Author Markeshia Ricks

When Military Religious Freedom Foundation found out Air Force Academy higher-ups had not distributed a memo on religious neutrality to everyone on campus, the watchdog group took matters into its own hands. It posted the memo of Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz, dated Sept.1, on a billboard for all of Colorado Springs to see. In the memo Schwartz cautions Air Force leaders not to proselytize or show favoritism toward a particular faith. The memo came about a month after the Air Force suspended an ethics course for new nuclear missile officers that contained biblical references, and announced a review of…

The printed version of the 2011 Air Force Professional Development Guide will be delayed until late December, but you should not use that as an excuse to forgo preparation for upcoming promotion cycles. Promotion cycles, including the upcoming 12E8 senior master sergeant promotion cycle Dec. 5-16, will not be affected by the distribution delay, according to a press release from Air Force Personnel, Services and Manpower Public Affairs. Airmen are  encouraged to download a digital version of the guide at the Air Force e-publishing website . The digital version has been available since April and meets the service’s requirement for…

American 50K record holder Josh Cox and Chi Running creator Danny Dreyer will be featured at the 2011 Sports & Fitness Expo, Sept. 15-16, according to Air Force Marathon officials. Cox, who also holds the Air Force Marathon course record, ran the Air Force Marathon in 2:20:57 in 2007. The 35-year-old from Mammoth Lakes, Calif., is also a four-time U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier and a three-time U.S. National Team member. Dreyer apparently will be putting in his second appearance at the expo. The running guru, who has blended the movement principles of Tai Chi with running, was a presenter at…

Captain America is back. On the heels of its 116th anniversary, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is again teaming up with Marvel Comics to distribute free, military-exclusive comic books at its stores around, according to exchange service public affairs. The plot of the 11th issue in the Exchange/Marvel series, titled “The First Avenger,” revolves around kidnapped civilians who transform into super-strong creatures and attack small European villages, according to public affairs. Captain America tracks down the bad guys to a remote castle where he finds a mad scientist in the midst of creating an army of “electric soldiers.”…

Refer a friend to the  Air Force Reserve Get 1 Now program and you could become the proud owner of  two tickets to see Katy Perry in Los Angeles on Nov. 22. Those who win the tickets will get to see the pop star, who famously sang of kissing a girl and liking it, in what will be the last performance on her The California Dreams 2011 tour. Not only will you get tickets, but also VIP status, backstage privileges and a photo with Perry. The Get One Now Program apparently is an awards program that gives reservists and incentive…

The 624th Operations Center at Lackland Air Force Base is warning Air Force personnel to be on the lookout for malicious websites posing as official Defense Department and Air Force pages, according to public affairs. Center officials have discovered spoofed sites and want airmen to pay attention to the sites their surfing and be careful using passwords. The Air Mobility Command Threat, Analysis, and Response Cell identified the spoofing threat to the 624th. The center is asking all Air Force personnel, including  military, civilians and contractors to be sure that links and Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) are legitimate before entering…

Airmen got a sneak peek at two of the trailers for the much anticipated George Lucas film Red Tails, at the Tuskegee Airmen 40th National Conference. But don’t look for Denzel Washington, Will Smith or Don Cheadle to grace the big screen when the film about the famed airmen hits theaters Jan. 20, 2012. Most of these guys were a little too old to play the young men that Lucas needed to make the film. Actors Terrence Howard (Iron Man, Hustle & Flow) and Cuba Gooding Jr. (Jerry McGuire, Men of Honor) might be easily recognizable as the senior officers…

Airmen scheduled to PCS to Minot Air Force Base this summer are being told to remain where they are unless they’re technical training graduates or single with no dependents. Air Force officials issued a partial stop movement order back in June because of heavy spring flooding that forced thousands to evacuate. The flooding damaged a lot of the available off base housing. After reviewing the situation on the ground officials have decided to keep the stop movement order in place, according to Minot AFB public affairs. Only service members who are technical training graduates and accessions who are single with…

The  Air Force Academy is treating more than 200 cadets and some active duty personnel for an apparent outbreak of the stomach flu, according to a press release from the academy in Colorado. As of today, approximately 240 basic cadets have shown stomach flu symptoms, which include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, 10th Medical Group officials said in a press release. Active-duty personnel exhibiting  symptoms have been sent home to recover. Those affected are being treated with oral and intravenous fluids and anti-nausea medication. “The health and safety of our cadets and all those who live and work at the Air…

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