Academy Graduation

By: AP
By: AP

The Air Force now has nearly 900 new officers.

Members of the Air Force Academy's class of 2006 just threw their hats in the air as jets flew across Falcon Stadium. They're now second lieutenants in the Air Force.

During the ceremony, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told the cadets they're entering a difficult world but urged them to persevere and "make history".

He used examples from the past, including World War II, the Korean War, as well as Afghanistan to inspire them, but did not mention the war in Iraq by name.

Rumsfeld did talk about the "long war" against terrorism and extremism. He says American forces have accomplished what few have before, fighting to give people a choice between tyranny and freedom.

Rumsfeld will also travel to Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs where he's scheduled to visit the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command Thursday afternoon.

He will also be meeting with senior staff at Northcom.


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