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    Penrose-St. Francis teams with Air Force

    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. 

    60th Anniversary of USAFA continues with August historical dates

     

    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.

    USAFA 60th Anniversary continues with July dates in history

      THIS DAY IN AIR FORCE ACADEMY HISTORY - JULY

    STEVEN A. SIMON, USAFA '77

    ACADEMY DEVELOPMENT AND ALUMNI PROGRAMS OFFICE

     

    1 July 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 and Merrill.

    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 1978 -- The Academy hosts the first National Sports Festival, sponsored by the U.S. Olympic Committee.  The event ran until 30 July.

    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 AFB to honor fallen former Falcon David Lyon with 5K

    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.

     

    To register for the event, please click on the link below:

    https://einvitations.afit.edu/inv/index.cfm?i=201709&k=0061430E7B5E

    Former Falcon great Chris Howard mentioned by NFF

    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.

    Great story in Gazette on volleyball player Emma Dridge

    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.

    http://gazette.com/qa-air-force-volleyball-player-emma-dridge-participates-in-mountain-west-meetings/article/1521380

    60th Anniversary of USAFA continues with June historical dates

     

    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 Foreign Languages is officially established an academic department.  In the first year, classes were taught in French, German, Russian and Spanish.

    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.

     

    Air Force Academy human performance lab mentioned in NYT story

    Vision Training to Boost Sports Performance
    By KATE MURPHY

    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."

     

    Fencer Madeleine Girardot saves local girl's life

     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:

    http://www.kktv.com/video?videoid=2853056

    And here is the link to the complete story done during the 10:00 pm show:

    http://www.kktv.com/video?videoid=2853057

    Series on USAFA's 60th anniversary continues with May

    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.

    MW Network honored for feature on VB Coach Matt McShane

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    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.

    Air Force testing helmet of the future

    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.

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    Happy 60th USAFA; reflections from Dr. Hans Mueh, AD

     

    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.

    USAFA 60th Anniversary continues with April highlights

    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.

    Special on 60th USAFA Anniversary to air locally

    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 Executive

    Producer/Host Cynthia Hessin.  

    AFA 60th Anniversary Celebration continues with March edition

    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.

    5 March 1976 -- The Comptroller General of the U.S. publishes its 98-page report on "Student Attrition at the Five Federal Service Academies."

    7 March 1960 -- The men's basketball team makes the Academy's first appearance in the NCAA basketball tournament, losing 69-63 to DePaul.  Only 25 teams made the tournament in those days.

    7 March 1986 -- The Air Force Academy Band opens for entertainer and impressionist Rich Little in Arnold Hall.

    7 March 1993 -- The Air Force Academy Band performs with guest conductor General Major Nikolaj Mikhailovich Mikhailov, Chief of Military Bands of the Russian Federation.

    8 March 1954 -- The U. S. Senatepasses a bill to establish anair force academy.

    8 March 1968 -- Captain Dale Noyd, fighter pilot and former Academy assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and Leadership, is convicted at a Cannon AFB court-martial for wilfully disobeying a lawful military order.  He had claimed conscientious objector status and refused to train student pilots for the Vietnam War.  He was sentenced to one year's confinement and dismissal.

    8 March 2004 -- Nick Welch, Class of '07, wins Mountain West Conference co-player of the year award.  Also, Air Force head coach Joe Scott was named coach of the year.

    8 March 2007 -- FalconSAT-3 is launched aboard an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, one of five deployed from the first -ever Secondary Payload Adapter Ring used with the current generationEvolved Expendable Launch Vehicles.

    8 March 2008  --  The Department of Astronautics celebrates its 50th anniversary as the world's first undergraduate astronautical engineering program.

    8 March 2010  --  Lieutenant General Albert Patton (A .P.) Clark, the sixth Air Force Academy superintendent and President of the Friends of the Air Force Academy Library, passes away.

    9 March 1954  --  Nathaniel Owings submits a formal request to Secretary of the Air Force Harold E. Talbott requesting that Skidmore Owings and Merrill (SOM) be considered as architects-engineers for the Academy.  SOM would eventually win the contract.

    9 March 1960  --  The second Air Force Academy Assembly begins.  General LaurisNorstad, Supreme Allied Commander Europe, is the keynote speaker.

    10 March 1992  --  Partial occupation of Doolittle Hall, the Association of Graduates building, takes place.

    10 March 1994 -- Captain Harold Waters, Class of '85, flies the mission for which he received the 1995 Colonel James Jabara Award for Airmanship.  Captain Waters recovered his RC-135 with 32 crewmembers aboard after catastrophic electrical failure occurred over the North Atlantic.

    10 March 2010 -- First Lieutenant Roni Yadlin, Class of '09, plays on the University of Oxford soccer team as the Blues beat Bedfordshire to win the British collegiate national championship.  Yadlin, who also played at Air Force, was at Oxford on a Holaday Scholarship, awarded annually to the top-ranking Academy graduate who competes for but does not win a Rhodes Scholarship.

    12 March 1962 -- The men's basketball team makes the Academy's second appearance in the NCAA basketball tournament, losing 68-66 to Texas Tech.  Only 25 teams made the tournament in those days.

    13 March 2000 -- Second Lieutenant Shawna (Ng-A-Qui) Kimbrell, Class of '98, the first female African-American fighter pilot in the Air Force, becomes qualified in the F-16.

    14 March 2004 -- The men's basketball team earns its first NCAA bid since 1962.

    15March 1996 -- The Friends of the Air Force Academy Library sponsors its second annual exhibit:  The Benjamin C. Steele Prisoner of War Art Exhibit.

    15 March 1997 - A major library exhibit opens to commemorate the receipt of the collections of the Former Prisoners of War of StalagLuft III.  The library has the largest collection of American POW manuscripts from StalagLuft III in the world.

    15 March 2007 -- Cadet First Class Eric Ehn, Class of '08, becomes the first service academy hockey player to be named a finalist for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, given to the best player in the country.   It is the hockey equivalent of college football's Heisman Trophy.  Two weeks later, he would berecognized as one of the top three intercollegiate hockey players in the nation by his inclusion on the Hobey Baker Hat Trick list.

    16 March 2006 -- The men's basketball team makes the Academy's fourth appearance in the NCAA basketball tournament, losing 78-69 to Illinois.

    17 March 1995 -- The Friends of the Air Force Academy Library sponsors its first annual exhibit:  "The Eagle Squadrons of World War II."

    17 March 2007 -- The Academy hockey team beats Army 6-1 to win the Atlantic Hockey Association championship and qualify for the 16-team NCAA hockey tournament.  The team was the first service academy hockey team to win a conference title and to play in the NCAA tournament.

    18 March 2004 -- The men's basketball team makes the Academy's third appearance in the NCAA basketball tournament, losing 63-52 to North Carolina.

    19 March 1966 -- Cadet First Class Pete Johnston, Class of '66, is killed in a parachuting accident at the Academy.

    19 March 1978 -- The Class of '81 hosts the Colorado Special Olympics for handicapped children.

    20 March1968 -- The Falcon Foundation donates the music for "Bring Me Men" to the Academy.The phrase is from the poem "The Coming American" written in 1894 by Sam Walter Foss.

    20 March 2012 -- The artificial turf glider landing strip at the airfield is unveiled.  The turf measures 1.41 million square feet, (430 feet wide and 3,000 feet long,the equivalent of 23 football fields).  It isthought to be the largest single installation of synthetic turf in the world.

    22 March 1961 -- The third Air Force Academy Assembly begins.  Dr. Arthur Schlesinger, Special Assistant to the President of the United States, is the keynote speaker.

    23 March 1954 -- Governor Dan Thornton signs Colorado General Assembly House Bill Number 5, which established a commission to work with federal agencies " . . . relative to the selection of a permanent location within the state for a United States Air Force Academy and to procure and convey real property selected or designated."

    24 March 2007 -- The Academy hockey team becomes the first service academy hockey team to play in the NCAA tournament, falling to #2 ranked Minnesota by the score of 4-3 at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

    25 March 1964 - Cadet First Class Jay Kelley, Class of '64, and Cadet Third Class Pete Johnston, Class of '66, take home the Air Force Academy's first collegiate gold medals in parachuting accuracy.

    27 March 1999 -- Major James Cardoso, Class of '88, flies the mission for which he received the 2000 Colonel James Jabara Award for Airmanship.  Major Cardozo flew his F-117 stealth fighter on a combat search and rescue mission over Serbia.

    27 March 2007 -- The Air Force men's basketball plays in the semi-finals of the National Invitational Tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York City, losing 68-67 to Clemson.

    27 March 2009 -- The Academy hockey team wins its first-ever NCAA tournament game with a 2-0 win over #3 ranked Michigan.  The next day, the team would fall in double overtime to #10 ranked Vermont.  The "Elite Eight" finish is the best in Academy history.

    27 March 2011 -- Captain Christopher D. McConnell, Class of '05, flies the mission for which he received the 2013 Colonel James Jabara Award for Airmanship.  His heroic actions occurred during a 21+ hour Operation ODYSSEY DAWN mission supporting the Libyan rebels that marked the first time B-1s had launched on a combat mission from the continental United States in order to strike enemy targets.

    28 March 2003 -- The phrase "Bring Me Men" is removed from its spot over the battle ramp.  The phrase is from the poem "The Coming American" written in 1894 by Sam Walter Foss.  In September 2004, the words would be replaced by the Core Values ("Integrity First, Service Before Self, Excellence in All We Do").

    28 March 2007 -- Cadet First Class Eric Ehn, Class of '08, is recognized as one of the top three intercollegiate hockey players in the nation by his inclusion on the Hobey Baker Hat Trick list.

    28 March 2008 -- The Academy hockey team, winner of its second consecutive Atlantic Hockey Association championship and second straight trip to the NCAA hockey tournament, falls 3-2 in overtime to #2 ranked Miami.

    29 March 1954 -- The House and Senate convene a conference committee to resolve differences in legislation to establish an air force academy.  Final approval is given on the same day.

    29 March 1959 -- Donations were taken at all Air Force Base Chapels around the world. Collection proceeds from this Easter Sunday were used to fund the liturgical fittings and the organs in the Air Force Academy Chapel.

    31 March 2012 -- Cadet Second Class Craig Nowadly, Class of '13, receives the Frank G. Brooks Award for outstanding research paper presentation at the regional TriBeta National Biological Honor Society.  He won the award for research he performed at the Academy's Life Sciences Research Center.

    Air Force Cadet-Athletes sponsoring blood drive

    The Air Force Academy Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is sponsoring a blood drive on Thursday, Feb. 20, in the Arnold Hall Ballroom from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. A valid driver's license is required and walk-ins are welcome. For more information you can contact the blood bank direction at 719-776-5822 or Sierra Suhajda at 719-333-6452.

    USAFA 60th Anniversary continues in February

    In commemoration of the Academy's 60th anniversary, the Academy Spirit will run a weekly feature throughout 2014. In each edition, we will highlight Academy events, milestones, and accomplishments that took place during the current week in history. This will include achievements by Air Force Academy graduates, as well as a few historic events that helped shape the Academy. The information has been compiled by Steve Simon, USAFA public affairs.

    1 February 1990 --The Academy's cadet chorale performs for President George Bush and members of Congress.

    3 February 1995 --Eileen Collins, former Air Force Academy  math assistant professorand T-41 instructor pilot, becomes the first femaleastronaut to pilot the space shuttle, as a member of the Discovery crewon mission STS-63.

    3 February 1999 -- Winds measured at up to 84 miles per hour strike the Academy, breaking windows, uprooting trees, and forcing the cancellation of flying operations.

    4 February 2008 -- Randy Spetman, Class of '76, is hired by Florida State University as its Director of Athletics. He had previously been director of athletics at the Academy and Utah State.

    5 February 1980 -- The Academy Board approves a test Stop-Out program for third classmen.  The program was indented to help reduce attrition. Participants resigned and were in a non-pay status for a one-year period. The program was discontinued in January 1993.

    5 February 2006 -- Bryce Fisher, Class of '99, plays in the NFL's Super Bowl XL for the Seattle Seahawks, who lost to Pittsburgh, 21-10.  He was the second Air Force Academy graduate to play in a Super Bowl, following Chad Hennings, Class of '88.

    6 February 1957 -- The men's basketball team defeats Colorado College 104-53, reaching the 100-point mark for the first time in school history.

    6 February 1978 -- More than 1,000 cadets are seen on sick call suffering from A/USSR/77 influenza.  Classes were cancelled for three days.

    6 February 1991 -- Flying an A-10, Captain Robert Swain, Class of '79, shoots down an Iraqi Bo 105C helicopter during combat operations over Iraq.  This is the first A-10 kill.  The aircraft Swain flew when recording his kill has been on display at the Academy, near the airfield, since 2002.

    6 February 2005 -- The Air Force Academy's Cadet Chorale teams up with the Naval Academy Glee Club, West Point Choir, and the Coast Guard Academy to perform the national anthem at Super Bowl XXXIX in Jacksonville, Florida. This was the first time the four academies had performed together since former President Richard Nixon's 1973 inauguration ceremony.

    6 February 2012 -- President Barack Obama nominates Janet Wolfenbarger, Class of '80, for promotion to General, which upon Senate confirmation made her the Air Force's first female four-star general. She received her third star in December 2009 and became the Air Force's highest ranking woman in January 2010.

    7 February 1966 -- The first contract in the $40 million expansion program is awarded to construct the new dormitory (which would become Sijan Hall in 1976), to accommodate the increase in the size of the Cadet Wing to 4,417 cadets.

    7 February 1997 -- Space for the Band of the Rockies is completed at Peterson Air Force Base.  In 1993, the United States Air Force Academy Band had been administratively moved to Air Force Space Command and renamed the Band of the Rockies, but continued to support the Academy.  The Academy regained administrative control of the Band in 2003

    7 February 2003 -- H.T. Johnson, Class of '59, is directed by President George W. Bush to assume the duties of Acting Secretary of the Navy.

    8 February 2012 -- Dave Pilipovich is announced as the men's basketball team's head coach for the remainder of the season.  One month later, he is given the job permanently.

    9 February 2006 -- The Air Force releases a revised version of its religious guidelines, its latest step in a process started after a review at the Academy indicated a need for additional direction.

    11 February 2004 -- Legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden speaks at the Academy as part of the National Character and Leadership Symposium.

    11 February 2012 -- The Air Force men's basketball program conducts a banner unveiling ceremony at halftime of its game versus Boise State. The banners honored two of the program's all-time greats, Bob Beckel, Class of '59, and Cliff Parsons, Class of'69. Incidentally, both players wore jersey number 34.

    12 February 1973 -- The release of Prisoners of War from southeast Asia begins in Hanoi, including several Air Force Academy graduates. Operation Homecoming continues until 29 March 1973, when all 591 American prisoners had been released and returned to the United States.

    13 February 1989 -- KAFA, the cadet radio station, returns to the air after a long absence.

    13 February 1980 -- Captain Steve Simon, Class of '77, a member of the Lake Placid Olympic Winter Games Torch Relay Team, participates in the Lake Placid Olympics Opening Ceremonies. He represented Wyoming (where he was stationed) as one of only 52 runners selected to carry the torch on the 1,000-mile relay and take part in all ceremonies during the Games.

    15 February 1961 -- The crash of a Boeing 707 in Brussels takes the lives of 73 persons, including the entire U.S. Figure Skating Team. Cadet Fourth Class William Hickox, Class of '64, and his sister Laurie were among those killed. They were en route to the World Figure Skating Championships in Prague, where they were to have competed in the pairs competition.

    16 February 2002 -- Legendary blues performer B.B. King plays a concert at Arnold Hall.

    16 February 2006 -- Vice Superintendent, Irv Halter, Class of '77, pins on his second star, making him the only Major General Vice Superintendent in service academy history.

    17 February 2004 -- Janet Therianos, Class of '80, isnominated for promotion to the grade of brigadier general, making her the first female Air Force Academy graduate selected for promotiontoflag officer rank.

    17 February 2004 -- Construction begins on the Cadet Area protective perimeter fence. It is the first phase of the plan to install approximately 8,000 feet of fencing in response to the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks and the heightened security that followed.

    18 February 1954 -- The Senate Armed Services Committee begins hearings on a bill to establish an air force academy.

    20 February 2005 -- The Academy's Cadet Chorale sings the national anthem at the National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Star Game in Denver.

    20 February 2005 -- Fred Gregory, Class of '64, begins serving as Acting NASA Administrator. He served as NASA Deputy Administrator from 12 August 2002 until 4 November 2005 and was the first African-American Deputy Administrator.

    21 February 1981 -- Brigadier General Robert D. Beckel, Class of '59, becomes the first Air Force Academy graduate to serve as Commandant of Cadets.

    22 February 1957 -- General Hubert R. Harmon, first Academy Superintendent, passes away.

    22 February 1958 -- The first death of a member of the Cadet Wing occurs when Richard Davis, Class of '60, is killed in a private aircraft accident near Denver.

    22 February 2013 -- Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe becomes the first recipient of the Air Force Academy's Character and Leadership Award. The award is given to a U.S. citizen whose life, professional career and community service exemplify the finest examples of exemplary character and leadership in public service.

    23 February 1943 -- A U.S. Army Air Force C49J crashes on Blodgett Peak, west of the current Academy site.

    24 February 2009 -- Stubbs, the beloved 46-year-old horse who had been at the Academy Equestrian Center since 1980, passes away. A perfect employee, he worked six days a week, never took a vacation and never filed a complaint of any sort, Center Manager Billy Jack Barrett said of him.

    25 February 1988 -- A then-record crowd of 6,355 spectators at the Academy's Clune Arena watches the men's basketball team's 76-62 loss to Brigham Young.

    25 February 1999 -- The Exemplar Program begins, as the Class of 2000 chooses General Jimmy Doolittle as its exemplar and dedicates a Doolittle exhibit. The program provides each class with a role model to emulate.

    26 February 2013 -- Dr. Thomas Yechout, a professor of aeronautics, receives a patent for his design of angled wing tips for aircraft, known as rakelets. The new design promises to increase fuel efficiency.

    28 February 1979 -- Head Football Coach Bill Parcells makes the surprise announcement that he had resigned to accept a job as an assistant coach for the New York Giants of the National Football League.  He would go on to win two Super Bowls as a head coach at the professional level, both with the Giants.

    29 February 2012 - The Pacific Lutheran University Board of Regents meets to name Tom Krise, Class of '83, as its 13th president. Krise would become President effective 1 June 2012.

    Air Force Academy 60th Anniversary countdown begins

      In commemoration of the Academy's 60th anniversary, the following are taken from a list of significant events in the history of Air Force athletics. The information has been compiled by Steve Simon of the Academy's communications area.

    1 January 1956  --  Buck Shaw is hired as the Academy's first football head coach.  He coached at Air Force for two seasons.He also coached in the NFL. He was the San Francisco 49rers first head coach, and also coached the Philadelphia Eagles. The Director of Athletics, Colonel Robert V. Whitlow, coached the Air Force team during the inaugural 1955 season.

    1 January 1959  -- The football team caps an undefeated season with a 0-0- tie against heavily favored Texas Christian University in the Cotton Bowl (when there were only four bowl games).

    1 January 1971  --  The football team loses 34-13 to Tennessee in the Sugar Bowl, the Academy's third trip to a bowl game. The Air Force Academy Band was also featured at the game.

    1 January 1978  --  Bill Parcells begins his tenure as Air Force Academy head football coach.  He left after one season, and went on to win two Super Bowls in 19 years as a head coach in the NFL.

    7 January 1956  -- The Academy fencing team is formed, under the direction of coach Caption Richard Bowman.

    9 January 1986  -- Air Force football coach Fisher DeBerry is named the major college football coach of the year by the American Football Coaches Association..  He had led the team to a 12-1 record and a number fiveranking in the United Press post-season national poll, an Academy record high finish.

    10 January 1968  -- The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) passes a rule authorizing freshmen to compete in all intercollegiate varsity sporting events with the exception of football and basketball. The Academy makes these changes to its programs.

    13 January 1968  -- The Air Force basketball team plays Navy for the first time, beating the Midshipmen 98-88 in Annapolis.

    17 January 2004  -- Jeff Heidmous, Class of '77, is inducted into the National Water Polo Hall of Fame in St. Louis.  Heidmous played water polo at the Academy and is currently the head coach.

    29 January 1971  -- Ernie Jennings, Class of '71, is chosen in the 10th round of the NFL draft by San Francisco 49ers. Jennings, a consensus All-American considered the best wide receiver in Academy history.

    31 January 1993  -- Chad Hennings, Class of '88, wins the first of his three Super Bowl Championship rings with the Dallas Cowboys.

    Mountain West Images of the Year on conference website

    The Mountain West Conference has posted Images of the Year on the conference website instagram page at http://instagram.com/mountainwestconference. The images were provided by Clarkson Creative/NCAA Photos.

     

    Football, baseball star Baska part of winter graduation

     The Air Force Academy adds five new graduates to the Air Force on Wednesday morning at this fall semester's graduation and commissioning ceremony. David Baska, a football and baseball lettermen, will graduate with a B.S. in humanities and report to Vanderberg AFB, Calif., to serve as a space operations officer before going into acquisitions. 

    Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson, Academy Superintendent, will be the guest speaker for the ceremony. The general will present the diplomas to the new graduates, along with Brig. Gen. Andrew Armacost, dean of the faculty.  After receiving their diplomas, the Academy's newest graduates will swear the oath of office and each will have family members pin on their new rank. These five new lieutenants bring the Air Force Academy's total number of graduates to 46,045 since the first graduating class, which was the Class of 1959. 

    Football photo among best images in 2013

    Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun leading the team out of the tunnel for a game this season was one of the images included in the 2013 Photos of the Year by Airman Magazine. To view the images, click on the link below.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/airmanmagazine/sets/72157638517123276/

    Academy to expand Athletic Hall of Fame to include teams

    The Air Force Academy inducted its fourth class into the Athletic Hall of Fame this past spring (May 11). What a night, as legendary football coach Fisher DeBerry highlighted the class of 2013. He was joined by swimmers Karen Burton (Reeder) and Patty Martinez (Gillette), four-sport (football, basketball, baseball, track and field) letterman Parke Hinman, Eric Mack (track and field) and Carlton McDonald (football).

     

    The Athletic Hall of Fame honors former intercollegiate athletes for significant achievements and contributions to their sports as cadets, as well as their achievements as leaders of character for the Air Force, the Department of Defense and the nation. Former athletic administrators, coaches and support staff may also be honored for extraordinary achievements. All of the inductees are honored with a plaque on the "Walk of Honor" in the Falcon Athletic Center Hall of Excellence.

     

    With the next induction class in the spring of 2015, the Academy will begin to include teams. The criteria for a team is an exceptional accomplishment at the conference or national level, significant impact and/or brought special recognition to Falcon athletics, set school/regional/national records , won conference/regional/national championships or won an NCAA statistical championship. A complete list of criteria for teams and individuals is listed below.

     

    The athletic department and the Hall of Fame committee members welcome input from the graduate community as we move forward to the next induction. Graduates are welcome to send nominees and any supporting data or letters of support for individuals and teams to Troy Garnhart in the athletic communications office:

     

    Department of Athletics

    Athletic Information/Communications

    2168 Field House Dr., USAF Academy, CO 80840

    Phone: 719-333-9263

    Email: troy.garnhart@usafa.edu

     

     Selection Criteria for USAFA Athletic Hall of Fame

    (Must meet one or more criteria)  

    Selection criteria for athletes:

    General officer; astronaut who earned a varsity letter

    All-American in their respective sport

    National champion

    Academic hall of fame recipient

    Athletic achievement, varsity letter winner who played professionally, Olympian and members of the World Class Athlete Program

    NCAA statistical champion

    National academic honoree

    Conference player of the year

    Letterwinner in four or more different sports

    Academy, conference or national record holder

     

    Selection criteria for coaches

    Career record, national titles, conference coach of the year

    National top 20 rankings

    National achievement such as coach of the year, president of national coaches association

    Number of conference and/or national championship individuals

    Number of Olympians and/or World, American or NCAA/AIAW record setters

    Number of All-Americans

    Length of distinguished service

     

    Selection criteria for athletic administrators/staff

    Direction of the overall program during their time

    Facility development; programs started and/or developed

    National achievements and involvement and conference service

    Length of distinguished service

     

    Selection criteria for teams

    Exceptional accomplishment at the conference or national level

    Significant impact and/or brought special recognition to Falcon athletics

    School/regional/national records

    Conference/regional/national championships

    NCAA statistical champion

     

    USAFA Athletics Hall of Fame Committee

    The selection committee is comprised of the director of athletics, vice athletics director, senior woman administrator, deputy athletics director, senior associate athletic director, chief executive officer of the Air Force Athletics Corporation, a team officer representative from the dean of faculty with more than five years experience, a senior officer representative from the commandant of cadets and the NCAA faculty representative. The president of the Association of Graduates (AOG) or his or her designated representative may serve as an advisor to the committee, but does not render a vote.

     

    AIR FORCE ACADEMY HALL OF FAME CLASSES

    2013

    Karen Burton (Reeder), class of 1984, Swimming, 16-time NCAA Division II All-American

    Fisher DeBerry, Coach, head football coach, 1984-06

    Parke Hinman, class of 1964, Basketball, Football, Baseball and Track, first four-sport lettermen at the Academy

    Eric Mack, class of 1996, Track, six-time conference champion and three-time All-American

    Patty Martinez (Gillette), class of 1983, Swimming, six-time NCAA Division II individual national champion

    Carlton McDonald, class of 1993, Football, consensus All-American in 1992 and Thorpe Award runner-up

     

    2011

    Jim Conboy, Athletic Administration, head athletic trainer, 1955-98

    Gail Conway (Gray), class of 1984, Track, two-time national champion

    Chuck Delich, class of 1977, Ice Hockey, school's all-time leading scorer

    Bob Nieman, class of 1970, Swimming, two-time All-American

    Scott Thomas, class of 1986, Football, consensus All-American in 1985

     

    2009

    Jim Bowman, Athletic Administration, former coach and administrator, 1958-2007

    Callie Calhoun (Molloy), class of 1991, Track, multiple All-American and national champion

    Dee Dowis, class of 1990, Football, 1989 Heisman Trophy finalist

    Ernie Jennings, class of 1971, Football, 1970 consensus football All-American

    Terry Isaacson, class of 1964, Wrestling/Football, three-time wrestling All-American

    Ben Martin, Coach, head football coach, 1958-77

     

    2007

    Alonzo Babers, class of 1983, Track, 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist, All-American in track in 1983

    Bob Beckel, class of 1959, Men's Basketball, 1959 Helms All-American

    John Clune, Athletics Administration, Director of Athletics, 1975-91

    Chad Hennings, class of 1988, Football, 1987 consensus football All-American and Outland Trophy winner

    Michelle Johnson, class of 1981, Women's Basketball, 1995 CoSIDA Academic All-American

    Brock Strom, class of 1959, Football, 1958 consensus All-American

     

     

    Root Sports to become MW regional television partner

    DIRECTV Sports Networks and the Mountain West Conference have entered into a multi-year agreement, making DIRECTV Sports, and its ROOT SPORTS-branded regional sports network, the regional TV home of Mountain West football and men's basketball.

    ROOT SPORTS Rocky Mountain will annually produce and televise approximately 10 football games featuring Mountain West teams, and a minimum of 25 MW intra-conference and non-conference men's basketball games, beginning with the 2013-2014 season. All events will be produced and distributed in high definition.

    "We are pleased to partner with the Mountain West Conference to bring these games to fans throughout the region," said Patrick Crumb, President of DIRECTV Sports Networks. "The Mountain West offers competitive, compelling match-ups, and we look forward to providing a platform to showcase the conference and its teams."

    "Our entire ROOT SPORTS Rocky Mountain team is excited to be the regional home of the Mountain West Conference," said David Woodman, General Manager of ROOT SPORTS Rocky Mountain. "With many member institutions located within our network's footprint, these games will be a great addition to our collegiate sports programming for years to come."

    "This unique partnership will provide enhanced coverage and promotion for the entire MW membership," said Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson. "ROOT SPORTS Rocky Mountain is an important component in an innovative, multi-platform exposure plan for the future of the league."

     

    About ROOT SPORTS™ Rocky Mountain Region

    ROOT SPORTS™ is the home of the Colorado Rockies, Utah Jazz, Mountain West, Big Sky Conference and University of Denver. The network reaches 2.5 million households across nine states and delivers more than 350 live events each year - all of which are available in high definition.

    ROOT SPORTS™ is owned and operated by DIRECTV Sports Networks LLC, which operates regional sports networks in the Northwest, Pittsburgh and Rocky Mountain regions. The three networks combined reach 8.9 million households across 18 states and own exclusive programming and distribution partnerships with more than 20 teams and conferences. DIRECTV Sports Networks is a controlled subsidiary of DIRECTV, the world's most popular television service.

     

    About the Mountain West Conference

    From its inception in 1999, the Mountain West has been committed to excellence in intercollegiate athletics, while promoting the academic missions of its member institutions. Progressive in its approach, the Mountain West continues to cultivate opportunities for student-athletes to compete at the highest level, while fostering

    academic achievement and sportsmanship. With the addition of San Jose State University and Utah State University on July 1, 2013, the MW will be comprised of 11 all-sport members and 12 football-playing institutions. Currently, the Mountain West membership includes: the United States Air Force Academy, Boise State University, Colorado State University, Fresno State, University of Hawai`i (football only), University of Nevada, University of New Mexico, San Diego State University, UNLV and University of Wyoming.

    Warrior Games Finals in volleyball and basketball to be video streamed

    Falcon Vision, working with ESPN3 and the Olympic Training Center will be video streaming the two event finals in Clune Arena tonight. The sitting volleyball is at 6:30 p.m. followed by the Wheelchair basketball at 8:30 p.m. The link below will take you to the broadcast. Once you click the link, you select the event on the right side menu. 

    http://espn.go.com/watchespn/index

     

     

    Former Air Force SID Hal Bateman passes away

     
    Veteran T&F Expert Hal Bateman passes  

    Hal Bateman, an authority on world track and field for more than fifty years, died April 10 in Corpus Christi, Texas, following a brief illness. He was 81.

    "I never met anyone who knew more about the sport than Hal Bateman," said Ollan Cassell, a 1964 Olympic gold medalist who served as American track and field's chief executive from 1966 to 1997. "He was an outstanding writer, researcher and story-teller, and a great friend."

    Jim Dunaway, editor of American Track & Field Magazine, echoed Cassell's sentiments. "Whenever someone asked me a question about the sport I couldn't answer, I'd call Hal," Dunaway said. "If he didn't know the answer right away, he'd say, 'I'll get back to you in an hour.' And he always did."

    Born Nov. 28, 1931, on Staten Island, N.Y., Harold Bateman was a 1949 graduate of Middle Township High School in Cape May Court House, N.J. He attended Rutgers University and, following two years in the U.S. Army, earned a degree in journalism from Michigan State University. He competed in track and cross country during his high school and college years.

    Bateman was a sportswriter for the Chicago Tribune and United Press International's Chicago Bureau before becoming the managing editor of Track & Field News in 1960. That summer he covered the Olympic Games in Rome. During three-plus years at T&FN he reorganized the magazine's editorial side, recruiting a number of new American contributors and increasing the use of action photography.

    From 1963 to 1969 Bateman was the sports information director at Western Michigan University. He was the SID at the U.S. Air Force Academy from 1969 to 1984 and in 1974-1975 he served as president of the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA).

    While in Colorado Springs, Bateman did volunteer work for the U.S. Olympic Committee. He served as a USOC press officer at eight National Sports Festivals and at the Olympic Games in 1984 in Los Angeles and in 1988 in Seoul.

    In 1982 Bateman began a two-decade relationship with Indianapolis-based USA Track & Field (then known as The Athletics Congress/USA), the sport's American governing body. He was a general partner with End of the Line Race Consulting in Coronado, Calif., when Ollan Cassell hired him in 1986.

    Bateman served as USATF's director of promotions for the inaugural World Indoor Athletics Championships, held in Indianapolis in 1987. Remaining with USATF as an associate director of media information, he served as the organization's historian, edited media guides, and headed special statistical projects. He was in charge of field operations at numerous U.S. indoor, outdoor and collegiate championships from 1983 through 1995.

    Bateman served as U.S. team press officer at track events around the globe, including the 1985 USA-USSR-Japan meet in Tokyo; the 1985 World Cup in Canberra; the 1987 World Championships in Rome; the 1989 World Cup in Barcelona; and the 1994 World Cup in London.

    After leaving USATF in 2002, Bateman relocated to Corpus Christi and continued to work on track and field statistical projects. He belonged to the Association of Track and Field Statisticians (ATFS), the Federation of American Statisticians of Track (FAST), and Track and Field Writers of America (TAFWA). He was a member of the CoSIDA Hall of Fame's Class of 1982.

    Bateman is survived by his wife, Carol, and a daughter, Karen Corvington of Akron, Ohio. He was preceded in death by a son, Keith. /by Pete Cava/

     

    Mountain West features dual-sport star David Baska

    The Mountain West Digital Network has just posted an interview with Air Force baseball and football player David Baska to the Conference website at http://www.themwc.com/allaccess/index.html?media=385215. This footage can be played directly on the index and baseball pages of TheMWC.com. It can also can be found on the MW's YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlyQ4l2zmvQ&feature=youtu.be and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=849086686549&saved and we have also tweeted a link to this video to our followers at @TheMWCOlySports

     

    This week in Air Force athletics

    Men's Basketball - Air Force men's basketball enters another important stretch in the Mountain West conference this week with two of the league's upper tier teams coming to Clune Arena and a chance to make up ground in the standings.  A talented UNLV team comes calling tomorrow night, boasting a lineup that features Freshman phenom and  projected NBA lottery pick Anthony Bennett along with All-Conference performer and another future pro, Mike Moser.  Air Force currently sits deadlocked with the Rebels in fourth place in the conference. The last time the two teams met was just one month ago in an overtime thriller that saw the Falcons relinquished a late lead to falter down the stretch.  Tickets are still available for the UNLV game for as low as $9 by clicking here.  The first 100 fans in attendance will receive a free meal card from Qdoba.  This Wednesday will also be Military Appreciation Night at Clune Arena which means $5 upper level tickets for all Military personnel and accompanying guests.  If you are an active or retired serviceman or woman you are eligible for the discount and can take advantage of the $5 offer by clicking here or contacting the AFA ticket office at 472-1895.  $5 tickets will also be available on game night by presenting a valid military i.d. at the Clune Arena box office.  Tip-off is set for 7 pm.

    On Saturday, the Falcons will welcome in another of the MWC's elite when #24 Colorado State visits the Springs.  The Rams have reeled off four straight and currently reside just a half game back of first place in the league.  CSU is just two games up on Air Force, providing a golden opportunity for the Falcons to continue their climb in the conference.  Tickets are still available for this Saturday's 2 pm tip.  To reserve your seats visit the ticket page on goairforcefalcons.com or contact the AFA ticket office at 472-195.  Upper level admission starts at just $9.  Scout Day tickets are also available for just $5 for all boy scouts and girl scouts and family members.  For more information about Scout Day tickets please contact the AFA ticket office at 472-1895.  The first 500 fans in attendance will receive a free foam Lightning Bolt at the gate courtesy of the Gazette. 

     

    Hockey vs. Canisius - Friday, February 15th and Saturday, February 16th - Lightning tickets are available for a special discount that allows fans admission to the game and $5 in bonus cash to spend at the concession stand.  Lightning tickets are just $10 on both nights.  Click here for more information.  The first 400 fans in attendance on Friday will also receive a commemorative foam lightning bolt at the gate.

     

    Coach Pilipovich Show Presented by People's Bank - Live at Back East Bar and Grill - Thursday, February 14th - Catch up with Coach P and host Jim Arthur for your weekly Falcon men's basketball update.  Enjoy an hour of hoops talk and great food and drink specials after work this Thursday.  The show begins at it's regularly scheduled time of 6:30 pm.

    Boxing - Wing Open Quarterfinals - Thursday, February 14th @ 4:30pm - The long road to the Wing Open Finals continues this Thursday when boxing hopefuls square off in the always competitive quarterfinal round of Wing Open bouts at the Cadet Gymnasium.  Admission is free.


    AIR FORCE FOOTBALL SEASON TICKET DEPOSITS NOW BEING ACCEPTED - The Falcon football team will add a bonus home game to their schedule in 2013 meaning extra football and added value for Air Force season ticket holders this upcoming fall!  The 7 game home schedule includes an October showdown with Notre Dame, and the annual service academy battle with Army on the first weekend of November.  To lock in your seats for the 2013 season and take advantage of this early offer, click here.  



    This week in Air Force athletics

    Women's Basketball vs. Colorado State - Wednesday, January 16th - 1,2,3 Night at Clune Arena.  Fans can take advantage of a special concessions and ticket promotion for the game that offers $1 drinks, $2 hot dogs and $3 tickets.  Purchase your tickets at the Clune Arena box office on game night.

     

    Coach Pilipovich Show Presented by People's Bank - Live at Back East Bar and Grill - Thursday, January 17th - Join Falcon fans at Back East Bar and Grill as Coach P talks Air Force men's basketball with host Jim Arthur this Thursday @ 6:30 pm.  Stop by after work, grab a few drinks and bite to eat while catching up on everything going on with the Falcons as they continue Mountain West play.

     

    Boxing Friday Night Fights - Friday, January 18th - The Friday Night Fight series continues this week with a full round of bouts from the Cadet Gymnasium.  Competition starts at 4:30 pm.  Admission is free.

    Men's and Women's Swimming vs. UND/Seattle/Wyoming - Friday, January 18th and Saturday, January 19th - Enjoy a full weekend of competition from the Cadet Natatorium as the Falcon men's and women's teams host a trio of Division I opponents.  The event gets started this Friday at 6 pm and continues at 11 am on Saturday.  The first 200 fans to arrive at Saturday's meet will receive a free Air Force swimming t-shirt at the gate.  Admission is free to both events.

    Men's Gymnastics vs. Army - Saturday, January 19th - Join Falcon fans for one of the biggest rivalries in college gymnastics when Army visits the Cadet Gymnasium this Saturday, January 19th at 1 pm.  Admission is free and open to the public.

    Annual Men's Basketball Cheer Clinic - Saturday, February 2nd - The annual men's basketball cheer clinic will take place on Saturday, February 2nd at Clune Arena prior to the Air Force vs. San Diego State men's basketball game.  The clinic will be held in the Cadet field house beginning at 10 am and will include 2 hours of instruction from the Air Force cheer and dance team and coaches.  Participants will also receive a commemorative clinic t-shirt, a ticket to the game and the chance to perform at halftime.  Registration is only $25 and is open now.  To sign up your young Falcon fan click here.  For more questions contact Head Cheer Coach Laura Hutcheon at laura.hutcheon.ctr@usafa.edu.

    Salute to the troops by Mountain West Conference

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    This week in Air Force athletics

    FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS - FOOTBALL PLAYS A RARE FRIDAY NIGHT GAME THIS WEEK VS. NEVADA
    With last Saturday's 28-23 win over New Mexico, Air Force football has quietly accumulated three consecutive conference victories and stands within striking distance of Boise State for the top spot in the league.  At 3-1 in MWC play the Falcons are gridlocked in a four-way tie for second place in the standings.  Incoming Nevada (6-2, 3-1) is one of the teams that Air Force hopes to break away from and looks to make ground in that department this Friday.  The meeting will be the first ever between the schools.  Tickets are available for just $5 in the overlook section of Falcon Stadium and four packs can be purchased for just $60 in any section with an additional voucher for $20 in concessions.  Click Here for more information.

     

    Coach Calhoun Show
    Join Coach Calhoun and Jim Arthur at Back East Bar and Grill this Thursday, October 25th for the weekly People's Bank Coaches Show broadcast live at 6:30 pm.  Stop by after work for great food and drink and get insight on this Saturday's game vs. Nevada.

    This Week's Football Luncheon Moved to Thursday - Catered by Noodles & Company
    Falcon fans are invited to a pre-game lunch at the Falcon Stadium press box this Thursday, October 25th to get fired up for the Nevada game on Friday.  The menu includes Pasta Fresca, Japanese Pan Noodles, Caesar Salad, Rice Krispies and cookies.  Lunch is only $10 per plate and includes a program with door prizes and preview of this Friday's game with Coach Calhoun.

    Men's Water Polo Big Home Stand This Weekend - The Air Force men's water polo teams will host a pair of  West Coast Teams this weekend for a full slate of competition.  The Falcons will open up in the water polo pool vs. Cal Baptist on Friday @ 6 pm.  On Saturday Air Force will be back in action early with a 9 am match vs. Fresno Pacific then again at 7 pm vs. Cal Baptist.  Air Force will turn around and play on Sunday to end the weekend vs. Fresno Pacific @ 1 pm.

     

    Wrestling Blue/Silver Scrimmage - Wednesday, October 24th - Preview the Air Force wrestling team this Wednesday, October 24th at Clune Arena for a 6:30 pm intra-squad scrimmage.  Admission is free.

    Volleyball Halloween Celebration vs. Boise State - Saturday, October 27th   - Stop by the Cadet Gymnasium this Saturday for a fun night of Falcon Volleyball.  Air Force hosts Boise State in a conference showdown and invites all fans to get decked out in their Halloween best before heading out for trick or treating.  All fans in their costume will receive free admission to the match.  Kids in attendance will also receive a free AFA trick or treat bag and candy at the gate.  That's not all!  The first 500 fans will also land a free AFA survival strap at the gate (pictured below).  Match time starts at 7 pm.

    This week in Air Force athletics

    YOUTH NIGHT AT FALCON STADIUM AND ANNUAL FOOD DRIVE FOR THE NEW MEXICO GAME

    Fans attending the Air Force vs. New Mexico game this Saturday are encouraged to bring canned food items to donate to Care and Share at the Falcon Stadium gates.  Bins will be placed at various entrance for food drop offs on Saturday.  Fans can also donate money as volunteers will be stationed around the stadium to collect funds for local families in need as we near the Holiday season.  Checks can be made out to CFC ( Combined Federal Campaign) with Care and Share noted in the memo line. 

    It's also Youth Night at Falcon Stadium this Saturday which means that all kids aged 13 and under can take advantage of $5 tickets with the purchase of an adult ticket. 
    Click here for more information.  All Kid Force kids will also be invited out to the game and will receive two free tickets along with access to the field post-game to play catch and run around on the turf.  To sign up for Kid Force before this weekend's game click here.  Memberships are only $25 for the entire year!

     

    Coach Calhoun Show
    Join Coach Calhoun and Jim Arthur at Back East Bar and Grill this Thursday, October 18th for the weekly People's Bank Coaches Show broadcast live at 6:30 pm.  Stop by after work for great food and drink and get insight on this Saturday's game vs. New Mexico.


    Friday Football Luncheon Catered by Qdoba
    Falcon fans are invited to a pre-game lunch at the Falcon Stadium press box this Friday, October 19th to get fired up for the New Mexico game on Saturday.  The menu includes a steak and chicken taco bar, cilantro and lime rice, chips and queso and brownies and chocolate chip cookies for desert.  Lunch is only $10 per plate and includes a program with door prizes and a preview for Saturday's game with Coach Calhoun.

    Boxing Friday Night Fights - Friday, October 19th - The road to the Wing Open Championships continues this Friday at the Cadet Gymnasium Boxing Gym @ 4:30 pm.  Catch a full card of bouts featuring the best fighters on base.  Admission is free.

    Men's and Women's Swimming Home Meet - Friday, October 19th - Stop by the Cadet Natatorium for a full day of swimming as the men's and women's teams host Colorado College, CMU and CSM @ 4:30 pm on Friday.  Admission is free.

    Men's Soccer Home Series - Friday, October 19th and Sunday, October 21st  - The Falcon men's soccer team looks to get back above .500 with a pair of conference games at home this weekend.  Air Force welcomes Seattle U to the Cadet Soccer Stadium on Friday @ 7 pm and will wrap up play with an afternoon game vs. San Jose State @ 1 pm on Sunday.

     

    Hockey vs. Colorado College - Friday, October 19th - Air Force hockey opens up their 2012-13 campaign with a huge home game vs. cross town rival CC at the Cadet Ice Arena this Friday @ 7:05 pm.  To inquire about standing room only tickets please contact the Air Force ticket office at 719-472-1895.  If you can't make the game catch all of the action live on the Sports Animal 1300 am here.

    Air Force rifle team at OSU in Columbus

    The Air Force Academy rifle team opens the season with two matches at Ohio State in Columbus this weekend, Oct. 12-13, at the OSU Rifle Range.  According to head coach Launi Meili, the team is excited to start shooting regular season matches.  "Other schools have started their competitions and our practice scores have been very competitive with what we've seen posted so far."

     

    On Friday, the Falcons have a match against Ohio State.  "We open against No. 3-ranked Ohio State and I feel confident we'll give them a tough match right from the start."  On Saturday, Oct. 13, the Falcons compete against West Virginia at OSU.  "The match against WVU on Saturday is going to be our toughest match of the season, added Meili.

     

    Meili said, TCU and WVU have shot some phenomenal scores already, some records in fact, and are already positioning themselves as the top teams in the country.  This first weekend will give us an indication of where we stack up in the country and give us an idea of what we need to work on.

     

    Our returning shooters are continuing to improve their scores and our freshmen have been setting personal bests almost every time they shoot.  Coach Anti and I can't wait to see them put it on the line this weekend at OSU.

    AFA FENCERS COMPETE IN FIRST NAC OF THE YEAR

    The Air Force Academy fencers will be in St. Louis, Mo., this weekend (Oct. 12-15) to compete in the North American Cup Div. 1 and 2 tournaments at the America's Center Convention complex.  The NAC is the first of several tournaments the Falcons will compete in this season.

    "The NACs always showcase some of the best fencers in the country. It will be a tough tournament for our cadets since they will be facing some of the best of the best," said head coach Abdel Salem.  "Our fencers are capable of having some good performances."

    Venue: America's Center Convention Complex - Halls 4 & 5 701 Convention Plaza

    http://www.facebook.com/airforcefencing#!/pages/Air-Force-Fencing/402762556438294?sk=info

    This week in Air Force athletics

    Coach Calhoun Show
    Join Coach Calhoun and Jim Arthur at Back East Bar and Grill this Thursday, October 4th for the weekly Coaches Show broadcast live at 6:30 pm.  Stop by after work for great food and drink and get insight on this Saturday's showdown with Navy at Falcon Stadium.

    Friday Football Luncheon
    Stop by the Falcon Stadium Press Box this Friday leading up to the Navy game for a great lunch provided by Golden Corral, door prizes and a chance to hear from Coach Calhoun regarding the first leg of this season's CIC series.  This week's menu includes: BBQ Pulled Pork, BBQ Beef, Potato Salad, Cole Slaw, Yeast Rolls and Chocolate Brownies.  Only $10 a plate with beer and soda included.  Doors open at 11am and the program will start at noon.

    Men's and Women's Basketball Tipoff Event - October 13th 

    Hoops fans the college basketball season is just over a month away! The Air Force men's and women's basketball teams invite fans out to Clune Arena for a fun event on Saturday, October 13th to help start off the 2012-13 season!  The first annual Falcon Basketball Tipoff Fest will offer fans the opportunity to get to know the men's and women's teams and coaches, enjoy head to head competitions with the players, a dance off and team skits at the end of practice! Fans can enter into raffles for great Air Force prizes including free season ticket packages, memorabilia to get signed and gift cards from AFA sponsors.  In addition to opportunities to win, fans can pick up team posters for the upcoming season visit with the Bird and AFA cheerleaders and meet their favorite players for autographs and photos.  Admission is free and open to the general public.  Doors open at 12:30 pm and festivities will begin at 1 pm.

    Boxing vs. Navy - Friday, October 5th - The defending National Champion Air Force Academy boxing team hosts service academy rival in the Cadet Gym boxing room this Friday starting at 4:30 pm.  Admission is free of charge.

    Women's Swimming vs. New Mexico - Friday, October 5th - Stop by the Cadet Gymnasium this Friday for a 5 pm meet at the brand new Air Force Natatorium.  Admission is free.

    Women's Soccer vs. UNLV - Friday, October 5th  - The Falcon women's team continues their conference season with a big matchup against UNLV @ 6 pm at the Cadet Soccer Stadium.  Admission is free.  The first 50 fans in attendance will receive a free t-shirt at the gate.

    Water Polo vs. Santa Clara - Sunday, October 7th - Start time is scheduled for 1 pm at the Cadet Gymnasium Water Polo Pool.  Admission is free.

    Hockey vs. British Columbia - Monday, October 8th - Hockey starts their quest for another conference championship this upcoming Monday against British Columbia @ 6:05 pm.  Admission is just $5!  Click here for tickets.

    Men's Basketball Season Tickets Now on Sale  - Air Force Men's Basketball season tickets are now on sale with packages starting for as low as $100!  Four packs are available for a great price of $61 per seat.  The Falcons welcome in five teams that made the tournament in 2012-13 and return all five starters from last year's team.  Click here for more information regarding men's basketball season tickets

     

    Air Force Football Luncheon

    It's time for the Service Academy Game Football Luncheon!!!

    Come out and enjoy great food from Golden Corral at the Air Force vs. Navy Football Luncheon

     Listen to Coach Calhoun's thoughts on the Navy game and taking the first step towards winning the CIC Trophy again this year!!!

      

    When: Friday October 5th at 1100 (Doors will open at 1030)

    Where: The Falcon Stadium Press Box

    What:  Golden Corral - BBQ Pulled Pork, BBQ Beef, Potato Salad, Cole Slaw, Yeast Rolls and Chocolate Brownies. 

    Cost: $10 at the door

    POC: Denise Quelch, x0261

     

     

    This week in Air Force athletics

    Coach Calhoun Show
    Join Coach Calhoun and Jim Arthur at Back East Bar and Grill this Thursday, September 27th for the weekly Coaches Show broadcast live at 6:30 pm.  Stop by after work for great food and drink and get insight on this Saturday's showdown with CSU at Falcon Stadium.

    Friday Football Luncheon
    Stop by the Falcon Stadium Press Box this Friday leading up to the CSU game for a great lunch provided by Famous Dave's, door prizes and a chance to here from Coach Calhoun regarding this Saturday's game against the Rams.  This week's menu includes: Texas Beef Brisket, Hot Link Sausages, Country Roasted Chicken, Wilbur's Baked Beans, Coleslaw, and Dave's Famous Bread Pudding and Hot Fudge Kahlua Brownies.  Only $10 a plate with beer and soda included.  Doors open at 11am and the program will start at noon.

    Men's Tennis Alumni Match - Saturday, September 29th - Stop by the Cadet Gymnasium before football on Saturday to watch former Falcon greats in action.  Admission is free.  Matches will be held at the outdoor tennis courts.

    Men's Soccer vs. Denver - Saturday, September 29th  - Men's soccer will welcome in-state opponent Denver for a night game at the Cadet Soccer Stadium this Saturday following the football game.  Roll your tailgate over to the north side of base and get ready for a big match up of conference rivals.  Admission is free.

    Men's Basketball Season Ticket Discount for Falcon Football Fans! - ONE WEEK ONLY - Fans attending the CSU football game this Saturday will be eligible for an exclusive discount on 2012-13 men's basketball season tickets lasting through the end of the day October 6th.  A promo code will be announced during the game for fans in attendance to use to purchase upper courtside or baseline seats for just $75!  That is a discount of 25%, available for a limited time only!

    Falcons add Columbia University to the schedule

    The Air Force Academy fencing team has added Columbia University to the 2012-13 schedule. The Falcons will travel to New York to compete on Nov. 30 against the Ivy League school. Also fencing is Tufts University, Stevens Institute of Technology and New Jersey Inst. of Technology.  

     Also in November, Air Force will host the annual Falcon Open on Nov. 3-4.

    Falcons are at Amarillo Open, Sept 29-30.

    Mountain West Launches Social Showdown

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    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Mountain West has announced the launch of MW Social Showdown , a social media platform where fans can sound off on Twitter to show their support for their favorite MW football teams. The more fans tweet and use hashtags, the better the chance your team has to defeat your opponent that week! Will you help lead your team to victory in the Twitterverse?

     

    Developed in partnership with Lodestone Sports, the leader in social media programs for college sports, the Mountain West will measure how Twitter hashtags perform head-to-head leading up to and during every MW football game. To join the conversation and to see how your favorite teams are faring, visit TheMWC.com/SocialShowdown .

     

    Fans who participate in the Mountain West Social Showdown will also earn points for MW Social Rewards, a program where fans can win prizes and redeem points for merchandise for participating in social media activities through the Mountain West's official social media channels. Including MW Social Showdown, fans can engage and earn points by also participating in the Football Fan Favorite Photo Contest, plus liking, sharing and commenting on Facebook posts, tweeting hashtags and retweeting, etc.

     

    Visit TheMWC.com/SocialShowdown now to sound off and lead your favorite MW football teams to victory. Plus, don't forget to engage on the Mountain West's social media channels to earn points at MWSocialRewards.com!

    This week in Air Force athletics

    Air Force Volleyball vs. UNLV - Thursday, September 20th - Admission is $2 for youth and $5 for adults.  Home conference opener  for the Falcons.  For more on Falcon volleyball promotions click here.

    Women's Soccer vs. Sam Houston State - Friday, September 21st - Admission is free.  Click here to read more about Air Force women's soccer.

     

    Air Force Volleyball vs. Fresno State - Saturday, September 22nd - Free pre-match youth clinic!  Kids are invited to come out and meet the team, participate in drills and learn about the game from 5 - 6:30 pm this Saturday at the Cadet Gym.  Following the clinic fans can stick around to help pack the East Gym and cheer on Air Force when the Falcons take on Fresno State @ 7 pm.  Admission to the match is just $2 for youth and $5 for adults.  

    This weekend in Air Force athletics

    Air Force Volleyball vs. CSU Bakersfield and Norfolk State - Friday, September 14th Falcon Volleyball will be in action for two matches on the second day of the Falcon Classic starting at 2 pm on Friday.  Air Force takes on CSU Bakersfield in the afternoon at the East Gym.  It's Family Friday which means 4 tickets for only $4.  The Falcons will return to the court with a night match against Norfolk St. at 8 pm.  Fans can take advantage of the same Family Friday deal for 4 tickets for $4.

     

    Men's and Women's Soccer Home Stand - Friday, September 14th and Sunday, September 16th - Air Force men's soccer will have a pair of home games this weekend, opening up play against Oral Roberts on Friday, September 14th.  Game time is set for 4:30 pm.  The Falcons will close out the weekend with an afternoon game on Sunday against Presbyterian.  Start time is 12 pm.  Women's soccer will also be in action this weekend, with a home game against Colgate on Friday at 7 pm.  Admission is free to all home soccer events.  Games are played at the Cadet Soccer Stadium off of North Gate Blvd.

     

    Volleyball vs. Washington State - Saturday, September 15th - Air Force Volleyball wraps up their tournament at the Cadet Gym this Saturday the 15th against another Pac 12 power Washington State @ 7pm.  It's girl scout night at the East Gym and all scouts in attendance are invited to take part in a pre-match activity of jewelry making on the north side of the east gym.  Doors open at 6 pm and admission is only $2 for youth and $5 for adults.


    Single Game Tickets Now Available For Football - Including Matchup with CSU next weekend - $5 Overlook and Military Discounts - Click here to reserve your single game football tickets for the 2012 season.  The promotional list is as follows:

    Colorado State - Sept. 29th @ 12 pm - Firefighter First Responder Thank You Day
    Navy - October 6th @ 9:30 am - Military Discounts Available
    New Mexico - October 20th @ 5 pm - Youth Day - $5 Tickets
    Nevada - October 26th - Family Day $60 for four tickets with $20 in concessions included
    Hawaii - November 16th - Military Day (Buy One Get One Free)  Youth Football Team Day - $1 tickets for players and $5 for family members - Please call Rory Rutledge at 719- regarding the Youth Team Program which includes a facility tour and a visit to practice to watch what goes on behind the scenes.

    Winter Sports Season Tickets Now on Sale - A waitlist for hockey season tickets is available by phone due to the limited number of seats available.  If you are interested in purchasing season tickets for the 2012-13 hockey season please call 719-472-1895 to be added to the waitlist.  Men's and women's basketball season tickets are also now available with deposits starting at as low as $25 for the men and season ticket packages starting as low as $15 for the women.  Click here for more information.

     

     

    AFA Fencers win NTO titles on final day

    In the Nick Toth Open, AFA freshmen Madeleine Girardot and Mary McElwee advanced to the the senior women's foil finals. Girardot won the title, 15-11, against her opponent.

    Throughout the entire nine minutes of the three-period bout, the two freshmen kept the round very close. As soon as one scored, the other would answer with a touch. For most of the bout, the two opponents kept the scores tied until the third period when Girardot outscored McElwee by four touches.

    Earlier in the day, sophomore Alex Chiang won the senior men's foil gold medal round 15-2.

    AIR FORCE FENCERS FINISH DAY 1 OF NICK TOTH OPEN

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    U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. - Sept. 8, 2012 - The Air Force Academy fencing team completed the first day of the Nick Toth Open at the Academy's Cadet Gymnasium (East Gym).  In the final round of the open senior men's saber championships, Air Force fencer Emerson Woerner won the title bout 15-9.  As the No. 5 seed, Woerner advanced through the rounds 15-7, 15-10, 15-8 and 15-11. Finishing in second place, teammate Scott Pippin, the No. 3 seed, finished 15-4, 15-10, 15-13, losing 15-9 to Woerner in the gold medal round.  Desirae Ionata tied for third place in the open senior women's saber event. 

    AFA Athletics - Nick Toth Open

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    <B>NICK TOTH OPEN:</B>

    The Air Force Academy fencing team opens the season by hosting the Nick Toth Open on Sept. 8-9, 2012. Competition begins at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the USAFA Cadet Gymnasium (East Gym).  The open was named in honor of head coach Nick Toth (1960-1981). Toth was the winningest fencing coach at the Air Force Academy with a 200-35 record (.851). This event is free and open to the public. The Nick Toth Open will be broadcast on live video stream both days (see links). For additional information go to Askfred.net/events

     

     

    Registration Times for Events:

    Saturday, September 8, 2012

    8:30-9:30 AM: Senior Men's Epee

    8:30-9:30 AM: Senior Women's Saber

    11:30-12:30 PM: Senior Men's Saber

    11:30-12:30 PM: Senior Women's Epee

    Sunday, September 9, 2012

    8:30-9:30 AM: Senior Men's Foil

    11:00-12:00 PM: Senior Women's Foil

     

    Links for Video Stream:

    Sept. 8th:

    http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/allaccess/?media=330723

    Sept. 9th:

    http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/allaccess/?media=330724

     

    For additional information about the event go to Askfred.net: http://askfred.net/Events/moreInfo.php?tournament_id=18879

     

    This week in Air Force athletics

    Air Force opens the 2012 football season vs. Idaho State on Saturday, Sept. 1, at noon in Falcon Stadium. The game will be video streamed live on goairforcefalcons.com. For other sports action, see below:

    Coach Calhoun Radio Show Live at Back East - August 30th - Get ready to kickoff the Falcon football season this Thursday at Back East Bar and Grill for the Coach Calhoun Radio Show hosted by Jim Arthur.  Stop by after work for some great food and drink specials and get your preview of the season along with this Saturday's matchup against Idaho State.  The show goes live at 6:30 pm and will conclude at 7:30 pm.  Fans that can't make it out to see Coach in person can tune in on KVOR AM 740. 

    Friday Football Luncheon - August 31st - Fans are invited to the Falcon Stadium Pressbox this Friday for a pre-game meal catered by Texas Roadhouse.  This week's menu includes BBQ pulled pork, BBQ chicken breast sandwiches, buttered corn, rolls and honey butter and assorted cookies for desert.  Dr. Mueh and Coach Calhoun will talk about the state of Air Force Football and answer any questions about the upcoming season.  Tickets are only $10 per person and can be purchased at the door.  Doors open at 10:30 am and food will be served at 11. 

    Women's Soccer vs. Eastern Washington - August 31st - Air Force women's soccer will try to build on a 2-1-1 start as they return home this Friday to host Eastern Washington.  Game time is set for 4:30 pm.  Admission is free and open to the public.  

     

    Men's Water Polo Blue & Silver Scrimmage - September 1st - The pre-season #4 team in the country will get their 2012 campaign started with an intersquad scrimmage this Saturday at the Cadet Gymnasium starting at 8:30 am.  Stop by before heading over to Falcon Stadium to preview this year's team.  Admission is free.

     

    Men's Soccer vs. UC Davis and Drexel - August 31st and September 2nd - Air Force men's soccer will open up their home schedule with a two game stand this weekend starting on Friday against UC Davis @ 7 pm.  Action will return to the Cadet Soccer Stadium for an afternoon game on Sunday as the Falcons welcome in Drexel @ 1 pm.  Admission is free.

     

    This week in Air Force athletics

    Men's Tennis Blue & Silver Scrimmage - August 24th - Air Force men's tennis invites fans out to the outdoor tennis courts this Friday @ 3 pm for a chance to preview this year's team.  Admission is free.

    Men's Soccer @ Army - August 25th - Click here to follow live action of the men's soccer vs. Army game in West Point.  Game time this Saturday is 5 pm MT.

    Upcoming athletics events at the Academy

    Kids' Day at Falcon Stadium - August 11th - Help kickoff the 2012 football season with the Falcons this Saturday, August 11th.  Fans are invited out to Falcon Stadium to preview the team during an open scrimmage starting at 10 am.  Following practice, kids will be allowed down on the field to meet their favorite players and play catch.  Admission is free.

    Toast to the Host - August 11th - Join Falcon fans for a fun day of football, food and drink at Falcon Stadium this Saturday.  Local breweries, restaurants and wineries will be on hand to provide beer and wine tasting and great food during Air Force practice.  The event will start at 11 am and run through 1:30pm.  Tickets are available online here, by phone at 719-472-1895 or at Falcon Stadium this Saturday.

    Women's Soccer Opening Weekend - August 17th and 19th - Air Force women's soccer will open their 2012 schedule with home matches next Friday, August 17th and Sunday, August 19th.  The Falcons will host Lamar @ 6 pm on the 17th and return to action against Montana on Sunday at 1pm.  Admission is free.

    Volleyball Blue & Silver Scrimmage - August 18th - Air Force Volleyball will get things started next Saturday, August 18th during the annual Blue & Silver Scrimmage at the Cadet Gymnasium.  Admission is free and fans are encouraged to come out and preview the team and meet this year's roster.  Season tickets are still available for great low price including $10 for youth, $25 for adults and $39 for family four packs.  Click here for more information.

    Three great community events coming soon

    Touchdowns and Tiaras  Ladies, grab your girlfriends and join Head Football Coach Troy Calhoun and his wife Amanda for an evening of drinks, food, fashion and football at the second annual Touchdowns and Tiaras event!  This year's event will be held at the Holaday Athletic Center tomorrow, August 1st.  The festivities will kickoff with cocktails at 5:30 pm, and dinner catered by Carrabba's Italian Grill at 6 pm.  The AFA coaching staff will break down into groups to talk a little about the game and what to look out for on the field this season.  To wrap up the night attendees will be treated to an athletic wear fashion show to help get geared up for the fall.  Everyone will receive a a special gift, commemorative tote bag and their own Touchdowns and Tiaras playbook to take home. Registration is available for only $40 per person and spots are still available.  For more information or to sign up please call 719-333-2122 or click here.

    Kids' Day at Falcon Stadium - August 11th Fans are invited to Falcon Stadium on Saturday, August 11th for a fun day with the Air Force football team to help kick of the 2012 season!  Preview the team during an open scrimmage at 10 am and then bring the kids down to the field to meet their favorite players for autographs and photos and some catch on the turf!  Admission is free and open to the public.

    Toast to the Host - August 11th  Celebrate the start of the Air Force Football season at the 3rd annual Toast to the Host party at Falcon Stadium.  The cost is $25 per person and fans in attendance can enjoy samples of beer, wine and food from restaurants across the Springs while catching an open scrimmage with the Falcons.  Children over the age of 6 and non-alcoholic drinking adults are only $10.  Fans can reserve their tickets for the 2012 event by contacting the AFA ticket office by phone at 719-472-1895 or by clicking here.  Tickets will also be available at the gate on the 11th.  The event will run from 11 am to 1:30 pm.

    Calhouns to host second annual touchdowns and tiaras event

    U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. - Air Force head football coach Troy Calhoun and his wife, Amanda, will host the second annual Touchdowns and Tiaras event on Wednesday, Aug. 1, in the Holaday Athletic Center at the Air Force Academy at 5:30 p.m. for cocktails and dinner at 6 p.m.

     

    Grab your friends and join the coach and his wife as they present the fundaments of football. Fans will get exclusive access to the Holaday Athletic Center and instruction from the Air Force football coaching staff. In addition, there will be an Air Force athletic wear fashion show and each attendee will receive a free gift, a commemorative tote bad and a Touchdowns and Tiaras playbook.

     

    Cost for the event is $40 per person and the event will sell out. You may register on the Air Force official website, goairforcefalcons.com, or by calling 719-333-2122. Dinner will be provided by Carrabba's Italian Grill. Casual game-day attire is suggested.

    Calhoun to speak at Sports Corp Luncheon in June

    Sports Corp College Football Kickoff Lunch Set For June 27

    Make your plans today to be with the Sports Corp for the annual College Football Kickoff Luncheon, the state's best preview event for the upcoming season.

    We'll gather on Wednesday, June 27, at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs with the head coaches or representatives of the state's top gridiron programs at Noon.

    Troy Calhoun of Air Force will talk about the upcoming season, his incoming freshmen, his quarterback situation with the departure of Tim Jefferson, who will be carrying the football, and the tough MWC schedule. Is another bowl trip and more in the offing for the Falcons?

    Meet new Colorado State head coach Jim McElwain, and hear about his 21-man inaugural recruiting class that features some massive linemen, a search for a new quarterback, and Texas A&M transfer Mister Jones, a blue-chip running back. Plus, the buzz about a possible new on-campus stadium in Fort Collins.

    Hear about the two new quarterback prospects for the CU Buffs, highly-touted Texas transfer Connor Wood and prized freshman Shane Dillon, the best 1-2 QB punch in Boulder in years on paper. And a report on the 28-man CU recruiting class ranked among the top 30 nationally.

    Hear from CSU-Pueblo head coach John Wristen, coming off an 11-0 regular season, a trip to the NCAA Division II playoffs, and what may be his best recruiting class ever headed for Pueblo.

    Listen to Northern Colorado head coach Earnest Collins, Jr., about his promising 27-man recruiting class that includes Grand Junction QB Sean Rubalcaba, the Denver Post's Golden Helmet Award winner as the state's top player last year, and Central Florida transfer Leilon Willingham, a star at Mullen in his prep days.

    Tables: $250.00 (Sports Corp Members or school booster clubs) $350.00 for others; Tickets: $25.00/$35.00 for same)

    Contact Lincoln Floyd at the Sports Corp for your reservations: (719) 634-7333, ext. 1000, or by e-mail at:  lincoln@thesportscorp.org

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    Air Force wraps up 2011-12 athletic season

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    Air Force athletics announces major award winners;

    recap of 2011-12 athletic season

     

                    U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force athletics recognized several cadet-athletes as the end of the 2011-12 sports season at the Academy's annual awards ceremony today. Senior hockey player Tim Kirby and senior soccer player Bridgett Murphy were named male and female athlete of the year, respectively. Senior football player A.J. Wallerstein was named the scholar-athlete of the year, while cross country runner Jim Walmsley was awarded the athletic excellence award. Hockey player Paul Weisgarber took home the athletic leadership award and senior football player Tim Jefferson won the outstanding 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 AWARD: A.J. Wallerstein is a two-time all-conference selection on the field and has been equally impressive in the classroom. Wallerstein is a double major in Physics and Mathematics and has twice been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) academic all-district team. In addition, he was a semifinalist for the 2011 William Campbell Trophy, college football's academy Heisman Trophy and was a nominee for the American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team. He has a 3.47 grade point average.

     

    ATHLETIC LEADERSHIP AWARD: Senior Paul Weisgarber earned the Athletic Leadership Award. A  senior winger from Fargo, N.D., Weisgarber was a two-year team captain who helped lead the Falcons to three Atlantic Hockey tournament championships and three NCAA appearances in four years. Weisgarber was a finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, recognizing excellence on the ice, in the class room and in the community. Weisgarber was the first player in school history to win six of the team's postseason awards in his career. On the ice, Weisgarber never missed a game in his four years, setting a new school record with 155 consecutive games played.  He concluded his career with 31 goals, 42 assists and 73 points. With two goals and two assists in the AHA Final Four, he was named to the 2012 AHA all-tournament team. Off the ice, he carried a 3.65 cumulative grade point average and has a 3.95 in his major of management.

     

    ATHLETIC EXCELLENCE: (as of 16 May) Jim Walmsley had a stellar senior year as a member of the Academy's cross country and track/field team, claiming four Mountain West track titles and earning all-conference and all-region honors in cross country. During the fall, Walmsley was a two-time Mountain West Runner of the Week, claiming both honors after winning performances at the Rust Buster Invitational (meet record) and the Woody Greeno Invitational. He earned all-conference honors following a fifth-place finish at the MW Championships and collected all-region honors behind a 21st-place finish at the NCAA Regional Championships. His success continued to the track and field season, where he won the 3000- and 5000-meter titles during the Mountain West Indoor Championships and the 3000-meter steeplechase and 5000-meter run during at the MW Outdoor Championships. He accounted for the fourth-fastest mile time in Academy history during the indoor season and moved into third on the all-time list in the outdoor 5000- and 10,000-meter distances. Walmsley also clocked the program's fifth-fastest steeplechase time in his first-ever race in that event, while claiming the conference title in his second. Walmsley's season continues, as he qualified to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in both the 3000-meter steeplechase and 5000-meter run.

     

    OUTSTANDING ATHLETIC ACHIEVEMENT: Senior Tim Jefferson became the winningest quarterback in school history this season, posting a career record of 28-16. Jefferson's 28 wins ranked him sixth nationally. He recorded career highs in passing this season, hitting 111-of-183 passes for 1,637 yards and 14 touchdowns. His .60.7 completion percentage is the fourth best in school history and he is the first quarterback in Air Force history with consecutive seasons of 10-plus touchdown passes. He closed his career third all-time in school history in passing yards with 4,599, tied for second in touchdown passes with 34, and second in quarterback efficiency with a mark of 146.12.

     

    FEMALE MOST VALUABLE ATHLETE: Senior Bridgett Murphy earned All-Mountain West Conference for the fourth-consecutive season, earning First-Team honors for the first time as a senior. Murphy led the team with five assists and ranked second with four goals and 13 points.  Murphy also earned All-Region honors in the Pacific Region by the NSCAA.  She is the first all-region player at the Academy since 2001 and just the second in the Mountain West era.  Murphy is also a standout in the classroom, earning Academic All-Region three times and Academic All-Conference four times.  Murphy graduates from the Academy with 40 career-points, ranking eighth all-time at the Academy.  Her career 10 assists are sixth. Murphy has also scored 15 career goals.

    MALE MOST VALUABLE ATHLETE: Air Force senior defenseman Tim Kirby was one of 10 finalists for the prestigious Hobey Baker Award, given annually to the top collegiate hockey player in the nation. He was named to all three major All-America teams, garnering second-team honors by the coaches (AHCA-East) and by USCHO.com. He was a third-team Inside College Hockey All-America selection. Kirby was the Atlantic Hockey Association Player of the Year (unanimous), Defenseman of the Year and a first-team all-league and all-tournament team selection. He tied for third in the nation in goals by a defenseman with 12 and was 19th in the nation in points by a defenseman with 28 (0.72 per game) (12-16-28). The Austin, Minn., native scored in 22 of the 39 games, tied as the most on the team. Kirby played in every game in his career, breaking the Air Force Academy record with 155 consecutive games played. He ranks ninth in school history for points by a defenseman (26-62-88).  His 26 career goals are the fifth most in school history among defensemen. An assistant captain, Kirby helped lead Air Force to the AHA Championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

    INDIVIDUAL SPORTS RECAPS

     

    Football: The 2011 season was a record-setting one for Air Force, as the school made a bowl appearance for a fifth straight year for the first time in school history. The Falcons played Toledo in the Military Bowl, falling 42-41 in a thrilling game. Air Force closed the season with a 7-6 overall record and a 3-4 mark in the Mountain West Conference. The Falcons won the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy for a second straight year and for a record 18th time overall with victories over Army and Navy. The Falcons defeated Navy, 35-34, in overtime in Annapolis on Oct. 1, and beat Army, 24-14, in Falcon Stadium on Nov. 5 to secure the coveted award. The Falcons closed the season with convincing wins over UNLV, 45-17, at home and at Colorado State, 45-21. Air Force entered the two games in playoff mode, needing both wins to become bowl-eligible. The victories also secured a fifth consecutive season with seven or more wins which marks an Academy first.

    Volleyball: The Air Force volleyball team was one of the youngest in the nation in 2012, featuring just one junior on a 13-member roster. The Falcons posted a 3-27 record during head coach Matt McShane's second season, while going 0-14 in Mountain West action. Maiya Perich became the program's Division leader for digs in a season with 400, while Ayesha Hein debuted in fourth on the program's top-10 list behind a .275 hitting percentage. Hein was named to four all-tournament teams, while Perich was named to two, including the Best Libero of the Denver Invitational.

     

    Water Polo: The Air Force water polo team completed the 2010 season with an 11-17 overall record and 5-7 mark in the Western Water Polo Association. The Falcons, who ended the year ranked 20th in the nation, captured fifth place at the WWPA Championship. Meanwhile, a pair of Falcons garnered All-WWPA accolades, with sophomore Josh Stedman earning first-team honors, while junior Cruz Smithson was an honorable mention selection.

    Women's Soccer: Air Force women's soccer completed the 2011 season with a 6-10-3 overall record.  The Falcons went 1-5 in Mountain West Conference play to finish in fifth place.  The Falcons six wins were the second-best season since 2003.  Air Force also won its second conference game in the past eight years.  The Falcons graduated four seniors, three of whom were four-year starters.  Senior forward Bridgett Murphy was the team's MVP for the second-straight season.

     

    Men's Soccer: The Air Force men's soccer team finished the 2011 season with an impressive 12-6-2 record, the first winning season since 2003 and the most wins in one season since winning 13 in 1997. The season started with a bang as AFA won five of its first six games, including two at the 2011 Pitt / Nike Invitational en route to the tournament championship, defeating Pitt (2-1) and Duquesne (3-2). Four Falcons, juniors Kevin Durr and Eric Tise and sophomores Brian Klazura and Caleb Downey were named to the all-tournament team. Individually, Garrett Getschow led the team with nine goals but Durr had six goals and a team-high 10 assists to lead the squad with 22 points. Durr finished eighth in the country in total assists and ninth in assists per game (0.5).

     

    Cross Country: The Air Force cross country team concluded another successful season in 2011, highlighted by a runner-up finish from the men at the Mountain West Championships. Jeremy Drenckhahn placed second at the men's conference championships, tying for the Falcons' best placement ever at the MW meet and becoming Air Force's first non-senior to earn the runner-up spot. Melissa Fuerst became just the fifth Air Force runner to earn all-conference honors in the women's championships, as she finished ninth. Drenckhahn (first team) and Fuerst (second team) were two of five all-MW selections for the Falcons, joining Jim Walmsley (first team), Andrew Quallio (second team) and Isaiah Bragg (second team), while Walmsley earned all-region honors. In addition, Drenckhahn, Fuerst, Walmsley and Gavin Owens also accounted for five MW Runner of the Week awards - setting a new Academy record for the total number of Academy awards in a single-season.

     

    Hockey: The Falcons finished the 2011-12 season with a 21-11-7 overall record and won the Atlantic Hockey Association regular-season and tournament championships. The regular-season title was the first-ever outright championship as AFA also tied for the regular-season title in 2009. The tournament title was the fifth in the last six years as the Falcons earned the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. Air Force ended the season with the highest final national ranking in school history, 15th in the USA Today/USA Hockey poll and 16th in the USCHO.com poll. Early in the season, Air Force beat fifth-ranked Colorado College for the team's first win ever at the Colorado Springs World Arena. The win marked the fifth time in the last six years that the Falcons defeated a team ranked in the top five in the nation. The season came to an end with a 2-0 loss to Boston College, the No. 1 overall seed in the nation, in the NCAA Northeast Regional. BC went on to win the national championship and the team's two-goal margin of victory over Air Force marked its closest game in the NCAA Tournament.

    Hockey MVP and AFA Male MVP

     

    Men's Basketball: The Falcons finished with a 13-16 overall record. The season opened with the inaugural All-Military Classic at Clune Arena and the Falcons produced two impressive victories, defeating Army (87-71) and VMI (75-65) to win the tournament. Junior Michael Lyons was named the tournament's MVP and fellow junior Todd Fletcher was named to the all-tournament team. Jeff Reynolds, who was in his fifth season as head coach, was relieved of his duties on Feb. 8 and replaced by associate head coach Dave Pilipovich. His first career victory as a collegiate head coach came at Wyoming when his team rallied from an early 14-point deficit to win 58-53. Air Force also captured its first-ever victory against a top 20 team with a 58-56 victory over 13th-ranked San Diego State at Clune Arena.

     

    Women's Basketball: In 2011-12, the Air Force women's basketball team continued the progress made under head coach Andrea Williams, who entered her second year with the Falcons. While the team struggled with injuries and a depleted lineup to finish the season with a 6-24 overall record, great strides were made, beginning with a season-opening victory that snapped a 43-game road losing streak. In addition, the program continued to increase attendance, winning the "Pack the House Challenge" for the second-straight season. Junior Dymond James earned honorable mention All-Mountain West recognition, while senior Jamela Satterfield set a program record for career games played with 119.

     

    Men's Gymnastics: The Air Force men's gymnastics team had another impressive season, capturing its third consecutive USAG national championship title and its second straight All-Academy Championship title, while advancing to the NCAA National Championships for the second straight year. Ben Zaiser (vault), Josh Ramos (parallel bars) and Mac Ritchie (high bar) won individual USAG titles, while six others earned USAG All-America honors. Seventh-year head coach Kip Simons was honored as the USAG Head Coach of the Year, while Jeff Robinson and Chuck Schweiss shared the league's Assistant Coach of the Year honor. The men finished sixth at the NCAA National Qualifier, while James Okamoto and Greg Chaput advanced to the NCAA semifinals on the pommel horse.

     

    Women's Gymnastics: Despite having a squad where 12 of its 13 members were freshmen or sophomores, the Air Force women's gymnastics team accounted for five of the top 14 scores in Doug Day's six-year tenure, including the second-best score of 193.025. The Falcons defeated eventual conference champion UC Davis (191.625-190.925) on Feb. 18, marking the first time since 2003 that Air Force had taken a meet from the Aggies. Six gymnasts combined for 11 all-MPSF awards, including multiple selections by Linnaea Hance, Katie Hawthorne, Jen Larsen and Jessica Wallander. The Falcons finished third at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships and fourth at the USAG National Championships, while Jessica Hanner, Alexandra Stych and Wallander advanced to the event finals of the national meet.

     

    Rifle: The 2011-12 season included a 4602-4570 win at Nebraska-Lincoln on Oct. 14.  At the All-Service Academies President's Cup, team finished 2-1 in matches.  At The Citadel meet, the Falcons were 4-1, with wins against Mississippi, North Carolina State and The Citadel. On Feb. 16, the team set a season record for aggregate points of 4644 against TCU, just four points off the old score or 4648 set in 2007 under head coach Launi Meili.  The Falcons finished the season 7-10.

     

    Men's and Women's Fencing: The Air Force Academy fencing team started the season off claiming gold medals at the Nick Toth Open in September 2011.  At the Western Invitational, the Falcons were 8-4.  At the 2012 NCAA Western Regionals, Air Force had three men qualify for the national championships. At the 2012 NCAA Men's and Women's Fencing Championships, Air Force finished 15th with 26 points.

     

    Boxing: The Air Force boxing team captured its first National Collegiate Boxing Association team title since 2004 ... and its 19th overall ... behind four individual NCBA champions, one runner-up and six third-place finishers. Drew Pineda collected his second NCBA title at 112 pounds, while Dan Starr (139-lbs.), Casey Habluetzel (165-lbs.) and Olawale Lawal (heavyweight) each claimed their first. With 10 of 12 titles at the NCBA West Regional Championships, the Falcons picked up their 32nd regional title. Glenn Miltenberg was the recipient of the Clune Award, which honors the Outstanding Boxer of the Wing Open championships, while Mike McLain became the 12th Air Force boxer to earn four Wing Open titles.

     

    Wrestling: The 2011-12 Air Force wrestling team had a solid season, finishing the year with an 8-5 overall dual record, including a 3-3 mark in the Western Wrestling Conference. Junior Cole VonOhlen. ranked as high as third nationally, led the way individually with a 37-4 overall record, while surpassing 100 wins for his career. Air Force turned in a fourth-place finish at the NCAA West Regional, while VonOhlen and sophomore Josh Kreimier represented the Falcons at the NCAA Championships. VonOhlen and Kreimier each reached the round of 12 in their respective weight classes, marking the highest national finish for an Air Force wrestler since 2003.

     

    Men's Swimming and Diving: Air Force men's swimming & diving went 8-9 in head-to-head competition in 2011-12.  The Falcons finished sixth at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Championships, scoring 265 points.  The Falcons had six swims crack all-conference and had five swimmers earn academic all-conference.  Air Force also had six swims crack the Academy Top 10 list.  Senior Cody Deacon also qualified for the USA Olympic Trials in the 100 meter breaststroke.

     

    Women's Swimming and Diving: Air Force women's swimming & diving concluded one of its most successful season's since moving up to Division I, going 13-3.  The Falcons posted their most wins since the 2005 season and its best winning percentage since 1998.  The Falcons earned its first head-to-head win over a Mountain West Conference rival since 2005.  Women's swimming set six school records and had 17 swims crack the school top 10 list.  Freshman Kim Davis became the first Academy female to qualify for the USA Olympic Trials in the 200 meter breaststroke.  The Falcons finished in eighth place at the MWC Championships.

     

    Baseball: Air Force baseball concluded the 2012 season with a 14-39 overall record and 5-19 mark in Mountain West Conference play, finishing in fifth place.  The Falcons set a new school record with 46 sacrifice bunts and their .959 fielding percentage was the second-best all-time.  The pitching staff had a 6.10 earned run average that was the second-lowest mark in the last 12 years.  Air Force also defeated New Mexico for the first time since 2006 and defeated a Big 12 Conference school in Kansas for the first time since 2001.

     

    Lacrosse: The Air Force lacrosse team had a solid season in 2012, using a youthful lineup to put together a 6-7 overall record on the season. With eight underclassmen in the starting lineup, the Falcons featured a prolific offense that averaged 17.77 points per game, ranking in the top 15 nationally. Among the key victories for the Falcons was a 9-8 overtime victory over service-academy rival Army, just the second in the all-time series between the two teams. Senior captain Dayton Gilbreath was named a first-team All-ECAC selection on defense, while Keith Dreyer, Bryan Price and Davis Gunter were named to the ECAC All-Rookie team. Dreyer, who led all freshmen nationally in points and assists per game, scored a team-leading 47 points, the highest single-season total for an Air Force player since 1998, while sophomore Mike Crampton registered 29 goals, also the highest single-season mark since 1998.

     

    Golf: The Air Force golf team captured its 15th consecutive Service Academy Classic title this season at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. The Falcons defeated second-place Navy by 12 strokes. Sophomore Kyle Westmoreland won medalist honors, defeating teammate Robert Belz by five strokes in becoming the 12th Falcon to win the tournament. It also marked the first win of his career. Air Force wrapped up the season by placing in the top 10 in three of its final four tournaments, including a sixth-place finish at the PING Cougar Classic in Provo, Utah and a seventh-place finish at the Mountain West Championships.

     

    Men's Tennis: The Air Force men's tennis team posted an 11-13 record this season, the most wins in one season since 2007. Head coach Dan Oosterhous has led the Falcons to at least 10 wins in each of his three seasons at the helm. Individually, Lance Wilhelm won his third consecutive MVP award after leading the team with 22 overall singles wins, including a 15-8 record at the No. 1 position. He earned all-Mountain West honors for singles and doubles. Freshman Grant Taylor was also named all-conference for doubles only, becoming the first Falcon freshman since Shannon Buck in 2003 to make the all-league team. Sophomore Alex Grubbs captured the team's Lightning Bolt Award for the most combined singles and doubles dual match wins with 29.

     

    Women's Tennis: The Air Force women's tennis team posted an impressive 17-8 record in 2011-12, the most wins in one season since 1999. In addition, the Falcons secured a 3-4 record against Mountain West opponents, the most conference wins in one season since the program moved to Division I in 1996. Three Falcons earned all-conference honors, another Division I milestone for the program. Christine Molina, who led the team with 24 overall singles wins, earned an all-MW selection for singles, while Tahlia Smoke and Melissa Cecil, who became the first Air Force doubles team to advance to the semifinals of the ITA Mountain Region tournament, were selected for doubles. Four players notched at least 20 singles and doubles wins this season. Hannah Dake and Natasha Rizvi posted a 6-1 record against Mountain West opponents at No. 2 doubles and Smoke and Cecil were 13-9 at the No. 1 position.

     

    Men's and Women's Track and Field, Indoor and Outdoor: (as of 16 May) Although the season won't be complete for nearly a month, 2012 has already been a banner year for the Air Force track and field team. The men claimed the first Mountain West title in program history at the MW Indoor Championships in February and completed the season sweep with a dominating victory at the MW Outdoor Championships in May. The women also produced two of the best conference performances in Academy history, scoring program-best point total during both the indoor and outdoor meets, while collecting the most conference titles in program history.

    At the indoor conference championships, the men claimed six titles, including a sweep of the two longest races by Jim Walmsley (3000-meter, 5000-meter), en route to the program's first-ever title. Kobi Rex (high jump) and Cale Simmons (pole vault) also earned individual conference titles, while the 4x400-meter relay team (Manny Smith, Anthony Delgado, Jake Spuller, Bryce Bergman) and the distance medley relay (Lance Wolfsmith, Bergman, Matt Caldwell, Alex Zubey) led Air Force to a sweep of the relay titles. The women claimed their first conference title from a track event, as the distance medley relay team of Auriele Fain, Rachel Thomas, Morgan Mosby and Melissa Fuerst won that event in an Academy-record time. In all, a then-Academy record total of 16 Falcons received all-conference citations based on top-three finishes at the conference meet.

    The men earned their first outdoor title after bettering the field by over 30 points at the MW Outdoor Championships. The Falcons accounted for another pair of titles from Walmsley (3000-meter steeplechase, 5000-meter run), as well as Rob Drye's second straight title in the hammer throw. Simmons won the pole vault with a new MW Championship-meet clearance, while Alex Lindsay (800-meter run), Zach Wood (high jump) and the 4x400-meter team of Bergman, Smith, Delgado and Spuller also earned their first conference titles. The women matched their best-ever finish at the conference meet, as they finished sixth with a program-best 79 points. Paige Blackburn won the javelin throw title, while Mosby became the Academy's first individual champion from a running event, as she paced the Falcons to a one-two finish in the 1500-meter run (Fuerst placed second). Air Force shattered its all-conference total following the outdoor season, as 23 Falcons received top-three placements.

    The men also earned All-America status during the indoor season from Simmons, who placed fifth in the pole vault at the NCAA Indoor Championships, and was named the USTFCCCA Mountain Region Men's Field Athlete of the Year. Ralph Lindeman was honored as the Mountain West Head Coach of the Year during both the indoor and outdoor season, while also being named the USTFCCCA Mountain Region Indoor Head Coach of the Year. A program-record 19 Falcons have qualified to the NCAA Outdoor Championships (West Preliminary), which will be held May 24-26 in Austin, Texas.

     

     MOST VALUABLE PLAYER AWARDS

     

    Men's Cross Country: All-conference and all-region honoree Jim Walmsley had a stellar senior year. A two-time Mountain West Runner of the Week, Walmsley earned a pair of first-place finishes. With a meet record 6K time of 18:30.72, Walmsley won the season-opening Rust Buster Invitational, finishing 15 ahead of the rest of the 134-runner field. The team captain also took first in the 305-runner Woody Greeno Invitational, successfully defending his title with the sixth-fastest 8K time ever at Nebraska's Pioneer Park (24:15.3). He became the first Air Force runner to earn the conference's athlete of the week award in back-to-back weeks since 2008, while becoming only the fifth Falcon to claim multiple awards in a career. The team captain earned all-conference honors following a fifth-place finish at the MW Championships, while claiming an all-region award by taking 21st at the NCAA Regional Championships.

     

    Women's Cross Country: Melissa Fuerst became just the second female runner in Air Force history to finish within the top-10 at the Mountain West Championships (ninth) and just the fifth to earn all-conference accolades during an impressive junior season. She paced the Falcons during five of six races, including the conference (ninth) and regional championships (32nd). Fuerst earned MW Runner of the Week honors after placing second among 283 runners at the Woody Greeno Invitational. Improving her personal time at the 6K distance by nearly one minute (21:25.7) at that event, Fuerst clocked the seventh-fastest time since 2002 at Nebraska's Pioneer Park. In addition, she became the first Air Force female since 2008 - and just the fifth since 1999 - to claim the league's weekly honor.

     

    Football Overall MVP: Senior safety Jon Davis was named first-team all-conference while ranking among the league leaders in several categories. Davis tied for second in the MW in interceptions with a team-best four and was 10th in tackles with 94, a 7.2 per-game average. He was fourth in the conference among defensive backs in tackles. Davis earned Walter Camp Football Foundation National Defensive Player of the Week honors for his efforts against Army in the team's 24-14 victory. He recorded a career-high 12 tackles, force and recovered a fumble and had an interception. Davis finished the season with 10 or more tackles in a game five times. 

     

    Football Most Valuable Offensive Player: Senior Tim Jefferson became the winningest quarterback in school history this season, posting a career record of 28-16. Jefferson's 28 wins ranked him sixth nationally. He recorded career highs in passing this season, hitting 111-of-183 passes for 1,637 yards and 14 touchdowns. His .60.7 completion percentage is the fourth best in school history and he is the first quarterback in Air Force history with consecutive seasons of 10-plus touchdown passes. He closed his career third all-time in school history in passing yards with 4,599, tied for second in touchdown passes with 34, and second in quarterback efficiency with a mark of 146.12.

     

    Football Most Valuable Defensive Player: Senior linebacker Brady Amack ranked among the national leaders in tackles this season with a career-high 136 stops, which is the most at Air Force since 1998. Amack was a second-team all-conference selection after finishing second in the conference and 15th nationally in tackles with a 10.5 average and fifth in fumbles forced with four. Amack recorded a career-best 23 tackles, a quarterback sack and two tackles for loss in the victory over Navy. His 23 tackles set a new Mountain West single-game record and ranked as the sixth most in school history and were the second-most by an FBS player in 2011. Amack earned several national player of the week honors for his effort against the Midshipmen. He was also named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list as the best defensive player in college football. 

     

    Football Most Valuable Lineman/Special Teams Player: Senior offensive lineman A.J. Wallerstein was named first-team all-conference for the second straight season while leading one of Air Force's best offenses. Wallerstein led the offensive line that helped the Falcons to a 13th straight Mountain West Conference rushing title with a 314.8 per-game rushing average. The team ranked third in the nation in rushing and the offensive was second in the conference (Boise State) and fifth nationally in quarterback sacks allowed with just 10 all season. Air Force's season per-game averages of 34.9 points, 140.1 passing yards and 454.8 total yards are all the best in the Troy Calhoun era (2007-present).

    Men's Soccer: Junior Kevin Durr, a midfielder from Garmisch, Germany, led the team in scoring this season with 22 points. He scored six goals and dished out a team-high 10 assists. His 10 assists ranked second in the MPSF and seventh nationally and were the most by a Falcon in one season since Marcus Sagastume had 13 in 2003. Durr was a first-team all-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation pick and became AFA's first All-Far West region selection since 2005.

     

    Women's Soccer: Senior Bridgett Murphy is Air Force women's soccer team MVP for the second straight season.  Murphy earned All-Mountain West Conference for the fourth-consecutive season, earning First-Team honors for the first time. Murphy led the team with five assists and ranked second with four goals and 13 points.  Murphy racked up several accolades this season, earning all-regional and academic all-district honors.

     

    Water Polo: Senior Danny Harold was named the Air Force water polo MVP for the 2011 season. Harold, who was named a second-team All-Western Water Polo Association Tournament selection, finished the season with 205 saves as the Falcons' starting goalkeeper. Also the recipient of the program's Derek Argel Memorial Award, Harold was a four-time ACPWC All-Academic selection, as well as a three-time member of the WWPA All-Academic team.

     

    Volleyball: Maiya Perich, the eldest member of one of the nation's youngest teams, had a strong junior, setting two of the program's Division I single-season records. Perich became the program's Division I leader in single-season digs on Nov. 10, as she broke Tracy Wilkerson's 1999 standard of 355. Perich concluded the season with 400 digs to shatter the previous mark by 45. She also became the first Division I player to tally at least 4.0 digs-per-set, as she tallied a program-best 4.17 average in digs, and set a Division I record for digs in a single match with 36 stops against Denver on Sept. 1. Over the first three years of her career, the team captain has accounted for 848 digs, which is third on the Division I list for career digs.

     

    Men's Basketball: Junior Michael Lyons earned the Bob Beckel Most Valuable Player award for the 2012-12 campaign. Lyons, who missed six games during the middle of the season with a high ankle sprain, led the team and finished third in the Mountain West in scoring, averaging 15.5 points per game. He was named the most valuable player of the season-opening All-Military Classic and became the first Falcon since 1998 to score at least 20 points in three consecutive games. Lyons, who was named second-team all-Mountain West this season, finished the campaign with 997 career points, placing him 23rd on the school's all-time scoring list.

     

     Women's Basketball: Junior Dymond James was named the Air Force women's basketball MVP for the 2011-12 season. James was named an honorable mention All-Mountain West selection, becoming just the ninth player in program history to garner All-Mountain West accolades. She finished the season with 12.4 points per game, including a team-best 13.1 points per contest in conference play, while averaging a team-leading 6.3 rebounds per contest. In addition, James registered a team-high four double-doubles on the season and posted the Falcons' best free throw percentage (.791).

     

    Men's Fencing: Senior Phillip Choy (men's foil) qualified to the NCAA Men's and Women's Fencing Championships.  Choy was the individual men's foil runner up with a 6-2 bout record. At the NCAA Fencing Championships, Choy finished 23rd and helped the Falcons' to a 15th-place team finish. On Jan. 7, 2012, Choy finished 14-4 at the Western Invitational and added to the foil team's five victories against some of the nation's top college fencers. The team captain, Choy majored in systems engineering management.

     

    Women's Fencing: Senior Christina Jung served as the 2012 women's fencing team captain. Throughout here Academy career, Jung helped to mentor the women fencers on and off the strip. At the 2012 Duke Meet in February, Jung helped to lead the women's foil team to an 8-1 victory versus the foils from North Carolina, giving the Academy's foil squad their only outright victory of the day.  At the Western Regionals, Jung finished seventh and earned all-region honors.  Jung majored in management.

     

    Men's Gymnastics: Corbin Palmer had a strong freshman campaign, as one of only two Falcons to earn multiple USAG All-America certificates (floor exercise, parallel bars) in 2012. Palmer recorded the squad's second-highest scores on the floor exercise (14.500) and high bar (14.400), while tallying the third-best marks on the vault (14.400) and parallel bars (14.350). In just his first season, he recorded the fourth-best vault in Academy history and the seventh-highest mark on the high bar.

     

    Women's Gymnastics: Linnaea Hance had a strong sophomore campaign, representing the Falcons at the NCAA Regional Championships and posting the program's best finish (14th) since 2005. In addition to posting the team's top marks on the uneven bars (9.850) and all-around (38.775), Hance also recorded the second-best scores on the vault (9.650), balance beam (9.825) and floor exercise (9.775). Hance, who was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Gymnast of the Week on March 6, claimed a team-best three all-conference accolades (vault, uneven bars, balance beam). She also collected a team-leading six first-place finishes, including multiple victories at UC Davis and Alaska-Anchorage.

     

    Hockey: Air Force senior defenseman Tim Kirby was one of 10 finalists for the prestigious Hobey Baker Award, given annually to the top collegiate hockey player in the nation. He was named to all three major All-America teams, garnering second-team honors by the coaches (AHCA-East) and by USCHO.com. He was a third-team Inside College Hockey All-America selection. Kirby was the Atlantic Hockey Association Player of the Year (unanimous), Defenseman of the Year and a first-team all-league and all-tournament team selection. He tied for third in the nation in goals by a defenseman with 12 and was 19th in the nation in points by a defenseman with 28 (0.72 per game) (12-16-28). The Austin, Minn., native scored in 22 of the 39 games, tied as the most on the team. Kirby played in every game in his career, breaking the Air Force Academy record with 155 consecutive games played. He ranks ninth in school history for points by a defenseman (26-62-88).  His 26 career goals are the fifth most in school history among defensemen. An assistant captain, Kirby helped lead Air Force to the AHA Championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

     

    Rifle: Senior Patrick Everson concluded his Academy career breaking several of his own individual records.  In December at the 2012 Olympic Air Gun Trials (Part 1); Everson advanced to the final round with a 590 and fired a 101.3 to advance to the final round. He was the only collegiate shooter at the tryouts to advance to the final round on Day 1. On day 2 of the trials, he shot a 578 and finished in 12th place overall with a career record 1269.9 aggregate score.  In collegiate matches, he posted an 1162 (versus The Citadel women and Mississippi in January. The Falcons won that meet 4628-4258 and 4627, respectively. A month later he broke that record with 1168 points against TCU.

     

    Boxing: At 175 pounds, Mike McLain became just the 12th Air Force boxer to capture four consecutive Wing Open titles. The senior team captain earned NCBA All-America honors for the fourth straight year, after finishing second at the NCBA Championships. He also claimed the NCBA West Regional title at 175 pounds for the third straight year.

     

    Men's Swimming: Senior Corydon Butler is Air Force men's swimming & diving team MVP.  Butler capped off a stellar four-year career by earning All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation in a team-leading three events.  Butler was AFA's lone first-team all-conference recipient, earning the honor in the 500 yard freestyle, where he was the MPSF runner-up.  Butler also earned second-team All-MPSF in the 200 free and the 1650 free.  Butler leaves the Academy with top 10 school rankings in four events.

     

    Women's Swimming: Freshman Kim Davis is Air Force women's swimming & diving team MVP.  Davis had a standout freshman year that saw her break three school records and qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials. The Brentwood, Tenn., native set school records in the 200 yard individual medley (2:02.45), 400 IM (4:22.79) and 200 Breaststroke (2:16.78). In addition, Davis became Air Force's first female swimmer to qualify for the Olympic Swimming trials, doing so in the 200 meter breast.  Davis will compete in the 2012 USA Olympic Trials this June.

     

    Wrestling: Junior Cole VonOhlen was chosen as the 2011-12 Air Force wrestling team MVP. The Falcons' Most Outstanding Wrestler for the second-straight season, VonOhlen closed out the regular season with a 35-2 record, earning his third-consecutive NCAA bid. VonOhlen, who was ranked as high as third nationally in his weight class, claimed his second-straight West Regional title before turning in his best-ever showing at the NCAA Championships, reaching the round of 12 and finishing just one win short of All-America status. VonOhlen, one of the Falcons' team captains this season, also reached the 100-career win plateau in 2012, becoming the first Air Force junior to do so since 2002.

     

    Baseball: Senior right-hand pitcher Evan Abrecht was named Air Force baseball team MVP.  Abrecht led the Falcons with a 4-5 overall record and his 4.81 earned run average was the second-lowest at the Academy in the last 10 years.  The Farmington, Ark., native also led the Falcons with 95.1 innings pitched and was second with 65 strikeouts.  The senior pitched into the sixth inning in all 13 of his starts this year.  Abrecht cracked numerous Academy Top 10 marks in Mountain West play, ranking second in innings pitched with 63, fourth in strikeouts with 43 and third with ERA with 5.43.  

     

    Lacrosse: Senior Dayton Gilbreath was named the Air Force lacrosse MVP for the 2012 season. The team captain, a two-time defensive MVP for the Falcons, was a first-team All-ECAC selection on defense this season, making him just the third player in program history to be named a four-time all-conference honoree. A four-year starter, Gilbreath has been responsible for shutting down the opponents' top scorer throughout his career. This season, he recorded a career-best 32 ground balls, while also registering eight caused turnovers.

     

    Golf: Sophomore Kyle Westmoreland posted the first win of his career when he captured the individual title at the 2011 Service Academy Classic. He won the tournament by five strokes. Westmoreland led the team with a 73.7 average per round and shot a career-best 67 twice this season. In addition to his victory at the SAC, he posted three other top 10 finishes, including tying for seventh at the William Tucker Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M., and the Rice Intercollegiate in Houston, Texas.

     

    Men's Tennis: Junior Lance Wilhelm earned his third consecutive Most Valuable Player award this season. Wilhelm, one of only seven players to win the MVP award at least three straight seasons, led the Falcons with 22 overall singles wins, including a 15-8 record at the No. 1 spot. In the fall, he won the "A" singles flight at the UNM Balloon Fiesta Classic. Wilhelm went 5-5 against regionally-ranked opponents and became the first Falcon since 2007 to earn all-conference honors in singles. He also was named all-conference in doubles after posting a 17-16 overall record and 13-10 mark at the No. 1 position with Grant Taylor.

     

    Women's Tennis: Senior Tahlia Smoke earned her first all-Mountain West selection this season, earning it for doubles with Melissa Cecil. The duo went 23-13 overall and 13-9 at the No. 1 spot. They also became the first Air Force doubles team to advance to the semifinals of the ITA Mountain Region tournament. In singles, Smoke posted a 21-14 overall record and was 15-7 in dual matches, including a 9-4 mark at the No. 4 spot. She finished her career No. 5 on the school's Division I record list for overall singles wins (73), ninth on the overall doubles list with 59 and seventh on the combined list with 132.

     

    Men's Track and Field: (as of 16 May) Jim Walmsley collected four conference titles for the Falcons during his senior season. The MVP of the cross country team, Walmsley swept the titles of the two longest races at the Mountain West Indoor Championships (3000-meter run, 5000-meter run), while taking first in the 3000-meter steeplechase and 5000-meter run at the MW Outdoor Championships. During the indoor season, he accounted for the fourth-fastest mile time in Academy history, while moving into third on the program's all-time list in the 5000-meter and 10,000-meter races during the outdoor season. Walmsley clocked the Academy's fifth-fastest time in the 3000-meter steeplechase during his first-ever race in that event and claimed the conference title in his second race. The senior qualified to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in both the 3000-meter steeplechase and 5000-meter run.

     

     Women's Indoor Track and Field: (as of 16 May) Paige Blackburn is in the midst of a stellar senior season, that saw her set an Academy record in the hammer throw, win the Mountain West javelin title and score for Air Force in all six throwing events (indoor and outdoor). She placed fourth in the shot put and fifth in the hammer throw at the indoor conference championship meet, while finishing first in the javelin, second in the discus, seventh in the shot put and eighth in the hammer throw at the outdoor championship meet. In addition to setting the Academy's hammer throw record, Blackburn moved into second on the program's all-time list in the indoor and outdoor shot put, discus throw, hammer throw and javelin throw. A two-time MW Athlete of the Week, Blackburn qualified to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in both the discus throw and javelin throw.

     

    Men's Track and Field Outstanding Competitor: (as of 16 May) Cale Simmons set Academy records in both the indoor and outdoor pole vault, while sweeping the Mountain West titles in that event and earning All-America status at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Selected as the USTFCCCA Mountain Region Male Field Athlete of the Year, Simmons cleared an Academy-record 18'1¼" during the indoor season to take over the NCAA lead among 2012 pole vaulters. He won the pole vault during four of seven indoor competitions, including the Mountain West Championships, while finishing fifth at the NCAA Indoor Championships to earn All-America first-team honors. During the spring, Simmons won the outdoor MW title with an Academy and MW Championship Meet record clearance of 18'1¾". Simmons, who claimed two additional first-place finishes in the pole vault during the outdoor season, qualified to the NCAA Outdoor Championships as the third-ranked vaulter in the nation.

     

    Women's Track and Field Outstanding Competitor: (as of 16 May) Kimber Shealy set the Academy record in the outdoor pole vault during a winning clearance of 13'1¾" at the Front Range Classic. In addition to setting a new FRC Meet record, Shealy became the first athlete since 2002 to impact a Stadium Record at the Cadet Outdoor Track and Field Complex. Shealy claimed five first-place finishes on the year (three indoor, two outdoor), while scoring for the Falcons in both the indoor and outdoor conference championships. She claimed all-conference honors at the Mountain West Indoor Championships after finishing third and was selected as the Mountain West Athlete of the Week after her record-breaking performance at the Front Range Classic during the outdoor season. Backed by her Academy clearance during the outdoor season, Shealy qualified to the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

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    This week in Air Force athletics

    Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field Championships at AFA - May 9-12 - The Mountain West Conference's best teams and athletes will be competing for the Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the Air Force Academy on May 9th - 12th at the brand new track and field facility just north of the Holiday Athletic Center.  Air Force will look to sweep team championship honors for 2012 following their indoor title in February.  Tickets are available for only $10 for adults and $5 for youth by contacting the AFA ticket office at 719-472-1895.

    Baseball vs. MWC Leader TCU - May 11th - 13th - The Falcon baseball team will return from the road with a big home series this week against Mountain West Conference leader TCU starting on Friday, May 11th @ 3 pm.  Saturday's game is set for 1 pm and the finale will be on Sunday, May 13th @ 11 am.  Admission is free.

     

    San Jose State, Utah State to Join Mountain West

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    San Jose State, Utah State to Join Mountain West

     

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Mountain West announced today that San Jose State University and Utah State University have accepted invitations to join the Conference, effective with the 2013-14 academic year. The addition of San Jose State University and Utah State University on July 1, 2013 will bring the full-time membership of the Mountain West to nine institutions and 10 football-playing members.

     

    "We are pleased to announce the addition of San Jose State University and Utah State University to the ranks of the Mountain West," said Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson. "As we have developed the strategy for the future of the Conference, the long-standing rivalries with our current members and the fit within our geographic footprint made these two institutions the optimal choices to strengthen our membership and position ourselves for the next steps."

     

    Those next steps include continued consideration of a future association between Conference USA and the Mountain West. The two leagues have synchronized their new membership decisions and are still determining what form the alliance will take.

     

    "Joining the Mountain West in 2013 is an exciting opportunity for San Jose State University's student-athletes, coaches and our many supporters," SJSU President Mohammad Qayoumi said. "I want to thank everyone who worked hard to make this happen. The Mountain West and San Jose State are a great match. We are not joining this conference to simply compete. We are joining to win, and to build upon our current record of success reflecting San Jose State's role as a leader in the classroom, research and athletics."

     

    "This is an exciting moment for Utah State University as the decision renews historic rivalries and places us in a conference that is a model of athletic and academic success," said USU president Stan Albrecht. "We are proud to join with this group of high-quality institutions as we continue our very positive upward trajectory. This is a great day for Utah State athletics and for the university as a whole."

     

    "On behalf of the Mountain West Board of Directors, I would like to welcome these two wonderful institutions to the Conference," said UNLV President and MW Board Chair Neal Smatresk. "They clearly enhance the rivalries within the league and strengthen the fabric of our membership. We look forward to having San Jose State and Utah State join us for what promises to be a successful future."

     

    About San Jose State
    Founded in 1857 and with an enrollment of 28,002, San Jose State is the oldest public institution of higher education in the state of California. Ranked in the top 15 master's-level public universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report, SJSU is also the number one supplier of education, engineering, computer science and business graduates to Silicon Valley, the world's high tech capital. San Jose provides the sixth-largest media market in the country and is conveniently located midway between San Francisco and Monterey/Carmel.

     

    San Jose State competes in 16 varsity sports and will be adding a 17th with women's outdoor track in 2013-14. The Spartans have won 10 NCAA Division I team championships and 50 NCAA Division I individual titles. San Jose State has a winning record in its postseason football history including its most recent bowl victory in the 2006 New Mexico Bowl. Thus far in 2011-12, the Spartans won conference championships in women's swimming and diving, women's golf and men's golf. San Jose State athletes have won seven gold, six silver and six bronze medals in Olympic Games competition.

     

    About Utah State
    Utah State, a university with an enrollment of 25,767, was founded in 1888 in Logan, Utah. Identified as the No. 1 public university in the West, and among the top five nationally, on Forbes' list of America's Best College Buys, USU's undergraduate research program is the second oldest in the country after MIT.

     

    Utah State sponsors 16 varsity sports. The Aggies men's basketball program is one of just five schools nationally to record 13 straight 21 wins seasons and has advanced to 13 straight postseasons (8-NCAA, 4-NIT, 1-CIT), which is tied for the 11th-longest active streak in the nation. USU's women's basketball team has advanced to postseason play in each of the last two years, participating in the Women's National Invitational Tournament, while its women's soccer program advanced to its first-ever NCAA Tournament in 2012. Utah State's football team finished the 2012 season in second place in the WAC and played in its first bowl game since 1997 in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

     

    About the Mountain West
    The Mountain West was founded with eight members in 1998. Five of the original members remain - The United States Air Force Academy, Colorado State University, the University of New Mexico, UNLV and the University of Wyoming. Fresno State and the University of Nevada will join the Mountain West effective July 1, 2012. Also on that date, the University of Hawai`i will become a football-only member of the Conference.

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    This week in Air Force athletics

    AIR FORCE TRACK HOSTS FRONT RANGE INVITATIONAL ON FRIDAY - The Falcon men's and women's team will be back in action at the Cadet Outdoor Track and Field Complex for a big event this Friday, May 4th.  Air Force will welcome in area teams Colorado, Colorado State, New Mexico, Northern Colorado and Wyoming for a day of competition starting at 11 am and ending at approximately 3pm.  The invitational will feature a full schedule of events and will complete regular season competition for the Falcons before heading into the Mountain West Championships.  Admission is only $5 and can be purchased at the gate.

     

    Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field Championships at AFA - May 9-12 - The Mountain West Conference's best teams and athletes will be competing for the Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the Air Force Academy on May 9th - 12th at the brand new track and field facility just north of the Holiday Athletic Center.  Air Force will look to sweep team championship honors for 2012 following their indoor title in February.  Tickets are available for only $10 for adults and $5 for youth by contacting the AFA ticket office at 719-472-1895.

     

    Football Season Tickets Now on Sale  - Air Force football season tickets for 2012 are on sale now.  Packages start at just $70 and family four packs are even more affordable starting at $230 for four tickets.  Fans may purchase or renew their season tickets online at goairforcefalcons.com, by calling the ticket office at 800-666-USAF or by visiting the athletic ticket office in the Falcon Athletic Center.  Season ticket holders that renew by June 1 can take advantage of a 10 percent discount off of 2012 prices.  Additional savings are available if you renew online, including free delivery and receive $15 off your entire on-line order.  In addition, you may take advantage of payment plans.  Visit the ticket page on goairforcefalcons.com today!

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    Women's tennis closes out regular season with two home matches -- Air Force women's tennis looks to wrap up a stellar regular season with a pair of conference victories this weekend to finish above .500 in league play.  The Falcons currently sit at 2-3 in the Mountain West just behind Wyoming which sets up a huge match at the Cadet Gymnasium on Saturday when the Cowgirls head down I-25 for a 2 pm showdown at the Academy.  Air Force also boasts the second best overall record among conference teams at 16-6.  Preceding the Wyoming match is a late Friday afternoon contest with Colorado State at 4 pm.  Admission is free and all fans are encouraged to come out, provide some energy and help the Falcons end the regular season on a high note. 

     

    Baseball vs. Regis - April 17th - The Falcons will host Regis today @ 3 pm in a previously unscheduled make up game from an earlier rain delay.  Admission is free.

     

    Women's Tennis vs. CSU and Wyoming - April 20th and 21st  - Air Force women's tennis will be in action at the Cadet Gymnasium this Friday and Saturday for two conference matches to close out their regular season campaign.  The Falcons welcome front range rivals CSU on Friday and Wyoming on Saturday.  Start times are set for 4 pm, Friday and 2pm on Saturday.  Admission is free.

     

    Men's Tennis vs. Colorado College - April 22nd  - Colorado College will head uptown this Sunday for a mid morning match with Air Force at the Cadet Gymnasium.  Play will begin at 10 am.  Admission is free.

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    THE NCBA CHAMPIONSHIPS COME TO THE ACADEMY THIS WEEK
    Air Force boxing enters this week's national championships on the heels of the program's 32nd NCBA Regional Title.  The Falcons dominated the regional bouts by claiming 10 of 12 weight class titles.  Senior Tyrus Korecki was named the Outstanding Boxer after winning the 156-pound championship.  Four AFA fighters won their regional titles before the final bell sounded, after forcing the referee to stop their contests early. 

    The Falcons will turn around this week to host the nation's best boxers this week at Clune Arena for the NCBA National Championships.  The tournament will run from April 5th through the 7th.  Tickets are available by contacting the AFA ticket office at 719-472-1895 or clicking here.  Price for admission is only $10 per day and $20 for an all session pass good for all three rounds.  Premium seating is available center ring for $15 a day and $30 all session. Thursday and Friday bouts will run from 4 pm to 8 pm and the finals will be held on Saturday from 2-5 pm.

    For the complete story on the Falcons Regional Championship, click here.

     

    Big Week of Baseball at the Academy - April 3rd - 7th - Air Force baseball prepares for another long home stand this week starting this Thursday, April 5th as they host New Mexico @ 3pm.  The game with mark the beginning of a three game set with the Lobos.  Game two is scheduled for Friday, April 6th @ 3 pm and the finale will be at noon on Saturday.  Admission is free.  Click here to read more about the AFA baseball team.

     

    Track Opens up Outdoor Season at Home - April 5th - 7th - Outdoor competition for the Air Force Track and Field teams begins this week at the newly renovated track stadium North of the Holiday Athletic Center.  Events start early on Thursday, April 5th @ 11 am and will run all day.  Competition on Friday will also start at 11 am.  The Air Force Relays, a one day event will begin at 10 am on Saturday and continue all day.  Admission is free.  Click here for past performances from the AFA track and field team.

     

    Women's Tennis Doubleheader - April 7th - The Air Force women's tennis team looks to continue it's recent success with a big conference matchup at the Cadet Gym this Saturday.  The Falcons have quietly won 7 out of their last 8 matches and sit at 13-4 on the season.  The Falcons will host San Diego State @ 10 am to start things off followed by UNLV @ 2 pm.  Admission is free.

     

    Men's Gymnastics Welcome in MPSF Championships - April 7th - Fresh off of it's third National Championship in as many years, the Falcon men's gymnastics team will host the MPSF Championships at the Cadet Gymnasium West Gym this Saturday, April 7th @ 5 pm.  Click here for more information on the men's gymnastics team.  Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for youth.

     

    Men's Lacrosse vs. Bellarmine - April 8th - The Falcons men's lacrosse team looks to build on consecutive wins with a successful outcome this Sunday, April 8th at Falcon Stadium against Bellarmine.  Admission is free, game time is at noon.

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    The National Championship Boxing Tournament is Coming to the Air Force Academy - The Nation's best boxers will descend on the Air Force Academy April 5th through the 7th to compete for the national championship in a full range of weight classes.  Tickets are available by contacting the AFA ticket office at 719-472-1895 or clicking here.  Prices for admission are only $10 per day and $20 for an all session pass good for all three rounds.  Premium seating is available center ring for $15 a day and $30 all session.  Kids 10 and under are free.  Thursday and Friday bouts will run from 4pm - 8pm and the finals will be held on Saturday from 2-5 pm.

     

    Baseball Home Opening Series vs. UNLV - March 23rd - 25th - Sunshine and warm temperatures in the 70's are in the forecast this weekend a perfect time to catch some baseball at the Academy.  The Falcons open up their home schedule starting on Friday vs. UNLV @ 3 pm.  Game two is set for Saturday at 1 pm and the series finale will be at high noon Sunday.  Admission is free.

     

    Men's Lacrosse vs. #11 Denver - March 24th - Air Force men's lacrosse has a big home game against front range rival and national power Denver this Saturday, March 24th at Falcon Stadium.  Game time is 1 pm and admission is free.

     

    Men's Tennis vs. San Diego State - March 25th - The Falcon men's tennis team will be back in action this Sunday for an afternoon match against MWC foe San Diego State @ 12 pm.  Competition will be held at the Cadet Gymnasium.  Admission is free.

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    Men's Tennis vs. South Dakota State and Saint Louis - March 14th and 15th- The Falcon men's tennis team will be hosting a pair of matches this week at the Cadet Gymnasium.  Admission is free to both contests.  Air Force will welcome in South Dakota State on Wednesday, March 14th @ 4 pm and then wrap up this week's play against Saint Louis on Thursday, March 15th @ 4 pm.

     

    Hockey vs. Mercyhurst - AHA Final Four - March 16th    Air Force hockey travels to Rochester, NY this weekend to battle for an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament.  The Falcons are scheduled to face 4th seeded Mercyhurst on Friday, March 16th during the first game of the semis at 4:05 pm.  Tickets are available for this weekend's games at the Blue Cross Arena Box Office or ticketmaster.com.  The two-day, three-game pass is $32 for adults and $22 for students, and $10 for children under 12, single-day passes are $18, $12 and $6.25 based on seating areas.  No. 2 seed Niagara will play 3rd seeded RIT in the nightcap on Friday at 7:35 pm.

    Coach Calhoun - Grand Marshall in the Colorado Springs St. Patrick's Day Parade - Coach Calhoun will lead the festivities downtown this Saturday during the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade along Tejon St.  The parade will begin at St. Vrain and Tejon at noon this Saturday and continue South down Tejon to Vermijo.  Festivities will include marching bands, floats, classic cars, bagpipers and lots of leprechauns!  For  tickets to the grandstand seating, calll 719-635-8803.  Tickets include seating near the parade announcer, snacks, drinks and Irish baubles.

     

    The National Championship Boxing Tournament is Coming to the Air Force Academy - The Nation's best boxers will descend on the Air Force Academy April 5th through the 7th to compete for the national championship in a full range of weight classes.  Tickets are available by contacting the AFA ticket office at 719-472-1895.  Prices for admission are only $10 per day and $20 for an all session pass good for all three rounds.  Premium seating is available center ring for $15 a day and $30 all session.  Kids 10 and under are free.  Thursday and Friday bouts will run from 4pm - 8pm and the finals will be held on Saturday from 2-5 pm.

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    Women's Basketball vs. New Mexico - February 29th - Air Force Women's Basketball invites fans out to the last home game of the season to honor Senior Guard Jamela Satterfield during Senior Night at Clune Arena.  Tipoff is scheduled for 7 pm.  Fans can take advantage of great ticket discounts and deals at concessions during a 3,2,1 promotion that offers $3 tickets, $2 hot dogs and $1 soda.  It's also Heroes Night which means all military personnel and up to three guests will be admitted for free with a valid ID.

     

    Boxing Wing Open Championship - March 1st   The Wing Open Finals will be held this Thursday at 7pm.  The boxing showcase will feature 14 of the Academy's best fighters under the lights at Clune Arena on March 1st.  Admission is free and voluntary donations will be accepted to benefit the Special Ops Wounded Warrior Fund.

     

    Men's and Women's Gymnastics - March 2nd  The Falcon gymnastics squads will be in action this Friday at the Cadet Gymnasium West Gym for a doubleheader starting at 6pm.  The men will take on Illinois-Chicago and the women's team will be competing against Seattle Pacific.  Admission is free.

    Men's Tennis vs. UNLV - March 3rd - The men's tennis team welcomes in UNLV for a Saturday morning match at the Cadet Gymnasium Indoor Tennis courts.  Play will start at 10 am.  Admission is free.

     

    Men's Lacrosse Home Opener - March 3rd - The Falcons will open up their 2012 home slate with a showdown this Saturday against East Coast foe Quinnipiac at Falcon Stadium  Game time is set for 11 am.  Admission is free.

     

    Men's Basketball vs. Colorado State - March 3rd - Fan Appreciation Day at Clune Arena - $5 tickets in all upper level sections.  Subject to availability.  The first 300 fans will receive a free AFA snap hat at the gate.  To purchase your tickets click here or contact the AFA ticket office at 472-1895.  Tip off is scheduled for 2pm.

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    MEN'S BASKETBALL WELCOMES #13 AZTECS TO CLUNE ARENA ON SATURDAY  
    Air Force men's basketball faces a pair of tough tasks in the week ahead.  First on the docket is a road trip to Laramie tomorrow night to face the fourth place Cowboys at 6 pm.  The game will be televised on The Mtn. and for those that can't get to  a TV Jim Arthur will have the call on AM 740 KVOR.  The Falcons will finish the week with another of the MWC's elite as #13 San Diego State comes to town for a Saturday matinee at 2 pm.  Tickets for the SDSU game are still available by clicking here.  The first 500 fans in attendance will also receive a free AFA mini-driveway basketball at the gate.

     

    Wing Open Quarterfinals - February 15th - Catch second round action in the annual Wing Open tomorrow night from the Cadet Gymnasium Boxing Room.  The long journey continues for contenders hoping to make the Open finals on March 1st.  Bouts will begin @ 4:30 - winners advance to fight another day.  Admission is free.

     

    3,2,1 Night at Women's Basketball - February 15th    Fans are invited out to Clune Arena tomorrow night to take advantage of great discounts at the box office and concession stand.  The Falcons will host front range rival Wyoming at 7 pm and tickets are available for only $3.  The savings will continue inside the Arena with $2 hot dogs and $1 sodas throughout the entire game!  All fans will also receive a free AFA stocking cap courtesy of Pepsi at the gate while supplies last.  Tickets will be available on game night at the Clune Arena box office.

     

    Hockey vs. Mercyhurst - Home Season Finale - February 17th and 18th -
    The first place Air Force hockey team will look to stay on a roll when AHA rival Mercyhurst visits the Cadet Ice Arena for an important conference matchup this Friday and Saturday.  The Falcons have been hot for the past month going on a 5-0-3 streak since the Army Series in mid-January.  The run has boosted them atop league standings with just two weeks remaining.  Mercyhurst currently sits in third place two points off pace behind Air Force.  Tickets for this Friday and Saturday are still available but expect to go fast.  Saturday's game is down to standing room only which will go on sale one hour prior to game time at 6 pm.    It's Youth Night at the Cadet Ice Arena both dates which means all youth attending the game wearing their hockey jersey will receive $3 admission.  To reserve your seats today click here.

     

    Women's Gymnastics vs. UC Davis - February 18th  - After spending the first five weeks of the season on the road the Air Force women's gymnastics team finally opens their home schedule over the weekend.  The Falcons will host UC Davis at 2 pm., on Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Cadet West Gym.  Admission is free.

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    Wing Open First Round - February 9th - Catch first round action in the annual Wing Open this Thursday from the Cadet Gymnasium Boxing Room.  The long journey begins for contenders hoping to make the Open finals on March 1st.  Bouts will begin @ 4:30 - winners advance to fight another day.  Admission is free.

     

    Track Air Force Invitational - February 10th    The Air Force Track Indoor Invite will be held this Friday, February 10th at the Cadet Field House indoor track.  Admission is free.

     

    Men's and Women's Swimming - February 10th  -
    The men's and women's swimming team hosts Utah for a doubleheader on Friday afternoon starting at 4 pm.  All competition will be held in the Cadet Gymnasium Natatorium.  Admission is free.

     

    Full Weekend for Men's Tennis - February 11th and 12th  - The Air Force men's tennis team will be busy this weekend with a pair of matches on Saturday and Sunday.  The weekend will start off with a match at the Cadet Gymnasium vs. Portland State @ 10 am.  The finale will be held on Sunday when the Falcons matchup against Northern Arizona @ 10 am.  Admission is free.

     

    Men's Basketball vs. Boise State - February 11th - Air Force men's basketball returns home this Saturday to face conference newcomer Boise State @ 7 pm.  The Falcons will welcome back former players and managers for alumni night at Clune Arena and two of the programs all-time greats, Bob Beckel and Cliff Parsons will be honored at halftime during a special banner raising ceremony.  Tickets are still available for the game.  To reserve your seats, click here or contact the AFA ticket office at 472-1895.

    Air Force radio broadcaster, local TV sports anchor Lee Douglas passes away

    Air Force Academy radio broadcaster and longtime News First 5/30 Sports Director Lee Douglas, 57, passed away Feb. 4, 2012 in his hometown of Pueblo, Colo. Douglas teamed with Jim Arthur of KVOR AM 740 to broadcast Air Force football. The pair was together since 2004. In addition, Douglas was the host of the Air Force football television coaches show with Ken Hatfield and Fisher DeBerry in the 1980s. For more information on his services, please see the link below.

     

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    YOUTH NIGHT AT AIR FORCE VS. #12 UNLV SHOWDOWN THIS SATURDAY  

    The Falcon men's team looks to get back into the win column against TCU tomorrow night after a hard fought road loss at San Diego State over the weekend.  Following the road trip to Fort Worth, Air Force will return home to host another one of the nation's premier teams as 12th ranked UNLV heads to town for a Saturday night battle at Clune Arena.  Tipoff is set for 7 pm.  The atmosphere in the Cadet Field House promises to be lively as everyone's favorite mascot "The Bird" will be celebrating his birthday with the help of his mascot buddies.  Festivities will include the first ever Mascot Olympics and a special free giveaway for the first 700 kids in attendance.  All early arriving youth will receive a free AFA basketball replica jersey at the gate.  As part of Youth Night all kids aged 15 and under will also receive $5 admission to the game with purchase of an adult ticket.  For more information or to reserve your seats click here or contact the Air Force ticket office at 472-1895.

     

    WOMEN'S HOOPS SHOOTS FOR SECOND STRAIGHT PACK THE HOUSE CHALLENGE TITLE

    The Air Force women's basketball team will be in action this Wednesday at Clune Arena for a big game against TCU @ 7 pm.  The Falcons would like to invite fans out for the annual Pack the House Challenge, an NCAA initiative to help schools around the country break attendance records at their respective home courts.  Last season the women's team set a single game attendance record and won the conference portion of the challenge for the first time in school history.  The Falcons look to repeat last year's event with an even bigger turnout this season.  Fans attending the game can take advantage of a special 1,2,3 ticket and concession discount with sodas available for only a buck, hot dogs $2 and tickets for only $3!  Tickets will be available at the Clune Arena box office on game night, we hope to see you there. 

     

    Coach Reynolds Radio Show - January 26th - Stop by Back East Bar and Grill after work this Thursday for the Coach Reynolds Radio Show live at 6:30pm.  Catch up with Coach on everything that has been going on with Falcon men's basketball and enjoy some great food and drink specials during Back East's extended happy hour. 

     

    Women's Basketball vs. TCU - January 25th   - Help support the women's basketball program as they aim to capture their second straight Pack the House Challenge.  Winners receive cash prizes from the NCAA to help with funding.  Fans attending the game will be eligible for a great deal at the ticket window and concession stand.  Sodas will be available for only $1, hot dogs are $2 and tickets are $3!  Tickets can be picked up tomorrow night at the Clune Arena box office.

     

    Men's and Women's Swimming - Falcon Invitational - January 27th and 28th  -
    The men's and women's swimming and diving teams will be in competition this Friday and Saturday from the Cadet Gymnasium Natatorium.  Meet time is scheduled for 12 pm on Friday and 9 am on Saturday.  Admission is free for both events.

     

    Track and Field  - January 27th and 28th  - Air Force Track and Field will be hosting two events this weekend starting with the Indoor Combined Meet at the Cadet Field House on Friday @ 1 pm.  The team will be back at it on Saturday morning for the Air Force Team Challenge @ 9 am.  Admission is free to both events.

     

    Men's Basketball vs. #12 UNLV - January 28th - Help pack into Clune Arena as the Falcons host their first ranked opponent of the season.  It's Youth Night which means all tickets for kids age 15 and under will be available for only $5 with the purchase of an adult ticket.  The first 700 youth in attendance will also receive a free AFA replica basketball jersey at the gate.  Click here for tickets.

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    Coach Reynolds Radio Show - January 19th - Stop by Back East Bar and Grill after work this Thursday for the Coach Reynolds Radio Show live at 6:30pm.  Catch up with Coach on everything that has been going on with Falcon men's basketball and enjoy some great food and drink specials during Back East's extended happy hour. 

     

    Wrestling Opening Week - January 19th and January 21st  - Air Force wrestling starts of the 2012 campaign with a set of home meets this week starting with a Thursday showdown with Utah Valley at 7 pm.  The Falcons will turnaround and host a Saturday doubleheader at Clune Arena with Cal Poly @ 5 pm and New Mexico @ 6:45 pm.  Admission is free.

     

    Boxing Friday Night Fights - January 19th  -
    Just under a  month out from the first round of the Wing Open, championship contenders are in full preparation for a shot at fighting in Clune Arena on March 1st.  Stop by the Cadet Gymnasium boxing room on Friday for a chance to watch this year's crop of fighters.  Admission is free.

     

    Men's Swimming Back to Back - January 20th and 21st  Men's swimming will be back at the friendly confines of the Cadet Gymnasium Natatorium on Friday night vs. Wyoming @ 6 pm and on Saturday vs. Denver starting at 1 pm.  Admission is free.

     

    Men's Tennis Saturday Doubleheader - Men's tennis will play two this Saturday at the Cadet Gymnasium Indoor Tennis Courts.  The action starts early with a 10 am showdown with Northern Colorado.  After a short break the tennis will continue with an afternoon contest against CSU Pueblo @ 2 pm.  Admission is free.

     

    Women's Basketball vs. San Diego State - January 21st - Stop by Clune Arena this Saturday to watch some great college hoops when the Falcon women's team takes on San Diego State at high noon.  Admission is only $2 for youth and $5 for adults.  Tickets will be available on game day at the Clune Arena box office.

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    AIR FORCE HOCKEY RETURNS HOME FOR BENTLEY SERIES  

    The Falcon hockey team will be back in action at the Cadet Ice Arena for the first time in the new year when they welcome in Bentley for a two game series this Friday and Saturday.  It is Scout Night at the Academy on Friday which means $3 admission for all boy and girl scouts and family members attending the game.  Scout tickets will be available in the general admission section of the Cadet Ice Arena and can be picked up on game night.  Select Falcon players will stick around following the game to sign autographs in the concourse. 

    Saturday

    Saturday night is Military Appreciation Night - All military personnel will receive $3 admission to the game along with any accompanying family members.  Please present a valid military ID at the Cadet Ice Arena ticket office on game night to receive discount.  Click here for tickets to this weekend's games.

     

    Coach Reynolds Radio Show - January 12th - Stop by Back East Bar and Grill after work this Thursday for the Coach Reynolds Radio Show live at 6:30pm.  Catch up with Coach on everything that has been going on with Falcon men's basketball and enjoy some great food and drink specials during Back East's extended happy hour. 

     

    Air Force Track All Comers Meet - January 13th  - The indoor portion of the Track and Field season begins this Friday as the Falcons host the annual All Comers Meet at the Cadet Field House.  Competition starts at 2 pm and admission is free.

     

    Boxing Friday Night Fights - January 13th  -
    Just under a  month out from the first round of the Wing Open, championship contenders are in full preparation for a shot at fighting in Clune Arena on March 1st.  Stop by the Cadet Gymnasium boxing room on Friday for a chance to watch this year's crop of fighters.  Admission is free.

     

    Men's Swimming vs. BYU - January 13th Men's Swimming competes on a busy day of athletics at the Academy when they go up against BYU @ 6 pm.  Admission is free for the meet - held in the Cadet Gymnasium.

     

    Women's Basketball vs. Boise St. - January 14th - This Saturday the Air Force women's basketball team will be at home to take on Boise St in their Mountain West Opener @ 2 pm.  It's Dads and Daughters Date Day which means free admission for all daughters attending the game with their dad.  Each dad and daughter group will also get a free bag of popcorn while supplies last.  As part of the event local dance studio Artistry in Motion will be holding dance lessons starting at 1 pm so come out and learn some new moves before the game.  Doors open at 12:30pm.

     

    Men's Gymnastics Rocky Mountain Open - January 14th - The defending National Champion Falcon men's gymnastics team returns to the Cadet Gym for the annual Rocky Mountain Open.  Competition begins at 6 pm this Saturday and admission $5 for adults and $2 for youth ages 3-15.

    Falcon hockey player Mitch Torrel saves lives in burning building

    Air Force's Mitch Torrel has already shown he's ready for whatever challenges his military career may hold.

    The sophomore forward stepped up 21 months ago when he alerted and escorted out some of the 150 elderly residents of a Wenatchee, Wash., assisted living complex during a fire that destroyed one apartment and resulted in the deaths of two of their neighbors.

    "Anyone would have done it," the future combat rescue or special tactics officer from Monticello, Minn., replied when told many consider him a hero.



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    TEDDY BEAR TOSS AT MEN'S BASKETBALL THIS SATURDAY TO HELP LOCAL FAMILIES IN NEED THIS HOLIDAY SEASON  

    The Air Force men's basketball team will be back in action at Clune Arena this Saturday for the last time before hitting the road for a big west coast swing that takes them to Spokane for a showdown with Gonzaga and the San Francisco area for the Cable Car Classic hosted by Santa Clara.  The Falcons are coming off of two stellar defensive performances, holding opponents to 34 and 51 points in their last pair of games.  Air Force currently sits at 5-2 on the season with 7 games remaining until the conference slate.  On Saturday the Falcons will be welcoming in Maryland Eastern Shore for a 7 pm tip-off.  The team would like to encourage fans to bring in a teddy bear or stuffed animal to donate to the local Toys for Tots program.  All fans donating an item at the gate will receive $5 upper reserved admission to the game.  At halftime we'll put targets down on the court and let fans take aim with their teddy bears to try and win some great prizes from our sponsors.  Additional tickets can be purchased online by clicking here or calling 472-1895.

     

    Coach Reynolds Radio Show - December 8th - Stop by Back East Bar and Grill after work this Thursday for the Coach Reynolds Radio Show live at 6:30pm.  Catch up with Coach on everything that has been going on with Falcon men's basketball and enjoy some great food and drink specials during Back East's extended happy hour. 

     

    Air Force Men's Basketball vs. Maryland Eastern Shore - December 17th  - Join Falcon fans for the first ever Teddy Bear Toss at Clune Arena with the men's basketball team.  Fans that bring a stuffed animal or teddy bear to donate to Toys for Tots at the gate will receive $5 upper reserved admission to the game.  At halftime fans can hang onto their teddy bear to toss onto targets placed on the court for a chance to win some great prizes from our sponsors.  

     

    Birthday Party Packages with Air Force Men's and Women's Basketball  - Youth birthday parties are now available for reservation at all remaining AFA men's and women's basketball games.  Come out and party with the Falcons for your son or daughter's big day.  Packages include tickets to the game, pizza and drinks for the group, a gift from the team, a visit from the bird on court photo opportunities and a scoreboard message!  For more information on how to reserve your party, click here.

     

    Bowl Bound With AFA Football - Military Bowl Washington D.C. - December 28th The Air Force Academy Football team will be making it's school record 5th straight bowl appearance in Washington D.C. on December 28th in the Military Bowl.  The Falcons will take on MAC Divisional winner Toledo at RFK Stadium at 4:30 pm.  Tickets are available for purchase and for donation to local service men and women in the D.C. area by clicking here.  Tickets start at only $25!  For more information regarding team hotels and event information around the D.C. area please visit the official page of the Military Bowl by clicking here.  Falcon fans will be staying at the Mayflower Renaissance downtown, discounted rates are available for bowl fans for only $115 a night.

     

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    MEN'S BASKETBALL RETURNS HOME FOR PAIR OF GAMES THIS WEEK 

    Air Force men's basketball will be back in action at home this Wednesday for the first time in two weeks as they host Wright State for a 7 pm tip-off from Clune Arena.  The Falcons enter the match up coming off of a narrow defeat in the Mountain West/Missouri Valley Challenge against Drake on Saturday.  The loss dropped Air Force to 3-2 on the season heading into a critical stretch of non-conference play.  Followers of the Falcons on Facebook will receive $7 discounted tickets in all sections of Clune Arena including the lower bowl (courtside VIP and Center Court Club not included).  To take advantage of this special Facebook promotion login to your Facebook account and like the Falcons by searching for GoAirForceFalcons or by clicking here.  Discounts will run from noon today up until noon tomorrow.  On Saturday, Air Force will be back at Clune for another 7 pm start against Arkansas - Pine Bluff.  It is Scout Night at the Academy which means all boy and girl scouts attending Saturday Night's game will receive $5 admission for themselves and any accompanying family members.  Tickets will be available at the Clune Arena box office on game night only.  We've also got a special giveaway planned for fans of the Bird!  The first 500 youth in attendance will receive a commemorative Bird bobble head at the gate courtesy of Pepsi.  To order your tickets for the game click here or call the AFA ticket office at 472-1895.    

     

    Coach Reynolds Radio Show - December 8th - Stop by Back East Bar and Grill after work this Thursday for the Coach Reynolds Radio Show live at 6:30pm.  Catch up with Coach on everything that has been going on with Falcon men's basketball and enjoy some great food and drink specials during an extended happy hour. 

     

    Air Force Men's Basketball vs. Wright State - December 7th  - Fans of the Falcons on Facebook can earn great discounts on tickets for this Wednesday's men's basketball game vs. Wright State at 7 pm.  Facebook fans will receive $7 admission in all seating sections (excluding Courtside VIP and Center Court Club) of Clune Arena via an exclusive promo code released on the page.  To "like" the official Facebook page of Air Force Athletics click here.  Discounts on the page will run from noon today up until noon tomorrow.

     

    Air Force Men's Basketball vs. Arkansas Pine-Bluff - December 10th  - Falcon men's basketball will be back in action from Clune Arena this Saturday at 7 pm.  It's Scout Night at the Academy which means all boy and girl scouts in attendance will receive $5 admission for themselves and any accompanying family members.  Tickets can be picked up on game night.  The first 500 youth in attendance will also receive a commemorative bird bobble head at the gate courtesy of Pepsi.  

     

    Bowl Bound With AFA Football - Military Bowl Washington D.C. December 28th 

    The Air Force Academy Football team will be making it's school record 5th straight bowl appearance in Washington D.C. on December 28th in the Military Bowl.  The Falcons will take on MAC Divisional winner Toledo at RFK Stadium at 4:30 pm.  Tickets are available for purchase and for donation to local service men and women in the D.C. area by clicking here.  Tickets start at only $25!  For more information regarding team hotels and event information around the D.C. area please visit the official page of the Military Bowl by clicking here.  Falcon fans will be staying at the Mayflower Renaissance downtown, discounted rates are available for bowl fans for only $115 a night.

     

    Skate With Santa - December 11th - Join us at the Cadet Ice Arena on Sunday, December 11th for a special Skate with Santa event from 1 to 3 pm.  Admission is only $4 and skate rentals will be available for $3.  Concessions and the Field House gift shop will be open as well.  For more information please call 333-0389.

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    WOMEN'S BASKETBALL HOSTS WEEKEND OF HOOPS WITH THE AIR FORCE CLASSIC - The Falcon women's basketball team will be back at home this weekend for a pair of games in the annual Air Force Classic at Clune Arena.  The tournament tips off on Friday when the Falcons take on Jackson State in the opener @ 5 pm.  The first 200 fans in attendance will receive a free AFA stadium scarf at the gate!  All fans donating a new toy for the local Toys for Tots program will be eligible for $2 admission to the game.  On Saturday the Falcons will be back in action against USF @ 4:30 pm.  Fans are encouraged to again bring a new toy to donate to the local Toys for Tots charity for $2 admission.  The team will also stick around following the game to sign autographs and take photos in the concourse.     

     

    Boxing Friday Night Fights - December 2nd - Stop by the Cadet Gymnasium boxing room this Friday @ 4:30pm to preview this year's contenders for the Wing Open.  A full slate of bouts is scheduled, admission is free and open to the general public.

     

    Women's Basketball vs. Jackson State and USF - December 2nd and 3rd  - Air Force women's basketball will open up the Air Force Classic on Friday Night with a matchup against Jackson State @ 5 pm.  All fans that donate a new toy to the Toys for Tots program will receive $2 admission to the game.  The first 200 will receive a free Air Force Stadium Scarf at the gate!  Fans can also take advantage of $2 admission for the Saturday finale against USF by donating a new toy at the gate.  Tipoff on Saturday is set for 4:30pm

     

    Men's and Women's Gymnastics Intrasquad - December 3rd  - For a chance to preview this year's defending National Champion men's gymnastics team and the Falcon women's squad, stop by the Cadet Gymnasium on Saturday, December 3rd @ 2 pm.  The teams will be kicking off their season with an intrasquad meet with free admission to the general public.

     

    Men's Basketball Holiday Packs - Holiday mini-game plans are now available for fans of Air Force men's basketball.  Four game packs are available for as low as $30 and include a bonus Air Force fleece blanket gift.  Packages serve as a great gift around the holidays or just a good way to save some money on tickets.  Half season mini-plans are also available now and allow fans the opportunity to pick the games they'd like to attend in 2011-12.  Six game packages start at just under $40!  Click here to find out more or contact the ticket office at 719 -472-1895.

     

    Skate With Santa - December 11th - Join us at the Cadet Ice Arena on Sunday, December 11th for a special Skate with Santa event from 1 to 3 pm.  Admission is only $4 and skate rentals will be available for $3.  Concessions and the Field House gift shop will be open as well.

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    MEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYS COLORADO AT HOME THIS WEDNESDAY - The Air Force men's basketball team has gotten off to a fast start this season and look to build on their 3-0 record with a big home game this Thursday vs. Colorado at 7 pm.  The game marks the first time the two teams have met since 2007.  The Falcons are coming off of an impressive defensive performance on Friday night when they held visiting Western State to only 37 points on 31.3 percent shooting from the field.  The Falcons have hung their hat on the defensive end in their first three outings of the season holding opponents to an average of only 36.7 percent from the floor.  Air Force hopes to continue to the trend this Wednesday when the Buffs come to town.  Seats are still available for the game and can be purchased by clicking here or contacting the AFA ticket office at 472-1895.  All fans making a single game purchase to the game will receive $5 in bonus cash to spend at the concession stand.  Any fans that wish to participate in the Air Force men's basketball food drive can bring a non-perishable food item to donate at the gate and receive a free ticket to any remaining non-conference game this season.  The first 450 fans in attendance will also receive a free pair of AFA mesh shorts at the gate. 

     

    Coach Calhoun Show at Back East - November 22nd - Coach Calhoun and Jim Arthur will be on the air live from Back East Bar and Grill on Briargate for the final Coach's Show of the season tonight at 6:30pm.  Stop by after work for some great food and drink specials and stick around to hear from Coach Calhoun about the Falcons upcoming date with CSU in Ft. Collins.

     

    Men's Basketball vs. Colorado - November 23rd - The Buffs visit Clune arena for the first time since 2007 this Wednesday night.  Tipoff is set for 7 pm.  Tickets are still available and all single game purchases include $5 in bonus credit to spend at the concession stand.  Fans contributing to the annual canned food drive will receive a voucher good for free admission to any non-conference game this season.  The first 450 fans will also receive a free pair of AFA mesh shorts at the gate.  Click here to order tickets or call the AFA ticket office at 472-1895.

     

    Women's Basketball T-Shirt Exchange - November 25th - If you are looking to get out of the house the Friday after Thanksgiving stop by Clune Arena for a matinee basketball matchup between the Falcons and Northern Colorado at 3 pm.  Fans brining an old sports shirt to exchange for a new commemorative Air Force Commander-in-Chief Trophy t-shirt will receive free admission to the game!  Old t-shirts will be donated to the Salvation Army. 

     

    Hockey vs. UConn - Toy Trick Weekend - November 25th and 26th - Air Force hockey is back at home this weekend to host conference rival UConn for a pair of games on Friday and Saturday.  The 7-4-2 Falcons will be hosting their annual Toy Trick Weekend which means all fans donating a new toy at the gate will receive $3 admission to the game.  $5 black Friday tickets will also be available online only.  Puck drops at 7:05 pm both nights

    Vote for Asher Clark

    Fans, you can vote now for the Las Vegas Bowl player of the week by clicking the link below. Air Force senior running back Asher Clark is one of the nominees. Clark rushed for a career-high 169 yards and scored on a career-long run of 67 yards to lead Air Force past UNLV, 45-17, last week.

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    This week's Nominees:
    Tank Carder, TCU LB
    Asher Clark, AFA RB
    Kellen Moore, Boise State QB
    Brett Smith, Wyoming QB

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    CANNED FOOD DRIVE AT MEN'S AND WOMEN'S HOOPS THIS THURSDAY AND FRIDAY 

    Air Force women's basketball opens up their home schedule vs. Denver this Thursday at Clune Arena.  The Falcons will tip-off play at 7 pm.  All fans donating a non-perishable food item at the gate will receive $2 admission and a free ticket voucher to the Air Force vs. Northern Colorado game on Friday, November 25th.  The men's basketball team will also be back in action this Friday when they host their annual food drive at Clune Arena before the Western State game @ 7 pm.  All fans donating a non-perishable food item at the gate will receive $2 admission to the game in upper baseline seating.  Family Friday seating is also available in all other sections of Clune Arena for only $40.  Family Friday packages include four tickets to the game and $20 in bonus cash to spend at the concession stand.   The Falcon men's team will then turn around for an in-state showdown with Colorado on Wednesday, November 23rd @ 7 pm.  All single game purchased tickets to the game will include $5 in bonus cash to spend at the Clune Arena concession stands on game night.  The first 450 fans will also receive a free pair of AFA mesh shorts at the gate.

     

    Football vs. UNLV - November 19th - The Falcons will be at Falcon Stadium for their home finale on Saturday in a big game for post-season implications.  Kick-off is scheduled for 4 pm.  $5 overlook tickets are available.  $5 youth tickets are also available in all sections - enter promo code "SCOUT".  $40 family packs are also available for only $40 in all sections.  Click here to reserve your seats. 

     

    Women's Basketball vs. Denver - November 17th - The Falcons open up their home schedule with a big game this Thursday vs. DU @ 7 pm.  All fans donating a non-perishable food item at the gate will receive $2 admission to the game and a voucher for free admission to the Northern Colorado game on November 25th.

     

    Friday Football Luncheon - November 18th - Stop by the Falcon Stadium Press Box for the final football luncheon of the year and a chance to hear from Coach Calhoun before heading into this weekend's must win for the Falcons.  Famous Dave's has a great menu on tap all for only $10!  Lunch includes: Buffalo Chicken Wings, BBQ Chicken Wings, Chopped Pork, Texas Beef Brisket, baked beans, mac and cheese, salad, bread pudding and fudge brownies along with beer and soda.  Doors open at 11 am and the program/door prizes start at noon.

     

    Boxing Friday Night Fights - November 18th  Air Force Boxing will host their Friday Night Fight series at the Cadet Gymnasium this Friday.  For a chance to preview this year's Wing Open contenders, stop by the Academy at 4:30 pm to catch a full lineup of bouts.  

     

    Men's Basketball vs. Western State - November 18th - Air Force men's basketball will look to improve on an impressive start as they welcome Western State to Clune Arena on Friday @ 7 pm.  All fans donating a non-perishable food item at the gate will receive $2 admission.  It's also Family Friday Night which means that four packs are available for only $40 with $20 to spend in concessions vouchers.  Click here to order your tickets.