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  • New Air Force women's basketball coach fills out her staff

    New Air Force women’s coach Chris Gobrecht announced her team of assistants for the upcoming season, a group she says is “as talented a staff as any in the country.” The lone holdover from Andrea Williams’ staff is 1st Lt. Derek Brook, who will return for his second season as the military assistant. The staff includes one with experience at...

  • Congress reaches construction deal on Aurora VA hospital

    DENVER — Lawmakers have reached a deal to keep construction underway on a troubled Veterans Administration hospital outside Denver. The Veterans Affairs Department was on the verge of running out of money for the project, estimated to be $1 billion over its construction budget. It warned that construction would stop unless Congress acted by...

  • Security procedures at Air Force Academy delay high school graduation ceremony

    Going to a high school graduation at the Air Force Academy on Thursday? Make sure to arrive early and expect delays. With increased security measures at the campus and a rush of people attending three Academy School District 20 ceremonies there, traffic backups could occur on Interstate 25 at North Gate Boulevard throughout the day. Pine...

  • Free tickets available for Air Force Academy graduation; campus reopens to public Thursday

    Tickets for the Air Force Academy's May 28 graduation will be available to the public Thursday - the same day that the campus will reopen to the public as it expects thousands of visitors for a week of festivities. The 600 free tickets will be given away from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance office at 102 S....

  • Transferring Air Force freshman Mooney lands at South Dakota

    Matt Mooney is transferring to South Dakota, the school announced Wednesday. Mooney played in 29 games, making eight starts, for Air Force as a freshman this past season. He informed coach Dave Pilipovich in early April that he did not intend to remain at the academy. "We are excited to add Matt to our program," South Dakota coach Craig...

  • Stroke strikes yet another young Air Force tennis coach

    This is just bizarre, and very bad, luck. Air Force assistant men’s tennis coach Evan Urbina tweeted Tuesday evening that he had suffered a stroke. “Had a stroke,” Urbina, in his late 20s, posted on social media. “Thankful for all your support. Should be out after a quick procedure tomorrow!” The post was accompanied by a smiling Urbina...

  • Air Force coach spends emotional time with family of cancer victim Lauren Hill

    Air Force basketball coach Dave Pilipovich and his wife, Kelly, spent the weekend at Dick Vitale’s gala in Sarasota, Fla., that raised more than $2 million for cancer research. The couple also traveled to Las Vegas to participate in a fundraiser put on by coach Lon Kruger. The part of the weekend that had the most impact on Pilipovich was...

  • Top Pikes Peak region troops celebrated at The Broadmoor

    The top troops in the Pikes Peak region were lauded Wednesday during a luncheon at The Broadmoor. The Armed Forces Week event sponsored by the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance drew more than 1,000 people to honor the 40,000 troops in the Pikes Peak region. "My greatest privilege in the world is to put on the uniform every day and...

  • Ramsey: Colorado College Tigers' most important hockey games will be against Air Force

    Colorado College just announced its schedule for the 2015-2016 season. The Tigers, fresh off 26 losses, will battle hockey powers from across our great nation. You could call this brutal schedule courageous. Or you could call it reckless. Either way, you would be correct. Let's make this clear: The most important games of the Tigers...

  • Air Force Academy security measures make popular trail off limits

    The Air Force Academy said Monday that a security hike last week that closed the base to visitors also bars civilian hikers and bikers from a stretch of the Santa Fe Trail that runs through the 18,500-acre campus. Bases around the nation stiffened security Friday on orders from U.S. Northern Command in Colorado Springs. The command,...

  • Air Force cadet set for trial in Boulder sex assault case

    A cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy accused of raping a fellow cadet while the two were visiting Boulder last year is set for trial in October after entering a plea of not guilty Friday, according to the Daily Camera. Daniel Ryerson, 21, has been charged with sexual assault on a helpless victim and sexual assault on a victim incapable of...

  • Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson: Air Force Academy tries new ways to beat developmental plateaus

    Many readers have heard about disruptive innovation - a change that creates an entirely new way of doing business. Exponential energy, driverless vehicles and wearable technology are all examples. Indeed, it seems I cannot meet five people without most of them wearing some form of technology. Even my command chief master sergeant, a combat...

  • Obama presents Air Force Academy football team with trophy

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has congratulated the U.S. Air Force Academy football team on winning the Commander-in-Chief trophy. Obama says the team has now won the "unreasonably large trophy" a record 19 times. But he says if anyone can figure out where the trophy goes, it's the Air Force. Obama presented the trophy at a White...

  • Air Force Academy cadet released from Virginia hospital after heart attack

    An Air Force Academy cadet who suffered a heart attack during spring break has been released from a Virginia hospital, her family said on Twitter. Hailey Lane, whose struggle to recover from the March 23 incident grew into a Twitter movement under the hashtag #HaileyStrong, was headed home to continue healing, her family said. In a bid to...

  • No witnesses or arguments at Air Force Academy sexual assault hearing

    Government lawyers called no witnesses and made no arguments in presenting their sexual assault case against an Air Force Academy cadet Tuesday. Instead, prosecutors relied on investigative paperwork and a pair of video recordings to show why sophomore cadet Zachary L. Chubb should be tried. "With that, the preliminary hearing is closed,"...

  • Air Force Academy ceremony honors Tuskegee Airmen

    Lt. Col. James Harvey III represents a dying breed of World War II veterans and a special group within that aging bunch - airmen who overcame bigotry and hate to fly for their nation. He was the sole original Tuskegee Airman to attend a ceremony in the group's honor at the Air Force Academy on Tuesday. But, he says, even as his comrades fall...

  • Ramsey: Transfer bug attacks yet again for Air Force Academy hockey

    Frank Serratore knows the look. Chris Truehl walked into Serratore's Air Force hockey office a few days after the conclusion of a frustrating 2014-2015 season. Serratore looked into the eyes of his sophomore goaltender and knew what Truehl would say. "I've been doing this long enough to know it was over," Serratore said Monday. The...

  • Ground support missions in Afghanistan helped 2008 Air Force Academy grad win award

    Capt. Kyle Babbitt flew a plane so ugly that its presence was enough to scare away Taliban fighters threatening U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Twenty times he roared in low for "show of force" missions during nearly a year flying combat missions from Bagram Air Base. During a deployment that ended last fall, the 2008 Air Force Academy graduate...

  • Air Force Secretary to speak at academy's graduation

    Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James will deliver the keynote address to graduating Air Force Academy cadets in Colorado Springs May 28. The event will be open to the public. Details on ticket availability haven't been announced. The graduation, which the school earlier announced is delayed a day by budget concerns, will see about 1,000...

  • Schedule: Air Force football has little control over kickoff times

    Air Force added uncertainty to its football schedule on Tuesday when the Mountain West announced the remainder of its television assignments for the 2015 season. The Falcons home games against San Jose State, Army, Wyoming, Fresno State and Utah State were selected by ESPN, this could mean anything from the team earning bonus money by being...

  • Air Force athletics still finding its way through the complicated world of social media

    Troy Garnhart's message boils down to one simple tenant: When in doubt, don't post. So far, the Air Force associate athletic director for communications has avoided the ramifications for reckless use of social media. But it doesn't mean he's any less wary. Garnhart's preseason sessions with teams that were once dedicated largely to...

  • Colorado Springs man mourns loss of his wife, son: 'It feels like you're in a movie - not a good movie'

    Ksenia Quiros' heart broke when her oldest son died, said Jose Quiros, the father and husband whose heart now is doubly broken. Tuesday, Quiros recounted how his wife disappeared a week ago Wednesday and of the grief that tore his family apart after their son, Air Force Academy cadet Alexandre J. Quiros, was found dead on April 2 - four days...

  • Sculpture to honor Air Force Academy POWs in Vietnam captures 'spirit of defiance'

    There's a hidden message in the Air Force Academy's newest sculpture that alumni who became prisoners of war say is as profound as it is profane. The 1-ton bronze depicts life at the Hanoi Hilton, Vietnam's infamous prisoner of war camp. The prisoner shown in the work is bound at the legs, elbows and wrists, placed in a position of...

  • Calhoun, state coaches, part of Home Front Cares

    Air Force football coach Troy Calhoun will raise funds for Home Front Cares at the 8th annual Colorado Coaches for Charity event May 1 at Coors Field. Home Front Cares provides support for Colorado service members, veterans and family members who have been impacted by deployment. The Colorado Coaches for Charity event is hosted by The Fisher...

  • Colorado Springs Sports 2015 Hall of Fame inductees announced

    The Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame announced its 2015 class Friday. The class features a lineup of five individuals and two teams. The inductees include the 1985 Air Force Academy Football Team, Pikes Peak AdAmAn Club, triathlete Michelle Blessing, sports official Greg Burks, Hill Climb supporter Bob Gillis, baseball...

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