Tuesday Oct. 7
Coach Troy Calhoun Weekly Press Conference 10/7/14 2pm MT
Thursday Oct. 9
Air Force @ UNLV Volleyball 10/9/14 7pm MT
Friday Oct. 10
Air Force @ Colorado State Women's Soccer 10/10/14 4pm MT
San José State @ Air Force Men's Soccer 10/10/14 7pm MT
Saturday Oct. 11
Air Force @ San Diego State Volleyball 10/11/14 7pm MT
This shouldn't surprise any staff member or cadet here because, as Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle D. Johnson told the Board of Visitors Sept. 26 - and has repeatedly mentioned to her staff during her 14 month tenure - the Academy's ultimate focus is to engrain a culture consistent with the Air Force core values and ensure every cadet, athletes and non-athletes, live up to this standard.
"It's important to us to be strong everywhere across the Academy, including the athletic department," she said to the BOV. "We welcome tough and fair questions because we need to maintain a Culture of Commitment, Climate and Respect, and hold each other accountable, especially permanent party (Academy staff), to set a good model for cadets."
The Athletic Department's 27 intercollegiate sports, and boxing and cheerleading, train and compete to give the cadets character and leadership opportunities on and off the field, also focusing on Academic and character-driven wins.
Despite a few off-the-field challenges, Academy athletic director Dr. Hans Mueh said the vast majority of cadet athletes here serve others, set records, tackle leadership positions and receive the continued support of the local community.
"Athletics is the front porch of the Academy," Mueh said. "Cadet athletes are embarrassed to be identified as they are right now by the margins. The American public has a right to hold us to a much higher standard, including our athletic program. The cadets are embarrassed, want to do something to change that, and they are."
During the last six years, four Academy cadet athletes won NCAA Division I student athlete sportsmanship awards. Every year, one male and female from each division who demonstrates a high level of sportsmanship and ethics is selected.
Last year, William Kent, then a senior Falcon track and field hammer thrower, received the award after approaching an official during a competition to explain that his throw distance was lower than recorded. He wanted to make sure his record was accurate and fair and officials agreed to lower his mark. Kent's distance was still far enough to win the competition, but his honor and integrity came first.
"These are selfless acts," Mueh said. "They're spontaneous acts on the part of cadets who garnered these sportsmanship awards. I think that's very special."
In April, for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, cadets produced a "Cadet Athletes Against Sexual Violence" video for YouTube, showing Academy athletes pledging to take action to stop sexual violence. Coaches and staff here participated in the Mentor in Violence Prevention program that month, where most valuable player facilitators allowed cadet athletes to share personal stories and establish a continuing dialogue on issues such as rape, battery and sexual harassment.
One hundred-twenty athletes, including Falcon football players, attended this seminar, Mueh said.
"Forty athletes spent the entire day with facilitators," he said. "They now are mentors and trainers for the rest of the athletes here. I think the climate now among cadet athletes is that they're serious about taking steps to say, 'Enough. This is about respect and dignity. Let's sign this pledge and make sure this doesn't happen again.'"
The athletic department established a Respect and Character Enrichment committee that meets weekly to ensure teams and athletes continue to live up to the Academy's culture and communicate with their supervisors and coaches.
Then there's the Football Leadership Council, comprised of 24 Falcon football players who took ownership of their team's climate. They take part in regular community service projects and meet regularly with the Academy's staff.
The Academy also has an all-volunteer academic committee and mentoring program monitoring the academic progress of cadet athletes.
"Our jobs as mentors here is to create ways to make negatives into positives, molding our cadets into team players and disciplined officers, to hold people accountable and make them stronger without breaking their spirit," said Falcon Ice Hockey head coach Frank Serratore. "We must develop leaders who can think under pressure and make winning decisions."
Collectively, Serratore's team maintains a 3.0 GPA.
"The competitive athlete here understands teamwork and what it means to be part of team," Serratore said. "The competitive athlete also understands the meaning of true leadership. In my opinion, true leadership has little or nothing to do with rank. It has to do with earning the respect of others through one's actions, putting the team first, selflessly caring for others, leading from the front and in essence - leading by example."
Cadet athletes are cadets first, and before they step on the field they must take care of their academic and military responsibilities, Falcon Football head coach Troy Calhoun said.
"The daily discipline on the field, in the classroom, and sense of maturity and personal responsibility cadets must have here is continuous," he said. "We want cadets to have an incredible warrior spirit and drive that is in the interest of contributing to a team rather than solely for one's personal interests. That is the kind of character we want to build in our program."
Falcon Men's Basketball head coach Dave Pilipovich said athletics can never become more important than cadets' studies.
"Academics are very important in our mission at the Academy," he said. "If players strive to be the best students they can be, then we believe our cadets will strive to be the best athletes they can be. The hard work they put into academics carries over to their hard work on the court."
Last year, Pilipovich benched his leading scorer because he wasn't adhering to the team's high standards of behavior.
"It made our team weaker, but our mission is to help our cadet athletes become great officers," he said. "Also, it reinforced what we expect from our cadet athletes and the standards we continue to maintain in our program."
THIS DAY IN AIR FORCE ACADEMY HISTORY - OCTOBER
STEVEN A. SIMON, USAFA '77
ACADEMY DEVELOPMENT AND ALUMNI PROGRAMS OFFICE
1 October 1955 -- Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, the Academy architects, hold a design presentation meeting with members of the Air Force, the Academy staff, and Academy consultants. At the wide-ranging meeting, SOM received approval to proceed on the cadet quarters, the dining hall, and the academic building.
1 October 1961 -- The Reverend Dr. Billy Graham speaks to cadets at a worship service in Arnold Hall.
1 October 1962 -- The Colorado Astronautical Laboratory (renamed the Frank J. Seiler Laboratory in 1963) opens at the Academy. The laboratory was established to conduct research in chemistry, applied mathematics, and aerospace mechanics and to provide a means for supporting faculty and cadet research. The lab closed in 1995.
1 October 1966 -- The Academy football team earns its first victory over Navy, a 15-7 win at Falcon Stadium. It was the Midshipmen's first football game in Colorado.
1 October 1971 -- Captain James Newendorp, Class of '65, is killed when his RF-4C is shot down northeast of An Loc, South Vietnam, during a photographic reconnaissance mission. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
1 October 1982 -- The 557th Flying Training Squadron becomes part of the Academy, as it is released from Air Training Command. It was organizationally placed under the Deputy Commandant for Operations.
1 October 1985 -- The Cadet Examinations and Records office is transferred from the Director of Admissions and Registrar to the Dean of the Faculty. This function was combined with the Directorate of Curriculum and Scheduling Services to form the new Office of the Registrar.
1 October 1989 -- General Hansford "HT" Johnson, Class of '59, becomes the first Air Force Academy graduate to achieve four-star rank. He had assumed command of the Military Airlift Command on 20 September 1989.
1 October 1991 -- Brigadier General Paul K. Carlton Jr., Class of '69, becomes the first Academy graduate promoted to flag rank in the Air Force's Medical Corps. In 1999, he would become the first Academy graduate to serve as Surgeon General of the United States Air Force.
1 October 1998 -- The Human Environmental Research Center, later known as the Life Sciences Research Center, opens under the authority of Brigadier General David Wagie, Class of '72, Dean of the Faculty.
1 October 2002 -- The U.S. Northern Command stands up at Peterson Air Force Base, with General Ralph Eberhart, Class of '68, as its first commander. The unified command was established to provide command and control of Department of Defense homeland defense efforts and to coordinate defense support of civil authorities. Its area of responsibility includes all air, land and sea approaches to North America, encompassing the continental U.S., Alaska, Canada, Mexico and the surrounding water areas out to approximately 500 nautical miles.
1 October 2003 -- The Band of the Rockies, assigned to Air Force Space Command since 1993, is administratively moved back to the Academy, again becoming the Air Force Academy Band. The Band physically remains at its Peterson Air Force Base facility.
1 October 2004 -- Brigadier General Dana Born, Class of '83, becomes the first female officer to serve as Dean of the Faculty.
1 October 2010 - The Southeast Asia Memorial Pavilion, a gift of the Class of '70, is dedicated near Doolittle Hall during '70's forty-year reunion.
1 October 2010 -- The groundbreaking ceremony for the Holaday Athletic Center (named in honor of Bart, Class of '65, and Lynn Holaday) is held. The ceremony was somber, as Lynn Holaday had passed away earlier that morning after a long struggle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The Holaday Athletic Center was the first major project for the USAFA Endowment, a fund-raising foundation established in 2007.
1 October 2013 -- The San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association begin a four-day pre-season training visit to the Academy. The team is coached by Gregg Popovich, Class of '70.
2 October 1969 -- First Lieutenant Donald Moore, Class of '67, is killed when his A-1J aircraft catches fire and explodes during an aborted takeoff in Thailand. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
2 October 1982 -- Lieutenant Colonel Robert Brenci, Class of '63, receives the 1982 Colonel James Jabara Airmanship Award. He was honored for his leading role in the April 1980 American hostage rescue attempt in Iran, to include selecting and training the C-130 aircrews, piloting the first aircraft to penetrate hostile airspace, and developing new special operations capabilities in the aftermath. Each year, the Jabara Award goes to an Academy graduate, living or deceased, whose actions directly associated with an aerospace vehicle set him/her apart from contemporaries.
2 October 1982 -- The Briggs Overlook on Academy Drive north of the cadet athletic fields is dedicated. The Overlook was funded entirely by Mrs. James Briggs in honor of her husband, the Academy's second Superintendent.
2 October 1998 -- During the Jabara Recognition Dinner at Doolittle Hall, Captain Daniel Flynn, Class of '91, receives the 1998 Colonel James Jabara Airmanship Award. He was honored for his sustained superior performance as a leader and pilot whose quick thinking and extraordinary professionalism produced positive results from several life threatening situations. He came under hostile fire in Bosnia, led a rescue mission and performed flawlessly on countless JCS-directed and Joint Combined Exchange Training exercises in the Pacific Theater.
3 October 1955 -- Colonel Robert Whitlow, the Director of Athletics, writes to the Superintendent, Lieutenant General Hubert Harmon, urging a less restrictive policy regarding suspensions from athletic participation for academic deficiencies. He said it was depleting the varsity teams. The Superintendent was not supportive of the request.
3 October 1981 -- The Association of Graduates selects Gail McComas, former Cadet Wing Hostess, as its first Honorary Member. Mrs. McComas served at the Academy from 1955 until 1977. Honorary membership is awarded to persons who have rendered outstanding service to the Air Force and/or the Academy. Membership is limited to 25 living persons.
3 October 1986 -- The Academy's English Department hosts Joseph Heller, author of "Catch-22," at a two-day seminar to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the novel's publication. The Academy received positive national publicity for hosting the author of a book perceived by many to be anti-military.
3 October 1994 -- Dr. Paul Kaminski, Class of '64, begins a term as Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology, where he was responsible for all Department of Defense research, development, and acquisition programs. President Ronald Reagan once told Dr. Kaminski, "Seldom has a person of your rank achieved so much for his nation through the sheer genius of his ideas."
3 October 2009 -- Captain Michal Polidor, Class of '04, flies the mission for which he received the 2011 Colonel James Jabara Award for Airmanship. Captain Polidor, an F-15E flight lead, distinguished himself through his heroic actions in an Operation Enduring Freedom sortie supporting United States and Afghan National Army ground forces at Coalition Observation Post Keating.
3 October 2013 -- Heather Wilson, Class of '82, is inaugurated as the 18th president of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. The ceremony was moved up a day due to an approaching winter storm.
4 October 1954 -- The site for the airfield is resolved at a meeting between representatives of the Air Force and the architect, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.
4 October 1958 -- The Academy football team ties the eighth-ranked University of Iowa Hawkeyes, 13-13, bringing national recognition to the Falcons and the Air Force Academy. The 48,325 spectators comprised the largest crowd to watch an Air Force game to date. It was one of two ties for the undefeated squad.
4 October 1980 -- Capt. William Gillin, Class of '73, flies the mission for which he would receive the Academy's 1981 Colonel James Jabara Award for Airmanship. Flying an HH-3E helicopter, he rescued 61 passengers of the stricken Dutch ocean liner, Prinsendam. The passengers, many of them elderly, were among the 519 people forced to abandon ship when it caught fire in the frigid waters of the Gulf of Alaska, 120 miles from shore. The rescue operation lasted more than 11 hours and national news media hailed it as "the greatest maritime rescue in the history of the United States."
4 October 2003 -- Country band Diamond Rio performs in Arnold Hall.
5 October 1955 -- The first live falcon is presented to the Cadet Wing. The bird, a peregrine, was named Mach 1.
5 October 1965 -- First Lieutenant John Hauschildt, Class of '62, is killed when his F-100D aircraft is hit by small arms fire and crashes during a direct air support mission northwest of Tuy Hoa, South Vietnam. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
5 October 1975 -- Staff Sergeant Stephen Ambrose, assigned to the data automation center, is fatally injured when he falls while attempting to scale a cliff in Stanley Canyon in Pike National Forest. Two cadets were also injured in the accident.
5 October 1985 -- The Air Force football team defeats Notre Dame for a record fourth straight time with a 21-15 win at Falcon Stadium.
5 October 1986 -- Mr. Wallace Sawyer, Class of '68 and a member of the Central Intelligence Agency, is killed when his C-123 is shot down by a Soviet-supplied surface-to-air missile over Nicaragua while on a re-supply mission. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
5 October 1994 -- Dr. Sheila Widnall, Secretary of the Air Force, visits the Academy, to include a session with the Friends of the Air Force Academy Library.
5 October 2004 -- The United Kingdom's Duke of York, Prince Andrew Windsor, visits the Academy. He met 13 cadets who were applying for Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships, and had lunch on the Staff Tower in Mitchell Hall.
5 October 2012 -- During its 45-year reunion, the Class of '67 dedicates the Carillion Tower at the Cemetery. The Class project involved adding bells to the American Legion Memorial. More than 500 pieces of music can be played by the carillon.
5 October 2013 -- After federal civilians had been locked out for five days due to the government shutdown, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announces that the language in H.R. 3210 (the Pay Our Military Act) would allow DoD to recall most but not all of its civilian employees to work. The shutdown lasted 16 days.
6 October 1872 -- Leonard Capps establishes a homestead just south of where Falcon Stadium is today.
6 October 1975 -- The first Cessna T-37 Tweety Bird flight is flown. The T-37 replaced the Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star that since 1955 had been used to introduce cadets to jet flight.
6 October 1997 -- General Michael Ryan, Class of '65, becomes the second Air Force Academy graduate to serve as Chief of Staff of the Air Force. The first was General Ronald Fogleman, Class of '63.
7 October 1954 -- The Air Force Academy Athletic Association is established.
7 October 1966 -- Captain Robert Gilchrist, Class of '63, is presumed killed when his F-4C crashes during an attack on a truck convoy northwest of Dong Hoi, Republic of Vietnam. He was declared dead on 7 March 1978, and was promoted to major during the time he was missing. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
7 October 1975 -- President Gerald Ford signs Public Law 94-106, the Military Procurement Bill, authorizing the admission of women to the service academies. The Academy had been preparing for this change for years, and the June 1976 admission of the first 157 female cadets was uneventful.
7 October 1977 -- The Academy initiates an investigation into marijuana use by cadets. Nine cadets would eventually resign.
8 October 1955 -- The Academy plays its first football game, a freshman-level 34-18 win over the University of Denver's freshmen in front of 17,785 fans at DU's stadium. This game also featured the first-ever Cadet March-on, and was the first Air Force game broadcast on the radio, on KVOD, 630 AM in Denver.
8 October 1959 -- Second Lieutenant Bradley Hosmer, Class of '59, enters the University of Oxford as the first Academy graduate to earn a Rhodes Scholarship. He was the number one graduate in his class, and went on to become the first graduate to serve as Academy Superintendent.
8 October 1963 -- The Academy hosts the tenth annual Air Force Science and Engineering Symposium.
8 October 1969 -- First Lieutenant Max Rosen, Class of '67, is killed when his EC-47P aircraft has a fire on board and crashes southeast of Phu Cat Air Base, South Vietnam. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
8 October 1970 -- Captain Donald Shay, Class of '67, is presumed killed when his RF-4C fails to return from a photographic reconnaissance mission at dusk over southern Laos. The aircraft was thought to have been shot down. He was declared dead on 28 January 1981 and had been promoted to major during the time he was missing. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
8 October 1999 -- Two years after suspending flying operations in the T-3, the Air Education and Training Command announces that it would not resume use of the T-3 for pilot training. Three fatal accidents involving cadets and instructor pilots had taken place in the aircraft since 1994.
9 October 1963 -- The Frank J. Seiler Research Laboratory is dedicated. The laboratory was established at the Academy to conduct research in chemistry, applied mathematics, and aerospace mechanics and to provide a means for supporting faculty and cadet research. The facility closed in 1995.
9 October 1971 -- During the Homecoming Banquet, Captain Neil Crist, Class of '66, receives the 1971 Colonel James Jabara Airmanship Award. He was honored for his efforts to aid a Special Forces Camp at Dak Seang, Republic of Vietnam, which was under attack by approximately 10,000 enemy troops in April 1970. During the first five days of the support operation, Captain Crist participated in 11 missions. Each year, the Jabara Award goes to an Academy graduate, living or deceased, whose actions directly associated with an aerospace vehicle set him/her apart from contemporaries.
9 October 1985 -- The Academy Cadet Library hosts the 29th annual Military Librarians Workshop, which was attended by nearly 200 librarians from Department of Defense libraries all over the world, as well as representatives from the Canadian defense department.
9 October 1990 -- Honor Probation is implemented at the Academy. It replaced conduct/aptitude probation for cadets found in violation of the Cadet Honor Code.
10 October 1845 -- Without seeking congressional approval, Secretary of the Navy George Bancroft establishes a naval academy at Fort Severn, Annapolis, Maryland. Bancroft detailed a group of naval officers as instructors and ordered all the Navy's midshipmen to the new institution. It would be another century before the Air Force Academy joined its older siblings, the Military Academy and the Naval Academy.
10 October 1964 -- The Academy football team plays its first game against Notre Dame, a 34-7 loss at Falcon Stadium.
10 October 1970 -- The Graduate War Memorial, located at the north end of the Air Gardens near the flagpole, is dedicated. Brigadier General Robin Olds, the Commandant of Cadets, spoke at the ceremony. The curved monolith, constructed of three 7' x 21' slabs of black granite, is a gift from the Association of Graduates.
10 October 1970 -- During Homecoming weekend, Captain Wayne Warner, Class of '63, receives the 1970 Colonel James Jabara Airmanship Award. He distinguished himself through his display of superb airmanship, professional competence and selfless dedication in the service of his country, as evidenced by his 120 combat missions over North Vietnam in the C-130 and F-105 aircraft. Each year, the Jabara Award goes to an Academy graduate, living or deceased, whose actions directly associated with an aerospace vehicle set him/her apart from contemporaries.
10 October 1971 -- Major Vivienne Sinclair joins the Department of Languages, becoming the first female instructor at the Academy.
10 October 1974 -- The Sixth Military History Symposium begins at the Academy. The theme was "The Military History of the American Revolution."
10 October 1978 -- French Aspirant (Cadet) Sylvie Delporte becomes to first woman to complete T-41 training at the Academy.
11 October 1955 -- The Air Force Academy Federal Credit Union opens at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, temporary home of the Academy.
11 October 1969 -- Captain John Hathaway, Class of '63, is killed when his AC-119G gunship has an engine fire and crashes while taking off on a combat mission.. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
11 October 2005 -- The Doolittle Goblets, which had been displayed at the Air Force Academy since General Doolittle gave them to the Academy in1959, are removed from Arnold Hall and sent to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. The 80 goblets (one for each mission member) were presented to the Doolittle Raiders by the city of Tucson. They were used at every Doolittle Raider reunion, at which the goblets of deceased members were turned over.
12 October 1966 -- Major Wendall Bauman, Academy associate professor of Mathematics, is selected for inclusion in the 1966 edition of Who's Who in Colorado.
12 October 1967 -- Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Derrickson II, Class of '59, is presumed killed when his F-4C crashes during an armed reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam. He was declared dead on 12 December 1979, and was promoted to colonel during the time he was missing. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
12 October 1979 -- Cadets Second Class (juniors) are authorized to own cars after the Christmas break. Before that time, only cadets first class (seniors) could own cars.
12 October 1988 -- Sir Harry Hinsley of Cambridge University presents the 31st Harmon Memorial Lecture entitled, "World War II: An Intelligence Revolution."
13 October 1969 -- The U-4B Aero Commander goes into service at the Academy. It was used for the parachuting program until October 1977, when it was replaced by the UV-18 Twin Otter, the military version of the DeHavilland DHC-6.
13 October 1972 -- Captain Jeffrey Feinstein, Class of '68, scores his fifth kill in Vietnam, making him the second Air Force Academy graduate ace (Steve Ritchie, Class of '64, was the first). Feinstein was a Weapon Systems Officer in the F-4 Phantom II, and scored all five of his kills in 1972.
13 October 1993 -- The funeral for Colonel Joseph Moller is held in the Protestant Cadet Chapel. Colonel Moller and his wife, Dorothy Donnelly Moller, were selected to receive the Academy's 2003 Distinguished Service Award. Among their many contributions, the Mollers established the first major planned gift in Academy history.
14 October 1947 -- Just under a month after the Air Force became a separate service, Air Force Captain Charles "Chuck" Yeager makes the first manned supersonic flight, piloting the Bell X-1. General Yeager has been a strong supporter of the Academy.
14 October 1978 -- During the Homecoming Banquet in Mitchell Hall, Lieutenant Colonel Wayne Kendall Jr. Class of '60, receives the 1978 Colonel James Jabara Airmanship Award. Colonel Kendall, a medical doctor, was honored for his investigative research on the biodynamic effects on the body of a canopy loss in F-15 and F-16 type aircraft. His research involved using himself as the human test subject. Each year, the Jabara Award goes to an Academy graduate, living or deceased, whose actions directly associated with an aerospace vehicle set him/her apart from contemporaries.
14 October 1978 -- The Class Wall, a gallery of crests of Academy classes, begins when the Class of '68 presents its crest during its ten-year reunion. The wall, located on the Terrazzo just to the east of the Cadet Chapel, is "dedicated by the classes which have gone before to those which will follow in recognition of our common commitment to excellence." The Association of Graduates donated the Wall, which was funded through class gifts.
14 October 1987 -- Academy instructors attend the National Defense Colloquium on "Lying for your Country: What the Constitution Requires."
14 October 2006 -- With two falcon mascots and several cadets in attendance, President George W. Bush accepts the Air Force Memorial during a dedication ceremony. The memorial, honoring the millions of men and women who have served in the United States Air Force, is located in Arlington, Virginia, overlooking the Pentagon, the Potomac River and Washington D.C.
15 October 1960 -- The football team plays Navy for the first time, losing 35-3 at Baltimore Memorial Stadium.
15 October 1976 -- The Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph publishes an article entitled "Women's Attrition at Academy Better Than Men's." By the end of the fifteenth week of training, 6.37 percent of the female cadets in the Class of '80 had departed, compared to 10.24 % of the males.
15 October 1977 -- During the Homecoming Banquet in Mitchell Hall, Major Roger Carleton, Class of '67, receives the 1977 Colonel James Jabara Airmanship Award. He was recognized for his outstanding contributions as the primary pilot during the development testing and evaluation to determine operational suitability of the A-10. Each year, the Jabara Award goes to an Academy graduate, living or deceased, whose actions directly associated with an aerospace vehicle set him/her apart from contemporaries.
15 October 1988 -- The Academy hosts a deer hunt on its grounds for the first time in approximately 15 years. The Colorado Department of Wildlife managed the hunt.
16 October 1970 -- Academy officials apply for a broadcast license for a cadet radio station. The message requested that the call letters be either KAFA or KDET. The license was granted, with the call letters KAFA.
16 October 1971 -- The Cadet Drum and Bugle Corps' first performance at Falcon Stadium takes place during halftime of Air Force's 20-7 win over Army.
16 October 1976 -- During the Homecoming Banquet at Mitchell Hall, Lieutenant Colonel Michael Love, Class of '60, receives the 1976 Colonel James Jabara Airmanship Award. He was honored for his significant contributions to airmanship through his work in the X-24B Lifting Body Project. He was the Air Force test pilot on the project created to develop and test an aerospace vehicle radically different from other manned aircraft.
16 October 2010 -- The Academy hosts the inaugural Thunderbird Invitational Mock Trial Tournament.
16 October 2011 -- During the first intermission of the Air Force -Robert Morris hockey game, the ½-scale Lockheed Global Positioning System III Navigation Satellite and the ¼-scale Boeing Wideband Global SATCOM Satellite models hanging above the Cadet Ice Arena are dedicated.
16 October 2013 -- Lieutenant General (Retired) Mike Gould, Class of '76, is named to the 13-member College Football Playoff Selection Committee. The group, which includes former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former NFL player Archie Manning, will be responsible for selecting four teams for the national championship playoff, as well as the participants in the four premier bowl games.
17 October 1955 -- Headquarters USAF activates the 7625th Operations Squadron and assigns it to the Air Force Academy for operational control. The unit performed several missions for the Academy, to include providing navigator training to the cadets (the early classes graduated with navigator wings), transporting Academy senior staff members, and maintaining Academy staff officer pilots' currency.
17 October 1998 -- Singer Dionne Warwick performs at Arnold Hall.
17 October 1999 -- The stainless steel Falcon Sculpture is dedicated. Donated by Colonel J. Stanton Keck, Navy '54, and Colonel Edward F. Lundberg and sculpted by Terry Hinde, it is displayed on the Honor Court. The inscription on the base reads, "Dedicated to the United States Air Force Academy Cadet Wing."
18 October 1969 -- The Academy football team beats Oregon 60-13 in a home game that came to be known as the "Fog Bowl." Terry Frei, son of the Oregon Coach, Jerry Frei, wrote, "You couldn't see the field from the press box."
18 October 1969 -- During the Homecoming Banquet, Major Terry Jorris, Class of '61, and (posthumously) First Lieutenant Karl Richter, Class of '64, receive the 1969 Colonel James Jabara Airmanship Award. Jorris was honored for his "superior expertise in the field of aerospace research." Richter received the Jabara Award for the dedication, determination and enthusiasm with which he served. Each year, the Jabara Award goes to an Academy graduate, living or deceased, whose actions directly associated with an aerospace vehicle set him/her apart from contemporaries.
18 October 1987 -- Mrs. Jane Hamm, wife of the sitting superintendent, Lieutenant General Charles Hamm, passes away suddenly.
18 October 1997 -- Senator (and retired Navy Captain) John McCain receives the 1997 Thomas D. White Award during a visit to the Air Force Academy. The award, established in 1962, is presented annually to a U.S. citizen who has contributed significantly to the national defense of the United States.
19 October 1962 -- The formal Presentation Dinner for the football stadium is held at the Broadmoor International Center. More than 700 people attended the event, at which comedian Phil Harris performed.
19 October 1992 -- The Air Force Times publishes an article entitled "Bill would Cut Status, Officer Staff at Academies." The article addressed upcoming legislation that would add civilian faculty members to the Air Force and Military Academy faculties. While not specifically stated, the implied intent was for Air Force and West Point to match the Naval Academy's 50-50 mix.
19 October 2002 -- ESPN College GameDay broadcasts from the Terrazzo for the second time. The show also broadcasted from the Academy in 2001 and 2009.
19 October 2007 -- At a Broadmoor dinner, the first Air Force Academy Athletic Hall of Fame class is inducted. The class is comprised of Olympic champion sprinter Alonzo Babers (Class of '83), basketball players Bob Beckel ('59) and Michelle Johnson ('81), former athletic director Colonel John Clune (Navy, '54), and football players Brock Strom ('59) and Chad Hennings ('88).
19 October 2012 -- The groundbreaking ceremony for the 46,000 square foot Center for Character and Leadership Development building takes place. The building, located on the Honor Court, will feature an iconic 105-foot-tall skylight pointing due north at 39° altitude. The alignment with the North Star symbolizes the Academy's unwavering focus on the core values. Another unique aspect of the building is its funding, a mix of public and private money, with non-government funding provided by the USAFA Endowment, a fund-raising foundation established in 2007.
19 October 2012 -- The Association of Graduates and the Academy dedicate the Falcon Center Heritage Exhibit in Fairchild Hall. The display honors 28 Academy graduates, each of whom have excelled in one of seven categories: Notable Firsts; Heroism; Air Force Chiefs of Staff; Military Excellence; Academic Excellence; Excellence in Business; and Government Service.
20 October 1956 -- The first free flight of an Air Force falcon before a football audience takes place in Denver University Stadium during a 49-6 victory over Colorado Mines. The historic bird, which flew just 13 months after the falcon was chosen as the Academy's mascot, was a prairie falcon names Lucifer.
20 October 1962 -- The dedication of Falcon Stadium is held at the second home football game, a 35-20 loss to Oregon. Actor and Air Force Reserve Brigadier General Jimmy Stewart served as emcee.
20 October 1975 -- The Report on Inter-Service Academy Conference is published. The conference of federal service academy representatives addressed training requirements and concerns regarding the pending admission of female cadets.
20 October 1977 -- The U-4B Aero Commander, in use at the Academy since 13 October 1969, makes its final flight. The U-4B was replaced by the UV-18 Twin Otter, the military version of the DeHavilland DHC-6.
21 October 1967 -- Captain Clarence Hemmel, Class of '63, is killed when his F-100D aircraft is lost during a close air support mission, probably hit by ground fire in Quang Tin Province, South Vietnam. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
21 October 1987 -- The Academy Protestant Cadet Chapel plays host to the funeral of Mrs. Jane Hamm, wife of the superintendent, Lieutenant General Charles Hamm.
21 October 2002 -- The Academy breaks ground on a new traffic control tower.
22 October 1993 -- Major Ali Frohlich, Class of '80, receives the 1993 Colonel James Jabara Airmanship Award. He was honored for his sustained superior performance during Operation Desert Storm and while enforcing the no-fly zone over northern Iraq. Each year, the Jabara Award goes to an Academy graduate, living or deceased, whose actions directly associated with an aerospace vehicle set him/her apart from contemporaries.
22 October 1996 -- The American Legion Memorial Tower, displayed on the hill west of the Cadet Chapel since May 1981, is moved to the Academy Cemetery.
22 October 2000 -- Comedian, actor, writer, and producer Bill Cosby performs at Arnold Hall.
22 October 2002 -- An announcement is made from the Staff Tower at Mitchell Hall that the cadet library will be renamed for Brigadier General (Retired) Robert McDermott, who was the Dean of the Faculty from 1956 until 1968.
23 October 1871 -- The first Denver and Rio Grande train passes through the future site of the Air Force Academy. The railroad and the tracks were owned by General William Jackson Palmer, one of the founders of Colorado Springs.
23 October 1966 -- First Lieutenant Samuel Baker, Class of '62, is killed when his T-28 aircraft crashes on a familiarization flight near Nakhon Phanom, Thailand. He was promoted to captain posthumously. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
23 October 1990 -- The Boettcher Foundation approves a grant of $23,000 for archival conservation of materials within the Gimbel Collection located in the Academy Library.
23 October 1992 -- The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1993 directs the Secretary of Defense to submit legislation to increase the number of civilians on the Air Force Academy and Military Academy faculties. Until that time, the faculty had been virtually all military.
24 October 1964 -- First Lieutenant Valmore Bourque, Class of '60, becomes the first graduate to die in combat. He was killed when his C-123B was struck by ground fire over Cambodia and crashed. Bourque was promoted to captain posthumously. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo, and his statue stands in the Mall of Heroes between Fairchild and Vandenberg Halls. Coincidentally, on 11 July 1955, he was the first person to be sworn in as an Air Force Academy cadet.
24 October 1986 -- The Colorado Association for International Education co-hosts a conference at the Academy entitled "Understanding the USSR." Ambassador Stephen Rhinesmith and Dr. Benjamin Lambeth were the keynote speakers.
24 October 1997 -- The Academy's first orbiting spacecraft, "Falcon Doolittle," launches. It was launched as a fixed secondary payload on an Atlas-Centaur. The payload sampled the GPS spectrum once every five minutes.
24 October 2005 -- Lieutenant General John Regni, Class of '73, becomes the Academy's seventeenth Superintendent, succeeding Lieutenant John Rosa Jr.
24 October 2013 -- The Class of '63 dedicates the class ring of deceased classmate Pat Wynne. The ring was lost when First Lieutenant Wynne was shot down and killed in Vietnam on 8 August 1966. Forty years later, his missing ring was returned to the Wynne family, which in turn donated it to the Academy.
25 October 1957 -- The Secretary of the Air Force and School District 20 sign a 99-year lease that grants the use of land for construction of three dependent school facilities on the Academy: two elementary schools and one secondary school.
25 October 1983 -- Operation Urgent Fury, the invasion of the Caribbean Island of Grenada, begins. . Captain Michael Davis, Class of -78, won the 1984 Colonel James Jabara Airmanship Award for his role in the operation. A C-130E Special Operations aircraft commander, he was part of the initial assault force of 12 aircraft, making two passes at 500 feet to drop paratroopers. Over the next several days, he was repeatedly called upon for hazardous missions, to include emergency medical evacuations.
25 October 1995 -- Lieutenant Colonel Robert Donnelly Jr., Class of '77, flies the mission for which he received the 1996 Colonel James Jabara Award for Airmanship. Colonel Donnelly was the lead pilot on an HH-60G two-ship during a humanitarian assistance mission near Flatyeri, Iceland, which had been devastated by an avalanche caused by the worst storm since 1934.
26 October 1959 -- The Thrift Shop, a project of the Officers' Wives Club, opens at its new location in Pine Valley.
26 October 1969 -- Captain Gray Warren, Class of '65, is presumed killed when his F-4D hits the ground about 100 yards from its target and explodes during an air strike near Ban Son, Laos. He was declared dead on 25 October 1973. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
26 October 1994 -- General Ronald Fogleman, Class of '63, becomes the first Air Force Academy graduate to serve as Chief of Staff of the Air Force.
26 October 2000 -- The Genesis of Flight is published by the University of Washington Press, under the auspices of the Friends of the Air Force Academy Library. The coffee table book contains an annotated bibliography of approximately 350 items in the Gimbel Collection.
27 October 1960 -- A groundbreaking ceremony is held for the new football stadium. Colorado Governor Stephen McNichols joined Air Force and Air Force Academy Foundation officials in turning the first dirt at the stadium site. Construction began in early 1961 and Falcon Stadium was ready for the 1962 season.
27 October 1972 -- The Department of Justice, along with the Department of Defense, appeals the U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that mandatory chapel attendance at the three service academies is unconstitutional. In December 1972, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the ruling. Compulsory chapel ended in January 1973.
27 October 1979 -- A group of Academy graduates stationed at F. E. Warren AFB in Cheyenne, Wyoming, paint a large white "F" to the right of the "A" (for "Agriculture") on the hillside behind the Colorado State University football stadium. The "AF" spirit mission was conducted in the early morning hours before the Air Force at CSU football game, which the Rams won 20-6.
28 October 1954 -- Pine Valley resident Earl Schwab writes to Harold Talbott, Secretary of the Air Force, protesting the Air Force's decision to expand the Academy's territory to include all of Pine Valley. Ironically, Mr. Schwab was a Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce board member and helped bring the Academy to the area. It cost him his home, which became the Dean of Faculty's quarters.
28 October 1983 -- The Falcon Foundation donates the "Gallery of Secretaries" to the Academy. The portraits of the Secretaries of the Air Force were given to the Academy Library.
29 October 1959 -- An Academy-related episode of the television game show "To Tell The Truth" airs on CBS. A falconer, Cadet George Nolde, Class of '61, appeared with the Academy's first falcon, Mach 1. Captain Coit Butler from the information office was also on the program.
29 October 2007 -- The Vast Refuge Dharma Hall is dedicated as the Cadet Buddhist Chapel. The Buddhist sanctuary, located downstairs in the Cadet Chapel, is the gift of the Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism and The Friends of Zen. One of the founders and a director of the Friends of Zen, Reverend Dai En Hi Fu George Wiley Burch, Class of '59, organized the fundraising effort through the Association of Graduates.
29 October 2012 -- The Wings of Blue compete at U.S. Nationals in the four-way Advanced Formation Skydiving category for the first time. The Academy's Formation Skydiving teams were tied for first after 10 rounds, and went to a "jump-off" round for the first time in U.S. history to win Gold and Silver medals.
29 October 2013 -- The Chief of Staff of the Air Force, General Mark Welsh, Class of '76, and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James A. Cody conduct an in-studio interview and town hall meeting that are broadcast on KAFA, the cadet radio station.
30 October 1962 - The Engineers' Council for Professional Development accredits the Academy curriculum, leading to a major in Engineering Science.
30 October 1971 -- First Lieutenant Robert Ryan, Class of '69, is killed when his O-2A aircraft is hit by ground fire and crashes near Savannakhet, Laos. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
30 October 1975 -- The Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph publishes an article entitled, "Cadettes Will Get Some Pilot Training."
31 October 1951 -- The Colorado Springs Gazette quotes General Hoyt Vandenberg, Chief of Staff of the Air Force as saying, "Colorado Springs is a nice spot and I would like to see it designated as the future site of the Air Academy."
31 October 1959 -- The Academy football team plays Army for the first time. The game was played in Yankee Stadium, New York, and the 13-13 tie drew 67,000 fans, at that time the largest crowd to ever attend an Air Force game.
Tuesday Sept 30
Coach Troy Calhoun Weekly Press Conference 9/30/14 2pm MT
Thursday Oct 2
Boise State @ Air Force Volleyball 10/2/14 6pm MT
Friday Oct 3
Air Force @ New Mexico Women's Soccer 10/3/14 7pm MT
Saturday Oct 4
Air Force Football Post Game Press Conference 10/4/14 4:45pm MT
Utah State @ Air Force Volleyball 10/4/14 6pm MT
UMKC @ Air Force Men's Soccer 10/4/14 7pm MT
Tuesday Sept. 23
Coach Troy Calhoun Weekly Press Conference 9/23/14 2pm MT
Thursday Sept. 25
Air Force @ Nevada Volleyball 9/25/14 6:30pm PT
Friday Sept. 26
Boise State @ Air Force Women's Soccer 9/26/14 6pm MT
Saturday Sept. 27
Air Force @ San José State Volleyball 9/27/14 1pm PT
Air Force Football Post Game Press Conference 9/27/14 8:15pm MT http://vcloud.volarvideo.com/AFA/broadcast/embed/6038?w=640&autoplay=1
Sunday Sept. 28
Utah State @ Air Force Women's Soccer 9/28/14 Noon MT
The link below is a story from White House television about the Invictus Games in London. Air Force head men's tennis coach Dan Oosterhous participated from the United States.
James Anderson and Matthew McLean, contracting officers at the 10th Contracting Squadron, will compete for DOD-level individual awards; Jessica Niebuhr, also an Academy contracting officer, will compete for an Air Force-level individual award.
After winning the DOD Bronze award for Workforce Development last year, the10th CONS was again nominated by Air Force leadership to compete in this category.
"After earning the bronze last year we have our sights set a little higher in 2014," said 10th CONS director James Berns.
Also, a team of contracting and U.S. Air Force Academy Athletic Cooperative Agreement officials will compete at the Air Force-level for the David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award recognizing best acquisition practices.
Anderson was nominated in the Contracting and Procurement Category for saving the Air Force $73 million while managing contract acquisitions for the Fix USAFA initiative designed to upgrade facilities here.
McLean was nominated in the Contracting in an Expeditionary Environment Category for managing security and logistic contracts during a year-long civilian deployment to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.
Niebuhr was nominated in the Business Category for improving 10th CONS support of Academy research projects and managing a wealth of cooperative agreements between the Academy and non-DOD agencies.
"Winning three of the four nominations in the individual categories is gratifying and a great reflection on the dedication and professionalism of our contracting staff," Berns said.
The 10th CONS and U.S. Air Force Academy Athletic Cooperative Agreement Team has been nominated for the DOD's David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award for its work leading to the award of the cooperative agreement resulting in the establishment of the AFAAC, a nonprofit organization owned by the secretary of the Air Force, Berns said.
The 16-member team was led by Shawna Bowshot, a 10th CONS contracting officer and John Coulahan, the Athletic Department's associate athletic director for finance program manager.
The link below is to a feature story on the Green Bay Packers website with former Falcon and Packer Chris Gizzi.
Be sure to follow live scoring from the 39th Annual Milwaukee Classic tennis tournament from Sept. 12-14 on the link below. The Air Force men's team completes at the following times:
Sept. 12 - 9 a.m. singles vs. Wisconsin; 3 p.m. doubles vs. Ball State
Sept. 13 -- 11 a.m. doubles vs. Wisconsin; 1 p.m. singles vs. Marquette
Sept. 14 -- 9 a.m. doubles vs. Marquette; 11 a.m. singles vs. Ball State