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December 23, 2020
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Commanders' Classic
The Lockheed Martin Commanders' Classic will feature the Air Force-Army football games in November 2021 and 2022 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.

Air Force-Navy football game to move to 20th anniversary of 9/11

  Commanders Classic

Top Air and Space Force Leaders Celebrate 1-year Anniversary of Space Force
Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett, Chief of Space Operations Gen. John W. Raymond, and Chief Master Sgt. Roger A. Towberman, Space Force senior enlisted adviser, sent a letter on Dec. 20 to all total force airmen across the Air Force to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Space Force.

Space Force personnel to be called Guardians

  Space Force

Video: Wreaths Across America Highlights
Thanks to the generous donations of USAFA graduates, family members and friends, the Academy Cemetery played host to the "Wreaths Across America" wreath laying ceremony for the fourth year in a row. Dozens of volunteers placed more than 1,350 wreaths on the graves of veterans — fulfilling the promise that "we will never forget."

  Wreaths Across America

Video: Air Force Academy Band's Holly and Ivy Virtual Holiday Concert
Celebrate the holidays as the United States Air Force Academy Band presents the 2020 Holly and Ivy holiday concert online!

  Holiday Concert
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Air Force Academy Foundation

Supporting Cyber Superiority
The U.S. Air Force has approved the naming of the new Air Force Academy cyber center as the Madera Cyber Innovation Center. Paul '78 and Joan Madera have committed the lead gift for the building and its programs. Contractors are slated to begin construction in early 2021.

  Madera Cyber Innovation Center

JCLD Conversations Edition
The Fall 2020 edition of the donor-supported Journal of Character and Leadership Development is the annual conversations issue. Read conversations with Air Force, USAFA and Cadet Wing leaders; academic leaders; and our CEO, retired Lt. Gen. Mike Gould '76.


End-of-Year Giving Guide Website
No matter how one donates to support the Air Force Academy, it is easy to make a difference. There are so many ways to give: cash, credit card, donor advised fund, IRA, securities, employer match and more! The End-of-Year Giving Guide online provides information on deadlines and requirements for most giving options.

Grads in the News

Mission Success is a Team Sport
Col. Otis Jones '95 shares priorities, leadership philosophies after five months in the USAFA vice superintendent seat.


109th Airlift Wing Commander Departing for D.C.
Col. Michelle Kilgore '92, who has led the Glenville-based Air National Guard unit since 2017, is moving to a new job at the Pentagon as a political-military affairs officer in the Strategy, Plans and Policy Directorate, which provides recommendations to the Joint Chiefs of Staff.


Thurlby Takes Command of the 188th Medical Group
The 188th Wing hosted a formal and virtual change of command ceremony, Dec. 5, 2020, as Col. Jefferson R. Thurlby '94 took command of the 188th Medical Group.


Women Leading in Technology and Impact Award
Dyan Gibbens '04, founder and CEO, Trumbull Unmanned (a Forbes Top 25 veteran-founded company, focusing on autonomy and data in energy and government) was recently honored with the Women Leading in Technology and Impact award.


Air Mobility Command Leader Inspires Delaware Aviation Students
As Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost '88 stood in the hangar, red-tailed Delaware State University planes behind her, she told the students there are three groups of people who had an influence on her, guiding her to where she is now.

  Van Ovost

Living His Dream as an Artemis Astronaut
As the U.S. strides quickly toward establishing a base on the moon and ultimately sending astronauts to Mars, NASA's 18 Artemis astronauts are the ones taking the first steps on this journey. Col. Raja Chari '99 (along with fellow USAFA grad Dr. Kjell Lindgren '95) was named one of those Artemis astronauts, and he recently discussed his life, career and journey to becoming an astronaut.


Air Force Graduates its Largest Class of Female Test Pilots and Engineers in History
They soar into the desert skies, piloting some of the most sophisticated aircraft the world has ever seen. They have an innate understanding of high-performance aircraft and are always pushing the boundaries on performance. They are the small cadre of flight test pilots who graduate from the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School (TPS) at Edwards Air Force Base in California, and this year they include a record number of women — including Capt. Kalyn Tung '12.


Fulfilling A Childhood Dream
Capt. Cole Stegeman '12 fulfilled his childhood dream of becoming a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force. Assigned to the 49th Fighter Training Squadron, he is now a flight commander.


Active Military Member of the Year Honored by School
Zack Westerfield '13 was honored as Pike County Middle School's Military Member of the Year for his service as a captain at Warner Robins Air Force Base. In 2015, he received his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and began working as a developmental engineer at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Capt. Westerfield served in different assignments supporting Special Operations Forces including deploying to Afghanistan for Operation Freedom's Sentinel.


Space Force Wins First Trans-Atlantic Esports Competition
The U.S. Space Force took home the win in its first CODE Bowl appearance, beating out seven other teams from the United States and United Kingdom in the "Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War" tournament. The Dec. 11 tournament was the first trans-Atlantic military esports competition, pitting teams from the U.S. Space Force, Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps against the United Kingdom's Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and Royal Marines to raise money for a nonprofit focused on finding jobs for veterans or U.S. troops transitioning out of the service. Because every member of the Space Force team is based out of Colorado, they played together in person at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

From the Bleachers

Air Force Gains First Win At Nevada, 68-66
Air Force men's basketball (3-3, 1-1 MW) defeated Nevada 68-66 in Mountain West action Sunday afternoon at Lawlor Events Center. It was the first-ever road win at Nevada for the Falcons.

AJ Walker Earns College Madness MW Player of the Week Honors


Air Force Rallies to Beat Denver, 82-79
A 16-0 scoring run to finish the game propelled the Air Force women's basketball team to victory in Denver.


Air Force Falls to Army in CIC Game, 10-7
In another epic chapter of the rivalry, Air Force football (3-3) was on the wrong end of the score, falling 10-7 to Army (9-2) in the 49th year of the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy competition at Michie Stadium in West Point, NY.

Laufenberg, Ferguson named first-team all-Mountain West

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