• Downrange: Academy NCO cares for locals, warfighters

    A surgical services technician with the 10th Medical Group didn't know what to expect when she deployed with the 655th Forward Surgery Team in Afghanistan two months ago. However, she quickly learned that at least some of the local population harbors no love for Americans in the country.During Staff Sgt. Shante Lopez's first month downrange, her
  • Cadet research benefits Falcon Stadium

    Two cadets majoring in mechanical engineering devoted their senior capstone research project to studying the heating system under the synthetic turf football field of Falcon Stadium. Cadets 1st Class Caleb Becker and Ben Saunders simulated the functioning of the heating system in order to determine the minimum amount of time the heater would need
  • Children 'deploy' to Usafastan

    For about 200 members of the Academy community, Saturday started with a 7 a.m. wake-up call from the Command Center. By 9:30 a.m., they filled the predeployment center on the south side of the base to receive safety and cultural awareness briefings, set up allotments to their family members back home and get vaccinations. An hour later, they
  • Academy NCO wins Levitow Award from Vosler NCO Academy

    The NCO in charge of command career enhancement programs for the Air Force Academy staff here received the John Levitow Award when she graduated from the Vosler NCO Academy at Peterson Air Force Base April 8.Tech. Sgt. Tiffany Smith was the top graduate among 125 mid-level NCOs who graduated from the NCO Academy's Class 10-3."It's humbling and an
  • Recent graduates speak at Spring 2010 Falcon Heritage Forum

    Not far removed from the Academy, 40 graduates from the classes of 2006-2009 shared insights and challenges of life in the active-duty Air Force during the April 14-16 Falcon Heritage Forum.The forum, themed "Officers of Character: Lieutenants in Action," included a cadet squadron-hosted dinner, formal presentations and interactive mentoring. "The
  • Cadets demonstrate service before self in Ghana

    The generosity of two cadets sparked an outporing of aid that helped feed thousands, provide medical treatment to hundreds and give toys to impoverished children in western Africa.Cadet 1st Class Anthony Christian of Cadet Squadron 35 and Cadet 2nd Class Joel Corabi of Cadet Squadron 8 spent their winter holidays in the African nation of Ghana,
  • Falcons' Burtschi to pursue hoops dream

    First Lt. Jacob Burtschi, a former Air Force Academy standout basketball player currently stationed here, will be released from his Air Force commitment early and plans to pursue a professional basketball career.Burtschi, a Bravo crew commander with the 11th Space Warning Squadron, a tenant unit here, will take advantage of the 2010 Force
  • Cadets trade beaches for hammers during Alternative Spring Break

    Dozens of Academy cadets traded in spring break's sunlit beaches for hammers, nails and saws to build homes for the needy during Alternative Spring Break March 22-26.The Center for Character and Leadership Development hooked up 63 cadet volunteers with Habitat for Humanity housing projects in Kansas City and the Texas towns of El Paso, Wichita
  • AFA language programs form 'onramp' for cross-culturally competent leaders

    The future of the Air Force's culture and language initiatives looks much like a classroom of energized cadets fully engaged in a Chinese foreign language course at the U.S. Air Force Academy, participating and responding to Haning Hughes' high energy, expressive body language and animated facial expressions."When (Ms. Hughes) leaves the classroom,
  • Unit Advisory Council a voice for Cadet Wing, community

    The Unit Advisory Council here wants others around the Academy to join them in improving the Cadet Wing and the Colorado Springs community.The UAC meets monthly at one of four Cadet Group locations to consider suggestions and ideas concerning the Cadet Wing, community projects and quality-of-life issues, said Tech. Sgt. David Johnson, the council's