• Class of 2015 ring design elements

    The class crest is a treasured representation of class unity and pride. Until graduation, cadets wear the ring with the crest facing inward, closest to their heart. Following graduation, the ring is turned so the crest is closest to the heart of the officer ready and willing to protect and defend the U.S. with the training they've received at the
  • Enlisted to officer: Vice supt says 'take care of Airmen'

    One ordinary day in 1983, Kevin Lamberth sat down with an Air Force recruiter in a small town in Alabama. He wasn't seriously considering joining the Air Force at that moment. In reality, he was tagging along with two of his friends, and only because they were heading to the mall after their meeting. Flash forward 32 years, and Kevin Lamberth is
  • Hittin' the note: Academy bandsman spans two continents

    There are many ties spanning the ocean between the U.S. and Australia, such as sharing a mother language, supporting each other in every major conflict since World War I - and Senior Airman Benjamin Sampson, a trumpet player with the U.S. Air Force Academy Band."I'm a dual citizen. My father is from Boston," Sampson said. "I was born and raised in
  • Expo focuses on healthy living

    Airmen sampled healthy snacks, participated in fitness classes and competed in a brush truck pull at the U.S. Air Force Academy's second Health and Fitness Expo May 1.The event, hosted by the 10th Force Support Squadron, took place at the base fitness center and included over 15 information booths, a three-mile run, free massages and agility tests
  • Retired 10th SFS military working dog relieves Airmens’ stress

    When Tech. Sgt. Ashley-Marie Umstead adopted retired Military Working Dog, Sato, she said the five-year-old Belgian Malinois needed something constructive to do with his robust energy and instincts.After serving as a bomb dog for the 10th Security Forces Squadron, Umstead said she knew Airmen and wounded warriors would enjoy spending time with him
  • Cadets take part in historical weapons shoot

    Bursts of rifle and musket fire were heard at Fort Carson's privately-owned weapons range April 18 when dozens of Air Force Academy cadets and faculty took part in the Academy's latest Historical Weapons Shoot.Cadets handled and fired 27 historic military arms, ranging from the 1766 Charleville musket, the M16A4 Rifle and the M4 carbine, to better
  • Broadening horizons: Foreign officer shares rewards of Academy exchange

    In 2001, Japan Air Self-Defense Force Maj. Kazuto Ueda, then a cadet at Japan's National Defense Academy, visited the Air Force Academy for a week.Never in his wildest dreams did he think he'd return here 12 years later to teach American cadets Japanese history, military and culture.Every year, the Air Force Academy and Japan's NDA exchange an
  • Iron Airman seeks challenges to better herself

    Then-Cadet Katherine Shaw's flight instructor sat across from Shaw with an expressionless face. The instructor took in a deep breath as if the air contained the right way to say the words he was about to utter, but there were none."They said I had a great attitude and work ethic, and would still make a great officer, just not as a pilot," said
  • 1st 'Thoughts Out Loud' discussions focuses on vaccination

    Vaccines may not come up for discussion all that much among Airmen: They're mandatory, so what's to discuss? But with the United States facing its worst measles outbreak in 25 years, more people are talking about getting vaccinated and why vaccines matter.Dr. Katherine Bates, an assistant professor with the Biology Department here, held a
  • Turning pain into power: USAFA Prep School dean shares passion on veteran care, combat experiences

    When the first female Air Force Academy Preparatory School dean graduated from the Academy in 1995, she never imagined that as an Air Force psychologist, she'd one day be dodging mortars and sweeping for improvised explosive devices while deployed.After serving nearly 20 years, Lt. Col. Alicia Matteson said she knows the effects of war and believes