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August 20, 2021
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Join Us in Washington D.C. for Air Force vs. Navy Football Weekend
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Mike Gould '76 shares a special video message for all grads and Academy supporters: You're invited as the Air Force Academy Foundation and the Association of Graduates are hosting various events in the Washington, D.C., area surrounding the Air Force vs. Navy football game on Sept. 11. Events are open to the public and include a Topgolf outing, Air Force Academy "Defining Moments" showcase and the "Defining Our Future" campaign launch dinner celebration. For more information and to register, visit DefiningOurFuture.org.

  Defining Our Future

Class of 2025 Acceptance Day: 'Your Future Awaits You'
In front of an appreciative and supportive crowd of family, friends, faculty and staff, the USAFA Class of 2025 was accepted into the Cadet Wing on Aug. 6 and officially began its educational and military journey.


Space Force and USAFA Adapting 'Leatherneck' Program for Future Guardians
That initiative is based on the four-week program used to vet future Marines' leadership, physical fitness and military skills. It will also resemble the physical and mental evaluations that NASA uses for potential astronaut candidates.

  Space Force
Air Force Academy Foundation

Madera Cyber Innovation Center Breaks Ground
Paul '78 and Joan Madera have committed one of the largest individual gifts in Academy history. The generosity of the Maderas and numerous other donors have paved the way for ground to be broken on the Madera Cyber Innovation Center, which will provide space and technology for Academy cyber entities to come together to teach, test and collaborate. The building will be located on the east end of the Cadet Area, overlooking the Stillman Parade Field, and is set to be finished mid-2023.


Prep School Crowdfunding Project
A group of Prep School parents have started a crowdfunding project to help build camaraderie among Air Force Academy Prep School cadet candidates. Donors to the Falcon Funder project will help the cadet candidates relax and build friendships through a variety of activities.


Browse the Summer Issue of JCLD
The summer issue of the Journal of Character & Leadership Development is now available. The Journal is published three times a year and is made possible by gifts to the JCLD Editor-in-chief Fund. This issue discusses the different aspects to consider when preparing effective leaders of the future.

Grads in the News

Dedication Ceremony Held for Women's Legacy Memorial
Lt. Col. Shawna Rochelle Kimbrell '98 gave a moving speech in which she detailed how becoming a fighter pilot was her biggest dream in life and that she wasn't going to let anything stop her from achieving that dream.


Popovich Leads Team USA To Gold Medal At 2020 Tokyo Olympics
Former Air Force player and assistant coach Gregg Popovich '70 guided the United States men's basketball team to a Gold Medal finish with its 87-82 victory over France at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Saturday, Aug. 7, 20201, in Saitama, Japan. Popovich was the head coach for Team USA.


Former 109th Airlift Wing Commander Promoted
Returning to the base she previously commanded, New York Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Michele Kilgore '92 was promoted to one-star general during a ceremony held at Stratton Air National Guard Base, New York. The promotion comes with her new position at the Pentagon.


Grad Recalls Air Force Service During Vietnam War
Vietnam War veteran Wayne Gordon Brown '65 has flown nearly 2,400 hours in eight different military aircraft, completed 137 combat missions and been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. But perhaps his most harrowing flying experience happened over northwest Florida.


Cold Chain Guru: Reservist Critical to DLA's COVID Vaccine Logistics Efforts
For 21 years, Lt. Col. Dana Dallas '95 successfully juggled her flourishing civil service career at the Defense Logistics Agency with military service in the Air Force Reserve. Then came COVID-19.


Future Fighter
Student pilots assigned to the 58th Fighter Squadron complete required mission sets toward their initial qualification training on the F-35A Lightning II at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Student pilots — including 1st Lt. Benjamin Hawkins '18 and 1st Lt. Amanda Cannon '18 — are part of the second-ever IQT course under the 33rd Fighter Wing.


Most Influential Women
Sarah Cossette '03, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at Cancer Treatment Centers of America Phoenix, will be honored as one of the most influential women in Arizona for 2021.


Academy Cadets Soar Through Summer
Cadets enroll in the basic soaring course each summer before their sophomore year, take 14 glider flights as passengers and get a chance to soar solo.

From the Bleachers

Koury Named Associate Athletic Director for Recruiting
George Koury '93 has been named associate athletic director for recruiting. Koury takes over the recruiting position after 20 years as the head golf coach at the Academy. Assistant golf coach Tyler Goulding '07 has been named interim coach.


Demers Named Director of Hockey
Former Falcon Chad Demers '15 has been named director of hockey at the Air Force Academy. Demers returns to the Academy after spending the last three seasons with the Fargo Force of the USHL, which culminated in a Western Conference Championship and a trip to the Clark Cup Finals last season.


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