The Congressional Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual in the Armed Services of the United States. Lance Peter Sijan, USAFA Class of 1965 is the only Congressional Medal of Honor recipient alumni of the U.S. Air Force Academy.
While on a flight over North Vietnam, Capt. Sijan ejected from his disabled aircraft and successfully evaded capture for more than 6 weeks. During this time, he was seriously injured and suffered from shock and extreme weight loss due to lack of food. After being captured by North Vietnamese soldiers, Capt. Sijan was taken to a holding point for subsequent transfer to a prisoner of war camp. In his emaciated and crippled condition, he overpowered 1 of his guards and crawled
into the jungle, only to be recaptured after several hours. He was then transferred to another prison camp where he was kept in solitary confinement and interrogated at length. During interrogation, he was severely tortured; however, he did not divulge any information to his captors. Capt. Sijan lapsed into delirium and was placed in the care of another prisoner. During his intermittent periods of consciousness until his death, he never complained of his physical condition and, on several occasions, spoke of future escape attempts. Capt. Sijan’s extraordinary heroism and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty at the cost of his life are in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Air Force and reflect great credit upon himself and the U.S. Armed Forces.
Chief of Staff
The Chief of Staff of the Air Force serves as the senior uniformed Air Force officer in the Department of the Air Force. The office held by a four star general is the principal military adviser and a deputy to the Secretary of the Air Force. The Chief of Staff of the Air Force is a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and along with other service Chiefs of Staff serves as military adviser to the Secretary of Defense, National Security Council and the President of the United States.
Name Class Michael E. Ryan (16) 1965 Ralph Eberhart (Acting) 1968 Norton A. Schwartz (19) 1973 Duncan J. McNabb (Acting) 1974 Mark A Welsh III (20) 1976 David L. Goldfein (21) 1983
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), a US government agency was established in 1958. The NASA agency made scientific discoveries about space and about all the galaxies for future and present references.
Astronaut Candidates undergo approximately two years of training and evaluation. To be an astronaut you must be a jet pilot and spend over 100 hours in the cockpit. If successful the military candidate is detailed to NASA for a specified tour of duty.
Name Class Karol J. Bobko 1959 Frederick D. Gregory 1964 John E. Blaha 1965 Roy D. Bridges Jr. 1965 John Casper 1966 Ronald J. Grabe 1966 Charles L. Veach 1966 Loren Shriver 1967 Richard O. Covey 1968 Guy Gardner 1969 Gary Payton 1971 Sidney M. Gutierrez 1973 L. Blaine Hammond 1973 Terence T. Henricks 1974 Mark C. Lee 1974 Name Class Donald R. McMonagle 1974 William A. Pailes 1974 Ronald M. Sega 1974 Brian Duffy 1975 Kevin P. Chilton 1976 Thomas D. Jones 1977 Charles J. Precourt 1977 Curtis Brown 1978 James D. Halsell 1978 Kevin R. Kregel 1978 Richard A. Searfoss 1978 William G. Gregory 1979 Susan J. Helms 1980 Michael J. Bloomfield 1981 Steven W. Lindsey 1982 Benjamin A. Drew 1984 Gregory H. Johnson 1984 James M. Kelly 1986 Eric A. Boe 1987 Terry W. Virts 1989 James Dutton 1991 Kjell Lindgren 1995 Jack Fischer 1996 Tyler Hague 1998 Raja Chari 1999
Through the National Competitive Scholarship Program, highly qualified graduating United States Air Force Academy graduates are selected each year to complete an advanced degree as their first active duty assignment. The Rhodes Scholarship is an international postgraduate scholarship for students to study at Oxford University, Oxford, England. The qualities of character, intellect, and leadership are the most important requirement for this scholarship. It is considered a highly prestigious scholarship.
Name Class Bradley C. Hosmer 1959 John D. Sullivan 1961 Robert H. Baxter 1962 Richard L. Klass 1962 David H. Roe 1962 Earl T. Davis 1963 Sam W. Westbrook III 1963 Robert L. Sansom 1964 Alva Bart Holaday 1965 Daniel T. Twomey 1967 Steven R. Sturm 1969 Scott S. Barker 1970 George R. Keys, Jr. 1970 Alfred M. Wurglitz 1970 Richard T. Koskella 1972 Name Class Frank G. Klotz 1973 William J. Sims 1974 John A. Ausink 1976 William Brundage 1976 Jeffrey A. Jackson 1979 Christopher D. Miller 1980 Michelle D. Johnson 1981 John W. McLendon 1981 Heather Wilson 1982 David S. Fadok 1982 Kenneth L. Davison 1984 Hoang Tran 1987 Steven B. Harrison 1988 Christopher B. Howard 1991 Micul E. Thompson 1991 Thomas A. Geiser 1995 Thomas McCaleb 2001 Delavane B. Diaz 2004 Nicholas J. Shelly 2007 Hila Levy 2008 Brittany L. Morreale 2010 Zachary A. Crippen 2012 Rebecca A. Esselstein 2015 Jaspreet Singh 2018
Name Class Paul J. Selva 1980 VCJCS (Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff) Heather Wilson 1982 SecAF (Secretary of the Air Force) Tod Wolters 1982 UAFAE (Commander, U.S. Air Forces in Europe; Commander, U.S. Air Forces Africa; Commander, Allied Air Command) Name Class Devin L. Cate 1983 AF/TE (Director of Test and Evaluation) David L. Goldfein 1983 CSAF (Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force) Arnold W. Bunch, Jr 1984 Military Deputy SAF/AO (Military Deputy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics)