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February 18, 2021
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Please Vote Today!
The election is underway and the class competition has started. Read the latest election update to see which classes are leading the way!


100th Night
Last week, Firsties celebrated 100th Night — officially marking 100 days until graduation and commissioning!


Grads Help with Cadet Fieldhouse Vaccinations
The Cadet Fieldhouse was converted into a COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Friday, Jan. 29. USAFA graduates volunteered to help as permanent party members, faculty and some cadets started receiving shots.


Heritage Minute — Falcon Stadium Heritage: Phase I
In this week's episode of Heritage Minute with Steve Simon '77, we take a look at the first phase of the signage project at Falcon Stadium. The new displays highlight 5 major air campaigns and also includes depictions of the 40 cadet squadron patches.

  Heritage Minute
7258' — Your Association at Work
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Air Force Academy Foundation

Matching Gift Month
February is Matching Gift Month. Many employers (not the U.S. Air Force, though) offer matching gift programs for their employees to make charitable donations. In 2020, corporate matching gifts contributed an additional $180,016 in support of the U.S. Air Force Academy. Find out if your employer matches gifts with the "Double the Donation" tool on our website, afacademyfoundation.org/match.

  Matching Gifts

Building Academic Strength and Agility
Transformative private support is critical to help recruit and retain first-rate faculty, attract exceptional cadets and enhance academic projects and programs. The Air Force Academy Foundation has a variety of funds that support academic excellence at the Academy, including endowed scholars, competitive academic teams and Falcon scholarships.

Grads in the News

Lindgren Assigned to Crew-4 Dragon Mission, Will Launch Next Year
NASA has assigned veteran astronaut Dr. Kjell Lindgren '95 to command the fourth operational voyage of SpaceX's Crew Dragon to the International Space Station (ISS), with launch atop a Falcon 9 booster from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida anticipated sometime in 2022.


Q&A with Gen. Thompson, Vice Chief of Space Operations
Gen. David "DT" Thompson '85 serves as the first vice chief of space operations for the Space Force. Reflecting on its first year, Thompson spoke about the new service's accomplishments, its future and working with industry.


F-15EX Completes First Flight
"Being selected as the F-15EX formal training unit is an outstanding mission for the 173rd Fighter Wing," said Col. Jeff Edwards '95, 173rd FW commander. The first F-15EX flight was piloted by Boeing's F-15 chief test pilot, Matt Giese '96. Edwards and Giese go way back, as they were in the same cadet squadron at the Academy.


Four JBLM Airmen on Forefront of Space Force
1st Lt. Donavan Moss '18 was one of four airmen from the 627th Communications Squadron at Joint Base Lewis-McChord who became Guardians with the Space Force.


Edwards AFB Conducts Space Force Transfer Ceremony
The 412th Test Wing hosted a ceremony for 17 airmen who have transferred as Guardians in the Space Force at Edwards Air Force Base. Among them was Capt. George Zeitler '14 who said it was his father's 20-year Coast Guard career that inspired him to join the military, but it was his membership in his high school's rocketry team that spurred his interest in space.


Maui Sees First U.S. Space Force Officers Sworn In
Capt. Cody Felipe '13 was one of six officers assigned to the Air Force Research Laboratory's Directed Energy Directorate Air Force Maui Optical and Supercomputing site that joined more than 2,400 airmen across the nation transferring from the U.S. Air Force to the U.S. Space Force. After Felipe's graduation from the Air Force Academy, he undertook a career-broadening experience in space operations at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calf. It was there that his interest in space began.


Super Bowl Fly Over
"I walked into work on Friday afternoon after being in a meeting and my commander pops out of his office and sees me walk down the hall, and he says, 'Patty, you're going to the Super Bowl!' I said yes sir, absolutely. Of course. Why?" Maj. Patrick Burke '07 said.


Black History Month Commentaries
Throughout Black History Month, the Academy is excited to share the perspectives, experiences and views of some of its cadets and staff members.

Appreciating differences, celebrating similarities
Inspiring a better, more inclusive America
Shaping the path for a better future


Safely Serving Cadets
Academy's dining hall staff overcomes COVID-19 challenges to feed thousands.

  Mitchell Hall

Breaking Barriers: Women in Aviation Panel
The flight crew that made history — as the first all-female flight on the KC-46A Pegasus — flew to the United States Air Force Academy to support an initiative to increase the number of women and minorities who join rated career fields.

From the Bleachers

Stevenson Claims MPSF Gymnast of the Week
Air Force junior Daija Stevenson was tabbed MPSF Gymnast of the Week after compiling a 38.575 all-around at the six-team Gym Quarters Invitational meet on Feb. 12. This is the sixth career MPSF weekly award for Stevenson, including four-straight as Gymnast of the Week.


Fiori Named Rifle Athlete of the Week
Air Force junior Peter Fiori is this week's rifle athlete of the week. In the rifle matches against Akron and Ohio State, Fiori was the overall top individual finisher with triple season-best scores.


Lindhorst Goes Sub-Four, Breaks Air Force Record
Breaking the famed four-minute barrier in his first race at the mile distance, Air Force freshman Cole Lindhorst set a new Academy record during an impressive outing at the Iowa State Classic.

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