The Waldo Canyon fire was still raging in Colorado on June 28 near the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, where academy officials used the day to begin welcoming new cadets. “In-processing went well. The cadet area is at the north end of the academy and is the safest part of the installation,” academy spokesman Harry Lundy told the Daily Report. He said, from his vantage point, the sky was actually “mostly sunny.” Early in the day, academy firefighters, supported by US Forest Service aircraft, contained a 10-acre fire on the academy’s southwest corner, near Pine Valley. Academy officials said the fire did not reach any structures. Also on June 28, the Air Force temporarily halted permanent change of station moves and most temporary duty assignments to the academy through July 1. The move affects more than 200 personnel—but not cadets, said service personnel officials. Academy officials also announced that they were relocating some 550 cadets off of academy grounds in order to reduce the footprint of cadets and focus on the incoming members of the Class of 2016. (For fire updates, see the academy’s webpage.) (Includes JSBA-Randolph report by Debbie Gildea)
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.