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Image of various Contrails from through out the years. The Contrails: Notable Graduates
 (Editor's note: The exact text contained on pages 52-59 of this year's edition of The Contrails is seen here.)Notable GraduatesThe Air Force Academy serves as a rallying point for the diversity of American culture; many walks of life, different ethnic backgrounds, and a variety of religions. From these backgrounds will come the leaders of tomorrow
0 4/26
2016
Marcelo Pedroso, the president of the Brazilian Olympic Public Authority, chats with Portuguese-language students at the U.S. Air Force Academy via video teleconference April 7. Pedroso spoke from his office in Rio de Janeiro and answered cadets' questions on how Rio will handle the massive undertaking of hosting the 2016 Olympic Games. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mike Kaplan) Cadets chat with Brazilian Olympics official
The president of Brazil’s Olympic Public Authority told cadets here April 7 that hosting the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro this summer could be just the catalyst Brazil needs to show the rest of the world that Rio is a progressive, democratic city capable of hosting such a substantial event.    Marcelo Pedroso, the head of the OPA, leads a large group
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2016
Image of various Contrails from through out the years. The Contrails: Leadership
(Editor's note: The exact text contained on pages 175-176 of this year's edition of The Contrails is seen here.)Leadership“The discipline which makes the soldiers of a free country reliable in battle is not to be gained by harsh or tyrannical treatment. On the contrary, such treatment is far more likely to destroy than to make an army. It is
0 4/20
2016
Image of various Contrails from through out the years. The Contrails: Quotes
(Editor's note: The exact text contained on pages 172-174 and part of page 175 of this year's edition of The Contrails is seen here.)Integrity First“He who permits himself to tell a lie once finds it much easier to do it a second and third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells a lie without attending to it, and truths without the world
0 4/14
2016
Image of various Contrails from through out the years. The Contrails: Air Force Academy displays
(Editor's note: The exact text contained on pages 37-51 of this year's edition of The Contrails is seen here.)Air Force Academy DisplaysAircraftMcDonnell-Douglas F-15A EagleLocation: Southwest corner of the terrazzoThis 1976 model F-15 flew most of its career with the 48th Fighter Interceptor Squadron (FIS) located at Langley AFB, VA. The 48 FIS
0 4/06
2016
Image of various Contrails from through out the years. The Contrails: The Medal of Honor, history of decorations of valor
The first formal system for rewarding acts of individual gallantry by the nation’s fighting men was established by Gen George Washington on August 7, 1782. Designed to recognize “any singularly meritorious action,” the award consisted of a purple cloth heart. Records show three persons received the award: Sergeant Elijah Churchill, Sergeant William
0 3/31
2016
Image of various Contrails from through out the years. The Contrails: Cadet insignia, badges
Superintendent’s Pin: Worn only by those cadets whose name appears on the Superintendent’s list for obtaining the Commandant’s Pin, Dean’s Pin, and Athletic Director’s Pin for the previous semester.Commandant’s Pin: Worn by those cadets whose name appears on the Commandant’s List. The Commandant’s List is reserved for cadets in the top one third in
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2016
Image of various Contrails from through out the years. The Contrails: Class, building colors
Editors note -- This week's excerpt  from The Contrails is seen exactly as shown on page 36 in the 2015 edition of this cadet guidebook In modern architecture, the three primary colors are prevalent [in the design of the Air Force Academy]. Since the Academy was to reflect modern architecture, red, blue, and yellow were chosen for the original
0 3/15
2016
Tech. Sgt. Marcia Regula, an academy military trainer and parachute instructor at the U.S. Air Force Academy, takes a moment before parachuting from an aircraft. At the Academy, Regula teaches competitive free-fall to cadets trying out for the Wings of Blue team. (U.S. Air Force photo) Women’s History Month Profile: Tech Sgt Marcia Regula
Tech. Sgt. Marcia Regula has grown into her career as a military trainer and parachute instructor at the Air Force Academy, but said she wasn’t the typical little girl growing up in Battlecreek, Michigan.“I quit the dance class my mom made me take to join a Karate class with my brothers,” she said. “I was happier horsing around and playing G.I. Joe
0 3/10
2016
Image of various Contrails from through out the years. The Contrails: Buildings
Editors note -- This week's excerpt  from The Contrails is seen exactly as shown on page 31 - 36 in the 2015 edition of this cadet guidebook BuildingsThe cadet’s life is centered around the nine major buildings in the cadet area. These buildings have been named after Air Force officers who were particularly vital to the history of the Air Force and
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2016
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