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April 24, 2017

Space pioneers visit Prep School cadet candidates April 18

  Ray Bowden/April 24, 2017 Astronauts Susan Helms and Gary Payton gave Prep School students here a look into space April 18. Viewing the Earth from space is “humbling,” they said during their hour-long chat with cadet-candidates at the Community Center Theater. “I was surprised to see the Earth was white and blue, not green and blue like in the movies,” said Helms, a retired lieutenant general. “It’s absolutely stunning.” Payton, a retired colonel, said movies and photos of the Earth from space will never do the sight justice. “The Earth is gorgeous, a deep dark blue,” he said. From...

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April 20, 2017

Former USAFA exchange student ‘flies over’ Academy

  By U.S. Air Force Public Affairs/April 20, 2017 Just after 11:30 a.m. April 19, French air force Maj. Nicolas Lieumont was flying with his Patrouille France team above Colorado Springs and about to enter the Air Force Academy airspace. The former Academy exchange student said he can’t help but feel nostalgia upon seeing the familiar scenery of Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods and the Academy again. “We are here to (celebrate) this brotherhood between our countries,” Lieumont said. “We don’t fight together because we are told to do so or because we receive orders. We fight together because...

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April 20, 2017

Falcon Foundation helps potential cadets get to Academy

By Ray Bowden/April 20, 2017 Ever met a Falcon scholar? You probably have if you’ve spend time with Air Force officers, but you might not have known it. Since the 1960s, the Falcon Foundation here has helped more than 4,500 cadet-candidates enter the Air Force Academy with its Falcon Scholars Program. Two Falcon scholars are Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein and his predecessor, retired Gen. Mark Welsh III. Another is Cadet 1st Class Sara Fishbein, the former spring semester Cadet Wing commander. The Cadet Wing’s vice commander, Cadet 1st Class Howlett Cohick, is also a Falcon scholar....

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April 20, 2017

USAFA hosts NACDA Symposium: Collegiate athletic directors discuss stance against sexual assault

  By Ray Bowden/April 20, 2017 Athletic directors from several U.S. colleges met here April 10-11 to discuss a shared priority: reducing sexual assault and learning innovative ways to teach leadership and develop character among their athletes. The group included about 100 athletic directors from the Air Force Academy, and the Power Five conferences, including the PAC-12, ACC and Big 12, and Ivy League and District 2 and 3 National Collegiate Athletic Association schools. They attended forums in Polaris Hall and discussed their stance against sexual assault at the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletes Spring Symposium, hosted by...

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