Air Force came to the ice on fire with Walker Sommer scoring in the first 35 seconds of the game against Canisius on Friday, February 15th, 2019 at Cadet Ice Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The Falcons went on to shut down the Golden Griffins 3-0 and play each other again Saturday at 5:05pm at Cadet Arena.

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The Air Force Falcons (11-8-1, 9-5-0 AHC) host the Army Black Knights (8-11-1, 7-6-1 AHC) on Friday, January 11th at Clune Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo.

 

Air Force's defenseman Dan Bailey shoots and scores on Army's goal in the second period on Friday, January 11, at Clune Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo. (photo by Liz Copan)
Air Force’s defenseman Dan Bailey shoots and scores on Army’s goal in the second period on Friday, January 11, at Clune Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo. (photo by Liz Copan)

PHOTOS: Air Force ties Army 2-2 in Overtime

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Thank you to all who serve, who have served, and who will serve…your sacrifices do not go unnoticed. #ArmedForcesDay

 

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Joining forces for the first time, members of Air Force’s 10th Medical Group and Ft Carson’s Evans Army Community Hospital come together for a medical simulation training at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo on April 28, 2016. (Air Force photo/Liz Copan/released)

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Take Back the Night 2015: ‘Shattering the Silence’

Cadet squadrons, athletic teams and other units here designed T-shirts campaigning against sexual violence, including slogans such as
Cadet squadrons, athletic teams and other units here designed T-shirts campaigning against sexual violence, including slogans such as “Hurts one, affects all,” “Stand up, speak out” and “H.O.P.E.– Hold on, pain ends” during the Academy’s second annual Take Back the Night event April 16, 2015 at the Cadet Field House and Clune Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo. (Air Force photo/Liz Copan)

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Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James provided opening remarks.

Nearly 400 red glow sticks glisten to represent the number of sexual assault victims here in the last 10 years, at the Academy's second annual Take Back the Night event April 16. Cadets heard messages from Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James and Katie Koestner, the first survivor of date rape to speak out nationally. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Liz Copan)
Nearly 400 red glow sticks glisten to represent the number of sexual assault victims here in the last 10 years, at the Academy’s second annual Take Back the Night event April 16. Cadets heard messages from Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James and Katie Koestner, the first survivor of date rape to speak out nationally. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Liz Copan)

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Air Force Drops 1-0 Match To Seattle

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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11-08-14 Historical Weapons & Remote Shooting

On Saturday November 8, Ray and I accompanied LTC Nathan Watanabe and Lt Col David Bachler with the US Air Force Academy’s History Club to the POW (Privately Owned Weapons) Shooting Range on Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colo. to document historical weapons in action.

Weapons ranging from the Revolutionary War to the Vietnam era were demonstrated on November 8, 2014 by the Air Force Academy's History Club at Fort Carson, Colo. (photo by Studio Copan)
Weapons ranging from the Revolutionary War to the Vietnam era were demonstrated on November 8, 2014 by the Air Force Academy’s History Club at Fort Carson, Colo. (photo by Studio Copan)

It was the first time we had experimented with remote camera controls, but to our delight, the CamRanger performed beautifully and allowed us to capture areas that were certainly off limits during the live fire.

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When I photographed the history club’s Historical Weapons Live Fire back in 2012, I was restricted to photographing from behind the line of fire due to safety reasons.
With the CamRanger, we were able to hook up the Canon 7D with 300mm f 2.8 lens (and pray that no stray bullets took it to an early grave) while remotely controlling the camera from a smartphone.

 

Liz Copan (left) photographs from close range while Ray Kaltenbach (center) controls the Canon 7D remotely from his smartphone using the CamRanger
Liz Copan (left) photographs from close range while Ray Kaltenbach (center) controls the Canon 7D remotely from his smartphone using the CamRanger

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Veteran’s Day — Recognizing our Heroes

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).

Patriot Guard Rider Daniel Cisneros holds a flag as the casket of Capt. Ryan P. Hall arrives at the Shrine of Remembrance in Colorado Springs, CO on March 9th, 2012. Members of The Patriot Guard Riders escorted the body of Capt. Hall from Peterson Air Force Base to the Shrine of Remembrance.  Capt. Hall died Feb. 18th, 2012 when his U-28A was involved in an accident near Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, located in the Horn of Africa. (US Air Force Photo/Liz Copan)
Patriot Guard Rider Daniel Cisneros holds a flag as the casket of Capt. Ryan P. Hall arrives at the Shrine of Remembrance in Colorado Springs, CO on March 9th, 2012. Members of The Patriot Guard Riders escorted the body of Capt. Hall from Peterson Air Force Base to the Shrine of Remembrance. Capt. Hall died Feb. 18th, 2012 when his U-28A was involved in an accident near Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, located in the Horn of Africa. (US Air Force Photo/Liz Copan)

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.

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Never to be ridden by its owner again, the motorcycle belonging to Capt David I. Lyon is parked for the funeral of the 2008 Air Force Academy graduate who was killed in Afghanistan on December 27, 2013. Lyon was buried in the USAFA cemetery in Colorado Springs, Colo. January 8, 2014. (Air Force photo/Liz Copan 

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.

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Funeral service for LtCol Morris “Moose” M Fontenot Jr on Oct 3, 2014 at the Air Force Academy Cemetery in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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.

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Members of the Colorado Patriot Guard Riders await the casket of LtCol Morris “Moose” M Fontenot Jr on Oct 3, 2014 at the Air Force Academy Cemetery in Colorado Springs, Colo. Fontenot died Aug. 27 when his F-15 crashed near the Shenandoah Valley in western Virginia. A 1996 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, he had most recently served as commander of the 67th Fighter Squadron based in Kadena Air Force Base in Japan. He served as a squadron commander at multiple locations. Following active-duty assignments in Washington, D.C., Japan, Idaho, Florida, Alaska and numerous deployments in the Middle East, Fontenot joined the Massachusetts Air National Guard in February. He had more than 2,300 flying hours, including 240 combat hours. His decorations included a Meritorious Service Medal, an Air Medal, an Aerial Achievement Medal, an Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal and Combat Readiness Medal. (Air Force photo/Liz Copan)

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Backed by a .309 hitting performance, the Air Force volleyball team opened the 2014 season with a 3-0 sweep of Winthrop on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Hosting the Falcon Classic, in Honor of Amy Svoboda, Air Force defeated the Eagles 25-22, 25-22, 25-22 in straight sets to improve to 2-0 in season openers at Falcon Court under head coach Matt McShane.

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Akokwe Clement (left) and Raquel Rosas (right)

Junior Maggie Sherrill led all players with 14 kills, while classmate Akokwe Clement added 13. Sherrill, who hit at a team-leading .444 clip, was one of four Falcons to produce averages over .300, as fellow juniors Taylor Parker and Raquel Rosas hit .400 and .375, respectively.
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