• By cadets, for cadets: Maj. Gen. Lengyel reflects on USAFA's culture of commitment

    Maj. Gen. Gregory Lengyel may be scheduled to hand over responsibilities as commandant of cadets to Brig. Gen. Stephen Williams here Tuesday, but he says he'll always be concerned with how Academy staff and the Air Force at-large works to instill commitment in cadets.Lengyel said his No. 1 priority since taking on the mantle of commandant in early
  • Cadets create MRAP lift, win competition

    Last summer, the Air Force Research Laboratory had a problem no contractor seemed to solve. The lab took the task to the three service academies and challenged them to solve it. The problem: Special Operations teams needed a way to move heavy trucks like Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles -- MRAPs -- when landmines or improvised explosive
  • The Essence of USAFA: An exemplary installation

    Editor's note: This concludes an eight-part series detailing the essence of the Academy.Many words can describe an institution hosting several hundred thousand visitors, staging dozens of community events, and producing roughly 1,000 Air Force officers annually, but when it comes to describing her particular organization, the Academy superintendent
  • More ways to save: The 10th Medical Group focuses on making 'Every Dollar Count'

    Battling the federal budget-crunch might be a daunting task, but the 10th Medical Group is up to the challenge, said the Group's deputy commander, Col. Michael Cunningham."When asked to investigate and explore every possible way to save taxpayer dollars, we jumped at the chance,' he said. "With DOD healthcare costs comprising 10 percent of the DOD
  • USAFA command chief to retire after 30-year career: Chief Master Sgt. Stephen Ludwig on retirement, his 'family of Airmen'

    Chief Master Sgt. Stephen Ludwig, the Academy's command chief and top-enlisted Airmen, is stepping-down to retire later this year after more than 30 years of military service. His official retirement ceremony is today in Arnold Hall at 10:30 a.m., but in many ways, he said he'll never leave the Air Force."For me, the Air Force is a family, an
  • The Essence of USAFA: The Air Force professional culture

    Editor's note: This is part seven of an eight-part series detailing the essence of the Academy.The Air Force's Academy offers potential cadets a commissioning source unlike any other in the Air Force to fulfill its mission of educating, training and inspiring men and women to become officers of character, said the Academy's Superintendent, Lt. Gen.
  • The Essence of USAFA: Internalizing the Air Force Ethos

    Editor's note: This is part six of an eight-part series detailing the essence of the Academy.Military training here isn't simply designed to run cadets ragged. Instead, it prepares them for real combat and helps them develop a mindset, driving them through the most trying times. The sixth component in the Academy's essence, derived from a Defense
  • Family, service and sacrifice: Siblings graduate from 3 different service academies

    For the Jones siblings from Woodlands, Texas, although very different from one another, each chose the same path of service as they entered adulthood -- becoming Army, Navy and Air Force officers.Army Capt. Brooke Jones, 27, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 2009, Ensign Madison Jones, 23, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy last year,
  • Academy alumnus joins presidential advisory commission

    (AFNS) -- With family, friends and co-workers in the audience, the Air Force District of Washington executive officer sat among a group of leaders in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community waiting to be sworn into the President's Advisory Commission on AAPIs, May 6.The swearing-in took place at a ceremony hosted by the U.S. Department of
  • The Essence of USAFA: Developing an indomitable spirit

    Editor's note: This is part five of an eight-part series detailing the essence of the Academy.The Academy's top-officer says competition is pivotal to the growth of all cadets and an integral element of what the institution defines as its essence, the indefinable character and commitment of every cadet."One of the eight key components of our