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December 13, 2019

The Weekly Lead: Renovations close Cadet Chapel for holidays, cadets’ gift will send international cadet home for Christmas & more

1.  Home for the Holidays (Photo / Tech. Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton) Air Force Academy cadets raised $4,500 to give an international exchange cadet a Christmas gift: the money to pay for his trip to Cambodia to see his family for Christmas.  https://www.usafa.edu/news/academy-cadets-raise-money-send-international-cadet-home-for-holidays/ 2.  Prep School ‘LEADers’ (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton) Some cadet candidates at the Academy’s Prep School take advantage of the Leaders Encouraging Airmen Development – or “LEAD – program to get to the Academy. The program helps former enlisted Airmen get a foot in the door to enhancing their application to...

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December 13, 2019

Cadet Chapel renovations alter Christmas service schedule

The Cadet Chapel peeks through the fog on a cold November day at the U.S. Air Force Academy. (Photo /Tech. Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton) Public Affairs staff report, Dec. 13, 2019 U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – Services will not be held at the Cadet Chapel on Christmas Eve this year. The chapel is undergoing major structural work and is predicted to be closed for four years. We know holiday services at the Cadet Chapel can be an important tradition for many and appreciate the patience of our  guests as  the vital restoration and repairs on this historical building continue....

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December 13, 2019

Academy NCO gets ready for officer training school

(U.S. Air Force photos/Trang Le) By Ray Bowden, Dec. 13, 2019 U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- A curriculum developer at the Air Force Academy is one of a few enlisted Airmen this year to be selected to attend officer training school. “I told myself not to ‘ugly cry,’” said Tech. Sgt.  Samantha Van Cleave about her emotional state when Brig. Gen. Michele Edmondson, the Academy’s commandant, told her of her selection in November in front of her coworkers. “I did work very hard for this, but I’m incredibly honored.” Van Cleave is from Mansfied, Arkansas. She lists education as a...

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December 12, 2019

Academy cadets help send international cadet home for holidays

Story by Jennifer Spradlin, Dec. 12, 2019 U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – The distance between Colorado and Cambodia is more than 8,000 miles – a lot farther than the average college student travels to get home for winter break. When Cadet 4th Class Chanyuthea Nou earned a spot in the international cadet program at the Air Force Academy, he understood the exorbitant airfare likely meant he would be away from his family for four straight years. “I had a passion to pursue – becoming a successful aeronautical engineer and an officer of good character,” he said. Nou arrived at...

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