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Second Lt. Amanda Tamosuinas (left) and Cadet 2nd Class Alexis Tamosuinas (right) present their sister, Cadet 4th Class Ava Tamosuinas, with her shoulder boards following the Acceptance Parade at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo., Aug. 4, 2009. Lieutenant Tamosuinas, a 2008 Academy graduate, is assigned to the 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ann Patton) Sisters bring unique talents to Academy
Three daughters. Three sisters. Three in the U.S. Air Force Academy's long blue line. Second Lt. Amanda Tamosuinas, Class of 2008, joined sister Cadet 2nd Class Alexis Tamosuinas Wednesday to welcome their sister Cadet 4th Class Ava Tamosuinas into the Cadet Wing during Acceptance ceremonies on Stillman Field. The more senior Tamosuinas sisters
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The sandstone spires shown here earned this region just west of Colorado Springs the name "Garden of the Gods" shortly after it was discovered in 1859. Today, Garden of the Gods park receives more than 1.7 million visitors per year to its nature trails and visitor center. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ann Patton) Get Out and Go: Garden of the Gods a mix of geology, biology, culture
Two Colorado surveyors set out to locate the site for a new town, to be named Colorado City, in 1859. During their scouting ventures, the two came upon an astounding area of sandstone formations. One surveyor suggested it would be a "capital place for a beer garden." The other replied, "Beer garden? Why, this is a fit place for the gods to
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Airman 1st Class Sabrina Hibbens poses for a photograph with Afghani civilians while deployed in support of American special forces in western Afghanistan's Uruzgan and North Helmand provinces. (U.S. Air Force photo) USAFA Downrange: Academy medic experiences life-changing moments
An Academy medical technician with two years in the Air Force has found herself supporting U.S. Special Forces in Afghanistan's western Uruzgan and North Helmand provinces. "I volunteered for this deployment," said Airman 1st Class Sabrina Hibbens, who is deployed from the 10th Medical Group here. "I always say that you can't just let things
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More than 200 enlisted Airmen took to the outfield at Coors Field in Denver April 10 to display the Stars and Stripes during pre-game ceremonies. Once fully unfurled, the flag was the size of a football field. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ken Carter) Old Glory's stars, Airmen's stripes enhance Rockies' home opener
More than 60 Academy enlisted members joined other Colorado-based military members, as well as Denver police and firefighters, in a patriotic tribute during the Colorado Rockies 2009 season home opener at Coors Field in Denver April 10. The U.S. military's rendition of the Mile High salute was provided by a combination of Soldiers from Fort Carson,
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Cadet for a Day Joe Hayford signals to his family as he prepares for an aero club flight during his visit to the Air Force Academy April 10.  Organized through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Joe was sponsored by cadet squadron 4 during his visit. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mike Kaplan) Clouds lift for Cadet for a Day
For eight years, Academy cadets have been making wishes come true for ill youngsters. They made it happen again April 9 through Saturday when Joe Hayford, 13, became the newest Cadet for a Day through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. "His eyes were huge, and he never quit smiling," said Wish volunteer Maggie Appenzeller. Accompanying Joe was his
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Hot air balloons on the the Terrazzo during Cadet Jamboree XIV made for a unique sight with vendors and participants traveling from as far as Albuquerque, N.M., to participate. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ken Carter) Cadet jamboree bigger, better than ever
Academy Concerts pulled no punches Wednesday evening by delivering a knock-out 2009 Cadet Jamboree, the biggest in the event's 14-year history, on the Terrazzo May 20. Some 80 cadets from the cadet entertainment club and members of the cadet wing helped support with load in, game support and clean-up. A host of entertainment featured four bands
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Master Sgt. Greg Meinert digs at a revovery site in Vietnam. Dirt is sent to screening sections, where workers scour the dirt for human remains. (U.S. Air Force photo) Assignment Vietnam: Returning remains is Job 1
Past Vietnam recovery specialist Master Sgt. Greg Meinert returned to the Academy in mid-April from scouring jungle sites. "This has been going on for a very long time, not only for the Vietnam War but back to WWII," said the Academy aircraft flight equipment noncommissioned in charge. "They have a lot of information about missions and their
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Lt. Col. Aldru Aaron performs a tandem jump with former Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 18. Coach Shanahan led the Broncos to superbowl victories in 1998 and 1999. Colonel Aaron is the 98th Flying Training Squadron commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Justus Hanks) Gridiron guru gets teamwork lesson, Academy style
Most would agree there's very little a two-time Super Bowl-winning NFL head coach could be taught about the critical nature of teamwork. But Mike Shanahan, head coach of the 1998 and 1999 Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos, might disagree after his personal experience concerning a tandem jump over the Academy Airfield Monday. In very short order
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Cadet 4th Class Derek Winkler looks at names of U.S. Air Force Academy graduates who have been killed in war. The War Memorial is an element of the Air Garden on the Academy Terrazzo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ann Patton) Memorial honors ultimate service before self
The Academy War Memorial stands near the base of Old Glory on the Terrazzo's Air Garden. It serves as a reminder to all of the Academy graduates who've made the supreme sacrifice in service to their country. The curved monolith of black starlite granite is inscribed with the names of 171 Academy graduates who died as a result of hostile action
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Cancer survivor Cadet 1st Class Mark Puffenbarger joins his underclassman sister, Haley, for a photo. Cadet Puffenbarger survived a bout of lymphoma in 2008. (U.S. Air Force photo) Cadets claim victory in battles against cancer
There will be no way of telling the two cadets who have survived cancer on graduation day. Worth our attention An Army doctor left Cadet 1st Class Gregory Rettler a message the night before telling the cadet not to eat or drink anything after midnight and to come to his office at 7 a.m. the next morning. The cadet suspected things were serious.
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