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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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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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What sequester? Construction continues despite other cuts

After months of news about decreasing Defense Department budgets, there’s a bright spot on the horizon for Colorado Springs. In 2014, the Pentagon plans to spend 27 percent of its Army construction budget at Fort Carson, bringing jobs and opportunities to the region, and signaling the increasing importance of the Mountain Post to overall defense… Continue Reading What sequester? Construction continues despite other cuts

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Fort Carson warns of civilian furloughs

With sequestration taking effect in a matter of days, Fort Carson is preparing to instigate necessary cuts issued by the Department of Defense. The DOD told Congress that civilian workers could face a furlough of up to 22 days beginning in late April. The move affects 3,000 civilian workers at the Army post, but is… Continue Reading Fort Carson warns of civilian furloughs

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  Fort Carson’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team is getting a new commander.   Col. Omar Jones will formally take over the brigade at a ceremony Tuesday at the infantry post outside Colorado Springs.   Jones was most recently at the National War College in Washington, where he received a master’s degree in national security strategy.… Continue Reading Fort Carson’s 2nd Brigade gets new commander

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Colorado Springs should prepare for a round of base realignment and closure by 2015, said Brian Binn, president of military affairs for the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC. The Department of Defense suggested two rounds of BRAC, one to start next year. But that isn’t likely. However, Binn said a round suggested for 2015… Continue Reading Chamber report: Springs’ military adds $5.93 billion to economy

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  More than 1,000 soldiers from Fort Carson are being trained to fight wildfires amid a deadly and destructive fire season in the West.   A team from the National Interagency Fire Center, which coordinates wildfire-fighting efforts nationwide, is conducting the training at the infantry post outside Colorado Springs.   Fort Carson said Monday that… Continue Reading Fort Carson soldiers train to fight wildfires

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Both Fort Carson and Peterson Air Force Base have sent military personnel to the Air Force Academy to help fight the Waldo Canyon fire.   Carson sent engineer units to Highway 24 and has now shifted its focus to building firebreaks around areas of the Air Force Academy.   Army help includes 21 soldiers operating… Continue Reading Carson, Peterson assist in fighting Waldo Canyon fire

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Wing Zone restaurant will open Monday in Fort Carson’s mini-mall. The sit-down restaurant offers 17 buffalo chicken wing flavors and will serve draft beer. Wing Zone CEO and founder Matt Friedman has partnered with the Army & Air Force Exchange Services to open Wing Zone restaurants on four military bases.  The company has plans to… Continue Reading Wing Zone to open restaurant on Fort Carson

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The U.S. Army has agreed to restrict helicopter training flights over southeastern Colorado after residents complained about low-altitude training flights. A Fort Carson spokesman said Tuesday the helicopters will stay within the boundaries of the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site. Helicopters must maintain higher altitudes outside the designated flying area. Pilots are being required to stay… Continue Reading Fort Carson agrees to restrict chopper flights

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