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Lt. Col. Chris McClernon, the director of the U.S. Air Force Academy Research Center, uses a social simulator here in December 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo/Liz Copan) Technology aids Academy researchers, cadets
While other undergraduates spend time on projects that will never leave the laboratory, Air Force Academy cadets perform research directly supporting the Air Force mission.Their tools range from 3-D printers and computer testing, to social simulators and hours of research and testing in the laboratories.In engineering mechanics, cadets work on
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Academy cadets, Royal Military cadets and cadets from the École de l'air are seen here with the École de l'air's commandent, Brig. Gen. Francis Pollet, on Veterans Day in Marseille, France in 2014. The École de l'air is France's air force officer training school. (Courtesy photo) Academy International Programs open new worlds
During their four years at the Academy, cadets are presented with many opportunities, whether it's a chance to jump out of an aircraft or apply for a Rhodes scholarship. Beginning their second year at the Academy, cadets have an opportunity to participate in a semester abroad at a foreign college, a semester exchange at a foreign service academy or
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Cadets Tim Smith (left) and John Fredericks battle each other in the ring Jan. 15. (U.S. Air Force photo/ John Van Winkle) Boxing equips cadets with courage, resiliency to finish the fight
When cadets step into the boxing ring here, they don't senselessly knock each other around; they hone their defense drills, their guard position and footwork, so when they think they can't go the distance, they find a way to survive and win.Lt. Col. Matthew Glover, interim head boxing coach here, said the skills cadets learn from boxing and
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Michael McFaul briefs President Barack Obama in the Oval Office Feb. 24, 2010. McFaul, then the National Security Council's senior director for Russian Affairs, was the U.S. ambassador to Russia from December 2011 until February 2014 and is now director of Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. McFaul spoke on U.S.-Russian relations at the Air Force Academy Assembly Feb. 3, 2015. (White House photo/Pete Souza) Former ambassador to Russia speaks at Academy Assembly
Four workdays into President Barack Obama's first term in office, Michael McFaul had already found himself in a spot of trouble.Obama was about to place a phone call to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. McFaul, in his capacity as senior director for Russian and Eurasian affairs at the National Security Council, was in the Oval Office with Obama,
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Cadet 1st Class Broam Hart helps move logs in order to prevent flooding after the Waldo Canyon fire in June, 2013. Hart participates in a variety of volunteer work, in addition to playing for the Academy football team and his academics. (Courtesy photo) Academy cadet leads on, off the field
Throughout the four years cadets spend at the Academy, the Center for Character and Leadership Development works to coordinate events, speakers and leadership opportunities to mold cadets into principled leaders. Despite that, it's ultimately the cadet's decision whether or not they commit to being a leader of character, and for Cadet 1st Class
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President Barack Obama speaks to members of Team MacDill at the Short Fitness Center on MacDill Air Force Base, Fla, Sept. 17, 2014. The President thanked the men and women for their service and spoke on how the United States will partner with others in the region to carry out his strategy to degrade and defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Shandresha Mitchell/ Released) President issues National African American History proclamation Month, 2015
For generations, the story of American progress has been shaped by the inextinguishable beliefs that change is always possible and a brighter future lies ahead. With tremendous strength and abiding resolve, our ancestors -- some of whom were brought to this land in chains -- have woven their resilient dignity into the fabric of our Nation and
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U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School cadet candidates exit the Prep School parade field here after a memorial commemorating National POW/MIA Recognition Day Sept. 19, 2014. The third Friday in September was set aside annually beginning in 1998 for this commemoration. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Rachel Hammes) Prep school students up for challenge: Enrichment program prepares cadet candidates for USAFA academics
Every spring, the best students at the Academy Preparatory School during the fall semester are selected to take advanced courses here to test their limits and give them an idea of what they'll face at the Academy.This year, through the Academic Enrichment Program, 20 Prep School cadet candidates are taking Calculus 141 at the Academy and six are
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Anne Munch discusses myths surrounding sexual assault during a presentation to Air Force Academy leaders Jan. 15, 2015. Munch, a lawyer for 27 years, focused on prosecuting sexual assault during most of her work for the Denver District Attorney and helped create the Air Force's bystander intervention training program. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Branum) Bystander training co-developer speaks with Academy leaders
Author's Note: This story contains discussion of sexual assault that may trigger traumatic memories in survivors of sexual assault.A co-developer of the Air Force's bystander intervention program to prevent sexual assault and former prosecutor for the Denver District Attorney spoke with senior leaders, instructors and air officers commanding during
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Academy Preparatory School Cadet Candidates Chad E. Chreene II (left), Caitlin Stewart-Moore, Joseph Kloc and Jared Kreuzer stand outside the Prep School Jan. 16, 2015. All four cadet candidates earned 4.0 GPAs for the second quarter of the academic year. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Rachel Hammes) Striving for perfection: four cadet candidates maintain 4.0 GPAs
Approximately 200 cadet candidates enter the Academy Prep School every fall, spending the next 10 months honing their physical, military and academic skills for entry into the Academy. While not all cadet candidates become Academy cadets, it's what they are all working toward.This year, four cadet candidates achieved 4.0 GPAs for the second quarter
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Dr. Hans Mueh was the Air Force Academy's athletic director from 2004 to 2014. Prior to becoming the athletic director, Mueh was a chemistry professor and vice dean of the faculty at the Academy. He graduated from the Academy in 1966. (Association of Graduates photo/Ken Wright) Athletic director departs after 10 years
A week before his retirement, Dr. Hans Mueh was figuring out how he would box up 27 years' worth of memories. When Mueh took over as the Academy's athletic director 10 years ago, the moving process was a bit more simple: he packed everything in his office in the Chemistry Department, "schlepped" it over to the Falcon Athletic Center and unpacked
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