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October 14, 2021
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Olds Classes Dedicate Air Warrior Combat Memorial
A new memorial now sits next to the B-52 near North Gate. The fully donor-funded Air Warrior Combat Memorial was dedicated on Oct. 1 with members of the Classes of '71, '63 and '69 in attendance.

Academy honors air power advances with memorial


Campaign Events Upcoming Commanders' Classic and Campaign Events
The Air Force vs. Army game is in Arlington, Texas, this year. We're already gearing up for the big game and the chance to take back the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy. Join us Nov. 5-6 for all the great events surrounding the game!

Air Force Academy Foundation

Andrews F-16 Tail Flash Dedicated to Honor Class of '80 Grad
The tail flash of the F-16 on the Air Force Academy terrazzo has a new look. During the Class of 1980's 40th reunion, a ceremony was held to dedicate the updated tail flash to honor Col. (Ret.) Bill Andrews '80. Andrews (1958-2015) was shot down near the end of Desert Storm but bravely provided warnings that saved two other pilots. For his actions, he received the Air Force Cross.


Cadet Morale Class of 2010 Leads Effort to Boost Cadet Morale
Returning to the Academy for its delayed 10-year reunion, the Class of 2010 celebrated the first year of its Endowment for Cadet Morale. Using funds collected from members of the class throughout the last decade, the endowment awards USAFA's Outstanding Squadron of the semester with $5,000 for activities that will boost morale.


Shwedo Reception in Colorado Springs Kicks Off Defining Our Future Campaign
The Defining Our Future comprehensive fundraising and engagement campaign in support of the Air Force Academy kicked off with a Colorado Springs reception on Sept. 24. Brig. Gen. Linell Letendre '96, dean of the faculty, and Lt. Gen. (Ret.) BJ Shwedo '87, Institute for Future Conflict director, spoke on a variety of topics to engage attendees.

Grads in the News

Van Ovost Van Ovost Confirmed to Lead TRANSCOM
The U.S. Senate on Oct. 1 confirmed Air Force Gen. Jacqueline D. Van Ovost '88 to be the next head of U.S. Transportation Command, making her just the third woman ever to lead a unified combatant command.


Homer Class of 2024 Exemplar
The Class of 2024 held a dining ceremony to honor their class exemplar, Maj. LeRoy Homer Jr. '87 (1965-2001) — first officer of United 93 on Sept. 11, 2001. Maj. Homer's wife, Mrs. Melodie Homer, was one of the guest speakers for the evening.


Husky Strong Academy Prep School Commander Stays 'Husky Strong' in Battle with Cancer
Col. Melissa Youderian '98, commander of the Academy Prep School, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in April.


Babers Colorado Sports Hall of Fame
Alonzo Babers '83 was formally inducted with the 2020-21 class of the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame on Sept. 29. He won two Olympic gold medals at the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles.


LaMontagne One-on-One with Assistant Adjutant General, New Mexico Air National Guard
Brig. Gen. Michele LaMontagne '92 not only advises the governor and the Air Guard's brigadier general on state and federal emergencies, but she also works at Sandia National Laboratories and is co-founder of an executive coaching business.


Westmoreland 5 Interesting Things I Learned from Academy Grad (and Pro Golfer) Kyle Westmoreland
In golf, as in life, perspective can greatly influence your attitude and overall performance. Kyle Westmoreland '14, an Air Force Academy graduate who's currently navigating the world of professional golf, has a unique perspective on both golf and life.


Sullenberger Award for Courage
Do you know of a graduate who has demonstrated an exemplary act that well exceeded expectations in a singular or short series of events? Nominations are open until Nov. 1st. If you would like to submit a nomination, please email corrie.grubbs@aogusafa.org with a written statement and any supporting documentation, including news articles or social media posts.


Harmon Lecture Harmon Memorial Lecture
Popular historians with ties to the Air Force Academy encouraged cadets to balance justice and mercy at the Harmon Memorial Lecture on Oct. 5. The annual lecture's namesake, Lt. Gen. Hubert Harmon, was the Academy's first superintendent.


Flowers Flowers Family Continues to Write Air Force History
The longest-serving airman in the history of the Air Force, retired Maj. Gen. Al Flowers Sr., was on stage as his grandsons — including Kendell Flowers, a cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy — pinned the first star on the uniform of his son, Al Flowers Jr., continuing an amazing legacy.

From the Bleachers

Hall of Fame Falcons Earn 24-14 Win Against Wyoming
A balanced Air Force attack fueled the Falcons to the program's best start since 2010, beating the Wyoming Cowboys 24-14 at Falcon Stadium. Air Force next travels to Boise State on Saturday night.


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