March 27, 2020
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The Association of Graduates and Air Force Academy Foundation are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our own yesterday. We offer our heartfelt condolences to his family, squadron mates and the Air Force Academy Staff.

In times of grief, it is important for us to come together as the Air Force Academy Family. We encourage everyone to reach out to each other as best you can — offer support, a listening ear and a helping hand for those in need.

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COVID-19 Response: Letter from the AOG and the AFAF
Amid these uncertain times, please know that our support and concern for you, as well as the cadets and the Academy, is unwavering. As the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly evolved, the Association of Graduates and the Air Force Academy Foundation have grappled with difficult decisions — with the health and safety of our graduates, supporters and employees at the heart of our discussions. Please read the latest update from the AOG and Air Force Academy Foundation.


HelpHelp USAFA Family Businesses
Many Academy graduate and USAFA family-owned businesses are struggling right now due to the global pandemic. Here's how you can help. We're putting together a growing list of businesses that could use a helping hand from the Academy family community.

Calling All Grads — Connect with One Another and Cadets
Try out ZoomieLink to connect with fellow graduates and cadets alike!

Service Before Self — Every Minute Matters
Currently, 189,000+ minutes have been donated to communities across the country! Thank you to those who have given their minutes to serving their community. In the last couple of weeks, our daily routines and lives have been greatly impacted by the COVID-19. Now more than ever we need to be a force for service and support our Air Force family and local communities. Most importantly, you need to take care of your own health so that you can help others. Please log your minutes and share ways others can help by visiting usafa.org/ServiceBeforeSelf.


Stay Updated on Social Media
Information is changing rapidly these days with new developments. Please follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to stay updated on the latest news. Here are some of the announcements we shared in the past week.

Cadets test postive for COVID-19
Death of cadet on campus
North Gate closed
10th Air Base Wing civilian employee tested positive for COVID-19
Online distance learning begins for cadets
USAFA installation commander declared a public health emergency
USAFA access limited to official business only

CheckpointsCheckpoints Online
The March 2020 issue of Checkpoints Online features the second USAFA grad to assume the role of Federal Aviation Administration administrator. You'll also learn more about a grad-led organization treating the visually impaired in developing countries, the five Zoomies selected as Distinguished Graduate Award recipients and extra bonus articles online.

Hall of FameAOG Chapter News: Chapter President Inducted Into Hall of Fame
After a lifelong career of flying and teaching, retired Air Force Lt. Col. Roy Kessell '70 was inducted into the Nebraska Aviation Hall of Fame on Jan. 23. He is the Heartland-Lemay AOG Chapter president.


OrbisAOG Service Spotlight
Every month, we will highlight inspiring members of the Air Force Academy family performing outstanding service in their community. This month's AOG Service Spotlight is Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Bob Ranck '82, president and CEO of Orbis International. He leads this airborne nonprofit focused on enhancing global vision care. Learn more and watch the video!

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Wings Over the RockiesWings Over the Rockies
In light of the challenges with the COVID-19 and our temporary closure, Wings Over the Rockies will be launching an online outreach effort focusing on moving forward, or thrust, called the Aerospace Thrust Campaign. We will be releasing new episodes of the Behind the Wings video series, professional development content for teachers, artifact discussions, story sessions for young children, in-depth history presentations and more. Please also make sure to check out our YouTube channel for other interesting videos!

Drury InnDrury Inn
Drury Inn and Suites Colorado Springs is located directly across the interstate from the Air Force Academy. We offer a great value to our guests where the extras aren't extra! We offer free hot breakfast, free evening meal and drinks, free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, and free local calls and 60 minutes of long distance. Relax in our clean, comfortable rooms along with our wonderful indoor/outdoor pool and whirlpool. Drury Inn and Suites Colorado Springs also features: two-room suites, 24-hour business and fitness centers, guest laundry and same day dry-cleaning, free parking during your stay, and scenic views of Pikes Peak Mountain and the United States Air Force Academy. Call 719-598-2500 to make your reservations! Use Promotion Code 326326 to receive a special discount.

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.

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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

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