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March 4, 2021
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Halfway Through the Election — 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 help us reach the 25% quorum requirement. We are currently at 17.72%, and with your help we can get there! Read the latest election update to see which classes are leading as we pass the halfway point!


NCLS Focuses on One's Warrior Ethos
The 28th annual National Character and Leadership Symposium (NCLS) at the United States Air Force Academy was, for the first time, conducted virtually Feb. 24-26 due to the ongoing global pandemic. The event still included an impressive slate of speakers who focused on the 2021 theme of "Warrior Ethos as Airmen and Citizens."


Heritage Minute — USAFA Ski Tow
Did you know that there was an attempt in the early 1960s to create a neighborhood ski area on the Air Force Academy grounds? Evidence of a ski tow structure survives to this day. Check it out on this episode of Heritage Minute with Steve Simon '77!

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

New YouTube Channel
The Air Force Academy Foundation has moved its online videos to YouTube. The videos highlight donor impacts at the Air Force Academy, cadet successes, fundraising initiatives and Foundation-related event information. Users can subscribe to the channel (click the red "Subscribe" button) to receive announcements about new videos when they are added.


Expanding Strategic Advantages
Advancing American global leadership means cultivating hands-on experiences and broad strategic perspectives for cadet leadership training. The Air Force Academy Foundation supports a variety of funds that invest in excellence in leadership development, including cadet programs and clubs, endowed chairs, graduate scholarships and research efforts focused on leadership.

Grads in the News

A-10 Pilots Awarded Trophy for 'Most Meritorious Flight'
Two A-10 fighter pilots were awarded the MacKay Trophy at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base for a combat sortie they flew together in Afghanistan. The Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., presented Lt. Col. Charles Stretch '05 and Capt. Alexander Boules '15 the award for "the most meritorious flight of 2019," during which the two Air Force Academy graduates with very different levels of experience quickly launched to support Afghan forces being overrun by the Taliban.

  Most Meritorious Flight

VIDEO: Sky's the Limit
The nation's highest-ranking woman in uniform, Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost '88, spoke about her inspiring career in the Air Force on the TODAY Show this week to kick off Women's History Month.

  Van Ovost

Former Astronaut's Career Links Tuskegee Airmen to International Space Station
Col. (Ret.) Fred Gregory '64 has flown hundreds of different aircraft, overseen the United States' involvement in the International Space Station, traveled the world and commanded multiple space shuttle missions. He reflects on his past with a sense of awe at the stories of flight and adventure he heard at the knees of Tuskegee Airmen and a feeling that he helped carry a torch lit by those pioneering pilots.


Biden Nominates AFRL Commander for Second Star
President Joe Biden has nominated Brig. Gen. Heather Pringle '91, commander of Air Force Research Laboratory, for promotion to major general. Pringle assumed command of AFRL at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in June 2020.


Engineering Week Feature Series: 'Engineering Touches Every Corner of Your Life'
Last week, cadets and faculty joined forces to highlight Air Force Academy science, technology, engineering and math — STEM — research and education to spotlight National Engineers Week.

Engineering Week Feature Series Wrap Up: Imagining tomorrow

  Engineering Week

Engineering Week Feature Series: Academy's Engineering Cadets Accelerate Technological Change
Col. Cory Cooper '00, head of the Academy's mechanical engineering department, said Engineering Week is a testament to the ingenuity cadets bring to the classroom and to the applied mechanics field every day.

  Engineering Week
From the Bleachers

Air Force Upends Colorado State, 75-68
The Air Force women's basketball team stunned the Mountain West's top team, Colorado State, 75-68 on Monday afternoon in Clune Arena. The Falcons have beaten two of the league's top teams in the last week.


Baseball Upsets #7 LSU in Comeback Thriller, 6-5
The Air Force Academy baseball team used a three-run ninth inning to complete a comeback upset win over #7 LSU last week. For the Falcons, it was the first win over a top-10 ranked team since 2010.

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