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On 60th anniversary, Air Force Academy's traditions still core to cadet experience

News: Local News Updated: Tue, Apr 1, 2014

Sixty years into its existence, the Air Force Academy is changing again.

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  • Congressional candidates slam Lamborn letter about AFA religious freedoms

    Fifth Congressional District candidate Bentley Rayburn on Wednesday chided his primary election opponent, Rep. Doug Lamborn, saying the congressman is not doing enough to guarantee religious freedoms at the Air Force Academy. Lamborn announced Tuesday that he had written a letter to Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James urging revision of Air...

  • Colorado World War II veteran to receive POW Medal

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  • The Gazette and reporter Dave Philipps win Pulitzer Prize

    The Gazette’s Dave Philipps has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize in the category of national reporting for “Other than Honorable,” a three-day series that examined how soldiers injured during war were being discharged with no benefits. The award was announced Monday by Pulitzer judges; Philipps’ series was published in The Gazette and...

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    Something very special happened Monday in Colorado Springs. Absolutely amazing, frankly. A Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting, the most prestigious honor in all of journalism, was bestowed on The Gazette and Dave Philipps. It was recognition of his three-day series "Other than Honorable," which examined how wounded combat veterans were...

  • Veteran with no left leg to run in Boston Marathon

    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The first six times Edward Lychik told his physical therapist he wanted to run again, she was noncommittal, and with good reason. The combat veteran's left leg had been amputated at the hip socket, and doctors had told him if he walked again, it would be on crutches. Lychik ignored that diagnosis and kept talking to...

  • Mrs. Obama, 'first dogs' visits military families

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  • Obama offers solace to nation at Fort Hood

    FORT HOOD, Texas — President Barack Obama returned to the grieving Army post Wednesday where he first took on the job as the nation's comforter five years ago, mourning at Fort Hood with families and uniformed comrades of those killed during last week's shooting spree. "We somehow bear what seems unbearable," he declared. It was yet another...

  • A baby shower from the heart: Expectant military moms pampered

    With two young boys at home, a set of twins due at the end of May and an active-duty husband on his fourth tour to Afghanistan, 24-year-old Ashley Kopec has her hands full. Spending a few hours Sunday opening presents, making new friends and feeling appreciated at a baby shower with 49 other expectant mothers was a great way to take a break,...

  • New deputy commander at Fort Carson has familiar face

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  • Petition: Army appearance regs discriminate against black women

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  • Free concert Tuesday kicks off Air Force Academy anniversary rites

    A concert at the Air Force Academy on Tuesday will mark the 60th anniversary of the school in the first of three events to celebrate its founding. The academy calls April 1 its birthday because that's the day in 1954 that President Dwight Eisenhower signed legislation authorizing the school. The Air Force Academy Band will perform at 7 p.m....

  • Army: New limits for tattooed troops

    The Army issued its new appearance regulations for soldiers Monday, including a new rule that limits soldiers to four visible tattoos below the elbow or knee. The long-anticipated updates to Army Regulation 670-1 stopped short of a visible tattoo ban, but forbid facial art and other ink that can be seen above the T-shirt line. Here’s the...


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