<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - military]]> http://gazette.com/rss/military Sat, 01 Aug 2015 22:30:23 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Man attacked by bear at Joint Base Lewis-McChord]]> http://gazette.com/man-attacked-by-bear-at-joint-base-lewis-mcchord/article/feed/257769?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-attacked-by-bear-at-joint-base-lewis-mcchord/article/feed/257769?custom_click=rss JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) — A man was attacked by a bear at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord, suffering minor injuries.

KOMO-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1M4fMUw ) the attack happened around 8:30 a.m. on Saturday on the base near Tacoma, Washington. Officials said the man, a civilian, was attacked while walking in a restricted area. He sustained only some scratches.

Officials are now looking into why the man was there. They're also looking for the animal that attacked him.

Bears are common in the area. In April, Washington state wildlife agents shot and killed a black bear at the base, a week after a bear attacked a civilian base employee. That employee, who was attacked while he was running with his dog on the ba

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]]> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 19:38:09 -0600 <![CDATA[Company, FAA working on Gulfstream IV jet fail-safe problem]]> http://gazette.com/company-faa-working-on-gulfstream-iv-jet-fail-safe-problem/article/feed/257705?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/company-faa-working-on-gulfstream-iv-jet-fail-safe-problem/article/feed/257705?custom_click=rss PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The manufacturer of the jet that crashed on takeoff in Massachusetts last year, killing the co-owner of The Philadelphia Inquirer and six other people, has reported a problem with a fail-safe system that can allow the planes to reach high speeds on the runway even if they are prevented from taking off.

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. said in a document released by the National Transportation Safety Board that the Gulfstream IV has an interlock system that is supposed to keep the plane's throttle from being moved past 6 degrees, thereby limiting acceleration, while hinged tail sections, called elevators, are immobilized.

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]]> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 18:32:30 -0600 <![CDATA[North Idaho College offers new aerospace program]]> http://gazette.com/north-idaho-college-offers-new-aerospace-program/article/feed/257736?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/north-idaho-college-offers-new-aerospace-program/article/feed/257736?custom_click=rss COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — Officials with North Idaho College say they are expanding their aerospace program to include aircraft maintenance, an option that hasn't been offered at the college since it trained pilots, aircraft mechanics and aviation technicians during WWII.

The Spokesman-Review (http://bit.ly/1UcFvv4 ) reports that the program — which will be certified by the Federal Aviation Administration— will begin next month and accommodate 20 students. The school's Aerospace Center of Excellence has been open since 2013.

"They've specifically matched what industry has told them that they need," said Garry Hojan, operations manager at Aerocet in Priest River and president of the Idaho Aerospace Alliance. "It's righ

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]]> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 16:41:21 -0600 <![CDATA[New commanding officer takes over at Dover Air Force Base]]> http://gazette.com/new-commanding-officer-takes-over-at-dover-air-force-base/article/feed/257728?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-commanding-officer-takes-over-at-dover-air-force-base/article/feed/257728?custom_click=rss DOVER, Del. (AP) — The 512th Airlift Wing based at Dover Air Force Base has a new commanding officer.

Officials at the base say Col. Scott Durham assumed command at a ceremony on Saturday.

Durham most recently worked at the Pentagon as deputy director for mobilization in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs. He had served in the 512th Airlift Wing previously, and his wife and children remained in Dover during his most recent assignment.

He replaces Col. Raymond Kozak, who is taking a position of commander of the 349th Air Mobility Wing, based at Travers Air Force Base in California.

Durham is a command pilot with combat experience. He'll be in charge of a 1,700-person organization

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]]> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 16:11:55 -0600 <![CDATA[Charity Hospital replacement opens Saturday in New Orleans]]> http://gazette.com/charity-hospital-replacement-opens-saturday-in-new-orleans/article/feed/257663?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/charity-hospital-replacement-opens-saturday-in-new-orleans/article/feed/257663?custom_click=rss

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ten years after the levees and floodwalls broke during Hurricane Katrina and flooded New Orleans, the Big Easy finally has a full-scale hospital again — a new Charity hospital.

At 6 a.m. Saturday, the new 2.3 million-square-foot University Medical Center New Orleans, built with $1.1 billion of federal, state and private rebuilding money, ambulances and medical staff began the transfer of 131 patients into the new hospital for its first day of operations. Orchestrating the move required closing down streets as ambulances take patients into the facility.

In addition, the system's 2,000-strong staff of doctors, specialists, nurses and office workers will move in too.

Since Katrina, medical services h

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]]> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 15:45:22 -0600 <![CDATA[VA: Files containing personal information thrown in trash]]> http://gazette.com/va-files-containing-personal-information-thrown-in-trash/article/feed/257718?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/va-files-containing-personal-information-thrown-in-trash/article/feed/257718?custom_click=rss RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Officials with the Department of Veterans Affairs in the Black Hills say they're taking steps to notify veterans affected by an information breach after an employee accidently threw away personnel files on its Hot Springs campus.

The Rapid City Journal reports the VA says someone tossed a box containing files with personal information into a trash bin on May 15 during an office move. A different employee noticed the box in the trash two days later and VA police recovered them.

Spokeswoman Teresa Forbes tells the newspaper that the breach affects about 1,100 veterans.

Forbes says the VA is "very confident" that the personal information of veterans has not been misused.

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]]> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 15:35:51 -0600 <![CDATA[Navy's newest attack submarine, USS John Warner, joins fleet]]> http://gazette.com/navys-newest-attack-submarine-uss-john-warner-joins-fleet/article/feed/257647?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/navys-newest-attack-submarine-uss-john-warner-joins-fleet/article/feed/257647?custom_click=rss NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Navy's newest nuclear-powered attack submarine joined the fleet Saturday, with top Navy officials saying that it couldn't come soon enough with ever-increasing demands from combatant commanders.

The USS John Warner was commissioned in front of several thousand people at a ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk after being delivered to the Navy about two months ahead of schedule. The John Warner is a Virginia-class submarine, which was specifically designed for the post-Cold War era.

The 377-foot long ship is capable of submerged speeds of more than 29 mph and can stay submerged for up to three months at a time.

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]]> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 13:44:33 -0600 <![CDATA[Coast Guard rescues 2 women off the coast of Georgia]]> http://gazette.com/coast-guard-rescues-2-women-off-the-coast-of-georgia/article/feed/257655?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/coast-guard-rescues-2-women-off-the-coast-of-georgia/article/feed/257655?custom_click=rss ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — A Coast Guard crew rescued a mother and daughter after their boat capsized off Georgia's coast.

The Coast Guard said in a news release Saturday that its Brunswick station got a call around 4 p.m. Friday from the two women saying their 16-foot boat had become grounded just off the coast of St. Simons Island.

The shallow water kept a rescue crew about 250 yards from the boat.

The boat capsized a short time later, dumping the women into the water. A helicopter from Air Station Savannah was diverted to the scene to lift the women from the water.

Lt. Kyle Richter, one of the pilots on the rescue, said the lifejackets the women were wearing kept them above water and made them easy to spot

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]]> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 10:46:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Search continues for Illinois woman in Lake Michigan]]> http://gazette.com/search-continues-for-illinois-woman-in-lake-michigan/article/feed/257656?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/search-continues-for-illinois-woman-in-lake-michigan/article/feed/257656?custom_click=rss PORTER, Ind. (AP) — Indiana Conservation Officers and the Coast Guard are searching for a 20-year-old Illinois woman on Lake Michigan after rescuing two other women she was swimming with.

Conservation Officer Tyler Brock says Chase Froese of Carol Stream, about 30 miles west of Chicago, was swimming at Porter Beach about 7 p.m. Central time Friday when emergency personnel responded to a report of three women struggling in the water.

Brock says others at the beach were able to rescue the other two women and Froese disappeared from sight. The search continued into the night and resumed shortly after 6 a.m. Saturday.

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]]> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 10:41:12 -0600 <![CDATA[Coast Guard crews searching for missing diver]]> http://gazette.com/coast-guard-crews-searching-for-missing-diver/article/feed/257634?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/coast-guard-crews-searching-for-missing-diver/article/feed/257634?custom_click=rss MIAMI (AP) — Coast Guard officials in Miami say that are searching for a diver reported missing off the coast of Cudjoe Key.

Coast Guard Key West issued an urgent information broadcast requesting mariners be on the lookout for 37-year-old Pedro Fernandez Friday night. He was last seen wearing a camouflage wetsuit and yellow belt.

A helicopter from the Coast Guard's air station in Miami and small boat crew from Key West have been dispatched to search for the diver.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Monroe County Sherriff's Office are also assisting with the search.

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]]> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 09:09:51 -0600 <![CDATA[India, Bangladesh swap border enclaves, settle old dispute]]> http://gazette.com/india-bangladesh-swap-border-enclaves-settle-old-dispute/article/feed/257585?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/india-bangladesh-swap-border-enclaves-settle-old-dispute/article/feed/257585?custom_click=rss

NEW DELHI (AP) — Tens of thousands of stateless people who were stranded for decades along the poorly defined border between India and Bangladesh can finally choose their citizenship, as the two countries swapped more than 150 pockets of land at the stroke of midnight Friday to settle the demarcation line dividing them.

Television images showed people bursting firecrackers and raising an Indian flag in the Masaldanga enclave, which became part of India. On the other side of the new border, thousands of people who have been living in the enclaves in Bangladesh cheered, danced and chanted "Bangladesh, Bangladesh."

They lit 68 candles and released 68 balloons, then marched through the village of Dashiarchhara, highlighting tha

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]]> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 08:43:59 -0600 <![CDATA[School of Mines gets $750,000 grant from NASA program]]> http://gazette.com/school-of-mines-gets-750000-grant-from-nasa-program/article/feed/257588?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/school-of-mines-gets-750000-grant-from-nasa-program/article/feed/257588?custom_click=rss RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology has been awarded a $750,000 grant from NASA to develop materials to be used in future exploration of other planets.

The funding comes from the space agency's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (ESPCoR).

The school will use the money to development printable spacecraft materials and electronic and electromagnetic devices to use in future exploration.

The school says NASA envisions printable spacecraft to be thin, lightweight, flexible sheets embedded with customized sensors and electronics for data gathering, communication and micro-propulsion.

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]]> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 08:15:59 -0600 <![CDATA[New York Air Guard unit competing in parachute competition]]> http://gazette.com/new-york-air-guard-unit-competing-in-parachute-competition/article/feed/257622?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-york-air-guard-unit-competing-in-parachute-competition/article/feed/257622?custom_click=rss ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Two New York Army National Guard helicopters are in Rhode Island this weekend for the largest international military parachute competition in the world.

Eleven soldiers from 126th Aviation in Rochester will spend four to six hours on Saturday in their CH-47F Chinook helicopters. They'll take turns dropping paratroopers over a drop zone at Quonset Air National Guard Base. Crews try to position their copters so that each jump is from the same spot.

Jumpers try to land as close as possible to a big orange X in the drop zone. Judges time them from when they leave the aircraft to when they reach the X.

Leapfest is sponsored by the Rhode Island National Guard.

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]]> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 07:31:15 -0600 <![CDATA[Vermont Air National Guard to hold open house]]> http://gazette.com/vermont-air-national-guard-to-hold-open-house/article/feed/251722?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/vermont-air-national-guard-to-hold-open-house/article/feed/251722?custom_click=rss SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The public is invited to an open house being held by the Vermont Air National Guard at its South Burlington base.

The Saturday event will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will include displays of aircraft and equipment. The Fire Department will also conduct a vehicle extraction demonstration.

The Vermont National Guard Family Readiness Program has organized several family-friendly events such as face painting, bounce house, and arts and crafts.

Air Guard members will also be able to meet with visitors and talk about their jobs.

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]]> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 07:20:16 -0600 <![CDATA[Ceremony Sunday to honor Ohio-based Marines killed in Iraq]]> http://gazette.com/ceremony-sunday-to-honor-ohio-based-marines-killed-in-iraq/article/feed/257611?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ceremony-sunday-to-honor-ohio-based-marines-killed-in-iraq/article/feed/257611?custom_click=rss CINCINNATI (AP) — A Vietnam War prisoner of war who formerly headed Veterans Services in Ohio plans to speak at a memorial gathering for Ohio-based Marines killed in Iraq.

Air Force retired Col. Thomas Moe is part of Sunday's event to honor members of the 3rd Battalion 25th Marines, who served in some of heaviest fighting of the war. A total 48 members of the battalion were killed. Eleven members of Columbus-based Lima (LEE'-muh) company were among 15 people killed by one explosives blast Aug. 3, 2005.

The gathering will be at the Cincinnati Masonic Center, hosting the traveling "Eyes of Freedom" exhibit dedicated to 23 Lima Company members killed in a 5-month period that year.

The family of slain Sgt. David Kreuter (

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]]> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 05:16:14 -0600 <![CDATA[3 new laws will benefit Colorado veterans]]> http://gazette.com/3-new-laws-will-benefit-colorado-veterans/article/1556606?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/3-new-laws-will-benefit-colorado-veterans/article/1556606?custom_click=rss A measure that will allow military honors to be displayed on handicap license plates is one of three veteran-friendly Colorado General Assembly measures becoming law Wednesday.

Colorado Springs Republican Rep. Kit Roupe said she wrote HB-1026 to give extra honor to those disabled in combat by allowing handicap license plates that display military medals, including the Purple Heart.

"I had a gentleman come to me on this who had lost both of his legs in Vietnam," Roupe said Friday. "He became crippled in service to our country and that's a critical thing."

The state has special plates for top medals for military valor and distinction, including the Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Bronze Star and

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]]> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 04:05:08 -0600 <![CDATA[Friday Military Salute: One smile for a lifetime]]> http://gazette.com/friday-military-salute-one-smile-for-a-lifetime/article/1556554?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/friday-military-salute-one-smile-for-a-lifetime/article/1556554?custom_click=rss

Jennifer Lipscomb sees a link between her work as a supply specialist in the Army and what she now does as a civilian.

"Honestly, it is all about giving," said Lipscomb, who spent eight years in the Army and is now the Chapter Resource Director with Smile for a Lifetime in Colorado Springs. "I found that as a supply specialist, my biggest fulfillment was that people got in and out of theater and got the supplies they needed and were taken care of. Smile for a Lifetime does that on a different level."

The organization, has worked with Rangewood Orthodontics since 2011 to provide dental work to children with financial and emotional needs.

David Ruiz, 14, is one of the eight children who have gone through the program.



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Fri, 31 Jul 2015 09:38:08 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs group ends guard over recruiting office; Pentagon issues order to protect such sites]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-group-ends-guard-over-recruiting-office-pentagon-issues-order-to-protect-such-sites/article/1556534?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-group-ends-guard-over-recruiting-office-pentagon-issues-order-to-protect-such-sites/article/1556534?custom_click=rss

Armed civilians have stopped guarding recruiting depot in Colorado Springs, but the Pentagon on Thursday pledged its own steps to heighten security in the wake of the Tennessee shootings - including more armed troops.

A memo penned by Defense Secretary Ashton Carter calls for "action plans" to improve security at recruiting offices and other off-installation military facilities worldwide,

"Within existing DoD policy, augment security, including the option of additional armed personnel," Carter ordered in the memo released to The Gazette Thursday.

For about a week, a half dozen armed civilians patrolled the parking lot outside the Colorado Springs military recruiting offices at Academy Boulevard and Vickers Drive.



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Fri, 31 Jul 2015 09:21:36 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs police dog that served in Iraq has died]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-police-dog-that-served-in-iraq-has-died/article/1556334?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-police-dog-that-served-in-iraq-has-died/article/1556334?custom_click=rss

A retired Colorado Springs police dog named Rudy who completed three tours in Iraq and was wounded in a bomb attack died Saturday from an aggressive from of cancer. He was 12.

A Belgium Malinois, Rudy began work with Colorado Springs police in 2010 after he completed 440 hours of patrol work and field training. He was assigned to work with Officer Mike Juhl. Rudy lived with Juhl after his retirement from police dog service in December.

Rudy "enjoyed his retirement playing ball and receiving Milk-Bones," police said in a statement.

Prior to his assignment with Colorado Springs police, Rudy worked with the 10th Special Forces Group, an Army unit stationed at Fort Carson.

In 2007, a homemade bomb wounded Rudy in

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]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 11:53:15 -0600 <![CDATA[Homes for All Veterans aims to help homeless vets reach 'functional zero']]> http://gazette.com/homes-for-all-veterans-aims-to-help-homeless-vets-reach-functional-zero/article/1556297?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/homes-for-all-veterans-aims-to-help-homeless-vets-reach-functional-zero/article/1556297?custom_click=rss

The push to end veteran homelessness by Dec. 31 now has an end goal.

Using an intensely data-driven approach unlike anything previously seen in the Pikes Peak region, a coalition of community members, local government officials and homeless service providers has created its own definition for what it means to end homelessness among military veterans. And using a color-coded scheme similar to traffic lights, it's keeping a monthly record of its progress.

In short: Momentum is building, but they have more work to do.

Homes for All Veterans, for example, housed 25 individuals or families in April and May, and another 19 in June.



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Sun, 26 Jul 2015 20:07:01 -0600
<![CDATA[Air Force Academy program provides therapy to wounded warriors]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-academy-program-provides-therapy-to-wounded-warriors/article/1556277?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-academy-program-provides-therapy-to-wounded-warriors/article/1556277?custom_click=rss

Wounded, injured and ill airmen sat tall in the saddle last week as they rode through an Air Force Academy program designed to give them a key healing ingredient.

"Confidence," said retired Tech. Sgt. Larry O'Neil, who has spent years battling the hidden mental wounds that followed combat in northern Iraq.

The San Antonio-based Air Force Wounded Warrior Project sent 40 airmen and retirees in need of that confidence to Colorado Springs for a week of riding at the academy's equestrian center, where four-legged therapists helped them trot through their troubles.

The center has worked with wounded troops for years. The center's director, Billy Jack Barrett, said there's something about a horse that gives troops



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Sun, 26 Jul 2015 11:54:29 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs riding program offers help to wounded warriors]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-riding-program-offers-help-to-wounded-warriors/article/1556266?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-riding-program-offers-help-to-wounded-warriors/article/1556266?custom_click=rss

The clomping sound of hooves was hard to miss Saturday afternoon at the Kit Carson Riding Club for the inaugural Ranch Horse Round Up.

Organized by the National Versatility Ranch Horse Association and the riding club, the first day of the two-day Colorado Springs event offered participants up to three 2½-hour sessions on everything from cutting to roping to riding to reining. All proceeds went to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Genevieve Flores, a volunteer with the program and a veteran, said events like Saturday's are important for soldiers and those in their life.

"Wounded Warrior Project has been an asset to a lot of our friends and their families," she said.

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]]> Sun, 26 Jul 2015 04:20:25 -0600 <![CDATA[Military briefs]]> http://gazette.com/military-briefs/article/1556280?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/military-briefs/article/1556280?custom_click=rss Carson deputy gets stars on collar

Fort Carson deputy commander Timothy Daugherty is seeing stars after the Army's top general gave him one for each collar point.

Col. Daugherty became Brig. Gen. Daugherty in a Thursday ceremony presided over by Army chief Gen. Ray Odierno.

Most recently assigned to the Pentagon, Daugherty moved to Fort Carson in May to take the deputy job with the post's 4th Infantry Division. Daugherty is no stranger to the division, having commanded its affiliated artillery brigade at Fort Sill, Okla.

The Iraq and Afghanistan vet joined the Army in 1988 after graduating from Jacksonville State University.

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]]> Sun, 26 Jul 2015 04:20:24 -0600 <![CDATA[Military Update: VA chief counterpunches over 'community care' costs]]> http://gazette.com/military-update-va-chief-counterpunches-over-community-care-costs/article/1556279?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/military-update-va-chief-counterpunches-over-community-care-costs/article/1556279?custom_click=rss

The Veterans Choice, Access and Accountability Act of 2014, which Congress rushed to pass last summer to address a patient wait-time scandal, spurred the VA to broaden access to care.

Turns out it did so largely through use of existing and often costly contract authorities and partnerships for non-VA health care with local communities rather than the new, more complex Choice Card plan.

The result was 7 million new health care appointments for veterans in the past year and a flood of new enrollees into VA care. That has created an accounting nightmare for administrators and a budget shortfall, which VA officials concede they failed to forecast and which angry lawmakers realize they must repair before going on August recess.

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]]> Sun, 26 Jul 2015 04:20:22 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area military events starting July 26]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-military-events-starting-july-26/article/1556276?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-military-events-starting-july-26/article/1556276?custom_click=rss Through AUG. 7

Suits for Troops - Donate gently used men's and women's suits to help servicemen/women prepare to enter civilian life at Braxton, 6 N. Tejon St., Suite 220. All suits must be cleaned, on hangers (preferably still in dry-cleaner bags) and sizes must be clearly marked on the outside of the bag; Donna, 219-7456, tinyurl.com/ohgwpwf.

WEDNESDAY

The Falconaires - 6-8 p.m., Gateway Park at Wolf Ranch, Research Parkway and Tutt Boulevard; wolf-ranch.com.

SATURDAY

Dogs on Deployment Vendor and Craft Show - 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Colorado Springs Event Center, 3960 Palmer Park Blvd., free admission, donations accepted; tinyurl.com/kxddod3.

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]]> Sun, 26 Jul 2015 04:20:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Friday Military Salute: Suits for Troops]]> http://gazette.com/friday-military-salute-suits-for-troops/article/1556183?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/friday-military-salute-suits-for-troops/article/1556183?custom_click=rss Rampart Range Blue Star Mothers is sponsoring a Suits for Troops campaign to provide suits to people transitioning out of the military in Colorado Springs.

The Blue Star Mothers consists of moms of active or former military and found decided to do the campaign after a member saw a similar program elsewhere, said Mothers president Terry Rocha.

Gently used men's and women's suits will be collected from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Stetson Hills Police Station, 4110 Tutt Blvd.

Rocha, the mother of a Marine veteran, made it clear why this effort is key to the success of transitioning military.

"I think it's one less detail and one less expense they have to manage while they work their way back to civilian life," she

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]]> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 21:05:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Army's top general talks troop cuts, citizen patrols in Fort Carson visit]]> http://gazette.com/armys-top-general-talks-troop-cuts-citizen-patrols-in-fort-carson-visit/article/1556181?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/armys-top-general-talks-troop-cuts-citizen-patrols-in-fort-carson-visit/article/1556181?custom_click=rss Army chief Gen. Ray Odierno said during a Fort Carson visit he wants 490,000 soldiers in uniform to meet the service's worldwide commitments - 40,000 more than current cost-cutting plans.

The service's top general said he needs the extra troops because ongoing trouble in Iraq, tensions with Russia and other commitments on five continents.

"With the increased instability around the world, 490,0000 is the right number, but we can't do it," Odierno said during a brief press conference Thursday. "We don't have the budget to do it.



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Thu, 23 Jul 2015 20:50:20 -0600
<![CDATA[Watch: Air Force Academy cadet woos Taylor Swift in video, on Facebook]]> http://gazette.com/watch-air-force-academy-cadet-woos-taylor-swift-in-video-on-facebook/article/1556136?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/watch-air-force-academy-cadet-woos-taylor-swift-in-video-on-facebook/article/1556136?custom_click=rss

U.S. Air Force Academy cadet Brett Hagen really, really wants pop music star Taylor Swift to be his date for an upcoming dance.

A Facebook page titled: "Taylor Swift, will you go to the USAFA ring dance with me?" and a separate YouTube video, starring the cadet, were created to reiterate the point.

Hagen's plea in the four-minute video is to tune of Swift's "Shake It Off."

Tapia Advertising, a Colorado Springs ad agency, sent out a release late Wednesday with links to the video and Facebook page.



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Thu, 23 Jul 2015 17:44:09 -0600
<![CDATA[Army chief of staff to promote new Fort Carson general]]> http://gazette.com/army-chief-of-staff-to-promote-new-fort-carson-general/article/1556131?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/army-chief-of-staff-to-promote-new-fort-carson-general/article/1556131?custom_click=rss

The Army's top general will promote a Fort Carson commander to the rank of one-star general.

Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno will preside over the promotion of Timothy J. Daugherty from colonel to brigadier general at Fort Carson on Thursday.

Daugherty is deputy commander of the 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson's largest unit.

Daugherty became deputy commander of the division on May 11. Previously, he was assigned to the Pentagon.

The ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m.



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Thu, 23 Jul 2015 07:30:33 -0600
<![CDATA[Armed civilians stand guard outside Colorado Springs recruiting station]]> http://gazette.com/armed-civilians-stand-guard-outside-colorado-springs-recruiting-station/article/1556075?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/armed-civilians-stand-guard-outside-colorado-springs-recruiting-station/article/1556075?custom_click=rss

A half-dozen armed civilians stood guard outside an Academy Boulevard military recruiting station Wednesday in a move that's making military brass and local officials nervous.

Members of the III (3) Percent United Patriots packed pistols and semiautomatic versions of military rifles, which an organizer explained would be used to counter threats to the multi-service recruiting office near North Academy Boulevard and Vickers Drive.

"We're guarding our soldiers," said Crystina Page Steinmetz, who stood watch with a radio in her hand and a holstered pistol on her hip.

Six days after an attacker killed five troops at two sites, including a recruiting station in Chattanooga, Tenn.



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