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  • US Air Force Airbrushes Religious Liberty Again

    04/01/2014 3:06:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 1, 2014 | Chuck Norris
    Fox News reported a few weeks ago about how the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., removed a Bible verse from a cadet's personal whiteboard. I am personally so disappointed that the branch of service that I served in to protect our freedoms is now trying to suppress them. When one walks the dorm halls of the Air Force Academy, one immediately notices the hundreds of whiteboards hanging on students' doors. This past week, Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., cited Air Force officials who explained that cadets "often use these boards to display items, quotes or other things that reflect...
  • Den of Vipers in The Nest of Falcons

    03/22/2014 7:58:27 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 7 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | March 22, 2014 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.. – Matthew 10:22 Todd Starnes opened up a can of worms last week by reporting the actions of Christian hater Mikey Weinstein, director of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. “Mikey the Intolerant” demanded the Air Force Academy remove a Bible verse posted on a cadet’s whiteboard. Academy stall determined from Mikey’s complaint that Galatians 2:20 created a hostile academic environment. Though Mr. Weinstein claimed that 29 cadets and four faculty and staff members complained to him about the...
  • 'SO HELP ME GOD' OPTIONAL IN AIR FORCE HONOR OATH

    10/26/2013 6:22:28 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 26 replies
    AP ^ | 10/25/13 | Dan Elliot
    DENVER (AP) -- Air Force Academy cadets are no longer required to say "so help me God" at the end of the Honor Oath, school officials said Friday. The words were made optional after a complaint from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, an advocacy group, that they violated the constitutional concept of religious freedom.
  • AFA graduation: Class of 2013 told to 'do what is right for our Air Force'

    05/29/2013 4:03:46 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 21 replies
    The Gazette ^ | 5/29/2013 | Jakob Rodgers
    Beneath a rousing flyover of decades-old warbirds, 1,024 newly commissioned second lieutenants graduated Wednesday from the Air Force Academy - saluting the military's past while looking to its future. Air Force Secretary Michael Donley, in one of his last acts as the Air Force's top civilian, implored the cadets to tackle the service's many challenges, a lingering war, fiscal uncertainty and the "scourge" of pervasive sexual assaults during the ceremony at Falcon Stadium. "Each of you is responsible for the character of this Air Force, and its reputation," Donley said. "And I therefore charge you to serve with integrity, and...
  • New Palmdale [California] Mom, 27, Killed In Central Asia Air Force Tanker Plane Crash

    05/05/2013 6:44:23 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | May 5, 2013 4:00 PM
    PALMDALE (CBSLA.com) — A Palmdale mother of a seven-month-old son was one of three airman killed in a Central Asia tanker plane crash Friday. The tanker was supporting American troops in Afghanistan. Capt. Victoria “Tori” A. Pinckney, 27, was killed in the crash of a KC-135 tanker near Chon-Aryk, Krygyzstan, the Defense Department announced. KKTV, a Colorado Springs CBS affiliate, reports that Pinckney was a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and recent mom. She was one of three airmen in a KC-135 refueling plane that crashed in the mountains after a midair explosion during a refueling operation, the...
  • Neil Armstrong R.I.P. How we watched the landing.

    08/26/2012 3:43:19 AM PDT · by Check6 · 48 replies
    none | n/a | n/a
    When I was a cadet, Neil Armstrong stopped by USAFA and flew a 1-26 in the wave (1970). At the time, the glider program had 2 towplanes (Helio Couriers) and 4 or 5 gliders total, program in infancy. Major McMurtry was the OIC and we called it "McMurtry's Air Force". Sully was in the group. I have a picture of the 1-26 with me and some of the guys (I haven't checked to see if you can see the people's faces (slide is down in ***) -- I was always more interested in the airplanes than the people -- )...
  • 'Monster' Colorado fire doubles in size (Video)

    06/27/2012 8:51:13 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 14 replies
    MSNBC.com ^ | June 27,2012 | Miguel Llanos
    Fire crews outside Colorado Springs, Colo., expected more weather trouble on Wednesday in what the local fire chief called a "monster event" that doubled in size overnight and has forced 32,000 people to flee. Heavy smoke made for unhealthy air in and around the city. After jumping fire lines Tuesday, the towering blaze has now burned 24 square miles and an undetermined number of homes. While crews should get a break from the heat, a forecast for thunderstorms could mean unpredictable winds. "This is a fire of epic proportions," Brown said at a briefing Tuesday night. "It was like looking...
  • Obama to graduates: `A new feeling about America' [USAF Academy commencement]

    05/23/2012 10:20:13 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Wednesday, May 23, 2012 12:32 PM EDT | KEN THOMAS
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — President Barack Obama is telling graduates of the U.S. Air Force Academy that they are the first class in nearly a decade to graduate into a world that has no Osama bin Laden, no war in Iraq and no questions about when the war in Afghanistan will end. The president declared that there is a "new feeling about America." He said the work of ending one war and setting the path to end the Afghan war has set a foundation for what he called "a new era of American leadership." Obama's commencement speech carried clear...
  • Pagan stone circle built at US Air Force training academy

    11/28/2011 4:12:34 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 61 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11-28-11
    The US military has built a stone circle in its Air Force academy to give pagans, druids and witches somewhere to practice their religion. The Colorado base has spent around £50,000 building the Stonehenge-like structure to allow witches to cast spells, and pagans to form "circles of power" by night. It is situated on top of a wooded hill and includes a fire pit. The academy says it is for cadets who practice 'Earth based' religions including druids, witches and North American faiths. Despite the expenses it is believed only three out of the 4,300 cadets have openly admitted that...
  • Air Force Academy adapts to pagans, druids, witches and Wiccans

    11/26/2011 5:28:51 PM PST · by mandaladon · 47 replies
    LA times ^ | 26 Nov 2011 | Jenny Deam
    Reporting from Colorado Springs, Colo.— In the still of a cold November evening, a small gathering of pagans, led by two witches, begins preparations for the coming winter solstice. But these are not just any pagans, and this is not just any setting. They are future officers of the United States Air Force practicing their faith in the basement of the Air Force Academy's cadet chapel. Their ranks are slim. According to the academy's enrollment records, only three of 4,300 cadets identified themselves as pagans, followers of an ancient religion that generally does not worship a single god and considers...
  • An Inspiring Video

    11/08/2011 6:46:02 PM PST · by BulletBobCo · 7 replies
    U.S. Air Force Academy ^ | November 1, 2011
    An Inspiring Video I was directed to this video that was produced on November 1, 2011. It is a briefing to the Cadet Wing at the U.S. Air Force Academy by General Mark Welsh. General Welsh is the Commander, U.S. Air Forces in Europe. He is an Academy graduate of '76 and was at one time Commandant there. This video is about 50 minutes in length. General Welsh is an amazing speaker. No teleprompter or notes. The only prompt he has is a monitor to view the slides that are being projected behind him. For this upcoming Veterans Day, I...
  • Wounded Marine, 1st Lieutenant Clebe McClary, ‘Too Evangelical’ For Air Force Academy

    01/22/2011 4:23:01 PM PST · by Sad Hill · 86 replies · 1+ views
    Sad Hill News ^ | 01.22.2011 | Sad Hill
    Marine 1st Lt. Clebe McClary Next, they'll be trying to snuff out officers who are too straight, or too white... (Gazette) A religious rights group is calling for the removal of the Air Force Academy’s top officer after a flap over a speaker planned for a February prayer luncheon at the school.The Military Religious Freedom Foundation says the academy’s choice of retired Marine 1st Lt. Clebe McClary shows that superintendent Lt. Gen. Mike Gould remains tilted toward evangelical Christianity and tolerates an environment where proselytizing is accepted.Lt. Gen. Mike Gould“We’re done,” said academy graduate Mikey Weinstein, the foundation’s founder and...
  • AFA's 9/11 ceremony includes flags from World Trade Center, Afghanistan

    09/10/2010 9:14:27 PM PDT · by Stoat · 3 replies
    The Gazette (Colorado Springs) ^ | September 9, 2010 | Frank Schwab
    AFA's 9/11 ceremony includes flags from World Trade Center, Afghanistan September 09, 2010 12:32 PM FRANK SCHWAB THE GAZETTE Keep an eye on the two American flags when they are brought into Falcon Stadium on Saturday. There is significant meaning behind each one. One was flown in Afghanistan, over a spot where soldiers buried debris from the World Trade Center after a battle, according to Post 911 Foundation leader Rich Miller. The other was flown over the World Trade Center site. That flag was a gift to the academy – it was draped over the casket of Lt. Gen. George Simler, former Air Force athletic director, at...
  • Study: Seasoned profs prepare students for advanced learning

    06/10/2010 2:36:33 PM PDT · by decimon · 6 replies · 189+ views
    University of Chicago Press Journals ^ | June 10, 2010 | Unknown
    But students' evaluations reward immediate gratificationHighly credentialed and experienced professors are better at preparing students for long-term academic success than their less-experienced counterparts, but that ability isn't necessarily reflected in their students' teaching evaluations. That's according to research by a pair of economists published in this month's Journal of Political Economy. The study's authors, Scott Carrell of U.C. Davis and James West of the U.S. Air Force Academy, say their results raise questions about the value of student evaluations as measures of instructor quality. Student evaluations are widely used by colleges in tenure and promotion decisions, but Carrell and West...
  • (Air Force)Academy chapel to add outdoor circle to worship areas (for pagans)

    01/31/2010 11:29:10 PM PST · by Pining_4_TX · 35 replies · 870+ views
    US Air Force Academy ^ | 1/27/2010 | Staff Sgt. Don Branum
    U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- The Air Force Academy chapel will add a worship area for followers of Earth-centered religions during a dedication ceremony, which is tentatively scheduled to be held at the circle March 10. The circle, located atop the hill overlooking the Cadet Chapel and Visitor Center, will be the latest addition to a collection of worship areas that includes Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist sacred spaces.
  • Air Force Academy says religious climate improving

    12/16/2009 2:20:07 PM PST · by GL of Sector 2814 · 6 replies · 391+ views
    The Denver Post | Dec 16 2009 | Dan Elliott
    AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo.—The Air Force Academy says religious tolerance has improved dramatically since allegations five years ago that evangelical Christians harassed cadets who didn't share their faith. Even the school's most vocal critic agrees. "This is the first time we feel positive about things there," said Mikey Weinstein, founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, which battled the academy in court over claims that evangelicals at the school were imposing their views on others. The academy superintendent, Air Force Lt. Gen. Michael Gould, says the improvements are the result of a topdown campaign to foster respect and a commitment...
  • Sisterhood of the Air Force calls third sister

    05/31/2009 5:03:14 AM PDT · by rhema · 14 replies · 671+ views
    A month ago, Ava Tamosuinas of Wayzata faced a tough choice. The 18-year-old senior at Providence Academy, a private Catholic prep school in Plymouth, had won a full Naval ROTC scholarship to the University of Southern California. Aside from being located in a place where it's 70 sunny degrees most of the year, USC is the alma mater of her father, Darrell. But Ava also had received an appointment to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., which offered its own enticements, including state-of-the-art facilities, the stunning Rocky Mountains and the chance to follow the path of Amanda and...
  • Why We Should Get Rid of West Point

    04/19/2009 12:22:35 PM PDT · by Radix · 87 replies · 2,558+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Sunday, April 19, 2009 | Thomas E. Ricks
    <p>Want to trim the federal budget and improve the military at the same time? Shut down West Point, Annapolis and the Air Force Academy, and use some of the savings to expand ROTC scholarships.</p> <p>After covering the U.S. military for nearly two decades, I've concluded that graduates of the service academies don't stand out compared to other officers. Yet producing them is more than twice as expensive as taking in graduates of civilian schools ($300,000 per West Point product vs. $130,000 for ROTC student). On top of the economic advantage, I've been told by some commanders that they prefer officers who come out of ROTC programs, because they tend to be better educated and less cynical about the military.</p>
  • Terrorists Make Threats At US Air Force Academy ... Media Chastised For Misreporting

    02/09/2008 1:07:18 AM PST · by vaper69 · 7 replies · 202+ views
    Some former terrorists were speaking at the academy to give insights on the life and thoughts of Muslim terrorists so the cadets can better understand the enemy. Well, it turns out that some real terrorists showed up. MMD: Former terrorists Walid Shoebat, Kamal Saleem and Zak Anani addressed cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, during their annual political forum. They shared their experiences as terrorists and helped cadets understand the Islamic fundamentalist mind set. During the event a Jordanian college student, identified as Omar Khalifa of Metro International, approached Kamal Saleem and spoke to him in...
  • The Falcon Love Song (Humor)

    10/24/2007 4:44:01 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 1 replies · 528+ views
    From The Inside ^ | 24 Oct 07 | Kyle Sanders
    This song and movie was written, performed, and produced by Air Force Academy Cadets. When male and female cadets at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado "hook up" - they call it "Falcon Love." The Academy mascot is the falcon. The girl to guy ratio is about four or five to one. I know several married couples who met there, and are now on active duty. This song is a hoot - very funny, and so is the movie. It could apply to any service academy, ROTC, NCO Academy, or tech school. It was originally written for a contest...
  • AFA cracks down after cheating scandal - update: Off-base privileges revoked, watering hole closed

    02/08/2007 9:29:30 PM PST · by Red Steel · 20 replies · 973+ views
    Gazette ^ | 8 Feb 2008 | Tom Roeder
    It will be a sober weekend of penitence and reflection at the Air Force Academy, where 4,000 cadets have their off-base privileges revoked and the on-campus watering hole is shuttered in the wake of Wednesday’s cheating revelations. The 28 freshmen implicated in the scandal so far are part of the lowest academically achieving group seen at the academy since the 1980s, with more than 10 percent failing to meet academic standards, officials say. Because the 28 are suspected of cheating on a test of basic knowledge, the rest of the academy will spend the weekend cooped up at the base...
  • (US Air Force) Academy investigating potential test compromise

    02/08/2007 7:34:53 PM PST · by FreedomCalls · 11 replies · 736+ views
    Air Force Print News Today ^ | 2/8/2007 | Staff Sgt. Matthew Rosine
    SAN ANTONIO (AFNEWS) -- U.S. Air Force Academy officials are investigating an incident of cheating involving more than 19 freshman cadets. "We have an honor code here at the Academy," said Capt. Capt. Kim Melchor, the deputy director of public affairs during a telephone interview Feb. 8. "From the first day they arrive, we teach the cadets to be trustworthy and to understand that integrity is integral to every Air Force officer. Simply put, we don't tolerate cheating." Nineteen cadets have already admitted to Academy officials that they were involved somehow. "In light of this horrible situation, our cadets came...
  • Air Force Squadron's 'Crusader' Name and Emblem Challenged

    09/05/2006 8:52:28 AM PDT · by XR7 · 164 replies · 5,007+ views
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) - Mikey Weinstein, who sued the Air Force over allegations that Air Force Academy cadets were subjected to Christian evangelization, now wants New Mexico's Cannon Air Force Base to end the 523rd Fighter Squadron's use of "Crusaders" as the unit's nickname. He also objects to the squadron's emblem, which features a cross, a sword and an armored helmet. Weinstein, who's Jewish, says having warplanes named after medieval Christians who fought Muslims in the Holy Land is crazy when the United States is at war with radical Islam. He believes the religious emblem also is unconstitutional. A Cannon Air...
  • ESPN Host: Ridiculous For 50-Yr Old White Refs To Chase 25-Yr Old Black Guys

    08/08/2006 2:31:12 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 81 replies · 2,310+ views
    by Mark Finkelstein August 8, 2006 - 17:04 Imagine if Rush Limbaugh had said it . . . 'Rome is Burning' is ESPN's edgy sports-commentary show starring the eponymous Jim Rome. Jason Whitlock is standing in for Rome this week, and while I don't know much about him, from what I've seen I enjoy his shtick. He's smart, funny and seems to successfuly walk the fine line of expressing strong views without being malicious. Another plus: his physique and bearing remind me of one of my all-time favorite movie characters in my all-time favorite movie - Sydney Greenstreet as Signor...
  • Air Force Academy vs Army - Halftime show

    11/05/2005 6:07:14 PM PST · by SirChas · 34 replies · 2,373+ views
    SirChas | 5 Nov 2005 | SirChas
    I just got home from the Air Force vs Army Football game here in Colorado Springs, and thought some of you might like to hear about the halftime show. While the Air Force falcon (bird not airplane) was flying around the stadium as usual, the USAFA band marched to the south end of the field, just about under the Army crowd and band, which was a bit out of the ordinary. As soon as the bird finished, the USAFA band started playing an Army march and we noticed something coming out of the north end of the stadium from the...
  • Rosen: DeBerry speaks truth (Air Force coach's comments on blacks running faster than whites)

    11/03/2005 11:48:33 PM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 29 replies · 1,400+ views
    Rocky Mountian News column ^ | Friday November 4th, 2005 | Mike Rosen
    We owe a great debt to Air Force Academy head football coach Fisher DeBerry. To be sure, the initial knee-jerk reaction to his recent comments about black football players being generally faster than white ones caused him to be treated like a "politically incorrect" piñata (my God, I hope I haven't offended Latinos). Upon reflection, however, his statements were so obviously true that something of an anti-PC backlash has materialized in his defense. To their credit, Sam Adams and Thierry Smith, two African-American Denver sportswriters, both agreed on their KKFN radio talk show that DeBerry's remarks weren't racist and that...
  • Air Force coach guilty of speaking his mind

    10/28/2005 11:00:33 AM PDT · by JZelle · 16 replies · 607+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 110-28-05 | Tom Knott
    Air Force Academy coach Fisher DeBerry has apologized for voicing a need to recruit more black athletes to fill the speed positions of his football team. This is not too far removed from a basketball coach expressing a desire to acquire taller athletes in the frontcourt. Both prototypes on the sports wish list fall under the heading of, "Duh." Perhaps the objection to DeBerry emanates from the ideal to have a color-blind society, a hopelessly impossible goal because of the highly visual nature of humans. You might as well be pining for the day that Vogue magazine routinely splashes plus-size...
  • Threatcon raised at Air Force Academy?

    09/17/2005 11:10:10 AM PDT · by nevergore · 53 replies · 2,810+ views
    self | 9/17/05 | NeverGore
    As many of you know, my daughter is a Cadet at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. She's at the football game and Security Forces are out in full force and full gear. Supposedly there is a just released Al Queda tape just released showing a film of the cadets marching into the stadium with an Arabic announcer spouting threats. They are taking this seriously and have begun briefing the Cadets. I can't find out anything on the news sources yet... HAS ANYONE ELSE HEARD ANTHING?
  • Military Academies Face Drop in Applications

    08/29/2005 2:15:21 PM PDT · by Little_shoe · 50 replies · 977+ views
    Fox News ^ | August 23, 2005 | Molly Bernhart
    As the newest students at the nation’s four U.S. service academies start their classes this month, they may not realize they had a slight advantage — they benefited from a shrinking pool of applicants. All of the schools saw a drop in prospective students, with the Air Force Academy (search) experiencing the most drastic change — a 23 percent decline from last year. The U.S. Military Academy at West Point (search) fared the best with a 9 percent drop in applicants, according to figures provided by the academy. The declines are notable because, with the exception of the Coast Guard...
  • Obfuscating Intolerance -Religious Discrimination

    06/22/2005 7:55:56 PM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 5 replies · 318+ views
    NY Times ^ | 6/23/05 | OP-ED
    A Pentagon inquiry's finding of no overt religious discrimination at the Air Force Academy strains credibility, considering the academy superintendent has already acknowledged it will take years to undo the damage from evangelical zealots on campus. Indeed, amid its thicket of bureaucratese, the report by an Air Force investigative panel goes on for page after page describing cases of obvious and overt religious bias. But it tosses all of these off as "perceived bias," as if the blame lies with the victims and not the offenders, and throws up a fog of implausible excuses, like "a lack of awareness" of...
  • Summary Box: Air Force School Report Out~~ Academy has been insensitive.. but no ..discrimination.

    06/22/2005 8:09:00 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 26 replies · 472+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | June 22, 2005 at 17:01:11 PDT | By The Associated Press
    WHAT HAPPENED: A Pentagon task force said the Air Force Academy has been insensitive toward non-Christian cadets and staff, but found no overt religious discrimination. HOW BAD IS IT: Cadet surveys and investigations suggest evangelical Christians are occasionally inappropriate in voicing their beliefs. Others say there have been religious slurs for years, including anti-Semitic remarks. WHAT'S NEXT: The task force urged the Air Force to come up with clear policy guidelines on religious expression, but said the academy is already "aggressively" addressing the problem. --
  • Citadel Board picks Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa, Jr. as next president

    06/20/2005 7:36:12 AM PDT · by Robe · 2 replies · 289+ views
    The Citadel Board of Visitors announced that they have selected Lieut. Gen. John W. Rosa, Jr. to be the college’s 19th president subject to his release from active duty. Rosa, a member of the Class of 1973, is currently serving as the superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.
  • Air Force Academy chief has work ahead tackling "Team Jesus" climate

    06/06/2005 4:05:53 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 501 replies · 4,720+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 6/6/05 | Jim Spencer
    Even if I could run like Terrell Davis, catch like Rod Smith and throw like John Elway, I don't think I could play for Fisher DeBerry. The Air Force Academy football coach wants his team to play for "Team Jesus Christ," according to a banner he hung in the locker room last fall. "Team Jesus Christ" placed me on permanent waivers several years ago, when I wondered if an official Southern Baptist plan to convert Jews to Christianity included spiking bar mitzvah deli trays with nonkosher meat. Air Force Academy superintendent John Rosa is not as sarcastic or insensitive in...
  • Air Force Academy Chief Admits School Bias (religious intolerance)

    06/05/2005 6:00:05 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 125 replies · 2,217+ views
    AP - Yahoo ^ | June 3, 2005 | Robert Weller
    BROOMFIELD, Colo. - The superintendent of the Air Force Academy acknowledged to leaders of a national Jewish group Friday that religious intolerance permeates the military school. "As a commander, I know I have problems in my cadet wing," Lt. Gen. John Rosa said at a meeting of the Anti-Defamation League's executive committee. "I have issues in my staff, and I have issues in my faculty — and that's my whole organization."
  • Air Force Cadet E-Mails Religious Quotes (GASP! SHOCK!)

    06/04/2005 2:24:21 PM PDT · by Valin · 48 replies · 1,767+ views
    AP ^ | 6/4/05 | ROBERT WELLER
    DENVER On the eve of his graduation, the top cadet at the Air Force Academy sent out a religious-themed e-mail to thousands of fellow cadets, even as the school is grappling with complaints that some evangelical Christians are harassing others at the school. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the e-mail sent Tuesday by Wing Commander Nicholas Jurewicz to the freshmen, sophomore and junior classes, which is about 3,000 cadets. "Wing commander" is the title held by the top senior at the school in military ranking. Jurewicz lists his favorite quotations in the message, including several about Jesus. One...
  • Chaplain Wants Christ Out of Air Force Academy

    05/12/2005 12:41:32 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 389 replies · 6,875+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 5/12/05 | Carl Limbacher
    Here’s a story that will throw you for a loop: a "chaplain” at the U.S. Air Force Academy is complaining that the school’s administration has a "systemic and pervasive” problem of promoting religious religious values with a Christian bent. The chaplain, Capt. Melinda Morton, a "Lutheran minister” spoke out publicly on Tuesday as an Air Force task force arrived at the academy to investigate charges that officers and staff members pushed their religious beliefs on cadets. And she claimed that a tolerance program developed at the academy, called Respecting the Spiritual Values of all People (R.S.V.P.), was watered down after...
  • Loosening Religious Grip at Air Force Academy

    04/24/2005 2:29:27 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 59 replies · 2,168+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 24, 2005 | David Kelly
    .............Cadets and employees are being told they can't proselytize on campus, use government e-mail to send religious messages, put up posters with religious themes or use positions of authority to endorse a particular faith. They must also attend one RSVP class. About 90% of cadets here are Christian and many of them, as well as teachers and high-ranking officers, are evangelical. Academy Commandant Brig. Gen. Johnny Weida is a self-described born-again Christian. Last year, football coach Fisher DeBerry hung a banner in the athletic complex that said, "I am a Christian first and last … I am a member of...
  • A DAY IN THE LIFE OF PRESIDENT BUSH (PHOTOS): 6.2.04

    06/02/2004 1:44:43 PM PDT · by GretchenM · 260 replies · 602+ views
    yahoo.com, whitehouse.gov ^ | June 2, 2004 | GretchenM
    President Bush traveled to Colorado to speak to at the Air Force Academy graduation and rai$e a lot of money in Denver for his re-election campaign. Enjoy your daily Dose of W and today's visit to Sanity Island!
  • Record Number of Women Apply to Air Force Academy Despite Sex Scandal

    01/29/2004 3:54:10 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 2 replies · 189+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | Jan 29, 2004 | The Associated Press
    AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) - A record number of women have applied to attend the Air Force Academy despite a year of turmoil because of a sexual-assault scandal. The academy had received 2,962 applications from women as of Wednesday - 34 percent more than the 2,212 received a year ago and the most since the academy began accepting women in 1976. Overall, the 11,838 applications are a 14 percent increase over last year. The deadline to apply is Saturday for a freshman class of 1,300 students that starts this fall. Patriotism, online admissions and reforms since the scandal are...
  • (Female) AFA cadet, accused of lying, to graduate

    12/23/2003 11:55:39 AM PST · by pabianice · 18 replies · 478+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 12/23/03 | Emery
    US AIR FORCE ACADEMY, CO - Secretary of the Air Force James Roche has decided that a cadet recommended for expulsion from the academy because of an alleged honor violation will graduate. Andrea Prasse, 23, of Elm Grove, Wis., was eight days shy of graduating with the Class of 2002 when a Cadet Honor Board found her guilty of lying about whether she drew a design for a class assignment. The cadet board recommended that Prasse be disenrolled for violating the code, which says, "We will not lie, cheat or steal, nor tolerate among us anyone who does.' Now, she...
  • Air Force overrules cadet's suspension

    12/23/2003 6:57:46 AM PST · by UB355 · 58 replies · 290+ views
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 9/23/04 | BRUCE MURPHY
    Andrea Prasse, the Elm Grove native who sued the Air Force Academy for wrongfully suspending her over an alleged honor code violation and then refused to negotiate a settlement, has won a complete victory. The decision is an admission that the academy system doesn't work. The military justice system is corrupt. In a rare move, Prasse's suspension has been overruled by the head of the Air Force and will be stricken from the record, and she will receive her degree from the academy, the Air Force confirmed Monday. "This is a decision of the secretary of the Air Force, which...
  • Former Head of Cadet Discipline Says She Never Saw a "true Rape" at Academy

    09/11/2003 6:20:35 AM PDT · by MortMan · 14 replies · 279+ views
    Tampa Bay Online ^ | 09/10/03 | Robert Gehrke
    Sep 10, 2003 Former Head of Cadet Discipline Says She Never Saw "true Rape" at Academy By Robert Gehrke, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - The Air Force Academy officer formerly in charge of cadet discipline told military investigators that she never saw a "true rape" at the academy, and that problems were merely a result of a permissive attitude toward drinking and fraternization. Col. Laurie Sue Slavec made her comments to an Air Force investigator looking into allegations from female cadets who said leadership at the academy was indifferent to their claims that they were sexually assaulted. They said...
  • Air Force Drops Rape Charges Vs. Officer

    08/07/2003 11:33:25 PM PDT · by carlo3b · 49 replies · 451+ views
    Las Vegas SUN , AP ^ | August 07, 2003
      Air Force Drops Rape Charges Vs. OfficerASSOCIATED PRESSPETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AP) - The Air Force said it has dropped charges against an officer accused of raping an Air Force Academy cadet last year. Second Lt. Ronen Segal was accused of attacking the cadet at his Colorado Springs home on Aug. 25 after a night of drinking. The charges were dropped after the investigating officer said the woman was capable of giving or withholding consent and "did not in any way object to or resist" sex, the Air Force said Thursday, according to The Gazette of Colorado Springs....
  • Prayer Request for a Co-Worker and her Son

    07/11/2003 5:30:53 PM PDT · by Tennessee_Bob · 3 replies · 54+ views
    Me | 07/11/2003 | Bob Hearn (That's me)
    A co-worker of mine in Arizona (where one of our specialty call-centers is located) is leaving tomorrow for Colorado Springs, Colorado. She's taking her son off to college - at the Air Force Academy. He's taking a huge step, and so is she. If you prayer warriors would, please keep Tammy and her son in your prayers this weekend - for safe travel there and back, and for her son - for the strength to face what he's getting into, and the courage to carry through. He's going to be a credit to his family and to his country.
  • Graduate Panel Shows Support for USAFA Cadet Wing (mine)

    05/14/2003 3:12:58 PM PDT · by pettifogger · 5 replies · 235+ views
    E-mail (and the USAFA Association of Graduates) ^ | 5/6/03 | Major General Kevin Chilton (USAF)
    Fellow 76'ers, I had the humbling opportunity to represent the finest graduating class from USAFA at a gathering of grads in Arnold Hall last Tuesday, and I'd like to give you my impressions of the occasion. About a month ago I received a query from the Chief's support staff as to my availability to attend a presentation the Chief and Secretary were to make to the 1st and 2nd class cadets at the Academy. No speaking part required...just an invite to attend...so being both flattered to represent our class and applying the age old axiom that "any time out of...
  • AFA Cadet Operating Sex Sites On Campus

    05/01/2003 4:48:26 PM PDT · by Happy2BMe · 25 replies · 193+ views
    Denver7 ^ | 1 May, 2003
    7NEWS Investigates: AFA Cadet Operating Sex Sites On Campus Police Confiscate Computer Belonging To Air Force Academy Senior POSTED: 11:12 a.m. MDT May 1, 2003 UPDATED: 4:44 p.m. MDT May 1, 2003 A 7NEWS Investigation has uncovered another emerging scandal. 7NEWS has learned that an Air Force Academy cadet is allegedly running several Internet group sex organizations from his academy dorm. 7NEWS Investigator John Ferrugia and our investigative team have spent months tracking the cadet through e-mails to the sites. 7NEWS showed academy leaders what we found in our two-month hidden camera investigation and they took immediate action. On Wednesday,...
  • My Daughter (A Freeper) Receives Appointment to the United States Air Force Academy

    04/16/2003 5:09:56 PM PDT · by nevergore · 94 replies · 447+ views
    Self ^ | 4/16/03 | NeverGore
    Normally I don't post vanity threads however many of the original Freepers know a little girl now turned young lady (my daughter) who has been a freeper since she was 13 years old. These Freepers have followed her quest to attend a US Military Academy. Over time, they have given her valuable tips, suggestions and prayers. Late yesterday, Congressman Isakson's office notified us that she has been accepted to the United States Air Force Acedemy Prep School in Colorado Springs... Her accomplishments have been many for one so young, she's only 17 and ready to graduate High School. To all...
  • Air Force Academy Removes 'Men' Sign

    03/29/2003 3:40:08 PM PST · by EveningStar · 38 replies · 234+ views
    AP Via Yahoo ^ | March 29, 2003 | Staff
    AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - Large letters reading "Bring Me Men" that critics say became a symbol of a male-dominated culture at the Air Force Academy have been removed from a stone arch that incoming cadets march beneath. The letters were taken down Friday under a directive that emerged from an Air Force investigation of a sexual assault scandal at the academy. Five leaders at the academy have been reassigned as the Air Force responds to complaints that female cadets' reports of sexual assaults haven't been taken seriously and that some of those who complained were punished. At least 56...
  • Air Force Academy heads roll

    03/26/2003 9:55:48 AM PST · by BooBoo1000 · 18 replies · 499+ views
    Las Vegas Review Journal ^ | 3-26-03 | Review Journal Staff
    Air Force Academy to Replace Leadership By ROBERT GEHRKE Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -- The top two leaders at the Air Force Academy are not responsible for the sexual assault scandal at the school, but they should be held accountable for the culture that allowed the problem to continue, Air Force Secretary James Roche said Wednesday. "Still, change must occur, and a new leadership team to implement these changes is in the best interest of the academy and the Air Force," Roche said in a statement. The top two academy officers - Lt. Gen. John D. Dallager and Brig....
  • Response from USAFA Cadet on 20/20 hit piece

    03/15/2003 1:50:24 PM PST · by Othniel · 3 replies · 264+ views
    Email from USAF people | 3/6/03 | Unknown Cadet
    Got this in the mail from an AF person. Woman who got the letter is a former Cadet herself, and she gave permission to forward it. After seeing the 20/20 piece on the USAFA situation, I wrote an email to some women cadets that I know. I received this response from one of them today, and forward it with her permission. I was relieved to get her perspective, which describes the USAFA I knew when I was there. After 20/20, I was concerned that I was out of touch, and that I attended so long ago that the place was...