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November 14, 2019
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Barrett Publicly Sworn In as Secretary of the Air Force at AF Academy
Barbara M. Barrett was publicly sworn in as the 25th Secretary of the Air Force on Nov. 2 at the symbolically potent U.S. Air Force Academy, using the high-profile location to salute the service's history and potential as it positions itself to meet future challenges.


Academy Unveils Artwork Commemorating Fall of Berlin Wall
Thirty years ago, on Nov. 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall — the ultimate sign of the Cold War and its Iron Curtain — fell. One day before this 30-year anniversary, a sculpture memorializing the historic event was unveiled at the Air Force Academy's McDermott Library.

  Berlin Wall

Video: Knights of Heroes
In the Colorado mountains, Air Force Academy graduates are helping mentor children who have lost a parent while serving our country, at a camp geared specifically toward the kids of Gold Star families.

  Knights of Heroes

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

Giving Tuesday is December 3, 2019
2019 Giving Tuesday on Dec. 3 harnesses the generosity of tens of thousands of Air Force Academy supporters around the world to provide more than a margin of excellence to the U.S. Air Force Academy, its cadets and its programs. When you click on the link, you will download a calendar reminder for the date.

  Giving Tuesday

Crowdfunding for Women's Rugby
The Air Force Academy Women's Rugby Team is anticipating another successful playoff run during the fall championship season. Supporters have set up a crowdfunding page to help support the team's travel and participation.


2020 Air Force Academy Fund Calendar
The 2020 Air Force Academy Fund calendar will be mailed to Air Force Academy Fund donors beginning in December. 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.

  Year End Donations

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.

Grads in the News

Academy Profile: 2018 Grad Continues Education at MIT
Second Lt. Austin Gadient, a 2018 Air Force Academy graduate and Charlottesville, Virginia native, is slated to earn his graduate degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology later this year.


Being in Control of U.S. Nuclear Weapons Taught Riley Vann How to Cope—and Maintain Leadership—Under Pressure
As a U.S. Air Force Nuclear and Missile Operations officer, Lt. Riley Vann '16 was one of 90 missileers overseeing the country's ballistic missiles.


Trailblazing Veteran Looks to Influence Next Generation of Aviators
Born into a military family, Maj. Jennifer-Ruth Green '05 has never been one to back down from a challenge. In January she'll become the first African-American female at the 122nd to assume a command position when she takes over the Cyber Operations Flight.


Richmond Hill Voters Elect Ott
Richmond Hill, Georgia voters elected Mark Ott '89 for a post on City Council on election day.


AF Academy's Flying Team Gets Top Prize at National Competition
The Air Force Academy's Flying Team took first place at a regional flying competition at the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Broomfield, Colorado, Oct. 21-26. It's the cadet Flying Team's 33rd consecutive win at the Region 1 National Intercollegiate Flying Association Safety and Flight Evaluation Contest.

  Flying Competition

'Mad Money' from the Academy
CNBC's "Mad Money" aired a live special Veterans Day episode from the Air Force Academy.

Watch full episode (with cable login)

  Mad Money

Taking Care of Airmen: How the AF Academy's Peak Performance Center Helped a Cadet
The Peak Performance Center is an accredited college counseling center staffed by behavioral health experts who offer short-term, individual therapy for a variety of behavioral challenges.

  Peak Performance Center
From the Bleachers

Air Force Football Having Banner Year for On- and Off-field Recognition
Multiple players being honored for all-around accomplishments.

Air Force Football earns AFCA Academic Achievement Award
Air Force at CSU on Saturday night (ESPN2)
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Air Force Wins at Army, 69-57, Earning Pilipovich 100th
Air Force men's basketball won for the first time ever at Cristl Arena in West Point, downing Army West Point, 69-57, in a hard-fought battle amongst service academy rivals Tuesday night. In the process, head coach Dave Pilipovich earned his 100th career win for the Falcons, who improved to 2-1 on the season.


Los Angeles Chargers Elevate Game by Practicing at Air Force Academy
The Los Angeles Chargers are spending a few days at the Air Force Academy ahead of their Monday night clash with Kansas City at Estadio Azteca Stadium (elevation: approximately 7,300 feet) in Mexico City.

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Academy Triathlete Preps for World Competition Next Summer
Gabriel Fels is training for the biggest race of his life. After a meteoric rise, the Air Force Academy junior will have to balance his academic and military obligations while recovering from a broken toe as he preps for the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Edmonton, Canada, next summer.


Five Air Force Academy Athletes to Watch Right Now
If you like sports, here are five Air Force Academy athletes to pay attention to this fall.

  5 Athletes
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