Category: Features
  • Cadets rescue injured hiker on Pikes Peak

    When two cadets from the Air Force Academy decided to hike Pikes Peak July 17, "become heroes" was not on the itinerary. But by the time they reached the 14,110-foot summit -- carrying a hiker who had broken her foot two miles from the top -- they had at least one person's heartfelt gratitude.Cadets 1st Class Stephen Shaffer from Cadet Squadron 12
  • Academy Band brings 'Music to the Meadows'

    After a seasonal Colorado afternoon thunderstorm, menacing clouds yielded to a bright sun that brought droves of concert patrons to listen to the Air Force Academy Band perform a free concert here July 21. Attracting approximately 1,100 people, the event kicked off Castle Rock's 2010 "Music in the Meadows" concert series and dished up a wide
  • 2010 grads take wind energy to battlefield

    Alternative energy goes mobile to the battlefield with a research project cadets are working on for the U.S. Army.Cadets 1st Class John Arvett, Nick Bassett, Robert Hayward and Matt Ludwig, who are electrical engineering majors, teamed with Cadet 1st Class Alex Frank, a mechanical engineering major, and Cadet 1st Class Carrie Moore, a systems
  • Academy AOC shares her Air Force story

    Maj. Melissa May was at a holiday party with her squadron at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, a few years ago when another officer sidled up to her."What are you doing?" he said. "You shouldn't be wearing lipstick. You need to decide, either you're a fighter pilot or you're a chick."She smiled and took that as a huge compliment, she said.It just so
  • Dean reflects on history of Cadet Wing women

    The dean of the faculty never fathomed in 1979 that she would one day return to the Academy in that role. Like most fourth class cadets, her thoughts were consumed by making it from breakfast to lunch, lunch to dinner, dinner to call to quarters, and eventually to sleep. "I absolutely can honestly say I never thought about being the dean of the
  • Servicemembers, charities combine forces in hard times

    Tents dot the landscape in the lowlands of Dorchester Park near Tejon Street and Interstate 25. They are the last refuge for groups of people who have nowhere else to go, nowhere left to turn.With the economy and the weather conspiring to make survival even more difficult for Colorado Springs' homeless population, charities are more thankful than
  • Cadets play Santa for children in need

    Cadets are donning their elf hats this holiday season to brighten the lives of less fortunate children.Cadets sponsored the "Toy Trick" at the Falcons hockey team's match against American International College in the Cadet Ice Arena Dec. 5. After the Falcons scored their first goal, fans tossed donated toys onto the ice. The Toy Trick program
  • Holiday spirit comes alive at the Academy

    More than 200 people attended a Christmas tree lighting at the Academy's Community Center Chapel Dec. 1. The evening's special guest was Santa Claus, who arrived on an Academy Fire Department fire truck.
  • Academy's new first family takes to the skies

    The Air Force Academy's superintendent and his spouse got an even deeper perspective of the USAFA mission this week as they both performed tandem jumps Monday and she added a sailplane ride to the mix Tuesday. Lt. Gen. Mike Gould and wife Paula, a retired Air Force colonel and pilot herself, mingled with permanent party staff and cadets alike in
  • Summer camp promotes Academy interest

    It's a long way from Montgomery, Texas to the Air Force Academy. However, attending the annual summer sports camp last week may be a beautiful beginning for one teenager from Montgomery who one day desires to join the Long Blue Line. At 16, Amy Rogers already has more than 30 hours flying time in a Cessna 150, has completed solo flight, and has a