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Military presence strong; future unclear

Military presence strong; future unclear

As part of last year’s Budget Control Act, Congress mandated $1.2 trillion in cuts across federal agencies, including $50 billion in Pentagon cuts over the next decade. Despite recent congressional austerity measures and the looming threat and uncertainty surrounding base realignments and closures, or BRAC, the Pikes Peak region’s military sector remains strong, according to… Continue Reading Military presence strong; future unclear

AFA visitors bring $1.5 million in sales

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AFA visitors bring $1.5 million in sales

The arrival of the class of 2018 at the U.S. Air Force Academy this week, along with the arrival of cadet-candidates at the academy’s Prep School on July 16, will add more than $1.5 million to the local economy, according to a press release. When all the figures are added up, the estimated 4,760 visiting… Continue Reading AFA visitors bring $1.5 million in sales

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Graduations helpful for hospitality industry

Area college commencements can mean a sizeable economic injection to the hospitality industry. Many businesses, from Monument to the south end of Colorado Springs, have seen a significant increase in customers the past couple weeks. Some of that is simply due to warming weather and the inevitable spike in tourists. But it’s difficult to deny… Continue Reading Graduations helpful for hospitality industry

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Air Force Academy Director of Athletics Hans J. Mueh has announced his retirement, effective at the end of the 2014-15 academic year, which will be his 11th as athletic director and 43rd overall at the Academy. “I’ve been blessed to have the opportunity to be in the chair as [athletic director] of the best Division… Continue Reading Air Force Academy athletic director announces retirement

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Weinstein, MRFF fight near and far

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Weinstein, MRFF fight near and far

As charitable foundations go, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation punches way above its weight. In 2012, the organization brought in $584,347 in contributions and grants, and spent $582,136. That’s below the $1 million threshold that many rating agencies use in deciding whether a foundation merits evaluation, and is dwarfed by national giants with much lower… Continue Reading Weinstein, MRFF fight near and far

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AFA to host 11th Research Forum

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AFA to host 11th Research Forum

The U.S. Air Force Academy will partner with UCCS and Colorado College on Saturday to host the 11th annual Colorado Springs Undergraduate Research Forum. During the one-day research event, college students studying arts, humanities and sciences will present findings from their research over the past year, according to a news release. “Colorado College student Petra… Continue Reading AFA to host 11th Research Forum

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Academy stays on right track

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We couldn’t help but admire Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson this week as the Air Force Academy superintendent laid out the institution’s proposed budget cuts for fiscal year 2015. Many high-ranking officers would have taken the easier way out, sending their well-laundered comments to the media along with the basic facts, thus avoiding the kind of… Continue Reading Academy stays on right track

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Fires of the future: AFA summit deals with projecting natural disasters in the area

When people think of futurism, they often envision abstract design or dystopian fiction. But at the U.S. Air Force Academy, the term represents something relative to reality for many Coloradans: the future of wildfires. The Academy’s Center for Innovation last week hosted the first conference of a series on natural disaster projection and preparedness. The… Continue Reading Fires of the future: AFA summit deals with projecting natural disasters in the area

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USAFA to host character, leadership conference

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USAFA to host character, leadership conference

The 21st Annual National Character and Leadership Symposium will take place from Feb. 26 to Feb. 28 at the U.S. Air Force Academy. The National Character and Leadership Symposium brings together distinguished scholars, military leaders, corporate executives, world-class athletes and others to explore a character-related theme. This year’s theme is Character Overcoming Conflict: Individual Stories,… Continue Reading USAFA to host character, leadership conference

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Some years begin with little fanfare or anticipation, just a fresh outlook and a clean plate. But something about the arrival of 2014 feels different. In part, it’s knowing that the year will be automatically eventful, thanks to the scheduled elections in June (party primaries) and November (general). But it’s also based on Colorado Springs… Continue Reading Looking into the crystal ball for 2014

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