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November 23, 2022

Cadets create plant experiment to go to space

U.S. Air Force Academy Strategic Communications U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – Cadets and faculty at the U.S. Air Force Academy are participating in some out-of-this-world research. Their plant project is one of several chosen as part of the Polaris Dawn mission’s science and research portfolio. The mission is expected to launch no earlier than March 2023 from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. “It blows my mind that cadets at the Academy have opportunities to work on projects like this,” said Cadet 1st Class Caroline Harshbarger, one of the cadets involved in the plant project....

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November 23, 2022

Academy Hosts National Gathering of Jewish cadets/midshipmen

Cadets and midshipmen gather at Polaris Hall for Jewish Warrior Weekend, Oct. 28 and 29.  Story by Dean J. Miller, photos by Terry Harteros U.S. Air Force Academy Strategic Communications U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – The U.S. Air Force Academy Chaplain’s Office hosted a gathering of Jewish cadets and midshipmen from around the nation Oct. 28 and 29. The recurring Jewish Warrior Weekend, ongoing since 1997, is hosted by a different school each semester. The Academy previously hosted the event in 2019. "It was exciting to host the fall Jewish Warrior Weekend and to welcome individuals from 12 military...

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November 22, 2022

Senior cadet selected as Academy’s 43rd Rhodes scholar

Cadet 1st Class James Landy, recipient of the Rhodes scholarship U.S. Air Force Academy Strategic Communications U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- –U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet 1st Class James Landy, Class of 2023, has been selected for a highly competitive Rhodes Scholarship, a fully funded postgraduate program at the University of Oxford in England. According to the Rhodes Trust website, the Rhodes scholarship is the oldest international scholarship program. The scholarship was established in 1902 by philanthropist Cecil John Rhodes, a British mining magnate and South African politician. Winners are selected on the basis of academic achievement, personal integrity, and leadership potential,...

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November 15, 2022

Class of 2023 unveils official painting

The U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 2023 official painting contains six elements that represent life as an academy cadet. The painting was created by Colorado artist Steve Weed after he won a public call for artists. (Courtesy photo) U.S. Air Force Academy Strategic Communications U.S. Air Force Academy cadets unveiled the Class of 2023 official painting during a ceremony in Fairchild Hall, Nov. 8, 2022. The “Piece” The piece, painted by local artist Steve Weed, features six elements that represent the Academy. The focal point of the painting is a graduating cadet holding the Falcon mascot, Nova. The secondary...

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November 9, 2022

Air Force cadets train to lead teams in military skills competition

Sandhurst team rucks between tasks during a recent training at the U.S. Air Force Academy. (U.S. Air Force photo/Justin Pacheco) U.S. Air Force Academy Strategic Communications U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - The Sandhurst Military Skills Competition tests the military mettle of cadets from around the world. The U.S. Military Academy at West Point hosts the 55-year-old infantry-focused competition. Last spring, the U.S. Air Force Academy took home the top spot in a field of 48 teams from the service academies, ROTC units and international military institutions. The Academy’s team hopes to defend its title at West Point next spring....

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November 2, 2022

Mischief and mayhem: The Addams Family delights audiences

Members of the Bluebards Theatre Troupe perform “The Addams Family” at the U.S. Air Force Academy Oct. 28. The club enjoys strong cadet, faculty, alumni and community support. U.S. Air Force Academy Strategic Communications  Photos by Trevor Cokley  U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – The U.S. Air Force Academy cadet theater club, Bluebards, received a standing ovation when they performed “The Addams Family” musical for two sold-out audiences this weekend.   Creepy, kooky, mysterious, and spooky, “The Addams Family” has been delighting American readers and audiences for decades. In this musical adaptation, a teenaged Wednesday Addams sends her family into a...

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October 26, 2022

12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year Visit the Academy

Cadets from the falconry club pose for a photo with members of the 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year at the U.S Air Force Academy Sept. 27. The falconry club participates in a wide variety of community events, sharing the academy story with local schools and civic groups, as well as at Academy sporting events such as Falcon football. Story by Cadet 1st Class Trevor Holley, photos by Trevor Cokley U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – Cadets got the unique experience of interacting with and learning from the 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2022 at the U.S. Air...

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October 19, 2022

Early Path to Wings takes off at the Prep School

A cadet instructor pilot prepares to take a Prep School cadet candidate on a glider orientation ride at the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Davis Field as part of the Early Path to Wings program, October 2022. (US Air Force Photo/Trevor Cokley) U.S. Air Force Academy Strategic Communications U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - The Early Path to Wings program is opening doors for cadet candidates at the U.S. Air Force Academy Prep School, specifically doors to the cockpit. The Prep School staff designed the three-year-old program to inspire potential cadets to pursue careers as Air Force pilots and other flying...

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October 6, 2022

Enlisted faculty member speaks out on teaching Air Force Academy cadets

Senior Master Sgt. Patrick Hunt, an enlisted faculty member at the U.S. Air Force Academy.  Story by Ray Bowden, all photos by Trevor Cokley U.S. Air Force Academy Strategic Communications U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – Look no further than the U.S. Air Force Academy if you need proof of the shrinking education gap between today’s commissioned officers and enlisted personnel. Senior Master Sgt. Patrick Hunt, one of 10 senior noncommissioned officers in the Academy’s enlisted faculty program, possesses credentials to impress even the most polished academic. The Buffalo, New York, native holds a master’s degree in business administration-human resource...

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October 5, 2022

NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty’s visit to Academy is a ‘chair raising’ experience for cadets

Story by Ray Bowden, all photos by Trevor Cokley U.S. Air Force Academy Strategic Communications U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – Cadets waved chairs and lifted tables during their five-minute standing ovation for NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty and the Petty GMS team at the U.S. Air Force Academy Sept. 30. Mitchell Hall erupted with applause and the clanging of furniture when Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Richard Clark introduced the NASCAR legend during his visit to the school. Petty joined a group of cadets at their table for lunch after his introduction to the cadet wing. “To be able...

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