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Vol. 48 No. 6 February 15, 2008
Making ground on
military, family issues
Academy tries on Heritage coat
By Butch Wehry
Academy Spirit staff
Fittings for the Heritage Coat were
made this week in Arnold Hall’s banquet
Maj. Camille Looney, a 10th Medical
Support Squadron medical service corps
officer, volunteered for the fit test out of
curiosity about the Heritage Coat.
“I like the fitted jacket but haven’t
HAWC oasis of heath made up my mind about the belt or tie,”
and wellness said the 23-year Air Force Officer.
She remains undecided whether it
should be adapted Air Force wide.
“I’d really like to see how they wear
over time and what response people give,”
she said. “The fitted jacket feels comfort-
able and looks nice if they can fix the
gap in the front.”
Airman 1st Class Chandra Block with
cadet personnel prefers the new attire to
the traditional uniform.
“It looks better,” said the five-month
Air Force veteran “It makes the Air Force
Photo by Dave Ahlschwede
and people look professional.” She gives
Michael Mucher, Anthrotech research assistant, measures the fit of the high marks to the comfort and appear-
Heritage Coat on Staff Sgt. Kevin Kelly, NCOIC of Command Enlisted ance of the test uniform.
Assignments, at the Heritage Coat fit test in Arnold Hall Tuesday. See HERITAGE, Page 6
the top team 10th Med Group recognized by DoD
Page 14 By Butch Wehry MG commander. “I do have great people Last year, the 10th MG facility was
Academy Spirit staff working with me!” also named the number one hospital in
The 10th MG received the newest the Department of Defense in Fiscal
At the Military Health Service award for the period of Oct. 2006 to Year 2006 for patient satisfaction.
meeting in D.C. the end of January, the Sept. 2007. “We had the highest score on a
10th Medical Group was recognized as “What this shows in short is a health services inspection for a conti-
the best Air Force hospital in the conti- continued emphasis across all parts of nental United States hospital in 2006,”
nental United States. the 10th Medical Group to help the he said. “This award proves the
The Defense Department’s award Academy prepare our people to deploy continued legacy of the 10th Medical
for top mid-sized military treatment and contribute to the war on terror, to Group being a great place to work and
facility went to the Academy during ensure our patients have the benefit of a great provider of healthcare to the
ceremonies Feb. 6 in Washington, D.C., current preventive medicine recom- Academy community.”
as part of the annual Tricare confer- mendations in accordance with national “Military medicine has a proud
ence. standards,” Colonel Berg said. “It ensures history of advancing battlefield medi-
“In short, top scores on active duty our patients have access to providers to cine and this award proves that we also
medical readiness, preventive medicine meet their medical needs, and finally to excel in taking care of our military family
initiatives, access, and patient satisfac- ensure that beyond their needs, their at home,” said Colonel Berg. “Our goal
tion won it,” Said Col. Alan Berg, 10th expectations are met or exceeded.” See MED GROUP, Page 6
Cadets embrace ‘citizenship and making a difference’
Symposium brings 20-23, with nationally-recognized leader- tial candidate and NATO Commander, a
UCI Tip of the Week Page 3 ship and motivational speakers visiting to senior Congressman, a CEO of profes-
renowned speakers, inspire cadets and guests with their extraor- sional sports, four national motivational
INSIDE visiting students dinary life experiences. speakers, a 13-year-old with his own foun-
Commentary 2 The four-day symposium, themed dation, a humanitarian with a New York
News 3 “Impassioned Citizenship: Can One Make Times bestseller, a blind man whose vision
Features 12 By Ann Patton A Difference?,” brings in people from all was restored, a Thunderbird pilot, co-
Academy Spirit staff walks of life who have one common trait: founders of a global non-profit dedicated
Community 15 they have served society and made a differ- to victims of sexual slavery, a special oper-
Classifieds 16 The 15th Annual National Character ence. ations pilot from a rescue in Iraq, and
and Leadership Symposium here runs Feb. Speakers include a former presiden- See NCLS, Page 4
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Character Corner NCLS, Feb. 20-23, Part 3
By Capt. David McManus through the sky? Eleven short years ago I’m sure all agreed to serve our country. However, this
Center for Character Development Major Weeks was in awe of their splendor as a commitment extends beyond even the inspira-
graduating cadet here at the Academy,with dreams tional leadership demonstrated by Major Weeks.
Cadet Sight Picture
“If your actions inspire others to dream more,
learn more, do more and become more, you are a
of what she could accomplish once those gold bars
were on her shoulders.Now,her combat achieve-
ments and the goals she has reached can inspire
It also involves our civic involvement and service.
If you can realize that “It’s not just about me;” it’s
about serving others in our community, our
- John Quincy Adams us all to dream, learn, do and become more. Her nation, and our world, you can make a
actions are making a difference.We are privileged difference. Come to NCLS and listen to
By this definition of leadership from one of to have Major Weeks joining us this year at the 34 speakers who are doing great things
our early presidents,Maj.Samantha Weeks is a true National Character and Leadership Symposium. in our world.
Air Force Leader.Who in the Air Force, or in our Many of us have pondered the question For more information on times
nation for that matter, is not awestruck and embodied in this year’s NCLS; “Can I make a and locations, see www.usafa.af.
inspired by the sight of our Thunderbirds screaming difference?” As members of the Air Force, we’ve mil/ncls.
Character Matters airs Wednesdays at 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on KAFA radio, 97.7 FM.
Who are the most “un-thanked” people at the Academy?
“The 306th Flying “The contractors at “It must be the “It would be the
Training Squadron’s the Pass and Regis- roads and grounds support personnel.
resource advisors. tration Center. people.They have to Everyone who makes
They have to deal They process badges get here no matter
with not only the for people on the our education and
the weather to get
Academy, but Air installation and deal training possible be-
the roads open for
Education and Train- with a lot of people hind the scenes,civil-
ing Command re- everyone else.That
with convictions and ians included.”
quirements to en- must deny them a can be tough to do.”
sure money is allocated fairly and all job. They have to rely on a computer
facets of TDYs and budgets are accu- system, but if that is not working they
rate and taken care of.” have to turn people away.” Mr. Earl Rains Cadet Candidate Kenny Perez Lorenzo
Document Automation and
Staff Sgt. Keichanta Johnson Senior Airman Vanessa Thomas Preparatory School
306th Flying Training Squadron 10th Security Forces Squadron
February 15, 2008 3
Academy Airmen “getting the gouge” on deployment
By Ann Patton 30 interviews so far. I helped the coalition forces and they helped the Iraqi
Academy Spirit staff “I’m willing to do interviews as long as other people people.”
are willing to do them,” he said. Major Dayton recalled experiences interacting with
Military members on the cusp of deploying can Unlike written directives or written accounts of life Iraqis.
now get insiders’ views vía video of what to expect. during deployments, videos bring the sources of the “They are not very different from us,” he said. “I think
The U.S. Naval Institute has asked all service branches stories to life. the freedoms we want they want also.”
to produce 3-minute video interviews with those who With written text, Dr. Farley said, “they don’t get the He recalled playing soccer with a group of Iraqi
have been there and done it in Afghanistan and Iraq. emotions or see feelings like they do with video.” youngsters. One boy was wearing a YMCA t-shirt and
The videos are appearing on the Institute’s Web site, Dr. Farley will enjoy surprises, as he always does when another an Air Force physical training t-shirt.
www.getthegouge.com, “a Web site for warriors.” television production and human beings come together. Major Dayton also told of the owner of a produce
This week taping began in Fairchild Hall of Academy “I expect a lot of them,” he said. “You never know business whose inventory was destroyed with explo-
Airmen who have returned from deployments. what to expect.” sives. In two short days, the fruit and vegetable stand was
“It’s worthwhile for both the Academy and the Air Maj. William Dayton, Air Officer Commanding for back in business.
Force,” said Dr. John Farley, professor of English and Cadet Squadron 11, was first to go before the camera this Would he do another deployment?
broadcasting, who is steering the project. week. After two deployments to Iraq, he was happy to “Yes. I’d be chomping at the bit to see what progress
“We do more than teach cadets,” he said. “We are do so. we’ve made.”
involved with the Global War On Terror and with the “Others will get pieces of the picture not on the During the interview, Major Dayton gave two pieces
base.” deployment checklist,” he said. of advice to those deploying.
Interview questions focus on experiences, adjust- During the interview, when he was asked if he felt “Communicate with your family as much as possible.
ments, service performed and sacrifices. Personal videos he had helped the Iraqi people, he said, “Yes, I did help. Have a great sense of humor.”
and photographs will intermingle with taped video
segments for the final video project. mission impact.
“It’s totally about the individual,” Dr. Farley said.
UCI Tip of the Week Recommended improvement areas identify a
“People need to see what the Air Force is doing and “process, product or capability which could be
By Lt. Col. Robert Slaughter
when they go into harm’s way.” Inspector General, Complaints Resolution improved by a suggested course of action. An RIA is
He added participants are more than willing to tell not a finding.”
their story and doing so contributes heavily to team Unit Compliance Inspection scoring criteria are In the 2005 UCI, several Academy units received
work. found in AFI 90-201, Inspector General Activities. The scores of excellent while also receiving several RIAs.
He said he would like to make different finished tapes Air Force Inspection Agency uses two important For a list of RIAs in your unit, please check with your
from the same interview and perhaps longer segments. guidelines when scoring and reporting inspection unit’s Self-Inspection Monitor.
So far, 12 Academy Airmen have been lined up for performance: findings and recommended improve- If you happen to come across copies of past UCI
interviews. Dr. Farley serves as the interviewer but does ment areas. reports, remember reports of inspections are privileged
not appear on camera. Findings are “validated deficiencies and will be documents and the Air Force controls their distribu-
DenMar Services Inc., with offices and studios tracked until closed out …” Findings have three tion; they are to be handled as Official Use Only docu-
in Fairchild Hall, is providing taping and editing, categories: minor, major or critical, depending upon ments.
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From Page 1 captain of the 1988 Southeastern
the leader of the Army Rangers chronicled Conference Champion Auburn Tigers and
in the movie Black Hawk Down, among Green Bay Packer draft pick,” said Major
“NCLS is such an incredible opportu- Other speakers earned America’s
nity this year because we have speakers respect by making a difference in their
who have truly made a difference – they own sphere of influence.
are ones that the entire Cadet Wing can “Greg Mortenson is fighting terrorism
identify with,” said Cadet 1st Class Maria in Pakistan and Afghanistan by building
Brooks, the cadet-in-charge of the sympo- hundreds of schools for young girls over
sium. the past 13 years,” said Major
The military speakers in the sympo- Higginbotham, and added, “Austin
sium have made a difference in many Gutwein, just 13 years old, has done more
different ways. for the global community than most will
“We have joining us the former NATO do in a lifetime. His foundation, Hoops of
Supreme Allied Commander, Gen. Wesley Hope, has built a high-school for 1,000
Clark, who commanded Operation Allied orphans in rural Zambia due to HIV/AIDS.
Force which saved 1.5 million Albanians Incredibly, he will build a hospital this
from ethnic cleansing in Kosovo; the year. We also have Academy Cadet 1st
Department of Defense approved portrait Class Erik Mirandette, who fell victim to
artists for fallen soldiers since 9/11, Project a terrorist attack while on a humanitarian
Compassion; the first female solo pilot on mission in Africa, as well as AFROTC
any U.S. aerial demonstration team, Maj. Cadet Alea Nadeem, who as a young girl
Samantha Weeks; the Air Force Cheney was involuntarily taken from her mother
Award recipient for a successful helicopter and forced to live in Iraq during the Gulf
crew rescue in Iraq, Maj. Marshall Groves; War. She has since made a difference by
and an Air Liaison Officer from Operation serving her country in the U.S. Air Force.”
ANACONDA in Afghanistan, Maj. Paul In addition to a lineup of world-class
Murray,” said Maj. David Higginbotham, speakers, the symposium brings in cadets
the symposium director. and midshipmen from the other service
“Also with us is Col. (Retired) Danny academies, as well as students and faculty NCLS is, ‘one individual can make a differ- USAFA leadership, including the
McKnight, best known as the commander from over 65 civilian universities across the ence.’” Superintendent, the Commandant, the
of the Ranger elements in the movie Black United States, and from South Korea and Cadet Brooks explained that partici- Dean of the Faculty, and the Athletic
Hawk Down,” he added. Canada. pation is the key for Academy staff and Director. They will be involved in NCLS
Sports icons make up a strong contin- “It’s good to have other military and cadets who wish to get the most out of the start to finish.
gent of the NCLS group of speakers. non-military [students] because they have program. “They need to come,” she said. “NCLS would not be possible without
“We’ve got Dr. Harvey Schiller, former a different perspective on leadership and “Cadets will get a lot more out of it when the Association of Graduates, and our flag-
CEO of YankeeNets, President of Turner character ...we can learn from each other,” they make the personal choice to hear a ship sponsor, the Class of 1973,” he said.
Sports, Executive Director of the U.S said Senior Master Sgt. Danielle Brines, speaker they find interesting.” Recognizing the contributions of the
.Olympic Committee and Commissioner the symposium deputy director. Major Higginbotham indicated the graduate community, Cadet Brooks
of the Southeastern Conference; Sean The cadets, as well as the other student combined efforts of all of the Mission observed, “They’re absolutely necessary
Swarner, featured on ESPN for climbing the leaders who will visit the Air Force Elements, the Center for Character for the program. We appreciate them, and
highest mountain on each continent with Academy, will take away from NCLS the Development staff, the Association of we appreciate the AOG’s support.”
just one lung; Kristen Ulmer, named the motivation to make a difference. As future Graduates and the Academy Class of 1973 More information on the symposium
best extreme and overall woman skier in leaders, they will use these speakers as role make the annual symposium possible. can be found on the NCLS website at
the world; and Brian Shulman, former models,” she said. “So the take-away from “I’d like to acknowledge the senior www.usafa.af.mil/ncls.
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Cadets make strong showing at forensics classic
By Dr. Audra Diers Informative Speaking event.
Director of Forensics In junior divisions, a young cadet
Department of English and Fine Arts team excelled with Cadet 3rd Class
Anthony Chung placing second and
The Academy’s Cadet Forensics Cadet 4th Class Sam Oas advancing to
Association hosted the 47th Annual the semi-finals in Lincoln Douglas
Forensics Classic Feb. 8-10 with 18 of Debate. Cadet Oas was also the ninth-
the most competitive intercollegiate ranked speaker in the junior
forensics programs in the United States. Parliamentary Debate, and he and his
Attendees of the tournament partner, Cadet 4th Class Casey Cowan,
included the current national advanced to the quarterfinals in the
champion team — Western Kentucky Parliamentary Debate.
University, as well as the top five and Cadet 3rd Class D.J. Thompson
recent national champion teams placed second in Junior Extempor-
including Creighton University, Rice aneous Speaking and Cadet 4th Class
University, Arizona State University and Colter Creech placed fifth in the junior
Texas Tech. University. Poetry Interpretation of Literature.
Western Kentucky University placed The Academy Classic is one of
first overall at the tournament, the oldest annual events on campus
Creighton second and Northwest and is just the first of two major foren-
College, from Powell, Wyo., placed third. sics competitions the team is hosting
While many of the Academy on campus this spring. On the weekend
competitors helped to run the tourna- of March 28-30, the forensics team
ment, cadets had a very strong showing will be hosting the National Courtesy photo
in competition as well. Parliamentary Debate Association’s Members of the forensics team (left to right) Cadets 3rd Class Anthony
Cadet 2nd Class Josh Seefried, who National Championship Tournament Chung and D.J. Thompson, volunteer assistant coach Andrew Swan and
debated in the final round against which will bring approximately Cadet 3rd Class Brandon Paquette pose for a photo during the closing ban-
national finalist and semi-finalist Jon 400-600 competitors representing quet for the 47th Annual Forensics Classic.
Kohlscheen from Creighton University, 70-80 colleges and universities from NPDA National Tournament because top three debaters from Ireland and
placed second in the Open Lincoln the United States and Canada. It will it’s a great opportunity to showcase the three of the NPDA’s top-ranked debaters
Douglas Debate and was the sixth- be the first time since 1972 that Academy and its hospitality for our in the United States It will be held in
ranked speaker in Open Parliamentary the Cadet Forensics Association has colleagues from other colleges and Arnold Hall March 27. This exhibition
Debate. hosted a national competition at the universities. debate, as well as the national tourna-
Cadet 4th Class Mandy Davis placed Academy. The tournament will kick off with ment, is an open event and everyone is
second in the Open Biographical The team is excited to host the a public exhibition debate between the encouraged to attend.
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Cadet Squadron 10 Academy military trainer Tech.
Sgt. Todd Johnson likes the feeling of being an “early
adaptor” to the Heritage Coat now being fitted at
“I prefer the Heritage Coat to the current jacket
because it pays homage to the roots of the Air Force,”
he said. “It is extremely confortable compared to the
current jacket. I hope it will be adapted Air Force wide.
Hopefully, I will be selected to do the wear test.”
Master Sgt. Kimberly Gresens, Academy Head-
quarters, said volunteering for the test program is a neat
opportunity to provide input for a future uniform.
“It looks more military,” said the 19-year senior
Fittings were made by Ms. Belva Hodge and Mr.
Michael Mucher of the Anthrotech Corporation of
Yellow Spring, Ohio.
"The final design of the coat will be determined
pending the results of the tests,” said Capt. Jonathan
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From Page 1
is to provide world-class, on-target medical care and
to exceed out patients’ expectations for caring and
compassionate medical treatments.” Photo by Senior Airman Domonique Simmons
The Top MTF Award is awarded to the top medical
facility with the highest composite scores for prevention
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AFOSI officials seeks special agent candidates
WASHINGTON (AFPN) — The Air Force Office All new AFOSI special agent candidates attend in economic crime, antiterrorism service, counterintel-
of Special Investigations is seeking exceptional non- training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training ligence, computer crimes and other sophisticated crim-
commissioned officers for duty as enlisted special agents. Center in Glynco, Ga. The candidates must complete inal investigative capabilities. Others attend 12 weeks
The AFOSI mission is to identify, exploit and both the 11-week Criminal Investigator Training of technical training to acquire electronic, photographic
neutralize criminal, terrorist and intelligence threats to Program and six weeks of AFOSI agency-specific course- and other skills required to perform technical surveil-
the Air Force, Department of Defense and U.S. work. Both courses offer training in firearms and other lance countermeasures.
Government. weapons, defensive tactics, forensics, surveillance and For more information about AFOSI’s mission, visit
With more than 2,900 members, AFOSI has been surveillance detection, antiterrorism techniques, crime the AFOSI public website at www.osi.andrews.af.mil.
the Air Force’s major investigative service since Aug. 1, scene processing, interrogations and interviews, court NCOs interested in learning more about becoming an
1948. AFOSI provides criminal investigations and coun- testimony, and military and federal law. AFOSI agent should review the applicant website at
terintelligence services to commanders of all Air Force After successful completion of a one-year proba- www.osi.andrews.af.mil/join/enlisted/index.asp and
activities. tionary period, some agents receive specialized training then contact their local AFOSI detachment.
Enlisted member, dependent children scholarships available
TEMPLE HILLS, Md. (AFPN) — The Air Force awarded $372,000 in financial aid. tion and/or training. The AEG program is designed for
Sergeants Association, Airmen Memorial Foundation The Chief Master Sergeants of the Air Force AFSA Auxiliary members to obtain effective education
and the Chief Master Sergeants of the Air Force join Scholarship Program (formerly the CMSAF Richard D. and/or training to acquire improved marketable skills.
together annually to conduct a scholarship program to Kisling Scholarships) was created in 1987 upon the Since 1990, the AFSA Auxiliary has awarded grants and
financially assist the undergraduate studies of eligible death of the third CMSAF “Dick” Kisling. In 1997, scholarships totaling over $117,000.
dependent children of Air Force active duty, Air National following the passing of Chief Master Sergeants of the The AFSA, AMF and CMSAF scholarship
Guard and Air Force Reserve Command enlisted Air Force (retired) Andrews and Harlow, the program programs award scholarships valued from $500 to
members, and AFSA members in active, retired, or was renamed. $3,000 to students attending an accredited academic
veteran status. The fund is governed by a committee appointed institution. The grant amount and total number of
The Air Force Sergeants Association scholarship by the incumbent Chief Master Sergeant of the Air scholarships awarded are dependent upon funds avail-
program is a key source of funding for AFSA and Force. CMSAF (retired) Sam Parish serves as the able. To date, over $1.3 million dollars in scholarships
Auxiliary members’ children attending institutions of CMSAF Scholarship Fund Committee Chairman. Since have been awarded to Air Force dependent children.
higher learning. During its 38 years of giving, AFSA 1988, the CMSAF fund has awarded over $237,000 in Those interested in applying for any one of these
has awarded 480 scholarships to the AFSA members’ scholarships. scholarships can find more information by clicking
dependents. The Air Force Sergeants Association International on the Scholarship Eligibility Requirements and
The AMF Scholarship Program awards funds to the Auxiliary conducts a program to financially help AFSA Scholarship Application links. One application is used
dependent youth of Air Force enlisted personnel who Auxiliary members with a valid need of assistance to for all three programs. Go to www.afsahq.org and
meet the eligibility criteria. Since 1987, the AMF has enhance their income potential through formal educa- click on “About”, then “Scholarships”
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February 15, 2008 9
Legal outlines political activity guidelines
By Capt. Jay Bragga political button when not in uniform and perception of association with a partisan Directive 1344.10, Political Activities by
Chief of Legal Assistance not on duty. However, the size of the political activity. Members of the Armed Forces on Active
and Preventive Law
political sticker is important. Members are These are just a few of the more Duty, and Air Force Instruction 51-902,
not authorized to place large political common issues regarding political activity Political Activities by Members of the
With the election season upon us, it signs, banners, or posters on their private by Air Force members. For more guid- U.S. Air Force or call Capt. Bragga at the
is important to remember that certain vehicle. ance, refer to Department of Defense USAFA legal office at 333-3940.
restrictions apply to active duty military Can I attend a political convention?
members when it comes to political activ- Air Force Members may not participate
ities. The separation of political activity in partisan political campaigns or conven-
and the Armed Forces is particularly crit- tions or make public speeches in the
ical because of the importance of public course of such activity. On the other
confidence in civilian control over the hand, you are allowed to attend political
military. meetings or rallies as a spectator when not
The following restrictions apply: in uniform, provided that you do not
Can I donate money to a presiden- actively participate or make speeches
tial candidate? No, you cannot make during the event.
contributions to a partisan political candi- Can I speak out in favor of or against
date. This includes a candidate’s author- a particular candidate? Airmen are
ized (i.e. official) political committee and encouraged to vote and permitted to
campaign fund. This means you cannot express their personal opinion on polit-
contribute to John McCain 2008, Obama ical candidates and issues, so long as it is
for America, Hillary Clinton for President, not done as a representative of the Air
Huckabee for President, etc. You could, Force. You may also write a letter to the
however, contribute to a 527 group or a editor of a newspaper expressing your
Political Action Committee (subject to personal views concerning public issues,
certain contribution limits) that promotes provided those views do not attempt to
or supports a particular candidate. promote a partisan political cause. In
Examples of these groups include The contrast, you may not speak before a
College Republicans, Grassroots partisan political gathering of any kind Photo by Senior Airman Domonique Simmons
Democrats, Swift Boat Veterans for Truth
and America Coming Together.
for promoting a partisan political party Be my valentine?
or candidate, in or out of uniform.
Can I put a bumper sticker on my car SOUTHWEST ASIA — Capt. Meredith Ortiz hands out cards to members of
Bottom line, you should not partic- the 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Feb. 13. Students from
supporting a particular candidate? Yes, ipate in any political activity that would Merkel, Ty, and Trent schools in Texas mailed more than 300 Valentines to
you can display a political bumper sticker imply endorsement by the Air Force. The the base, thanking Airmen and coalition forces for their service and asking,
on your private vehicle, or even wear a best way to do this is to avoid even the “Will you be my Valentine?” Captain Ortiz is deployed from the Academy.
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Teach children healthy habits for life
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Partnership making ground on military, family issues
By Ann Patton half, 46 percent, of forces are younger “The requirements are expensive,
Academy Spirit staff than 26, and 38 percent of these young timely and not fair,” she said.
service members are married—nearly Colorado House Bill 1162 will accom-
An old, bad adage was if Uncle Sam three times the percentage of their civilian modate military spouse educators by
wanted service members to have a wife, contemporaries. In addition, 21 percent providing an interim authorization for
(let alone children) he would have issued of service members under age 26 have employment in a public school. The bill
them. children. has passed the Colorado House of
Not so anymore. “It is often said that the decision to Representatives, and Mrs. Harriman is
“I don’t think that attitude is still stay in the military is made around the hopeful it will also pass the Senate.
around, which is why maintaining the kitchen table,” Mrs. Harriman said. Colorado House Bill 1180 has also
family is vital to retaining our experi- The challenges faced by military fami- been passed and awaiting Senate approval.
enced and professional service members,” lies are still marked by frequent moves, The bill would grant eligibility to military
said Jackie Harriman, Air Force regional separations and, in some instances, relo- spouses for unemployment compensa-
liaison for USA 4 Military Families. Photo by Ann Patton
cations to isolated locations. tion as a result of a military move.
“Families also serve,” she stressed. Jackie Harriman, Air Force regional But the dynamics of military families Military children may also soon find
“And they live, work and play outside the liaison for USA 4 Military Families, are changing, especially with the increase it easier to transfer to a new school. The
gate.” briefs members of the Pikes Peak in the number of family bread winners. Council of State Governments and the
Mrs. Harriman spoke to members Chapter of MOAA. Now, nearly half, or 45 percent, of DoD has crafted an interstate compact
and guests of the Pikes Peak chapter of to severely injured service members, in- military spouses have jobs, 13 percent of dealing with issues like enrollment,
the Military Officers Association of state tuition, military children during families are dual military, and seven records transfer, placement and gradua-
America at the group’s monthly luncheon school transitions and deployments, percent are unemployed and seeking tion. Before the compact goes into effect,
Feb. 7 at The Club on Peterson Air Force spouse employment, unemployment employment (national statistic). The other it must be signed into law in at least 10
Base. compensation for spouses, predatory 35 percent are unemployed and not states. A Colorado law regarding the
She serves as liaison for five western lending, voting, foreign language require- seeking employment. compact goes into committee this month.
states. A Gulf War veteran and Army ments and accessible support for the mili- Among its other issues, the coalition A total of 48 states, including
wife, she holds a master’s degree in coun- tary family. of the Department of Defense and states Colorado, also now provide in-state tuition
seling. The welfare of spouses and children, is working to make it easier for employed rates for military family students.
The program is funded by the Mrs. Harriman said, is important to the spouses, those seeking employment and It still takes a lot to be a military
Department of Defense, Office of the readiness and retention of the force. those leaving employment for a military spouse or child. Mrs. Harriman said
Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for The numbers themselves from the relocation. spouses and kids need resilience, flexibility,
Military Community and Family Policy. Defense Manpower Data Center speak “Spouses don’t want jobs,” Mrs. independence, resourcefulness, a sense of
Organized in 2004, it teams the loudly to that. Currently, 59 percent of Harriman said. “They want careers.” humor and positive coping skills.
Department of Defense with states on 10 military members are married, with 72 Varying licensing requirements For more information on the
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Walker finds success through hard work, determination
By Capt. Sabine Peters black hair care enterprise at the time. When even
Department of Foreign Languages instructor Poro products failed to help, she began experi-
menting with her own homemade remedies, going so
Editor’s Note: In observance of African-American History far as to have ingredients shipped to her from Africa.
Month, notable African-Americans are highlighted during Eventually, her potion seemed to work, and her
February in the Academy Spirit. hair finally started to grow back. Friends and family
asked her to duplicate this miracle potion for them,
Hard work certainly marked the life of one of the and Sarah began selling her product door-to-door.
most successful businesswomen in early 20th century An old friend from St. Louis was newspaper sales
America. agent Charles Joseph Walker. On Jan. 4, 1906, he and
The first person in her family to be born free, Sarah were married and the couple began advertising
Sarah Breedlove was born Dec. 23, 1867, in Delta, La. her products in African-American newspapers.
Her parents, Owen and Minerva Breedlove, worked Among her products were “Wonderful Hair Grower,”
as sharecroppers on Robert W. Burney’s Madison “Glossine” pressing oil and “Vegetable Shampoo.” She
Parish cotton plantation, a battle-staging area for decided on adopting a professional name and from
General Grant and his Union troops during the Civil 1906 on would be known as “Madam C.J. Walker.”
War. She had one older sister, Louvenia, and four Her daughter Lelia, now 21 and a college graduate,
brothers, Alexander, James, Solomon and Owen, Jr. joined her mother in Denver to help with the
Sarah was only seven when her parents fell ill growing business. To further market her products,
and died during a yellow fever epidemic. In the Sarah and her husband traveled extensively
hopes of finding work, her brothers moved north, throughout the South, selling products door-to-door
and young Sarah went to stay with her sister. They and demonstrating her treatments in churches and
spent their days in the cotton fields to make ends lodges while Lelia ran a mail-order operation from
meet but were eventually forced to find work else- their home office. Graphic by J. Luke Borland
where after a failed crop. At that time, the Walker business had profits of She took great pride in the fact that her agents
When Sarah was ten, the girls moved to $35 per week, more than twice the salary of the were earning $5 to $15 per day when unskilled white
Vicksburg, Miss., and found jobs as domestics. To average white male worker. laborers were making $11 per week. Sadly, Charles
escape years of abuse at the hand of her sister’s In 1908, the “Madame C.J. Walker Walker never understood his wife’s ambitions, and in
husband, Sarah, just 14 at the time, married laborer Manufacturing Company” relocated to Pittsburgh, 1912 the couple divorced.
Moses McWilliams. The couple had a daughter, Lelia, where Sarah opened Lelia College and began training At the urging of her daughter, Sarah moved to
her only child, when she was 18. Tragically, Moses other African-American men and women in product New York in 1913, leaving the day-to-day operations
McWilliams was killed in an accident two years later. application and distribution. The black community of the company in Indianapolis. Her involvement in
Some sources go so far as to say he was lynched. in Pittsburgh was strong with a solid base of black social issues continued during World War I when
Soon after her husband’s death, the young widow business. In 1910, The Pennsylvania Negro Business Walker traveled the country giving speeches to
and her daughter left the South to join her brothers Directory called Walker “one of the most successful African-American troops telling them how impor-
in St. Louis. A second marriage to an alcoholic, John businesswomen of the race in this community.” That tant they were to the defense of the nation. She was
Davis, ended in divorce in 1903. Sarah supported year, Sarah and her husband decided to relocate the also a steadfast supporter of anti-lynching legislation.
herself and her daughter by working as a laundress company headquarters to Indianapolis, which at the After the East St. Louis race riots in 1917, where
for as little as a $1.50 a day but still managed to save time was considered the major manufacturing base three dozen blacks where murdered by a white mob,
enough money to send Lelia to school. Appearance in America due to the city’s access to eight major Walker even visited the White House in the hopes of
was very important to Sarah, and she always wore railway systems. There, the Walkers established a having lynching made a federal crime.
clean, pressed clothes to “advertise” her services. training center for their agents and a modern factory Walker hired architect Vertner Tandy, the first
One thing Sarah had no control over was her to produce their products. registered black architect in the state of New York, to
thinning and brittle hair, and she tried every avail- They now called the company “The Walker design and build a mansion in the wealthy New York
able hair care product to keep her hair from falling College of Hair Culture and Walker Manufacturing suburb Irvington on Hudson, where her neighbors
out. In the hopes of finding a cure, Sarah moved to Company.” The business soon expanded internation- included John D. Rockefeller and Jay Gould.
Denver in 1905 to work as a hair tonic sales agent for ally to include countries such as Jamaica, Cuba, Completed in 1918, “Villa Lewaro,” as she called it,
Ms. Annie Malone’s Poro Company, a very successful Costa Rica, Panama and Haiti. became the site for summits of race leaders to discuss
Madam Walker put much of the company’s current issues.
profits back into the organization and into black Now in her fifties, doctors cautioned that her
communities nationwide. She frequently gave busy lifestyle was taking its toll on her health, but she
lectures on black issues at conventions sponsored by refused to listen.
black institutions. In 1912, she met the renowned On May 25, 1919, at the age of 51, Madam C.J.
black educator Mary McLeod Bethune, founder of Walker died in her home of hypertension and
the “Daytona Normal and Industrial Institute for complications from kidney disease. Her funeral
Negro Girls” at the National Association of Colored service was held in Mother Zion African Methodist
Women’s annual conference. The school lacked Episcopal Church in New York City, and Mary
funds, and Sarah led a fundraising effort starting McLeod Bethune delivered the eulogy. She is buried
with her own $5,000 donation. Due to the campaign’s at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx. Daughter Lelia
success, the school was able to remain open and even succeeded her mother as president of the Madame
expand. C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company.
In Indianapolis, she provided the funding for At the time of her death, Walker employed 3,000
construction of a black YMCA, helped with the people at the factory and over 20,000 agents in the
preservation of the home of Frederick Douglas and field. As a successful businesswoman, Walker felt it
sponsored scholarships for Booker T. Washington’s her duty to give back to the community. A trust fund
Tuskegee Institute. was created with $100,000 going to charity. Sums
At a convention of the National Negro Business ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 were given to the
League, Walker told attendees, “I am not merely Colored Orphan’s Home in St. Louis, the Home for
satisfied in making money for myself, for I am the Aged and Infirm Colored People in Pittsburgh,
endeavoring to provide employment for hundreds of the NAACP and the Tuskegee Institute.
the women of my race. I had little or no opportunity The Guinness Book of World Records lists
when I started out in life, having been left an orphan. Madame C.J. Walker as the first woman millionaire.
I had to make my own living and my own opportu- She was also believed to be the wealthiest woman in
nity! But I made it! That is what I want to say to America. Walker once said of herself, “There is no
every Negro woman present, ‘don’t sit down and wait royal, flower-strewn path to success. And if there is, I
Sarah Breedlove-Walker became the world’s first for the opportunities to come. Get up and make have not found it, for if I have accomplished anything
female millionaire. them.’” in life, it is because I have been willing to work hard.”
February 15, 2008 13
oasis of health
By Butch Wehry
Academy Spirit staff
It’s easy to miss the Academy’s Health
and Wellness Center, the closest building to
the South Gate.
Going toward the gate, it is at Building
8137 Park Drive, the last turn on the right. Photos by Dave Ahlschwede
But for any Defense Department ID Academy Health and Wellness
Center exercise physiologist Ms.
card holder, it can be an oasis of, well,
Sharon Hawkes does one-on-
health and wellness.
one exercise training for anyone
Staffer Sharon Hawkes, the exercise who needs to improve their con-
physiologist, does a lot more than just greet ditioning.
people who walk through the door.
She oversees and administers the Air
exempt from certain components of the ments. When a person comes back to
Force Fitness Program to Academy people.
test.” Sergeant Morton after three months and a
The exercise physiologist from Annapolis,
The HAWC is open weekdays from 7:30 20 pounds weight loss, it makes his day.
Md., educates and trains unit fitness
a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There are cooking demonstrations,
program managers and physical training
It is under the 10th Medical Group, but disease management classes, body composi-
leaders on how to safely administer the Air
it isn’t a hospital or a gym.. tion analysis and even pool therapy at the
Force Fitness Program.
“As long as people follow our advice, community center gym.
“I do one-on-one exercise training and
they’ll do well,” she said. Plans are to add a massage and relax-
prescription for anyone that needs to
Mr. Dirk Spaulding, the HAWC health ation room for stressed Academy people.
improve their lifestyle through better eating
technician, operates the center’s tobacco “We have many preventive services
and more exercise,” Mrs. Hawkes said. “I
cessation program. which includes nutrition, exercise, tobacco
write all the exercise restrictions and
“My satisfaction comes from helping cessation and stress management,” said Ms.
exemptions for active duty who cannot
people to get fit and healthy,” he said. Hawkes. “If a person wants to know their
take the regular fitness test or who are
Dietary therapist Tech. Sgt. body fat percentage we can do that in the
Brad Morton gets satisfaction Bod Pod. We also offer gait analysis testing,
from helping people achieve their which is important for people who run for
dietary goals, whether it be exercise. We film their running gait, show
losing/gaining weight, under- them how they run and give recommenda-
standing how to read a food label tions on the best foot wear they should buy
or sorting through all the misin- for their specific gait or running style.”
formation about dietary supple- HAWC classes are free.
Left: Mr. Dirk Spaulding,
Health and Wellness Center
health technician, teaches
nutrition and smoking ces-
Right: A gait analysis is per-
formed by Mr. Spaulding.
14 February 15, 2008
Utah storms past Air Force
Utes second-half surge ered the offensive rebound each time. The possession
ended with Luka Drca hitting a 3-pointer.
puts Falcons away “I think we played well defensively that possession,
but we didn’t box out and pursue the basketball,” said junior
By Maj. Brett Ashworth Anwar Johnson. “We can’t allow second shots like that
Director, Public Affairs to any team.”
The Falcons hung tough as they cut the lead to 63-
It was a tale of two halves for the Falcons as they let 59 with less than 30 seconds left following a pair of Tim
a 10-point halftime lead slip away in a 67-59 loss to Utah Anderson free throws. Maren stole the inbounds pass,
Saturday in front of 4,470 fans at Clune Arena. but a long Henke three-pointer missed, and Utah
In the first half, Air Force played off a raucous home rebounded to seal the win.
court crowd and rode the hot hand of junior Andrew “We get a steal there at the end, and we take a three
Henke to a 30-20 halftime lead. Henke scored all 11 of when we probably should have driven the ball,” said
his points in the first half and provided a spark defen- head coach Jeff Reynolds. “And I thought we still had a
sively with his intensity and energy. chance.”
Hot shooting and strong rebounding by the Utes, The loss drops the Falcons to 12-10 on the season
combined with a poor shooting second half by Air Force and 4-5 in Mountain West Conference play. Meanwhile,
sealed the win for Utah. The Utes opened the second half Utah improved to 14-8 and 5-4.
with a 25-9 run, giving them a 45-39 lead. After halftime, “Utah was tougher than we were today,” Reynolds
the Falcons gave up 47 points after allowing only 20 in said. “They were mentally tougher, they got to the loose
the first half and was out-rebounded 24-7. balls and the rebounds, and they were better prepared
Air Force kept fighting though and tied the score at and better coached.”
48 when senior Keith Maren hit a 3-pointer with just under Tuesday, Henke had a game-high 15 points in a 58-
Photo by Dave Ahlschwede
eight minutes left in the game. But Utah went on a 9-0 51 loss to UNLV, leaving Air Force at 12-11, overall and Falcon forward Anwar Johnson drives past Utah’s
run. 4-6 in the Mountain West Conference. Shaun Green Saturday at Clune Arena. The
The key possession during this run was when Utah The Falcons are back in action Saturday as they host Falcons lost to Utah, 67-59, after building a 30-20
held a 52-48 lead. The Utes missed three shots and gath- Wyoming at Clune Arena at 4 p.m. halftime lead.
306/MSG top team with win over MDG 1
By Dave Castilla MDG #1 didn’t get their first points on the board
Intramural Sports director until Jacques English hit a bucket five minutes into the
game. The defending champions would not go down
Intramural basketball came to an end Feb. 7, as without a fight. Tyler and Davis scored 14 second-half
MDG #1 took on the 306th/MSG in a two-game matchup. points. The halftime lead nearly evaporated as MDG #1’s
The 306th/MSG, that lost last year to MDG #1 in Chris Smith hit a bucket leaving the 306th/MSG hanging
the “if necessary” game, took bragging rights and their on to a 2-point lead, 39-37.
place in the winner’s brackets as they hung on to win this After a time out with less than 60 seconds on the
year’s cliff-hanger, 44-42. clock, 306th/MSG coach Stan Carter told his team to play
In the championship game, it was the T&T show, tough defense and fight for the rebound. Pollard made
as Terrance Tyler and Derrick Thompson scored 25 of a basket, was fouled and made the free throw putting the
the MDG #1’s 29 first-half points, earning a seven point 306th/MSG lead to three points. Rodric Smith sealed the
lead, 29-22. game with clutch free throws.
The 306th/MSG battled back as Russ Pollard scored “We could not have won unless Smith played his
11 of his team-high 19 points, and Chris Kieffer hit four unselfish game,” said coach Carter. “He is the quarter-
3-pointers all in the second half, keeping the 306th/MSG back. He knows when to shoot and who to pass to. He
in striking distance. However, MDG #1’s Mike Davis’ two orchestrates the team.”
free-throws sealed the two-point victory 55-53. MDG MDG #1 coach Trevor Hudson was disappointed in
#1’s balanced team scoring was led by Tyler with 17 the number of key free throws missed in the second half.
points, followed by Thompson with 15 and Davis with “I know our guys can make those shots; it just didn’t
14. happen tonight,” he said.
Earlier in the playoffs, the 306th/MSG, a hybrid High scorers for the 306th/MSG were Russ Pollard
team consisting of personnel from the flight line and with 15, followed by Smith with 11. MDG #1 was lead
mission support group, sent MDG #1 to the loser’s by Tyler and Davis with 8 points each.
bracket in the second round, defeating them 65-53. Photo by Dave Armer
Col. John Rush, 10th Air Base Wing vice commander,
After coming through the losers’ bracket by defeating 306/MSG player Eric Reimer puts up a shot over presented the awards.
MDG #2 71-57, MDG #1 focused their attention on the MDG #1 players Mike Davis and Terrance Tyler Up next is the Rocky Mountain Military Basketball
306th, defeating them in the first game of the champi- during the intramural basketball championship Championship at Fort Carson, March 14-16. Coaches
onship, 55-53. game Feb. 7. Carter and Hudson will now work together to put the
The MDG #1’s victory handed the 306th/MSG their After a five-minute intermission, the 306th/MSG, best team together to represent the Academy against other
first loss of the double-elimination playoffs, forcing both playing with only five players, built a 12-point halftime local military teams, plus Buckley Air Force Base, Colo.,
teams into a decisive “if necessary” game to determine lead. Russ Pollard and Sam Perez lead the way by scoring and F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., in a double-elim-
the base champion. 13 points. ination tournament.
INTERCOLLEGIATE Feb. 13 at AFA 156-lbs.: Daryn Nelson rsc-2 Track and Field (200 medley relay)
Falcons 71 San Diego St. 66 *AF Boxer of the Week Feb. 9 at AFA Kai Yamashiro, Justin Day, Chris
Don Barrett-Air Force Open Morin and T.J. Cowling, 1:34:23,
Feb. 9 at AFA
Falcons 59 Utah 67
Hockey Wrestling (Pole Vault) 1st
Feb. 8 and 9 at Erie, Pa Feb. 10 at Greeley, Colo. Melissa Beerse 13’ 0 ¼”, 1st* (100 Freestyle)
Falcons 3 Bentley 1 Northern Colorado 25 Jane Hwang, 1st
Feb. 9 at Las Vegas
UNLV 58 Falcons 51 Falcons 7 Bentley 0 Falcons 14 Swimming and diving Gymnastics
Feb. 9 at AFA Feb. 9 at Denver, Colo.
Women’s Basketball Boxing Men’s Tennis Men Paige Smith Invitational
Feb. 9 at Salt Lake City Feb. 7 at AFA Feb. 9 at AFA Wyoming 123 Falcons 175 Oklahoma 195.925
Utah 71 Falcons 52 Wing Open preliminary round Falcons 1 Metro State 6 Women Utah 195.700
156-lbs.: Ryan Price rsc-3* Falcons 7 Colorado College 0 Wyoming 166 Falcons 107 Denver 192.275
156-lbs.: John Doesckle forfeit Falcons 186.275
February 15, 2008 15
double feature: A Soldier’s Story and Stomp February, students are collecting to the mailing list, contact Ed Halik at
the Yard. microwave popcorn, beef jerky, hard 964-7058 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Black History Exhibit will be avail- candy, Crystal Light singles and
able in the Cadet Library for the ChapStick. The items will be sent to mili- AFAS grants available
remainder of the month. tary members deployed overseas. The Air Force Aid Society is accepting
For more information on any of the Donations can be dropped off at the applications for the General Henry H.
Black History Month activities, call Master Douglass Valley Elementary main office Arnold Education Grant Program, which
Sgt. Ingrid Williams at 333-9412. or at the District 20 administration provides $2,000 grants to sons and daugh-
building. For more information, call Greg ters of active duty, Title 10 AGR/Reserve,
Black History Month AFRF offers classes Miller at 234-4266. Title 32 AGR performing full-time active
In celebration of Black History The Airman and Family Readiness duty, retired, retired reserve and deceased
Month, the Academy presents: Flight offers the following classes: OSC offers brunch, Bunko Air Force members; stateside spouses of
A Lighter Side of Cooking; Tuesday, Resume writing; Wednesday, 9-11 The Academy Officers’ Spouses’ Club active duty members and Title 10
5-6:30 p.m at the Health and Wellness a.m.: Learn different types of resume and offers a brunch Thursday at 10 a.m. in the AGR/Reservists and surviving spouses
Center: Demonstrates how to prepare cover letter styles and how to improve Falcon Club. The event features a wreath- of deceased personnel for their under-
healthy and delicious dishes. Attendees your own. making demonstration. For more informa- graduate studies. Applications are avail-
receive free recipe cards for the presented Writing Effective Accomplishment tion or to RSVP, contact Deb Coppock at able at the Academy Airman and Family
meal, a health heart cookbook and a Statements; Wednesday, 11 a.m.-noon: 574-1485 or email@example.com by Monday Readiness Center, 6248 West Pine Loop,
sample of the prepared food. The theme Learn to write effective accomplishment at 10 p.m. The OSC also offers “Bunko for or online at www.afas.org. Applications
is soul food. For more information or to statements that clearly reflect expertise the Cure” with the Peterson Air Force must be submitted by March 7. Awards
register, call 333-3733. and help to get a resume noticed. Base OSC Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Peterson are announced in June 2008. Use of funds
Food tasting; Feb. 22 from 11 a.m.- AF Civil Service Class; Thursday, AFB club. All proceeds from the event is limited to tuition, books, fees or other
1 p.m. at the Community Center 8:30 a.m.-noon: Learn how to prepare will go to the Susan G. Komen Breast curriculum-required materials.
Ballroom. and apply for a civil service career. Cancer Foundation. For more information
Storytelling in the African- Transition Assistance Program or to RSVP, contact Jeanine by Feb. 23 at Estate claims
American tradition; Feb. 27, 2:15-3:30 Seminar; Feb. 26-29, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.: 243-3887 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If anyone has a claim for or against
p.m. at Pine Valley Elementary School: Learn how to build a resume, interviewing the estate of Cadet 3rd Class Lindsay M.
The event features Opalanga D. Pugh as skills, networking and dressing for success. Awards banquet nears Brown, contact Lt. Col. Nerisse Fernandez,
the storyteller. This class is offered to those separating The Academy 2007 Annual Awards Cadet Group 2, at 333-6824 or
Movie Night; Feb. 29 at 7 p.m. in in a year or retiring in two years or less. Banquet is Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. in the Falcon Nerisse.Fernandez@usafa.edu.
Fairchild Hall (F1): The event offers a Home Buying Seminar; Feb. 28, Club. Cost is $25 for club members and
noon-4 p.m.: Learn about obtaining a $27 for non-members. Dress for the event Nominations wanted
mortgage, VA vs. FHA loans, mortgage is mess dress or semi formal for military, The Academy is seeking nomina-
loan fees, working with a realtor or broker formal for civilians. Those interested in tions for the 2008 Air Force Academy
and other factors to consider when buying attending must RSVP to a first sergeant Distinguished Service Award. The award
a home. To register, call 333-2247. by Tuesday. is presented annually by the superinten-
CADET CHAPEL Newcomer’s Base Red Carpet Tour; dent to a military person, civilian or group
Catholic Masses: Feb. 29, 8:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m.: An inform- Honor Guard recruiting whose contributions (not as part of their
Sunday ative, fun-filled base tour that gives insight The Academy Base Honor Guard is official duty) have had a distinct impact
Reconciliation 9:15-9:45 a.m.
into the Academy’s mission and reveals all looking for new members to participate on the morale or well-being of the
(or by appointment)
Mass - 10 a.m. there is to see and do here at the Academy. in two details per month while being an Academy. Anyone who has contributed
Weekday For more information or to register active member of a flight of 10-15 significantly and directly to the morale or
Mon., Tues., Thurs. - 6:45 a.m. for a class, call 333-3444. guardsmen. There are no grade require- well-being of the Academy through the
Wednesday ments for memberships. The next training generous donation of time, resources or
Catholic Adoration - 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Going once … going twice flight is scheduled for Feb. 25-29 from influence is eligible. Nominations must
Mass - 6 p.m. Douglass Valley Elementary School noon-4 p.m. For more information, be submitted by April 1 to HQ
Protestant Services: presents a Silent Auction and Art & Music contact Staff Sgt. Hugo Reinor at hugo. USAFA/CMA, 2304 Cadet Dr., Suite 3200,
Sunday Show Feb. 22 from 6-7:30 p.m. The event email@example.com, or Staff Sgt. John USAF Academy, CO, 80840-5002.
Traditional - 9:00 a.m. features a silent auction on items donated Hoffman at firstname.lastname@example.org. Nomination packages must include a
Hill Fellowship - 11:00 a.m. from Academy people and local busi- single page with biographical data to
nesses. Students’ artwork can be viewed Scholarships offered include name, rank, organization or
throughout the school, and students will The Academy Officers’ Spouses’ Club company, telephone number and mailing
Fridays - 7 p.m.
provide entertainment with vocal and offers 2008 Merit Scholarships for high address, in addition to a typed narrative
Buddhist Worship instrumental performances in the school school seniors and non-military spouses justification, not to exceed one page,
Wed. - 6:30 p.m. - All Faiths Room gym. A complimentary dessert will be of O-3 equivalent and below. Eligibles describing the nominee’s accomplish-
provided, and all proceeds from the include dependents or spouses of active ments. For more information, call Steve
Fridays - Noon - Muslim Prayer Room, auction benefit the Douglass Valley duty stationed at the Academy, depend- Simon at 333-8827.
Chapel Basement Elementary community. People, home- ents or spouses of retirees eligible for
based businesses or local establishments membership at the Academy Club,
COMMUNITY CENTER CHAPEL
who would like to donate items for the dependents or spouses of active duty on
Saturday silent auction can contact Stephanie Ritter remote tour, dependents or spouses of
Reconciliation - 3:30 p.m. at 235-8861 or email@example.com or POW/MIA or deceased Academy affili-
Mass - 4 p.m. drop off items at the DVE main office by ates and dependents or spouses of civilian
Sunday Tuesday. Include contact information employees eligible for membership at the
Mass - 9:30 a.m. and an estimated value of the donation. Academy Club. The application period
Religious Formation - 10:45 a.m. runs through March 31. Applications are Running series steps off
(Sept. - May) Healthy Heart Month here available at the Academy Education The 10th Annual Grand Prix of
Tuesday-Friday February is Healthy Heart Month and Office, area high school counseling centers Running series kicks off March 15 with
Mass - 11:30 a.m. the “5k For St. Patrick’s Day” run in down-
the Academy Health and Wellness Center and the Academy Thrift Shop. For more
Protestant Services: is celebrating it with fitness activities held information, call Sally Mueh at 599-0694 town Colorado Springs. More than 1,400
Saturday throughout the month. A 12-mile bike or Carrie Oliver at 488-9625. runners are expected on the flat course
Contemporary - 6 p.m. ride will be Feb. 20 and a half-mile swim that ends in Acacia Park. There will be
Sunday Feb. 27. The events will be 9 a.m.- noon. Lunchtime volleyball offered Irish music and refreshments available at
Traditional - 8 a.m. Best female and male time will receive A group of volleyball players is the finish line, plus a “Leprechaun Fun
Gospel - 11:15 a.m. looking for other players interested in Run” for children 12 years old and
prizes. To register, call the Health and
Religious formation - 9:30 a.m.
Wellness Center at 333-3733. participating in pick-up games in the younger. Registration for the 5k and chil-
(Sept. - May)
Cadet Gymnasium’s east gym. Games are dren’s run is available at www.csgrand
Military Academy Pagan Society Donations needed played once a week from 11:30 a.m.-1 prix.com. People can also register at the
Third Thursday - 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. The fifth graders at Douglass Valley p.m. The activity is open to active duty, Runner’s Roost store at 107 E. Bijou St.
(For more info, call TSgt. Longcrier at 333-6187.) Elementary are conducting a fundraiser retired, dependents and contractors. For The runs will be followed by the 25th
For more information, call 333-3300. for deployed troops. For the month of more information or to add your name Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade at noon.