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April 18, 2019
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Academy Superintendent Shares Successes, Challenges at Annual 'State of the Academy' Brief
The Air Force Academy's top officer hosted his State of the U.S. Air Force Academy briefing in Polaris Hall on April 12. Lieutenant Gen. Jay Silveria '85, the Academy's superintendent, said the annual briefings are among the many ways the Academy communicates with its community.


USAFA Denim Day 2019
On April 24, USAFA will be participating in an international event called Denim Day to make a visual statement that the institution stands up against victim blaming and sexual violence. Please join USAFA and wear denim to show your support.

  Denim Day

Ansel Adams' Little-Known Role In Envisioning The Air Force Academy Campus
Ansel Adams is known for his iconic black and white photographs of Yosemite National Park and of Japanese-Americans in internment camps during World War II, among other work. In the 1950s, he was commissioned to take very specific, large-format landscape photographs of the site for the future Air Force Academy.


Liver Transplant Recipient is Latest Air Force Academy Cadet for a Day
Clyde Hoffman loves planes. The Colorado Springs sixth grader researches planes, aircraft safety, and airports in his free time, and flies model planes with his dad on the weekends. Thanks to a partnership between the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Air Force Academy, he was the newest Cadet for a Day at the Air Force Academy.

  Cadet for a Day

Commandant Update: 47-Month Cadet Development System
The strength of our development program depends upon purposeful training tied to Air Force commissioning requirements. Together, our Cadet Wing leadership team charged our Cadet Wing Curriculum Team with creating a lasting framework for the cadets, Cadet Wing permanent party, and future commandants.

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Expanding Horizons
Donors who contributed to the renovation and reopening of the Air Force Academy's Planetarium and STEM Center were honored April 6 at a celebration hosted by the United States Air Force Academy Endowment. An online photo album offers highlights of the evening.


Cubic Corporation Donates $1 Million to Support Center for Cyber Innovation
Cubic is addressing cyber through its sponsorship of senior capstone projects, involvement with AF CyberWorx, and most recently, a $1 million gift toward the construction of the new United States Air Force Center for Cyber Innovation at USAFA.

  Cyber Innovation

What's the Plan?
Having a good estate plan in place is important. It's a relief to know that your assets are documented and that your wishes for their distribution are in order. The USAFA Endowment's Planned Giving website offers information on the basics of estate planning.


Earn Sabre Society Recognition
Make a gift of $1,000 or more to the Air Force Academy Fund and receive Sabre Society recognition. Gifts to the Air Force Academy Fund help the USAFA Endowment fulfill its mission to provide enhanced support to the Academy, cadets and graduates.

Grads in the News

National Women's Hall of Fame
Nicole Malachowski '96 was one of 10 women to be inducted this year into the National Women's Hall of Fame.


Remembering Sijan
Team Buckley came together to remember Capt. Lance Sijan '65 at a viewing of a documentary about his life.


Marching Orders
Vietnam War veteran and retired U.S. Air Force Major Gen. Edward Mechenbier '64 was held as a prisoner of war from 1967 to 1973 in North Vietnam. He recounts his experiences and how they taught him to persevere in the most challenging circumstances.


Grad Appointed as Adjutant General of Florida
Governor Ron DeSantis announced his appointment of Maj. Gen. James O. Eifert '82 as the next Adjutant General of Florida.


Grad Succeeds Testek Founder as CEO of Testek/Avtron
Testek, LLC and Avtron Aerospace announced that Bruce DeWitt '83 has been named the new Chief Executive Officer of Testek/Avtron, effective February of this year. DeWitt succeeded one of Testek's original founders in the leadership role.


2019 Truman Scholars
Congratulations to C2C Karlee Xander, a 2019 Truman Scholar. While balancing academic, military and physical training, Karlee traveled to Japan to study abroad for six months, volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, organized community outreach events, and now serves as the 2019 Basic Cadet Training Deputy Commander.

  Truman Scholar

Cadet Honored at Aviation Week Network's Annual Laureate Awards
Cadet 1st Class Ryan Olson was selected for the Tomorrow's Leader Award. He is an Astronautical Engineering major at the Academy and is an active member of the FalconSAT program. As a member of this capstone project, Olson is contributing to the design of the next satellite for the program.


Cadets Among e-Fest 2019 Finalists
Ryan McKenna, Joseph Johnson, Jack Smith, Caleb Stuffle and Sean McGinty represented USAFA at the largest undergraduate entrepreneurship competition in the U.S. Their U-Wash app and platform, which outsources laundry chores, was one of 25 finalists from across the nation.

From the Bleachers

Air Force Concludes USA Gymnastics Collegiate Nationals with Five All-Americans, Pair of National Champions
The Air Force women's gymnastics team concluded action in the 2019 USA Gymnastics Collegiate Nationals with five All-Americans earning 11 accolades, and a pair of individual national champions in junior Anna Salamone and sophomore Tyler Davis.


Kyle Haak wins Senior Class Award
Air Force forward Kyle Haak has been selected as the 2018-19 Senior CLASS Award winner for NCAA Division I men's hockey. The award, chosen by a nationwide vote of Division I men's hockey coaches, national hockey media and fans, is given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in Division I men's hockey. Haak is the second student-athlete from Air Force to win the Senior CLASS Award for men's hockey after Jacques Lamoureux in 2011.


Calling All Past USAFA Philmont Rangers
Have you been back to Philmont on a trek since your days as a USAFA Ranger? Do you miss hiking the scenic trails, the aspen covered hills, the smell of Ponderosa Pine, or watching the sunrise from the top of the Tooth of Time? Interested in designing and participating in a 5-day, 4-night trek with your family and other staff alumni? The Philmont Staff Association (PSA) is looking for you. We are missing many of the USAFA Rangers' information in the staff database, so please contact Dollie O'Neill at the PSA office 575-376-1138 to update your information. Visit the PSA website to learn more about the PSA and how it continues to support Philmont and Waite Phillips' vision. While there, consider joining the PSA at one of the membership levels ranging from a yearly $20 e-membership up to a one time $595 life membership. IWGBTP!

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