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Secretary of Defense Robert Gates will be at the Air Force Academy tomorrow, part of a farewell tour before he retires. He will speak to the cadets at the Air Force Academy, and teach a couple of classes. Last month, Gates was at West Point, the Army’s military college, telling them their future in the… Continue Reading Secretary of Defense Gates to visit Air Force Academy tomorrow

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The Air Force Academy is conducting an exercise to test and train its personnel on responding to an emergency. Academy officials say Wednesday’s drill may involve more law-enforcement officers and firefighters than are usually present. They also say residents may seem plumes of smoke in the southwest part of the base outside Colorado Springs. The… Continue Reading Air Force Academy testing emergency responders

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Three AF Academy grads to lead shuttle mission

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Three Air Force Academy graduates will lead the space shuttle crew when it takes off later this week. Steven Lindsey is mission commander. Eric Boe is a pilot, and Alvin Drew is one of four mission specialists. Lindsey is a 1982 graduate, ¬†majored in engineering sciences at the academy. He has 6,500 flying hours in… Continue Reading Three AF Academy grads to lead shuttle mission

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Some gay and lesbian graduates of the Air Force Academy predict the school will make a smooth transition when the military ends its “don’t ask, don’t tell” rule this year. Greg Mooneyham, a 1987 Academy graduate, says he doesn’t think the change will be a big issue. Mooneyham is executive director of the Blue Alliance,… Continue Reading Few snags seen at AF Academy when ban on gays ends

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Judge dismisses Air Force Academy prayer lawsuit

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A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit seeking to block a prayer luncheon at the Air Force Academy. U.S. District Judge Christine Arguello ruled Wednesday in Denver. She said associate professor David Mullin and a watchdog group, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, didn’t show they had legal standing to bring the suit. They alleged the… Continue Reading Judge dismisses Air Force Academy prayer lawsuit

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A federal judge says she’ll decide Wednesday whether to block a prayer luncheon at the Air Force Academy after some faculty members and a religion watchdog group filed a lawsuit alleging it’s unconstitutional. The lawsuit says academy commanders gave the impression they endorse the prayer luncheon, and that some faculty fear retribution if they don’t… Continue Reading Judge to rule Wednesday on AF Academy prayer event

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A federal judge will hear arguments on whether to block a prayer luncheon planned at the Air Force Academy. A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday in a lawsuit filed by five academy faculty members and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. The prayer luncheon is scheduled for Thursday. The suit alleges the event is unconstitutional because… Continue Reading Judge to hear arguments on AF Academy prayer event

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The Air Force Academy is accepting fewer new cadets under a mandate to reduce the size of the student body by about 9 percent to save money. Lt. Gen. Michael Gould, the academy superintendent, says the Air Force ordered the school to reduce enrollment to 4,000 by Oct. 1, 2012, from about 4,400 today. Gould… Continue Reading AF Academy told to cut enrollment to save money

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Four Air Force Academy officers are defending the school’s upcoming prayer luncheon against claims the event appears to be sponsored by academy commanders in violation of the Constitution. The officers filed affidavits in Denver federal court on Monday. Five faculty members and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation filed suit last week seeking to block the… Continue Reading Air Force Academy officers defend prayer luncheon

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American Electric ready for next level

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A Palmer Lake battery company is transforming itself into an electric vehicle design shop in hopes of grabbing a share of the fast-growing industry. American Electric Vehicles has already developed and designed an electric “micro-bus” that it hopes will catch on with schools and others. AEV says it has the technological know-how, the product and… Continue Reading American Electric ready for next level

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