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LeRoy Homer, seen here in his Class of 1987 Air Force Academy yearbook photo, was the first officer on United 93 when it was hijacked Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo) ALO shares memory of United 93 co-pilot
On the day of remembrance that is Sept. 11, certain memories are etched into the American psyche. But others are uniquely personal.One of the latter recurs profoundly in the mind of Air Force Academy grad Paul Adams, now a pilot for Southwest Airlines and Academy Liaison Officer. The morning of Sept. 11, 2001, an Academy classmate of Adams', LeRoy
0 9/15
2010
Chaplain (Capt.) Zebulon Beck is the Air Force Academy's Mormon chaplain and a native of Utah. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Don Branum) Academy's Mormon chaplain has name recognition
The Air Force Academy's Mormon chaplain shares his first name with a Colorado legend, but he's making a name for himself at the Air Force Academy for different reasons thanks to his new job and the fact that he's something of a rarity.Chaplain (Capt.) Zebulon Beck is the second Mormon chaplain at the Academy, and he fills a void that has existed
0 9/10
2010
(Then) Cadet Antoine Hood drives the lane during a game against the University of Las Vegas during his junior year at the Air Force Academy.  Hood, now a captain with the 919th Special Operations Wing had a celebrated college basketball career at the Air Force Academy from 2002-2006, but has yet to realize his dream of playing in the NBA.  With his active-duty commitment now complete, the reservist says he’s ready to take the next step and make that dream a reality.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Robert W. Valenca) '06 grad has shot to make NBA
For one Air Force reservist, the dream of flight isn't pulling Gs in a fighter but leaping toward the basket over the hardwood court of an NBA arena.So far, the dream has been barely out of reach for Capt. Antoine Hood, but he continues to pursuit of being a professional basketball player."I'm currently being pursued by a few organizations," said
0 9/02
2010
Air Force Academy 2010 graduate Ben Garland plays on the Denver Broncos' defensive line during leave and days off. He signed with the Broncos as a free agent in April. If signed, he may apply for early release and join the Air National Guard or Air Force Reserve. (U.S. Air Force photo/John Van Winkle) Broncos add 'air power' to defensive lineup
The Denver Broncos have added a little airpower to their defense during their 2010 training camp in the form of an Air Force Academy second lieutenant.Ben Garland, a 2010 graduate of the Air Force Academy, has been spending his leave and days off as a Denver Broncos defensive lineman, after being signed by the team as a free agent in April.A native
0 9/01
2010
Staff Sgt. Candice Fagan (right, foreground) leads a Tops in Blue song during the group's concert in the Air Force Academy's Arnold Hall Theater Aug. 22, 2010. Sergeant Fagan is a native of Waldorf, Md., and an intelligence analyst with the 82nd Reconnaissance Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Don Branum) Tops in Blue brings show to Academy
The Air Force performing unit Tops in Blue brought its show to the Arnold Hall Theater here for two shows Saturday and Sunday.Cadets got to watch a show Saturday night, and the local community turned out to fill the theater for the Sunday afternoon performance. "This is the second-best Tops in Blue ever," said Mike Egan, a member of the 1953 Tops
0 8/24
2010
From left: 13-year-old Caitlyn Hepworth, Master Sgt. Adam Rodriguez and Gen Hepworth clean up part of the Woodmen Trail in Colorado Springs, Colo., Aug. 21, 2010 as part of a Falcon 5/6 volunteer effort. Mrs. Hepworth is the wife of Staff Sgt. Chad Hepworth, who is assigned to the Air Force Academy's Commandant of Cadets staff. Sergeant Rodriguez is the superintendent of Global Engagement for the commandant's staff. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Don Branum) Falcon 5/6 gives back by taking away
About 30 volunteers with the Falcon 5/6 gave back to a community in northwest Colorado Springs by taking things away Saturday.Crews cleaned up several bags worth of weeds and garbage from the West Woodmen Trail, a 2-mile-long gravel path that runs along the south side of Woodmen Road between Raven Hills Road and Woodmen Valley Park."I came out to
0 8/23
2010
Billie Evans looks at her reflection in a chrome panel of one of the fire trucks on display at the Air Force Academy Fire Department's open house Aug. 14, 2010, at Fire Station 1. (U.S. Air Force photo/Bill Evans) Community flocks to Fire Dept. open house
Spectators came to the Academy in droves Saturday to attend the Academy Fire Department's annual open house at Fire Station No. 1.The weather for the event couldn't have been better, and families soaked up rays, free goodies and leisure time.Most of the spectators for the skill demonstrations sat in the shaded portions of the grassy slope outside
0 8/19
2010
From right: Cadets 4th Class Paige Shirley and Michael Armour and other fourth-class cadets run the strips between classes while carrying their backpacks in their hands at the Air Force Academy Aug. 10, 2010. The Dean of Faculty plans to explore how replacing traditional textbooks with e-books might unencumber cadets. (U.S. Air Force photo/Johnny Wilson) Could e-books lighten cadets' loads?
Cadets who currently lug around bags stuffed with bulky books may one day be able to lighten their loads considerably.Curriculum directors here plan to explore the possibility of replacing traditional textbooks with e-books, but while the idea has loads of intriguing potential, it also carries some drawbacks.As the Academy proceeds with the e-book
0 8/19
2010
Cadet 4th Class Brontavious Railey interacts with actors during the "Sex Signals" play at the Air Force Academy's Arnold Hall Theater Aug. 13, 2010. Cadet Railey is assigned to Cadet Squadron 23. (U.S. Air Force photo/Bill Evans) New cadets learn about 'Sex Signals'
Fourth-class cadets might have felt a little higher on the Academy totem pole for an hour and a quarter the evening of Aug. 13.The Class of 2014 attended the "Sex Signals" theatrical presentation, which is part of the Academy's training to raise awareness about sexual assault.It cast an examining eye on the often-confusing gray area surrounding
0 8/19
2010
Cadets 2nd Class Lindsey Heath and Brendan Maestas stop to talk between classes in Fairchild Hall Aug. 10, 2010, during the first full week of the 2010-2011 school year at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. Cadet Heath is assigned to Cadet Squadron 01, and Cadet Maestas is assigned to CS 40. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mike Kaplan) Cadet Wing goes back to school
Most college students are familiar with shopping for books, hitting the library and studying in dorm rooms after class. But how many college students run to class, march in formation to lunch or have their dormitories inspected on weekends?At the Air Force Academy, the answer is, about 4,400.Before cadets here learn anything else, they have to
0 8/12
2010
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