<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - military]]> http://gazette.com/rss/military Mon, 25 Jul 2016 05:59:47 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Coast Guard airlifts 2 from cruise ship off Virginia coast]]> http://gazette.com/coast-guard-airlifts-2-from-cruise-ship-off-virginia-coast/article/feed/376463?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/coast-guard-airlifts-2-from-cruise-ship-off-virginia-coast/article/feed/376463?custom_click=rss PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — The Coast Guard flew out two cruise ship passengers by medevac from off the Virginia Coast.

Media outlets report that early Sunday, the Sector Hampton Roads Command Center in Portsmouth was notified that two men experienced "medical complications" while on the Norwegian Gem cruise ship about 75 miles northeast of Cape Henry.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and a C-130 Hercules aircraft crew launched shortly before 4 a.m. from Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Both men were hoisted on board the helicopter shortly after 5 a.m.

The men were flown to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk for treatment.

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]]> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 06:40:50 -0600 <![CDATA[Upstate woman to become top enlisted airman in NY Air Guard]]> http://gazette.com/upstate-woman-to-become-top-enlisted-airman-in-ny-air-guard/article/feed/376460?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/upstate-woman-to-become-top-enlisted-airman-in-ny-air-guard/article/feed/376460?custom_click=rss ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A veteran of the war in Afghanistan is set to become the first woman to hold the top enlisted airman's position in the New York Air National Guard.

State Division of Military and Naval Affairs officials say Chief Master Sgt. Amy Gianquinto of Ballston Spa in Saratoga County will formally take over the position of command chief master sergeant during a ceremony being held early Monday afternoon at the agency's headquarters in suburban Albany.

As command chief master sergeant Gianquinto will be the top enlisted airman among the state's 5,800-member Air Guard. She'll report directly to the commander of the Air National Guard on issues pertaining to enlisted personnel.

She's replacing Chief Master Sgt.

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]]> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 06:28:31 -0600 <![CDATA[Philippine leader declares ceasefire with communist rebels]]> http://gazette.com/philippine-leader-declares-ceasefire-with-communist-rebels/article/feed/376427?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/philippine-leader-declares-ceasefire-with-communist-rebels/article/feed/376427?custom_click=rss

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared a unilateral cease-fire with communist guerrillas effectively immediately Monday and asked the rebels to do the same to end decades of deadly violence and foster the resumption of peace talks.

In his first state of the nation address before Congress, Duterte said he wanted a "permanent and lasting peace" before the end of his six-year term, which commenced on June 30. The ex-city mayor, who built a name for his tough, crime-busting style, also focused on his battle against illegal drugs, threatening drug dealers anew with death.

Addressing the New People's Army guerrillas, Duterte said: "Let us end these decades of ambuscades and skirmishes. We are goi

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]]> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 06:03:30 -0600 <![CDATA[Clinton, Trump both stumping in North Carolina on Monday]]> http://gazette.com/clinton-trump-both-stumping-in-north-carolina-on-monday/article/feed/376429?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/clinton-trump-both-stumping-in-north-carolina-on-monday/article/feed/376429?custom_click=rss CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Both Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump are scheduled to speak this week in North Carolina.

Clinton visits Charlotte on Monday to speak to a Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention.

Meanwhile, Trump and running mate Mike Pence appear in Winston-Salem on Monday evening. Party officials say Gov. Pat McCrory and U.S. Sen. Richard Burr will also be on hand for that event.

Trump is scheduled to address the VFW convention on Tuesday.

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]]> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 06:02:19 -0600 <![CDATA[Civilians, fall in! Army's Fort Jackson wants you to visit]]> http://gazette.com/civilians-fall-in-armys-fort-jackson-wants-you-to-visit/article/feed/376430?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/civilians-fall-in-armys-fort-jackson-wants-you-to-visit/article/feed/376430?custom_click=rss FORT JACKSON, S.C. (AP) — The Army's largest basic training installation is inviting civilians to learn what happens when soldiers go through basic combat training.

Fort Jackson commander Brig. Gen. John Johnson says members of the public may take part in a daylong tour of his installation on Aug. 4.

The tour will introduce them to drill sergeants, show them what happens during soldiers' first days in the military and teaches the basics of marksmanship with an M-16 simulator.

Lunch is included at a cost of $5.55. The event begins at 7:30 a.m. and is open to people 13 and older. Space is limited and reservations are required by July 29.

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]]> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 05:51:36 -0600 <![CDATA[Former top Chinese general sentenced for taking bribes]]> http://gazette.com/former-top-chinese-general-sentenced-for-taking-bribes/article/feed/376441?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-top-chinese-general-sentenced-for-taking-bribes/article/feed/376441?custom_click=rss BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese military court on Monday sentenced a former top general to life in prison for taking bribes, concluding China's highest-level prosecution of a military figure in decades.

Guo Boxiong was also stripped of his rank and forced to hand over all his assets to the Chinese government, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

Guo, 74, is a former vice chairman of the Central Military Commission, which is led by Xi Jinping, China's president and leader of the ruling Communist Party. Guo also was once among the 25 members of the party's Politburo.

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]]> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 05:51:16 -0600 <![CDATA[Obama aide visits China after South China Sea ruling]]> http://gazette.com/obama-aide-visits-china-after-south-china-sea-ruling/article/feed/376382?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/obama-aide-visits-china-after-south-china-sea-ruling/article/feed/376382?custom_click=rss

BEIJING (AP) — U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice held talks with Chinese officials Monday in the highest-level visit by a White House official since an international tribunal issued a ruling that invalidated China's expansive claims in the South China Sea.

The tribunal's July 12 ruling delivered a victory to the Philippines, a U.S. ally, but angered China and appears set to heighten regional tensions. The U.S., whose navy patrols the waters, has called on China to abide by the ruling while also urging calm.

The topic was not raised in opening remarks in front of reporters at Rice's meeting with China's top diplomat, State Councilor Yang Jiechi.

On Monday, Rice told Yang that the U.S.

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]]> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 04:27:30 -0600 <![CDATA[VIDEO: World-record rocket launches from Fort Carson]]> http://gazette.com/video-world-record-rocket-launches-from-fort-carson/article/1581094?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/video-world-record-rocket-launches-from-fort-carson/article/1581094?custom_click=rss

About 300 students and 50 mentors worked over the course of five summers to make amateur rocket science history Sunday morning.

The world's largest sport rocket successfully launched from Fort Carson's Camp Red Devil just after 11 a.m. It stood 50 feet tall and weighed 1,245 pounds.

The rocket, the Future Heavy, was sponsored by United Launch Alliance, Ball Aerospace and the Space Foundation.

It was built by United Launch Alliance interns. Ball Aerospace interns and Colorado K-12 students built payloads, or onboard experiments.

The Ball Aerospace interns built the rocket's four largest payloads. Their concepts included search and rescue missions via unmanned aerial vehicles, deploying an off-road vehicle and an



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Sun, 24 Jul 2016 23:23:08 -0600
<![CDATA[101st Air Refueling Wing has a new commander]]> http://gazette.com/101st-air-refueling-wing-has-a-new-commander/article/feed/376384?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/101st-air-refueling-wing-has-a-new-commander/article/feed/376384?custom_click=rss AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The National Guard unit that performs midair refueling of aircraft has a new commander.

A ceremony was held this month for Col. Frank W. Roy, who's now serving as commander of the 101st Air Refueling Wing in Bangor.

Brig. Gen. Douglas Farnham, adjutant general of the Maine National Guard, calls him an "excellent officer and the logical choice" thanks to his experience and work ethic.

Roy has more than 30 years of military service and 3,300 hours as a command pilot. He began his military career in 1986 as a medic in the Maine Army National Guard. He transitioned to the Maine Air National Guard and the 101st Air Refueling Wing in 1993.

Roy replaced Col. Adam H. Jenkins, who retired in July.

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]]> Sun, 24 Jul 2016 23:10:16 -0600 <![CDATA[Coast Guard concerned about spike in paddler deaths]]> http://gazette.com/coast-guard-concerned-about-spike-in-paddler-deaths/article/feed/376277?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/coast-guard-concerned-about-spike-in-paddler-deaths/article/feed/376277?custom_click=rss PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — As the popularity of paddle sports surges, the Coast Guard is urging kayakers, canoeists and paddleboarders to be prepared before venturing out following a rise in deaths in the past year.

Eighteen people have died in New England since October, compared to seven in the 12-month period that ended in October, said Nicole Grolls, a Coast Guard spokeswoman in Boston.

The problem can partly be attributed to the growing popularity of paddleboards, kayaks and canoes but too many paddlers are unprepared for changing conditions, don't have appropriate safety gear and lack skills needed to stay safe when the unexpected happens, said Walter Taylor, a Coast Guard recreational boating safety specialist.

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]]> Sun, 24 Jul 2016 20:36:25 -0600 <![CDATA[Large-scale Grand Rapids floral mural makes official debut]]> http://gazette.com/large-scale-grand-rapids-floral-mural-makes-official-debut/article/feed/376308?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/large-scale-grand-rapids-floral-mural-makes-official-debut/article/feed/376308?custom_click=rss GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A large-scale floral mural is making its official debut in Grand Rapids as part of a project by the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts.

Detroit-based artist Louise Chen created the mural as part of the third installment of the Exit Space Project, a public art initiative from the UICA. The mural is on the Grand Rapids Ballet Company's building and an event celebrating its completion is planned Monday.

Those involved in the project say the mural's style is new to Grand Rapids and helps to signal vitality and energy in the city. The ballet's Artistic Director Patricia says in a statement that the ballet is "committed to artists who help make beautiful spaces."

The Exit Space Project has incl

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]]> Sun, 24 Jul 2016 16:03:00 -0600 <![CDATA[Turkish opposition party denounces coup attempt]]> http://gazette.com/turkish-opposition-party-denounces-coup-attempt/article/feed/376190?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/turkish-opposition-party-denounces-coup-attempt/article/feed/376190?custom_click=rss

ISTANBUL (AP) — Tens of thousands of supporters of Turkey's main opposition group, joined by some ruling party members, rallied Sunday in Istanbul to denounce a July 15 coup attempt, a rare show of unity that belies opposition unease over President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's crackdown since the failed uprising.

The flag-waving demonstrators in the city's Taksim square reflected widespread rejection of the coup attempt in a NATO country that has endured several coups in past decades. Even so, these are tense times in Turkey, which has declared a three-month state of emergency and detained more than 13,000 people in the military, judiciary and other institutions.

Steel barriers were erected around the square to protect the marche

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]]> Sun, 24 Jul 2016 12:51:06 -0600 <![CDATA[F-16 Viper Demo Team headlines show at Minot Air Force Base]]> http://gazette.com/f-16-viper-demo-team-headlines-show-at-minot-air-force-base/article/feed/376220?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/f-16-viper-demo-team-headlines-show-at-minot-air-force-base/article/feed/376220?custom_click=rss MINOT, N.D. (AP) — This year's air show at the Minot Air Force Base will be headlined by the U.S. Air Force's F-16 Viper Demo Team and the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team.

The free Northern Neighbors Day Air Show is scheduled for Aug. 13. This will be the first air show at the base in seven years.

The Viper Demo Team will perform several maneuvers to show the unique capabilities of the F-16 Fighting Falcon, which is considered one of the Air Force's premier multi-role fighters.

The base says attendees will also get to see the Smoke-n-Thunder Jet Car accelerate to speeds approaching 400 mph, as well as a helicopter demonstration.

A weapon upload demonstration on a B-52 is also planned.

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]]> Sun, 24 Jul 2016 12:12:52 -0600 <![CDATA[Coast Guard seeks hoax caller whose 'maydays' cost $500,000]]> http://gazette.com/coast-guard-seeks-hoax-caller-whose-maydays-cost-500000/article/feed/376261?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/coast-guard-seeks-hoax-caller-whose-maydays-cost-500000/article/feed/376261?custom_click=rss BALTIMORE (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says it's looking for a man who has cost the service about $500,000 after responding to nearly 30 of his fake distress calls.

In a press release published Friday, the Coast Guard says the 28 calls have originated from around the area of Annapolis, Maryland.

Each call involved the same male voice and used an emergency radio channel. He's been making the calls since July 2014. The two most recent calls were made on the night of July 21 and the early morning of July 22.

The Coast Guard also says hoax calls distract rescuers from real emergencies, putting both the public and the responding crews at risk.

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]]> Sun, 24 Jul 2016 11:40:34 -0600 <![CDATA[Punished for praying while in uniform, Klingenschmitt feels he helped to change Navy policy]]> http://gazette.com/punished-for-praying-while-in-uniform-klingenschmitt-feels-he-helped-to-change-navy-policy/article/1581060?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/punished-for-praying-while-in-uniform-klingenschmitt-feels-he-helped-to-change-navy-policy/article/1581060?custom_click=rss

A Navy chaplain removed from the U.S. military for disobeying an order that said he couldn't pray in Jesus' name is hoping to present his case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Gordon Klingenschmitt said he took a stand and violated a Navy policy that said chaplains had to pray "nonsectarian"prayers in January 2006. The same policy Klingenschmitt said he was punished for violating was repealed by the secretary of the Navy several months later, in November 2006. Klingenschmitt was involuntarily separated from the Navy with an honorable discharge in March 2007, according to Klingenschmitt's petition to the Supreme Court.



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Sun, 24 Jul 2016 11:17:06 -0600
<![CDATA[Coast Guard rescues 2 men from boat sinking off Texas]]> http://gazette.com/coast-guard-rescues-2-men-from-boat-sinking-off-texas/article/feed/376227?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/coast-guard-rescues-2-men-from-boat-sinking-off-texas/article/feed/376227?custom_click=rss GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — The Coast Guard has rescued two Louisiana men from a 42-foot boat sinking in the Gulf of Mexico off Texas.

Officials say one man was treated for dehydration after the Quality Time was located Saturday night 60 miles southeast of the Sabine (suh-BEEN') Pass jetties. The boaters, Karl Shram and Chris Bergeron, are from Lake Charles, Louisiana.

The search began around 10:30 a.m. Saturday, 125 miles southeast of Galveston, after the men used a satellite phone to seek help and say they might have to swim to an oil rig. An emergency beacon helped rescuers find the boat around 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Shram was transported to a Galveston hospital and was listed in good condition Sunday.

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]]> Sun, 24 Jul 2016 11:00:51 -0600 <![CDATA[100 acres burned in brush fire on Cape Cod military base]]> http://gazette.com/100-acres-burned-in-brush-fire-on-cape-cod-military-base/article/feed/376234?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/100-acres-burned-in-brush-fire-on-cape-cod-military-base/article/feed/376234?custom_click=rss BOURNE, Mass. (AP) — More than 100 acres have been burned in a quick-spreading brush fire on a military base on Cape Cod.

The Sandwich Fire Department responded to the fire at Joint Base Cape Cod on Saturday morning. State police and the National Guard were called in to assist with dousing the flames.

No injuries were reported, and no structures were damaged.

State Police Trooper Matthew Guarino told The Boston Globe (http://bit.ly/29TmyQR) that helicopters were using aerial buckets to drop water from a pond in Sandwich onto the fire from above.

Department of Conservation and Recreation Chief Fire Marshal Dave Celino says the fire could spread to 120 acres before it is extinguished.

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]]> Sun, 24 Jul 2016 09:59:10 -0600 <![CDATA[In Colorado Springs, Korean War sacrifices are remembered]]> http://gazette.com/in-colorado-springs-korean-war-sacrifices-are-remembered/article/1581038?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/in-colorado-springs-korean-war-sacrifices-are-remembered/article/1581038?custom_click=rss

The term "forgotten war" was mentioned multiple times during a ceremony Saturday in Colorado Springs to commemorate the 63rd anniversary of the Korean War armistice.

More than a dozen Korean War veterans joined Korean-Americans along with a representative of the Republic of Korea at Memorial Park east of downtown Colorado Springs to remember the war that began in June 1950. It lasted three years and claimed the lives of more than 33,000 Americans.

Deputy Consul General Chung Yoon Ho, who spoke on behalf of the government of the Republic of Korea, said his goal is to make sure that the war, which the U.S. government called a "police action" at the time, would not be forgotten.



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Sun, 24 Jul 2016 07:57:13 -0600
<![CDATA[Retired Air Force chief master sergeant invited to be KISS roadie for a day]]> http://gazette.com/retired-air-force-chief-master-sergeant-invited-to-be-kiss-roadie-for-a-day/article/1581059?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/retired-air-force-chief-master-sergeant-invited-to-be-kiss-roadie-for-a-day/article/1581059?custom_click=rss

Sherry Jenkins, a retired Air Force chief master sergeant, got to rock 'n' roll all day and all night with one of her favorite bands Monday.

Jenkins and her husband, Tim, were invited to be KISS roadies for the day during the band's show at The Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs. Sherry said she has been a fan of KISS for about 35 years.

"I grew up listening to them, and you'll see the older you get you stop listening to some of the things you used to listen to," she said. "I'm still a huge fan."

The couple started the day putting together gift bags for VIP fans. Then they watched KISS perform an acoustic set for VIP fans and had their picture taken with the band before enjoying the show.



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Sun, 24 Jul 2016 07:54:30 -0600
<![CDATA[How much does the Pentagon's secretive bomber really cost?]]> http://gazette.com/how-much-does-the-pentagons-secretive-bomber-really-cost/article/1581067?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/how-much-does-the-pentagons-secretive-bomber-really-cost/article/1581067?custom_click=rss

There has been controversy swirling around the Pentagon's newest bomber program ever since last year, when the Air Force awarded the contract for what's considered to be the most important national security procurement project over the next decade.

First, the losers, a team made up of defense giants Boeing and Lockheed Martin, filed a legal challenge, saying the Air Force's selection of Northrop Grumman "was fundamentally flawed." Northrop successfully fended off that protest, but now it faces more challenges, this time on Capitol Hill, where a backroom fight for funds and arguments over the largely classified bomber's secrecy have begun.

This month, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

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]]> Sun, 24 Jul 2016 04:10:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Military Update: Commanders have a lot to learn fast on transgender issue]]> http://gazette.com/military-update-commanders-have-a-lot-to-learn-fast-on-transgender-issue/article/1581061?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/military-update-commanders-have-a-lot-to-learn-fast-on-transgender-issue/article/1581061?custom_click=rss

Many military commanders might have been surprised June 30 when Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that transgender service members could immediately be open about their preferred gender without fear of involuntary dismissal or denial of enlistment or continued service.

His announcement may have pleased up to 11,000 transgender personnel estimated to be serving on active duty or in reserve components, but it alarmed some line commanders puzzled by medical issues associated with service members desiring to switch genders.

Carter gave his department and service branches until Sept. 1 to write and issue commander guidebooks on handling of issues raised by the new policy. Also by Sept.

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]]> Sun, 24 Jul 2016 04:10:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area military events starting July 24, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-military-events-starting-july-24-2016/article/1581066?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-military-events-starting-july-24-2016/article/1581066?custom_click=rss THROUGH AUG. 27

Summer Youth Tours - For ages 6-13, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, National Museum of World War II Aviation, 755 Aviation Way, $10, discounts for tickets purchased online; tinyurl.com/zqxc64h.

WEDNESDAY

Wolf Ranch Summer Concert Series - With Air Force Academy Falconaires, 6 p.m., Gateway Park at Wolf Ranch, 5719 Paladine Place; wolf-ranch.com.

SEPT. 20-24

Second (Indianhead) Division Association 95th Reunion - For those who served in the Army's 2nd Infantry Division, Springfield, Mo.; Bob Haynes, 1-224-225-1202, 2idahq@comcast.net , 2ida.org.

ONGOING

Pikes Peak Chapter/Military Officers Association of America - Open to active-duty, retired and former officers in

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]]> Sun, 24 Jul 2016 04:10:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado man killed while fighting ISIS in Syria]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-man-killed-while-fighting-isis-in-syria/article/1580920?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-man-killed-while-fighting-isis-in-syria/article/1580920?custom_click=rss

DENVER — The mother of a 24-year-old Colorado man who joined Kurdish forces in their fight against the Islamic State group says her son was killed in combat in Syria.

Susan Shirley says the U.S. Consulate in Turkey called her Tuesday to tell her that Levi Shirley was killed July 14. She says her son had wanted to join the Marines, but he couldn't because of his bad eyesight. He then reached out to Kurdish forces online and joined the fight for about three months last year before returning to Arvada in suburban Denver.

Shirley says her son had a hard time adjusting back to life in Colorado and rejoined the Kurds in January.

State Department officials say they are aware of reports that an American was killed in



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Fri, 22 Jul 2016 10:49:01 -0600
<![CDATA[Military Taptoo returns to Colorado Springs for 3rd year]]> http://gazette.com/military-taptoo-returns-to-colorado-springs-for-3rd-year/article/1580929?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/military-taptoo-returns-to-colorado-springs-for-3rd-year/article/1580929?custom_click=rss

The Colorado Military Taptoo show is returning to the Pikes Peak Center in Colorado Springs Aug. 27 to honor military spouses and families.

The event is in its third year and features more than 400 military, civilian and first responder performers all crammed into a two-hour event. Military bands, bagpipe groups, choirs, and other musician from around the world are expected to attend.

The word taptoo refers to the bugle call that signals that unauthorized lights be extinguished and is the last call of the day. The call is also sounded at the completion of military funerals.

For more information about the event, call 635-8803.



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Thu, 21 Jul 2016 20:45:45 -0600
<![CDATA[VA advisory group: Critics wrong to ignore 'MyVA' reforms]]> http://gazette.com/va-advisory-group-critics-wrong-to-ignore-myva-reforms/article/1580564?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/va-advisory-group-critics-wrong-to-ignore-myva-reforms/article/1580564?custom_click=rss

Before Donald Trump and other Republicans called for a leadership makeover to save VA health care, a committee of VA advisers asked critics to stop ignoring an unprecedented transformation occurring across the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Veteran service organizations echo a similar message, noting that key parts of Trump's 10-point plan to improve VA health care, unveiled last week, were embraced months ago by the VA and are being implemented or awaiting new authorities or funding from Congress.

In an era of bitter partisanship, politicians can shine no light on achievements by the opposition party, even on issues critical to veterans.



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Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:05:29 -0600
<![CDATA[Former Colorado soldier's service medals, belongings missing after eviction]]> http://gazette.com/former-colorado-soldiers-service-medals-belongings-missing-after-eviction/article/1580656?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-colorado-soldiers-service-medals-belongings-missing-after-eviction/article/1580656?custom_click=rss

Iraq War veteran Jason McDonald knows what a 400-pound improvised explosive device sounds like when it's hit. He also knows what abject fear feels like and what death smells like.

But the pain that lingers for the former Army staff sergeant who served five tours in Iraq has taken a back seat to the anguish he says he's now experiencing.

McDonald, 36, says he was improperly evicted from an apartment complex in Colorado Springs, and now his service and commendation medals, three military uniforms, a snowboard with a photo of a buddy who died in combat, a breathing machine for sleep apnea and other possessions are gone.

"It's upsetting, I can tell you that," McDonald says quietly, shaking his head.



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Tue, 19 Jul 2016 06:19:25 -0600
<![CDATA[Airlines' hiring push could have negative effect on number of military pilots]]> http://gazette.com/airlines-hiring-push-could-have-negative-effect-on-number-of-military-pilots/article/1580563?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/airlines-hiring-push-could-have-negative-effect-on-number-of-military-pilots/article/1580563?custom_click=rss

A Rand Corp. study has found the Air Force could lose more pilots in coming years amid a hiring surge and salary increases by the nation's largest airlines.

Military pilots are a likely target as American, Delta and United all boost pilot hiring during the next 20 years to replace their aging workforces, the California-based military issues think tank said in a study released Tuesday.

Trisha Guillebeau, an Air Force spokeswoman in Virginia, said Thursday in an email that the pilot retention in the Air Force has declined for three consecutive years and resulted in a shortage of qualified pilots, which is most acute for fighter aircraft. As a result, she said, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen.



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Mon, 18 Jul 2016 07:05:57 -0600
<![CDATA[Service members preserve voting rights but struggle to exercise them]]> http://gazette.com/service-members-preserve-voting-rights-but-struggle-to-exercise-them/article/1580569?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/service-members-preserve-voting-rights-but-struggle-to-exercise-them/article/1580569?custom_click=rss

One of the most sacred values the military protects is the right to vote, retired Air Force Col. Mike Turner says, so he is working to ensure the men and women of the military are practicing this right.

He is the executive director of the nonpartisan Military Officers Association of America's Military Family Initiative. The group recently received a grant to fund a military voter education program.

"There is nothing that affects a military family's quality of life more than the quality of people they elect to office," Turner said. "Your vote is just the single most important manifestation of your democratic rights as a citizen of this democracy."

The Military Family Initiative received $218,300 from the Democracy Fund



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<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area military events starting July 17, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-military-events-starting-july-17-2016/article/1580568?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-military-events-starting-july-17-2016/article/1580568?custom_click=rss THROUGH AUG. 27

Summer Youth Tours - For ages 6-13, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, National Museum of World War II Aviation, 755 Aviation Way, $10, discounts for tickets purchased online; tinyurl.com/zqxc64h.

SUNDAY

Woodland Music Series - With 101st Army Dixieland Band, 1 p.m., Ute Pass Cultural Center, 210 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park; 687-5284, woodlandmusicseries.org.

MONDAY

Letter-Writing to Our Troops with The Home Front Cares - 1-2 p.m., Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., free. Registration: 955-3400, csseniorcenter.com.

TUESDAY

Korea: America's Forgotten War - 1-3 p.m., Colorado Technical University, 4435 N. Chestnut St., $30. Registration: 633-4991,

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]]> Sun, 17 Jul 2016 04:10:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Fort Carson general moving on to Command Center in Kansas]]> http://gazette.com/fort-carson-general-moving-on-to-command-center-in-kansas/article/1580507?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-carson-general-moving-on-to-command-center-in-kansas/article/1580507?custom_click=rss

Fort Carson's deputy commanding general, Brig. Gen. James Mingus, is moving on to a new assignment.

And he wouldn't be at the Mountain Post at all if it weren't for the valiant efforts of another soldier in August 2012, he said.

Mingus was saved by then-Capt. Florent Groberg in Asadabad, Afghanistan, when a suicide bomber ran toward Mingus, then a colonel. Groberg hit the man and threw him to the ground with the help of Sgt. Andrew Mahoney. That's when the bomb-laced vest the man was wearing exploded. Another suicide bomber rushed in from a different direction but detonated his vest prematurely, the Army said. Three soldiers based at Fort Carson died in the attack.



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