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March 22, 2019
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AOG Election Results: View the Results
The election results are in! The Board and the AOG staff sincerely thank all of the voting members for their active role in their Association of Graduates.


Air Force Academy's Class of '22 Gets 'Recognized'
The Class of 2022 marked its formal induction into the Cadet Wing March 9 after taking on the rigors of Recognition. Recognition is an intensive military training assessment that includes a variety of physical, mental and emotional challenges to measure how well the cadets have performed as individuals and team members since arriving for Basic Cadet Training at the Academy in June.


Academy Welcomes Newest 'Cadet for a Day'
Since 2000, the Academy has partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to host children like Je'Moni and their families as part of its Cadet For a Day program.

  Cadet For A Day

Service Academy Global Summit 2019 — Early Bird Savings Ends Soon
The 5th annual Service Academies Global Summit ("SAGS 2019") will be held at the Westin Annapolis, in Annapolis, Maryland, on June 11-13, 2019. The purpose of SAGS is to develop, inspire and promote fellowship, leadership/professional development and service for the "super-community" of graduates worldwide from the five U.S. Service Academies. Register now!

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USAFA Endowment

Watch the NCLS Outstanding Airmen of the Year Panel
The Class of '93 and other Endowment friends contributed to the Outstanding Airmen of the Year panel discussion at the 2019 National Character and Leadership Symposium. The Class of '93 Panel Fund was created to support an annual NCLS panel to strategically connect cadets and USAFA to exceptional airmen across the Air Force.


Making the Greatest Impact
The USAFA Endowment had its most successful fundraising year ever in 2018, raising nearly $28 million for Air Force Academy projects and programs. Jennifer Bateman, vice president of development, offers some highlights from the banner year.


Making the Most of Charitable Giving
A donor-advised fund can provide you with immediate tax benefits while making your charitable giving easier for years to come. Find out if a donor-advised fund might be right for you.

  Gift Planning

Seeing the World With New Eyes
Cadets are pushing beyond the walls of the classroom and gaining valuable leadership experience on a global scale through the Cultural Immersion Program supported by the George and Carol Olmsted Foundation, the Academy Class of '81 and USAFA Endowment donors.

  Seeing the World
Grads in the News

Air Force Academy Cadets Honor Fallen Graduate
The Air Force Academy honored Capt. Mark Weber, a 2011 graduate killed in a helicopter crash while serving in Iraq, on the one-year anniversary of his death with a memorial and dedication ceremony March 15.


Astronaut Nick Hague '98 Reaches Space Station with US-Russian Crew
A Russian-American crew arrived at the International Space Station five months after a failed launch led to an emergency landing for two of the three astronauts.


Air Force Secretary Wilson to Resign in May, Return to Academia
Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson '82 said she is resigning to become president of the University of Texas at El Paso, returning to her academic roots.


Space Pioneer Charts a Course for Future Astronauts
Seeing few astronauts who looked like himself, Livingston L. Holder, Jr. '78 helps young scientists of color see their faces in STEM careers.


Trump Picks Former Delta Executive as F.A.A. Chief
President Trump named Stephen Dickson '79, a former Delta Air Lines executive, as his choice to become the permanent head of the Federal Aviation Administration.


Wolters Tapped to Serve as Next NATO Supreme Allied Commander, EUCOM Commander
U.S. Air Force Gen. Tod Wolters '82 was nominated to be the next commander of U.S. European Command and Supreme Allied Commander at NATO, the Pentagon announced.


NBA: Former Air Force Lt. Gen. Flying High as Head of NBA Referees
Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson '81 has reached the upper echelons of two very different but equally male-dominated fields and credits her decorated military career with helping her serve as the NBA's head of referee operations.


Air Force Academy Senior Leader and Cadet Candidate Break Innovation Barriers
Cadet 1st Class Yann Wollman and Col. Houston Cantwell, the Academy's vice superintendent, presented their idea — the "What's Up" App for event planning — to senior leaders during the first Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center Innovation Rodeo.


Air Force Academy Cadets Test Sensors Designed to Improve Warfighter Abilities
Cadets at the Air Force Academy helped the Air Force and one of the Academy's research partners, a public firm specializing in biology and applied physics, test a prototype of a human-behavior sensor designed to check their perspiration.


Cadets Grab Attention on World-Wide Debate Stage
Two senior cadets have made a name for themselves and the Air Force Academy on the global forensics competition circuit. Air Force Cadets 1st Class Samantha Potter and Ciera White have debated against students at Harvard and Stanford, the universities of Oxford and Cape Town, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and others in the last year.


Academy Cadet Patents Sensors on "Freedom Cane," an Anti-Fall Device
Cadet 2nd Class Mary Hood started her journey to develop a technologically advanced anti-fall device, or "Freedom Cane," while preparing for her high school science fair in 2015.

  Freedom Cane

Air Force Retires 19-Year-Old So He Can Focus On Recovery
A 19-year-old Air Force Academy cadet is making a miraculous recovery at Children's Hospital Colorado. Last year, Nishanth Kalavakolanu started having seizures. They got so bad doctors were forced to put him into a medically induced coma that lasted nine weeks.


Healthy Eating Initiative at Air Force Academy Designed to Promote Fitness, Readiness
Each year, more than 1,200 first-term enlisted service members are let go from the Defense Department for failure to meet weight standards. The Air Force Academy is working to avoid such health issues with its Smart Fueling Initiative.

From the Bleachers

Michael Rhoads Named MW Indoor Athlete of the Year
Following a stellar indoor campaign that included All-American accolades, a conference title and an Academy record, Air Force junior Michael Rhoads was named the Mountain West Men's Indoor Track and Field Student-Athlete of the Year. Rhoads, the first Air Force athlete to earn the annual conference award during the indoor season, joins former Academy standouts Joey Uhle '15 and Jamiel Trimble '18, who captured the honor during the outdoor season.


Academy eSports Team Wraps Up 1st Season
"There are many benefits to eSports similar to what can be gained from participating in traditional sports," said Capt. Terrence Knock, eSports club officer in charge. "The cadets gain experience working as a team in dynamic communication, leadership, followership, good sportsmanship, and resilience."

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