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Military Roundup

See the area's military news in pictures:... — Updated 1/13/2021  PDF

 By Karin Hill    Military 

Announcement to move Space Command upsets officials

An announcement by the Department of the Air Force today that U.S. Space Command will move from Colorado Springs to Huntsville, Ala., has local and state leaders upset. Officials... — Updated 1/13/2021 Full story

 By Freddy Groves    Military 

The COVID vaccine is coming for vets

The COVID vaccine is currently being distributed to 37 VA locations around the country. The logistics to move 300 million doses to where they need to be (Operation Warp Speed) are overwhelming, but the Department of Veterans... — Updated 1/12/2021

 By Freddy Groves    Military

Has the VA called about Solid Start?

Have you been separated from the service for less than a year? Did you receive your phone calls from the Department of Veterans Affairs? They will try to contact you at the 90, 180 and 365-day point. The reason: Solid Start. Solid... — Updated 1/6/2021


USAG Fort Carson welcomes new CSM with ceremony

The U.S. Army Garrison Fort Carson held a virtual Facebook Live Change of Responsibility ceremony Tuesday from McMahon Auditorium. During the ceremony, Command Sgt. Maj. Kenyatta... — Updated 1/6/2021


A spectacular New Year's Eve view

Fireworks illuminate Pikes Peak a few minutes past midnight on Jan. 1, 2021, in Colorado Springs, with landmarks at the U.S. Air Force Academy in the foreground. Since 1922, locals... — Updated 1/6/2021

 By Freddy Groves    Military

At Ease: Sarge and the Coffee Shop Vets

There wasn’t a single veteran on the sidewalk outside the coffee shop. I was saddened by this, believing they couldn’t continue their morning meetings because of the cold weather. Still, I approached the carry-out window to... — Updated 12/29/2020


Space & Missile Defense Command Civilians of the Year

The 2020 U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command names its 2020 Civilians of the Year. From left, Joseph "Erik" Hartel, USASMDC Signals Intelligence Branch chief, located at... — Updated 12/29/2020

 By Dan Puleio    Military

Military as a path to life's goals

Electrician's Mate 1st Class Harley Broughton was raised in a middle-class working family. Given her family's serious work ethic, Broughton took her first job at the age of 15... — Updated 12/29/2020


Former Fountain-Fort Carson basketball star and Wyoming ROTC graduate scores again

Although she is no longer scoring on the hardwood, she continues to shine on the world stage. Capt. Elika Hauoli' Posey, the daughter of Pamela and First Sergeant Eric Posey... — Updated 12/23/2020

 By Freddy Groves    Military

"Unbanked" veterans

They call them “the unbanked,” people who don’t use banks for any reason. At this point there are 250,000 veterans without bank accounts. Without one, they can receive their benefits only through a prepaid debit card or a... — Updated 12/22/2020


Colorado, California National Guard win Sniper Championships

BARLING, Ark. - Twenty-three two-person sniper teams from across the National Guard and 12 interservice teams competed in the 50th Winston P. Wilson Sniper Championship and the... — Updated 12/22/2020


Holiday card contest brings cheer to base

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – The 50th Mission Support Group won the 50th Force Support Squadron's holiday card contest on base earlier this month. The contest served as a... — Updated 12/22/2020

 By Freddy Groves    Military

Sarge the EMT

The retired sergeant, the one with the 6-foot foldout measuring stick, wasn’t there when I headed for the order window at the coffee shop. The rest of the veterans were uncharacteristically quiet, arrayed around the sidewalk in... — Updated 12/16/2020


Breach practice

Soldiers assigned to 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, stack up against a simulated door for a silhouette charge as part of Alpha Company, 299th Brigade... — Updated 12/15/2020


Soldiers march the Manchu Mile at Fort Carson

Soldiers assigned to 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, conduct a 25-mile foot march known as the Manchu Mile at Fort... — Updated 12/15/2020

 By Freddy Groves    Military

Where to Live After Leaving the Service?

A quarter of a million of us leave the service every year, and where do we go? If our last duty station was in a great place, we might just put down roots and stay. Some of us go home. And some of us have no idea where to go. The... — Updated 12/8/2020


Deployed Love helps military families get photos, community

Having a deployed spouse presents many problems for military families. Parents have to coordinate school and extracurricular events without a partner's help. Anything the spouse... — Updated 12/8/2020


Post Office named for Army chaplain killed in action

This week, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved Congressman Doug Lamborn's legislation to name the Briargate post office in Colorado Springs in honor of Army Chaplain (Capt.) Dale... — Updated 12/8/2020

 By Freddy Groves    Military

VA Expands Video Health Care Access

Afraid to go into a doctor’s office right now because of COVID? You’re not the only one. Or maybe the nearest facility is far away, or transportation is a problem. The Department of Veterans Affairs knows this and is stepping... — Updated 12/1/2020

 By Freddy Groves    Military

Purple Heart Phony

With snow expected that afternoon, I suspected the veteran crew might not have shown up outside the coffee shop, but there they were, socially distanced around the sidewalk. And they were in the middle of a hot conversation when I... — Updated 11/25/2020


Life after the Armed Forces

(Family Features) Once their service ends, veterans often expect to start a new career. In many cases, the same skills and characteristics that helped make them successful in the... — Updated 11/17/2020

 By Freddy Groves    Military

911 getting a partner with VA crisis link

We all know to call 911 when there’s an emergency – car crash, burglary, need of an ambulance – but we’ll soon be getting an additional number. Starting in the summer of 2022, we’ll also have 988 as a direct line for... — Updated 11/17/2020


Veterans Day flags at Fairview Cemetery

On Veterans Day, 11 members of the Women's Army Corp United Chapter 75 decided to place flags on all of the military veterans' graves in Fairview Cemetery in Fountain. "We felt it... — Updated 11/17/2020


2SBCT soldiers save man after Hwy. 115 crash

2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs As flames consumed the recently crashed vehicle, Spc. Dylan Haysn and Spc. Anthony Rodamer knew they had very little... — Updated 11/17/2020


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