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September 2, 2021
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Next of Kin Memorial Ceremony
This year's virtual ceremony honored the United States Air Force Academy cadet, air training officers and all our graduates who have passed away within the last year. Here's your chance to view the ceremony or watch it again.

  Next of Kin

Parents' Weekend
Hundreds of parents are visiting USAFA this weekend to connect with their cadet and to learn more about Academy life.

• Parents' Weekend plans? Join us on Friday, Sept. 3, from 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at Doolittle Hall for a day of Air Force Academy fun!

  Parents' Weekend

National Suicide Prevention Month
September is National Suicide Prevention Month and Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Mike Gould '76, AOG and Air Force Academy Foundation CEO, has issued a 22-pushup challenge to increase awareness about 22 veterans per day who die by suicide. Additionally, he's asking grads to reach out to fellow Zoomies to check up on them and offer support. Everybody has a role to play in preventing suicide.

  22 Challenge

Registration Closes for the Navy Tailgate Tomorrow!
Please make sure to reserve your spot for the Air Force tailgate at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium before it's too late!

Air Force Academy Foundation

Submit Your Photo for the 2022 Air Force Academy Fund Calendar
The Air Force Academy Foundation is now accepting photo submissions for the 2022 Air Force Academy Fund calendar. Join the fun and submit your favorite captured moments of Air Force Academy life. Your photo may be featured in the 2022 Air Force Academy fund calendar. When you support the Air Force Academy Fund at supportusafa.org, you'll receive a free 2022 calendar! Entries close Sept. 24.


Learn About Opportunities to Support Your Cadet
It's an honor to have a son, daughter or family member serving as a cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy. From being active with parent clubs to providing financial support, there are many ways for family members to play a role in their cadet's experience. The Air Force Academy Foundation manages more than 300 funds in support of the Air Force Academy and its programs. No matter how you want to impact your cadet's education and training, there is likely a fund to help.


Become a Polaris Society Member Today
The Polaris Society honors generous donors who have made future legacy commitments in their estate plans. The Air Force Academy Foundation recognizes and expresses our gratitude to those individuals by offering complimentary Polaris Society membership, with no further obligation on your part.

Grads in the News

Syracuse University's Air Force ROTC Welcomes New Commanding Officer
In his role as AFROTC commander, Lt. Col. Ryan Lippert '02 hopes to convey the values that make effective airmen, such as integrity, loyalty and trustworthiness.


Airman Brings Industry Experience to Mission
Capt. Andrew Beckman '12 is using his recent Education with Industry experience to bring a new perspective and innovative skills to a critical Air Force mission.


Fairchild AFB Pilot Hopes To Use Story To Inspire Next Generation
KC-135 pilot Lizzy Denton '18 said her goal is to encourage children from under-represented groups to be leaders and take on challenges, even when they've never seen anyone like them in those types of roles. "I got a biology degree and now I'm flying planes. It's pretty incredible."


Retired Air Force Officer Returns to Roots, Takes Up Teaching
Lt. Col. (Ret.) Christopher Ott '00's 20-year career in the Air Force has taken him to 104 countries. After retiring, he returned to his roots with the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. As the senior aerospace science instructor, he teaches the science behind that field and the history of manned flight.


ROKAF Air Chief Gains Insight into the Academy's Mission
The U.S. Air Force and Republic of Korea Air Force remain close allies with shared interests to innovate air and space capabilities, enhance readiness and strengthen cooperation.


Mountains Serve as Classroom for Air Force Cadets Learning Leadership
A group of 90 cadets took to the trails and rivers of the Upper Arkansas River Valley this summer. The Outdoor Leadership Development Program is designed to teach cadets leadership skills while improving social and emotion intelligence.

From the Bleachers

Air Force Football Opens Season by Hosting Lafayette
Air Force football returns at noon on Saturday, Sept. 4, in Falcon Stadium as the Falcons host the Lafayette Leopards. Join us for gameday chats all season long using hashtag #GoAirForce!

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