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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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2014
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
0 11/13
2014
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
0 11/06
2014
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
0 10/30
2014
Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, a former Air Force captain, graduated from the Academy in 1973. Sullenberger received the Outstanding Cadet in Airmanship Award and earned a bachelor's degree in psychology. (U.S. Air Force photo/ courtesy photo)
'Miracle on the Hudson' pilot sits down with cadets
Retired US Airways Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, who saved 155 lives on Flight 1549 after a heroic emergency landing on the Hudson River in 2009, visited the Academy Oct. 20 to hear cadets' thoughts on veteran care.Sullenberger, Class of '73, asked 10 cadets to share their perspectives on the challenges and perception of veterans today, and
0 10/22
2014
(Courtesy photo/Amy Gillentine) Cyber cadet balances competition, life
For Cadet 1st Class Kevin Cooper, cyber competitions are every bit as rewarding as flying."Pilots get this adrenaline rush, but then it's over," he said. "With cyber competitions, you stay busy - it lasts; it's challenging all the time."The Academy senior has been a star performer in the Academy's cyber competition, placing 12th in the National
0 10/22
2014
(Courtesy photo) Experiment seeks to take leadership lessons outside classroom
Many a third-year cadet has asked about the point of learning leadership from a book in a classroom. Now the Behavioral Sciences and Leadership Department is looking to make its leadership course more relevant by moving the lessons out of the classrooms and into the cadet squadrons.The goal of the new experiential learning course, Behavioral
0 10/16
2014
Coyotes are seen regularly at the U.S. Air Force Academy. These sightings will likely increase due to the change in season and young coyotes separating from their family groups, according to Academy experts. (U.S. Air Force photo/John Van Winkle) Coyote watch: Don't feed top-level predator, Academy experts say
Coyote sightings on base will likely increase due to dwindling daylight hours and young coyotes separating from their family groups this time of year, according to Academy experts.As the Academy maintains a stable and healthy coyote population, staff and residents need to keep their distance from the top deer fawn predator and not feed wildlife
0 10/15
2014
Cadet 3rd Class Dominic Celiano (left), presents his automated remote control car during the International Diligent Design Contest in Shanghai, China, this summer. Celiano took a toy car, added motors to drive the wheels, mounted various sensors to it, and developed a control algorithm to allow the car to follow a set path and avoid obstacles. The cadet's project earned 10th place in the contest. (Courtesy photo) Cadet competes in international design competition
Cadet 4th Class Dominic Celiano was not like most fourth class cadets in January.Instead of counting down the days until Recognition, he attended the Air Force Academy's Automata Club meetings where he learned about the Digilent Design Contest, a competition where students present their digital design or electrical engineering projects to industry
0 10/15
2014
Cadet 4th Class R. Hunter Ward, pictured here on the Air Force Academy Terrazzo, was named the Civil Air Patrol's Airman of the Year for 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Branum) Civil Air Patrol's top cadet adapts to Air Force Academy life
A few months into his freshman year at the Air Force Academy, the Civil Air Patrol's 2014 national cadet of the year has settled in nicely.Cadet 4th Class Hunter Ward received the award during the CAP National Conference in Las Vegas Aug. 16, but he found out in May that he'd been selected."I was just speechless," he said. "It was unreal. I knew I
0 10/10
2014
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