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The Air Force Academy says more than $143 million in construction projects are under way at the school despite a 12 percent budget cut expected in the current fiscal year. The projects are funded by previous appropriations or outside contributions. They include a $35 million renovation of Vandenberg Hall, a dormitory. An indoor training center… Continue Reading Construction projects under way at Air Force Academy

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Military academy sex assaults up 64 percent

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Reported sexual assaults at the three U.S. military academies rose 64 percent in the 2009-10 academic year compared with the previous year, the Defense Department said today. The largest year-over-year increase came from the Air Force Academy. Officials said the increase could reflect that more students are reporting assaults, rather than a jump in the… Continue Reading Military academy sex assaults up 64 percent

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Cadets at the Air Force Academy launched their latest cadet-built satellite from the Kodiak Launch Complex in Alaska last week. It took four years to make the launch happen, and the cadets are responsible for designing, building, integrating, testing and repairing the satellite, said Col. Marty France, head of the department of astronautics at the… Continue Reading Academy cadets launch weather satellite into orbit

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Air Force Academy addresses diversity issues

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A month after  the release of a troubling survey that indicated widespread gender, racial, religious and sexual discrimination or harassment, the Air Force Academy has hired a chief diversity officer. The Academy has hired Diversity Officer Dr. Adis Maria Vila as chief diversity officer, a position that had been in the works for more than a… Continue Reading Air Force Academy addresses diversity issues

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Religion watchdog seeks AF Academy investigation

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A religion watchdog group has asked the Defense Department to investigate whether the Air Force Academy has given a Christian group improper access to the campus to proselytize cadets. Academy officials said they began looking into the claim when they first learned of it earlier this month and haven’t found any evidence to support it.… Continue Reading Religion watchdog seeks AF Academy investigation

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The superintendent of the Air Force Academy is defending his decision not to release detailed results of the latest survey of cadets and staff. Lt. Gen. Michael Gould said Tuesday that a public debate on the results could be a “distraction” from the school’s mission to educate future Air Force officers. The academy said last… Continue Reading AF Academy defends withholding some survey details

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Volunteers from the Air Force Academy are helping Colorado Springs maintain part of a walking and biking trail. Academy personnel are mowing, sweeping and collecting pet waste along two miles of the Woodmen Trail. Chief Master Sgt. Todd Salzman says it’s a way for the academy to show it’s part of the community, a goal… Continue Reading AF Academy helps maintain Colorado Springs trail

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The Air Force Academy Board of Visitors, which gives semiannual reports on the military academy to Congress and the Pentagon, will meet in Washington Thursday. The board reviews morale and discipline, academics, equipment and other matters. It has 15 members, including Democratic Rep. Jared Polis and Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn. Lt. Gen. Michael C. Gould,… Continue Reading Air Force Academy Board of Visitors meeting in DC

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The Air Force Academy will observe the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Nazi concentration camps with a Holocaust remembrance event. The academy says Sam Lauber, a Holocaust survivor and an Air Force veteran, will speak on “A Hidden Child’s Story” at a luncheon on Thursday. Lauber will reflect on his childhood in Nazi-occupied Europe… Continue Reading Air Force Academy to observe Holocaust anniversary

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Admiral Mullen to speak at Academy graduation

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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen is scheduled to give the commencement speech for this year’s U.S. Air Force Academy graduation ceremony on May 26. This is the first time the Academy will host the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as the graduation speaker. Mullen, a 1968 graduate of… Continue Reading Admiral Mullen to speak at Academy graduation

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