Throughout November, across all of our social media channels, we are celebrating the impact donors bring to the Air Force Academy now and as it prepares for the future.
Donors have been defining the future of the Air Force Academy since Colorado Springs was selected as its location in 1954. Today, we can see the impact of private philanthropy at USAFA every day: academics, squadron and cadet morale, military training, new programming, leadership development, future conflict preparation, athletics and more. Follow along throughout #ImpactMonth.
The Sullenberger Award for Courage is a prestigious award that will only be given to a person or persons who have exhibited an exemplary performance within a short duration of time.
The award is presented to an Air Force Academy graduate who distinguishes himself or herself through a series of events or a singular act of bravery in the military, civilian world, business sector or local community in a calendar year. The honor is presented jointly by the Air Force Academy and the USAFA Association of Graduates, in cooperation with the Honorable Mr. Chesley Sullenberger '73.
Cadets urge survivors to "Take Back the Night."
About 200 U.S. Air Force Academy cadets, faculty and staff supported sexual assault survivors in taking control of their trauma at Take Back the Night in Arnold Hall Oct. 24. It’s part of the Academy’s ongoing efforts to reduce and prevent sexual harassment and assault.
Take Back the Night is the oldest worldwide stand against sexual violence, with the first event in the U.S. held in 1973. At this year's gathering, survivors shared their stories in a supportive environment to promote healing, restoration and understanding, said Lisa Pokorny, Academy Sexual Assault Prevention and Response integrated prevention and response care branch chief.
Running now until the middle of November, the Academy's Clothesline Project exhibit is on display in Exemplar Hall.
The exhibit displays clothing items anonymously donated by survivors of sexual assault that are replicas or actual items worn at the time of the assault. It serves to raise awareness that sexual assault is more prevalent than most people may think or assume.
Col. Harvey and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr. at the Tuskeegee Airman honorary promotion ceremony Saturday, Nov. 4. (Photo by David Bitton)
Wreath-Laying Event at the USAFA Cemetery
At 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16, USAFA will host volunteers who will lay wreaths at the Academy Cemetery. Graduates and families wishing to participate in the wreath-laying ceremony, in support of the Academy, can access additional information, including how to volunteer, at this website.
GRADS AND CADETS IN THE NEWS
The U.S. Senate on Nov. 2 confirmed Gen. David Allvin '86 to lead the United States Air Force.
He was sworn in the same day, in the spot where he took his commissioning oath 37 years ago: the press box at the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Falcon Stadium.
"It is truly an honor to be confirmed as the 23rd Chief of Staff of the Air Force,” Gen. Allvin said. “My wife, Gina, and I are humbled by this opportunity, and we are eager to continue to serve our Air Force, our airmen, and their families."
ASSOCIATION & FOUNDATION NEWS
Bill '63 and Mary Linn Wecker of Jackson, Wyoming, are the lead donors for a new 25,800-square-foot headquarters building for the Air Force Academy Foundation to be named Wecker Hall. The facility will, for the first time, bring together the entire staff of the Foundation, which for 16 years has operated from separated, temporary office space. Dr. Wecker is one of two co-founders of the Air Force Academy Foundation.
The Cadet Honor Guard sank Navy and beat Army at the Cornell University Invitational Drill Competition (CUIDC). The Cadet Honor Guard traveled to New York at Cornell University Oct. 20-21 to take on the best and brightest ROTC units and military academies from the northeast and beyond. If you want to contribute to their continued success, consider contributing to their Falcon Funder campaign.
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.
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