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  • Fire Chief: 'Not giving up hope' in search for missing mom of AFA cadet who died

    The Colorado Springs Fire Department is "not giving up hope at all" in the search for Ksenia Quiros, 45, who went missing Wednesday, nearly two weeks after her son, an Air Force Academy cadet, died. Fire Chief Christopher Riley said Friday afternoon that a witness who stepped forward earlier in the day to say she had an encounter with Quiros...

  • Boisterous Air Force Academy cadets fall silent as woman talks about rape

    Air Force Academy cadets packed Clune Arena on Thursday in an effort to curb sexual assault in their ranks. The "Take Back the Night" event featured the service's top civilian leader, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James, and one of the nation's premiere speakers on sexual violence, Katie Koestner, who heads the national Take Back the Night...

  • Air Force names Chris Gobrecht women's basketball coach

    Air Force named Chris Gobrecht, formerly of Yale, women's basketball coach, according to athletic director Jim Knowlton's announcement Tuesday. A proven program builder, Gobrecht has coached at programs in the Pac-12 and Atlantic Coast Conference. Gobrecht has 35 years of head coaching experience, all at Division I, and has a career record of...

  • Funeral scheduled Tuesday for AFA graduate shot down during Vietnam War

    The remains of a 1967 Air Force Academy graduate who disappeared during the Vietnam War will be buried at the school's cemetery Tuesday. Capt. Richard D. Chorlins, whose A-1 Skyraider was shot down Jan. 11, 1970, near the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos, was brought back to the academy Monday after a brief planeside ceremony at Denver International...

  • AFA Superintendent: Cadets must learn to lead with - and without - directions

    My husband and I have twin 12-year-old boys, perhaps a rarity for a woman in my position - three-star Air Force general and superintendent of the United States Air Force Academy. However, one recent weekend my boys helped crystalize for me some of the work we're doing to modernize the education and training experiences at USAFA. The boys...

  • VA's mess remains: Sick veterans still facing delays, data shows

    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - A year after Americans recoiled at new revelations that sick veterans were getting sicker while languishing on waiting lists - and months after the Department of Veterans Affairs instituted major reforms - government data shows that the number of patients facing long waits at VA facilities has not dropped at all. No one...

  • No criminal investigation in death at Air Force Academy, officials say

    The Air Force Academy said Tuesday that there is no criminal investigation into the death of a cadet found injured in a dorm at the school last week. Flags at the academy will fly at half-staff Wednesday in honor of senior cadet Alexandre Quiros, a 21-year-old Colorado Springs native. A private funeral for Quiros is planned for Wednesday...

  • Memorial for Air Force Academy cadet is scheduled

    An Air Force Academy cadet who died last week from injuries suffered in a school dormitory will be remembered with a Wednesday service in the Cadet Chapel. Alexandre Quiros, 21, of Colorado Springs was found injured in a Sijan Hall dorm room Thursday afternoon and later died from his injuries. The service is set for 1:45 p.m. Wednesday. "He...

  • Air Force Academy, social media rallies around cadet after heart attack

    On March 23, Hailey Lane — a sophomore cadet home from the Air Force Academy for spring break — entered her parents' gym in Midlothian, Virginia, to train for an upcoming physical fitness test. The energetic, enthusiastic 19-year-old — a nationally ranked swimmer — knocked out a series of pullups, her mother, Brigid, said in an April 2...

  • Ramsey: Air Force's Dave Pilipovich applauds rise of Wisconsin star Frank Kaminsky

    When Dave Pilipovich walked into a gym in Indiana 11 years ago to watch his son, Kyle, play in a tournament, he quickly noticed a lanky 11-year-old who stood over 6 feet. A friend pointed to the lanky kid's parents. The kid's father stood 6-foot-10 with a military-style crew cut, and mom stood 6 foot. Pilipovich has spent his adult life as a...

  • 'Great young man:' Cheyenne Mountain coaches have fond memories of Air Force Academy cadet

    Dave Adams remembers how excited Alex Quiros was when he gained acceptance into the Air Force Academy. The Cheyenne Mountain High School English teacher and boys' tennis coach said Quiros was a smart student and a hardworking tennis player who was up for any challenge. "He wasn't afraid of anything. He was such an impressive young man."...

  • Air Force Academy provides little information about cadet death

    Officials released few details Thursday about an Air force Academy cadet who died after he was found in a school dormitory. The male cadet, whose name has not been released, was found injured in a dorm about 2 p.m. and died about 3:45 p.m. An official said his death is not an apparent suicide, but declined to release details of the injuries,...

  • Army, beefed-up nonconference foes highlight Air Force men's basketball schedule

    Army is coming to Clune Arena next season. And there's a chance Navy could be following in the future. Air Force men's basketball coach Dave Pilipovich revealed much of what will be a beefed-up nonconference schedule Wednesday. It's a slate that includes home games against NCAA Tournament teams New Mexico State and Robert Morris and trips to...

  • Another blow for Air Force basketball: Freshman guard Matt Mooney quits team

    Air Force has lost another key basketball player, with guard Matt Mooney opting to walk away after his freshman year. Mooney returned from spring break and informed coach Dave Pilipovich early this week of his intention to leave, a move that came as a shock compared to easier-to-see-coming departures in recent years that have kept the program...

  • Ramsey: Air Force's Frank Serratore plots return to college hockey mountaintop

    When Frank Serratore awakens each morning, he thinks about the clear goal for his hockey future. His program is struggling, and this truth crashes into his thoughts the instant he opens his eyes. Don't worry. He's not depressed. He's determined. He's struggled with doubts for two weeks since his Air Force Falcons tumbled to their first...

  • New Air Force athletic director Jim Knowlton starts on Monday

    New Air Force athletic Jim Knowlton reports for work on Monday, but his first week is expected to be a quiet one. Cadets are on spring break and Knowlton is expected to spend much of the week handling in-processing procedures and paperwork. He is also expected to make a speaking engagement in Colorado Springs. The first major task awaiting...

  • Versatile Santo Coppola ready to help Air Force's defense from multiple spots

    Given the versatility Santo Coppola showed in high school, his adventures for Air Force in spring football don't seem all that extreme. "I played tight end, linebacker, then I'd drop to the nose," the 6-foot-4 sophomore-to-be said. "I was even the kicker." Of course, all that moving around was done at St. Michael's in Santa Fe, N.M., which...

  • Air Force Academy chief aims to strengthen ties between school, community

    The Air Force Academy's top general told a crowd of community leaders last week that she wants to strengthen ties between the school and the Pikes Peak region. Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson gathered local leaders of a two-hour session on the state of the Air Force Academy and used the time to describe programs to combat sexual assault, boost...

  • Jesse Washington brings confidence to Air Force cornerback battle

    Successfully playing cornerback requires more than speed, agility and ball skills. It also demands the confidence to know that you can be left alone against a speedster and win, no matter the circumstance or what may have happened on the last play. Even as Jesse Washington battles for a starting spot on Air Force's defense, he carries that...

  • Klee: Can Air Force reach the NCAA Tournament again? Probably not

    DENVER — It's a cute, noble idea, the notion that college athletics are conducted on an even playing field. So is the theory "Yes, we can" bridge the aisle in Washington. So is two months paid vacation, or fresh powder every day. So is the Easter bunny. My esteemed colleague, Mr. Ramsey, believes Air Force will return to the NCAA Tournament...

  • Ramsey: Air Force can return to NCAA Tournament, just look at recent history

    Air Force basketball can return to the NCAA Tournament. This is not probable. I know that. It is possible. You should know that. Remember, Air Force traveled to the NCAA Tournament twice and earned National Invitation Tournament invitations twice during an era (2003-07) when defiant players brought sunlight to the decadeslong darkness of one...

  • Air Force men's gymnasts hope to build on program success

    Air Force starts its march into the men's gymnastics postseason with high hopes and expectations. The team, ranked 10th out of 21 NCAA Division I programs, is going for its sixth team title in a row at this weekend's USA Gymnastics national championships, which will be held on the academy campus. Three members of the squad - Denis Aurelius...

  • Inconsistent Air Force hockey unable to reach league semifinals despite late surge

    Air Force played its best hockey at the best time, but still fell in the Atlantic Hockey Conference quarterfinals for the third year in a row. The team was inconsistent through much of the season. But there was enough talent in its senior class and increasing contributions from freshmen, especially in the second half, helped push the Falcons...

  • Air Force spring football practice concludes with a scaled-down scrimmage

    Air Force concluded its month of spring football practice with a short scrimmage Thursday that wasn't anything like a traditional spring game many programs hold. The Falcons held a game last year away from the academy and was what they had intended to do again, but that idea kept growing incrementally smaller in recent weeks. First came the...

  • Air Force cornerback Gavin McHenry loses good standing as a cadet

    Cornerback loses good standing as a cadet Gavin McHenry is no longer a cadet in good standing, the Air Force Academy confirmed Wednesday. McHenry, a speedy cornerback, started all 12 games as a sophomore in 2013 and was part of the regular rotation this past season. The academy would not release details of events that led to McHenry's loss...

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