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  • Recruiting commander expands community relations at bowl game

    The Air Force Recruiting Service commander visited Columbus, Ga., Dec. 3 and 4 to show support to the community and share knowledge about the Air Force's career opportunities.During his stay, Brig. Gen. Balan R. Ayyar attended the 2010 Pioneer Bowl at the A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium where the Fort

  • Falcons to face Georgia Tech in Independence Bowl

    Air Force will play the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the 2010 AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl at Independence Stadium, bowl officials announced Dec. 5.The game is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 27 at 4 p.m. E.T. and can be seen on ESPN2.Air Force and Georgia Tech will meet for the fourth time in the

  • Academy football head coach named a finalist for award

    Air Force Falcons football head coach Troy Calhoun was named one of four finalists for the inaugural Joseph V. Paterno Coach of the Year Award, announced by Maxwell Football Club president Ron Jaworski Dec. 6.The other finalists are Frank Beamer of Virginia Tech, Pat Fitzgerald of Northwestern and

  • Air Force rugby team continues successful streak

    The Air Force men's rugby team won its seventh consecutive Armed Forces Rugby Championship tournament  Nov. 6.Players on the team are active-duty, Air National Guard and Reserve Airmen of all ranks and career fields from across the Air Force. They all play in local rugby clubs and on base intramural

  • Air Force to play in Independence Bowl

    The Air Force Falcons will play in the 2010 AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl against an Atlantic Coast Conference team Dec. 27 at 4 p.m. Central Time on ESPN2 at Independence Stadium, bowl officials announced Dec. 1.Air Force will learn of its opponent Dec. 5 when the matchup is formally announced.

  • Keeping Yokota moms fit

    The team at the health and wellness center here has recently added a prenatal aerobics class to help expectant mothers stay in shape.Staff Sgt.Treshawna Gwendo, a diet therapist with the 374th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, is the instructor for the class. She said the class is for anyone a soon-to-be

  • Elmendorf officials host Special Olympics bowling tournament

    Officials here hosted the 2010 Special Olympics Alaska Bowling Tournament at its Polar Bowl facility Nov. 19 through the 21. Some 240 athletes from seven Alaska communities, from as far away as Juneau, teamed up with more than 300 military and civilian volunteers and approximately 100 certified

  • Airmen rope competition at rodeo world finals

    Six Airmen participated in the 10th annual 2010 Professional Armed Forces Rodeo Association World Finals at the Somervell County Expo Center here Nov. 20-21.The Airmen competed against more than 40 servicemembers, retirees and dependents in 12 events.Master Sgt. Travis Beck won the Men's All-Around

  • Falcons close season with 35-20 win over UNLV

    The Air Force Falcons won their final game of the season Nov. 18 after defeating the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Rebels, 35-20.Jonathan Warzeka scored on a 54-yard touchdown run to regain the lead in the second half and jump-start the triple option for Air Force to win the game.The Falcons'

  • Airmen prepare for Antarctic climb

    Two Hurlburt Field Airmen are putting the 1st Special Operations Wing motto to the test.While most of their friends and colleagues are indulging in the family, food and football of the Thanksgiving holiday, Capt. Rob Marshall, with the 8th Special Operations Squadron, and Capt. Graydon Muller, with

  • Photo essay: Falcons basketball wins home opener

    The Air Force Academy Falcons basketball team defeated the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs 66-53 behind a balanced offensive attack here Nov. 14. The Falcons offensive game included 42 percent shooting from the 3-point range and a defense that held the Mountain Lions to just 1 of 14 for

  • Air Force upsets No. 3 Yale, 4-3

    Air Force scored four unanswered goals in the third period for a 4-3 win over third-ranked Yale in a non-conference college hockey game Nov. 14 in front of a sellout crowd at the Academy's Cadet Ice Arena.Air Force, 3-6 overall, handed Yale its first loss of the season after five straight wins. Yale

  • John Legend entertains troops in Florida

    Military and family members were treated to some "smooth grooves" Nov. 13 when R & B singer, John Legend, performed a free concert here.The concert was part of the "Stateside Tour for The Troops" program hosted by the Air Force Reserve. Attendees from Eglin Air Force Base, Hurlburt Field, and Duke

  • Falcons dominate Lobos, 48-23

    The Air Force Academy Falcons dominated the New Mexico Lobos with their rushing offense, beating the Lobos 48-23 in the final home game of the season at Falcon Stadium.Senior Day at the Academy proved too much for New Mexico to handle as the Falcons totaled 461 yards to the Lobos' 258 in the

  • Air Force officials seek Warrior Games participants

    Air Force officials are seeking 25 warriors to compete in the 2011 Warrior Games, an Olympic-style competition open to wounded, ill and injured military members and veterans.The Warrior Games were developed through the partnership between the United States Olympic Committee and the Defense

  • American Attitude strikes music industry chord

    When the band American Attitude formed four years ago, the members just wanted to fill some empty seats at their NCO club on drill weekends.The guardsmen from the Florida Air National Guard's 125th Fighter Wing thought their hard-rock cover band would provide some much-needed entertainment at the

  • Air Force contractor defies odds to complete Marine Corps marathon

    With what appeared to be an acute panic attack, Andrea D'Amore arrived at the hospital in February 2009 flush, short of breath and in pain.But little did she realize these symptoms would ultimately tip her doctors off to a much more serious condition. And now, Ms. D'Amore, a Secretary of the Air

  • Kadena Special Olympics creates bond for new Airman

    The excitement at Kadena Air Base's Risner Fitness Complex peaked Nov. 6 as the 837 athletes participating in the Kadena Special Olympics took the field. There weren't many more excited than one Airman from the 18th Munitions Squadron.Airman 1st Class Matthew Renfro, originally from Spokane, Wash.,

  • Air Force defeats Army, secures Commander-in-Chief's trophy

    The Air Force Academy Falcons defeated the Black Knights of West Point 42-22 Nov. 6 at Michie Field here. The teams have now battled on the gridiron 45 times with the Falcons leading the series 31-13 with one tie. This is the fifth-straight Air Force victory against Army."Fine victory," said Falcon

  • Country star shines for Balad

    Trace Adkins performed here Nov. 2 for more than 1,500 servicemembers and civilians.The performance was part of Mr. Adkins' third USO tour to support deployed servicemembers. For fans like Army Sgt. 1st Class Amanda Prier, the 103rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command Military Justice NCO in charge,

  • Iron Chefs compete, prepare 'Fit to Fight' dishes

    Five teams of culinary artists dashed to the commissary here for the secret ingredient of the base's second annual "Fit to Fight" Iron Chef competition, Oct. 27. "The theme this year is 'Fit to Fight'," said Tech. Sgt. Amy Peterson, the 35th Force Support Squadron Falcon feeder manager. "This is a

  • No. 8 Utes survive AIr Force comeback, 28-23

    Five turnovers sabotaged the Air Force Academy's offense as the Falcons fell to the University of Utah at Falcon Stadium Oct. 30.This was the second straight week the Falcons faced a team ranked both in the top 10 of the nation and the BCS rankings, and was fourth nationally-ranked opponent the

  • Airmen embracing fitness culture

    "Readiness," said the chief master sergeant of the Air Force, "is the primary purpose of developing the new fitness standard, and, so far, Airmen are stepping up to the challenge as the program normalizes." The new physical-training standard is a way to ensure Airmen are prepared to do the nation's

  • Airmen teach Krav Maga techniques to local law enforcers

    For nearly 40 exhausting hours last week, security forces Airmen taught self-defense and hand-to-hand combat tactics to a group of local law enforcement officials.Although the community and base members have a positive working relationship, this is the first time they have come together to share the

  • Professional Bull Riders honor Nellis Airmen at world finals

    Members of the international Professional Bull Riders, Inc., association saluted the Air Force and the accomplishments of several Airmen during their World Finals in Las Vegas Oct. 22.The special-themed Air Force Night kicked off with a swearing-in ceremony for 25 members of the Delayed Enlistment

  • Marathon officials release official plane for 2011 race

    Officials from the Air Force Marathon office here recently announced the B-1B Lancer will be the official plane for the 2011 Air Force Marathon. As the featured aircraft, the B-1B will be prominently displayed on all official marathon gear, including the finisher's medal racers receive after

  • TCU overpowers Air Force, 38-7

    The Air Force Academy fell 38-7 to the nation's fourth-ranked team Oct. 23.Texas Christian University made a statement with its opening series, marching 71 yards on seven plays and capping the drive with a 5-yard run by quarterback Andy Dalton. A Ross Evans extra point put TCU up 7-0.Air Force

  • Airmen run miles in memoriam

    For many people, running 26.2 miles may seem like a crazy idea. But, for the nine members of the 55th Force Support Squadron's running team, it's just another challenge to overcome.The team, formed in July, after some members of the 55th FSS expressed interest in running the Rock 'n' Roll San

  • Schriever AFB adventure racers claim Air Force title

    After they crossed the finish line in the 2009 Wilderness Challenge adventure race, Capts. Stephen Toth, Caitlyn Diffley, Joseph Revetariano and Senior Airman Cory Marion felt like they had reached their physical limits. Two days of running, hiking, paddling and biking throughout West Virginia's

  • Falcon's fourth quarter awakening comes up short against Aztecs

    The Air Force Academy Falcons showed some life in the fourth quarter, but came up short in a losing effort to San Diego State University Oct. 16 at Qualcomm Stadium here.  The 23rd ranked Falcons lost to the Aztecs 27-25.The game started off slowly for both teams. Both quarterbacks threw

  • Jay Leno entertains servicemembers, families

    Thousands of servicemembers, their families and friends attended part of Jay Leno's Tour for the Troops here, sponsored by the Air Force Reserve Command.Mr. Leno hosted the grand opening a new recruiting station for AFRC in Wasilla, Alaska, and spoke to a crowd of hundreds of fans after 13 local

  • Expeditionary Center launches 'Ground Up Challenge'

    Visitors to the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center can expect to become more intimately familiar with the ground than they were expecting if they happen to be on the campus at 8 a.m., 11 a.m. or 4 p.m.At those designated times, all military members within the center, student or faculty, cease

  • Interservice rivalry: Air Force athletes claim Ironman military division

    A pair of Airmen pushed the envelope of mental and physical toughness to claim the 2010 Ironman World Championships Kona Military Division on a 140.6-mile grueling course.Maj. Scott Poteet and Capt. Jamie Turner combined for a 20:27:36 time to claim this year's top honors for the Armed Forces. Major

  • Air Force wins back-to-back softball titles

    The Air Force men's softball team won its second consecutive Armed Forces Softball Championship title after out-slugging Army Sept. 23 at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. ,19-10. The Air Force won its sixth gold medal in nine years and posted a 7-2 record throughout the five-day tournament. Air

  • Falcons ground Rams, 49-27

    Seven touchdowns on offense and special teams led the Air Force Academy to a decisive 49-27 win over Colorado State University Oct. 9.The Falcons came into the game ranked No. 25 in the nation by the Associated Press, powered in part by the top-ranked rushing offense in the NCAA, while CSU limped in

  • Airman heats up fitness challenge

    A 22nd Civil Engineer Squadron heating ventilation and cooling craftsman transformed his body, passed his fitness test and found the strength and motivation to maintain a healthy lifestyle, all within the span of two months. Staff Sgt. Christopher Jeffcoat, a nine-year Air Force veteran, scored 57

  • NBA dream becomes reality for Academy grad

    The opportunity of a lifetime only comes once, or so we've been told. But for one U.S. Air Force Academy graduate, it came twice: once when he was accepted into the Academy and again when he realized his childhood dream of playing in the NBA. Capt. Antoine Hood, a reservist who divides his time

  • Academy officer picked for top triathlon

    Forget about who's crazy enough to participate in a triathlon. Who was crazy enough to come up with the over-the-top race in the first place? Believe it or not, it was a Sailor.In 1978, following a foot race on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, participants argued about who were the best overall


    Members of the 820th RED HORSE Squadron met with team members from a NASCAR truck racing team as part of an orientation between the Red Horse Racing team and the RED HORSE squadron Sept. 24 here. The Red Horse Racing team currently races Toyota Tundras in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and

  • Air Force defeats Navy 14-6 in ground battle

    In a game filled with flyovers, it was ground pounding that dominated as the Air Force Falcons sunk the Navy Midshipmen 14-6 Oct. 2 at Falcon Stadium here.The Falcons showed why they have the number one rushing offense in the country after racking up 292 yards on the ground. Their season average

  • 'Huffing,' using 'Spice' is dangerous, officials say

    While they may be legal in some states, "designer drugs," often marketed as herbal remedies, are banned under military law and policies by the Defense Department and all of the services. Military officials, having seen a spike in servicemembers' use of otherwise legal substances, including

  • Academy Airmen finish strong at Air Force Marathon

    Two Airmen assigned here won big at the Air Force Marathon Sept. 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.Capt. Brian Dumm, an Academy English instructor, was the overall male and active-military male winner. Capt. Anne Marie Sibal, a judge advocate here, was the active-military female

  • Pilot takes top spot at Air Force half-marathon

    Although not as fast as the aircraft he flies, a PC-12 pilot from the 34th Special Operations Squadron blasted past the competition in the men's half marathon during the 2010 Air Force Marathon at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Sept. 17 through18. Capt. Ben Payne finished the 13.1-mile race

  • Turnovers carry Air Force to 20-14 win over Wyoming

    Junior defensive back Jonathan Davis sealed a 20-14 Air Force win over Wyoming with a first-quarter interception in the end zone and a fourth-quarter fumble recovery.Davis' first takeaway occurred during Wyoming's first drive, when Cowboys quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels led his receiver too much,

  • NCO trains for mixed martial arts fight on base

    The first thing a visitor to the FIT NHB Fight Gym in downtown Albuquerque, N.M., notices is the steady series of staccato thumps echoing off the walls. It's the sound of solid blows landing squarely on padded targets. In this converted warehouse, fighters train in mixed martial arts, practicing

  • Disabled veterans sports clinic begins in San Diego

    The third annual National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic began here Sept. 20, as more than 200 disabled veterans came out to participate in a number of activities, including surfing, kayaking, cycling, and track and field events. The week-long clinic gives veterans with disabilities an opportunity

  • Falcons scare Sooners in comeback, fall short 27-24

    Meeting for only the second time in school history, the Air Force Academy Falcons posted 351 rushing yards against the nationally-ranked Oklahoma University Sooners in a close 27-24 defeat at Sept. 18 at OU's Memorial Field. The Sooners took an early lead with a touchdown by running back DeMarco

  • Wings of Blue wins 1st national title

    The Wings of Blue Air Force Parachute Team soared to victory Sept. 11 through 12 at the U.S. Parachute Association National Skydiving Championships in Ottawa, Ill. Wings of Blue fielded two teams: Air Force Impulse and Air Force Eminence. Impulse took first place and Eminence took third in the

  • Pentagon urges employees to 'leap' into fitness

    Uniformed and civilian Air Force members are encouraged to represent the Defense Department in the presidential fitness challenge this fall as our country continues to focus on health and wellness.The DOD's civilian personnel policy office is sponsoring "Leap Into Fall," a fitness challenge for all

  • Air Force Marathon sells out all events

    All of the events at this year's Air Force Marathon sold out Sept. 14. The last spot was sold in the marathon's 5K event, closing out a field of 12,000 runners that will take part in the 14th annual event Sept. 17 and 18. "We are extremely proud that so many people have taken notice of this great

  • Deployed Air Force Marathon mirrors annual stateside race

    Nearly 300 coalition forces and civilians ran in the deployed Air Force Marathon here Sept. 11.With a full 26.2-mile marathon starting at 4 a.m. and a half-marathon starting at 4:30 a.m., runners started the race before their biggest opponent would be in full force: the heat. With temperatures

  • Falcons rout Cougars, 35-14, in Mountain West Conference opener

    Air Force's defense held BYU to just 126 yards of total offense in the final three quarters during the Falcons' 35-17 win in the teams' Mountain West Conference opener in front of a sold-out crowd of nearly 47,000 here Sept. 11.The rout breaks a six-game losing streak to BYU, who last lost to Air

  • Air Guard 400 race to determine NASCAR's top 12

    Better known for its airpower than its horsepower, the Air National Guard will sponsor the Air Guard 400 at Richmond International Speedway Sept. 11.The 400-mile NASCAR race will include the Air National Guard-sponsored #26 car driven by Jeff Green and owned by Latitude 43 Motorsports."With NASCAR

  • Tinker Airman shoots for Olympic gold

    When Airman 1st Class Alex Callage joined the Air Force, he did it because he believed in the mission, but soon the Airman here will have a new mission of his own. A week ago, Airman Callage received orders for to the Olympic Training Center at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., to begin his bid for

  • Chief of staff to participate in the Air Force Marathon 10K

    The Air Force chief of staff is putting himself on the starting line during Air Force Marathon events here, joining thousands of others ready to show their dedication to physical fitness.Gen. Norton Schwartz plans to return to the Air Force Marathon for the second year in a row, this time running

  • Pope senior NCO wins interservice chess tourney

    A senior NCO assigned to Pope Air Force Base recently defeated top chess players from each service to take home the top prize during the 2010 Interservice Chess Championship. Master Sgt. Dan Ranario, of the 3rd Aerial Port Squadron, will join the U.S.-led team participating in the 2010 NATO Chess

  • Air Force survives 1st-half scare, overcomes Demons, 65-21

    If Air Force's home opener was supposed to be an easy ride, Northwestern State missed the memo. The Falcons brought down a stubborn Demons team, but only after they overcame a few demons of their own.Air Force rallied in the second half, outscoring Northwestern State 41-0 in the second half en route

  • 'Today's Air Force' features the U.S. Air Force Academy football team

    In honor of the kickoff of the college football season, a special three-part "Today's Air Force" report has been prepared on the 2010 Air Force Academy Falcon football team.As the Falcons geared up for another exciting season, a "TAF" crew went to training camp to give viewers an inside look at what

  • Photo essay: Opening ceremony for AF Week New York City

    The Air Force Thunderbirds took center stage as they participated in a flyover during the opening ceremony for Air Force Week New York City Aug. 24 at the USS Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum here.View the slideshow.

  • Kaiserslautern team takes on Little League World Series again

    The 11- and 12-year-old Kaiserslautern Military Community All-Star team made its second consecutive trip to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., after winning the Europe Region Tournament Aug. 3.This is the sixth time a team from Ramstein Air Base has earned a spot in the tournament

  • Former professional baseball player says Air Guard is his winning team

    When Staff Sgt. Trevor Harvey lights the candles on the altar before Mass on drill weekends, he favors the hand that once pitched to Ken Griffey Jr. "During one game I pitched, he hit a ball over 500 feet," said Sergeant Harvey, who now serves as the chaplain's assistant with the Arizona Air

  • McConnell Airman helps save 8-year-old's life

    A McConnell Air Force Base Airman saved an 8-year-old girl from drowning recently while on a canoeing trip with his church at the Buffalo River in Arkansas. After spending the day navigating the river, Senior Airman Robert Fischer, a 22nd Civil Engineer Squadron pavements and equipment operator, and

  • Air Force Marathon sells out full and half marathons

    Air Force Marathon full and half marathons are full for the first time. The 5k and 10K still have slots remaining. Runners wishing to participate in these events are encouraged to register by going on the website soon to secure a spot. This year's marathon already set a new

  • 'Boot Camp' class helps Airmen get fit to fight

    Airmen here who are unable to meet fitness standards, or those who just want to participate in a high-caliber fitness routine attend "boot camp," a fitness class offered through the Health and Wellness Center.In the past few months, more and more Airmen have begun to take advantage of the strenuous

  • Ramstein team takes on Little League World Series again

    The 11- and 12-year-old Kaiserslautern Military Community All-Star team will make its second consecutive trip to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., after winning the Europe Region Tournament Aug. 3. This is the sixth time a team from Ramstein Air Base has earned a spot in the

  • 10,000th runner registers for Air Force Marathon

    Air Force Marathon officials registered runner No. 10,000 Aug. 12, surpassing a long-standing goal for the 14-year-old event.There is still a month before the 5K run Sept. 17, and the full marathon, half marathon and 10K run on Sept. 18. Registration for the half marathon reached its limit of

  • Major learns to get back up after fall

    Waking up alone, face down and bleeding, on the sun-baked granite rock after falling face-first 50 feet from the top of a mountain is where U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet David Garay found himself June 2, 1997, only one day after his 19th birthday.Garay, now a major, lived through the fall and

  • American, Japanese children participate in youth exchange

    Children from the U.S. and Japan attended a cultural exchange event at the Kadena Youth Center here Aug. 5. Approximately 40 American and Japanese youth from ages 9 to 11 spent much of the day learning about each other's culture by playing games and eating American style food, in addition to making

  • Air Force Cycling Team rides across Iowa

    More than 160 men and women of the U.S. Air Force joined thousands of bicyclists for the 38th Des Moines Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, better known by the cyclists as RAGBRAI. The Air Force Cycling Team, or AFCT, under the leadership of Lt. Col. Joseph Robinson, donned their team

  • Richmond track officials announce plans for 'Air Guard 400'

    Track President Doug Fritz and Master Sgt. Matt Leas jumped from an airplane and parachuted onto the pit road here at Richmond International Raceway Aug. 4 to announce the name of this year's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.The Air Guard 400 will be held here on the second day of the "One Last Race to

  • Improved physical training uniform sized for both sexes

    The new, improved physical training uniform, or IPTU, has seen many improvements from the current PTU and sizing also has improved for both sexes."We have received much feedback from the field," said Maj. Eric Habersberger, the deputy chief of the Air Force Uniform Office. "We have made a strong

  • Wounded warriors complete 'Sea to Shining Sea' journey

    A group of wounded veterans amassed at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco May 22 for a two-month cross country ride that ended July 24 in Virginia Beach, Va. The nearly 4,000-mile trek was called Sea to Shining Sea, and it showed 17 veterans who've overcome life-changing injuries such as

  • Air Force shooters score well at national pistol championships

    Col. Mark Hays won the General Twining Trophy and Lt. Col. Thomas Reardon captured the General Curtis LeMay Trophy for the second consecutive year to lead the Air Force National Pistol Shooting Team at the 2010 Pistol and Rifle Championships at Camp Perry in Port Clinton, Ohio.The team placed second

  • Schriever musician hits it big with original song

    When it comes to hobbies, many people just do what they love for fun. Seldom does a hobby actually pay off. For one Schriever Air Force Base staff sergeant, his love of music has paid off in a big way. Staff Sgt. Richard Justice, the NCO in charge of procedures in the 3rd Space Operations Squadron,

  • Air Force wounded warrior rides from coast to coast

    A combat controller, who last year was laying in a hospital fighting for his life, is now riding his bicycle across America as part of his rehabilitation and to inspire other wounded warriors.Along with 19 of his teammates, Staff Sgt. Marc Esposito from the 21st Special Tactics Squadron at Pope Air

  • Reflections on the water: Outward Bound veteran expeditions

    Through a joint effort between various foundations, servicemembers who are veterans of operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom can receive a free Outward Bound expedition.Outward Bound offers white water rafting trips, cliff diving and group fitness, hikes and teambuilding exercises. Life on

  • Alaska Air National Guard rescues injured hiker near Chena Hot Springs

    Alaska Air National Guard officials responded to an 11th Rescue Coordination Center request to perform a search and rescue mission of a severely injured hiker June 29 near Chena Hot Springs.The call for National Guard support came in after Alaska State Troopers were unable to safely reach the

  • General Schwartz recommends reading selections

    The Air Force chief of staff announced his latest reading recommendations July 1, all from the CSAF reading list. "Defining events across the globe continue to shape our service in very consequential ways," Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz said. "Rising regional tensions, the oil spill

  • Air Force Week in Photos

    This week's photo highlights feature Airmen around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.View the slideshow.

  • Air Force triathlon team wins at 2010 Armed Forces Triathlon Championship

    The Air Force triathlon team recently excelled in all athletic categories at the 2010 Armed Forces Triathlon Championship June 5 at Naval Base Ventura County Point Mugu, Calif. The Air Force team took first place in every category, including the fastest male (Capt. James Bales at 1 hour, 46 minutes,

  • Airman scales Mount Everest

    Colorado Springs' Pikes Peak towers 14,115 feet above sea level, but one member of Air Force Space Command had his sights set higher, about 15,000 feet higher.Lt. Col. Peter Solie, the 43-year-old chief of the AFSPC Space Safety Division, reached the summit of Mount Everest May 17 at 7 a.m. on his

  • Surgeon wins Armed Forces Triathlon Championship

    If at first you don't succeed, then try, try again. For Capt. James Bales, a Wilford Hall Medical Center orthopedic surgeon, it was eight 'tris' before success: winning the Armed Forces Triathlon Championships.The Air Force captain traversed the Olympic-distance course at Naval Base Ventura County,

  • Libraries inspire military children to read

    Defense Department library officials have embarked on their first departmentwide summer reading program in hopes of encouraging military children to keep their reading skills sharp during the summer. More than 250 base libraries will soon set off on "Voyage to Book Island," an activity-packed

  • 'Today's Air Force' features a look around the service

    In this edition of "Today's Air Force," a scramjet rips through the air as members of Air Force Research Laboratory notch another aviation milestone. In another segment, Airmen get a chance to practice sliding to safety from an air traffic control tower. And, a fighter pilot gets back to his roots

  • Mildenhall special operations Airmen commemorate D-Day landings

    The sky above Normandy billowed to life June 5 as hundreds of parachutes slowly descended on a field just outside St. Mere Eglise, a town near Utah Beach.Beneath the chutes was a mix of American, English, French and German paratroopers, all landing in the field known as the "Iron Mike" drop zone,

  • Air Force football team ranked second nationally in academic performance

    The U.S. Air Force Academy football team here has the second-highest multi-year Academic Progress Rate of any team in the Football Bowl Subdivision, according the a report issued June 9 by NCAA officials. The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the

  • Veteran wheelchair games begin July 4 in Denver

    More than 500 wheelchair athletes who are all military veterans are headed to Denver to begin competition at the 30th National Veterans Wheelchair Games. The event, presented each year by officials of the Department of Veterans Affairs and Paralyzed Veterans of America, runs July 4 through July

  • UFC fighter helps train battlefield Airmen

    Airmen from the Special Tactics Training Squadron participated in a special mixed martial arts training session with an Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter here June 8.Alan Belcher, a UFC middleweight title contender, held a physical training session with STTS Airmen to provide them with some

  • photography competition

    Air Force Services Agency officials are accepting photograph entries on, now through July 4, as part of the Year of the Air Force Family.This is an opportunity for Airmen and eligible patrons of Air Force morale, welfare and recreation programs to express through photos what Air

  • Air Force fitness program revision rewards excellent Airmen

    Based upon service-wide feedback, Airmen who earn an "excellent" on the new fitness test will now only have to test once a year according to a new revision to the Air Force Fitness Program."We believe this will recognize fitness excellence and serve as an incentive for more Airmen to improve their

  • Museums offer free admission to military families

    Active-duty servicemembers and their families will gain free access to hundreds of museums throughout the nation this summer, thanks to a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families.More than 600 museums in 50 states and the District of Columbia have signed up so