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HISTORY

Teaches history for the profession of arms and provides a natural forum for the discussion of great leaders, past and present, insights that are invaluable to any future leader of this country.

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The study of history examines foreign cultures and the evolution of technology and military heritage that directly relates to many active duty situations. The study of History also involves critical thinking, analysis, writing, and oral presentations—essential skills for any Air Force officer.

The U.S. Air Force Academy’s Department of History teaches history for the profession of arms and provides a natural forum for the discussion of great leaders, past and present, insights that are invaluable to any future leader of this country.

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THE FALCON FOOTNOTE (AY 2019-2020)

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July 17, 2019

Feature story: AF Academy cadets take educational journey to Normandy, pay tribute to D-Day

(Courtesy photo) By Ray Bowden, July 17, 2019 U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Cadets from the Air Force Academy spent two weeks of their summer break near the beach, but it probably wasn’t the shoreline you’d expect. They went to Normandy, France, to pay their respects to the 160,000 allied troops who crossed the English Channel on D-Day, June 6, 1944, to begin clawing-back Europe from Nazi control. The two-week academic journey took the cadets and some of their faculty to Normandy where the allied campaign, Operation Overlord, occurred. The group also participated in the D-Day 75th Anniversary memorial...

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April 22, 2019

Cultural Immersion Program trips make ‘the world a bit smaller’

U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet 1st Class Brianna Murray (middle left) sits with Ugandans during a Cultural Information Program trip to East Africa during spring break, 2019. (Courtesy photo) By Jennifer Spradlin U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Cadet 1st Class Brianna Murray came to the Air Force Academy looking for a chance to be part of something bigger than herself, and recently realized part of that goal with a Cultural Immersion Program trip to East Africa. Murray and three other cadets joined Dr. John Riley, an associate professor in political science, on a 10-day trip during spring break to Rwanda...

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March 20, 2017

Major TV network broadcasts cadets’ history class

By John Van Winkle, U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs / Published March 14, 2017.   U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Cadets and faculty can be seen round-the-clock on a CSPAN-3 special feature documenting a history class here. The inside look at leadership lessons from the Civil War hit the national airwaves March 4 but can be seen online on demand at www.c-span.org/video/?418778-2/civil-war-fall-1864  and www.c-span.org/podcasts/#lecturesInHistory. It is also scheduled to be shown again on CSPAN-3, 8:40 p.m. (ET) March 12. CSPAN-3 reporters visited a History 339: The Civil War, taught last fall by Dr. Charles Dusch, the Air Force Academy’s...

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