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  • Eight years later, a tragedy remembered

    It's been eight years exactly since the fateful day when 19 men with hearts full of hatred flew airliners into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field near Shanksville, Pa., eight years since our nation lost its innocence. Eight years later, I have a hard time finding words adequate to express the nation's emotions on that day and the days
  • AOG welcomes Class of 2013

    On behalf of the Association of Graduates, I'm honored to extend congratulations to the Class of 2013 upon completion of Basic Cadet Training -- the first hurdle in your cadet careers. Approximately 42,000 graduates before you have endured the rigors of this beginning tradition. It is one of the many cadet experiences that will bond you as a class
  • Prep school welcomes all for Parents' Weekend

    On behalf of the United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School staff and faculty, I would like to welcome you to Colorado Springs and your United States Air Force Academy, the premier center of excellence in developing Leaders of Character in service to our nation. Your son or daughter is demonstrating outstanding commitment and determination
  • Superintendent welcomes parents, guests

    Welcome to the Air Force Academy and congratulations on your cadet's outstanding achievements since he or she arrived as a member of the Class of 2013. History has proven ongoing support from family and friends plays a huge role in fostering an overall successful cadet experience at the Academy. This weekend is for you. It will reveal the life of
  • Slow down for final denial barriers

    You find yourself driving home from work on a Friday afternoon. You can't wait to hit the local restaurants with family and friends, but what is this ... you have to slow down from 45 mph to 25 mph, and then all the way to 20 mph? What are these gate barriers all about anyway? The final denial barriers are part of USAFA's Antiterrorism Plan and a
  • Character Corner: Questions

    The other day I was driving into work listening to talk radio, and I realized that there is a lot of turmoil and debate circulating in our country.The discussion covers topics ranging from politics to professional athletes,and who is dancing with what star. It seems that every person has a side or perspective on these issues, and if you're not
  • 10th Air Base Wing commander to Airmen: remember your PBJ

    A peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Simple -- but sustaining. A recognizable necessity -- everyone knows what it is and can relate to it. Basic -- all the ingredients are in the cupboard. When asked what my vision and focus are as I took command of the 10th Air Base Wing -- the answer is "PBJ." At my recent first 10th Air Base Wing Commander's
  • Focus on key topics ensures mission success

    My return to the Air Force Academy, and having assumed the role of superintendent here since June 9, has been a whirlwind. While at the same time, I might refer to it as the perfect storm. The entire Academy community has welcomed Paula and me with open arms, hearts and minds and we are most grateful for the opportunity to serve here with and among
  • Character Corner: 'Big H' Honor

    The military relies on the unquestionable honor and character of its members to function. It is this necessity that has resulted in such concepts as the Air Force Core Values and the U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Honor Code. However, while these concepts are an excellent starting point, they do not encompass the full spectrum of honorable living. A
  • Class of 2013 'Best to be Seen'

    The Air Force Academy Class of 2013 completed Basic Cadet Training last week and started classes this week. Shortly after inprocessing earlier this summer, they began chanting, "2013 Best to be Seen ... big, bad and mean," while marching and transitioning from activities; following a tradition to choose a class-specific motivational motto. And in