<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - military]]> http://gazette.com/rss/military Sun, 23 Apr 2017 21:29:27 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Colorado Springs Civil Air Patrol cadets earn national cybersecurity honor]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-civil-air-patrol-cadets-earn-national-cybersecurity-honor/article/1601599?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-civil-air-patrol-cadets-earn-national-cybersecurity-honor/article/1601599?custom_click=rss

Homegrown students could end up playing a key role in fending off cyber attacks against businesses and government agencies.

Five high school juniors from the Colorado Springs Cadet Squadron Wolfpack Team of the Civil Air Patrol won this year's national CyberPatriot championship in the All Service Division.

"As we all know, there's an attack constantly from enemies penetrating various systems in the private and public sectors. Many of the basic things these students are learning would foil some of these attacks we've had," said Maj. Bill Blatchley, the team coach and a member of the Civil Air Patrol, an auxiliary of the Air Force.

This year's team consisted of Cadet Capt. Taylor Coffey, Liberty High School; Cadet 2nd

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Sun, 23 Apr 2017 15:22:54 -0600
<![CDATA[Philpott: Tricare shifting dental coverage to new insurer]]> http://gazette.com/philpott-tricare-shifting-dental-coverage-to-new-insurer/article/1601600?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/philpott-tricare-shifting-dental-coverage-to-new-insurer/article/1601600?custom_click=rss

Responsibility to provide dental care coverage to 1.37 million active duty family members, and 376,000 Reserve and Guard members and their families, will shift May 1 from MetLife to United Concordia Companies of Harrisburg, Pa.

The change in Tricare dental program contractor will bring lower patient premiums and a modest expansion of covered services. However, United Concordia also will lower key reimbursements to dentists below what they have been paid, prompting some dentists to warn patients they won't be joining the new network.

So, starting next month an unknown number of Tricare enrollees will need to find new dentists off a directory of participating providers that United Concordia began to build after it won the

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]]> Sun, 23 Apr 2017 04:10:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Russian planes patrol U.S. West Coast]]> http://gazette.com/russian-planes-patrol-u.s.-west-coast/article/1601617?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/russian-planes-patrol-u.s.-west-coast/article/1601617?custom_click=rss

There are reports of Russian bomber patrols along the West Coast each of the past four nights, but this is not exactly the case. One was a maritime patrol by two IL-38s, which are not bombers. The Ilyushin Il-38 “Dolphin” is a patrol plane. U.S. aircraft intercepted two of the three patrols. Canadians were involved in one of the intercepts because the planes had entered a Canadian Air Defense Identification Zone.

On Tuesday, Russian TU-95 “Bear” bombers buzzed by Alaska for the second time in two days, flying even closer to the Alaska mainland than during the first flyby on Monday.

The Bear bombers flew about 40 miles off the coast Tuesday. On Monday, they flew about 100 miles off the Alaskan

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Sat, 22 Apr 2017 21:43:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area military events starting April 23, 2017]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-military-events-starting-april-23-2017/article/1601598?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-military-events-starting-april-23-2017/article/1601598?custom_click=rss Military events in and around Colorado Springs for the week beginning April 23, 2017.

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Sat, 22 Apr 2017 14:36:51 -0600
<![CDATA[Piñon Canyon exercise could reveal future of Fort Carson unit, Army]]> http://gazette.com/pion-canyon-exercise-could-reveal-future-of-fort-carson-unit-army/article/1601544?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pion-canyon-exercise-could-reveal-future-of-fort-carson-unit-army/article/1601544?custom_click=rss

The brigade that rolled out of Fort Carson this week for a mock war at the Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site now has much more than eight-wheeled Stryker vehicles to incorporate in its title.

Just call it the 1st Stryker Armored Rocket Air Defense Air Cavalry Combat Team.

Related:Fort Carson prepares for biggest convoy operation since World War IIFort Carson soldiers get a tour of an M-1 Abrams tank from sodiers from Fort Hood's 1st Cavalry Division Friday, April 21, 2017 at the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site. 14 tanks were brought from Fort Hood to take place in exercises alongside soldiers with Ft. Carson's 1st Brigade.

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Sat, 22 Apr 2017 14:33:12 -0600
<![CDATA[Official: VA sees curbing veteran suicides as top priority]]> http://gazette.com/official-va-sees-curbing-veteran-suicides-as-top-priority/article/feed/455273?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/official-va-sees-curbing-veteran-suicides-as-top-priority/article/feed/455273?custom_click=rss

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Curbing suicide among military veterans and boosting access to mental health care are among the top priorities of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Deputy Secretary Scott Blackburn said Friday.

Blackburn, an Army veteran, said staffing shortages when it comes to mental health and other specialties were among the concerns he heard about while meeting with patients, doctors and others at New Mexico's largest VA medical center.

Administrators acknowledged that recruiting psychiatrists has been a challenge in New Mexico and that the shortage extends far beyond the VA system. The state currently has a shortage of about 130 psychiatrists and needs dozens more primary care physicians to meet demand,

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]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:22:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Poland's opposition wants defense minister dismissed]]> http://gazette.com/polands-opposition-wants-defense-minister-dismissed/article/feed/455223?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/polands-opposition-wants-defense-minister-dismissed/article/feed/455223?custom_click=rss WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's main opposition party on Friday called for the dismissal of Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz, saying his actions and choice of aides raised security questions.

Macierewicz has been considered a controversial figure ever since he appeared in Polish politics in the early 1990s. The opposition says he is harming Poland's army, a NATO member.

Grzegorz Schetyna, leader of the pro-European Civic Platform party, said it was seeking a parliament no-confidence vote on Macierewicz.

The vote is expected to fail, given the ruling party's parliamentary majority. Prime Minister Beata Szydlo said she was not considering Macierewicz's dismissal.

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]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:29:01 -0600 <![CDATA[As orbit becomes more crowded, risk from space debris grows]]> http://gazette.com/as-orbit-becomes-more-crowded-risk-from-space-debris-grows/article/feed/455201?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/as-orbit-becomes-more-crowded-risk-from-space-debris-grows/article/feed/455201?custom_click=rss

BERLIN (AP) — Decades' worth of man-made junk is cluttering up Earth's orbit, posing a threat to spaceflight and the satellites we rely on for weather reports, air travel and global communications.

More than 750,000 fragments larger than a centimeter are already thought to orbit Earth, and each one could badly damage or even destroy a satellite.

Last year, a tiny piece of debris punched a gaping hole in the solar panel of Copernicus Sentinel-1A, an observation satellite operated by the European Space Agency, or ESA. A solar array brought back from the Hubble Telescope in 1993 showed hundreds of tiny holes caused by dust-sized debris.

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]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:47:10 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Latin America nations condemn Venezuela violence]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-latin-america-nations-condemn-venezuela-violence/article/feed/455048?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-latin-america-nations-condemn-venezuela-violence/article/feed/455048?custom_click=rss

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The latest on the protests and counter demonstrations in Venezuela (all times local):

9:15 p.m.

The governments of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay are "energetically condemning" the violence in Venezuela and lamenting that international calls for the ongoing demonstrations to be peaceful have been ignored.

Argentina's foreign ministry released a statement saying the nine countries back the declaration by the United Nations secretary-general calling for "concrete measures to be adopted by all sides to reduce the polarization and create the conditions necessary to face the country's challenges for the benefit of the Venezuelan people.

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]]> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 20:16:23 -0600 <![CDATA[Ex-Iowa official says she took "don't ask, don't tell" stand]]> http://gazette.com/ex-iowa-official-says-she-took-dont-ask-dont-tell-stand/article/feed/455162?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ex-iowa-official-says-she-took-dont-ask-dont-tell-stand/article/feed/455162?custom_click=rss DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The former top female athletic administrator at the University of Iowa testified Thursday that she functioned with a "don't ask, don't tell" mentality while maintaining a decade-long relationship with the Hawkeyes' field hockey coach, adding she feared she'd never achieve her goal of becoming a Division I athletic director as an "out lesbian."

Jane Meyer is suing the Hawkeyes for discrimination after being transferred out of athletics and ultimately laid off in 2016.

Meyer told jurors at her trial in Des Moines that she only disclosed her relationship with field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum to human resources staff in 2013 after she and Griesbaum decided to move in together.

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]]> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:28:48 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado closer to allow medical pot for PTSD]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-closer-to-allow-medical-pot-for-ptsd/article/feed/455114?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-closer-to-allow-medical-pot-for-ptsd/article/feed/455114?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — Colorado is closer to becoming at least the 15th state to allow medical pot for post-traumatic stress.

The state House on Thursday approved a bill adding PTSD to the list of qualifying conditions for medical pot.

Though marijuana is legal for all adults in Colorado, people under 21 still need a doctor's recommendation to get the drug. And veterans receiving federal benefits need a doctor's recommendation in order to use pot without risking some benefits.

The sponsor of the Colorado bill called Thursday - the 4/20 marijuana holiday - an "appropriate day" to pass the bill. It has already passed the Senate.

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]]> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:30:34 -0600 <![CDATA[Trump orders probe into whether steel imports harming US]]> http://gazette.com/trump-orders-probe-into-whether-steel-imports-harming-us/article/feed/455103?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trump-orders-probe-into-whether-steel-imports-harming-us/article/feed/455103?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump directed his administration Thursday to expedite a just-launched investigation into whether steel imports are jeopardizing U.S. national security, saying, "This is not an area where we can afford to become dependent on other countries."

Executives from U.S. steelmakers, who support the review, stood behind Trump as he signed a memo directing Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to return recommendations in the "very, very near" future. Trump said that could be as soon as 30 to 50 days.

Trump promised as a candidate to revitalize the American steel industry, the decline of which has been especially hard on states like Pennsylvania that were crucial to his victory.

The president said m

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]]> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:57:48 -0600 <![CDATA[French flying team impressed by Americans' admiration for armed forces]]> http://gazette.com/french-flying-team-impressed-by-americans-admiration-for-armed-forces/article/1601381?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/french-flying-team-impressed-by-americans-admiration-for-armed-forces/article/1601381?custom_click=rss

Capt. Benjamin Michel surveyed a snow-capped Pikes Peak from the cockpit Wednesday along with nine comrades on the French air force's flying team.

They roared above Garden of the Gods and flew in tight formation above the Air Force Academy's famed chapel. But Michel said the scenery and landmarks are not the best thing about the United States that he has seen on the team's American goodwill tour.

The landscape is great, he said, but the people and their admiration for the troops who serve their nation is greater.

"It is the most beautiful thing I have seen in this country," he said.

The team, Patrouille de France, is that nation's equivalent of the Air Force Thunderbirds.

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Thu, 20 Apr 2017 06:34:52 -0600
<![CDATA[WATCH: Largest military convoy operation in Colorado since World War II begins]]> http://gazette.com/watch-largest-military-convoy-operation-in-colorado-since-world-war-ii-begins/article/1601320?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/watch-largest-military-convoy-operation-in-colorado-since-world-war-ii-begins/article/1601320?custom_click=rss

Over 1,200 military vehicles and around 5,000 soldiers from the 1st Brigade Combat Team took a massive road trip down I-25. They left from Fort Carson to head to Pinon Canyon to train for a mock war in the desert of California in June.

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Thu, 20 Apr 2017 06:31:59 -0600
<![CDATA[Asian shares gain on oil price rebound, strong Japan exports]]> http://gazette.com/asian-shares-gain-on-oil-price-rebound-strong-japan-exports/article/feed/454905?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/asian-shares-gain-on-oil-price-rebound-strong-japan-exports/article/feed/454905?custom_click=rss

TOKYO (AP) — Shares were mostly higher in Asia on Thursday after crude oil prices rebounded from an overnight sell-off and Japan reported stronger-than-expected exports in March. Easing tensions over North Korea helped brighten the mood after weeks of jitters over the U.S. response to Pyongyang's missile tests and nuclear weapons program.

KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 index gained 0.2 percent to 18,474.64 and the Kospi in South Korea rose 0.4 percent to 2,147.16. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index climbed 0.3 percent to 23,905.35 and Australia's S&P ASX 200 edged 0.1 percent higher to 5,812.30. The Shanghai Composite index lost 0.2 percent to 3,164.78 and Southeast Asian benchmarks were mixed.

OIL PRICES: Benchmark U.S. crude

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]]> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 22:48:55 -0600 <![CDATA[Patrouille de France perform at Air Force Academy]]> http://gazette.com/patrouille-de-france-perform-at-air-force-academy/article/feed/454912?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/patrouille-de-france-perform-at-air-force-academy/article/feed/454912?custom_click=rss

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — French military planes flew over the U.S. Air Force Academy Wednesday as part of a tour thanking the United States for its help during World War I.

Pilots from Patrouille (PAT'-roll-yah) de France, or Patrol of France, the French equivalent of the Air Force Thunderbirds, performed a brief air show over the academy on Wednesday. The jet contrails were red, white and blue.

The group is on a seven-week tour of the United States to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the nation's entry into World War I, its first visit to North America in more than 30 years. They flew over New York Harbor last month.

The Gazette of Colorado Springs reports that the relationship built between pilots during

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]]> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 22:02:46 -0600 <![CDATA[Hungary lawmakers debate bill that critics say is anti-NGO]]> http://gazette.com/hungary-lawmakers-debate-bill-that-critics-say-is-anti-ngo/article/feed/454883?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hungary-lawmakers-debate-bill-that-critics-say-is-anti-ngo/article/feed/454883?custom_click=rss

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungarian lawmakers began debating a draft bill on Wednesday that critics say is meant to intimidate non-governmental organizations which receive foreign financing.

Among other conditions, NGOs getting more than 7.2 million forints ($24,600) a year from abroad would have to register with the courts and identify themselves as being foreign-funded on their websites and publications. Failure to comply could lead to fines or termination of the groups.

The Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, one of the affected NGOs, said that the law was "devastating."

The proposal "is another attempt by the government to silence public opinion on public matters," the organization said. "The bill ... is devastating.

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]]> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 10:19:14 -0600 <![CDATA[Women in the military: US Navy redesigning its submarines]]> http://gazette.com/women-in-the-military-us-navy-redesigning-its-submarines/article/feed/454852?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/women-in-the-military-us-navy-redesigning-its-submarines/article/feed/454852?custom_click=rss

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Every submarine in the U.S. fleet was designed with the height, reach and strength of men in mind, from the way valves are placed to how display screens are angled.

That's going to change.

With women now serving aboard submarines, defense contractor Electric Boat is designing what will be the first Navy subs built specifically to accommodate female crew members.

The designers are doing the obvious things, such as adding more doors and washrooms to create separate sleeping and bathing areas for men and women and to give them more privacy. But they are also making more subtle modifications that may not have been in everyone's periscope when the Navy admitted women into the Silent Service.

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]]> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 08:50:52 -0600 <![CDATA[Oshkosh Corp. secures $258M Army order for trucks, trailers]]> http://gazette.com/oshkosh-corp.-secures-258m-army-order-for-trucks-trailers/article/feed/454890?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/oshkosh-corp.-secures-258m-army-order-for-trucks-trailers/article/feed/454890?custom_click=rss OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — Oshkosh Corp. has secured $258 million in orders to rebuild trucks and manufacture trailers for the Army.

Oshkosh will rebuild 670 heavy tactical vehicles. The Army says it saves about 25 percent when a truck is rebuilt rather than completely replaced. It refurbishes trucks with bullet holes, bent frames and mangled wheels to become like-new vehicles.

Oshkosh will also produce 356 vehicle trailers in the latest round of Army orders.

The military contracts support several thousand jobs at Oshkosh, one of the Fox Valley's largest manufacturers.

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]]> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 07:43:30 -0600 <![CDATA[French flying team set to roar over Air Force Academy this week]]> http://gazette.com/french-flying-team-set-to-roar-over-air-force-academy-this-week/article/1601066?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/french-flying-team-set-to-roar-over-air-force-academy-this-week/article/1601066?custom_click=rss

A French air force flying team will roar over the Air Force Academy on Wednesday to celebrate the nations' bonds built in the sky during World War I.

Patrouille de France, that nation's equivalent of the Air Force Thunderbirds, will arrive over the academy about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday for a brief air show. It's a big flying team with eight Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jets, a twin-engined light attack fighter that's known for its nimbleness.

"I think folks in Colorado Springs will get a great miniature airshow," said Lt. Col. Allen Herritage, an Air Force Academy spokesman.

This year marks the centennial of formal U.S. involvement in World War I, with America declaring war on the Ottoman Empire, the Austro-Hungarian Empire and

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Wed, 19 Apr 2017 06:59:52 -0600
<![CDATA[Peterson's 302nd Airlift Wing heads to Idaho to drill ahead of summer fire season]]> http://gazette.com/petersons-302nd-airlift-wing-heads-to-idaho-to-drill-ahead-of-summer-fire-season/article/1601328?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/petersons-302nd-airlift-wing-heads-to-idaho-to-drill-ahead-of-summer-fire-season/article/1601328?custom_click=rss

The 302nd Airlift Wing at Peterson Air Force Base prepared Tuesday for its 24th summer battling flames.

The wing is sending a pair of its C-130 transport planes and crews to Boise, Idaho, this week to hone their aerial firefighting skills. The planes carry a system that can shoot out nearly 154 tons of retardant slurry to fence in wildfires so crews on the ground can snuff them out.

The reserve unit's part-time airmen say its one of the military's most challenging and rewarding jobs.

"Wildfires are never happy," said Staff Sgt. Michael Davenport, a load master on one of the planes. "But I want to be part of the crew to put them out."

It's also a job that has kept airmen coming back to the 302nd.

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]]> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 04:30:03 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Pence, on US carrier, pledges to defend Asia]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-pence-on-us-carrier-pledges-to-defend-asia/article/feed/454717?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-pence-on-us-carrier-pledges-to-defend-asia/article/feed/454717?custom_click=rss

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's trip to Asia (all times local):


11:05 a.m. Wednesday

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has once again pledged the Trump administration's commitment to defending its allies in Asia from North Korea and any other threats.

Speaking to U.S. and Japanese troops on board the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier Wednesday, he called North Korea the most urgent and dangerous threat to the peace and security of the Asia-Pacific region.

He said that under President Donald Trump, the U.S. will stand up to its enemies with its allies.

Pence also said the U.S.

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]]> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 21:10:17 -0600 <![CDATA[Some vets can go to CVS 'MinuteClinics' for minor illnesses]]> http://gazette.com/some-vets-can-go-to-cvs-minuteclinics-for-minor-illnesses/article/feed/454754?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/some-vets-can-go-to-cvs-minuteclinics-for-minor-illnesses/article/feed/454754?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some ailing veterans can now use their federal health care benefits at CVS "MinuteClinics" to treat minor illnesses and injuries, under a pilot program announced Tuesday by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The new program, currently limited to the Phoenix area, comes three years after the VA faced allegations of chronically long wait times at its centers, including its Phoenix facility, which treats about 120,000 veterans.

The Phoenix pilot program is a test-run by VA Secretary David Shulkin who is working on a nationwide plan to reduce veterans' wait times.

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]]> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 16:46:49 -0600 <![CDATA[Google Earth invites you to 'get lost' exploring the planet]]> http://gazette.com/google-earth-invites-you-to-get-lost-exploring-the-planet/article/feed/454779?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/google-earth-invites-you-to-get-lost-exploring-the-planet/article/feed/454779?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Google Earth is getting a revival, as the 3-D mapping service reorients itself to become more of a tool for adventure and exploration.

A central feature in the new Google Earth is Voyager. Google has partnered with such groups as the BBC and NASA to add video clips, photos and text narratives to three-dimensional representations of particular locations.

The Jane Goodall Institute, for instance, lets you journey to spots in Tanzania that inspired its founding chimpanzee expert. You can also get overlays of chimpanzee ranges and compare imagery from 2005 and 2014 to see the effects of forest restoration efforts.

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]]> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:48:43 -0600 <![CDATA[Fort Carson prepares for biggest convoy operation since World War II]]> http://gazette.com/fort-carson-prepares-for-biggest-convoy-operation-since-world-war-ii/article/1601130?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-carson-prepares-for-biggest-convoy-operation-since-world-war-ii/article/1601130?custom_click=rss

More than 1,200 vehicles will roll south from Fort Carson this week in what's again the biggest convoy operation since World War II.

It's a bigger version of the convoys sent to the Piñon Canyon training area in 2015 and part of a massive 5,000-soldier 1st Brigade Combat Team training exercise that's designed to get the unit ready to fight a mock war in the California desert.

Preparations for the 143-mile trek have taken nearly a year, and the unit's mechanics have been hopping to make sure all of its trucks and eight-wheeled, 18-ton Stryker vehicles are ready for the long haul.

"The past three weeks have been busy," said Staff Sgt. Ronald Griffith, who has helped oversee the convoy planning.

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Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:39:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Suit alleges Army wrongly discharged thousands]]> http://gazette.com/suit-alleges-army-wrongly-discharged-thousands/article/1601251?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/suit-alleges-army-wrongly-discharged-thousands/article/1601251?custom_click=rss

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - A federal lawsuit filed Monday alleges the U.S. Army has issued less-than-honorable discharges for potentially thousands of service members without adequately considering the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health conditions.

The plaintiffs, two Army veterans from Connecticut who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, say in the lawsuit that they were wrongly denied honorable discharges, a fate that can deny a wide array of veteran's benefits. The lawsuit filed in Connecticut by Yale Law School Veterans Legal Services Clinic is seeking class-action status.

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Tue, 18 Apr 2017 07:06:27 -0600
<![CDATA[Black Hawk crew practices perfect landings at Memorial Hospital helipad]]> http://gazette.com/black-hawk-crew-practices-perfect-landings-at-memorial-hospital-helipad/article/1601252?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/black-hawk-crew-practices-perfect-landings-at-memorial-hospital-helipad/article/1601252?custom_click=rss

Two men poked their heads from the sides of an Army Black Hawk helicopter as the more than 15,000-pound beast lumbered toward a 58-by-58-foot landing pad atop UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central.

They barked instructions to a pilot unable to see anything behind his shoulders.

And with pinpoint precision, the Fort Carson crew Monday made their first run of a new training regimen aimed at preparing soldiers to airlift their own to lifesaving care during real emergencies. More flights may take place Tuesday, weather permitting.

"We don't have anything at Fort Carson, and we don't have anything on the range that can replicate this," said Chief Warrant Officer Kenneth Lett.

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Tue, 18 Apr 2017 06:46:37 -0600
<![CDATA[Trump warns North Korea: 'Gotta behave']]> http://gazette.com/trump-warns-north-korea-gotta-behave/article/1601200?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trump-warns-north-korea-gotta-behave/article/1601200?custom_click=rss

PANMUNJOM, South Korea — A day after a failed North Korean missile test, U.S. President Donald Trump had a message Monday for the North's ruler: 'Gotta behave." At the same time, Vice President Mike Pence warned at the Korean Demilitarized Zone that America's "era of strategic patience is over."

Keeping up the verbal volleying, North Korea's deputy U.N. ambassador accused the United States of turning the Korean peninsula into "the world's biggest hotspot" and creating "a dangerous situation in which a thermonuclear war may break out at any moment."

Pence's visit to the tense DMZ dividing North and South Korea came at the start of a 10-day trip to Asia and underscored U.S. commitment. It allowed the vice president to gaze at North Korean soldiers afar and stare directly across a border marked by razor wire.

As the bomber jacket-clad vice president was briefed near the military demarcation line, two North Korean soldiers watched from a short distance away, one taking multiple photographs of the American visitor.

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Mon, 17 Apr 2017 13:17:22 -0600
<![CDATA[Tom Philpott: Tempting buyout could sink retirement]]> http://gazette.com/tom-philpott-tempting-buyout-could-sink-retirement/article/1601131?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tom-philpott-tempting-buyout-could-sink-retirement/article/1601131?custom_click=rss

When the first wave of active-duty personnel who opt into the new Blended Retirement System next year start to retire a decade later, they will face a decision on retired pay so unusual that the Department of Defense Board of Actuaries has called it inappropriate and asked Congress to rescind the choice.

The decision they will face might be explained like this:

Congratulations on your pending retirement.

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]]> Sun, 16 Apr 2017 04:15:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Peterson Air Force Base picking up the Pentagon's top award for excellence in space missions]]> http://gazette.com/peterson-air-force-base-picking-up-the-pentagons-top-award-for-excellence-in-space-missions/article/1601129?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/peterson-air-force-base-picking-up-the-pentagons-top-award-for-excellence-in-space-missions/article/1601129?custom_click=rss

The 21st Space Wing at Peterson Air Force Base may need a bigger trophy case after picking up the Pentagon's top award for excellence in space missions this month.

The wing earned U.S. Strategic Command's Omaha Trophy, an annual award given to the top space unit that falls under the Nebraska-based command. The honor recognized the wing for providing commanders with a clear picture of what America's rivals are doing in space along with early warning of missile attacks.

Strategic Command boss Gen. John Hyten traveled to Colorado Springs to deliver the trophy and words of praise for the wing, which has airmen stationed around the world and in combat zones to support ground troops.

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