June 13, 2013 9:54 AM
The Fort Carson Youth Center is open as a shelter for military Families and Department of Defense civilians who have evacuated due to the southern Colorado fires.
The center is located at 1518 Ware Street, Building 5950.
Pets are welcome, but the center asks pet owners to bring... more »
March 2, 2013 12:23 PM
FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - While public schools everywhere will be affected by the government's automatic budget cuts, few will feel the funding pinch faster than those on and around military bases. School districts with military ties from coast-to-coast are bracing for increased class sizes and delayed building repairs. Others... more »
February 25, 2013 7:57 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - The synthetic drug Spice is supposed to mimic the high that comes from using marijuana. It's legal in most places except the military. Thanks to the work of Air Force Academy cadet Alexa Gingras, it's now easier for commanders to test whether a member of their ranks... more »
February 11, 2013 1:53 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - Pentagon officials say the department is not extending some housing benefits to same-sex partners of service members because the issue requires more review and military leaders are worried that it might be unfair.
The Pentagon is detailing a number of other benefits that will be extended... more »
February 1, 2013 9:01 AM
For the fourth year in a row, athletes from all of the military branches train and compete in Olympic style games. But these are no ordinary competitors. Injured veterans are currently in training for the 4th annual Wounded Warrior Games in Colorado Springs.
Scott Palomino joined the US Air... more »
November 21, 2012 3:38 PM
A change in Decision 2012 results in El Paso County; Amendment 64 - legalizing marijuana for people 21-years-old and older - ended up passing in the county by 10 votes.
After election night it looked like Amendment 64 was losing in El Paso County by more than 3,000 votes... more »
November 11, 2012 6:40 PM
On this day, many veterans say the world stops just to remember the sacrifices they made. Many of them laid their brothers to rest decades ago during wars overseas, and to this day they do not forget why they served their country.
We went out in search of veterans... more »
October 6, 2012 7:39 PM
For the tenth year, a ceremony and parade in Avondale honors veterans and military men and women.
All different branches of the military from around Colorado came together to be honored along Highway 50.
Those living and those who have passed on were saluted and remembered with a 21-gun... more »
August 12, 2012 1:53 PM
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The enormous obstacles and emotional torment a female solider confronts in reporting a sexual assault in the military is the focus of the three-part Web series "Lauren" debuting Monday on YouTube's new channel WIGS. Featuring "Flashdance" star Jennifer Beals and Troian Bellisario, "Lauren" gives a close-up... more »
August 6, 2012 1:46 AM
JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel's military spokesman says intelligence services had reports of an impending attack from Egypt and therefore were ready to thwart it. Masked gunmen killed 16 Egyptian soldiers at a checkpoint along the border with Gaza and Israel on Sunday, then burst through a security fence with cars... more »
July 31, 2012 12:29 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - A Senate panel has approved a $604 billion defense spending bill that reverses proposed Pentagon cuts in Air Force personnel and equipment. The Appropriations defense subcommittee approved the bill by voice vote Tuesday. The measure would provide $511 billion for the base budget and $93.3 billion for... more »
June 13, 2012 5:40 AM
FORT BELVOIR, Va. (AP) - Military leaders are breaking ground at Fort Belvoir on an $11 million center to provide treatment for traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress. The facility will be a satellite center to an even larger treatment facility that opened in 2010 in Bethesda, Md., called the... more »
May 31, 2012 12:49 AM
She's been unemployed for two years, taking up volunteer work in hopes of finding a job while her husband serves in Afghanistan. She's a face of the Hiring Our Heroes program.
"Why won't someone recognize that I'm capable, I'm qualified, I'm able, and I want to! And give me... more »
May 31, 2012 12:35 AM
We continue to profile the Hiring Our Heroes program in the Pikes Peak region. Last night we focused on a military spouse who has been without a job for two years, trying to support her family while her husband serves in Afghanistan. Tonight we followed her at the Hiring Our... more »
April 8, 2012 12:41 AM
EL CENTRO, Calif. (AP) - A military spokeswoman says seven people are hospitalized with minor injuries after a British Chinook helicopter suffered a "mishap" during a landing exercise in the Arizona desert. Michelle Dee, a spokeswoman for Naval Air Facility El Centro in California, says the seven have non-life-threatening injuries.... more »
March 8, 2012 9:51 PM
An anti-war tone taken up by Occupy Colorado Springs has forced some members to split off, claiming they were ousted because they support the troops.
Brittany Westmoreland, who is married to a soldier, was one of several members who received probation notices from organizers at OCS. The letter revoked... more »
February 25, 2012 9:21 PM
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - For the first time in the decade-long war in Afghanistan, the top commander of the U.S. and NATO forces has recalled all international ministers from Afghan ministries. This is in reaction to the killing of two American military advisers Saturday inside a heavily guarded ministry building.... more »
February 19, 2012 12:26 AM
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - Colombia's government is dropping a proposed judicial change that would have let military judges decide whether soldiers should be tried for alleged rights abuses. Human rights groups have opposed the measure. Justice Minister Carlos Esguerra said Saturday the decision not to seek restoration of the "military... more »
February 16, 2012 5:01 AM
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Twenty soldiers and Air Force personnel from Fort Carson and Peterson Air Force Base will spend a weekend camping, snowshoeing, skiing and fishing during an outing intended to help ease their transition back to civilian life. The event takes place this weekend at Black Canyon... more »
January 27, 2012 1:03 AM
The military is getting some push back from local landowners when it comes to the new 13th Combat Aviation Brigade
Thursday night marked a crowded and sometimes boisterous debate in Colorado Springs, as the public gave their thoughts on proposed expansion plans both at Fort Carson and in Pinon... more »
January 26, 2012 12:42 AM
Some big changes could be on the horizon for Fort Carson and Southern Colorado as a whole. The Pentagon is cutting its budget around $260,000,000,000 over the next five years. Military sources have leaked that as part of budget cuts, the Army plans to reduce the number of combat brigades... more »
January 25, 2012 7:21 AM
DENVER (AP) - Colorado lawmakers want to reduce the cost of college for students by directing higher education institutions to create a system of awarding credit for job experience and military service. A hearing on the proposal is scheduled Wednesday. Republican Rep. Tom Massey says the goal is to allow... more »
January 19, 2012 12:29 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - A new Army report says the number of suicides among soldiers has been leveling off, but there has been a dramatic jump in domestic violence, sex crimes and other destructive behavior in a force that has been stressed by a decade of war.
Army Vice Chief... more »
January 12, 2012 7:38 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The NATO-led security force in Afghanistan says the military personnel seen in a video apparently urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters are no longer in the country. The International Security Assistance Force has released a statement calling the actions in the video "inexplicable and not in... more »
November 24, 2011 4:26 PM
On any other day Susie's Westside Café in Colorado Springs would be serving up the usual eggs and home fries for their loyal customers. But on Thanksgiving they're serving up a different kind of meal. Pies are delivered, turkey is roasted and all of the trimmings rare ready to go.... more »
November 24, 2011 12:35 PM
Two rail cars carrying military equipment derailed this morning.
The rail cars were on the rail spur at B Street and S. Academy Blvd. when they tipped over. No word on how the cars derailed.
No injuries or road closures were caused by the incident. more »
October 31, 2011 6:19 AM
ATLANTA (AP) - Researchers say the children of military parents deployed overseas are more than twice as likely to carry a weapon, join a gang or be involved in fights. And that includes the daughters.
The new study is considered the first of its kind to focus on those... more »
October 22, 2011 9:14 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The government's promise of lifetime health care for the military's men and women is suddenly a little less sacrosanct as Congress looks for ways to slash trillion-dollar-plus deficits.
Republicans and Democrats are signaling a willingness to make military retirees pay more for coverage. It's a reflection... more »
October 13, 2011 8:44 PM
"There's no money, there's nothing of any value in that box at all, of any value to anyone besides us," desperately says mother of four and military wife Lora Lyon.
On Wednesday afternoon Lora and her husband, Captain Dean Lyon, who serves in the U.S. Army, came home to... more »
September 27, 2011 9:24 PM
DENVER (AP) - A dispute over which Colorado voters should get ballots by mail has a new wrinkle: military voters.
Pueblo County Clerk and Recorder Gilbert "Bo" Ortiz told the state's top elections officer that Pueblo will mail ballots to all military voters, both active and inactive.
Secretary... more »
September 22, 2011 3:32 PM
DENVER (AP) - The Defense Department says a third of military personnel who committed suicide last year told at least one person they planned to take their own lives.
A report released late Wednesday also says nearly half went to see a service provider in the 90 days before... more »
September 21, 2011 12:24 AM
As of midnight Tuesday morning, the military's policy of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is officially gone. Now gays can openly serve in the military without fear of being removed from service. "It was fundamentally against everything we stand for as an institution to force people to lie about who they... more »
September 20, 2011 1:49 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - Senators who led the fight in Congress to end the ban on gays serving openly in the military are celebrating repeal of the nearly 18-year-old law, calling it an historic accomplishment.
A half-dozen lawmakers marked the occasion at a Capitol Hill news conference Tuesday. They were... more »
September 20, 2011 5:52 AM
DUXBURY, Vt. (AP) - A Navy lieutenant has wasted little time after the repeal of "don't ask don't tell" before marrying his longtime same-sex partner.
Gary Ross and Dan Swezy, a civilian, recited their vows at the stroke of midnight in Duxbury, Vermont. They wanted to get married somewhere... more »
September 19, 2011 1:30 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon says the military is adequately prepared for the official lifting Tuesday of the legal ban on gays serving openly.
Press secretary George Little said Monday that the ban will end at one minute after midnight. At that time, revised Defense Department regulations will take... more »
September 18, 2011 12:00 PM
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AP) - Personnel from the U.S. military command responsible for homeland security have met with members of Mexico's military in a visit to that country. Army Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr., head of U.S. Northern Command, writes in his blog that the visit occurred last... more »
September 7, 2011 9:16 PM
A boost in what the Pentagon calls "Force Protection" is already in place in Southern Colorado and in all military installations across the country.
Pentagon Press Secretary George Little has told reporters this heightened security is due largely in part to the fact that al-Qaeda has focused many of... more »
September 1, 2011 6:03 AM
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The military's ban on openly gay troops will be lifted within weeks, but that's no guarantee the law cannot be re-enacted someday.
That's why a Republican gay rights organization that sued the Obama administration to stop enforcement of the policy says it plans to ask... more »
August 14, 2011 1:59 PM
FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP) - A group of infantry back from Afghanistan sat down before computers at Fort Carson and began answering a series of questions:
Were you wounded? Did you lose consciousness? Were you dazed, confused, or seeing stars?
The questionnaire is part of a battery of... more »
July 26, 2011 7:21 PM
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AP) - The Army general who was tasked to investigate whether Afghan detainees were mistreated has been nominated for promotion to a fourth star and chosen to lead the North American Aerospace Defense Command and the U.S. Northern Command. The Pentagon announced Lt. Gen. Charles... more »
July 25, 2011 7:30 PM
FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP) - A Defense Department audit says Fort Carson and the Army Corps of Engineers properly handled planning and reporting on an $11.5 million project to repair the post's Nutrition Care Division building. The Defense Department inspector general released a report Friday saying officials couldn't provide documentation... more »
July 3, 2011 12:53 PM
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AP) - The U.S. military hopes a new type of commander can avoid some of the failures that plagued the response to Hurricane Katrina.
The military is training high-ranking officers to command both active-duty and National Guard troops in a domestic emergency.
Normally... more »
June 9, 2011 8:07 AM
DENVER (AP) - Several airlines have agreed to remove excess-bag fees for the military after a Colorado soldier and a buddy posted a video on the Internet complaining that Delta Air Lines made their unit pay $2,800 for extra checked bags.
Staff Sgt. Robert O'Hair of Brighton said his... more »
May 29, 2011 12:18 AM
DENVER (AP) - Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed a bill that changes the dates for some elections in Colorado so the state complies with a federal law aimed at giving military and others living overseas enough time to vote. The bill Hickenlooper signed Friday makes Colorado's primary elections and precinct... more »
May 5, 2011 11:39 AM
ISLAMABAD (AP) - Pakistan's army says U.S. military personnel in the country will be reduced to the "minimum essential" levels. Thursday's army statement gives no details, but it comes amid Pakistani anger over the American raid that killed Osama bin Laden on Monday.
U.S. officials were not immediately available... more »
May 1, 2011 11:52 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says Osama bin Laden, the glowering mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that killed thousands of Americans, was killed in an operation ledby the United States. A small team of Americans carried out the attack and took custody of bin Laden's remains,... more »
April 17, 2011 10:57 AM
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AP) - The United States has sent two specially equipped military cargo planes to help battle wildfires in northern Mexico.
The U.S. Northern Command says the C-130 planes were requested by the Mexican government and the U.S. State Department. They left their home base... more »
April 9, 2011 7:06 PM
DENVER (AP) - First lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, are coming to Denver and the Colorado Springs area as part of a five-city tour to showcase communities,businesses and nonprofits that support military families.
Obama and Biden will attend events at Coors... more »
April 9, 2011 10:48 AM
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Prior to the congressional agreement to keep the government running, the military said food and other services for troops in war zones wouldn't have been interrupted by a shutdown.
Col. Robert McLaughlin, the Fort Carson garrison commander, said prior to Friday night's compromise that... more »
March 27, 2011 5:08 PM
BRUSSELS (AP) - NATO will assume command of all aerial operations - including ground attacks - in Libya from the U.S.-led force that has been conducting air strikes against Mormmar Gadhafi's forces.
Ambassadors on Sunday approved a plan to expand the previously agreed mission to enforce the U.N. arms... more »
March 24, 2011 3:43 PM
DENVER (AP) - Some U.S. military families evacuated from Japan are heading to Denver on charter flights. The military says the first planes coming to Denver International Airport are expected Thursday. It wasn't immediately clear how many flights are bound for Denver or how many people are aboard.
Other... more »
March 20, 2011 10:39 AM
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) - Bahrain's opposition is asking for U.N. and American intervention as the government cracks down on Shiite protests. In a brief protest at U.N. offices in Bahrain's capital, 18 former legislators appealed for U.N. help to end violence against protesters and mediate talks between the opposition and... more »
March 19, 2011 6:06 PM
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) - President Barack Obama says the United States has launched a limited military action against Libya because the U.S. and its allies, as he puts it, "cannot stand idly by when a tyrant tells his people there will be no mercy." From Brazil, Obama reiterated the U.S.... more »
February 22, 2011 7:02 PM
The Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 2011 Military Family Career Fair tomorrow.
This is a job fair for active duty, Reserve, Guard and Veterans, plus retired military. Those working to find jobs should bring 20 copies of their resume and business cards. Business dress is suggested.... more »
February 8, 2011 1:04 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Congressman Doug Lamborn says the Veterans Affairs Department will start construction this year on a medical clinic in Colorado Springs.
Lamborn, a Colorado Republican, said Monday the site for the clinic could be announced this week. The Gazette of Colorado Springs reports the new... more »
January 26, 2011 4:39 PM
A memorial on Pueblo's riverwalk dedicated to Veterans remains unfinished, two months after it was officially dedicated. For now, visitors may notice part of the South granite memorial on the Veteran's Bridge is being held together with black tape and wooden spacers. Plus, one section of names is actually printed... more »
January 7, 2011 12:16 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - The Pentagon's plans to cut defense spending aren't expected to have a big immediate impact on Colorado Springs.
The Defense Department on Thursday announced a proposal to freeze its growing budget to help the nation reduce its massive deficit. The plan is based on... more »
December 23, 2010 2:16 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Robert Gates is warning troops that the law allowing gays to serve openly in the military is not officially in effect yet. Though President Barack Obama has signed the law repealing the "don't ask, dont' tell" policy, the change is not expected to be in... more »
December 16, 2010 5:52 PM
FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - An Army doctor who disobeyed orders to deploy to Afghanistan because he questioned President Barack Obama's eligibility to be commander in chief has been sentenced to six months in a military prison and will be dismissed from the Army.
A military jury sentenced Lt.... more »
December 16, 2010 4:51 PM
A marine from Pueblo has died in Afghanistan during combat operations. The Department of Defense says Lance Cpl. Jose Hernandez was killed on Tuesday. Family members say Hernandez grew up in Pueblo. Most recently, he was living in West Palm Beach, Florida. Hernandez would have turned 20 years old on... more »
December 15, 2010 2:17 PM
DENVER (AP) - The Defense Department says reported sexual assaults at the three military academies rose 64 percent in the 2009-10 academic year compared with the previous year.
Officials said Wednesday the increase could reflect that more students are reporting assaults, rather than a jump in the number of... more »
December 4, 2010 2:24 PM
The 302nd Air Lift Wing has just released the following statement;
"The first of approximately 50 Air Force Reservists and two Modular Airborne Firefighting System equipped C-130 Hercules from Colorado's 302nd Airlift Wing will leave here Saturday, Dec. 4 to begin travel to Israel to provide aerial firefighting support.... more »
December 1, 2010 7:05 PM
DENVER (AP) - This year's Colorado Capitol tree honors fallen members of the military from Colorado. The tree, which was lighted Wednesday, is decorated with cards bearing the names of 142 service members who died in Afghanistan and Iraq. The 13-foot Noble fir is also decked with 300 red, white... more »
December 1, 2010 6:28 PM
Each holiday season News First shows video greetings from military men and women stationed around the world.
We have broken the greetings up into five groups and will stream each group. Click the corresponding video to watch that special person in your life.
Will Phillips,... more »
November 30, 2010 6:54 AM
It may seem like the holiday shopping season just got underway, but if you've got a loved one serving in the military overseas, the deadline to ship them a card or package by Christmas is coming up quick.
The holiday mail shipping deadline for troops serving in Afghanistan and... more »
November 15, 2010 8:14 AM
FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP) - Military police were searching for the driver of a car that drove onto Fort Carson without permission Saturday afternoon.
The Gazette reported that the car drove onto the post through Gate 3. A man driving a white Dodge Stratus with a paper temporary plate... more »
November 14, 2010 7:47 PM
"Got to start early" explains Thea Etchells.
Your definition of early may be different than others when it comes to holiday shopping.
"I think everybody is starting to shop earlier," explains Thea, who's just finishing up a shopping trip to Best Buy with her dad, Dale.
The... more »
November 14, 2010 10:11 AM
For the second time in just a week a temporary lock down of all Fort Carson gates occurred as a result of a man who ignored orders of security police and drove onto the mountain post last night.
A Fort Carson Public Affairs Spokesperson said that a man reportedly... more »
November 10, 2010 2:20 PM
Veterans will get a free car wash on Veterans Day, just by driving to a Pueblo car wash.
The Octopus Express Car Wash at 3215 N. Elizabeth will offer free car washes to all who have served in the military. The wash includes a towel dry, and free use... more »
October 27, 2010 12:38 PM
HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - The Army is announcing a $17 million, three-year effort to learn why soldiers and veterans take their own lives.
The Army's Military Operational Medicine Research Program at Fort Detrick, Md., said Wednesday the money will be split evenly between the Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center... more »
October 21, 2010 2:49 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - By day's end, the Pentagon could have some new guidelines on gays in the military.
A judge last week told the military to stop enforcing "don't ask, don't tell" -- prompting the Pentagon to tell recruiters to accept applications from gays. But now, an appeals court... more »
October 19, 2010 7:24 PM
FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP) - The Army has set up a new veterinary medical unit at Fort Carson to treat U.S. and allied military working dogs during deployments.
The 438th Medical Detachment was activated last week. It will have about 55 soldiers. Lt. Col. Scott Bormanis (bor-MAN'-iss), the unit's... more »
October 13, 2010 10:56 AM
Defense Secretary Robert Gates says abruptly ending the military's Don't ask, don't tell policy would have "enormous consequences" for the troops.
A day after a federal judge ordered the Pentagon to cease enforcement of its policy barring gays from openly serving in the military, Gates told reporters that the... more »
October 13, 2010 9:01 AM
The service member tax credit for home buyers has been extended to June 30, 2011, which means you have until then to close on a house. It must be under contract April 30.
This is the same $8,000 tax credit that that caused a rush of home buying in... more »
October 13, 2010 8:45 AM
Lockheed Martin says it has agreed to sell its enterprise integration group to the private equity firm Veritas Capital for $815 million in cash.
Lockheed Martin, which is based in Bethesda, Maryland, announced its plan to sell the group in June along with the Pacific Architects and Engineers unit... more »
October 7, 2010 9:31 AM
Colorado Springs-based ITT Corporation has been awarded a $1.4 billion contract by the U.S. Army to provide comprehensive support services for all Army facilities in Kuwait.
ITT will provide logistics, security, transportation, life support and facilities.
"We understand the criticality of the U.S. military mission in Kuwait and... more »
September 30, 2010 2:54 PM
The leader of the U.S. military's homeland security command says the nation needs to work with the Mexican and Canadian armed forces to ensure its own security.
Adm. James Winnefeld Jr., head of Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base, made the comment this week in a blog entry... more »
September 29, 2010 3:21 PM
The Army now says it plans to use explosives to destroy as many as 38,000 mustard agent shells at the Pueblo Chemical Depot, down slightly from 40,000 it estimated earlier.
Kevin Flamm, who oversees plans to destroy the shells, gave the new estimate on Tuesday. He's in Colorado to... more »
September 28, 2010 8:33 AM
Fort Carson is formally opening a $72 million clinic for dental, pediatrics, acupuncture and other services.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned Tuesday.
Maj. Gen. David G. Perkins, Fort Carson's commanding general, and Maj. Gen. M. Ted Wong, the Army's Western Regional Medical Command deputy commanding general for readiness,... more »
September 27, 2010 10:35 AM
Mortgage giant Fannie Mae plans to give military families a break on their home loan payments if they are struggling because of the death or injury of a service member.
The Washington-based company says it will reduce or suspend borrowers' monthly payments up to six months. Fannie Mae is... more »