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A basic cadet learns basic responses during cadet inprocessing at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., June 25. Females comprise 20 percent of the Class of 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mike Kaplan) Remembering Inprocessing: Footprints -- the first impression
"Get off my bus!" It's the last command the Basic Cadets of 2013 heard before stepping into the next phase of their lives. Although many may have been relieved to get off the bus, they had no idea what was awaiting them. One basic expressed his relief to "finally get away from that bus," but little did he know what was to come. With 10 or more
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Cadet 2nd Class Nathan Rings addresses a basic cadet during a bus ride from Doolittle Hall to the Cadet Area at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., June 25. Basic cadets are directed to sit with their eyes facing forward at all times while on the bus. (U.S. Air Force photo/Dave Ahlschwede) Remembering Inprocessing: 'Twas the ride of their lives
After the final tears and hugs were exchanged at Doolittle Hall, the Class of 2013 boarded the buses that carried them to the start of their Air Force careers. Once the newly appointed class boarded the buses their military lives began. Seeing others' nervous faces, the basics began their first step of bonding. As a future Academy class, they would
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Basic cadets take their first steps into their Air Force careers as they leave Doolittle Hall and cross over the Memorial Bridge during cadet inprocessing June 25 at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mike Kaplan) Remembering Inprocessing: Day 1 included saying 'goodbye'
June 25, 2009, marked the beginning for more than 1,300 new cadets of the Class of 2013. The beginning of Basic Cadet Training is an enormous shift for the new members of the Long Blue Line, and the impact was visible on all of their faces. Expressions showed anxious anticipation, hope and a fear of the unknown. The same emotions, evident in the
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Default Air Force Logo AFSC Spotlight: Engineer par-excellence
The Academy's Field Engineering and Readiness Laboratory maintains activities throughout the year. It's where you'll find the FERL superintendent and facility manager bridging the gap between theory and practice for cadets. It's a build first, design later, hands-on environment. The Civil Engineering 351 "FERL" program is for cadets majoring in
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SOUTHWEST ASIA – Cadet 1st Class, Harold Parker, United States Air Force Academy, holds the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing Guidon high after finishing the final lap giving the Falcons a victory over Soldiers here July 22. The Falcons finished the seven mile guidon relay race in 36 minutes and 52 seconds. Cadet Parker is a senior at the USAFA, Colo., and hails from Virginia Beach, Va. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Stephen Linch) Cadets relish sweet revenge over Army
They didn't get mad. They got even, and then some. Twelve cadets on an Operation Air Force trip in Southwest Asia were out for revenge at the state of the second grudge match. The cadets were defeated by a mere second in the first 7-mile relay. Before the first contest, the cadets had been traveling for more than 20 hours on the journey from Denver
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Optical equipment lie on a working table Jan. 22 in the Laser and Optics Research Center at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Desiree N. Palacios) Patenting the Future: Academy physicist develops satellite imaging technology
From childhood, most remember singing the song, "Twinkle, twinkle, little star," at one time or another. There's just one problem with this little ditty. "Stars don't twinkle," said Dr. Geoff Andersen, a physicist at the U.S. Air Force Academy. "This is just the effect of atmospheric turbulence on our ability to see into space." This turbulence not
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2009
Academy golfing legend Vic Kregel fondly recalls the Air Force Memorial Bob Hope trophy he captured during a charity golf tournament. The Eisenhower Men's Golf Association named the championship after Mr. Kregel, who began golfing at age 10 in Pennsylvania. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ann Patton) Golfer's life packed with flying, family
Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Mike Gould, his father Carl Gould, and 103 members of the Eisenhower Men's Golf Association were among those who teed off for the Vic Kregel Championship on the Eisenhower Golf Course here Aug. 20. A luncheon followed the 18-hole match in the club house. Named as winner of the championship was John Sova. The guest of
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Janet Edwards has served as the Air Force Academy's mortuary officer since 1992 and has helped more than 900 families through very difficult times. Ms. Edwards also serves as the program manager for the Academy's Base Honor Guard. (U.S. Air Force photo/Dave Ahlschwede) Families blessed with nearly two decades of compassion
For nearly two decades one Academy member has possibly brought more comfort, compassion and peace to hurting families than any other individual. She is a "behind the scenes" kinda girl who doesn't feel comfortable under a spotlight. For those whom she's served, however, she's been a bright and shining star who's provided light and hope for hundreds
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Helen Hunt Falls offers visitors a cool retreat and opportunities to explore the wilderness with nearby trailheads. The falls are named after Helen Hunt Jackson, an advocate for Indian American rights in the late 19th century. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ann Patton) Get Out and Go: City's oldest park a free, fun, cool getaway
North Cheyenne Cañon Park has welcomed human visitors for more than 10,000 years. That includes Ute American Indians who wandered into the area, then miners, ranchers and prospectors, and today Colorado Springs' residents and tourists seek out the cool, sparkling creeks and abundance of shade. The park is anchored on the south by Starsmore
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More than 4,000 cadets gather for lunch inside Mitchell Hall at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., Aug. 10, 2009. A staff of 200 food service professionals prepare nearly 13,000 meals per day for cadets throughout the academic year. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ann Patton) Coordinated effort provides '3 squares' for 4,000 cadets
How 200 or so food service staff members in Mitchell Hall manage to prepare, serve and clear 4,600 breakfasts, 4,500 lunches and up to 3,800 evening meals for hungry cadets during the school year is neither a mystery nor a miracle. "It's a system and a system that works," said dietician Shelly Morales. Veronica Vela, assistant food services chief,
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