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November 15, 2018
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Election Information
Watch a video featuring Cathy McClain, Association of Graduates board chair, explaining the upcoming AOG election. AOG members will be voting on an important bylaw change Feb. 4, 2019, through March 18, 2019, and reaching the required quorum of 25% will be essential.


Elected! Academy Grads Join Political Ranks
Dozens of USAFA graduates were on the ballot during the most recent election, and quite a number of them came out on top. Help us out if you know others who aren't on the list!


Air Force Academy Satellite to Lift-off Nov. 19
FalconSAT-6, a satellite designed and built by Air Force Academy cadets, is set to launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Nov. 19, 2018. FalconSAT-6 is one of 64 satellites launching on Falcon 9 as part of Space Flight Industries' SSO-A SmallSat Express mission.


Air Force Academy Adds Master Sgt. Chapman to Medal of Honor Wall
The Air Force Academy added Medal of Honor recipient Master Sgt. John Chapman to the Medal of Honor portrait wall in Fairchild Hall. Special guests at the event included Chapman's mother, brother, wife and daughter. He is the first airman to receive the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War.


Los Angeles Rams Practicing at Air Force Academy
Los Angeles had followed the precedent set last year by New England, which practiced in Colorado Springs before playing in similar altitude in Mexico City. The Rams are remaining in Colorado Springs despite the NFL's decision to move the game from Mexico City because of unacceptable field conditions. The practices at the Air Force Academy will be closed to the public.

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USAFA Endowment

USAFA Mock Trial Team Wins at Gonzaga
The Academy's mock trial team took first place at the recent Bulldog Brawl Invitational competition at Gonzaga University in Washington state. Support the team with a gift to the Mock Trial Mission Club Fund.

  Mock Trial

Planetarium Reopening in Spring 2019
Anticipation is building at the Academy and in the community for the opening of the renovated Planetarium and STEM Center in the spring of 2019. Read about it in Colorado Springs Magazine and give a gift through the Endowment to support the planetarium's ongoing programming.


Using Your Individual Retirement Account
If you are age 70 1/2 or older, you may be able to meet minimum IRA distribution requirements by transferring funds to the Endowment. Read our handy Qualified Charitable Distributions fact sheet to learn more.


#GivingTuesday is Coming
Plan now to support the Air Force Academy and cadet programs on #GivingTuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. Visit our 2018 #GivingTuesday giving page to learn more and be ready to give on Tuesday, Nov. 27.

  Giving Tuesday
Grads in the News

Special Ops Pilot Chosen for Jabara Award
The Jabara Award for Airmanship is awarded each year to the Academy graduate whose accomplishments demonstrate superior performance in fields directly involving aerospace vehicles. Maj. Marc Catalano, a 2006 Academy graduate, was chosen for the award for his actions while deployed as an aircraft commander to Iraq in support of Operations Inherent Resolve and Resolute Support.


Film Recounts Life of Only Air Force Academy Graduate to Receive Medal of Honor
"Those who have served in uniform understand this kind of sacrifice," said Janine Sijan Rozina, Sijan's younger sister, to an audience that included a fellow prisoner of war and four of Sijan's academy classmates at a private screening of the film at The Broadmoor Hotel Theater. The filmmakers are in talks about how to distribute the documentary.


Gen. Goldfein Meets with Ukrainian Air Force Chief
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein '83 held high-level discussions with his Ukrainian counterpart, Col-Gen. Sergii Drozdov, at the Pentagon.


Air Force Secretary Talks STEM with Sesame Street Characters
Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson '82 posted a video in which she appears with iconic Sesame Street character Elmo and pink-and-purple fairy-in-training Abby Cadabby to teach kids about the importance of learning about science, technology, engineering and mathematics — or STEM.


2018 Armed Forces Merit Award Recipient
Dr. Chris Howard '91, an Air Force veteran and Robert Morris University president, has been selected as the seventh recipient of Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America.


Path from Air Force General to NBA Head of Referee Operations
After 36 years in the Air Force, where Michelle Johnson '81 served as Air Force aide to President George H.W. Bush and President Bill Clinton, and as lieutenant general and superintendent of the Air Force Academy, Johnson retired in October 2017. Two weeks later, she joined the NBA, leading the recruitment, training, development and evaluation of the league's officials.


Ohio State Legend's Grandson Leads Ohio Stadium Flyover
Capt. Kyle Cassady '14, the grandson of a 1955 Heisman Trophy winner, has his own memory of Ohio Stadium now by leading the flyover before the Buckeyes' kickoff against Nebraska.


UK Welcomes Veteran to Air Force ROTC
Following a fulfilling career in the U.S. Air Force, Lt. Col. Katie Buss '98 has recently found her new perch at the University of Kentucky's ROTC program, where she is the DET 290 commander and aerospace studies department chair in the UK College of Arts and Sciences.


Jax Brings Patriotism with His Pitching in Arizona Fall League
Some youngsters dream of playing professional baseball. Some dream of becoming a fighter pilot. Griffin Jax '17 is in position to fulfill both lifelong dreams. A lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, he currently is pitching in the Arizona Fall League as a member of the Minnesota Twins organization.


What the U.S. Military Owes Stan Lee
On the passing of comic book legend Stan Lee, Rob Levinson '87 writes about what that means to him and the connection to military service. "When I went off to the Air Force Academy, part of the attraction was all the exciting things I could learn to do there... if that wasn't a school for superheroes, I don't know what is."


Air Force Academy Cadets Take Shell Trophy, Defeat Army at Cyber Competition
The competition pitted teams of cadets against each other in cyberspace where they wrestled with software flaws and vulnerable servers allowing teams to exploit the system weaknesses of the opposing team and "capture" each other's flags. The goal of the competition was to control and compromise the opposing team's computer system.


High Altitude Responsibilities
Col. Houston Cantwell, the vice superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy, always wanted to be a combat pilot. He's long-since achieved that goal and said he's equally pleased to play a role in fulfilling the Academy's mission of developing innovative leaders of character.


Air Force Academy Preps for April Accreditation Visit
There's a lot riding on the accreditation process slated to begin in April at the Air Force Academy. It's the first accreditation visit for the school in 10 years.


Cadets Take Home Trophy in Ethics Competition
Cadets at the Air Force Academy took the winning trophies at the University of Colorado Springs Ethics Case Competition.

From the Bleachers

NCAA Tournament Round One: Central Ark. at Air Force
Air Force men's soccer opens national tournament action against Central Arkansas, Thursday, Nov. 15, at 6:00 p.m. MT.


Season Best Offensive Performance Leads Football Team to 42-24 Win over New Mexico
The Falcons stay in bowl contention, moving to 4-6 on the season. Air Force had season bests in points, total yards and rushing yards to seal the 18-point win.

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