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May 29, 2020

Update: AF Academy extends public health emergency, continues to reopen

Story by Ray Bowden, May 29, 2020 U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- The Air Force Academy prolonged its public health emergency until Aug. 18. Originally slated to expire May 23, the base extended its public health emergency based on information from the Defense Department and State of Colorado, according to the school’s superintendent, Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria. “As we slowly open back up, we need to reanalyze our risk and make smart and safe decisions,” he said. The base first declared a public health emergency March 23 due to the COVID-19 threat, and elevated the Academy's health protection condition...

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May 6, 2020

Air Force Academy satellite to launch aboard X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle

U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs, May 6, 2020 U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- A satellite built by Air Force Academy cadets will launch into space May 16 aboard the X-37B, Orbital Test Vehicle sponsored by the Department of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office and built by Boeing. This is the first time a satellite built and designed by cadets will catch a ride into space aboard the X-37B. (See the May 6 report from the Secretary of the Air Force about the launch here: https://www.spaceforce.mil/News/Article/2177702/next-x-37b-orbital-test-vehicle-scheduled-to-launch) Lt. Col. Dan Showalter, assistant astronautics professor at the Academy, said “as novel as this...

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May 6, 2020

Air Force Academy 3D prints mask extenders for Fort Carson Soldiers during COVID-19 crisis

Story and photos by Jennifer Spradlin, May 5, 2020 U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Wearing a medical-grade mask might be required for healthcare workers these days as they work to stop the spread of the coronavirus, but it’s not easy. As recent viral photos show, these masks can leave red marks on the face, and the tight ear loops can cause irritation and pain. Fort Carson medical officials reached out to the Air Force Academy in early April to help them solve this problem, and faculty members used 3D printers at the school to quickly create more than 300...

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