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February 8, 2019
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Voting Underway!
By now, eligible AOG voters should have received a ballot — either via email or through a letter of instruction — from Survey & Ballot Systems (SBS), the company conducting the 2019 election.

If you haven't yet received your ballot, check your spam folder or trash folder to see if the communication was inadvertently labeled as spam. If you still can't find it, contact us at elections@aogusafa.org or call 719-472-0300 for help.


SERVICE: Air Force Academy Graduate Wins NFL's Salute To Service Award
Ben Garland '10 was recognized by the league and USAA for his exceptional efforts to honor and support members of the military community.


Air Force Space Command Commander Visits Academy Cadets During Warrior Weekend
Gen. Jay Raymond, the commander of Air Force Space Command and the Joint Force Space Component Command, spoke to cadets at the Air Force Academy to kick-off Warrior Weekend at Arnold Hall, Jan. 25.


AF Wings of Blue Wins Big at Collegiate Championships
Last month, the competitive parachute team from the Air Force Wings of Blue won 37 medals at the National Collegiate Parachuting Championships.

  Wings of Blue
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USAFA Endowment

Cyber Command
The Academy is becoming a nerve center for important cyber research. The Endowment is committed to raising at least $65 million toward the construction of the new United States Air Force Center for Cyber Innovation at the United States Air Force Academy.


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You can give a gift to support a specific Academy project, program or department that matches your unique interests. Explore the many options that are available through the Endowment.


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Compare Planned Gift Options
The planned gift that is best for you depends on your goals for the gift. We've created a chart that lets you compare the characteristics of your choice of gift plans.

  Planned Gift
Grads in the News

Air Force's F-16 Viper Demonstration Team Commander Is the Real Captain Marvel
No offense to Carol Danvers, but there's a real Captain Marvel in the Air Force breaking glass ceilings. The Air Force recently made Capt. Zoe "SiS" Kotnik '11 the first female pilot to command the F-16 Viper Demo Team.


Giving Back
Chad Hennings '88, a three-time Super Bowl champion with the Dallas Cowboys, stopped by Doolittle Hall to talk about class giving efforts.


Grad Named Head Football Coach at Kentucky State University
Charlie Jackson '00, an Atlanta Falcons assistant coach for the past two seasons, is the new head football coach at Kentucky State University.


From Air Force One to Bench Boss
Lt. Col. (Ret.) Mark Manney '83 piloted Air Force One for Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. These days, he's following another passion coaching a local hockey team.


From Colonel to Counsel: Air Force Veteran Starts Second Career in Law
Lawyering runs in William "Goose" Changose's family. His grandfather was an attorney, and his father went to law school. Changose '83 liked law too, but law school would have to wait a few years.


Grad Named to Pennsylvania Business Central's Top 100
Every year, Pennsylvania Business Central celebrates the top 100 people in business and economic development who have learned how to develop their organizations and communities. One honoree, Steve Heinz '76, is founder and CEO of EnergyCAP, Inc.


Serving, Saving, Shaping
Maj. Gen. Mark E. Smith '74, the Civil Air Patrol's 24th national commander, talks about life-changing mentor who guided him to the Air Force Academy and his mission to build CAP cadets into leaders of the future.


Academy Celebrates Research Efforts at Annual Ceremony
This year's research programs at the Air Force Academy were funded to the tune of $40 million and that cost is paying dividends, said the dean of faculty at the school's research awards ceremony.


Academy Professor Leads New DOD Hypersonic Research Institute
Defense Department leaders are seeking to combat the weaponization of hypersonic capabilities by peer adversaries.


Academy Cadet Wins Mock Trial Competition
An Air Force Academy cadet took the "top attorney" award at a legal competition in Boulder.


Academy Cadet Candidate Named Among 2019 Spark Tank Finalists
Out of 320 submissions, six finalists were selected, including cadet candidate Usama Bamieh, who developed Lexi, an innovative computer software that assists Air Force weather forecasters.

  Spark Tank

'From the Neck Up': AF Academy Advertises New Enlisted Academic Instructor Positions
For the first time in Air Force Academy history, enlisted airmen will be deliberately hired for faculty teaching positions.

From the Bleachers

Air Force's 2019 Football Schedule Released
Air Force's schedule features six home games, including the season opener against Colgate Saturday, Aug. 31, on Parents' Weekend at the Academy. The Falcons also host San Jose State, defending Mountain West champion Fresno State, Utah State, service academy rival Army West Point and Wyoming.


Rifle Team Wins Conference Championship Title
The Air Force rifle team took home the Patriot Rifle Conference Championships title, winning both the Smallbore and Air Rifle Championships.


Air Force Holds Off Wyoming, 81-76
Air Force men's basketball held off a late charge by Wyoming to come away with a 81-76 win Wednesday night at Clune Arena.

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