• Athletic director departs after 10 years

    A week before his retirement, Dr. Hans Mueh was figuring out how he would box up 27 years' worth of memories. When Mueh took over as the Academy's athletic director 10 years ago, the moving process was a bit more simple: he packed everything in his office in the Chemistry Department, "schlepped" it over to the Falcon Athletic Center and unpacked
  • Fly like an eagle: Cadet's dedication to skydiving earns him gold medals

    Ever since Cadet 2nd Class Joseph Gerner first parachuted in 2010, he travels to Eloy, Ariz., every holiday break and family vacation to tighten his skills in the sky.After countless jumps and hours of training with coaches from Axis Flight School, the cadet received his first gold medal at the 2012 National Collegiate Parachuting Championships in
  • ’04 grad, female aviator, trains Afghan air force

    Maj. Mary Clark, a UH-1N Huey instructor pilot and the 58th Operations Support Squadron's assistant director of operations at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., knows what it takes to make a good helicopter pilot.Contributing to the growing Afghan air force, Clark trained pilots at Shindand Air Base, Afghanistan.The Class of '04 U.S. Air Force Academy
  • Academy Airman helps Afghan interpreter start new life in US

    Two months after the inside attack on eight American Airmen and a civilian adviser in Kabul, Afghanistan, an Airman now stationed at the Academy deployed to the country to take on the same job as the fallen victims, known as the "NATC-A NINE."Master Sgt. Michael Simon, now an Academy Military Trainer for Cadet Squadron 16, began a year-long
  • A healthy approach to holiday eating: Academy dietitian shares the eating do's and don'ts this season

    When it comes to holiday get-togethers, the line from Dr. Seuss's "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" sums them up well, "And they'd feast! And they'd feast! And they'd feast! feast! feast! feast!"Making smart food choices this time of year isn't easy amid baked goods in the office, holiday potlucks and every finger food imaginable presented on Super
  • Pathways to Excellence team envisions changes to improve cadets' schedules

    How many days are in a week? If you're involved with scheduling cadet activities here, the answer is "two."But the Air Force Academy is now examining whether the M-day, T-day schedule it's used for 60 years should be replaced. Dr. Dave LaRivee leads the seven-person Pathways to Excellence team, which is looking at scheduling and other possible
  • 'One kid at a time': Cadet STEM Club is committed to community

    Nine hundred forty six hours. In the life of a U.S. Air Force Academy cadet that time could be spent studying, on the athletic fields or catching up on sleep.But for 470 cadets in the Cadet STEM Club - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics - it's the amount of time they spend annually at area schools, science fairs and robotics
  • UPDATE: USAFA grad's path to success: Ben Garland wins Denver Broncos' 2014 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award

    (This feature is part of the "Through Airmen's Eyes" series on AF.mil. These stories focus on a single Airman, highlighting their Air Force story.)Many young kids have hopes and dreams of doing something amazing when they grow up. Many want to be an astronaut, or a police officer. Others may want to serve in the armed forces or become a
  • Starting a discussion: Reading group analyzes sexual assault in historical context

    For the past three months, Academy instructors and staff have tackled a tough topic through text derived thousands of years ago.Personnel from the basic sciences, social sciences and humanities divisions here meet twice a month in Fairchild Hall to analyze and discuss how sexual assault is portrayed through Greek literature and how it can be used
  • Ski club offers new skills, Colorado adventure to cadets

    One way cadets can get away and experience the mountains this winter is by hitting the slopes with the recreational ski club here.The cadet-run club offers weekly trips November-March, presenting cadets the opportunity to ski or snowboard affordably, meet new people and take on a new hobby."When you're on the mountain you're not thinking about the