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Hagel’s visit highlights defense budget’s uncertainty

As the U.S. Army prepares to cut 80,000 military members — a 14 percent reduction in active-duty personnel — Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel came to Fort Carson last week and assured soldiers that the cuts are an opportunity for a more nimble fighting force. Fort Carson will lose the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, part… Continue Reading Hagel’s visit highlights defense budget’s uncertainty

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ITT Exelis has been chosen as a prime contractor for the U.S. Marine Corps Logistics Command – a contract worth $854 million during five years. The selection gives the company, which has its mission systems function in Colorado Springs, the opportunity to submit proposals on requests for future logistic requirements for the Marine Corps. The… Continue Reading Exelis receives Marine prime contractor designation

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Fitch gives CS airport a stable outlook

Just after the Colorado Springs Airport announced new service to Seattle beginning late this year, the municipally owned regional airport got even more good news. Despite lower passenger rates, Fitch Ratings affirmed the airport’s $39.8 million in revenue bonds at BBB+ and a stable rating. Fitch noted that the airport had an enplanement base of… Continue Reading Fitch gives CS airport a stable outlook

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The Army will approach restructuring its combat brigades carefully, in order to maintain readiness and flexibility, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel during his visit Friday to Fort Carson. “We had to restructure, by law,” he said. “The Army decided to deactivate 12 brigrades. That decision affects this base. But in the long run, this base’s… Continue Reading Hagel: Carson will see ‘manpower increase’

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Fort Carson stands to gain 1,800 after Army restructuring

The Army’s restructuring plan has been kind to Fort Carson. While other military posts around the world will see losses of thousands of soldiers as the Army moves to a smaller fighting force, the Mountain Post now is scheduled to grow by 1,800 during the next six years. “Including other restructuring changes, the Army anticipates… Continue Reading Fort Carson stands to gain 1,800 after Army restructuring

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CSU earns highest DoD employer award

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Colorado Springs Utilities was one of 15 employers nationwide to receive the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The award is the highest recognition given to employers for exceptional support of National Guard and military Reserve employees. More than 2,899 companies were nominated by the National Guard members and Reservists they employ. “I… Continue Reading CSU earns highest DoD employer award

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Fort Carson will lose a total of 750 soldiers under an Army restructuring process that was announced today. The 3rd Brigade Combat Team will be deactivated under the plan, which includes 3,750 soldiers. But 3,000 of those soldiers will be absorbed into the remaining brigades, says Andy Merritt, chief defense industry officer at the Colorado… Continue Reading Fort Carson to lose total of 750 soldiers under restructuring plan

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Space Foundation combines green energy, Hill Climb this weekend

This weekend, visitors to the Space Foundation can do their own version of the famed Pikes Peak Hill Climb – and they can learn more about environmentally friendly automobiles at the same time. Visitors to the Discovery Center, located at 4425 Arrowswest Drive, can drive a Chevy Volt or Nissan Leaf electric car up a… Continue Reading Space Foundation combines green energy, Hill Climb this weekend

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Philanthropist Lyda Hill has given a $2 million grant to UCCS to help the university study and treat mental health issues in returning war veterans. Hill’s grant will be used to create a Veteran Health and Trauma Clinic inside the university’s Trauma, Health and Hazards Center. “The remarkable vision of Lyda Hill gives us new… Continue Reading Hill grant will create UCCS mental health services for soldiers

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Lamborn asks for furlough expemptions

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Colorado Congressman Doug Lamborn sent an appeal to the Department of Defense today: exempt any civilian worker affected by the Black Forest fire from the federal furloughs. Lamborn sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, noting that the Air Force granted exemptions to workers who lost homes in the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma.… Continue Reading Lamborn asks for furlough expemptions

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