Class of 1959 members share fond
Mostly Sunny Mostly Sunny Partly Cloudy
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.”
Academy’s water report Photo by Ken Carter
provides sparkling results. Richter!
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,
great country. take care of its Airmen, and meet tomorrow's challenges. I love
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
“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
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: pa.news
chance to talk to a police officer. The cadet area is loaded with construc- Mr. Deremer. paper@ usafa.af.mil.
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
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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
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.
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
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June 6, 2008 7
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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8 June 6, 2008
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-
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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
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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
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
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and Army specialists - has a key role in ground suffer,” said the 19-year Air Force
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“There’s a lot of coordination going But it’s not just the air and ground
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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
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“Every time this unit walks out the off the ground.
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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
It’s a great sense of satisfaction when single person to make the mission happen.
Tech. Sgt. Mike Arnold performs pre-flight checks inside the cockpit of a
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Expeditionary Airborne Command and Control Squadron. “We can show up for the next mission saved us again.’”
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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
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.
16 June 6, 2008
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.
Photos by Arnie Spencer
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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
“As the Pollution Prevention Manager
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
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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
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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
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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-
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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 www.nmfa.org 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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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 email@example.com job market and other relevant and impor- or to register, call Tim Neuman at 333-
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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
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 www.tickets
Protestant Services: Vacation Bible School west.com or call 576-2626. Visit
Sunday you may be eligible for an educational
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Traditional - 9 a.m.
years. and Catholic communities at the 635-1101.
Hill Fellowship - 11 a.m.
-Newcomer’s Orientation and
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
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