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Chief Master Sgt. Stephen Ludwig in September 2013. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Carol Lawrence) USAFA command chief to retire after 30-year career: Chief Master Sgt. Stephen Ludwig on retirement, his 'family of Airmen'
Chief Master Sgt. Stephen Ludwig, the Academy's command chief and top-enlisted Airmen, is stepping-down to retire later this year after more than 30 years of military service. His official retirement ceremony is today in Arnold Hall at 10:30 a.m., but in many ways, he said he'll never leave the Air Force."For me, the Air Force is a family, an
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The USAFA Cadet Honor Guard stands at modified parade rest during the Academy's Homecoming Retreat Ceremony Sept. 19, 2008. (U.S. Air Force/Courtesy Photo) The Essence of USAFA: The Air Force professional culture
Editor's note: This is part seven of an eight-part series detailing the essence of the Academy.The Air Force's Academy offers potential cadets a commissioning source unlike any other in the Air Force to fulfill its mission of educating, training and inspiring men and women to become officers of character, said the Academy's Superintendent, Lt. Gen.
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Cadet 3rd Class Jared Hafich carries a mannequin representing an injured pilot toward a safehouse as other cadets in his fire team provide cover during a training exercise in Jacks Valley's mobile operations in urban terrain training area Aug. 13, 2011. Hafich and the others, all members of the Air Force Academy's cadet combat shooting team, undertook the training as part of a commandant of cadets initiative called Polaris Warrior. Soldiers from Fort Carson's 10th Special Forces Group provided the training. Hafich is assigned to Cadet Squadron 28. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Branum) The Essence of USAFA: Internalizing the Air Force Ethos
Editor's note: This is part six of an eight-part series detailing the essence of the Academy.Military training here isn't simply designed to run cadets ragged. Instead, it prepares them for real combat and helps them develop a mindset, driving them through the most trying times. The sixth component in the Academy's essence, derived from a Defense
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2nd Lt. Blake Jones (left) poses with his sister, Navy Ensign Madison Jones, after graduating from the Academy May 28, 2014. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Liz Copan) Family, service and sacrifice: Siblings graduate from 3 different service academies
For the Jones siblings from Woodlands, Texas, although very different from one another, each chose the same path of service as they entered adulthood -- becoming Army, Navy and Air Force officers.Army Capt. Brooke Jones, 27, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 2009, Ensign Madison Jones, 23, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy last year,
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Default Air Force Logo Academy alumnus joins presidential advisory commission
(AFNS) -- With family, friends and co-workers in the audience, the Air Force District of Washington executive officer sat among a group of leaders in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community waiting to be sworn into the President's Advisory Commission on AAPIs, May 6.The swearing-in took place at a ceremony hosted by the U.S. Department of
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Academy cadets compete against each other during the annual Wing Open boxing competition. Competing is one of the eight pillars of the Essence of USAFA, which allows cadets to enhance their determination, demands commitment and teaches life lessons that will build skills and resiliency while shaping cadets into more capable leaders. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Liz Copan) The Essence of USAFA: Developing an indomitable spirit
Editor's note: This is part five of an eight-part series detailing the essence of the Academy.The Academy's top-officer says competition is pivotal to the growth of all cadets and an integral element of what the institution defines as its essence, the indefinable character and commitment of every cadet."One of the eight key components of our
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Upperclass Cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy have the opportunity to spend one of their summer sessions in Cyber 256, Basic Cyber Operations, a new course that rounds out the training regimen designed to fit the Air Force mission of fighting and winning in air, space and cyberspace. The course is intended to spark cadets’ interest in pursuing more in-depth work in computer science.    (U.S. Air Force Photo/Raymond McCoy) The Essence of USAFA: Courses blend technical, legal expertise
Editor's note: This is part four of an eight-part series detailing the essence of the Academy.Space systems operators don't work in a vacuum -- at least, not a legal one.The Air Force Academy offers classes on U.S. space policy and cyberspace law for cadets majoring in either of those technical fields as well as those majoring in law or social
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Lt. Col. David Richie (Col. Martin France/U.S. Air Force photo) Academy professor named Engineering Educator of the Year
The deputy director of operations for the Astronautics Department here was named the 2014 Engineering Educator of the Year by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and will be honored May 22 during a banquet in Lone Tree. Lt. Col. David Richie, also an assistant professor of Astronautics here, will receive the college-level award
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Retired Col. Don Mueller shakes hands with Falcon Baseball player Nathan Stanford here. Mueller, and his wife Pat, are longtime supporters of the Academy and have sponsored countless Falcon Baseball players since the early 80s. (Courtesy photo) Take me out to the ballgame: Couple honored for 25 years of service to Academy baseball, cadets
A Colorado Springs couple was honored during the Falcons baseball game May 10 for their sponsorship of countless players and unconditional support to the team since the early '80s.Retired Col. Don Mueller threw the first pitch and he and his wife, Pat, were presented a framed Air Force jersey and plaque during the pregame ceremony by head baseball
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Academy Spirit Staff Writer Don Branum was recognized as the Defense Department's Civilian Communicator of the Year April 25. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Carol Lawrence) Best in the business: Spirit writer named DOD's 'Communicator of the Year'
A Public Affairs reporter proved the pen is indeed mightier than the sword when he won the Defense Department's 2013 Civilian Communicator of the Year Award April 25."I was out of the office the day the awards were announced, so the first I heard of it was when Lt. Col. Brus Vidal (Academy Public Affairs office director) called to congratulate me,"
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