United States Air Force Academy

Colorado Springs, CO

Mike's Home from June 2002 through May 2006

 

Mike in one of his very last civilian moments before the bus ride to the former "Bring Me Men" gate.

 

Mike at the start of Basic Training during the swearing in of the new Fourth Class Cadets.

 

One of Mike's Duties with the Honor Guard has been firing the cannon at parades and ceremonies.

 

Peg hugs Mike at a Spring reunion over Easter weekend in 2003.

 

Mike and the Fourth Degree Honor Guard performed just for Dave and Peg during a Saturday Morning snow squall.

 

Mike and Nick show off all the wings they received at Recognition.

 

Mike during inspection during the Honor Guard competition in 2003.

 

Mike and a fellow member of the Honor Guard during the California competition.

 

Mike in his Third Degree uniform.

 

Scott and Jess accompany Mike to classes during Parents' Weekend in August 2003.

 

Mike traveled to the US Naval Academy in Fall 2003 to participate in a volleyball match. During his flight, he got to see this Stealth Bomber being fueled by his transport plane and took this photograph.

 

The victorious Air Force squad celebrated their victory over Navy!

 

This is the view of Pikes Peak from the hotel when visiting Mike. What a great thing to see each morning!

 

Mike leads a contingent of the Honor Guard at a ceremony.

 

Members of the Honor Guard complete Retreat at the end of an Academy day.

 

Mike landing from one of his jumps from a plane in fall of 2005.

 

Riding in a hot air balloon during the Memorial Day weekend in 2005.

 

The shadow of the balloon over the Colorado landscape.

 

Mike and Mike Mariaz, a 2005 graduate of Allentown Central Catholic warm up before the start of a recent tournament at the US Air Force Academy. The USAFA A-team finished second in the tournament in February 2005.

 

Mike making a kill in a recent match.

 

Mike serves in a match at the February 2006 volleyball tournament.

 

Mike leads Cadet Squadron 12, the Dirty Dozen, across the parade grounds at one of his last parades at the Academy.

 

Mike, and his roommate Doug Price, share a moment after a parade.

 

Mike takes his Oath as an Officer in the USAF.

 

Second Lieutenant Mike and Peg pose for the audience after Mike took his oath.

 

Mike shakes hands with Secretary of Defense Donald Rumfeld after receiving his diploma.

 

The new officers celebrate being dismissed at the end of the ceremonies.

 

The USAF Thunderbirds join in the graduates' celebration.

 

Our proud family together at the end of the Graduation experience. It was amazingly overwhelming.

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