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August 23, 2018
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Dean of Faculty Announces Retirement Date
Brig. Gen. Andrew Armacost announced that he would retire from the Air Force on Aug. 1, 2019.


Air Force Academy Changing to Meet Needs of the Air Force
The Air Force Academy's top officer said decisions made by senior Pentagon officials and increased defense spending are changing how the Academy prepares cadets to contend with modern warfare.


Top 25 Public Colleges 2018
The United States Air Force Academy ranked #6 for top public colleges by Forbes magazine.


Air Force Seeks Nominations for SecAF Prestigious STEM Ph.D. Program
As part of a continuous effort to develop exceptional leaders in a highly technical environment, Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson '82 is introducing the Secretary of the Air Force Prestigious Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Ph.D. Program for the service's most highly qualified active duty captains.


Alpha Warrior
The Air Force's Alpha Warrior Tour stopped at the United States Air Force Academy Aug. 14-15, 2018. Cadets, airmen and family members were invited to give the challenging obstacle course a try. The event was held in the Cadet Field House. A permanent Battle Station has been installed outside the Cadet Gym as a training device. Watch video.

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Enjoy Sabre Society Recognition
Donors who give $1,000 or more annually to the Air Force Academy Fund are recognized as Sabre Society-level donors. These leadership gifts from graduates, parents and friends enable the USAFA Endowment to fulfill its mission of supporting cadets, the Academy and its graduates. Learn more about Sabre Society benefits.

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Submit Your Calendar Photos Now
See your favorite Academy photo in the 2019 Air Force Academy Fund Calendar and inspire others to give to the Air Force Academy Fund. Submit your photos today.


The Class of '78 Gives Back
The Class of '78 is commemorating its 40th reunion by raising support for the Academy's new Center for Cyber Innovation. Learn more about how the Class of '78 is giving back to the Academy through its 40th Reunion Class Giving Project.


Leave a Legacy that Lives On
The Polaris Society celebrates the charitable spirit and commitment of individuals who establish a legacy gift to help increase the excellence of cadet training and education at the Air Force Academy. Learn more about planned giving and Polaris Society recognition online.

Grads in the News

Passing the Guidon: Gen Ray Takes Command of AFGSC
Gen. Timothy Ray '85 took command of Air Force Global Strike Command from Gen. Robin Rand '79, outgoing AFGSC commander, during a ceremony, Aug. 21. He is the newest leader of the Air Force's portion of the nuclear enterprise, which maintains the nation's only force of Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles and strategic bombers. Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David L. Goldfein '83 presided over the ceremony and said Ray was the obvious choice to serve as the newest commander of AFGSC.


167th Airlift Wing Holds Change of Command Ceremony
Col. David "DC" Cochran '89 assumed command of the 167th Airlift Wing, West Virginia Air National Guard, from Col. Shaun Perkowski '89 during the ceremony on Aug. 5, 2018.


Experienced Fighter Pilot, Iraq Veteran Takes Command at AFPC
Maj. Gen. Andrew Toth '89, a fighter pilot who has flown hundreds of combat hours over Iraq, took command of the Air Force Personnel Center on Aug. 9, 2018.


Tim Gibson Named 7th President of The King's College
Brig. Gen. Tim Gibson '88 brings considerable experience in the U.S. military to this role, as well as a profound investment in the mission of the college.


Throw a Nickel On the Grass
Five members of the Class of 1964 attended Jim White's funeral at West Point on June 21, 2018, and threw a nickel on the grass in his memory. Jim White was MIA, later declared KIA during the Vietnam era. He was recently repatriated and interred with his parents at West Point.


Air Force Couple Honored at Dodger Game
Both Craig Christ '04 and his wife Catherine (Ankony) Christ '04 flew KC-135 Stratotanker military aerial refueling aircraft. They were deployed six times to Afghanistan and later served as instructors for initial pilot training in the T-6 and T-1.


Airman Competes with International Sports Team
When in uniform, service members strive to exemplify hard work and discipline. However, the uniform is not always boots and the Airman Battlefield Uniform. For U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Meredith Reisinger '17, 87th Civil Engineer Squadron project manager, it's also a jersey and cleats.


Looking Back: Dustin Ireland Still Reaching for New Heights with the Air Force
Many of us work in professions where there is little or no danger, but for most of the past 18 years, U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Dustin Ireland '01 has been serving his country from the cockpit of an A-10 (Warthog) Thunderbolt II.


No Missing Out, USAF Academy Grad Finds 'Balance' as Volunteer Coach
He seemed to have about everything a 26-year-old guy could want. Loyd Bradley Jr. '14's plate was full. But then came the day late last February when Bradley said he had a realization.


Where Are They Now?
Cale Simmons '13 was a member of Team USA at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.


STRATCOM's Top Officer Visits USAFA
The commander of U.S. Strategic Command said Aug. 10 that space research at the Air Force Academy benefits the Department of Defense and the nation.


USAFA Cadets Experience Schriever Mission
Throughout June and July, more than 50 United States Air Force Academy cadets traveled down the road to visit Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, as part of the Operation Air Force program.


The Other Side of Fear
The course is less about simply jumping out of an airplane and more about developing leadership traits. If someone can go up in a plane, step to the edge of the door and make the decision to jump, then they are exhibiting qualities necessary of good leaders — determination, inner strength and the ability to face and overcome fear.

  Other Side
From the Bleachers

Cadet-Athletes Lead BCT
Cadet athletes were an integral part of this year's Basic Cadet Training. Golfer Andy Germann was commander of the operation, and volleyball player Sarah Hellman was his deputy commander.


Nic Ready — One Cadet's Summer Journey
The rising senior infielder did more than just win the NCAA Home Run Derby.


Tucker Bone Earns a Spot on TDS DI Preseason Best XI First-Team
The Air Force Men's Soccer midfielder is considered among the best in the NCAA.


Lt. Conner Litt Joins Air Force MBB Staff
1st Lt. Conner Litt '16 has joined the Air Force men's basketball staff for the 2018-19 season, announced this week by head coach Dave Pilipovich. Litt will handle the director of operations duties for the Falcons.

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