Browsing: Air Force Academy

October is almost here, and that means it’s time for the Air Force Academy’s Falcons to square off against the Naval Academy’s Midshipmen. It also means that it’s time for the usual inter-service rivalry to flare up, and Annapolis has delivered a doozy. Naval Academy cadet Rylan Tuohy has directed a video called “Air Force Training at Navy,” which was posted on YouTube Sunday. The mock training film purports to take a “recently declassified” look inside the Air Force Transition to Navy Environment program. But in a riff on the “Chair Force” stereotype, the supposed Air Force cadets prove to be incapable…

US News & World Report on Wednesday released its annual ranking of the best colleges in the nation, and it includes several accolades for the Air Force Academy — especially its engineering programs. The academy’s undergraduate engineering program tied for fifth place with the Naval Academy in Annapolis (and behind West Point, which tied for third). Its aerospace, aeronautical and astronautical engineering program ranked second, behind Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Its electrical, electronic and communications engineering program tied for fourth, and its mechanical engineering program tied for fifth, in both cases with Harvey Mudd College in California. The academy, located in Colorado…

The Air Force Academy this week unveiled new uniforms for its football team. The Nike Pro Combat “Mach Speed” uniforms are new for this year’s season, and are made of new lightweight and flexible material. The jerseys feature American flags and an Academy patch on each shoulder. The Falcons kick off the season Sept. 5 versus Morgan State.

ESPN’s The Basketball Tournament — a single-elimination, winner-take-all contest between 94 teams with a $1 million prize — will start on Friday. And among the players stepping on the court tomorrow will be a team of 10 airmen. The Air Force Bomb Squad, which fell in the first round of the first such tournament last year, is made up of former Air Force Academy Falcons. And this year, the Bomb Squad is touting the addition of point guard Antoine Hood — who Air Force Times profiled this week and has nearly made the NBA several times — as a recruit who “could…

The Air Force Academy is “in very preliminary discussions” with television host Ellen DeGeneres’ producers to do a show focusing on the academy, and possibly its first female superintendent. Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson started the discussion on Feb. 18, when she tweeted an invitation to Colorado Springs — including an offer for a ride with the Thunderbirds — to three producers of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Mary Connelly, Ed Glavin and Andy Lassner: https://twitter.com/USAFA_Supt/status/568131199450812416 In a Monday email, academy spokesman Meade Warthen said “we’re in very preliminary discussions” on a possible DeGeneres show, but that there were…

The Air Force Academy Athletic Corporation  is soliciting donations to help send troops to their football bowl game later this month. The Air Force Falcons will take on Western Michigan in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Dec. 20 in Boise. The Academy has set up a site for supporters to donate money to get troops in the Boise area to the game. The Academy is donating helmets and jerseys for different amounts that have been donated. The donations are tax deductible. As of Dec. 10, the site has raised money for 272 tickets with a goal of 1,000 by…

The Denver Broncos this week announced that offensive guard, and Colorado Air National Guard Capt. Ben Garland has been named their Walter Payton Man of the Year recipient. Garland, a public affairs officer with the 140th Wing at Buckley Air Force Base and Air Force Academy graduate, received the award for “outstanding leadership both on the field and in the community,” according to the team. Each NFL team names a player for the award, and one player will be named the award winner league-wide at the end of the season. Garland was selected both for his service and for founding…

This officer may not have been arrested, but he suffered a) a blow to his ego and b) 25 broken bones. 2nd Lt.  Stephen Hunter recently recalled for Air Education and Training Command’s Torch Magazine a misfit move he pulled back in May 2012 when he was an incoming senior at the Air Force Academy in Colorado. Hunter woke up to paramedics trying to treat his mangled body. The cadet, who had been drinking rum and Cokes since noon, thought it’d be a good idea to climb nearly 40 feet up a 110-foot cottonwood tree at 2 a.m. Until he fell.…

The Air Force is reminding the Army Black Knights that even if they lose, it’s okay. Just “Shake it Off.” The Air Force Parachute Team, known as  the Wings of Blue, put their agility to the test as they dance — and plunge — to Taylor Swift’s album hit “Shake it Off” for the Air Force vs. Army football spirit video. The teams go head-to-head Nov. 1 at West Point. Winning the last 17 of 20 games against Army, the odds could be in the Falcon’s favor. Check out the video below:

Former Air Force Academy cadet and linebacker Jamil Cooks — who was convicted of abusive sexual contact in a court martial and kicked out of the military in April 2013 — has resurfaced on a civilian university’s football team, according to an ABC News report. Cooks is now enrolled at Alcorn State University in Mississippi, and plays on the school’s Division I football team, ABC reported Tuesday. ABC said Cooks is appealing his conviction, which requires him to register as a sex offender. The court-martial panel acquitted Cooks of forcible sodomy and aggravated sexual assault. Cooks’ continued presence on a…

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