Catch Air Force athletics on the MW Network

     

    Tuesday November 25

    Coach Troy Calhoun Weekly Press Conference 11/25/14 2pm MT 

    http://campusinsiders.com/network/mw/live/press-conference-air-force-football--13

     

    Air Force @ New Mexico Volleyball 11/25/14 7pm MT

    http://campusinsiders.com/network/mw/live/volleyball-air-force-at-new-mexico--1

    Pearson wins another player of the week award

     

     Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl Names Skowron Pac-12 Player of the Week and Pearson Mountain West Player of the Week

    LAS VEGAS (Nov. 19, 2014) - The Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl continues its fourth season of conducting weekly Facebook Player of the Week polls, driven by fan votes, recognizing exemplary on-field play within the two Bowl affiliated conferences, the Pac-12 and Mountain West.

    The SEVEN Magazine Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl Pac-12 and Mountain West Player of the Week for week 12 are:

     

    SEVEN Magazine Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl Pac-12 Player of the Week

    Casey Skowron, Junior, Kicker, Arizona (Dallas, TX/Lincoln HS/Pittsburgh)

    Skowron earns his first SEVEN Magazine Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl Pac-12 Player of the Week honor this season after he hit two field goals, made three extra points and rushed for a touchdown in Arizona's 27-26 win over Washington. He hit his first game-winning field goal, which was from a 47 yards, as time expired to lift the Wildcats past the Huskies. Skowron's TD came in the second quarter when he rushed 18 yards for a score on a fake field goal. He earned Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week honors after his performance.

     

    SEVEN Magazine Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl Mountain West Player of the Week

    Kale Pearson, Senior, Quarterback, Air Force (Tampa, FL/Hillsborough HS)

    Pearson earns his first SEVEN Magazine Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl Mountain West Player of the Week honor this season after he was 11-of-15 for 129 yards and three touchdowns and ran 16 times for 109 yards and another score in Air Force's 45-38 overtime win over Nevada. Six of his 11 completions went for first downs, including four on third down. Nine of his 16 carries earned the Falcons a first down, including two on fourth down that led to separate touchdowns. Pearson earned Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week honors for his efforts. He is the second Falcon to earn the award this season, joining Weston Steelhammer (week 5).

    Each week, players from both the Pac-12 and Mountain West conferences will be selected for nomination and then posted for voting. All college football fans are welcome to cast their vote starting on Monday each week for Player of the Week at www.facebook.com/lvbowl.

     

    Catch Air Force athletics this week on the MW Network

    Tuesday Nov 11

    Coach Troy Calhoun Weekly Press Conference 11/11/14 12:30pm MT 

    http://campusinsiders.com/network/mw/live/press-conference-air-force-football--9

     

    Thursday Nov 13

    Air Force @ Colorado State Volleyball 11/13/14 7pm MT 

    http://campusinsiders.com/network/mw/live/volleyball-air-force-at-number-6-colorado-state

     

    Saturday Nov 15

    Nevada @ Air Force Football 11/15/14 Noon MT (ROOT Sports) 

    http://campusinsiders.com/network/mw/live/football-nevada-at-air-force-root

     

    Air Force @ Wyoming Volleyball 11/15/14 1pm MT 

    http://campusinsiders.com/network/mw/live/volleyball-air-force-at-wyoming--1

     

    60th Anniversary of USAFA continues with November historical dates

     

    THIS DAY IN AIR FORCE ACADEMY HISTORY - NOVEMBER

    STEVEN A. SIMON, USAFA '77

    ACADEMY DEVELOPMENT AND ALUMNI PROGRAMS OFFICE

     

    Current as of 24 October 2014

    1 November 1957  --  An application for federal funds is submitted to construct three schools on the Academy.  District 20 had leased the Pine Valley Country Club, which would later become The Carlton House, quarters for the Superintendent, for the 1957-1958 school year.  The airmen's dorms were also used as classrooms.  By the 1959-1960 school year, Pine Valley Elementary, Douglass Valley Elementary, and Air Academy Junior-Senior High were completed.

    1 November 1991  --  Singer Tony Bennett performs in Arnold Hall.

    1 November 1994  --  The 10th Air Base Wing is reactivated at the Academy as the Academy's support wing.  The 10th ABW first stood up as the 73rd Observation Group, activated in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on 21 August 1941.

    1 November 2013  --  Natalie Crawford, a RAND Corporation executive, receives the 2012 Thomas D. White National Defense Award in a ceremony on the Terrazzo.  The award, established in 1962, is presented annually to a U.S. citizen who has contributed significantly to the national defense of the United States.

    2 November 1963  --  The Air Force football team plays Army at Soldier Field in Chicago before 76,600 fans, a then-record crowd for a Falcon game.  Air Force lost 14-10.

    2 November 1975  --  The Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph publishes an article entitled, "Female Cadets May Not Flock to Air Force Academy."  The concern was primarily based on the late start in publicizing the new opportunity.

    2 November 1977  -- The last of nine cadets involved with illegal use of marijuana resigns.  The investigation has been initiated on 7 October.

    2 November 2001  --  Lieutenant General John Hopper Jr., Class of '69, receives the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., at the organization's National Historical Museum Annual Awards Banquet in Detroit.

    2 November 2002  --  The Preparatory School's parade field is named Black Field, in honor of Colonel Lee Black, the first Prep School Commander.

    3 November 1989  --  The General John D. Ryan Memorial on the Honor Court is presented to the Academy by General Ryan's West Point Class of '38 classmates.

    3 November 1993  -- A bronze statue of General of the Air Force Henry H. "Hap" Arnold is dedicated in front of Arnold Hall.  The Falcon Foundation donated the sculpture to the Academy.

    3 November 2001  --  ESPN College GameDay broadcasts from the Terrazzo for the first time.  The show would also broadcast from the Academy in 2002 and 2009.

    3 November 2005  --  During the noon meal at Mitchell Hall, the Honorable Michael W. Wynne, Army Class of '66, is sworn in as the Secretary of the Air Force.  Secretary Wynne had been an instructor in the Astronautics Department.  His brother Patrick was a member of the Air Force Academy Class of '63.

    3 November 2011  --  During its 50-year reunion, the Class of '61 dedicates and ceremonially donates to the Academy the Airman on the Meadow and Winged Refuge, located in the Cemetery, near the Memorial Pavilion.  The uplifted arm of the Airman evokes the John Gillespie Magee poem "High Flight" and Winged Refuge is a set of 17.5' art deco wings that honor aviation and its relevance to the Academy mission.

    4 November 1959  --  Sir Dermot Boyle, Marshal of the British Royal Air Force and Chief of the Air Staff, visits the Academy.  He toured the academic facilities and the cadet dormitory, and dined at Mitchell Hall.

    4 November 1967  --  The first homecoming football game in Academy history is held, a 10-7 loss to Army.  A Falcon Stadium-record crowd of 49,536 spectators attended the game.

    4 November 1969  --  Captain Stanley Adams, Class of '65, is killed when his F-4 aircraft is downed by hostile ground fire near Ban Soppeng, North Vietnam.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    4 November 2011  --  Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. visits the Academy to promote the movie "Red Tails," based on the history of the Tuskegee Airman.  A local theater showed the film to the Cadet Wing before it premiered nationwide.

    5 November 1975  --  Colonel John Clune, Navy Class of '54, succeeds Colonel Frank Merritt, Army Class of '44, as Director of Athletics.  Colonel Clune would serve in this position until July 1991, making him the longest-serving Director of Athletics in Air Force Academy history.  In 1993, the basketball portion of the Field House was named Clune Arena in his honor.

    5 November 2001  --  The National Aeronautic Association presents the Henderson Award to the Academy.  The Henderson Award is given to an individual or group whose vision, leadership or skill has made lasting impact on the advancement of aviation.

    5 November 2001  --  Rocky Mountain Blue, a recreational initiative, kicks off during a grand opening luncheon at the Keystone Resort Conference Center.  The partnership between Air Force Space Command, the Academy, and Keystone Resorts provides discounted lodging and recreational opportunities for military members.

    5 November 2009  --  General David Petraeus, Commander of U.S. Central Command, gives the Truman Lecture.

    6 November 1965  --  The Academy football team claims its first victory over Army, a 14-3 win at Soldier Field in Chicago.

    6 November 1980  -- The Cadet Chapel plays host to a Memorial Ceremony for aviation pioneer Jacqueline Cochran, who had passed away on 9 August.  During World War II, she was Director of Woman's Flying Training for the United States, and later was appointed to the General Staff of the U.S. Army Air Forces to direct all phases of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) program.  She was the first woman to exceed the sound barrier, and still holds more international speed, distance, and altitude records than any other pilot, male or female.

    6 November 1982  --  Air Force captures the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy for the first time with a 27-9 win over Army.  In October, the Falcons had beaten Navy, and the round-robin victory allowed Air Force to win the trophy emblematic of service academy football supremacy.

    6 November 2009  --  During its 45-year reunion, the Class of '64 dedicates and ceremonially donates to the Academy the Mall of Heroes, located between Fairchild and Vandenberg Halls.  The park contains a statue of fellow '64 graduate First Lieutenant Karl Richter that had been dedicated in May 2008, as well as newly unveiled statues of Captain Valmore Bourque, Class of '60, and Captain Lance Sijan, Class of '65.

    7 November 1972  --  Major John Carroll, Class of '62, is killed when the O-1 aircraft he was piloting is struck by hostile fire and crashes.  His remains were retuned in 2007.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    7 November 1994  --  CW (Commandant of Cadets) is redesignated the 34th Training Wing.

    7 November 1994  -- Brigadier General John Hopper, Class of '69, becomes the first African-American to serve as Commandant of Cadets.

    7 November 2006  --  Chuck Reed, Class of '70, is elected Mayor of San Jose, California.

    7 November 2009  --  ESPN's College GameDay, with hosts Lee Corso, Chris Fowler, and Kirk Herbstreit, broadcasts live from the Terrazzo.  The two-hour football preview show honored the country's military, five days before Veterans Day.  GameDay also broadcast from the Academy in 2001 and 2002.

    8 November 1948  --  The Secretary of Defense, James Forrestal, requests comments from the military service secretaries on a proposed board to consider "establishment of an Air Force Academy as the long range solution" to the immediate problem of obtaining trained officers for the new Air Force.

    8 November 2012  --  The Public Affairs office launches the #YourAcademy campaign.

    8 November 2012  --  The grand opening of the Falcon Development Center takes place during Wingman Day.  The Center was designed and created by MSgt Bryan Kinder, Career Assistance Advisor.

    8 November 2012  --  The ESPN show SportsNation, with hosts Charissa Thompson and Marcellus Wiley, broadcasts live from the Terrazzo.

    9 November 1960  --  National Geographic Society trustees and staff members visit the Academy as guests of the Superintendent, Major General William Stone.

    9 November 1967  --  Captain Lance P. Sijan, Class of '65, is forced to eject behind enemy lines after his F-4 is disabled and his crewmember is killed.  Despite grievous injuries, he managed to evade for 45 days.  He died in captivity and, in May 1976, he would become the first graduate to be awarded the Medal of Honor.

    9 November 2013  --  The Final Toast of the Doolittle Raiders takes place at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio.  The goblets used for the toast resided at the Academy from 1959 until October 2005.

    10 November 1958  --  The Construction Agency signs a contract to construct the hospital complex.  The facility would open two years later.

    10 November 1967  --  Captain James Crew, Class of '65, is presumed killed in a mid-air collision between two F-4s southeast of Dong Hom North Vietnam.  He was promoted to major during the time he was listed as missing.   He was declared dead on 4 December 1978; his remains were never returned.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    10 November 1977  --  Air Force football coach Ben Martin announces his retirement effective at the end of the season, after 20 years on the job.

    11 November 1977  --  General Daniel "Chappie" James, first African-American four-star general, co-hosts a show at the Academy with entertainer Sammy Davis Jr.

    11 November 1984  --  The World War I Fliers Memorial on the Honor Court is dedicated.  The sculpture of bronze wings was donated by Ira Milton Jones, President of the WWI Overseas Fliers Association.

    11 November 2006  --  At the conclusion of the Air Force-Notre Dame football game, the Superintendent's box at Falcon Stadium is dedicated to the memory of Lieutenant General Paul Stein, Class of '66.  Stein played quarterback at Air Force, and later became Superintendent.  He died in January 2002 from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

    12 November 1966  --  Second Lieutenant George Bonnell, Class of '65, dies of injuries sustained when his HH-43 is struck by ground fire and crashes on 28 October 1966 in South Vietnam.  He died at Clark AB, Philippines.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    12 November 1978  --  The pop-soul duo Hall & Oates performs at the Academy as part of the Allied Arts concert series.

    13 November 1959  --  General Jimmy Doolittle gives 80 silver Raider Goblets to the Academy "in perpetuity" at halftime of an Academy football game.  The goblets (one for each mission member) were presented to the Raiders by the city of Tucson and were used at every Doolittle Raider reunion, at which the goblets of deceased members are turned over.  In 2005, the goblets were sent to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, for display.

    13 November 1992  --  Cadet Wing Sergeant Major CMSgt Donald Meadows receives a letter from the Cadet Wing Sergeant Major, Cadet Second Class Kenneth Stoltman, Class of '94, requesting the permanent assignment of NCOs in each cadet squadron.  This set in motion the process that resulted in today's Academy Military Trainers.

    13 November 1996  --  Colonel Richard Downing, Class of '70, becomes the first Academy graduate to command the 10th Air Base Wing.

    13 November 2002  --  Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC's Hardball program, brings his College Tour to the Academy's Arnold Hall.  His guests included retired Army General Wayne Downing, retired Air Force Lieutenant General Buster Glosson, and White House correspondent Norah O'Donnell.

    13 November 2013  --  The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics announces that D. Paul Kaminski, Class of '64, is named an AIAA Honorary Fellow.  This title is granted to preeminent individuals who have long and highly contributory careers in aerospace, and who embody the highest possible standards in aeronautics and astronautics.

    14 November 1980  --  The Academy base paper makes its first name change.  After publishing as The Falconnews since its inception in 1958, the first edition of The Falcon Flyer rolls off the presses.  That name would last until 1997, when the paper was again changed, to The Academy Spirit.

    14 November 1993  --   The Academy men's soccer team defeats No. 1 ranked and undefeated (19-0-0) Creighton 2-1 in four overtimes in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.  The game was played at Creighton.  Rob Behm, Class of '95, scored both goals for Air Force.  It was the team's first win at the NCAA Tournament since 1968.

    14 November 1998  --  The country-rock group The Charlie Daniels Band performs at Arnold Hall.

    15 November 1959  --  The first deer hunt on Academy grounds begins, under the control of the Colorado Game and Fish Commission.  Colonel Lee Lightner was designated Hunt Commander.

    15 November 1969  --  Marine Captain Francis Zavacki, Class of '64, dies of wounds suffered during a mortar attack in August 1969.  He was the commander of a Marine infantry company patrolling a field in the I Corps region of South Vietnam.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    15 November 1995  --  Most civilian employees at the Academy begin six furlough days, which lasted until a new Continuing Resolution Authority was signed on 20 November.  It was the first time in Academy history that civilian employees were forbidden to come to work (but not the last).

    15 November 2011  --  The Superintendent, Lieutenant General Mike Gould, formally concurs with the Association of Graduates plan to implement a 50-Year Legacy Program.  Under the plan, the 50-year class would begin interacting with the new class from day one, beginning with in-processing.  This program replaced the 40-year legacy program that had started before the Class of '59 had reached its 50th year.

    16 November 1960  --  The Bob Hope Show airs from the Air Force Academy.  Guests included Steve McQueen and Les Brown.

    16 November 1968  --  The Colonel James Jabara Award for Airmanship is presented for the first time.  The recipient was Captain Donald Stevens, Class of '60, who earned it for a two and one-half hour forward air control mission in an unarmed 0-2A directing the recovery of a wounded American soldier. The Jabara Award goes to an Academy graduate, living or deceased, whose actions directly associated with an aerospace vehicle set him/her apart from contemporaries.

    16 November 1986  --  Brigadier General Ervin Rokke, Class of '62, leaves his position as Dean of the Faculty.  He returned to the line of the Air Force and was selected to be the Defense Attaché in Moscow, and would ultimately rise to the rank of Lieutenant General.

    16 November 2001  --  The Friends of the Air Force Academy sponsor a POW display for the reunion of POWs from the war in Southeast Asia.  Among the honored guests were Brigadier General Robinson Risner and Mr. H. Ross Perot.

    16 November 2001  -- The Robinson Risner Statue in the Air Gardens is dedicated.  The nine-foot tall statue is located in the Air Gardens.  General Risner was a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam from 16 September 1965 through 12 February 1973.  Mr. H. Ross Perot donated the statue to the Academy.

    16 November 2001  --  The Association of Graduates names Brigadier General (Retired) Philip Erdle an Honorary Member.  General Erdle served the Academy for a half-century, including work as an instructor, Department Head, and with the Academy Research and Development Institute.  Honorary membership is awarded to persons who have rendered outstanding service to the Air Force and/or the Academy.  Membership is limited to 25 living persons.

    17 November 1967  --  First Lieutenant Theodore Johnson, Class of '65, is killed when his EB-66C experiences engine failure on take-off from Takhli RTAB, Thailand, and crashes when he attempts to return to base.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    17 November 1979  --  The women's cross country team wins the first national title for an Academy women's team.  The victory came in the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) Division II National Championships held in Tallahassee, Florida.  (The NCAA did not begin to sanction women's events until 1981-1982.)

    17 November 1990  --  Cadet Callie Calhoun, Class of '91, wins the national cross country title at the 1990 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships in McKinleyville, California.  With her victory, Cadet Calhoun became the Academy's first female cross country individual national champion.

    17 November 2003  --  Lieutenant General John Rosa, the Academy Superintendent, approves the Officer Development System (ODS) at the Leadership Development Committee meeting.  ODS is a four-year program for educating and training cadets to become officers and leaders of character.  It was implemented in January 2004.

    18 November 1954  --  Lieutenant General Hubert Harmon, the Academy's first Superintendent, establishes the Academy Historical and Art Collection as well as an Academy Museum.

    18 November 1955  --  Second Lieutenant John Malanaphy is killed in the crash of an F-86 near Newark, Ohio, becoming the first of four Air Training Officers to die during the first two years of the Academy's existence.  The Malanaphy Trophy, awarded annually to the outstanding cadet squadron in intramurals, is named in his honor.  The Trophy is displayed in the Athletic Hall of Excellence.

    18 November 2006  --  Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez visits the Air Force Academy, where he speaks to cadets about civil liberties and the war on terrorism.  Gonzalez attended the Academy for two years in the mid-70s, but did not graduate.

    19 November 1955  --  Secretary of the Air Force Donald A. Quarles confers the Exceptional Civilian Service Award on Hollywood film director and producer Cecil B. DeMille for designing the new Air Force Academy uniforms.

    19 November 1976  --  The Academy publishes a press release entitled "Research Program Shows Cadets Want Same Training Program for Women."  Both male and female cadets expressed a desire to experience identical training.

    19 November 1984  --  The Academy's Department of Philosophy and Fine Arts receives national press coverage when Newsweek publishes an article on "Warfare for the Moral Man."  Colonel Malham Wakin, the Department Head, was interviewed by Newsweek correspondents, and discussed the content of the Philosophy 310 "Ethics" course.

    19 November 2010  --  Country band Diamond Rio performs at Arnold Hall.  The band also performed at the Academy in 2003.

    19 November 2010  --  A converted Minotaur-IV ICBM carries FalconSAT-5 into orbit from the Kodiak Launch Complex in Alaska.  FalconSAT-5 was designed, built and tested by members of the Class of '10 as part of the FalconSAT capstone astronautics program.

    20 November 1884  --   Oliver Hazard Bishop establishes his homestead on the north slope overlooking what today is the Cadet Athletic Fields.  The Bishops were the predominate pioneers of the north part of the Academy.

    20 November 1976  --  The Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph publishes an article entitled "Admission of Women into Cadet Wing May Have Helped Cut Attrition Rate."

    20 November 1982  --  The Academy football team records its first victory over Notre Dame, a 30-17 win at Falcon Stadium.

    20 November 1989  --  The El Pomar Foundation approves a grant of $25,000 for archival conservation of materials within the Gimbel Collection located in the McDermott Library.

    20 November 1993  --  The Air Force men's soccer team defeats North Carolina 2-1 at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to advance to the NCAA's Elite Eight for the first time in program history.  Brian Bergeron, Class of '94, scored the game-winning goal with eight minutes remaining.

    20 November 1995  --  Cadet Eric Mack, Class of '96, finishes third in the NCAA Division I National Cross Country Championship in Ames, Iowa.  He was first American runner to cross the finish line.

    21 November 1959  --  At a book signing in Denver, writers Marian Talmadge and Iris Gilmore introduce "Wings for Peace," a young-adult novel about fictional Air Force Academy Cadet Frank Barton.  The book covers his three upper-class years as a cadet.  The book is the sequel to "Wings of Tomorrow," which addressed Cadet Barton's first year at the Academy.

    21 November 1960  --  The Academy Hospital becomes operational.  It featured two floors of ward rooms, four operating rooms, two delivery rooms, outpatient services, and a pharmacy.  The first baby, Deanna Reeves, was born two days later, and went on to graduate in the Class of '83.

    21 November 1972  --  First Lieutenant William Hargrove, Class of '70, is killed when his F-4D crashes during post-mission training over Thailand.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    21 November 1972  --  Captain Robert Kohn, Class of '69, is killed when his EC-47Q experiences engine and control failure while making a touch-and-go landing in Thailand, and crashes two miles past the runway at Nakhon Phanom Airfield.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    22 November 1963  --  President John F. Kennedy, honorary member of the Class of '63, is assassinated in Dallas.  The Academy begins a 30-day mourning period.

    22 November 1966  --  Major Gordon Wilson, Class of '62, is presumed killed when his F-4 aircraft is downed by an SA-2 surface-to-air missile during a strike on a POL (petroleum, oil and lubricant) storage site at Ha Gia, North Vietnam.  He was missing in action until being declared dead on 4 February 1974.  His remains were returned in 1986.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    22 November 1968 -  The Orville and Wilbur Wright statues are donated to the Academy.  The statues were donated by Milton Seaman.  Originally located on the Terrazzo, the statues now reside on the sixth floor of the Library.

    22 November 1989  --  Fred Gregory, Class of '64, becomes the first African-American to command the space shuttle, as a member of the Discovery crew on mission STS-33.

    22 November 1997  --  The men's basketball team sets its all-time scoring record in a 124-57 home victory over Doane College.

    22 November 2010  --  The Academy hires Dr. Adis Vila as its first Chief Diversity Officer.  The CDO is the primary diversity advisor to the Superintendent and senior leadership in order to strengthen diversity at the Academy.

    23 November 1958  --  Major General James E. Briggs, the Academy's second Superintendent, is a contestant on the television game show "What's My Line."  The four celebrity panelists were able to figure out his occupation.

    23 November 2003  --  Major Steven Plumhoff, Class of '92, is killed when the MH-53M Pave Low III helicopter he was piloting crashes near Bagram, Afghanistan, where he was flying in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    23 November 2006  --  The Air Force Academy Band marches in the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade in New York City--back by popular demand after a 37-year absence.  While in New York, the Band also performed at Carnegie Hall for the Air Force's 60th Anniversary Celebration.

    24 November 1874  --  School 20 District is organized by County Superintendent Robert Douglass.  The district had only one school, The Edgerton School, located in the small settlement of Edgerton (near where the Academy's Service and Supply Area is located today).

    24 November 1958  --  The Academy stands up the Department of Leadership Studies under the direction of Lieutenant Colonel Gabriel D. Ofiesh.

    24 November 1969  --  Major James White, Class of '64, is presumed killed near Ban Ban, Laos, when his F-105 aircraft does not return to friendly control.  He was missing in action until being declared dead on 24 January 1974.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.  He was the brother of astronaut Edward White II, who died on 27 January 1967 along with two others when a fire swept through their Apollo spacecraft during a training session.

    24 November 1969  --  Cadet Mike Ryan, Class of '70, one year after winning the National Collegiate Cross Country Championship, finishes second in the national championship race, one spot ahead of legendary runner Steve Prefontaine of the University of Oregon.

    24 November 1980  --  Colonel Philip Caine becomes the first Permanent Professor appointed under the Commandant of Cadets.  He was named Deputy Commandant for Military Instruction.

    24 November 1980  --  Cadet First Class Michelle Johnson, Class of '81, becomes the first female cadet to be named Cadet Wing Commander.

    24 November 2003  --  Cadet First Class Delavane Diaz, Class of '04, a former Cadet Wing Commander and volleyball Most Valuable Player, is named a Rhodes scholar.  She was the first USAFA athlete to win a Rhodes scholarship since 1991.

    25 November 1968  --  Cadet Mike Ryan, Class of '70, wins the National Collegiate Cross Country Championship.  The race was run at Manhattan College, Bronx, New York.  He finished second the following year, one spot ahead of legendary runner Steve Prefontaine of the University of Oregon.

    25 November 1976  --  The Cadet Drum and Bugle Corps marches in the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade in New York City.

    26 November 1918  --  Army Lieutenant Colonel A. J. Hanlon becomes one of the first advocates for the Academy when he writes, "As the Military and Naval Academies are the backbone of the Army and Navy, so must the Aeronautical Academy be the backbone of the Air Service.  No service can flourish without some such institution to inculcate into its embryonic officers love of country, proper conception of duty, and highest regard for honor."

    26 November 1971  --  Captain James Steadman, Class of '67, is presumed shot down and killed near Ban Karai Pass, Laos, when his F-4D aircraft does not return to friendly control after a Night Owl Forward Air Control mission.  He was missing in action until being declared dead on 13 February 1975.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    26 November 1979  --  the 25th Anniversary Review Committee, under the chairmanship of Dr. John Corbally, President Emeritus of the University of Illinois, begins a four day meeting at the Academy.  The members found that the cadets are "overloaded, over-supervised, overscheduled, and permitted too little curricular flexibility."

    26 November 1984  --  The Academy Academic Development Fund is founded.  The foundation, which supports academic excellence at the Academy by endowing distinguished visiting professorships and supporting other academic programs benefiting cadets and the faculty, changed its name to The Academy Research & Development Institute (ARDI) in February 1991.

    26 November 2002  --  The most prestigious medal that France can bestow on a foreign person or organization, the Croix de Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur, is presented to the Academy at a Terrazzo ceremony.  The award was created by Napoleon Bonaparte to recognize military and civilian contributions to France.

    26 November 2006  --  The Department of Foreign Languages adds Portuguese to the curriculum.

    27 November 1969  --  The Air Force Academy Band marches in the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade in New York City.

    28 November 1983  --  Cadets Brian Bullard and Dianne Williams, Class of '86, die from carbon monoxide poisoning when caught in a snow storm while returning from a Thanksgiving break trip to Kansas. The following year, the football team established the Bullard Award, voted on by the players and based on the criteria that typifies Bullard  -  "Unselfishness, 110 percent effort, total team commitment and pride in his role on the team whether he's a starter or not."

    28 November 1993  --  The Academy men's soccer team makes its first appearance in the NCAA Elite Eight, losing 6-0 to South Carolina.

    29 November 1968  --  The first hockey game was played at the Cadet Ice Arena.  The Academy team defeated the Colorado All-Stars, a collection of former collegiate players, 8-6, in the exhibition game.  During the first shift of the first period, a puck went through the "shatter-proof" glass and onto the running track in the multi-purpose area.

    29 November 1970  --  First Lieutenant Elmon Caudill II, Class of '68, and First Lieutenant Charles Kollenberg, Class of '68, are reported missing when the C-123 on which they were passengers crashes south of Cam Ranh Bay AB, South Vietnam.  Their status was changed to deceased on 17 December 1970.  Their names appear on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    30 November 1969 - The Academy Cadet Parachute Team wins the National Intercollegiate Parachute Championship for the second year in a row.  The team competed against 148 jumpers from 45 colleges and universities at Phoenix, Arizona.

    30 November 1992  --  The F-15 that would eventually be displayed on the Terrazzo is retired from active service.

     

    Catch Air Force on the MW Network; this week's schedule follows

     

    Tuesday November 4

    Coach Troy Calhoun Weekly Press Conference 11/4/14 2pm MT 

    http://campusinsiders.com/network/mw/live/press-conference-air-force-football--8

     

    Women's Soccer Championship First Round Match #1 11/4/14 5pm MT 

    http://campusinsiders.com/network/mw/live/mountain-west-womens-soccer-championship-match-1

     

    Women's Soccer Championship First Round Match #2 11/4/14 8pm MT 

    http://campusinsiders.com/network/mw/live/mountain-west-womens-soccer-championship-match-2

     

     

     

    Thursday November 6

    Women's Soccer Championship Semi Final Match #1 11/6/14 5pm MT 

    http://campusinsiders.com/network/mw/live/womens-soccer-championship-semi-final-1

     

    San Diego State @ Air Force Volleyball 11/6/14 6pm MT

    http://campusinsiders.com/network/mw/live/volleyball-san-diego-state-at-air-force

     

    Women's Soccer Championship Semi Final Match #2 11/6/14 8pm MT 

    http://campusinsiders.com/network/mw/live/womens-soccer-championship-semi-final-2

     

     

     

    Saturday November 8

    Air Force @ UNLV Football 11/8/14 2pm MT (MWN/Campus Insiders exclusive) 

    http://campusinsiders.com/network/mw/live/football-air-force-at-unlv-campus-insiders-exclusive

     

    UNLV @ Air Foce Volleyball 11/8/14 6pm MT

    http://campusinsiders.com/network/mw/live/volleyball-unlv-at-air-force

     

    Women's Soccer Championship Final 11/8/14 8pm MT

    http://campusinsiders.com/network/mw/live/womens-soccer-mw-championship-game

     

     

    Catch Air Force on the MW Network; this week's schedule listed

    Tuesday Oct 28

    Coach Troy Calhoun Weekly Press Conference 10/28/14 2pm MT 

    http://campusinsiders.com/network/mw/live/press-conference-air-force-football--7

     

    Thursday Oct 30

    Air Force @ Utah State Volleyball 10/30/14 7pm MT  

    http://campusinsiders.com/network/mw/live/volleyball-air-force-at-utah-state--1

     

    Friday Oct 31

    Cross Country Championships and Awards Ceremony, Fresno Ca. 10/31/14 11am MT http://campusinsiders.com/network/mw/live/cross-country-championships-and-awards-ceremony-fresno-ca

     

    Air Force @ Colorado College Women's Soccer 10/31/14 3pm MT 

    http://campusinsiders.com/network/mw/live/womens-soccer-air-force-at-colorado-college

      

    Saturday Nov 1

    Air Force @ Boise State Volleyball 11/1/14 2pm MT  

    http://campusinsiders.com/network/mw/live/volleyball-air-force-at-boise-state--1

    Catch Air Force on the MW network; this week's schedule below

     

    Tuesday October 14

    Coach Troy Calhoun Weekly Press Conference 10/14/14 2pm MT 

    http://campusinsiders.com/network/mw/live/press-conference-air-force-football--5

     

     

    Thursday October 16

    Air Force Basketball Digital Tipoff 10/16/14 2pm MT 

    http://campusinsiders.com/network/mw/live/air-force-academy-digital-tip-off

     

    Wyoming @ Air Force Volleyball 10/16/14 6pm MT 

    http://campusinsiders.com/network/mw/live/volleyball-wyoming-at-air-force

     

     

    Friday October 17

    Nevada @ Air Force Women's Soccer 10/17/14 6pm MT 

    http://campusinsiders.com/network/mw/live/womens-soccer-nevada-at-air-force

     

    #7 Colorado State @ Air Force Volleyball 10/17/14 6pm MT

    http://campusinsiders.com/network/mw/live/volleyball-number-7-colorado-state-at-air-force

     

    Air Force @ UNLV Men's Soccer 10/17/14 8pm MT 

    http://campusinsiders.com/network/mw/live/mens-soccer-air-force-at-unlv

     

     

    Saturday October 18

    New Mexico @ Air Force Football 10/18/14 1:30pm MT (ROOT Sports) 

    http://campusinsiders.com/network/mw/live/football-new-mexico-at-air-force-root

     

    Air Force Football Post Game Press Conference 10/18/14 4:45pm MT 

    http://vcloud.volarvideo.com/AFA/broadcast/embed/7103?w=640&autoplay=1

     

     

    Sunday October 19   

    UNLV @ Air Force Women's Soccer 10/19/14 Noon MT 

    http://vcloud.volarvideo.com/AFA/broadcast/embed/7107?w=640&autoplay=1

     

    Air Force at Utah State on ESPNU also available here

    Catch Air Force on the MW Network; this week's schedule listed

    Tuesday Oct. 7

    Coach Troy Calhoun Weekly Press Conference 10/7/14 2pm MT 

    http://campusinsiders.com/network/mw/live/press-conference-air-force-football--4

     

    Thursday Oct. 9

    Air Force @ UNLV Volleyball 10/9/14 7pm MT 

    http://campusinsiders.com/network/mw/live/volleyball-air-force-at-unlv--1

     

    Friday Oct. 10

    Air Force @ Colorado State Women's Soccer 10/10/14 4pm MT 

    http://campusinsiders.com/network/mw/live/womens-soccer-air-force-at-colorado-state

     

    San José State @ Air Force Men's Soccer 10/10/14 7pm MT 

    http://campusinsiders.com/network/mw/live/mens-soccer-san-jose-state-at-air-force

     

    Saturday Oct. 11

    Air Force @ San Diego State Volleyball 10/11/14 7pm MT 

    http://campusinsiders.com/network/mw/live/volleyball-air-force-at-san-diego-state

     

     

     

    The Academy athlete: Bringing character, integrity beyond playing field

     10/2/2014 - U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- When you stroll through the Academy's athletic department, you can't pass by without noticing signs reading, "Integrity first, Service before self and Excellence in all we do."

    This shouldn't surprise any staff member or cadet here because, as Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle D. Johnson told the Board of Visitors Sept. 26 - and has repeatedly mentioned to her staff during her 14 month tenure - the Academy's ultimate focus is to engrain a culture consistent with the Air Force core values and ensure every cadet, athletes and non-athletes, live up to this standard.

    "It's important to us to be strong everywhere across the Academy, including the athletic department," she said to the BOV. "We welcome tough and fair questions because we need to maintain a Culture of Commitment, Climate and Respect, and hold each other accountable, especially permanent party (Academy staff), to set a good model for cadets."

    The Athletic Department's 27 intercollegiate sports, and boxing and cheerleading, train and compete to give the cadets character and leadership opportunities on and off the field, also focusing on Academic and character-driven wins.

    Despite a few off-the-field challenges, Academy athletic director Dr. Hans Mueh said the vast majority of cadet athletes here serve others, set records, tackle leadership positions and receive the continued support of the local community.

    "Athletics is the front porch of the Academy," Mueh said. "Cadet athletes are embarrassed to be identified as they are right now by the margins. The American public has a right to hold us to a much higher standard, including our athletic program. The cadets are embarrassed, want to do something to change that, and they are."

    During the last six years, four Academy cadet athletes won NCAA Division I student athlete sportsmanship awards. Every year, one male and female from each division who demonstrates a high level of sportsmanship and ethics is selected.

    Last year, William Kent, then a senior Falcon track and field hammer thrower, received the award after approaching an official during a competition to explain that his throw distance was lower than recorded. He wanted to make sure his record was accurate and fair and officials agreed to lower his mark. Kent's distance was still far enough to win the competition, but his honor and integrity came first.

    "These are selfless acts," Mueh said. "They're spontaneous acts on the part of cadets who garnered these sportsmanship awards. I think that's very special."

    In April, for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, cadets produced a "Cadet Athletes Against Sexual Violence" video for YouTube, showing Academy athletes pledging to take action to stop sexual violence. Coaches and staff here participated in the Mentor in Violence Prevention program that month, where most valuable player facilitators allowed cadet athletes to share personal stories and establish a continuing dialogue on issues such as rape, battery and sexual harassment.

    One hundred-twenty athletes, including Falcon football players, attended this seminar, Mueh said.

    "Forty athletes spent the entire day with facilitators," he said. "They now are mentors and trainers for the rest of the athletes here. I think the climate now among cadet athletes is that they're serious about taking steps to say, 'Enough. This is about respect and dignity. Let's sign this pledge and make sure this doesn't happen again.'"

    The athletic department established a Respect and Character Enrichment committee that meets weekly to ensure teams and athletes continue to live up to the Academy's culture and communicate with their supervisors and coaches.

    Then there's the Football Leadership Council, comprised of 24 Falcon football players who took ownership of their team's climate. They take part in regular community service projects and meet regularly with the Academy's staff.

    The Academy also has an all-volunteer academic committee and mentoring program monitoring the academic progress of cadet athletes.

    "Our jobs as mentors here is to create ways to make negatives into positives, molding our cadets into team players and disciplined officers, to hold people accountable and make them stronger without breaking their spirit," said Falcon Ice Hockey head coach Frank Serratore. "We must develop leaders who can think under pressure and make winning decisions."

    Collectively, Serratore's team maintains a 3.0 GPA.

    "The competitive athlete here understands teamwork and what it means to be part of team," Serratore said. "The competitive athlete also understands the meaning of true leadership. In my opinion, true leadership has little or nothing to do with rank. It has to do with earning the respect of others through one's actions, putting the team first, selflessly caring for others, leading from the front and in essence - leading by example."

    Cadet athletes are cadets first, and before they step on the field they must take care of their academic and military responsibilities, Falcon Football head coach Troy Calhoun said.

    "The daily discipline on the field, in the classroom, and sense of maturity and personal responsibility cadets must have here is continuous," he said. "We want cadets to have an incredible warrior spirit and drive that is in the interest of contributing to a team rather than solely for one's personal interests. That is the kind of character we want to build in our program."

    Falcon Men's Basketball head coach Dave Pilipovich said athletics can never become more important than cadets' studies.

    "Academics are very important in our mission at the Academy," he said. "If players strive to be the best students they can be, then we believe our cadets will strive to be the best athletes they can be. The hard work they put into academics carries over to their hard work on the court."

    Last year, Pilipovich benched his leading scorer because he wasn't adhering to the team's high standards of behavior.

    "It made our team weaker, but our mission is to help our cadet athletes become great officers," he said. "Also, it reinforced what we expect from our cadet athletes and the standards we continue to maintain in our program."