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.

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

      Tuesday Sept 30

    Coach Troy Calhoun Weekly Press Conference 9/30/14 2pm MT 

    http://campusinsiders.com/network/mw/live/press-conference-air-force-football--3

    Thursday Oct 2

    Boise State @ Air Force Volleyball 10/2/14 6pm MT 

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

    Friday Oct 3

    Air Force @ New Mexico Women's Soccer 10/3/14 7pm MT  

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

    Saturday Oct 4

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

    http://vcloud.volarvideo.com/AFA/broadcast/embed/6669?w=640&autoplay=1

    Utah State @ Air Force Volleyball 10/4/14 6pm MT 

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

    UMKC @ Air Force Men's Soccer 10/4/14 7pm MT  

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

    Catch Air Force on the MW Network; schedule follows

    Tuesday Sept. 23

    Coach Troy Calhoun Weekly Press Conference 9/23/14 2pm MT 

    http://campusinsiders.com/network/mw/live/press-conference-air-force-football--2

     

    Thursday Sept. 25

    Air Force @ Nevada Volleyball 9/25/14 6:30pm PT 

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

     

    Friday Sept. 26

    Boise State @ Air Force Women's Soccer 9/26/14 6pm MT 

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

     

    Saturday Sept. 27

    Air Force @ San José State Volleyball 9/27/14 1pm PT 

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

     

    Air Force Football Post Game Press Conference 9/27/14 8:15pm MT http://vcloud.volarvideo.com/AFA/broadcast/embed/6038?w=640&autoplay=1

     

    Sunday Sept. 28

    Utah State @ Air Force Women's Soccer 9/28/14 Noon MT 

    http://vcloud.volarvideo.com/AFA/broadcast/embed/6040?w=640&autoplay=1

    Men's tennis coach Dan Oosterhous at the Invictus Games in London

    The link below is a story from White House television about the Invictus Games in London. Air Force head men's tennis coach Dan Oosterhous participated from the United States.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mJ4FKr36Za8

    Academy procurement officials nominated for DOD, Air Force awards

     Several Academy acquisition officials have been nominated to compete for high-level Defense Department and Air Force contracting awards.

    James Anderson and Matthew McLean, contracting officers at the 10th Contracting Squadron, will compete for DOD-level individual awards; Jessica Niebuhr, also an Academy contracting officer, will compete for an Air Force-level individual award.

    After winning the DOD Bronze award for Workforce Development last year, the10th CONS was again nominated by Air Force leadership to compete in this category.

    "After earning the bronze last year we have our sights set a little higher in 2014," said 10th CONS director James Berns.

    Also, a team of contracting and U.S. Air Force Academy Athletic Cooperative Agreement officials will compete at the Air Force-level for the David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award recognizing best acquisition practices.
    Anderson was nominated in the Contracting and Procurement Category for saving the Air Force $73 million while managing contract acquisitions for the Fix USAFA initiative designed to upgrade facilities here.

    McLean was nominated in the Contracting in an Expeditionary Environment Category for managing security and logistic contracts during a year-long civilian deployment to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.

    Niebuhr was nominated in the Business Category for improving 10th CONS support of Academy research projects and managing a wealth of cooperative agreements between the Academy and non-DOD agencies.

    "Winning three of the four nominations in the individual categories is gratifying and a great reflection on the dedication and professionalism of our contracting staff," Berns said.

    The 10th CONS and U.S. Air Force Academy Athletic Cooperative Agreement Team has been nominated for the DOD's David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award for its work leading to the award of the cooperative agreement resulting in the establishment of the AFAAC, a nonprofit organization owned by the secretary of the Air Force, Berns said.

    The 16-member team was led by Shawna Bowshot, a 10th CONS contracting officer and John Coulahan, the Athletic Department's associate athletic director for finance program manager.

    Catching up with former Falcon and Packer Chris Gizzi

    The link below is to a feature story on the Green Bay Packers website with former Falcon and Packer Chris Gizzi.

    http://www.packers.com/media-center/videos/Alumni-Spotlight-Chris-Gizzi/f41aed6d-e630-4c2b-b894-1f3f817bdf3c

     

    Watch live men's tennis updates on the internet

    Be sure to follow live scoring from the 39th Annual Milwaukee Classic tennis tournament from Sept. 12-14 on the link below. The Air Force men's team completes at the following times:

    Sept. 12 - 9 a.m. singles vs. Wisconsin; 3 p.m. doubles vs. Ball State

    Sept. 13 -- 11 a.m. doubles vs. Wisconsin; 1 p.m. singles vs. Marquette

    Sept. 14 -- 9 a.m. doubles vs. Marquette; 11 a.m. singles vs. Ball State

    http://www.gomarquette.com/sports/m-tennis/spec-rel/090514aaa.html

    Watch Air Force at Georgia State on ESPN3

     Fans can watch the Falcons take on Georgia State on ESPN3 by clicking the link below.

    http://espn.go.com/watchespn/index/_/id/1963718/College-Football-Air-Force-vs-Georgia-State

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

    Monday September 8

    Coach Troy Calhoun Weekly Press Conference 9/8/14 2pm MT http://vcloud.volarvideo.com/AFA/broadcast/embed/5893?w=640&autoplay=1

     

    Tuesday September 9

    Air Force Academy Fall Sports Weekly Press Conference 9/9/14 12:30pm MT http://vcloud.volarvideo.com/AFA/broadcast/embed/5890?w=640&autoplay=1

     

    Friday September 12

    New Hampshire @ Air Force Men's Soccer 9/12/14 5pm MT 

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

     

    Central Michigan @ Air Force Women's Soccer 9/12/14 7pm MT 

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

     

    Sunday September 14

    Oakland @ Air Force Men's Soccer 9/14/14 11am MT 

    http://vcloud.volarvideo.com/AFA/broadcast/embed/5964?w=640&autoplay=1

     

    Oakland @ Air Force Women's Soccer 9/14/14 1:30pm MT

    http://vcloud.volarvideo.com/AFA/broadcast/embed/5967?w=640&autoplay=1

     

     

    USAFA 60th Anniversary continues with Sept dates in history

     

    THIS DAY IN AIR FORCE ACADEMY HISTORY - SEPTEMBER

    STEVEN A. SIMON, USAFA '77

    ACADEMY DEVELOPMENT AND ALUMNI PROGRAMS OFFICE

    1 September 1954  --  Brigadier General Robert M. Stillman is appointed as the first Commandant of Cadets.  In 1994, the cadet parade field would be named Stillman Field, in his honor.

    1 September 1958  --  The 739th Air Force Band, reactivated in May 1955 to provide musical support for cadet athletics and military marching units, is officially renamed the United States Air Force Academy Band.

    1 September 1959  --  The Superintendents of the four academies of the Armed Forces (Air Force, Coast Guard, Military and Naval) enunciate a common policy governing intercollegiate athletics.  They emphasized that intercollegiate athletics should be equally available to all students, provided their behavior and academic proficiency demonstrated they were worthy of the privilege.

    1 September 1959  --  The two Academy elementary schools, Douglass Valley Elementary and Pine Valley Elementary, are ready to open on schedule.  They were built at a total cost of $939,033.  The Air Academy Junior/Senior High building, constructed at a cost of just under $900,000, also opened.

    1 September 1961  --  Time magazine runs an article entitled, "Professors with Wings."  The Superintendent, Major General William Stone stated that more than 11,000 officers had applied for instructor duty since the Academy had opened.

    1 September 1978  --  Brigadier General William Orth becomes the Academy's fourth Dean of the Faculty, succeeding Brigadier General William Woodyard, who served for ten years.

    1 September 1978  --  Headquarters USAF redesignates the Academy from a Separate Operating Agency to a Direct Reporting Unit.

    1 September 1979  --  Academy officials announce that the overall performance average (OPA) would replace the graduation order of merit (GOM) beginning with the graduating class of 1980.

    1 September 1981  --  As a pregame demonstration for the Wyoming football game, The Wings of Blue deliver the game ball to the officials by landing squarely on the 50 yard line of Falcon Stadium.

    1 September 1981  --  The Office of Historical Studies is transferred to the Special Collections Branch of the Library.

    1 September 1981  --  The Dean of Faculty Squadron Section is established to provide support for Dean of the Faculty personnel.

    1 September 1999 - The Cadet Chapel's second all-faiths room is opened for use.

    2 September 1939  --  The official Army Air Corps song, which would become the Air Force Song, is officially introduced at the Cleveland Air Races.  The writer of the song, Robert Crawford, sang it in its first public performance.

    2 September 1959  --  The Olympic-sized swimming pool in the Physical Education building is opened to the Cadet Wing.  The natatorium is 212 feet long, 56 feet wide, with water depth ranging from 4 ½ feet to 18 feet.  It held 978,000 gallons of water, and featured 1- and 3-meter diving boards, and 5- and 10-meter diving platforms.

    2 September 1997  --  General Ralph Eberhart, Class of '68, begins a term as Acting Chief of Staff of the Air Force.  He served in the capacity until 5 October 1997.

    3 September 1925  --  The navy dirigible Shenandoah crashes in Ohio, killing all 14 crewmembers on board.  Army Brigadier General Billy Mitchell, namesake of the Academy cadet dining hall, accused Army and Navy leaders of "incompetence, criminal negligence, and almost treasonable administration."  He was court-martialed for his insubordination, attracting attention to flight and ultimately leading to a separate Air Force and Academy.

    3 September 1941  --  Pilot Officer John Gillespie Magee Jr., an American serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Battle of Britain, conducts the high altitude test flight in a Spitfire V that inspires his poem, "High Flight."  Magee died in a midair collision three months later, on 11 December 1941, but his composition lives on.  This iconic poem is a cadet favorite.  It has been set to music and is one of the Cadet Chorale's most popular songs.

    3 September 1957  --  Air Academy Junior/Senior High opens.  Because the school facility wasn't built yet, the school used the Pine Valley Country Club, which would later become The Carlton House, quarters for the Superintendent.  It was the first high school in District 20's 83-year existence.  Prior to that time, high school students were bussed to schools outside the district.

    3 September 1966  - Cadet Steve Elm, Class of '67, becomes the first parachute team  member to jump an air-to-air camera.  With his 35mm camera, he took a total of seven shots of classmate Bill Hall in freefall.

    3 September 1994  --  The Air Base Wing is designated the 10th Air Base Wing (provisional).  It was activated as the 10th Air Base Wing on 1 November 1994.

    3 September 1999  -- The first Distinguished Service Award is presented to The Colorado Springs Committee and Lieutenant General Albert P. Clark.  The Colorado Springs Committee was instrumental in bringing the Air Force Academy to Colorado Springs.  General Clark, a World War II POW, served as the Academy's Superintendent from 1970 to 1974.

    4 September 1966  --  Captain Raymond Salzarulo Jr., Class of '64, is presumed killed when his F-4C is struck by an SA-2 surface-to-air missile near Thai Nguyen, North Viet Nam.  He was listed as missing until 12 March 1973.  His remains were returned on 13 September 1990.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    4 September 1986  --  The Academy begins hosting the road race portion of the 1986 World Cycling Championships, which took place over four days.  Moreno Argentin from Italy won the men's race and Jeannie Longo of France won the women's race.  The amateurs' road race and team time trial were also contested.  Olympic decathlon champion Bruce Jenner was at the Academy covering the event for television.

    4 September 1997  --  The Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) statue, "The WASP Trainee," is dedicated.  The memorial was sculpted by Dorothy Swain Lewis, a WASP veteran.  She passed away on 9 September 2013, just shy of her 98th birthday.  The statue is displayed on the Honor Court.

    4 September 2007  --  Lowry Building 880, which served as the Commandant of Cadet's office from 1954 until 1958, is officially added to the National Register of Historic Places during a dedication ceremony.

    5 September 1964  --  The Academy hosts families of the new fourth classmen for the first time, an event that would grow into Parents' Weekend.

    5 September 1967  --  Captain Paul Raymond, Class of '65, is killed when his F-4C flies into a barrage of 37mm flak and crashes during a night armed reconnaissance mission just north of the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Vietnam.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    5 September 1973  --  First Lieutenant Phil Boggs, then a staff officer in the Academy's computer center, wins the men's three meter springboard title at the first World Aquatic Championships in Belgrade, Yugoslavia.  He went on to win the three meter springboard event at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Canada.

    6 September 1968  --  Captain David Risher, Class of '64, is killed when his C-130 crashes on landing at Bao Loc, South Vietnam.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    6 September 1992  --  The Academy women's soccer team plays its first game, losing 2-1 to the University of Northern Colorado.  Kim Schroeder, Class of '93, scored the team's first goal, assisted by Julie Pilkington, Class of '95.  Maggie Smith, Class of '96, was in goal.

    7 September 1959  --  Time magazine, in an article about the growing influence of the Air Force Academy and the academic changes made by its Dean of the Faculty, Brigadier General Robert McDermott, notes, "last week the Army and Navy moved in the same direction."

    7 September 1964  -  John Huetter, Jim McGorry, and Chuck Ryerson, Class of '65, and Pete Johnston, Class of '66, leap from the side of a Cessna 182 at an altitude of 5000 feet, thus performing the first four parachute jumps on Academy grounds.

    7 September 1984  --  The B-52 Memorial at the intersection of North Gate Boulevard and Stadium Boulevard is dedicated.  TheB-52 D bomber known as "Diamond Lil" was officially dedicated by General Bennie L. Davis, Commander-in-Chief of the Strategic Air Command.

    7 September 1992  --  The Academy women's soccer team earns the program's first win, a 1-0 victory over Regis University.

    7 September 2006  --  Supreme Court associate justice Samuel Alito visits the Academy.  He toured the Cadet Chapel, Mitchell Hall, and Cadet Squadron 14 before addressing more than 700 cadets in Arnold Hall.

    8 September 1975  --  Representatives of the federal service academies begin a two-day conference to discuss training requirements and concerns regarding the pending approval of legislation to admit female cadets.  Among other things, the group decided that training and standards would be coeducational as much as possible, and that female intercollegiate athletic programs would begin as soon as female cadets arrived.  The report was published on 20 October 1975.

    8 September 2000   --  The B-29 Superfortress statue is dedicated.  The memorial, sculpted by Robert Henderson, is displayed on the Honor Court.

    8 September 2005  --  "Jewel of the Rockies: USAFA's First 50 Years," the Public Broadcasting Service documentary, premieres in Arnold Hall.  Eleven days later, the program had its broadcast premiere on Rocky Mountain PBS.  It also appeared on PBS stations nationwide, as well as on The Pentagon Channel.

    8 September 2006  --  Air Education and Training Command's public affairs office announces that the Air Force's fleet of 110 T-3A Firefly aircraft will be destroyed.  The British-made trainer was grounded in 1997 after three Air Force Academy cadets and their three instructors died in crashes.

    8 September 2009  --  First Lieutenant Joseph Helton, Class of '07, is killed while on patrol in Balad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonates near his vehicle.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    8 September 2012  --  The Air Force Academy football team loses 31-25 to the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.  The attendance -- 112,522 -- is a record crowd for an Air Force game.

    9 September 1972  --  Captain Charles DeBellevue becomes the first navigator ace, with his fifth and sixth kills.  He earned his first four kills as Weapon Systems Operator for Captain Steve Ritchie, Class of '64.  DeBellevue had applied to, but been denied admission to, the Academy.  Following the Vietnam War, he attended pilot training at Williams AFB, Arizona.

    9 September 1972  --  Lieutenant General George Simler, former Academy Director of Athletics, is killed in a T-38 crash in Texas.  General Simler (he was posthumously promoted to four-star rank) conceived the idea of an annual competition between the Air Force, Army and Navy football teams, with the winner earning the Commander-in Chief's Trophy.  The series began in 1972, shortly after his death.  Air Force has won the trophy a record 18 times.

    9 September 1991  --  The Air Force Times publishes an article entitled "DoD to Seek Reviews on Academy Faculties."  The article acknowledged a change in thinking at Air Force, which was considering the importance of teaching credentials and experience.  A General Accounting Office (GAO) report had cited concerns from accrediting agencies and visiting civilian professors about the all-military faculty having high turnover and a subsequent lack of teaching experience.  It was another step toward adding civilians to the faculty.

    9 September 1992  --  Walter Netsch, lead architect of the Air Force Academy, presents the Academy with the Reynolds Aluminum Award he received in 1963 for excellence in design of the Cadet Chapel.  The Cadet Chorale sang at the ceremony in the Protestant Cadet Chapel.

    9 September 1996  --  The Friends of the Air Force Academy Library receives a donation from the Former Prisoners of Stalag Luft III for the maintenance and preservation of the Stalag Luft III collection.

    9 September 2004  --  The C46 Commando statue is dedicated.  The statue was sculpted by Richard Henderson, who used to fly a C46, and is displayed on the Honor Court.

    9 September 2006  --  The Air Force football team takes 11th ranked Tennessee to the limit, falling a two-point conversion short in the 31-30 loss before 105, 466 spectators in Knoxville.

    9 September 2008  --  Cadet Second Class Peter French, Class of '10, is named the Division I winner of the NCAA Sportsmanship Award.  During the 2008 Junior Men's Epee World Cup in Basel, Switzerland, French struck the floor in an attempt for his opponent's foot.  The scoring director awarded a point to French.  Immediately, he acknowledged the scoring mistake and asked that the point be removed from his score, a gesture not usually exhibited in international competition.

    9 September 2011  -- Two days prior to the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks, the Class of '76 dedicates the 9/11 Memorial on the Terrazzo during the class's 35-year reunion.  The memorial features a section of World Trade Center girder.

    10 September 1967  --  The U.S. Olympic Committee names the Air Force Academy as a site for high-altitude training for gymnasts and swimmers preparing for the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.

    10 September 1989  --  The first night football game in Falcon Stadium is held.  Portable lights were brought in for the 45-10 victory over Wyoming that was televised on ESPN.

    11 September 1880  --  School District 20, founded in 1874, is reorganized by County Superintendent James P. Easterly.  The district encompassed 36 square miles and served students from the communities of Edgerton, Monument Park (now Woodmen Valley), Breed, Cottonwood, and Pine Valley.

    11 September 1955  --  President Dwight Eisenhower visits the Academy site at Lowry Air Force Base, Denver, Colorado.

    11 September 2001  --  Two Academy graduates are killed during the terrorist attack.  Charles Jones, Class of '74, was a passenger aboard American Airlines Flight 11 that crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.  LeRoy Homer, Class of '87, was First Officer of United Airlines Flight 93 that crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  Their names appear on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    11 September 2008  --  The Academy's Life Sciences Research Center receives the Outstanding Partnership award from the Federal Laboratory Consortium for its partnership with Dr. Mike Wilcox on high-resolution surveillance capability based on the biomimetic study of fly-eye physiology.

    12 September 1961  --  The Schulmerich "Carillon Americana" bells instrument is dedicated.

    12 September 1983  --  The Permanent Professors' Art Gallery opens on the third floor of Fairchild Hall, in honor of all permanent professors at the Academy.

    13 September 1966  --  First Lieutenant John Skoro Jr., Class of '63, is killed when his F-100D is hit by ground fire during a strike on an automatic weapon position near Phu Xuan, South Vietnam.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    13 September 1966  --  Captain John Stackhouse, Class of '61, is killed when his  F-4C crashes on takeoff from Ubon Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    13 September 1991  --  Singer Judy Collins performs in Arnold Hall.

    13 September 2003  --  Tonight Show host Jay Leno appears at the Academy's Arnold Hall.

    14 September 1966  --  First Lieutenant Harold Knudsen Jr., Class of '63, is presumed killed when his F-4E aircraft fails to return to friendly airspace following an armed reconnaissance mission in Laos.  He was declared dead on 6 February 1979.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    14 September 1974  --  The Falcon Foundation votes to expand its Executive Committee and, for the first time, to include members who did not live in the Dallas, Texas, area.

    14 September 2002  --  James Brown, "The Godfather of Soul," performs at Arnold Hall.  He had also appeared at the Academy on 11 February 1979.

    14 September 2004  --  Marine Major Kevin Shea, Class of '89, is killed by rocket fire near Camp Fallujah, Iraq, while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom.  He was posthumously promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and his name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    15 September 1958  --  Life magazine runs an article, "Air Cadets Welcome Home," describing the Cadet Wing's move to its permanent site in Colorado Springs.

    15 September 1975  -- The Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association begin a two-week pre-season training visit to the Academy.  The team's appearance was very popular with cadets and staff and stimulated community interest in Academy activities.

    15 September 1990  --  During Homecoming, Captain Francis Gabreski, Class of '81, receives the 1990 Colonel James Jabara Airmanship Award.  He was honored for his work crucial to the successful deployment and employment of the AC-130H Spectre gunships prior to and during Operation Just Cause in Panama.  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 September 1992  --  The Academy's new $6.9 million commissary opens.

    15 September 2001  --  The remains of Major Victor Apodaca, Class of '61, are laid to rest at the Academy Cemetery.  He was killed in Vietnam in 1967, but it took more than 34 years for his remains to be recovered and identified.  The flying of the remains to Colorado required special approval due to all flying being cancelled after the 11 September terrorist attack.  The burial took place during the Class of '61 reunion.

    15 September 2002  --  The Air Force Inspection team arrives to evaluate the Academy headquarters staff, the 10th Air Base Wing, the 34th Training Wing, and the base's contingency operations.  The previous Unit Compliance Inspection was in 1992.

    16 September 1972  --  Operational Plan Number 36-72, "Integration of Females into the Cadet Wing" is published.  The Plan had a pink cover and came to be known as "The Pink Plan."  The Academy was very proactive in preparing for the admission of women, as the change would not be authorized until President Gerald Ford signed Public Law 94-106 more than three years later, on 7 October 1975.

    16 September 1995  --  Lieutenant General Benjamin O. Davis Jr. receives the 1995 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.

    16 September 2009  --  Jim Smith, Class of '74, is sworn in as the U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

    17 September 1972  --  First Lieutenant Michael Turose, Class of '70, is killed when his F-105G is hit by a surface-to-air missile and crashes into the sea.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    17 September 1975  -  Captain Judith Galloway becomes the first female to graduate from AM-490, and the first female to earn a DoD-approved set of jump wings.  Captain Galloway was assigned to the Academy to help in the planning for the arrival of female cadets in the Class of '80.

    17 September 1978  --  The rock band Foreigner performs at the Academy as part of the Allied Arts concert series.

    17 September 1994  --  The cadet parade field is dedicated as Stillman Field, in honor of Major General Robert M. Stillman, the first Commandant of Cadets.

    17 September 2001  --  The combined Cadet Choirs sing at an Interfaith Memorial Service for the 11September 2001 tragedies.  The service was held in the Protestant Cadet Chapel.

    17 September 2010  --  Singer and actor Frankie Avalon, one of the first "teen idols" in the 1950s, performs a concert at the Academy.

    18 September 1947  --  The Air Force officially becomes a separate service.  W. Stuart Symington was sworn in as the first Secretary of the Air Force.  With the Air Force a separate service, supporters intensified their push for a separate academy.

    18 September 1989  --  Dr. Mary Marlino is appointed as Director of the Educational Technology Center for the Dean.  The Center was established to centralize and direct exploration and development of technological opportunities in education.

    18 September 1990  --  John Loh, Class of '60, begins a term as Acting Chief of Staff of the Air Force.  He served in that capacity until 29 October 1990.

    18 September 1999  --  The Academy football team defeats the University of Washington 31-21.  The victory gave Air Force the nation's longest active winning streak, at 11 games.  The Falcons fell to Wyoming the following week.

    18 September 2004  --  Comedian and actor Paul Rodriguez performs in Arnold Hall.

    19 September 1966  --  Captain William Davis, Class of '59, is killed when his F-4C crashes in Ninh Thuan Province, South Vietnam, due to flight control failure.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    19 September 1987  --  At the Jabara Banquet at Mitchell Hall, Captain James Trinka, Class of '78, receives the 1987 Colonel James Jabara Airmanship Award.  He was honored for his heroic actions in saving his flamed-out F-16 and for his continuing professionalism.  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.

    19 September 1999  --  Pop/rock band Hootie and the Blowfish performs at Arnold Hall.

    19 September 2005  --  "Jewel of the Rockies: USAFA's First 50 Years," the Public Broadcasting Service documentary, airs on Rocky Mountain PBS for the first time.  The program, which had its world premiere in Arnold Hall on 8 September 2005, also appeared on PBS stations nationwide, as well as on the Pentagon Channel.

    20 September 1980  --  During the Homecoming Banquet at Mitchell Hall, Colonel Thomas LaPlante, Class of '61, receives the 1980 Colonel James Jabara Airmanship Award.  He distinguished himself as the Air Force's best aircraft engine manager while charged with the responsibility for the F-15, F-16, F-5, A-10, T-38, and C-5 engines.  He was the first Jabara winner who was not an operational pilot.  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.

    20 September 1985  --  The Computer Division receives $48,962 for the purchase of 14 microcomputers.

    20 September 1989 --  Lieutenant General Hansford "HT" Johnson, Class of '59, assumes command of the Military Airlift Command.  On 1 October 1989, he would become the first Air Force Academy graduate to achieve four-star rank.

    20 September 2008  --  Major Rodolfo Rodriguez, Class of '98, is killed by a suicide bomb attack on the Islamabad Marriott Hotel in Pakistan while serving in Operation Enduring Freedom.  The attack resulted in 56 fatalities and 280 injuries.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    20 September 2009  --  The Colonel Francis "Gabby" Gabreski Statue is dedicated.  Gabreski was the leading American air ace in Europe in World War II, and became an ace in the Korean War as well.  He  spent 10 months as a Prisoner of War at the end of WWII.  The statue is displayed on the Honor Court.

    20 September 2011  --  The repeal of "Don't ask, don't tell" takes effect, allowing and gay and lesbian cadets to serve openly.

    21 September 1966  --  First Lieutenant Karl Richter, Class of '64, shoots down a MiG-17, becoming at age 23 the youngest American pilot to shoot down a MiG over Vietnam.

    21 September 1994  --  The P-40 Warhawk statue is dedicated.  The memorial, sculpted by Robert Henderson, is displayed on the Honor Court and was donated by the P-40 Warhawk Pilot Association.

    22 September 1962  --  Falcon Stadium holds its first event, as 41,350 fans saw the Air Force football team defeat Colorado State University 34-0.  Cadet John Lorber, Class of '64, scored the first touchdown.  The Academy also held a Cadet Area open house that day, resulting in horrific traffic jams.  One observer reported traffic backups from Castle Rock to Pueblo.

    22 September 1963  --  The Cadet Chapel is dedicated by Chaplain (Major General) Robert Taylor, Air Force Chief of Chaplains.  Dignitaries included Cardinal Francis Spellman, Archbishop of New York (and the U.S. Military Vicar).  He dedicated the Catholic Chapel and donated the altar in the Catholic Chapel.

    22 September 1969  --  The comedy program "Here's Lucy - Lucy Goes to the Air Force Academy, part 1" starring Lucille Ball, airs on CBS.

    22 September 1970  --  The Association of Graduates issues its first life membership.

    22 September 1978  --  The Brigadier General Robinson Risner Trophy is dedicated.

    22 September 2003  --  Former Congresswoman Tillie Fowler releases her Report of the Panel to Review Sexual Misconduct Allegations at the U.S. Air Force Academy.  The report was done at the request of Congress and the panel consisted of seven private citizens.  It was critical of the Academy, but led to several positive changes.

    23 September 1961  --  The Academy football team opens its season with a 19-6 loss to UCLA.  It was Air Force's first night home game at Denver Stadium, and drew the largest crowd to watch an Air Force home game at Denver Stadium (27,500).

    23 September 1983  --  At the Alumni Banquet at the Four Seasons Hotel, Colonel Karol Bobko, Class of '59, and Major Neal Coyle, Class of '72, receive the 1983 Colonel James Jabara Airmanship Award.  Colonel Bobko was honored for his flight on the maiden voyage of the space shuttle Challenger, and Major Coyle for his superior airmanship in saving a B-52G and its 10-man crew after an in-flight emergency.  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.

    23 September 1989  --  During Homecoming, Lieutenant Colonel Robert Schnick, Class of '72, receives the 1989 Colonel James Jabara Airmanship Award.  He was recognized for his sustained superior performance as test director of the F-16 Multinational Staged Improvement Program, during which he directed evaluations and flew 25 hazardous test missions as the Air Force's chief F-16 Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night (LANTIRN) pilot.

    23 September 2000  --  Country singer Lorrie Morgan performs at Arnold Hall.

    24 September 2001  --  Chris Gizzi, Class of '97, carries the American flag onto the field for his Green Bay Packer team's game with the Washington Redskins, days after the 11 September 2011 terrorist bombings.  He had two tackles in the game.

    25 September 1945  --  Representative John Dingell of Michigan introduces HR4184, which provided for a military academy in Colorado wherein cadets for the Army and Air Corps would be trained.  The legislation did not advance.  Rep. Dingell had been married in Colorado Springs, where his oldest son was born.

    25 September 1955  --  the Class of '59 chooses the falcon as the Academy mascot.  The cadets also considered the tiger as a mascot.

    25 September 1955  --  During a visit to the Lowry Air Force Base campus of the Academy, President Dwight Eisenhower becomes the first person to grant "amnesty" for cadet infractions and punishments.

    25 September 1956  --  The first acceptance parade for a new class is held.

    25 September 1977  --  The Academy purchases two de Havilland UV-18B Twin Otters for $1.6 million dollars, and names them Congo 63 and 64.  The two planes are still used as the jump platforms.

    25 September 1978  --  The NCO club is dedicated, and named the Sam A. Milazzo NCO Open Mess.

    25 September 1998  --  The B-24 Liberator statue is dedicated.  The memorial, sculpted by Robert Henderson, is displayed on the Honor Court.  It was donated by the B-24 Groups Association in memory of the 18,000 Liberators that flew in every theater during World War II.

    25 September 2009  --  The Class of 1989 Heritage Trail Class Memorial dedication takes place.  The Memorial, located near Doolittle Hall, features a bronze vignette of Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Shea, Class of '89, who cross-commissioned into the U.S. Marine Corps and was killed in Iraq in September 2004.  The dedication took place during '89's twenty-year reunion.

    26 September 1947  --  General Carl Spaatz is sworn in as the first Air Force Chief of Staff.  General Spaatz was the 1968 recipient of the Academy's Thomas D. White Award, given annually since 1962 to a U.S. citizen who has contributed significantly to the national defense of the United States.

    26 September 1958  --  The Academy's weekly newspaper debuts, as Falconews Volume 1, Number 1, is published.  Front-page headlines included, "General Harmon Funeral Sunday."  The ongoing construction of base housing in Douglass Valley was also covered on the front page.  The issue had a Steve Canyon cartoon with the message, "For the staff of the first issue of the base newspaper from the permanent site."

    26 September 1997  --  During the Jabara Recognition Dinner at Doolittle Hall, Lieutenant Colonel David Scott, Class of '78, receives the 1997 Colonel James Jabara Airmanship Award.  He was honored for his sustained superior performance as a leader, squadron commander, operations officer, premier fighter tactician and F-16 instructor pilot.  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.

    26 September 2002  --   David Letterman does a bit on his Late Show on CBS with cadets giving "The Top Ten Reasons I Came to the Air Force Academy."  Reason number five:  "Free socks!"

    27 September 1958  --  The first wedding at the permanent site was performed in the Correll House, site of chapel services for staff and support personnel.  Dr. Armand Spitz, builder of the Academy planetarium, and Miss Grace Scholz were married at 10:00 a.m.  The ceremony was performed by Chaplain (Colonel) J. S. Bennett, the first protestant chaplain.

    27 September 1958  --  The first military wedding at the permanent site was performed in the Correll House, site of chapel services for staff and support personnel.  A/3C Lucien Dengate and Bonita McNeal were married by Chaplain (Major) Freddie Carlock at 4:00 p.m.

    27 September 1993  --  General Jimmy Doolittle, leader of the Doolittle Raid and namesake of the Association of Graduates' headquarters building, passes away in Pebble Beach, California.

    28 September 1954  --  The Secretary of the Air Force authorized the Superintendent to form an Air Force Academy Athletic Association to obtain funds for an athletic program.

    28 September 1958  -- Lieutenant General Hubert Harmon's ashes are inurned at the Academy Cemetery, the first funeral service at the facility.  General Harmon was the Academy's first Superintendent.

    28 September 1958  --  The formal announcement of The Falcon Foundation is made at the Air Force Association National Convention in Dallas.  Secretary of the Air Force James H. Douglas and Air Force Chief of Staff General Thomas D. White participated, along with Falcon Foundation President Major General Robert J. Smith.

    28 September 1958  --  The first Falcon Scholars begin prep school.

    29 September 1956  --  The first varsity soccer game takes place, a 3-3 tie with Colorado School of Mines.

    29 September 1956  --  The first varsity football game takes place, a 46-0 Falcon road win over the University of San Diego.  This game was unique in that both teams were playing their first varsity game.

    29 September 1968  --  Captain Wayne Newberry, Class of '63, is killed when his A-1H crashes as a result of enemy fire while on an operational mission over Southern Laos.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    29 September 1969  --  The comedy program "Here's Lucy - Lucy Goes to the Air Force Academy, part 2" starring Lucille Ball, airs on CBS.

    29 September 1972  --  Captain Michael Bosiljevac, Class of '67, ejects from his F-105G aircraft, is captured and dies in captivity four days later.  He was promoted to major posthumously.  He was declared dead on 20 July 1980 and his remains were returned on 24 September 1987.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    29 September 1979  --  During the Homecoming Banquet, Major Mart Bushnell, Class of '64, receives the 1979 Colonel James Jabara Airmanship Award.  He distinguished himself through extraordinary airmanship as the Air-to-Air Weapons Integration Project Manager for the F-15 tactical fighter.  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.

    29 September 2004  --  General John Jumper, the Air Force Chief of Staff, dedicates the Core Values Ramp.  The words "Integrity First, Service Before Self, Excellence in All We Do" are unveiled above the battle ramp, more than a year after the words "Bring Me Men" were removed.

    29 September 2010  --  :Lieutenant Colonel (Retied) Dick Rutan speaks at the Academy on "Recalling the MISTY Years."  A distinguished Air Force pilot (Silver Star, five Distinguished Flying Crosses), he is most known for the Rutan Voyager, the first aircraft to fly around the world without stopping or refueling.  He and Jeana Yeager piloted it on the nine- day mission that ended on 23 December 1986.

    30 September 1971  --  First Lieutenant Ronald Bond, Class of '69, is presumed killed when his F-4E aircraft fails to return to friendly airspace following an armed reconnaissance mission in Laos.  He was promoted to Captain while missing, and was declared dead on 6 February 1979.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    30 September 1971  --  Captain Halton Vincent, Class of '66, and First Lieutenant George Kamenicky, Class of '69, are killed when their A-1E  aircraft is hit by small arms fire and crashes on a mission over Plain of Jars, Laos.  It was Captain Vincent's first combat mission.  Their names appear on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    30 September 1976  --  The Colorado Springs Sun publishes "Women Cadets Fear Femininity Loss."  Some of the female cadets indicated that, while they wanted equal treatment, they missed feeling like women.

    30 September 1990  --  Major Peter Hook, Class of '76, is killed while flying a training mission over the Persian Gulf.  He became the first Air Force Academy graduate and the first Air Force pilot to die in Operation Desert Shield when his F-15E aircraft inexplicably burst into flames and crashed in Saudi Arabia.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    30 September 1995  --  The Frank J. Seiler Research Laboratory closes.  The laboratory was established in 1962 to conduct research in chemistry, applied mathematics, and aerospace mechanics and to provide a means for supporting faculty and cadet research.

    30 September 1996  --  Captain Clay Smith, Class of '89, and  Cadet Dennis Rando, Class of '97, are killed in a T-3A Firefly accident in Ramah, Colorado.  In Cadet Rando's honor, the USAFA Cadet Parents Association of Eastern Massachusetts, working in concert with the Academy, established The Dennis P. Rando Cadet Humanitarian Fund for the primary purpose of funding the travel costs of a cadet honor guard attending the funeral services of a fellow cadet.

    30 September 1996  --  A Fiscal Year 1992 Defense Authorization Bill provision goes into effect, requiring all officers commissioned after this date to receive reserve commissions.  Since the first class graduated in 1959, Academy graduates had been given regular commissions when they entered active duty.

    30 September 2002  --  The Headquarters 10th Support Group is redesignated as the 10th Mission Support Group.  It remained assigned to the 10th Air Base Wing.

    30 September 2012  --  The Academy Cyber Competition Team places first of 331 undergraduate teams from the U.S. and Canada in the NYU Poly Cyber Security Awareness Week Capture the Flag qualifying round.