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September 6, 2018
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USAFA Cadet Honored as AFA and USAF Cadet of the Year
U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet 1st Class Kyle Haak was recently selected as both the Air Force Association Cadet of the Year and U.S. Air Force Cadet of the Year for 2018.


Connecting with USAFA
The Chapter President's Conference and Parents' Club Presidents' Conference conducted their second annual joint gathering at the United States Air Force Academy.


Air Force Academy Rolls Out the Red Carpet for Families of Cadets
Parents are playing a bigger role than ever in Academy life, with parents groups established nationwide to cheer for the school.

  Parents Weekend

The 60th Anniversary Lowry Staff Ride
The honored guests were graduates of the four Academy classes ('59, '60, '61 and '62) who studied at Lowry from the Academy's opening on July 11, 1955, until its departure in August 1958.

March-In Mystery Unraveled

7258' — Your Association at Work
Read the latest issue of the AOG's newsletter.

USAFA Endowment

Submit Your Calendar Photos Now
See your favorite Academy photo in the 2019 Air Force Academy Fund Calendar and inspire others to give to the Air Force Academy Fund. Submit your photos today.


Explore USAFA's Cyber Ecosystem
The new Center for Cyber Innovation will prepare cadets for Air Force careers focused on cyber. Learn more about the new building and support its programs or construction.


Give Back to the Air Force Academy
You can support today's cadets through many areas: academic department, club, research project or other program that has special significance to you. Explore your options and give online today.


The Cadet Chapel is Closing
The iconic Cadet Chapel is scheduled to close on January 1, 2019, for a four-year renovation project. You can contribute to the renovation of this historic Academy landmark and help maintain its heritage for generations to come.

Grads in the News

Guastella Assumes Command of AFCENT in Historic Ceremony
Lt. Gen. Joseph T. Guastella Jr. '87 assumed command of U.S. Air Forces Central Command from Lt. Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian '85 during a ceremony on Aug. 30, 2018, held at AFCENT's forward headquarters at Al Udeid Air Base for the first time.


Col. Russell Driggers '95 Assumes Command of 80th FTW at Sheppard Air Force Base
The new commander of the 80th Flying Training Wing at Sheppard Air Force Base said he is honored and humbled to be part of an organization whose mission has such gravity.


Scobee Continues Legacy of Service
Lt. Gen. Richard Scobee '86 will become the Chief of the Air Force Reserve and commander of Air Force Reserve Command where he will serve as principal adviser on reserve matters to the Secretary of the Air Force and the Air Force Chief of Staff and assume leadership of nearly 70,000 Reserve Citizen Airmen including the supervision of all U.S. Air Force Reserve units around the world.


Colorado Telescope Joins Elite Air Force Falcon Network
U.S. Air Force Academy physics professor Francis Chun '83 oversaw the installation of the 20-inch Oficina Stellare telescope inside the dome at the observatory in late August, as he has with the other telescopes already installed around the world.


Air Force Dad Prepares for the Ultimate Military Deployment as He Blasts Off Into Space
They were a normal Air Force family — until dad became an astronaut. Col. Nick Hague '98 and Lt. Col. Catie Hague '98, and their two sons ages 11 and 7, are gearing up for the ultimate military move as Nick prepares to blast off into space.


Alumni in Action
Watch Dr. David Bowling '79 pilot his hot air balloon in the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off.


My Hero and the Man I Knew
Like virtually all of my fellow cadets in the mid-1980s at the Air Force Academy, I knew of John McCain before I actually knew him.


AFA Scientist Uses Butterfly Wings to Find Chemical Weapons
The wings, it seems, are nearly as reliable as spectral analysis to show the presence of chemical weapons. It just takes a specialized light and the wings do the rest. The research is part of a wide effort at the Academy that puts the brains of the school's 4,000 cadets to work solving real-world problems for the Air Force. The undergraduate research program has come up with new ideas for body armor, launched swarms of drones and helped combat rust in aging planes.


Long Blue Line: Meet Cadet 1st Class Brianna Martinez
For me, being a part of the long blue line means being a part of a legacy. Many people cannot fathom this place and the differing challenges it gives to people. It's a legacy full of tradition and sacrifice that many do not know personally, yet respect so greatly.


Long Blue Line: Meet Cadet 2nd Class James Roberts
Being a first-generation cadet, it definitely took my family in a new direction. My parents have been supportive of every decision I've made, and to that end I'm incredibly thankful.


Long Blue Line: Meet Cadet 3rd Class Faith Van Havel
I wanted to come to the Air Force Academy because of my desire to serve my nation and protect its fundamental principles of liberty and freedom from the assaults of the world.


Long Blue Line: Meet Cadet 3rd Class Thomas Chandler
Listening to stories from both my father, retired Gen. Carrol H. Chandler, Class of 1974, and my brother, Capt. Carl M. Chandler, Class of 2012, I knew USAFA really felt like the right fit for me. It is what I want to do with my life. It feels like an adventure.

From the Bleachers

Air Force Football Blanks Stony Brook in Season Opener, 38-0
Behind a stifling defense and a steady offense, the Air Force Academy football team cruised to a 38-0 season-opening victory over Stony Brook University Saturday afternoon, Sept. 1, at Falcon Stadium.

Air Force at Florida Atlantic on Saturday
View photos from the game
Falcon Stadium gets a facelift
$1 Coffee for every Falcons win


Air Force Player's Bond with Brother Grows Through Adversity
Air Force senior defensive back Garrett Kauppila wears No. 22 in honor of the 22-month age gap between him and his older brother who is recuperating from a brain injury.


Jaci Smith Named USTFCCCA National Runner of the Week
Following an impressive performance in the season-opener, Air Force senior Jaci Smith was selected as the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's Division I National Athlete of the Week. It was one of two major awards for the senior, as she was also selected as the Mountain West Runner of the Week.


Falcons to Host Amy Svoboda Memorial Classic
The Falcons' annual home tournament is named after Amy Svoboda, a 1989 Academy graduate and four-year letterwinner on the Air Force volleyball team, who was killed during an A-10 training accident in 1997. Svoboda, who earned MVP honors during her senior season with the Falcons, was one of the first 14 female fighter pilots in the Air Force — and one of the first six to fly the A-10.


Extra Yard for Teachers
Air Force Athletics announces a promotion to support local teachers.

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