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May 27, 2021
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Cadet Graduation Returns to Falcon Stadium for Class of 2021
For the first time in two years, cadets graduated from the Air Force Academy inside Falcon Stadium on May 26. They received their diplomas and then a coin from the event's keynote speaker, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley. In all, 1,019 cadets graduated in front of a select crowd of about 8,000 in the stands.

PHOTOS & VIDEO: Class of 2021... dismissed!
DATA: Breakdown of the graduating class
VIDEO REPLAY: Watch the entire graduation video
PHOTOS: More photos from the Academy


VIDEO: Class of 2021 Journey
As we celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2021, journey back to see how it all began.


Class of 2021 Graduation Parade
The graduation parade on May 25 saw the Class of 2021 enter the parade field with the entire Cadet Wing then depart the lower three classes as a symbolic change of command. The formation used by the Class of 2021 to leave the Cadet Wing is the opposite of the formation they used to become part of the Cadet Wing during their Acceptance Day parade four years ago.


Service Academies Global Summit (SAGS)
This year's SAGS will be held on June 15th virtually. It is a great opportunity to hear from a strong line of graduate leaders such as Dana Born '83, Jay Silveria '85, and Chris Howard '91. See a full list of speakers and register today!

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Air Force Academy Foundation

Another Record All Academy Challenge
Air Force Academy graduates donated a record $633,893 during the 2021 All Academy Challenge. The annual competition among the five U.S. service academies was held May 16-20. The Class of '61 had the highest graduate participation rate with 36.22% of its graduates donating.


MyMajors App Aids Cadets in Choosing Career Path
Navigating the challenge of choosing a college major just got a little easier for four-degree cadets. Thanks to donor funding, USAFA is now utilizing the MyMajors app, a web-based assessment that matches cadets to potential majors based on their academic performance, aptitude, interests and career preferences.


Looking Back on Donor Impacts in 2020-21
Former National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster spoke to cadets at the donor-supported Academy Assembly last fall and discussed the event's theme: "National Security and American Polarization: The Competition for Truth." McMaster's advice to cadets was "focus mainly on doing your duty for the nation and the Constitution."

Grads in the News

VIDEO: Grad Shoutouts to the Class of 2021
Notable USAFA grads offer their congratulations to the Class of 2021.


First Time Astronauts Join SpaceX's Crew-3 Mission to Visit the ISS
Col. Raja Chari '99 will serve as mission commander. The Crew-3 mission will most likely launch in October of this year.


Virgin Galactic Moves One Step Closer to Commercial Space Flights
Flying at Mach 3 and reaching more than 55 miles above the Earth, British billionaire Sir Richard Branson's private spaceship company Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc. completed its first manned space flight from its new home port in New Mexico. USAFA grads Kelly Latimer '87 and Michael Masucci '85 piloted a carrier plane that helped the craft lift off.

  Virgin Galactic

Gathering of Eagles
The Gathering of Eagles experience at Air University gives students of Air Command and Staff College the opportunity to interact with and learn from military legends. This year's cohort of Eagles included USAFA grads Gen. (Ret.) David Goldfein '83, Col. Nick Hague '98, Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Donald Shepperd '62 and Col. Kim Campbell '97.


Westmoreland Becomes First USAFA Grad to Qualify for US Open
Kyle Westmoreland '14 will compete in the 121st U.S. Open Championship, June 17-20, at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, Calif. Westmoreland is the first Academy graduate to compete in the U.S. Open and the first to ever play in one of the PGA's four major championships.


Fencing Alum Singleton-Comfort Competing For Olympics Spot
2nd. Lt. Leanne Singleton-Comfort '20 is currently training for a spot on the United States Olympic Fencing Team. Singleton-Comfort, a three-time All-American in women's saber during her collegiate career, is one of the most decorated women's fencers in Air Force fencing history.


Comcast NBCUniversal's Gray Making an Impact on Business and Military
Rebecca Gray '94 is currently the executive director of Military and Veteran Affairs at Comcast NBCUniversal and serves as a colonel in the Air National Guard. In her role with Comcast, she works collaboratively across the company developing programs and outreach to engage the veteran and military community. Gray was a three-time All-American in springboard diving at the Academy. She's proudly served the country for more than 30 years.


Garland to Raise Awareness for Mental Health
May is National Mental Health Awareness Month, and NFL player Ben Garland '10 is partnering with Children's Hospital Colorado for a stair climb at Empower Field at Mile High in Denver on Friday, May 28, to teach kids the importance of exercise along with other tools to build mental strength.


Academy Cadets Showcase Asymmetric Thinking to the Indo-Pacific
Senior cadets at the Air Force Academy completed a yearlong research project by traveling to Hawaii to present their capstone project to Lt. Gen. Jon Thomas '89, Pacific Air Forces deputy commander. The cadets worked with PACAF's Strategic Competition Division during the academic year, analyzing macro-economic data to investigate the potential impact of aircraft refueling options at strategic locations in the Indo-Pacific region.


Following in Footsteps to the U.S. Air Force Academy
In the Snider household, some of the best things come in threes. USAFA appointee Jack Snider will follow in the footsteps of brother J.R. Snider to the Air Force Academy and his father, John Snider, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy. J.R. will be at West Point this coming year as part of a cadet exchange program. In the 1980s, Jack's father was offered the opportunity to study at the Air Force Academy as part of the same exchange program.

From the Bleachers

Air Force Extends Athletic Director Nathan Pine's Contract Through 2026
Director of Athletics Nathan Pine is completing his second academic year as the athletics director at the Air Force Academy after arriving in Colorado Springs in January of 2019. Since his arrival, the Falcons have seen success on a number of important fronts.


Kylie Stronko Earns Prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship
Kylie Stronko '21 has been selected as a recipient of a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. Stronko will head to Georgetown University to pursue a Master of Arts degree in Latin American Studies.


Air Force Academy to Host 2021 Artistic Swimming Junior Olympics
The 2021 Artistic Swimming Junior Olympics will take place at the Air Force Academy from June 26 to July 3.

  Junior Olympics
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