Fort Carson Boss: Pinon Canyon Training Is Vital

By: AP
By: AP

Fort Carson's new commander says Army training at the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site is vital for the safety of soldiers in combat.

Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson on Friday reiterated the Army's position that it won't try to expand Pinon Canyon for at least five years.

Anderson said that opposing all training at Pinon Canyon would be almost unpatriotic -- but that he was unaware of any such opposition.

Previous efforts to expand Pinon Canyon angered some local residents, who said it would hurt the agricultural economy.

The Army had said more land was needed for additional troops and new weapons and tactics. But in March, the Army said the expansion effort was being paused.

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  • by RAY Location: LA JUNTA on Dec 11, 2011 at 02:14 PM
    How does expanding help the local ecomomy WHEN troops Do not go off base SO PLEASE explain how it helps the LOCAL ecomomy.If you don't spent you don't help.
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      by Common Sense on Dec 11, 2011 at 09:55 PM in reply to RAY
      LOL! Troops don't go off-post? Do you ever leave your Mom's basement? If you do, look around next time.
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        by Amused at Stupidity on Dec 12, 2011 at 09:18 AM in reply to Common Sense
        So much is explained. Look at where Ray is. La Junta. LOL.
  • by michael Location: colorado springs on Dec 11, 2011 at 12:34 AM
    Don't let the Government take your land. They rarely use Pinon Canyon.Brigade Commanders recently tried to use it to justify the expansion. There is Fort Irwin, CA and Fort Polk, LA that is used for training to ready to prepare the units for deployment. They have plenty of room on Fort Carson to do the training they wish to conduct. The cost to rail head all the vehicles and equipment to Pinon Canyon will cost the tax payers more money than what the Government should be spending right now. People need to wake up and stand up to their Government and tell them "NO" enough is enough.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 11, 2011 at 09:23 AM in reply to michael
      Just say "NO?" Not in this town. Martial Law will become a year-long patriotic holiday in CS.
  • by Doug Location: Colorado s prings on Dec 9, 2011 at 10:03 PM
    will they need it the land on the site is will keep
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      by Amused at Stupidity on Dec 12, 2011 at 09:16 AM in reply to Doug
      That made no sense doug. English buddy. Try it. Proper english. Thanks.
  • by ER on Dec 9, 2011 at 08:42 PM
    Why not take the zoo property? It will be good training when we invade Africa. Gotta know how to avoid giraffes.
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      by :) on Dec 9, 2011 at 10:33 PM in reply to ER
      LOL too funny.... Wouldn't be a war in Africa cause it doesn't make money.
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      by Common Sense on Dec 11, 2011 at 09:53 PM in reply to ER
      We already did some wars in Africa. Uh, we just did Libya recently, remember?.
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        by ER on Dec 12, 2011 at 10:34 AM in reply to Common Sense
        No, "NATO" (otherwise known as the USA) did some the sand. I'm talking about when we invade on real earth to keep us all free from something.
  • by Cheryl Location: Widefield on Dec 9, 2011 at 08:35 PM
    People think for a minute. If Ft. Carson is unable to provide adequate traing for toops then those troops will have to go to other bases. Less troops mean less growth and development on the base less money for the local ecomomy who relies on this income. Sorry, but the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 9, 2011 at 10:27 PM in reply to Cheryl
      Move Cheryl ... We don't need you.
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      by WOW on Dec 9, 2011 at 10:31 PM in reply to Cheryl
      Then go to other bases. This one is full if that's the case. The property isn't for sale and pushing to take it from the people of Colorado isn't right. It brings down property values and destroys natural habitats. Want more land ..... GO SOMEWHERE ELSE.
  • by Nikki on Dec 9, 2011 at 08:24 PM
    They don't need anymore land. They barely use it anyways. We will nev give it up I'm sorry. There are deserts out there they can use that no one lives on. Plus why don't they go protect our borders. We are not unpatriotic we are only protecting our rights and our lives.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 9, 2011 at 08:43 PM in reply to Nikki
      Most patriotism isn't for your benefit.
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        by lol on Dec 9, 2011 at 10:32 PM in reply to
        Are you serious. Any patriotism is for our benefit.... Good, bad or indifferent.
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          by Anonymous on Dec 10, 2011 at 09:01 AM in reply to lol
          Patriotism is mostly used as a lubricant when the feds want to sell us something.
  • by This is dumb Location: cos on Dec 9, 2011 at 08:12 PM
    Maj. Gen. Anderson has got to get his head checked. Opposing this is nothing close to almost unpatriotic. You want to take perfectly good land and turn it into a playground of destruction. Why don't you go to the border and play games. Help with the illegal issues we already have. Almost unpatriotic??? That's just dumb.
  • by Connie Location: Colorado Springs on Dec 9, 2011 at 08:03 PM
    Look on the map. The US Army has HUGE tracts of land in Pinon Canon already. No more land is needed. This is a Maj. Gen. looking to make a big splash, and get a promotion. The land is not for sale.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 9, 2011 at 04:21 PM
    Government land grab
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