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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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2009
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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2009
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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2009
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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2009
Default Air Force Logo Operation Air Force involves cadets in medical research
Operations Air Force saw Cadet 2nd Class Sara Chapman get a heady dose of medical reality at Wilford Hall Medical Center's vascular surgery in Texas May 20 to June 20. The biology major with Cadet Squadron 35 assisted with surgeries and assessments on study animals. "I always wanted to learn how to use the ultrasound machine really well so I would
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2009
Rafters hit a Class II rapid during a journey down the Arkansas River in May. The Air Force Academy's Outdoor Recreation office offers full-day rafting trips to Bighorn Sheep Canyon and Royal Gorge for $55 and overnight rafting trips starting at $80. Call Outdoor Rec's Outdoor Adventure Program at 333-2940 for more information or visit http://www.usafaservices.com/oap.htm. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Don Branum) Get Out and Go: Rafting on the Arkansas
It had been a while since I visited Cañon City, and even longer since I'd done any rafting, so when the Outdoor Recreation office invited me to go on a rafting trip in May, I eagerly said yes. We met in the parking lot behind the Academy's Outdoor Recreation Office on a cool Wednesday morning. Everyone checked out wetsuits, helmets and floatation
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2009
Staff Sgt. Christopher Thompson visits with a patient at the Craig Joint-Theater Hospital at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, July 1. Sergeant Thompson, the NCO in charge of hospital chapel operations, is deployed from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Air Force photo) Afghanistan deployment 'could crush or strengthen' chaplain assistant's faith
Staff Sgt. Christopher Thompson's assignment to hospital at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, as chapel operations NCO in charge could crush or strengthen his faith. "I talk to family members of wounded warriors back at home," said the deployed chaplain assistant from the Academy's Cadet Chapel. "I talked to the mother of a Marine whose son had just
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2009
Staff Sgt. Jason Martinez poses next to his completed mural after an unveiling ceremony at the U.S. Air Force Academy's 10th Medical Group clinic May 28. Sergeant Martinez spent more than 100 hours working on the 6-foot-by-12-foot painting titled after the closing line in Lind Lucas Walling's poem, "The Combat Medic." (U.S. Air Force photo/J. Rachel Spencer) 10th MDG honors new mural's completion
The role of the combat medic traces back to the American Revolution. Since then, combat medics' courageous actions have saved countless lives. In the face of danger, with an utter disregard for their own well being, combat medics treat and stabilize the wounded until they can be medically evacuated. Staff Sgt. Jason Martinez captured the essence of
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