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July 22, 2021
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Homecoming Ceremony for Krogman
Hundreds of family members, high school friends and Worland, Wyoming, community members turned out for a homecoming ceremony for 1Lt Alva R. Krogman '64 on July 21. Krogman was killed in action on Jan. 17, 1967 after being shot down over Vietnam. Krogman's remains were identified in 2020 and he was repatriated this week to his hometown and buried next to his parents.


Marcolongo Stepping Down as President
and COO of AOG

Marty Marcolongo '88 has been an integral part of the AOG's mission since his arrival in 2001. In his varied roles over the years, Marty has been instrumental in the operation of almost every aspect of the AOG's work. His last day with the AOG will be Sept. 1.

Please join us in thanking Marty for his excellent leadership and all he has done — and will continue to do — for the Air Force Academy, our graduates and their families, and his community.


Basic Cadet Training Breakdown: Nearly 30% of Academy's Class of 2025 Are Women
A report released by the Air Force Academy admissions office shows the average high school GPA for the 1,113 young adults who reported to basic training last month is a lofty 3.88. The class includes 55 sons and 34 daughters of service academy graduates, with women representing 29.7% of the class overall. About a third of the class is from underrepresented communities.

  BCT Breakdown

March Back from Jacks Valley #1
On July 17, the first group of Basic Cadets marched back from Jacks Valley having challenged themselves beyond what they thought they were capable of. On Monday, the other half of the squadrons got their turn.

  March Back #1

Virtual March Back — Last Week to Participate!
Let's come together as a USAFA family and support the Class of 2025! The Graduate March Back is virtual again this year with expanding participation to the entire USAFA family! Between July 12-24, you are invited to join the USAFA community and walk, run or march 6.2 miles in support of the Class of 2025 cadets returning from Basic Cadet Training in Jacks Valley.

• If you are in the Colorado Springs area on July 30, learn how you can participate in the BCT Culminating Event.

  March Back

Distinguished Graduate Award Banquet
Please join us Aug. 6 as we celebrate and recognize our nine Distinguished Graduate Award honorees from 2019 and 2020. The evening's 2019 honorees include Col. (Ret.) Les Denend, Class of 1963; Mr. Fletcher "Flash" Wiley, Class of 1965; Gen. (Ret.) Norton "Norty" Schwartz, Class of 1973; Gen. (Ret.) Ed Rice Jr., Class of 1978; and Mr. John "Jack" Kucera, Class of 1978. Our 2020 honorees include Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jay Kelley, Class of 1964; Mr. Hugh Williamson, Class of 1964; Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Ron Sega, Class of 1974; and Col. (Ret.) Gail Benjamin Colvin, Class of 1980.

  DG Award Banquet

Folds of Honor Labor Day Weekend Events
Folds of Honor, which offers educational scholarships to both children and spouses of fallen service members, are hosting a golf tournament and concert on Sunday, Sept. 5. The tournament will be held at Eisenhower Golf Course with Tyler Farr in concert at Boot Barn Hall.

  Folds of Honor
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Air Force Academy Foundation

FAA Administrator Dickson Talks Future, Challenges of American Aviation
FAA Administrator Steve Dickson '79 spoke to a group of Sabre Society donors as part of the Sabre Society Speaker Series July 8. The former senior vice president of flight operations at Delta Air Lines and F-15 fighter pilot discussed topics ranging from COVID-19 pandemic, the technological advances coming in aviation, cybersecurity threats and environmental sustainability.


Matching Gifts to the Air Force Academy Foundation
Interested in doubling your impact in supporting the Air Force Academy? Matching gifts are donations made by corporations and organizations to a nonprofit also supported by one of their employees. Gifts are usually matched based on pre-established formulas and limits. The Air Force Academy Foundation gratefully accepts matching gift requests provided they follow the guidelines of the company giving the match.


Give a Gift of a Beneficiary Designation
A beneficiary designation gift is a simple and affordable way to make a gift in support of the Air Force Academy. You can designate the Air Force Academy Foundation as a beneficiary of a retirement, investment or bank account or your life insurance policy. If you are interested in making a gift but are also concerned about your future needs, beneficiary designation gifts are among the most flexible of all charitable gifts.

  Beneficiary Designation
Grads in the News

Academy Grad, AOG Volunteer Receives Distinguished Service Award
A former volunteer faculty member received this year's Air Force Academy Distinguished Service Award in a ceremony led by Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Richard Clark '86, July 9. Garry Dudley, a 1968 Academy graduate and retired lieutenant colonel, learned of his selection for the award in August, but restrictions set at the base postponed an official ceremony until now. We have highlighted Lt. Col. (Ret.) Dudley in this month's AOG Service Spotlight.


PT with the Prep School Cadet Candidates
What better way to get motivated to do well at morning physical training (PT) than to have USAFA Superintendent Lt. Gen Clark '86 join you! Gen. Clark was a Prep School Cadet Candidate himself.

• View photos shared online of USAFA Commandant of Cadets Brig. Gen. Paul Moga '95 joining the Class of 2025 Basic Cadets on the Jacks Valley courses.


Eaglin Returns to Okinawa to Command 18th Wing
Brig. Gen. David Eaglin '94 took command of the 18th Wing, America's largest combat air wing, during a ceremony at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. The 18th Wing consists of 8,000 airmen and 81 combat-ready aircraft that perform a variety of missions, including air superiority, aerial refueling, airborne warning and control and combat search and rescue in support of U.S. interests, the defense of Japan and peace and stability throughout the Indo-Pacific.


Spangdahlem Fighter Wing Changes Command as Heavy Flooding Strikes Surrounding Area
Col. David Epperson '97 spent the night before he relinquished command of the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, in neighboring villages, filling sandbags to help stem widespread flooding after days of heavy rainfall. It was when Epperson saw his relief, Col. Leslie Hauck '98, doing the same thing that he knew the wing was in good hands.


New Commander for the 53rd Wing
A command pilot with more than 1,400 flight hours, Col. Matthew Bradley '97 is no stranger to the wing's mission at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. The 23-year veteran served in positions within the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron, 83rd Fighter Weapons Squadron and 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group.


Change of Command in 306th Flying Training Group
In a Change of Command ceremony on July 2, Col. Michael Stolley '99 took command of the 306th Flying Training Group. The 306 FTG provides management and oversight for the Davis Airfield and Academy airmanship programs. Presiding over the ceremony was Col. Scott Rowe, USAFA '98 graduate and 12th Flying Training Wing Commander. Fun fact: Colonels Stolley and Rowe played baseball together at the Academy.


17th Training Wing Welcomes New Commander
Col. Matthew Reilman '00 was the former Director of Staff Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance and Cyber Effects Operations stationed at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.


Lewis Assumes Command of 70th Flying Training Squadron
As the commander, Lt. Col. Amy Lewis '01 is responsible for the execution of the Air Education and Training Command / Air Force Reserve Command Associate Instructor Program at USAFA, supporting 306th FTG operations, conducting more than 55,000 sorties and 22,000 parachute jumps annually.


Williams Selected for Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows Program at the National Academy of Medicine
This week the National Academy of Medicine and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation named the 2021-2022 class of RWJF Health Policy Fellows. The six health professionals, including Dr. Brian H. Williams '91, joining the fellowship program will come to Washington, D.C. this September to spend a year working on health-related legislative and regulatory issues with members of Congress and the executive branch.


Malachowski Receives Appointment to President's Commission on White House Fellowships
Col. (Ret.) Nicole Malachowski '96 recently received a formal Presidential Appointment to serve as a Commissioner for the President's Commission on White House Fellowships.


Air Force Marathon Director Named to '40 Under 40' List
Devoted to running since competing in high school, Brandon Hough '11 ended up turning his love for the sport into a career. In May 2018, Hough was named the Air Force Marathon race director and has continued to grow and improve the event ever since.


Air Force Pilot with County Roots Flies Stealth Bombers
Lt. Col. Todd Moenster '99 spends many of his days soaring the skies in a Northrup Grumman B-2 Spirit, better known as a stealth bomber. He feels privileged to pilot such a state-of-the-art flying machine.


Champion of the Technical Education System of South Dakota
After retiring from the U.S. Air Force, Col. Mike Cartney '81 returned home and helped transform the state's technical college system. This September, he will be honored as a South Dakota Hall of Fame inductee.


AF Academy's Summer Program Takes Cadets to Florida
After a year-long hiatus due to COVID-19, the U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Summer Program recently returned to the Air Force Civil Engineer Center's Readiness Laboratory at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. The month-long annual research program that began in 2008 is an opportunity for second- and third-year cadets to experience Air Force life and some of the responsibilities and challenges awaiting them after graduation.

  Summer Program

Military Students Conclude Summer of Research
C1C Erika Willis completed the John H. Saxon Service Academy Summer Research Program at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation alongside two midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy.


Air Force Academy Cadets Start Work On New Bridge In Eagle County
Eleven Air Force Academy cadets are hard at work with U.S. Forest Service personnel on building a bridge in White River National Forest. The bridge is being installed now on the east end of the Two Elk Trail in Eagle County, Colorado.


Academy Welcomes More Than 100 New Faculty Members
Scores of newly hired faculty members who completed a week-long orientation course this week can now get down to the business of teaching cadets.

From the Bleachers

Falcons Place Record 148 Cadet-Athletes on MW Spring All-Academic Team
Air Force placed a school-record 148 cadet-athletes on the spring academic all-Mountain West team, as announced by the league office. The previous record of 87 was set in 2019-20.


Mahala Norris Named MW Athlete of the Year
The historic senior campaign of cross country and track standout Mahala Norris '21 continued as she was named the Mountain West Female Athlete of the Year for the 2020-21 season. Norris, the NCAA champion in the steeplechase, is just the second Academy athlete in any sport to receive the league's premier athletic award.


Cadet Outdoor Leadership Experience
Air Force forward Nikki McDonald had the opportunity to represent the Academy and Falcon women's hoops at Philmont Scouts Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico, as part of the Cadet Outdoor Leadership Experience (COLE) summer course.


USAFA Athletics Call
Please join us Tuesday, July 27, as we welcome several speakers from athletics to include Nate Pine (director of athletics), Jen Block '92 (executive director of athletics), Col. Maiya Anderson '97 (permanent professor and department head, physical education) and Coach Ryan Cole (USAFA cross country head coach and assistant track and field coach) to discuss Air Force athletics.

Athletics Call
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