Honoring Academy Heritage

This Day in Air Force Academy History...

Oct. 23, 1871 - The first Denver and Rio Grande train passes through the future site of the Air Force Academy. The railroad and tracks were owned by Gen. William Jackson Palmer, one of Colorado Springs' founders. Oct. 23, 1990 -- The Boettcher Foundation approves a grant of $23,000 for archival conservation of materials within the Gimbel Collection at the Academy Library. Oct. 23, 1992 - The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1993 directs the Secretary of Defense to submit legislation to increase civilians here and at the U.S. Military Academy. Until then, the faculty remained virtually all military.

Research for this date in USAFA historical achievements was provided by Steven Simon '77.

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 on Tuesday mornings on 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.

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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.