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2008 U.S. Air Force Academy grad and Lackland Warhawk team captain Tim Anderson drives the baseline April 10, 2010, against the combined Fort Lee/Fort Meade All Stars during the opening round of the inaugural National Military Men's Basketball Championship Tournament at Lackland Air Force base, Texas.  The Army All-Stars won, 106-96. But, led by Anderson's all-around play, Lackland won its next four games in the losers bracket of the double-elimination tourney to reach the title round. (U.S. Air Force photo/Robbin Cresswell) Winning ways follow '08 grad
Everywhere Tim Anderson has laced up a pair of basketball sneakers, he's been a winner.As a senior guard at Franklin High School in El Paso, Texas, he led his team to a 26-7 record while averaging 23 points per game, on his way to earning Most Valuable Player honors for the city and district of El Paso, plus a second-team all-state selection.While
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Basic cadets get rowdy during Air Force Academy/Family Day at the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo July 17, 2010. The rodeo was basic cadets' first chance to relax and enjoy ice cream, nachos and corn dogs since they began Basic Cadet Training June 24. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mike Kaplan) Doolies enjoy down day at rodeo
The Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo and the Air Force Academy Class of 2014 are on opposite ends of the age spectrum.In the working world, the 70-year-old rodeo would be a few years past retirement age. Nevertheless, the fresh-faced doolies and the wizened old Westerners made for an ideal pairing Saturday at the Norris-Penrose Event Center as the rodeo
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Teachers Claude Watters, center, and Emily Anderson launch their Estes rocket during a three-day Space Technology Applications Reaching Students teacher training workshop July 9, 2010. Mr. Watters is a teacher with The Classical Academy in Academy School District 20. Ms. Anderson is a teacher at Sierra High School in Harrison School District 2. (U.S. Air Force photo/Julie Imada) Program helps teachers reach for STARS
Here's what happens when you let 14 high school teachers loose at the Air Force Academy: they set off rockets and play with inflatable globes. And the plan is for it to rub off on their students.Last week's intensive three-day seminar was the inaugural session of Space Technology Applications Reaching Students, or STARS. It's boot camp for
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Cadets with the Class of 2014 march along an unpaved road in Jacks Valley at the Air Force Academy July 11, 2010. The class has adopted the motto "Like a Machine" in the three weeks since inprocessing. (U.S. Air Force photo/Bill Evans) Class of '14 rolls out to Jacks Valley
A journey of 4½ miles begins with two words: "Forward, HARCH!"With those words, spoken July 11 at 6:45 a.m., the Class of 2014 began its transition from the first phase of Basic Cadet Training to "Second Beast," which entails about three weeks of military training and team-building. Basic cadets, led by Vice Superintendent Col. Tamra Rank, 10th Air
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Volunteers perform dental surgery on a child during a Judith Lombeida Medical Foundation mission to Ecuador in April 2009. The foundation is named after Col. (Dr.) Judith Lombeida, who died in a car accident in 2006. The next Lombeida Foundation mission is scheduled for September. (photo courtesy of Mark Backlin) Lombeida Foundation continues mission after dr.'s death
Even after rising to the rank of colonel and Academy chief neurologist, Dr. Judith Lombeida never lost her inner child. She jumped into tag games with the neighbor kids. She was full of mischievous pranks. She preserved the spark of her childhood as well as the love of her native Ecuador, where she regularly took part in medical missions. That is,
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During a recent visit to Buenos Aires, Argentina, Maj. Sean Baerman and his wife, Mandy, familiarized themselves with their soon-to-be new city. The major was one of 17 military officers selected by the George and Carol Olmsted Foundation to be a student in Olmsted Scholar Class of 2011. The couple, along with their three-year-old son Teague, will spend the next few years living in Buenos Aires as Major Baerman completes a Masters of International Relations at the University of Belgrano. (courtesy photo) '99 graduate, family head to Argentina through Olmsted Scholar program
An A-10C Thunderbolt II pilot assigned to the 358th Fighter Squadron here was one of 17 military officers selected by the George and Carol Olmsted Foundation to be a student in Olmsted Scholar Class of 2011.Maj. Sean Baerman, a 1999 graduate of the Air Force Academy, will move with his family to Buenos Aires in June and will spend the next eight
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First soprano and then-Cadet 2nd Class Jill Larson takes center stage as soloist during the Cadet Chorale?s annual rendition of Handel?s ?Messiah? in December 2008. Cadet Larson, a native of Dodge City, Kan., graduated and received her commission May 26, 2010, and will attend intelligence officer school. (U.S. Air Force photo/Cadet 3rd Class Jami Larson) Kan. native spreads musical wings
Cadet 1st Class Jill Larson hesitated about coming to the Academy in 2007, unsure whether she would have the opportunity to sing, but the Dodge City, Kan., native and Academy Preparatory School graduate was happy to be proven wrong.Music has given the Falcons and Kansas Jayhawks fan an outlet from the rigors of cadet responsibilities. Even in Basic
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Lt. Col. Derek Routt helps Dr. David Benke familiarize himself with the cockpit of the No. 7 Thunderbirds jet, an F-16 Fighting Falcon, on the flightline at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., May 23, 2010. Colonel Routt flew Dr. Benke on a "Hometown Hero" incentive flight as a gesture of gratitude for Dr. Benke's actions taking down an active shooter at Deer Creek Middle School in Littleton, Colo., in February. The Thunderbirds are the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, based at Nellis AFB, Nev. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Don Branum) Colorado hero flies with Thunderbirds
A math teacher who subdued an active shooter at Deer Creek Middle School Feb. 23 flew in the cockpit of an F-16 Fighting Falcon over the Air Force Academy, Peterson Air Force Base and Colorado Springs May 23.Dr. David Benke's act of heroism and 33 years of service to his community as a math teacher in public schools were showcased by
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The class ring for the Air Force Academy's Class of 2010. (U.S. Air Force image) Class of 2010 crest embodies graduates' unity, pride
The Class of 2010 has proven itself worthy of the motto, "Strength Within." Our class crest symbolizes this internal strength, and as we wear our rings, we will continue to embody the strength that we gain from the experience, good and bad, that the Academy has given us. Pain is a part of the process; no one said getting stronger would be easy.
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Staff Sgt. Shante Lopez (right) and Senior Airman Austin Hess (left) carry a Soldier on a litter from an aeromedical evacuation area at Forward Operating Base Ghazni, Afghanistan, April 22, 2010. Sergeant Lopez is deployed from the 10th Medical Group at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. JT May III) Downrange: Academy NCO cares for locals, warfighters
A surgical services technician with the 10th Medical Group didn't know what to expect when she deployed with the 655th Forward Surgery Team in Afghanistan two months ago. However, she quickly learned that at least some of the local population harbors no love for Americans in the country.During Staff Sgt. Shante Lopez's first month downrange, her
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