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  • Air Force Academy removes Bible verse from cadet's whiteboard

    03/11/2014 6:36:15 PM PDT · by upbeat5 · 37 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | March 11, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    The Air Force Academy removed a Bible verse posted on a cadet's whiteboard after it determined the posting had offended other cadets, a spokesman for the academy said. The cadet wrote the passage on the whiteboard posted outside his room. "I have been crucified with Christ therefore I no longer live, but Christ lives in me," the verse from Galatians read. Mikey Weinstein, director of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, told me 29 cadets and four faculty and staff members contacted his organization to complain about the Christian passage. "Had it been in his room - not a problem," Weinstein...
  • Are Academics Culturally Taxed?

    02/06/2014 12:35:32 PM PST · by Academiadotorg · 5 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 6, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Evidently, academics finally found a tax they don’t like. “‘Cultural taxation,’ is a term coined by Amado Padilla in 1994 as a way of describing the unique burden placed on ethnic minority faculty in carrying out their responsibility to service the university,” Cecil Canton, a professor of criminal justice at CSU Sacramento, states. Padilla is a professor of Psychological Studies in Education at Stanford. “He defined ‘cultural taxation’ as the obligation to show good citizenship towards the institution by serving its needs for ethnic representation on committees, or to demonstrate knowledge and commitment to a cultural group, which, though it...
  • 5-year-old boy left locked in daycare van for 3 hours in Greensboro (Academy of Spoiled Kids)

    12/11/2013 3:45:20 PM PST · by Libloather · 26 replies
    My Fox 8 ^ | 12/10/13 | Lindsey Eaton
    GREENSBORO, N.C. — A mom says her 5-year-old son was left in a locked daycare van for three hours. April Murphy’s son goes to The Academy of Spoiled Kids in Greensboro for after school care. On Wednesday Murphy was running late so she had a friend pick up her son from daycare. “The friend got to the daycare and the daycare told him that my child was absent or had already been picked up for the day,” explains April Murphy, who says her son was left in a daycare van.
  • Newspaper confirms former Air Force Academy cadet's OSI account

    12/09/2013 6:11:07 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 18 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | December 7, 2013 | Dave Philipps
    When former Air Force Academy cadet Eric Thomas faced a disciplinary board in August 2012, a special agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations said he would come to explain how Thomas worked dozens of cases as a confidential informant and had been of great service to the Air Force. The agent never showed up, and Thomas was expelled from the academy eight months later. On Friday, an active-duty member of the Air Force Academy with direct knowledge of the case said the agent, Brandon Enos, did not show up because he was told not to by the...
  • Battle Over Air Force Academy's Removal of 'So Help Me God' From Oath Heats Up

    11/20/2013 8:45:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/20/2013 | Alex Murashko
    The debate over the U.S. Air Force Academy's recent removal of the words "So help me God" from oaths and making the phrase instead optional for cadets has intensified as a chaplains religious liberty group is calling for the military branch to explain why the action was taken, and activists have stepped up their campaign against expressions of Christian faith within the academy located in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty said in a statement received by The Christian Post on Tuesday that it is receiving calls from concerned parents of Air Force Academy cadets about the...
  • Judicial Watch asks: Why did the Air Force Academy remove "God" from its inductee oath?

    10/10/2013 4:03:02 PM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 9/30/13 | Jennifer Harper
    **SNIP** “The U.S. Air Force Academy has removed the words ‘So help me God’ from some written materials, including the oath administered to USAF inductees based upon the objections of a single atheist,” says Tom Fitton, director of Judicial Watch. **SNIP** “Unilaterally removing ‘so help me God’ from Air Force Academy materials is at odds with our nation’s history, the rule of law, and the fundamental values of the American people,” Mr. Fitton observes. “We want to get to the bottom of this controversy and it is a shame we had to go to court to try to get past...
  • School Threatens to Ruin Valedictorian’s Naval Academy Appt.

    06/13/2013 9:38:26 AM PDT · by Nachum · 94 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/13/13 | Todd Starnes
    A Texas high school principal threatened to sabotage a valedictorian’s appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy after the student delivered a speech that referenced God and the U.S. Constitution, the boy’s attorney alleges. Hiram Sasser, director of litigation with the Liberty Institute, said Joshua High School principal Mick Cochran threatened to write a letter to the U.S. Naval Academy disparaging the character of Remington Reimer. “It was intimidating having my high school principal threaten my future because I wanted to stand up for the Constitution and
  • Michael's Top Ten Movies of 2012 (The Michael Medved Show)

    02/22/2013 11:35:15 PM PST · by L.A.Justice · 16 replies
    The Michael Medved Show ^ | 01/04/13 | Michael Medved
    1. LINCOLN 2. SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK 3. LES MISERABLES 4. THE IMPOSSIBLE 5. THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER 6. SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN 7. THE HOBBIT 8. A LATE QUARTET 9. ACT OF VALOR 10. WON'T BACK DOWN
  • Annals of the Art World, Division of Academic Foolishness (the art world is beyond satire)

    01/12/2013 11:17:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 01/12/2013 | Roger Kimball
    Years ago I read an amusing piece in the London Telegraph about an exhibition of Damien Hirst’s, er, art work at some glitzy Cork Street gallery. The man with the formaldehyde sharks had lots of exciting new bijoux to offer his public. One immortal opus consisted of a tray full of dirty coffee cups, overflowing ash trays, and the like. After the opening party, a diligent janitor, who I hope has gone on to a post as an art critic, tidied up the tray.Yep, out went the master’s work, all those carefully arranged cigarette butts and lipstick-smeared napkins, valued,...
  • American Professors Gather in Tehran for Occupy Wall Street Conference

    09/20/2012 8:31:41 PM PDT · by Churchjack · 27 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 4/21/2012 | Daniel Halper
    The professors interviewed on Press TV include Alex Vitale of Brooklyn College, Heather Gautney of Fordham University, and John Hammond of City University of New York. video at link
  • Willie Brown Jr. Academy razed (one of the worst 188 schools in the state)

    09/04/2012 2:00:47 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 9/4/12 | Jill Tucker
    What had been one of the lowest-performing, under-enrolled schools in San Francisco was little more than a pile of rubble as workers demolished Willie Brown Jr. Academy in the city's Bayview neighborhood. Loud hydraulic excavators bit off pieces of the few remaining walls still standing last week at the school, which served about 160 students in grades four through eight until June 2011. With blue sky visible above and gaping holes nearby, a paper sign directed visitors to the now-nonexistent counseling office. Soon, the tons of mangled rebar and concrete chunks will be carted off for recycling and the 4-acre...
  • As the U.S. Air Force Academy grows hostile toward Christianity, fires threaten the institution

    06/28/2012 8:18:12 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 9 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | June 28, 2012 | Paul Melanson
    As this article notes, "Dozens of House lawmakers accused the U.S. Air Force this week of being 'hostile towards religion.'" But those lawmakers are mistaken. It's not religion in general which the Air Force is becoming hostile toward. It is Christianity. Jean Bodin, in his work "De la Demonomanie des Sorciers," writes, "Sorcier est celuy qui par moyens Diaboliques sciemment s'efforce de paruenir a quel que chose" - A sorcerer is one who by commerce with the Devil has a full intention of attaining his own ends." The Air Force Academy, while growing ever more hostile toward Christianity and the...
  • 84th Annual Academy Awards [LIVE THREAD]

    02/26/2012 5:23:26 PM PST · by Bender2 · 179 replies · 1+ views
    Best Picture: The Artist, The Descendants, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, The Help, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life, War Horse Actor in a Leading Role: Demián Bichir, George Clooney, Jean Dujardin, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt Actress in a Leading Role: Glenn Close, Viola Davis, Rooney Mara, Meryl Streep, Michelle Williams You lost me there, Mr. Peabody. A Wayforward... machine?
  • US Naval Academy Nimitz Library - Reading List for Life (Long)

    06/01/2011 6:43:40 AM PDT · by King_Corey · 11 replies
    United States Naval Academy at Annapolis ^ | 06/01/2011 | US Naval Academy Staff
    Reading List For List Complete List Complete List By Subject Introduction Arranged by Recommender's Name To contribute to this list, or add to your own list below, plese use the Reading List for Life suggestion form. Professor Richard Abels, History Department: Catch 22 by Joseph Heller. (PS 3558 .E476 C3 1961) Regeneration by Pat Barker. (PR 6052 .A6488 R4 1961) Waiting for the Barbarians by Joseph Coetzee. (PR 9369.3 .C58 W3 1982) The Making of the Middle Ages by Richard Southern. (CB 351 .S6 1953a) The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. (Book: PG 3326 .B7 G32, Audiotape: PG 3326 .B7...
  • America's iconic Marxist historian

    05/22/2011 9:58:54 AM PDT · by EllisWashingtonReport · 2 replies
    WND ^ | 05/22/11 | Ellis Washington
    I join [the Communist Party USA] without enthusiasm, but with a sense of obligation. ... My fundamental reason for joining is that I don't like capitalism and want to get rid of it. ~ Richard Hofstadter (circa 1938) Like the proverbial frog in a cauldron of water, the distinction separating a warm bath and frog soup is only a difference of a few degrees. Likewise, people are dumbstruck with how America's academy (i.e., colleges, universities, law schools and, to a degree, public schools) has gradually devolved since the 1860s from vaunted institutions of higher learning to breeding grounds for Marxist...
  • Affirmative Action Scandal Rocks NavalAcademy: Students Disillusioned atLower Admissions ...

    01/27/2011 10:24:35 AM PST · by Nachum · 92 replies
    Big Peace ^ | 1/27/11 | Peter Schweizer
    Professor Bruce Fleming is not your typical US Naval Academy (USNA) Professor. He teaches English and he also happens to be a liberal. I’ve written favorably in my books about his work because he also happens to believe in speaking the truth. And by speaking the truth about the dirty secrets of affirmative action at the Naval Academy, he has set off a fire storm. Fleming wrote a piece last year exposing the fact that the USNA had a “two-tiered” system of admission that was designed to bring more minorities into the academy. (Since access to the full article has...
  • Lesbian cadet who quit seeks return to West Point

    11/26/2010 1:24:31 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 42 replies · 3+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 26, 2010 | JOHN SEEWER
    FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) -- Katherine Miller got pretty good at hiding her sexuality in high school, brushing off questions about her weekend plans and referring to her girlfriend, Kristin, as "Kris." She figured she could pull it off at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, too.
  • Winning the Education Lottery

    11/15/2010 7:43:35 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | November 15, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    , In New York, a public school system that once was the envy of the world has become an international laughingstock. The laugh track is not likely to die out anytime soon. “Virtually the entire New York press corps do not read the state test,” Harvard professor Daniel Koretz alleged at The Atlantic K-12 Education Forum. “Last year, the chancellor’s office, in a press conference, admitted that they did not read the state tests.” Maybe they should see The Lottery instead. The heart-wrenching documentary tells the tale of two families applying to the Harlem Success Academy (HSA). Five thousand applicants...
  • Joint team leads Afghan crew chief academy

    03/23/2010 6:32:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 157+ views
    Air Force News ^ | Tech. Sgt. Oshawn Jefferson, USAF
    3/23/2010 - BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (AFNS) -- A team of Airmen from the 440th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron and Soldiers from the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Falcon, led the first class of Afghan National Army Air Corp soldiers through the Afghan National Security Forces Crew Chief Academy March 6 here. The joint team of instructors led the inaugural class of five ANAAC crew chiefs through the three-week academy with classroom instruction and nearly four hours of proficiency training flights in UH-60M Blackhawk helicopters. Classroom instruction included lessons in fuel management, preparing an aircraft, Army academics and multiple-aircraft operations....
  • Patriot Academy Student-Soldiers Earn Diplomas

    03/19/2010 4:56:09 PM PDT · by SandRat · 591+ views
    MUSCATATUCK URBAN TRAINING CENTER, Ind., March 19, 2010 – Patriot Academy, the military’s first accredited high school, graduated its first class here yesterday. Army Pfc. Scott Wayne proudly holds his newly earned high school diploma with smiling family members at the Patriot Academy’s first graduation ceremony at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in Butlerville, Ind., March 18, 2010. Wayne decided to join the Patriot Academy to earn his diploma and serve his country. The Patriot Academy is the U.S. military’s first accredited high school. U.S. Army photo by John Crosby  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The program provides troubled...
  • Academy apologizes for Farrah Fawcett snub (Forgets about her in tribute of stars who died in 2009)

    03/10/2010 12:28:21 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 90 replies · 2,260+ views
    CNN ^ | 03/10/2010
    It was no oversight. The executive director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has apologized to the friends, family and fans of Farrah Fawcett, who was conspicuously omitted from Sunday night's Oscar-event tribute to Hollywood personalities who had died over the past year. While some agents and publicists, besides actors, were included in the memorial, Fawcett, a high-profile star better known for her TV work (who also appeared on the big screen), was not. Neither was Gene Barry -- who was seen in both versions of "War of the Worlds" -- or Bea Arthur. Among those criticizing...
  • Cross Placed at Air Force Pagan Circle Deemed 'Destructive'

    02/04/2010 5:55:09 PM PST · by ezfindit · 153 replies · 2,050+ views
    FoxNews via CDS ^ | 2/4/2010 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    A large wooden cross was placed at an Air Force Academy worship area for pagans and other Earth-centered religions, prompting an investigation by academy officials, though some caution that it’s hardly “destructive behavior.” Mikey Weinstein, founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, said an Air Force Academy staffer spotted the cross — erected with railroad ties — lying against a rock at a worship area for pagan groups at the academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Jan. 17.
  • Respect healthy for different faiths (Wiccans, Muslims infest Air Force Academy)

    01/31/2010 7:30:08 PM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies · 851+ views
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  • Afghan National Customs Academy Opens in Kabul

    01/20/2010 3:58:40 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 246+ views
    Canadian Ambassador William Crosbie at the opening of the Afghan National Customs Academy (ANCA). (Photo courtesy U.S. Embassy Kabul) Courtesy Canadian Forces KABUL, January 19, 2010 — Canadian Ambassador William Crosbie and United States Ambassador for Economic and Development Affairs Anthony Wayne joined Minister of Finance H.E. Dr. Omar Zakhilwal for the opening of the Afghan National Customs Academy (ANCA).Established with the support of a number of international donors, the ANCA will assist the Afghanistan Customs Department to develop into a modern customs service. “The opening of this academy is of particular importance to Canada, as it furthers a key area...
  • An insufficiently colorful color guard?

    11/11/2009 9:45:11 AM PST · by OldDeckHand · 18 replies · 1,115+ views
    Powerlineblog.com ^ | 11/11/09 | Scott Johnson
    How deep does the culture of political correctness run in the military and the service academies? We're getting some idea in the case of Major Nidal Malik Hasan. The Hasan story has rightly overwhelmed the news. Evidence of the red flags preceding his murder spree continues to accumulate and enrage. One inevitably sees in the disregarded red flags a case of political correctness run amok. The story of the Naval Academy's insufficiently colorful color guard has not quite broken out yet, and perhaps it won't, but it provides additional context to the case of Nidal Hasan. It appears that Naval...
  • Students, Citizens Thwart School Bus Hijacking

    08/28/2009 7:36:32 PM PDT · by Sammy67 · 11 replies · 1,536+ views
    NationalTerrorAlert ^ | 8/27/09 | National
    Quick thinking by a dozen teenagers may have avoided an apparent school bus hijacking from turning tragic, said witnesses. A man boarded a bus as it stopped at Boulevard and Burroughs Road and tried to take control of it, school district and Atlanta police officials said. The suspect briefly fought with the bus driver, forcing her out of the seat and taking control of the vehicle. At about 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon, an Atlanta Public Schools bus ran off of Boulevard Road after Arris Pitmon, 23, forced his way onto the bus transporting Forrest Hills Academy students and began attacking...
  • Iraqi Soldiers Sharpen Skills at ‘Cold Steel Academy’

    07/30/2009 4:52:49 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 330+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Pvt. Jared N. Gehmann, USA
    COMBAT OUTPOST CARVER, Iraq, July 30, 2009 – After five long days of intense training and battling a pair of fierce sandstorms, more than 20 Iraqi soldiers graduated from the “Cold Steel Training Academy” here yesterday. Army Spc. Cesar Lopez gives pointers to an Iraqi soldier attempting to apply a pressure dressing on a simulated wound during a training exercise in the midst of a sandstorm July 29, 2009, at Combat Outpost Carver, Iraq. U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Jared Gehmann  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The academy was established for 82nd Airborne Division paratroopers of Company A, 1st...
  • Proposed United States Public Service Academy - GAG ME!!!

    03/21/2009 4:55:54 AM PDT · by ConservativeGeorgiaPeach · 68 replies · 2,244+ views
    "The U.S. Public Service Academy will be an undergraduate institution devoted to developing civilian leaders for the public sector. Modeled on the military academies, the Academy will offer four years of tuition-free education in exchange for five years of civilian service following graduation. Its mission will be to educate, develop, and inspire civilian leaders who have the character, intellect, and experience necessary to serve the nation honorably and effectively, and who are committed to devoting their lives to public service. The initiative to build the Academy was launched by two Teach For America alumni in the wake of Hurricane Katrina,...
  • U.S. Army, Air Force Partner to Improve Iraq’s Air Force Academy

    03/06/2009 3:17:56 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 206+ views
    BAGHDAD — A joint effort between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the U.S. Air Force is improving the training facilities for Iraq’s Air Force (IqAF) cadets. The $1.96 million rehabilitation project at the Iraq Military Academy Rustamiyah (IMAR) includes five major components that will greatly enhance the learning and living environment for future IqAF officers. The academy, established by the British in 1924, serves as the sole site for training IqAF cadets. Cadets learn essential skills there, including English, before commissioning as officers ready for flight training. English is taught because it’s the mandatory international language for...
  • Darwinists Topple Darwin’s Tree of Life (it's about time!)

    02/20/2009 8:35:49 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 60 replies · 1,339+ views
    Darwinists Topple Darwin’s Tree of Life Darwin’s “Tree of Life” is a myth. It’s based on circular reasoning. It is a pattern imposed on the data, not a fact emerging from the evidence. We should give up the search for a single tree of life (TOL) as a record of the history of life on earth, because it is a “quixotic pursuit” unlikely to succeed – and the evidence is against it. Who said this? Not creationists, but a new member of the National Academy of Sciences in his inaugural paper for the academy’s Proceedings.1 W. Ford Doolittle and Eric...
  • Afghan Military Academy Graduates First Class

    01/26/2009 3:20:22 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 201+ views
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 26, 2009 – The first class of National Military Academy of Afghanistan cadets graduated yesterday in a ceremony here, becoming what the Afghan president called “the heartbeat of the entire nation.” An Afghan cadet shakes hands with Afghan President Hamid Karzai during a graduation ceremony at the National Military Academy of Afghanistan in Kabul, Afghanistan, Jan. 25, 2009. U.S. Navy Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Tim Newborn  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “I am very proud to be a part of this ceremony, which is a very important and vital step toward a stable...
  • Hamas’s Academic Cheerleaders (Columbia, Harvard, UC Berkeley, UCLA, Ohio State, etc)

    01/25/2009 7:15:36 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies · 720+ views
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | Jan 23, 2009 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    If further proof was needed that the field of Middle East studies is marred by a politicized, morally vacuous approach to the Arab-Israeli conflict, the reaction of many of its leading lights to the current war in Gaza should suffice. According to these self-appointed arbiters of international law, Israel’s military campaign against Hamas following the firing of over 6,000 rockets at Israeli civilian targets since 2005 is unjustified. Hamas, they tell us, is not a terrorist organization bent on Israel’s destruction, but rather a national liberation movement that seeks only the noble founding of a Palestinian state. Either that or...
  • 81st Academy Award Nominees (Are the Oscars a parody of themselves?)

    01/22/2009 2:20:47 PM PST · by flintsilver7 · 65 replies · 1,503+ views
    Fox News ^ | 1/22/09 | FNC
    1. Best Picture: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Frost/Nixon," "Milk," "The Reader," "Slumdog Millionaire."
  • Pentagon Channel, Comcast Team to Air Service Academy Graduations

    05/22/2008 5:19:23 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 356+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 22, 2008 – The Pentagon Channel and cable company Comcast are teaming up to offer customers televised coverage of this year’s graduation ceremonies at the service academies. “We appreciate Comcast’s decision to carry the Pentagon Channel’s coverage of the military service academy graduations,” Brian Natwick, general manager of the Pentagon Channel, stated in a Comcast news release. Featured coverage includes this year’s graduation ceremonies at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. Comcast digital cable customers throughout New Jersey,...
  • IPs Graduate From First Academy in Diyala

    05/20/2008 5:16:31 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 57+ views
    ASHRAF — Four hundred and thirteen Iraqis graduated, May 16, from the Multi National Division Regional Training Academy located in Ashraf, Iraq. The Iraqis attended the four-week course in order to become Iraqi police. “The training the IP received was top notch training, and it’s going to help them when they go out to their stations and start doing the job of taking care of the Iraqis and providing their security,” said Sgt. Richard Forbes-Watkins, a soldier with 202nd Military Police Company. The Iraqi police graduation is a huge step forward for Iraq, said Sgt. Maj. Gerald Stegemeier, the senior...
  • COAST GUARD GRADUATION MAY 21, 2008: DICK CHENEY TO ATTEND, GOE/FR/Eagles Up TO SUPPORT

    05/03/2008 6:46:53 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 33 replies · 510+ views
    Gathering of Eagles | 05/02/2008 | RACEBANNON
    Folks, I want to invite all Freepers and Lurkers in good standing to attend the rally to welcome the families of the graduating cadets of the Coast Guard Academy on May 21, 2008. Vice President Dick Cheney will be the honored speaker.
  • Academy volunteers help Navajo Korean War veteran

    04/01/2008 6:34:00 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 104+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | John Van Winkle
    4/1/2008 - NAVAJO, N.M. (AFPN) -- Air Force Academy cadets, civil engineering professors and family members performed volunteer work during the Academy's spring break March 24 to 28 on a Navajo reservation here. Organized by the Academy's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Southwest Indian Foundation, one of this year's spring break projects took the Academy volunteers to the home of Korean War veteran Hoskie Bitsilly, Sr. Mr. Bitsilly's wife, Grace, suffered a stroke recently and is now wheelchair-bound, but their home was not wheelchair-accessible. "The cadets are trying to renovate the deck, to extend out the deck...
  • Samarra Preparatory Academy Trains Newest Iraqi Police

    03/08/2008 11:22:41 AM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 173+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Kevin Doheny, USA
    SAMARRA — Sixty-four Iraqi Policemen (IP) took the first step toward becoming full-fledged members of the police force in Samarra during a ceremony honoring their completion of a two-week training course in February. During the first ever Samarra Preparatory Police Academy graduation ceremony, the newest members of a force designed to protect and serve the citizens of Samarra received certificates recognizing their completion of the course. The course was designed to give the men the tools they will need in order to perform basic police duties. With an urgent need to fill the police ranks with qualified, trained IP, the...
  • Iraqi NCO Academy Graduates ‘Leave to Lead’

    02/28/2008 4:33:01 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 68+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Jason Stadel, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq, Feb. 28, 2008 – More than 80 Iraqi soldiers and policemen graduated from Task Force Marne Noncommissioned Officer Academy training here Feb. 25. Iraqi soldiers find cover during a training exercise at Forward Operating Base Kalsu, Iraq, Feb. 23, 2008. The soldiers were part of the second class to graduate from the Task Force Marne Noncommissioned Officer Academy. U.S. Army photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. For two weeks, they participated in foot patrols, Humvee combat patrols, rifle ranges and classroom lectures to increase their skills and ability to lead in combat. “You...
  • 1,100 Graduate Inaugural Iraqi Police Academy Basic Training Course (More Bad News 4 Da Left!)

    02/25/2008 4:41:03 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 64+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Spc. Elvyn Nieves, USA
    BAGHDAD — History was made when the inaugural class of more than 1,100 Iraqi Police (IP) recruits graduated the two-week Basic Recruit Training Course, Feb. 21, at the Furat Iraqi Police Training Academy in Baghdad. During the initial phase of their training, the graduates successfully completed training on weapons familiarization, law, ethics, crime scene, handcuffing and various other skills. “Today’s graduation makes us very happy because this will provide security and control to this area,” said Nihad Mahmad Taha, an IP graduate. “We’re all very excited about it. I joined the IP because I’ve seen how much damage the extremists...
  • 56 Iraqis Graduate NCO Academy

    02/04/2008 3:50:16 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 74+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Task Force Marne Public Affairs
    FOB KALSU — For 56 Iraqi noncommissioned officers (NCO), their recent graduation from the Task Force Marne NCO Academy on FOB Kalsu is just the starting point. The class of NCOs included 55 Iraqi Army NCOs and one Iraqi Police NCO; they are the first class to graduate from the course, which began Jan. 14. The hope is that these leaders will take lessons learned and pass them on to troops they lead. Additionally, lessons learned from the class will be used in future training after the academy’s official grand opening, Feb. 12. “What do you do now? You go...
  • Public Service Academies

    01/11/2008 10:49:41 AM PST · by bs9021 · 5 replies · 130+ views
    Campus Report ^ | January 11, 2008 | Amanda Busse
    Public Service Academies by: Amanda Busse, January 11, 2008 A panel debate over the need for a U.S. Public Service Academy at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) on Wednesday left some wondering whether its benefits would be worth its costs. “It’s got great potential, but it definitely needs more support from Congress, and taxpayers might have a problem with it,” said Brianne Aderly, a member of the non-profit group City Year, who came to watch the debate. The Public Service Academy is the brainchild of Chris Meyers Asch, 33. A Teach for America veteran who co-founded the project, Asch wants...
  • Hit And Run On Air Force Academy Campus

    12/06/2007 12:34:38 PM PST · by Rick.Donaldson · 20 replies · 575+ views
    KKTV Local News Web site - Colorado ^ | 7:17 AM Dec 4, 2007 | Reporter: 11 News
    Hit And Run On Air Force Academy Campus Posted: 7:17 AM Dec 4, 2007 Last Updated: 7:17 AM Dec 4, 2007 Reporter: 11 News Email Address: news@kktv11news.com A civilian employee at the U.S. Air Force Academy is dead as the result of a hit-and-run collision near the academy's community center yesterday morning. It happened about 9 a.m. Monday, and kept the north and south entry gates to the campus closed for about four hours. The driver still has not been located.
  • Islamic academy in Virginia on defensive ("Terror High")

    11/24/2007 6:36:04 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 172+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/24/07 | Matthew Barakat - ap
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Its most virulent critics have dubbed it "Terror High," and 12 U.S. senators and a federal commission want to shut it down. The teachers, administrators and some 900 students at the Islamic Saudi Academy in Fairfax County have heard the allegations for years — after the Sept. 11 attacks and then a few years later when a class valedictorian admitted he had joined al-Qaida. Now the school is on the defensive again, with a report issued last month by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom saying the academy should be closed, pending a review of its...
  • Airmen, Soldiers help establish military academy

    11/02/2007 7:34:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 52+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Staff Sgt. Trevor Tiernan
    11/2/2007 - KABUL, Afghanistan (AFPN) -- Nearly, 2,000 young hopefuls descended upon the Afghan National Military Academy recently, all vying for the chance to be accepted into the academy and possibly study in the United States and Great Britain. A group of U.S. Airmen and Soldiers are currently working at the academy helping process the admissions, develop the course and mentor the faculty members. "It's very important that the future officers of the Afghan National Army have a good education so that they can lead their troops properly," said Lt. Col. Kevin Burns, a math mentor at the Academy, deployed...
  • Hillary's Academy : She proposes a West Point-like College to Train Bureaucrats

    07/30/2007 11:43:10 AM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 91 replies · 2,566+ views
    National Review ^ | 07/30/2007 | John J. Pitney Jr.
    In a weekend speech to College Democrats, Senator Hillary Clinton discussed her proposal for a West Point for bureaucrats. Not only is it a silly idea on its face, but the fine print contains additional embarrassment “I’m going to be asking a new generation to serve,” she said. “I think just like our military academies, we need to give a totally all-paid education to young men and women who will serve their country in a public-service position.” She has introduced legislation (S. 960) to establish a United States Public Service Academy. According to the bill text, such a school is...
  • First women graduate from Kirkuk police academy

    06/04/2007 6:02:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies · 537+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Spc. Amanda Morrissey
    Nisreen Hama Amin receives instruction on firing a Glock 9mm pistol during weapons training at the KirkukPoliceAcademy. Nisreen is one of the first women to graduate from the academy. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Amanda Morrissey. KIRKUK — The first women to train at Kirkuk Police Academy were among the 980 police officers and non-commissioned officers (NCOs) to graduate from the academy, May 27.Nisreen Hama Amin and Mirvat Amin, no relation, have joined their male counterparts in donning the blue uniform of the Iraqi police force to answer what they see as the patriotic call to duty.“I want to help...
  • Cavalry Soldiers start Iraqi NCO academy

    02/10/2007 2:46:18 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 372+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Sgt. Antonieta Rico
    Soldiers with Troop A, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, out of Fort Bliss Texas, practice reflexive fire drills at the Spears Academy range in Mosul, Jan. 26. The Soldiers are brushing up on their weapons skills in preparation for the inaugural class of Iraqi Army soldiers at the troop-run noncommissioned officers academy. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Antonieta Rico, 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment) MOSUL -- Soldiers with 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, launched a noncommissioned officers academy for Iraqi Army soldiers at Forward Operating Base Marez Feb. 3. The Spear Academy grounds include a firing range, obstacle course,...
  • Navy Student Fails Test, Must Pay Full Tuition[$127K]

    01/19/2007 6:17:18 AM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 310 replies · 6,981+ views
    WJZ ^ | 18 Jan 2007 | AP
    A Naval Academy midshipman who was expelled after he failed a running test will have to pay the Navy for the cost of his education. Baltimore County resident Frank Shannon had asked that the 127-thousand dollar bill be waived. But a senior Navy official rejected his appeal this month, saying the academy provided Shannon with ample opportunity to meet its minimum fitness standards. Shannon failed 12 of 18 fitness tests, and failed in a series of attempts to run a mile-and-a-half in 10 minutes and 30 seconds. In his final test, he was 20 seconds short. He was expelled just...
  • First class graduates from new IP Training Academy in Baqubah

    01/01/2007 7:43:07 AM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 305+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Maj. Raul E. Marquez
    By Maj. Raul E. Marquez3rd BCT, 1st Cav. Div. PAO An Iraqi Police officer receives his IP patch from Maj. Mason W. Crow, Task Force Blue executive officer, during the graduation ceremony, Dec. 24. TF Blue is responsible for training and equipping the Iraqi Police. Official U.S. Army photo. BAQUBAH -- About125 Iraqi Police officers assigned to various units in the Baqubah area, graduated from the first IraqiPolice Training Academy in Baqubah, conducted under the guidance of coalition forces from Task Force Blue and the International Police Liaison Officers, Dec 24. “Officers from the Emergency Ready Forces, the Quick...