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Monday September 8
Coach Troy Calhoun Weekly Press Conference 9/8/14 2pm MT http://vcloud.volarvideo.com/AFA/broadcast/embed/5893?w=640&autoplay=1
Tuesday September 9
Air Force Academy Fall Sports Weekly Press Conference 9/9/14 12:30pm MT http://vcloud.volarvideo.com/AFA/broadcast/embed/5890?w=640&autoplay=1
Friday September 12
New Hampshire @ Air Force Men's Soccer 9/12/14 5pm MT
Central Michigan @ Air Force Women's Soccer 9/12/14 7pm MT
Sunday September 14
Oakland @ Air Force Men's Soccer 9/14/14 11am MT
Oakland @ Air Force Women's Soccer 9/14/14 1:30pm MT
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.
Tuesday September 2
Air Force Academy Fall Sports Weekly Press Conference 12:30pm MT
Coach Troy Calhoun Weekly Press Conference 2pm MT
Friday September 5
Northern Colorado @ Air Force 6pm MT Women's Soccer
Marist @ Air Force 7pm MT Volleyball
Saturday September 6
Houston Baptist @ Air Force Noon MT Volleyball
Weber State @ Air Force 7pm MT Volleyball
Sunday September 7
UC Davis @ Air Force Noon MT Women's Soccer
Tuesday August 26
Coach Troy Calhoun Weekly Press Conference 8/26/14 11am MT
Friday August 29
Women's Soccer vs North Dakota, 4:30pm MT
Volleyball vs Winthrop, 6pm MT
Men's Soccer vs Navy, 7pm MT
Saturday August 30
Volleyball vs Rutgers, Noon MT
Air Force football post game press conference, 3:15pm MT
Volleyball vs SIU Edwardsville, 7pm MT
Sunday August 31
Volleyball vs Cal, 1pm MT
Men's Soccer vs Cal State Northridge, 1pm MT
Penrose-St. Francis is excited to announce a partnership with the Air Force Academy Athletics program to be the "Proud Orthopedic Partner for Air Force Athletics."
This year-long partnership kicks off with Penrose-St. Francis as the proud sponsor of the Air Force Academy Football season opener. The Falcons will be taking on Nicholls State at the Air Force Academy on August 30th. The partnership continues into basketball and hockey season.
"I've heard over and over from the coaches at the Academy that their primary goal is to prepare cadets for military service" said Margaret Sabin, president and CEO of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services. "Athletics is an important part of that training. As a health care leader, I know that through sports these men and women are learning valuable life lessons and developing healthy habits that will lead to a lifetime of good health and leadership. We are proud to partner with the Air Force Academy to support these athletes."
Penrose-St. Francis recently opened of the new Total Joint & Spine Center at St. Francis Medical Center. The new patient care area is located on the 6th floor of St. Francis Medical Center and features thirty-three private rooms serving hip, knee and shoulder replacement patients and spine patients.
Penrose-St. Francis has been recognized by Healthgrades with their Joint Replacement Excellence Award for four years and in the Top 5% in the Nation for Overall Orthopedic Services for two years in a row.
THIS DAY IN AIR FORCE ACADEMY HISTORY - AUGUST
STEVEN A. SIMON, USAFA '77
ACADEMY DEVELOPMENT AND ALUMNI PROGRAMS OFFICE
1 August 1956 -- Brigadier General Robert F. mcDermott becomes the second Dean of the Faculty. He served until 31 July 1968 and is considered the father of modern military education.
1 August 1968 -- Brigadier General William Woodyard becomes the Academy's third Dean of the Faculty.
1 August 1968 -- First Lieutenant Joseph Ross, Class of '66, is presumed killed when his F-4D does not return from a night strike mission in North Vietnam. His aircraft rolled in on a group of trucks and his wingman observed a large explosion near the target. Radio contact was unsuccessful and no parachutes were observed. Promoted to Captain while missing, he was declared dead on 12 March 1975. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
1 August 1969 -- Captain Tommy Callies, Class of '65, is killed when his F-4 crashes after being hit by hostile ground fire while attacking enemy troop concentrations near Quang Ngai, Vietnam. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
1 August 1970 -- Lieutenant General Albert Patton (A.P.) Clark becomes the Academy's sixth Superintendent, assuming command from Lieutenant General Thomas Moorman. General Clark was known for his incarceration as a World War II Prisoner of War in the notorious Stalag Luft III, a facility immortalized in the 1963 Steve McQueen movie, "The Great Escape."
1 August 1974 -- Lieutenant General James Allen becomes the Academy's seventh Superintendent, succeeding Lieutenant General A.P. Clark. General Allen received praise for his leadership during the initial admission of female cadets in 1976.
1 August 1991 -- Colonel Ruben Cubero, Class of '61, succeeds Brigadier General Erlind Royer as Dean of the Faculty. Cubero, the second Academy graduate to serve in the position, was promoted to Brigadier General two days later.
1 August 1993 -- The Academy begins hosting the World Police and Fire Games. The eight-day Olympic-style event involved nearly 6,000 competitors from 25 countries. Opening Ceremonies were held in Falcon Stadium.
1 August 1997 -- Lieutenant General Tad Oelstrom, Class of '65, assumes command of the Academy from Lieutenant General Paul Stein, Class of '66, becoming the Academy's fourteenth Superintendent.
1 August 2004 -- Brigadier General David A. Wagie, Class of '72, retires as Dean of Faculty. In October, Brigadier General Dana Born, Class of '83, would succeed him.
1 August 2004 -- Dr. Hans Mueh, Brigadier General, Retired, Class of '66, becomes the second Academy graduate to serve as Director of Athletics. He succeeded the first, Colonel Randy Spetman, Class of '76.
1 August 2005 -- The Department of Military & Strategic Studies is activated.
1 August 2005 -- William Looney, Class of '72, pins on his fourth star, making him the first Falcon Scholar to attain the rank of General. The Falcon Foundation began granting Falcon Scholarships in 1958.
1 August 2008 -- General Norton Schwartz, Class of '73, becomes the third Air Force Academy graduate to serve as Air Force Chief of Staff.
1 August 2008 -- General William Looney, Class of '72, retires as Commander, Air Education and Training Command. He also commanded a flight, a fighter squadron, two fighter wings, an air expeditionary force, a military college, a warfare center, a numbered air force and two acquisition centers. He commanded more organizations than any other officer in Air Force history.
2 August 1909 -- The U.S. Signal Corps accesses its first aircraft, a Wright brothers product. The aircraft, "Signal Corps Aeroplane Number 1," is currently on display at the National Air and Space Museum.
2 August 1969 -- First Lieutenant Hal Henderson, Class of '67, is killed when his O-2A collides with an Army CH-47C helicopter west of Chu Lai, South Vietnam, while en route to a visual reconnaissance mission. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
2 August 1996 -- David DeGraaf, Class of '93, representing the United States in team handball at the Atlanta Olympic Games, scores three goals, including the game winner as time expires, against Algeria.
3 August 1958 -- The Chicago Sun-Times runs a comic strip depicting Steve Canyon visiting the newly constructed Air Force Academy.
3 August 2012 -- The Association of Graduates names Janet Edwards an Honorary Member. Ms. Edwards has been the Academy's Mortuary Affairs Officer since 1992. Honorary membership is awarded to persons who have rendered outstanding service to the Air Force and/or the Academy. Membership is limited to 25 living persons.
3 August 1972 -- Captain Francis Townsend, Class of '70, is killed when his F-4C is hit by anti-aircraft artillery and crashes near Mob Mon within the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Vietnam. He did not survive ejection. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
3 August 1977 -- Cadet First Class Edward Rice Jr. is named Wing Commander, making him the first African-American commander of the Cadet Wing, effective 8 August.
4 August 1954 -- Major General Charles Carpenter, Chief of Air Force Chaplains, calls for the construction of two chapels--one 600 seat facility for Protestant and Jewish cadets, and another for Catholics.
5 August 2001 -- The first notebook computers are issued to members of the Class of '05 (Dell Latitude C600, Intel Pentium III/850, 256MB RAM, 20 GB hard drive, 14-inch screen).
6 August 1956 -- The first of 92 initial construction contracts, for the sanitary sewer system, is completed.
6 August 1957 -- The House of Representatives votes to approve $5 million for the Cadet Chapel and sends the bill to the Senate. The design of the chapel created great controversy and led to many delays in the project.
6 August 1958 -- House Resolution 7140 is approved. The act amended Title 10, United States Code, to authorize a registrar at the United States Air Force Academy and the United States Military Academy.
6 August 2006 -- Cadet squadrons 37, 38, 39, and 40 are reactivated. The four squadrons had been deactivated in 1999 as the number of authorized cadets was reduced. The return of the squadrons provided expanded leadership opportunities for cadets.
7 August 1956 -- Lieutenant George Frederick is killed in the crash of an F-86 near Lowry AFB, Colorado, becoming the fourth Air Training Officer to die during the first two years of the Academy's existence.
7 August 1958 -- Approximately $500 in items are stolen during a burglary of the souvenir shop located on Road 10 (the north gate road). Some of the items were found in April 1959.
7 August 1990 -- The first computers with hard drives are issued to members of the Class of '94 (UNISYS 386SX with 2 MB RAM, 16 MHz CPU, and 40 MB hard drive).
7 August 2006 -- The first tablet computers are issued to members of the Class of '10 (Gateway M280G, Intel Pentium M/750, 1.86 GHz CPU, 1 GB DDR RAM, 40 GB hard drive, 14-inch active matrix screen).
7 August 2009 -- Air Force Global Strike Command stands up, with Lieutenant General Frank Klotz, Class of '73, as the first commander. The Command's mission is to "Develop and provide combat-ready forces for nuclear deterrence and global strike operations -- safe, secure, effective -- to support the President of the United States and Combatant Commanders."
8 August 1948 -- At the request of Secretary of the Air Force, W. Stuart Symington, a conference of fifteen civilians and officers is convened to establish guidelines for an air academy. The group is led by General Muir Fairchild, the vice chief of staff (and future namesake of the Academy's academic building).
8 August 1957 -- The Washington Evening Star publishes a photograph of the long-awaited chapel model. This publicity reignites the controversy over the design and leads to another wave of strong opinions about the unconventional design. Among those: Senator Ralph Flanders of Vermont said, "The proposed structure is a deliberate insult to God almighty."
8 August 1966 -- First Lieutenant Patrick Wynne, Class of '63, is killed when his F-4C is hit by anti-aircraft artillery fire and crashes during an armed reconnaissance mission. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo. His Academy ring was missing for forty years, but was eventually returned to the Wynne family, which in turn donated it to the Academy. It is on display with the Class of '63 goblets in Arnold Hall.
8 August 1980 -- The Visiting Associate Program is initiated; it is related to the Distinguished Visiting Professor Program.
8 August 1980 -- A new voluntary Academic Honors Program is initiated, centering on the core curriculum. It was put into effect for the Class of '82 and subsequent classes.
8 August 1984 -- Alonzo Babers, Class of '83, wins the gold medal in the 400 meter dash at the 1984 Olympic Summer Games in Los Angeles, the first of two gold medal he would win in LA. He is the only Academy grad gold medalist.
8 August 1995 -- The first computers with CD drives are issued to members of the Class of '99 (Applied Computer Technology ACT Pentium 75, 16 MB RAM, 540 MB hard drive, Mitsumi Quad Speed CD).
8 August 1996 -- Classes start in the new Consolidated Education and Training Facility (CETF).
9 August 1969 -- Captain Laurent Gourley, Class of '66, is killed when his F-100F Misty FAC is lost near the A Shau Valley during a visual reconnaissance mission. Other aircrew heard Captain Gourley radio that the aircraft had been hit and that they were going to eject. A witness reported seeing at least one parachute. He was considered missing until 29 November 1978, and was promoted to major while missing. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
9 August 1994 -- The first computers with sound cards are issued at the Academy, to members of the Class of '98.
9 August 1994 -- Colonel David P. Csintyan assumes command of the air base wing, originally designated Detachment 3 (notionally called the 54th Air Base Wing). It would be redesignated as the 10th Air Base Wing later in the year.
9 August 1995 -- Glacier, a white phase gyrfalcon that had been at the Academy since being taken from its nest in Alaska in 1980, dies of cancer. The falcon is on display in the Field House concourse.
10 August 1970 -- Major Grant Waugh, Class of '60, is killed when his C-123K loses an engine and crashes on landing at Cam Ranh Bay in Khang Hoa Province, South Vietnam. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
10 August 2004 -- FalconWorks, a nonprofit organization created to develop technology from the Academy and license it for commercial use, is launched in Colorado Springs.
10 August 2012 -- General Mark Welsh, Class of '76, becomes the fourth Air Force Academy graduate to serve as Air Force Chief of Staff.
10 August 2013 -- The official 40-inch by 50-inch portrait of the Superintendent, Lieutenant. General Mike Gould, Class of '76, is unveiled at his retirement dinner at the Falcon Stadium Press Box. The painting was created "in house" by Academy graphics department illustrator Chris Hureau, saving the Academy approximately $6,500. The Academy had contracted outside artists for every previous Superintendent's portrait.
11 August 1971 -- The Academy hosts the Fifth Annual National AAU Junior Olympics. More than 650 high school athletes participated in track and field, swimming and diving, judo, and gymnastics.
11 August 1977 -- Academy officials concur with an Air Staff proposal to increase the active duty service commitment for Undergraduate Pilot Training graduates from five years to six years. The change would become effective in June 1979.
11 August 1984 -- Alonzo Babers, Class of '83, wins the gold medal in the 4-by-400 meter relay at the 1984 Olympic Summer Games in Los Angeles, his second gold medal of the Games. He is the only Academy grad gold medalist.
11 August 1986 -- The first cadet computer issue takes place, with members of to the Class of '90 receiving Zenith 248s (with 512 KB RAM, dual floppy, and 6MHz CPU).
12 August 1965 -- Lieutenant General Thomas Moorman, the Academy Superintendent, establishes the Association of Graduates. Captain Dick Matthews, Class of '60, was the first AOG Alumni Secretary. The AOG was initially located in Harmon Hall, with a staff of four civilians.
12 August 1971 -- First Lieutenant John Rydlewicz, Class of '69, is killed when his OV-10A is shot down by ground fire and crashes northwest of Xa Phan Thiet, Republic of Vietnam. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
12 August 1986 -- A groundbreaking ceremony is held for the 40,000 square foot addition/renovation to Mitchell Hall. The $7.5 million project was completed in July 1988.
12 August 2013 -- Lieutenant General Michelle Johnson, Class of '81, becomes the first female to serve as Air Force Academy Superintendent. She is the first woman to be superintendent at one of the three Department of Defense service academies. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Sandra Stosz was the first woman to lead a U.S. academy, becoming superintendent of the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, in 2011.
13 August 1970 -- Captain Alan Cheeseman, Class of '66, and Captain George Henry, Class of '67, are killed when their CH-3 helicopter crashes north of Ubon, Thailand, when hit by enemy fire while on a training mission. Their names appear on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
14 August 1909 -- A large train wreck occurs in Husted, just south of what is now the North Gate. The northbound and southbound passenger trains collided, resulting in 11 deaths and 42 injuries.
14 August 1954 -- The Air Force Academy is activated, with three employees, to include the Superintendent, Lieutenant General Hubert R. Harmon.
14 August 2001 -- The Athletic Department breaks ground on the Falcon Athletic Center building, situated between the Cadet Gymnasium and the Field House.
14 August 2013 -- Cadet First Class William Kent, Class of '14, an Academy track and field athlete, wins the NCAA Student-Athlete Sportsmanship Award. During a meet in February, Kent saw that his weight throw toss had been measured at 19.55 meters. Knowing he did not throw that far, he approached the official to ensure the correct distance was recorded. Initially, the official insisted the distance was accurate, but upon further discussion with Kent, he lowered the mark to 18.55 meters.
15 August 1979 -- Cadet Julie Richards, Class of '80, becomes the first Academy female cadet to solo in the T-41 program. (Cadet Richards was also the subject of an iconic Academy photo taken as she reported for basic training, standing in front of the "Bring Me Men" ramp.)
16 August 1979 -- Robert Nieman, Class of '70, becomes the first American to win the International Modern Pentathlon Individual World Championship, in Budapest. This is the first world championship title in any sport ever won by a cadet or graduate. He competed in the 1976 and 1988 Olympics (and made the 1980 team, but the United States boycotted the Moscow Games).
16 August 2005 -- The Falcon Foundation donates the Murray Green Papers, documenting the life of General of the Air Force Henry "Hap" Arnold, to the Academy's McDermott Library.
16 August 2006 -- Military strategist and aviation pioneer Colonel John R. Boyd, U.S. Air Force, retired, posthumously receives the 2004 Thomas D. White Award. His son and daughter accepted the award at a Mitchell Hall Staff Tower luncheon. The award, established in 1962, is presented annually to a U.S. citizen who has contributed significantly to the national defense of the United States.
16 August 2011 -- Cadet Third Class Craig Nowadly, Class of '13, is singled out by the Air Force Surgeon General, Lieutenant General Bruce Green, for having the best cadet poster presentation at the annual USAF Medical Research Symposium in Washington, D.C. Nowadly received the award for his work with the Life Sciences Research Center.
17 August 1959 -- Major General William Stone becomes the Academy's third Superintendent, taking the reins from Major General James Briggs, who was promoted to Lieutenant General and assumed command of the Air Training Command at Randolph AFB, Texas.
17 August 1959 -- Grace Lake, the Academy's newest recreation area, opens. The site, named Farish Memorial ten days later, is located in the Rampart Range area, four miles from the western boundary of the Academy, but by car a drive of more than 40 miles. The Air Force Academy Foundation purchased the first 60-acre increment of what is now a 655-acre facility.
17 August 1970 -- Captain Steven Melnick, Class of '65, and Captain James Wood, Class of '65, are killed when their F-4E crashes after encountering anti-aircraft fire during a night strike mission southwest of DaNang. Their names appear on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
18 August 1958 -- Newsweek runs a strip depicting comic characters Steve Canyon and his cousin Poteet visiting the Academy. In it, Poteet says, "I feel downright futuristic, lookin' at this spankin'-new Air Force Academy."
18 August 1969 -- First Lieutenant Daniel Davis, Class of '67, is killed while piloting an O-1 aircraft over Laos. He was declared missing at the time of estimated fuel exhaustion. Subsequently, gun camera film from an F-105 revealed a mid-air collision between Lieutenant Davis' O-1 and an F-105 he was controlling over a target. His remains were returned in 1995. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
19 August 1967 -- Captain Donald Stevens, Class of '60, performs the mission for which he would receive the first-ever Colonel James Jabara Award for Airmanship, awarded in 1968. Flying a forward air control mission in an unarmed 0-2A, he directed the recovery of a wounded American soldier. During his two and one-half hours in the target area, he repeatedly made passes at an altitude of 50 feet, accurately marking the position of the soldier, despite constant enemy ground fire.
19 August 1968 -- Construction on the 25,000 square foot Academy Hospital addition begins. The expansion would include outpatient clinics and auxiliary medical services.
19 August 1995 -- Joseph Kruzel Jr., Class of '67, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Policy, is killed while on a peace-keeping mission in Bosnia. A rain-soaked dirt road collapsed beneath the armored personnel carrier in which he was riding, sending the vehicle rolling down a 500-meter slope. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
20 August 1962 -- Dan Twomey, Class of '67, is offered a Falcon Scholarship. He attended the University of Santa Clara, then the Air Force Academy, and became the second Falcon Foundation Rhodes Scholar. Bart Holaday, Class of '65, was the first.
20 August 1990 -- Colonel Robert Foerster, Class of '65, becomes the first Academy graduate appointed as Director of Admissions.
20 August 2008 -- The Minuteman III missile is removed from the area in front of the Cadet Field House. The static display had stood at that location since December 1971. The deterioration of the stability of the missile body and the presence of asbestos forced its removal and precluded its being reassembled elsewhere on the Academy.
21 August 1941 -- The 10th Air Base Wing, which in 1994 will be reactivated at the Air Force Academy, is activated as the 73rd Observation Group in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
21 August 1970 -- Japanese language instruction is added to the foreign language curriculum, a service academy first.
21 August 1992 -- The dedication ceremony for Doolittle Hall, the Association of Graduates building, takes place. The 35,000 square foot facility is located on 12 acres of leased land just west of the (then) Officers' Club.
21 August 2010 -- Captain Joseph A. Hext, Class of '02, flies the mission for which he received the 2012 Colonel James Jabara Award for Airmanship. Captain Hext, an A-10 flight lead, distinguished himself through his heroic actions in an Operation ENDURING FREEDOM sortie supporting United States Special Operations and Afghan National Army ground forces in Oruzgan Province, Afghanistan.
22 August 1967 -- Major Burke Morgan, Class of '61, is killed when his A-26A loses radar and radio contract and presumably crashes during a road reconnaissance mission in northern Laos. He was considered missing until declared dead on 4 June 1971. His remains were buried at the Academy on 7 September 2006. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
22 August 1997 -- The B-17 Flying Fortress statue is dedicated. The memorial, donated by the 305 Bomb Group Memorial Association and sculpted by Robert Henderson, is displayed on the Honor Court.
23 August 1962 -- The Academy begins hosting the Fourth Annual National Model Rocket Championships. More than 100 contestants from all parts of the country participated.
23 August 1967 -- Captain Francis Midnight, Class of '64, is killed when his F-4D is hit by ground fire and crashes during a mission south of Dong Hoi. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
23 August 1968 -- Captain Harreld Martin, Class of '62, is killed during a hostile rocket attack on DaNang Air Base, South Vietnam. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
23 August 1968 -- Captain Francis Setterquist, Class of '66, is killed when his RF-4C is lost and presumed shot down on a night reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam. He was declared missing until 16 September 1976. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
23 August 1992 -- The P-38 Lightning statue is dedicated. The memorial, sculpted by Robert Henderson, is displayed on the Honor Court.
24 August 1998 -- A Headquarters Air Force Personnel Center message announces the increase of the pilot training commitment from eight years to ten years. The change would go into effect for those who entered pilot training on or after 1 November 1999.
25 August 2006 -- A regular-season record crowd of 3,206 spectators packs the Cadet Soccer Stadium as the Academy men's team and service-academy rival Army battle to a 1-1 tie. Earlier in the evening, the women's team fell 1-0 to the University of Texas El Paso.
25 August 2009 -- The Air Force Academy Facebook page is created.
26 August 1968 -- Captain Robert Bull, Class of '61, is killed when his C-7 crashes after being hit by hostile ground fire while on a combat resupply mission in Long Khanh province in South Vietnam. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
26 August 1985 -- The Department of Political Science sponsors former president Jimmy Carter, who speaks on "National Priorities, A Changing World."
26 August 2001 -- Comedian and game show host Wayne Brady performs in Arnold Hall.
26 August 2002 -- The Academy announces curriculum changes, to include a reduction in credit hour requirements, the addition of a mandatory freshmen engineering class, and new language requirements for social sciences and humanities majors.
26 August 2010 -- Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is presented the 2009 Thomas D. White Award. The award, established in 1962, is presented annually to a U.S. citizen who has contributed significantly to the national defense of the United States.
27 August 1959 -- The Farish Memorial Recreation Area is formally dedicated for use by cadet and Academy staff. It is named for First Lieutenant William S. Farish Jr., who was killed in World War II. His mother donated funds to the Air Force Academy Foundation for the purchase of the property. The 655-acre site is located west of the Academy near Woodland Park, at an altitude of 9,000 feet.
27 August 1973 -- Female waitresses are employed for the first time in the Cadet Dining Hall.
28 August 1959 -- After years of delays due to the controversy surrounding the design, a groundbreaking ceremony marks the beginning of construction on the Cadet Chapel. The Robert E. McKee Construction Company of Santa Fe, New Mexico, built the facility that was designed by Walter Netsch of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.
28 August 1972 -- Captain Steve Ritchie, Class of '64, becomes the first Air Force Academy graduate pilot ace. He was the Air Force's only pilot ace of the Vietnam War. For his accomplishments, he received the 1972 Colonel James Jabara Award for Airmanship.
28 August 1972 -- Captain Mikki King wins the three-meter springboard diving gold medal at the Olympic Summer Games in Munich. The following year, she would become the Academy's diving coach.
28 August 1976 -- Lieutenant Colonel Ervin Rokke, Class of '62, becomes the first Academy graduate to be invested as a Permanent Professor.
28 August 1979 -- The Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Presidents' Council votes in a conference call to accept Air Force as a WAC member, with mesbership effective 1 July 1980.
28 August 2006 -- Brigadier General Robert McDermott, Dean of the Faculty from 1956 until 1968, and the namesake of the cadet library, passes away in San Antonio. Due to the many innovations he made, he has been called the "father of modern military education."
29 August 1958 -- An advance party of 60 cadets moves to the new quarters at the permanent home of the Academy. (Source: Falconews, 28 August 1959 issue).
29 August 1961 -- The first class, consisting of 200 students, enters the Air Force Academy Preparatory School. The school graduated 138 fully qualified candidates in 1962, 98 of whom accepted appointments to the Air Force Academy.
29 August 1965 -- First Lieutenant Robert Carn Jr., Class of '62, is killed while on a reconnaissance mission over dense Viet Cong Jungle. He was serving as a Forward Air Controller with the Airborne Brigade, Army of the Republic of Vietnam, when his O-1F aircraft collided with another reconnaissance aircraft. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
29 August 1995 -- Captain David Hawkens, Class of '86, is killed when his U-2R aircraft crashes shortly after takeoff from RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom, on a mission to Bosnia in support of Operation Deny Flight. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
29 August 1995 -- The soccer stadium is dedicated. The stadium dedication was followed by men's and women's exhibition games.
29 August 2008 -- The largest falcon statue in the United States is dedicated in front of Falcon Stadium. The bronze sculpture, valued at $400,000, has a wing span of 24 feet and weighs 10,000 pounds. It was created by Jon Hair, and given to the Academy by Irwin "Ike" Belk, who funded similar giant mascots at other colleges.
29 August 2013 -- Supreme Court associate justice Sonia Sotomayor visits the Academy and holds an open forum for approximately 50 cadets and 20 faculty members from the Academy's Law and Political Science Departments to share her experiences about life as a justice on the nation's highest court.
30 August 1958 -- Members of the Class of '62, having completed Basic Cadet Training at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, are bussed to the north entrance to the permanent Academy site. Led by upperclassmen and Air Training Officers, and with 400 cadets lining the route, they march the 4 ½ miles to the Cadet Area, finishing by marching up the ramp. Construction continues throughout the campus. (Source: Falconews, 28 August 1959 issue).
30 August 2006 -- The 34th Training Wing is redesignated The Commandant of Cadets, reversing a change made in November 1994.
31 August 1969 -- Major James Morton, Class of '60, is killed when his F-4E is struck by hostile fire and crashes in Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
31 August 1991 -- Comedian and actor Bob Newhart performs in Arnold Hall.
THIS DAY IN AIR FORCE ACADEMY HISTORY - JULY
STEVEN A. SIMON, USAFA '77
ACADEMY DEVELOPMENT AND ALUMNI PROGRAMS OFFICE
1954 -- Noted architect Frank Lloyd Wright visits the Academy site. He was a partner in Kittyhawk Associates, one
of the groups that bid unsuccessfully on the project, and later was a
vociferous critic of the final design by the victorious firm, Skidmore, Owings
1 July 1957 -- Seventy-five cadets from the Class of '59 arrive in Germany to tour European bases for three weeks.
1 July 1959 -- The Department of Physical Education is transferred from the office of the Commandant of Cadets to the Department of Athletics, by direction of the Superintendent, Major General James Briggs.
1 July 1960 -- The Monument Valley Freeway, now I-25, opens, easing access to Colorado Springs from the Academy.
1 July 1963 -- The Academy Council is created as the primary management tool. It consisted of the Dean of the Faculty, Commandant of Cadets, Director of Athletics, Cadet Registrar, and Chief of Staff, with the Superintendent as Chairman.
1 July 1965 -- The Academy conducts a change-of-command ceremony, at which Lieutenant General Thomas Moorman becomes the Academy's fifth Superintendent. Major General Robert Warren, the previous Superintendent, was reassigned to Air Force Systems Command.
1 July 1974 -- The Class of '78, consisting of 1,630 appointees, reports to the Academy for in-processing. This is the largest entering class in Academy history.
1 July 1979 -- The Military Order of Merit (MOM) is replaced by the Military Performance Average (MPA).
1 July 1979 -- The Department of Civil Engineering, Engineering Mechanics, and Materials is reorganized into two departments: The Department of Civil Engineering and the Department of Engineering Mechanics.
1 July 1980 -- Headquarters USAF authorizes the merging of the Air Force Academy Liaison and AFROTC programs.
1 July 1980 -- The Air Force Academy joins the Western Athletic Conference, the first time a service academy is affiliated with a collegiate athletic conference. Academy women's teams received waivers from the WAC and the NCAA to continue at the Division II level until the end of the 1995-1996 season, when all women's teams moved to Division I.
1 July 1981 -- Groundbreaking for the $4.5 million expansion of the Cadet Library takes place.
1 July 1982 -- General Charles Gabriel, who as a captain had served on the original Academy cadre as an Air Officer Commanding, becomes the Chief of Staff of the Air Force.
1 July 1990 -- General Michael J. Dugan, who had served at the Academy from 1967 until 1972, becomes the Chief of Staff of the Air Force.
1 July 1990 -- The Academy becomes a member of the Colorado Athletic Conference for its women's intercollegiate athletic programs.
1 July 1993 -- Control of the 557th Flying Training Squadron is transferred to Air Education and Training Command, though the flying operations remain at the Academy.
1 July 1993 -- The United States Air Force Academy Band is reassigned to Air Force Space Command and renamed "The Band of the Rockies." The Band remained at the Academy until space for the band was completed at Peterson Air Force Base in February 1997.
1 July 1994 -- The in-processing of new cadets takes place in Doolittle Hall for the first time. Before this change, incoming appointees reported directly to the base of the ramp in between Fairchild and Vandenberg Halls. Every in-processing since has started at Doolittle Hall, with the exception of 2012, when it was moved to the Field House due to the Waldo Canyon Fire.
1 July 1996 -- After receiving waivers for several years that allowed Academy women's teams to compete at the Division II level, the programs were moved to Division I.
1 July 1998 -- Brigadier General David Wagie, Class of '72, becomes Dean of the Faculty, taking over from Brigadier General Ruben Cubero, Class of '61.
1 July 1999 -- The Academy becomes a charter member of the Mountain West Conference.
1 July 2008 -- The Friends of the Air Force Academy Library's comprehensive Memorial Wall project is opened on the Friends website. This project includes more than 40,000 pages of information on graduates whose names appear on the Memorial Wall.
1 July 2008 -- Anthony Aretz, Class of '80, assumes the presidency of the College of Mount Saint Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio.
1 July 2013 -- The Air Force Academy Athletic Corporation (AFAAC) is established. The AFAAC generates revenue to support Air Force intercollegiate athletics and promotes the Air Force Academy to the nation through athletics. As part of the transition, the Athletic Department's non-appropriated fund instrumentality (NAFI) was dissolved, and the 83 NAFI employees were retired or separated. Many of them then joined the AFAAC staff.
2 July 1926 -- Congress passes the Army Air Corps Act. The law changed the name of the air service and provided for an Assistant Secretary of War of Air. This was another step toward a separate service, and then a separate academy.
2 July 2010 -- Captain David Wisniewski, Class of '02, dies of injuries suffered on 9 June 2010 during Operation Enduring Freedom when the HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter he was piloting was shot down as the crew prepared to evacuate wounded British troops near Forward Operating Base Jackson, Afghanistan. Four airmen were killed and three others wounded, including Wisniewski. He died at Bethesda Naval Hospital, Maryland. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
3 July 1963 -- Special Order G-53, officially designating the Academy golf course as the "Eisenhower Golf Course" is signed by Major James Hargeaves, Director of Administrative Services, USAFA.
3 July 1980 -- Glacier, a white phase gyrfalcon, is taken from its nest in the Seward Peninsula, Alaska, by an Academy-sponsored search team led by Dr. James Enderson. Glacier, who served at the Academy until its death in 1995, is on display in the Field House concourse.
3 July 1983 -- Two world records are set on the Academy track during the National Sports Festival (an Olympic-type event). In a span of 15 minutes, Evelyn Ashford and Calvin Smith broke the world records in 100-meter dashes. This was the first time that the two 100-meter records had fallen in the same day.
3 July 1989 -- The P-51 Mustang statue is dedicated. The memorial, sculpted by Robert Henderson and displayed on the Honor Court, was donated by the P-51 Mustang Pilots Association.
3 July 1997 -- The base paper undergoes its second name change, from The Falcon Flyer to The Academy Spirit. The Director of Public Affairs, Lieutenant Colonel Doug McCoy, wrote the cover story. In it, he said the Falcon Flyer name didn't evoke thoughts of the Air Force Academy, with readers thinking it was the paper of the Falcon School District or Falcon Air Force Base. The new name, he said, is identifiable and "represents who and what we are."
4 July 1986 -- The Cadet Chorale sings at the Statue of Liberty Rededication Ceremonies held at Liberty State Park, New Jersey.
6 July 1975 -- The Convair T-29 Samaritan ("Flying Classroom"), used as a navigation trainer at the Academy since 1955, is replaced by the Boeing T43A Gator (as in "navigator").
6 July 1985 -- Members of the Class of '89 begin their cadet careers with in-processing at Doolittle Hall. The Class was the first to participate in the Life Membership at Grad (LMAG) program initiated by the Association of Graduates (AOG). LMAG allows cadets to pay dues throughout their cadet careers and graduate with a paid-up life membership in the AOG.
7 July 1955 -- Architect Frank Lloyd Wright testifies to Congress in opposition to the Skidmore, Owings and Merrill design for the new Air Force Academy. Mr. Wright had been a partner in Kittyhawk Associates, one of the consortiums that did not win the contract. He called the design a "shocking fiasco," "half baked," and "a glassified box on stilts," among other things.
7 July 1965 -- Captain Thomas Sanders, Class of '61, is killed when the O-1F aircraft he was piloting crashes on takeoff from Camp Holloway near Pleiku, South Vietnam. He was recovered unconscious from the wreckage, but died en route to the field hospital without gaining consciousness. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
7 July 2006 -- Air Force men's gymnastics coach Kip Simons is inducted into the Ohio State University Athletics Hall of Fame. He was a four-time All-Big Ten honoree and conference champion, and two-time All-American. He represented the United States at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
8 July 1954 -- The academy selection board begins interviewing representatives of eight firms that had expressed an interest in the academy project. These sessions took place in the Pentagon.
8 July 1954 -- Approximately 50 Colorado businessmen attend a luncheon at the Broadmoor Hotel to form an organization to be known as the Air Academy in Colorado Foundation, Inc. A news story covering the event stated the group was being formed "to assist the federal government in any way that may develop in the establishment of the multi-million dollar Air Force Academy 10 miles north of Colorado Springs."
8 July 1963 -- Former President Dwight Eisenhower personally dedicates the Academy's Eisenhower Golf Course's Blue Course by hitting a tee shot off the Number 1 tee. The driver used by General Eisenhower is displayed in the Eisenhower Room of the clubhouse.
8 July 1972 -- Steve Ritchie, Class of '64, shoots down two MiG-21s, his third and fourth kills en route to becoming the first Air Force Academy graduate pilot ace. He was the Air Force's only pilot ace of the Vietnam War.
8 July 1994 -- Lieutenant General Paul Stein, Class of '66, becomes the Academy's thirteenth Superintendent (and second Academy graduate Superintendent), succeeding Lieutenant General Bradley Hosmer, Class of '59 (the first Academy grad Superintendent).
9 July 1955 -- The Thunderbirds (U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron) makes its first Air Force Academy-related flight, at Lowry AFB, Colorado. The team also flew the next day at the Pikes Peak Air Rodeo, and on 11 July 1955 at the Academy dedication ceremony.
9 July 1962 -- Major General Robert Warren succeeds Major General William Stone as the Academy Superintendent. General Warren was the fourth Superintendent.
9 July 1963 -- Construction of the Cadet Chapel is declared "essentially completed." The building would be dedicated in September.
9 July 1989 -- Brigadier General Joseph Redden, Class of '64, becomes the Academy's 15th Commandant of Cadets.
9 July 2003 -- Lieutenant General John Rosa Jr. becomes the Academy's fifteenth Superintendent.
9 July 2010 -- Brigadier General Richard Clark, Class of '86, becomes the first African-American Commandant of Cadets.
10 July 1960 -- Major General William Stone, Air Force Academy Superintendent, receives The Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant, one of Thailand's highest military decorations, from King Bhumibol.
11 July 1955 -- The first class, consisting of 306 young men, begins training at Lowry AFB site in Denver. Valmore Bourque was the first cadet sworn in (and in 1964 became the first graduate killed in combat). The dedication ceremony was covered live on television with Walter Cronkite reporting.
12 July 1955 -- Responding to public criticism of the Academy design, the House Appropriations Committee announces it would withhold funds for the Academy "until the design is more firmly established."
12 July 1967 -- Captain Charles Moore, Class of '62, is killed when his F-100D is hit by automatic weapons fire, catches fire and crashes. He had been making his first run over suspected military buildings about 15 miles south of Saigon. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
12 July 1975 -- First Lieutenant Dean Kinder, Class of '73, a faculty member, is killed in the crash of a single-engine Cessna 150 aircraft near Monument, Colorado.
12 July 1997 -- The Superintendent, Lieutenant General Paul Stein, Class of '66, receives the Order of the Sword. The Order of the Sword is presented by enlisted members to an officer who they feel epitomizes officership.
12 July 2009 -- The Academy's Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) program begins. Four cadets were hand-picked to serve as the first cadre in the program. They spent time at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada, home to the MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle. The Academy was the first service academy to begin a UAS program.
13 July 1983 -- Colonel Ervin Rokke, Class of '62, who had become the first Air Force Academy graduate to serve as Dean of the Faculty on 1 July, is promoted to Brigadier General. He had also been the first Air Force Academy graduate to be appointed a permanent professor.
14 July 1954 -- A non-profit corporation, "The Air Academy in Colorado Foundation, Incorporated," is incorporated in Colorado Springs. The purpose of the foundation was to "Assist and contribute to the establishment, maintenance, growth, and development of the United States Air Force Academy . . . .".
14 July 1969 -- Six cadets from the Ecole de l'Air, the French Air Force Academy, arrive at the U.S. Air Force Academy, and nine USAFA cadets depart to spend a semester at the Ecole de l'Air. They are the first cadets to study as part of a semester-long international exchange program.
15 July 1954 -- At a board meeting of the Air Academy in Colorado Foundation, Inc., the board is expanded to include Governor Dan Thornton and others. In addition, it was resolved the Secretary of the Air Force, Harold E. Talbott, be elected a board member and named honorary chairman.
15 July 1955 -- The American Institute of Architects weighs in on the on-going controversy over the Academy design, defending the architects and urging that the project go forward as designed.
17 July 1955 -- The Academy's first worship service is held at the Academy's temporary site at Lowry AFB, Colorado.
17 July 1982 -- At a special meeting of the Board of the Falcon Foundation, the newly-elected President, Lieutenant General (Retired) Ben Bellis, is directed to move the offices to Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Foundation had been based in Dallas since its 1958 incorporation. The move to Colorado Springs took place later that year.
17 July 2006 -- Brigadier General Suzanne Vautrinot, Class of '82, assumes command of the Air Force Recruiting Service at a Randolph Air Force Base ceremony. In doing so, she became the first female to lead Air Force recruiting in the service's 52-year history.
17 July 2009 -- The Child Development Center (CDC) is named for Donna Head. Mrs. Head, the Chief of Family Member Programs, including oversight of the CDC, the Youth Center, Youth Sports, Family Child Care, and Part Day Enrichment Programs, died in December 2007 after being struck by a vehicle on Academy grounds.
17 July 2009 -- Captain Mark McDowell, Class of '05, is killed during Operation Enduring Freedom when his F-15E went down after flying for several hours in support of ground troops in the Nawur district, Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
18 July 1976 -- Bob Nieman, Class of '70, becomes the first Academy graduate to compete in the Olympic Games. He competed in the Modern Pentathlon in Montreal, Canada, finishing 26th in the individual standings and fifth in the team event. He also competed in the 1988 Olympic Summer Games in Seoul, South Korea, 18-22 September 1988.
18 July 2006 -- Colonel (Dr.) John Putnam becomes the first medical entomologist to chair the Department of Biology. Medical entomology is the study of insects, spiders, ticks, and mites, collectively referred to as arthropods, and the diseases they transmit.
19 July 1954 -- General Hubert Harmon recommends Lowry Air Force Base, Denver, as the temporary home of the Air Force Academy. On the same day, Secretary of the Air Force Harold E. Talbott makes it official.
19 July 1971 -- Chemistry Professors Lieutenant Colonel Lowell King and Major David Seegmiller are awarded a 1970 Air Force Research and Development Award for creating a battery which produced more energy and was more practical than existing battery power systems.
20 July 1969 -- The Apollo 11 lunar mission puts the first men on the moon. Approximately six hours after landing, Colonel Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin becomes the second man to walk on the moon. In 1955 and 1956, as a First Lieutenant, he had been a member of the original Academy cadre at Lowry Air Force Base, serving as Aide to the Dean off the Faculty.
20 July 1999 -- Construction is officially completed for the Rampart Lodge's 20-room, four-building Temporary Lodging Facilities complex, Buildings 6260-6263.
21 July 1921 -- Army Brigadier General Billy Mitchell, namesake of the Academy cadet dining hall, conducts a test in which bombers sink the captured German battleship Ostfriesland off the coast of Virginia. This success further demonstrated the value of air power and eventually led to the establishment of the Air Force, and then it's Academy.
21 July 1986 -- The Department of Economics and the Office of Geography are joined into a single unit, the Department of Economics and Geography.
21 July 1997 -- Work begins on the mural on display in the Field House over the track area. The project, depicting Academy life in all four seasons, was commissioned by the Class of '76. The artist, Michael Esch, completed the project in October 1997. At 40 feet by 320 feet, it is one of the largest permanently hung murals in the world.
21 July 2011 -- The Space Shuttle Atlantis lands at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, concluding the final flight in the Space Transportation System program that consisted of 135 missions over thirty years. Thirty-six Air Force Academy graduates flew aboard missions on NASA's space shuttle fleet -- Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour.
22 July 1954 -- Brigadier General Don Zimmerman becomes the first Dean of the Faculty.
22 July 1975 -- Brigadier General Stanley Beck replaces Brigadier General Hoyt S. Vandenberg Jr. to become the ninth Commandant of Cadets.
22 July 1976 -- Captain Phil Boggs, then a staff officer at the Academy, wins the men's three meter springboard title at the Olympic Summer Games in Montreal, Canada.
22 July 1976 -- Casey Converse, who would go on to a long and successful coaching career at the Academy, swims the 400 freestyle at the Olympic Summer Games in Montreal, Canada.
22 July 2011 -- The Holaday Athletic Center is dedicated. The 92,000 square foot facility cost $15.5 million, entirely provided through private donations. This was the first major project for the USAFA Endowment, a fund-raising foundation established in 2007.
23 July 1954 -- The architectural firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill is awarded the contract to design and built the Air Force Academy. Walter Andrew Netsch Jr., age 34, was lead architect of the project.
23 July 1955 -- The Senate votes to restore $79 million in funding to the academy project that had been withheld pending architectural revisions. Given continuing concerns over the design, the amount was reduced to $20 million three days later in a conference committee.
23 July 1972 -- First Lieutenant Stephen Gravrock, Class of '70, is killed during a dusk ground support mission near An Loc, South Vietnam, when the A-37 aircraft he was piloting was struck by hostile ground fire and crashed. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
23 July 1973 -- Aviation pioneer, World War I fighter ace, and Medal of Honor recipient Eddie Rickenbacker passes away. He had visited the Academy on at least two occasions, in 1967 and January 1969. The Class of '04 chose him as its exemplar.
23 July 2006 -- Lieutenant Colonel Tim Lawrence, Class of '88 and a Department of Astronautical Engineering professor, sets a world record in long-distance swimming. He became only the sixth person, and the first American, to swim the 14.8 nautical miles from Britain's Jersey Island to France, in the process lowering the best overall time to 8 hours, 21 minutes, 17 seconds.
24 July 1968 -- Captain Harley Hackett, Class of '65, and First Lieutenant John Bush, Class of '66, are killed when their F-4D crashes into the sea following an armed reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam. Their names appear on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
25 July 1993 -- The carillon bell system becomes operational, after being silent for six years. The American Legion donated the Academy's original bells in 1961. They played until 1987, when the system became so obsolete that parts were not available for the needed repairs.
25 July 1997 -- One month after its third fatal T-3A crash the Academy, the Air Force grounds the aircraft. It would be permanently grounded two years later.
25 July 2010 -- The Colorado Springs Gazette publishes its list of the 25 best football players in Academy history. Included were the Academy's five consensus All-Americans: Brock Strom, Class of '59; Ernie Jennings, Class of '71; Scott Thomas, Class of '86; Chad Hennings, Class of '88; and Carlton McDonald, Class of '93.
26 July 1942 -- Lieutenant Colonel Albert Patton Clark, who would serve as the Academy's Superintendent from 1970 to 1974, is shot down in combat over France while flying a Spitfire with the RAF. He was taken prisoner by the Germans and held in Stalag Luft III for the duration of the War. During his thirty-three months of imprisonment, he directed security activities in preparation for The Great Escape, an operation immortalized in the 1963 movie starring Steve McQueen.
26 July 1947 -- President Harry S Truman signs the National Security Act, creating the Department of Defense and a separate Air Force.
26 July 1962 -- Six Academy cadets begin a 15-day stay in the crew compartment of a simulated space vehicle. While performing tasks similar to those in actual space travel, they proved that astronauts could perform well as a team.
27 July 1954 -- Brigadier General Hubert Harmon becomes the Academy's first Superintendent. He had been intimately involved in all planning for the Academy, dating back to the 1940s, when he headed the office of the special assistant for Air Force Academy and served on commissions to determine the Academy program, as well as its ultimate location.
27 July 1956 -- General Hubert R. Harmon, the first Academy Superintendent, retires. He would pass away less than a year later, before the first class graduated.
27 July 1962 -- Time Magazine weighs in on the controversy over the Cadet Chapel design with a positive review. It concludes that the Chapel " . . . is in perfect harmony with the spirit of the Academy . . . and its spires do not merely point, they soar."
27 July 1996 -- Secretary of the Air Force Sheila Widnall cuts the ribbon at the dedication ceremony for the new Consolidated Education and Training Facility (CETF). The $34 million project houses laboratories, classrooms, offices, and medical facilities.
28 July 1919 -- California Congressman Charles F. Curry introduces legislation providing for an air academy. The legislation failed amid disputes about cost, operation, curriculum (to include the amount of flying training), and location. He is decades ahead of his time, as it would be another 35 years, decades after his 1930 death, until his dream is realized.
28 July 1956 -- Major General James E. Briggs becomes the Academy's second Superintendent.
28 July 1967 -- First Lieutenant Karl Richter, Class of '64, is shot down and killed on his 198th combat mission. He was leading an F-105D two-ship west of Dong Hoi when his aircraft was struck by anti-aircraft artillery fire. He ejected and landed on a sharp rocky cliff. He was rescued by an HH-3, but died in the helicopter. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo, and the Richter Lounge in Arnold Hall is named for him.
28 July 1989 -- The Academy hosts the new Colorado State Games. Over the 28-30 July period, the Academy hosted 17 events in the competition that was open to all age groups. The Academy also hosted Colorado State Games events in 1990 and 1991.
28 July 2011 -- Academy head football coach Troy Calhoun, Class of '89, and his wife, Amanda, conduct the first annual Football 101 event, designed to increase football awareness among female fans. The 300 attendees had access to the AFA locker room, a Falcon Stadium field tour, cocktails, dinner and an athletic fashion show.
29 July 1961 - Academy officials, led by Colonel Edward Stealy, deputy base commander, dedicate the Pioneer Cemetery in Douglass Valley. A plaque memorializing the first settlers in the area was unveiled. Capps Cabin, the oldest structure on Academy property, was also dedicated.
29 July 1969 -- The North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools reaccredits the Academy as a bachelor's degree granting institution.
29 July 1985 -- The Office of the Academic Dean of the USAFA Preparatory School is created. This action consolidated all academic activities under one person. Lieutenant Colonel John McGrath was the first Academic Dean. The new position also allowed the creation of two new directorates - Academic Support and Information Services.
29 July 2004 -- The Academy and the Association of Graduates begin co-hosting a three-day Graduate Leadership Conference. Nearly 200 graduates, military and civilian, returned to the Academy to interact with Academy senior staff, tour facilities, learn about the Academy's status and future plans, and to provide input.
30 July 1965 -- Colonel James Wilson becomes the first permanent professor to retire. He was awarded the retirement rank of brigadier general.
30 July 1977 -- President Jimmy Carter signs Public Law 95-79, separating cadet pay from its previous basis of 50 percent of the pay of a second lieutenant with less than two years of service, the historic formula used since the Academy opened in 1955.
30 July 1993 -- The Center for Character Development is established. Its purpose was to oversee development of philosophy and methodologies for character development across the Academy, including the administration of the Cadet Honor Code and the integration of human relations training.
31 July 1965 -- First Lieutenant Donald Watson, Class of '62, is killed when his F-100D crashes while attacking a Viet Cong headquarters north of Saigon. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
31 July 1968 -- Brigadier General Robert McDermott retires from his post as Dean of Faculty after 12 years in the position. He would move to San Antonio, Texas, as president of the United Services Automobile Association, an insurance company serving military officers.
31 July 1980 -- Colonel John May, Class of '61, becomes the second Academy graduate to be appointed a Permanent Professor. He was appointed Head of the Department of Physics.
31 July 1991 -- Colonel Ken Schweitzer assumes the position of Director of the Athletic Department. He followed Colonel John Clune, who has served as Athletic Director since 1975.
31 July 1996 -- David DeGraaf, Class of '93, represents the United States in team handball at the Atlanta Olympic Games. During the USA vs. Kuwait game, he scored an Olympic record 13 goals and had an Olympic record 7 blocked shots.
31 July 2006 -- Legendary wrestling coach Wayne Baughman's retires after coaching at the Academy for 27 years. An NCAA champion while at the University of Oklahoma, Baughman competed on three Olympic teams, eight World Championship teams and one Pan American Games team. In addition, he coached in the 1976 and 1980 Olympics, as well as five World Championship teams and a Pan American Games team.