• Academy medic earns Bronze Star for deeds in Afghanistan

    A physician assistant with the 10th Medical Group earned a Bronze Star medal while deployed to Afghanistan from June to December 2009 and learned some important things during his time downrange."I learned ... some great things about myself and reinforced other things that I already knew about the importance of faith in family, friends and God
  • Community, Academy partner for emergency response

    If you drive along Interstate 25 between Colorado Springs and Monument, you may have seen Air Force Academy firefighters and security forces patrollers working alongside their counterparts from Colorado Springs, El Paso County or Colorado emergency response agencies.The business of who responds to emergencies on the Academy -- which includes eight
  • New kestrel falcon gets warm Academy welcome

    The newest member of the Academy's flying falcons weighs in at only four ounces but is already making a heavyweight impression.Buzz, an American kestrel falcon, made his entrance to the mews only a week ago but easily captured the attention of Cadet 2nd Class Calder Goc. Buzz joins the 12 other falcons already housed in the falcon mews located just
  • 2009 Academy graduate balances Air Force, pro hockey

    Few people can actually say they have had a dream come true. Greg Flynn has had two: the opportunity to serve the country he loves and the chance to play professionally in the sport he loves.A 2009 graduate of the Air Force Academy, Flynn is a second lieutenant stationed at Hanscom Air Force Base, just outside Boston. By day, he is a contract
  • Cadet trades combat boots for high heels, crown

    A member of Cadet Squadron 34 has spread her wings and ventured beyond the Academy to the world of pageants and, in doing so, claimed a national title.Cadet 3rd Class Katherine Dials, who was named Miss American Teen for the National Miss American Coed Pageants, will travel to Texas, Florida and the Miss America pageant in Las Vegas this month. She
  • 10th MDG Airman to receive Bronze Star

    An Airman with the 10th Medical Group will receive a Bronze Star medal at a 10th Air Base Wing commander's call scheduled for Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. in the Arnold Hall Theater.Lt. Col. Montserrat Edie-Korleski managed medical contingency plans such as mass casualty and personnel accountability plans while deployed to Afghanistan from January to June
  • New Cadet Wing commander glad he stayed

    Cadet 1st Class Andrew VanTimmeren took the helm as the Academy's newest Cadet Wing commander Jan. 5, but he almost didn't stay past his second day of Basic Cadet Training.Cadet VanTimmeren, then a basic cadet, was ready to pack it in and head home until a chaplain challenged him that if he left then, he would accomplish nothing."I found my niche
  • AFA grad named athlete of year

    Becoming the Air Force male athlete of the year is no easy feat. It takes a lot of determination and dedication to achieve this status. This year's Air Force male athlete of the year is Capt. Ian Holt, a squadron command post missile combat crew commander for the 319th Missile Squadron and 2004 Air Force Academy graduate.Captain Holt said it was
  • Academy engineer lauded for energy conservation

    A mechanical engineer with the 10th Civil Engineer Squadron here has taken the top spot in outstanding individual performance for the annual Air Force Energy Conservation Awards."It came totally out of the blue," said Russell Hume, who received notification that he had won the award via e-mail while on leave during the winter break."He was a clear
  • In Review: 2009

    Below are the Academy Spirit's picks for the top five stories of 2009:5. THE YEAR IN SPORTSThe year saw outstanding performances from the hockey, football and men's basketball teams. In basketball, the Falcons made it to the Mountain West Conference tournament for the first time but ended up losing to top-seeded BYU, 80-69, in the second round. The