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DECEMBER 9, 2022
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In this third and final segment of our "Long Blue Line Conversation" with USAFA Superintendent Lt. Gen. Richard Clark '86, Heather Uberuaga '99 asks about today's cadet experience, the role the Air Force Academy is playing in providing officers for the Space Force, and last year's dip in candidate applications. Plus, he relays a cool story about a Spirit Mission. We hope you've enjoyed this video series!

Bowl Tailgate

We're bowl-bound! Celebrate the successful 2022 Falcon football season with other Air Force fans at the Air Force Armed Forces Bowl Tailgate on Thursday, Dec. 22, at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas. This is not just a tailgate, it's the ultimate fan experience including Texas BBQ!


Col. (Ret.) Hank Hoffman III '63 and Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Larry Fortner '59 donated various artifacts related to F-104 Zoom Flight history within the Air Force. They were on hand Nov. 30 to present the Department of Aeronautics and the Dean of the Faculty with items from the final Air Research Pilot School (ARPS) F-104 Zoom Flight conducted by Hoffman in 1973.

Since 2000, each class chooses someone who exemplifies the type of person they wish to emulate. The Class of 2025 chose William "Psycho" Andrews '80 as their class exemplar. ►

Some sons walk in their father's footsteps, while others fly. That sentiment was especially true for father-son F-16 pilot duo, Lt. Col. Joseph Thomas '93 and 1st Lt. Nathan Thomas '19. ►

Former Air Force pilot Jose Sarduy '99 finds new heights with comedy act. ►

• Capt. Matthew Hale '18 is 1% of the 1%. ►
AOG Election
The candidates for the 2023 board election have been announced! Membership in the AOG is required to vote in the 2023 election. Please help us reach out to non-member grads and let them know they can now join the AOG at no cost and vote in the upcoming board election.

• DEADLINE DEC. 9: 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 today! ►

Cadets turned out for our free Winter Cadet Car Check at Doolittle Hall this week before holiday travels. Check out some photos. ►

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

Cadets and faculty are participating in some out-of-this-world research. Their plant project is one of several chosen as part of the Polaris Dawn mission's science and research portfolio, expected to launch no earlier than March 2023.

• Board of Visitors gathers intel on USAFA's status. ►

Academy hosts national gathering of Jewish cadets/midshipmen. ►

• Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Robert "Earthquake" Titus visited the Air Force Academy this week where thousands of cadets helped celebrate his 96th birthday. Gen. Titus flew more than 500 combat missions during the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and later became inspector general for NORAD/ADCOM. ►

We recently learned of the untimely passing of Jack Bernazzani P'03. Since 1999, he served as the leader and advocate for the Rando Fund, which provides financial assistance to cadets to attend classmate funerals, return home for family emergencies and more. The Long Blue Line community sends its collective condolences to the Bernazzani family. His family has requested memorials to the Rando Fund in lieu of flowers. ►
• The Rando Fund story, including Bernazzani's key involvement, is featured in the new December 2022 Checkpoints magazine, which is now in the mail.

• TOWERING SUCCESS: Learn more about how the Outdoor Leadership Complex will help develop leaders of character for decades. ►

The Air Force women's basketball team forced 35 turnovers to claim victory over UCCS on Wednesday. It was their second win this week after beating UTEP on Sunday.

• Brad Roberts named Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year. ►

Five Falcons to compete at USA Winter Air Gun Championships. ►

• Wyatt Hendrickson leaving wrestling legacy at Air Force Academy. ►

• Falcons Women's Gymnastics team balances school and competition while looking ahead to serving in the Air Force. ►
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!
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Jim Nance
James Nance '71 respectfully offers his professional services to individuals, classes and organizations in heritage-based sculpture and military memorials. Jim is proficient in portrait bust, full figure, bas-relief, plaque/crest design and large-scale bronze aircraft. ►

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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