• 'No excuse not to get out': Outdoor Rec outfits Airmen for great outdoors, winter programs

    The Academy is crosshatched with hiking trails and ribbed with hills bicyclist dreams are made of. It's only a short drive from whitewater rafting, ski slopes and rock climbing. For some, this information is useless, but for many of the outdoor enthusiasts stationed here, it's a dream come true. For those working at the Academy Outdoor Recreation
  • The cadet honor process: Cadets hold each other accountable to longstanding code

    Honor is the common tie binding all Air Force officers together and for many, the pathway to honor started here, at the Academy. "Honor is the bedrock, the very essence of what we do here," said Center for Character and Leadership Development assistant director Lt. Col. Hans LarsenThe Academy's first class, the Class of '59, adopted an honor code
  • Cadets, hikers get birds-eye view atop Eagle Peak

    If you're looking for an alternative hike to the Manitou Incline or a Colorado fourteener, Eagle Peak here is a scenic one-to-two-hour climb hikers say will leave climbers breathless with its steep terrain and majestic, 360-degree view from the summit.In just more than a mile, hikers ascend 1,900 feet on a rugged trail along Goat Camp Creek,
  • Academy athlete anti-sexual violence video goes viral

    Athletes here are serious about sexual assault awareness - so much so, they filmed a "Cadet Athletes Against Sexual Violence" video in the spring that has captured the attention of thousands throughout social media and the military community.The two-and-a-half-minute montage features 13 cadet athletes from various athletic teams here, including
  • The Air Force’s youngest instructor pilots

    Cadet 2nd Class Brianna Pauser was 350 feet in the air when she realized the gravity soaring instructor pilots here have on the lives and success of cadets.The biology major here was on a glider flight in the fall of 2013 with her IP in Airmanship 251 when, just after takeoff, the tow rope snapped and it was up to the cadet in the back seat to
  • Academy welcomes tourists, visitors

    The Academy might be home to more than 4,000 cadets and nearly 2,000 active duty Airmen, but those numbers are vastly outweighed by the number of visitors the installation hosts each year."We want everyone to know that this is their Academy and that we're definitely open for business," said David Cannon, the Academy communications director. "In
  • A ‘baseline of respect’: 8 cadets return from Diversity Fellows Program externships

    It might be impossible to know just how many societies, cultures and ethnic groups exist in a world of nearly 200 countries, populated by 6.5 billion people who speak at least one of the 6,500 known languages, but Air Force Academy officials plan to positively affect this cultural smorgasbord with its Diversity Fellows Program.The program began its
  • Academy introduces computer and network security major

    Even as the Air Force Academy has reduced the number of majors it offers this year, it has instituted one new program aimed at helping the Air Force fly, fight and win in cyberspace.The computer and network security major touches on topics designed to help cadets understand what the cyberspace domain is and how the Air Force will establish
  • Integrating athletes, other students leads to better academic performance

    A study conducted by three instructors from the Air Force Academy and an assistant professor of finance at the University of Nebraska-Omaha found that making student athletes part of a closely knit student body helps them keep up with other students academically.The study, "Minding the Terrazzo Gap between Athletes and Nonathletes:
  • Giving hope a new dimension

    Two professors at the United States Air Force Academy have shown that respect for people who are different can be taught - and it isn't that hard. Drs. Lauren Scharff and Michelle Butler have worked for many years to help cadets change pre-conceived notions of people with disabilities and, although they anecdotally believed good things were