USAFA Endowment news archive

Stowers joins Endowment board of directors

Wes Stowers has joined the board of directors for the United States Air Force Academy Endowment. A 1976 graduate of the Air Force Academy, Stowers is president and CEO of Stowers Machinery Corporation, the Caterpillar dealer serving the eastern third of Tennessee.

Doss joins Endowment board of directors

Tanner Doss has joined the board of directors for the United States Air Force Academy Endowment. A 2009 Air Force Academy graduate, Doss is director of investments for FJ Management in Salt Lake City.

Putting concepts into practice

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.

Lifeline to success

Cadets receive valuable assistance in difficult subjects across all academic disciplines at the Academy’s Academic Success Center.

Beyond the blue

Cadet parents support the Wings of Blue parachute team through the Endowment's Parent and Family Giving program. 

On the battlefield

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.

Giving back

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.

Childs joins Endowment board of directors

Dr. John Childs has joined the board of directors of the United States Air Force Academy Endowment.

Class of '63 helps with Cadet Wing book club

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.

More Than a Margin

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. 

Expanding horizons

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.

From graduation to graduate studies

Cadets vie for important scholarships that will enable them to pursue graduate studies after they graduate from the Air Force Academy. 

Class of '93 brings outstanding airmen to NCLS

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.

Take the plunge!

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.

Service before self

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.

Shavers joins Endowment board of directors

Dr. Cheryl Shavers has joined the board of directors for the United States Air Force Academy Endowment.

Cubic helps Academy, cadets address cyber

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.

Born joins Endowment board of directors

Retired Brig. Gen. Dana H. Born has joined the board of directors for the United States Air Force Academy Endowment in Colorado Springs.

Centering cyber at USAFA

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.

Making the greatest impact

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.

Seeing the world with new eyes

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.

Kimbrough Bassett - ATO Superstar

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.

Stepping onto the world stage

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.

Laws of physics strictly enforced: Buckle up!

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.

2018 Giving Tuesday was record setting

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.

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carries USAFA satellite into space

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 winter 2018 Leading Edge newsletter

Read the quarterly update on Academy projects and programs supported through the United States Air Force Academy Endowment.

Two cadets named 2019 Rhodes Scholars

Two Air Force Academy cadets are among the 32 U.S. recipients selected this weekend for prestigious Rhodes Scholarships.

USAFA Endowment welcomes new board directors

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 classes offer gifts during reunions

Two reunion classes offered monetary gifts to the Air Force Academy through the USAFA Endowment’s Class Giving Program during their reunion weekend.

Construction of the Air Warrior Combat Memorial Begins

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.

Supporting Academy priorities

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.

Beyond the "fields of friendly strife"

Cadets explore leadership principles on the battlefield at Gettysburg.

Leaving a lasting legacy

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.

Lectures throughout the year inspire, challenge cadets

Cadets have access to a variety of academic and leadership experiences thanks to a wide range of guest lectures at the Academy.

Taking cadet research to new heights

The Air Force Academy is a top-tier educational institution that demands academic excellence and excels in leading-edge research.

USAFA grads tackle the All Academy Challenge

Cadets win with added support for transformative programs. 

Cadets win Boeing Tri-Service Academy Capstone Project Competition

Cadets triumph over Army and Navy to win the Boeing Capstone Competition trophy. 

Widmann Endowed Fund for Admissions to help diversify applicant pool

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.

Help cadets prep for medical professions

In 2017, the Endowment worked with donors who intend to endow the Medical School Preparatory Fund, which would assist cadets far into the future.

Former coach endows women's water polo club team

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.

Moot Court gift can help cadets develop important skills

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.

A new decade of support begins

During 2017, graduates, families and friends provided more than $17 million in support of a wide range of programs at the Academy.

Generals take charge of Air Commanders Symposium

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.

Myers receives Character and Leadership Award

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.

Gornick joins Endowment board of directors

Brian Gornick has been appointed to the board of directors for the United States Air Force Academy Endowment.

Launching the decade ahead

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.

Fox one of three USAFA 2017 Distinguished Graduates

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.

Lorenz one of three USAFA 2017 Distinguished Graduates

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.

Class of '67 reunion gifts honor Long Blue Line

The Class of 1967, which celebrated its 50th reunion in 2017, has long included the USAFA cemetery as a class giving priority.

FalconSAT tasks cadets with putting satellites into space

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.

Enhancing the Cyber Ecosystem at USAFA

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.

Equipment trailer made possible through crowdfunding

The USAFA Triathlon Team has purchased a new equipment trailer with the help of parents and FalconFunder, the USAFA Endowment crowdfunding web site.

Anderson gift supports leadership priorities

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.

From the heart of the Long Blue Line - Marcus Anderson '61

As a graduate and a former senior leader at the Air Force Academy, Marcus Anderson has an understandable affinity for the institution.

Keyser, Marshall join Endowment board of directors

The United States Air Force Academy Endowment is pleased to welcome two new board directors: Jon Keyser ’04 and Sarah (Saxer) Marshall ’93.

Equipping the USAFA observatory for 21st century research

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.

Milestones: The Way Forward

A Q&A with retired Lt. Gen. Mike Gould ’76, the new president of the United States Air Force Academy Endowment.

Pulling together for the Air Force Academy

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.

A new definition for the profession of arms

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.

Cyber Competition Team wins big in CyberStakes Live

Air Force Academy cadets took first and second overall, winning five gold, three silver and four bronze medals in annual competition.

Pratt & Whitney visit inspires cadets

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.

Donors create impact on academic programs

Read the Academic Impact Report for 2016, which highlights some of the impacts made possible by donor generosity.

Endowment announces new leadership

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.

From the heart of the Long Blue Line - Don Raines

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.

Treading on hallowed ground

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.

Milestones - the USAFA Endowment’s second five years

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.

Reflections of a three-time Air Force Academy parent

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.

Misra joins Endowment board of directors

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.

Studying the profession of arms

A 1980 graduate of the Air Force Academy has been chosen as the inaugural Johnson Chair for the Study of the Professions of Arms.

Kuta joins Endowment board of directors

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.

From the Heart of the Long Blue Line - Mark Howes

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.

Behind the Curtain: the Warfighter Effectiveness Research Center

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.

Milestones: Major building efforts marked first five years

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.

USAFA grads meet the challenge

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 Superintendent Hosmer joins Endowment board of directors

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.

Rando Cadet Humanitarian Fund pays for cadets to travel to services of their fallen colleagues

Five classmates of Cadet First Class Kaleb Estes attended his May 20 funeral in Alabama as pallbearers and representatives of the Air Force Academy.

Achieving peace of mind

For Bernard “B.J.” Cooney ’64, peace of mind was a learned state during his Air Force service.

Gift fund helps senior cadets prep for health care professions

Twenty-two cadets in the class of 2017 have been accepted to health care-related schools after graduation.

Formula SAE competition

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.

Restoring faded splendor

The restoration of the Air Garden is another example of how private funds add significantly to the margin of excellence of Academy-initiated projects

Milestones - a brief history of philanthropy at the Academy

The Endowment was formally established in 2007, but it was built upon a legacy of more than 50 years of successful, private philanthropy.

2016 Annual Report showcases impact

TThe 2016 USAFA Endowment Annual Report highlights the impact nearly 8,500 donors had on the U.S. Air Force Academy...

Academy senior Jeremy Jacobellis to study at Oxford with Holaday Scholarship

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.

Yost one of four USAFA 2016 Distinguished Graduates

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.

Endowment announces four new board directors

The USAFA Endowment is pleased to welcome four new directors to its Board of Directors.

Hayden receives Character and Leadership Award

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.

Private gifts enhance cadet experience

The Endowment was recently featured in the Colorado Springs Gazette newspaper.

Graduate donates $5 million

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....

Welsh joins Endowment board of directors

Former Air Force Chief of Staff retired Gen. Mark A. Welsh III has joined the Endowment’s Board of Directors.

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Scott Kirby named president of United Airlines

The Endowment would like to congratulate one of our Founding Directors, Scott Kirby '89.

USAFA's skyline: A history of support

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.

Historic gift to the Air Force Academy

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.

National Character and Leadership Symposium

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.

Celebrating $100 million raised

The USAFA Endowment reaches a fundraising milestone based on its unique funding model.

Next president and CEO Named

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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