Honoring Academy Heritage

This Day in Air Force Academy History...

April 18, 1942 -- Lt. Col. James Doolittle, namesake of the Academy Association of Graduates building and exemplar for the Class of '00, leads 16 B-25s from the USS Hornet in the first raid on Tokyo. Although all aircraft were lost, 14 crews survived. Doolittle was awarded the Medal of Honor and the other flyers received the Distinguished Flying Cross. April 18, 1984 -- The Association of Graduates selects Sen. Barry Goldwater (R-Ariz.) as its third Honorary Member. Goldwater, namesake of the Academy's Visitor Center, was a major general in the Air Force Reserve and served five terms in the Senate. Honorary membership may be awarded to persons who have rendered outstanding service to the Air Force or the Academy. Membership is limited to 25 living persons.

Research for this date in USAFA historical achievements was provided by Steven Simon '77. Read about other USAFA grad accomplishments.

Heritage Minute

One key mission of the Association of Graduates is to highlight some of those things that make the Academy the special place that it is. As a result, the AOG has launched a series of “Heritage Minute” videos that will be available weekly from our website, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram TV. Each episode of the “Heritage Minute” will feature a historic site or display found somewhere on the Academy campus.

Academy Heritage Projects

The Association of Graduates uncovers, records, displays and honors the heritage, history and legacy of the U.S. Air Force Academy and its graduates.

Class Histories

Select a year below to learn more about the USAFA class, read Polaris yearbooks, link to class websites, and more!

Class Rings and Prints

The AOG facilitates the Class Ring program, from working with cadets on ring decisions to helping grads with lost class rings.

Since 1975 the United States Air Force Academy's graduating classes have been given a special painting pertaining to their graduating class year. Learn more about class paintings and prints.

Award Recognition

Distinguished Graduate Award

The Distinguished Graduate Award recognizes exceptional graduates who have set themselves apart ...

Young Alumni Award

Nominations being sought for young ...

Jabara Award for Airmanship

Colonel James Jabara Award goes to a graduate whose airmanship contribtuions are of great significance ...

Honorary Members

Honorary membership is awarded to persons who have rendered outstanding service ...

Past, Present and Future

Honoring fallen comrades is an important part of the AOG mission.

If you plan on visiting the Academy, please review these online resources.

USAFA graduates have excelled in all areas of life.

Heritage and Traditions Committee

Learn more about the Policies and Procedures of the Heritage and Traditions Committee.