Author Alan Lessig

04/10/2011 – U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Samantha Jones performs a floor exercise during the individual event finals at the 2011 USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships held at the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Cadet West Gym in Colorado Springs, Colo., April 10, 2011. Teammate  Brittany Dutton of Air Force tied for first at 9.800 for the uneven bars title, and Air Force took third overall in the Team Finals. (DoD photo by Mike Kaplan, U.S. Air Force/Released)

[Brightcove video=”901736440001″ /] Since 1993, White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico has held the Bataan Memorial Death March, an annual marathon honoring those who defended the Philippine Islands during World War II. April 9 marked the 69th anniversary of the original tragedy when 75,000 American and Filipino service members surrendered to Japanese forces. The POWs were forced on a deadly 50+ mile march out of Bataan peninsula and were subjected to brutal treatment, starvation, and the Japanese soldiers shooting and bayoneting anyone that was too weak to keep up the pace of the march. Last weekend, some of the…

Army’s Stephen Anderson, (50), Sean Westphal (22), Josh Powell (46) and their teammates celebrate after defeating Kent State 45-28 on Nov. 13. With this victory, Army became bowl eligible for the first time since 1996. All three service academies have winning records and are bowl eligible, with Navy already scheduled to play in the Poinsettia Bowl on Dec. 23. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

Inspired by the 2010 Winter Olympics in Canada, deployed service members in Iraq and Afghanistan held their own athletic competitions. At COB Speicher in Iraq, U.S. Division North held a “biathlon” for 40 soldiers, one sailor and one  airman. The event had them run 3.7 miles out to a firing range where they had to shoot for score and then the same distance back to the finish line at COB Speicher. They were scored by a combination of run-time and their shooting score. The event was won by: • Spc. Douglas Long (US), Male Winner, 2/25th AVN Bn., 25th ID…

USA-3 driver Sgt. Mike Kohn, a soldier in the Virginia National Guard, and Nick Cunningham run through turn seven during the second of four competition runs Feb. 20 at the Whistler Sliding Center in Whistler, British Columbia. The pair finished 12th overall. (Photo by Sam Riche/ USA TODAY) Sgt. Mike Kohn settles into the bobsleigh in front of brakeman Bill Schuffenhauer during two-man bobsleigh training heats Feb. 18 at the Whistler Sliding Center in Whistler, B.C. (Photo by Christopher Gannon/ USA TODAY) The USA-2 two-man bobsleigh team of driver Sgt. John Napier, a soldier in the Vermont National Guard, and…

[HTML1] Utah National Guard veteran and former member of the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program Steven Holcomb takes you for a ride in the four-man bobsled during a training run in Park City, Utah, while training for the 2010 Olympics being held in Vancouver.

Double-amputee Kevin Pannell snowboards toward a ski instructor through a half pipe Jan. 29 in Vail, Colo. Pannell, from Portland, Ore., lost both legs in a grenade attack when his Army patrol was ambushed by Iraqi insurgents in 2004. He was part of a group of a dozen war wounded and their families participating in the Vail Veterans Program winter ski retreat. The program is designed to help severely wounded U.S. service members rehabilitate and rebuild confidence through learning to ski and snowboard. Some of the wounded are flown in directly from Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.…

Air Force guard Michael Lyons (14) grabs a rebound between TCU guards Kevin Butler (24) and Garlon Green (33) in the second half of TCU’s 65-51 win Saturday at the Air Force Academy’s Clune Arena. Air Force’s record is now 9-13. (AP Photo/The Gazette, Kevin Kreck)

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