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1,000 Cadets Graduate From Air Force Academy

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Cadets prepare to take the stage to receive their diplomas at the U.S. Air Force Academy graduation ceremony on May 25, 2011 in Colorado Springs. A total of 1,021 graduates received their diplomas in front of their families and dignitaries at the Academy's Falcon Stadium.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Cadets prepare to take the stage to receive their diplomas at the U.S. Air Force Academy graduation ceremony on May 25, 2011 in Colorado Springs. A total of 1,021 graduates received their diplomas in front of their families and dignitaries at the Academy’s Falcon Stadium. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

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AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) – About 1,000 cadets have graduated from the Air Force Academy and are starting their careers with the rank of second lieutenant.

Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley was the guest speaker at the graduation ceremony Wednesday at the campus outside Colorado Springs. The Gazette reports that Donley urged the graduates to “be good teammates” and said international security is a team sport.

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The ceremony included the traditional flyover by the Air Force Thunderbird team as the cadets tossed their hats into the air.

Just under 1,290 cadets were in the class when they started four years ago and 1,021 made it to graduation.

About 500 will go on to pilot training school, and 32 will train to fly remotely piloted aircraft.

Academy officials say 42,874 cadets have graduated since 1959.

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(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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