January 6, 2013 8:43 PM
FORT CARSON- More and more soldiers returning home are having a hard time transitioning from military life to civilian life.
They often deal with PTSD and depression---medical issues that can go untreated for years.
On Sunday, Fort Carson decided to try out a relatively new, fun approach to... more »
November 21, 2012 12:42 AM
FORT CARSON- More than 100 soldiers returned to their families Tuesday evening after spending the last 9 months overseas.
Since Pfc. John Martinez deployed, he had only seen pictures of his newborn son, Ian.
As soldiers raced across the special events center at Fort Carson to hug their... more »
November 7, 2012 7:45 PM
FORT CARSON- It can be tough for military personnel returning home as they often deal with either physical or mental disabilities.
At times, they can feel lost or forgotten. However, one group of students have bonded together to ensure that doesn't happen.
Through the Daniels Scholars Fund and... more »
September 11, 2012 4:18 PM
Fort Carson honors the lives lost in the attacks of 9/11. This morning they placed a wreath at the foot of a September 11 memorial.
The giant piece of steel came from Ground Zero and is a constant reminder of all that was lost that tragic day.
A Vietnam... more »
June 2, 2012 2:13 PM
One man is dead, and possibly two others are injured, after gunshots rang out at a Colorado Springs bar early Saturday morning.
Colorado Springs police say they found two victims when they showed up to the Golden Cue, near Academy Blvd. and Astrozon Blvd., just after midnight; one was... 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 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 14, 2012 5:41 AM
FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP) - Three soldiers based at Fort Carson have become U.S. citizens while serving in Afghanistan. The Army says Pfc. Satoshi Kondo, Pfc. Alberto Vera-Navarro and Spc. Qianqian Liu took an oath of allegiance and became citizens on Friday in a ceremony at Kandahar Air Field. They... more »
January 25, 2012 1:16 PM
Washington (AP) U.S. officials say the Army plans to slash the number of combat brigades from 45 to as low as 32, broadly restructuring its fighting force to save money.
This move would cut the service by about 80,000 soldiers.
Officials say the sweeping changes will likely increase... more »
January 8, 2012 11:37 PM
Alexander Walton loves hanging out with the guys. In 2010 he joined the army for a life of brotherhood and service. Now he's preparing to leave that. He has a degenerative knee condition and is being medically discharged.
"Mentally I'm not the same anymore and physically I'm not. I... more »
December 16, 2011 7:49 PM
Emotions fill the air as hundreds of families anxiously await the arrival of their loved ones returning from Afghanistan. April Sarver hasn't seen her husband in six months.
"Its been rough. But he did an awesome job so we're proud", said April Sarver.
Its the same story for... more »
November 21, 2011 5:52 PM
It's hard to picture America's fighting men and women struggling so much financially as to not be able to afford a proper Thanksgiving dinner, but it happens. Meeting that need is a priority for Carey Adams, director of Gods Pantry Ministries in Fountain. She and about two dozen volunteers set... more »
November 21, 2011 12:19 PM
God's Pantry Food Bank in Fountain will be donating over 5 dozen holiday food boxes to local soldiers and wounded warriors today as part of their mission to feed families in the Fountain Valley area. Another 150 food boxes will be distributed to homes in Fountain, Widefield, Security and the... more »
August 23, 2011 8:26 AM
Soldiers from a Fort Carson bomb-disposal unit are returning from Iraq tomorrow.
A welcome-home ceremony is set Wednesday for the 242nd Explosive Ordnance Battalion.
The troops spent about a year in Iraq. The soldiers performed and directed more than 1,500 missions, including about 850 emergency responses and 350... more »
August 21, 2011 8:52 AM
A roadside bomb injured seven people including three soldiers Sunday in northern Baghdad. According to NBC news, Iraqi police said the bomb targeted civilians and exploded while people were passing by a checkpoint.
Earlier in the week, around 70 people were killed when suicide bombers, car bombs and roadside... more »
July 23, 2011 7:06 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says the United States has lost a "genuine soldier-statesman" with the death of Army Gen. John Shalikashvili.
Shalikashvili was the first foreign-born chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Obama said Shalikashvili's "extraordinary life represented the promise of America and the limitless... more »
July 20, 2011 8:24 AM
About 40 Fort Carson Soldiers from the 62nd Explosives Ordnance Disposal Company are expected to return this afternoon.
They spend about a year in Afghanistan conducting more than 850 emergency response combat missions, including 350 involving improvised explosive devices.
Individuals in the company received five Purple Hearts, 17... more »
July 3, 2011 8:54 PM
Their car a bloody mess, a group of Fort Carson soldiers and their friends try to pick up the pieces after a seemingly senseless hate crime early Saturday morning at the Albertacos restaurant in northeastern Colorado Springs.
Chris, one of the victims and a gay soldier, asked that we... more »
May 28, 2011 8:10 AM
The first group of returning soldiers with the First Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division are expected to arrive at Fort Carson at 7:00 a.m. Saturday.
The 52 soldiers are the first of around 3,500 members of the Raider Brigade who are expected to return from Afghanistan in the... more »
May 19, 2011 12:08 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - American soldiers and Marines in Afghanistan are suffering with the highest rates of psychological problems since 2005 and morale has plummeted.
A report Thursday by the military services says the dramatic increase in fighting is one of the big factors affecting the mental health of forces... more »
April 30, 2011 8:00 PM
Even with all of the resources of the military, taking care of all of the soldiers coming home with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a big task. Local experts say we have 70,000 active duty or retired military suffering from P.T.S.D. in the Pikes Peak region.
"Talking about the divorce... more »
April 11, 2011 6:50 PM
Local soldiers, looking for ways to deal with their own stress since returning from war, are trying to help soldiers just coming home by giving advice on how make the transition that has been tough for so many.
The Army begins screening soldiers right when they get home to... more »
April 11, 2011 1:10 PM
Fort Carson and the rest of Colorado Springs are preparing for thousands of soldiers who are rotating home from combat. A group of soldiers who have already made the transition home say it's not always an easy one, and they're giving advice to the ones getting back. Two bits of... more »
March 21, 2011 7:23 PM
Local experts say that 10 to 30 percent of military coming home from war could be diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.
"We are a hotbed for trauma just because of our military instillations and what's going on," says Brian Duncan, C.E.O. of the Haven Warrior Support Center... more »
March 14, 2011 2:27 PM
A Welcome Home ceremony for approximately 250 Fort Carson soldiers returning from Iraq is scheduled for tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the Special Events Center on post.
The soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, spent the year-long deployment advising and assisting the Iraqi army, police... more »
March 8, 2011 2:03 AM
Not one, not two, but three homecomings in six hours happened at Fort Carson Monday night and Tuesday morning.
The first homecoming welcomed 250 soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. These soldiers have spent the last 12 months in Iraq where they trained and worked... more »
February 7, 2011 8:56 AM
Sen. Mark Udall, co-chair of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, signed a bipartisan letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates urging the Secretary to provide soldiers suffering from traumatic brain injury with cognitive rehabilitation therapy. The letter notes that the therapy is widely recognized as effective treatment for TBI victims.... more »
January 28, 2011 12:22 AM
Paints, brushes, and canvases compose this new armory, which is housed at the Bemis School of Art at the Fine Arts Center in Colorado Springs, and soldiers use these tools to heal on a weekly basis.
Aspen Pointe and the Fine Arts Center teamed up to create the Military... more »
January 17, 2011 7:55 PM
A Colorado Springs woman says she's found "gold" for our soldiers overseas.
MeLissa Rocco has been selling chocolate for about a year now. She was having a show for some of her products in December when a soldier at the show told her that the chocolate covered espresso beans... more »
December 14, 2010 4:32 PM
LifeQuest Transitions will hold a fundraiser tomorrow with money raised going to empower wounded, ill and injured soldiers at Fort Carson.
The event will be held at the Colorado Springs Marriott tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. with expected attendance of over 375 individuals, business owners, community leaders, wounded soldiers and... more »
November 17, 2010 7:43 PM
Coca Cola and Wal-Mart have launched a mobile giving campaign in Colorado Springs...to support Fort Carson families.
You simply text, to make a donation to the Association of the US Army; money raised will support families who have lost a loved one in combat, "The overall goal obviously is support... more »
November 11, 2010 10:46 PM
Applebee's in both Colorado Springs and Pueblo honored active service members and veterans by serving them free meals on Veterans Day.
At the restaurant's Colorado Springs location on Galley Road, the wait for a table was up to forty-five minutes during lunch. While past and present service members waited in... more »
November 11, 2010 10:03 PM
On Thursday, Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill presented a check for more than one thousand dollars to the Home Front Cares organization at their Broadmoor Towne Centre location.
"We're excited about giving back to the community and, specifically, to our veterans for the jobs they do and for keeping us all safe,"... more »
November 6, 2010 12:43 AM
The hassles of moving are only happiness for Jesse Thomas, an Iraq combat veteran who's been homeless for months; including the last five that he's had his son, Jah-mere.
"This is the car seat that I had for him when we slept in the car and these two baby... more »
October 31, 2010 10:48 AM
After witnessing the horrors of war, many of our soldiers are afflicted with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Specialist Isaac Torres was one of them. He returned from Iraq in 2006; eight months later he was diagnosed with PTSD. Over the years, "I've tried many therapies," he says; however, none... more »
October 13, 2010 9:47 AM
Fort Carson will hold a memorial service today to honor nine fallen soldiers, all killed in combat operations overseas.
The soldiers to be honored:
Chaplain (Capt.) Dale A. Goetz - 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division
1st Lt. Mark A.... more »
September 23, 2010 3:38 PM
The Army says soldiers who returned to Fort Carson from Afghanistan this spring had fewer behavior problems and were more likely to seek help than soldiers on previous combat tours.
Maj. Gen. David G. Perkins, the post's commander, said Thursday that soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division's 4th Brigade... more »
September 21, 2010 9:36 AM
A helicopter crash killed nine American troops in Afghanistan on Tuesday, NBC News reported.
The incident made 2010 the deadliest year for foreign troops of the war, according to monitoring website iCasualties.org. The deaths take the toll so far this year to at least 529. Last year, 521 foreign... more »
September 6, 2010 7:48 PM
The sister of a Fort Carson Soldier, killed last week in Afghanistan, is sharing with News First 5 some of the things she says made her brother special.
Staff Sergeant Casey Grochowiak left for Afghanistan just a few weeks ago, with the 1st Brigade Combat Team. He was killed... more »
August 31, 2010 2:32 PM
Five more American troops were killed in action in Afghanistan on Tuesday, ending the month with a spike in bloodshed that has claimed the lives of 19 U.S. service members in only four days.
The U.S. death toll for August stood at 55 - three-quarters of them in the... more »
August 30, 2010 8:36 AM
Some military families are calling on Congress to investigate several deaths of soldiers and veterans who were taking a potent anti-pyschotic called Seroquel.
Thousands of soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have received the same medication over the last nine years.
It's unclear how many soldiers have... more »
August 27, 2010 3:20 PM
The Pentagon has told Colorado Secretary of State Bernie Buescher that it has denied a waiver to exempt the state from a federal requirement to mail ballots to military service members overseas 45 days before the November election.
Spokesman Rich Coolidge confirmed that Colorado's waiver request has been denied.... more »
August 27, 2010 8:38 AM
Eight soldiers from the Colorado Army National Guard are returning home after a nine-month deployment in Bahrain. A homecoming ceremony is planned Friday at Peterson Air Force Base.
The soldiers are members of Commercial Imagery Team 4 from the Colorado Guard's 117th Space Battalion. The unit provided commercial satellite... more »
August 24, 2010 8:21 AM
The American military says the number of US troops in Iraq has fallen below the 50,000 figure that was mandated by President Barack Obama.
This is the lowest troop level in Iraq since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.
American forces in Iraq will no longer conduct what are described... more »
August 23, 2010 10:25 AM
An Army private from Fort Carson had a surprise reunion in Afghanistan with his father, an Army sergeant from a Texas unit.
Sgt. 1st Class Marc Seal tracked down his son, Pfc. Nolan Seal, at the Kandahar Airfield on Aug. 9.
The elder Seal is an infantry squad... more »
August 19, 2010 10:55 PM
The U.S. mission in Iraq now has a new name -- Operation New Dawn.
Operation New Dawn means big military changes in Iraq. U.S. boots on the ground are being decreased to 50,000, from a high of at one point over 180,000. Those soldiers who remain in Iraq have... more »
August 19, 2010 3:27 PM
About 3,800 soldiers from Fort Carson are staying behind in Iraq in a training role, even though the last U.S. combat troops have pulled out.
The 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 4th Infantry Division is assigned to help train Iraqi security forces. The soldiers deployed to southern Iraq... more »
August 10, 2010 8:51 AM
If you send care packages to a loved on who's deployed in Afghanistan, leave out the tobacco.
A new law meant to stop smuggling by mail has inadvertently also halted care packages that include cigarettes and other tobacco products for American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Prevent... more »
August 4, 2010 4:49 PM
An Army brigade that lost 39 soldiers during a yearlong deployment in Afghanistan is formally marking its return to Fort Carson.
The 4th Brigade Combat Team will honor the fallen soldiers and unfurl its flag in a ceremony Friday at the Mountain Post.
Eight members of the brigade... more »
August 2, 2010 12:05 PM
Colorado Secretary of State Bernie Buescher is asking the federal government for a waiver of the 45-day rule to mail ballots to military servicemen overseas for the November election.
Spokesman Rich Coolidge says the ballots will still be mailed, but some soldiers might not have enough time to mail... more »
August 2, 2010 9:14 AM
The details of that night in Afghanistan this past February are still fuzzy for National Guardsman Sgt. Chris Duke.
He remembers the explosion and being wounded, but he will never forget what the three dogs his unit adopted did for him and his buddies.
Now Sgt. Duke is... more »
July 14, 2010 9:21 AM
Today is the final day to donate blood for members of the military injured in the war zone.
Fort Carson is holding the drive at the post's Special Events Center, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. You do not need an appointment.
Blood donors should enter Fort Carson through... more »
June 12, 2010 2:21 PM
Family and friends welcomed home about 40 soldiers back from almost one year in Afghanistan.
The 764th Exposive Ordnance Disposal Company, 242 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion, 71st Ordnance Group at Fort Carson arrived home Saturday afternoon.
The 764th defused over 600 IED's while in Afghanistan. They cleared about... more »
June 9, 2010 12:56 PM
Each month at the Peak Grill in Colorado Springs they come. World War II veterans get together to laugh and cry and remember.
Master Sgt. Edwin Beck spend six months in a German prison camp. He says you can see a movie about it, or read about, but to... more »
June 9, 2010 10:59 AM
Hundreds of Fort Carson soldiers have been dismissed into the arms of their anxious families following a year-long deployment in Afghanistan.
The soldiers are with the Fourth Brigade Combat Team, Fourth Infantry Division. They were assisting the Afghanistan National Army with peacekeeping operations.
The homecoming ceremony was held... more »
June 9, 2010 9:06 AM
Fort Carson will hold a memorial service at 11:00 Wednesday morning for three fallen soldiers. The troops were killed in Afghanistan.
Soldiers being memorialized are: Sgt. Grant A. Wichmann - 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Field Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division
Sgt. Nathan P. Kennedy -... more »
June 9, 2010 8:27 AM
Four American servicemembers were killed Wednesday when their helicopter was shot down by enemy fire in Afghanistan's Helmand province, U.S. military officials told NBC News.
Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi claimed responsibility on behalf of the insurgents, saying militants shot down the helicopter with two rockets.
Helmand provincial... more »
May 28, 2010 6:18 PM
Hundreds more soldiers came home Friday from war.
Fort Carson welcomed about 340 troops from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. Family and friends were there to greet them when they were released from formation.
They've been in Afghanistan for about a year. more »
May 21, 2010 4:31 PM
Every other year a group of veterans from the 8th Batallian, 4th Field Artillery get together somewhere in the U.S. for a reunion. This year they picked Southern Colorado.
They paused Friday morning for remember those who died in Vietnam at the memorial in the Elizabeth Parkway in Pueblo.... more »
May 20, 2010 3:44 PM
Fort Carson is gearing up for another happy homecoming. Officials at the Mountain Post say more than 80 soldiers with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division are scheduled to arrive at 12:55p.m. Friday afternoon for a ceremony at the Special Events Center.
This group has been supporting... more »
May 16, 2010 8:47 PM
The anticipation has been building. You can measure it in signs that line roads and bridges around town. For many who made them, they soon won't be waiting any longer.
Nearly 1,000 soldiers are coming home over the weekend, to family and friends ready to welcome them back with... more »
May 14, 2010 7:54 PM
The Army says it is recalling 44,000 advanced combat helmets that have been issued to soldiers worldwide because they do not meet military specifications.
The Army said in a statement Friday that the risk to soldiers wearing the helmets is still being determined.
New helmets are being issued... more »
May 14, 2010 2:07 PM
Cross your fingers for the exhausted soldiers and their emotionally drained families--Fort Carson reports that 240 troops who were supposed to be home from Afghanistan earlier this week will finally get home tonight.
The troops are members of the 984th and 759th MPs.
The mountain post will hold... more »
May 11, 2010 12:34 PM
There are some very disappointed families in Colorado Springs.
The arrival time for 240 soldiers returning to Fort Carson from Afghanistan has been pushed back until Friday.
Soldiers from two military police units were expected to return Wednesday, but that has been delayed until Friday morning.
The... more »
May 10, 2010 11:12 AM
Fort Carson is planning a ceremony Tuesday to welcome home more than 240 soldiers who were deployed for about a year to Afghanistan.
The soldiers are from the 984th Military Police Company and the 759th Military Police Battalion Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment.
The 984th MP Company worked with... more »