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."

    USAFA 60th Anniversary continues with October dates in history

     

    THIS DAY IN AIR FORCE ACADEMY HISTORY - OCTOBER

    STEVEN A. SIMON, USAFA '77

    ACADEMY DEVELOPMENT AND ALUMNI PROGRAMS OFFICE

     

    1 October 1955  --  Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, the Academy architects, hold a design presentation meeting with members of the Air Force, the Academy staff, and Academy consultants.  At the wide-ranging meeting, SOM received approval to proceed on the cadet quarters, the dining hall, and the academic building.

    1 October 1961  --  The Reverend Dr. Billy Graham speaks to cadets at a worship service in Arnold Hall.

    1 October 1962  --  The Colorado Astronautical Laboratory (renamed the Frank J. Seiler Laboratory in 1963) opens at the Academy.  The laboratory was established to conduct research in chemistry, applied mathematics, and aerospace mechanics and to provide a means for supporting faculty and cadet research.  The lab closed in 1995.

    1 October 1966  --  The Academy football team earns its first victory over Navy, a 15-7 win at Falcon Stadium.  It was the Midshipmen's first football game in Colorado.

    1 October 1971  --  Captain James Newendorp, Class of '65, is killed when his RF-4C is shot down northeast of An Loc, South Vietnam, during a photographic reconnaissance mission.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    1 October 1982 --  The 557th Flying Training Squadron becomes part of the Academy, as it is released from Air Training Command.  It was organizationally placed under the Deputy Commandant for Operations.

    1 October 1985  --  The Cadet Examinations and Records office is transferred from the Director of Admissions and Registrar to the Dean of the Faculty.  This function was combined with the Directorate of Curriculum and Scheduling Services to form the new Office of the Registrar.

    1 October 1989  --  General Hansford "HT" Johnson, Class of '59, becomes the first Air Force Academy graduate to achieve four-star rank.  He had assumed command of the Military Airlift Command on 20 September 1989.

    1 October 1991  --  Brigadier General Paul K. Carlton Jr., Class of '69, becomes the first Academy graduate promoted to flag rank in the Air Force's Medical Corps.  In 1999, he would become the first Academy graduate to serve as Surgeon General of the United States Air Force.

    1 October 1998  --  The Human Environmental Research Center, later known as the Life Sciences Research Center, opens under the authority of Brigadier General David Wagie, Class of '72, Dean of the Faculty.

    1 October 2002  --  The U.S. Northern Command stands up at Peterson Air Force Base, with General Ralph Eberhart, Class of '68, as its first commander.  The unified command was established to provide command and control of Department of Defense homeland defense efforts and to coordinate defense support of civil authorities.  Its area of responsibility includes all air, land and sea approaches to North America, encompassing the continental U.S., Alaska, Canada, Mexico and the surrounding water areas out to approximately 500 nautical miles.

    1 October 2003  --  The Band of the Rockies, assigned to Air Force Space Command since 1993, is administratively moved back to the Academy, again becoming the Air Force Academy Band.  The Band physically remains at its Peterson Air Force Base facility.

    1 October 2004  --  Brigadier General Dana Born, Class of '83, becomes the first female officer to serve as Dean of the Faculty.

    1 October 2010  -  The Southeast Asia Memorial Pavilion, a gift of the Class of '70, is dedicated near Doolittle Hall during '70's forty-year reunion.

    1 October 2010  --  The groundbreaking ceremony for the Holaday Athletic Center (named in honor of Bart, Class of '65, and Lynn Holaday) is held.  The ceremony was somber, as Lynn Holaday had passed away earlier that morning after a long struggle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.  The Holaday Athletic Center was the first major project for the USAFA Endowment, a fund-raising foundation established in 2007.

    1 October 2013  -- The San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association begin a four-day pre-season training visit to the Academy.  The team is coached by Gregg Popovich, Class of '70.

    2 October 1969  --  First Lieutenant Donald Moore, Class of '67, is killed when his A-1J aircraft catches fire and explodes during an aborted takeoff in Thailand.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    2 October 1982  --  Lieutenant Colonel Robert Brenci, Class of '63, receives the 1982 Colonel James Jabara Airmanship Award.  He was honored for his leading role in the April 1980 American hostage rescue attempt in Iran, to include selecting and training the C-130 aircrews, piloting the first aircraft to penetrate hostile airspace, and developing new special operations capabilities in the aftermath.  Each year, 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.

    2 October 1982  --  The Briggs Overlook on Academy Drive north of the cadet athletic fields is dedicated.  The Overlook was funded entirely by Mrs. James Briggs in honor of her husband, the Academy's second Superintendent.

    2 October 1998  --  During the Jabara Recognition Dinner at Doolittle Hall, Captain Daniel Flynn, Class of '91, receives the 1998 Colonel James Jabara Airmanship Award.  He was honored for his sustained superior performance as a leader and pilot whose quick thinking and extraordinary professionalism produced positive results from several life threatening situations.  He came under hostile fire in Bosnia, led a rescue mission and performed flawlessly on countless JCS-directed and Joint Combined Exchange Training exercises in the Pacific Theater.

    3 October 1955  --  Colonel Robert Whitlow, the Director of Athletics, writes to the Superintendent, Lieutenant General Hubert Harmon, urging a less restrictive policy regarding suspensions from athletic participation for academic deficiencies.  He said it was depleting the varsity teams.  The Superintendent was not supportive of the request.

    3 October 1981  --  The Association of Graduates selects Gail McComas, former Cadet Wing Hostess, as its first Honorary Member.  Mrs. McComas served at the Academy from 1955 until 1977.  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.

    3 October 1986  --  The Academy's English Department hosts Joseph Heller, author of "Catch-22," at a two-day seminar to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the novel's publication.  The Academy received positive national publicity for hosting the author of a book perceived by many to be anti-military.

    3 October 1994  --  Dr. Paul Kaminski, Class of '64, begins a term as Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology, where he was responsible for all Department of Defense research, development, and acquisition programs.  President Ronald Reagan once told Dr. Kaminski, "Seldom has a person of your rank achieved so much for his nation through the sheer genius of his ideas."

    3 October 2009  --   Captain Michal Polidor, Class of '04, flies the mission for which he received the 2011 Colonel James Jabara Award for Airmanship.  Captain Polidor, an F-15E flight lead, distinguished himself through his heroic actions in an Operation Enduring Freedom sortie supporting United States and Afghan National Army ground forces at Coalition Observation Post Keating.

    3 October 2013  --  Heather Wilson, Class of '82, is inaugurated as the 18th president of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.  The ceremony was moved up a day due to an approaching winter storm.

    4 October 1954  --  The site for the airfield is resolved at a meeting between representatives of the Air Force and the architect, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.

    4 October 1958  --  The Academy football team ties the eighth-ranked University of Iowa Hawkeyes, 13-13, bringing national recognition to the Falcons and the Air Force Academy.  The 48,325 spectators comprised the largest crowd to watch an Air Force game to date.  It was one of two ties for the undefeated squad.

    4 October 1980  --  Capt. William Gillin, Class of '73, flies the mission for which he would receive the Academy's 1981 Colonel James Jabara Award for Airmanship.  Flying an HH-3E helicopter, he rescued 61 passengers of the stricken Dutch ocean liner, Prinsendam.  The passengers, many of them elderly, were among the 519 people forced to abandon ship when it caught fire in the frigid waters of the Gulf of Alaska, 120 miles from shore. The rescue operation lasted more than 11 hours and national news media hailed it as "the greatest maritime rescue in the history of the United States."

    4 October 2003  --  Country band Diamond Rio performs in Arnold Hall.

    4 October 2004  --  The Academy's airmanship operations are realigned under the Air Education and Training Command and the newly named 306th Flying Training Group.

    5 October 1955  --  The first live falcon is presented to the Cadet Wing.  The bird, a peregrine, was named Mach 1.

    5 October 1965  --  First Lieutenant John Hauschildt, Class of '62, is killed when his F-100D aircraft is hit by small arms fire and crashes during a direct air support mission northwest of Tuy Hoa, South Vietnam.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    5 October 1975  --  Staff Sergeant Stephen Ambrose, assigned to the data automation center, is fatally injured when he falls while attempting to scale a cliff in Stanley Canyon in Pike National Forest.  Two cadets were also injured in the accident.

    5 October 1985  --  The Air Force football team defeats Notre Dame for a record fourth straight time with a 21-15 win at Falcon Stadium.

    5 October 1986  --  Mr. Wallace Sawyer, Class of '68 and a member of the Central Intelligence Agency, is killed when his C-123 is shot down by a Soviet-supplied surface-to-air missile over Nicaragua while on a re-supply mission.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    5 October 1994  --  Dr. Sheila Widnall, Secretary of the Air Force, visits the Academy, to include a session with the Friends of the Air Force Academy Library.

    5 October 2004  --  The United Kingdom's Duke of York, Prince Andrew Windsor, visits the Academy.  He met 13 cadets who were applying for Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships, and had lunch on the Staff Tower in Mitchell Hall.

    5 October 2012  --  During its 45-year reunion, the Class of '67 dedicates the Carillion Tower at the Cemetery.  The Class project involved adding bells to the American Legion Memorial.  More than 500 pieces of music can be played by the carillon.

    5 October 2013  --  After federal civilians had been locked out for five days due to the government shutdown, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announces that the language in H.R. 3210 (the Pay Our Military Act) would allow DoD to recall most but not all of its civilian employees to work.  The shutdown lasted 16 days.

    6 October 1872  --  Leonard Capps establishes a homestead just south of where Falcon Stadium is today.

    6 October 1975  --  The first Cessna T-37 Tweety Bird flight is flown.  The T-37 replaced the Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star that since 1955 had been used to introduce cadets to jet flight.

    6 October 1997  --  General Michael Ryan, Class of '65, becomes the second Air Force Academy graduate to serve as Chief of Staff of the Air Force.  The first was General Ronald Fogleman, Class of '63.

    7 October 1954  --  The Air Force Academy Athletic Association is established.

    7 October 1966  --  Captain Robert Gilchrist, Class of '63, is presumed killed when his F-4C crashes during an attack on a truck convoy northwest of Dong Hoi, Republic of Vietnam.  He was declared dead on 7 March 1978, and was promoted to major during the time he was missing.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    7 October 1975  --  President Gerald Ford signs Public Law 94-106, the Military Procurement Bill, authorizing the admission of women to the service academies.  The Academy had been preparing for this change for years, and the June 1976 admission of the first 157 female cadets was uneventful.

    7 October 1977  --  The Academy initiates an investigation into marijuana use by cadets.  Nine cadets would eventually resign.

    8 October 1955  --  The Academy plays its first football game, a freshman-level 34-18 win over the University of Denver's freshmen in front of 17,785 fans at DU's stadium.  This game also featured the first-ever Cadet March-on, and was the first Air Force game broadcast on the radio, on KVOD, 630 AM in Denver.

    8 October 1959  --  Second Lieutenant Bradley Hosmer, Class of '59, enters the University of Oxford as the first Academy graduate to earn a Rhodes Scholarship.  He was the number one graduate in his class, and went on to become the first graduate to serve as Academy Superintendent.

    8 October 1963  --  The Academy hosts the tenth annual Air Force Science and Engineering Symposium.

    8 October 1969  --  First Lieutenant Max Rosen, Class of '67, is killed when his EC-47P aircraft has a fire on board and crashes southeast of Phu Cat Air Base, South Vietnam.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    8 October 1970  --  Captain Donald Shay, Class of '67, is presumed killed when his RF-4C fails to return from a photographic reconnaissance mission at dusk over southern Laos.  The aircraft was thought to have been shot down.  He was declared dead on 28 January 1981 and had been promoted to major during the time he was missing.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    8 October 1999  --  Two years after suspending flying operations in the T-3, the Air Education and Training Command announces that it would not resume use of the T-3 for pilot training.  Three fatal accidents involving cadets and instructor pilots had taken place in the aircraft since 1994.

    9 October 1963  --  The Frank J. Seiler Research Laboratory is dedicated.  The laboratory was established at the Academy to conduct research in chemistry, applied mathematics, and aerospace mechanics and to provide a means for supporting faculty and cadet research.  The facility closed in 1995.

    9 October 1971  --  During the Homecoming Banquet, Captain Neil Crist, Class of '66, receives the 1971 Colonel James Jabara Airmanship Award.  He was honored for his efforts to aid a Special Forces Camp at Dak Seang, Republic of Vietnam, which was under attack by approximately 10,000 enemy troops in April 1970.  During the first five days of the support operation, Captain Crist participated in 11 missions.  Each year, 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.

    9 October 1985  --  The Academy Cadet Library hosts the 29th annual Military Librarians Workshop, which was attended by nearly 200 librarians from Department of Defense libraries all over the world, as well as representatives from the Canadian defense department.

    9 October 1990  --  Honor Probation is implemented at the Academy.  It replaced conduct/aptitude probation for cadets found in violation of the Cadet Honor Code.

    10 October 1845  --  Without seeking congressional approval, Secretary of the Navy George Bancroft establishes a naval academy at Fort Severn, Annapolis, Maryland.  Bancroft detailed a group of naval officers as instructors and ordered all the Navy's midshipmen to the new institution.  It would be another century before the Air Force Academy joined its older siblings, the Military Academy and the Naval Academy.

    10 October 1964  --  The Academy football team plays its first game against Notre Dame, a 34-7 loss at Falcon Stadium.

    10 October 1970  --  The Graduate War Memorial, located at the north end of the Air Gardens near the flagpole, is dedicated.  Brigadier General Robin Olds, the Commandant of Cadets, spoke at the ceremony.  The curved monolith, constructed of three 7' x 21' slabs of black granite, is a gift from the Association of Graduates.

    10 October 1970  --  During Homecoming weekend, Captain Wayne Warner, Class of '63, receives the 1970 Colonel James Jabara Airmanship Award.  He distinguished himself through his display of superb airmanship, professional competence and selfless dedication in the service of his country, as evidenced by his 120 combat missions over North Vietnam in the C-130 and F-105 aircraft.  Each year, 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.

    10 October 1971  --  Major Vivienne Sinclair joins the Department of Languages, becoming the first female instructor at the Academy.

    10 October 1974  --  The Sixth Military History Symposium begins at the Academy.  The theme was "The Military History of the American Revolution."

    10 October 1978  --  French Aspirant (Cadet) Sylvie Delporte becomes to first woman to complete T-41 training at the Academy.

    11 October 1955  --  The Air Force Academy Federal Credit Union opens at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, temporary home of the Academy.

    11 October 1969  --  Captain John Hathaway, Class of '63, is killed when his AC-119G gunship has an engine fire and crashes while taking off on a combat mission..  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    11 October 2005  --  The Doolittle Goblets, which had been displayed at the Air Force Academy since General Doolittle gave them to the Academy in1959, are removed from Arnold Hall and sent to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.  The 80 goblets (one for each mission member) were presented to the Doolittle Raiders by the city of Tucson.  They were used at every Doolittle Raider reunion, at which the goblets of deceased members were turned over.

    12 October 1966  --  Major Wendall Bauman, Academy associate professor of Mathematics, is selected for inclusion in the 1966 edition of Who's Who in Colorado.

    12 October 1967  --  Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Derrickson II, Class of '59, is presumed killed when his F-4C crashes during an  armed reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam.  He was declared dead on 12 December 1979, and was promoted to colonel during the time he was missing.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    12 October 1979  --  Cadets Second Class (juniors) are authorized to own cars after the Christmas break.  Before that time, only cadets first class (seniors) could own cars.

    12 October 1988  --  Sir Harry Hinsley of Cambridge University presents the 31st Harmon Memorial Lecture entitled, "World War II: An Intelligence Revolution."

    13 October 1969  --  The U-4B Aero Commander goes into service at the Academy.  It was used for the parachuting program until October 1977, when it was replaced by the UV-18 Twin Otter, the military version of the DeHavilland DHC-6.

    13 October 1972  --  Captain Jeffrey Feinstein, Class of '68, scores his fifth kill in Vietnam, making him the second Air Force Academy graduate ace (Steve Ritchie, Class of '64, was the first).  Feinstein was a Weapon Systems Officer in the F-4 Phantom II, and scored all five of his kills in 1972.

    13 October 1993  --  The funeral for Colonel Joseph Moller is held in the Protestant Cadet Chapel. Colonel Moller and his wife, Dorothy Donnelly Moller, were selected to receive the Academy's 2003 Distinguished Service Award.  Among their many contributions, the Mollers established the first major planned gift in Academy history.

    14 October 1947  --  Just under a month after the Air Force became a separate service, Air Force Captain Charles "Chuck" Yeager makes the first manned supersonic flight, piloting the Bell X-1.  General Yeager has been a strong supporter of the Academy.

    14 October 1978  --  During the Homecoming Banquet in Mitchell Hall, Lieutenant Colonel Wayne Kendall Jr. Class of '60, receives the 1978 Colonel James Jabara Airmanship Award.  Colonel Kendall, a medical doctor, was honored for his investigative research on the biodynamic effects on the body of a canopy loss in F-15 and F-16 type aircraft.  His research involved using himself as the human test subject.  Each year, 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.

    14 October 1978  --  The Class Wall, a gallery of crests of Academy classes, begins when the Class of '68 presents its crest during its ten-year reunion.  The wall, located on the Terrazzo just to the east of the Cadet Chapel, is "dedicated by the classes which have gone before to those which will follow in recognition of our common commitment to excellence."  The Association of Graduates donated the Wall, which was funded through class gifts.

    14 October 1987  --  Academy instructors attend the National Defense Colloquium on "Lying for your Country: What the Constitution Requires."

    14 October 2006  --  With two falcon mascots and several cadets in attendance, President George W. Bush accepts the Air Force Memorial during a dedication ceremony.  The memorial, honoring the millions of men and women who have served in the United States Air Force, is located in Arlington, Virginia, overlooking the Pentagon, the Potomac River and Washington D.C.

    15 October 1960  --  The football team plays Navy for the first time, losing 35-3 at Baltimore Memorial Stadium.

    15 October 1976  --  The Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph publishes an article entitled "Women's Attrition at Academy Better Than Men's."  By the end of the fifteenth week of training, 6.37 percent of the female cadets in the Class of '80 had departed, compared to 10.24 % of the males.

    15 October 1977  --  During the Homecoming Banquet in Mitchell Hall, Major Roger Carleton, Class of '67, receives the 1977 Colonel James Jabara Airmanship Award.  He was recognized for his outstanding contributions as the primary pilot during the development testing and evaluation to determine operational suitability of the A-10.  Each year, 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.

    15 October 1988  --  The Academy hosts a deer hunt on its grounds for the first time in approximately 15 years.  The Colorado Department of Wildlife managed the hunt.

    16 October 1970  --  Academy officials apply for a broadcast license for a cadet radio station.  The message requested that the call letters be either KAFA or KDET.  The license was granted, with the call letters KAFA.

    16 October 1971  --  The Cadet Drum and Bugle Corps' first performance at Falcon Stadium takes place during halftime of Air Force's 20-7 win over Army.

    16 October 1976  --  During the Homecoming Banquet at Mitchell Hall, Lieutenant Colonel Michael Love, Class of '60, receives the 1976 Colonel James Jabara Airmanship Award.  He was honored for his significant contributions to airmanship through his work in the X-24B Lifting Body Project.  He was the Air Force test pilot on the project created to develop and test an aerospace vehicle radically different from other manned aircraft.

    16 October 2010  --  The Academy hosts the inaugural Thunderbird Invitational Mock Trial Tournament.

    16 October 2011  --  During the first intermission of the Air Force -Robert Morris hockey game, the ½-scale Lockheed Global Positioning System III Navigation Satellite and the ¼-scale Boeing Wideband Global SATCOM Satellite models hanging above the Cadet Ice Arena are dedicated.

    16 October 2013  --  Lieutenant General (Retired) Mike Gould, Class of '76, is named to the 13-member College Football Playoff Selection Committee.  The group, which includes former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former NFL player Archie Manning, will be responsible for selecting four teams for the national championship playoff, as well as the participants in the four premier bowl games.

    17 October 1955  --  Headquarters USAF activates the 7625th Operations Squadron and assigns it to the Air Force Academy for operational control.  The unit performed several missions for the Academy, to include providing navigator training to the cadets (the early classes graduated with navigator wings), transporting Academy senior staff members, and maintaining Academy staff officer pilots' currency.

    17 October 1998  --  Singer Dionne Warwick performs at Arnold Hall.

    17 October 1999  -- The stainless steel Falcon Sculpture is dedicated.  Donated by Colonel J. Stanton Keck, Navy '54, and Colonel Edward F. Lundberg and sculpted by Terry Hinde, it is displayed on the Honor Court.  The inscription on the base reads, "Dedicated to the United States Air Force Academy Cadet Wing."

    18 October 1969  --  The Academy football team beats Oregon 60-13 in a home game that came to be known as the "Fog Bowl."  Terry Frei, son of the Oregon Coach, Jerry Frei, wrote, "You couldn't see the field from the press box."

    18 October 1969  --  During the Homecoming Banquet, Major Terry Jorris, Class of '61, and (posthumously) First Lieutenant Karl Richter, Class of '64, receive the 1969 Colonel James Jabara Airmanship Award.  Jorris was honored for his "superior expertise in the field of aerospace research."  Richter received the Jabara Award for the dedication, determination and enthusiasm with which he served.  Each year, 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.

    18 October 1987  --  Mrs. Jane Hamm, wife of the sitting superintendent, Lieutenant General Charles Hamm, passes away suddenly.

    18 October 1997  --  Senator (and retired Navy Captain) John McCain receives the 1997 Thomas D. White Award during a visit to the Air Force Academy.  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.

    19 October 1962  --  The formal Presentation Dinner for the football stadium is held at the Broadmoor International Center.  More than 700 people attended the event, at which comedian Phil Harris performed.

    19 October 1992  --  The Air Force Times publishes an article entitled "Bill would Cut Status, Officer Staff at Academies."  The article addressed upcoming legislation that would add civilian faculty members to the Air Force and Military Academy faculties.  While not specifically stated, the implied intent was for Air Force and West Point to match the Naval Academy's 50-50 mix.

    19 October 2002  --  ESPN College GameDay broadcasts from the Terrazzo for the second time.  The show also broadcasted from the Academy in 2001 and 2009.

    19 October 2007  -- At a Broadmoor dinner, the first Air Force Academy Athletic Hall of Fame class is inducted.  The class is comprised of Olympic champion sprinter Alonzo Babers (Class of '83), basketball players Bob Beckel ('59) and Michelle Johnson ('81), former athletic director Colonel John Clune (Navy, '54), and football players Brock Strom ('59) and Chad Hennings ('88).

    19 October 2012  --  The groundbreaking ceremony for the 46,000 square foot Center for Character and Leadership Development building takes place.  The building, located on the Honor Court, will feature an iconic 105-foot-tall skylight pointing due north at 39° altitude.  The alignment with the North Star symbolizes the Academy's unwavering focus on the core values.  Another unique aspect of the building is its funding, a mix of public and private money, with non-government funding provided by the USAFA Endowment, a fund-raising foundation established in 2007.

    19 October 2012  --  The Association of Graduates and the Academy dedicate the Falcon Center Heritage Exhibit in Fairchild Hall.  The display honors 28 Academy graduates, each of whom have excelled in one of seven categories:  Notable Firsts; Heroism; Air Force Chiefs of Staff; Military Excellence; Academic Excellence; Excellence in Business; and Government Service.

    20 October 1956  --  The first free flight of an Air Force falcon before a football audience takes place in Denver University Stadium during a 49-6 victory over Colorado Mines.  The historic bird, which flew just 13 months after the falcon was chosen as the Academy's mascot, was a prairie falcon names Lucifer.

    20 October 1962  --  The dedication of Falcon Stadium is held at the second home football game, a 35-20 loss to Oregon.  Actor and Air Force Reserve Brigadier General Jimmy Stewart served as emcee.

    20 October 1975  --  The Report on Inter-Service Academy Conference is published.  The conference of federal service academy representatives addressed training requirements and concerns regarding the pending admission of female cadets.

    20 October 1977  --  The U-4B Aero Commander, in use at the Academy since 13 October 1969, makes its final flight.  The U-4B was replaced by the UV-18 Twin Otter, the military version of the DeHavilland DHC-6.

    21 October 1967  --  Captain Clarence Hemmel, Class of '63, is killed when his F-100D aircraft is lost during a close air support mission, probably hit by ground fire in Quang Tin Province, South Vietnam.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    21 October 1987  --  The Academy Protestant Cadet Chapel plays host to the funeral of Mrs. Jane Hamm, wife of the superintendent, Lieutenant General Charles Hamm.

    21 October 2002  --  The Academy breaks ground on a new traffic control tower.

    22 October 1993  --  Major Ali Frohlich, Class of '80, receives the 1993 Colonel James Jabara Airmanship Award.  He was honored for his sustained superior performance during Operation Desert Storm and while enforcing the no-fly zone over northern Iraq.  Each year, 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.

    22 October 1996  --  The American Legion Memorial Tower, displayed on the hill west of the Cadet Chapel since May 1981, is moved to the Academy Cemetery.

    22 October 2000  --  Comedian, actor, writer, and producer Bill Cosby performs at Arnold Hall.

    22 October 2002  --  An announcement is made from the Staff Tower at Mitchell Hall that the cadet library will be renamed for Brigadier General (Retired) Robert McDermott, who was the Dean of the Faculty from 1956 until 1968.

    23 October 1871  --  The first Denver and Rio Grande train passes through the future site of the Air Force Academy.  The railroad and the tracks were owned by General William Jackson Palmer, one of the founders of Colorado Springs.

    23 October 1966  --  First Lieutenant Samuel Baker, Class of '62, is killed when his T-28 aircraft crashes on a familiarization flight near Nakhon Phanom, Thailand.  He was promoted to captain posthumously.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    23 October 1990  --  The Boettcher Foundation approves a grant of $23,000 for archival conservation of materials within the Gimbel Collection located in the Academy Library.

    23 October 1992  --  The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1993 directs the Secretary of Defense to submit legislation to increase the number of civilians on the Air Force Academy and Military Academy faculties.  Until that time, the faculty had been virtually all military.

    24 October 1964  --  First Lieutenant Valmore Bourque, Class of '60, becomes the first graduate to die in combat.  He was killed when his C-123B was struck by ground fire over Cambodia and crashed.  Bourque was promoted to captain posthumously.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo, and his statue stands in the Mall of Heroes between Fairchild and Vandenberg Halls.  Coincidentally, on 11 July 1955, he was the first person to be sworn in as an Air Force Academy cadet.

    24 October 1986  --  The Colorado Association for International Education co-hosts a conference at the Academy entitled "Understanding the USSR." Ambassador Stephen Rhinesmith and Dr. Benjamin Lambeth were the keynote speakers.

    24 October 1997  --  The Academy's first orbiting spacecraft, "Falcon Doolittle," launches.  It was launched as a fixed secondary payload on an Atlas-Centaur.  The payload sampled the GPS spectrum once every five minutes.

    24 October 2005  --  Lieutenant General John Regni, Class of '73, becomes the Academy's seventeenth Superintendent, succeeding Lieutenant John Rosa Jr.

    24 October 2013  -- The Class of '63 dedicates the class ring of deceased classmate Pat Wynne.  The ring was lost when First Lieutenant Wynne was shot down and killed in Vietnam on 8 August 1966.  Forty years later, his missing ring was returned to the Wynne family, which in turn donated it to the Academy.

    25 October 1957  --  The Secretary of the Air Force and School District 20 sign a 99-year lease that grants the use of land for construction of three dependent school facilities on the Academy: two elementary schools and one secondary school.

    25 October 1983  --  Operation Urgent Fury, the invasion of  the Caribbean Island of Grenada, begins.  . Captain Michael Davis, Class of -78, won the 1984 Colonel James Jabara Airmanship Award for his role in the operation.  A C-130E Special Operations aircraft commander, he was part of the initial assault force of 12 aircraft, making two passes at 500 feet to drop paratroopers.  Over the next several days, he was repeatedly called upon for hazardous missions, to include emergency medical evacuations.

    25 October 1995  --  Lieutenant Colonel Robert Donnelly Jr., Class of '77, flies the mission for which he received the 1996 Colonel James Jabara Award for Airmanship.  Colonel Donnelly was the lead pilot on an HH-60G two-ship during a humanitarian assistance mission near Flatyeri, Iceland, which had been devastated by an avalanche caused by the worst storm since 1934.

    26 October 1959  --  The Thrift Shop, a project of the Officers' Wives Club, opens at its new location in Pine Valley.

    26 October 1969  --  Captain Gray Warren, Class of '65, is presumed killed when his F-4D hits the ground about 100 yards from its target and explodes during an air strike near Ban Son, Laos.  He was declared dead on 25 October 1973.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    26 October 1994  --  General Ronald Fogleman, Class of '63, becomes the first Air Force Academy graduate to serve as Chief of Staff of the Air Force.

    26 October 2000  --  The Genesis of Flight is published by the University of Washington Press, under the auspices of the Friends of the Air Force Academy Library.  The coffee table book contains an annotated bibliography of approximately 350 items in the Gimbel Collection.

    27 October 1960  --  A groundbreaking ceremony is held for the new football stadium.  Colorado Governor Stephen McNichols joined Air Force and Air Force Academy Foundation officials in turning the first dirt at the stadium site.  Construction began in early 1961 and Falcon Stadium was ready for the 1962 season.

    27 October 1972  --  The Department of Justice, along with the Department of Defense, appeals the U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that mandatory chapel attendance at the three service academies is unconstitutional.  In December 1972, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the ruling.  Compulsory chapel ended in January 1973.

    27 October 1979  --  A group of Academy graduates stationed at F. E. Warren AFB in Cheyenne, Wyoming, paint a large white "F" to the right of the "A" (for "Agriculture") on the hillside behind the Colorado State University football stadium.  The "AF" spirit mission was conducted in the early morning hours before the Air Force at CSU football game, which the Rams won 20-6.

    28 October 1954  --  Pine Valley resident Earl Schwab writes to Harold Talbott, Secretary of the Air Force, protesting the Air Force's decision to expand the Academy's territory to include all of Pine Valley.  Ironically, Mr. Schwab was a Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce board member and helped bring the Academy to the area.  It cost him his home, which became the Dean of Faculty's quarters.

    28 October 1983  --  The Falcon Foundation donates the "Gallery of Secretaries" to the Academy.  The portraits of the Secretaries of the Air Force were given to the Academy Library.

    29 October 1959  --  An Academy-related episode of the television game show "To Tell The Truth" airs on CBS.  A falconer, Cadet George Nolde, Class of '61, appeared with the Academy's first falcon, Mach 1.  Captain Coit Butler from the information office was also on the program.

    29 October 2007  --  The Vast Refuge Dharma Hall is dedicated as the Cadet Buddhist Chapel.  The Buddhist sanctuary, located downstairs in the Cadet Chapel, is the gift of the Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism and The Friends of Zen.  One of the founders and a director of the Friends of Zen, Reverend Dai En Hi Fu George Wiley Burch, Class of '59, organized the fundraising effort through the Association of Graduates.

    29 October 2012  --  The Wings of Blue compete at U.S. Nationals in the four-way Advanced Formation Skydiving category for the first time.  The Academy's Formation Skydiving teams were tied for first after 10 rounds, and went to a "jump-off" round for the first time in U.S. history to win Gold and Silver medals.

    29 October 2013  --  The Chief of Staff of the Air Force, General Mark Welsh, Class of '76, and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James A. Cody conduct an in-studio interview and town hall meeting that are broadcast on KAFA, the cadet radio station.

    30 October 1962  -  The Engineers' Council for Professional Development accredits the Academy curriculum, leading to a major in Engineering Science.

    30 October 1971  --  First Lieutenant Robert Ryan, Class of '69, is killed when his O-2A aircraft is hit by ground fire and crashes near Savannakhet, Laos.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    30 October 1975  --  The Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph publishes an article entitled, "Cadettes Will Get Some Pilot Training."

    31 October 1951  --  The Colorado Springs Gazette quotes General Hoyt Vandenberg, Chief of Staff of the Air Force as saying,  "Colorado Springs is a nice spot and I would like to see it designated as the future site of the Air Academy."

    31 October 1959  --  The Academy football team plays Army for the first time.  The game was played in Yankee Stadium, New York, and the 13-13 tie drew 67,000 fans, at that time the largest crowd to ever attend an Air Force game.