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February 6, 2020
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Former AOG Leader Passes Away
The USAFA Association of Graduates has learned of the passing of Lt. Col. (Ret.) Richard "Dick" Coppock '61, who served as the AOG president and chief executive officer from 1983-1999. During his tenure at the AOG, he led efforts to raise the necessary funding to build USAFA's first alumni house — Doolittle Hall — in 1991-92.


Jabara Awards for 2019 to be Presented Friday
The 2019 winners of the Colonel James Jabara Award for Airmanship are Col. Tyler "Nick" Hague '98 and Maj. Caitlin T. Reilly '07. The awards will be presented during noon meal with the cadets in Mitchell Hall and at the evening's award dinner at Doolittle Hall. Leading up to their award presentation tomorrow, Col. Hague and Maj. Reilly hung out with some local grade school students and Academy cadets today.


Landeskog Takes Off at Air Force Academy before Avalanche Game Against Kings
Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog pretended to be a cadet for a day ahead of the 2020 Navy Federal Credit Union NHL Stadium Series contest between the Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings at Falcon Stadium on Feb. 15. Watch video.

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7258' — Your Association at Work
Read the latest issue of the AOG's newsletter.

Air Force Academy Foundation

New Name. Same Mission.
The USAFA Endowment has changed its name to the Air Force Academy Foundation, effective January 1, 2020. "This is an exciting change for us and marks a strategic pivot for our future," said retired Lt. Gen. Mike Gould '76, president and CEO of the Air Force Academy Foundation.

  Air Force Academy Foundation

Moot Court Team Update
The Academy's Moot Court Team made a strong showing at the National Moot Court Tournament at the Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. "Very few programs produce even one national-caliber team but we had three this year, which is a testament to our cadets," said Maj. Wolfgang Weber, an assistant law professor at the Academy. The team is supported in part by donors to the Air Force Academy Foundation.

  Moot Court

Sabre Society's 25th Anniversary
For 25 years, Sabre Society donors have demonstrated a unique commitment to the mission of the Air Force Academy by providing unwavering support for Academy projects and programs with annual gifts of $1,000 or more to the Air Force Academy Fund.

  Sabre Society

Celebrating Milestones
The Air Force Academy Foundation celebrated 2019 milestones Jan. 29 with Air Force Academy leaders and board directors. Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria '85 offered gratitude to the Foundation for its continuing efforts to improve the Academy. "I can't thank the organization enough because you can't take one step around this institution without feeling and experiencing the help that we get from the Foundation," he said. Photos of the event are posted on the Foundation's Flickr account.

Grads in the News

USAFA Prep School Inducts Shell 77 pilot, Capt. 'Tori' Pinckney, as 2020 Exemplar
Cadet candidates with the Air Force Preparatory School inducted Capt. Victoria A. "Tori" Pinckney '08 as their 2020 Exemplar. This year's class of cadet candidates selected Pinckney because she was a leader of the people and always valued service before self.


21st Space Wing Squadron Poised to Receive First Space Force Weapon System
USAFA grads Maj. Seth Horner '08, Lt. Col. William Sanders '03 and Lt. Col. Steve Brogan '02 discuss Space Force weapon systems.

  Space Force

Air Force Grad Performs the World's Best Pole Vault So Far in This Olympic Year
Pole vaulter 1st Lt. Kyle Pater '17 has the biggest jump in the world this year, but only because he kept his thought small. The 2017 Air Force grad now training with the World Class Athlete Program cleared 19-foot-1 at the Air Force Invitational. He was aiming for the Academy's facility record, which he obtained, and in the process set the bar worldwide in this Olympic year.


Salute the Air Force Lieutenant Who Ran an OTQ in Her Marathon Debut
1st Lt. Lindy Jones '17 ran cross country and track at the Academy and now heads to Atlanta for the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials on Feb. 29. Her experiences and the people she met at the Academy prepared her for this moment.


Capt. Coates Qualifies for U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials
As a young distance runner, Capt. Riley Coates '15 dreamed along miles and miles of dusty trails that someday he would have a chance to become an Olympic athlete.


USAFA Graduate Jim Walmsley Named Ultra-Runner of the Year in 2019
The 2012 graduate earned the honor for the fourth time after a record-setting year.


Dewing Hopes to Have an Impact with Switchbacks this Season
2nd Lt. Austin Dewing '19 plays professional soccer for the Colorado Springs Switchbacks through the Air Force's World Class Athlete Program. A lot of athletes dream of playing pro sports, few get the chance to play in their hometown, something Dewing doesn't take for granted.


Academy Brings Back MTIs as CW Refocuses on Training Fundamentals
For the first time in a decade, the Academy will have permanent military training instructors on the Cadet Wing staff to enhance the military training program here.


Inside Look: USAFA's Sabre Drill Team
The U.S. Air Force Academy's Sabre Drill Team is a club that cadets say is an honor to be part of.

  Sabre Drill Team

Academy Planetarium Ups STEM Center to Next Level
The Air Force Academy's Planetarium and STEM Center project manager orchestrated the biggest makeover the institution has seen at the planetarium since its debut 60 years ago. It reopened following a 15-year closure and $5 million in renovations.


Faces of the Force
A group of U.S. Air Force Academy cadets from Squadron 26 have become social media celebrities via the short-video platform TikTok.

From the Bleachers

Fumagalli Earns Consecutive MW Women's Tennis Player of the Week Honors
Air Force senior TJ Fumagalli has been named Mountain West Women's Tennis Player of the Week. It is the second in as many weeks and sixth career MW weekly accolade for Fumagalli.


Air Force Lacrosse Upends No. 5 Duke in Season Opener, 14-13
An explosive fourth quarter propelled Air Force past fifth-ranked Duke, 14-13, marking the third victory for the Falcons in the last four meetings against the Blue Devils.


Former Falcon WR Playing in XFL
Missing football already? On Saturday you can watch the first XFL new football league game on ABC, as the Seattle Dragons take on DC Defenders with former Falcon great Jalen Rowell (Robinette).


Falcon Fan Fest
Join the AOG, Air Force Academy Foundation and AF Letterwinners Club as we gather Air Force fans from around the country to cheer on the Falcons as they take on nationally ranked teams in wrestling, lacrosse and basketball on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020! The Academy also hosts a diving invitational and women's gymnastics meet that day, so there is something for everyone. Support our cadets, and don't miss all the action!

  Fan Fest
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