The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 1, 1955 · Page 14
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 14

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, December 1, 1955
Page 14
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PAGE FOURTEEN Bl.rrHEVTLLE fARK.V COUKrBR MEWS THURSDAY, riEC'EMBER 1, 195B WEST POINT 1. Reveille blows and air policeman at entrance to school stands at attention as the sun still tries lo make its way out. 'olorado's Lowry Air Base ' has taken on the look of a college campus. Some 360 smartly-uniformed young men are stepping in and out of classrooms or marching in sharp formations along the walks or on the drill fields. They're the first cadets to enter the 'newly-organized Air Force Academy, the air arm's answer to West Point and Annapolis. Lowry is their temporary home. Some time in 1957 they'll move into their bright new permanent quarters on a 17,500-acrs site, 1 miles north of Colorado Springs. Though they're the academy's first freshmen, the cadets still have their "upper classmen"-a select group of 70 air training officers (ATO). The ATOs are a choice bunch of regular air officers picked from U.S. air bases around the world to steer the cadets through their first year of academy life. They keep close check of the cadets, inspect their rooms and equipment regularly. They supervise the cadets in their military drills and recreational activity and preside at their meals. The Academy is the fulfillment of a long-cherished dream. As far back as the early 1920's some far sighted airmen, such as Generals Mitchell, Arnold, Vandenberg and Spaatz, saw the need for a separate service academy to train youngofficers especially for air operation. It was not until 1948 that action was really taken. The Air Force then set up an Air Force Academy Planning Board, and Congress authorized its establishment six years later. President Eisenhower signed the bill shortly afterward. Lowry's first cadets are pictured here. 2. Cadet H. Thomas Akers takes fast shave before reporting for morning inspection. Alarm clock woke him at 5. Lowry's trim cadets—America's future Air Force officers—step along in smart formation, in The sun is just coming up anil Ihe boys are already on the inspection line. 4. At breakfast, Cadet Akers, left, starts in on his 5. Cook Charles .Lucas of Denver gets another oatmeal. It's dry cereal for Cadet H. A. Adamson. batch of pancakes ready for the hungry cadets. Isiough Sfx s< lentific *?\ studies, Jackson con ish. Classes o 12 men 7. After (lay's studies and drills, cadets march to messhall for evening menl. In background are buildings housing the cadets. .. . Tfate WM*'« WCXUa£ SHOW I* AP Staff Pbotc^raptwr Cbttk* P. forty.

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