Birds lose hard fought match to Colorado Rapids

First off, a reminder about Alumni weekend.  It is 30 Apr - 2 May.  Normally it is the first full weekend in May but those are the days this year. The Birds fought hard last night in their first Spring match against the Rapids.  The Rapids scored one goal in each half but the play was pretty even for long stretches.  Matt Underwood made several nice saves and Kevin Durr was classy as always in the center of the park.  We did have a few good chances but the rust was evident in the final third.  Welcome back Johnny Melcher.  He played very well having missed most of last season with injury.  The future looks bright for the upcoming season and the Alumni could be facing an arssss kicking in a few weeks.  Hope to see you for our 20th Alumni weekend.  Wow!!!  Even though every one of them is AWESOME, lets push this one up a notch.

See ya in a few weeks.

McK

In Foster We Trust

Chris Foster Named Men's Soccer Assistant Coach'89 grad is No. 2 on school's career scoring list with 139 points

from: <http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/sports/m-soccer/spec-rel/073010aaa.html>

Men's soccer assistant coach Chris Foster July 30, 2010

Former Air Force soccer player Chris Foster has been hired as an assistant coach for the Falcon men's soccer program, according to head coach Doug Hill. Foster, who recently retired from the U.S. Air Force with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, had served as a volunteer assistant for the program the last four seasons.

"We are very happy to officially have Chris on board with us," said Hill. "His familiarity with the program and our players will make this a very smooth transition. Having one of the best players in program history on our staff will enhance our on-field performance as well as recruiting."

Foster graduated from the Academy with a degree in engineering mechanics in 1989. He also has an MBA, a master of military operational arts and science, was a distinguished graduate of Squadron Officers School and the Air Command and Staff College and is a graduate of Air War College.

A four-year starter for Air Force, Foster is No. 2 on AFA's career scoring list (139 points) and the program's career leader with 31 assists. He was a three-time all-region selection, earned All-American honors in 1988 and was the first soccer player to receive the USAFA Male Athlete of the Year award. He was selected for the College Senior Bowl, a member of the 1989 University Games Team, the U.S. National "B" Team (1988-90) and represented the United States on the Senior Division National Team.

Following graduation, Foster was stationed at the Academy as an assistant soccer coach and played professionally for the Colorado Foxes in the APSL's inaugural season. He then attended undergraduate pilot training at Williams AFB, Ariz., where he was awarded the Daedalian Trophy for flying excellence and was briefly stationed at Holloman AFB, N.M., where he played for the New Mexico Chiles in the USISL.

Foster has been stationed at Bitburg and Spangdahlem AB, Germany; Tyndall and Eglin AFB, Fla.; RAF Valley, Wales; Langley AFB, Va., and NAS Keflavik, Iceland. He is a command pilot with over 1,500 hours in the F-15C, including over 250 combat hours. Prior to his retirement, he was the 306 FTG Liaison to the Academy and an instructor pilot at the Academy airfield.

Foster is the father of two children, Christopher (14) and Kylie (7).

Remembering a Fallen Bird...

Excerpt: Capt. Mark Russell McDowell, Air Force Academy Graduation, 2005 Air Force Capt. Mark McDowell died July 17 when his F-15E crashed in Afghanistan, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.

It is with great sadness that I pass on the news about Mark McDowell. One of his classmates, Andy Dulin, describes Mark as a kind, down to earth Southern Boy who was a joy to be around. Mark was recruited as an outside midfielder and played on the JV squad his Fourth Class year. Could those of you who knew Mark please reply to all with some memories, stories or words about him?

El Presidente

http://www2.statesville.com/content/2009/jul/27/hundreds-gather-pay-tribute-air-force-captain/