Former Standout Earns Prestigious Title
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Former Air Force volleyball player 2Lt. Delavane Diaz was named the 2004 Cadet of the Year by the British Air Squadron during a ceremony at the Pentagon on Thursday, April 28.
Diaz was honored for her performance as a cadet while enrolled at the U.S. Air Force Academy. The award was established in 2000 by the private British Air Squadron organization in tribute to the U.S. military's support of the United Kingdom.
At the Academy, she was a Cadet Wing commander, NCAA athlete, Academic All-American and Rhodes Scholar. As cadet wing commander, she commanded more than 4,000 cadets and is just the second female Cadet Wing Commander in Academy history.
Diaz graduated with a 3.95 GPA and received a degree in astronautical engineering. She is currently pursuing two masters' degrees at Oxford University.
Recipients of the award receive the Millennium Sword, which is kept on permanent display in the Pentagon. The sword is a symbol of the enduring British-American friendship.
(some information was pulled from the Air Force Print News release)