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New garrison boss keeps Carson on track

Col. Joel Hamilton looked forward to starting his assignment in May as Fort Carson’s garrison commander with a few calm months of learning his new post and meeting people. Little did Hamilton realize, until just before arriving, that he’d be stepping into a tough situation from his first day on the job, May 21. When… Continue Reading New garrison boss keeps Carson on track

At first glance, the banner headline atop The Gazette’s front page on June 27 probably made many readers choke on their coffee. “Carson could lose 16,000 troops,” that headline screamed. Underneath, another line (we call them teasers) lured readers to a story in the Business section with this dire message: “Ripple effect — Maximum cuts… Continue Reading Let’s not overreact to potential Army cuts

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BRAC could start overseas

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If you want to strike fear into a city like Colorado Springs, where our local and regional economy leans so heavily on the military, all you have to do is bring up that most dreaded acronym. BRAC. In plain English, it means Base Realignment and Closure of military installations, a process that over the past… Continue Reading BRAC could start overseas

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AFA change of command sends fresh message

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Looking out at the crowd, and farther to the 4,000 cadets hoping for immediate inspiration from their new leader, Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson made a very public debut Monday morning as the Air Force Academy’s new superintendent. She had a tough act to follow. Actually two tough acts, because the change-of-command ceremony already had been… Continue Reading AFA change of command sends fresh message

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The Pentagon is preparing for a possible government shutdown Friday night, just in case Congress can’t come to an agreement on this year’s budget. The deadline to approve the budget is April 8, and follows several continuing resolutions that have kept the government functioning as Congress wrangles over budget cuts. “While the administration believes that… Continue Reading Pentagon prepares for shutdown, military pay to be delayed

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DoD warns of crisis if 2011 budget isn’t passed

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President Obama’s 2012 budget is out, but the Pentagon is facing larger concerns: the 2011 budget. Four months into the fiscal year, Congress has yet to pass the 2011 budget, instead, operating the government under a continuing resolution at 2010 levels. That could leave the Pentagon strapped for equipment and programs, according to defense officials.… Continue Reading DoD warns of crisis if 2011 budget isn’t passed

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