<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - military]]> http://gazette.com/rss/military Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:22:04 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Military pilot was killed in Virginia F-15 crash]]> http://gazette.com/military-pilot-was-killed-in-virginia-f-15-crash/article/feed/151465?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/military-pilot-was-killed-in-virginia-f-15-crash/article/feed/151465?custom_click=rss

DEERFIELD, Va. (AP) — The pilot of an F-15 jet that crashed this week in remote Virginia mountains was killed, military officials said Thursday, bringing to a sad end an exhaustive two-day search involving more than 100 local, state and federal officials as well as volunteers.

Col. James Keefe announced the news at the Massachusetts Air National Guard in Westfield, Mass., home of the 104th Fighter Wing with which the pilot and jet were based.

Keefe said his "thoughts and prayers are with the family" of the pilot, whose identity wasn't disclosed.

The jet crashed in the mountains of western Virginia on Wednesday morning, shaking residents but causing no injuries on the ground.

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]]> DEERFIELD, Va. (AP) — The pilot of an F-15 jet that crashed this week in remote Virginia mountains was killed, military officials said Thursday, bringing to a sad end an exhaustive two-day search involving more than 100 local, state and federal officials as well as volunteers.

Col. James Keefe announced the news at the Massachusetts Air National Guard in Westfield, Mass., home of the 104th Fighter Wing with which the pilot and jet were based.

Keefe said his "thoughts and prayers are with the family" of the pilot, whose identity wasn't disclosed.

The jet crashed in the mountains of western Virginia on Wednesday morning, shaking residents but causing no injuries on the ground.]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:01:48 -0600 <![CDATA[Atlanta police officer arrested in woman's death]]> http://gazette.com/atlanta-police-officer-arrested-in-womans-death/article/feed/151677?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/atlanta-police-officer-arrested-in-womans-death/article/feed/151677?custom_click=rss ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta Police officer arrested Thursday while trying to catch a flight to Mexico has been charged in the slaying of a 26-year-old woman he met online.

Tahreem Zeus Rana, 23, is scheduled to appear in court Friday after being arrested at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, where he was scheduled to board a plane to Monterrey, Mexico, according to a statement from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Vernicia Woodard was shot Friday in the city of Hapeville after meeting Rana in person for the first time, Hapeville Police told WGCL-TV in Atlanta. Authorities told the TV station that Rana is charged with murder, arson and kidnapping in connection with her death.

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]]> ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta Police officer arrested Thursday while trying to catch a flight to Mexico has been charged in the slaying of a 26-year-old woman he met online.

Tahreem Zeus Rana, 23, is scheduled to appear in court Friday after being arrested at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, where he was scheduled to board a plane to Monterrey, Mexico, according to a statement from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Vernicia Woodard was shot Friday in the city of Hapeville after meeting Rana in person for the first time, Hapeville Police told WGCL-TV in Atlanta. Authorities told the TV station that Rana is charged with murder, arson and kidnapping in connection with her death.]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:01:35 -0600 <![CDATA[Military officials in Massachusetts: Pilot died in F-15 jet crash in Virginia mountains]]> http://gazette.com/military-officials-in-massachusetts-pilot-died-in-f-15-jet-crash-in-virginia-mountains/article/feed/151673?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/military-officials-in-massachusetts-pilot-died-in-f-15-jet-crash-in-virginia-mountains/article/feed/151673?custom_click=rss WESTFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Military officials in Massachusetts: Pilot died in F-15 jet crash in Virginia mountains.

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WESTFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Military officials in Massachusetts: Pilot died in F-15 jet crash in Virginia mountains.]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:16:15 -0600
<![CDATA[Online magazine promotes jihadism, lists Air Force Academy as target]]> lisa walton lisa.walton@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/online-magazine-promotes-jihadism-lists-air-force-academy-as-target/article/1536470?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/online-magazine-promotes-jihadism-lists-air-force-academy-as-target/article/1536470?custom_click=rss

An English-language al-Qaeda magazine promoting jihadism and “lone-wolf” terrorists attacks lists the United States Air Force Academy as a potential terrorism target.

The online magazine, produced by al-Malahem, al-Qaeda’s Arabian Peninsula media division, also calls for the liberation of Palestine and lists other U.S. targets, including casinos and night clubs in Las Vegas, oil tankers and trains, the Georgia Military College, Times Square, and the General Atomics Headquarters in San Diego. Foreign targets include the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in England, and the London Thames House, along with “tourist resorts where Israelis, Britons or Ameri-cans stay.



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An English-language al-Qaeda magazine promoting jihadism and “lone-wolf” terrorists attacks lists the United States Air Force Academy as a potential terrorism target.

The online magazine, produced by al-Malahem, al-Qaeda’s Arabian Peninsula media division, also calls for the liberation of Palestine and lists other U.S. targets, including casinos and night clubs in Las Vegas, oil tankers and trains, the Georgia Military College, Times Square, and the General Atomics Headquarters in San Diego. Foreign targets include the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in England, and the London Thames House, along with “tourist resorts where Israelis, Britons or Ameri-cans stay.

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Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:11:49 -0600
<![CDATA[Man gets 27 years for robbing armored vehicle]]> http://gazette.com/man-gets-27-years-for-robbing-armored-vehicle/article/feed/151668?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-gets-27-years-for-robbing-armored-vehicle/article/feed/151668?custom_click=rss GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A D.C. man has been sentenced to 27 years in prison for robbing an armored vehicle in Glenarden.

Forty-eight-year-old Steven Vondell Williams was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Greenbelt.

According to evidence presented at trial, on May 3, 2011, Williams and another man robbed an armored truck that was dropping off cash at a 7-Eleven. Prosecutors say the two pointed handguns at the armored truck company's worker and made off with $30,000 in cash.

Prosecutors say police were able to track the robbers by a GPS device hidden in the money.

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Forty-eight-year-old Steven Vondell Williams was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Greenbelt.

According to evidence presented at trial, on May 3, 2011, Williams and another man robbed an armored truck that was dropping off cash at a 7-Eleven. Prosecutors say the two pointed handguns at the armored truck company's worker and made off with $30,000 in cash.

Prosecutors say police were able to track the robbers by a GPS device hidden in the money.]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:01:14 -0600 <![CDATA['Great Escape' survivors gather in Colorado Springs in reunion of former WWII POWs]]> By TOM ROEDeR tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/great-escape-survivors-gather-in-colorado-springs-in-reunion-of-former-wwii-pows/article/1536480?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/great-escape-survivors-gather-in-colorado-springs-in-reunion-of-former-wwii-pows/article/1536480?custom_click=rss

Seven decades haven't severed bonds built in captivity.

Veterans who survived Germany's Stalag Luft III say the connections built in the prison camp have expanded over that time, encompassing children, wives and grandkids. Seventeen survivors of the camp - all in their 90s - are in Colorado Springs this week along with more than 100 family members and supporters to revisit a time of pain, valor, camaraderie and tenacity.

"We're all friends," said Royal Air Force veteran Jim Stewart of New Brunswick, Canada. "We shared an experience.



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Seven decades haven't severed bonds built in captivity.

Veterans who survived Germany's Stalag Luft III say the connections built in the prison camp have expanded over that time, encompassing children, wives and grandkids. Seventeen survivors of the camp - all in their 90s - are in Colorado Springs this week along with more than 100 family members and supporters to revisit a time of pain, valor, camaraderie and tenacity.

"We're all friends," said Royal Air Force veteran Jim Stewart of New Brunswick, Canada. "We shared an experience.

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Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:30:13 -0600
<![CDATA[5 Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 29]]> http://gazette.com/5-things-to-know-in-florida-for-aug.-29/article/feed/151617?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/5-things-to-know-in-florida-for-aug.-29/article/feed/151617?custom_click=rss Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.

TEACHERS UNION, OTHERS SUE VOUCHER PROGRAM

Florida's teachers union along with the NAACP and organizations representing school boards and school officials are suing over the state's largest private school voucher program.The lawsuit filed Thursday seeks to dismantle a program that serves more than 60,000 students, many of them from low income families.

FLORIDA DEMOCRATS HOLD UNITY RALLIES

Just days after Florida's primary election, the state's Democrats are making a show of unity at rallies in Orlando and Fort Lauderdale. The rallies Thursday included appearances by U.S. Sen.

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TEACHERS UNION, OTHERS SUE VOUCHER PROGRAM

Florida's teachers union along with the NAACP and organizations representing school boards and school officials are suing over the state's largest private school voucher program.The lawsuit filed Thursday seeks to dismantle a program that serves more than 60,000 students, many of them from low income families.

FLORIDA DEMOCRATS HOLD UNITY RALLIES

Just days after Florida's primary election, the state's Democrats are making a show of unity at rallies in Orlando and Fort Lauderdale. The rallies Thursday included appearances by U.S. Sen.]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:01:57 -0600 <![CDATA[Burglars steal hand movement of triple amputee who's an Army vet]]> BY ALIA MALIK, SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS http://gazette.com/burglars-steal-hand-movement-of-triple-amputee-whos-an-army-vet/article/1536464?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/burglars-steal-hand-movement-of-triple-amputee-whos-an-army-vet/article/1536464?custom_click=rss

SAN ANTONIO — U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ben Eberle was smoking a cigarette Nov. 19, 2011, in the Tangi Valley of Afghanistan when he saw the blue wire.

He took one last drag of his cigarette, knowing what would come the moment the enemy detected his movement. He took off running and the IED exploded.

Eberle threw up his right arm to protect his face from the blast. He lost that hand, and both of his legs.

Almost three years later, Eberle, now 27 and medically retired, smoked a cigarette as he described the overnight burglary that cost him his right hand for the second time.

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SAN ANTONIO — U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ben Eberle was smoking a cigarette Nov. 19, 2011, in the Tangi Valley of Afghanistan when he saw the blue wire.

He took one last drag of his cigarette, knowing what would come the moment the enemy detected his movement. He took off running and the IED exploded.

Eberle threw up his right arm to protect his face from the blast. He lost that hand, and both of his legs.

Almost three years later, Eberle, now 27 and medically retired, smoked a cigarette as he described the overnight burglary that cost him his right hand for the second time.

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Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:25:00 -0600
<![CDATA[Attorney general hopeful Tolman releases new TV ad]]> http://gazette.com/attorney-general-hopeful-tolman-releases-new-tv-ad/article/feed/151558?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/attorney-general-hopeful-tolman-releases-new-tv-ad/article/feed/151558?custom_click=rss BOSTON (AP) — Democratic candidate for attorney general Warren Tolman has released a new television ad focusing on the issue of guns.

The ad shows Tolman outside the National Rifle Association's headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia, pledging to push for so-called "smart gun technology," including fingerprint trigger locks, on all new guns sold in the state — something he's said he could do without new legislation as the state's top law enforcement officer.

In the 30-second spot, Tolman also points to his efforts as a state lawmaker to force tobacco companies to disclose ingredients in cigarettes.

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]]> BOSTON (AP) — Democratic candidate for attorney general Warren Tolman has released a new television ad focusing on the issue of guns.

The ad shows Tolman outside the National Rifle Association's headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia, pledging to push for so-called "smart gun technology," including fingerprint trigger locks, on all new guns sold in the state — something he's said he could do without new legislation as the state's top law enforcement officer.

In the 30-second spot, Tolman also points to his efforts as a state lawmaker to force tobacco companies to disclose ingredients in cigarettes.]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:19:38 -0600 <![CDATA[Votel takes helm of US Special Operations Command]]> http://gazette.com/votel-takes-helm-of-us-special-operations-command/article/feed/151559?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/votel-takes-helm-of-us-special-operations-command/article/feed/151559?custom_click=rss TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Army Gen. Joseph Votel has taken the helm of U.S. Special Operations Command located at MacDill Air Force Base.

The 56-year-old general assumed command during a ceremony at the Tampa Convention Center on Thursday.

He replaces Navy Admiral William McRaven, who is retiring.

Votel's last assignment was commander of the Joint Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg.

At Fort Bragg, Votel had a direct role in planning Special Operations Forces missions, like clandestine raids to kill and capture enemy leaders.

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]]> TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Army Gen. Joseph Votel has taken the helm of U.S. Special Operations Command located at MacDill Air Force Base.

The 56-year-old general assumed command during a ceremony at the Tampa Convention Center on Thursday.

He replaces Navy Admiral William McRaven, who is retiring.

Votel's last assignment was commander of the Joint Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg.

At Fort Bragg, Votel had a direct role in planning Special Operations Forces missions, like clandestine raids to kill and capture enemy leaders.]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:02:50 -0600 <![CDATA[Beretta celebrates groundbreaking in Tennessee]]> http://gazette.com/beretta-celebrates-groundbreaking-in-tennessee/article/feed/151444?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/beretta-celebrates-groundbreaking-in-tennessee/article/feed/151444?custom_click=rss GALLATIN, Tenn. (AP) — Company and state officials are celebrating the groundbreaking at Italian gun-maker Beretta USA's new plant in Tennessee.

Berretta announced in January that it would build a new manufacturing and research facility in the Nashville suburb of Gallatin.

The company later announced in July that concerns over a strict gun-control law enacted in Maryland last year have made it necessary to move all its weapons making from there to Tennessee. Several states began wooing Beretta from Maryland after the gun-control measures were enacted there last year.

Beretta has operated in Italy since 1526. The family-owned company makes a variety of firearms, ranging from hunting shotguns to the U.S. Armed Forces M-

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]]> GALLATIN, Tenn. (AP) — Company and state officials are celebrating the groundbreaking at Italian gun-maker Beretta USA's new plant in Tennessee.

Berretta announced in January that it would build a new manufacturing and research facility in the Nashville suburb of Gallatin.

The company later announced in July that concerns over a strict gun-control law enacted in Maryland last year have made it necessary to move all its weapons making from there to Tennessee. Several states began wooing Beretta from Maryland after the gun-control measures were enacted there last year.

Beretta has operated in Italy since 1526. The family-owned company makes a variety of firearms, ranging from hunting shotguns to the U.S. Armed Forces M-]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:02:50 -0600 <![CDATA[Obama to speak ahead of national security meeting]]> http://gazette.com/obama-to-speak-ahead-of-national-security-meeting/article/feed/151560?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/obama-to-speak-ahead-of-national-security-meeting/article/feed/151560?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will speak at 4 p.m. from the White House before convening a meeting with his national security team on the militant threat in Syria and Iraq.

The U.S. is already launching airstrikes against Islamic State group targets in Iraq and Obama is considering similar action in Syria.

The president's remarks also come amid increased tensions between Russia and Ukraine. Officials in Ukraine say two Russian military columns rolled into the southeastern part of the country after missiles were fired at a border post.

The U.S. and European Union have levied economic sanctions against Russia as punishment for its provocations, but the penalties appear to have had little impact on Russian Pre

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The U.S. is already launching airstrikes against Islamic State group targets in Iraq and Obama is considering similar action in Syria.

The president's remarks also come amid increased tensions between Russia and Ukraine. Officials in Ukraine say two Russian military columns rolled into the southeastern part of the country after missiles were fired at a border post.

The U.S. and European Union have levied economic sanctions against Russia as punishment for its provocations, but the penalties appear to have had little impact on Russian Pre]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:48:16 -0600 <![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Citizen Soldier Connection]]> By Linda Navarro, The Gazette, linda.navarro@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/around-town-citizen-soldier-connection/article/1536452?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-citizen-soldier-connection/article/1536452?custom_click=rss

The Citizen Soldier Connection, a group of local citizens stepping in to support military and their families stationed here, recently took to the links for a Friend-Raiser Golf Outing at Cheyenne Shadows Golf Course.

Foursomes were made up of two soldiers and two local citizens.

Prior to teeing up, members of the nonprofit Citizen Soldier Connection had held an auction fundraiser.

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The Citizen Soldier Connection, a group of local citizens stepping in to support military and their families stationed here, recently took to the links for a Friend-Raiser Golf Outing at Cheyenne Shadows Golf Course.

Foursomes were made up of two soldiers and two local citizens.

Prior to teeing up, members of the nonprofit Citizen Soldier Connection had held an auction fundraiser.

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Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:30:02 -0600
<![CDATA[NORAD sends fighter jets to escort flight after passengers' 'disruptive behaviour']]> By Robert S. Johnson, rob.johnson@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/norad-sends-fighter-jets-to-escort-flight-after-passengers-disruptive-behaviour/article/1536394?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/norad-sends-fighter-jets-to-escort-flight-after-passengers-disruptive-behaviour/article/1536394?custom_click=rss

A Sunwing Airlines flight to Cuba was escorted into Toronto by two Canadian fighter jets on Wednesday evening, NORAD said.

Sunwing Flight 656 was about midway through its flight from Toronto to Cuba when the pilot of the 737 aircraft was alerted to a fight between passengers and alerted NORAD. The jet was over South Carolina at the time, said Maj. Julie Roberge, public affairs officer of U.S. Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base.

"There was a disturbance on board and the pilot decided to turn the flight back around to Toronto," Roberge said. "The matter was turned over to local authorities when they landed."

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A Sunwing Airlines flight to Cuba was escorted into Toronto by two Canadian fighter jets on Wednesday evening, NORAD said.

Sunwing Flight 656 was about midway through its flight from Toronto to Cuba when the pilot of the 737 aircraft was alerted to a fight between passengers and alerted NORAD. The jet was over South Carolina at the time, said Maj. Julie Roberge, public affairs officer of U.S. Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base.

"There was a disturbance on board and the pilot decided to turn the flight back around to Toronto," Roberge said. "The matter was turned over to local authorities when they landed."

Two CF-18s based out of Bagotville, Quebec, escorted the flight back to Toronto's Pearson Airport, where

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Thu, 28 Aug 2014 07:58:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Rocket launch from Wallops Island tests new tech]]> http://gazette.com/rocket-launch-from-wallops-island-tests-new-tech/article/feed/151464?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rocket-launch-from-wallops-island-tests-new-tech/article/feed/151464?custom_click=rss WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) — NASA is reviewing data from a rocket launch that tested a new sub-payload deployment method for suborbital rockets.

NASA says a Black Brant IX suborbital rocket was launched at 5 a.m. Thursday from the agency's Wallops Island Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

The new deployment method uses small rocket motors to eject sub-payloads from a rocket's main payload. Thursday's test included releasing vapor traces in space.

The agency says vapor clouds resulting from the test, along with the launch, were seen as far away as southern New Jersey, western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

The NASA Sounding Rocket Program Office is reviewing data on the test

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]]> WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) — NASA is reviewing data from a rocket launch that tested a new sub-payload deployment method for suborbital rockets.

NASA says a Black Brant IX suborbital rocket was launched at 5 a.m. Thursday from the agency's Wallops Island Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

The new deployment method uses small rocket motors to eject sub-payloads from a rocket's main payload. Thursday's test included releasing vapor traces in space.

The agency says vapor clouds resulting from the test, along with the launch, were seen as far away as southern New Jersey, western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

The NASA Sounding Rocket Program Office is reviewing data on the test]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 07:16:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Front Range veterans health system to resume surgeries]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/front-range-veterans-health-system-to-resume-surgeries/article/1536418?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/front-range-veterans-health-system-to-resume-surgeries/article/1536418?custom_click=rss DENVER — The Veterans Affairs Eastern Colorado Health Care System is restarting surgical procedures.

The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/1qAGxnp ) that surgeries resume Thursday. The system ceased surgical procedures on Friday over concerns about its air-handling units.

There were 115 procedure cancellations, with 17 urgent cases being sent to outside facilities.

The system says it has inspected facilities and is ready to resume surgical procedures.

Veterans who had their appointments cancelled will receive rescheduling priority. The system is based in Denver and serves veterans throughout the Front Range of Colorado.

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DENVER — The Veterans Affairs Eastern Colorado Health Care System is restarting surgical procedures.

The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/1qAGxnp ) that surgeries resume Thursday. The system ceased surgical procedures on Friday over concerns about its air-handling units.

There were 115 procedure cancellations, with 17 urgent cases being sent to outside facilities.

The system says it has inspected facilities and is ready to resume surgical procedures.

Veterans who had their appointments cancelled will receive rescheduling priority. The system is based in Denver and serves veterans throughout the Front Range of Colorado.

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Thu, 28 Aug 2014 07:03:04 -0600
<![CDATA[Saratoga Race Course honors military services]]> http://gazette.com/saratoga-race-course-honors-military-services/article/feed/151426?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/saratoga-race-course-honors-military-services/article/feed/151426?custom_click=rss SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — It's Military Appreciation Day at Saratoga Race Course, with free admission for all U.S. military service members and veterans and special ceremonies honoring active duty members and veterans throughout the afternoon.

The New York Racing Association will pay tribute to its service member and veteran employees with a ceremony in the winner's circle as United States Military Academy Master Sergeant MaryKay Messenger performs the National Anthem.

Later, veterans of World War II will ring the traditional Saratoga bell in the winner's circle to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion and the Battle of the Bulge.

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]]> SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — It's Military Appreciation Day at Saratoga Race Course, with free admission for all U.S. military service members and veterans and special ceremonies honoring active duty members and veterans throughout the afternoon.

The New York Racing Association will pay tribute to its service member and veteran employees with a ceremony in the winner's circle as United States Military Academy Master Sergeant MaryKay Messenger performs the National Anthem.

Later, veterans of World War II will ring the traditional Saratoga bell in the winner's circle to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion and the Battle of the Bulge.

Artwork will be on display from veterans participating in an art therapy p]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 05:00:36 -0600 <![CDATA[Chile sailor publicly discloses his homosexuality]]> http://gazette.com/chile-sailor-publicly-discloses-his-homosexuality/article/feed/151389?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/chile-sailor-publicly-discloses-his-homosexuality/article/feed/151389?custom_click=rss

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A sailor with Chile's navy on Wednesday announced he is gay, an unprecedented public declaration in this socially conservative South American nation.

Chile has traditionally been a tough place for homosexuals, although the country decriminalized gay sex in 1999 and attitudes toward gays are evolving. The killing of a gay man in Chile 2012 set off a national debate that prompted Congress to pass a hate crimes law.

At a press conference Wednesday, 24-year-old sailor Mauricio Ruiz told reporters he hoped the public disclosure about his sexuality will help dispel myths that gays can't be effective members of Chile's armed forces.

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Chile has traditionally been a tough place for homosexuals, although the country decriminalized gay sex in 1999 and attitudes toward gays are evolving. The killing of a gay man in Chile 2012 set off a national debate that prompted Congress to pass a hate crimes law.

At a press conference Wednesday, 24-year-old sailor Mauricio Ruiz told reporters he hoped the public disclosure about his sexuality will help dispel myths that gays can't be effective members of Chile's armed forces.]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 23:30:43 -0600 <![CDATA[New counterterrorism units at Australian airports]]> http://gazette.com/new-counterterrorism-units-at-australian-airports/article/feed/151055?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-counterterrorism-units-at-australian-airports/article/feed/151055?custom_click=rss CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — New counterterrorism units have been working at Australia's two largest airports since last week and had already prevented two suspected jihadists from leaving the country, officials said.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Wednesday that the units operating at Sydney and Melbourne airports would soon be introduced at all Australian international airports to monitor the movements of travelers on security watch lists. Biometric screening of passengers will also be introduced at the airports.

"I'm advised that these new units have already intercepted at least one person of interest," Abbott told Parliament. "This government will do — I'm sure this Parliament will do — everything that is reasonab

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Wednesday that the units operating at Sydney and Melbourne airports would soon be introduced at all Australian international airports to monitor the movements of travelers on security watch lists. Biometric screening of passengers will also be introduced at the airports.

"I'm advised that these new units have already intercepted at least one person of interest," Abbott told Parliament. "This government will do — I'm sure this Parliament will do — everything that is reasonab]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:48:37 -0600 <![CDATA[Drone with camera spotted over Panthers stadium]]> http://gazette.com/drone-with-camera-spotted-over-panthers-stadium/article/feed/151349?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/drone-with-camera-spotted-over-panthers-stadium/article/feed/151349?custom_click=rss CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Police in North Carolina briefly detained and questioned a man who flew a drone with a camera mounted on it over a stadium during an NFL preseason game.

Area news media outlets report that the drone was spotted during the Aug. 17 game between the Carolina Panthers and the Kansas City Chiefs at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

The Federal Aviation Administration limits aircraft use near major sporting events, and prohibits unmanned aircraft at sites designated as "Class B" venues, which includes Bank of America Stadium.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police department spokesman Rob Tufano did not say what explanation the drone operator gave for using the prohibited aircraft.

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Area news media outlets report that the drone was spotted during the Aug. 17 game between the Carolina Panthers and the Kansas City Chiefs at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

The Federal Aviation Administration limits aircraft use near major sporting events, and prohibits unmanned aircraft at sites designated as "Class B" venues, which includes Bank of America Stadium.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police department spokesman Rob Tufano did not say what explanation the drone operator gave for using the prohibited aircraft.]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:34:06 -0600 <![CDATA[GOP's Ducey, Dems' DuVal hit campaign trail]]> http://gazette.com/gops-ducey-dems-duval-hit-campaign-trail/article/feed/151083?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gops-ducey-dems-duval-hit-campaign-trail/article/feed/151083?custom_click=rss

PHOENIX (AP) — Democrat Fred DuVal faced his first attack ad Wednesday as the general election contest in the Arizona governor's race kicked off in earnest.

Republican nominee Doug Ducey and DuVal were preparing to launch tours around the state the day after Ducey scored a resounding victory in a six-way GOP primary and DuVal moved on to the general uncontested.

The hit against DuVal, launched by the Republican Governor's Association, shows that the race is sure to be gritty and possibly ugly.

The RGA ad blamed DuVal for a big rise in tuition at the state's three four-year universities during his tenure as a member of the Board of Regents.

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Republican nominee Doug Ducey and DuVal were preparing to launch tours around the state the day after Ducey scored a resounding victory in a six-way GOP primary and DuVal moved on to the general uncontested.

The hit against DuVal, launched by the Republican Governor's Association, shows that the race is sure to be gritty and possibly ugly.

The RGA ad blamed DuVal for a big rise in tuition at the state's three four-year universities during his tenure as a member of the Board of Regents.

"Under DuVal, tuition and fees rose 99 percent, doubling the price of col]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:31:35 -0600 <![CDATA[Sheriff's Office: Military jet crashes in Virginia]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/sheriffs-office-military-jet-crashes-in-virginia/article/1536355?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sheriffs-office-military-jet-crashes-in-virginia/article/1536355?custom_click=rss DEERFIELD, Va. — A sheriff's dispatcher says officials believe a military jet has crashed in western Virginia, but there is no word on the condition of those onboard.

Augusta County Sheriff's Office dispatcher Becky Coynter says witnesses reported hearing a loud noise that sounded like an explosion just before 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Coynter says military officials in Washington told local authorities that communication with a military jet had been lost.

A news release from state police says officials located a crash site in Deerfield, with heavy smoke coming from the side of a mountain. The statement says state and local police are trying to reach the site.

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DEERFIELD, Va. — A sheriff's dispatcher says officials believe a military jet has crashed in western Virginia, but there is no word on the condition of those onboard.

Augusta County Sheriff's Office dispatcher Becky Coynter says witnesses reported hearing a loud noise that sounded like an explosion just before 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Coynter says military officials in Washington told local authorities that communication with a military jet had been lost.

A news release from state police says officials located a crash site in Deerfield, with heavy smoke coming from the side of a mountain. The statement says state and local police are trying to reach the site.

State police say no injuries on the ground have been

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Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:20:26 -0600
<![CDATA[Fort Carson drills for terrorist strike]]> By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/fort-carson-drills-for-terrorist-strike/article/1536294?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-carson-drills-for-terrorist-strike/article/1536294?custom_click=rss

Tuesday brought the first major disaster exercise at Fort Carson since 2011.

It's not that the soldiers there have gone untrained, commanders said. Instead, troops at the post faced the real thing in 2012 and 2013 with the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest fires. The region's lack of disaster so far in 2014 prompted the need for the drill.

"The last two years, we have responded in the real world," said Col. Joel Hamilton, the post's garrison commander.

Compared to the two most destructive wildfires in Colorado's history, Tuesday's training may seem tame. The scenario, complete with props and soldiers acting out injuries, was a car bomb strike on the post by a disgruntled worker.

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It's not that the soldiers there have gone untrained, commanders said. Instead, troops at the post faced the real thing in 2012 and 2013 with the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest fires. The region's lack of disaster so far in 2014 prompted the need for the drill.

"The last two years, we have responded in the real world," said Col. Joel Hamilton, the post's garrison commander.

Compared to the two most destructive wildfires in Colorado's history, Tuesday's training may seem tame. The scenario, complete with props and soldiers acting out injuries, was a car bomb strike on the post by a disgruntled worker.]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 18:24:46 -0600 <![CDATA[Thousands of postcards shipped to the Pentagon in support of Fort Carson]]> By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/thousands-of-postcards-shipped-to-the-pentagon-in-support-of-fort-carson/article/1536244?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/thousands-of-postcards-shipped-to-the-pentagon-in-support-of-fort-carson/article/1536244?custom_click=rss

Fort Carson boosters gathered more than 4,000 postcards in support of the post as part of a push to stave off steep cuts in the number of soldiers there.

The weeklong effort to bolster public support for the post wrapped up Monday as the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance shipped the signed postcards to the Pentagon, where Army officials are pondering cuts of up to 16,000 troops at Fort Carson and 29 other installations nationwide. The deadline for public comment on an environmental analysis of the cuts was midnight Monday.

Andy Merritt, the alliance's chief of defense industries, said the postcards could put Fort Carson ahead of its peers "if we get down to those tie-breaking factors.



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Fort Carson boosters gathered more than 4,000 postcards in support of the post as part of a push to stave off steep cuts in the number of soldiers there.

The weeklong effort to bolster public support for the post wrapped up Monday as the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance shipped the signed postcards to the Pentagon, where Army officials are pondering cuts of up to 16,000 troops at Fort Carson and 29 other installations nationwide. The deadline for public comment on an environmental analysis of the cuts was midnight Monday.

Andy Merritt, the alliance's chief of defense industries, said the postcards could put Fort Carson ahead of its peers "if we get down to those tie-breaking factors.

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Tue, 26 Aug 2014 10:20:04 -0600
<![CDATA[Funeral Tuesday for Colorado Marine who wanted to surprise brother]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/funeral-tuesday-for-colorado-marine-who-wanted-to-surprise-brother/article/1536274?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/funeral-tuesday-for-colorado-marine-who-wanted-to-surprise-brother/article/1536274?custom_click=rss FORT COLLINS — Family and friends are gathering to remember the Colorado Marine killed in a crash on his way home to surprise his little brother.

The funeral for Lance Cpl. Brennan Ching will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Faith Evangelical Church in Fort Collins.

He died in a rollover crash in central Utah on Aug. 15 while traveling from California to Fort Collins.

The Coloradoan (http://noconow.co/1sUHo4N ) reported that Ching told his sister he was planning to take his brother, 8-year-old Alex Vicary, to his first day of second grade.

The newspaper published a story about Ching coming home to surprise Alex last March after the little boy sent a letter to the Easter bunny asking that his brother be



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FORT COLLINS — Family and friends are gathering to remember the Colorado Marine killed in a crash on his way home to surprise his little brother.

The funeral for Lance Cpl. Brennan Ching will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Faith Evangelical Church in Fort Collins.

He died in a rollover crash in central Utah on Aug. 15 while traveling from California to Fort Collins.

The Coloradoan (http://noconow.co/1sUHo4N ) reported that Ching told his sister he was planning to take his brother, 8-year-old Alex Vicary, to his first day of second grade.

The newspaper published a story about Ching coming home to surprise Alex last March after the little boy sent a letter to the Easter bunny asking that his brother be

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Tue, 26 Aug 2014 06:43:41 -0600
<![CDATA[Army: Shooter injured self, no others on Va. base]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/army-shooter-injured-self-no-others-on-va.-base/article/1536230?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/army-shooter-injured-self-no-others-on-va.-base/article/1536230?custom_click=rss

FORT LEE, Va. — The Army says early reports indicate that a female soldier turned a gun on herself and fired one shot, injuring herself, on a central Virginia base.

The Army put Fort Lee on lockdown Monday morning, with a report of an active shooter. Officials say the soldier had a gun inside a four-story building that is the headquarters for the Army's Combined Arms Support Command.

Pentagon spokeswoman Alayne Conway says the shooter did not wound anyone, but she was uncertain of the shooter's status. Virginia Commonwealth University says one patient was brought in to its Medical Center but did not give other details.

The lockdown has been lifted.

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FORT LEE, Va. — The Army says early reports indicate that a female soldier turned a gun on herself and fired one shot, injuring herself, on a central Virginia base.

The Army put Fort Lee on lockdown Monday morning, with a report of an active shooter. Officials say the soldier had a gun inside a four-story building that is the headquarters for the Army's Combined Arms Support Command.

Pentagon spokeswoman Alayne Conway says the shooter did not wound anyone, but she was uncertain of the shooter's status. Virginia Commonwealth University says one patient was brought in to its Medical Center but did not give other details.

The lockdown has been lifted.

Fort Lee is 25 miles south of Richmond and 130 miles

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Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:38:33 -0600
<![CDATA[New Air Force Space Command boss outlines big rules]]> By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/new-air-force-space-command-boss-outlines-big-rules/article/1536183?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-air-force-space-command-boss-outlines-big-rules/article/1536183?custom_click=rss

Air Force Space Command got a new leader, but not a new face, when Gen. John Hyten took command Aug. 15.

"It's a dream job," he said.

The general, who replaced Gen. William Shelton, has served as the top deputy for the Peterson Air Force Base command since 2012. He also had a stint as boss of the 50th Space Wing at Schriever Air Force Base.

Hyten, though, is bringing new rules.

In his speech at the change-of-command ceremony, Hyten laid out what he called two red lines that the command's 40,000 employees and airmen will cross at their peril.

"I can handle any news that comes through my door except old news," Hyten told a crowd of dignitaries, airmen and brass.



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Air Force Space Command got a new leader, but not a new face, when Gen. John Hyten took command Aug. 15.

"It's a dream job," he said.

The general, who replaced Gen. William Shelton, has served as the top deputy for the Peterson Air Force Base command since 2012. He also had a stint as boss of the 50th Space Wing at Schriever Air Force Base.

Hyten, though, is bringing new rules.

In his speech at the change-of-command ceremony, Hyten laid out what he called two red lines that the command's 40,000 employees and airmen will cross at their peril.

"I can handle any news that comes through my door except old news," Hyten told a crowd of dignitaries, airmen and brass.

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Sun, 24 Aug 2014 09:57:22 -0600
<![CDATA[Guard leader, Woodland Park's Capozzela, retires in September]]> By Tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/guard-leader-woodland-parks-capozzela-retires-in-september/article/1536182?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guard-leader-woodland-parks-capozzela-retires-in-september/article/1536182?custom_click=rss

The Colorado Army National Guard's commander is retiring in September after a 27-year career.

In one of her final acts as boss, Brig. Gen. Dana Capozzella will re-enlist her son, Nathaniel Utter.

"This is my other family," she said this month. "My Guard family."

Capozzella, of Woodland Park, took command of the Army half of the state Guard in 2009 and led her troops through wartime deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan along with response to fires and floods on the Front Range.

She said the military service taught her one big lesson.

"To be successful, you have to be prepared for opportunities," she said.

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In one of her final acts as boss, Brig. Gen. Dana Capozzella will re-enlist her son, Nathaniel Utter.

"This is my other family," she said this month. "My Guard family."

Capozzella, of Woodland Park, took command of the Army half of the state Guard in 2009 and led her troops through wartime deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan along with response to fires and floods on the Front Range.

She said the military service taught her one big lesson.

"To be successful, you have to be prepared for opportunities," she said.]]> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 09:50:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Fort Carson to welcome home about 100 soldiers]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/fort-carson-to-welcome-home-about-100-soldiers/article/1536139?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-carson-to-welcome-home-about-100-soldiers/article/1536139?custom_click=rss

FORT CARSON — About 100 soldiers who were serving in Kuwait are scheduled to return to Fort Carson early Sunday morning.

They were among about 2,500 soldiers from the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division who were deployed in September and will be the last from the combat team to return to Fort Carson.

The soldiers partnered with the Kuwaiti Armed Forces to help with security cooperation, joint exercises and training. Their homecoming ceremony will be held at the Special Events Center on post at 5 a.m. Sunday.



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FORT CARSON — About 100 soldiers who were serving in Kuwait are scheduled to return to Fort Carson early Sunday morning.

They were among about 2,500 soldiers from the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division who were deployed in September and will be the last from the combat team to return to Fort Carson.

The soldiers partnered with the Kuwaiti Armed Forces to help with security cooperation, joint exercises and training. Their homecoming ceremony will be held at the Special Events Center on post at 5 a.m. Sunday.

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Sat, 23 Aug 2014 20:16:27 -0600
<![CDATA[Senators call for investigation into AFA sex assaults]]> By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/senators-call-for-investigation-into-afa-sex-assaults/article/1536062?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/senators-call-for-investigation-into-afa-sex-assaults/article/1536062?custom_click=rss

The case of a cadet informant and the agent who handled his tips could face an investigation from the federal Office of Special Counsel under a request from two senators.

The review would determine whether Office of Special Investigations agent Brandon Enos and former cadet Eric Thomas faced retaliation for uncovering misconduct at the school, including sexual assaults by athletes.

The work of Thomas and Enos was uncovered in a Gazette investigation last year that examined whether Thomas was kicked out of the school for his work as an informant. Enos was a key figure in Operation Gridiron, exposed in a Gazette investigation into athlete misconduct this month.

"We are especially concerned by Staff Sgt.



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The case of a cadet informant and the agent who handled his tips could face an investigation from the federal Office of Special Counsel under a request from two senators.

The review would determine whether Office of Special Investigations agent Brandon Enos and former cadet Eric Thomas faced retaliation for uncovering misconduct at the school, including sexual assaults by athletes.

The work of Thomas and Enos was uncovered in a Gazette investigation last year that examined whether Thomas was kicked out of the school for his work as an informant. Enos was a key figure in Operation Gridiron, exposed in a Gazette investigation into athlete misconduct this month.

"We are especially concerned by Staff Sgt.

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Sat, 23 Aug 2014 10:28:06 -0600