Honoring Academy Heritage

This Day in Air Force Academy History...

Nov. 21, 1959 -- At a book signing in Denver, writers Marian Talmadge and Iris Gilmore introduce "Wings for Peace," a young-adult novel about fictional Academy Cadet Frank Barton. The book covers his three upper-class years as a cadet. The book is the sequel to "Wings of Tomorrow," which addressed Barton's first year at the Academy. Nov. 21, 1960 -- The Academy Hospital opens for business. It featured two floors of ward rooms, four operating rooms, two delivery rooms, outpatient services and a pharmacy. The first baby, Deanna Reeves, was born two days later, and goes on to graduate in the Academy Class of '83. Nov. 21, 1998 -- The Cadet Chorale sings for the taping of CBS TV host Kathie Lee Gifford's "Christmas Every Day" show at Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek, Colo.

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

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.