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October 1, 2020
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A Dream Come True
In a commentary from Lt. Gen. Richard M. Clark '86, the 21st Air Force Academy Superintendent said he was humbled and honored to take command.

VIDEO: Watch highlights from the Change of Command Ceremony
Academy's 21st superintendent reports for duty


VIDEO: Cadet Chapel Renovation Update
Work is continuing on the exterior cocoon that will envelope the USAFA Cadet Chapel for the continuation of the $158 million renovation project. The Association of Graduates and the Air Force Academy Foundation were treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of the work so far. It's an incredible sight — both inside and out. Come along for the update!

  Cadet Chapel Renovation

VIDEO: Next of Kin Memorial Ceremony
As with many things, the Next of Kin Memorial Ceremony (usually held during Homecoming weekend) changed this year. The ceremony took place on the Terrazzo on Sept. 25 and honored all the Air Force Academy graduates, cadets and ATOs who passed away in the last year. Watch a complementary video remembering them and the actual ceremony conducted by cadets.

  Next of Kin

Air Force Football Hosts Navy on Saturday
The game is going to be different this year due to the pandemic, but we can still cheer together as the Falcons take the football field again! We have a list of small group watch parties on our website. Please remember to follow your local COVID guidelines and restrictions. CBS Sports Network will televise the game nationally at 4 p.m. MT on Saturday.

Air Force to honor Tuskegee Airmen with 2020 Air Power Legacy Series uniform
Deployed Airmen Support Air Force Football
Air Force Academy releases statement on Mountain West Conference decision to play football

7258' — Your Association at Work
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Air Force Academy Foundation

Virtual Cadaver Technology Adds to Academy Biology Courses
The USAFA Department of Biology has added a high-tech virtual cadaver table to its two anatomy and physiology courses. And while the department planned the addition a year ago, now — in the time of COVID-19 — the arrival of the Anatomage table, made possible by gift funds, is even more exciting for the course instructors.

  Virtual Cadaver

Crowdfunding Push Funds Morale Boosters for Cadet Candidates
Parents' Weekend at the USAFA Prep School was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the help of a crowdfunding project and parent generosity, Labor Day Weekend turned into a Husky Bash for the cadet candidates. The weekend included laser tag, trail rides on horseback, bowling, outdoor games, food trucks and an outdoor movie. The crowdfunding project raised more than $25,000 to help provide morale boosters for cadet candidates in lieu of Parents' Weekend and throughout the rest of the year.

  Husky Bash
Grads in the News

Silveria Named Executive Director of the Bush School Washington, D.C., Teaching Site
Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria '85 will head the university's new teaching site in Washington, D.C., located within a few blocks of the White House. The first class will commence in January 2021 and pursue a graduate degree in international policy from the Bush School.


Checkpoints Online Video: Soul Searching
Patrick Tisdale '79 volunteers to help restore an historic African American cemeteries in his Georgetown neighborhood.


The Rock Welcomes Air Force Reserve 913th Airlift Group Commander
The 913th Airlift Group welcomed Col. Christopher K. Lacouture '96 as its new commander during an assumption of command ceremony at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Sept. 12.


Retired Colonel Named Dean of Tarleton Leadership and Military College
Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Kenny Weldon '85 has been named dean of Tarleton State University's new Leadership and Military College and will continue his role as Commandant of the Texan Corps of Cadets. The college results from the rapid growth of the corps and serves as a leadership development program.


At the Little School that Could, There's Hope
Rick Bailey '92 announced that Northern New Mexico College experienced an 11% increase in student enrollment for the 2020 fall semester, plus a 3% increase in total student hours. In these times, COVID-19 times, when it seems as if almost all arrows point downward, any success is big success.


Academy, Local Colleges Combine to Create Academic 'Superpower'
Cadets and college students in Colorado Springs say their academic partnership pays off by solving problems for the community. The Air Force Academy, Colorado College, Pikes Peak Community College and University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, are members of "The Quad — The Quad Innovation Partnership." Students and faculty from each school tackle issues for Colorado Springs.


First Year Report: Academy's Enlisted Academic Faculty Program Making Progress
An Air Force Academy report released this summer analyzes the progress of the school's Enlisted Academic Faculty Program. The Academy is the first of the service academies to feature enlisted service members as official faculty members.

From the Bleachers

New Air Force Academy Basketball Asst. Coach
Former Falcon basketball co-captain Marc Holum '06 is returning as assistant coach.



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