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February 4, 2021
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AOG Board Responds to Question Posed About 6 January Attack on Capitol
The AOG Board of Directors has posted a statement related to the 6 January attack on the U.S. Capitol. AOG CEO Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Mike Gould '76 also has shared a video statement on the attack.

  AOG Board Statement

AOG Election Just Days Away
The AOG 2021 Election starts on Monday, Feb. 8, 2021. You will receive an email from noreply@directvote.net with all ballot instructions. Educate yourself on the board candidates as well as the proposed bylaw changes at www.usafa.org/election. Also view a video message from our Board Chair concerning the important election.


Heritage Minute — Cathedral Rock
Discover the history behind one of the Air Force Academy's most beautiful natural landmarks in this week's episode of Heritage Minute with Steve Simon '77. Cathedral Rock is best known for the Doolie-year milestone "Run to the Rock."

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

Prep School Final Stretch Morale Support
Prep School parents have set up a crowdfunding initiative to provide continued morale support for cadet candidates at the USAFA Preparatory School this spring. The three-month project has a fundraising goal of $50,000 to help fund fun activities for the cadet candidates during breaks included in an updated Prep School academic calendar.

  Prep School

What Is a Charitable Gift Annuity?
Donors can support their favorite Air Force Academy program with a charitable gift annuity. This type of gift, made to the Air Force Academy Foundation, can provide a donor with a secure source of fixed payments for life while offering more than a margin of excellence to Academy programs.

  Gift Annuity
Grads in the News

Stover Selected as a Finalist for National Title
Maureen Stover '97, the 2020 North Carolina Teacher of the Year, has been selected as one of four finalists for the 2021 National Teacher of the Year.


Fletcher Wiley Takes Stairsteps to Air Force Honor
Don't confuse Fletcher Wiley '65 with someone who's going to deflect every compliment that comes his way. He'll tell you what he's done in a modest, straight-to-the-point way.


Hockey Coach Used to Pilot Air Force One
As the Commander-In-Chief for his Andover boys hockey team, head coach Lt. Col. (Ret.) Mark Manney '83 sets their course. It's not much of a departure from his former job. Manney used to be the pilot for Air Force One, flying presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.


Academy Leaders Discuss Importance of Warrior Ethos, Preparing Cadets for Unknown Conflict
A conversation broadcast to cadets at the Air Force Academy featured top officials at the school discussing the balance between a warrior mindset and the unpredictable nature of warfare.

  Warrior Ethos

VIDEO: New Air Force Academy Simulator Better Prepares Cadets to Soar
The U.S. Air Force Academy is always looking for new ways to increase pilot training. Challenges ranging from Colorado weather to the pandemic sometimes limit opportunities to fly, so the institution is starting to depend more on technology to give cadets practice in the virtual air.


More USAFA Cadets Headed for Space Force in 2021
About 115 USAFA cadets will head to the Space Force upon graduation in May, up from 86 last spring, according to USAFA Superintendent Lt. Gen. Richard M. Clark '86.

  Space Force

306th Flying Training Group Wins Top Airfield Award
Crew members at the Air Force Academy capped off a challenging 2020 by winning the year's Ronald B. McCarthy Airfield Management Facility award.

  Airfield Award
From the Bleachers

Air Force Earns First Win of Season
C3C Willie Reim scored the game-winner in overtime as Air Force hockey earned its first win of the season over Bentley.


Award Winners
Several Air Force Academy athletes were honored for their recent performances.
Women's Gymnastics Wins Weekly MPSF Awards
Gilman Named MW Runner of the Week
Maile Named Mountain West Swimmer of the Week
Norris Wins Silver State Challenge
Kreb is Rifle Athlete the Week

  Air Force
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