I couldn’t be more proud of “my kids.”
I say my kids because four years ago I watched them; wide-eyed, insecure adolescents filled with a mixture of hope, fear, and uncertainty, “doolies,” some barely 18 years of age.
Through my lens, I have watched them grow and mature into women and men of great strength, integrity, and character, who will one day be tasked with leading our country.
Among the newest batch of second lieutenants, 360 will directly attend pilot training, 89 will work in space and cyber space fields, 89 will attend graduate school and 44 will join nuclear missile operations.
I still have a difficult time parallel parking, let alone flying a fighter jet (which is amongst one of the many reasons I am an artist).
840 hats were tossed in the air, voices raised in celebration as the F-4 Thunderbirds echoed their roaring sentiments.
You’re not kids any longer, congratulations Class of 2015.
Air Force men’s soccer dropped a 1-0 match to Seattle U in Western Athletic Conference action on Senior Day October 26, 2014 at the Cadet Soccer Stadium. The Falcons (6-5-4, 2-4-1 WAC) allowed the lone goal of the match to the Redhawks (8-5-1, 3-2-1 WAC) in the 22nd minute.
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Despite being bombarded by advertisements, promotions and “too big to miss sales events,” today is November 11, 2014 and it is Veteran’s Day once again. This day is one of the few times out of a busy year the general public acknowledges the sacrifices and contributions our service members have made (or in the retail industry, a new sales flyer and some flashy graphics).
I am privileged to work with these remarkable men and women every day, and I can tell you it is truly an honor to have them enrich the tapestry of our legacy with their service.
We ask so much from them, much more than most of us are willing to give of ourselves. As Americans, we have been conditioned to presume our liberties and freedom will always be there. Even I often take it for granted that there will be someone else to fight for it.
So please, the next time you see a veteran (yes, even the less glamorized former heroes, dejected, crusty, and seemingly defeated begging for change outside of your local WalMart) remember that their service and story matters.
Their sacrifices matter.
The Air Force men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams swept a pair of dual meets Friday Oct. 24, 2014 at the Academy’s Cadet Natatorium. The men beat Colorado School of Mines (126.00-101.00) and Colorado Mesa (124.00-109.00). The women also beat Colorado School of Mines (130.00-83.00) and Colorado Mesa (118.00-111.00).
The U.S. Air Force Academy football team and head coach Troy Calhoun rush the field on October 18, 2014 where the Falcons met the New Mexico Lobos at Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Falcons defeated the Lobos 35 to 31. (U.S. Air Force photo/Liz Copan)
After my BFA in Ceramics and Photography from the Cleveland Institute of Art, I relocated to Colorado Springs, spent some years in the art gallery business, and currently am official base photographer for the United States Air Force Academy. I aim to capture the vibrancy of emotion and lust for life in my photos.