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  • Summer safety tips promote enjoyment

    Good Friday morning! The home improvement projects are in full swing at the Cessna household. Now that the "rainy season" is over -- hopefully -- and the sun is warming the Front Range, summer activities are prevalent. Whether it is hiking, camping, or a simple picnic at one of the many parks in the area, always remember these key safety tips. The
  • Patriotism alive and well at Country Jam

    Every year for four days in late June I surround myself with 30,000 to 40,000 of my closest redneck country music loving friends nightly in the little-known town of Mack, Colo . Most think of it as a Grand Junction event, but hard-core country fans know the real deal. It's a big field barely a dozen miles from the Utah border that comes to life in
  • 'I love you, Dad!' Say it like you mean it

    "I love you, Dad!" Those are the four most powerful words a father can hear. And, if you're like me, it's a sentiment I'm always listening for. As we celebrate Father's Day I wonder why those same words that bring a man so much joy are so difficult for many of us guys to utter, especially the first time. I grew up in the '50s and '60s B.A.A.
  • Cadets and Cultural Awareness: A Knowledge Outcome

    It was very puzzling. Despite covering the topic through lecture and discussion in my History 101 (Modern World History) course, students were still not getting it. During the Fall 2008 semester, when it came time to test their knowledge on the subject during a graded review, 30 percent of them could not tell the difference between Sunni and
  • Physics 645: P215 (3) / (2F) = formula for success

    Physics 215 is a course listing that sends shivers down the backs of Air Force Academy cadets. We are required to pass the course whether we want to take it or not. Whether we are Foreign Area Studies or Electrical Engineering majors; Physics 110 and 215 are in the core curriculum and cadets must take these credits in order to graduate. Physics 215
  • A National Security Outcome: National security, full spectrum of joint, coalition warfare

    The Air Force Academy produces military officers who have taken an oath to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies..." Their character and knowledge are critical to defending the national security of our country. As both an institution of higher learning and a professional school, instructors in courses offered
  • Combat medics offer rich history

    "Medic! Medic!" His words rang out, pleading ... trying to be heard over the rumble of the helicopter overhead. Through the smoke and dust, with utter chaos enveloping, he could see the person moving purposely among the fallen. A medic, a healer, but, nonetheless, a warrior. Today, the term "combat medic" is used generically to describe military
  • Outcomes: Series wrap-up connects Officer Development System dots

    For the past several months we have described each of the USAFA outcomes, but we have not spent much time discussing how they fit together to guide the Air Force Academy's Officer Development System. We all need to understand this relationship in order to fulfill our commitments as members of the Air Force Academy because, as General Creech, former
  • Motorcycle awareness decreases injury, saves lives

    With winter in the rear/side view mirror and summer fast approaching, May is typically the month motorcyclists start "getting their motors running." The warmer weather brings motorcyclists out in full force. Motorcycles of all shapes and types -- sport bikes, street bikes, cruisers, and even mopeds will be on the streets and Academy personnel are
  • A Knowledge Outcome: Principles of engineering, application of technology

    "The academic discipline of engineering (or, perhaps, more broadly, technology) should be included in the liberal arts canon undergirding a 21st-century undergraduate education for all students." -- The Millennium Project The 1950 Stearns-Eisenhower Report, a founding document for the formation of the Air Force Academy, considered it "essential