• The Essence of USAFA: Courses blend technical, legal expertise

    Editor's note: This is part four of an eight-part series detailing the essence of the Academy.Space systems operators don't work in a vacuum -- at least, not a legal one.The Air Force Academy offers classes on U.S. space policy and cyberspace law for cadets majoring in either of those technical fields as well as those majoring in law or social
  • Academy professor named Engineering Educator of the Year

    The deputy director of operations for the Astronautics Department here was named the 2014 Engineering Educator of the Year by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and will be honored May 22 during a banquet in Lone Tree. Lt. Col. David Richie, also an assistant professor of Astronautics here, will receive the college-level award
  • Take me out to the ballgame: Couple honored for 25 years of service to Academy baseball, cadets

    A Colorado Springs couple was honored during the Falcons baseball game May 10 for their sponsorship of countless players and unconditional support to the team since the early '80s.Retired Col. Don Mueller threw the first pitch and he and his wife, Pat, were presented a framed Air Force jersey and plaque during the pregame ceremony by head baseball
  • Best in the business: Spirit writer named DOD's 'Communicator of the Year'

    A Public Affairs reporter proved the pen is indeed mightier than the sword when he won the Defense Department's 2013 Civilian Communicator of the Year Award April 25."I was out of the office the day the awards were announced, so the first I heard of it was when Lt. Col. Brus Vidal (Academy Public Affairs office director) called to congratulate me,"
  • The essence of USAFA: Immersing cadets in the 'total experience'

    Editor's note: This is part three of an eight-part series detailing the essence of the Academy.Cadet life at the Air Force's Academy isn't just about academics and sports; it's about immersing cadets in a total experience: education, leadership, physical and mental strength. The third of eight pillars comprising the Academy's essence or "total
  • The Essence of USAFA: Cadet-led committee governs Honor Code process

    Editor's note: This is part one of an eight-part series detailing the essence of the Academy."We will not lie, steal or cheat, nor tolerate among us anyone who does." Those words comprise the Air Force Academy's Honor Code, a cornerstone of character and leadership development that forms the first pillar of the Academy's Essence. Cadets in the
  • The Essence of USAFA: Focusing on air, space, cyberspace

    Editor's note: This is part two of an eight-part series detailing the essence of the Academy. The Air Force Mission is to "Fly, Fight and Win...in Air, Space and Cyberspace." For some, that mission alone is enough to take up a profession of arms unlike any other in the world -- and at the Air Force's Academy, cadets embark on a four-year journey to
  • USAFA diversity: Challenges and progress

    The Air Force defines diversity very broadly, placing valuable emphasis not only on representation based on one's race, gender or ethnic background, but also on the unique and rich perspective that comes from the variety of experiences and beliefs that mark a holistic society. This isn't just the right thing to do, an idealistic reflection of our
  • USAFA SARC discusses sexual coercion

    After we received a submission to the Academy Spirit last week about one person's struggle to overcome sexual coercion, I sat down with Teresa Beasley, the Air Force Academy's sexual assault response coordinator, to discuss where it fits in the continuum of sexual assault and how to recognize warning signs of a bad relationship before they escalate
  • Civilian marks 40 years of service at USAFA

    In 1974, Academy classes were all male; there weren't any computers, cell phones and free weekends were few and far between. It was the year then-President Gerald Ford spoke at graduation. And it was the year Renny Strackany started work as a machinist in the training devices department.Forty years later, women are not only taking classes at USAFA,