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US troop deaths soared in Afghanistan in 2009

Posted: 12/31/2009 - An Associated Press tally shows 304 American service members had died as of Dec. 30, up from 151 in 2008. The count does not include eight U.S. civilians killed by a suicide bomber yesterday.

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Update: CIA Says 7 Employees Were Killed In Afghanistan

Updated: 12/31/2009 - The Taliban are claiming responsibility for a suicide bombing at a base in eastern Afghanistan that killed eight American civilians. The CIA has announced 7 of the dead were employees of the agency.

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Free Holiday Meal For Military Cooked By Culinary Students

Updated: 12/26/2009 - Christmas is known as a time to spend with friends and family. But the students at Paragon Culinary School in Colorado Springs opened the doors of the school and the kitchen on Christmas Day to strangers in the hopes of making the holiday a little brighter with a free meal.

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Wife Nominates Sgt Morgan Weaver As Colorado Hero

Posted: 12/22/2009 - Sgt Morgan Weaver is stationed at Fort Carson and currently deployed to Afghanistan with the 2-12 Infantry Division. His wife, Brittney Weaver, says he's her hero and KKTV agrees; he's a Colorado Hero!

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Wife Nominates Wounded Warrior As Colorado Hero

Posted: 12/21/2009 - CPT Quitman Lockley is now retired from the Army as a Wounded Warrior. His wife, Brandy Lockley, says he's her hero and KKTV agrees; he's a Colorado Hero!

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Police Arrest Alleged AWOL Soldier

Updated: 12/17/2009 - Colorado Springs police tell 11 News they detained an alleged AWOL Fort Carson soldier after a brief standoff at a home on Silkwood Drive in Colorado Springs.

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Wife Nominates Major Jon Castro As Colorado Hero

Updated: 12/15/2009 - Major Johannes (Jon) Castro is currently serving in the 4th BCT, 4th Infantry Division in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. His wife, Marla G. Castro, says he's her hero and KKTV agrees, he's a Colorado Hero!

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Report: Japan Delays Decision on Future of US Base

Posted: 12/14/2009 - Media reports say Japan has delayed until next year a decision on the relocation of a major US military base on Okinawa at the center of a growing row between Tokyo and Washington.

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Autopsy Inconclusive On Ft. Carson Soldier Found Dead At Home

Updated: 12/16/2009 - Christopher Westbrook, 25, was found dead by his girlfriend Monday afternoon in his apartment. Tuesday, the El Paso County Coroner tells 11 News the autopsy is complete but the results are inconclusive. More tests will need to be done to determine the exact cause of death.

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Wife Nominates SPC Antonio D. Cruz As Colorado Hero

Updated: 12/14/2009 - SPC Cruz is a soldier in the 1-9 Field Artillery/3-1 Reconnaissance Unit, currently stationed in Mosul, Iraq. His wife Ashley says he'll be home at the end of the year 2010 and he's her Colorado Hero.

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Soldier's Wife Remembers Hero

Updated: 12/07/2009 - A soldier's wife says he joined to Army to make his children proud. Sergeant Kenneth Nichols was killed less than a week ago in Afghanistan. He was part of the 4th Brigade Combat Team.

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Pentagon orders 16,000 troops to start surge

Updated: 12/07/2009 - The Pentagon says about 16,000 U.S. troops will go into Afghanistan in the first wave of the new surge approved by President Barack Obama.

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Pearl Harbor Anniversary

Posted: 12/07/2009 - The passing of 68 years has not dulled the memories of those who endured the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, which ushered the United States into World War II.

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Significant US Presence Expected In Afghanistan For Perhaps Four Years

Updated: 12/06/2009 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- Although President Barack Obama has said U.S. troops will start to leave Afghanistan in July of 2011, his defense chief says Americans should still look for a significant U.S. military presence there for two to four more years.

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US Marines Launch Large Afghan Offensive

Posted: 12/04/2009 - U.S. Marines and Afghan troops have launched the first offensive since President Barack Obama announced an American troop surge.

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Evidence Blocked Arrest of Imam with Fort Hood Tie

Posted: 12/02/2009 - Federal prosecutors in Colorado say they had no choice but to dismiss 2002 charges against a Muslim cleric who later had contact with the Army psychiatrist accused in the Fort Hood shootings.

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CO Feds look at Fort Hood Connection to Cleric

Posted: 12/01/2009 - Federal authorities in Colorado are reviewing a 2002 file on a Muslim cleric who communicated with the shooting suspect at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas.

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