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The Air Force Thunderbirds Aerial Demonstration Squadron leads off the hat toss at the end of the Air Force Academy's Class of 2011 graduation ceremony May 25, 2011, at Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Thunderbirds will not fly at the 2013 graduation ceremony due to the U.S. government sequestration that took effect March 1, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ray McCoy) Sequestered: Academy feels effects, but graduation, in-processing still on
Sequestration took effect at midnight March 1, potentially affecting nearly 1,500 civilian employees at the Academy, but it is not expected to push back Class of 2013 graduation or Class of 2017 in-processing.The Air Force has proposed civilian furloughs covering 22 discontinuous days from April to September, said Gail Colvin, the Academy's
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Default Air Force Logo Court-martial to begin March 5
A court-martial will begin March 5 for a cadet who had sexual misconduct charges preferred against him in September 2012. Cadet 2nd Class Anthony Daniels Jr. faces charges of sodomy, attempted sodomy and aggravated sexual contact.Charges are merely accusations; Daniels is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
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Maj. Gen. Michelle Johnson has been selected as the next superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy. She will be the first female superintendent in the history of the Academy. (Courtesy photo) President nominates 1st female Air Force Academy superintendent
The president of the United States nominated Maj. Gen. Michelle Johnson for the appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and for assignment to serve as Air Force Academy's 19th superintendent. If confirmed by the Senate, Johnson would become the first woman to hold the position.Currently serving as NATO's deputy chief of staff for operations
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The 1,046 newly commissioned second lieutenants at the U.S. Air Force Academy commemorate their achievement by tossing their hats as the Air Force Thunderbirds fly over Falcon Stadium May 27.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Dennis Rogers) Air Force cuts aviation support for public events
As the Air Force braces for sequester, leadership has cancelled all aviation support to public events for at least the remainder of the fiscal year and is standing down the Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team to save flying hours to support readiness needs. Effective March 1, active-duty, Reserve and Guard units will cease all aviation support
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Default Air Force Logo Okla. senator receives Academy's first character, leadership award
Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe received the Air Force Academy's Character and Leadership Award Feb. 22, making him the award's first recipient.The award is given to a U.S. citizen whose life, professional career and community service endeavors exemplify the finest examples of exemplary character and leadership in public service. "Senator Inhofe
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Cadet 4th Class James Walsh, pictured here, was found dead in the Air Force Academy Cadet Area Feb. 9, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo) Cadet found dead at Academy
Air Force Academy Cadet 4th Class James L. Walsh died Saturday night in the cadet area.Academy personnel found Walsh, contacted emergency services and attempted to revive him using life-saving measures without success. "The Academy is deeply saddened by the tragic loss we suffered Saturday," said Lt. Gen. Mike Gould, the Academy superintendent. "As
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The Cirrus Aircraft T-53A is a small, single engine aircraft at the Academy that replaced the fleet of Diamond DA-40 T-52s in the spring of 2012. It is slightly larger than the T-52 and has a slightly higher horsepower engine. It provides exposure to powered flight and gives cadets the opportunity to solo. (U.S. Air Force photo) Academy moves powered-flight airspace to avoid conflict
Go East, young man. That's not quite the same advice offered to 19th-century settlers moving to Colorado, but none of them had to fly in airspace shared by two major airports.New training areas for the Air Force Academy's powered flight airmanship program took effect in December, moving operations several miles east of the previous areas.The
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Default Air Force Logo Cadet to face Article 32 hearing Jan. 31
A cadet who had sexual assault charges preferred against him in September will face an Article 32 hearing Jan. 31.Cadet 2nd Class Jamil Cooks faces three specifications of one charge that he violated Article 120 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice -- one for aggravated sexual assault and two for aggravated sexual contact -- and one charge of
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(U.S. Air Force graphic/Robin Meredith) Health, welfare inspection finds 131 incidents at Academy
An Air Force-wide health and welfare inspection conducted to emphasize an environment of respect, trust and professionalism in the workplace found 131 incidents of unprofessional, inappropriate or offensive displays at the Air Force Academy, according to inspection results released Jan. 18.Findings were broken down by the type of unit where
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President Barack Obama, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III and Vice President Joe Biden (top right) recognize Cadet Squadron 22 as it marches during the 57th inaugural parade Jan. 21, 2013. The armed forces have participated in inaugurations since George Washington was sworn in April 30, 1789. (U.S. Air Force photo/Elizabeth Andrews) Academy cadets march in 57th inaugural parade
Cadets with the Air Force Academy's outstanding cadet squadron of 2012 marched down the streets of Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington Jan. 21 as part of the 57th Inauguration Parade, honoring the swearing-in of President Barack Obama.The Raptors of Cadet Squadron 22 were greeted by hundreds of thousands of spectators as they merged onto the 1.5-mile
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