• Fort Carson troops exercise with … rope

    Fri, June 28, 2013 by Kristina Iodice with no comments

    The Navy Times published a story (here) about how simple equipment is perfect for strengthening muscles in the shoulders and upper back.

    Their example was a soldier at Fort Carson.

    Army Sgt. Thomas Plummer used battle ropes at Iron Horse Sports and Fitness Center, and the article explains where to find the equipment, and hoe to use them to maximize workouts.

  • Philippine Military Academy sends another student to the Air Force Academy

    Wed, June 26, 2013 by Kristina Iodice with no comments

    A Philippine Military Academy student is among those reporting for basic cadet training this week, according to a story in the Manila Daily Standard.

    He’s not the first such student to attend the academy. An older classmate graduated this year.

  • Student from Malaysia joins ranks at Air Force Academy

    Wed, June 26, 2013 by Kristina Iodice with no comments

    One student who will soon be attending the Air Force Academy will be half a world away from home.

    A story in the New Straits Times names Santos J. Jayagopal from Malaysia who was selected to attend the academy. The scholarships aimed at strengthening ties between the two countries. Two other students will be at West Point and the Naval Academy.

    According to the New Straits Times, it is not the first time that a student from Malaysia has attended the Air Force Academy. However, there hasn’t been one attending the campus for the past 19 years.

    According to a statement from the US embassy, 20 Malaysians have graduated from various U.S. service academies since 1991.

    The students are expected to use new skills and knowledge gained through the four-year programs to strengthen Malaysia.

  • Gambian student tapped for Air Force Academy

    Tue, June 25, 2013 by Kristina Iodice with no comments

    Each year, a handful of spots at the Air Force Academy go to students from around the globe.

    Ali Sumbundu of the Gambia Armed Forces is one of the select few.

    “This is the first time a Gambian is chosen to go and study in U.S. Air Force Academy,” said Edward Alford, U.S. Ambassador to The Gambia.

    Sumbundu wants to become a pilot, and will also have a lot to teach his peers when he returns from his time at the Air Force Academy.

    Click here to read more on this story from allafrica.com.

  • Meet a few of the faces soon arriving at the Air Force Academy

    Mon, June 24, 2013 by Kristina Iodice with no comments

    Most college students don’t have their hometown newspapers write about their college choices.

    The exception are those who will eventually be called cadets as they attend the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

    Publications across the country are highlighting students who will be soon arrive to begin their studies.

    The students may come from very different communities spread out across the nation, but they all went through the very tough process of applying to the school.

    More than 1,000 will report to the Academy this week for basic cadet training. Meet some members of the roughly 1,200-member incoming class:

    - Kenneth Ehrenberg, Paramus High School in Paramus, N.J.

    - Jackson Wilson, John Marshall High School in Rochester, Minn. Falcon fans will likely see him playing in the stadium during football games.

    - Dominick Speranza III, Capital High School in Helena, Mont.

    - Riley Richards, Durant High School in Durant, Okla. She was one of 238 women who were admitted.

    - Drew Romero, Broomfield High School in Broomfield, Colo. The two-time state wrestling champion plans to continue his wrestling career.

    - Levi Helms, Greenville High School in Greenville, Mich. Helms used to live in Colorado.

    - Sean Ryan, Kingsford High School in Kingsford, Mich. He’s another incoming student who is following a path previously taken by a parent.

    - Lukas Waldron, Central High School in Woodstock, Va. About 10 percent of his graduating class is going into the military.

    - Steven Sanczyk, Seton Hall Preparatory School in West Orange, N.J. Look for him on the lacrosse team.

    - Henderson Watkins, Montgomery High School in Montgomery, Texas. He will be playing football.

    - Mark Filer, home schooled, resident of Bluefield, W.Va.

  • Oklahoma Great Dane’s trek home takes him through Colorado Springs

    Fri, June 21, 2013 by Kristina Iodice with no comments

    It took a lot of miles and plenty of help from volunteers before a Great Dane found his way back home to Moore, Okla. His travels included a stay in Colorado Springs.

    Duke was one of two Great Danes found after the massive May 20 tornado in Moore. The two dogs were taken from the rescuer by someone who represented herself as being from the Central Oklahoma Humane Society. They ended up with a rescue group in Northern Colorado.

    Eventually, volunteers picked up Duke and he spent about two days recovering in Colorado Springs before another volunteer piled him into a car for the drive back to Oklahoma.

    Read his entire story here.

    FILE -  In this May 25, 2013 file photo, friends and family members carry what remains of piano through the rubble at a tornado-ravaged home, in Moore, Okla. Before construction workers can begin rebuilding the town of Moore, they have to overcome a mile-high pile of crushed wood, shattered glass, obliterated belongings and squished siding. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

    FILE – In this May 25, 2013 file photo, friends and family members carry what remains of piano through the rubble at a tornado-ravaged home, in Moore, Okla. Before construction workers can begin rebuilding the town of Moore, they have to overcome a mile-high pile of crushed wood, shattered glass, obliterated belongings and squished siding. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

  • A little Popo, Air Force Academy history

    Thu, June 20, 2013 by Kristina Iodice with no comments

    Who knows who will win the NBA title?

    Gregg Popovich has coached the San Antonio Spurs since 1996, but once he was a cadet at the Air Force Academy.

    Columnist Jesse Dorsey wrote about Popovich’s yearbook entry in a piece on bleacherreport.com.

    Dorsey wasn’t the only one to recently highlight Popovich’s Academy history. Sports Grid also picked up the yearbook photos.

    Dorsey compares the mostly scowling coach known as Pop with a young (albeit frowning) cadet who apparently went by the nickname “Popo” in the years leading to his 1970 graduation.

    “What he did while here may have been bad and it may have been good, but he learned it did not matter much either way,” Popovich said in the 1970 annual.

    His future plans then included happiness.

  • Colorado Springs a finalist for All American City honors

    Wed, June 19, 2013 by Kristina Iodice with no comments

    City of Colorado Springs has another laurel: The community was named as a finalist for the National Civic League’s 2013 All America City Award.

    Unfortunately, Colorado Springs did not make the final cut.

    The top cities are listed here, as the organization made the announcement on Monday, June 17. Montrose was the only Colorado city to nab the honor.

    Colorado Springs was named as a finalist with 19 other cities in mid-April. Three Colorado cities were on that list, which can be read here.

    Since 1949, the program has recognized more than 650 communities for addressing local challenges with plans that bring together people in public, private and nonprofit sectors.

    Hundreds of civic leaders and community volunteers met in Denver June 14-16 to exchange ideas and present their stories to a jury of civic experts. Each delegation detailed their community’s response to a range of challenges, including joblessness, housing deterioration from the mortgage crisis and health care for returning veterans.

    The city thanked city workers and city partners, El Pomar Foundation, the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR), and the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance, for working on the project.

  • Romenesko blog takes notice of Black Forest woman

    Tue, June 18, 2013 by Kristina Iodice with no comments

    It was just a single line, but it got top billing on Jim Romenesko’s blog on Tuesday.

    A gazette story about Judy von Ahlefeldt was the first item on a long list. (The blog post is here.)

    Three days after she lost everything, von Ahlefeldt’s newspaper rolled off the presses like it has for the last 53 years. She had limited time to pack up things, but she didn’t take her own family photos, or a pile of possessions. She took newspaper archives.

    Read her story here.

  • Taekwondo students to gather in Colorado Springs for tournament

    Mon, June 17, 2013 by Kristina Iodice with no comments

    There will soon be a lot of visitors in Colorado Springs.

    The 2013 U.S. Open Taekwondo Hanmadang tournament is June 21-22 at the World Arena.

    The event has been held in Chicago for the last three years. One group of young students from Elmhurst, Ill., a suburb of Chicago, has been saving up money to attend.

    The 16 students from Elmhurst are among the more than 1,300 participants from all over the world expected to come to Colorado Springs for the competition. Click here to read about them.

    For more on the event, click here.