• USAFA headquarters focuses on being mission-ready over inspection-ready

    The Air Force Academy has been steady, over time, in its preparations for the upcoming Inspector General inspection. It's not just in time - it's on purpose."I think people in the Air Force are used to having to prepare for something," said Col. David Kuenzli, Academy inspector general. "It's a bit of a culture shift. Everyone wants to get up for
  • Finding mentorship: An Academy cadet speaks out

    Editor's note: Cadet 1st Class Jake Sortor is a former cadet wing commander here. As a cadet, he's played on both the football and the baseball teams, as well as participated in Wings of Green and Wings of Blue, cadet jump programs. Public Affairs staff writer Airman 1st Class Rachel Hammes recently interviewed Sortor on the importance of
  • 'Everyone is an ambassador': Academy hosts Japanese friendship dinner

    The Air Force Academy's commandant of cadets, Brig. Gen. Stephen Williams, and his wife Holly, hosted a Japanese Tomodachi Dinner here Feb. 24 for the Consul General of Japan.Tomodachi translates to "friendship" and the dinners are traditional events in Japanese culture to promote relations among its citizens and international partners. The dinner
  • Horse power: Wounded warriors receive healing, support through Academy’s equine-assisted therapy

    Just as service members come from all walks of life, so do the 30 Academy-owned horses which an Army veteran and wounded warrior said comforted him when he took part in the Warrior Wellness program here.Retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Jacob Legendre suffers from chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, deafness in one ear and a traumatic brain
  • Taking care of Airmen: How Air Force mental health services helped a family recover

    Two local NCOs have been on a journey of recovery since losing their son to leukemia nearly nine years ago, a journey they said couldn't have happened without the mental health services available to Airmen and their families.Master Sgt. Emily Gazzaway, the Air Force Academy's senior enlisted aide, and her husband, Tech. Sgt. Billy Gazzaway,
  • NCLS 2015 closes out: VA undersecretary says cadets should ‘embrace the uncomfortable’

    This year's Academy Character and Leadership Award recipient closed the two-day symposium, featuring 50 discussion panels and speakers, with a frank message on engaging with rather than fleeing from life's uncomfortable moments.Allison Hickey, a 1980 Academy graduate, and the Under Secretary for Benefits in the Department of Veterans Affairs, told
  • ‘Never give up:' Former ‘Lost Boy’ speaks to cadets at NCLS

    John Dau wasn't like most speakers at the 2015 National Character and Leadership Symposium here Feb. 27.The tall Sudanese-born Dau, 41, was a "Lost Boy," a title no other NCLS speaker could hold, and the name given to the thousands of young Sudanese men who walked more than 1,000 miles from Ethiopia to Kenya after fleeing the Republic of South
  • New boxing club allows female cadets to excel in the ring

    Since the fall, female Falcons here have been practicing their fighting skills six days a week to increase their confidence, stamina and dominate competition.For the first time in Academy history, a female boxing club was created here in August to allow women to compete in the male-dominated sport. About 20 cadets attend practice regularly and
  • Sophomore cadet takes on senior-level research

    Cadet 3rd Class Young Wu isn't like other sophomores. Not only has he maintained a 4.0 GPA while majoring in aeronautics and mathematics, he conducts independent research normally reserved for firsties. Wu's mentor, Aeronautics Department professor Lt. Col. Kurt Rouser, said he's rarely seen Wu's brand of enthusiasm, dedication and intellect that
  • 'A comprehensive approach': 10th ABW preps for upcoming IG inspection

    The 10th Air Base Wing here is gearing up for an Inspector General evaluation April 7-15.  The evaluation, called the Unit Effectiveness Inspection, will focus on four major graded areas: executing the mission, leading people, managing resources and improving the unit."During previous inspections, the team would come, take a snapshot of our