Despite heavy rain, elected officials, military members and their civilian partners gathered last week to celebrate the grand opening of Mt. Carmel Center of Excellence — the first military service center for veteran care of its kind in Colorado Springs. After $2 million in renovations, the 18,000-square-foot facility has welcomed partnering agencies such as the […]
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Colorado Springs business leaders and retired generals have been waging a public-relations campaign, suggesting the military might cut back assets here if City Council doesn’t ban retail sales of marijuana, now permitted under Amendment 64. That’s news to the Pentagon. “I wouldn’t think so,” said Department of Defense spokesman Lt. Col. Tom Crosson. “Military personnel […]
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Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station once was crucial to American nuclear strategy. Featured in a dozen movies (Fail Safe, Dr. Strangelove, WarGames and more), and closed for years to all but “essential personnel,” the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Combat Operations Center under the mountain was the epicenter of the Cold War, the point […]
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For Colorado Springs’ military presence in general, and Fort Carson in particular, 2015 already is shaping up to be a pivotal year. At some point, the Department of Defense plans to announce a decision that — in the worst-case scenario — could mean a loss of as many as 16,000 Fort Carson personnel by 2020, […]
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Local defense company Intelligent Software Solutions Inc. was awarded a one-year, $12.2 million contract from the U.S. Air Force this month to provide continued software support for military organizations across the globe. It is an 18th task order from an Air Force contract awarded to the company in 2012, and requires ISS to provide continued […]
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When Jay Cimino, CEO and president of Phil Long Dealerships, purchased the former KOAA facility at 530 Communication Circle in 2014, his intent was to fill an important gap in local military and veteran communities. The goal: to provide a “one-stop center” for transition and wellness services for the area’s 84,000 military veterans and their […]
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Melbourne, Florida-based Harris Corp. and information technology company and defense contractor rival Exelis Inc. have signed an acquisition agreement last week. The sale will amount to about $4.75 billion when complete, probably mid-year, said B.J. Talley, Exelis director of corporate communications. Together, Exelis and Harris generated a combined $8 billion in revenue last year. The Exelis Mission […]
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After a soft opening eight months ago, the Mt. Carmel Center of Excellence is on its way to becoming a one-stop resource for veterans and their families — with a behavioral health center under construction and plans for a nearby health-and-wellness center, as well as a veteran housing project in the works. In addition to […]
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Mentoring, accommodations for disabilities and support programs in the workplace are three things businesses can offer to increase veterans’ chances of success in post-service careers. Those ideas were shared during a panel discussion on veteran retention Feb. 15 at the Veteran Small Business and Why Hire a Veteran Conference, presented by the Pikes Peak Workforce […]
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Colorado Springs sees hundreds of soldiers leave the military each month while thousands of IT jobs go unfilled. Now the Microsoft Software & Systems Academy is looking to connect the two. Microsoft, Fort Carson and the Army Career Skills Program hosted a ribbon-cutting June 2 for the 18-week accelerated IT course, taught through Embry-Riddle Aeronautical […]
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New opportunities and aid for local veterans, service members and their families are now available, as partnerships and efforts to empower and provide high-quality care to the military community expand in the Pikes Peak region. El Paso County’s 80,000 veterans and 40,000 active duty personnel and their spouses can utilize free financial, legal and behavioral […]
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Fort Carson officials and soldiers from its 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division met with visitors and reporters Saturday at the Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site to celebrate the successful completion of its most expansive training exercise in more than a decade. In the three weeks leading to that day, 4,000 troops and 1,100 […]
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