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July 11, 2019
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1st Annual USAFA Graduate March Back
Calling all graduates! Superintendent Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria '85 would like to invite graduates to participate in the 1st Graduate March Back. Graduates will march behind the basic cadet formation as they return from 2nd BCT and Jacks Valley on July 31st.

  March Back

All In
Families and friends caught a final glimpse of their loved ones as the Class of 2023 participated in its swearing-in ceremony on June 28, 2019.

Academy appointees start BCT fueled by family support
'Let the journey begin'
Top 9 ways for parents to survive BCT
(WebGuy is the best way!)

  Swearing In

Remains Positively Identified as Missing Cadet Candidate
Larimer County officials have positively identified the remains recovered in Rocky Mountain National Park as those of U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Candidate Micah Tice.


Today in USAFA History: Academy Dedication
"We are assembled here today, 11 July 1955, to dedicate to the service of our country the United States Air Force Academy..."

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USAFA Endowment

Submit Your Photos for the 2020 AFAF Calendar
Photo submissions are now being taken for the 2020 Air Force Academy Fund calendar. Your favorite Academy photo could be selected and could help inspire others to give to the Air Force Academy Fund. The deadline for submitting photos is Sept. 20, 2019.


"Cadet Corner" Video
2nd Lt. Austin Dewing '19 recalls the importance of exploring the historic battlefield of Gettysburg during the donor-funded Gettysburg Leadership Summit in 2018. It was "enormously impactful," Dewing said.


Enjoy Sabre Society Recognition
Donors who give $1,000 or more annually to the Air Force Academy Fund are recognized as Sabre Society-level donors. These leadership gifts from graduates, parents and friends enable the USAFA Endowment to fulfill its mission of supporting cadets, the Academy and its graduates.

  Sabre Society

Endowment Facebook Highlights Donor Impact
The USAFA Endowment uses its social media channels to highlight its commitment to the Air Force Academy and the role of donors in supporting cadet programs. Like our Facebook page to stay informed about the impact of private philanthropy across the Academy.

Grads in the News

Dr. Timothy J. Collins Appointed President of Walsh University
The Walsh University Board of Directors is proud to announce that Timothy J. Collins '82, Ed.D., has been selected as the University's seventh president.


New Commander Welcomed to Grand Forks Air Force Base
Col. Cameron Pringle '96, the newly appointed commander for the Grand Forks Air Force Base, received a warm welcome at the redesignation and change of command ceremony.


50th Space Wing Commander Holds Inaugural Commander's Call
Col. James Smith '97, 50th Space Wing commander, held his first commander's call at Schriever Air Force Base. Smith expressed his love for the space mission and his connection to it throughout his life during the call. Plus he detailed why he is committed to the mission.


10-Year Anniversary and Change of Command at the Heavy Airlift Wing
At a ceremony on the Strategic Airlift Capability premises at Pápa Air Base, Col. James S. Sparrow '93 assumed command of the Heavy Airlift Wing. He did so by accepting the Heavy Airlift Wing Flag from the hands of Brig. Gen. Michael Koscheski '92, chairman of the Strategic Airlift Capability Steering Board.


Generation Space: USAF Academy Grads Launch Satellites
Air Force Space Command's YouTube broadcast highlighted USAFA Graduates Capt. Woody Go '13 and 1st Lt. Cecily Agu '17 as they talked about the satellites they worked on at the Academy and their current assignments at the Space and Missiles Center in Los Angeles.


Former Air Force Pilot-Turned-Historian Chronicles Career and Heroism of Medal of Honor Recipient
After 25 years serving in the U.S. Air Force, Dan Simmons '78 was working as a civilian historian for the 92nd Air Refueling Wing at Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane. While reading about U.S. Air Force history as part of his job, he stumbled upon an almost unbelievable series of events experienced by a pilot during World War II.


Meet the Air Force Captain Who Has the PGA Tour in His Sights
The PGA Tour is the end goal, which at the moment feels, and is, miles away. Kyle Westmoreland '14 concedes it's not exactly a direct flight. But after years of dreaming about the chance, the captain is finally in the pilot's seat.


One Second Every Day at US Air Force Academy
C2C Fuhren Tsai shared a video of his cadet life, recorded one second at a time from every day of this past spring semester.

  One Second

Cadets Teach Their Vice Superintendent How to Freefall
Freefall forces cadets to face new challenges and push past their personal boundaries. It provides intense and effective training that positions them for success.


AF Academy, Air Education and Training Command Host Technology-infused Basic Aviation Skills Training
The Academy is hosting summer training sessions in partnership with Air Education and Training Command to explore the benefits of exposing students to basic aviation skills using virtual reality technology.


'An Exchange of Ideas': 306th FTG Instructors Visit French Air Force Academy
Instructors from the 306th Flying Training Group traveled to France last month to visit the French Air Force Academy, the Ecole de l'Air, and share information about airfield operations and the Airmanship Program here.


Air Force Academy Goes High-tech with First-responder Software
Civil engineers at the Air Force Academy say the base is the first in the Air Force to use federal software designed to improve response to major disasters.

  First Responder
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.


Sports Camps Provide Unique Leadership Experiences
Cadet athletes Kasey Stavig and Denise Ssozi served as cadet commanders during summer sports camps.

  Sports Camps

Air Force Top Service Academy for Eighth Straight Year
Air Force is the top service academy for the eighth straight year in the final 2018-19 Learfield IMG College Director's Cup standings. The Falcons finished second in the Mountain West and 67th nationally with 339.5 points.

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