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  • Q&A: AF chief information officer on Cyber Summit

    Air Force leaders held a Cyber Summit in November at Joint Base Andrews, Md., to discuss the Air Force's role in cyberspace and to ensure the mission needs of the Air Force and joint warfighter are being met going forward.More than 30 senior leaders, including the secretary and chief of staff of the

  • 'Today's Air Force' reviews rescue at sea, Thunderbird memorial restoration

    Air Force Television News released a new edition of Today's Air Force on Dec. 10.On this episode's "Straight from the Top," acting Undersecretary of the Air Force, Jamie Morin speaks about the importance of technological and organizational advances the Air Force has made in space. Next, viewers join

  • Cadets soar to 8th straight national championship

    Air Force Academy cadets soared to their eighth straight national sailplane racing championship and their 14th in 18 years, the Soaring Society of America announced Dec. 5.This year's team posted more miles than any other in Academy history with more than 30,700 miles, nearly twice as many miles as

  • Academy firefighters claim medals at world championships

    U.S. Air Force Academy firefighters took gold, silver and bronze medals Nov. 17 at the World Firefighter Combat Challenge XXI here.The Air Force Academy teams competed in several categories in the event, which simulates the tasks a firefighter must perform at a working fire in full gear, on a timed

  • Kadena Special Olympics allows kids to be heros

    Thousands of volunteers, supporters and special-needs athletes and artists from all over Japan, came to Kadena Air Base, Japan, Nov. 17 to participate in or support the 13th annual Kadena Special Olympics."This is an opportunity for the two communities to meet in joint service to the athletes and

  • Falcons topple Hawai'i, 21-7

    Ground and pound: that was the entire offense for Air Force as the Falcons, in their last home game of the season Nov. 16, emerged victorious over the Hawai'i Warriors, 21-7 and earned a bid to play in the 2012 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. The Falcons, who entered their Senior Night game with

  • SportsNation salutes veterans with Academy visit

    ESPN's Charissa Thompson took the SportsNation TV show to the  U.S. Air Force Academy Nov. 8 to broadcast a salute to veterans.The Veterans Day special is SportsNation's third in as many years, with previous years featuring visits to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and Fort Myer, in

  • Falcons shot down in West Point, 41-21

    Turnovers made the difference in the Air Force's 41-21 loss to Army Nov. 3 at Michie Stadium in West Point, N.Y.The Falcons, unable to establish an offensive rhythm after two solid drives in the first quarter, gave up three interceptions and two fumbles that cost them 17 points against the

  • National Parks free to veterans this weekend

    America's 398 national parks will offer the public free admission Nov. 10-12 during Veterans Day weekend in honor of those who serve and have served in the U.S. military, according to a National Park Service news release."National parks preserve places that commemorate our country's collective

  • Competing for Ms. Veteran America

    At the 322nd Training Squadron, she's a master military training instructor at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. Away from the squadron, she's the mother of a 1-year-old little boy.At work, she's disciplined, and tough, and her voice can be heard loud and clear from one end of the drill pad to

  • 2012 Football Frenzy underway at AF clubs

    Four Airmen will be headed to the "Big Easy" this Veteran's Day thanks to the Air Force club system during this year's Football Frenzy contest. The package of airfare, rental car and hotel accommodations to see the New Orleans Saints host the Atlanta Falcons was the result of an Air Force club

  • Cadet places 3rd among her age group at Ironman World Championship

    The first cadet to qualify in the Ironman World Championship, Cadet 1st Class Samantha Morrison, placed third in the 18-24 age competition Oct. 13 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.Morrison, a behavioral science major from Fredericksburg, Va., finished a 2.4-mile swim race, 112-mile bike race and 26.2-mile

  • Airmen earn chance to appear on 'Jeopardy'

    Five Airmen made the 'active pool' for American quiz show "Jeopardy!" during iconic host Alex Trebek's visit to Aviano Air Base in October as part of a USO and Armed Forces Entertainment-sponsored tour to meet the troops.During the Oct. 9 visit, Trebek auditioned prospective contestants for the

  • Airman's sacrifice remembered around the world

    While deployed to Iraq, Airman 1st Class LeeBernard E. Chavis was killed by sniper fire as he tried to keep civilians away from a suspected bomb in the streets near Baghdad on Oct. 14, 2006.To remember Chavis and the Airman he was, Air Force members here and around the world commemorated the

  • Navy torpedoes Falcons, 28-21, in OT

    Three fumbles and two missed field goals cost Air Force the win, and likely the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy, in a 28-21 overtime loss to Navy at Falcon Stadium Oct. 6.Navy captured the momentum in the second quarter, forcing three turnovers on three successive Air Force drives, and never gave

  • Davis-Monthan, Spangdahlem earn top lodging honors

    Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, and Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., took top honors in the 2012 Air Force Innkeeper Award competition, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced Oct. 4.Annually, Air Force and commercial lodging professionals evaluate nominated organizations for customer

  • 4-wheelin' provides active therapy for wounded warriors

    Airmen from the Washington area have found a unique way to help wounded warriors, one that takes them out of the daily grind, far removed from their normal surroundings.Tucked away in the backwoods of northwest Virginia, about 90 miles from Washington, a non-profit organization called "4 wheel to

  • AF is transforming how it provides services

    The Air Force Personnel Center is transforming how it provides morale, welfare and recreation services, and the type of programs it offers.AFPC is taking a tailored approach to ensure Airmen around the world have what they need and want, rather than the same programs that have traditionally been

  • Air Force athletes discuss world class program during roundtable

    Two of the Air Force's top athletes fielded questions during a Department of Defense blogger's roundtable on opening day of the Air Force Association's Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition Sept. 17, in Washington D.C.Capt. Seth Kelsey and Maj. (Dr.) James Bales answered questions from

  • U.S. Paralympic track & field team trains at RAF Lakenheath

    More than 50 U.S. Paralympians and hopefuls are honing their skills and making final preparations at Royal AIr Force Lakenheath for competition in the London 2012 Paralympic Games  Aug. 18 through 25.The installation has teamed with the U.S. Olympic Committee to provide the athletes with all they

  • K-town 'all stars' compete in Little League World Series

    The Kaiserslautern Military Community All Stars team competed in their first game of the 2012 Little League World Series held in South Williamsport, Pa. on August 16. The 13-man team won the European title two weeks ago with a 14-0 standing and competed in their first Little League World Series game

  • McChord Airmen tackle Mt. Rainier summit

    Getting a view of a clear blue sky can be a pretty rare event in the Pacific Northwest. The grey cloud cover that often hovers over McChord Field and the surrounding area can sometimes feel a bit gloomy.To fight off the gloom, many people turn to a rigorous exercise regimen, with the idea that a

  • AF chief's daughter takes bronze in Olympic long jump

    Air Force family member Janay DeLoach leaped 6.89 meters Wednesday night at Olympic stadium to take the bronze medal in women's long jump.USA teammate Brittney Reese won the gold with a jump of 7.12 meters and Russia's Elena Sokolova earned the silver with a jump of 7.07.DeLoach said Reese motivates

  • KMC All Stars advance to Little League World Series

    For the third time in four years, the Kaiserslautern Military Community All Stars advanced to the Little League World Series, which begins Aug. 16 in Williamsport, Pa. Previous teams came up short at the competition, but this year coaches and supporters have high hopes for this 13-man team scheduled

  • Academy grad, Eagles WR gets close shave at training camp

    The best, most memorable play of wide receiver Chad Hall's three-year career with the Philadelphia Eagles occurred after Wednesday's training camp practice at Lehigh UniversityHall, a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and a former second lieutenant stationed at Hill Air Force Base in Salt Lake

  • AF Reservist finishes 4th in Olympic epee fencing

    Air Force Reserve Capt. Seth Kelsey finished one touch away from a medal Wednesday in Olympic épeé individual fencing at ExCel Centre.Kelsey lost his semifinal bout in sudden-death overtime, 6-5, to the fencer who went on to win the gold medal, Venezuela's Ruben Limardo Gascon. Then he dropped

  • Air Force running goes digital

    Beginning Sept. 1, Air Force medical officials will take new strides to get Airmen running safely.The Air Force Telehealth Office will conduct a six-month study to investigate the outcome and efficiency of online running instruction. The study will examine the effectiveness of a newly developed set

  • NBA legends mentor Nellis youngsters

    The Nellis Warrior Fitness Center basketball court was packed to capacity as more than 100 of Nellis Air Force Base's youth were given the chance to be mentored by six USA Basketball Legends during the Hoops for Troops event July 10, 2012. USA Legends Lenny Wilkens, Gary Payton, Chris Mullin,

  • Airman brings touch of Britain to Alaska base

    Among automotive enthusiasts' 600-plus horsepower pony cars and hulking SUVs decked out with blingtastic chrome 22-inch rims, Tech. Sgt. Danny Damons' 1966 Ford Cortina Super might seem rather pedestrian by comparison.But upon closer inspection of the small green coupe, a not-insignificant

  • AF members gain PLAYpass use, discount opportunities

    As summer approaches, eligible Airmen and their families have the opportunity to use the PLAYpass Get Out and PLAY program to save hundreds of dollars with discounts in recreational and life skills classes.PLAYpass cards, valued at more than $500, allow single Airmen returning from deployments,

  • Air Force male athlete of the year goes for gold

    The sound of thrashing epees and rubber soles squeaking against metal boards ring throughout the fencing gym at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. It is here that fencer Weston Kelsey practices twice a day, five days a week, in preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

  • Engineer hits way onto All-Air Force team

    First Lt. Kristina Stewart has taken a few weeks off from her duties as the 3rd Space Operations Squadron mission planning and engineering section chief here to play a little volleyball. Actually, Stewart will play more than just a little after earning a spot on the All-Air Force Women's Volleyball

  • Air Force Lt. finishes Bronco's mini-camp, continues to follow dream

    As another year of the National Football League season nears, military members might want to pay closer attention to their TVs as one of their own maybe lining up on the gridiron Sunday afternoons.Benjamin Garland, a Grand Junction, Colo. native, recently completed the Denver Broncos three-day

  • Kadena NCO fit for life

    "Mom! You know you're not supposed to eat that," 6-year-old Nadiya Young said after watching her mother open a bag of chips. "Can I just have a few chips then," asked Tech. Sgt. Ashaunettae Pollard-Young, a senior director technician for Kadena's 623rd Air Control Flight. "They look so good." As

  • Laughlin AFB civilian dies in motorcycle accident

    A civilian employee with the 47th Maintenance Directorate here was killed in a motorcycle accident in Del Rio, Texas, June 11 at about 6:45 a.m.The name of the deceased is being withheld until 24 hours after next-of-kin are notified. "My deepest condolences go out to the family, friends and

  • Air Force Marathon sells out in record time

    The 2012 Air Force Marathon was already destined to be the largest ever, and now it will be the quickest to sell out completely as well.The final 50 spots for the full marathon were snapped up early May 18 to make the sell-out official."I'm amazed at how this race has taken on a life of its own,"

  • AF pilot wins at Warrior Games, meets Prince Harry

    First Lt. Ryan McGuire, 4th Airlift Squadron C-17 pilot, recently won five medals at the 2012 Warrior Games and is also the Air Mobility Command nominee for the 2012 Department of Defense Employee/Service Member with a Disability Award. On top of these accomplishments, McGuire was also one of five

  • Air Force captures 18 medals at Warrior Games

    The Air Force brought home a team-record 18 medals April 30 through May 5 during the 2012 Warrior Games here.Athletes representing the Air Force medaled in volleyball and wheelchair basketball for the first time, earning bronze medals in both as well as earning two silver medals and one gold medal

  • AF swimmers make splash at Warrior Games

    Air Force swimmers proved themselves in the pool May 5 by securing one gold and two silver medals during the 2012 Warrior Games at the U.S. Air Force Academy here.Ryan McGuire secured the silver medals in the men's 100m freestyle single-leg amputation multi-class and the men's 50m freestyle SLA

  • AF shooting team shows at Warrior Games

    The Air Force shooting team competed in the 2012 Warrior Games on May 3 here. Several Air Force shooters advanced to the top eight in their events.- Christopher Aguilera, air pistol open- Ken Gestring, air pistol open- Gregg Rich, air pistol open- Stacy Pearsall, air rifle prone and air rifle

  • AF takes bronze in sitting volleyball

    The Air Force sitting volleyball team defeated the U.S. Special Operations Command team May 3 during the bronze medal game of the Warrior Games here. This was the Air Force's second win over SOCOM in volleyball this week.The Air Force wasn't able to overcome the Army in the previous match and

  • Marines shoot down AF in archery

    Air Force archers went up against teams from each branch of service and the U.S. Special Operations Command May 2 here during the 2012 Warrior Games.The Air Force team had a good showing in the individual and team events, but it wasn't enough to keep the Marines and Army from taking the gold and

  • AF blows past SOCOM volleyball team

    The Air Force sitting volleyball team punished the U.S. Special Operations Command team in two consecutive matches May 1 here during the 2012 Warrior Games. The Air Force team struck first, with Ken Gestring as the server. Air Force pulled out to a 12 point lead, with spikes by Keith Sekora and

  • Air Force takes 2nd, 3rd in men's cycling

    Wounded warriors from around the U.S. and British armed forces battled it out May 1 in the cycling portion of the 2012 Wounded Warrior Games here.In the first event of the week, the Air Force started off strong snagging the silver and bronze medals the in the men's recumbent cycling competition.

  • Air Force dominates SOCOM 41-14

    The Air Force mopped the court with the U.S. Special Operations Command wheelchair basketball team in a 41 - 14 victory May 1 here during the 2012 Warrior Games. Air Force beat SOCOM in their first game of a round-robin series that includes the Army, Navy, Marines and the British Armed

  • Cycling competition concludes at 2012 Warrior Games

    More than 70 U.S. and British wounded warriors completed the 2012 Warrior Games cycling competition at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 1. The U.S. Marine Corps and Army both had first place in wins in two competitions, while U.S. Special Operations Command took first in

  • Air Force Marathon officials seek 2,000 volunteers

    Air Force Marathon officials are looking for more than 2,000 volunteers to help host the 16th annual event Sept. 15., and volunteer registration is now officially open."We couldn't have this marathon without the support of the volunteers," said Jeanette Monaghan, a volunteer coordinator. "We'll have

  • 2012 Warrior Games kick off, first lady speaks

    Hundreds of wounded warriors, family members and supporters gathered here for the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Warrior Games on April 30.The Warrior Games comprises seven sports -- swimming, cycling wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, archery, shooting and track and field -- in which

  • Cyber warriors: Cadets shine in NSA competition

    Air Force cadet cyber warriors swept the virtual floor with the competition in the 12th annual Cyber Defense Exercise here April 16-20.The Cyber Defense Exercise is a network security competition during which service academy cadets and Defense Department post-graduate students manage and defend

  • Airman tackles NFL dream

    At 6 foot, 6 inches tall and 305 pounds, 2nd Lt. Ben Garland looks more like a football player than a typical Air Force officer. That's because he's a defensive lineman contracted to play for the Denver Broncos and currently attending the team's conditioning and tryout camps which last through

  • 100 miles: One day, one cause

    How long does it take you to drive 100 miles in a day, or pedal a bike that distance? Would you even consider walking or running 100 miles in a day? What if it was to help a friend and his family?For Tech. Sgt. Wayne Jenderny, the 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron assistant chief of fire

  • Air Force names 2011 top athletes

    Air Force officials recently named the service's 2011 top male and female athletes of the year. Capt. Weston S. Kelsey, a force support officer from the 310th Mission Support Squadron at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., is the 2011 male athlete of the year. Airman 1st Class Emily J. Shertzer, an

  • Laughlin fitness center goes green

    The Losano Fitness Center here recently began harnessing power by using elliptical machines and a new state-of-the-art technology called ReRev.After the 47th Civil Engineer Squadron converted five of the machines, each creates electricity while people use them during a workout.During a 30-minute

  • Air Force boxer one of best in U.S.

    Senior Airman Adam Hassan, 375th Communications Squadron, fought through two weeks of try-outs and three months of intense training to be announced the best boxer in the Air Force and one of the top 10 boxers in the U.S.He had to compete against everyone who submitted a package to even get into the

  • Schriever AFB dodgeballers set world record

    Twenty-five jammed fingers, 10 rolled ankles, at least 20 blisters, numerous sore shoulders and a world record. Twenty Schriever Air Force Base members got all that and more after playing dodgeball for more than 40 consecutive hours March 22-23, beating the Guinness Book of World Record for the

  • Coaches selected for 2012 Warrior Games

    An Air Force orthopedic surgeon has been tapped to be the head coach for the U.S. Air Force 2012 Warrior Games team during the competition slated for April 30 through May 5 in Colorado Springs, Colo.Maj. James Bales, 2010's Air Force Male Athlete of the Year, from Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.,

  • Bataan Death March Memorial marks 70th anniversary of deadly march

    Frank Hewlett once wrote: We're the battling bastards of Bataan;No mama, no papa, no Uncle Sam.No aunts, no uncles, no cousins, no nieces,No pills, no planes, no artillery pieces.And nobody gives a damn.Nobody gives a damn.This poem has been spoken year after year to those in attendance at the

  • Falcons fall to Eagles in another tournament heartbreaker

    "I feel like Bill Murray in 'Groundhog Day': Here we are again."Those were the words of a frustrated Coach Frank Serratore, whose Air Force Academy Falcons came up short in another close game against another top-ranked hockey team in the first round of the NCAA Hockey Tournament, losing to the

  • AFGSC officials kick off Never Quit rowing challenge April 5

    Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen will learn how much pull it takes to get to the Olympics when the month-long Never Quit rowing challenge begins here April 5. The American300 rowing challenge, part of a command-wide initiative to strengthen and encourage Airmen, will begin with Lt. Gen. Jim

  • Loadmaster soars on American Idol

    For one aspiring singer at Westover, 15 minutes of fame stretched out over weeks as a contestant on American Idol.The television show broadcast to millions gave Tech. Sgt. Blaire Sieber an opportunity to stand in front of the world and live out her dream."It's really hard to describe the

  • AF marathon registration deadline approaching

    If you're planning on running in the Air Force Marathon this September, time is running out to register. Not only does the price increase on April 2, there is a good chance the event will also be sold out by then."We traditionally experience a huge surge in registrations prior to a price increase,"

  • Armed forces receive free NCAA March Madness Live special access

    Military members wishing to root on their favorite college basketball team as they compete in the upcoming NCAA basketball championship tournament now have free online access to do so. Using their .mil email address, military members can register with the website to receive free online

  • Air Force Museum offers virtual tour

    The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Virtual Tour is now fully embedded with audio and video hotspots, and touch-screen devices, offering online visitors the opportunity to experience the entire museum.Located at, the final two areas to be embedded -- the Cold War

  • Services officials announce teen summer camps

    Air Force Services Agency officials recently announced the call for three Air Force teen summer camps for 2012.The annual camps are designed to help Air Force youth build leadership skills and aspire to careers in space or aviation. The Teen Aviation Camp is scheduled for June 2-7 at the Air Force

  • Marathon early registration brings chance to win prize package

    Anyone registering for the Air Force Marathon before March 17, 2012, will be automatically entered to win an All-Access Prize Package. "This is our third year for this contest, and we've had to move it from July to April and now March because the races keep filling up so fast," said Molly Louden,

  • Air Force boxers take 3 medals at Armed Forces Championships

    No more motivation is needed for Air Force boxing heavyweight Kent Brinson when it comes to preparing for the upcoming 2012 USA National Boxing Championships Feb. 27 through March 3 in his backyard of Fort Carson, Colo.Brinson, a senior airman stationed at Fort Carson, won the gold medal in his

  • Airman earns 'Miss Rodeo USA' title

    Staff Sgt. Trisha Smeenk, 114th Public Affairs, was selected as Miss Rodeo USA for 2012 in Oklahoma City, Okla. Jan. 15, 2012. She received the crown in conjunction with the International Finals Rodeo held there.Sgt. Smeenk is the first South Dakotan, and first National Guard airman, to receive the

  • Air Force club members win 'super' trip

    Four Air Force club members won a four-day trip to attend Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.Winners were drawn from nearly 12,000 entries received from Air Force Clubs worldwide during the first 16 weeks of the annual Air Force Services Agency Football Frenzy promotion.

  • Air Force spouse featured on 'Wheel of Fortune'

    The spouse of an NCO stationed here made her national television debut as a "Wheel of Fortune" contestant Feb. 6. Rebecca Sander, wife of Tech. Sgt Jeffery Sander, was on the show as part of its "Military Spouse Week."After seeing an advertisement on Facebook for military spouse auditions for the

  • Airmen win honors at worldwide talent search

    Air Force entertainment officials selected the top 12 entertainers from 90 Airmen who participated in the annual Air Force Worldwide Talent Search here Jan. 9-16.Besides being the best of the best in their respective categories, the competition allows Airmen to compete for spots on the Tops in Blue

  • Pro Bowlers sign autographs for service members after practice

    After each Pro Bowl practice session at Earhart Field, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Jan. 26, the players spent time with the servicemembers and their families by signing jerseys, helmets, footballs, towels and even surf boards.View the slideshow here.

  • AF top boxers vie to compete at Armed Forces championships

    The goals are still the same for Air Force boxing coach Steven Franco during the Air Force Boxing Camp at the Chaparral Fitness Center: Defeat the other military branches to win medals."Like I tell these guys from day one, I don't care if I take one guy or all 10 guys from different weight classes,

  • Fitness NCO brings smiles to deployed Airmen

    This NCO is always there. If you're feeling down, she will comfort you. If you're eating by yourself, she will sit by you, and, if you're looking to improve your fitness, she'll whip your body into shape. She is ... the ultimate wingman.Meet Staff Sgt. Sokum Ouk, a 332nd Expeditionary Force Support

  • High-altitude fitness test rules reinstated

    Airmen undergoing their fitness tests at high-altitude bases can breathe easier during fitness testing thanks to the efforts of Air Force Academy leaders and the Human Performance Laboratory.Changes to the Air Force Fitness testing program in 2010 didn't include an altitude adjustment, as the

  • Physical fitness motivates, bonds Afghan and American women

    Over the last few years, physical fitness has become a focal point for Airmen readiness across the U.S. Air Force. Here, at the Afghan air force compound, nine female AAF members and one American advisor are also making it a point of emphasis in their military training and daily lives.What began as

  • Airman wins big on 'The Price Is Right'

    "Come on down!"This simple request ended with a big pay-off in a showcase showdown for a Vandenberg Fire Department member and his family.Tech. Sgt. Armando Galaviz II, the VFD North battalion chief, attended a showing of "The Price is Right" in August and won the grand prize worth more than

  • Air Force Marathon registration to open with one-day-only special price

    Registration for the Air Force Marathon will open Jan. 1, 2012, at midnight with a special one day-only price.For Jan. 1 only, the full marathon is $75; half marathon is $60; 10K is $35; and the 5K is $20. "We've offered special pricing on January 1st for the last few years, and it has helped get

  • American300 Warrior Tour brings 'never quit' message to 24th Air Force, JBSA

    No one complained about the rain during 24th Air Force's war fit physical training here Dec. 19. Complaining was not an option when two amputees from American300 Warrior Tours led the way.Chad Crittenden, a CBS' Survivor contestant, and Mike Schultz, an ESPN's X Games adaptive gold medalist, didn't

  • Toledo edges Air Force in 42-41 shootout

    A failed two-point conversion gave the Toledo Rockets a 42-41 win over Air Force in the Military Bowl Dec. 28.The game was an expected offensive shootout featuring two teams that scored a combined 920 points this season. The two teams gave just that to a national television audience, with 35 points

  • Dietary supplements removed from Exchanges due to health concerns

    The Department of Defense has implemented a temporary moratorium on the sales of products containing DMAA within military facilities. The moratorium will remain in effect pending further review of relevant scientific evidence and reported events, officials said.Recent reports show that two Soldier

  • Cadets visit wounded warriors

    Sitting at tables, working with physical therapists, lifting weights, the wounded warriors worked out. Some were alone, while others had family around them. It's Dec. 27 and a quiet day at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Bethesda's rehabilitation facility. On this day, a few members of

  • FSS gift cards make holiday gift giving easy

    'Tis the season, and Air Force Services Agency officials here said Force Support Squadron gift cards are a convenient and easy way to get into the spirit of giving. Installations worldwide provide FSS gift cards available for use at most FSS nonappropriated fund activities. Officials said the cards

  • Academy a cappella group performs at White House

    The Air Force Academy's a cappella group In the Stairwell performed at the White House for a holiday reception Dec. 9.The group was approached by the White House Social Office and asked to submit samples of their music to be compared to other performers. A couple of weeks later, they were notified

  • Warrior Games competition plans return to Colorado Springs

    The annual Warrior Games, featuring wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans competing in several sporting events, will return here in 2012, U.S. Olympic Committee officials announced Dec. 6.The USOC-hosted games will take place April 30 to May 5. The Defense and Veterans Affairs

  • AF bands join Grammy-winning artists for 'Holiday Notes from Home'

    The Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve and Air Force Strings recently joined Grammy-winning vocalist Lee Ann Womack and the Grammy-nominated band Little Big Town in the "Holiday Notes from Home" concert.The hour-long special will air on the Great American Country Channel beginning Dec. 10 at 8:30

  • Air Force to remain in Mountain West Conference

    The Air Force Academy will stay in the Mountain West Conference, declining an offer to join the expanding Big East Conference, Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Mike Gould announced Dec. 7.The Academy was one of several schools courted by the Big East, which extended feelers and formal invitations to

  • Air Force to face Toledo in Military Bowl Dec. 28

    Officials announced the U.S. Air Force Academy Falcons will play the University of Toledo Rockets Dec. 28 in the 2011 Military Bowl in Washington D.C.ESPN will televise the first meeting between the Falcons, who are in the Mountain West Conference, and the Rockets, who are in the Mid-American

  • Commissaries to end magazine sales overseas

    Defense Commissary Agency officials have announced the end of magazine sales in their overseas stores beginning January 2012. This policy affects all commissaries in Europe, the Pacific (Japan, Okinawa, South Korea and Guam) and Puerto Rico.DeCA will continue to sell the Stars & Stripes newspaper

  • Falcons finish season 7-5, defeat CSU 45-21

    The U.S. Air Force Academy Falcons soared to a 45-21 victory on a cold Saturday night Nov. 26 against the Rams of Colorado State University here.The win brings the Falcons to 7-5-0 overall for the 2011 season and bowl eligible for the fifth consecutive year. This is also the first time in school

  • Air Force firefighters earn gold, silver medals

    Firefighters from the U.S. Air Force Academy took home the gold and firefighters from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., won silver at the World Firefighter Combat Challenge XX Nov. 19 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.The firefighter combat challenge requires maximum effort in minimal time as it simulates the

  • Falcons roll to 45-17 victory over UNLV

    U.S. Air Force Academy Falcon seniors went onto the field of Falcon Stadium Nov. 19 knowing they wouldn't set foot on the turf again until graduation day. They made it a night to remember, rolling over the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Rebels 45-17 in the 2011 Seniors Night game.Senior running

  • Wings of Blue wins gold

    Nov. 3 was a good day to jump out of a perfectly good airplane, as the Air Force Wings of Blue parachute competition team can attest.The squad's four-person "Air Force Inception" team won first place in the four-person intermediate free-flying competition at the U.S. Parachute Association's National

  • Air Force firefighters aim for the gold

    Air Force firefighters are competing on the world stage this week at the World Firefighter Combat Challenge XX here.The competition, which began Nov. 14 and continues through Nov. 19, tests firefighters' skill, fitness, grit and teamwork against the clock. A number of Air Force teams are competing,

  • Overseas service photography project announced

    The Department of Defense announced Nov. 8 that it seeks donations of photographs of U.S. military service life overseas from current and former service members for use in a photo recognition exhibition planned in conjunction with the State Department.Submissions will be accepted Nov. 11 through

  • Air Force overcomes Army to keep Commander in Chief's Trophy

    In the U.S. Air Force Academy Falcons' battle to keep the Commander in Chief's trophy, the U.S. Military Academy Black Knights (Army) drew first blood ... and second, and if not for a few big plays on defense, they would also have drawn third, fourth and fifth blood.But Air Force's defense continued

  • Falcons shut out Lobos 42-0

    Falcon football got back to its winning ways with a 42-0 shutout of the University of New Mexico Lobos Oct. 29 here.The U.S. Air Force Academy Falcons left defenders in the dust from their first touch of the football, when defensive back Jon Davis returned the first Lobo punt for 40 yards to give

  • Sheppard AFB Honor Guard presents the colors in the World Series

    The Sheppard Air Force Base Honor Guard presented the colors at game four of the World Series Oct. 23, at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, in front of a crowd of 50,000.The team, managed by Tech. Sgt. Kevin Thornhill, presented the colors for the Texas Rangers at a home game earlier in the

  • Broncos defeat Falcons in first matchup

    The fifth-ranked Boise State University Broncos beat the U.S. Air Force Academy Falcons 26-37 at Bronco Stadium here Oct. 22 in the first game between the teams since BSU joined the Mountain West Conference this season."There were parts where we played reasonably well, but it's not enough," said