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  • The Contrails: The Medal of Honor, history of decorations of valor

    The first formal system for rewarding acts of individual gallantry by the nation’s fighting men was established by Gen George Washington on August 7, 1782. Designed to recognize “any singularly meritorious action,” the award consisted of a purple cloth heart. Records show three persons received the award: Sergeant Elijah Churchill, Sergeant William
  • The Contrails: Cadet insignia, badges

    Superintendent’s Pin: Worn only by those cadets whose name appears on the Superintendent’s list for obtaining the Commandant’s Pin, Dean’s Pin, and Athletic Director’s Pin for the previous semester.Commandant’s Pin: Worn by those cadets whose name appears on the Commandant’s List. The Commandant’s List is reserved for cadets in the top one third in
  • The Contrails: Class, building colors

    Editors note -- This week's excerpt  from The Contrails is seen exactly as shown on page 36 in the 2015 edition of this cadet guidebook In modern architecture, the three primary colors are prevalent [in the design of the Air Force Academy]. Since the Academy was to reflect modern architecture, red, blue, and yellow were chosen for the original
  • Women’s History Month Profile: Tech Sgt Marcia Regula

    Tech. Sgt. Marcia Regula has grown into her career as a military trainer and parachute instructor at the Air Force Academy, but said she wasn’t the typical little girl growing up in Battlecreek, Michigan.“I quit the dance class my mom made me take to join a Karate class with my brothers,” she said. “I was happier horsing around and playing G.I. Joe
  • The Contrails: Buildings

    Editors note -- This week's excerpt  from The Contrails is seen exactly as shown on page 31 - 36 in the 2015 edition of this cadet guidebook BuildingsThe cadet’s life is centered around the nine major buildings in the cadet area. These buildings have been named after Air Force officers who were particularly vital to the history of the Air Force and
  • Family support helps 2 Academy NCOs during deployments

    Two security forces NCOS left their families and friends at the Air Force Academy to join the more than 100,000 service members who deploy annually around the world to secure U.S. interests.  Master Sgt. Jovonnie Walter is in south Asia and Tech. Sgt. Troy Umstead is in southwest Asia. They’re among the 250 Airmen assigned to the Academy who deploy
  • Caring for cadets: AMT steps into 'drop zone'

    Editor's note: This is the second in a three-part series highlighting military trainers at the Air Force Academy.Growing up in rural Tupelo, Mississippi, Master Sgt. Zachary Marshall remembers having what he needed: just the basics and nothing extra. Marshall, an academy military trailer for Cadet Squadron 10, said his parents taught him nothing is
  • The Contrails: Cadet squadron nicknames, patches

    Editors note -- This week's excerpt  from The Contrails is seen exactly as shown on page 30 and 31 in the 2015 edition of this cadet guidebook  When the first class entered the Academy in the Summer of 1955, they were divided into four squadrons. In the years following, the number of squadrons gradually increased at an average of four to eight per
  • Academy Spotlight

    Libran SelfeSpecialty: Department of the Air Force Police Officer Unit: 10th Security Forces Squadron, Duty position: Entry Controller “I provide installation checks to ensure only authorized personnel enter the Academy” – Officer Selfe Hometown: St. Louis, MissouriFavorite aspect of being assigned to the Academy: Interacting with customers coming
  • The Contrails: Air Force Academy History

    Editors note -- This week's excerpt  from The Contrails is seen exactly as shown on page 30 and 31 in the 2015 edition of this cadet guidebook Following the organization of the United States Air Force as a separate service in 1947, work commenced toward the realization of yet another dream–its own academy.In 1948, Secretary of Defense James
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