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January 9, 2020
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USAFA Endowment Has a New NameAir Force Academy Foundation
The United States Air Force Academy Endowment announced this week that it has changed its name to Air Force Academy Foundation, effective Jan. 1, 2020. The foundation has launched an updated website and introduced new branding to support the change.


Single CEO Position — Application Deadline Next Week
Are you interested in applying for the position of single CEO of the USAFA Association of Graduates and Air Force Academy Foundation (formerly USAFA Endowment)? Learn more and apply by Jan. 15, 2020.


Last Chance for Young Alumni Excellence Award Nominations
Each spring, the Association of Graduates has the pleasure of honoring graduates who attended the United States Air Force Academy within the last 15 years with our Young Alumni Excellence Award. The award is presented on the basis of the recipient's outstanding professional achievements and contributions to their community, whether in military or civilian life. Nomination deadline: Jan. 10, 2020.

  Young Alumni

From Golf Courses to Commissaries: More Details About Access to New Military Benefits for 4.1 Million Extra People
For the 4.1 million people who are newly eligible for shopping privileges on military installations, defense officials have provided some more details on access to the new shopping and recreation benefits open to them as of Jan. 1. Officials have outlined a temporary solution for veterans who have a service-connected disability, but their income is too high to qualify for a Veteran Health Identification Card, or VHIC.

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Air Force Academy Foundation

JCLD Links Leadership and Character in the Military
A decade ago, two professors in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the United States Air Force Academy observed that although there existed abundant scholarship on the topic of leadership and emerging scholarship on character, there was little available on the interaction between the two.


Sabre Society Donors Make a Premier Academy Experience Possible
Donors who give $1,000 or more annually to the Air Force Academy Fund are recognized as Sabre Society level donors. These leadership gifts from graduates, parents and friends enable the Air Force Academy Fund to fulfill its mission of supporting cadets, the Academy and its graduates.

  Sabre Society

Creating a Legacy by Supporting the Air Force Academy
Legacy gifts allow donors to take care of their family, provide for gifts to loved ones, and include a charitable gift in support of the Air Force Academy. The Air Force Academy Foundation can help donors find the best way to make a legacy gift, and perhaps help them to make a larger gift than was thought possible.

Grads in the News

Two Brothers Overcome Life-changing Injuries to Focus on the Future
Emotions were high as the two brothers stood side-by-side on the stage. Kyle Kauppila was about to pin lieutenant's bars on his younger brother, Garrett Kauppila '19, in a moment that almost never happened.


Year in Review Photo
In case you missed it in the magazine stands, Time's Special Edition featured a familiar Academy tradition with Josiah Riley '19.

  Time Magazine

Grad Hired as NFL Linebacker Coach
Former Air Force player and coach Steve Russ '95 was recently hired as the Washington Redskins linebackers coach.


Schwartz Joins IDA as New President and CEO
Retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Norton A. Schwartz '73 has assumed his duties as the president and chief executive officer of the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA), a nonprofit corporation that operates three federally-funded research and development centers.


Paralyzed Air Force Officer Receives Home for the Holidays
Maj. Ed Gilchrist '05, a paralyzed Air Force officer, and his family received the Christmas gift of a lifetime — a home in which to spend the holidays this Christmas and for many more to come.


'Captain Marvel' Effect? Air Force Academy Sees Most Female Applicants in 5 Years
When the blockbuster movie "Captain Marvel" rolled out last year, the Air Force launched an all-out recruiting effort, hoping to capitalize on the story of a female fighter pilot-turned superhero.

From the Bleachers

Former Cadet to Gift Special Football to Air Force Academy
One of the original cadets of the United States Air Force Academy, Ted Zeller has a signed football from the historic 1958 Air Force squad that went unbeaten and played in the Cotton Bowl. He is gifting the football to the Air Force Academy, to be displayed in the school's longtime basketball facility, Clune Arena.


National Girls and Women in Sports Game
Air Force Academy Athletics will be celebrating National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Saturday, Jan. 11, when the women's basketball team takes on New Mexico at 2 p.m. The day will include a multi-sport pre-game clinic, honorary gameday staff, and post-game autographs with the women's basketball team.

Air Force Women's Basketball Team Pushes Past Utah State, 62-45


Air Force Dominant in 79-60 Win Over Utah State
Air Force men's basketball upended Utah State (13-5) in resounding fashion, posting a 79-60 triumph in front of a cadet-driven crowd of 4,563 late Tuesday night in Clune Arena. The win lifted the Falcons to 8-8 on the season and 2-2 in Mountain West play.


Meet Jake Smith, the Last Quarterback to Beat Trevor Lawrence
Trevor Lawrence has remarkably won 70 of the last 71 games he's been a part of, but his high school career in Georgia closed on a bitter note.

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