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Top Air Force leaders resign


									                                                                                                                 59ers reunite
                                                                                                                 Class of 1959 members share fond
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                                   78 50 79 50 76 49                                                             memories while visiting at the Richter
                                                                                                                 Class Parade May 27             Page 9

Vol. 48 No. 22                                                                                                                               June 6, 2008

Twenty-six miles daily by bike
gets deployed cyclist “home.”
                         Page 5

Academy’s water report                                                                                                                             Photo by Ken Carter

provides sparkling results.         Richter!
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                                    Class of 2008 member Jeremy Silko, Cadet Squadron-10, greets his commander-in-chief center stage during
                                    the graduation ceremony in Falcon Stadium May 28. President George W. Bush congratulated all 1,012 mem-
                                    bers of the Lt. Karl Richter Class and shared entertaining gestures with many. See Pages 14-15 for more.

                                  Top Air Force leaders resign
                                      The following letters of resignation were provided by the Secretary of the Air Force, Office of Public
Making mentors                    Affairs in Washington D.C. More related news and information will be provided in the Academy Spirit
Cadets lend ideas, expertise      as it becomes available.
to east coast students.           From SECAF                                                         From CSAF:
                        Page 13        Since November 3, 2005, it has been my                             Recent events have highlighted a loss of
                                  privilege to serve this country as the 21st                        focus on certain critical matters within the
                                  Secretary of the Air Force. I have relished                        Air Force. As the Air Force's senior uniformed
                                  the opportunity President Bush gave me                             leader, I take full responsibility for events
                                  to lead the strongest Air Force in the world                       which have hurt the Air Force's reputation
                                  during a time of war, and I have marveled                          or raised a question of every Airman's
                                  at the tremendous accomplishments of our                           commitment to our core values. For the past
                                  Airmen and civilians in their valiant defense of this country      36 years I have been privileged to serve my country as an
                                  and its interests.                                                 Airman in the United States Air Force in peacetime and combat.
                                       It has been an honor and pleasure to serve as their           I was honored and humbled to be appointed the Air Force's
                                  Secretary while working side-by-side with General Moseley          18th Chief of Staff and have been proud to serve our Airmen
Grad Week                         and the magnificent patriots serving in the Department of          and their families. Upon taking office, I worked hard with
                                  Defense and the United States Government to win today's            Secretary Wynne to ensure the Air Force provided the right
See more spectacles from events
                                  fight, take care of our people, and prepare for tomorrow's chal-   forces at the right time to help our Nation and allies win the
surrounding graduation.           lenges.                                                            Global War on Terror.
                        Page 16        Recent events convince me that it is now time for a new            I think the honorable thing to do is to step aside. After
                                  leader to take the stick and for me to move on. Therefore I        consulting with my family, I intend to submit my request for
                                  plan to tender my resignation to Secretary Gates. Even as I        retirement to Secretary Gates. The Air Force is bigger than one
         INSIDE                   do, my heart, my thoughts, and prayers remain with America's
                                  Airmen who will continue to do magnificent things for this
                                                                                                     Airman, and I have full confidence that the Air Force will
                                                                                                     continue working with the Joint team to win today's fight,
  Commentary               2
                                  great country.                                                     take care of its Airmen, and meet tomorrow's challenges. I love
  News                     3
                                                                                                     the Air Force and remain proud of America's Airmen.
  Features                13          Michael W. Wynne
  Sports                  19          Secretary of the Air Force                                         T. Michael Moseley
  Community               20                                                                             Chief of Staff
  Classifieds             21                                                                             United States Air Force
2                                                                                                                                                                                         June 6, 2008

Officials encourage safety —
101 critical days and beyond                                                                                                                           To responsibly inform and educate the
                                                                                                                                                        Academy community and the public
                                                                                                                                                            about the Air Force Academy
By Butch Wehry                                        “If you have not been drinking, then not                                                                  Lt. Gen. John Regni —
Academy Spirit staff                                                                                                                                           Academy Superintendent
                                                 a problem,” the Academy safety official said.
                                                                                                                                                               Maj. Brett Ashworth —
                                                 “However, if you have been drinking you                                                                       Director of Public Affairs
     The 101 Critical Days of Summer             will be asked to step into the new DWI/DUI                                                                    Staff Sgt. Tim Jenkins —
program began last month and runs until          van to be processed. Once people have                                                                        NCOIC, Internal Information
Labor Day.                                       completed all requirements they will go           tion projects that have begun or will begin                   Ken Carter — Editor
     In a service-wide letter, Secretary of      out the rear door of the van with citation        in the weeks to come. This will cause road             Butch Wehry — Senior Staff Writer
the Air Force Michael W. Wynne and Chief         and court appearance date in hand.”               closures and parking impacts throughout          
of Staff T. Michael Moseley noted 19 Airmen           Last year’s stats help tell the story:       the Cadet Area. Along with traffic and                     Ann Patton — Staff Writer
were tragically lost last year.                     — In Colorado, 206 unbuckled people            parking concerns comes a concern for the      
     “We must ensure Airmen at all levels        died in traffic accidents. If every one had       safety of pedestrians in and around these              Denise Navoy — Graphic Designer
understand the importance of smart               been wearing a seat belt, nearly half may have    construction areas.                                    The Academy Spirit is published by Colorado
                                                                                                                                                     Springs Military Newspaper Group, a private firm in no
personal risk management and being good          survived.                                              “Traffic warnings and closure signs          way connected with the U.S. Air Force, under exclusive
wingmen,” read the statement. “We cannot            — Three quarters of unbuckled deaths           must be obeyed and efforts must be made           written contract with the U.S. Air Force Academy. This
afford to lose a single Airman.”                                                                                                                     civilian enterprise Air Force newspaper is an authorized
                                                 were men.                                         to separate the pedestrian from the work          publication for members of the U.S. military services.
     The Air Force had one fatality during          — Nearly half of all unbuckled deaths          area,” said the official. “Barriers, used in      Contents of the Academy Spirit are not necessarily the
the first week of this campaign when a 24-                                                         conjunction with warning and guidance             official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. government,
                                                 were younger than 30.                                                                               the Department of Defense or the Department of the
year-old Airman lost his life while kayaking        — Twelve children younger than 16 died         devices and signs must be utilized to provide     Air Force.
alone in the Gulf of Mexico. He had received     without child safety seats, booster seats or      safe and well-defined walkways”.                       The appearance of advertising in this publication,
                                                                                                                                                     including inserts or supplements, does not constitute
the kayak as a birthday present and while        seat belts.                                            Where walkways are closed by construc-       endorsement by the Department of Defense, the
his spouse was at work, he took the kayak           — Sixty-two percent of the teenagers           tion, in most cases, an alternate route will      Department of the Air Force, or Colorado Springs
                                                                                                                                                     Military Newspaper Group, of the products or services
out into the Gulf May 26 and did not return.     who died were not wearing seat belts.             be provided. These designated walkways            advertised. Everything advertised in this publication
     Over the past five years of the Academy’s      — Seventy percent who died at night            must be used by pedestrians to ensure safety.     shall be made available for purchase, use or patronage
                                                                                                                                                     without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national ori-
101 Critical Days of Summer there’s been         were not buckled up.                                   “Drivers must yield right-of-way to          gin, age, marital status, physical handicap, political
one private motor vehicle fatality. The indi-         Graduation has come and gone and             pedestrians at any crosswalk, marked or           affiliation or any other nonmerit factor of the purchaser,
                                                                                                                                                     user or patron. The printer reserves the right to reject
vidual involved was not wearing a seatbelt       now that the academic school year has             unmarked,” Mr. Deremer said. “At all cross-       any advertisements.
and was thrown from the vehicle during a         ended, it’s time for summer sports camps          walks, it is the pedestrian’s responsibility to        Editorial content is edited, prepared and provided
                                                                                                                                                     by the U.S. Air Force Academy Directorate of Public
roll-over.                                       and construction.                                 be cautious and alert while crossing.”            Affairs. The editor reserves the right to edit articles
     Common sense underlies much of the               Academy members will find safety                  The top causes for pedestrian injury         to conform to Air Force policy and Associated Press
                                                                                                                                                     style. All photos are U.S. Air Force photos unless other-
guidance.                                        challenges without leaving the base.              are:                                              wise indicated.
     “It takes just two seconds to buckle up          Sports camps begin next week and will           — Darting out from between parked cars
and save a life,” said Academy Safety Director   run through June 25. During this time, the           — Struck while walking along the edge                           Submissions
Mr. Phil Deremer. “That’s why more than          Academy will house 1,700 sports camp resi-        of a roadway                                           Send submissions to: HQ USAFA/PAI, 2304 Cadet
                                                                                                                                                     Drive, Suite 3100, U.S. Air Force Academy, CO 80840-
80 percent of Coloradans ‘Click It.’ Buckle-     dents ages 12-17 in Vandenberg Hall. An              — Crossing a multi-lane street                 5016 or deliver to Suite 3100 in Harmon Hall.
up every time.                                   additional 2,800 children will come to the           — Crossing in front of a turning vehicle            Deadline for free classified ads on a space-avail-
                                                                                                                                                     able basis is noon every Tuesday for that week’s pub-
     “The Colorado Springs Police                Academy on a daily basis.                            — Crossing behind a vehicle that is            lication date. Paid classified advertising is accepted by
Department is working their new DWI/                  “A concerted effort on the part of           backing                                           the publisher at 329-5236. The number to call for dis-
DUI vehicle, and it will be a one-stop process                                                                                                       play advertising is 634-5905.
                                                 contractors and permanent party alike will           — Dashing across an intersection                    Deadline for all stories is noon Friday, one week
for drunk drivers.”                              be needed to keep little ones, as well as spir-      — Crossing in front of a stopped bus
  Character Development
                                                                                                                                                     prior to the desired publication date. Refer questions
     CSPD will set up a random DWI/DUI                                                                  “We wish everyone a happy and safe           to the Academy Spirit editor at 333-8822.
                                                 ited teenagers, out of harm’s way,” said Mr.                                                             The Academy Spirit also accepts story submis-
stop and everyone going through it gets a        Deremer.                                          summer; we want you back in the fall,” said       sions by fax at 333-4094 or by e-mail:
chance to talk to a police officer.                   The cadet area is loaded with construc-      Mr. Deremer.                                      paper@

  Character Corner                                                   The Character of an Organization
  By Col. John Norton                                       leaders.                                                    organization. The leader must “walk the talk.”
  Director, Center for Character Development                     Maybe you’ve been in an organization with              Leaders’ behavior speaks louder than their
                                                            especially positive or especially negative “climate         words; subordinates notice instantly if the leader

      Cadet Sight Picture
       We all have a sense of what the character of
  an individual is all about. A person of good char-
  acter has a strong moral compass and can be
                                                            and culture.” If so, you probably noticed how
                                                            contagious good or bad attitudes can be.Cynicism
                                                            spreads like wildfire,especially if it is evident in the
                                                                                                                        says one thing and does another!
                                                                                                                             Organizations do seem to take on a life of their
                                                                                                                        own, but remember—an organization is merely a
  counted on to do the right thing, even when that          unit’s leadership. The leader’s role is to set the tone;    reflection of its members. Any member,
  means paying a personal price.But does an organ-          his or her values establish the ethical expectations        especially the leader, has the power to
  ization such as a military unit or even an institu-       within the unit—the leader’s vision needs to be             raise the unit up or bring it down through
  tion like the Academy have character?                     clear to all. Integrity flows from the top down—            their own acts and attitudes. Let your
       Organizations do have character, and their           examples like Enron and Worldcom prove how                  good character be a positive influ-
  character directly reflects the nature of their           quickly a tainted leader can bring down the entire          ence for your unit’s character!

                                   Character Matters airs Wednesdays at 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on KAFA radio, 97.7 FM.

                                                        What is your favorite activity in the summer?
                        “I enjoy riding bikes around the          “I like to just relax and work in        “I enjoy going camping and,                 “I enjoy golfing on the Academy,
                        Academy and long trips.”                  my flower garden with my kids.”          because of gas prices, someplace            about once a week depending
                                                                                                           close like Mueller State Park.”             on the weather.”

                        Ann Macomber                              Rosemary Ness
                        Spouse of Navy                            Spouse of retired                        Ralph Roscoe                                Bill Schohn
                        member                                    Navy Reservist                           Air Force retiree                           Air Force retiree
June 6, 2008                                                                                                                                                                                                3
Academy responders help stem tragedy
By Ann Patton                                           trailers from the center were on the road
Academy Spirit staff                                    and loaded with halters and leads.
                                                             Just over a half hour later, the horses
     Cowboys stick together.                            were nibbling hay in an Academy corral.
     That is the way Tom Davis summed                        One horse, sadly, was so badly injured
up the help he got from the Academy when                he needed to be humanely euthanized.
a trailer he was hauling caught fire Tuesday            Miraculously, 12 survived.
and threatened the 13 horses he was driving                  “I wasn’t coming out of there without
to the Cheyenne, Wyo., Frontier Days.                   the horses,” Mr. Davis said of fighting the
     It was a critical situation, one which             choking thick, black smoke trapped in the
could have led to the total loss of life for            trailer.
the horses and put motorists in danger as                    All seasoned horsemen from the
well.                                                   Equestrian Center, Billy Jack Barrett, center
     Instead, the immediate and profes-                 director, and staff members Lonnie Aragon
sional help Mr. Davis received turned the               and Robert Templin, managed the horses’
situation around.                                       rescue. Mr. Aragon haltered them one by
     A contractor for a rodeo stock broker,             one and handed them off to bystanders who
Mr. Davis got his first inkling something               held their leads before they were loaded into
                                                                                                                                                                             Photo Courtesy of Academy Fire Dept..
was wrong from fellow truckers who                      Academy trailers.                                 Academy firefighters from Station 1 extinguished a blaze inside this trailer
signaled smoke was coming from his trailer.                  Mr. Davis said he suspected a faulty         carrying 13 horses to the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days festival. Tom Davis,
     He pulled off I-25 just north of the               wheel bearing as the culprit of the fire.         the driver and a seasoned horse handler, was grateful to Academy first
North Academy Boulevard interchange                          “They call. We jump and run and deal         responders and the Academy Equestrian Center staff for their professional
and saw the smoke and fire from the trailer.            with anything they throw at us,” Mr. Barrett      and immediate help.
     Mr. Davis called 911 after pulling off             said.                                             one of the rescued quarter horses as parade    Be Gone.
and, after futile attempts to suffocate the                  Mr. Aragon called it “just another day       grand marshal for Frontier Days.                   “I don’t know what I would have done,”
fire with his own and donated fire extin-               on the job.”                                          Mr. Davis has been involved with           he said of Tuesday’s ordeal. “It is amazing
guishers, he removed the parade horses and                   On the way to the site, he pondered the      horses since he was a kid. The Vietnam         how the cowboys came out to help. You
turned them out on a large grassy area                  kind of horses he might be dealing with,          veteran and helicopter pilot has worked        always know who the good guys are.”
bordering the interchange and away from                 including broncos with the Pikes Peak or          ranches, rodeos, blacksmithing, training           True to cowboys helping cowboys,
the busy highway.                                       Bust Rodeo.                                       and rounding up horses for the Bureau of       Mr. Aragon pointed out if the Academy’s
     He said later if he had to have a break                 The gentle palominos, however, were          Land Management. He breeds and trains          horses were ever in jeopardy, dozens of
down on the road, it was an ideal location.             well-trained saddle horses and made his job       horses when not on the road and, ironically,   members of the Pikes Peak Range Riders
     The emergency call triggered help                  easier.                                           has served as a Colorado wild land fire-       would have trucks and trailers at the stables
from Academy firefighters, the 10th                          They successfully arrived in Cheyenne        fighter.                                       within minutes.
Security Forces Squadron and staff from                 the next day. Gen. Robert Kehler,                     Mr. Davis once rode from Texas to              Mr. Davis plans to take it easy for a
the Academy Equestrian Center.                          commander of the North American                   Alaska with pack mules and chronicled          while after the rescue.
     Within five minutes, two trucks with               Aerospace Defense Command, will ride              his adventures in his book Be Tough or             “I’m ready to go fishing,” he said.

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Academy NCO’s husband sustains severe injury in Hawaii
                                                              pounded downward by an unanticipated, unforgiving           tions. The couple ultimately remained under the watchful
             Surprise wave                                    wave. The damage to his spinal cord left the El Paso,       care of the Tripler medical staff for 24 days and finally
                                                              Texas, native with only the ability to slightly shrug his   returned to the mainland May 29.
         crushes spinal column,                               shoulders, although the couple remains optimistic for            The irony of surviving in the combat zone for
                                                              a miraculous recovery.                                      Diana and Anthony facing disaster in paradise had all
            devastates couple                                      “I was lounging on the beach, enjoying the sun, and    the makings for an emotional roller coaster ride.
                                                              Anthony was playing in the water,” Sergeant Williams             During a telephone interview in mid May, Diana
By Ken Carter                                                 said. “He dove in and was hammered by a wave. An off-       reported, “He’s been just great, spirits high, staying
Editor                                                        duty EMT saw what was happening and she quickly             positive … all he wants is a milkshake.
                                                              pulled him out. Within 30 seconds there were others              “Progress is slow but we’re getting there,” she said.
     What started as a vacation on the island of Kawai        on the scene to help. They quickly constructed a brace      “We’ve received tremendous support from the Academy
for the Academy’s NCO in charge of civil law and her          around his neck out of sand, until further help arrived.”   community and the people at Hickam Air Force Base
spouse April 23 quickly evolved to a life-altering acci-           Facing away from the water, Diana didn’t see it        have also stepped up to help.”
dent.                                                         happen. When she noticed the commotion she ran to                Now back in Denver, Anthony’s receiving rehab
     Colorado Springs native Tech. Sgt. Diana Wilkins         see if she could assist. As she approached she saw that     treatment from Craig Hospital. It’s rated among the top
had recently returned following a deployment to               it was Anthony. He was laying face down and she feared      10 rehab treatment facilities in America and is world-
Afghanistan just two months earlier. She and her              he had drowned. Maybe he’d hit a stick she thought, and     renowned as a premier center for specialty rehabilita-
husband were bound for Mexico to get away for some            she began looking for blood. “He never lost conscious-      tion and research for those with spinal cord and
overdue rest and relaxation.                                  ness,” she said reflecting on the accident. “When we        traumatic brain injury.
     Plans changed.                                           turned him over his eyes were open and he was                    Anthony’s injury is a C-4 bursting fracture with an
     When passport issues caused inconvenient delays,         breathing.”                                                 incomplete spinal cord injury, and he has quadriplegic
their backup destination became Hawaii.                            Then came the shocking reality of what had             paralysis. He is expected to be in intensive rehab at the
     Just two days into their planned one-week vacation,      happened. “I can’t feel anything,” Anthony said.            hospital for six to 24 months. Depending on how he
tragedy loomed.                                                    Medical treatment received in Hawaii was both          adapts to physical therapy will determine how much,
     Anthony Wilkins, 31, has been married to Diana           delayed and complicated. Anthony spent 11 days in           if any, muscle control and limb movement he will regain.
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Deployed member cycles from Kabul to the homeland
                                                             the Afghans.
                                                                  Then comes an afternoon
                                                             meeting with faculty and
                                                             department heads of social
By Butch Wehry                                               sciences, history, math, basic
Academy Spirit staff                                         sciences, civil engineering,
                                                             religious studies, leadership
     The officer spotted a sign at the Kabul International   and management, military
Airport that he was 7,373 miles from home.                   studies, foreign languages,
     Lt. Col. Tim Lawrence a 1988 grad from Waterloo,        computer science, law, and
Iowa, learned he would only be allowed to do PT inside       physical education.
the gymnasium on a NATO base or at the Afghanistan                “By 4 p.m., I’m working
National Military Academy due to security.                   on my own getting ready for
     “I like to challenge myself, and wondered if I could    the next daily meeting with
cycle all the way back home based upon the amount            the dean and support work
of time I had here,” said Colonel Lawrence.                  for the command.”
     Colonel Lawrence ran the numbers and calculated              At 6:30 p.m. he departs
he needed to ride 36 miles daily. It was an overload, so     for the airport.
the Academy’s director of the Space Systems Research              Dinner is at 7 p.m.,
Center contacted West Point U.S. Army Maj. Eric              followed by the gym or enter-
Crispino, also a mentor at the Afghanistan Military          tainment.
                                                                                                                                                                       Courtesy Photo
Academy, to cycle the distance home.                              He’s in bed by 10:30 p.m.
                                                                                              U.S. Army Maj. Eric Crispino helps Academy Lt. Col. Tim Lawrence cycle
     He suggested that he participate and “we could               Cycling is done indoors, the distance from Afghanistan back to the Academy.
make it a relay,” Colonel Lawrence said.                     so improvised explosive
     The American officers talked about it with the          devices and snipers are not a problem.                    together once a week to discuss academic issues.
900-plus Iraqi cadets, many from homes with limited               The cycling will end sometime in September, when         “Before, everything was stove piped, and depart-
education, no electricity, and are extremely poor.           he returns to the Academy.                                ment heads went to the dean on their own time which
     As vice dean of Afghanistan’s Military Academy,              “I am single but I have been touched by all of the caused a lot of wasted effort on his part,” he said. “Some
he makes efforts to get to know the students.                outpouring of support I have been getting from friends of the courses were teaching the same material. I was
     “I have sat down with many cadets over ‘chai’ and       and family in Arizona, California, Colorado, Iowa, smart in that I have the meeting start one hour before
talked to them about setting goals, and how important        Minnesota, New Mexico, England, and Germany,” the the faculty bus leaves to take them home. None of
bettering their lives professionally thru excellence in      colonel said.                                             them have cars, so the faculty bus takes them to several
academics, military, and athletics will make their nation         The Academy colonel, who has been to 32 different stops in Kabul. It gives them a sense of urgency to get
stronger.”                                                   countries, is on his first deployment.                    through the important events at the meetings.”
     But the cycling effort drew a light-hearted student          He has faced myriad challenges.                          Perhaps the most important thing the American
response.                                                         Many of the Afghans were trained in antiquated colonel has done is to start the accreditation process
     “When they look at our status map, they laugh           Soviet style military training, and are really struggling by giving each department head structure for their
and think I am crazy,” Colonel Lawrence said. “I told        with trying to adopt a Western-style curriculum.          courses.
them Air Force cadets say the same thing!”                        “Our Academy cadets always like how I look at a          “They had no concept of course documentation,
     The effort that started Feb. 1 was disrupted May 6      tough satellite engineering problem,” the colonel said. or creating a binder that includes faculty teaching the
when Major Crispino returned to West Point.                  “I always come up with a simple and corny motto. My course, syllabi, exams and lessons learned,” he said.
     Colonel Lawrence might be described as head-            motto here is ‘Change is hard’.”                          “The establishment of a course director determines
strong.                                                           He has taught them how to schedule their courses, course outcomes that they can assess for every course
     “I cycle every day, sometimes twice a day, and need     establish a majors and core GPA system so they can as well. These course outcomes will track to the depart-
to average about 26 miles a day to make it home,” he         better monitor cadet academic performance, improve ment outcomes which will map to the academy
said.                                                        every course across the 12 different departments, outcomes. Seeing them write their mid terms, and
     His typical day starts at 5:30 a.m., and a five-kilo-   become more learning focused and have the cadets making sure some of the questions were meeting their
meter drive to work.                                         do homework outside of class.                             outcomes, was a big day for me!”
     There’s the mid-morning meeting with the dean                “The superintendent thought as long as cadets            That’s just the tip of the iceberg, Colonel Lawrence
to discuss academic issues like setting up credit hours,     were in class, learning was occurring, so they sched- said.
improving courses, hiring of people, faculty organiza-       uled homework classes for the cadets to have Q and A          “The interesting thing about this job is every day
tion, budget, creating new majors, exams, organizing         with their instructor instead of studying on their own. something new happens,” he said. “I also get a tremen-
intramurals and accreditation processes.                     Some of the ideas are very basic.”                        dous amount of help from the individual course mentors
     An 11 a.m. convoy takes off for Camp Eggers for              Colonel Lawrence established a faculty council so from the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Military
meetings with other training mentors and lunch with          each of the department heads and dean could get Academy and other team members.”

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                                                         Environmental Protection Agency,” the sergeant said.
                                                              The recent issues making Colorado news reporting                                          Tap vs. Bottled
                                                         unsafe tap water was what Sergeant Poulin refers to                                               Thanks in part to
                                                         as the “Alamosa incident.”                                                                   aggressive marketing,
                                                              “The water issues in Alamosa are the result of water                                    the bottled water
                                                         that had not been properly disinfected,” the sergeant                                        industry has success-
                                                         said. “At the Academy, we test our water three weeks                                         fully convinced many
                                                         of every month, a total of 16 times … and it is prop-                                        that water purchased
                                                         erly disinfected,” he reassures.                                                             in bottles is a healthier
                                                              Bottled water versus tap water has evolved into                                         alternative to tap
                                                         much debate, particularly in the last decade, with                                           water. However, ac-
                                                         bottled water producers touting the superiority of                                           cording to a four-year
                                                         their products. National scientific test results don’t       study conducted by the Natural Resources Defense
                                                         support that.                                                Council, bottled water is not necessarily cleaner or
                                                              “It’s a misnomer that bottled water is healthier than   safer than most tap water. In fact, about 25 percent
                                                         that straight from the tap,” Sergeant Poulin said.           of bottled water is actually just bottled tap water
                                                         “Many consume bottled water simply for the conven-           (up to 40 percent according to government esti-
                                                         ience when traveling or when tap water is otherwise          mates).
                                                         unavailable.”                                                      The Food and Drug Administration is respon-
                                                              The annual quality report goes on to say that,          sible for regulating bottled water, but these rules
                                                         “all drinking water, including bottled water, may            allow for less rigorous testing and purity standards
                                                         reasonably be expected to contain at least trace             than those required by the U.S. EPA for community
                                                         amounts of some contaminants. The presence of                tap water. For instance, the high mineral content of
                                                         contaminants does not necessarily indicate the water         some bottled waters makes them unsuitable for babies
                                                         poses a health risk.”                                        and young children. Further, the FDA completely
By Academy Spirit staff                                       The sources of drinking water, again, including         exempts bottled water that’s packaged and sold within
                                                         bottle water, include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds,         the same state, which accounts for about 70 percent
    The Academy’s Environmental Quality Program          reservoirs, springs, and wells. As water travels over the    of all bottled water sold in the United States.
managers are reinforcing to workers and residents        surface of the land or through the ground, it dissolves            People spend 10,000 times more per gallon for
alike that tap water consumption here is both safe and   naturally occurring minerals, in some cases, radio           bottled water than they typically do for tap water. If
sound.                                                   active material; and substances resulting from the           you get your recommend eight glasses a day from
    According to Tech. Sgt. Gary Poulin, EQP NCO-        presence of animals or from human activity.                  bottled water, you could spend up to $1,400 annu-
in-charge, distribution of the Academy Annual Water           “We received a few calls concerning the Academy’s       ally. The same amount of tap water would cost about
Quality Report, due to the community each year by        water quality following the Alamosa incident,” Sergeant      49 cents. Even if you install a filter device on your
July 1, was completed this week.                         Poulin said, “however, rest assured that we monitor          tap, your annual expenditure would be far less than
    The handout content includes both local and          our water very closely here and it is totally safe.”         what you’d pay for bottled water.
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2006 Academy graduate perishes in Florida waters
                                                                                           Details surrounding the death are           Mr. Simmons said it will probably
         Officials say                                                                still under investigation and various       never be known if his death was an acci-
          drowning                                                                    newspaper reports between Florida and
                                                                                      Colorado Springs say there are no
                                                                                                                                  dent or intentional.
                                                                                                                                       A memorial service was held in
         determined                                                                   apparent signs of foul play.                Milton, Fla., Saturday where the second
                                                                                           In the 2006 Polaris yearbook, then     lieutenant was posthumously promoted
         to be cause                                                                  Cadet 1st Class John H. Alley identified    to the rank of first lieutenant.
                                                                                      Colorado Springs as his home town           Presentation of his pilot wings was also
By Ken Carter                                                                         and his major as Aeronautical               included in the service.
Editor                                                                                Engineering. His yearbook quote goes,            1st Lt. John Alley’s funeral is 11
                                                                                      in part, “It would be hard to name all      a.m. today in Bountiful, Utah, at the
    Air Force 1st Lt. John Alley, 26, who                                             the people and experiences that have        Bountiful Heights Stake Center.
graduated from the Air Force Academy                                                  slowly shaped me (and continue to do             Lieutenant Alley was married to
May 26, 2006, is gone less than two                                                   so) over these last six years.” The         Emily Wibur July 14, 2007. She is
years later.                                                                          quote goes on to say, “… Don’t forget       expecting the arrival of John Harold
    According to Pensacola Assistant                  1st Lt. John Alley              your helmet on the slopes, and go big       Alley, Jr. in October.
Chief of Police Chip Simmons, the           vehicle, a mid 90s Toyota Corolla, was    or go home!” He was assigned to                  A trust fund has been established for
young pilot’s death May 24 appeared to      found without passenger where it had      the Proud Chickenhawks, Cadet               the wife and future son.
have been caused by drowning.               hit a guard rail earlier that Saturday    Squadron 16.                                     Contributions can be made by
Lieutenant Alley’s body was discovered      morning. The damage sustained to the           An autopsy early this week deter-      sending checks marked “Alley Family
by a young man fishing some distance        vehicle did not appear life threatening   mined that the 26-year-old did not suffer   Trust Fund” to:
from where Alley had apparently been        and personal belongings including cell    any serious injuries in the wreck before         Air Warrior Courage Foundation
involved in a vehicle accident along a      phone, keys and wallet were locked in     he locked his personal possessions inside        PO Box 1553
scenic Florida highway. The lieutenant’s    the car.                                  his car.                                         Front Royal, VA 22630

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Emergency, urgent care response requirements differ;
 Treatment, process varies based on patient’s severity
By Col. Alan Berg                                             gencies are covered by TRICARE, and you will not be
10th Medical Group commander                                  responsible for more than your applicable costs.
                                                                   Urgent care is different than emergency care. Urgent
     It’s been over a month since the 10th Medical Group’s    care services are medically necessary services required
emergency department closed and the Acute Care Clinic         for an illness or injury that would not result in further
opened.                                                       disability or death if not treated immediately, but require
      The transition has gone very well, and I wanted to      professional attention and have the potential to develop
reinforce what patients should do for emergency or            such a threat if treatment is delayed longer than 24 hours.
urgent care. Since medical emergencies tend to be             Before seeking urgent care outside a military treatment
sudden, unexpected and stressful, it’s wise to have a plan    facility, you must obtain prior authorization.
for getting emergency or urgent care before being faced            Our 24-hour Acute Care Clinic has the capability to
with a serious situation.                                     handle your urgent care needs. We purposely schedule
     Let me be very clear about emergencies—in the            this clinic by appointment to keep you at home and
event of a life, limb, or eyesight threatening emergency,     comfortable while you await your appointment rather
patients should go, or be taken to, the nearest emer-         than sitting for hours in a room full of sick and injured                                                         File photo

gency department for care. TRICARE defines an emer-           patients, as is the case in most ERs. It’s important to        complete in late summer 2008.
gency as a medical, maternity or psychiatric emergency        remember that receiving care at a civilian ER for a non-            Patients enrolled under the 10th MDG are given
that would lead a “prudent layperson” (someone with           emergency condition could make the patient responsible         priority for appointments during duty hours and other
average knowledge of health and medicine) to believe          for costs incurred. If the urgent care is not pre-author-      Department of Defense eligible patients are booked on
that a serious medical condition existed, or the absence      ized, you will be responsible for point of service charges     a space-available basis. After duty hours and on week-
of medical attention would result in a threat to life, limb   which normally would be the entire billed amount,              ends, patients will be booked on a first come-first served
or sight and requires immediate medical treatment, or         ranging from $65 to $500. If patients use a downtown           basis through the appointment line at 457-CARE (457-
which has painful symptoms that require immediate             urgent care facility when care is pre-authorized, there’s      2273). From 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., patients with acute or
attention to relieve suffering.                               no co-payment for active duty or their family members,         non-emergent care should call for an appointment with
     Within 24 hours of any emergency, TRICARE                and there’s a $12 co-payment for a retiree or their family     their PCM. From 5:30 p.m. to 6 a.m., patients with
requires you to notify your Primary Care Manager so they      members.                                                       acute/non-emergent care needs should call 457-CARE
can coordinate your care. For non-active duty patients,            Patients can avoid the possibility of incurring charges   for an appointment within the Acute Care Clinic. For
those admitted to a hospital, TriWest must be notified        by making appointments in the 10th MDG’s Acute Care            patients enrolled under the 10th MDG, a network urgent
by calling 1-888-TRIWEST (1-888-874-9378), toll-free,         Clinic. The clinic is open 24 hours a day. The Acute Care      care authorization will be issued if there is no appoint-
within 24 hours of being admitted. For emergency              Clinic is staffed by both military and civilian family         ment available.
care, there is no co-pay for active duty and their family     practice physicians, physician assistants, and nurse prac-          You are our partner in healthcare and we look
members. Retirees and their family members have a $30         titioners, and is located in the former 10th MDG emer-         forward to continuing to serve you at the 10th Medical
co-payment for emergency room care. Medical emer-             gency room location until our facility renovation is           Group!
June 6, 2008                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             9
Class of 1959 celebrates history of Long Blue Line
By Lt. Col. (ret) Steven Simon                                        supervising construction of the perma-
Class of 1977                                                         nent Academy. By August 1958, a suffi-
                                                                      cient portion of the Academy was
     As the Class of 2008 walked across                               ready for occupancy, and the Cadet
the stage in Falcon Stadium May 28,                                   Wing, led by the Class of 1959, marched
becoming the fiftieth class to graduate                               up the hill to the gleaming new
from the U.S. Air Force Academy, we                                   aluminum, steel and glass campus. Ten
reflected upon the Academy's early days                               months later, on June 3, the 207 members
and its first graduating class, the Class                             of the Class of 1959 graduated. Held in
of 1959.                                                              Arnold Hall, theirs is still the only indoor
     On April 1, 1954, now remembered                                 graduation in Air Force Academy
as "Founders Day," President Dwight                                   history.
D. Eisenhower signed Public Law 325                                        By any measure, the Class of 1959
formally authorizing the establishment                                has excelled. Among its many contribu-
of the Academy. There was an aston-                                   tions, the Class of 1959 adopted the
ishing amount of work to be done before                               Honor Code and chose the falcon as
the Academy could become a physical                                   the Academy’s mascot. Even before the
reality. After extensive evaluation of                                class graduated, it featured the
hundreds of potential locations, on June                              Academy's first football All-American.
24, 1954, Air Force Secretary Harold E.                               The Academy’'s first Rhodes Scholar
Talbott selected Colorado Springs.                                    and its first Astronaut are members of
Finally, after decades of planning, the Air                           ‘59. Approximately 90 percent of the
Force Academy had a home.                                             class went to pilot training upon grad-
     Because this new home would not                                  uation and two Class of '59 grads flew
be ready for several years, Lt. Gen.                                  for the Thunderbirds aerial demonstra-
Hubert R. Harmon, the Academy's first                                 tion team. Four members died in combat
superintendent, chose Lowry Air Force                                 in Vietnam, one became a prisoner of                                                                                                                                  Photo by Ken Carter
                                                                                                                                John Hundemer, Maj. Gen. (ret) Pete Todd and John Miltner visit and share
Base, Denver as the interim site. Monday                              war, and nine earned the Purple Heart.                    memories as members of the Class of 1959 during the Richter Class gradu-
morning, July 11, 1955, 306 young men                                 The first Academy graduate to return to                   ation Parade at Stillman Field May 27.
reported to Lowry AFB, becoming the                                   the Academy as commandant of cadets
Class of 1959. For the next three years,                              and the first Academy-grad superin-                       Distinguished Graduate Award, four are                        fiftieth class transitioned from cadet to
the cadets toiled at the Lowry site while                             tendent are from this class. An                           from ‘59. To a man, the Class of 1959 was                     officer, we tip our hats to their eminent
on the north side of Colorado Springs,                                astounding 19 graduates of the Class of                   and is the embodiment of everything the                       forebears who stand at the front of the
the Chicago firm Skidmore, Owings                                     1959 went on to earn general’s rank. Of                   original Academy planners envisioned.                         Long Blue Line—the members of the
and Merrill designed and was busily                                   the 14 Academy grads to win the                               As members of the Academy’s                               Class of 1959.

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10                                                                                                                                                                                                June 6, 2008

AEF evolves for stressed career fields
By Tech. Sgt. Russell Wicke                                                                                                                            AEF with the joint-planning process and allow the Air
Air Combat Command Public Affairs                                                                                                                      Force to meet combatant-commander requirements
                                                                                                                                                       more efficiently.
     LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. (AFPN) — Air                                                                                                               “You can think of it more as truth in advertising for
Force officials here will soon implement an amend-                                                                                                     our Airmen,” said Lt. Col. Ed Swanson, the ACC AEF
ment to the air and space expeditionary force deploy-                                                                                                  provisioning branch chief. “What we want to do is
ment cycle that will better reflect the deployment tempo                                                                                               create these tempo bands to reflect what the career
of stressed career fields.                                                                                                                             fields are presently doing — so they have better
     Currently more than 45 percent of the 35,000                                                                                                      predictability and know when their rotations will be.”
Airmen fighting in the war on terrorism are deployed                                                                                                   Colonel Swanson said it enables Airmen to make life
out of their scheduled AEF deployment cycle because                                                                                                    plans accurately for their families.
of high demands and minimal manning.                                                                                          U.S. Air Force graphic        It also aligns the Air Force deployments and plan-
     “We have been living under the current circumstance                  This graphic represents the air and space expedi-                            ning with the rest of the military services.
with many exceptions to policy, and if you’re going to                    tionary force deploy-to-dwell tempo. Called AEF                                   “When we plan out (deployments and operations)
live with an exception to policy for a very long time, it                 Evolution, each career field will fall into a different                      ... we’re planning 20 months out,” Colonel Swanson
                                                                          category of deployment cycles.
should at that point be a part of your policy,” said Col.                                                                                              said. “The rest of the (military) community is planning
Matt Erichsen, the Air Combat Command operations                          months deployed 24 months home.                                              24 months out. So we’re off cycle with them, and have
division chief.                                                                 Tempo band C is a 1:3 dwell, band D is a 1:2 dwell                     never aligned correctly.”
     The original AEF cycle is divided into five pairs                    and band E, reserved for the most stressed career fields,                         Air Force Reserve members will not be placed in
designed to have all Airmen on a 1:4 dwell ratio for                      is a 1:1 dwell, or six months out, six months in.                            tempo bands like active-duty Airmen.
deployment. In other words, during contingencies,                               Tempo bands B through E have been added to                                  Tempo banning allows Air Force warplanners to
Airmen should expect to deploy for 120 days and return                    provide predictability, structure and rule sets for the                      more accurately identify when a career field is
home for 480 days. Manning for almost half of the Air                     nearly 50 percent of functional areas currently operating                    approaching a 1:2 dwell ratio, which may trigger mobi-
Force career fields make it impossible to maintain the                    at a tempo greater than 1:4 or for a duration greater than                   lization for Reserve components. If Reserve Airmen are
1:4 ratio in current circumstances.                                       120 days.                                                                    mobilized, they will fall into a standard 1:5 tempo-
     Under the new construct, called AEF Evolution, each                        Airmen can expect the tempo banning to go into                         band ratio.
career field will fall into a different category of deploy-               effect as early as October. They will be able to see what                         This evolution of the active duty “will be the new
ment cycles. Career fields in higher demand will have                     tempo band they fall under by viewing their profile in                       description of the air and space expeditionary force,”
smaller dwell ratios (or more frequent deployments).                      the Air Force Portal. Information on the Portal is sched-                    Colonel Erichsen said. “If we pull out of the Middle East,
The deployment categories are called tempo bands. Air                     uled to be in place by December.                                             ideally everyone will come out of those tempo bands
Force officials have created five tempo bands: A through                        These changes were recommended by the AEF                              and we’d (all) be in Tempo Band A.” But the tempo
E. Tempo Band A reflects the original AEF cycle of a                      Steering Group to provide increased predictability of                        band structures would remain in place for potential
1:4 dwell ration based on 120-day deployments.                            tour length and tempo for Airmen. The improvements                           upcoming surges and crisis.
     Bands B through E are based on 179-day deploy-                       are not intended to change how often or how long                                  Additional AEF information can be found at the AEF
ments. Tempo band B is a 1:4 dwell ratio — or six                         Airmen deploy, but instead they will synchronize the                         Web site, which is linked from the AFPC “Ask” site.

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                                                                                                                                            brief and see the results ... when some-
J - S TA R S                                                                                                                                thing we tracked turned out to be a cache
                                                                                                                                            of mortars,” Captain Grogan said. Ground
                                                                                                                                            or air forces deal with threats based on
total force                                                                                                                                 surveillance information they provide.
                                                                                                                                                 The Soldiers on board are also a key
cooperation                                                                                                                                 part of the information sharing process.
                                                                                                                                            As the “go-between” they provide
helps save lives                                                                                                                            near/real-time access to imagery that
                                                                                                                                            enables members on the ground to react
                                                                                                                                            to what’s going on in the area of opera-
By Senior Airman Carolyn Viss
379th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs                                                                                                 tions, said Army Sergeant 1st Class
                                                                                                                                            Michael Novotny, 7th EACCS airborne
     SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) —                                                                                                                target sensors supervisor.
Looking deep into hostile territory, modi-                                                                                                       All of that information-passing is
fied Boeing 707s with multi-mode radar                                                                                                      possible because of the unique radar
systems provide surveillance of territory                                                                                                   systems on the Boeing 707, said Tech.
behind enemy lines.                                                                                                                         Sgt. James Hanchett, 379th Expeditionary
                                                                                                  Photos by Senior Airman Domonique Simmons
     The 7th Expeditionary Airborne Capt. Steve Grogan controls an operator workstation inside a Joint STARS Aircraft Maintenance Squadron airborne
Command and Control Squadron Joint aircraft May 19. Captain Grogan is the 7th Expeditionary Airborne Command surveillance radar maintainer.
Surveillance Target Attack Radar System and Control Squadron senior director.                                                                    “The 707 repurchase was cost-effec-
is equipped with radar, communications, senior director and a full-time Air viable threat,” said Senior Airman Jimmy tive [for the Air Force],” he said. “They
operations and control subsystems.          National Guardsman. The team works Cooper, 7th EACCS airborne intelligence took a proven platform and installed an
     It’s detached here from the 116th Air together to detect ground movement and technician.                                               advanced radar system to the aircraft”
Control Wing at Robins Air Force Base, provide Army Common Ground Stations               Equipped with 18 operator work that can provide targeting and battle
Ga., and comprised of active-duty, guard, with moving target indicators.           stations, the aircraft orbits for 10 to 12 management data to Joint STARS oper-
reserve, and sister-service members, said       “If I find something with a suspi- hours, Captain Grogan said. Each of the ators using secure data links.
Capt. Stephen Grogan, the 7th EACCS cious track, I cross-cue it to see if it’s a six sections - including communications                         His job as a maintainer of those
                                                                                   techs, airborne mission systems special-                 surveillance systems is important because
                                                                                   ists, surveillance, operations, intelligence, “if the radar system fails, people on the
                                                                                   and Army specialists - has a key role in ground suffer,” said the 19-year Air Force
                                                                                   the overall success of each sortie.                      veteran.
                                                                                         “There’s a lot of coordination going                    But it’s not just the air and ground
                                                                                   on,” Airman Cooper said. “Everything crews passing information back and forth
                                                                                   flows together: information is going from that makes the Joint STARS team
                                                                                   the ground to the aircraft and even off successful. There’s a whole other team of
                                                                                   board to other aircraft and [sister serv- maintainers, crew chiefs, hydraulics, and
                                                                                   ices] ... and every person has a special engine specialists, and guidance and
                                                                                   function that’s vital to the mission.”                   control specialists who get the aircraft
                                                                                         “Every time this unit walks out the off the ground.
                                                                                   door, we do it as a blended wing of                           “It literally takes an ‘army’ of about
                                                                                   Georgia Air National Guard, active duty 50 people to get the plane off the ground,”
                                                                                   and Army personnel,” said Lt. Col. Bruce Sergeant Hanchett said. “My system is
                                                                                   Darveau, 7th EACCS Crew 7.                               useless on the ground, so we rely on every
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Native Australian turned colonel about to retire
By Butch Wehry                                                    and in 1971 and 1972, there was no end in sight for            as the first female permanent professor did not really
Academy Spirit staff                                              Vietnam,” she said. “By joining the Air Force, I thought       enter my mind,” she recalled. “Having been in the
                                                                  I could contribute in some way, having grown up hearing        minority when assigned to my maintenance units, I
     Her parents fled                                             about how Latvia was taken over by Communism, the              became accustomed to being one of the few or even the
Latvia during World War                                           thought of helping prevent that from happening to              first. I feel honored the Academy and the Air Force had
II, spending six years as                                         other countries.”                                              confidence in my leadership as an officer and an educator
displaced people in a                                                  In 1974, the Air Force was trying to get women into       by selecting me.”
West German camp.                                                 non-traditional career fields.                                      Now three additional women have been appointed
Then they moved to                                                     “When I reported to Kincheloe Air Force Base in           as permanent professors.
Australia, the first                                              Michigan, I was one of five female officers … the only              Memories flow.
country to allow immi-                                            one not in the nursing or administrative fields,” the               “It’s difficult to say if they are my memories or
gration of war refugees                                           colonel said. “I can’t really remember how many enlisted       memories because I have been told stories about the years
and the place their chil-                                         women were in maintenance — 20 or so sticks in my              we lived in Australia,” Colonel Jordan said. “The times
dren were born.                                                   memory. The other enlisted women were in admin or              I remember are from living in Adelaide, South Australia.
     “The immigration to                                          working in the hospital. It was challenging from the           I have memories of our home and of the school I
America was for two                              Courtesy Photo   beginning. My first supervisor was not difficult towards       attended. When I was in high school, we returned to
reasons: with my family           Col. Rita Jordan                me but every chance he had, he discussed how I would           Australia for my cousins wedding. During the month
scattered all over the world, my parents wanted to be             be happier in another career field. At that time, the          we spent there, I had the opportunity to return to the
closer to my uncle and aunt,” said the girl who would             service was also very chauvinistic towards women, so           school. It was interesting to go back into the class I
become Col. Rita Jordan, the Academy’s first female               I did not get much mentoring on how to be successful.”         would have been in had I remained there. The girls in
permanent professor, chair of the Social Sciences Division             The remark that’s stuck with her from those first three   the class had vague memories of ‘a girl who was going
and head of the Department of Management. “America                years was her chief saying, “If you stay in the Air Force      to America’. I was in second grade when we left.”
would offer greater opportunities.”                               you will become a cold and bitter woman.” He did not                The colonel has had the chance to return to her
     It has and while Colonel Jordan’s retirement cere-           have much confidence the Air Force would give women            homeland.
mony was May 23, her official retirement is late this             a chance to show they could be effective leaders in high            “We were raised speaking Latvian while growing up
month.                                                            tempo and stress areas such as maintenance or flying.          and only hearing stories about the country of our
     The journey wasn’t easy.                                          “While he was correct that it would be a struggle,        heritage,” she said. “So, when I heard about the oppor-
     “We were fortunate to have my Dad’s brother and              and in certain areas continues to be, it is great to see       tunity to serve on a Joint Contact Team in former Soviet
his family live in Harrisburg, Pa.,” she said. “It was my         women have broken the glass ceiling and continue to            bloc countries, I jumped at the chance. It was wonderful
uncle’s employer, a prominent businessman in Harrisburg           do so,” Colonel Jordan said.                                   to get to really know my cousins, aunts and uncles …
who ‘sponsored’ our family when we first came to                       She joined the Academy management department              more than just a letter from across the ocean. I was totally
America. We faced the challenges many foreigners do               in 1985.                                                       immersed in my Latvian roots for six months.”
… having difficulty with English and the resulting                     “There were very few female instructors but there              With both parents deceased, she has an older sister,
perception that one does not have the skills necessary            were women in all mission elements,” she said. “On             Mary Brokans, who still lives in Harrisburg and a
for jobs other than manual labor. We were fortunate to            the Dean of Faculty side, it was about one per depart-         younger brother, Edmunds Brokans, who lives outside
have family in Harrisburg, so we did not have the addi-           ment … so maybe 25. I arrived as a senior captain and          Philadelphia.
tional stress of knowing no-one.”                                 recall the lack of field grade female officers to look up           She has two daughters. Erika graduated from Air
     As immigrants, starting a new life in a new country,         to. A significant change from today when we have               Academy H.S. in 2001, the University of Colorado -
they had very few amenities.                                      approximately 16 percent female faculty.”                      Boulder in 2005 and is currently working on her MBA
     “My parents, from the time I can remember, stressed               In April of 1998, she became the first female to be       at UCCS. Sondra is a freshman at Lewis Palmer High
the importance of education and continuing to acquire             permanent professor and head of the Department of              School.
knowledge,” Colonel Jordan said. “It was assumed we               Management.                                                         “I have seen tremendous change in the Air Force
kids would go to college. Therefore, it should not be                  “I was fortunate that I got the opportunity to serve      since I first entered ROTC in 1972 and it has been
surprising that I was a voracious reader and my parents           as an officer, at the same time being an educator,” she        rewarding to be a part of many pioneering moments,”
were happy to keep us supplied with all we could read.”           said. “Upon returning to the Academy after receiving           Colonel Jordan said. “I have been honored to work
     She went on to college hoping to get a Bachelor’s            my PhD, I hoped to one day have the opportunity to             with so many extraordinary people over the years in the
degree in Biology.                                                serve in a senior leadership position but realized timing      maintenance bays, on the flight-line, and in the class-
     “When I encountered organic chemistry, I realized            was a critical factor.”                                        room. It is especially rewarding to finish my time with
that biology would not be in my future, I fell back on                 But it did not appear that the incumbent perma-           the cadets at the Academy.”
what I truly enjoyed—literature,” she said.                       nent professor of management would be retiring anytime              She’ll take two to three months off to “clear” her head.
     She also became interested in joining the Reserve            soon.                                                               “I want to enjoy having total control of my time and
Officers Training Corps.                                               So it was exciting to have the opportunity to compete     activities for at least a short time,” she said. “I look at
     Two factors prompted her to join the Air Force.              for the position when he announced his retirement in           retirement as an opportunity to go in a totally new
     “I was looking for excitement—something besides              1997.                                                          direction. That’s what I’ll be thinking about those first
finishing college and teaching English in a high school                “The fact that I would be breaking a glass ceiling        couple of months.”

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Inspir ati onal!                                                                   Science, technology, engineering and math
                                                                                        outreach talks motivate students
By Lt. Col. Lynnane George                  to present to, Myron Hanke, had only
Deputy Head                                 thanks to give to the cadets for their
Department of Astronautics
                                                 “What a wonderful experience my
     Three Academy cadets traveled to       students had today. It was great to see
Bolling Air Force Base in Washington        them engaged, and they learned a great
D.C. to visit high schools in Virginia      deal from each of the team members.”
and Maryland May 19-20, talk to the         he said.
kids about opportunities at the Air              Overall, the Academy cadets spoke
Force Academy, and present Science,         to more than 700 students.
Technology, Engineering, and                     All events were very well received
Mathematics workshops.                      and motivational to many young
     Day one Cadets 2nd Class Cherie-       people interested in career fields in
Lee Meyer, Cadet Squadron-36;               science and engineering (and potential
Ozmund Ortiz, CS-21; and Joshua             future Academy cadets). The cadets
Mason, CS-22; spoke to students over        were especially surprised at the lack of                                                                                                              Courtesy Photos
three lunch periods at West Potomac         information about the Air Force             Cadet 2nd Class Joshua Mason describes a component to students at T.C.
High School in Alexandria, Va. That         Academy at public schools in the area.      Williams High School.
afternoon, the cadets then visited               Cadet Meyer, one of the key leaders
Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps       on the trip and the Academy’s Cadet-
classes at Eleanor Roosevelt High           In-Charge of the Women In Science
School in Greenbelt, Md., and spoke to      and Engineering Chapter, said, “For
students about the Air Force Academy,       many of the high school students, our
as well as their backgrounds and why        visit was the first time they had ever
they chose to major in engineering.         been told of the Air Force Academy.
     The next day the group visited         We talked to over 75 kids on Tuesday
physics classes at T.C. Williams High       alone, and only three of them had even
School (of Remember the Titans movie        heard of the Academy. It was great to
fame) also in Alexandria. The cadets        open new opportunities to such
spoke in three 90-minute physics            talented teenagers.”
classes about the Academy and                    “I thought it was very interesting
presented solar powered car work-           how few people knew about the
shops, using kits provided by Agilent       Academy,” said Cadet Mason. “ Some
Technologies, Inc. in Colorado Springs.     had heard of West Point and Annapolis,
The students explored clean energy          but the Air Force Academy just doesn’t
sources, specifically considering solar     seem to get into mainstream media
energy. Then, using solar cells and a       with enough positive light to have          Students test the results of their project under light as Lt. Col. Lynnane
motor, the students experimented with       people notice. I think PR trips like ours   George and Cadet 2nd Class Ozzie Ortiz look on.
the collection of light and conversion to   are important because we will have left     then the opportunities for us to have              those well qualified but who may not
mechanical motion. Each class               some difference in the minds of those       better cadets increases as well.”                  have the resources for college,” he said.
finished up with a competition to see       students which we interacted with.              Cadet Ortiz agreed. “When I was                “When we talked about the perks of the
which car could travel five meters in       Hopefully some of them will talk about      speaking to the high school students in            Academy lifestyle, the classroom would
the shortest amount of time. The very       the Academy and even perhaps apply.         the D.C. area, it became evident many              explode in chatter about how cool some
spirited and motivational physics           If we have a bigger pool of competent       do not realize the opportunities the               of the things I take for granted every
teacher the cadets had the opportunity      high-schoolers to give appointments to,     U.S. Air Force Academy can offer to                day really are.”

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                                                        Soggy skies take no toll                By Ann Patton
                                                                                                Academy Spirit staff
                                                                                                                                                    national power, including military power.
                                                                                                                                                         “Today, revolutionary advances in tech-

                                                         on graduation fervor
                                                                                                                                                    nology are transforming warfare,” he said and
                                                                                                     Job well done, President George W. Bush        added, “technology allows targeting a regime
                                                                                                told the Class of 2008 during graduation exer-      without targeting an entire nation.”
                                                                                                cises May 28.                                            The president stressed the unmatched U.S.
                                                                                                     “Your teachers are proud of you, your          military power creates challenges.
                                                                                                parents are proud of you and so is your                  “The enemies of the 21st century will
                                                                                                commander-in-chief.”                                increasingly turn to the use of asymmetric
                                                                                                     A cold, steady drizzle soaked Falcon           warfare,” he said.
                                                                                                Stadium, and dense fog grounded the                       “To meet this new challenge, we need to
                                                                                                Thunderbirds’ main show, but foul weather           continue to develop technologies that put
                                                                                                couldn’t dampen the spirits of the 1,012 gradu-     unprecedented speed and precision and power
                                                                                                ating firsties or family and friends who came to    in your hands,” President Bush told the Richter
                                                                                                congratulate them.                                  Class.
                                                                                                     The wet and chill didn’t stop the                   Defeating hateful ideologies requires using
                                                                                                commander-in-chief from congratulating each         national resources to strengthen free institu-
                                                                                                graduate personally which, in many cases,           tions in countries fighting extremists, he said
                                                                                                included exchanging high fives, hugs and even       and pointed to Germany and Japan as exam-
                                                                                                chest bumps. He even said hello via cell phone      ples. Both were assisted in building free soci-
                                                                                                to a proud family member in the stands.             eties and strong economies after World War II
                                                                                                     The “Lt. Karl Richter” Class, named for its    and once our mortal enemies are now U.S.
                                                                                                exemplar, entered with 1,327 basic cadets in the    allies.
                                                                                                summer of 2004. It’s the 50th class to graduate          With only a handful of squadrons left to
                                                                                                from the Academy.                                   receive diplomas, loud cheers followed the
                                                                                                     “In becoming officers of the United States     appearance, finally, of warming sunshine.
                                                                                                Air Force, you have chosen a vocation that is            Although the foggy, wet weather prevented
                                                                                                both hazardous and rewarding,” President Bush       their scheduled demonstration, six
                                                                                                said. “Whether you serve in the skies above or      Thunderbird F-16s soared overhead from the
                                                                                                on the ground below, each of you has stepped        north precisely in sync with the traditional hat
                                                                                                forward to defend your country. You’ve chosen       toss below.
                                                                                                to face danger in foreign lands so your fellow           Graduation culminated four years of disci-
                                                                                                citizens do not have to face danger in our own      pline, study and just plain hard work for the
                                                                                                land.”                                              Class of 2008.
                                                                                                     The president kidded the graduating                 “Pumped,” 2nd Lt. Devin Hart said of his
                                                                                                warriors for pranks which allegedly still had       feelings about finishing at the Academy.
                                                                                                them on restriction.                                     “Ecstatic,” said 2nd Lt. Remington Brooks.
                                                                                                     “In keeping with longstanding tradition, I          “Ecstatic and excited,” said 2nd Lt.
                                                                                                hereby absolve all cadets who are on restriction    Sheridan Martinez.
                                                                                                for minor conduct offenses,” he said. “As for            “Speechless,” said 2nd Lt. Neal Wendt. “It’s
                                                                                                your grades, well, some things are even beyond      hard to believe I’m finally graduating.”
                                                                                                the powers of the president.”                            Saying good-bye, at least for a while, to
                                                                                                     It was President Bush’s last commencement      what she valued most on the Academy would
                                                                                                address at a service academy.                       be a little tough for Lieutenant Martinez.
                                                                                                     The Class of 2008 included 828 men and              “I’ll miss my friends.”
                                                                                                184 women and ended life on the Hill with a
                                                                                                cumulative grade point average of 2.97. More
                                                                                                than half the graduates will enter pilot training
                                                                                                after graduation.
                                                                                                     President Bush told the class defeating
                                                                                                hateful stereotypes requires all elements of

                                 Photos by Ken Carter
The chest bumpin’, cheek kissin’, hat signing,
cell phone talkin’, attitude posin’ commander-
in-chief offered Richter Class members many                                                                                                                                              Photo by Ken Carter
sure to be fond memories.                                                                             Fellow classmates ensure Cadet 1st Class John Payne’s uniform is quickly updated with
                                                                               Photo by Mike Kaplan   second lieutenant bars.
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                                                                                                                                                    Other highlights …
                                                                                                                                                    Many spectacular activities and events surround
                                                                                                                                                    graduation each year. Here are just four samples.
                                                                                                                                                    Class of 2008 members and their dates danced
                                                                                                                                                    the night away during the graduation ball Friday
                                                                                                                                                    night preceding the hat toss. Music Director Dr.
                                                                                                                                                    Joe Galema conducts a cadet chorale perform-
                                                                                                                                                    ance in Arnold Hall Theater, May 24.Three mem-
                                                                                                                                                    bers of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbird aerial
                                                                                                                                                    demonstration team pass parallel to the snow-
                                                                                                                                                    covered Rockies, May 25.Tuesday evening, May 27,
                                                                                                                                                    40 commissioning ceremonies occurred at varied
                                                                                                                                                    locations, both indoor and out.

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Doug Valley selects Earth Day winners
By Academy Spirit staff

     The Douglas Valley Elementary School’s
2nd Annual Earth Day Art/Poetry Contest
had the topic “Blue Planet, How Global
Warning Affects our Oceans” and ran from
March 1 to April 25.
     Students were given a brochure with
information concerning climate change,
weather, the greenhouse effect and climate
     “We had a total of 206 participants,
grades 1-5 of Douglass Valley Elementary,”
said Jeanie Duncan, 10th Civil Engineering
Squadron. “Judging was performed by the
10th CES environmental flight.”
      Twelve winners were selected, 10 art
winners and two poetry winners. The
contest winners also had their art and poetry
work on display at the Academy Base Library
from May 12 to May 22.
     Winners received one of the following
prizes; a complimentary pass to Seven Falls,
a complimentary pass to Cheyenne
Mountain Zoo or a complimentary pass to
Laser Quest.
     “As the Pollution Prevention Manager
                                                                                                                               Courtesy Photo
for the Academy, I try to hold various events
throughout the year,” Mrs. Duncan said.         And the winners were:
“For Earth Day, I decided to focus on our
children, and find ways to spark their inter-   1ST GRADE         2ND GRADE     3RD GRADE         4TH GRADE        5TH GRADE
ests in our global concerns. After all, our     Krista (art)      Jaila (art)   Lauren (art)      Sterling (art)   Nathaniel (art)
children will continue to expand on the         Andrew (art)      Leah (art)    KayLee (art)      Kalana (art)     Beth (art)
Green Technology we are developing today.”      Braden (poetry)                 Rachel (poetry)

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                                                                                                                 Air Show
                                                                                                                 Cadets 2nd Class Amanda Beck
                                                                                                                 (left) and Kim Robinson, holding
                                                                                                                 Cody, one of the Academy falcon
                                                                                                                 mascots, are surrounded by the
                                                                                                                 Dogwood Trail Maids during the
                                                                                                                 Fairhope Festival of Flight air show
                                                                                                                 near Mobile, Ala., May 17. The
                                                                                                                 cadets attended the air show to
                                                                                                                 help enhance the public’s knowl-
                                                                                                                 edge and understanding of the Air
                                                                                                                 Force Academy. The Dogwood Trail
                                                                                                                 Maids are high school juniors and
                                                                                                                 sophomores from the local area
                                                                                                                 who serve for one year as good-
                                                                                                                 will ambassadors for the Eastern
                                                                                                                 Shore. They complete about 300
                                                                                                                 hours of community service,
                                                                                                                 appearing at city, county and state
                                                                                                                 events such as parades, festivals
                                                                                                                 and out-of-town trips that promote
                                                                                                                 the Eastern Shore.
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Track and Field present annual awards
By Valerie Perkins                                                                                 an immediate impact on the Falcons’              viduals that display strong drive and
Athletic communications                                                                            record book, as she pole vaulted into            determination. Senior Josh van
                                                                                                   second-place all-time during both the            Wyngaarden was honored with the Bret
     Several members of the Air Force                                                              indoor and outdoor seasons. Both Palicia         Hyde Award, while sophomore Ally
track and field team were honored as the                                                           (heptathlon) and Simmons (pole vault)            Romanko received the Callie Calhoun
team recently presented its yearly awards                                                          set freshman class records in their respec-      Award for the second straight season.
at the end-of-season banquet. Senior                                                               tive events.                                     The Bret Hyde Award is dedicated to the
Travis Picou and sophomore Sara                                                                         Senior Jon Butcher and junior Daniel        record-holder of the 3000-meter steeple-
Neubauer shared the MVP honor, while                                                               Castle shared the men’s Most Improved            chase who went on to place in the 1984
senior Ian McFarland and sophomore                                                                 Award, while sophomore Katie Weber               Olympic Trials and the Callie Calhoun
Melissa Beerse earned the Outstanding                                                              earned the honor on the women’s side.            Award is named after a six-time NCAA
Competitor distinction.                                                                            At the outdoor conference meet, Butcher          champion in indoor track, outdoor track
     Picou, the 2005 Freshman of the Year,                                                         placed fifth in the 400-meter hurdles            and cross country.
concluded his stellar four-year career                                                             and was a member of the fourth-place                  Senior David Lissy, the indoor shot
with three Academy standards (indoor                                                               4x400-meter relay team. Castle scored for        put champion, was selected as the Laura
60-, outdoor 100- and outdoor 200-meter                                                            the Falcons in the 1500-meter run,               Piper Ironman Award winner. The award
dashes), five Mountain West Conference                                                             jumped into fifth on the program’s all-          is given to an individual who competes,
titles and 12 all-conference accolades.                                                            time list and qualified for the NCAA             excels and scores in multiple events at
He also holds all four class records in                                                            Regionals. Weber increased her personal          scoring meets. It is named after Laura
the 200-meter dash. Neubauer, last year’s                                                          best distance in the javelin, while              Piper, who was killed in Operation Desert
Most Outstanding Competitor, claimed                                                               recording the third-best throw in                Shield.
her first MVP award after rewriting both                                   Photo by Mike Kaplan    Academy history.                                      Senior captain Deb Durey was
the indoor and outdoor shot put records.                    Sara Neubauer                               Sophomore Nick Frawley was named            honored with the General Tad Oelstrom
Neubauer also claimed the women’s High        outdoor program records, Beerse joined               the winner of the Alonzo Babers                  Award for Character and Leadership.
Point Award for her performances at the       McFarland with Outstanding Competitor                Performance award after winning the              This honor, which is named after a former
conference meets.                             distinction. She also received the Gail              indoor pole vault and receiving all-             Academy superintendent and record-
     McFarland literally ran into the spot-   Conway Performance Award, which                      conference (third-place) honors at the           holder, goes to the one senior on the
light at the outdoor conference champi-       honors the female athlete with the single-           outdoor meet. He qualified to both the           roster that excels academically, militarily
onships, by winning both the 5000- and        best performance of the season.                      indoor and outdoor national champi-              and athletically, while classmate Kevin
10,000-meter events. He was also awarded           Freshmen Noah Palicia and Rachel                onships. The award is dedicated to the           Hawkins received the Falcon Award for
the Arne Arneson Award for Dedication.        Simmons were named the Newcomers of                  former athlete who went on to win two            Spirit and Enthusiasm. Senior Bruce
This award is named after the Falcons’        the Year for their respective teams. Palicia         Gold medals at the 1984 Olympic Games.           Fritz earned the Ernie Cunliffe Manager
former head coach and recognizes the          made an immediate impact in the multi-               It is given annually to the male athlete         Award for the second time in three
individual whom the coaches feel exem-        event record books, moving into seventh              with the single-best performance of the          seasons. Sullivan becomes just the second
plifies the quality of dedication to excel-   in the heptathlon and 10th in the                    year.                                            manager to earn the honor more than
lence. After rewriting both the indoor and    decathlon. Like Palicia, Simmons made                     Two awards were given out to indi-          once in a career.

 Athletic Department takes
  intramural soccer crown
By Dave Castilla                                          Training Squadron April 29.
Intramural sports director                                    Participating teams included AD, 10th MDG,
                                                          306th FTG and 10th Civil Engineer Squadron.
     Three Athletic Department soccer coaches             The 10th MDG took base runner-up honors.
used their experience and savvy to earn an 8-0                Up next, AD player Jason Kneuer will be
victory over the 10th Medical Group in the intra-         coaching the Academy in the Rocky Mountain
mural soccer championships on the multi-                  Soccer championships July 26 and 27. Teams
purpose field May 22.                                     playing in the championship include Peterson,
     AD took a 4-0 lead at halftime as Brandon            Buckley, Schriever and F.E. Warren Air Force
Jones scored two and Jason (Dano) Kneuer and              Bases and Ft. Carson.
Doug Hill each added one goal apiece.
     In the second half, AD goalie Kirk Reimer
decided to play the field and scored a goal, Holly
Togiai scored off a nice assist from Kneuer and                                                    Photo by Dennis Rogers
the final two goals were scored by Hill and Jones         Athletic Department’s Holly Todiai (left)
making the final score 8-0.                               looks down field for teammates while keep-
     At the conclusion of the season, AD took the         ing the ball away from 10th Medical Group
                                                          player Stephanie Ward in AD’s 8-0 victory
base championships by defeating all partici-
                                                          over the 10th MDG in the intramural soccer
pating teams, with the only blemish on their              championships at the multipurpose field
record being a 3-3 tie against the 306th Flying           May 22.

        Intramural                        9. DFM              0                 8. XP                  2.5                  MDG#2            1          1     Jun 2
                                          10. CW 1           2.5                9. CWCX                2.0                  CES              1          1     C.Wing 12        DRU/MSS 3
        Golf                              11. DFP            7.0                10. 10TH MSS/CCA        0                   306 FTG          0          0     C.Wing 34        MDG#3 5
        (Week 4)                          12. MAINT 2        9.0                11. DFENG              4.0                  10 CS            0          2     Ath.Dept. 25     MDG#3 3
                                                                                12. LGR                4.0                  MDG#3            0          3     Retiress 21      ATH.Dept. 18
        Division 1        Pts.
                                          Division 2         Pts.                                                           DRU/MSS          0          4
        1. 306 FTG         9.5                                                                                                                                Jun 3
                                          1. NSSI 1          12.0               Softball
        2. 10TH MDG 1     12.0                                                                                                                                Rain
                                          2. MAINT 1         9.0                                       W            L       May 22
        3. 98 FTS          9.5
                                          3. 94 FTS          9.5                CD.WING                3            0       MDG#1 16      MDG#2 3             Jun 4
        4. NSSI 2          8.0
                                          4. 10TH MDG 2      8.0                RETIREES               3            0       MDG#2 17      DRU/MSS 7           CD.Wing 27       10 CS 13
        5. DRU 1           2.0
                                          5. DRU 2           7.5                SFS                    2            0       CES 25        DRU/MSS 15          Retirees 33      10 CS 11
        6. DRU 3           6.0
                                          6. DFL             9.5                MDG#1                  1            0       Retirees 34        CES 20         SFS 20           DRU/MSS 13
        7. DFEG            5.0
                                          7. CW 2            1.0                ATH. Dept.             1            1                                         SFS 31           MDG#2 2
        8. 10TH CS         1.5
20                                                                                                                                                                             June 6, 2008

                                                  cooperate with restrictions needed to            Purple Summer Camps                             Community Center Chapel for the 2008
                                                  make improvements to the roads and                    The 2008 Operation Purple Summer           Vacation Bible School, Monday to June
                                                  parking areas. Obey all traffic and warning      Camps are free outdoor adventure camp           13 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. This year’s science-
                                                  signs and only park in appropriate spaces.       experiences open to all military youth          themed VBS, “Power Lab,” bubbles over
                                                  During the construction period, the              and teens ages 10-17. Priority for regis-       with fun and exciting activities for 4-
                                                  Vandenberg/Field House Gate will be              tration is given to children whose parent       year-olds through fifth graders. Call 333-
                                                  open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and          has been, is, or will be, deployed. Visit       3300.
                                                  will close weekends. The Sijan Gate will and click on the Operation
Mountain lions spotted                            be open 24 hours a day. People are highly        Purple Camp link or contact Tracie              Volunteer recognition golf
     Recently at least two mountain lions         encouraged to use the shuttle service set        Modrell at or             The Volunteer Recognition Golf
were observed on or near the Eagle Peak           up to alleviate parking challenges during        call (719) 282-8351.                            Fundraiser is scheduled for Aug. 7 at 1:30
Trail and they displayed little wariness          the construction period. Shuttle buses                                                           p.m. on the Eisenhower Golf Club Silver
around people. Mountain lion attacks are          will pick up and drop off in the lower           MOAA lecture                                    Course. Entry fee is $30 for airmen
rare, but they may key in on easy prey such       east Field House parking lot every 15                 The Military Officers’ Association         through staff sergeants and first and
as pets or small children. Do not approach        minutes starting at 5 a.m. and running           of America presents “Marketing Yourself         second lieutenants and $40 for all other
a lion. Most mountain lions will try to           until late in the evening.                       for a Second Career” lecture today from         players. Entry fee includes lunch, golf
avoid confrontation if given a way to
                                                                                                   9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Airman & Family          cart, green fees, range balls, post round
escape. Immediately report any mountain           Sponsors needed                                  Readiness Center. The presentation, given       drinks and rental clubs if needed.
lion sightings to Security Forces at 333-              Sponsors are needed for incoming            by the deputy director on the MOAA’s            Additionally, Professional Golfers
2000 or the Natural Resources office at           students attending the Preparatory School        national staff, is beneficial for those         Association staff will conduct a golf clinic
333-3308.                                         for the 2008-2009 academic year. The             contemplating retirement or separation          from noon to 1:15 p.m. All proceeds from
                                                  Preparatory School is designed to prepare        within three years. The lecture includes        the fundraiser will benefit the Academy
Cadet Area construction                           students for admission and success at the        comprehensive information on resumes,           Volunteer Recognition Program. Prizes
    Construction is underway on                   Air Force Academy. To apply to sponsor           cover letters, job search, networking,          will be awarded to the first-place team,
Vandenberg Drive which will cause road            one or more of these students, call Mrs.         career fairs, interview techniques, salary      and male and female longest drive and
closures and impact parking in the Cadet          Cleo Griffith at 333-2583 or e-mail              negotiation, benefits packages, the current     closest to the pin. For more information
Area until its completion in early to mid                          job market and other relevant and impor-        or to register, call Tim Neuman at 333-
August. During this time, drivers are                                                              tant transition topics. The presentation is     2137 or Jeannie Lopez at 333-3444 by
asked to follow all warning signs and             AFRF offers options                              geared toward officers, but all are             Aug. 5.
                                                       The Airman & Family Readiness               welcomed to attend. Call 333-3444 to
                                                  Flight presents:                                 register.
                                                     -SCORE, Going into Business; Tuesday,
                                                  8:30 a.m. to noon: Get answers to key            Club offers appreciation
                                                  questions for those interested in owning
                                                  and running a business.
                                                                                                        Falcon Club members and their
           CADET CHAPEL                              -Troops to Teachers; Thursday, 11:30
Catholic Masses:                                                                                   spouses are invited to enjoy a free break-
                                                  a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: This workshop provides
Sunday                                                                                             fast buffet from 6 to 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. The    Rodeo coming
                                                  information for military members inter-
Reconciliation 9:15-9:45 a.m.                                                                      buffet includes scrambled eggs, home                 Tickets for the 68th Annual Pikes
                                                  ested in beginning a second career in
(or by appointment)                                                                                fries, bacon, sausage, build-your-own           Peak or Bust Rodeo are on sale. The rodeo
                                                  public education as a teacher.
Mass - 10 a.m.                                                                                     breakfast burrito bar, French toast, assorted   is July 9 through 12 with the Academy
                                                     -Military Spouse Career Advance-
Weekday                                                                                            breads, juice and coffee. Nonmembers            sponsoring the matinee on July12. Adult
Monday, Tuesday,
                                                  ment Account Orientation; Thursday, 1
                                                                                                   pay $6.95 and their children ages 12 and        tickets are $10, $15, and $27 depending
and Thursday. - 6:45 a.m.                         to 3 p.m.: If you are the spouse of an active
                                                                                                   younger are $3.95. Reservations are             on seat location. Children’s tickets are
Wednesday                                         duty Air Force enlisted member up to
                                                                                                   requested. Club membership is open to           $5, $7.50 and $12.50. Military personnel
Catholic Adoration - 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.             staff sergeant or junior officer, have more
                                                                                                   both military and civilians. Call 333-4253.     and groups of 20 or more receive a $2
Mass - 6 p.m.                                     than a year left at this duty station, and are
                                                  continuing your education, learn how                                                             discount. For tickets, visit
Protestant Services:                                                                               Vacation Bible School                  or call 576-2626. Visit
Sunday                                            you may be eligible for an educational
                                                  grant of $3,000 per year for up to two              Register now and join the Protestant or call
Traditional - 9 a.m.
                                                  years.                                           and Catholic communities at the                 635-1101.
Hill Fellowship - 11 a.m.
                                                     -Newcomer’s Orientation and
Jewish Services
Fridays - 7 p.m.
                                                  Information Fair; June 19, 9 a.m. to 4:30
                                                  p.m.: This mandatory orientation, held at
Buddhist Worship                                  the Milazzo Center, is for all newly-
Wednesday. - 6:30 p.m.                            assigned Academy members. Spouses are
All Faiths Room
                                                  welcome to attend.
Muslim Prayer                                        -Transition Assistance Program
Fridays - Noon - Muslim Prayer Room,              Seminar; June 24-27, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30
Chapel Basement                                   p.m.: Those separating in a year or retiring
COMMUNITY CENTER CHAPEL                           in two years can call the Airman & Family
Catholic Masses:                                  Readiness Flight to reserve a spot in the
Saturday                                          next available TAP class. The class guides
Reconciliation - 3:30 p.m.                        attendees through building resumes, devel-
Mass - 4 p.m.                                     oping interviewing skills, networking,
Sunday                                            dressing for success and more.
Mass - 9:30 a.m.                                     -Newcomer’s Base Red Carpet Tour;
Religious Formation - 10:45 a.m.                  June 27, 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.: This
(September - May)
                                                  informative, fun-filled base tour gives
                                                  insight into the Academy mission and
Mass - 11:30 a.m.
                                                  reveals much of what is to see and do
Protestant Services:                              here. Call 333-3444.
Contemporary - 6 p.m.
Sunday                                            Fire, Fire, Fire!!!
Traditional - 8 a.m.                                   The fire department staff reminds
Gospel - 11:15 a.m.                               all to call 911 immediately upon spot-
Religious formation - 9:30 a.m.                   ting any fire, even if one’s just been extin-
(September - May)                                 guished. This is required to ensure there
Military Academy Pagan Society                    is no hidden fire areas smoldering that
Third Thursday - 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.                 could reignite. Additionally, the fire
(For more info, call Tech Sgt. Robert Longcrier   department needs to document the cause
 at 333-6187.)                                    to track fire trends and determine how
  For more information, call 333-3300.            best to educate. Call 333-2473.
28                                                           June 6, 2008

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