• Cadets' relatives speak out on Parents' Weekend

    Friends and family members of cadets flooded the Air Force Academy Sept. 3 - 6 for Parents' Weekend, an annual Labor Day holiday event designed to celebrate the support of cadets' immediate and extended family members.Larry Wells, a Visitor Center official here, said more than 17,000 guests visited the center alone during Parents' Weekend. Among
  • Tuskegee Airman takes final flight at USAFA

    Franklin Macon's first flight took place as a child in Colorado Springs, when he jumped off a chicken coop while holding on to fake wings. Despite the unexpected lack of success he experienced, he knew he wanted to be a pilot. In 1943 he joined the Army Air Corps after the creation of the Tuskegee Program allowed African-Americans to fill the
  • '09 Academy grad goes from gridiron to courtroom

    (This feature is part of the "Through Airmen's Eyes" series. These stories focus on individual Airmen, highlighting their Air Force story.)Looking at him now, you wouldn't think you were looking at a once 280-pound Falcon Football offensive lineman."I usually answer this question with a question of my own: 'What position do you think I played?'"
  • 10th ABW commander: Sharing stories makes us stronger

    When Col. Troy Dunn took command of the 10th Air Base Wing here May 14, he had two goals: to meet and take care of as many cadets, Airmen and their families as possible.Since then, he said he puts as much time as possible into meeting those goals."We have some amazingly talented cadets, Airmen and families here," Dunn said.  "They truly make the
  • Cadet Sponsor Program 'pays it forward': 3 cadets share sponsor stories

    Local military and civilian families have until August 14 to apply to become sponsors of cadets at the Air Force Academy.The Cadet Sponsor Program allows active duty, reserve, National Guard and retired captains and above or NCOs in the grade of E-6 or above, Defense Department civilians in the grade of General Schedule Grade 5 or above, and
  • Outside looking in: Touring with U.S. Air Force Academy Band

    Everyone dreams of touring with a band. I'm talking incredible musicians, crazy hair and outfits and of course, powerful music. No, I'm not traveling with your favorite metalcore or pop band. I'm rolling with the U.S. Air Force Academy Band.I was given the opportunity to travel for eight days with highly qualified professional musicians who hold
  • Celebrate with safety

    July 4 marks our country's 239th anniversary, a time to celebrate the founding of our nation with family, food, friends and fireworks. The fireworks displays are spectacular, excite children and sometimes wake our inner child. We're most likely familiar with the line in Francis Scott Key's "The Star-Spangled Banner" "...and the rocket's red glare,
  • 'All-in': Academy AMT is enlisted ambassador, role-model for cadets

    In the Cadet Wing, that corner of the U.S. Air Force Academy where the cadre of noncommissioned officers serving as Academy military trainers help cadets thrive, Master Sgt. Bill Allen fits right in.He's the superintendent of Cadet Wing training where he and other AMTs, officers and civilians, guide and mentor cadets, assist their air officer
  • LGBT Pride Month: 'Just be you'

    "I felt like I was living a split life.""My recruiter told me to lie.""My friends were angry I didn't tell them."These are comments made by Airmen assigned to the U.S. Air Force Academy at the LGBT Pride Month panel, moderated by Dr. David Levy, an Academy Management Department professor, June 16 at the Community Center Chapel.Nearly four years
  • 'Learning to lead': A Class of '15 graduate shares Academy experience

    Second Lt. Jon Kay might be a newly-commissioned officer, but military service is nothing new to his family.The 22 year-old 2015 Academy graduate comes from a military family. His father, retired Lt. Col. Bob Kay, a 1978 Academy graduate, served for 24 years as an Air Force fighter pilot and is a former air officer commanding at the Academy. His