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August 14, 2018

The ‘Other Side of Fear’

By Staff Reports, Aug. 14, 2018 U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — Staff Sgt. Charles Carter had to be the first passenger to jump out of that plane. “I knew I couldn’t be a leader if I wasn’t the first to jump so I jumped,” he said. Carter found himself standing in the door as the only noncommissioned officer in a group of cadets and cadet instructors on board the UV-18 Twin Otter aircraft flying 5,000 feet above Air Force Academy’s drop zone. “I can’t explain what it feels like when you leave the plane,” he said. “The first thing you notice...

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August 14, 2018

STRATCOM’s top officer visits USAFA

By Laurie Wilson, Aug. 11, 2018 U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — The commander of U.S. Strategic Command said Aug. 10 that space research at the Air Force Academy benefits the Department of Defense and the nation. Speaking at the Academy’s Space Systems Research Center during his visit, Gen. John Hyten encouraged cadets and faculty to continue to view space as a professional enterprise. “Learn how this business works,” he said. “Learn how space integrates with air, ground and sea. Make sure you look at your projects from a military and warfighting perspective moving forward.” At the research center, cadets updated...

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August 8, 2018

Air Force Academy changing to meet needs of the Air Force

(U.S. Air Force photo by Darcie Ibidapo) By Ray Bowden, Aug. 8, 2018 U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- The Air Force Academy’s top officer said decisions made by senior Pentagon officials and increased defense spending are changing how the Academy prepares cadets to contend with modern warfare. Lieutenant Gen. Jay Silveria said this and more when he closed-out his first year as Academy superintendent Aug. 9 with a commander’s call for his military and civilian staff. These changes are the result of the Academy staying in line with Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein’s focus areas: “Revitalizing squadrons,...

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August 6, 2018

Contestants needed for Alpha Warrior Games at USAFA

By Laurie Wilson U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Look out American Ninja Warriors -- the Air Force’s Alpha Warrior Tour is stopping by the Air Force Academy August 14-15. The tour is part of the Alpha Warrior Program, an Air Force initiative to enhance Airman Readiness and fitness. Like the TV hit, the Air Force games are built around an obstacle course that challenges contestants as they advance through rigorous Battle Rig stations. Cadets, Airmen and their families can meet Ninja Warriors Sara Heesen and Kevin Klein, try-out the Alpha Battle Stations and compete on the Warrior Battle Rig, to...

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