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Original Tuskegee Airman Franklin Macon stands with his girlfriend, Amy Lee, on the U.S. Air Force Academy airfield August 25, 2015. Macon had just taken a flight with a cadet in Cadet 1st Class Scott Lafferty in one of the cadet flying team’s T-41s.  (U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Mike Kaplan) Tuskegee Airman takes final flight at USAFA
Franklin Macon's first flight took place as a child in Colorado Springs, when he jumped off a chicken coop while holding on to fake wings. Despite the unexpected lack of success he experienced, he knew he wanted to be a pilot. In 1943 he joined the Army Air Corps after the creation of the Tuskegee Program allowed African-Americans to fill the
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Capt. Tyler Weeks, 460th Space Wing Judge Advocate intern, wears his Air Force Academy Falcons jersey Aug. 12, 2015, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. Weeks played offensive line for the Falcons during his four years at the Academy. He is pursuing a law degree from the University of Colorado Law School and interned in the legal office this summer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke W. Nowakowski/Released) '09 Academy grad goes from gridiron to courtroom
(This feature is part of the "Through Airmen's Eyes" series. These stories focus on individual Airmen, highlighting their Air Force story.)Looking at him now, you wouldn't think you were looking at a once 280-pound Falcon Football offensive lineman."I usually answer this question with a question of my own: 'What position do you think I played?'"
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Col. Troy Dunn, the 10th Air Base Wing commander. (U.S. Air Force photo) 10th ABW commander: Sharing stories makes us stronger
When Col. Troy Dunn took command of the 10th Air Base Wing here May 14, he had two goals: to meet and take care of as many cadets, Airmen and their families as possible.Since then, he said he puts as much time as possible into meeting those goals."We have some amazingly talented cadets, Airmen and families here," Dunn said.  "They truly make the
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Lt. Col. Mike Zeman, cadet sponsor, stands with Cadet 2nd Class Everett Joiner, C3C Ben Kopacka, his son Jack Zeman, and 2nd Lt. Dallis Joiner, a 2015 Academy graduate. Zeman, who is a 1997 Air Force Academy graduate, has sponsored cadets since 2007. (Courtesy Photo) Cadet Sponsor Program 'pays it forward': 3 cadets share sponsor stories
Local military and civilian families have until August 14 to apply to become sponsors of cadets at the Air Force Academy.The Cadet Sponsor Program allows active duty, reserve, National Guard and retired captains and above or NCOs in the grade of E-6 or above, Defense Department civilians in the grade of General Schedule Grade 5 or above, and
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Lt. Col. Dan Price, commander and conductor of the U.S. Air Force Academy band, chats with Heinz Hilpmann, an Army WWII and Korean War vet, after the band's performance at Five Rocks Amphitheatre in Gering, Nebraska June 28, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Darren Domingo) Outside looking in: Touring with the U.S. Air Force Academy Band
Everyone dreams of touring with a band. I'm talking incredible musicians, crazy hair and outfits and of course, powerful music. No, I'm not traveling with your favorite metalcore or pop band. I'm rolling with the U.S. Air Force Academy Band.I was given the opportunity to travel for eight days with highly qualified professional musicians who hold
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Fort Carson will host a Fourth of July celebration July 3, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Alex Saltekoff) Celebrate with safety
July 4 marks our country's 239th anniversary, a time to celebrate the founding of our nation with family, food, friends and fireworks. The fireworks displays are spectacular, excite children and sometimes wake our inner child. We're most likely familiar with the line in Francis Scott Key's "The Star-Spangled Banner" "...and the rocket's red glare,
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Master Sgt. Bill Allen, an Academy Military Trainer at the U.S. Air Force Academy, is seen here at the Advanced Staff Noncommissioned Officer Academy at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, last spring. Allen completed the course with a 97.5-percent average, a score which placed him on the Marine school's Superior Academic Performance list. He competed against other applicants to attend the Marine course instead of the Air Force's Senior NCO Academy. (Courtesy photo) 'All-in': Academy AMT is enlisted ambassador, role-model for cadets
In the Cadet Wing, that corner of the U.S. Air Force Academy where the cadre of noncommissioned officers serving as Academy military trainers help cadets thrive, Master Sgt. Bill Allen fits right in.He's the superintendent of Cadet Wing training where he and other AMTs, officers and civilians, guide and mentor cadets, assist their air officer
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Default Air Force Logo LGBT Pride Month: 'Just be you'
"I felt like I was living a split life.""My recruiter told me to lie.""My friends were angry I didn't tell them."These are comments made by Airmen assigned to the U.S. Air Force Academy at the LGBT Pride Month panel, moderated by Dr. David Levy, an Academy Management Department professor, June 16 at the Community Center Chapel.Nearly four years
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Second Lt. Jon Kay, a 2015 U.S. Air Force Academy graduate, stands with (from left to  right) his father, retired Lt. Col. Bob Kay, a 1978 Academy graduate, his brother Josh Kay, a rising junior cadet at the U.S. Military Academy, and his mother Ellie Kay, after the Academy Class of 2015 graduation ceremony at Falcon Stadium May 28, 2015. (Courtesy photo) 'Learning to lead': A Class of '15 graduate shares Academy experience
Second Lt. Jon Kay might be a newly-commissioned officer, but military service is nothing new to his family.The 22 year-old 2015 Academy graduate comes from a military family. His father, retired Lt. Col. Bob Kay, a 1978 Academy graduate, served for 24 years as an Air Force fighter pilot and is a former air officer commanding at the Academy. His
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Default Air Force Logo Class of 2015 ring design elements
The class crest is a treasured representation of class unity and pride. Until graduation, cadets wear the ring with the crest facing inward, closest to their heart. Following graduation, the ring is turned so the crest is closest to the heart of the officer ready and willing to protect and defend the U.S. with the training they've received at the
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