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First Lieutenant Kevin Lamberth, now a colonel serving as vice-superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy, began his career in the enlisted corps in 1983. (Courtesy photo) From enlisted to officer: Vice Superintendent advises taking care of Airmen
One ordinary day in 1983, Kevin Lamberth sat down with an Air Force recruiter in a small town in Alabama. He wasn't seriously considering joining the Air Force at that moment. In reality, he was tagging along with two of his friends, and only because they were heading to the mall after their meeting. Flash forward 32 years, and Kevin Lamberth is
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Senior Airman Benjamin Sampson, a trumpet player with the U.S. Air Force Academy Band. (Air Force photo) Hittin' the note: Academy bandsman spans two continents
There are many ties spanning the ocean between the U.S. and Australia, such as sharing a mother language, supporting each other in every major conflict since World War I - and Senior Airman Benjamin Sampson, a trumpet player with the U.S. Air Force Academy Band."I'm a dual citizen. My father is from Boston," Sampson said. "I was born and raised in
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Airmen assigned to the U.S. Air Force Academy compete in a brush truck pull at the  Academy's Health and Fitness Expo here May 1. Airmen assigned to the 10th Surgical Operations Squadron took first place in the pull, pulling the truck across the finish line in just less than 16 seconds. The health fair included over 15 information booths, a three-mile run, and agility tests to promote comprehensive fitness. (Air Force photo/Jason Gutierrez) Expo focuses on healthy living
Airmen sampled healthy snacks, participated in fitness classes and competed in a brush truck pull at the U.S. Air Force Academy's second Health and Fitness Expo May 1.The event, hosted by the 10th Force Support Squadron, took place at the base fitness center and included over 15 information booths, a three-mile run, free massages and agility tests
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Sato, a five-year-old Belgian Malinois, is a retired Military Working Dog now serving as a therapy dog at the Academy. Retired 10th SFS military working dog relieves Airmens’ stress
When Tech. Sgt. Ashley-Marie Umstead adopted retired Military Working Dog, Sato, she said the five-year-old Belgian Malinois needed something constructive to do with his robust energy and instincts.After serving as a bomb dog for the 10th Security Forces Squadron, Umstead said she knew Airmen and wounded warriors would enjoy spending time with him
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U.S. Army Lt. Col. Nathan Watanabe, a history professor at the Air Force Academy, shows an M1898 Krag-Jorgensen rifle to a class of Academy cadets April 19, 2015, at Fort Carson. The cadets took part in an Academy Historical Weapons Shoot and handled and fired 27 historic military firearms, including the 1766 Charleville Musket, the 5.56mm M16A4 Rifle and the M4 Carbine, to better understand the small arms used by the U.S. military throughout its history. (Lt. Col. Don Langley)
Cadets take part in historical weapons shoot
Bursts of rifle and musket fire were heard at Fort Carson's privately-owned weapons range April 18 when dozens of Air Force Academy cadets and faculty took part in the Academy's latest Historical Weapons Shoot.Cadets handled and fired 27 historic military arms, ranging from the 1766 Charleville musket, the M16A4 Rifle and the M4 carbine, to better
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Maj. Ueda teaches five classes at the Academy through the Military Personnel Exchange Program. (U.S. Air Force/ courtesy photo) Broadening horizons: Foreign officer shares rewards of Academy exchange
In 2001, Japan Air Self-Defense Force Maj. Kazuto Ueda, then a cadet at Japan's National Defense Academy, visited the Air Force Academy for a week.Never in his wildest dreams did he think he'd return here 12 years later to teach American cadets Japanese history, military and culture.Every year, the Air Force Academy and Japan's NDA exchange an
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U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Katherine Shaw, 633rd Comptroller Squadron budget analyst, will compete in her third IronMan race May 16, 2015. Shaw previously competed in one half and one full IronMan race and continues to compete to challenge and test her limits mentally and physically. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Natasha Stannard/Released) Iron Airman seeks challenges to better herself
Then-Cadet Katherine Shaw's flight instructor sat across from Shaw with an expressionless face. The instructor took in a deep breath as if the air contained the right way to say the words he was about to utter, but there were none."They said I had a great attitude and work ethic, and would still make a great officer, just not as a pilot," said
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Senior Airman Katrina Alvarez prepares a vaccine for a basic cadet during in-processing June 27, 2013. Vaccines consist of dead or weakened forms of a virus that is injected into a patient to create a long-lasting immune response. Alvarez, now a staff sergeant, is a medical technician with the 10th Aeromedical Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Liz Copan) 1st 'Thoughts Out Loud' discussions focuses on vaccination
Vaccines may not come up for discussion all that much among Airmen: They're mandatory, so what's to discuss? But with the United States facing its worst measles outbreak in 25 years, more people are talking about getting vaccinated and why vaccines matter.Dr. Katherine Bates, an assistant professor with the Biology Department here, held a
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The dean of the Air Force Academy's Preparatory School, Lt. Col.  Alicia
Matteson (second from left), poses with her Combat Stress Control team
in Basra, Iraq, in 2010.  The Airmen are (from left to right)
then-Staff Sgt. Nekisha Liverpool, then-Tech. Sgt. Kimberley Rivera and
then-Staff Sgt. Anissa Miracle. (U.S. Air Force Academy/ Courtesy photo) 

Turning pain into power: USAFA Prep School dean shares passion on veteran care, combat experiences
When the first female Air Force Academy Preparatory School dean graduated from the Academy in 1995, she never imagined that as an Air Force psychologist, she'd one day be dodging mortars and sweeping for improvised explosive devices while deployed.After serving nearly 20 years, Lt. Col. Alicia Matteson said she knows the effects of war and believes
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The Air Garden at the U.S. Air Force Academy. (U.S. Air Force/Courtesy Photo) USAFA headquarters focuses on being mission-ready over inspection-ready
The Air Force Academy has been steady, over time, in its preparations for the upcoming Inspector General inspection. It's not just in time - it's on purpose."I think people in the Air Force are used to having to prepare for something," said Col. David Kuenzli, Academy inspector general. "It's a bit of a culture shift. Everyone wants to get up for
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