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Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson (Air Force Photo) Strengthening our culture of commitment
As we sprint into the spring semester, I'd like to expand on one of our strategic imperatives: our Culture of Commitment and Climate of Respect for all at the Air Force's Academy. Lately, I've been citing political theorist Thomas Paine, "What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value," because
0 2/12
2014
Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Randy Erwin Academy to host 2014 Nat'l Prayer Luncheon Feb. 13
The U.S. is arguably the most diverse nation on earth. Our founding fathers dreamt of a land welcoming diverse cultures, lifestyles and varying world views. Today, people from various ethnic groups representing the seven continents bring their rich, unique traditions to this grand experiment we call America. Although our country is still very young
0 1/23
2014
U.S. Air Force Academy Military Trainer Master Sgt. Shawn Merritt. Diversity opens doors
Our great nation mandates we recognize the progress made by our military services toward diversity, so each year at the Academy we host several diversity-related events and observances.The first of these events for 2014 is will recognize the contributions of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his dream of equality for all -- to that
0 1/16
2014
Default Air Force Logo A look forward: USAFA Supt. outlines vision for the future
Happy New Year to each of our cadets, permanent party, graduates, friends and supporters! I hope you enjoyed a wonderful and safe holiday break. As we jump into 2014, I wanted to share my initial thoughts from my first months as Superintendent, how we are handling some of the challenges we are facing today, and my vision for tomorrow.We at USAFA
0 1/09
2014
Default Air Force Logo Academy to improve facility access with new Common Access Card proximity readers
The 9/11 attack mandated increased security across the Defense Department. To help the 10th Security Forces Squadron here meet DOD directives, the 10th Communications Squadron has issued proximity cards and installed readers to control access to numerous Academy areas and facilities. For the Academy to comply with these directives and maintain its
0 1/03
2014
Academy Safety Office director Maj. Ricardo Aragon./Air Force Photo Holiday safety: Mitigating mistakes on the road
We have all heard the phrase, "To err is human, but to forgive, divine," but I thought I'd throw my own twist on this today: "to err is human, but to learn from other's errors is wisdom." It is true -- we all make mistakes and some of those mistakes can be more costly than others. The best thing we can do is learn from those mistakes so we don't
0 12/20
2013
Default Air Force Logo Preventing sexual assault is a 'collective responsibility'
In the near future, the Defense Department will release its annual report on sexual harassment and violence at the military service academies. The Air Force's Academy will use this feedback to continue to refine and improve our processes regarding sexual harassment and assault, to include prevention, investigation, accountability, and victim
0 12/13
2013
Lt. Col. Dan Oosterhous, the Academy's men's tennis coach is seen here climbing a rock wall in May. Oosterhous, a 1993 Academy graduate, suffered two strokes in late February but has been on the recovery since then. He says setting setting goals helps him face and overcome challenges. Facing the wall: Goal-setting helps us on the climb
I've lost count of the opportunities the Air Force regularly gives me to set personal and professional goals. As Airmen, we routinely attend briefings, team building sessions and leadership seminars encouraging and helping us achieve our individual and institutional short- and- long term goals.These events are great, but I've experienced no greater
0 11/25
2013
Default Air Force Logo Safety: the best holiday gift to give
It's hard to believe the holiday season is once again upon us! While I've only served as your superintendent for a short time, I'm amazed at how much we've accomplished. You've earned some well-deserved downtime this holiday season but I want to take a moment to stress the importance of safety. Staying safe by making the right decisions regarding
0 11/19
2013
Default Air Force Logo Correcting domestic violence misconceptions
As Academy Airmen and civilians, we should challenge ourselves to look outside the standard mold of domestic violence. The National Domestic Violence Hotline defines domestic violence as a pattern of behavior in any relationship to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner. Abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, or economic or
0 11/15
2013
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