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Around the world this past summer, 273 Air Force Academy cadets applied their knowledge and skills to help industry partners and Air Force operational units solve real-world problems through the Cadet Summer Research Program.
Cadets receive valuable assistance in difficult subjects across all academic disciplines at the Academy’s Academic Success Center.
Cadet parents support the Wings of Blue parachute team through the Endowment's Parent and Family Giving program.
Forty cadet-athletes gathered in the Gettysburg National Cemetery for one final discussion with 12 coaches and other Air Force Academy staff as they concluded their whirlwind trip to the Gettysburg battlefields as part of the 4th annual Gettysburg Leadership Summit.
Lt. Col. (Ret.) Dana Arbaugh ’70 recognizes that the rigorous training he received as a cadet not only prepared him to be a successful Air Force officer, but also affected every aspect of his life.
Dr. John Childs has joined the board of directors of the United States Air Force Academy Endowment.
The Cadet Wing Character Staff has created the first-ever Wing book club, and the Class of ’63 helped supply its first book for all participants.
The USAFA Endowment is committed to providing transformative, private support for the Air Force Academy. It helps donors provide more than a margin of excellence for Academy and cadet projects and programs.
Generous donors who contributed to the renovation and reopening of the Air Force Academy’s Planetarium and STEM Center and a new observatory telescope were honored at a celebration hosted by the United States Air Force Academy Endowment.
Cadets vie for important scholarships that will enable them to pursue graduate studies after they graduate from the Air Force Academy.
A highlight of the Air Force Academy’s 2019 National Character and Leadership Symposium (NCLS) was a panel discussion with 10 of the 2018 Outstanding Airmen of the Year recipients.
Located in a quiet corner of Sijan Hall, the Peak Performance Center serves as a lifeline for cadets to help them navigate through the labyrinth of challenges they face at the Academy.
Following a 20-year tradition of community service, 92 Air Force Academy cadets fanned out across the country during spring break to help build homes for people in need in Texas, California, Arizona, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Mississippi.
Dr. Cheryl Shavers has joined the board of directors for the United States Air Force Academy Endowment.
Cubic is addressing cyber through its sponsorship of senior capstone projects, involvement with AF CyberWorx, and most recently, a $1 million gift toward the construction of the new United States Air Force Center for Cyber Innovation at USAFA.
Retired Brig. Gen. Dana H. Born has joined the board of directors for the United States Air Force Academy Endowment in Colorado Springs.
A cyber attack on the United States could take aim at a variety of vulnerable targets: utility companies, defense facilities, airplanes, banks or vehicles. In order to protect against such an attack, the country’s defenders will need a combination of technological expertise, defensive strategies and extensive private-sector partnerships.
As the United States Air Force Academy Endowment closed the books on 2018, we’re both humbled and inspired by the generous support of Air Force Academy graduates, alumni and friends who contributed more than $27.8 million to Academy projects and programs. This was the most successful year in the history of the Endowment, increasing our support for the Academy to more than $168 million since 2007.
Cadets are pushing beyond the walls of the classroom and gaining valuable leadership experience on a global scale through the Cultural Immersion Program supported by the George and Carol Olmsted Foundation, the Academy Class of ’81 and USAFA Endowment donors.
A few years have passed since 87-year-old Kimbrough Bassett was a young air training officer (ATO) welcoming the first class of Air Force Academy cadets to Lowry Air Force Base in 1955.
Today, through the Stamps Leadership Scholars program, cadets with demonstrated leadership abilities and proven academic performance have opportunities to pursue summer research, internships and cultural immersion experiences in locations around the world.
The United States Air Force Academy has developed three space-related research centers coordinated through the Department of Physics: the Center for Space Situational Awareness Research, the Space Physics and Atmospheric Research Center and the Astronomical Research Group and Observatory.
In its fifth year of participating in Giving Tuesday, the United States Air Force Academy Endowment experienced its best year, helping Academy supporters channel more than $66,000 to 44 projects.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California December 3 carrying the FalconSAT-6 satellite built by cadets in the Academy’s FalconSAT program.
Read the quarterly update on Academy projects and programs supported through the United States Air Force Academy Endowment.
Two Air Force Academy cadets are among the 32 U.S. recipients selected this weekend for prestigious Rhodes Scholarships.
The United States Air Force Academy Endowment has added four new board directors: William Clohan ’70, Stephen MacLeod ’91, John Olive ’67 and Paul Rossetti ’70.
Two reunion classes offered monetary gifts to the Air Force Academy through the USAFA Endowment’s Class Giving Program during their reunion weekend.
Air Force Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria '85 joined graduates of the Class of 1971 and USAFA Endowment staff to mark the groundbreaking for the new Air Warrior Combat Memorial. The Class of ’71 has been shepherding the $1.2 million memorial project for nearly 10 years.
The long-term mission of the United States Air Force Academy Endowment is to enhance academic excellence, strengthen character and leadership development and honor the rich heritage of the Academy. The Academy’s priorities shape our strategic focus and determine the approach we take to secure private contributions.
Cadets explore leadership principles on the battlefield at Gettysburg.
Bonnie Lavin makes a gift to the Academy in memory of her husband, retired Maj. Kenneth A. Lavin, who devoted 27 years of his life to serving cadets at the Air Force Academy.
Cadets have access to a variety of academic and leadership experiences thanks to a wide range of guest lectures at the Academy.
The Air Force Academy is a top-tier educational institution that demands academic excellence and excels in leading-edge research.
Cadets win with added support for transformative programs.
Cadets triumph over Army and Navy to win the Boeing Capstone Competition trophy.
The late Lt. Col. Ida Widmann’s legacy of improving the diversity of the Cadet Wing is being continued with an endowed fund in her name.
In 2017, the Endowment worked with donors who intend to endow the Medical School Preparatory Fund, which would assist cadets far into the future.
The women’s water polo team at the Air Force Academy found a benefactor and a more certain future in a founder of the team.
A gift from Terry O’Donnell ’66 supports the moot court program, enabling cadets to travel and compete in several competitions around the country and host a moot court tournament at the Academy annually.
During 2017, graduates, families and friends provided more than $17 million in support of a wide range of programs at the Academy.
The United States Air Force Academy welcomed four distinguished Air Force generals to headline the Air Commanders Symposium on April 11 in the Academy’s Arnold Hall Theater.
Retired Gen. Richard B. Myers, the 15th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and current president of Kansas State University, received the Air Force Academy’s 2017 Character and Leadership Award in the Academy’s Arnold Hall Theatre on April 5, 2018.
Brian Gornick has been appointed to the board of directors for the United States Air Force Academy Endowment.
More than 140 Academy graduates and friends gathered at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum in Denver for the United States Air Force Academy Endowment’s Decade Ahead reception on March 14.
John MacGregor Fox ’63, a USAFA Endowment board director, is one of three to be honored with the 2017 US Air Force Academy Distinguished Graduate honor.
Gen. (Ret.) Stephen R. Lorenz ’73, a USAFA Endowment board director and former president and CEO, is one of three to be honored with the 2017 US Air Force Academy Distinguished Graduate honor.
The Class of 1967, which celebrated its 50th reunion in 2017, has long included the USAFA cemetery as a class giving priority.
When the first operational SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida (currently scheduled for June 2018), it will include the FalconSAT-6 and FalconSAT-7 satellites, developed by cadets and faculty at the United States Air Force Academy.
With a planned new building focused solely on cyber, the U.S. Air Force Academy is poised to prepare cadets for important cyber careers while addressing strategic Air Force goals.
The USAFA Triathlon Team has purchased a new equipment trailer with the help of parents and FalconFunder, the USAFA Endowment crowdfunding web site.
Five programs at the Air Force Academy focused on academics, professional development and cadet mental health have received significant funding from former Commandant of Cadets retired Lt. Gen. Marcus Anderson and his wife, Ginger.
As a graduate and a former senior leader at the Air Force Academy, Marcus Anderson has an understandable affinity for the institution.
The United States Air Force Academy Endowment is pleased to welcome two new board directors: Jon Keyser ’04 and Sarah (Saxer) Marshall ’93.
The Air Force Academy is moving closer to replacing its 53-year-old telescope with a new one that will significantly expand the observatory’s research capabilities.
A Q&A with retired Lt. Gen. Mike Gould ’76, the new president of the United States Air Force Academy Endowment.
Private philanthropy has played a significant role in the growth and development of the United States Air Force Academy since its founding. Today, seven foundations function within the realm of Academy-focused philanthropy. Earlier in 2017, the presidents and chairs of the seven foundations began meeting together to forge a closer alliance as they work together on behalf of the Academy.
Retired Lt. Gen. Christopher Miller ’80 has questions — lots of them — about the profession of arms and its definition in the 21st century. And he’s allowed, because it’s part of his recent assignment at the Air Force Academy.
Air Force Academy cadets took first and second overall, winning five gold, three silver and four bronze medals in annual competition.
Retired Lt. Gen. Mike Moeller ’80, vice president of business development and integration for Pratt & Whitney, returned to his Air Force Academy roots on November 2.
Read the Academic Impact Report for 2016, which highlights some of the impacts made possible by donor generosity.
The United States Air Force Academy Endowment Board of Directors has elected a new chairman and appointed a new president and CEO for the organization.
Six Academy cadets — all history majors — had an opportunity to visit historic battlefields in Europe this summer as part of the Face of Battle Staff Ride. The trip was funded by retired Lt. Col. Don Raines ’86 through the United States Air Force Academy Endowment.
On the 73rd anniversary of the Normandy invasion (June 6, 2017), six Air Force Academy cadets stood on the sands of Omaha Beach, moved by the bravery and sacrifice of the men who fought and died that day.
Working hand-in-hand with priorities set by the Air Force Academy, the Endowment stepped in to help expand the excellence of two other iconic campus structures: the planetarium and Falcon Stadium.
Dr. Dwijen Misra was taken by surprise when his oldest son announced he wanted to attend the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.
Dr. Dwijen Misra has joined the board of directors of the United States Air Force Academy Endowment. He is a vascular surgeon with Metro Vein Centers in Rochester Hills, Michigan.
A 1980 graduate of the Air Force Academy has been chosen as the inaugural Johnson Chair for the Study of the Professions of Arms.
Former fighter pilot and flight commander Matthew J. Kuta, a 2005 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, has joined the USAFA Endowment board of directors.
As an Academy cadet, Mark Howes ’75 learned important lessons in character and leadership. Those lessons served him well as an Air Force officer and became the foundation for a successful business career.
At first glance, it may seem strange to discover research involving robots, special ops communications devices, or a self-driving Tesla automobile coming out of the Air Force Academy’s Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership.
Between 2007 and 2012, two major building campaigns changed the skyline and landscape of the Air Force Academy, illustrating the impact private philanthropy can have on the institution.
Air Force Academy graduates rallied behind the 2017 All Academy Challenge to raise $298,908 for a variety of USAFA projects and programs during the seven-day fundraising competition between the five service academies.
Former U.S. Air Force Academy Superintendent retired Lt. Gen. Bradley C. Hosmer has joined the board of directors of the United States Air Force Academy Endowment.
Five classmates of Cadet First Class Kaleb Estes attended his May 20 funeral in Alabama as pallbearers and representatives of the Air Force Academy.
For Bernard “B.J.” Cooney ’64, peace of mind was a learned state during his Air Force service.
Twenty-two cadets in the class of 2017 have been accepted to health care-related schools after graduation.
In the final week before the Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) competition, the Dyno Lab on the first floor of Fairchild Hall is busy with cadets making last minute adjustments to their entry.
The restoration of the Air Garden is another example of how private funds add significantly to the margin of excellence of Academy-initiated projects
The Endowment was formally established in 2007, but it was built upon a legacy of more than 50 years of successful, private philanthropy.
TThe 2016 USAFA Endowment Annual Report highlights the impact nearly 8,500 donors had on the U.S. Air Force Academy...
Cadet 1st Class Jeremy Jacobellis will pursue two years of graduate studies at Exeter College at Oxford University in Oxford, England, as the recipient of the 2017 Holaday Scholarship.
Robert David Yost ’69 is one of four to be honored with the 2016 US Air Force Academy Distinguished Graduate honor. A member of the USAFA Endowment board of directors, Yost hopes the honor inspires others to support the Academy as it prepares cadets to be leaders of character.
The USAFA Endowment is pleased to welcome four new directors to its Board of Directors.
General (Ret.) Michael V. Hayden, former director of both the CIA and the National Security Agency, and principal deputy director of National Intelligence, received the Air Force Academy’s 2016 Character and Leadership Award.
The Endowment was recently featured in the Colorado Springs Gazette newspaper.
Former Air Force football student-athlete and President and CEO of Varitec Solutions, Jack Kucera '78 and his wife Vianne presented a check for $5 million to the Falcon Stadium renovation project....
Former Air Force Chief of Staff retired Gen. Mark A. Welsh III has joined the Endowment’s Board of Directors.
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The Endowment would like to congratulate one of our Founding Directors, Scott Kirby '89.
Polaris Hall, the new home of our Center for Character and Leadership Development is complete, serving as a symbol of the emphasis we place on character and leadership throughout the USAFA experience.
The USAFA Endowment is pleased to announce the largest private gift in Air Force Academy history: a $6 million legacy grant from the Colorado based Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation.
The Endowment wishes to thank John and Lyn Muse for their continued support of the National Character and Leadership Symposium, their generous gifts allow amazing speakers to enhance the experience for cadets.
The USAFA Endowment reaches a fundraising milestone based on its unique funding model.
The Board of Directors of the USAFA Endowment are pleased to announce the selection of retired Maj. Gen. Mark Volcheff '75 as president and CEO.
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