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Ring Dance for the Class of 2016!

Congratulations to the Class of 2016 the WebTeam just got back from quite an eventful night and all of the photos will be uploading into the gallery. We covered the unavailing of the Class crest, The class painting and most importantly the Cadets getting their Rings, a symbol of any service academy. 
 
Click here to go to the gallery!Cool
 
To learn more about Class rings and the tradition read below.
"The American college tradition of the class ring began with the class of 1835 at the U.S. Military Academy. From there, it spread to the U.S. Naval Academy in the class of 1869.[51] The Air Force Academy continued the tradition, beginning with the first class, 1959, and so is the only service academy to have had class rings for every class since its founding. The Air Force ring is distinctive for being white gold instead of the yellow gold used at the other academies. Each class designs its own class crest; the only requirements being that each crest include all the elements on the Class of 1959's crest: the class number, the class year, the Polaris star, and the eagle. One side of the ring bears the academy crest, while the other side bears the class crest; the center bezel bears the words United States Air Force Academy. Cadets choose their own stones for the center of the ring. The rings are received at the Ring Dance at the beginning of the Graduation Week festivities for the class ahead of the ring recipients. The rings traditionally are placed in glasses of champagne and are caught in the teeth following a toast. During the cadet's first class (senior) year, the ring is worn with the class crest facing the wearer; following graduation, the ring is turned so that the class crest faces out. The rings of all the academies were originally designed to be worn on the left hand, so that the wearer reads the name of the academy on the bezel while a cadet or midshipman and others can read it after graduation, the rings are now worn on either hand. The Academy's Association of Graduates (AOG) accepts rings of deceased graduates which are melted down to form an ingot of white gold from which a portion of all future rings are made.[52] Both the academy's Association of Graduates and the Academy Library maintain displays of class rings."
Taken from Wikipedia.
 
Make sure to make your way on over to the Military Training Gallery for all 2000 photos from tonight! 
 







Georgia Hale & Farewell

Congratulations to the Class of 2019 USAFA Appointees & Class of 2016 Prep School Appointees from Georgia who were honored at the Georgia Parents Club Hale & Farewell luncheon this afternoon.  Many thanks also to the club for their warm hospitality to yours truly.  I was honored to be the guest speaker this year.  The photos are up in the Extracurricular gallery.  
 




 
We are happy to post any photos from send offs.  Just email us to [email protected] and we will send you instructions on how to send us the photos.

More Fountain Jumping

As more firstie finals were finished the fountain got a workout yesterday.  All the photos are located in the Academic Year Gallery starting on page 9, but here a few for your view pleasure, courtesy Liz Copan.
 


Pancake Palooza

 
Well, it's finally finals time.  While we wait for the fountain jumping photos to be processed, (here a couple courtesy C1C Jon Kay, & Mrs. Shari Preiss), other cadets took time to drop by the Oasis for some comfort food provided by the AOG and served by volunteers.  The photos are in the extra-curricular gallery.  The fountain photos will be up as soon as they are posted, so check back.
 




They also got some love from some furry friends who came along with the volunteers.

Happy Mother's Day!

To all the Moms out there!
 
Wishing you the happiest of days wherever you may be!
 

The Rings Are Here!

Hey 2016 Families!
 
Guess what arrived here last night?  We're getting ready for Ring Dance!
 

Philadelphia Networking Event

Last Sunday was the first combined event with USAFA Admissions, the AOG/WebGuy, the USAFA Parents Clubs, & the AOG Chapters in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, & New York areas to welcome the Class of 2019 appointees and their families to the USAFA Family.  Ironically, the event was held on the battleship New Jersey.    One team, One fight.  Right?  The goal of these events is  to engage with AOG
chapters, parents clubs, and friends of the Academy at the local or regional
level.   There will be more to come in the fall. 

 





The rest of the photos from the event are located in the AY 2014-15 Gallery on page 751.  Enjoy!

2015 Graduation Speaker Announced!

This just in...
HQ U.S. Air Force AcademyDirectorate of Public Affairs, (719) 333-7593 News Release #052 April 30, 2015
SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE TO SPEAK AT GRADUATION 
 

    U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo.  - Deborah Lee James, the Secretary of the Air Force, will be the commencement speaker for the U.S. Air Force Academy's Class of 2015 Graduation Ceremony on May 28.    She is the 23rd Secretary of the Air Force and is responsible for the affairs of the Department of the Air Force, including the organizing, training, equipping and providing for the welfare of its more than 690,000 active duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian Airmen and their families. She also oversees the Air Force's annual budget of more than $110 billion.    Ms. James has 30 years of senior homeland and national security experience in the federal government and the private sector. Prior to her current position, Ms. James served as President of Science Applications International Corporation's Technical and Engineering Sector, where she was responsible for 8,700 employees and more than $2 billion in revenue.    The Class of 2015's Graduation Ceremony will be May 28, starting at 9:30 a.m. in Falcon Stadium, on the U.S. Air Force Academy.  It is the culmination of a week of graduation activities.                        -30-NOTE: A full biography of the Secretary James, and high-resolution photo, is available online at:http://www.af.mil/AboutUs/Biographies/Display/tabid/225/Article/467806/d...

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Polaris Warrior!

Hey everyone! Polaris
Warrior is a weekend long training event that all Cadets participate in. These
events include land navigation, Self-Aid Buddy Care and on top of this Cadets
were also given the treat of getting to see Army equipment that they might include
later on in their careers. This includes M1A1 Abrams Tank, Stryker, Humvee,
UH60 Blackhawks, and so much more. The Academy wants to present the Cadets with
experiences that are uncommon to their traditional training in order to provide
them with an insight into a life of a combat oriented profession.

You can find more pictures in the Military Training Gallery!
Have a great rest of your weekend!





 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
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