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April 30, 2020
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Public Health Emergency at Academy Extended for 30 Days, Some Restrictions Lifted
After the base commander extended the public health emergency at the Air Force Academy until May 23, Col. Brian Hartless, 10th Air Base Wing commander, also announced he intends to reopen parts of the base, a move in line with Colorado Gov. Jared Polis' "safer at home" order.


Academy Unveils Memorials Honoring Air Force Campaigns at Falcon Stadium
When Falcon Stadium opens after the global COVID-19 pandemic abates, sports fans will see a series of memorials honoring airmen who fought in campaigns around the world. Today, the memorial highlights five campaigns: The Berlin Airlift, Operations Allied Force, Desert Storm, Inherent Resolve and Linebacker II. The goal is to eventually include as many as 20 campaigns placed on the walls between the tiers of seats at the stadium.

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Air Force Academy Foundation

The coronavirus has affected operations at the Air Force Academy and supporting foundations. On #GivingTuesdayNow (May 5) the Air Force Academy Foundation will be asking donors who are able to support the unrestricted Air Force Academy Fund, providing much-needed assistance to the Academy, the Association of Graduates and the Air Force Academy Foundation. Thank you for your support.

  Giving Tuesday

Rallying the Troops
When graduating seniors were battling through their last weeks of classes, dealing with COVID-19 restrictions and the deaths of two classmates, Academy graduates and friends offered comfort through the Squadron Morale Boost campaign, providing gift baskets and notes of encouragement to every cadet.

  Rally Troops

Gift Planning From Home
With reports that more people are reviewing and creating up-to-date estate plans during their "time at home," the Air Force Academy Foundation has resources you can download to help guide you through the processes of working on your will or trust. Two resources include the Essential Information Organizer and The Importance of and Necessary Steps to Estate Planning.


Beware of COVID-19 Scams
The Federal Trade Commission offers some simple tips about how to avoid scams related to the coronavirus. Learn how to protect yourself and your family by following their suggestions on the FTC website.

Grads in the News

Family, Friends Surprise Phoenix Couple Just Graduating from Air Force Academy
Family and friends surprised a Phoenix couple who recently graduated from the Air Force Academy, as a parade of cars lined the street for 2nd Lt. Ryan Delung '20 and 2nd Lt. Laura Wood '20.

  Drive By

Local U.S. Air Force Academy Graduate Celebrates Accomplishment
U.S. Air Force Academy graduate from the Class of 2020, 2nd Lt. Alexander Samaniego '20, celebrated graduation with a drive-by surprise.

  Drive By

Higher Education: AF Academy Cadet Earns Truman Scholarship
A cadet majoring in legal studies and humanities at the Air Force Academy is one of 62 college students throughout the U.S. to receive the Truman scholarship, which funds public service. "When Brig. Gen. Linell Letendre, the Academy's dean, shared the news, I could not stop smiling," said Cadet 2nd Class Aryemis Brown, scholarship winner.


The Power of a Good Teacher: Cadet Asks Influential Teacher to Commission Him into U.S. Space Force
C1C Kishan Patel was commissioned in a virtual ceremony by Lt. Col. Karin McWhorter '98, his former high school teacher, and a member of the Academy's faculty.

From the Bleachers

Zane Lewis Signed as a Priority Free Agent by NFL's Arizona Cardinals
Air Force's Zane Lewis, a 2020 Academy graduate, has been signed as a priority free agent by the National Football League's Arizona Cardinals. Lewis was a three-year lettermen and two-year starter for the Falcons. Lewis recorded 45 total tackles and a team-best 15 pass breakups last season. He ranked fourth in the Mountain West and 20th nationally in pass breakups.


TJ Fumagalli Named Mountain West Women's Tennis Player of the Year
Senior TJ Fumagalli was named Mountain West Women's Tennis Player of the Year for the 2019-20 season. The honor is the first-ever MW Player of the Year accolade for the women's tennis program at Air Force. Fumagalli and fellow senior Nadeen Lieberman also earned all-conference doubles honors.

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