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AOG and Air Force Academy Foundation
DECEMBER 22, 2022
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Go Air Force

Air Force plays Baylor in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl tonight at 5:30 p.m. MT. Catch all the action on ESPN. If you aren't in Texas cheering at the game, join us online for a bowl game chat on Twitter using hashtag #GoAirForce!

Checkpoints Online

In the December issue of Checkpoints, learn more about the new HH-3E Jolly Green Giant static display, the Hosmer Visitor Center currently under construction, how your Association is modernizing to better serve you and support our Academy, and more.

Do you know of a graduate who has demonstrated an exemplary act that well-exceeded expectations in a singular or short series of events? Submit your Sullenberger Award for Courage nominations by Dec. 30. ►

Make sure young grads doing great things are recognized! Nominations are open for the Young Alumni Excellence Award. ►

Member benefit alert! The Association of Graduates Board of Directors is pleased to once again offer Graduate Dependent Scholarships. These scholarships are annual awards of not less than $500 to directly support postsecondary education for the children of AOG graduate members. ►

After 12 years of advocating for a static display of an HH-3E at the Academy, Max James '64 finally saw his efforts bear fruit. A dedication ceremony for the new display was conducted Nov. 12 near the iconic B-52 at USAFA.

• Lots of graduates and families give at the end of the year to support the USAFA mission. If you're considering a gift to help advance the mission, check out our End of Year Giving Guide — it provides info about giving options and deadlines for 2022 charitable gifts. Thank you for your 2022 support! ►

• Several cadet clubs are featured on the Falcon Funder crowdsourcing site to help with club travel, training and more. ►
December Grads

Congratulations to the 21 newest members of the Long Blue Line. During the Academy's winter graduation ceremony last week, they received their degrees and took their first steps as commissioned officers in the Air and Space Forces.

This Friday, Dec. 23, the AirPower Hour Podcast is releasing a special episode honoring Medal of Honor recipient Capt. Lance P. Sijan '65. ►

• Dr. Chris Howard '91 recently told graduating veterans to extend leadership they learned in the military to their communities and workplaces. ►

• Lt. Gen. Tony Bauernfeind '91 assumed command of Air Force Special Operations Command during a ceremony in the Freedom Hangar on Dec. 9. ►

• Col. Elliott Leigh '02 became director of AFWERX, a directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory and the Department of the Air Force's innovation arm, during a change of leadership ceremony Dec. 15. He assumed the role from Col. Nathan Diller '00. Air Force Research Laboratory commander Maj. Gen. Heather Pringle '91 also participated in the ceremony. ►

Cadet 1st Class Kyrolos Georgey, Class of 2023, has been selected for a highly competitive Marshall Scholarship, a fully funded postgraduate program in the United Kingdom. He is the Academy's 23rd Marshall Scholar. ►

• Academy hosts space-focused STEM forum. ►

Air Force men's basketball (9-4) clawed its way to a gritty 67-65 road win over Northern Colorado on Tuesday night. A home win last weekend extended their win streak at Clune Arena to seven straight, which ties for the Falcons' longest since 2010.

• As you are gathering with friends and family this holiday season, renew your connections with fellow classmates and back to the Academy. Follow us on social media to stay connected! Watch for a review of top posts of the year in the days ahead to close out 2022! ►

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COS Airport

Colorado Springs Airport is Colorado's small airport which means we offer small lines, small walks to gates, and small waits, but big options on flights. ►

Roger Hill

When buying or selling real estate, you need a broker you can trust. Contact Roger Hill '70, a graduate with 44 years of experience, to be your ethical agent (email


The Bremont USAFA Graduate Watch is exclusively for USAFA graduates. Each design features the Academy Crest, Prop and Wings, and "The Long Blue Line." ►
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