Benjamin Peterson 
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$400, 000 per cadet comes out to be about $1.76 billion. This was about .05% of federal expenditures in 2009. Compare this to the $88.2 billion spent on welfare in FY 2009 (most of which is spent on social security and medicare/,medicaid which none of us will now see). That is more than 50 times what the government spends on the Air Force Academy. Talk about frivolous welfare queens.

I believe investing .05% of our budget in producing even a handful of the world's finest young men and women in uniform is well worth it and our Academy produces far more than that like Cadet McMurray who saved the lives of two individuals in need of medical attention while on leave last year. Many of these heroes go unknown and unnoticed because they are too humble to identify themselves. These cadets spend thousands upon thousands of hours of community service in the Springs and upon graduating enter the service of our country with a commitment of 5-10 years having already spent more than 4 years of their lives under extreme training conditions, stressed to the max in academics, athletics, and military training. Cadets at the Air Force Academy train over many weekends and holidays during the year and only take 7 weeks off for leave in the entire school year.

Furthermore, Most colleges and universities around the country have rampant issues with cheating, lying, stealing, sexual assault, rape etc. but why do you not hear about it? Because they are not on the news or in the spotlight, because nobody cares. Many of these cases go unreported or unchecked in the absence of the exemplary honor system at our United States Air Force Academy.

As far as tech losers who ,fly drones with no guts . . . Tell that to the Air Force Reservists who heroically found and pulled out the only survivor of the NAVY seal team in Afghanistan, Petty Officer Marcus Luttrell, and also went back in to the hostile region, to recover the bodies of Luttrell's three fallen team mates:

ALocal Air Force Reserve Combat-Search-and Rescue (CSAR) Airmen, from the 920th Rescue Win Gambit,” which will be airing on the Smithsonian Channel through January.
Deep in the mountains of Afghanistan, nearing the end of their overseas deployment in June 2005, Airmen from the 920th RQW at PAFB were called upon to find and rescue a Navy SEAL who was the sole survivor of the largest loss of life in the Special Forces community since
the Vietnam war.

“Nothing prepared me that day for what I saw under my night vision goggles on that mountain side in Afghanistan… the world outside my rotor tips came to a complete stop as our PJs (pararescuemen) met with the Navy SEAL and took the time to painstakingly pin the American flag on the body bag of the fallen member we were sent to recover,” said Lt. Col. Kurt Matthews, HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter pilot and 308th Rescue Squadron Commander here.
“It didn’t matter that the Marines were shelling the next valley over, or that the A-10s were striking targets on our route as we came in and out of the landing zone; all that mattered was the proper respect be paid for our brother-in-arms,” Lt. Colonel Matthews remembers.

Although U.S. forces were unsure at the time if any of the SEALs had survived the conflict, their mission was to fly their Pave Hawk helicopters into some of the most inhospitable territory in the world to find out.

In the “Taliban Gambit” you’ll witness this heroic search and rescue, where reservists showed the world, and themselves, what they’re capable of when duty calls. Not only did the Airmen find and pull out the only survivor of the ordeal, Petty Officer Marcus Luttrell, but to keep with the U.S.’s policy to leave no service member behind, they went back in to the hostile region, to recover the bodies of his three fallen team mates.

Several years later, the rescued Navy SEAL found his account of the ordeal on the New York Times bestseller list in a book he penned after being medically discharged from the service.
Titled, “Lone Survivor, the Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10,” where the book ends the documentary begins. “Taliban Gambit” reveals for the first time, the details of this harrowing rescue told by Airmen — a mixture of HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter aviators and pararescuemen.

The rest of the Airmen featured in the documentary are scattered about the U.S. and a handful still serve here with the 920th RQW.
The Smithsonian Channel airings of the “Taliban Gambit” are: 1/3: 10 a.m.; 1/5-6: 7 p.m. and 2 a.m.; 1/9-10: 4 p.m. and 5 a.m.; 1/24: 8 a.m. and 11 p.m.; 1/31: 10 a.m.
For more information on the 920th RQW, log onto: Facebook/920th Rescue Wing or visit their web site at

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Posted by Benjamin Peterson on 04/13/2012 at 2:08 PM

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