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September 8, 2021

Return to Jacks: New commandant strives to instill warfighter mentality among cadets

By Jeff Holmquist, Association of Graduates By the end of his run through the assault course, Brig. Gen. Paul Moga ’95 is dripping in sweat, caked in mud and smiling from ear to ear. As a basic cadet in 1991, Moga successfully navigated the various physical and mental challenges in Jacks Valley, but he never thought he’d be back here — 30 years later and serving as commandant of cadets at his alma mater. In the early days of his new role, Moga was asked if he would like to relive some of his basic cadet glory days. He admits...

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September 8, 2021

The notorious ‘Johnny Bravo’: Great leadership starts at the Academy

by Ashley D. Murphy, Strategic Communications “Embrace this. You are going to second guess yourself being here, not think you are good enough, and wonder if you’ll make it to graduation. Trust me – an incredible journey is in front of you.” Brig Gen Michael “Johnny Bravo” Drowley is a war hero, pilot, weapons school expert, and ’96 graduate of the Academy … but his leadership style, charismatic personality, and sense of humility are what he’s best known for. And, he says he owes it all to his time at the Academy. “USAFA gave me far more than I can put...

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September 7, 2021

The Big Idea: Institute for Future Conflict prepares cadets for evolving fight

By Jeff Holmquist, Association of Graduates One of USAFA’s newest initiatives all started with Dr. Paul Kaminski’s “Big Idea.” In 2016, Kaminski ’64 — a stealth technology pioneer — authored a white paper and approached Academy leadership with a challenging question: How do we better prepare cadets for warfare of the future? Over the course of multiple conversations, brainstorming sessions, and presentations, the Institute for Future Conflict (IFC) was born. Thanks to the ongoing financial support of donors, the institute was officially established on Nov. 8, 2019. Then, in March of 2021, Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Bradford Shwedo ’87 was named...

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November 9, 2020

Training Turnaround – MTIs join USAFA team in effort to better prepare future military leaders

by Jeff Holmquist, Association of Graduates When Brig. Gen. Michele Edmondson assumed the role of USAFA commandant of cadets in the summer of 2019, she arrived just in time to witness Basic Cadet Training for the incoming Class of 2023. She appreciated some of the training techniques and tactics of upperclass cadre — handed down from one class to another for years — which contributed to what many felt was the heritage of the institution. However, with Brig. Gen. Edmondson’s steep military training background and experience, she was excited to evolve training and parallel it to what military training looks...

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October 29, 2020

Distinguished Service Award goes to Academy graduate, AOG volunteer

U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs, Oct. 29, 2020  U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- A former volunteer faculty member will receive the school’s Distinguished Service Award later this year. Garry Dudley, a 1968 Academy graduate, is scheduled to receive the award in a ceremony later this year but the date of that event has not yet been announced. Dudley was notified of his selection for the award in an August letter from former Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria. “This award is given to an individual or group that has contributed significantly and directly to the morale or well-being...

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October 5, 2020

Cadets in STEM Spotlight: C1C Kat Kowar

Cadet First Class Katarina Kowar chose to attend the U. S. Air Force Academy for it's unparallelled undregraduate programs. A biology major from Woody Creek, Colorado, she has taken full advantage of the opportunities USAFA has to offer. Aside from regular cadet activities, Cadet Kowar has been involved with two STEM research projects and is a member of the USAFA Precision Flying Team. Cadet Kowar joined the biology lab as a sophomore, where she gained the foundational scientific reasoning and laboratory skills that would support her journey in upper level biology classes and research. Over the summer, she participated in...

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August 19, 2020

Graduate Spirit Mission

Class of 2022 cadets briefly reveal the red side of their masks By Nicole Cox, USAFA Graduate Liaison USAFA red classes conducted a COVID-19 themed spirit mission this week. Led by the Class of 1998, RTBs from the Classes of 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990 and 2010 (among others) raised a monumental $12,198 to buy reversible face masks for the red Class of 2022. The average donation to the effort was $98. The masks were purchased through the same company that makes USAFA's issued black masks and are black on one side and red on the other. While cadets are only authorized...

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August 10, 2020

USAFA Pandemic Math Team

Maj Erin Almand tests COVID samples By Nicole Cox, USAFA Graduate Liaison When USAFA made the difficult decision to send the majority of the cadet wing home in March, its faculty and staff immediately got to work to find ways to protect cadets and the USAFA mission. Experts from multiple disciplines came together to tackle the problem and answer an important question from the Superintendent: how might we safely return the entire cadet wing to USAFA for in-person instruction during the ongoing pandemic? Maj Erin Almand, a 2009 Graduate and Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology, had an answer....

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August 6, 2020

Honoring a Fallen Teammate

By Nicole Cox, USAFA Graduate Liaison Members of the USAFA Flying Team gathered last weekend to remember First Lieutenant Kenneth “KAGE” Allen. A memorial shadow box, paid for by members of the Class of 2017 will be displayed at the 557th Flying Training Squadron. The box includes Kage’s Flying Team patch, retired by the Flying Team members who gathered to remember him. The Flying Team Parents Club also paid for and presented versions of the box to Kage’s parents and his wife, Hanna. Each of the displays show the T-51 and T-41 from his time with the Flying Team and...

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July 28, 2020

Cadet Research Spotlight: Space Physics and Atmospheric Research Center Photometer

by Nicole Cox, USAFA Graduate Liaison Cadet Zachary Eyler, Class of 2021, and his research advisor Dr. Matthew McHarg are working on a photometer, a device that measures the amount of incoming light, designed to take measurements of the Aurora. The goal of the project is to learn more about the mechanisms responsible for high frequency flickering in the Aurora’s intensity. Cadet Eyler’s efforts to program the photometer have led to an ability to get real-time read outs of auroral conditions. His program quickly analyzes the incoming data, writes it to a file and sends instruction back to the photometer....

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