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January 21, 2021
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Academy Cadets Start Semester Online, in Classrooms
Despite the challenges presented by the pandemic, Brig. Gen. Linell Letendre '96, the Academy's dean, said she's excited for cadets, staff and faculty as they start the semester and new calendar year.


AOG Election Just Weeks Away
In the upcoming 2021 election, AOG graduate members will be voting on the five open seats on our Board of Directors as well as two proposed bylaw changes. To view the proposed bylaw changes as well as inform yourself on the Board Candidates, go to www.usafa.org/election.


Heritage Minute — C-49J Crash Site
In this week's episode of Heritage Minute with Steve Simon '77, we hike to the top of Blodgett Peak to discover a C-49J crash site.

  Heritage Minute

Doolittle Hall Update
Join the senior leaders from your Association of Graduates, the Air Force Academy Foundation and the Falcon Foundation for a virtual update at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021.

  Doolittle Hall Update
7258' — Your Association at Work
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Air Force Academy Foundation

NCLS 2021: Warrior Ethos
The donor-supported 2021 National Character and Leadership Symposium will focus on the theme "Warrior Ethos as Airmen and Citizens." The online event, with a mixture of livestreams and recorded sessions, will feature several speakers, including U.S. Air Force leaders, the executive chairman of Lockheed Martin, world-class athletes, authors and more. The NCLS website includes information about the entire list of speakers and registration information. The event will be hosted Feb. 25-26, 2021. Sign up today!


Read JCLD Before NCLS
The Center for Character and Leadership Development's Research, Integration and Assessment team produces the Journal of Character and Leadership Development to foster conversation and research intended to have a positive impact on character and leadership development. The donor-supported publication combines peer-reviewed, scholarly work with real-world insights and interviews from and with proven leaders.

Grads in the News

Wise to Speak at NCLS
Maj. Christy Wise '09 is the first female amputee in Air Force history to return to flying duty. She will be one of several guest speakers at the Academy's National Character and Leadership Symposium on Feb. 25 and 26.


Where Are They Now?
Josh Print '08 scored one of the biggest goals in Air Force hockey history. After graduation, he served 12 years as a space operations officer in the U.S. Air Force, most recently detailed to the National Security Council as an associate director for Defense Policy and Strategy.


Governor Appoints Suelzer as Deputy Adjutant General for Air
Texas Governor Greg Abbott appointed Brig. Gen. Thomas M. Suelzer '90 to serve as the deputy adjutant general for air, coordinating activities of the Texas Military Forces with the National Guard Bureau to ensure funding and compliance occurs with other federal, state and local jurisdictions in matters relating to the mission of the Texas Air National Guard.


F-22 Pilot Takes Command of Nevada Guard's 232nd Combat Training Squadron
Judging by Lt. Col. Ethan Waitte '96's distinguished 24-year career with the U.S. Air Force, it's no surprise why he was chosen to become the next commander for the 232nd Combat Training Squadron.


New Vice Commander Returns to Grissom
Col. Brian Burr '96 returns to Grissom Air Reserve Base, Indiana, as the new vice commander of the 434th Air Refueling Wing.


Retired Air Force Pilot and Doctor Still Serving Community in Local Emergency Rooms
For 10 years, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Adam Flood '96 served as a pilot, but then came a life-changing decision. He went to medical school through the Air Force and became an E.R. doctor, which also sent him to remote areas like Afghanistan and Puerto Rico.


Longtime Youth Coaches Integral to Lacrosse's Success
Since 2010, Franklin Youth Lacrosse in Massachusetts has developed more than 45 collegiate lacrosse players. Tom O'Rourke '93 and other longtime youth coaches are a big reason why.


Former Air Force Chief Joins One of the World's Largest Equity Firms
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein '83, who retired in August 2020, was named a senior adviser to the New York-based management firm, where he will consult on a wide range of industries.


Cadet Moody Garners Spaatz Award
C3C Christian Moody was presented with the Carl A. Spaatz Award for his service in Civil Air Patrol (CAP), the civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force. The Spaatz Award is the highest honor available to CAP cadets, conferring the rank of Cadet Colonel on the recipient.

From the Bleachers

Gerlica Named the Air Force Cadet of the Year
Recent Air Force Academy graduate and four-year baseball letterwinner 2nd Lt. Jeff Gerlica '20 was named the 2020 Air Force Cadet of the Year, the Department of the Air Force announced. The award recognizes the best cadet in an Air Force commissioning program, and Gerlica was selected in a large and highly competitive pool of Air Force Academy, Reserve Officer Training Corps, and Officer Training School cadets.

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