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June 26, 2020
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Class of 2024 Begins Basic Cadet Training
The global COVID-19 pandemic may have changed how more than 1,100 young men and women arrived at the Air Force Academy and began Basic Cadet Training June 25, but the school's top officer is confident the precautions will pay off.

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Meet the New Falcon Mascot
To help purchase the new mascot, a late 2019 crowdfunding project, Honoring Aurora, raised more than $21,000 from 192 donors, especially members of the Class of 1995 and from the Class of 2019 Spirit Mission.


Heritage Minute: Harmon Memorial Statue
The latest episode of the Heritage Minute with Steve Simon '77 examines the history behind the Lt. Gen. Hubert Harmon Memorial Statue.

  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 next few weeks, the AOG will post 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!

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NASA Calling
NASA invited the Air Force Academy's observatory team to join its Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission in search of distant exoplanets — planets orbiting distant stars outside our solar system — aided by the observatory's new donor-funded one-meter telescope.


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

  Sabre Society

Harmon Lectures Collected Online
Air University Press has released the second volume of the Air Force Academy's prestigious Harmon Memorial Lecture Series (1988-2017) online. The volume includes 29 lectures presented at the Air Force Academy annually since 1988 by recognized military historians or experts in related fields.

  Harmon Lectures
Grads in the News

AF Academy Remembers 2017 Graduate, Pilot 'Kage' Allen
First Lt. Kenneth Allen '17 was assigned to the 493rd Fighter Squadron at Royal Air Force Lakenheath's 48th Fighter Wing, England, when his F-15C fighter jet went down off the East Yorkshire coast June 15.


Ramstein Honors Airman Killed in 2008 Attack While on Secret Mission in Pakistan
A newly paved road at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, was dedicated to Air Force Maj. Rodolfo Rodriguez '98 at a ceremony on June 16, 2020.


Schriever Welcomes Its First U.S. Space Force Service Member
After earning his U.S. Space Force commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy, 2nd Lt. Zachary Warlick '20 is the first member of the USSF to be assigned to Schriever.


Holloman Air Force Base Welcomes 49th Wing Commander
Prior to his assignment at Holloman Air Force Base, Col. Ryan "Trax" Keeney '97 was assigned to the Air Education and Training Command out of Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. He was deputy director of operations and communications at the Air Education and Training Command.


Air Force Academy's Top Cadet
U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Zachary Bailey '20 has just graduated first in the Class of 2020 from the United States Air Force Academy. He's been awarded the Marshall Scholarship to study for graduate degrees in the United Kingdom.


Titan Games
Air Force Academy grad Capt. Noah Palicia '11, a C-130 pilot at Yokota Air Base, took on his brother, West Point grad Lt. Col. Eric Palicia, and former NFL receiver Victor Cruz in the Titan Games television show.


Continuing the Family Legacy
This past fall, Jackson Macias turned down a previous commitment to Harvard University for a chance to join the Air Force Academy. His reasoning was pretty simple. "My dad went there, my sister just graduated this year, and that's just something I've had my heart set on since I was pretty young."


I Wanted to Believe Everyone Was Safe in America
Brian Humphreys '10 wrote a commentary about a friend and classmate from the Air Force Academy who opened his eyes to a different American experience.


Southeast Asia Map Installation
After a lengthy project delay due to the global pandemic, the new Southeast Asia map and interactive screen display has now been installed on the third floor of Fairchild Hall at USAFA. The display was added in Fairchild to improve Cadet Wing access to the information. Congratulations, Class of 1970, on another successful heritage project!

  Southeast Asia Map Installation
From the Bleachers

Ashton Easley Signed by the Miami Marlins Organization
Recently graduated Air Force Academy baseball player Ashton Easley '20 was signed by the Miami Marlins organization Wednesday, June 17. When he suits up for a Marlins minor league affiliate, he will become the 10th Falcon baseball player to play affiliated professional baseball.

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