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Even with these high summer temperatures, 94 airman pedaled across Iowa as part of the Registers Annual Bicycle Ride across Iowa, or RAGBRAI, which began July 21. Staff Sgt. Abigail Klein, 931st Air Refueling Group, writes that the Air Force Cycling Team, under the leadership of Senior Master Sgt. Larry Gallo, 433rd Airlift Wing, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, started their trek at Council Bluffs, and by week’s end, biked more than 400 miles across Iowa. One of the longest rides of the seven-day event took place July 22, and was dubbed “The Century.” Airmen biked approximately 100 miles from…

Even though the grounding of combat squadrons and the Thunderbirds ended yesterday, the Air Force is still not doing flyovers for sporting events, and the New York Police Department picked up some of the slack. At the MLB All Star Game last night at Citi Field in Flushing, N.Y., the NYPD’s aviation unit provided four helicopters for the flyover at the end of the National Anthem. In previous years, the Air Force has done many of the flyovers. Last year, a B-2 Spirit from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., flew over Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City for the All Star…

The Air Force Marathon has officially sold out all races. So what’s next? Organizers have announced details for a transfer program, which is now “the only official way for runners to give their [running] bib to another runner,” according to Rob Aguiar, the race director. So essentially, if you don’t wish to run anymore, give your spot to one of your friends. “Along with the charity partner slots, it is the only way for someone not currently registered to secure a spot,” he said in an Air Force press release. The transfer program will open July 22 at 9 a.m.…

There’s a lot to admire during the Warrior Games. And each participating military member has a story to tell. For Air Force Staff Sgt. Lara Ishikawa, participating in the games is something she never thought she’d do. Ishikawa found herself part of a trio of female Air Force Warrior Games athletes along with Tech. Sgt. Monica Figueroa and Master Sgt. Sherry Nel. The three women are all cancer survivors and relied on each other during the team’s selection camp at the Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo. “Nobody expects to get cancer,” she said in an Air Force press release.…

More airmen are looking out for the Air Force Enlisted Village, a place they or a loved one may call home someday. Air Force Enlisted Village near Fort Walton Beach, Fla. was founded in 1967 and has over 500 widowed or elderly spouses of retired Air Force personnel. Today, the nonprofit operates on contributions from hundreds of individuals and organizations. Just before the new year, Staff Sgt. William Brock, from Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, was set to climb North America’s third-tallest peak, Pico de Orizaba in Mexico, to raise funds for the AFEV. And now, airmen at Davis-Monthan Air…

The Department of Defense announced today that some troops had quite the surprise on this first day of March. As a part of the Overseas with the United Services Organizations Tour, two Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders, Jackie Bob and Cassie Trammell, performed a dance routine alongside American Idol finalists Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young, who also performed for sailors aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier John C. Stennis on Feb. 28, 2013. The host of the USO show was Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr. But wait, there’s more. Denver Broncos’ quarterback Peyton Manning headed to Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, also for…

“Brian,” an airman stationed in New Mexico, called in to the Drex & Maney show on Charlotte’s Kiss 95.1 FM and surprised his girlfriend with a proposal. And there was a special guest on the line: Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton. Brian told the hosts that he was returning to Charlotte in a couple months with a ring, but wanted to surprise his girlfriend, Kim, on the radio. Take a listen.

The Air Force Academy’s men’s basketball team broke out some seldom-used uniforms last night for the team’s 71-56 win over UNLV. Here, guard Michael Lyons goes up for a layup during the first half. The Falcons are 15-8, 6-4 in the Mountain West Division so far. No word on if the uniforms are the new light weight ABUs, or if those haven’t yet made it to Colorado Springs.

Olympic swimmers Ryan Lochte and Conor Dwyer, along with the University of Florida swim team, recently got wet and trained alongside pararescuemen with the 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. Our partner Florida Today reports that the swimmers came on base for an indoctrination course, which included CrossFit training, kettlebell shuttling, group push-ups in the sand, pull-ups, beach running and swimming in the base pool. “Coming to this, I knew it was going to be hard,” Lochte said. “It’s teamwork. I’m used to a lot of the stuff, but some of it is new.” Check out a…

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