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U.S. Air Force Academy Cadets 2nd Class Jeffrey Nakayama and Rupert Domingo inspect a Viking 300 unmanned aircraft vehicle before launch from Camp Red Devil July 20 at Fort Carson, Colo. The Academy's new UAS training is designed to encourage cadets to serve as UAS leaders after graduation. The Viking 300 weighs between 200 and 300 pounds and has a top speed of 100 knots, with a cruising speed of 55 knots. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ann Patton) UAS now in Academy curriculum
The Air Force Academy is forging ahead with the integration of unmanned aerial systems into its curriculum. It is the only service Academy to date to do so. "The Air Force has made Unmanned Aerial Systems a priority for our service, and the value of these capabilities is evidenced on a daily basis in Iraq and Afghanistan," said Academy
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Capt. Mark R. McDowell, seen here in his senior year cadet photo, was killed in an F-15 crash in eastern Afghanistan July 18. Captain McDowell graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo., in 2005. (U.S. Air Force photo) Class of '05 grad killed in F-15 crash
Two Air Force officers, one an Academy graduate, were killed July 18 in the crash of an F-15E Strike Eagle over eastern Afghanistan. The aircraft, assigned to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., was flying in support of coalition operations. The crash occurred at approximately 3:15 A.M. Kabul time. Killed were Capt. Thomas J. Gramith, 27, of
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The Air Force Academy embraced social media technology with the launch of "US Air Force Academy (Official)" on Facebook and "AF_Academy" on Twitter Aug. 28. Social networking allows Academy officials to interact with the public in a direct and informal setting. (U.S. Air Force illustration / Jessica Jones) Academy joins social media scene
The U.S. Air Force Academy officially entered the social media sphere Aug. 28 with the launch of Web pages on two popular social networking sites. In order to offer the public a convenient way to see what's going on at the Academy, the public affairs office here has created a page on http://www.facebook.com/ called "US Air Force Academy (Official)"
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Senior Alex Churnside led the Falcons with 77 points in the water polo team's 2008 season and ranks among the top 25 career scorers in Air Force history. The Academy was chosen to finish fifth in the Western Water Polo Association for the third straight year in a preseason poll of the conference's head coaches. (U.S. Air Force photo) Academy water polo team chosen to finish 5th in conference
For the third straight year, the 19th-ranked Air Force water polo team has been chosen to finish fifth in the Western Water Polo Association, as selected by the conference's head coaches in the 2009 preseason poll. Two-time defending conference champion Loyola Marymount, ranked sixth in the national preseason poll, was a unanimous choice for the
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U.S. Air Force Academy freshman Devin Menefee performs on the high bar during the annual Rocky Mountain Open Jan. 10 at the Academy in Colorado. The Falcons men's gymnastics team accounted for seven top-10 finishes as they placed third overall in the meet in front of a capacity crowd. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mike Kaplan) Academy gymnastics releases 2010 schedule
Air Force released the 2010 schedules for its women's and men's gymnastics teams Aug. 24.WOMEN'S GYMNASTICSOver the four-month season, the Falcons' women's gymnastics team will compete in six meets within the state of Colorado, including four at the Academy's Cadet West Gym. Air Force will open the 2010 season with three consecutive road meets,
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Staff Sgt. Wendell Boone sings during a Tops in Blue concert in Arnold Hall at the U.S. Air Force Academy Aug. 31. Tops in Blue is an expeditionary entertainment unit consisting of talented volunteers that tours Air Force locations around the world. Sergeant Boone is an air transportation apprentice with the 69th Aerial Port Squadron at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., and a native of Clarksville, Tenn. (U.S. Air Force photo/Dave Ahlschwede) Slideshow: Tops in Blue visits USAFA
The Air Force band Tops in Blue performed at the U.S. Air Force Academy Aug. 22 and 23, drawing about 5,000 people in two shows at Arnold Hall here."Tops in Blue is a morale builder for our military and their families all over the world," said Candyce Thomas, cultural arts and entertainment director at the Academy and Tops in Blue project officer.
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Construction on the U.S. Air Force Academy's iconic cadet chapel began Aug. 28, 1959. Construction was completed in 1963 by Robert E. McKee, General Contractor Inc., of Santa Fe, N.M. Cadet Chapel groundbreaking turns golden
Aug. 28 marks 50 years to the day since construction on the Cadet Chapel began. It was on this day in 1959 that its world-renowned design would go on to impact millions of future guests who'd visit the spectacular house of worship. To celebrate, the chapel staff invites the public to attend the Golden Anniversary of the groundbreaking at 2 p.m.
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Maj. John Martin earned a "Best Reviewer" award from the Business Policy and Strategy Division of the Academy of Management Aug. 10. The award, presented to the top five percent of more than 2,500 reviewers for the Academy of Management Conference in Chicago, Ill., recognizes reviewers for the quality and constructive feedback given to authors who
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The effective date for the revised fitness program was is now July 1, 2010. Biannual testing under the current fitness standards are still scheduled to begin Jan. 1. The six-month delay was a result of feedback obtained from the field that found implementing the new program in July 2010 would lead to a smoother transition and allow commanders adequate time to establish installation fitness assessment cells. Air Force unveils new fitness program
Approval of the new Air Force fitness instruction in the coming weeks brings about some of the most significant changes to the Air Force fitness program in the last five years and shifts a greater responsibility of maintaining physical fitness 365 days a year to all Airmen. Those changes take effect Jan. 1, 2010. In June, Air Force Chief of Staff
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The new Center for Character Leadership and Development is shown adjacent to Arnold Hall and Harmon Hall at the U.S. Air Force Academy in this artist's rendering. Construction on the new facility, designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, is scheduled to begin in March 2011 and be complete late summer 2012. (courtesy illustration) Academy to transform character development program
Academy superintendent Lt. Gen. Mike Gould unveiled plans Aug. 27 for a major transformation and expansion of the Academy's character development efforts. Plans include re-designating the Center for Character Development to the Center for Character and Leadership Development and relocating it into a new $29-million facility scheduled to open in
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