THIS DAY IN AIR FORCE ACADEMY HISTORY - SEPTEMBER
STEVEN A. SIMON, USAFA '77
ACADEMY DEVELOPMENT AND ALUMNI PROGRAMS OFFICE
1 September 1954 -- Brigadier General Robert M. Stillman is appointed as the first Commandant of Cadets. In 1994, the cadet parade field would be named Stillman Field, in his honor.
1 September 1958 -- The 739th Air Force Band, reactivated in May 1955 to provide musical support for cadet athletics and military marching units, is officially renamed the United States Air Force Academy Band.
1 September 1959 -- The Superintendents of the four academies of the Armed Forces (Air Force, Coast Guard, Military and Naval) enunciate a common policy governing intercollegiate athletics. They emphasized that intercollegiate athletics should be equally available to all students, provided their behavior and academic proficiency demonstrated they were worthy of the privilege.
1 September 1959 -- The two Academy elementary schools, Douglass Valley Elementary and Pine Valley Elementary, are ready to open on schedule. They were built at a total cost of $939,033. The Air Academy Junior/Senior High building, constructed at a cost of just under $900,000, also opened.
1 September 1961 -- Time magazine runs an article entitled, "Professors with Wings." The Superintendent, Major General William Stone stated that more than 11,000 officers had applied for instructor duty since the Academy had opened.
1 September 1978 -- Brigadier General William Orth becomes the Academy's fourth Dean of the Faculty, succeeding Brigadier General William Woodyard, who served for ten years.
1 September 1978 -- Headquarters USAF redesignates the Academy from a Separate Operating Agency to a Direct Reporting Unit.
1 September 1979 -- Academy officials announce that the overall performance average (OPA) would replace the graduation order of merit (GOM) beginning with the graduating class of 1980.
1 September 1981 -- As a pregame demonstration for the Wyoming football game, The Wings of Blue deliver the game ball to the officials by landing squarely on the 50 yard line of Falcon Stadium.
1 September 1981 -- The Office of Historical Studies is transferred to the Special Collections Branch of the Library.
1 September 1981 -- The Dean of Faculty Squadron Section is established to provide support for Dean of the Faculty personnel.
1 September 1999 - The Cadet Chapel's second all-faiths room is opened for use.
2 September 1939 -- The official Army Air Corps song, which would become the Air Force Song, is officially introduced at the Cleveland Air Races. The writer of the song, Robert Crawford, sang it in its first public performance.
2 September 1959 -- The Olympic-sized swimming pool in the Physical Education building is opened to the Cadet Wing. The natatorium is 212 feet long, 56 feet wide, with water depth ranging from 4 ½ feet to 18 feet. It held 978,000 gallons of water, and featured 1- and 3-meter diving boards, and 5- and 10-meter diving platforms.
2 September 1997 -- General Ralph Eberhart, Class of '68, begins a term as Acting Chief of Staff of the Air Force. He served in the capacity until 5 October 1997.
3 September 1925 -- The navy dirigible Shenandoah crashes in Ohio, killing all 14 crewmembers on board. Army Brigadier General Billy Mitchell, namesake of the Academy cadet dining hall, accused Army and Navy leaders of "incompetence, criminal negligence, and almost treasonable administration." He was court-martialed for his insubordination, attracting attention to flight and ultimately leading to a separate Air Force and Academy.
3 September 1941 -- Pilot Officer John Gillespie Magee Jr., an American serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Battle of Britain, conducts the high altitude test flight in a Spitfire V that inspires his poem, "High Flight." Magee died in a midair collision three months later, on 11 December 1941, but his composition lives on. This iconic poem is a cadet favorite. It has been set to music and is one of the Cadet Chorale's most popular songs.
3 September 1957 -- Air Academy Junior/Senior High opens. Because the school facility wasn't built yet, the school used the Pine Valley Country Club, which would later become The Carlton House, quarters for the Superintendent. It was the first high school in District 20's 83-year existence. Prior to that time, high school students were bussed to schools outside the district.
3 September 1966 - Cadet Steve Elm, Class of '67, becomes the first parachute team member to jump an air-to-air camera. With his 35mm camera, he took a total of seven shots of classmate Bill Hall in freefall.
3 September 1994 -- The Air Base Wing is designated the 10th Air Base Wing (provisional). It was activated as the 10th Air Base Wing on 1 November 1994.
3 September 1999 -- The first Distinguished Service Award is presented to The Colorado Springs Committee and Lieutenant General Albert P. Clark. The Colorado Springs Committee was instrumental in bringing the Air Force Academy to Colorado Springs. General Clark, a World War II POW, served as the Academy's Superintendent from 1970 to 1974.
4 September 1966 -- Captain Raymond Salzarulo Jr., Class of '64, is presumed killed when his F-4C is struck by an SA-2 surface-to-air missile near Thai Nguyen, North Viet Nam. He was listed as missing until 12 March 1973. His remains were returned on 13 September 1990. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
4 September 1986 -- The Academy begins hosting the road race portion of the 1986 World Cycling Championships, which took place over four days. Moreno Argentin from Italy won the men's race and Jeannie Longo of France won the women's race. The amateurs' road race and team time trial were also contested. Olympic decathlon champion Bruce Jenner was at the Academy covering the event for television.
4 September 1997 -- The Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) statue, "The WASP Trainee," is dedicated. The memorial was sculpted by Dorothy Swain Lewis, a WASP veteran. She passed away on 9 September 2013, just shy of her 98th birthday. The statue is displayed on the Honor Court.
4 September 2007 -- Lowry Building 880, which served as the Commandant of Cadet's office from 1954 until 1958, is officially added to the National Register of Historic Places during a dedication ceremony.
5 September 1964 -- The Academy hosts families of the new fourth classmen for the first time, an event that would grow into Parents' Weekend.
5 September 1967 -- Captain Paul Raymond, Class of '65, is killed when his F-4C flies into a barrage of 37mm flak and crashes during a night armed reconnaissance mission just north of the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Vietnam. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
5 September 1973 -- First Lieutenant Phil Boggs, then a staff officer in the Academy's computer center, wins the men's three meter springboard title at the first World Aquatic Championships in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. He went on to win the three meter springboard event at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Canada.
6 September 1968 -- Captain David Risher, Class of '64, is killed when his C-130 crashes on landing at Bao Loc, South Vietnam. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
6 September 1992 -- The Academy women's soccer team plays its first game, losing 2-1 to the University of Northern Colorado. Kim Schroeder, Class of '93, scored the team's first goal, assisted by Julie Pilkington, Class of '95. Maggie Smith, Class of '96, was in goal.
7 September 1959 -- Time magazine, in an article about the growing influence of the Air Force Academy and the academic changes made by its Dean of the Faculty, Brigadier General Robert McDermott, notes, "last week the Army and Navy moved in the same direction."
7 September 1964 - John Huetter, Jim McGorry, and Chuck Ryerson, Class of '65, and Pete Johnston, Class of '66, leap from the side of a Cessna 182 at an altitude of 5000 feet, thus performing the first four parachute jumps on Academy grounds.
7 September 1984 -- The B-52 Memorial at the intersection of North Gate Boulevard and Stadium Boulevard is dedicated. TheB-52 D bomber known as "Diamond Lil" was officially dedicated by General Bennie L. Davis, Commander-in-Chief of the Strategic Air Command.
7 September 1992 -- The Academy women's soccer team earns the program's first win, a 1-0 victory over Regis University.
7 September 2006 -- Supreme Court associate justice Samuel Alito visits the Academy. He toured the Cadet Chapel, Mitchell Hall, and Cadet Squadron 14 before addressing more than 700 cadets in Arnold Hall.
8 September 1975 -- Representatives of the federal service academies begin a two-day conference to discuss training requirements and concerns regarding the pending approval of legislation to admit female cadets. Among other things, the group decided that training and standards would be coeducational as much as possible, and that female intercollegiate athletic programs would begin as soon as female cadets arrived. The report was published on 20 October 1975.
8 September 2000 -- The B-29 Superfortress statue is dedicated. The memorial, sculpted by Robert Henderson, is displayed on the Honor Court.
8 September 2005 -- "Jewel of the Rockies: USAFA's First 50 Years," the Public Broadcasting Service documentary, premieres in Arnold Hall. Eleven days later, the program had its broadcast premiere on Rocky Mountain PBS. It also appeared on PBS stations nationwide, as well as on The Pentagon Channel.
8 September 2006 -- Air Education and Training Command's public affairs office announces that the Air Force's fleet of 110 T-3A Firefly aircraft will be destroyed. The British-made trainer was grounded in 1997 after three Air Force Academy cadets and their three instructors died in crashes.
8 September 2009 -- First Lieutenant Joseph Helton, Class of '07, is killed while on patrol in Balad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonates near his vehicle. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
8 September 2012 -- The Air Force Academy football team loses 31-25 to the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. The attendance -- 112,522 -- is a record crowd for an Air Force game.
9 September 1972 -- Captain Charles DeBellevue becomes the first navigator ace, with his fifth and sixth kills. He earned his first four kills as Weapon Systems Operator for Captain Steve Ritchie, Class of '64. DeBellevue had applied to, but been denied admission to, the Academy. Following the Vietnam War, he attended pilot training at Williams AFB, Arizona.
9 September 1972 -- Lieutenant General George Simler, former Academy Director of Athletics, is killed in a T-38 crash in Texas. General Simler (he was posthumously promoted to four-star rank) conceived the idea of an annual competition between the Air Force, Army and Navy football teams, with the winner earning the Commander-in Chief's Trophy. The series began in 1972, shortly after his death. Air Force has won the trophy a record 18 times.
9 September 1991 -- The Air Force Times publishes an article entitled "DoD to Seek Reviews on Academy Faculties." The article acknowledged a change in thinking at Air Force, which was considering the importance of teaching credentials and experience. A General Accounting Office (GAO) report had cited concerns from accrediting agencies and visiting civilian professors about the all-military faculty having high turnover and a subsequent lack of teaching experience. It was another step toward adding civilians to the faculty.
9 September 1992 -- Walter Netsch, lead architect of the Air Force Academy, presents the Academy with the Reynolds Aluminum Award he received in 1963 for excellence in design of the Cadet Chapel. The Cadet Chorale sang at the ceremony in the Protestant Cadet Chapel.
9 September 1996 -- The Friends of the Air Force Academy Library receives a donation from the Former Prisoners of Stalag Luft III for the maintenance and preservation of the Stalag Luft III collection.
9 September 2004 -- The C46 Commando statue is dedicated. The statue was sculpted by Richard Henderson, who used to fly a C46, and is displayed on the Honor Court.
9 September 2006 -- The Air Force football team takes 11th ranked Tennessee to the limit, falling a two-point conversion short in the 31-30 loss before 105, 466 spectators in Knoxville.
9 September 2008 -- Cadet Second Class Peter French, Class of '10, is named the Division I winner of the NCAA Sportsmanship Award. During the 2008 Junior Men's Epee World Cup in Basel, Switzerland, French struck the floor in an attempt for his opponent's foot. The scoring director awarded a point to French. Immediately, he acknowledged the scoring mistake and asked that the point be removed from his score, a gesture not usually exhibited in international competition.
9 September 2011 -- Two days prior to the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks, the Class of '76 dedicates the 9/11 Memorial on the Terrazzo during the class's 35-year reunion. The memorial features a section of World Trade Center girder.
10 September 1967 -- The U.S. Olympic Committee names the Air Force Academy as a site for high-altitude training for gymnasts and swimmers preparing for the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.
10 September 1989 -- The first night football game in Falcon Stadium is held. Portable lights were brought in for the 45-10 victory over Wyoming that was televised on ESPN.
11 September 1880 -- School District 20, founded in 1874, is reorganized by County Superintendent James P. Easterly. The district encompassed 36 square miles and served students from the communities of Edgerton, Monument Park (now Woodmen Valley), Breed, Cottonwood, and Pine Valley.
11 September 1955 -- President Dwight Eisenhower visits the Academy site at Lowry Air Force Base, Denver, Colorado.
11 September 2001 -- Two Academy graduates are killed during the terrorist attack. Charles Jones, Class of '74, was a passenger aboard American Airlines Flight 11 that crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. LeRoy Homer, Class of '87, was First Officer of United Airlines Flight 93 that crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Their names appear on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
11 September 2008 -- The Academy's Life Sciences Research Center receives the Outstanding Partnership award from the Federal Laboratory Consortium for its partnership with Dr. Mike Wilcox on high-resolution surveillance capability based on the biomimetic study of fly-eye physiology.
12 September 1961 -- The Schulmerich "Carillon Americana" bells instrument is dedicated.
12 September 1983 -- The Permanent Professors' Art Gallery opens on the third floor of Fairchild Hall, in honor of all permanent professors at the Academy.
13 September 1966 -- First Lieutenant John Skoro Jr., Class of '63, is killed when his F-100D is hit by ground fire during a strike on an automatic weapon position near Phu Xuan, South Vietnam. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
13 September 1966 -- Captain John Stackhouse, Class of '61, is killed when his F-4C crashes on takeoff from Ubon Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
13 September 1991 -- Singer Judy Collins performs in Arnold Hall.
13 September 2003 -- Tonight Show host Jay Leno appears at the Academy's Arnold Hall.
14 September 1966 -- First Lieutenant Harold Knudsen Jr., Class of '63, is presumed killed when his F-4E aircraft fails to return to friendly airspace following an armed reconnaissance mission in Laos. He was declared dead on 6 February 1979. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
14 September 1974 -- The Falcon Foundation votes to expand its Executive Committee and, for the first time, to include members who did not live in the Dallas, Texas, area.
14 September 2002 -- James Brown, "The Godfather of Soul," performs at Arnold Hall. He had also appeared at the Academy on 11 February 1979.
14 September 2004 -- Marine Major Kevin Shea, Class of '89, is killed by rocket fire near Camp Fallujah, Iraq, while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was posthumously promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and his name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
15 September 1958 -- Life magazine runs an article, "Air Cadets Welcome Home," describing the Cadet Wing's move to its permanent site in Colorado Springs.
15 September 1975 -- The Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association begin a two-week pre-season training visit to the Academy. The team's appearance was very popular with cadets and staff and stimulated community interest in Academy activities.
15 September 1990 -- During Homecoming, Captain Francis Gabreski, Class of '81, receives the 1990 Colonel James Jabara Airmanship Award. He was honored for his work crucial to the successful deployment and employment of the AC-130H Spectre gunships prior to and during Operation Just Cause in Panama. Each year, the Jabara Award goes to an Academy graduate, living or deceased, whose actions directly associated with an aerospace vehicle set him/her apart from contemporaries.
15 September 1992 -- The Academy's new $6.9 million commissary opens.
15 September 2001 -- The remains of Major Victor Apodaca, Class of '61, are laid to rest at the Academy Cemetery. He was killed in Vietnam in 1967, but it took more than 34 years for his remains to be recovered and identified. The flying of the remains to Colorado required special approval due to all flying being cancelled after the 11 September terrorist attack. The burial took place during the Class of '61 reunion.
15 September 2002 -- The Air Force Inspection team arrives to evaluate the Academy headquarters staff, the 10th Air Base Wing, the 34th Training Wing, and the base's contingency operations. The previous Unit Compliance Inspection was in 1992.
16 September 1972 -- Operational Plan Number 36-72, "Integration of Females into the Cadet Wing" is published. The Plan had a pink cover and came to be known as "The Pink Plan." The Academy was very proactive in preparing for the admission of women, as the change would not be authorized until President Gerald Ford signed Public Law 94-106 more than three years later, on 7 October 1975.
16 September 1995 -- Lieutenant General Benjamin O. Davis Jr. receives the 1995 Thomas D. White Award during a visit to the Air Force Academy. The award, established in 1962, is presented annually to a U.S. citizen who has contributed significantly to the national defense of the United States.
16 September 2009 -- Jim Smith, Class of '74, is sworn in as the U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
17 September 1972 -- First Lieutenant Michael Turose, Class of '70, is killed when his F-105G is hit by a surface-to-air missile and crashes into the sea. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
17 September 1975 - Captain Judith Galloway becomes the first female to graduate from AM-490, and the first female to earn a DoD-approved set of jump wings. Captain Galloway was assigned to the Academy to help in the planning for the arrival of female cadets in the Class of '80.
17 September 1978 -- The rock band Foreigner performs at the Academy as part of the Allied Arts concert series.
17 September 1994 -- The cadet parade field is dedicated as Stillman Field, in honor of Major General Robert M. Stillman, the first Commandant of Cadets.
17 September 2001 -- The combined Cadet Choirs sing at an Interfaith Memorial Service for the 11September 2001 tragedies. The service was held in the Protestant Cadet Chapel.
17 September 2010 -- Singer and actor Frankie Avalon, one of the first "teen idols" in the 1950s, performs a concert at the Academy.
18 September 1947 -- The Air Force officially becomes a separate service. W. Stuart Symington was sworn in as the first Secretary of the Air Force. With the Air Force a separate service, supporters intensified their push for a separate academy.
18 September 1989 -- Dr. Mary Marlino is appointed as Director of the Educational Technology Center for the Dean. The Center was established to centralize and direct exploration and development of technological opportunities in education.
18 September 1990 -- John Loh, Class of '60, begins a term as Acting Chief of Staff of the Air Force. He served in that capacity until 29 October 1990.
18 September 1999 -- The Academy football team defeats the University of Washington 31-21. The victory gave Air Force the nation's longest active winning streak, at 11 games. The Falcons fell to Wyoming the following week.
18 September 2004 -- Comedian and actor Paul Rodriguez performs in Arnold Hall.
19 September 1966 -- Captain William Davis, Class of '59, is killed when his F-4C crashes in Ninh Thuan Province, South Vietnam, due to flight control failure. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
19 September 1987 -- At the Jabara Banquet at Mitchell Hall, Captain James Trinka, Class of '78, receives the 1987 Colonel James Jabara Airmanship Award. He was honored for his heroic actions in saving his flamed-out F-16 and for his continuing professionalism. Each year, the Jabara Award goes to an Academy graduate, living or deceased, whose actions directly associated with an aerospace vehicle set him/her apart from contemporaries.
19 September 1999 -- Pop/rock band Hootie and the Blowfish performs at Arnold Hall.
19 September 2005 -- "Jewel of the Rockies: USAFA's First 50 Years," the Public Broadcasting Service documentary, airs on Rocky Mountain PBS for the first time. The program, which had its world premiere in Arnold Hall on 8 September 2005, also appeared on PBS stations nationwide, as well as on the Pentagon Channel.
20 September 1980 -- During the Homecoming Banquet at Mitchell Hall, Colonel Thomas LaPlante, Class of '61, receives the 1980 Colonel James Jabara Airmanship Award. He distinguished himself as the Air Force's best aircraft engine manager while charged with the responsibility for the F-15, F-16, F-5, A-10, T-38, and C-5 engines. He was the first Jabara winner who was not an operational pilot. Each year, the Jabara Award goes to an Academy graduate, living or deceased, whose actions directly associated with an aerospace vehicle set him/her apart from contemporaries.
20 September 1985 -- The Computer Division receives $48,962 for the purchase of 14 microcomputers.
20 September 1989 -- Lieutenant General Hansford "HT" Johnson, Class of '59, assumes command of the Military Airlift Command. On 1 October 1989, he would become the first Air Force Academy graduate to achieve four-star rank.
20 September 2008 -- Major Rodolfo Rodriguez, Class of '98, is killed by a suicide bomb attack on the Islamabad Marriott Hotel in Pakistan while serving in Operation Enduring Freedom. The attack resulted in 56 fatalities and 280 injuries. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
20 September 2009 -- The Colonel Francis "Gabby" Gabreski Statue is dedicated. Gabreski was the leading American air ace in Europe in World War II, and became an ace in the Korean War as well. He spent 10 months as a Prisoner of War at the end of WWII. The statue is displayed on the Honor Court.
20 September 2011 -- The repeal of "Don't ask, don't tell" takes effect, allowing and gay and lesbian cadets to serve openly.
21 September 1966 -- First Lieutenant Karl Richter, Class of '64, shoots down a MiG-17, becoming at age 23 the youngest American pilot to shoot down a MiG over Vietnam.
21 September 1994 -- The P-40 Warhawk statue is dedicated. The memorial, sculpted by Robert Henderson, is displayed on the Honor Court and was donated by the P-40 Warhawk Pilot Association.
22 September 1962 -- Falcon Stadium holds its first event, as 41,350 fans saw the Air Force football team defeat Colorado State University 34-0. Cadet John Lorber, Class of '64, scored the first touchdown. The Academy also held a Cadet Area open house that day, resulting in horrific traffic jams. One observer reported traffic backups from Castle Rock to Pueblo.
22 September 1963 -- The Cadet Chapel is dedicated by Chaplain (Major General) Robert Taylor, Air Force Chief of Chaplains. Dignitaries included Cardinal Francis Spellman, Archbishop of New York (and the U.S. Military Vicar). He dedicated the Catholic Chapel and donated the altar in the Catholic Chapel.
22 September 1969 -- The comedy program "Here's Lucy - Lucy Goes to the Air Force Academy, part 1" starring Lucille Ball, airs on CBS.
22 September 1970 -- The Association of Graduates issues its first life membership.
22 September 1978 -- The Brigadier General Robinson Risner Trophy is dedicated.
22 September 2003 -- Former Congresswoman Tillie Fowler releases her Report of the Panel to Review Sexual Misconduct Allegations at the U.S. Air Force Academy. The report was done at the request of Congress and the panel consisted of seven private citizens. It was critical of the Academy, but led to several positive changes.
23 September 1961 -- The Academy football team opens its season with a 19-6 loss to UCLA. It was Air Force's first night home game at Denver Stadium, and drew the largest crowd to watch an Air Force home game at Denver Stadium (27,500).
23 September 1983 -- At the Alumni Banquet at the Four Seasons Hotel, Colonel Karol Bobko, Class of '59, and Major Neal Coyle, Class of '72, receive the 1983 Colonel James Jabara Airmanship Award. Colonel Bobko was honored for his flight on the maiden voyage of the space shuttle Challenger, and Major Coyle for his superior airmanship in saving a B-52G and its 10-man crew after an in-flight emergency. Each year, the Jabara Award goes to an Academy graduate, living or deceased, whose actions directly associated with an aerospace vehicle set him/her apart from contemporaries.
23 September 1989 -- During Homecoming, Lieutenant Colonel Robert Schnick, Class of '72, receives the 1989 Colonel James Jabara Airmanship Award. He was recognized for his sustained superior performance as test director of the F-16 Multinational Staged Improvement Program, during which he directed evaluations and flew 25 hazardous test missions as the Air Force's chief F-16 Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night (LANTIRN) pilot.
23 September 2000 -- Country singer Lorrie Morgan performs at Arnold Hall.
24 September 2001 -- Chris Gizzi, Class of '97, carries the American flag onto the field for his Green Bay Packer team's game with the Washington Redskins, days after the 11 September 2011 terrorist bombings. He had two tackles in the game.
25 September 1945 -- Representative John Dingell of Michigan introduces HR4184, which provided for a military academy in Colorado wherein cadets for the Army and Air Corps would be trained. The legislation did not advance. Rep. Dingell had been married in Colorado Springs, where his oldest son was born.
25 September 1955 -- the Class of '59 chooses the falcon as the Academy mascot. The cadets also considered the tiger as a mascot.
25 September 1955 -- During a visit to the Lowry Air Force Base campus of the Academy, President Dwight Eisenhower becomes the first person to grant "amnesty" for cadet infractions and punishments.
25 September 1956 -- The first acceptance parade for a new class is held.
25 September 1977 -- The Academy purchases two de Havilland UV-18B Twin Otters for $1.6 million dollars, and names them Congo 63 and 64. The two planes are still used as the jump platforms.
25 September 1978 -- The NCO club is dedicated, and named the Sam A. Milazzo NCO Open Mess.
25 September 1998 -- The B-24 Liberator statue is dedicated. The memorial, sculpted by Robert Henderson, is displayed on the Honor Court. It was donated by the B-24 Groups Association in memory of the 18,000 Liberators that flew in every theater during World War II.
25 September 2009 -- The Class of 1989 Heritage Trail Class Memorial dedication takes place. The Memorial, located near Doolittle Hall, features a bronze vignette of Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Shea, Class of '89, who cross-commissioned into the U.S. Marine Corps and was killed in Iraq in September 2004. The dedication took place during '89's twenty-year reunion.
26 September 1947 -- General Carl Spaatz is sworn in as the first Air Force Chief of Staff. General Spaatz was the 1968 recipient of the Academy's Thomas D. White Award, given annually since 1962 to a U.S. citizen who has contributed significantly to the national defense of the United States.
26 September 1958 -- The Academy's weekly newspaper debuts, as Falconews Volume 1, Number 1, is published. Front-page headlines included, "General Harmon Funeral Sunday." The ongoing construction of base housing in Douglass Valley was also covered on the front page. The issue had a Steve Canyon cartoon with the message, "For the staff of the first issue of the base newspaper from the permanent site."
26 September 1997 -- During the Jabara Recognition Dinner at Doolittle Hall, Lieutenant Colonel David Scott, Class of '78, receives the 1997 Colonel James Jabara Airmanship Award. He was honored for his sustained superior performance as a leader, squadron commander, operations officer, premier fighter tactician and F-16 instructor pilot. Each year, the Jabara Award goes to an Academy graduate, living or deceased, whose actions directly associated with an aerospace vehicle set him/her apart from contemporaries.
26 September 2002 -- David Letterman does a bit on his Late Show on CBS with cadets giving "The Top Ten Reasons I Came to the Air Force Academy." Reason number five: "Free socks!"
27 September 1958 -- The first wedding at the permanent site was performed in the Correll House, site of chapel services for staff and support personnel. Dr. Armand Spitz, builder of the Academy planetarium, and Miss Grace Scholz were married at 10:00 a.m. The ceremony was performed by Chaplain (Colonel) J. S. Bennett, the first protestant chaplain.
27 September 1958 -- The first military wedding at the permanent site was performed in the Correll House, site of chapel services for staff and support personnel. A/3C Lucien Dengate and Bonita McNeal were married by Chaplain (Major) Freddie Carlock at 4:00 p.m.
27 September 1993 -- General Jimmy Doolittle, leader of the Doolittle Raid and namesake of the Association of Graduates' headquarters building, passes away in Pebble Beach, California.
28 September 1954 -- The Secretary of the Air Force authorized the Superintendent to form an Air Force Academy Athletic Association to obtain funds for an athletic program.
28 September 1958 -- Lieutenant General Hubert Harmon's ashes are inurned at the Academy Cemetery, the first funeral service at the facility. General Harmon was the Academy's first Superintendent.
28 September 1958 -- The formal announcement of The Falcon Foundation is made at the Air Force Association National Convention in Dallas. Secretary of the Air Force James H. Douglas and Air Force Chief of Staff General Thomas D. White participated, along with Falcon Foundation President Major General Robert J. Smith.
28 September 1958 -- The first Falcon Scholars begin prep school.
29 September 1956 -- The first varsity soccer game takes place, a 3-3 tie with Colorado School of Mines.
29 September 1956 -- The first varsity football game takes place, a 46-0 Falcon road win over the University of San Diego. This game was unique in that both teams were playing their first varsity game.
29 September 1968 -- Captain Wayne Newberry, Class of '63, is killed when his A-1H crashes as a result of enemy fire while on an operational mission over Southern Laos. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
29 September 1969 -- The comedy program "Here's Lucy - Lucy Goes to the Air Force Academy, part 2" starring Lucille Ball, airs on CBS.
29 September 1972 -- Captain Michael Bosiljevac, Class of '67, ejects from his F-105G aircraft, is captured and dies in captivity four days later. He was promoted to major posthumously. He was declared dead on 20 July 1980 and his remains were returned on 24 September 1987. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
29 September 1979 -- During the Homecoming Banquet, Major Mart Bushnell, Class of '64, receives the 1979 Colonel James Jabara Airmanship Award. He distinguished himself through extraordinary airmanship as the Air-to-Air Weapons Integration Project Manager for the F-15 tactical fighter. Each year, the Jabara Award goes to an Academy graduate, living or deceased, whose actions directly associated with an aerospace vehicle set him/her apart from contemporaries.
29 September 2004 -- General John Jumper, the Air Force Chief of Staff, dedicates the Core Values Ramp. The words "Integrity First, Service Before Self, Excellence in All We Do" are unveiled above the battle ramp, more than a year after the words "Bring Me Men" were removed.
29 September 2010 -- :Lieutenant Colonel (Retied) Dick Rutan speaks at the Academy on "Recalling the MISTY Years." A distinguished Air Force pilot (Silver Star, five Distinguished Flying Crosses), he is most known for the Rutan Voyager, the first aircraft to fly around the world without stopping or refueling. He and Jeana Yeager piloted it on the nine- day mission that ended on 23 December 1986.
30 September 1971 -- First Lieutenant Ronald Bond, Class of '69, is presumed killed when his F-4E aircraft fails to return to friendly airspace following an armed reconnaissance mission in Laos. He was promoted to Captain while missing, and was declared dead on 6 February 1979. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
30 September 1971 -- Captain Halton Vincent, Class of '66, and First Lieutenant George Kamenicky, Class of '69, are killed when their A-1E aircraft is hit by small arms fire and crashes on a mission over Plain of Jars, Laos. It was Captain Vincent's first combat mission. Their names appear on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
30 September 1976 -- The Colorado Springs Sun publishes "Women Cadets Fear Femininity Loss." Some of the female cadets indicated that, while they wanted equal treatment, they missed feeling like women.
30 September 1990 -- Major Peter Hook, Class of '76, is killed while flying a training mission over the Persian Gulf. He became the first Air Force Academy graduate and the first Air Force pilot to die in Operation Desert Shield when his F-15E aircraft inexplicably burst into flames and crashed in Saudi Arabia. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
30 September 1995 -- The Frank J. Seiler Research Laboratory closes. The laboratory was established in 1962 to conduct research in chemistry, applied mathematics, and aerospace mechanics and to provide a means for supporting faculty and cadet research.
30 September 1996 -- Captain Clay Smith, Class of '89, and Cadet Dennis Rando, Class of '97, are killed in a T-3A Firefly accident in Ramah, Colorado. In Cadet Rando's honor, the USAFA Cadet Parents Association of Eastern Massachusetts, working in concert with the Academy, established The Dennis P. Rando Cadet Humanitarian Fund for the primary purpose of funding the travel costs of a cadet honor guard attending the funeral services of a fellow cadet.
30 September 1996 -- A Fiscal Year 1992 Defense Authorization Bill provision goes into effect, requiring all officers commissioned after this date to receive reserve commissions. Since the first class graduated in 1959, Academy graduates had been given regular commissions when they entered active duty.
30 September 2002 -- The Headquarters 10th Support Group is redesignated as the 10th Mission Support Group. It remained assigned to the 10th Air Base Wing.
30 September 2012 -- The Academy Cyber Competition Team places first of 331 undergraduate teams from the U.S. and Canada in the NYU Poly Cyber Security Awareness Week Capture the Flag qualifying round.