• Newest falcon stretches her wings

    Visitors to the Air Force Academy wouldn't be surprised to hear someone say, "Look. It's a plane." At the Community Center library July 22, though, they were saying -- maybe not in so many words -- "Look. It's a bird." It was two birds, in fact. A crowd of perhaps 70 came to watch a trio from the cadet falconers and two of their avian stars, Cody
  • Winning ways follow '08 grad

    Everywhere Tim Anderson has laced up a pair of basketball sneakers, he's been a winner.As a senior guard at Franklin High School in El Paso, Texas, he led his team to a 26-7 record while averaging 23 points per game, on his way to earning Most Valuable Player honors for the city and district of El Paso, plus a second-team all-state selection.While
  • Doolies enjoy down day at rodeo

    The Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo and the Air Force Academy Class of 2014 are on opposite ends of the age spectrum.In the working world, the 70-year-old rodeo would be a few years past retirement age. Nevertheless, the fresh-faced doolies and the wizened old Westerners made for an ideal pairing Saturday at the Norris-Penrose Event Center as the rodeo
  • Program helps teachers reach for STARS

    Here's what happens when you let 14 high school teachers loose at the Air Force Academy: they set off rockets and play with inflatable globes. And the plan is for it to rub off on their students.Last week's intensive three-day seminar was the inaugural session of Space Technology Applications Reaching Students, or STARS. It's boot camp for
  • Class of '14 rolls out to Jacks Valley

    A journey of 4½ miles begins with two words: "Forward, HARCH!"With those words, spoken July 11 at 6:45 a.m., the Class of 2014 began its transition from the first phase of Basic Cadet Training to "Second Beast," which entails about three weeks of military training and team-building. Basic cadets, led by Vice Superintendent Col. Tamra Rank, 10th Air
  • Lombeida Foundation continues mission after dr.'s death

    Even after rising to the rank of colonel and Academy chief neurologist, Dr. Judith Lombeida never lost her inner child. She jumped into tag games with the neighbor kids. She was full of mischievous pranks. She preserved the spark of her childhood as well as the love of her native Ecuador, where she regularly took part in medical missions. That is,
  • '99 graduate, family head to Argentina through Olmsted Scholar program

    An A-10C Thunderbolt II pilot assigned to the 358th Fighter Squadron here was one of 17 military officers selected by the George and Carol Olmsted Foundation to be a student in Olmsted Scholar Class of 2011.Maj. Sean Baerman, a 1999 graduate of the Air Force Academy, will move with his family to Buenos Aires in June and will spend the next eight
  • Kan. native spreads musical wings

    Cadet 1st Class Jill Larson hesitated about coming to the Academy in 2007, unsure whether she would have the opportunity to sing, but the Dodge City, Kan., native and Academy Preparatory School graduate was happy to be proven wrong.Music has given the Falcons and Kansas Jayhawks fan an outlet from the rigors of cadet responsibilities. Even in Basic
  • Colorado hero flies with Thunderbirds

    A math teacher who subdued an active shooter at Deer Creek Middle School Feb. 23 flew in the cockpit of an F-16 Fighting Falcon over the Air Force Academy, Peterson Air Force Base and Colorado Springs May 23.Dr. David Benke's act of heroism and 33 years of service to his community as a math teacher in public schools were showcased by
  • Class of 2010 crest embodies graduates' unity, pride

    The Class of 2010 has proven itself worthy of the motto, "Strength Within." Our class crest symbolizes this internal strength, and as we wear our rings, we will continue to embody the strength that we gain from the experience, good and bad, that the Academy has given us. Pain is a part of the process; no one said getting stronger would be easy.