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July 26, 2018
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Class of 2022 at Jacks Valley
The Basics in the Class of 2022 marched out to Jacks Valley on Sunday. Stay tuned to the WebGuy blog for cadet activity updates all year long!

  Jacks Valley

10 days at Jacks Valley Meant to Transform New Air Force Academy Class and Cadre Who Train Them
"Welcome to Jacks Valley," said Brig. Gen. Kristin Goodwin, the commandant of cadets. "We are going to teach you what it means to be a warrior."

  Jacks Valley

'A New Beginning in Life': Basic Training Starts at USAFA Prep School
Basic military training started July 18, 2018, for more than 200 young men and women at the Air Force Academy's Prep School.

  Prep School
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USAFA Endowment

Help Cadets Become Cyber Warriors
The new Center for Cyber Innovation will immerse cadets in a cyber ecosystem that provides training in the rapidly developing world of cyber innovation and modern warfare.


Meet the USAFA Flying Team
Cadets on the USAFA Flying Team hone their piloting skills and learn the importance of precision teamwork as they compete in intercollegiate flying competitions. Support the program with a gift to the Flying Team Fund.


Moot Court Team Excels
Cadets on the Academy's Moot Court Team are learning critical thinking, speaking and writing skills as they face off against competing teams before "supreme court justices" in rigorous, two-day tournaments.

  Moot Court

Leaving a Lasting Legacy
Bonnie Lavin makes a gift to the Academy in memory of her husband, retired Maj. Kenneth A. Lavin, who devoted 27 years of his life to serving cadets at the Air Force Academy.

Grads in the News

Former Basketball Star Takes Command of Yokota's 374th Airlift Wing
The Air Force's largest transport hub in the Far East has a new leader. Col. Otis Jones '95 took command of Yokota Air Base and the 3,500-strong 374th Airlift Wing on July 20, 2018. He has more than 3,000 flying hours in T-37, T-44, C-130 and C-17 aircraft, and is also the second-highest scorer in Air Force Academy basketball history.


437th AW Welcomes New Commander
The 437th Airlift Wing conducted a change of command ceremony July 12, 2018, at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., where Col. Clinton R. ZumBrunnen '98 assumed command.


Laidlaw Takes Command at Tyndall
As commander, Col. Brian S. Laidlaw '97 will lead more than 4,000 personnel who train and prepare F-22 pilots, intelligence officers, maintainers and other support specialties for worldwide assignment to combat Air Force units. In addition, the wing hosts numerous tenant units and provides support to more than 23,000 airmen, civilians, contractors and their families.


USAFA Class of '18 Grad Named Mountain West Female Scholar Athlete of Year
Jinan Andrews '18 graduated from the Air Force Academy in May with a bachelor's of science in systems engineering. She excelled in the classroom and maintained 3.72 GPA. As the women's swim team captain for the 2017-18 season, she set several Academy records, including in the 100-freestyle, 200-freestyle and 800-freestyle relays. Overall, Andrews is on the Air Force's top 10 list in seven events.


1 Man, 2 Callings
For his 16th birthday, Lance Wach '12 received the gift of flying lessons with flight instructor Dick Trail '59. Twelve years later, Wach is a U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor fighter jet pilot. When he's not flying, he's driving farm machinery and helping with this year's wheat harvest.


Holland Reflects on Missions
Gen. Charles R. "Charlie" Holland '68 served as commander for United States military special operations forces when the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on New York City took place.


Former Football Captain Joins Forces with Once-mighty Raiders
Jemal Singleton '99's cell phone rang and soon he heard that famous football voice, a voice filled with gravel and passion, a voice inspired by a fresh mission. He's now the Raiders running backs coach.


Robins Airman Earns Spot on 2018 Women's All-Armed Forces Soccer Team
2nd Lt. Alison Skidmore '17 fell in love with soccer at the tender age of 5. Skidmore, now chief of Customer Support in the 78th Force Support Squadron at Robins, pursued her passion in college, playing Division 1 soccer at the U.S Air Force Academy before commissioning as a second lieutenant in 2017.


Wounded Ex-Air Force Warriors Come to Offutt for Athletics, Learning
It took a kick in the butt from a fellow ex-Air Force Academy athlete to get Rob Hufford '06 off of his couch a year ago for the Air Force Wounded Warrior CARE regional event at Offutt Air Force Base.


Yokley Makes Perfect Landing from Air Force to Bullpen
Lt. Ben Yokley '15 spent the last two seasons in the U.S. Air Force, but now he's with the Peoria Chiefs trying to get his professional baseball career off the ground. The right-handed reliever -- who can touch 97 mph with his fastball -- was the first pitcher in the history of the MLB Draft to be taken from the Air Force Academy.


Air Force Wins 2018 National Capital Region Commanders' Cup Golf Tournament
On July 16, 2018, 26 Air Force Academy grads (from as far away as Georgia) participated in the 11th edition of the Commanders' Cup held at Westfields Golf Club located just outside the nation's capital in Clifton, VA. The Academy grads formed 13 teams and competed against Army and Navy graduate teams in four-ball competition. Air Force won 9 of their matches to take home the Commanders' Cup for the sixth time. Thanks to all who participated. Air Force profits from the tournament will be donated to the Air Force golf team.


Air Force Academy Cadets Design, Build Trail Bridge
Through a unique partnership between the Air Force Academy and the White River National Forest, work is underway to improve the McCullough Gulch Trail bridge. Cadets spent the last year designing and, most recently, building the bridge.


Group of Veterans Meets Every Month for 20 Years
On the second Wednesday of every month for the last 20 years, a group of veterans ranging from World War II to the Vietnam eras have met, talked and broken bread. There was a special visitor recently as Sarah Childs, a cadet at the Air Force Academy, met with the veterans. She's looking forward to the day the baton is handed to her.


Good Neighbors: USAFA, Fountain Police Department Team Up for Training
The Air Force Academy teamed up with the City of Fountain Police Department July 11 and July 18 to stage crisis training.

From the Bleachers

Air Force Picked Fifth in Mountain Division
Air Force was picked fifth in the Mountain Division in the preseason football poll released at the 2018 Mountain West Media Summit in Las Vegas, Nev. The Falcons open the season Sept. 1 vs. Stony Brook in Falcon Stadium.

Behind the scenes at the Mountain West Football Media Summit
Senior Brody Bagnall Honored by AFCA

  Air Force

Air Force Golf Team Earns GCAA All-Academic Honors
To be eligible for GCAA All-Academic Team honors, a college or university must carry a team GPA of 3.0 or better during the entire academic year. Air Force is the only service academy team to make the 18Birdies All-Academic team.

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