In 2012, the U.S. military’s suicide rate surpassed combat deaths. Clinical Psychologist Craig Bryan has made suicide prevention his mission. This January, Dr. Bryan’s research brought him to Colorado Springs’ Fort Carson, where he was conducting his second study on mental health treatments. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin sat down then to talk about his research–and how [...]

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The U.S. Army yesterday announced plans to deactivate one of Fort Carson’s four Brigade Combat Teams by 2017. The move would affect nearly 4,000 soldiers, but as KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports, it’s not yet clear how many positions the Colorado Springs Army post would actually lose.

Fort Carson spokesman Lt. Col. Armando Hernandez says [...]

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and traumatic brain injuries are the signature wounds of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But another problem is starting to emerge after these soldiers come home and seek treatment. In a three-part series that started yesterday in the Colorado Springs Gazette, investigative reporter Dave Philipps examines the growing number [...]

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Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has announced that the military will extend some benefits to same-sex partners. KUNC’s Grace Hood has more on what the move will mean for the 26-thousand men and women serving at Fort Carson.

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A Fort Carson police bill passed unanimously in the state senate earlier this week. The bill would provide a new classification and more training to officers at the Mountain Post. KRCC’s Katherine-Claire O’Connor reports.

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State senators took the unusual move of voting to take away a portion of state money from the Colorado Energy office for the rest of the fiscal year…Democratic Congressman Jared Polis has introduced a bill in the House to end prohibition of marijuana at the federal level…Pueblo’s City Council is considering a proposal that would allow Fort Carson’s HAMET program, or High Altitude Mountain Environment Training, to rent space at the Pueblo Memorial Airport.

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Army helicopters may soon be flying in and out of the Pueblo Memorial Airport…

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Governor John Hickenlooper announced new initiatives yesterday to try and make Colorado better prepared for wildfires…Colorado Democratic Senator Mark Udall is urging the US Forest Service to accelerate their acquisition of eight new firefighting air tankers ahead of this year’s wildfire season…Three Chinook helicopters have been delivered to Fort Carson for a new combat aviation brigade.

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Fort Carson is hosting nearly 300 soldiers and 30 helicopters from Fort Riley in Kansas for high altitude training. KRCC’s Eliza Densmore reports.

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Colorado Springs City Council yesterday gave initial approval to regulations concerning oil and gas drilling within city limits…Council also voted in favor of a ban on panhandling in the downtown area…Fort Carson is hosting nearly 300 soldiers and 30 helicopters from Fort Riley in Kansas for high altitude training…Firefighters battling the Fern Lake Fire in Rocky Mountain National Park have ordered more resources to help contain the blaze.

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The Defense Department has awarded another multimillion-dollar construction contract for a new helicopter brigade at Fort Carson…With the severe drought still gripping the region, two Colorado Republican lawmakers are asking the federal government to extend an emergency order that opened up more lands for livestock grazing and haying.

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Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney visited Craig in northwestern Colorado…Medical marijuana advocates in Colorado are trying to add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of conditions for which doctors can prescribe the treatment…Around 400 firefighters and five helicopters are battling an eight-square-mile wildfire near the Utah border…A California soldier assigned to Fort Carson has been killed in Afghanistan.

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The National Institute for Mental Health estimates about one in five American adults suffers from some form of mental illness. While May is Mental Health Awareness month, we’re bringing you something a little different for our Healthy Conversation. Fort Carson recently hosted a media day to highlight some of the behavioral health programs in [...]

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Colorado is among 10 states getting a total of $230 million dollars to help set up new health insurance markets under President Barack Obama’s overhaul…Southern Colorado residents near Ft. Carson may hear an increase in air traffic starting tomorrow, as the base hosts high altitude training for a visiting aviation unit…and, operations at Denver [...]

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Full and part time online learning in K through 12 schools is the future say leaders in the education field. They briefed state lawmakers today, and say there are still many challenges to work out…and, Fort Carson is opening a new training center with equipment to train combat soldiers.

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A Fort Carson soldier has been charged with the alleged murder of a fellow soldier found in her barracks in early January…Students at Trinidad High School staged a protest today as around 200 of them walked out of class for about 45 minutes…and, a Democratic bill that would pump money into universities to market [...]

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Officials with the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment are acknowledging that the state has made significant overpayments for unemployment insurance benefits…Army investigators say a soldier found dead in her barracks at Fort Carson had been stabbed, but they haven’t yet released the official cause of death…and, Investigators say one propeller on a twin-engine [...]

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Colorado’s General Assembly opened today in Denver…The Army says investigators are interviewing people about the death of a soldier from Houston whose body was found in her barracks at Fort Carson…and, Colorado could have two separate questions about legalizing marijuana on ballots this fall.

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The Army says it’s investigating the death of a soldier in a Fort Carson barracks as a homicide. Post officials say the soldier is a 28-year-old woman. She was found dead yesterday. No other information has been released…and, state legislative leaders from both sides of the aisle are pledging to put the bitter partisan [...]

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Power companies serving the San Luis Valley say they plan to press ahead after Xcel Energy officials said they’re considering abandoning a controversial $180-million power line into the valley…An eighth person has died in Colorado due to an outbreak of listeria in cantaloupe, raising the national death toll to 29…and, about 250 soldiers from [...]

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We continue our medical series with Ft. Carson specialists by talking about breast cancer. We’re joined by Lt. Col. Matthew Mayfield, who heads the general surgery department and oversees the breast surgery clinic at Evans Army Hospital. We begin by addressing why breast cancer awareness continues to be so important.

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Fort Carson officials say they are considering changing the name of the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site to Fort Carson South…This year’s flu shot could mean more than just protection from the virus…and, federal health officials say the death toll has risen to eight in an outbreak of listeria traced to Colorado cantaloupes.

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This month we’re beginning a new medical series here on KRCC with specialists from Fort Carson, aimed at highlighting various health observances. Medical conditions are certainly not exclusive to military personnel or the civilian world. To kick off the series, Colonel Jimmie Keenan, Commander of Evans Army Community Hospital, talks about an issue that’s [...]

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