<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - military]]> http://gazette.com/rss/military Fri, 04 Sep 2015 15:01:01 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Lawsuit claims dam transfer would be national security risk]]> http://gazette.com/lawsuit-claims-dam-transfer-would-be-national-security-risk/article/feed/268311?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lawsuit-claims-dam-transfer-would-be-national-security-risk/article/feed/268311?custom_click=rss HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A lawsuit seeking to block the transfer of a Montana dam to two tribes speculates the Turkish government would seek raw nuclear materials to blow up the dam if the transfer happens.

The lawsuit filed by state Sen. Bob Keenan, former state Sen. Verdell Jackson and Pointer Scenic Cruises claims the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are too gullible or naive to realize the Turks interested in doing business with them may have terrorist ties.

G. Lincoln McCurdy of the Turkish Coalition of America calls the lawsuit's claims ridiculous. He says his organization is interested in promoting agricultural trade with Native Americans.

The State Department says Turkey is a strong U.S. ally that supports

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette

]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 15:41:34 -0600 <![CDATA[United Arab Emirates says 45 of its troops killed in Yemen]]> http://gazette.com/united-arab-emirates-says-45-of-its-troops-killed-in-yemen/article/feed/268159?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/united-arab-emirates-says-45-of-its-troops-killed-in-yemen/article/feed/268159?custom_click=rss SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Forty-five troops from the United Arab Emirates were killed in Yemen while taking part in Saudi-led operations against Shiite rebels, the Gulf nation said Friday, in the deadliest day for its military in its 44-year history.

The UAE's minister of state for foreign affairs, Anwar Gargash, said the troops were killed when a rebel missile struck an ammunition depot. On his official Twitter feed, he said the "cowardly attack will not deter us."

Pro-government Yemeni security officials said the missile strike took place in the province of Marib, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of the capital Sanaa. Officials from the media office of the Shiite rebel movement known as the Houthis confirmed they fired a So

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette

]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 15:05:45 -0600 <![CDATA[Pressure increases on VA to let others handle construction]]> http://gazette.com/pressure-increases-on-va-to-let-others-handle-construction/article/feed/268263?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pressure-increases-on-va-to-let-others-handle-construction/article/feed/268263?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — New criticism of the VA's troubled hospital construction program turned up the pressure in Congress on Friday for the agency to turn over future big projects to the Army Corps of Engineers.

Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., said a report by the Corps of Engineers confirms that the Veterans Affairs Department is incapable of handling big projects.

"It's been public knowledge since April 2003 that all of their major construction projects were just out of control," Coffman said. "The Army Corps of Engineers does this for a living and they ought to be doing this stuff."

GOP Sen. Cory Gardner, also from Colorado, said the reports are more evidence of widespread mismanagement at the VA. "The lack of accountability i

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette

]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 14:59:57 -0600 <![CDATA[Cardin's opposition to Iran deal sets back White House hopes]]> http://gazette.com/cardins-opposition-to-iran-deal-sets-back-white-house-hopes/article/feed/268100?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cardins-opposition-to-iran-deal-sets-back-white-house-hopes/article/feed/268100?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House hopes for stopping a congressional challenge to the Iran nuclear deal and sparing President Barack Obama from using a veto suffered a blow Friday when a key Senate Democrat announced his opposition.

The setback came in the announcement from Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, that he opposes the deal, which he said "legitimizes Iran's nuclear program."

Cardin's move doesn't affect the ultimate outcome for the international accord to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions in exchange for relief from economic sanctions. The White House already clinched the necessary Senate votes to ensure that even if Obama ends up having to veto a disapproval resolution set for a

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette

]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 14:25:36 -0600 <![CDATA[Coast Guard auxiliary members hurt in rec field plane crash]]> http://gazette.com/coast-guard-auxiliary-members-hurt-in-rec-field-plane-crash/article/feed/268183?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/coast-guard-auxiliary-members-hurt-in-rec-field-plane-crash/article/feed/268183?custom_click=rss

CRESSKILL, N.J. (AP) — Two Coast Guard Auxiliary members were identified Friday as the occupants of a small plane that crashed onto a recreation field hours before kids' sports practices were set to begin.

Jack Rosenberg and Erik Pearson were doing routine patrol for the Coast Guard in their single-engine 1978 Cessna Skyhawk when it crashed late Thursday afternoon in Cresskill, about 2 miles west of the Hudson River.

In an emergency, the pilot had tried to land in the river but instead came down at Regan Field behind a swim club.

Rosenberg and Pearson are in stable condition at a hospital, the Coast Guard said in a statement. Their injuries aren't considered life-threatening, spokeswoman Sabrina Laberdesque said.

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette

]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 14:11:39 -0600 <![CDATA[Flyover used to help locate spilled oil in Mississippi River]]> http://gazette.com/flyover-used-to-help-locate-spilled-oil-in-mississippi-river/article/feed/268147?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/flyover-used-to-help-locate-spilled-oil-in-mississippi-river/article/feed/268147?custom_click=rss

COLUMBUS, Ky. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard used aerial observations of the Mississippi River on Friday to try to determine the location of more than 120,000 gallons of oil that spilled after two tow boats collided, prompting the closure of that part of the river.

More than 30 vessels were backed up along the busy waterway by midday Friday as cleanup crews tried to locate the clarified slurry oil that leaked into the river. A flyover of the area was meant to help determine the extent of the cleanup.

"We're doing the overflights to get a better idea of where most of that oil is to see what we can recover, if anything," said Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Bobby Nash.

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette

]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 13:57:38 -0600 <![CDATA[Boeing names its new Apollo-style spacecraft the Starliner]]> http://gazette.com/boeing-names-its-new-apollo-style-spacecraft-the-starliner/article/feed/268209?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/boeing-names-its-new-apollo-style-spacecraft-the-starliner/article/feed/268209?custom_click=rss

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Boeing already has the Dreamliner. Now it also has the Starliner.

The aerospace giant announced the name of its future space fleet Friday. More than 200 people, including Florida Gov. Rick Scott, NASA and Boeing officials, and a bevy of former astronauts, gathered at NASA's Kennedy Space Center to celebrate the grand opening of Boeing's commercial crew and cargo processing facility.

Once a space shuttle hangar, the transformed building will serve as home to the Starliner. Its first launch with a crew to the International Space Station is targeted for 2017.

Until Friday, Boeing's still-under-development capsule was known simply as the CST-100, an abbreviation for Crew Space Transportation an

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette

]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 13:41:45 -0600 <![CDATA[Marine killed in helicopter accident was doing rope training]]> http://gazette.com/marine-killed-in-helicopter-accident-was-doing-rope-training/article/feed/268118?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/marine-killed-in-helicopter-accident-was-doing-rope-training/article/feed/268118?custom_click=rss

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The U.S. Marine who died during a helicopter accident at Camp Lejeune was part of a Virginia-based anti-terror and security team training on how to use ropes to access difficult terrain, officials said Friday.

Military officials identified the dead Marine as 31-year-old Staff Sgt. Jonathan Lewis from Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team, Company B, based in Yorktown, Virginia. He was a native of Warrenton, Virginia.

Two Marines remained hospitalized in stable condition Friday, while nine have been treated and released.

About 20 Marines from Virginia and North Carolina were participating Wednesday night in training that requires them to exit through the back of a helicopter using suspended ropes.

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette

]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 12:33:04 -0600 <![CDATA[W.Va. gov nixes possible transfer of female inmates]]> http://gazette.com/w.va.-gov-nixes-possible-transfer-of-female-inmates/article/feed/268245?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/w.va.-gov-nixes-possible-transfer-of-female-inmates/article/feed/268245?custom_click=rss CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has turned down the federal government's offer to transfer ownership of a Pendleton County Navy base to the state.

Tomblin had until Friday to decide whether to accept the offer to take control of the Naval Information Operations Center in Sugar Grove.

State corrections officials had suggested that female inmates be transferred from the Lakin Correctional Center in Mason County to the Navy base, which is closing at the end of this month.

Instead, Tomblin says the state will look for additional space for female inmates in Mason County. The West Virginia National Guard facility in Point Pleasant has been identified as a potential site.

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette

]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 12:04:11 -0600 <![CDATA[BlackBerry will buy security company Good Tech for $425M]]> http://gazette.com/blackberry-will-buy-security-company-good-tech-for-425m/article/feed/268233?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/blackberry-will-buy-security-company-good-tech-for-425m/article/feed/268233?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — BlackBerry said Friday that it will make another security-related acquisition, buying Good Technology for $425 million in cash.

BlackBerry, once known for making smartphones, is now trying to focus on software that lets IT departments manage mobile devices. The company said Good Technology will help it offer a unified secure platform for mobile devices that runs on any operating system. It said Good Technology has about $160 million in annual revenue, while BlackBerry has reported about $3 billion in revenue in its last four fiscal quarters.

The Canadian company expects to complete the purchase by the end of November.

Earlier this year BlackBerry Ltd.

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette

]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 11:48:23 -0600 <![CDATA[Scientists exploring wreck of sunken U-boat off Rhode Island]]> http://gazette.com/scientists-exploring-wreck-of-sunken-u-boat-off-rhode-island/article/feed/268206?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/scientists-exploring-wreck-of-sunken-u-boat-off-rhode-island/article/feed/268206?custom_click=rss PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Scientists are using submersibles to explore a German U-boat sunk 7 miles off the Rhode Island coast the day before Nazi Germany surrendered in World War II, and they're streaming the attempts online as they work to learn more about shipwrecks and how they affect the environment.

The submarine, U-853, was sunk in the Battle of Point Judith by Coast Guard and Navy ships on May 6, 1945, the day after it took down the SS Black Point, the last U.S. merchant ship sunk in the Atlantic during the war.

The scientists from the University of Rhode Island's Inner Space Center, Connecticut's Ocean Exploration Trust and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy hope to explore both wrecks during the five-day trip that lasts t

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette

]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 11:23:38 -0600 <![CDATA[2 men claiming to have found Nazi gold train go on Polish TV]]> http://gazette.com/2-men-claiming-to-have-found-nazi-gold-train-go-on-polish-tv/article/feed/268149?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/2-men-claiming-to-have-found-nazi-gold-train-go-on-polish-tv/article/feed/268149?custom_click=rss

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Two men appeared on Polish TV Friday saying they are the finders of a Nazi train said to be laden with gold — a claim that came as the Polish military inspected the alleged site in southwestern Poland.

Identifying themselves as Andreas Richter and Piotr Koper, the men appeared on TVP.INFO. Contacted by The Associated Press by phone, Richter confirmed he had found the train.

Authorities in the southwestern city of Walbrzych said last month that two men had contacted them through lawyers claiming they had found an armored train that possibly contains valuables and weapons. The report sparked a gold rush around Walbrzych, where tales have circulated since World War II that the Nazis hid a train full of

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette

]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 11:12:23 -0600 <![CDATA[Police clash with gunmen in Tajikistan, 17 dead]]> http://gazette.com/police-clash-with-gunmen-in-tajikistan-17-dead/article/feed/268203?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/police-clash-with-gunmen-in-tajikistan-17-dead/article/feed/268203?custom_click=rss DUSHANBE, Tajikistan (AP) — Armed groups led by a disaffected deputy defense minister mounted attacks Friday in and near the capital of Tajikistan that left at least eight police officers and nine militants dead, authorities said.

In contrast with neighboring Afghanistan, the former Soviet Central Asian nation of Tajikistan rarely sees such bloodshed and the unrest is likely to unnerve the government.

It is not yet clear what lay behind the attacks, but government statements indicate those involved were actively involved in fighting as part of armed opposition forces during the civil war of the 1990s.

The U.S. Embassy in Dushanbe said the significance of the clashes was unclear, but "they may be precursors to other ac

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette

]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 10:57:31 -0600 <![CDATA[US promising help to keep Iran in check in Middle East]]> http://gazette.com/us-promising-help-to-keep-iran-in-check-in-middle-east/article/feed/268106?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-promising-help-to-keep-iran-in-check-in-middle-east/article/feed/268106?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is greeting King Salman of Saudi Arabia with assurances that the Iran nuclear deal comes with the necessary resources to help check the Islamic Republic's regional ambitions.

The Saudi king is making his first visit to the White House since ascending the throne in January and Friday's talks with President Barack Obama come at an important moment. Congress will soon take up a resolution of disapproval of the nuclear agreement, though Senate Democrats have gathered enough votes to prevent to prevent the Republican-led measure's success.

The accord will provide Iran hundreds of billions of dollars in relief from international sanctions in exchange for a decade of constraints on the co

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette

]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 09:55:12 -0600 <![CDATA[Official: Bombs may have been targeting Sinai peacekeepers]]> http://gazette.com/official-bombs-may-have-been-targeting-sinai-peacekeepers/article/feed/268154?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/official-bombs-may-have-been-targeting-sinai-peacekeepers/article/feed/268154?custom_click=rss EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — International peacekeeping vehicles hit by roadside bombs in Egypt's northern Sinai Peninsula were painted white, different from the desert color scheme used by the Egyptian army, a mission official said Friday, suggesting they were targeted on purpose.

Four U.S. soldiers and two Fijians with the Multinational Force and Observers' peacekeeping mission were injured Thursday when their vehicles were hit during a routine patrol near their base in the town of el-Gorah, said the official, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters.

The soldiers were airlifted to a medical facility and were being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, the U.S. Defense Department said Thu

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette

]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 09:37:09 -0600 <![CDATA[Friday Military Salute: Suits for Troops was a success]]> http://gazette.com/friday-military-salute-suits-for-troops-was-a-success/article/1558662?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/friday-military-salute-suits-for-troops-was-a-success/article/1558662?custom_click=rss

The Suits for Troops campaign provided hundreds of suits and other clothing to help military people prepare for civilian life.

In a July 23 Friday Military Salute, members of the Rampart Range Blue Star Mothers talked about the desperate need. Blue Star Mothers have children who are active-duty or former military members.

Gently used men and women's suits were collected Aug. 2 at the Stetson Hills Police Station and through other collections. More than 400 suits, more than 600 ties, at least a hundred shirts, outerwear and even some Tuxedos were donated.

St. Patrick Church and Braxton Technologies partnered with the Blue Star Mothers to collect clothes, and Tide Dry Cleaners provided free transportation of all the

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette

Fri, 04 Sep 2015 06:32:01 -0600
<![CDATA[Air show above Country Club of Colorado benefits military-aimed charity]]> http://gazette.com/air-show-above-country-club-of-colorado-benefits-military-aimed-charity/article/1558656?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-show-above-country-club-of-colorado-benefits-military-aimed-charity/article/1558656?custom_click=rss

Rumbling over southwest Colorado Springs, the twin-engine Beechcraft gets a bit jumpy.

The World War II veteran doesn't approve of the crosswinds coming off the mountains explains Gregg Downing, a Commemorative Air Force pilot taking the 72-year-old transport for a reconnaissance flight.

"It's one of those things," he said. "You don't see big airplanes doing aerobatics."

Except, that is, for Friday night above the Country Club of Colorado off Highway 115.

Downing, of Guymon, Oklahoma, and others are in town for the In Their Honor air show that starts at 6 p.m. Friday above the country club. The event benefits one of the Pikes Peak region's newest military-aimed charities, the Mount Carmel Center of Excellence.

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette

Fri, 04 Sep 2015 06:28:18 -0600
<![CDATA[Army sends team to investigate Fort Carson helicopter crash]]> http://gazette.com/army-sends-team-to-investigate-fort-carson-helicopter-crash/article/1558659?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/army-sends-team-to-investigate-fort-carson-helicopter-crash/article/1558659?custom_click=rss

A team of investigators from Fort Rucker, Ala., on Thursday headed to Colorado Springs to probe the crash of a Fort Carson Black Hawk helicopter.

Two soldiers who suffered injuries when the UH-60 went down in trees Wednesday in Douglas County remained hospitalized Thursday. Fort Carson said the two were in "stable" condition.

The incident broke the tail boom off the helicopter and was deemed serious enough to summon investigators from the Army's top safety agency.

"The cause of the accident is currently under investigation," Fort Carson said in a news release. "A Centralized Accident Investigation team from the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center, headquartered at Fort Rucker, Alabama, is deploying to Fort Carson to lead

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette

Fri, 04 Sep 2015 06:26:37 -0600
<![CDATA[Two soldiers injured in Fort Carson Black Hawk crash during training mission in Douglas County]]> http://gazette.com/two-soldiers-injured-in-fort-carson-black-hawk-crash-during-training-mission-in-douglas-county/article/1558586?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/two-soldiers-injured-in-fort-carson-black-hawk-crash-during-training-mission-in-douglas-county/article/1558586?custom_click=rss

Two soldiers were injured when a Fort Carson Black Hawk crashed about 4 p.m. Wednesday in a remote area of Douglas County.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office and Fort Carson held a joint press conference late Wednesday night at the Douglas County Justice Center in Castle Rock.

All four soldiers on board the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter were evacuated and evaluated at Memorial County Hospital. Lt. Col. Jason Brown, a spokesman for Fort Carson, said he could not discuss the extent of the two wounded soldiers' injuries. They were not life-threatening.

Black Hawks are "very crash-worthy and safe," Brown said.

It was initially reported to Fort Carson that the

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette

Thu, 03 Sep 2015 10:31:52 -0600
<![CDATA[1 Marine killed, 9 hurt in helicopter hard landing]]> http://gazette.com/1-marine-killed-9-hurt-in-helicopter-hard-landing/article/1558613?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/1-marine-killed-9-hurt-in-helicopter-hard-landing/article/1558613?custom_click=rss

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — One Marine has been killed and 9 others were hurt when a helicopter made a hard landing at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

The CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter came down hard during a training exercise around 9 p.m. Wednesday, Capt. Ryan Elizabeth Alvis said in a statement.

Alvis said the name of the dead Marine would not be released for 24 hours.

One of the injured Marines was in serious condition. The other eight Marines suffered injuries that were not considered serious, Capt. Kendra Motz, a base spokeswoman, said Thursday morning. Their names have not been released.

Alvis said a number of the injured were taken to the Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune.

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette

Thu, 03 Sep 2015 06:05:37 -0600
<![CDATA[Fort Carson drill will involve mock hostage situation; access to post will be impacted]]> http://gazette.com/fort-carson-drill-will-involve-mock-hostage-situation-access-to-post-will-be-impacted/article/1558446?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-carson-drill-will-involve-mock-hostage-situation-access-to-post-will-be-impacted/article/1558446?custom_click=rss

Soldiers at Fort Carson will train for a terrorist on post during a Tuesday drill.

The post said the exercise, which begins Tuesday morning, will involve a mock gunman and a hostage situation at Fort Carson's garrison headquarters.

"The exercise will test, rehearse and evaluate installation emergency response procedures and serve as a training mechanism for all involved, which includes most directorates across post," Fort Carson said in a news release.

While similar exercises have been an annual rite at the post, troubles in 2015 make the possibility of an attack there even more of a concern. In July a lone gunman killed six service members in attacks at a recruiting center and reserve depot in Chattanooga,

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette

Tue, 01 Sep 2015 06:58:16 -0600
<![CDATA[Fort Carson events center named for sergeant devoted to soldiers, families]]> http://gazette.com/fort-carson-events-center-named-for-sergeant-devoted-to-soldiers-families/article/1558375?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-carson-events-center-named-for-sergeant-devoted-to-soldiers-families/article/1558375?custom_click=rss

Bill Reed was there for every homecoming ceremony, hugging soldiers and sharing in joy.

He also was there for every departure, often passing out tissues to tearful spouses as soldiers headed to war.

Few gave thought to how well he did his job managing Fort Carson's Special Events Center before the Vietnam veteran died last year.

But now, the retired master sergeant who spent 48 years working with troops will be remembered by everyone who steps foot in the facility at the center of the post, which on Friday was renamed the Bill Reed Special Events Center.

"He will forever be smiling down on this place," Col. Joel Hamilton declared in a ceremony to celebrate the center's new name.

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette

Sun, 30 Aug 2015 12:02:19 -0600
<![CDATA[Speaker: Haver's Ranger tab a benchmark for women's equality]]> http://gazette.com/speaker-havers-ranger-tab-a-benchmark-for-womens-equality/article/1558364?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/speaker-havers-ranger-tab-a-benchmark-for-womens-equality/article/1558364?custom_click=rss

Fort Carson celebrated Women's Equality Day last week on the post, as commanders there have done for years.

In 2015, there was something new to celebrate - equality is closer to becoming reality for women in uniform, thanks in part to Fort Carson's 1st Lt. Shaye Haver.

"One of your own has made the ranks of Rangers," motivational speaker Lillie Ben of Littleton reminded women at the gathering. "You can expect many more women to graduate as Rangers."

Haver, a Fort Carson helicopter pilot, and a female comrade made history this month by passing the Army's toughest infantry course. The accomplishment came as the Army works on a plan to include women in combat jobs by Jan. 1, eliminating the service's largest barrier to

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette

Sun, 30 Aug 2015 06:51:10 -0600
<![CDATA[Military Update: Attractions of service obscured by hard costs of war]]> http://gazette.com/military-update-attractions-of-service-obscured-by-hard-costs-of-war/article/1558361?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/military-update-attractions-of-service-obscured-by-hard-costs-of-war/article/1558361?custom_click=rss

Perhaps to a degree not seen before, news outlets, politicians of every stripe and wounded warrior charities have turned an intense spotlight on problems service members and veterans have faced on returning from war.

Consider the number of news stories on post-traumatic stress and suicide, congressional hearings on the same, sexual harassment in the ranks and veterans waiting months for VA care and the steady stream of TV advertising to raise funds on behalf of wounded warriors.

Have the costs of war been so magnified by these trends as to obscure, or distort, the more common positive experiences of volunteers who gain from service valuable skills and robust benefits?

Recruiting officials believe that they have. With

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette

]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 04:20:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area military events starting Aug. 30, 2015]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-military-events-starting-aug.-30-2015/article/1558360?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-military-events-starting-aug.-30-2015/article/1558360?custom_click=rss THROUGH AUGUST

Free park entrance to active-duty military and veterans - For a list of parks, go to cpw.state.co.us.


Bonfils Community Blood Drive - 8-9:40 a.m. and 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Evans Army Community, 1650 Cochrane Circle, Fort Carson. Appointments required: 303-363-2300, bonfils.org.


Air Force Falcons football vs. Morgan State - 1:30 p.m., Falcon Stadium, Air Force Academy. Go togoairforcefalcons.com for ticket prices.


Navy League Colorado Springs Council Bi-monthly Dinners - Open to anyone who supports the sea services, USN, USMC, USCG, Merchant Marines. No requirement to have served; navyleague-colorado springs.org.

Readiness classes -

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette

]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 04:20:03 -0600 <![CDATA[10 Years After Katrina: Colorado Springs-based command has new disaster playbook]]> http://gazette.com/10-years-after-katrina-colorado-springs-based-command-has-new-disaster-playbook/article/1558273?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/10-years-after-katrina-colorado-springs-based-command-has-new-disaster-playbook/article/1558273?custom_click=rss

Hurricane Katrina hasn't been forgotten at U.S. Northern Command in Colorado Springs, but it is viewed as ancient history.

The hurricane that leveled cities on the Gulf Coast a decade ago came before the command was prepared to face a massive natural disaster, leaders say. The trouble that followed forced the military to learn new skills and train troops and leaders for future disasters.

"To me, Katrina was like the Peloponnesian War," said Timothy Russell, a top planner for the command who started work there just before Katrina struck.

Northern Command hadn't celebrated its second birthday when Katrina made landfall near New Orleans, and its leaders were focused on manmade threats as the nation dealt with the

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:14:54 -0600
<![CDATA[1 of 2 special ops troops killed in Afghanistan was Air Force Academy graduate]]> http://gazette.com/1-of-2-special-ops-troops-killed-in-afghanistan-was-air-force-academy-graduate/article/1558215?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/1-of-2-special-ops-troops-killed-in-afghanistan-was-air-force-academy-graduate/article/1558215?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon says the two Americans killed in Afghanistan in an apparent insider attack by Afghan soldiers were Air Force special operations troops.

They are identified as 27-year-old Capt. Matthew D. Roland of Lexington, Ky., and 31-year-old Staff Sgt. Forrest B. Sibley of Pensacola, Fla.

Roland, who graduated from the Air Force Academy in 2010, was assigned to the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron based at Hurlburt Field, Fla. He was deployed three times to multiple locations around the globe, according to an Air Force Special Operations Command press release.

Sibley was assigned to the 21st Special Tactics Squadron based at Pope Army Airfield, N.C. He was a four-time Bronze Star medal recipient, once with

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette

Thu, 27 Aug 2015 17:05:42 -0600
<![CDATA[Boot camp offered next month in Colorado Springs to help veterans start businesses]]> http://gazette.com/boot-camp-offered-next-month-in-colorado-springs-to-help-veterans-start-businesses/article/1558073?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/boot-camp-offered-next-month-in-colorado-springs-to-help-veterans-start-businesses/article/1558073?custom_click=rss

A Broomfield-based nonprofit will host a free six-week boot camp beginning next month in Colorado Springs to help veterans start businesses.

The program is designed to coach active-duty military, veterans and their spouses on how to start and operate their own business, including out-of-class assignments and working with a business mentor that will be assigned to each participant. The boot camp, offered through the VetEquity LLC, will have class sessions on Wednesday evenings and Saturday and Sunday mornings from Sept. 9-Oct. 21 at The Macalan Group's offices and training center, 5825 Mark Dabling Blvd.

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette

Wed, 26 Aug 2015 11:31:48 -0600
<![CDATA[Tuskegee airman takes off once again from Colorado Springs airstrip where he learned to fly]]> http://gazette.com/tuskegee-airman-takes-off-once-again-from-colorado-springs-airstrip-where-he-learned-to-fly/article/1558065?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tuskegee-airman-takes-off-once-again-from-colorado-springs-airstrip-where-he-learned-to-fly/article/1558065?custom_click=rss

At 92, Franklin Macon has watched nearly everything change around him.

Colorado Springs, the city where he was born and raised, has gone from a sleepy hamlet of 30,000 people to a sprawling metropolis of nearly half a million. The grandson of a civil rights pioneer, he's watched attitudes toward African Americans change greatly.

The remodeling of the world around Macon includes the dirt strip north of town where he learned to fly. It's now the Air Force Academy's airfield.

Tuesday, Macon made clear that one thing hasn't changed: The wonder of soaring above the mountains.

"It's hard to put it in words," he said, grinning from an hour-long flight in an academy plane. "But it is great."

Cadets invited Macon to

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette

Tue, 25 Aug 2015 21:40:59 -0600
<![CDATA[Immigration talk dominates Jeb Bush town hall in Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/immigration-talk-dominates-jeb-bush-town-hall-in-colorado/article/1558064?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/immigration-talk-dominates-jeb-bush-town-hall-in-colorado/article/1558064?custom_click=rss

SHERIDAN - At a VFW hall in the southeast Denver suburbs, Jeb Bush pulled no punches for the embattled Veterans Affairs department he called outdated, insular and unaccountable.

"There should be the quality of service in the Veterans Administration that you deserve," Bush told a small crowd of people at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post who were invited to attend a town hall with the Republican presidential hopeful.

David Ortiz, a 33-year-old Army pilot who was severely injured in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, used the town hall as an opportunity to tell Bush he thinks veterans should have more choices in their health care options.

Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette

Tue, 25 Aug 2015 14:41:07 -0600