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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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The Defense Department has awarded a contract worth $9.9 million for construction of a new brigade headquarters at Fort Carson. The contract was awarded to Komada LLC of Colorado Springs. The project is expected to be finished by late July 2013. No other information was immediately available. The contract was announced last week.

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Helicopters to train at Fort Carson till mid-May

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Residents in the Fort Carson area can expect to see and hear more helicopters when Army aviators from Fort Campbell, Ky., conduct high-altitude training in Colorado this spring. The 101st Combat Aviation Brigade’s training will take place from Thursday until mid-May. Aviators will fly Blackhawk, Apache and Chinook helicopters. Fort Carson officials say they and… Continue Reading Helicopters to train at Fort Carson till mid-May

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Fort Carson opens new training facility

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Fort Carson is opening its new Training Support Center facility this week, according to post officials. The facility will house more than 500 training devices to help soliders conduct and become certified in a wide variety of military skills – including how to provide first aid in a combat situation and how to identify and… Continue Reading Fort Carson opens new training facility

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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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