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    60th Anniversary of USAFA continues with August historical dates

     

    THIS DAY IN AIR FORCE ACADEMY HISTORY - AUGUST

    STEVEN A. SIMON, USAFA '77

    ACADEMY DEVELOPMENT AND ALUMNI PROGRAMS OFFICE

    1 August 1956 -- Brigadier General Robert F. mcDermott becomes the second Dean of the Faculty. He served until 31 July 1968 and is considered the father of modern military education.

    1 August 1968 -- Brigadier General William Woodyard becomes the Academy's third Dean of the Faculty.

    1 August 1968 -- First Lieutenant Joseph Ross, Class of '66, is presumed killed when his F-4D does not return from a night strike mission in North Vietnam.  His aircraft rolled in on a group of trucks and his wingman observed a large explosion near the target.  Radio contact was unsuccessful and no parachutes were observed.  Promoted to Captain while missing, he was declared dead on 12 March 1975.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    1 August 1969 -- Captain Tommy Callies, Class of '65, is killed when his F-4 crashes after being hit by hostile ground fire while attacking enemy troop concentrations near Quang Ngai, Vietnam.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    1 August 1970 -- Lieutenant General Albert Patton (A.P.) Clark becomes the Academy's sixth Superintendent, assuming command from Lieutenant General Thomas Moorman.  General Clark was known for his incarceration as a World War II Prisoner of War in the notorious Stalag Luft III, a facility immortalized in the 1963 Steve McQueen movie, "The Great Escape."

    1 August 1974 -- Lieutenant General James Allen becomes the Academy's seventh Superintendent, succeeding Lieutenant General A.P. Clark.  General Allen received praise for his leadership during the initial admission of female cadets in 1976.

    1 August 1991 -- Colonel Ruben Cubero, Class of '61, succeeds Brigadier General Erlind Royer as Dean of the Faculty.  Cubero, the second Academy graduate to serve in the position, was promoted to Brigadier General two days later.

    1 August 1993 -- The Academy begins hosting the World Police and Fire Games.  The eight-day Olympic-style event involved nearly 6,000 competitors from 25 countries.  Opening Ceremonies were held in Falcon Stadium.

    1 August 1997 -- Lieutenant General Tad Oelstrom, Class of '65, assumes command of the Academy from Lieutenant General Paul Stein, Class of '66, becoming the Academy's fourteenth Superintendent.

    1 August 2004 -- Brigadier General David A. Wagie, Class of '72, retires as Dean of Faculty.  In October, Brigadier General Dana Born, Class of '83, would succeed him.

    1 August 2004 -- Dr. Hans Mueh, Brigadier General, Retired, Class of '66, becomes the second Academy graduate to serve as Director of Athletics.  He succeeded the first, Colonel Randy Spetman, Class of '76.

    1 August 2005 -- The Department of Military & Strategic Studies is activated.

    1 August 2005 -- William Looney, Class of '72, pins on his fourth star, making him the first Falcon Scholar to attain the rank of General.  The Falcon Foundation began granting Falcon Scholarships in 1958.

    1 August 2008 -- General Norton Schwartz, Class of '73, becomes the third Air Force Academy graduate to serve as Air Force Chief of Staff.

    1 August 2008 -- General William Looney, Class of '72, retires as Commander, Air Education and Training Command.  He also commanded a flight, a fighter squadron, two fighter wings, an air expeditionary force, a military college, a warfare center, a numbered air force and two acquisition centers.  He commanded more organizations than any other officer in Air Force history.

    2 August 1909 -- The U.S. Signal Corps accesses its first aircraft, a Wright brothers product.  The aircraft, "Signal Corps Aeroplane Number 1," is currently on display at the National Air and Space Museum.

    2 August 1969 -- First Lieutenant Hal Henderson, Class of '67, is killed when his O-2A collides with an Army CH-47C helicopter west of Chu Lai, South Vietnam, while en route to a visual reconnaissance mission.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    2 August 1996 -- David DeGraaf, Class of '93, representing the United States in team handball at the Atlanta Olympic Games, scores three goals, including the game winner as time expires, against Algeria.

    3 August 1958 -- The Chicago Sun-Times runs a comic strip depicting Steve Canyon visiting the newly constructed Air Force Academy.

    3 August 2012 -- The Association of Graduates names Janet Edwards an Honorary Member.  Ms. Edwards has been the Academy's Mortuary Affairs Officer since 1992.  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 August 1972 -- Captain Francis Townsend, Class of '70, is killed when his F-4C is hit by anti-aircraft artillery and crashes near Mob Mon within the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Vietnam.  He did not survive ejection.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    3 August 1977 -- Cadet First Class Edward Rice Jr. is named Wing Commander, making him the first African-American commander of the Cadet Wing, effective 8 August.

    4 August 1954 -- Major General Charles Carpenter, Chief of Air Force Chaplains, calls for the construction of two chapels--one 600 seat facility for Protestant and Jewish cadets, and another for Catholics.

    5 August 2001 -- The first notebook computers are issued to members of the Class of '05 (Dell Latitude C600, Intel Pentium III/850, 256MB RAM, 20 GB hard drive, 14-inch screen).

    6 August 1956 -- The first of 92 initial construction contracts, for the sanitary sewer system, is completed.

    6 August 1957 -- The House of Representatives votes to approve $5 million for the Cadet Chapel and sends the bill to the Senate.  The design of the chapel created great controversy and led to many delays in the project.

    6 August 1958 -- House Resolution 7140 is approved.  The act amended Title 10, United States Code, to authorize a registrar at the United States Air Force Academy and the United States Military Academy.

    6 August 2006 -- Cadet squadrons 37, 38, 39, and 40 are reactivated.  The four squadrons had been deactivated in 1999 as the number of authorized cadets was reduced.  The return of the squadrons provided expanded leadership opportunities for cadets.

    7 August 1956 -- Lieutenant George Frederick is killed in the crash of an F-86 near Lowry AFB, Colorado, becoming the fourth Air Training Officer to die during the first two years of the Academy's existence.

    7 August 1958 -- Approximately $500 in items are stolen during a burglary of the souvenir shop located on Road 10 (the north gate road).  Some of the items were found in April 1959.

    7 August 1990 -- The first computers with hard drives are issued to members of the Class of '94 (UNISYS 386SX with 2 MB RAM, 16 MHz CPU, and 40 MB hard drive).

    7 August 2006 -- The first tablet computers are issued to members of the Class of '10 (Gateway M280G, Intel Pentium M/750, 1.86 GHz CPU, 1 GB DDR RAM, 40 GB hard drive, 14-inch active matrix screen).

    7 August 2009 -- Air Force Global Strike Command stands up, with Lieutenant General Frank Klotz, Class of '73, as the first commander.  The Command's mission is to "Develop and provide combat-ready forces for nuclear deterrence and global strike operations -- safe, secure, effective -- to support the President of the United States and Combatant Commanders."

    8 August 1948 -- At the request of Secretary of the Air Force, W. Stuart Symington, a conference of fifteen civilians and officers is convened to establish guidelines for an air academy.  The group is led by General Muir Fairchild, the vice chief of staff (and future namesake of the Academy's academic building).

    8 August 1957 -- The Washington Evening Star publishes a photograph of the long-awaited chapel model.  This publicity reignites the controversy over the design and leads to another wave of strong opinions about the unconventional design.  Among those:  Senator Ralph Flanders of Vermont said, "The proposed structure is a deliberate insult to God almighty."

    8 August 1966 -- First Lieutenant Patrick Wynne, Class of '63, is killed when his F-4C is hit by anti-aircraft artillery fire and crashes during an armed reconnaissance mission.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.  His Academy ring was missing for forty years, but was eventually returned to the Wynne family, which in turn donated it to the Academy.  It is on display with the Class of '63 goblets in Arnold Hall.

    8 August 1980 -- The Visiting Associate Program is initiated; it is related to the Distinguished Visiting Professor Program.

    8 August 1980 -- A new voluntary Academic Honors Program is initiated, centering on the core curriculum.  It was put into effect for the Class of '82 and subsequent classes.

    8 August 1984 -- Alonzo Babers, Class of '83, wins the gold medal in the 400 meter dash at the 1984 Olympic Summer Games in Los Angeles, the first of two gold medal he would win in LA.  He is the only Academy grad gold medalist.

    8 August 1995 -- The first computers with CD drives are issued to members of the Class of '99 (Applied Computer Technology ACT Pentium 75, 16 MB RAM, 540 MB hard drive, Mitsumi Quad Speed CD).

    8 August 1996 -- Classes start in the new Consolidated Education and Training Facility (CETF).

    9 August 1969 -- Captain Laurent Gourley, Class of '66, is killed when his F-100F Misty FAC is lost near the A Shau Valley during a visual reconnaissance mission.  Other aircrew heard Captain Gourley radio that the aircraft had been hit and that they were going to eject.  A witness reported seeing at least one parachute.  He was considered missing until 29 November 1978, and was promoted to major while missing.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    9 August 1994 -- The first computers with sound cards are issued at the Academy, to members of the Class of '98.

    9 August 1994 -- Colonel David P. Csintyan assumes command of the air base wing, originally designated Detachment 3 (notionally called the 54th Air Base Wing).  It would be redesignated as the 10th Air Base Wing later in the year.

    9 August 1995 -- Glacier, a white phase gyrfalcon that had been at the Academy since being taken from its nest in Alaska in 1980, dies of cancer.  The falcon is on display in the Field House concourse.

    10 August 1970 -- Major Grant Waugh, Class of '60, is killed when his C-123K loses an engine and crashes on landing at Cam Ranh Bay in Khang Hoa Province, South Vietnam.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    10 August 2004 -- FalconWorks, a nonprofit organization created to develop technology from the Academy and license it for commercial use, is launched in Colorado Springs.

    10 August 2012 -- General Mark Welsh, Class of '76, becomes the fourth Air Force Academy graduate to serve as Air Force Chief of Staff.

    10 August 2013 -- The official 40-inch by 50-inch portrait of the Superintendent, Lieutenant. General Mike Gould, Class of '76, is unveiled at his retirement dinner at the Falcon Stadium Press Box.  The painting was created "in house" by Academy graphics department illustrator Chris Hureau, saving the Academy approximately $6,500.  The Academy had contracted outside artists for every previous Superintendent's portrait.

    11 August 1971 -- The Academy hosts the Fifth Annual National AAU Junior Olympics.  More than 650 high school athletes participated in track and field, swimming and diving, judo, and gymnastics.

    11 August 1977 -- Academy officials concur with an Air Staff proposal to increase the active duty service commitment for Undergraduate Pilot Training graduates from five years to six years.  The change would become effective in June 1979.

    11 August 1984 -- Alonzo Babers, Class of '83, wins the gold medal in the 4-by-400 meter relay at the 1984 Olympic Summer Games in Los Angeles, his second gold medal of the Games.  He is the only Academy grad gold medalist.

    11 August 1986 -- The first cadet computer issue takes place, with members of to the Class of '90 receiving Zenith 248s (with 512 KB RAM, dual floppy, and 6MHz CPU).

    12 August 1965 -- Lieutenant General Thomas Moorman, the Academy Superintendent, establishes the Association of Graduates.  Captain Dick Matthews, Class of '60, was the first AOG Alumni Secretary.  The AOG was initially located in Harmon Hall, with a staff of four civilians.

    12 August 1971 -- First Lieutenant John Rydlewicz, Class of '69, is killed when his OV-10A is shot down by ground fire and crashes northwest of Xa Phan Thiet, Republic of Vietnam.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    12 August 1986 -- A groundbreaking ceremony is held for the 40,000 square foot addition/renovation to Mitchell Hall.  The $7.5 million project was completed in July 1988.

    12 August 2013 -- Lieutenant General Michelle Johnson, Class of '81, becomes the first female to serve as Air Force Academy Superintendent.  She is the first woman to be superintendent at one of the three Department of Defense service academies.  Coast Guard Rear Admiral Sandra Stosz was the first woman to lead a U.S. academy, becoming superintendent of the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, in 2011.

    13 August 1970 -- Captain Alan Cheeseman, Class of '66, and Captain George Henry, Class of '67, are killed when their CH-3 helicopter crashes north of Ubon, Thailand, when hit by enemy fire while on a training mission.  Their names appear on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    14 August 1909 -- A large train wreck occurs in Husted, just south of what is now the North Gate.  The northbound and southbound passenger trains collided, resulting in 11 deaths and 42 injuries.

    14 August 1954 -- The Air Force Academy is activated, with three employees, to include the Superintendent, Lieutenant General Hubert R. Harmon.

    14 August 2001 -- The Athletic Department breaks ground on the Falcon Athletic Center building, situated between the Cadet Gymnasium and the Field House.

    14 August 2013 -- Cadet First Class William Kent, Class of '14, an Academy track and field athlete, wins the NCAA Student-Athlete Sportsmanship Award.  During a meet in February, Kent saw that his weight throw toss had been measured at 19.55 meters.  Knowing he did not throw that far, he approached the official to ensure the correct distance was recorded.  Initially, the official insisted the distance was accurate, but upon further discussion with Kent, he lowered the mark to 18.55 meters.

    15 August 1979 -- Cadet Julie Richards, Class of '80, becomes the first Academy female cadet to solo in the T-41 program.  (Cadet Richards was also the subject of an iconic Academy photo taken as she reported for basic training, standing in front of the "Bring Me Men" ramp.)

    16 August 1979 -- Robert Nieman, Class of '70, becomes the first American to win the International Modern Pentathlon Individual World Championship, in Budapest.  This is the first world championship title in any sport ever won by a cadet or graduate.  He competed in the 1976 and 1988 Olympics (and made the 1980 team, but the United States boycotted the Moscow Games).

    16 August 2005 -- The Falcon Foundation donates the Murray Green Papers, documenting the life of General of the Air Force Henry "Hap" Arnold, to the Academy's McDermott Library.

    16 August 2006 -- Military strategist and aviation pioneer Colonel John R. Boyd, U.S. Air Force, retired, posthumously receives the 2004 Thomas D. White Award.  His son and daughter accepted the award at a Mitchell Hall Staff Tower luncheon.  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 August 2011 -- Cadet Third Class Craig Nowadly, Class of '13, is singled out by the Air Force Surgeon General, Lieutenant General Bruce Green, for having the best cadet poster presentation at the annual USAF Medical Research Symposium in Washington, D.C.  Nowadly received the award for his work with the Life Sciences Research Center.

    17 August 1959 -- Major General William Stone becomes the Academy's third Superintendent, taking the reins from Major General James Briggs, who was promoted to Lieutenant General and assumed command of the Air Training Command at Randolph AFB, Texas.

    17 August 1959 -- Grace Lake, the Academy's newest recreation area, opens.  The site, named Farish Memorial ten days later, is located in the Rampart Range area, four miles from the western boundary of the Academy, but by car a drive of more than 40 miles.  The Air Force Academy Foundation purchased the first 60-acre increment of what is now a 655-acre facility.

    17 August 1970 -- Captain Steven Melnick, Class of '65, and Captain James Wood, Class of '65, are killed when their F-4E crashes after encountering anti-aircraft fire during a night strike mission southwest of DaNang.  Their names appear on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    18 August 1958 -- Newsweek runs a strip depicting comic characters Steve Canyon and his cousin Poteet visiting the Academy.  In it, Poteet says, "I feel downright futuristic, lookin' at this spankin'-new Air Force Academy."

    18 August 1969 -- First Lieutenant Daniel Davis, Class of '67, is killed while piloting an O-1 aircraft over Laos.  He was declared missing at the time of estimated fuel exhaustion.  Subsequently, gun camera film from an F-105 revealed a mid-air collision between Lieutenant Davis' O-1 and an F-105 he was controlling over a target.  His remains were returned in 1995.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    19 August 1967 -- Captain Donald Stevens, Class of '60, performs the mission for which he would receive the first-ever Colonel James Jabara Award for Airmanship, awarded in 1968.  Flying a forward air control mission in an unarmed 0-2A, he directed the recovery of a wounded American soldier.  During his two and one-half hours in the target area, he repeatedly made passes at an altitude of 50 feet, accurately marking the position of the soldier, despite constant enemy ground fire.

    19 August 1968 -- Construction on the 25,000 square foot Academy Hospital addition begins.  The expansion would include outpatient clinics and auxiliary medical services.

    19 August 1995 -- Joseph Kruzel Jr., Class of '67, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Policy, is killed while on a peace-keeping mission in Bosnia.  A rain-soaked dirt road collapsed beneath the armored personnel carrier in which he was riding, sending the vehicle rolling down a 500-meter slope.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    20 August 1962 -- Dan Twomey, Class of '67, is offered a Falcon Scholarship.  He attended the University of Santa Clara, then the Air Force Academy, and became the second Falcon Foundation Rhodes Scholar.  Bart Holaday, Class of '65, was the first.

    20 August 1990 -- Colonel Robert Foerster, Class of '65, becomes the first Academy graduate appointed as Director of Admissions.

    20 August 2008 -- The Minuteman III missile is removed from the  area in front of the Cadet Field House.  The static display had stood at that location since December 1971.  The deterioration of the stability of the missile body and the presence of asbestos forced its removal and precluded its being reassembled elsewhere on the Academy.

    21 August 1941 -- The 10th Air Base Wing, which in 1994 will be reactivated at the Air Force Academy, is activated as the 73rd Observation Group in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

    21 August 1970 -- Japanese language instruction is added to the foreign language curriculum, a service academy first.

    21 August 1992 -- The dedication ceremony for Doolittle Hall, the Association of Graduates building, takes place.  The 35,000 square foot facility is located on 12 acres of leased land just west of the (then) Officers' Club.

    21 August 2010 -- Captain Joseph A. Hext, Class of '02, flies the mission for which he received the 2012 Colonel James Jabara Award for Airmanship.  Captain Hext, an A-10 flight lead, distinguished himself through his heroic actions in an Operation ENDURING FREEDOM sortie supporting United States Special Operations and Afghan National Army ground forces in Oruzgan Province, Afghanistan.

    22 August 1967 -- Major Burke Morgan, Class of '61, is killed when his A-26A loses radar and radio contract and presumably crashes during a road reconnaissance mission in northern Laos.  He was considered missing until declared dead on 4 June 1971.  His remains were buried at the Academy on 7 September 2006.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    22 August 1997 -- The B-17 Flying Fortress statue is dedicated.  The memorial, donated by the 305 Bomb Group Memorial Association and sculpted by Robert Henderson, is displayed on the Honor Court.

    23 August 1962 -- The Academy begins hosting the Fourth Annual National Model Rocket Championships.  More than 100 contestants from all parts of the country participated.

    23 August 1967 -- Captain Francis Midnight, Class of '64, is killed when his F-4D is hit by ground fire and crashes during a mission south of Dong Hoi.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    23 August 1968 -- Captain Harreld Martin, Class of '62, is killed during a hostile rocket attack on DaNang Air Base, South Vietnam.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    23 August 1968 -- Captain Francis Setterquist, Class of '66, is killed when his RF-4C is lost and presumed shot down on a night reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam.  He was declared missing until 16 September 1976.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    23 August 1992 -- The P-38 Lightning statue is dedicated.  The memorial, sculpted by Robert Henderson, is displayed on the Honor Court.

    24 August 1998 -- A Headquarters Air Force Personnel Center message announces the increase of the pilot training commitment from eight years to ten years.  The change would go into effect for those who entered pilot training on or after 1 November 1999.

    25 August 2006 -- A regular-season record crowd of 3,206 spectators packs the Cadet Soccer Stadium as the Academy men's team and service-academy rival Army battle to a 1-1 tie.  Earlier in the evening, the women's team fell 1-0 to the University of Texas El Paso.

    25 August 2009 -- The Air Force Academy Facebook page is created.

    26 August 1968 -- Captain Robert Bull, Class of '61, is killed when his C-7 crashes after being hit by hostile ground fire while on a combat resupply mission in Long Khanh province in South Vietnam.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    26 August 1985 -- The Department of Political Science sponsors former president Jimmy Carter, who speaks on "National Priorities, A Changing World."

    26 August 2001 -- Comedian and game show host Wayne Brady performs in Arnold Hall.

    26 August 2002 -- The Academy announces curriculum changes, to include a reduction in credit hour requirements, the addition of a mandatory freshmen engineering class, and new language requirements for social sciences and humanities majors.

    26 August 2010 -- Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is presented the 2009 Thomas D. White Award.  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.

    27 August 1959 -- The Farish Memorial Recreation Area is formally dedicated for use by cadet and Academy staff.  It is named for First Lieutenant William S. Farish Jr., who was killed in World War II.  His mother donated funds to the Air Force Academy Foundation for the purchase of the property.  The 655-acre site is located west of the Academy near Woodland Park, at an altitude of 9,000 feet.

    27 August 1973 -- Female waitresses are employed for the first time in the Cadet Dining Hall.

    28 August 1959 -- After years of delays due to the controversy surrounding the design, a groundbreaking ceremony marks the beginning of construction on the Cadet Chapel.  The Robert E. McKee Construction Company of Santa Fe, New Mexico, built the facility that was designed by Walter Netsch of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.

    28 August 1972 -- Captain Steve Ritchie, Class of '64, becomes the first Air Force Academy graduate pilot ace.  He was the Air Force's only pilot ace of the Vietnam War.  For his accomplishments, he received the 1972 Colonel James Jabara Award for Airmanship.

    28 August 1972 -- Captain Mikki King wins the three-meter springboard diving gold medal at the Olympic Summer Games in Munich.  The following year, she would become the Academy's diving coach.

    28 August 1976 -- Lieutenant Colonel Ervin Rokke, Class of '62, becomes the first Academy graduate to be invested as a Permanent Professor.

    28 August 1979 -- The Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Presidents' Council votes in a conference call to accept Air Force as a WAC member, with mesbership effective 1 July 1980.

    28 August 2006 -- Brigadier General Robert McDermott, Dean of the Faculty from 1956 until 1968, and the namesake of the cadet library, passes away in San Antonio.  Due to the many innovations he made, he has been called the "father of modern military education."

    29 August 1958 -- An advance party of 60 cadets moves to the new quarters at the permanent home of the Academy.  (Source:  Falconews, 28 August 1959 issue).

    29 August 1961 -- The first class, consisting of 200 students, enters the Air Force Academy Preparatory School.  The school graduated 138 fully qualified candidates in 1962, 98 of whom accepted appointments to the Air Force Academy.

    29 August 1965 -- First Lieutenant Robert Carn Jr., Class of '62, is killed while on a reconnaissance mission over dense Viet Cong Jungle.  He was serving as a Forward Air Controller with the Airborne Brigade, Army of the Republic of Vietnam, when his O-1F aircraft collided with another reconnaissance aircraft.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    29 August 1995 -- Captain David Hawkens, Class of '86, is killed when his U-2R aircraft crashes shortly after takeoff from RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom, on a mission to Bosnia in support of Operation Deny Flight.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    29 August 1995 -- The soccer stadium is dedicated.  The stadium dedication was followed by men's and women's exhibition games.

    29 August 2008 -- The largest falcon statue in the United States is dedicated in front of Falcon Stadium.  The bronze sculpture, valued at $400,000, has a wing span of 24 feet and weighs 10,000 pounds.  It was created by Jon Hair, and given to the Academy by Irwin "Ike" Belk, who funded similar giant mascots at other colleges.

    29 August 2013 -- Supreme Court associate justice Sonia Sotomayor visits the Academy and holds an open forum for approximately 50 cadets and 20 faculty members from the Academy's Law and Political Science Departments to share her experiences about life as a justice on the nation's highest court.

    30 August 1958 -- Members of the Class of '62, having completed Basic Cadet Training at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, are bussed to the north entrance to the permanent Academy site.  Led by upperclassmen and Air Training Officers, and with 400 cadets lining the route, they march the 4 ½ miles to the Cadet Area, finishing by marching up the ramp.  Construction continues throughout the campus. (Source:  Falconews, 28 August 1959 issue).

    30 August 2006 -- The 34th Training Wing is redesignated The Commandant of Cadets, reversing a change made in November 1994.

    31 August 1969 -- Major James Morton, Class of '60, is killed when his F-4E is struck by hostile fire and crashes in Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam.  His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.

    31 August 1991 -- Comedian and actor Bob Newhart performs in Arnold Hall.

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