has advanced its nuclear and missile programs since international nuclear disarmament talks stalled in 2009.

Seoul, Washington and Tokyo are members of now-dormant six-party negotiations aimed at ending North Korea's nuclear weapons program in retur

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]]> SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The top nuclear envoys from South Korea, the U.S. and Japan are meeting for talks on North Korea amid worries about the country's atomic weapons programs.

Wednesday's meeting in Seoul comes after North Korea recently claimed it had tested a new type of missile from a submarine and reiterated that it had built a nuclear warhead small enough to be mounted on a long-range missile.

Outside analysts are skeptical about the claims, but believe the North has advanced its nuclear and missile programs since international nuclear disarmament talks stalled in 2009.

Seoul, Washington and Tokyo are members of now-dormant six-party negotiations aimed at ending North Korea's nuclear weapons program in retur]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 20:34:29 -0600 <![CDATA[Highlights from around the state Capitol]]> http://gazette.com/highlights-from-around-the-state-capitol/article/feed/236433?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/highlights-from-around-the-state-capitol/article/feed/236433?custom_click=rss AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Republican-controlled Texas House is poised to consider rules allowing religious child welfare agencies to prohibit gays and same-sex couples from adopting children — a potential major victory for social conservatives that Democrats attempted to block using stall tactics.

The measure protects agencies that object to such adoptions on religious grounds from being sued. It's an amendment to a larger bill reorganizing the Department of Family and Protective Services that's scheduled for consideration Tuesday.

It has the votes to pass easily, but the amendment is attached to a Senate bill. That means it must clear the House by midnight in order to make it all the way through the legislative process, w

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]]> AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Republican-controlled Texas House is poised to consider rules allowing religious child welfare agencies to prohibit gays and same-sex couples from adopting children — a potential major victory for social conservatives that Democrats attempted to block using stall tactics.

The measure protects agencies that object to such adoptions on religious grounds from being sued. It's an amendment to a larger bill reorganizing the Department of Family and Protective Services that's scheduled for consideration Tuesday.

It has the votes to pass easily, but the amendment is attached to a Senate bill. That means it must clear the House by midnight in order to make it all the way through the legislative process, w]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 19:48:34 -0600 <![CDATA[Committees OK bond deal to help south Arkansas defense site]]> By ANDREW DeMILLO http://gazette.com/committees-ok-bond-deal-to-help-south-arkansas-defense-site/article/feed/237320?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/committees-ok-bond-deal-to-help-south-arkansas-defense-site/article/feed/237320?custom_click=rss

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An $87 million incentive package aimed at luring a defense contract to south Arkansas was endorsed by legislative committees on Tuesday, a move that the Republican governor says could help the state land its first vehicle assembly plant.

The House and Senate Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development committees advanced separate but identical versions of the bond proposal. The House and Senate are set to vote on the bills Wednesday, the top agenda item for a special legislative session that convened Tuesday.

The proposal calls for the state to issue the bonds if Lockheed Martin wins the contract for a tactical vehicle that will replace the Humvee. The Maryland-based company has said it will asse

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]]> LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An $87 million incentive package aimed at luring a defense contract to south Arkansas was endorsed by legislative committees on Tuesday, a move that the Republican governor says could help the state land its first vehicle assembly plant.

The House and Senate Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development committees advanced separate but identical versions of the bond proposal. The House and Senate are set to vote on the bills Wednesday, the top agenda item for a special legislative session that convened Tuesday.

The proposal calls for the state to issue the bonds if Lockheed Martin wins the contract for a tactical vehicle that will replace the Humvee. The Maryland-based company has said it will asse]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 19:33:25 -0600 <![CDATA[Navy sub sailor pleads guilty to videotaping female officers]]> By JASON DEAREN http://gazette.com/navy-sub-sailor-pleads-guilty-to-videotaping-female-officers/article/feed/237360?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/navy-sub-sailor-pleads-guilty-to-videotaping-female-officers/article/feed/237360?custom_click=rss MAYPORT NAVAL STATION, Fla. (AP) — A Navy submarine sailor was sentenced Tuesday to two years in a military prison after he pleaded guilty to illegally making and trading videos of female officers undressing in the shower.

Charles Greaves, a missile technician, entered his plea and apologized to the four women officers, all of whom testified against him. He is one of seven charged in the case, but was the sole sailor charged with secretly making the videos.

Greaves and the female officers served aboard the USS Wyoming nuclear submarine based at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia. Navy prosecutors say Greaves made the videos and then boasted about trading them "like Pokemon" cards for energy drinks and other items wit

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]]> MAYPORT NAVAL STATION, Fla. (AP) — A Navy submarine sailor was sentenced Tuesday to two years in a military prison after he pleaded guilty to illegally making and trading videos of female officers undressing in the shower.

Charles Greaves, a missile technician, entered his plea and apologized to the four women officers, all of whom testified against him. He is one of seven charged in the case, but was the sole sailor charged with secretly making the videos.

Greaves and the female officers served aboard the USS Wyoming nuclear submarine based at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia. Navy prosecutors say Greaves made the videos and then boasted about trading them "like Pokemon" cards for energy drinks and other items wit]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 19:03:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Senate OKs border security bill, top priority for governor]]> http://gazette.com/senate-oks-border-security-bill-top-priority-for-governor/article/feed/237371?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/senate-oks-border-security-bill-top-priority-for-governor/article/feed/237371?custom_click=rss AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Senate has preliminarily passed a $300 million border security bill — one of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's priorities and part of a sweeping, $800 million border package.

Senators voted 27-4 Tuesday to advance the bill. It needs a final Senate vote, then heads back to the House, which must agree upon tweaks.

The plan includes hiring hundreds of new troopers to guard the Texas-Mexico border, where they'll replace National Guard troops that then-Gov. Rick Perry deployed last summer.

Also included in the proposal is allowing state troopers to work 50-hour weeks, and a provision for a committee to eventually oversee Department of Public Safety border activities.

Republican Sen.

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]]> AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Senate has preliminarily passed a $300 million border security bill — one of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's priorities and part of a sweeping, $800 million border package.

Senators voted 27-4 Tuesday to advance the bill. It needs a final Senate vote, then heads back to the House, which must agree upon tweaks.

The plan includes hiring hundreds of new troopers to guard the Texas-Mexico border, where they'll replace National Guard troops that then-Gov. Rick Perry deployed last summer.

Also included in the proposal is allowing state troopers to work 50-hour weeks, and a provision for a committee to eventually oversee Department of Public Safety border activities.

Republican Sen.]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 19:03:00 -0600 <![CDATA[Malloy signs into law program to aid women veterans]]> http://gazette.com/malloy-signs-into-law-program-to-aid-women-veterans/article/feed/237364?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/malloy-signs-into-law-program-to-aid-women-veterans/article/feed/237364?custom_click=rss HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed a law requiring the Department of Veterans' Affairs to establish a Connecticut women veterans' program.

The governor's office announced Tuesday that he signed the bill, which includes a provision that the program be established "within available resources."

The program is intended to reach out to women veterans to improve awareness of their eligibility for federal and state benefits and services and assess their needs for benefits and services.

The program also must submit recommendations annually for improving benefits and services for women veterans.

The legislation passed the Senate unanimously in April and without dissent in the House earlie

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]]> HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed a law requiring the Department of Veterans' Affairs to establish a Connecticut women veterans' program.

The governor's office announced Tuesday that he signed the bill, which includes a provision that the program be established "within available resources."

The program is intended to reach out to women veterans to improve awareness of their eligibility for federal and state benefits and services and assess their needs for benefits and services.

The program also must submit recommendations annually for improving benefits and services for women veterans.

The legislation passed the Senate unanimously in April and without dissent in the House earlie]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 18:31:54 -0600 <![CDATA[Pentagon chief's take on Iraqis undercuts Obama's strategy]]> By JULIE PACE http://gazette.com/pentagon-chiefs-take-on-iraqis-undercuts-obamas-strategy/article/feed/237340?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pentagon-chiefs-take-on-iraqis-undercuts-obamas-strategy/article/feed/237340?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter's blunt assessment that Iraqi forces lack the "will to fight" undermines a central premise of President Barack Obama's strategy for defeating the Islamic State: that Iraq's military can effectively handle ground operations so Americans don't have to.

Carter's comments in a weekend interview reflect deep concern within some quarters of the administration about the capabilities of Iraq's security forces. Despite outnumbering Islamic State forces, the military suffered a major defeat this month in the city of Ramadi. And some officials question whether it can overcome the same sectarian divisions between Sunnis and the Shiite-dominated government that gave the Islamic State space to thr

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter's blunt assessment that Iraqi forces lack the "will to fight" undermines a central premise of President Barack Obama's strategy for defeating the Islamic State: that Iraq's military can effectively handle ground operations so Americans don't have to.

Carter's comments in a weekend interview reflect deep concern within some quarters of the administration about the capabilities of Iraq's security forces. Despite outnumbering Islamic State forces, the military suffered a major defeat this month in the city of Ramadi. And some officials question whether it can overcome the same sectarian divisions between Sunnis and the Shiite-dominated government that gave the Islamic State space to thr]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 17:47:12 -0600 <![CDATA[Soldiers recruited for outlaw motorcycle gangs, report says]]> http://gazette.com/soldiers-recruited-for-outlaw-motorcycle-gangs-report-says/article/1552574?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/soldiers-recruited-for-outlaw-motorcycle-gangs-report-says/article/1552574?custom_click=rss

The ranks of the nation's most violent outlaw motorcycle gangs (OMGs) include active-duty soldiers who fly their biker colors while serving overseas and even commit crimes on American soil, according to a federal investigation.

And military-oriented motorcycle clubs not considered outlaws are starting to adopt the "traits and mannerisms" of their criminal counterparts, the report by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives found.



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The ranks of the nation's most violent outlaw motorcycle gangs (OMGs) include active-duty soldiers who fly their biker colors while serving overseas and even commit crimes on American soil, according to a federal investigation.

And military-oriented motorcycle clubs not considered outlaws are starting to adopt the "traits and mannerisms" of their criminal counterparts, the report by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives found.

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Tue, 26 May 2015 17:28:51 -0600
<![CDATA[WATCH: Air Force Thunderbirds get ready for AFA graduation with flights over Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/watch-air-force-thunderbirds-get-ready-for-afa-graduation-with-flights-over-colorado-springs/article/1552516?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/watch-air-force-thunderbirds-get-ready-for-afa-graduation-with-flights-over-colorado-springs/article/1552516?custom_click=rss

Clear weather greeted the Air Force Thunderbirds, who on Tuesday practiced their annual graduation air show over the Colorado Springs area.

The team's F-16 fighter jets roar over the academy Tuesday morning and again over the campus from noon to 1 p.m.

The show Thursday starts over the academy at 12:30 p.m. after a graduation ceremony that starts at 9:30 a.m.

ALSO: Thunderbirds' flyover, hat toss an exact science.

Storms remain in the forecast for the rest of the week, with periodic showers in Colorado Springs and a downright downpour forecast for Friday, said National Weather Service meteorologist Pamela Evenson.

Thursday high temperatures are expected to hang in the 70s in Colorado Springs and



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Clear weather greeted the Air Force Thunderbirds, who on Tuesday practiced their annual graduation air show over the Colorado Springs area.

The team's F-16 fighter jets roar over the academy Tuesday morning and again over the campus from noon to 1 p.m.

The show Thursday starts over the academy at 12:30 p.m. after a graduation ceremony that starts at 9:30 a.m.

ALSO: Thunderbirds' flyover, hat toss an exact science.

Storms remain in the forecast for the rest of the week, with periodic showers in Colorado Springs and a downright downpour forecast for Friday, said National Weather Service meteorologist Pamela Evenson.

Thursday high temperatures are expected to hang in the 70s in Colorado Springs and

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<![CDATA[Clarification: Arctic Drilling Protests story]]> http://gazette.com/clarification-arctic-drilling-protests-story/article/feed/236577?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/clarification-arctic-drilling-protests-story/article/feed/236577?custom_click=rss BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — In a story May 23, The Associated Press, relying on information from the Backbone Campaign group, reported that an activist chained to a support ship that is part of Royal Dutch Shell's exploratory oil drilling plans was named Chiara Rose. The story should have included her full name, which is Chiara Rose D'Angelo.

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]]> BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — In a story May 23, The Associated Press, relying on information from the Backbone Campaign group, reported that an activist chained to a support ship that is part of Royal Dutch Shell's exploratory oil drilling plans was named Chiara Rose. The story should have included her full name, which is Chiara Rose D'Angelo.

.]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 13:47:37 -0600 <![CDATA[Military families to access over dozen SD museums for free]]> http://gazette.com/military-families-to-access-over-dozen-sd-museums-for-free/article/feed/237247?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/military-families-to-access-over-dozen-sd-museums-for-free/article/feed/237247?custom_click=rss MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) — Active- duty military personnel and their families will have free access to more than a dozen South Dakota museums this summer.

The Blue Star Museum program that kicks off this week and runs through Labor Day has included 11 museums across the state in its annual effort to offer free admission to military families, including National Guard and Reserve.

Nationwide, more than 2,000 museums are participating in the program sponsored by the National Endowment of the Arts, Blue Star Families and the Department of Defense.

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The Blue Star Museum program that kicks off this week and runs through Labor Day has included 11 museums across the state in its annual effort to offer free admission to military families, including National Guard and Reserve.

Nationwide, more than 2,000 museums are participating in the program sponsored by the National Endowment of the Arts, Blue Star Families and the Department of Defense.]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 13:17:17 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest on IS: Militia name for Anbar fight draws ire]]> By The Associated Press http://gazette.com/the-latest-on-is-militia-name-for-anbar-fight-draws-ire/article/feed/237241?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-on-is-militia-name-for-anbar-fight-draws-ire/article/feed/237241?custom_click=rss

8:05 p.m. (1705 GMT)

The name Shiite militias are using to describe the Iraqi operation to retake Anbar province from the Islamic State group is drawing ire from the Pentagon over its sectarian tilt.

The Popular Mobilization Units have named the battle that began Tuesday in Arabic: "Labaik Ya Hussein." That means "I am here, Hussein" in English. It refers to a grandson of the Prophet Muhammad and one of the most revered figures of Shiite Islam.

That has added to the worries about the Shiite militias operating in Anbar, a predominantly Sunni province long suspicious of the Shiite-led government in Baghdad.

At the Pentagon, spokesman Col. Steve Warren called the title "unhelpful." He added: "We've long said ...

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The name Shiite militias are using to describe the Iraqi operation to retake Anbar province from the Islamic State group is drawing ire from the Pentagon over its sectarian tilt.

The Popular Mobilization Units have named the battle that began Tuesday in Arabic: "Labaik Ya Hussein." That means "I am here, Hussein" in English. It refers to a grandson of the Prophet Muhammad and one of the most revered figures of Shiite Islam.

That has added to the worries about the Shiite militias operating in Anbar, a predominantly Sunni province long suspicious of the Shiite-led government in Baghdad.

At the Pentagon, spokesman Col. Steve Warren called the title "unhelpful." He added: "We've long said ...]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 13:17:17 -0600 <![CDATA[National Guard staff sergeant takes plea deal in fraud case]]> http://gazette.com/national-guard-staff-sergeant-takes-plea-deal-in-fraud-case/article/feed/237144?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/national-guard-staff-sergeant-takes-plea-deal-in-fraud-case/article/feed/237144?custom_click=rss HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A Guam Army National Guard staff sergeant has signed a plea agreement as part of an investigation into recruitment fraud within the National Guard.

By signing the agreement, Denille Calvo has admitted to theft of government property, reported The Pacific Daily News (http://bit.ly/1AdLYLz ) Tuesday.

Court documents state that Calvo allegedly took credit, and bonus payments, for recruiting guard members who actually had been recruited through a military recruiter. Calvo and the recruiter allegedly shared $14,000 in bonus payments.

The agreement states that Calvo served as a specialist with the Guam Army National Guard from June 2010 to August 2011.

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]]> HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A Guam Army National Guard staff sergeant has signed a plea agreement as part of an investigation into recruitment fraud within the National Guard.

By signing the agreement, Denille Calvo has admitted to theft of government property, reported The Pacific Daily News (http://bit.ly/1AdLYLz ) Tuesday.

Court documents state that Calvo allegedly took credit, and bonus payments, for recruiting guard members who actually had been recruited through a military recruiter. Calvo and the recruiter allegedly shared $14,000 in bonus payments.

The agreement states that Calvo served as a specialist with the Guam Army National Guard from June 2010 to August 2011.]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 13:17:14 -0600 <![CDATA[Recent editorials from Texas newspapers]]> By The Associated Press http://gazette.com/recent-editorials-from-texas-newspapers/article/feed/23008?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/recent-editorials-from-texas-newspapers/article/feed/23008?custom_click=rss Houston Chronicle. May 22, 2015.

Myths die hard: We should work to forgo the past and expand the story of a growing Texas.

Not to be dyspeptic at a time when spring rains have replenished rivers and reservoirs and cool breezes continue to fend off beastly hot weather, but we're wondering whether it's time for the Lone Star State to engage — if you'll pardon the cliche — in a bit of "rebranding." The question comes to mind in the wake of the horrific shootout at a Waco "breastraurant," a deadly confrontation among criminal biker gangs that killed nine people and injured twice that number.

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]]> Houston Chronicle. May 22, 2015.

Myths die hard: We should work to forgo the past and expand the story of a growing Texas.

Not to be dyspeptic at a time when spring rains have replenished rivers and reservoirs and cool breezes continue to fend off beastly hot weather, but we're wondering whether it's time for the Lone Star State to engage — if you'll pardon the cliche — in a bit of "rebranding." The question comes to mind in the wake of the horrific shootout at a Waco "breastraurant," a deadly confrontation among criminal biker gangs that killed nine people and injured twice that number.]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 13:02:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Evacuation lifted at Air Force Academy after responders examine suspicious package]]> http://gazette.com/evacuation-lifted-at-air-force-academy-after-responders-examine-suspicious-package/article/1552545?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/evacuation-lifted-at-air-force-academy-after-responders-examine-suspicious-package/article/1552545?custom_click=rss

Emergency responders at the Air Force Academy have dismissed concerns of a suspicious package at the post office on the base, the academy said.

The post office was evacuated at about 9 a.m. after a security scanner picked up traces of a hazardous material in the package, the academy said. The evacuation was lifted after an investigation deemed the package harmless.

"The possible hazardous material was determined to be a package of medical supplies, addressed to a individual at the Air Force Academy," the academy said in a news release.

The post office and neighboring facilities were cordoned off for the investigation. The post office is on the south side of the 18,500-acre campus in an area that also holds the base

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]]> Emergency responders at the Air Force Academy have dismissed concerns of a suspicious package at the post office on the base, the academy said.

The post office was evacuated at about 9 a.m. after a security scanner picked up traces of a hazardous material in the package, the academy said. The evacuation was lifted after an investigation deemed the package harmless.

"The possible hazardous material was determined to be a package of medical supplies, addressed to a individual at the Air Force Academy," the academy said in a news release.

The post office and neighboring facilities were cordoned off for the investigation. The post office is on the south side of the 18,500-acre campus in an area that also holds the base]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 13:01:29 -0600 <![CDATA[APNewsBreak: UN officials let child sex abuse claims linger]]> By CARA ANNA http://gazette.com/apnewsbreak-un-officials-let-child-sex-abuse-claims-linger/article/feed/237081?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/apnewsbreak-un-officials-let-child-sex-abuse-claims-linger/article/feed/237081?custom_click=rss

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — For months, the U.N.'s top human rights officials knew about allegations of child sexual abuse by French soldiers in Central African Republic, collected by their own staff. But they didn't follow up because they assumed French authorities were handling it, statements marked "strictly confidential" show, even as France pressed the U.N. for more information about the case.

In a signed statement obtained by The Associated Press, the deputy high commissioner for human rights also says that her colleague who first informed French authorities last July did it because he didn't think the recently created U.N. peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic would act on the allegations.

A year after the U.N.

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In a signed statement obtained by The Associated Press, the deputy high commissioner for human rights also says that her colleague who first informed French authorities last July did it because he didn't think the recently created U.N. peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic would act on the allegations.

A year after the U.N.]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 12:48:20 -0600 <![CDATA[Nebraska pilot's remains found in Germany, Pentagon says]]> http://gazette.com/nebraska-pilots-remains-found-in-germany-pentagon-says/article/feed/237242?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nebraska-pilots-remains-found-in-germany-pentagon-says/article/feed/237242?custom_click=rss ELK CREEK, Neb. (AP) — The Pentagon says the remains of a Nebraska fighter pilot missing since World War II have been found in Germany.

The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Friday that the remains of U.S. Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Alvin Beethe, of Elk Creek, will be laid to rest on June 8 in Arlington National Cemetery outside the nation's capital.

Officials say Beethe was flying a P-38 Lightning during a mission on Nov. 26, 1944, when it crashed near Morschenich, Germany. He was reported as killed in action.

U.S. officials learned in 2008 that the crash site had been found. In June 2013 the site was excavated and human remains and aircraft wreckage were recovered.

Confirmation of Beethe's

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]]> ELK CREEK, Neb. (AP) — The Pentagon says the remains of a Nebraska fighter pilot missing since World War II have been found in Germany.

The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Friday that the remains of U.S. Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Alvin Beethe, of Elk Creek, will be laid to rest on June 8 in Arlington National Cemetery outside the nation's capital.

Officials say Beethe was flying a P-38 Lightning during a mission on Nov. 26, 1944, when it crashed near Morschenich, Germany. He was reported as killed in action.

U.S. officials learned in 2008 that the crash site had been found. In June 2013 the site was excavated and human remains and aircraft wreckage were recovered.

Confirmation of Beethe's]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 12:47:24 -0600 <![CDATA[Barletta seeks to remove killer interred in vets' cemetery]]> http://gazette.com/barletta-seeks-to-remove-killer-interred-in-vets-cemetery/article/feed/237234?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/barletta-seeks-to-remove-killer-interred-in-vets-cemetery/article/feed/237234?custom_click=rss HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta wants Congress to pass a bill that would require the exhumation and removal of a constituent's killer from a Pennsylvania military cemetery.

The Republican unveiled the legislation Tuesday at a news conference in Harrisburg.

Barletta's spokesman, Tim Murtaugh, says a federal law passed in 2013 authorized the Department of Veterans Affairs to disinter veterans who are found to have been convicted of murder.

But Murtaugh says it does not cover the constituent's killer, who died in prison in 1999, 30 years after the murder. Barletta's bill would retroactively apply the 2013 statute and provide for the removal of the man's remains from the veterans' cemetery at Fort Indiantown

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The Republican unveiled the legislation Tuesday at a news conference in Harrisburg.

Barletta's spokesman, Tim Murtaugh, says a federal law passed in 2013 authorized the Department of Veterans Affairs to disinter veterans who are found to have been convicted of murder.

But Murtaugh says it does not cover the constituent's killer, who died in prison in 1999, 30 years after the murder. Barletta's bill would retroactively apply the 2013 statute and provide for the removal of the man's remains from the veterans' cemetery at Fort Indiantown]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 12:47:23 -0600 <![CDATA[Keep these tips in mind if you're attending Air Force graduation]]> http://gazette.com/keep-these-tips-in-mind-if-youre-attending-air-force-graduation/article/1552458?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/keep-these-tips-in-mind-if-youre-attending-air-force-graduation/article/1552458?custom_click=rss

The Air Force Academy's Class of 2015 will graduate Thursday amid pomp and ceremony.

Here's a rundown on the event.

- Get there early: Falcon Stadium opens at 7 a.m., and the ceremony starts at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. So, if you want to be there on time, plan to hit the road before 6 a.m.

The academy and military bases nationwide enhanced security May 8 in a bid to deter terrorist plots. That means every vehicle and person entering the campus draws extra scrutiny. Getting through the academy's gates last week was an hourlong endeavor, and it will be worse with a big graduation crowd.

- Get out of there: If you commute through northern Colorado Springs, avoid the academy in the morning.



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The Air Force Academy's Class of 2015 will graduate Thursday amid pomp and ceremony.

Here's a rundown on the event.

- Get there early: Falcon Stadium opens at 7 a.m., and the ceremony starts at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. So, if you want to be there on time, plan to hit the road before 6 a.m.

The academy and military bases nationwide enhanced security May 8 in a bid to deter terrorist plots. That means every vehicle and person entering the campus draws extra scrutiny. Getting through the academy's gates last week was an hourlong endeavor, and it will be worse with a big graduation crowd.

- Get out of there: If you commute through northern Colorado Springs, avoid the academy in the morning.

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Tue, 26 May 2015 11:26:08 -0600
<![CDATA['We're here to honor them;' Colorado Springs events mark Memorial Day]]> http://gazette.com/were-here-to-honor-them-colorado-springs-events-mark-memorial-day/article/1552513?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/were-here-to-honor-them-colorado-springs-events-mark-memorial-day/article/1552513?custom_click=rss

Taps had a deeper, sadder meaning Monday for the widow of a Fountain Vietnam veteran who died from a sudden illness in November.

Lynette Foxe attended the Pikes Peak Veterans Council's Memorial Day ceremony for the first time Monday, and said she knew her husband, Michael Petito, would have enjoyed it. The event was one of several around the Pikes Peak region honoring veterans who gave their lives, including events in Old Colorado City and at Evergreen Cemetery in Colorado Springs.

The Rev. Bob Kwiatkowski, chaplain for the Pikes Peak Veterans Council, gave an emotional and moving speech at The Retired Enlisted Association about the legend of the origin of the bugle call taps.



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Taps had a deeper, sadder meaning Monday for the widow of a Fountain Vietnam veteran who died from a sudden illness in November.

Lynette Foxe attended the Pikes Peak Veterans Council's Memorial Day ceremony for the first time Monday, and said she knew her husband, Michael Petito, would have enjoyed it. The event was one of several around the Pikes Peak region honoring veterans who gave their lives, including events in Old Colorado City and at Evergreen Cemetery in Colorado Springs.

The Rev. Bob Kwiatkowski, chaplain for the Pikes Peak Veterans Council, gave an emotional and moving speech at The Retired Enlisted Association about the legend of the origin of the bugle call taps.

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Tue, 26 May 2015 11:17:51 -0600
<![CDATA[Hundreds of Army vehicles will roll on I-25 south of Colorado Springs this week]]> http://gazette.com/hundreds-of-army-vehicles-will-roll-on-i-25-south-of-colorado-springs-this-week/article/1552509?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hundreds-of-army-vehicles-will-roll-on-i-25-south-of-colorado-springs-this-week/article/1552509?custom_click=rss

A Fort Carson brigade will start rolling rigs Tuesday morning to kick off three days of convoys as the unit sends more than 4,000 troops to the post's Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site for training.

The convoys of up to 30 vehicles will proceed on several routes, but the main roads affected by the traffic are expected to include Interstate 25 south from Fountain and U.S. 50 from Pueblo east.

In the largest convoy operation the Pikes Peak region has seen in decades, the post's 1st Brigade Combat Team will send nearly 650 vehicles on the 150-mile trek to the training area for an intensive session of mock combat set to run into mid-June.

Brigade spokesman Kevin Boyd said logistics units will head out Tuesday.



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A Fort Carson brigade will start rolling rigs Tuesday morning to kick off three days of convoys as the unit sends more than 4,000 troops to the post's Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site for training.

The convoys of up to 30 vehicles will proceed on several routes, but the main roads affected by the traffic are expected to include Interstate 25 south from Fountain and U.S. 50 from Pueblo east.

In the largest convoy operation the Pikes Peak region has seen in decades, the post's 1st Brigade Combat Team will send nearly 650 vehicles on the 150-mile trek to the training area for an intensive session of mock combat set to run into mid-June.

Brigade spokesman Kevin Boyd said logistics units will head out Tuesday.

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Tue, 26 May 2015 11:16:20 -0600
<![CDATA[400 attend Memorial Day ceremony at Denver's Fort Logan]]> http://gazette.com/400-attend-memorial-day-ceremony-at-denvers-fort-logan/article/1552507?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/400-attend-memorial-day-ceremony-at-denvers-fort-logan/article/1552507?custom_click=rss

DENVER — About 400 people honored service members who died serving their country at the annual Memorial Day ceremony at Fort Logan National Cemetery.

Gov. John Hickenlooper and U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman were among those who spoke to the crowd Monday at the cemetery in Denver.

Many of the white headstones were decorated with flowers and small American flags.

Three Medal of Honor recipients are among the veterans buried at Fort Logan, which has been a national cemetery since 1950.



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DENVER — About 400 people honored service members who died serving their country at the annual Memorial Day ceremony at Fort Logan National Cemetery.

Gov. John Hickenlooper and U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman were among those who spoke to the crowd Monday at the cemetery in Denver.

Many of the white headstones were decorated with flowers and small American flags.

Three Medal of Honor recipients are among the veterans buried at Fort Logan, which has been a national cemetery since 1950.

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Mon, 25 May 2015 15:17:32 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs man, Air Force pilot wins 2015 Bolder Boulder citizens race]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-man-air-force-pilot-wins-2015-bolder-boulder-citizens-race/article/1552498?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-man-air-force-pilot-wins-2015-bolder-boulder-citizens-race/article/1552498?custom_click=rss

BOULDER — U.S. Air Force pilot Ben Payne of Colorado Springs and Boulder Running Company's Brittni Hutton of Alamosa won the 2015 Bolder Boulder citizens races on a cool, sunny morning as tens of thousands gathered to run the annual 10,000-meter race.

Payne, 33, an Arvada native and a major in the Air Force, beat a talented field that included former Boulder resident and professional runner Fernando Cabada. Payne called it the biggest win of his career.

"You never know who's going to show up here," said Payne, who was returning for his first race since January after fighting tendonitis in his hip. "It's a really good fitness test for what's coming this summer and hopefully the Olympic Trials next February."



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BOULDER — U.S. Air Force pilot Ben Payne of Colorado Springs and Boulder Running Company's Brittni Hutton of Alamosa won the 2015 Bolder Boulder citizens races on a cool, sunny morning as tens of thousands gathered to run the annual 10,000-meter race.

Payne, 33, an Arvada native and a major in the Air Force, beat a talented field that included former Boulder resident and professional runner Fernando Cabada. Payne called it the biggest win of his career.

"You never know who's going to show up here," said Payne, who was returning for his first race since January after fighting tendonitis in his hip. "It's a really good fitness test for what's coming this summer and hopefully the Olympic Trials next February."

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Mon, 25 May 2015 09:37:32 -0600
<![CDATA[Air Force Academy cemetery elicits tales of heroism, war]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-academy-cemetery-elicits-tales-of-heroism-war/article/1552430?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-academy-cemetery-elicits-tales-of-heroism-war/article/1552430?custom_click=rss

Gen. Curtis LeMay, who led America's last bombing campaigns of World War II, rests near master Sgt. William Crawford, who risked his life to take out enemy machine gun nests in Italy, earning him the Medal of Honor.

Across the way, Maj. Phil Ambard, killed in an Afghanistan attack, lies near Brig. Gen. Robin Olds, who flew to fame against North Vietnamese MiGs.

Tucked away in the center of the Air Force Academy grounds, the school's cemetery is packed with heroes from World War I forward.

"It's a gathering of eagles," retired Air Force Col. Paula Gould said as she prepared to place Memorial Day flags on some of the cemetery's 1,613 graves.

The academy's cemetery is the only active burial ground on Air Force bases



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Gen. Curtis LeMay, who led America's last bombing campaigns of World War II, rests near master Sgt. William Crawford, who risked his life to take out enemy machine gun nests in Italy, earning him the Medal of Honor.

Across the way, Maj. Phil Ambard, killed in an Afghanistan attack, lies near Brig. Gen. Robin Olds, who flew to fame against North Vietnamese MiGs.

Tucked away in the center of the Air Force Academy grounds, the school's cemetery is packed with heroes from World War I forward.

"It's a gathering of eagles," retired Air Force Col. Paula Gould said as she prepared to place Memorial Day flags on some of the cemetery's 1,613 graves.

The academy's cemetery is the only active burial ground on Air Force bases

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Mon, 25 May 2015 06:23:17 -0600
<![CDATA[Air Force Academy graduation flyover, hat toss is an exact science]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-academy-graduation-flyover-hat-toss-is-an-exact-science/article/1552455?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-academy-graduation-flyover-hat-toss-is-an-exact-science/article/1552455?custom_click=rss

The perfectly timed hat toss at the Air Force Academy's graduation has one unlikely ingredient: duct tape.

That tape, applied to a plastic pipe atop the press box at Falcon Stadium, causes 1,000 cadet hats to launch skyward as F-16s from the Air Force Thunderbirds flash overhead with a roar from their jet engines. The unforgettable moment is captured in scores of photographs and engraved in the memories of generations of cadets as the millisecond when they became officers.

"There's no wiggle room," said academy air controller John Gladney, who will use that duct tape to recreate that famous moment Thursday.

The Thunderbirds have been a fixture at nearly all academy graduations since the 1960s.



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The perfectly timed hat toss at the Air Force Academy's graduation has one unlikely ingredient: duct tape.

That tape, applied to a plastic pipe atop the press box at Falcon Stadium, causes 1,000 cadet hats to launch skyward as F-16s from the Air Force Thunderbirds flash overhead with a roar from their jet engines. The unforgettable moment is captured in scores of photographs and engraved in the memories of generations of cadets as the millisecond when they became officers.

"There's no wiggle room," said academy air controller John Gladney, who will use that duct tape to recreate that famous moment Thursday.

The Thunderbirds have been a fixture at nearly all academy graduations since the 1960s.

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Sun, 24 May 2015 09:14:03 -0600
<![CDATA[Air Force Academy cadets' tiny drone gliders win in research contest]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-academy-cadets-tiny-drone-gliders-win-in-research-contest/article/1552456?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-academy-cadets-tiny-drone-gliders-win-in-research-contest/article/1552456?custom_click=rss

Swarms of tiny drones could revolutionize how first responders see disasters thanks to work from senior cadets at the Air Force Academy.

The miniature aircraft designed by cadets in the school's aeronautical engineering could map wildfires, radiation leaks or chemical attacks quickly, feeding information to troops or civil authorities. And, because they're tiny and disposable, the drones could do the work for cheap and without risking human lives.

"We came up with a canister that holds 50 of them," explained senior cadet Dylan Juedeman as he showed off the small, black planes that would be dispersed over a disaster area like confetti.



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Swarms of tiny drones could revolutionize how first responders see disasters thanks to work from senior cadets at the Air Force Academy.

The miniature aircraft designed by cadets in the school's aeronautical engineering could map wildfires, radiation leaks or chemical attacks quickly, feeding information to troops or civil authorities. And, because they're tiny and disposable, the drones could do the work for cheap and without risking human lives.

"We came up with a canister that holds 50 of them," explained senior cadet Dylan Juedeman as he showed off the small, black planes that would be dispersed over a disaster area like confetti.

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Sun, 24 May 2015 08:53:36 -0600
<![CDATA[Former airmen muscle through Air Force Academy to become lieutenants]]> http://gazette.com/former-airmen-muscle-through-air-force-academy-to-become-lieutenants/article/1552457?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-airmen-muscle-through-air-force-academy-to-become-lieutenants/article/1552457?custom_click=rss

Senior cadet Andrew Dane knew he would make it through Air Force Academy basic training even as upperclassmen screamed at him.

"It's easier than being deployed," said the Afghanistan veteran who was wounded in action.

His classmate, senior cadet Jordan Myers, said he was philosophical about the basic training torture, which he endured three times.

"The main struggle is you have to take a step back," said Myers, who enlisted in the Air Force after graduating from Lewis-Palmer High School.

Myers and Dane made it to the academy and will become officers when they graduate Thursday, thanks to a program designed to leaven the academy's roster of star high schoolers with experienced young airmen.



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Senior cadet Andrew Dane knew he would make it through Air Force Academy basic training even as upperclassmen screamed at him.

"It's easier than being deployed," said the Afghanistan veteran who was wounded in action.

His classmate, senior cadet Jordan Myers, said he was philosophical about the basic training torture, which he endured three times.

"The main struggle is you have to take a step back," said Myers, who enlisted in the Air Force after graduating from Lewis-Palmer High School.

Myers and Dane made it to the academy and will become officers when they graduate Thursday, thanks to a program designed to leaven the academy's roster of star high schoolers with experienced young airmen.

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Sun, 24 May 2015 08:52:55 -0600
<![CDATA[Military Update: Senate bill would trim taxpayer support for commissaries]]> http://gazette.com/military-update-senate-bill-would-trim-taxpayer-support-for-commissaries/article/1552460?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/military-update-senate-bill-would-trim-taxpayer-support-for-commissaries/article/1552460?custom_click=rss

The Senate Armed Services Committee has accepted a Defense Department plan to pare taxpayer support of base grocery stores, which if enacted into law would lower shopper savings at least 2 percentage points next year as well as cut store operating hours and other shopper services.

Defenders of the benefit for military families and the military resale industry fear the committee's action would be a significant first step toward devaluing or even phasing out discounted on-base shopping at stateside bases.

The Senate committee adds fuel to that fear with language in its version of the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (S.



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The Senate Armed Services Committee has accepted a Defense Department plan to pare taxpayer support of base grocery stores, which if enacted into law would lower shopper savings at least 2 percentage points next year as well as cut store operating hours and other shopper services.

Defenders of the benefit for military families and the military resale industry fear the committee's action would be a significant first step toward devaluing or even phasing out discounted on-base shopping at stateside bases.

The Senate committee adds fuel to that fear with language in its version of the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (S.

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Sun, 24 May 2015 08:47:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Military Briefs: Medal of Honor stamps recognize Vietnam vets; traveling memorial wall at Fort Carson]]> http://gazette.com/military-briefs-medal-of-honor-stamps-recognize-vietnam-vets-traveling-memorial-wall-at-fort-carson/article/1552459?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/military-briefs-medal-of-honor-stamps-recognize-vietnam-vets-traveling-memorial-wall-at-fort-carson/article/1552459?custom_click=rss Postal Service to honor Vietnam vet

A Colorado Springs Vietnam veteran is being honored by the Postal Service in a new series of stamps commemorating the Medal of Honor.

Peter Lemon earned the nation's highest award for valor in 1970 for battling to defend a fire base despite serious wounds. A citation accompanying the medal shows Lemon's tenacity.

"He was wounded yet a third time, but his determined efforts successfully drove the enemy from the position," the citation said.

Lemon is among 48 Medal of Honor recipients whose photos are included in the Postal Service's "Medal of Honor: Vietnam War Prestige Folio" that will be unveiled in Washington, D.C., on Memorial Day.

The stamp collection will be sold in

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A Colorado Springs Vietnam veteran is being honored by the Postal Service in a new series of stamps commemorating the Medal of Honor.

Peter Lemon earned the nation's highest award for valor in 1970 for battling to defend a fire base despite serious wounds. A citation accompanying the medal shows Lemon's tenacity.

"He was wounded yet a third time, but his determined efforts successfully drove the enemy from the position," the citation said.

Lemon is among 48 Medal of Honor recipients whose photos are included in the Postal Service's "Medal of Honor: Vietnam War Prestige Folio" that will be unveiled in Washington, D.C., on Memorial Day.

The stamp collection will be sold in]]> Sun, 24 May 2015 04:16:51 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area military events starting May 24]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-military-events-starting-may-24/article/1552443?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-military-events-starting-may-24/article/1552443?custom_click=rss CALENDAR

MONDAY

Memorial Day Ceremony - Hosted by the Pikes Peak Veterans Council, 11 a.m., The Enlisted Association, 834 Emory Circle; Carmen, 570-9158, cspesek@gmail.com.

THURSDAY

Picnic 'N Planes 'N Burros - Bring a lunch and watch the Thunderbirds fly over for the Air Force Academy graduation, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Western Museum of Mining and Industry, 225 North Gate Blvd., $5 per vehicle; 488-0880, wmmi.org.

THROUGH MAY 31

Active Duty Military Ride Free - On Mountain Metropolitan Transit fixed-route buses. Present driver with military ID or wear full uniform; 385-7433, mmtransit.com.

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MONDAY

Memorial Day Ceremony - Hosted by the Pikes Peak Veterans Council, 11 a.m., The Enlisted Association, 834 Emory Circle; Carmen, 570-9158, cspesek@gmail.com.

THURSDAY

Picnic 'N Planes 'N Burros - Bring a lunch and watch the Thunderbirds fly over for the Air Force Academy graduation, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Western Museum of Mining and Industry, 225 North Gate Blvd., $5 per vehicle; 488-0880, wmmi.org.

THROUGH MAY 31

Active Duty Military Ride Free - On Mountain Metropolitan Transit fixed-route buses. Present driver with military ID or wear full uniform; 385-7433, mmtransit.com.]]> Sun, 24 May 2015 04:15:23 -0600