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April 6, 2018
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USAFA, AOG to Recognize 3 Distinguished Grads at Founders Day Dinner
The Air Force Academy and its Association of Graduates will recognize three distinguished graduates — John Fox '63, T. Allan McArtor '64 and Gen. (Ret.) Steve Lorenz '73 — April 6 at the Academy's Founders Day Dinner.

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  Founders Day

Superintendent to Give 'State of the Academy' Briefing April 6
Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria '85, Superintendent of the Air Force Academy, will host a State of the U.S. Air Force Academy briefing for community leaders at 1 p.m. Friday, April 6, in Polaris Hall. The general's address will be broadcast live online.


Founders Day Parade to Celebrate USAFA Origins April 7
Air Force Academy cadets celebrate their legacy and future with the Founders Day parade at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 7, on the Academy's Terrazzo.


Graduation Announcement
Secretary of Defense James Mattis will conduct the commencement address for the Air Force Academy's Class of 2018 graduation ceremony, May 23 at Falcon Stadium.


USAFA Character and Leadership Award Presented to Myers
Gen. (Ret.) Richard Myers, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President George W. Bush, received the Air Force Academy's 2017 Character and Leadership Award in the Academy's Arnold Hall Theatre on Thursday, April 5, 2018.

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USAFA Endowment

Honoring the Long Blue Line
Graduates have supported several enhancements to the Air Force Academy Cemetery in honor of those who have served.


Enhancing Academic Excellence
Help expand the learning experience of cadets who are involved in an academic project, program or department that is important to you. Explore the many unique giving opportunities that are available.


Alternate Spring Break
Ninety-nine cadets devoted their spring break to working with Habitat for Humanity to build or repair homes in nine areas. The Alternate Spring Break program is funded through the Center for Character and Leadership Development and private donations to the Cadet Service Learning Fund.

  Alternative Spring Break

Secure a Lasting Legacy
Explore estate planning options that match your personal goals and wishes at an upcoming Legacy Seminar. Join us in Boston (April 18), San Francisco (April 27), Vacaville, California, (April 28) or at the Air Force Academy (May 2) to gain insights from respected financial and legal advisors.

Grads in the News

Fighter Pilot Takes Inspiration to New Heights
Lt. Col. Cheryl Buehn's interest in flight came in part from her love of a challenge and conquering things other people said were too difficult. Buehn '01 is currently the only female pilot for the 71st Fighter Training Squadron.


USAFA Grad Shares Story of Historic Flight
Nearly 20 years ago, Lt. Col. Ryan Savageau '98 started flying F-16 fighter jets. And just last month, he joined the ranks of fellow U.S. Air Force fighter pilots and reached a pretty impressive milestone — completing 3,000 flying hours.


New Base Commander Coming to Wright-Patt
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base will welcome a new leader this summer. Col. Thomas Sherman '95, commander with Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado, will replace Col. Bradley McDonald '94 as 88th Air Base Wing commander.


AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala to Confer Top Honors
The AIAA Public Service Award is the highest recognition the AIAA bestows to a person outside the aerospace community who has shown consistent and visible support for national aviation and space goals. George C. Nield '72, associate administrator Commercial Space Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, was honored "for his dedicated service to our nation's space programs, and his ongoing efforts to encourage, facilitate, and promote commercial space transportation."


USAFA Class of '18 Inspired by Founders
The Class of 2018 is ready for the challenge. In just a few short months, they will become USAFA's 60th graduating class. They stand on the shoulders of the 59 proud classes that came before them, a heritage that has formed an incredibly strong and accomplished community of alumni — the Long Blue Line.

From the Bleachers

Air Force Set to Host MPSF Championships
Air Force junior Jonah Urlaub won the varsity all-around and the men's gymnastics team captured its ninth-straight USAG team title. The 11th-ranked Air Force men's gymnastics team remains at the Academy this weekend, when it hosts the 2018 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships, which includes two of the top four teams in the nation.


Falcons Upset No. 1 St. Cloud State
With the win, Air Force hockey advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight for the second straight season and the third time in school history. The Falcons defeated the nation's No. 1 team for the first time in school history. In the following game, Minnesota Duluth scored two goals in the first period and then held off Air Force for a 2-1 win in the championship game of the NCAA West Regional.

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