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Fort Carson officials say volunteers saved the post about $2.5 million and provided about 150,000 hours of service last year. Post commanders are holding an awards ceremony and luncheon on Tuesday to thank the volunteers. Army officials say it’s impossible to accurately measure the benefits volunteers provide. Volunteers help out through the Red Cross, child… Continue Reading Fort Carson says volunteers save the post millions

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The Army is formally opening a new residential area for soldiers at Fort Carson with 180 four-bedroom houses. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held Thursday at Chippewa Village at the post outside Colorado Springs. Work on the houses began about a year ago. They were built in partnership with Balfour Beatty Communities. Soldiers will be… Continue Reading Fort Carson formally opens new housing area

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The first winners from Fort Carson’s new aviation brigade will be construction companies: The Army plans to spend $224 million on buildings and hangars alone. But for local business, the economic impact will be muted, at least at first. That’s because local companies have a chance to be subcontractors but probably won’t be in the… Continue Reading Brigade’s impact will take time to develop

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Aviation brigade confirms Fort Carson plans

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Sen. Mark Udall’s office confirmed yesterday that a 120-helicopter, 2,800-soldier aviation brigade will move to Fort Carson. The news will mean that the Mountain Post’s soldier population will grow to nearly 30,000 and bring an estimated $300 million in construction spending to house the unit. Details on the timing of the move were to be… Continue Reading Aviation brigade confirms Fort Carson plans

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Another 600 Fort Carson soldiers are arriving home after a yearlong deployment in southern Iraq. They were scheduled to arrive today although the arrival times of returning troops often change unexpectedly. The soldiers are from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, part of the 4th Infantry Division. The brigade has about 3,800 members. An advance unit… Continue Reading More Fort Carson soldiers returning from Iraq

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Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) brought a message of innovation and fiscal discipline today to the Colorado Springs business community. Continue Reading Udall: Innovation will lead state out of economic slump

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Gov. John Hickenlooper toured Fort Carson this morning and promised greater cooperation with military leaders. “Fort Carson has a $4 billion economic impact – and that reaches beyond El Paso County,” he said. “It’s the link between Colorado Sprigs and Pueblo, and I encouraged the military leaders to make use of that link to create… Continue Reading Hickenlooper tours Fort Carson, promises greater military cooperation

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Congressman Doug Lamborn said today that he received a preliminary report from the Army that Fort Carson is the preferred location for a new combat aviation brigade. However, the Army is expected to release a final recommendation in 30 days. If the Army moves forward with this Fort Carson recommendation, 2,700 soldiers and their families… Continue Reading Lamborn: Fort Carson preferred site for aviation brigade

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You might have heard a lot of high praise for the Fort Carson Soldier Family Assistance Center that opened last year, and now there’s hard evidence to back up all the talk. The $8 million project was designed and built by Springs-based DLR Group for the Army’s Warrior in Transition program, which helps wounded soldiers… Continue Reading Fort Carson center earns high Green Council marks

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Army officials say Fort Carson’s suicide rate fell by more than a third last year. Fort Carson’s acting commander, Brig. Gen. James Doty, said Wednesday the post’s suicide rate was 31 per 100,000 in 2010, down from 49 per 100,000 in 2009. In 2008, Fort Carson’s rate was 66 per 100,000. The Army’s overall suicide… Continue Reading Fort Carson suicide rate down by more than a third

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