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February 3, 2023

NCLS offers community opportunity to “reimagine leadership; inspire teamwork”

America’s first hearing impaired comedienne” Kathy Buckley speaks to cadets during the 2022 National Character and Leadership Symposium on. Each year, speakers from a wide range of experiences and backgrounds share their perspectives with cadets and visitors. The theme for 2023 is "reimagine leadership; inspire teamwork," and will feature Medal of Honor recipients, CEOs, musicians and more. (U.S. Air Force photo/Trevor Cokley) By Melissa Walther U.S. Air Force Academy Strategic Communications U.S AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – Registration is now open for the 30th National Character and Leadership Symposium, held Feb. 23-24 at the U.S. Air Force Academy. This year’s...

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February 2, 2023

Disruptive technology debated at Strategy and Warfare Symposium

Cadets participate in the inaugural Strategy and Warfare Center Symposium in Polaris Hall at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Jan. 27, 2023. U.S. Air Force photo by Justin Pacheco  U.S. Air Force Academy Strategic Communications U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo - The inaugural Strategy and Warfare Center Symposium at the U.S. Air Force Academy focused on disruptive technologies in future conflict. Service academy and ROTC cadets participated in high-level discussions on topics such as hypersonics, artificial intelligence and quantum computing during the three-day event. Military and strategic studies professors, panelists and industry experts encouraged attendees to think about the integrated...

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February 1, 2023

Academy launches Leader of Character manual and certificate program

Mr. Paul Huffman, Center for Character and Leadership Development instructor, presents a Leader of Character: Lifting Others workshop this year at the U.S. Air Force Academy. The workshop is one of the core workshops required for the Superintendent's Leader of Character Certificate. (U.S. Air Force photo by Justin Pacheco) by U.S. Air Force Academy Strategic Communications U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – The Academy published U.S. Air Force Academy Manual 36-3526 codifying its Leader of Character Framework as standard guidance for leadership development, and launched the Superintendent’s Leader of Character Certificate Program augmenting the effort, today. The release marks the...

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January 31, 2023

Air Force CyberWorx, Academy SAPR team partner to combat sexual assault

Vel Preston, the CyberWorx chief of innovation and design, speaks during the Holistic Prevention Redesign at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo., Jan. 19, 2023. The forum was a three-day event culminating in discussions aimed at preventing sexual assault. (U.S. Air Force photo by Justin Pacheco) By Senior Airman Michael Ward U.S. Air Force Academy Strategic Communications U.S AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – Air Force CyberWorx partnered with the U.S. Air Force Academy’s sexual assault, prevention, and response office to host discussions aimed at creating actionable solutions for sexual assault awareness and prevention, Jan. 18-20, 2023. Air Force CyberWorx designs...

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December 14, 2022

Cadet selected for Marshall Scholarship

Cadet 1st Class Kyrolos Georgey, recipient of the Marshall Scholarship. U.S. Air Force Academy Strategic Communications U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet 1st Class Kyrolos Georgey, Class of 2023, has been selected for a highly competitive Marshall Scholarship, a fully funded postgraduate program in the United Kingdom. Confirmation arrived by personal letter from the British Embassy. Georgey is the Academy’s 23rd Marshall Scholar. “Kyrolos Georgey is an absolutely extraordinary cadet and I have no doubt that he will be a tremendous ambassador for our institution as a Marshall Scholar,” said Brig. Gen. Linell Letendre, dean...

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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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