December 17, 2020
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Army Week Take Two!
We were all disappointed when the game in November was postponed, but it's back on! Join us as we once again celebrate the week of the big Army game. From an interactive spirit guide, ZoomieClass and more, make sure you check out usafa.org/armyweek to participate. And remember to watch the game on Saturday, Dec. 19, at 1:00 p.m. MST as Air Force takes on Army for the Commander-in-Chief's trophy!

• Today there was an announcement about the 2021 and 2022 Air Force-Army games.


CoatsCoat Drive Delivery
The employees of the Association of Graduates and the Air Force Academy Foundation, along with the Rampart AOG Chapter, donated 75 coats, a number of boots and hats and mittens to local elementary schools during this holiday season. Deliveries were made to Douglass Valley Elementary and Harrison District 2 on Tuesday.

GDS2021-22 Graduate Dependent Scholarships
Applications are now being accepted for the 2021-22 school year. College and high school applicants will be scored separately, so please make sure that you fill out the correct form. All files must be submitted electronically to gds@aogusafa.org by March 5, 2021. For more information, visit our website.

Now Accepting Nominations for the 2020 Young Alumni Excellence Award — Deadline Jan. 10
Each spring, the Association of Graduates has the pleasure of honoring graduates who attended the United States Air Force Academy within the last 15 years with our Young Alumni Excellence Award. The award is presented based on the recipient's outstanding professional achievement and contributions to their community, whether in military or civilian life. Visit usafa.org/YoungAlumniAwards to submit a nomination.

The AOG also is seeking volunteers to evaluate candidates for the Young Alumni Excellence Award. Volunteers are needed to review and rate the applications between Jan. 15 and Jan. 30, 2020. If you are interested in volunteering for this program, please contact Raychel Blocher by Jan. 15, 2021.

CoatsHeritage Minute
Steve Simon '77 takes you through the history of the Cadet Ice Rink, one of three facilities located inside the Cadet Field House. Did you know that Olympic gold medalist Peggy Fleming skated at the dedication in 1968?

Meet the Board Candidates for the 2021 Election
The Association of Graduates has 30 board nominees for the upcoming 2021 election that begins Feb. 8, 2021. There will be five open seats and two appointed seats filled on the Board of Directors with terms starting in May 2021. To see our list of candidates, please go to usafa.org/election/candidate

A Special Offer for Our Graduates — Buy 2, Get 1 FREE
A special offer is waiting for you, graduates! Purchase a biennial membership and your membership to your alumni association will be good for three full years — for just the price of a two-year membership! Join your Association of Graduates and show your support for the Academy's mission. Membership to your alumni association will provide: support for our USAFA graduates, parents and Academy friends; services and assistance to current cadets; connection to the Long Blue Line; a solid network to support you through all stages of your career; a subscription to our award-winning, quarterly magazine — Checkpoints; 15% off merchandise at shop.usafa.org; and MORE! (*Offer valid from Nov. 1 to Dec. 31, 2020.)


SpotlightAOG Service Spotlight
Kristine Marlow '92 is the new president and CEO of the Montgomery County Food Bank in Texas and our AOG Service Spotlight for December. Throughout the pandemic, the Food Bank has served more than 8 million meals. Marlow's children serve alongside her, including Maggie — a cadet at the Air Force Academy in the Class of 2024.

Know someone in the USAFA family doing great things for their community? Let us know and we may feature them in the new year.


ShirtLast Chance for Delivery Before Christmas
Friday, Dec. 18, is your last chance to place orders online through the AOG Gift Shop to ensure delivery before Christmas. Orders placed on Dec. 18 with PO BOX addresses are not guaranteed to arrive before Christmas. Get your last-minute gifts now!

ShirtNew Alumnus Gear
We are now offering AFA Alumnus merchandise! Check out our NEW AFA Alumnus decal and magnet along with our full line of alumni merchandise. In case you missed it, we have also added a NEW One Family shirt, available in long and short sleeve. Get yours now!


Veteran Return Trips to Thailand
If you served in Thailand and are interested in learning more about a return trip to Thailand for veterans through the Greatest Generations Foundation, please contact JC John Miller '69.

ZoomieLinkZoomieLink — Get Engaged Today!
ZoomieLink is the USAFA graduate platform to quickly engage with one another. See who's online, explore the community of affinity and chapter groups, and discover much more! Check it out! It will be the best five minutes you spend today.

Your life-long learning hub! From ZoomieCall with fellow graduates to blue-label webinars — thanks to our partnership with an education consortium — the learning never stops. As ZoomieBrief expands, look for more featured programs in the future. We will have a new webinar added this week, "The 62nd Academy Assembly Panel." See what it is all about!

Career Services

USCUSC Viterbi School of Engineering — #1 Ranked Online Graduate Computer Science Program for Veterans (2020)
Interested in pursuing a graduate degree in engineering or computer science online? The University of Southern California, Viterbi School of Engineering's online DEN@Viterbi delivery method enables active duty military personnel and veterans to complete a Master's degree completely online from any location in the world. USC Viterbi is ranked the #1 Online Graduate Computer Science Program for Veterans and a Top Ranked Online Graduate Engineering Program for Veterans (across 40+ programs offered) by the U.S. News & World Report (2020 edition). An unlimited number of Yellow Ribbon awards as well as scholarships and funding are available for eligible active duty military and veteran candidates. Learn more now!

Northrop GrummanNorthrop Grumman — Transform the Future of Possible
Challenge yourself and begin shaping the future of defense when you start a career with Northrop Grumman. From Day One, you will be working with our team of experts to solve our most critical problems in the most inventive ways. With our flexible schedule and comprehensive benefits, we have been recognized as a top organization to work for post military service. Explore opportunities and connect with us today.


True Blue BusinessReading This Ad? So Are Your Customers!
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COS AirportColorado Springs Airport
This holiday season if you have travel needs to see your loved ones, the Colorado Springs Airport is here for you. They are Colorado's small airport and that means small walks, small lines, and small waits, but big options to major hubs. Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season from COS!

JM BullionJM Bullion
JM Bullion is an online retailer of precious metals products. We deal exclusively in physical bullion, selling gold and silver that is delivered directly to your door. Since 2011, we have done over $4 billion in sales and shipped more than 2 million orders. JM Bullion is proud of the men and women serving the United States of America in the Armed Forces. For those who served in the past and those who serve today, we're happy to offer a military discount which matches our "As Low As" pricing. You can learn more here or call us at 1-800-276-6508.

Military OneSourceMilitary OneSource: Support for Airmen and Their Families
Military OneSource is free, 24/7 support for all things MilLife. This Department of Defense program can connect you and your dependents to info, answers and support like tax services, financial counseling, spouse job opportunities, relocation resources, confidential support and more. See all the ways we can help at MilitaryOneSource.mil. Our mission is you.

BremontThe Bremont USAFA Graduate Watch
The Bremont USAFA Graduate Watch is exclusively for USAFA graduates. Each design features the Academy Crest, Prop and Wings, and "The Long Blue Line." To learn more about this watch, go to: https://www.bremont.com/military-orders/usafa-graduate

Roger HillLooking to Move to, From, or Within Colorado? Contact Roger Hill, the Realtor You Can Trust!
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Contact Roger Hill at 303-956-5955 or Roger.Hill1970@gmail.com.

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