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April 18, 2024

Brothers forge paths of Academy excellence

Cadet 4th Class Dylan Schuch and Cadet 2nd Class Chad Schuch Jr. pose with their father April 5, 2024. Chad’s Academy appointment inspired his younger brother’s own cadet journey and his family’s move to Colorado Springs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Justin Pacheco) By Randy Roughton U.S. Air Force Academy Strategic Communications U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. – Cadet 4th Class Dylan Schuch considers his older brother his most effective college recruiter. Dylan, or ‘li’l Schuch’ as his brother’s friends affectionately call him, followed Cadet 2nd Class Chad Schuch, first to the U.S. Air Force Preparatory School and eventually to...

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April 17, 2024

State’s last surviving Tuskegee Airman visits Academy for ceremony

Cadets stand in formation during the Tuskegee Airman statue re-dedication and wreath-laying ceremony at the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Honor Court April 12, 2024. Retired U.S. Air Force Col. James H. Harvey, Colorado's only surviving Tuskegee Airman, and Peggy Shivers, the wife of the late Tuskegee Airman and statue creator Lt. Col. Clarence Shivers, also attended the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Trevor Cokley) By Randy Roughton U.S. Air Force Academy Strategic Communications U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. – Colorado's lone surviving documented original Tuskegee Airman returned with other family members of the famed African American aviators to help...

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April 15, 2024

Two Academy Cadets named Truman Scholars

U.S. Air Force Academy Strategic Communications U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. – U.S. Air Force Academy Cadets Second Class Kelsey Monaghan-Bergson and Sophia Stewart have been named by the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation Board of Trustees. The juniors from the Academy’s Class of 2025 were named among 60 Truman Scholars selected from 709 applicants nominated by 285 colleges, universities or a military service academy. The cadets are the only scholars named who attend a military service academy; and the Academy is one of six nominating institutions with multiple Truman Scholars named in 2024. The foundation selects Truman Scholars from...

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April 9, 2024

Out-of-this-world fun with Physics and Astronomy Club

U.S. Air Force Academy Physics and Astronomy Club members prepare to view the total solar eclipse in Texas April 8, 2024. Club members traveled to Hamilton, Texas, and McLeansboro, Illinois, to view the eclipse. (Courtesy photo provided by Lt. Col. Benjamin Roth) By Randy Roughton U.S. Air Force Academy Strategic Communications U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. – U.S. Air Force Academy cadets can pursue their passions through numerous clubs representing multiple interests. One example of club life at the Academy is the Physics and Astronomy Club. Throughout the year, the club’s 60-plus members can participate in events, such as star...

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April 8, 2024

Star wrestler shows how athletics produces leaders

Cadet 1st Class Sam Wolf will graduate this summer and attend pilot training. Wolf participates in athletics at the U.S. Air Force Academy and is a co-captain of the wrestling team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Justin Pacheco) By Randy Roughton U.S. Air Force Academy Strategic Communications U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. – Cadet 1st Class Sam Wolf’s wrestling teammates often tell each other to work hard in all aspects of life, and each endeavor will “meet at the top.” Wolf’s excellence as a cadet and on the mat for the U.S. Air Force Academy wrestling team demonstrate his devotion...

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April 4, 2024

Cadet Wing kicks off Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Teal rope cadets are placed throughout the squadrons in the Cadet Wing at the U.S. Air Force Academy. They play major roles in the fight against sexual assault and throughout Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. (U.S. Air Force photo by Trevor Cokley) By Randy Roughton U.S. Air Force Academy Strategic Communications U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. – Sexual Assault Prevention and Response staff and teal ropes helped the Cadet Wing kick off Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month at Mitchell Hall April 1. This year’s events include an information fair, Take Back the Night II and Denim Day, said...

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April 2, 2024

Liaison team address cadet parents’ questions

As the Parent Liaison Team, Carrie Clancy and Rose Marie Nikovits connect cadet parents with U.S. Air Force Academy events, leadership and policies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Ward) By Randy Roughton U.S. Air Force Academy Strategic Communications U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. – When parents of cadets have a question, they can find the answer with the U.S. Air Force Academy Parent Liaison Team. The two-member team, part of the Strategic Communications Outreach Division, provides an important resource for parents throughout their children’s cadet careers. “If parents have any issues, they come to us,” said Rose...

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April 1, 2024

Academy celebrates 70 years since founding

Renowned photographer Ansel Adams was commissioned by architects Skidmore, Owings and Merrill to photograph the site chosen for the newly-founded U.S. Air Force Academy May 14-15, 1955. The Academy celebrates its 70th Founders’ Day on April 1, 2024. (Photo courtesy of Ansel Adams Collections) By Katherine Spessa U.S. Air Force Academy Strategic Communications U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. – Built of glass and aluminum, the post-modern facades of the U.S. Air Force Academy campus stand stark against the sky and rugged mountains of Colorado, evocative of early aircraft and their juxtaposition of man and nature. This was precisely the intent...

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March 28, 2024

Leadership professor leverages multi-faceted background to enrich cadets

Dr. Amanda Metcalfe, U.S. Air Force Academy Behavioral Sciences and Leadership assistant professor, poses for a portrait at the Academy March 21, 2024. (U.S. Air Force photo by Trevor Cokley) By Katherine Spessa U.S. Air Force Academy Strategic Communications U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. – Dr. Amanda Metcalfe has been part of the U.S. Air Force Academy family for over a decade. Having started out as a Military Family Life Counselor and starting the Academy’s MFLC program with a partner in 2013, she later became a leadership and behavioral sciences researcher and assistant professor with the help of her colleagues...

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March 28, 2024

Cadet capstone centers on robotic swarming

Cadet 1st Class Jabari Bowen test-flies a drone in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering March 21, 2024. Bowen is part of a team working on a robotic swarming cadet capstone research with a leading aerospace and global security company. (U.S. Air Force photo by Dylan Smith) By Randy Roughton U.S. Air Force Academy Strategic Communications U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – Three cadets carefully observe their drone swarm’s flying patterns in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The three drones are cadet-built, modified and tested. Cadets 1st Class Jabari Bowen, Mason Rolph and Marcus Sander will add...

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