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MAY 27, 2022
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USAFA Graduation
Nearly 1,000 newly minted second lieutenants tossed their white caps into the blue sky as the Thunderbirds screamed overhead at Falcon Stadium. Congratulations, Class of 2022! Welcome to the Long Blue Line. ►

171 cadet-candidates graduate from Academy's prep school. ►

• Wings of Blue mark 60 years of Air Force Academy parachuting. ►

Air Force helps transport 78,000 pounds of infant formula. ►

Air Force unveils new airpower ad in theaters for Top Gun: Maverick. ►
USAFA Ring Dance
Despite a winter storm, the Class of 2023 received their class rings last week. Learn more and see Ring Dance photos. ►

Innovation at the Academy: It's like riding a bike. ►

Democratizing innovation: Cadet says Air Force Academy research is for all. ►

Capt. Taylor Bye '15 was awarded the 2020 Koren Kolligian Jr. Trophy at the Pentagon earlier this month to recognize her outstanding airmanship when her A-10C attack aircraft suffered a catastrophic malfunction.

• Gwendolyn DeFilippi '96, acting deputy chief of staff for Manpower, Personnel and Services, officiated the ceremony in which Maj. Gen. Christopher Craige '91 relinquished command at the Air Force Personnel Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, to Maj. Gen. Troy Dunn '93. ►

• Col. Lucas Teel '01 assumed command of the 4th Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, and will now head one of the Air Force's largest fighter wings, with 94 F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft and nearly 7,000 total force airmen. ►

CORRECTION: In the last issue of ZoomiEnews, we included a link to an article about the 75th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron in Djibouti. While Lt. Col. (Ret.) Gregg Montijo '81 was quoted in the story, he is not associated with the squadron. We regret and apologize for the error.
Outdoor Leadership Complex

The upgraded Outdoor Leadership Complex at the Air Force Academy features a new leader challenge tower, which will see its first use by cadets in June 2022. Funded by the Class of 1963 and the Dorothy D. and Joseph A. Moller Foundation, the all-steel structure is designed to force teams of cadets to use critical leadership skills at multiple heights and distances.


• Lauren Hurley and Scott Rockett earn medals at Junior Olympics. ►

Air Force men capture Mountain West track and field title. ►

• Air Force athletics nears end of successful 2021-22 season. ►
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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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