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December 12, 2017

‘All I wanted was to succeed’: USAFA Prep School NCO reflects on career

By Ray Bowden, Dec. 12, 2017 U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- When Master Sgt. Nicholas Roberts tells you “Wherever the Air Force needs me, is where I’ll go,” you get the idea he’s serious. Since enlisting in 2000, he’s bounced around the World like a lottery ball, deploying to Southwest Asia seven times and on contingency operations in other far-flung places. Nick is a military trainer at the Air Force Academy’s Preparatory School but late next year he reports for flight sergeant duty at the 820th Base Defense Group at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. The 820th BDG provides...

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December 7, 2017

As Pearl Harbor Survivors Dwindle, Their Stories Remain Timeless

By Katie Lange, Dec. 6, 2017 Defense Media Activity Dec. 7 marks the 76th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, a sneak attack by the Japanese in 1941 that took many American lives and thrust the United States into World War II. The “date which will live in infamy” is commemorated yearly across the entire nation, with many survivors and their families making the pilgrimage to Oahu, Hawaii, in remembrance. While the population of military and civilian survivors from that day has dwindled, their stories and bravery have not. Ahead of last year’s massive 75th anniversary commemoration, we interviewed...

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December 7, 2017

2 Academy SNCOs selected for promotion to E-9

By U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs, Dec. 7, 2017 U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY – Two Academy senior NCOs were selected for promotion to chief master sergeant Dec. 7. Kristi Binard, 10th Medical Support Squadron Donte Walker, 10th Medical Operations Squadron The Air Force selected 472 out of 2,142 eligible senior master sergeants for a selection rate of 22.04 percent. The chief master sergeant promotion list is available on the Air Force Portal and myPers. Airmen will also be able to access their score notices on the virtual Military Personnel Flight via the Air Force’s Personnel Center secure applications page. Those...

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December 1, 2017

Atop a Colorado ‘14er’: Cadets save 2, find confidence

By Staff Sgt. Charlie Rivezzo, Dec. 1, 2017 U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – Cadet mountaineers encountered more than they anticipated Oct. 28 when they found themselves leading two lost hikers down Torreys Peak in near subzero temperatures and white-out conditions. Lt. Col. Robert Marshall, officer-in-charge of the Air Force Academy's Cadet Mountaineering Club, said the two disoriented men were in a "bad way." "They were woefully unprepared for the conditions," he said. "They had lost the trail and weren't sure how to get down the mountain. They had no flashlight, map, GPS rescue beacon or shelter." The mislaid hikers’...

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