Honoring Academy Heritage

This Day in Air Force Academy History...

Aug. 16, 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. He made the 1980 team, but the U.S. boycotted the Moscow Games. Aug. 16, 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. Aug. 16, 2006 -- Military strategist and aviation pioneer retired Col. John R. Boyd, 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. Aug. 16, 2011 -- Cadet 3rd Class Craig Nowadly, Class of '13, is singled out by Air Force Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Bruce Green for having the best cadet poster presentation at the annual Air Force Medical Research Symposium in Washington, D.C. Nowadly received the award for his work with the Life Sciences Research Center.

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

Academy Heritage Projects

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Class Histories

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Class Rings and Prints

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Award Recognition

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