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March 21, 2018
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USAFA Grad Killed in Western Iraq
On March 15, 2018, Capt. Mark Weber, a 2011 Air Force Academy graduate and Combat Rescue Officer assigned to the 38th Rescue Squadron, was killed when a HH-60G Pave Hawk crashed in western Iraq.


USAFA Grad Killed in Florida Training Crash
The Navy identified the two aviators who died March 14, 2018, when their fighter jet crashed in Key West, Florida. Casualties included Lt. Cmdr. James Brice Johnson (USAFA '07).


72 hours: Cadet Saves Suicidal Man, Assists Finding Crashed Plane
In the span of 72 hours, Cadet 3rd Class Jack Bell talked a suicidal man off a Colorado Springs overpass and helped air traffic controllers in Northern California locate a downed aircraft.


USAFA Celebrates Women's History Month
The Air Force Academy is excited to honor the achievements of women during Women's History Month, and highlight women who went on to do great things after graduating from the Academy.

  Womens History

Checkpoints Online
Check out featured articles about the new Distinguished Graduate Award winners, USAFA's partnership with the NCAA for concussion research and much more in Checkpoints Online!

Watch bonus video of grad addressing the opioid crisis


Founders Day 2018
Please join us for our annual Founders Day dinner and Distinguished Graduate Award ceremony taking place on Friday, April 6, 2018. We will be recognizing John Fox '63, T. Allan McArtor '64 and Gen. (Ret.) Stephen Lorenz '73. Don't delay, register today! Registration ends March 23rd!

  Founders Day
7258' — Your Association at Work
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USAFA Endowment

The Decade Ahead
Watch the inspiring new video highlighting the USAFA Endowment's second decade of providing transformative support for the Air Force Academy.

  Decade Ahead

Expanding the Academy's Cyber Ecosystem
Learn more about the Academy's dynamic cyber research programs and unfolding plans for major expansion.


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) or Vacaville, California, (April 28) and gain insights from respected financial and legal advisors.


Fund Your Passion
You can direct gifts to more than 200 Air Force Academy projects and programs that help develop cadets into leaders of character. Explore the many unique giving opportunities that are available.

  Support USAFA
Grads in the News

Air Force Academy Teacher's Battle with Terminal Cancer an Inspiration to Cadets
As an officer and a teacher, Lt. Col. Camilo Guerrero '96 was a role model for cadets at the Air Force Academy.


USAFA Grad, Vietnam Vet Shares Story of Historic Flight
During a recent visit to Wichita, an air refueling icon shared his experience of how his crew in Vietnam performed history's first tri-level refueling.


USAFA Grad and Economist Runs for Congress
Native Central Ohioan and 12th Congressional District candidate Tim Kane '90 said, "I'm coming home."


USAFA Grad Running for State House
Sarasota, Florida attorney Tommy Gregory '94 has filed to run for a vacated state House seat.


Senate Confirms New Permanent Professor at Academy
Col. David Caswell '02 is the latest faculty member at the Air Force Academy to be confirmed by the Senate for the position of permanent professor.


USAFA Professor Interviewed for Article on the My Lai Massacre
NPR reporter Quil Lawrence visited the Air Force Academy last week to sit in on an ethics class where he met with faculty and cadets discussing the My Lai Massacre.

  My Lai

Cadets Trade Spring Break Fun for Dirt and Debris
Spring break usually conjures thoughts of fun and sun, but scores of cadets will spend their time building or repairing homes and clearing debris as part of the Academy's Alternate Spring Break Program.

From the Bleachers

Falcons Face No. 1 St. Cloud State in NCAA West Regional
Air Force won the Atlantic Hockey championship for the seventh time in the last 12 years, and is making its seventh appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Falcons will face No. 1 seed St. Cloud State on Friday, March 23. The game will be televised live on ESPNU.


Falcons Collect Two USTFCCCA All-America Nods
Senior Shelley Spires earned First-Team All-America status in the high jump after finishing seventh in that event at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Spires, who also nabbed first-team accolades at last year's national meet, is the first Air Force female to garner multiple All-America honors in an indoor event at the Division I level. Sophomore Michael Rhoads was awarded the first All-America nod of his career, as he captured second-team status in the 800-meter run.

Trimble earns MW Athlete of the Week honors

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