• Cadets claim victory in battles against cancer

    There will be no way of telling the two cadets who have survived cancer on graduation day. Worth our attention An Army doctor left Cadet 1st Class Gregory Rettler a message the night before telling the cadet not to eat or drink anything after midnight and to come to his office at 7 a.m. the next morning. The cadet suspected things were serious.
  • Operation Air Force involves cadets in medical research

    Operations Air Force saw Cadet 2nd Class Sara Chapman get a heady dose of medical reality at Wilford Hall Medical Center's vascular surgery in Texas May 20 to June 20. The biology major with Cadet Squadron 35 assisted with surgeries and assessments on study animals. "I always wanted to learn how to use the ultrasound machine really well so I would
  • Get Out and Go: Rafting on the Arkansas

    It had been a while since I visited Cañon City, and even longer since I'd done any rafting, so when the Outdoor Recreation office invited me to go on a rafting trip in May, I eagerly said yes. We met in the parking lot behind the Academy's Outdoor Recreation Office on a cool Wednesday morning. Everyone checked out wetsuits, helmets and floatation
  • Afghanistan deployment 'could crush or strengthen' chaplain assistant's faith

    Staff Sgt. Christopher Thompson's assignment to hospital at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, as chapel operations NCO in charge could crush or strengthen his faith. "I talk to family members of wounded warriors back at home," said the deployed chaplain assistant from the Academy's Cadet Chapel. "I talked to the mother of a Marine whose son had just
  • 10th MDG honors new mural's completion

    The role of the combat medic traces back to the American Revolution. Since then, combat medics' courageous actions have saved countless lives. In the face of danger, with an utter disregard for their own well being, combat medics treat and stabilize the wounded until they can be medically evacuated. Staff Sgt. Jason Martinez captured the essence of
  • Academy command chief returns to roots

    Author John Ed Pearce once wrote, "Home is a place you grow up wanting to leave, and grow old wanting to get back to." While the Air Force Academy's top enlisted Airman is by no means old, home is where he plans to return after he retires in a ceremony June 5. Chief Master Sgt. Arvin Davis, a native of Sumter, S.C., joined the Air Force in June
  • Healthy futures in store for children

    Academy youngsters are getting a jump start on a life-long healthy lifestyle -- and having fun doing it -- through the Fit for the Future, Meet Me in the Park program. Twice a week children and parents gather at housing area parks for two hours of outdoor games, play and socialization. The program, from 9 to 11 a.m. and targeting children ages 2-5,
  • Live from Afghanistan: Father promotes son via video teleconference

    Can you hear me, Dad? ... Pop, can ya hear?" "Loud and clear." And just like that, from halfway across the world, Lt. Col. Steven Black, chief of nutritional medicine at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, was ready to promote his son, 1st Lt. Travis Black, Materiel Management Flight commander, 87th Logistics Readiness Squadron, to captain at Joint Base
  • Cultural immersion in the Land of the Rising Sun

    Yumiko Guajardo has reason to be pleased about the cultural and language immersion program. She and a group of cadets recently returned to the Air Force Academy from a stay in the island nation, during which cadets visited major cities as well as smaller communities such as Wakayama, a small town on Honshu Island. She sent Capt. Brett Huyser
  • Get Out and Go: Cripple Creek or Bust!

    In 1892 a wandering cattleman fell into a small stream in Teller County and broke his leg. A nearby miner heard his shouts for help, and while aiding the injured cattleman, he, too, fell in the stream and broke a leg. The miner was purported to cry out, "Well, ain't that a Cripple Creek!" The name stuck. At nearly 9,500 feet in elevation, Cripple