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April 29, 2021
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Air Force Academy Will Name Building for '64 Grad, NASA Astronaut Retired Col. Frederick Gregory
Retired Col. Frederick Gregory '64 flew 550 combat rescue missions in Vietnam, earned competitive selection in the first class of Space Shuttle astronauts, was the first Black American to pilot a spacecraft where he accrued 455 hours in space, and served as NASA's deputy and acting administrator.


Academy Finalizes Number of Guests for Class of 2021 Graduation
Air Force Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Richard M. Clark '86 has increased the number of guests graduating cadets may invite to graduation May 26 from three to eight.


Space Command's Deputy Commander Visits Academy to Speak with Future Space Force Guardians
Lt. Gen. John Shaw '90 visited the Academy to discuss the importance of the Academy's mission of developing leaders of character as it relates to U.S. interests and capabilities in space. The general answered questions from cadets who will commission into the Space Force next month about becoming the newest Guardians.

  Space Force

Air Force Rewrites Basic Doctrine, Focuses on Mission Command, Airpower Evolution
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr. recently signed perhaps the most sweeping change in Air Force basic doctrine in the service's history, marking a major milestone in the service's strategic approach to "Accelerate Change or Lose."


Service Academies Global Summit (SAGS)
This year's SAGS will be held on June 15th virtually. It is a great opportunity to hear from a strong line of graduate leaders such as Dana Born '83, Jay Silveria '85, and Chris Howard '91. See a full list of speakers and register today!

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Air Force Academy Foundation

One Book. One USAFA.
"One Book. One USAFA." debuted in the summer of 2020 at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Everyone at the Academy was encouraged to read Station Eleven, a novel by Emily St. John Mandel, to create at least one shared experience among basic cadets, returning cadets, senior leaders, military trainers and more.

  One Book One USAFA

Serving with Honor
Through philanthropy, the Air Force Academy Foundation supports the Air Force Academy mission of developing leaders of character. Donors can impact the development of tomorrow's leaders when they support funds focused on character and leadership development.

  Serving with Honor
Grads in the News

Headed to Space: A Q&A with the Astronaut on How He Got There
Col. Raja Chari '99 will fly to the International Space Station later this year — likely in September or October — and maybe to the moon. He was among the pool of astronauts who could go on an Artemis mission to the moon in the future. Chari talked about his upbringing and education, what it takes to become an astronaut and where he'd go if he could go anywhere in space.


Former VA General Counsel Will Gunn Appointed LSC Vice President for Legal Affairs
The Legal Services Corporation announced the appointment of Will A. Gunn '80, former general counsel for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and retired Air Force colonel, to the position of vice president for legal affairs and general counsel.


Kunselman Wins Master's Thesis Award
Courtney Kunselman '18 earned the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools' 2021 Outstanding Master's Thesis Award in mathematics, physical sciences and engineering. She devised a new way to train machines to recognize small-scale structural features of various materials. Her findings will significantly reduce uncertainty when classifying new materials.


Retired Pilot Prepares for Next Adventure
Having retired from Southwest Airlines in September 2020, Robert Heim '78's future is literally still up in the air. Bret Carter '93 served as first officer during Heim's final professional flight.


Sports Corp Hall of Fame
Air Force's 1970 football team and former All-American football player and wrestler Terry Maki '87 highlight the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation Hall of Fame Class of 2021.


Specops Pilots Host 'Familiarization Flights' for Academy Cadets
Cadets got a high-altitude view of the Air Force Academy in a series of helicopter flights above Colorado Springs on April 24. The flights, hosted by pilots from the 58th Special Operations Wing at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, were part of the Academy's operations career field forums familiarizing cadets with aircraft and aircrews.


Air Force Academy Improves Academic Network Security
The Air Force Academy added another layer of protection to its network with multi-factor authentication, which allows users to access websites or applications with two or more credentials.

From the Bleachers

Falcons Blank Top-seeded GCU to Win WAC Championship
Air Force became the Western Athletic Conference's first-ever six-seed to win a tournament title, blanking top-seeded Grand Canyon, 3-0, April 17 to win the program's first WAC tournament championship.


Maria Mettler Honored by Sportswomen of Colorado
Air Force senior Maria Mettler was named the 2021 Sportswomen of Colorado award winner in track. She had an impressive indoor campaign on the track in 2020 — capturing All-America honors in the 5,000-meter run and a Mountain West title in the 3,000-meter run.

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