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August 7, 2020

Air Force Research Laboratory supports cadet research

Story by Whitney Wetsig, Air Force Research Laboratory Public Affairs, Aug. 7, 2020  WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – With support from the Air Force Research Laboratory, the Air Force Academy expanded its summer research program for undergraduate cadets and is provided virtual research opportunities to the largest group ever in the school’s history. “Thanks to AFRL, many more of our future Air Force and Space Force leaders will be exposed to research during their undergraduate studies,” said Col. Chris McClernon, the Academy's associate dean of research. Seventy-four scientists and engineers from the AFRL advised 165 cadets and worked with them remotely to...

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August 6, 2020

Honoring a Fallen Teammate

By Nicole Cox, USAFA Graduate Liaison Members of the USAFA Flying Team gathered last weekend to remember First Lieutenant Kenneth “KAGE” Allen. A memorial shadow box, paid for by members of the Class of 2017 will be displayed at the 557th Flying Training Squadron. The box includes Kage’s Flying Team patch, retired by the Flying Team members who gathered to remember him. The Flying Team Parents Club also paid for and presented versions of the box to Kage’s parents and his wife, Hanna. Each of the displays show the T-51 and T-41 from his time with the Flying Team and...

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July 31, 2020

8 former cadets now officers with July 30 graduation ceremony

U.S. Air Force Academy -- (U.S. Air Force photo/Trevor Cokley)Story by Ray Bowden, photo by Trevor Cokley, July 31, 2020 U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- The Air Force Academy’s Class of 2020 grew to 975 graduates when eight new second lieutenants were added to the school's alumni roster, July 30. The graduates are 2nd Lts. Tyler Belyeu, Kyle Bundesmann, Steven Lamoureux, Eric Long, Kealohilani Mahi-Lyons, Denise Ssozi, Megan Weld and Trevor Whiteside. Belyeu earned a bachelor’s in management; Bundesmann, Mahi-Lyons and Weld earned a bachelor’s in biology; Lamoureux and Whiteside earned a bachelor’s in general studies; Long earned a bachelor’s...

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July 29, 2020

Cadets return to Academy under strict safety guidelines

(U.S. Air Force photo/Trevor Cokley) Staff report, July 29, 2020 U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- The Air Force Academy welcomed the entire cadet wing back from the summer break and leaders at all levels at the school continue to prioritize the health and safety of cadets, faculty and staff. More than 1,300 Cadets arrived July 26-27, four months after leaving the school in March to study online as the global COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S. The first stop when they arrived was the medical clinic. Strict health and safety precautions have been set in place to decrease the spread of the coronavirus among...

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July 28, 2020

Cadet Research Spotlight: Space Physics and Atmospheric Research Center Photometer

by Nicole Cox, USAFA Graduate Liaison Cadet Zachary Eyler, Class of 2021, and his research advisor Dr. Matthew McHarg are working on a photometer, a device that measures the amount of incoming light, designed to take measurements of the Aurora. The goal of the project is to learn more about the mechanisms responsible for high frequency flickering in the Aurora’s intensity. Cadet Eyler’s efforts to program the photometer have led to an ability to get real-time read outs of auroral conditions. His program quickly analyzes the incoming data, writes it to a file and sends instruction back to the photometer....

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July 23, 2020

Cadets to return to Academy for fall semester

U.S. Air Force Academy, July 23, 2020 U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- The Secretary of Defense has designated all accession sources and military training pipelines as mission essential. The U.S. Air Force Academy, as one of those key Air Force accession sources, will be one of the first universities in the nation to have its entire student body on campus by the end of July. In the next week, the remaining cadets will be returning to the Academy. The safety of cadets, staff and the entire USAFA community, as well as the Colorado Springs community, remains our number one priority....

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July 15, 2020

Academy releases stats on class of 2024

Story by Ray Bowden, photograph by Tech. Sgt. Ben Stratton, July 15, 2020 U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- (The Air Force Academy’s Class of 2024 reported for basic training June 25. Here is the breakdown.) According to a report released by the Admissions Office at the Air Force Academy July 9, 1,145 cadets arrived at the school to begin Basic Cadet Training. Successfully completing BCT’s six weeks of mental and physical training is among the first steps new cadets take toward earning a commission as an Air or Space force officer. The Stats Cadets from every state were admitted to...

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July 13, 2020

USAFA Recognizes Class of 2020 Top Graduate

On Thursday 9 July Lt Gen Silveria recognized the USAFA Class of 2020 Top Graduate, 2Lt Zack Bailey during a small ceremony in Polaris Hall. Lt Bailey was also recognized as the Outstanding Cadet in Mechanical Engineering, the Outstanding Cadet in Engineering and the Outstanding Cadet in Academic Performance. Lt Bailey is a recipient of the Marshall Scholarship and is on his way to King’s College London in the fall. Congratulations Lt Bailey!

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July 9, 2020

Cadet research at AF Academy in full swing despite coronavirus

Cadet 1st Class John Byrne works on his academic research project at his family home in Chesterfield, Missouri. The U.S. Air Force Academy cadet will return to the school in September to begin his senior year. (Courtesy photo) Story by Ray Bowden, July 9, 2020 U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- The top research official at the Air Force Academy said it takes more than a global pandemic to stop summertime research at the school. Despite the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on universities across the U.S., cadet researchers are busier than ever, said Col. Chris McClernon, the Academy’s associate dean...

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July 2, 2020

Lt. Gen. Richard Clark nominated to be next Academy superintendent

U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs, July 2, 2020 U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- President Donald Trump has nominated Lt. Gen. Richard M. Clark to become the Superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy. “I am extremely humbled and honored by the nomination to serve as the Superintendent of the Air Force Academy,” said Lt. Gen. Clark. “I’m also excited for the opportunity to build on the tremendous work of Lt. Gen. [Jay] Silveria and to give back to the institution that has given me so much. Go Falcons!” If confirmed by the Senate, Clark will direct the Academy’s undergraduate academic program,...

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