The arrest of Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Krusinski on charges of sexual assault in Virginia has drawn condemnation from officials as high-ranking as President Barack Obama, and no wonder. After all, he was the Air Force's chief of sexual-assault prevention. Krusinski is also a graduate of the Air F ... More >>
The scandal at the Air Force Academy that followed in the wake of "The War Within," then-Westword staffer Julie Jargon's 2003 feature about female cadets victimized by sexual assault, led to changes at the institution intended to demonstrate that supervisors take the problem seriously. But these alt ... More >>
Last week, we shared details about sex-assault accusations against three Air Force Academy cadets -- Stephan Claxton, Kyle Cressy and Robert Evenson -- nine years after a scandal over similar crimes rocked the institution. An AFA rep stresses that the academy takes such incidents very seriously -- b ... More >>
In January 2003's "The War Within," Westword's Julie Jargon shared tales of female Air Force Academy attendees allegedly raped by fellow cadets amid a culture that didn't take such crimes seriously enough. And unfortunately, the war's not over. Similar charges against three more cadets have s ... More >>
Big pics below.U.S. News & World Report has released its annual list of the best colleges in the country -- but finding Colorado institutions will take a while if you start from the top. None appear in the top fifty, and of the three that appear in the top 100, Colorado School of Mines tops t ... More >>
Bigger pic below. West High School has a new addition to its airplane hangar. (How many of you knew West even had an airplane hangar?) Yesterday, the U.S. Air Force Academy donated a jet engine to DPS's Aircraft Maintenance Program, which is offered through the Emily Griffith Technical Colleg ... More >>
AFA chapel.Yesterday, a judge rejected arguments made in a lawsuit opposing an Air Force Academy prayer luncheon. The 11:30 a.m. event is underway at this writing. But while Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, a plaintiff in the suit, is disappointed by the ruling, h ... More >>
AFA chapel.Attorney David Lane may have lost his last high-profile case -- an excessive-force complaint against Denver cop/ex-American Gladiators contestant Vicki Ferrari -- but he's hardly shying away from taking on big challenges. Note that he's just filed a lawsuit against the Air Force Ac ... More >>
Air Force Academy chapel.In mid-August, an Air Force Academy cadet survey showed statistically significant discrimination, harassment and the like against females, homosexuals, bisexuals and racial minorities, plus a considerable amount of unwanted religious proselytizing. But that info came ... More >>
Air Force Academy chapel.In recent years, Air Force Academy climate surveys, in which cadets and staffers are asked about AFA life, have been made publicly released. For 2010, though, AFA superintendent Mike Gould nixed that, saying the surveys are meant to be tools for improvement, not publi ... More >>
Yesterday, we told you about a new worship space at the Air Force Academy designed for use by cadets and staffers who practice Earth-centered beliefs, including Pagans, Wiccans and Druids. A photo of the new Air Force Academy worship space -- with an unwelcome addition. Shortly thereafter, a ... More >>
A circle in the sun.The last decade wasn't always kind to the Air Force Academy. In January 2003, Westword published "The War Within," a feature by reporter Julie Jargon about mistreatment of female cadets that kicked off a series of scandals and PR black eyes. Among the latter: A 2005 milita ... More >>
Photo by John JohnstonJessica Brakey, who was at the center of Julie Jargon's award-winning Air Force Academy feature.It's the time of the decade when we look back at the events that stood out from the more typical sound and fury of life in general. But a simple list of incidents doesn't rev ... More >>
"Everything looks fine from here -- although my seat belt seems a little tight..." United pilot Erwin Washington, a former Air Force Academy basketball standout who currently makes his home in Lakewood, has been busted in London for allegedly flying drunk. Don't know if the crew member who tu ... More >>
A Flickr photoThe Air Force Academy has punched swine flu in the snout. We've all been told that the H1N1 virus, aka swine flu, is no longer contagious 24 hours after a person's fever has broken. But hold up a minute. A new study overseen by Air Force Academy doctor Catherine Witkop and publi ... More >>
Some lucky writer is waiting to inhale in the really Mile High City
Just when we thought swine-flu stories had flown away like the avian variety, we're suddenly inundated with news about, for instance, 97 Air Force Academy students with the ailment, as well as five students at the University of Northern Colorado. So where to voice concerns and seek answers to pres ... More >>
Look busy! The Boss is coming! Today in Backbeat Online: • Bruce Springsteen due at the Pepsi Center. • Spools of Dark Thread not dead yet. • Mighty 4 Colorado hip-hop event set for May 16. • ManeLine featured on Rebel Radio mixtape. • Trace Bundy gets nod from Acoustic Magazine. Today i ... More >>
Today the Associated Press is reporting that nineteen Air Force Academy cadets cheated on a quiz. That's no slap on the wrist at the Academy; such an honor code violation can lead to expulsion and having to pay back thousands in tuition money. But this is hardly the first time that students have vio ... More >>
The ChopHouse brews a perfect mix.
Reel life, real problems.
From the week of July 14, 2005
Brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.
The Air Force has a bad case of subpoena envy.
Give me a C! Give me a U! What do you have? The start of the year's biggest scandal.
Las Delicias #5
From the week of May 27, 2004
TO: President Bush
RE: Air Force Academy
The voice of experience speaks to CU.
Colorado is hot. Too hot.
The past year has been a mixed bag for AFA cadets.
A year later, these female cadets are still waiting for an apology. A lawsuit may be their only hope.
From the week of January 15, 2004
Ready, Aim, Fire!
LoDo's Bar and Grill
Follow the Leader
On the Prowl
These Air force cadets were ready to fly. Then the honor board crashed their careers.
Academic All-Americans make the grade while breaking a sweat.
From the week of May 8, 2003
Bring me men! Okay, and some women, too.
Taco's New Tone
As America prepares to invade Iraq, female Air Force cadets wage their own battle.
What the battle to save an obscure rodent says about the cost of front range growth.