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  • U.S. Air Force Academy strives to attract cadets with growth mindset

    The growth mindset and a bus ride.Pamela Shockley-Zalabak, chancellor for the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, recently gave remarks at our Air Force Academy Outstanding Academy Educator Awards Ceremony, a ceremony that recognizes the best educators at the academy.Shockley-Zalabak spoke about the need to engender a "growth" mindset
  • Air Force's 'youngest instructors' continue Academy's flying legacy

    Last spring, we celebrated the Air Force Academy's Class of 2015 graduation. These new second lieutenants now shape the future of our Air Force, just like their ROTC and officer training school brethren.At the same time, overshadowed by the limelight of graduation, a small group of sophomore cadets attached to the 306th Flying Training Group
  • Proud to go beyond the horizon

    As a rural latchkey kid growing up in Iowa in the 1970s, I used to climb on the rooftops of our farm buildings with my German shepherd and look out at the endless horizon beyond the corn fields. You could see the curvature of the earth and just beyond was a world that I yearned to explore. The tough thing for a young woman to figure out in those
  • Independence Day

    1. Our nation is more secure today because of outstanding Americans, like you, who believe in these United States of America. On July 4, 1776, our forefathers signed the historic Declaration of Independence. In the last paragraph of that monumental document, they declared that "these united colonies are, and of right out to be free and independent
  • The picture tells a story

    There is a picture frame on my desk holding a casual snapshot of my wife and me. There's nothing particularly special about the small, silver frame. But in my 22 years in the Air Force, it's the first time I've ever had a picture of anyone on my desk at work. Seeing my loved one during the duty day is such a joy. It puts a smile on my face,
  • President speaks out on LGBT Pride Month

    From the moment our nation first came together to declare the fundamental truth that all men are created equal, courageous and dedicated patriots have fought to refine our founding promise and broaden democracy's reach. Over the course of more than two centuries of striving and sacrifice, our country has expanded civil rights and enshrined equal
  • Pride month: Be you, be proud

    Around the world, LGBT pride is often celebrated with parties, parades, fun and festivities. The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and its allies come together in support of equality, freedom and the movement for civil rights. Nowadays, pride events are largely fun-filled, colorful, recreational functions, but what some don't know is
  • 840 graduating Air Force second lieutenants serve as inspiration

    Air Force Academy graduation - 840 inspirational stories!Last month, our Air Force Academy launched our 57th graduating class, to lead and serve our Air Force and our nation. As each new second lieutenant stepped before me, I could feel a sense of accomplishment radiating as he or she shook my hand, saluted, and stepped off to begin a life of
  • Army Birthday

      1. Happy birthday and congratulations to the United States Army on your 240th birthday! 2. Since June 14, 1775, the United States Army has been the most thoroughly trained, combat-tested, and resilient Army in the world. Throughout history, the Army and the Air Force have forged a bond that emphasizes teamwork on the battlefield. Before the
  • Pride Month

    1. Throughout the year we honor diversity and inclusion by observing awareness months, and this month we’re celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month for June 2015. The Department of Defense’s theme for this year’s Pride Month event is "Leadership." 2. I applaud the leadership of our project officer, MSgt Debra Sheppard, and
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