Commentaries - ArticleCS

  • 4th of July: Airmen, families represent sacrifices made in pursuit of freedom, liberty

    Happy Fourth of July, cadets, Airmen and families! Two hundred forty years ago, 13 American colonies declared independence from the UK to form a country and have the right to self-governance. On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress adopted and officially signed the magnanimous Declaration of Independence. We appreciate the resolve and
  • Safety corner: Can you hear me now?

    The warm weather brings more of us out on the road whether jogging, biking, or driving. Recently, we suffered a loss at another Air Force base due, in part, to a distracted driver hitting a pedestrian on base. Recent incidents show a need for a refresher for the regulation on using headphones and sharing the road.   Listening to music isn’t
  • Class of ’17 to graduate May 24

    Though it may seem a bit peculiar to read about next year’s graduation taking place in May, the headline is not a typo.  I’m writing to inform you about a major change to next year's graduation timeline. Graduation Week 2017 activities begin May 19, which means we'll adjust the spring 2017 academic calendar. We will publish the updated schedule as
  • USAFA’s skyline: A history of support

    As I reflect upon the last three years here at the Air Force Academy, I am proud of all we have accomplished and look forward to the opportunities in front of us. Roughly 2,500 new lieutenants have graduated to join our Air Force, and hundreds of faculty and staff have departed as better Air Force leaders after their career-broadening tour at the
  • Academy celebrates LGBT Pride Month

    Throughout the year, we celebrate the richness of our diversity and the power of inclusion which make us the world’s greatest Air Force. In June, we observe Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month. The Defense Department's theme for this year’s Pride Month event is "Celebrate.”I am grateful for the opportunity to celebrate with you at
  • Congrats, Class of 2016

    On behalf of the Association of Graduates, I extend my wholehearted congratulations to the U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 2016 and welcome you as our newest members of the Long Blue Line.The achievement of assuming your place in that Long Blue Line should not be taken lightly. You have invested four demanding years of your life to reach this
  • Listen up!

    (Editor's note: This commentary is a continuation of "A world of difference': Hearing aids improve life of Academy officer," written by Lt. Col. William Uhl and published in November.)     I was diagnosed with hearing loss and fitted for hearing aids in November. Last year, I said I loved my new hearing aids. Do I still love them? Yes.  What kind
  • Academy kicks off Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

    Throughout the month of April, the 10th Air Base Wing has been very active in our efforts to observe Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. This year's theme is "Eliminate Sexual Assault: Know your part, Do your part."  Sexual assault is a critical issue across the country, on college campuses and in our Air Force. Every Airman plays an
  • Happy birthday, Air Force Reserve

    April 14 marks the 68th birthday of the Air Force Reserve, created on this day in 1948 when President Truman transferred the Army Air Corps Reserves to the Air Force, making the Air Force Reserves its own distinct component of our military services. Today, America's citizen Airmen serve in over 66 communities throughout the U.S. and overseas,
  • Academy aircraft is Desert Storm icon

    Today, Academy visitors see an A-10A Thunderbolt II poised on a pedestal as though it has just come off target. It stands like a silent sentinel at the Thunderbird Overlook near the Academy’s airfield. Known as the Warthog to its pilots and maintainers, this A-10A is unlike any other in the world.   More than 25 years ago, this A-10A was nicknamed