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March 12, 2003 | Faye Fiore and David Kelly, Times Staff Writers
Andrea Prasse, U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 2002, was one of just two women graduating with a degree in aeronautical engineering. Her grades were exemplary, her record unblemished. Fresh-faced and physically fit, she had been singularly focused since age 12 on learning to pilot into combat an A-10 Warthog attack plane. But along the way, a male classmate seemed to become singularly focused on Prasse.
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May 2, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Fifteen cadets were expelled from the Air Force Academy in a cheating scandal and three others resigned, school commanders said. Thirteen others were placed on probation. The cadets, all freshmen, either confessed or were found guilty by an honor board of sharing answers to a test of knowledge about the Air Force. Officials at the academy near Colorado Springs said the cadets forwarded answers through an Internet social group and private computer messages.
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June 24, 1998 | ERIC SONDHEIMER
"OK Eric, no turning back," Capt. Randy Redell warned on his intercom as the bubble canopy of the F-16 fighter jet locked into place. The F-16 took off at 10:30 a.m. from Shaw Air Force Base, afterburners blazing. It was like riding atop a rocket ship. In 47 seconds, the jet zoomed from sea level to 18,000 feet, the nose pointed straight up. There was 30,000 pounds of thrust coming from the single General Electric engine, more powerful than the starting lineup of the Indianapolis 500.
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February 16, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The Air Force Academy said that 24 freshman cadets had now admitted cheating on a test, and that 12 others were under investigation but denied wrongdoing. Two-thirds of the cases involve athletes, Air Force Academy spokesman Johnny Whitaker told the Gazette of Colorado Springs. Cadets obtained answers to an upcoming test and forwarded them through an Internet social group and private computer messages.
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December 29, 1989 | From Associated Press
Randy Baldwin rushed for 177 yards and two touchdowns and John Darnell gave Air Force a lesson in aerial assault Thursday night as Mississippi defeated the Falcons, 42-29, in the Liberty Bowl. Darnell, who completed 19 of 33 passes for 261 yards and one touchdown, led the Rebels (8-4) on drives of 70 and 67 yards on their first two possessions as Mississippi built a 14-3 lead over the Falcons (8-4-1).
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June 16, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The board overseeing the Air Force Academy heard reports of sexual assaults and misconduct 20 years ago, but its yearly reports remained positive, the Denver Post reported. A review of 25 years of records by the Board of Visitors, charged with presiding over morale and discipline at the academy, found that members did not pursue reports of sexual assaults and asked few questions.
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December 27, 1987 | MIKE PENNER, Times Staff Writer
First came the Outland Trophy, then the next day's headlines, and everyone around Colorado Springs had to wonder if Chad Hennings, Air Force football great and potential jet pilot, was about to push the eject button. Hennings Wins Outland, Wants Out. Hennings Says He'll Explore His Options for Turning Pro. Hennings Hopes to Play in NFL.
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March 27, 2003 | Nick Anderson, Times Staff Writer
Top military officials on Wednesday named a new slate of leaders for the U.S. Air Force Academy and announced other measures in response to a sexual assault scandal that has shaken the elite officer training school. But Air Force Secretary James G. Roche and the Air Force's chief of staff, Gen. John P. Jumper, continued to resist calls from critics for an independent review panel to help the academy reform.
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July 18, 2003 | From Associated Press
An Air Force Academy commander testified Thursday that a cadet who said she was raped would not be punished for violating the honor code under the academy's new policy for handling assault allegations. "We tried to look at a way forward for this cadet in line with the agenda for change," said Col. Debra Gray, vice commandant of cadets and one of several commanders installed after the assault scandal broke in February.
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October 8, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The Air Force announced in Colorado Springs that the No. 3 commander at the Air Force Academy was being transferred, a month after being cleared of charges that he had used his position to proselytize non-Christian cadets. Brig. Gen. Johnny Weida, an avowed born-again Christian, has been the academy's commandant of cadets since April 2003. He will become director of capabilities integration and transformation at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
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February 10, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
All 4,000 Air Force cadets will be confined to campus this weekend following a scandal in which 28 freshmen are suspected of cheating on a test, school officials said. The entire corps will remain on school grounds to reflect on the Air Force Academy's honor code, which forbids lying, cheating, stealing or tolerating those who violate it. The alleged cheating was reported Feb. 2 on a basic-knowledge test required for first-year cadets.
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October 28, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A federal judge in Albuquerque threw out a lawsuit against the Air Force that contended evangelical Christian values were being illegally pushed on Air Force Academy cadets. The case was brought by Mikey Weinstein of Albuquerque and other academy graduates who contended a military chaplain violated their rights by urging cadets to attend Christian services or face being burned "in the fires of hell."
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October 8, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The Air Force announced in Colorado Springs that the No. 3 commander at the Air Force Academy was being transferred, a month after being cleared of charges that he had used his position to proselytize non-Christian cadets. Brig. Gen. Johnny Weida, an avowed born-again Christian, has been the academy's commandant of cadets since April 2003. He will become director of capabilities integration and transformation at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
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October 7, 2005 | From Associated Press
A Jewish father of two Air Force Academy cadets sued the Air Force on Thursday, saying senior officers and cadets illegally imposed Christianity on others at the school. The lawsuit was filed in federal court by Mikey Weinstein, an academy graduate and outspoken critic of the school's handling of religion. Over the last decade or more, the lawsuit claims, academy leaders have fostered an environment of religious intolerance at the Colorado school, in violation of the 1st Amendment.
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September 22, 2005 | From Associated Press
An indecent-assault charge has been dropped against an Air Force Academy graduate accused of assaulting female classmates at the Colorado school, according to officials at Randolph Air Force Base. A separate rape charge is still pending against 1st Lt. Joseph Harding, but it is in legal limbo, shelved by an Air Force judge because a civilian mental health counselor for the accuser has refused to release records of their sessions.
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August 31, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Lt. Gen. John F. Regni was nominated by President Bush to be superintendent of the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs as the school works to recover from scandals over sexual assaults and religious intolerance. Regni is commander of the Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. He will replace Lt. Gen. John Rosa Jr., who is stepping down to become president of the Citadel, a military college in Charleston, S.C.
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January 31, 2004 | Robyn Norwood, Times Staff Writer
To appreciate what an accomplishment Air Force's 14-2 record is, consider that Air Force has hardly been able to get off the ground for the last 25 seasons. The Falcons' last winning season was 1977-78. Their only NCAA tournament appearances were in 1960 and '62. Now Air Force is running Princeton's famous back-door cuts all the way to the top of the Mountain West Conference standings and is receiving votes in both top-25 polls.
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May 16, 2004 | From Associated Press
The superintendent of the Air Force Academy took the blame Saturday for 70 freshman cadets who were allegedly caught cheating on an online test earlier this month. Lt. Gen. John Rosa told the academy's Board of Visitors that he never should have allowed an unsupervised test to be conducted online, knowing that experts say large numbers of students have admitted to cheating sometime in high school. Some of the cadets may be expelled but others may be given six months' probation, Rosa said.
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August 30, 2005 | John Hendren, Times Staff Writer
Seeking to curb a climate at the U.S. Air Force Academy that several cadets have said is intolerant of non-Christians, the Air Force offered new guidelines Monday that discourage public prayer -- disappointing critics who had sought an outright ban. "Public prayer should not usually be included in official settings such as staff meetings, office meetings, classes or officially sanctioned activities," the new interim policy says.
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June 28, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A rabbi who retired as one of the military's top chaplains was appointed by the Air Force to help carry out recommendations of a task force that investigated complaints of religious intolerance at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. Arnold E. Resnicoff was named special assistant to acting Air Force Secretary Michael Dominguez and chief of staff for values and vision.
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