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August 8, 2018
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Acceptance Day
The Class of 2022 was officially accepted into the Cadet Wing Tuesday (Aug. 7, 2018). The Legacy Class — the Class of 1972 — was on hand to challenge the new fourth-class cadets.

  Acceptance Day

Air Force Academy Superintendent Sees Sweeping Change Ahead for School, Cadets
The Air Force Academy is changing amid a new Pentagon strategy that will put more cadets in cockpits and fewer in office jobs. Finishing his first year at the Academy, Superintendent Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria '85 says the school will graduate more prospective pilots in 2019 than any time in the past 30 years.


Six Cadets Graduate USAFA in Summer Ceremony
Six newly minted lieutenants joined the Long Blue Line Aug. 3, 2018, during the Air Force Academy's summer graduation ceremony.

  Summer Grads

The Military's Officer Promotion System May See Major Shake-Up
The sometimes-rigid officer promotion system could see major shake-ups after Congress approved a series of reforms offering more flexible career paths.

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USAFA Endowment

Help Cadets Pursue Medical Careers
Cadets interested in medicine may incur up to $10,000 of expenses for entrance exams, application fees and travel for interviews. Give to the Medical School Preparatory Fund to help cadets use their talents to serve the Air Force as medical professionals.


Support the Women's Water Polo Team
Gifts to the Lt. Col. (Ret.) Kelly Kemp and Mrs. Shelly Kemp Perpetual Fund for Women's Water Polo help take the financial burden of team operations off the cadets so they can fully focus on building a winning team. Read more about the team and Kemp '74, the former Academy coach who helped create the squad in 1983.

  Water Polo

Welcoming Cadet Parents to the 54th Squadron
The 54th Squadron, the giving society for parents and cadet families, pays homage to the Air Force Academy's founding year (1954). When you support the Academy through Parent and Family Giving with a gift of $1,000 or more, you enjoy benefits available only to 54th Squadron donors.


Create a Lasting Legacy
There are many ways to create a gift planning strategy that reflects your desire to support cadets and the Air Force Academy. Visit the Endowment's Gift Planning website to get started.

Grads in the News

NASA Assigns Crews to First Test Flights, Missions on Commercial Spacecraft
Eric Boe '87 will be among the first U.S. astronauts who will fly on American-made, commercial spacecraft to and from the International Space Station — an endeavor that will return astronaut launches to U.S. soil for the first time since the Space Shuttle's retirement in 2011.


307th Bomb Wing Welcomes First Female Vice-Commander
Air Force Col. Courtney Hamilton '98 is now serving as the first female vice-commander of the 307th Bomb Wing.


Active to Reserve: Commander Goes from Retired to Rehired
Lt. Col. Stuart M. Rubio '98, an active-duty C-130 pilot who has been commander of the 815th Airlift Squadron "Flying Jennies" since January 2016, will continue to serve as the commander, but instead as a reservist as part of the Regular Air Force to Air Force Reserve Program.


Barrett Assumes Command of 18th Air Force
Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett '88 will enjoy one of the shortest job-change commutes in history. Having most recently served as the director of operations, Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration, Headquarters Air Mobility Command at Scott AFB, Barrett will now move just across the street to serve as the 18th Air Force commander.


A Look at Who They've Become
Maj. Gen. Sarah Zabel '87 will be retiring from the Air Force in December of this year, after having completed 31 years of service. Sarah's journey to this impressive position began when she enrolled as a cadet in the Air Force Academy.


Air Force Graduate Carries on Legendary Family Name in NFL Coaching Career
Joe Lombardi '94 never met his iconic grandfather, but an important lesson was passed along from the famed patriarch.


Griffin Works to Recapture a Spot with the New Orleans Saints
Garrett Griffin '16's welcome-to-the-NFL experience occurred in the first week of his rookie season.


Proud Graduate Credits His Hindu Faith for Support
Jaydevsinh Ghanshyamsinh Zala '18 accomplished something not many Indian Americans have been able to achieve. In May, Zala, of Chino Hills, Calif., became a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. It's a feat that he doesn't take lightly.


Contestants Needed for Alpha Warrior Games at USAFA
Look out American Ninja Warriors — the Air Force's Alpha Warrior Tour is stopping by the Air Force Academy Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 14-15. The tour is part of the Alpha Warrior Program, an Air Force initiative to enhance Airman readiness and fitness.

  Alpha Warrior
From the Bleachers

Annual Fan Day set for Aug. 18 at Falcon Stadium
Air Force Athletics will host its annual Fan Day, presented by USAA, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18, at Falcon Stadium. All events and parking are free.

  Air Force

Thirteen Falcons Named to AHCA Academic Scholar-Athlete Team
The AHCA recognizes ice hockey players who attained a 3.60 GPA each semester and participated in 40 percent of their school's games.


USA Wrestling Announces Sam Barber as Youth Olympic Games Head Wrestling Coach
USA Wrestling has announced Sam Barber as the head coach of Team USA's youth wrestling team that will compete at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


Air Force Football Player Comes Out as Gay in a First for Military Academies
The sophomore received a standing ovation from fellow defensive backs when he told them. Support has poured in from teammates on social media.

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