Browsing: United States Air Force Academy

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…

Making more than $65K right out of college isn’t a bad deal, mainly because it means you don’t have to resort to your parents’ couch. According to a new report from PayScale, some of the top universities where grads in the civilian workforce can get the most for their bachelor’s is at a military university. And the Air Force Academy makes the top 10. If you’re an Academy grad, chances are, you’ve landed a job that pays on average $66,700 as a starting salary, the study said. But pump the brakes: after ten or more years, you probably won’t be…

On Monday morning, 1,160 basic cadets making up the US Air Force Academy’s Class of 2018 will assemble in the cadet area on-campus, and begin marching several miles to the most challenging part of their basic training: Jacks Valley. They’ll spend the next 11 days living in a tent city, running assault and obstacle courses, learning first aid, drilling with weapons, and learning leadership skills. And Air Force Times is going to be there. This weekend, photographer Mike Morones and I will fly out to Colorado Springs. We’ll be there for the march and the first few days of their…

The Air Force Academy today pushed back on some of the bad press it’s been getting lately over its employment of a man with an extensive history in the ex-gay movement. In a conference call arranged by the academy, three gay or lesbian cadets told reporters that while they have experienced some homophobia from other cadets, they don’t see it as a widespread problem. “Things are not as bad as people are making them out to be,” said William, a cadet who, like the others, did not give his last name. Carol, another cadet, said that some cadets have expressed…

Military Religious Freedom Foundation President Mikey Weinstein got into a dustup with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly last night over the Air Force Academy’s controversial honor oath. As we reported yesterday, the academy is considering dropping or changing its honor oath over its concluding phrase, “so help me God,” which Weinstein says violates the constitutional guarantee against a religious test for office. The interview is worth a watch (and former “M*A*S*H” actor Mike Farrell, AKA B.J. Hunnicutt, who sits on MRFF’s board, even gets a mention here). Sound off below, or in our forums. Do you think Weinstein is right,…

As we reported, the Air Force Academy had a minor emergency last week when it ran low on toilet paper and realized that the shutdown had furloughed the only people who knew who had the contract to replace it. And this weekend, Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update turned that development into a pretty good joke. Said co-anchor Seth Meyers: Because of the government shutdown, the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado is facing a toilet paper shortage. Giving new meaning to the phrase, “You’ve got a bogey on your tail.”

Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson made history yesterday when she became the first female superintendent of the Air Force Academy in Colorado. In her remarks at the Aug. 12 change of command ceremony, Johnson said the academy must continue to adapt to keep up with current developments and challenges. “I have a lot of listening to do, a lot of learning to do, to understand how things are now to better help us go forward together,” said Johnson, the academy’s 19th superintendent. “I also know we’ll inevitably face challenges. It won’t be easy, but we can find meaning in adversity, and…

Reviewing history in the military, the Air Force and triumphs and misadventures in airpower. From our friends at Intercepts: On June 3, 1959, the U.S. Air Force Academy graduated its first class of 207 officers. Here is the USAF’s “factsheet”on it’s Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. Below, is a wonderful historical video covering the graduation; it’s approx. 13 mins: Continue on for more fast facts on the ’59 graduating class from Association of Graduates, United States Air Force Academy.

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