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May 25, 2022

‘Power of partnerships’: SECDEF gives commencement speech to AF Academy’s Class of 2022

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin III shakes hands with graduates in the U.S. Air Force Academy's Class of 2022 May 25, 2022. Austin was the commencement speaker for the graduation ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo) By Ray Bowden U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs  U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin III said newly commissioned officers graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy May 25 will bring their dedication to service and innovation to the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force. Austin gave the commencement speech for the Class of 2022 at the school’s graduation...

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May 25, 2022

The Breakdown: Stats on the Air Force Academy’s class of ‘22

(Photo/Trevor Cokley) By Ray Bowden, U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – Nearly 1,000 Air Force and Space Force officers graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in a ceremony at Falcon Stadium May 25. In all, 863 class of ’22 cadets were commissioned into the Air Force and 94 were commissioned into the Space Force as second lieutenants. Sixteen international cadets graduated with their U.S. classmates. The Breakdown This information is based on data from the Academy’s operations and analysis office released May 23. -- 1,434 men and women received appointments into the Class...

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May 24, 2022

‘Two services, one Academy’: AF Academy, Space Force teamwork make innovation history

(Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. Thurlby) Commentary by Col. Jeff Greenwood Space Force Delta 13 Detachment 1 commander U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – This week, nearly 1,000 cadets will graduate from the U.S. Air Force Academy and receive their commissions as newly minted second lieutenants in the Air Force and Space Force. It’s always an exciting time as friends and family members from around the world come together at our Academy to witness this culminating event, and it’s equally thrilling for the faculty and staff who get to celebrate with our newest batch of officers. For the third...

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May 20, 2022

171 cadet-candidates graduate from Academy’s prep school

Col. Melissa Youderian, commander of the U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School, congratulates Cadet Candidate Bryce Matthew Leapart during the prep school's graduation ceremony, May 16, 2022 in Arnold Hall. (Photo by Justin Pacheco) By Tech. Sgt. Zach Vaughn U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. --  Scores of cadet-candidates celebrated their graduation from the U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School on May 16, 2022. All told, 171 cadet-candidates graduated after completing an uncompromising ten-month program to develop their academic, military and athletic skills, said Col. Melissa Youderian, U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School commander. “It wasn’t easy, but...

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May 20, 2022

Innovation at the Academy: It’s like riding a bike

(Photo/Col. Christopher McClernon) Commentary By Col Christopher McClernon U.S. Air Force Academy associate dean of research U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - A 1973 article by S. S. Wilson in Scientific American compared the efficiency of animals in motion and found birds and fish are much more efficient than walking or running humans. However, Wilson then tested a human on a bicycle and found that a cyclist was more efficient than all other animals studied. Steve Jobs, co-founder and former CEO of Apple Inc., often cited these findings to emphasize the value of tools, referring to the computer as a...

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May 19, 2022

Democratizing innovation: Cadet says Air Force Academy research is for all

  Commentary by Cadet 2nd Class Manmeet Pelia U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - My research journey highlights the U.S. Air Force Academy’s best quality: an ability to democratize innovative research. I am the daughter of an enlisted Airman, parents who did not attend college and who immigrated to the U.S. By age 12, thanks to my dad, I mastered the art of writing enlisted performance reports and vetting every legal document entering my home. Coming to the Academy, I had no idea about the world of academia or inner workings of a research enterprise. It was with the guidance and...

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May 11, 2022

Cadets experience operational Air Force at Cannon ABF, NM

Story by Airman 1st Class Drew Cybert, 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. --  Cadets from the U.S. Air Force Academy visited the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, to get a look at an operational Air Force base, April 21. This is the first time in two years that cadets from the Academy toured Cannon for a sponsor base wing trip to witness how an operational Air Force Special Operations Command base functions. "It’s an awesome opportunity for the cadets to get their hands on some aircraft, talk to...

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May 9, 2022

Community celebrates Planetarium reopening

By Rachelle Stoll, Strategic Communications Photos by Joshua Armstrong An audience gazes at the galaxy in the Planetarium’s hemispheric dome on May 7, 2022. U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, COLO., -- Cadets, base employees, local community members and their families celebrated the official Planetarium reopening at the United States Air Force Academy with a public open house on May 7, 2022. Over 1,500 people were in attendance for the celebration, which included live astronomer shows, food trucks, a glider exhibition, and an inflatable planetarium. The Bird mascot greeted guests in the area while the Academy’s Falconry team showed four live falcons...

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May 6, 2022

Academy celebrates the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen

Tuskegee Airmen and their family members pose for a photograph with cadets and senior officials at the U.S. Air Force Academy during the school’s annual Tuskegee Airmen Commemoration on April 29, 2022. By Rachelle Stoll Photos by Trevor Cokley U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, COLO., -- Cadets honored famed World War II pilots the Tuskegee Airmen with a ceremony featuring one of the group’s original members, a 21-gun salute and a mural honoring their legacy at the United States Air Force Academy April 29. The all-Black combat pilots and support staff assigned to the Army Air Corps’ 332nd Fighter Group at...

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May 2, 2022

Head of Air Force Academy’s astro department transfers to Space Force

Brig. Gen. Linell Letendre, dean of the faculty at the U.S. Air Force Academy, congratulates Col. Luke Sauter, head of the school's head astronautics department, on his transfer to the Space Force, April 29, 2022. Sauter is now the first Guardian to be a permanent professor at the Academy. (U.S. Air Force photo/Joshua Armstrong) Story by U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - A leading space expert at the U.S. Air Force Academy was sworn into the Space Force April 29, making him the first Space Force officer to be a permanent professor at the...

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