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September 17, 2020
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Air Force to Host Navy on Oct. 3 at 4 p.m. in Falcon Stadium
The only fans allowed at the game will be Air Force Academy cadets, who will be social distanced and wearing masks. CBS Sports Network will televise the game nationally. Air Force is scheduled to play the second leg of the CIC competition at Army Saturday, Nov. 7, at 9:30 a.m. MT. The game will be nationally televised by CBS.


Opportunity to Serve on AOG Board: Deadline Oct. 1, 2020
Your Association of Graduates will be filling five open positions on its Board of Directors. If you are interested in serving on the AOG Board, please go to usafa.org/election/candidate for a full list of expectations and to submit your nomination packet by Oct. 1, 2020. Director terms will begin in May 2021.


Two Weeks Left: DG Nominations
The Distinguished Graduate Award recognizes exceptional graduates who have set themselves apart by making extraordinarily significant contributions to our nation and/or their communities. Awards are presented annually. Nomination packages are due to the AOG no later than Oct. 1 each year.


Former and Current Missileers
The first Minuteman III Missile was deployed in 1970 — 50 years ago this summer. To help mark the moment, the December Checkpoints magazine will feature a story about USAFA graduates through the decades who have been part of the important deterrence mission. If you'd be willing to talk about your experiences as a missileer and the role you played in the defense of our nation, please contact Checkpoints Editor Jeff Holmquist at jeff.holmquist@aogusafa.org.


Veteran Return Trips to Thailand
If you served in Thailand and are interested in learning more about a return trip to Thailand for veterans through The Greatest Generations Foundation, please contact JC John Miller '69.

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

Air Force Academy Foundation

An Ethos of Ethics and Trust
The lessons Steve Wallingford '74 learned as an Air Force Academy cadet have had a lifelong impact on his career and family. "Imagine the impact if our fellow USAFA graduates also give back to their alma mater to provide cadets of tomorrow the same advantages and opportunities that both shaped our careers professionally and influenced the character we displayed as citizens in service to our nation," he says.


SEA Map Dedicated in Fairchild Hall
The Class of '70 gift committee participated in a dedication ceremony for the Southeast Asia Map in Fairchild Hall. A replica of the installation at the Southeast Asia Pavilion near Dootlittle Hall, this new addition will provide more cadet access to information about the Southeast Asia conflict and the role Academy graduates played in it. The AOG took video and photos of the event, which required limited attendance due to COVID-19 protocols.

  SEA Map

Upping the Game: Fred Milanovich '67
A preteen basketball connection, a fourth-year confidence course and meeting with a California physics professor each were stepping-stones in Fred Milanovich's development as a leader, a physicist and, ultimately, a philanthropist.

Grads in the News

McKinneys Proud to Include USAFA in Family Story
There are family stories that get better with each telling and are passed down from generation to generation like an inheritance. For Blaine and Becky McKinney, many stories involve the Air Force Academy; where their sons Austin '10, Connor '13 and Lucas '17 "grew into men" and carried on the family legacy of military service.


The Air Force's First Female African-American Fighter Pilot Is Paving the Way For Women of Color
The Air Force's first female African-American fighter pilot is focused on helping others achieve their goals. Although Lt. Col. Shawna Rochelle Kimbrell '98 officially retired from the Air Force last spring, she is still making her mark on future officers at the Air Force Academy. She is teaching physical education and is the director of culture, climate and diversity with the athletic department at her alma mater.


Morris Takes AFLCMC Command
Lt. Gen. Shaun Q. Morris '88 took command of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center on Sept. 3 in a ceremony at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. AFLCMC is responsible for total life cycle management for aircraft, engines, munitions, electronic, computer, network, cyber, command and control, as well as agile combat support systems. The center employs more than 28,000 people and has a budget of approximately $304 billion.


U.S. Cyber Command Welcomes New Deputy Commander
Air Force Maj. Gen. Charles Moore '89 assumed responsibility as the deputy commander of U.S. Cyber Command and was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general in a ceremony on Sept. 3, 2020. Moore, who hails from Charleston, S.C., is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and has been an F-16 fighter pilot, instructor pilot, weapons officer, and forward air controller and instructor, with more than 3,000 hours in the F-16 and more than 640 hours of combat time.


Getting to Know the New AFIMSC Det 10 Commander
Col. Chad BonDurant '95 took command of Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center Detachment 10 at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, during an assumption of command ceremony Aug. 14.


Former U.S. Air Force Secretary Leading the Push for More Women to Take Flight
According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), only about 7% of all pilots in the USA are women. These statistics continue to cause concern across the air transport industry. A newly established group of 30 female aviation professionals, led by former U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson '82, has been tasked to address the issue.


Military Spotlight: Erik Schuh Returns From NATO Mission
It could take a lifetime for some travelers to see Albania, Turkey, Italy, Belgium, Sweden and Finland. For Capt. Erik Schuh '15, it took eight months.


Air Force Academy Places High in U.S. News' College Rankings
U.S. News & World Report ranks the Air Force Academy high in several categories in its annual "Best Colleges" report released this week. The Academy was ranked third in the Top Public School category. The Academy also tied for third in Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering at schools where doctorate degrees are not offered.

  College Rankings

AF Academy Releases Thanksgiving, Christmas Academic Schedules
The health of cadets, faculty and staff remains the top priority, and the extended Christmas break will provide more time for cadets to safely visit their families.


Inside the Air Force Academy: How Cadets are Helping Test for COVID-19
USAFA says they've been in touch with other local colleges to share their testing processes and lessons learned.

From the Bleachers

Athletic Director's Message to Falcon Nation
In addition to the Navy and Army football announcement, USAFA's Athletic Director discusses important information for Falcons fans.

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