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July 21, 2017

27 NCOs selected for E-6 promotion

    By Tech. Sgt. Jasmine Reif/July 21, 2017 Yesterday was a great day for the 27 staff sergeants at the Academy who were selected for promotion to technical sergeant. The Air Force selected 8,167 staff sergeants for promotion out of 25,552 eligible for a selection rate of 31.96 percent. 10th ABW Josiah Brodsky Jacob Broersma Mandy Cruz Helice Daulton Matthew Davis Amy Etienne Teruko Fegurgur Jacqueline Fuller Joshua Harwood Amber Kees Kyle Mick Matthew Mills Martha Moore Steven Morris Daniel Pontillo Londone Session Jonathan Sogka Robyn Summers Miranda Wallinder Brian Wiese HQ Staff Jonathon Bradbury James Clark Alison Cline Raymond...

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July 21, 2017

Academy superintendent takes ‘final flight’

Story by Ray Bowden/July 21, 2017; photo by Darcie Ibidapo The skies over Colorado Springs were crystal clear clouds when the Air Force Academy’s top-officer made her "final flight" July 17 in a TG-16 glider. It’s tradition in Air Force pilot’s circles for commanders to take a celebratory final flight into the wild blue yonder before retiring from active duty. Johnson is scheduled to retire later this year after turning-over command of the Academy to Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria Aug. 11. Johnson’s flight touched down just before 9:30 a.m. She was greeted by the applause of the crowd who gathered on...

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July 18, 2017

Personal mail links basic cadets to outside world

By Maureen Welch/July 18, 2017 You’ve got to love “snail mail,” especially if you happen to be a basic cadet at the Air Force Academy. You could say it’s their lifeline to the outside world during their six weeks of Basic Cadet Training because computers, cellphones and social media are strictly off limits. Other than a family emergency, letters are the only way these trainees can contact or hear from their family and friends. “The mail room is something the basics look forward to because it’s their opportunity to be at ease and relaxed,” said Cadet 1st Class Kai Billings,...

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July 18, 2017

Breaking Barriers! Air Force’s 70th Birthday: July achievements

By Ray Bowden and retired Lt. Col. Steve Simon, Class of 1977 Editor's note: The Air Force celebrates its 70th birthday this year and the Air Force Academy has made many contributions to our service’s legacy and history of breaking barriers, and advancing technology and innovation.   January Achievements Jan. 1, 1975 -- Cadet Wing's first sergeant major, Chief Master Sgt. Lawrence Garrett, is succeeded by Chief Master Sgt. Edwin Bell. Jan. 1, 1959 -- Falcon Football caps an undefeated season with a tie (0-0) against heavily-favored Texas Christian University at the Cotton Bowl. Jan. 1, 1978 -- Bill Parcells begins...

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