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The Pathways to Excellence is an initiative from Air Force Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle D. Johnson designed to integrate various mission elements' efforts to improve the Academy experience. (Original U.S. Air Force photo/Bill Evans) Pathways to Excellence team envisions changes to improve cadets' schedules
How many days are in a week? If you're involved with scheduling cadet activities here, the answer is "two."But the Air Force Academy is now examining whether the M-day, T-day schedule it's used for 60 years should be replaced. Dr. Dave LaRivee leads the seven-person Pathways to Excellence team, which is looking at scheduling and other possible
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Janae Passalaqna, far left, a teacher at East High School in Pueblo, Colo., and Betty Lee, far right, a retired teacher, listen in as Cadets 3rd Class Casey Evans and Warren Metcalf explain the specifics of 3D printing at the Public Broadcasting Service at Colorado State University – Pueblo, Oct. 24, 2014. The cadets helped Passalaqna and Lee host Homework Hotline, which allows school-aged children to call in with homework-related questions. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Rachel Hammes) 'One kid at a time': Cadet STEM Club is committed to community
Nine hundred forty six hours. In the life of a U.S. Air Force Academy cadet that time could be spent studying, on the athletic fields or catching up on sleep.But for 470 cadets in the Cadet STEM Club - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics - it's the amount of time they spend annually at area schools, science fairs and robotics
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Then-1st Lt. Benjamin Garland stands with Ronnie Hillman (21) and Montee Ball (38) as he listens to the National Anthem Aug 24, 2013, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium, Denver, Colo. Garland, who originally entered the National Football League in 2010 after graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy, was on the Bronco’s reserve/military list while fulfilling his active-duty obligations in the Air Force. In 2012 Garland joined the Colorado Air National Guard and made the Broncos practice squad as a defensive lineman and is competing this season to make the 53 man final roster. Garland is a Denver Broncos Offensive Guard and 140th Wing public affairs officer. (Air National Guard photo/Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf) 
UPDATE: USAFA grad's path to success: Ben Garland wins Denver Broncos' 2014 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award
(This feature is part of the "Through Airmen's Eyes" series on AF.mil. These stories focus on a single Airman, highlighting their Air Force story.)Many young kids have hopes and dreams of doing something amazing when they grow up. Many want to be an astronaut, or a police officer. Others may want to serve in the armed forces or become a
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(Courtesy photo) Starting a discussion: Reading group analyzes sexual assault in historical context
For the past three months, Academy instructors and staff have tackled a tough topic through text derived thousands of years ago.Personnel from the basic sciences, social sciences and humanities divisions here meet twice a month in Fairchild Hall to analyze and discuss how sexual assault is portrayed through Greek literature and how it can be used
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A cadet skies down the mountain at Keystone Resort Nov. 22 during a trip with the recreational ski club here. The cadet-run club offers weekly trips November-March, presenting cadets the opportunity to ski or snowboard affordably, meet new people and take on a new hobby. (U.S. Air Force/Courtesy Photo) 
Ski club offers new skills, Colorado adventure to cadets
One way cadets can get away and experience the mountains this winter is by hitting the slopes with the recreational ski club here.The cadet-run club offers weekly trips November-March, presenting cadets the opportunity to ski or snowboard affordably, meet new people and take on a new hobby."When you're on the mountain you're not thinking about the
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Ranger Assessment Course students are sprayed with a hose at the Municipal Pool, Las Vegas, Oct. 2, 2014. The RAC is meant to assess Airmen to determine if they are strong students for the U.S. Army Ranger School. Many students have difficulty with the course due to the lack of sleep, food, and operating for 22 hours a day all while staying focused on the task at hand. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler) Academy ‘defender’ completes Ranger Assessment Course
A long, silent line of men march in darkness late one night in October on a training range at Creech Air Field, Indian Springs, Nev., carrying 60 to 70 pounds of tactical gear under the blaze of a starry sky.Senior Airman Joseph Massoglia, a 10th Security Forces Squadron evaluator at the Academy, marches with them. There is little sound but the
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Chief Master Sgt. Maxwell Grindstaff poses for a photograph in his Harmon Hall office here July 16. He replaces soon-to-be-retired Chief Master Sgt. Stephen Ludwig as the Academy’s command chief. (U.S. Air Force/Carol Lawrence)  Taking care of Airmen: How Air Force mental health services helped an Academy leader
Chief Master Sgt. Max Grindstaff, the Academy's command chief, said taking advantage of Air Force mental health support services helps him cope today with the deaths of nine Americans he served with in Kabul, Afghanistan."I sought counseling because I needed it," the chief said. "If I feel like I still need it, I'm going back. I owe it to my fellow
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Academy cadets pose near the Royal Palace in Phom Penh, Cambodia, this summer. The team, led by Col. Marty France, Astronautics Department head, traveled to Cambodia through the Academy's cultural immersion program. (Courtesy photo) Academy's international programs bring education, diversity to life
International education programs not only allow Academy cadets here to study different languages and cultures in different pockets of the world, but also allow them to cultivate foreign relationships that track back 45 years.Through the Office of International Programs (DFIP) in the Academy's foreign languages department, cadets can apply to
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Academy Cadets 1st Class Max Johnson and Kyle Morse repack an airdrop practice model here created by a 2014 capstone project team working to mathematically model wind shear and speed to decrease the cost and increase the accuracy of combat zone airdrops. (U.S. Air Force photo) Academy cadets work to improve airdrop accuracy, aircrew communication
When Academy cadets become pilots, engineers or logisticians, they will know their research here helped make several positive changes for aircrews, their planes and ground troops.Cadets and faculty in the Behavioral Sciences and Management Departments are working to improve air support crew communication and the accuracy of airdrops through
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Second Lt. Holley Macpherson, 320th Missile Squadron deputy missile combat crew commander, poses outside the 90th Operations Group Oct. 20, 2014. Recently, Macpherson pulled her first alert in a launch control center in the F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., Missile Complex , where she and a crew commander monitored the ICBM mission in their flight area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jason Wiese) Academy grad pulls first missile alert
(This feature is part of the "Through Airmen's Eyes" series on AF.mil. These stories focus on a single Airman, highlighting their Air Force story.)Every career begins with a first day on the job. Everyone has been the newbie at some point.So it goes in the world of nuclear deterrence.Early October, 2nd Lt. Holley Macpherson, a 320th Missile
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