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July 25, 2017

Basic cadets get ready for ‘gut check’ in Jack’s Valley

[caption id="attachment_7219" align="alignnone" width="3600"] Basic cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy put up a tent in Jacks Valley, July 24, 2017. They and the other basic cadets marched out to Jacks Valley that morning for 10 days of field training designed to test their teamwork skills and mental and physical stamina. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jason Gutierrez)[/caption]   By Ray Bowden/July 25, 2017 Dust flew in Jacks Valley when hundreds of basic cadets marched to the training area at the Air Force Academy to begin 10 days of field exercises. Each year, basic cadets spend 10 days in Jacks Valley...

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July 24, 2017

Design sprint encourages education, empowerment

By Ray Bowden/July 24, 2017 The future of cyber lies in the hands of young people, including service academy cadets and high school students, said a group of IT experts July 20 at the Air Force Academy. Getting that message out in new and creative ways was the purpose of a Design Sprint hosted by the Air Force CyberWorx team at the school. These semi-regular Design Sprints promote cyber innovation and exploit the Air Force’s partnership with its academic and tech-transfer partners, said Col. Joe “Hark” Herold, CyberWorx industry liaison. “Our premise for this Design Sprint is ‘What could the...

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July 24, 2017

‘You got this’: 237 start Prep School BMT

By Ray Bowden There’s more to becoming a cadet candidate at the prep school here than just being admitted. There’s the 18 days of basic military training followed by a 10-month academic program for cadet candidates to tackle. Even then, graduating from the Air Force Academy’s Preparatory School doesn’t guarantee admission to the Academy. So for the young adults who reported to the Prep School July 19, BMT is the first of many challenges they’ll need to overcome to be considered for admission. One of those challenges is moving on and part ways, for a time, from their loved ones....

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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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