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Air Force athletics announces major award winners;
recap of 2014-15 athletic season
U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force athletics recognized several cadet-athletes for their accomplishments during the 2014-15 sports season at the Academy's annual awards ceremony. Senior rifle star Meredith Carpentier and senior track and field standout Joey Uhle were named female and male athlete of the year, respectively. Senior cross country and track athlete Rebecca Esselstein earned the scholar-athlete award while senior swimmer Kim Davis won the athletic leadership award. Senior track and field athlete Zach Perkins won the athletic excellence award and senior quarterback Kale Pearson won the athletic achievement award.
A complete round up of the top six award winners, as well as highlights from each sport and the most valuable athlete from each sport follows below.
SCHOLAR-ATHLETE: Rebecca Esselstein was named a Rhodes Scholar in 2014, becoming the 12th cadet-athlete in Air Force history to earn the prestigious award. The senior, who competed in all six of the team's cross country meets in the fall, impacted the Academy record book during the track and field season, as she ran the lead-off leg of the distance medley relay team that recorded the second-fastest time in Air Force history (11:49.14, adjusted for altitude). Individually, Esselstein competed in three events during the track season - 800-meter run, mile run, 1500-meter run. A two-time CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-American, Esselstein has combined for eight academic all-conference honors and MW Scholar-Athlete selections as a member of both the cross country and track/field teams.
MOST VALUABLE FEMALE ATHLETE: Meredith Carpentier closes her Academy rifle career as one of the program's top female shooters. She is a five-time All-American in both the air rifle and smallbore guns. She led her team to two national championship rankings, fifth in 2013 and seventh in 2015. In 2014, she was the Patriot Rifle Conference air rifle champion. She is a member of the USA National Team since 2013 and was the National Junior Olympic Champion that same year. She was a member of the United States' gold medal women's air rifle team at the Championship of Americas. She earned gold, silver and bronze medals for her USA Shooting competitions throughout her career. A two-year team captain, she was recognized by the Sportswomen of Colorado as an outstanding female athlete for her performances in 2013.
MOST VALUABLE MALE ATHLETE: (as of 20 May 15) With five conference titles, four All-America awards and one Academy record, Joey Uhle has left his mark on the Air Force track and field program. With a career-best clearance of 18'2½" at this year's Air Force Invitational, Uhle broke the Academy's indoor record and became just the third vaulter in program history to surpass 18-feet during both the indoor and outdoor seasons. With that jump, Uhle also moved into second on the Mountain West's all-time list. Uhle, a back-to-back team MVP who also holds the program's second-best outdoor clearance (18'1"), has claimed five Mountain West titles in his career - a tally that is tied for the most in Academy history. Backed by those five titles (2013, 2014, 2015 indoor; 2014, 2015 outdoor), Uhle has combined for all-MW (top-three) medals in seven of his eight conference meets. Entering the 2015 NCAA Championship season, he has accounted for an Air Force Division I-best four All-America mentions, including first-team distinction at the 2014 indoor championships. He also collected second-team honors at the 2013 indoor and outdoor championships, while earning honorable mention status at the 2015 indoor meet.
ATHLETIC EXCELLENCE: (as of 20 May 15) During his four-year career at the Academy, Zach Perkins has claimed three conference titles and earned first-team All-America status in the 1500-meter run. As a sophomore, Perkins was the NCAA runner-up at 1500 meters, en route to the program's first-ever All-America citation at that distance. He claimed conference titles in different events during three straight MW Championship meets, winning the mile (2013 indoors), 1500-meter run (2013 outdoors) and 800-meter run (2014 indoors). Perkins, who was hampered by injury during the past year, scored for the Falcons in both the 800- and 1500-meter events at the 2015 MW Championships, including a second-place finish at 1500 meters. As a member of the cross country team, Perkins helped Air Force to its first team appearance at the NCAA Championships since 2004, as well as a runner-up finish in the team standings at the 2014 MW Championships.
ATHLETIC LEADERSHIP: Senior swimmer Kim Davis set 14 school records during her four-year career on the women's swimming team. After breaking her own records several times, seven of her records still stand today. She is the first ever Air Force women's swimmer to qualify and participate in U.S. Olympic Trials, swimming the 200 breaststroke in 2012. She earned the Mountain West Senior Award in 2014 and has been named all-conference seven times. As a senior, she earned all-conference honors in the 200 IM, 400 IM and the 200 breaststroke. She finished third in the 400 IM with an NCAA "B" time of 4:17.42 at the Mountain West Championships.
ATHLETIC ACHIEVEMENT: Senior quarterback Kale Pearson returned from a season-ending knee injury last year to lead the Falcons to a 10-3 overall record. Pearson completed 59 percent of his passes for 1,590 yards and 14 touchdowns. His 14 TD passes tie as the most in the option era at Air Force while his 1,590 yards is the fifth most all-time. Pearson had a 160.68 quarterback efficiency rating for the season which is the third-best in school history. He also rushed for 687 yards and six touchdowns which was second on the team.
FOOTBALL: Air Force completed one of the most remarkable turnarounds in college football in 2014. The Falcons finished the season 10-3 overall and had a 5-3 mark in conference play after a 2-10 mark in 2013. The eight-game turnaround is the best in school history and tied with TCU as the best in the country. The Falcons qualified for their seventh bowl game in eight seasons, defeating Western Michigan, 38-24, in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Air Force defeated both Army and Navy to win a record 19th Commander-in-Chief's Trophy title and its third in the last five years. Air Force's 10-win season is just the sixth in school history. The team defeated No. 21 Colorado State, who is the highest ranked team Air Force has beaten since 1996. Air Force finished 6-0 at home for just the fourth time in school history.
CROSS COUNTRY: Highlighted by a runner-up finish from Patrick Corona, the Air Force men's cross country team finished second at the 2014 Mountain West Championships. It was one of four top-three finishes for the Falcons on the year, as the squad also won the Fresno State Invitational, took second at the Rocky Mountain Shootout and finished third at the Woody Greeno Invitational. Riley Coates, who joined Corona on the all-MW first-team squad, earned all-region honors and advanced to the NCAA Championships. The men, who moved up to No. 29 in the national rankings following the conference meet, accounted for the program's fastest 8K (Corona, 23:41.50) and five-mile (Coates, 23:55.70) times over the last two decades. The women claimed three top-five team finishes during the 2014 season, including runner-up finishes at the Fresno State Invitational and Woody Greeno Invitational. Backed by a seventh-place finish from all-conference honoree Hannah Everson, the Falcons finished fifth at the MW Championships. Everson, who picked up three top-10 finishes on the year, was the Falcons' top finisher during five of the team's six races. Everson, Lindy Long and Rebecca Esselstein impacted the program record book at the 5K distance, as they accounted for three of the four-fastest times in DI history.
VOLLEYBALL: The Air Force volleyball team continued to improve in 2014, recording its best conference win total (seven) since moving to Division I. The Falcons compiled a 13-19 record, which included a 7-11 mark in Mountain West action. Highlighted by victories over Winthrop, Marist, Houston Baptist, Weber State, Boise State, San Jose State, Nevada, San Diego State and Fresno State, the Falcons tallied the most home wins since 1999 and the third home winning record at the Academy in Division I history (9-8). Several milestones were reached this season, as Akokwe Clement and Taylor Parker became the program's first all-conference honorees since 2003 and Parker became the program's first MW Athlete of the Week since 2010.
WATER POLO: The Air Force water polo team spent the 2014 season among the nation's top 20, finishing the season with a 15-15 overall record and ranked 15th in the nation. The Falcons placed fifth in the Western Water Polo Association tournament, defeating Santa Clara in the final game of the season. Sophomore Robby Stiefel was the most decorated Falcon, earning honorable mention All-America honors. He was also a first-team all-WWPA selection and was named to the WWPA all-tournament team. Stiefel led the conference in assists (56) and steals (68) and was 12th in goals scored (44) in 2014. His 56 assists set a new school record. Senior Petar Jackovich was the team MVP, as he was named second-team all-conference, scoring 27 goals and posting 17 assists
WOMEN'S SOCCER: Air Force women's soccer went 7-10-1 overall in 2014-15. The Falcons were 4-6-1 in Mountain West play, finishing tied for eighth place out of 12 teams. Freshman midfielder Angela Karamanos led the team in scoring with seven goals and 16 points. Freshman Alex Kahalley led the team in goal with 79 saves and a 1.30 goals against average. The Falcons were one of the youngest teams in the country, with 20 of 26 players being freshmen or sophomores. Air Force produced six Academic All-MW honorees. Junior midfielder Katie Case earned First-team Academic All-District honors.
MEN'S SOCCER: Air Force men's soccer went 7-7-4 overall in 2014-15. The Falcons went 3-6-1 in Western Athletic Conference play, finishing in eighth place out of 10 teams. The Falcons started the season off strong, going unbeaten in its first seven matches (4-0-3). Junior Gus Jensen led the team in scoring with nine points (three goals and three assists). Sophomore Jake Schenk led the team in goal with 82 saves and a 0.93 goals against average. The Falcons had four Academic All-WAC honorees. Sophomore defender Tucker Axhoj earned First-team Academic All-District honors.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Air Force women's basketball posted a 2-29 overall record and 1-17 mark in Mountain West play. Senior guard Jimi Blagowsky led the team in scoring, averaging 13.2 points per game. Freshman guard Cortney Porter set a school freshman record with 118 assists, which is also second all-time in the Division I era.
MEN'S BASKETBALL: Air Force finished the season 14-17 overall and placed ninth in the Mountain West with a 6-12 record. The Falcons won their opening game of the Mountain West Tournament in Las Vegas, beating New Mexico 68-61, before falling to conference co-champion Boise State in the quarterfinals. Air Force concluded the non-conference schedule with an 8-5 record. Air Force's 14 overall wins ties as the 12th most in school history while the six conference wins ties for seventh all-time. This season marked the third straight year the Falcons have won six or more conference games which is the longest streak of six or more in school history. Air Force won four straight conference home games at once point which was the longest since 2012-13. Along the way, the team beat Wyoming, 69-43, on Feb. 14 to register the biggest conference win since 2007 and largest ever over Wyoming.
WRESTLING: Air Force wrestling went 6-8 overall in 2014-15. The Falcons went 0-5 in Western Wrestling Conference duals, placing sixth. Air Force had two NCAA championship qualifiers in junior Josh Martinez at 125 pounds and senior Jesse Stafford at 165 pounds. Air Force won the All-Academy Wrestling Championships for the first time in 12 years, out-scoring service academy rivals Army West Point and Navy.
RIFLE: The team finished seventh at the NCAA National Rifle Championships, had two cadet-athletes claim All-American honors and finished 16-6 for the season. At the 2014 President's Trophy Match against sister academies, Navy, Army and the U.S. Coast Guard, the Air Force rifle team brought home the President's Trophy after winning the match with 5793 total points. The Falcons took on Navy again during the season, winning the match by a margin of 35 points (4676-4641). At the Patriot Rifle Conference Championships, Air Force finished fourth in the conference with 4647 points, and senior Meredith Carpentier and junior Tyler Rico earned All-Conference honors.
FENCING: The Air Force fencing team had six fencers who qualified for the 2015 NCAA National Fencing Championships. As a team, Air Force finished 12th in the country. Junior James Salem earned All-American honors after finishing fifth in men's epee with a .565 percent in all bouts won (13-10). Two other fencers, junior Mary McElwee, women's foil, and senior Alexander Chiang, men's foil, had top performances. McElwee finished 13th with an 11-12 bout record, and Chiang finished 17th with 10 victories. The six qualified for the NCAAs after earning top finishes at the NCAA West Regional Championships in March. Chiang, McElwee, Salem, junior Madeleine Girardot (foil), senior Emiliano Kaptain (saber), junior Ryan Redhead (saber) and sophomore Alyssa Hofilena (saber) all earned all-conference honors.
HOCKEY: The Air Force hockey team closed out the 2014-15 season with a 16-21-4 overall record. The Falcons tied for sixth in the Atlantic Hockey Conference with a 13-12-3 mark. Air Force was the No. 7 seed in the AHC Tournament and won a first-round series over AIC. The season ended in the league quarterfinals with a pair of losses to eventual tournament champion, and NCAA Elite Eight participant, RIT. The senior class of 2015 defeated Colorado College three times and never lost to Army, going 6-0-2 against the Black Knights. The senior class helped lead the Falcons to 75 wins. The line of Scott Holm (LW), Chad Demers (C) and Cole Gunner (RW), was the fourth highest scoring line in the nation, combining for 118 points. Gunner was named the team MVP and led the team, and ranked among the conference leaders, with 46 points. Gunner earned second-team all-conference honors for the second straight season.
MEN'S GYMNASTICS: The Air Force men's gymnastics team picked up its sixth USAG Collegiate National team title in 2015, en route to its fifth consecutive appearance as a team at the NCAA National Qualifier. Five Falcons - Josh Ramos (floor), Timmy Wang (pommel horse), Denis Aurelius (still rings), Josh Pyne (vault) and Greg Chaput (parallel bars) - captured individual national titles at the USAG Championships. Air Force swept the annual USAG Varsity honors, as Ramos (Gymnast of the Year) and Kip Simons (Head Coach of the Year) claimed individual awards, while Josh Loeser and Jeff Robinson shared the Assistant Coach of the Year award. The men defeated both Army and Navy to win their fourth straight Service Academy Classic title, while Ramos received the meet's second-annual Iron Cross Award. Three individual Academy records were set or matched in 2015, as Aaron Nubine (floor exercise), Arinn Wade (pommel horse) and Ramos (parallel bars) all impacted the Air Force record book. In addition, the Falcons set team records on the pommel horse and vault, while recording the second-best team score in Academy history (432.850) to win the USAG national title.
WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS: The Air Force women's gymnastics team finished the 2015 campaign with a 3-7 record, as well as a 1-7 slate against Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opponents. The Falcons, who finished sixth at the MPSF Championships and fourth at the USAG Qualifier, posted a season-high tally of 193.450 at a triangular meet in Denver. That score was one of four marks to impact head coach Doug Day's list of top-25 scores. The Falcons earned a combined seven USAG All-America honors from Shannen Kelly (beam: second team), Al Stych (floor: second), Jessica Wallander (vault: first; bars: second; floor: first) and Kara Witgen (floor: first; all-around: first). Jamie Lewis, Kim McRobbie, Stych and Wallander also represented Air Force on the all-conference team.
MEN'S SWIMMING: The men's swimming team enjoyed one of its best seasons in school history, posting a 15-5 dual meet record and tying the school record with a second-place finish at the Western Athletic Conference Championships (705.5 points). The team set eight school records and had 35 swims that cracked the all-time top 10. Stan Curnow was named the WAC Diving Coach of the Year and senior Nathaniel Zillweger was named the WAC Diver of the Year. Junior Michael Barnosky was named the team's MVP as he won the WAC title in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and set two school records.
WOMEN'S SWIMMING: The women's swimming team closed out the 2014-15 season with a 7-8 dual meet record and placed sixth in the Mountain West Championships with 281 points. The Falcons set seven school records and had 26 swims crack the all-time top 10 at the Academy. Sophomore Genevieve Miller was named the team MVP as she won two conference titles, 500 free and 1650 free, and set new conference records in both events. Her time in the 1650 was also a new MW championship record. She competed in both the 500 free and 1650 free at the NCAA Championships. Miller was named all-conference in three events and set four school records. Senior Kim Davis won the Mountain West Senior Award. She has earned seven all-conference honors in her career and was the team captain in 2014-15.
BOXING: A young Air Force boxing team, under the direction of interim head coach Lt Col Matt Glover, concluded the 2014-15 campaign with a third-place finish at the National Collegiate Boxing Association Championships and a runner-up finish at the NCBA West Regional Championships. The Falcons, who had just one senior on the 12-man roster, accounted for one individual national champion, eight NCBA All-Americans and four regional champions. Roy Taylor became the 14th boxer in program history to win four straight Wing Open titles in 2014 and helped the Falcons to a 4-2 record against Army and Navy at the annual Chuck Davey Classic in Detroit. History was made in 2015, as women competed in the Wing Open Championships for the first time in program history, under the direction of MSgt Debra Sheppard.
LACROSSE: After a record-setting 2014 season that was led by a strong senior class, the Falcons carried a young team into the 2015 season. Competing as an independent, the Falcons got off to a rough start losing three straight games, including two to teams ranked in the top three in the nation. However, this resilient group won eight of the next 10 and finished the season with an 8-7 record. Of those seven losses, four came to teams ranked in the top 20. Close games became the Falcons' nemesis, losing four games by one goal. Freshman Chris Walsch was named the team's MVP as he led the Falcons with 37 goals and 55 points. He ranked fifth in the nation in goals by a freshman and set the school record for goals and points by a freshman in the modern era.
WOMEN'S TENNIS: Air Force concluded the season with an 18-9 overall record to mark its sixth consecutive winning season. The Falcons defeated a pair of nationally-ranked teams this season, beating No. 66 Kansas State and No. 69 Utah State. The team's 18 wins are the second-most in the Kim Gidley era, the fifth most in the history of the program, third most in the Division I era (1996-present) and most since Air Force was 20-10 in 1998-99 in Gidley's first season as head coach. Senior Natasha Rizvi and sophomore Tracy Landram were named all-Mountain West in doubles while Rizvi also earned the honor for singles. Rizvi ended her career with 170 combined wins to become the winningest Division I player in school history. Sophomore Chloe Forlini set the all-time school record in wins in a season, posting a 33-9 record this season. Forlini set the Division I record when she reached 29 wins and set the all-time mark with her 33rd win. She passed the record of 31 set in 1994 by All-American Laura Simmons.
MEN'S TENNIS: Air Force finished the season with a 10-12 overall record. The Falcons finished eighth in the Mountain West with a 0-7 mark. This is the sixth straight season the Falcons have won 10 or more matches in a season, including a 4-3 win over service-academy rival Army. The Falcons had regional wins over Northern Colorado, Weber State and Northern Arizona and set new attendance records at home matches this season. Senior Grant Taylor and sophomore Lucas Fumagalli earned all-MW honors in doubles while Taylor also earned the award for singles. Taylor was also awarded the ITA/Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award and the region most improved player award.
TRACK AND FIELD: (as of 20 May 15) The Air Force track and field season isn't over for another few weeks, as several Falcons will compete at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, which begins with the opening round of competition on May 28. The Falcons earned two All-America honors during the indoor season from pole vaulters Dylan Bell (second-team) and Joey Uhle (honorable mention), and look to add to that total in the coming weeks.
To date, three Academy records have been set during the outdoor season (women's 5000-meter run, women's 10,000-meter run, high jump), while nine program-best marks were recorded during the indoor season (women's 300-meter dash, men's 500-meter dash, men's mile run, women's mile run, women's 3000-meter run, women's 5000-meter run, men's pole vault, men's shot put, men's weight throw). A total of 63 improvements have been made to the program's all-time list so far this season.
Backed by a program-record eight conference titles at the outdoor meet, the men finished second in the team standings in 2015, after finishing third at the indoor meet (the women placed 10th indoors and 11th outdoors). Uhle (pole vault) and Grant Hamilton (shot put) swept their respective titles at both championship meets, while Hamilton also captured the discus title at the outdoor meet. Patrick Corona (5000-meter run), Kyle Eller (10,000-meter run), Jamiel Trimble (110-meter hurdles), Taylor Smith (high jump) and the 4x100-meter relay of Robbie Anderson, Zach Johnson, Jake Spuller and Trimble also claimed conference championships during the outdoor season. Based on top-three finishes at the conference meet, Air Force accounted for 29 all-conference awards (15 indoor, 14 outdoor).
GOLF: The Air Force golf team featured one of its youngest lineups in program history, maintaining a roster that featured only two Falcons with collegiate playing experience. Air Force picked up a pair of top-10 finishes in 2014-15, including a 10th-place finish at the Mountain West Golf Championships. Blake Edwards was the Falcons' top finisher during three of the squad's five fall tournaments, while Sunwoo Choi posted the team's best finish of the year after tying for seventh at the Loyola Golf Invitational.
BASEBALL: Air Force baseball finished the 2015 season with a 23-29 overall record and 11-17 mark in conference play for a fifth place finish in Mountain West play. The Falcons won 22 Div. I games during the season, setting a new school record. The Falcons 11 wins is also the second-most ever in the MW era. Air Force posted a 4.54 team earned run average, the lowest since 1979. Junior lefthander Trent Monaghan's 2.75 ERA was the lowest at Air Force since 1982. Sophomore centerfielder Adam Groesbeck earned team MVP honors, batting .338 with 25 doubles.
TEAM MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS
VOLLEYBALL: Surpassing the 1000-assist mark for the third straight season, Hillary Keltner became the program's all-time Division I assists leader in 2014, with 4,061. She also finished her career as the program's DI leader in double-doubles (36) and ranked third on the Academy's DI digs list (917). Her career assist total is ranked third on the all-time list (any Division), as she is just the third in program history to surpass the 4000-assist mark. During her senior campaign, Keltner recorded 1299 assists and 271 digs, as well as 101 kills, 18 service aces and 45 blocks (three solo, 42 assisted).
FOOTBALL MVP: Senior quarterback Kale Pearson returned from a season-ending knee injury last year to lead the Falcons to a 10-3 overall record. Pearson completed 59 percent of his passes for 1,590 yards and 14 touchdowns. His 14 TD passes tie as the most in the option era at Air Force while his 1,590 yards is the fifth most all-time. Pearson had a 160.68 quarterback efficiency rating for the season which is the third-best in school history. He also rushed for 687 yards and six touchdowns which was second on the team.
FOOTBALL OFFENSIVE MVP: Senior Michael Husar led the offensive line that helped the Falcons roll up 5,443 total yards this season. Husar was one of 66 players nationwide named to the Rimington Trophy Watch List as the nation's top center. During the season, Husar moved to guard to help strengthen the line which allowed the fewest sacks in the Mountain West Conference with just 12. Husar led the team in knockdown blocks and was a key cog in helping the team finish among the nation's top five in rushing with an average of 273.1 yards per game.
FOOTBALL DEFENSIVE MVP: Senior linebacker Jordan Pierce led the Falcons and ranked sixth in the conference in total tackles with 117. A second-team all-conference selection, Pierce was among the league leaguers in tackles for loss with 19.5 for 71 yards and quarterback sacks with 7.0 for 51 yards. He also had two pass interceptions and a pass breakup.
FOOTBALL SPECIAL TEAMS/LINEMAN MVP: Senior Will Conant had one of the most successful seasons ever for an Air Force specialist. One of 20 semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award as the nation's top kicker, Conant finished the year hitting 19 of 21 field goals and 45 of 46 extra points. Conant was named the Mountain West's special teams player of the year in 2015. In addition to his place kicking duties, Conant averaged 43.6 yards per punt with 21 downed inside the 20 and 13 of 50 yards or more.
WATER POLO: Senior Petar Jackovich was the water polo team MVP. A center from New Lenox, Ill., Jackovich was named second-team all-conference. He was fifth on the team with 27 goals and also had 17 assists and 13 steals. He had a season-high four goals in the win over Pomona-Pitzer and scored three in win over Fresno Pacific. Jackovich helped lead the water polo team to a 15-15 overall record and a No. 15 national ranking.
WOMEN'S SOCCER: Senior Defender Kylie Williamson was named team MVP. The hometown product from Air Academy High School was a four-year starter for the Falcons. As a senior, Williamson started 13 games, missing six games due to a hamstring injury.
MEN'S SOCCER: Sophomore goalkeeper Jake Schenk earned team MVP honors. Schenk posted a 7-5-4 record in goal for the Falcons. His 0.93 GAA in 1549 minutes is the second-lowest total in school history. Schenk also had 82 saves.
WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY: Hannah Everson had another stellar season, en route to her second straight MVP honor. Finishing seventh at the Mountain West Cross Country Championships with an Academy Division I-record 6K time of 20:47.90, Everson became just the second runner in women's history to garner all-conference recognition more than once in a career (and the only to do so with first-team status). In addition to her team-leading mark at the conference meet, Everson was the Falcons' top finisher in every race, including a runner-up finish at the Woody Greeno Invitational and a third-place finish at the Fresno State Invitational. She also set a new Academy Division I record in the 5K distance, as she clocked 17:10.00 at the Notre Dame Invitational.
MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY: Riley Coates had a strong senior season on the cross country trails, earning all-conference and all-region honors, while representing the Academy at the NCAA Championships. Coates, who claimed first-team all-Mountain West status after finishing seventh at the MW Championships, added a 19th-place finish at the NCAA Regional Meet to earn an automatic berth into the national meet. Coates paced the Falcons in two regular-season competitions, including the Notre Dame Invitational and Pre-Nationals Invitational. The senior, who finished 77th out of 246 runners at the national meet, recorded the program's fastest five-mile time in the last 20 years (23:55.70) and debuted on the top-five lists for the 6K and 8K distances.
WRESTLING: Senior Jesse Stafford was named Outstanding Wrestler of the 2014-15 season. Stafford put together a 20-11 overall record and 8-2 mark in dual competition at 165 pounds. The senior recorded five falls and ranked second on the team in wins. Stafford earned All-conference honors with his second place finish at the WWC Championships at 165 pounds. The senior competed at the NCAA Championships at 165.
RIFLE: Junior Tyler Rico concluded his junior year as a College Rifle Coaches Association second team All-American, and NRA first and second team All-American in air rifle and smallbore, respectively. Last fall, he placed second in the Winter Air Gun Championships, 10m men's junior match and finished sixth in the 10m men's air rifle match. In the January Rifle Selection Match, he placed 10th and finished with a two-day total of 2316 points. Rico's averages for the season are a 579.182 in the smallbore and 591.273 in the air rifle. His average aggregate is 1170.455, which puts him 11th on the NCAA individual score ranking. He qualified for the 2015 NCAA Rifle Championships, finishing seventh in the nation.
FENCING (Men): James Salem concluded his junior season earning second-team NCAA All-America honors after placing fifth in the country in men's epee. At the 2015 NCAA Men's Fencing Championships, Salem finished fifth with .565 percent of bouts won in the individual men's epee championships. He had a 13-10 record finishing with 86 touches scored, 72 touches received and a +10 indicator. He qualified for the NCAAs after finishing as the silver medalist with a 7-3 bout record at the NCAA West Regional Championships in March. His career record is 129-58.
FENCING (Women): Mary McElwee's junior year was a stellar one, finishing with a 79-8 record. She was undefeated in the Parker Kickoff, finished 17-1 at both the Brandeis Invitational and Western Invitational, and had a 36-6 dual record at the Northwestern Duals II. She was the undefeated champion in the women's foil NCAA West Regional Championships and earned her first-ever Western Fencing Conference All-Conference award. She qualified for her third trip to the national championships, where she finished 13th overall with an 11-12 bout record. Her career record of 213-86 is one of the highest records of the women's fencing team.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Senior guard Jimi Blagowsky was named team MVP. Blagowsky led the Falcons in scoring, three-point baskets made and ranked in the conference top 10 in scoring, assists per game, minutes per game and three-point baskets per game. Her 14.3 scoring average in conference play was a new school record in the Mountain West era. Blagowsky earned Honorable Mention All-MW honors.
MEN'S BASKETBALL: Senior Marek Olesinski earned honorable mention all-conference honors while finishing second on the team in scoring with a 9.9 average. Olesinski averaged 11.4 points per game in conference games while shooting 50.5 percent from the field and 39.1 percent from three-point range.
HOCKEY: Senior Cole Gunner was named the hockey team MVP as he led the team, and ranked among the conference leaders, with 46 (21-25-46) points. Gunner earned second-team all-conference honors for the second straight season. The winger from Richfield, Minn., ranked third in the conference in points, fifth in goals and fourth in assists in all games. Gunner played in every game in his career, setting a new school record with 156 consecutive games played.
MEN'S GYMNASTICS: Josh Ramos, the 2015 USAG Varsity Gymnast of the Year, capped a stellar senior season with a USAG national title on the floor exercise. The senior, who also collected USAG All-America honors on the parallel bars and high bar, recorded an Academy-record parallel bars score of 15.600 during the team finals of the USAG Championships. While helping the Falcons' senior class to their fourth straight USAG team title, their fourth straight appearance at the NCAA National Qualifier and their fourth straight title at the Service Academy Classic, Ramos was a CGA National Gymnast of the Week (March 19) and an MPSF Gymnast of the Week (March 24), while earning the Iron Cross Award during the annual triangular meet with Army and Navy. In addition to leading the team on the parallel bars, he was ranked among the team's top three on the floor exercise and high bar.
WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS: Jessica Wallander had a tremendous senior season in 2015, claiming three USAG All-America awards (vault, uneven bars, floor), two all-conference accolades (vault, uneven bars) and nine first-place finishes. She competed on the vault in all 14 meets, including the NCAA Regional Championships and USAG Event Finals, registering a season-best 9.875 at the Denver Triangular. She also competed on the uneven bars and floor during 13 meets, including a regional appearance on the uneven bars and a USAG Finals appearance on the floor. Wallander recorded a career-best 9.825 on the floor twice, while adding a season-high 9.775 on the uneven bars in three meets. Wallander, who holds the Academy's all-time vault record of 9.925, finished her USAFA career with one conference title (2013 vault), nine all-MPSF selections and eight USAG All-America awards.
WOMEN'S SWIMMING: Sophomore Genevieve Miller was named the women's swimming team MVP as she won two conference titles, 500 free and 1650 free, and set new conference records in both events. Her time of 16:13.01 in the 1650 was a new Mountain West Championship and overall record. In the 500 free, her time of 4:42.47 set a new conference and school mark. A product of Winston-Salem, N.C., she placed 19th at the NCAA Championships in the 1650 free and 39th in the 500 free, both finishes were the best of her career. Miller was named all-conference in three events (200 free, 500 free and 1650 free) and set four school records during the 2014-15 season.
MEN'S SWIMMING: Junior Michael Barnosky was named the men's swimming team's MVP as he won two Western Athletic Conference titles and was named all-conference in three events. A native of Cedaredge, Colo, Barnosky won the WAC title, and set a new school record, in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 1:56.89. He also won the 100 breaststroke, and set a new WAC overall, championship and school record with a time of 53.11. Barnosky was also part of the 400 medley relay team that set a new school record and placed second in the WAC with a time of 3:11.69.
DIVING: Junior Nathaniel
Zillweger was named the diving team's MVP. The Phoenix, Ariz., native was named
the Western Athletic Conference Diver of the Year as he won the one-meter
springboard title with 323.5 points. He also finished third on the three-meter
(306.6 points) and fifth on the platform (273.25 points). In the NCAA Zone E
Diving Championships, Zillweger also placed 14th in the one-meter, 16th three-meter and 16th on platform.
BOXING: Roy Taylor became just the 14th boxer in Academy history to win four straight Wing Open titles, as he claimed the 125-pound title in 2015. The lone senior on a young Air Force boxing team, Taylor finished second at the National Collegiate Boxing Association Championships in early April to pick up the second NCBA All-America honor of his career. He was a three-time NCBA regional champion, winning two titles at 125 pounds (2013, 2015) and one at 119 pounds (2012). Taylor, who also received the John Young Memorial (Most Inspirational) Award, posted a 4-1 record at the regional and national championship meets, while adding victories at the Chuck Davey Classic (138 pounds) and WAC Main Event (132 pounds) during the regular season.
GOLF: With a team-low average of 73.6, Sunwoo Choi had a strong sophomore campaign during the 2014-15 season. Competing in eight tournaments, Choi was the Falcons' top finisher in two and tied for the top-spot in a third. He recorded the squad's lone top-10 finish, after tying for seventh in the 100-competitor Loyola Invitational. Choi, who also led the Falcons at the Ram Masters Invitational (17th tie) and Middleburg Bank Invitational (36th tie), recorded a season-low round of 69 at the Ram Masters and carded rounds of 70 on three occasions (Price's Give'Em 5 Invitational, Loyola Invitational, MW Championships).
WOMEN'S TENNIS: Senior Natasha Rizvi earned the ITA/Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award while leading the Falcons to one of the most successful season in school history (18-9). Rizvi earned her second-straight team MVP honor and ended her career with a school-record 170 combined wins. She is second all-time in singles wins with 96 and fourth in all-time doubles wins with 84. She also broke the school record for combined dual wins with 121. Rizvi earned all-Mountain West honors in singles and doubles.
MEN'S TENNIS: Senior Grant Taylor earned all-MW honors in singles and doubles this season, picking up the doubles honor for the third straight season. Taylor was also awarded the ITA/Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award and the region most improved player award this season. Taylor finished his career winning more Mountain West conference matches than any Falcon since Shannon Buck in 2006. He was 5-12 in singles and 14-10 in doubles in his Mountain West career. Taylor was 11-10 at the #1 position in singles and 13-4 at #1 doubles with Lucas Fumagalli this season, including a 4-2 conference doubles mark.
BASEBALL: Sophomore centerfielder Adam Groesbeck earned team MVP honors for Air Force baseball. Groesbeck batted .338 on the season with a conference-leading 25 doubles and 21 stolen bases. His 25 doubles is the second most in a season at Air Force. Groesbeck earned second-team All-Mountain West honors. The Turlock, Calif., native led Air Force with 47 runs, 75 hits and a .527 slugging percentage.
LACROSSE: Freshman Chris Walsch was named the lacrosse team's MVP as he led the Falcons with 37 goals and 55 points. He ranked fifth in the nation in goals by a freshman and set the school record for goals and points by a freshman in the Air Force lacrosse modern era (since joining a Division I conference in 1994). Walsch's 37 goals are the second most by any player in the modern era while his 55 points are the third most. He scored a goal in his first eight collegiate games and had at least one point in 14 of the 15 games.
TRACK (Men): (as of 20 May 15) An Academy record and two conference titles in the pole vault have highlighted the track and field season - so far - for senior Joey Uhle. During the indoor season, Uhle cleared an Academy-record 18'2½" - a mark that is also the second-best clearance in Mountain West history. He claimed his third straight MW indoor title and advanced to the NCAA Championships for the third time, where he earned All-America (Honorable Mention) status. He repeated as conference champion during the outdoor season, pacing the Falcons to a sweep of the medalist positions in the pole vault. Currently ranked 15th in the West Region heading into next week's NCAA preliminary round, Uhle has collected seven event titles this season and tied the program record with five-career MW Athlete of the Week awards.
TRACK (Women): (as of 20 May 15) Hannah Everson is in the middle of a remarkable junior season, accounting for four Academy records. Everson, who also captured MVP honors during the cross country season, shattered three records that had stood for more than two decades. The junior broke the Academy's 25-year-old record in the 5000-meter run and the 24-year-old standard in the 10,000-meter run (34:31.48) during the regular outdoor season, before resetting her 5K mark to 16:22.69 during a fourth-place finish at the MW Championships. During the indoor season, she broke a 24-year-old record at the 5000-meter distance (16:32.84, adjusted for altitude) and a two-year-old mark at 3000 meters (9:37.07a). Heading into the NCAA Outdoor Championships, Everson is ranked among the regional qualifiers in both the 5000- and 10,000-meter events.
TRACK MOST OUTSTANDING COMPETITOR (Men): (as of 20 May 15) Three conference titles and an Academy record have highlighted the 2014-15 season - so far - for junior Grant Hamilton, who claimed his second straight Most Outstanding Competitor award. Hamilton became the first thrower in Academy history to surpass the 60-foot mark in the indoor shot put, as he broke his own program standard to win his first Mountain West title (60'4"). His success continued to the outdoor season, as he claimed the first-ever outdoor MW titles for the men in the shot put and discus throw. Hamilton, who already holds the program's outdoor shot put standard at 60'8", recorded a season-best distance of 60'3¾" at the Beach Invitational, before debuting in third on the Academy's all-time list in the discus throw (183'1") at the Rock Chalk Classic. Entering the NCAA Outdoor Championship season, Hamilton is ranked among the West Region's top-30 in both events.
TRACK MOST OUTSTANDING COMPETITOR (Women): Freshman Carina Gillespie made an impact on the Academy record book during her first collegiate season, setting one Academy record and debuting on the program's all-time standings in three other events. Gillespie deleted more than five seconds off of the program's eight-year-old record in the mile (4:44.17, adjusted for altitude) during a runner-up performance at the MW Indoor Championships - becoming the program's first all-conference selection in that event since 2006. She also recorded the Academy's second-fastest time in the 3000-meter run (9:39.20a) and the fifth-fastest time at 800 meters (2:12.04a) during the indoor season. Outdoors, Gillespie clocked the third-fastest 1500-meter time in Academy history (4:23.65) during her only race at that distance.
Air Force Academy graduate Tom Kafka, a 1990 graduate and three-year football lettermen, is doing great things in the Air Force. The link below is to a story about what he's currently doing in the Air Force.
Thursday May 14
Air Force @ Nevada Baseball 5/14/15 7pm MT
Friday May 15
Outdoor Track & Field MW Championship 5/15/15 2pm MT
Air Force @ Nevada Baseball 5/15/15 7pm MT
Saturday May 16
Outdoor Track & Field MW Championship 5/16/15 Noon MT
Air Force @ Nevada Baseball 5/16/15 2pm MT
Friday May 8
SDSU @ Air Force Baseball 5/8/15 3pm MT
Saturday May 9
SDSU @ Air Force Baseball 5/9/15 1pm MT
Sunday May 10
SDSU @ Air Force Baseball 5/10/15 1pm MT
Monday April 20
Utah Valley @ Air Force Baseball 4/20/15 2pm MT
Wednesday April 22
MW Women's Tennis Championships #8 seed vs #9 Seed 4/22/15 9am MT (Albuquerque, N.M.)
MW Women's Tennis Championships #7 seed vs #10 Seed 4/22/15 Noon MT (Albuquerque, N.M.)
MW Women's Tennis Championships #6 seed vs #11 Seed 4/22/15 3pm MT (Albuquerque, N.M.)
Thursday April 23
MW Men's Tennis Championships #1 seed vs #8 Seed 4/23/15 9am MT (Albuquerque, N.M.)
MW Men's Tennis Championships #4 seed vs #5 Seed 4/23/15 Noon MT (Albuquerque, N.M.)
MW Men's Tennis Championships #3 seed vs #6 Seed 4/23/15 3pm MT (Albuquerque, N.M.)
MW Men's Tennis Championships #2 seed vs #7 Seed 4/23/15 6pm MT (Albuquerque, N.M.)
Quinnipiac @ Air Force Men's Lacrosse 4/23/15 7pm MT
Friday April 24
MW Women's Tennis Championships #4 seed vs #5 Seed 4/24/15 9am MT (Albuquerque, N.M.)
MW Women's Tennis Championships #1 seed vs TBA 4/24/15 Noon MT (Albuquerque, N.M.)
MW Women's Tennis Championships #2 seed vs TBA 4/24/15 3pm MT (Albuquerque, N.M.)
MW Women's Tennis Championships #3 seed vs TBA 4/24/15 6pm MT (Albuquerque, N.M.)
Air Force @ UNLV Baseball 4/24/15 6pm PT
Saturday April 25
MW Men's Tennis Championships Semifinal #1 4/25/15 9am MT (Albuquerque, N.M.)
MW Men's Tennis Championships Semifinal #2 4/25/15 Noon MT (Albuquerque, N.M.)
Air Force @ UNLV Baseball 4/25/15 2pm PT
MW Women's Tennis Championships Semifinal #1 4/25/15 3pm MT (Albuquerque, N.M.)
MW Women's Tennis Championships Semifinal #2 4/25/15 6pm MT (Albuquerque, N.M.)
Sunday April 26
MW Men's Tennis Championships Final 4/26/15 11am MT (Albuquerque, N.M.)
MW Women's Tennis Championships Final 4/26/15 2pm MT (Albuquerque, N.M.)
Air Force @ UNLV Baseball 4/26/15 1pm PT
Tuesday April 14
Northern Colorado @ Air Force Baseball 4/14/15 3pm MT
Fresno State @ Air Force Baseball 4/17/15 3pm MT
Saturday April 18
Robert Morris @ Air Force Men's Lacrosse 4/18/15 11am MT
Fresno State @ Air Force Baseball 4/18/15 1pm MT
Sunday April 19
Fresno State @ Air Force Baseball 4/19/15 1pm MT
Friday April 10
Air Force @ Colorado State Women's Tennis 4/10/15 10am MT
Air Force @ New Mexico Baseball 4/10/15 6pm MT
Saturday April 11
Air Force @ New Mexico Baseball 4/11/15 2pm MT
Sunday April 12
Air Force @ New Mexico Baseball 4/12/15 1pm MT
Monday March 9
MW Women's Basketball Championship 8 Seed vs 9 Seed 3/9/15 3pm MT
MW Women's Basketball Championship Game 1 Press Conference 3/9/15 5:15pm MT
MW Women's Basketball Championship 7 Seed vs 10 Seed 3/9/15 5:30pm MT
Alaska & Denver @ Air Force Women's Gymnastics 3/9/15 6pm MT
MW Women's Basketball Championship Game 2 Press Conference 3/9/15 7:45pm MT
MW Women's Basketball Championship 6 Seed vs 11 Seed 3/9/15 8pm MT
MW Women's Basketball Championship Game 3 Press Conference 3/9/15 10:15pm MT
Tuesday March 10
MW Women's Basketball Championship Quarterfinal #1 3/10/15 1pm MT
Adams State @ Air Force Baseball 3/10/15 2pm MT
MW Women's Basketball Quarterfinal #1 Press Conference 3/10/15 3:15pm MT
MW Women's Basketball Championship Quarterfinal #2 3/10/15 3:30pm MT
MW Women's Basketball Quarterfinal #2 Press Conference 3/10/15 5:45pm MT
MW Women's Basketball Championship Quarterfinal #3 3/10/15 7pm MT
MW Women's Basketball Quarterfinal #3 Press Conference 3/10/15 9:15pm MT
MW Women's Basketball Championship Quarterfinal #4 3/10/15 9:30pm MT
MW Women's Basketball Quarterfinal #4 Press Conference 3/10/15 11:45pm MT
Wednesday March 11
MW Men's Basketball Championship 8 seed vs 9 seed 3/11/15 1pm MT
MW Men's Basketball Championship Game 1 Press Conference 3/11/15 3:15pm MT
MW Men's Basketball Championship 7 seed vs 10 seed 3/11/15 3:30pm MT
MW Men's Basketball Championship Game 2 Press Conference 3/11/15 5:45pm MT
MW Women's Basketball Championship Semifinal #1 3/11/15 7pm MT
MW Women's Basketball Semifinal #1 Press Conference 3/11/15 9:15pm MT
MW Women's Basketball Championship Semifinal #2 3/11/15 9:30pm MT
MW Women's Basketball Semifinal #2 Press Conference 3/11/15 11:45pm MT
Thursday March 12
MW Men's Basketball Quarterfinal #1 Press Conference 3/12/15 3:15pm MT
MW Men's Basketball Quarterfinal #2 Press Conference 3/12/15 5:45pm MT
MW Men's Basketball Quarterfinal #3 Press Conference 3/12/15 9:15pm MT
MW Men's Basketball Quarterfinal #4 Press Conference 3/12/15 11:45pm MT
Friday March 13
MW Women's Basketball Championship Final 3/13/15 1pm MT
UNLV @ Air Force Baseball 3/13/15 3pm MT
MW Women's Basketball Championship Game Press Conference 3/13/15 3:15pm MT
MW Men's Basketball Semifinal #1 Press Conference 3/13/15 9:15pm MT
MW Men's Basketball Semifinal #2 Press Conference 3/13/15 11:45pm MT
Saturday March 14
Detroit Mercy @ Air Force Lacrosse 3/14/15 Noon MT
UNLV @ Air Force Baseball 3/14/15 1pm MT
MW Men's Basketball Championship Game Press Conference 3/14/15 8:15pm MT
Sunday March 15
UNLV @ Air Force Baseball 3/15/15 Noon MT
Monday March 2
Air Force Winter Sports Press Conference: Andrea Williams 3/2/15 Noon MT
Air Force Winter Sports Press Conference: Dave Pilipovich 3/2/15 12:15pm MT
Air Force Winter Sports Press Conference: Frank Serratore 3/2/15 12:30pm MT
Tuesday March 3
Fresno State @ Air Force Women's Basketball 3/3/15 7pm MT
Wednesday March 4
Air Force @ Fresno State Men's Basketball 3/4/15 8pm MT (American Sports Network)
Friday March 6
Air Force @ San José State Baseball 3/6/15 7pm MT
Saturday March 7
Air Force @ San José State Baseball 3/7/15 2pm MT
Washington @ Air Force Men's Gymnastics 3/7/15 4pm MT
Sunday March 8
Air Force @ San José State Baseball 3/8/15 2pm MT
Monday February 23
Air Force Winter Sports Press Conference: Andrea Williams 2/23/15 Noon MT
Air Force Winter Sports Press Conference: Dave Pilipovich 2/23/15 12:15pm MT
Air Force Winter Sports Press Conference: Frank Serratore 2/23/15 12:30pm MT
Tuesday February 24
Adams State @ Air Force Baseball 2/24/15 2pm MT
Wednesday February 25
Nevada @ Air Force Men's Basketball 2/25/15 7pm MT (ROOT Sports)
Air Force @ Nevada Women's Basketball 2/25/15 7:30pm MT
Air Force Men's Basketball Post Game Press Conference 2/25/15 9:15pm MT
Friday February 27
Indoor Track & Field Championships from Albuquerque, New Mexico 2/27/15 1:30pm MT
Saturday February 28
Utah State @ Air Force Men's Basketball 2/28/15 Noon MT (ROOT Sports)
Indoor Track & Field Championships from Albuquerque, New Mexico 2/28/15 Noon MT
Air Force @ Utah State Women's Basketball 2/28/15 2pm MT
Air Force Men's Basketball Post Game Press Conference 2/28/15 2:15pm MT
Wednesday February 18
Swimming & Diving Championships Wednesday Morning Session 2/18/15 11:30am MT
Swimming & Diving Championships Wednesday Evening Session 2/18/15 5:30pm MT
Northern Colorado @ Air Force Wrestling 2/18/15 7pm MT
Thursday February 19
Swimming & Diving Championships Thursday Morning Session 2/19/15 10am MT
Swimming & Diving Championships Thursday Evening Session 2/19/15 5:30pm MT
Friday February 20
Swimming & Diving Championships Friday Morning Session 2/20/15 10am MT
New Mexico @ Air Force Baseball 2/20/15 2pm MT
Swimming & Diving Championships Friday Evening Session 2/20/15 5:30pm MT
Saturday February 21
Swimming & Diving Championships Saturday Morning Session 2/21/15 10am MT
New Mexico @ Air Force Baseball 2/21/15 1pm MT
Colorado State @ Air Force Women's Basketball 2/21/15 2pm MT
Air Force @ Colorado State Men's Basketball 2/21/15 4pm MT (ROOT Sports)
Swimming & Diving Championships Saturday Evening Session 2/21/15 5pm MT
Sunday February 22
US Western Open Hosted by Air Force Wrestling 2/22/15 10am MT
New Mexico @ Air Force Baseball 2/22/15 1pm MT
Monday February 9
Air Force Winter Sports Press Conference: Andrea Williams 2/9/15 Noon MT
Air Force Winter Sports Press Conference: Dave Pilipovich 2/9/15 12:15pm MT
Air Force Winter Sports Press Conference: Frank Serratore 2/9/15 12:30pm MT
Wednesday February 11
Boise State @ Air Force Women's Basketball 2/11/15 7pm MT
Air Force @ Boise State Men's Basketball 2/11/15 7pm MT
Saturday February 14
Marist @ Air Force Lacrosse 2/14/15 Noon MT
Air Force Men's Basketball Post Game Press Conference 2/14/15 2:15pm MT
Air Force @ UNLV Women's Basketball 2/14/15 3pm MT
Cortland State @ Air Force Women's Gymnastics 2/14/15 6pm MT
Sunday February 15
Oregon State @ Air Force Wrestling 2/15/15 12:30pm MT
Watch Air Force battle UNLV on Saturday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. PT on ESPN3. The link follows:
Monday January 26
Air Force Winter Sports Press Conference: Andrea Williams 1/26/15 Noon MT
Air Force Winter Sports Press Conference: Dave Pilipovich 1/26/15 12:15pm MT
Air Force Winter Sports Press Conference: Frank Serratore 1/26/15 12:30pm MT
Wednesday January 28
San José State @ Air Force Women's Basketball 1/28/15 7pm MT
Air Force @ San José State Men's Basketball 1/28/15 8pm MT
Saturday January 31
UNLV @ Air Force Women's Basketball 1/31/15 2pm MT
Monday January 19
Air Force Winter Sports Press Conference 1/19/15 11am MT (Andrea Williams, Dave Pilipovich & Frank Serratore)
Tuesday January 20
Air Force Men's Basketball Post Game Press Conference 1/20/15 10pm MT
Wednesday January 21
Air Force @ San Diego State Women's Basketball 1/21/15 7pm MT
Saturday January 24
Boise State @ Air Force Men's Basketball 1/24/15 Noon MT (ROOT Sports)
Air Force @ Boise State Women's Basketball 1/24/15 2pm MT
Air Force Men's Basketball Post Game Press Conference 1/24/15 2:15pm MT
Monday January 12
Air Force Winter Sports Press Conference 1/12/15 11am MT (Andrea Williams, Dave Pilipovich & Frank Serratore)
Wednesday January 14
Air Force @ New Mexico Men's Basketball 1/14/15 7pm MT (ROOT Sports)
New Mexico @ Air Force Women's Basketball 1/14/15 7pm MT
Saturday January 17
Utah State @ Air Force Women's Basketball 1/17/15 2pm MT
Air Force @ Utah State Men's Basketball 1/17/15 4pm MT (ROOT Sports)
Air Force @ Nevada Men's Basketball 1/3/15 3pm MT
Monday December 22
Jacksonville State @ Air Force Men's Basketball 12/22/14 7pm MT
If you are unable to watch Air Force take on Western Michigan in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Jan. 20 at 3:45 p.m. MT, you can watch the game on Watch ESPN.
Saturday December 20
UC Davis @ Air Force Men's Basketball 12/20/14 2pm MT
Monday December 8
Nebraska-Omaha @ Air Force Men's Basketball 12/8/14 7pm MT
Saturday December 13
Arkansas-Pine Bluff @ Air Force Men's Basketball 12/13/14 2pm MT
THIS DAY IN AIR FORCE ACADEMY HISTORY - DECEMBER
STEVEN A. SIMON, USAFA '77
ACADEMY DEVELOPMENT AND ALUMNI PROGRAMS OFFICE
1 December 1955 -- The first Dean of the Faculty, Brigadier General Don Zimmerman, is reassigned. Brigadier General McDermott would replace him in August 1956.
1 December 1962 -- While attending the Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia, President John Kennedy observes that Navy had a larger contingent than Army. Upon learning the schools' sizes were different, he instructs the Department of Defense to study why all the service academies were not the same size. The result was legislation signed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964 that authorized Army and Air Force to expand from 2,529 to 4,417 students.
1 December 1963 -- The first wedding in the Catholic Chapel is held.
1 December 1967 -- Legendary fighter pilot Colonel Robin Olds becomes Commandant of Cadets. He was a triple ace, with seventeen kills in World War II and Vietnam. Upon assuming the Commandant position, he shaved his iconic mustache. Colonel Olds was the Academy's sixth Commandant and, oddly, the first whose last name didn't begin with an "S." He was promoted to Brigadier General on 1 June 1968.
1 December 1978 -- Harold "Pete" Todd, Class of '59, becomes the first Air Force Academy graduate promoted to the rank of Brigadier General.
1 December 1999 -- Major General Paul K. Carlton Jr. is promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General. In October 1999, he had become the first Academy graduate to serve as Surgeon General of the United States Air Force. He was also the first Academy graduate to make flag rank in the Air Force's Medical Corps, which he did in 1991. He served as Surgeon General until December 2002.
1 December 2001 -- The Academy football team defeats Utah by a score of 38-37 in a home game that had been rescheduled from 15 September due to the 9/11 tragedy.
2 December 1971 -- The room in the Special Collections section of the Library that hosts the Colonel Richard Gimbel Aeronautical Collection is officially renamed the Gimbel Room. The collection includes more than 10,000 books, prints, and other items relating to the beginnings of flight, among them Sumerian seals dating to 2700 BC.
2 December 1982 -- The public areas of the expanded library, covering what had been open terrazzo, are opened.
2 December 1986 -- The Academy takes possession of the F-4 that was involved in a Vietnam War-record six MiG kills, to include the first and fifth kills by ace Steve Ritchie, Class of '64. The aircraft is still displayed on the Terrazzo, near Mitchell Hall.
2 December 1989 - Cadet Dee Dowis, Class of '90, finishes sixth in the balloting for the Heisman Trophy, emblematic of the nation's most outstanding college football player. This was the highest finish ever for an Air Force Academy player. University of Houston quarterback Andre Ware won the award.
2 December 2013 -- The Academy's Large Vehicle Inspection Site (the acronym is pronounced "Elvis") opens near the South Gate.
3 December 1954 -- The Norman Rockwell Painting "Jet Fighter Pilot" is sent to the Air Force Academy at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver. The painting depicts WWII and Korean War fighter pilot Major Alexander J. Melancon from San Antonio, Texas. The painting was originally made for the U.S.A.F. Recruiting Service, and appeared on several television programs, including The Fred Waring Show.
3 December 1955 -- The Air Force basketball program gets off to a winning start, as the team defeats the Regis' "B" team 79-68 in its first-ever game, with Bob Beckel scoring 29 points.
3 December 1958 -- Nearly 200 airmen and firemen extinguish a brush fire that threatened to destroy a portion of newly erected Capehart housing units in Douglass Valley.
3 December 1961 -- Musician, bandleader and radio-television personality Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians perform at the Academy as part of the Allied Arts program. The show was called "Let Freedom Ring."
3 December 1961 -- A Cadet Wing-centered edition of the "Candid Camera" television show airs in Arnold Hall. The CBS program, a creation of television producer Allan Funt, was filmed before and during the 8 October Air Force football game at Southern Methodist University.
3 December 1997 -- The second Child Development Center, located in Pine Valley, opens to the public. The facility was designed to serve 250 children between the ages of six weeks to five years of age.
3 December 2006 -- Academy football coach Fisher DeBerry records his final coach's show. The Academy media office had recorded the program in its Fairchild Hall studio since the show was brought in-house in August 1997. The program aired locally on KOAA, and was also broadcast overseas on Armed Forces Radio & Television Service (AFRTS).
3 December 2010 -- The Academy Cyber Competition Team competes in its first intercollegiate competition, the International Capture the Flag, placing 12th of 72 teams.
3 December 2013 -- The first telescope of the Academy's Falcon Telescope Network is installed at Otero Junior College, La Junta, Colorado, by members of the Department of Physics' Center for Space Situational Awareness Research, led by its director, Dr. Francis Chun, Class of '83. This was the first of the planned 12 Falcon Telescope Network sites set to open around the world by 2015.
4 December 1959 -- Air Force Regulation 23-23 officially states that the mission of the Academy is to provide " instruction, experience, and motivation to each cadet so that he will graduate with the knowledge, character, and qualities of leadership essential to his progressive development as a career officer in the United States Air Force."
4 December 1963 -- Cadet Terry Isaacson, Class of '64, becomes the first Air Force football player to place in the voting for the Heisman Trophy, emblematic of the nation's most outstanding college football player. He finished eighth in the balloting, which was won by Navy quarterback Roger Staubach.
4 December 1983 -- The Cadet Chorale performs in the Sixth Annual Kennedy Center Honors, honoring Jimmy Stewart, a retired Brigadier General in the Air Force Reserve. The Chorale joined Carol Burnett in singing "Easy to Love," the only song Stewart sang in his career of more than eighty movies.
4 December 2012 -- Former Academy football player Scott Thomas, Class of '86, is inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame at the 55th National Football Foundation Annual Awards Dinner held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. Thomas, a consensus All-American, gained national attention after his F-16 went down over enemy territory in 1991 during Operation Desert Storm.
5 December 1960 -- Dartmouth Professor Louis Morton delivers the third Harmon Lecture.
5 December 1991 -- The Fiscal Year 1992 Defense Authorization Bill is signed into law by President George H. W. Bush, requiring all officers commissioned after 30 September 1996 to enter the service with a reserve commission. Since the first class graduated in 1959, Academy graduates had been given regular commissions when they entered active duty.
5 December 1998 -- The Academy football team wins its only outright Western Athletic Conference (WAC) title with a come-from-behind 14-13 win over Brigham Young University in the conference championship game played in Las Vegas. It was the final conference game for both schools, which were among those that broke from the WAC and formed the Mountain West Conference the following summer.
5 December 2006 -- Chad Hennings, Class of '88, is inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame during a dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. The cadet a capella group In The Stairwell sang the National Anthem at the dinner.
5 December 2008 -- Members of the Class of '80 and Academy officials dedicate two tributes to the female Air Training Officers. As lieutenants, these 12 women guided the first group of female cadets when they arrived in 1976. One display is in Doolittle Hall, the other in Arnold Hall.
6 December 1985 -- Cadet Stacey Goss, Class of '86, sets the all-time record for points in a women's basketball game by scoring 43 against Adams State.
6 December 1993 -- The Field House basketball area is named Clune Arena during a dedication ceremony. Colonel John Clune, Navy Class of '54, served as the Air Force Academy's Director of Athletics from November 1975 until July 1991. During his tenure, the Academy began a comprehensive 10-sport women's program and joined the Western Athletic Conference.
6 December 2013 -- The remodeled McComas Lounge in Arnold Hall is dedicated. Gail McComas served at Cadet Wing Hostess from 1955 until 1977. Previously, the McComas Lounge had been a room, but that portion of Arnold Hall was remodeled, resulting in a much larger, brighter and more inviting open area.
7 December 1941 -- The Japanese attack Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, forcing the United States into World War II. The aerial attack highlighted the value and importance of airpower, which eventually led to a separate U. S. Air Force and U. S. Air Force Academy.
7 December 1963 -- The Academy football team defeats Colorado by a score of 17-14 in a game at Falcon Stadium that had been rescheduled from 23 November due to President Kennedy's assassination.
7 December 1990 -- The funeral for General (Retired) Jack J. Catton is held in the Protestant Cadet Chapel. General Catton commanded the Military Airlift Command and the Air Force Logistics Command.
7 December 1992 -- The Commandant of Cadets, Brigadier General Richard Bethurem, approves a proposal to have non-commissioned officers (NCOs) permanently assigned to each cadet squadron. These NCOs would "assist the AOC in all of his/her duties plus provide an NCO role model . . . "
7 December 2001 -- The Visitor Center, closed after the 11 September terrorist attacks led to tightened security at the Academy, reopens to visitors.
7 December 2003 -- The final "A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols" service is held at the Protestant Cadet Chapel.
8 December 1966 -- Captain Michael Hyde, Class of '60, is killed when his F-100D is hit by small arms fire and crashes in Kien Hoa, South Vietnam. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
8 December 1974 -- Comedian, actor, and writer Bill Cosby visits the Academy.
8 December 2003 -- On her television program, Oprah Winfrey covers allegations of sexual assaults at the Academy.
8 December 2005 -- Brigadier General Susan Desjardins, Class of '80, becomes the first female and the first female Air Force Academy graduate to serve as Commandant of Cadets.
9 December 1960 -- General Curtis LeMay, then the Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, concludes a General Officer Advisory Committee visit to the Academy by saying, "The young men who are being educated and trained at the United States Air Force Academy today are the nucleus of the Air Force leaders of the future. The importance of this fact to the security of the nation cannot be underestimated."
9 December 1971 -- A dedication ceremony is held for the Minuteman III missile static display in front of the Cadet Field House. The missile remained in that location until it was removed on 20 August 2008 due to deterioration and the presence of asbestos.
10 December 1973 -- Operations Plan 7-73 is published, describing the Academy's plan to admit women when permitted. Academy officials responded to previous Congressional criticism by clearly stating in the document that they had no intentions of admitting women until specifically authorized by Congress (which happened in late 1975).
10 December 1983 -- The Academy football team wins a bowl game for the second consecutive year, defeating Mississippi 9-3 in the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, Louisiana.
10 December 1996 -- Gregg Popovich, Class of '70, is named head basketball coach of the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association. His teams would go on to win five NBA championships.
10 December 2012 -- Captain Charles C. Napier, Class of '06, flies the mission for which he received the 2014 Colonel James Jabara Award for Airmanship. His heroic actions occurred when he flew his HH-60G Pavehawk helicopter on a mission in Afghanistan to extract wounded ground troops. He was also awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his actions.
11 December 1959 -- The Academy begins hosting its First Annual National Invitational Debate Tournament, a two-day event. Cadets Frederick Walker, Class of '60, and Paul Hinton, Class of '61, represented the Academy, while Cadet Thomas Owens, Class of '61, was the Tournament Director. Representatives of 29 colleges and universities competed, with Brigham Young University taking home the first place trophy.
11 December 1966 -- Captain Gerald Alfred, Class of '64, is presumed killed when his F-4C aircraft is struck by ground fire at night near Van Xuan, North Vietnam. The aircraft crossed the coast and the crew ejected. He was missing until declared dead on 20 November 1978, and was promoted to the rank of major while missing. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
12 December 1947 -- Senator Tom Connally of Texas introduces Senate bill 1868 to establish an academy at Randolph Field, Texas. This bill was one of at least nine introduced on this subject in the late 1940s. None were acted upon by the armed services committees, largely because there was not sufficient support within the military hierarchy.
12 December 1962 -- Cadets Sam Westbrook and Richard Klass, Class of '62, are selected as Rhodes Scholars. Westbrook would go on to become Academy Commandant of Cadets in June 1986.
12 December 1967 -- Captain Larry Moore, Class of '64, is killed when his EB-66C aircraft experienced control problems while landing at Takhli AB, Thailand, and crashed short of the runway. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
12 December 1977 -- The women's basketball team defeats Regis University 110-22, reaching the 100-point mark for the first time in school history.
12 December 1978 -- The men's basketball team defeats Regis 30-19, setting the all-time record for fewest points allowed in a game.
12 December 1981 -- In its first nationally televised demonstration, the Wings of Blue parachute team jumps into the halftime show of the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, Louisiana.
13 December 1958 -- Colonel Albert Stolz, retiring Director of the Air Force Academy Construction Agency, receives the Distinguished Service Medal from General Curtis E. LeMay, Air Force Vice Chief of Staff. Colonel Stolz was given the nation's highest peacetime award for his work since 1954 directing all planning, designing and building of the Academy.
13 December 1958 -- The Eagle and Fledglings Statue is dedicated. The two ton sculpture by Curt Mose was given to the Academy by personnel of the Air Training Command. It contains the inscription by Austin Dusty Miller, "Man's Flight Through Life is Sustained by the Power of his Knowledge."
13 December 1968 -- First Lieutenant John Albright, Class of '67, is presumed killed when his C-123 collides with a B-57 while on a night operational mission near Ban Nampakhon, Laos. He was missing until declared dead on 17 May 1979, and was promoted to the rank of major while missing. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
13 December 1968 -- Captain Charles Griffin, Class of '62, is killed when his OV-10 crashes northwest of Saigon while attempting to return to base after colliding with an AC-47. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
13 December 1968 -- The Academy hockey team plays its first intercollegiate game, losing 8-1 to Notre Dame in the Cadet Ice Arena.
13 December 1977 -- The Director of Athletics, Colonel John Clune, Navy Class of '54, announces that Bill Parcells, defensive coordinator at Texas Tech, will become the Academy's head football coach, effective 1 January 1978. Parcells coached at the Academy for one season.
13 December 2013 -- Business Insider publishes "The World's Most Spectacularly Modern Places of Worship." The article features the Cadet Chapel, saying, "The United States Air Force Cadet Academy Chapel in Colorado Springs, Col., is a highly regarded example of modernist architecture. It consists of 17 towers, each composed of 100 identical tetrahedrons and has separate chapels for practitioners of various religions."
14 December 1984 -- The X-29 Advanced Technology Demonstrator makes its first flight, the first experimental aircraft to be developed and flight tested by the United States in over a decade. This achievement, and the development of the wide range of technologies included in this airplane, was largely made possible by the efforts of Colonel James Allburn, Class of '63. For this achievement, Colonel Allburn received the 1985 Colonel James Jabara Award for Airmanship.
14 December 2008 -- The 306th Flying Training Squadron activates the 1st Flying Training Squadron at the Pueblo Airport. The unit, formerly Detachment 1, oversees the Air Force's Initial Flight Screening program.
15 December 1957 -- The Protestant Cadet Choir and the Air Force Academy Band join forces to present "The Annual Christmas Concert."
15 December 1963 -- The Protestant Cadet Choir presents the first "A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols" service.
15 December 1968 -- The Catholic Cadet Choir joins the Protestant Cadet Choir for "A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols" service.
15 December 1984 -- The Academy football team wins the Independence Bowl for the second consecutive year, beating Virginia Tech 23-9 in Shreveport, Louisiana.
15 December 2004 -- Occupants of Harmon Hall complete the move-out. The building was emptied, then totally gutted and renovated, a process that took until July 2006. The Superintendent's suite moved to the Cadet Library area, while the rest of the offices moved to the Oracle Building, across I-25 from Falcon Stadium.
15 December 2006 -- Detachment 1 of the 306th Flying Training Squadron officially opens its new facility at the Pueblo Airport. The 200,000 square foot building housed the Air Force Initial Flight Screening program that served Academy, Reserve Officer Training Corps, and Officer Training School pilot candidates.
15 December 2006 -- Academy head football coach Fisher DeBerry retires, after leading the Falcons for 23 years.
16 December 1871 -- Pioneers David Edgerton, Aaron Blodgett and John and Elias Evans establish homesteads in what today is Pine Valley. Edgerton would be the namesake of a town that emerged where Ice Lake is today, Blodgett would have the tall peak overlooking Pine Valley named after him, and John and Elias Evans would build a small cabin that eventually would pass through the Lennox, Otis and Cogswell families and grow to become the Otis House, where the Commandant resides.
16 December 1952 -- Despite Air Force enthusiasm, the lack of pending legislation and a focus on the war in Korea leads the Air Force to dissolve the academy Site Selection Board. The board's preliminary surveys and related data, however, were utilized in 1954 when the Site Selection Commission was appointed by Secretary of the Air Force Harold E. Talbott.
17 December 1903 -- Wilbur and Orville Wright achieve the first successful heavier-than-air flights at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, setting in motion events that would eventually lead to the Air Force Academy.
17 December 1968 -- Captain Kenneth Crist, Class of '66, dies of injuries suffered when his F-4D rolled to the right and crashed on landing at Danang. Crist ejected as the aircraft struck the ground but died of his injuries several days later. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
17 December 1988 -- The women's basketball team sets its all-time scoring record in a 130-71 home victory over Incarnate Word.
17 December 2008 -- The groundbreaking ceremony is held for the General Hubert R. Harmon Memorial, a gift from the Class of '59 with support from the Air Training Officers and the Harmon family. The memorial, located between the Cadet Chapel and Harmon Hall, was dedicated in April 2009 during '59's 50-year reunion.
18 December 1972 -- The U.S. Supreme Court declines to review the U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that mandatory chapel attendance at the three Department of Defense service academies is unconstitutional. Compulsory chapel would end in January 1973.
18 December 2008 -- The Minuteman III missile that had stood in front of the Cadet Field House since 1971, and been taken down in August 2008, leaves the Academy. The deterioration of the stability of the missile body and the presence of asbestos precluded its being reassembled elsewhere on the Academy.
19 December 1949 -- General Hoyt Vandenberg, Air Force Chief of Staff, establishes the office of special assistant for Air Force Academy matters and selects Lieutenant General Hubert R. Harmon as its head.
19 December 1999 -- Second Lieutenant Shawna (Ng-A-Qui) Kimbrell, Class of '98, has her first F-16 flight, on her way to becoming the first female African-American fighter pilot in the Air Force.
19 December 2008 -- Chris Howard, Class of 1991, is elected as the 24th President of Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia. He becomes the first African-American president in the school's 230-year history.
20 December 1963 -- Fourth Classmen are permitted to go home for Christmas leave for the first time.
20 December 1997 -- The Academy football team plays in the Las Vegas Bowl, where Oregon defeats the Falcons 41-13.
20 December 2004 -- The Academy Military Training NCO career field is officially created. These individuals are assigned to each Cadet Squadron to provide role models for cadets.
21 December 1954 -- The Air Force Cadet Wing is formally established.
21 December 1972 -- Captain Jerry Bolt, Class of '64, becomes the first Academy graduate killed while flying with the Thunderbirds (U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron). He was killed as the result of a mid-air collision during winter training at Nellis AFB, Nevada.
22 December 1961 -- The Air Force establishes a new pair of silver wings to identify Air Force pilot-astronauts. The insignia superimposed a shooting star over the traditional pilot's badge. Captain Gus Grissom was the first recipient. As of 2014, 39 Academy graduates had become astronauts.
22 December 1964 -- Joseph "Jody" Powell Jr., Class of '65, is expelled from the Academy for cheating on a history examination. He would go on to serve as Press Secretary for President Jimmy Carter. In a 1984 essay that ran in The Los Angeles Times and the AOG's Checkpoints magazine, he wrote of his Academy time, "The years I spent there meant more to me than any other period in my life, and the part that meant the most was the Honor Code that I violated." Powell died in September 2009.
22 December 2006 -- Troy Calhoun, Class of '89, is hired as head football coach. He is the first Air Force Academy graduate to be head football coach at Air Force.
22 December 2010 -- The Academy's Physics Department forms the Astronomical Research Group and Observatory (ARGO) Center to formalize astronomy research and STEM outreach missions at the Academy Observatory.
23 December 1907 -- The U.S. Signal Corps issues Specification #486, requesting bids for the first military aircraft. It asks for a flying machine that can carry two people, reach a speed of 40 MPH, remain aloft for one hour, have sufficient fuel for 125 mile range, be controllable in flight in any direction, and land without damage so flight could be resumed. The Signal Corps received 41 bids, with the Wright Brothers winning the contract.
24 December 1918 -- The President of the University of Texas, Robert Vinson, at the request of the Texas legislature, offers to donate Camp Mabry, near Austin, to the U.S. Government as a site for an Air Service academy. He made the offer with the provision that the proposed academy would bear the same relationship to the Air Service that West Point did to the Army.
25 December 1998 -- The Academy football team beats the Washington Huskies 45-25 in the Oahu Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii.
26 December 1983 -- Fisher DeBerry becomes head football coach. During his 23 -year career, his teams would win an Academy record 169 games.
27 December 1990 -- The Academy football team plays in its second consecutive Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tennessee, upsetting a heavily favored Ohio State team 23-11.
27 December 1995 -- The Academy football team loses 55-41 to Texas Tech in the Copper Bowl in Tucson, Arizona.
27 December 2010 -- The Academy football team plays in the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, Louisiana, defeating Georgia Tech 14-7. The win evened the football program's all-time bowl record at ten wins and ten losses, with one tie.
27 December 2013 -- Captain David Lyon, Class of '08, dies of injuries suffered when a vehicle-born improvised explosive device was detonated near his convoy in Kabul, Afghanistan. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
28 December 1963 -- The football team loses 35-0 to North Carolina in the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida, the Academy's second trip to a bowl game.
28 December 1989 -- The Academy football team plays in the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tennessee, losing 42-29 to Mississippi.
28 December 2011 -- The Academy football team plays in the Military Bowl in Washington D.C. The Falcons lost to Toledo, 42-41, when a late two-point conversion try came up just short.
29 December 1991 -- The Academy football team plays in the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tennessee, for the third straight year, defeating Mississippi State 38-15.
29 December 2012 -- The Academy football team goes to a bowl game for a record sixth straight year. The Falcons fell to Rice, 33-14, in the Armed Force Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas.
30 December 1969 -- First Lieutenant Douglas Ferguson, Class of '67, is presumed killed when his Laredo FAC aircraft is hit during a strafing run in Laos and explodes with no sign of ejection. He was considered missing until being declared dead on 3 May 1976, during which time he was promoted to Captain. More than 44 years after his death, his remains were returned to Seattle, Washington, in May 2014. Captain Ferguson's name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
30 December 1970 -- Captain Park Bunker, Class of '63, is killed when his O-1 is apparently struck by ground fire and crashes over Laos. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
30 December 1976 -- Headquarters USAF directs a change in the proportion of Academy graduates who should be expected to attend pilot training. The target for entrants to be pilot qualified was reduced from 70 percent to 60 percent for the Class of '81 and subsequent classes.
30 December 1987 -- The Academy football team plays in the Freedom Bowl in Anaheim, California, falling to Arizona State, 33-28.
30 December 2013 -- Captain Mark Gongol, Class of '03, while flying as a passenger on a civilian flight, answers the "Is there a pilot on board?" call, assisting the first officer land the Boeing 737 after the pilot had suffered a heart attack. A B-1B Lancer pilot, Captain Gongol handled the radio calls, assisted with the checklists, and provided an extra set of eyes.
31 December 1954 -- The Academy Superintendent, Lieutenant General Hubert Harmon, sends a letter to Fred Sharp, Superintendent of Schools in District 38, informing him and the school board of the anticipated need for schools on Academy grounds and asking District 38 to consider providing facilities and personnel to meet the needs of public education on base. The District decided it would be difficult financially to provide the requested support.
31 December 1982 -- The football team earns its first bowl win, beating Vanderbilt 36-28 in the Hall of Fame Bowl in Birmingham, Alabama. This was the Academy's fourth trip to a bowl game. The Cadet Chorale sang at the game.
31 December 1985 -- The football team defeats Texas 24-16 in the Bluebonnet Bowl in Houston to cap 12-1 season. The team was ranked fifth in the United Press post-season national poll, an Academy record high finish. The win was also the program's fourth straight bowl victory.
31 December 1992 -- The Academy football team completes its run of four consecutive trips to Memphis, Tennessee's Liberty Bowl, falling to Mississippi 13-0.
31 December 2000 -- The Academy football team plays in the inaugural Silicon Valley Bowl in San Jose, holding off the Fresno State Bulldogs 37-34.
31 December 2002 -- The Academy football team loses to Virginia Tech by a 20-13 score in the San Francisco Bowl game played at Pacific Bell Park.
31 December 2007 -- The Academy football team plays in the Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas, falling to the University of California 42-36.
31 December 2008 -- The Academy football team makes the second of three consecutive trips to the Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas. The Falcons lost to Houston by a score of 34-28.
31 December 2009 -- The Academy football team avenges a loss to Houston in the 2008 Armed Forces Bowl by beating the Cougars 47-20 in the 2009 Armed Forces Bowl rematch in Fort Worth, Texas. The game marked the Falcons' third consecutive trip to the Armed Forces Bowl.
Monday December 1
Sports Authority Football Championship Coach's Teleconference 12/1/14 12:30pm MT
Wednesday December 3
Grambling State @ Air Force Men's Basketball 12/3/14 7pm MT
Friday December 5
Utah @ Air Force Women's Basketball 12/5/14 7pm MT
Saturday December 6
Santa Clara @ Air Force Women's Basketball 12/6/14 4:30pm MT
Sports Authority Football Championship Post Game Press Conference 12/6/14 11:15pm MT
Tuesday November 25
Coach Troy Calhoun Weekly Press Conference 11/25/14 2pm MT
Air Force @ New Mexico Volleyball 11/25/14 7pm MT
Tuesday Nov 11
Coach Troy Calhoun Weekly Press Conference 11/11/14 12:30pm MT
Thursday Nov 13
Air Force @ Colorado State Volleyball 11/13/14 7pm MT
Saturday Nov 15
Nevada @ Air Force Football 11/15/14 Noon MT (ROOT Sports)
Air Force @ Wyoming Volleyball 11/15/14 1pm MT
THIS DAY IN AIR FORCE ACADEMY HISTORY - NOVEMBER
STEVEN A. SIMON, USAFA '77
ACADEMY DEVELOPMENT AND ALUMNI PROGRAMS OFFICE
1 November 1957 -- An application for federal funds is submitted to construct three schools on the Academy. District 20 had leased the Pine Valley Country Club, which would later become The Carlton House, quarters for the Superintendent, for the 1957-1958 school year. The airmen's dorms were also used as classrooms. By the 1959-1960 school year, Pine Valley Elementary, Douglass Valley Elementary, and Air Academy Junior-Senior High were completed.
1 November 1991 -- Singer Tony Bennett performs in Arnold Hall.
1 November 1994 -- The 10th Air Base Wing is reactivated at the Academy as the Academy's support wing. The 10th ABW first stood up as the 73rd Observation Group, activated in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on 21 August 1941.
1 November 2013 -- Natalie Crawford, a RAND Corporation executive, receives the 2012 Thomas D. White National Defense Award in a ceremony on the Terrazzo. The award, established in 1962, is presented annually to a U.S. citizen who has contributed significantly to the national defense of the United States.
2 November 1963 -- The Air Force football team plays Army at Soldier Field in Chicago before 76,600 fans, a then-record crowd for a Falcon game. Air Force lost 14-10.
2 November 1975 -- The Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph publishes an article entitled, "Female Cadets May Not Flock to Air Force Academy." The concern was primarily based on the late start in publicizing the new opportunity.
2 November 1977 -- The last of nine cadets involved with illegal use of marijuana resigns. The investigation has been initiated on 7 October.
2 November 2001 -- Lieutenant General John Hopper Jr., Class of '69, receives the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., at the organization's National Historical Museum Annual Awards Banquet in Detroit.
2 November 2002 -- The Preparatory School's parade field is named Black Field, in honor of Colonel Lee Black, the first Prep School Commander.
3 November 1989 -- The General John D. Ryan Memorial on the Honor Court is presented to the Academy by General Ryan's West Point Class of '38 classmates.
3 November 1993 -- A bronze statue of General of the Air Force Henry H. "Hap" Arnold is dedicated in front of Arnold Hall. The Falcon Foundation donated the sculpture to the Academy.
3 November 2001 -- ESPN College GameDay broadcasts from the Terrazzo for the first time. The show would also broadcast from the Academy in 2002 and 2009.
3 November 2005 -- During the noon meal at Mitchell Hall, the Honorable Michael W. Wynne, Army Class of '66, is sworn in as the Secretary of the Air Force. Secretary Wynne had been an instructor in the Astronautics Department. His brother Patrick was a member of the Air Force Academy Class of '63.
3 November 2011 -- During its 50-year reunion, the Class of '61 dedicates and ceremonially donates to the Academy the Airman on the Meadow and Winged Refuge, located in the Cemetery, near the Memorial Pavilion. The uplifted arm of the Airman evokes the John Gillespie Magee poem "High Flight" and Winged Refuge is a set of 17.5' art deco wings that honor aviation and its relevance to the Academy mission.
4 November 1959 -- Sir Dermot Boyle, Marshal of the British Royal Air Force and Chief of the Air Staff, visits the Academy. He toured the academic facilities and the cadet dormitory, and dined at Mitchell Hall.
4 November 1967 -- The first homecoming football game in Academy history is held, a 10-7 loss to Army. A Falcon Stadium-record crowd of 49,536 spectators attended the game.
4 November 1969 -- Captain Stanley Adams, Class of '65, is killed when his F-4 aircraft is downed by hostile ground fire near Ban Soppeng, North Vietnam. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
4 November 2011 -- Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. visits the Academy to promote the movie "Red Tails," based on the history of the Tuskegee Airman. A local theater showed the film to the Cadet Wing before it premiered nationwide.
5 November 1975 -- Colonel John Clune, Navy Class of '54, succeeds Colonel Frank Merritt, Army Class of '44, as Director of Athletics. Colonel Clune would serve in this position until July 1991, making him the longest-serving Director of Athletics in Air Force Academy history. In 1993, the basketball portion of the Field House was named Clune Arena in his honor.
5 November 2001 -- The National Aeronautic Association presents the Henderson Award to the Academy. The Henderson Award is given to an individual or group whose vision, leadership or skill has made lasting impact on the advancement of aviation.
5 November 2001 -- Rocky Mountain Blue, a recreational initiative, kicks off during a grand opening luncheon at the Keystone Resort Conference Center. The partnership between Air Force Space Command, the Academy, and Keystone Resorts provides discounted lodging and recreational opportunities for military members.
5 November 2009 -- General David Petraeus, Commander of U.S. Central Command, gives the Truman Lecture.
6 November 1965 -- The Academy football team claims its first victory over Army, a 14-3 win at Soldier Field in Chicago.
6 November 1980 -- The Cadet Chapel plays host to a Memorial Ceremony for aviation pioneer Jacqueline Cochran, who had passed away on 9 August. During World War II, she was Director of Woman's Flying Training for the United States, and later was appointed to the General Staff of the U.S. Army Air Forces to direct all phases of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) program. She was the first woman to exceed the sound barrier, and still holds more international speed, distance, and altitude records than any other pilot, male or female.
6 November 1982 -- Air Force captures the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy for the first time with a 27-9 win over Army. In October, the Falcons had beaten Navy, and the round-robin victory allowed Air Force to win the trophy emblematic of service academy football supremacy.
6 November 2009 -- During its 45-year reunion, the Class of '64 dedicates and ceremonially donates to the Academy the Mall of Heroes, located between Fairchild and Vandenberg Halls. The park contains a statue of fellow '64 graduate First Lieutenant Karl Richter that had been dedicated in May 2008, as well as newly unveiled statues of Captain Valmore Bourque, Class of '60, and Captain Lance Sijan, Class of '65.
7 November 1972 -- Major John Carroll, Class of '62, is killed when the O-1 aircraft he was piloting is struck by hostile fire and crashes. His remains were retuned in 2007. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
7 November 1994 -- CW (Commandant of Cadets) is redesignated the 34th Training Wing.
7 November 1994 -- Brigadier General John Hopper, Class of '69, becomes the first African-American to serve as Commandant of Cadets.
7 November 2006 -- Chuck Reed, Class of '70, is elected Mayor of San Jose, California.
7 November 2009 -- ESPN's College GameDay, with hosts Lee Corso, Chris Fowler, and Kirk Herbstreit, broadcasts live from the Terrazzo. The two-hour football preview show honored the country's military, five days before Veterans Day. GameDay also broadcast from the Academy in 2001 and 2002.
8 November 1948 -- The Secretary of Defense, James Forrestal, requests comments from the military service secretaries on a proposed board to consider "establishment of an Air Force Academy as the long range solution" to the immediate problem of obtaining trained officers for the new Air Force.
8 November 2012 -- The Public Affairs office launches the #YourAcademy campaign.
8 November 2012 -- The grand opening of the Falcon Development Center takes place during Wingman Day. The Center was designed and created by MSgt Bryan Kinder, Career Assistance Advisor.
8 November 2012 -- The ESPN show SportsNation, with hosts Charissa Thompson and Marcellus Wiley, broadcasts live from the Terrazzo.
9 November 1960 -- National Geographic Society trustees and staff members visit the Academy as guests of the Superintendent, Major General William Stone.
9 November 1967 -- Captain Lance P. Sijan, Class of '65, is forced to eject behind enemy lines after his F-4 is disabled and his crewmember is killed. Despite grievous injuries, he managed to evade for 45 days. He died in captivity and, in May 1976, he would become the first graduate to be awarded the Medal of Honor.
9 November 2013 -- The Final Toast of the Doolittle Raiders takes place at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. The goblets used for the toast resided at the Academy from 1959 until October 2005.
10 November 1958 -- The Construction Agency signs a contract to construct the hospital complex. The facility would open two years later.
10 November 1967 -- Captain James Crew, Class of '65, is presumed killed in a mid-air collision between two F-4s southeast of Dong Hom North Vietnam. He was promoted to major during the time he was listed as missing. He was declared dead on 4 December 1978; his remains were never returned. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
10 November 1977 -- Air Force football coach Ben Martin announces his retirement effective at the end of the season, after 20 years on the job.
11 November 1977 -- General Daniel "Chappie" James, first African-American four-star general, co-hosts a show at the Academy with entertainer Sammy Davis Jr.
11 November 1984 -- The World War I Fliers Memorial on the Honor Court is dedicated. The sculpture of bronze wings was donated by Ira Milton Jones, President of the WWI Overseas Fliers Association.
11 November 2006 -- At the conclusion of the Air Force-Notre Dame football game, the Superintendent's box at Falcon Stadium is dedicated to the memory of Lieutenant General Paul Stein, Class of '66. Stein played quarterback at Air Force, and later became Superintendent. He died in January 2002 from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
12 November 1966 -- Second Lieutenant George Bonnell, Class of '65, dies of injuries sustained when his HH-43 is struck by ground fire and crashes on 28 October 1966 in South Vietnam. He died at Clark AB, Philippines. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
12 November 1978 -- The pop-soul duo Hall & Oates performs at the Academy as part of the Allied Arts concert series.
13 November 1959 -- General Jimmy Doolittle gives 80 silver Raider Goblets to the Academy "in perpetuity" at halftime of an Academy football game. The goblets (one for each mission member) were presented to the Raiders by the city of Tucson and were used at every Doolittle Raider reunion, at which the goblets of deceased members are turned over. In 2005, the goblets were sent to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, for display.
13 November 1992 -- Cadet Wing Sergeant Major CMSgt Donald Meadows receives a letter from the Cadet Wing Sergeant Major, Cadet Second Class Kenneth Stoltman, Class of '94, requesting the permanent assignment of NCOs in each cadet squadron. This set in motion the process that resulted in today's Academy Military Trainers.
13 November 1996 -- Colonel Richard Downing, Class of '70, becomes the first Academy graduate to command the 10th Air Base Wing.
13 November 2002 -- Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC's Hardball program, brings his College Tour to the Academy's Arnold Hall. His guests included retired Army General Wayne Downing, retired Air Force Lieutenant General Buster Glosson, and White House correspondent Norah O'Donnell.
13 November 2013 -- The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics announces that D. Paul Kaminski, Class of '64, is named an AIAA Honorary Fellow. This title is granted to preeminent individuals who have long and highly contributory careers in aerospace, and who embody the highest possible standards in aeronautics and astronautics.
14 November 1980 -- The Academy base paper makes its first name change. After publishing as The Falconnews since its inception in 1958, the first edition of The Falcon Flyer rolls off the presses. That name would last until 1997, when the paper was again changed, to The Academy Spirit.
14 November 1993 -- The Academy men's soccer team defeats No. 1 ranked and undefeated (19-0-0) Creighton 2-1 in four overtimes in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The game was played at Creighton. Rob Behm, Class of '95, scored both goals for Air Force. It was the team's first win at the NCAA Tournament since 1968.
14 November 1998 -- The country-rock group The Charlie Daniels Band performs at Arnold Hall.
15 November 1959 -- The first deer hunt on Academy grounds begins, under the control of the Colorado Game and Fish Commission. Colonel Lee Lightner was designated Hunt Commander.
15 November 1969 -- Marine Captain Francis Zavacki, Class of '64, dies of wounds suffered during a mortar attack in August 1969. He was the commander of a Marine infantry company patrolling a field in the I Corps region of South Vietnam. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
15 November 1995 -- Most civilian employees at the Academy begin six furlough days, which lasted until a new Continuing Resolution Authority was signed on 20 November. It was the first time in Academy history that civilian employees were forbidden to come to work (but not the last).
15 November 2011 -- The Superintendent, Lieutenant General Mike Gould, formally concurs with the Association of Graduates plan to implement a 50-Year Legacy Program. Under the plan, the 50-year class would begin interacting with the new class from day one, beginning with in-processing. This program replaced the 40-year legacy program that had started before the Class of '59 had reached its 50th year.
16 November 1960 -- The Bob Hope Show airs from the Air Force Academy. Guests included Steve McQueen and Les Brown.
16 November 1968 -- The Colonel James Jabara Award for Airmanship is presented for the first time. The recipient was Captain Donald Stevens, Class of '60, who earned it for a two and one-half hour forward air control mission in an unarmed 0-2A directing the recovery of a wounded American soldier. The Jabara Award goes to an Academy graduate, living or deceased, whose actions directly associated with an aerospace vehicle set him/her apart from contemporaries.
16 November 1986 -- Brigadier General Ervin Rokke, Class of '62, leaves his position as Dean of the Faculty. He returned to the line of the Air Force and was selected to be the Defense Attaché in Moscow, and would ultimately rise to the rank of Lieutenant General.
16 November 2001 -- The Friends of the Air Force Academy sponsor a POW display for the reunion of POWs from the war in Southeast Asia. Among the honored guests were Brigadier General Robinson Risner and Mr. H. Ross Perot.
16 November 2001 -- The Robinson Risner Statue in the Air Gardens is dedicated. The nine-foot tall statue is located in the Air Gardens. General Risner was a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam from 16 September 1965 through 12 February 1973. Mr. H. Ross Perot donated the statue to the Academy.
16 November 2001 -- The Association of Graduates names Brigadier General (Retired) Philip Erdle an Honorary Member. General Erdle served the Academy for a half-century, including work as an instructor, Department Head, and with the Academy Research and Development Institute. Honorary membership is awarded to persons who have rendered outstanding service to the Air Force and/or the Academy. Membership is limited to 25 living persons.
17 November 1967 -- First Lieutenant Theodore Johnson, Class of '65, is killed when his EB-66C experiences engine failure on take-off from Takhli RTAB, Thailand, and crashes when he attempts to return to base. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
17 November 1979 -- The women's cross country team wins the first national title for an Academy women's team. The victory came in the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) Division II National Championships held in Tallahassee, Florida. (The NCAA did not begin to sanction women's events until 1981-1982.)
17 November 1990 -- Cadet Callie Calhoun, Class of '91, wins the national cross country title at the 1990 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships in McKinleyville, California. With her victory, Cadet Calhoun became the Academy's first female cross country individual national champion.
17 November 2003 -- Lieutenant General John Rosa, the Academy Superintendent, approves the Officer Development System (ODS) at the Leadership Development Committee meeting. ODS is a four-year program for educating and training cadets to become officers and leaders of character. It was implemented in January 2004.
18 November 1954 -- Lieutenant General Hubert Harmon, the Academy's first Superintendent, establishes the Academy Historical and Art Collection as well as an Academy Museum.
18 November 1955 -- Second Lieutenant John Malanaphy is killed in the crash of an F-86 near Newark, Ohio, becoming the first of four Air Training Officers to die during the first two years of the Academy's existence. The Malanaphy Trophy, awarded annually to the outstanding cadet squadron in intramurals, is named in his honor. The Trophy is displayed in the Athletic Hall of Excellence.
18 November 2006 -- Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez visits the Air Force Academy, where he speaks to cadets about civil liberties and the war on terrorism. Gonzalez attended the Academy for two years in the mid-70s, but did not graduate.
19 November 1955 -- Secretary of the Air Force Donald A. Quarles confers the Exceptional Civilian Service Award on Hollywood film director and producer Cecil B. DeMille for designing the new Air Force Academy uniforms.
19 November 1976 -- The Academy publishes a press release entitled "Research Program Shows Cadets Want Same Training Program for Women." Both male and female cadets expressed a desire to experience identical training.
19 November 1984 -- The Academy's Department of Philosophy and Fine Arts receives national press coverage when Newsweek publishes an article on "Warfare for the Moral Man." Colonel Malham Wakin, the Department Head, was interviewed by Newsweek correspondents, and discussed the content of the Philosophy 310 "Ethics" course.
19 November 2010 -- Country band Diamond Rio performs at Arnold Hall. The band also performed at the Academy in 2003.
19 November 2010 -- A converted Minotaur-IV ICBM carries FalconSAT-5 into orbit from the Kodiak Launch Complex in Alaska. FalconSAT-5 was designed, built and tested by members of the Class of '10 as part of the FalconSAT capstone astronautics program.
20 November 1884 -- Oliver Hazard Bishop establishes his homestead on the north slope overlooking what today is the Cadet Athletic Fields. The Bishops were the predominate pioneers of the north part of the Academy.
20 November 1976 -- The Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph publishes an article entitled "Admission of Women into Cadet Wing May Have Helped Cut Attrition Rate."
20 November 1982 -- The Academy football team records its first victory over Notre Dame, a 30-17 win at Falcon Stadium.
20 November 1989 -- The El Pomar Foundation approves a grant of $25,000 for archival conservation of materials within the Gimbel Collection located in the McDermott Library.
20 November 1993 -- The Air Force men's soccer team defeats North Carolina 2-1 at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to advance to the NCAA's Elite Eight for the first time in program history. Brian Bergeron, Class of '94, scored the game-winning goal with eight minutes remaining.
20 November 1995 -- Cadet Eric Mack, Class of '96, finishes third in the NCAA Division I National Cross Country Championship in Ames, Iowa. He was first American runner to cross the finish line.
21 November 1959 -- At a book signing in Denver, writers Marian Talmadge and Iris Gilmore introduce "Wings for Peace," a young-adult novel about fictional Air Force Academy Cadet Frank Barton. The book covers his three upper-class years as a cadet. The book is the sequel to "Wings of Tomorrow," which addressed Cadet Barton's first year at the Academy.
21 November 1960 -- The Academy Hospital becomes operational. It featured two floors of ward rooms, four operating rooms, two delivery rooms, outpatient services, and a pharmacy. The first baby, Deanna Reeves, was born two days later, and went on to graduate in the Class of '83.
21 November 1972 -- First Lieutenant William Hargrove, Class of '70, is killed when his F-4D crashes during post-mission training over Thailand. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
21 November 1972 -- Captain Robert Kohn, Class of '69, is killed when his EC-47Q experiences engine and control failure while making a touch-and-go landing in Thailand, and crashes two miles past the runway at Nakhon Phanom Airfield. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
22 November 1963 -- President John F. Kennedy, honorary member of the Class of '63, is assassinated in Dallas. The Academy begins a 30-day mourning period.
22 November 1966 -- Major Gordon Wilson, Class of '62, is presumed killed when his F-4 aircraft is downed by an SA-2 surface-to-air missile during a strike on a POL (petroleum, oil and lubricant) storage site at Ha Gia, North Vietnam. He was missing in action until being declared dead on 4 February 1974. His remains were returned in 1986. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
22 November 1968 - The Orville and Wilbur Wright statues are donated to the Academy. The statues were donated by Milton Seaman. Originally located on the Terrazzo, the statues now reside on the sixth floor of the Library.
22 November 1989 -- Fred Gregory, Class of '64, becomes the first African-American to command the space shuttle, as a member of the Discovery crew on mission STS-33.
22 November 1997 -- The men's basketball team sets its all-time scoring record in a 124-57 home victory over Doane College.
22 November 2010 -- The Academy hires Dr. Adis Vila as its first Chief Diversity Officer. The CDO is the primary diversity advisor to the Superintendent and senior leadership in order to strengthen diversity at the Academy.
23 November 1958 -- Major General James E. Briggs, the Academy's second Superintendent, is a contestant on the television game show "What's My Line." The four celebrity panelists were able to figure out his occupation.
23 November 2003 -- Major Steven Plumhoff, Class of '92, is killed when the MH-53M Pave Low III helicopter he was piloting crashes near Bagram, Afghanistan, where he was flying in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
23 November 2006 -- The Air Force Academy Band marches in the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade in New York City--back by popular demand after a 37-year absence. While in New York, the Band also performed at Carnegie Hall for the Air Force's 60th Anniversary Celebration.
24 November 1874 -- School 20 District is organized by County Superintendent Robert Douglass. The district had only one school, The Edgerton School, located in the small settlement of Edgerton (near where the Academy's Service and Supply Area is located today).
24 November 1958 -- The Academy stands up the Department of Leadership Studies under the direction of Lieutenant Colonel Gabriel D. Ofiesh.
24 November 1969 -- Major James White, Class of '64, is presumed killed near Ban Ban, Laos, when his F-105 aircraft does not return to friendly control. He was missing in action until being declared dead on 24 January 1974. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo. He was the brother of astronaut Edward White II, who died on 27 January 1967 along with two others when a fire swept through their Apollo spacecraft during a training session.
24 November 1969 -- Cadet Mike Ryan, Class of '70, one year after winning the National Collegiate Cross Country Championship, finishes second in the national championship race, one spot ahead of legendary runner Steve Prefontaine of the University of Oregon.
24 November 1980 -- Colonel Philip Caine becomes the first Permanent Professor appointed under the Commandant of Cadets. He was named Deputy Commandant for Military Instruction.
24 November 1980 -- Cadet First Class Michelle Johnson, Class of '81, becomes the first female cadet to be named Cadet Wing Commander.
24 November 2003 -- Cadet First Class Delavane Diaz, Class of '04, a former Cadet Wing Commander and volleyball Most Valuable Player, is named a Rhodes scholar. She was the first USAFA athlete to win a Rhodes scholarship since 1991.
25 November 1968 -- Cadet Mike Ryan, Class of '70, wins the National Collegiate Cross Country Championship. The race was run at Manhattan College, Bronx, New York. He finished second the following year, one spot ahead of legendary runner Steve Prefontaine of the University of Oregon.
25 November 1976 -- The Cadet Drum and Bugle Corps marches in the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade in New York City.
26 November 1918 -- Army Lieutenant Colonel A. J. Hanlon becomes one of the first advocates for the Academy when he writes, "As the Military and Naval Academies are the backbone of the Army and Navy, so must the Aeronautical Academy be the backbone of the Air Service. No service can flourish without some such institution to inculcate into its embryonic officers love of country, proper conception of duty, and highest regard for honor."
26 November 1971 -- Captain James Steadman, Class of '67, is presumed shot down and killed near Ban Karai Pass, Laos, when his F-4D aircraft does not return to friendly control after a Night Owl Forward Air Control mission. He was missing in action until being declared dead on 13 February 1975. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
26 November 1979 -- the 25th Anniversary Review Committee, under the chairmanship of Dr. John Corbally, President Emeritus of the University of Illinois, begins a four day meeting at the Academy. The members found that the cadets are "overloaded, over-supervised, overscheduled, and permitted too little curricular flexibility."
26 November 1984 -- The Academy Academic Development Fund is founded. The foundation, which supports academic excellence at the Academy by endowing distinguished visiting professorships and supporting other academic programs benefiting cadets and the faculty, changed its name to The Academy Research & Development Institute (ARDI) in February 1991.
26 November 2002 -- The most prestigious medal that France can bestow on a foreign person or organization, the Croix de Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur, is presented to the Academy at a Terrazzo ceremony. The award was created by Napoleon Bonaparte to recognize military and civilian contributions to France.
26 November 2006 -- The Department of Foreign Languages adds Portuguese to the curriculum.
27 November 1969 -- The Air Force Academy Band marches in the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade in New York City.
28 November 1983 -- Cadets Brian Bullard and Dianne Williams, Class of '86, die from carbon monoxide poisoning when caught in a snow storm while returning from a Thanksgiving break trip to Kansas. The following year, the football team established the Bullard Award, voted on by the players and based on the criteria that typifies Bullard - "Unselfishness, 110 percent effort, total team commitment and pride in his role on the team whether he's a starter or not."
28 November 1993 -- The Academy men's soccer team makes its first appearance in the NCAA Elite Eight, losing 6-0 to South Carolina.
29 November 1968 -- The first hockey game was played at the Cadet Ice Arena. The Academy team defeated the Colorado All-Stars, a collection of former collegiate players, 8-6, in the exhibition game. During the first shift of the first period, a puck went through the "shatter-proof" glass and onto the running track in the multi-purpose area.
29 November 1970 -- First Lieutenant Elmon Caudill II, Class of '68, and First Lieutenant Charles Kollenberg, Class of '68, are reported missing when the C-123 on which they were passengers crashes south of Cam Ranh Bay AB, South Vietnam. Their status was changed to deceased on 17 December 1970. Their names appear on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
30 November 1969 - The Academy Cadet Parachute Team wins the National Intercollegiate Parachute Championship for the second year in a row. The team competed against 148 jumpers from 45 colleges and universities at Phoenix, Arizona.
30 November 1992 -- The F-15 that would eventually be displayed on the Terrazzo is retired from active service.
Tuesday November 4
Coach Troy Calhoun Weekly Press Conference 11/4/14 2pm MT
Women's Soccer Championship First Round Match #1 11/4/14 5pm MT
Women's Soccer Championship First Round Match #2 11/4/14 8pm MT
Thursday November 6
Women's Soccer Championship Semi Final Match #1 11/6/14 5pm MT
San Diego State @ Air Force Volleyball 11/6/14 6pm MT
Women's Soccer Championship Semi Final Match #2 11/6/14 8pm MT
Saturday November 8
Air Force @ UNLV Football 11/8/14 2pm MT (MWN/Campus Insiders exclusive)
UNLV @ Air Foce Volleyball 11/8/14 6pm MT
Women's Soccer Championship Final 11/8/14 8pm MT
Tuesday Oct 28
Coach Troy Calhoun Weekly Press Conference 10/28/14 2pm MT
Thursday Oct 30
Air Force @ Utah State Volleyball 10/30/14 7pm MT
Friday Oct 31
Cross Country Championships and Awards Ceremony, Fresno Ca. 10/31/14 11am MT http://campusinsiders.com/network/mw/live/cross-country-championships-and-awards-ceremony-fresno-ca
Air Force @ Colorado College Women's Soccer 10/31/14 3pm MT
Saturday Nov 1
Air Force @ Boise State Volleyball 11/1/14 2pm MT
Tuesday October 14
Coach Troy Calhoun Weekly Press Conference 10/14/14 2pm MT
Thursday October 16
Air Force Basketball Digital Tipoff 10/16/14 2pm MT
Wyoming @ Air Force Volleyball 10/16/14 6pm MT
Friday October 17
Nevada @ Air Force Women's Soccer 10/17/14 6pm MT
#7 Colorado State @ Air Force Volleyball 10/17/14 6pm MT
Air Force @ UNLV Men's Soccer 10/17/14 8pm MT
Saturday October 18
New Mexico @ Air Force Football 10/18/14 1:30pm MT (ROOT Sports)
Air Force Football Post Game Press Conference 10/18/14 4:45pm MT
Sunday October 19
UNLV @ Air Force Women's Soccer 10/19/14 Noon MT
Tuesday Oct. 7
Coach Troy Calhoun Weekly Press Conference 10/7/14 2pm MT
Thursday Oct. 9
Air Force @ UNLV Volleyball 10/9/14 7pm MT
Friday Oct. 10
Air Force @ Colorado State Women's Soccer 10/10/14 4pm MT
San José State @ Air Force Men's Soccer 10/10/14 7pm MT
Saturday Oct. 11
Air Force @ San Diego State Volleyball 10/11/14 7pm MT
This shouldn't surprise any staff member or cadet here because, as Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle D. Johnson told the Board of Visitors Sept. 26 - and has repeatedly mentioned to her staff during her 14 month tenure - the Academy's ultimate focus is to engrain a culture consistent with the Air Force core values and ensure every cadet, athletes and non-athletes, live up to this standard.
"It's important to us to be strong everywhere across the Academy, including the athletic department," she said to the BOV. "We welcome tough and fair questions because we need to maintain a Culture of Commitment, Climate and Respect, and hold each other accountable, especially permanent party (Academy staff), to set a good model for cadets."
The Athletic Department's 27 intercollegiate sports, and boxing and cheerleading, train and compete to give the cadets character and leadership opportunities on and off the field, also focusing on Academic and character-driven wins.
Despite a few off-the-field challenges, Academy athletic director Dr. Hans Mueh said the vast majority of cadet athletes here serve others, set records, tackle leadership positions and receive the continued support of the local community.
"Athletics is the front porch of the Academy," Mueh said. "Cadet athletes are embarrassed to be identified as they are right now by the margins. The American public has a right to hold us to a much higher standard, including our athletic program. The cadets are embarrassed, want to do something to change that, and they are."
During the last six years, four Academy cadet athletes won NCAA Division I student athlete sportsmanship awards. Every year, one male and female from each division who demonstrates a high level of sportsmanship and ethics is selected.
Last year, William Kent, then a senior Falcon track and field hammer thrower, received the award after approaching an official during a competition to explain that his throw distance was lower than recorded. He wanted to make sure his record was accurate and fair and officials agreed to lower his mark. Kent's distance was still far enough to win the competition, but his honor and integrity came first.
"These are selfless acts," Mueh said. "They're spontaneous acts on the part of cadets who garnered these sportsmanship awards. I think that's very special."
In April, for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, cadets produced a "Cadet Athletes Against Sexual Violence" video for YouTube, showing Academy athletes pledging to take action to stop sexual violence. Coaches and staff here participated in the Mentor in Violence Prevention program that month, where most valuable player facilitators allowed cadet athletes to share personal stories and establish a continuing dialogue on issues such as rape, battery and sexual harassment.
One hundred-twenty athletes, including Falcon football players, attended this seminar, Mueh said.
"Forty athletes spent the entire day with facilitators," he said. "They now are mentors and trainers for the rest of the athletes here. I think the climate now among cadet athletes is that they're serious about taking steps to say, 'Enough. This is about respect and dignity. Let's sign this pledge and make sure this doesn't happen again.'"
The athletic department established a Respect and Character Enrichment committee that meets weekly to ensure teams and athletes continue to live up to the Academy's culture and communicate with their supervisors and coaches.
Then there's the Football Leadership Council, comprised of 24 Falcon football players who took ownership of their team's climate. They take part in regular community service projects and meet regularly with the Academy's staff.
The Academy also has an all-volunteer academic committee and mentoring program monitoring the academic progress of cadet athletes.
"Our jobs as mentors here is to create ways to make negatives into positives, molding our cadets into team players and disciplined officers, to hold people accountable and make them stronger without breaking their spirit," said Falcon Ice Hockey head coach Frank Serratore. "We must develop leaders who can think under pressure and make winning decisions."
Collectively, Serratore's team maintains a 3.0 GPA.
"The competitive athlete here understands teamwork and what it means to be part of team," Serratore said. "The competitive athlete also understands the meaning of true leadership. In my opinion, true leadership has little or nothing to do with rank. It has to do with earning the respect of others through one's actions, putting the team first, selflessly caring for others, leading from the front and in essence - leading by example."
Cadet athletes are cadets first, and before they step on the field they must take care of their academic and military responsibilities, Falcon Football head coach Troy Calhoun said.
"The daily discipline on the field, in the classroom, and sense of maturity and personal responsibility cadets must have here is continuous," he said. "We want cadets to have an incredible warrior spirit and drive that is in the interest of contributing to a team rather than solely for one's personal interests. That is the kind of character we want to build in our program."
Falcon Men's Basketball head coach Dave Pilipovich said athletics can never become more important than cadets' studies.
"Academics are very important in our mission at the Academy," he said. "If players strive to be the best students they can be, then we believe our cadets will strive to be the best athletes they can be. The hard work they put into academics carries over to their hard work on the court."
Last year, Pilipovich benched his leading scorer because he wasn't adhering to the team's high standards of behavior.
"It made our team weaker, but our mission is to help our cadet athletes become great officers," he said. "Also, it reinforced what we expect from our cadet athletes and the standards we continue to maintain in our program."
THIS DAY IN AIR FORCE ACADEMY HISTORY - OCTOBER
STEVEN A. SIMON, USAFA '77
ACADEMY DEVELOPMENT AND ALUMNI PROGRAMS OFFICE
1 October 1955 -- Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, the Academy architects, hold a design presentation meeting with members of the Air Force, the Academy staff, and Academy consultants. At the wide-ranging meeting, SOM received approval to proceed on the cadet quarters, the dining hall, and the academic building.
1 October 1961 -- The Reverend Dr. Billy Graham speaks to cadets at a worship service in Arnold Hall.
1 October 1962 -- The Colorado Astronautical Laboratory (renamed the Frank J. Seiler Laboratory in 1963) opens at the Academy. The laboratory was established to conduct research in chemistry, applied mathematics, and aerospace mechanics and to provide a means for supporting faculty and cadet research. The lab closed in 1995.
1 October 1966 -- The Academy football team earns its first victory over Navy, a 15-7 win at Falcon Stadium. It was the Midshipmen's first football game in Colorado.
1 October 1971 -- Captain James Newendorp, Class of '65, is killed when his RF-4C is shot down northeast of An Loc, South Vietnam, during a photographic reconnaissance mission. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
1 October 1982 -- The 557th Flying Training Squadron becomes part of the Academy, as it is released from Air Training Command. It was organizationally placed under the Deputy Commandant for Operations.
1 October 1985 -- The Cadet Examinations and Records office is transferred from the Director of Admissions and Registrar to the Dean of the Faculty. This function was combined with the Directorate of Curriculum and Scheduling Services to form the new Office of the Registrar.
1 October 1989 -- General Hansford "HT" Johnson, Class of '59, becomes the first Air Force Academy graduate to achieve four-star rank. He had assumed command of the Military Airlift Command on 20 September 1989.
1 October 1991 -- Brigadier General Paul K. Carlton Jr., Class of '69, becomes the first Academy graduate promoted to flag rank in the Air Force's Medical Corps. In 1999, he would become the first Academy graduate to serve as Surgeon General of the United States Air Force.
1 October 1998 -- The Human Environmental Research Center, later known as the Life Sciences Research Center, opens under the authority of Brigadier General David Wagie, Class of '72, Dean of the Faculty.
1 October 2002 -- The U.S. Northern Command stands up at Peterson Air Force Base, with General Ralph Eberhart, Class of '68, as its first commander. The unified command was established to provide command and control of Department of Defense homeland defense efforts and to coordinate defense support of civil authorities. Its area of responsibility includes all air, land and sea approaches to North America, encompassing the continental U.S., Alaska, Canada, Mexico and the surrounding water areas out to approximately 500 nautical miles.
1 October 2003 -- The Band of the Rockies, assigned to Air Force Space Command since 1993, is administratively moved back to the Academy, again becoming the Air Force Academy Band. The Band physically remains at its Peterson Air Force Base facility.
1 October 2004 -- Brigadier General Dana Born, Class of '83, becomes the first female officer to serve as Dean of the Faculty.
1 October 2010 - The Southeast Asia Memorial Pavilion, a gift of the Class of '70, is dedicated near Doolittle Hall during '70's forty-year reunion.
1 October 2010 -- The groundbreaking ceremony for the Holaday Athletic Center (named in honor of Bart, Class of '65, and Lynn Holaday) is held. The ceremony was somber, as Lynn Holaday had passed away earlier that morning after a long struggle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The Holaday Athletic Center was the first major project for the USAFA Endowment, a fund-raising foundation established in 2007.
1 October 2013 -- The San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association begin a four-day pre-season training visit to the Academy. The team is coached by Gregg Popovich, Class of '70.
2 October 1969 -- First Lieutenant Donald Moore, Class of '67, is killed when his A-1J aircraft catches fire and explodes during an aborted takeoff in Thailand. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
2 October 1982 -- Lieutenant Colonel Robert Brenci, Class of '63, receives the 1982 Colonel James Jabara Airmanship Award. He was honored for his leading role in the April 1980 American hostage rescue attempt in Iran, to include selecting and training the C-130 aircrews, piloting the first aircraft to penetrate hostile airspace, and developing new special operations capabilities in the aftermath. Each year, the Jabara Award goes to an Academy graduate, living or deceased, whose actions directly associated with an aerospace vehicle set him/her apart from contemporaries.
2 October 1982 -- The Briggs Overlook on Academy Drive north of the cadet athletic fields is dedicated. The Overlook was funded entirely by Mrs. James Briggs in honor of her husband, the Academy's second Superintendent.
2 October 1998 -- During the Jabara Recognition Dinner at Doolittle Hall, Captain Daniel Flynn, Class of '91, receives the 1998 Colonel James Jabara Airmanship Award. He was honored for his sustained superior performance as a leader and pilot whose quick thinking and extraordinary professionalism produced positive results from several life threatening situations. He came under hostile fire in Bosnia, led a rescue mission and performed flawlessly on countless JCS-directed and Joint Combined Exchange Training exercises in the Pacific Theater.
3 October 1955 -- Colonel Robert Whitlow, the Director of Athletics, writes to the Superintendent, Lieutenant General Hubert Harmon, urging a less restrictive policy regarding suspensions from athletic participation for academic deficiencies. He said it was depleting the varsity teams. The Superintendent was not supportive of the request.
3 October 1981 -- The Association of Graduates selects Gail McComas, former Cadet Wing Hostess, as its first Honorary Member. Mrs. McComas served at the Academy from 1955 until 1977. Honorary membership is awarded to persons who have rendered outstanding service to the Air Force and/or the Academy. Membership is limited to 25 living persons.
3 October 1986 -- The Academy's English Department hosts Joseph Heller, author of "Catch-22," at a two-day seminar to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the novel's publication. The Academy received positive national publicity for hosting the author of a book perceived by many to be anti-military.
3 October 1994 -- Dr. Paul Kaminski, Class of '64, begins a term as Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology, where he was responsible for all Department of Defense research, development, and acquisition programs. President Ronald Reagan once told Dr. Kaminski, "Seldom has a person of your rank achieved so much for his nation through the sheer genius of his ideas."
3 October 2009 -- Captain Michal Polidor, Class of '04, flies the mission for which he received the 2011 Colonel James Jabara Award for Airmanship. Captain Polidor, an F-15E flight lead, distinguished himself through his heroic actions in an Operation Enduring Freedom sortie supporting United States and Afghan National Army ground forces at Coalition Observation Post Keating.
3 October 2013 -- Heather Wilson, Class of '82, is inaugurated as the 18th president of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. The ceremony was moved up a day due to an approaching winter storm.
4 October 1954 -- The site for the airfield is resolved at a meeting between representatives of the Air Force and the architect, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.
4 October 1958 -- The Academy football team ties the eighth-ranked University of Iowa Hawkeyes, 13-13, bringing national recognition to the Falcons and the Air Force Academy. The 48,325 spectators comprised the largest crowd to watch an Air Force game to date. It was one of two ties for the undefeated squad.
4 October 1980 -- Capt. William Gillin, Class of '73, flies the mission for which he would receive the Academy's 1981 Colonel James Jabara Award for Airmanship. Flying an HH-3E helicopter, he rescued 61 passengers of the stricken Dutch ocean liner, Prinsendam. The passengers, many of them elderly, were among the 519 people forced to abandon ship when it caught fire in the frigid waters of the Gulf of Alaska, 120 miles from shore. The rescue operation lasted more than 11 hours and national news media hailed it as "the greatest maritime rescue in the history of the United States."
4 October 2003 -- Country band Diamond Rio performs in Arnold Hall.
5 October 1955 -- The first live falcon is presented to the Cadet Wing. The bird, a peregrine, was named Mach 1.
5 October 1965 -- First Lieutenant John Hauschildt, Class of '62, is killed when his F-100D aircraft is hit by small arms fire and crashes during a direct air support mission northwest of Tuy Hoa, South Vietnam. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
5 October 1975 -- Staff Sergeant Stephen Ambrose, assigned to the data automation center, is fatally injured when he falls while attempting to scale a cliff in Stanley Canyon in Pike National Forest. Two cadets were also injured in the accident.
5 October 1985 -- The Air Force football team defeats Notre Dame for a record fourth straight time with a 21-15 win at Falcon Stadium.
5 October 1986 -- Mr. Wallace Sawyer, Class of '68 and a member of the Central Intelligence Agency, is killed when his C-123 is shot down by a Soviet-supplied surface-to-air missile over Nicaragua while on a re-supply mission. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
5 October 1994 -- Dr. Sheila Widnall, Secretary of the Air Force, visits the Academy, to include a session with the Friends of the Air Force Academy Library.
5 October 2004 -- The United Kingdom's Duke of York, Prince Andrew Windsor, visits the Academy. He met 13 cadets who were applying for Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships, and had lunch on the Staff Tower in Mitchell Hall.
5 October 2012 -- During its 45-year reunion, the Class of '67 dedicates the Carillion Tower at the Cemetery. The Class project involved adding bells to the American Legion Memorial. More than 500 pieces of music can be played by the carillon.
5 October 2013 -- After federal civilians had been locked out for five days due to the government shutdown, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announces that the language in H.R. 3210 (the Pay Our Military Act) would allow DoD to recall most but not all of its civilian employees to work. The shutdown lasted 16 days.
6 October 1872 -- Leonard Capps establishes a homestead just south of where Falcon Stadium is today.
6 October 1975 -- The first Cessna T-37 Tweety Bird flight is flown. The T-37 replaced the Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star that since 1955 had been used to introduce cadets to jet flight.
6 October 1997 -- General Michael Ryan, Class of '65, becomes the second Air Force Academy graduate to serve as Chief of Staff of the Air Force. The first was General Ronald Fogleman, Class of '63.
7 October 1954 -- The Air Force Academy Athletic Association is established.
7 October 1966 -- Captain Robert Gilchrist, Class of '63, is presumed killed when his F-4C crashes during an attack on a truck convoy northwest of Dong Hoi, Republic of Vietnam. He was declared dead on 7 March 1978, and was promoted to major during the time he was missing. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
7 October 1975 -- President Gerald Ford signs Public Law 94-106, the Military Procurement Bill, authorizing the admission of women to the service academies. The Academy had been preparing for this change for years, and the June 1976 admission of the first 157 female cadets was uneventful.
7 October 1977 -- The Academy initiates an investigation into marijuana use by cadets. Nine cadets would eventually resign.
8 October 1955 -- The Academy plays its first football game, a freshman-level 34-18 win over the University of Denver's freshmen in front of 17,785 fans at DU's stadium. This game also featured the first-ever Cadet March-on, and was the first Air Force game broadcast on the radio, on KVOD, 630 AM in Denver.
8 October 1959 -- Second Lieutenant Bradley Hosmer, Class of '59, enters the University of Oxford as the first Academy graduate to earn a Rhodes Scholarship. He was the number one graduate in his class, and went on to become the first graduate to serve as Academy Superintendent.
8 October 1963 -- The Academy hosts the tenth annual Air Force Science and Engineering Symposium.
8 October 1969 -- First Lieutenant Max Rosen, Class of '67, is killed when his EC-47P aircraft has a fire on board and crashes southeast of Phu Cat Air Base, South Vietnam. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
8 October 1970 -- Captain Donald Shay, Class of '67, is presumed killed when his RF-4C fails to return from a photographic reconnaissance mission at dusk over southern Laos. The aircraft was thought to have been shot down. He was declared dead on 28 January 1981 and had been promoted to major during the time he was missing. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
8 October 1999 -- Two years after suspending flying operations in the T-3, the Air Education and Training Command announces that it would not resume use of the T-3 for pilot training. Three fatal accidents involving cadets and instructor pilots had taken place in the aircraft since 1994.
9 October 1963 -- The Frank J. Seiler Research Laboratory is dedicated. The laboratory was established at the Academy to conduct research in chemistry, applied mathematics, and aerospace mechanics and to provide a means for supporting faculty and cadet research. The facility closed in 1995.
9 October 1971 -- During the Homecoming Banquet, Captain Neil Crist, Class of '66, receives the 1971 Colonel James Jabara Airmanship Award. He was honored for his efforts to aid a Special Forces Camp at Dak Seang, Republic of Vietnam, which was under attack by approximately 10,000 enemy troops in April 1970. During the first five days of the support operation, Captain Crist participated in 11 missions. Each year, the Jabara Award goes to an Academy graduate, living or deceased, whose actions directly associated with an aerospace vehicle set him/her apart from contemporaries.
9 October 1985 -- The Academy Cadet Library hosts the 29th annual Military Librarians Workshop, which was attended by nearly 200 librarians from Department of Defense libraries all over the world, as well as representatives from the Canadian defense department.
9 October 1990 -- Honor Probation is implemented at the Academy. It replaced conduct/aptitude probation for cadets found in violation of the Cadet Honor Code.
10 October 1845 -- Without seeking congressional approval, Secretary of the Navy George Bancroft establishes a naval academy at Fort Severn, Annapolis, Maryland. Bancroft detailed a group of naval officers as instructors and ordered all the Navy's midshipmen to the new institution. It would be another century before the Air Force Academy joined its older siblings, the Military Academy and the Naval Academy.
10 October 1964 -- The Academy football team plays its first game against Notre Dame, a 34-7 loss at Falcon Stadium.
10 October 1970 -- The Graduate War Memorial, located at the north end of the Air Gardens near the flagpole, is dedicated. Brigadier General Robin Olds, the Commandant of Cadets, spoke at the ceremony. The curved monolith, constructed of three 7' x 21' slabs of black granite, is a gift from the Association of Graduates.
10 October 1970 -- During Homecoming weekend, Captain Wayne Warner, Class of '63, receives the 1970 Colonel James Jabara Airmanship Award. He distinguished himself through his display of superb airmanship, professional competence and selfless dedication in the service of his country, as evidenced by his 120 combat missions over North Vietnam in the C-130 and F-105 aircraft. Each year, the Jabara Award goes to an Academy graduate, living or deceased, whose actions directly associated with an aerospace vehicle set him/her apart from contemporaries.
10 October 1971 -- Major Vivienne Sinclair joins the Department of Languages, becoming the first female instructor at the Academy.
10 October 1974 -- The Sixth Military History Symposium begins at the Academy. The theme was "The Military History of the American Revolution."
10 October 1978 -- French Aspirant (Cadet) Sylvie Delporte becomes to first woman to complete T-41 training at the Academy.
11 October 1955 -- The Air Force Academy Federal Credit Union opens at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, temporary home of the Academy.
11 October 1969 -- Captain John Hathaway, Class of '63, is killed when his AC-119G gunship has an engine fire and crashes while taking off on a combat mission.. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
11 October 2005 -- The Doolittle Goblets, which had been displayed at the Air Force Academy since General Doolittle gave them to the Academy in1959, are removed from Arnold Hall and sent to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. The 80 goblets (one for each mission member) were presented to the Doolittle Raiders by the city of Tucson. They were used at every Doolittle Raider reunion, at which the goblets of deceased members were turned over.
12 October 1966 -- Major Wendall Bauman, Academy associate professor of Mathematics, is selected for inclusion in the 1966 edition of Who's Who in Colorado.
12 October 1967 -- Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Derrickson II, Class of '59, is presumed killed when his F-4C crashes during an armed reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam. He was declared dead on 12 December 1979, and was promoted to colonel during the time he was missing. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
12 October 1979 -- Cadets Second Class (juniors) are authorized to own cars after the Christmas break. Before that time, only cadets first class (seniors) could own cars.
12 October 1988 -- Sir Harry Hinsley of Cambridge University presents the 31st Harmon Memorial Lecture entitled, "World War II: An Intelligence Revolution."
13 October 1969 -- The U-4B Aero Commander goes into service at the Academy. It was used for the parachuting program until October 1977, when it was replaced by the UV-18 Twin Otter, the military version of the DeHavilland DHC-6.
13 October 1972 -- Captain Jeffrey Feinstein, Class of '68, scores his fifth kill in Vietnam, making him the second Air Force Academy graduate ace (Steve Ritchie, Class of '64, was the first). Feinstein was a Weapon Systems Officer in the F-4 Phantom II, and scored all five of his kills in 1972.
13 October 1993 -- The funeral for Colonel Joseph Moller is held in the Protestant Cadet Chapel. Colonel Moller and his wife, Dorothy Donnelly Moller, were selected to receive the Academy's 2003 Distinguished Service Award. Among their many contributions, the Mollers established the first major planned gift in Academy history.
14 October 1947 -- Just under a month after the Air Force became a separate service, Air Force Captain Charles "Chuck" Yeager makes the first manned supersonic flight, piloting the Bell X-1. General Yeager has been a strong supporter of the Academy.
14 October 1978 -- During the Homecoming Banquet in Mitchell Hall, Lieutenant Colonel Wayne Kendall Jr. Class of '60, receives the 1978 Colonel James Jabara Airmanship Award. Colonel Kendall, a medical doctor, was honored for his investigative research on the biodynamic effects on the body of a canopy loss in F-15 and F-16 type aircraft. His research involved using himself as the human test subject. Each year, the Jabara Award goes to an Academy graduate, living or deceased, whose actions directly associated with an aerospace vehicle set him/her apart from contemporaries.
14 October 1978 -- The Class Wall, a gallery of crests of Academy classes, begins when the Class of '68 presents its crest during its ten-year reunion. The wall, located on the Terrazzo just to the east of the Cadet Chapel, is "dedicated by the classes which have gone before to those which will follow in recognition of our common commitment to excellence." The Association of Graduates donated the Wall, which was funded through class gifts.
14 October 1987 -- Academy instructors attend the National Defense Colloquium on "Lying for your Country: What the Constitution Requires."
14 October 2006 -- With two falcon mascots and several cadets in attendance, President George W. Bush accepts the Air Force Memorial during a dedication ceremony. The memorial, honoring the millions of men and women who have served in the United States Air Force, is located in Arlington, Virginia, overlooking the Pentagon, the Potomac River and Washington D.C.
15 October 1960 -- The football team plays Navy for the first time, losing 35-3 at Baltimore Memorial Stadium.
15 October 1976 -- The Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph publishes an article entitled "Women's Attrition at Academy Better Than Men's." By the end of the fifteenth week of training, 6.37 percent of the female cadets in the Class of '80 had departed, compared to 10.24 % of the males.
15 October 1977 -- During the Homecoming Banquet in Mitchell Hall, Major Roger Carleton, Class of '67, receives the 1977 Colonel James Jabara Airmanship Award. He was recognized for his outstanding contributions as the primary pilot during the development testing and evaluation to determine operational suitability of the A-10. Each year, the Jabara Award goes to an Academy graduate, living or deceased, whose actions directly associated with an aerospace vehicle set him/her apart from contemporaries.
15 October 1988 -- The Academy hosts a deer hunt on its grounds for the first time in approximately 15 years. The Colorado Department of Wildlife managed the hunt.
16 October 1970 -- Academy officials apply for a broadcast license for a cadet radio station. The message requested that the call letters be either KAFA or KDET. The license was granted, with the call letters KAFA.
16 October 1971 -- The Cadet Drum and Bugle Corps' first performance at Falcon Stadium takes place during halftime of Air Force's 20-7 win over Army.
16 October 1976 -- During the Homecoming Banquet at Mitchell Hall, Lieutenant Colonel Michael Love, Class of '60, receives the 1976 Colonel James Jabara Airmanship Award. He was honored for his significant contributions to airmanship through his work in the X-24B Lifting Body Project. He was the Air Force test pilot on the project created to develop and test an aerospace vehicle radically different from other manned aircraft.
16 October 2010 -- The Academy hosts the inaugural Thunderbird Invitational Mock Trial Tournament.
16 October 2011 -- During the first intermission of the Air Force -Robert Morris hockey game, the ½-scale Lockheed Global Positioning System III Navigation Satellite and the ¼-scale Boeing Wideband Global SATCOM Satellite models hanging above the Cadet Ice Arena are dedicated.
16 October 2013 -- Lieutenant General (Retired) Mike Gould, Class of '76, is named to the 13-member College Football Playoff Selection Committee. The group, which includes former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former NFL player Archie Manning, will be responsible for selecting four teams for the national championship playoff, as well as the participants in the four premier bowl games.
17 October 1955 -- Headquarters USAF activates the 7625th Operations Squadron and assigns it to the Air Force Academy for operational control. The unit performed several missions for the Academy, to include providing navigator training to the cadets (the early classes graduated with navigator wings), transporting Academy senior staff members, and maintaining Academy staff officer pilots' currency.
17 October 1998 -- Singer Dionne Warwick performs at Arnold Hall.
17 October 1999 -- The stainless steel Falcon Sculpture is dedicated. Donated by Colonel J. Stanton Keck, Navy '54, and Colonel Edward F. Lundberg and sculpted by Terry Hinde, it is displayed on the Honor Court. The inscription on the base reads, "Dedicated to the United States Air Force Academy Cadet Wing."
18 October 1969 -- The Academy football team beats Oregon 60-13 in a home game that came to be known as the "Fog Bowl." Terry Frei, son of the Oregon Coach, Jerry Frei, wrote, "You couldn't see the field from the press box."
18 October 1969 -- During the Homecoming Banquet, Major Terry Jorris, Class of '61, and (posthumously) First Lieutenant Karl Richter, Class of '64, receive the 1969 Colonel James Jabara Airmanship Award. Jorris was honored for his "superior expertise in the field of aerospace research." Richter received the Jabara Award for the dedication, determination and enthusiasm with which he served. Each year, the Jabara Award goes to an Academy graduate, living or deceased, whose actions directly associated with an aerospace vehicle set him/her apart from contemporaries.
18 October 1987 -- Mrs. Jane Hamm, wife of the sitting superintendent, Lieutenant General Charles Hamm, passes away suddenly.
18 October 1997 -- Senator (and retired Navy Captain) John McCain receives the 1997 Thomas D. White Award during a visit to the Air Force Academy. The award, established in 1962, is presented annually to a U.S. citizen who has contributed significantly to the national defense of the United States.
19 October 1962 -- The formal Presentation Dinner for the football stadium is held at the Broadmoor International Center. More than 700 people attended the event, at which comedian Phil Harris performed.
19 October 1992 -- The Air Force Times publishes an article entitled "Bill would Cut Status, Officer Staff at Academies." The article addressed upcoming legislation that would add civilian faculty members to the Air Force and Military Academy faculties. While not specifically stated, the implied intent was for Air Force and West Point to match the Naval Academy's 50-50 mix.
19 October 2002 -- ESPN College GameDay broadcasts from the Terrazzo for the second time. The show also broadcasted from the Academy in 2001 and 2009.
19 October 2007 -- At a Broadmoor dinner, the first Air Force Academy Athletic Hall of Fame class is inducted. The class is comprised of Olympic champion sprinter Alonzo Babers (Class of '83), basketball players Bob Beckel ('59) and Michelle Johnson ('81), former athletic director Colonel John Clune (Navy, '54), and football players Brock Strom ('59) and Chad Hennings ('88).
19 October 2012 -- The groundbreaking ceremony for the 46,000 square foot Center for Character and Leadership Development building takes place. The building, located on the Honor Court, will feature an iconic 105-foot-tall skylight pointing due north at 39° altitude. The alignment with the North Star symbolizes the Academy's unwavering focus on the core values. Another unique aspect of the building is its funding, a mix of public and private money, with non-government funding provided by the USAFA Endowment, a fund-raising foundation established in 2007.
19 October 2012 -- The Association of Graduates and the Academy dedicate the Falcon Center Heritage Exhibit in Fairchild Hall. The display honors 28 Academy graduates, each of whom have excelled in one of seven categories: Notable Firsts; Heroism; Air Force Chiefs of Staff; Military Excellence; Academic Excellence; Excellence in Business; and Government Service.
20 October 1956 -- The first free flight of an Air Force falcon before a football audience takes place in Denver University Stadium during a 49-6 victory over Colorado Mines. The historic bird, which flew just 13 months after the falcon was chosen as the Academy's mascot, was a prairie falcon names Lucifer.
20 October 1962 -- The dedication of Falcon Stadium is held at the second home football game, a 35-20 loss to Oregon. Actor and Air Force Reserve Brigadier General Jimmy Stewart served as emcee.
20 October 1975 -- The Report on Inter-Service Academy Conference is published. The conference of federal service academy representatives addressed training requirements and concerns regarding the pending admission of female cadets.
20 October 1977 -- The U-4B Aero Commander, in use at the Academy since 13 October 1969, makes its final flight. The U-4B was replaced by the UV-18 Twin Otter, the military version of the DeHavilland DHC-6.
21 October 1967 -- Captain Clarence Hemmel, Class of '63, is killed when his F-100D aircraft is lost during a close air support mission, probably hit by ground fire in Quang Tin Province, South Vietnam. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
21 October 1987 -- The Academy Protestant Cadet Chapel plays host to the funeral of Mrs. Jane Hamm, wife of the superintendent, Lieutenant General Charles Hamm.
21 October 2002 -- The Academy breaks ground on a new traffic control tower.
22 October 1993 -- Major Ali Frohlich, Class of '80, receives the 1993 Colonel James Jabara Airmanship Award. He was honored for his sustained superior performance during Operation Desert Storm and while enforcing the no-fly zone over northern Iraq. Each year, the Jabara Award goes to an Academy graduate, living or deceased, whose actions directly associated with an aerospace vehicle set him/her apart from contemporaries.
22 October 1996 -- The American Legion Memorial Tower, displayed on the hill west of the Cadet Chapel since May 1981, is moved to the Academy Cemetery.
22 October 2000 -- Comedian, actor, writer, and producer Bill Cosby performs at Arnold Hall.
22 October 2002 -- An announcement is made from the Staff Tower at Mitchell Hall that the cadet library will be renamed for Brigadier General (Retired) Robert McDermott, who was the Dean of the Faculty from 1956 until 1968.
23 October 1871 -- The first Denver and Rio Grande train passes through the future site of the Air Force Academy. The railroad and the tracks were owned by General William Jackson Palmer, one of the founders of Colorado Springs.
23 October 1966 -- First Lieutenant Samuel Baker, Class of '62, is killed when his T-28 aircraft crashes on a familiarization flight near Nakhon Phanom, Thailand. He was promoted to captain posthumously. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
23 October 1990 -- The Boettcher Foundation approves a grant of $23,000 for archival conservation of materials within the Gimbel Collection located in the Academy Library.
23 October 1992 -- The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1993 directs the Secretary of Defense to submit legislation to increase the number of civilians on the Air Force Academy and Military Academy faculties. Until that time, the faculty had been virtually all military.
24 October 1964 -- First Lieutenant Valmore Bourque, Class of '60, becomes the first graduate to die in combat. He was killed when his C-123B was struck by ground fire over Cambodia and crashed. Bourque was promoted to captain posthumously. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo, and his statue stands in the Mall of Heroes between Fairchild and Vandenberg Halls. Coincidentally, on 11 July 1955, he was the first person to be sworn in as an Air Force Academy cadet.
24 October 1986 -- The Colorado Association for International Education co-hosts a conference at the Academy entitled "Understanding the USSR." Ambassador Stephen Rhinesmith and Dr. Benjamin Lambeth were the keynote speakers.
24 October 1997 -- The Academy's first orbiting spacecraft, "Falcon Doolittle," launches. It was launched as a fixed secondary payload on an Atlas-Centaur. The payload sampled the GPS spectrum once every five minutes.
24 October 2005 -- Lieutenant General John Regni, Class of '73, becomes the Academy's seventeenth Superintendent, succeeding Lieutenant John Rosa Jr.
24 October 2013 -- The Class of '63 dedicates the class ring of deceased classmate Pat Wynne. The ring was lost when First Lieutenant Wynne was shot down and killed in Vietnam on 8 August 1966. Forty years later, his missing ring was returned to the Wynne family, which in turn donated it to the Academy.
25 October 1957 -- The Secretary of the Air Force and School District 20 sign a 99-year lease that grants the use of land for construction of three dependent school facilities on the Academy: two elementary schools and one secondary school.
25 October 1983 -- Operation Urgent Fury, the invasion of the Caribbean Island of Grenada, begins. . Captain Michael Davis, Class of -78, won the 1984 Colonel James Jabara Airmanship Award for his role in the operation. A C-130E Special Operations aircraft commander, he was part of the initial assault force of 12 aircraft, making two passes at 500 feet to drop paratroopers. Over the next several days, he was repeatedly called upon for hazardous missions, to include emergency medical evacuations.
25 October 1995 -- Lieutenant Colonel Robert Donnelly Jr., Class of '77, flies the mission for which he received the 1996 Colonel James Jabara Award for Airmanship. Colonel Donnelly was the lead pilot on an HH-60G two-ship during a humanitarian assistance mission near Flatyeri, Iceland, which had been devastated by an avalanche caused by the worst storm since 1934.
26 October 1959 -- The Thrift Shop, a project of the Officers' Wives Club, opens at its new location in Pine Valley.
26 October 1969 -- Captain Gray Warren, Class of '65, is presumed killed when his F-4D hits the ground about 100 yards from its target and explodes during an air strike near Ban Son, Laos. He was declared dead on 25 October 1973. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
26 October 1994 -- General Ronald Fogleman, Class of '63, becomes the first Air Force Academy graduate to serve as Chief of Staff of the Air Force.
26 October 2000 -- The Genesis of Flight is published by the University of Washington Press, under the auspices of the Friends of the Air Force Academy Library. The coffee table book contains an annotated bibliography of approximately 350 items in the Gimbel Collection.
27 October 1960 -- A groundbreaking ceremony is held for the new football stadium. Colorado Governor Stephen McNichols joined Air Force and Air Force Academy Foundation officials in turning the first dirt at the stadium site. Construction began in early 1961 and Falcon Stadium was ready for the 1962 season.
27 October 1972 -- The Department of Justice, along with the Department of Defense, appeals the U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that mandatory chapel attendance at the three service academies is unconstitutional. In December 1972, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the ruling. Compulsory chapel ended in January 1973.
27 October 1979 -- A group of Academy graduates stationed at F. E. Warren AFB in Cheyenne, Wyoming, paint a large white "F" to the right of the "A" (for "Agriculture") on the hillside behind the Colorado State University football stadium. The "AF" spirit mission was conducted in the early morning hours before the Air Force at CSU football game, which the Rams won 20-6.
28 October 1954 -- Pine Valley resident Earl Schwab writes to Harold Talbott, Secretary of the Air Force, protesting the Air Force's decision to expand the Academy's territory to include all of Pine Valley. Ironically, Mr. Schwab was a Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce board member and helped bring the Academy to the area. It cost him his home, which became the Dean of Faculty's quarters.
28 October 1983 -- The Falcon Foundation donates the "Gallery of Secretaries" to the Academy. The portraits of the Secretaries of the Air Force were given to the Academy Library.
29 October 1959 -- An Academy-related episode of the television game show "To Tell The Truth" airs on CBS. A falconer, Cadet George Nolde, Class of '61, appeared with the Academy's first falcon, Mach 1. Captain Coit Butler from the information office was also on the program.
29 October 2007 -- The Vast Refuge Dharma Hall is dedicated as the Cadet Buddhist Chapel. The Buddhist sanctuary, located downstairs in the Cadet Chapel, is the gift of the Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism and The Friends of Zen. One of the founders and a director of the Friends of Zen, Reverend Dai En Hi Fu George Wiley Burch, Class of '59, organized the fundraising effort through the Association of Graduates.
29 October 2012 -- The Wings of Blue compete at U.S. Nationals in the four-way Advanced Formation Skydiving category for the first time. The Academy's Formation Skydiving teams were tied for first after 10 rounds, and went to a "jump-off" round for the first time in U.S. history to win Gold and Silver medals.
29 October 2013 -- The Chief of Staff of the Air Force, General Mark Welsh, Class of '76, and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James A. Cody conduct an in-studio interview and town hall meeting that are broadcast on KAFA, the cadet radio station.
30 October 1962 - The Engineers' Council for Professional Development accredits the Academy curriculum, leading to a major in Engineering Science.
30 October 1971 -- First Lieutenant Robert Ryan, Class of '69, is killed when his O-2A aircraft is hit by ground fire and crashes near Savannakhet, Laos. His name appears on the War Memorial on the Academy Terrazzo.
30 October 1975 -- The Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph publishes an article entitled, "Cadettes Will Get Some Pilot Training."
31 October 1951 -- The Colorado Springs Gazette quotes General Hoyt Vandenberg, Chief of Staff of the Air Force as saying, "Colorado Springs is a nice spot and I would like to see it designated as the future site of the Air Academy."
31 October 1959 -- The Academy football team plays Army for the first time. The game was played in Yankee Stadium, New York, and the 13-13 tie drew 67,000 fans, at that time the largest crowd to ever attend an Air Force game.
Tuesday Sept 30
Coach Troy Calhoun Weekly Press Conference 9/30/14 2pm MT
Thursday Oct 2
Boise State @ Air Force Volleyball 10/2/14 6pm MT
Friday Oct 3
Air Force @ New Mexico Women's Soccer 10/3/14 7pm MT
Saturday Oct 4
Air Force Football Post Game Press Conference 10/4/14 4:45pm MT
Utah State @ Air Force Volleyball 10/4/14 6pm MT
UMKC @ Air Force Men's Soccer 10/4/14 7pm MT
Tuesday Sept. 23
Coach Troy Calhoun Weekly Press Conference 9/23/14 2pm MT
Thursday Sept. 25
Air Force @ Nevada Volleyball 9/25/14 6:30pm PT
Friday Sept. 26
Boise State @ Air Force Women's Soccer 9/26/14 6pm MT
Saturday Sept. 27
Air Force @ San José State Volleyball 9/27/14 1pm PT
Air Force Football Post Game Press Conference 9/27/14 8:15pm MT http://vcloud.volarvideo.com/AFA/broadcast/embed/6038?w=640&autoplay=1
Sunday Sept. 28
Utah State @ Air Force Women's Soccer 9/28/14 Noon MT
The link below is a story from White House television about the Invictus Games in London. Air Force head men's tennis coach Dan Oosterhous participated from the United States.
James Anderson and Matthew McLean, contracting officers at the 10th Contracting Squadron, will compete for DOD-level individual awards; Jessica Niebuhr, also an Academy contracting officer, will compete for an Air Force-level individual award.
After winning the DOD Bronze award for Workforce Development last year, the10th CONS was again nominated by Air Force leadership to compete in this category.
"After earning the bronze last year we have our sights set a little higher in 2014," said 10th CONS director James Berns.
Also, a team of contracting and U.S. Air Force Academy Athletic Cooperative Agreement officials will compete at the Air Force-level for the David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award recognizing best acquisition practices.
Anderson was nominated in the Contracting and Procurement Category for saving the Air Force $73 million while managing contract acquisitions for the Fix USAFA initiative designed to upgrade facilities here.
McLean was nominated in the Contracting in an Expeditionary Environment Category for managing security and logistic contracts during a year-long civilian deployment to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.
Niebuhr was nominated in the Business Category for improving 10th CONS support of Academy research projects and managing a wealth of cooperative agreements between the Academy and non-DOD agencies.
"Winning three of the four nominations in the individual categories is gratifying and a great reflection on the dedication and professionalism of our contracting staff," Berns said.
The 10th CONS and U.S. Air Force Academy Athletic Cooperative Agreement Team has been nominated for the DOD's David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award for its work leading to the award of the cooperative agreement resulting in the establishment of the AFAAC, a nonprofit organization owned by the secretary of the Air Force, Berns said.
The 16-member team was led by Shawna Bowshot, a 10th CONS contracting officer and John Coulahan, the Athletic Department's associate athletic director for finance program manager.
Fans can watch the Falcons take on Georgia State on ESPN3 by clicking the link below.
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.
Peterson Air Force Base is hosting a memorial 5K run to honor Capt. David Lyon, who was killed in action on Dec. 27, 2013 while conducting combat operations near Kabul, Afghanistan. The run is sponsored by the 21 Logistics Readiness Center and takes place Friday, June 27, at 1 p.m. at Peterson AFB in Colorado Springs.
Lyon, a 2008 Academy graduate, was a three-year letter winner for the Falcons' track and field team and a Mountain West champion in the shot put. A member of the 21st Logistics Readiness Squadron out of Peterson AFB, Lyon was killed when a vehicle-born improvised explosive device was detonated near his convoy.
Serving a year-long deployment to Afghanistan, Lyon was performing a combat advisory mission with Afghan National Army Commandos and working with the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan. He was scheduled to return to Colorado in February.
Known as David Lissy during his time with the Falcons' track and field program, the native of Sandpoint, Idaho, served as a team captain during the 2007-08 season, while earning a conference title in the shot put at the 2008 MW Indoor Championships. He is still ranked third on the Academy's all-time list in both the indoor and outdoor shot put, highlighted by a throw of 57'11" during the 2008 indoor season.
A recipient of the track and field program's Laura Piper Ironman Award (named after a 1991 Academy graduate and former Air Force thrower who was killed in action during Operation Provide Comfort), Lyon was named to the National Strength and Conditioning Association All-American team, which honored his excellence in strength training.
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Chris Howard, a 1991 graduate of the Air Force Academy and two-year football lettermen, is featured below in the National Football Foundation countdown to the 25th Campbell Trophy, awared to the best scholar-athlete in college football. Howard was the winner in 1990.
25 Weeks to the 25th Campbell Trophy: Chris Howard - 1990
In recognition of the 25th Anniversary of the William
V. Campbell Trophy, which will be awarded Dec. 9 to the
absolute best scholar-athlete in the country for his academic success, football
performance and exemplary community leadership, the NFF will highlight one of
the previous winners each week until the 57th NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the
Waldorf Astoria in New York City.
This week's honoree is running back Chris Howard, an Academic All-American at Air Force who received the inaugural Campbell Trophy in 1990. Currently the President at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, Howard's "partial" list of accomplishments includes earning his wings as a helicopter pilot, serving in Afghanistan as an intelligence officer where he earned a Bronze Star, Harvard MBA, manager of a $100 million Bristol-Myers Squibb HIV/AIDS initiative in southern Africa, founder of a non-profit foundation and a member of General Electric's Corporate Initiative Group. Click here to learn more about Howard.
The following link is to a story in the Colorado Springs Gazette about volleyball Emma Dridge and her participation in the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Dridge was one of two student-athletes from the SAAC committee to attend a recent Mountain West board of director's meeting. Gazette reporter Brent Briggeman talked with Dridge about the experience.
THIS DAY IN AIR FORCE ACADEMY HISTORY - JUNE
STEVEN A. SIMON, USAFA '77
ACADEMY DEVELOPMENT AND ALUMNI PROGRAMS OFFICE
1 June 1954 -- The Air Force Academy Project office is superseded by the newly created Air Force Academy Construction Agency. The Agency's mission, like that of the Project Office, was "to direct the planning, designing and construction of an Air Force Academy. Colonel Leo Erler was appointed as its first director. Congress approved this limited-time agency because Air Force officials did not want the Army (Corps of Engineers) involved in the planning and construction of the Academy.
1 June 1959 -- The cadet dormitory is officially named Vandenberg Hall, after General Hoyt Vandenberg, the second Air Force Chief of Staff, who made many key decisions in the Academy's formulation, to include selecting General Hubert Harmon as its first Superintendent. General Vandenberg's widow and son attended the ceremony. That son, Captain Hoyt Vandenberg Jr., would go on to be the Academy Commandant of Cadets in the 1970s. This was the last of five building dedications to take place during a three-day period.
1 June 1977 -- The "Tail End Charlie" tradition ends with the graduation of the Class of '77. The 19-year practice had every member of the class give a silver dollar to the classmate graduating last in the order of merit. The incoming Superintendent, Lieutenant General Kenneth Tallman, would end the custom because he believed it was not appropriate to recognize a graduate for being the lowest ranking member of his class. John McNulty was the final "Tail End Charlie."
1 June 1980 -- The Department of Chemistry and Biological Sciences is split into two departments. Colonel Harvey Schiller became the first head of the Department of Chemistry and Colonel Orwyn Sampson became the first head of the Department of Biology.
1 June 1981 -- Colonel Jock Schwank, Class of '60, becomes the first Academy graduate to serve as Preparatory School Commander.
1 June 1981 -- Second Lieutenant Michelle Johnson, Class of '81, becomes the first female cadet selected for a Rhodes scholarship.
1 June 1981 -- The Department of Economics, Geography, and Management is reorganized into the Department of Economics, the Department of Management, and the Office of Instruction for Geography. The Office of Instruction for Geography became part of the Department of Law.
1 June 1982 -- The Department of Astronautics and Computer Science is split into two separate departments.
1 June 1982 -- The Thunderbird Overlook is dedicated. It contained a T-38 Talon painted in the Thunderbirds paint scheme, with the number 1 on the tail. The aircraft was given to the Academy in 1981 by Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. The Association of Graduates was instrumental in funding the Overlook. An A-10 was added in 2002.
1 June 1992 -- The Cadet Wing Hostess Office is eliminated. The decision was primarily economy-driven. In 2008, the Superintendent, Lieutenant General John Regni, Class of '73, re-established the position.
1 June 1998 -- Colonel Hedy Pinkerton becomes the first female Director of Admissions.
1 June 1999 -- The Air Officer Commanding (AOC) master's program begins, whereby incoming AOCs study and receive a master's degree in counseling from the University of Colorado - Colorado Springs at the conclusion of their AOC training.
1 June 2003 -- The Cadet Counseling Center is administratively moved from Dean of the Faculty to the Commandant of Cadets and is renamed the Academy Counseling Center.
1 June 2004 -- Charles Baldwin, Class of '69, is promoted to the rank of Major General and becomes the first Academy graduate to serve as Air Force Chief of Chaplains.
1 June 2012 -- Tom Krise, Class of '83, becomes the thirteenth president of Pacific Lutheran University.
2 June 1954 -- The official plan for Academy flight training is established. Graduates would be qualified as aircraft observers and navigator-bombardiers. Familiarization with flying as pilots would be provided, but graduates would not be qualified as pilots. The type and amount of flying training to be conducted at the Academy had been a contentious subject for decades.
2 June 1972 -- Captain Dale Stoval, Class of '67, flies the mission for which he would receive the Academy's 1973 Colonel James Jabara Award for Airmanship. He penetrated the heavily defended Red River Valley of North Vietnam in his Jolly Green HH-53 helicopter, repeatedly braving MIGs, SAMs, anti-aircraft artillery fire, and ground forces, to rescue a fellow airman. He also received the Air Force Cross for his actions on the mission.
2 June 1975 -- The Academy becomes the first service academy and the first military installation to receive dual recognition as a National Bicentennial Site.
2 June 1987 -- The Friends of the Air Force Academy Library is approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) Corporation. The Friends was established to enhance the quality of the McDermott Library as an educational, research, scientific and cultural institution.
2 June 1999 -- President William J. Clinton is the graduation speaker.
2 June 2004 -- President George W. Bush is the graduation speaker.
3 June 1954 -- The Air Force Academy Site Selection Commission recommends that one of three sites be chosen as the academy's home: Alton, Illinois; Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
3 June 1959 -- The first class graduates. The ceremony was held in Arnold Hall, and it remains the only indoor graduation in Academy history. Secretary of the Air Force James Douglas and Air Force Chief of Staff General Thomas D. White officiated. The 207 graduates in the Class of '59 began the "Long Blue Line."
3 June 1976 -- Air Force Cadet Regulation 50-1, Training: Fourth Class System, is published. It contains guidance for training the first female cadets, who would arrive later in the month.
4 June 1958 -- The Department of Graphics is deactivated.
4 June 1969 -- President Richard M. Nixon delivers the graduation address to the Class of '69, the largest (683) class to graduate to that time.
4 June 1974 -- The Strategic Air Command's Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird makes its first appearance at the Academy's graduation festivities.
4 June 1975 -- The Class of '75 graduates. The class had an attrition rate of 46.19%, the highest in Academy history.
4 June 1986 -- The Barry M. Goldwater Visitor Center, dedicated on 27 May, opens to the public.
4 June 1993 -- The P-47 Thunderbolt statue is dedicated. The memorial, sculpted by Robert Henderson, is displayed on the Honor Court.
5 June 1963 -- President John F. Kennedy speaks at the Class of '63's graduation, the first graduation ceremony in Falcon Stadium, and the first time a president participated in an Air Force Academy graduation. The first three African-American graduates of the Air Force Academy are in the Class of '63 - Charles Bush, Isaac Payne, and Roger Sims.
5 June 2012 -- Janet Wolfenbarger, Class of '80, becomes the Air Force and the Air Force Academy's first female four-star general as she assumes command of Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
6 June 1961 -- Secretary of the Air Force Eugene M. Zuckert, at the Academy for the graduation of the class of '61, officiates at the pouring of the first concrete in the construction of Falcon Stadium.
6 June 1965 -- The song "The Ramparts" is debuted at a concert in Arnold Hall. The song, commissioned by the Air Force Academy Welfare Fund in commemoration of the Academy's tenth anniversary, was written by Clifton Williams.
6 June 1987 -- T. Allan McArtor, Class of '64, named by President Ronald Reagan to head the Federal Aviation Administration. He served from 22 July 1987 until 17 February 1989.
7 June 1967 -- With the increase in the number of cadets, the Cadet Wing is expanded into five groups, each with six squadrons. After one year, the Wing was returned to a four group configuration.
7 June 2000 -- The Superintendent, Lieutenant General Tad Oelstrom, Class of '65, receives the Order of the Sword. The Order of the Sword is presented by enlisted members to an officer who they feel epitomizes officership.
8 June 1966 -- The first three foreign national cadets to complete four years at the Academy receive their diplomas.
8 June 1996 -- The Association of Graduates purchases a gyrfalcon and presents it to the Academy. The cadets name the white falcon Aurora.
8 June 2007 -- The Academy announces the inaugural class for induction into the Air Force Academy Athletic Hall of Fame. The class is comprised of Olympic champion sprinter Alonzo Babers (Class of '83), basketball players Bob Beckel ('59) and Michelle Johnson ('81), former athletic director Colonel John Clune (Navy, '54), and football players Brock Strom (59) and Chad Hennings ('88).
9 June 2000 -- Major General John Dallager, Class of '69, becomes the Academy's 15th Superintendent. He would pin on his third star on 1 August 2000.
9 June 2006 -- Ten days after graduating, Second Lieutenant Dana Pounds, Class of '06, defends her national javelin title at the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, California. She became the Academy's first back-to-back champion at the Division I level.
9 June 2009 -- Lieutenant General Mike Gould, Class of '76, becomes the Academy's eighteenth Superintendent, assuming command from Lieutenant General John Regni, Class of '73.
10 June 2005 -- Cadet Dana Pounds, Class of '06, wins the national javelin title at the 2005 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, California. She became the Academy's first female national champion at the Division I level, and the first track and field champion since Cadet Callie Calhoun, Class of '91, won the 10,000 meter title at the 1991 Division II national meet.
11 June 2013 -- The Black Forest Fire starts just east of the Academy. For the second time in two years, the Academy and Academy personnel were threatened by a large wildfire. Again, the Academy fire department and other agencies responded. Two people were killed in the fire, including Robin Herklotz, Class of '84, and her husband Marc.
12 June 1956 -- The first Athletic Awards Banquet is held, in the Cadet Dining Hall.
12 June 1982 -- Brigadier General Anthony Burschnick, Class of '60, becomes the Academy Commandant of Cadets. He was the second Academy graduate to serve a Commandant, immediately following the first, Brigadier General Bob Beckel, Class of '59.
12 June 2007 -- Colonel (Retired) Michael Butler, Class of 1976, is killed near Tikrit, Iraq. Colonel Butler was working as a civilian contractor with the Civilian Police Advisory Training Team.
13 June 2011 -- Officials from the Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs Utilities and SunPower Corporation flip a switch signifying the official dedication of the Academy's 6-megawatt solar array. The array, near the Academy's South Gate, constitutes about 11 percent of the Academy's overall electricity needs: about 12,000 megawatt-hours per year, or enough to power more than 1,200 average homes.
14 June 1986 -- Brigadier General Sam Westbrook III, Class of '63, assumes command of CW, making him the fourth consecutive Air Force Academy graduate to serve as Commandant of Cadets.
14 June 2013 -- The Academy holds the funeral of Brigadier General Alfred F. Hurley, USAF, Retired, former Permanent Professor for the Department of History. The event took place in the Catholic Cadet Chapel.
15 June 1939 -- Lieutenant Colonel Robert Crawford unveils his "Army Air Corps" song ("Off we go, into the wild blue yonder...."). Officially performed for the first time later in the year, the song would eventually become closely associated with the Air Force Academy.
15 June 1963 -- The Falcon Foundation Scholarship Fund Drive begins.
15 June 2008 -- Walter Netsch, lead architect of the Air Force Academy, passes away in Chicago.
16 June 1981 -- Major General Robert Kelley succeeds Lieutenant General Kenneth Tallman as Academy Superintendent.
16 June 1983 -- Lieutenant General Winfield "Skip" Scott becomes the Academy's tenth Superintendent, assuming command from Major General Robert Kelley.
16 June 1997 -- The Academy Superintendent, Lieutenant General Paul Stein, Class of '66, receives the 1997 All-American Football Foundation's Outstanding College President's Award at the foundation's banquet.
16 June 2005 -- Captain Nicole Malachowski, Class of 1996, is announced as the first female Thunderbird pilot. She flew with the demonstration team from November 2005 until November 2007.
17 June 2002 -- The Hayman Fire west of the Academy forces the evacuation of the Farish Recreation Camp and the Academy's Combat Survival Training site in the Pike National Forest.
17 June 2004 -- The Class of '59 dedicates the Challenge Bridge outside Doolittle Hall. The stone and mortar structure serves as a gateway to the Heritage Trail and is intended to inspire cadets to reflect on the oath of service and commitment they have chosen for their lives.
18 June 1999 -- Brigadier General Mark Welsh III, Class of '76, becomes the Commandant of Cadets. General Welsh would go on to become the fourth Air Force Academy graduate to serve as Air Force Chief of Staff.
19 June 1961 -- Brigadier General William Seawell becomes the Academy's third Commandant of Cadets.
19 June 1964 -- Cadet Jim Murphy, Class of '66, becomes the Academy's first athlete to win an NCAA individual national championship by finishing in a tie for first place in the 5,000 meter run at the NCAA Track and Field National Championships in Eugene, Oregon. He was also the first cadet selected to participate in the Olympic Trials--the top three runners qualified for the Olympics, and he finished fourth.
19 June 1965 -- Brigadier General Louis Seith becomes Commandant of Cadets, succeeding Brigadier General Robert Strong.
20 June 1961 -- Major Frederick Gillen and Captain Patrick Slezak, both assigned to the Academy Athletic Department, are killed in the crash of a T-33 near Lowry Air Force Base. The Gillen-Slezak Trophy, the Intercollegiate Athletics Award, is presented each year in their memory. The Trophy is displayed in the Athletic Hall of Excellence.
20 June 1991 -- The Academy and the Academy Research and Development Institute (ARDI) sign a Memorandum of Agreement. The document was signed by Academy Superintendent Lieutenant General Charles R. Hamm, and ARDI President, retired Brigadier General Philip J. Erdle.
21 June 2010 -- Colonel Tamra Rank, Class of '83, becomes the first female Vice Superintendent in Academy history.
22 June 1942 -- General of the Air Force Henry H. "Hap" Arnold, namesake of the Academy's Arnold Hall, is featured on the cover of Time Magazine.
22 June 1955 -- The Academy Superintendent, Lieutenant General Hubert Harmon, sends a letter to District 20 School Board President, Russell Wolfe, requesting a statement of District 20's desire and capabilities to support the educational needs of the Air Force Academy's dependents. The District response indicated that it did not have the funds to build a school, but would operate a school if the Air Force furnished the facility.
22 June 1959 -- The Air Force Academy is featured on the cover of Life Magazine, weeks after its first class graduates. The article is titled: "Party: A Festive Week in the Air Force Academy: Girls and Weddings Grace a Graduation." The June 1959 issue of National Geographic also covered the Academy in a colorful 30-page spread.
22 June 1973 -- General Jimmy Doolittle, leader of the Doolittle Raid, visits the Academy.
22 June 2011 -- The General Dynamics MQ-1B Predator drone, hanging inverted from the Mitchell Hall ceiling, is dedicated.
23 June 1998 -- Heather A. Wilson, Class of 1982, is elected to the United States House of Representatives, making her not only the first Academy graduate elected to the House, but also the first female veteran in American history to serve in Congress.
23 June 2012 -- The Waldo Canyon Fire starts in the foothills south and west of the Academy. By the time the fire was under control, 81,000 acres had burned, including a small portion of Academy land, roughly 140 acres in the southwest corner of the reservation.
24 June 1954 -- Secretary of the Air Force Harold E. Talbott announces Colorado Springs would become the permanent home of the Air Force Academy. He also announces that Denver, Colorado, would become the interim home of the Air Force Academy and tasked General Hubert Harmon to evaluate possible sites.
25 June 1949 -- J. Douglas Crouch, Military Affairs Chairman of the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, sends a letter to Secretary of the Air Force Stuart Symington, recommending Colorado Springs as "an ideal location for the proposed United States Airforce Academy."
25 June 1954 -- Chaplain, Colonel John S. Bennett and Chaplain, Colonel Constantine E. Zielinski report for duty as the Academy's first Protestant and Catholic chaplains, respectively.
25 June 1991 -- Lieutenant General Bradley Hosmer, Class of '59, becomes the first Air Force Academy graduate to serve as Superintendent.
25 June 1997 -- A T-3A Firefly crashes near Research Parkway and Explorer Drive, east of the Academy, taking the lives of Captain Glen Comeaux and Cadet Pace Weber, Class of '98. This was the third T-3 crash at the Academy, leading to the plane's grounding a month later.
25 June 1999 -- The San Antonio Spurs, coached by Gregg Popovich, Class of '70, win the National Basketball Association championship. It is the first of four championships the Popovich-led team would win.
25 June 2012 -- The Academy conducts a change-of-command ceremony at which Brigadier General Gregory Lengyel becomes the Commandant of Cadets.
25 June 2013 -- Brigadier General Andrew Armacost succeeds Brigadier General Dana Born, Class of '83, as Dean of the Faculty.
26 June 1959 -- The first three Falcon Scholars, sponsored by the Falcon Foundation, entered the Academy with the Class of '63.
26 June 1967 -- Colonel Frank Merritt becomes the Director of Athletics. He would serve in this position until June 1975.
26 June 1978 -- The Class of '82 enters the Academy, with the first five cadets in history who were dependents of Academy alumni.
26 June 1987 -- The Academy conducts a change-of-command, at which Lieutenant General Charles Hamm becomes the Academy Superintendent.
26 June 1992 -- Brigadier General Richard Bethurem, Class of '66, succeeds Brigadier General Joseph Redden, Class of '64, as the Academy's Commandant of Cadets.
26 June 1993 -- Brigadier General Patrick Gamble becomes the Academy's 17th Commandant of Cadets. A graduate of Texas A&M University, he was the first non-USAFA grad Commandant in more than 12 years.
26 June 2007 -- The funeral for Dorothy Donnelly Moller is held in the Protestant Cadet Chapel. Mrs. Moller and her husband, Colonel Joseph A. Moller, who passed away in 1993, were selected to receive the Academy's 2003 Distinguished Service Award. Among their many contributions, the Mollers established the first major planned gift in Academy history.
26 June 2008 -- KAFA, the Academy radio station, broadcasts live from in-processing for the first time. Station manager Dave West provided listeners with updates and interviewed Academy staff members and parents.
27 June 2006 -- General Kevin Chilton, Class of '76, a veteran of three Space Shuttle flights , assumes command of Air Force Space Command in a ceremony at Peterson AFB, Colorado. He pinned on the rank of general in a promotion ceremony the morning of his assumption of command, thus becoming the first astronaut to earn a fourth star.
28 June 1976 -- The first 157 female cadets begin training, as members of the Class of '80. Joan Olsen was the first female cadet to be sworn in - she did not graduate. By mere days, the Air Force Academy was the first of the Department of Defense service academies to admit women.
28 June 1977 -- Lieutenant General Kenneth Tallman becomes the Academy's eighth Superintendent, taking the reins from Lieutenant General James Allen.
28 June 1988 -- Air Force Academy professor Dr. Robert Golobic and Hewlett-Packard engineer Johann Sverdrup founded Spectranetics. Golobic and Sverdrup developed medical lasers for heart surgery.
28 June 2012 -- Due to the Waldo Canyon Fire, the first phase of the Class of 16's in-processing is moved from Doolittle Hall to the Field House. This marked the first time since 1993 that in-processing did not begin at Doolittle Hall.
29 June 1954 -- Colonel Robert V. Whitlow is appointed as the Academy's first Director of Athletics. He also coached the football team to a 4-4record during its inaugural season in 1955. Colonel Whitlow served at Athletic Director until June 1957.
29 June 1979 -- During its twenty-year reunion, the Class of '59 dedicates a plaque to the Air Training Officers in Arnold Hall. The ATOs served the role of upper classmen for the early classes during the Lowry AFB days.
29 June 1992 -- The first international cadets from a former communist bloc country are admitted to the Academy, as members of the Class of '96. The two cadets were citizens of Poland, and both graduated.
29 June 2012 -- Colonel Kabrena Rodda, Class of '92, becomes the first female Preparatory School Commander.
30 June 1954 -- Master Sergeant Lawrence Malchow of March Air Base, California, makes the first gift to the yet-to-be-established foundation to support the Academy. The check for $5 was sent to Colorado Spring Mayor Harry Blunt with a request that it be placed "in a trustee fund for purchase of the U.S. Air Force Academy site." The check could not be deposited until the foundation was incorporated the following month.
30 June 1965 -- Colonel Virgil O'Connor retires from the Cadet Registrar and becomes the first Academy officer to be awarded an honorary bachelor of science degree by the Academy.
30 June 1972 -- The U.S. Court of Appeals rules that mandatory chapel attendance at the three service academies is unconstitutional. In December 1972, the U.S. Supreme Court declines to review the case, and compulsory chapel ends in January 1973.
30 June 2007 -- The funeral for Brigadier General Robin Olds, USAF, Retired, is held in the Protestant Cadet Chapel. General Olds, a triple ace with seventeen kills in World War II and Vietnam, served as Academy Commandant of Cadets 1967-1971.
The baseball hurtles toward the batter, and he must decide from its rotation whether it's a fastball worth a swing or a slider about to drop out of the strike zone.
Running full speed, the wide receiver tracks both the football flying through the air and the defensive back on his heels. Golfers must rapidly shift visual focus in order to drive the ball at their feet toward a green in the distance.
Many athletes need excellent vision to perform well in their sports, and now many are adding something new to their practice regimens: vision training. The idea has been around for years, but only recently have studies hinted that it might really work -- that it might be possible to train yourself to see better without resorting to glasses or surgery.
"Vision training has been out there for a long time," said Mark Blumenkranz, a professor of ophthalmology at Stanford University Medical School. "But it's being made more respectable lately thanks to the attention it's been getting from psychophysicists, vision scientists, neurologists and optometrists."
Vision training actually has little to do with improving eyesight. The techniques, a form of perceptual learning, are intended to improve the ability to process what is seen. The idea is that if visual sensory neurons are repeatedly activated, they increase their ability to send electrical signals from one cell to another across connecting synapses.
If neurons are not used, over time these transmissions are weakened. "With sensory neurons, just like muscles, it's use or lose it," said Dr. Bernhard Sabel, a neuroscientist at Otto von Guericke University in Magdeburg, Germany, who studies plasticity in the brain. "This applies both to athletes and the partially blind."
Vision training may involve simple strategies -- for instance, focusing sequentially on beads knotted at intervals on a length of string with one end held at the tip of the nose. This is said to improve convergence (inward turning of the eye to maintain binocular vision) and the ability to focus near and far.
Companies like Dynavision and Vision Coach make light boards said to strengthen peripheral vision by engaging users in a sort of game of whack-a-mole; they smack at bulbs as they flash on and off, while keeping their gaze fixed straight ahead. Increasingly, though, vision training means playing something akin to a point-and-shoot video game in which the targets get progressively harder to discern.
A study by a team of psychologists and published in February in Current Biology showed that baseball players at the University of California, Riverside, were able to improve by 30 percent their reading of eye charts -- as well as their batting averages -- after completing more than two dozen 25-minute vision training sessions using a computer program. Players who didn't receive the training did not show similar improvement.
A study of the University of Cincinnati baseball team found marked improvement in the batting averages of players following six weeks of various kinds of vision training. The team batting average went up 34 points from the previous season, exceeding improvements of other N.C.A.A. teams. Errors decreased by 15 percent, while fielding assists increased 8 percent. (One author of the study was Johnny Bench, the Hall of Fame catcher.)
In earlier studies, vision training has been found to boost the performance of table tennis players, golfers and field hockey players. But generally the sample sizes were small and variables difficult to control. (Athletes have been known to perform better just by not changing their underwear.)
Still, they build on decades of work with stroke, brain injury and glaucoma patients whose vision has been significantly improved with training. Dr. Sabel's most recent research appeared in the February issue of JAMA Ophthalmology and showed that computer-based vision training improved glaucoma patients' peripheral vision by 19 percent.
"Vision, like other sensory systems, can be improved with practice," Dr. Sabel said. "The improvements occur not in the optics of the eye, but in the central processing centers of the brain."
Dr. Blumenkranz of Stanford and other vision experts suspect that to be successful, vision training must be tailored to the individual, like physical training.
"A little discomfort is expected," as when you exert yourself lifting weights, said Al Wile, the director of sports vision at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, and a longtime proponent of vision training.
In addition to improving the performance of athletes, he said he had been able to help cadets pass pilot vision proficiency tests after they had failed.
Professional teams, including the Indiana Pacers, the Brooklyn Nets, the St. Louis Rams and the Pittsburgh Steelers, also are experimenting with vision training. Shawn Windle, the head strength coach for the N.B.A.'s Pacers, said he uses the Dynavision device to improve his players' visual abilities, as well as to assess the vision of prospective draft picks.
"It's a great way for me to identify who can get their hands on the ball," he said.
Players who are already on the team tell him it has made their vision sharper. "I don't have a way of measuring that," Mr. Windle said. "But if they think it's helping, that's good enough for me."
The link to two feature stories done by KKTV's Sam Farnsworth follow below about sophomore fencer Madeline Girardot and her saving the life of a local fencer.
Here is the link to the quick segment done during the 5:30 news:
And here is the link to the complete story done during the 10:00 pm show:
In the continuing series celebrating the Air Force Academy's 60th anniversary, a historical look at the month of May follows.
THIS DAY IN AIR FORCE ACADEMY HISTORY - MAY
STEVEN A. SIMON, USAFA '77
ACADEMY DEVELOPMENT AND ALUMNI PROGRAMS OFFICE
1 May 2003 -- The Cadet Library is renamed theMcDermott Library, recognizing the accomplishments of Brigadier General Robert F. McDermott, Dean of the Faculty from 1956 until 1968.
1 May 2003 -- The Academy Singers perform at General Chuck Yeager's eightieth birthday celebration at the Doubletree Hotel Legacy, Plano, Texas.
1 May 2003 -- General Richard B. Myers, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, gives the 25th Eaker Lecture, "The New American Way of War."
1 May 2006 -- Air Force Reserve Major Jim Fabio, Class of '94, wins a sports Emmy Award at a New York City ceremony. He was a producer, editor, and cameraman for Lama Kunga, the story of a Tibetan leader who takes up golf, that won Outstanding Short Feature Story.
1 May 2007 -- Academy housing is privatized, in the care of Forest City-Hunt LLC.
1 May 2008 -- KAFA, the Academy radio station broadcasting at 97.7 FM, begins streaming on-line. The Association of Graduates funds the streaming, which can be accessed through the AOG website, www.usafa.org.
1 May 2009 -- Second Lieutenant Kenny Grosselin, Class of '08, receives the 2008 Cadet of the Year award at a Pentagon ceremony. The Air Force-level award recognizes the most outstanding cadet in an Air Force commissioning program.
1 May 2009 -- The second Air Force Academy Athletic Hall of Fame class is inducted at a dinner at the Colorado Springs Marriott. The class consists of: coach and recruiting director Jim Bowman; six-time NCAA champion runner Callie (Calhoun) Molloy (Class of '91); football players Dee Dowis ('90), Terry Isaacson ('64), and Ernie Jennings ('71); and football coach Ben Martin (Navy '46).
1 May 2013 -- The Life Sciences Research Center is awarded its first NRC-AFSOR-sponsored senior scientist, Dr. Patrick Hallenbeck, who comes to the Academy from the University of Montreal in Quebec. He is assisting research efforts involving microbial fuel cells.
2 May 2007 -- General Ronald Fogleman, Class of '63, becomes the first Air Force Academy graduate to receive the Thomas D. White Award, accepting the 2006 honor at a ceremony in the Library. 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.
3 May 1955 -- Mr. Carroll Tyler, General Manager of architect Skidmore, Owing and Merrill's Air Force Academy Project, sends a letter to nature photographer Ansel Adams, thanking him for his work photographing the Academy site, saying "the photos are excellent and they certainly will provide our planners with a wonderful choice for their mural presentations." The photomurals were a key component of the firm's display later in May at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.
3 May 1959 -- The human interest television series "You Asked For It" devotes its entire 30-minute episode to the Academy, its traditions, the events leading to its birth, its past and its future. Filming took two weeks.
3 May 1976 -- Thomas C. Reed, Secretary of the Air Force, approves the equal semester plan. The arrangement was introduced in the fall 1976 semester.
3 May 2011 -- The Falcon Circle is dedicated in an official ceremony, making it the newest of the Cadet Chapel's worship areas. While open to use by all religious communities to worship in a manner respectful of other faiths, the Earth-Centered community receives precedence.
4 May 1963 -- The Academy hosts the First Annual Rocky Mountain Bioengineering Symposium.
4 May 1968 -- Peggy Fleming, Olympic gold medal winner, skates at the dedication the Cadet Ice Rink in the Academy's new Field House.
5 May 1962 -- The Louis Bleriot Speed Trophy of France, now in the Library, is donated to the Academy. The trophy was won on 10 May 1961 at Edwards Air Force Base when the Convair B-58 HUSTLER exceeded 2,000 kilometers (1,302 miles) per hour. On 27 May 1961, the crew was in Paris to accept the trophy from Mrs. Bleriot. They stated they wanted to trophy to go to the Air Force Academy. The crew was killed shortly thereafter, and their widows donated it to the Academy.
5May 1974 -- Aviation pioneers Chuck Yeager and Jacqueline Cochran begin a joint three-day visit to the Academy.
5 May 2005 -- The Honorable James A. Baker III, Chief of Staff for both President Ronald Reagan and President George H. W. Bush. gives the 27th Eaker Lecture.
6 May 1955 -- Models and photomurals are delivered by van to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center for an exhibit that would show architect Skidmore, Owings and Merrill's design for the new Academy. Included in the exhibit were photos of the site taken in April by noted nature photographer Ansel Adams, a job for which he was paid $1005.62.
6 May 1966 -- The Falcon Foundation gives the Academy the "Gallery of Great Airmen", with its 67 portraits. The portraits are displayed in the exemplar area of Fairchild Hall.
6 May 1986 -- The Association of Graduates names Russell Thayer Tutt II an Honorary Member. Mr. Tutt was a key member of Colorado Springs' effort to win the Air Force Academy and a dominant figure in shaping the growth of Colorado Springs. 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.
6 May 1988 -- The Tuskegee sculpture "The Black Airman" is dedicated. The statue, displayed on the Honor Court, was sculpted by Tuskegee Airman Clarence Shivers. It was donated by the Hooks-Jones Chapter (Colorado) of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.
6 May 1989 -- The Superintendent, Lieutenant General Charles R. Hamm, marries Sandra Hughes in the Protestant Cadet Chapel. General Hamm had been widowed in October 1987, four months after becoming Superintendent, when his wife, Jane, passed away suddenly.
6 May 1997 -- Ervin Rokke, Class of '62, is named as President of Moravian College and Theological Seminary. He would begin his tenure on 1 August.
6 May 2011 -- The Association of Graduates names Edmund L. Ladouceur an Honorary Member. Ladouceur was the Academy's second Music Director, and served for 28 years, serving from 1981 until 1989. 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.
7 May 1994 -- The Association of Graduates names Norma Nottingham an Honorary Member. From 1981 until her 1997 retirement, Mrs. Nottingham worked in the Academy Activities Group in the Pentagon and was the Academy's focal point for Congress in the nomination and admissions process. 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.
8 May 1987 -- The Falcon Foundation gives the Academy a 15-foot bronze eagle. The sculpture was placedon the trail between the Visitor Center and the Cadet Chapel.
9 May 2000 -- South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond is presented the 1999 Thomas D. White Award at a ceremony in Washington D.C. 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.
10 May 1955 -- The 739th Air Force Band (which previously resided in England and had been deactivated in 1945) is reactivated to provide musical support for cadet athletics and military marching units. The band was under the command of Lieutenant Carl Costenbader.
10 May 1989 -- The Brigadier General Billy Mitchell statue is dedicated. The statue was sculpted by Lieutenant Colonel Jerry McKenna and is displayed near Arnold Hall.
10 May 2008 -- Dr. William Perry, former Secretary of Defense, is presented the 2007 Thomas D. White Award during a visit to the 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.
10 May 2011 -- The Friends of the Air Force Academy Library establishes the Clark-Yudkin Research Fellowship to support scholars interested in advanced research in the McDermott Library.
10 May2012 -- Cadet First Class Dustin Hayhurst, Class of '12, receives the 2011 Cadet of the Year award at a Pentagon ceremony. The Air Force-level award recognizes the most outstanding cadet in an Air Force commissioning program.
10 May 2013 -- FalconWorks receives a patent for the Therabalance, based on work done byAcademy faculty and cadets. The Therabalance can be used by physical therapists to help patients regain balance after strokes or injuries.
11 May 1972 -- First Lieutenant Michael Blassie, Class of '70, is killed when his A-37B Dragonfly is shot down over Vietnam. In 1984, his remains were buried in the Arlington National Cemetery's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. In 1996, when suspicion of his identity heightened, his remains were exhumed and identified. His remains were buried on 11 July 1998 in the Jefferson National Cemetery, Missouri.
11 May 1987 -- The Officers' Open Mess reopens after a five-month renovation.
11May 2004 -- A bound copy of the compendium of nearly 50 oral history interviews completed by The Friends of the Air Force Academy Library to commemorate the Academy's 50th Anniversary is presented to the Association of Graduates.
11 May 2007 -- The Memorial Pavilion at the Cemetery is dedicated. The Pavilion, funded by the Association of Graduates, provides an indoor facility for events during inclement weather.
11 May 2013 -- The fourth Air Force Academy Athletic Hall of Fame class is inducted at a dinner at the Colorado Springs Marriott. The class consists of swimmers Karen (Reeder) Burton (Class of '84) and Patty (Gilette) Martinez ('83), football coach Fisher DeBerry, multi-sport athlete Parke Hinman ('64), runner Eric Mack('96), and football consensus All-American Carlton McDonald (93).
12 May 1994 -- The Academy takes possession of an F-15 Eagle for static display. The aircraft would replace the F-104 Starfighter on the Terrazzo.
12 May1999 -- General Colin L. Powell, United States Army, is presented the 1998 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.
12 May 2001 -- The Association of Graduates names Fisher DeBerry an Honorary Member. DeBerry was the Academy's head football coach from 1983 until his retirement in 2006, winning a record 169 games. 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.
12 May 2011 -- Cadet First Class Christopher McCool, Class of '11, receives the 2010 Cadet of the Year award at a Pentagon ceremony. The Air Force-level award recognizes the most outstanding cadet in an Air Force commissioning program. The award was presented by the Air Force Chief of Staff, General Norton Schwartz, Class of '73.
12 May 2013 -- His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales visits the Academy during his week-long visit to the United States. He was in the country to raise awareness for the Warrior Games, which took place at the Academy and the U.S. Olympic Training Center.
13 May 1955 -- Architectural plans and models of the Academy, as well as photos of the undeveloped site, are presented at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center during a three-day period beginning on this day. The response to architect Skidmore, Owings and Merrill's modernist design was not universally positive.
13 May 1975 -- Captain James Kays, Class of '71, and First Lieutenant Laurence Froehlich, Class of '72, are killed when their CH-53 helicopter crashed in Thailand en route to assist in the recovery operation for the crew of themerchant ship the SS Mayaguez, which had been captured by the Khmer Rouge. This was the final official act of the Vietnam War, and Mayaguez victims are the lastnames on the Vietnam Memorial Wall.
13 May 1977 -- Captain Dale Condit, an associate professor in the Department of Engineering, Engineering Mechanics and Materials, is the recipient of the first William P. Clements Award for Excellence in Education to be given at the Academy.
13 May 2003 -- The book Falconry at the US Air Force Academy, authored by A. P. Clark and sponsored by The Friends of the Air Force Academy Library is released. Also released is the Friends-contracted DVD,Falconry at the Air Force Academy, produced by Word One.
14 May 1963 -- The portrait of Brigadier General William Mitchell is unveiled in Mitchell Hall.
14 May 2005 -- The Association of Graduates (AOG) names Nancy Burns an Honorary Member. Ms. Burns served at the Academy almost continuously from 1964 until 2011, including work as liaison between the Academy and the AOG while in Protocol, Plans & Programs, and Development & Alumni Programs. 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.
14 May2011 -- The third Air Force Academy Athletic Hall of Fame classis inducted at a dinner at the Colorado Springs Marriott. The class consistsof athletic trainer Jim Conboy, sprinter Gail (Conway) Gray (Class of '84), hockey player and coach Chuck Delich ('77), All-American swimmer and Olympic pentathlete Bob Nieman ('70), and football All-American Scott Thomas ('86).
15 May 1959 -- Pegasus, a marble replica of an original at the Italian War College, was presented as a gift of the Italian government. The statue stood outside of Arnold Hall until 1994, when it was moved to Doolittle Hall.
15 May 1960 -- Bart Holaday, Class of '65, is offered a Falcon Scholarship. He attended prep school at New Mexico Military Institute, and went on to become the first Falcon Foundation scholarship recipient to earn a Rhodes Scholarship.
15 May 1961 -- The Air Force Academy Preparatory School is activated, per General Order 10, HQ USAFA.Colonel Lee Black was its first commander.
16 May 1948 -- The Donner Air Service, owned by Robert Donner, hosted the largest air show held in Colorado to date at Pine Valley Airport.
16 May 1959 -- President Dwight Eisenhower makes a brief, informal visit to the Academy. He was the first person to receive a Class of '59 diploma, which was presented to him by Cadet Herbert Adamson, the Cadet Wing Commander. Eisenhower was the second person to be named an honorary member of '59, joining Lieutenant General Hubert Harmon, former Academy Superintendent. Incidentally, Eisenhower and Harmon were both members of the West Point Class of '15.
16 May 1986 -- The nine painting collection called 'The Way of the Eagle in the Air,' painted by the late Shlomo Katz, is gifted to the Academy by the Falcon Foundation. The paintings are displayed in the Cadet Chapel's Jewish Chapel.
16 May 2006 -- Chad Hennings, Class of '88, is elected to the College Football Hall of Fame. A unanimous first-team All-American in 1987, he received the Outland Trophy as the nation's top interior lineman. While a member of the Dallas Cowboys, he played in three Super Bowls.
16 May 2012 -- The Cadet Fitness Center Addition is dedicated. The $9.5 million, 50,000-square-foot center is located on the west side of the building. It includes climbing walls, cardio equipment, aphysical fitness testing room, a weight room and a fencing center.
17 May 1964 -- The Commandant of Cadets, Brigadier General Robert W. Strong, Jr., officially recognizes the Academy's group of skydivers and grants them club status.
17 May 1973 -- The Air Force Academy Band begins a six day tour of the Azores.
17 May 1994 -- A groundbreaking ceremony is held for the new Consolidated Education and Training Facility (CETF) immediately east of Fairchild Hall. The $34 million project would house laboratories, classrooms, offices, and medical facilities.
17 May 1999 -- Special Order G1 is issued, inactivating Cadet Squadrons 37, 38, 39, and 40. Due to the reduction in the number of cadets in the wing, the squadrons were cut, effective 1 June 1999. The squadrons were reactivated in August 2006.
17 May 2006 -- Air Force Academy Heritage: The Early Years, a book by George Fagan, is released after being republished by The Friends of the Air Force Academy Library.
18 May 2011 -- Cadetsbreak the Guinness World Record for the largest dodgeball game, with 3,612 cadets participatingThe previous record has been 2,136 people, set by the Rochester Institute of Technology on May 1, 2011. By the time Guinness officially confirmed the Academy's effort as the world record, the University of California-Irvine had fielded 4,488 students in September 2011 and broken the record.
19 May 1954 -- Court settles the final of eight claims on property used for the Air Force Academy (out of 140 parcels, ranging in size from 0.08 acres to 4,630 acres).
19 May 1978 -- The Academy hosts the 1978 Colorado Special Olympics competition. More than 2,000 youths from around the state participated. This was the first time a service academy hosted a state Special Olympics event.
19 May1989 -- The Friends of the Air Force Academy Library acquires the collection of Colonel Yvonne C. Pateman and the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP).
19 May 1993 -- The 8th Air Force Memorial Museum Foundation approves annual funding to the Friends of the Air Force Academy Library.
19 May 2005 -- The Friends of the Air Force Academy Library-sponsored 50th Anniversary Interview Compendium is presented to the Academy Library.
20 May 2009 -- First Lieutenant Roslyn Schulte, Class of 06, becomes the first female graduate killed in action when she dies from injuries sustained in an improvised explosive device explosion in Afghanistan.
21 May 1981 -- The Superintendent, Lieutenant General Kenneth Tallman, receives the Order of the Sword. The Order of the Sword is presented by enlisted members to an officer who they feel epitomizes officership.
21 May 1981 -- The Cadet Chorale performs at the Miss USA Pageant in Biloxi, Mississippi.
21 May 1995 -- The Academy's SAT-B is launched on a helium-filled balloon, the precursor of the FalconSAT projects that would follow. The mission was successful in testing an attitude-control system designed and fabricated by cadets.
22 May 1964 -- The two-day 1964 National Collegiate Volleyball Championships begin at the Academy.
23 May 1986 -- The Jewish Cadet Chapel rededication takes place.
23 May 1991 -- Cadet Callie Calhoun, Class of '91, wins the national 10,000 meter title at the 1991 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in San Angelo, Texas. It was her sixth national championship. With the win, Cadet Calhoun became the only Air Force track athlete to earn back-to-back national champion honors in both the indoor and outdoor seasons.
23 May 2001 -- Callie (Calhoun) Molloy, Class of '91, is inducted into the NCAA Division II Track and Field Hall of Fame. She won five NCAA national championships in track, with an additional win in cross country. The presentation took place on the tenth anniversary of her sixth national title.
23 May2012 -- President BarackH. Obama is the graduation speaker.
24 May 1987 -- Dr. Robert H. Schuller, from the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California, is the Protestant Baccalaureate guest speaker.
24 May 1999 -- The Academy Protestant Cadet Chapel hosts the funeral of General James E. Hill, USAF, Retired. General Hill, a World War II ace, former commander of the North American Air Defense Command, and a prominent supporter of the Academy, is buried in the Academy Cemetery.
25 May 1954 -- The architectural firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill submits its questionnaire indicating its desire to design and construct the air force academy. Walter Andrew Netsch, Jr., age 34, was lead architect of the project.
25 May1981 -- A dedication ceremony is held for the 40 foot tall American Legion Memorial Tower, in memory of all who have served their country from the Revolutionary War to the present. The tower was displayed on the hill west of the Cadet Chapel until 22October 1996, when it was moved to its new site at the Academy Cemetery.
25 May 1982 -- The Academy hosts the 1982 Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women's Division II National Golf Championships. The Air Force team finished sixthin the four-day tournament.
25 May 1990 -- Cadet Callie Calhoun, Class of '91, wins the national 3000 meter title at the 1990 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Hampton, Virginia. This was the first of her three outdoor national championships.
25 May 2010 -- The inaugural Lieutenant Roslyn L. Schulte Cadet Character and Leadership Award is presented at a ceremony in the Library. First Lieutenant Schulte, Class of '06, the first female graduate killed in action, died in Afghanistan in May 2009. The award recognizes the senior cadet who best exemplifies the Air Force core values. Cadet Mychol Alexander, Class of '10, was the first recipient.
25 May 2011 -- The Class of 2011 graduates with the lowest attrition in Academy history - 20.1%.
25 May 2013 -- The Air Force Academy Facebook page hits 100,000 fans.
26 May 1953 -- The combined firms of Gugler, Kimball and Husted, and Harbeson, Hough, Livingston, and Larson are awarded a $106,000 contract to prepare "Architectural and Engineering studies for an Air Academy situated on a hypothetical site."
26 May 1960 -- The first class to graduate from the new Air Academy High School building walk across the stage located at one end of the gym. Thirty-nine seniors received their diplomas from School Board President Russell Wolfe.
26 May 1990 -- Cadet Callie Calhoun, Class of '91, wins the 5000 meter national championship at the 1990 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Hampton, Virginia.
26 May 2010 -- Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, delivers the commencement address, becoming the first chairman to do so.
27 May 1992 -- The Class of '92 graduates. With 1,076 members, '92 is the largest graduating class in Academy history.
27 May 2008 -- The first statue in the Mall of Heroes, located between Fairchild and Vandenberg Halls, is dedicated. That statue depictsFirst Lieutenant Karl Richter, Class of '64, who was shot down and killed on his 198th combat mission in Vietnam. The Mall and the statue are gifts of the Class of '64, and the ceremony was conducted before the Class of '08 graduated, as he was the class exemplar.
28 May 1954 -- Charles Lindbergh and other members of the Air Force Academy Site Selection Commission visit the proposed academy site near Colorado Springs .
28 May 1958 -- Air Academy High School conducts its first graduation. The ceremony was held on the front lawn of the Carlton mansion, the Superintendent's residence. Major General James Briggs, the Superintendent, addressed the graduating class. Seven students had completed the requirements for graduation. The Air Force Academy woodwind quintet provided the music.
28 May 1968 -- An F-105 Thunderbird is installed on the Terrazzo. The plane was created from ten different aircraft with combat duty in Southeast Asia, with much of the work was done by the 2951st Combat Logistics Support Squadron at McClellan AFB, California. Dedicated three days later, it resurrected the Thunderchief serial No. 60-0482.
28 May 1980 -- Graduation is held for the class of '80, which includes the first 97 female graduates. Kathleen Conley, ranked eighth overall, was the first female to graduate.
28 May 1986 -- The Visitor Center, named after Senator Barry Goldwater, is dedicated. The facility was the result of a $4.5 million venture of the Air Force Academy Foundation and the Air Force Academy Athletic Association.
28 May 1986 -- Terrie Ann McLaughlin, Class of '86, becomes the first female cadet to graduate number one in the class order of merit.
28 May 1991 -- The Association of Graduates holds a groundbreaking ceremony for its new alumni house.
28 May1997 -- Captain Amy Svoboda, Class of 1989, is killed in an A-10 crash near Gila Bend, Arizona, earning the somber distinction of being the first female fighter pilot in the Air Force to die in service.
28 May2008 -- President George W. Bush is the graduation speaker.
29 May 1958 -- The first Ring Dinner and Dance is held, with the dinner in Mitchell Hall and the dance in Arnold Hall.
29 May 1970 -- The Academy receives the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award for exceptionally meritorious service.
29 May 1980 -- Entertainer Bob Hope visits the Academy on his 77th birthday.
29 May 1991 -- President George H. W. Bush is the graduation speaker.
29 May 1996 -- General Ronald R. Fogleman, Class of '63, while Chief of Staff of the Air Force, becomes the first graduate to serve as graduation speaker.
29 May 2013 -- Due to Pentagon-wide automatic budget cuts known as sequestration, the Thunderbirds were unable to perform at graduation. In their place, volunteers arranged for graduation-week flyovers by several heritage aircraft, to include two P-51s, a B-25, and a P-40.
30 May 1959 -- At a noon ceremony, the cadet dining hall is officially named Mitchell Hall, after Brigadier General William "Billy" Mitchell, an outspoken advocate for air power. His son and daughter-in law attended the ceremony. This was the first of five building dedications to take place over three days.
30 May 1959 -- Mildred Miller, Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano, is the guest soloist for the Cadet Chorale's first on-site concert, in Arnold Hall. Ms. Miller was the wife of Lieutenant Colonel (later Brigadier General) Wesley Posvar, head of the Department of Political Science. Posvar, the first Air Force officer to receive a Rhodes Scholarship, went on to become chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh.
30 May 1979 -- Cadet David Rhodes, Class of '79, becomes the first graduate to achieve a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade point average.
30 May 1984 -- President Ronald Reagan speaks at graduation. Security screening prevented some parents and guests from getting into Falcon Stadium before the President finished his speech. The Federal Aviation Agency representative cancelled the Thunderbirds performance because the parking lot was not clear of people.
30 May 1993 -- Dr. James C. Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, is the Protestant Baccalaureate guest speaker.
30 May 2005 -- On the day they were promoted, special tactics officers Captain Jeremy Fresques, Class of '01, and Captain Derek Argel, Class of '01, are killed when an Iraqi Air Force aircraft crashed in eastern Diyala province.
30 May 2013 -- The faculty's Center of Innovation opens its Anti-Malware Lab.
31 May 1959 -- At a 1:15 p.m. ceremony, the administration building is officially named Harmon Hall, after Lieutenant General Hubert Harmon, the Academy's first Superintendent. Mrs. Harmon and several family members attended the ceremony. This was the first of three building dedications to take place on this day.
31 May 1959 -- At a 3:30 p.m. ceremony, the academic building is officially named Fairchild Hall, after General Muir Fairchild, the first commander of Air University and a key figure in Air Force and Air Force Academy education programs. His widow was guest of honor at the ceremony.
31 May 1959 -- At a 5:15 p.m. ceremony, the cadet social center is officially named Arnold Hall, after General of the Air Force Henry "Hap" Arnold, widely considered the father of the United States Air Force. The Academy newspaper called him "perhaps the best known airman of them all." Among his many distinctions, he was taught to fly by the Wright Brothers. His widow represented him at the ceremony.
31 May 1959 -- The first Protestant Baccalaureate service is held, in Arnold Hall -- for the first graduating class.
31 May 1964 -- A bust of Dr. Theodore von Karman is dedicated. The inscription describes him as "Dedicated architect of the modern United States Air Force." The bust was sculpted by Judith Bland and is on display on the sixth floor of the library. Von Karman received the Academy's T.D. White Award in 1963.
31 May 1968 -- During the noon dedication of the F-105 Thunderbird on the Terrazzo, the F-105 flyby breaks the sound barrier, causing $170,000 worth of damage, including windows in Mitchell Hall, Vandenberg Hall, and the Cadet Gymnasium.
31 May 1976 - The new dormitory is dedicated and named Sijan Hall, in honor of Captain Lance P. Sijan, Class of '65,the first and so far only graduate to be awarded the Medal of Honor.
31 May 1978 -- The Class of '78 becomes the first class to not graduate in June. The term, "June Week," traditionally used to describe graduation week festivities, instantly becomes a misnomer and begins to fade into history.
31 May 1994 -- Gregg Popovich, Class of '70, is named executive vice president of basketball operations for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association.
31 May 1995 -- President William J. Clinton is the graduation speaker.
31 May 1999 -- Captain Julian Chesnutt, Class of '89, leads an F-16 four-ship "night-vision-goggle" strike mission, one of 38 combat missions over Serbia and Kosovo, for which he received the Colonel James Jabara Award for Airmanship.
31 May 2006 -- KAFA, the Academy radio station, broadcasts live from graduation for the first time.
Mountain West Network Honored with Edward R. Murrow Regional Award
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Mountain West Network has been named a recipient of one of the most prestigious awards in broadcast journalism with the announcement of the 2014 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards today, presented by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). The MWN was recognized in the Small Online News Organization-Video Sports Reporting category for Region 3, which includes Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.
The awards recognize work of the highest quality produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world. The MWN earned the honor for a feature story by executive producer Jesse Kurtz about Air Force head women's volleyball coach Matt McShane and his wife, Dana, following the loss of their home in a June 2013 wildfire. The segment, "Falcon Spirit Helps Coach Rebuild," which aired in August 2013, documents the McShanes' terrifying escape from the most destructive fire in Colorado history, and how the Falcon volleyball squad has aided in the recovery.
This marks the seventh regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Kurtz, who was also recognized as the National Murrow Award winner for sports reporting in 2010 while at KKTV Channel 11 in Colorado Springs. Widely respected by his peers as a versatile broadcaster, Kurtz has also worked as a sideline reporter for NFL games and college basketball contests, and a color analyst for college football radio broadcasts. From 2007-2010, he served as a Top 25 voter for College Football's Harris Poll.
Kurtz joined the Mountain West in October 2012. As executive producer, Kurtz is responsible for supervising the creation of unique audio and visual content for the Conference's new digital network. In addition to serving as the network's primary anchor, Kurtz produces weekly news content and features on the Conference and its member institutions.
The RTDNA has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Murrow set as a standard for the profession of electronic journalism.
As a regional award winner, the Mountain West Network is automatically entered in the national Edward R. Murrow Awards competition, which will be judged in May. National awards will be presented at the New York Marriott Marquis in New York City on October 6.
A story on espn.com mentions Air Force and its testing of the helmet of the future. To check out the story, go to the link below.
As I reflected back on 60 years of history for our still-young Air Force Academy, I had to come to grips with the realization that I've been associated with the Academy in some capacity for 42 of those 60 years. It's hard to believe that it's been 52 years since I stepped off the bus from Denver and started a journey that no one could have imagined or explained. The early years of the Academy were tough because we were trying to build our own traditions and show those Army guys who helped forge our direction that we were just as tough or tougher and would find our own way.
The interesting constant during all of those 60 years is the cadets. We got the best the country could send back in the early years, and we're still getting the best the country can send us as we look to the future.
The academics were tough back then, but they're tougher now because we've brought so much more into the classroom and laboratory than in our day. The research opportunities were already there when I was a cadet, but we've pushed that to levels that will match major research universities today.
The Commandant is still "The Comm" and the cadets will always have a love-hate relationship with that military leader. Back in the "old brown shoe days", we pushed the Comm's tolerance on more than one occasion, moving airplanes, climbing flagpoles, painting airplanes red (our class color), and doing lots of other "Spirit Missions", but we tried not to embarrass the institution always took pride in the Academy. We partied hard when we could, since the drinking age was 18 and the whole Cadet Wing could party together. We might have been a little cynical here and there and complained about the same things cadets complain about today, but we stood tall and defended this institution against anyone who would disparage us.
Vietnam had a huge impact, and we found ourselves on the defensive more and more as the war became more and more unpopular. Yet we went proudly; we fought against a tough enemy that was trying to impart its Communist tyranny on most of Southeast Asia; we lost a lot of good friends who gave their all for their comrades-in-arms and the cause, but also built even stronger bonds with those friends and classmates. That same camaraderie is there today as we wind down from several decades of war in Southwest Asia, so that same constant, the great cadets and future officers, still makes this institution one of the greatest on earth.
Maybe the biggest change I've personally observed has been in the area of athletics. The Academy started off strong from the very beginning when it came to recognizing the impact of big time athletics as a way of gaining immediate credibility, not just in athletics. Army and Navy had both established themselves as powerful performers, particularly on the gridiron, and produced dozens of All-Americans and several Heisman Trophy winners. Our early success in football, to include an undefeated season in 1958, did much to put the new Air Force Academy before the American people and certainly helped us recruit future generations of cadets. We have one of the real long-standing traditions at the Academy in the form of the dreaded Physical Fitness Test, the PFT, and that actually gives us a great measure of the change in athletics and athleticism over the course of those 60 years. The PFT is basically the same test it was back then and is actually a little harder due to the change in number of pull-ups, push-ups, and sit-ups required to max the test. To put this in context, we had one member of my class, the Class of 1966, Tom Brandon, Col, USAF (Ret), achieve the max score of 500 on the test. The Class of 2014 has almost 100! This dramatic change in physical fitness is also evident among our almost 1000 intercollegiate athletes, who are breaking long-standing performance records in all sports. When we were cadets, no one ran around the Academy grounds to get or stay in shape. Very few of us lifted weights. Now, everyone runs around the Academy, and every sport has a strength and conditioning program. All of that contributes to a better-prepared, more self-confident, physically fit future officer.
It has often been said that the more things change, the more they stay the same. The only real constant here is the quality of the cadets we're bringing into the Academy. The Academy is still producing the best that America has a right to demand of its military leaders, and that level of excellence is far beyond where we were 60 years ago. I'm just glad I applied when I did, because I'm pretty sure that I couldn't get into the Academy today with the credentials I had back then. Happy 60th Birthday, Air Force Academy - here's to the next 60 years.
The following highlights are from 60 years of Air Force Academy history and were compiled by Steve Simon from Academy communications.
1 April 1954 -- President Eisenhower signs Public Law 325, Eighty-third Congress, Second Session, the legislation that establishes the Air Force Academy.
1 April 1958 -- The Department of Military History and Geography is renamed the Department of Geography.
1 April 1958 -- The Department of Astronautics is activated.
1 April 1959 -- The first Academy Assembly opens with 60 undergraduate representatives from 30 colleges. The theme was "International Stability and Progress" and Paul H.Nitze,an expert on military power and strategic arms who later served as Deputy Secretary of Defense,delivered the keynote address.
1 April 1964 -- The sixth annual Air Force Academy Assembly begins. Principal speakers include Secretary of the Air Force Eugene M. Zuckert and Mr. James E. Webb, Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
1 April 1974 -- The Air Force Academy Band is forced to reduce its size by 29 people, so the Drum and Bugle Corps is eliminated.
1 April 1979 -- CMSgt Ronald Miller becomes the Academy's fourth Cadet Wing Sergeant Major.
1 April 1993 -- The Senate Armed Services Committee proposes deactivating the three service academy bands. Three months later, the United States Air Force Academy Band is assigned to Air Force Space Command and designated as the Band of the Rockies.
1 April 2004 -- In conjunction with the Academy's 50th "birthday,"the Academy's Cadet Area is designated a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior. In addition, the U.S. Postal Service issues a commemorative 37-cent stamp featuring the Cadet Chapel.
1 April 2004 -- Lieutenant General Hubert R. Harmon is named "The Father of the U.S. Air Force Academy."
1 April 2004 -- The Friends of the Air Force Academy Library sponsors a gala in Doolittle Hall to celebrate the release of The Friends-sponsored DVD on the first 50 years of the Air Force Academy, Expect Great Things. On hand were more than 200 guests. Former Academy Superintendent Lieutenant General Brad Hosmer, Class of '59, introduced the showing of the DVD.
3 April 1892 -- Hubert R. Harmon, the "Father of the Air Force Academy" and its first Superintendent, is born in Chester, Pennsylvania.
3 April 1959 -- The Department of Aerodynamics announces that calibration had been started for the transonic wind tunnel; the tunnel was designed for pressure of 3000 pounds per square inch, allowing it to more closely simulate free flight conditions than most other tunnels of comparable size.
3 April 1963 -- The fifth annual Academy Assembly begins, with the theme "Secretary of State." Secretary of State Dean Rusk and General Ira C. Eaker attended the event.
4 April 1949 -- The Service Academy Board recommends the establishment of an air force academy.
4 April 1983 -- Karol Bobko, Class of '59, becomes the first Air Force Academy graduate in space, as pilot of the Challenger crew on mission STS-6. This was the Challenger's maiden flight.
4 April 2002 -- The Academy begins hosting the three-day Former Superintendents Conference. Four of the seven former superintendents attended the event, intended to provide the Superintendent with advice and opinions on key Academy issues, update the former superintendents on Academy issues and plans, and allow former superintendents to participate in Founders Day events.
5 April 2002 -- The Academy and the Association of Graduates present the first two Distinguished Graduate Awards. The first recipients are General (Retired) Ron Fogleman, Class of '63, and Mr. Harry Pearce, Class of '64.The award honors graduates "whose lifetime of achievement is of such significance as to set them apart from their contemporaries."
5 April 2008 -- Cadet Ryan Mudry, Class of '09, receives recognition for his research into an implant device for glaucoma treatment at the 45th International Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Bioengineering Symposium. Involved in research at the Academy's Life Sciences Research Center, he was the first undergraduate to receive the Program Chairman's Award for Excellence.
5 April 2010 -- Air Force Academy researcher Stefan Siegel forms Atargis, a wave-energy company launched from research in the Academy'sAeronautics Department.
6 April 1954 -- Secretary of the Air Force Harold E. Talbott establishes the Air Force Academy Site Selection Commission.
6 April 1954 -- The Department of the Air Force mails a form letter and questionnaire to all architectural firms that had expressed an interest in the academy project.
6 April 1967 -- A dedication ceremony isheld on the Terrazzofor the F-104 Starfighter, an aircraft retired from the flight test program at Edwards Air Force Base. The aircraft remained on the Terrazzo until replaced by the F-15 in 1994.
6 April 1999 -- The Academy instruction establishing the Distinguished Graduate Award is issued. The award honors a graduate "whose lifetime of achievement is of such significance as to set them apart from their contemporaries." It has been presented to two graduates annually since 2002.
6 April 2000 -- Air Force hosts the three-day National Collegiate Boxing Association National Championships. Twelve Air Force Academy boxers qualified for Nationals, and the team won the championship for the second consecutive year.
6 April 2008 -- First Lieutenant Prichard R. Keely, Class of '04, flies the mission for which he received the 2010 Colonel James Jabara Award for Airmanship. LieutenantKeely, leadWeapon Systems Officer of an F-15E two-ship, distinguished himself through his heroic actions supporting United States and Afghan National Army ground forces in the Nuristan province of Afghanistan.
7 April 1956 -- The baseball program plays its first game, a 15-9 loss to Colorado Mines at Lowry Air Force Base.
7 April 1964 -- The 1964 National AAU Platform Diving Championships are held at the Academy.
7 April 2003 -- After providing close-air support of ground troops in Baghdad, the A-10 flown by Captain Kim Campbell, Class of '97, is struck by a surface-to-air missile. Despite losing hydraulics, she was able to land safely in Kuwait. She received the Distinguished Flying Cross for the mission.
8 April 1987 -- Dr. David MacIsaac from Airpower Research Institute presents the 30th Harmon Lecture, "Leadership in the Old Air Force: A Post-Graduate Assignment."
8 April 1995 -- Former President George H. W. Bush is presented the 1994 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.
9 April 1964 -Headquarters Air Force approves the Academy'ssplit-curriculum concept, a program wherein each cadet would graduate with a major, the first in service academy history.
10 April 2000 -- Joe Scott is introduced as head coach of the men's basketball team. Scott installs the Princeton offense and returns the program to winning form, highlighted by the Mountain West Conference Championship in 2004.
10 April 2003 -- The Special Collections Branch of the Air Force Academy Library is renamed the Lieutenant General A. P. Clark Special Collections Branch.
11 April 1977--The Academy's Wings of Blue parachute team beats the Army's Golden Knights in team accuracy for the first time ever at the U.S. National meet.
13 April 1984 -- Academy officials notify local media of a major honor investigation. A Physics 411 exam had been compromised. The incident resulted in an extensive review of the honor code. The Superintendent, Lieutenant General Skip Scott,suspended the code and granted amnesty for a short period of time. One result was that the Cadet Wing voted to add the Honor Oath.
14 April 1962-Four cadets perform their first skydives, setting in motion a process that would result in the establishment of the Academy's Wings of Blue parachute team.
14 April 1994 -- Second Lieutenant Laura Piper, Class of '92, becomes the first female graduate to die in a combat zone. She was a passenger in a UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter on a diplomatic/humanitarian mission in the "No Fly" zone of northern Iraq that was shot down by two U.S. F-15C aircraft.Posthumously promoted to the grade of First Lieutenant, she was also the first female Academy graduate to receive the Purple Heart.
15 April 1965 -- The Academy hosts the first International Conference of Programming and Control.
15 April 1966 -- Vice President Hubert Humphrey begins a two-day visit to the Academy. He also visited the Academy in January 1970.
15 April 2009 -- Captain Chesley Sullenberger, Class of '73,is presented with the 2009 Colonel James Jabara Award for Airmanship during a Terrazzo Parade. He was recognized for landing US Airways flight 1549 on the Hudson River on 15 January 2009. He shared the 2009 Jabara Award with Captain Travis Burton, Class of '00.
16 April 1956 -- Architects present a full-size mockup of a cadet room to Air Force officials.
16 April 2009 -- The biography of Lieutenant General Hubert Harmon, Harmon: Airman, Officer, Father of the Air Force Academy by Phillip Meilinger, sponsored by The Friends of the Air Force Academy Library, is released.
17 April 2009 -- The General Hubert R. Harmon Memorial, a gift from the Class of '59 with support from the Air Training Officers and the Harmon family, is dedicated during '59's fifty-year reunion. Due to blizzard conditions, the dedication takes place in Arnold Hall, after which most attendees braved the elements to visit the site.
19 April 2012 -- The Academy Cyber Competition Team wins the 2012 NSA Cyber Defense Exercise. The cadet team not only defeated West Point, Annapolis and the Coast Guard Academy, but also scored higher than both teams from the Air Force Institute of Technology and one from the RoyalMilitary College of Canada.
19 April 2013 -- The AcademyCyber Competition Team wins the NSA interservice Cyber Defense Exercise forthe second year in a row.
20 April 2000 -- The Commandant of Cadets sponsors a Casual Day. This was the first (and last?) time cadets were allowed to wear civilian clothes to class. The casual day was to reward the Cadet Wing's outstanding performance during the semester and for its generosity in support of Wing Open Charities.
21 April 2003 -- Rhodes Scholar Bart Holaday, Class of '65, and his wife Lynn establish a scholarship to send cadets to Oxford University. The Holaday Scholarship, named in honor of his mother, is awarded annually to the top-ranking Academy graduate who competes for but does not win a Rhodes Scholarship.
22 April 1968 -- With construction complete, the final acceptance and transfer of the Field House is made.
22 April 1993 -- The Recycling Center is opened just outside the South Gate.
22 April 2009 -- Astronaut and former United States Senator John Glenn is presented the 2008 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.
22 April 2012 -- The Academy Cyber Competition Team places second in theNational Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.
23 April 1966 -- Captain Robert Blake, Class of '59, becomes the first graduate to shoot down an enemy aircraft in aerial combat. He destroyed a MiG-17 while flying an F-4C north of Hanoi.
23 April 1979 -- Former President Gerald R. Ford begins a four-day visit to the Academy, during which he teaches political science classes and addresses the entire Cadet Wing in the Field House as part of the Academy's 25-year commemorative activities. The topic of his address was "The Role of the Military Officer in our Government System."
24 April 1959 -- The Academy receives academic accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, becoming the only school ever accredited before graduating even one class.
25 April 1986 -- The Academy Department of History and the Rocky Mountain Regional World History Association co-sponsor a two- day teaching conference on "Africa in World History."
26 April 1976 -- CMSgt Joseph McBrearty becomes the Academy's third Cadet Wing Sergeant Major.
27 April 1995 -- Secretary of the Air Force Sheila Widnall and the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, General Ron Fogleman, Class of '63, announce that the resistance and escape components of the former SERE program were being discontinued, effective immediately.
27 April 2006 -- Music group Mannheim Steamroller performs at Arnold Hall.
28 April 1989 -- The Department of English hosts science fiction writer Ray Bradbury, author of such works as "The Martian Chronicles," "The Illustrated Man," "Fahrenheit 451" and "Something Wicked This Way Comes."
28 April 2005 -- Second Lieutenant Delavane Diaz, Class of '04, receives the 2004 Cadet of the Year award at a Pentagon ceremony. The Air Force-level award recognizes the most outstanding cadet in an Air Force commissioning program.
29 April 1945 -- Lieutenant Colonel Albert Patton Clark, who would serve as the Academy's Superintendent from 1970 to 1974, is liberated from the prisoner of war camp at Mooseburg in Bavaria, Germany. He had been shot down over France while flying a Spitfire and was imprisoned by the Germans in StalagLuft III. During his thirty-three months of imprisonment, he directed security activities in preparation for The Great Escape, an operation immortalized in the1963 movie starring Steve McQueen.
29 April 1955 -- The Superintendent, Lieutenant General Hubert Harmon, approves the proposed Academy curriculum comprised of 80 semesters hours in Social Sciences/Humanities, 63 2/3 in Sciences, and 9 5/6 in physical training/ navigation/military training.
29 April 1979 -- The Silver Anniversary Dinner and Ball takes place. Entertainer Arthur Godfrey emceed the Mitchell Hall dinner.
29 April 1985 -- Fred Gregory, Class of '64, becomes the first African-American to pilot the space shuttle, as a member of the Challenger crewon mission STS-51B.
29 April 1990 -- The Holocaust Torah Scroll is presented to the Air Force Academy Jewish Cadet Chapel for display as a memorial to the six million people who were murdered by the Nazis and as a thank you to the United States for our role in helping the Polish people escape the Nazis.
30 April 1975 -- The city of Saigon falls, marking the beginning of the end of the Vietnam War, a conflict that took the lives of 141 Academy graduates.
30 April 2004 -- The Colonel James Jabara statue is dedicated. The statue was sculpted by John Doubleday and is displayed near Arnold Hall.
30 April 2008 -- Officials with the Air Force Academy, developer Forest City-Hunt, and Colorado Springs cut the ribbon on several extensively renovated homes located in the Douglass Valley neighborhood.
Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting Station will air two programs this week
to commemorate the U.S. Air Force's Academy's 60th Anniversary. "Colorado
Experience" airs Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 7 p.m. This 30-minute
documentary covers the first 60 years of the Air Force Academy and features
interviews with Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson, Superintendent; Dr. Betsy
Muenger, USAFA Historian; and two current cadets. It also includes archival
photos and video footage. "Colorado State of Mind" airs Friday, April 4, at
7:30 p.m. and features Lt. Gen. Johnson's interview with show ExecutiveProducer/Host Cynthia Hessin.
The Air Force Academy is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. The list below contains historical things that have happened in the month of March in the Academy's history.
1 March 1962 -- The Thomas D. White Award is established by the Air Force Academy. The award, presented annually to a U.S. citizen who has contributed significantly to the national defense of the United States, is named in honor of Gen. Thomas Dresser White, former Air Force chief of staff.
1 March1996 -- Colonel Randy Spetman, Class of '76, becomes the first Air Force Academy graduate to serve as Director of Athletics.
1 March 2004 -- Air Force men's basketball defeats San Diego State 61-49 in Clune Arena to win its first Mountain West Conference title (and its first conference championship in any league).
1 March 2012 -- The Academy's National Resources Office is selected as the winner of the 2011 National Military Conservation Partner Award by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The award was created in 2004 and acknowledges a military installation for its outstanding accomplishment in promoting conservation on military lands.
2 March 1964 -- The Academy begins closed circuit television classes in mathematics for Academy military personnel and their dependents.
2 March 1965 -- First Lieutenant Hayden Lockhart, Class of '61, flying an F-100, is shot down and captured, becoming the first Air Force Academy graduate Prisoner of War.
2 March 1967 -- The Academy Office of Information issues a press release stating that the Cadet Honor Committee had completed hearings into honor violations originally reported on 24 February. The release reported that 46 cadets had resigned and left the Academy. After receiving criticism for secrecy after a 1965 honor incident, the Academy received praise for its openness this time.
2 March 1979 -- Ken Hatfield becomes the fourth head football coach in Air Force history. He hired Fisher DeBerry as his quarterback coach and later offensive coordinator, and the two of them instituted the option offense which allowed the team to have great success.
3 March 1964 -- President Lyndon Johnson signs Public Law 88-276, which authorizes both the Air Force Academy and West Point to expand to the Naval Academy's strength. The Air Force Cadet Wing soon expands from 2,529 to 4,417.
3 March 2012 -- Dave Pilipovich is named permanent head coach of the men's basketball team. He had served in an interim capacity for the previous month.
4 March 1949 - James Forrestal, the Secretary of Defense, establishes the Service Academy Board to study America's service academies and make recommendations.
4 March 1976 -- Captain Lance P. Sijan,Class of '65, becomes the first and so far only graduate to be awarded the Medal of Honor. President Gerald R. Fordpresented the award toCaptain Sijan's parents at a White House ceremony.
4 March 2004 -- Second Lieutenant Christopher Ayoub, Class of '03, receives the 2003 Cadet of the Year award at a Pentagon ceremony. The Air Force-level award recognizes the most outstanding cadet in an Air Force commissioning program. He is the first Air Force Academy graduate to win the award, which was established in 2000.