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Col. Robert Kraus The essence of Academy research
The U.S. Air Force Academy exists to educate, train and produce leaders for our nation.This mission is successfully accomplished through many fronts, executed across a diverse set of mission elements and forged through the crucibles of academic excellence, athletic competition, airmanship, military discipline and an honor system. The Academy's
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U.S Air Force Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle D. Johnson (Air Force photo) Motorcycle safety: 'No such thing as a minor collision'
Motorcycle crashes are a leading cause of death for our U.S. Air Force members. While motorcyclists represent only 10 percent of our active duty force, they account for approximately 40 percent of our fatal crashes. At the Academy, we experienced our most recent motorcycle fatality in 2012 and have recorded 12 motorcycle mishaps since
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U.S Air Force Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle D. Johnson (Air Force photo) Safety: We each have to do our part
As we work hard every day to produce leaders of character for our Air Force and our nation, we all must ensure safety remains at the forefront of our minds.We need to be focused, exercise personal discipline and ultimately work together to ensure we accomplish the mission.Like a machine, if we are missing just one part, we cannot function properly.
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Default Air Force Logo The Air Force Assistance Fund: Airmen helping Airmen
Some 15 years ago, I was a new flight surgeon deployed to Europe under bare-base conditions to arguably what would become the largest air refueling base in history. I was in over my head but fortunately, I deployed with an experienced NCO and relied heavily on his knowledge for first several weeks. During our deployment, this NCO confided that
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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