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August 5, 2020
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Eight Former Cadets Now Officers with July 30 Graduation Ceremony
The Air Force Academy's Class of 2020 grew to 975 graduates when eight new second lieutenants were added to the school's alumni roster on July 30.


Virtual March Back Video
The Academy reported that there were more than 580 participants covering more than 3,600 miles in the Virtual March Back to support of the Class of 2024. Thanks to all the grads, friends and family who participated. Watch the video!

• Watch more on the Class of 2024's journey


Cadets Return to Academy Under Strict Safety Guidelines
The Air Force Academy welcomed the entire Cadet Wing back from summer break and leaders at all levels at the school continue to prioritize the health and safety of cadets, faculty and staff.

  USAFA Return
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Air Force Academy Foundation

All Academy Challenge: United in Competition
Starting Sunday, Aug. 16, you are invited to take part in the All Academy Challenge — a friendly competition among the service academies to achieve the highest giving percentage among each graduate community. Graduates will have several options for support, including the Air Force Academy Fund, athletics, class giving projects, the Sabre Society and more. The All Academy Challenge website goes live Aug. 16.

  All Academy Challenge

Will Your Company Match Your Gift?
Thousands of companies match their employees' charitable contributions for free. Matching gifts play a crucial role at the Air Force Academy Foundation for supporting Academy, AOG and Air Force Academy Foundation operations. The Air Force Academy Foundation gratefully accepts matching gift requests provided they follow the guidelines of the company providing the match. The Foundation matching gift web page includes a search function to find out if a company participates in a matching gift program.


Funding Opportunities
The Air Force Academy Foundation raises private funds to help enhance and develop Academy programs that would not otherwise be fully funded by the government. The Academy superintendent released a list of current program and project priorities that will strengthen the Air Force Academy and advance leadership training for cadets today and for years to come. The Foundation has adopted these priorities as a guide for transformative giving opportunities from the private sector to help bolster and expand the effectiveness of each priority program.

Grads in the News

As Goldfein's Service Comes to a Close, His bond to Airmen Remains Strong
Gen. David L. Goldfein '83's four-year tenure as the 21st U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff is coming to an end. As he takes stock of a period marked by ground-breaking achievements, his most poignant and treasured memories are the bonds he forged with Airmen while engaging with them around the force over the years.


Deceased Airman Identified as Eielson Squadron Commander
Maj. Michael "Cal" Gentry '07, 354th Contracting Squadron commander, was struck by a vehicle while on a cycling trip. He served in both overseas and deployed locations throughout his career as a contracting officer and assumed command of the 354th CONS in June of 2018.


SMC's Special Programs Directorate Claims Two 2019 Air Force Acquisition and Excellence Award Wins
The Air Force has awarded the 2019 Acquisition and Excellence Awards to Lt. Col. Stephen Brogan '02 and Capt. Chante Barber '14 of the United States Space Force's Space and Missile Systems Center's Special Programs (SP) Directorate.

  Space Force Awards

Space Force Makes History with All-Female 2 SOPS Crew
The women of the 2nd Space Operations Squadron, including Academy grads Maj. Lucia White '10 and 1st Lt. Alexis Thuli '17, made history as the first ever all-female space operations crew July 23, 2020, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado.


Department of the Air Force Honors Former SecAF Heather Wilson
The official portrait of 24th Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson '82 was unveiled by 25th Secretary of the Air Force Barbara M. Barrett during a Pentagon ceremony July 28. During the ceremony, Barrett recognized Wilson for her service and achievements as the Air Force's highest-ranking civilian leader.


Captain "Sully" Sullenberger: My Aircraft
Capt. "Sully" Sullenberger '73, known for landing a plane full of passengers on the Hudson, discusses his passion for flight and his dedication to his craft.


Sayres Worked with Nuclear Missiles, Launching Rockets in the Air Force
Jimmy Sayres '93 is highlighted in a series featuring veterans sharing first-hand accounts of their military service.


Prep School BMT Graduation Video
The newest class of cadet candidates at the USAFA Prep School completed BMT last week.


Cadet Research Spotlight: Space Physics and Atmospheric Research Center Photometer
Cadet Zachary Eyler, Class of 2021, and his research advisor, Dr. Matthew McHarg, are working on a photometer, a device that measures the amount of incoming light, designed to take measurements of the Aurora.

From the Bleachers

Air Force Has School-Record 87 Earn MW Spring All-Academic Honors
Air Force placed a school-record 87 cadet-athletes on the spring academic all-Mountain West team. The previous record of 81 was set in 2015-16. To be eligible for selection, student-athletes must have completed at least one academic term at the member institution while maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better, and be a starter or significant contributor on their athletic team.

Kyle Johnson '20 named MW Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year

  Air Force
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