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October 20, 2017

U.S. Air Force Academy combines USAFA Assembly, International Week

By Ray Bowden, Oct. 20, 2017 U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Geopolitics was the hot topic this week when the Air Force Academy combined two high-level annual events. Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria said the U.S. Air Force Academy Assembly and International Week were combined to benefit cadets. “This is the first time we’ve brought all this together,” Silveria said to cadets, guest speakers and faculty, Oct. 18 in Exemplar Hall. “The combination allows for beneficial synergistic effects.” One effect, Silveria said, is that officers from other countries attending International Week can take part in Assembly discussions. “It’s a...

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October 20, 2017

U.S. Air Force Academy is hot contender for Firefighter Combat Challenge title

By Laurie Wilson, Oct. 20, 2017 U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Firefighters from the Air Force Academy's 10th Civil Engineering Squadron will be competing next week at the Firefighter Worlds Challenge XXVI in Louisville, Kentucky. The team will show up an already hot contender to win the “World’s Best” title, having placed or set records in a number of qualifying heats and categories during preliminary competition. The Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge obstacle course is the proving ground for teams competing for the title of World’s Best. It's a timed, five-event exercise requiring firefighters in various categories to simulate firefighting and...

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October 18, 2017

Roadrunners on ‘Cloud 9’ after Commandant’s Challenge win

By Maureen Welch, Oct. 18, 2017 U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Cadet Squadron 32’s “Roadrunners” beat-out the competition to win the annual Commandant’s Challenge this month. The annual competition took place Oct. 12-14, pitting the 40 squadrons against each other. “The Roadrunners are on ‘Cloud 9” after their win,” said Master Sgt. John Phillips, an academy military trainer at the squadron. “They took the top spot with points to spare.” Senior cadet and “Roadrunner” Michelle Ingle, said CS-32 was unified in its desire to take first place. “We knew we had to be on the same page to get things...

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October 13, 2017

Conference could have ‘huge ramifications’ for space, experts say

By 2nd Lt. Kyle Senn, Oct. 13, 2017 Experts from around the world met at the Air Force Academy Oct. 9-13 to discuss prospective rules in space. Gen. John Raymond, commander of Air Force Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base, was a keynote speaker at the MILAMOS Conference, where the group discussed the creation of a “Manual on International Law Applicable to Military Uses of Outer Space.” The MILAMOS will help regulate conduct in space and help international leaders categorize behavior, said Raymond, the event’s keynote speaker. “In this congested, contested and competitive space environment, where intent can be...

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