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December 13, 2019
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USAFA Distinguished Graduate Award Honorees Announced
The United States Air Force Academy and the Association of Graduates are proud to announce five Distinguished Graduate Award honorees for 2019.

Col. (Ret.) Leslie Denend '63, Mr. Fletcher "Flash" Wiley' 65, Gen. (Ret.) Norton "Norty" Schwartz '73, Gen. (Ret.) Edward Rice Jr. '78 and Mr. John "Jack" Kucera '78 will receive their awards at the annual Founders Day banquet Friday, April 3, 2020, at the Air Force Academy.


Single CEO Position
Are you interested in applying for the position of single CEO of the USAFA Association of Graduates and USAFA Endowment? Learn more and apply by Jan. 15, 2020.


Checkpoints Online
The December issue of Checkpoints Online features USAFA grads helping conduct critical tests for the Air Force. You'll also learn more about the USAFA Cemetery, sexual assault prevention efforts and find extra bonus articles online.


Andrew Armacost: UND's 13th President
Former USAFA Dean of Faculty, Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Andrew Armacost, has been selected as 13th president of the University of North Dakota.

  Former Dean

Wreaths Across America
On Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, at 10 a.m. there will be a wreath-laying ceremony at the USAFA Cemetery. Organizers are requesting support for this event. To sponsor a wreath, please go to wreathsacrossamerica.org/pages/33065 and click on the "Sponsor Wreaths" red button. If you sponsor two wreaths, the Academy Cemetery will receive a third wreath free.

  Wreaths Across America

Young Alumni Excellence Award Nominations Now Open
Each spring, the Association of Graduates has the pleasure of honoring graduates who attended the United States Air Force Academy within the last 15 years with our Young Alumni Excellence Award. The award is presented on the basis of the recipient's outstanding professional achievements and contributions to their community, whether in military or civilian life. Nomination deadline: Jan. 10, 2020.

  Young Alumni
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USAFA Endowment

#GivingTuesday Was a Smashing Success
More than 450 graduates, families and friends supported the U.S. Air Force Academy through the USAFA Endowment on #GivingTuesday Dec. 3. Together, they donated nearly $145,000 to class reunion gift projects, the Air Force Academy Fund and other programs.

  Giving Tuesday

When One Door Closes, Another Opens
While retired Col. David Schutt '71 has had a very successful career as a doctor, it was not possible without overcoming challenges, staying positive and focusing on the new door that opened after one closed.


2020 Air Force Academy Fund Calendar
The 2020 Air Force Academy Fund calendar will be mailed to Air Force Academy Fund donors this month. The calendar features photos from cadets, staff, parents and graduates, showcasing new perspectives of the Academy. It's not too late to get your copy; all it takes is a donation to the Air Force Academy Fund in 2019.


End-of-Year Giving
As you plan your end-of-year charitable giving, the USAFA Endowment has created a web page to help answer questions about deadlines, gift types and matching gifts.

  Year End Donations
Grads in the News

Forbes Magazine's 30 Under 30
Capt. Julian Gluck '12, a B-52 pilot whose dedication to volunteering both at home and abroad earned him recognition in 2018 as Air Force Times' Airman of the Year, has been named one of Forbes magazine's "30 Under 30."


Wings Over The Rockies Honors 'Sully'
Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum honored Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger '73 with its 2019 Spreading Wing Award on Dec. 5. We shared a photo with Sully and Academy C1Cs attending the gala on social media.


Senior Faculty Members Confirmed as Permanent Professors
The Air Force Academy recognized two new permanent professors at an investiture ceremony in Polaris Hall, Dec. 6. Academy superintendent, Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria '85, formally invested Col. Richard Cooney '93, department of behavioral sciences and leadership, and Col. Douglas Wickert '95, department of aeronautics.


Grad Honored With North Carolina Lawyers Weekly Diversity Award
Jocelyn Mitnaul Mallette '07 is a 2019 recipient of a North Carolina Lawyers Weekly Diversity & Inclusion Award for advancing diversity in the legal profession and the community.


Veterans Reach for Their Dreams in 'Shark Tank' Spinoff Contest
Contest judge Rebecca Gray '94, executive director of military and veteran affairs for Comcast NBCUniversal, said her military training has helped her succeed with multiple startups.


Meet the Dads Who Are Redefining the Role of a Military Spouse
Renee and Jeremy Hilton '95 were both active duty military when their first child was born 17 years ago with special needs. One of them had to step back from their career to provide full-time care for their daughter.

  Military Spouse

Morgan Hired as Lamar Head Coach
San Diego State quarterbacks coach Blane Morgan '99 has been hired as head coach at Lamar University. Morgan played quarterback at the Air Force Academy and he coached for the Falcons from 2003-14.


Academy Cadets Raise Money, Send International Cadet Home for Holidays
The distance between Colorado and Cambodia is more than 8,000 miles — a lot farther than the average college student travels to get home for winter break.

  Home for Holidays

AF Academy's 'Host Wing' Commander Concentrates on Community, Family
Everything the 10th ABW does is to serve the Air Force's only academy, Col. Brian Hartless said. He and the more than 3,000 service members and civilians he commands are responsible for the base's medical services, readiness, security, civil engineering, community service and more.

  Host Wing

Prep School Spotlight: LEAD Airmen Share Their Stories
Admission to Air Force Academy is highly competitive and each year more qualified candidates apply than there are spots available. Of those who are not accepted, candidates with the most potential are offered positions at the Air Force Academy Preparatory School — including prior enlisted airmen who are admitted through the Leaders Encouraging Airmen Development Program.


Academy UAS Center Prepares Cadets for Future Fight
The UAS program is unique in part because of its air operations center immersion capstone and the horizontal integration of research programs underway in academic departments like computer engineering. The Air Force Academy brought a cutting-edge, multi-drone light show to its campus last month. Watch video.


No Christmas Eve Services Being Held at the Air Force Academy's Historic Chapel
No services are being held at the Cadet Chapel on Christmas Eve this year and for many, it's a yearly tradition. A renovation project is underway with major structural work taking place, so the Chapel is closed to the public.


Academy Deer Hunt Set for Dec. 14-15
The Air Force Academy's Natural Resources Office will hosts a controlled deer hunt Dec. 14-15.

  Deer Hunt
From the Bleachers

Air Force Selected for Cheez-It Bowl vs. Washington State
The Falcons (10-2) take on Washington State (6-6) on Friday, Dec. 27, at 8:15 p.m. MT at Chase Field in Phoenix.

Register for the Air Force Pregame at the Cheez-It Bowl (Friday)
Register for the Air Force Tee-Off at the Cheez-It Bowl (Thursday)
Air Force has six named to all-Mountain West team
Now #24 Air Force football nationally ranked for first time since 2010

  Bowl Game

Air Force Women Are Back-to-Back Champs
In what might have been the hardest-hitting game of the weekend, the Air Force women's rugby team held off a determined Navy squad to win their second straight national title.


Lexi Romero Named to the United Soccer Coaches All-Pacific Region Second Team
Air Force Academy women's soccer freshman forward Lexi Romero was named to the United Soccer Coaches All-Pacific Region Second Team. She becomes the ninth AF player to earn All-Region honors in program history.

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