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November 24, 2020
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In this Thanksgiving week, we thank all of you — our graduates, parents, cadets and friends — for the tremendous support you have given the Air Force Academy, the Association of Graduates and the Air Force Academy Foundation this past year.

As you enjoy Thanksgiving, please keep in mind our cadets and deployed brothers and sisters who are away from their loved ones.


Support for Cadets
The 10th Force Support Squadron partnered with the Air Force Academy Foundation and the AOG to sponsor 40 large, squadron-based care packages to provide every cadet with needed non-perishable food, holiday decorations, games, drinks and more. This week, several volunteers from each organization gathered to put together the care packages for each squadron. Thank you to all who donated to make this project happen! Learn how you can still help!

  Support Cadets

2021 Rhodes Scholars Have Been Selected
The 2021 Rhodes Scholars have been announced, including C1C Aryemis C. Brown. He majors in legal studies and humanities and commanded the Cadet Wing, serving as the highest-ranking cadet at the Academy, responsible for the welfare of 4,400 personnel.

  Rhodes Scholars

USAFA Board of Visitors Convenes Virtually
Brig. Gen. (Ret.) David Ehrhart '75 was elected the new chairman of the Board. Col. (Ret.) Doug Lengenfelder '79 was elected as vice chair.

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


Museum Store Sunday at Wings Over the Rockies
From Nov. 23 to Nov. 29 from 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum is participating in Museum Store Sunday, a global shopping event with a mission to encourage communities to support their cultural institutions. To celebrate Museum Store Sunday, Wings is offering 10% off products storewide, along with special pricing for two featured products — the Lowry Runway Ornament and Lowry the Pilot Pig. Visitors can also find unique and quality aviation and space-themed items for all ages including decor, clothes, jewelry, games, books and much more.

  Wings Over the Rockies
Air Force Academy Foundation

GivingTuesday is Dec. 1, 2020
Air Force Academy supporters will be asked to support the unrestricted Air Force Academy Fund during GivingTuesday Dec. 1. By supporting the Air Force Academy Fund, donors help the Air Force Academy respond to immediate needs (such as those created by the COVID-19 pandemic) and bolster connections with the Foundation and the Association of Graduates. More information will be shared via social media and email as GivingTuesday approaches.

  Giving Tuesday

How to Give Stocks
A gift of appreciated stocks or mutual funds can be an effective way to make a charitable gift to the Air Force Academy Foundation, benefitting the Air Force Academy. The Foundation receives the full market value, and that same amount may qualify for a charitable income tax deduction. Fred Olmsted '64 used this strategy to support his alma mater. More information about donating stocks and more is available on the Foundation's Legacy website.

Grads in the News

Allvin Promoted to General, Ready to Become Air Force Vice Chief of Staff
Air Force Lt. Gen. David W. Allvin '86 formally received his fourth star Nov. 12, fulfilling the last necessary step before he is elevated to vice chief of staff, the service's second-ranking military position.


ODNI Names Kozma as IC CIO
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) has selected Matthew Kozma '95 to assume the role of chief information officer (CIO) of the intelligence community (IC).


Video: Salute to Service
NFL Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith dropped in to surprise Capt. Keidrick Roy '09 to show his appreciation for Roy's service.


Meet Pamela Powers, Air Force Veteran and First Female Deputy Secretary of the VA
Retired Air Force Colonel Pamela Powers '89 planned to enjoy retirement as she transitioned out of military service, but life had other plans for her — like becoming the first female deputy secretary of the VA.


First Time: Two Brothers Learn to Fly the F-15C in the Same Class
U.S. Air Force Capt. Jasper Arneberg '16 and 1st Lt. David Arneberg '18 are brothers who — for the first time in 173rd Fighter Wing history — are navigating the F-15C B-Course together.


Two Brothers, One Mission
It's not every day that you can share your passion for the sky with your brother in more than arms. Maj. Matt Thurber '04, C-17 Globemaster III pilot with the 300th Airlift Squadron at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., shares his journey from a young Air Force cadet to the pilot he is today. A quite similar set of strong shoulders stand beside him — his younger brother, Capt. Kevin Thurber, also a C-17 pilot with the 300 AS. They share their unique experiences of growing their careers from flying fighters to cargo aircraft.


48 Years in Uniform
Col. (Ret.) Craig Thomas '77 says his time at the Air Force Academy helped him prepare for medical school rigors and balance his military career as a communications officer in the Air Force Reserve.


Air Force Veteran Goes Global with Private Jet Company
Glenn Gonzales '99 runs Jet It, a company that gives customers fractional ownership of an aircraft, meaning that they have more flexibility when they travel.


Making a Positive Difference
Though Cubic Corporation is one of the biggest providers of integrated solutions for transportation and defense in the world, its Chairman, President and CEO Brad Feldmann '83 believes the secret to the company's immense success is never forgetting the simple ethos at the core of the business: that it's here to help.


Making Sacrifices, Sticking Together
The Air Force Academy graduates met at a Christmas party during pilot training at Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma, four years ago. Now they are fully skilled aviators, soaring through the skies and getting the mission done as a dynamic fighter pilot duo.


Playing the Masters Course
For golf fans who recently watched the Masters Tournament, this 1978 grad shares his experiences at Augusta National Country Club.


Air Force Academy's Contact Tracing Program Proves Vital
To ensure the health and safety of cadets, airmen and families on base, the Air Force Academy has and continues to stringently apply all health and safety precautions in accordance with local, state and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

  Contact Tracing

Geospatial Exercise Combines Academy Cadets with Crime Fighting
More than 50 cadets combined satellite and drone imagery with other intelligence to locate and identify the fake grow sites.

From the Bleachers

Falcons Blank the Lobos, 28-0
The Air Force Academy football team got back on track with a dominating 28-0 victory over Mountain West Conference rival New Mexico on Nov. 20 at Falcon Stadium. The win gave Head Coach Troy Calhoun his 100th career victory as the leading man for the Falcons.

Thanksgiving football game: CSU at Air Force


Falcon Family
It's not an understatement to say that Jason Booker bleeds Air Force blue. His father ('89 grad) was a three-year football letterman, an uncle ('95 grad) lettered four years with the Air Force men's soccer team, and more recently his older brother ('18 grad) was a three-year player with the Air Force baseball team. So it was no surprise that he's going there himself.

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