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Blue skies ahead: Fort Carson benefits from revived funding, a sign of its stature

Blue skies ahead: Fort Carson benefits from revived funding, a sign of its stature

While President Barack Obama was signing a $1.1 trillion appropriations act into law last week, Colorado Springs’ reassured Army outpost was looking at a hefty check it is waiting to cash. Of the $487 billion that the legislation set aside for the Department of Defense’s fiscal year 2014 budget, $9.8 billion will fund military construction… Continue Reading Blue skies ahead: Fort Carson benefits from revived funding, a sign of its stature

New defense funding sets Piñon Canyon limits

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The National Defense Authorization Act, which was signed into law in late December by President Barack Obama, includes language that would ensure the protection of land surrounding Fort Carson’s primary remote test site. An amendment to the act that was introduced by U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colorado, and U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Yuma, now requires… Continue Reading New defense funding sets Piñon Canyon limits

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Modern military needs new strategy

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Modern military needs new strategy

“The Vietnam War broke the Army,” wrote Lt. Gen. Charles Cleveland in a recent issue of Army Magazine, “and there was growing concern that the American military would be quickly overwhelmed by the numerically superior forces of the Soviet Union in the event of a major conventional war.” This concern, Cleveland continued, led commanders to… Continue Reading Modern military needs new strategy

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Army movement could help or harm El Paso County

Under one scenario the Pentagon is considering, Fort Carson would lose 8,000 soldiers — and El Paso County will lose an additional 8,000 jobs. Under another scenario, the Mountain Post could see a net increase of 3,000 troops, and the county could see an equal rise in jobs. The Army has committed to a “reduction… Continue Reading Army movement could help or harm El Paso County

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In 1943, an enraged Gen. George S. Patton slapped a battle-fatigued U.S. soldier at a military hospital and accused him of cowardice, an episode that nearly ended Patton’s career. Nearly 70 years later, two filmmakers — one of them Patton’s grandson — are trying to help soldiers cope with what is now called post-traumatic stress… Continue Reading Army veterans at Fort Carson use filmmaking as therapy for PTSD

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Army approves public gun range

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The U.S. Army and El Paso County commissioners are giving enthusiastic support to a public outdoor shooting range at Fort Carson. Fort Carson Garrison Commander Col. Robert McLaughlin told county commissioners on Tuesday the gun range will improve community relations. The county has been searching for a solution for public shooting for more than two… Continue Reading Army approves public gun range

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The Bureau of Land Management is holding a hearing next month on allowing the Army to continue using the Pinon Canyon training site. The Aug. 2 hearing is part of periodic review. The hearing does not include any consideration of whether Pinon Canyon will be increased at some future time. The Army’s efforts to expand… Continue Reading BLM schedules hearing next month on Pinon Canyon

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In August 2009, Army Sgt. Jeffrey Adams was on his second deployment in Afghanistan when his vehicle ran over a pressure-plated explosive device. Adams was pulled from the wreckage and taken to a hospital in Bagram, where he lost both of his legs. Now, back in El Paso County, the local building community is coming… Continue Reading Home for injured veteran unites building community

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Army extends comment period on aviation brigade

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The Army has extended the period for public comment regarding placement of a Combat Aviation Brigade. Just two days after Congressman Doug Lamborn and Colorado Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet sent a formal request to extend the Dec. 20 deadline, the Army said it will allow public comment until Jan. 7. The Army has… Continue Reading Army extends comment period on aviation brigade

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The Army and the Veterans Affairs Department are announcing a new research project on suicide in the military. A news conference is scheduled for Wednesday at the Denver VA Medical Center. No details have been released. Officials from the Army, the VA and Florida State University will be present. The Defense Department has been trying… Continue Reading Army, VA to announce new military suicide research

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