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October 2, 2019
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Go Air Force! Sink Navy!!
The competition for the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy begins on Saturday as Air Force football travels to Annapolis. If you're going to the game, join us for all the activities this week. You can also watch the game on CBS Sports Network (1:30 p.m. MT) and cheer along with fans online using hashtag #GoAirForce!

• It is more than a game. Let's serve the community that is hosting us! We are partnering with Light House Inc. to make 200 bagged lunches that they can hand out to those in need. Show them what being an Air Force fan is all about and sign up to help out!

  Sink Navy

Outdoor Hockey in Falcon Stadium
Get your tickets to the 2020 Navy Federal Credit Union NHL Stadium Series™ before they go on sale to the public! Outdoor hockey is coming to Colorado on Feb. 15, 2020. PRESALE CODE: NHLSS20


Top 5 Things To Do Now That the Cadet Chapel Is Closed
The Cadet Chapel might be closed for renovations, but there's still a lot for visitors to do and see on the Air Force's only academy. We'll add the Heritage Trail here at Doolittle Hall leading to the Southeast Asia Memorial Pavilion to the list!

  Top 5
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USAFA Endowment

Crowdfunding Opportunities
The USAFA Endowment FalconFunder site has four active crowdfunding campaigns. They support gifts to the Dean's Discretionary Fund in honor of retired dean Andrew Armacost, the USAFA Handball Team, the USAFA Women's Ultimate Frisbee Team and the USAFA Rodeo Cadet Club.


Arbaughs Have Long History of Support
"As cadets and officers, we all developed a keen sense of duty," says Dana Arbaugh '70. "Without a doubt, those of us who clearly see the nexus of Air Force Academy graduation to life's successes have a duty to both give back and influence fellow graduates to do the same."


Help Increase the Alumni Participation Rate
Your margin of impact increases with participation. Increased alumni participation in fundraising efforts can offer more than a margin of excellence for Air Force Academy cadets and programs. An institution's alumni participation rate can affect rankings and funding decisions from corporations and foundations. The USAFA Endowment can help you create meaningful and transformative experiences for cadets today and in the future.

  Support USAFA

Stamps Leadership Scholar Video
2nd Lt. Samantha Potter '19 studied the intersection between displacement and U.S. national security as a Stamps Leadership Scholar at the Air Force Academy. Her research included a trip to Ukraine where she interviewed displaced persons, Red Cross workers and soldiers. Potter's research was made possible by the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation and other donors.

Grads in the News

AF Academy Officer To Be Promoted To Brigadier General
The Senate confirmed President Donald Trump's nomination for Col. Linell Letendre '96, head of the law department at the Air Force Academy, for promotion to brigadier general. Letendre has also been selected to be the Academy's dean, a position she will officially assume Oct. 17.


NASA Television to Cover Return of Astronaut Nick Hague, Crewmates
NASA astronaut and Expedition 60 Flight Engineer Nick Hague '98 and two crewmates on the International Space Station are scheduled to conclude their stay on the orbiting laboratory Thursday, Oct. 3. Live coverage of their return will begin at 11:45 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Oct. 2, on NASA Television and the agency's website.


Risk/Reward - Adventure Based Learning Program
A new adventure based learning program was launched at USAFA this summer. The challenge includes a 30-hour adventure race that takes rising third-class cadets to every corner of the Acadmey property. The brainchild of Lt. Col. Rob Marshall '01, ABL is a three-part program designed to enhance team building and leadership skills.


Special Ops RPA Pilot Returns to Academy, Mentors Cadets
Capt. Cristina Kellenbence '10 didn't grow up wanting to become a pilot; she came to the Air Force Academy looking for a quality education.


USAFA Grad Competes for Ms. Veteran America Title
Lt. Col. Naviere (Hall) Walkewicz '99 wants to offer a helping hand to fellow female military veterans who have fallen on hard times.

  Ms Veteran

Texas Middle School Dedicated to Fallen Former Student and Air Force Captain
A name and legacy to inspire students — this is how family, friends, educators, and the community paid tribute to U.S. Air Force Capt. Mark "Tyler" Voss '08 during an official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly-opened Capt. Mark Tyler Voss Middle School. Watch video.


7 Questions: Steel-Toed Boots Are Go-To Footwear for Air Force Veteran, CEO
Dyan Gibbens '04 learned to fly at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Now she's shaping the drone industry as a veteran and the CEO of Trumbull.


AF Academy Mourns Loss of Faculty Member Elaine Tendetnik
Madame Elaine Tendetnik was an instructor of French, the pioneer of the Academy Faculty Senate, a trained French chef, a sommelier, a wife, a mother and so much more. Her impact on the Air Force Academy will be felt for generations.


Academy Hosts Pathways to Prevention Summit, Promotes Healthy Relationships
Recent studies show an increase in loneliness and isolation in Americans, which can be linked to interpersonal and self-directed violence. The Air Force Academy, recognizing these issues are playing out in military and civilian communities across the country, hosted the Pathways to Prevention Summit, Sept. 23-24.

  Pathways to Prevention Summit

Class of 2022 Exemplar Dinner
Since the Class of 2000, each class has chosen someone who "exemplifies" the type of person the class wishes to emulate, with the goal of building officers with strong foundations in our nation's and our military's heritage.

  Exemplar Dinner
From the Bleachers

Falcons Beat San Jose State, 41-24
The Air Force defense had four fourth-down stops and the offense rolled up 513 total yards. Air Force (3-1) travels to Navy for the first leg of the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy, Saturday, Oct. 5, at 3:30 pm ET in Annapolis, Md.


Air Force Women Vault to No. 20 in National Rankings
Following its impressive performance at last week's Bill Dellinger Invitational, the Air Force women's cross country squad vaulted into the top 20 of the NCAA Division I Cross Country Coaches' Poll — a placement that equals their highest national ranking in Academy history.

  Cross Country

Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame
The Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2019 includes former Air Force athletic director and revered leader, John Clune. One of the most respected athletic administrators in America, the Cadet Field House basketball arena was dedicated in his honor.


Air Force Vet Takes on 39th Season of 'Survivor'
Missy Byrd, former Air Force basketball player and brain tumor survivor, is competing on the television show "Survivor" this season.


Ready for Football? Tailgate with Us!
Join the AOG, USAFA Endowment and ARDI as we gather Air Force fans from around the country at our away game tailgates this season!
• Oct. 5 — AF at Navy (SOLD OUT)
• Oct. 19 — AF at Hawaii
• Nov. 9 — AF at New Mexico
• Nov. 16 — AF at CSU

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