THIS DAY IN AIR FORCE ACADEMY HISTORY - DECEMBER
STEVEN A. SIMON, USAFA '77
ACADEMY DEVELOPMENT AND ALUMNI PROGRAMS OFFICE
1 December 1955 -- The first Dean of the Faculty, Brigadier General Don Zimmerman, is reassigned. Brigadier General McDermott would replace him in August 1956.
1 December 1962 -- While attending the Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia, President John Kennedy observes that Navy had a larger contingent than Army. Upon learning the schools' sizes were different, he instructs the Department of Defense to study why all the service academies were not the same size. The result was legislation signed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964 that authorized Army and Air Force to expand from 2,529 to 4,417 students.
1 December 1963 -- The first wedding in the Catholic Chapel is held.
1 December 1967 -- Legendary fighter pilot Colonel Robin Olds becomes Commandant of Cadets. He was a triple ace, with seventeen kills in World War II and Vietnam. Upon assuming the Commandant position, he shaved his iconic mustache. Colonel Olds was the Academy's sixth Commandant and, oddly, the first whose last name didn't begin with an "S." He was promoted to Brigadier General on 1 June 1968.
1 December 1978 -- Harold "Pete" Todd, Class of '59, becomes the first Air Force Academy graduate promoted to the rank of Brigadier General.
1 December 1999 -- Major General Paul K. Carlton Jr. is promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General. In October 1999, he had become the first Academy graduate to serve as Surgeon General of the United States Air Force. He was also the first Academy graduate to make flag rank in the Air Force's Medical Corps, which he did in 1991. He served as Surgeon General until December 2002.
1 December 2001 -- The Academy football team defeats Utah by a score of 38-37 in a home game that had been rescheduled from 15 September due to the 9/11 tragedy.
2 December 1971 -- The room in the Special Collections section of the Library that hosts the Colonel Richard Gimbel Aeronautical Collection is officially renamed the Gimbel Room. The collection includes more than 10,000 books, prints, and other items relating to the beginnings of flight, among them Sumerian seals dating to 2700 BC.
2 December 1982 -- The public areas of the expanded library, covering what had been open terrazzo, are opened.
2 December 1986 -- The Academy takes possession of the F-4 that was involved in a Vietnam War-record six MiG kills, to include the first and fifth kills by ace Steve Ritchie, Class of '64. The aircraft is still displayed on the Terrazzo, near Mitchell Hall.
2 December 1989 - Cadet Dee Dowis, Class of '90, finishes sixth in the balloting for the Heisman Trophy, emblematic of the nation's most outstanding college football player. This was the highest finish ever for an Air Force Academy player. University of Houston quarterback Andre Ware won the award.
2 December 2013 -- The Academy's Large Vehicle Inspection Site (the acronym is pronounced "Elvis") opens near the South Gate.
3 December 1954 -- The Norman Rockwell Painting "Jet Fighter Pilot" is sent to the Air Force Academy at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver. The painting depicts WWII and Korean War fighter pilot Major Alexander J. Melancon from San Antonio, Texas. The painting was originally made for the U.S.A.F. Recruiting Service, and appeared on several television programs, including The Fred Waring Show.
3 December 1955 -- The Air Force basketball program gets off to a winning start, as the team defeats the Regis' "B" team 79-68 in its first-ever game, with Bob Beckel scoring 29 points.
3 December 1958 -- Nearly 200 airmen and firemen extinguish a brush fire that threatened to destroy a portion of newly erected Capehart housing units in Douglass Valley.
3 December 1961 -- Musician, bandleader and radio-television personality Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians perform at the Academy as part of the Allied Arts program. The show was called "Let Freedom Ring."
3 December 1961 -- A Cadet Wing-centered edition of the "Candid Camera" television show airs in Arnold Hall. The CBS program, a creation of television producer Allan Funt, was filmed before and during the 8 October Air Force football game at Southern Methodist University.
3 December 1997 -- The second Child Development Center, located in Pine Valley, opens to the public. The facility was designed to serve 250 children between the ages of six weeks to five years of age.
3 December 2006 -- Academy football coach Fisher DeBerry records his final coach's show. The Academy media office had recorded the program in its Fairchild Hall studio since the show was brought in-house in August 1997. The program aired locally on KOAA, and was also broadcast overseas on Armed Forces Radio & Television Service (AFRTS).
3 December 2010 -- The Academy Cyber Competition Team competes in its first intercollegiate competition, the International Capture the Flag, placing 12th of 72 teams.
3 December 2013 -- The first telescope of the Academy's Falcon Telescope Network is installed at Otero Junior College, La Junta, Colorado, by members of the Department of Physics' Center for Space Situational Awareness Research, led by its director, Dr. Francis Chun, Class of '83. This was the first of the planned 12 Falcon Telescope Network sites set to open around the world by 2015.
4 December 1959 -- Air Force Regulation 23-23 officially states that the mission of the Academy is to provide " instruction, experience, and motivation to each cadet so that he will graduate with the knowledge, character, and qualities of leadership essential to his progressive development as a career officer in the United States Air Force."
4 December 1963 -- Cadet Terry Isaacson, Class of '64, becomes the first Air Force football player to place in the voting for the Heisman Trophy, emblematic of the nation's most outstanding college football player. He finished eighth in the balloting, which was won by Navy quarterback Roger Staubach.
4 December 1983 -- The Cadet Chorale performs in the Sixth Annual Kennedy Center Honors, honoring Jimmy Stewart, a retired Brigadier General in the Air Force Reserve. The Chorale joined Carol Burnett in singing "Easy to Love," the only song Stewart sang in his career of more than eighty movies.
4 December 2012 -- Former Academy football player Scott Thomas, Class of '86, is inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame at the 55th National Football Foundation Annual Awards Dinner held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. Thomas, a consensus All-American, gained national attention after his F-16 went down over enemy territory in 1991 during Operation Desert Storm.
5 December 1960 -- Dartmouth Professor Louis Morton delivers the third Harmon Lecture.
5 December 1991 -- The Fiscal Year 1992 Defense Authorization Bill is signed into law by President George H. W. Bush, requiring all officers commissioned after 30 September 1996 to enter the service with a reserve commission. Since the first class graduated in 1959, Academy graduates had been given regular commissions when they entered active duty.
5 December 1998 -- The Academy football team wins its only outright Western Athletic Conference (WAC) title with a come-from-behind 14-13 win over Brigham Young University in the conference championship game played in Las Vegas. It was the final conference game for both schools, which were among those that broke from the WAC and formed the Mountain West Conference the following summer.
5 December 2006 -- Chad Hennings, Class of '88, is inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame during a dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. The cadet a capella group In The Stairwell sang the National Anthem at the dinner.
5 December 2008 -- Members of the Class of '80 and Academy officials dedicate two tributes to the female Air Training Officers. As lieutenants, these 12 women guided the first group of female cadets when they arrived in 1976. One display is in Doolittle Hall, the other in Arnold Hall.
6 December 1985 -- Cadet Stacey Goss, Class of '86, sets the all-time record for points in a women's basketball game by scoring 43 against Adams State.
6 December 1993 -- The Field House basketball area is named Clune Arena during a dedication ceremony. Colonel John Clune, Navy Class of '54, served as the Air Force Academy's Director of Athletics from November 1975 until July 1991. During his tenure, the Academy began a comprehensive 10-sport women's program and joined the Western Athletic Conference.
6 December 2013 -- The remodeled McComas Lounge in Arnold Hall is dedicated. Gail McComas served at Cadet Wing Hostess from 1955 until 1977. Previously, the McComas Lounge had been a room, but that portion of Arnold Hall was remodeled, resulting in a much larger, brighter and more inviting open area.
7 December 1941 -- The Japanese attack Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, forcing the United States into World War II. The aerial attack highlighted the value and importance of airpower, which eventually led to a separate U. S. Air Force and U. S. Air Force Academy.
7 December 1963 -- The Academy football team defeats Colorado by a score of 17-14 in a game at Falcon Stadium that had been rescheduled from 23 November due to President Kennedy's assassination.
7 December 1990 -- The funeral for General (Retired) Jack J. Catton is held in the Protestant Cadet Chapel. General Catton commanded the Military Airlift Command and the Air Force Logistics Command.
7 December 1992 -- The Commandant of Cadets, Brigadier General Richard Bethurem, approves a proposal to have non-commissioned officers (NCOs) permanently assigned to each cadet squadron. These NCOs would "assist the AOC in all of his/her duties plus provide an NCO role model . . . "
7 December 2001 -- The Visitor Center, closed after the 11 September terrorist attacks led to tightened security at the Academy, reopens to visitors.
7 December 2003 -- The final "A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols" service is held at the Protestant Cadet Chapel.
8 December 1966 -- Captain Michael Hyde, Class of '60, is killed when his F-100D is hit by small arms fire and crashes in Kien Hoa, South Vietnam. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
8 December 1974 -- Comedian, actor, and writer Bill Cosby visits the Academy.
8 December 2003 -- On her television program, Oprah Winfrey covers allegations of sexual assaults at the Academy.
8 December 2005 -- Brigadier General Susan Desjardins, Class of '80, becomes the first female and the first female Air Force Academy graduate to serve as Commandant of Cadets.
9 December 1960 -- General Curtis LeMay, then the Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, concludes a General Officer Advisory Committee visit to the Academy by saying, "The young men who are being educated and trained at the United States Air Force Academy today are the nucleus of the Air Force leaders of the future. The importance of this fact to the security of the nation cannot be underestimated."
9 December 1971 -- A dedication ceremony is held for the Minuteman III missile static display in front of the Cadet Field House. The missile remained in that location until it was removed on 20 August 2008 due to deterioration and the presence of asbestos.
10 December 1973 -- Operations Plan 7-73 is published, describing the Academy's plan to admit women when permitted. Academy officials responded to previous Congressional criticism by clearly stating in the document that they had no intentions of admitting women until specifically authorized by Congress (which happened in late 1975).
10 December 1983 -- The Academy football team wins a bowl game for the second consecutive year, defeating Mississippi 9-3 in the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, Louisiana.
10 December 1996 -- Gregg Popovich, Class of '70, is named head basketball coach of the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association. His teams would go on to win five NBA championships.
10 December 2012 -- Captain Charles C. Napier, Class of '06, flies the mission for which he received the 2014 Colonel James Jabara Award for Airmanship. His heroic actions occurred when he flew his HH-60G Pavehawk helicopter on a mission in Afghanistan to extract wounded ground troops. He was also awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his actions.
11 December 1959 -- The Academy begins hosting its First Annual National Invitational Debate Tournament, a two-day event. Cadets Frederick Walker, Class of '60, and Paul Hinton, Class of '61, represented the Academy, while Cadet Thomas Owens, Class of '61, was the Tournament Director. Representatives of 29 colleges and universities competed, with Brigham Young University taking home the first place trophy.
11 December 1966 -- Captain Gerald Alfred, Class of '64, is presumed killed when his F-4C aircraft is struck by ground fire at night near Van Xuan, North Vietnam. The aircraft crossed the coast and the crew ejected. He was missing until declared dead on 20 November 1978, and was promoted to the rank of major while missing. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
12 December 1947 -- Senator Tom Connally of Texas introduces Senate bill 1868 to establish an academy at Randolph Field, Texas. This bill was one of at least nine introduced on this subject in the late 1940s. None were acted upon by the armed services committees, largely because there was not sufficient support within the military hierarchy.
12 December 1962 -- Cadets Sam Westbrook and Richard Klass, Class of '62, are selected as Rhodes Scholars. Westbrook would go on to become Academy Commandant of Cadets in June 1986.
12 December 1967 -- Captain Larry Moore, Class of '64, is killed when his EB-66C aircraft experienced control problems while landing at Takhli AB, Thailand, and crashed short of the runway. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
12 December 1977 -- The women's basketball team defeats Regis University 110-22, reaching the 100-point mark for the first time in school history.
12 December 1978 -- The men's basketball team defeats Regis 30-19, setting the all-time record for fewest points allowed in a game.
12 December 1981 -- In its first nationally televised demonstration, the Wings of Blue parachute team jumps into the halftime show of the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, Louisiana.
13 December 1958 -- Colonel Albert Stolz, retiring Director of the Air Force Academy Construction Agency, receives the Distinguished Service Medal from General Curtis E. LeMay, Air Force Vice Chief of Staff. Colonel Stolz was given the nation's highest peacetime award for his work since 1954 directing all planning, designing and building of the Academy.
13 December 1958 -- The Eagle and Fledglings Statue is dedicated. The two ton sculpture by Curt Mose was given to the Academy by personnel of the Air Training Command. It contains the inscription by Austin Dusty Miller, "Man's Flight Through Life is Sustained by the Power of his Knowledge."
13 December 1968 -- First Lieutenant John Albright, Class of '67, is presumed killed when his C-123 collides with a B-57 while on a night operational mission near Ban Nampakhon, Laos. He was missing until declared dead on 17 May 1979, and was promoted to the rank of major while missing. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
13 December 1968 -- Captain Charles Griffin, Class of '62, is killed when his OV-10 crashes northwest of Saigon while attempting to return to base after colliding with an AC-47. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
13 December 1968 -- The Academy hockey team plays its first intercollegiate game, losing 8-1 to Notre Dame in the Cadet Ice Arena.
13 December 1977 -- The Director of Athletics, Colonel John Clune, Navy Class of '54, announces that Bill Parcells, defensive coordinator at Texas Tech, will become the Academy's head football coach, effective 1 January 1978. Parcells coached at the Academy for one season.
13 December 2013 -- Business Insider publishes "The World's Most Spectacularly Modern Places of Worship." The article features the Cadet Chapel, saying, "The United States Air Force Cadet Academy Chapel in Colorado Springs, Col., is a highly regarded example of modernist architecture. It consists of 17 towers, each composed of 100 identical tetrahedrons and has separate chapels for practitioners of various religions."
14 December 1984 -- The X-29 Advanced Technology Demonstrator makes its first flight, the first experimental aircraft to be developed and flight tested by the United States in over a decade. This achievement, and the development of the wide range of technologies included in this airplane, was largely made possible by the efforts of Colonel James Allburn, Class of '63. For this achievement, Colonel Allburn received the 1985 Colonel James Jabara Award for Airmanship.
14 December 2008 -- The 306th Flying Training Squadron activates the 1st Flying Training Squadron at the Pueblo Airport. The unit, formerly Detachment 1, oversees the Air Force's Initial Flight Screening program.
15 December 1957 -- The Protestant Cadet Choir and the Air Force Academy Band join forces to present "The Annual Christmas Concert."
15 December 1963 -- The Protestant Cadet Choir presents the first "A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols" service.
15 December 1968 -- The Catholic Cadet Choir joins the Protestant Cadet Choir for "A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols" service.
15 December 1984 -- The Academy football team wins the Independence Bowl for the second consecutive year, beating Virginia Tech 23-9 in Shreveport, Louisiana.
15 December 2004 -- Occupants of Harmon Hall complete the move-out. The building was emptied, then totally gutted and renovated, a process that took until July 2006. The Superintendent's suite moved to the Cadet Library area, while the rest of the offices moved to the Oracle Building, across I-25 from Falcon Stadium.
15 December 2006 -- Detachment 1 of the 306th Flying Training Squadron officially opens its new facility at the Pueblo Airport. The 200,000 square foot building housed the Air Force Initial Flight Screening program that served Academy, Reserve Officer Training Corps, and Officer Training School pilot candidates.
15 December 2006 -- Academy head football coach Fisher DeBerry retires, after leading the Falcons for 23 years.
16 December 1871 -- Pioneers David Edgerton, Aaron Blodgett and John and Elias Evans establish homesteads in what today is Pine Valley. Edgerton would be the namesake of a town that emerged where Ice Lake is today, Blodgett would have the tall peak overlooking Pine Valley named after him, and John and Elias Evans would build a small cabin that eventually would pass through the Lennox, Otis and Cogswell families and grow to become the Otis House, where the Commandant resides.
16 December 1952 -- Despite Air Force enthusiasm, the lack of pending legislation and a focus on the war in Korea leads the Air Force to dissolve the academy Site Selection Board. The board's preliminary surveys and related data, however, were utilized in 1954 when the Site Selection Commission was appointed by Secretary of the Air Force Harold E. Talbott.
17 December 1903 -- Wilbur and Orville Wright achieve the first successful heavier-than-air flights at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, setting in motion events that would eventually lead to the Air Force Academy.
17 December 1968 -- Captain Kenneth Crist, Class of '66, dies of injuries suffered when his F-4D rolled to the right and crashed on landing at Danang. Crist ejected as the aircraft struck the ground but died of his injuries several days later. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
17 December 1988 -- The women's basketball team sets its all-time scoring record in a 130-71 home victory over Incarnate Word.
17 December 2008 -- The groundbreaking ceremony is held for the General Hubert R. Harmon Memorial, a gift from the Class of '59 with support from the Air Training Officers and the Harmon family. The memorial, located between the Cadet Chapel and Harmon Hall, was dedicated in April 2009 during '59's 50-year reunion.
18 December 1972 -- The U.S. Supreme Court declines to review the U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that mandatory chapel attendance at the three Department of Defense service academies is unconstitutional. Compulsory chapel would end in January 1973.
18 December 2008 -- The Minuteman III missile that had stood in front of the Cadet Field House since 1971, and been taken down in August 2008, leaves the Academy. The deterioration of the stability of the missile body and the presence of asbestos precluded its being reassembled elsewhere on the Academy.
19 December 1949 -- General Hoyt Vandenberg, Air Force Chief of Staff, establishes the office of special assistant for Air Force Academy matters and selects Lieutenant General Hubert R. Harmon as its head.
19 December 1999 -- Second Lieutenant Shawna (Ng-A-Qui) Kimbrell, Class of '98, has her first F-16 flight, on her way to becoming the first female African-American fighter pilot in the Air Force.
19 December 2008 -- Chris Howard, Class of 1991, is elected as the 24th President of Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia. He becomes the first African-American president in the school's 230-year history.
20 December 1963 -- Fourth Classmen are permitted to go home for Christmas leave for the first time.
20 December 1997 -- The Academy football team plays in the Las Vegas Bowl, where Oregon defeats the Falcons 41-13.
20 December 2004 -- The Academy Military Training NCO career field is officially created. These individuals are assigned to each Cadet Squadron to provide role models for cadets.
21 December 1954 -- The Air Force Cadet Wing is formally established.
21 December 1972 -- Captain Jerry Bolt, Class of '64, becomes the first Academy graduate killed while flying with the Thunderbirds (U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron). He was killed as the result of a mid-air collision during winter training at Nellis AFB, Nevada.
22 December 1961 -- The Air Force establishes a new pair of silver wings to identify Air Force pilot-astronauts. The insignia superimposed a shooting star over the traditional pilot's badge. Captain Gus Grissom was the first recipient. As of 2014, 39 Academy graduates had become astronauts.
22 December 1964 -- Joseph "Jody" Powell Jr., Class of '65, is expelled from the Academy for cheating on a history examination. He would go on to serve as Press Secretary for President Jimmy Carter. In a 1984 essay that ran in The Los Angeles Times and the AOG's Checkpoints magazine, he wrote of his Academy time, "The years I spent there meant more to me than any other period in my life, and the part that meant the most was the Honor Code that I violated." Powell died in September 2009.
22 December 2006 -- Troy Calhoun, Class of '89, is hired as head football coach. He is the first Air Force Academy graduate to be head football coach at Air Force.
22 December 2010 -- The Academy's Physics Department forms the Astronomical Research Group and Observatory (ARGO) Center to formalize astronomy research and STEM outreach missions at the Academy Observatory.
23 December 1907 -- The U.S. Signal Corps issues Specification #486, requesting bids for the first military aircraft. It asks for a flying machine that can carry two people, reach a speed of 40 MPH, remain aloft for one hour, have sufficient fuel for 125 mile range, be controllable in flight in any direction, and land without damage so flight could be resumed. The Signal Corps received 41 bids, with the Wright Brothers winning the contract.
24 December 1918 -- The President of the University of Texas, Robert Vinson, at the request of the Texas legislature, offers to donate Camp Mabry, near Austin, to the U.S. Government as a site for an Air Service academy. He made the offer with the provision that the proposed academy would bear the same relationship to the Air Service that West Point did to the Army.
25 December 1998 -- The Academy football team beats the Washington Huskies 45-25 in the Oahu Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii.
26 December 1983 -- Fisher DeBerry becomes head football coach. During his 23 -year career, his teams would win an Academy record 169 games.
27 December 1990 -- The Academy football team plays in its second consecutive Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tennessee, upsetting a heavily favored Ohio State team 23-11.
27 December 1995 -- The Academy football team loses 55-41 to Texas Tech in the Copper Bowl in Tucson, Arizona.
27 December 2010 -- The Academy football team plays in the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, Louisiana, defeating Georgia Tech 14-7. The win evened the football program's all-time bowl record at ten wins and ten losses, with one tie.
27 December 2013 -- Captain David Lyon, Class of '08, dies of injuries suffered when a vehicle-born improvised explosive device was detonated near his convoy in Kabul, Afghanistan. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
28 December 1963 -- The football team loses 35-0 to North Carolina in the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida, the Academy's second trip to a bowl game.
28 December 1989 -- The Academy football team plays in the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tennessee, losing 42-29 to Mississippi.
28 December 2011 -- The Academy football team plays in the Military Bowl in Washington D.C. The Falcons lost to Toledo, 42-41, when a late two-point conversion try came up just short.
29 December 1991 -- The Academy football team plays in the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tennessee, for the third straight year, defeating Mississippi State 38-15.
29 December 2012 -- The Academy football team goes to a bowl game for a record sixth straight year. The Falcons fell to Rice, 33-14, in the Armed Force Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas.
30 December 1969 -- First Lieutenant Douglas Ferguson, Class of '67, is presumed killed when his Laredo FAC aircraft is hit during a strafing run in Laos and explodes with no sign of ejection. He was considered missing until being declared dead on 3 May 1976, during which time he was promoted to Captain. More than 44 years after his death, his remains were returned to Seattle, Washington, in May 2014. Captain Ferguson's name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
30 December 1970 -- Captain Park Bunker, Class of '63, is killed when his O-1 is apparently struck by ground fire and crashes over Laos. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
30 December 1976 -- Headquarters USAF directs a change in the proportion of Academy graduates who should be expected to attend pilot training. The target for entrants to be pilot qualified was reduced from 70 percent to 60 percent for the Class of '81 and subsequent classes.
30 December 1987 -- The Academy football team plays in the Freedom Bowl in Anaheim, California, falling to Arizona State, 33-28.
30 December 2013 -- Captain Mark Gongol, Class of '03, while flying as a passenger on a civilian flight, answers the "Is there a pilot on board?" call, assisting the first officer land the Boeing 737 after the pilot had suffered a heart attack. A B-1B Lancer pilot, Captain Gongol handled the radio calls, assisted with the checklists, and provided an extra set of eyes.
31 December 1954 -- The Academy Superintendent, Lieutenant General Hubert Harmon, sends a letter to Fred Sharp, Superintendent of Schools in District 38, informing him and the school board of the anticipated need for schools on Academy grounds and asking District 38 to consider providing facilities and personnel to meet the needs of public education on base. The District decided it would be difficult financially to provide the requested support.
31 December 1982 -- The football team earns its first bowl win, beating Vanderbilt 36-28 in the Hall of Fame Bowl in Birmingham, Alabama. This was the Academy's fourth trip to a bowl game. The Cadet Chorale sang at the game.
31 December 1985 -- The football team defeats Texas 24-16 in the Bluebonnet Bowl in Houston to cap 12-1 season. The team was ranked fifth in the United Press post-season national poll, an Academy record high finish. The win was also the program's fourth straight bowl victory.
31 December 1992 -- The Academy football team completes its run of four consecutive trips to Memphis, Tennessee's Liberty Bowl, falling to Mississippi 13-0.
31 December 2000 -- The Academy football team plays in the inaugural Silicon Valley Bowl in San Jose, holding off the Fresno State Bulldogs 37-34.
31 December 2002 -- The Academy football team loses to Virginia Tech by a 20-13 score in the San Francisco Bowl game played at Pacific Bell Park.
31 December 2007 -- The Academy football team plays in the Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas, falling to the University of California 42-36.
31 December 2008 -- The Academy football team makes the second of three consecutive trips to the Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas. The Falcons lost to Houston by a score of 34-28.
31 December 2009 -- The Academy football team avenges a loss to Houston in the 2008 Armed Forces Bowl by beating the Cougars 47-20 in the 2009 Armed Forces Bowl rematch in Fort Worth, Texas. The game marked the Falcons' third consecutive trip to the Armed Forces Bowl.