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A parade in celebration of the formal ending of basic training at the Air Force Academy Stillman Parade Field on Tuesday, August 9, 2016. The freshman are officially welcomed into the Cadet Wing and receive the Cadet 4th Class rank. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette
Riders at the front of the 4000 start down the last hill riding into Cripple Creek during the 27th POW-MIA recognition ride, Colorado's largest procession of motorcycles. (photographer unknown)
Air Force receivers (from left) Cody Bronkar, Andrew Smith, Jalen Robinette and Andrew Daugherty listen to instructions during practice. Note how the others tower over the 5-foot-8 Smith. Photo by Brent Briggeman, The Gazette.
Air Force tight end Ryan Reffitt works on blocking technique during practice. BRENT BRIGGEMAN, THE GAZETTE
Air Force defensive tackle Sam Byers performs in practice. BRENT BRIGGEMAN, THE GAZETTE
Air Force equipment manager Scott Richardson displays a helmet that will be of an alternate uniform the Falcons will wear on Sept. 10 against Falcon Stadium. The sharktooth design celebrates the "Flying Tigers," who painted the noses of their A-10s in this style during World War II. (BRENT BRIGGEMAN, THE GAZETTE)
Sydney Eismeier kisses her brother, Eric, 13, on the head after a parade in celebration of the formal ending of basic training at the Air Force Academy Stillman Parade Field on Tuesday, August 9, 2016. The freshman, who have not seen their families since June, are officially welcomed into the Cadet Wing and receive the Cadet 4th Class rank. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette