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July 9, 2020
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Academy Superintendent Nomination
President Donald Trump has nominated Lt. Gen. Richard M. Clark '86 to become the next superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy. Clark previously served as the commandant of cadets at the Air Force Academy and at various levels of Air Force command.


Prep School Assumption of Command
Col. Melissa Youderian '98 is the new commander of USAFA Preparatory School. She recently served as the executive assistant to the commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and the United States Northern Command (NORTHCOM).


Heritage Minute: Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt
In the latest episode of Heritage Minute with Steve Simon '77, we take a look at the Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt on static display, located at the south end of the Air Force Academy. Discover the history behind why this particular A-10 is known as the "Chopper Popper."

  Heritage Minute

Distinguished Graduate Videos
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Association of Graduates and the United States Air Force Academy were not able to hold the annual Founders Day Banquet on April 3. As a result, the graduate community was not able to fully recognize this year's five distinguished graduate honorees — Col. (Ret.) Leslie Denend '63, Mr. Fletcher "Flash" Wiley '65, Gen. (Ret.) Norton "Norty" Schwartz '73, Gen. (Ret.) Edward Rice Jr. '78 and Mr. John "Jack" Kucera '78. Over the last five weeks, the AOG posted videos highlighting the life stories of these five newest DGs. The AOG plans to further recognize these honorees at the 2021 Founders Day celebration. But in the meantime, be inspired by the stories these notable USAFA graduates share!

7258' — Your Association at Work
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Air Force Academy Foundation

Be Adaptable
When Curt Emery graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1970 with a degree in Asian studies, he presumed the subject matter would be of great value to the Air Force following his flying assignments. Little did he know that his future roles would be far different, but he was successful due to a lesson learned as a cadet: be adaptable.


Air Force Academy Foundation Receives 2020 Educational Fundraising Award
The Air Force Academy Foundation is among more than 100 U.S. institutions from across the nation to win a 2020 Educational Fundraising Award for its continued fundraising performance. The awards are administered by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), a global nonprofit membership association of educational institutions.


2020 All Academy Challenge Moves to August
The 2020 All Academy Challenge, postponed from May, will now take place Aug. 16-20, 2020. The five U.S. service academies created the friendly contest among their graduates to see who can achieve the highest percentage of graduates making gifts during the five days. Mark your calendars and check out the FAQs for this year's competition.

  All Academy Challenge

One Book ... One USAFA
All cadets, AOCs, coaches and faculty will read the book "Station Eleven" this summer and fall. The Institute for Future Conflict and the Air Force Academy Foundation bought a copy for each member of the Class of 2024, and they were distributed during inprocessing. The dean posted about it on Instagram.

  One Book
Grads in the News

Former Thunderbird Pilot Takes Command of 36th Wing at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam
Brig. Gen. Jeremy Sloane '92 will oversee U.S. Indo-Pacific Command's Bomber Task Force, theater security packages, contingency response, and humanitarian and disaster-relief operations.


Three Generations of Black Military Members Show the Progress That's Been Made, and the Path Forward
Nathan Dial '10 is an active duty Air Force officer and pilot who is writing a series of commentaries regarding race relations in the Air Force.


Kingsley Field Pilot Accomplishes 3,000th Flight Hour in F-15 Eagle
U.S. Air Force Col. Geoffrey Jensen '98, the 173rd Operations Group commander, lists a significant number of accomplishments over his decades-long career, but getting him to talk about them isn't easy.


MW Business Pros - Capt. Tim Jefferson '12
The Mountain West Business Pros series features former MW student-athletes who are doing great things outside the world of athletics.


A Veteran's Story: Coming Home
Shot down in enemy-held territory, 1st Lt. Michael Blassie '70 was listed as MIA (Missing in Action) and the body said to be unrecoverable. In reality, his remains were recovered almost six months after the crash, but "misidentified" and labeled "unknown."


Cadet Research at AF Academy in Full Swing Despite Coronavirus
The top research official at the Air Force Academy said it takes more than a global pandemic to stop summertime research at the school.


Cadet Research Spotlight: The New and Improved Digital Holography Demonstration System
The Digital Holography Demonstration (DHD) project began in 2019 as a partnership between Air Force Research Labs (AFRL), the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) and the USAFA Physics Department to build, test and improve a hands-on demonstration tool intended to show basic-to-advanced principals in optics, lasers, atmospheric physics and signal processing.


Pediatric Clinic, Other Resources Set to Reopen at Air Force Academy Clinic
The Pediatric Clinic in the Air Force Academy Clinic reopened in its new location as the sections of a multi-year construction project reach completion. Construction is scheduled to finish in February 2021.

From the Bleachers

This Is Bigger Than Football
Air Force football posted a video this week on matters bigger than football.

  Bigger Than Football
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