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November 12, 2020
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Welcoming Our New Superintendent
Watch a replay of USAFA Superintendent Lt. Gen. Clark '86 in his first virtual call with the graduate community.

  Welcome Call

Training Turnaround — MTIs Join USAFA Team in Effort to Better Prepare Future Military Leaders
If you missed the Checkpoints article, learn about the impact of returning military training instructors to the Academy.


Support for Cadets
The Cadet Wing has asked for help given current pandemic restrictions. We've setup a resource where the USAFA family can provide support by writing letters of encouragement and raising funds to supply care packages for each cadet squadron.

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

Air Force Academy Foundation

New Planned Giving Website
The Office of Gift Planning has a completely new planned giving website. The pages are designed to provide a wealth of information for donors to learn about many legacy options, and they can create custom illustrations of various gift plans. The site also offers information on current tax laws and features testimonial stories from the USAFA graduate community.

  Planned Giving

End of Year Giving Guidance
The 2020 End of Year Giving Guide is now available on the Air Force Academy Foundation website. It includes deadlines for receiving gifts to be counted in 2020 and other guidance related to supporting the Air Force Academy through the Air Force Academy Foundation.

  End of Year

Amazon Purchases Can Benefit the Academy
As shoppers make Amazon purchases leading up to the holiday season, they can make a difference at the Air Force Academy. With an AmazonSmile account, online shoppers can designate the Air Force Academy Foundation as their preferred nonprofit to receive 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases. Designate the Air Force Academy Foundation before your next Amazon purchase at: smile.amazon.com/ch/26-0537053.

Grads in the News

Academy Grad Leads CCLD, Mentors Cadets During Uncertain Times
Seventeen years ago, Col. Kim Campbell '97, then one of the junior pilots in her squadron, was providing close air support to ground troops near Baghdad when her A-10 Thunderbolt II suffered extensive damage from enemy fire. Campbell, now the director of the Center for Character and Leadership Development, said she believes her training and the exceptional leadership environment in her squadron helped her be successful in that stressful moment.


Class of White House Fellows
The President's Commission on White House Fellows announced the appointment of the 2020-21 class of White House Fellows, including Michelle Ruehl '03 and Wes Spurlock '04.


Air Force Academy Grad Becomes First Space Force Liaison Officer on MEU Deployment
Air Force 1st Lt. Rio Sarmiento '17 was set to make history when she boarded the amphibious assault ship USS America in Japan and headed out to sea with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.


It's the Final Frontier
1st Lt. Donavan Moss '18 first developed an infatuation with space as a child, looking up at the stars through a telescope in his yard. He took that passion one step further with his acceptance as one of the first Air Force officers to be commissioned into the Space Force.


Erasing Artificial Barriers
Several female USAFA grads discuss the removal of Air Force barriers through the years.


2018 Academy Grad Shares MMIII Test Launch Experience with Mother
In the early morning of June 8, 1994, then-1st Lt. Linda Tonnies, 740th Missile Squadron operator, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, turned the launch key to launch an unarmed Minuteman III ICBM for Glory Trip 155 at Vandenberg AFB, California. Little did she know that 26 years later, her daughter, 1st. Lt. Taylor Tonnies '18, 742nd Missile Squadron operator, Minot AFB, would do the same.


The Sky's the Limit
Tom Cruise doesn't have anything on Capt. Ryan Daniel Kunce '13, who recently was picked for one of the U.S. Air Force's premier training spots. He's getting ready for a six-month Weapons Instructor Course that will begin in January at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.

  Top Gun

Eglin Units Pay Respects with Mission Dedication
Team Eglin units showed gratitude, respect and admiration with the dedication of the BLU-111, Joint Direct Attack Munition's final flight test mission on the Eglin Test and Training Range, on Oct. 15. The Armament Directorate, and the 780th and 40th Test Squadrons, honored Richard Walley '79, division chief and senior materiel leader for Direct Attack Weapons who passed away last month


Smith Earns Athlete of the Week Honors
Former Air Force Academy NCAA All-America Jaci Smith '19 won the Big City Invitational 10,000m and was a landslide winner of USATF Athlete of the Week.


Wright-Patt Chess Players Bring Home Honors to Air Force
Airmen from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, including Maj. Gordon Randall '10, brought home honors for the Air Force at the 61st annual U.S. Armed Forces Chess Championship, held Oct. 10-12 in Virginia Beach, Virginia.


Update: Public Health Emergency Extended at Academy Until Feb. 9
The 10th Air Base Wing commander extended the public health emergency declaration at the Air Force Academy through Feb. 9 as the base continues to operate during the nationwide COVID-19 pandemic.


AF Academy's Energy Conservation Saves Tax Dollars
The Air Force Academy saved taxpayers more than $1 million by clamping down on energy use at the 18,000-acre installation.

From the Bleachers

Air Force at Wyoming Football Game Canceled
The Air Force at Wyoming football game scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 14, is canceled, due an upward trend of COVID-19 cases at the Academy and in the football program. This is the second straight game that Air Force has missed, as the program's game at Army, Nov. 7, was postponed last week.

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