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AOG and Air Force Academy Foundation
JUNE 24, 2022
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Basic Cadets from the Class of 2026 arrived yesterday for Inprocessing. Watch the video and view photos from the big day! ►

Afterward, family members attended FamFest at Doolittle Hall for the I-Day picnic. ►
Have you read the latest Checkpoints? See what grads said in the survey, check out how grads are helping each other get into elite business schools, access bonus articles online and more! ►

• Checkpoints Online Bonus Video: USAFA Spark helps cadets tackle their jobs more efficiently and effectively. ►

Superintendent Lt. Gen. Richard Clark '86 spoke to CBS News earlier this week about why diversity is so important to the armed forces.

• Col. Thomas Stamp '95 oversaw the medical evacuation of thousands of refugees from Afghanistan last year and just became the U.S. Air Force Academy's senior physician. ►

• Col. (Ret.) Benjamin Drew '84 recently was a guest speaker and shared his astronaut story. ►

At a change of command ceremony at Barnes National Air Guard Base, Col. Tom Bladen '97 officially turned the 104th Fighter Wing over to his vice commander, Col. David Halasi-Kun '98. ►

• Col. Lauren Courchaine '00 took the reins of the 37th Training Wing at Lackland Air Force Base. ►

• Maj. Jenny Ruhnke '11 recently was named squadron commander of the 432 Maintenance Squadron and took the title of Mrs. Nevada America 2022. ►

Air Force Academy celebrates service of grads who became chaplains with a plaque unveiled in Fairchild Hall. ►
DG Dinner and Marchback
Deadline fast-approaching! We’re hosting a full day of camaraderie and celebration on July 22 — the Distinguished Graduate Dinner and the Jacks Valley Grad March Back. If you’d like to join us for either or both, the deadline to get your tickets is July 8.

• Do you have a class reunion coming up? Each year, approximately 4,300 graduates come back to the Academy for class reunions. ►

Join us in San Diego Aug. 25-26 for the only career conference exclusive to service academy graduates. Network with other service academy alumni and discover amazing employment opportunities after your service in the military. ►
During a tour of the Field Engineering Readiness Laboratory (FERL), the Academy superintendent talked to civil engineering cadets about the military's need for expert civil engineering officers.

Scores of second lieutenants who graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy last month will enter master's degree programs courtesy of a variety of scholarships, including several sponsored by the Association of Graduates and Air Force Academy Foundation. ►

Six cadets embedded with various squadrons at the 17th Training Wing at Goodfellow Air Force Base this month in support of Operation Air Force. ►

When parents take prom photos of their seniors, it’s usually about the dress or to check out the tux. In this case, the prom attire was overshadowed by what the couple was holding... ►

Air Force junior Sam Gilman named Mountain West Male Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Year. ►

Twelve programs recognized by NCAA for academic excellence. ►

Air Force and Colorado College women's soccer teams to play in inaugural City for Champions Cup at Weidner Field. ►
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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. Classically trained and recipient of numerous awards, Jim is proficient in portrait bust, full figure, bas-relief, plaque/crest design and large-scale bronze aircraft. He has successfully completed many bronze projects at the USAF Academy and other locations in the USA. ►

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. ►

Viterbi School of Engineering
The University of Southern California, Viterbi School of Engineering is consistently ranked amongst the top 3 best online graduate computer science programs for veterans and top 5 best online graduate engineering programs for veterans — across 40+ programs (U.S. News and World Report, 2022). USC Viterbi supports U.S. veterans and active duty service members through a variety of military benefits including scholarships, an unlimited number of Yellow Ribbon awards to eligible candidates, and an application fee waiver. No GRE required — learn more today!


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

Rick Broome is one of the most notable aviation and space artists in the world today. His work captures the spirit and wonder of flight from commercial to military aircraft, and from the dawn of aviation to the most advanced aircraft today. ►
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