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November 30, 2018
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Election Information
Watch a video featuring Cathy McClain '82, 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. Board candidates and their biographies also are posted now!


Two Air Force Academy Cadets Earn Rhodes Scholarships
Two senior cadets at the Air Force Academy were elected to the American Rhodes scholar Class of 2019. Cadets 1st Class James Brahm, of Alabama, and Madison Tung, of California, are the 40th and 41st cadets to receive the scholarship.


More Cadets Given Opportunity to Fly
More than 530 Air Force Academy cadets from the 2019 graduating class have been matched to attend pilot training pending final qualifications and commissioning. This is a 26 percent increase in pilot slots over the 2018 class.


Air Force Academy Cadets Help Family Out of Crashed Car
Five cadets rescued a family from an overturned vehicle after it lost traction and slid off the highway.


Update: Air Force Academy Satellite Lift-off Moved to Dec. 2
FalconSAT-6, a satellite designed and built by Air Force Academy cadets, is set to launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Dec. 2.


Missing Air Force Academy Cadet Candidate
A missing Air Force Academy cadet candidate's vehicle was found Monday afternoon at the Longs Peak trailhead, Rocky Mountain National Park officials say. Anyone who has been in the Longs Peak area since Saturday or has information is asked to call.


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USAFA Endowment

Get a Head Start on Year-end Giving
Take advantage of possible charitable gift deductions for 2018 by giving a year-end gift to support the programs that develop cadets into exceptional leaders of character. Explore ways you can support the Academy and cadets.

  End of Year Giving

Check Out the Latest #GivingTuesday Update
See how Academy graduates and friends rallied behind the Endowment's 2018 #GivingTuesday campaign to support cadet projects and programs.


Rallying Support for the National Character and Leadership Symposium
The Class of '93 highlighted its 25th reunion with a gift of $93,000 to support an Outstanding Airman Panel for the National Character and Leadership Symposium. Join them in supporting this annual flagship event coming Feb. 21-22, 2019.

Grads in the News

Air Force Academy Officer Helps Alpha Warrior Team Take 1st Place at Competition
A physical education instructor at USAFA was on a team of six airmen (including two grads) who beat-out Army and Navy to take the first Inter-service Alpha Warrior Final Battle.


Son Follows Father Into Air Force
Col. Joseph Anderson's service and dedication is a part of what inspired his son, 2nd Lt. Ben Anderson '18 to also join the Air Force.

  Son Follows Father

Friends, Local Business Help Veteran Have Afternoon to Remember
When U.S. Air Force Col. John Graves '64 and his wife moved to Greenville, NC, to retire in 2006, they never expected that four years later John would receive an Alzheimer's diagnosis.


Day by Day: Veterans Can Fly for Free Through VAC
Veterans Airlift Command provides free air transportation to post-9/11 combat wounded and their families for medical and compassionate purposes through a network of volunteer aircraft owners and pilots. Tim Fyda '79 wants wounded warriors to know they have the love and support of their country. He wants to ease the burden on veterans and their families as they navigate the complex world of rehabilitation.


Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Presents Honor to Cadet of the Year
Cadet 1st Class Kyle Haak was honored as the British Air Squadron's 2018 Cadet of the Year during a ceremony Nov. 6, 2018, at the Pentagon.

  Cadet of the Year

Air Force Academy Cadets Teach Self-Defense to Human Trafficking Victims
Cadets 3rd Class Hannah Schroeder and Lois Taylor — along with Neland North, their coach — volunteered to lead a two-day session at the Pathfinder Center, an organization that provides safe haven and empowerment to victims of human trafficking.


Cadet Wins 1st Place at Fort Collins Equestrian Show
U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet 3rd Class Megan Craven won first place at the Sunrise Farms Equine Show in Fort Collins, Oct. 27. This was her first victory after just more than a year of riding horses.


Cadet Candidates Bring 'Dragon Magic' to School
Cadet candidates from the Air Force Academy's Preparatory School performed a chemistry magic show for elementary students at Stratmoor Hills Elementary on Nov. 13. The cadet candidates perform the show at multiple schools throughout the year as part of an outreach program to get local children excited about science and math.

  Dragon Magic
From the Bleachers

Air Force's NCAA Tournament Run Comes to a Close
Air Force concluded its record-breaking season against No.2-seed Indiana, with a two-nil loss in the round of 16 in Bloomington, Indiana. The Falcons finalize their historic season with a 17-5 record, for the most single-season wins in program history.

Jennifer Hiddink Named to the 2018 Senior CLASS Award First Team in Women's Soccer


Falcons Run Past CSU, 27-19
Junior Cole Fagan rushed for a career-high 260 yards and the defense forced two key turnovers in the second half as Air Force defeated Colorado State, 27-19, in a Mountain West Conference game on Thanksgiving Day at Falcon Stadium.

Air Force places pair on all-Mountain West football squad


She Spends Her Afternoons Training for the Air Force — and Hits Track Practice 30 Minutes Later
U.S. Air Force Academy senior Jaci Smith is well-trained in the practice of turning challenges into strengths.

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