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  • Air Force Academy chief calls for investigation into athletics...

    08/04/2014 7:41:53 AM PDT · by armydawg505 · 10 replies
    www.foxnews.com ^ | 8/3/14 | unknown
    The U.S. Air Force Academy’s superintendent is calling for a full investigation into cadet athletes after reports of sexual assaults, drugs and cheating, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported. According to documents released to the newspaper through the Freedom of Information Act, parties dating to 2010 included cadets who were smoking synthetic marijuana, drinking until they became ill, and possible use of date-rape drugs to incapacitate women for sexual assaults. The troubled group – which reportedly included two Air Force football stars who were court-martialed – created such a wild culture that leaders at the academy canceled an undercover sting planned...
  • 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...
  • Air Force Academy Sanctions 'Ask an Atheist' Days

    03/21/2014 5:17:07 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 18 replies
    military.com ^ | March 20, 2014 | Bryant Jordan
    The atheist group behind "Ask an Atheist" days at the Air Force Academy is not violating any rules and will be allowed to maintain display tables and offer information to whoever wants it, academy officials announced Wednesday. The group sponsoring "Ask an Atheist" is the Freethinkers Club, an authorized cadet club; the event is the club's annual information fair. Academy officials said service policies do not limit events such as the one held by the Freethinkers Club because the Air Force does not limit the substance of voluntary discussions or the exercise of free expression. The school's announcement came after...
  • AIR FORCE: CHRISTIANS' RELIGIOUS SPEECH NOT LEGALLY PROTECTED RIGHT

    03/16/2014 7:01:44 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 64 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | March 16, 2014 | KEN KLUKOWSKI
    Christians in the U.S. military are being told they must forfeit their First Amendment rights. Bible verses are being erased from cadets’ personal dorm-room white boards, and military lawyers claim that legal protections for religion only pertain to matters such as clothing and growing beards but do not extend to any religious expression such as talking about one's faith or posting a Bible verse. Last year Breitbart News broke the story of a campaign by anti-Christian extremists to suppress traditional Christian expression within the U.S. military. There were conflicting stories regarding the possible court martial of service members who share...
  • What's going on at Air Force Academy? God's word vs. Pentagon's word

    03/14/2014 5:44:51 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 17 replies
    Fox ^ | 3/13/2014
    The Restore Military Religious Freedom coalition, a group of two dozen like-minded religious liberty organizations, announced Thursday that they are ready to offer assistance to any Air Force Academy cadet who faces repercussions for writing Bible verses on their hallway whiteboards. The Air Force Academy admitted Wednesday that a cadet leader had to remove a Bible verse he had displayed outside his dorm room because it offended non-Christians and could “cause subordinates to doubt the leader’s religious impartiality.” The controversy started when a cadet leader posted a passage of scripture on his whiteboard with a quote from the New Testament...
  • Air Force Cadets Angry Over What Happened W/ Bible Verses Staged a ‘Revolt' (Mikey Weinstein)

    03/12/2014 1:15:06 PM PDT · by TexasCajun · 43 replies
    TheBlaze.com ^ | Mar. 12, 2014 | Billy Hallowell
    The leader of a church-state separatist group says that there’s a “revolt” underway at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., after officials there removed a Bible verse from a white board outside a cadet’s bedroom door following complaints that its presence was offensive. Cadets angry over the Air Force Academy’s removal of the verse have since begun posting scripture from the Bible and the Koran on their whiteboards in solidarity, said Mikey Weinstein, president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. “The Air Force Academy has a revolt on their hands. What are they going to do?” Weinstein...
  • Air Force Academy removes Bible verse from cadet's whiteboard

    03/11/2014 5:12:33 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 15 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Honor and deception: Secretive Air Force program recruits academy cadets to inform...

    12/04/2013 7:35:27 AM PST · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Colorado Springs Gazette ^ | 12/1/2013 | Dave Philipps
    Facing pressure to combat drug use and sexual assault at the Air Force Academy, the Air Force has created a secret system of cadet informants to hunt for misconduct among students. Cadets who attend the publicly-funded academy near Colorado Springs must pledge never to lie. But the program pushes some to do just that: Informants are told to deceive classmates, professors and commanders while snapping photos, wearing recording devices and filing secret reports. For one former academy student, becoming a covert government operative meant not only betraying the values he vowed to uphold, it meant being thrown out of the...
  • Honor and Deception

    12/03/2013 3:27:15 AM PST · by BulletBobCo · 9 replies
    The Gazette ^ | December 1, 2013 | Dave Philipps
    A secretive Air Force program recruits academy students to inform on fellow cadets and disavows them afterward Facing pressure to combat drug use and sexual assault at the Air Force Academy, the Air Force has created a secret system of cadet informants to hunt for misconduct among students. Cadets who attend the publicly-funded academy near Colorado Springs must pledge never to lie. But the program pushes some to do just that: Informants are told to deceive classmates, professors and commanders while snapping photos, wearing recording devices and filing secret reports. For one former academy student, becoming a covert government operative...
  • Stealth bombers: Air Force allegedly using snitches to catch rule-breaking cadets

    12/02/2013 11:58:59 AM PST · by ColdOne · 37 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 12/2/13 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    The U.S. Air Force reportedly had cadets snitch on one another in an effort to root out rule-breaking. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Mike Kaplan/Released) The United States Air Force reportedly has created a “secret system” of informants at its academy in Colorado Springs to snitch on fellow cadets who break the rules, in an attempt to curb drug abuse and combat sexual assault. While those who join the Air Force pledge never to lie, cheat or steal, or "tolerate among us anyone who does,” the service allegedly urged informants to deceive classmates, professors and commanders while gathering information to...
  • Air Force Academy's hiring of anti-gay author draws ire from advocates

    11/21/2013 2:00:21 AM PST · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 11/20/2013 | Leo Shane III
    Gay rights advocates are demanding Air Force Academy officials explain why they hired a controversial anti-gay author as part of their ethics program, saying his views are offensive and potentially destructive. It’s the latest controversy for academy officials who for years have fought to clean up their image as a haven for Christian fundamentalists. Advocates say it also raises questions about how seriously officials are working to end lingering discrimination against gay cadets. Mike Rosebush, who now works as a research analyst for the academy’s Center of Character and Leadership Development, was hired by the academy in 2009, before 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...
  • Air Force Academy may drop God from school's loyalty pledge

    10/24/2013 7:11:50 AM PDT · by markomalley · 50 replies
    Denver Channel 7 ^ | 10-24-2013
    The U.S. Air Force Academy may drop a religious reference from an oath cadets take to swear allegiance to the school's honor code. The Military Religious Freedom Foundation has protested the "so help me God" phrase that was added to the end of an oath that has cadets swearing they won't lie, cheat, steal or tolerate those who do. According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, the religious freedom foundation says tying the honor code to a religious test violates the U.S. Constitution. The full oath reads: I, (name), having been appointed an Air Force cadet in the United States Air...
  • 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...
  • USAFA Commencement sans Obama White House representation

    06/10/2013 8:52:33 AM PDT · by jagusafr · 27 replies
    Email | 9Jun13 | Unknown
    Just received this from my mom on forward. Quintessential Obama admin, pleasantly surprising reaction from USAFA Commandant. Sent: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 10:23 AM Subject: US Air Force Academy Commencement 2013 Good friends of ours from here in Elizabethtown, KY just got back home from a visit to the Air Force Academy, in Colorado Springs where they attended the commencement exercises of the graduating class of 2013. In fact John's grandson was one of the graduates and John, being a retired US Army officer was able to swear in his grandson as a brand spanking new US Air Force 2Lt....
  • 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...
  • President nominates 1st female Air Force Academy superintendent

    03/05/2013 7:24:23 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 47 replies
    af.mil ^ | March 4, 2013
    U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) -- The president of the United States nominated Maj. Gen. Michelle Johnson for the appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and for assignment to serve as Air Force Academy's 19th superintendent. If confirmed by the Senate, Johnson would become the first woman to hold the position. Currently serving as NATO's deputy chief of staff for operations and intelligence, Johnson is a 1981 distinguished graduate from the Academy where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in operations research. She was the first female cadet wing commander and the first female Rhodes Scholar from...
  • 27 Cadets Injured in Brawl at U.S. Air Force Academy

    11/02/2012 8:47:21 AM PDT · by Renfield · 49 replies
    CNS News ^ | 11-12-2012 | Susan Jones
    From the Military Times: An Air Force Academy tradition of throwing cadet first sergeants into the season's first snowfall ended in a brawl that left 27 cadets in need of medical treatment for everything from concussions, bitemarks, and cuts, according to an internal academy email obtained by the Air Force Times. “This ritual has devolved to become increasingly violent, with significant numbers of cadets requiring medical care over the past two years," Dean of Faculty Brigadier Gen. Dana Born wrote in an email sent to Academy department heads. She said the tradition of throwing cadets into the snow "has turned...
  • 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...
  • President Obama to tour Waldo Canyon Fire Friday

    06/27/2012 1:58:59 PM PDT · by george76 · 38 replies
    fox 31 Denver ^ | June 27, 2012 | Eli Stokols
    Barack Obama will fly to Colorado Springs Friday to tour the scene of the Waldo Canyon Fire, which continues to ravage homes and forest on the edge of Colorado’s second most populous city. ... Politically, the fire offers Obama a chance to be on the ground in a key swing state assuming the responsibilities of actually being President. Further, with the Supreme Court set to issue its ruling on the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, traveling to the fire lines on Friday offers the President an opportunity to attempt to turn the page should the Court rule part or all...
  • Obama shrunk aerial firefighting fleet (poll)

    06/26/2012 10:42:18 PM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    gazette ^ | June 26, 2012
    Green agenda targets slurry bombers As fire rages out of control on the edge of Colorado Springs, threatening lives and property, it is time we listen to those who have warned us about the negative effect environmentalists and President Barack Obama have had on the federal government’s ability to fight fires. Much of what’s burning is the Pike National Forest, which is federal property. Yet it took almost three days to get federal fire fighting aircraft off the ground to begin dumping meaningful loads of slurry to slow the fire’s growth. Because the Forest Service has a shortage of planes,...
  • Colorado Springs Fires - 32,000 people have been evacuated

    06/26/2012 8:00:18 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 135 replies
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    This is the Waldo Canyon fire. Winds grew to 65mph this afternoon and the fire went over the fire-breaks. The Air Force Academy and surrounding neighborhood have been evacuated. Interstare I-25 has been closed north of Colorado SPrings in order to allow local people use the highway to evacuate.
  • Obama Bashes Bush To Air Force Cadets

    05/23/2012 7:20:10 PM PDT · by DaveyB · 59 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | May 23, 2012 | NEWSCORE
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- President Obama told Air Force Academy cadets Wednesday America was stronger and more respected around the world than ever before despite impending cuts to the nation's armed forces. The president delivered the commencement address to over 1,000 graduates at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. "Around the world there is a new feeling about America," he told cadets. "There is a new confidence in our leadership. "Today I think we can say with pride that America is stronger and safer and more respected in the world," Obama added.He noted the class of 2012 would...
  • Academy Bound

    02/07/2012 6:55:10 PM PST · by BulletBobCo · 42 replies
    Feb 7, 2012
    Our son, Logan, received an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy today!
  • 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 10:19:25 PM PST · by Steelfish · 63 replies
    LATimes ^ | November 26, 2011 | Jenny Deam
    Air Force Academy Adapts To Pagans, Druids, Witches and Wiccans Officials say an $80,000 Stonehenge-like worship center underscores a commitment to embrace all religions. (Pic in URL) Cadets gather for the dedication ceremony of the Air Force Academy's Cadet Chapel Falcon Circle worship center this spring. The center serves cadets whose religions fall under the broad category of “Earth-based.” (Jerilee Bennett, (Colorado Springs) Gazette / May 3, 2011) By Jenny Deam November 26, 2011 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...
  • 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...
  • Air Force Academy Creates ‘Worship Space’ for 'Earth-Centered Community’

    06/17/2011 10:20:55 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 28 replies
    Air Force Academy Creates ‘Worship Space’ for 'Earth-Centered Community’ Friday, June 17, 2011 By Patrick Ryan (CNSNews.com) - The United States Air Force Academy has created a “worship space” on campus for the “Earth-Centered Community,” which, according to the Air Force, includes among other denominations the Wiccans, Druids, Heathens and Pagans. Col. Robert Bruno, chaplain at the Air Force Academy, told CNSNews.com that the academy created the space in response to a request from a few service members and cadets who belong to the Earth-Centered Community. “In the Summer of 2009, a small group of Earth Centered Airmen and cadets...
  • Military Advocacy Group Sues to Stop Evangelical Speaker

    02/01/2011 12:21:49 PM PST · by wmfights · 16 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | Feb. 01 2011 | Stephanie Samuel
    Five Air Force Academy instructors and an advocacy group have filed a court complaint to stop a February prayer luncheon because of its outspoken evangelical speaker. The complaint, filed in conjunction with the Military Religious Freedom Foundation on Monday, contends that the academy is violating the separation of church as state as guaranteed by the First Amendment. In the complaint, the plaintiffs lament that the luncheon purports to be an inclusive, interfaith effort to emphasize “the spiritual values upon which our nation is founded,” but then fouls that effort with its speaker choice. They criticize the keynote speaker, Lt. Clebe...
  • 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...
  • B-52 Tail-gunner Recalls MiG Downing (Vietnam)

    12/27/2010 8:44:19 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies · 9+ views
    Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs ^ | 12.27.2010 | Air Force Staff Sgt. Don Branum
    News: Face of Defense: B-52 Tail-gunner Recalls MiG Downing Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs Courtesy Story By Air Force Staff Sgt. Don Branum U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - If the landmarks here could speak, the B-52 Stratofortress bomber sitting near the academy's north gate would have quite a Vietnam War story to tell. The crew of the "Diamond Lil," a B-52D, tail number 55-083, took off from Utapao Royal Thai Naval Airfield on Christmas Eve in 1972. The crew's mission was to bomb the North Vietnamese railroad yards at Thai Nguyen as part of Operation Linebacker...
  • The (Military) Academies’ March Toward Mediocrity

    05/21/2010 3:18:38 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 42 replies · 1,176+ views
    New York Times ^ | May 20, 2010 | Bruce Fleming
    ... [T]he Naval Academy, where I have been a professor for 23 years, has lost its way. The same is true of the other service academies. They are a net loss to the taxpayers who finance them, as well as a huge disappointment to their students, who come expecting reality to match reputation. They need to be fixed or abolished. The service academies are holdovers from the 19th century, when they were virtually the only avenue for producing an officer corps for the nation’s military and when such top-down institutions were taken for granted. But the world has changed, which...
  • OBITUARY: A.P. Clark dies at 96; Air Force commander helped lead escape from Nazi POW camp

    03/16/2010 6:06:16 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 8 replies · 777+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 16, 2010
    The retired lieutenant general is credited with helping to organize and supply the breakout that inspired 'The Great Escape.' Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. A.P. Clark, a World War II veteran who played a key role in the elaborate breakout from a Nazi prisoner-of-war camp that inspired the movie "The Great Escape," has died. He was 96. Clark, a former superintendent of the Air Force Academy, died March 8 in Colorado Springs, Colo., the military academy announced. The cause was not given. Albert Patton Clark was born in 1913 at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii, where his father was an...
  • 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.
  • Neo-Pagans Get Worship Circle at Air Force Academy

    02/03/2010 4:30:45 PM PST · by khnyny · 81 replies · 1,558+ views
    FoxNews.com ^ | February 1, 2010 | Jpseph Abrams
    Witches, Druids and pagans rejoice! The Air Force Academy in Colorado is about to recognize its first Wiccan prayer circle, a Stonehenge on the Rockies that will serve as an outdoor place of worship for the academy's neo-pagans. Wiccan cadets and officers on the Colorado Springs base have been convening for over a decade, but the school will officially dedicate a newly built circle of stones on about March 10, putting the outdoor sanctuary on an equal footing with the Protestant, Catholic, Jewish and Buddhist chapels on the base. "When I first arrived here, Earth-centered cadets didn't have anywhere to...
  • Cross found at Air Force Academy's Wicca center

    02/03/2010 10:40:29 AM PST · by Lorianne · 51 replies · 1,342+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 3, 2010 | DeeDee Correll
    The Air Force Academy, stung several years ago by accusations of Christian bias, has built a new outdoor worship area for pagans and other practitioners of Earth-based religions. But its opening, heralded as a sign of a more tolerant religious climate at the academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., was marred by the discovery two weeks ago of a large wooden cross placed there. "We've been making great progress at the Air Force Academy. This is clearly a setback," said Mikey Weinstein, a 1977 graduate of the academy. He is founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, and has often tangled...
  • Neo-Pagans Get Worship Circle at Air Force Academy

    02/01/2010 7:32:59 PM PST · by wild74 · 35 replies · 933+ views
    Fox News ^ | Monday, February 01, 2010
    Witches, Druids and pagans rejoice! The Air Force Academy in Colorado is about to recognize its first Wiccan prayer circle, a Stonehenge on the Rockies that will serve as an outdoor place of worship for the academy's neo-pagans.
  • Earth Religions Get Worship Area At AF Academy [All In The Name of "Religious Tolerance"]

    02/01/2010 5:12:01 PM PST · by Steelfish · 11 replies · 404+ views
    AP Report ^ | February 01, 2010 | Dan Elliott
    Earth Religions Get Worship Area At AF Academy By DAN ELLIOTT, Associated Press Writer DENVER – The Air Force Academy has set aside an outdoor worship area for Pagans, Wiccans, Druids and other Earth-centered believers, school officials said Monday. A double circle of stones atop a hill on the campus near Colorado Springs has been designated for the group, which previously met indoors. "Being with nature and connecting with it is kind of the whole point," said Tech. Sgt. Brandon Longcrier, who sponsors the group and describes himself as a Pagan. "It will dramatically improve that atmosphere, the mindset and...
  • (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.
  • 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
    1/17/10
    Link only - Respect healthy for different faiths
  • Drone training now starting with academy cadets

    10/04/2009 12:28:55 PM PDT · by Flavius · 9 replies · 681+ views
    xploreutah ^ | Sep 26 2009 | xploreutah
    Welcome to the 21st century of aerial combat. Cockpits have become cubicles and airborne robots controlled by airmen half a world away are doing the fighting. It's a future the Air Force Academy is preparing cadets for, even if a lot of them long for the good old days of supersonic aerobatics. "You talk to a kid who has seen 'Top Gun' 25 times and tell them they're going to fly an unmanned aircraft, they are not going to be happy," said Lt. Col. Dean Bushey, who is leading a class of 12 cadets into the Air Force's new robotic...
  • 67 Air Force cadets stricken with swine flu

    07/14/2009 5:59:52 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 10 replies · 599+ views
    denverpost ^ | 07/13/2009
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—The number of cadets with confirmed cases of the swine flu at the Air Force Academy has increased to 67. The academy said Monday that a total of 121 incoming freshmen with flu-like symptoms are being kept in dorms, away from other cadets.
  • Air Force Academy Graduation 2009

    05/27/2009 11:30:17 PM PDT · by cookcounty · 9 replies · 1,572+ views
    (video) Joe Biden's teleprompter falls over in the wind while addressing the Academy graduates, and he makes a very funny joke about Obama's reliance on the 'prompter. This will make the BEST OF JOE reel for sure!
  • Tuskegee Airmen visit academy cadets

    05/09/2009 8:33:12 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 27 replies · 775+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | 5-8-2009 | Don Branum
    U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs 5/8/2009 - U.S Air Force Academy, Colo. (AFNS) -- The Tuskegee Airmen secured their place in history more than 60 years ago by doing what few people thought they could. They overcame naysayers in the U.S. Army Air Corps before they overcame the Luftwaffe in the skies over Italy and Germany. Their legendary story has inspired numerous books, a movie and thousands of U.S. Air Force Academy cadets. Born in 1925, Dr. Coggs first became interested in flying after he saw a plane fly low over his hometown of Little Rock, Ark. "As soon...
  • Clouds lift for 'Cadet for a Day' (Tissue Alert)

    04/20/2009 5:41:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 424+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Ann Patton
    4/20/2009 - U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) -- For eight years, Academy cadets have been making wishes come true for ill youngsters. They made it happen again April 9 through Saturday when Joe Hayford, 13, became the newest Cadet for a Day through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. "His eyes were huge, and he never quit smiling," said Wish volunteer Maggie Appenzeller. Accompanying Joe was his family--brother, Shane, 17, and parents, Chong Mi and Keith for the three-day event sponsored by Cadet Squadron -4. Wish volunteer Peggy Nightingale said the schedule and content are kept secret from Cadets for a Day...
  • Fat Albert

    03/18/2009 7:43:53 PM PDT · by CIDKauf · 4 replies · 1,048+ views
    Just having fun now! God Bless!
  • El Centro Airshow

    03/15/2009 9:08:31 PM PDT · by CIDKauf · 26 replies · 2,162+ views
    For all...love posting these for everybody to see. May God bless.