June 14, 2013 8:25 AM
The Airman and Family Readiness Center at the U.S. Air Force Academy activated its Emergency Family Assistance Control Center Thursday at Building 6248 in response to the Black Forest Fire.
Families affected by the fire can contact the EFACC at 333-3444, 333-3445 or 800-379-1455.
The EFACC, open from... more »
May 28, 2013 2:58 PM
Wednesday is the big day for about 1,000 Air Force Academy Cadets, as they graduate and start their careers as newly commissioned officers in the Air Force. The 55th Graduating Class will march across the stage at Falcon Stadium Wednesday morning to receive their diplomas.
No doubt the stadium... more »
March 16, 2013 11:23 AM
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) - The Air Force Academy is holding a funeral service for its first African-American graduate. The service for Charles Vernon Bush will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Memorial Pavilion. Bush died Nov. 5 at his home in Lolo, Mont. at 72. He... more »
March 5, 2013 8:24 PM
At 10-and-a-half feet wide and 36 feet long, a new billboard on Garden of the Gods Road - calling out the Air Force Academy - is hard to miss.
It was put up Monday morning. The purchaser - the Military Religious Freedom Foundation - anticipates 90,000 people will pass... more »
February 11, 2013 11:59 AM
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) - Investigators are trying to determine the cause of death of an Air Force Academy cadet who was found dead on campus. Academy officials said cadet 4th class James Walsh died Saturday night in the cadet area. His hometown was not immediately available. Funeral arrangements... more »
February 11, 2013 10:57 AM
U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force Academy Cadet 4th Class James L. Walsh died Saturday night in the cadet area.
Academy personnel found Cadet Walsh, contacted emergency services and attempted to revive him using life saving measures without success.
The Commandant of Cadets informed the Cadet... more »
December 12, 2012 6:45 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - A 14-year old student at Air Academy High School was taken into custody and released to his parents Wednesday after he allegedly brought a marijuana laced brownie to school.
He shared the dessert to a female classmate whom administrators say became violently ill and had to... more »
December 12, 2012 6:27 PM
US AIR FORCE ACADEMY - The woman accused of setting fires in an Air Force Academy dormitory told investigators she started them because she felt upset, lonely and depressed.
Michelle Smith, 38 was was formally charged Tuesday with four counts of arson. All of the fires were started in... more »
August 27, 2012 12:27 AM
Sunday was a time of recovery for a community devastated by the Waldo Canyon Fire. Mountain Shadows homeowners used to looking at a burned-out shell of what was once a neighborhood now view a work in progress, healing at the hands of strangers determined to lift that reminder of loss.... more »
August 1, 2012 5:21 AM
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) - The Air Force Academy is conducting an exercise designed to test its ability to work with local hospitals and civil authorities to contain a disease. The drill is taking place Wednesday and Thursday on the campus outside Colorado Springs. Memorial Health System hospitals and... more »
June 1, 2012 5:31 PM
SB I-25 has a couple of hazards this afternoon. A grass fire SB lanes near Monument Hill has the left lane blocked by fire equipment. A 4-car accident is reported SB I-25 near County Line Rd.
NB I-25 is very slow from the Briargate Parkway to North Gate of... more »
May 31, 2012 12:49 AM
She's been unemployed for two years, taking up volunteer work in hopes of finding a job while her husband serves in Afghanistan. She's a face of the Hiring Our Heroes program.
"Why won't someone recognize that I'm capable, I'm qualified, I'm able, and I want to! And give me... more »
May 21, 2012 5:58 PM
It's graduations week at the Air Force Academy, with a long list of events leading up to Wednesday's commencement. President Obama is scheduled as the keynote speaker.
Monday was the Cadet's formal parade; giving seniors leadership, military, academic and athletic honors. All of the cadets, freshmen on up, march... more »
March 24, 2012 10:54 AM
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) - The Air Force Academy has a new landing strip for its glider planes carpeted with more than 1.3 million square feet of artificial turf. The school unveiled the $3.6 million installation on Tuesday. It's the equivalent of about 23 NFL football fields or 16... more »
March 21, 2012 5:12 AM
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) - Volunteer searchers using metal detectors have recovered a Texas woman's engagement ring after she lost it at her husband's grave in Colorado. The Colorado Springs Gazette reports Gayle Zompa of Galveston got her ring back last week. It slipped off her finger four months... more »
March 12, 2012 8:10 PM
Capt. Ryan P. Hall, of Colorado Springs, was laid to rest Monday at the Air Force Academy. He was 30 years old.
"Ryan has come home," Capt. Hall's father, Dennis, told the congregation at the Cadet Chapel.
Capt. Hall is a 2000 graduate of Pine Creek High School.... more »
March 7, 2012 12:18 PM
A funeral service for a Colorado Springs native killed in Africa will be held March 12 at 10 a.m. in the Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel, followed by a graveside service at the Academy cemetery.
Capt. Ryan Hall, 30, was one of four Airmen killed Feb. 18 when their... more »
March 6, 2012 1:40 PM
The Air Force Academy's Natural Resources department won the 2011 Department of Defense-level Military Installation Partnership Award from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service created this annual award in 2004 for the military installation that promotes conservation on military lands in the last... more »
March 6, 2012 6:29 AM
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) - The Air Force Academy has won the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. The contest was held Friday and Saturday in Denver. The academy team advances to the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition in San Antonio next month. In the Rocky Mountain regional competition,... more »
March 5, 2012 5:10 PM
The Air Force Academy's cyber competition team won the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition at Regis University in Denver.
The seven teams competing in the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition were Regis University, Fort Hays State University, Colorado State University, University of Colorado, University of New Mexico,... more »
February 20, 2012 7:21 PM
An Air Force Special Operations pilot from Colorado Springs and an Air Force Academy graduate are two of four Americans killed in an aircraft crash Saturday in Djibouti, on the east coast of Africa near the Red Sea.
Captain Ryan P. Hall with the 319th Special Operations Squadron and... more »
February 17, 2012 12:23 PM
DENVER (AP) - Military investigators say two senior officials at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs were negligent in statements they made about credentials of the school's faculty. Investigators also say they found no evidence that academy faculty are not qualified. The Air Force inspector general disclosed the findings... more »
February 17, 2012 5:45 AM
DENVER (AP) - An Air Force Academy instructor is being honored for rushing to the aid of injured spectators after a plane crash killed 11 people at an air race in Nevada last year.
Lt. Col. Ryan Osteroos was at the Reno Air Races in September when the plane... more »
February 11, 2012 2:22 PM
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) - A program that screens potential pilots for the Air Force Academy has flown its 100,000th flight. The Air Force Academy says the 1st Flying Training Squadron at Pueblo Memorial Airport achieved the milestone on Friday. The program, called initial flight screening, provides ground and... more »
February 8, 2012 2:12 PM
The basketball coach at the Air Force Academy has reportedly been fired.
Our partners at the Gazette are reporting that the Academy has called a press conference for 2 p.m. to announce the firing of Jeff Reynolds.
Reynolds is in his fifth year as basektball coach in 2011-2012... more »
January 30, 2012 10:17 AM
An Article 32 hearing is scheduled for today at the Air Force Academy for a cadet who had sexual misconduct charges preferred against him earlier this month.
Cadet 1st Class Kyle A. Cressy (Class of 2012) had one charge with two specifications preferred against him for violation of Article... more »
January 12, 2012 3:02 PM
The Air Force Academy is investigating approximately 15 cadets for violating a General Order prohibiting the use of intoxicating substances-other than alcohol, caffeine, tobacco or lawfully-used prescribed medications.
"The abuse of these products by military members, cadets or cadet candidates contradicts the nature of the profession of arms, threatens... more »
November 23, 2011 6:35 PM
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) - A team of female firefighters from Colorado who call themselves the Fire Fembots has won first place in a national firefighters relay competition.
The Air Force Academy said Wednesday the team is made up of firefighters from the school and from the Colorado... more »
November 11, 2011 8:54 PM
DALLAS, Nov. 7, 2011 - The U.S. Air Force Academy and The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame will jointly honor Coach Fisher DeBerry with an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, Saturday during the game between the Falcons and the University of Wyoming.
"When you... more »
November 3, 2011 7:52 PM
The holidays are just around the corner and once again we are teaming up with the Air Force coaches wives to help fill Care and Share's pantry.
News 5 will be helping out at the gates as you enter the stadium and we ask that you bring a canned... more »
October 28, 2011 12:07 PM
The Colorado Army National Guard broke ground today on a new readiness center located on the eastern edge of the U.S. Air Force Academy. The construction will begin in November 2011 and is scheduled to be completed in May 2013. At any time, 200 trades people will work at the... more »
October 7, 2011 3:19 AM
"Ambitious, selfless, and giving" are the words Brig. Gen. Richard Clark, Commandant of Cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy, used to describe Cadet First Class Marc Henning.
Tears, tissues, friends and family filled a room at the Donor Alliance Recovery Center in Denver.
A special ceremony was... more »
September 20, 2011 6:07 PM
DENVER (AP) - The Associated Press has learned the military is investigating whether two senior officials at the Air Force Academy provided misleading information about faculty credentials to an organization that accredits colleges and universities.
A document obtained by the AP says the Air Force inspector general ordered a... more »
August 27, 2011 12:37 AM
Air Force Colonel Marty France saw his first images of the 9/11 terrorist attacks like many, on the television screen; but soon the chaos was at his door step -- working at the Joint Chiefs of Staff office in the Pentagon in Washington D.C.
Col. France was in the... more »
August 8, 2011 3:41 PM
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) - An Air Force Academy cadet is being credited for helping find a fast and inexpensive fix for a B-1B bomber.
The Air Force says senior Joel Noble was at an undisclosed location in southwest Asia with a maintenance squadron that was repairing a... more »
August 6, 2011 8:06 PM
Over 180 firefighters from 12 states and Canada put their minds and bodies to the test at the Firefighter Combat Challenge Saturday at the Air Force Academy. "They call it the toughest 2 minutes in sports." explains AFA Firefighter Patrick Kraft, "It's basically simulating fire - ground activities to include... more »
July 15, 2011 11:38 AM
An Air Force pilot from Canon City who disappeared over North Vietnam 45 years ago is being buried at the Air Force Academy today. The remains of Col. Leo Boston of Canon City were identified three months ago using DNA testing.
Gov. John Hickenlooper has ordered that flags on... more »
July 7, 2011 12:57 AM
DENVER - The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced Wednesday that the team will hold its annual Burgundy/White Game at Cadet Ice Arena on the grounds of the Air Force Academy on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 6:30 p.m.
This marks the fourth time that the Air Force Academy has hosted... more »
June 22, 2011 7:13 AM
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) - Members of the Air Force Academy class of 2015 will soon arrive to start basic cadet training.
The new class of cadets is scheduled to arrive Thursday morning. The incoming 1,159 cadets include nine from other countries, including the Republic of Korea, Singapore,... more »
June 13, 2011 7:23 PM
With the flip of a switch, the Air Force Academy's solar array is running at full power -- a full six megawatts.
"This would power approximately 1,200-plus average homes for a year," says Russell Hume, an engineer for the Air Force Academy. They're hoping it will cut down 11... more »
June 13, 2011 4:40 PM
You probably seen it driving on I-25, near North Academy; the Air Force Academy's new solar array is up and running.
The groups who put it together; Sun-Power Corp., Colorado Springs Utilities, and AFA flipped the switch for the array --showing that it's now at full power.
The... more »
June 13, 2011 11:18 AM
Many of us have watched the new solar array sprouting from the ground of the Air Force Academy alongside I-25, just north of the N. Academy Blvd. exit. Today officials are celebrating its completion and getting ready to "flip the switch."
The array is expected to generate about 6-megawatts... more »
May 30, 2011 1:34 PM
FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP) - In more than nine years of war, Fort Carson has lost 321 soldiers including fifteen soldiers from the post who have died overseas since last Memorial Day. Of those killed, 257 died in Iraq and 64 in Afghanistan.
An Air Force Academy professor and... more »
May 25, 2011 6:49 PM
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) - About 1,000 cadets have graduated from the Air Force Academy and are starting their careers with the rank of second lieutenant.
Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley was the guest speaker at the graduation ceremony Wednesday at the campus outside Colorado Springs. The... more »
May 24, 2011 11:40 PM
U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force athletics recognized several cadet-athletes as the end of the 2010-11 sports season at the Academy's annual awards ceremony today. Senior hockey player Jacques Lamoureux and senior tennis player Christen Monreal were named male and female athlete of the year, respectively. Senior swimming... more »
May 24, 2011 1:34 PM
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) - A Wyoming native has been named the top graduate of the Air Force Academy class of 2011.
The academy board chose Hal Schmidt Jr. of Cody for the award last week. He will graduate on Wednesday with about 1,000 other seniors. Schmidt graduated from... more »
May 24, 2011 11:29 AM
A 45-year old mystery has finally been solved and it brings closure for a military family in Canon City. In 1966, an air force pilot went missing in the Vietnam war. For decades his loved ones have been waiting for word as to what happened to him--now they know.
... more »
May 23, 2011 7:32 PM
You might have noticed some thunder in the skies today. That's because the Air Force Thunderbirds are in town.
Today the jets took to the skies in preparation for their flyover during Wednesday's Air Force Academy graduation. Two of the pilots are Colorado natives. Capt. Nicholas Holmes, A CSU... more »
May 15, 2011 10:18 PM
500 free tickets to the Air Force Academy graduation will be given out to the public tomorrow morning.
The giveaway is at the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce offices from 8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. A maximum of four tickets per person are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Chamber... more »
May 13, 2011 4:16 PM
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) - The Air Force Academy Board of Visitors is meeting to hear an update on the school's preparations for the repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy and other matters.
The board meets Friday in Washington, D.C.
The panel reviews academics, morale,... more »
May 5, 2011 2:20 PM
News First 5's Zach Thaxton is following the events of the memorial and funeral services for the Air Force Academy Professor, Maj. Philip Ambard who was killed in Afghanistan a little more than a week ago.
The attached photo shows the arrival of the casket for the services to... more »
May 3, 2011 7:16 PM
A unique new outdoor chapel is now in service at the Air Force Academy.
Academy leaders formally dedicated the site just moments ago. The site was set aside for an earth-centered religion group and will be open to groups and individuals of all faiths.
It's located on a hilltop... more »
May 3, 2011 10:54 AM
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) - An Air Force officer from Washington state who was one of nine Americans shot and killed by an Afghan military pilot will be buried at the Air Force Academy. Forty-four-year-old Maj. Philip Ambard taught French and Spanish at the school. Officials say services for... more »
April 29, 2011 1:12 PM
An Air Force Academy graduate killed in Afghanistan has been identified as Lt. Colonel Frank Bryant, Junior. Bryant was 37 years old and from Nashville.
Bryant was assigned to the 56th Operations Group at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. He graduated from the Academy in 1995 with a... more »
April 27, 2011 3:46 PM
U.S AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - An Air Force Academy graduate will pilot the space shuttle Endeavour and carry an Air Force Academy physics experiment into space.
The Endeavour is scheduled to launch this Friday at 1:47 p.m. Mountain Standard Time, from Cape Canaveral for NASA's STS-134 mission. Piloting the... more »
April 6, 2011 8:45 PM
Researchers and cadets at the Air Force Academy are harnessing energy from ocean waves, and they're preparing to take their emerging technology to the next level.
"Were trying to get energy out of ocean waves and trying to convert that energy into electricity," explains Dr. Stefan Siegel.
At... more »
March 30, 2011 5:15 PM
DENVER (AP) - The Air Force Academy confirms that a son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi visited the school last month during a U.S. tour that included businesses and other schools.
Academy spokesman Lt. Col. John Bryan said Wednesday that Khamis Gadhafi got a standard VIP tour of the... more »
March 21, 2011 8:28 PM
A wildfire is burning on Air Force Academy grounds. We have a crew on scene right now working to get information.
It is burning near the south gate of the academy, near houses, but fire officials haven't ordered evacuations yet. The smoke can be seen for miles. We will continue... more »
February 9, 2011 5:23 PM
DENVER (AP) - 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, Military Religious Freedom Foundation, didn't show they had legal... more »
February 9, 2011 4:38 PM
DENVER (AP) - Government lawyers say an Air Force Academy educator and a watchdog group have no legal standing to challenge a prayer luncheon at the school.
A Department of Justice attorney told a federal judge Wednesday that associate professor David Mullin and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation didn't meet... more »
February 9, 2011 12:59 PM
DENVER (AP) - 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... more »
February 9, 2011 8:11 AM
DENVER (AP) - An Air Force Academy faculty member who is part of a lawsuit seeking to block a prayer luncheon at the school testified Tuesday in federal court the event made him feel excluded and unwelcome.
Associate professor of economics David Mullin joined other unnamed faculty members at... more »
February 8, 2011 1:04 AM
U.S.A.F. Academy, Colo. - Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun announced Monday that Desmond "Des" Kitchings has agreed to become the running game coordinator/running backs coach for the Falcons. Kitchings' contract is still being worked and must go through the Academy process.
"Des, Heather and their kids will be... more »
February 4, 2011 4:49 PM
Air Force Academy researchers harnessed 99 percent of the energy in a simulated ocean wave, the Academy announced this week.
"The energy research is part of a National Science Foundation-funded research project to create the world's first free-floating, fully submerged wave energy converter that generates electrical power from deep... more »
January 28, 2011 4:06 PM
The Air Force Academy reports that it's investigating approximately 25 cadets for violating a General Order prohibiting the use of an intoxicating substance, commonly known as "Spice."
Spice is a synthetic substance, at least four times more potent than marijuana. It's sold as incense or potpourri, but users smoke... more »
January 27, 2011 9:09 AM
The American flag from the Challenger Shuttle will be raised over the Air Force Academy tomorrow morning in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Challenger disaster.
More than 4,000 cadets will attend the 7:00 a.m. ceremony.
The Challenger flag was flown on the shuttle during its fateful... more »
January 17, 2011 3:21 PM
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) - 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... more »
January 14, 2011 3:32 PM
DENVER (AP) - The Air Force Academy expects a budget cut of about $41 million or 12 percent in the current fiscal year as the government tries to rein in spending.
Lt. Col. Burke Beaumont, the Air Force Academy's finance director, says the school's budget fluctuates from year to... more »
December 15, 2010 2:17 PM
DENVER (AP) - The Defense Department says reported sexual assaults at the three military academies rose 64 percent in the 2009-10 academic year compared with the previous year.
Officials said Wednesday the increase could reflect that more students are reporting assaults, rather than a jump in the number of... more »
December 15, 2010 2:08 AM
USAF ACADEMY,Colo. - The NFL Players Association Game has announced that Air Force senior cornerback Reggie Rembert will be the first recipient of the annual "NFL Players Association Military Academy Player of the Year" award. The award honors an outstanding senior football player from a military academy and will be... more »
November 10, 2010 2:12 PM
An attorney and international business executive with experience in academia, government and private law practice will become the Air Force Academy's chief diversity officer.
Dr. Adis Maria Vila will serve as the strategic leader, diversity advocate and principal adviser to Academy leaders on diversity programs and issues and will... more »
November 2, 2010 3:28 PM
It's fitting that it was a sunny day at the Air Force Academy Monday to break ground on a new six-megawatt solar power site. The sunshine helped drive the point home on solar energy; they used a little to power the news conference.
"Right there you've got about eight... more »
October 30, 2010 7:39 PM
Survey results from cadets and staff through the 2009-2010 Climate Assessment Survey at the Air Force Academy were not originally intended to be released, but are showing progress and problems in a number of areas affecting the lives of those at the Academy.
In some areas it's good, like... more »
October 29, 2010 1:33 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A survey of Air Force Academy cadets found 41 percent of those who consider themselves non-Christian said they were subjected to unwanted proselytizing at least once or twice last year.
The academy offered the voluntary, anonymous survey to cadets in December and January. Nearly... more »
October 29, 2010 8:25 AM
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A survey of Air Force Academy cadets found 41 percent of those who consider themselves non-Christian said they were subjected to unwanted proselytizing at least once or twice last year.
The Academy offered the voluntary, anonymous survey to cadets in December and January. Nearly... more »
October 22, 2010 12:42 PM
Academic institutions like the Air Force Academy can bring big bucks into the city, but did you ever wonder how much money is at stake?
Well, on Thursday afternoon at the Antlers Hilton Hotel in Downtown Colorado Springs, Air Force Academy Superintendent Lieutenant General Michael Gould talked numbers. The... more »
October 18, 2010 10:07 AM
The US Air Force Academy has two openings for civilian Ophthalmology Technicians.
These technicians will provide support to a military ophthalmologist performing eye care, to include eye surgery, for all eligible military beneficiaries. Apply by Thurs., Oct. 21
$34,900 - $45,300 /year
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September 24, 2010 4:36 PM
You may not believe it, but some kids have never owned a bike. Kids on Bikes helps solve that problem by raising money to buy bikes for elementary school kids in low income school districts.
On Saturday, they are holding their first annual fundraising ride. Riders will have three... more »
September 15, 2010 10:50 AM
An Air Force Academy graduate currently assigned to the Pentagon will be the new leader of the Air Force Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base.
Lt. Gen. William L. Shelton was named to the new post last week. He's also been nominated for promotion to general.
He... more »
September 13, 2010 7:40 PM
Forbes magazine lists the Air Force Academy as one of the most beautiful in the world. Kevin Lippert, publisher of the Princeton Architectural Press, which publishes the prestigious Campus Guide series, put the Academy, at number 8.
Lippert called the campus, which was built in the 1950s, "a tour... more »
September 13, 2010 12:23 PM
The Air Force Academy and Colorado College will benefit from a $100 million federal grant to upgrade broadband in Colorado.
Colleges, universities, libraries, schools and underserved communities will all receive high-speed internet access.
Gov. Bill Ritter will announce details at a Monday afternoon news conference. According to the... more »
September 13, 2010 10:34 AM
Kathy Rex knows the importance of exercising the body. As an athlete, she honed her handball skills to the point that she was Co-Captain of the 1988 US Olympic Handball Team. She finished 7th in the games.
As every athlete knows, sports are as much mental as they are... more »