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December 23, 2019
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Happy Holidays from the AOG!
The Association of Graduates wishes you and yours a wonderful Holiday Season and a Happy New Year. It's been an eventful and productive 2019 here at the AOG, thanks to our increasingly engaged graduate community, USAFA permanent party members, cadets and parents. Here at Doolittle Hall, I witness daily the efforts of our staff to serve you and the Academy. It's truly an honor to be a part of it. We look forward to an equally positive year in 2020.

During this special season, I encourage everyone to take time to serve others in your family, in the graduate community and in your communities. As cadets, we took an oath to serve our nation. But the service we committed to is truly for a lifetime. Go out and make a difference!

Marty Marcolongo, Class of 1988
AOG President and CEO


Checkpoints Online
The December issue of Checkpoints Online features USAFA grads helping conduct critical tests for the Air Force. Edwards Air Force Base has been the home of testing for the Air Force for decades. Watch a bonus video catching up with a few Zoomies there to see the varied roles they are playing in the test world.


DOD Opens Space Force: AF Academy Supt Says Cadets Will Continue to Contribute to Space Mission, Research
Air Force Academy cadets are known for making advances with their research and scientific discoveries, but the effect they'll have in space just got a lot bigger with the Defense Department unveiling its new U.S. Space Force.

  Space Force

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.


Young Alumni Excellence Award Nominations
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
7258' — Your Association at Work
Read the latest issue of the AOG's newsletter.

USAFA Endowment

New Endowment Board Directors
Three Air Force Academy graduates joined the USAFA Endowment board of directors this fall: Dr. John Childs '94, Tanner Doss '09 and Wes Stowers '76.

  USAFA Endowment

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

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.


Crowdfunding Projects
The USAFA Endowment is assisting in crowdfunding efforts for seven initiatives through the end of 2019. Funds collected help support cadet clubs and academic initiatives.

  Falcon Funder

New Tax Law Does Not Affect IRA Gifts
On Dec. 20, the president signed into law a budget bill that includes tax treatment pertaining to various retirement programs. Individual retirement accounts (IRA) will have a number of new provisions, effective Jan. 1, 2020.

  New Tax Law
Grads in the News

Winter Graduation
Congratulations to our Class of 2019 winter graduates joining the Long Blue Line.

  Winter Graduation

Vermont Air National Guard Selects Next Wing Commander
The nineteenth wing commander for the 158th Fighter Wing was selected at the Vermont Air National Guard over December drill weekend. Col. David Shevchik '99 will assume command of the 158th Fighter Wing.


Col. Lanier Assumes Command Of 916th ARW
There's new leadership for the 916th Air Refueling Wing at the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, as Col. Stephen "Steve" Lanier '90, Commander of the 315th Operations Group, assumed command of the 916th Air Refueling Wing.


Cadet Scholars to Study in U.K., China Next Year
Five senior cadets will study abroad next year after graduating from the Air Force Academy, courtesy of two high-level scholarships. Cadets 1st Class Zach Bailey, Mary Hood and Katie Scheibner received the Marshall Scholarship, while Cadets 1st Class Youssef Abubaker and Gordon McCulloh received the Schwarzman Scholarship.


AF Academy Cadet Wins Big at Cyber Competition
When the dust settled at a Department of Homeland Security cyber competition, a senior cadet at the Air Force Academy took first place in the event's individual challenge.

  Host Wing

Academy to Launch Dining Card System, Expand Options for Cadets
The Air Force Academy will roll out a pilot program expanding cadet dining options early next year.

From the Bleachers

Air Force Digital Bowl Guide
Don't forget that Air Force plays in the 2019 Cheez-It Bowl against Washington State in Phoenix on Friday, Dec. 27.

Join us for all the bowl week activities!
Twelve Falcons honored by Colorado Chapter of National Football Foundation
Isaiah Sanders named one of three finalist for Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year Award

  Bowl Game
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