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March 19, 2019

Academy welcomes newest ‘Cadet for a Day’

U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet for a Day, Je'Moni Ford. (U.S. Air Force photo/Joshua Armstrong) Story by Jennifer Spradlin, March 19, 2019 U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Je’Moni Ford, a local area third-grader, loves to play the drums. Two years ago, his parents noticed something on his ring finger, which his doctor initially mistook for a friction blister from his drumsticks. It turned out to be Sarcoma, an aggressive form of cancer. Je’Moni endured six surgeries to remove the cancer and reconstruct his hand. He had to relearn how to tie his shoes. But he never gave up on playing...

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March 18, 2019

Air Force Academy senior leader and cadet candidate break innovation barriers

U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet 1st Class Yann Wollman (left) and Col. Houston Cantwell, the Academy's vice superintendent, present their idea -- the “What’s Up” App for event planning -- to senior leaders during the first Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center Innovation Rodeo, March 1, 2019, in San Antonio, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Armando Perez) Story by Jennifer Spradlin, March 18, 2019 U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- These days, you don’t have to be a science major or a faculty researcher to make a difference in the research arena and solve problems for the Air Force....

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March 18, 2019

Air Force Academy cadets honor fallen graduate

(U.S. Air Force photo/Darcie Ibidapo) Story by Jennifer Spradlin, March 18, 2019 U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- The Air Force Academy honored Capt. Mark Weber, a 2011 graduate killed in a helicopter crash while serving in Iraq, on the one-year anniversary of his death with a memorial and dedication ceremony March 15. “His sacrifice represents the truest form of selflessness a service member could have,” said Cadet 3rd Class Riley Holt the lead ceremony organizer. Weber, formerly of Cadet Squadron 12, began his Air Force career as a contracting officer but later became a combat search and rescue officer....

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March 15, 2019

Air Force Academy’s Class of ’22 gets ‘recognized’

(U.S. Air Force photo by Cadet 1st Class Emily Graves) Story by Jennifer Spradlin, March 15, 2019 U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- The Class of 2022 marked their formal induction into the Cadet Wing March 9 after taking on the rigors of Recognition. Recognition is an intensive military training assessment that includes a variety of physical, mental and emotional challenges to measure how well the cadets have performed as individuals and team members since arriving for Basic Cadet Training at the Academy in June. “Recognition is not something you are given, it’s something that is earned, and that’s really special...

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