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September 17, 2021

Defining Our Future
Defining Our Future: The Campaign in Support of the U.S. Air Force Academy
To meet the challenges of these dynamic times — times marked by unprecedented advancements in technology, artificial intelligence and digital dependency — Air Force Academy cadets must be prepared to lead with agility, teamwork and unmatched technological sophistication and capabilities. Our work is more important than ever, and so the Academy must be better than ever. That's why the Air Force Academy Foundation and AOG have launched the most significant comprehensive fundraising and engagement campaign in the Academy's history. This is a defining moment in the history of the Academy and everyone plays a role in defining our future.


Proposed Modernization Coming to Falcon Stadium as Part of Defining Our Future Campaign
After nearly six decades of football games, graduations, concerts and various events, proposed renovations are coming to Falcon Stadium, with a goal of transforming the facility into a state-of-the-art, world-class venue. The Air Force Academy Foundation and the Air Force Academy Athletic Corporation have announced a proposed multiphase Falcon Stadium renovation project as part of the Defining Our Future campaign in support of the Air Force Academy.

  Falcon Stadium

Campaign Schedule
Join us for campaign events in Colorado Springs, New York, Philadelphia, Dallas (with the Air Force/Army game there in November) and more ahead!

Grads in the News

Academy Names Learning Center After '64 Grad, Astronaut
Family, friends and Class of 1964 graduates gathered at USAFA yesterday for the Renaming Ceremony for Gregory Hall, named after the Honorable Frederick Gregory '64 — former NASA astronaut, test pilot, and NASA official. He previously served as acting administrator of NASA — the first African American to hold that position. View more photos from the ceremony.


National Suicide Prevention Month
September is National Suicide Prevention Month. USAFA Superintendent Lt. Gen. Richard M. Clark '86 has accepted the 22-pushup challenge from Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Mike Gould '76, AOG and Air Force Academy Foundation chief executive officer, to raise awareness of the estimated 22 veteran suicides per day. Lt. Gen. Clark encourages all graduates to participate, reach out to fellow classmates, take care of each other, and extends the 22-pushup challenge to the Class of 2022.

  22 Challenge

Infant Girl and Her Sister Were in the Pentagon Day Care Center On 9/11 — Today They're in the U.S. Military
Two sisters who were in the day care center that day were inspired by the heroism around them. Today, they're both in the U.S. military, committed to serving their country. 2nd Lt. Hanna Born, just three years old at the time of the attacks, graduated from the Air Force Academy in 2020; her younger sister Heather is a midshipman at the Naval Academy.

Watch Brig. Gen. Dana Born '83 and 2nd Lt. Hanna Born '20 at the recent Academy Showcase campaign event


Return to Jacks: New Commandant Strives to Instill Warfighter Mentality Among Cadets
As he works to achieve his mission of developing forward-thinking leaders of character, Brig. Gen. Paul Moga '95 says he applauds some of the training changes within the Cadet Wing that have occurred in recent years. He's also evaluating other former practices and efforts that could be reinstated in the future in an effort to focus on discipline, decorum, duty, traditions and institutional pride.


The Notorious 'Johnny Bravo': Great Leadership Starts at the Academy
Brig. Gen. Michael "Johnny Bravo" Drowley is a war hero, pilot, weapons school expert, and '96 graduate of the Academy ... but his leadership style, charismatic personality, and sense of humility are what he's best known for. And, he says he owes it all to his time at the Academy.


The Big Idea: Institute for Future Conflict Prepares Cadets for Evolving Fight
During his initial months as Institute for Future Conflict director, Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Bradford Shwedo '87 has been working closely with Air Force leaders to ensure the institute achieves its mission of anticipating future needs and readying cadets for the new approaches to conflict.


South Dakota Hall of Fame
The 2021 South Dakota Hall of Fame inductees include David Kapaska '72. Dr. Kapaska has impacted healthcare statewide with his innovative push and adoption of early telemedicine offerings serving rural health care.


Former Football Great Reflects on 9/11
Tim Jefferson '12 was in middle school on Sept. 11, 2001. Upon hearing what happened that day, he set his sights on serving his country and ended up at the Air Force Academy.

Academy Players, Ex-Coach Recall 9/11


Jax Named MLB Recipient of Bob Feller Act of Valor Award
Griffin Jax '17 embodies the duality of love for baseball and service to the United States that was so crucial to the character of the late Hall-of-Famer Bob Feller.

Jax proud of wife's military service (Capt. Savannah Jax '17)


Video: 9/11 Cadet Connections
As the Academy marked the 20th anniversary of 9/11, cadets — many of whom were not alive or old enough to remember the events of that day — discussed how 9/11 has impacted their lives and their decision to serve.

  Sept 11

Video: USAFA Warrior Ethos 2021
At the U.S. Air Force Academy, we are developing resilient leaders in the air, space, cyberspace and beyond. We cannot quit. We cannot accept failure. Our nation is counting on us to win.

  Warrior Ethos

Academy Co-hosts Discussion to Combat Sex Assault, Harassment
The multi-day, collaborative event enabled more than 200 senior leaders from the Department of Defense and civilian academic institutions to develop partnerships and to share evidence-based best practices to prevent sexual assault and sexual harassment at colleges, universities and service academies.

From the Bleachers

Air Force Earns 23-3 Road Win At Navy
Aided by a historic defensive performance and key special teams plays, Air Force football (2-0) overtook Navy 23-3 in the opening leg of the 50th Commander-In-Chief's trophy competition. The game was played on the 20th anniversary of 9/11/2001.


Air Force Secures Service Academy Sweep with Win at Army
A relentless Falcons effort on both sides of the pitch resulted in a 2-0 win at Army, and following Sunday's 1-0 victory at Navy, the 2021 season marks the first time in the history of the women's soccer program that Air Force has defeated both service academies in the same season.


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