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April 3, 2019
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Founders Day
On Monday, April 1st, the Air Force Academy celebrated its 65th birthday. With the signature of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the U.S Air Force Academy was established on April 1, 1954.

Like us on social media for coverage of Friday night's USAFA Founders Day dinner

Air Force Academy to recognize latest distinguished graduates

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USAFA Founders Day: 'All of Us Signed Up as a Desire to Serve Our Nation'
Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria '85 visited Boise, Idaho, yesterday for the annual AOG Chapter Air Force Academy Founders Day celebration at a new location this year among some classic old planes.

  AOG Chapter

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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USAFA Endowment

Born Joins USAFA Endowment Board
Retired Brig. Gen. Dana H. Born '83 has joined the board of directors for the United States Air Force Academy Endowment.


Help the Rodeo Team Come Out on Top
The USAFA Rodeo Team is on a mission to raise $10,000 through crowdfunding to help cover the cost of competition fees, travel, uniforms and maintaining their horses. The team competes in 10 regional rodeos each season, participating in team roping, breakaway roping, barrel racing, bull riding and bronc riding events.


Heighten Your USAFA Impact
Your gift to the Air Force Academy Fund enables the USAFA Endowment to fulfill its mission of providing ongoing transformative support to the Air Force Academy and its mission of developing leaders of character for the nation. Annual gifts of $1,000 or more to the Air Force Academy Fund qualify donors for special Sabre Society recognition.


Celebrating Excellence
The USAFA Endowment hosted a reception Celebrating Excellence for donors and friends March 20, 2019. The event, staged at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, featured Ben Garland '10 as the keynote speaker. Click the link above to see photos of the event.

Grads in the News

Lt. Gen. Harrigian Nominated to Receive Fourth Star; Head USAFE
Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian '85, now the deputy commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa, has been nominated to receive his fourth star and to lead the command.


Women's History Month: Academy Grad Chooses Barriers 'Important Enough to Break'
Air Force Academy graduate Tracy La Tourrette '92 is Colorado's first female fighter pilot and one of the first women in the world to fly fighter aircraft.

  Breaking Barriers

Grad Crowned Mrs. Colorado
Congratulations to 1st Lt. Rachael Preslar '15 who was crowned Mrs. Colorado on Saturday night. She is the first active duty Air Force officer to win the title in the history of the pageant since 1954 and will be competing for the Mrs. America title in August.

  Mrs Colorado

Griffin Jax Named Air Force Male Athlete of the Year
Former Air Force Academy baseball player 2nd Lt. Griffin Jax '17 has been named the United States Air Force's 2018 Male Athlete of the Year.


AFRC General, Air Force Academy Football Standout, Reflects on Career
Brig. Gen. Christian Funk '85 has come a long way since his days as a standout defensive end on the Air Force Academy football team in the early 1980s.


ZenLedger CEO: Fortune 50 Companies Preparing for Blockchain
Patrick Larsen '02 studied material science chemistry at the United States Air Force Academy and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is a former U.S. Navy helicopter mission commander and held positions at organizations including Amazon, Vets in Tech, and Cathay Fenix. In 2017, Larsen helped create a crypto tax tool which allows cryptocurrency enthusiasts to more easily do their taxes.


Artificial Intelligence: Officer Helping Air Force Lead the Charge
Capt. Mike Kanaan '11 proved his artificial intelligence expertise in combat by leading an initiative to integrate more than five million Air Force and intelligence data sets that resulted in a 68 percent increase in Islamic State targets to be struck.


Mentorship Propels AFTC Vice Commander's Career
Col. Angela Suplisson '91 currently serves as the vice commander of the Air Force Test Center, headquartered at Edwards Air Force Base, California. She emphasizes giving back and mentoring, and being in an academic environment at the U.S. Air Force Academy allowed her to do just that.


Latimer '87 Inspires the Next Generation
Students visited Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas, Texas, to hear from former NASA pilot, Lt. Col. Kelly Latimer '87, who shared her fascinating career story. Latimer is the first female research test pilot to join NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center. During Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, Latimer flew more than 90 combat sorties. She is currently preparing to pilot Virgin Galactic's first rocket launch of 2020.


Cadets Trade Spring Break for Dirt, Debris
For the 20th year in a row, a group of Air Force Academy cadets traded a bit of rest and relaxation in favor of building or repairing homes and cleaning debris as part of the Academy's Alternate Spring Break Program.

Cadets help out area Habitat for Humanity

  Spring Break

Banquet Planned to Recognize Students Enlisting in Military
A select few of those students who choose to keep the world a safer place by enlisting will be recognized this month at the inaugural "High School to Heroes" banquet. The organizers give credit to their son, U.S. Air Force Academy cadet Ryan Cramer, for the idea.

From the Bleachers

Women's Gymnastics Sets Academy Record to Win MPSF Championship
Air Force women's gymnastics posted an Academy record team score, 195.725, to win its first-ever MPSF Championship title.


Ready Breaks Air Force RBI Record
Senior infielder Nic Ready recorded the 196th RBI of his Air Force career last week to break the all-time Academy record.

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