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Drinking water near the U.S. Air Force Academy has tested safe from potentially toxic chemicals. 

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The U.S. Air Force Academy says unsafe levels of chemicals were found in groundwater at four sites on the Colorado campus.

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado has announced it will close its cadet chapel for extensive renovations beginning in September. 

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AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Air Force Academy says a body found in the Colorado mountains has been confirmed to be a student at the academy's preparatory school.

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President Donald Trump gave the commencement address at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs Thursday. It’s tradition for the commander in chief to address graduates at one of the military service academies each year during the president’s term in office. Thursday marked Trump’s first time speaking at the Academy.

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AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Air Force Academy has removed its commandant of cadets amid an investigation, but officials didn't release any details.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reported Monday that Brig. Gen. Kristin Goodwin was relieved from her duties as head of military training at the school.

She was the first openly gay general at the academy.

The move came a month before Goodwin was to be transferred to another job at the Pentagon. It was unclear if she would still take that position.

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Ansel Adams is known for his iconic black and white photographs of Yosemite National Park and of Japanese-Americans in internment camps during World War II, among other work. According to a biography from the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite, he “endlessly traveled the country in pursuit of both the natural beauty he revered and photographed and the audiences he required.”

Abigail Beckman / 91.5 KRCC

The Cadet Chapel at the United States Air Force Academy has a spectacular presence both up close and from a distance. Seventeen gleaming aluminum spires reflect the sun and the sky, shining panels of stained glass cast a purple glow on the tile floor. Sound fills the space, creating a soul-stirring acoustic experience.

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A renovation of the Air Force Academy chapel has been canceled after funds were transferred to a Florida base.

Congress is keeping watch and the military has introduced prevention programs. Yet sexual assaults at military service academies keep rising. The leaders of those academies got an earful when they testified before a House Armed Services subcommittee on Wednesday.

This story was reported for radio by Elissa Nadworny and for the web by Jon Marcus of the Hechinger Report.

In her spotless camouflage uniform, Monica Callan stood apart from the dirty and exhausted-looking first-year cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy who had just endured nearly three hours on the obstacle course.

President Obama Delivers USAFA Commencement Address

Jun 3, 2016
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President Barack Obama spoke Thursday at the Air Force Academy commencement celebration. For many graduates, it was a day they will never forget.
 


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An F-16 with the Air Force Thunderbirds crashed Thursday afternoon after the group's demonstration at the Air Force Academy commencement ceremony. 

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Oct 13, 2015

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AFA Cadet Dies in Skiing Accident

Jan 26, 2015

An Air Force Academy cadet died in a ski accident at Keystone Resort in Summit County this past weekend.

First year cadet John “Jack” Lindsey was skiing on a mid-level run and wearing a helmet when the accident occurred and was pronounced dead on the scene.

In a statement, Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson offered her condolences to Lindsey’s family and those who knew him.

The academy is coordinating funeral arrangements with Lindsey’s family and support services are available.

The United States Air Force Academy is planning to change its airfield operations this summer. KRCC’s Tucker Hampson reports.

The proposed changes include reopening Bullseye Airfield near Ellicot and extending a northern departure route that would allow leaving aircraft to reach 1000 feet along Baptist Road before passing over other populated areas. According to the Academy, this is expected to reduce noise levels by approximately 30%. The changes are expected to take effect in June.

Cuts Planned at USAFA

Mar 5, 2014

The Air Force Academy is planning a series of cuts as part of the Pentagon’s 2015 budget proposal. KRCC's Eliza Densmore reports.

The cuts would eliminate three percent of the Academy’s workforce and 10 academic majors at the school. Degrees in biochemistry, environmental engineering, and philosophy are among the proposed cuts.

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With more than 1000 civilians furloughed at the United States Air Force Academy, officials there are calling the government shutdown 'completely disruptive.'

Almost 20% of specialized academic courses are suspended, and others combined.  Other activities are curtailed. Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson says operationally, while things like safety and medical continue, they’re having to account for some of the basics of life, like laundry and toilet paper.

Civilian Workers of Area Military Installations Impacted by Shutdown

Oct 1, 2013

Civilian workers across military installations in the Pikes Peak region are feeling the effects of the federal government shutdown.  At the Air Force Academy, more than 1,000 civilians are furloughed, while 450 employees are exempt and will continue to work.