September 2012 Archives

Two Air Force Basketball Games Added to Television Schedule

Air Force has added two games to its men's basketball television schedule this season. Altitude Sports will televise AFA's games at Clune Arena against Colorado State on Saturday, Feb. 16 beginning at 2 p.m. and the season finale against New Mexico on Saturday, March 9 at 4 p.m.


The addition of these two games gives Air Force seven televised games. Both games against Mountain West foes UNLV and San Diego State will be televised by Time Warner Cable SportsNet, while the game at Colorado on Sunday, Nov. 25 will be televised by the Pac-12 Network.


The Falcons open the '12-13 campaign at the second annual All-Military Classic in Charleston, S.C., against Army on Saturday, Nov. 10.

This week in Air Force athletics

Coach Calhoun Show
Join Coach Calhoun and Jim Arthur at Back East Bar and Grill this Thursday, September 27th for the weekly Coaches Show broadcast live at 6:30 pm.  Stop by after work for great food and drink and get insight on this Saturday's showdown with CSU at Falcon Stadium.

Friday Football Luncheon
Stop by the Falcon Stadium Press Box this Friday leading up to the CSU game for a great lunch provided by Famous Dave's, door prizes and a chance to here from Coach Calhoun regarding this Saturday's game against the Rams.  This week's menu includes: Texas Beef Brisket, Hot Link Sausages, Country Roasted Chicken, Wilbur's Baked Beans, Coleslaw, and Dave's Famous Bread Pudding and Hot Fudge Kahlua Brownies.  Only $10 a plate with beer and soda included.  Doors open at 11am and the program will start at noon.

Men's Tennis Alumni Match - Saturday, September 29th - Stop by the Cadet Gymnasium before football on Saturday to watch former Falcon greats in action.  Admission is free.  Matches will be held at the outdoor tennis courts.

Men's Soccer vs. Denver - Saturday, September 29th  - Men's soccer will welcome in-state opponent Denver for a night game at the Cadet Soccer Stadium this Saturday following the football game.  Roll your tailgate over to the north side of base and get ready for a big match up of conference rivals.  Admission is free.

Men's Basketball Season Ticket Discount for Falcon Football Fans! - ONE WEEK ONLY - Fans attending the CSU football game this Saturday will be eligible for an exclusive discount on 2012-13 men's basketball season tickets lasting through the end of the day October 6th.  A promo code will be announced during the game for fans in attendance to use to purchase upper courtside or baseline seats for just $75!  That is a discount of 25%, available for a limited time only!

Air Force football luncheon on Friday

Come out and enjoy great food from Famous Dave's


at the Air Force vs. CSU Football Luncheon


Listen to Coach Calhoun


When: Friday, September 28th at 1100 (Doors will open at 1030)

Where: The Falcon Stadium Press Box

What: Famous Dave's - Texas beef Brisket, Hot Links Sausage, Country Roasted Chicken, Wilbur's Beans, Coleslaw and Dave's Famous Bread Pudding and Hot Fudge Kahlua Brownies for dessert.

Cost: $10.00 at the door

POC: Denise Quelch, x0261


Falcons add Columbia University to the schedule

The Air Force Academy fencing team has added Columbia University to the 2012-13 schedule. The Falcons will travel to New York to compete on Nov. 30 against the Ivy League school. Also fencing is Tufts University, Stevens Institute of Technology and New Jersey Inst. of Technology.  

 Also in November, Air Force will host the annual Falcon Open on Nov. 3-4.

Falcons are at Amarillo Open, Sept 29-30.

Mountain West Launches Social Showdown

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Mountain West has announced the launch of MW Social Showdown , a social media platform where fans can sound off on Twitter to show their support for their favorite MW football teams. The more fans tweet and use hashtags, the better the chance your team has to defeat your opponent that week! Will you help lead your team to victory in the Twitterverse?


Developed in partnership with Lodestone Sports, the leader in social media programs for college sports, the Mountain West will measure how Twitter hashtags perform head-to-head leading up to and during every MW football game. To join the conversation and to see how your favorite teams are faring, visit .


Fans who participate in the Mountain West Social Showdown will also earn points for MW Social Rewards, a program where fans can win prizes and redeem points for merchandise for participating in social media activities through the Mountain West's official social media channels. Including MW Social Showdown, fans can engage and earn points by also participating in the Football Fan Favorite Photo Contest, plus liking, sharing and commenting on Facebook posts, tweeting hashtags and retweeting, etc.


Visit now to sound off and lead your favorite MW football teams to victory. Plus, don't forget to engage on the Mountain West's social media channels to earn points at!

This week in Air Force athletics

Air Force Volleyball vs. UNLV - Thursday, September 20th - Admission is $2 for youth and $5 for adults.  Home conference opener  for the Falcons.  For more on Falcon volleyball promotions click here.

Women's Soccer vs. Sam Houston State - Friday, September 21st - Admission is free.  Click here to read more about Air Force women's soccer.


Air Force Volleyball vs. Fresno State - Saturday, September 22nd - Free pre-match youth clinic!  Kids are invited to come out and meet the team, participate in drills and learn about the game from 5 - 6:30 pm this Saturday at the Cadet Gym.  Following the clinic fans can stick around to help pack the East Gym and cheer on Air Force when the Falcons take on Fresno State @ 7 pm.  Admission to the match is just $2 for youth and $5 for adults.  

This weekend in Air Force athletics

Air Force Volleyball vs. CSU Bakersfield and Norfolk State - Friday, September 14th Falcon Volleyball will be in action for two matches on the second day of the Falcon Classic starting at 2 pm on Friday.  Air Force takes on CSU Bakersfield in the afternoon at the East Gym.  It's Family Friday which means 4 tickets for only $4.  The Falcons will return to the court with a night match against Norfolk St. at 8 pm.  Fans can take advantage of the same Family Friday deal for 4 tickets for $4.


Men's and Women's Soccer Home Stand - Friday, September 14th and Sunday, September 16th - Air Force men's soccer will have a pair of home games this weekend, opening up play against Oral Roberts on Friday, September 14th.  Game time is set for 4:30 pm.  The Falcons will close out the weekend with an afternoon game on Sunday against Presbyterian.  Start time is 12 pm.  Women's soccer will also be in action this weekend, with a home game against Colgate on Friday at 7 pm.  Admission is free to all home soccer events.  Games are played at the Cadet Soccer Stadium off of North Gate Blvd.


Volleyball vs. Washington State - Saturday, September 15th - Air Force Volleyball wraps up their tournament at the Cadet Gym this Saturday the 15th against another Pac 12 power Washington State @ 7pm.  It's girl scout night at the East Gym and all scouts in attendance are invited to take part in a pre-match activity of jewelry making on the north side of the east gym.  Doors open at 6 pm and admission is only $2 for youth and $5 for adults.

Single Game Tickets Now Available For Football - Including Matchup with CSU next weekend - $5 Overlook and Military Discounts - Click here to reserve your single game football tickets for the 2012 season.  The promotional list is as follows:

Colorado State - Sept. 29th @ 12 pm - Firefighter First Responder Thank You Day
Navy - October 6th @ 9:30 am - Military Discounts Available
New Mexico - October 20th @ 5 pm - Youth Day - $5 Tickets
Nevada - October 26th - Family Day $60 for four tickets with $20 in concessions included
Hawaii - November 16th - Military Day (Buy One Get One Free)  Youth Football Team Day - $1 tickets for players and $5 for family members - Please call Rory Rutledge at 719- regarding the Youth Team Program which includes a facility tour and a visit to practice to watch what goes on behind the scenes.

Winter Sports Season Tickets Now on Sale - A waitlist for hockey season tickets is available by phone due to the limited number of seats available.  If you are interested in purchasing season tickets for the 2012-13 hockey season please call 719-472-1895 to be added to the waitlist.  Men's and women's basketball season tickets are also now available with deposits starting at as low as $25 for the men and season ticket packages starting as low as $15 for the women.  Click here for more information.



Air Force Lacrosse to Compete at Play for Parkinson's Tournament

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The Air Force lacrosse team is scheduled to compete in the third-annual Play for Parkinson's Lacrosse Series on Saturday, Oct. 6. The event, which is sponsored by the ProjectSpark Foundation, will be held at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Va. The men's tournament will feature five teams, including Air Force, Georgetown, Princeton, Towson and Virginia.

All proceeds from the Play for Parkinson's Lacrosse Series will benefit the ProjectSpark Foundation, an organization established by former Princeton lacrosse player Christian Cook and his sister, Lauren Cook, as a means to fight Parkinson's disease.

More information on ticket prices, location, and volunteer opportunities may be found at

Calhoun to be interview during Rockies game Wednesday night

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Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun will be an interview guest on Root Sports during the third inning of the Rockies game Wednesday night. He will join the broadcasters in the booth during the inning to talk Air Force football.

Gets up for another weekly honor -- fans can vote

Air Force running back Cody Getz is up for the:MAACO Bowl Las Vegas Mountain West Player of the Week Award. To vote, go to the link below.

This week's Nominees:
Cody Getz, Air Force RB
Nat Berhe, SDSU DB
Cody Fajardo, Nevada, QB
Brett Smith, WYO QB

Getz, Baska honored for efforts at Michigan

Senior running back Cody Getz and junior punter David Baska have been honored for their performances at Michigan last Saturday. Getz and Baska each earned honors as running back and punter of the week, respectively. Getz also picked up Mountain West Conference player of the week honors.


Getz rushed for 130 yards and matched his career high with three touchdowns to lead the Falcons offense that gained 417 total yards. Getz leads the conference and ranks third nationally in rushing with a 174.0 per-game average through two weeks. He is also tied for the national lead in scoring with six touchdowns and an 18.0 per-game scoring average.


Baska punted twice at Michigan for a 53.5-yard average and nailed a career-long 71 yard punt while deep in his own territory. Baska leads the MW in punting with a 48.0 average, but lacks enough attempts to qualify for the national statistics.  

AFA Fencers win NTO titles on final day

In the Nick Toth Open, AFA freshmen Madeleine Girardot and Mary McElwee advanced to the the senior women's foil finals. Girardot won the title, 15-11, against her opponent.

Throughout the entire nine minutes of the three-period bout, the two freshmen kept the round very close. As soon as one scored, the other would answer with a touch. For most of the bout, the two opponents kept the scores tied until the third period when Girardot outscored McElwee by four touches.

Earlier in the day, sophomore Alex Chiang won the senior men's foil gold medal round 15-2.


U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. - Sept. 8, 2012 - The Air Force Academy fencing team completed the first day of the Nick Toth Open at the Academy's Cadet Gymnasium (East Gym).  In the final round of the open senior men's saber championships, Air Force fencer Emerson Woerner won the title bout 15-9.  As the No. 5 seed, Woerner advanced through the rounds 15-7, 15-10, 15-8 and 15-11. Finishing in second place, teammate Scott Pippin, the No. 3 seed, finished 15-4, 15-10, 15-13, losing 15-9 to Woerner in the gold medal round.  Desirae Ionata tied for third place in the open senior women's saber event. 

AFA Athletics - Nick Toth Open


The Air Force Academy fencing team opens the season by hosting the Nick Toth Open on Sept. 8-9, 2012. Competition begins at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the USAFA Cadet Gymnasium (East Gym).  The open was named in honor of head coach Nick Toth (1960-1981). Toth was the winningest fencing coach at the Air Force Academy with a 200-35 record (.851). This event is free and open to the public. The Nick Toth Open will be broadcast on live video stream both days (see links). For additional information go to



Registration Times for Events:

Saturday, September 8, 2012

8:30-9:30 AM: Senior Men's Epee

8:30-9:30 AM: Senior Women's Saber

11:30-12:30 PM: Senior Men's Saber

11:30-12:30 PM: Senior Women's Epee

Sunday, September 9, 2012

8:30-9:30 AM: Senior Men's Foil

11:00-12:00 PM: Senior Women's Foil


Links for Video Stream:

Sept. 8th:

Sept. 9th:


For additional information about the event go to


A salute to Air Force from Michigan


A GBMWolverine Salute to the Military Academies- A Preview of the Air Force Michigan Game


The author has had the good fortune to advise and teach students who later went to West Point, Annapolis, or Colorado Springs.  Two have achieved Top Gun status and one is a Top Gun instructor.  Many were females who made it through the grinder of academy preparation.  They were bright, maybe not as inherently bright as the students who attended Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Northwestern, Michigan, UCLA, Duke, or Georgetown.  But these were the kids that scored a few points less on the infamous standardized tests than Ivy League types.  But these kids had a clear vision of what they wanted out of life, loved the challenge that was accepted, were not afraid of any work level, and would not give an inch.  They had winner written all over them.


Most were quiet but came back as leaders, dressed in uniform and intensely and passionately talking to younger students at their alma mater.  There was no arrogance but an extreme pride about what had been accomplished and a stubborn determination about the future.


The athletes at the service academies are not five-star in athletic rank; their rank will be used to defend the country.  In academy life, challenges are taken in all areas, including sports.  The academies play major competition and in the early decades of the 20th Century West Point ruled, let alone competed.  Then college athletics changed for good and became NFL farm teams.


Dwight Eisenhower made a famous tackle of Jim Thorpe saving Army's bacon.  Army remained strong until the 1960's and slid downhill with the retirement of famed coach Red Blaik.  Navy came on strong with famed quarterback Roger Staubach.  And then came the Air Force.


The Air Force Academy did not come into existence until 1954.  Many in the young category of society do not realize that there was no Air Force until 1947.  In World War II what is now the Air Force was the Army Air Corps.  Football started in 1955 and by 1958 the Falcons played in the Cotton Bowl, which then was a major bowl venue.  The Air Force Academy has played in 22 bowl games, with a 10-11-1 record.  Frankly this is a remarkable accomplishment.


The Academy has enjoyed victories against major competition and has been a member of the football rich MWC for years.  Perhaps the most visible and satisfying victory was against Ohio State in 1990, when Ohio State with a 50-60 pound advantage chose to use wide splits and let the smaller, but fast and determined, Falcon linemen shoot right through the gaps.


Like the other service academies, the Air Force has used ingenuity, determination, preparation, and discipline to compete against bigger, more talented teams.  Versions of the triple option have come and gone for all the academies, but the basic idea remains: control the clock and move the ball with intelligent option football that has become a great equalizer.


Fisher DeBerry, the winningest coach in military academy history, is linked to the vintage flexbone offense that was actually designed by one of the greatest offensive masterminds in football history, Tiger Ellison.  DeBerry, it was said wanted a more flexible offense.  And so two slotbacks between the wideouts and tackle, and a fullback behind the quarterback came into vogue and was termed flexbone.


By 2007 the flexbone went out of vogue, and offensive options meant to combat the growing number of superior defensive athletes came into being.  Fisher DeBerry retired and in 2007 Troy Calhoun, an Academy graduate, took over the reins as Head Coach.  As much as DeBerry experienced success, Calhoun's accomplishments have been sterling. Coach Calhoun's first team improved five games over the 2006 record and the Falcons have since set a school record with five straight bowl games.  Coach Calhoun has coached on both sides of the ball in the NFL and served as a very successful offensive coordinator of the NFL's Houston Texans before taking the job at the Academy.


Beyond football, the Air Force Academy represents the best of college athletics and for that matter university preparation.  The APR of the academy is consistently at the top of the NCAA Division One ranking.  The academics are rigorous (not a big secret here), including high-level math, physics, and engineering.  Essentially, when one graduates from a service academy the educational rank is really equal to a Master's level education.


It is refreshing in this day of meat market athletics to see an institution upholding the very best qualities of college and the American way of life competing successfully against high-level competition.


Make no mistake, when the Air Force Academy takes the field Saturday at the big House, the team has already won, and that includes every other field taken to as well.



GBMWolverine Staff



Air Force at Michigan to be carried by American Forces Network

This week's Air Force at Michigan game will be carried by the American Forces Network and will be available world-wide on its body of networks.

Air Force - Michigan game to replay on ESPN3

The Air Force at Michigan game will be rebroadcast on ESPN3. The first airing will be at 9 p.m. MT time on Saturday. The link to watch is:






Vote for Cody Getz for player of the week

Air Force senior RB Cody Getz is a nominee for the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas Mountain West Player of the Week Award this week.

To vote for Cody, go to

This week's Nominees:
Cody Getz, Air Force RB
Robert Herron, WYO WR
Stefphon Jefferson, Nevada RB
Cory James, CSU LB

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