By Jennifer McRae

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4)– The United States Air Force is welcoming about 1,000 new lieutenants as they graduate from the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. About a third of the cadets are racial and ethnic minorities and about 28% are women.

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The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Gen. Mark Milley, delivered the commencement address.

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The ceremony included a flyover from the Air Force Thunderbirds.

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Jennifer McRae