• A life less ordinary: Former cadet, Rhodes scholar pushes limits

    The oar blades cut through the cold water of the River Thames as the eight-person team drove their boat in perfect synchronization t the Oxford University Boat House, UK.There was no room for error and time was running out. The Oxford University Women's Boat Club would challenge the University of Cambridge April 2 at the Cancer Research UK Boat
  • A ‘Falcon Proud’ family

    Three Air Force Academy employees say supporting cadets isn’t just their job, it’s their way of life.  Carey Bonnin, wife Bonnie Bonnin, and their daughter, Kim Williams, spend their work time supporting the Academy’s mission of developing leaders of character, and their time-off supporting cadets and showing their Falcon pride.   “We live it,
  • Conquering Recognition: ‘4 degrees’ overcome annual challenge

    Freshmen earned the title of “recognized cadet” March 11 after completing two days of intense challenges here known as Recognition. Recognition is a rigorous annual event freshman, or “four degrees” here, must navigate before earning the status of cadet and the "prop and wings" pin worn on their uniform cap.The challenge began March 9 with hundreds
  • Wounded Warrior ‘DT’ returns to the skies, parachutes into new job

    An Air Force wounded warrior returned to the skies Feb. 18 with his first parachute jump in 11 years. Master Sgt.  Israel Del Toro Jr., the Air Force’s only 100-percent-disabled wounded warrior on active duty, added to his list of achievements by taking his 131st parachute jump with cadets and staff at the 98th Flying Training Squadron. Del Toro,
  • On thin ice: Academy NCO pulls woman from Kettle Lakes

    A young woman has a lot to be thankful for after an airfield manager here yanked her and her dog out of the frigid waters of Kettle Lakes, Jan. 23.  Staff Sgt. David Moore of the 306th Operations Support Squadron was checking for safety hazards around the airfield just after 7 a.m. when he spotted the woman and dog in the water. “She was fully
  • Awards ceremony recognizes revolutionary research of cadets, faculty

    Analyzing Nigerian refugee camps to create long-term sustainable solutions, and timely famine response while working in Silicon Valley, was one of three projects earning Cadet 1st Class Saylor Gilbert the top cadet summer research program award, Jan. 26. Gilbert’s work was among cadet and faculty research projects recognized Jan. 26 at the 21st
  • Update: Cadets selected to compete in round 2 of NASA space-habitat design competition

    National Institute of Aerospace officials invited cadets to compete in the next round of the RASC-AL Space Habitat Competition's in March. If the team makes it through the next cut, they'll compete in the competition's final round, May 31-June 2 in Florida. The cadets are designing a habitat module to use in low-Earth orbit after the International
  • 10th SFS Airman gets $Million view, life experience at USAFA

    How does an airman first class get an office bigger than the superintendent’s?  Earn a spot as an Elite Sentry with the 10th Security Forces Squadron, like Giovanni Fiorella.  Fiorella considers the 18,500-acre base, with its sweeping view of the Front Range Mountains, to be his office. “I get a $Million-dollar view every day,” he said. “There are
  • Soaring Program pioneers stage fall visit to Academy

     Two soaring program pioneers took a stroll through history with cadets and staff this fall at the 94th Flying Training Squadron, home to the Air Force’s only Soaring Program.Retired Lt. Col James Leland helped create the soaring program and retired Lt. Col. Richard Trail, a 1959 Academy graduate, was the first cadet to take a solo flight in a
  • Service and survival: Pearl Harbor vet visits Prep School Jan 6

    Retired Navy Lt. Jim Downing is many things: World War II and Korean War veteran and, at 103, the second oldest known survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Colorado Springs resident shared his story of military service with scores of Air Force Academy Preparatory School students here Jan. 6. “The first Japanese plane I saw was flying straight