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March 20, 2020
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Message of Hope and Purpose in These Uncertain Times
As we all adjust to the ever-changing public health situation, it's important to continue looking out for our neighbors as well as the worldwide Air Force Academy family. Watch the video!

NOTICE: Out of an abundance of caution, the Association of Graduates, the Air Force Academy Foundation and the Falcon Foundation staff are working remotely. AOG and Foundation staff members remain on the job, ready to serve you. Please feel free to contact us with any questions, requests or issues and we will connect you with the appropriate employee. Thank you for your understanding.


Adjusting to the New Normal
With the goal of maximizing the chances of graduating the senior class on time while ensuring the best possible care for the entire base populace, last week the majority of cadets were released for an undetermined amount of time. The Class of 2020, however, was left on campus — soon to start online classes and separated into single rooms throughout Vandenberg and Sijan Halls.

Early release of cadets at the Air Force Academy
U.S. Air Force Academy Coronavirus Guidance

  New Normal

Air Force Academy Temporarily Closed to Visitors
As a precautionary measure, and in response to the world and nationwide spread of COVID-19, the U.S. Air Force Academy is temporarily closed to visitors.

Due to the Air Force Academy's recent move to Health Protection Condition B (HPCON B), the Graduate Alumni Badge will no longer gain you access to the Air Force Academy until further notice. We will continue to check with Academy leadership, and once badge holders are allowed on base, we will inform you.

USAF Academy Cemetery access limited


Helping the USAFA Family
Many members of our USAFA family-owned businesses are struggling right now due to the global pandemic. If you are a business owner, click the link above to be added to our growing list of businesses needing support during this challenging time. We're creating a list of businesses that could use some help from the Academy community. We'll soon be alerting the USAFA family about ways you all can help Zoomies and other members of our USAFA family.


Social Distancing on ZoomieLink
"I have never before witnessed a clearer example of what it truly means to be a member of the Long Blue Line - the strength of the bonds between our graduates, the support for our institution, and the spirit of our entire USAFA family. You can be proud of how our cadets are handling this situation, and our cadets can be proud of the uncommon community they will soon join. We have worked closely with the AOG to ensure all cadets can virtually connect with alumni and have access to those in their geographic area." - Gen. Jay Silveria

We are calling on all grads and alumni to sign on to ZoomieLink in this time of social distancing and uncertainty. By sharing your experience, wisdom and time when connecting with your fellow grads and current cadets, you can create a positive impact during this unprecedented event.

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Paying It Forward
From childhood, Academy graduate and B-52 pilot Capt. Julian Gluck '12 found ways to serve others. "Whether through time, talent, or treasure, I have found that there are opportunities for altruism and stewardship wherever you look," Gluck said. He even set up a bequest for a legacy gift that will enhance the Academy experience for future cadets.


Class Giving Makes a Difference
In honor of its 30th reunion, the Class of 1988 is raising funds to support the USAFA Profession of Arms Speaker Series. In a brief video, Chad Hennings, chairman of the Class of '88 Class Gift Committee, discusses the importance of building character and giving cadets a strong sense of mission and purpose.


Sabre Society 25th Anniversary
Academy graduates and friends are making Sabre Society-level gifts of $1,000 or more to the Air Force Academy Fund to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Sabre Society. Gifts to the Air Force Academy Fund provide flexible funding to enrich cadet programs, support graduate and Air Force Academy Foundation services, and help meet Academy needs.

  Sabre Society

Memorial Project for Wilkie
2nd Lt. Travis B. Wilkie '18 was killed in a T-38 flight training accident on Nov. 21, 2019, at Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma. A Travis Wilkie Memorial Cabinet crowdfunding project will help provide a memorial cabinet display in Wilkie's graduating squadron, CS-5.

Grads in the News

Lockheed Martin Names James Taiclet President, CEO
Lockheed Martin's board of directors have named James D. Taiclet '82 president and CEO. Here are five things you should know about him.


Grad Named Commander of Air Force Research Laboratory
Brig. Gen. Heather L. Pringle '91, director, strategic plans, Deputy Chief of Staff, Plans and Programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C., has been named inbound commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory.


What One Air Force Captain Learned From Custom-Building Her Perfect Career
As an Air Force Captain, Staci A. Rouse '13, now over 10 years into her military career, has used her skills for everything from gathering government intelligence for humanitarian missions to detecting early signs of California wildfires, all while learning a lot along the way.


Attorney Recognized for His Lifetime Contributions to Wisconsin Mock Trial Programs
In recognition of his efforts related to the national competition, the State Bar of Wisconsin honored Kevin Lonergan '76 with the Gordon Sinykin Award of Excellence, which is bestowed upon recipients who have worked to fulfill a single, significant work in a law-related education or public service project.


AF Academy Senior Capstone Increases Awareness of Banned Substances
Four law students hope their senior capstone project helps cadets at the Air Force Academy make smart decisions about products containing ingredients and substances banned by the Defense Department.


USAFA Cadets Explore AWACS Mission During 552 ACW Visit
Twenty-three cadets from the U.S Air Force Academy caught a glimpse of the operational Air Force during their visit to Tinker Air Force Base and the 552nd Air Control Wing, Feb. 27 to March 1.

From the Bleachers

After Cancer Diagnosis, Air Force National Champion Boxer Begins New Fight
After preparing all year to defend his title, a cancer diagnosis blindsided Air Force senior Sean Chieves.


All Air Force Academy Athletic Events Cancelled
Air Force Academy officials have cancelled all home and away sporting events indefinitely to safeguard cadets, military and civilian personnel, family members and the local community due to the spread of COVID-19.

A salute to winter sports NCAA championship qualifiers
Spring Sports Senior Spotlight

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