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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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2010
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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2010
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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2010
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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2010
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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2010
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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2010
Cadets 1st Class Caleb Becker (left) and Ben Saunders discuss field conditions with Mike Wehrmann, Falcon Stadium manager. Here, the three examine a cross section of the artificial turf on the field. The cadets? research project found that the heating system that mitigates ice from the field before game time only needs to be turned on for 24 hours as opposed to a week before a cold weather game. Cadet research benefits Falcon Stadium
Two cadets majoring in mechanical engineering devoted their senior capstone research project to studying the heating system under the synthetic turf football field of Falcon Stadium. Cadets 1st Class Caleb Becker and Ben Saunders simulated the functioning of the heating system in order to determine the minimum amount of time the heater would need
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2010
Senior Airman Jacob Heine familiarizes Andy Miller with an M-4 rifle during Operation Junior Deployer at the Air Force Academy May 1, 2010. Airman Heine is a patroller with the Academy's 10th Security Forces Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Don Branum) Children 'deploy' to Usafastan
For about 200 members of the Academy community, Saturday started with a 7 a.m. wake-up call from the Command Center. By 9:30 a.m., they filled the predeployment center on the south side of the base to receive safety and cultural awareness briefings, set up allotments to their family members back home and get vaccinations. An hour later, they
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2010
Default Air Force Logo Academy NCO wins Levitow Award from Vosler NCO Academy
The NCO in charge of command career enhancement programs for the Air Force Academy staff here received the John Levitow Award when she graduated from the Vosler NCO Academy at Peterson Air Force Base April 8.Tech. Sgt. Tiffany Smith was the top graduate among 125 mid-level NCOs who graduated from the NCO Academy's Class 10-3."It's humbling and an
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2010
Second Lt. Joshua Meents navigates the Ropes Course at the U.S. Air Force Academy April 15, 2010. Lieutenant Meents visited the Academy to speak at the Spring 2010 Falcon Heritage Forum, which was themed, Officers of Character: Lieutenants in Action." He is assigned to the 53rd Electronic Warfare Group, Detachment 1, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. (U.S. Air Force photo/Bill Evans) Recent graduates speak at Spring 2010 Falcon Heritage Forum
Not far removed from the Academy, 40 graduates from the classes of 2006-2009 shared insights and challenges of life in the active-duty Air Force during the April 14-16 Falcon Heritage Forum.The forum, themed "Officers of Character: Lieutenants in Action," included a cadet squadron-hosted dinner, formal presentations and interactive mentoring. "The
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