The U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 2015 enters Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 28, 2015. Over 800 cadets will walk across the stage and become second lieutenants in the USAF. (U.S. Air Force photo by Bill Evans/Released)

Congrats USAFA class of 2015!

By Air Force Social Media

The energy was electric at Falcon Stadium as 840 cadets graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy May 28, 2015 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James presided over the ceremony, and told the new officers that they are the next generation of Air Force leaders, and they will play important roles in the future of the service.
Browse through the photo gallery below to get an inside look at many of the highlights from class of 2015′s graduation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Retired Master Sgt. Shawn Leach presents his retirement flag to his wife, Michelle, following his retirement ceremony at RAF Alconbury, England, May 8, 2015. After 23 years of service to his country, Leach said he wants to be remembered not as an Airman or noncommissioned officer, but as a "good man." (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jarad A. Denton/Released)

Legacy project

By Staff Sgt. Jarad A. Denton
501st Combat Support Wing Public Affairs

He fumbled with the blue, index cards as he leaned into the microphone and spoke to a crowded room.

After 23 years, this was the last time he would wear the U.S. Air Force uniform. He was retiring, and May 8, 2015, was the last day anyone would call him Master Sgt. Shawn Leach.

“Life happens,” he began, slowly. “Your career is going to be like a rollercoaster. My career was like one.”

Retirement rollercoaster
Master Sgt. Shawn Leach, 501st Combat Support Wing emergency management superintendent, looks over a set of index cards before delivering a speech during his retirement ceremony at RAF Alconbury, England, May 8, 2015. Leach said his U.S. Air Force career was like a rollercoaster, full of ups, downs, twists and turns. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jarad A. Denton/Released)

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Memorial Day

Honor the fallen

By Air Force Social Media

While many Americans will enjoy a long holiday weekend for Memorial Day, do not forget the intent of the day. Remember those service members who lost their lives defending our nation’s freedom. See some of the courageous heroes who have recently paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Tech. Sgt. Anthony E. Salazar

Tech. Sgt. Anthony E. Salazar, age 40, died April 13, 2015, in a noncombat related incident at an air base in Southwest Asia while serving during Operation Inherent Resolve. Salazar, a native of Hermosa Beach, California, was assigned to U.S. Air Forces Central Command’s 577th Expeditionary Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force Squadron, 1st Expeditionary Civil Engineering Group.

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To post or not

By Charlotte Hu
Air Force Public Affairs Agency Public Web

With the surge of social media and blogging capability, every Airman has not only become a communicator, but they are also nearly all in the digital publishing business.

The fundamental principles of the United States’ freedom of expression are now shared with most of the world, and it has had stunning impact, from the fall of the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia), a Colombian terrorist organization, to the toppling of dictatorships throughout the Middle East, as detailed in a Secretary of State speech on Internet freedom. Exciting though these developments may be, this new digital publishing capability has also provided the means to leak controlled information, perhaps unwittingly.
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F-16 Fighting Falcons from the Arizona Air National Guard's 162nd Wing fly an air-to-air training mission against student pilots April 8, 2015. The 162nd Wing trains international and U.S. Air Force student pilots to employ the F-16. The 162nd is the largest ANG fighter wing in the country and resides on 94 acres next to the Tucson International Airport. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeffrey Allen/Released)

APRIL 9 RECRUITING TWEET CHAT

By Air Force Public Affairs Agency

Another great month and another great Tweet Chat! The Air Force Recruiting Service and the Air Force Public Affairs Agency members teamed up and answered more than 80 questions from Twitter followers about the life in the Air Force. Throughout the hour-long chat, the team answered questions ranging from recruitment to our favorite reflective belt color. Here are the list of questions and answers in case you missed the live chat!

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