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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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Cadet life at the Academy isn’t just about academics; it’s about immersing cadets in a total experience: education, leadership, physical and mental strength. (Elizabeth Copan/U.S. Air Force photo) The essence of USAFA: Immersing cadets in the 'total experience'
Editor's note: This is part three of an eight-part series detailing the essence of the Academy.Cadet life at the Air Force's Academy isn't just about academics and sports; it's about immersing cadets in a total experience: education, leadership, physical and mental strength. The third of eight pillars comprising the Academy's essence or "total
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Default Air Force Logo The Essence of USAFA: Cadet-led committee governs Honor Code process
Editor's note: This is part one of an eight-part series detailing the essence of the Academy."We will not lie, steal or cheat, nor tolerate among us anyone who does." Those words comprise the Air Force Academy's Honor Code, a cornerstone of character and leadership development that forms the first pillar of the Academy's Essence. Cadets in the
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Parachutists with the Air Force Wings of Blue Parachute Competition Team attempt to set a three-point, 32-way college record during a jump competition over Eloy, Ariz. Wings of Blue teams won multiple medals at the competition, held Dec. 28, 2011 to Jan. 2, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo/Lt. Col. Mike Love) The Essence of USAFA: Focusing on air, space, cyberspace
Editor's note: This is part two of an eight-part series detailing the essence of the Academy. The Air Force Mission is to "Fly, Fight and Win...in Air, Space and Cyberspace." For some, that mission alone is enough to take up a profession of arms unlike any other in the world -- and at the Air Force's Academy, cadets embark on a four-year journey to
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Class of 2013 graduates salute during the cadet graduation ceremony at Falcon Stadium here last May. While the Academy’s first graduating class consisted entirely of men, the 2014 graduation class will consist of men and women from a variety of cultures, backgrounds and ethnic dimensions. (Liz Copan/U.S. Air Force photo) USAFA diversity: Challenges and progress
The Air Force defines diversity very broadly, placing valuable emphasis not only on representation based on one's race, gender or ethnic background, but also on the unique and rich perspective that comes from the variety of experiences and beliefs that mark a holistic society. This isn't just the right thing to do, an idealistic reflection of our
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Teresa Beasley is the Air Force Academy's sexual assault response coordinator. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Branum) USAFA SARC discusses sexual coercion
After we received a submission to the Academy Spirit last week about one person's struggle to overcome sexual coercion, I sat down with Teresa Beasley, the Air Force Academy's sexual assault response coordinator, to discuss where it fits in the continuum of sexual assault and how to recognize warning signs of a bad relationship before they escalate
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Renny Strackany, left, a machine technician in the Space Systems Research Center, helps Cadet 1st Class Garret Wilson cut a metal sheet to specifications for the Falcon Satellite project. (Sam Lee/U.S. Air Force photo) Civilian marks 40 years of service at USAFA
In 1974, Academy classes were all male; there weren't any computers, cell phones and free weekends were few and far between. It was the year then-President Gerald Ford spoke at graduation. And it was the year Renny Strackany started work as a machinist in the training devices department.Forty years later, women are not only taking classes at USAFA,
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Retired Lt. Gen. Erwin Rokke (middle), Lt. Col. Candice Pipes and Lt. Col Mario Serna talk about the benefits of undergraduate research collaborations, such as the Colorado Springs Undergraduate Research Forum with Gazette reporter Mike Humphries here April 12. (Amy Gillentine/U.S. Air Force photo) USAFA hosts 11th annual CSURF
More than 250 undergraduates and guests from USAFA, Colorado College and the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs attended the day-long Colorado Springs Undergraduate Research Forum featuring research projects ranging from possible cures for African Sleeping Sickness, effectively testing for synthetic drugs, and the latest research on aerospace
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Newly-minted second lieutenants toss their hats in the air as the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds fly over Falcon Stadium during the Academy’s 2012 graduation ceremony.(U.S. Air Force photo) The Essence of USAFA: Essence document outlines Academy's principles, priorities
What defines an institution's core principles? They're what's left when you cut everything else away.A fiscal year 2015 budget drill, held in the spring of 2013, forced Academy officials to take a close look at what programs fit into the Academy's foremost mission: to educate, train and inspire men and women to become officers of character
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