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President Dwight D. Eisenhower (seated) shakes hands with Secretary of the Air Force Harold E. Talbott April 1, 1954, after signing legislation authorizing the establishment of the U.S. Air Force Academy. Looking on (from left) are Congressman Karl Vinton, of Georgia; Gen. Nathan F. Twining, Air Force chief of staff; Congressman Dewey Short, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee; James H. Douglas, undersecretary of the Air Force, and Lt. Gen. Hubert R. Harmon, special assistant for the Academy. (U.S. Air Force Academy McDermott Library Archives) Celebrating the Air Force Academy's 60th anniversary
April 1, 1954, is considered the U.S. Air Force Academy's birthday, the beginning of its distinguished history of achievement and contributions to the nation. On that momentous date 60 years ago, with prominent Congressional and Air Force leaders looking on, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed Public Law 325, 83rd Congress, 2nd Session, formally
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U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet 2nd Class Warren Saunders launches an RQ-11B Raven Small Unmanned Aircraft System during an initial qualification training course June 5, 2013 at Choctaw Airfield, Fla. The Raven is a lightweight, low-altitude SUAS, which can provide real-time imagery directly to the user. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie Holochwost) Leaping into the ‘now’: Cadets team with technology experts to help RPAs navigate bad weather
Thanks to an ongoing collaboration between Defense Department contractors, the Air Force and the Academy, progress is now being made on a problem that's plagued the remotely piloted aircraft community for more than a decade: how to make the aircraft less vulnerable to bad weather. The Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
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Cadet 1st Class Lindsay Johnson, a Wings of Blue team member, is seen here parachuting. Wings of Blue celebrates it's 50th anniversary May 16. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo) Women's History Month: A cadet's perspective
Editor's note: March is Women's History Month, an annual event celebrated at the Academy and across the nation to highlight the achievements and success of women. This is the second story in a two-part series showcasing women at Academy. This week's report features Cadet 1st Class Lindsay Johnson who will graduate in May. Johnson, 22, hails from
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Chief Master Sgt. Stephanie Lewis, 10th Medical Group superintendent (U.S. Air Force photo) Women's History Month: A chief's perspective
(Editor's note: March is Women's History Month, an annual event celebrated at the U.S. Air Force Academy and across the nation to highlight the achievement and success of women. This is the first story in a two-part series showcasing women at the Academy. This report features Chief Master Sgt. Stephanie Lewis, the superintendent of the 10th Medical
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Carlos Cruz-Gonzalez (left), the Academy's director for installations, briefs Lt. Gen. Michelle D. Johnson, the Academy superintendent, and Thomas Berry (right), the Center for Character and Leadership Development's deputy director, on the status of the CCLD's construction here in September. The facility's ongoing construction is funded by a combination of private donors and appropriated funds. (Air Force photo) Center for Character and Leadership Development tower a visible symbol of donors' contributions
Construction will soon begin on the most visible and symbolic component of the Air Force Academy's Center for Character and Leadership Development: an angled skylight tower designed so that its vertex points toward the sky at a 38.83-degree angle, toward Polaris.The skylight tower and many of the internal furnishings, including state-of -the-art,
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Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger, commander of Air Force Materiel Command, spoke at the 2014 National Character and Leadership Symposium here Feb. 28. (U.S. Air Force Photo) AFMC commander shares leadership perspective
The commander of Air Force Materiel Command signed a lot of autographs last week.Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger, who still has the copy of the Contrails handbook she received after she entered the Air Force Academy in June 1976, is now featured in Contrails as a graduate of distinction, in no small part because she's the first woman to reach the rank of
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Cadet 3rd Class Audrey Springer Cadet returns to USAFA after ski accident
Everyone has good days and bad days. In that respect, Cadet 3rd Class Audrey Springer is no different from her classmates in Cadet Squadron 17. What sets her apart is a spirit of determination that has brought her back to the Air Force Academy a year after a near-fatal skiing accident."I've wanted to be a pilot since I was 3," Springer said. "My
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Second Lieutenant Lelia Abdulrazaq, from Nigeria, started her Air Force career as an enlisted Airman but took advantage of the Leaders Encouraging Airman Developing program to attend the Academy Prep School, become a cadet, and eventually serve in the Academy Admissions office where she advises possible future officers. (Air Force photo) Academy officer takes the 'LEAD,' joins Long Blue Line
An Academy officer started her career as an enlisted Airman but thanks to a commissioning program, is now a second lieutenant serving in the Academy Admissions office where she counsels possible future officers.More than six years ago, Airman Lelia Abdulrazaq realized during a combat dining-in that she wanted to join "The Long Blue Line." The-then
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Cadet 2nd Class James Gehring of the Academy Flying Team was one of two cadets to safely land a T-51A here after its radios caught fire at an altitude of 500 feet during a July 2013 training mission. Gehring, along with Cadet 1st Class Stefan Morell, received the Air Force Chief of Safety Aviation Well Done Award, the Air Education and Training Director of Safety Annual Aircrew of Distinction Award, the AETC Aviation Safety Well Done Award and the Air Force Recognition Ribbon for his actions. (Air Force photo)  

In-flight emergency: Cadets safely land after aircraft's radios catch fire
Two Academy Flying Team cadets relied on their instincts and training to safely land their T-51A after its radios caught fire 500 feet in the air. On July 9, 2013, Cadet 1st Class Stefan Morell and Cadet 2nd Class James Gehring had been flying for about 90 minutes on a training sortie and were close to landing when thick, acrid smoke surged into
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A cadet gets her eyes checked at the Academy's Warfighter Refractive Surgery Center Feb. 11. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Carol Lawrence) Seeing is believing at USAFA eye clinic
(Editor's note: In the original version of this story, we incorrectly stated the Warfighter Refractive Eye Center as being part of the 10th Medical Support Squadron. The eye center's parent unit is the 10th Surgical Operations Squadron)When Charles Rose had laser eye surgery here at age 38, Academy eye surgeons gave him vision he never had
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