Monday December 22
Jacksonville State @ Air Force Men's Basketball 12/22/14 7pm MT
Monday December 22
Jacksonville State @ Air Force Men's Basketball 12/22/14 7pm MT
If you are unable to watch Air Force take on Western Michigan in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Jan. 20 at 3:45 p.m. MT, you can watch the game on Watch ESPN.
Saturday December 20
UC Davis @ Air Force Men's Basketball 12/20/14 2pm MT
Monday December 8
Nebraska-Omaha @ Air Force Men's Basketball 12/8/14 7pm MT
Saturday December 13
Arkansas-Pine Bluff @ Air Force Men's Basketball 12/13/14 2pm MT
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.
Monday December 1
Sports Authority Football Championship Coach's Teleconference 12/1/14 12:30pm MT
Wednesday December 3
Grambling State @ Air Force Men's Basketball 12/3/14 7pm MT
Friday December 5
Utah @ Air Force Women's Basketball 12/5/14 7pm MT
Saturday December 6
Santa Clara @ Air Force Women's Basketball 12/6/14 4:30pm MT
Sports Authority Football Championship Post Game Press Conference 12/6/14 11:15pm MT
Tuesday November 25
Coach Troy Calhoun Weekly Press Conference 11/25/14 2pm MT
Air Force @ New Mexico Volleyball 11/25/14 7pm MT
Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl Names Skowron Pac-12 Player of the Week and Pearson Mountain West Player of the Week
LAS VEGAS (Nov. 19, 2014) - The Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl continues its fourth season of conducting weekly Facebook Player of the Week polls, driven by fan votes, recognizing exemplary on-field play within the two Bowl affiliated conferences, the Pac-12 and Mountain West.
The SEVEN Magazine Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl Pac-12 and Mountain West Player of the Week for week 12 are:
SEVEN Magazine Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl Pac-12 Player of the Week
Casey Skowron, Junior, Kicker, Arizona (Dallas, TX/Lincoln HS/Pittsburgh)
Skowron earns his first SEVEN Magazine Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl Pac-12 Player of the Week honor this season after he hit two field goals, made three extra points and rushed for a touchdown in Arizona's 27-26 win over Washington. He hit his first game-winning field goal, which was from a 47 yards, as time expired to lift the Wildcats past the Huskies. Skowron's TD came in the second quarter when he rushed 18 yards for a score on a fake field goal. He earned Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week honors after his performance.
SEVEN Magazine Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl Mountain West Player of the Week
Kale Pearson, Senior, Quarterback, Air Force (Tampa, FL/Hillsborough HS)
Pearson earns his first SEVEN Magazine Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl Mountain West Player of the Week honor this season after he was 11-of-15 for 129 yards and three touchdowns and ran 16 times for 109 yards and another score in Air Force's 45-38 overtime win over Nevada. Six of his 11 completions went for first downs, including four on third down. Nine of his 16 carries earned the Falcons a first down, including two on fourth down that led to separate touchdowns. Pearson earned Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week honors for his efforts. He is the second Falcon to earn the award this season, joining Weston Steelhammer (week 5).
Each week, players from both the Pac-12 and Mountain West conferences will be selected for nomination and then posted for voting. All college football fans are welcome to cast their vote starting on Monday each week for Player of the Week at www.facebook.com/lvbowl.
Tuesday Nov 11
Coach Troy Calhoun Weekly Press Conference 11/11/14 12:30pm MT
Thursday Nov 13
Air Force @ Colorado State Volleyball 11/13/14 7pm MT
Saturday Nov 15
Nevada @ Air Force Football 11/15/14 Noon MT (ROOT Sports)
Air Force @ Wyoming Volleyball 11/15/14 1pm MT
THIS DAY IN AIR FORCE ACADEMY HISTORY - NOVEMBER
STEVEN A. SIMON, USAFA '77
ACADEMY DEVELOPMENT AND ALUMNI PROGRAMS OFFICE
1 November 1957 -- An application for federal funds is submitted to construct three schools on the Academy. District 20 had leased the Pine Valley Country Club, which would later become The Carlton House, quarters for the Superintendent, for the 1957-1958 school year. The airmen's dorms were also used as classrooms. By the 1959-1960 school year, Pine Valley Elementary, Douglass Valley Elementary, and Air Academy Junior-Senior High were completed.
1 November 1991 -- Singer Tony Bennett performs in Arnold Hall.
1 November 1994 -- The 10th Air Base Wing is reactivated at the Academy as the Academy's support wing. The 10th ABW first stood up as the 73rd Observation Group, activated in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on 21 August 1941.
1 November 2013 -- Natalie Crawford, a RAND Corporation executive, receives the 2012 Thomas D. White National Defense Award in a ceremony on the Terrazzo. The award, established in 1962, is presented annually to a U.S. citizen who has contributed significantly to the national defense of the United States.
2 November 1963 -- The Air Force football team plays Army at Soldier Field in Chicago before 76,600 fans, a then-record crowd for a Falcon game. Air Force lost 14-10.
2 November 1975 -- The Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph publishes an article entitled, "Female Cadets May Not Flock to Air Force Academy." The concern was primarily based on the late start in publicizing the new opportunity.
2 November 1977 -- The last of nine cadets involved with illegal use of marijuana resigns. The investigation has been initiated on 7 October.
2 November 2001 -- Lieutenant General John Hopper Jr., Class of '69, receives the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., at the organization's National Historical Museum Annual Awards Banquet in Detroit.
2 November 2002 -- The Preparatory School's parade field is named Black Field, in honor of Colonel Lee Black, the first Prep School Commander.
3 November 1989 -- The General John D. Ryan Memorial on the Honor Court is presented to the Academy by General Ryan's West Point Class of '38 classmates.
3 November 1993 -- A bronze statue of General of the Air Force Henry H. "Hap" Arnold is dedicated in front of Arnold Hall. The Falcon Foundation donated the sculpture to the Academy.
3 November 2001 -- ESPN College GameDay broadcasts from the Terrazzo for the first time. The show would also broadcast from the Academy in 2002 and 2009.
3 November 2005 -- During the noon meal at Mitchell Hall, the Honorable Michael W. Wynne, Army Class of '66, is sworn in as the Secretary of the Air Force. Secretary Wynne had been an instructor in the Astronautics Department. His brother Patrick was a member of the Air Force Academy Class of '63.
3 November 2011 -- During its 50-year reunion, the Class of '61 dedicates and ceremonially donates to the Academy the Airman on the Meadow and Winged Refuge, located in the Cemetery, near the Memorial Pavilion. The uplifted arm of the Airman evokes the John Gillespie Magee poem "High Flight" and Winged Refuge is a set of 17.5' art deco wings that honor aviation and its relevance to the Academy mission.
4 November 1959 -- Sir Dermot Boyle, Marshal of the British Royal Air Force and Chief of the Air Staff, visits the Academy. He toured the academic facilities and the cadet dormitory, and dined at Mitchell Hall.
4 November 1967 -- The first homecoming football game in Academy history is held, a 10-7 loss to Army. A Falcon Stadium-record crowd of 49,536 spectators attended the game.
4 November 1969 -- Captain Stanley Adams, Class of '65, is killed when his F-4 aircraft is downed by hostile ground fire near Ban Soppeng, North Vietnam. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
4 November 2011 -- Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. visits the Academy to promote the movie "Red Tails," based on the history of the Tuskegee Airman. A local theater showed the film to the Cadet Wing before it premiered nationwide.
5 November 1975 -- Colonel John Clune, Navy Class of '54, succeeds Colonel Frank Merritt, Army Class of '44, as Director of Athletics. Colonel Clune would serve in this position until July 1991, making him the longest-serving Director of Athletics in Air Force Academy history. In 1993, the basketball portion of the Field House was named Clune Arena in his honor.
5 November 2001 -- The National Aeronautic Association presents the Henderson Award to the Academy. The Henderson Award is given to an individual or group whose vision, leadership or skill has made lasting impact on the advancement of aviation.
5 November 2001 -- Rocky Mountain Blue, a recreational initiative, kicks off during a grand opening luncheon at the Keystone Resort Conference Center. The partnership between Air Force Space Command, the Academy, and Keystone Resorts provides discounted lodging and recreational opportunities for military members.
5 November 2009 -- General David Petraeus, Commander of U.S. Central Command, gives the Truman Lecture.
6 November 1965 -- The Academy football team claims its first victory over Army, a 14-3 win at Soldier Field in Chicago.
6 November 1980 -- The Cadet Chapel plays host to a Memorial Ceremony for aviation pioneer Jacqueline Cochran, who had passed away on 9 August. During World War II, she was Director of Woman's Flying Training for the United States, and later was appointed to the General Staff of the U.S. Army Air Forces to direct all phases of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) program. She was the first woman to exceed the sound barrier, and still holds more international speed, distance, and altitude records than any other pilot, male or female.
6 November 1982 -- Air Force captures the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy for the first time with a 27-9 win over Army. In October, the Falcons had beaten Navy, and the round-robin victory allowed Air Force to win the trophy emblematic of service academy football supremacy.
6 November 2009 -- During its 45-year reunion, the Class of '64 dedicates and ceremonially donates to the Academy the Mall of Heroes, located between Fairchild and Vandenberg Halls. The park contains a statue of fellow '64 graduate First Lieutenant Karl Richter that had been dedicated in May 2008, as well as newly unveiled statues of Captain Valmore Bourque, Class of '60, and Captain Lance Sijan, Class of '65.
7 November 1972 -- Major John Carroll, Class of '62, is killed when the O-1 aircraft he was piloting is struck by hostile fire and crashes. His remains were retuned in 2007. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
7 November 1994 -- CW (Commandant of Cadets) is redesignated the 34th Training Wing.
7 November 1994 -- Brigadier General John Hopper, Class of '69, becomes the first African-American to serve as Commandant of Cadets.
7 November 2006 -- Chuck Reed, Class of '70, is elected Mayor of San Jose, California.
7 November 2009 -- ESPN's College GameDay, with hosts Lee Corso, Chris Fowler, and Kirk Herbstreit, broadcasts live from the Terrazzo. The two-hour football preview show honored the country's military, five days before Veterans Day. GameDay also broadcast from the Academy in 2001 and 2002.
8 November 1948 -- The Secretary of Defense, James Forrestal, requests comments from the military service secretaries on a proposed board to consider "establishment of an Air Force Academy as the long range solution" to the immediate problem of obtaining trained officers for the new Air Force.
8 November 2012 -- The Public Affairs office launches the #YourAcademy campaign.
8 November 2012 -- The grand opening of the Falcon Development Center takes place during Wingman Day. The Center was designed and created by MSgt Bryan Kinder, Career Assistance Advisor.
8 November 2012 -- The ESPN show SportsNation, with hosts Charissa Thompson and Marcellus Wiley, broadcasts live from the Terrazzo.
9 November 1960 -- National Geographic Society trustees and staff members visit the Academy as guests of the Superintendent, Major General William Stone.
9 November 1967 -- Captain Lance P. Sijan, Class of '65, is forced to eject behind enemy lines after his F-4 is disabled and his crewmember is killed. Despite grievous injuries, he managed to evade for 45 days. He died in captivity and, in May 1976, he would become the first graduate to be awarded the Medal of Honor.
9 November 2013 -- The Final Toast of the Doolittle Raiders takes place at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. The goblets used for the toast resided at the Academy from 1959 until October 2005.
10 November 1958 -- The Construction Agency signs a contract to construct the hospital complex. The facility would open two years later.
10 November 1967 -- Captain James Crew, Class of '65, is presumed killed in a mid-air collision between two F-4s southeast of Dong Hom North Vietnam. He was promoted to major during the time he was listed as missing. He was declared dead on 4 December 1978; his remains were never returned. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
10 November 1977 -- Air Force football coach Ben Martin announces his retirement effective at the end of the season, after 20 years on the job.
11 November 1977 -- General Daniel "Chappie" James, first African-American four-star general, co-hosts a show at the Academy with entertainer Sammy Davis Jr.
11 November 1984 -- The World War I Fliers Memorial on the Honor Court is dedicated. The sculpture of bronze wings was donated by Ira Milton Jones, President of the WWI Overseas Fliers Association.
11 November 2006 -- At the conclusion of the Air Force-Notre Dame football game, the Superintendent's box at Falcon Stadium is dedicated to the memory of Lieutenant General Paul Stein, Class of '66. Stein played quarterback at Air Force, and later became Superintendent. He died in January 2002 from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
12 November 1966 -- Second Lieutenant George Bonnell, Class of '65, dies of injuries sustained when his HH-43 is struck by ground fire and crashes on 28 October 1966 in South Vietnam. He died at Clark AB, Philippines. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
12 November 1978 -- The pop-soul duo Hall & Oates performs at the Academy as part of the Allied Arts concert series.
13 November 1959 -- General Jimmy Doolittle gives 80 silver Raider Goblets to the Academy "in perpetuity" at halftime of an Academy football game. The goblets (one for each mission member) were presented to the Raiders by the city of Tucson and were used at every Doolittle Raider reunion, at which the goblets of deceased members are turned over. In 2005, the goblets were sent to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, for display.
13 November 1992 -- Cadet Wing Sergeant Major CMSgt Donald Meadows receives a letter from the Cadet Wing Sergeant Major, Cadet Second Class Kenneth Stoltman, Class of '94, requesting the permanent assignment of NCOs in each cadet squadron. This set in motion the process that resulted in today's Academy Military Trainers.
13 November 1996 -- Colonel Richard Downing, Class of '70, becomes the first Academy graduate to command the 10th Air Base Wing.
13 November 2002 -- Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC's Hardball program, brings his College Tour to the Academy's Arnold Hall. His guests included retired Army General Wayne Downing, retired Air Force Lieutenant General Buster Glosson, and White House correspondent Norah O'Donnell.
13 November 2013 -- The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics announces that D. Paul Kaminski, Class of '64, is named an AIAA Honorary Fellow. This title is granted to preeminent individuals who have long and highly contributory careers in aerospace, and who embody the highest possible standards in aeronautics and astronautics.
14 November 1980 -- The Academy base paper makes its first name change. After publishing as The Falconnews since its inception in 1958, the first edition of The Falcon Flyer rolls off the presses. That name would last until 1997, when the paper was again changed, to The Academy Spirit.
14 November 1993 -- The Academy men's soccer team defeats No. 1 ranked and undefeated (19-0-0) Creighton 2-1 in four overtimes in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The game was played at Creighton. Rob Behm, Class of '95, scored both goals for Air Force. It was the team's first win at the NCAA Tournament since 1968.
14 November 1998 -- The country-rock group The Charlie Daniels Band performs at Arnold Hall.
15 November 1959 -- The first deer hunt on Academy grounds begins, under the control of the Colorado Game and Fish Commission. Colonel Lee Lightner was designated Hunt Commander.
15 November 1969 -- Marine Captain Francis Zavacki, Class of '64, dies of wounds suffered during a mortar attack in August 1969. He was the commander of a Marine infantry company patrolling a field in the I Corps region of South Vietnam. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
15 November 1995 -- Most civilian employees at the Academy begin six furlough days, which lasted until a new Continuing Resolution Authority was signed on 20 November. It was the first time in Academy history that civilian employees were forbidden to come to work (but not the last).
15 November 2011 -- The Superintendent, Lieutenant General Mike Gould, formally concurs with the Association of Graduates plan to implement a 50-Year Legacy Program. Under the plan, the 50-year class would begin interacting with the new class from day one, beginning with in-processing. This program replaced the 40-year legacy program that had started before the Class of '59 had reached its 50th year.
16 November 1960 -- The Bob Hope Show airs from the Air Force Academy. Guests included Steve McQueen and Les Brown.
16 November 1968 -- The Colonel James Jabara Award for Airmanship is presented for the first time. The recipient was Captain Donald Stevens, Class of '60, who earned it for a two and one-half hour forward air control mission in an unarmed 0-2A directing the recovery of a wounded American soldier. The Jabara Award goes to an Academy graduate, living or deceased, whose actions directly associated with an aerospace vehicle set him/her apart from contemporaries.
16 November 1986 -- Brigadier General Ervin Rokke, Class of '62, leaves his position as Dean of the Faculty. He returned to the line of the Air Force and was selected to be the Defense Attaché in Moscow, and would ultimately rise to the rank of Lieutenant General.
16 November 2001 -- The Friends of the Air Force Academy sponsor a POW display for the reunion of POWs from the war in Southeast Asia. Among the honored guests were Brigadier General Robinson Risner and Mr. H. Ross Perot.
16 November 2001 -- The Robinson Risner Statue in the Air Gardens is dedicated. The nine-foot tall statue is located in the Air Gardens. General Risner was a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam from 16 September 1965 through 12 February 1973. Mr. H. Ross Perot donated the statue to the Academy.
16 November 2001 -- The Association of Graduates names Brigadier General (Retired) Philip Erdle an Honorary Member. General Erdle served the Academy for a half-century, including work as an instructor, Department Head, and with the Academy Research and Development Institute. Honorary membership is awarded to persons who have rendered outstanding service to the Air Force and/or the Academy. Membership is limited to 25 living persons.
17 November 1967 -- First Lieutenant Theodore Johnson, Class of '65, is killed when his EB-66C experiences engine failure on take-off from Takhli RTAB, Thailand, and crashes when he attempts to return to base. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
17 November 1979 -- The women's cross country team wins the first national title for an Academy women's team. The victory came in the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) Division II National Championships held in Tallahassee, Florida. (The NCAA did not begin to sanction women's events until 1981-1982.)
17 November 1990 -- Cadet Callie Calhoun, Class of '91, wins the national cross country title at the 1990 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships in McKinleyville, California. With her victory, Cadet Calhoun became the Academy's first female cross country individual national champion.
17 November 2003 -- Lieutenant General John Rosa, the Academy Superintendent, approves the Officer Development System (ODS) at the Leadership Development Committee meeting. ODS is a four-year program for educating and training cadets to become officers and leaders of character. It was implemented in January 2004.
18 November 1954 -- Lieutenant General Hubert Harmon, the Academy's first Superintendent, establishes the Academy Historical and Art Collection as well as an Academy Museum.
18 November 1955 -- Second Lieutenant John Malanaphy is killed in the crash of an F-86 near Newark, Ohio, becoming the first of four Air Training Officers to die during the first two years of the Academy's existence. The Malanaphy Trophy, awarded annually to the outstanding cadet squadron in intramurals, is named in his honor. The Trophy is displayed in the Athletic Hall of Excellence.
18 November 2006 -- Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez visits the Air Force Academy, where he speaks to cadets about civil liberties and the war on terrorism. Gonzalez attended the Academy for two years in the mid-70s, but did not graduate.
19 November 1955 -- Secretary of the Air Force Donald A. Quarles confers the Exceptional Civilian Service Award on Hollywood film director and producer Cecil B. DeMille for designing the new Air Force Academy uniforms.
19 November 1976 -- The Academy publishes a press release entitled "Research Program Shows Cadets Want Same Training Program for Women." Both male and female cadets expressed a desire to experience identical training.
19 November 1984 -- The Academy's Department of Philosophy and Fine Arts receives national press coverage when Newsweek publishes an article on "Warfare for the Moral Man." Colonel Malham Wakin, the Department Head, was interviewed by Newsweek correspondents, and discussed the content of the Philosophy 310 "Ethics" course.
19 November 2010 -- Country band Diamond Rio performs at Arnold Hall. The band also performed at the Academy in 2003.
19 November 2010 -- A converted Minotaur-IV ICBM carries FalconSAT-5 into orbit from the Kodiak Launch Complex in Alaska. FalconSAT-5 was designed, built and tested by members of the Class of '10 as part of the FalconSAT capstone astronautics program.
20 November 1884 -- Oliver Hazard Bishop establishes his homestead on the north slope overlooking what today is the Cadet Athletic Fields. The Bishops were the predominate pioneers of the north part of the Academy.
20 November 1976 -- The Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph publishes an article entitled "Admission of Women into Cadet Wing May Have Helped Cut Attrition Rate."
20 November 1982 -- The Academy football team records its first victory over Notre Dame, a 30-17 win at Falcon Stadium.
20 November 1989 -- The El Pomar Foundation approves a grant of $25,000 for archival conservation of materials within the Gimbel Collection located in the McDermott Library.
20 November 1993 -- The Air Force men's soccer team defeats North Carolina 2-1 at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to advance to the NCAA's Elite Eight for the first time in program history. Brian Bergeron, Class of '94, scored the game-winning goal with eight minutes remaining.
20 November 1995 -- Cadet Eric Mack, Class of '96, finishes third in the NCAA Division I National Cross Country Championship in Ames, Iowa. He was first American runner to cross the finish line.
21 November 1959 -- At a book signing in Denver, writers Marian Talmadge and Iris Gilmore introduce "Wings for Peace," a young-adult novel about fictional Air Force Academy Cadet Frank Barton. The book covers his three upper-class years as a cadet. The book is the sequel to "Wings of Tomorrow," which addressed Cadet Barton's first year at the Academy.
21 November 1960 -- The Academy Hospital becomes operational. It featured two floors of ward rooms, four operating rooms, two delivery rooms, outpatient services, and a pharmacy. The first baby, Deanna Reeves, was born two days later, and went on to graduate in the Class of '83.
21 November 1972 -- First Lieutenant William Hargrove, Class of '70, is killed when his F-4D crashes during post-mission training over Thailand. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
21 November 1972 -- Captain Robert Kohn, Class of '69, is killed when his EC-47Q experiences engine and control failure while making a touch-and-go landing in Thailand, and crashes two miles past the runway at Nakhon Phanom Airfield. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
22 November 1963 -- President John F. Kennedy, honorary member of the Class of '63, is assassinated in Dallas. The Academy begins a 30-day mourning period.
22 November 1966 -- Major Gordon Wilson, Class of '62, is presumed killed when his F-4 aircraft is downed by an SA-2 surface-to-air missile during a strike on a POL (petroleum, oil and lubricant) storage site at Ha Gia, North Vietnam. He was missing in action until being declared dead on 4 February 1974. His remains were returned in 1986. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
22 November 1968 - The Orville and Wilbur Wright statues are donated to the Academy. The statues were donated by Milton Seaman. Originally located on the Terrazzo, the statues now reside on the sixth floor of the Library.
22 November 1989 -- Fred Gregory, Class of '64, becomes the first African-American to command the space shuttle, as a member of the Discovery crew on mission STS-33.
22 November 1997 -- The men's basketball team sets its all-time scoring record in a 124-57 home victory over Doane College.
22 November 2010 -- The Academy hires Dr. Adis Vila as its first Chief Diversity Officer. The CDO is the primary diversity advisor to the Superintendent and senior leadership in order to strengthen diversity at the Academy.
23 November 1958 -- Major General James E. Briggs, the Academy's second Superintendent, is a contestant on the television game show "What's My Line." The four celebrity panelists were able to figure out his occupation.
23 November 2003 -- Major Steven Plumhoff, Class of '92, is killed when the MH-53M Pave Low III helicopter he was piloting crashes near Bagram, Afghanistan, where he was flying in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
23 November 2006 -- The Air Force Academy Band marches in the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade in New York City--back by popular demand after a 37-year absence. While in New York, the Band also performed at Carnegie Hall for the Air Force's 60th Anniversary Celebration.
24 November 1874 -- School 20 District is organized by County Superintendent Robert Douglass. The district had only one school, The Edgerton School, located in the small settlement of Edgerton (near where the Academy's Service and Supply Area is located today).
24 November 1958 -- The Academy stands up the Department of Leadership Studies under the direction of Lieutenant Colonel Gabriel D. Ofiesh.
24 November 1969 -- Major James White, Class of '64, is presumed killed near Ban Ban, Laos, when his F-105 aircraft does not return to friendly control. He was missing in action until being declared dead on 24 January 1974. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo. He was the brother of astronaut Edward White II, who died on 27 January 1967 along with two others when a fire swept through their Apollo spacecraft during a training session.
24 November 1969 -- Cadet Mike Ryan, Class of '70, one year after winning the National Collegiate Cross Country Championship, finishes second in the national championship race, one spot ahead of legendary runner Steve Prefontaine of the University of Oregon.
24 November 1980 -- Colonel Philip Caine becomes the first Permanent Professor appointed under the Commandant of Cadets. He was named Deputy Commandant for Military Instruction.
24 November 1980 -- Cadet First Class Michelle Johnson, Class of '81, becomes the first female cadet to be named Cadet Wing Commander.
24 November 2003 -- Cadet First Class Delavane Diaz, Class of '04, a former Cadet Wing Commander and volleyball Most Valuable Player, is named a Rhodes scholar. She was the first USAFA athlete to win a Rhodes scholarship since 1991.
25 November 1968 -- Cadet Mike Ryan, Class of '70, wins the National Collegiate Cross Country Championship. The race was run at Manhattan College, Bronx, New York. He finished second the following year, one spot ahead of legendary runner Steve Prefontaine of the University of Oregon.
25 November 1976 -- The Cadet Drum and Bugle Corps marches in the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade in New York City.
26 November 1918 -- Army Lieutenant Colonel A. J. Hanlon becomes one of the first advocates for the Academy when he writes, "As the Military and Naval Academies are the backbone of the Army and Navy, so must the Aeronautical Academy be the backbone of the Air Service. No service can flourish without some such institution to inculcate into its embryonic officers love of country, proper conception of duty, and highest regard for honor."
26 November 1971 -- Captain James Steadman, Class of '67, is presumed shot down and killed near Ban Karai Pass, Laos, when his F-4D aircraft does not return to friendly control after a Night Owl Forward Air Control mission. He was missing in action until being declared dead on 13 February 1975. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
26 November 1979 -- the 25th Anniversary Review Committee, under the chairmanship of Dr. John Corbally, President Emeritus of the University of Illinois, begins a four day meeting at the Academy. The members found that the cadets are "overloaded, over-supervised, overscheduled, and permitted too little curricular flexibility."
26 November 1984 -- The Academy Academic Development Fund is founded. The foundation, which supports academic excellence at the Academy by endowing distinguished visiting professorships and supporting other academic programs benefiting cadets and the faculty, changed its name to The Academy Research & Development Institute (ARDI) in February 1991.
26 November 2002 -- The most prestigious medal that France can bestow on a foreign person or organization, the Croix de Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur, is presented to the Academy at a Terrazzo ceremony. The award was created by Napoleon Bonaparte to recognize military and civilian contributions to France.
26 November 2006 -- The Department of Foreign Languages adds Portuguese to the curriculum.
27 November 1969 -- The Air Force Academy Band marches in the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade in New York City.
28 November 1983 -- Cadets Brian Bullard and Dianne Williams, Class of '86, die from carbon monoxide poisoning when caught in a snow storm while returning from a Thanksgiving break trip to Kansas. The following year, the football team established the Bullard Award, voted on by the players and based on the criteria that typifies Bullard - "Unselfishness, 110 percent effort, total team commitment and pride in his role on the team whether he's a starter or not."
28 November 1993 -- The Academy men's soccer team makes its first appearance in the NCAA Elite Eight, losing 6-0 to South Carolina.
29 November 1968 -- The first hockey game was played at the Cadet Ice Arena. The Academy team defeated the Colorado All-Stars, a collection of former collegiate players, 8-6, in the exhibition game. During the first shift of the first period, a puck went through the "shatter-proof" glass and onto the running track in the multi-purpose area.
29 November 1970 -- First Lieutenant Elmon Caudill II, Class of '68, and First Lieutenant Charles Kollenberg, Class of '68, are reported missing when the C-123 on which they were passengers crashes south of Cam Ranh Bay AB, South Vietnam. Their status was changed to deceased on 17 December 1970. Their names appear on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
30 November 1969 - The Academy Cadet Parachute Team wins the National Intercollegiate Parachute Championship for the second year in a row. The team competed against 148 jumpers from 45 colleges and universities at Phoenix, Arizona.
30 November 1992 -- The F-15 that would eventually be displayed on the Terrazzo is retired from active service.