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March 18, 2021
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Race to the Finish — Vote Now!
Thank you to all who have already voted in this important election. If you're an AOG member who hasn't voted yet, please set aside a little time today to cast your ballot. Let your voice be heard! Read the latest election update to see which classes are leading in voter participation with less than a week remaining!


A Focus on AF Priorities, Academy Importance: Acting SecAF Visits Academy
Acting Secretary of the Air Force John P. Roth emphasized the importance of staying true to the Air Force priorities — supporting and defending the Constitution, serving the American people, and protecting the nation — during his March 10 visit to the Air Force Academy.


Chief of Space Operations Visits Academy Cadets
Chief of Space Operations Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond spoke to senior cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy on March 3, 2021, specifically those who have been selected to commission into the U.S. Space Force.

  Space Operations

Up In The Air
The restoration of the Air Force Academy Chapel is the U.S.'s most complex modernist preservation project ever.

• The USAFA Cadet Chapel is now under wraps. The fabric cocoon was completed earlier this month. Enjoy a gallery of photos from the entire cocoon process. We won't see the iconic building again for several more years!

  Cadet Chapel

Wings Over the Rockies Announces Women in Aerospace Showcase
Wings Over the Rockies Exploration of Flight is pleased to announce a Women in Aerospace Showcase in celebration of Women's History Month on March 20, 2021.

  Wings Over the Rockies
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Air Force Academy Foundation

Resilience and Grit
Air Force Academy cadets will soon be able to take their development to a higher level than ever before with the installation of the new Leader Challenge Tower centerpiece of the Outdoor Leadership Complex (OLC).


Pitching the Pitch
Harry Laws was a member of the very first USAFA rugby team in 1968, and, after his graduation in 1969, he inserted the sport into his life's priorities, including in his will. Laws and his wife, Melany, have named the Air Force Academy Foundation as a beneficiary in their will to benefit the endowed funds that support rugby at the Academy.

Grads in the News

Van Ovost Tapped to Lead TRANSCOM
President Joe Biden has nominated USAF Gen. Jacqueline D. Van Ovost '88 — currently the U.S. military's only woman with four stars — to command U.S. Transportation Command. Van Ovost is currently the commander of Air Mobility Command, and if confirmed, she will become the second USAF woman to lead a combatant command.

  Van Ovost

Charting History: Female Pilot Reaches 2,000 Hours in F-16
Col. Trena "HaK" Savageau '98 is known for breaking barriers and setting high expectations as the first female commander of the 944th Operations Group at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. Earlier this year, she crushed another goal as she flew past her 2,000th flying hour in the F-16C Fighting Falcon and became the first female in the U.S. Air Force Reserve to achieve this milestone.


Touchdown! RMU President Named to National Football Foundation (NFF) Board
Chris Howard '91 was the first recipient of the Campbell Trophy presented by NFF, now he's the first Campbell recipient to join NFF's board.


City of Tyler, Texas Announces New Airport Manager
The City of Tyler, Texas has named Stephen Thompson '89, A.A.E., as airport manager for Tyler Pounds Regional Airport (TYR). Thompson has operated at airports across the globe and most recently worked for the fifth busiest airport in the country.


She's a Leader, Parent, and Athlete — One Officer Shapes the Future of the Air Force Reserve
Lt. Col. Kristi Delcour '01, chief of Promotion Board Operations at Headquarters Air Reserve Personnel Center, embraces the challenges of maintaining a healthy lifestyle through athleticism, parenthood and perseverance.


'Fly Like a Girl': The Story Behind a Morale Patch That Honors Female Aviators
Air Force Capt. Melaine Valentin '16, a T-38C instructor pilot at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, leveraged her lifelong passion for visual art when asked to design a morale patch for Air Education and Training Command's 2019 Women's Fly-In. Since the event, the patch's popularity has grown so much that the company she worked with to get it manufactured now sells it on its website.


Air Academy Coach Theresa Scott Has a Long Basketball Pedigree
Coaching at Air Academy meant that Theresa Scott '85 had the opportunity to return to a very familiar place that has been near and dear to her heart. She was a star college player for the Air Force Academy in the mid-1980s, leading the team in scoring in 1983-84 and in rebounding in 1982-83 and 1983-84. Her husband, AJ, was a star football player for the Falcons.


Read our WebGuy blog for coverage of Recognition for the Class of 2024.

Learning to lead: Recognition event challenges four-degree cadets


Overcoming Challenges to Advance Character and Leadership Development
Despite COVID-19 restrictions and a snowstorm in late February, the Air Force Academy's most popular conference, the National Character and Leadership Symposium (NCLS), successfully used virtual and online resources to allow distinguished speakers to talk to thousands around the world about national service, warrior ethos, leadership and honor.


Academy Math Instructors Teach New Approach to Calculus
Math teachers at the Air Force Academy are modernizing one of every freshman college students' greatest fears: calculus. They have modernized calculus to make it more relevant to today's cadets.

• In November, we brought grads to the classroom with ZoomieClass: Calculus 3-Partial Derivatives.

From the Bleachers

Five Repeat Champs Highlight Wing Open Finals
With five repeat champions and seven first-time winners, the Air Force boxing team wrapped up a successful night of competition at the 63rd-annual Wing Open Championships on March 10 under the lights of Clune Arena.


Air Force Pair Claims All-America Honors
Highlighted by a first-team award from senior Mahala Norris, two members of the Air Force track and field team earned All-America honors. Greg Skage captured the program's 10th All-America accolade in the indoor pole vault, as he earned second-team status.


Air Force Completes Spring Football
Air Force completed spring football drills on March 6. Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun '89 shared his thoughts about the spring and the 2021 football schedule.

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