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Sports fans fill Falcon Stadium during a Falcon Football match at the U.S. Air Force Academy. The 10th Security Forces Squadron is one organization among other first-responder teams that keep the popular stadium safe during large-scale events. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mike Kaplan) 10th SFS is ‘all in’ when protecting thousands at Falcon Stadium
If safety isn’t your concern at graduation ceremonies or Falcons football games, thank a cop. Specifically, the 10th Security Forces Squadron, as they handle safety concerns for us. They’re why more than 500,000 annual spectators can watch those Div I sporting events and graduation ceremonies without worry.The 10th SFS, the 10th Civil Engineer Fire
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Retired Maj. Paul Lasen, a 1959 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, chats with Academy cadets on the flightline at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., May 22, 2017. Lasen, a career pilot, was at Peterson to fly with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds while the team made a practice run over Falcon Stadium to prepare for the May 24, 2017 cadet graduation ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes) Oldest-living USAFA grad checks-off bucket list with Thunderbird flight
The oldest-living Air Force Academy graduate checked-off his No. 1 bucket-list wish May 22: to fly with the Air Force Thunderbirds. Retired Maj. Paul Lasen, 83, is a 1959 Academy graduate and career pilot who still flies today. By all accounts, he felt right at home in the backseat of a Thunderbird's F-16D Fighting Falcon aircraft when the team
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Default Air Force Logo Research Roundup: Cadet projects result in private, public-sector advancements
Editor’s note: Cadet researchers have a longstanding history of teaming with faculty at the Air Force Academy and private and public partners to make scientific and academic advances.This academic year, among numerous other projects, cadets researched harnessing power from microorganisms, decreasing concussions, refining remotely piloted aircraft,
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Cadet 1st Class John Severski adjusts the controls in the KAFA studio Jan. 17, 1971. The Academy’s cadet-run radio station hit the airwaves just before 7 p.m. that day. The station is broadcast on 97.7 FM and is the voice of cadets in the Colorado Springs area and the world. (U.S. Air Force Academy McDermott Library Archives) Breaking Barriers! Air Force's 70th Birthday: June achievements
The Air Force celebrates its 70th birthday this year and the Air Force Academy has made many contributions to our service’s legacy and history of breaking barriers, and advancing technology and innovation.  Here are some very notable achievements that have occurred in Januaries of the past. January AchievementsJan. 1, 1975 -- The first Cadet Wing
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Default Air Force Logo Falcon Foundation helps potential cadets get to Academy
Ever met a Falcon scholar?You probably have if you’ve spend time with Air Force officers, but you might not have known it.Since the 1960s, the Falcon Foundation here has helped more than 4,500 cadet-candidates enter the Air Force Academy with its Falcon Scholars Program.Two Falcon scholars are Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein and his
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Second Lt. Rebecca Esselstein (left), a 2015 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and former track and field star at the school, is now a Rhodes scholar pursuing a doctorate in astrophysics at the University of Oxford, UK. (U.S. Air Force photo/Liz Copan) A life less ordinary: Former cadet, Rhodes scholar pushes the limits
The oar blades cut through the cold water of the River Thames as the eight-person team drove their boat in perfect synchronization t the Oxford University Boat House, UK.There was no room for error and time was running out. The Oxford University Women's Boat Club would challenge the University of Cambridge April 2 at the Cancer Research UK Boat
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U.S. Air Force Academy supporters Bonnie Bonnin (left), her granddaughter Kayla (middle), and daughter Kim Williams, were featured on a 2014 Falcons basketball season billboard on Interstate 25 near Monument, Colorado. Carey Bonnin (not seen), his wife Bonnie and Kim, are Academy employees who have supported the school for decades as Falcons fans and cadet sponsors. (Courtesy photo)   A ‘Falcon Proud’ family
Three Air Force Academy employees say supporting cadets isn’t just their job, it’s their way of life.  Carey Bonnin, wife Bonnie Bonnin, and their daughter, Kim Williams, spend their work time supporting the Academy’s mission of developing leaders of character, and their time-off supporting cadets and showing their Falcon pride.   “We live it,
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Freshmen cadets hold up a heavy log during Recognition, March 10, 2017, at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado. Recognition is a rigorous annual event freshmen or "four degrees" must overcome before earning the status of "recognized cadet." (U.S. Air Force photo/Jason Gutierrez)   Conquering Recognition: ‘4 degrees’ overcome annual challenge
Freshmen earned the title of “recognized cadet” March 11 after completing two days of intense challenges here known as Recognition. Recognition is a rigorous annual event freshman, or “four degrees” here, must navigate before earning the status of cadet and the "prop and wings" pin worn on their uniform cap.The challenge began March 9 with hundreds
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Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro Jr., makes his 131st parachute jump over the U.S. Air Force Academy, Feb. 18, 2017. Del Tori, a former Tactical Air Control Party Airman, is the Air Force's only 100-percent disabled wounded warrior on active duty. He made the jump with cadets and staff at the 98th Flying Training Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo)
	Wounded Warrior ‘DT’ returns to the skies, parachutes into new job
An Air Force wounded warrior returned to the skies Feb. 18 with his first parachute jump in 11 years. Master Sgt.  Israel Del Toro Jr., the Air Force’s only 100-percent-disabled wounded warrior on active duty, added to his list of achievements by taking his 131st parachute jump with cadets and staff at the 98th Flying Training Squadron. Del Toro,
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Staff Sgt. David Moore of the 306th Operations Support Squadron pulled a woman out of Kettle Lakes, Jan. 23, 2017,  after she had fallen through the ice covering the lake. The 306th OSS is at the U.S. Air Force Academy. (U.S. Air Force photo/Darcie Ibidapo)

On thin ice: Academy NCO pulls woman from Kettle Lakes
A young woman has a lot to be thankful for after an airfield manager here yanked her and her dog out of the frigid waters of Kettle Lakes, Jan. 23.  Staff Sgt. David Moore of the 306th Operations Support Squadron was checking for safety hazards around the airfield just after 7 a.m. when he spotted the woman and dog in the water. “She was fully
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