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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
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                                                                                                              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
 Sports               14
 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
2                                                                                                                                                                                  February 15, 2008

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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
  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
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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., “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.
and their services have been requested for a total of

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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
others.                                           Higginbotham.
     “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

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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
selected bases.
     “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
Pellum, program manager from Brooks City-Base,

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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
                                                             Film review
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                                                             Joint Theater Hospital, hangs film for a radiologist and surgeon review Jan. 10. Sergeant Zilin’s
immunizations, asthma and diabetic care, deployment
                                                             home unit is the Academy’s 10th Medical Operations Squadron.
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Cadet 1st Class Preston Iverson (right), Cadet Squadron 31,
speaks with Cadet 4th Class Joshua Johnson, CS 31, at
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commissioned officers for duty as enlisted special agents.   Center in Glynco, Ga. The candidates must complete         inal investigative capabilities. Others attend 12 weeks
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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
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dependent youth of Air Force enlisted personnel who          Auxiliary members with a valid need of assistance to       for all three programs. Go to and
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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
By David Tornberg, M.D., M.P.H.                                                                                                                                        ■ Never let your children fall asleep with a bottle
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense                                                                                                                             in their mouths containing milk, formula, or fruit juice.
for Clinical and Program Policy
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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
key quality of life issues, which include     percent of non-commissioned officers among states are hard on military spouses                  DoD/states partnership, visit www.USA4
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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
                                                Courtesy photo
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

    HAWC offers
    oasis of health
     and wellness
         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
         Men’s Basketball
                                                                                                                                 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
                                                          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 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 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               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
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, or Staff Sgt. John       USAF Academy, CO, 80840-5002.
Traditional - 9:00 a.m.                              features a silent auction on items donated       Hoffman at         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
Jewish Services
                                                     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
Muslim Prayer
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,
                                                     who would like to donate items for the           dependents or spouses of active duty on
Catholic Masses:
Saturday                                             silent auction can contact Stephanie Ritter      remote tour, dependents or spouses of
Reconciliation - 3:30 p.m.                           at 235-8861 or 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 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.

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