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Default Air Force Logo Preventing domestic violence is everyone's business
A woman is physically assaulted in her home every 15 seconds in the United States. In El Paso and Teller counties, five people died during domestic violence crimes in 2008. Abused women commonly experience fear, shame, depression, anxiety, difficulties sleeping and confusion. But not all domestic abuse involves physical violence. Emotional abuse
0 10/26
2009
Character Corner is an ongoing series of commentaries furnished weekly by the U.S. Air Force Academy's Center for Character Development during the academic year. (U.S. Air Force illustration) Character Corner: Cadet learns important lessons through honor probation
My name is Cadet 1st Class Robert Mobley and I am a Class of 2009 cadet at the Air Force Academy. I am still here because I committed a violation of the honor code last semester. I was very fortunate to be granted the privilege and opportunity to serve on honor probation. While most people think that honor probation is a very hard ordeal that takes
0 10/26
2009
A map of snow routes at the Air Force Academy. Emergency access routes, marked in red, receive top priority for snow-clearing operations, followed by major roads (in blue) and less-trafficked areas (in green). (U.S. Air Force illustration) Safety: Winter snow season approaches
Mother Nature will bestow winter upon us with its share of snow storms, icy road conditions and adverse weather. Once again, the 10th Civil Engineer Squadron has geared up for the snow season. As you drive around the base, you will notice that snow route signs and snow gates are in position. These are designed to guide you through the safest parts
0 10/14
2009
Character Corner is an ongoing series of commentaries furnished weekly by the U.S. Air Force Academy's Center for Character Development during the academic year. (U.S. Air Force illustration) Character Corner: Ways of being
Leading and teaching are two prominent activities at the Air Force Academy,and they embrace some similar and very important ideals. Modeling a sense of being and authenticity is one of those common ideals. Parker Palmer, author of "The Courage to Teach," recently gave a speech in Denver exhorting teachers, like leaders, to model and encourage a
0 10/13
2009
Brig. Gen. Samuel Cox and Col. John Norton unveil the Center for Character and Leadership Development's logo Sept. 28, 2009, at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. General Cox is commandant of cadets at the Academy, and Colonel Norton is the CCLD director. Also pictured are retired Col. Tom Berry, deputy CCLD director; Lt. Col. Joe Sanders, assistant director for scholarship, and Lt. Col. Jim DeReus, assistant director for integration. The logo was designed by Chris Hureau of DenMar Services Inc. (U.S. Air Force photo/Rachel Boettcher) Character Corner: Why CCLD?
Thursday, the Center for Character Development became the Center for Character and Leadership Development. This change is more than skin deep -- the new center has new capabilities, new focus areas, a new mindset, and eventually a new building. These are all designed to help all at USAFA become more effective at our fundamental mission --
0 10/05
2009
Character Corner is an ongoing series of commentaries furnished weekly by the U.S. Air Force Academy's Center for Character Development during the academic year. (U.S. Air Force illustration) Character Corner: Break the habit
"It's only a lot of reading if you read it all." This line, spoken by a prep school exemplar, predictably drew strong applause from the school-weary audience. Another line, often greeted with chuckles and nods, comes far more frequently and usually from more mundane speakers: "You only get in trouble if you get caught." Both of these truisms are
0 9/28
2009
Default Air Force Logo Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
Every year around this time I'm approached by people with the same question. "Hey, Chief," they say, "why do we have to have Hispanic Heritage Month? Aren't we all Americans?" I never argue that a bit, but there's more to it. I'm sure you know we celebrate African-American/Black History Month in February, Women's History Month in March,
0 9/26
2009
Character Corner is an ongoing series of commentaries furnished weekly by the U.S. Air Force Academy's Center for Character Development during the academic year. (U.S. Air Force illustration) Character Corner: Who's watching
Several years ago, a young man who had grown up in our church was receiving a very special professional honor.During the service,many people looked on in admiration as he,who had grown from a child to a young man in their midst, was showing that he had pursued a high calling and had been recognized in his pursuit of service. Afterward,he went up to
0 9/15
2009
In this "Remember 9-11" illustration, the "11" is designed to resemble the twin towers of the World Trade Center, while the five-sided border represents the Pentagon. Both of these landmarks were attacked on Sept. 11, 2001, and nearly 3,000 people were killed. (image by David Paranteau) Eight years later, a tragedy remembered
It's been eight years exactly since the fateful day when 19 men with hearts full of hatred flew airliners into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field near Shanksville, Pa., eight years since our nation lost its innocence. Eight years later, I have a hard time finding words adequate to express the nation's emotions on that day and the days
0 9/11
2009
Default Air Force Logo AOG welcomes Class of 2013
On behalf of the Association of Graduates, I'm honored to extend congratulations to the Class of 2013 upon completion of Basic Cadet Training -- the first hurdle in your cadet careers. Approximately 42,000 graduates before you have endured the rigors of this beginning tradition. It is one of the many cadet experiences that will bond you as a class
0 9/04
2009
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